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Wipe it!

April 10, 2010 Leave a comment

So I gave my Paladin a turn at tanking today, it was my first raid and there were only nine of us in it so it was a bit off-balance right from the off. It was ToC10 with me and some Wrath of Wisdom guildmates, just a regular run to help gear up and give me some experience and while I feel I got the latter, I couldn’t help but feel I probably made more mistakes than I really should have done.

Got the Beasts down with no problems, one wipe because the other tank went down because I was a bit sluggish on the taunting for Impales, but the second attempt went much better, including the one fight I was actually worried about the most, having to tank Acidmaw.

Jaraxxas went down fine, the Infernals were a little unusual because they’d float around despite me having agro, but I’ve seen that happen in every ToC run I’d been on so I knew it wasn’t really my fault.

Faction Champions scared me quite a bit, actually. I had to tank the Death Knight, but what I didn’t know was that keeping agro on him 100% of the time would have been near impossible, since Taunts eventually wore off and he’d reset his agro table in a screwy way for no reason constantly. Eventually worked into a Taunt-Stun rotation depending on Diminishing Returns, and he didn’t cause much more trouble. Got it down after four wipes, awkward but we were only nine so better than I’d hoped.

I made a bit of a fart on the twins, primarily losing agro in the first few seconds trying to move and shoot. Tanking is fine, if I’m standing still, I can hold agro even over somebody like Njev, who’s an off-the-wall Arcane Mage, but this was the first time I’d been told to move and shoot so when I lost it and it killed a ranged, being yelled at was probably well deserved.

We got Anub down easily, he’s a stupidly boring boss though, a couple of adds here, a bit of AoE there, one of the adds submerged on our second attempt (our first was just a wipefest because I managed to let an add submerge over what I thought was ice, but apparently it wasn’t) but that was only because there was no frost at all, not because I was slacking (again).

All in all, for a tank being under the defense and hit cap with blue items to boot, I don’t think it went awfully, obviously I made stupid mistakes that I shouldn’t have done and it’s perhaps reminded me that I need a bit more experience in tanking overall before I go jumping into serious stuff like ICC. A couple more ToC runs and I’ll have it sorted out.

Naturally though, I won’t be playing WoW for quite some time anyway, since my computer has finally decided to wave the white flag of surrender. It’s been having issues ever since I bought it, crashing a couple of times a day (sometimes in raids, which was annoying) and generally just freezing for a few seconds every hour or so, but I lived through it until it eventually gave up living itself. I get my next set of Student Loans through on the 19th April (my birthday too, convenient or what) so I’ll be buying a huge RAM update for it, since running Vista x64 on 2GB of RAM is almost suicide, and hoping that’ll fix the problem (all of the blue screen errors I’ve got seem to point towards the RAM or paging file being screwy). Until then I’ve handed in my temporary notice with Wrath, I hope they’ll understand but if they don’t, that’s probably all I deserve anyway.

What I worry about is that Esmi seems to have this wonderful impression of me, going so far as to suggest that I’d make a good class leader (were I not so new, at least), but I don’t feel the same way. Perhaps I just need to rethink my gaming, but my confidence and abilities seem to have flatlined recently. Perhaps it’s just a subconscious state of mind, a person doesn’t just turn bad overnight and it has been quite distracting with Veir here, and more distracting knowing that I have exams and stuff in the near future too. The couple of weeks I’ll be forced away from WoW for might actually do me good, especially if it means I come back refreshed and ready to do my best (not that I don’t try, but lately my best seems lacking).

I’m thinking about a change of direction soon. Cataclysm is only a few months away (apparently) and the time between now and then is ample enough to give me the opportunity to pick up a new class and see if I still feel like playing Shaman all the way through Cataclysm too. I sometimes feel that raid guilds expect too much from a person, and that a lack of flexibility is not always the best option. Maybe it’s just me. Some days I love my Shaman, it makes me happy, the healer is fluid, it has a playstyle I enjoy, it has a reasonable level of responsibility tied to it,everything I like about the game. Some days I just want to burn it and go play my Priest or my Druid, because the more relaxed style of HoT spamming is more toward what I enjoy (even if it does make me a button mashing retard).

If I pick a new class for Catacylsm then it’ll likely be Druid or Priest. The new Boomkin changes look awesome and I definitely want to hold onto my healing, because despite how I feel right now I can heal and I’m a bloody good healer if I’m clearcast about it. Priest perhaps because I’m just comfortable with it, though the LIFE GRIP LOLOL changes just look like another way of spooning more responsibility on the healers and less on the RETARDSTANDINFIRE DPS. I swear, the first person that blames me for not Life Gripping them out of Fire will have me picking up Druidry again.

