Who called it?

January 29, 2010 at 11:12 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

I called it! Way back in August / September when some people were bitching about how Cataclysm would have almost no new raid content, because “Ragnaros is back”, “they’d just be doing what they did with Naxx, but more of it” (nevermind that to most of the population of WoW, Naxxramas WAS new content) … So I’d like to quote THE Blue, Ghostcrawler:

“I’ll also add that for Lich King we just brought Naxxramas back and adjusted the bosses for 10 and 25 raid sizes. The Cataclysm raids are new content with new maps and new bosses. We’re just trying to hit the nostalgia button with mentioning old foes like Ragnaros. Ragnaros may be back, but he’s not in Molten Core.”

What is it I said when we finally started doing Ony right, and man it was smoother? Oh yeah. Ah, vindication – the sweetest of all drops!

Man, I can’t wait for Cata.

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Well, it lasted for a month

January 29, 2010 at 10:24 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

And then today was a protracted reminder of what I loathe about PVP servers. You know, at-level World PvP I can understand. It’s not my bag – outside of the occasional Wintergrasp, I personally find no appeal in it but that’s just me, I prefer my pvp in bg form.

It’s the other shit – and yes I will call it shit – that gets my goat. Camping. Killing people worth no honor. Killing town npcs, especially ones who do jobs or are quest npcs. Oh yeah, and then there’s that special brand of special gamer who kills the lost npc mid-esocrt.

Maybe I’m just grumpy because my Paladin got camped by some teabagging twit Deathninny, and then Math did too – I chose a really bad BG, should have specced to my daily build as it’s at least BM, and forgot to put on my trinket* – though I had fun managing to rez and mount my Violet Protodrake, flying off with a few diseases to laugh and spend the next ten minutes leading him on a merry chase across HFP. /kiss /kiss, douchebag.

Er, back on topic. Maybe I’m just grumpy but I’m grumpy. It’s the pointless griefing of other people and messing with their game for no real purpose but lulz that annoys me, and the fact that people think it’s lulzworthy that kinda makes me sad. I guess I don’t have any brilliant psychology on it, or much to say – I just want to bitch that people are dicks, though also be a bit happy that it’s just been one day out of the month I’ve been on Azgalor that it’s really been a problem.

Time for some unkind and clear words, and I don’t really care if you’re some guy with a Deathninny teabagging me after scoring some uber l33t kill streak or whatever, or even anyone I like. Fuck you and bugger off. License is not the same thing as requirement. Kill me once and move on. What’s the point if I’m not fighting you? What do you get out of this? A sense of satisfaction? No. You’re a jackass. That’s it and it’s abundantly clear. Can you just fuck off now? The only thing I feel towards you is exasperation and a vague sense of sorrow.

( The one thing, I think, that bugs me more than this is the (understandable) tendency to blame the other faction. “Oh, yeah, Horde are assholes”, or “fucking Alliance.” I know a lot of people have anecdotes – but you know what? So do the people on the other side. I’ve witnessed and experienced it both as Horde and as Alliance, and neither more than the other. Until I see some serious evidence, it will continue to be almost impossible for me to accept that assholery in WoW is not normally distributed by faction. )

In tl;dr, I know this won’t move anyone, but seriously: please don’t be a dick to other players. This isn’t really “lol this is what pvp is”, it’s just using anonymity and petty power to be a jackass.

That’s it. I just wanted to bitchvent. Good night all 🙂

*Speaking of … The last thing I did on my hunter this afternoon was help battle back the siege in HH (which has been constant today, “Honor Hold Is Under Attack” has been spammed more than “The Icestone Has Melted!”), so he had his trinket on … and still had it on for the first two bosses of ICC 10 … though still made a good showing. Am I that good, are hunters that broken, or are trinkets overrated? You decide! 😀

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Tankspam

January 28, 2010 at 9:50 am (althattery) (, , , )

Tanking is fun!

I realized part of why. At heart, I am a hunter. Hunters are inherently … oh, how shall we say? … high-threat creatures. But but but in Panzerdin mode I AM REWARDED FOR THREAT. SPAM EVERYTHING FULL BORE AHEAD CAP’N.

I enjoy this. 😀

My tanking is getting better, but of course it helps to have a talented and guilded healer at your back. I may launch myself into some pure randoms though just to see how I can do with Random Heals. That seems to be the real test. I love instant queues almost as much as I haet the dumb and impatient I sometimes get – except I totally had a DK today who, when asked nicely, deathgripped stray healers into the middle of the beatdown. I mean, the fun. Feeling lonely, mr. Fel Orc Caster? That’s okay! HAMMER OF THE RIGHTEOUS is here to GIVE YOU A HUG.

