I honestly couldn’t tell you if it’s being in lock-down or just missing the game after 18 months, but I suddenly had the urge to activate my World of Warcraft subscription again. So I did.
After year and a half of not playing… It’s rather confusing. I have no idea what I’m supposed to do after having missed several content patches. At least, things are fairly quiet since we’re in that period before a new expansion when there’s nothing new coming. So I have a chance to catch up.
I haven’t decided yet if I will keep playing. I’ve given myself one month to get a feel for it. With a toddler and trying to write regularly, my free time is definitely limited – and WoW is definitely a time sink! But, I will play around a bit and see how my time management ends up. As long as my writing doesn’t suffer, I wouldn’t mind playing at least a little, casually.
Has anyone else picked up something new (or old?!) during lock-down?
Ps. I realise there hasn’t been a Monthly Update for… a while. I will do one on June 1st for the last three months instead. It will basically say “was in lock-down” anyway, right?
This is just a quick little note to anyone who maybe hasn’t removed this blog from their feedreaders or unsubscribed from the e-mails – the WoW blog won’t be coming back, and since this is my oldest domain (and I want to keep it in use) this will turn into my personal blog.
So unless you like reading about life with a baby, and boring posts about my life in general – I suggest you remove this blog from your feedreader now!
I will keep the old WoW posts for posterity in their own category, since I think it’d be a shame to delete them.
Thanks for all the good times back in the day when I was still blogging actively about World of Warcraft!
I doubt anyone still has this on their blogroll/feed reader, but if you do – I just want to let you know that the blog isn’t likely to come back. I may eventually use the domain for something else, I haven’t quite decided. I’ve had it for over 10 years, so I don’t really want to part with it, even if I’m not using it.
I still play WoW, but not nearly to the extent that I used to. Maybe a couple of times a week. My raiding is pretty bad at the moment, due to a work schedule that makes me miss at least half the raids any given week. So my motivation this expansion hasn’t been great.
If you’d like to keep in touch, I have a personal blog where you can find me; The Struggling Writer.
I wish you well in all your future adventures. Fare well from your friendly neighborhood Warlock (who these days main a Hunter).
This is a little postcard I made for my guild, featuring the main raiders of our group. Unfortunately I was having some issues with WoW Modelviewer, and none of the emotes worked – as well as any sit/sleep etc. So I was quite limited in the things I could make the characters do. Still, it didn’t turn out too horrible. (If one looks closely you can see lots of little problem areas though, since I’m no photoshop wiz… But at least I had fun!)
If I read back through my blog I always come across several posts regarding issues with my guild and attendance and/or recruitment.
There are so many guilds out there these days, and I swear I see a message in Trade chat nearly every day about a “newly started raiding guild”. I can’t help but wonder where they find the people? Or do they all have the same issues that we do? If there are a lot of small guilds struggling out there, wouldn’t it make more sense to have fewer – bigger – guilds instead?
What is it that makes people decide to start their own guild instead of joining one of the ones already existing. Is it the need to be your own leader? Do none of the other guilds fit what you’re looking for?
As you may have gathered by now, I’m having problems filling the raiding roster in my guild (again!). Finding recruits is difficult at any time, but at this point in the expansion, possibly even harder. It doesn’t help that we’re not a high progression guild, but quite casual. Our progress is even worse than it have been in the past. Partly, I think, due to me and the GM having been around a bit less this expansion.
I spent the first eight months of WoD unable to raid, since I had no proper internet connection. And our GM was working like crazy having little time to be online outside of raids.
We can’t fix that though. We’re both on more now, but the progress doesn’t magically fix itself. To progress we need people to be online, willing and ready to raid. And that’s where we’re currently falling short.
Since October, we’ve barely raided. My GM was moving houses, and I was moving countries – so we had about three weeks when neither of us were online – and no raids happened during that time, apparently. Since then, we’ve barely been able to get enough people to get a raid going. Which means we have had zero progress for months now.
