Over the last few days my friend Grace and often times partner in crime in online games… has been talking about how she should finish up her legendary ring. I stalled out on both caring about this item and caring about grinding for it at some point. I didn’t remember how many Chaos Tomes I had collected, but I knew it “wasn’t enough”. I guess at some point they greatly jacked up the drop rate of these things, and I simply had not run any Hellfire Citadel content after this happened. The problem is that this little back and forth planted the seeds in my head, that I too should go ahead and finish mine up. This was only furthered when I noticed that I was sitting at 24 of 33 tomes in my inventory. With each boss now having a nearly 100% drop rate that means that in a single night I could get enough tomes to finish up this step. I thought surely I had to be close to the end by now, and could potentially push across the finish line for no reason other than to say I did it. So for the bulk of last night I threw myself at the LFR system, sometimes it went well… other times not so much. Namely when I zoned into Archimonde I had an instant 6 stack of determination, and for whatever reason on Bastion of Shadows the tank kept pulling before even half the raid was at a given boss. However all of these things aside… I managed to get my tomes rather quickly and turned in the quest… finally now understanding what the hell happened to Cordana. Side note I always read this as Cortana… but I guess it really isn’t spelled that way at all.
I turned everything in waiting for my ring… only to realize that I was just about to get kneecapped by this quest chain. You have to understand something… I hate the shipyard. I have begrudgingly done a handful of quests to get my chest every few weeks, but otherwise have not really done shit in there. I somehow knew in the back of my mind that this was probably going to bite me in the ass at some point. Apparently to complete the legendary ring you need to have completed a series of 2 day long shipyard “legendary” missions, and while I am fairly sure I have run some of these…. I cannot for the life of me remember how many. The only thing to do as a result is to just start running them now and hoping I can get through them in all before the 30th. Ultimately this is going to be the bit that kills my bid for the ring, because I have done little to no effort to properly gear any of my ships. So basically I am going to need a lot of luck going into these missions and just hope that I don’t have to repeat them. So now I am shaking my fist at Grace for planting this damned fool quest in my brain… because I suddenly apparently care about completing the Legendary ring. If I am reading the quest line correctly… I am guessing I MIGHT be on the fourth part of the quest… the one that has to be completed before you do the mission to actually collect your Draenic Sea Charts. So maybe this won’t be as bad as I am fearing in the end.
Yesterday I talked a little bit about my dilemma of trying to pick a main. I think that maybe the core problem is that I feel like I need to have one. Mains have traditionally been a construct designed for raiding, so that you can focus your efforts on gearing one character to be the best you possibly can be in a raiding context. While I might do some raiding, that is going to be far from my focus in Legion. I want to do some of the mythic five player content, but even then I am not sure how serious I am going to be about it. Maybe the construct of having a main is working against my enjoyment of this game. I think back to the times that I enjoyed the most, and I absolutely had a raiding main character, but I also had an army of alts that I cared equally about. Some of the most enjoyable times for me personally were farming these alts to friends raids, and getting to see content as something other than Belghast/Lodin/Belgrave depending on whcih my main was. Hell Belghast was an answer to me not really liking raiding as a hunter, and I leveled it with the purpose of having cool stuff to do when not strapped to huntering. So as someone for whom the alts have always been of the utmost importance… how did I think I would ever be happy trying to focus mostly on just one of them.
That said there needs to be a sort of pecking order when it comes to leveling them. I did not want to run LFR as a tank last night, that is a package of stress and frustration that I was simply not willing to take upon myself. So as a result I figured out the new fury spec and spent the evening testing it out. The end result is… that I think I like it quite a bit. I have come back and forth on fury over the years… and the previous incarnation with Draenor was not really my thing. This Legion version however is awesome, and I was having a blast playing it. So much so that I think I might choose the Fury artifact weapon first, and then later pick up the tanking set. I think for a lot of reasons Belghast is going to be the first character I level in Legion. I mean he is the actual and for real “Belghast” not my army of “Belg” named characters. Additionally Fury is a really fun DPS spec once again, and then Protection is a very familiar feeling tanking spec that I am more than comfortable doing content with. So for the first we will honor tradition and for lack of a better term the warrior will be my “main”. That said I plan on following it up quickly with several of the other classes that I have enjoyed like Demon Hunter, Warlock, Rogue and Shaman.