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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.

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.

Hardwired

April 21, 2010 2 comments

So not so much a WoW blog as a real life blog, I mentioned recently that my computer was having a few issues with running Warcraft, and that I was taking a step back from raiding until I could get it fixed. What with it being my depressingly void 21st Birthday on Monday, I got a bit of spare cash to buy the parts I wanted. Bought an extra 4GB of RAM, a second monitor (obviously not needed to run Warcraft, but at least now I have an excuse to watch the DVDs I borrow) and Windows 7 (which I’m backing up files ready to install as I type this).

I did a raid on Monday (I got the parts that day) and managed to get through the whole thing with every graphical setting known to man on max without a single crash, error or even screen stutter. Better yet, I managed to do some pretty nifty healing, as much as Lhuranan anyway, so I presume that I have my mojo back once again. Not sure I’ll be able to do tonight, depending on how long 7 takes to do, but I’m in no hurry, I did say I’d be gone until this Friday and I’m under the impression that I won’t be docked DKP for skipping until that point (conversely, I’m under the impression that I won’t be given DKP for Monday’s raid since I wasn’t meant to be there).

I made a new Priest ready for Cataclysm, Telyth. Level 16 at the minute, the grind to 15 (and the ability to use LFG) wasn’t too bad, though I thought that Westfall was a bit quest-starved, but maybe that’s just me. I’m playing as Discipline for a change, I leveled as Holy last time so I’m going to mix things up a bit, maybe change to Shadow later on (I’ve been playing Shadow since 3.0.3, I know how it works). I’m also planning on reviving my Discipline Priest guide, as well as drafting up a shiny new Holy Priest guide, see if I can get a bit of interest on those. Hoping Esmi might run over the Disc one to double-check I’m not talking rubbish, since she’s the authority there, and I’m pretty sure I can write Holy from experience alone.

Something really bothered me yesterday though, I was in my first ever LFG on Telyth, with a Rogue, Warrior and Hunter, (the Paladin tank had left already). The Rogue would Sap mobs every now and again (usually the casters), but other DPS would just break it by targeting that mob directly. All I did was make an idle comment of “if the Rogue Saps it, there’s no need to DPS it right away”, and the Rogue turns around and tell me to “shut the fuck up”, followed by a stream of abuse about how I owe him for saving my life (I had mobs on me, he pulled them off me, I didn’t ask him to), and that I know nothing about the game and that I’m a “low life” “retard” “noob” who needs to (again) “shut the fuck up”. Now, I’m so weathered to this sort of abuse that I just shrug it off and carry on dungeoning, the problem was that it’s not the usual sort of abuse, especially when it’s unprovoked. If I were a run of the mill level 15, first character, never played WoW before and had no idea what I was doing, comments like that would just make me want to curl up and never play WoW again, that’s how negative I felt afterwards. I immediately filed a ticket about it, and a few hours later (inconveniently during our Marrowgar 10 attempt, which caused me to have sucky healing for him and Deathwhisper while I chatted) a GM popped up and asked me about the character in question. I gave the name and a synopsis of what had happened, and the GM vanished saying “he’d fix it” but “I couldn’t know about the outcome because it wasn’t really any of my business”. Now, in the real world, somebody mugs me and I’m more than welcome to sit in the public gallery to hear his sentence. Why can’t I find out if the Rogue got a similar punishment?

We know this story anyway. He’ll get a slap on the wrist, and that’s it. No suspension, the GM won’t bother doing anything at all other than sending a macro’d “be nice” mail to him, and the world will keep turning and he’ll keep being an ass. I don’t mind, I’m not some self-righteous sword of justice wanting to bring redemption upon his head, I just thought it was a bit of a stupid thing to say.

Speaking of negative players, Sheepless recruited a Warrior DPS yesterday (by the name of Yoshi (stupid letter accents included if I knew how to type them)) who immediately gained a less than favorable response from the guild. Njevarfu, Tomjones and Yaoigirl all messaged me within 10 minutes of each other saying how they’d taken a dislike to him and how immature he was. Now, I was polite as usual and hey, until he’s shown his real stuff (he might be the next Slater, or better; conversely he might be the next Edicia) I don’t want to judge him, so I stayed friendly, though apparently I shouldn’t have because Tomjones is now using me as some sort of ‘question funnel’, making me ask the questions that he either can’t be bothered to or just doesn’t have the nerve to. Age, old guild history, play time, the usual suspects, though I can’t help feel a little bit distasteful towards the conduct. It’s fair to say that perhaps TJ or Slater should have done the recruiting interview (since they’re the Warrior class buffs), but on the other hand it’s also fair to say that TJ should be able to ask the questions he wants in the open without needing to masquerade behind another player. It just makes me feel a bit ‘bleh’ about being used, it left a bitter aftertaste that I didn’t even get a “thanks” for my time afterwards either, it’s not my job to do it and I did it anyway.

Anyway. Bitchiness asides, I really shouldn’t whine about officers because I know that both Sheepless and Esmi read this. On the other hand, my blog, my rules, I did warn them before they read it, so whatever.

I’ve got another 20 minutes of file backups (moving them to my netbook while I wipe my desktop) to do, then my flatmate and I are heading to Maplins to spend some more money on computer parts. Hopefully I’ll be all sorted by the time I have to raid this evening, but if the case is that I’m not, then it’s not a big deal, Wednesday signups are usually massive anyway, free badges and stuff, and my attendance isn’t expected anyway.

