I’ve been trying to be more socially active lately unfortunately that cuts into my WoW playtime, that and the NFL playoffs, but this weekend I did manage to get to level 85 on the warlock! It was exciting and it was…not?
I’ll be honest, the cut down in leveling for Cataclysm really leaves me feeling…well weird? I don’t even know the feeling, maybe disappointed? Maybe unsatisfied? I really felt that when I hit 85, I didn’t accomplish anything. It felt awesome getting to 70, getting to 80! But getting to 85 was….well….nothing. I really wasn’t that excited, it seemed that my guild mates were more excited for me than I was.
I’m trying to pinpoint what it is that is leaving me feeling empty about 85. I’m just not sure. I think it stems from that I feel like I didn’t really even try, there wasn’t really a challenge or effort to get to 85. I did all of Vashir, all of Deepholm, and made it to just before the wedding in Twilight Highlands. I know now the next step is to start doing rep grinds and dungeons for gear and all that, but I feel as though my leveling is still incomplete.
I wonder if it wasn’t professions too. My warlock is enchanting and tailoring. By max level, I had enchanting barely 475 and tailoring isn’t much better. So there’s a sense that I am still incomplete with my professions as well! I certainly didn’t expect to be max level, but I did hope to be further along by level 85.
I’m just not feeling this level 85 business yet. I know that by nature, I love leveling up my characters, seeing their new abilities, leveling their professions, etc. They all have a sense of development. Even who they decide to ally with as their first reputations. There’s a sense of character development for me – and this time, I’m just not feeling it.
Perhaps it is the linearity of the quests. The inability to skip some that you just don’t feel like doing without consequence. I am guessing that in most cases now, if I attempt to skip some I will flat-out not be able to proceed. I might give that a test. While I appreciate the flow, perhaps this inflexibility is what makes it feel “bleh” to me. It might be that it’s the fastest after an expansion that I’ve ever leveled up, so that may factor in too.
Who knows! I might spend some time this week playing one of the lower level alts or just doing some more archaeology. Ross will keep working towards quests in highlands. He needs to get down to Uldum too to discover the instances there. Maybe seeing some new instances will help me get more in the mood for this level 85 business. But right now, I’m just not even excited about it.