Why You Should Be Playing World of Warcraft: Legion

We all know WoW has been around just about forever. It’s the biggest MMORPG game out there and has been for years with millions of subscribers around the world. There are six expansions at this point and some gamers that used to play World of Warcraft may have considered coming back, but might be worried about how the gameplay has changed. Then there are gamers who have never played and just want to try it to see what all the fuss has been about all these years. Well, I’m here to tell you that you should be playing World of Warcraft: Legion now. Here is why:

Legion Has So Much Content

While it’s not like World of Warcraft doesn’t have enough content as it is, Legion adds so much more to it that there truly is no end to the game at this point. Even if you played every minute of every day, 356 days a year, for several years, I’m not sure that you could get through everything. Here is just some of the content that has been added with Legion and in the patches since the expansion released:

  • Normal leveling quest lines in the new areas

  • Demon Hunter class

  • Reputation quests for new factions

  • Pet battles

  • World quests

  • PvP content and battlegrounds

  • New raids

  • New dungeons

  • Class specific content

  • Artifact content

  • Micro-holidays

  • Trial of Style

  • Timewalking

Plus, you still have all of the old content and achievements to get through as well. I’ll go through some of these below in better detail since they are new to World of Warcraft with the Legion expansion.

Demon Hunters

Just like any good expansion, World of Warcraft: Legion came with the new Demon Hunter class. These crazy looking melee fighters are really fun to play and if you like a DPS/Melee class or want a change from your main toons, this is a great one to level. Yes, there are tons of them since Legion, but they are not as prevalent as they were when the expansion first launched about a year ago.

World Quests

World quests arrived in World of Warcraft with Legion. These are new end-game content quests that will give you daily quests to do in the Broken Isles areas while also gaining you reputation and some sweet loot. Some of these world quests include things that are reputation specific, PvP objectives, minigames (which are harder than you’d think), profession missions, world raid bosses (which are mega fun) and garrison-type missions. There are 4 new ones daily for you to do and the rewards are always great.

PvP Content in Legion

There have been several updates to different arenas, battlegrounds, and other PvP content as well. Some are cosmetic, such as the update to the Circle of Blood with new visual updates. Others are like scrapping the Honor and Conquest systems so you don’t have them as a type of currency to buy gear. Now, you earn Honor points that give you rewards, PvP only talents, and so on. Many players were pissed about this because it puts everyone on a similar level with gear since anyone in a PvP area has their gear nullified, and trinkets, enchants, and so on don’t mean squat either. Some of those that haven’t been playing PvP for a decade love this because now they can compete with everyone else.

Micro-holidays

While you don’t gain any achievements from these new little fun things, they add a bit of goofiness to the game. Micro-holidays were released with patch 7.1.5 and have continued to grow as more patches have hit. These usually last only a day or two and you can get fun loot and other goodies that will help you feel that the world around you (in-game of course) isn’t just stale. These include things like Volunteer Guard Day where you get to be a city guard, Auction House Dance Party where the AH’s are emptied out and you get to dance around and be goofy, Kirin Tor Tavern Crawl where you get to hop into portals at different taverns or inns and port around the WoW world, enjoying the drinks and getting drunk (in-game of course). There are several more and new ones that are slated to be released this fall, like the Moonkin Festival and the Great Gnomeregan Race.

Trial of Style

This new event is a mini-game type that you can play in World of Warcraft with patch 7.2.5. You join a party with 5 other players and are given 2 minutes to transmog your gear into the best possible set that will fit the theme. You can change everything from your clothing to your character’s appearance to match the theme. These themes include things like: Faction Pride, Summer Styles, Make Me Laugh, Fire and Ice and Epic Purple. You can also dance and wave from the platform when you’re put up against another player’s costume. You win prizes for placing First, Second or Third and there is a consolation prize. Trial of Style tokens are given out to winners and they can be used for special transmog gear in Dalaran.

Timewalking

Timewalking is actually one of my favorite things to do in Legion and you’ll love it too. When there is a timewalking event, you go to the Caverns of Time and select a dungeon that you would like to do (or simply put yourself in the queue). Different events are for different expansions, such as Mists of Pandaria dungeons, Burning Crusade dungeons, and so on. Your character and gear are leveled down to that area and you’ll run through it with a group – just like in the good old days. When you are finished, any loot that you receive will level back up with you. So, if you get a sweet piece of gear you were wanting, it will level back up with you to 110. This is a great way to catch up on dungeons that you missed while power leveling so you can grab those achievements.

Legion Dungeons and Raids

There are __ new raids that have come from Legion and the 4 patches that Blizzard has introduced since the expansion released. Here are the raids that have come with the different Legion patches:

Patch 7.1.0: Return to Karazhan

This one should be obvious: Return to Karazhan raid hit in October 2016 and is a 5-man mythic mode dungeon. If you loved Kara in the older expansions, then you’ll love this new one for Legion.

The Trial of Valor is a small 3 boss raid that came with patch 7.1 and is in Stormheim, in the Halls of Valor.

Patch 7.1.5: Nighthold

The Nighthold raid was released with this patch and is located in Suramar. It is the final place that gamers will fight Gul’dan.

Patch 7.2: Tomb of Sargeras

The Cathedral of Eternal Night dungeon was released with this patch at the end of March in 2017. It’s a dungeon that’s set in a cathedral dedicated to Elune. There are 4 bosses here and it’s a pretty cool dungeon to run.

The Tomb of Sargeras has released in a few different waves and is a 10-30 player raid with 9 different bosses. The first parts released on June 20, 2017 with Normal and Heroic difficulties opening up for those dying to get into this new raid content. On June 27, 2017, the Mythic content opened as well as the first Wing of the raid, which had the Gates of Hell and 3 bosses. On July 11, 2017, the second wing opened with the Wailing Halls and 3 more bosses. On July 25, 2017, the third wing opened with the Chamber of the Avatar and 2 bosses. On August 8, 2017, the last wing will open and provide the main boss, Kil’jaeden.

Patch 7.2.5: Deaths of Chromie

If you have played the game much at all, then chances are that you’ve come across Chromie, who is a crazy little gnome and a powerful dragon. She twists time and is friendly to just about everyone. In this new little solo scenario, you have to help her prevent her wrongful death by letting her shoot you forward in time, so you can work your way backward… ‘er, I think that’s how Blizzard developers put it.

Sooooo Much

While this seems like a short little run down and not much to it, it’s barely scratching the surface of the things that you can do in Legion. Just the new content alone is well worth playing, not to mention a whole new hero class, World Quests, and who doesn’t love holidays? I was one of those World of Warcraft nerds to pre-order Legion as soon as it was up on the Blizzard site and I don’t regret it one bit. I think that Legion is one of my favorite expansions just because of all the goodies that Blizzard has added in and all of the end game content that is now available to keep you going. Trust me, there’s no shortage of stuff to do in World of Warcraft.

Trying not to melt away in the heat of Oklahoma, MD Weems has been a writer and artist for over 20 years. Her written works over all types of gaming have been used in college level game design textbooks as well as in US Patents over virtual character design. She has worked with gaming companies all over the world and is even cool enough to have her own Korean cartoon character.
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