I’m not going to lie and pretend I’m only testing the waters with WoW anymore. Based on the time I’ve put into the game these past few days its pretty clear I’m fully back in it. While I did not spend more time playing MMOs, WoW did take up all of that time. If anything my approach of doing whatever the hell I feel like doing is paying off big time.
So what have I been up to? A lot actually. I’ve started leveling a troll shaman from the ground up to see what that class was about. In close to six years playing its one of the few classes I had never taken above level 5. I’m now standing at level 16 and so far it’s been great fun. I love the totem/shock mechanic and all the options I have.
But I was ignoring what my black heart was calling for. In a dark corner my death knigth was looking at me and bidding his time. Knowing at some point I’d cave in to the promess of untold power and eternal life. Before I stopped playing I loved my DK. Of all the things I don’t like about WoW and caused me to quit my DK was not one of them. I love tanking with it and I just plain enjoy the class. Just like Larisa the mage and other players who stick with one class, death knight is my class and I’d have trouble seeing myself not playing one.
But the main lure that dragged me back to playing him was having a level 80. While my shaman is fun, he doesn’t have a lot of options when it comes to meeting people. Most people at that level are rushing through the levels and the low-level guilds have always been unreliable at best and more often than not, nests of griefers and clueless players. Yes, I want to meet people but I don’t want to boost everyone up either. In that way my DK offered me more opportunity to meet new people.
Kaozz had offered when I transferred my DK to join up with her guild. I was interested but I wasn’t sure if I’d stick with WoW and I wasn’t sure they needed an extra tank. So while the offer was on the table I was playing hard to get, not saying no but not saying yes either. Yesterday an opportunity presented itself. Kaozz guild was going to head to Ruby Sanctum and they needed a tank. I told Kaozz I’d do it since it would be a good opportunity for me to see if I could stomach raiding again and also for me to check out the guild before taking a decision.
So the raid went rather okay. We didn’t down Hallion but we had the fight pretty much unde control and only needed dps to be more aware of the twilight cutter. We wiped a lot but people remained calm wich was something I was looking for. How would they behave when there’s a difficult raid. The big thing that impressed me however is that the raid leader did put his pants on. He called names when they needed to be called and threatened some members with getting their act together or he’d replace them. That, for me, is an excellent sign of a healthy raid environment. It might not look super friendly at first but having people accountable is for the better in the long run.
In many ways I was happy we didn’t manage to down the boss, hard raids are way more telling of a guild character than a successful, easy raid. Toward the end of the night I decided to stop playing hard to get and joined up with her guild. I must have made an impression because I got asked right away if I’d be on hand to tank later during the week. Told them I didn’t know for now but its fun to know your wanted.