As anticipated, throughout my trip (Egypt, no much less – we explored Nile and the entire nation prime to backside – 8 cities from Mediterranean to southern border!) I noticed the discharge date for 9.2. – Eternity’s Finish. Contemplating my sub, it’s hilarious: my earlier one expires at Feb 20 with the discharge in EU-region on Feb 23, so it seems to be virtually seamless.
But, I’m not taking the bait and shopping for my frequent 6-month sub for the brand new patch. As deliberate, I’m grabbing 3 months, as a result of LFR gained’t even arrive in full in 4 weeks, and reputations/cyphers/no matter objectives wouldn’t be reached for certain. Relying on the patch gameplay, we will see if I need to hold WoW operating, or 3 months can be sufficient.
A very powerful change in my WoW method right now is alts. Up to now, for a very long time since WoD, I pushed all my vary of 12-22-now-15 group of characters in equal measure, nobody was left behind, everybody participated in LFR mog farming and stored up on the identical gear stage. Whether or not I need to do the identical for Eternity’s Finish is a query of gameplay – how participating the brand new zone and its actions can be. Frankly, even when I like all my alts as characters and their specs, I’m fairly burned out. A self-inflicted illness, to be truthful, not Blizzard’s fault, however nonetheless.
So, for the start of 9.2. I’m planning to chop the race to solely two toons: “main” Alliance Micromantica, the gnome frost mage & my all-time principal, and “main” Horde Schlitzchen, the goblin enhancement shaman. I’ll discover and do every day stuff on each, and be completely in peace with different toons being benched till 10.0. After all, if the gameplay is good, I might simply decide up different toons too (and/or if I miss enjoying a category or spec), however there’s no urge to push them in any respect. Contemplating alts, right now I really feel it extra enjoyable and fascinating to discover and stage FFXIV alt jobs.
What of Content material?
Blizzard are being cussed and excited concerning the upcoming decision of Sylvanas story – properly, I wrote already I’m past caring for Shadowlands lore anymore and maintain little hope that Jailer/Sylvanas arcs would spark something good. But, nonetheless unhealthy, it nonetheless strikes the plot ahead, and I need to expertise it from a pilot seat, not from social media, blogs, movies and memes. Like I mentioned, I’m seeing the sport to the tip no matter and every time that perhaps – even when it means I might be coming just for story beats.
I’m not too excited by Zereth Mortis – or slightly, by no means. The 2 issues that appear fascinating is cypher factor (if achieved properly – it’s thriller, puzzle and linguistics in a bucket, my mushy spot), and that they provide you a robotic buddy in your journey with automa – a WALL-E vibe pulled properly might work completely.
I’m not planning to farm raid units on this tier. They aren’t nice, they’re nothing in type I want to placed on my toons. Rumors are, there may very well be an choice to retrieve them – or recolors – from open world actions, then I could signal for it. All in all, this raid to me is the story and seeing the encounters, at the beginning. I’m a bit burned out of queues, so the purpose is to attenuate the variety of runs besides most crucial.
As an informal, I by no means cared about legendary stuff and grinding issues for energy, so tier set bonuses, legendary foreign money, two legendary objects, or three, or a dozen are a imprecise and boring factor not price my consideration. As soon as I surpass my present legendary merchandise stage of 225, I’ll throw it in a trash bin in a jiffy, and I gained’t be chasing a brand new belt or no matter – provided that it drops on my head by regular actions.
What I AM eager about is whether or not there are anima rewards for Zereth Mortis actions, and in catching up type elevated portions? I might nonetheless like to complete my covenant units, however I’m not within the temper of doing outdated stuff for it, thanks very a lot.
…I’m hyped. Perhaps it’s a Pavlovian reflex, however a brand new patch and a brand new growth at all times makes me itching with expectations. New stuff is at all times higher than no stuff of a lull, new exploration, new lore, new lands to journey to. And there may be at all times hope that gameplay, tales and every little thing would flip your expectations the other way up and be higher or completely different in a optimistic manner. So sure, I’ll be there for launch, and let’s see how this growth actually ends.
However like I mentioned, it’s two toons for a begin. I’ll share my gaming time between two MMOs, and there’s a fantastic likelihood that it may very well be an hour or two of WoW every day stuff and the remainder goes to FFXIV. We’ll see the way it rolls.
See you in 9.2. subsequent week! Skeletor will return with extra impressions after launch.
P.S. Group Council
Oh sure, it’s been a hilarious story. Earlier than trip, I obtained an e-mail from Kaivax inviting me to group council boards. The issue is, I can’t write there from an EU account – as a result of I don’t have a personality of stage 10 on US realms, even when I’m correctly logged in US model with my Battlenet account.
The assist didn’t assist with this in any respect, misunderstanding the difficulty, redirecting me to the usual troubleshooting web page, and quoting me the issues from my very own letter in response – the stuff I already knew. Kaivax in response mail was truly extra useful, however the resolution is definitely making a WoW trial account in US realms and leveling a toon to stage 10 to take part within the discussions.
Nicely, what can I say… After all, it’s only a couple hours should you actually want to, the issue is: do I actually need to undergo all this hassle, do the precise work of leveling a very ineffective alt within the recreation I’m at the moment not pleased with within the first place? And the reply is: no. Let group council operate with out me.