I’m having a bit of a problem with Time lately. As in, it flies by too frickin’ fast. I could have sworn the Darkmoon Faire had just ended when suddenly, it was back again. And I wasn’t ready.
Since I’m leveling tailoring on the warlock and I really don’t plan on farming a thousand Frostweave cloth, I need the five points from the Darkmoon Faire. It may not seem like much, but those five points, if used soundly, can save you some serious farming. The warlock needed to be level 65 though to be able to start working on the WotLK part of the profession, so off she went to level in Outland. She reached 65 soon enough, after some questing in Zangarmarsh and some dungeons.
I hadn’t really quested in a while before I started this character, and it’s been quite fun. It’s a welcome change of pace from my usual queue-for-dungeons-forever routine. For all of the “old world” part, not once did I think to myself: Oh how I wish I could be flying! I was doing just fine on my ground mount. Although, to be fair, I wasn’t trying to reach elusive ore nodes or flowers. Then, at 60, I learned the flying skill, and proceeded to skip tons of mobs between quest items and quest givers, and I realized just how trivial everything had just become. Don’t get me wrong, I frickin’ love flying. It’s a lot faster to be able to completely avoid killing mobs that aren’t needed for quests, but it just feels wrong to completely bypass mobs that we were meant to kill.
Being able to fly is really cool, but in my opinion, it should be reserved for the max level only, like it was in Mists of Pandaria. That’s why I’m not too upset about the no-flying in Draenor, but I don’t know if I’m quite ready for a whole expansion with no flying at all. It’s a lot more convenient for farming mats and doing dailies, but it does make the world feel much less threatening and engaging. Of course, when you’re like me and have an army of alts, it can get tedious after a while, and you start missing your flying mount.
Nothing is set in stone as of yet, and no one knows how Blizzard will handle this particular case, but I do trust that they are trying to make this expansion as awesome as possible. If it means we can’t fly, then so be it.