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Shackling: The Chains are back

Did you hear?   Shackling is now back in fashion!!!

There is lots of undead things in ICC and  the new Instances – and shackling as crowd control has made a little bit of a come back.

In Halls of Reflection I shackle the Hunter Mob, the Tortured Rifleman so he stops shooting at us  with his ice shot and iceblocking us.

In ICC  10 man, when doing several trash farming runs – ( a girl has to get her rep somehow when she isn’t guaranteed a spot in a raid – so honoured now!) and the 10 man Icc runs I’ve managed to do full runs on we  were shackling the Spiders to reduce the webs immobilizing people,  they also have a tendency to stand back  away from the rest of the trash so easier to keep separate from the Aoe.  I’ve not done the pull on 25 – as I was only in for the last 2 bosses on a 25 so I am not sure how finicky a well geared 25 group is on those pulls.

In Pit of Saron the two pulls straight after Krick and Ick ( the second boss)  are the hardest to heal in any fight/instance I have done so far. Ymirjar Flamebearers doing a  magic fire debuff, and the Ymirjar Wrathbringers casting blight – a disease  – so it’s heal – dispel,  cleanse, heal ect.

 After that are two pulls with  Wrathbone Coldwraith’s – and Melee always fail at getting out of the frost circle. I was doing Pit of Saron the other day with a DK tank who asked me ( as healer) to shackle one of the Coldwraiths.   Which made it so much easier to heal that pull. Less circle failing.


Patch Week one.

I was lucky to get a Battered Hilt  for Quel’Delar in the very first ICC 5 man instance I hit on Patch night,  and after discovering they were selling for 4k on the AH  I figured – I have 12k ( at the time)   I’d rather the small upgrade it was then 4k.   So over the weekend I did the quest chain and got

I then found out they were going for 18K gold because the drop rate was nerfed , and I’m like  ” Aweee but that would have  helped me get my Rein  in a GDKP! 

The quest chain was a little running around but I thought it was fun, and not bad gold as well. It doesn’t call for you to do anything beyond your abilities. You do have to go into the new 5 man ICC’s to make your weapon. 

I healed them.   Yes.  Me.   The Shadow Priest who rants and raves about not healing has discovered that I am not too bad,  and having fun too.   ( Instant Random group love!! )   I over use Prayer of mending,   do predictive renews ( silly boomkin standing in bad stuff the whole run) and flash.   Greater heals if I feel lazy and  need to regen a little mana.

I healed all three ICC 5 mans for my hilt quest,  without the support of a tanking friend that I could trust and not get upset with me if I failed.   Everyone else was doing their thing, and I was looking at the chain,  thinking,  I can do this..  and donned my healing set and went into group.  I actually like healing Halls of reflection.  It’s a little crazy – but fun.

The chain also sends you to  the Isle,   You also get to go into the Sunwell  and then you get shackled for your efforts and accused of being a traitor.  It all gets sorted out, and  you continue on.

I don’t have my Perky Pug yet,   I need 11 more people to be random with!  I do like the Random Dungeons,  it’s making getting emblems of frost easier for heroics,  there is always something to do,  and as a healer  I get instant love,  sure I have let a few people die,  but I am running recount so am waiting for someone to tell me I fail,  then I can link the damage they just took  and tell them to GTFOTF –  ( thats only if they try to tell me I fail – it’s called forward planning)

My best Random Dungeon experience was in Occulus – a mage as we zoned in said ” I have never done this before”  and we were like  awesome!  Follow instructions  – we will help and you will be fine.  We did, they did,  and we one shotted it. Happy warm feeling.  I thanked them for their honesty.  It made the experience better for everyone.

  Worse Random Dungeon experience was also in Occulus  – Someone wanted to do an achievement  so we wiped 5 times,  they were the first to die on their drake every time  because he never ran from the explosion.

There was also someone who was Afk for all three bosses  in a run,  a undergeared tank who rage dc’d ( didn’t even leave group) when he died after  pulling too many packs  – the dps died first and I couldn’t continue to keep him up.   Two DPS that left after the 2nd boss in a run – people missing basic chants and gems,  low and lazy dpsers ( HOLY DPS FTW) ect.  But yeah.  Have been happy with it so far.

,Between a ICC 10 man clear, and two bosses on ICC 25  I now have 31 Emblems of frost badges,  so by this time next week I am planning on buying the 60 Badge cloth shoulders,  because I am not guaranteed a spot in any raid as I am only casual,    I did some 10 man ICC farming to get halfway to friendly with the Ashen Deathsworn, and after the ICC 10 and half of  25 I got my friendly ring,  which isn’t an upgrade,  but the honoured will be.

Do you dream about WoW?

