Aggressively passive.

Oh, the list of things I didn’t do to prepare for 4.3 The Hour of Twilight.

  • No PTR
  • Didn’t add up any justice points or valor points to see what or who needed what when or why
  • Haven’t visited Mr. Robot in a while. He’s like the bitchy fashion designer who tells you what to wear, but doesn’t give you the credit card.
  • Didn’t farm anything. Nothing. “Oh, Sir Orc? You want this node? Be my guest, after you…”
  • No gold, no materials, emptied out pockets on professions that will probably be worthless soon, like training to be a wheelwright or farrier. (Look them up–you have Google).
  • Didn’t read notes again, didn’t preview squat. I heard there is a rumor about a monkey with a fez, and if that is true, it will be mine. Oh yes…it will be mine.
That would be sho kewl.

Now, what did I do this past week, besides make too much stuffing, enough mashed potatoes to feed all of the Stormwind orphans, and scuttle under the darkness of a northern Pacific coast gloom? I leveled my beautiful mage, Magadora. I realized that when I get the “Explorer” title that may be a bit awkward, so I may have to change her name. In any case, between the heirlooms (shoulders, staff, and chest) and the WoW 7th Anniversary buff, she went from zero to hero in no time flat. She is now level…35? 36? Yes, she is a Fire/Arcane mage. Yes. I know it’s wrong to use Fire. I have seen how slow it is, the casting time takes an eternity, especially after having Mataoka wield the weather like she owns it. But, dang: it makes me happy when I see a huge fireball hurtling toward its target, SKABOOM, down. So, on those boss fights, the little mage that could is usually top or second DPS. She is a slow boil, but look out when she’s cooking. I have prepared myself to get plenty of gruff from other players, although it hasn’t happened yet. So far I’ve heard “solid group,” or “great group” and been asked to re-queue repeatedly.

But the real thanks goes to my partner-in-crime who has the patience of the world with me, and will just grind through older content just to get the cool mace or ax, no hidden agendas or demands.

I asked myself this week, concerning a few issues, “What do I want?” Do I want to be GREAT, or do I want to have fun? I feel that much of Azeroth and real life make these two mutually exclusive, but not always. I have known moments when greatness and fun unite. Maybe that’s what we all do: define it for ourselves.
As far as raiding goes, I am not looking forward to LFR especially. As long as I get to bring my monkey, then I guess it’ll be okay. 

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