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I was just in for the music scroll and possibly a pet from Curator but I’m not gonna complain about this one.

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(Disregard the pumpkin on my head, I kind of misclicked when I was trying to garrison hearth)

For the record I can down all bosses from Attumen -> Curator in sub eleven minutes.  Probably a good five of those minutes are waiting around doing nothing during Opera and Nightbane.

Back in my day it would take eleven minutes for everyone to get buffed up before the first pull! /waves cane around

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Yesterday I was on a dungeon where I was ON A FREAKING TRAIN it was like it was really a Western movie or something

And then today I did one with this great boss mechanic where there was this conga line of skeletons and you had to kill one and it was so intense holy gosh.  When did dungeons get good again?  I haven’t done one I’ve liked since like WotLK.

So also I have this now:

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It’s called [Golden Bow of Quel’Thalas] and it’s such a good transmog holy gosh.  It’s so good and the jukebox is so good because I have it playing some super pretty music from Icecrown Citadel and transmog is so good and blood elves are even more adorable than they used to be and the dungeons are great.  So basically WoW is really good right now?  Hold me.  I feel conflicted.

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HI GUYS PIKE HERE

AWESOME PATCH IS HAPPENING TOMORROW

KARAZHAN MUSIC IN YOUR GARRISON CONFIRMED

GARONA IN YOUR GARRISON CONFIRMED

NEW BLOOD ELVES CONFIRMED

IMPROVED LUMBER MILL CONFIRMED

FASTER WORK ORDERS CONFIRMED

TWITTER CONFIRMED

HEIRLOOM TAB WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR SINCE WRATH OF THE LICH KING CONFIRMED

GET HYPE

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So I got to level 100 and finished all the Draenor questing storylines in all the zones.  And now I’m at a loss about what to do.

LFG Dungeons?  I used to do dungeons all the time, in fact I considered them to be the real bread and butter of WoW, but the last few times I tried (back at the beginning of MoP) it was next to impossible to wind up in a group with people who weren’t complete jerks.  Now I’m not so sure if I even want to test the water again.

LFG Raiding?  Oh heck naw, that’s gotta be ten times worse than the problem I described for LFG Dungeons.

Finding a guild to raid/dungeon with?  I’ve considered it, but I have a weird work schedule and I’m not sure who out there raids at like, 1 or 2 pm in the afternoon (which would be about the ideal time for me.)

Garrison stuff?  Okay, I can probably do that for a little.  I’ll do that.  You guys come up with a plan for what I can do after that and then submit it to me for my consideration.  All agreed?  Okay?  Okay.

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Mana Tombs was one of those weird instances that no one in my guild ever really ran for whatever reason.  Kind of like Auchenai Crypts, or Blood Furnace.  No, we were always busy doing Heroic Underbog, Ramps, or Mech.  If you were like me, or if you never did run this instance, then boy, you’re in for a treat.  Presenting Nexus Prince Shaffar, whose voice is guaranteed to get 99% of people – of any gender – all hot and bothered:

Yes, yes please DO tend to me personally, Shaffar.

FUN FACT: Voiced by the talented Cam Clarke, who is also Medivh, the male Blood Elf, Leonardo in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, and Liquid Snake in Metal Gear Solid.  His Blood Elf voice and his Liquid Snake voice are one and the same, by the way, which is kind of hilarious.

NAME YOUR FAVORITE AWESOME VOICE ACTORS IN THE COMMENTS, GO!

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So this happened yesterday.  Level 100 and all that.  Who woulda guessed back when we started playing WoW forevermillion years ago that we’d hit 100 some day?

Now the real “game” begins; namely, the Will Pike Last Longer Than Two Months game.  Probably not, but never say never, I guess!

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1. I don’t know.

2. I’ve lost control of my life.

3. I have nothing better to do.

4. It’s a nice game for alt-tabbing to work on my freelance stuff.  Like you can idle in some city or get on a flight point while writing.

5. So I can experience the WoD content with my fiance. (Did I mention that I’m engaged?  I forget.)

6. Because the “My Blood Elf Boy Is Getting An Updated Hi-Res Booty” patch is next week.

7. ????

8.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

9.  Because it’s actually a pretty relaxing game to play.

10. So I can write inane blog posts and irritate and/or alienate all of my former readers.  Hi guys!

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It’s 2015 and Blizzard has graciously provided hunters with a whole whopping three aspects to use.  They are as follows:

  • Aspect of the Running From the Auction House to the Mailbox
  • Aspect of the Oh Fug I’m Scared To Use This One In Case I Forget To Turn It Off And The Group Hates Me
  • Aspect of the Look, I Can Summon An Adorable Tiny Fox

Each aspect has interesting and helpful abilities to make your life in World of Warcraft easier.  Here’s a closer look at them:

