This week has seen a number of posts pop up around the blogosphere about all the upcoming changes and the preparation bloggers have put into making sure they are ready for patch 3.3′s release. I am so woefully unprepared for this new tier of raiding that I’m actually sitting here in front of my computer a bit mopey about it all. I’ve decided to stop avoiding it and instead outline for your entertainment all those things I have managed not to do in time for 3.3.
Note: This is a list I’ve put together off the top of my head and it consists of a random mix of personal, character and guild related un-accomplishments.
1. Not Enough Haste
I love my gear, I really do. In fact I love it so much that I couldn’t really find any pieces I wanted to change in order to get remotely close to our ridiculous new haste cap in preparation for the rework to Gift of the Earth Mother. I’m sliding into Icecrown with a grand total of 503 haste and don’t ask me where I’m going to magically pull another 250 haste out of my branches.
2. Working Out What The Hell Glyph of Rapid Rejuvenation Is All About
So I’ve read the tooltip explanation, I’ve read Lissanna’s posts on druid changes for 3.3 and I still don’t really get how much it will impact me and whether or not it will be useful. I know it’s not really that complicated but I appear to have hit my knowledge cap for this expansion and am unable to take in anymore druid changes/nerfs/spells – you name it, I don’t really want to know about it. This tree is hitting middle age and she’s comfortable with how things are!
Ok, ignoring the minor tanty I just had, even though I don’t really get the glyph I’m taking Liss’s advice and switching it into my secondary resto spec. I’m still a bit dubious over how beneficial it will be.
3. Buying Up Gems & Enchanting Mats For My New Gear
Nope, didn’t even think about it and will instead pay a small fortune for these must have items if I win any new loot tomorrow. Am I a sucker or what? People that play the auction house must absolutely love players like me!
4. Research Icecrown Boss Fights
I have no idea what the bosses are in Icecrown, I have absolutely no idea which ones are released tomorrow. Normally I would carry out my research during my lunch break but being so close to Christmas there is a vast number of Christmas lunches and parties in the calendar. Instead of researching I will be out at lunch having a nice glass of wine so here’s hoping someone more organised then me puts together some ideas for healing assignments and strategies otherwise I’m just going to wing it.
5. Determining Any Gear Upgrades
I normally go into each patch with a rough idea of any good gear drops off the first couple of bosses. I try to have a spreadsheet ready to go printed out on paper by my desk because our GM does our bidding countdown from 5 -> 1 in what feels like a split second. The very thought of me not giving MBC (one of my fellow trees with way to much DKP) a run for his money is just so wrong! Tomorrow night I’ll be going in pretty blind so I’ve decide to live fast and loose by the following rule:
If leather spellpower gear drops and it has more haste on it than my current item then I want it bad!
6. Anub’arak on Hard Mode
This is frustrating for the most part because my guild hasn’t been motivated enough to bother showing up for scheduled raid nights. One of my guildies told me that most of the world first guilds took approximately 200 – 250 attempts to get this sucker down (he’s a numbers man, so I’m not even bothering to check those facts). I think we have perhaps mustered up 100 attempts if that. We finally succeeded in getting to phase 3 consistently this Sunday, to only have 22 guildies online for last nights raid. As a healer you only really get to practice the hard stuff once you hit phase 3, so to get a chance to experience that and then have it taken away was pretty demoralizing.
7. Having My Guildies Kiss & Make Up (You Know Who You Are)
The thing I love most about WoW is getting to meet all different kinds of people. Whats even more amazing is when you actually find among those millions of WoW players, a group of people that your genuinely like talking to and can respect. It’s upsetting when you find out that no matter how much you might love them all to pieces, when you get 3 strong willed stubborn people not seeing eye to eye, nothing you say is going to make them changes their minds or convince them to handle things differently. In the spirit of the coming holidays, Christmas and Patch 3.3, here’s hoping they can put aside their differences and we can try tackling Icecrown as the solid team we are. Remember guys we work well together just as much because of our differences as our shared goals and attitudes.
For all my unpreparedness I am still very much looking forward to this last big patch for Wrath. We’ve been working our way towards Arthas over the last 12 months and just like a good book, you just can’t put it down as you reach those final chapters. TOGC has been a nice filler and sub plot but it’s time for the finale and no matter how much I didn’t get Lath ready for this patch, I definitely plan on facing it front and centre tomorrow!