Well my mind is all over the place with all the planning to do for alts, my current 70's and the beta news so I decided to just split this post into 3.
I now have two characters at 70 and am once again at the liberty to pick a new character class to bring up all the way to 70. With my recent adventures into pally healing / shocking I have a strong hunger for a true spell damage / healer hybrid and the elemental shaman seems to be the way to go. But on the other hand my druid is coming along nicely sitting fully rested at lvl 52. I am also rather enjoying my hunter for the fast-forward levelling it can do and the ability to be a complete huntard and still manage to survive quite easily.
I enjoy alts tremendously. Learning the basics on each class really makes me appreciate the effort blizzard put into giving each class and even each spec a unique feel to it. Not only that but with every character I learn pvp seems to get easier.
So many choices to look forward to.
70 Kind of feels like the end of the game. With limited time to play, no guild and the prospect of spending the next 10 years in a bg grinding for gear the appeal of a lvl 70 character is a lot less than that of a new one. There's a lot of things I take my 70 out to do such as soloing instances, exploring the world, picking up recipes and generally fooling around but my characters lack tangible goals.
Gear has never been a priority to me. Sure I'd like to have a set of full merciless or vengeful gear but then again there is no real need for it. I was able to level to 70 in outland greens and adding more gear at this point is only helping to reduce the challenge of the game.
There's still plenty of things to do, but it's down to my own creativity rather than following a beaten path.
At any rate you know you're in trouble when your first 70 is considering a carreer in banking.
This whole beta WotLK thing is getting out of hand. I am fairly sure it was the same before tbc but reading a cross section of various wow forums and blogs it's absolutely mind boggling how many people are screaming bloody murder. The complaints range from their classes becoming obsolete, to other classes being OP, to not being able to start all characters at lvl 55 and can even go as far as outright demanding to not have features in the game such as the achievment system that's apparantly being considered.
Now I don't mind a bit of healthy speculation. I am sure the people over at elitist jerks welcome the chance to sink some math into the topic but why in the blazes would anyone get angry over things that aren't certain yet?
The problem is partially that people put the new beta stuff into context with the current TBC environment. We don't even know what most of the new lvl 70+ mobs in northrend will behave like let alone any of the bosses. What strikes us as OP now might be completely trivial when we're actually standing in northrend.
So I guess we're looking at a troll-paradise for the next 4-7 months or however long it takes for WotLK to release. I am not sure what's worse... inviting a community of trolls to live on your blog because you decided to post some WotLK stuff or people that actually believe what is posted (and there's some strange stuff out there already).
This would be an ideal time for an april 1st kind of post.