Author: Yeri Tiete
First (Death Knight) impressions
I must say, I’m pleased to see this new class.
Besides some general login server problem, the beta has been running quite smooth for me (only some minor graphic bugs).
As for the Death Knight… Well done Blizzard !
So far (almost one level up!) it has been a refreshing new class. In some way it reminds me of a paladin-warrior mix (with the energy of a rogue?).
The starting area is really nicely done. Floating above Plaguelands in a Citadel, you start your first class quests. They’ll give you access to special abilities or spells (e.g. mount or 75% faster running speed in the citadel) and to your talents. Yes, you’ll get talent points as reward for completing quests.
The DK has been a lot of trial (and error). There hasn’t been a lot of explanation on how to play the class and it seems Blizzard asumes you do have (a good) knowledge of the game, and the required skills (e.g. the cannon bombing on the Scarlet Crusade, I’ve seen a lot of skeletons at these cannons, though it actually was quite easy to survive).
The thing that pleases me most, and that I missed before, is once you complete a quest, the enviroment actually changes. When you start questing, you see a city full of Scarlet Crusade, but the further you go, it changes in an abandonned city, plagued with Ghouls and other undead creatures. Same goes for the mount quest, where you are in some kind of death world, and you can only see one type of creature, and the other players that are on the same quest.
I really hope to see more of this, but I can imagine it’s quite hard to complete. Players that are on a lower part of the quest are for example invisible in that area (as they are fighting invisible mobs).
Also the new quests, or techniques, are quite cool. You can hop on a horse (and control it). You can use cannons and blow away tons of mobs (as seen in TBC from flying mounts). And at one point you are changed into an eye, and the view is actually changed, as if there was an eye lid.
Really really looking nice. Too bad for a whole day of login problems… But those 2ish hours were totally worth it !
Time for some rest now, will continue playing tomorrow.
Heck, I might even reroll DK.