Howdy Trivs! How go the wars?
Been a little bit since I've talked to any of you. I no longer have an active subscription to WoW, and in fact don't currently have any Blizzard titles installed on my PC. I recently had to do a clean Windows install and just haven't had any reason to re-install the Launcher or any of the associated games.
That said I'm still peripherally aware of events in the Blizzard universe, akin to the way an ex-smoker notices when someone lights up nearby, so naturally I saw the outputs from Blizzcon. I was excited about the Diablo 4 announcement and by what they were able to show, which was quickly tempered by the fact that it's likely still years away. If something isn't even happening "Blizzard SoonTM," well, we're talking about time on a galactic scale at that point.
Seeing as this is a WoW guild though, and that the launch of Shadowlands is, in fact, "Soon," I wanted to see what people's initial thoughts are about it. Here are my random thoughts, in no particular order:
- How did Sylvy become Thanos? I get that Bolvar is no Arthas and has no Frostmourne, but really? Dude is still the Lich King and he couldn't even touch her. At least Saurfang drew blood before he was unceremoniously one-shot. Yeah yeah, pact with Helya, pact with The Jailer, pact with whatever has given her powers heretofore unseen, but that's my point. When it happens off screen and involves entities we've barely even heard of much less seen, I'm left with raised eyebrows at her sudden Mary Sue-ness. Hopefully that will be 'splained in Shadowlands.
- Level squish. Inevitable and necessary. Raises some questions re: Pathfinder and legacy content, of course but it had to happen. Good thing overall.
- Faction divide still a hard and fast thing. I wasn't necessarily expecting a dissolution of the Horde or Alliance, but some loosening of cross-faction gameplay restrictions would have been welcome (at least for me), and the BFA storyline seemed to be taking us there. The divide seems increasingly arbitrary.
- Covenants look interesting. The Shadowlands and their associated lore look interesting.
Anyway, not sure any of this is enough to draw me back in, but like a not-yet-hungry lion paying loose attention to a nearby gazelle from atop his rock I will at least be aware of what movements my potential prey makes. Can't say for sure I will eventually pounce but I certainly welcome thoughts from the rest of the pride.
In the meantime, hello to all!