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Going Social

June 27, 2010 Leave a comment

My Druid is finally 80, I have to say that now I’m not suffering from “OOMitis” and “tooscaredtocastStarfallbecausealltankssuckitis” I feel a lot happier with playing Boomkin, the only thing I’m struggling with is the whole Eclipse mechanic, or more specifically, how to get the ball rolling the very first proc. It seems like a very luck based class, if I don’t crit then I don’t win, effectively. I’m going to main spec as Resto, but I’m running instances as Boomkin because it’s: a) more fun; b) easier to slack since a bad DPS isn’t going to let down the group with just “low numbers”.

I’ve given up full time raiding again, because I don’t have the time or commitment, because this is the seventh month that Icecrown Citadel has been out and because there’s nothing new at all. There’s only so many times I can hear “BOOOOOOOOOONESTOOOOOOOOOORM” or the likes from some of the awfully voice acted bosses there and even the thought of downing the Lich King (which we haven’t, even with a 25% buff, though I don’t think we’ve had a raid since it came out due to lack of attendance) isn’t enough to inspire me. I’m going to go back to my happy go lucky lifestyle of dipping into PuGs when I feel like it, and not when the guild has a slot open. I’ll probably stick to ten mans for a bit, just to find my Resto feet, since I’m still not comfortable with Druid healing (how hard can spamming Rejuve be?) and go from there. Hopefully Cataclysm is closer than we think and we can ditch ICC for a considerable amount of time more (at least until Bolvar makes an uninspired return a la cliche style).

I’m going to try find one of those scrubby little casual guilds on my Druid, because I have four characters in Wrath of Wisdom and sometimes I fancy a change. It’ll also give me less reason to raid, or if I do, the knowledge that raids are probably only going to last a couple of hours at most, rather than a three hour slog of what feels more like a job than a hobby.

The only thing I’m not looking forward to now is the emblem grind to get another two specs geared up. Oh. Joy.

It’s Me or the Dog

June 13, 2010 Leave a comment

So I was reading what might well have been a troll having fun on the MMO-Champion forums, yet I couldn’t help but think of how serious an issue something like this might actually be. Basically, the wife wanted the husband to quit WoW because entertainment is insignificant therefore shouldn’t cost money. The husband said he wouldn’t give up his subscription. The wife drove off in her car and hasn’t returned yet.

Now it feels like a bit of a two-sided consideration, really. My first assumption was that the wife was simply being overbearing, not allowing her husband to have any fun that costs money, and that she needed to back off a bit and let him have his alone time. My second assumption, however, countered that by saying that perhaps he plays too much, and she feels that this is the only way she’ll get his attention away from what is internet crack, or perhaps she can’t afford the $15 a month subscription fee and needs to start cutting corners, and is willing to gamble her whole marriage on those $15 instead. Which brings me back to my first assumption, she’s a loon.

Now I’m trying not to dip too deep into uncharted territory, I don’t have a wife (thank god) but I do have a partner, and I have to wonder whether you’d give up a video game for a real person. Anybody who asks you to forsake a couple of hours a day and $15 a month for no logical reason probably isn’t the most sane person in the world, and you have to consider if there are deeper issues in a relationship where this happens. Perhaps something so big is bubbling away under her skin that even the smallest of things snap, and it just happened to be Warcraft in the firing line. Perhaps the partner would have to give up pizza instead, if she caught him eating that, or give up watching TV, if she caught him doing that.

I don’t think I’d ever give up WoW unless there was a bloody good reason. That’s not to say it’s more important than a partner, but it’s more important than the principle of a partnership. Now, if I were playing for nine hours a day and turning into a slob on the sofa with no job and no life and no friends because of it, then sure I could understand the idea of an ultimatum, but if it is as I am now, where I log in and do my daily and perhaps a couple of randoms on my Druid (which takes no more than a couple of hours collectively), then I’d have to seriously consider whether having aspects of my life that have very few detrimental effects cut out against my will would be a thing I could put up with. It’s a slippery slope from there, soon you’ll be giving up chocolate, pizza, MSN, XBox, sex, the rights to sleep in the same bed, the rights to even speak, and whatever else happens then (divorceeeeeeeeeeeee).

