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I’ve returned after being lost for a couple of months. Congratulations, you’ve found me!

In that time, some crazy things have taken place in the World of Warcraft. Most of you know what these crazy things are, so I don’t need to go into serious detail about the. I am excitedly looking forward to Cataclysm, and that’s about all that I can say at the moment.

Elsinne Starsong has also returned, after spending a couple of months spying on Twilight’s Hammer activities in Searing Gorge. When she returned to Orgrimmar with a report, sooner than expected, she was asked why she terminated her activities so soon. “Grilled lava spider meat gets old real fast,” was her reply.

Since then, I’ve whisked Elsinne off to places like Un’goro Crater and Azshara.

In fact, this was my first official and complete run of Azshara and, I must admit, lorewise I was more than a little disappointed. Here we have arguably the most historically significant zone in the entire world and there is nothing in the zone worthwhile or interesting to do!

Sure you get to hunt down some satyrs, slay some rogue blood elves, put to rest some Highborne spirits, and attempt to medicate some nauseated Tauren in Undercity. But outside of that, there isn’t anything else going on in Azshara.

I am certainly glad that Blizzard has decided to re-roll this zone for Cataclysm (as well as add Hyjal!).

Now that I am back, there will be more consistent updates and more on Elsinne’s adventures as she gradually makes her way toward Northrend.

I will also add that I am leveling a Draenei Shaman on the side (currently level 45) so the leveling may be a bit slower than normal.

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There are three classes that I have always wanted to have a high level character for but I simply do not have the intestinal fortitude to level them. Every other class I have either level capped, got into the 70s or, at the worst, high 40 or low 50s.

The three offenders are Mage, Warrior, and Shaman.

Mage: I have tried no less than four times to level a mage. Four times! Each of them I have gotten to level 18. It’s a pain for the entire process. I do not have fun, I hurl snowballs at mobs, spend an inordinate amount of time drinking (both in-game and on the outside), make it most of the way through whatever 10-20 zone I am fiddling around with, and quit. I know that most classes are fairly similar in the early stages; they give you a small set of abilities to work with here and there. But I don’t know what it is about mage. I just do not enjoy it. I want to. I just don’t. I have had a couple of mages tell me: Just wait until you get to level 30! Then things will really take off for you! 30? Are you kidding me? I probably will never try again, but I would have liked to have had the strength to pull a mage off.

Warrior: My record for leveling a warrior is 27. That was the first character I ever played in the game back in 2005. I hated every second of it and it caused me to quit the game. I came back six months later with a warlock and became WoW addicted. I loved every second of my warlock. After playing a few more characters, it occurred to me that maybe the reason I hated warrior was because I was doing it wrong. I had been brand new player when I played it and I didn’t really understand the talents or the abilities or anything. So I created a new warrior. 24 was the limit that time. This time I read up before I started and I understood how to play a warrior. No, this time I just didn’t like it. It might have been all the deaths. I don’t know about high level warriors, but low level warriors are bad for dealing with adds and if you don’t have decent gear, life will be incredibly painful. Casters made me lie awake at night and cry, especially if there were two or three of them. I felt like every other class I played had a way to effectively deal with casters, even if there were more than one. I made a lot of corpse runs with those warriors.

Shaman: My record is 16. I know, that’s not even worth mentioning. That represents something like three hours of playtime, four at the most. How could I hate shaman after those levels? I can tell you why I didn’t like playing shaman. It had nothing to do with difficulty or enjoyment. I just couldn’t get a grip on what I was, exactly. Was I a caster who could sometimes hit you with a stick? Was I a melee fighter who could occasionally heal myself or electrocute you? Was I completely useless without the totems? I think the totems lost the deal for me. I didn’t feel complete. Hunters had pets, but they could do pretty well without them. Warlocks had pets, but they could still be pretty deadly without them. But the totems were a must and I felt too dependent on them. And I had to keep dropping them. Over and over. Walk a few yards, drop some totems. Walk a few more yards, drop some totems. Mad props to anyone who could handle that. I couldn’t. In the shaman’s defense, I will say that it was my first ever shaman and I was living the life as a troll shaman out in the Barrens and the Barrens is just one of those zones that depresses me. I’m not sure that Westfall or Ghostlands would have made any difference.

What classes have you had trouble with in your time in WoW?

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