WOW exploration Timeless Isle content

WOW exploration Timeless Isle content
Now in patch 5.4 we’ve lost dailies (the Golden Lotus have been pared back to a few in the west of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, now the Vale of Eternal Sorrows) and we’ve gained a content hub which is mostly about exploration and good old fashioned grinding in the Timeless Isle. Over the course of this expansion we’ve seen all sorts of delivery systems for content – scenarios, heroic scenarios, flex raiding – and we’ve even seen some complaints from players about older, tried and true systems like five man dungeons not getting the emphasis people might want. And this leads me to wonder what we’ve got in store for us down the road. How will the next expansion present itself to us? I expect there will be the usual leveling quests, they work pretty well overall and there’s room for flexibility in their design, but what will the max level content look like?

I do a podcast from time to time about World of Warcraft, and as a result I tend to talk about the game, instead of just play it or even writing about it. One of the conversations I’ve had about the game that I’ve never really sat down and explored is this – Mists of Pandaria has seemed like a gigantic experiment in terms of how we receive our content. From the original Golden Lotus daily questing hub, which in turn unlocked the Shado-Pan and August Celestials, to patch 5.1′s daily quests that unlocked regular, one-off quests that further advanced the story, to patch 5.2′s progression on the Throne of Thunder unlocked unique solo scenarios. Wow Gold Patch 5.3 brought us no dailies at all, but a short series of quests that led to an unlockable weekly quest that was, frankly, one of my favorite ways to get the Lesser Charm of Good Fortune in the numbers needed for my weekly raiding.

If I had to guess (and I do, since I’m writing a big speculation about the topic) I’d bet that elements from patch 5.1 and 5.2 will show up somewhere. Something that combines the Dominance Offensive/Operation Shieldwall’s storytelling quests and uses the Isle of Thunder’s solo scenarios as another tool in the arsenal. I also expect we’ll see something that’s more of a generalized zone to explore like the Timeless Isle, but larger – imagine an entire zone the size of Kun-Lai or the Storm Peaks that was mostly for players to tool around on and make discoveries on.

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