I finally found time to sit down and fully experience all of the new changes in patch 7.2 of World of Warcraft: Legion, such as the new Broken Shore zone and the return of demon invasions. The patch was released in early April but that was during my reservist, and I couldn’t really log in to play much during that period.
The Broken Shore zone is somewhat similar to Tanaan Jungle in Warlords of Draenor and The Timeless Isle in Mists of Pandaria: an “open-ended” zone where you are free to explore and do whatever you want. World Quests are there for you to tackle, but you can also fight random world bosses and assault the Burning Legion’s spaceships. Completion of quests and reputation farming in the Broken Shore, once again, is needed to unlock flying for Legion. But unlike Tanaan Jungle, the grind is less tedious: You only need to reach Revered reputation (not Exalted), and you no longer need to farm for treasure chests (yes!).
I’m very impressed, almost fearful of the level of speed that Blizzard is pushing out content updates for Legion. Ever since Legion was released last August, we’ve already had:
1) Three new dungeons : Court of Stars, Arcway, and Return to Karazhan
2) A new raid instance, Trial of Valor, released a couple of months after Emerald Nightmare
3) Another new raid (the current tier), The Nighthold where we finally defeat Gul’dan once and for all
4) Broken Shore and the new Cathedral of Night dungeon
5) And in a few weeks time, the new Tomb of Sargeras raid is going to be released
It’s almost as if Blizzard has listened to one of the major criticisms of Warlords and taken it to heart. Many people complained that Warlords had “a lack of post-release content”, which is complete and utter bullocks in my opinion. Blizzard DID release new zones, raids, and the Mythic Dungeons updates, but then left WoD untouched for almost a year after Hellfire Citadel came out.
I remember reading one Polygon article where the writer complained that he was “bored with Tanaan Jungle” after a day, and stopped playing. Wow. Did you even step into the Hellfire Citadel raid? Did you unlock flying? Did you try to earn the artifact trinkets from Mythic Dungeons? If an MMO’s content is there for you to explore, but you can’t be half-arsed enough to fully experience it yourself, then that’s your own damn lazy fault.
Legion has some of the fastest MMO content updates I’ve ever seen, and Blizzard don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. I wonder what WoW’s naysayers are going to complain about next.