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February 23, 2008 – 12:48 am
So our first Void Reaver kill last week earned us the right to call him Lootreaver (raid leader wouldn’t let us call him that until we’d actually, you know, gotten loot from him), and we were officially 5/6 SSC and 1/4 TK. Shaman healing on Void Reaver is a nonstop chain fest really, as so far the best way we’ve found to deal with it is to have me stand right under him, eat poundings, and just chain heal spam everything in melee – especially since I have to stand close to keep the totems up for them. The times we’ve wiped have been to ranged getting orbed, and not to melee getting smushed, unless I got smushed first. Which is nice, and leaves me feeling happy with myself as a useful raid healer – sometimes being a small heal for lots of people can be frustrating (see: Leotheras).
This week, no new boss progress, though we did manage to get Solarian down to about 30% a few times, before someone blew up the raid. Solarian is another shaman-friendly fight for healing, as just about everyone is standing all in one spot at the same time. I can chain cast for quite awhile, and that seemed to work well here too, with the random raid damage/moonfire thing she does.
Upgrades! Annorah is no longer the dignified shaman in grey/blue! She’s now decked in Red/Gold!
All upgraded in the last week. I have no more stockpile of primals/enchanting mats/gems, that’s for sure. I’m pretty sure I also have no more DKP. Comletely tickled that she gets to continue to match, and that she matches her engineering goggles too! These new upgrades gave my healing a serious kick in the pants on the WWS too, and I moved up on the healing charts. Next week hopefully a Solarian kill, and hopefully see these upgrades put to good use. The longer I stay resto, the more I’m enjoying it, and the less likely I am to really want to switch back to one of the DPS specs… even if I carry both sets of gear with me all the time.
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February 23, 2008 – 12:34 am
So, today I respecced Angoleth to survival (5/13/43), and took her into Sethekk with a friend of mine to tame an Avian Darkhawk – one of the dark brown owls. At the suggestion of other fabulous survival hunters in my raid corps, owls and boars are where its at for the aggro, so we’ll see how she does. I think her name is going to be Taleh, which is (if memory serves me properly) “Darnassian” for ‘Hooty’. You can find all sorts of fun translations if you borrow a friend that doesn’t have your racial language ability and say fun things at them. For instance, “mandalas” is “mongoose”. Anyway – I’m holding off naming her, because I can’t decide if I want to keep the brown owl or attempt a tame on Gutripper (elite, frost trap immune owl in Nagrand), who is silver/black. Also, this will be the first time since my Z’G bat that I’ve had a “flappy” pet.
So far the main difference I’ve noticed is a considerable drop in DPS, but a definite jump in survivability – and my traps stick around for FOREVER it seems.
Another suggestion made to help with this burnout was to change her name, which could definitely go a long way towards alleviating that feeling of nostalgic burnout I get when I log on. Her nickname has always been “An” (pronounced Ahn, not Ann) – so I may see if that’s open on Feathermoon, but for some reason totally coming up with a new name for her is… well… awkward. She’s got a history and a past on the server, and leaving behind her name would be really really hard. I guess that ties into that whole RP thing – as a character, she has a separate existence (to me) from just pixels on a screen. So that makes it hard, since, in a way, she’d have to be a part of that new name.
I guess I’m not sure if I could rename a character I’ve been playing, writing about, planning about, and generally being friends with for 3 years.
February 21, 2008 – 11:28 pm
Dear level 55 hunter:
No, I do not want to join your guild, as, among other things, the guild name is in all caps and partially misspelled.
February 20, 2008 – 10:19 pm
What is it that makes you *click* with certain characters and not others?
I ask, because right now Anryl and I are sort of at odds. I like her, her look, her class, and her character concept. I think she’s one of the more solid characters I’ve created recently. And yet, I find her stagnant to play. She’s got great pets; I’m excited about her spec… but she just doesn’t have the addicting feel that new characters usually hold for me.
Maybe it’s the cross faction thing, as I’m quite unfamiliar with Horde territory past about level 25 and have very few friends there; Maybe it’s real life getting in the way (that job may not be so awesome as previously hoped, and is currently slipping through my fingers). But when I rolled Annorah, and Annalira, and Berylla, and Brietta and Laisrean I got, in a sense, “hooked” on them. I played them straight through to 20, or 35 in the case of Laisrean, or 70 in the case of Annorah, in one giant push over the first few weeks, as though I just couldn’t get enough of the character. New characters are fresh and exciting, the leveling is fast, they learn new things all the time, and there’s a “bigness” to the world that’s addicting. They take on a life of their own, and I can’t seem to find that life with Anryl.
In some ways, I’m rather afraid it’s because of Angoleth and her burnout – another elf hunter, that sort of thing. Angoleth was the first character I clicked with and is still extremely nostalgic to me – but I can hardly stand to play her anymore, because of various things that happened in the 6 months leading up to the release of Burning Crusade. Those various things being Zul’Gurub, Blackwing Lair, and the honor grind. We’ve all got horror stories of things we’ve farmed for that never dropped, but I became rather obsessed with a few things that I either couldn’t get to drop, or had ninja’d when they did. And I had a major conflict with a raidmember who took it upon himself to be arrogant, spiteful, and condescending to me in such a way that I can still hardly look at Angoleth without thinking of what a horrible, worthless hunter I am. (yeah, I know that sounds silly, to have let someone in my head that way, but for whatever reason, I did). Not new gear (looking at tier1 was making me upset), not new goals, not even Tim… the ravager have been able to keep my interest in her lately, and she’s languishing at 68 again.
And I’m afraid that that fear/insecurity/disgust/tired feeling is rubbing off on Anryl, who should have the fresh exuberance of a new character in a new zone (my first blood elf). I love the hunter class, and I’m finding myself afraid that I won’t be able to play it anymore.
And so I ask you, my 3 readers, for advice. What have you done in the face of character burnout? Class burnout? Do you have any advice?