Back to School
I’ve been away for a while. I’ve been enjoying the brief period between when one semester ended and a new one started. I also had to wait until my dear, dear parents came and – more importantly – left. After that, I was free to just sit and vegetate, though what I did probably gives a bad name to vegetables.
I played a lot of computer in that time, and since I wasn’t sitting in front of one with nothing else to do, I wrote very few blogs. Now that school’s back in session, I’d expect to see the three times a week update schedule. I’ve a lot to report both on the WoW front and elsewhere. I’ll try not to cram it all into one post today by limiting myself to one topic at at time.
I suppose for tonight that we’ll discuss WoW, then, dear reader, instead of EYE, Bastion, or Limbo. We’ll cover those in the coming days. In WoW, I’ve made a bit more progress on my toons. I’ve updated Pious, my priest, who hadn’t been played since Cata hit. It shocked me to see him on the loading screen. He was for several years the ugliest dwarf I could coax the character generator into making, but when I transferred him, I changed him into a blood elf and promptly stopped playing him.
Upon loading him up, I was baffled why my stout, ugly beast was instead a tall, blonde Fabio. Frankly, I hate the way he looks now. He was a curmudgeon before, now he’s just an emo playboy. It made me instantly dislike him, though I”m sure once I play a while I’ll get over it.
All I did with him was prepare, though. The rogue I played. Oh did I play her (that sounds bad, but it’s not meant to). I took her from 78 to 82 in three days. It’s not that impressive, I know, when people were leveling from 80 to 85 in less, but I still found myself proud of that jump after having stalled in the 70s for so long.
I finally got to the top of the 75-79 bracket, and I murdered people left and right. At some point, I stopped dying in BGs at all. I had old agility scrolls in my inventory that would last their whole duration. Something clicked and I learned exactly how to fight and when to run. It was beautiful.
On the morning of the first big push, I won something like ten BGs in a row. That was unprecedented for me, and I was aglow, having flown up almost a full level in experience. I was cruising the 79 high. I played a few BGs with my buddy, but he got out of the bracket before I did, so I was mostly on my own.
Then I hit 80.
I go back and look at my complaints about the 75 bracket now and weep with nostalgia; it was a sweet dream compared to now. The 80-84 bracket is a nightmare. The complaints are largely the same, but magnified. I noticed between 80 and 81 that I gained as many hit points as a fully geared vanilla tank – just for leveling up! I would jump mages, do a perfect rotation, and not have them to half life before they killed me. I was keeping up with the gear, too, so that wasn’t it. It’s just another bad bracket.
I noticed in my first three or four BGs that virtually everyone in there was 83 or 84. It quickly became apparent why. On top of that, some crueler PvPs pointed out that my mere existence in the BG was hurting the team. Unfortunately, the more BGs I failed in, the more apparent it became that they were right. There were simply no (or at least very, very few) 80s and 81s in the BGs, so I left.
I leveled to 82 in Hyjal, and that’s when EyE and the other games caught my… uh… attention (I couldn’t bring myself to say eye). I’m probably going to push 83 in a single day in Deepholm, then go back to PvP. I’m disappointed I couldn’t see the whole pvp leveling through, but I stuck out the low 75 bracket; I couldn’t bring myself to push through the low 80 one as well, not when so much cheap xp was out there in Hyjal, just waiting for me to come and get it.
I’m going to do a summary of the whole experience when I’m done, but as a little preview, I’ll say that I’ve really enjoyed leveling this way, which surprises me a bit. I learned early on that if I’m was feeling frustrated, it was best just to go do something else. Having an endless supply of time (well, not endless, but until the next expansion) was very liberating because I could just put the rogue on hold, and it made PvP palatable. I’d play until I lost a few and was getting frustrated and stop; on some days that may have been two bad losses back to back, on others it may have been three or four hours.
I also played enough that I was able to recognize some of the other folks leveling in PvP. There was one mage who was low level who was a MASTER at ninjaing bases in Arathi Basin. Not being able to truly stealth, I still don’t know how he did it, just that in battle after battle he was where he needed to be when no one else was around. He was at the bottom of the tier, too, so it wasn’t just that he was wiping out the competition; he was just good. It got to the point that I’d call him out for his good playing every time I saw him. While that kind of positive support never really caught on, I did high five a lot of people who mae awesome plays, and once in a while I saw others high fiving, but I don’t think they’ll be a lasting effect. It was nice while it lasted, though, to have that little bit of positive reinforcement.
At any rate, I’m glad to be back; I have so much to tell you about, dear reader, that I should be chock full for a month (mistyped there the first time – good thing I caught it in editing).
Stubborn (back and ready to faceroll).