by Nolan “Endruin” LaMeres
Greetings Forge Herald Fans!
For this “Weekend In” edition I went back to an old friend of an MMO, called World of Warcraft. The reason for this would be, Blizzard just added the newest expansion class to the game modeled after the Anti-Hero Illidan, the Demon Hunter.
I figured if I was going to step back into Azeroth again I’d do it like I did back in the day, I picked up a liter of Mountain Dew, and a bag of Doritos and planned on settling in for the long haul of leveling a toon.
The Demon Hunter is the newest hero class, that starts at level 98. You begin your adventure as the invading force into a Legion homeworld to recover an artifact, for your class leader Illidan. These events take place during The Burning Crusade expansion as a group of “heroes” are invading The Black Temple.
As you work your way through the starting zone, your main objective is to take out powerful demons guarding you way as you progress towards the keystone. With each major demon slain you “absorb” their power and in turn learn your newest abilities.
Once the keystone is recovered you return to The Black Temple moments after the adventurers put down Illidan. You are a product of his evil, therefore have earned the one-way ticket to a lifetime in prison under the care of the Wardens.
Skip ahead to present times and the return of the Legion. Gul’dan has lead a force to recover the body of Illidan, and in an act of desperation, the Wardens let the Demon Hunters lose on the world to combat their mortal Enemy.
A few battles later and you’re up to date, in the world of current content, with a fresh level 100 Demon Hunter ready to roll. There are randomized Legion invasion events across Azeroth, that come in 4 waves, dropping some loot crates that have random ilvl 700 gear, and weapons that scale up to ilvl 725. Not a bad way to catch up on some ilvls before launch. The events themselves are okay, fun the 1st time around but after 10, I was over it, the best part of the events ended up being the random PVP that sprouted up.
These events are supposed to speed up as we get closer to Legion, and other content will be added in the coming weeks.
I personally did the Demon Hunter starting zone which ended me at level 100 then did a couple events on the Demon Hunter, checked the Mountain Dew which was about half gone, a few handfuls of chips missing, and realized my “long haul” of leveling and exploring the Demon Hunter took me about 2 hours.
Yup, that’s it.
With the last round of class changes, they removed more of the ability bloat, streamlined some buttons and in my mind, simplified the game. Demon Hunters don’t receive all their talents and are balanced around level 110 and their Artifact Weapon. So 2 hours of pressing no more than 7 buttons and most of the time cycling between 4, I logged out looked at my other classes and went to bed.
Don’t get me wrong it’s an okay class, I like the events, they are fun, but I believe I overhyped myself. I leveled a Death Knight on release, missing realm 1st by an hour. I leveled my Monk on release missing realm 1st by 30 min. I was ready to level and expecting to learn my classes and just have fun. It was over before I realized it.
The abilities are okay but nothing special, and for an introduction to a class that I don’t get to enjoy or see at its full potential till 110, is a heck of a leap of faith on folks to abandon their mains for.
I will say the Broken Shore campaign had some pretty amazing cut scenes and had a few major events, with leaving spoilers out, it did bring out the feels.
So what I learned was Mountain Dew and Doritos is a horrible dinner, not sure how I ever did that. I won’t be maining a Demon Hunter (sticking with the Monk). I will check in as the event progress, but I know I should have saved my excitement for the actual release at the end of the month, because this was just an okay tease and nothing really special.
If you guys have any suggestions for games I should check out, or articles you’d like to see, let me know in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter https://twitter.com/TheEndruin
Until next time, Happy Huntings.
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