First, let me say that I’m not the type of guy to post two times in one day. But, since I’m dusting off the blog…
Secondly, not everything I write will be in RP(ish) kind of way. I wish I could be Ratshag, but I can’t.
So, I won’t.
And with that… I was reading over at Shy at WoW, and she pointed over to Pink Pigtail Inn; concerning the impression Cataclysm has had thus far. These weren’t the most recent posts, but they got me thinking.
You see, I took a little time off from WoW before Cataclysm took off. I missed the whole ramp up to it. Granted, I missed for a good reason. We had another Baby Z show up. I took some time off when the first hit, and also with the second. It was well worth it. But, I digress…
So, I came back on the day that Cataclysm hit. The first thing I did was make a Worgen Druid, and go through every quest, until Astranaar. Going through a ruined Auberdine made me yearn to play my main, so I blew the dust off of Zwingli, and began the leveling process.
Thus far, I’ve taken my three level 80s, and now have them to level 85. And, my baby worgieporgie drood, is at level 41.
Here are my thoughts about Cata…
It is freakin’ beautiful. Seriously, stunningly amazing. I need a better computer so that I won’t have to have my graphics turned down so low all of the time. But, at times I turn the graphic interface up as high as it can go, sit on my Cenarion War Hippogryph high up above, and enjoy the view. Again, the designers did a stand up job.
I’ve enjoyed the questlines…mostly. A few other bloggers noticed the lack of choice. I’ve felt the same thing. It seems that quests don’t open up unless you do practically all of the quests in an area. It isn’t totally true. You don’t have to do the “kill all the baby eels” quests, per se; but you get the point. Overall, I still give the developers an A+. You guys did a great job.
I’ve totally enjoyed the storyline! Being able to meet so many epic characters, especially in Hyjal, has been a blast!
Ok, Crafting has got me depressed! Seriously, those stupid orbs at the end of heroics do not need to be BoP! At least, give us a way to purchase them…say for 5000 justice points or something?! Also, it was depressing to learn a new crafting piece, just to see it gray out as soon as I learned it! That happened multiple times to me (Zwing is a leather worker). I feel that if it takes a skill level of 500 to learn it, it should be good for at least 10 points or so before it grays out.
I like the harder version of Instances. I like the need to CC in Instances. I’m liking everything about them. This past nerf to Vortex has made me a little sad. I expected the dragon to be hard…and it wasn’t.
My last negative comment is actually about something that happened back in Wrath. It was the Auto-Random LFG. Look, as a DPS I appreciate an application that can put me with a bunch of other puggers from accross servers. At the most, I wait about 20-30 minutes in LFG. Back in BC, I was waiting literally hours at times. It was really bad if I wanted to run just one particular Instance, like looking for the coveted Sonic Spear.
But, it has made pugging somewhat impersonal. If not for the old style pugging, I never would have met anyone from Phoenix Rising. This led to my eventual introduction to raiding. This led further to the introduction of my Imperial Guard guildmates to PHR folks; which led to some great relationships! We are all stronger for that. But now, you just can’t find that. Building relationships on the server seems to have become harder, imo.
What do you think? What are your thoughts on Cataclysm thus far?