While waiting for Warlords of Draenor

We don’t know yet when Warlords of Draenor will release. The alpha has just started and I don’t think it will go into beta yet, maybe in June. For a while now I’ve been thinking it will release in October or November. But BlizzCon 2014 was just announced for November 7 -8, so I think it will release a few weeks after BlizzCon or at least a month before BlizzCon. But again, as it’s still only in alpha I doubt it’ll be ready for release as early as October.

It has already been seven months since we got the Siege of Orgrimmar patch and if the expansions is released in November,  then it will be 14 months without any new content. I think something went wrong in Blizzards planning. Maybe they released the patches too soon or maybe they encountered a problem which caused the delay of Warlords of Draenor. Because I don’t think they would let us wait this long for new content on purpose.

I’m not complaining about the wait because I believe it was not intended to be such a long wait and then something happened. I want Blizzard to take the time they need to make the expansions as good as it can be. I hope they don’t listen to those who rage on the forums because we haven’t seen a release date yet. I don’t want them to rush the alpha and beta, but take their time so everything works as good as possible at release. It will be worth the wait.

It feels like most guilds have already done what they can in Siege of Orgrimmar. People have already got the best gear they can, either it be in PvE, PvP or both. Most people are just waiting and many have already found something to do while waiting like leveling an alt, gearing up an old character, completing achievements and so on. Some people might even be finished with what they had planned to do while waiting for Warlords of Draenor and now they have to find more things to do while waiting. It feels like some people are running out of things to do in the game and therefore cancelling their subscription until Warlords of Draenor.

For me there will always be something to do in the game. My problem is that I don’t feel like playing as much as I did before. I used to play a lot as I’ve raided several days every week since I started playing back in the Burning Crusade. After losing my guild last year, not finding a new guild to call home, combined with the long wait for new content and a lot to do in real life might have left me a little burned out. I do log in sometimes in the evenings to do some battlegrounds or whatever I feel like, mostly just to check what’s going on, but there is never a lot happening. But I don’t want to cancel my subscription because it’s fun to be able to play once in a while when I really want to, but it’s good that I don’t have to log in and play if I don’t feel like it.

I hope to find a new guild with a friendly and social community who shares some of the same goals that I have for Warlords, because I would love to get to know some new people, find someone to raid with once or twice per week, maybe do some rated battlegrounds and normal battlegrounds. I will definitely play when Warlords of Draenor is released because I’m very excited to explore the new (old) world of Draenor, learn more about the warlords and see what’s in store for us there.

I know some of you out there are trying to come up with things to do while waiting for Warlords of Draenor, so I would like to share this list with you. Maybe you’ll get some ideas for what you could do, whether you’re to trying to prepare yourself for the expansions or just looking for something fun to do to pass time.

 

What to do while waiting for Warlords of Draenor 

  • Find a group who does raids every week either it be flex, normal or heroic
  • Level an alt, level through questing in a zone you don’t usually play in, or maybe on a new realm or try a new faction
  • Gather transmog gear through old raids, dungeons or purchase for Justice/Valor/Honor points
  • Skill up all professions
  • Clean your bank/bags/void storage
  • Special achievement you’ve always wanted? Do it now
  • Achievements you never finished? Do them now
  • Get the Challenge Mode transmog set/mounts before it’s too late
  • You’re a PvEer? Try PvP!
  • You’re a PvPer? Try PvE!
  • Complete the Celestial pet challenge on Timeless Isle
  • Create new transmogs for all of your characters
  • Take a small break from WoW and play Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls
  • Finish that quest for the legendary cloak on your alt
  • Thinking about rerolling in Warlords of Draenor? Play your different characters now to figure out which you would like to play then.
  • Got a friend who might want to start playing WoW? Recruit him/her and play together, maybe level a character together.
  • Try getting that mount you’ve always wanted
  • Visit some of these interesting places
  • Play and test the beta when it’s out and if you get into it
  • Start a WoW blog if you don’t already got one and write about your characters and adventures in the game
  • Already got a blog? Finish some of those drafts, maybe? Or write about what you’re doing while waiting for Warlords of Draenor and what you’re looking forward to

I’m sure there are plenty of other things you could do, but this is what I could come up with right now. Let me know in the comments if there is anything you would like me to add.

I’m also wondering, what are you doing while waiting for Warlords of Draenor?

Throwback Expansion

This week’s shared topic on Blog Azeroth comes from Amerence who writes

I know we heard the word “Throwback” many times around the net, but as part of World of warcraft expansions. I want to know what is the best expansion in game that really highlights a lot of your accomplishments in game especially that the new upcoming expansion is coming its nice to look back it could be the one when you started playing with your main character, getting a cool mount, being in a great guild, or your very first screenshot in game if you still have it or being in PvP battlegrounds or Arenas, even your raiding experiences back in BC or PRE-BC, Cataclysm, etc. You can be creative how you want to do this it could be storyline, poem, screenshots up to you it is pretty much a throwback experiences you can share to everyone.

It’s hard to pick one expansion because I’ve so many great memories from all of them.

