lol u mad, bro?

1 06 2010

Howdy. I’ve been settling into a new job and have been enjoying it. Working a new shift, sleeping during new hours. Something struck me as odd today, though. A friend came up to me and said, “If [person I know who is kinda scrubby] downed Lich King, would I have to elohel, you mad, bro?” Got me thinking… does that kind of thing irk you?

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Childhood Raid Guide: The Eye of Eternity

21 04 2010

Hello kids, welcome to the Childhood Raid Guide. Another thing for me to play around with. The background: Malygos was the Weekly on Khadgar this week and I thought to myself, “Oh gosh… this is gonna be terribad. No one knows how to do this.” I saw in /2, “LFM [Malygos Must Die!], link achievement.” Now, normally I am against this, but for a fight as such, it helps for people to know what they are doing and it is over a year old… if you haven’t done it, there are very few excuses. We got in there, sparks weren’t stacked. We were running melee heavy with only 1 ranged, and the DK who we assigned to position/stack sparks was dropping them on the other side of the platform. Drake fighting was terrible… everyone died because they didn’t know that if you sit on top of Malygos, you get hurt and die rather fast. But… that is for later. Let us begin.

Malygos is mean, covets Magic, and has very stinky breath.

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New Attunements

19 01 2010

Being that today is maintenance day and I work the graveyard shift, I won’t be playing today. Instead, I shall present a small food for thought kinda thing that I come up with at work the prior night at flesh it out a bit every Tuesday morning. Stay tuned for the next post on Thursday, which will be about something, hopefully more interesting.

I know what you’re thinking, “Nag, there are no attunements anymore, unless you are talking about the simplistic ones for the new 5 mans. GTFO.” Nah, that is not what I’m talking about. It is a commonly recurring thing on my server, only Alliance side that I’ve seen thus far. It is a cold day in /2, your want to warm up your bones with some raiding. What is a person to do? “[role] LFG any raid” amirite?

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Trial Thoughts

8 09 2009

Last night was the last night of the raid week and we pushed full into ToC10. We downed Northrend Beasts with little afterthought, same with Jaraxxus. Faction Champions, which had been giving us problems due to lack of PvP knowledge, was finally squashed. Having never seen Twins, we one-shot them. Then two-shot Anub’arak. Now that I’ve experienced the full raid, here are some of my thoughts.

Northrend Beasts:

  • Gormok the Impaler: Simple tank and spank with some add-age. Each Snobold can toss fire bombs and I’ve noticed their damage ticks immediately, sometimes before the visual effect is even up.  Also the Impale debuff stays on the tanks after Gormok has been downed. Kinda dumb, but it makes sense… I guess.
  • Acidmaw and Dreadscale: No matter how much you tell a person with toxin to run to someone with Burning Bile, they are unable to do it for whatever reason. Haha. Other than that, it is a rather straightforward fight. I’ve noticed that if a worm is burrowing while the other one is downed, the one worm left won’t enrage like it should. Tsk tsk.
  • Icehowl: Tank and spank. Little to no heals necessary. I’ve been able to sit out of casting for the longest time and regen more than half my mana very quickly. Knockback, run out of the way, pwn face, ???, profit.

Lord Jaraxxus: A good fight, in my mind. DBM was kinda borked the first couple of weeks with compounding error noises destroying my ear drums. Incinerate Flesh is a kind of fun mechanic, I suppose. Though I dislike when the people with it run away from the healers. Legion Flames is interesting with its “only spawns a fire patch after a little while and you have to be clearly out of the effect for it to stop damaging you.” Fun fight.

Faction Champions: I hate this fight. I PvE for my epics so I don’t have to PvP. I detest PvP. This fight gave the raid group so many problems due to not having the proper CCs, which goes against Blizzards “Bring the Player, Not the Class.” Then again, it also requires people to properly use CCs, but we only downed this fight due to our tank being the last one alive versus the hunter. And it hurts so much because the last two fights are easy sauce and this one is such a roadblock for us. Not for other guilds, I guess.

Twin Val’kyr: My favourite fight of the entire raid. Growing up, I used to play Ikaruga a lot and if you don’t know what that is, just take this fight and turn it into a shmup. I found myself just not healing and running around to pick up orbs because I saw them floating around. It was a 1shot with 15 seconds off of the speed kill achievement. After Faction Champions, it is a much needed break.

Anub’arak: Another easy fight, really fun. Forgot to check for the typo to see if it is in normal 10man. Kiting spikes into Permafrost, keeping people intentionally low during the last bit of burning. Compared to Yogg-Saron and Kel’Thuzad, this fight is supremely easy. I don’t expect to see it on Heroic for a while, especially with Faction Champions being a problem as it is.

