After my loooong break (end 2013 until June 2019) I just bought the Deluxe edition of PoF (which also came with free HoT) and started to make my Revenant (still only level 4 not gottein to play it yet) and to play HoT with my engineer.
Since I want to experience stuff in the order (well except some of those golden badges in Silverwasts ... used the glider instead of doing the jumping to get the last 2 ) it got released I'm playing without mounts and glider first. Was not that hard to get the remaining hero points (I have world completion on main ... almost enough to fully unlock Scrapper) to fully unlock the Scrapper.
Feels nicer than I thought. At first I thought "meh hammer for engineer does not sound cool I want to stay with rifle" but the quickness and superspeed ... it's fun. Also not having problems to stay alive in open world atm in Verdant Brink.
Great map ... I really like it so far ... the gliding stuff. But a bit confusing to navigate. I think it will take some time to get used to it. (Hopefully other maps will be easier once I have more masteries getting unlocked and more experienced with gliding.) Story is nice. (Luckily I picked the fitting back item - Whispers one ... cause "initate" sounded like whispers and my main did Whispers for core story back then.) Only Stavemaster Adryn sucked a bit (he killed me too often ha ha ... luckily respawn nearby).
Mastery grind ... well I heard different things. And unlocking the glider was annoying a bit. But at the time I needed mushrooms I had them easily unlocked already. The events are interesting and giving nice loot as well (chest at the bottom right in the UI to open) and experience. I guess I'll stay a bit longer in Verdant Brink before proceeding with Act II of HoT since I haven't unlocked everything there yet (trying as much as possible while also training masteries a bit).
Sow how is it compared to PoF? I heard the maps are bigger but easier to navigate? Is that correct? (Jungle in HoT really is a bit of pain - while on the other hand it looks nice and is interesting because of that layout.)