A casual player’s thoughts on all this STUFF

It’s only the Alpha. Repeat after me. It’s only the Alpha.

We’ve been through this before, no? With every expansion EVER.

I for one am super excited about all the NEW things! I’ve been on Wowhead with everyone else in the world, browsing new character models, new mounts, items, etc. (but don’t they all look… angry… and beefy.. LOL TAUREN PUN)

Change is good! Scary, but good.

Don’t we want our world (of Warcraft) to be changing, evolving, and growing? Does that not make it more dynamic? More engaging? Give us something different to look at, something new to discover, to have fun with, to be a part of.

If nothing else, gives us something new to talk about!


Shifting gears…

Now, I’ve said this before and I’ll repeat myself as always, I’m definitely a casual player/raider. Call me crazy, but I want to play a game to have fun, and if you aren’t having fun, the door is that way. That being said, no I’m not 100% sunshine and happiness with all the spell/class/glyph/etc changes, especially to my ‘main’, but hey, we’ll get used to it. It’s less pressure for me than for a hardcore raider, or raiding guild, I know.

I can see the pressure and stress of finding your new niche, your new class, new playstyle, especially if your guild or raid group needs that. I’ve been there done that, I tanked and helped heal a bit in ICC, I resented it a bit at first, I wanted to play my warlock, but then I began having so much fun on my druid, and remembering all that fun has made me reflect a bit on that.

For whatever reason, I have had such anxiety/stress about playing ANY role other than DPS since Cataclysm. I think it was when the healing changes first went into effect, and I went to run a random heroic with some guildies, on my druid, and I couldn’t keep the tank healed. The tank that a day before I could heal fine. I was running low on mana, my heals weren’t hitting as hard. So I gave up. And I’m just now starting to feel kind of confident again in my abilities.

Will this happen to people in WoD? Will all these changes scare people, make them shy away from roles, classes, that they’ve loved? I sincerely hope not, and I don’t think it will.

But to reiterate my OWN thoughts from the beginning of this:


It’s only the Alpha.


Carry on, friends =)




One thought on “A casual player’s thoughts on all this STUFF

  1. I can relate to pressure and the game becoming un-fun when a guild raid group decides to switch from casual-progressive (which is what I prefer) to more hardcore “we must one-shot all content every raid night”.

    I’m exaggerating the hardcore attitude (somewhat), but when a raid leader decides to switch gears and decrees that all raid team members must adhere to some lofty standard that only a handful of players can hope to achieve, that takes the fun out of raiding. SimulationCraft is a useful tool, but not the end-all, be-all benchmark standard that all players must meet or be booted.

    Casual-progressive doesn’t mean “hah, hah, I stood in the fire, oh this is our 3,101st wipe?” It means having fun while raiding, learning from the mistakes, not stressing over wipes, not calling out players for *every* mishap, and steadily progressing through raid content though not necessarily super-fast. Sure, if someone stands in fire consistently, you might quietly suggest that they not do so, instruct everyone on boss fight mechanics as many times as it takes for everyone to “get it”, and in a casual raid group only the truly incompetent players get replaced.

    I show up for raids on time, always notify the raid leader in advance when I can’t be there on a specific raid night, am properly gemmed, enchanted, reforged, bring my own flasks and food (highest grade), know my rotation, don’t stand in fire, and pay attention to each boss fight mechanics. However, I pull Average/Good numbers according to SimulationCraft, not Elite. I will never be “leet”, and I don’t have the time to spend hours on end achieving that level of game play. I have a very busy life outside of WoW, and play for fun, not competition. That’s when I get frustrated by a raid leader who starts busting my chops about “stepping up my game”. Pffftttt… I do my best, and that’s all you’re gonna get!

    It’s one reason I won’t raid in my son’s guild. They’re better raiders than I am, who *do* often pull “leet” numbers, and I can’t compete against that. I know that ahead of time, and understand fully why I don’t have a raid spot with them — there are many players better than me, who can quickly move through raid progression into heroic-soon-to-be-mythic levels.

    Ah well, it’s all moot, isn’t it? Girls don’t play WoW. *snicker*


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