Welcome to Aspect of the Dragonhawk everyone!
It is with immense pleasure that today I officially introduce myself to the Warcraft community. While I own many names, I am mostly known as Ariana throughout my circles, or just Ari, if you want. Arianne was originally the name of my WoW main character (a blood elf hunter, hence the designation I chose for this blog). Less than an year ago, this name was eventually changed to Arianwen following a server migration, due to name unavailability and also for RP purposes, but I still answer to Ariana pretty much all the time, too.
I’ve been a passionate WoW player since late Burning Crusade. Even though I started as an undead warlock during my trial, Arianne the Farstrider was born right after I bought and upgraded the game. She’s been sort of my alter ego since then, to the point of currently scoring over 200 hours of play time with her alone.
When it comes to raiding, my very first experiences were a couple of Karazhan and original Zul’Aman runs (proud owner of the Ancient Amani Longbow here). However, I only got into the real thing after hitting level 80 in Wrath of the Lich King. I then became an avid and very dedicated semi-hardcore raider, having gone through the entire Wrath and Cataclysm contents, including all heroic modes up until Spine of Deathwing. I was an officer, raid assistant and hunter class leader in my 3 guilds (Hell Raisers-Twisting Nether, Just Do It-Twisting Nether and Sangue Lusitano-Aggra, all disbanded), having reached the PVE Hunter Top 50 in EU realms more than once during those years.
During my Azerothian free time, when I wasn’t raiding or researching about raid mechanics or my class, I was also – and still am – an achievement & transmog enthusiast, mount hoarder and pet collector, both of companions (now known as battle pets) and hunter pets alike. I always found some way to keep myself busy and enjoy the game.
However, in my seven years of Warcraft, I have taken a couple of long breaks from the game. The first one was a huge 15-month break during Mists of Pandaria because I had to focus on college and literally didn’t have the time for raiding, or even gaming at all. I came back right after achieving my Master’s Degree, a mere couple of months before Warlords of Draenor hit the servers. Having missed most of MoP is something that still loathes me to this day- but that would be something to talk about on another time. *winks*
I got back to raiding as soon as I re-subbed and migrated my hunter to the server where my friends were now playing but, this time, it wouldn’t last for long. Last January, shortly after we killed Imperator Mar’gok in Highmaul, I was unemployed and in a very difficult financial position. This, together with my overall day-to-day unmotivation, perhaps aggravated my utter disappointment with WoD as a whole, which eventually led me to cancel my sub again. WoW tokens came shortly after, but I didn’t have enough gold to buy one on any of my characters, so they weren’t exactly a solution for me at the time.
It was only a couple of weeks ago that I, now in a full time job, have decided to give WoD another try. I still feel this expansion has been a letdown to me and, to make things worse, my guild has been disbanded a few months ago so, these days, I play with only a couple of friends as a casual. But I’m still hopeful. World of Warcraft has become a huge part of my life and I possibly wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
As for this blog, this is a project that I’ve been meditating on for a very long time. Finally, I decided I’d bring it into a form and so, here it is! Mainly, this will be a space where I share my own opinions, experiences and news on what is happening in the world of this very beloved game, as well as guides on pet battles, mount farming and even some transmog sets I eventually come to create. I hope you’ll enjoy what I have planned for this blog. Thanks for reading and feel free to follow me on Twitter if you’d like!