Something about Battle for Azeroth was announced today. Maybe a release date or prepurchase or something? I don’t know, but the news has people talking about WoW again in our community and the main topic hasn’t been contemporary.
I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t already know and agree with completely. Wrath of the Lich King was so far beyond and away the best WoW expansion there has been and likely — given its direction — ever will be.
What made it so good?
Every Wrath dungeon was so replayable compared to other expansions. Rarely was I burned out on running them, and I’m pretty sure I ran them constantly. Rose colored glasses? Nope, because every time the timewalk dungeons came around I still had fun.
Tokens & Armor System
The armor system just made sense to me. I liked the token gear grinding. I liked how heirlooms fit into the equation. I liked how I didn’t need a tutorial video to figure out how to get gear. I didn’t have to worry about running all over the map collecting crap or doing gimmicky repeatable quests…. though there were definitely
Icecrown Citadel was a magnificent raid. It was the right mix of difficulty — having a bonus helped — and the mechanics weren’t (all) completely ridiculous. The fights were tame enough that you could actually look at and appreciate the surroundings of the fight without having to only pay attention to DBM.
Argent Tournament is probably my favorite raid. What wasn’t to love about sitting in one room and not having to wade through hours of trash? One boss after another.
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Cool setting, dungeons I didn’t hate myself for repeating, two raids that were fun for me, and a progression system that felt fine to me, like I knew what I was working towards and easily had objectives.
Legion, while initial neat, was an absolute mess to me. If Battle for Azeroth is cleaning up the meta game and making things not about raids, someone let me know. Otherwise, it’s a skip.