Motivation and Preparation

Alright, time to get serious.

Blizzard has announced the release date of the expansion a couple of days (or has it been weeks already?) ago and it looks like I was right on the money. We will be seeing an unusually late release date, after Blizzcon, which means three more months of Patch 5.4 with the Siege of Orgrimmar raid, making it one of the longest (if not the longest, I haven’t checked) final raid tiers at 14 months.

 

I also reactivated my subscription, after my longest break since the game launched in 2005. “Why now and not when the addon is released?” you might ask? It’s a little bit complicated and the result of a number of factors. I want to be adequately motivated for the expansion, to avoid early burnout in an expansion that has the potential to be actually really good for a change.

So to avoid getting sick and tired of the game too soon, I’ve got to prepare a little bit. First and foremost, I don’t see myself playing the rogue exclusively through an entire expansion like I did with Mists of Pandaria. I like my combat rogue, don’t get me wrong, I’ve been playing that same character for about 9 years now and I’m not going to stop any time soon. But I also really, really like healing on a holy priest and I’d also give tanking another shot, because in all these years I never managed to get a tank to the current max level.  So where’s the problem?

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What to do in Warlords? Casual vs Hardcore

The new raid modes. I like it!

 

Right now I’m contemplating how I will tackle the new expansion. Unfortunately what I -want- to do, isn’t necessarily what I’m -able- to do.

The problem is, that Blizzard seems to think that people who don’t play a lot (or are unable to play a lot) aren’t interested in a challenging environment and make all PvE gameplay that involves character progression and challenge somewhat time consuming. I don’t want to say Blizzard thinks most of their players are idiots, but it seems like they do.

I don’t have a lot of time, but I want what little time I have to be enjoyable. Running through trivial content isn’t necessarily fun for me, but if I don’t have any other choice, I try to play as good as I possibly can, even if it’s total overkill to reforge, gem and enchant blue gear and use flasks in 5 man heroics. If I can’t compete against the content, I can at least compete against myself, trying to improve my dps, reduce my mistakes and speed up the dungeon by apparently being the only one who does dps on trash. And it’s always a pleasure to see a lazy damage dealer upping his game after he got beaten by someone with much worse gear. Doesn’t happen a lot though. 😉

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Soon…

Today Blizzard announced that they will announce the release date for the new World of Warcraft expansion “Warlords of Draenor” on August the 14th.

Now, judging from the previous announcements, the new expansion will most likely be released in mid October.

TBC was announced on November 6th, 2006 and the release was on January 16th, 2007. WotLK release was on November 13th, 2008, with the release date announced at September 15, 2008. Two months earlier. Same goes for Cataclysm. Announcement on October 4th, 2010 and released on December 7th. Mists of Pandaria? July 25th 2012 announced and September 25th 2012 released.

The only thing that could make Blizzard diverge from their usual 2 month plan could be Blizzcon. In 2012, there was no Blizzcon. In 2010, the expansion was released over a month after Blizzcon. 2008? Addon release one month after Blizzcon. On January 2007, Blizzcon was nowhere near the release of the addon.

But 2014? Blizzcon is on November 7th to 8th, which would be a few weeks after the release of the addon. See a problem here? After an expansion gets released, the race for World Firsts is on, with all the top guilds competing against each other.  Do you know who’s often attending Blizzcon to meet up and even participate in official events by Blizzard? Top Guilds or at least players from these guilds.

So I suspect the addon release being pushed back to mid or late November, but we’ll know soon enough. Personally I don’t care either way.

 

In other news: I’ll be reactivating this blog and my WoW account pretty soon.

After Wildstar has been somewhat lacking (but with a couple of very very good aspects) and the latest TSW expansion, which I was looking forward to for ages, has unfortunately been really disappointing, I’m giving WoW a last shot. If the expansion ends up being surprisingly good, great, WoW has been a great game and I’d love to have fun in Azeroth again. If it doesnt, no matter, I’ve got enough other (single player) games to finish 😉

I’ve actually made a fairly detailed plan on what I want to do once I reactivate my account for the expansion. I’ve set myself a number of goals and restrictions/challenges to try and stay positive and motivated without burning out, which I’ll be talking about in the next blog post that’s going to be coming pretty soon.

 

Just a small update on the way the blog will be operating:

I’ve completely disabled comments, sorry folks. Even with almost a year without updates and various changes to spam prevention addons etc. I’ve constantly been getting spammed and it’s just not worth it for now. Unfortunately this webspace has outdated SQL/PHP versions and I can’t use the latest WordPress release, which might have some better anti-spam options available. Maybe when I move to a more recent webspace I’ll look into the matter again, but for now, comments stay disabled.

 

That’s it for today, see you next week!