We’re 2 weeks into the new season and I’m sitting with a M+ score of 1990. Just 10 points away from from KSM and the grape Kool-Aid mount. I only need to time a single 15+ this coming reset and that will take me over the 2000 required for KSM. It would have been possible to already have KSM if I pushed a little harder the first week, but I don’t want to burn myself out. A couple of us have been spamming dungeons fairly regularly, even going so far as to take some alts through a few dungeons (or 4 when it’s the Mythic dungeon weekly).
Something that we do regularly when running lower keys on alts, we’ll have a person or two on mains (or decently geared alts) to help slam through the dungeons and will pug some folks with low iLevel and/or low M+ rating. We wind up meeting some folks that are good players and are simply gearing alts up. We had a warrior and a priest last night in that boat. Super chill folks that knew what they were doing, even though their gear needed some attention. Our guild DK that was tanking for us was able to give the warrior a set of shoulders. That was also the last dungeon the warrior needed for the weekly. We said we were running at least 1 more for folks that still needed dungeons and they decided to stick around. They headed back to Oribos first to turn in the weekly and wound up getting Gavel of the First Arbiter (heroic item level Jailer’s 2H mace, aka BIS for dps warriors, dps pally, and all DKs). We were all cheering them on when we saw that. Did junkyard after that to get everyone else’s last dungeon for the weekly, and they got the Remote Guidance Device (the unicycle trinket) too. It was a good night to be that warrior.
The guild has also been doing the fated raids on normal so that we can get the achievement for the Jigglesworth, Sr. (slime kitty) mount. The fated affixes are fun without being punishing. I would love to see this be the precursor of a cross-expansion R+ system where folks can test their mettle against old raids, as some sort of ever-green system implemented in WoW. Not necessarily how FF XIV handled old instances, but just a means for those instances to still be relevant. There’s so much awesome content that has been effectively binned to transmog runs only. Timewalking is a good couple of steps in the right direction, but they really need to take it across the finish line. I would love to see them also standardize the lockout and raid sizes of all raids to be identical to current content (per-boss lockout of normal/heroic, and instance lockout on Mythic, knowing full well that many instances don’t have a heroic and/or mythic difficulty so not always applicable).
This season looks like a tipping point for me. I’m enjoying pushing harder content on my main and I’m enjoying dipping my alts’ toes in that content too. Perhaps I’m getting to a point where I have both my main and a decently geared alt or two. We’ll see how things shape up.