The panda are fond of saying a lot of things and slow down is one of them. Many people might think that it is just something that was randomly put in but it is not. Them saying that was meant to be something the players would hear and it was aimed at them to tell them to slow down. The idea was to let the player know they can slow down and not rush everything. To take time to smell the roses. To enjoy the game more by taking your time.
I am going to say I have not figured out how I could do that this expansion. It is great advice, I agree, but it is not practical advice, at least not in the way the game is designed.
On tuesday I log on to my main and capping valor is my priority. Being we can upgrade gear now there is never a time when I can relax on doing that, as I see it at least. I need to continue to cap as long as there are upgrades to any gear I have that can be made and being there is the occasional new piece even if I ever did upgrade everything I need to make sure to have the valor stacked up so if I get a new piece I can upgrade it immediately.
Add to that the new valor buff that if you are capped out on one character on a server all others on that server get 50% extra valor from everything they do. Being I am the type of person that believes in efficiency that means that capping on my main as soon as possible becomes even more important. Why do even one quest on an alt and lose the extra 2 or 3 valor they would get from doing it? Why do a random dungeon and miss out on 40 additional VP? And I would end up basically losing 45 VP if I run the LFR on an alt before I capped my main.
So because of that tuesdays are rush day. I try to do all dailies and as many LFRs and LFDs as possible to get to cap fast before I even think about doing anything else. So the feeling I need to cap all the time because I need the valor added with capping is basically required to maximize my valor gain on other characters, I don't exactly feel like I have the time to slow down.
I only have a set amount of time to play and even if I play the most I can on a tuesday I can not cap. I have come close to capping once or twice, but there is not enough time in my play day. Usually it takes two days, if I press it and rush it, to cap out on my main before I can even consider doing anything on other characters.
Slowing down is good. I enjoy the feeling of doing whatever I want and taking my time doing it. That is one of the reasons I level fishing on alts. I stop at every pool because it really brings a little life to the game and it does slow me down like the pandas suggest.
The valor part of the game however has made me feel as if I do not have that option, the option to slow down. I could just do a little here and there on my main and get some stuff done on my alts but I would be wasting effectiveness. Why do dailies on a few characters on tuesday knowing that every daily I do is a loss in valor if I am not capped on at least one character? This is where my problem is.
How can I slow down when I feel I have to rush to cap one character each week or I feel I am playing ineffectively?
I can't believe I am saying this, but I sort of miss the days when you could cap valor in one day during the zuls. I would usually cap two characters on a tuesday during that time frame. Now, even if I play from the second I get home from work and move as fast as I can doing quests while spamming dungeons and raids I can not get more than 700 in one day most of the time.
I can't slow down, at least not as long as there is a feeling that I need valor on my main and I need to cap to make playing alts more efficient.
It is all my own doing because it is my personal feeling that I need to cap out. It is an option, as they love to say, but one I feel I have no option in because of the type of player I am.
I wish I could slow down Mr. Panda, but I can't. Not in your expansion. In your expansion there is no such thing as slow down.
Heck, the new raiding patch will be coming soon and only three guilds on my server have even finished the current raiding tier on normal. How can we slow down when we have not even been moving fast enough to do the current content.
Slow down you say? Heck no, it seems like we are not moving fast enough as a player base. There is no time to slow down in this expansion. Not when there are so many benefits to speeding up, not when there are so many things to do that aren't getting done before new things for us to do come out, not when you will never see a moment when you can just say I don't need valor any more, at least not if you want to be the best you can be, when the upgrade guys is around.
The slow down the pandas say is aimed at us, the players, telling us to slow down and enjoy the game. Oddly enough, this is the first expansion that has ever been so full of things to do that even if you play as much as I do, which is a lot I feel, there will never be enough time to get it all done. Sorry, no time to slow down.
Slow down is great advice but...
Anyone else out there feel as if slow down is not an option if you want to maximize what you get from your play time?