Battle for Azeroth was revealed as the next World of Warcraft expansion at BlizzCon almost 6 months ago, and as many others I opted in for the beta, hoping to get picked for my 6th beta. Then, as you might have read in last week’s post, IRL won. IRL combined with lack of interest for the game and the discovery of other games. I didn’t have a subscription, so I just bought a WoW Token if I felt like playing for a month, and I have barely played since November.
Then the Battle for Azeroth alpha started and it became interesting to follow the updates. I thought Blizzard would do as they usually do and invite well-known streamers and similar people first, which they probably did. Then I got invited to the alpha in March, which I never expected as I didn’t even have an active subscription and had barely played for half a year. Maybe some of my feedback from the previous betas were useful and contributed to me being picked? Or maybe, and most likely, it’s just completely random who gets picked. I know I didn’t have time to play all the previous betas as much as I wanted, so can’t say that I contributed much on all of them. But I always reported the bugs I found and gave feedback where I thought it was necessary.
My first thought when I got the alpha was that I have to play it now when I’ve been lucky enough to get picked. I was of course very excited to explore the new zones, see the changes to balance druids and learn more about the storyline. So I installed it and started off in Zuldazar which is a beautiful zone with a great variety of quests and quest hubs. I haven’t completed all the quests in the zone because I spend a lot of time running around and looking at everything, zooming in and taking screenshots. Bugs were also discovered and had to be replicated and reported. I also tried to swim around the whole continent but stopped when I got denied entrance to Vol’dun and teleported away because the zone wasn’t opened yet.
Last week Battle for Azeroth went into beta which caused all character to get deleted. It was a fresh start, and after completing the exciting scenarios in Undercity and Stormwind, I decided to finally check out Vol’dun. I met the cutest race ever, the Vulpera, and two camels called Dot and Dolly. One of the Vulpera told me to take care of myself, cause no one else will, so I will keep that in mind when I wander about in the desolate Vol’dun.
I haven’t completed this zone yet either, but it has been fun so far. Like in Zuldazar, there are many small quest hubs, so you move around quite often which makes it more interesting cause you don’t get bored with one specific area. My goal is to finish this zone soon, but it will take me a while as I don’t want to rush through it.
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