Pre-Expansion Rewards and Exclusivity
Classes have started, so I haven’t really had time to play. I’ve stopped all raiding also since last week, so I probably won’t be writing about personal progression stories anymore.
I met a new friend yesterday who I found out played WoW. I had been telling him that I occasionally play Starcraft with my apartmentmates. We then proceeded to talk about Warcraft III and Defense of the Ancients. Before you know it, he was telling me how he used to play World of Warcraft before Burning Crusade and grinded for 2 months the Grand Marshal title.
I don’t know what grinding for a Grand Marshal title entails. But I also don’t know how hard it is grind the Wintersaber Trainers reputation.
After talking about people who will be starting fresh as new World of Warcraft players in the last several posts, it made me wonder about the people who won’t be returning for Wrath of the Lich King. My new friend told me he couldn’t handle any more grinding after achieving the Grand Marshal title. At the time, he told me that there were only three people in Singapore who had achieved the title, and he was one of them. I’d say that’s a pretty impressive feat.
But consider the current situation. People are “buying” or attempting to obtain the [Amani War Bear] mount left and right. I have a feeling that this perhaps is the Burning Crusade equivalent to the Grand Marshal grind. After all, there’s always one ultimate prize for every expansion.
But what happens after you get that bear mount?
I’ve seen people who run Zul’Aman faithfully every three days just so they can improve the raid group and hope they can make the fourth timer to get the mount.
Take the analogy of a person at a carnival fair who play those carnival games over and over again just so they can win a prize. In the process, they consume a lot of time (and money) in order to achieve that goal. That’s a similar kind of grinding.
But it makes me wonder. Is all that grinding for that ever-exclusive prize or title worth it in the end if you only burn yourself out? How would that impact your gameplay and your outlook on the game since you first started playing?
Personally, I’d rather not find out because I don’t want this to turn something I love into an obsession.