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Tuesday, 9 February, 2010

Pugging Raids

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:33 pm

Last night I did something that, sale for me, cialis 40mg was unthinkable a year ago. I joined a random group to do a “serious” raid. The main intent was to complete the weekly raid quest and down one boss, information pills in effect not so different from pugging Vault of Archevon, except that this was for the Ice Crown Citadel, a raid that in my opinion is non-trivial.

It went surprisingly well, we one shotted the first bosses (completing the quest), two shotted the next two bosses and made two attempts on the last boss, getting him down to 45% on our second try. I’m pretty sure that the first boss has been “nerfed” since the only other time I’ve seen him.

That we managed to get so far with just a collection of random players (no gearscore or achievement criteria) says something about the success of Blizzards “purchasable” epics. Or maybe it was an unusually good group, I’ve only the one experience to go on.

I quite enjoyed myself, but thinking back, I could have been playing solo with a bunch of AI “helpers”. Socially it was an empty experience with a complete lack of human interaction, just like pugging running random dungeons nowadays where it’s moderately unusual for anything to be said in chat at all.

So where does that leave me?

On the one hand I got to get my Raid fix, on the other hand I can see pugging whole-evening raids like this getting tired pretty quick. If I want to solo maybe I should hop on my Wii.


Gear wise I got a useless Enhancement shaman drop, typical since I’ve just respecced Elemental. I also ran a Random Heroic immediately afterwards and got myself a pair of [Mudslide Boots] so I don’t really know where to go from here gear wise.

Monday, 8 February, 2010

Sshhh

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 2:07 pm

The Munqui’s have been going through a quiet patch. At it’s worst recently, infection friday evening, I logged on and there was only one other guildie online!

Our guild master has been swamped with work and (I think) a little bored with WoW.

A few guidmates are occasionally playing in an open-beta.

Raids are being cancelled due to low sign-ups. I’m not completely innocent on this, I’ve had to downgrade to tentative on this weeks raid owing to predicted bad weather).

All in all, quiet. Not quiet all the time, it still gets positively raucus at times, but at other times it’s deafeningly quiet. This has been going on since before christmas, but it seems to be getting worse lately. Threads have even been appearing on the guild forums discussing other MMO’s.

Is it time yet?

No, not yet. I should clean my own house first and ask myself what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, what I *can* do, and where I’m going.

Once that’s done, I can come to a decision.

Something to think about on the train tomorrow…

oops

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 1:00 pm

blah blah blah.

Okey dokey, hospital you can stop reading now.

I’ve done it, I’ve respecced elemental, from now on I’ll be joining looking for group as healer or dps, guess which role I’m likely to end up playing?

Gearing elemental is much much easier this time, three pieces of T9 from emblems of triumph get me 212 +hit chuck in a couple of JC-only gems and a single epic and I’m sat at a teensy bit over the raid hit cap, and insanely over the Heroics hit cap. My elemental gear is not sharing about 10 items out of 15 between healer and elemental, freeing up billions of more bag slots. So I can stop deleting items just to loot stuff, yay! Last time I tried gearing elemental it was very much a scrabble with Greens and Blues to try to get a reasonable +hit. Plus ca change.

I had a very quick bash at a target dummy and pulled around 3k DPS, I guess in a dungeon scenario this will probably still be respectable. Not that I’ve actually dps’d anything yet, not even on the daily quest!

The dreaded gear score has finally made it to Darkspear, with Trade being spammed with

lfm ICC 10 W/ME acheiv and class 5k gs plus

Sigh, not only do you have to have a bonkers “gear score” but you also have to have done the bloody dungeon already. Just so’s you know Flowersz is still a little shy of 5k sitting at 4.93k. Now any sensible person would thing that being 1.5% short was pretty trivial, but no:

2/7 18:48:14.494  Surenius whispers: hello how much gearscore?
2/7 18:48:24.334  To Surenius: just a mo
2/7 18:48:30.700  To Surenius: 4934
2/7 18:48:54.675  To Surenius: why?
2/7 18:49:02.030  Surenius whispers: nvm

I was in looking for raid for ICC, so I guess the request was related to that, anyway, apparently 1.5% off 5k is  just too low! I did say I was a little under 5k in the comments, maybe I needed to be 4950 or I’d DIE! Bugger ’em all, that’s what I say. Plonkers!

