With the arrival of patch 5.1, two new quest hubs have appeared, along with new factions and quests, as well as a couple of new scenarios. GAMEBREAKER thought we would give you a first look at the new areas from the Alliance side.

Breadcrumb Quest: On first logging in to your patched game, if you are of an appropriate level, you will be greeted with an automatic quest similar to the one that opened the Mists storyline. This quest, if you are Alliance, will lead you to a previously rather nondescript area of the Krasarang Wilds, where you will seek out the Scout.

Spoiler Alert! This post contains spoilers about the new quests, scenarios and factions in 5.1 from this point forwards!

Opening Quests: Varian Wrynn arrives on the beach on the tiniest boat any player will ever have seen a faction leader on. It’s so ridiculously small it looks like a lego boat, but worry not, he has news for you of the arrival of the Alliance fleet.

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The opening quests are not too bad, as opening quests go, simply in that they are short and sweet and mercifully devoid of bugs. There are some small gameplay issues, in that the two NPCs who players need to talk to prioritize fighting off the Horde over conversing with the player, unlike quest-givers, so on high-population servers and PvP servers this can cause problems with griefing and simply new NPCs arriving with every player. The NPCs are very weak in this area, as they are basically quest mobs, and on PvE servers players aren’t automatically marked for PvP, so the only fear of ganking for PvEers is the accidental AoE. Once completed, this short quest chain leads into the cutscene posted a while back for Lion’s Landing. Once the cutscene is over, players find themselves with the faction leaders in the center of the new area.

A Little Patience

world of warcraft mmorpg mmorpg     Finally, some good WoW Dailies?!

This is the name of the scenario which comes with the new content. It’s the first on the Alliance side, and Varian Wrynn gives players a quest which pushes them directly into it. It, rather like so many of the other scenarios, is rather underwhelming. The scenario feature is such a good one that it’s a shame to see Blizzard waste it on content like this. The majority of the scenario is spent collecting and using items, rather like a quest, and killing the occasional mob, building up to a very straightforward and uninteresting fight with a final boss, the angry orc from the scenario’s accompanying cutscene. At least they have dodged the bullet of not providing lore, unlike the Theramore scenario. Alas, the content doesn’t match up.

Dailies: Regular GAMEBREAKER readers will know I’m not a fan of dailies, but there are a few in this new area that might just turn me around. The first are the ones where a player has to infiltrate the opposing faction’s base to kill NPCs. While the requirement to kill NPCs is nothing interesting, the PvP element is, although of course, if you play on PvE servers it will be less prevalent. Daxxarri and Nethaera have taken to the forums to confirm that Blizzard’s team have taken steps to ensure players on PvE servers aren’t forced into PvP.

But the main one I’m enjoying is not PvP related whatsoever. It’s a little arena, offering three opponents, a tiger, a crane or a crab. These can be taken on solo or as a group, and they’re hard enough to kill that it’s a fun challenge, rather than boring drudgery. It all takes place in one spot, the arena, Horde and Alliance each have their own, and there’s a graveyard nearby for when you die. Which, if you’re trying to solo these, you likely will! They’re really great fun, just because their difficulty is such that it likely is possible to solo them, just difficult! I’ve taken one down by myself, but I have a slight advantage as a caster. And they’re just as fun in groups!

  • http://www.facebook.com/collin.owen.71 Collin Owen

    Blizzard: We will feed you dailies, and then more dailies, and eventually we will break your will and you WILL LOVE THEM!

  • http://www.facebook.com/JoeKey Joe Key

    So that crane daily you buy from the vendor took me over and hour to complete.  I had to of slaughtered hundreds of those cranes trying to get quest drops lol.  I don’t mind them but they don’t feel any more interesting than any other daily to me. I do like camping the rare spawns trying to get that brawlers guild invite though, have seen one drop for far but lost roll to a friend :P

    • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

      My understanding is only one person per server per day needs to complete the Beastmaster daily.  Once the daily is completed, everyone can battle in the Beastmaster arena. 

      So, if the crane is already “captured” you don’t need to farm that daily. 

      • Kagitaar

        This is close, but not correct. Each captured beast can be killed once, after that someone needs to turn in the quest for it again to allow others to kill it, and so continues the cycle.

  • http://twitter.com/ranthony ranthony

     If
    what you mean by “good” is “PVP” then yes. If what you mean by “good”
    is “not repetitive or over-long with a sense of achievement attached”
    no. Two out of three we already had. You’ll have to talk to Blizz
    about shortening rep grinds to get the third. Been working for two
    months on rep for my raiding toons. I’m about to give up.

  • http://twitter.com/ranthony ranthony

     If
    what you mean by “good” is “PVP” then yes. If what you mean by “good”
    is “not repetitive or over-long with a sense of achievement attached”
    no. Two out of three we already had. You’ll have to talk to Blizz
    about shortening rep grinds to get the third. Been working for two
    months on rep for my raiding toons. I’m about to give up.

    • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

      The key is to focus on one toon.  Once you are done, you can purchase the rep bonus for your alts.   

      This expansion has been hard on alts.

      • http://www.facebook.com/stradus.woods Stradus Woods

        Challenge!   Stop all the grind in wow and do only the things you like.  I quit wow because I tried this: raiding was the only thing I liked.  To bad raiding becomes a grind after the first time. 

        Quit the game if it isn’t fun for you.

        • http://twitter.com/ranthony ranthony

           I don’t play games I don’t enjoy.  I have a hard time saying I enjoy grinding, which is kind of the point of offering a complaint on the subject.

      • http://twitter.com/ranthony ranthony

        I actually have two ‘mains’, one for each faction; and it’s a good thing too, because I was excluded from raiding on my alliance main because I was taking too long to get raid ready.

  • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

    Good to hear what is happening with the untrustworthy alliance.  My nasty little level 85 gnome mage is still lost somewhere in the Jade Forest.   

  • 7BitBrian

    I’ve considered coming back to WoW, I mean I played the game for years, and if you count since Warcraft Orcs and Humans it’s over a decade of play. I used to love the story and really want to get back into it. But they keep updating it with these same monotonous boring dailies as content. /sigh

    Maybe another time, atm I think I will continue to wait and bide my time for more content, so when I do sub I can run wild for a few months n=knocking out all this content back to back to back.

    Maybe….

    • Pernille Sylvest

      The dailies are not really all as bad as that. 

      There are people who hates dailies, any dailies. There are people, who feel required/compelled to do dailies, all dailies. These are the people, who are very vocal in their complaints about dailies. Others enjoy them in sane amounts, making dailies an addition to what they can do rather than the job they have to do.The structure of dailies in MoP are a lot more interesting than it has been the last few xpacs.The dailies are not the same from one day to another, different levels of reps gives access to other dailies, which are not the same every day. The dailies makes sense in the story line – usually, personally I never could make sense of fishing dailies that does not require fishing and still give a fishing skill as reward, those should be placed on a competing hub with booty bay large scale ocean bombing/exploiting entrepreneurs.You can open up one rep or a rep level for all open reps at the time slowly and be fully able to spend your valor points. Or do a little bit of whatever takes your fancy and have the same result.Unless you try to do all dailies – which is quit a lot –  and make yourself fed up and burn out on them, the dailies and the story that slowly opens through them can be entertaining. Missing dailies now and then has no consequences, especially not now, when you can choose to spend excess valor points (if you are a profilic instance runner) on upgrading gear.It is all about your own attitude going into the game and how you choose to approach dailies and wether your compulsion to game will not let you do less than everything asap.

  • http://twitter.com/artwaz anthony seitz

    i understand some people like pvp crap but other don’t why can’t they make the quest where people can do it without worrying about getting pvped and getting killed for doing the quest? I hate pvp and hate pvpers sitting their waiting for someone questing and hits the wrong hing and getting pvped and then kills you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/john.muniz.10 John Muniz

       And you rolled a toon on a pvp server why???

      • Pernille Sylvest

        He is on a PvE server.

        Hitting the wrong thing and get flagged that way is intirely and only possible on a PvE server. On a PvP server you are flagged all the time.

        • Christopher Bement

          Pretty sure they just fixed that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stradus.woods Stradus Woods

    This makes me sad, stopped playing because of the daily grind.  All the new games and this expansion finally did it for me, cured me of wow.

    /salute RIP old friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.bradden.1 Mark Bradden

    I thank wow for helping me give up wow over 7 year but wow lost its magic has it had back then

  • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

    Another Gamerbreaker title that brings out the QQ.

  • MissBegotten

    The problem with these dailies, as opposed to previous dailies, is that there are so many to do in a given zone, and they give so little rep.  You tend to spend a lot of time on one toon, and have no time for others.  Now, with the commendations, that give you double rep, it seems to go faster, only because you’re gaining rep faster, and getting to the new quests at each rep level. You still don’t have time for other toons, but the fact that you are not going to spend like 40 days in a zone on one toon, in a way, makes it bearable… but not really.

    The other thing I found is that, unless you are totally in love with one toon as a main and your alts you just have for extra storage, is that you burn out running one toon for so much time doing the same stuff day after day after day.  When you can move from one toon to another, then it tends to break up the monotony.

    I am seriously tired of my lock, getting tired of my warrior, but switched to my rogue and am moderately enjoying the Golden Lotus a bit, but maybe its because I’m working towards the patterns, and once I’m there… well.. who knows.

  • Jasongvh

    The dailies have made a lot of my friends quit already, they might not have if there faction was the more populated one on the realm but yeah when ur faction is the least populated doing dailies which is already mind numbing and getting ganked on top of it is just not fun at all.