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World of Warcraft, where love is war…because we love WoW, but we’re constantly at war with all these expansions.

Here we are, patch 8.2 of World of Warcraft, Rise of Azshara, and I’m just now beginning to write my thoughts.

What the hell am I even supposed to say about this game?

I didn’t start during the Classic World of Warcraft era, instead I played more toward when Wrath of the Lich King was starting to come out. I’m pretty sure? I do remember the days of the hunter classing using melee for PvP tactics and having to have arrows, as well as food to feed your pets.

We’re seven expansions deep!

  1. The Burning Crusade
  2. Wrath of the Lich King
  3. Cataclysm
  4. Mists of Pandaria
  5. Warlords of Draenor
  6. Legion
  7. Battle for Azeroth

But no, really, I’m amazed at how far World of Warcraft has come since I first started playing it, even though I was never there at the beginning. There are always going to be hiccups with every expansion. There are always going to be complaints.

Enjoy the game as it is. Cherish the moments that were.

Change happens.

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Pros:

  • Variety of dungeons and raid designs
  • Progression in a variety of areas
  • Background music
  • Personal character customization (transmog)

Cons:

  • Player-base can be toxic
  • Can be very grindey
  • Not as much things for casuals to do (as per raiders and PvPers)

Classic WoW

I figured I’d start with this, because it’s a huge deal, especially for the player-base that started at the very beginning of things.

World of Warcraft Classic release date starts (or should) on August 27th, 2019. The official schedule and release date information can be found on the official World of Warcraft website.

World of Warcraft Classic is a faithful recreation of the original World of Warcraft—it runs a bit smoother on today’s computers, but the game still looks and feels like you’re playing World of Warcraft from 2006. Combat mechanics, original character models and skill trees all contribute to a truly authentic experience, as do your interactions with other players. Your reliance on others to take on the world was at the heart of the original WoW and is at the heart of World of Warcraft Classic.

If I would’ve ever began a class in Classic (pun not intended), it more than likely would’ve been a hunter. And I’m pretty sure that is the first class I chose, because it’s normally the easiest to play–you hang back and let your pets do all the work.

Well, okay, you have to do some work, but still.

Since most of the guides I create won’t primarily focus on the Classic side of things, here’s a couple of helpful links.

Classic Guides

  • Legacy World of Warcraft brings you a variety of guides for the expansions, Classic included.
  • WoW-professions was a site that I typically went to back before I started making my own farming guides!
  • WoW is Classic is a website I’d never noticed before, but it has guides you can peruse.

Navigation

The first time I saw someone playing this game, it was during my college time at the School of Advertising Art. He was playing it on his laptop and I only caught a five-minute glimpse, because all he was doing, was running.

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That’s right. The character he was on, was running on a path, presumably to get to the next quest destination.

I remember saying, “That looks like fun.”

Sarcasm, of course.

Curiosity overcame me eventually. Lo and behold, here we are at patch 8.2, and I’m still playing the damn thing, except (unless you’re new) navigation is no longer about running from one place to another.

Ways to navigate:

Gameplay

There are so many things to do in the terms of gameplay.

I belong in the PvE category. I’m not a huge fan of PvP, so you won’t often see me playing any kind of competitive games (though I did enjoy Overwatch for a time). I like dungeons to an extent. Once you get into the harder dungeons and the raids people become a bit more aggressive in how they do things and how you should do things and that became a put-off for me.

That’s sort of in line with the cons of the toxic player-base.

For me, the real enjoyment in the game is farming and goldmaking.

That’s why I create guides for a variety of materials you might need to farm for. I try to keep all of my routes and statistics on them up-to-date. I don’t know if a lot of the other websites do that, but either way, I guess I just got sick and tired of Googling for the best routes that I wanted everything there for me  without relying on others.

Plus, if you have enough gold, you can purchase WoW Tokens from the Blizzard shop without having to pay real money.

If you don’t have enough gold for that, I’d recommend buying a 60-Day Pre-Paid Time Card first.

If you don’t have enough gold in 60 days, then you might not be doing something right. But if you are doing something right, you’ll no longer have to pay actual currency for your subscription, as long as you keep getting the tokens.

Aside from all that, if the gameplay options above don’t tickle your fancy, there are definitely more to experience.

Gameplay options:

  • Achievements
  • Battle Pets
  • Dungeons and Raids
  • Farming and Goldmaking
  • PvE
  • PvP
  • Roleplaying

Overall

World of Warcraft might never consider itself as the best MMORPG out there, but it’s still a damn good game.

It’s got some amazing cutscenes throughout your questing a raiding experience, Stellar background music, entirely dependent on which zone you’re in. There are so many addons that you can use in the game to make things better for you. PvP if you feel like cutting characters down, PvE if you’re up to getting the most out of the lore and expansions.

Or, if battling pets and collecting them all is more your speed, the more power to you.

You do you.

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