Last night I joined in the continuation of our Ulduar10 run. We got Auriaya down with relative ease and moved on to Iron Council. I don’t know enough about the tanking mechanics there, but that fight sucks!
We were able to get Steelbreaker down fairly quickly. We were even able to get Molgeim down as well, but Brundir is a bitch! Our DK couldn’t interrupt him often enough and was unable to move him out of the blue circles which basically wiped the raid. Again and again. Frustrating, but we made progress again this week. So I’m happy. Especially since this time I was able to heal alot better and keep my mana pool up through Steelbreaker and get it back up to around 80% afterwards. Time to seriously think about breaking my 4-set tier-7 bonus giving me a 5% reduction to Holy Light.
We moved on to Hodir and although it was thought we wouldn’t do well, I think that fight is actually easier than Iron Council. At first it was frustrating because none of us had read up on the strats and we were thoroughly unprepared. So much was going on during the fight that the quick explanation before the pull meant absolutely jack!
“Watch out for snowflakes falling! That’s where the icicles will drop!” Dude, if you can see snowflakes in an ice filled cavern with flashing warnings, blue circles, dropping icicles, etc. then you have a way more powerful video card than I!
“Right before he freezes run on top of the snowmound!” WTF DOES A SNOWMOUND LOOK LIKE?!
Seriously, from a holy pally perspective not knowing what I was getting into, my reaction time was slow and awful. First, too much on my screen to watch. The cavern’s small enough that the camera sorta wigs out on me when I pan out. I like to pan out and see everything. Screw seeing my toon up close! Cleanse, heal, cleanse, heal, cleanse, heal, frozen, OMG THIS IS KERISTRASZA ON FEL STEROIDS!!!
As it turns out, the snowflakes falling are actually just snowflake shaped circles on the ground. The way it was described I was expecting white snowflakes to descend from the ceiling. That is the definition of “falling”, isn’t it? Damn it, where’s my dictionary?!
The snowmounds actually do look like snowmounds, but they are marked by two larger snowflake circles on the ground until the icicles drop. At that point they form white snowmounds, but by the time you really see those you’re already frozen. Tankspot videos FTW!
Anyway, once I figured out what was really going on it was pretty easy. Now we just need DPS to stay alive and that boss is cake!
So I’m happy. We’re making progress. Sure I spent nearly 3 hours only downing one boss, but I spent 3 hours nearly downing 2 others. I learned something and had fun in the process, sorta.
Raiding overall is starting to drag. We’ve all followed the bloggers out there that are hanging up their epics and calling it quits. Even I didn’t really want to go on last night’s raid. Call it burnout or whatever, but I went and although it was fun it wasn’t as much fun as I had hoped. I think that was more an effect of the tone of the raid more than any actual raiding issues. FYI, frustrated raid leaders a fun raid do not make. Kudos to Amber ’cause at one point I thought she was going to lose it. 😀
Actually raiding overall has lost a lot of it’s appeal in recents months. As much as I didn’t really like BC, I didn’t really know any better either so it was still fun. One of the things I really enjoyed most back then and looking back was the difficulty level.
Remember hitting 70 and thinking what next? Heroics of course! I don’t know about you, but it took me and a group of friends a couple of months running Slave Pens to gear up enough to try the harder ones. Then it was a couple of more months before we could even seriously attempt Karazahn because first we needed the key and EVERY SINGLE TOON had to have it!! Then once inside, a four hour run only getting Attumen down and several awful attempts at Moroes was considered a good night AND a crapload of fun to boot!
Raiding was epic back then. Heroics were heroics, but compared to now they were epic! Three hour Slave Pen runs, anyone? I still wake up in cold sweats from nightmares about Shadow Labs. DIAF Murmur!!! (Still the only reason I’m not exalted with Lower City yet. That will change you bastard!)
Now I hit 80 on alts, try to get into heroics and nobody is running them because they can all find groups to take them to Naxx where they’ll most likely gear up in a single evening. I don’t even want to attempt to pug Naxx, as easy as it is, I don’t want to put up with the “you’re undergeared” bullshit. B
ut I don’t want to spend thousands of gold either gearing up to go when I’ll just replace more than half of it in a single night. So I’m caught in between. And it’s frustrating as hell. I want to gear up the normal way. Step by step. I don’t want to skip major steps. I want progression! (Either that or my guild to carry my sorry ass through Naxx a few times! :D)
I want my old heroics and raids back! I never got to see Sunwell, but I don’t care! It was a goal! I only got to see Black Temple because of the nerf before 3.0. Which leads me to a solution:
Blizzard. Bring back hard heroics. Bring back hard raids. When you introduce the next content, nerf the hell out of the old stuff! It’ll keep the hardcore raiders happy at least until you nerf it. At that point they’ll whine and complain, but if they don’t you’re not doing it right.
You want me to see all that content? Fine. Make it hard. Make it worth shooting for. When I’ve exhausted all my options and can’t get there and new stuff is on the horizon, nerf it so I can get in there. Just make me work for it. Don’t hand it to me on a platter! Where’s the fun in that?! There’s no more boring a game than one without challenge. Give me a challenge dammit!
So Quit Already!
So why not quit the game already? I love raiding. I love the challenge. Take away the challenge and it isn’t fun. So ‘fortunately I’ve found other fun things to do.
Preamus and I ran several 2v2 matches before our raid last night. We actually went 8/8 at one point and were so close to Hot Streak! It’s amazing how much fun PvP can be when you can hold your own. We won more matches than lost so that’s a plus.
My AH experiment is going well. It’s getting addicting and I’m having fun with it. I’m almost to 20k gold and ready to start scaling back, but I think I’ll go through till the end of the month. At that point I’ll probably spend less time working at it and do something else.
I’ve got 7 more alts that aren’t yet 80 on this server. I’m determined to level my lock and baby pally. Having fun with both. Also wouldn’t mind getting my DK up to 80 so I can finish leveling tailoring and do something with that profession.
Bottom line, I want to have fun. I don’t care what I do, as long as it’s fun. My version of fun might not be yours, but I’d advise you to find more than just one thing that’s fun in game. For me that one thing was raiding. That was a mistake. Once it reached a point where it wasn’t any fun, I almost quit. But now the game is enjoyable again.
I guess the point is there’s more to WoW than raiding. What else is there for you?