The news came across my Facebook page this afternoon, courtesy of Mrs. Amateur herself. Blizzard announced players can now pre-purchase Warlords of Draenor for digital download. As the above video suggests, that means you can now have your insta-90 character boost. It’s true. I was not prepared. I’m still not.
When Wrath of the Lich King launched, I was ripped, roaring, and ready to go. Even took a couple of days off work. When Cataclysm launched, I was excited and ready to go but had grown up a bit and went to bed within a few hours of launch. Mists? I was definitely ready because at the time I wasn’t even getting it. But this? On, or around, December 20th? I’m not so sure. I suddenly feel like I have work to do and much of it revolves around leveling and character ideas. When time allows, I’m trying to boost my Gnome Warrior to 90 the traditional way. She’s one-third of the way there. But then there’s 2-3 other toons that I’m considering for the insta-boost and I was supposed to have plenty of time to make that decision because I would just decide to level one in the time that remained.
I know. Getting a toon to level 90 does not take that long. Many could take all of my toons and get them to 90 by the end of May, I have no doubt. Heck, with a slightly better schedule I could probably do it as well. But, we’re dealt the hand we hold and I’ll make the most of it. Still, it’s weird to feel a bit under the gun now and at the same time incredibly excited.
All of the previous expansions had a pretty obvious story to them. The Burning Crusade had heroes head to Outland and take on the obvious baddies out there. Wrath of the Lich King was going to lead to the inevitable confrontation from the moment it launched. Deathwing reshaped Azeroth (mostly) and had gotten loose. Pandaria showed up randomly and we took war to its lands. Now? Now we know Garrosh evades his sentence and thanks to some bronze assistance, goes back in time and sets to work on an alternate timeline where his ancestors leave the blood in the fridge this time.
But when do we deal with that? I’m thinking Garrosh is dealt with by 92, and his helping hand by 94-95. Then comes the Warlords and their involvement in the story. How each will play out is pretty much a mystery at this point, as well as what else the precursor to Outland has in store for our heroes. Either way, I’m certainly excited about it (self-imposed work to do not included, of course) and Christmas can’t come fast enough. What about you? What was your initial thought on the announcement?