Well dear readers, here we are in 2010. I will spare you the usual new year wishes because let's face it, all of us who play WoW live in a fantasy world and Real Life doesn't have a place in it. Instead, my wishes to you are of an even better WoW in the form of the upcoming expansion, Cataclysm. May we all have a wonderful Cataclysm! In WoW, not in Real Life.
As one year ends and another begins, I'm trying to evaluate what I have accomplished in WoW during the past year. A lot, it turns out.
First of all, I've started this blog, back in February, and it has had a lot more success than I had ever hoped for. Apparently there are more solo players than most people imagine. Nothing wrong with that.
And then of course, we've had the great Wrath of the Lich King expansion. During this time I brought 4 characters to 80 and another very close. I have mastered a lot of professions and made a lot of gold in the process. I started the year at around 10K gold and I ended it at 180K. I earned a lot of achievements on my main.
One of the best features of WoW also forever changed the way I will approach the game from now on as a solo player. I'm talking, of course, about the new LFG tool, which has made dungeons easy, quick and (mostly) painless for people like me. Thanks to it, I have experienced almost all of the 5-man dungeons in WotLK, on heroic nonetheless. This has also allowed my Hunter to gear up more than I had hoped and it has made me a better player in the process.
At this point no one outside of Blizzard knows when the next expansion, Cataclysm, will be launched. People are hoping it's gonna be some time around the middle of 2010. Personally I'm not in a great hurry, although I'm highly anticipating it. You see, up until now I've always been behind the curve, in terms of character leveling, gearing, professions, gold and general goals. For the first time since I've started playing WoW back during its first incarnation, I'm finally almost up to date with all my goals. Here's some of the stuff that I still need to wrap up before Cataclysm.
First of all, I want to finish leveling my Rogue to 80. Currently he's 75 and it's slow going. I have given up trying to learn any new professions on him because I had a free profession slot on my Death Knight and I used it to learn Blacksmithing. On the other hand it's a good idea to have a level 80 character with 2 free profession slots (well, he has Mining and Skinning now) and also a level 400 lockpicker.
Then, I want to keep running heroics with my Hunter and gear him up with emblems, as much as I can. To what end? Since I don't raid and I don't see myself doing it in the future, you might ask yourselves why the hell do I need all that gear. For one thing, I want my performance in heroics to be top-notch. That won't happen if I neglect my gear, regardless of how good a player I am. For another, the more powerful gear will allow me to level faster in Cataclysm. I'm certain that ilvl 232 or above items won't get replaced until level 85. Perhaps even some ilvl 200 items will be keepers.
For now I'm done with professions. Recently I've mastered Jewelcrafting and Blacksmithing on two of my characters but I'm still missing Alchemy. Unfortunately Alchemy will have to wait until Cataclysm when I plan to level a Worgen Mage. He will be my Alchemist, with Herbalism, of course.
Once I get tired of running heroics with my Hunter I was considering a change of pace and strategy. Instead of DPS-ing, which is by comparison easy, I should try my hand at some tanking. Next to my Hunter, my Paladin is the best equipped and he has a Prot spec. Although I tailored the spec mostly for solo play, I just need to make small adjustments to it for group play. The much bigger hurdle will be to actually learn how to tank in a group setting. There are ample resources on the web though and I won't step inside an instance without at least a solid theoretical understanding of how tanking works. It should be a very interesting development and thanks to the tank shortage I shouldn't have any wait times with the LFG tool. Of course, at the beginning I will start slowly, with normal dungeons and later move to heroics if things are moving well.
Apart from that, there isn't much else that needs urgent attention. The usual gold-making process remains and since I've already got more gold than I can spend, I'm taking it easy, keeping my earnings at around 1000 gold a day.
So there you have it. A very satisfying, but busy, year. All I can wish for, and this goes to all you WoW fans, is for a Cataclysm that will knock our socks of. This is gonna be the best year ever, at least in WoW terms.
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