After doggedly questing my way through Frostwall, Gorgrond and pretty much everything I could find in Talador, I ended up hitting level 100 while derping about in the Spires of Arak. Quite a few folks have gushed over the WoD’s quests to me, but from my point of view, quests are quests are quests. Kill x of that, y of that, and z of that, while simultaneously stopping at these three objective points to either pick something up or find a particular mob, and for efficiency’s sake, avoid the one big mob over there with the giant ! on the portrait, because you know you’re going to need to kill that later.
It’s not that it’s a bad thing to know the song and dance routine by now (it can be very efficient). It’s just that the Draenor quests aren’t amazingly better than the Pandaland quests for me, because structurally, they’re more of the same thing. I’m not saying that’s bad – I liked them – I just didn’t find ’em revolutionary. And while I found the bonus objectives to be more of the traditional kill kill kill, I liked them anyway because HOORAY, A MECHANIC THAT VALIDATES MY DESIRE TO RUN TO THAT WEIRD LOOKING CORNER OF THE MAP!
Other thought fragments:
- I wasn’t hugely enthralled with pandas, but guess I preferred the ambiguity of the Sha concept over EVIL ORCS. (“When I kill something, it STAYS DEAD.” ORLY, Kargath?)
- I think I like Yrel? Maybe? Not sure yet?
- I felt like Shattrath was largely just tossed in, like, oh hey, plot point yo. I swear I spent at least twice as much time with a bunch of fur-clad orcs as I did charging through what I thought was a super-important city.
Right now, I am currently derping around doing one of four or five things:
1.) I swear to Gawd I am going to finish all these quests, even if it kills me.
JUST YOU WATCH.
2.) KILL THEM ALL
By now, I’ve been trained by the game to react when I see that tantalizing skull symbol on my map. My brain lights up with good thoughts – RARE! IT MAY HAVE A TOY! MAYBE IT HAS A PET! I MUST KILL IT! – and off I sprint, tossing out a Flame Shock the moment my target is within range.
Admittedly, the rares started getting a hair tougher the further I got into Spires, since my getup got comparatively weaker, but I was still able to defeat them on my own. Then it got a little easier because I’d finally figured out how to take a bodyguard along with me! As an elemental shaman, I traditionally use my good ol’ Earth Elemental as a temporary tank/make-aggro-go-haywire-er, but bodyguard Aeda Brightdawn turns out to be much better at grabbing and keeping aggro off me than Rocky is. I’m cool with another body between me and danger.
Then, last week, I discovered that all this see-rare-kill-rare conditioning had been … not a lie, exactly, but kind of a trap.
I’d found a big blue hydra rare named Echidna. Aeda is a freaking tiny blood elf, so I couldn’t see her through the foggy crap Echidna was spewing out – but then I noticed that little “I’m a diva and I’m going to punish you for letting me die by taking an hour to resurrect” icon appear. Basically, Echidna had gone and ripped Aeda’s head off. Based on the couple seconds it all took, I concluded THAT’S BAD AND I MUST LEAVE.
I tried to run, but, as the very first comment on Wowhead states (I kid you not), Echidna “hits like a mack Truck.”
Yeah, that comment was pretty accurate.
3.) Silver Proving Grounds
I am not the person this requirement was created to satisfy. I don’t think it will put an end to the people queueing as tanks or heals and wondering what to do next, or DPS pulling crap when they shouldn’t. I don’t think it will stop the stupid, because stupid is more certain than death or taxes. I can borrow another standardized line to describe it: Stupidity is forever.
I do find it irritating that I have to do the Silver for each spec and then at least once for each alt. Let’s be real here – I don’t expect to be bored enough to complete it on all my alts any time in the near future!
Bronze was easy-peasy. As far as silver goes, DPS is OK, I just have to practice enough to shave a couple seconds off so I don’t run out of time on the last round. Healing? HAHAHAHAHA I RUN OUT OF MANA BY ROUND SIX OGOD WHY DOES THIS HURT SO BAD WHY ARE MY HEALS SO WEAK WE’RE INTERRUPTING CRAP I SWEAR
4.) Garrison of Grief
Bombelina expects quality, and like any good goblin, she’s not above working people to the bone to get it. Her poor little green followers will level regardless of their feelings on the matter. Her wee little level 90 recruits will get slammed into the hardest missions they can manage. There will be no mercy.
5.) Getting additional alts through the starting zone and resting comfortably in their bare-bones Barracks.
Thermalix, Ignitine, Esplodine, Mechalis, Nioma, Ailabeth, Alexalis, Betheki
Daschela, Niremere, Yynsia
Basically, I do the starting zone about two quests at a time. Stop the Dark Portal, then stop. Free some people in cages and set huts on fire, then stop. Kill some orb things, then stop. Etc. etc. etc. Tedious, but it works … eventually.