It’s always easy for me to tell how much I enjoyed an expansion just by looking at the percentage of my main character’s time /played spent in it. Vanilla still holds the top spot in terms of raw hours, but Legion has actually moved to second place. Does that mean it’s my favorite expansion? Hmm, not sure. Ask me again in 5 years. One thing is for sure, there was usually a lot of stuff to do, with the exception of the last 6 months or so when my time playing slowly devolved into raiding and a weekly +15 only, then only to raiding, then to nothing… but I suppose that’s normal for any expansion.
I like the artifact weapons (but not how they locked me into one spec for so long). I liked Mythic+. I liked the raids (especially Nighthold — Tomb of Sargeras not so much). I like the gameplay of swapping out legendaries to do different things, but I did not like the acquisition method. Speaking of legendaries, I was pretty lucky (at least luckier than most) so I was pretty happy about that. My second legendary was the BM belt, back when it was pretty transformative. And my 5th legendary was the shoulders, very shortly after they came out in the patch. Those were so good they changed the whole spec in the end. But when those dropped, it might have been my most exciting moment. Back then, they really did unlock a whole new spec.
I disliked Titanforging and the endless chase for that gear. Warforging is OK, but Titanforging is dumb. I disliked all that time I spent farming relinquished trinkets so I could get an Arcanocrystal. I eventually did get it after 200+ tokens farmed and it was not exciting, just relieving. Shortly after I got a 965 Shadow-singed Fang that was almost as good. Ugh. So I hope there are no broken world boss-only trinkets this time. Speaking of trinkets, I hope they make the dungeon ones scale well so that when you get them in M+ they aren’t automatically thrown in the trash. In general, I hope they make the M+ more viable (but I’m still fine with some special stuff being in raids only).
Raid difficulty on Mythic was too high (Emerald Nightmare not included of course). Average Mythic guilds shouldn’t need to pull some bosses 500 times in my opinion. I thought Nighthold difficulty was pretty close to perfect, but Tomb of Sargeras was ridiculous, as were some of the bosses in Antorus. There’s a difference between having hard content to aspire to, and what we got in Legion. There is a middle ground somewhere and I hope Blizzard finds it.
As for the Hunter class itself… well, I think Beast Mastery is in a fairly good place at the moment. The main issue I have with it is there are a lot of dead talents. The best build can be used for every situation because so many talents are under-tuned or outright worthless. Marksmanship is looking pretty good (better than Legion IMO) and Survival is also pretty fun. Survival may be a bit too mindless though… it went from being pretty complex to the easiest Hunter spec (IMO). There is a middle ground, Blizzard! A lack of legendaries and shared artifact power means I hope to take advantage of playing multiple specs more often. But of course I’m starting as Beast Mastery.
I don’t have much else to say except I thought Legion was one of the best expansions yet, and I hope Battle for Azeroth is better. I really don’t know what to expect from BFA, so much of it seems up in the air.
As I type this, the new expansion is launching in 4 hours. My bags are empty. My legendaries (except for two) are all sitting in void storage. I blew all my bloods of sargeras on mats to make like 700 Gunshoes so I can go really fast (because why not?). Fun fact: That’s 35 hours of using them on cooldown nonstop. I’m gonna go fast between those world quests. I’m listing my 1000th or so stack of Goblin Gliders on the AH. Then I’ll go take the dog for a nice long walk, eat something, then prepare for a nice marathon of WoW. I’m not going to be doing the speed leveling thing where I use an addon to auto accept and skip everything, and tell me exactly where to go. In the grand scheme of things, whether I level in 6 hours or 12 hours doesn’t really matter. It’s going to be quick either way. I’ll be able to get my first Mythic0 resets done regardless. The raid is 3 weeks away. I’ll enjoy it (and maybe use that method for an alt instead).
Have fun in BFA and thanks for reading this far.