Things have been kind of quiet around here lately, for one big important reason:
I decided to take a break from raiding.
The circumstances surrounding my most recent post really tipped the scale in that direction. When I say “tipped the scale,” I mean that there were other things already on the scale that were making it lean in a particular direction. This just ended up being the deciding factor.
For the most part, everything has been entirely amicable. There were no hard feelings between myself and my group (other than the initial furor by some over the post itself). I’m still in my guild and I’m under the impression that I could come back and raid at any time (if not with my current group then with another one that falls under our “umbrella,” of sorts).
It’s been a lot easier to go without raiding than I thought. I don’t even think I’ve logged into the game since I made the decision to take a break. I feel overwhelmingly disappointed with the current state of things. I feel like “Bring the player, not the class” has turned into “Bring the cooldown, not the player.”
I feel that we have fallen into a state of convincing ourselves that we need certain things to succeed, when that wasn’t always the case. I feel that this has created a demand or a sense of obligation that everyone needs or deserves a cooldown, which I’m sorry to say isn’t true. I was against shamans receiving Spirit Link Totem and I can’t say that I sympathized with druids who insisted they needed a cooldown, too. This is what the game has turned into. It has turned into taking classes who were strong and are strong and convincing them that they aren’t or that they are nothing without a desired cooldown.
I have been spending most of my time cooking real meals, going to Zumba classes twice a week, and getting addicted to various TV shows on Netflix. I have been spending quite a bit of time playing Rift and getting familiar with how the end game works and trying to decide if I want to get involved with that at all. I have entertained the idea of coming back to WoW, either by raiding with a different set of people or choosing a different spec that’s outside of my comfort zone (like the deeply misunderstood Atonement spec). Most likely I would remain holy. I don’t really have a plan right now and it feels good to be able to say that. I’m just kind of putzing around and having an absolute blast doing so.
So in closing, I’m still here. The blog is still here. Ophelie and I are recording a new episode of the Double O Podcast this weekend, so the podcast is still here. I don’t really know where I’m headed, but hopefully a few of you will still be willing to take the journey with me and see where I end up.
Thanks for stopping by!