I’m about half way through Tides of War, when I ran through the Theramore scenario on Monday evening. It’s very clear that on the Alliance side, you might not have any idea what’s going on unless you’ve read the book — but I guess that’s part of the point. The Alliance are, for the most part, blindsided by the Horde’s attack on Theramore.
Now, for the Scenario itself, I thought as far as something to do, it’s pretty fun. It’s not overly difficult, and it requires 3 people, and has some neat rewards. For an expansion launch event, I thought it was terrible.
Let’s think back to the previous launch events…
- The opening of the Dark Portal.
- The zombie and plague outbreak.
- Deathwing flying around and killing people.
Now, we may have been spoiled in the past, what with a big bad for every new expansion, but this “event” seems quite lackluster. We had these three amazing events pre expansion that involved everyone on some level. There were changes to home cities, rifts that had to be closed (I still have my haunted memento!), and could take out even the most unsuspecting newbie. Having some intro quests to prepare for the event — on both sides, would have helped it make sense without having read the book.
I don’t want to ruin the book for anyone, but there’s quite the political ordeal happening within the Horde, and the Alliance is left scrambling trying to get every body possible to prevent Theramore from it’s ultimate demise. I bet you had no idea Kalecgos was involved! (read the book, I won’t ruin this)
These details really make all the difference in the world in preparing the story to move into the next expansion.
I can only hope that the destruction of Theramore is just preparing us for going up against Garrosh in MoP, and that the lead-in quests to Pandaria make a hell of a lot more sense.
Blizzard, having played the beta, I forgive you for this launch “event.” I know Pandas are worth it, but this could have been SO much better.