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11-05-2009 @ 9:28PM
I always thought Blasted Lands was a bit of a boring and wasted zone, the only time I ever went there back in the day was for my warlock quest (and to see the dark portal ofc), and now when I level (even without heirlooms), there's absolutely no need whatsoever to go there (except to get to outland, but that's barely worth mentioning). I'm glad Blizz saw this as well.
11-06-2009 @ 1:56AM
The only significant quests in Blasted Lands are the Fallen Hero of the Horde chain, and that's broken with the changes to Azshara. The few quests that go to Nethergarde don't count for much since they don't require you to do anything in the rest of the zone. That just leaves a few choresome repeatable grinds to get crappy buff items. Kazzak was based there, but he's gone, which makes the huge area he inhabited nigh pointless.So, they're left with a basically useless zone, other than the fact that it holds the Dark Portal. With the story updating, player characters are going to need some real motivation, lorewise, to bother going through the Portal, since "need a few more levels before I'm ready for Northrend" doesn't make any sense in character. Meanwhile, Blizzard are going through the old world zones and reworking them all, with a particular focus on the crappiest ones. Hm. I WONDER WHAT TO DO?
11-06-2009 @ 4:55AM
Oh! I like your thinking. Blasted Lands as an actual warzone with the Legion, like we see on the other side of the Portal.Because to be fair, the Burning Legion has neglible influence on Azeroth at the moment. A few vague hints in the Eastern Kingdoms and a bunch of guys hidden in caves in Felwood is all I can think of. Make Blasted Lands into a zone where the Nethergarde and maybe some Horde group are actively fighting demons, and new characters could be tempted to venture to Outland. Hell, even put Illidan in Blasted Lands to taunt us. With phasing, you could even 'relive' the invasion event, or a better version of that.
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