Saturday, December 17, 2016

I'm back.

Back in the saddle again.

Not really! I'm playing the game again for the first time in a few years regularly.

Life is too busy now to devote time to blogging and chasing a semi-hard core raiding schedule. I am playing the game, enjoying it so far and I've dedicated myself to making Chasey, the best Ret Pally I can be. Yes, I said it, I said Ret Pally! Not in position right now to take up tanking, I tried holy and I am just not a healer.

My DPS is low, lower than it should be. I've been working on that. It's  hard with the item level culture of the game. But we've know that since Cata, ilvl rules the day. It weeds out the bads in a sense.

Rets too don't get much attention. We really are a great single target burst DPS but any class can do that. So taking my 868 ilvl vs. a Fire Mage or DK I lose out all the time. It has made me work to better myself which has been different.
Here is Chasey's armory, any suggestions would be welcomed.

I have more to say but want to save it for later. I hope you enjoy the Ret version of Judging Chasey as much as you did the tanking one.

Bye for now.

Friday, August 28, 2015

To a Friend,


It’s been a long time since I posted anything. Yes, I’m back playing WOW. Not raiding other than LFR and a few heroics. No there won’t be a continuation of the blog past this post. I made some amazing people blogging and being in the community but that ship has sailed.
Like I stated this is my post to a friend. A friend that means the world to me still, and well due to a few things we didn’t get to have the same experiences in game. So, I figured I’d take the time to chronicle it for them.
One of the last conversations we got to have in game, you told me I could tank anywhere I wanted to in the world. That I could be the best, those words never really left my head after you said them. You weren’t the kind of person to make such statements unless they were true. So, for you friend, here is my journey after Resolve…

I had a friend that got me into Arcania Solare. Not a bad guild talent wise but the GL wanted me to be his personal 5 man tank. I never got raid invites as they suddenly had a glut of DK tanks they didn’t know they would have. Then I hooked up with a  few friend in a guild named Reprisal. Good group, we got KT down in Naxx #7 on the server and well before Ulduar came out. We also landed Sartharion with 2 drakes #2 on the server. It took a while to do all drakes. They wanted to expand to 25 man raiding with another guild. You happened to be there ,, and well, I was asked not to raid. At the time, it was the best thing that could have happened. I went to a guild on Thrall (don’t remember the name) but they were amazing. I was tank #3 which was ok, I was getting 10 man stuff and seeing fights in a different light. I got hacked! For some reason, WOW would not open my account back up. I had to call them. During my time being away from game this guild I was in absorbed another guild and we suddenly had like 10 tanks. Being that I was now lagging in gear, I was warming the bench.

Meanwhile, I rolled another toon on SWC, a pally. This was just to have fun with while trying to figure out what to do. I raided a few times with Reprisal in 10 man Ulduar. I ran into a friend I taked with pre-Wrath from Natural Twenty. He asked what I was doing. Needless to say, I got an invite and xfered Chasey (then Kayden) to N20.  We really made some head way in Ulduar. At one point were only behind Pathenon on SWC. We had a tyrant raid leader named Xees who screamed if you made a mistake. No one made mistakes. In one night we got Heartbreaker and Cache was rare. We did this the same day as Honorbound. I was proud to be with such an amazing group. They were great people and great raiders.
Suddenly we hit Yogg. We wiped on Yogg for 3 straight nights. We locked the raid out and failed every time a few time were at 2%. It was so frustrating NO ONE was even talking. We swapped people in and out, we sat people we tried different methods and nothing. The next day I logged on and seen the guild message of the day, it said. “Thanks for the time guys, N20 is calling it quits”.  I think I cried. I enjoyed playing with that guild that much. It was hard core skill wise but friendly amongst the players.

