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8-12-2008 @ 8:30PM
I'm not sure I agree with their methods, but I can sympathize with Blizzard's (presumed) motivation on this. The implementation of Shattrath as hub city for BC was always sort of at odds with the storyline. As questing/exporation would have it, the player steps through the Dark Portal and makes her way through a war zone to discover a strange new land... and once several pieces of the Outland story had fallen into place, she'd be invited to join the Naaru in the expansion's defining struggle (and hang out at their home base). What actually happened, once players found out how useful Shattrath City is, was that everyone skipped over the "discovery" part of the story by running to Shatt as soon as they got to Outland and then skipped back to level through Hellfire quests. It looks like the story and zone structure of Northrend is much the same: early exploration and discovery, and just as soon as you start to get familiar with the place, you realize how big a war you're getting involved in... and that there's somebody offering a well-equipped base to run that effort from.Visiting zones and doing their quests in the "right" order makes for a more cohesive story, but with these hub cities situated in the middle of their expansions' leveling ladder, we're stuck with a tradeoff between coolness of story and convenience of gameplay mechanics.
8-12-2008 @ 9:44PM
Not sure about you but when I first went to outlands on my main I leveled through Hellfire and got the full experience before I headed off to Shatt. Every alt after my main I ran right off to Shatt to set up my hearth and then proceeded to quest, I didn't miss out on anything. Even if someone runs off and sets their hearth to Dalaran it dosnt mean they're gonna skip the starting zones.
8-13-2008 @ 9:12AM
Absolutely correct. Just because everyone did it (with their alts, by the way - I didn't see a lot of people doing it with their first characters) doesn't mean that's the way it was intended to happen. I would have liked to have seen a 'ban' on Shatt until one was supposed to have gotten there levelwise, but then again I'm not a "rush to get to the end of the game and then biatch about the lack of content" player, either.....
8-13-2008 @ 3:07PM
I DID see a lot of people do it with their mains, actually. Word spread pretty quickly that shat was THE place to be. Had to spend my whole levels through Hellfire, Zangar, and Terrokar fighting off well-meaning guildies offering to show me how to get to Shat.However, I agree that once you've done the epic storyline once, it seems less important on extra plays-through. Pity they can't make the attunement account-wide instead of toon-specific. (Hmmm... Aren't they working on items that are similar to this; i.e. account-bound? And come to think of it, didn't the Death Knight as originally proposed work this way? You did a quest that unlocked the ability to create DKs on your entire account. I wonder whether it might be possible for them to do an account-wide attunement...)
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