I dreamt that there was a special shadow Priest Cave, and I needed two extra talent points to be able to jump high enough to get into it,  and I didn’t have those points anymore, and I was disappointed. I remember standing at the bottom of a  cliff trying to jump.  I don’t remember though if I was me, or my avatar trying to jump.

Remembering dreams for me are a funny thing.  I need to go over them, pick it to pieces and try and recall all the details as soon as possible in the morning.  ( usually in the shower)  If I don’t keep thinking about it for the next hour and put it into long-term memory – it’s gone.  I remember remembering it but not what I remembered.    I know some people never remember their dreams – so I am somewhat lucky.

Maybe it’s because I have dream catchers  through out my flat

I went through an exercise years ago where I wrote them down as soon as I woke up.  Reading back on them – I still remember the pictures in the dream. 

I only remembered the cliff dream because I remembered it in the shower,   and on the way to work 1/2 an hour later made a note of it on my Iphone.

I don’t think I have ever remembered dreaming about wow before.

I’m not going to pertain to know anything about the unconscious and dream interpretation.    However I think that  knowing  if it’s me standing at the bottom of that cliff or my Avatar  is important.

Is my brain putting what I am missing in RL into Wow terms so I pay attention and or understand it,   or am I just anxious about my character in some way?  If my subconscious brain has to put dreams into Wow speak for me to  understand it I think I have a problem.     Dreaming about Wow – I am then literally playing while I sleep.

Dual Guildship.

I’ve noticed, as more and more alts get geared up and leveled to 80 that there is an increasing amount of people who Guild one of their alts in a less progressed guild to raid on that toon. Partly to get raid gear that an alt run would not get them,  or because their mains guild will not let them raid on that toon.

I know this topic has been discussed before,  and as long as their isn’t a scheduling conflict for the raids,  then there shouldn’t be a problem.

However where do your loyaltiess lie?   It should lie with your mains guild first,  and that would mean that after gearing up your tank,  participating in B guilds raids,  vent, and forums,  suddenly your A, ( mains) guild needs a tank,  you can say well my Alt is geared, and I really like playing it would you consider letting me tank. It solves A guilds tank issue, and B guild loses an important team member.

It could be that at the time of joining Guild B really needs a tank,  and the raider who’s loyalties are divided between Toons, and guilds is a good temporary solution to their need,  but wouldn’t you rather know that your new member actually belongs to one of the top guilds on the server on their main, but by knowing that would you treat that player differently,  not give them as much loot because they might be more likely to leave then any other player.

It may be a personal preference of mine,  and it comes down to a time thing too,  but I am a one guild sorta person.  yes I have 2 alt bank guilds, where my unplayed toons sit, and wait for me to log them, but I didn’t join a Guild on my other server,  Nagrand with my baby Shammy, Pretty  I’ve lost interest in her for now,  I have Hunter Alt fever.   ( Level 54 now and I really enjoying BG’s with her.) At the time I was playing my Shammy though  I considered trying to find a nice little guild so that I could listen to idle Gchat while I was playing.  I didn’t want to do group runs, or pay taxes to a guild bank ( like some of the leveling guilds do to their members,)  or help lobies.  I wanted to level – and make enough money along the way for her to be self supporting.  

I’ve had invites to peoples “family guild” A  drunken invite from people looking to get as many people as possible.  One guy was telling me how hard it is to recruit,  invites me.  I decline, and I explain and then he whispers me the next day wanting to know why I left his guild.   I never joined – I told him – he lol’s and says he had been drinking and forgot.  I explain my reasons why again and he replys back in caps  OK OK I GET IT ….   I ask him has he been drinking again,

Yes.. he had been.

but it didn’t seem worth the bother,  I didn’t want to put too much of me in another guild I just wanted to hang, so there was not much point joining one, and maybe it contributed why I have only logged her once since the totem changes came in.  Learnt the new training, and logged off after a Lap around the bank.

I think Dual Guildship could be managed, but I think people need to be honest about it.  It doesn’t make you less of a player,  and it gives people an opportunity to raid on a toon they may not be able to in their mains guild, but because guilds that are raiding like to have their raiders in their guild especially for loot rules and the like, are you being greedy by being in two raiding guilds?

Its like an argument that people have tried to use for employment.  People with more then one job are ‘greedy’  and that one of those jobs could have gone to someone who doesn’t even have one.  I remember juggling three jobs while I was at uni,  because one, wasn’t enough for me to live on, and three made me a living, and allowed me to buy what I wanted. Relating it back to playing,  if you have time to raid with two guilds and you love playing then why not?

However are these duel guilded raiders taking spots that could be filled by someone who doesn’t raid, and wants to, or are people by raiding with two guilds creating more opportunity for more people to get a raid off the ground. I think that would be hard to quantify without finding out how many people duel raid.

  but I were a GM, and knew that this was occuring  – that my raiders were looking elsewhere for something the guild couldn’t fulfil, I think I would want to know.  Using the jobs as an example again,   my jobs were part-time, and they assume I have some flexibility,  so if one job wanted me to do something extra but I couldn’t because I had commitments at another job,  then I am certainly not showing loyalty to my position, but was it any of their business that I had more then one job?  Theoretically only if it interfere with my commitments to them, and thus you can apply that to raiders who duel guild.

