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Pre-Patch Blahs and a Random Boss Encounter

March 7, 2009

I’ve been having a sort of off week with the game it seems, something that I’m dubbing the Pre-Patch Blahs. I’ll go into this a bit more in a moment, but first I want to talk about this:

Screw Loot, Screencaps are Forever

Screw Loot, Screencaps are Forever

Yep, thats Lae fwooshing around on her Drake while her friends in Catalyst were passing out loot from their first Maly-25 downing.

I had just finished my Naxx-25 run with GP and was standing around chatting with guildies a bit when my good friend Hid asked me to come help his guild out. I didn’t -really- want to. I had a huge headache from Naxx and I’m really not a fan of the Malygos encounter. But I figured what the hell, might as well help out a friend and some other good people.

We went in and I instantly started to get nervous… which is odd for me because raiding so far in Wrath has been somewhat of a second nature to me. However I knew that I sort of well… fail… at the drake phase. Not to mention these aren’t just a bunch of newbs in a pug either, these are good players. I had filled in on Maly-10 with them before, but it didn’t go very far at all. I thought this was going to be another one of those nights but alas it wasn’t. We had some bad luck on the 1st and 2nd attempts, but the 3rd attempt went pretty good. I didn’t even die on the drake phase, though I had a bit of a shakey start getting my bearings on everything when the phase first started. I totally wasn’t expecting to ever do Maly-25 and I definately wasn’t expecting to do it that night. I’m so glad I went.

No Pally loot dropped but thats cool. I really was just glad to have helped out and to also get the achievement. Now I just need to run a couple heroics for my Frozen Wastes title, Utgarde Pinnacle, Halls of Stone, Halls of Lightening and Ahnkahet. Oh yeah, not in a hurry to do any of those. I’m kinda waiting around to do it with the guild anyway and not a lot of people have been on lately.

I seem to not be on when the rest of the guild is though, namely due to another insomnia binge making my schedule out of wack, but also due to my Pre-Patch Blahs.

In my downtime between raids it just seems like there is nothing for me to do. I sign on and stare at my paladin, wondering what there is I could be doing. I usually end up pugging the few raids I don’t save myself for on both Heroic and Normal modes but honestly I can do most of that in a day if I try hard enough. So I figured I’d try focusing on other toons.

I finally leveled Mari (my DK) to 58 so she could go play in the real world. I had a couple decent RP experiences on her, but they were with the same people I used to RP with on Lae. If I really want to get new RP experiences I realize I’m going to have to devote some time to just standing around and waiting for it to happen. I tried this for awhile but it quickly lost its luster. Again this has a lot to do with my play times.

Then there is my little mage, Saria. She’s got about 1/2 a bar until 70. Honestly though I just can’t force myself to level her. I think a lot of it is the fact that I don’t enjoy Frost. I had read that Critical QQ has been doing some thinking on the possibility of leveling as Arcane. I might give that a try, because I did have the most fun on my mage as AM spec, but then what? Another month or so of excruciating quest grinding, making my way to 80 to run a bunch of Heroics and try to pug even more raids. I just did that on my Paladin, I’m not really in a hurry to do it all over again.

I started to think that maybe I just needed a new MMO all together. A friend of mine started playing EverQuest 2 so I joined him a bit. I liked the character creation and while the game-play was almost a carbon-copy of WoW, it just didn’t appeal to me for some reason. It has a more realistic look, which in turn just looked kinda crappy to me. Everything was so dark too. Their maps were horrible also, nothing was clearly labeled. So after about 2 hours or so I gave up on it.

I had been hearing about this free MMO that was considered one of the top 5 MMOs out there right now, Perfect World. It also had really nice character customization and an interesting set of classes and races. I was all excited to start playing until I got in game. The movement of the game was just horrible. You pretty much had to point and click your way around. The playstyle all around was just bad. I didn’t even really bother with it other than a few minutes. It was about that time that I realized I was trying to find something better than what has already been declared #1. I uninstalled Perfect World immediately and gave up on my search for another MMO.

I’m not the only person who I know is going through this. I’ve talked to some other people and they feel the exact same way. They raid like theyre supposed to but as soon as their raid times end they just log out because theres nothing else to do. These are the same people who share a love of achievements with me and they share my same sentiments on that whole matter as well. They’ve had their fill of grinding out rep or quests and they’ve done all the other achievements that were a bit more easily obtained. Its not that we’re tired of WoW, we’re just tired of the current content already. Lets face it. We got 4 new raids but really the only lengthy one is Naxx and while I love that they reintroduced this dungeon, its not exactly new. Aside from the “hard-modes” the rest of the content isn’t exactly taxing either.

There are those people who easily made it to 80 within a few weeks and were raiding Naxx within a month of the release of Wrath. In the time between raids there were still Achievements to do and Holidays to engage in, of course up until mid-Feb where there were no more Holidays scheduled for 2 months. Now that Wrath has been out for 4 months, it feels much like those few months before the expansion was released. The feeling that you’ve done it all and aren’t willing to do it all again on another toon.

Its just a dry spell, but it seems like there is no end in sight to it (even though there obviously is). I can only hope that there is enough content in 3.1 to keep this from happening all over again, but about the time the patch is scheduled to come out the Holidays will be picking up again as well.

So I’m holding out for April and for the next few weeks have been enjoying some time outside of WoW, watching bad Tv, reading a little and doing other things online. So if my blogs start becoming a bit sparse you know why.

I could make some posts about all the exciting new things coming up for Holy Pallies, but oh wait, theyre not even really doing anything with our class. The few changes I’ve read have been nerfs, but not even exciting nerfs. Its like “Oh they’re taking that out? That kinda sucks… oh well though!”

My plan for now is to continue with my normal raiding schedule and hope I don’t run out of Tv Boxsets before the patch comes.

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3 comments

  1. I’ve heard that a lot of people are Truely bored with the content atm. Fulguralis & I have been taking our time on the “new” content to spread it out. It’s funny though, the moment that I find myself in a “bored” state, I try something new & find it absolutely exciting đŸ™‚

    Over the past few weeks, Ful & I have been trying our hand at PvP BGs. It is a nice change of pace from questing, grinding, etc. etc. I know that a lot of people arent fans of PvP, but I suggest everyone try it out a few times.

    I also find that doing research on something in the game be it Achievements, a new class, or something horribly random, sparks my interest. This inspired me to roll a BM hunter and see how she does in the 20-29 PvP bracket because I’ve heard they can, pretty much, faceroll other players to death.

    heck, if you feel burned out & bored, Respec your pally to DPS or Tanking and run some heroics in a different position.

    Anyways, there are a ton of things out there that can bring new light to this 4 year old game.

    Good luck!


  2. I’m in the same boat where I’m unmotivated to really do anything. I’ve put a lot of work in to my Shadowpriest and having to do that all over again on an alt doesn’t sound like much fun. No one in the guild wants to do Malygos so we have all the current raid content aside from him on farm and 90% of the loot gets DE’d. None of us have any reason to run heroics.. so we’re just all bored until Ulduar. I’ve heard it was more difficult than Naxx so at least we’ll have something to do every weekend again.. but what about the other 5 days?


  3. My guild on Alliance is just now going to start getting into OS and VoA runs before making a final push into Naxxramas. Probably has to do with the fact that we’re mainly RP motivated, however. Though the progression for us is going faster then it did for burning Crusade. We’re going to focus mainly on fun 10 man content. I don’t even know if we’ll care enough to get into 25 man when we don’t have the numbers and most of us avoid PUGs wherever possible.



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