Now that the dust has settled Warlords of Draenor is off to a decent start. World of Warcraft has a fresh feel no one can deny that. With new features like the Garrison it’s easy to see how one can get excited about the new content. Leveling from 90-100 is no easy task and requires hours of play time however it is smooth and has an enjoyable quest line leading you to 100. Gearing for heroics to build for endgame content is a new experience as well with the new Individual loot function you are now guaranteed a drop while in a dungeon.
The first few days of the release were hectic with the queue times being outrageous. Rumors of DDos attacks and hardware crashes circulated the forums. They were soon forgotten when players were eventually able to enjoy the content they were ambitiously awaiting to tackle once the problems were addressed.
From the Alliance perspective it starts off with you meeting up with Khadgar the infamous wizard. He sets you off on a quest leading you into Draenor. After completing the initial segment you soon are set on your way to building your Garrison. Through trial and error you discover how to use this new function. As you level it from 1 to 3 you discover It certainly has its benefits giving players access to Herb Gardens, Personal Mines, and a selection of buildings to incorporate that provide mats and items to either sell on the Auction House or use for crafting Items. There are certain buffs that come with some buildings such as the Dwarven Bunker which increases the chance of Items to be “War-forged” when they drop or are awarded during a quest line. This means that if a quest reward is a Common green Two-Handed Axe there is a chance it will be upgraded to an Epic item. In addition to that you will have the ability to turn in Iron scraps to upgrade your followers gear.
The Garrison brings in a new aspect to wow from Warcraft 3. The Followers from Warcraft 3 are now able to fight with you as body guards when you select the Barracks as a building to add to your Garrison. You are able to send them on missions. They have the Ability to earn you Gold, Garrison resources, XP and Armor. This is a little addicting and gives you something to put your attention on in addition to leveling.
The quest lines are interesting and grab your attention. I have to say Mrs. Virtue and I were quite impressed with the Cinematic’s. The Thrall Vs. Garrosh segment is my favorite at about 4:15.
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Level 3 Garrison shot
After you work your way to 100 you will have to get yourself into instances to gear up for Heroics. The fast track around the normal instances is to hit the battlegrounds for some PVP. The PVP gear that is awarded for Honor points that some of you may still have on your inactive accounts is still usable! This gear is rated at item level 620. A few of these pieces combined with some other items offered in special quest lines should put you right around item level 610 and able to enter Heroic dungeons after you’ve completed the ‘silver’ proving grounds. The proving grounds is a function Blizzard put into to the game to help mitigate problems experienced with inexperienced players joining the Pickup groups, it attempts to establish a standard to achieve before one is allowed to enter the LFG system. The proving grounds are accessible from your class trainer or garrison mission coordinator at the silver level you will be well on your way to being raid geared. The iLvl of items dropped in Heroics is 630 in order to raid you will need an average of 635. This is easy after you’ve gotten all your pieces replaced. Khadgar offers a quest line that awards you an Item lvl 680 ring at the end of it. There are many guides on YouTube on completing this.
The Dungeon loot function is a changeable option, you are now able to set it on an Individual function which makes it so that when you’ve killed a boss the only loot that drops is loot you can use. This is useful when gearing up, it’s still on a chance system that gear drops, most of the time it’s just gold that you are rewarded however each player is guaranteed loot from the final boss making each run productive.
Overall the First 10 Days of Warlords of Draenor have been great and I’m very excited to see what’s in store. Check back here for more Articles and come find me in Teams speak if you have any questions!