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Posted: Jan 17th 2009 1:49PM Kyoji said

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Sounds like good old Warcraft to me. Leveling your first character to 80 you can afford to be blissfully unaware of the additional class and social expectations required of you if you want to continue with content past 80. Before you hit the level cap WoW is a very single player game, requiring you only group with other people for the odd elite quest or dungeon run. After 80 ALL of the max level content (heroics, raids, etc) require you to group up. Some classes have it easier than others in my opinion, for instance my main is a Hunter, so really all I have to worry about is shooting the right stuff and killing as hard and fast as I can. Tanking classes or specs have it the hardest, right next to healers, and that is something no one really mentions or prepares you for before you are tossed into the fray, so to speak. I can understand where you are coming from, and it can be tough to decide if its worth all that effort just to be on the chopping block and blamed for everything that goes wrong in a group.

Makes me wish WoW had some single player content at 80 to offset the incredibly social heavy aspects of its current endgame. Leveling up you are treated as a hero, but once you hit cap you are a noob and just another cog in the machine.

Posted: Jan 17th 2009 4:00PM Tristik said

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"Leveling up you are treated as a hero, but once you hit cap you are a noob and just another cog in the machine. "

That's a pretty good line there. It's probably one reason why I've got so many high level alts. I hit 80, get bored on a toon with the low rate of return (new abilites/items/content to time/money invested), and go through things again with a new class.
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Posted: Jan 17th 2009 8:50PM (Unverified) said

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I can say, these things troubled me upon reaching level 60, now I had played several mmo's before, but none offered the end-game experience quite like World of Warcraft did. As a gamer I learned quickly how to play my class well by being in competition with others who played my class, and I had no idea whether or not I had picked the right class at all.

Now I am one of the best Warriors I have ever seen in action, one of the best geared as well. I have only a few items left to collect before ive reached my main spec's ideal gear. Its easy to say, anyone who inspects me consideres me a rich, well geared player.

On the edge, my habits are much different than most. I log on to chat with people, and do my hodir dailys (those take forever, but the epic shoulder enchants are necessary for stat caps) I do these things when I have spare time...

I regularly log on from 7:30pm to 12pm 3 nights a week and clear all raid content, except nax 10, and sarth 25 (with 3 drakes)

I dont do nax 10 because I dont need anything from it, and we are working on clearing sarth 25 3 drakes sunday, we had them all down and sarth to 40% before we wiped and called it quits at midnight.

Thats it, 3 nights a week, 4.5 hours a night.
And Ive done it all, I essentially have it all.
And instead of playing ALL THE TIME, I go out, and have a social life. (I try to anyway, poor man here.)

Goals are the essence of an MMO, we all strive to self improve, and without it you get bored.

Also: I looked into the styles of how classes played a bit in video's and forums before I chose my class. I love mine, I will always be a Fury Warrior. Pick a class you feel comfortable exploring whatever content you choose.

If you like to pvp but not be up in someones face, play a frost mage/warlock. If you like to be the center of attention in big orchestrated fights, play a prot warrior or paly or druid or dk even. It all depends on what the class is capable of.

When I watched a video of a certain Fury Warrior named: "Hulksmash" I salivated at the constant, bursty damage he was putting on his enemies, and the warrior can do that even in Arms spec with huge instant strikes. All of that I wanted, and now I have it.

And I put out the MOST damage in Raids. Competitive play is my favorite thing.

Hope all of that helps! :)

Posted: Jan 18th 2009 4:20AM pcgneurotic said

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A warrior! Excellent taste, that blogger!

Posted: Jan 19th 2009 1:48PM (Unverified) said

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Actually, Def Cap for 5-Man Heroics is 535 and I believe 530 for the non-heroic 5-Mans.

Your Tank Progression should be: Normal -> Heroics -> OT Naxx10 -> OT Naxx25 -> MT Naxx10 -> MT Naxx25.

As you pick up 3ish or pieces in each one, you can move on to the next. Grab some of the titansteel gear to help (Head, Chest, Shield) ... boots seem a bit expensive for what you get.

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