The Daily Grind: What do you think of World of Warcraft’s Shadows of Argus so far?

It’s been a little over a week since World of Warcrafteers (that’s a term, right?) jettisoned the world of Azeroth for that of Argus, the Legion-blasted realm that represents one of the largest content updates for the game to date. But how is it?

I’m on a bit of a break from WoW right now, having burned out more on the artifact grind and repetitive world quests than anything else. It was simply time for me to step back, although I’ve been keeping my eye on Patch 7.3 with some interest. I know that part of the update’s purpose was to draw players like me back with the promise of new realms to explore and goals to achieve, but so far the verdict is out for me.

For those of you playing, how are you finding Shadows of Argus? Has it rekindled your excitement for WoW, been more of the same, or proved to be a disappointment?

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Utakata

…just on the side Mr. Justin: I don’t really Artifact grind, I gear upgrade instead. While more Artifact Power may mildly make your weapon more powerful, your iLevel is the thing that will make you it harder with better survival chances by miles. So it’s more staying on top of gear (for right or wrong) – which is easier to come by in a variety of methods – then focusing on the AP. Which comes by anyways, even more so now that Blizz has introduced a number of “catch-up” mechanics.

So tl,dr: Don’t worry about the Artifact stuff so much. It’s not the tail that wags the dog in this game than I thought it was going to be. :)

PS/Note: In case anyone was wondering, I consider Artifact Relics acquiring as part of gearing. As they are glorified gems slotted in that increases one’s Artifact weapon’s iLevel. And can be upgraded so regardless of how much AP it has.

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Rottenrotny

More of the same it seems. Only with less AP grinding.

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Ben Stone

I’m liking it. Reminds me of the Timeless Isle and is a good catch up mechanism moving into the next raid tier for either new players, casuals or people switching mains.

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malrats

Curious: what makes it a good catch-up mechanism? I don’t know much about it and haven’t played since 7.0, but I’m eager to get back in before too long.

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Leviathonlx

I’m enjoying it and the content it brings. I’ll probably take a break for 2-3 weeks once PoF comes out then be right back to it.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Im not playing retail WoW so cant comment on the quality of content but I dont like green acid design of zones. I think Argus itself is too tiny for being Burning Legion’s bastion. Also I dont like this green moon hovering above Azeroth.

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Dug From The Earth

Im enjoying it all except for one super annoying part.

Whoever designed the landscape (you know, the person(s) using the 3d world building tool) needs to be slapped silly. The sheer number of tiny rocks, cracks, ridges, and other barely visual landscape features that COMPLETELY stops you from moving forward is downright infuriating as you travel around.

If you arent on the main freaking path, you end up hitting these “invisible walls” way more frequently than should have been allowed through Q&A. It makes exploring and traversing these new zones the most frustrating thing in the game for me right now.

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Nascent Visions

The content so far is pretty good and the zones are polished and interesting. Story telling is not bad, but not great either. You can see the effort there but it’s not enough to make me start caring about characters I haven’t cared about for 10 plus years.

The thing I’m most annoyed with is the artificial gating. I’d have rather had them just unload all of it at once than put it behind a staggered three week barrier that players can’t in any way effect in game. I get that Blizzard doesn’t want people to binge the whole thing in one week and then complain that there’s nothing to do, but give me a break. You’ve got three new zones (albeit small ones), new artifact mechanics, and a new dungeon all ready to go. That’s a solid month’s worth of new stuff for casual players whether you gate it or not and the hardcore players are just going to blitz it all as it arrives anyway. Launch it and let us play it.

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threeknee

I don’t know because I don’t play it, but I’m a little sad that I didn’t return to WoW for Legion, seeing as how the Burning Crusade era was my favorite. Too late now though.

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Ben Stone

Nah its a good time to come back really, it is between raid tiers and Argus will catch you up to everyone except Mythic raiders.

Also they removed a lot of the annoying time sinks and locks like the 3rd relic, artefact knowledge, weapon unlocks etc that stopped new players catching back up.

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Liandreth

I’m having a blast. Subbed back up for 7.3 and Argus. It has a lot of catch up mechanics now so I don’t feel too bad grinding out multiple artifacts, etc, on alts. The story line is great too. Getting to see some much beloved characters and the interactions they’re having has been awesome.

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AtticLion

The price reduction very nearly almost convinced me to maybe, half-way, consider that perhaps WoW isn’t analogous to some sort of horrible soul-draining brain parasite. Potentially even different enough to actually be worth some small sum of money.

But then I remembered that this will no doubt be the last major content patch for Legion. And that I have zero interest in getting sucked into the months and months of content drought that are inevitably leading up to whatever this new overpriced expansion will be.

So I banished it from my mind and went back to playing Hollow Knight for the 3rd time.