It has been a week since 4.0.3a hit, aka when we all slept off a few years and woke up to Cow Paladins *shudder*. Yeah, okay, it was nice for a bit to imagine Cow Priests and Paladins but seeing them ingame? I don’t like them. They’re too weird. Plus, Dan keeps riding around on his Raptor and Cows on Raptors look ridiculous. Stupid cows. Anyway, I haven’t had chance to blog about the patch yet – not really, I’ve been kept busy with the 20 Days of Warcraft and playing WoW, would you believe. Besides, I think a week of playing the patch at least gives me a bit more to blog about.
The first day, I was surprised to see the servers come up pretty swiftly. I’d heard horror stories on Twitter of the American servers taking hours to finally come up, so seeing how prompt the EU servers were was a bit shocking, especially after such a big patch. So, I opened my game, and then the squeeing commenced. The first thing was “OMG new loading screen, so cool, and nowhere near as annoying as Cynagosa.” It was quickly pointed out to me that I meant Sindragosa, and in fact, not the blue dragon from Violet Hold.. shutup. Then I ran around Thunder Bluff looking at the new achievements, “OMG so much new stuff to do!” And was then told to get the fuck to Orgrimmar. Yessir.
Then I got to Orgrimmar and “omgomgomgomgomg” happened. After the initial running around in circles getting over-excited and exploring where they put everything and how the fuck do I navigate this silly new place it took me 4 years to find my way around the old one and omg the zeppelin towers are here now and there are lifts and oh good Eitrigg’s there and there’s a cow section?! Yeah, you get the drift. After all of that, I calmed down and did the first cooking and fishing dailies. Basically, I set my hearthstone to the Valley of Wisdom, aka where the cows dwell, and decided that I’m not so fond of new Orgrimmar. Yeah, sure, it’s new and shiny. Big. And I love that you can find auction houses, banks, mailboxes and everything you might need wherever you might be, but it’s so… HORDE. I like the pretty, you see. I like the Elves, and Ashenvale, and cute little non combat pets. Orgrimmar is so black and spikey. So, you can find me where the cows dwell from now on.
I hadn’t quite got over the “omg squee” part of the day yet, but I figured I could go out and start grabbing the new pets and make a start on the new Loremaster achievements for each different zone. To begin with, as the Singing Sunflower is brilliant, I went to Hillsbrad Foothills. The zone had always sucked before, but that pet would be- woah Tarren Mill’s a bit different! That guy’s a big elite.. some of these quests are brilliant! I hadn’t seen it yet. I went around, amazed by Stagwiches (shutup, it made me laugh), giant yetis, and big Orcish elites, then realised I was nowhere near finished. Ran around a bit and really, I have never laughed so hard at a quest in my life – hell – I don’t think I’ve ever laughed at a quest before.
Yeah, that’s right, I’m a quest giver. What of it? I’m not going to say any more, but trust me, the image above doesn’t even scratch the surface. It’s just such a hilarious quest, if you’re Horde, go do Hillsbrad if you haven’t already. If you’re Alliance, level a Horde to 20 and go do Hillsbrad. It’s my favourite new zone so far.
Arathi Highlands wasn’t too different. The same quests, really, but there’s a new quest hub that gives you all of the quests in the beginning area so you don’t have to constantly run between one end of the zone to the other, they even send you to Faldir’s Cove now. It’s not great for people looking for new content, but for levelling it’s brilliant now.
Night Elf Mage
Yeah, okay, I went with it. I think Night Elf Mages look positively awesome. And no, I’m not being a hypocrite because I never said that Cow Paladins and Priests were a lore lol I just said I wasn’t a fan.
There are two good things about Night Elf Mages for me. First, I get to be a Mage. I have always loved the class, I just keep getting distracted by other things. It’s a pretty lame sounding excuse when I made my first Mage on the first day of the Burning Crusade release and she still hasn’t made it past 60, but it’s an honest one. The second, I get to be a Night Elf. See, before this patch, I didn’t bother reading quest text. I’m a pretty slow reader and when you want to level fast and get things done quickly, reading quest text severely slows me down. So I didn’t bother, I just read what I needed to do and followed the dots. Now, however, I don’t think I could not read the text, and levelling my Night Elf through the starting zone, I’ve realised how awesome Night Elves are. Lorewise, they are my favourite race now.
I think my only real complaint so far is that the levelling experience goes too fast, even without heirlooms. My Mage is level 28, sure, with heirlooms, but even so, I’m halfway through Darkshore, haven’t touched Ashenvale or Stonetalon Mountains yet, and everytime you enter an instance you seem to just level at some kind of ungodly speed… I’ve been told that they have nerfed instance experience but I worry, is it enough? I know that a lot of people like to speed level to reach end game, but a lot of people like to enjoy the levelling process as well. With all of the new quests and instance changes and such, it would be nice to be able to enjoy it without needing to turn off experience gains to do so. That being said, I’m definitely not complaining. I just wish I had more slots for all of the alts I’ll be levelling!
What’s your favourite part of the recent patch so far?