Awhile ago I started a 2nd priest to level up (the reasons are explained in that post). I kept leveling and did an update on it, but I didn’t make it much farther past that. I got to level 30, got ready to take my screen shot, and I still looked the same. That wasn’t the only downside though, I was face rolling everything. Granted I knew my class far better than someone new to the game did but the heirloom gear put me REALLY far ahead of the game.
In fact, it was making the game less fun for me. There was no challenge.
One of my healers, Kraylarra, came to me and said she was server transferring. I was a bit sad but I understood. If you aren’t having fun then ya gotta do what it takes to make the game fun again.
Side Note: I’ve added a Rezzes button to the top so its easier to find past Rez of the Week participants.
Her moving servers gave me a chance to start over as well. I made a toon on the server she went to and started leveling. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be a healer, dps, or tank… figured I’d go for something that could be all three. That meant druid (tauren’s = GROSS!) so I went with paladin.
/check to see what races can be paladin
Find out with GLEE! that I can be a blood elf!
Now, some people like one race over the others. I don’t blaim them, I’m in love with dwarves myself (hello, dwarf priest, pally, hunter, rogue, warrior and soon to be mage and shaman) but I have to be honest. I’ve been lusting loving the BEs since I first saw them come onto the screen.
I got him made, logged in, and started the grind.
I’ve cheated a bit. Daemia had an alt on the server as well and I got some gold off him and Kray gave me some bags so I got a leg up. But ya know what, each level brings new gear and a new look… I really have kind of missed that hodge podge look a bit. Mind you, when I’m 80 my shit better match, but until then I’m happy with how its going.
The game has been considerably more challenging. Taking on a level 20 elite when I’m 22 and wearing level 10 greens… yea, its a bitch. But its fun! I don’t have a guild so there’s no guild banter (which is good and bad). Sometimes I’ll just be questing along, not seeing a soul, and then someone will /wave at me. It’s those moments that remind me its an MMO and not a single player game. Although, WoW is pretty fun as single player!
I’m starting to ramble…
My point is that I think heirlooms, while useful and fun, take a lot away from the game. At Blizzcon, Blizzard talked about that excitement factor of constantly upgrading your gear as you level comes to an abrupt halt at 80. Hence, the Alternate Advanace (read: Everquest’s AA system) is being implemented. I think that same principal goes into effect when you have heirlooms. They take away a bit from that advancement and new feeling that you while you’re leveling up.
Maybe they’ll switch heirlooms to bracers or belts or even rings. Relatively insignificant items so that you don’t lose the new factor.
What do y’all think?