Thursday, December 10, 2009

Death to the Lich King

Death is the main thing I was hoping to get with the 3.3 patch.

I really want to see the Lich King fall and kudos to Blizzard for helping make this my most anticipated raid.
They did a good job of mixing Arthas into the main storyline in quests and instances and now I actually want to see him get his just deserts.

Leveling up through the Burning Crusade, I didn't really notice that Illidan existed. Sure, I had basic knowledge of him, but he really didn't mean anything to me and I didn't feel compelled to visit the Black Temple. Maybe I was just brain washed by his "You are not prepared" line. Fact is, I wasn't prepared until Lich King came out but now the only reason to go is for an achievement.

But with Arthas, I will be very pleased to see him die. Not just for my main, who had to deal with the Lich King's shenanigans through various quests, but also for the death knight I made when I first purchased the expansion. I really enjoyed that storyline, but it did give me reason to hate Arthas.

Through my DK's rebellion and quests Morkk did while leveling to 80, I learned a lot about the Lich King. He is evil and deserves to die.

My main problem now is gear. I haven't been too interested in high-end raiding, so my gear hasn't kept up. It's fine for Ulduar, but we're talking about the Lich King now. Now, I think I should gotten into higher raids just to be ready. Luckily, I have the 5-man instance to help my gear out (and find another reason to dislike the King, from the sounds of it.)

Similarly, I'm not worried about the gear that Arthas will drop. I just want to see the final stages of his storyline, making this raid important to me.

So why do you want to see Icecrown Citadel? Are you just looking for gear or do you feel he deserves to die?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

No 3.3 patch for me.

Whew, I missed the bullet on this one.

Patch 3.3 came out and I can just imagine the chaos. In my experience from previous patches, patch day pretty much guarantees nothing will get done that day. On previous patches, I usually wait for a day or two before trying to accomplish anything in game. Instances get locked, Dalaran slows down to a single-frame picture and I can't even talk to the auction house staff.

This time, I have an even better excuse. My account is expired so I won't have to deal with the patch day blues. By the time I reactivate, everything should have smoothed out and I will be in good shape.

Granted, I am looking forward to accessing the patch.

The main things I want to see are the death of the Lich King (which won't be for a while anyway) and 20 minute reincarnations. I think the other totem changes for shamen will be nice, but the lower cooldown on reincarnate makes me smile.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

My Space Goat

This blog is going to focus on the World of Warcraft from the perspective of an average player.

I started playing during The Burning Crusade so I'm not an original player, but I didn't start yesterday. I haven't done enough raiding or arenas to be a jaded elitist, but I don't consider myself a complete n00b.

My original character was a human paladin, but he went to the wayside when I started my draenei shaman named Morkk on the Dalaran server. I leveled in the restoration tree (stop laughing) with my wife, a draenei protection paladin named Mindey.

From the time I started, I knew I wanted to be a healer and, for me, the best way to learn was by using that abilities and talents in fights while leveling. In case no one noticed, the game doesn't offer much in the way of healer training.

So, it took longer to level, but we had fun doing it and I learned enough about healing to prevent my first foray into a high-level dungeon (70 at the time) from being a complete fail.

I geared up a bit and went into Karazhan a couple times with my guild, Stronghold, but raiding lost some of its luster when the Wrath of the Lich King was announced.

With Lich King, we again took our time leveling and I eventually got enough gear to head into Naxxaramas with the guild. Some of them had been in the original instance, so they could offer strategy and other advice. It was all new to me since I skipped over the level 60 raids and I didn't do much at 70.

Between work and family obligations, I don't raid regularly, but I enjoy it when I have the time. I haven't been to the top tier areas, but maybe someday.