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O Queue

Most of my pvp friends had stopped logging in, and my new guild were somewhat surprised when they got the Classic Battles Guild  (exalted rep with classic battlegrounds)   achieve when I joined.  Pvp achievements? What?    and so on suggestion of one friend , I installed O Queue from curse

It’s  a raid/BG queuing system that uses battletags and basically over takes your friend invite system and you can wait list yourself for  other groups that people post through the mod.

You submit your battle tag to the Mesh,  and if you get accepted into a group it automatically adds your battle tag to the leaders group.

This feature was a little confusing because I kept getting spammed with new friend requests I couldn’t see, and I was a little concerned that the friend adding feature was now randomly adding me to flists. However,  from what we can work out,  it’s using the friend request feature in someway to ping their servers or to keep you connected to the mesh so they aren’t real friend requests.

This is an example of a weekend queue list below.   As you can see there is a large variety of groups going and you can see the min requirements.  Ticking the qualified box at the bottom will filter the groups that you can queue for .

It’s quite simple to set up your own, and you can set min restrictions such as resilience or Ilevel and what this does is filter/auto declines people who do not meet your min requirements.  I made the mistake for queuing for a Pvp group while in PVE gear and it rejected me.  So you had to be wearing the gear for it to pick up your stats

Oqueue

If you hover over the person’s name who is the leader you get some stats which can be useful.  How many people are in the group. how many are in the wait list.  Wins and loses ect..

oqueue2

I ended up leading and listing one Random BG group  ( 5 man semi premade)  because the guy who set the group up had to go before we even run one,  so I was made leader, and had to list the group.  As leader you get to see your wait list,  and you can pick people from that list to refill group as people left.

The most frustrating thing with this, is dealing with people.  I’ll quote a blue in relation to a 25 LFR post because it applies to a 1o man group,  or a 5 man group.

“….. We’d be happy to entertain ideas for how we can put a group of 25 strangers together, who all have different goals, expectations, and time constraints, and see each of them remain until the end regardless of anything else that happens in the raid or in their life (drops, wipes, wife came home, cat peed on foot, etc.) ”  from forums

When I was ‘mean’ with people coming in from the wait list , I  told them if they weren’t ready to join group in 2 min or so then we would queue/find a replacement it worked well.   We played games, and for an hour we had the same 5 people.  When I got soft, and said sure,  I’ll wait for you for 5 min here,  and then another person had thing..  so 3 more min later..  and then 10 min and so on.

I also lost control of my group when someone else decided he was going to do his own thing.  Basic strat in Battle for Gil is our premade team would hit mines. He decided he was going to WW after I told them to go mines, and his response was ‘I’m going to do something different’  and I said you will weaken our offensive… we lost that BG.  Imagine saying that to your raid leader.  I’m going to do my own thing… I think this is one of the primary differences between pvp and pve mentality when it comes to organised teams in PVP. Respect for Raid leaders.

OQ has  a Public Vent with rooms available for use, and Max limit rooms to stop Spammers. We were in a room for one BG and kept getting visitors making random noises, talking /mumbling,  so I muted them and told the group I ended up leading to do the same.   One was somewhat annoying enough with his,  urgh I can only say the over sharing of his own personal enjoyment that I reported him. Within 2 min, a Mod popped into our chat to ask about the person I had reported,  I explained the circumstances and they were booted.  This was very efficient.

I like this system,  it takes the preform mods that we have used before to another level, and as there are more users there will be more options to use it for.  Oqueue lets you delete all your OQ added battletags which after you have lead a few, and you end up getting all these random people in your friendslist,  its a good thing to be able to clear them. You can also ban people  you don’t want to play with.  ( not had to test this)  I was very impressed with the Moderating of the vent,  and I ran/lead another group for 9 Bgs this arvo, and had no issues with spammers or bots at all.

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Millie Watt – Brawlers Guild

Millie Watt yells: You really shouldn’t play with this stuff. Someone could get hurt.

I got to play with Millie in the wee hours of the morning when there was less of a queue.  I had lots of frustration as I was having difficulty getting her down past 1000k Health.

Millie Watt yells:  Look at you! HAH!

So I tweaked a little,  Healed a LFR and got  483  Dagger, paid 6.5k for the Jade Spirit Enchant,  and got the best Bracer enchant.  Was getting her to 600k

Tweaked some more,  Reforged more of my Mastery to  Haste, replaced the gem in helm to the +crit effect ( was using helm for heals and dps so had the +mana) and reforged some spirit into haste as I didn’t need the extra hit.

