On Tuesday, my guild successfully downed the Heroic Madness of Deathwing encounter on 25m and thus wrapped up our time raiding in this expansion. We spent Thursday night in Heroic Firelands and cleared up to Heroic Ragnaros, but decided that we didn’t want to spend all of tonight wiping on that (which we probably would end up doing because that encounter is still really tough), so we decided to take tonight off. Next week will be spent getting people their achievements for the Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider achievement and then we are officially done until Mists of Pandaria comes out.
This is the first time that I have ever killed every boss in the current expansion before the next one comes out. I was just shy of an Illidan kill in Burning Crusade. I was a resto druid warming the bench on Heroic Lich King (because resto druids weren’t considered to be very helpful on the 25m mode of that one). And don’t even ask me what the final boss technically was in Vanilla, because I don’t know and frankly can’t remember. Suffice it to say my time spent raiding in Vanilla was mostly a blur and full of plenty of noob moments that I can’t help but look back on and laugh out loud at.
It’s such a weird feeling knowing that next week is my last week spent raiding seriously in Cataclysm. I don’t know what to do with myself after that. I’m so used to raiding and logging in solely to raid that those three days are going to feel sort of empty without having raiding to rely on. Some part of me really wants to pack those three days with other things to do, like PVP, or more Magic the Gathering, and the other part of me really wants to enjoy having nothing to do those nights and getting a good night’s sleep or just doing something simple like reading a book.
Other than the Heroic Madness kill, not too much is going on in my neck of the woods. The latest expansion in Magic the Gathering came out on Friday, so this weekend and the weekend before were filled with pre-release and release day events. I got to try out some new formats and see some of the people that I usually play in Friday Night Magic with in a different light. It’s nice to see people who come to Friday Night Magic with the most minimaxed deck possible trying to create something out of a couple of packs of cards. I think it puts everyone on more even of an even playing field and it’s fun to see what people come up with for themselves.
I am still in the Mists of Pandaria Beta and I will also have Diablo 3 when it comes out. I have never played a Diablo game before, so I’m curious to give it a try and see what all the fuss is about. Diablo seems to have some pretty die-hard fans and I respect any game that can keep people interested and happy during long periods of time between releases like that and any game that has been around that long and helped pave the way for many games after it. I’m not really going into it with any expectations. I just want to poke around and see if it’s something I could get into or get the hang of.
Last but not least, I am participating in something called the Newbie Blogger Initiative that was started by the creator of a blog called Bio Break. This is something that will be happening throughout the month of May and is meant to give new bloggers some motivation to start blogging or to welcome back retired bloggers who are thinking of getting back into the scene again. I signed up as something called a Sponsor and I will be throwing up a post next week with some tips that I have for up and coming bloggers. I really wanted to do this because I definitely feel that I have taken a more unconventional approach to doing things, which has worked for me, and I would like to offer up some different perspective, other than what most people would suggest you do if you want to be a successful blogger.
Leave a comment and let me know what you have been up to, or if you have anything to share or add about the end of raiding in Cataclysm, Diablo 3, the Newbie Blogging Initiative, or anything else that I have mentioned in this post. Let me know what’s on your mind!