Been tanking Ramps a few times and handling the extra stray packs that sometimes jump in randomly because they feel sad and left out, and would rather feel glowy and hole-y.

I like this. After trying and faceplanting against Marrowgar 25 all raidnight, tanking is oddly relaxing. Everyone tells me it gets worse when I get to 80, but I guess I’ll see. I have good people I can ask for advice.

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Adjustment? Adjustment!

January 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

On the up side: I mostly no longer walk into Sunreaver’s Sanctuary, and I’ve actually avoided entirely going to Horde camps or trying to click on Horde flight points and thus getting horribly mauled by some wind riders. By the way, Paladin hit 60 last night and got her a griffin, and they’re much cooler than wind riders!

—-

On the down side: So far the hardest thing to adjust to is learning what goes where in the world. It seems to me like the world, in terms of quest hubs, cities, and city/town connections, is a lot less optimal than for the Alliance when compared to Horde, especially in eastern kingdoms. A Theramore / Auberdine boat would solve a lot of it, though.

The worst of it, though, speaking of Theramore. I was in Menethil, waiting for the boat to Theramore, when someone else on the dock whispers me that they forgot how to get into Darkshore. So I think for a moment and reply that the quickest way to get to Dustwallow is you go from Menethil to Stormwind, then down to Booty Bay and hop the boat to Ratchet, and run down The Barrens. As I finish saying it hits me – we’re WAITING for the BOAT TO THERAMORE, which, derp, is in DUSTWALLOW. I quickly fix – AS THE BOAT ARRIVES and apologize.

Of the things I miss from Winterhoof, among them is Quin’loki, my friend and the best damn priest (sorry, Amber!) I’ve ever had the bwee of running with, who also had the uncanny ability to generally find the quickest travel route between two nodes, thus earning her the nickname (from me) of Map’loki. WTB Alliance version?

On the “…” side, it’s still a trip seeing myself as a Drenny … Drenai … Drain-I. Chupathingie. Spacegoat. And a female! In fact all three toons I’m leveling right now are women; two spacegoats and a human. I’m sorry, I don’t like being INFINITE COMIC BARREL CHEST, itty bitty walking legs, or STEROID FOREARMS OF DEWM. I do roll Dwarf, Gnome, and Worgen male. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just weird to see. Farimu more than Math, actually (I miss the tusks), because once I found out the Pygmy Oil // Orb of the Sin’dorei / Orb of Deception / Savory Deviate Delight trick, I would play around with it (ah, hah @ trap!Math ).

But now that the Paladin is in Outland, we shall see, if she runs into Thrallmar. Or Falcon Watch. Or any of the other Horde-only towns. Garandar is calling to come sit at the bonfire…

On the “hey this is fun” side: I’ve now ret-tanked ST, prot-tanked Dire Maul East with a fairly good group after the Doucheknight left, and had a pretty abortive LBRS group. Seriously, WoW? LBRS? For a random group, when a bunch of us haven’t even ever been there? Well – I was there three times. When achievements first came out, so like a year and a half ago – achievement run. Then I found out about the pets. Then I found out about the UBRS key. I barely found my way through the maze then! I did alright, I think, even when someone pulled two additional groups – we killed the first boss, despite someone pressing me to “GO” if I took even ten seconds to type something in guild chat or sit to drink water – needs more Avoidance, for more Mana! Oooor, wtb Divine Plea, please? … and then the same impatient “oh I’m so leet” Paladin falls down a pit and pulls about 20 trolls. Yeah, we put up a valiant fight but even my kickass Pally healer (Temnyi of Conjured Food For Thought) can’t keep me alive through the whole thing, partially because I can’t pick them up fast enough, and we all die.

Which means we now need to find our way through Searing Gorge and back to Blackrock Spire, and then into UBRS. Someone leaves without a word. Paladin disconnects, and despite having jumped ship, I tell ya, it felt satisfying to kick him and ignore him. The last DPS leaves, and we decide – hey, I came here at 58, Tem hit 58 mid-instance, and it’d be much better to go to Outland.

A final thought: Ret Paladins are kind of like Enhancement Paladins – they’re boring as hell for ~40-50 levels, then they start getting a lot of fun. For Shamans, it’s Dual Wield and Stormstrike. For Paladins, its Crusader Strike (or Divine Storm), so you’re not spending half the time just auto-attacking. Paladin’s now become pretty fun, especially when I can pull mobs of undead or demons (VITALLY IMPORTANT: when they don’t have gobs of CC like knockdown and freeze. I’ve learned this the hard way – after a couple times x.x) – like in Plaguelands and Hellfire. 😀

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Diplo…macy? What is that?