I committed my gear to a dps spec.  Rather I did all the stuff I should have done if I had been raiding as pure dps instead of the Heals switching I am doing with the casual guild I occasionally raid with.

I kept hitting the timer with 200-400k health left.  I was getting close,  and it’s so easy to panic.  I finally killed her.   The things that helped me was shuffling enough of a distance as soon as dynamite was thrown, and so taking less damage.  resisting the urge to shield or disperse when she casts Discombobumorphanator  as this only absorbs the damage your meant to take to break the stun., and trying to use my insta casts while standing in the field rather than just standing there waiting for it to happen and then moving quickly out of it.

Fears when your standing close to help reduce some of the constant damage she does,  but even then,  it doesn’t really interrupt her casting too much, and you run the risk of moving too far away from the lightning fields repositioning yourself.

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I’ve done a fair bit of upgrading and tweaking since starting the Brawlers guild,  and my Ilevel is now 483 I had to really think about ways of optimizing when I could dps. ( and hope for  good Crits )  I think so far that there has been plenty of  opportunity to put out the DPS required, it’s just a matter of optimizing the time you have, even if it means not stopping and healing your self, and reducing your movement too much.

There is a thread on the EU wow forums about the disappointment that the Brawlers guild is a gear check mainly because there is a timer – 2 min for each fight, and Pvp geared people, and non top geared raiders will have difficulty beating it. ( except Proboskus which is only 60 sec ) and it does get to a point where gear is required to beat the timer. I am struggling at Rank 5 with the gear I have with some of the DPS timers,  no tier, and bits I’ve upgraded or crafted & LFR stuff, but  that has made me work smarter.  Currently up to the 4th Gladiator at level 5 which are 5 little gnomes ( currently only killing 4 of them )

Some fights are easier for some classes, I got stumped for what would be considered an interrupt on Proboskus – Silence Durrr…  I’m not used to thinking in terms of interrupts outside my fears, and they don’t form part of my normal rotation – and silence is pretty much useless on any raid boss, so it’s more of a PVP use mentality,  whereas a melee class may have several interrupts to choose from,

My self-heal abilities as a shadow priest means I can worry a little less about taking some damage,  and some Gladiators like Millie do a constant stream of damage,  we have  Devouring Plague, Vampiric Embrace,  Renew, Praying of Mending  Halo, that will give self-healing back with little interruption to dps

Best resources so far for any of the fights have been

Twitter ( thanks Marathal) pointed me to Sorella’s Guide for Shadow Priests on How to Priest

Icy Veins Brawlers Guild Guide  ( has vids for all the fights – class specific information is missing though for a lot of fights – and needs collaborators)

Dancing with Deeken – Brawlers Guild Rank 4

Deeken Yells: DIE QUICKLY — I HAVE LUNCH PLANS!

Every Brawl is a dance, some are easier than others.  Some you learn to stand there and take the damage,  others you need to learn when to move.

I learned  to dance Deeken style.  He is the last Gladiator of Rank 4 and I had some issues trying to stand still long enough to do damage, while jumping around enough to avoid the static that does random patterns on the floor.  So I was going along with trying to increase the time where I didn’t have to avoid the field.  So I kept him locked up on spawn as much as possible

Prepot Potion of Brawlers Cunning the Intell + 4k for 25 sec pot  ( get it from Quackenbush – The Brawlers Guild Quartermaster)

Run to centre where he spawns. Fear him on spawn,

SWP MB – Psychic Horror before he can do a push back.

MF MF ….

Then it becomes a massive mess of static electricity and a stupid robot pushing you back into that static electricity at the worst of times. Some attempts went really bad.  He would push back and interrupt my spells at the worst time.

You can jump over the fields,  but I found that It worked better if I danced around them,   moved between their ups and downs, and sideways.

The Static hits you for around 90k damage each wave. Some waves  overlap each other and can smash you down quickly and thus ended a couple of attempts. I even tried taking a wave or two to get more dps out.  Running around, avoiding the static electricity with only  SWP and SWD on insta cast hoping to get lucky mindspike procs won’t get him down in enough time.

I found he got immune to my fears  eventually,  or he resisted them,  when I did try to CC it was more to reduce his push backs then reduce the damage he would do in melee,  which wasnt much, you spend more time worrying about the waves then him.

