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Self-Nerfing for the Sake of Joy

What do you do when the challenge is gone and everything is too easy?

That’s how leveling feels right now, and even though I’m playing a hunter, a class that I’ve struggled with in the past, killing mobs can be done by pressing a few buttons – random buttons that is. I hadn’t been playing my hunter Joy for a while, and now when I turned back to her, she couldn’t live up to her name.

It wasn’t because of the hunter class, in fact she could have been any class as it is right now, things drop by the evil glance of my kitty. Joy’s pet Froy can easily solo anything, actually I think Froy would be able to carry Joy, given she was lazy enough and didn’t want any loot.

I also accumulate experience too fast. I’ve purchased one heirloom, the dagger “Balanced Heartseeker”, but nothing increases my xp gain, as I didn’t want to be level 85 in a week. I want to finish off a zone before going to the next one, I want the whole story of the place and I want to see all the quest-lines. I have just been in in Azshara and I outleveled and outgeared the zone completely when I left. Where’s my challenge?

Yesterday I aquired my first chestpiece of rare quality (blue) “YEE….eesss…. meh”. Under normal circumstances I would have been thrilled, equipped the gear and headed out to enjoy the increase in dps and survivability. Times are different now, random buttons kill mobs, I’m overpowered in my quest-greens and this way I will never learn how to play a hunter.

What do I do?

Then I thought about Thriftee, the brave and self-reliant hunter, who never spent a dime while leveling, who never bought skills, nor gear, and never took a flightpath.  Thriftee had himself and Bear to count on and he would have to make it work as well as he could (and he did). So I thought “here’s my answer, I need to nerf myself!”, so I spent some time finding some suitably crappy, but neat gear that would lower my stats and keep me on my toes. It won’t be a challenge similar to Thriftee’s, I’m allowing myself full freedom to twink her in the future, if that’s what I want. Joy’s challenge is simply for me to have a good time, that’s all.

So the rule is, I can upgrade my neck, trinkets and rings. I’m sticking with my heirloom dagger, and I am allowed to upgrade the offhand as well. The rest has to stay the same. I chose the Tattered set, which is common quality (white) cloth clothing with no stats and around 9-21 armor – OH YEAH!

Joy's nerf gear - bad but good looking. Am I being admired from the back there?

I’m wearing:

Chest: Tattered Cloth Vest
Shirt:  White Linen Shirt
Wrists: Tattered Cloth Bracers
Hands: Tattered Cloth Gloves
Waist: Mortar-Slinger Belt (low-level quest reward, I liked the look of it)
Legs: Simple Linen Pants
Feet: Tattered Cloth Boots

A Hunting Bow for a hunter... that'll do!

The bow I’ve stuck with so far, is the “Hunting Bow”. It’s pretty crappy, and depending on how hard it will be later on, I will replace it. However, right now it’s not an issue.

I’m unsure about my cloak, I’m still waiting for a good looking one to come along, one that will match my set, so right now I’m just wearing a low-level quest reward.

OMG I HAVE AN ITEM NAMED AFTER ME!

I also have this cloak, and even though it has a much suitable name, I’m not happy with it’s blue and gritty looks, it’s ugly! What a shame.

I’m not sure about the headpiece either. I’m unlikely to have it displayed, so I’ll probably upgrade that itemslot too.

For the sake of Joy

Some would probably shake their heads in disbelief – “what is she doing?”. I’m still waiting for someone to whisper me that my vendor bought cloth set, is not a very good choice, or perhaps I will just become a notorious huntard on my server without ever knowing.

The thing is, there are different ways of playing the game: some play it to win, to figure out how to be the most efficient and then execute it perfectly, to be top-notch. Others play it with a more process-oriented mindset, it’s not about the result, it’s about the journey. Sometimes we switch between them depending on what plans we have for our character. I don’t really care about gaining levels on this character, it’s the travel, the experiences along the way. Joy is all about the joy, not the speed nor efficiency, I would have named her that then!

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6 comments on “Self-Nerfing for the Sake of Joy

  1. Döra
    June 27, 2011

    Haha – Everybody’s at it! Love it! lol lol lol
    Enjoy the new found fun of playing a gimped character Ironyca.
    The journey is all! Gonna enjoy reading about whether Joy does the trick, and puts the fun back into Warcraft.

    Haha – nice one :D

  2. tomeoftheancient
    June 27, 2011

    I agree, and I do realize Blizzard had to do something to make leveling faster so that the idea of getting to 85 wasn’t daunting for new players but yeah, now all you have to do is stare hard at something and it keels over and dies. I’m not sure how that helps learning to play your class.

    Like Döra I hope it puts the challenge back into the game for Joy!

  3. kamaliaetalia
    June 30, 2011

    More power to you, I say!
    I’m currently leveling a few alts through LFD and those alts I’m loading up with the heirlooms and good gear and so forth. For alts I’m leveling in the wide world, I’ve preferred to be a little overlelveled for a zone (high enough that all the quests at the first hub are green when I arrive in the zone) when playing with clothies, but I don’t particularly mind being undergeared. I’m pretty sure there have been times when I’ve minorly nerfed myself (like the time I asked my group to let me heal H Nexus with my fishing pole equipped in late LK), but I don’t think I’ve ever nerfed myself as much as you are doing… I’ll have to keep that in mind for one or another of my alts. :)

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  5. Maedra
    July 10, 2011

    Adding the challenge back to WoW levelling is what this is all about and I think you’ve made some great choices to enable that.

    Personally, I’ve found my challenge has really given the game a spark it was sorely missing. Every drop could be an improvement, rather than simple disenchant fodder without even looking at it. I’m almost pretty much at the right level for the zones I’m in, providing I don’t hit up too many rare spawns.

    I hope you have as much fun doing this as I am with Maedra, Ironyca. I think you’ve picked a good mix of rules that will make it challenging, yet fun too. I think that is a difficult balance to get :)

    Good luck!

    Maedra

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