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June 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Pretty sure I should be looking for a summer job and trying to keep a roof over my head for the next four months until I get more wonderful student loans, but instead I’ve decided to start playing Arcticious, my now level 72 Druid again. Been playing Resto, the problem is in the month or so that I haven’t really played him I’ve forgotten everything, and I’ve had a few near misses (and indeed, a few dead tanks) recently as I picked up everything from seemingly scratch again, but I’m back into the swing of things. I really don’t feel like leveling through Northrend for the fifth time so I might just dungeon spam my way to 80, it’s slower but Arcticious usually sits AFK for so long between plays that I’m always sitting on top of rested experience.

Sincraft is the same at the minute, I’m not too worried about leveling him in Northrend since I’m still not quite over my love for Killing Spree and whatnot, and I actually enjoy PvPing with him from time to time so that gives me an opportunity to break up questing with something fun. Not sure how the Northrend dungeons will go down, there seems to be quite a lot of lazy AoE pulls and without a reasonable AoE ability (I hardly consider Blade Flurry an AoE ability compared to something like Hurricane or Starfall) I’ll feel quite left behind, especially as people start paying attention to things like DPS and activity in later levels (whereas I could get away with it in Outlands).

I had a rather enjoyable raid with Wrath of Wisdom today, we did ICC25 from scratch (with the new 20% buff) and got through nine of the bosses, resulting in me getting quite a haul of reasonable gear:

  • Tier 10 leggings and a Tier token to up them to 264.
  • Two new rings, the Exalted Ashen Verdict ring and a Lady Deathwhisper (keep thinking Deathstrike because I’ve been obsessing over Marvel lately, stop that!)
  • Two offspec pieces, primarily Nibelung and some 264 legs from one of the Plague bosses (I forget which).

The problem now is that I’m exceptionally short of money again, I had around 2k across all of my characters, which has dwindled to a horrendous 300g due to the excessively overpriced enchants I’ve had to buy. Oh well, the price I pay for having an offspec, I suppose.

I was feeling relatively enthusiastic for this raid, I don’t know why, perhaps I was just in a good mood generally, but it didn’t seem to drag anywhere near as much as usual (wiping for three hours on content that we should have realistically walked all over two buffs ago is a bit of a downer). Only two Holy Priests in today, I got to stretch my legs because of that, though we still seem quite heavily off-balance in favor of HoTers, so I’m expectantly waiting on Sintharia’s return to fix the balance again. I have to say, recruiting a third Holy Priest when we only have two (or even one) of every other class of healer seems a bit awkward, just because we don’t really synthesize well in a raiding environment, and I feel like perhaps it’s my fault for stepping down on Totem, but on the other hand, when I did we only had one Holy Priest (Naytha) anyway, since the other one had gone AWOL (and still is?). On the other hand I guess it’s a good thing too, because it eases the need for me to attend three times a week, we can cycle a Priest in and out whenever, and I can take some time out if I want to without detrimenting everybody else.

It’s 3 AM GMT and I’m sitting on Sincraft waiting for a BG to pop up, even if just to Ambush some clothie then Alt-F4. I should sleep, really, but meh. No rush. I have all summer.

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Encouragement

May 12, 2010 2 comments

Raiding guilds have off days, everybody has an off day, and all the off days seem to happen to all of the same people on all of the same days. Think of it like that thing where women syncronize their vaginal bleeding. It’s exactly like that.

Today was one of those off days, we got the first four bosses down no problem (which is something even PuGs can do nowadays), Blood Princes took a couple of wipes, and then BQL took the rest of the evening, and she’s still alive. The problem was this:

  • We had new players, they hadn’t been in this raid before, they don’t know how we work, they don’t know the tactics, they’re generally unprepared for teamwork.
  • It was just generally a bad day, we had disconnects and lag, the usual suspects.
  • There was no team cohesion, the new players hadn’t found their spot in the groups yet, the healing team was working with people they didn’t know, the DPS team was working with people they didn’t know.

Bearing in mind that runs like that are highly frustrating on all sides, one has to question “at what point does one speak up and say ‘this sucks'”? Perhaps I underestimate the job of an officer, but we’re all under the same pressure, we all have our jobs and roles to do in battle and we all get extremely pissed off when people disconnect, or make stupid mistakes that wipes the rest of us.

But there’s no reason to make it worse by throwing anger and rage into the mix. Having a polite word to somebody who messes up is fine, it might put them on the right track, it might not. If it doesn’t, step it up, call them out in raid and make them feel that single sense of utter shame at having screwed up. But by god don’t drag it out and pretend your shit doesn’t stink, and don’t pretend you know everything you don’t and then go nosing into other peoples business about how they can improve.

