Garrison Blues (Revised/Updated: Dec 1st)

Months before Warlords of Dreanor was launched/released, I was excited to constantly hear updates about garrisons as well as speculations on how they may work through the various podcasts I listen to. Eventually, Warlords of Dreanor was released, and my god was the launch day just awful. So many lag spikes, bugs, crashes, etc. The wait time to login, was painful - login Queues on my server varied from 2-8hrs. And to make it worse DDOS attacks. I pushed through however, because I like most people, was excited to hear about Garrisons and the new expansion in general, especially after hearing the Warcraft Lounge discuss how you could make hundreds of thousands of gold with them. I was originally planning on having a garrison on every toon. Although, after going through the content - I just dont think thats going to happen, Let me Explain. When it comes to getting your garrison, you first have to grudge through a horrible bottleneck, then go through pre-quests, which is fine I guess. After about 1-2hrs you will have your garrison pending on your leveling speed. However, you start from scratch and you dont get all the building plans. After you gather a building schematic from leveling and craft your first building- you then are required to recruit followers. Followers help expand your garrison through missions and gather resources for you, whom are not provided for you and you have to find through quests. Your literally forced to level and gather plans/followers. So, if you were planning on sitting on an alt -your most likely going to have to level and grind. Another chore about the garrisons is that if your placing a profession building, regardless if you have that particular profession or not. Your required to gather materials for them, if you wanted to make any money at the start of the expansion. At the launch of the expansion,   I built a scribe building but requires milled herbs, and I'm not an herbalist. Which means I had to buy them off the auction house or level an alt to 96 until I could build an herb garden and gather them myself which can take days. Unlike the mine which provides an abundance of ore, the herb garden is small and doesn't provide nearly enough for potions, flasks, and glyphs. I noticed at level 100, that the amount of garrison resources you acquire drops drastically- making it difficult to progress. In addition to lack of garrison resources, I'm very disappointed that the level 3 building blueprints are locked behind certain achievements. So in my opinion, I feel Blizzard are using Garrisons like they did the tiller farm as a test bed for player housing. However, Blizzard has put too much emphasis on them in this expansion, as well as put too much gating within them - such as professions. Ahh, thats another thing, Professions in this expansion unlike previous ones, cant be leveled in the typical way - because most of the resource's you need to level them are limited. And alot of the items you need to craft to level up are on a daily cool-down or require so many materials, crafting just one item will bankrupt you of resources. I know many people who dont like the profession leveling process, and prefer the old way of gathering resources and just getting it done. I really hope, Blizzard learns their lesson through this Garrison business and makes the game even better. I do think, however they nailed the leveling process though!

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