I did get a Vault of Archavon invite, and once again we see..

2/7 18:55:56.822  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: Inv Mooiid
2/7 18:56:05.155  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: Healer =)
2/7 18:56:14.343  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: Wait
2/7 18:56:19.772  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: asking him for achi
2/7 18:56:46.016  Mooiid has joined the raid group.
2/7 18:56:55.608  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: What is your gear like?
2/7 18:57:08.323  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Mooiid: more than enough
2/7 18:57:09.564  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: Let's inspect in WG, and replace if necessary
2/7 18:57:19.488  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: And that goes for everyone

Damageugood links his achievements…

2/7 19:00:36.671  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood:  Storming the Citadel (25 player)
2/7 19:00:41.479  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood:  Toravon the Ice Watcher (25 player)
2/7 19:00:47.175  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: No need to inspect me.
2/7 19:01:00.427  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Flowersz: Is the achievement a pre-requisite?
2/7 19:01:01.517  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Musek: you know, achiv can be faked :)
2/7 19:01:15.671  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: No it cant
2/7 19:01:20.918  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: Just click it, and check name and date.
2/7 19:01:23.930  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Musek: rly?
2/7 19:01:30.953  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Mooiid: but people can be carried thru it and be so bad
2/7 19:01:36.111  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: Sure.
2/7 19:01:41.255  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Musek:  Fall of the Lich King (25 player)
2/7 19:01:47.690  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Flowersz: then its pointless even asking then isn't it?

Anyway,  no-one asked ME for my achievement (which I DONT have). I guess healers are exempt for all this general ass-hattery.

We one-shotted everything and Flowersz came a very respectable 2nd on the new boss out of 3, and 1st over all the bosses.

Not everything was full of *ankers.
Wordpress deleted some text from the bottom of the last post, prostate
so in summary:

I got invited to a guild on another server, sweet.

I got a couple of thanks for the healing. Always nice.

blah

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:48 pm

blah blah blah.

Okey dokey, erectile you can stop reading now.

I’ve done it, story I’ve respecced elemental, from now on I’ll be joining looking for group as healer or dps, guess which role I’m likely to end up playing?

Gearing elemental is much much easier this time, three pieces of T9 from emblems of triumph get me 212 +hit chuck in a couple of JC-only gems and a single epic and I’m sat at a teensy bit over the raid hit cap, and insanely over the Heroics hit cap. My elemental gear is not sharing about 10 items out of 15 between healer and elemental, freeing up billions of more bag slots. So I can stop deleting items just to loot stuff, yay! Last time I tried gearing elemental it was very much a scrabble with Greens and Blues to try to get a reasonable +hit. Plus ca change.

I had a very quick bash at a target dummy and pulled around 3k DPS, I guess in a dungeon scenario this will probably still be respectable. Not that I’ve actually dps’d anything yet, not even on the daily quest!

The dreaded gear score has finally made it to Darkspear, with Trade being spammed with

lfm ICC 10 W/ME acheiv and class 5k gs plus

Sigh, not only do you have to have a bonkers “gear score” but you also have to have done the bloody dungeon already. Just so’s you know Flowersz is still a little shy of 5k sitting at 4.93k. Now any sensible person would thing that being 1.5% short was pretty trivial, but no:

2/7 18:48:14.494  Surenius whispers: hello how much gearscore?
2/7 18:48:24.334  To Surenius: just a mo
2/7 18:48:30.700  To Surenius: 4934
2/7 18:48:54.675  To Surenius: why?
2/7 18:49:02.030  Surenius whispers: nvm

I was in looking for raid for ICC, so I guess the request was related to that, anyway, apparently 1.5% off 5k is  just too low! I did say I was a little under 5k in the comments, maybe I needed to be 4950 or I’d DIE! Bugger ’em all, that’s what I say. Plonkers!

