Changes Great and Small
As I’m sure you’re keenly aware, the 5.1 patch came out yesterday. I have very mixed feelings (that may be the most commonly used phrase other then “Dear Reader” on this blog) about the whole thing. It shouldn’t, but it bothers me when I skip/miss a whole tier of raiding. No matter how much you hear about visiting old raids, people don’t really do that too often. Additionally, often those retro-raids are not taken very seriously, so you don’t get the original experience as intended. Still, it shouldn’t bother me, right?
I’m pretty excited about the pet battle improvements. A more functional UI, extra information, and more pets all equates to a better experience. I finally capped a pet to level 20 with a couple more at 19, so I’ve made my first foray into the Outlands. I found the Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdom Master Pet Battlers to be pushovers, for the most part, though the nasty attack the blue dragon pet in the Eastern Kingdoms does is a very demoralizing way to start off a battle.
I’m looking forward to upgrade stones in my pet bags, too, though I’m terribly unlucky at things like that (I still haven’t gotten the pet that comes out of the bags). I’m also curious about some of the retro-raid pets, particularly if one drops only (that’s my assumption) or one per player. I’ll find that out soon enough when I step into Molten Core. I am baffled why Kara – the most beloved of raids for most people – was left out of the retro pet rotation; there are plenty of opportunities inside for pets and the master tamer’s just outside. Bizarre.
As for factions, I just hit exalted with the Tillers. As a result, I decided to work on some other reputations, and I began pushing Klaxxi and Golden Lotus up. I’ve found that I can’t drive myself to do tons and tons of dailies without a reason; one faction’s set or two seem to be about all I want. My wife, though, bless her, is chewing through the reps like crazy. She was excited about the new faction – the Shieldwall for allies – and took us there last night to check it out. It was an interesting event, but to be honest I felt like I was in Twilight Highlands all over again. Or Icecrown. Or Shadowmoon Valley. Or Silithus… there just seems to be at least one of these types of “skirmish” territories in each expansion. That’s not really a complaint about the content, though, as TwiHi was one of my favorite Cata zones, but about originality.
I think my uncertainty about my WoW future is what’s driving all of this, though, and there’s a simple solution to that: get certain. I know I need to, as they say, pee or get off the lunchbox (that story will never stop being funny). So I’ll put it out there. I want to raid. I’m looking for a raiding guild for adults – and I mean that – no kids that aren’t directly controlled family members – that has a serious attitude but a schedule that’s realistic for working adults. My “good” guild really split those two lines perfectly, and I hope I can find another.
I was offered by a local friend to join her guild, but she made the mistake of telling me that some of her raiders were pretty hard core and could come off as elitist. ”Sorry,” I said, “I just think I’m past that.” I think I insulted her by accident with the “past that,” but I meant it. I beyond caring that much. You can take something seriously without letting it consume you, and that’s my goal. If I can find that, great. If not, well, I guess I’ll get back on the lunchbox.
In other words, here we go again.
Stubborn (and filled with just enough hope to try this, but just enough dread to not be that excited just yet)