>I dabble in raiding. I am not hardcore. I enjoy seeing new content but…. Sometimes I get bored waiting around for everyone to get ready. 25 man raiding can try your patience. I know it tries mine on the best raids and guilds. So when Cataclysm came out I leisurely leveled a number of toons but I did not get them raid ready very quickly. 10 man raids help. Less people waiting around for things to start.
I play on two servers, Trollbane, play with people I have known 30 years or more, people I have rolled dice with. I also play on Elune, with people I known for 10 years, people I have rolled dice with. On Trollbane I play Horde, on Elune I play Alliance. I left Elune but brought my hunter toon, Horto back to help my Mrs. level her Alliance Shammy. Horto started as a Dwarf, then went Troll now is back to Dwarf. He is probably very confused.
Ok now if you have not played in a while how you gear your toon is now based on iLevel (ilvl) This is a gear measurement embedded in the game. This is how you separate the I just turned 85 level player from the I have been running heroics non stop player from the I have raided and killed all the heroic boss player.
There are ilevel milestones. Here they are in a nutshell;
ilvl 328 You can now enter heroic 5 mans with strangers through the Looking For Group system.
ilvl 340 You can now do RAIDing, start with Baradin’s Hold so you don’t embarrass yourself.
ilvl 346 You can now do the 2 new 5 mans. The “troll dungeons” Heroic Zul’Aman or Zul’Gurub.
So each piece of gear you get has an ilvl. WoW keeps track of your average gear level as a stat now. But it is not what you are wearing but rather what you are wearing and what is in your bags. Houston, this is our problem……
Wow players who may use a toon for two different purposes may not have all the gear needed in one of those purposes… When I say purposes I mean to say roles and when I say roles I really mean spec and when I say spec I, well, never mind. They may not have the gear to heal or to tank, but can get into RAIDs and Troll Dungeons without the correct gear level because their gear ilvl is not divided up by gear designed for 2 different roles. If you have ilvl340 Ret Gear, but attempt to tank Zul’Aman with ilvl 328 tank gear, you will just make the healer in your pug (Pick Up Group) mad. Why, because you can’t tank Zul’Aman with 328 gear no matter how godly you believe your tanking skills are. And it really pisses off the healer who has been waiting 30 minutes in a que to heal Zul’Aman.