BC Beta Report: Thursday, January 4, 2007
MYTHBUSTERS: THE BURNING CRUSADE
BC Myth #1: I can't wait to just fall into Outland and get greens that are better than BWL epics!
That might be true for some classes that thrive on only 1 or 2 stats, but most classes won't find greens right away after going through the Dark Portal that are better than T2 epics. In general I've found the following to be true, so I wrote this kind of yardstick to gear in BC:
LVL 60 Outland blues = Molten Core T1 Epics
LVL 70 Outland blues = Blackwing Lair T2 Epics
Outland Epics = Naxxramas Epics
Now you obviously have to compare things piece by piece. But be careful not to get into a "BC Frenzy" when you hit outland and just change out all your raiding epics with crap greens just because their from Outland. Play it smart. Do the math. Don't do something you'll regret later. If you have T2 gear or better, you are probably set until your 70.
BC Myth #2: Once I set my Hearthstone in Shattrath, I'm never going back to Azeroth again!
Blizzard has specifically said they don't want Shattrath to become another lagfest like Org or IF. Setting your Hearthstone in Shattrath is a very good idea, as it provides easy access to Outland and all four racial cities on Azeroth for your faction. Shattrath also has a bank, mailboxes, and vendors. However - even though it is the only racial capitol of Outland, it isn't really. It has no AH, and no *class* trainers. Crafting, yes, but not class trainers.
In BC you get new skills and skill upgrades every single level, starting at 61. Every level you will have to hit Azeroth to train up. Every so often you'll have to hit Azeroth to sell off and buy stuff from the Auction House. (5000g for an epic uber flying mount won't just come from grinding alone).
The intent, said Blizz, was that Shattrath be a hub for questing in Outland, but not take the place of the racial capitols of Azeroth. If you want something new and exciting in a racial capitol to visit, go to Silvermoon/Exodar. Get to know those towns - they are confusing for those that have never seen them. (Particularly Silvermoon, with 2 banks, 2 Auction Houses, and more mailboxes than you have fingers to count them on.)
BC Myth #3: I am going to take a vacation from school/work to play BC!
Then your likely to be disappointed on your day off. WOW's origonal release was marred by supply and demand issues - the inability of Blizzard to get the game boxes to store shelves, they emptied so fast. If you didn't pre-order, your screwed for weeks post-release. When you *GET* BC, expect the Outland/Silvermoon/Exodar server to crash REPEATEDLY, OFTEN, and HORRIBLY - Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms will stay up, but Outland will keep dropping like a prom dress. It will take a few weeks for it to be stable. If anything avoid Outland for a week and then go explore after the insanity of people's stupid "ZOMG BC!" frenzy has died down a bit.
BC Myth #4: In Outland you are permanently PVP flagged.
Only on a PVP server. This is one of those myths perpetuated by forum hysteria and bred from ignorance. If you are on a PVE server, you have to flag somehow to be PVP flagged, and are flagged down by default. The first 4 zones have world PVP objectives, Hellfire, Zangarmarsh, Terrokar, and Nagrand. On a PVE server Outland is the same as any regular area of Azeroth - flagged down by default unless you specifically flag up or hit someone who is flagged. If your faction controls the PVP objectives in the zone, everyone of your faction gets the +all damage buff for that zone. In order to capture a world PVP objective in Outland, you must flag up. If you pass close to a PVP objective while flagged down, you will receive an error message: "You must be flagged for PVP to capture this objective."