So is being in a guild like having a job ?- Arh…  my brain is hurting from all the thinking I have done this week  so I think I will stop thinking.

Environmental Colors and Races


According to the current  Warcraft Realms  Census  for players at level 80, Trolls are the least played class at %4, Then you have Dwarves and Gnomes at 5% and Orcs at 6% –


Maybe this will even out with some with the Race/Class changes so I will assume that some of the racial choices are affected by class choices available, however in  the interim I pose the question  –

How much did the leveling environment colors affect the choice to continue leveling?

So I decided to have a look at some Color Psychology

We learnt all about Warm and Cool colors in Highschool Art class.  I remember doing two self portraits in warm colors that included the reds, oranges, and yellows, and the cool colors blues, purples, and greens, I’m pretty sure my paintings turned out horrible,  but we were encouraged to consider how each of the colors made us feel, and what we associated the colors with,

There are also studies which indicate that some colours have Physical effects on the body. Eg as per this Pychology site  says that Reds “Increase blood pressure and stimulate adrenal glands” , Orange is supposed to be beneficial to the digestive system, and the immune system. Yellow, stimulates the brain making you ” more alert and decisive.

Green “Is good for your heart”  “Relaxes muscles and helps us breath deeper and slower”  Blue “Lowers blood pressure, and has a “cooling and soothing effect” Purple suppresses hunger and balances the body’s metabolism

Another site “How Colors Affect Emotional & Physical Health  in an interview with Elizabeth Harper a Cromatherapist says that Edwin Babbit  stated “thermal or warm colors of red, orange and yellow are stimulating, raise blood pressure, strengthen, and tonify” and “Electrical or cool colors of blue, indigo and violet sedate, calm, ease inflammation, and lower blood pressure. Green in the center of the spectrum has a stabilizing effect on the human system as a whole” *

If you look at the Troll and Orc Starting Areas,  its all rock, a harsh environment red oranges and yellow tones aplenty,

In comparison the Night Elf, Human, Draeni, Bloodelf, Tauren are all greens, green grass, plenty of trees, blue and purple tones. 

Then at the Dwarven and Gnome starting areas  the Whites and greys can give us feelings of “Peace and comfort”  but too much white causes feelings of “cold and isolation” 

Even the undead starting area while has more grey buildings and muted tones,  there is still lots of green. ( though olive greens are supposed to remind us of Decay and death) They  with the Taurens are currently 10% of the races, as are the Draeni, but their races have  both have been around longer then the ‘squids’

So in theory – Leveling an Orc or a troll could make you constantly angry and anxious,  A Dwarf and a gnome,  cold and Isolated, an Undead  sick, and everyone else calm and balanced. ( or lazy )

 There is a point that people get tired of a character, and stop playing/leveling it.   ” I was so sick of leveling… ”  Leveling was too hard..” I thought that four of the oldest races in World of Warcraft were so under represented that I went looking for a reason why people didn’t level them, beyond the attractiveness of the race, and the classes available.

So thinking about it, could the desire to stop playing a character be caused because of not only the  colors of the environment that you started questing  in,  but any other environment you quest in later.  I love Stranglethorn vale.  I  also love Ungo’o,  Loch Modan, and the wetlands,  I hate the Blasted lands,  Tanaris, and Desolace, and the Barrens, I had never thought about it in terms of colors before,  but it make sense. You may not even be consciously aware of it,  but does your heart beat faster when your in the Blasted Lands?  Do you feel calm and lazy when traveling through Ashenvale?

You can also think about colors in a cultural  sence, Red is also life, apparently brides in China wear red wedding dresses, its also the colour symbolic of Love, and red roses,  so are Orcs and Trolls more romantic? If the theory about red making you hungry was right would I want to eat more while leveling in those areas? Does your culture affect your desire to play in a different place because of the color association?  Could this also be applied to other games?  Color is important in advertising,  so why not a virtual environment where you spend considerable time.

*Take with a grain of Salt.  Reputable sources on these sorts of studies are mainly text book based or cost money to read the Pych Journal online, and On the internet when an article says She said that he said.. really makes referencing hard.

Rightclick – Eject Passenger

“I’m on a Bike.. I’m on  a Bike”

Everybody look at me cause I’m riding on a Bike..”

Vanity Mount – Oh yeah.


