I took a little hiatus from responsibilities for the past few days to catch up on some work and other RL things. I’m back in action now, so let’s catch up on a few things!
What is Keen Playing?
I’m playing WoW, obviously. There’s a lot to say here, but I’ll try and condense it down into the highlights.
My Paladin is iLevel 340 something. I had horrible luck on the first world bosses and received no loot. My luck has also been pretty darn bad in Mythic+’s, and I’ve only found a few upgrades. I’m also carrying around a few lower iLevel pieces of gear (like 325) because I haven’t found a better item. Realistically, though, I’m plenty geared for what I want to do right now.
Raiding is going pretty well. Our casual guild fielded quite a few on the first night we raided, and had a little bit of an attendance issue the second night because of multiple RL injuries and issues that came up — I think Football didn’t help either. I got 2 drops so far, and I really like the boss fights. The setting isn’t my thing, but the mechanics are fun.
Yesterday was a really big day for those of us playing World of Warcraft. Battle for Azeroth’s first raid, Mythic+ season, and Warfront all began on the same day. Talk about overload! I feel like they should have staggered these a little more over the weekend. Having a really hectic work week didn’t make for an easy transition for me. I felt rushed to get ready for the raid and to see the content no day 1. Despite being manic, I was able to have a lot of fun.
I thought it would take me forever, but I just put my head down, my nose to the grindstone, and played like I said I would. I did the quests I wanted, skipped the ones I didn’t, and now I have the Dark Iron Dwarves unlocked!
Along with the allied race I’m also given faster mount speed in BFA zones. It’s slight, but every bit helps without flying. With Pathfinder Part 1 done, I’m even more anxious to fly.
Now I’m stuck deciding if I’m going to level my Dark Iron Dwarf Warrior from 20-120, or if I’m going to boost. If I boost, I don’t get the heritage armor. Does that matter enough to me? Does the Heritage Armor look cool enough that I would transmog BFA gear to look like it? Obviously it’s cool enough looking that I’m conflicted… but cool enough to spend 50+ hours? I’m trying to think logically about it. I won’t have fun leveling from 20-110 at all. If I think about 50 hours and what I value my time at, I can tell you the boost is entirely economical.
Couple of weeks into BFA, I’m a bit disappointed by the Island Expeditions. Closer to the expansions launch I wrote a post about how I felt they were a little too like PvP. I think that’s still true for me, but since they nerfed the enemy NPCs I haven’t really been too bothered by them. My real issue with them is that they’re… just really not well designed.
Tonight I was able to finish up the Alliance campaign, and I have to say it was phenomenal. I don't know what you guys over on the Horde are experiencing, but over here the stage is being set for a resurrection of the greatest Warcraft story ever told.
Heads up, there will be spoilers here as I discuss ending of the Alliance campaign so far.
I've waffled so many times on the concept of world scaling that I can't really remember how I originally felt. Back in January I posted about the scaling and noted immersion and other things.
I want to make particular note of calling out that I found, even back then, the idea of wading through mobs that I should have progressed beyond to be annoying.
I think my prophetic complaints came to pass.
Opposite of that feeling I had at the of Legion is the massive, overwhelming feeling of having too much to do in BFA right now.
I'm not complaining -- I love having stuff to do. Zero complaints. What I'm writing here are my observations and feelings.
Though I love it, I feel overwhelmed.
Where do I start?
What do I prioritize?
I did my first mythic dungeon in Battle for Azeroth tonight. My friend Yotor and I formed a group (he’s a tank and I’m a healer) so we were able to simply request DPS join us.
If you haven’t played WoW and done mythics, the way the LFG tool works for mythic dungeons is that you list your group and people can apply to join. You get to set an ilvl requirement and a few notes. When people apply you can see their name, class, spec, and ilvl. In a way, people are applying and you can accept or decline.
We listed ourselves and asked for 3 DPS, and within 10 seconds we had a list of 30+ people wanting to join us.
I do one of these types of posts every time a game or expansion comes out with lots of questing.
Let me take a step back.
What'd you guys do this weekend? I played a lot of WoW with just a little bit of Overcooked 2 mixed in to break things up in the evenings.
During my foray into Kul'Tiras and Zandalar, I spent many hours rediscovering what it meant to be a hero of the realm. Every cutscene that refers to me, I'm the "Champion of the Alliance" or "Hero" or some really grandiose important awesome title. In fact I'm pretty sure we were saviors of the world last expansion.
What kind of things would a hero be doing in Kul'Tias you ask? Well, let me assure you it's all quite grand.
My tank buddy (Yotor) and I have been grinding out the dungeons and expeditions the past two days. We went into a few expeditions, and I really wasn’t prepared for how crazy the NPC’s would act.
By crazy I mean they behave just like players. They jump around, spin in circles, focus on healers, interrupt, cc, you name it. These are some superbly coded NPCs. There was one in particular tonight in a heroic expedition named “Sneaky Pete” who would stunlock me. Absolutely atrocious.