Sorry for the long delay without any forewarning. Life caught up to us; between holidays, birthdays, finals, shoppings, and celebration we haven’t had any chance to write! Don’t worry, we are back to start off the new year writing once more.
Endgame content is arguable one of the most important aspects of World of Warcraft. The majority of our playtime is spent at max level so there is a huge need for long term max level content. As with all expansions, WoD brought in new max level content. The current debate is, is this enough?
Fussypants: In my mind, there are two types of max level content: PvP and PvE. On the PvE front, we have garrisons, raids, dungeons, and reputations. On the PvP front, we have battlegrounds, arenas, skirmishes, and Ashran. Now I’m no die hard PvPer, so my knowledge is more limited for that, but I would say the PvP front is pretty well covered. The main content issue seems to be with PvE content.
I think that the lack of an overwhelming number of dailies has created the notion of less content. Minute for minute, I will agree that there is less to do. However the content we have is much more enjoyable and much more lasting.
I will be the first to admit- I hated dailies. I did very few of them and only when I really had to. Because I couldn’t log on every day for two hours to clear out all the dailies, I always felt behind and annoyed. So consequently, I barely did any dailies and I have very few Pandaria reps at Exalted. With WoD, that two hour glut of dailies has been replaced with a twenty minute garrison jaunt. Chores are chores, and checking my garrison isn’t the most entertaining thing. But I’m liking it so much more than the MoP chores. I can leave my garrison alone for a few days and I won’t fall behind. Also the time commitment is WAY less, so I feel motivation to check my garrison almost daily. Garrisons allow me to do more with my playtime because I spend less time completing chores. I will definitely agree that garrisons aren’t perfect (cough cough professions cough), but they are a much more enjoyable form of content. And if they are more enjoyable, they are more lasting.
As a dps facing long queues, I do miss the quickness of scenarios. Dungeons are about an hours wait and raids can be even longer. But the number and variety of instances are something I would not give up. With the added bonus of Inn quests, dungeons are unique and challenging (less so than the start because of raiding gear, but not a snoozefest). The only dungeon I dislike is Everbloom, not because of mechanics or boss fights, but because I find the story really creepy. My experience raiding has been limited thus far, but I have found Highmaul to be an entertaining raid. Molten Core though, that can die in a fire.
I think the biggest problem is there are no dailies with reputations locked behind them. I think dailies were a bigger amount of content than people realized, and without them it can seem like there is very little to do. I have yet to run out of things to do, so personally I think this expansion is better for it.
In the PvP field, let me just say that I think its the best thing that Blizzard could have done. I, I of all people have began seriously getting into PvP. For realsies. I’m saying this with a straight face. I absolutely love Ashran. You can go get the bad guys in a massive brawl or go off and do side quests or just collect artifact fragments. Almost any playstyle still supports your team so you can pretty much do whatever you want. Plus, the gear that drops both in Ashran and from battlegrounds is a huge incentive to go out and PvP. I love that stunned till death is no longer the fate of noobs like me, and that even as an undergeared boomkin, I can still help my team.
I might be the only person to think this, but I really do love the Southshore Anniversary Battleground. Not for nostalgia’s sake (I actually never participated in the original incarnation) but because it was an awesome free for all brawl with no objectives other than destroying the enemy. I haven’t dabbled into any rated PvP, but the non rated PvP I have done thus far has been awesome. My only wish is that Ashran didn’t have super long queues.
If you can’t tell, I’m totally enamored with this expansion. I’m discovering new passions and enjoying every minute of my playtime. The content we have is just fine in my mind!
Yotaan: I will admit that I have not played as much as Fussypants in this expansion. This isn’t for a lack or interest, but rather a lack of time. I have a confession too…
I haven’t leveled Yotaan beyond Shadowmoon Valley.
I actually spent most of my time playing on my Forsaken Rogue and got him to level 100. I’ve missed the Horde it seems.
As for endgame PVE, my experience has been very limited, With the rogue I reached level cap in Spires of Arak and then went into PVP. I didn’t even go into Nagrand, my idea being that I will save it for Yotaan to experience it fresh. So, while I have done a bunch of Garrison stuff (and boy was I lucky with followers – most of them were epic right from the start), I haven’t done any dungeons or raids. I’m not even sure if I want to, at least on this toon.
On the other hand, I have always enjoyed PVP and never had a max level rogue in it. Ashran is very good but has been a challenge. It is not friendly to squishy melee, particularly in those big brawls. I can see why Fussypants likes it, shooting her moonbeams in the back! I’ve tried the anniversary PVP BG as well, but they have been poor groups, we lost every time. Once I learn my rogue better, I will be able to help more.
There is definitely plenty to do in the endgame. I don’t miss dailies at all, but now I don’t understand the point of reputations either. Plus, there are more zones to open down the road, so I do think there is plenty to do now and in the future.