Archive for September, 2008

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Early Morning Thoughts of Wrath

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

What’s this?  Brajana is posting?

Yes, my friends.  It’s 1:30am on a Tuesday monring, I’ve spent the last 6 hours getting 5 questions done on a 10 question assignment that is due at 8:30am.  So what am I doing?

Writing about Wrath of the Lich King.

As the expansion gets closer and closer, my mind has been pushing forward and starting to think about how I’m going to handle the new expansion when it hits.  Our guild has almost stopped raiding completely, and have found ourselves only pulling enough interest to do ZA.  And I’ve found myself with little time to do anything but my Brewfest dailies for the last little while.

In fact, I don’t think I’ll be getting much done on Brajana between now and November, and I’ve almost put Ferguson in a little hibernation chamber waiting for the expansion to hit.  I really miss playing my priest, but with school and work and November all going full-speed ahead, there’s just no time for rep grinds and Kara runs.

Anyway, back to the point.  What am I going to do when Wrath hits?

When The Burning Crusade came out, I picked it up the evening after it came out, and barely played it in the first week it was out.

I’ve gotten a lot more involved since then, and part of me wants to hit up a midnight release and join my guildies in that first burst off the boat, racing for quest mob respawns and trying to get to 80 ASAP for raiding.

But the other part of me, the sleepy part and the part that genuinely enjoys questing and exploring would rather sleep in, pick up the game after class and take my time doing the quests.

Next question – pets.  I did my little review a couple of weeks ago – and yes, I took screenshots… but now is not the time for me to look for them – and I’m still pretty set on getting a Moth.  I can even get one when the patch comes out, and then I’ll probably have a level 70 Moth to bring out to Northrend with me right away.

And I think I’d eventually like to get a Gorilla.  I’ve watched BRK’s Gorilla videos, and heard what he’s said about the tanking ability in instances and such.  I’ve never been much for AoE grinding, but I sure don’t think it could hurt to be able to hold a bunch of mobs in place.  So I think, at whatever level the first Gorillas are in Northrend, I’ll probably grab one of those.

*looks at looming algorithms assignment*

Hrm.

Soo, achievements!  Getting a bit excited for some of those.  I’ve even been working on the Brewmaster ones, because “Brewmaster Brajana” is just such a cool title.

Amava Knows Aggro has had a couple interesting posts about her opinion of achievements, and it’s been nice to hear another player’s honest view of them.  Someone who isn’t working their butts off before the expansion even hits to get these things unlocked.  I don’t think that’s what they are meant for, but I suppose they are for whatever you mean them to be!

I must admit, I picked up the 60% Brewfest Ram today to add it to my collection.  And I’ll probably work on a few more mounts once they are learnable.  But I’d be likely to do that whether their were points for it or not.  I have always seen my mount collection as a pukka achievement!

Speaking of which, anyone know if there has been a way figured out so you can randomly summon mounts?  Maybe someone will make an addon that could do it?  I hope there’s something.  Because that is one of my favourite tricks!

Okay.  Enough rambling.

The Algorithms are calling me.

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This week in raiding… A’lar downs Unemployed :(

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Well, the game is beginning to slow down.  Now that we have a pukka release date of Wrath of the Lich King, people are starting to realize how close it really is, and how the work we put into raids now isn’t going to do a whole bunch of good for us later.  We have had a guild discussion about the direction we want to take.  Our options are pretty much: a) Work on Kael’thas and Vashj, b) Work on Zul’Aman, see if we can get at least one bear mount, or c) Take a break from raiding all together.

Most people opted for the Kael/Vashj idea.  We’d all really feel it would bring a sort of conclusion to our raiding progress.  I agree, plus I’d like that title! :)   But I wouldn’t mind a bear mount either… and a break would probably do my grades some good.  So really, I’m along for whatever the guild chooses.

Tuesday night, we planned to get some more Tempest Keep, but unfortunately, our luck with A’lar returned.  After a number of attempts, we just couldn’t get him down.  Instead of trying to re-clear all the trash, we gave up and called it a night.  It was very frustrating.

Wednesday night, we didn’t have enough people signed up to do a real 25-man, so we tried to split into two Zul’Aman groups.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough interest to get two Zul’Aman groups going… so we ended up with one.  I felt a bit bad, because that meant that some people who really wanted to go to Zul’Aman couldn’t, but something is better than nothing!

We tried to do it as quickly as possible, but we only managed to get the first timed chest.  We had some confusion in the pull before the Bear boss, and it led to the timer going off when we had him down to 50%.  We still practiced the rest of the run as if it were a speed run, and we got all four bosses down.  We had to reset a couple of times on the dragonhawk boss, so we wouldn’t have gotten it anyway.  But it was good practice!  Hopefully we’ll do better next time.

