Shadowlands is here. And as much as my thumb and work have allowed, I’ve jumped in to check it out this evening. What seems like an age ago now (but was really just the 6th of this month) I was pondering whether Shadowlands was over for me before it even began.

I had little to no inclination to play WoW and I wasn’t 100% convinced I was going to get it back.

I’ve played for a little this evening now, and… well; while I still can’t say that the spark has kindled a raging fire of desire to play; that there is at least a spark there. I’ve enjoyed my time playing so far, and the familiar beginning-of-expansion patterns of play are coming to the fore.

Entering Bastion on my new main, a Mage!

I’m not leading the charge, keeping ahead of the pack on XP — I’ve not been able to take any leave from work, so that was never an option — but even so, the desire to level up and join the quest for gear is alive and well.

Perhaps because the story is better, benefiting from a more linear path this time around, or perhaps simply because I have no option to even try to ride the XP wave — I have also been paying more attention to what has been going on this time. I might even venture so far as to say, I’ve been enjoying the journey itself a little more.

Some of my friends who did manage to take leave are level 60 already. I would like to get there myself before the end of this coming weekend. I think that’s reasonable, but we’ll have to see.


Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.