The newest Warbringers video released a few days ago, this time about Azshara.
I’ve made it known that I’ve never liked elves. But, there’s just something about Azshara’s story that grips me… I wonder if it’s because the corruption from the Old Gods? I’ve been interested in them since I first discovered they were a thing. They’re completely of the Lovecraftian horror genre (unrelated: I wish there was a different name for the genre because so many people have made so many better things just from Lovecraft’s inspiration), and I do have a (somewhat) secret enjoyment of the cosmic horror of the unknown and unknowable.
I’ve also just always loved how ruthless and cutthroat Azshara has been from the beginning. Which is strange, to me, because I don’t particularly care for Sylvanas. Maybe because Azshara owns that she’s evil, whereas Sylvanas likes to play more in the grey areas? I’ve also loved how the story for Azshara, and the Old Gods in general, has been a slow burn for a very long time. And it just… makes me excited that we’ll finally be getting a stab at her, and thus, heading towards the Old Gods at large.
Before I begin my ramblings on the little bit of the expansion that I’ve played so far, I wanted to address a few things. First…
This post has spoilers… obviously. Read at your own risk.
Second, I’m going about this in a slightly different way than I typically do with blog posts. It’s just going to be a bulleted list of thoughts. It’s also going to be full of images. I’m playing through to max level first on Horde (so I can take my time with the story and still be leveled and geared in time for when we start raiding), so all thoughts right now are from Horde-side. I’ll try to contextualize them, but sometimes it just won’t happen. So, without further ado…
It was fantastic actually seeing more of the Titans in a cutscene! I wish we’d gotten more of them in Legion.
Of course Illidan wasn’t going to come with us, Velen. Like, his life has been dedicated to killing demons, and specifically, chasing Sargeras. There’s no way he was going to do anything but take the opportunity to try to destroy (or at least imprison) Sargeras. Even if it takes a very long time to complete the task. Also, the smirk he gave Velen was WOOF.
Sargeras looks so cool!
Seeing Sargeras drive the sword into Azeroth brought on the tears.
I’m bummed we won’t get to see any of the Illidan/Sargeras battle.
I had chills just seeing Sargeras’ sword at the end of the cutscene.
Whee! My amulet! I loved being able to hear a Azeroth a tiny bit. I think I’m going to enjoy this.
I was surprised that they give you the new gear to begin with? I didn’t really research much on how the gear system would work in BfA, though I did know that artifacts were going bye bye. And I learned the hard way that there was a stat squish. And I remember a guildie telling me that tier sets were going buh bye, but I was very confused on which gear piece to pick out—would I get chances to get them later? So after some searching, I finally found out that you do indeed get offered the other pieces later. I wish that was a bit more apparent, because I was obviously not the only one to have this concern/question.
Storming the Stockades
…oh goody. I get my orders from Sylvanas…
DANGIT SYLVANAS. I didn’t want to go release Saurfang from the Stocks! But I knew that’s what we’d end up doing, even though I was hoping we wouldn’t. Dangit.
Wait, is Rokhan the Troll from the cinematic? Regardless, I’m a little bit more interested in this run. I like this guy.
Okay, riding in on the birds has kinda sold me on this being pretty cool.
Oh, we’re not getting Saurfang? Okay… I hope he escapes anyways. He needs to come back and bitch slap Sylvanas.
The trolls seem absolutely intriguing. I’m looking forward to learning more about them.
This whole stealthing around the city is kind of intense. More intense than I expected it to be when I first saw the AoE stealth activate, actually.
I mean, an ambush is to be expected, but it’s so freaking creepy and is actually making me anxious to have the Worgen trying to catch up with us. I mean, I know they won’t because of how the AI is probably set, but it’s still very… “GO! GO! PLEASE, GO!”
OH NO. JAINA. THIS IS SO COOL BUT KINDA SCARY.
Wait… WHY ARE WE BURNING MORE THINGS. NO. STOP IT. STOP. *slaps hand* BAD BOY! NO!
Oh, okay. I get why you did it now, but still. Stop it.
I’ve already forgotten the Princess’ name, but I need more of her!
Why are we blowing up ships now?! Can we just stop it!?
Oh but snap I want so much more of the Princess!
