3 Feb

So I’ve been playing this game since early 2005.  In all of that time, I have almost studiously ignored two of the most lore rich regions in vanilla WoW when leveling my characters.

To be specific – Western and Eastern Plaguelands.

Short of doing some of the initial quests at Chillwind Point or The Bulwark, most of my alts avoided these undead and slime filled regions of Azeroth in favor of questing and grinding in Kalimdor.  Yeah – I’m one of those weirdos that actually likes Silithus and Felwood.

For the most part, I probably missed out on a lot of WPL and EPL because I spent so much time on ALTs when leveling during vanilla.  Simply put – by the time I had a character ready to slap some undead around, I was off leveling another new character.  By the time I was ready to spend some quality time in either location, Burning Crusade was out, and it was just too easy to ignore the vanilla world and jump straight to Outlands.

As soon as Keladryn hit the 50’s, I decided to break out of this particular rut and have camped myself in WPL with a vengeance.  As Paladin – the quests found here are particularly poignant.  Plus, having completed so few of them before, it’s like getting to play a whole new part of the game.

How about you?  Are their parts of the game that you’ve never completed?  Parts of the world you’ve just never quested through?  If so – why?


9 Responses to “WPL – EPL”

  1. Negathle February 4, 2010 at 03:41 #

    I too have avoided the plaguelands like… the plague… I leveled Neg in Vanilla, but I distinctly recall hitting 60 in Winterspring. I disliked Stratholm and Scholomance, preferring to delve into Blackrock Mountain. I think it is just my Tauren mindset – those places do not concern me. I have bigger bugs to deal with in Silithus.

  2. Elionene February 4, 2010 at 04:49 #

    I love the lore and the quest chains in the plaguelands. The first encounter with Tirion, Andorhal, Hearthglen, Light’s Hope Chapel. I really started to love the lore around those areas, even if the landscape was bleak. I still like Felwood and Winterspring as well, but I can do without Silithus. Seems like such a big zone, and nothing to do but kill bugs.

  3. Angelya February 4, 2010 at 06:03 #

    Ugh, Silithus creeps me out with all those bugs buzzing around. I haven’t done much questing in the Plaguelands either past the Bulwark, but I’ve done a lot of riding around there leveling up mining and farming Runecloth so I am happy to not spend long there before jumping into Outlands 😉

  4. Len February 4, 2010 at 07:48 #

    I haven’t quested much in the early areas of Kalimdor. As a die hard alliance my first couple of characters were human, then draenei, then a night elf (and then various others). By the time I got to the night elf I was comfortable with the Eastern Kingdoms questing zones and all my characters tend to find their way there at an early point.

    I did spend a lot of time in WPL and EPL even though my characters all levelled to 60 after TBC came out. Part of it might have been discovering the fun of aoe levelling on my mage and then a paladin, which works very well with a lot of mobs in those areas.

    Actually, I haven’t levelled a horde past a starting area either so theres a whole massive part of the world I’m missing out on!

  5. Morane February 4, 2010 at 15:27 #

    The bugs in Silithus don’t so much creep me out as any the heck out of me.

    I came to the game somewhat late in the Burning Crusade cycle (just nine-months before Wrath launched) so I’ve passed over most of the high level Azeroth zones and dungeons. I did do most of the Western Plaguelands quests at one point.

    But I’ve essentially skipped EPL, Silithus and Winterspring to go straight to Outland. I only went to Felwood to farm Bear Flanks for cooking. I’ve never set foot in Stratholme, LBRS, UBRS, Zul’Gurub or Ahn’Qiraj. I did get thrown into Dire Maul once recently by the LFD tool though.

    Even in Outland I’ve skipped a lot because Wrath launched when Morane was about level 77. Blades Edge Mountains and Netherstorm are mostly fresh fields to me. I’ve never run any of the Tempest Keep instances or any heroic BC dungeon.

    The two zones in Northrend I haven’t done much are Grizzly Hills and Scholozar – I just tend to move to Dragonblight and then into Zul’Drak. I don’t really like the wooded zones at all.

  6. Capn John February 4, 2010 at 16:28 #

    Heed my advice and do NOT do the Pamela’s Doll quest. You’ll find her in Darrowshire, south-eastern corner of EPL, but you really don’t want to find her. Alas it’s fast & easy XP so I just can’t resist when I take an Alt through EPL, and it gets me every time.

    Damn it! Even just reading the quest text on WoWWiki chokes me up: http://www.wowwiki.com/Quest:Pamela%27s_Doll

    If I had to pick a zone/s that I rarely go to, that would be Desolace and Silithus…although I’ll still visit Desolace for the Scarlet Monastery quest. Getting your Mount at 20 and Epic at 40 make these out-of-the-way areas a lot more accessible though.

  7. Windpaw February 4, 2010 at 16:38 #

    @Capn – Funny you should mention it, I’m about halfway through the chain that Pamela kicks off right now!

  8. Nora February 4, 2010 at 19:17 #

    The Pamela one is a tough quest – very touching, and sad. But memorable! A lot of them are in that zone.

  9. Tamarind February 5, 2010 at 14:42 #

    Oh I love the Plaguelands (even though they’re not pretty, which is my usual zone requireemnt – yes, I am that shallow). The Pamela quest broke my heart. There might have been actual grown up weeping like a fool over it.

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