The time I spend reading patch notes is approximately zero to none. As such, I had a few surprises after logging in to World of Warcraft last night. I knew a big patch was being pushed, and I knew it was setting a lot of things up for the release of Wrath of the Lich King in a few weeks, but I knew next to nothing when it came to the details of the patch. Obviously, I wasn’t the only one feeling clueless last night.
The chat channels were going crazy with questions and talent spec advice. There seemed to be a lot of excitement, and I’d say the server was the busiest I’ve ever seen it. There was a tangible feeling of energy buzzing around that was really neat to see, especially when a zone-wide shout appeared informing us that “THE HORDE ARE ATTACKING STORMWIND!”
Fortunately for me I was logged in to my level 18 Mage who happened to be in Stormwind so I went to check it out. There seemed to be a constant stream of Horde rushing the entrance to the city being met by both the city guards and a bunch of Alliance defenders. It was an awesome scene; there were bodies everywhere. I was smart enough not to attack anyone which kept me safe from all the big bad level 70s and allowed me to hop around among the chaos. The picture above shows me courageously tea-bagging a dead Horde player. It was just one small contribution to the battle, but I needed to do my part.
Joking aside, the events outside of Stormwind reminded me of what PvP in an MMO could and should be. Furthermore, if the excitement and energy I felt last night carries through to the upcoming expansion, then I can’t help but think that WoW players are in for some good times ahead. This patch, and expansion, is really starting to feel like Blizzard’s big, “Oh yeah? Deal with THIS”, response to Warhammer Online.