Guess who just got back today
Them wild-eyed ghouls that had been away
Haven’t changed that much to say
But man, I still think them undead are crazy
They were askin’ where you were bound
How you was, where you could be found
Told ’em you were hangin’ ’round
Drivin’ all the Kul Tirans crazy
-Grim Lizzy, The Scourge are Back in Town
I’m out in Northrend, flying around on my silver covenant hippogriff, fighting scourge and doing dailies at the Argent Tournament in Icecrown, so I have to wonder what year it really is.
I guess my outfit matches and my glasses are not rose tinted, so it can’t be 2009. Still, the launch of the Shadowlands pre-launch events did spark a bit of nostalgic familiarity in me.
Of course, it all started with a summons. I logged in with my main and there was a quest waiting for me. You know they’re serious when they put the blue wax seal of the Alliance on it.
So I took the portal to Stormwind and headed out to Lion’s Rest, the final resting place of Varian Wrynn, to speak with Genn Greymane. It seemed I wasn’t the only one to get a summons.
Even with the the invisible circle of dismounting around Greymane it was tough to see him. He had a cut scene for me, which included a glimpse of Bolvar Fordragon, the former Lich King, who had his crown removed by Sylvanas Windrunner in the expansion cinematic. He seemed pretty concerned about Sylvanas and her plans. I guess she is the bad guy again.
But she seems to be coming for everybody, Horde and Alliance, so we seem to be back to a “patch up the differences and face a common foe” part of the relationship again. I’ve only seen the Alliance side of things. I’ll have to go see the Horde side just to see who goes missing there. (Nope, same video on the Horde side. Maybe they have goblin drone cam over Lion’s Rest.)
Meanwhile, I was sent off, along with everybody else, to go check in on things and gather scouting reports. Blizz seemed to feel that only the prime quest givers needed that dismount aura around them, as a few were buried in mounts.
There were some scourge to slay out in Darkshire, though the main problem was getting to them quickly enough to get on a kill for the quest update. There was a lot of firepower out there burning them down. I’m not sure they really had a chance.
That led me back to Stormwind and then on to Northrend, to the Argent Tournament area where the Argent Crusade and Ebon Blade were running the campaign to fight the scourge.
Also, it was kind of hard to miss the massive hole in the sky as I was headed out there. It is huge, so big in fact that it is tough to take a screen shot of it with some features to give it scale.
Oddly, or perhaps not, that hole is only visible when you’re in the Icecrown zone. Anyway, that is the hole from the early screen shots and cinematic.
Anyway, out at the Argent Tournament there were quests to go slay more scourge, who nicely seemed be be spawning in the tournament practice area primarily. Again, they barely had a chance to spawn before people were jumping on them.
This was one of those times when it was annoying when Horde or Alliance players couldn’t share a kill, save for the big elite in the middle of everything.
The string of quests led on to a group fight to secure a foothold deeper in the zone.
That done, the turn in unlocked daily quests.
The lead-in quests and the dailies all offer Argent Commendations, which are a Shadowlands currency that can be used to buy items from a vendor who also hands out some quests. There is an armor set, which is okay. Somehow even a scrub like me is wearing better, so I am not sure it is worth the effort unless you want the set for transmog. There is a battle pet though, so I’ll save up for that.
And with that, we’re off to the races with the Shadowlands pre-patch event. The first week is just under way and the second week will have some new things. More scourge to slay.
I only had time to get into a bit of what was going on. WoWHead and Icy Veins both have guides to the event. I’ll have to go through them to see if there is anything I need to do before the next round.