It’s been four months since I renewed my World of Warcraft subscription. Being absent for six years meant I had a lot to catch up on, and indeed the game has changed a lot while I was gone. For the better, I believe.
I don’t have the free time nor level of commitment I did the last time I played back in Wrath of the Lich King in 2010, but Legion remains a lot of fun to play. The game’s barrier to entry has been lowered a lot for new and casual players. Here are a few things I noticed about WoW since I’ve returned.
Significant Rise in Quality
I noticed a stark improvement in graphics and gameplay the moment I reached the Mists of Pandaria expansion. It ended up being my favorite one as the quests were engaging and the Jade Forest was simply a beautiful zone. This trend continues up until Legion where quests in a zone are a lot more cohesive.
I have the Storyline add-on to also make the questing experience more immersive. It makes a huge difference in my enjoyment and brought back the RPG in MMORPG.
More Content for a Variety of Players
With twelve years under WoW’s belt, the amount of content just keeps growing and growing. That means end-game raiding isn’t the only way to make the most out of your subscription! You can collect mounts, chase achievements, or simply keep leveling new characters. There are so many new zones. You won’t go dry on content anytime soon if you’re just starting out. You can even do pet battles if that’s your thing. Yes, it’s just like Pokemon.
Easier Gameplay Overall
Leveling is easier. Gearing up is easier. Even raiding is so much easier now. If you’re unable to commit to a raiding schedule, you can simply queue up on the Raid Finder and it functions like queueing for dungeons. The difficulty is tuned down by a lot (think of it as easy level), and you can still get gear with a chance for titanforges. The drawback for this is you’re essentially at the mercy of RNG, but I think it’s still much easier than how gearing up was in Wrath.
Achievement rewards and mounts are now account-bound which means you only need to get them once, and they’ll be available on all your toons. It’s so convenient! I remember my friend being mad that she got her Kingslayer title on her Paladin alt before her Rogue main. That won’t be a problem anymore.
Fun Toys and Transmogs
Toys and gear transmogrification weren’t around back when I played, and I’m really enjoying them this time around! You can change the way your equipment looks so you can maintain a certain aesthetic. Yesss WoW OOTDs! The toys are also super fun. I have a selfie camera because of course. I even have a photobomber to accompany me sometimes, and of course the rainbow generator!
That’s it for my quick thoughts on WoW. I have a few more posts I’d like to write about it. I definitely want to make a post dedicated to my toons! At the moment, I have two characters on max level, an arcane mage and a holy priest, plus a handful of other alts so I can try out different classes. Needless to say, I’ve been having a lot of fun. I’m not an exceptional player by any means. I’m mostly on the casual side, but I’m content with where I’m at. Collect all the mounts and transmogs!