Color me impressed folks. Blizzard has done it again. I dare you to argue that Cataclysm wasn't the smoothest WoW expansion launch in history!
The proof? 17 minutes after launch I managed to log into the game. It took about 3 tries, true, because for the first couple I got stuck at "Connecting". But then I was stunned to find myself at the character selection screen and then right in the middle of the Cataclysm!
What was a bit worrying is that within 30 minutes of logging in, that's roughly 45 minutes into Cataclysm, I saw the following world-first achievements in the chat window, in quick succession:
On the other hand it took me between 45 minutes and 1 hour to get my mining to max and I screwed around a lot too.
Something that I wasn't exactly expecting - and it took me by surprise - is that flying has been enabled in Dalaran. Woohoo! This change was long overdue and, come to think of it, not completely out of the bounds of possibility.
I got a rude awakening when I realized how many HP the mobs in the new zones have. 30+K at level 81 is nothing to sneeze at. I managed to get killed on my priest because I was trying to gather a herb in a zone (in Hyjal) which had some quick-spawning mobs and as soon as I killed one, another appeared. On the other hand, I'm also proud to have killed a level 84 mob with my hunter, while almost completely naked, in Twilight Highlands. I was naked because I didn't want to risk the huge costs of dying with my expensive purplez. It's true that it took me about 3 minutes to do it but I proved that it can be done.
What can I say, being able to fly all over the place is a novel and very welcome experience. Stormwind looks amazing from the air and I literally went "wow!" when I first rose above the city.
A strange thing is that XP seems to come fairly briskly, at least at this level. All I did (I played for about 4 hours during the night), was to fly around a couple of zones, mine and do a little bit of archeology. Oh and I also did a quest in Hyjal just for kicks. All this brought me close to halfway to 81. It's crazy. There's some pretty healthy XP from mining and herbing alone.
Now archeology is even crazier. I was gaining about 5500 XP each time I discovered an artifact. Archeology is a mixed bag. It seems cool so far but I'm getting a vibe that it is a VERY grindy profession. Just the thing to get us hooked. Just as well, I doubt I'll be maxing it out on other characters than my main (the hunter).
OK now I'm going back to my grind: farming and farming and more farming. Gotta make that gold while mats are still expensive!
Patch 1.0.5 commentary
4 years ago