As we continue to rediscover Azeroth, more and more things amaze me. Honestly, Blizzard has really made me fall in love with the game again (which, for an altoholic is not ideally a good thing) by “getting it.” It seems they listened to the frustrations people had when leveling (see the insane number of flight paths, for example). One of the biggest ones was having a backpack to carry everything.
In the old world, you got your 16 slots and that was about it. You could book it to the Auction House if you had any money, or learn tailoring, to gain more. The only other means of getting any extra bag space was by drops. Let me tell you, in some cases, Orange Level items drop more often than bags. You could go twenty levels of questing without ever having one drop. That’s now changed.
The picture above is from a pre-level 10 quest in Gol’Bolar Quarry. As you can see, it offers a bag as a reward, and an 8-slot at that. Now, I know what you’re thinking. It’s one of those flukes. I thought it as well, the first time I got one. It might have still been in Anvilmar, but if not I definitely received a 6-slot bag as a quest reward prior to level 5. That’s right, just by doing quests Blizzard has upped new characters to 30 slots before they even earn their first talent point!
Since half the low level quests involve bag space, either for items used in quests or collecting items (not to mention the greys that drop), it was almost always a nuisance having to go bag dump. That’s why Netherweave Bags sell so well. People buy them for their alts right from the hop. But, for those starting out (or cheap like me), it’s nice to know you’re going to get some extra space immediately and not have to waste what little money you get at low level paying for overpriced storage.