On 8 November 2016, I quit World of Warcraft for the first time in nearly 8 years. I had recently finished graduate school and finally landed a great job in the career field. Unfortunately, this also meant that I could no longer raid with my guild. I live in New York and go to work in the morning by 7am. I usually wake up around 6am. Hard in the Paint (which is linked here because they are awesome and you should check them out) raids from 11pm-3am EST. Three hours of sleep was not going to work.
Rather than finding a new guild mid-tier (my team was progressing on Mythic Cenarius at this time) while also juggling a new real life job and a waning interest and motivation in the game, I decided to take a break. I fully intended to return for Nighthold, only being gone for a month or two while guilds farmed Mythic Emerald Nightmare. However, the freedom provided by not having a raid schedule nor needing to endlessly farm artifact power every single day was intoxicating.
Starting a few weeks ago I started to feel an itch for WoW again. This was not something I had felt in several years. Before quitting in November, I was burned out. I had not enjoyed the game since Mists of Pandaria. I chalked it up to not liking the Warlords of Draenor expansion, thinking that once Legion launched I would find my muse again. It didn’t happen.
While I do not feel qualified to write an updated guide at the moment, I will start regularly writing again. I am thinking about starting a series which acts as a journal during my reintegration into WoW. Over time (hopefully in time for next tier), I’ll be back to top 20 mythic raiding and writing guides. In the meantime, I’m enjoying being new to Warcraft again.