Or rather, what to do next?
Now that we’ve finally toppled the Lich King ourselves, it’s a question we need to ask. For many guilds, the answer to that is a straightforward “heroic modes, of course” but it’s not quite so cut-and-dried for us.
Don’t get me wrong: the next time we go into ICC, I’m sure we’ll have a go at a few. If we’re fielding a full-strength team, there are a number of encounters which (based on little more than what I remember from reading on the wowwiki strategy pages and a couple of recent “heroic bosses in order of difficulty” posts) I think we’ll be able to manage relatively straightorwardly. But at this late stage in the expansion there’s not quite the imperative to go do hardmodes that there might once have been — given the impending Cataclysm, even 264 loot is likely to be replaced fairly quickly. It’s certainly not something I think we need a laserlike focus on (although there are a couple of guildies deserving their own Kingslayer titles who weren’t present for our first kill)
There is, of course, also the siren call of “things which aren’t ICC”. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t been raiding ICC for long enough to be burned out on it by any means. There are other raid instances worth a visit though: I’ve not fought General Vezax or Yogg in Ulduar. I’d also like to be part of a Mimiron kill where I *didn’t* get over-excited at the prospect of hanging out with the button and kill myself within the first 30 seconds. I even harbour a secret hope of seeing Algalon.
Then there’s the Ruby Sanctum. It’s not big, and we didn’t spend all that much time on it, but we’ve never downed Halion — we’ve barely made it to phase 3. It’d be nice to poke that particularly dragon too.
Selfishly, I’m a single Kel’Thuzad kill away from the Champion of the Frozen Wastes achievement, which would be nice to pick up, and only a couple of random bosses away from a bunch of Naxx achievements (I seem to have cleared 3/4 of the bosses in each wing, somehow).
About the only thing I *don’t* have any interest in is downloading the PTR client and fiddlng about with what will soon be live. The laundry list of Stuff To Do above is in no way comprehensive. There are still a few heroic achievements I need for a protodrake. There are still a few (well, two) Outland dungeons I’ve *never* seen. I’d like to pay a visit to the Ahn’Qiraj Temple, to complete the Classic Raider achievement. Having finally reached exalted with the Dwarves, there’s a little voice at the back of my head saying “go on, get the Ambassador title, think of all those funky mounts” which is sounding less like the rantings of a madman as time goes by.
And then there’s Cent. Overgeared and underused Cent. Cent, who was almost able to break out on her own and be an independent woman, but whose good fortune failed her at the last hurdle. Cent, currently fending off the advances of a priest (note for the Brits: topical!) and wondering where all the rumours about her underwear have come from. Cent, whose furthest foray into ICC is Rotface, despite clearly being geared for a shot at the title (even if her assitant’s skills might be subpar). It’d be nice to take her out for a guild run, rather than leaving her at the not-so-tender mercies of tradepugging, and a recent Friday night drunkrun in ICC which was half-guild, half random bodes well for her capabilities when sober and surrounded on all sides by friends.
So many choices. So little time. Whatever to do?
I suspect I might be the only person who’d be *happy* if Blizzard announced a delay to Cataclysm. *ducks*