Undercover in Warlords: A Few of my Favourite Things

Some spoilers included so look away now if you’re trying to avoid!

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently pottering around Draenor looking for bugs, exploring and generally getting a feel for the expansion. I had been feeling jaded with the game and had actually contemplated not purchasing Warlords at all. There is a lot going on in my personal life at the moment which has left me feeling extremely ill 90 percent of the time, plus I finish work in 4 days to start another University degree with the prospect of juggling that as well as personal stuff going forward into the autumn however it hasn’t taken me long to realise that this expansion hits my buttons like WoW hasn’t since Wrath.

I know a lot of people have been critical of various aspects of the game but I’m struggling to find negatives. Is Garrison player housing? No but it’s still nice to have your own slice of Draenor. Do I mind Ashran being my capital? No, it’s across between Dalaran and Theramore at least for the Alliance with a side order of PvP and personally I like that.

My new favourite toy has to be this:

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The Ancient’s Bloom is a drop from a rather nasty rare spawn in Shadowmoon Valley called Yggdrel which turns you into a miniature version of said tree for 5 minutes. Naturally you are rooted in place whilst transformed and so far at least, nothing happens when you /sleep, /cower or /dance but every so often you do a sort of roar animation to express your general grumpiness.

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Needless to say this will be one of the first rare spawns I attempt to slaughter on release but given that it was a rather messy kill with level 100s, it might prove tricky. It also goes into your Toybox meaning that acquire it once and you should have it on every character without having to lose a bag space.

My first new Draenor Pet:

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is a Teroclaw hatchling stolen from a random nest just north of Auchindoun. There is definitely a dinosaur feel to this little chap.

Finding Old Friends in the strangest of places:

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One of the aspects of WoW I like the most is the linking of content. We move from one expansion to another in search of adventure and having the NPCs do the same is a wonderful touch that makes the virtual world feel more concrete.

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4 Responses

  1. It’s odd I don’t mind reading about what other people find in the beta. It seems as if I don’t discover it it’s not a spoiler! I know, makes no sense.

    • Perhaps it’s because someone else discovering something doesn’t interfere with your excitement/enjoyment when you discover it. It’s like reading a book review doesn’t diminish your desire to read the book. That makes sense I think.

  2. I started out feeling excited about the expansion when it was first announced, but at the moment I’m feeling somewhat ambivalent. Maybe I should put some more time into the beta.. Maybe I can find some things that spark my interest, like you seem to have.

    Would you recommend starting as a fresh 90 and doing the starting experience, or try a 100 and move around testing various things?

    • Both. I started with a 90 to play through the start zone and then made a bunch of 100s to explore, kill rares and do the quests which sound extra interesting. In terms of it feeling less grindy though you might be best starting with a 100 and just rambling about.

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