While I have tried to stay away from Cataclysm talks, I haven’t been entirely successful. I plunged into the chat about dungeons, and I questions still abound about what choices lay before us. Being an opinionated and outspoken member of our raiding team (in a few ears at least) I have offered opinions and been solicited for advice concerning the coming shape of raids and how it will affect guild management issues.
I can’t say that the thoughts have not occurred to me as I have gained some information here and there, but by and large, I do not intend nor want to be a news aggregate site that discusses pre-release information that I have no way to verify other than frazzled blue postings. Still, I must make some decisions, about my own role, in forming an informed enough opinion to be an asset to my guild in future discussions, and generally to find out what I want from the coming expansion.
The most difficult decision I face, is what to do about my main. As of right now, I am thoroughly waffling between a bevy of characters that are in some process of leveling or waiting for the floodgates to open to L85. The first thing I must do is have any character I am committed to playing as my main up to 80 and ready to level when Cataclysm hits. I feel I owe that much to my guild, as I fully intend to start a leveling Worgen to explore the new world as well.
Out of my eight character slots on Scarlet Crusade, I have 6 viable characters, a banker type, a saved slot for my upcoming druid, and a *gasp* empty slot. And to start the list…
My current main raiding character. Dual-specced as restoration/elemental, her elemental set is sadly lacking gems and enchants, and she isn’t really viable to use her second spec. To add salt to the wound so to speak, I don’t really like being a restoration shaman. I think I’m fairly good at it, do my part and all that, but I don’t log onto Windsoar to shoot the breeze or run a few dungeons, I choose another character for that. There’s just something “not right” about her class to me, and honestly, if I hadn’t duo’ed her with one of my husband’s characters, I don’t think she would have ever made it to 80. I’m glad I leveled her, I’m glad I’ve experienced raiding as a healing turret, but I’m just not sure she’s the right toon for me to play through another expansion. And it is so hard to change mains once you’re leveled and beating on content.
My only other 80 on SC, Aliera was my previous main when I was Horde side. She is also dual specced, but as protection and retribution. . I took a break from Aliera trying to put bad memories to rest, but I also absolutely love to tank. I feel fully engaged when I’m the tank, either keeping up with my rotation, positioning, or just keeping a general eye on my raid or party. There’s a lot to be said for just having a plain good time on your character. Aliera would also be my first choice to duo content with my husband’s moonkin. We’ve tried a number of combinations over the years, and the tankadin and boomer have definitely been one of our more solid teams.
There is a down-side however. Whereas I never really lose my perfectionist nature when playing other characters, I am much less vocal about matters when I’m not tanking. Even if I’m not grumping to my raid team, I am definitely mumbling at my monitor, and I’m afraid if I return to Aliera as my main, my husband may be liable to divorce me. Paladins bring a lot to the raiding table, but we also have a rather large pool of paladins to choose from in the guild, so there are definitely some cons to making her my main.
At 71, Corrinna is my next closest level 80 on SC. She is dual-specced Arms and Protection. As it stands in current content, I would likely give up Arms for the more competitive Fury. Like Windsoar, Corrinna doesn’t sing to me. I like her, she’s fun to crash through some content with, but I can’t myself being Corrinna every raid. I think you have to be a warrior to love a warrior, and in my secret heart of hearts… I just don’t work off of rage. Angry mutterings, inconsequential musings, but definitely not rage.
Still at L60, my death knight is still plugging away at Loremaster, albeit slowly. I still haven’t leveled one to 80 since beta, so my leet skillz are sorely untested in the hows and what-fors of tanking or dps’ing as a death knight. Currently I am considering dual-speccing her for a tanking and dps combination, just because I like to tank so much.
I think I would definitely want Nightfall at 80 and get some experience under her belt before she even got limited consideration. While most of my other characters I have a reasonable comfort level with their rotation and gearing needs, I admit that death knights remain a fuzzy mystery to me. The bonus is that we don’t have a ton of death knights that raid in our guild, so she could be an asset in either a tanking or damage dealing capacity depending on how things work out.
My leveling mage. Currently I’ve specced as frost against my natural inclination to go fire. I had fun when I got frost nova, but the more I level and the more I cast frostbolt and blizzard the less enchanted I become with her. I am currently considering picking up dual-spec for arcane when I reach 40. I had a mage main before in BC before I made the switch to Aliera. They can be a ton of fun, but…. oh the butts are amazing, right? I haven’t been dps in such an awfully long time, I’m afraid I will embarrass myself horrendously. Can I have fun standing in the back, waggling my fingers and watching big numbers? I’m pretty sure… but do I wanna bet on it?
That priest I say I’m going to level, I actually started! My GM and I are duo’ing a priest and a mage, and while I had intended to roll as shadow, I just could not pass up the tasty goodness of Power Infusion coupled with a mage. Of course, that leads me to thinking: dual healing specs! I like to heal, I’m not nearly as gripey on my healers as I am on my tank, and I’ve already had a L80 priest and really loved her. However, I was pretty dedicated to progression at the time, so she didn’t get much play time except on alt nights. However, this is my lowest level character, she is firmly committed to leveling with her partner, and getting her to 80 by Cataclysm may be beyond my reach.
Angsty Am I
So, even writing it all down, I still haven’t picked the perfect choice for me. I’ve still got time, I’ve got plenty of options, but nothing just jumps out to say “pick me, pick me!” If I cared only for myself, I would pick Aliera in a heartbeat purely for the love of playing the class. However, I do have raid members and a loving spouse to consider, and in that light, Vhaera may very well be the best choice. The guild is currently bandying around a few ideas, which I may detail a bit more tomorrow, that would allow me to have two designated raiding characters, and if so, that may solve a number of my problems.
Have you decided what your main will be for Cataclysm? Are you thoroughly devoted to your class of choice, or do you have options to consider, and weighings to make?