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Tuesday, 10 February, 2009

Why’d I roll a shaman

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 1:26 pm

A question from PlusHeal.

What made you choose to play a shaman healer over all the other choices?

I’d leveled a Warlock to 60 and lost interest in him, generic so I thought I’d level a healer class instead. tried Priest to mid 30’s and still didn’t like it. So I picked a shaman, more about mainly because I wanted to try melee and leveled her as Enhancement to mid 60’s – it was a hoot. Once I got there I started thinking about group utility and changed to Resto because I’d heard that was where level 70 end-game was and I thought I should get practice at it. I hadn’t healed on my priest so didn’t really know anything at all about healing. I enjoyed it, I liked being important (lol). I did have some doubts on rolling a shaman at first after reading on the WoW forums about how poorly Blizz were treating shamans, but I think they were wrong and just bemoaning the fact that they weren’t top of the tree. At the end of the day I suspect I could have rolled a Druid and been equally happy, but I’d heard that the Azuremist isle quests were well laid out, that and I didn’t really like the look of Night Elves.

What about the class keeps you playing it?
I like knowing if I ever get burnt out (and I’ve come close) I can always become something else. Mostly though I just love the healing.

What do you like about the class?
I really like the totems, they actually suit my playstyle, I like that I can customize what I’m doing on a fight by fight basis. Having issues healing? Drop Wrath instead of Windfury, see how the DPS like that!

What do you not like?
Resto questing is a pain, especially on some of the quests that are time based – kill 4 mobs and then activate the whatnot while they’re dead always turns into kill 4, then kill the first respawn again, then the second, then oh bugger it, I’m going somewhere else!

Thursday, 5 February, 2009

Says it all.

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 7:38 pm

elderflowersz

Wednesday, 4 February, 2009

Still here.

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:24 pm

WoW credit ran out on the 3rd February and, online as you might have guessed, ask I did indeed opt to spend my 60 day card. Unless something really drastic happens I’m going to keep on playing. Essentially I’m going to stay out of the fire. Right out. Like not even going into the dungeons with my guild mates until I’m more confident of my movement abilities. I’ve run quite a few of the heroic dungeons, online and the majority of them are fine, I’ll keep on going into those ones.

Flowersz got pulled into an impromptu raid on the Obsidium Sanctum the other night and we did it on 0 drakes without any problems. She posted 3rd on the healy meters which is where I expected to be with the other 2 healers being so 1337.

She did get hit by the lava wave at least once, mainly because I had the camera zoomed so far out that I couldn’t see which toon was her!

Anyway, still playing.

Lured into wasting time.

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:15 pm

hey, link achievements kinda work!

I’ve not been interested in achievements in WoW, life they kinda just happen as I’m going along. At first they seemed pretty pointless. Since then though they do have a kind of use – you can look some-one up on the armory and instead of inspecting their gear you can look at their achievements, like have they done many heroics, do they have many heroic badges? This is a sort-of measure of quality (though I’ve been with a tank who had 300 badges but didn’t have much in the way of “leadership”). Our guild was certainly considering using achievements as a “raid-ready” check.

The most recent impact of achievements for me has been the current lunar festival achievement, the title “Elder”. Flowersz doesn’t have any titles, and hasn’t been interested in getting any either. Until now that is. The lure of being called “Elder Flowersz” has just been too much. Last night Flowersz went for a wander through Maraudon, blimey its a long long long instance! I hope the remaining two are quicker! Only two more elders to go!

Hopefully the next post will be from Elder Flowersz.

Monday, 2 February, 2009

Socks

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 1:17 pm

Yup, ophthalmologist socks! you really don’t need to know, gastritis but I’m gonna tell you anyway!

Everyone knows that every once in a while a sock escapes to the heaven specially made for socks. So, cost for years we’ve tried to get around the “odd sock” problem by buying identical black sock in batches of a couple of dozen at a time. The theory being: if one sock escapes we’ll have an odd sock (or half a pair), but if another sock goes then we’ll just have one less pair, since identical socks don’t care who they’re paired with.

Nice theory, in practice though the damn things fade at different rates so after a while instead of 11 pairs of black socks you end up with 2 pairs of identical socks and 9 pairs of not quite matched socks. Bummer.

This year we’re trying a different strategy, we’re going with the buddy system. We’re buying Polka dots, stripes, zig-zags, you name it. We are NOT going to end up with poorly matched pairs. Every sock will know its buddy, and every pair will know its place.

Under the buddy system each pair will to plan their escape together, and disappear from the washing machine as a single well coordinated unit.

Result: no more odd socks! And a Nobel Prize for me and my girlfriend.

One more reason I’m not an officer in my guild.

New hardware

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:57 pm

Well, see my Saitek Cyborg Command unit arrived on Friday, and I do feel a right geek for buying it (along with my bluetooth headphones). However, though I’ve not yet used it in anger, it feels much more suited to my hands that the Nostromo N52. I can reach almost all of the keys. Even the spare row of four keys that are obviously intentionally difficult to reach are actually fairly accessible though not for “twitch” use. The keys feel more responsive too. Probably the most important thing is that the thumb joystick and keys are actually in reach, due to the fairly novel swivel adjustment, so that’s 6 thumb controls that I can actually use without spraining myself.

The software on the other hand…. I run Vista with User Account Control turned on and this disagreed badly with the “profile editor”, a day or so geeking around fixed it, then I downloaded the beta drivers and they seemed to work “out of the box”.

As I say, I’ve not yet used this in anger, but I have high hopes, I think I can assign a key to all the “rapid” commands and a “shift-state” to the less frequent ones. I should only need the keyboard for chatting.

Will it make a difference to my gameplay? Time will tell (and so will I).  So far though this gamepad looks to be a better alternative to the oversized N52.

the pendulum swings.

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 9:59 am

One Pug Caverns of Time – Culling of Stratholm: a PuG, click but still a nice run! PuG’s are normally good with only the occasional sucker.

The Saturday PuG was kinda interesting, find a bit of armory broswing showed the tank as having 300 badges of Heroism, ampoule so I’m not sure why we sucked quite so badly. Except perhaps that there wasn’t a “leader”, just a load of failed attempts at Zerging.

One Guild Run: Gun’Darak, again nice run up until the Drakkari Collosus, the elemental phase is still giving me serious grief. The purple spit makes it very hard to cast. Just like Keristrasza all over again. Short spells, constant movement. More damage incoming than healing outgoing. Best attempt was 18% and that was with heroism and a fire elemental and correct camera position and damn near the best I could do on movement (I made sure my fingers were on the right keys at all times). I know we could do better with even more practice, maybe enough to take it from 18% down to 0%.

I don’t feel down about this one, the 18% attempt is a sign that it’s within reach (just). I’m ranking it as a personal progression fight.

Other news:

The guild bank got hacked. I’ve an idea on how to make this less likely, but I feel confident the officers are on the c ase.

Flowersz has still got 2 more elders to do in Northrend dungeons, both at normal difficulty. Then she’ll need to borrow a key to Stratholme and pick off the remaining Azeroth elders. Only 5 days to do it in though. I’m preparing for failure and hoping for success.

Sunday, 1 February, 2009

Stink.

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 8:20 am

Pug attempt on Gundrak. It stank worse than anythink I’ve ever tried. Most peculiar, ask by achievements the tank has done more than me, population health but didn’t seem to have any strategy except go in and hit things. And I pulled aggro quite often. What a wipefest! On the plus side at least it didn’t last long. I was certainly reminded of those posts that recommend rezzing warriors last because you’ll be in combat within 5 seconds of them gaining full health.

If I didn’t have a 60 day gamecard I would certainly be quitting.

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