So I know what you’re supposed to do when you hit 80. You do dailies, run random Heroics until you have enough emblems for good gear (I’m working on T9), work the AH if you do that sort of thing, or maybe go Achievement hunting. Grind rep for various factions, of course, ’cause there’s that ONE item that you want/need that you need to be exalted with faction X to get.
I know what to do. Hell, I’m doing it – I run heroics when I don’t mind sitting around in a queue, I do dailies when I’m not sick to death of the repetitive grind, and I go after random achieves. I got my “Explorer” title already, and I’m slowly working on “Loremaster”, and even more slowly working towards my Argent Tournament titles. The thing is… I’m balls at the Tournament, to be quite frank, and I hate the grind of dailies. I don’t usually feel like sitting around in a queue, and when I’m working on “Loremaster”, I’m generally not in the mood to be interrupted by my random being ready.
I’ve happily and cheerfully played WoW for closing in on a year and a half, and I’ve never been so desperately bored as I am with Aislinn (my 80) right now. Now, I do love her. I’m trying to get through Loremaster before Cataclysm comes out (probably not going to happen, alas), and I love running stuff with my guildies because they’re pretty much awesome. But I played for over a year without getting any higher than 74, and after being persuaded to join this guild, I powered up to 80 on my DK in just shy of a month (which, for me, is impressive). I wanted to raid! I wanted to do heroics! I wanted to be level 80! That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Being 80 must be really fucking fun, right? Why else would it be such a big deal?
I’m just not feeling it. Maybe it’s ’cause I’m not geared for the real endgame stuff, but I’m just not getting why 80 is such a big deal beyond being the level cap. Since hitting 80 a couple weeks ago, I’ve created six alts (a warrior, a hunter, a druid, a paladin, and two mages) who are all between 10 and 15, and I levelled an older alt from 14 to 20. This is in addition to RP. In TWO WEEKS. It’s like I’m avoiding playing Aislinn anymore, because I can’t bear facing the fact that playing her bores me now.
I’m going to muddle through to being able to start raiding a little, at least – I’m not going to ever fully abandon her, and I love my guildies madly – but I think I’m going to start lavishing some love on my many many alts – and maybe I’ll get that warrior (the first toon I ever had, the one who got me to 55 and being able to play my beloved DKs) up to 80 someday – she deserves it.