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Eleven Men and an Owl

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Cliche is a new raiding guild created by a real life friend that I’ve decided to realm and faction change to join, it’s actually pretty exciting, we raid on two days (four hour raids) as a ten man group, and in the two raids I’ve been to I’ve already seen the difference. No more having to co-ordinate twenty five people with flasks and enchants, the people we have are trusted, smart and generally good at what they do. We did ICC10 today, had a handful of good attempts at the Lich King (3%, gutted!) and generally had a lot of fun. I’ve finally got my two first characters (Priest and Paladin) on the same realm, which is nice, although it means I had to leave Mist behind.

Not that it’s the same as it used to be. The officers don’t care anymore, the guild leader is AFK most of the time, the second in command is an arrogant idiot who refuses to admit that despite having a problem, there are solutions, and the other five officers don’t actually do anything at all. Whining asides, it’s nice to have a clean sheet, and as soon as we have the Lich King on farm, we’ll start doing some ten man progression. Played Shadow for all of today because we lacked a decent ranged DPS and had too many decent healers, no loot and a lot of repairs, but worth every gold for the fun I got in return. I just hope that blasted Warlock doesn’t outroll me on all of the Cloth gear.

Rogue Agent

May 26, 2010 Leave a comment

So I got my Rogue to 60, little Sincraft is growing up fast. He’s no longer my bank alt, that responsibility has been given to Shiftstorm, my forgotten and unloved Druid. Seriously what’s with Druids? I thought they’d be one of the classes I’d love but they just don’t work at all. Feral of both sorts is just bland, Buttkin is horrifyingly dull, and Resto is so undeniably faceroll (REJUVEREJUVEREJUVEWILDGROWTHOSHI-SWIFTMEND) that I can’t help but feel like there’s barely any skill involved at all. Anyway, back on track, Rogue is proving surprisingly fun to be honest, it beats Feral Druid by a long shot and although it will never become my main (I love healing too much), it seems like something I’ll put some time into. That said, I felt the same about Shadowgrasp, Totemshock and Squiggle, and all of them are sitting on the bench now, so we’ll see where he goes.

I can’t help but jizz every time I use Killing Spree with Blade Flurry, just seeing a stream of numbers hurled across my screen gives me that warm, fuzzy feeling inside, the same feeling I get when I eat babies with mint sauce, or throw badgers into cement mixers.

Short post, Wrath of Wisdom finally got to Lich King, the one night I wasn’t there too. Naytha apparently went Disc, not sure how that went given that Lhuranan is usually a bit cautious about healers changing specs, but they got Sindragosa down before the 15% so it’s all good.

20% buff starts tomorrow, so we should have no excuse not to have it down within the next two or three weeks, especially if we extend the lockout. That said, I’m not a huge fan of extends but in this case I’ll let it slide, we really want this kill. We really need this kill. I’m just worried that people might get ahead of themselves and think that we’re cut out for Heroic just because we down him once. My opinion? We should have him set to at least “on farm” (as in, five wipes or less) before we start playing with the big boys. We definitely need to gear up the huge influx of trialists we’ve got in the guild anyway, I’m not sure 232 gear is viable for ICC Heroic.

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.

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!

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.