Ok, I don’t have a lick of my christmas shopping done. It’s not for a lack of effort though! It’s because CERTAIN PEOPLE *GLARE*, you know who you are, won’t provide me with 1) a list or 2) any form of an idea if what they’d like. At this rate, I’m gonna just go get myself something really nice and a bunch of lumps of coal to pass out. Yea…that’s the ticket! I’M GOING TO GO TO THE SPA WITH MY CHRISTMAS BUDGET AND YOUR LUMP OF COAL!
Anyhow…back to WoW related topics!
I managed to snag up an Ephemeral Snowflake for Beru last night. This little beauty is going to be due for a nerf I would bet :) Why, you ask? Because on a druid it ticks 0ff of every HoT tick, and ends up being somewhere along the lines of 600 MP5. (HAH! Nerf hit: “Snowflake now has a very short cooldown to prevent it from restoring inappropriately large amounts of mana”). While I won’t give up either of my two current trinkets for it, I do believe that it will have some situational use on fights that are very mana demanding. It drops from the second boss in the Halls of Reflection, so go snag one up if you haven’t yet!
I gave the Glyph of Rapid Rejuvenation a spin in our TotGC last night. I put it in for Jarraxus, with the thought that it would be quite helpful for Incinerate Flesh. This, in fact, did turn out to be true, people’s debuff came off much quicker than normal and my healing for the fight from the parses was insane. But I learned something about this glyph: it will kill your mana. Last night my rejuvs were anywhere from 9-12 seconds in duration using the glyph. I forgot to swap it out before faction champs, so I had it on for that as well…which actually might have been a good thing. After using it in a raid setting, I think I’m going to say that for a 25 man raider, it will definitely be situational, and only good in certain niches. I am going to toy with it in the 5 mans…when I can remember to swap it out!
I am trucking along with Beru, pugging my way to Perky. I learned last night that if you PuG with 50 random people, you get the title “The Patient”. This title cracks me up. I will have to opt to be Beruthiel the Patient in our raids…to remind myself what I am supposed to be!
I have also decided that I’d like to do the Quel’Delar quest line. I think it would be fairly fucked up for me to do it on Beru, as that would mean that I would mostly likely be taking a hilt from a PuG with me having a legendary in my weapon slot, so I will hope that I can nab it on her in an all guild/main run where no one needs it. In the interim I think I will try to get a hilt for my priest
I took a chance last night, and joined the PuG queue to heal the first of the new heroics on my priest. It felt a bit more hectic that Beru. Granted, Beru is much better geared…but with my disc. spec on the priest I sometimes found myself struggling to keep everyone’s health in order. I don’t know if that’s because I haven’t played the priest for a little while, or if it’s because I’m a spoiled rotten druid that rarely sweats group damage in a 5 man. I didn’t finish the instance, but not without a little elbow grease being expunged!
I also just now remembered that I wanted to share the front page post on the Monolith Front Page from our 5 year anniversay that Brade and I put together (you will now have to scroll down past the ICC update, but it’s still there on the front page). I am fairly proud of how it turned out…I’ve just forgotten to advise everyone to go take a look at it.
In addition to all this new patch WoW fun, I am also currently finishing up the final book in the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher. It is a really tasty read, and I would recommend the entire series to anyone! I am amazed at how well the protagonist in this book is developed and the story just flows, it’s probably one of the best things I’ve read this year.
How about you?! Read anything good lately? Got your holiday shopping done? Still enjoying 3.3?
Today we will spin the tail of the snob in the sissy robe
™, aka Earenn. Yes, this little priest is turning into quite the prima dona. It’s something else, if I may say so myself!
Yesterday was just one of those days. So by the time I got to my priest I was feeling pretty snarky. I logged in with the intention of doing the daily heroic with Brade’s warrior, so we could get rep and much-needed badges. It was Utgarde Pinnacle, ugh. I loathe Utgarde Pinnacle. I have spent too many hours wiping on Skadi with any number of bad tanks that I basically flat out refuse to do the zone without Brade tanking. It just isn’t worth losing my sanity over.
