The End of the Road

This post turned out to be a lot harder to write than I had imagined (which is why I’ve been putting it off for so long).

Way back in November I discovered a lump in my breast (which turned out to be fine) but it set a chain of thoughts in motion. I’m incapable of playing casually, I want to be the best in everything I do and that had always pushed me into spending too much time raiding, doing dailies (which are the devil’s work) and of course taking PvP far too seriously. Over the last six years, I’ve spent at least half of it raiding between four and six nights a week for a minimum of four hours, with the odd raid which went to 3 or 4 in the morning. Then you add in the time I spend reading other people’s blogs and of course writing posts for my own and suddenly it seemed that I spent more time playing WoW than doing anything else.

Add to that the fact that I wasn’t greatly enjoying myself with Cataclysm, the zones were too linear, not being able to save guildmates from gankers due to phasing was hugely annoying and I was disappointed with healing in a raid environment (still a spamfest, the only thing that changed was the name of the spell being spammed). My unspoken decision became obvious, it was time to say goodbye. I hung on for a bit, trying to convince myself that I was still having fun but it felt hollow even to me. So, I cancelled my account and said farewell to Azeroth.

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Azeroth has inspired, fascinated and pushed me in ways I never imaged when I picked the box off the shelf almost six years ago. For that I’m truly grateful.

All in all, I’ve had a blast. From running around wide eyed as a brand new character to dispatching Old Gods and various other evil denizens, the ups have outweighed the bad. I just want to say thank you to everyone who commented and everyone who read my rantings whether it was regularly or just the once. For the last few months of my subscription I had more fun writing this, than I did playing WoW.

Goodbye, goodnight and good luck to all of you.