At its most potent I played WoW for 5 years straight, from launch (2004) to about the start of the Lich King (2009), then I managed to kick the habit. I’m not sure why but I believe it had something to do with the grind and a realisation that I no longer had 20 hours a day to collect fish eyes, or something.
My routine now with WoW is to join about 3 months before the release of an expansion pack. I role a new character, my latest was a Death knight so this gave me the boost of being level 55, but thats not much of an achievement these days. You can basically smash your head on the keyboard and your level 80.
(I also took the instant boost to 90, a clever strategy by Blizzard to get people back into the game.)
Before my DK I rolled a Dwarf warrior and played the game from start all the way up to level 90 just before the latest expansion – Warlords of Draenor, and before that it was a Priest which i had from my previous 5 year stint.
Why jump into a game 3 months before all your new gear becomes obsolete and you have to start all over again?
Near the end of an expansion all the hardcore veteran players have figured out everything about the game, all the grinding is pretty much none existent, all the dungeons and the Raids are open and epic gear falls from the sky like candy and the game has no challenging aspects.
The no challenge aspect must seem strange to some people. I am happy with this way of playing when it comes to MMO’s, I see them as a way to switch off and relax. So for me, i’m just happy to take in the story and the scenery.
Unless you role a tank it’s fairly easy to show up for things knowing just the basics. Playing a DPS role would be the perfect option for this type of gameplay. Generally speaking its very easy to play a DPS character, all you have to do is listen to the tank and hit what your told to hit.
Don’t be that guy everyone needs who fucks off every 5mins or has no idea a healer is being face fucked by an ogre hammer.
Random Raid groups are designed for this type of gameplay, and for someone like me its perfect because I have no time to worry about showing up at 8 every night and being silently judged if i don’t choose to piss in a cup next to my computer, rather than declaring ‘bio break’. I show up and if i need to do something I drop out, which brings me back to one of my other points. Don’t play a Tank. Don’t be that guy everyone needs who fucks off every 5 mins or has no idea a healer is being face-fucked by an ogre hammer, just no – Get in the sea.
Can I play a healer?
I would also say no to this idea, again for the same reasons as a tank. However you can get away with it more. Most healers at this level will show up draped in the most glorious of armours and fine jewels. They can handle all the heavy shit and probably wont notice the absence of one of the 6 healers in the group, and they are also easier to replace than tanks.
(My favourite class is priest and I never got on with shadow so I do the odd raid as a healer but only when i’m sure i wont get disturbed.)
Having an off-spec which allows for healing is also a good way to get into raids and dungeons with out hours of waiting, and thanks to ‘dynamic’ gear you no longer need a wardrobe of crap to change spec.
Its not like it use to be…
No its not, and for me this is a good thing. If your still a hardcore player you have all the higher level Raids where you cant have ‘Mr or Mrs Shit Casual’ show up and ask you what the red stuff he/shes’s standing in means. You can have your fellow bros and you can piss in a cup next to your computer, and when you finally kill [insert-demon-name] you can have slightly different coloured armour to everyone else and be like… fuck yeah.
I miss vanilla sometimes :'( .
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