January 24, 2010 at 8:03 am (Random) (, , )

The scene: my Paladin is running around turning in quests. Had to run to Moonglade for the first time to turn in the quest from the end of Mauradon. Which means going through Timermaw Hold. But, you now I didn’t feel like doing the rep grind to neutral, so I’m just going to run it.

… Along the way, I draw some furbolgs, and kill a couple. I just notice rep changes.

Me: “Oooh, cool, I can just kill my way through to neutral.”

At this time, I should mention, Atropus is hanging around, and we’re waiting for other people to show up.

Atropus: “Uhm…”
Me: “OH WAIT. The rep is going DOWN.”

… What? It’s a form of diplomacy!

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Well, that was … an experience.

January 23, 2010 at 10:42 am (althattery) (, , , , , , , )

I am no longer pure DPS*. It figures, just yesterday, I was talking about talking about tanks vs. DPS, from a pure-DPS perspective, and now here I am a day later, having tanked**. Yes, if you go “wtf Math” you’re not the only one.
…It was also dealing with Looking For Dungeon people. Yes, if you go “oh, joy“, you’re not the only one.

So, it starts innocuously enough. My buddy Temnyi (no. I don’t know how to pronounce it, either) started playing WoW again; and I got him to roll on Azgalor. Wham, a two weeks later, he’s 49. Been levelling my Paladin, and she’s 53, so we decide to run the last chunk of Maraudon. Almost immediately I’m all but ripping off the bear, but he says my damage is easy to heal through. While this is going on, we’re talking in whispers, and I joke that I should ret tank the place. I ALMOST tossed on Righteous Wrath and was gonna rip everything to see how it went (Which happened anyway when we went balls out on the last boss) – but it felt like it’d’ve been rude to the bear, so I tried to watch my threat.

You know what my #1 thought on Ret Paladins in instances is? I. REALLY. Miss. Feign. Death.

Afterwards, I asked if he thought he could keep me alive ret tanking. Getting an affirmative, we queued for Sunken Temple, and I slapped on the higher-def, higher-stam helm that I got off a Mara boss. This … would be fun.

And you know? It was, and it wasn’t. I got a lot of what you’d expect from the LFD queue.

Plus, it was Sunken Temple. I’ve been here before ONCE. Eighteen months ago. Fuck, I could have sired two children and taught them to yell “ATTAAAAAACK” over vent in the time that’s past since I last set FOOT in The Temple Of Atal’Hakar. And it’s kind of a maze with some thing that needs to be done in VERY SPECIFIC ORDER.

We had one dps who knew the place, and Temnynol knew the place. They argued sometimes on which way to go like quibbling cats, but we got everything done.
That was the mage, and he was constantly riding me, the newbie tank, to go go go go go.
We had the warrior who would charge mobs, and me imagining him calling RAAAGH I ARE ARMS TANK.
We also had a dps randomly leave early on without a word, and then a replacement shaman. We spent about five, ten minutes trying to meet up because VANILLA DEVS LOEV MAZE, and then get back on the road.
Temnynol is fun, though, and a fine healer. 🙂

In fact, the warrior was pulling the minibosses. Or even packs of mobs. By charge. After running ahead of me (yes, I have Pursuit of Justice, but I was also being tentative). I wanted to let him die, I poked Tem that we should have let him die, but he said it would reflect badly on him and his professionalism, and y’know? I can understand and get behind that. I would have let him die, though. I’ll have to set some rules when I keep tanking.

After the lower half, Temn DCs, and we argue. Being my friend and guildie, I want to wait to see if he comes back, the rest of the group wants to gogogogo, eventually he gets kicked and we get a new healer. The three “dps” keep pushing ahead with no healer, I’m waiting on a healer. I have some cross words with the mage for rushing me, but I over-reacted – newbishness at work! – we hash it out, I apologize, we smooth things over.

We get a healer, we go through the MAZE AND DANCE of meeting up, and it turns out this healer … charges in faster than the warrior to attack mobs. Because they’re enhance. Queued as heals. Erhm. Yeah. Well, that was an experience! At least I didn’t die, and it was pretty quick – we were, after all, ALL FIVE OF US DPS SPEC.

After a lot of AoE pulls and mayhem we clear the upper level, I almost ding to 54, fun times are had, and I have tanked for the first time. It was certainly an experience. I think I need to look into some Tank UI mods, though; things like to know when someone else has agro, etc etc. Anyone who has newb tank UI and play advice, I would welcome it OH so very much. 🙂

Here’s to the adventure of tanking! Let’s hope I don’t get too many splats, and can even be half the tank I am a dps; I’d be happier with 95%, but even 50% would be good.

