With World of Warcraft: Cataclysm less than three weeks away, a part of me is itching to get my main back into the game, which explains why I fixed up her talents post-4.0.1 and even took the time to do a re-gem or two. But I’m afraid the motivation just isn’t there. My guildmates keep trying to make me run heroics with them, but quite honestly, the idea of plodding through the same damn dungeons over and over again has lost its appeal a long time ago. I see zero point in putting myself through the instance grind now, especially with the expansion threatening to make all the current loot trivial by the end of the year.
Loathe to let my poor druid gather dust again, however, I resolved to find myself a nice time sink to keep her active. Lucky for me, WoW is full of those, least of all the hundreds of ideas floating around concerning what to do before Cataclysm. Not surprisingly, anything to do with Zul’Gurub ranks pretty high in almost all of these lists, seeing how Blizzard has confirmed that raid instance will go bye-bye with the new expansion.
I decided to take a page from Bullet Points and determined what I needed to do before the cataclysm. As it happened, Hero of the Zandalar Tribe was one of the rep achievements that had eluded me all this time. I recently made it my pet project, and my husband also came along for the ride (if I jumped off a bridge, he would totally do it too). It turned out to be a pretty painless grind. By leaving Hakkar alive, all the trash in the entire instance would respawn so we were able to farm it every night. We breezed through the place, with him mage-tanking and me going resto, healing my ass off. The Restoration tree has gone through some major changes; I was happy to get some practice in before I got too rusty with my off-spec.
Success! Even with two people sharing the Bijou and Coin drops we managed to get to exalted in a little less than a week. I was also able to strike Deadliest Catch off my list, but we unfortunately had no luck with either the Tiger or Raptor mounts. Not even a stinking pet drop…