The wonderful people at BlogAzeroth have again combined to bring you a shared topic “Preparing for Wrath of the Lich King”. This wee morsel here is my contribution – there are many more tasty snacks awaiting you out there in the vast world of WoW Blogging.
So, Illidan told us we were not prepared for Burning Crusade. That we had no idea what was lying in store for us, out in that mysterious world called ‘Outland’. To some extent, he was right (of course, I venture that Sillydan was even less prepared for us!) The first foray through the portal was literally like venturing into a new world, one completely unlike that which we had seen in Azeroth. Under a many mooned sky, we bravely killed strange creatures from an even stranger land, combating them as well as the contagious insanity of NPC’s who had been stranded in this forsaken land for just a little too long.
Will our first forays into Northrend feel the same? Already anticipation is building – I look at the screenshots in wonder at the beautiful landscapes Blizzard has produced, and marvel at the ice and snow (did I ever mention I am a winter freak?). I sometimes wonder if it will feel the same as when Burning Crusade began….
Here is the point where I best come out with ‘the truth’. The awful truth is – I wasn’t playing WoW when Burning Crusade came out. At that point I was a mere level 40ish Warlock, abandoned and lonely somewhere around Stranglethorn Vale while her master went off to persue real life goals (This is back in the day when I had a darn good figure because I went to the gym every day!) I missed the ‘excitement’ of fighting people for kills, repeated deaths doing the world PvP quest… When I first set foot into Outland, Burning Crusade had been out for a long time, and the area was deserted. I was lucky enough to have a levelling partner for a couple of levels while a friend worked on their alt, but he soon zoomed ahead of me, and I was left to trudge through Outland alone. Defenseless against those nasty pigs, looking at me like I was a nice, tasty snack. So my experience of the Burning Crusade is vastly different to the one I will have of Wrath.
However, some of the concerns that people are having still apply to me now I guess. I just can not compare and contrast with the advent of Burning Crusade, so what is new to me is old hat to you.
One of the major concerns for me in Wrath is how I will go about levelling two, or possibly three characters (depending on how motivated I am to level my priest!). I think it really is a major decision. Do you level your main, racing along with everyone else, and then bring your alts up behind them? Or do you try and level all of your characters concurrently, and try your best to not fall behind other characters? Personally I think I will focus on my main, but try to bring my alts up not far behind her so that I do have the ‘trifecta’ and can slip into most any role where necessary. I could never abandon Sar, and she has always been my main focus. I am especially looking forward to finding which way her character will go in the expansion. Will warlocks revert back to their pre BC orientation of support class, being the best debuffers in the game? Or will they retain their post BC incarnation, being damage dealers of immense power, valued in raids for their damage output and various ‘stones’. With my alts, I really haven’t been playing them long enough to get a huge interest in what they will be doing in Wrath. I am still trying to learn exactly what they are doing now!
Another consideration is how to level your characters. Will I respec out of my beloved Destro spec? I KNOW that Destruction is incredibly weak for levelling, I have been there and done that. However, it will be immensely difficult for me to leave Destruction and consider a Demonology build. I will forever be missing my immense Shadow Bolts. I have also basically never been anything other than Destruction (I was Affliction until level 15, and I have made incredibly brief forays into other specs at 70 – these weird happenings generally don’t last any longer than a day). This consideration affects people in every class. Will healers stay as healers, or change to their various damage dealing specs? Will prot warriors and paladins respec? While these roles will always be in demand for instances, they will be less efficient soloers. Of course, with my propensity to grouping anyway, the odds are I will be doing much of my levelling through instances.
The thing that I am most looking forward to though? A new cinematic! Yes, yes, it’s lame, but I am sure I have mentioned this before – I just adore Blizzard’s cinematics. They always make me feel so excited about playing the game, and occasionally bring a tear to my eye (or make me laugh sometimes!).