Saturday, 3 November 2007

The grind, it beckons :(

So I succumbed. I am now resubscribed to WoW (as of a couple of weeks ago actually). Unfortunately, things move as slowly now as they did before I quit.

The problem is, of course, a lack of utility classes. And by utility classes, I actually mean healers and tanks. Anyone can do damage, but taking hits, and stopping the guy taking hits from falling over takes specialist skills, ones that people don't want to take.

The long and short of this is that groups are the most aggravating things in the world: I've seen feral druids who refuse to go bear, I've grouped with fury warriors who apparently don't own a shield, I've ended up with more shadow priests than I can count. But none of them want to do what their class's archetype is.

This leads me to one of two conclusions.

One: start a new character, who can do one of the above. I actually have filled up all of the character slots on my primary server, but none of them are above level 18, except my mage (and the level 18 is a second mage, go figure).

Two: solo. Less of a plan, but it does mean I can get the ridiculous amounts of gold I need to get my epic plane in a patches time.

I've decided to go with option one, only twice: I am now the proud(ish) owner of a druid. The plan being, that I'll go some kind of feral/restoration hybrid spec that means I can tank reasonably well and heal reasonably well. Maybe not perfectly, and probably needing a good opposite-of-what-I'm-doing in the group to make up for what I'm lacking, but at least I'll get damn groups.

Of course, now is (perhaps) one of the best times to start a new character, what with the patch boosting pretty much everything you could need for the annoying bit leveling coming up for when, roughly, I'll arrive there. Seeing as my three highest level characters across all servers are 70, 45 and 46, the latter two of which are logged out in STV when I got frustrated, it'll be interesting to see how much the patch helps with this new character. Or if I get bored and go back to super-villainy. Either way.

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