Battle for Azeroth is Coming Soon
I think that I can safely say I'm back to my normal schedule here very soon. My plans to blog every single day lasted for a really long time until real life just smacked me upside down and made that impossible. Nevertheless, onward we go with blogging as often as possible!
The vibe I'm getting and the rumors I'm hearing point to the pre-patch of Battle for Azeroth is coming soon -- as in two weeks. If the rumors are true, pre-patch will be July 3'ish. That's completely unsubstantiated, and it may end up being July 10. Still, that's soon!
In the pre-patch we'll essentially be in BFA mode. The stats and artifacts and those types of things will be revamped. We'll have to start dealing with life-after-artifacts. My fingers are crossed for more content. I'm tired of the existing dungeons -- they're definitely no WotLK dungeons.
I'm hoping for solid story. The quests are whatever, but when that story acts as a carrot for me I find myself capable of pushing through questing with ease.
There are tons of things to do still in-game, and I'll probably accomplish none of them. I have once again missed the money train at the end of an expansion. I'm a goblin at heart, but not a 'goblin' in-game (literal or figurative) when it comes to the economy.
I haven't been good at farming the Legion-only collectibles, transmogs, mounts, etc., either. Those activities just don't bring me joy, so I don't do them. That's also why I'm not into fishing for the Legion stuff. I guess I'm really just a 'core content' kind of player. When I reach the point where I have to look for things to do in-game, that's when I can happily move on to another game altogether.
For example, BellularGaming (who does really good WoW videos), released a video today with what you can do to get ready for BFA. I thought this was going to be a great list of things I can actually do, but it was more of that "level up alts!" and "Unlock all the hidden artifact appearances!" kind of "content". Meh, not for me. At the end of the video he recommends other games to play while you wait... and that's when you know it's time for a new expansion!
What Spec for Paladin
Now for some future thinking. I'm set to play Paladin, and I'm trying to decide what spec to play. In Vanilla I was actually a Paladin healer -- yes, you read that correctly. I was one of those paladins who MAIN HEALED a raid! Yep, I main-healed as a Paladin for MC, Onyxia, BWL, and AQ for several server-first kills. I wore cloth -- yep, cloth because there wasn't plate armor. I loved healing as a Paladin in WotLK too.
Healing gets groups, doesn't have to worry about DPS drama, and doesn't have the focused stress of a tank. But... healing sucks at leveling up. I really enjoy Ret, and I'd be happy playing Ret, but I'm worried about those DPS queues. I'm also worried about needability, which is why way of saying I like being an in-demand class/spec. So I'm debating the needability of a Ret paladin over heals as well.
We'll see. I might level at Prot or Ret then go Heals, or if BFA is truly as alt-spec friendly as it sounds I can Heals with Ret Off-spec for leveling and/or fun at 120.
Over to You
Do you have a list of things to complete before BFA? Solidified your spec/class/etc? Let me know if you think there's some super-important thing I'm missing pre-expansion launch that I should tackle before it's too late.