Posts Tagged 'WOTLK'

Early days in Northrend

As I sit here waiting for my 756 person Queue on my realm to tick over, 21 min – 33 min – 45 min – 23 min I shall use this time to reflect on my early days in Northrend.

There’s the complete and utter choas  – there’s the fierce competition for mobs, and I have to Shadow word death,  to tag a mob, there’s the lack of civility and curtesy when trying to get quest objects and yes you probably have seen and witnessed it. Be ruthless – but be fair.  I’m adding the worst people to my ignore list, trying to appeal to peoples common sence if they are trying to jump Queue and Aoe a spawn point when there are 6 other people waiting.Grouping as often with people who need the same mob.

“Why Should I? Its who ever gets it.” Said one person when I asked them to wait their turn ” Its not like anyone did it for me.” 

 I replied ” Then be the nice person and not the ahat”

This person is probably a nice person, a decent player,  but circumstances has made it survival of the fittest – regardless they are on my ignore list.   Because if playing a game can make them so mean now..  what will they do when they want something else down the track. 

Theres also a lot of good – Its like a reunion, everyone is back,  you could find yourself questing or grouping with the realm god from the forums, or that guild trade channel spammer. A lot of people will try and group for single target quests. Its worth asking – or perhaps less polite but to the point, invite them to a group – your both there for the same reason so why not.

I’m  72 Now which may not win the record for the fastest leveler,  I did it in my available spare time this weekend, and my entire saturday was wiped out with social committments. Theatre and an Irish pub or two.

but my leveling will be steady, and I will get to 80 soon enough. The 1st time.

I did get quest helper, which has been invaluable,  I hate to think of the time i would have wasted if i had to go explore myself.  I am saddened by how much I like quest helper. I never used it before on any of my toons,  and I do feel like I’m cheating by using it. I like the idea of being a poineer,  but making life easy is nice.

/sigh – too nice.

I do feel like I’m cheating – why bother reading the text when you know where to go by pressing M. I doubt any of the new 80’s got there without either prior knowledge eg in Beta or using something like quest helper. ( Or paying their little brother to grind for them at work. )

Its changed the dynamic of the game for me now in a bad way – I enjoyed leveling my 2nd and 3rd 70 – sure I used some tricks along the way by buying quest materials when i could, or doing the Hallows end quests for the xp, as well as, as many cloth hand ins at the lowest level in major cities for the most xp, I’m going to be reliant on questhelper now.

Its like when I played Age of civilisations i think it was,  as soon as i discovered the Photon men cheat – and I could send photon men out to protect my villages instead of warriors,  or when I found a particular piece of Art in the Sims1 that increased in value after 24 hours when you sold it.  None of my sims ever worked a real job again.  ( It wasn’t a hack honest – It was legitimate art investment trading.)   The way I played changed – the reason I played changed.

I need to get to 80 asap if our guild wants to have a decent shot at part of  being amongst the first progressive raiding guilds on the server.  Trying to level echanting, Tailoring, Cooking, and Fishing along the way – Cook what I fish – DE what I tailor, and Its best I do it as I go, or hoard all the materials  – and then it will be the cloth grind for first aid, and mats for pots and what not, just like a good little raider.-

Holy Nova for Shadow Priests



Aoe. I haz it.

Shadow Priests for the time being since  3.0.2  have a holy AOE, which I have been putting to use as much as possible because I just like the idea of blowing things up, and I like seeing all those pretty numbers flashing up on my screen as I do damage.  No longer am I useless on the mob pulls in Kara.  We don’t need a mage for AOE anymore! I have been using my burst of goodness as often as possible,  on the non elites just after Hex lord in ZA, On the Skellys in Auchindon: Auchenai crypts, and even bunched up elites when we have a pally tank. I just get in there and blow away.