And this music! I haven’t played with WoW music on in a very long time, and this is giving me chills!
As Horde, I came into the scenario having to help empty out Undercity. Which is understandable, I suppose, considering Sylvanas had to be a petty bitch. But it was still sad. I never really played Undead (outside of a bank toon), but the layout has always seemed very straightforward to me, so I enjoyed hanging out there on my bank alt.
So once we got Undercity all cleared out and we were all outside, there was just… mindless killing bull which I was not down for and just wanted to be done with. And I was pissed once again that we were dropping Blight on our folks. I cried last time as Alliance, but this time? This time as Horde I was absolutely livid. I was beyond the point of crying. I wanted to do something about it.
After that Sylvanas wanted us to run around and drive the Alliance back through the fog itself. Um. No thanks, lady. I took a gas mask, and instead I healed some of the trolls running around that got stuck before they perished from the Blight. It at least made me feel some semblance of “better”, though not by much. Because screw you, Sylvanas.
Then, the cutscene, again. I cried once again. But this time because I was mourning that there weren’t more characters like Jaina around.
At this point it was back to countering the Alliance, and I kinda just let it go blah blah on. Because I’d lost my immersion value. I was far too angry at the cascade of events going on. Moreso than I thought I would be, having already played it (essentially) as Alliance.
Horde did get one mini RP scene between Sylvanas and Saurfang that nobody else got (before Saurfang gets captured and brought to the Stocks by Alliance). I liked that he called her out. And, to be fair (begrudgingly), Sylvanas did have some points back to him (despite this being ALL HER FAULT TO BEGIN WITH). But OH BOY. When she pulled that line about his son? Uh uh. Lemme roll up my sleeves and have at her!
So we abandoned Saurfang, and get a slightly different/extended cutscene (by a few seconds) than Alliance, where Baine pretty much puts his foot down and tells Sylvanas to stop being a Queen B. But then she calls him out, and he reluctantly puts his tail between his legs.
I wanted to try to write something coherent about this, but I’ve just been so angry for days that I couldn’t string something worthwhile together. This whole questline has left a sour taste in my mouth, and I’m very much hoping that something happens with the the expansion to start the palate cleansing before we dive deep into the “how can Sylvanas fuck things up some more” story that’s coming.
Also, Baine Bloodhoof for Warchief! Once he gets a bit more experience under his belt, of course. Which, honestly, I feel this expansion is going to give to him in SPADES.
My first thought when going into this was truly a, “Wait, why did they make this one a scenario and not the other one?”. It felt like it flowed a lot better, which was kind of a shame. War of Thorns felt… stilted, comparatively.
The start of the scenario felt like absolute mayhem. Which I suppose was the point. But… I didn’t enjoy killing all those goblins and trolls and tauren. To be honest, I kind of stayed at the back of the pack and let other people handle it. And then add on the fact that Sylvanas comes out with the plague?! I was infuriated at that point, especially as a Horde main.
I did squee when Jaina came in with her cutscene! That helped to change the tone of what was going on a little bit. And honestly, seeing her made me cry. Because it made me feel hopeful. But then at the same time seeing Undercity being attacked made me cry.
I really enjoyed the mechanics of the fight with Durja, even though I felt crappy about having to fight to begin with. This whole situation is a load of horseshit. Though I completely understand why the Alliance retaliated.
After Durja, we ran into Saurfang. My first thought was, “No, I won’t kill Saurfang. I’ll stand here and let other people do it”. Then I got kind of defensive when Anduin went on about how his “father gave everything for the Alliance! The question is, are you willing to do the same for the Horde?”. Like. Anduin. Please, honey. He lost a lot for the sake of the Horde. And your father showed mercy on him in Icecrown after he lost his son. C’mon, now. But, I did appreciate Anduin deciding to spare him (once again) and putting him in the Stockades instead (though I hope there’s no rescue mission, and he’s released by some other way, because I don’t want more war).
And at the end cutscene, all I really had to say was, “Fuck Sylvanas”.
After finishing the Horde portion of War of the Thorns, I thought it only appropriate to complete the Alliance portion before moving onto the Lordaeron counterpart.
