We’re all waiting for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. People who are playing are waiting. People who are thinking about playing again are waiting. People who have no interest in WoW are waiting for those who are interested to quit talking about the expansion and are thus waiting for the expansion as well.
The question is: what do we all do while waiting for Cataclysm to change WoW as we know it? Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do while waiting for everyone.
Those waiting to renew their account or start playing for the first time have a lot to do. Start thinking about what kind of character you’re going to roll. Faction and race are entirely up to you, but I do have a few suggestions for classes.
If you’re playing by yourself snag a hunter or warlock, they both have pets and with the recent changes to the class spells and the talent trees those pets are more than capable of keeping you on your feet long enough to figure out what you want to do with your character.
If you’re playing with a friend and feel confident enough, I advise a healer tank combo. The price of dual-speccing has gone down so you can switch to dps while questing and then switch again to run the show in dungeons. Plus, registering as dps/tank or dps/healer makes queuing for a random dungeon almost instant.
For those playing and pacing back and forth in Dalaran while waiting for inspiration, I have a few suggestions. If there are old school raids that you haven’t done yet (Karazhan, Ahn’Qiraj , Molten Core, etc.) then do them as soon as possible. Although there haven’t been too many confirmations of whether or not these raids will be gone, I highly doubt that they won’t at least be changed along with the world around them. Most of them haven’t been updated in a while, so grabbing a buddy or two and taking them down in a few hours shouldn’t be too hard.
Also, if you have any lower level characters, I’d advise getting them to level 58+ if not 80. Everything for characters below level 58+ is going to be drastically changed (most probably with improved WoW graphics too), but 58 will still send players to Outlands. Characters at level 80 are going to have new things to do while grinding to 85 and getting some gear while you wait shouldn’t hurt.
For those who have already planned their characters and dressed their toons up as walking masses of destruction (this includes healers oddly enough), I have a few suggestions. First, the expansion seems to be extremely Lore based, so reading up a little on your WoW lore will help pass the time and also prepare you for any “why is that even there?!” moments.
The quests leading up to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm are out there so go ahead and see what’s going on for your faction already. There are also plenty of achievements out there worth doing. Many are easier than waking up in the morning, but there are quite a few dungeon related achievements that take a solid team to complete and are definitely a test of any player.
Finally, there is information available on upcoming raids and dungeons, research now will prevent “why did we wipe?” from appearing on your screen.
Even if you think you’re ready for the latest World of Warcraft expansion, there is still plenty to do. The Cataclysm is upon us, the time to act is now!