I played Kaet just a bit after Patch 2.3 came out — she picked up a few levels and learned Claw 6 — but now I’ve put her on ice temporarily. The problem: with the increased quest XP for mid-levels, she’s outpacing her pets much too quickly. Oh, I can keep one pet more or less even with me — except that in the past few levels I let them drop behind as I learned new skills and whatnot. But even concentrating on just one crab I can’t catch it up even with me. And the other two are falling further and further behind.
The next minor patch, 2.3.2, will fix this problem by requiring less experience for pets per level. But in the meantime it’s better if I don’t exacerbate the situation by playing. So what have I been doing instead?
Mostly working. Boring, but necessary. And trying to keep up with the blog and e-mail in the tiny gaps between working. And, every so often, when the planets align and I have an hour all to myself … I’ve been doing the unthinkable. I started a mage.
It was my husband’s idea. He believes that I need more experience with other classes to truly appreciate hunters. He reviewed all the classes to pick a good one for me to try, not too like hunters but not so unlike as to to immediately frustrate me with a completely different playstyle. And for some completely unknown reason I agreed to this: I agreed to play this baby mage to at least level 25.
I’m halfway there already, and I can tell you now — I don’t like it. Maybe if she had a pet … but she’s so fragile, and she has to sit and drink all the bloody time, and even with the ability to sheep and do the frost explosion thing that traps people I have to be exceedingly careful about taking on more than one thing at a time. The actual combat is the same set of keys over and over again — unless something goes wrong, and then it’s frantic stressful flailing time. (You can level the same criticisms at a hunter, of course, but somehow it feels completely different to me.)
But there is one good thing about this mage: it’s keeping me from starting another hunter alt while I wait for Patch 2.3.2 to come out. I said I’d concentrate on Kaet until she’s 70, and I plan to do so … but I miss her and her shiny happy crabs something terrible. This mage is no replacement.