In Burning Crusade, I had just started playing in earnest as a Hunter1. I just kinda joined in with the group once I got to level 70. In Wrath of the Lich King, we had a serious guild blow-up so nobody was ready to raid until after 3.1. In Cataclysm, Eff the Ineffable was still getting it together and we didn’t start raiding until around February, a few months after release of 4.0.3.
So here we are in Pandaland, and I find myself a bit rushed. Raiding starts this weekend, and until last night, I wasn’t even the right level!
In a way, I illogically resent the need to hurry. I prefer to take my time, smell the Peacebloom, and take it all in.
But, nobody’s holding a gun to my head. I don’t HAVE to be in that first raid. I might not have a guaranteed place in the future, but that’s the price you pay for being less committed to raiding than your team mates.
So the truth is, I want to be there, if there’s a spot, and I made that choice without any coersion. So I should put on my big dorf pants2 and get as prepared as I can in the time remaining.
I’ll still have a chance to lollygag. Jasra, Flora, and Illume are all going to progress through the content a bit slower, though Jas may have to hurry a bit if the Bunnies start thinking about raiding in the near future. But that would be unusual, that’s one laid back group of peeps.
It’s pretty odd, by the way, to ding 90 and be nowhere near the final zone of the expansion. And I didn’t even start out with rested XP.