So, there you have it. My thoughts (kind of) on the new raid instance. It is too short, difficulty is schizophrenic. Some of the fights are majour fun. I’d rather have a Yogg kill under my belt, though. 😥 /sadpanda

Move Silently/Hide in Shadows

1 09 2009
Sums up pretty much our 25man experience...

Sums up pretty much our 25man experience...

Yeah, I kinda expected this to happen. I tend to not be able to carry things on too far. Speculation Theater was a bit of a bust, especially since everything for the next 9 months WoW is pretty much planned on. Makes me a sad panda. Things have been mildly okay, but then again, they’ve been bad. Incoming will be a short recap of the past 3 weeks.

  • Ulduar 10, still no Yogg-Saron kill
  • Ulduar 25, 4/14 with less than 20 people
  • ToC 10, 2/5, Faction Champions is a garbage fight that goes against Blizzard’s “Bring the player, not the class.”
  • ToC 25, 0/5, rather hard to underman current content
  • Naxx10 and Naxx25 have been completely abandoned

I’ve been promoted to Healing Officer, because I am consistent, punctual, and rather nice. I’ve had to deal with 1 major piece of drama in my short career as an officer, which wasn’t really fun. On one hand, I was friends with the person in question, but I had to deal with it with an iron fist. Ah well, we’ve pushed on… yet also lost some others due to school starting up and work hours shifting. Recruiting has been going slow and painful. Might have to jump back to 10s instead of slowly progressing with undermanned 25s.

My druid hit 80 and has been tanking like a pro. Once Cataclysm drops and Race Change is an option, I plan on making her into a Worgen, though I plan to play through the opening area at least 1 time. Nagrarok is doing swell, topping healing charts and offering aide to many people. Also got 2/30 of the Legendary Mace… working towards that, though it will be on hold under we can get our numbers up, which miffs me.

Peace out, Seacrest.

How to Wipe Effectively (Fumes)

26 07 2009

Ever wonder why there aren’t that many toilets in the WoW universe? It is because not everyone knows how to wipe. *crickets*

May I have some toilet paper?

May I have some toilet paper?

So… yeah, let’s talk about wiping. A wipe is a term that is generally feared by people. It typically means a failure and isn’t always fun. We’re not gonna get into the analysis of a wipe. I’m just going to tell you how to wipe, just like your parents should’ve taught you a long time ago. Main Tank is dead, Healers are dead, no battle ressurection is availabe. Wrap things up as quickly as possible to get back in action as soon as possible. If you try to drag it out, you will more than likely irritate someone. It is just good manners.

Taunt the Boss: If you’re a class with a high threat ability or a taunt, and a wipe has been called, taunt the boss. Then, for added fun, go stand next to the Hunter that decided to Feign Death. He can’t res effectively, why should s/he escape death? Another method to “Taunt the Boss” is to just stand at the feet of the boss and wait for him to pick everyone off one by one.

Environment/Boss Mechanics: If you’re in an encounter like Thaddius, and a wipe has been called, just run into the opposite group. Even if you manage to get to the other side of the room, he will tend to hurl a giant ball of lightning at you, killing you. I recall a Hunter trying to FD in this room and locked everyone in combat, unable to zone in, for a decent amount of time, aggravating everyone in the group. Another example would be Ignis, Razorscale, or any encounter that has something you shouldn’t be standing in. Go stand in it.

Note: Yes, there are some encounters where you can get out unscathed (Freya will reset if you run to the door). Huzzah, you don’t have to pay a few paltry gold. The longer your antics drag any encounter out, the longer it’ll take to recover (people can’t zone in while an encounter is in progress), the less time you’ll have to work on the encounter, and the higher the chance you will get on people’s nerves. A lot of what I write is based on my experience with raids, both Guild and PuGs.

If a wipe has been called, one of a few things can happen:

  • Tanks shall switch out of stances/forms/presences and just kinda stand around.
  • Healers shall stop healing and just kinda stand around.*
  • DPS will run around with their heads cut off because when Omen (or any threat monitor) signals an aggro warning, DPS always run away from the tanks. It is just something that tends to be true.

*If you are a Shaman with Reincarnation off of CD, or a person with the ability to res others and have a Soulstone active on you, get as far away from the original point of the Boss to ensure you won’t pop back up in range of him to aggro onto you and waste your ability.

As players, we don’t raid to have a miserable time and waste our money. We do it to have fun. By dragging out recovery time and pulling at people’s nerves, you are making things less fun and wasting time. As one of my guilds used to say, “Less suck, more awesome.” Have fun and know when to roll over and die. Dailies are there to aide in repair bills, we all have to pay them at some point.