As an Alliance player, I came into Astranaar as the wisps are fleeing, and the Horde have poisoned the Elves. It was a fairly saddening scene to come into, and made me angry, quite honestly. Angry that I can choose to not do the quest (Or can I? Can I even play in BfA without doing the quests as Horde?) and miss out on story, or do the quest and be an asshole Horde that ruined things for the Alliance.
I did feel a bit better about the whole bit when I got to ride the Ancient around and smash things. It felt very Lord of the Rings to me, which I appreciated.
The thing that really got to me, though, and made me just stop with some time left on the timer and just cry was trying to evacuate Darnassus. Helping the people just felt so… hopeless. I’m sure it didn’t help being in a weird headspace as of late, but it just struck a chord with me that broke me (even writing about it makes me tear up).
I’ve never seen the Horde as evil. I’ve always seen both sides as extremely grey for different reasons and decisions (I mean, no human being, or humanoid being is perfect), but Sylvanas has pretty much gut punched me with her petty ass decision to torch the tree. Just. Why?
But hey, at least the Hippogryph is pretty awesome! I’ve always loved Hippogryphs. Since I started playing back in Burning Crusade. Zangarmarsh was my favorite zone, mainly due to the Hippogryphs. Plus, I’ve mained a Tauren Druid for the majority of my time in WoW. So they just hold a soft place in my heart.
I’ve never particularly been a fan of elves of any sort in any fantasy setting. They’ve never been my jam. Don’t even really care for them in Lord of the Rings. To me, they always feel very trope-ish, and I have yet to find one in my reading that breaks all the “Elven” tropes. Even in WoW. I tried hard to like Elves in WoW. But I only got a Night Elf Druid to level 6 and a Blood Elf Paladin to level 5 before I made aggravated noises and rolled different characters.
But this dislike of Elves has only ever extended into the realm of, “eh, I don’t care for Elves and will roll my eyes at you for trying to convince me to play one,”, and “that’s awesome that you like Elves and think they’re great and have perfect qualities! I’m happy for you! But that still doesn’t change my opinion.”
So this whole, poison-Elves-and-burn-their-town-to-start-our-advance felt really dirty. And completely against how the Alliance and Horde have been attempting to work together to conquer the Legion this past expansion.
And then just like, choosing to burn down Teldrassil just because? JUST BECAUSE?! I know Sylvanas isn’t a nice character, per se. I know how conflicted she is per her back story. And I understand her tactical advances (the first portion of the questline). But this was a step way too far. Just because she wants to “kill hope”? Like. Just. This is epic bullshit.
After finally finishing the War of Thorns on Horde side, I watched the Saurfang cinematic. I don’t really know how to put into words all the feelings I had while watching it, outside of saying that I cried at all the things. Pretty much the entire time. For lots of different reasons. I’m excited to see how Saurfang plays out as a part of the expansion story, because Blizzard wouldn’t spend the resources on making a cinematic like this if it wasn’t important.
Like many other bloggers participating in Blaugust, I am one to set gaming goals. I won’t go into reasons why, at this particular moment, only because I was inspired by someone else who doesn’t do gaming goals to go into a deeper explanation on why I create them! This post is also a “get the post in for the day” type deal, as I’m having a low spoon day, and I had to do some apartment hunting on top of it.
For a bit of clarification (because it may seem like a lot of goals), when I set my goals, I don’t set them to necessarily be accomplished for the month. But more on that in the aforementioned post.
I did it. I ground stuff out and did things and stuff! And things. I’ve been kind of disenamored with WoW, as of late. Partially because depression makes it difficult to do anything but sit in front of Netflix, as of late, but also because I haven’t been enjoying alt raiding. Thus, I couldn’t really motivate myself in any sense to log in for a while. Which put me at a detriment when I tried grinding out a few things the two days prior to patch-day.
The Gold Queen put out a reminder about how Pet Tokens were changing, and that we should use them up before they were essentially dust. I didn’t actually know that was happening (I have a habit of not reading up on anything until changes happen because it’s all in so much flux and I don’t have the spoons to handle consistent changes in my games on top of managing life). So I rushed over to Dalaran, and talked to the fine ladies in the Menagerie. I picked up my mirror toy, and just bought a bunch of stones and bags to use up all of my tokens. So I guess I’ll get to do a bit of grinding out on pets when Squirt comes around, and use some stones, as well.
