I have mentioned, briefly, that I’m dallying a bit on the Horde side, seeing what quests those mysterious folks on the opposide side of the tracks get to do.
I’ve created and deleted quite a few alts on the Horde side, as I start one, play it for 10 to 12 levels, then dump it in search of the perfect alt to play for some casual fun.
Orc Shaman – dumped. Just… remembering how long it took to get to what I thought was fun, dual wielding and Windfury… nah, I wanted fun right now.
Blood Elf Pally – regrettably dumped. Not because I really wanted to play another paladin, but because I thought he looked cool. At level 12, I had an entire matching set of emerald green armor, plus a cool green shield! But, I needed the character slot, so he went bye bye.
Orc Rogue – eliminated with undue prejudice. I expect Rogues to be hot, sexy beasts with style. My Orc Rogue? Sorry, my aesthetic values wanted him to be dual wielding chainsaws, not dainty little daggers.
mmmMMMmm… hey, Gnome Engineers, get to work making me some mudderflumpin’ chainsaws to dual wield, stat!
Troll Hunter… okay, now we’re talking. Finally found the character on Horde side I’m really grooving to. Leveling, killing, exploring, it’s all fun. Plus, my purple raptor matches my purple mohawk.
Amusingly enough, it’s one of my two mains on Alliance side, too! Maybe I should have chosen one of the classes I knew I loved long term in the first place…
Hey, wait a minute.
What if… and I’m just brainstorming here… what if I made a huge Tauren Druid?
Well, I never!
What an original concept… it couldn’t possibly be fun to play a Druid, could it?
Well, son of a…
Hey, guess what? I like playing Druids, too! Whoda ever have thunk it?
I’m now having fun living the Tauren lifestyle, just hit 13 last night. Who knows, maybe I could learn to like playing Druids! We’ll just have to see, won’t we?
Oh, a few things I’ve noticed this go around…
Leveling from 1 to 20 just sticking with ranged Balance spells is far easier than pulling with spells and then switching into Bear to finish them up… but Bear is still perfectly viable, and fun. It just feels a little slow.
After 10, I was mixing things up a bit, pulling with Wrath and hitting adds with Entangling Roots, burning down on the run, popping a Moonfire when they got in my face, switching to Bear…
I even started in Bear and just ran on into groups and used Nature’s Grasp when I wanted to pull an add off, pop Nature’s Grasp, let some get wrapped up, then back up and keep attacking whoever wasn’t wrapped.
It just feels, at these early levels, faster and smoother to hang out in caster form the whole time, blasting like crazy and finishing off with a big honking two handed mace, and gearing for Int/Wis/Spellpower appropriately.
Things will change drastically in my playstyle at level 20, with the advent of kittyform, and I’ll look for different gear. But what the heck, this is pretty dang fun.
And who knows? Maybe I’ll just hang onto the playstyle long enough to try the Moonkin dance?