With patch 5.2 and a whole new quest hub and faction already on the horizon, I am starting to feel very, very behind.
I have only myself to blame, of course, for being horribly delinquent about doing my dailies. Just this week, I finally managed to reach Revered with the Shado-Pan and the August Celestials. Now I can start working on getting all those out-of-the-box factions to Exalted, one at a time. I haven’t decided which one to start with, except that it won’t be August Celestials — while I’m working on the other factions, I’ll check that one whenever I feel like doing dailies and do it only if it’s Cradle of Chi-Ji, so that I can finish the Ellia Ravenmane storyline before I get Exalted with the faction.
I haven’t even started the Dominance Offensive yet.
When patch 5.1 came, I listened and watched a little as BTH played through the opening quests of the new faction, I ran the two Dominance Offensive-related scenarios, and I wasn’t sure that Kamalia could aid the advance of Garrosh’s war machine. Besides which, at that time, Kamalia had gotten to Honored with Wrathion, but she had collected only a few Sigils. I thought that it would probably still be quite a while until she finished the first phase of Wrathion’s plan, and it seemed to me that it didn’t make much sense for her to start doing the Dominance Offensive stuff until she could move on to the second phase of Wrathion’s plan.
So when Kamalia received the summons to help claim a beachhead in Krasarang Wilds, she “went native” and quietly ignored it, thinking,
The Pandaren welcomed us. Despite the destruction we wreaked upon their lands in the Jade Forest specifically and throughout Pandaria generally by releasing the Sha, they allowed us to enter their most sacred place — the Vale of Eternal Blossoms — with them. And you, Warchief, still want to bring your war to this place? To fight for a land that is not, and never will be yours? You are as bad as the mogu, and I do not want any part of it.
BTH, however, seemed to be really enjoying the new faction. BTH, who only ground rep with the “serious” factions and then only to Revered so he could get the gear — BTH, who takes a textbook “ignore the lore, what do I have to kill?” approach to his quest log — BTH continued doing the Dominance Offensive all the way to Exalted because he’d gotten so wrapped up in the story that he wanted to see it all. That is even more compelling to me than Anne Stickney’s glowing review. So I began leveling my Death Knight with the intention that she could take part in the Dominance Offensive storyline, but she hasn’t even gotten to level 87 yet.
In the intervening weeks, Kamalia has managed to collect 8 Sigils of Wisdom and 7 Sigils of Power and obtain the appropriate Sha-touched socketed weapon for her specialization from LFR. So in another month or so, when she has finished collecting Sigils and done a final LFR of Terrace of Endless Spring to get her Sha-touched jewel, then perhaps I will start doing the Dominance Offensive with her.
Or maybe she won’t, if I manage to get Kregga to level 90 before Kamalia finishes up Wrathion’s War part I.
And hmmm, now that Winter Veil is over, Kinevra needs to stop moping around and hop on the boat to Pandaria, so she can get to level 90 and do Operation:Shieldwall.
But then, I suppose I accepted that I’d probably be behind the curve the whole expansion when I made the decision to only raid LFR and to play whatever I felt like doing in the moment.