Growing Up Horde, Part II

About four months ago I wrote a post in response to a ‘heated discussion’ Jonas Luster and I had regarding Alliance v. Horde. I promised him I’d take him up on his challenge and level a Horde toon to 30.

Well, I failed. In the midst of a new raiding guild, AQ40/Naxx and everything else, my little troll fell by the wayside and probably got kicked out of We No by Sean (which is okay, as I won’t be coming back to her). I was enjoying my five-day-a-week raiding schedule and my shiny new gear and all of the great people I’d met in my new guild on my 60 Alliance Hunter (Night Elf, too!).

About a month ago though, a few things happened: a very good friend of mine stopped playing WoW, and I started suffering from raiding burnout.

Considering I’d only been at it a couple of months, it leads me to believe that maybe a hardcore raiding guild wasn’t what I really wanted after all. I kept going to raids, paying my repair bills and dropping the occasional repair bot, but it wasn’t fun any more, even as we started progressing through Naxx and downing bosses in there. It could be because I missed my friend, or maybe I just wasn’t into it.

So I quit. I stopped playing WoW for about a week but I missed the game itself too much, so I rerolled a dwarf priest on Vek’nilash (my boss plays on that server) and played her to level 32. Just as I was really starting to get into the whole priest thing, though, my friend who had quit playing WoW and that I desperately missed decided to start playing again — but he wanted to reroll Horde (another Night Elf Hunter refugee), and he wanted to reroll on a PvP server.

Game on.

So last week we created an undead priest and mage (I’m the mage, I couldn’t stomach leveling another priest so quickly) on one of the brand new PvP servers and have joined the race to 60. As a pair we’re enjoying a lot of success questing yellow/orange and earning decent XP, as well as some great PvP survivability. We hit level 25 in SFK last night, and as I was thinking about hitting the ‘halfway’ mark of 30, I remembered the challenge from Jonas and how I’d never finished it.

Well, here’s to you punkin. I’ll hit 30 this weekend hopefully, and I’ll let you know how it goes. Let me just say two things:

1) Horde > Alliance as far as community and organization goes so far in both PvP and PvE. Now, there’s a lot of rerolls when the new servers come out, and I realize I’ve been hitting instances with groups that are probably comprised entirely of people who already have 60s but… I did plenty of grouping up AT level 60 that was much, much worse than the worst group I’ve had so far.

2) PvP > PvE server: Truth. I was never very good at PvP, but there’s something about having to GET good at it or spend your entire night corpse-running that really turns things around. I’ve been ganked a few times, but I can live with that as I’m sure I’ll be doing my fair share of ganking when I’m having a particularly grouchy day. Running with a group to do Deadmines was by far the most fun I’ve had in WoW since… maybe ever, and I keep having more ‘most fun’ moments the more I level. Running into a couple of Alliance parties outside of SFK last night at various points in the evening only made my fingers itch for when we’ll all be outside Strat or BRS later on down the road.

2) Paladins can DIAF. Srsly. I know that’s 3, but I really wanted to say it so I made it 2 as well.

12 Comments so far

  1. Patrick Wade (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 12:09 pm

    The thing is, paladins *won’t* DIAF; we’re invulnerable. We get free mounts too.

  2. Bendyr (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

    Bah, you’ll DIAF once your pretty little fairy bubble bursts.

    As a Horde Non-Paladin on a PVP server, I agree completely with OP ;).

  3. Matt - Clew (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 5:47 pm

    glad to see another alliance reroll sees that horde is better than the alliance

  4. Peaches (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 6:07 pm

    I prefer pvp servers, and I prefer Horde. Oddly I’m playing as Alliance on a pve server at the moment. Why? Because my old Horde server was in the wrong timezone for my new job and because a whole host (as in 10+) of my real-world friends are there.

    Why can’t they just see the light?

  5. Bendyr (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 9:34 pm

    Don’t you mean… the dark side?

  6. Shannon (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 9:43 pm

    I had a lot of fun chasing a pally down with blink until his bubble burst this evening and then owning him with frosty goodness. I had a lot of fun chasing a pally down with blink until his bubble burst this evening and then owning him with frosty goodness.

  7. Bendyr (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 8:17 am

    Well when it comes to killing pallies…

    ice is also great, and would suffice.

  8. Soraffe (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 10:09 am

    Glad to see your back in game and having fun again, your old Alliance friends still miss you alot.

  9. Shannon Campbell (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 10:18 am

    Awww, Soraffe, you’re one of the ones I miss the most. All those bitchy nights learning MC in We Know were some of the best… but I think Basti is retired for good. :)

  10. Donald (AKA Dreadmoon) (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    “but I think Basti is retired for good. :)”

    Just when Dreadmoon is 59 and hitting 60 this weekend…

  11. Shannon Campbell (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 10:29 am

    OMG though, grats2u! Seriously, I’m sad that I’ll be missing your foray into endgame, it’s sure to be… interesting. /wink

  12. Donald (AKA Dreadmoon) (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 10:31 am

    Last week was my first raiding week.. ZG, MC and AQ20… an amazing experience to tell the truth

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