Tunnel Vision and You (Fiery Crash)

18 07 2009

I never thought it could happen to me. It was just supposed to be a normal boss kill. DPS DPSing, Healers healing, and the tanks tanking. Why did it have to go wrong? A pre-emptive /cheer. Time slows down… and an icicle/rocket/stalactite falls on your head. It wasn’t supposed to be like this! That is when I knew… that I had contracted Tunnel Vision, a deadly affliction that claims the lives of thousands of raiders in a lockout. Today we shall take an in depth (to the best of my abilities and attention span) look into the epidemic.

Tunnel... get it? (click for full clarity)

Tunnel... get it? (click for full clarity)

I’ve found myself wondering how certain people die, chuckling at the circumstances, and getting a bit ruffled when we wipe due to a completely dumb mistake due to someone being too focused. Examples, please come into the room. I’ve harvest… I mean, collected specimens that have been afflicted by Tunnelitis Visiondepravious. They’ve all lent their time so please show them a bit of respect. Their names shall be masked to alleviate any sort of identifying and ridiculing of them. It isn’t their fault… well, it might partly be that. But, that is for later.

Example A: Threatius Nullioculus – This person happens to fill the DPS role and they do it relatively well, usually exceptionally well. However, they tend to die due to pulling attention off of the tank, attacking the wrong mob in the kill order, or not using aggro-shaking abilities. This person’s TV strain tends to feed from their need to be top DPS or their lack of measuring aggro. Many will accept that they have TV and never correct it, blaming their death on the Healers not healing a 40k melee hit, blaming their death on the tanks not generating enough threat. Where ever the fault may land, it is best to not argue the point. You have an debilitating disease, but there is hope. Example A, please stop crying, because I’m going to give you a few tips later on, but for now, please do the following:

  • Make sure to keep aggro-reduction abilities (Cower, Wind Shock, Feint, Feign Death, etc) on your action bars or an easily reachable keybind.
  • Assist off of the tank using a macro or an addon such as oRa2 (or anything that has a tank window) to ensure you are attacking the proper mob.
  • In AoE pack situations, allow the tank to gen a bit of aggro before going ape on the mobs.

If you follow these steps, Example A, you shall live a long and prosperous raid life and only have to worry about repair bills when you wipe. Well, you can have a seat. We’re gonna take a look at Example B, so if you could step forward.

Example B: Firus Standinum – This example can be any sort of role, no one is left out. This strain of TV is a bit more vicious, as it generally stems from weariness or a general cavalier attitude. Many bosses have the ability to cause nightmares for anyone standing where they shouldn’t. Kel’thuzad has his Shadow Fissure, Hodir has his Flash Freeze and Icicles, Mimiron has his Rocket Strike. Each of these abilities is avoidable, but if one has succumbed to TV, there is little hope. The healer that is watching their healing frame to not notice the swirling animation of death around their toon. The tank focused on positioning of the boss, watching CDs, and watching those creeping on his/her threat. The DPS making sure they are putting forth their best effort, watching Threat (if they aren’t a Threatius Nullioculus), etc. Example B, how is your periphery? Do you have a clear vision of what is going on? I ask because I’ve seen some UIs that block and obstruct view, or draw the eye far away from where it should be. Here are some tips:

  • I’ve found it helpful to place my unit frame, healing frame, and target frame near the bottom of my screen (generally around my feet). This centralizes my focal point, allowing me to be able to quickly scan my eyes around for environmental changes.
  • Also, I have removed my party frame (due to having raid frames open) to clear up the left side of my screen, giving more room for things to display on my screen (allowing me to warn others).
  • Any sort of chart that isn’t necessary, generally will be a DPS meter, has been toggled off. Does not need to be looked at until after the fight, if at all. Same thing for quest tracking. If you’re raiding, you aren’t questing.

I understand that you can become tired and frustrated while working on a new boss. As time progresses in a raid, TV becomes more and more lethal, so it is best to stave it off as much as possible. Example B, you may sit down.

Now has come the time to bring the hammer down on TV once and for all! If you are able to recognize that you are currently carrying the virus, please note the following:

  • It is just a game. We all get into it and it is awesome to succeed. The more you die, however, the less of a change for success that the overall raid has. If you continually find yourself under the effects of Firus Standinum, you may even be optioned out for someone who has more situational awareness. It isn’t that you are bad at your role, but your lack of vision clarity is stymieing the raid group’s progress.
  • Make sure to take a break every once in a while. If you continually are going for long periods of time doing the same thing, mistakes will start to occur more frequently as you get tired and weary of the same things over and over again.
  • Make sure to have eaten or drank some form of liquid. Fatigue will definitely exacerbate the effects of TV.

Remember, we are all susceptible to this virus, but we can’t let it bog us down. We will prevail! We shall rise! We will put an end to Tunnelitis Visiondepravious one day, don’t fret. Just work together and have fun.