Anyway, that’s by the by and I’m done with my little rhetoric. On a more WoW related note, I have to say that I’m taking time out from raiding (again, I know I do this far too often but I like my breaks!) and I’m loving it. I’m taking time out for two reasons, partly because I have a few real life things on my mind (which I’ve sorted now, so I really should go back to raiding again) and partly because I don’t really enjoy spending excessive amounts of time in the same raid as our new, under-qualified and overly vocal Holy Priests, who’s left all but a good impression on me. I log in to play my Druid, and do my Priest’s daily, but that’s really it. All of this Cataclysm news seems over-hyped too, I must be the only one thinking “oh god, new expansion, time to do this shit all over again”.

Alts

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.

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.

Clash

May 20, 2010 Leave a comment

What is my obsession with pissing off every officer in Wrath of Wisdom recently? Admittedly it’s had some short term (so far) effect, TJ actually was optimistic yesterday, something which made my jaw hit the desk, but Gnoor seemed to be just as willing to be a tool in his stead.

Every raid since I’ve joined, he’s been on the healer’s back questioning us constantly about things that he can only theorise, despite the fact we have a healing leader already – Esmi. Hell, if I were in her place and leading a team only to have him muscle in and lead it for me I’d be pretty pissed off too. We were doing Sindragosa last night and people were dying to the most retarded things ever, mostly Bombs and Tombs but some people even managed to get themselves cleaved. A total shambles.

We were running with six healers, a Shaman, a Druid, three Holy Priests and one Discipline Priest. Yes, awful setup, but it was either that or we canceled the raid due to lack of healers. Gnoor immediately muscled in asking if we wanted seven, to which we all replied with “no we don’t”, which he took as a “we’re too proud to admit we need help” as opposed to “we don’t have any other choice”.

Sheepless gets on an hour later, but Naytha disconnects, so we’re down at six still. At this point Gnoor flags me up on something I’d said previous in regards to his muscling in on things that weren’t really his business:

“Unfortunately some of don’t have the luxury of just being able to stand by a leg and spam swipe, this fight is excessively awkward as a healer, especially when our team is so off balance”.

Apparently he didn’t like being considered a one skill class, but in all fairness, he is, and he has to watch only half as much as a healer does, made worse by the fact that this fight is tortuous to do. The only person with a more difficult job than us yesterday was TJ, but tanking isn’t easy any of the time unless you’re dead.

I’m hoping to fail my trial, my motivation to raid is still slim, despite the fact that TJ seems a lot less negative (he gave us a pep talk and actually used the word ‘happy’), which is great, it’s just that one problem falls and another takes its place. It’s not my job to stand up and speak my mind because nobody else will, but to be honest, if it makes raiding more fluid in future then there’s no reason I shouldn’t martyr myself. There are only a few things that annoy me in raiding and right now every one of them has been touched on:

  • Negativity needs to be kept where it’s needed. A blanket of it does nothing for morale.
  • Officers need to communicate. That means all of them. Just because you’re raid leader does not mean you’re right, nor should it mean you get the last word. It’s a crown over your head, you still need to talk to everybody else and make sure you’re working as a team, and not four individuals.
  • Players need to stop making excuses. I wiped the group once yesterday, and made mistakes that got just me killed twice more, I admit that. But when you make up excuses like “my camera was screwy” or (even worse!) “nobody told me to move from that!” then you should consider our position in a raid a little more carefully.
  • Finally, stop extending the damn raids. Nobody, I mean nobody in a softcore guild wants to spend nine hours a week wiping on one boss, no matter how progressive that might be. People will get bored, nine hours is a long bloody time, and we need a bit of variety. It’ll be nice when we get Ruby Sanctum because it means we can mix and match a little bit more, but otherwise what’s the point? Doing the rest of ICC gives the constant stream of new players (and some old players) the gear they need. Gear doesn’t make a person better without skill, but it improves their morale and makes them less likely to cock up when they win something they want.