We’re only about halfway through Heroic HFC, and I just don’t think a lot of people are looking for a guild with that kind of progress. But I’m also not willing to give up. So I will continue trying to recruit, trying to get our current members to come online… And maybe… Maybe we can get this ball rolling again.
So, as a side note – if you’re in the EU and want to join a guild that’s halfway through Heroic HFC, you know where to find me!
So, Blizzcon weekend came and went – and we were given a lot of information about the upcoming Legion expansion. For the most part I’m feeling quite excited, though I’m still waiting to hear more about artifacts and the new class specialisations.
My main this expansion has been a hunter. I’ve played the class in previous expansions as an alt, and it’s a class I’ve always quite enjoyed. When questing it’s great to have your loyal pet along to help keep the nasties off you, and I’ve always enjoyed the ranged playstyle with a lot of mobility.
In Legion I feel like they’re taking some of the core things that I enjoy about the class away. Or they’re splitting it between the specs, so that possibly none of the specs have exactly what I enjoy about the class.
Beast Mastery probably comes the closest to what I enjoy. A ranged class with a pet. So, I may be forced to play BM, and can then only hope that they keep the specs competitive and doesn’t let any of them fall too far behind the others (forcing you to change – like I just had to do from BM to MM in WoD).
Marksmanship will be ranged, without a pet. One of the reasons Blizzard gave for this change was “because most players choose the Lone Wolf talent”. Well, Blizzard – do you know why we choose it? It’s not because we want to be a pet-less hunter, it’s because it’s the talent that gives the most dps in raids. Whenever I’m out in the world questing, I’m still using my pet. In Legion, if I’m MM – I’ll have to quest on my own. I really dislike the idea of being a hunter without a pet, but at least now I can still have my pet around when I’m questing – even if he has to be dismissed during raids. In Legion, I won’t ever have a pet as MM.
Survival as a melee spec. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I remember playing around in Vanilla testing to be a melee hunter. It wasn’t ideal back then, but it was possible (at least while questing), if you geared properly. If you play a hunter these days though, you probably are doing so because you wanted a ranged class. And you can still be a ranged hunter – you just can’t be a ranged survival hunter. I don’t know… It feels a bit weird, but we will see.
Artifacts for hunters look okay. If I’m BM I would transmog the gun though, since I just never liked the gun animations. My hunter is a night elf, and as such I tend to always want to use a bow. The idea of artifacts is a neat one, but at the same time I’m a bit wary of the lack of choice. It basically means that depending on your spec, you have to use this specific weapon. You can’t decide to use a dagger instead of a sword. Or a 2h instead of a 1h. This is your one weapon, and that’s final.
Sure, you can transmog it – but are they removing some of the restrictions regarding transmogs? Because if they’re not – you may still be stuck using a weapon type you don’t really like the look of. (Like for me, I can’t think of many 1h maces or axes that I like…)
It’s only a visual thing. But with a game that allows us transmogrification and changing hair styles and looks of our characters – I think the visual side does matter. We want our characters to look the way we want, and we want them wearing the armour we like and wielding the weapons we like. With artifacts this is definitely going to be limited.
One of my biggest gripes with artifacts is that I suspect that it will be a hassle to keep up to date on your off-spec. Or if you want to switch spec. A lot of dps players will switch spec between patches if needed, if one spec is under-performing. With the bigger differences in specs, and the use of a different artifact weapon – you may find it difficult to have your artifact ready, not to mention possibly learning quite a different play style.
I know that Blizzard said that there will be catch-up mechanics. But they also said that keeping two artifacts at a similar level will be some hassle. To be fair, for most people it probably won’t matter much. (As a dps, if your spec is under-performing I guess we just have to bite the sour apple and deal with it.) For healers or tanks it will be frustrating though. We’ve often had to have one of our healers go as dps, because if everyone turns up to raid, we have one healer too many. Or that one melee dps that has to tank every now and then when one of the main tanks is away.
