Quitting raiding in World of Warcraft has been both liberating and a very emotional experience for me. Ever since I achieved max level on my very first toon in the Burning Crusade I have always been in a raiding group. I've never stepped down from an active raiding roster or guild and the only lulls in my raiding career have been because of inactive people which left me with no possibility to raid outside of pugging.
Now however our raiding group was very much active and more or less stable and just walking away from that has been odd. In a way it feels like I gave up on my goals for WoW (which was mostly killing heroic Archimonde before the next expansion comes out) and I'm struggling to cope with the sense of logging into a game without clear endgame stuff to work towards. Ofcourse raiding isn't the be all and end all in World of Warcraft (or any MMO for that matter) and with the addition of patch 6.2.3 gearing up itself has been made significantly easier with the reintroduction of valor points. But for me it's not about the gear. It's about the goal that I had set when we started the expansion: to clear all endbosses on heroic with this group of raiders. And it's weird to let that go, even though it is probably the best decision I have taken for myself in a very long time.
So now I feel like someone adrift, someone in search of new goals to work towards and new ways of enjoying a game where my entire career has been about raiding in one form or another. I think I might try to pug my way through heroic Archimonde at some point (I was a tiny bit too late with subscribing to FriendshipMoose unfortunately) and I'm sure I will see him dead somewhere before Legion hits. I'm also free to devote more time to some of my other characters that I personally enjoy way more to play, but that I never really got a chance to this expansion. So I'm levelling my mage and I'm planning to do some Timewalking on both my Hunter and my Warrior.
Next to that I'm also relocating my focus towards other games. I'm intent on getting better on Hearthstone.. Which essentially means playing more, unlocking all my adventure wings and keep on unlocking more cards.
There's also the thing that I would love to get my hands on all the heroes in Heroes of the Storm, which mostly requires me to atleast work my way through all the quests I get and level my heroes to level 5 for the gold you get then. It's a bit tedious at times, but I enjoy myself immensly when playing that game, even if I'm on the losing team. I just need to find someone who I can play Cho'Gall with so I can unlock that for myself aswell and then I'm even more happy.
The major thing I did, ever since patch 3.1 launched, is pick up FFXIV again with a fervor. I've been steadily working my way through the new Vanu Vanu beast tribe quests everyday (and am now rank five or six I believe) and am levelling my Ninja which is my new favourite class. Currently she is level 46, but I get some challenge log bonuses when I do my low level and guildhest roulette today so in theory I should be well over level 47 after I log off later tonight.
I haven't really picked up doing ex-roulette again, mostly because I don't enjoy my Dragoon as much anymore as I did, but I think I'll try to make up for it over the coming few days because I want to start saving up gear for when my Ninja dings 60... And what better way to do that than with some Esoteric pieces?
All in all I'm trying very hard to adjust to a more casual approach of games where I find the fun in other things than endgame raiding. In FFXIV it seems to be working out well, I really want to level all my battle classes to max level and start on the new relic so that will keep me going for quite a while.
In World of Warcraft I'm sure I'll find my way around somehow somewhere... But for now even logging that game just feels weird and I can only hope that will pass soon.