Archive for May, 2010

My Realm Sucks?

Now I don’t mean progress, although we currently rank 161st in the EU (!)

Time For Change?

I do like my realm, I enjoy the fact that the ally side is busy and that my guild is generally great with some decent people, but with the introduction of the LFD tool where you can be thrown in with anyone from your battlegroup, I wonder how the players on my realm are perceived.

Within the realm and EU forums, it appears that many players don’t think much of Aggramar. Despite a high ally population, we don’t make progress quickly (2 guilds 10/12 on hc 25 ICC and one of those is horde) and we have maybe 3-4 hardcore raiding guilds with most not even clearing normal mode 25s. It’sĀ  famous for being slow, “Laggramar”, due to it being one of the original realms. There’s a lot of abandoned characters because of this and it’s at the top of the realm list which makes it first choice before people swap realms to be with friends etc (my first char was actually on Dragonblight before I moved to be with friends, I think she’s still there, sitting at level 5)

The LFD does seem to try and put you with people from your own realm before others in your battlegroup. Twice I have ended up with people from my guild in a random heroic. Several times I have ended up with a player I didn’t know from my realm. This is where it can get bad.

I once ran Occulus hc on Naora with a strange group. Tank and shaman were fine. Mage had stamina gems or no gems at all. Paladin was from my realm, but unguilded. Paladin managed to die a lot and get lost regularly, but I figured it’s Occulus so no problems really. He then started asking how you could link gearscore. Shaman explained it was an addon. He kept asking where it was in the achievement panel. He then went afk 5-10 minutes to talk to a friend about it. It was so awkward in the end that I felt I had to explain how I didn’t know him and how the rest of the realm wasn’t like that.

I’m not sure why I felt I had to defend my own realm. I guess I wouldn’t like it if I got a random and someone thought “Oh God, not another Aggramar noob

I think my battlegroup, Blackout, has a pretty bad rep too. There’s a lot of moaning about how it’s bad for PvPing. One of the realms has a high Polish population and I’ve encountered some who just talked amongst themselves, saying nothing in english (although this could be their limited knowledge of english)

Well it says medium currently, but often says high

In other news, it’s Wednesday, which means reset and yet another shot at the elusive cloak of elusiveness. I had a loooong discussion with my recently returned mage CL, in which he advocated the PvP cloak (no haste, no good, but he’s still a fire mage), I mentioned that RL might rip me a new one if I show up with the WG cloak, which also requires 25 marks. Frankly, if I had the time to either win 8 and bit or lose 25 WGs I probably could have pugged somewhere like TOTC 25 and got a cloak from there instead. Maybe this week is my week. I can’t work out the EPGP on guild site but apparently I am 2nd on casters, under a disco priest.

Our weekly is XT, which means I can finally get my pet out without anyone noticing! I’m thinking RL might have us try hard mode, as we never could do it when it was relevant content.

Lucidique still sits at 50% through her level. I am really bored with Grizzly and it’s “Kill these animals for their non existant body parts quests”


Weekend Catch Up; A List Of 5 Things

AKA I’m sick, tired and short on time today šŸ˜›

1 cancelled weekend raid. We went to kill Thunderan instead for a guildie’s quest. 19 people show up and stand on a hill watching a warrior kill him in about 20 seconds. Then to AQ20, where I have never been before! It still felt kind of empty for what was a 20 man raid at 60.

2 dungeons run with Celi (the bf) on Lucidique. He tanked OK and I healed. I found it tough as I’m so used to hots and topping up tanks with the slightest thing. Only a warlock died so it was fine. Then switched to me tanking and Celi ret and managed to do Nexus. At least he admitted I’m the better tank šŸ˜›

3 as in 73, which is where Lucidique is now. Her all brown outfit makes me sad though.

4 hours spent watching True Blood season 2. Enjoying it a lot and can’t wait for season 3.

5 minutes spent frantically sorting gametime, as it ran out when I was tanking Nexus.

