Friday, August 29, 2008

Strat.. and EPIC FAIL

Ok so we stomped through scholo like it was a joke (it kinda was, actually)..

Our group was bound for Strat. Nobody had been there before so it was bound to be fubar from the word GO. Yara had scouted it, and there are some disease givers that reduce your healing by 100%. To a mage this is not a big deal.. to an affy lock, this is terrible (explanation at the bottom). So we fumble looking for a dispeller to take that off of us. We got one!! YEAH!!

So we were...
  1. 70 frost mage (epic'd out, scarry powerful)
  2. 70 BM hunter (epic'd out, scarry powerful)
  3. 64 BM hunter (along for the ride, but always helpful to have a spare hunter)
  4. 70 Elem Shaman (ok so not a dedicated healer, but what's wrong wit a little dps?)
  5. Some gnome that calls himself Mcgoo..
So we stomp through EPL to get to Strat. Suddenly.. my lag spikes. Like it was 140 (not terrible) and then hit 4k. So everything got jacked up. I got booted. Came back in... lag is normal.. then BOOM.. back to 4k. OK so now I'm ticked.. wth is going on here? shut down wow completely.. Windows is updating to SP3.. son of a vocational school drop out monkey.. OK so how long could this possibly take?

Try over an hour and a half. SO when I got back in not only were they DONE, they were all logged but 1 and they asked me wth, so I told them. I promised I was going to unleash hell on strat tomorrow, I promise!

Now its Thursday night... I log on late (bah, real life.. always getting in the way of zombie killing), and I find only 1 person on. We immediately push to Lights hope to wait for others. I throw it out in general chat, "lfm strat, pst".. A pally (61) answers the call. SWEET. Most people resent pallies.. I personally think they rock. He was a tankadin so not ideal, good news is he could prolly take a beating better than me.

So we get in.. and we're immediately lost. Trying to find "the key guy" so I can have a key too. We wonder aimlessly until Yara comes on and we start moving with some speed. We make it all the way through to baron and he was a chump.. Got nothing good as drops.. but we got so many friggin blue boe drops it was SICK. Lots of gear that was designed to be super leet before TBC, which is all but DE fodder now.. Was hoping for Baron's horse, but alas.. no luck. I hit honored and now have some of the mats necessary for my attunement.. I may log on briefly tonight to purchase it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What's that? Naxx? oh HECK yes..

Sitting at my PC, and my buddy pops me a note saying..

"Did you hear about us trying to get a group for Naxx?"

This is a single sentence that stopped my whole night. I have always wanted to raid Naxx especially before its retooled as a lvl 80 instance in Northrend. Well also the prospect (all be it slight) that I COULD get the staff of Medivh. The only Caster legendary weapon that I know of. Not to mention, I'm in a guild called.. "The ORDER of Medivh". I just think it'd be fitting for me to have one.. well not fitting there are certainly more qualified raiders who would deserve such a legendary weapon.. but still. I wanted to go there and see what this place has, and experience it while I am technically overpowered for it.. unlike in the expansion when I will most likely be on the shallow end of the gear pool.

So quick reading of our forum, and lo and behold.. we ARE trying to go there! So I quickly give them my "I will be there, please dear lord let me go!"... only in a cooler tone. Well I hoped.. So I made my druid sleep a bit longer in the inn and I dusted Mcgoo off for a tromp through the plaguelands..

Last night we stomped all over Scholo.. I mean ALL over scholo. The kills and badges got me sufficient rep to get me about 2-3 bars from Honored. Honored, by the way, is the minimum to do the attunement to even get IN to Naxx. If you are Exalted with Argent Dawn you go in for free, otherwise.. you gotta pay. Things that aren't that hard to come by now.. but I'm sure they were hard to get to originally. I have the disposable funds to get attuned even at just honored so I see no real reason to push beyond that anymore.

Well last night it was scholo... tonight.. Strat. Our group? BM hunter (mostly in S1 epics), frost/arcane mage (FULL pvp mojo), and me (mixmatched epics from S1 and raiding, affliction build). Notice we have no healer? I would prefer one honestly, but Que sera sera.. We had 2 deaths in Scholo.. and those had to deal with us being kinda vein and trying to do AOE fest on 60 elites.. which takes 2-3 aoe cycles to bomb. I never died. Mostly cause I am awesome like that.. or maybe cause I was so undergeared/outclassed that I didnt' top dmg... ever.. ever ever. So I was either really rusty or they really outgeared/played me. Any of these could be the answer but it stung, since I wasn't SL/SL I didn't have that to fall back on.

So I'll be pushing hard in Strat.. since it is loaded with undead I'm thinking my "OS" button (fear) will be worthless. Ah well.. I'm going to take care of this rep issue so I can go on Saturday to Naxx..

Monday, August 18, 2008


Well I was looking for things to do on my pally and found that he had 3 quests in the stockade. Stockade? at 29? sure why not..

So I popped into LFG and quickly found 3 other 29's wanting to go in (apparently I'm not the only bonehead). The druid dropped out at the last second (who knows why).. So we went in as..