I was hoping that I would get to do some Strath on my shadow priest now that I can kill the rats. Do you know how embarrasing it was dying from of all things a plague of rats because I couldn’t Aoe anything when those gates closed. Trying to solo Strath and being  bitten to death, Mortifying.  Alas I was rushing my holy priest to 70 last night so I parked my Shadow Priest in stormwind harbour  to wait for me to install WOTLK.

The downside of Holy nova is that its holy. It does require me to come out of Shadow,  but its worth the mana on all the nerfed content, and its fun!

I can now do AOE farming. Those Basilisks are doomed, if only I could get enough of them to stay in a group long enough for me to kill them. ( They have a tendancy to run away.. )

And in breathless anticipation.. 

At level 75 we will get Mind Sear


Its nice,  but its slightly on the mana expensive side, has a decent range ,and it will depend on what damage actually gets done when you add your +damage  – I wish I could have played with it in Beta.

I do not have WOTLK yet. I am waiting till after work to get it. But I have cleared tonite of social obligations so I shall be able to play.

1272 + shadow and some new add ons.

I’m sitting at 1272 +shadow Damage now.   I rejemed some gear with +9 Spell Damage Gems and Have been gradually replacing them with +12 from Badges.  I don’t want any more Badge Loot.  I want dem gems..

I have good base +Shadow, and that Is without a single peice of loot from Hyjal or Black Temple.

I also added Damage Metre because I had not seen a  published wws for weeks,  Damage metre told me how bad my DPS was.  We did a Kara Run, and I was being Out Dps’d  by a Holy priest that had respected shadow for kicks, ( but he was dying alot so the damage done in the end wasn’t much difference)   A lot of his gear was from off Spec rolls from ZA and fully enchanted  so he had some haste on me,  but I should have done better, 

I think I had convinced myself that i had improved, I was getting raid invites, and my class leader had not said one single word to me.  The damage metres for the last 3 weeks of Hyjal and Black Temple were not published, so I had no idea how I was doing.   I didnt care that  I was first, I just wanted to see that that there was improvement.  Well alas,   some heroics and some advice from that Same Holy priest,  I have now installed Quartz.

I have been fighting installing more add ons, and I know I’ve had people tell me to install Quartz before,  and I wish I had listened.  It shows the spell, and the lag.. and sometimes My lag is half the cast.  I’ve only been able to test it on Mobs I’ve been farming as I’ve not raided so far this week, but my dots are going up quicker, and i’m no longer waiting for my Mindblast cast to hit my Mindflay, and while Mobs aren’t really great way of testing my Dps they are falling quicker, I look forward to testing on the next boss, which will hopefully be Hyjal tomorrow night.

I’ve also been watching the AFK posts on our Guild Forums, gradually people are decreasing their availablity, or taking extended breaks, some of its burn out, some of its just real life prorities,   we don’t have the summer Lag that others have talked about, because its winter in Oz. * sniffles with a Cold..

And a shiver of reality hit me.

Why do I bother trying to improve my gear when my plums from My DPS set, healing Set, and PVP set are all going to be outclassed as soon as WOTLK comes out? For the love of the game of course……

I didnt hit 60 untill after BC so I wasnt effected by the pre BC burn out,  but I understand it now, because like everyone else,  I will roll a death Knight, for the heck of it, and I also will be leveling at least one toon to 80 ASAP – Just to experience the new end game content, and wear new gear, So the only thing my current gear will do for me, is make those first few levels easier to get, as I’m sure the greens and the blues and the plums are going to be SO much better then what you can get for 70 now, and given that we don’t seem to be getting any more Bank Space or Slots ( there would have to be bigger bags though…   surely.. ? what am I going to do with all my other gear.  Blow it up of course… the advantage of being an enchanter.

Enough speculating on WOTLK – I will do that when it gets here, because I think the more you worry about whats comming next, the less you appreciate what your doing now, and thats the whole idea of it isnt it? To Play….. 

Must do some Organised Retro runs on Pre BC content….


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