I wasn’t sure I’d see the day where I’d be okay with being casual in WoW. I got my first taste of raiding in The Burning Crusade, and it’s been love ever since. Of course I started out casual… A Karazhan here, a Gruul or Mag pug there… I never really got far into TBC raiding, but that was okay. I wanted to become better and I took steps towards that end. With a bit of luck and more than enough skill, I rose through progression ranks quickly through Wrath until I landed in Drow.
Progression had never been more fun and exciting. I am eternally grateful for the chance Sirah and Kurkis (GM/RL and recruiter respectively) gave me when I know they weren’t expecting much from me. No, really. They weren’t. I was told Sirah’s words were “Hey, it’s her money.” to Kurkis’s inquiry about whether or not he wanted a vagina tanking(his words, lol). Proved them both wrong. Ha. And again for the chance to be an officer (never thought I’d see the day, to be honest). I’ve learned a lot over the years and found my happy little niche in the raiding world.
I’ve since uprooted myself from that niche and for a while wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with myself. I’m still leveling my Horde druid – 85 at the time of writing – but I have a better idea of what to do. There’s so much to do in Warcraft that I haven’t done.
Most of my time playing in the past 4 years has been dedicated to raiding in some fashion. I now have the time to do as I please. I don’t have to worry about whether or not I have time to do something before raid, or whether or not I’ve spent a lot of time min-maxing and preparing for raids. I had a limited amount of free time when MoP came out and we began raiding, and all of that free time had to be dedicated to maximizing my Priest for progression.
I felt trapped and it wasn’t fun. Raiding began interfering with a normal sleep schedule (yes, I require at least 7 hours if I’m to be not-grumpy all the time). My life was punctuated with 2-4 hour naps between raiding and work.
Now, however… I have the time to do what I want to do and not do just what’s in the best interest for my guild. When my Troll hits level 90 I know I’ll spend time gearing up and whatever else, but there’s going to be more to it. Achievements and reputation farming(old stuff), pet battles and pet collecting, collecting transmog sets… I’m happy to be going back to playing WoW just to enjoy the game. Hell, I might even PvP!
I’ve never stopped enjoying playing WoW. My sights are set just a bit different now.