Operation: Get Moar Loots

I’ve decided to finally get my act in gear and get my legendary cloak on my warlock.

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So yeah. Work in progress.

 

Now, I haven’t raided with my guild since fall of last year, I moved, was taking a class, and work was starting to get crazy busy so I just didn’t have the time to commit to it. Now we’re in the pre-expac slump, which I totally get, but I miss raiding. I raided (and raid led) through Wrath, Cata, and the first half of Mists. Like a lot of players, I’ve jumped servers and guilds but I still had been raiding pretty much consistently: up until last fall.

 

And it feels weird

 

I feel out of touch. Out of the loop. I used to be able to rattle off the enchants I needed, gems I needed cut for which gem slots, right off the top of my head. Now, however, I’m feeling kind of lost. I do like that I can jump in and run a wing of LFR, and the cross-realm raiding (while I haven’t myself participated except for a couple Ulduar runs) is a really nice feature, but I feel like I’m missing out on a big part of the game. Yes, WoW for me is about a vast number of things I enjoy doing, not just about getting together with a  bunch of friends and killing some big angry thing, but still.

 

I’m really not meaning to sound whiny, I promise.

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Jeeeeeez I need to clean up my UI, WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME I CAN’T SEE ANYTHING

 

So I’m now 6 Sigils of Wisdom away from the next step in the process. I noticed that contrary to the quest text, I got one to drop in SoO, so I’ve decided I’m just going to run Seige to get them, I still haven’t done all of the wings of it, and I should probably help smack Garrosh around at least once! The group I had was actually a pretty decent one for a Friday night, we only wiped once on the Sha of Pride, and nobody was being immature or rude, so that was a pleasant surprise! Also, my damage was a lot higher than I figured it would be, no idea what was going on, my meters must have been broken….

 

To end my blurb:

 

I’m really glad Blizzard is putting forth the effort to make it possible for more people to see more of the content they offer. They spend a lot of time making those raids, creating the boss fights, making more Bad for people to stand in! I need to read more into detail about it, but what I’ve seen so far makes me very optimistic for the future of the game, and of raiding. Raiding is a huge part of this game, from a lore standpoint as well as a “welp I’ve beaten the game, yay!!!” standpoint. 

 

What do you guys/gals think? Is raiding super important to you? Are these changes making up your mind on whether or not you’ll play, or are you just taking it all in stride and eager to see what the next chapter brings?

 

-C

 

 

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 =)