For them, keeping their off-spec artifact up to date is going to be fairly vital – at least if the artifacts are going to matter as much to your character as they seem to. So, I’m just not sure if the catch-up mechanics will be enough. Or is Blizzard saying that we have to pick a spec and stick with it?
I haven’t leveled up nearly as many alts as I normally do this expansion, and of the ones I have at 100, I play even fewer. Whether it’s lack of time or just not enjoying the game as much on more than one character… I honestly can’t quite tell.
Anyway, I’m thinking about leveling another alt at least. If for no other reason than another garrison hopefully giving me gold missions. Need to refill the coffers before Legion, and there’s no time like the present!
When choosing which alts to play this expansion, I have one big qualifier:I must be able to do the Tanaan dailies without wanting to bash my head against the desk.
That means that the character has to be able to not die instantly. Kill something within a reasonable time.
I leveled my Warlock, and while she can generally do these two things (though she definitely takes a beating, and her spells seem to hit as hard as wet noodles), I just find her awfully boring to play this expansion. Which is a shame, because I will always love her. But play her? No, I just can’t do it.
As for my next alt, I’m leaning towards Priest, Mage or Druid. I’m worried about the first two possibly being very squishy, and the third I’m worried about being boring. Maybe I should do Shaman… But maybe they are squishy too?
I don’t know! I am always incredibly indecisive…
I’m basically okay to level anything other than the Monk (since I have a level 100 Horde one on another server). As long as I won’t hate playing it… But how do you know? How do you know?!!
Being back in the game, I’m also slowly getting back into transmogrifying my characters gear into something I enjoy. Since I’m playing the hunter more the most, she’s naturally the character I started with.
I’ve had this one transmog in mind for weeks (possibly months), but the shoulders I needed to complete it just never dropped for me. So I ended up making another transmog (the green one) to tide me over. Guess what? Two days after getting my green mog going, the shoulders dropped. I’ve not switched back to my blue mog with the new shoulders yet though. She will be green for a little while longer.
Since I’m moving to another country, I had this brilliant (undecided if that’s actually true) idea that I should level a character on my friend’s realm. That way, even though I live far away, we can still “hang out” and do things together. In a sense. Now we can see each other for real, and after I move, at least this way we can play some WoW together.
Problem is… She is horde on another server, so I have to level something.
I have a level 90 Monk on her realm since before, but as I’m leveling it, it feels very, very squishy. Is this normal? It’s a dps monk, and I hear they’re good as tanks and healers – but their dps isn’t so good. I have no idea if this is true though, or just something someone said. In either case, my Monk is definitely taking a beating if I’m not very careful, and whenever I do dungeons she seems to do very little dps.
Since I quite enjoy Paladins, and I’m not really playing my alliance one at the moment, I am playing with the idea of leveling a horde one instead of the Monk. Problem is… 100 levels is a lot more than 10 levels. Very boring to do alone!
Cue trying to get the boyfriend to roll on my friend’s realm with me. The boyfriend says that sure, we can do that… After I’ve moved.
So… Now my Paladin is just sitting here… Waiting for when we can level together.
In the summer, we finally got fiber to the house where I’m currently staying, which means we could get a proper internet connection. Rejoice!
For over eight months I was barely playing WoW, because whenever I tried I would generally end up with 5k+ ms as soon as I left the Garrison. I’ve picked it back up now, and I’m back to raiding with my guild, which is nice.
Sadly, I’ve not enjoyed my Warlock this expansion, and so I’ve been playing my Hunter and raiding with her. I’m stubbornly playing her as Beast Master, even while everyone is staying Marksman is better. I suspect I will have to admit defeat soon and respec, which makes me sad… BM is so much fun! Up until now I’ve been able to stay in the top half of the raid dps, but I’m slipping behind as the gear levels increase – so a change is probably necessary.
In other news, I’m preparing to move to another country – so that’s taking up some of my time.
I missed this blog though, so I have decided to pick it back up. Is there anyone still reading? I have no idea, but I will keep writing anyway (it’s what I do!). If there are any readers out there, feel free to let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like me to write about.