As I enter the forth week of my return to World of Warcraft, I honestly have no idea what the hell is going on. I feel like Jack Skellington running around screaming “What’s this? What’s this?” every five minutes. Not that this is a bad thing.

It’s actually pushing me to play more and more, and a lot of the changes – at least from this old duffers perspective – seem to be good ones. Apart from the talent trees. Don’t get me started on the new talent trees…

Previously, the talent trees allowed you spec into one of three branches. Using the talent points that you gained as you levelled, you were able to customize your skills and abilities. The sheer amount of different character specs that you could create was almost a meta-game itself, and hours would be spent pouring over theroycrafting sites and experimenting.

The old talent tree system, for the Paladin class in this case

Now though, things are different. After picking a specific spec – in the warriors case your choice is ether Arms, Fury or Protection – you gain your spells and abilities automatically at certain levels. Every 15 levels you are also able to choose between 1 of 3 additional abilities. It’s a much more simplified method of doing things, and I’m not entirely sure that it’s a good move.

Paladin talent tree again, this time the new version

From Blizzards perspective, I would guess that this system has been introduced to try and make balancing much easier for them. With a much heavier focus on PVP over the last few years, having less variables to worry about makes it less likely that someone is going stumble upon a “win button” build. For me though, I hate it. It’s taken one of the most interesting sides of the game and turned it into something which is so dumbed down, it feels like an insult.

But anyway, on with the levelling. My enjoyment continues, hour after hour. The way the zones have been changed coupled with the increased speed in levelling is pushing me onwards. After finishing up in the Barrens last week, it was time to hit my most hated area. Bloody Thousand Needles.

It’s such a boring quest hub, and many a time I had just skipped it completely and set about grinding mobs to level past it. You can imagine my surprise when I landed there…

I EVEN GET A LITTLE BOAT TO RIDE AROUND ON! I never thought Thousand Needles would be this fun. Time to keep on levelling!

WoW Relapser Summary: Week 4
  • Current Enjoyment Level: 10/10
  • Addiction Level: 9/10

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