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WoW: BfA burnout - Why I wish Legion back (column)

I'm experiencing déjà vu right now: When I log into my WoW (buy now 14,99 € ) account, go through the daily quests and do what I do every night when I'm not trying to take over the world, I feel empty and burnt out. I'm tired of the daily grind, the ruffarming, and the current frustrating gameplay experience, even for soloists like me.

I

'm sure I'm suffering from WoW burnout. I've been playing World of Warcraft since the Vanilla beta, haven't skipped an expansion, and have returned to Azeroth time and again despite short one- or two-month breaks. For the most part, my enthusiasm for WoW always waned a bit towards the end of an expansion, so my playtime dropped significantly with the final patch.

Battle for Azeroth - Filler until you drop?

But Battle for Azeroth is a bit different: For the first time in over 15 years, I don't really feel like logging into my account anymore - and not just since the release of patch 8.3, but already since patch 8.2. I only understood why this is the case when I read a reddit post by a user named Khasim83. The caption of his post read, "I miss Legion so damn much".

Khasim83 writes that Legion has reawakened his love for video games because he never thought he could feel such a level of immersion as with this WoW expansion. Battle for Azeroth, on the other hand, felt like filler, forgoing many great features on Legion and getting just as much wrong, so WoW with BfA was no longer fun for him.

Blizzard failed on both the gameplay and the storyline

With this Khasim83 speaks from my soul: Legion belonged to my I already experienced a longer dry spell in World of Warcraft with WoD. Source: Blizzard In my opinion, it was one of the best WoW expansions ever and had a lot to offer, especially for me, who plays WoW mainly for the quests and the story. I still remember exactly how angry I was about the death of Varian Wrynn, even though I've been a loyal Horde follower since 2008. Even though I still had to complete the usual fetch and bring quests, Blizzard managed to package these gameplay mechanics with Legion's Order Halls and interrelated story in such a way that I could make sense of these very generic tasks.

That Blizzard would probably not succeed in matching Legion's greatness - both in gameplay (cue: artifact weapons) and story - was clear to me

from the start.

However, I didn't expect how much Battle for Azeroth would disappoint me in the long run. Actually, everything started out quite positively: The new areas were varied, I had a lot of fun with the leveling phase, and I was able to get over the loss of the artifact weapons surprisingly well.
The death of Varian Wrynn in Legion really made me angry. Source: Blizzard However, much like Warlords of Draenor, which followed the equally great Mists of Pandaria in my opinion, the excitement for the new content didn't last forever. By the time patch 8.2 was released, I had earned an awesome reputation with various factions in order to continue the war campaign and unlock allied races. I enjoyed the world quests, but because the principle had already defined the endgame of Legion, this feature slowly fell in comparison. The departure to Mechagon and Nazjatar was too much of the same for me. When I realized that I couldn't complete some quests solo on Mechagon (especially the hunt for rare enemies was tiring) and that the Rufgrind seemed to drag on endlessly, I became disillusioned.The

development of the story in the course of Battle for Azeroth was also not very convincing compared to Legion

.

But that was less due to the The Rufgrind on Mechagon was too much of a good thing for me. Source: buffed It's not the content of the background story itself, but rather the way it's presented. For example, I still can't understand why Blizzard packed part of the Alliance's lore into a quest that required the completion of a mythical dungeon. Furthermore, Blizzard has not managed to evoke the level of emotion in Battle for Azeroth that it did in Legion. Aside from the destruction of Teldrassil, which also moved me far less than I initially expected, there was not a single event that even remotely stirred me like the heroic death of Varian Wrynn. For me, Battle for Azeroth simply lacks a common thread, the "why" - Blizzard should have established N'Zoth as the villain much earlier and not kept us in suspense the whole time with promises like "Yeah, but there's still something to come...".

More immersion, please, Blizzard!

Battle for Azeroth feels a bit like waking up with a hangover after a night of drinking in WoW - and I desperately need a cup of coffee and an aspirin to get rid of it, while I'm sure: Patch 8.3 is neither coffee nor aspirin. So I'm hoping for Shadowlands - maybe Blizzard will be able to turn things around and, with an eye on WoW's strengths, deliver another expansion with content that will bring the fun back to my favorite online role-playing game.

What do you think? Do you also wish you were back at the time of WoW: Legion? What is your opinion on Battle for Azeroth and Shadowlands? Do you think Blizzard can deliver again with the next expansion? Let us know in the comments below!

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