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Should I buy Legion?

I think I mentioned this on Twitter a while ago, but the feller and I have booked our honeymoon! In November we’ll be hopping on a plane and spending a week in Hong Kong and then a week in Chaing Mai, Thailand. As total foodies we are basically eating our way across South East Asia, with plans for bike tours and boat rides and a quick hop to Macau just so I can bet on a single round of roulette and feel like James Bond.

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Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Anyway, the point is that traveling to the other side of the globe is awesome and inspiring and expensive, so we’re trying to save money.

In other, related news, I have been playing WoW again for four or five months now and I’ve been (gasp!) enjoying it. I’ve been puttering my way through the flying quest chain and the legendary ring quest chain, and all the grindy grindness makes me happy.

However, my happiness may have a time limit, because in short order the Legion expansion pre-patch will hit, and then on August 30 the actual expansion launches. Legion is not cheap, with the usual WoW $60 price tag. $60 is a lot of money for a game, much more than I’ll pay for any other title short of a new Mass Effect.

And so I am faced with a dilemma: Should I buy Legion?

Pros:
* I’m enjoying the game right now.
* I haven’t actually looked at what is in this expansion, but I’m guessing there are cool things? I like cool things!

Cons:
* The reason why I like playing WoW at the end of expansions is the huge breadth of available content. If I buy into Legion now, I’m also buying into the stop-and-go content patch system.
* I really enjoy sweeping quest chains, which again usually don’t happen at the start of an expansion.
* I don’t like leveling.
* I play solo, so I’m either going to have to find a guild or wait until LFR is back to do group content.
* 60 dollars?!

Huh. I started out this post thinking that I would be firmly in the Pro camp by the end of it, but I think the opposite happened. Looking at my list, it seems that buying Legion is not the best idea for me right now.

Will I actually abide by logic and budget? STAY TUNED.

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    Wilhelm Arcturus
    July 6, 2016 at 10:55 am

    If you’re enjoying it now and you don’t think you’ll peak between now and the end of August, buy it. (And if you’re an Amazon Prime member, pre-order it there for a discount.) You might as well join in on all the fun and chaos of a WoW expansion, which can be an event in and of itself. You can bitch and moan about the queues and rave about your splashy new OP demon hunter and whatever good feature Blizz had managed to add.

    But if you’ve peaked, you might as well wait until the crowds die down, the bugs get fixed, the demon hunters get nerfed, and the box price goes to 50% off.
    Wilhelm Arcturus´s last post: Minecraft Night Renders

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    MoriaMelli
    July 6, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Ummmm as someone who’s played beta quite a bit I’d say you actually made a case FOR Legion without knowing it. XD

    Epic quest lines? Oh man. Every leveling zone has a story and an exciting quest chain, important things happen, I may or may not have actually CRIED at least once.

    Grindiness? Hah! You hit max level and you get a whole max level zone to work your way through, plus a boatload of world quests for rep gain or nice rewards. Then there’s the whole “grinding artifact power to make your weapon better” stuff. Yeah. As far as max level content, Legion delivers right out of the gate, and if you actually LIKE grinding? Even better.

    It’s a bummer that you don’t enjoy leveling, but… really it doesn’t FEEL like leveling now much anyway? It’s pretty much “Quest through these zones for neat story stuff, the Maguffins of the Expansion, and artifact power!” Dinging a new level pretty much just increases your stats. Plus every mob scales to your level, so you can pick your own zone order while leveling, and if a friend DOES happen along, it doesn’t matter how far apart in levels you are, you can still hang together.

    There is definitely group content to think about, but you can always use LFR and LFG to see at least some of it. Plus if you really wanted you could use your level 100 boost on another server, if there’s a friend or two with a good guild somewhere.

    As someone who was very much “Meh. Legion. I dunno. Maybe.” I have to say… I am looking forward to Legion SO HARD NOW. Surprise beta key was the best thing ever.

    All that said…you can always wait until after your honeymoon if you’d rather. Also? That trip sounds AMAZING and I hope you have an absolute blast. :D

    • Reply
      MoriaMelli
      July 6, 2016 at 11:03 am

      >:( You killed my formatting you stupid comment form! Ugh. Sorry for the block of text.

    • Reply
      Jessica Cook
      July 6, 2016 at 11:10 am

      MELLI! Sorry my comments have terrible formatting, but I appreciate the wall of text. :)

      I might ping you on BNet soon to see where you guys are playing come Legion…

      • Reply
        Craig L
        July 6, 2016 at 11:47 am

        Oh man someone else for Melli to unload on, THANK YOU

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        MoriaMelli
        July 6, 2016 at 12:14 pm

        Ping away! I’ve been hording it up on Skywall with THAT JERK WHO COMMENTED A BIT AGO. …ahem. I have perhaps been talking about beta a lot. ;)

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    Wilhelm Arcturus
    July 6, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Also, Legion is $49.99 for the base version or $69.99 for the digital deluxe version. So, on average I suppose it is $60, but not really.
    Wilhelm Arcturus´s last post: Minecraft Night Renders

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      Jessica Cook
      July 6, 2016 at 11:09 am

      HMMMM $39.99 with the Amazon Prime pre-order discount……………………………………

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        Ethan "Isarii" Macfie
        July 6, 2016 at 11:25 am

        It’s 49.99 through the official site, as well.

        https://us.battle.net/shop/en/product/world-of-warcraft-legion

        I’m considering Legion too. A lot of the stuff in it looks reasonably cool, the movie has insidiously infected my nostalgia receptors, and I don’t know, WoW just feels like one of the only options for the way I want to play an MMO right now. As much as I’m enjoying TESO, I just want to grind for hats and mounts, and basically every MMO outside of WoW seems insistent on putting all of those in their cash shop.
        Ethan “Isarii” Macfie´s last post: What is Interdependence in MMOs?

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          Jessica Cook
          July 6, 2016 at 11:29 am

          I typoed earlier — it’s $39.99 on Amazon with the Prime discount, which is right in my sweet spot for new game prices.

          Also, great point about WoW being one of the few MMOs where you can grind for hats and mounts. That explains part of why I’ve been having such fun with it lately.

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    C. T. Murphy
    July 6, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Yes, but only so we can run a semi-regular, semi-serious 5man dungeon group of mostly like-minded and kind-hearted folk.
    C. T. Murphy´s last post: Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth (PS4, 2016)

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    Scott A Rankin
    July 6, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Im in the same boat – 49USD is currently 68.55 NZD which makes for about 6 months of my game budget down – and unfortunately I havent saved up for 6 months (curse you steam sale) So regardless of me continuing on wow i doubt I will pick it up this year.

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    Grimmtooth
    July 9, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    The entire “con” argument seems to be largely negated by the first bullet of the “pro” argument, i.e. if you enjoy it, it’s worth the cost of admission, though if you enjoy ME4 better then by all means by that first. My experience with WoW has indicated that it ain’t going anywhere. When you’re bored of other games, WoW will be there to serve your needs. It isn’t an either/or thing. I’ll be buying Civ6 within weeks of Blizzcon. And I don’t give a damn for any judging done (but if you do judge, please note you’re a nerd and that’s cool).

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    cheriebr
    July 10, 2016 at 5:13 am

    If you can afford it, I think it will be worth a worth a punt, I have pre-ordered on Amazon and looking forward to playing this :)

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