In this week’s NBI Challenge, Ambermist asks us to talk about our main characters. This is an interesting topic to me because I have so many characters that I really enjoy playing, and it’s often hard for me to pinpoint just one specifically that I can dub my “main.”
“What, I’m not your main?!” she exclaims. Flabbergasted, the sad tree!druid proceeds to hit you with her branches!
For some people, their main is determined by whichever character they raid most frequently or collect achievements and so on. As such, I often referred to my paladin as my main during WotLK since I raided as a core healer and had the most achievements on her. But what happens to your main of several years when you shelve them for an indefinite hiatus during the next expac? Such was the case after I witnessed a huge fallout with a new guild during Cata. Not going much into detail, but the guild was led abusively and poorly, where in the end the GM ragequit and server/faction transferred his entire army of toons. Motivation to keep playing? Not so much, especially since one of my best friends (a main tank in the raid group) felt the same and decided it was time for a break from the game. And so I rolled a new character on the other faction and my rogue was born.
Here we are at the end of Cata. If you asked me now who my main is, I’d still have difficulties in deciding. I no longer raid, apart from an occasional LFR (but I don’t really consider that the same, plus only my warlock really still needs gear from there). I tend to run achievements on my rogue, but overall point-wise she is about equal to my paladin, albeit different achievements. For the fun factor, Ninevi is definitely my goofball of choice. As for played time, my paladin still reigns supreme with ~68.5 days (1579 hrs), my rogue and lock around 25 days (600 hrs), and my druid at 12 days (288 hrs).
I guess now that I’ve played a significant amount of time at level cap with the above mentioned four characters, they comprise what I consider my “main group.” I’ve spent enough time with them to understand the classes and know what I’m doing right and wrong and where there’s room for improvement. During that time, each of them has grown to be extremely dear to me and I enjoy playing them all. The other day, I was talking to my friend Pneu (who recently started playing WoW) about how I had scribbled out some bio-sketches of my characters during lunch break at work. Was it silly of me? After all, I don’t even role play. (It’s perhaps the one last thing I’ve yet to experience in my WoW career!) After some thought, I decided…no. It’s not really that absurd. WoW is an MMORPG after all, and it makes sense that I’ve played so much of each of my characters that they’ve developed their own personality and become who they are. I went ahead and created an introductory page to my characters linked at the top of my blog just for this purpose. While I’ll save this blog post from being too long and reiterating the character page, feel free to visit the above link if you’d like to continue reading and meet my four main characters! :)
I know several people who would be unable to choose one main–a group of mains seems pretty common among a lot of my friends! I think it’s pretty cool that this challenge lined up with your character biographies.
I don’t RP either, but I find myself doing the same thing, thinking about what type of person my characters are. I think it’s a natural side effect of “spending” so much time with them!
It does seem many also have multiple mains! I also think it was funny that you must’ve picked up my brainwaves for the challenge this week. :D
Even with lowbie alts, I have problems re-rolling/deleting them for more character room — it’s like they have their own little personality too at times!
Yes! I greatly admire those who can switch out characters easily, because I am definitely not one of them!
I consider my main to be the character I want to take to everything…even if it isn’t practical. Eluna is my main, but if I need dps I can fall back to my original character Kcihc the hunter (who used to be horde but has since been moved to alliance), If we’re doing an “alt run” in something I have my other healer Caressa, who used to be my main before I discovered druid healing.
If I had to pick just one to level up for MoP though it would be the druid, she’s the character I feel the most attached to.
That makes a lot of sense!
I have yet to decide which character to level up in MoP first…maybe either my druid or rogue. Guess we’ll see. :)
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