As we move inexorably towards Wrath of the Lich King Classic next week I have been running down what it is I need to do between now and then. Really, with the launch at 3pm on Monday local time for me, anything I want to do needs to get done by Sunday night.
I have met my basic goal… the whole group has… of having a level 68 character ready to go into Northrend. Op success on that front.
In addition, my hunter has also made it to 68, so I have an alt that can run off into the expansion on his own, which is generally how things go for me.
I have also managed to get my druid alt kind of close. He’ll probably be level 66 or 67 by Sunday night, so not quite there for Northrend, but close. I will be able to get him there without too much effort, though I am trying to get him as far along as I can with the experience boost still running. Make hay while the sun shines and all that.
There is also my Death Knight… I am not sure what I’ll do with him, but he and my warrior are level 60, so stuck in Outland and unlikely to get very far before the experience boost falls off. The downside of no Dungeon Finder is that before character boosts, it was the fast way to level up alts. I went through Outland with a couple of alts solely by queuing up for dungeons. Fast and easy.
Which brings us to the level 70 character boost on offer. If I really, really want another character in Northrend, that is an option. The thing is, I am not too sure I would play more than my main and my hunter alt in the first place.
I am trying to balance my expectations and abilities when it comes to Wrath Classic.
On the one hand, Wrath is the only WoW expansion that I played from launch to end. I was clearly into it. Short of raiding, I did all the things, played through with alts, ran Wintergrasp regularly, and was basically logged in almost every day. So there is clearly something in there I enjoyed.
On the flip side, and I have brought this up before, am I willing to do it all again? As I noted with my post on Thursday, I already did a lot of this. My main character in retail WoW has the titles and achievements and faction rep and artifacts to prove it. And I do not regret having made the effort to get, for example, that Kalu’ak fishing pole.
But do I really want to do that all again?
Yes? Maybe? I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes.
I mean, I might be really into it. It is quite possible that I might want to do, for example, the Argent Tournament dailies again until I am exalted with every faction and have all the special mounts and tabards and whatever. Maybe I will want to run multiple characters through the content.
Which brings us to the level boosts… or the Wrath of the Lich King Classic Upgrades, as they are called over on Blizzard’s site. If I want a level 70, I can have one. I just have to be willing to pay the price.
The base price for that instant level 70 is fifty bucks.
Did I even pay that much for Wrath of the Lich King back in 2008? I can’t remember. It was a long time ago. But $40 seems to ring a bell. I know I didn’t buy the collector’s edition, because I don’t have the frosty pet.
So I am kind of torn on this. One part of my brain, bouncing and enthusiastic for Northrend, is all, “Yes, buy it! No, buy the $80 version! Go all in! You know you want to!”
But another part of my brain… the part that not only feels that lack of commitment to the retro experience I pondered on Thursday, but also the skepticism that Northrend is going to be nearly as much fun the second time through… that part of my brain says it would be a complete waste of money. Am I really going to play more than three characters?
Finally, there is the question of which character I would boost in any case. Three characters are already in or so very close to Northrend as to be not worth the effort. I have a couple of level 60s, but one is a DK which can’t be boosted, while my warrior… just doesn’t thrill me.
What class would even be worth boosting? What character do I have that is far enough back to be worth the effort.
I’m still trying to figure that one out.