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Roll Call

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Before I swing into what I really feel like bitching about right now, I just want to repeat something I’ve said in a previous post: if you’re not a tank don’t fucking tank. I’ve been wanting to write this post generally for a few hours now, but before I did I thought I’d log in my little Druid and do some dungeons to pass the time, and what did I find? A nightmare. Two actually.

Perhaps it’s just my Druid that’s bad, but I doubt that’s the case, excusing the ego. I had two groups, neither made it past the second boss before breaking, and both times the tank was not actually a tank. First group: Death Knight, level 74 so slightly over what the usual UK requires, and a bolstered HP pool, which made me feel slightly more comfortable, until the first pull. Mage dead right away, I had to blow everything except Tranquility to keep the tank up, and the Paladin ended up bubbling too. I checked the armor and spec, it was terrible. DPS gear, not a shred of defense, and not a single talent useful for tanking. And no Frost Presence either.

She changed to Frost, and it made not a shred of difference. I recall having a discussion with Sinespe about the viability of non-tanks doing the tanking job in instances, and I have to say after my experience earlier, unless you’re some legendary player who knows exactly what to do and when, you’re going to get smacked around a lot. It’s not fair on the DPS that they have to restrict their abilities to compensate for your shitty agro, and it’s not fair on the healers to have to overclock their healing just to keep you up. Yes, I enjoy a challenge when I heal, but I enjoy a challenge that might be a stray patrol or an ‘oh shit’ situation, not a challenge that is an entire instance of double damage. Anyway, I called her right there and then and said “Frost Presence does not make you a tank, if you’re not going to at least gear/spec to your role then get the fuck out and l2play”, which was immediately followed by a vote kick (not started by me, which means somebody obviously agreed with me) that passed. The Warlock in the group then said “I have a tank, gief leader”, which I did, and another Paladin joined. What was he? Ret. Ret fucking Ret. With Righteous Fury. And no Shield. Fuck.

Anyway. Second group. Paladin tank, not so much health but I didn’t mind, after seeing Katala’s tanking setup I’m used to assuming that a lower health pool usually means avoidance out of the arse. I was wrong. The tank held no agro at all even with Righteous Fury up, and every pull he’d scream “DON’T AOE I CAN’T HOLD AGRO”. Now, is it me or do Paladins have built into their rotation two perfectly good AoE abilities already? If you can’t hold agro on Blizzard or Volley then you need to step out of the fucking game for a minute and l2tank. Anyway, the first boss went down, though I pulled agro on the trash afterwards (apparently Wild Growth is too AoE for his liking too), at which point I just gave up and logged out.

So yes, perhaps me yelling at them was the wrong thing to do, but obviously these people had 80s already, else they wouldn’t have been packing Heirloom items. They should know better by now, after this many levels of shit groups and bad tanks, that if you want to be a tank you need to put some fucking effort into it. Seriously. It’s shit like this that makes me look forward to getting my Rogue to 80 so I can at least have two allies on my side:

  • Tricks of the Trade: because boy, bad tanks need all the agro they can get.
  • Vanish: speaks for itself, no corpse runs fuck yeah!

Which brings me on to my main point of interest for this post, my Rogue. After the clunky start with it, not knowing which spec has what rotation and what weapons to use (most confusing class I’ve played to date in terms of information-needed-to-be-at-least-average), I’ve finally found a comfortable position for PvE as Combat, and while the weapon set up is less than reasonable (since I need to use either Dagger/Fist or Sword/Axe, but there are no Heirloom Axes/Fists), I still manage to turn around a reasonable level of play. I’m quite looking forward to level 80 to be honest, Rogue is the first melee class I’ve played and thought “wow this is actually quite good”, though I wonder if play style at 80 is fun enough to offset the stupid wait times for dungeons and the pressure to perform on Recount in raids. Combat is fun, not as much Stealth as I’d like but Subtlety feels quite weak, and Assassination is too ability-reliant to be particularly viable at low levels, whereas in Combat I can at least mash people’s faces with auto-attacks because Imp. Slice and Dice comes in right at the top of the tree.

My Rogue is 41 now, I’m hoping to get it to 80 before the end of May, though no pressure if I don’t since it’s exam season soon and I really should be revising. To be honest I just want to use Tricks of the Trade on bad DPS to get them killed, once I’ve done it once I’ll probably quit my Rogue forever.

Speaking of class changes, I need to get back into Disc play again, I feel like my Priest is very one sided right now. Holy? Great! Disc? Rusty. l2play.

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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.

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.

Class Roles

March 19, 2010 Leave a comment

The role check is there in LFG so that, if you can fill a particular role for an instance, you queue as it. Tanks call mobs pussies and keep their aggression, DPS take them hard from behind, and Healers mop up the mess left afterwards. Simple.

Why then, is the transition to Outlands so hard to manage? I’m a Druid, and yes I’m only level 57 but I’ve cleared Hellfire Ramparts more times than I care to remember as a tank, DPS and healer across various classes. Just an hour ago I had a highly successful run with a Feral Druid tanking, nobody died, I had to use Tranquility a couple of times to mop up some tricky pulls but overall it was a complete success. This was in my Azeroth gear, with no Elixirs or even mana drinks, the healing was just that smooth.

I queue for my second group, I want to get to 60-ish just running Ramps, it’ll gear me up amazingly well for questing and it means I’ll have a bit of a head start on Hellfire Peninsula (meaning I can do less of shitty Nagrand for the sixth time in a year), and bing, group pops up in less than a minute.

