Hello everyone and welcome to day 3 of my 30 Day World of Warcraft Challenge that is counting down the days to the release of Shadowlands! Every day in November I will be posting about World of Warcraft based on the prompt list below. Today’s prompt is questline and I’ll be looking back over the current expansion at my favourite Battle for Azeroth questlines!
I’d love for you to join me in my countdown to Shadowlands and you can do so in any way you wish. I wanted this challenge to be open to all players whether they be raiders, casual, new to the game or veterans. It’s also completely open to interpretation as to how you respond to the challenge; write it, draw it, vlog it, post it on social media, whatever works for you.
Day 3 – Questlines
Today’s prompt is ‘questline’ and just before Battle for Azeroth, I shared my favourite World of Warcraft quests to date. Rather than repeat the whole process or give you guys a list of my second favourite World of Warcraft questlines I thought a little retrospect about the current expansion before we go into Shadowlands might be more interesting. This is, after all, a countdown to Shadowlands, so join me as I look back over my favourite Battle for Azeroth Questlines!
The greatest heist in the history of WoW?
Whether it was the greatest heist ever or not (I’m sure there are some goblins that who could claim that title – looking at you Gob Squad), Mattias Shaw and Flynn Fairwind’s trip into the Zandalari Treasury to grab the Abyssal Scepter was certainly legendary.
Putting a law abiding spy on a mission with a smuggler who believed laws were there to be broken was always going to be amusing. Despite seeming to be completely different both men have a sense of honour and loyalty to those they serve, and are there to do just that. That doesn’t mean they do it quite the same way of course, with Shaw remaining stern and serious despite Flynn’s constant quipping throughout the mission.
Moments after Flynn reassures Shaw not to worry Oppulence appears and chases the group out of the Treasury.
“Now do we worry?” Shaw demands.
“Nope, nope. Now, we run,” Flynn replies as they make their escape.
This was one of the first Battle for Azeroth quests I did in the beta and remains one of my favourites even now. In Zandalar the two last remaining white brutosaurs, Ben’jin and Maka’fon are refusing to interact, casting the future of their kind in jeprody. Rather than just waiting to see if nature will take it’s course, a witch doctor and “natural chemistry researcher” (a goblin, naturally) have taken it upon themselves to fix the problem.
Despite the interference of the two well-meaning women, and the unfortunate side effect that poor Ben’jin suffers, the questline is really cute and fun. The two NPCs learn to combine their talents instead of working seperately for the good of the brutosaurs and you get to help make both dinosaurs happier. I’d love their to be a follow up quest in the future with their offspring.
Allied Race Quests – Kul Tiran & Zandalari
I’ve enjoyed all of the Allied Race quests in Battle for Azeroth, however, these two really stuck out in my mind. Before I continue, I’m about to talk about these in detail so if you’ve yet to do them don’t look beneath the spoiler cut 🙂
As someone who grew up with nautical history I appreciated the idea of building a ship as a gift and presenting it to Anduin as a formal presentation of the Kul Tirans returning to the Alliance. However, it was the links to the various quests and areas of Kul Tiras which made the questline even more special. It was like going on a tour of this is your life, Battle for Azeroth edition and it was rather charming. It was also very cleverly done, with lots of links to things we’d done and people we’d seen. For example, I didn’t realise that the wicker beast that was someone’s revived pet was actually a link to the Abby Lewis’ tea party quest.
The Zandalari one was incredible simply because of the Loa. Talanji’s coronation is a ceremonial process which involves several ritualistic steps such as seeking the blessing of her new council and speaking with the Loa to seek their approval. It’s not a simple affair with riots being started and first players have to help Talanji deal with a shadowy figure called Samara, the White Widow. I liked the fact that this was included in the questline because it showed how strong Talanji is as a character and a priestess. She’s someone who can hold her own, and she’s going to need to if she’s going to have to contend with Bwonsamdi.
The Loa challenges were interesting and funny, although I’m not sure I’ve quite forgiven Krag’wa for making me into frog food! It was also amazing to see how many Loa there are that we haven’t even met yet. I hope we get to learn more about them some day.
Over to You
Thanks for reading! There were so many other Battle for Azeroth quests I could have mentioned, but limiting to myself to just three meant I had to go with the ones that left a lasting imprint. Special shoutout to riding Krag’wa, teasing Hemet Nessingwary for Jani, and Kul Tirans don’t watch explosions. Shadowlands brings with it a whole new bunch of stories, quests and lore, and I can’t wait to delve into it.
How about you; what Battle for Azeroth quests stood out for you?
Next up tomorrow is Location where I will be talking about my top three cities from the game. Check back to find out which ones I love to explore!
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