“Patch 4.3 is the End for Cataclysm” or “The Monks Must be Meditating”
The Pandaren monks must be meditating for a long time because it seems that they will be the next major content patch in WoW. That’s right kids, 4.3 is the end of the line as far as Cataclysm related content goes. I initially thought they might do something like “Sunwell for Cataclysm” to hold on to their player-base, considering especially that they have lost nearly two million subscribers in the last year. But no, good old Blizzard is sticking to their guns and maintaining Deathwing as the final major encounter in Cataclysm.
This effectively implies a few things for me as a player, roughly divided into two broad categories.
Category A: Quit until Mists of Pandaria
Category B: Prepare for the Expansion, Fluff and PvP
In this category I will certainly not be raiding. I have tried LFR, and the guild does weekly runs with 7/8 of Dragon Soul on farm status. But for me, that is just insufficient. I see little point in my character acquiring the top-tier gear when it will go obsolete next patch when a whole new ball-game begins. Instead, I’d rather focus on the things I have been meaning to wrap up. These include, in no particular order:
- A proper secondary and tertiary alt
- Level Archeology to the cap and go after some of the rares in that profession
- Level my second profession, Blacksmithing.
- Transfer the mining profession by leveling it through smelting on my secondary character, and pick up Engineering on my main.
- Expand my companion list. I have 46 so far, with little effort. I wonder how well prepared can I be for Pokemon with any actual effort.
- Do some of the fun little fluff achievements.
- Loremaster (*shudder*)
- Go after some of the rarer mounts, or mounts that take a great deal of effort and/or time
- PvP my heart out, especially with the guild
At this point I am not sure. Any suggestions?
And no I don’t seem myself switching to another MMO, free or otherwise. Unless they announced when The Secret World was coming out.