I've been kicking around this post for a while. Mainly, I don't want it to sound like I'm whining or digging around for sympathy because I'm absolutely not. I'm merely making an observation and stating my feelings on the topic.
Last night I left Mis in the Trade District Inn in Stormwind.When I log in tonight, my General chat box will be filled with people looking to fill out a raid group. When "LF1M Tank" catches my eye, that sentence will also likely contain the words "experienced" and "geared." Because of that, I'll go about my business...do my dailies, farm some ore...then log off.
As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I took a hiatus after dinging 80. When I came back I walked into a guild that was entirely different than the one I left. I was no longer a viable endgame tank for CoF, we had new, well-geared tanks and there were names I didn't recognize who were running heroics and raids and linking their epics in /gchat.
It kinda floored me, because I hadn't really been gone that long. While I don't regret taking the time off, the hiatus put me at a distinct disadvantage. We're at the point now where people generally don't want to bring someone, especially a tank, who isn't wearing all purples into Naxx, the entry-level raid, and let them see the fights for the first time. People want to run into Naxx 10, get their Emblems, and get out as quickly as possible. Everyone's thinking Ulduar and they don't want to put up with someone who will slow them down.
Maybe I'm wrong - I certainly hope I'm wrong - but it seems as though if you're not raiding now, don't hold your breath.
I'm not the best tank in the world, but I'm also not some n00b who doesn't understand how to play his class. All that seems to be keeping me out of the endgame are the blues I'm wearing and the fact that I haven't seen any of the endgame fights.
I've had one or two opportunities to run one-boss raids with our guild, but had to decline due to kid issues (Dad first, Tank second). We've also had some Left-Coasters setting up runs really late in the evening on weekends. I just can't start a three-hour raid night at 11:00 pm.
I am, however, signed up for OS 10 on Friday and I'm really hoping I get the chance to go. It just seems like there's always something getting in the way of the rare opportunities I manage to get.
A strange thing happened a couple of nights ago. A Shaman who's been on my Friend List since I was in my 30's whispered me while I was doing Scholazar ore loops. At first I thought that I got my first whisper because of my D-List Celebrity WoW Blogger status, but it turns out that this person was actually offering me an invite into their guild...an established raiding guild on our server.
We both tried to figure out where we initially met, but couldn't come up with it. I believe we hooked up in STV to do a group quest together, but I may be wrong. I told them that I wasn't raiding at the moment and they told me that anytime I wanted to run something to send them a tell.
I don't know. Maybe it's time to move on and find a guild that has a B or C Team that I can hook up with and see some content. That would certainly be a remedy for the constant subliminal message that comes across when you read in-game chat or many WoW blogs: your gear sucks, therefore you must suck, therefore we don't want you around, n00b.
I always felt like number 4 was the least likely to ever happen. Now I'm begging to think number 3 may take the top spot.
Here's hoping I get in on the fun this Friday.
Keeping my fingers crossed.
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