I like having a comfortable weight on my shoulders, not too little (DPS lol?) and not too much (tanking oh god), healing seems quite middle ground and it’s just the type of class I play in every game I play, from Muse in ROSE Online, to High Priest in Ragnarok Online, to Bishop in Rappelz to Priest/Shaman/Druid/Paladin in WoW.

Really though, every class should have a balanced responsibility, that’s how the game should work. The tanks shouldn’t be the ones always needing to do “more threat!”, the DPS should be the ones who could do “a little less” or “manage their threat reductions better”. Likewise, DPS should always “carry potions” and “not stand in burny shit”, but instead it’s blamed on the healers if one of them dies from too much damage. This sort of imbalance isn’t helped by Blizzard doing things like ‘gear check’ bosses (Festergut) or by not giving classes reasonable tools for PvE survival (Fury Warriors and threat dumps have apparently never met). I never played Vanilla or TBC but some aspects of them seemed so much better, and a mix of what we have now and what we had before would be beautiful. Cataclysm will tell, I guess.

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Shortfall

April 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Now I don’t want to seem like a hypocrite, I’m fairly relaxed about loot but certain things piss me off. Primarily ML who don’t list the loot rules before an instance starts. That’s your job, do it properly. If I roll 80 and some Druid rolls 60 on a Stave I’ve been wanting for several months in ToC10 then by god I probably should get the stave. But because you didn’t list the rules of looting, I’m wagering under the apparent misconception that I’ll be receiving it, and the Druid will have to try again. Obviously that wasn’t the case, else I wouldnt be mentioning it as an example, and the Druid got the stave because “it was fair”. To be honest, I’d hardly consider it fair that a Druid put in minimal effort, died a lot, didn’t bother Flasking or Potioning and generally did nothing but relatively weak DPS (even for his gear) then be given items as rewards, when the Shadow Priest who topped DPS consistently in his off spec using Flasks and Potions got nothing.

The argument was also that “you’ve had something in here already”. Not that I rolled for I didn’t. A cloth item dropped, no-one wanted it, nobody disenchanted it, and you assumed it’d be an upgrade so you gave it to me. So yes, I got an item, but no I didn’t want it. By those rules surely I can give you (the Holydin) a Leather piece with Spirit because “I think it’s an upgrade” then deny you that 232 slotted Shield you’ve been after for however long you’ve been after it.

So anyway, that’s my little bitch about Master Looters who don’t do their job properly.

On the other hand, sometimes strokes of luck do occur. Veir was running his first ToC25 today and the ML hadn’t actually put ML on, so it was Need/Greed/Disenchant as usual. A 245 Robe dropped that was a rather comfortable upgrade, and a Paladin rolled on it, only to give it to Veir afterwards. I was quite pleased to see that some good people did exist, and to give it to somebody deserving (perhaps I’m biased, but the healing he pulled off was nothing short of legendary given the circumstances) was just icing on the cake.

Veir goes home tomorrow so it’s back to raiding as usual. I’ve missed a couple of raids (just one a week, so I’m still doing the Wrath of Wisdom ‘minimum’, though I’d like to do more) in lieu of spending time with him in real life, which I would always do given the choice between him and WoW, but we’ve still made good progress in the raids I’ve been in.

My mojo is still off walkies, perhaps it’s just that I’m subconsciously distracted by Veir, perhaps I just need to rethink my healing. I’m gonna try find a couple of thousand gold from somewhere soon to regen myself a bit more towards SP/Haste, rather than just Haste, given that I’m now smacking the soft cap into a bloody pulp and taunting the hard cap in a threatening manner too. I’d certainly like to pick up a few shortfalls on my gear, especially my weapon since an upgrade there will make the difference between 2.8k and 3.1k unbuffed Spellpower (a significant amount for healing, I’d certainly say), though a better trinket would be nice too (the Abacus from Gunship25 looks nommy).

Squiggle finally hit 80 and I’ve got enough gear now to tank with her. The good news is that I feel quite happy tanking some of the older stuff (up to ToC5 HC at least), the bad news is I still have a couple of blues and anything ICC5 is going to smack me around a bit. I had an awful (worst ever) run in PoS yesterday, it was late at night and I had a Disc Healer, which is okay if played properly but with AoE damage spilling everywhere, it wasn’t so good when played by whoever played it. Anyway, I was only just defense capped when using an Elixir, and some of my gear was still blue, but we managed to do quite well, a stumble on Garfrost because my stacks crept over eleven but otherwise great. Wiped on the trash pull up the stairs because the healer was twiddling her thumbs (they admitted fault, which is fine), and wiped again on the cave/mountain gauntlet because I pulled before the healer was caught up (despite me asking “ready to go?” and them saying “yes”, still my fault I guess). We votekicked the healer and got a Shaman, then wiped (my fault this time) on the last boss because I got punted in the wrong direction and got two shotted by the empowered boss, but finally got it down (on the fourth run) and I got my Rimefang’s Claw from it, something which made me very happy.

