Keeping Motivated – Paladin Update 66 and 1/4

As the title of this post implies, I’m currently ¼ of the way through 66. I haven’t played at all this week, save for about an hour and 30 minutes last night. It hasn’t’ been an issue with time, either.

One of the central issues in my life, and this extends to WoW, is getting motivated to do things. In a sick and pathetic way, WoW is one of the few “hobbies” I’ve kept up for an extended period of time. The key to this, I think, is making sure I don’t take this game too seriously.

Over the past few days, WoW started feeling like my second job. So I had to take a couple of days off from playing.

The key to keeping motivated is to always remember the big picture goal, while at the same time re-evaluating and updating your smaller goals. My big picture goal is hitting 70, but in doing so, I need to build an infrastructure for end-game success. This means, learning to play my class effectively, building a network of in-game friends, and getting sufficiently geared. This all sounds pretty sad and pathetic, but it’s true. The best players in this game aren’t just skilled players . . . they also have a network of people they can rely on for support.

The very first character I got to 60 in this game was an Undead Rogue. I didn’t care about gear, and I didn’t care about grouping—I didn’t care about anything except hitting level 60. I spent my time in an endless grind. Sinister Strike and Eviscerate. Over and over and over again. I never ran instances. I never really made friends.

Once I hit 60, there was no magic switch. The game didn’t automatically become “fun.” I knew I just wanted to PVP, but with my lack of gear, I was getting destroyed in BGs. When I finally joined a guild and started raiding, I hated it. I didn’t know anyone and I couldn’t think of a worse way to spend my time than listening to a bunch of people over vent bark orders for 3 hours a night. My guild sucked, rogues sucked, the entire game sucked.

I had played the game “wrong.” This is what I want to avoid.

One major stumbling block is finding a guild. I’m not 100% sure if I’m going to transfer or stay, so I haven’t put a lot of effort into that. I’m not looking for a hardcore 6PM EST time raiding guild. I’m looking for a small-to-mid size casual guild, with a focus on PVP. My friend’s PVP guild on Rivendare sounds like a good place for me . . . as he put it, “even if you suck, they’ll let you know and show you how to not suck.” I’ve also got a friend on Blackrock who is looking to start a PVP guild. I really need to figure out my server situation, ASAP.

ANYWAYS, even though I rode out to Nagrand and picked up the Flight Point there, I mostly quested in Terrokar. I’m almost at the point of out-leveling the zone, but most of the quests are still yellow for me. I finished up the Shadow Tomb (http://www.wowhead.com/?quest=10881) and the accompanying escort quest (http://www.wowhead.com/?quest=10887) which afforded me a sweet DPS ring (that I DESPRATELY needed. The escort reward was a new shield, which could be nice if I decide to respec back to Protection.

I tried to get help for THE SHADOW TOMB, but no one was currently on it. Turns out it was fairly easy as a 66 Ret Pally. Mobs were nice and spread out, so rarely did I have to face more than 1 at a time. It’s a pretty big area though, so it took some time to clear out the mobs.

The escort quest was easy as well, since the NPC Akuno does big damage with his chain lightening. I just dropped consecrate and tried to keep the mobs on me as long as I could and waited for him to cast Chain Lightening. I made it out of the tomb with no problems.

I also completed Torgos! (http://www.wowhead.com/?quest=10036) with the help of a 64 Shadow Priest. I’m pretty sure I could have solo’d this quest, because I practically did solo it. The Priest wasn’t much help . . . they didn’t bother healing, just started melting face right off the bat. They also picked up 2 adds, and with my shitty heals, I wasn’t able to help them. In fact, it hurt me because I had to waste mana trying to heal them up. After they died, I was dangerously low on mana. I couldn’t all out DPS because of my low mana, so I took some pretty heavy damage. I didn’t want to have to redo the quest, so I popped Lay on Hands. I was never in danger after that, but it took me forever to take down the adds because I was OOM. Nonetheless, I was able to complete the quest.

The priest made a number of errors which she apologized for. First of all, she failed to see the two adds. Second, she poured on too much damage too quickly, and even with Righteous Fury, I wasn’t able to pull them off. It was probably a bad idea for me to go OOM trying to heal her up as well. But in the end, we both got the quest done, so no harm, no foul.

At that point, I helped a 64 Shaman kill some cabalists then hearth’d to Shatt and called it a night.

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