Thoughts on the Hour of Twilight Patch
We’re a few days into 4.3 now and I wanted to talk about my thoughts, and hopefully discuss your thoughts on the latest patch to WoW.
Firstly, I have to commend Blizzard on the job it did with the patch. With Void Storage, Transmogrification, a revamped Darkmoon Faire, 3 new heroic instances, a new raid and Raid Finder; I think more than a few of us feared the patch would be a disaster. (Sorry this instance is full..The Ice Stone has melted, the Ice Stone. Has. Melted.) I fully expected to get home Tuesday night and not be able to even log in. Where there some weird queue times? Yes. Does my profanity filter reset at weird times? You betcha. (And then there’s at least one person in my random who is kind enough to #@!$&*! point out that it’s on.) But most of the anomalies got fixed relatively in short order and everything was playable. Kudos to Blizzard on deploying a huge patch almost flawlessly! Unfortunately I had a wonderful bout with insomnia Monday night and by the time I got logged in I was all but done. Then Wednesday morning came, and I woke up all bright-eyed and tauren-tailed ready to roll.
In this patch there is pretty much something for everyone. Transmogrification is a really neat feature, but for me I like to display what current gear I’ve gathered. If I’m lucky enough to collect the Tier 13 set, yes I will be displaying that all the time but for now, I’m good. Void Storage is a novel concept, and if it was across all servers I’d readily buy into it. I’ve repressed my pack rat ways and long since deleted lots of the pieces that I would have liked to kept. Will it be more useful in the future? Even if it’s just extended to all characters on your particular realm I would then be happy to pay the premium of getting it. The Darkmoon Faire, even though we haven’t seen it on live realms yet has a fresh new look. It even appears that it’s going to hold value with players with by adding companion pets, games, shiny new replica armors for transmog, heirlooms being available for purchase and things to explore on the new island I have a feeling that things will be very crowded come Faire time.
For me, the value of this patch is the new instances and the new raid. I intentionally went into the instances dark – not having read any strategies as I hoped it would be more entertaining. I am very glad that I did this, as there were a few surprises in store for me. I’ve now completed all 3 of the instances and for the first time in a long time I can say that there isn’t one that bothers me in the least bit. The lore intertwined in each instance is great, the voice acting is amazing ( Ok, so Tyrande isn’t exactly amazing.. But, I digress..) and the fights are fun and engaging. For me, and please indulge my inner geek here, this entire patch – if not the expansion was made while in the Hour of Twilight instance where Thrall shifts into ghost wolf. For a few fleeting moments, I was running in a pack with Thrall, who is no doubt one of our greatest shamans ever. Each of the instances is challenging with being completely overwhelming. Things like that are completely making this expansion look better and better. Has it all been ponies and moose? Not at all, but like the rest we’ll be left of our memories of how things ended. WotLK wasn’t my most favorite instance, but the way it ended was fantastic. Will Oculus always haunt me? Probably, but there were some great moments with the Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron, and Halls of Reflection that left me with an overall favorable impression of the expansion and the end cinematic tied the expansion up nicely.
I haven’t the opportunity to try the Raid Finder yet, but I plan to do so this weekend. Granted if I can get with some similarly geared people, it would be an easy fight but I’d like to see how it works and how much fun it is.
So, how about you? Whats your take on the patch? Love it? Hate it? Share your thoughts here!