*Well … There’s Beardy. My first character ever was a warrior, in vanilla WoW. When they really were only tanks. He got to 22. I did not care for it. Though I love Beardy <3. I dunno if that counts or not, though.

**…Well, does ret tanking really count as tanking?

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Aww, I missed the leading edge of the tank/healer brouhaha.

January 22, 2010 at 9:21 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Oh well!

So aparently, while I was slacking off, a small little WoWgument broke out over some guy’s post with his assertions that tanks and healers a) are more integral to progress than dps, and b) thus deserve preferential treatment and additional rewards. I heard it via reading Ky’s reply, over at Casual Hardcore.

Now, ‘unfortunately’, this hit the blogorum over two weeks ago, and even Ky’s post was three and change days ago, so plenty of posts in reply and comments have hashed and bashed this, and I missed out. I am currently a sad little spacegoat with a pout because I didn’t get to be all topical on this topic. Though it is kind of amusing, as over the past couple days, both ignorant of this, Atropus and I have been kicking the idea around. He contends that DPS is the most important role in a current-content raid, though I maintain that they’re all equally important. If any of these three components functioning are functioning below par, the group will fail.

Rule 4) Pay attention. If you die in a fight because you weren’t paying attention or weren’t listening, you will be called out for it. It is not a healer’s job to keep a dps alive if that dps is just being foolish. It is not a tank’s job to keep threat off a dps if they aren’t bothering to use their own threat control measures.

I’ve been in that guild. I’ve been in a guild that really did bring in the loot council to override dkp by saying that if a tank or healer wanted something in new content, dps couldn’t bid. I’ve been in a guild that wiped repeatedly on Thaddius, but still, priority went to tanks and healers even though we were dying on enrages. All of this gets my middle finger.

Basically, everything that I have to say has already been said, I just wanted to express my own D: over this whole thing. Though it amuses me – it seems only some tanks and some healers agree with the thesis, while no dps seems to; meanwhile all dps BUT ALSO AND many tanks AND many healers disagree with it.

In fact, outside of the one time I tried Trial of the Grand Crusader, the vast majority of wipes I’ve seen in Ulduar, in Trial of the Crusader, and even in Icecrown Citadel, haven’t been from the gear of anyone, especially not healers and tanks. Wipes are generally because we tried to do it wrong (21 man Marrowgar, use two tanks on Patchwerk 25, etc), someone made a mistake (standing in something glowing on the floor, crossing the streams, etc), or because dps didn’t put out enough numbers. While there’s a huge component of competency to putting out maximal dps, only one of these problems, with them taken as current content, is gear related. Hint: it’s not one dealing with healers or with tanks. Iron Council stands out as an exception, but that’s Iron Council.

In Summary: I appreciate my tanks. I appreciate my healers. I don’t appreciate the attitudes some of them get, or trying to write me and my fellow great dps – or even just my dps brethren in general – as less vital to the raid effort, and I certainly don’t appreciate the condescension. Frankly, if any of us want prog, we all need each other. So…

Tread light… lest we unionize. o/

(Incidentally, this is my first post with the “beware: opinions!” tag, but as time goes on I’ll probably post quite a few more of them, especially as Cataclysm draws near. I can be a bit vocal and outspoken at times; but if people disagree with me – my email is public (or it should be), and I will approve any comment posts – speak up! I welcome it.)

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Magic gremlins. The only explanation.

January 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm (althattery) (, , , , , )

Or the blogging wouldn’t continue. I guess I got kinda neglectful with my laptop dying and coming back to life. But I’m getting back into WoW, and now back over here.

So why are magic gremlins the explanation? Because after all the trouble I went with my dead computer, poking, prodding to no success, then popping out the hard drive and backing it up, I take it in to the Best Buy, the tech plugs it in, pokes the button, and it boots up.

… que.

Shuts it down, does it again. Takes it back, checks the battery, checks the RAM connections, dusts it out, and just hands it back. Apparently it’s some sort of battery problem from it dying or getting plugged in near the time it went into sleep mode, or something. Agh. But okay. Get it home, get everything restored, keep it plugged in while waiting for my replacement battery. New problems crop up, but what do you know, a bit of hassle and several reboots later, it’s working again.

… For now.

