September 11, 2008

Orange is the New Epic

Posted in Gear, WoW tagged , , , , at 4:48 pm by Andrea

I was chatting with Dechion yesterday about in game stuff, because even though we call each other and chat

Oranges

Oranges

 like normal people, we still always end up back at WoW. I was just venting over how badges have changed the world of epics, and they really are common now. I can remember when they weren’t, when seeing someone with ANY purple gear meant that they were hardcore and dedicated. Now anymore NOT having purple pixels is like an insult to the entire community and will make you subject to speculation in the infamous Trade Chat.

Personally, I aim to do the best I can OUTSIDE of raiding. I did the hardcore thing. I walked into TBC with a full set of tier two on my warlock. I was proud of her shiny outfit and made use of it all the way to 70. **I was too stubborn to take it off actually. NO WAY had I wasted two years of my life to have it replaced with greens at level 63, was NOT gonna happen**  But now I level new characters and discover new ways to get them gear without ever setting foot in an instance. I will post the priest’s gear guide that I used that the minute she hit 70, she had 1400 healing or something like that, unenchated, and ungemmed. Obviously the gear can get better from there, but I dinged 70 able to walk into a heroic or Kara and heal the crap out of it.

What I find humorous anymore is that people link Thunderfury in trade chat like its a joke. Old news, unimportant, and I beg to differ. Most the people I meet in game in recent days are “BC Babies” meaning they didn’t play the old world. These people cannot comprehend the amount of work it took to get 40 people to cooperate in a raid for six hours at a time. The loot that dropped was hard earned and it was not really possible to “farm” it. With 9 classes playable for each side, and a loot table that included one item for each class, that meant what you were gonna get was pretty darn random. No badges, no reward for the other 38 people who did not get an item off that boss…. just the sheer joy of knowing the lore.

The Thunderfury was not easy to come by. The ever so fortunate winner of the bindings still had a long journey ahead of them. It took help from guildmates, resources, and time. Lots of time. People link it now and laugh like its dismissible. Perhaps the stats are not that great, but I salute anyone who managed to get one, as I know all too well the work it takes to get there.

Every once in a while I see someone with the warglaives. Those ever so orange items that drop from Illidan. I would salute them too but it’s not quite the same. This person didn’t really have to put forth any effort of his own, just roll well or have enough DKP. Even Oranges aren’t that special anymore, just rarer.

But people wear them about, thinking that they are the Gods of WoW and I should somehow submit to thier whim, for they have been to black temple and have raided 3 days a week for four or five hours at a time. Personally, I am laughing at you, the modern day Hardcore player. All this work and you see, it does not earn you the same respect that it used to. You go in 25s, not 40s. You raid maybe 4 hours, not six… and you don’t even need to be attuned anymore.

The guilds that see the content and plow through it like a well oiled machine, that I can respect. Its a group of people that have learned about each other, who have worked together and can successfully navigate anything that comes there way. Maybe that guild is “Hardcore” or maybe it is “Casual” either way it doesn’t matter. Its the group of people that appeal to me, not thier progression.

WotLK

WotLK

Progression will always be updated, outdated, and eventually, obsolete. In the end the only thing that should remain constant through this ever evolving game would be your guildmates, your friends, and how you treat them is more important to me then epics that aren’t epic anymore. Come WotLK you will see what I mean. You will know what its like to “work so hard at this” to find it wasn’t for much. Do I sound pessimistic? Perhaps. It is the nature of the beast. You are no longer the best, get out there and fix that! And we’ll do it again in two more years.

Speaking of WotLK, it would seem my newfound guildmates have received a few beta keys. I personally did not sign up. I don’t feel keen on playing something for nothing. I shall wait for it’s full release and then come upon the land with an entire army of characters to choose from to go through the lands, exploring and loving finished content. I’m not much for testing. But nonetheless, congrats to Lady Jess, Dech, and Fimlys. I hope you enjoy your time in the land of the unknown.

