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3 Sep

I’ve noticed that when I hit a milestone or try to decide which of my alts or mains to play, I have a couple good experiences, and then decide this is how it’s going to be going forward.  Then, a short time later, the RNG swings the other way, and I wonder if Fate has it out for me.

In the latest iteration of this, I had decided that I want to push to get my druid up to 80, since insta-queues are the way to go after praying for handouts as an unconnected DPS trolling trade chat and LFD.  Once I hit 58 I made my way to Outlands, and jumped into the queue for random BC dungeons.  Now before this, I found that I was spending up to 15 mins in the queue for old-world dungeons as a healer, and even sometimes getting into groups as DPS.  I was expecting this trend to continue more or less until Northrend.  However, once I was in the BC random queue, I got the window telling me that my group was ready almost instantly.  “Now that’s more like it”  I thought to myself as I zoned into Hellfire Ramparts for the first time in a while (most of my alts haven’t made it to Outlands yet).  I was blessed with a great group, good tank, sensible DPS, and I wasn’t overwhelmed keeping everyone alive.  We breezed through in 15 minutes or so, and ran it again right after.  After that I had to log  off.

I wish I had the schedule that allowed me to keep playing when things are going well, so I don’t feel as though I have to play when things aren’t going well.

Now, after the first few great groups, the pendulum has swung hard the other way.  I can deal with 1 clueless person in a group, but lately, it seems to be 2-3 morons in a group who are either trying to annoy the rest of us, don’t realize what they are doing, or just don’t care.

I strongly suspect this has a lot to do with the fact Death Knights start at 55, and are 58ish by the time they join the rest of us in Azeroth.  Coupled with the fact that they can (at later levels anyways) tank, and that queue times are non-existent for tanks, you get a lot of people queueing as tanks who either don’t intend to tank, or expect to learn as they go in Outlands.  I suspect a lot of these people are just avoiding queues, since from what I’ve read, you don’t get many of your tanking abilities until the mid-60s. 

Then again, I have seen warriors and paladins who queue as a tank, and have no clue what they’re doing.  Maybe it’s just queue-jumping.  I’m surprised at how many healers and tanks don’t seem to care about their reputation in-game.  Sure, with LFD you have a much larger pool of people to draw from, so eventually you’ll piss off enough people so you won’t be enjoying that instant queue that probably made you roll a tank or healer in the first place.  Good luck finding a guild at that point as well.

Well, I suppose that’s enough of a rant for now.



I Can Stop Anytime I Want To ….

27 Aug

With my pending return to the game, I’m faced with an interesting dilemma.  I want to play the game casually, since I’m not going to have tons of time to do so, but I enjoy reading blogs, and lurking/posting on various class-focussed forums.   Also, I have this annoying habit of getting sucked into this game, and I haven’t learned how to feign death or misdirect effectively yet when the agro is raining down on me.

There are a few casual bloggers out there that give me hope that I can achieve this goal of enjoying this game, and manage to see my family and the sun every once in awhile.

I hope I can stick to the casual playstyle, since I don’t have enough time online to devote to some of the more “hardcore” projects I would like to do. 

Raiding?  Forget it with my unpredictable schedule.  Also, with the amount of time I’ll likely have, I might be able to raid one night a week, but that would be it for my WoW time.  I like raiding, but I’m not sure that’s all I want to be doing while I’m in-game.  Besides, almost all of the pug raids I see forming demand the achievement for said raid. 

PvP?  Like raiding, I could probably get ok at this if I devoted all my game-time to this.  I’ve never been a huge fan of PvP, but I do enjoy it every once in a while.  I much prefer raiding, but like I said above, I just can’t commit to specific times during the week.

Achievements?  This has potential, but a lot the achievements that catch my attention are ones that involve a lot of playtime.  I’ll have to think about this one. 

T10 Gear?  Forget it, I’d still be farming frost emblems next summer, and not be there, due to not being able to raid.  That is, if burnout doesn’t strike again.

We’ll have to see how things pan out.  For now, the main project is get my druid to 80, and after that, who knows?

Who’s to blame?

18 Aug

I’m giving serious thought to coming back in the next few weeks.  As usual when I leave WoW for burnout, I swear I’m done with the game (you think I’d know better than that by now).  Thankfully I’ve never done anything as final as deleting characters, giving my gold away, or anything like that.  I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll probably be playing WoW off and on until they shut off the servers.

Now you may be wondering why someone who has fought free would want to come back to WoW (maybe not if you’re reading this blog :P)?  Well, let’s line up the suspects and go through it.

My desk calendar

I bought a desk calander for 2010, one of those tear-off the page kind,  and it’s all about WoW.  It just sits there on my desk taunting me every day with a new screenshot of the game that I just can’t quite get over.  I’m surprised that I haven’t thrown it in a drawer, since I haven’t played since April.

My coworkers

I have a couple of guys at work that talk a lot about WoW, and they keep giving me the play-by-play of what’s going on in their raids and the game in general.  Not sure if this is a good thing or not, but I’m sure it’s stopped WoW from dropping too far off my radar.

WoW is still on my hard drive

This is perhaps the most damning thing yet.  But I hate downloading large game clients, and patches for said clients, so I guess this is more out of laziness than anything else.  Not a big deal, since I’m not hurting for space, and I figured I’d be back some day.

I’ll be back in Azeroth soon, and I’m looking forward to it again.  I just have to accept that I’ll probably be playing WoW until they shut the servers off.  Who knows, I might even go find a private server when that happens.  But I’m sure Blizzard will have a new shiny by then that will suck up my life, like WoW has.

Would you start over?

27 Mar

This is a shared topic from Peices on Blog Azeroth.

Pieces posed the question would you start over if you could?  Any race and class combination, and any level from 1-80.   Hmm, for me that would be “Would you start over again?”  Yes again.  In my World of Warcraft career I’ve started over 3-4 times.

My first reaction would be to say no, I would not start over, since I’ve had to establish myself on 4 servers already, before the server transfer came out.  But when I start thinking about it, I remember that I’ve been very lucky on 3 of those servers, and found great guilds as I was levelling, even one that kept me playing on a pvp server (which I detest), and playing longer into a burnout that I would have otherwise.

If I was to restart, I would start with a fresh character.  In the past I have played DPS almost exclusively, with the exception of my druid that I have started recently.  The vast majority of my characters have been ranged DPS as well (hunter, warlock, mage).  Since I like learning new things, and since healing has not been as intimidating as I thought it would be, tanking might be a possibility. 

I think I would choose a male Drenai Paladin.  I have never played a plate class before, and I enjoy healing on my druid, so having a healing talent tree would give some good options there.  I don’t really have much interest in tanking right now, but that may change.  Death Knights intrigue me, but I like using the dungeon finder, and I’m getting sick of how long DPS have to wait (even though it’s better than it used to be spamming trade and such).

Now that I think of it, there is a guild over on Argent Dawn that’s recruiting …