To preface this thread: I don't want any irrational Legion bashing or warped nostalgia reminiscing in here. My goal is to start a discussion on a topic I'm struggling with, personally.
I have played WoW since Vanilla. As I've finished university and started my professional career throughout these 12 years, my own take on what WoW is for me has changed, which is only normal.
Raiding has always been my end-game: working together to solve these big puzzles is a great feeling. That's what I want to achieve, and I want to achieve it at a decent to average performance level, meaning that I want to clear Mythic before the next tier/nerf releases.
I started Legion with the same goal once more. Legion brought back a lot of things that I absolutely love and I've found my spark again that I lost on the way in Draenor.
However, Legion is also dragging me down: I can't do what I want to do. I just can't, there's not enough time.
As a raider it's your responsibility to keep your gear up to date for the content you're clearing, and technically also to keep up with your teammates: if your entire team has gone through the effort of reaching 850 (as an example) prior to N/HC release, and you enter N at 835 (which is actually good enough to progress), you're letting the others down.
As a raider with a career and a demanding hobby, how am I ever going to keep up?
This question has been bothering me all day: I get up at 5am, get home between 7 and 8pm. I manage to log in half an hour later after I've had dinner. During the time I spent at work, no small part of my raid team has done:
- Interesting world quests (daily or good drops)
- Their weekly Mythic and/or multiple Mythic+
- Their daily Heroic
- Suramar/other faction stuff
All of these give you a non-negligible chance at raid-appropriate upgrades, be it through WF/TF item upgrades or sheer AP to continue upgrading your Artifact.
Meanwhile, on non-raid nights I have time for maybe 1 Mythic +, my daily HC and my 4 World Quests before hitting the sack. On some nights a bit more, on others maybe even less.
How am I going to keep up with the Joneses? How can I not feel like I'm letting the team down or that I need to sacrifice other aspects of my life in order to keep up, something I am (obviously) not going to do.
Legion has a massive amount of content to run through in this early stage, which is absolutely great. However, I do feel like too much of this content has a sizeable chance at upgrades that will aid in raiding.
I don't hate the game, I haven't stopped loving it. However, I have never felt the urge to run through so many different aspects of the game simply to not disappoint my fellow team members and record a subpar performance compared to my peers. And it's making me feel like shit.
How do you manage? I'd really like to know.