Monday, February 06, 2006
The Stranglethorn hole
I'm having so much fun with my priest, Kyroc, since he is past level 45. This weekend I gained another 2 levels, bringing him up to 50. And the prospects are great, there is so much for him to do. There are so many zones to visit between level 50 and 60 I hardly know where to start.
Now Kyroc was stuck like forever between level 30 and 45, where I could barely force myself to play him. And I got two more characters stuck at level 30, a shaman and a hunter. Not that these classes are in any way worse than the priest, but I have the impression that between level 30 and 45 there isn't much content, and what there is isn't very good. I call it the Stranglethorn hole.
Basically all characters of both factions spend a really long time between levels 30 and 45 in the Stranglethorn jungle. That might be fun once, then with your second character you explore the meagre alternatives like Desolace. And all further characters become kind of stuck in a jungle they don't really want to play in, but with nothing better to do. I wonder if this is just a personal jungle-allergy of mine, or if other people feel the same.
It is nearly as bad as being stuck at level 60, but even Raslebol is having some more fun now, doing the quest chain for the Onyxia key. That doesn't really advance the character, but it does give you a long-term goal to pursue. I've been to UBRS twice on Saturday, and I was enjoying it. Of course the fact that our guild very much revived, and I can do all the high-level stuff with guild groups again helps a lot.
Unfortunately getting a level 50 guild group for Kyroc together is a lot harder than getting the people for a level 60 dungeon. Kyroc should do Sunken Temple for his priest class quest, and he is the good level for Maraudon as well, but several attempts to get a guild group going there on Sunday failed. The only dungeon I did with him this weekend was Zul'farrak, and that was with the help of a level 60 warrior from the guild, there not being enough people around level 50 online. I went to Jintha'Alor, which is a kind of non-instanced dungeon, with a pickup group; with the predictable result that people left and the group split up before we reached the end. I'll have to ask a level 60 from the guild to get me to the egg of Hakkar there.