I’ve rediscovered WoW. Some might say that is usually the case before a new expansion, but in my case the reasons for not playing as often are less obvious. I certainly can’t claim to be gear-capped – I only just got my King slayer title on my priest (Oraiya) last night – and my priest is my best geared character.
My reasons have to do with the myriad changes that my life has gone through in the last year. Living in a new (and not so weather-friendly) location, coping with an extra 30 pounds that I put on in a short space of time, getting ready for this deployment, losing a friend on whom I was preparing to lean heavily on during this deployment, coming to terms with being alone in a strange place for a whole year, a new job of a whole different kind of persuasion … and finally the reality of the deployment itself.
Oh this deployment has floored me in ways that I can’t even begin to describe to you.
Friends have saved me – saved my sanity and saved my emotional state. With their constant nagging and support, I got the help I needed and it seems I am back to my “old self”. Reclusive, WoW- addicted, full of energy for nothing productive and ready to take on the next 5 months.
But I digress…
With the upcoming expansion, I am telling myself that I must find and focus on 2 characters (toons) only. No more of this skipping around amongst alts anymore, it’s time to focus on a goal and actually reach it … dammit! But here’s my problem with that: I am a healer at heart. I do nothing else really well – and I don’t deny that this is probably because I don’t do it for long enough. I always get a hankering after healing and want to either try a new healer or go back to my main healer.
Each expansion has found me starting off with one healer and finishing up with another. This one saw me with 3 healers! No less!
It’s time for that crap to stop!
I am putting my foot down and forcing myself to choose 2 and stick with those 2 until gear-capped or bust.
The warlock and paladin are the obvious choices being they were my first and have been with me the longest. And this whole expansion is all about going back to the beginning, isn’t it? Sort of… However, my warlock has become my fun toon, the one I can just shoot the breeze with and have fun without pressure. I don’t want to spoil that.
It feels like the paladin might be a keeper … she is a fun healer, versatile, tough and Blizzard has bestowed on them the ability to emergency heal like a pro. I am enjoying gearing this pally up and find that no matter what other toon I get on, I yearn to get back on the paladin and heal some more. That’s a good sign.
I think I’ll stick with the hybrids, because I can run with them and gear their main spec up while scarfing whatever leftovers for their off-spec with a view to gearing that next. It’ll provide me with that variety I so crave. So that being said, do I choose the druid or the shaman as my “main alt”?
Being a healer, caster classes are my best fit, I think. Which potentially leaves the paladin’s ret spec as a grinding spec rather than a viable off-spec. That leaves me with needing my alt to provide me the variety I need without leaving my healing behind. Both the druid and the shaman have caster dps specs. Both can be trolls with the upcoming expansion. So which am I going to choose? /sigh
Frankly, I’ve always enjoyed the elemental shaman – over and above the balance druid. Aside from “feeling” a lot less cumbersome due to the immense size of the moonkin form druid, the elemental shaman seems to be a snappier caster now. With the ability to be truly useful – more so than the “boomkin” – with her totems if nothing else.. I rather think that a realm transfer and a faction change is in order for my shaman for December 7. The druid … she can take 3rd place for now.
So – the votes are in: Talie – reborn as Lillithe – shall take the lead; Kamelle reborn as an as yet to be decided name shall shadow her footsteps; Banshie – never to be reborn, ever to carry on as she was begun – shall make potions and provide sweet enjoyment for those days when I’d rather do absolutely nothing else. Faelynn – reborn as Alecksandra – shall wait in the wings for her moment, if and whenever it does arrive. The rest shall moulder – serving where they can but never to take center stage, destined for supporting roles … forever.