We Will Not Forget

We Will Not Forget

I however have some warlocks that need tending to. Also, today is 9/11. Lets have a moment of silence for the fallen folk who died in a ruthless act of violence against the United States. We will never forget. Kiss a military person today as well. As pointless as you may feel the war may be, they are out there for us, trying their hardest to give us what we want. Agree or not they are still fighting, still dying, and still out there. Also a happy birthday shout to Gun Lovin Dwarf Chick, as it is her 1st anniversary for her blog. Congrats Bre!@

August 14, 2008

A little blog goes a long way

Posted in Beta, WoW tagged , , at 7:38 pm by Andrea

So readers, you may have noticed a lack in posts about the upcoming expansion. Its not that I’m not excited about it, I am. I’m also a little nervous too. I hate major changes that make me feel like I know nothing about this game I’ve played for years now. However that too, is not why I don’t bother to post much about it. I do from time to time see things that I feel are noteworthy and awesome, and I share them. But for the most part I know that its over done. Many many other blogs and news sources post upcoming Beta information and I don’t feel I have a need to express too many opinions on it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m estatic for some changes. The new tanking and healing abilities for the paladin will make that character the most versatile one I’ve ever rolled. She’ll be awesome, she’ll be in demand, and it will be fun to try it out. She is also my blacksmith and with the addition of socketing items to blacksmithing I feel I will be able to do more with her then I previously have. As for my other characters I hear that rogues are getting a nerf of sorts, but haven’t seen much on it. I haven’t bothered to check out the warlock changes too much because I don’t want to get sucked back into the horde right now. However the hunter pet changes have really caught my eye and rather then going back to my horde hunter I’ll likely multibox my alliance ones so both husband and I can have some fun with it.

But really, while I’m excited and I too read all the news and updates I can find, I did not apply for nor receive a beta key. I would rather have the whole rush of something new and the joy of discovering it all for the first time AS I level. I don’t want to be bored with it before it even counts ya know?

So this blog is here, and I will share any tidbits of interest I find. But the Beta and expansion are in no way my primary focus and you wont find much of it here. I prefer to live the game that is and look forward to what will be. So content wise look forward to a breath of fresh air, as all the hype about Beta is best left to the folks at WoW Insider.

July 23, 2008

Its A Mixed Bag!

Posted in General, WoW tagged , , , , , , at 5:25 pm by Andrea

Alright so I admit juggling the kids and WoW and keeping the house clean is a little tougher then I suspected it would be, but I shall prevail! Its been a couple of days since my last post and I apologize for that. So here’s the scoop on stuff going on lately:

  • They made me their leader!
  • Discussion of the new abilities currently tested in Beta
  • It doesn’t matter how long I’m gone, they’re not going to forget me
  • Success in the LNT

They made me their leader!

My friends will tell you they saw that coming. Hell I saw it coming. I don’t know what it is that where ever I go I get put into a leadership position but it seems to always happen. I guess im a people person. Ale and Arms was so kind as to grant me officership in the guild and charge me with helping to lead the LNT group. I’ve been recruiting heavily and lately have been leading runs in our other officer’s absence. I’m quite excited though, despite my original desire to, “lay low”. There is real potential here and it just might be able to get off the ground.

Discussion of the new abilities in Beta

If you take a gander at www.mmo-champion.com and scroll half way down you’ll see the posted patch notes for the current beta test. Posted there are some topics of major discussion for my guild. There are many concerns over the changes to the Paladin tank, and the removal of blessing of sanctuary. Also Righteous Fury says it increase threat generated by holy spells by 90 percent! That’s insane! There has been a lot of debate of what the Paladin tank will turn into but I think we’ll have to wait for more information before we can start to get a clear view. Shaman have also been a hot topic, but its excitement. Totems going raid wide and Windfury becoming a 20 percent base haste increase that is constant rather then a proc is a favorite among our melee.