The Chop

March 30, 2010 Leave a comment

So uh, I mean clarifying what I already know and stuff asides, I found out something of interest yesterday. Our FAILADIN WHO’S CLASS I’M NOT ALLOWED TO MENTION FOR THE NEXT THREE POSTS is hopefully getting the chop soon. Apparently he was ‘ill’ yesterday, and if his performance happened to ‘slip and suck’, that would be why. So uh, either he’s down with some sort of long term illness of “burny stuff is okay other healers will carry me” or it’ll be worse than usual.

As it happens, it was worse than usual. I mean, wow, I wasn’t aware you could drop below zero when measuring performance, but he broke it and now we’re stuck in an infinite loop of suck.

I know Paladins are supposed to be quite heavy overhealers but when 90% of his entire healing done is overhealing, that puts him at around less EHPS than the two Shadow Priests. Take Rotface, for instance, you have one tank taking the heavy boss hits, and one tank (assuming he’s doing his job) not taking many hits at all, what with kiting the oozes rather than tanking them. So he Beacons our kiter, and spams on our tank, most of the time his heals are so powerful and bloody slow that the two Shamans snipe them before they hit. L2Haste. The rest of his healing is spilling over to the kiter who’s already topped off (he takes that few hits that I can Earth Shield him once and it still have charges left at the end of the fight).

Now, if I were a Paladin, I’d just Beacon the main tank, help with raid sniping and then Flash the kiter if he gets hit. Instead, he stood in a stupor pressing two buttons (BEACON HOLY LIGHT LAWL) and failing at it miserably.

Don’t even get me started on Festerbutt. No no no sir. Flash of Light made up most of his heals for this one, a Beaconed tank and a targetted tank, and while his overhealing was actually rather respectable, his EHPS was still on par with a sodding Shadow Priest.

So we down Festergut, and a rather nice healing necklace drops. It goes to our healing officer, for 41 DKP (I can only assume Edicia bid 40, since that’s all he had). That as well as Trauma not dropping meant that two pieces of loot he wanted were gone for this week, and for no reason at all, BAM DISCONNECT. One can only look at the facts and immediately assume ‘ninja QQer’.

Fortunately, we had Sheepless with us, a damn good UNMENTIONABLE CLASS I might add, and we had a few good tries at Putridice before raid over, getting him almost to Phase 3 at times, though there were a few sloppy issues with movement, which we were ironing out come the end of the night.

I managed to fight a good case for Sits to get the Acidic Bloods for the Shadowmourne questline too, our raid leader (Gnoob) asked who wanted them, and since it was only Edicia, I suggested we have Sits bring his alt Warrior in for just those two fights instead. Gnoor bit, and now I can’t help but feel that not only does Edicia have another piece of humble pie to eat over losing the Bloods as well as the items that dropped/didn’t drop, but somebody who might actually make use of them got them instead.

Gnoor is going to speak to Edicia tonight about his performance, personally I want him kicked, and after his little ninja DC stunt last night, quite a few raid members voiced (rather loudly) opinions about having him removed too. I hope Gnoor pays attention to what the people want, I’m still tempted to post a case on the forums as to why he deserves to stay (i.e: he doesn’t) and why we should replace him with a one armed monkey instead.

Scheduled Maintenance

March 17, 2010 1 comment

I find myself doing the most pointless things during maintenances, the irony being that the moment I sign on I’ll just do similarly pointless things across a different medium. Tidying my room, tidying my character bank’s, sleeping, rested experience, making some phonecalls, talking to my guild, yeah. Yet still I can’t shake that awful empty feeling I get when WoW is offline. Normally I can sleep through it, recently I haven’t been sleeping an awful lot and when your body wakes up at 7 AM with three hours of sitting around to do, you tend to waste an awful lot of time.

I spent most of my time reading up on various things for my classes, a Druid guide, a Shaman guide (not that I need the guidance, but it’s nice to consult with others to at least have an understanding of different points of view), the MMO-Champion forums, YouTube, Tankspot, the usual WoW resource zones.

I know when I sign on that I’m going to do the same thing I do every day, transmute two sets of epic gems (Alchemy is quite a lazy man’s money spinner, I can make 250g per day just by buying some AH mats and whacking the finished product back on for a 500% profit over the mat cost, more if I get Transmuation Mastery procs), do the daily Heroic on my Priest and Shaman for Emblems of Frost, see if I can find a group for the weekly (currently Razorscale(fail), disgusting) on both characters, do the daily normal on my Warlock and Paladin, then go hover around in Blackrock Depths on my Druid. And yet, this routine which will take up perhaps six or seven hours of my day alone before our Icecrown raid with Wrath of Wisdom tonight is one that keeps me content with WoW, it’s not fun but it’s not dull, though I find a lot more of my time nowadays is spent on alts just for the fact that they give me something do to.

In other news, I’m really hoping that I win my DKP bid today. Our guild bank has 6 Primordial Saronites in it at the minute, and they’re being ‘auctioned off’ using DKP points, I need three more for my epic new Earthsoul Boots and I’m really hoping that I’ve put enough DKP into bidding so that I will win them, if not I’ll have to wait another three weeks until there’s another auction up again, that or actually go earn gold (shudder). I might amend my bid last minute, pump another couple of DKP into it, I had until midday today until the winners are announced, so wish me luck!