In Which Kia Hates Dailies

This is an incoherent, inconclusive, totally non-objective, ranty rant.  Prepare yourself.

Let me be totally frank right here:  I really hate dailies.

From what I hear around the blogosphere, I am not alone in this opinion; in fact, it tends to be the fact rather than the exception.  I’m not sure what my problem is, but I think it’s a combination of factors.  Let us break down the analysis:

1) Dailies take TOO BLOODY LONG.  If I’m doing a daily and am planning on doing so everyday, I don’t want to spend three hours doing it.  These are chores, people.  They are the stuff you have to get done before you get to do the stuff that you want to do.

Which, let’s be honest, is pet battles.

2) The Shado-Pan dailies have an totally unbalanced risk-reward system.  In other words, I spent over an hour dying on that stupid island with the mantids the other day for a measly 1k(ish) rep.  I know Blizz has said that they’ve made the Sra’viss island easier, but since I haven’t run it since the fix, I can’t say.  The point is that I’m still at least a couple days away from Revered with Shado-Pan, and I have already all but ground to a halt.  What am I going to do when I hit Revered and it’s STILL going to take me another 3 weeks to get to Exalted, so that I can stop doing the dailies in favor of what I want to do?

Which is still pet battles.

3) There are some great dailies in the game, which makes the sucky suck suck ones suck even harder.  They nailed the August Celestials and the Anglers, in my opinion.  Three or four dailies that take a combined maybe fifteen minutes and then you’re done and can go back to doing what you want to do.

Pet battles, naturally.

4) Dailies are more or less required for raiders.  I know, I know, I know, I know, I know.  I hear you all saying, “Nope, need to play the game that you are paying for in the way that YOU want to play it!  It’s okay!” But the honest answer is that it isn’t okay to want to raid and not be willing to work to put yourself in the best position you can for the benefit of your team – which means having valor gear and reputation gear when and where you need it.  I still need the Shado-Pan hat and trinket.  As far as our raid team goes, I’m running way behind (and have been) for awhile because I just haven’t been dedicated enough to doing dailies every single day to level up reputations.

Mostly because I’ve been doing pet battling instead.

5) I feel inordinate amounts of guilt when I don’t do dailies.  This is a game.  I should not feel guilty about something I am or am not doing in a game.  But I do, and because I do, I feel even less motivated to do my dailies.

Instead, I pet battle.

6) Most importantly, I have just discovered that WoWProgress is now ranking servers based on pet battles.  HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!?  I have never, ever been awesome enough to show up on any ranking sites for any leet gear or dps or whatever because I’m just not that good, but LOOK AT ME NOW, FRIENDS.  #37 (soon to be #36) on Rexxar for Pet Score.

I ROCK at pet battling.  ROCK I SAY.

So yeah, maybe I hate dailies some >.>  I apologize if this offends you.

I’m done ranting now.  I promise.  <3

TWO PSAs:

Firstly, Stands in Bad is still recruiting!  We desperately need a couple more ranged DPS (OTHER THAN HUNTERS – I am serious about that) to fill out a second raid team.  If you’re interested in coming along on the wild ride that is Stands in Bad (it’s a name, not a lifestyle), nudge me or one of our officers in game to chat about it.  You should ALL be in SiB anyway, because we are amazing.

Lastly, I am TOTALLY going to win Nanowrimo this year.  I have a Title and a Main Character.  I mean, what else do you need, right?  Right?! Nano starts in 6 hours, 32 minutes, so if (when) I am noticeably absent from blogging this November, you’ll know it’s because I’m churning out words on my novel instead of my blog.

Now, because I am a good raider, I am going to go do my dailies so that next week when SiB starts raiding and I’m going crazy trying to come up with 1667 words per day, I’m not dragging behind my Pocket Tank even in his Blood DK brokenness.

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8 Responses to In Which Kia Hates Dailies

  1. “But the honest answer is that it isn’t okay to want to raid and not be willing to work to put yourself in the best position you can for the benefit of your team ”

    This is a lie raiders tell themselves. They almost all do it. But it is a lie.

