This is my first Blog Azeroth shared topic. It sounded like a fun one to do, and like I’ve been saying in my last couple posts I need to post more, so now you get to suffer through my answers. Aren’t you lucky?
What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Serious raiding. I started playing wow in January of 2008, and didn’t get Ollyn to 70 until a couple months before Wrath came out. When I hit 70, I joined the guild that one of my friends was raiding in. They were working on Sunwell, but would occasionally go back and do Gruul’s Lair to try and get the Dragonspine Trophy for my friend’s rogue. They were nice enough as a T6 guild to take little old me (including when I was only 65 since that’s the minimum level) and carry me through the content so I could get some nice gear. Sure, I pugged Mag’s Lair once and went on a Kara alt run, but that was it for raiding for me.
Once wrath came out and I switched back to working on my warlock, got him to 80 and started raiding Naxx, I got to see what it was like to actually raid and not be carried. Some people may say how dumbed down some of the wrath content is, but to me, this is my only real experience with raiding, so I found it challenging (sometimes more so than other times) and fun. Especially our Ulduar 10 progression team.
What was your favorite new place that you visited?
It would have to be Ulduar. The lore behind it, coupled with the amazing architecture of the zone is just breath taking and beautiful to me. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it, but the thing that got me really hooked into WoW was the lore behind it. Sure, I like the game play and the fact that I have friends that play too, but there is just so much interesting lore behind everything involved in this universe. Ulduar, being the main place where the Titans were in the world really tied all that together for me. Plus it just looks awesome.
What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A better understanding of my classes, and to actually feel that I know what I’m doing when I play them. Especially the warlock. I’ve been playing one for almost 2 years, and I’m pretty sure I’m actually knowledgeable about the class, but I feel that I don’t know what I’m doing half the time.
I would also like to get off my ass and go finish Loremaster. But I still have so much of it to do. QQ
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I know this seems to contradict my answer to the previous question, but feeling like I actually know Warlocks. When I was still raiding, I was kind of our defacto warlock class lead since I was first, the only one raiding, then kept getting asked questions about gear/specs.
What was your biggest failure?
Not getting Deyndor to 80 (or at least 70). Although, having him sitting at 67 has given me a nice chance to practice being prot, so when he does get up there higher I can tank and not make a complete ass of myself (only a partial ass :P).
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Finally getting a character to level cap more than two months before it would increase again. And then knowing that once I did, I would get to see what this end game raiding all the kids are talking about is like. And then getting another few really close to level cap as well! And even though I’m really bad at PvP, I was excited to participate in the Arena Tournament.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Alts. Seriously, you have no idea how many alts I have. In just this year, I have around 19 characters that I play with various levels of frequency. On a related note I think I’ve switched from caster to melee, as 4 of my 5 highest leveled characters are either DK’s (at level 70) or Paladin’s (67 and 57 respectively).
What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?
Wow, there are a lot. My google reader has over 160 different WoW related things in it, so its hard for me to choose. I guess the one that sticks out the most to me would have to be Righteous Orbs. Tam and Chas never disappoint in their posts. My other favorite new one would have to be Snottydin. Although that may just be because she’s a girl irl.
Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.
Leveling with someone else, makes leveling 100 times more enjoyable and easier. That and don’t be afraid to try new things in game. I’ve always been a (mediocre) DPSer and didn’t until recently try tanking. And found that I actually love it. Next I plan on trying healing. So if you have a good group that doesn’t mind helping you learn, don’t be afraid to try a different roll or ask questions.