How do you deal with the pressure to complete things in WoW?
As a raider, I’ve always felt the pressure to do certain things in WoW. In Battle for Azeroth, there are Island Expeditions and Artifact Power for the Heart of Azeroth, as well as grinding World Quests and doing Mythic+ dungeons. In Legion, there was Artifact Power for Artifact Weapons and making sure to keep grinding for legendaries. In Mists of Pandaria, there were daily quests and dungeons. There are also LFR and Warfronts and weekly events.
Every expansion has held activities to do to stay current with playing. In past expansions, it felt like no big deal to complete these things. However, starting in Legion, Blizzard introduced the concept of never being done. At least I could stop doing Mists’ dailies when I got everything I needed. I could stop grinding Artifact Power in Legion when I got to certain Traits. And even though I know I don’t have to do these things, I always felt compelled to do them to stay current with my raid team and not let them down. We tried to be the best we could be. However, Battle for Azeroth has started to burn me out on repetitive activities. Instead of wanting to keep up, I’ve started to dread completing them.
To deal with this and to keep enjoying this game that I like playing, I decided to only do things that make me happy. Inadvertently, it also happened to follow the KonMari fad going around — the lifestyle method of organizing your life by only keeping things that “spark joy.” So that’s what I have been doing. It doesn’t really matter if I earn some extra Artifact Power or not. I’m still doing a lot and keeping up with my team. If I don’t feel like farming Island Expeditions to cap out the weekly, I don’t. If I don’t feel like doing World Quests on my fresh alt, despite all the gear I could get right now, I don’t. Skipping a Mythic+ this week isn’t the end of the world. And if I have time to play all evening and choose to run three characters through Dragon Soul for transmog and a chance at dragon mounts instead of being “productive,” I do.
So what about you? How do you deal with the pressure, if there is any, of doing activities in WoW? How do you deal with things you feel you “have” to do?
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