...is still just a server.
The bank in Dalaran and the AH in Ogrimmar are the same no matter where you go, it's only the names in Trade and General that ever change. But I found myself with an itch to scratch, and found Cho'gall wanting recently. I came to Cho'gall following my friend Tragedy, having never heard of it before he told me that that's where the crew was headed. Many of the people I've played WoW with over the years have come and gone... gone to a new server (Scilla), come back to the old server (Daggerspine), then even gone back to Scilla again in a strange twist that just gives me a headache even thinking about it. I went Oceanic for a while after having moved to Japan, and met a few cool kids on this side of the ocean (Aussies and New Zealanders, for the most part), and for a short while I was the only native English speaker in a guild called Band of Hawks that was all a bunch of folks from Singapore. I've spent close to (maybe over?) 500 dollars on paid character transfers alone... there's a statistic for the Blizzard Microtransaction crowd to chew on.
My old account with three end game 70s got banned, but I've built up a new stable of end game 80s. I fill the trinity nicely (prot tank, healing priest, warlock deeps), and enjoy being able to send "relogging, brb" tells to anyone in LFG regardless of what role they need filled. This tends to be a problem with the transfer costs, though, because that's 75 bucks to switch servers. That's 5 months worth of WoW. Then I get to my new destination and find it's the same as it ever was.
Plus I need to figure out how to go from this:
...on a number of toons, because bank alts are effectively disposable (minus the soulbound bags and/or purchased guild bank tabs, ugh).
At any rate, my priest has struck off to a new home, but I'm weary this time, and have sent her off to scout ahead. What has she found? Well, damn... medium pop PVE servers are dead as hell during my primetime. Oh yeah, and PVE to PVP transfers are doable now, so there's that, too. Kul Tiras, new new home away from home, is pretty... ummm... how can I put this lightly? "Noob". Cho'gall is pretty "OMFGLEETZ" which means you get told to GTFO of VOA10 if you're caught dead wearing an iLevel 174 trinket, god forbid it's green. My warlock pushes around 4700+ DPS on Emalon, but that seems normal to me. The three times I've tried VOA10 on Kul Tiras, the top DPS was a hunter pulling 2100, and needless to say we died. The attitude displayed was a fresh breath of air, though... here was a group willing to brush themselves off and throw themselves at it again, where the instant a tank dies on Cho'gall, rogues are vanishing and sprinting for the door, already out of the raid, before the wipe even begins in earnest. I was awestruck by the group of people that had no idea just how much they failed, and we tried it two more times, but to no avail. Wtf is going on here, I wondered.
The intersection by the Dalaran bank features never before seen [Tumbleweeds] rolling by, but the people you do bump into seem genuine. This could be something nice, but I'm still holding off bringing the warrior and warlock over for now. For one thing I can swap servers and find a zillion runs going on Cho'gall at any time of the night. When Kul Tiras sleeps, it SLEEPS, and I remember how 'in Japan' I am.
July 6th I head back home, though, so maybe everything will slide into place. Then again, in that case, I'd be back in Cho'gall prime time too... 7:1 Horde:Alliance ratio be damned. I've finally gotten Tenacity in Kul Tiras, even though it was only two stacks. On Cho'gall, anything less than 18 stacks on Alliance is cause for celebration. Horde will NEVER get Against the Odds on Cho'gall. Ever.
At any rate, we'll see how it pans out. I've been curious to poke around and meet other people in the WoW since Trag quit playing and GOT ALL EMO AND ONLY PLAYS FACEBOOK NOW. LIKE A BIG DUMB LOSER. Anyone else got a server worth checking out? I wanted to hijack Larísa's guild, but alas, Alliance side European was a bit too much of a hurdle. Any of you other noobs got a server that's worth a damn?
Sunday, June 14, 2009
...is still just a server.