WARNING: Long post - tl;dr at the bottom
Dear Adventurers, Soldiers and Heroes,
I initally started WoW late TBC and fell in love with the game during Wrath. I took a tremendous long time in leveling trough (old) Azeroth, the Outlands and finally - Northend.
There, I met a couple of fellow adventurers and together we took upon the challenges in the frozen north - until Ulduar, when we proofed to incompetent to continue…
After a while I quit and my desire to reroll completly died, when I saw the Cataclysm trailer (how dare they destroy my beloved darkshore!)
After that, I travelled back in time and spent the majority of my gaming years on… another technical infrastructure… playing the games version of 2006.
Then the Classic release was announced and I quit the… outsourced approach of this game… and began to wait patiently. Until the Hype was too strong and I tried BFA in order to kill the anticipation and break the torture of waiting. I heard a lot of bad things about this expansion. As an outsider, these were my major concerns:
- Community unfriendly and not connected
- Leveling content is obsolete
- Not rewarding and not challenging
So, I’d like to share my personal experience after a couple hours played (on this toon).
I met a couple of cool people during my LFD runs. The LFR runs were mostly rushed down tbh, but the ones who proofed to be chilled people, the connection was immediately there - like the good old days. I just needed to approach each group with the equal positivity, even if it wasn’t always returned the same way. Hence, for the low-lvls the community is actually quite alright.
I really enjoy leveling! The quests areas feel connected. Quests are actually written out a lot better then they were “back then” and the dynamic caps for each zone allow me to pursuit my characters own personal story. Of course, they are still the notorious “kill X boars”, “destroy Y” and “bring this there” quests but hey - this has always been that way. It’s an MMO in the end…
Not rewarding and not challenging
Actually, I still enjoyed getting that loot. It’s true, the dungeons are mostly not really challenging anymore in this level area. I crawled every dungeon and we wiped a whooping total of 2 times (Scarlett Halls to that Bladestorm dude and Strath - Keep when the whole City run after a DPS of ours). However, I agree that the bosses are not challenging at all. Healing is boring, since I do not have to do anything for 10sec+.
Conclusion / TLDR
BFA is much better than expected and I think many unhappy players are just burned out. Still looking forward to classic, but retail is a fine way to kill the time until then.