So I set out about my happy way to set our group up, asking in guild first if we have any interest (having been late, there wasn’t). As such, I decided to take it to LFG and pug our way to the zone. Because we live on the west coast, but play on an east coast server, we frequently PuG for instances because it’s so late by the time we get “free time”. It isn’t always easy to find a PuG after raids when we have time, largely due to the fact that it’s after midnight for a good number people. Regardless, through the LFG channel and the City general/trade channel I had a mage, warrior and death knight respond to my shout out for “LF3M DPS Heroic UP” in fairly short time. Cool, the group was ready and it didn’t take too long. Time to head out! Power rangers HOooooo! (uh…no clue where that came from :P) Read the rest of this entry »
I know that I have talked before about my feelings on obtaining gear in WotLK, and the difficulty in coming by that gear. In large part, I still feel the same…I think. But something happened over the weekend that made me wonder: Is gear too accessible?
So, my little priest hit 80 this weekend (yay me!), to finish out my “set” of healers. Let me be more specific. My priest hit 80 about 12:00 Midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning. Yes, that is correct, less than 48 hours prior to the time of this post this priest was 79. What’s my point? I’m gettin’ there!
For those of you that were too preoccupied to click on the link, you might have noticed that my priest is almost in full epic gear (~3/4), at roughly 1850 spell power, less than 48 hours from leveling. Not only that, but if you take a closer look you will notice two things: that she is wearing a helm from Ony 10 and a robe from Anub (ToC 10). She is also wearing 245 gloves from a lucky drop/roll on the flame dude in VoA 25. Of the items she is wearing, I purchased only one from the AH (Je’Tze’s Bell), I have no crafted gear, and everything else was obtained via dungeons and raids. I’ve had purples thrown at me from every which way!
Now, the leveling and gearing process for my characters has always been one of my favorite aspects of the game. I love fleshing out upgrades, and devising ways to acquire new, shiny gear. This is my first character to hit 80 since 3.2 and the inclusion of ToC. This is the first character that basically can just farm upgrades through a twenty minute instance and be on my way. And let me tell you…it’s pretty boring :( There really are no decisions to make as far as “where” to go to get my character the best gear to be raid ready. No planning. I don’t get to “shop” in atlas loot.
Hell, I healed a 10 man raid of the current tier content less than 24 hours from the time I reached level 80, half in blues…and we did not wipe one time. Not only that…but I felt like I fairly reasonably carried my weight throughout the zone. *sigh*
Sure, there are still plenty of upgrades out there for my priest to obtain, and she is nowhere near finished as far as I’m concerned. But there is very little of the planning that I loved about leveling my other four 80s involved. I will still run all of the heroics, because I love instancing, and because I’m a completionist that way. But no longer will I be running them for gear to get me ready for the next thing, I will merely be running them for some personal perverse desire that I have to complete them.
Learning to heal in heroics was always a challenge, especially since I always healed an undergeared tank (some form of Brade) as he was gearing his way through heroics as well. It was sometimes hard, and it made me learn things about how to better play my class. Like…Pain Suppresion has a relatively short cooldown. Don’t panic in a dire moment, just use it, save the day and move on! Or learning what your limitations are as a healer, and had to maximize your strengths to offset those limitations. Of course, you need to actually experience those strengths and weaknesses to be able to identify them…
Hell, maybe I’ll even go far enough to say that ToC is part of the reason that we have such poor players in the community right now, and why expectations are being set so low as a whole. Nobody has to actually learn to play their class anymore to feel that they have succeeded as far as gear goes. While exceptional players will still learn and remain exceptional players, others will just faceroll their way to nifty gear never learning how to work and truly excel. Never having to truly work to obtain their spoils.
I will still follow some loose form of a progression chain as far as gear goes…I guess. It’s just that now my starting point is more ToC 10 and I’ll be progressing to Ice Crown when it comes out.
As a recruiter, I truly do love how easy it is for people to gear up. It makes them more viable raid assets much sooner and without having to back gear them through an entire content’s worth of shit or carry dead weight around in progression raids. But, I have to say, as a player, I find it pretty lackluster. And in all honesty, it’s pretty much ruined one of my favorite processes of leveling up a new toon.
So, what do you think? Has gear become too accessible?
As I mentioned the other day, I’ve been leveling my priest up to level 80. Having stepped down from leading the optional 10 man raids on our off nights, I now have all this free time again! In this free time, I’ve pulled Earenn out of her hiatus and perma-position in Dalaran as my enchanter. I’ve had some interesting experiences with her so far, so I thought that I’d share!
My current state in priesthood has me at level 76. For 76 levels I have been shadow, and for 76 levels I have remained a terrible shadow priest. No, seriously! I’m not making this up! It makes leveling a snap, sure, but I just cannot get the grip of shadow priesting. I’m so terribly horrid at it that I’ve thought about completely dropping the spec altogether on her once I reach 80.
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