I also finally made it over to the Mage Tower on my main. I honestly don’t care much about alts, but I wanted the skin for my main spec (Prot), at the very least. It took me a few tries, though, despite trying it ages ago when it first released (to much failure). First try, haha. Well. It went extremely poorly. I forgot about only taking approximately 5-7 stacks (I had 10) and firmly faceplanted, even with an orb. The second try, I breezed through the first half and easily got to Kruul… where I got knocked off the platform (though I am unsure if it was by him or an add). The third time I had him down to 4%! But, look! An add! And no Intercept! Wheeeeee! Off the side I go again! The fourth time I was very confused. I got him down to 1%, and then thought I died. I was so absolutely angry. I was cursing and going on about not wanting to do it again (even though I knew I would), and then realized I’d rez’d in Dal. Wait. What? Why am I in Dal? Wait… did it say I got him in the quest? IT SAID I GOT HIM IN THE QUEST! So I trotted myself over to sexy Dadgar and handed it in and got my new (fairly ugly) mage tower skin. I called it quits on skins, after that. I rarely play DPS on Chestnaught because Blizzard has ruined trying to level alt-specs for me. And they also ruined playing alts for me (a thing I adored back in Wrath and Cataclysm before my five year hiatus), so I didn’t bother hopping on my Shaman or Hunter to grind those out.
Then I finally decided to get the last few First Aid achievements I needed. And can we just say that Field Medic was a pain in the butt… but bless all those parties that were going. And, honestly? Those parties made me feel a lot better about the WoW environment! I’ve spent a lot of time avoiding pugs of all sort this expansion because of some pretty poor experiences at the start (and then consistently getting kicking my under max level characters in every single Timewalk I tried…), but the Field Medic parties were pretty good. They were either completely silent outside of a “brb handing in”, or they were super chatty, wishing each other luck, joking about wishing drops could be traded, just generally chatting, etc. It was a nice backdrop while I watched Interview With a Vampire for the first time.
Level Chest-Dwarf to 60 (then boost to 110) for Double Agent achievement
Level Macadamia to 110 (towards Quintessential Quintet achievement—which puts me at 3/5 if I recall?)
Obtain flying in Draenor (so that I can level more alts for Quintessential Quintet)
Finish Nagrandeur achievement
Explore Shadowmoon Valley achievement
Explore Nagrand acheivement
Securing Draenor achievement
Revered with The Sabersatlkers
Revered with Order of the Awakened
Revered with Vol’in’s Headhunters
Level Arraign (Femcow Death Knight) to 110
Level ?? (probably Kaelari, the Femcow Paladin?) to 110
Yeah, there’s a theme there. I’d like all my Tauren ladies to be up and at max for the release of the expansion. So, we’ll see how far I get in a month…ish. So, those are my goals going forwards! What are you guys working on to finish out before BfA?
A new week means a new stream schedule! Last week, my depression hit me hard, so I didn’t particularly do much gaming in general. Today doesn’t feel much better on that front, but I’m hoping it evens out a bit for the week.
Due to not being able to stream due to health, I never did my 100 follower giveaway. So I plan on doing that on Sunday the 22nd @ 4:30PM EST/8:30PM GMT while I stream some more Life is Strange! The giveaway is for a $10 USD steam code giveaway. If you’d like to participate, you must be following my Twitch page, and you must be in chat at the time to enter the raffle.
For a change up this week, I’m going to be doing a little bit of WoW to dive into some of the few final things I want to grind out before BfA (before I’m no longer eligible).
Thank you to everybody who supports my streams and content in general. I appreciate all of you for understanding health comes first, and sticking with me through that. Y’all are such awesome people.
Congrats to all that were there on the first kill (March 29, 2018)! I’m hoping we can get the mount for some more guildies. A few folks have poked officers about it, and I think they’re concocting something along the same lines as the Moose? I hope so, anyway.
We’ve only downed him once, so far. But I’m sure we’ll get him on farm soon, so long as we can skip Coven. We’ve also only downed them once, and they are murder for us, apparently. I think I might be the only one in guild who enjoys the Coven fight.