    Have you seen what the people competing for world first heroic boss kills do? They not only spend hours every night wiping, but then they spend additional hours analyzing combat logs and running simulations. Do you do this? If no, then you have already made the decision not to do everything you can to benefit your team. The decision. is. already. made. You are an adult, and you have decided (like 99% of all raiders) “there are things I am not willing to do for my team.” This does not make you a bad person, or a bad team member. Deciding what your priorities are is what makes you an adult.

    Now. As far as dailies go, run the numbers. The time required to hit revered with all the VP vendor fractions is a fraction of the time required to earn enough VP to buy the gear. So pushing yourself to max out your dailies every day does not serve a purpose. So do yourself and your team a favor, and pace yourself. Allow yourself some breaks, and go do some pet battles.

    • achloryn says:

      Here’s my question though. When we reach exalted with all the little bastards vying for our attention… then what? Not all guilds are going to be able to valor cap by killing every single boss every single week.

      So, when everyone’s at exalted and we’ve ground our faces into the dust with dailies, are we still expected to do all these damn dailies all the time to valor cap every week? Or even come close rather? I dunno, but I can tell you that I have no intention of doing that. I can also tell you that I have literally no more upgrades for my main spec from heroics, so for the time being, I have very little reason to go in there… except for valor points.

      Do we need to do dailies at exalted so we don’t burn out on the extremely small amount of VP we get for heroics? Or do we need to grind our faces into heroics to supplement the amount of valor we may not be getting from raiding week to week? It’s kind of a crummy cycle that people at a slower progression rate face.

    • Kialesse says:

      There are definitely limits, and there should be. We’re not a bleeding-edge world-first guild (/shudder… thank Elune for that), so we don’t require pouring over logs or sims. We don’t require people to change to the “best” spec available for their class, and we don’t ask people to play a healer when they would rather play a warlock.

      (Actually, we’re so overstocked with healers at the moment that we’d RATHER you play the warlock. But I digress.)

      However, there IS a difference between doing “everything” that you can do to be ready to raid and doing “something”. Especially for people who are at all like me and tend to carry lots of unnecessary guilt around just as matter of who you are. So when I feel like I’m playing hooky for not doing dailies everyday, and then go into LFR and land squarely at #15 on Skada, I get down on myself for it, and I don’t have any idea how to not feel that way.

      Fortunately, I know that in another month, it will all get a lot better.

  2. Krikket says:

    See, here’s the great thing about being in SiB.

    We set a bar, and I won’t lie – it’s not a super-high bar. You meet the bar, you bring a good attitude, you show up on time, you listen to the raid leader, you get to raid.

    Hell, I *like* dailies, and I don’t do them every day. It’s not worth the guild. We do what we do, and we do it the best we can. And if the idea of grinding out hours of dailies every day is enough to make you miserable, don’t do it.

  3. Krikket says:

    P.S. A happy Kia benefits our raid WAY more than a grumpy burnt out one. I’m just sayin’.

  4. Esmerellda says:

    Kia, will you write my Nanowrimo novel too, while you are at it? I have the names of my main characters written down somewhere…

    • Kialesse says:

      No, you must write your own novel. Besides, I already hate the 2k words I’ve written on mine, so why would you want someone who hates her own novel to write YOURS?

  5. Calidyn says:

    So, first things first; as someone who too feels inordinate amounts of guilt when they don’t do their dailies/run their LFR/cap their valor/do the Sha, I feel your pain. I realise that what Ratshag is saying is probably true… but dailies fall within the subset of things that I’m willing to do for my team. I can’t really theorycraft, but getting gear? That, I can do and, so, I feel bad when I neglect them even if it’s for valid reasons.

    Also, Sra’viss is still a pain, I don’t care what Blizz says.

    More importantly, though… NANOWRIMO! I have no title myself, and a track record of zero wins over like eight years of participating, but – by Arthas – I’m so winning this year.

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