Towards the end of the timer there is a pause where it seems that all the Static resets and the floor clears,  when I finally killed him I did that then,  free space to breath and smash him as hard as you can.  By that time,  if you haven’t already used a Brawlers Healing Potion, you should be able to use another Cunning pot.

Bizmo’s Brawlpub & The Brawlers Guild

You are next in Line

Your heart races.

You have been watching a few of the fights,  seen some people die,  seen them win.

Sold your soul on the Black Market Auction house to get an invite.   ( Actually it was only 6.9k gold for me and some BMAH camping for my outbids)

Now it’s your turn.  In front a crowd of your peers,  fellow players from your realm  and  some from others, guilds big and small are here watching or waiting  for their own turns. You can hear the hecklers cheering on the mobs. “GO BRUCE”  they yell. Bizmo laughing at each contestants deaths

So much blood

But it all fades away when your standing the centre. Facing the grey paneled metal wall, waiting for your opponent to appear,  deep in the depths of the Deep Run Tram.

You can smell the rust, metal,  or blood you’re not sure.

Just breath

Bizmo Yells: Put your hands together for Zahraah! Zahraah is a Rank 3 priest.

You told the Bouncer at the door you were here to fight, not die – what happens if you lose?

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Well if you lose, your body lays near the bouncer,  until you either release,  or someone nice rezzes you.

There was a buff group going, and people were quite friendly, and encouraging,  buffing, healing and rezzing. You keep all your buffs going in,  flasks, food and other class buffs. It all helps.

There is no shame in doing what you need to survive that fight,  and that means I have stopped and healed myself,

I will admit to looking up the Strat for Dippy. When he killed me.   My recount showed massive damage,  and basically  the guides said don’t let him cast Peck So I ran around like a mad woman, dotting him up, and Shadow Word deathing him to death.  The cast bar for Peck is quick and I figured I’d rather it take longer then slow down to add more dots, or even try to  Mind Spike him.

I also had some issues with the Ooze dude. Blat,  the first ‘Gladiator’ in Rank 3 I was able to keep away from him,  dot flay, run, dot flay run kinda thing,  but then I went over the timer for the fight and got the massive AOE so I had to take some more smack damage from the main Blat to get him down fast enough.

The Brawl Queues  got better the later it was,  I also noticed that we started getting more people from other realms as it became a shared zone. so there was always an audience.

I love that it does have this secret, grity underground club exclusivity to it.  I wish I had gotten into it a little earlier.  It’s been a few weeks now since the Patch and these were the stats on the brawls and if you chat to the dude called ‘Numbers’ he will tell you how bad or good its been so far.

The First number is the times the Gladiator has killed the Player, and the second number is how many times they have been killed.  Apparently its server wide stats. The fights get hard, and they look really interesting.

Brawlstats

Deeken yells: YOU ARE BAD AND SHOULD FEEL BAD!

I stayed in the pit way too long,   ( am on holidays – no bed time ) and I am writing this in between fights.  Currently stuck on Ixx. 3rd fight on rank 3   I can’t run between his legs fast enough – getting better though.  Using Inner Will for the 10% run speed.  Standing in his hit box to escape from the AOE he casts.  Tried to range it but he is too fast,  and its a wide cone.  Need to learn not to panic, and move too much so I stay in position, and also stop casting straight away and MOVE.   I am tired though which isn’t helping.

Haven’t seen many level 5-7 fights but there has been lots of people round my level tonight, and a few 8′s.  Those rank 8  fights look complicated, and I will need to read up on them,  have winged it mostly so far.

Will I go all the way to level 8?  Will I hand over for free the Brawlers Pass I will earn at level 7.  ( friends..  what friends… ) I can make a decent chunk of gold if I do it soon ( 20k the invite was for on the normal AH when I checked today) It’s been fun so far,  even if I am looking like a complete knob on this boss.   Finally killed it. i Did it by running between his legs and hooking – so not straight out the back as his AOE comes under his legs too. (  I wasn’t hitting publish post till it was dead)

My new Fav Song at the moment is Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, and their song, as well as the clip played through my head during the brawls.  Teddy bear Brawls. Did I say Teddy Bear Brawls. Oh yeah and Lazers!   ( give it just past 1 min for what a real brawl is )

Welcome to the new age, to the new age

The daily Grind – when it’s not the good coffee

So we know that playing is sometimes hard work and sometimes we complete tasks that in themselves are not fun but the end goal is.

