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6-15-2011 @ 8:22PM
Easily the biggest eventual net negative of this area was the asymmetry represented by the firelands dailies. Anyone planning out an efficient grind from level 80 to 85 and then into the daily quest content will pick Hyjal. I can't help but think that this was originally supposed to be addressed by a potential idea of having both fire and water daily/solo content at the tier 12 level, but we got the one-sided fire investment instead, essentially rendering Vasj'ir functionally obsolete to those planning their time for only one of the two 80-82 quest areas.If they fix this with the next tier, then I retract this observation... but I'm not seeing that happening.
6-16-2011 @ 10:13AM
To be fair, one only needs to get to the restoration bit in Hyjal, which is a little less than halfway. An 85, even in only questing gear, could probably knock all of that out in the course of a couple hours, if that.If you're looking to min/max your way to Firelands, then yes you'll be taking Hyjal. Is it really going to be a huge hassle and major timesink to get to the dailies if you don't? Not really.
6-16-2011 @ 11:26AM
I agree, but I'm not necessarily mad about it. Vashj'ir was beautiful, engaging, and memorable. I have more interesting memories from it than any other zone in Cataclysm. But, I have no desire to ever do it again.
6-16-2011 @ 11:32AM
You can also do what I did, and just run Vashj'ir and then Hyjal. I don't know why more people don't do this, I had a blast!
6-16-2011 @ 1:12PM
I bet they do similar dailies to the new firelands content when they release the expected Vash'jr raid.
6-16-2011 @ 7:08PM
Why more people don't do both Hyjal AND Vash'jir: everyone needs Therazane rep for the shoulder enchants on every character, as they're the only enchants that require the rep. Also, since you have to do more than 2/3 of Deepholm to even unlock the Therazane TABARD, if you did Hyjal and Vash'jir and Deepholm, you'd be 85 already and have not even started the zones that give level 85 gear. Which means you have longer to go before you can get into heroics, unless you have a bunch of spare gold lying around to buy/craft gear.
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