When it comes to WoW expansions, I have a fairly tried and true process now. It dates back a long way, all the way back to Mists of Pandaria in fact.

The process runs something like this:

  1. Expansion Announced: But I don’t much care, because I’ve convinced myself I’ve quit wow. (For real this time!)
  2. Expansion Details Emerge: Still of no real interest to me, though.
  3. Expansion Launch Date Nears: I suddenly discover that, no, I’m not near so done with WoW as I thought I was. And so I jump back with a fervor toward the end of the previous expansion to ‘get ready’ for the incoming one.
  4. Expansion Launches: Mad dash to new max level! New gear cap! Heroics! Mythics! RAAAAAAIIID!
  5. Expansion Launch Raid Content Complete: Quit WoW again. (For real this time!)

And of course it’s circular, eventually starting all over again.

My druid! Although my main no longer.

Except this time it’s come off the rails a bit. Right now I should be right into WoW. All about getting some alts of interest geared up and ready to go. At the very least with the expansion itself being so close I should be feeling excited about the prospect of playing that…

But… I’m just not. Instead I already feel some regret at committing to even an admittedly light raiding schedule.

I keep hoping this feeling will change. And it still might when Shadowlands itself arrives. I may yet get swept up in the current of the routine feel and flow of the leveling and gearing process. I’ve long since learnt the folly in thinking I might be forever done with WoW. Yet… Still the thought has crossed my mind.

I even thought to shake things up with a change of main, in class and role. (To a mage!)

Whether or not I end up feeling like playing WoW again or not, I can at least tell you that I know what a large part of my current disincentive to play is. The blasted ‘borrowed power’ mechanics. I am so very done with them. I thought the BFA essences would be gone with the prepatch. Suffice to say I was bitterly disappointed to find out this was not so.

And with that discovery, all interest in playing ahead of Shadowlands itself evaporated.

Will it come back? I don’t know. But I do have to wonder — yet again — if my time with WoW might finally be at an end. (More likely by far though, in a month or two I’ll look at this post and laugh.)