I don’t know where I stand, I’m just a trialist and I’ve been told that it’s none of my business what goes on in the upper ranks, which is true, but I can’t help feeling that somebody needs to step in and tell them to act like grown ups and act like a team, because this whole “I’m leading today so I’m god” thing is not healthy for anybody.

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.

Mirror, Mirror

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment

So I’m hoping anybody with a brain will have read the new blue post that was quite nicely summarized on MMO-Champion as:

  • 10-Man and 25-Man raids will share the same lockout.
  • 10-Man and 25-Man raids difficulty will be as close as possible to each other.
  • 10-Man and 25-Man raids will drop the exact same loot, but 25-man will drop a higher quantity of items.
  • Normal versus Heroic mode will be chosen on a per-boss basis in Cataclysm raids, the same way it works in Icecrown Citadel
  • For the first few raid tiers, our plan is to provide multiple smaller raids. Instead of one raid with eleven bosses, you might have a five-boss raid as well as a six-boss raid.

Personally, after seeing the end-game depression that we’re sliding into now, I don’t mind the change. People are complaining that it will ‘kill’ 25 man raiding for good and yes, it might well do, but I highly doubt it. Some guilds thrive on 25 man raiding, Wrath of Wisdom is one of them. Plus, you get rewarded for playing 25 man with extra loot/gold/badges per person, which offsets that extra hassle of having to co-ordinate 15 extra people.

The shared lockout isn’t a bad idea, I spend far too much time on this game and when I have to run the same raid four times a week across two characters (more when I get some more to 80, undoubtedly) I get sick to my stomach thinking about when I have to do it next, it’s just that drab. Knowing that I can slip into a 10 or25 man raid whenever and only have to do one or the other is a comfort because it means I can spend time doing other things, like non-Warcraft things. As if that would ever happen.

Multiple smaller raids is something I want to raise a very curious eyebrow at, since we’ve all seen what happens with these kinds of raids, yes, I’m talking Trial of the Crusader all over again. And possibly worse. As long as we don’t get some near-unheard of character calling shots for the whole expansion again by having a carnival with random monsters he’s managed to ‘slip into his giant Paladin Pok├ęball’ I guess it can’t quite be as bad as ToC, but smaller raids means less epicness on a grand scale. I quite liked walking into Naxx knowing I had to kill hordes of filthy Scourge, I didn’t quite like walking into ToC knowing I only had to kill 5 things then go AFK for the rest of the 9 hours per week raiding period. If anything, they should take note from Ulduar, yes it was huge but it was also epic, the scenery changed and it was like multiple raids glued into one big clusterfuck of awesome.

The whole raid changes for Cataclysm felt significant enough for me to make a note of, though it’s a fairly underwhelming post. Overall I’m happy as long as they don’t make it into the next Blizzard Carnival of Captured Crap and Loreless Nobodies, though I would quite like to see some ‘epic proportion’ raids again too. And I’m not talking copying and pasting Molten Core with higher level mobs either.

On a personal note, I’ve kind of found Wrath of Wisdom a replacement Restoration Shaman, which is good news because it means I have more of a chance to move to my Priest. I spoke to Esmi yesterday during her first raid back for two and a half weeks, and she said we were short of Priests anyway, and that she wouldn’t mind changing her recruiting around to see if we could get another Restoration Shaman instead, though hopefully I’ve beaten her to it. We’ll see how it goes, now isn’t the best time to be throwing things like this around, what with two officers on vacation and another officer effectively giving me the “I have better things to do than talk to you” finger, so I’ll probably press the issue in a couple of weeks on our next round of lockouts.