I'm sat in the office this Friday morning (which is when I'm writing this draft), one of only two people in as everyone else has the day off, listening to a bit of Adele (not my usual bass pumping dance music) with very little to actually do today. On such days my thoughts naturally drift towards blogging which is why blogging is somewhat eratic; it largely all depends on my workload which is by no means consistent. Such is the life of a consultant. Lately, however, I've been finding it harder to blog about WoW and then I suddenly realised that's because lately I haven't been playing a whole lot of WoW. Sure I'm still running the RBG matches, I've been making my arena team commitments and I even ran with a guild 25 man Firelands Raid so we could finish the legendary (congratulations Anoris by the way, I'm insanely jealous of course but you completely deserve it) but I haven't really been 'playing' WoW. I've been going through the motions.
Don't worry this isn't some 'I'm quitting WoW' post, that time may come and it may be soon or it may be a long time from now but it isn't now I can assure you of that. But I can't help but be aware that my enthusiasm has waned somewhat. I still love PvP (I've always loved PvP really) and when the RBG team gathers with our war drums sounding I get goosebumps. I have euphoric moments in arena when we thrash a team that, by rights and looking at composition, should have easily defeated us. I'm still playing aspects of the game and I love those aspects, but I'm picking and choosing not playing the game as a whole. Now some people have been playing like this for a long time but it's not how I like to play. I was mostly levelling through TBC (in the days before speedy levelling) but once I hit max level with my little Magey wagey I started in Wrath, I played every aspect of the game. I raided, I never missed a daily heroic, I never missed out on dailies, I BG'd, I even did some arena (although then I was experimenting with it and did it to experience it and never consistently). The idea of missing out on some Emblems of Whatever was abhorrent, I would never even dream of it. A gentleman raider would do his duty, get his emblems and do his dailies to ensure he had the gold to make sure his gear was in tip top condition.
Now I still make sure my PvP gear is always ready to go, but my raid gear is a dusty hotchpotch of Tier 11 and 12 gear that lies mostly unused in the corner of my study (that's a euphemism for being sat in my bags by the way). So what's changed and why?
If I had to pick a word (in a very gross and over generalised way) to pinpoint the cause then that word would be Cataclysm.