All in all, nothing of major bloggage, just WoW at its best and worst. Hoping to get a ToC run on my Priest again this week so I can get my fucking Stave, otherwise I’ll just have to run FoS normal and get the Blood Boil WASTEOFITEMLEVELS Lancet. Yes, I want a Stave because they’re pretty and I don’t care about my Priest. No I don’t care that you’re going to tell me that I’d be better off with a main hand and off hand frill. Stubborn goat is stubborn.

Hammercleave of Righteous Sealing

March 20, 2010 Leave a comment

I ran an instance with Veir today, my fabulous friendly Holy Priest, and it went particularly well I feel. I’d been waiting to get to level 71 before I started on Nexus, just so I could get Divine Plea and Seal of Command, and boy what a combo. Before 71, I’d been using Seal of Wisdom to keep my mana up but struggling a bit to hold agro on certain classes (one particular Warlock just ripped it off me like the world was ending). Perhaps that’s my own fault, but whatever.

Seal of Command hits an additional two targets with every attack, and Hammer of the Righteous procs Seal of Command on each hit. What that effectively means is I can Hammer three targets, and Seal six, nice for AoE threat especially when it’s all Holy damage. There have been whispers, though, on the Warcraft forums, that Paladins might be getting their AoE threat reduced, and the synergy that was unintentionally created in Hammercleave of the Righteous Sealing is likely going to be broken.

Still, it was a good run and I’ll probably do a couple more before the night is up. I didn’t lose threat at all, nobody died, and despite our Demo Lock’s inability to jump or move during the Keristrasza fight, we managed to clear it in just over thirty minutes. Our DPS were perhaps a little slacky, we had a Feral Cat, a Death Knight of some variety and the Lock spent most of his time without a pet, which meant that I pulled 40% of the whole instance’s DPS, and tanked it, and got a pretty chunk of self healing out of it too. Paladins are a hybrid class to be Reckoned with.

Which adds a second point. Why do people put five points into Reckoning? Your next 4 white attacks will hit twice, and this is a 10% chance when you’re hit. Now, Righteous Fury, our threat generator, only works with Holy abilities. Why then do people feel the need to take Reckoning when all it does is give you an extra attack in one however many hits you do. “Oh but it works well with Seal of Vengeance”. No it doesn’t! Your white attacks do piss all damage, Seal of Vengeance applies only a third of your piss all white attacks as Holy damage, that’s not even threat, you might as well set your arse on fire and waggle it in the poor mob’s face. So where do you pull those four points from? Divine Guardian? But I like my one minute long 20% stronger shield, especially when I’m the only Paladin. Sacred Duty, Combat Expertise? But that’s a 10% Stamina loss right there. Perhaps they just put all 71 talent points into their Protection Tree and completely ignore the huge bonuses elsewhere.

And then there’s that awful group of what is effectively 90% of Paladins who don’t know how to buff. Here’s the answer: PallyPower. A simple addon that allows you to buff an entire 40 man raid group using just your comma (or whatever you set it as) key. Open the interface, pick the buff you want to apply to that class, press comma, ta-da! I hear excuses like “oh it’s so difficult”, yes for a chair leg with an affinity for licking windows perhaps, but you’re a human being with a mind capable of processing a million different things, how can pressing one button be difficult? Or the people who say “but I don’t need it to buff properly”. No, you’re right, you don’t need it for anything, but when you forget consistently that there’s one little guy in the middle of the group who’s buff fell off or was just never given it, then yes you do need it, because it highlights in big red blocks when somebody hasn’t got a buff. It even works with multiple Paladins! Have one person set all of the buffs and off you go, perfect raid buffing right there!

A sub-group in the chair legged window lickers is the group of people that everybody hates. The no-reagents guy. You buy them in stacks of 20 for like, a silver per stack. That’s enough to last you for four dungeons assuming nobody switches out. With a single quest turn in at 70 you can buy 8000 of the damn things. I always carry at least 300 with me, and if I fall below 100 then I’ll buy 200 more. They take up one bag slot for 100 reagents, people are running around with 20 slot bags from charity bosses, what’s your sodding excuse?

Bah, most of my rants on here seem to be about bad Paladins, I really should stop, so for the next few posts I will neglect to use the word Paladin at all in any reference or form.

Introductions Suck

March 15, 2010 3 comments

So I’ve been playing World of Warcraft since November 2008, not all that long ago compared to some of the Vanilla veterans, so with that being said, I’ll clarify now that I know nothing about Vanilla or The Burning Crusade other than idle banter and speculation. I’m now into my seventeenth month of play and I have a host of characters that I should probably introduce. As the blog title suggests, I have a bit of a thing towards Draenei, they look quite cool and their current racials are definitely quite staggering. The blog generally is just a collection of my rants, experiences, more rants, and even more rants about anything I encounter in my day to day play. It might be people, guilds, content, even me, yes most of the time I’ll just rant about me. But enough of that, an introduction to the characters that I’m likely going to be ranting about.

