Classic WoW and the Oops Tax

When I learned Classic was a thing, my first reaction was “I might play for a couple hours over the course of several months, but it won’t be a real time sink.” I was wrong. I was very wrong. My honey and I played for a couple of hours last night and had a blast. I might find myself spending most of my time in Classic over retail.

While there is so much in retail that I want to do and experience, I just find it pointless to log into to retail anymore. I’ve wasted too much time and effort on the wrong toons. “Oops! Wrong toon, my bad.”


My mains are just not viable for the content I like to play (or I’ve just become so shitty of a player, that I should just accept that I’m a leveler only). They’d be great for raiding, but I cannot commit to raiding. I had to quit the raid team after the first night of Uldir Normal (5th boss). Hell, I’ve only done Uldir LFR once on a single toon (no BoD, CoS, or Eternal Palace).

“No big deal, just level an alt to 120 and use the catch up mechanics to get right into the fray. Right?” Umm, no. That’s not right at all. You better be willing to put in the time for the 7th-Bound reputation gate. You better be willing to re-grind gear for a couple of weeks. You better be willing to re-grind AP for a couple of weeks. You better be willing to re-grind your essences and their  upgrades for a couple of weeks. If you’re in a guild that will carry you through mythics to help gear up (we are, but we’re not often on when others are… pesky time zones + being night owls), then gear is a trivial matter. When you don’t have that, then you’re looking at weeks of regrinding the same gear and the same rep and the same story. It’s very soul-crushing.

Leveling a toon to cap (from 110) is a cake walk. It can be done in a day or two (with full looms + XP potions). I might just finish leveling all my alts to 120 and parking them until next expansion. Do the quest lines once for 8.2.5 (and whatever other 8.X.X patches appear) on a toon capable of doing them, then go back to classic and level some more.

I think when the next expansion hits, I will wait to level until I see how the classes are working out at level cap. Possibly do a heritage armor leveling spree on one of the allied races at launch (probably won’t see many people for a while in the old zones). I don’t want to be in this position again. Indifference at the thought of playing a game isn’t conducive to enjoying said game. It usually spells the end.

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