So ok, now I get Nightshade. He has a 1 to 1 heal that is fairly quick and can be used in a pinch or for off healing in a group. He uses the lowest shots of them all at only 2 per hit, which is an enormous savings in shot cost and carrying weight, not to mention less trips back to town. He has like 300 patk less than the strongest pet, but that’s not really that big of a deal. With a zone with herbs him not having VR isn’t much of a problem, and he has the highest mdef so he’s GREAT around mobs with magic attacks. He also has an AOE taught which is super useful if you have to pop pet UD and pull ranged mobs in so you can hit them.
I basically only use him when grinding solo these days. I call him Coupon Shadow because he’s so cheap to run.
Funny story, so I had plans on going back out to VoS to grind but with all the sieges going on I couldn’t port hardly anywhere. I ended up in Aden and thought I would just got to Seal of Shilen for a bit. Well, like 5 minutes into it, a Guardian Sword dropped. Top B! I sold it for 115m, bought my BW light set outright, bought a maj necklace and ring (sealed though, I forgot unsealing costs so much, like 880k aa!) but held off upgrading my weapon or shield. I’m not meleeing with my pet so I’m going to keep my balance around 100m for the moment.
This game is interesting money-wise, especially when it comes to gear. There are no repair costs, but literally everything costs money, and a lot of it.
Ports: it costs a small fortune to move through just one town, anywhere from 1200 to 10k or more. This is cost prohibitive to new players, which is why newbie travel tokens came into play. How about just reducing the port cost altogether?
Warehouse fees: Why does it cost money to put stuff in a bank, or send it to someone else? WoW came out the same time as L2 and sending mail to anyone cost nearly nothing, and your bank was free, outside of optional purchase of bags to make it bigger.
Weapon and armor upgrades: Holy beans does this get out of hand. For example my no-grade (level 1 to 19, technically) gear was probably around 45k. I skipped D grade but a mithril set was probably 1 mill. My C grade set was 3 mill. So from no grade to C grade, a 6500% increase. You can see how it’s basically pointless to sell your own gear to help with newer gear. Letting a 3 mill C grade set go for a 30 mill B grade set is ridiculous 900% increase. 3 mill is nothing in that case.
Then even if you do come up with 30 mill, you need more than that to account for other increases, especially in the realm of weapons. Shots and spiritshots cost more as your weapon gets better. As any class but especially summoner, you can’t drop all your money on your armor because you need some at a minimum for shots and crystals to even summon your ‘weapon’ which is your pet.
I still want BW light because I get hit quite hard just once or twice if I can’t get my pet to pull aggro quick enough, but I’ll have to buy it at 30m but have 40 mill just in case for other things.
World pvp. Since they got rid of world defense and started the pvp toggle thing effectively putting you on a pvp server, I haven’t done any of that. I’m not interested in just fighting people while questing, I want to do it in zones like WG and TB or defending zones. This can’t even be done any more on retail and in classic, my server has no Horde anyway. So this fun is OVER.
Raiding, I haven’t raided seriously since MoP and my last 6 or so guilds have been dead and I don’t expect that to get any better. I use to enjoy farming up mats to raid and look forward to getting gear but not any more. It’s basically OVER.
Battlegrounds, have been a mess for a while and although it’s still kinda fun in classic, I gave up on retail. So it’s like half OVER.
Arena/rbgs yeah, haven’t done those in a long while.
Questing, after questing in SWTOR, WoW questing seems really bland. Mind you Legion questiong and story was AMAZING but BfA felt like I was missing out on the major storyline and hd to read a book, or play horde to even get it. Classic questing I’ve done before so yeah. Not really worth staying for.
Pet battles. I’m sure those are still around. I did enjoy those but 15 a month to play pokemon, yeah.
Social this is a big one. I use to have battleground partners, dungeons, arena, rbgs, general friends, but they are all gone. All.
I hit 70 on my priest, finally, but gosh the world feels empty. I was in Netherstorm the other day and a hunter kept tagging my mobs and it felt bot like. I healed a boomkin who was nearly dead, cheered after they killed the mob and buffed them but they didn’t even give any indication they noticed. I also buffed a rogue and they didn’t say a thing. No one asks to group or anything.
I think I will cancel my sub. It’s sad but I haven’t had an active guild since MoP (Post Mortem), haven’t played with any friends in years, and don’t have a group to play with any more (not since Legion). I don’t even feel a desire to earn pvp gear any more after ranking to 12 in classic, do bgs or dungeons, or raid.