Fussypants: First things first, I want to give kudos where kudos are due, that pre-expansion event was AWESOME! The quests, the invasions, the whispers, all were perfect for building up the excitement and anticipation for the final drop. The Legion invasions in particular got me two new level 100s (a druid from 80 and a rogue from 64) as well as a bunch of shiny new gear to outfit out all my alts. Two thumbs up from me!
Secondly, I’ve got another person to thank. I would have had to wait several days for my copy of Legion to finally arrive had it not been for the super generous actions of one of my guildies. Thank you so much Frandall for giving me the key that allowed me to enter Legion the day of launch! You’re the real MVP!
Finally, onto the expansion itself! I, of course, started leveling with my Holy Paladin right off the bat. The whole Class Hall and artifact introduction was very, very well done (but I do have to say, it’s a little weird to be the big man in charge of all the paladins in Azeroth; I’m much more used to being underling number three). I totally adored that aquiring the healing artifact took, you guessed it, healing! My lifelong dream has finally come true, healing quests are a thing!
Speaking of healing quests being a thing, you know what else is a thing? Leveling in healing spec! That’s right, I’ve been shockadining my way across the Broken Isles since the first moment I stepped foot and for the first time, it hasn’t been horribly inconvenient. In fact, it’s much more akin to tank leveling now- I can pull anywhere from 3 to 5 mobs, pop a few AoEs, toss a couple heals on myself, and widdle down each and every mob. The process has probably been slower than if I were leveling in a dps spec but at the same time, I cannot die. And really, compared to previous expansions (looking at you Warlords), the only drawback is that it’s a just a bit slower instead of taking twice the amount of time. Healers rejoice!
Right now I am level 105 and have quested through the entirety of Azuna and a majority of Stormheim. If I were to write about each zone in specifics, we’d be looking at several thousand words so instead I’ll just brief over a few things that really stood out to me overall. The biggest and best thing so far is that I haven’t been hit over the head with demons. Sure, the Legion is invading and all that, but there’s a plethora of other lore having nothing to do with the demons. Vykrul lore and Night elf lore and heck, even current Alliance v Horde lore, it’s been everywhere and it’s been awesome!
The other thing that has really stood out to me is the development of little side quests and characters. I feel like everywhere I go, there is some fun little tidbit to watch out for. Some of it has been highly comedic but others side stories have been incredibly sad. If I had to recommend side quests to look for, my top three would definitely be Runas in Azuna, Tehd’s demon in Azuna as well, and the Moonkin up in Northern Stormheim. (The goblins in Stormheim might also join that list but I have not yet completed that particular quest chain.)
Legion has just been… wow. The story is fantastic, the zones are gorgeous, the voice acting is superb, man it’s almost perfect! Now my only wish is that Blizzard maintains this level of perfection into the endgame; if this happens we might be looking at Pants’ new favorite expansion!
Yotaan: I have to agree with Fussypants, I really, really enjoyed the pre-expansion event. The quests were an enjoyable as lore building. I actually began to like Khadgar! I do wish the whispers that lead to transforming into a demon were a little different. The RNG gods smiled on my toons twice for this, but I was not able to complete the chores to transform. It was not entirely easy or clear what to do. I was hoping to achieve this (ala the Scourge transformation in the Lich King pre-expansion event) as I wanted to rampage as a vile Legion demon! Speaking of rampages, the Legion invasions were very fun. Initially, I was thought they were too simple – I had quickly grinded out Nethershards on Yotaan and did not need any gear. But then I learned that they scaled for alt leveling. I jumped on Poopertunity (for some reason Fussypants does not like this toon???) who was a lowly level 13 Brewmaster monk. He had rested experience, full heirlooms, and access to the monk only daily experience gain quest. So he joined the fight against the Legion and leveled like a mad dog! It was so fun watching him ding repeatedly during just one invasion. The other interesting effect of the invasion scaling was Poopertunity’s threat generation. He was tanking the elites! I had not really tanked on a monk (outside of a little with Fussypant’s help) and this new challenge was fun and rewarding. It got even better the few times a healer targeted me and I never thought tanking would be so engaging. Ultimately Poopertunity made it all the way to 71 from 13. Very impressive for just a few hours of play.
Demon hunters are fantastic. Fussypants and I intend to write a whole post on this so I won’t say any more.
Yotaan has not traveled in the Broken Isle as much as Fussypants has. He is level 102 and has gone thorough most, but not all of Azuna. The scenery has been beautiful to say the least. When I came across unicorns and rainbow winged hippogriffs, I immediately ran off to get my youngest daughter to show her. She loved it and demanded that Yotaan stay there forever. I can really appreciate the new draw distance and attention to detail even on my Mac. So far the questing has been inventive and the narrative has been reasonably complex. I did not always know where the story was taking me. I am a little bit concerned about leveling too fast as I want to take this slowly, but then again, the scaling tech is allowing me to go anywhere.
I am not particularly thrilled about the profession leveling however. While the quests are cool and unique to the prof, I’m not actually making anything I could use. Perhaps when I get farther along it will improve.
In an earlier post I complained about the shaman elemental artifact, a fist weapon. The quests for Yotaan to obtain The Fist of Ra-Den were unusual and I liked the traveling beyond the Broken Isles. The artifact tree totally reminds me of spec trees back in Burning Crusade. All that is good. Still don’t like the pointy claw thing and the teeny tiny shield. I’m actually motivated to transmog….
Despite the very few missteps I overall really really like Legion so far. I haven’t had a chance to play as much as Fussypants, for that I am jealous. And, patch 7.1 is looking very exciting. See you in Azeroth!