A Bittersweet Return – First Thoughts on WoW following Seven Months away

On Tanaan

Three days in and it’s been bittersweet so far. I’m glad to be back, WoW is a distraction like no other in many ways but my thoughts on Tanaan are mixed. It feels much like the Barrens campaign did, lots of disjointed wanderings around slaughtering things for rewards which much exceed the effort required. Don’t get me wrong, I’m quite happy with my three bits of 675 gear I’ve acquired to date but I’m still not convinced that it’s the right model moving forwards. If most people raid for gear (this is my cynical experience from many years in high end raiding guilds) where is the incentive to encourage those on the fence so to speak if you can get better gear than you need for grinding/questing purely from grinding and questing. I know there was an issue with the vanilla model and whilst I was lucky/responsibility free (choose what you think is applicable) enough to experience high end raiding during that period, I know most people didn’t or couldn’t so something had to give but I think things have shifted too far away from organised scheduled content to random throw your hat into ring chaos. What I loved about WoW in those early days was the multi player aspect and I feel that’s definitely been a casualty of the move towards being all inclusive. You don’t need a guild anymore thanks to the Raid Finder, dungeon groups etc and I’ve gone from knowing everyone on my original servers to speaking only to a handful of people. When you run Dungeons people err towards the unsociable and often down right rude end of the spectrum and many of the Garrison missions like the one Yrel gives you for Auchindoun can only be done by people on the same quest which is why my poor Priest had the time to be taking selfies rather than be healing Mr Harpy. Having one party member being able to disappear down a hole in the group whilst the other just stands there doesn’t smack of multi player.

On taking Selfies
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I now have this sudden desire to have Snowflower wander around all the dangerous locations taking selfies whilst being beaten up… a sort of living on the edge collection.

On the Navy

This was a surprise. I made a point of not reading patch notes whilst the game was updating and I’ve been a bit too busy to read many other blogs so this came out of left field. Despite the odds of failure seeming awfully high, I like this addition to the Garrison but I’d be hard pushed to express why.

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Here is hoping that at some point we can make fishing boats and something a little less warlike in our shipyards.

On the Death Recap Button

I must admit to being disappointed with this. I was hoping for a “Horrible Histories” style video replay of my demise and so having to sing the “stupid death” song myself whilst looking at a damage log isn’t quite up to par.

On the Garrison in general

So far apart from the new exit (which I don’t like on roleplaying security grounds), I haven’t noticed many Garrison changes although either I’ve got much better at pet battling or the opponents have been heavily nerfed, I’m assuming it’s the latter.

On what I’m most excited about

Flicking through the achievements list in search of new ones, I couldn’t help but notice a new Raiding with Leashes and seeing that M’uru drops a chaos pup, something I’ve wanted for a very long time so that’s definitely high up on the list. I’m also becoming a bit obsessive with those races at the Darkmoon Faire.. so close and yet so far. Given that my approach to time is now more like a Goblin one, it’s unlikely that I’ll be able to do more than dip in and out of Azeroth for the near future at least, although the little one does find it fascinating in short bursts so I will be focusing on the exploring, the curious and strange rather than raiding and PvP. The biggest question though seems to be what’s next, which feels a little disconcerting less than a year after Warlords launched. What ever it is, I can’t help but feel less Orcs would be a good thing.

The bottom line though is I’m back and I have a camera… oh and apparently I still enjoy playing WoW 10 years after I started (see Mrs Hill… I’m capable at sticking at things I like so nah!!!).

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7 Responses

  1. I’m glad you’re back and yes, whatever comes next, fewer Orcs would be appreciated!

    • I’m glad to be back. I briefly got lost after he was born mostly with the emotional side of things and now I’m happy that slowly I’m beginning to find me albeit a changed version again.

  2. Welcome back to Azeroth! We hope you’ll enjoy your stay, however short it may be 😉

  3. I just returned myself after giving up in February, and my thoughts are very similar to yours. Although I am still yet to get the SELFIE camera mission! It’s like the game is punishing me for abandoning it for so long 😛

    I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying yourself!

  4. “You don’t need a guild anymore thanks to the Raid Finder, dungeon groups etc”

    I would not agree with this at all.

    If you’re doing Mythic raiding, you obviously have a guild. But that isn’t most people of course.

    If you’re doing Normal/Heroic raiding…then having a guild massively helps. Sure, you CAN try to PUG but it’s often extremely painful and you’re constantly rolling the dice in terms of what random strangers you’ll get today. You don’t have a team that’s progressing over time and learning to work together. PUGing the easiest bosses of a raid is, well, easy…but PUGing the whole thing is not. Not unless it’s late into a raid tier and people are overgearing everything (and also demanding obscenely high ilvl for PUGs in most cases).

    Even then you should have seen the PUG groups on Heroic and even Normal Blackhand that constantly fell apart because people just wanted a super easy kill versus actually working to fix mistakes. Guild groups are just so much better.

  5. Missed You but that baby!!!

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