Hello! Name’s Aeliel. Or, well, that’s what I named my very first character when I rolled her back in Vanilla. Both the character and the name stuck.

I’m a raiding-quality tank enjoying a casual retirement in a raiding guild again.

To make a long story very short: after a fairly neat little pile of server-first heroic boss kills in the first raiding tier of Mists of Pandaria, my guild exploded. I got thoroughly burned out as a result. I stopped raiding and spent quite a while floating on and off the game, just playing casually, running LFR, soloing old content, doing pet battles, leveling alts, and so on and so forth.

Then a friend told me he needed a tank for his raiding guild, and — well. He was very persuasive, and honestly, I have nothing to lose.

Whether I’m raiding or not, I remain a perfectionist heroic raider. Playing casually is not going to stop me from calling people out (or just mocking them behind their back) when they’re bad, and it’s not going to stop me from actually putting in an effort. (It has occurred to me that running sims to figure out what the best gear combo is for me and how to get as much out of it as possible is, perhaps, unnecessary when playing casually. But then again, it does make soloing things easier, and it’s good practice for when I end up raiding…)

I play just about everything under the sun; I have a preference for the Alliance side, but I do have one Horde character. My main is my druid, though — always has been, always will be. (This confused people to no end when I raided on a different character and my druid wasn’t even at the level cap. I’m still not sure why.)

I don’t like PVP much. It doesn’t help that I’m pretty terrible at it, mostly due to lack of experience. It’s a vicious cycle, really — I don’t like PVP, so I don’t do much of it, so I lack the experience to be good at it when I do it, so I hate every second of it. (I keep meaning to level an alt just through PVP so I can get more experience and do some of the harder battleground achievements at lower levels, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. At least some things I’ll need to do on my druid or not at all, though, since the rewards aren’t account-wide…)

I’m not a theorycrafter, I don’t have all the answers, and in fact I screw up pretty massively at times. (Don’t talk to me about Shattering Throw or Bear Hug. Just don’t.)

I have my own headcanon story for each of my characters. This is despite the fact that I haven’t touched a roleplay server since mid-Wrath. At least I’ve not written them down and inflicted them on other people (yet). (And at least none of my characters is the secret lovechild of Jaina and Arthas. I don’t care much for breaking the lore. Bending, yeah, breaking no.)

I am desperately out of bag space on just about any character I play. I collect… well, “everything” sums it up quite well.

And I don’t know when to shut up.


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