I’ve been playing horde for quite some time now, having abandoned my Alliance and paying to move most of them over to horde faction. With Cataclysm only days away I decided I was in the mood for something new, and picked a new server (Argent Dawn) along with a handful of new characters. I created a gnome priest – and was pleased to see that they have been busy claiming Gnomeregan (I probably spelled that wrong, please don’t hurt me) for themselves once more. You start out as a fresh toxic covered gnome (perhaps this is related to NASA’s Arsenic-feeding bacteria announcement) and are explained some of the history of what has been going on. Before you’re let loose in Azeroth you have to be decontaminated. The lore is pretty interesting although the quests themselves are quite drab and I got bored after level 3. I created a human paladin in the interest of being able to tank, heal, or dps depending on my mood. After hitting level 15 I queued up for a dungeon and found myself in Ragefire chasm where I heard the most amusing thought of the night. The tank (a night elf warrior) mentioned to the group in /say that he had “never been to this dungeon before, I’m used to playing horde.”
Last I checked Ragefire Chasm was smack dab in the middle of Orgimmar (probably also spelled that wrong) which is – you guessed it, a major horde city. I didn’t mention anything to him about this comment but it made me giggle.
After making our way through the dungeon I decided that I really DID want to try my hand at tanking. Any time A mob peeled and started hitting a dps or a healer I would taunt with the paladin (even though I was not technically the tank, they were a little slow picking up the fact that someone else had aggro). I went back to my night elf warrior and leveled her to 15 which is the starter level to begin queuing for dungeons. I like to be good at playing my character, and I’m a little nervous because I’m not sporting any heirloom gear. When it comes right down to it the thought that echoed clearly through my mind is – how bad could I be compared to some of the tanks that I have grouped with. It’s a game, what’s the WORST that could happen. I cause the group to wipe, can’t hold aggro, and they kick me. Well. Big deal. That’s not the end of the world I can just get into another dungeon group.
Figuring out what I want to play has been quite fun. I have a handful of “new” alts at level 15. Having no money at all on the new server is annoying but I’ve been looking for little ways to raise some. I suppose (this idea just came to me and I almost literally smacked my head for having not thought of it sooner) technically I could just make a Death Knight and use that character to farm lower level instances. I guess I know what I’m doing today.
Safe travels, no matter where you find yourself!