Haha! I am smart, i did my quests in Tol Barad and was ready to turn them in once expansion went live….NOT
My experience was wayyy less than enjoyable. I gave myself a word NOT to sit till 2 a.m. on night of release and go to bed but who could have a good night sleep when you know your guildies and your friends will be there the first minute the release is launched and will begin to level like crazy.
So I could not keep my word and had to sit and wait till 2 a.m. like an idiot. It’s even looks more ridiculous when a woman who’s in her mid 30′s sits at computer playing a video game and knowing that I have to get my son ready for school in 5 hours.
Being the trooper that I was I decided to stay till 2 a.m. of course! I was online and reading trade chat where people have been saying that Blizzard had turned off the quest turn in experience from Cataclysm and that it was useless to do quests and turning them in as soon as the Mists of Pandaria was up and running. Well..I had an urge, an urge to level faster, be better and secure my spot with my raiding team in my guild. I went to Tol Barad and did all daily quests there and patiently waited with about a few hundred people to turn in my quests! Turns out I wasn’t the only “smart” one.
Mists of Pandaria actually was live on our Stormrage (US) server at 1:56 a.m. and everyone like a crazy person rushed to turn in quests. Finding NPC with everyone on their flying mount was a challenge. Luckily my friend who was my guildie in a group told us the code for macro to target NPCs. The next challenge was to click on damn portal to get back to Stormwind. That’s when “hell broke loose”. Seriously, my screen got black and there was nothing for some time I was in rage because I thought my guildies decided to just forget about me and go do the dungeon grind without me.
Luckily I was not the only one from my group who had that issue. All of us did and we all frantically kept trying to get back online! For about 15 minutes it was unsuccessful and emotionally challenging. My husband (who was sleeping in another room) heard my frantic button smashing force quitting the game and trying to reboot the game. Only a mad woman like me in her 30′s would do that at 2 a.m. Eastern time.. Seeing a black screen was just “amazingly awesome” I told my guildies in vent “I love this expansion already it’s soooo beautiful that it’s pitch black” / end of sarcasm.
Ok. I did not know that Blizzard secretly implemented another mini game into World of Warcraft. The other game’s name was “Find me if you can”. My friend did not expect that to be a challenge aka turning a quest into ONE single NPC that was located at ONE location. How could Blizzard do something like that? I’d rather see a question mark pop on my right side to turn in a quest rather than frantically trying to click on NPC to turn in and then accept a quest. Without clicking on that NPC and without accepting a new quest from him, it was impossible to get to Mists of Pandaria. So we spent another 20-30 minutes just trying to click on NPC..
“FInd me if you can” mini game
As time passed by, more and more people began loading up and it was a cluster f… if you ask me. Now not only it was impossible to click on NPC but the game was so laggy with thousands of people at one location that the servers had crashed for 5-8 times in a row. So we spent more than an hour for sure trying to just get into Mists of Pandaria. Our group leader kept calming us down saying “As soon as you’ll turn in the quest and able to get to Mists of Pandaria, it won’t be that bad”… yeah little words of comfort…
Finally we made to the Mists of Pandaria and began grinding lvl 85-86 dungeons non stop as a group. By 6 a.m. we were all lvl 86 so that took us what…3 hours to get one level?..
After that I had to drop the group and get my son ready for his school day but two others remained in our group and they continued leveling together. After I had dropped my son to school I sat down and wanted to do more leveling but the two guys from my group already had their own group and then I just became so sleepy and tired, I had to go take my beauty sleep..
That’s how I spent my first hours in Mists fo Pandaria.
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