Thursday night, we continued ZA from where we’d left off – at Hex Lord.  Got Hex Lord and Zul’jin down – it was my first time seeing both fights!  And they’re both pretty fun.  I have decided I really like Zul’Aman.  I like the way the bosses are set up, and I really like how the final boss cycles through each of animal bosses.

I see a lot of ZA in our future… and not so much Kael and Vashj like we were hoping.  I think too many people are just ready for the expansion and can’t be bothered to come… which I can understand.

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A Visit to the Public Test Realm

Friday, September 19th, 2008

So, I finally managed to get onto the PTR today!  I’ve tried before, but the lag was always unbarable.  It turns out the PTR isn’t so popular at 7AM.  So I hopped on, threw my talent points where they are likely to end up (really, just my current spec + a couple of the new BM talents).  Then I got to work on what I really wanted to play around with – the pets!

First off, I wanted to answer a question I had.  How will Willy’s Warp work?  (try to say that 5 times fast!)  I wanted to see what the deal would be with using Warp and Charge.  It turns out, like I was expecting, but hoping wasn’t true, you have to choose between them.  You can either use Warp or use Charge… which means, having a Warp Stalker will either: render one of the main Tenacity talents useless or render the pet family’s only special ability useless.  While he still seems to hold aggro pretty well, I don’t want to have a tank that can’t use one of it’s abilities.

So it looks like when 3.0.2 hits, Willy’s going to have to be released back into the wild, to make room for a more useful tank!  :(   I will miss you, Willy!

And the same goes for Fiddlesticks… I have always hated Prowl.  it’s no use, and I always run off and leave my pet prowling behind.

So I ventured off to try to find my next DPS pet.  First, I tried a core hound.  Pretty cool, I must say.  And that casting time debuff does stay up constantly, which is a nice little PvP thing to have!  But I don’t think I’d want one as my main DPS pet.

Next, I headed off to Netherstorm remembering those really pretty moths… I’ve always loved those purpley beauties!  So I plopped down a trap and tamed a nice level 68 moth.  The moment it flew to my side, I knew I’d found my pukka DPS pet.  He’s beautiful!  And he looks awesome with Brajana.  I took him for a test run on some of the nearby mobs, and not only could he kill things pretty darn quickly, but he could manage to hold aggro decently enough too.  Yep, this pet is for me!

So the next task is:  Find a new Tenacity pet.  I’m thinking I’ll give the Gorilla and Bear a try, see if I can decide if I want a pet who can multi-tank or one that can focus tank.

Sparkle is going to stick around as my Cunning pet.  I tried her out for a bit, and she does great DPS – I also really like some of the talents in the Cunning tree.  That mana regen thing?  Cool.

OH!  And I had a look through the Achievements panel.  There are some really neat ones, although I’m a little confused about the retroactivity – somehow, it knows I’ve done Black Rock Depts, but doesnt’ know I did Wailing Caverns.  Hm.

And “Deaths By Hogger” is a very neat statistic.  Gonna have to go aggro him and let him kill me at least once, just to have something there! :P

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*yaaawn*

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Sorry it’s been so slow here lately.  I can tell you this, there is a direct correlation between the time I stopped posting everyday and when classes started up… and it doesn’t seem to be getting better!  For the next ten weeks, I’ve got a minimum of two test/assignments/midterms due every single week, I’m working two full days a week and schooling full-time.  Not to mention the job application process I have to go through to find a co-op position for January!  Sheesh.  I’m already pooped.

So the bottom line is, I likely won’t be posting every day.  I’m going to get some posts out still, but if I want to write pukka posts, I’ll need to take a couple of days to write them rather than getting them out once a day. I have to chose between writing about WoW in my very limited spare time or actually playing the game, and the choice is pretty simple.  And obviously school takes priority over all of that.

But don’t worry, I’m back to the real world come January, and I’m sure with Wrath being out and the Las Vegas trip approaching, I’m sure I’ll have plenty to get me back into daily posts in December-January, once classes are done.

Keep an eye on the site, I’ll do what I can to keep it running smoothly. :D

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WoW Word of the Week: pukka

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

PTR is up!  While I install…

pukka

\PUHK-uh\, adjective:
1. Authentic; genuine.
2. Good of its kind; first-class.

Example: When I heard through the grapevine that the PTR was open today… I rushed to the site to find out that it was a pukka rumour… unlike so many rumours that get tossed around about this game!