Though I’ve made no real secret of it, I can’t actually remember if I’ve stated here, on the record, that I hate ToC. So I’m going to do so: I hate ToC. I hate it’s mother. I hate it’s babies. I hate it’s cute little pet kitten named Mittens. Nothing about ToC isn’t boring at best, cringe-inducingly obnoxious at worst. I know it is the source of all that is good and ilvl 245+ but if I never went back there again, it would be too soon.
I also tend to be a somewhat cyclical raider. Each expansion, Blizzard releases that ONE INSTANCE that just makes me want to punch babies. Back in Vanilla, it was AQ (Bugs, why did it have to be bugs…?). TBC had Hyjal (and it’s waves and waves of dynamic trash encounters.) Wrath has ToC.
I’m also surrounded by people who enjoy it, or at least enjoy the ilvls enough to farm the shit out of every available version as often as possible every week. I’m stuck in the position of being a bad raider, and occasionally preventing groups from going just because I’m unwilling to burn myself out faster by spending 5 days a week in there. I do the guild-progression 25s, but no, I’m under zero obligation to run it for “fun” on 10s as well.
I’m also kinda tired of people trying to convince me I’m a bad person, or wrong or mistaken for not enjoying the encounters, wanting my PVP kept separate (read: not present entirely) from my PVE, or the constant assurances that “It’s really not that bad.”
No, I’m sorry. You’re not in my head, you don’t know what I feel. ToC really is that bad, and I’m not going to go there any more than I have to.
Now, I fully admit that these are my issues. I found ToC boring but bearable until we hit Faction Champions for the first time. Jov doesn’t pvp. Specifically I do not pvp. It’s somewhat the guild joke, but… I don’t. Get me in a pvp situation, and my brain turns off and I turn into a ball of super-anxiety. I’m totally useless on that fight. I hate the fight, I know (and hate) that I’m useless, it’s a nice happy ball of feeding on itself.
Telling me “it’s not that bad” doesn’t actually do anything but make me feel worse, but thanks for playing.
I’m looking at the finish line. In Vanilla, Naxx 40 was my salve to AQ. Hell, even in it’s nerfed version, I still enjoy Naxx. TBC had me squealing in joy at the thought of Sunwell enounters; it was just enough to get me through the Hyjal grind. My eye is on the prize; and that prize is Icecrown. I just hope Blizzard continues their tradition of ending an expansion with a bang.