I bounced around for a bit after that. I raided with Reprisal and did a few cool things but it wasn’t where I wanted to be. I had a taste of what solid players were and well, I had no clue what to do.  I xfered to a guild on Killrog called Ouroborous. They were the BIGGEST douche bags in the history of wow. Worse than Mal’ganis. I was there for 3 weeks. I raided their 4 day a week schedule, I was the least geared player in the guild wearing plate and I didn’t win ONE piece. Not even off set. When I finally asked why, I was told being new, I wasn’t going to be awarded gear until all the others there had off sets 1st. We were in Heroic Colisium fights at this time and I was in T8 mixed gear still. I couldn’t hold agro and was a squishy punching bag. It did, however help my skill at learning cooldown usage. Thankfully, the Asian Gods came a calling again and I was hacked for the second (and last) time.
I was so far behind in gear, I couldn’t find a tanking slot. I had a pretty kick ass Healer off set and a guild on SWC called Refuge said I could heal and OT for them. I became their maintank. We did some amazing stuff for a small and talentless guild or so we were called. We ended up being 3rd on SWC behind Pathenon and Honorbound to get Algalon 1st week we could get him too, which at that time was a top 3000 kill. Yes, we were in T9 gear but it wasn’t Heroic T-9. The week after we started Heroic Colusium and the LK came out. We did ok in those raids but never got to Arthus a second time. Our 1st time was a disaster and it was our best 10 men. Lots of loot drama took place and we started losing people so we just went to 10’s. Which we found ourselves carrying instead of progressing.  Or other tank, named Soten, maybe the best tank I’ve played with in game left to go to Paradigm on SWC and they took our best heals too, Dunghoof. We were, now not raiding.
Off I go, this time to Icecrown server. To an amazing guild called Jinx. A guild full of kids who were good at the game and raid kicked and guild kicked lots of folks almost weekly.  I got my 1st LK kill there. A 25 man kill too boot. It was pretty epic, I blogged about it. When we got the cut scene, there was me, a few dps and 2 healers alive. That is out of a 25 man raid. LOL I tanked and kited and cooldowned him for about 30%. Yes, we had a 30% buff but they had him down for months before, we were just gearing others up. WE did hard mode on just about every other fight. It was solid raiding like with N20. I finished out Wrath with Jinx. In fact, my blog header is from Jinx.
OH, right before wrath ended, I ran a LFG with a tank who was in heroic t-10 ungemmed and unenchanged and a healer who had the same thing going on. This was with my hunter Zumhug. I thought this was going to be a mess. You remember how fast heroics went at the end of Wrath, right? This was Heroic UP. That thing was just LONG as an instance, not hard but it was long. I’m not kidding you, I never got out of combat and never stopped moving. That ungemmed tank, literally pulled everything in there, we seriously finished heroic UP in 7 minutes. From entry to goodbye.
They raided with a guild called Exodus on Ysondre. At the time they were top 10 in the US and 12 in the world. At that moment, I think I knew my limitations and my lack of skill. These two were amazing, never rushed, panicked or out of control. Simply amazing!

I ended up leaving Jinx after Wrath. Why? They were going alliance when Cata hit. I could NOT make Chasey an alliance toon.  I struck out to Hyjal for a few reason, I found a 10 man guild that raided at the time I could. My kids were getting old enough that they were going to be later.  So I raided on the PST servers. The effin week after Cata hit, we were gearing up to start raids with a guild called Macabre, they split up. Took all the good raiders or the raiders they knew and moved to a guild called Dread. They did rock the raids and heroics, I give them credit. But I was stuck with the casual’s right after moving guild. I scrambled to find a guild that needed a tank after and XPAC hit. NO luck to be had.
Finally, I got a shot with a guild that only needed a fill in tank.  We got their 1st kills in and were doing good. I was then asked to either DPS or find another guild as their normal tanks were ready to go. Crushed again, I found a lil 10 man guild called AVA (short for some latin shit). They were decent and allowed me to tank. Most I could ask for. I wasn’t running from server to server anymore and just wanted to enjoy tanking with friends. This is where this went back. Maybe the very best DPS’er I’ve ever played with was an officer in this guild. He was GREAT. Putting up huge numbers and far and above anyone I’ve ever seen play the game. He was truly an elite players. In fact, he was British and raided with his daughter on a EU guild that was supposedly one of the top 10 in the world. He would literally berate people in guild chat and officers chat. He would kick people for mistakes in the daily heroic. On top of it he toon hopped about every two months. He was a complete jackass. We had hunters raiding, he stopped raiding with us because they told him at the time we didn’t need a 3rd hunter. He’d leave raid in the middle after a wipe and not come back for a few days.

