With the christmas cheer and new years beer (well wine mostly) slowly working its way out of my system it's time to get this train back on track... if it ever really was on track in the first place.
As you can imagine I didn't play as consistently over the holidays as I would otherwise (happy new years at that) but I did manage to get a fair few hours of playtime in while no one was looking.
The thing that struck me most thusfar is the fact that I barely ran an instance. No matter where I turn I either seem to be getting bounced from the run due to lack of healers or something else happens like someone paying enough attention to see that I have an attack power enchant on my bracers and calling me a total noob over it and _then_ bouncing me out of the run.
Ok fine, so I train enchanting and I don't always re-enchant.... *sigh* it's exhausting to try and pug anything sometimes.
Most of all I think it's the massive excess of DPS classes running around these days which is causing my lousy luck with instance runs. After all, dps is easy to come by unlike tanks and healers (healers mostly it seems) and if you have to choose between a crazy mal-enchanted, weirdly geared, strangely talented warlock and a random facerolling ret paladin you go with the paladin (of course).
So I upgraded (downgraded) my level 80 warlock to banking status, put a dent in my tailoring (410), picked up leatherworking (400), did some mild enchanting (405) and pushed blacksmithing along (410) and then went to file bankruptcy after having spent something in the neighbourhood of 2k gold on various mats.
Looking at my shabby pile of 500g remaining I'd say the other professions are going to have to wait. Incidentally it sucks not having a miner in northrend (kicks self for not thinking of the expansion when dropping mining on the paladin).
Also incidentally it seems that 1 eternal whatever is worth less than 10 crystallized whatevers of the same type on my server so I have been doing my best to normalize the market by buying eternals and selling them as 10 x crystallized(s).
How do you crystallize fire anyway? Ah nevermind...
Without decent instance runs available for my warlock and it being a completely worthless class in non-BG PVP my warlock is pretty much done for now so I decided it was: Hammertime
I dusted off my pally, threw on some cobalt defense gear and went off to aoe grind some rhinos outside of warsong hold. And before I knew it I was level 71 and had a boatload of rhino meat and chunks of rhino fur in my bag... funny how paladin aoe grinding can put me in a trance sometimes.
I am thinking since the rhino's aoe so well I might just stick around for another level's worth of grinding; Sure, sure it's not as efficient as straight up questing but it's very relaxed, have a chat kind of activity that pays a decent chunk of gold at no risk. The rhino meat will make a nice stockpile for one of those dalaran cooking dailies and with the rhinos being just outside warsong hold I can just park my pally there and aoe grind a little inbetween levelling lowbies who are in dire need of some love.
For a brief moment I was worried about not having any badges and then I remembered... it hasn't even been 2 months since wrath was released.
Plenty of time to do that...
And you? Are you back on track yet?