Pugging Pally

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Leveling alts in World of Warcraft is not a new thing for me. Every so often, I get a hankering to level a new class I haven’t really played before, but after the last one, I swore I was done.

“No more alts,” I told my husband. “I promise, this is my absolute last one!”

I lied.

But Vidyala is a little bit different. She was created on December 11th, 2009. Mailed heirloom gear (some left over from my shaman, some left over from a warrior), I knew what I was going to do with her. As soon as she was high enough level, she was going to hit instances with the new Looking for Dungeon tool, and that’s all she was going to do.

But why?

I’ve leveled four characters to 80 now. I’ve seen the quests, in many cases multiple times. It’s monotonous. This is something different, I can do it when I feel like it. I’m not in any rush to level Vid, although my progress so far has been steady. She’ll get to 80 whenever it happens.

So far, it’s been a really fun experience. I’ve met some absolutely clueless players, and some fun ones. It’s always exciting and different to see what instance I’ll be going to, who I’ll be going with, and I’m learning to play the class at the same time in a group setting. Often times with my other characters, I would get them to the level cap and I’d have soloed almost the entire way. Soloing seldom taught me about what I was expected to do at end-game – almost all end-game content is a group endeavour. There’s no question that I’ll know what I’m doing as a holy paladin by the time I hit 80 (I hope!)

Whose crazy idea was this?

I’m married, in my late 20s. We have a big goofy Labrador who, incidentally, knows the sound of Ventrilo disconnecting. I play WoW in my spare time and my husband does too. We do ten-man hard mode raiding with an awesome group of folks, when I’m not leveling alts or doing other things. My main character is a mage, but I’ve also played (healed) as a priest, druid, shaman, and now a paladin. It might be a bit backwards that healing is a relaxing break from DPSing for me.

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