The Burning Crusade was when I first started playing this game. I created my first character which was my main for a long time. Everything was new and amazing. I spent hours just exploring and looking at everything. I’m sure I was a complete noob back then, but I had so much fun. TBC was also when I first met my friends from Ash and joined them as social for the first time.

Wrath of the Lich King was when I rerolled moonkin and leveled my shaman. The guild I was in back then wasn’t the friendliest, but it was ok and I still enjoyed raiding with them in Ulduar, one of my favorite raids, and Icecrown Citadel. One of my favorite memories from WotLK was actually late in the expansion when I left my guild and joined Ash, the same guild I was social in back in TBC. It was so great to be back there, catch up, get to know a lot of new people, it was a real community and I’ve never felt more at home in a guild before or after.

Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria were also great expansions, mostly because of Ash and the amazing people in the guild. We weren’t always the best guild with the best progress and best players, but we were still one of the most social and friendly guilds and I’m sure almost everyone who’s ever been in the guild agree with me.

Ash, Big Love <3

Cataclysm main title: “The Shattering” + interview

I’ve been waiting for this since they announced Cataclysm and last week the music was finally out on YouTube, from the beta files I guess. Blizzard’s music department don’t like that people do that, but they understand we’re excited and I’m one of those who couldn’t wait for the launch to hear it.

I had really high expectations cause I loved the music from Vanilla, Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King. I’m a huge fan of classical, orchestra and choir music from games.

I have many favorite tracks, but I will try to only list a few ones here. Ok, that’s too hard.. I’ll pick some favorites from Wrath of the Lich King:

  1. Invincible (unlocked in the WoW anniversary)
  2. Arthas My Son (Wrath of the Lich King cinematic)
  3. Wrath of the Lich King Main Title (login screen)
  4. Ebon Hold (Death Knight)
  5. Ulduar Exterior Action (Razorscale)
  6. Bronze Jam (Forge of Souls)
  7. Fall of the Lich King ending cinematic music

So I started to listen to the Cataclysm music. Most of the tracks are from new and old zones, some themes for races and events. I haven’t heard them enough times yet to say what I think about them, and kinda need to hear them in-game, in the zone with ambience etc.

But what I can write about is the Cataclysm main title, oh my, I’ve been looking forward to this for such a long time.

I remember when I first heard the WotLK main title, my jaw dropped and I had goosebumps all over. The music made me so excited and happy, it still does. I listened to it all the time, like every day, everywhere, on my phone, PC and the mp3 player I had back then. Had it as ringtone till I got my iPhone and sometimes when I log into WoW I wait a bit with the authenticator to listen to the music.

I think it’s hard to explain how music makes me feel sometimes, how I hear and experience it, I don’t know if anyone will understand how excited I am about all this music. I have never met anyone else who love this music as much as I do, but I bet there are some out there somewhere.

I found a video with the music and footage from Cataclysm beta made by 1Nefti1, very good quality and the music and clips fit perfect together.

0:00-0:40 –
0:40-1:31 –
1:31-2:40 Legends of Azeroth
2:40-3:22 Stormwind Cathedral
3:22-4:47 Cold Mountain
4:47-5:27 New Moonglade
5:27-6:00 Goblin
6:00-6:40 Legends of Azeroth
6:40-7:38 Invincible
7:38-8:36 Eye of the Vortex Theme used in shattered areas
8:37-9:28 Worgen
9:29-10:04 Gunship
10:05-10:57 Ulduar (Thaurissan’s Reach)
10:58-12:06 Vanilla main title (Legends of Azeroth)
(not confirmed)

Now I’ve been listening to this music for hours, over and over again. First time I heard it was like two days ago but I didn’t really have the time to sit down and listen so carefully, so I did it first now.

And I’m so impressed! I had very high expectations and thought I would get disappointed because of it but no way, I didn’t.  This music brings back so many good memories from the first time I saw the WoW trailer, played the game, heard the “Legends of Azeroth”. I love how they re-use “old” songs in the newer expansions, they did the same with Wrath of the Lich King and Burning Crusade.

Some of the songs here, the worgen part 8:37-9:28, reminds me of Disney movies, not sure which ones and why, but it’s only positive. The Gunship battle music is my favorite boss fight music in Icecrown Citadel cause it’s just so perfect and exciting, not that the fight is very exciting at the moment, but the music sure is!

Uldum is the land of the titans and Ulduar was also made by the titans, so I hope they will make similar music in the Uldum instances with choirs, cause I loved the Ulduar music and was so happy when I heard it in the main title. It sounds so powerful and I really wonder what the lyrics are, if there are any, maybe it’s only made up lyrics for the sound of it. Saving one of the best parts to the end: Invincible! Nothing can ever beat this song. What else can I say, it fits perfectly in.

But the most epic parts are the goblin part 5:27-6:00, especially 5:45, so beautiful! And the Vanilla main title part 10:58-12:06, especially from 11:35. Goosebumps!!!

Just have to say: Thank you, Russell Brower, you’re the best composer ever!

 

Have to add that The Instance podcast had their #200 episode August 23rd, with special interviews with Russell Brower, Veronica Belmont, Felicia Day and Tom Merritt. Check it out here.