Well, Thursday we’ll have our hands on Blizzard’s new expansion, and this weekend we’ll see the first Level 80 characters. Among them will be the new Death Knights.
Afterall, nothing says “I love the new content” like having 24 of your guildies power you through to the end-game, leaving you standing there at the Frozen Throne stating “WTF? This sucks.” There should be an “Arsonist” achievement. Where you burn through content like you set it on fire with kerosene on purpose.
Let’s say you take the “casual” gamer’s approach. You know. Where you have fun with it? Where you read the quest text rather than download an add-on that replaces quests with 2 buttons: “Click to Accept” and “Click to Turn-In.” I’m wondering how long the Death Knight will feel “Heroic” to us regular gamers. (Because I think the Heroic feeling won’t last past the weekend for this weekend’s level 80 Death Knights. Because if they’re seriously happy at 80 this weekend, they can go ask the Ret Paladin community what happens when you feel good.)
I made a Death Knight in the beta. I ran through the quests, provided my feedback, made it to Hellfire Peninsula. It seems a strong class.
But what happens to them at 80? When they’re just another tanking class? Are they still going to feel “Heroic?” Or are they just going to be another flavor of class?
What’s going to make them Heroic? Storyline? Please. Are they all offspring of a randy Arthas and Innkeepers across Azeroth, and Kalimdor? Bloodbrothers of the Centaur King? Lay Brothers of the Scarlet High Self Opinion? Spiffy outfits? Let NPC’s be heroic with “color” text in their descriptions. I think by “Hero class” folks might be expecting more than “color.”
Naturally, their level 80 tanking prowess can’t be over the top. “Oh, great. Chuck Norris is here and he’s going to tank. You Druids, Paladins, and Warriors may as well drop raid and reroll Gnomes or something.” They’ll be as “Heroic” as anyone else in the roles they’ll be filling. “Heroic” must not mean “Overpowered.” That role’s filled with Ret Pallys whose tears can’t erase the fact they’re still pretty darn strong. And Warlocks.
A 55 level headstart? Does that make them “Heroic?” Ask them how Heroic they feel, in Terrokar, hunting down a wolf to get a dog face helm. It’s a cool helm, mind you, but for us Average Joes, not for the Heroes.
Either they meant “Shiney and new” when they said “Hero Class”, or they meant something else. I’m wondering what that something else is going to wind up being. I guess we’ll be finding out shortly.
And this weekend, when they hit 80, there’s either going to be great rejoicing, and a bloodletting in Alterac Valleys, and across the quest objectives.
Or, there’ll be a lot of gnashing of teeth and wailing. That is, if the servers manage any semblance of stability. There were enough Death Knights on the Beta Server to cause serious problems. Imagine Eleven Million players hitting the field.
It’s two more years of content. And it may well be the longest shark jump in history. But, then again, Dallas went on for 11 more years after someone shot J.R.. If Blizzard handed us a cold colander filled with leftover spaghetti noodles and said it was “Heroic” and priced it at $39.99 in a box at Best Buy, we’d probably be just as excited. I know I am.
In all fairness, the landscapes alone will be worth the price of admission to Northrend. Seriously. That haunted beach is going to blow you away. And that’s hour one.