Hey all! I’ve been a busy beaver.. Well, I’ve been a busy hunter! Fimlys made it to level 83 last night in the Throne of Tides. But.. Lets see how he got there, shall we?
I made the decision to head over to Vashj’ir first. I liked the idea of the unique underwater environment and what could be done with it. I have to say they did an amazing job. The visuals are astounding and I loved the feel they gave the questing. It really felt like I was in the middle of an Epic story and they did a good job moving you through the zones in general. It does feel like the last zone got a lot less attention, I have to say. I have a feeling there are a bunch of quests there that either they haven’t actually turned on or they just rushed it all out. The achievement for # of quests there is currently unattainable, unfortunately.
I spent most of the time questing on my own but then joined up with a couple friends to make it a little faster. The XP from mobs was a little less, but we cranked through the quests much faster now. Our guild got to level 2 yesterday which helped out in a little way. 5% more XP from mobs and quests is nice! I liked a set of quests where you take over a naga and get to use different abilities in a “dreamscape world”. One of the things that I think would help a little would be an easier way to get in and out of the zone than the LONG flight from Ironforge once you get the beach or boat flight points.
Tuesday night our Guild Leader helped set up 2 5man instance groups. Our group did Blackrock Caverns and then Vortex Pinnacle. I like that each instance seems to have 2 or more quests that you can pick up at the beginning of the instance and then sometimes follow-up quests as you complete those. One annoying thing is that the quest to kill the final boss in Vortex Pinnacle requires you go back to the beginning of the instance. Well, since we didn’t queue up to get into it, we had no way to leave except hearthing and thus I had to wait until I came back in next time to turn it in (Which I did on Wed. night). After that I finished up a few more quests and called it a night.
On Wednesday night I proceeded to finish up Vashj’ir, at least as much as possible since there is a bug, we think, that is saying there are LOTS more quests in those areas than there actually seem to be. Additionally the respawn rate on items I had to kill for a later quest was horrible and so I could never find one to do, so I skipped that step and got through the final sequence of events for the zone. They have a pretty epic fight at the end that you are just peripherally involved in but is nonetheless cool.
Again we got a group of us together to run an instance or two. This time we headed into Stonecore first, which I thought was pretty cool. There is a dragon in there who’s main mechanic is to drop stalactites down on you while you are fighting him. You just have to avoid the black spots on the ground to survive. Again, they had the silly, “you have to run all the way back to the beginning to turn your quest in” thing but at least you could actually GET back to the beginning with running. Afterwards we did Vortex Pinnacle again and then Throne of the Tides. I really liked that instance. They had some interesting boss mechanics including one of your party getting possessed by a squid thing part way through one of the fights. I continue to love the underwater visuals too. So much color and life.
I got headed in the right “direction” to Deepholm, after that. I finished up a couple of quests and then decided to park Fim in a “rested” area and head to my own “rested” area. I’m still having great fun with the leveling and generally haven’t had too many problems keeping moving. I’m excited for a new zone now and the ability to fly around while questing is a real boon.
That’s it for today. I’ll be sure to give you more updates as I can.