Péndulus is a Draenei Death Knight, level 71, Unholy specced and geared to tank. He’s mostly my Blacksmith alt, a project I picked up when I was bored and then ultimately became even more bored. I highly doubt he’ll be used any time soon, he’s been idling in Dalaran for so long that he’s hit the rested experience cap several times over.

Shiftstorm is my Night Elf Druid, only because Draenei can’t be Druids (fuck you I can turn into a wolf as a Shaman, why can’t I turn into a bear as a Druid?), another failed project currently sitting at level 33. I wanted to make a tanking class along with my partner Veir, but after realising that Druids were horribly Swipe-whoring I gave it up in place of a Paladin, who doesn’t have to sit twiddling her thumbs whilst rage generates or whatever.

Squigstorm is my Draenei Hunter, mostly a PvP character, a lowly level 21 who dominated the 10-19 bracket and intends to do so for the 20-29 bracket. Something about Hunters enticed me to play them right from the off, yes, Disengage. After playing Ragnarok Online for many years and seeing Hunters firing arrows at people point blank, I always thought it’d be interesting to see them be able to do the opposite of what the melee want, instead of closing the distance, make it greater. Nowadays I find myself dumping half a dozen arrows into some poor Orc’s face, Freeze Trapping, Disengaging them dropping the rest of the dozen arrows into various other orifices. I don’t really have plans to level him all that much, running around with Doris the Dragonhawk annoying the tits offa people with traps is plenty fun enough for me.

Squiggle is my Draenei Paladin, my new leveling project because tanking is the only role I’ve never really played (apart from Péndulus who I obviously got bored of). Currently sitting at level 70, the same level as Veir, and anxious to start tanking the content that I know about. After tanking through the majority of Vanilla and The Burning Crusade, I’m proud to say that I’m a filthy casual who enjoys the Wrath content more than the stupid-pull-let’s-CC-this-fuck-we-wiped content that made up the previous two games. Incidentally, I have a level 80 Blood Elf Holy Paladin on another realm who ran through the majority of ToC10/25 content (and some Heroic, too) during 3.2, so this one won’t be off-specced as Holy unless I decide to lose my mind again.

Pendulus is my Draenei Priest, level 80 and specced Holy. Previously my main, now taking a back seat to my Shaman, my Priest is sitting in Tier 9.10 gear and a slither of Triumph welfare items and ToC10 loot. Currently off-specced as Shadow, but will likely change back to Disc, I’ve played Affliction Locks recently and it makes Shadow look like pants.

Sincraft is my bank alt Rogue, the only Human in my arsenal and not even dressed to impress. As a bank alt, I feel he should have his own guild, Diamond-Tipped Cane, top hat and tuxedo, the usual bank alt rubbish. Instead he sits with some un-used Leather Heirloom shoulders and his two level 1 daggers outside the Exodar bank and mail box, being my transfer dummy for all of my unused rubbish. Doesn’t even have bags, some bank alt.

Totemshock is my big boss main, a Draenei of epic power, sitting in mostly ICC25 gear as part of Wrath of Wisdom, my also epic guild. I managed to join Wrath of Wisdom a couple of weeks ago after impressing the recruitment officer (god knows how, I surely don’t), passed my trial within a week (the poor Shaman who was recruited at the same time as me took twice as long) and am a fully fledged raider. I play Restoration most of the time, I only usually use my Elemental spec to PvP with (despite being a PvE spec), my DPS isn’t high enough for ICC25, and my healing is just too good to miss. We only have one other Resto Shaman in the guild (<3 Lhu), and we make quite a good team, he’s particularly competitive on the meters so I have to stay on my toes.

Shadowgrasp is my final, smallest (in more than one way) contribution to this blog, my little Gnome Warlock, Affliction specced and level 76, I play him when I’m bored, and boy does Affliction rock. I haven’t been in a PuG for as long as I can remember where I haven’t done at least 50% more damage than the next best DPS. That being said, putting out so much damage means I spend half of my OOC time Life Tapping, to much annoyance of the healers. Also a town-stalker, he’s sitting on his rested experience cap, which means most dungeons I run give up about 20% of a level. Cha-ching.

Now by no means will this blog be anything so much as accurate in information I give, I play my own way regardless of what wowhead or elitistjerks say, sometimes I just deviate from their advice because I can. What I’m trying to say is to take everything with a pinch of salt, if something I say displeases you then don’t read (or alternatively, leave me a comment that I’ll just delete anyway), and enjoy the rambling rantings of a Squidgoatpriestshamandeathknighthunterwarl— you get the idea.