I’m probably a few days late on this post, but I thought I’d do a summary of how my characters performed and how their journey was in 2011. As Cataclysm was released just before 2011, it was interesting to see how they adapted to the changes and how they did. So without further ado…
Rossini hit level 85 a week or two into 2011. As a member of a successful raiding group in late LK, Rossini was a priority so that I could hit raiding in Cataclysm. However, it was evident that it wasn’t going to happen. I was severely lagging behind everyone else and hadn’t done any heroics. It was clear Rossini was not going to be an early Cataclysm raider. Also, pushing hard to level is not my style, and soon after 85, Rossini was burned out. He maxed out professions pretty quickly, but heroics and dungeons burned him out and unfortunately I would soon avoid logging in on him. Warlock isn’t my ideal class anyways. He did however sub in for raiding and got Nefarian, Cho’gall, and Al’akir killed. This was about where his play time ended. Other than holidays and disenchanting things, Rossini’s highlights ended around the time Firelands was released.
With the addition of archaeology and a desire to avoid leveling zones shortly after expansions, Elgar leveled to 85 using archaeology XP. This was bad as he didn’t have any gear, but through questing he got to the point where he was “up to speed”. Keeping disc as a primary spec, he eventually tried his hand at healing. The first dungeon was a disaster and depressed and scared Elgar then relied on shadow for nearly all activities after that. I dislike shadow, but wasn’t left with much choice. Elgar leveled his professions, but then too, was shelved due to general dislike of the condition of priests. With Firelands, gear was a little easier to obtain, and Elgar went to a non-smite spec. This changed everything, healing was feasible for him again and soon heroics were no challenge. As a result, Elgar ended 2011 as a confident healer and with the highest gear score of any of my toons! Elgar also is rocking his transmogrified priest T5. He’s again a favorite toon. I will always have a place for the priest class.
Troutwort and Schubert
These two had about the same story, leveling up, geared enough to do heroics, struggled with crafting professions (Trout is still not max level) and didn’t see much play time. They still have a long way to go, but nothing bad about either one. Trout is better for DPS than Schubert because I keep Schubert as frost…and though I love that little gnome, I know my refusal to make him “spec of the patch” will keep me limited. Nothing special for either one in 2011.
Sousa had the biggest changes, though Elgar was spooked away from healing, Sousa thought to give it a shot. Leveling as enhancement, his “primary” spec, I collected healing gear as it became available from quests and from extras in dungeons. After collecting enough gear, I started to heal normals to get a feel for it. I still remember having a heal crit for 52k in my crappy gear and just about falling over dead. Elgar couldn’t pull off numbers like that! Then 76k heals from Sousa and I had found my healer. Sousa quickly became the toon I felt most confident on. Sousa had a good run, heroics, keeping up with both resto and enhance gear, I grew to really love the shaman. I did 6/7 in Firelands with Sousa thanks to the great guild group, and had some good luck on mounts with him. Only once Elgar got more confidence did Sousa lose his place as the favorite/most geared toon.
The druid is a similar story to Troutwort and Schubert, though his professions struggled even more, as I had a max level enchanter, making it to max for enchanting hasn’t been a priority. Boomkin spec was okay, but for DPS casting, I like the mage better, and though he regained a healing spec, I still don’t care for the HoT-style healing of the druid. It’s not my style. Though he hit level 85, Sibelius cannot do heroics and is least accomplished of the level 85s.
The little gnome DK was a project to push to 85 once I realized all we were missing for the Classy Gnome achievement is a gnome DK. However, after hitting level 80, Grom hit level 85 on his gnome DK and so she stopped being a project. She did get her blacksmithing up to 450 which puts her ready to tackle Cataclysm.
The dwarf rogue made a push with Cataclysm. As a way to see lower level zones, Haydn spent much time pushing through zones. Hitting 2011 around level 35 or so, he ended 2011 at level 70. He’s a fun diversion from the normal and I found that I did enjoy the rogue more than I thought I would. New quests probably really helped. Now that they have nerfed XP required for levels 70 to 80 he might get a little play time, I don’t care for Northrend much anymore, so it’s harder for me to level there than in Outlands…I know, I’m the only one that feels this way.
2011 was a HUGE year for the worgen warrior Mouret, mostly because he didn’t exist in 2010. Ha! Another class that I always struggled to get into, the new leveling experience and having a hunter friend to level with made the warrior far more tolerable and he wins for most levels earned in 2011, going from level 1 to level 53. Only slowed by waiting to play with my friend, he’s been a huge success and a good experience to see other things. In 2012, he’ll try some tanking.
Last and least: the dwarf paladin. The last play time in 2011, less than low level alts on another account I have. Kalinnikov gained 0 levels in 2011. Still stuck at level 80, he hasn’t seen any of the new zones. I should run some of the quests and then get him into some dungeons and learn to tank again, but it hasn’t happened. I have my toons organized by what level they are…I fear that poor Kalinnikov will one day, be last on the list. I’m sorry Repgrind, I do not have the enthusiasm to level paladins like you do.
So that’s the summary! It was a busy year and yet, I feel like 2011 in WoW didn’t accomplish much. Since patch 4.3 my play time has increased and again I feel interested in WoW. I’m looking forward to MoP and feel that for me, now, it’s just a matter of getting everyone ready for that point. The guild changed a bit in 2011 too and though we hit Level 25 pretty close to as soon as we could, we lost some good people, that I will miss, to groups that raided more. However, the spirit of Crits and Giggles has not changed, we picked up some awesome new players and I look forward to experiencing more and more of the game with them.