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I've definitely played through all the starting zones at least once. When I was 13ish when I first played this game, I had severe altitis. I remember my first character was an Orc hunter. I still don't like Durotar too much. The color scheme is meh to me. But I still remember Zalazane and all those quests very well. My first 60 was a Tauren druid, and I remember loving Mulgore. Gorgeous colors, nice music. I don't remember as much about the questing in this zone, however.

I never liked TIrisfal Glades too much, either, but I think I'll try it out again when Classic launches (in 10 years.) I also dislike the Night Elf zone. The colors are too night timey for me, and the music too generic LOTRish. Elwynn is great to level in. Lots of really memorable areas and mobs. I also love Dun Morogh. I've always liked mountainous, snowy climates.

What about you guys?

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To me: Tirisfal > Teldrasil > Mulgore

I just don't like being a Tauren or Night Elf. I mainly stck to humans.

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Tirisfal is just so well made, an obvious favourite for me. The overall story of the zone, Forsaken and Scarlet Crusade, as well as knowing this was Arthas’ birth region. It’s all so very eerily atmospheric.

Teldrassil follows, the whole place being in a giant tree, and how beautiful it is. The music calming and gives you a clear feel for what the night elves are.

Dun Morogh comes on third place. The cold and mountainous regions does a grand job showing what sort of climate this is, and the wonder that is the Gate of Ironforge will always be breathtaking when you make your way up the trail.

Durotar is fourth. It does well showing the harsh lands, but the region still feels a bit naked. However, it’s still a very nostalgic zone to me, and I do enjoy questing there still.

Mulgore is beautiful, not nothing too special to me, same with Elwynn Forest, though it’s very iconic still.

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Personaly i hate Teldrasil, i find it so boring and ugly, sucks even more knowing my main will be Night-elf and i would need to lvl through that zone again...

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I didn't play much in Tirisfal Glades but I can see why it is considered the best starting location overall, not just for the lore but also for its questing layout. I personally didn't have any attachments to this particular zone as I wasn't used to liking Arthas much and Undead didn't appeal to me but I'm increasingly starting to love this zone and the race. Tirisfal is one of the most iconic starting zones. I personally would probably put them in this order: Durotar --> Tirisfal Glades --> Dun Morogh --> Elwynn Forrest --> Mulgore --> Teldrassil
Although Teldrassil on the last place, I always loved all zones with elven theme but as a starting zone, on Teldrassil I feel kinda distanced from the world. Eventhough I love the zone, I get an anxious feeling at the same time.

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There's something about Elwynn Forrest that keeps me coming back. Goldshire is just too simple and Hogger is iconic for me. Tirisfal Glades and Silverpine comes in close second though.

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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?

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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?

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TheZhevra wrote:
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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:

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Lots of mention of Tirisfal, maybe I’ll off and UD toon?

But my heart remains in Dun Morough

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My top 3 favorite starting zones are, in my opinion:
1. Mulgore
2. Dun Morogh
3. Teldrassil

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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.

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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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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.)

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Didn't even have to think about it.

Horde: Tirisfal Glades
Alliance: Dun Morogh

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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.

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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.

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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.

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res wrote:
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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?

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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.

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My favourite starting zone, either Horde or Alliance, is 110% Mulgore. It's where I began my WoW journey and the nostalgia is too great not to absolutely fall in love every time I go back.

The music is amazing, the scenery is beautiful, and in my opinion, the beasts and creatures that are strewn around the area fit the dynamic of the Taurens fighting for peace.

(I'm sure you couldn't guess that by looking at my profile picture/ background.)

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Durotar and Elwynn Forest, mainly for the music matching so well with the atmosphere. Durotar's music is kind of bleak to go with the rocky, desert-like landscape, whereas Elwynn Forest's music is opposite with it's peaceful themes.

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I don't care for Durotar, it's bright on the eyes and a bit boring. I love Mulgore and Elwynn.

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Elwynn Forest for me, especially given my favoured Alliance leanings. It's such a beautiful zone to level in.

I ramp up the music and just enjoy myself, levelling in relative peace.

For Horde though, absolutely Tirisfal Glades. Haunting and a great story.

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