It had been a few patches but I finally died last Thursday, as I was about to ding paragon 72. Needless to say it wasn’t a great time to die. Not to say that there is a good day to die, but with the recent auction house shutdown a death is a bit more devastating. The Post-mortum after the bump!
I had been crushing Mp3 for about two weeks,well before the patch hit to get comfortable. I upgraded my Fist of Az with my first marquise ruby and was ready for what was in front of me. On the patch day I hit a few snags, pockets of lag that had my NDE proc and my heart race. Yet I was still able to log out alive well before the gold drama started to unfold.
I returned with a vigor the next day, determined to make some progress. My first runs went well with a few pockets again of lag but nothing overly serious. As I was getting ready to call it a night I decided to run into Leorics and the hunting grounds and just clear the area out. I fought off the stunning beasts that swarmed me early on and started to run off to clear the rest. My health was midrange but nothing an orb wouldn’t heal. Suddenly my NDE proc’d, and then I was up again, before I could even process the NDE my health was almost gone again and just as quickly as it started it was over. I really have no idea what killed me or how. In fact neither does Blizzard: My dear monk was slain by Unknown.
Not that interesting, so I will retell it, from what I can only assume did happen. As Gong strode over the highlands he knew something was amiss, his knowledge was too vast, his enemies too numerous. As he dispatched his foes he knew they were upon him. Invisible cloaked enemies hid,spying on their prey.As Gong strode out they attacked. He displays his strength ina blinding fashiion, freezing monitors and causing lag spikes.As his would be assassins dissolved into dust, he realized they had also struck a fatal blow and fell to the ground.
I haven’t died in a long time, so one could imagine what my reaction was. Are you picturing broken monitors? Screams of angst? Quite the opposite really. I calmly took a screenshot, archived my hero and created a new monk. It was quite a fall for me, the highest paragon I had die prior was 16, so this will take a while to overcome. Sadly with the Ah down and the grind to 60 in front of me I decided to abandon the class I’ve grown to enjoy so much. I’ve lost a handful of monks the past six months and I think it’s time to return to the class I was so eager for last year: The Witch Doctor.
Having spent so much time with my Monk it’s nice to be playing something else. It’s nice to have gear to upgrade and new builds to flirt with. It’s not nice to see my gold dwindle away but by in large it’s nice to freshen it up. I’ve had alts for a long time but as my monk progressed they were pushed aside. Obviously my goal of a paragon 100 took quite a hit, and my goal of becoming a billionaire did as well. However, I’m having enough fun right now not to care, I’ll make it back to where I left off. After all Hardcore is about that journey,not the destination.
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