I underestimated the Burning Crusade and Blizzard in general. TBC has securely rejuvenated my interest in the game just by the shear amount of new content there is. It’ll be a few months before either of my two 60s hit 70. Not to mention the time I’m spending leveling up my blood elf paladin. In fact, that has pretty much all I’ve done so far. But before I elaborate on my TBC exploits I have to give respect to Blizzard.

Ouch! It took over an hour to log in Tuesday night

Blizzard has surprised me with the uptime Cenarius has been enjoying. Sure the queues the first 2 nights were insane, but I didn’t imagine that there’d be a queue at all on account of the server being completely down. The initial reaction to the queues were met with irritation amongst most of the server, but I embraced it. It shows just how far Blizzard has come in terms of understanding their 800lb gorrilla and the ravenous hordes that’d be clamoring to play.

In response to the excessive queues Blizzard has opened transfers from Cenarius and it seemingly is having an effect on the queues. Tonight when logging in at 6pm PST I was met only with a queue of 330. ~15 mins later I was back in Azeroth with my blood elf paladin.

My netherwhelp will go everywhere my paladin does.

I picked up my collector’s edition at my local EB around 12:12am or so Tuesday morning. There was actually a much larger turnout for the midnight release than I anticipated. As I drove into the parking lot I was amazed that a substantial line had formed along the storefronts next to EB. Fortunately though I made it back home around 12:20 and by 1am had TBC installed, patched, and my account upgraded.

Sunstrider Isle floored me with just how beautiful the zone was. Even with the expansion being a mere 3 hours old in the states by the time I zoned in, there were elves just about everywhere. Unfortunately a lot of noobish stupidly named elves dominated most of the zone, but this much I anticipated. Around level 8 I decided that even withstanding the beauty and freshness of the zone that I had enough. I made my way into Silvermoon and took the Orb of Translocation to Undercity.

Why would I subject myself to the dullness of the UC starting zone? I have an undead steed to earn afterall! At level 13, Aiom is sitting just a mere 31k rep away from being exalted. Still a very tall order even with the unnerfed rep gains. I imagine a lot of cloth turn-ins will be required as I near 40, and that there’s a very good chance I’ll have to wait until 60 to get an undead steed. At least getting a headstart on this project means less competition for quest mobs ^^;

And that sums my TBC experiences as limited as they’ve been. I haven’t even stepped foot into Outland yet. Maybe this weekend I’ll make it a point to do so, but I’ve got a lot of work to do with my paladin. Both blacksmithing and jewelcrafting are sitting at 1, and I haven’t touched my mining druid in quite some time.

But I’m not concerned with getting everything done at once. I want to soak things in and truly enjoy the experience. It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.

Cenarius go boom.

After an exhausting 11 hour day at work I come home only to find that Cenarius has blown up (or something) and won’t be back online until 12:00 AM PDT. So woe is trying to do anything WoW related tonight, but that gives me no excuse to not update my journal … finally.

So where to begin? Well, let’s keep the WoW ball rolling …

I’ve been spending as much time as I can afford into pvp’ng with Schmelzen. After the glorious v1.10 patch I did indeed respec to holy/disc. It’s a complete departure in playstyle from when Schmelz was shadow spec’d, but I think overall being holy/disc makes any BG team I’m on better. At first I thought Spirit of Redemption was going to be an incredibly useful for BGs, but in practice it was difficult to make use of. So after a respec I dove a little deeper into the discipline tree for Imp. Inner Fire and the Spirit buff.

Eventually I may respec for a holy-dps build, but that will require obtaining a lot of gear that I pretty much don’t have any time to get. ^^ Oh well, being a healbot hasn’t been as bad as I once thought it might be as I have an important role in WSG escorting the flag carrier.

After the month of focusing on pvp I’ve gotten Schmelzen up to rank 7 and will hopefully continue working for my goal of rank 11. Achieving 11 for a 90g elite mount would uber snazzy. I have no intentions of ever going any higher mainly because of the flawed honor system.

I’ve also broken my Alterac Valley cherry. At first AV was a chaotic mishmash and I hated it. I kept at it and now AV has grown on me much like a fungus. Yet I still find myself wanting to reach through the internet and punching peoples in the face for either not listening, and/or just being an asshat; “It’s just a game, have fun.”

Oh yes, I think we ALL know that it is a game. But seriously, AV ain’t much fun when the horde does nothing but defend/turtle. There’s far better honor/rep in going offense, but I digress. These “casual” pvp’ers do nothing other than to waste everyone else’s time. That’s why I and like-minded others get upset.

But yeah, in general the horde on Cenarius get their asses handed to them the majority of time in AV. In part to said reluctance to listen to those who know how to win, part because of gear, and finally because dumbfucks don’t understand how to treat objectives with PvE in-mind. (Yes that means you tanks, you actually have to tank those NPCs you love to aggro). Once I hit exalted with Frostwolf I’ll probably bow out from AV unless I want a “world-pvp” fix.

And with that I think I’ll end my entry.