On Blizzard

Look, ya’ll know how I feel about current World of Warcraft. I was thoroughly disappointed in both story and gameplay direction of BFA, and Shadowlands fixed some of those problems, but A) not enough of them and B) it added a whole bunch of new and equally bad ones. I stuck around long enough to…

Torghast and how to improve it

When it comes to WoW, I care about a very small number of things; story first and foremost, followed by doing normal mode raids with my friends (alongside the traditional methods of gearing up for those). There might have been a time I cared about doing more skilled raiding, back in the days of Wrath…

Heart of the Horde

“Seen a lot of strange things since coming here,” mused the orc as he stepped through the portal from Orgrimmar’s Pathfinder Den into the city of Dalaran “but this just might be the strangest”. The city was practically the antithesis to his newfound home, all bright purples and whites compared to the black, brown, and…

Shadowlands preparations

So now that I know I’m going to be employed for a least through the next year, I’ve actually felt like I can be hyped about Shadowlands and can actually make preparations for it. My current plan is playing a total of four characters, one per Covenant, to see of their possible story. Deciding which…

Five Things: The Rest

Welcome back to what is, for the now, the final WoW edition of Five Things. This post will complete the final three Warcraft characters I had not yet done this series with. It’s only current as of Legion, as I have not really played alts with any degree of seriousness in BFA (thanks for that,…

Some things changed, some didn’t

Well, that was almost a year that went by, wasn’t it. A lot’s changed in that time, of course. The current worldwide pandemic has made that inevitable. I am lucky enough to still be employed, for the time being, but the stress of being mostly stuck at home while my children’s schools have shut down,…

Why I don’t actively play a single Blizzard title, Part 2

In my previous post, I went over my discontent with Blizzard’s newest games, and why they aren’t doing a thing for me. In this post, we’re going to go over the former flagship franchises of the title and talk about what’s gone wrong with them. I loved Starcraft as a kid. I was absolutely terrible…

Why I don’t actively play a single Blizzard title, Part 1

I realize it’s been another few months, but frankly I haven’t been motivated to blog about Blizzard games, something I’m sure you’ve realized by the prevalance of FF XIV posts leading up to this break. I wanted to use this medium to share in a two part series why I’m not at all excited about…

Blog Challenge #45: Revisit the 2018 Bucket List

Well, let’s head back to the start of the year. I made a pretty ambitious set of goals, and I know for a fact I accomplished at least a couple of them, but it wasn’t even close to half. Work out at least once a week Nope. Didn’t quite pull this off. I got sick…

BlizzCon 2018 Day 1 Thoughts

The first day of BlizzCon 2018 is in the bag, and well, opinions are a bit mixed, it seems. Thought I’d go over some of the announced content and talk about how I’m feeling about it all. Let’s start with Starcraft….or rather the lack thereof. We got a new co-op commander, and that’s it. I…

Blog Challenge #42: What’s your favorite MMO Role?

If the title doesn’t make it obvious, Z and Cinder want to know my favorite role in an MMO. In other words they want me to I don’t think it will surprise anyone that the guy who plays a mage (when he isn’t trying to switch to a warlock or elemental shaman) says his favorite…

Has your class been changed for the worse?

It’s no secret that a LOT of people are not happy with Battle for Azeroth in terms of gameplay systems. I’ve already gone over the Azerite Armor controversies in a previous post (and that doesn’t even cover Lore’s insanely problematic response to the issues, if you want a better analysis than I could provide, watch…

Blog Challenge #41: Why Do You Play Your Faction?

We’re coming around to the question that really defines Battle for Azeroth lately, and that’s “Why DO you play your faction?” I’ve been playing Warcraft games since Warcraft 2, and if you’d told thebmatt of those days that one day there would be a Warcraft MMORPG and he’d be playing on the Horde side, he…

Blog Challenge #39: To-do list for BFA

Z and Cinder are asking about my to-do list for BFA in this challenge topic. Honestly, I don’t particularly have a very big list at this point. I tend to establish my goals in the later part of an expansion life cycle. For now my major goals are the following Get BFA Pathfinder Level at…

Battle for Azeroth has some serious problems

I have been having a lot of fun with Battle for Azeroth. It’s not surprising, I’m a massive fan of troll culture and lore in this game, so going to Zandalar Isle is pretty much going to be amazing. Plus there’s some Troll storylines that are happening that have me hella excited, to the point…