On The Twilight of Wrath of the Lich King
I feel like a kid in the back seat of my parent’s car headed to the amusement park. You know the feeling: excited, fidgety, and impatient. Are we there yet?
We still have three more weeks of raiding before we take a couple of weeks off before the expansion, but I’m ready for it to be here already. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still enjoying the raiding. And while we could pare our raid nights down to two nights a week, the majority of people preferred to stay at 3 and just have earlier stop times. We’ve turned our Mimiron Head runs into a “how fast can this be done” deal, we clear out ICC, save a hiccup here and there, without event. And once they take out Mimiron’s head, our raid week becomes even shorter, not that it’s necessarily a bad thing. But…the feeling of being “finished” is most definitely setting in for me, and I’m sure for many others.
What was once new and shiny, now feels old and worn out. I can’t even be bothered to run ICC runs on my alts, which is quite unusual for me. I think about it – and then I think about if I want to spend 2-4 hours in an alt run in ICC – and mostly, I don’t. I can think of about a dozen other things that I’d rather do with the time, some that are even inside of WoW! I guess, perhaps, I’m just Lich King’d out.
I look at the calendar, and at the risk of sounding like the whiny 6 year old that I’m feeling like, December 7, 2010 seems so incredibly far away. Are we there yet?
On Bucket Lists
I’ve been picking at by WotLK bucket list since November of last year. If you look at my “goals” page, you will see that I posted that list on November 9, 2009. And you know what? I’ve managed to complete all but 3 things on my list, thanks to finally getting Anzu and catching that sneaky fish in Ironforge! Of those remaining 3 things, I’m actively working on leveling the DK, and I will probably make an effort to do the Dreanei starting area before the world changes. I doubt I’ll get that AB rep exalted All in all, that’s not too shabby and I think I will leave WotLK feeling “completed”.
However, I am not the only person around the blogosphere working on bucket lists. I’ve read post after post about who is frantically trying to clear out their lists, and on the flip side from those who have looked at their lists and decided to rip it up into tiny pieces and let Cataclysm come regardless.
I’m not entirely sure that I could take Keeva’s approach, which while very admirable, doesn’t fit “me”. Of course, everyone will be different in what appeals to them and how they want to approach things, so while Keeva wants to be surprised and “unfinished”, my OCD kicks in and I just don’t think I have the same willpower to let things go that she does!
In looking back on it – I’m glad that I made my list and have picked away at it. That being said, I am now at the point that I’m ready to just move on.
I have finally gotten everyone in order, save my hunter and warlock. And it was…painful. Which is probably an understatement.
I got Nadine situated over the weekend and tanked on her a little bit. And, I really like the new paladin tanking! I don’t know if it’s because I’m new to the paladin Prot spec or what, but I find it a lot more fun than it used to be! Of course, I always found warrior tanking the most fun to begin with, more immersive. Paladins are now a bit more like warriors and I like it!
I have also dusted off Isulde, the DK who has been sitting at level 72 for as long as I can remember, and picked her back up. One of the reasons that I shelved her to begin with was that I really didn’t care for DK tanking, and I had made her specifically to be a tank. So this go around I did give her a tanking spec, but I’m focusing on DPS with her. And unholy DPS is still a lot of fun. Over the weekend I managed to get her halfway to 76. The only question remaining is if my impatience with DPS queues will win out over my hatred of DK tanking.
On Heirlooms and Leveling the Goblin – Looking Ahead
I have come across a bit of an interesting issue this past weekend as well. You see, the majority of my heirloom items are on my main account, with Beru. My second account basically only has melee heirlooms that my paladin and DK have shared. Now, on my main account I have a full set of melee heirlooms for a rogue, including the leather BP and shoulders. However, I have no more character slots on my main account.
Which means my rogue’s placeholder name is currently being saved on my second account, which has nothing but heirloom trinkets to support her. Now, I could probably transfer a toon off of my main account to make room there for my rogue. Or, alternatively, create a toon to transfer over that I load up with heirloom items. It really wouldn’t be too big of a deal, I don’t think.
But then I got to thinking. And, predictably, that is where the trouble started. Do I want to level my rogue with the heirlooms? I mean, they have redone all of the old world content, and each of the new races has a brand new starting zone? Do I really want to rush through all of that? I’m not entirely sure that I do.
Of course, then I run into the “well, what about outlands and WotLK content” problem. Because I absolutely will want to level through those faster – even if I do want to take the 1-60 content slower. Then I start thinking about how just having the weapons might be nice, even if I don’t wear any of the +experience gear at the start of the adventure. And I find myself with quite the conundrum. I suppose I could always wait to make a decision. I mean, it’s not as if I will be leveling my goblin straight out of the gate. Moving my characters around can always wait until I’m actually ready to level the goblin, I suppose.
I will say, however, that this is the first time that I’ve considered not using any of the heirloom gear available to me, and I find it an interesting decision to consider.
On The Cataclysm Events Starting While I’m Stuck At Work
Boo. Just Boo. I’m insanely jealous of those that are at home and experiencing it currently! Alas, it is what it is, and someone’s got to pay the bills! So I suppose that I will just have to experience it tonight when I get home. Save some elementals for me please!
How About You? Are you experiencing the same “are we there yet” feeling that I am? What are you doing to help you whittle the days away while you wait?