Not much to look forward to in these dark days of lockdown, isolation, and staring at the same four walls day in, day out.
It looks like TBC is on the horizon.
I cannot wait. I absolutely cannot wait.
I’m burning with anticipation for the Burning Crusade. Once I’m in Outland, that’s it. It’s for life, or at the very least until Blizzard decides to pull the plug, hopefully some time in 2050 or beyond.
You can keep your fancy shmantzy WotLK, TBC is the real deal. TBC is for men, and also for women, and whatever other hominids may become capable of holding a mouse in the immediate future.
Right from that uber-epic first impression of Hellfire Peninsula stretching out before you as you enter the Dark Portal, with the demon lord being pummelled, and pummelling in turn - to the tranquil, eerie, tripped-out ambience of Zangarmarsh, the lush, rolling plains of Nagrand, that somehow just screams “For The Horde”, even if you’re Alliance - right through to the gloomy, dark mosh pits of Shadowmoon Valley. There’s a vibe, there’s a delicious feeling of immediacy…
I love TBC. It’s more than a perfect game, it’s a perfect experience.
Of course other players will find plenty to be upset about. World buffs are no longer a thing I guess… but we can be sure some new ‘META’ will be dreamed up by an influential content creator, and every min/maxer and their dog will race to copy it, so that it becomes the only way to complete content. We can be sure it will be every bit as ridiculously esoteric as having a Horde alt mind control you in Orgrimmar, and we can be sure it will be discussed to death in disparaging tones, even while umpteen zillion players copy it.
We can be certain that Kharazan will be cleared in the first week - to much wailing and gnashing of teeth; and yes, if you fly on a PVP realm, likely some laughing boy will slowfall onto you, dismount you, and watch you fall to your death. Night Elf Druids will have a ball shadowmelding, and flying away from danger, leaving would-be gankers shaking their fists like an old codger screaming “get off my lawn”. And yes, the launch will be shockingly bad, with Hellfire packed in like sardines. Yes, layering, and likely sharding will make their return.
You know what? I don’t care.
Bring on the Burning Crusade.