*eyes it warily* Magic curse goblins. Or witches. o.o

But WoW runs! So I’m back! My Shaman finally got his trinket, and somehow my alt has Frost gear before my Hunter, who’s -actually been inside Icecream Citadel-. This is is unacceptable, yet true. And I’ve started levelling the Paladin. 4.75 levels in two nights of a bit of levelling and reacquainting and messing with cast bars isn’t bad, just have to find a stride. And that stride is called THE PLAGUELANDS. I swear, Pallies were MEANT to level in this place. Nothing like running around in BoA gear with explosions of holy light going GWE HEE HEE and crumpling eight or ten at-level zombies and skellies all at once. Mr. Scourge, I am YOUR Scourge!

…Speaking of Paladins, a word to all my Hunta Brothas and Sistas: if you’re going to try and gank a paladin at equal level, don’t try when they’re at full hp and mana, haven’t seemed to pop any cooldowns, and know you’re there. Seriously. Or, you know, at least be good. Mr. Orc Hunter in Un’goro, I commend your balls and am sorry I had to hand them to you, but if you want to gank me with a hunter, try harder. I even gave you a chance. Next time I’ll Repentance you, kill your wolf in front of your stunned eyes, and then dismantle you at my leisure. Mmkay? You want to gank me with my class, you’re welcome to try.

Ha, this is fun. Plus, it seems next week is ICC25. This makes me and the hunter go bwee. Not sure how much the Hunter and Shaman will see play beyond the JC daily and getting them up to Crusader (AGAIN) for the Hunter and just a RED MECHANOSTRIDER (seriously, this is <4) for the Shaman right now. Too much fun in the plaguelands giggling with gleeful wrath as undead fall down go boom.

It is fun to be back and writing, and I'll get to something resembling a thoughtful and meaningful post, well … eventually. 🙂

But just watch. The last time or two I was in Plaguelands, it was coming in from / going out to The Undercity via the Bulwark. Bets on my Paladin getting killed at least once on autopilot? I … won't bet against you.

eta: Oh, Myssidia over at A Casual Encounter reminded me: sometimes, the most fun stuff isn’t the most challenging. Sometimes when you can’t down Marrowgar, it’s not doing Trial of the Grand Crusader, Firefighter, Sarth 28, or Yogg 0. It’s utterly owning regular ol’ Trial 10. It’s two tanks on Beasts and then one tank, two healers, and seven dps for the rest of the night (eight dps on Champs) – it’s figuring out the trick to mad un-Empowered dps on Twin Valkyrs (namely: light buff means the light one takes less damage, but she still TAKES DAMAGE, and with a shared health pool, abilities that hit both, like Multi Shot or that Rogue thing to hit both adjacent mobs or Magma Totem / Fire Nova, does significantly more damage, why did it take me so long to realize? Likely ’cause until now usually there’s two tanks and they’re not right on top of each other) and getting the speed kill with ~:45 seconds to spare. It’s one-shotting Champs 10 with, what, one death? It’s … and I still get this huge, ridiculous, almost manic grin from this – it’s burning Anub’arak so hard and so fast – with one tank, mind! – that he goes into Phase 3 before he even gets a chance to submerge once.

This, Anub’arak, is your Couch. This smoldering, ashen, kersplattered wreckage, is your Couch on BoO. Any questions?

Yeah. I thought not. Now, surrender your loot.

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*flail*

January 15, 2010 at 6:27 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

My laptop – which I play WoW on – exploded. Well, it didn’t so much explode as ‘not boot up’. My desktop, which is older but still runs WoW, is down in San Marcos, and I won’t have access to it until Monday evening. And even then, I’m going to need to basically do a full reinstall of WoW (and Vent), and addons. Lovely.

So, yeah. This laptop I’m borrowing has a weird keyboard (the natural positions my fingers go to aren’t in the right areas now) – but I shall persevere. Just not play WoW for a while. *cry* And my 80s were so close to enough badges to get their first pieces of frost gear!

… Yet, [Lord Marrowgar Must Die!]? Really, Blizzard? Really?

However, the blogging will continue! Just, my friendly BoOites reading this, this is why you won’t see me for a while. Sigh, it’s too early in my membership to miss raids… 😦

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A quickie flowchart.

January 14, 2010 at 5:29 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

A simple flowchart, but it’s a simple concept for gemming a survival hunter.

Your meta is the Relentless Earthsiege Diamond.

You use one Nightmare Tear to activate your meta (lovely!) and in the process, use its nature as a prismatic gem to activate the non-red part of your best socket bonus (+6 or higher agility, +12 ap, +X crit) (however, ignore it if it’s a three-gem requirement and two of them are non-red).

Everything else is straight +agility.

As such, should you ever want to know, as a survival hunter, how to gem your gear, you can refer to

DUN DUN DUN! *drumrollplz?*

Mathorvos' Awesome Survival Gear Gemming Flowchart!

Fair winds and good hunts, my friends. May your shots fly true.

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