Waiting For Cataclysm: 5 Things the Hardcore Raider Can Do

deathwingMaybe you’re in one of those massively hardcore guilds that has already taken down the Lich King, and you’re working on hard mode.  You cleaned up all the achievements in Ulduar months ago.   Now you’re staring down a probable six-month wait before you get new content for World of Warcraft.  What to do?

Explore Old Azeroth While You Still Can

Maybe you’ve gotten all the exploration achievements already, maybe you haven’t.  Still, the World is going to change, in both obvious and not-so-obvious ways.  Better appreciate running for five minutes straight across the Barrens, tedious as it is, because it’s going to be a distant memory soon enough.

Brush Up On Your Lore

Not everyone playing WoW has been playing the Warcraft series for years.  You might not know who Deathwing is.  You might not know much about the Worgen.  Now that you’re not as focused on strat, you can take the time to brush up on your history, making the expansion all the more enjoyable.

Make More Money

Cataclysm will most likely have water mounts, and we’ll be able to fly around all of Azeroth.  And guess what?  That takes gold.  Buying new gear, wiping on new raids – that’ll cost gold too.

Get Those Obscure Achievements

There’s a ton of them, for sure.  Maybe you’ve always been too busy to start the holiday achievements.  Maybe you’re only one or two heroics away from your red drake.  Maybe you’ve got a hankering to collect 50 pets, or max out your unarmed skill.  Now is the time to do it!

Step Away From the Computer

You’ll be busy enough when the expansion comes out – maybe it’s time to get outside and enjoy the summer (and, well, fall).  Get some fresh air!  Enjoy the lack of pressure!  Try out a social life or watch some bad TV!  It’ll make World of Warcraft all the more fresh and exciting when the pre-Cataclysm events start up.

And as for me?  Well, I’m more casual – I raid, but it’s rare when I play more than twice a week.  But fear not!  Next week I’ll talk about five things the casual player can do while waiting for the expansion.  Now, for all those authentically hardcore players out there – do you have any ideas to add to the list?

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