One of the things that helps World of Warcraft retain its enormous playerbase is the multitude of personal goals which can be achieved with some degree of effort. Whether its maxxing a tradeskill or obtaining a rare, reputation-based flying mount, there’s almost always another carrot waiting to be worked toward. I achieved several personal goals this weekend, some of which I’ve been working towards since almost the release of the expansion!
Some players complain that the Timelapse Shard suffers from an identity crisis. The threat reduction is obviously intended for PvE use, but the Resilience and high Stamina would seem to points towards its usefulness in PvP. Luckily, it’s an epic item, giving it the stat points to make it useful in both. Wearing this trinket, I’m now at 175 Resilience when decked out in my PvP set. Hardly on par with Gronzy or Mookysolo, but I’m happy with it.
In addition to the long-coveted Timelapse Shard, I won the Nightstaff of the Everliving from Nightbane in Karazhan. While it won’t replace the Shard of the Virtuous I use in PvE or PvP, it will be a great Innervate weapon once I get it enchanted with Spirit. (And don’t worry, no one else was interested in bidding on the item.)
And finally after many weeks of scraping and saving, I was able to raise the 5,000 gold necessary to train Artisan Riding. I acquired the last 1,000 gold or so from the sale of a pair of Spellfire Pants which at least partially offset the ridiculous cost of having levelled Tailoring to 375. I’ve only just begun the quest series to acquire Swift Flight and am on the step where you have to travel to Evergrove. I hope to complete the questline over the next week or so.
I also respecced again last night. I must be less of a respec-aholic than many Druids, however, as the total cost to unlearn my talents was only 15 gold. My husband, Ebene, was encouraged by the fact that the most highly-ranked 2v2 team in the Reckoning Battlegroup is a Restoration Druid and an Arms/Fury Warrior and asked me to respec to a more PvP-oriented spec. I lost a lot of the Balance synergies that I was enjoying so much and decreased the effectiveness of my Healing Touch spell, but my HoTs are stronger, and I enjoy playing “Bear Rocket” across the Arena floor. Especially against Mages and Paladins. ZOOM! WHOOSH! ZOOM, ZOOM!
Even with all of these goals now complete, there are still several that I’m working towards:
- Completion of the Swift Flight quest
- Repaying the 900 gold debt I’ve incurred by borrowing money from my Warlock (so that she can get basic flight form)
- Acquiring the Forestlord Striders from Karazhan and the Essence of the Martyr trinket from Heroic badges
- Acquiring one or more pieces of General’s Kodohide armor from Battlegrounds (which can be grueling as an Alliance player)
- Raising my Leatherworking skill to 375 at some point before the next expansion is released
What about the rest of you? What personal character goals do you have at the moment? Maybe I could add to my list!
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