Yes, the healing team isn’t perfect, but am I the only one who feels extremely patronized by being constantly yelled at over vent “keep me healed!” or “who’s healing during the blood whirl phase?”, as if they’re not completely fucking naive questions. I don’t yell at you over vent “keep tanking!” or “so who’s tanking during the air phase” because they’re obvious question with obvious answers. Sure, if you phrase it as “which healer is healing me“, but when you phrase it was “which healers are healing (generally)” then it’s just downright patronizing, as if we’re all suddenly going to stop and say “here Pendulus it’s your turn!”.

Apart from the stupid questions and patronizing requests (as if I press all the pretty buttons thinking I’m actually tanking?), the whole negative attitude is just downright annoying. Being told every wipe that “we all suck” and our attempts are “shit” does not help morale in any way at all. Yes, we know that that attempt was bad, hence why we wiped, we don’t need an overzealous officer breathing down our necks. And hey, if we do then where’s the officer clapping us all on a job well done when we do something?

So being yelled at sticks better, you remember the negativity, but that’s only if it’s something so directed at you that you want to curl into a ball and cry (and being singled out in a raid for a mistake certainly makes you do that), but being droned at every day for sucking generally just gets tiring, I’m bored of hearing TJ yelling on vent about everybody’s problems except his own, and I’m bored of the attitude of “we say it shut up you scrubby raider” that the officers seem to have whenever anybody disputes something they say.

I called them out on it today, the fact that there’s never any positive reinforcement, that no person ever gets singled out for a bloody good job, only that we’re droned at and fined and hated for failing. Where’s my DKP bonus for being a damn good healer or saving the raid with some quick witted decisions, or my whisper from TJ about being a good player. They’re certainly few and far between, much fewer than the constant whining over Ventrilo that everybody needs to get a grip. We know that, stop wearing out the damn phrase. Keep whining at us and eventually we’ll just be immune to it, we’ll get bored of it and we’ll leave. Raiding will feel more like a chore, it doesn’t help that Cataclysm is on the horizon and raiding ICC feels chore-ish already, we don’t need more reasons to resent raiding. The thrill of “getting the Lich King down” will only go so far, and nobody in Wrath of Wisdom can honestly be deluded enough to think that we’ll be able to manage it on Heroic any time before the release of Cataclysm (at which point we’ll move onto new content anyway).

Out of twenty five people, two of them were officers who immediately spoke down to me in their mighty fashion, twenty one of them said nothing, didn’t read it or just grunted in an uncaring fashion, and one, just one person whispered me saying they agreed that the negative aura was putting a dampener on the guild, which was bittersweet because they also told me to stop wasting my time trying and things would never change.

Maybe they’re right, and maybe I’m just like TJ in that I want the best for the guild but I’m going the wrong way about it. I certainly see the irony in getting annoyed at TJ bitching constantly when this whole blog is just that, but there’s a different: I can see potential and I can be positive about it. Being told you suck and never told you rock will leave you a hollow shell with no self confidence, I get enough of that shit in real life, I don’t need more of it when I go to the only place I really can escape to.

Lost my Mojo

April 4, 2010 Leave a comment
"I think I've lost my mojo!"

"I think I've lost my mojo!"

No really. I went into ICC10 this morning on a part guild run, part PuG, and I just felt awful. From there guild: me, Lhuranan, Gnoor, Tricki, Darders, Njev. Now, I’m usually pretty snappy with healing, nobody’s ever had a complaint about me (to my knowledge) and anybody who’s my heal target usually lives to tell the tale.

Today though, I just slipped horribly. PC crashed on Marrowgar, so Lhuranan was solo healing that, and it crashed again on Rotface so solo heals for that too. For the rest of the time, it was just sloppy, and I don’t know why. My healing overall was shoddy, and my overhealing was borderline awful. My gear hadn’t changed, I had most of the raid buffs I usually had, the only difference was that there were two healers and it was a ten man run instead of twenty-five.

Perhaps that was just it, that it was an unusual change from the 25 man runs I’m used to, with a team of six good healers who work well together. Healing always scares me anyway, no matter the instance, because there’s so much more pressure on you to do it right. I have no idea how a tank feels about their job, but it can only be worse.

We had a few tries on Putricide, a boss fight I actually enjoy, and I seemed to pick up a bit during that fight. We didn’t down him, and we were a healer short for Blood Princes, so we went to Valithria, got her down in one (I was raid healing, Lhuranan was portal hopping) and finished the raid.

