I’m done for now. I’m not excited about Cataclysm. I’m having trouble finding the interest to read even the well written WoW blog posts in my feed reader. So i’m officially out.
This post started writing itself pretty much as soon as we killed Lich King 10 and my guild started disintegrating. I initially put if off as end-of-expansion-blues, but as the Ice Crown buff stacked higher and higher and I played around with alts and PUGing I started to realise I just wasn’t enjoying the game anymore.
My priorities are changing. I need more family time which leaves little time to raid. In hindsight I feel even raiding three nights a week (i’ve raided regularly four nights and up to six for short periods) really is a waste of time in the grand scheme of things. Sorry if you raid and see this as a personal attack. It’s not intended that way. I look back on all the cool raiding I did over the last three years and its great, but then I look at the time I spent doing this and realise there are so many alternatives which would have been more valuable long-term. I suppose the time investment compared to the reward isn’t really that high in my opinion. Not because raiding isn’t fun, but because of the sheer magnitude of time required to be competitive at a high level (high level is relative of course).
Having said that all of the highlights have been raiding ones. Lich King 10 (10% buff) and Putricide 25 (5% buff) kills were both up there. Putricide 25 man is one of the best fights of the expansion, probably only pipped at the post by Mimiron 25. Algalon 10 (I never did 25 man) felt epic even in tier 9/tier 10 gear. A few bugs in this fight are all that stop it from being one of the best. Ulduar generally was the pick of the raids in my opinion.
I currently have 4 level 80′s and little interest in leveling another alt as the questing is rather stale. I enjoy the leveling part of games and not being interested in this aspect in WoW really diminishes its hold on me.
I have little social attachment to WoW, primarily due to me chasing ‘high-end’ raiding guilds, which are general more professional (kinda like a job) than social. I didn’t realise this was an issue at the time but now i’m reflecting on what I want out of my game time having fun with friends is definently part of it.
I know i’m respected for my priest theorycrafting but to be honest I’m a bit over the min/maxing of WoW. It really hit home when I found myself commenting on the guild forum that a guild applicants lack of a crafting profession was a black mark for their application. Later I realised how stupid this is.
Lack of crafting profession = loss of about 50 spell power. Compared to the 3000+ spell power priests are packing this is less than a 2% loss and means their healing spells land for about 50 less health. When spells are landing for 8 or 10 thousand, 50 is small potatoes. I love the challenge of theorycrafting, but i’m increasingly doubting the value of it.
On a personal level my mind keeps seeing WoW in the same terms as EverQuest and Lineage. I.e. historically rather than as a going concern. My subconscious has already quit WoW.
I didn’t realise how bored I was with the WoW easy crafting system until I tried crafting in other games again. I’ve picked up Lord of the Rings Online and crafting is fun again.
I think the reworking of priests and the introduction of Chakra and Archangel are decent changes and will make priesting generally more fun. Just not fun enough to hold me.
Gear equalled achievement when I started (end of Burning Crusade). Gear showed how far you had progressed in the end game. Now gear is nearly completely devalued as a sign of achievement. It’s now a fairly accessible tool for …. what? If everyone can access all the end-game content and everyone can access almost all the gear, what is the gear a tool for achieving? Getting a new achievement for 10 achievement points?
I suppose the achievement thing is the crux of the issue in some ways. As I have said before I like achieveing hard things. Other than some of the harder raid bosses on heroic setting I don’t feel there is really much for me to achieve in this game anymore. Sadly i’m not that interested in doing the same bosses in heroic mode. It kinda meets my need for achievement but frankly its kinda boring doing the same bosses again with harder but otherwise very similar mechanics.
Perhaps i’m expecting too much.
I could never get into the lore of WoW. Not sure why. Maybe it was the transfer of the WoW-verse from real-time strategy world, where I wasn’t really that attached to the storyline, to massively multiplayer online game world that did it, or rather didn’t do it for me. Then again I was never really into the lore side of Guild Wars, even though I role played more in that game. /shrugs
To be honest it’s hard for me to fair to WoW re:lore as i’ve just started playing Lord of the Rings online and I’m a huge Tolkien fan. So I won’t go on about the it.
That will do. Wow is a great game. An iconic game. But probably past its prime now IMHO.
Thanks to all those who have read and enjoyed my posts over the last couple of years. A special thanks to those that have posted intelligent comments on this blog and who have already posted their support for me on some of my previous posts.
Where to next? I’m not sure. I’ll leave the blog up. I’m playing LotRO ATM and there are very few bloggers talking about that game, so maybe i’ll start blogging about that. Maybe not. I started blogging when I was under-employed at work. Now i’m not working and sitting in front of a computer 8 hours a day i’m finding it harder to make the time to blog, especially with the restricted free time. So who knows?
Anyway… Enjoy your game.