If someone had told me back at the beginning of June that now, in early October, I’d be playing my blood elf warlock as my main, running Nya raid every Sunday, and cramming to get momentos for a mount before visions go away, I probably would’ve thought they were crazier than I am. But that’s all reality right now and I love it! Okay, well, I don’t love visions, but I will love earning the mount from doing both 5-masks and completing the titanic research. I’ve had LOTS of help from my fellow Strawberries doing all of that but I think I’m on my own from here on out.
I’m really looking forward to pre-patch next week and customizing many of my characters (including Srixi) and I’m curious to see how game play changes. I imagine I’ll play through the pre-patch content on Srixi first and then any subsequent toons I want. It sounds like we’re going to have a bit of time before Shadowlands actually releases and I’m okay with that. It will be interesting learning familiar classes all over again. Although, honestly, I tend to do that anyway after not playing a particular class for a while.
I don’t know how much longer our raid group will be running Nya, but I’m going to enjoy every moment of it, just like always! The Strawberries will endure into Shadowlands and I’m sure we’ll be taking on the new dungeons and raids as we have time. I think we’ve learned to play well together and can handle whatever surprises World of Warcraft throws at us.
I’ve learned a lot about myself as a player and a person over the past few months and I feel so fortunate to have met such great fellow players and friends. This is the happiest I’ve felt during the month of October in quite some time and that’s a wonderful thing! For the first time in many years, I actually put up my autumn leaf garlands and Halloween lights so I could fully embrace fall and October just like I did before my father passed. My Warcraft family means a lot to me and while my heart might not be as fancy as the Heart of Azeroth, it’s definitely overflowing with the artifact power of gratitude.