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It's been two years since I played WoW, I really missed playing it. Several things held me back, like my account got hacked, and reading all the changes in the past few years somewhat turned me off along with a lot of real life situations. But now I'm back as of the last two weeks. Let me start off by saying I don't have the latest expansion pack Cataclysm. My game plan was to see how things go first.
Anyway, I had a level 72 Rogue that someone else played my character to level 78 they left me with some harvesting mats to sell on the auction, so it made up for my low armor and currency I had. I decided to do a little questing in Northrend to brush up on my skills. I'll admit I'm on a low populated server BUT no one, absolutely no one on the entire Continent. The quest were stale and boring and I was all alone, it was almost scary.
Ok time to Que for dungeons.
Well, I ran four dungeons in less than one hour. They were so easy with no strategy other than being fast to keep up with the vets that you could tell ran them a thousand times before. I came out of all four dungeons with full up grades of every slot of armor and weapons. At first I was both stunned and happy to be fully up graided. But later I'm thinking this in not really fun.
So what do I do now ?....After running a few dungeons, getting unbelievable exp and upgrades I just can't justify questing. There is just no reason to. Now I could understand why everyone sits around Stormwind waiting for dungeon ques. Other than battle grounds there is NOTHING ELSE TO DO. Blizzard really killed the immersion of this game.
Now it's time to find a community....
My new game plan is to make a Paladin healer on the most populated server I know of and that would be "Blackrock". Now you would think being a sociable mmo player on a populated server should yield me some friends Right ?....Wrong. Everyone keeps to them selfs. No one has time for others on their fast journey to level 85. No need to group for anything because mob fights are about the same as they had always been, but the exp for each kill or quest is outstandingly crazy.
On a new toon to go from levels 1-5 it would take about two quest to advance a level, and levels 6-15 it takes about four quest to up a level.
Oh, and something new. They put elite mobs at random around the questing world, that would give better loot than normal, but they are as easy to kill as any other mob.
Other than super fast leveling, I must say I got some feeling of nostalgia playing around with several toons in the old starting areas but they were short lived. I would out level a zone in less than one hour.
At level 15 the game changes. People abandon the questing zones and head for the dungeon finder. Just like my 78 Rogue the world is dead EVEN ON THE MOST POPULATED SERVER.
Again I ran Deadmines, Wailing Caverns, Shadowfang Keep and Rangefire Chasm all in one hour...I'm not bull shitting !....Playing a Paladin healer, I had no time to do anything but heal the tank as fast as I could hit the key the entire time I ran them. No other ability was used at all. Again no strategy and no fun, just a mad rush. Going in at 15 and coming out 19 I found that my harvesting was way behind and quest were wayyy out dated....So what do you do now ?...harvest below your level for up keep ? or go for the glory and continue like everyone else and Que for more dungeons ?
A few side notes :
- Guilds are silent, I belonged to several, no one chats, no one plays together at least pre level 85.
- I used the social tools given to us and did searches of all levels and EVERYONE is in Stormwind or Dungeon.
- No Dungeon chat going on, just flat out runs.
- Graphics are the best in WoW. I'm sorry, I played most every mmo and WoW's graphics are the best.
- If your looking for nostalgia, don't blink or you will miss what ever your looking for. Experience is set on ultra high to make you quickly pay for expansion packs.
- Cataclysm is still $39.95. I would like to see what the new Raid Finder is all about, but for now I'm a little discouraged in paying the still high price to find out !