Well, maybe not ‘cutting’. But for the first time since WotLK, I am pretty much current with an expansion.
My Protection Paladin main is Covenant maxed, has a nice legendary helmet from Torghast, and our dungeon group has completed all the (normal!) Dungeons. We’re training up a second tank, so theoretically we could start a tentative push into Castle Nathria. We’re well behind most, but for our motley crew of five-to-seven regulars this is quite an achievement, and we’re happily puttering along.
The Covenant system has been a fun way to have a loyalty to something other than Horde/Alliance or race – our dungeon runs are full of faux-outrage at each other’s picks and how wrong they are. Uptight Kyrian (my choice!) vs Chaos Necrolords, with the Venthyr watching on from the sidelines whilst sipping their tea. The Night Fae miss out, but I’m sure someone will level one just to be able to poke fun at the rest of us.
The Revendreth story was easily the best for me, with Maldraxxus a close second (the arena opening was superb). Ardenweald lacked personality and was only saved right at the end by a good lore-heavy story, and Bastion was just plain dull – as everyone has said, a real misstep as the first zone after the strong Maw opening (as was the sudden slow down in Oribos).
I chose Revendreth as my faction at first, but couldn’t stick with it as a Prot Pally. It felt wrong for RP reasons, so I switched to team shiny, which I haven’t regretted. They are ridiculously po-faced, but the armour looks nice and the zone is a peaceful oasis compared to the rest – it feels like a balm returning home there.
Given the Covenant quests are now done, and Renown is stoppered at Level 40, a content pause is inevitable. I’m only now starting to ponder an Alt. But my Hunter needs one last very rare fish drop (some Wowhead comments have 30,000+ casts to catch it?! I’m only on 1000 – eek) to finish all the pre-Shadowlands fishing, so I’m loath to move her on. And my Rogue is busy catching pets from lower level zones, so she’s also busy.
Patch 9.1 sounds good, I’m looking forward to the story progressing. Sylvanas is super-interesting again – the questions raised by her tiny eye movements in the Chains of Domination trailer was excellent.
Hopefully 9.1 comes sooner rather than later, but in the meantime I’m managing to sneak in some Overwatch (I’m very rusty), and restarting Horizon Zero Dawn (and wondering why I stopped the first time ’round – it’s excellent). Game alting – one benefit of being up-to-date in an MMO!
5 thoughts on “Warcraft: On the Cutting Edge”
The covenants are genius in getting reup of player engagement…now on my third character though that will be it…I will save the last covenant for our Alliance characters (remember those!) which I hope to return to soon-ish though it is great to be somewhat functional on top tier content
Agree it’s engaging – looking forward to when they extend the Covenant stories beyond Renown 40. I have no memory of any Alliance characters 😉
Overall I’m pretty happy with the covenants but some abilities are just too strong. I’m usually not one to only choose the “correct” choice with the most power for my class/spec, but I don’t want the worst – so if you have a few alts it kinda makes sense to still distribute them according to ingame power, if you want to see all 4 anyway. It’s a bit as if they had learned nothing from the original racial abilities which were changed and nerfed again and again over the years :/
Good point – the Kyrian Prot Paladin ability is so superior as to not compare. But I suppose that only really matters if you’re Heroic Raiding or Mythic Plus Dungeoneering. For the majority the flavour is more important, though even then it’s hard to ignore the meta-game and pick something less effective.
We’re working on Heroic Denathrius right now and Covenant abilities are 100% not the problem 😛 The only real difference I see is in high M+ keys, with that one bleeding affix, but there Kyrian pots are OP for everyone, so also not really what I meant.
I guess I’m half off-Meta anyway. Night Fae Fury Warrior instead of Venthyr, Venthyr Paladin (70% Prot, 30% Retri) just my Resto Shaman is (correctly) Necrolord…
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