When I first started hearing about Warlords of Draenor, I have to admit the garrisons didn’t sound very interesting to me at all. I never did much of anything with the farm in Mists, and I thought it would be something I’d end up half-finishing and neglecting.
I’ve been happily proved wrong: firstly, the garrison is such an ingrained part of WoD that you can’t neglect it, and secondly, it’s really fun. It’s busywork, admittedly, especially dealing with your follower missions, but it’s enjoyable enough. It’s also very convenient having access to facilities and gathering nodes on a short (separate) hearthstone cooldown. My only goals for now are to get the town hall up to level three, then get to serious work recruiting and levelling my followers. I’m not so bothered about my own PvE / ilvl progression in WoD, but I do want that S.E.L.F.I.E. camera pretty bad. Beyond the level cap, that’s my only goal for this expansion.
It has been good to wander around AU-Dreanor and see the sights. I really loved Burning Crusade, so it’s nice to compare-and-contrast. I even got to see an Echo of Murmur (and got a little toy drop) which brought back some nice rose-tinted memories of running Shadow Labyrinth.
Plus, fishing. I do love some MMO fishing, and the new interactions between fishing and cooking make it a little more involved. You now fish until you receive some bait (or get some as part of the fishing daily rewards), then use that to fish up a particular variety of fish. They all come in three different sizes now; and the basic caught fish is gutted to create uncooked fillets, which you then use in recipes. It’s all very pleasant, especially if you can find a scenic spot, like this little lake in Nagrand, with talbuk roaming in the background:
The last piece of the puzzle has been me slowly replacing my WoD flex raid gear with shiny new Warlords items. It’s taken a while for the new gear I’ve been receiving to out-class my existing sets, especially with gem slots and set bonuses to take into account, but the items I’m starting to see from dungeons are doing it. Of course, I look like complete garbage, so a trip to the transmogrifier (now with two panes of Void Storage available, thank God!) was required. Now I’m back in purple and brown, as it should be. I’ve spent so much time wearing that Hood of Stilled Winds, it’s become how I think of Scruff’s head. It is him; no other transmog options are available.
Rather perversely I came back into Draenor wanting to dislike it, but I can’t say that’s happened. It’s been very enjoyable to potter around my garrison, go fishing, and heal some new dungeons. It’s also pulled me back into the very-busy Warcraft channel in the Slack domain I’m a member of, and I’m starting to see more of my lovely guild. I still don’t really like questing — I tried, I did all of Shadowmoon Valley, but now I can’t face doing another zone — so I’m not sure now just how long it’ll take me to reach the level cap at this slower rate, but I kind of don’t care.
- This post contains pictures nineteen through twenty three (including the header) of IntPiPoMo 2015.