There's quite a bit of anticipation out there, coupled with a "just get it over with already!" undercurrent on the servers I'm on. The chatter on some of the Arathi Basin runs I was on emphasized that.
Maybe it's just me, or maybe it's the season (Late Fall, heading to Winter), but I'm finding myself wistful about the upending of the current order.
I'm going to miss Cairne and his rumbling voice. Sure, he never was at the forefront of things like Thrall and Sylvanas were, but he was dependable. He was the killjoy who grumbled about the true meaning of Winter Veil, but he cared about keeping the Tauren traditions alive. I always considered him the "Old Grandfather" of the Horde, who you'd go meet for coffee and listen to him spin tales of the good old days.
While Thrall isn't really going anyplace, he will definitely be missed as Warchief. He had that clarity of vision that you only rarely get in a leader, and he was able to keep lines of communication open with the opposite faction when most everyone else wanted blood. He understood sacrifice and the need to work together. At the same time, these qualities will drive him to lay down his leadership in the Horde to try to save Azeroth.
From what I'm reading, I think I'm going to miss the old Sylvanas too. She had an opportunity to really change things, but she seems incapable of pushing beyond her hatred. Her time spent as a helpless minion of Arthas and the Lich King seems to have ruined her.
And lastly, I'm going to miss the old Barrens. Camp Taurajo aside, the Barrens was this vast expanse that you could spend a ton of time questing in and just relaxing. It was there that I learned:
- Don't attack a Yellow character in a PVP server. ("You see that yellow guy?" "Yeaaah." "Okay, we're going to back out. Really slowly.")
- Running through a bunch of gazelles and using Arcane Explosion can be fun.
- You will see both factions in a Neutral City.
- Just finding the entrance to an instance can be a real pain in the ass.
- You can go up mountains and run around the tops of them, but if you fall off at the wrong time, you're screwed.
- In WoW, Centaurs really are the bad guys.
- Chuck Norris really is a demi-god.