Mind Parsing – WoW in the future.

Okay, so I have no idea what my gaming future looks like. I mean, right now I have a second playthrough of Mass Effect 2 I’m working on, and I JUST got my hands on the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which has an absolutely amazing amount of content that could supposedly occupy me forever. To top that off, I just got invited into the beta for Diablo 3. AND Star Wars: The Old Republic will be out next month. If you’ve been paying attention to my twitter, you’ll know I’m growing more and more excited about that.

So I’ve got a ton of great games both in my hands and coming soon. But all that is to say, I’m still having fun in WoW occasionally. There are changes coming up that make me excited about it. Plus, I’ve already made the committment to a full year. Why would I do that, you ask? Well, for one, if I agree to it, I get Diablo 3 for free. I also get into the next expansion’s beta by default. So it’s a worthwhile investment for those alone. Plus I truly am excited about what Mists of Pandaria has to offer. So even if SWTOR is so utterly amazing, I will be playing WoW at least for a good while in the near future.

That being said, I do think it’s time for a change within WoW. Let me explain a bit.

Since I started the game way back when, I’ve always played my troll mage, Dahkar, as my main. My second character I created was a druid that has survived in various forms to today. Finally, the third character I created that I gave the most playtime to was my Warlock. In various forms, those three characters were the ones I focused most on. They were my first level 70s during Burning Crusade, and during Wrath, they got the most playtime overall. During Cataclysm, they were my first (and still only) level 85s.

But now that I’ve given up raiding and focused on a more casual playstyle, as well as other games, I find myself looking to the future of WoW and wondering I’ll go. Blizzcon, with it’s class previews for Mists of Pandaria, pushed this thinking into overdrive. And I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time for a change.

I’ve played the Mage for 5 years or so now, and there’s always been a number of problems inherent with the class. I had hoped that Cata would fix them, but if anything, they’ve made them worse. Arcane has been made very dull to play overall. Fire has been crippled by RNG worse than it’s ever been. And Frost (my favorite spec) remains uncompetitive in the DPS charts due to Blizzard’s insistence that buffing it would make it too powerful in PVP. The class preview at Blizzcon mildly addressed these concerns, but the talent trees themselves were worse. Many of the talents were ones we already have, and watching other classes, which had either crazy new options or ones that had been revamped as well as new resource systems, well, it made me sad. The level 90 talent options, as of this writing, are a joke. Yes, I know, it’s really early in development, and they’ll almost certainly be completely different by the time of release. But for me, I think I’ve had enough of dealing with the frustrations of the mage, and I want to take a look at something different.

Plus there are my other “primary” alts. The druid tends to be cyclically fun, but right now, especially with the playstyle the Mists talents seem to suggest, I think I’m ready to give him a rest as well. The Warlock, on the other hand, is one of the ones getting nearly totally revamped, and his talent choices look amazing. So here’s still a maybe, but only as an alt.

So going forward, my primary character focuses are going to look like this
Main: Shadow Priest
Primary Alts: Elemental/Enhancement Shaman, Rogue, or Warlock, two of the three.

The Shadow Priest is who I’ve been playing as whenever I played with my wife, and I’ve come to love both the playstyle, the utility, and the lore of the character. Plsu Shadowform just looks sweet. Come Mists, he’s going to be where I focus most of my efforts as of right now.

As for the alts, I’m going to pick two of the three for sure, and it will likely require the beta experience before I finally decide. As for why…
Shaman: I’ve always loved the dual-DPS style, being able to go melee or caster ranged, and I love the concept of wielding the classic elements. The talents look very fun, and I’m excited to see where the class goes
Rogue: Dual Wielding is awesome, and I’ve always wanted to focus on a character with it. The Shaman was a good place to start, but the rogue is all about it. Plus, stealth is truly fun. You never understand just how great a utility it is, until you play with it. Still leveling it, so time and the beta will tell, but right now, he looks good.
Warlock: Right now, I really want to stick with the idea that I not focus on any toon that I’ve heavily played before. But the sheer amount of awesome love that Warlocks are getting are holding me back from discarding him right now. It’s going to have to be really good to keep him around, so the beta will tell for sure.

I think these changes will help keep my interest in WoW strong through the upcoming year I’ve got with the game. The contract was already worth it for getting Diablo 3 free, along with the other perks, but I’m looking to enjoy the game on its own merit as well, and this should help.

So my fellow WoW players, what do you think? Any changes coming in your play in the future?

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