29 Ret Pally (me)
29 Prot Pally
29 warlock with VW

This made things really easy. We pulled a whole room at a time and in a few instances it turned into 2 rooms. I was SS'd so I took that to mean I get to heal... YEAH FOR NO MANA!! oh wait.. no that sucks. So I popped heals on them as best I could. For the first several pulls I didn't do DPS (squeemish much?). The tank told me to get into it.. so I did. AND HOW! I popped up righteous fury (keeps em off my locky friend with his shadowbolts). Typically one of us would judge crusader.. the other would judge Justice. So no runners (usually), and all the dmg you could ask for.

Dinged 30 after I got done with all that non-sense and flew to.. I think southshore to start questing there after a few days of rest. Also note.. I now have a new aura!! Sanctity aura. So in the future a duel pally situation can have me with imp sanctity aura (cuz I helps ppl) and him with ret aura. Should be time for HOLY DAMAGE BATMAN!! ok so that was a little weak, but I think it holds as a good pun. Also got the "take one for the team" ability (divine intervention), not that I see myself using it anytime soon (I prefer not to wipe at all). All will be seen in the future though kiddies.. so stay tuned!

Loosing focus..

Well I'd love to update everyone and say.. "druid now at 47!".. But I can't.

Or even "druid now at 46!".. but a big negatory there too.

So. What HAVE I been doing? I ran out of rested on my druid and then got BORED. I leveled my shaman up and got water totem abilities (mmm healing stream). Then I got bored with him, so I leveled my pally up to 30 (almost 31!!) and got his mount (woot!).

Why you're asking? Why would I start horsing around on alts now?

Focus. The social aspect of the game being tantamount to me rather than the actual GAME itself.. I find that without a leveling buddy, things aren't nearly as much fun. I will return to my druid tonight, unless I get a buddy to run my pally through SM for some gear upgrades in later levels.. Who knows.

Druid is sitting in Tanaris waiting on more stuff to kill. With any luck at all he will have sufficient rested bonus to get him up a level tonight and maybe get into the next one a bit. I may do some dailies-days for when this happens again. I seem to burn rested REALLY fast solo, not so much in group.

Friday, August 15, 2008


Well last night I got griefed..

.. and then turned the table on the little fella!

Ok well as you'll see in my post after this, last night was ati's last night for... well for a while. So I told him, his last night.. whatever he wanted to do we'd make that happen. He wanted to level his pally.. in duskwood. Sounds good to me, but then I let him choose which toon I would be. He chose my recent 70, dwarfenstuff. Sounds good.. pallies have movement issues, so having pack aspect will help with travel.. DOH.. he has a mount now.. nvm. So I don't know why the hunter was preferrable.

So I was killing everything in the cemetary, and some rogue for no explicable reason said...


Well I'm not a "nub", so it didn't bother me but I caught on he wanted to bait me.. I can type at like 50 words a minute so I went round and round with him.

"Why am I a nub" - me
"70 and in all greens, nub" - him
"yeah I'm mostly in greens atm.." - me
"yeah you nub all greens, my hunter [made up guy on another server] could 1 shot you" - him
"yeah look him up {explicative deleted}.." - him
(first just know I didnt' look him up.. I can easily name off 10 guys in the top raiding guild and SAY they are mine.. they aren't.. but who can prove this?)
"convenient they are on another server, huh?" - me

It went on and on... and then on some more. I referred to him as "little boy" and "junior" almost constantly. I went as far as to accuse him of making up his toons who are "so much better" than my 70. He continued.. this lasted like 20 minutes.. maybe longer. So he kept on saying how lame my 70 was compared to his. I didn't report him. I won't. It was an entertainment to me that someone would try to be such a troll.

In the end he did a mass spam of
"NUB" about 200 times. Which made me laugh again.. cuz, I didn't need to talk to ati.. I was killing he was looting.. that was our makeup. I made sure I didn't runoff from him and kept him alive, so there was nothing to say till Questhelper told me he was done. So he disrupted no communication (his hope), and he made me laugh when he wanted to make me mad.

Griefing.. Well personally I don't do it. If you REALLY know how to play, you just do and others opinions of you don't really matter. I know what I'm doing.. Am I the best? well you can check and see I'm not in SWP gear.. so I could not be the best. I will chance to say that I'm good. I have almost NEVER lost a duel be it with a same level or higher level character. Nobody has ever pwned me in a bg 1:1 (with mcgoo.. dwarf was a twink, so thats really kinda mean since I used to take on 3-4 guys solo and kill them all). Could someone? possibly. Like I said I 'm not in the best of the best.. I'm in some good gear, I'm not denying it.. but nowhere near sunwell or brutal gladiator.

So this guy had an epic fail as a 25 rogue. Epic. he talked trash (when it meant nothing to do so), then when I wouldn't stop talking with him (Not harrassing.. just challenging his points and his integrity) he ignored me. Yeah.. a griefer who no doubt wanted to have me /ignore him.. now has me on /ignore. EPIC... FAIL...

