It's been a long time in the making, but I'm so glad it's finally here. The old world was showing its' age
Agreed. You perhaps don't realise just how much until you play the new areas and then it hits you that for the past 6 years you've been looking at the same stuff in some areas and it's never changed. The changes they've made brings the original game right up to date and there are so many awesome changes. I can't wait to get into some serious alt action and re-live the 1-60 journey again through different quests and zones.
People planning to re-roll new class/race combos + the level 80 players who want to do all the new quests/low level achievements get to basically do them 2 weeks before cata launches. Then the new re-rollers to worgen/goblins get to start, so less burden on the mid-level zones due to the new race/class combos getting the 2 week head start. And with different paths for lvl 80-85 progression, that also spreads out the playerbase again. All that taken into account + the technical issues of the actual shattering being implemented 2 weeks earlier, giving blizzard time to fix any major bugs that might come with it before the actual launch of cata, should mean this will be one smooth launch. At least I hope so!
I've been on the PTR for only a couple hours here and there and all I've got to say is YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! As a horde player, I didn't wanna spoil to much so I only played the humans starting zone and the troll starting zone and only saw the flight path area of Orgrimmar and explored the new Stormwind and OMG it's all awesome. I can't wait to make my troll druid on live, explore Orgrimmar, and just get lost for hours finding new things. Blizzard did an amazing job with this one guys.
An absolutely amazing day it will be, but let's not forget Dec 7th, then the ensuing month when everyone levels like crazy and tries to get server firsts, gear up, etc. This Christmas holidays is gonna be so fun!