Brief update here.
I hit 85 and turned off the computer. It took me just over 26 hours. I didn’t level in the best way (we instance ground with friends for the first good chunk of time) and I stopped for a few hours to grind out some professions and race change to goblin. That said, 26 hours feels like a decent grind time. Not the best out there, far from the worst.
Then I went for a run and slept. Best sleep I’ve had in a while, I might add. I made myself a real meal (not just salsa or peppermint gum) and drank a lot of water. And had a shower. Glorious, glorious showering.
What can I say about the grind? The instances feel good. The first few were easy with an ICC heroic geared group (and they should be). The latter few we did required CC and attention, which was a welcome change. For an all guild group in vent, doing these for the first time was fun and not painful. I believe we only ever wiped when we got cocky. I could see pugging these easily enough in a month.
The questing zones are especially well designed. Goblins, Worgen, and new race/class combos feel like they’ve always been there (and to a degree, they have). Uldum feels endless without it hindering your rate of questing. Twilight Highlands looks beautiful and feels as epic as it should. Garrosh is growing on me.
That’s all for now. I have to get raid ready, which is going to be a whole other grind.