Archive | October, 2010

ADD (Alt Domination Disorder) Strikes Again

29 Oct

In true form, Nycterenne has hit 72, and I am out of control with lowbie alts, in the same way that happened when Ikotar and Gravesaur got to the last 10 levels in the current expansion (vanilla, and TBC respectively).  I have no idea why this happens.  I suspect that at heart, I’m one of those people who enjoys levelling, and likes seeing how each class works.  I think I’m headed to eventually having a character of each class at the level cap. 

If, that is, I can stay settled on one server.

In the case of Ikotar, it was crushing to level to 60, and then find out I had no place in groups or raids, since Hunters were not thought well of in those days.  I struck out constantly in trade chat when people were asking for DPS (except hunters of course), and I lacked the schedule to allow me to raid 4-5 nights a week that was expected back then.  I think this lingers somewhere in the back of my mind even these days, and I still see it as odd when I see people trolling trade chat for hunters for this group or that raid.  I’m still slightly amazed that I’m not kicked from groups when I get into an instance from the dungeon finder.  I hope this passes, since I’ve always enjoyed my hunter, and I like where Cataclysm is taking the class.

Falross was my next character to the level cap (60 at the time).  I rerolled alliance to play with a friend of mine who picked up the game about a year after it came out.  He was level 35ish when I started, and I wanted to get caught up to him as fast as possible.  After trolling general and trade chat in Ironforge for suggestions on classes, I settled on a rogue.  I tore through the levels, and had a blast doing it, unfortunately, I hit the same glass ceiling that I found with Ikotar once I hit 60.  Everyone and their dog has a rogue, so once again I was in solo purgatory.

After hitting the wall of despair with Falross, I was determined to learn from my mistakes, and roll a needed class.  Now this was late vanilla, and I didn’t have the confidence to try healing or tanking, so I was going with another DPS class.  After having a good chat with a few guildies, I decided to try a warlock.  Thus Kimbelmi was born.  Now the basis for choosing a warlock was not the greatest, seeing that my guildies suggested it because they didn’t see many warlocks around.  This didn’t really bother me at the time, since I was growing on the idea that I could play a character who used evil forces to do good.  I levelled fairly quickly, and once I got to 60, I actually started raiding!  My guild at the time was starting out in MC, and we needed everyone we could get, since we had to ally with 2 other small guilds to field a raid.  That was a ton of fun, and let me tell you, there is no better feeling than dropping Ragnaros for the first time as a guild.  I think I did some real damage to my ears with all the yelling and cheering that erupted over Vent when Rag dropped.  Unfortunately, our guild took a bit of a split, with the hardcore raiders wanting to see how far they could go, and the casual raiders (I fall into this category) just wanting to see content, but not having the fortitude to attend every raid, or get too upset when we spend a night or two wiping on a particular boss.

I have to point out that I rolled Kimbelmi on a PvP server, and I HATE PvP, or at least what passes for world PvP these days (people ganking characters half their level).  The only reason I was on this server was because of a RL friend that had started on there, and the amazing guild that I found there as well.  However, after coming back from an extended break I found myself guildless, and couldn’t find my old guild.  I was very frustrated being stuck on a PvP server with little interest in PvP.  However, around this time, server transfers were becoming available.  I then hopped over to Dalaran where some co-workers are located, and haven’t looked back.  Later, I took the plunge, and server and faction changed Ikotar over as well.

I happily played Gravesaur for quite some time, alternating back and forth with Ikotar (on separate servers at the time), pushing to get both of them to 80  (I took most of BC off, so Gravesaur got to 70 about 2 weeks before Wrath came out.).  Things were going quite slowly, since I’m not the most efficient leveler out there.  The Dungeon Finder was a godsend, speeding up my levelling substantially.  Until then, I had the worst luck getting into groups, since most of the RL friends I have playing the game are in their own guilds, and busy doing endgame stuff, since they level a LOT faster than I do. 

Shortly after hitting 80 on Gravesaur, one of my RL friends who had a priest alt told me that there are a variety of healing addons that make healing sooo much easier.  He was speaking of Healbot.  This news gave me the confidence to try healing on Nycterenne, and I was off, since I hated waiting for groups as DPS at 80 on Gravesaur. 

Then it started to happen.

I started getting compliments on my healing.

Queue times were much reduced.

I was having fun.

It was startling to me how much I enjoyed healing.  It also seemed so much more intuitive to me than DPS.  When I was levelling Nyct I would get a new spell, and could see where it would fit in my healing toolbox.  As DPS, I tended to focus on 3-4 abilities, and either forgot about the rest, or didn’t see how they could fit into my playstyle.   I love the decision-making that goes into healing a party that is taking heavy damage, and I remember a spell that I got several levels ago, but never used. 

I thought I was set, and had found my main at last. 

Then Alt ADD hit at 75. 

Hard. 

Of course, this wasn’t helped by the fact that at that time, I was reading the Cata changes, and resto mastery was absolute crap (boosting HoTs when the target is below 25% Huh?).  At that point, I had almost sworn off my druid all together, since I made her with the intention of healing.  Also, a guildie was fishing for some other guildies to create a 5-man team to level to 60 or higher by Cata, and he had a specific group makeup he wanted.  He was looking for a shaman healer.  I was looking to make a healer, and it sounded like shaman (shamen?) were in a good spot.  I told him I’d be into it.  Got the shaman to 20, then found out that druids were going to be getting a better mastery (the one we have now).  The druid was back on.  After a few weeks of pushing hard (for me anyways), I finally got to 80.  It’s funny, hitting 80 still feels great the third time.  Maybe the feeling will change if I get a few more characters to the level cap.

Maybe, but I doubt it.  It’ll still be like Christmas morning for me.

Falross

Advertisements

Thank You Blizzard!

1 Oct

I was on the PTR the other day, looking over all the coming changes, and I have to say, I am very impressed.  With Wrath, and all the complexity of stats, talents, and priorities, I have been feeling somewhat inadequate as a DPS. 

First off, I would like to commend Blizzard for making the talent trees smaller, so you can only put in about 35 talent points into a tree.  To me, this looks like it will be harder to screw up talent builds, and PvP talents look like they’re fairly easy to pick out now, compared to how they are on live right now.  I’m sure we’ve all seen the 71-point talent specs, and how these poor folks think they have it right, since they have all of their talents in the “proper” tree.  One downside to the smaller trees is that I can see some people getting upset that they can’t have their own unique, special build that does exactly what they want.  There’s nothing wrong with choice, but if you’re doing any content at max level, you don’t really have much of a choice as it is.  Following that, I almost wonder if we should just do away with talent specs all together, if we have to take virtually all the talents in one tree, should we just have a “spec select” button, and then all the abilities and bonuses are included.  Maybe we’ll see something like this in the next expansion after Cataclysm.

I’m also looking forward to the simplification of stats that’s supposed to be coming.  On live right now, it feels like I need a doctorate in advanced math to figure out what I need to be gemming, enchanting, and speccing.  I hope Blizzard is serious with wanting to simplify things for most of us out there.  I’m sorry if you’re one of  those people who enjoys theorycrafting out the wazoo, but I believe you’re in the minority.

In short, I’m excited for Cataclysm, and can’t wait for it to come out.  Two major changes that have me especially pumped are the hunters going to focus, and warlocks getting a new soul-shard system.  Healing seems to be very back and forth on whether it’s going to be great or horrible, but I’m sure it’ll land somewhere in the middle.

What are your thoughts on the new talent trees?  What are you looking forward to, or dreading?

Falross