Sadly, I opened my mouth on the forums and generalized about the selfish play of some people and he logged on and G/Kicked me. I guess I deserved it. Problem was, I didn’t care, why? My computer was broke and I couldn’t play wow!  Really, my last day I really ever raided was our Cho’Gall kill in May for 2011. It took me a few months to get my computer back. We had a few runs at Thrown of 4 winds but never got Nef down. I did however get rated top 100 in the world in DPS on twin drakes. I blogged it, it was pretty exciting. We were good enough that I could gear for less avoidance and more damage. I came with in points of being top 50 DPS wise.  I never touched, not even LFR firelands.
I was off and on WOW for months. I came back for Siege of Org just to say I killed Garrosh, who I really hated.
I took the time to explain this amazing journey I went thru in really the only thing that brought us together and sadly we didn’t get to do any of it together. Why? I was a mess, I was a bad person and a terrible friend. I seen nothing but my issues like a spoiled child and you, sadly had your own you were dealing with. Take only this away from this BIG long book like note. Thank you, for instilling confidence in me, believe it or not, this crazy game allowed me to be me again. If it weren’t for your words and guidance, I may have stuck on SWC and been slightly less than mediocre.  See when we raided, I was a clicker. Yep, I didn’t start key pressing until Ulduar. It forced me too. I was that good at this game playing half assed. All of that came from the drive that you had me believe. I could be as good as I wanted and in life at that time, being great at this game is what I wanted.

So thank you Wolf. For being a friend and giving me something to strive for, It worked. 

Your pal,


Sunday, January 19, 2014

One more try...


Face it we are all addicted to this game, it certainly isn't easy to give up the memories of this game we've all had. I'd like to just walk away totally but really, I have RL friends that I see that play the game. I have Facebook friends that still post on my wall and there is always the blog emails I get that remind me of the time I had in game.

So, needless to say, I missed the game. I'm back.

How did it go down?

I had one of my friends hit me up on facebook and talk to me about him playing the game again but on a private server. He was playing on a Vanilla server. Not sure why. As we talked longer we chose to start up playing on a TBC server. 2.4.3 in fact. It's a bit odd going back to that time frame in game. My life was so different and come to find out, so was the game.

I know we all have complaints about where WOW currently is. Even if happy, there are things you don't like. But the evolution of the game since Sunwell is amazing.

Here is my TBC version of Chasey in the Shockadin spec.

I don't condone or advise anyone with this blog post to go play on a private server, it was just my idea to give it a try.

Game play for a pally, both ret and prot were clunky to level with, going back at least. Lots of gaps in rotation and almost zero mana return. When I hit 70 I was in crafted T5 gear equivalent and as ret the very best I could do was 3 mobs in a minute with a sit to drink afterwards. Prot was much worse. To say the least it wasn't fun to grind.

I went in to Kara with a guild. I was a healadin as they had everything else covered. So to see how it went I healed. Well, no one told me the knuckleheads were trying to 6 man Kara. Ok we all know Kara was entry level raiding but no vent, no technique and almost NO experience there, The Currator is NOT doable with 2 DPS. Bad DPS at that.

After that fail it had to happen!

I chose to re-up. If I was going to waste my time playing WOW I would at least play a toon that meant something to me. It didn't matter if I was going to raid or not I wanted to play the real thing.

More on my tales of my adventures of re-upping later.

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season and had a safe and happy new year.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

That's all folks.

It's been a LONG time. I hate looking at blogs I read and never seeing what really happened why those who ran a blog didn't update or at least say good bye. Well, GOOD BYE!

Life has been crazy, hectic and well, as life should be, moving along. I'm FINALLY back to work. I've worked hard to get where I'm at, my knee while not 100% allows me do to do what I do. I'm a paramedic. I was a fire fighter and that is what I've worked to come back from. My kids are grown and they keep me busy.

What does this all mean?

I don't have time for the game. In fact I don't have a want to play the game. While off and working to get back to work, it was a security blanket and a way for me to continue to socialize.

My favorite time of the year is coming up in the game and well for the 1st time in 6 years I'll miss it. I do not however miss the game. WoW was a great old friend that I simply moved on from.

Thank you to a many, my blogger friends who pushed me to be a contributing member, even if I wasn't. My friends I made in game; Skreebo, Dogbone, Solic, Crimsonlock, Wolframm, Tom (zirrin), paleskinpete, and many others. Oh, by the way I've missed my 3rd year as a blogger. Take care all.

If anyone wants to reach me or say hi BYE

Friday, January 25, 2013

Thunderforged and the Green!

