Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Race Change!

When I came back to World of Warcraft from Star Wars The Old Republic, I switched servers to join some old raiding buddies. In the process, I race changed my Paladin to a Tauren. 

This is something I had always wanted to do, but by the time they announced Sunwalkers, SWTOR was already in my thinking and I didn't see the point in putting money into a game I was getting ready to leave. Then my guild switched to Alliance midway through Firelands, and I changed to playing my Hunter as my main and it simply wasn't an option anymore.

I much preferred the SunWalker take on the Paladin as sun powered druids over the Blood Elves sucking dry a Naaru. I leveled through 85 to 90 as a Tauren and even did the first couple of raid nights. I had reclaimed my spot in the tanking corps, and when you are Horde, Tauren means Tank.

But as we started raiding, I noticed I was having more trouble than usuals. I wasn't sure if it was age starting to catch up with me, or what. The Tauren model is big, really big. He eats up a good deal of screen real estate. His size also makes him feel ponderous and slow. The final straw was my transmog gear, especially my beloved Tier 6, looked awful on him.

I decided to go back to a Blood Elf. 

 I really wish Blizzard had done more to update the lore on the Blood Knights in the wake of the events at the Sunwell. But from what I've gathered, Blood Knights are now powered by the Sunwell directly. I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of role Lor'themar takes in the lore as we move through the expansion.

I've been very happy with the decision. The Blood Elf model looks great (of course it would!) and almost immediately I felt my performance improving in our raids.


Wookie7 said...

Sigh...I miss the dwarf.

Ted A. said...

You know, I do too sometimes.

I'm playing with my friends and we've been together since the Karazhan days. About mid-way through Wrath, they went Horde and I went with them.

We have a great time together raiding, or running 5 mans or making side bets in LFR. This is a great group to run with. They let me take my time, but still get serious about downing bosses (when the attendance boss doesn't bite us).

Now if my team (which operates sort of like a guild within a guild) ever broke up and they left the game, I would have to find a new group and I'd look hard for a team with the Alliance.

But for now, there's no where I'd rather be than with my team killing the internet dragons. If that means I have to be Horde, so be it.

Anonymous said...

... I have been reading this blog since 2007. I actually was a paladin tank back then, and there after because of what i read and learned here. I can no longer play WoW seriously, and haven't in well over 2 years, due to school. But I continue to come here to experience, at a very small degree, the fulfillment of standing toe to toe against a monster and hear about the unique struggles that can only be understood by another tank.

Keep the stories coming, as they are very entertaining 3AM study break.


Anonymous said...

HH, I fully agree. You've made the right choices in my book. Then again, despite many of my friends pointing out their 'awesome transmogs' on their tauren pallies, mine is still belf! It took a long time to get enough of my ally friends to xfer / level another toon on Horde side, but sure enough, they are thoroughly enjoying it. I presume the same would be true if it was going the other direction.

I think the (still) most disconcerting part of playing a belf after the ally pallies (still playing them!), is that the belf insists on standing sideways which always makes me wonder if mobs are bypassing his dodge!

Let's face it though - all those sunwalkers do look the part of the immovable buttress ... but we have way better hair! Way better! Far more stylish tanks!


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