I’ve managed to get a nasty cold which is more annoying as we are experiencing some nice weather at the moment. Rested a bit on Sunday but mini druid is teething and restless so not much downtime to sort any thing, let alone wow/blog.

Alty Things; I’m Still Angry, But It’s Ok

I was originally going to write another ranty post about the fail abilities of members of the WoW community I have recently encountered, but I can’t make every post a whine about that. Plus I really need to let things go and not get angry over those which are said and done.

Had some spare time Monday and Tuesday night and have now decided that since I have 2o 0dd frost badges on Naora, she at least deserves an upgrade from the blue trinket. Monday night, headed to FOS, POS and OK HC with guild group. Tank was coming back to tanking after a break so it was hard to heal, more so because he wasn’t noticing the little things (mobs eating my face, falling into holes and wiping us etc) POS actually easier than FOS, although I did spend the whole run shouting at the screen as the tank blithely pulled pack after pack. I think I just learned to spam heal him after that and hope for the best.

Yesterday I went LFD straight after logging and zoned in COS. An easy run normally. Forgot about the insta port so ran all the way to catch group. Said Hey but no response. Saw they were all from the same server so figured they were probably all mates on vent or something. Run was going ok, no major problems. Group was spamming weird phrases in party but I was talking to my friend in private channel so not too worried. Came to gauntlet and tank pulled maybe half the mobs at once, which was fine but after he got so far ahead they aggroed back onto me. Managed to heal through and headed to corrupter with 8 mins left. Tank pulled corrupter and started kiting backwards, figured maybe he was taking it back to Arthas for some random reason, but he then activated Arthas and headed towards Mal Ganis. Was confused as no one had even mentioned that this was what they were planning. Tank not overly healed and I was low too as corrupter shadow bolting and stuff.

This was not the best of ideas

Mal Ganis one shots me almost straight away with mind blast. They manage to kill both mobs barely. Tank then resses his mate and leaves me lying there. They queue for new dungeon and I decline, at which point tank asks me (IMO rudely) to leave.

Maybe it's just me, but this seems rude?

No thanks, no goodbyes, nothing. All 4 members of that group on my ignore list now. I don’t care if you think you’re the best players ever, you suck at communication and I hope you got a bad healer that wiped you and quit šŸ™‚

Ok, I ranted a bit, but they deserved it.

Once that was out of the way Wintergrasp was up so I hop to my priest. Manage to get in same raid group as GM and several guild members so we run south and merrily capture things and I bubble everyone, even though I’m shadow. We win and I get my shineys and honor.

Weekly was due to reset and it was FL so got a group and a healer trinket dropped. Crap rolls FTL :S

Always next time šŸ™‚

Bit the bullet and spent some of Aya’s frosties on a new belt. It seems comparable with the marrowgar one (although it matches Aya’s outfit better) and I’m not keen on wasting DKP on minor upgrades when I have more important things to upgrade. I’m such a noob though, that I never realised you could socket a belt when it already has a socket. Guess I thought you couldn’t socket that kind of thing. Did wonder why I got called out on my belt during a guild gear check, I was like I already have a socket on my belt šŸ˜›

Finally on to paladin for my first time tanking in Northrend. Got UK, which is easy. Decent group and healer only dies once due to charge on the duo boss. Slightly annoyed by mage using knockback, but let it go as I didn’t want any more things to rage about. Managed to die on Ingvar as I forgot about bubble/LOH etc. Healer apologised but I said it was my fault. Luckily we had earth elemental to tank him the last 8% and save the day!

Raid tonight and my mage class leader is definitely back which is awesome because I hope this will help curb some of this too many cooks syndrome we have going on in guild at the moment. He’s not afraid to tell people to shut up worrying about stupid stuff. For the record, I will be getting my combat pet out all night (potentially XT Willy)

Random: Gratuitous Baby Picture

As I’m still working on the 2 posts I half started, here’s a picture of the mini druid, being smiley and cute rather than the screaming devil child she can sometimes be.

