I know that daily quests didn’t start in Wrath of the Lich King. They were there at the end of The Burning Crusade. But they felt tacked on and a bit tepid, as though they were more of a reaction to players hanging around at level cap than a plan.
In Wrath though, they were clearly part of the plan. I knew they would be coming into Wrath Classic. I was more interested to see what I would do with them, because I was very much split in my thoughts on the subject.
On the one hand, I wanted to wallow in all that was Wrath, to relive the glory days of WoW, or at least MY glory days with WoW, and do all the things once more.
On the other hand, I did all of this before. I have a character in retail WoW that I logged in every day for months at a stretch to run dailies in Wrath. He has the titles, tokens, achievements, and mounts to prove it. Was I really going to invest all that time once more?
The first test was the Kalu’ak dalies, which you run into early on in the path through Northrend. I did those dailies and ended up exalted with them on not just one, but two characters.
But the Kalu’ak are not exactly a steep climb to exalted once you have done their quest chain. No, the real test for me was going to be the Argent Tournament.
I basically spent the back half of Wrath leveling up an alt or two and doing dailies, and especially Argent Tournament dailies, until I was exalted with everybody I could managed.
And then I ran some more because I wanted some of the goodies in the various faction stores.
That was a level of commitment that a much younger me was up to. But what about me today?
Meanwhile, the Argent Tournament starts out kind of slow. You have to prove yourself by doing a couple of training dailies and one roaming quest daily that sends you out to do, among other things, kiss frogs until you find a princess.
But once you get through the preliminaries you go to work for your home city faction and the tournament every day and suddenly you can start stacking up a pile of dailies to run.
At that point you are earning tokens, the champion’s seal currency, towards the goodies. I started in at level 78, so I will have banked some for when I hit 80, which is the level requirement for the good stuff.
And then there are the champion’s writs that let you buy faction standing with the home cities, starting with your own. I am, at last, exalted with Stormwind.
And, having done that, I have moved on to the next city. I’ll probably come out of this exalted across the alliance.
Will I keep going until I have earned the Argent Hippogryph? We shall see. I do have to watch out though, because running dailies also pays off in xp, so I might start out-running the rest of the group in levels. Then again, we’re all about level 78 now anyway, so I can’t run very far. And when I hit level cap the dailies start paying off in gold.