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The Brutes have gone hippie

Where the hell have we been? Well, we’ve been chasing butterflies and enjoying the change of seasons. We had a great Halloween, filled with good (and less good) horror movies.

We’ve also been reflecting on a way to enjoy WoW without being constantly burned out. Spending our entire WoW time hunting achievements was easily getting tedious. We needed to enjoy more of what the game has to offer, and we really didn’t enjoy instancing with our hunters. So we went back to our druids. Don’t worry, we’re still brutal, only a bit softer (probably because of all the feathers).


My first character in WoW was a druid… It was the time when only Taurens or Night-elves could be druids. I remember that morning, Soforah was about to join me at the office for lunch and we were going to buy games for our Easter holidays… Instead of working, I had spent my time reading the descriptions of all the classes and races, trying to choose which character I would create. I rolled a druid for a few reasons:

  • I wanted to be Alliance (I know, silly choice);
  • I didn’t want to be a human (already enough of it IRL);
  • I wanted a class that could fill all roles.

So, for a year or two, until The Burning Crusade, I healed in raids and I was pretty happy. Until the day I decided to see what the other classes had to offer. From that moment on, I’ve only been switching characters: rogue, warlock, mage, shaman and, finally, hunter.

I kept playing with my hunter through Cataclysm, Pandaria, Draenor and almost all Legion, but I’ve never been really happy with my class. I thought that the strong ability of the hunter to solo almost everything would open all doors to me. Unfortunately, it did quite the opposite, I didn’t have fun in dungeons, raids or PvP anymore, so I kept hunting achievements.

Most of the time, I would play for a few months, then get tired of doing the same things all the time, quit the game, then come back for a few more months… This has been my WoW pattern for the last 6 years.

During my recent break, I thought that the day I would come back, I would change radically, I would go back to a class that would give me fun in raids and dungeons: the Druid. So, without further delay, I present you Madstag, my Tauren druid:

It’s been a few weeks that I’m trying to catch back on the expansion, mixing instances and quests, and I’m having an absolute blast! Not only have I found back the pleasure to heal in raids and dungeons but I’ve also found back the drive to gear my character, to perform as good as I can. My game time is more balanced which greatly helps preventing the burn-out.


When Sardoken told me that he wanted to main back his druid, I thought about leveling mine to keep him company. But, as I was playing with my moonkin, I realized how much more fun I had than with my beast master.

Eventhough the DPS of my balance druid isn’t as big as my hunters’, I just have more fun casting spells and shapeshifting. Also, I’ve missed my Tauren and I’m glad to find her back, meet Dragondoe.

I’ve practically caught up on on almost all Legion content, I’ve even started “Balance of power” which I didn’t with my hunter. I ran an heroic, a normal raid, a few mythic dungeons and had fun doing these! Now that’s something I thought I’d never say!

Until a week ago, I always thought that LFR and LFG were more than enough for me. I guess that playing the wrong class never motivated me to get out of my comfort zone. I dreaded running dungeons and raids, grouping up in general was like a stressful nightmare. This made me feel left out in the game for years. My moonkin, on the other hand, made me realize that all these things are actually fun and make me look forward to my next gaming session.

At the moment, Sardoken and I are in the middle of our 3 week Christmas holidays, which means that we have more time to game! Here’s a list of all the things that I wish to accomplish in WoW before the end of the most wonderful time of the year:

  • Getting exalted with Ravenhold so, I finally get the title “The Insane” (nothing new, but like that it will be official :p);
  • Finishing all quests in Suramar to get the “Insurrection” achievement;
  • Getting the fishing artifact
  • Leveling my Legion reputations, including the fisherfriends;
  • Getting my classmount;
  • Progress in “Balance of power”;
  • Getting a cool transmog because Dragondoe looks like a homeless gypsy.

There’s a lot more that I would like to do, but what would be the fun in completing all at once, right?

    There are 6 comments.

  1. Kamalia December 16, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

    On “going hippie”: Whatever makes you happy, man πŸ˜‰

    Druids are a lot of fun! I’m quite fond of my boomkin, and I have fun being a kitty even though I’m pretty terrible at it. I’ve done some healing, too. The only Druid thing I haven’t really done much of is beartanking.

  2. Sardoken December 16, 2017 @ 5:43 pm

    Hey Kamalia, thanks for your comment πŸ˜‰ Druids rule!
    Same for me, bear is the only druid thing I haven’t seriously tried… Maybe in the next expansion, who knows πŸ˜‰

  3. Alunaria December 18, 2017 @ 10:58 am

    Oh my, right in my WordPress reader, there you were! \o/ Welcome back πŸ™‚

    Chasing Achievements, that sounds very draining and not much fun. I hope all the feathers will keep you focusing on something that brings more joy this time around πŸ™‚

    N’aww sweet story back when your first Druid was made.

    Back when I had time for alts, I really enjoyed playing Hunter. But not full time.

    Gorgeous transmog on Madstag πŸ™‚ Really glad to hear you are already finding out how to prevent another burnout.

    Hii Dragondoe too. What great names you two pick πŸ™‚ How wonderful you discovered that LFR and LFG can be fun. Personally I get bored of dpsing very fast. HoTs all the way instead, keeps me on my toes.

    It’s all about the right class, I guess πŸ™‚ That’s quite a list of things you want done during your holiday. I wish you luck πŸ™‚ And lots of fun. First things first though. Transmog! πŸ˜€

  4. Sardoken December 19, 2017 @ 10:11 am

    Hey Alu, thanks for the compliment about my transmog… In Azeroth, style is everything πŸ™‚

    Actually we love to hunt achievements, but only doing that easily becomes tedious.

    As for LFR, we meant the contrary, we really enjoy real raids again. It feels good to tackle the end-game again, without pugs…

    But, first things first: thefishing artifact! :-p

  5. Alunaria December 19, 2017 @ 11:18 am

    It IS everything, I agree. Well, almost…Hmm…

    Yeah, it’s about finding a balance.

    Oh, gosh, I did not read it that way, sorry. English skills.

    Som real raiding? That’s neat! Send a postcard from up there πŸ˜€

    You know, I was gonna comment on that fishing artifact but I decided not to… πŸ˜› Have fun πŸ˜€

  6. Sardoken December 19, 2017 @ 2:10 pm

    ROFL! I remember that episode, hilarious! You make me want to re-watch Friends πŸ™‚

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