I'm probably smiling because I've pooped

An Attempt To Be Positive; 5 WoW Related Things Cheering Me Up

1. My paladin is only 9 and half levels from 80

2. I spent 1000g on getting paladin BS up to speed (no more mining 390 and shame of only BS 275)

3. It looks like my original class leader for mages is coming back to raiding (the one before the one who defected to horde recently)

4. I remembered to opt in to the cata beta via battlenet \o/

5. Reset means cloak replacing possibilites (also one of the locks ragegquit so more loots for me)

No 3 is potentially very important to me. I still have made no decisions about what class to go for in the next expansion. Do I want the stress and the challenge of healing? The responsibility and leadership of a tank? Or do I just want to blow things up? My old cl was very good at mage and often beat the rest of us shameless on dps despite lower tiers of gear. He might inspire me to become more positive about a role I’m not sure I want to fulfill anymore.

An Angry Druid Is A Dangerous Thing

Generally I am a calm person. I have a lot of patience (which is definitely needed with boyfriend and small baby) I rarely lose my temper or get riled over stupid stuff. Tonight was an exception because of the following stupid stuff in the 25 man raid;

  • GM has returned but refuses to deal directly with troublemakers
  • Despite GM return, other members of guild are acting like they are still in charge
  • 12 wipes on BQL is not a fun nor constructive use of my time
  • 7 wipes caused by people not being able to bite is ridiculous considering we have got her to 13% before
  • Instead of biting high dps, we are told to bite from a list which seems to include healers and idiots
  • Blaming UI addons is not the answer, as it has not been proved that they always cause problems with this fight
  • Unless you are a complete nub who cannot tell a night elf from a sheep, I fail to see how banning combat pets is helping. They are hardly big enough “to cause too much stuff on the screen”
  • Screaming “RUN TO THE MIDDLE” every time the red stringy thing happens makes people panic
  • Agreeing to let the warrior dps take the first bite and then the majority of players not slowing dps at start despite being told to is not helping
  • Getting into a state because you have been bitten due to the above is your own stupid fault

Also my hormones are going crazy which always makes me over sensitive.

/end rant šŸ™‚

I like fun in my raids, I like getting along with everyone and making progress on our boss kills. I am hoping the expansion clears out some of these more annoying players otherwise I may have to re-evaluate what I do with my wow time and what guild I do it in.

On a more positive note:

Ooh shiny

Lucidique looks like some kind of fairy with wings and a sparkly flying pony ^^ I’m levelling her as prot, with a holy offspec. It’s taken some time to get a handle on, but I’m finding it fun to take groups of 6-7 mobs at once.

Alty Things; And Also Some Raidy Stuff

Plate knickers strikes again! (Now with legwarmers!)

Lucidique is now 66 and burning her way through Outlands fast. I’ve kinda abandoned my plan for tanking the BC instances as I don’t even have the time in the evenings currently (new bedtime routine for baby in an attempt to get her to bed before 11.30) Once I hit 68 and get some starting area gear, I’ll go back into dungeons for tanking. I do feel the same as I did when I started healing on Naora; that is nervous and full of fear of being called out as a useless tank. I felt bad enough when I gave people the wrong buffs in Underbog the other night and they all complained.

ORLY Firewing Defender?

Guild managed to scrape one raid so far this week, GM off on hols so plenty of people slacking/hiding/discovering love for PvP. It was the first raid in weeks that I haven’t enjoyed. We made decent progress for us, 6/12 and 2 tries on princes but the atmosphere was just weird. Our GM is excellent at controlling some of the more dramatic people in the guild, but without him it was chaotic. Endless discussions about DPS and blow by blow accounts of exactly what was happening to certain characters throughout the raid was enough to drive me slightly balmy O_o I hate to be ageist, but it was the group of 3-4 16 year old boys that all knew each other in RL that were the worst offenders.

Also no stupid cloak for the what seems like the 20th week. I’m really unsure as to whether to take the badge one, despite it’s lack of haste, or wait it out for another week (or hope we get valithra up)

I can’t even ask my mage class leader for advice since we don’t have one anymore (went from 7 mages to 2 in about a year and the CL just went social and horde : / )