At some point an itch becomes so unbearable that you just have to scratch it. You know the right thing to do is to just ignore it and it’ll pass, but instinctively your fingernails claw at the quivering flesh. I really thought I was on the precipice of leaving WoW behind me, but patch 3.2 pulled me back in. Actually I’ve been back on Cenarius for about 2 months now, but 3.2 was the reason I came back.
The idea of the mini-gear reset piqued my interest in coming back to Azeroth. The ability to get tier 8 and equal quality loot through badges from running heroics and Naxxramas meant I’d be able to pick up with my rogue and progress at my own pace and possibly be geared enough to run Ulduar and Trial of the (Grand) Crusader in preparation for tackling Icecrown Citadel.
I was able to get a small taste of Ulduar(10) prior to 3.2 with the now-dead Omega raid group in Awry. I just wasn’t geared enough to provide the DPS needed, and trying to find a 3rd group of 10 progression-centered folks proved to be just a little too much for the ill-fated raid. Much of the problem was that many of the folks filling out the raid were using their alts and the group-organizer was hoping for Omega to be a non-alt run.
Needless to say after the 1st failed attempt, motivation diminished and attendance fell apart for the remainder of the attempts. We did at least down Flame Leviathan and XT no problem, but had issues with Razorscale and Ignus. It’s almost a shame that Omega was pushed and then shelved when it did, because I feel that now 3.2 is over a week old, many of us who wanted to run Ulduar are now geared enough to run it with better results.
I suppose it’s all the same however, Ulduar is still being run on a frequent basis in Awry and I’m sure should I want to drop in for the 25 man nights, I could probably land a position, if only as a replacement for someone else that is burned out on running it. Besides Blood Ring v3.0 … er I mean Trial of the Crusader seems like it might be fun in that it’s purely boss fights and should be a growing raid in the guild.
I really want to see Icecrown Citadel and hope that prior to the next expansion I will get a chance to defeat the Lich King. It’s been a goal of mine to see the real end-game content while it is still fresh and I’ve always been behind on the gear curve to do so.
Patch 3.2 has provided me with a lot of opportunity to catch up and fortunately ONE Naxx25 run boosted my rogue to being Ulduar-ready. I’ve always had horrible luck when it comes to loot rolls, but karma had to have been in my court last weekend when I won not just one, two, or three rolls … but SIX rolls.
I think by the 3rd piece of loot I won, (btw the loot rules were CLEARLY stated prior to the raid starting) another rogue in the raid QQ’d and whispered me “lootho” before leaving the group. Sure I could have passed on a couple of pieces, but they were HUGE upgrades for me and by the 3rd win, it became a “game” to see how many pieces I could “lootho.” (BTW, this was pretty much a 60-75% guild Naxx25 run and the rogue that QQ’d was a non-guildie)
I’m somewhat kicking myself for actually passing on the 6th piece that I won, [Calamity's Grasp], but a guild enhancement shaman was #2 on the rolls and my “lootho’ng” guilt got the best of me so I told the ML that I’d pass the loot down to the shammie. If that was the only Naxx25 run I was planning on going to I’d be a little more QQ about it, but I’m sure I’ll be downing Kel’Thuzad in the near future again and will have another shot at getting it … that is if I don’t end up getting something better out of Ulduar or ToC.
On another very interesting, and by interesting I mean absolutely world-shattering and changing mind-blowing interesting, my wife finally decided to give WoW a shot and she appears to genuinely enjoying the very brief experiences she’s had so far with the game. We decided to roll 2 human warlocks on Whisperwind (my sister’s server … which she has abandoned) but may end up rolling horde on my server, Cenarius, if she really starts to dig it and we pick up the WoW-Battlechest so she can roll a Blood Elf.