The past week has been really intense IRL and I have had very little time at the computer. But even so alt appreciation has gone slightly better this week than last week. I have actually played one of my monks this week. /cheer
At the moment I have two monks. My horde monk is Pandaren and just dinged 88. My alliance monk is a level 44 Gnome. They are both Mistweavers with Windwalker off-specs. I plan to explore the Brewmaster spec on one of them in the future, or maybe make a third monk for that.
Monk is a class that is dear to me for many reasons. Looking at the game mechanics I love that it’s a class that can both heal and tank, and the fact that I like the DPS spec is a big plus. I love that the heals are set up differently compared to the other heal classes. And I love the way monks look when fighting, all the punching, kicking and positioning. I’m so happy the movements apply to all monks and not just the Pandaren monks.
This brings me to perhaps the main reason for my fondness of monks: I love chinese martial arts. Chinese martial arts have a long standing history that entails many different aspects, it’s not just about fighting. There are alot of philosophical aspects to it and I really like that they have been able to capture that feeling in the design of the monk class.
I also have to take the opportunity and mention my love for kung fu movies, everything from old classics such as Once Upon a Time in China and Wing Chun to newer movies such as House of the Flying Daggers, Shaolin and Little Big Soldier. I’m really looking forward to seeing The Grandmaster once it gets released on DVD over here.
I’ll end this post with one of my favorite clips from the movie Kung Fu Panda, master Oogway giving Po some words of wisdom: