World of Warcraft is a curious beast. Having meddled in Azeroth and the, quite frankly, ridiculous amount of lore that surrounds it on many occasions, I think it’s finally clicked for me. The combination of questing, lore, and that darn grind has got it’s grips on me, and I’m ashamed to say that it’s ultimately down to a Facebook style game. Yeah. Hear me out.
Every class has their own Class Hall, an environment that ties in with that particular class. Don’t expect fel flames and an overabundance of demons if you are, say, a Paladin. Instead, expect something grandiose, light and holy. Instead, flames and demons are right up the aptly named Demon Hunter’s metaphorical alley. In each of these class halls, you are able to send followers, gained throughout the journey that Legion presents, and send them out alongside usual, expendable minions to perform pre-set missions that offer a multitude of rewards. It’s as you’d expect; each quest has an allocated time to completion, it will cost ‘x’ amount of resources to send them out, and there will, naturally, be “complications” along the way, such as spells, traps, and bosses. To counter these, each main follower will come with a variety of skills, so some will match up in situations better than others. Once completed, you will be rewarded with an already allocated reward, such as experience for your character, experience for your followers, an item to increase your artifact weapon (more on that later) and gold, the in-game currency. Very exciting things that want to optimise on maximum rewards for minimum effort.
The addiction is real with this little feature. With doing very little, you can make quite substantial gains by logging in, queuing the quests and, quite simply, letting them do their thing. For example, I haven’t played the game in around a week, and I’ve levelled up twice in that time period. Twice may not be a great deal, in the grand scheme of things, but considering I am in the upper 100’s, every contribution is appreciated. Blizzard also assisted in making this even easier with the release of a iPhone and Android app, having released earlier this week, to allow you to do this. No more dipping in and out of the game to queue tasks when you can do it on the bus, at work, in the bath; whenever and wherever takes your fancy. That is, until the resource required to start the missions runs out, which is the position I’m unfortunately at at the moment. That does mean, however, that it’s time to get back into the game proper. Think of it as a balancing tool, making sure that users can not solely use the app for their WoW fix.
Artifact weapons are a new addition to World of Warcraft. These are, as the name would suggest, special weapons that you can level up overtime through the use of relics and artifact power. Relics are items you can get through standard questing, and can equip within your specific weapon. Once replaced, however, it is destroyed. Artifact power levels up a separate levelling gauge, clearly visible just above your standard levelling gauge, and this will, essentially, allow you to level up certain characteristics of your weapon, allowing your skills to be “ranked up”. How do you like your eye beams? Great, they’re now 10% stronger. Whilst I do have some gripes with this latest addition, primarily being that, at the end of the day, everyone in your specialisation is running around with what is the same weapon, it adds a nice layer to a game that has started to show signs of slowing down, especially considering the lukewarm reception that Warlords of Draenor, and the subsequent patches (or lack of) received.
I digress. The World of Warcraft Legion companion app has, strangely, helped me understand this iconic powerhouse. By taking the game with me, on the go, the lore has followed. Wondering who Akama is, and what on earth, therefore, a Shade of Akama is. Why the Naga and Demon Hunters are allies. And why possibly the greatest World of Warcraft character, Illidan Stormrage, is voiced by such a legend (Liam O’Brien). Keeping connected to what is, quite frankly, a terrifyingly massive universe, is a godsend, and it’s doing it’s best to make me feel welcome. Make me feel like I’m not an outside. It’s making me feel like I am prepared. Almost.
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