Long overdue and many broken promisises later, PTR 5.2 features green fire for Warlocks and a call from Blizz to increase the want/need to do 25 man content again. On top of that Tanks are beating on Ghostcrawler (GC) about the bad idea to stack haste and the fact that dodge/parry gear is horrible and I think Blizz is hearing the cry's from the player base that the overwhelming amount of dailies was bad, the reduction of VP after the 1st heroic 5 man.

In other words nothing new for the devs to handle but I think the later is driving the normal playbase away from the game in droves. In a quote from GC we are supposed to get the new ground breaking part of the game in an upcoming patch. (source) (source)

Bout time -  This comes from a quest line that won't be open to everyone that comes form a piece of gear it seems to be in the unknown range just how but it looks like it starts in the Black Temple.
(source) (source)

The uproar on Haste - (we all seen it coming) almost seems long overdue. This incarnation of tanking features Hit/Exp and Haste and lacked the need for dodge/parry and to a smaller extent mastery. (source) (source)
 Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator
  • For Protection, we do have plans to try and lower the value of haste relative to dodge and parry. We don't want to make haste terrible for paladins, but we agree that it's odd for it to be better than more traditional tank stats. It might require a nerf to Shield of the Righteous to do this, but our goal is not to nerf survivability overall. We just wanted to provide you some context if you see odd changes to tanking abilities.

Is there a reasoning behind this? It honestly feels like you're taking the opinions of a mysterious part of the playerbase (like the same portion who you quoted as "not liking DivPurP because it was too RNG") and changing the entire spec paradigm around it. Why push for MORE class homogenization when the game already has WAY too much?
The game just isn't currently designed to support it. It creates potential problems such as:
A Prot paladin competing with a Frost DK or Ret paladin over gear, meaning there isn't enough DPS plate to go around.
  • A Prot paladin considering a tier set with dodge and parry on it to be "garbage" because it doesn't stack all haste.
  • A Prot paladin looking at a Ret 2pc set bonus that she normally wouldn't touch because now the stats aren't that bad either.
In a world where tanking plate didn't exist or every loot system used the personal LFR one or 100% efficient reforging then it might work
We understand that having a lot of haste feels fun and visceral and is more dependable than dodge and parry. We'll try to come up with a solution that keeps that in mind

And along those lines we are now seeing the backlash of the daily grind and the loss of the once "cool" seven 5 man VP grind that was introduced mid-cata, we now the the max once a day then as Blizzard states, we can do 20 in a day but a much reduced level, almost forcing players to log on or it is, in essence a waste of time. (source) (source)
Strongly prefer 7x/wk. Can't play weekdays much, like to grind on weekends. Its was fun for me in cata
You can still do that. The runs after the first still give valor. It's not the most efficient way possible, but totally works. (Source)
Look at it this way. I got few hours per week to play & not every day. 7x/wk means I get full valor. Other not.
I can appreciate that. The current model is intended to be a compromise between folks who want long sessions vs. many sessions. (Source)
7 per week allows you both to do them on one day or on 7 days. The current implementation doesnt (without dr on vp)
But the current one lets you do 20 a week if you really want to. (Source)
you traded the one efficient way in cata for the one efficient way here. Don't pretend you're more diverse.
Disagree. The big difference in the previous two systems is after X you got *no* valor. Very hard to play other ways. (Source)
Do you honestly think players want to do 20 per week? RT But the current one lets you do 20 a week if you really wa
How many should you do a week? (As an aside, more did 1/day than 7/ week.) (Source)
it's something only HC raiders (a minority of the raiders) would say, or someone with more time than skill.
HC raiders tend to do content anyway. It's more casual raiders who drop out if rewards and prestige are lacking. (Source)
so am i right in asumming you are designing content for a slim minority and saying screw the rest of yall?
How did you get that from what I said? I said we tend to see players give up when their accomplishments are too easily outdated. (Source)
You seriously want players to have to grind 5.0 content before running 5.2?
Is it fair to players who played in 5.0 if they aren't ahead of those who did not? (I don't think we ever said "grind.") (Source)
I'd like to see the numbers/proof of this "the less hardcore raiders quit when we provide catch up stuff" crap.
You don't see it all the time? Think about those players who get lazy when a tier is near done. It's like that but more so. (Source)

