WoW 2009 In Review: The Meme

January 13, 2010 at 7:50 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Normally I don’t really go for “old year new year” memes and such, but as I recently left a longstanding social group and a long line of Horde characters and a guild I helped found to change servers, change factions, and roll with a new group of friends, right at the end of the year. All things considered, WoW-Wise, I think this actually quite fits.

World of Warcraft 2009 Year in Review

What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Hardcore / Prog Raid. This one isn’t entirely true, as I started my raiding career just a few weeks before 3.0 back in … October? And we were a three+ raid/week guild, though we were “only” a T5 guild (no Vashj, no Kael) that got bumped up to baby!T6 with teh nerfings. Around the new year, though, we had the geared people to start going into Naxx seriously in 10s and even start 25s, but … it was around the new year, and fairly new. I was a good little four-nights-a-week, 8pm to 1am ‘hardcore’ raider – until I got seriously burned out on it.

What was your favorite new place that you visited?
You mean I have to pick just one? Then I’d probably say … hm. Wyrmrest Temple, ’cause I’m a big lore fanboy, and … c’mon! It’s ALEXSTRAZA. Or maybe the back half of Ulduar – the fights were technical, but also fun (unlike 2/3rds of Trial of the Crusader), without being as punishing as ICC is (right now), they were demanding but enjoyable, and the bosses were pretty cool. Plus, “holy crap, we’re wiping on trash? we have to take this seriously (until we get more gear)?!” was a fun notion for a while. Oh, and back in November, getting to run Onyxia at-level and face it as a serious threat that took us several tries to down (albeit more from massive doses of ‘doing it wrong!’ rather than Onyxia being HARD)… because … *deep breath* OnyxiaOnyxiaOnyxiaOnyxiaOnyxiaOnyxiaOnyxia \o/

… Ilikedragonsshutup.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Sartharion 25 with three Drakes up. This was back in the middle of February, back when the fight was punishing and demanding like nothing else (except Sarth 13). This took several weeks of learning the fight, a lot of work to get myself to the gear and skill necessary, and then in the end a lot of patience and luck in addition to the prodigious combined skill of Curse of Eminence. Mimiron? Ha! Anub’arak 25? Pff! This was the hardest raid encounter I successfully participated in at-level, and the sense of victory afterwards was immense. Almost a year later (holy shit! :o) I still toss on my title on for warm fuzzies.

Speaking of achievements, and warm fuzzies, I also helped a couple hunters, first with Beast Mastery and then with Survival, emulate my mad dps. I think one even exceeded his teacher. 😀 Seriously, a couple came to me because they saw me raid, our my raid leader pointed me out, asking for advice – which is something I’m always willing to give. We talked about gear, gems, specs, talents, other huntery behaviors, and then a few days or weeks later they came back saying that they’d become seriously better hunters. Actually, Twilight Vanquisher is one thing, but I think this is my favorite accomplishment.

What was your biggest failure?
Participating in the decline of PoV and not doing something about it sooner, by putting my foot down harder and raising my voice louder, or just by having quit one of the half-dozen times previous I was sorely tempted. I loved the people, but good god staying there was bad for me.

What did you get really, really, really excited about? Cataclysm! This actually precipitated a lot of the dramaz in PoV, in one way or another. Half the guild really kind of died on that day, and was keeping going just for social ties and for to see Arthas die. A lot of people hated (with, I believe, little basis) a lot of the announcements regarding Cata. I was really the only one (who spoke up, at least) who was balls-out excited for Cataclysm’s release.

*runs around in circles*DeathwingDeathwingDeathwingDeathwingDeathwingDeathwingDeathwingDeathwing*runs around in circles*

98% of what I’ve read for Cataclysm gives me either cautious optimism (a new chance to learn brand new things – new gearing philosophy? A talent revamp? A whole new resource system – focus instead of mana – to learn to manage? – for my favorite class? This makes me go oh so very bwee) or outright excitement (guild talents! GOBLINS! WORGEN! DEATHWING! FLYING IN AZEROTH! MASSIVE CHANGES TO THE GAME WORLD!), and the last 2% is stuff that doesn’t bug me, but doesn’t excite me (stat simplicity on the whole – actually, that kind of excites me, too – I don’t believe selecting better gear is HARD, it just takes some work to find out which is the better, and it will be better, or worse).

What do you wish you’d done less of?
A bit less hardcore four-five night raiding. But, seriously, though I burned myself out for a bit on raiding, it was a good year. I don’t think I overdosed on too much, so – I’m sure after this gets posted I’ll /facepalm and think of something I should have said, but … it was a good year. I’m going to go with the silly, twee answer: contributed less to PoV’s guild bank, especially in the last couple months. 😛

What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?
Edit: Oh, Blog In General. I’d say, probably, Amber over at I Like Bubbles. Her blog is what poked me over to actually start blogging, and got me thinking, yeah, BoO will probably be a Pretty Cool Guy. Plus? We can blame her for teh flowcharts.

Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.
Enjoying the game, for me at least, takes both good company and a good organization, and no matter how much I might love one, if I don’t love both, I’m going to be miserable and go crazy.

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
-A high rank, or at least familial position, in a functional guild, more than two 80s (and while we’re at it, a couple level 85s!), a 310 Speed Mount other than the Violet Proto-drake, and of course: a moderately successful hunter/wow blog with something to say, that people enjoy reading.

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