Better Luck Next Time
I came back to WoW after taking about a year off because I’d managed to score a ticket to Blizzcon. Irconically, not going to Blizzcon about a year prior was one of the main reasons I lost the motivation to play WoW. That and the ladies. Much more entertaining than a video game. Much more social, too. True story.
Anyway, when the Warlords of Draenor release date came out I was stoked. Blizzcon and a new expansion? All within a week? The gamer crawling around in my wheelhouse giggled like a fiend.
Those giggles turned to gagging when my work schedule was changed. Oh I was going to be out of town at the beginning of November, but I wasn’t going to be in Anaheim. I would be out of town on standby for work, for two weeks. Which meant that not only was I not going to Blizzcon, but I would be AFK for the first week of WoD.
A double-whammy of suck.
The expansion will be over a week old by the time I can even log back into my computer. But as strange as it may seem, I do not feel like this is a bad thing. There are certain advantages to waiting before getting into Warlords.
Bugs – As hard as the beta testing goes, there is always issues with the game when it first releases. Zones, classes, items, there are always a few emergency patches to fix things during the first few days. After a week of “live testing”, the major bugs should be resolved. Or at the very least, addressed.
Queues – People have been raiding Siege of Orgrimmar, the final raid of Mists of Pandaria, for over a year. Needless to say, players are starved for WoD. The second the expansion is pushed to the live server, players are going to be hitting that content like a ravenous zombie on a nice plump brain. That’s going to mean queues. It’s hard to say what the wait may be like, especially on a high pop server. That waiting time should have tapered off after a week.
Addons – Despite all the preparation, addons tend to break once the new expansion releases. Normally the developers tackle these bug fixes within a few days. Before I log in, I will simply make sure my Curse client loads the latest version of all addons.
Planning Time – Just because I will be away from my computer, does not mean I will not be able to keep up-to-date on what is happening with the expansion. This will let me know if there are any in game issues I will need to be aware of before I log in. I will be able to avoid the minefield ahead of time.
So while there are some disadvantages to not logging in on Day One, it’s nothing I’ll lose sleep over. There will be plenty of sleep to lose on Day Seven and beyond.