And the icing on the cake of what is going on in the PTR is the new Thunderforged. Briefly we now have upwards of 6 versions of gear; LFR, normal gear, normal Thunderforged, heroic gear, and heroic Thunderforged. Blizz is doing this to give upgrades for what all of us have done, getting a chance at upgraded loot on a boss you might still be progressing on and getting a special cooking by getting Thunderforged gear. Wouldn't this had been nice pre-M'uru nerf in Sunwell? 
Just why is Blizz doing all this? They have increased Thunderforged gear drops in 25 man, a bit too late to help increase 25 man raids. Blizz in some way seems, in a mercy attempt to keep 25 mans solvent, being throwing a bone for those who want to stick with it. It is not their fault it is easier to set up a 10 man platform on a 7 year old game who's numbers of solid raiders are dropping. They are rewarding what here? Ants on a sugar cube! Really, if you make is so better loot falls, people will come, for now and then back out after the special snow flake gear is gone or acquired. A shoddy attempt if you ask me.
Coming to the PTR in the near future will be a new designation of item type in Normal and Heroic raids for non-tier pieces. Each 5.2 raid boss will have a chance of dropping this new designation of a particular item that's 6 item levels higher than their counterparts. These higher quality versions will be called "Thunderforged". This means that there will be five variations of some items. You'll now see a 5.2 raid item of LFR quality at item level 502, the same item in Normal quality at item level 522, the item in Normal Thunderforged quality at item level 528, the Heroic version of the item at level 535, and the Heroic Thunderforged version of the item at level 541.

This new item designation is being added for a couple reasons, but first and foremost to make loot drops more interesting overall, especially after you have earlier bosses in Throne of Thunder on farm. As you're working on progression, those first few bosses can now continue to provide a chance at upgrades, making repeated kills potentially more exciting and rewarding. Those additional upgrades can then help to slowly raise power, and boost you over whatever progression roadblock you may hit.

We've also received a lot of feedback regarding 25-player raids, and have been looking for ways to address some concerns. Ever since we changed 10-player raids to drop the same item level as 25's, we've seen a steady decline in 25-player raiding. This isn't surprising. A 25-player raid takes an extra level of logistical commitment for the officers of those groups. It's unfortunately easy for a 25-player guild to collapse down into a 10-player guild, but very unlikely for the opposite to happen. However, we like 25-player raiding and don't want to see it go away. Like many players, we love the epic feeling that comes with banding together more massive groups to battle powerful foes, we love that there's opportunity for those groups to try out new players or unusual comps without causing a huge burden, and we want to support the larger raiding guilds. That said, we're also concerned that over-rewarding the 25-player guilds-if, for example, we went back to a higher item level across the board for 25's, as was the case for Icecrown Citadel-would feel like a slap in the face to the many 10-player raiders out there, who are the majority of our Normal and Heroic raiders.

To attempt to navigate this minefield, we're going to try having Thunderforged items drop more frequently in 25-player raids. They'll be somewhat rare in both cases compared to the standard versions that'll drop, but they'll be even rarer in 10's. Overall, a 25-player group will be more likely to end up with a slightly higher item level after several weeks of raiding.

It's important to keep in mind that this only affects 10- and 25-player Normal and Heroic raids, and tier-15 armor pieces won't be available in Thunderforged quality at all. We're curious to hear your thoughts about these changes, and what you think once you begin seeing them on the PTR..

Til next time, thanks!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Too Late, so Sorry!

This is not the 1st time this has happened to me, and I'm guessing it won't be the last time either. Looking back it happens far to often so maybe I should just get more posts out when I get the, "Hey that would be a great blog post".  More about that later.

Almost immediately after I posted my last thoughts last night, I ran into the info about Blizzard giving close to $2.5 Million the Red Cross for their Super storm Sandy relief effort. I think that is just amazing. I actually went and bought the pet for that purpose and blogged about it. Here is the complete story here ~ The Cinder Kitty ! (source)

Why didn't I post it, well, I was on the tired side and wanted to get into an LFR, and I must say, it was a very productive night for me in WOW. I finally after about 4 years got my Amani Battle Bear. I narrowly lost it in TBC and really never gave it a serious go in Cata when it was fresh.

