I was blown away. On maintenance day, I was mostly excited and a wee bit nostalgic, but really, mostly excited. When it finally happened and I logged on, I don’t think anything could’ve prepared me for it. I was mostly in awe and at the same time, deeply saddened by what I saw… and not really because I missed the old quests particularly, but more because I saw the destruction of something that held so many memories. I expected this post to be about the changes brought to healing, to talents and glyphs and so on, but it soon became apparent that I was nowhere near ready to talk about it. We surprise ourselves sometimes.
The ruins of Auberdine are quite a sight. I am impressed with the amount of detail and effort Blizzard has put into revamping Azeroth – it is no easy feat, and I think they deserve a round of applause. My awe, however, is mixed with sadness as I learned not all of Auberdine’s inhabitants survived – some of which I knew. In a chilling quest, I was asked to search for survivors and well, I came across some familiar corpses. Terenthis… I helped him combat the corruption of furblogs, and Barithras Moonshade… he sent me to gather cave mushrooms in that (formerly) naga-infested cave. The good news is that not all perished, other familiar elves such as Cerellean Whiteclaw and Volcan made it through.
He’s back, reunited with Tyrande! And in what I assume to be his uber druid form. As a good druid, I promptly went and showed them my respect. The lore behind his return in the Stormrage novel – I personally read the summary featured on WoW Insider. Its a story I highly recommend reading since the lore takes place outside the game although its effects are clearly felt.
Tree of Life:
This is probably the only really awful part of this patch – in my humble opinion. It is one of the ugliest forms I have ever seen – not to mention blatantly male. I’m not sure how female druids are supposed to warm to the idea of wearing beards. They really screwed this one up. I remember seeing the earlier pictures and thinking, “oh thats awful” but let me tell you, it goes to a whole new level when you watch yourself turn into it. I promptly obtained Glyph of Treant, with a definite sense of urgency. While it is of some consolation, I’m still slightly offended that female druids have a very obviously male model thrust upon us by default. That’s my two cents.
Well there you have it. Rather a mixed bag isn’t it? Despite my surprise at my own reactions at Auberdine, I’m rather impressed that the destruction and quests are powerful enough to evoke such feelings. It doesn’t happen often. *cough* Next time, I promise some analysis on healing, talents and all that other good stuff =)