Maybe it's just me but recently I've noticed that Blizzard has accelerated the release of new stuff. It seems that patch 3.2 was released barely yesterday, followed in quick succession by 3.2.1 and now 3.2.2.
To my utter horror, patch 3.3 has already hit the PTR for a week now. I don't mean to upset players who are eagerly anticipating 3.3 but I feel that everything in WoW is moving too fast these days. If we consider patch 3.3 as being the final major patch of the current expansion, we can deduct that from here to Cataclysm there's only a small step.
Now Blizzard may decide to surprise us yet and release a 3.4. After all, the did have a big patch 2.4 back in Burning Crusade. If Arthas is actually defeated in 3.3, then a major follow-up patch might not make that much sense, it could be anticlimactic in fact. In contrast, patch 2.4 did bring a lot of new stuff to WoW, such as the Sunwell raid instance and Sunwell Isle.
The fact that patch 3.3 has hit the PTR doesn't mean that much though. I doubt they'll release it to live sooner than 2 months from now. That, however, will most likely put Wrath of the Lich King on its last leg before Cataclysm will steal the spotlight. I would estimate the next expansion will be released late spring to early summer.
So why am I feeling so anxious about new patches and the next expansion? It's weird because in this expansion I've accomplished more things than in Classic and Burning Crusade combined.
Back in Classic WoW I barely managed to raise a Paladin and Hunter to 60 and buy my Hunter an epic mount before I got tired of the game.
Then, I waited a long time after Burning Crusade came out before I bought it and started playing again. Most people were already tired of the game by this point so I had a lot of catching up to do. Between then and Wrath of the Lich King I managed to level my Hunter and Paladin to 70 as well as a brand new Rogue and Warlock to 70. I also geared my Hunter as much as I could and even engaged in PvP for gear. I also became exalted with the Sunwell Isle faction and engaged in a variety of other minor activities.
In Wrath of the Lich King I was on board from the beginning. Of course, the first thing I tried was a Death Knight which I really loved but I set him aside for a while so I could level my Hunter who's my main. After that I swiftly brought my DK to 80 and then my Paladin. In the meantime I also leveled a brand new Shaman to 65 and I played with my Rogue and Warlock to 72 and 74 respectively. Beside that, I leveled Tailoring, Leatherworking, Enchanting, Inscription and Engineering, finished a whole bunch of achievements on my Hunter and also completed a lot of old dungeons on my own. Not to mention that I made tons of gold in various new ways that I discovered.
I really think that I am getting better at WoW as time goes by. Well, as far as playing alone is concerned. By "better" I mean more efficient. There are more ways than ever to efficiently level a new character, gear your characters up and make gold. It's also easier than ever to level a profession from scratch. Not only does my personal experience help me but the interwebz contain a wealth of information.
Still, I need to accomplish a bit more before Cataclysm. Perhaps that's also due to the fact that the whole WoW universe will be changed irrevocably. We are all being reborn in the next expansion and I guess there's a small sense of loss in regard to the "old Azeroth" and the "old ways". Old ways indeed, since our talent, skill system and stats will also change significantly. I just hope I can cram as many things as I can during the short time that I have. Heh, if I think about it, the same thing plagues me in WoW as in real life: the scarcity of time. Ain't that ironic?
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