What has the elusive Keen been up to these past few weeks? Honestly, I'm immersed in WoW. There are those who will exclaim, "Heretic! That's not old school! It's a filthy themepark! Wow sucks!" While my enjoyment of WoW for the past 10 months feels strangely hypocritical, given I've had years of nothing but horrible things to say about the game for so many years, they've done a lot of things right in Battle for Azeroth.
I'm having so much fun playing WoW -- despite so many people having issues with it -- that I thought it would be quite a trip to actively WoW-blog for a while. There's plenty to say that I haven't seen well represented by a typical player like myself.
We're currently in patch 8.1.5, and the next patch (8.2) is slated to come out at the end of May or the beginning of June.
The State of Raiding
Currently there are two raids in this "tier":
- Battle for Dazar'alor
- Crucible of Storms
BoD is the typical raid with several bosses, while CoS is the Trial of Valor style (only 2 bosses). BoD has been out now for three months, so we're definitely coming up on the time for a new raid.
Raids do not drop set items anymore, and there aren't random legendaries to be found. That's why I like it so much more. The gear from raids does have a few unique azerite traits (like talents on your gear), but so far they aren't mandatory for my classes -- of which I play maaaany.
I'm a "heroic" raider, meaning I'm content to never try Mythic difficulty. This provides me with just enough challenge to not get bored, while still being very doable. My guild is suuuper casual, so we progress slowly. I'm fine with that -- we raid 2 nights a week for an hour and a half to two hours a night. Very, very little.
I don't need gear from M+. Why? Well, read on.
The State of Mythic+
Though I do not play Mythic raids, I certainly dive deep in the Mythic+ dungeons. My group is currently playing in the +15 range right now. I love these because of the individual skill and team-based play.
The gear I get out of M+ is actually better than the gear I get in heroic raiding. In fact, I'm as geared as a mythic raider now.
Some people HATE how gear works in BFA. They feel like there's no point to raiding if there are no sets. People are also hating on the fact that open-world content will soon provide an increase item level from emissaries and other activities -- "It trivializes the raids!" To them I say, "so what?" I haven't raided for gear in BFA.... pretty much ever. All of my raiding has been for the enjoyment of killing a boss with friends.
Whether gear comes from raids, M+, the open world, crafting... I just don't care. I love that I have access to gear up.
The State of the Story
I'm enjoying this story, though it has taken its sweet time unfolding. Strangely, I feel like the story took a massive hiatus since BFA's release. We've been dealing with such miniscule details throughout Uldir and BoD, though those little details have given decent background. Only now in the grand scheme of CoS have we started to set the story's forward momentum.
We'll start to see why Sylvanas is acting the way she is, and eventually here we'll start to unfold a few new major plot points as we enter the second half of this expansion.
How the Heck has Keen Played WoW for 10 Months?!
I ask myself this question regularly, and I think it all boils down to having something to do. It's rare that I log in and have nothing to do. I like M+ dungeons A LOT and could run them non-stop. The dungeons in BFA are awesome. I enjoy my casual raids. I enjoy playing alts and gearing them up. I enjoy the content they add once a month or so. I enjoy trying to earn gold (since I missed the Draenor gold farm).
Looking ahead, 8.2 has more content than 8.0-8.1.5 combined. This content will easily carry me another six months.
Next up, we'll take a look at my characters and my thoughts on class design.