Archive for January, 2010

Reimagining “Heroics”

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2010 by firsthandtengen

It has been more than a month now since the new Looking for Dungeon (LFD) tool was unleashed upon the WoW-playing masses, queues were joined, badges were plentiful, Devs looked upon the world and saw that it was good. Then came the whines:

“Tanks pull too fast!”
“Tanks don’t pull fast enough!”
“You can’t tank heroics with only 30k unbuffed life! /kick”
“Why don’t you mark?”
“Why are you marking?”
“Can we skip some bosses?”
“Can we do all the bosses?”
“OMGWTF Oculus!? REALLY!? /quit”
“Why don’t you people talk? I hate silent stormtroopers of death”
“Why are you people talking? I’m not here to make friends.”
“Aww man, I got a bear/warrior tank /cry”
“How the hell are you only doing 600 DPS!?!?”
“I hate bosses that take 2 minutes to kill instead of 20s because they go immune!”
“I hate trash!”
“Nerf this!”
“Nerf that!”

“OMGWTF Oculus!? AGAIN!? REALLY!? /quit”

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Stranger In A Strange Land

Posted in Uncategorized on January 15, 2010 by firsthandtengen

It’s been a difficult couple of days for me, I’m still dealing with the grief and uncertainty that comes from leaving my friends and guild behind to go to a new server. Unfortunately it’s the mid-week lull in raiding so I have nothing really to distract me from those thoughts either. I left my realm to have more to do on off-nights, and this first week is just that unavoidable painful transition phase where I can’t pug anything on my main because the new guild does it all, and none of my alts who I will pug with on off nights are on the server yet because it’s silly to pay $75 to bring 3 raiding 80s to a server you might not be able to stand once you actually get there. Continue reading

It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2010 by firsthandtengen

And I’ll take with me the memories to be my sunshine after the rain…

I’ve never been good at goodbyes. I’ve never been good at letting go. One of the things I’ve always tried to do in my time playing WoW was to dehumanize everyone as much as possible. I didn’t do it to be cruel, I did it because I knew my own history and the dangers of the idealized and glossy world of interpersonal relationships on the internet. Despite the best of intentions and efforts however, some people have gotten under my skin and now I’d miss them if I didn’t see them. I won’t get into too many gruesome specifics, but suffice to say, when I said I had found a home I wasn’t lying, but most people believe that well-adjusted adults leave home at some point. This might be my time to do just that. Continue reading

The Ashen Verdict Gains a Foothold

Posted in Uncategorized on January 6, 2010 by firsthandtengen

Well, I thought about doing early posts based on my initial reactions to tanking in ICC but so many other people were doing it that I decided to just keep putting it off. Today the Ashen Verdict gains its foothold after a month of letting us stomp Deathbringer Saurfang at the gates atop the ramparts, and now we are poised to move in on the Plagueworks. I’ve cleared the first wing on 10 and 25man, I’ve cleared it on 2 alts, and my main is halfway through revered, so exalted won’t be that far away. Aside from the irritant of requiring Primordial Saronite to purchase crafting patterns (or I’d have them all) and that they hang out inside the instance so I need to be in a raid group to even window-shop (annoying…)) Icecrown has thus far been a pleasant raiding experience. I’m far happier than I anticipated being upon having to clear trash again, and not just for the ease of rep-grinding, but I find I generally missed it. The trash is all very well designed in such a way that it won’t all pull on you the second you dare to poke your head within eyesight; they all patiently wait for you to be ready to invite them to the aoe-stomp-your-face party as the guests of honor.
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A Reflection on Emblems per Minute

Posted in Uncategorized on January 6, 2010 by firsthandtengen

This is something I’ve written about before, but it seems that Cold Comfort has actually posted about an emblem per minute ratio. After reading over the post (and inspired by the new free-extra-loot changes to Oculus), I just thought I’d make my own observations. While I will concede that their calculations are a fantastic baseline upon which to base your own projected success, as the person who does the tanking and sets the pace, my milage varies, and if you end up getting queued with a tank like me, your milage will vary as well.

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Passive-Agressive FTW

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2010 by firsthandtengen

Or, “How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Oculus”…
I know I’m not the only one, but for the first month, I’ve gotten Oculus close to 30 times (I haven’t been keeping exact track, but I do randoms on all 3 of my 80s, and generally do about 5-7 randoms in a day total on the slow days, nevermind the days I queue up and amass 75 emblems.), and I’ve left the dungeon all but 4 of those times. I did it for two main reasons 1) no matter how much they nerf it, it doesn’t change the fact that the single most glaring problem of the Oculus has not been fixed, flying drakes pulling on dismounted players who are unable to mount up, unable to fight back, and are forced to sit there as they are picked off and wipe; and 2) I wanted to be part of the number of people who wanted to send Blizzard the message that no one wants to run their instance until they fix what is wrong with it, not with nerfs and loot-incentives, but by actually fixing it. Well, It turns out I wasn’t the only one. This doesn’t fix the inherent problem I’ve just brought up, but it does show that I was not the only one abandoning the instance to send a message. Apparently the message has been sent loud and clear, this place is so bad you have to OFFER PLAYERS A FLYING MOUNT to get them to run it. Continue reading

Who Needs A Tank, Just Bring a Disc Priest

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2010 by firsthandtengen

I read an amusing article about The Val’anyr Curse and it reminded me of all the times I’ve screwed around in heroics when I’ve had absolutely no respect for the instance (and, I suppose, my cross-server PuG teammates). The “too much huh?…. sorry =( I’ll be good now.” was very amusing to me to say the least, as I’ve basically done what that tank did, except I’ve never had a healer with Val’anyr. I typically know my healers in my heroics because my best in-guild friend is one, and so is his housemate, so basically at all times one or the other of them is healing me with a few rare exceptions and since we all have 232+ gear on instances tuned for 187, I try to do things to keep the instance fun for myself and for them by “not playing by the rules”.
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