World of Warcraft.
World of Warcraft (also known as WoW for short) is a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It is set in the Warcraft universe and takes place after the real time strategy (RTS) games. The game launched on November 23, 2004 worldwide, and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. The game has had six expansions so far, including The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor, and is currently on Legion which launched worldwide on August 30, 2016. Because this shrine is about Yrel I will only focus on the one expansion, Warlords of Draenor as that is the only expansion she has appeared in. I really hope she returns one day!
Warlords of Draenor launched worldwide on November 13, 2014 and takes place after Mists of Pandaria and before Legion. Garrosh Hellscream has just escaped from his trial in Pandaria, after his defeat in the Siege of Orgrimmar, and, with the aid of the bronze dragon, Kairozdormu, fled to the world of Draenor––30+ years into the past to be precise––before the opening of the Dark Portal and the orcs drinking of the demon's blood. There Garrosh meets with the orc clans of old and tells them of future events and shares with them future technology. After encountering a transformed Gul'dan, Garrosh is also able to convince Grommash Hellscream––Garrosh's father––to not drink the demonic blood of Mannoroth and together they defeat him using an Iron Star and thwart the Burning Legion's efforts to enslave the orcish people.
"We will never be slaves... but we will be conquerors!"
In doing these things Garrosh has changed past events, creating an alternate Draenor. The Iron Horde is born, determined to conquer all of Draenor. The Iron Horde also invades present day Azeroth, and while the heroes of Azeroth are able to drive them back they must travel through the Dark Portal and destroy it from Draenor's side in order to ensure Azeroth's safety. However, doing so will trap them on Draenor. To fight the Iron Horde, and survive in this world, they must build up a garrison and recruit followers in order to defeat the Iron Horde once and for all. It is also here where you will encounter Yrel. Deep within the wilds of the Tanaan Jungle is where her journey begins...
Truthfully I was beyond ecstatic when I heard about Warlords of Draenor. I was super excited for the toybox feature and what this expansion had to offer. While I have since been humbled by this expansion I don't think it was quite as awful as people seemed to claim it was. The questing experience was amazing. I absolutely loved it. The end game though? Not so much. There wasn't really all that much to do once you hit 100 and the majority of your time was spent working on your garrison or just sitting afk in it. There was a single daily you could do, which was fine, but don't get me started on the reputation grinds. THAT was friggin brutal. I don't know how I even managed to get exalted with all the factions (with the exception of Ashran and the Tanaan Jungle factions) on one toon let alone three, especially with the Sha'tari Defense as the only way to gain reputation with them is by killing mobs and with the daily if it happened to be up.
Things to do got a bit more plentiful once patch 6.2 came around with the Tanaan Jungle dailies and Hellfire Citadel raid, which was fun, but I think this was also when things started going downhill for me. The dailies I had no problem with but the raid got to be a little much, especially with the Mythic difficulty. Part of the problem was we had no new content for an entire year as Blizzard was working on the next expansion, Legion, and I think that in itself took its toll on me, which I think carried over into the next expansion for me. Imagine beating your head against a brick wall trying to break through and failing. That's kinda how it felt to me. While we were eventually able to get to and kill Mythic Archimonde (the Sunday before the launch of Legion no less) I was spent. We did it, we defeated Archimonde, but I'd never felt so drained.
Despite all these things however Warlords of Draeneor wasn't all bad. It wasn't the best expansion by any means, but calling it the worst just doesn't sound right. It had its own quirks, not all of them great sure, but some of them I actually did like. In truth I'll admit to liking it more than Legion, which was nothing but brutal to me during the first couple months. Since I quit raiding and started playing the game at my own pace things have gotten easier for me. I hate the feeling of never being able to catch up but at least I don't have that stress hanging over me anymore. I can live with that.
My main character.
From the middle of the Dragon Soul raid during Cataclysm to the end of Warlords of Draenor my main was Lindis, a draenei hunter. She is my third oldest character and is currently my most played. I've had her since The Burning Crusade expansion and I consider her to be one of my most beloved characters. My favorite specialization will always be Beast Mastery because of all the amazing pets they can tame and how fun the spec is. Unfortunately, because raiding would demand I play the spec that did the most damage I'd often be raiding as Survival instead––which wasn't all bad, because I did like the spec, but in Warlords of Draenor doing the best damage required you to go Lone Wolf, which meant running with no pet for increased damage. *sobs* The reason I play a hunter is for the pets so why do this to me? The worst though was during Hellfire Citadel where I was required to play Marksmanship, my absolute most hated spec. Normally I wouldn't touch the spec with a 10 foot pole, but because it was 1000% better than the other specs I had to play it. No ifs, ands, or buts. It was tolerable with the 4-set bonus but I hated every moment of it. I don't know how I survived Hellfire Citadel without my precious pets. Since I quit raiding Lindis has become my main again and I've never been happier playing her.
If you are interested in finding out more about Lindis, other characters I play, or more of my gaming experiences then check out Starcaller, my MMO site.