Okay, here's the thing. We's going to Northrend. Soonish. Preparations is being made for ships, rumours is flying, is gonna happen. And is gonna be like when the Dark Portal opened, sort of, with a huge mass of folks what been at the max level for a long time charging at once, and then a slow stream of alts, newcomers, and folks what just took they's time coming in the months to follow.
But here's what I think is different. The Epics. As I understands it, ya pretty much hadda raid ta get yer epics back in the day. And raiding meant starting in Molten Core, which meant 40 people. And no badges off of bosses, so only a few could get epics each week. There was some craftable epics, but these was tied to reputations which was mainly built up by raiding ZG or AQ or whatevers. So, I's pretty sure alot of folks didn't get any, or only a few, epics. Me, I were still looking for Mankrik's wife at the time, so I's kinda extrapolatifying here.
But here in Outland things is differents. Take me, fer example. I ain't never killed a heroic boss, never been to Kara or any of the raids what comes after, and I've got a few badgers of justice from the SSO but not enoughs ta buy nuthin' yet. And yet, a quick check of me gear shows I's got seven epics on. Seven. PvP gear, rep rewards, crafted, BoE's, and loot off the Headless Horseman. I's got more epics in the bank fer tanking and fer PvPing. And I's planning to pick up a few more before going to Northrend. So, I think is fair ta say what epics is easier ta get then they used ta be. Mebbe good, mebbe bad, I dunno, but it is.
Now, we all know at somepoint epics is gonna be replaced by quest rewards. And that's fine. But, what I's pondering is, how tough is those quests gonna be? 'Cause, ya see, that slow stream of adventurers behind the initial wave won't have had months to assemble epic gear. Or even blues. If they's only level 68, they won't even have them PvP faction rares we 70s all think is so entry level. So. What's it gonna be? Is that first zone gonna be a walk in the park fer me, or is I gonna be challenged? Is me young friends like Ellspeth and Palintera gonna find it to be comparable to the leveling they've been doing (once they get there) or is they gonna get creamed because they're only equipping greens from Nagrand and Blade's Edge?
I guess we'll find out, won't we?