Dragonflight’s pre-patch event provided a nice way to level alts. I had 6 max level characters when the pre-patch released, and on the day of Dragonflight’s release, I had 18 level 60 character! And yet I still don’t have a level 50+ highmountain tauren to unlock their heritage armor.
Please note that I’ll be discussing quests in this post without regards to spoilers.
The expansion release was a mess for me at first. Apparently things were okay the first half hour or so, but by the time I tried to play, Orgrimmar and Durotar were empty, and I kept getting “instance transfer aborted” error messages. On the plus side, I got to ride my rocket indoors!
Eventually I was able to see everyone. Like most people, the zeppelin did not want to show up for me. Eventually I saw a reddit post suggesting you could summon people to a dungeon in the Dragon Isles, and it worked! Thank you to my guildmates for summoning me to the Isles!
The Waking Shores
Once we reach the Dragon Isles, we have to backtrack across the zone from the dungeon to where we should have arrived. Cool zeppelin!
Alexstrasza’s new model is detailed and looks great. I’m looking forward to helping the aspects more!
Bulleto and I are little whelps!
The lava mammoths are amazing enemies. I need to level a hunter because I want one, and I can’t wait to get a mount.
This was from a later zone, but I thought I’d include it here. These were just a temporary buff, but it was fun to ride them!
I don’t know what to think about Sabellian vs Wrathion, and I could write a lot more about them. Wrathion acts like he’s always acting in our best interest, but he’s made a lot of stupid decisions and then didn’t even show up in Legion. Are we supposed to remember that, or was that bad writing? On the other hand, Sabellian hasn’t even been around in years. Who should I hope becomes the new aspect?
Hanging out with Bulleto!
Did… did Bulleto transform into a whelp and take a little lava bath in that cauldron of lava? I think so!
I didn’t think I’d like dragonriding much because my friend and I use two person mounts a lot while questing.
I was quite surprised to see you can enable the ability to let someone ride your dragon with you. They even get to turn into a little whelp! Of course, we now know dragonriding is super awesome and amazingly fast!
I never really cared about the centaur previously, and I still wouldn’t say they’re one of my favorite races. However, their inclusion in Dragonflight just makes the world seem so much more grounded. I like seeing races that were present in classic. And I love the architecture and world around these Maruuk centaur!
Especially cool is Sansok Khan, the tall centaur on the right in this screenshot. She’s the leader of her clan, and she’s deaf. Okir, the centaur next to Sansok Khan, speaks on her behalf, translating Sansok Khan’s sign language. Sansok Khan’s quest text starts with As Sansok Khan signs, Okir vocalizes. The dog next to Sansok Khan is Basran. It appears you can pet him as you can other dogs in World of Warcraft, but when you click him, you get this: You extend a hand to offer Basran pets, but he stays stoically next to his khan. Basran is currently working and you should not pat service dogs on duty. How amazing is that? I really like the representation, and she’s a cool character in general.
This was one of the longest quests I’ve ever experienced – or at least it felt that way. You escort the caravan and listen to the centaurs tell their history. It was a little hard for me to focus, but I still like to soak up all the lore.
I love how green and beautiful the zone is.
Yay, we get to ride him!
I thought the green dragons’ area was pretty too.
The Azure Span
Who knew a powerful mage could control their mirror images independently? Kalecgos knows, apparently.
Seeing Sindragosa, or at least a simulacrum of her, is an amazing moment. We don’t really know how sentient this is, but she sure feels like a character in her own. I hope we interact with her more!
Finally, we get to the tuskarr! This is the best and cutest race in the game, and you better believe I would be a tuskarr if they ever made them an allied race. I can’t believe Blizzard said there are no plans for allied races in Dragonflight, but I’m still hoping.
I really thought the tuskarr for which we were searching was dead, but his feign death tricked me. Bulleto is so upset that he feigns death.
Relaxing with Kalecgos and our new tuskarr friends.
During a quest with some tuskarr and Kalecgos in which we’re battling the decay, the tuskarr Kaqiata dies. Her dying words are “Please, tell my son Rowie in Iskaara that I love him. And I’m sorry.”
We meet her son Rowie later and help him “defeat” this yeti. This was a such a cute quest!
We also helped the tuskarr say good bye to Chieftain Ponoliak and learn about their funeral ceremonies. It’s another sad yet touching quest.
The tuskarr children are just super adorable!
And so is this frog!
Some tuskarr children want to help this abandoned baby gnoll they named Scraps. I thought it was cute, and I’m looking forward to this being referenced again later I’m sure.
This quests tasks us with helping Elder Poa with her stories. Elder Nappa suggests we get Elder Poa a new story – even if we have to make it up! Elder Poa takes the quest answers and spins a story from it.
You can also read it here.
This one is Bulleto’s!
The zone ended with the blue dragonflight coming together to help Kalecgos. It was to be expected from the major story beats of the zone but was exciting nonetheless!
Eventually we reached Thaldraszus, the final zone and home of the dragon city Valdrakken. You’d think a city made for dragons would have chairs spaced a little further apart.
Due to some time shenanigans with the bronze and infinite flights, I met my future self here. Why does his armor look worse?
When I get sent back in time, I’m not expecting this. Camp Narache?! (Of course, when my character lived this, it was vanilla and not Cataclysm.)
A timeline where the Horde and Alliance are murlocs has to be one of the coolest things in the game.
Even the map is modified!
Here I am with Bulleto, Varian Wryngrrlgulgll, and Thrallgrulgulgul. Deathwingurlugull is in the background!
Who are those murloc heroes with us? Why, they’re Bulleto and Sotiros the murlocs of course!
We even found Baine Blrrgfin!
Here’s a clip of this awesome quest.
We’re sent even further back in time to before the titans ever came to Azeroth and the Black Empire ruled. Don’t worry, we make it home.
Bulleto and I fit better at this table even if Sumo hogs the camera while Chompsky stands nicely in the back!
Need a break from adventuring? Maybe you could get some cheese from Gorgonzormu.
It would go perfect with some wine from Zinfandormu!
Well, maybe I’m off to have some cheese and wine in Valdrakken. See you on the Dragon Isles!