Fourteen hours to go until the Battle for Azeroth launch. Am I prepared? Yes, just like fellow Blaugustinian Galumphing, I am (mostly). Suck it, Illidan.
It's going to be a bitter-sweet launch for me this time. Usually for expansion launches I manage to get at least the day off work (or the following day) to dive right in. For the launch of Legion I had the entire week off work (coincidentally, I swear). This time I not only have no time off work, but it looks like I'm going to be having a particularly tough work week with a few big projects needing finishing off. It's sorely tempting to throw back some revolting energy drink, stay up levelling to 4am every night and conduct work on zombie-mode autopilot, but I'm a grown adult with various and sundry responsibilities, so I won't be doing that.
The only thing I haven't 100% decided on is my professions. My druid currently has herbalism / skinning, and dual-gathering is usually a good idea at the beginning of an expansion, but I'm increasingly thinking a production profession would be good. I like my professions to thematically match my character's class fantasy, so as a druid, that probably means skinning/leatherworking or herbalism/inscription.
Inscription is particularly interesting because of the new contracts they can make; they'll be both useful and probably potentially lucrative. I'll probably remain dual-gathering for the first few weeks, see how the salvager and warfront contribution systems play out, and then make a decision once the world quest and reputation grind starts in earnest.
Seeing as though I won't be hitting the levelling game hard this launch, I'm going to deliberately take it slow and devote more time to gathering, fishing, and exploring. BfA will launch too late tonight for me to play (I live in the UK but play on the US servers), so it'll be tomorrow after work before I get started. Really my only intention is to do as few quests as possible to arrive in Kul'Tiras, and then immediately go off-road, exploring and gathering. All of the zones will need fully exploring for the Pathfinder achievement anyway, and I'm assuming Blizzard have continued scattering the zones with little hidden treasures and miniboss encounters to discover.
It feels like BfA has been a long time coming, and now that we're on the eve of it launching, I find myself increasingly nervous. There's going to be a lot to do, especially once the weekly reset cycle kicks in. That's one of the things that I really enjoy about playing an MMO, but this period of not quite knowing what to prioritise or how exactly everything works is a little unsettling to me. I know for now all I have to do is enjoy the questlines as I make my way to 120, and all the rest will fall into place thereafter.