Perhaps it’s just a blip, I hope it’s just a blip, I got better at the end, perhaps they were just fights I enjoyed more so did better naturally. Either way, I’m just hoping that Edicia hasn’t given me a case of The Bads now he’s gone. I did, after all, fill his shoes for most of my healing roles even while he was here.

Progress for the Sake of Progress…

March 27, 2010 1 comment

Progress for the Sake of Progress, Must Be Discouraged

So our guild has had some dissent recently about the direction it’s going in. A couple of people (primarily our Holy Knight of Fail Ability of which class I am banned from mentioning in the next handful of posts as I tend to get very tetchy about said class and player) are upset that all we ever seem to do nowadays is wipe on progression bosses.

News Flash: That’s what raiding is.

If it were easy to go through and pick up your 25 free Emblems of Frost as well as whichever weekly was attached, on top of the free epics, then there’d be no point in doing it. The whole point of raiding is to work as a team toward the common goal of clearing the content before the next patch. Most guilds clearly fail here, some are casual, some are loot obsessed, some have no leadership and internal structure, some just fall apart for no reason at all. Wrath of Wisdom has been going since ‘the dawn of time’, according to the forums, though more specifically they were born out of the horrifying ordeal of having to constantly find 39 other people to do Molten Core. To break up over something so silly as ‘lolprogress’ would be just… bah.

Fortunately, the other person complaining is a Boomkin, who’s idea of ‘progress’ is to gear up as many alts as they can in Heroic Dungeon and Weekly Quest epics, and leave it there. Apparently the three hours we spent yesterday only downing one boss and gaining infinite experience on another was just not enough in terms of Frosts per Hour. Well hey, don’t raid, it’s as simple as that.

Which they’ve been told by various people. If you don’t like the fact that not everything will be easy, then don’t bother turning up. Save yourself your 200g repair and Flask cost for the raid, and go gear up alt #345 so you can sit back and go do something faceroll like… everything except ICC.

The problem is, people are upset that we do all of the ‘easy bosses’ in one day and leave nothing but progression for later days. A point to note here is that we don’t have a choice in that, the way Icecrown was designed was that we have to clear the Upper Spire before we can clear anything else. Since we can get seven bosses down without a wipe, that’s over half of our ‘on farm’ bosses gone in a single day. Depending on if we can get Valithria down or not, that might be five bosses down (though Valithria is still ‘progressive’, since we’ve downed her twice ever).

That leaves us Rotface, Festerbutt and Blood Princes as ‘on farm’ bosses for the next two days. One of those days we’ll try Putricide, but in order to do that we’ll need to down Rot and Fester, leaving us only one ‘on farm’ boss for the last raiding day. Until we start getting more bosses ‘on farm’ then it’s going to be imbalanced, but that’s not really a problem, and if it were it’s not one we could help. It’s been the same since ICC’s release, and it’ll be the same until the day the game dies because all that’s left are casual scrubs who need to only press one button and not move from fire in order to win. The attitude, however, that some people are expressing within the guild, seems to point to the fact that they are that sort of person.

In short, though: man the fuck up, and if you don’t like wiping and learning then get the hell out of my raid. But don’t just stand around saying “this isn’t working” and spreading lousy morale just because you’re not getting loot or whatever makes you happy from this game. Some of us want to do better, to push ourselves, to make it work. Your namby pamby attitude of “LOL IT’S TOO HARD” is not helping anybody, and quite frankly we’re better off replacing you a cute Cheerleader, for all the good it would do.

A Difficult Find

March 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Wednesday is reset day which means of course that we all get fresh raid lockouts. As a means of trying to stagger our raid progress, Wrath of Wisdom has decided that instead of clearing all of the easy content (Toravon, Marrowgar, Deathwhisper, Gunship Battle, Saurfang, Rotface, Festergut, Blood Princes) in one day then struggling to find sign ups for the next two raid days (because people are too damn lazy to do a few progression raids), we’re going to stagger it a bit so that we do the first quarter of ICC (mandatory) today as well as Blood Princes, then Valithria (and Sindragosa if we get time) on Friday, with Monday being left to Putricide and friends.

Lhuranan wasn’t in today, so I was the only Restoration Shaman in the raid, which also meant that we were one short for our Valithria attempts (since we got Blood Princes down quicker than expected).

