This morning feels a little odd, for many reasons. Firstly I got a good nights sleep, when normally in the past I would have made a failed attempt to get up in time for the launch of a new expansion. In fact there was a point last night where I woke up at 3:30 in the morning… a mere 30 minutes after the servers went live and thought to myself… I could get up. Then instead I rolled back over and went to sleep again. Always in the past I have felt like I was chasing some goal that I never could quite catch. I knew I could not take the amount of time that my friends like Kylana did, and push through during 24 hours of solid play time. In fact when I logged in this morning I was shocked to see that he was only level 102, which seems slow for him. I’ve heard however that this time around, the process just takes longer and that power levelers who have practiced it on beta say it is going to be around a solid eight hours to get to 110. Which means for someone attacking it more casually you are looking at ten to twelve hours. The strangest thing about this expansion is that maybe I have finally realized there isn’t a rush. In the past I had my reasons… and those were namely an attempt to be a viable tank for folks to run dungeons with while we leveled. My favorite leveling experience was likely Burning Crusade, because I was a fledgling tank and excited that everyone seemed to need me to be able to run dungeons… which at that time were significantly better experience than doing pretty much anything else.
During the launch of Wrath I remember leveling mostly through dungeons in a similar fashion, but when the change happened to Cataclysm I noticed that worked significantly less well. It was as though folks just didn’t want to run dungeons in the same manner that I was used to. In fact I remember going through a bit of an existential crisis at that time because it felt like there was only one dungeon group worth of folks willing to run dungeons at a time. More often than not I ended up the tank left out in the cold and unable to get groups. Now the truth is if you asked other tanks they probably would have felt the same, because we went from being the most valuable commodity in the guild… to one of what felt like the least valuable over night. By the time Pandaria rolled around I found myself still rushing to keep up… but never actually running the dungeons until I hit maximum level and was desperately trying to gear. Similarly with Warlords I got drug through a few dungeons as dps, but mostly to knock out the quests as they came available and not so much as a leveling vehicle. With Legion I am not even planning on leveling my Tank artifact first, but instead focusing on Fury which seems extremely fun to me at the moment. So since I expect to be leveling almost entirely by doing the content… especially since saving up those dungeon quests can reward 110 level gear at the end, I also don’t feel that need to rush around.
I logged in this morning long enough to do the teleportation of Dalaran to the Broken Isles and to rebind at the now Gilnean run Inn there. I completed a few quests but stopped just short of delving into the lengthy quest that will ultimately end in me getting my artifact weapons. While it was odd to not try and push through it this morning, I knew that all it would end up doing is making me have to rush horribly to get to work. Instead I will have that waiting on me for when I get home and fight through the now inevitable server queue. The thing is… that is perfectly okay. If I am in a server queue that looks like it is going to take some time… I have other things that I can do. I can poke my head into Destiny since I have not been there in a good while, or I could go out into the back yard and go for a swim. In any case I am trying to approach this expansion at a much more measured pace. In the past I have rushed my ass off to get to the new cap, and with it beginning a lengthy gear grind. Every time in the past I have always managed to burn myself out in the process to where logging in every night is a misery. I now have a proper army of alts to tend to… and I fully expect to get each and every one of them to 110 before starting on the next round that have yet to be leveled. I say all this with certainty… but really in the back of my head I have my fingers crossed that it will work. I am hoping that I can fight my own tendencies and take things slow.