It’s information overload! I was expecting information for sures (I mean, that’s what Blizzcon is for) but I wasn’t expecting this much! Taking the 5 changes I thought were the biggest, here’s my take of the news from Anaheim! Now with convenient hyperlinks so you know what I am discussing.
We are going to talk about this first because this is the most important change to come from Blizzcon.
…Alright, maybe not quite number one. But its high up there.
I am so super stoked by this announcement, I actually squealed when I heard about it. Transmog has become a very large part of the game for some players (and the reason to keep playing for others) and I am glad that Blizzard has decided to revamp the whole system. Learning the appearances will free up thousands of bag spaces over all my toons. Having transmog sets linked to spec has been something I’ve been asking for for years. And the ability to save sets in game is honestly amazing! I can’t wait for Legion to drop, if only for this!
And all the crafters of the realm doth sayeth ‘Finally!’
All kidding aside, I am excited by the changes that Blizzard has announced (and I know there will be more). It sounds like they are really pushing to make crafting relevant and interesting again and are not tying it to one specific aspect of the game (cough cough garrisons). The new UI they demo-ed was sorely needed and the “disenchanting” of other professions goods solves the problem of what to do with old profession stuff. This change was badly needed and greatly appreciated!
I…. I have mixed feelings about this. One on hand, I love the idea of having a weapon that you keep with you and get to augment and I really love the idea of a talent tree for the weapons. But on the other hand, I worry that it might become a required and grindy activity after a while. Also, I’m not a huge fan of being locked into one particular weapon type all expansion. Especially considering a certain plate wearing healer I play is going to have to lug a lame book around with her all expansion.
I think if artifacts are going to work and stay relevant all expansion, Blizzard will need to make them upgradable through numerous channels so there is a choice on where to grind. In addition, I vote that we should be able to transmog them into other types of weapons that our class can use. While I love the staff that brewmasters get, I love duel wielding kegs as well.
I’m tentatively optimistic about this change as well. If everything really and truly scales then this will allow an amazing amount of leveling freedom. One possible downside I could see is that if we have to unlock the Pillar of Creation on each toon then doing every zone on 3+ alts could get grindy and redundant. If Blizzard plays it smart, they will allow for alternate ways to get that Pillar than questing so that while you need to go into every zone, you don’t have to do the same things every time. I’m excited to play through this change as well!
Fussypants: The very first thing I thought of when the trailer first started up was ‘oh no, this is like the beginning of the Lich King trailer with the My Son business, has something happened to Varian or Anduin??’ which then turned in to ‘foreshadowing, foreshadowing, FORESHADOWING’ as the dialogue went on. However as soon as the trailer really got going and the action started I began tuning out Varian’s dialogue. I believe this is the first time we’ve gotten a CGI cinema with Varian and Sylvannas and I’ll be honest, I was drinking up the beautiful rendering of them. Blizzard has once again delivered with a visual masterpiece.
At the part where Varian plunged into the water, I will admit I was genuinely worried we were about to lose him right there. All that I could think of was how lame it was that a simple ship sinking took him out for good when he’s been through so much more, and how awesome the Fury Warrior artifacts were going to be. (In hind sight, I probably should have been more concerned about the fate of my supreme leader but I was more considering rolling a warrior to get his swords).
I will say, this trailer did not give me quite the chills that previous ones have, but it was still incredibly well done! Fantabulous fuel for the hype train!
I already cannot wait for Legion. With all the quality of life changes, revamps, and new content promised, Legion is shaping up to be one heck of an expansion! All aboard the hype train!
Look for Yotaan’s responses in the next coming days…