It doesn’t matter how long I’m gone, they’re not going to forget me

I stopped playing my warlock last September, and traded over to the Alliance. Once I had disbanded my long running guild the tell hell became ten fold worse and I just wanted to be left alone. I had thought enough time would have passed and I’d have been forgotten, but it wasn’t the case. I logged in and 6 people immediately messaged me, and more after that. I did some SSO dailies just to try my lock out again, and then logged out. While I miss her, I’m not sure I can ever return to her full time. The expansion will decide her fate I’m sure.

Success in the LNT

I’ve been recruiting my butt off lately for our LNT team. I even went so far as to pull a no-no and post recruitment on other realm forums. (To justify it, we’re literally playing in the middle of the night, there aren’t many that can raid that hour). However its paid off. We had enough people log on and eager to go to run two Kara’s again. 5 more people and I’d have tossed em into Mag’s or something. Its looking promising and I’m excited to see it pay off! I have a lot of work to do first but we’re getting there! Wish us luck!

I’m also working on a post in my head that will be far more interesting then my daily rantings (I hope!) 😛 Stay tuned.

July 20, 2008

As The Dust Settles…

Posted in WoW tagged , , , , , , , at 5:50 pm by Andrea

So I was gone for a few days from WoW and Blogging alike. I tried really hard to make sure we were all caught up in the daily life stuff so that my husband’s absence would be easier to manage. We did manage a lot but not everything I would have liked to. So far the children seem pretty good, but its only been an hour or so :P. LOL 1 hour down, forty days to go. Anyways, in the time I’ve been gone I noticed a few things went down in the WoW community, including

While I could probably say a hundred things about the list above I think I’ll just summarize since it seems enough has been said already. I actually dislike expansions. It makes me feel noob all over again, and when they drastically change one of my main characters it makes it that much more tiresome. My paladin is going to change, and I’ll adjust to it. Am I excited for it? Not really. I’ll go more into that at a later date. I could say the same thing about the Beta, except I am grateful for the occasional heads up so I can be less angry at the changes when they come. I wish I’d been present for the TNB live show, I’m sure it was good fun. I however was trying to spend some quality time with the husband and kids so we instead watched the series finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender together. The Achievements announcement sounds exciting though. I love little things like that and I’m certain I will shoot to get every single one I can.

Now that we’re past our summary of stuff I missed, I thought I’d share that my rogue has been level 68 for nearly two weeks now. I have no idea why I cant seem to just finish her off, but I will get on it asap now. Once she has her level, and some decent gear I’ll begin work on my next toon(s), the duel boxing hunters. Ive been toying with the idea of a shadow priest for some time now, but I have a holy one horde side. I’m just not sure I really want to respec her after all the work I put into crafting the gear she has. So I remain undecided about her. I really shouldn’t be thinking about this stuff at all until my rogue is finished though.

I did however log onto my warlock last night for a tiny bit. I left her about a year ago now on the old server as she was the GM of Infusion, and was constantly in Tell Hell. I somehow had thought that if I abandoned her for a year or so people would forget about me. Turns out they don’t. I logged in and was on no more then three minutes when three old guild mates gave me the standard “OMG ITS YOU” tell. I of course told them, “No its not, its just a figment of your imagination.” We chatted about content they’ve seen and they tell me how much they miss me and our guild. All in all polite conversation. A fourth eventually figured me out as well but his question was if I was coming back full time. Im not entirely sure what I wanna do. I love all my toons and now I feel like I need to pick a side.

I had logged on to Librasky to simply get her started on some SSO rep. When I left her oh so long ago, she was in near full season 2 gear. Now that’s the welfare stuff. Makes me sad. So I think I might start logging on in between the toons and get used to playing my lock again by doing her SSO dailies each day and that’s about it. Don’t tell anyone but I died twice trying to remember how to play her. Once the rogue is 70 I also plan to go on a crusade to hit the gold cap on at least one toon. Wish me luck on that.

Anyways that should catch us up to the present, I’m gonna go get started on a double rep grind and I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.