I did get a Vault of Archavon invite, and once again we see..

2/7 18:55:56.822  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: Inv Mooiid
2/7 18:56:05.155  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: Healer =)
2/7 18:56:14.343  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: Wait
2/7 18:56:19.772  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: asking him for achi
2/7 18:56:46.016  Mooiid has joined the raid group.
2/7 18:56:55.608  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: What is your gear like?
2/7 18:57:08.323  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Mooiid: more than enough
2/7 18:57:09.564  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: Let's inspect in WG, and replace if necessary
2/7 18:57:19.488  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: And that goes for everyone

Damageugood links his achievements…

2/7 19:00:36.671  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood:  Storming the Citadel (25 player)
2/7 19:00:41.479  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood:  Toravon the Ice Watcher (25 player)
2/7 19:00:47.175  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: No need to inspect me.
2/7 19:01:00.427  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Flowersz: Is the achievement a pre-requisite?
2/7 19:01:01.517  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Musek: you know, achiv can be faked :)
2/7 19:01:15.671  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: No it cant
2/7 19:01:20.918  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: Just click it, and check name and date.
2/7 19:01:23.930  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Musek: rly?
2/7 19:01:30.953  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Mooiid: but people can be carried thru it and be so bad
2/7 19:01:36.111  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Damageugood: Sure.
2/7 19:01:41.255  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Musek:  Fall of the Lich King (25 player)
2/7 19:01:47.690  |Hchannel:raid|h[Raid]|h Flowersz: then its pointless even asking then isn't it?

Anyway,  no-one asked ME for my achievement (which I DONT have). I guess healers are exempt for all this general ass-hattery.

We one-shotted everything and Flowersz came a very respectable 2nd on the new boss out of 3, and 1st over all the bosses.

Not everything was full of *ankers.

Friday, 5 February, 2010

When the tank blinks

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 1:02 pm

So, stomatology not a whole lot went on this week.

Our ICC raid got postponed and then cancelled through lack of sign-ups, not a total surprise since the only times we’ve been in there we’ve been collectively pwned.

I’ve been logging in daily and doing my random dungeon for the “frosties” and  my JC daily for the tokens which can be exchanged for 100g on the AH.

After that I’ve been either logging out or joining with guildies for another random or occasionally queueing for Pit Of Saron.

Randoms is easy, too easy; queue, grab a Griffon to do the JC and before I land I’m in a group and in a dungeon. Easy, but not too sociable. Anyway the ease with which we can all get into dungeons now is not all good news, I find that it steals my guild socialising time! I need to do much more fishing…

Watching people gearing up their alts is making me a little twitchy and I’m thinking about switching my off-spec back to elemental so I’m well enough geared to DPS. At the moment if I join a Guild run (always as healer) I occasionally feel like I’m forcing another guildie to switch from heals to DPS.

With the wonderfully geared tanks we’re seeing now the healing is almost too easy, and would give good “starter” practice for those who want it.

Unless the tank pulls the entire room while their healer is watching TV. Even with a full room pulled, like last night, if I take a dirt nap I sit looking at the Reincarnate/Release buttons for a minute or two trying to decide if it’s a wipe or not. Like as not, by the time I reincarnate the fight is nearly over without any help from me and no more deaths anyway, I feel a bit pointless.

So, as I was saying, I’m thinking about DPS again and though I love Enhancement it’s such a different style of play that I think I should perhaps go back to Elemental which should be reasonably similar, and start lobbing lightning bolts.  I’ve got enough Emblems of Triumph to buy 3 pieces of T9 which will give me way to much hit for a heroic and not quite enough for raiding, the remaining slots could be filled with my healer gear.

 So, as always, we’ll see.

Then I can start saving emblems for buying some Heirloom leveling gear for when I roll my Worgen Priest.

Oh, and the title? One of my guildmates was complaining that he was a rubbish tank and everytime he blinks the healer dies. I’ve healed him, he’s not rubbish, he’s learning. Each time I do a dungeon with him he’s better than the last time.

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