But it shouldn’t be hard work, or boring as often as doing dailys have been for me.   We should be enjoying our recreational time,  cavorting  through fields of flowers giggling gleefully.  That’s what my gaming experiences are like,  aren’t yours? Either way I don’t want to come home from work, and feel like I have to do more work.

The rep grind for dailys has not been a gleeful giggle and this is the advantage to no longer seriously raiding.  I don’t need to care that I haven’t maxed out my reps, and have maxed my character out as much as possible.

Klaxxi – who?  Shado- Pan – Who?

Sure I have managed to now find the time to level 3 90′s, do a heap of pvp, run dungeons and even raid once a week, but the idea of spending my precious time doing the same thing, day in day out,  cross multiple factions,  I could have spent my play time for weeks just doing dailys and that would have made me not want to log in.  Sure there is some variety in some of the quests  and I will need to do Operation Shieldwall for the Trinkets , but it’s not its not how I want to play and I don’t feel the pressure that I HAVE to do them.   So I will get there eventually,  do the factions in small doses, enjoy the game.

But I will add my voice to the argument that the way they did the reps this xp really makes dailys a chore for me.  The Tabard rep gains worked for me because I would run as heals for quicker queues,  if I needed, but sometimes people obviously didn’t like being forced to do instances to gain rep,  and I can understand why waiting around for a 1/2 hour dps queue means that chain running them to grind wasn’t such a great thing for them.

The idea of doing dailys on a 2nd or 3rd toon, even with tokens to increase the rep gain doesn’t appeal.  I refuse to even attempt it right now,  there is still too much to play, and enjoy of the content to see the same stuff over and over. I understand why they did it that way,  couldn’t please the crowds with the Tabards,  would be unfair if they made rep buyable for gold, at least this way with questing everyone equally earns it.

Catching up

I now understand why people disappear – stop blogging. It didn’t happen for me in a  fit of rage,  after one bad pug, or even a broken heart
I decided I didn’t want to write anymore.  I had nothing to say,  well  all that I did have to say was ‘ Nothing to see here,  move along’
I  have now decided I wasn’t going to let the blog go so easily.  the shallow acquaintances that have been most of my gaming is wearing thin, but the one consistency has been me,  and my blog and my domain renewal came up and so had to make a decision if I wanted to stick around.
Why so Angry?
A friend came back recently from a long WOW hiatus,  he was one of the most serious players I had known, and he said something along the lines, of ‘Everyone is Angry, why are people playing when they aren’t having fun.
Maybe this was partly directed at me after I come up from air from another BG where as I quote ‘ was raging at the HK farmers in mid’ but the dungeons we have run together has netted us a variety of angry people, too slow to pull,  too fast,  bad tank, bad dps, bad healing, bots in bg’s, people who don’t know the fights, or don’t understand pvp, and that particular bg’s goals, and the people who blame everyone else for the failing.   There is a massive feeling of relief when you find a good group.
I at least think there is an almost xenophobic approach to strangers in game.  If we don’t know you,  you must be scrub, and so strangers are bads until you’re friends and so the rage that can born from someones offhand comment, mistake, or behavior becomes a mini battle even when your supposed to be on the same side.  I’ve mentioned in other posts that sometimes I think the biggest war is not with the opposite faction, or the focus of the encounter but amongst your own team or party.
My Toons

I have been doing one real raid a week with a 10 man guild that keep inviting me back for some reason. They let me dps all but Feng in Mogu’shan where we are 3 healing so I’ve pretty much stuck with my stance on no more attempting to raid seriously. I like most of the changes Shadow, still am holy offspec, and my biggest gripe is mana regen but its already improving with gear, and that people need less healing as they have better gear. But I think my healing confidence is tied up so close to my mana regen that I still feel shaky.

I leveled my hunter to 90 in a most uneventful way – to the point it was excruciatingly boring,

I did find a new love though, My Pally.  I have now healed Priest Disc, Holy, Shammy resto, and Druid Resto, and have been pleasantly surprised by my Pally.  I don’t know why I took so long to level one.  I leveled her as Holy, and she never has been ret or tank,  killing mobs when questing is still ok in Holy spec but most of the leveling has been done through dungeons, dragging a dps friend along. I went from dinging 85 and straight into Mop dungeons after some AH shopping to get my Ilevel up enough, and felt less stressed on my Pally then I ever did healing mop dungeons when I leveled my priest.  Maybe the style suits me,  maybe they are just OP and easier to play, she kept me playing though, and she will be my 3rd 90.


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