So, anyway, it seems a semi-tradition to create a new WoW thread for a new expansion rather than necro one of the old ones, thus the above. We’re less than two weeks from going live, and the new Class/Race (or RCC for Palladium fans) combo is live and leveling, as is the new UI and talent system.
So far, the UI and Talent system are IMHO a huge step in the right direction, although they are equally IMHO a work in progress. Since those pieces went live last week, there’s been at least 4 micro and balance patches, which is to be expected.
For those who haven’t played recently, the UI is now given a grid shaped option, letting taskbars be much more customizable in horizontal and vertical layouts, along with stacked and unstacked options. Most UI elements can be freely moved around the screen and resized, with some noticeable exceptions that hopefully will soon be fixed.
The talent system is the biggest improvement - no longer do you have a pick one of three every 10-15 levels or so, but a point based drop split between core class features and your specialization. And if you want a sub par build for raiding that solos exceptionally well, it’s easy to configure that way. Many abilities of prior and current expansions are returned in the form of such talents - so as an example, if you want your DPS (shadow) priest to actually have a decent set of heals, you can make it happen (although you’ll OOM fast).
I’ve . . . avoided the new RCC to date, along with a lot of the other materials because the game and addons are still unstable and being rebalanced - but compared to the frankly boring build of BfA, and the WTF insanity and inconsistencies of Shadowlands, I have some small hopes.
For the record, I haven’t paid for WoW for… years? I’m quite good at manipulating the AH to earn gold and then use the gold to pay for the game, so I don’t think I’d recommend paying to buy the expansion or game time with IRL money, but it still let’s me connect with several friends across North America that I would otherwise have drifted away from.