Aspect of the Running From the Auction House to the Mailbox: This is a fantastic aspect that accomplishes exactly what it says.  It’s also useful when you’re in your mine in your Garrison… oh wait, that coffee buff exists.  Well, it’s helpful in other parts of your Garrison when… oh wait, the Shamanstone buff exists.  Well you know what, it’s helpful sometimes damnit!  8/10

Aspect of the Oh Fug I’m Scared To Use This One In Case I Forget To Turn It Off And The Group Hates Me: Seriously, I’m terrified to use it.  1/10

Aspect of the Look, I Can Summon An Adorable Tiny Fox: A point gets docked from this aspect’s score because you have to use a glyph to achieve full functionality, however, once that’s done you’re all set with one of the cutest aspects this side of Azeroth.  It’s a great party trick, just like Eyes of the Beast Fireworks.  9/10

Next up on Aspect of the Hare, the Blog With the Nearly Obsolete Name: A look at aspects from days gone by, including classics and fan favorites like:

  • Aspect of the [REDACTED]
  • Aspect of the [DATA EXPUNGED]
  • Aspect of the Wait, What Expac Was This Removed In?
  • Aspect of the Actually I Think This Is a Glyph Now

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I feel that it has become a hallowed, if somewhat pathetic, Aspect of the Hare tradition that for every new expansion Pike resubs for a month or two and then unsubs until the next expansion.  This time around I’m a little behind because I don’t technically own Warlords of Draenor yet.  I do, however, currently have one month of subscription time thanks to a generous gift from a Twitter friend.

Logging in for the first time in several years was initially very disorienting, perhaps like returning to a building or town where you once spent a lot of time but then moved away from.  I kept my sessions short and to the point until I managed to acclimate to the new game after a few days.  And now I’m plinking around and doing Loremaster achievements and running old raids because there’s little else to do without the expac.

I will, in time, get the expac.  I will, in time, level up to 100 and I’m sure I will enjoy the journey.  And yet, somehow, I highly doubt that I will stay after that.

I can already hear you asking how I may know this.

I guess you could call it a hunch.

In many ways, I feel like I identify a lot with Scotty in the Star Trek TNG episode “Relics”.  In this episode Scott, the brilliant engineer from the Original Series, is revived in TNG’s future after being in stasis for 75 years.  He is eager to jump back into things and put his engineering prowess back to good use, but it turns out that too much has changed and that the skills he was once such a master at were now no longer needed.

He retreats to a recreation of the original Enterprise – “No bloody A, B, C, or D.” – in the holodeck, where he tells Captain Picard “There comes a time when a man finds he can’t fall in love again. He knows it’s time to stop. I don’t belong on your ship. I belong on this one. This was my home. This was where I had a purpose…”

Hunters have changed drastically and it no longer feels like the class I once knew and loved.  Any sense of rotation timing or finesse is simply no longer there for me.  It all feels like frantic button-spamming – just spamming Arcane Shot and then waiting for the next glowy yellow light to pop up and tell me what to press next.  It’s difficult for me to find that “zen” that I once had while playing the class.  And after many attempts and false starts through the years, I don’t think I can find it again.

I’m not here to put on nostalgia goggles or knock WoW, because Blizzard has in fact made a lot of good quality of life changes throughout the game.  Pet battles are fun.  Battletag was a good idea.  Putting toys into a toy box was a great idea.  Letting hunters have a ton of pet slots now is a blast.

But as Scotty said, “When I was here, I could tell ya the speed that we were travelin’ by the feel of the deck plates.” And I can no longer do that.  And I think Blizzard took a way a lot of the class mechanics that allowed me to do just that.

I could, of course, roll up a new class and start fresh.  See if I could fall in love with something brand new.  I’ve thought about it, and decided not to do it for a few reasons.  Firstly, I’ve been a hunter for so long that the thought of playing something else just feels weird.  Secondly, do I really want to fall in love again, and risk everything changing again the next time an expansion is released?

No – Scotty was right.  There comes a time when a Pike finds she can’t fall in love again.

And so, this will probably be my only blog post here for another two years or until Blizzard makes a new expansion.  Tawyn, Tux, Lunapike, Althalor, Tamaryn and all the others will get into a shuttlecraft and fly out into the great unknown.  Maybe someday they’ll be back in full battle regalia – but probably not.

To everyone who still enjoys the game and the class – I am genuinely happy for you, and I hope you continue to enjoy it.

To Blizzard – make it so gnomes can be hunters already.  Also, please offer legacy servers.

To the four or five people who still have me on their blog reader for some reason – I’m basically always on Twitter or Steam if you want to chat.

Live long and prosper!

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Did you know that Serpent Sting got a nice stealth buff?

Cause it did!

Serpent Sting’s damage has been increased by 100%, and its cost has been reduced to 15 Focus (was 25).

Huh. So between that and the recent Aspect of the (Iron) Hawk buff, hunter DPS is looking okay for me. I guess Powershot is borked, but I don’t use that one.

How are you guys holding up in game, friends?

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