I've played World of Warcraft since the Vanilla beta, when I was a fresh-faced university graduate, and I've definitely had my ups-and-downs with it over the years:
I suppose my World of Warcraft situation is a little atypical. I play on the US servers despite living in the EU, so I don't see my guild in-game very often, though the server is busy enough around the clock that I never have trouble finding people for group content. What is does mean through, is that I'm not a raider. My guild did raid in Legion, and I tried to join them as I did in Mists, but I just couldn't hack the late nights so I dropped out after a few weeks. I'm not even sure if Waypoint will be raiding in Battle for Azeroth, so that's an unresolved issue at the moment.
When Legion dropped, I was in a pretty bad place. I was depressed, I was at the tail-end of being off work sick for a long time, I was spending far too much time in my own house and in my own head. Warcraft became an escape for me -- I realise that isn't necessarily a good thing -- and I threw myself into it. Being signed off work, I felt I had nothing much better to do than log in, smoke too many cigarettes, eat terrible food, and level up while feeling sorry for myself. But being online with my friends and guildmates as we all levelled through the zones really helped. We ran dungeons together, we waved and cheered when we found one-another out in the world, we chatted.
And so slowly I got better, too. I went back to work. I met someone. Then I found a new job. I kept playing World of Warcraft, though at a much less intense pace.
I suppose what I'm trying to get across is that World of Warcraft has always been a part of my adult life, and as long as it's still going, it still will be. Through thick and thin -- and I mean in-game and out -- it's always been a place I can go to and feel some mastery over my environment. When I'm feeling down, it's something that comforts me. It's constantly changing but it's also charmingly the same. You generally know what you're getting. Just due to sheer longevity, Azeroth has become an actual place.
Wait a minute. Is World of Warcraft my Cheers of MMOs? I think I'm okay with that.
Over the last few days I got my much-neglected paladin up to level 110 and completed both the order hall campaign and the Broken Shore questline to unlock her class mount, the Highlord's Charger. Truth be told, I think it's one of the weakest class mounts, aesthetically, but I'm using acquiring the class mount as my milestone for calling an alt "finished" for Legion.
With this mount added to the collection, that means I now have class mounts unlocked for druid, demon hunter, warrior, monk, mage and now paladin -- that's a lot of alts for someone who traditionally doesn't play a lot of alts. I also have a warlock sitting at level 107, and she'll probably get hers next.
I didn't think much of the paladin order hall campaign -- druid and death knight are still my favourites -- but the mount questline was a ended with a solid nostalgic trip back to Stratholme and had some nice callbacks to the Vanilla-era class mount questline. And what was more surprising -- to me at least -- was how much I enjoyed playing all three specs of paladin. Suddenly, she's gone from my least-played alt to a genuine contender for being my Battle for Azeroth main.
I've been a druid main since Mists of Pandaria, with almost no time devoted to alts at all. My druid has the best gear, all the reputation, all the achievements. But I'm getting a bit tired of druid-ing, and I'm fairly determined to have a new main for BfA. So I've been levelling (or level-boosting) a roster of alts, giving them a spin, and seeing what I like best. I'll try them all again -- or the shortlist, at least -- once the pre-patch arrives next week, before making a decision. So far, paladin, death knight and monk are my top choices. And of course, there's always the possibility that I'll end up back with my druidic old faithful.