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The Mythic Roadblock

I, like many others, am full-blown casual this expansion. My guild is a barely-there assortment of people who log on, play solo in silence, and log off without any real interaction. There are no guild raids, no guild dungeon runs. I don’t even read chat anymore because there’s never anything there.

I think that this is increasingly common in the game, as the role of guilds as an organizational tool has been replaced by in-game grouping systems.

This model suits me just fine right now. Heroics can be queued for and run in silence. LFR covers raids. World quests give gear upgrades. Artifact Power provides a feeling of progress and something to grind.

But it seems that so many of the progression paths in the game run through mythics.

  • Unlocking the Suramar questline… mythic Court of Stars and Arcway (I know that has changed)
  • New remade Karazhan? Mythic only. (yes, that has changed, too)
  • Want to craft a legendary weapon? Mythic dungeon runs required.
  • Following the profession questlines? Mythic dungeons.
  • etc…

For players like me, these represent a real obstacle. The only way to do mythics is to have a group, or to venture into LFG, where you might be judged based on your item level, kicked for low dps, or called names for dying to boss mechanics. You have to actually interact with people.

Now, my item level is fine. My dps is fine. I don’t die too often. I don’t get kicked. And yet I still feel put off whenever I have to go into a mythic dungeon. I know it is an MMO, and I know what that stands for, but the designers have done so much to turn this into a solo game that the mythic system seems almost out of place.

Right now I’m spending hours trying to get into mythic Darkheart Thicket as a dps. Tedious and boring, just hitting refresh on the LFG tool. This is not my preferred part of the game.

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2 Responses to “The Mythic Roadblock”


  1. 1 David
    December 4, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I want to start playing WOW … and a friend of mine told me about this site: https://tinyurl.com/yb4kzwg2 … do you think is cheating? :)))

  2. 2 Union
    January 7, 2018 at 4:53 am

    I was a religious daily follower of you in the Wrath days. Now I drop by every few months, always delighted that you’re still here. All the old blogs are gone; ElitistJerks, Roguespot, WoW Insider, BossKillers, Encrypted Text, StratFu, etc. are all gone… but whenever I still see you posting, it warms my heart.

    I feel you as far as raiding goes. I went from a rogue afraid to enter dungeons to Realm 1st in WotLK (thanks to reading websites like yours for hints), to Mythic AoTC in MoP, to “I’ll Just get my Heroic AoTC” in WoD/Legion… to Antrorus where I’m suddenly “Meh, I’ll wait for LFR.”

    I still thoroughly enjoy the solo quests (new expansion/Patch is best time), and I feel nostalgic for the active guild/progressing, but I’m just too damn confortable leaving raiding to LFR. Now I’m a transmog hunter, farming old quests/5-mans/raids/crafting E.V.E.R.Y rogue gear appearance ever! I MUST HAVE THEM ALL!!!). It’s like a switch has been flipped inside me.

    I have amazing memories of active guild progression, but LFR/Group Finder really has turned me full casual. Probably good for the game and the rise of casual playing, but a little sad. It’s like veteran drivers lamenting how Automatic Transmission cars have all but replaced Manual Stick. Manual drivers insist it was harder AND BETTER… but Auto is so much easier to learn and drive, and now it’s taken over the world.

    WoW has changed, and It’s a difficult transition, but I’m still having fun playing. I’m just playing it *differently*. I’m still progressing to gear my character, it’s just HOW I’m doing it has changed. And… I’m okay with it. I’m having fun.

    Again, thanks for still posting here. It always brings a smile to my face to see this website still up. Here’s to finding your happy niche!


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