Folks, I’m tired. Literally exhausted – as opposed to metaphorically exhausted. Although I suppose that there is a a little from the later as well. However, I was up most of the night with a toothache last night and so if I seem slightly incoherent or completely off my rocker, it’s because I’m pretty much fueled on 100% caffeine right now. I am also craving a calzone, but have no clue where to obtain said desire from my office. Anyhow, let’s move on to the musings, shall we?
We are currently working through out last Hard Mode – Heroic Ascendant Council. And I’m going to be brutally honest here, I’ve about had it with the fight. To the point that I almost don’t even care if we kill the damn thing. And here’s the kicker – our failing is 100% our lack of execution in phase 2. I find that I’m completely out of words to say to people short of “please just stop fucking up and pay attention to what is going on around you, because if you fail this mechanic one more time, I swear to christ I’m going to reach through my monitor and chew your ass in person”.
I mean, I’m at a loss. The second phase of the encounter is 100% about personal responsibility – and there is no one that can control that aside from the player responsible. And it’s frustrating the ever living hell out of me. And you know what, I’m going to just go ahead and say it: phase 2 of this fight is just fucking stupid. There. That felt pretty good. I get that fights should be challenging – and I enjoy that. But there gets to be a point where too much is too much, and encounters cross the line from fun and a “challenge” to ridiculous and frustrating.
I feel that this encounter has reached that point. Any fight where one person’s error can irreversibly fail your raid, is not fun. It’s just not. Should there be consequences for failing a mechanic? Yes. Should the failure of one individual cause the entire raid to end up on their ass, and running back for another attempt? No. I do think that consequences should be devastating - but I also think that you should have at least a chance, even if it’s tiny, to succeed with strong teamwork should an error occur. It is not fun for the person struggling with the mechanic (and knowing they were the reason the raid wiped), nor is it fun for the raid.
Not only that, but with Firelands breathing down our neck, I’m feeling incredibly pressured to push us through this monstrosity of a fight (pun intended, har). And to continue being honest, it’s taking its toll on me and I’ve found myself not only growing increasingly negative – but becoming a person that I don’t like in the process. After last night’s raid, I literally needed to step back and re-ground myself. Remind myself of my own goals, who I am as a person – and how I want to be as a leader.
I’m all ears if anyone has tips or tricks they use to keep people from blowing each other up during Phase 2. Lord knows I’m neck deep in frost orbs and chain lightning right now.
We have a couple of spots open on our progression roster, so I thought I’d just bring your attention to that here (after that fabulous rant on raiding…). We currently have an opening for a hunter and a resto shaman. I would also consider a warlock applicant. If you are interested in applying or learning more about the guild, please visit http://www.monolithwow.com or feel free to shoot me an email with any questions that you might have about the guild.
My mini-me, Elentari, hit 85 this weekend. I had a whole slew of gear ready for her that I had been saving up and having crafted. I was able to enter into heroics as soon as I reached 85 – however my first (and only, to date) venture was an experience. I ended up having to have Brade hop into come tank for us after a paladin tank really struggled with, well, tanking. I drew heroic deadmines - and for the life of me couldn’t figure out why a relatively undergeared tank refused to use CC, especially when he was clearly struggling with controlling the mobs that he was trying to tank.
I am hoping that Elentari will be able to get some raid time, if not now when 4.2 hits and the T11 content is nerfed and more puggable. It’s been a lot of fun revisiting the struggles of being an undergeared resto druid, and I’m looking forward to learning more about my playstyle through her errors!
What alt is next? Who knows. I’ve been toying with the idea of going back to my rogue goblin that I started at the beginning of Cataclysm. I’ve also toyed with dusting off my shaman or priest. Or perhaps it’s time to take my worgen druid through a spin and see the new alliance starter zone.
On Other Games
Brade and I picked up Portal 2 this weekend, and I spent a few hours entertaining myself with that. However, I will admit that I became somewhat irritated as we played the game and he was just blazing through puzzles miles faster than I was. I pretty much made me feel like an idiot as I struggled with this he clearly found simple. I know, I know – brains work differently and all that, and I’m sure there were some puzzles that just clicked for me that took him a bit longer.
But I began to grow flustered as I was trying to keep up at his pace, and just couldn’t. I mean I was the one who wanted the damn game in the first place, and I found myself wishing that he hadn’t picked up a copy because his quicker success was spoiling my enjoyment (regardless of how insane that may sound). So I took a step back and just let him go. I found when I came back and he was 20 boards ahead of me and not 5, it was much easier for me to enjoy the game at my own pace and struggle through the puzzles in a more relaxed manner.
And now, I’m working my way through with an insane eyeball and some robot that seriously has it out of me. And it’s a lot of fun! I don’t know if/when I’ll try the co-operative play, because of my early frustration is “playing” with Brade, but perhaps we will see how it pans out.
So I finished the War of the Ancients Trilogy and I absolutely loved it. Although I found myself hollering across the house “What the hell happened to Azshara!” upon my completion. I mean, I know that she was turned into a Naga. But really, we’ve not seen her again since. (I am having serious Deja’vu here – so if I’ve already had this conversation, my apologies!)
I took a break from the WoW lore to crack open the new Sookie Stackhouse book, and I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t the best in the series, but it was far from the worst as well. So I was pretty pleased with it.
I am not reading some of the Harry Dresden shorts in preparation for his new book coming out in July. I cannot wait! I really enjoy Jim Butcher’s writing, and I’ve yet to read one of the books in this series that wasn’t a page turner. To say I have high hopes is an understatement!
I think that’s about all I’ve got for now! How about you, what have you been up to?