World of Warcraft: Stabbing myself in the back

Let’s mark the time and call it: I think that, as of the end of May, I am officially done with World of Warcraft: Legion. The other night I wrapped up the final of the four pre-expansion allied race unlocks, babysitting Ms. Insecure Elf up here and ensuring the loyalty of her kin forever and ever.

With the four races, the class mounts for my two main characters, all major quest lines completed, and nothing much else to do, I’ve been finding myself logging in just to do routine money-making activities. Right now, I’ve ensured my subscription through the start of 2019, so even there I’m not feeling much motivation.

So what now?

Obviously, it would make a lot of sense to spin down my time in WoW and focus on other games, and I have been doing just that. But I also figured that with nothing else to do, I might as well roll up an alt and have some harmless fun.

Love this screenshot, by the way. I can almost never get good action shots.

Anyway, meet Sypstep the Rogue. This is virgin territory for me, the first Rogue I’ve ever rolled up in my memory. Certainly the first in a half-decade or so. As I outlined in a previous post, I’ve held a grudge against the class due to memories of being ganked by many a Rogue back on PvP servers and in battleground, and also the perception that it was an overplayed class with not a lot of complexity to it.

I didn’t have much to lose with this, other than a bit of time (and if I exchanged that for enjoyment and fun, so much the better. If I hated it, no worries, I could discard it whenever. And if it turned out to be something? I’ve found a way to pass the next two-and-a-half months in the game.

Princess! I had totally forgotten about you! When’d you get that prize ribbon, you beautiful beast you?

So far, I’ve clocked a few nights in with Sypstep, and it’s gone a lot better than I had anticipated. It’s a fast, fluid class, and I really like the whole concept of the Outlaw Rogue. It partially fills my own desire for a fencing or duelist class, and I splurged on a rapier with a blue weapon effect that I can transmog when I’m level 57 or so. The occasional use of a pistol is neat as well, and I’m very intrigued by a mid-level skill that will apparently let me charm humanoids and make me use them as five-minute pets. Temporary pets? Sure, I’ll take that!

While I’ve rolled the most vanilla of vanilla races, a Human, it was partially out of my desire to re-experience some of my favorite old zones in the game. Westfall brought the feels — ALL the feels, even though the whole quest structure is different post-Cataclysm.

I figure that if we’re sticking around at the tail end of an expansion, we have to make our own fun. And right now, this Rogue is it for me. Might not be tomorrow, but at least I’m getting outside my comfort zone in this game.

One thought on “World of Warcraft: Stabbing myself in the back

  1. Tyler F.M. Edwards May 31, 2018 / 10:25 am

    As a long time human rogue main, I fully approve of this endeavour.

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