After doing some browsing, I seen a story of a level 80, yes I said 80, who was soloing MSV (certain bosses) In this video and MMO-Champion thread. Blizzard has fixed the issues that allowed him to use the coding mechanics to do this. Good on the chap for completing this, it really is (armory) a breath of fresh air after posting about my "major" issue I had in my last post.

Well, to make a long story short, I ran into a video that talks about EVERYTHING I wanted to mention, so I was beat to the punch by maybe the most adorable person in WOW. The one and only Panser Smash. So Panser, please forgive me for sharing your info and giving you pub in my writings, but you are always entertaining and sure to put a smile on everyone's face when doing your videos. Thanks for what you do. All the info was spot on (aside from the 12 man raid oops!) and I was just a bit too late. I'd love to continue talking about what is already out there or I could just post the YOUTUBE video that is already made. So please check the video out and I'm sure she would want you to subscribe to her channel.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Maybe the Worst Thread Ever!

Sorry for the delay in posting the last few weeks. I hope everyone is enjoying their new year and sticking to their resolutions. As if anyone ever does!

On to the thread-
So even if I don't post or log on, I jump on a few web sites daily just to browse the game and see what might be coming up with the game. I guess you can parlay that too the generation before us sitting down after work and reading the newspaper. Its just how I do it. Most of the time while reading some threads on MMO-Champion, my jaw hits the floor. I mean some of the comments and posts are just out of this world. It really is entertainment.

This thread that I post on truly struck me. I guess people just don't have pride; pride in themselves, their guild tag, their toon or are plain too lazy to push keys. I was shocked to read what I was, and it was all as an excuse of "well, no one else does it" so that must make it ok.

This poll, in which [about] 800 people voted for, shows that close to 61% go AFK while in LFR. (Source) So why am I spending my time caring about what others do in LFR? The sheer number of people who say its ok to white swing or not even attack while doing a (scaled down) raid. The problem is in the sheer number that don't even feels bad about it. I will post a few anonymous quotes in case you don't want to read thru 18 pages of this disgusting thread.

Usually I burst all cd's win dps then afk till execute phase and win dps again. Some fights just ain't worth my time and I completely tab out/leave the computer.
my 4 alts I afk hard when I bother to run them. Autoattack, tab to netflix, etc. 
yeah on my rogue this week i was afk for all 16 bosses, playing lol on the other screeen only got kicked 1 time - but hey i could que again  
Always walk up and hit the boss and get my free sha crystals. That's all the casuals deserve out of me.
I afk a LOT on my alts, Also you can easily afk on bosses. Just attack it once and then idle in the melee pool. No one will notice cause you don't even show up on meters. 
I try to afk as much as possible. Auto attacking and then spamming execute usually makes it look like i am just a bad with crap gear. Sometimes i don't deal any damage at all because then i won't show up on recount/skada and people will most of the time not notice me not doing anything 

This wasn't everyone of them, maybe not even the worst, but really the outrage by those that don't wasn't there. Is this what we have fallen to as a gaming community. I remember in TBC when you entered a 5 man pug or pug'd a Kara run, if you even thought about using Rep gear or a EPIC piece of PVP gear you got the "welfare tag" or the tell/lecture saying you shouldn't be wasting everyone's time by joining.

My head is still spinning by reading and contributing to this monstrosity of a thread, showing exactly how  gross OUR community has become. To some of the posters credit, there were jabs thrown at those that those who so excitedly proclaimed that going AFK is just the thing to do while doing LFR. But really, that is MMO-Champion, which leads to some of the longest, most drawn out bickering I've ever seen in a thread. That outrage, never really showed up.

I also understand most have to AFK at one point in a fight. I had the stomach flu a few weeks back and had to bolt for a few minutes, I should have not que'd for LFR but when I came back after taking care of my incident, I did ALL I could to catch up and not look like a tag along. I guess that is where I differ than most that are in this tread, I care and have pride. Well, if only more thought that way.

I remember just before the WOW Armory changed over to the new one, there was a 20+ page thread dealing with a 5 man run where a player had to take a few minute break for her child. The outcry in that thread was far worse than anything in the MMO-Champion. Point is, in a 5 man, you can't push ahead and must work as a team. I think this is where Blizzard has let us down, in LFR you have no need work as a team, as long as the Tank doesn't kiss the carpet, and during AOE damage the healers keep the DPS alive, it is a win. Sadly, with the ease of LFR, that is pretty much every fight.