Lets look into this.. firstly.. my guy just hit 70 and did 1 round of dailies, followed by 1 pvp match (EOTS, which I won and placed 5th in total dmg 3rd in HK's.. in greens/blues). So he's not epic. Not even close. He's there to go to 80 though when WotLK pops, and do dailies when my druid hits 70. So he was kinda weak for a 70. No epics... I could buy a few.. but why? again he can move from 70-72 in this gear easy and then get questing upgrades to get better so why drop big gold on it?

Lets see some points as to why this guy was cracked..

  • no epics = nub..
    • Not possible, as not everyone has hit 70 since the 3rd day of TBC.. so he's cracked
  • my 70's are better than yours!
    1. first.. he could be making this up.

    2. second he could have bought his...

    3. third.. could be his dad's or brother's..
Honestly.. I think this guy was a kid being a kid. The whole "mine is better than yours" thing..kinda tired. And since it was unprovoked, obviously just a troll. I consider this a victory.. I didn't let it bother me at all. We did dabble in some name calling (well I'm no saint.. c'mon..) and some yo' mama issues.. But in the end we were merely discussing his legitimacy that he could evaluate MY gear as a 25 rogue (as that was the only toon I could prove he had). He gave up.. and I'm on ignore. If anyone wants his name so you can tell him what a dork he is.. let me know. If he wanted help he just had to ask.. if I killed a mob he wanted, he just needed to say so. Griefing accomplishes nothing. And in his case he lost a guy who would have helped him out if he wasn't a jerk.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Druid pounding up the levels

ZOMG.. With real life kicking me in the head daily I have neglected my loyal readers!!

Well enough bs.. what is up? Let me TELL you.

With my hunter now lvl 70 and being moderately effective in all things, I started pounding my druid up in levels..

Initially I wanted to finish the Nessingwary q's in STV. I did. Then I marched my bear-hiney (get it.. bear, not bare?.. oh bite me it was funny) up to Hinterlands.. with a pit stop in Guild chat to say...

"Um.. its been like a year or so since I had to FIND the Hinterlands... anyone know where it is?"
Quickly answered by my astute friends in my guild by..
"map.. North East of your location"
Very nice.. well at least people with excessive sarcasm group together eh? so I followed up..
"great.. thanks now that I can read the map.. is there a path.. THROUGH the mountains?"

Ok so NOW I get the sensical answer of where the path (if you haven't discovered all of southshore you're SOL cause I would never have found it otherwise) was located.

Get there and bring in my good buddy Ati's druid. So we start stomping through everything.. doing things like taking out a group of 5 47's at lvl 43/41 (Myself and him). So to me, I thought we were doing GREAT. Then we hit what is known as a concrete wall.

We did all the quests we could do due to our level in Hinterlands... So.... now what?

Well we logged in frustration and came back last night where we lept down to Tanaris for a bunch of q's I had stored since around 40. We collected them all and then started doing the dance of crazy druids. Pounding all of those out.. or close to all of them.

So progress is good.. I'm at 44 and about 1/3 of the way into it. Just got my First aid leveled to mageweave (not heavy just yet)..

Now for the bad news..

My good buddy Ati may be taking a hiatus.. having a real life seems to get in the way of WoW? Glad I don't have one... (or much of one..) So my relentless drive to 70 on the druid will most likely be a solo one for the foreseeable future. Ya know... I don't really think WoW is that great a game. I certainly have other games I prefer.. its the SOCIAL aspect of it. Reading other ppl's conversation in guild chat.. or local chat.. running around meeting people and questing.. and so on.. its just very interesting to me. THAT is the part of the game that is compelling. Sure I like that I have reached some milestone of success in the game (to me having a lvl 70 is some success, and mcgoo is pretty decent.. not to mention having 2).. but again its the SOCIAL nature of it.. I mean if you want to run out and quest all the time and grind on mobs for money.. I mean.. you can get a older non-online RPG and do that till your nose bleeds.

So on top of my "Woot!! level 44!!! WOO HOO".. I am adding this.. Please try to branch out a bit and meet new folks on your server around your level. I know of a lot of people and remember friends from other guilds.. and groups.. Unfortunately they don't share my passion for leveling alts up so I have a selection of people to play with at the level cap for raiding/instances.. what not...

Not sure what I'll do without my home-boy to talk to when I level.. this just in.. guild chat becomes spammed by a lowbie druid.. ROFL!! beware guild... BEWARE!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Ding!! 70! (for real)

Wow.. so I finally hit 70 last night a full night behind schedule. I only needed from my reserve funds about 140g to get my flying mount/training.. So I did.

Did my pre-req's for skyguard dailies in terrokar.. also did a battleground.. I came in like 5 in overall dmg (remember, no pvp gear.. I'm in mostly questing greens). I WON.. (if by winning you mean I died the most of all the alliance in this particular EOTS).

Tonight it will be dailies for Mcgoo and Dwarf... so that I will have plenty of gold for my up and coming druid to get his epic ground mount and any training he wants.

(YEAH!!! DWARF IS 70!!! YEAH!!!.. a full month behind my original deadline..)