This little beauty kept up my motivation to play.  I didn’t make all my money by playing the Auction House and some of it did involve  farming for mats that were selling ( like Relics – still )   and when it finally came to buying it I had to rob my Alts blind for all the gold.   I then had a Guildy make it for me 🙂 

I’m not in Shadow Form because it doesn’t do well  for Screenshots,  but that Shadow Priest cruising round your local city like  a road hog is me.  You’ll hear my engines first and then a flash of black.

Preshutdown I did a quick ad in General offering Joy rides and got a few people wanting a go,   it was fun 🙂   I am thinking of opening up a Taxi service for Lobies to get some flight points – not sure it will be worth the gold  for the time required.  Im not a charity!  😛

I’ve decided I dislike people in party  who jump in without asking. This happens more often in BG’s, and then I found the Eject Passenger button.  They hop in,  I eject.. rinse repeat till they finally get the message. 

A side note: I have been/ will be probably  a little quite for a week or so  Real Life stuff stuff has come up, and it hurts..  Literally..  but thats TMI.

Death by Cockroach


I feel a little sorry for the little critters, steped on, squashed,obliterated by the weakest Aoe, so I thought I would give this one a chance.

I let him hit me around for a little bit, and then I stepped on him.

Their Shadow Form is cooler then mine.



See that.
It’s black – and Purple. It’s SHADOW, and IT’S NOT ME.

Shadow priests really got the short end of the stick.  Warlocks have a cooler form.

Is this the real reason why I rolled a baby Warlock?  No,  but still I look forward to having this form when my warlock grows up.

Goes off to grumble in corner.


In School in was uncool to dob.

I learnt at around the age of 5 or 6 that you didn’t run home and tell mommy because then everyone would know that you dobbed.

I was reading in the Guild relations forums today about a guild that was writing in because another guild on their server was systematically harassing them, and the best advise was to use the reporting feature. Report Report report..  eventually enough of them will get banned for them to stop it.

Is raising a ticket asking Blizzard to play nanny when the kids are playing in the sandpit the right and only way to go?  It seems to be, but each time I escalate an issue to Blizzard by typing out a ticket- (and I’ve only done it a couple of times)  I feel like I am ‘dobbing’   ( not counting the report spam)  Its like being harassed in guild, or in chat, or by mail.  Bullied. You feel that you should be able to deal with  it yourself. ( Come on its a game!) We aren’t playing the tournament worth 200k , its not a grandslamn tennis match, or the Olympics, its a game, and yet we still need a nanny or umpire.

I’ve done many a BG where there is one person who is present enough to click off his afk debuff and he gleefully laughs at our attempts to actually play – I’m not sure what their motivation was, that they would waste their time being there at all, only to spent it fracking around. You can’t give then the afk debuff  – you can’t appeal to their better sence or even ask them to leave so someone else can come in – they laugh at you what else can do with them but put in a ticket. 

The ticket joins a queque,  which probably won’t get answered in the time your online, and he is still laughing at everyone in the BG, and you log off and get a non commital email hours later  from blizzard saying they will look into it,  and because of privacy reasons they cannot tell you what actions/if any they took.

 This doesn’t satisfy me that ‘justice’ has been done. There is no result to motivate me to do it more often. Yet, if you don’t tell someone,  don’t report it,   his behaviour goes unpunished, and unrecorded.

I approach any ticket I write the same way I would write a business email,  trying to keep the issue clear, with all the facts so it has a better chance of being taken seriously. I don’t take ticket writing lightly. I also need to be beyond reproach in my own actions, meaning no swearing at the person/insulting, or being the cause of their action. 

I haven’t put many tickets in, and I’m not complaining about Blizzards ticket handling,  and because I don’t see anything doesn’t mean nothing has happened,  we Know people get banned as punishments for things, and the best way to deal with any bad behaviour is to ignore it where possible. Player run courts are unreasonable, and the Terms of services are the ultimate law, but nor do I want to spend all my time raising tickets for the minor things which are technically breaches, but you can deal with to a point.

Beyond talking to the persons GM ( if they care) /leave the area,  and ignoring them,  raising a ticket is all you can do.

I don’t want to be a dobber, so I weigh up how important the issue is, who/what are the affecting and if its important enough I will raise that ticket, but for the most its less complicated to walk away, and thus nothing gets reported.

Get a DK to Spread the Love.. Urmm. The Plague

Deathknights have an ability called Pestilence that spreads diseases between targets.

Shadow Priests have a disease called Devouring Plague that can be spread around by a Deathknight.

I had a brief discussion with one of our death nights and the trick though is to put your disease on the target of the deathknights before he casts pestilence,  Its not often in a trash pull that they need to recast it, so you HAVE to have it up  before.   From my understanding it is possibly the 3rd spell cast in their rotation, depending if they are tanking or dpsing.

When the DK spreads the love  your disease will act as another AOE spell. So it will be well worth targeting that deathknights target and sticking on  Devouring Plague – and then mind sear agro dump mind sear.. blahhh..

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