I will stop my rant, now. What are your thoughts on people AFK ing? I'd love to hear what others have to say about this. Because it really only bothers me that it is so acceptable to do now. This isn't the game I started playing, any longer I guess.

Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 In Review!

I'd like to take a few minutes to send out a friend (2012) that was kind of ho hum both in game and out for me. Basically, this year went out about the same as it came in, just...blahhhhh.

This year actually brought the 1st time I suspended my account. For a few months prior to MoP 5.x being brought into play, I was done. The game had just lost it for me. It was short lived.

So without further adieu, lets get into my thoughts;

The Good!

  • The art work in MoP - No complete zone is amazing but overall the art that was done is pretty great. I really enjoy the views. From the gear to the buildings, Blizz really hit a home run with the detail and the way the captured the Chinese themes. I love the way the "Wall" winds thru the zones. 
  • The talent system - At max level this is fantastic! Oh my, its simple and you don't have the odd D-Bag telling you, "psssst...your spec is all wrong". As you level it is long days between getting new points but I think it is more than made up for at 90.
  • Tradeable loot - This was brilliant and I loved it. Running with guild members this was cool if you were unsure about a piece or if you did the ultimate OH- OH and picked the wrong piece from the vendor.
  • Account wide mounts and achievements  Finally they made your account look like an account, instead of a puzzle that was half-assed together. I highly approve of this one. 
  • Transmongering - ugly word, kinda cool. You can make gear that you REALLY want worthwhile. I'm so glad I held on to my T6 gear. 
My winner for the best new thing in game for 2012 - Upgradable loot! I don't know how many times I wanted a piece of gear for MONTHS and finally I'd get it. Then next week a patch comes our or a nerf and something else becomes more "BETTER" for you. This way you can at least put some points in to a hard fought, well needed item. (more here)

The OK! (sure I'm not sticking to the normal patter but its my thoughts...LOL)
  • Farming - Overall I like this aspect of the game. It actually gives you something to do that you can work with and help yourself with in-game  Be it either cooking or mats you might need. The really cool thing is you can grow motes which is a life saver. The really bad is the shit you have to do to pick and plant your crops. There is no way it should take over 15 to 20 minutes to plant 16 crops. I'd love it if they would nerf the surprises you get when planting or picking.
  • Scenarios- Thank you, Blizzard! I really enjoy these fast, easy way to do something different in game. No tank needed, almost zero gross people in these things and it moves to fast to the lazy to take hold. It would be perfect aside from the fact the gear/loots is useless and you get no JP from the bosses.
  • Shrine of Two Moons- Overall I like having a major hub in a new land. There is more bad than good but you do get everything you need there, I still don't understand why Blizz didn't put Ally and Horde in the same city? 
  • Motes of Harmony - Overall, I understand it and like it. I wish they were BOA instead of BOE. 
There is no, most OK because - well that would be like the best mediocre thing. It just don't work.

The Bad
  • Cataclysm's finish - ok, make that the whole expansion. It was garbage. The 1st tier of raiding was ok, but after that it was all down hill. I spent more time in the 5 mans that anyone should.  There was so very little to embrace about that expansion, I"m just glad it is gone.
  • VP going down after every 5 man or scenario - In cata we were allowed in a subsequent patch from release to be allowed to run for max VP for a max of 7. Not everyone can play all day and this allowed you to get the VP in case you missed it. Now with the way things are done, there is very little incentive to run more than one. 
  • Heroic MoP 5 mans- They are pitiful. No challenge at all with what I mentioned above the amount of people running them is low. With the new news that there will be none release it 5.2 I can see them dying out. I'd rather spend my time doing a round of dailies than doing into a heroic. I'd like to get your feed back on this, please leave a comment.
  • Faction grinding for VP gear. Absolutely STUPID! The worst part is you have to open one to revered before others become available. I could continue on this but I think they looked to stop a gushing wound with a band aid by doing this.
  • Tanking gear has gone DPS! Really guys? do we need even more fights about who rolls on what. I can't believe haste is the stat for prot pally's. Hit and Exp mean so much even for mitigation. They absolutely missed the mark on this one. 
  • Professions are not longer money makers. I've got a JC and Enchanter, I make nothing with these two. JC is dead other than mounts. Enchanting is so heavily flooded with mats and competition it makes it hard. My LW makes decent money but as more have unlocked the recipe's the gold has dried up. 
The worst of the worst in 2012! 