However, Blood Princes caused quite a bit of trouble today, for the same reason that the healers struggle every week. A bad link in the chain of what would otherwise be a pretty good circle of healers. Yes, Edicia, yet again, has failed to fulfil what he was supposed to do and caused more wipes than we really should have had. Blood Princes requires two melee tanks (Tomjones and Hellfireblue) and a single ranged tank (Ayk), and it was my job to heal Hellfireblue and Edicia’s job to heal Tomjones. Now, Shaman healers make quite snappy tank healers, especially with the right set of Glyphs. With my trusty Lesser Healing Wave Glyph (20% more healing on targets affected by Earth Shield) and Mana Tide Totem, I managed to heal through the fight with a relatively stable heal pattern (the tank only spiked low a couple of times, which were easily dealt with using Nature’s Swiftness and a Tidal Waved Healing Wave) without running out of mana. Edicia on the other hand, as a Holy Paladin supposedly revered for their tank healing abilities, managed to let his tank die on two consecutive attempts, at which point our healing leader lost her temper and switched our roles over, and then even after he was given the role of healing the easier tank, the damn guy still screwed up and let his tank die!

Now I mean, fair’s fair if he lacked gear or if the tank was particularly squishy, but he’s running around in almost full 264s and our main tank is running around in similar quality gear, which is perfect (if not a shade over) for what’s required for these lower-ICC encounters.

A second point to note, on our Valithria fight, there are six healers (perhaps one too few), and four of them use the portals to the Emerald Dream, myself, Edicia, Lhuranan (though it was one of our Boomkins in Resto off-spec today) and Molotov, our top Druid healer. In every Valithria fight so far, me and Lhuranan always come out on top, skating around 15-20k EHPS, with Molotov a shade under (13-15k) and Edicia about the same. Now, it might just be me but last I checked Paladins were considered the best single target healers around, and skimming through multiple 25 man guild raiding logs across the realm, it’s not uncommon that Holy Paladins end up way on top. So then, why is Edicia falling short by 5k EHPS every time, surely he should be whipping out 50-80k (at least) Holy Lights every second and a half (Beaconed too, I should add) and dominating the meters for healing. Now I’m no meter whore but in a fight where healing is the difference between hitting the enrage and wiping, and clearing it with ten seconds to spare, then the effective healing of each portal hopper is particularly important. The fact that the best single target healer in the game is falling below the jack-of-all-trades master-of-none Shaman clearly highlights that there are some pretty significant problems existing between the chair and the keyboard.

That’s not the only thing, either. He’s loot-obsessed (as my previous post suggests), which means that after every trash or boss pull he takes a five minute AFK break to go check his DKP figures and make sure he has enough to bid on the next item. This wouldn’t be a problem because most of the time there’s no need for six healers on trash pulls, but when he decides to AFK in the upper spire with the Valkyrie’s flying around, it’s starting to become bothersome. He managed to pull one of said Valkyrie’s today, which immediately killed him then charged at the healers and ranged, spawned a bunch of clones and wiped out half of our group. Yay, a combined total of 100g repair bills just because he can’t do some basic mental arithmatic and not AFK in the middle of raids. Even when he’s not pulling agro by being AFK, he’s never ready for the first ready check, he’s standing in the wrong place, he’s not flasked, he’s not buffing/buffed, by some disgrace of god he’s just not with us for raiding.

I want to complain, I so do. I’m not the only person who is starting to lose their temper with him. Tomjones, the main tank he let die twice, messaged me today congratulating me on my healing and confessed that he too thought Edicia was an idiot, and seemed to agree that I should MT heal more often. Esmi, our healing leader, lost her temper over Vent (she has never done that before) today, part of which I’m pretty sure was fueled by the lack of preparation just on his part.

But alas, I’m too downspoken, too new to really have an opinion in the guild. Yes, I’m a full time raider now and I have been for just over a week, but it’s just not my place to say outright how I feel. The best I can do is simply offer to help in every way I can to cover the slack (as if I’m not running my balls to the walls already covering for him, hence the tank healer switching) and hope that the rope that our guild officers are giving him every raid is enough for him to hang himself with.

Part of the problem is that we don’t have anybody else to replace him with. Our recruitment officer and Paladin class leader recently left due to inactivity, meaning that we only have one Holy Paladin in the guild, and the odds of finding one in the current gaming climate seem slim-to-none. It’s not just Paladins we’re suffering to recruit, either, Holy Priests are also in horribly short demand.

What is it with the word ‘Holy’ and ‘retard’ sitting hand in hand? Holy Paladin, look at Edicia for example. Holy Priest, the only Holy Priest we have in the guild is usually mob bait two minutes into any fight, and they spend more time calling for Innervates than actually healing. If only we could recruit one decent Holy Priest and one decent Holy Paladin, we might be able to ditch the slack and get ourselves a decent healing ring.