Sunday, November 30, 2014

Warlords of Draenor

Due to nephritis and the pleasure it brought to me I have spent this week playing Warlords of Draenor and receiving messages from work. These messages have embarked me on a five-week long journey called "not going to work here anymore". I quit my job last week.

I got diagnosed with the goddamn kidney inflammation and realized I wouldn't be able to work if I spend 12 hours of my day sleeping and the rest of the day eating painkillers and throwing up while wondering if I should go to hospital already. The reaction of my boss was that me getting nephritis was "a shitty thing to do".

To which, my reaction:

This fueled my decision to quit my job. I'm going to start studying next year anyway, so what's some half a year of unemployment and odd jobs before that? A lot less food obviously. Might start streaming as an attempt to support my gaming account (for the sake of raiding, because I'd rather eat noodles for one year straight than let a guildie of mine mention anything about my commitment issues).

Nephritis sucks, by the way. But the one thing that did cheer me up was that I was able to participate to the Warlords of Draenor launch!

And I did wait! I think my record time of waiting in the queue was 9 hours. Soon I started to estimate that in the area where I live in, the optimal playing time was between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. when people were least active. I rushed myself to level 100 (leveling a healer-specced priest alone is very, very painful) and by the time I did manage that, the server issues were starting to settle down enough for me to start with the instances.

My impressions?

I love this game.

I haven't felt excited about World of Warcraft this much after... The Wrath of the Lich King, I think? And even around then my guild of five years disbanded, so I wasn't very motivated on the PvE side of the game (= never got nowhere near the level cap during the expansion). Same with Cataclysm. And Mists of Pandaria. At some point they introduced battle pets too, and the whole game experience felt so fragmented and too fast-paced for my liking.

I still have mixed feelings about dungeon finder. Sure, it makes things more convenient, but it takes a lot out of the enjoyment from the instances. That, and I think it enables people being assholes.

The Garrison is one of the best additions in the game I have seen since the flying mounts. It's intriguing, and while it enables playing Farmville in WoW similarly as battlepets enable playing Pokemon in WoW, I enjoy it a great deal. The events and the landscapes have been nothing sort of beautiful and intriguing.

The raids will open on Wednesday, and I'm really looking forward to them. There may or may not be posts about how my healing will go. Probably a lot of posts about "why do I fail so much".

.. to my defense, I really think druids are easier to play than priests.

(Edit: A non-Wod-related rant removed.)

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