At this time World of Warcraft has been a part of my life for something like 12 decades. That is substantially less than a few folks out there. However, though I am a tiny Wrath baby, I have been playing the match off-and-on long enough to want some pretty significant breaks, and also to have some pretty heavy nostalgia for the”good old times.”
It’s no secret that Fight For Azeroth has generated some divided opinions over the last couple of years, and I am one of the folks who got burnt out from the constant need to run Island Expeditions weekly to make the most of my Artifact Power when I wanted to do some luxury endgame content.
But when the initial trailer dropped and showed Sylvanas wrecking the Lich King, I must admit my interest has been piqued. In the time that passed since then, I have succumbed to Final Fantasy XIV, along with Shadowlands’ allure started to evaporate.
The aesthetic of witches appeals to me on a profound level — probably because I watched too many films as a child. I knew beforehand that the Venthyr covenant would adopt an aesthetic, and that zones at the Shadowlands region would have factions known as covenants. Nevertheless, it was so subjective when I learned about it “gothic vampire team” did not register for me like it ought to have.
However, when a programmer upgrade was hosted by World of Warcraft Game Director Ion Hazzikostas on World of Warcraft Shadowlands, he introduced some of the game mechanics that members of every Covenant can take advantage.
You’ll be earning renown since you’ll find out that time hasn’t been kind to, well, some of these to reestablish your preferred Covenant back to their prior standing.
This means that you’re going to unlock new skills, locations, questlines and more, which will keep people coming back again and again. But I am not interested in any of this.
Ion Hazzikostas spoke about Covenant Sanctums, saying that every Covenant has their distinctive feature. For Venthyr — the Covenant that I am going for — you get access into the Ember Court, where a party can throw. Vampire goth parties are now a thing in warcraft, everyone, eventually.
If that’s not a thing you are into, don’t worry, you’ll by no means be required to get this done. Since Hazzikostas himself puts it”you’re not going to conquer The Jailer by casting the most badass party in the Shadowlands” — however I am certainly going to try.
And at the back of my mind I know that side activities that are non-necessary in this way never get the amount of polish that, state, world quests, raids or dungeons do. But hearing them clarified was enough to receive my focus.
I had been given access to some private wow server in which I could play a little bit of endgame content, right once you unlock the Venthyr covenant in Revendreth. As you can probably tell, I was a bit excited to get into it and watch that the spooky content for myself.
I had been in their stronghold. I can’t tell you what some of those quests stated, as well as what in the story contributed to me in the castle. I skipped the placeholder cutscenes and clicked through each of the pursuit text, because when I encounter the Shadowlands narrative, I want to experience it in all its glory — even though a sizable portion has already been despised by, well, playing it.
But that’s neither here nor there — we are discussing aesthetics and here. The three-tiered castle seemed incredible, and rather than just taking stairs, you will find such gothic portals to teleport to different areas of the area which you choose. And within that castle? Gigantic vampires everywhere. And, when I say enormous, I mean colossal. There was a bat vampire lady that was my Blood Elf’s elevation — I’m sold.
Not everything is rosy.
You’re left to begin questing in Revendreth once you escape the castle, getting some distinctive abilities through quests and going through tutorials to unlock Soulbinds. And getting around this zone is a bit of a pain.
The zone has this awesome Transylvanian vibe, with giant castles jutting from the landscape. However, as anyone that has played with a new WoW expansion because Warlords of Draenor can probably guess — you can’t fly.(Warcraft )
This usually is something I can get behind rather than letting you fly over all the moment you hit max level. But this zone is designed with flight in your mind. Time will tell whether or not this is going to be an issue when I dump hundreds of hours to the growth when it launches — but once I just tried to get around to a world quest, it wasn’t time.
Whatever, I’m still excited.
While my frustration with all the zone design stung do not get me wrong, it was not enough to carry me from experience. Especially once I recalled that I will Slow Fall off the top of giant castles to traverse the landscape and that I am a Mage, my experience got a lot better. I’ll need to wait until the expansion comes out to perform more of it — and who knows when that will be.
Moving back to that Shadowlands Developers Update, the raid, Castle Nathria is this giant gothic castle in which you get to take on Denathrius, the Venthyr’s king. He has allied himself with The Jailer. Of the way that it’s described, every single part sounds impressive, although I have not seen anything out of the raid.
For Azeroth, I was burnt by Fight at the same time, and it is going to be a very long inner struggle to convince myself to give my time to Shadowlands money.
I would be hard-pressed to state that everything I experienced from Shadowlands and’ve seen has not sold me a tiny bit, though. Now the actual test is to see whether the excitement will hold until the expansion starts and whether it’s enough for me to undergo still another growth in the sport which made me a PC gamer to start using all these years back. Additionally, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands could have ray tracing. Therefore my internal hardware winner will not have the ability to stay away from either way.