This past week I’ve leveled my cloak from 5 to 7 in five runs. Three were as a part of a 5 man guild group, one of which was with a mask. The other two were with my wife, just the two of us.
Doing a run with a mask up is something I don’t EVER want to do again, and if higher level completion requires it, the whole instance can take a flying leap. Doing a bonus objective and not getting the objective boss because of so much crap on the ground was frustrating to a point of just wanting to log out. But we completed on a second run without a mask. We did one more but we were out of coalescing visions. We did our dailies for two days and got enough to do two more last night to get 1 page from the bonus area, which I should say is not really a bonus, since you are required to do it to complete the quest. The two of us did horribly. We never made it though the trash mobs because we were being careful not to pull. I should note that while Blizzard seems to have acquiesced to complaints about timed runs, they just gave it a new look with a sanity count down timer, which is adding a level of stress I could do without.
So the second run we pushed faster, pulled more, both died at one point but I was able to come back because of the ability I took. We just got the boss down with each of us near death. Ran down, killed Thrall, and logged out. It took a few hours on two evenings to get enough currency to do a short run. I cannot see myself doing these much more, especially if it requires pushing further in to even more areas, or having to do masks. Some people enjoy them, I rank doing these below doing Mythic dungeons. Doing the world quests reminds me of Warlords of Draenor farming up Apexis crystals. After 11 years of playing, I’m starting to wonder if there are any original ground breaking ideas in the game, or if they are all just re-skins of past ideas wrapped with a big red bow.