This blog hasn’t been big on Cataclysm speculation and such. I mean, I’m in the beta and all so anything I want to know, I go look up, or accept that the answer isn’t there. I’ve focused on starting areas and lowbie toon for the beta, simply because – well… I’ll be doing the 80-85 grind probably 10 plus times… no point in getting burned out on it now.
I’ve also come to accept that in Cataclysm, I’ll be playing a new toon. Oh, don’t jump and think I’m ditching Askevar prematurely. I adore her but even if she’s still my main, she’ll be a new toon to learn and get to know.
I played in vanilla… started raiding in Burning Crusade on my warlock. I adored playing her and loved the demonology spec. Then Lich King hit… and suddenly she felt nerfed into oblivion. She was doing less dps at level 80 than she was at level 70. It was depressing, frustrating and annoying. Being at the bottom of every recount didn’t help either. And it didn’t matter what I did or what gear I got for her… the dps just wasn’t there. I was then faced with the choice… do I prefer to be demonology or do I prefer to be a raiding warlock? That question had no easy answer and frustrated me for months. But when it came down to it, I prefered to be a demonology warlock to being a raiding one. That, combined with a tank shortage, catapulted me into the tanking role I now have.
Askevar was an unholy spec tank for the spell resist in Naxx. It worked and it suited her decently. When we hit Ulduar, however, it was no longer sufficient. So I faced the same question – do I prefer to tank or do I prefer to be unholy? The answer was that I preferred to tank and thus went frost, which I have stuck with since in some form or another. I flirted with blood but completely detest the spec. Why? I don’t really know. It doesn’t feel right.
Well blood is the tanking spec in the new expansion… so when Cataclysm does hit I’ll be faced with the question once again – do I prefer to be a tank or do I prefer to be frost?
I dread the answer… which even with the beta at my fingertips, I can’t say anything for certain. I won’t know for probably a month or two after the expansion hits. That is going to be a murky time… as always. There will be a flurry of people changing mains and perhaps roles… we may become unbalanced again… or not have enough tanks or healers… or too many. It’s something we’ll have to work with and adjust to and the teams will probably have to adjust accordingly in some cases.
It will all work out, but the beginning of expansion frustration is not something I look forward to… The not knowing who I’ll be playing is probably the most annoying point in there… which is why I try to focus on the now and let the rest work itself out, as it inevitably will.
Anyway, enough of my rambly thoughts.
ETA: And if it’s my disc priest, I know just how to RP transition to her… it all came to me the other night 😛 but anyway, we shall see. And yes, I’ll try to stop being depressing now.