“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” –Nelson Mandela
The quote about perfectly articulates how I feel not only about returned to Azeroth but also returning to this blog right here. While the posts, pictures, and comments all remaining the same –well, other than the ones I’m going to change after this post is written- I do feel that some things are different. One of the changes is I feel less introverted, I suppose. A shared topic that finished up recently tasked us with bringing to light all the bloggers of the community we feel star struck by. People listed bloggers such as Rades from Orcish Army Knife, Vidyala from Manalicious, and Ophelie from Bossy Pally as people that they feel star struck by –No one listed me…because they are so star struck by me, yeah that’s it!.- and I too feel star struck by them. Another thing in common they all have is that I have them on my Real ID friends list. I’m pretty sure I snagged Vid and Ophelie because they were advertising for Troll runs, how Rades ended up there I have no idea. Having them there means I could strike up a conversation any time I wanted –other than when they’re raiding, that’s a no-no- but did I? Nope. In a silly way I was terrified that I would say something or make a fool of myself and I would blacklist myself from the community. Which is absurd because those three are some of the nicest people I’ve met in all my journeys across Azeroth. Being away from the game and the blog for so long, it isn’t that I’ve developed an “I don’t care attitude” towards it all but something has changed. I now strike up conversations with them every time the log in –whether they want to chat or are just logging in to see if they’re needed for a raid-. Other changes are guild related, before my break I would have given an arm, a leg, my first-born, and my soul just to become an officer. Now I’m content being where I am and what I do there. But enough about the changes, let’s get to how I’ve spent my two weeks back:
On Anslym I managed to farm up the Cyclone Raiment set (Shaman Tier 4) within the first few days back. I also managed to jump in on a guild Dragon Soul run. We wiped Ultraxion once and on Blackhorn once but in the end we got all the way to spine in just under three hours. I did grab a few nice upgrades, so all-in-all it was a good night. More recently I put together an awesome transmog set for Anslym’s elemental set. As for the day-to-day activities I haven’t really been doing that much on him. Although I did sell all my 34 volatile airs to make a pretty profit.
On Chmelyk, I’ve picked up PvPing. There’s just something satisfying about mind spiking an oncoming horde to death. I changed all of my Valor Points into conquest points and had enough to get the conquest shoulders which got me my “Cataclysmically Epic”. I have a really nice red and gold transmog set planned for him too –you can only wear Tier 6 for so long-. Unfortunately the robe and gloves come from patterns from Sunwell Plateau or I can exchanged the gear dropped from that raid with a sunmote to upgrade it into the design I want. Long story short I tried to solo some trash in there and it didn’t go over well. I’ll be pugging it later today.
On Grygor, I ran a few LFRs with my restoration druid and got myself two-piece T13. On my first down of Madness on him three of the healing maces dropped, and I won one. I also took the off-hand from Ultraxion and I now have myself a nice little healer. I volunteered for an Ulduar run with the guild so I now have my drake on my druid –it’ll carry over to my shaman in Mists anyway- and another piece of Tier 8 for his transmog set. I now have the helm and the gloves, just need the chest, shoulders, and staff from Kologarn and I’ll be done –I don’t really need the leggings because they’re hidden under the robe-.
On my other alts, I’ve leveled my Death Knight to level 82 and run a few randoms as blood. I use his frost off-spec to quest in –I had a few issues with dying really fast when I got to Vashj-ir but I got some help in that area, Thanks Rades!-. My paladin has officially gone Holy and is now healing randoms in the Hellfire area at level 63. My hunter dinged 50 in Alterac Valley. My mage hit level 40 in Thousand Needles, I also transmogged some of her heirloom set into something less Warlock-y. I started a blood elf rogue –to try some horde stuff out, haven’t gotten a horde character past level 30.- He was quickly put on hold when I managed to suck my aunt back into the game –She’s only four years older than me (23 years old) it’s not weird!- We rolled goblin characters, she’s a hunter and I’m a priest we are currently sitting at level 24 and about to tackle the Stonetalon Mountains, can’t wait!
So that’s what I’ve been up to. How about you? What have you been up to as Cataclysm winds down?