I finished Ashenvale on my feral druid, Tyrse, recently just about as he hit level 30. I enjoyed the zone, and it never really felt like a grind. However, it was definitely nothing compared to the early Forsaken zones. I think I enjoyed seeing the Horde on the offensive. I suppose the zone made us look like the bad guys if I didn’t have other information, but I like the topics of gray areas and foggy morality. I can understand, regardless of my agreement, the feeling that the Horde needed to do what it had to do to survive and thrive.
I’m really looking forward to pushing into Stonetalon Mountains. Because that zone is 25-30 and Tyrse is already 30, I plan on switching to my paladin, Illuminnae. She’s 23 now, so I’ll run dungeons until she’s 25 and then hit Stonetalon Mountains.
I finished Silverpine Forest with my warlock this weekend. The story was quite good. I particularly enjoyed listening to Sylvanas early in the zone as she recounts the history of the Forsaken. There was nothing I didn’t already know, but it was an incredibly powerful speech that really gives a great idea of who the Forsaken are. Here’s a great video of the quest I found.
Simply amazing storytelling.
I know that a lot of people seem to think the end of the zone contains the great story moment, and yes, that was cool too. (I won’t say what happens.) But it didn’t compare to this speech.
I recently decided to try some other characters. First, I wanted to see the Worgen starting zone. I created a Worgen hunter named Eadgar, and I thoroughly enjoyed his starting experience. I especially loved the building pictured above. After finishing the starting zone, I created a Forsaken warlock. He’s currently level 7 or so; the Forsaken starting experience is definitely not as cool as the Worgen’s!
My Death Knight was in the very low 70s, so I decided to try him again. I did a couple dungeons, and then decided to try my hand at tanking. I was extremely nervous, but it went well. I told the group I was new to tanking, and that I really only heal. They told me I was going a little slower than normal but that I was doing fine. Great!
I also wanted to check how I could mage, so I swapped characters and computers with Moogle for two boss fights in Throne of Thunder. Amazingly, it went really well. I’m confident I can DPS in a raid setting.
Following that, I decided to get a shadow spec for my priest. I created the spec and a set of offspec gear based on what I already had. Sadly, I went into LFR to test it and I was already in the top three or four on DPS. I would expect to be worse than that, but I forgot that you can never underestimate LFR.
Know Your Lore: Is Garrosh Hellscream corrupt?, Anne Stickney, WoW Insider, 4/21/13.
Is he corrupt? Is he evil? Is he trying his best? This is a great article examining Garrosh Hellsceam.
Encounter Design, Arioch, clearcasting, 4/18/13.
A great idea for the Garrosh encounter in which we free various faction leaders to help us.
The Ultimate Boss Strategy, TyphoonAndrew, TyphoonAndrew’s – Eye of the Storm, 4/25/13.
With this strategy, you’ll be sure to win any fight.
The Legion of Vengeance: Forsaken having the time of their unlives, Lisa Poisso, WoW Insider, 4/17/13.
This Forsaken RP guild sounds pretty sweet.
Know Your Lore: Where is the rest of the Alliance?, Matthew Rossi, WoW Insider, 4/24/13.
Rossi wonders where the Alliance factions leaders have been.
Around Azeroth: KISS of Pandaria, Elizabeth Wachowski, WoW Insider, 4/24/13.
Quasimojo of The Shinigami on Sargeras (US) sent in a pretty sweet screenshot.
Books you should read to better understand WoW, Matthew Rossi, WoW Insider, 4/22/13.
I should read more of these.
Which battleground might get the axe?, Olivia Grace, WoW Insider, 4/22/13.
Underplayed battlegrounds might get removed. That seems so strange to me. If it does happen, I hope they use it as a chance to include more story.