Level 58 Protection Warrior with 4k HP, Azeroth geared also. Fair enough to him, I’m in my Azeroth gear and he might surprise me. Then again, he might not. Level 62 Death Knight, Unholy specced. Level 64 Rogue, no idea what the spec was. Level 60 Elemental Shaman rocking the beautiful Wrath Totem.

It becomes immediately clear on the first pull of two plus patrol that the Warrior isn’t going to be able to hold agro over the Shaman or the Death Knight. No matter, we carry on, no deaths and no Tranquilities blown yet, so we might be okay. We get to the pack of three casters on the first corridor, and the Death Knight’s pet manages to pull two additional packs. Tranquility number one, no matter because we wiped all the same, even with two HoTs on every person and a massive Tranquility raining from the sky. The Death Knight asks if he can tank instead, and the Warrior agrees. Given that the Death Knight has been getting agro for quite a lot of the instance (or rather, as much as we’d run which was only five or six pulls), I assumed it wouldn’t be too much of a problem.

First pull, he’s in Blood Presence. I call him out on it, he says “I can tank in any presence”, then immediate drops dead despite my best heals. The Warrior picks up, we clear it fine apart from the single death. Ressed up, he switches to Frost and doesn’t say anything more, I presume out of shame but probably not. At this point I’d like to note that Death Grip is not a toy. If you want to use it, then use it properly! Which in this case it wasn’t. He death grips melee mobs, leaving casters at the back with no threat on them ready to pick on me the second a HoT lands. Why would you do that? Surely it would make more sense to Grip the caster if you need to and then have the melee come to you, that way they’re all in range and the poor Druid won’t be pulling with a single Rejuvination.

We get the first boss down with relative ease, and pull everything up to the courtyard on the upper level, where the tricky pulls are because of the patrols that run around in the three groups. Bam, immediately he aggros multiple packs because he fails at timing his Death Grip. We manage to get most of them down, I blow another Tranquility, then a pack rears up behind from one of the fleeing patrols, wipes me down (if I could have Shadowmelded I would have, but it’s never off CD because of the amount of times I’ve ripped agro on casters because the tank hasn’t even dumped a DoT on them), and proceeds to kill off the rest of the group.

On top of that whole shitty tank ordeal, the Rogue that was the highest level in the group was pulling a whopping 200 DPS. I called him out in chat, and in whisper, I even went so far as to inspect him, I have no idea what the fuck he was doing but it wasn’t DPSing. I wonder if it was just some poor guy with only one arm trying to use his mouse with his tongue and his keyboard with his foot so he can use his only free arm to masturbate with.

I’m aware that perhaps I’m a little low to be running Ramps, my heals are underwhelming but my Healing Touch can top up a 4k tank right away, my Regrowth hits for 2k immediate and my HoTs tick at 300-400 every 3 seconds, there’s absolutely no reason you should be able to take more damage than that unless you’re retarded. Oh wait.

Frost Presence doesn’t make you a tank in the same way that a Feral Druid in healing gear doesn’t make a good healer. Mix and match might have worked in the Vanilla dungeons you ran recently, where the mobs only hit for 6 damage and then apologised before bandaging you up, but this is big boy town. If you don’t have a tank spec with your mitigation talents and reasonable threat generation, then don’t come to the table and pretend you’re a tank.

People will never learn. It gets better with Wrath, I’ve found, but only just.

A Bit Wooden with Druid Healing

March 16, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m by no means the perfect healer and I’ve stated many times that Druids are the only healing class I haven’t really played past 50. Because my account is linked with Veir, I managed to swipe a bunch of grantable levels from him and get my little Tree to 50, the point where he stops being a hideous Night Elf in cloth Heirlooms, and the point where he starts being a fabulous tree with HoTs and whistles and fancy things like that. So far I’ve managed to work my way through Sunken Temple (an awful group, our Mage stood around doing nothing at all, our Warrior tank spent most of his time in any stance other than Defensive, our Paladin wouldn’t buff properly, and our Rogue was stealth-happy and ended up ninja pulling half of the instance) and Lower Blackrock Depths (good group, another Warrior tank who knew what she was doing apart from casting Vigilance on me, Hunter who’s pet didn’t pull everything for a change, and an unspoken Paladin who just got on with it, the only bad thing in the group was the Shadow Priest stealing my Innervates and pulling mobs with Mind Flay), and the healing isn’t too bad now I’ve gotten into the play style of it.

I guess I was a bit quick to cut off any chances of me using a Druid, I always thought of them as not my kind of healer, throw some HoTs and go AFK, but really, that’s no different to my Priest’s Renew spam or, at a far glance, an Affliction Warlock’s DoT spam then AFK. The only thing that annoyed me at this level was the lack of dispels, I’m used to playing classes that have some means of magic dispels (Shaman at least has Grounding Totem), but while Druids do Curses and Poisons which is great, the inability to de-Hex my tank so he can grab the rest of the agro is bothersome. Hopefully there’s some amazing skill later on that’ll let me help out with that.

So in one of my inspired waste of resources, after reading a bit of one of my new bloggish finds, I dusted off my tree, and it’s going pretty well. I might be really lazy and just make a level 16 character on Veir’s account to boost myself the last 8 levels (it’ll be faster to RAF 1-16 than it will be to solo 50-58), then hit Outlands (and hard, watch out Illidan) and see how much more fun things are when I get the even more fabled Wild Growth.

As of today, then, Arcticious the Druid is back in action.

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.