While I had to wait longer than expected to log into the Burning Crusade pre-patch last week — thanks to extended downtime and a monster of a queue — by Wednesday I was able to jump right into those warm waters and start swimming. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Classic was fun. But I’ve always been more nostalgic for the expansions.
The biggest relief was being able to make my Draenei Shaman (along with half of the population of the game, if the starting zone was any indication) and start her journey to 70. I had forgotten just what a huge step forward the starting zone flow and quests were, because we’d gotten re-used to the scattershot quest design of vanilla. Here, it’s all bunched together with lots of useful rewards. I really, really like these opening zones.
And my greatest fear didn’t come to pass, that it would be so incredibly packed that I wouldn’t be able to get quests done. Maybe Blizz is doing a whole lot of layering or whatnot, but by and large, I haven’t been fighting people for quest mobs or objectives. Just pleasantly packed with a lot of idiots yelling in the world’s looking for group channel.
Let me disable that…. one sec…. there we go. Ahh. My sanity is restored.
I have started her on a leatherworking journey and started to give thought about how I can obtain a non-elekk mount in the future. Out of all of the things I like about the Draenei, that race’s mount is not one of them. It’s just a big, fat, ugly elephant. No thank you.
I was also overjoyed to get my Warlock’s felguard back. I don’t care if SL/SL is the superior build, there’s nothing you can say to make me give up my tanky axe bodyguard. He’s going with me through the entire expansion, and we’re going to rock it.
Yeah, it kind of stinks how little time we have left to get ready for the Dark Portal opening, but ultimately for me, it doesn’t matter as long as I don’t get into this mentality of keeping up with the rat race. I’ve already decided that I’ll start alternating play sessions between my Warlock and Shaman, giving me a nice variety of experiences while pushing both of their progress forward.
Anyway, it’s going to be a really fun summer!