On Monday, Drak’Tharon finally made the list for connected realms. I had been both dreading and looking forward to this feature. The dread stemmed from my experiences with Cross Realm Zones. There is little to no leveling content that requires having other people around, so CRZ served only to create competition for quest mobs, rare spawns, and gathering nodes. It would be a huge understatement to say that I am not a fan of CRZ.
On the other hand, however, over the course of the expansion, Drak had gone from a less-populated but still reasonably active realm, to a place where it is impossible to gather enough people to kill a world boss. We’re talking like, a dozen people max on the Timeless Isle during prime playing hours. No more than four people regularly posting their wares on the auction house.
When the announcement finally came, I was more excited than disappointed. Part of this is because of the realm we were being connected to, the previously joined duo of Firetree and Rivendare. I already had a slate of alts on Firetree because that is Stunnah’s home realm. With the joining of realms, all of them could be in SR and I would be able to mail things back and forth freely between them.
I had the good fortune to be home and online when the connection was completed. The first thing I did was log onto Wega and check out the much more robust AH. Where there had previously been one page of battle pets when Drak was solo, there were now no less than three. Let’s see, Gulp Froglet for 2k, super tempting, but there are more pages to look at. Better wait. Ooh! Vengeful Porcupette, 3499! *snag*
Next I see requests in trade chat for more people to do Storming Stormwind. Hmm … I’d killed Tyrande and Velen back in Wrath, but had never gotten around to finishing up the other two. And I honestly can’t recall the last time I *ever* saw anyone looking to do it. So I joined in. The group fell apart somewhere between Stormwind and Ironforge, but hey .. I got Varian checked off the list!
As for the Timeless Isle, well … I did get ganked once while helping to kill a rare, but … omg there are at least people there *to* kill rares.
So far, I give this new feature two thumbs up. We’ll see if my opinion changes any when my Alliance server Winterhoof, which had quite a lot more activity than Drak or even Kargath, gets connected. It’s in the list for the next round.
How about you? Any of you out there on a realm that’s been connected? What do you think so far?