The Daily Grind: Did you go back to World of Warcraft for Battle for Azeroth?

    
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Did they getcha? Did they suck you in again for another go-round?

I have a flurry of guildies in World of Warcraft right now thanks to Battle for Azeroth, and yet I haven’t been enticed to go back. In fact, Legion was the first expansion I didn’t buy or go back during, and now we’re at the next one and I’m still in exactly the same shruggy place. I’m not saying I’m over it forever. I’m not saying I’ll never go back. The game just isn’t doing it for me personally right now. There are things they could do that would make me whip out my wallet: new classes (bards!), real housing, a meaningful economy – maybe something that replicates the exploration amusement of vanilla, the dungeon joy of Wrath, or the questing and farm fun of Pandaria. Probably plenty of cool things I haven’t even thought of could get me in there; the truth is, I am a sucker for the idea of playing The Big One, secure in the knowledge that it’s a sure bet for longevity.

But this expansion isn’t grabbing me, and that’s OK. Not everything has to be for me. And I’m glad it’s grabbing some of you – who doesn’t love all the buzz and hoopla? So did you go back to World of Warcraft for Battle for Azeroth?

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Arcanum Zero

No, the Teldrassil buzz reminded me that I never finished Legion, so I reupped (too late), but I haven’t bought the expansion and don’t intend to.

Legion was the perfect ending to WoW for me; it was great fun (until the Grindfallen), and I feel like all the storylines I care about in the game were satisfactorily wrapped. That is compounded by the fact that I’ve always found the faction antagonism that BfA focuses on forced and weak.

And man, if nothing else, I am super angry and frustrated about how unfinishable Legion has become with the launch of BfA. The deprecation of features in the pre-patch was bad enough, but so much of the later patches of Legion is group-mandatory content (some raid content, even) that I’m probably never going to really complete Legion until whatever the next expansion is comes out and I can overlevel to 130.

I have a couple of characters I’d like to run through Legion, and it hardly seems possible now. I’m happy to PUG, I just doubt anyone else will be. I don’t even care about achievements and special mounts — all I want is to experience the whole story. Very disappointing, but I guess Blizzard has to keep people focused on the new hotness.

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Nick Smith

Nope.

I played WoW to death the first 4-5 years it was out. I have 5 Horde toons all to max lvl which was 80 at the time (Wrath of the Lich King). After about May of 2009, I never really played again. I think I dabbled with a Pandarian when they had a small promotion at the time, but nothing has really drawn me back into the game.

I think a combination of burn-out (even that many years ago) and so many other games I have more of a desire to play, has kept me away.

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anarres

I didn’t. But I was tempted this time. A small reason was that the timing ended up wrong and I missed events already when I considered it.
Will see about that Vanilla plan instead, that might actually make me play, not just dip toes? We’ll see.

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Solaris

Yes and very happy I did. The production values are the best a WoW expansion has seen. Really happy with both the Horde and Alliance storylines. Blown away by what Blizzard has done with this aging MMO. Really have been enjoying myself the last few weeks leading into BFA.

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Vexia

I tried going back for Legion, but I still couldn’t get into it. From my outside perspective, it seems like that was a time that would have recaptured my interests if the game was going to at all. Now with the way things appear to be going with BFA, especially from a storytelling standpoint, I don’t think WoW is the kind of game that interests me anymore. While it’s a bit sad, that’s ultimately ok since I’ve moved on to other things.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I leveled to 20. Still subbed to RIFT for a bit. May try a WoW sub after.

No priority to play BFA zones for launch. If I do that stuff, it’ll be in a 9.0 in a couple years :P

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starbuck1771

When you buy bfa you get a free lvl 110 boost. A $60 value by itself.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Not really important to me. I’ll apply it to a 3rd+ character after doing Alliance and Horde ‘mains’.

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Sajiri

I did, but not for BFA exactly. A couple weeks back, all the news of BFA made me curious to boot up battle.net launcher and just see which friends were still around. My best wow friend, who I’d known for 6-7 years but hadnt got to speak to for about 2, just happened to be online at the time.

We started chatting, having a great time, and I realised I missed hanging out with him so much that I resubbed that same night just to play wow with him again

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Serrenity

It did – partially due to lack of options, but it was (brace for it) kind of fun to work up to void elf (for those counting – 0 to Exalted in 3 weeks, almost exactly). It was fun to have a long-term goal with not the exact same thing over…and over… and over.

The attention to detail in Kul Tiras has me pretty hopeful about the rest of the expansion. There were more than a few places that had me chuckling at the jokes, and the details in the models and environments are pretty….pretty? ha

Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised. Not sure how long it’ll last, but it’ll probably be dependent on whether we find a good guild to shack up with :-)

But for the moment, I’m having fun and I’m excited to log in. *shrug* can’t ask for much more than that.

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Weilan

Vanilla is the only WoW for me. This Game of Thrones-like peepshow drama casual trash can go take a hike.

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Michael18

I was very close to returning, this time, due to a rekindled interest in WoW’s lore after watching the Sylvanas outrage.

I think it’s these reasons why I did not make the jump, in the end:

1. BfA’s feature page and a feature video on YT gave me the impression that questing and exploration of zones are no longer a primary focus (only 3 new zones). It seems to be more about arcadey features like the island expeditions, warfronts, or the world quests, these days.

2. The “Heart of Azeroth” seemed uninspired and reminded me that in today’s WoW many new features exist for a single expansion only and progression is deleted afterwards (e.g. artifact weapons).

3. Pre-event with the burning of the world tree (which got me interested in the first place) removed from game.

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Tim Johnson

Actually there are 6 new zones, 3 for each faction, and then at max level, the opposing faction zones open up (from what i understand, i’m only 115 and at work). And the zones are pretty big and dense and have interesting stories (at least Kul-Tiras has so far).

While a valid comment on heart of azeroth, but leaving things behind has always been a core part of the wow expansion process. Every expansion has Unique Legendary weapons and Tier set bonuses that stop being useful when the next expansion drops. The biggest change for BFA is that the weapons just flat stopped giving some of their abilities in 8.0 that made them iconic, some mechanics got worked into the classes (like old school talent changes) and other just disappeared. Heart of azeroth is a bit more of a generic thing though since it’ll just be a battery that charges up 3 slots worth of gear. It’s like Artifact weapons and equipment upgrades rolled into one, a few mechanics they have been toying with for a few expansions now.

They always remove the pre-event and to be blunt, just watch it on youtube, It was just a few cool/depressing moments strung togeather by standard style quests. While it’s fun to live through, it’s no different then the legion invasions, the elemental invasion, or the Pre-wrath event. It’s nothing earthshatteringly amazing, it’s just setting the stage for the expansion.

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starbuck1771

Plus there is also the mini islands.

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Ben Stone

The opposite faction zones open up as you level. At regular intervals you get to pick which zone to invade. It’s pretty cool, the initial quests have you set up a base of operations in enemy territory. At 120 you’ll be doing content in all 6 zones. More land mass than Legion.