Has raiding become a pastime only for the young? In today's Reloading..., Boomjack wonders whether this pillar of MMOG gaming might be past its prime.
Welcome to the 41st edition of Reloading…
“When I woke up this morning my girlfriend asked me, “Did you sleep good?” I said “No, I made a few mistakes.” – Stephen Wright
Everyone can use a feel good moment to start the day. Let’s go with this…
When I played EverQuest I raided, hard-core, for hours on end. It was a different time and a different game.
I haven’t raided on my World of Warcraft character in a good long time. After the release of Wrath of the Lich King I seemed to raid less and less, peaking with Naxx and slowly declining from there. When I did raid, I always seemed to be in a group that wanted to start at a reasonable hour for those of the Californian persuasion. I live on the east coast, so that meant very late nights and very little sleep.
So it came as a shock to my system when last night at 11:00 our guild decided to take a band of fresh 80s and non-raiders, most ill-equipped literally and figuratively to attempt even the easiest Cataclysm boss and hit Baradin Hold. It’s a cakewalk of an instance, building on the VoA experience from Wrath of the Lich King.
Essentially you are given two hours to clear two bosses, both of which have relatively simple mechanics. Our group of neophytes cleared the first boss, but never finished the second which brought me to 1:00 AM which really isn’t that late except I had to be up early to let the renovation guys (see yesterday’s column) in and well, I couldn’t sleep at 1:00 AM. I was up until 3:00.
I tend to lean towards healing classes, though I have a hunter and a warlock collecting dust on the shelf. Being a raid healer can be a stressful proposition. One moment of lost focus and boom, the raid is wiped.
Take a moment and try to remember back to when you last leaned back on a chair and it almost fell over backwards, BUT you caught yourself. That’s how I feel most of the time. Now imagine me as your healer. You can probably deduce why we wiped once on the second boss in Baradin Hold.
So here I am, tired, reflecting on an easy raid that we were unable to finish and surprisingly I’m OK with that. Back in the days of Naxx I’d be combing the Interwebz looking for tips and tricks and voodoo dolls to make sure we didn’t fail again, but I have a lot more to worry about now than I did then. I have a daily column to write, my kids are older and I’m driving them every which way to hockey, soccer, art camp and the like. I don’t have the time that I had in the “old days” to raid.
Has raiding truly become a pastime only for the young? I would hate to believe that is true, but I may just be deluding myself.
Do you raid? How often and how do you find the time?
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To view the database, simply install PlayerScore 4.9.00 and choose “View Database” from the WoW minimap icon. Once you’re in the database you can click the headers to sort by that type, or change the page. You can also choose to view data for your current group, your guild, or everyone you’ve met!
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