The daily grind! Have the implemented anything worse than this in game ever? I know, if you don't like them don't do them. But really, it is the #1 way to earn extra loot (which has been a fail mechanism) via the coins. It is the only way to open certain professions recipes, if you are a raider, the gear was a must. It really has turned off many from the expansion so far. From the ass hats that stand on the quest givers to make your life just a little more miserable, to the mobs that seem to never not spawn and gang up on you. Blizzard has answered this many, many times, they did this to get us out of the cities and keep us busy. It just reeks of wrong, it just frustrates people and wastes time. Blizz just missed the boat. We went thru this in TBC and well, I guess they didn't learn anything from that.

Well. where do we go from here? I'm not sure. I can tell you this, my object of my blog is a view of a WOW tank. I'm not tanking any longer. I'm only Ret. I'm not even collecting prot gear anymore. It isn't worth it. I've never played ret, MoP has forced me to, for my own sanity and for my need to still play the game.

Here is to a great and safe 2013. Thank you all for reading my blog, I enjoy you all. Lets hope 2013 is even better than the year that was 2012.

Be safe!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Tier 15, Already?

5.2 on the PTR soon.

So this expansion seems to be rolling right along. We have tons of info already on (MMO) about the patch notes and the view of the new Tier armor. I'm not a really big fan of the T15 pally set. It lacks, um...well it lacks, I'll leave it at that, although the yellow looks better than the other two colors.
 To be fair, I'm never a really big fan when I see a picture of them, but live and around town they look much better. Season 13 armor set is viewable too but that is horrid and I won't waste your time linking that.

I'll hit on the highlights for the upcoming info so far:

  • We get another faction and quest area. 
  • New raid with 12 normal bosses and a heroic only.
  • World bosses will spawn faster and we have a new one incoming.
  • Warlocks now FINALLY (um, we will see about this) get green flames! Really, its only been around for 4 years but now you can have it too.
  • New player models.
  • PVP JC only gems.
  • Farm changes-  
  • Buy the farm - You are able to purchase your farm from Yoon which makes your farm an inn essentially and you will also receive orders to gain rep with the faction that places that order.
  • You can purchase a seed bag that allows you to plant 4 at a time. 
  • Special crops yield has been increased.
  • When you master plow virmen will pop up stunned and at 30% health.
  • Wild crops will be LESS!
Paladin changes- (sources)
 Paladin  -
  • Hand of Purity now reduces all incoming damage by 10% in addition to its other effects.
  • Eternal Flame periodic heal now provides 100% more healing when self-cast.
  • Judgment now costs 5% of base mana.
  • Protection
    • The base damage of Consecration has been increased by 789%, and it now scales less efficiently with attack power by approximately 11%.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Shout Out: The Undermine Guy!

I ran across a wonderful interview (Here) on the WOW Insider by a man named Erorus who runs probably my favorite website in WOW right now. The Undermine Journal gives you solid facts on what is selling, when its selling and even to an extent who your main competition is. It goes over Add-ons which are great but if the days lot have expired people seem to guess on the price of an item so this site tells you what the real market rate will bear on the price of an item. Not only on your realm but all realms similar to yours. You must check this out if you in any way like the gold making part of the game. I'm guessing most people know of this site.

But... introducing a site that ALLOWS you to see what realms are similar to yours.

I'm going to say many don't know about his other VERY popular, very helpful site called realmpop. A ingenious site that counts populations in a way I never thought of before. A quote take from the site states how they come up with the numbers:

How - To get the list of characters for a realm, first we record all the characters who posted to the auction house. Then we fetch and record their guild rosters. This should cover the majority of characters on a realm. To avoid getting listed, a character must never post to the auction house, and never belong to a guild where a guild member posts to the auction house.

Using the auction house to get real numbers is something I never would have figured could be done to get totals, but if you go to the site and see how he goes about it is amazing.  Above is a view of the info you can view on top of that you can to sort via his data seeing who has the highest Horde population etc.

What is lacking in graphic beauty on these set of sights is made up for in totality by the sheer amount  of info provided.

Thank you Erorus for adding so much to the WOW community and thanks to WOW Insider for doing this interview.