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The Final Verdict on Garrisons

The Final Verdict on Garrisons

Horde and Alliance Level 3 Garrisons

When I heard that Bliz­zard were intro­duc­ing Gar­risons to WoW I was ini­tially excited, the con­cept sounded great and the idea of char­ac­ter hous­ing had been some­thing play­ers had been after for a long time. So, we now had this home base all of our very own to go back to, with every­thing you could need under one roof, bank­ing, pro­fes­sions, quests, all in the com­fort of your own Gar­ri­son. But some­thing was ter­ri­bly wrong, the Gar­ri­son got tedious very, very quickly.

Apart from your Gar­ri­son mak­ing you feel extremely iso­lated from every­one else in the game, one of my par­tic­u­lar bug­bears is that by incor­po­rat­ing the pro­fes­sions into the Gar­ri­son it felt like you just had all these bor­ing tasks to be com­pleted before mov­ing on to some­thing more inter­est­ing – log in, you’re in your Gar­ri­son, go to the mis­sion table and send out fol­low­ers, time to go to the mine, time to go to the herb gar­den, time to go and col­lect tim­ber for your mill and so on. By doing this it took some­thing away from hav­ing to go out into the world and actu­ally look for things which is part of the enjoy­ment of the game, it some­what bypassed explo­ration for the fun of it and run­ning into ran­dom events and other play­ers on route. I hon­estly miss log­ging into a tav­ern some­where in Aze­roth and being sur­rounded by other play­ers, at the moment I log in, I’m in my Gar­ri­son and it’s time to go to the mine, sigh!

Now, how about the Gar­ri­son and Ship­yard mis­sion tables? Each mis­sion takes between 30 min­utes and 12 hours to com­plete on aver­age, so you basi­cally log in and then depend­ing on the level of your fol­low­ers you assign them to mis­sions aim­ing to get an 100% chance of suc­cess – there is very lit­tle strat­egy here and once you have the hang of it (which takes no time at all) it’s just another bor­ing task to com­plete at your Gar­ri­son in the hope of get­ting Gar­ri­son sup­plies, gold, or other items. You do not inter­act with your fol­low­ers, you just assign them to tasks, wait till the time is up and col­lect your loot, think microwave pop­corn, ding, take out pop­corn put in next batch. And, that is not even men­tion­ing the Shipyard’s pol­icy on com­pletely destroy­ing ships that you’ve taken the time to level up should you not com­plete a mis­sion, there­fore, for every mis­sion it is just bet­ter to make sure it has a 100% chance of suc­cess oth­er­wise be pre­pared to kiss your Destroyer goodbye.

 

Garrison mission table

I guess it’s a bit of dis­ap­point that it hasn’t worked out as I ini­tially thought or as Bliz­zard had planned, but it was a good idea and I accept that some good things did come out of it, it just didn’t work in the game for me and a lot of other play­ers, par­tic­u­larly as end-game con­tent. At this point in time, the idea of lev­el­ling a new char­ac­ter and then hav­ing to level another Gar­ri­son for each new char­ac­ter makes me cry a lit­tle inside. I’m glad that the new expan­sion, Legion, is mov­ing away from the Gar­ri­son and get­ting us all back out into the world and inter­act­ing with other play­ers. I have no doubt that Bliz­zard will build upon every­thing they have learned from the Gar­risons and the feed­back received from play­ers and I’m opti­mistic that Legion’s Class Hall will be a much bet­ter fit for the game dynam­ics as a whole.

 

Class Hall image

From what we know, the Class Hall is going to be sim­i­lar in some ways to Gar­risons, build­ing on its good points, and as their name sug­gests they will be unique to each class. At the Class Hall you will be able to get class-specific quests and mis­sions and cus­tomise arti­facts. How­ever, the main dif­fer­ence is that they will also be avail­able to other mem­bers of your class which takes away that com­plete sense of iso­la­tion and inac­tiv­ity expe­ri­enced within your cur­rent Gar­ri­son. We also know that instead of just pick­ing up fol­low­ers to send on yet another mis­sion via your Gar­ri­son mis­sion table, we’ll have select cham­pi­ons of our class who will assist us in our own quests. The infor­ma­tion avail­able on the Class Halls are not set in stone but it has def­i­nite poten­tial and to be hon­est, I’m not sure it can be worse that the cur­rent Gar­ri­son set-up.

So, what will I miss from my Gar­ri­son? Well, the sec­ond Hearth­stone was pretty handy.

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