The last month, between what seems like weekly trips to the doctor and the news that Hellfire Citadel is the last raid for Warlords of Draenor, I’ve been pretty lacking in motivation to play. It was disappointing. 6.2 and the expansion is done? Not even a year in to it?
I realize a lot of people get really upset that the expansions last too long, but man, this one just seemed like it fell on its face. It was actually pretty promising, but it felt like the story just fizzled out. Nothing new really was added. And yes, while my raid group is struggling to do any type of current content, having Mythic Raiding guilds clearing the new content within 10-14 days? Seems a little lackluster to me.
The bonus weekends are interesting and Timewalking is appealing to me because some of those old dungeons, they really made them difficult and interesting. Course it also means I’m getting booted out of groups because I can’t spam heals to an entire group to keep everyone alive because the DPS is insistent on pulling everything in the room instead of letting tanks make the calls and pulls. (This is now a running joke, because the same group told me I wasn’t supposed to use Hots. Who would have thought, I’ve been playing my druid all wrong this whole time!)
But seriously, I’ve just kind of become Meh with the whole thing. I miss new content. Unlike a lot of people, I really enjoyed Cataclysm. I liked the progression of zones and the phasing. I liked them adding in new Dungeons and a bit of a story at the end of the expansion. I also really liked the Isle of Thunder in Mists of Pandaria where we had content released in batches and it dragged it out a bit. Gave us something to do and build up to. Even the us casual players could participate in the build up.
Now, we’re just kind of being chopped out. Once we complete the content that’s there, that’s it. We don’t get anything else. Using LFR? Well, you’re going to have to wait week by week to see it, even though Blizzard released all of it for the raiders that are clearing content and they might have made it easy enough for Mythic guilds to clear it within 2 weeks.
Truthfully, part of my frustration is coming from our own raid group. I love all of them, but we’re so unbalanced between ranged and melee, and we still have plenty of people that aren’t pulling their own weight or getting any better week to week. And then a bunch of people that had stopped coming for one reason or another just decided to pop up and get the Blackhand kill when we got to him. I wanted to go nuclear on them for just riding coat tails at that point.
I’m also really tired of saying the same things week after week (“Stay out of the bad stuff on the ground. Stop casting and move!”) and the same people just ignoring it and wondering why they die. There’s also a few that have started to join us that like telling others how to play or what to do and I’m still telling them, “Hey, you need to pay attention and move…oh you’re dead. Wonder why?” while they’re busy telling me how and who to battle rez. I’m becoming a disgruntled Druid. More so than usual. It’s making me burn out pretty quick.
So yeah, I’ve been away from the game for a bit because it hasn’t been too much fun lately.
But I started back up with the Horde Druid again. With the help of a buddy, I pushed through the Outland content and hit 70 this weekend. I’m still completely over leveling, but I’m trying to make up for that by really looking into the Horde’s story from Wrath of the Lich King on. Don’t think I ever did Howling Fjord, so I started there.
Forsaken. Crazy mo’fo’s I tell ya!
I mean, I always knew, but seriously. This is a bit different seeing the originations of the blight which I’m certain is leading up to the Wrath Gate. (I’m getting close…I think.)
So the story is drawing me back a little bit, so that’s good. Hopefully I won’t let her sit for another month like I did when I hit 60.
The differences in the coloration in spells/armor, like Incarnation: King of the Jungle and the Stormcrow. I cannot wait until I get epic flying because I’ve always like the Tauren’s epic flight form. That and I won’t be so bloody slow going every where. 🙂
Until then, I’m kind of happily plodding along.