It’s been four days since World of Warcraft’s sixth expansion dropped, and while a full review is weeks away, I’ve been plenty busy exploring, dancing, crafting, participating in PVP . . . okay I’ve just been obsessively collecting artifact weapons. I need them.
It started innocently enough. I was logged into the game when the expansion went live, got sent to my Rogue’s Order Hall and went on an expansive adventure to obtain the special artifact weapon that I would be upgrading and modifying for the length of expansion content.
Time for some questing! I played long enough for Sky Admiral Rogers to be Sky Admiral Rogers all over the side of a mountain, and then decided to call it a night.
And by call it a night, I apparently meant logging into my Hunter and going through her artifact weapon quest, which involved containing some of the extreme power of the rifle Titanstrike into the body of a wolf, who basicaly became a second Hunter pet, fighting alongside Quality and her mechanical squirrel.
Then I totally called it a night. Slept for almost two hours and everything. Later that same day, in between bouts of working, I slowly began to collect all of the artifacts for my level 100 characters.
First came Aluneth, the Arcane Mage staff. The quest involved a mystery of sorts, which found me in The Frozen Throne’s Nexus dungeon, battling alongside a legendary blue dragon. I didn’t die nearly as much as I thought I would.
Next I outfitted my Druid, the character I created at level 100 using Legion’s included boost, because I hate playing a Druid.
I’ve tried playing a Druid in the past, but could never get over the feeling that I was just doing something another class—Priest, Rogue, Warrior, Mage—could do better. But after playing through Feral Druid artifact quest, I found myself hooked. Suddenly becoming a Transformers Beast Wars Transmetal wolf helped.
And so the bulk of my actual working through Legion content has been on a character I never thought I would be playing. Gerbil the Worgen Druid is currently halfway done with the third of four initial deployments, the level-scaling quest areas that make up a bulk of Legion’s leveling content.
Here’s a shot of my current character roster. At level 106, Gerbil’s getting most of the love, followed by Quality the Hunter and Raccoon the Rogue.
In between bouts of Druid-venturing I did manage to secure my Demon Hunter’s artifact, another pair of stupid blades no one even cares about.
And my most harrowing adventure of them all took place on another server, where my Shaman, Mochrie, has been languishing since my initial run through Warlords of Draenor. Outfitted in mostly lower level intelligence gear from his time as an Elemental Shaman, I switched him to Enhancement, bought a couple of green level 99 hammers from the auction house and went after one of the most legendary artifact weapons of them all—Thrall’s Doomhammer.
I died more times in an hour than I have in years of playing World of Warcraft, but in the end, the hammer Thrall dropped because he’s having a mid-green Jesus conflict is now mine, and I am the leader of The Earthen Ring.
But that’s pretty much as far as my artifact addition has taken me.
I don’t have a problem.
I can stop at any time.
Okay, I have a problem, and it’s so bad that every time I log in I look at the classes I haven’t leveled to 100 yet and am tempted to play them instead, just for the experience. I’m only 13 levels from the Monk artifact! 21 levels from the Warrior! 99 levels from Warlock!
Welp, at least we’ve got a long weekend ahead.