Grappling with my urge to resubscribe to WoW or stick it out for a month before Aion finally came to a close.Â I decided to resubscribe for one month and see if I could get back into World of Warcraft.Â I listed the pros and the cons in order to finally make this decisions.
- I have nothing better to do in the pockets of free time that I’ll have this coming month including no other games that I’m interested in playing.
- A good friend is playing and has offered to introduce me to his friends and guildmates.
- I’m behind the curve, so I have no pressure to stay ahead of it.
- My DK is already level 80 and geared enough to do some stuff.
- New content recently came out making it easier than ever to get the gear necessary to have fun – in my case, the gear necessary to see and do the content with friends (all that I care about).
- Arthas is going to die, and I want to be apart of it.
- It will inevitably by the same gear grind/treadmill/steps/etc.
- Costs money.
- It’s a shot in the dark whether or not I actually find a group of people like me to finally settle down and play the game how -I- want to play.
- Potential for burn-out pre-Cataclysm which I want to avoid at all costs.
I decided that the Pros outweighed the Cons.Â I took the plunge and I’m now gradually easing back into the game on my 80 DK (Morkeen) on the Suramar server.Â Thanks to my friend (Wickidd, he comments here often) and his guild I have already visited the 5-man normal and heroic versions of ToC.Â In my first run I received four upgrades and on my second run I received another four (Half DPS, half Tank stuff). You were right Cuppy, this place is a loot pinata.Â I’ve since run the instance a couple more times and won another upgrade. I know that a lot of people hate that ToC gear is so good, but without it then someone like me would stand no chance if returning to the game.Â Â
The gear is nice, but it’s not everything. The dungeon (ToC) is quite fun.Â It’s actually right up my alley and offers me exactly the type of WoW-type raid I want.Â It’s quick, to the point, drops loot, and it’s fun.Â Â Trial of the Champion starts off (at least the 5-man’s I’ve done) in an arena with everyone on a special jousting mount with a lance.Â Â The goal in the first phase is to use the jousting system to beat 3 waves of personal guards for these bosses/champions.Â It’s simple, but it’s fun.Â Â The second phase it to fight these guys once you’ve knocked them off their mounts; it’s random which 3 bosses you get.Â Beating them drops a chest which gives epics.Â The next phase sends out another champion (I’ve seen a Paladin guy and some priest lady) that are fairly tank and spank in the 5-man’s.Â They go down quickly and drop more loot.Â The final phase is this agent of the Lich King who flies in and has 3 phases of his encounter.Â More loot.Â The whole process is under 30 minutes – can’t beat that.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed what I have seen so far.Â I haven’t really “raided” at all, but I’m not ready to either.Â I need to continue to do some heroics with friends at a casual pace until I can afford to buy (with tokens) some gear or get some drops.Â I don’t mind the “grind” for tokens if I’m doing it with friends.Â For example, we ran Old Kingdom and the entire time it was nothing but a pleasure even though I’ve run it a dozen times.Â To me, that’s exactly what it should be about.
If I can keep myself in check, avoid looking too far ahead, avoid allowing my eyes to get bigger than my playstyle, then I’ll okay.Â The deciding factor will be how well I can transition into my friend’s guild and begin doing stuff with them.Â I’m giving myself one month to decide whether or not I am having continual fun – not fun 2 days a week or fun on occasion, but fun all the time that I play.Â If it’s not fun then I will quit immediately.
I’ll keep you guys updated on my progress.
Oh, and the betting pool for how long I last better go to charity.