Coming back to WoW, and especially on a character that I haven’t been playing since the launch of the latest expansion, has been a bit of an overwhelming ride. And that’s putting it mildly.
I kind of forgot how much content there is to catch up on when you haven’t played for a while. Even on my Rogue, who I’ve been diligently playing for most of this expansion, I suffered from getting fatigued with everything that was going on. Trying to keep an empty questlog, doing tons of dailies to get Exalted with certain reputations. Work on leveling up my Heart of Azeroth essences. It was all a bit much. Atleast on my Rogue I finished all the zone quests in both Kul Tiras and Zandalar and the War Campaign. On my Warrior I had to do it all over again. And that’s not even counting all the other random quests that you get from picking up items or leveling up your professions…
I guess it comes with an MMO like World of Warcraft that has been around since forever, but sometimes it’s so hard to catch up on content. Even when it’s only the most recent stuff. To give an idea of what I’m working towards right now:
- Daily Quests: Doing them for four factions right now (Nazjatar, Mechagon, Rajani, Uldum Accord). Mostly so I can get my reputation up and buy fancy things from the vendors aswell as being able to upgrad my Heart of Azeroth essences.
- Heart of Azeroth Essences: A thing to get in their own right. I need to do dailies, Visions of N’Zoth, raid, do dungeons, do Island Expeditions and PvP, all to just get the right essences to the right ranks.
- Emissary Quests and Assaults: At four Emissary Quests per day and three Assaults per week that takes up a lot of time.
- Raiding and Mythic+: Raiding is two nights a week. Mythic+ is another night, depending on how far we want to push.
And this is just the endgame stuff! Next to that I also want to tackle all the zone quests on my Warrior, level up Blacksmithing (I’m on 155/175 skill points), do the weekly events, hunt for mounts and pets. Basically do all the things. Oh and did I mention I’m doing a lot of this stuff on a few alts aswell? Yeah, I know I’m insane.
With all of this stuff going on it’s easy to see how an MMO completely swallows up your time, especially when trying to catch up on content or when new content is released. I guess I will get a bit more breathing room when I’m Exalted with all the factions I’m working on, since it means I can drop doing dailies for them, aswell as stop doing the assaults in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms. The Emissary quests can be done in 10-15 minutes when you just do them every day. At some point I will have obtained and ranked up all my essences so there’s nothing to do there anymore either. The Visions of N’zoth also have an endgoal and when I can get to doing a Mythic+15 on time I’m done with that aswell. Raiding wise I think we will be aiming to clear Heroic Ny’alotha and then call it a day there.
So as overwhelming as things may seem to me now, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. I’m taking stuff one thing at a time. Setting priorities and choosing what to work on, on a daily basis. Right now I’m prioritizing catching up on the Nazjatar and Mechagon zones and their associated quests and dailies. Assaults and Rajani/Uldum Accord dailies are things I do on the weekends when I have a bit more time. The same goes for running Visions and Island Expeditions. Excellent stuff to do on the weekends where I have more than a few hours to spend.
Slowly but surely I’m getting there. And I’m doing it without driving myself nuts in the process. Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to kill some Naga on their home turf.
This post was the 5th of Blapril
Hehe, I can relate.
Despite all my completionist aspirations you mentioned a few things I couldn’t care less about:
– completing the zone, unless there’s an achievement: tick the boxes but gladly abandon all sidequests that are not the main quest line. Also on alts: abandon everything
– getting the 4 essences: I think I have 4 on 2 characters, I’m just about pushing the last few points to Nazjatar Honored for the 3rd one for a few toons, but that’s it. Just nope.
On the other hand the damn buff has now made it all too easy to fall into the trap of pushing ALL the reps on ALL the toons, especially the stuff I missed in Legion… Also the Heart levels rise to 80 kinda automatically with the latest catch up mechanics. I have hit 80 on one toon that had dinged far later than my Alliance main, who sits at only 77.
Right now I’m sitting at 2 chars “all exalted up until Nazjatar” but a few more aren’t far off, sounds like too much time spent I guess? But I’m not even sure I want to care for Uldum/Vale right now because it’s not 200%…
Don’t get burnt out, especially with the Emissary quests that will roll around next week anyway, there’s a long way until the expansion 🙂
Yeah I’m trying to keep my insanity contained to my Warrior, who is my darling and where I want to complete everything on.
I’m not really going out of my way to complete everything but I just want to get rid of most of the quest marks. Reputation is coming fast now with the buff to be honest. I’m pretty close to Exalted with a few reputations now so there’s that. I’m going to be especially happy when I can drop Nazjatar and Mechagon though. It feels like filler content and not really enjoyable right now.