I’ve never used a Tunnel for playing WOW. It was one of the things I have held out on – I thought it was kind of silly to have to need to have to use a tunnel just to play a game right.
However recent developments, and an ongoing thought process was that at this I think this is as good as I am ever going to get, made me remember there was one thing I hadn’t tried, and that was playing using a tunnel.
So I tried Lowerping. I paid for a month – only $7.95 AU I picked a paid service because I hear more complaints from people using free tunnels that it makes their lag worse.
I was curious as to how it much of a difference it made. I know going from 3g internet to adsl made a massive difference. Yes I used to raid in BC on Satellite broadband.
So I had been looking forward to loot night to test it because it’s the one night we get to clear untill LK – it’s the best test under a raid situation with lots of fights ect.
I had made sure I has tested it before raid, and had been running round in BG’s with it . However in ICC I started getting massive lag in the middle of trash – I had made it to Marrows room before my screen froze for several min Had to muck around with relogging in so much they had to go without me, and Marrow died with me stuck outside. I changed servers – relogged, restarted ect
I made it up the ramp. Through some of Lady’s trash and about 1 min into the fight I got Dc’d again, changed lowerping server again, untill finally Loot boat and I seem to have found a nice comfy one, and got through Rot, and fester without spikes , and there is no logs from last weeks fight so I can’t compare in detail, butI had recount running, and I don’t think there was significant difference in my performance. I was more curious as to dot uptime/mf ticks because I think I should see even a slight change.
It’s nice to have a pretty green lag icon – I’ve gone from 400-500 depending on a zone, to 212-250 – It feels smoother, if that makes sence.It’s made tanking a little easier on my Warrior too. So I think it has made a difference to my playing, and game experience, and at this point going back to higher lag is just not acceptable so at this point I will continue the service. It just took a little bit of fiddling round to find a better server to connect through.
However the main motivation around getting it was performance, I believe I picked up a little, I still did the usually things, dps’d add’s ect. I got called out when I didn’t use mass dispel on Bloodqueen because an officer knew what I was not doing because I blogged about it, and that started a whole drama of its own - where basically I had to defend the existence of my blog. Which given I had been open about it from the start was upsetting.
I kn0w a week or so may not be an empirical test, but it’s enough. I think I have reached my peak for now. Peak in skill / ability / patience / care factor – and I am not seeing the numbers other people are expecting to see. but I need a break. I’m not happy – I think I have tried everything reasonably possible, and I should be seeing at least 1k -1.5 k more I guess, and I don’t want to run the risk of another post upsetting people – and I want to attempt some semblance of life outside 4 day raiding committment again.
So where to now?
I need to find a oceanic server to park my main on to level to 85 ( Non Pvp) realistically I probably could level to 85 in Pvp gear since the initial cata content will not require a tier 10 4 set bonus to fight, but I think I would get frustrated rather easily trying to level and quest on a highly populated Pvp realm, and if there are no reasons left to stay here then - Aventure Ahoy.