The Hybrid, The Lich, and The Wardrobe (Part 2)

The Thanksgiving season is upon us!

I’m thankful for WotLK, and for a bit of vacation time to play around a bit more with it. Oh yeah…ding!

Level 74, and a decent way in already thanks to some wonderful quest chains and the fact that there seems to be a flightpath every 10-20 yards in Dragonblight. Got to see Ysera last night. I tried to strike a up a conversation, but I guess she was tired. Oh well, onto part two!

The Lich

Moving from TBC into WotLK is stepping from a game I tolerate into a game I love. Unfortunately, the most fun I had pre-WotLK was when the introduced Achievements and everyone wanted to do Ony runs and revisit places like Mara and MC. To this day, I will drop everything for a Strat run. There is nothing better, IMHO.

Still…moving back to the actual topic…from the second that sleek, sexy zeppelin landed (stopped? they don’t actually land I suppose) in Northrend and I jumped off, I was enthralled. A war? ok. Burn dead bodies? I’m with you. Drop vials of plage onto ships? *giggle* Talk shit to a large, scary man before you kill him? Yeah, you’ve won me over.

I have to agree with Shatter on this (see Egotistical Priest this week) – It’s an RP’ers dream come true. I’m not just another peon killing 10 boars or muredering some guy that will respawn in 30 seconds.

I’m saving villages. I’m capturing the souls of Arthas’ deathknights in gems. I’ve heard I do something involving a wall of some kind in the near future. I’ve saved mammoths from poachers, cut off the ears of said poachers, and then been killed by those D.H.E.T.A. psychos when I returned within 3 minutes of killing a mammoth. Hey, it attacked me! Not my fault.

I’ve rescued Kodos. I’ve taken out a tree monster with a cannon from the deck of a ghost ship. I’ve pissed of Malygos while starting an epic dragon battle high above the Nexus. (Best. Flight. EVER.)

Everything moves everything else along. It all flows really well. My DK sits at 60 because I can’t bear to abandon Northrend to trudge through BC content again.

I was worried about the transition from, “I’d rather mount and fly those 15 feet than walk them,” to, “My Wind Rider seems to be broken,” but it’s no big deal. The environments are beautiful, and I’m glad Blizzard didn’t give me the opportunity to miss them.

Nothing is hard! I’m honestly not sure how I feel about that yet. On the one hand, I like feeling powerful. That’s right, Northrend, Misamane is here to vanquish you. Bow before my Smites and mah magic wand.

Heroic Naxx is old news. I’ve never even seen regular Naxx. I didn’t even see old Naxx. It feels like a rush-to-80-then-enjoy-it deal. Having only spent about 6 weeks at 70, I can appreciate that sentiment. Leveling is just a precursor to endgame, and I think that’s more evident than ever in WotLK. Account-bound superequips will be sent to my 24 lock asap, making him just this side of godlike on his push to 80. The only problem I can see is that I’ll have to get through BC content to get there. Let’s make a deal, Blizz. I’ll give you 100 Heroic tokens if you let me skip 58-68. How about it?

Anyway, thus ends my rant on the xpac. Looking back, it’s a bit incoherent at points, but you can’t deny the entertainment value.

Part three may be detained, seeing as the Misa is hitting Disneyland this weekend. But, if that’s the case…we’ll pretend it never happened and start over on Monday 🙂



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