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slud
4 months ago
Personally my favourite starting zone has got to be Elwynn Forest. Here's a couple reasons why:
  • It's got such an amazing soundtrack. Regardless of nostalgia, the soundtrack is absolutely phenomenal. After fourteen years I still love it.
  • It's big, and it takes a fair while to trek around the zone, but it's not too big. For me, it's the perfect size for a starting zone.
  • The colour scheme is superb. The houses and buildings follow a common theme of a calming blue colour mixed in with a handmade vibe. The trees and grass are a vivid green colour that really makes the zone feel alive.

I'm sure there's so many more reasons as to why I love Elwynn Forest, but these are the first few that come to mind.
Iced_Plasma
5 months ago
res wrote:
5 months ago
Something I like about the human starting zone is that once you have overcome the lowly struggles of Elwynn and continue to venture out towards Westfall and beyond, your later adventures will keep bringing you back here, making the world feel more connected. Quests in Stormwind, Westfall, Redridge, and Duskwood will all have you coming back to the safety of your characters cradle for various reasons, making the politics and culture of the kingdom of Stormwind feel more real than some of the other factions in the game.
Thank you for this post. You just explained to me why I loved Elwynn so much and I didn't even realise it. It does tie in very nicely after completing quest chains elsewhere, I had completely forgotten this.

I read somewhere else that the dev team spent a long time on Elwynn Forest as a zone as it was the first one they actually built. They even had to downsize Goldshire at one point! Perhaps this is why it feels so interconnected - they simply put more work into it maybe?
Laphroaig
5 months ago
res wrote:
5 months ago
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Nothing can beat the classical fantasy setting of Elwynn Forest.

A wizarding tower, a tavern that's always filled with people, knights in shining armour, and vicious half-humanoids terrorising the countryside are just some of the lovely bits you will experience while encompassed by the idyllic and soothing atmosphere of a summertime forest. You feel safe, your adventure is still beginning, but you will still face many challenges here.

Subplots involve making an invisibility potion, exploring seemingly abandoned mines, and a murder investigation!

Something I like about the human starting zone is that once you have overcome the lowly struggles of Elwynn and continue to venture out towards Westfall and beyond, your later adventures will keep bringing you back here, making the world feel more connected. Quests in Stormwind, Westfall, Redridge, and Duskwood will all have you coming back to the safety of your characters cradle for various reasons, making the politics and culture of the kingdom of Stormwind feel more real than some of the other factions in the game.
Agreed. Elwynn is a great zone. I just don't like being the generic human race in any fantasy game.
res
5 months ago
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Nothing can beat the classical fantasy setting of Elwynn Forest.

A wizarding tower, a tavern that's always filled with people, knights in shining armour, and vicious half-humanoids terrorising the countryside are just some of the lovely bits you will experience while encompassed by the idyllic and soothing atmosphere of a summertime forest. You feel safe, your adventure is still beginning, but you will still face many challenges here.

Subplots involve making an invisibility potion, exploring seemingly abandoned mines, and a murder investigation!

Something I like about the human starting zone is that once you have overcome the lowly struggles of Elwynn and continue to venture out towards Westfall and beyond, your later adventures will keep bringing you back here, making the world feel more connected. Quests in Stormwind, Westfall, Redridge, and Duskwood will all have you coming back to the safety of your characters cradle for various reasons, making the politics and culture of the kingdom of Stormwind feel more real than some of the other factions in the game.
Flerex
5 months ago
I don't know if we are talking about about pre-Cataclysm zones or not, but if so, my favorite is the Blood Elves starting zone because of how immersive and magical it is, followed by Mulgore and Trisfal Glades. That's for the Horde, for the Alliance my favorite starting zone would be Teldrassil and Azuremist Isles.

I find it very hard to choose, though, because each one is especial in their own way. It would be easier to name those I hate the most, that would be the Orcs/Trolls starting zone for the Horde and the Dwarves/Gnomes starting zones for the Alliance. Damn Durotar, you're so dry. Not even Trisfal Glades are that dead.
Rootdancer
5 months ago
Didn't even have to think about it.

Horde: Tirisfal Glades
Alliance: Dun Morogh
Cuppa
5 months ago
Tirisfal Glades for sure. It has great quests, and I enjoy the aesthetic too. Spooky fun! (Also, the nostalgia factor - my first character was an Undead Warlock.)
Ravenheart
5 months ago
Laphroaig wrote:I never liked TIrisfal Glades too much, either, but I think I'll try it out again when Classic launches (in 10 years.)
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Bazinwaz
5 months ago
Mulgore is easily my favorite. The entire zone just makes me feel so comfortable. I get an instant feeling of peace when I am in it. I love to start a new character there and just relax and listen to the amazing music it has.
Altoholic
5 months ago
My top 3 favorite starting zones are, in my opinion:
1. Mulgore
2. Dun Morogh
3. Teldrassil
Doomsnout
5 months ago
Lots of mention of Tirisfal, maybe I’ll off and UD toon?

But my heart remains in Dun Morough
Razor
5 months ago
TheZhevra wrote:
5 months ago
The atmosphere in Teldrassil is immense. But nothing beats Elwynn Forest for me for original nostalgia! When the music kicks in it brings it all back.

I was alliance back then so I'll go for a Horde zone this time around. Any recommendations?
If you consider yourself and Alliance player - then I reckon it would be interesting to go undead. Great potential to actually have a backstory for your character in your head (e.g. if you were a human priest in the past, you are now continuing your duty yet under different banner - as a risen Forsaken).

Tirisfal has a good story. UD look badass. Go for it. :cool:
TheZhevra
5 months ago
The atmosphere in Teldrassil is immense. But nothing beats Elwynn Forest for me for original nostalgia! When the music kicks in it brings it all back.

I was alliance back then so I'll go for a Horde zone this time around. Any recommendations?
Faendor
5 months ago
I might reconsider my previous statement: Durotar --> Tirisfal Glades --> Teldrassil --> Dun Morogh --> Elwynn Forrest --> Mulgore
Razor
5 months ago
Teldrassil, without any doubt. The background music is absolutely amazing and the voice acting of night elves is one of the favorites.

Biggest nostalgia blast comes from Durotar though. And the scorpids. There is something special about this not-too-good-looking zone.

I never understood what's so special about Mulgore. Of course, it's nice. But...cows? Really?