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Titled

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Remember the days when there was only one non-PvP title?  “Scarab Lord”?  If you saw someone riding by with that title, you stopped and looked.  The PvP titles were neat too, but didn’t hold much meaning.

Then they brought in a couple more with Burning Crusade… “Champion of the Naaru” and “Hand of A’dal”.  Eventually you could get “of the Shattered Sun” if you had some spare cash.  They were quite a bit more common, but it still made you feel a bit special.

With the achievement system the way it is now, we’re more surprised to see someone running around without a title than with one.  Anyone who has had even passing interest in achievements has upwards of 10 titles to switch through as they see fit.

I think it adds a bit of depth to each character – by seeing someone’s title, you can guess what their playstyle or in-game interests might be.  Someone with the title “Jenkins” makes me think they just love messing around and having fun with the game.  When I see a “Twilight Vanquisher” I feel like I’m in the presence of a doughty fighter.  Is it wrong to judge people by their title?

Anyway, what brought this line of though on was that as of last night, Ghugh is no longer just Ghugh!  He is now…

Ghugh of Ironforge! (Complete with spikey hat)

Ghugh of Ironforge! (Complete with spikey hat)

I think this is a fitting first title for most characters.  And as you progress and gain more experiences, you come to be known for more interesting things than just your origin.

What do you think?  Is there a reason you favour some titles over others?

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet around here lately other than “Need More Stable Slots” stuff (GO DONATE), but I’ve been quite busy at work, and it’s going to continue to be quiet just a few more days – I’m having a wisdom tooth removed tomorrow!

So I’ll be back when I’ve recovered and gotten sick of eating pudding and milkshakes.  Is that even possible?

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Losing my Tanking Virginity

Monday, June 15th, 2009

When I first decided to level my paladin, I knew I wanted to try my hand at tanking.  I’ve DPSed on my hunter, I’ve healed on my priest, but I’ve never leveled a character that could tank.

I still managed to get to 75 without giving it a try though.  I’ve run my fair share of dungeons, but with all the Death Knights and Druids around, tanking always seemed to be covered.  I got to DPS, which I really enjoy! (Or ocassionally paladin heal, which I don’t enjoy so much.)

To be honest, I was scared.  How do you tank for the first time with a bunch of strangers?  What if I can’t handle it and cause the group to fail? Ah!  /stress

Well, after getting a hand from Psynister’s tanking guide and reading a bit of the Basic Training forum at Maintankadin, I felt I was ready.  I had my Cobalt Armour all ready to go, and I queued myself up for Utgarde Keep and The Nexus. (You always want your first time to be somewhere familiar and with someone below your level… right?).

Unfortunately, no one else wanted to run those.  So I gave up and shoved myself in the Azjol-Nerub queue.  Have you ever been to AN?  I have only been there twice before.  But the first boss is not friendly.  Once you start on your trash, they keep coming in waves followed by the boss.

[Healer]: WAIT FOR MANA!
[Hunter]: ya srsly!

>.< It was only my first boss fight and I was already getting yelled at!  I tried to explain to them that I wasn’t pulling, the pulls chain pull themselves.  We made it through the fight, even though I died near the end.

The second boss pull is also pretty similar, stuff just keeps coming.  We all survived even though I forgot to move out of the green stuff.  Last boss went pretty smoothly, and I picked up a tanking ring.  I was pretty happy with the run, considering the only person who died was me, and it isn’t really the best instance for your first time tanking.

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[Healer]: Anyone want to run Old Kingdom??

Well, at least I knew I wasn’t too bad, since they didn’t kick me from the group after the run!  I told them I’ve never  been in there before on any character, so I took a couple minutes to get a quick overview of the place.

And this run went much more smoothly than I expected.  In fact, the one problem was the hunter.  He was a bit too eager.  He decided that since he has Misdirect, he is allowed to decide when to make the pulls.  He also had his pet on Defensive, so whenever he tried to misdirect, his pet would run over and steal aggro.  Argh. I tried to tell him to put his pet on Passive, but he wouldn’t listen.

All in all, the run went well.  I picked up another piece of tanking gear! We had 2 or 3 wipes, but they were all caused by the Hunter’s stupid misdirecting when a pat was near, or misdirecting a group when I was pulling a different group.  I think I did pretty well!

I didn't get a screenshot of the text... Whoops!  I swear it was Ghugh!

I didn't get a screenshot of the text... Whoops! I swear it was Ghugh!

/sigh of relief

Oh, and look at Ghugh’s new spikey shoulders!  Aren’t they pretty?

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This Week in Raiding… Cry Baby, Cry!

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Tuesday’s roster was… interesting.  We’ve recently come in to a whole slew of new recruits, which bumped out signups from having about 23 signed up as available to having closer to 33.  Quite nice to have a selection to choose from, and backups in case someone can’t stay!

And the raid itself went great!  We took out Flame Leviathan, XT and Kologarn in 1 shot each.  We also took out Auriaya, and she saw fit to hand over her Siren’s Cry!  Luckily the loot distribution was such that I was next up for gear among the present Hunters, so it’s mine!

It’s a very different feeling, being the first to get a shiny new Hunter weapon from Ulduar.  I was last of our raiding Hunters to get a Naxx ranged weapon, as well as last to get Journey’s End.  I am glad I don’t have to be last again!

We also took down The Iron Council with only a few tries, clearing out the Antechamber on Heroic for the fist time.   I think we can improve on that fight – specifically, next time I will move over to the Stormcaller after the big guy goes down so it’ll be easier for me to interrupt.  It’s nice to have me on interrupts there since I can stay out of range of his Overcharge ability but still get him easily.

Wednesday night we found ourselves face to face with Freya again.  We spent nearly 2 nights on her last week with only once passing into Phase 2… it was a bit discouraging.  But this week went much better!  After 3 attempts, we got her down.  What did we do differently?  Well, not much.  But we learned that Shockwave is the most effective way to freeze the explodey flowers in place, and that for us, the best way to deal with phase to is to have everyone loosely stack, and then alternate between two spots with Freya whenever she drops her seeds.

Thorim… not so nice.  We were having serious issues in the tunnel, and are yet to find the perfect balance of DPS to bring along.  I think we’ll do better next time if we bring one or two more.

Thursday we decided to finally suck it up and finish that darn Siege Quarter.  In only about 2-3 attempts each, we managed to take down Ignis and Razorscale, the bane of Unemployed!  Huzzah!  Rejoice!

We spent the rest of the evening working on Hodir.  We basically got him down… less than 8% left on one of our attempts, so we KNOW we can do it.  And we will next time!  I think everyone was just a bit too tired and losing their coordination nearing the end of the night.

SERVER FIRST!

SERVER FIRST!

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So that’s 4 new bosses, and 7 achievements in 3 nights of raiding!  Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!


treasure_chest1This Week in Raiding… is my weekly Saturday post where I allow myself to brag about new gear, bosses, achievements, and such.

Come back next week for another dose of epeen and QQ!

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Ghugh’s Charger & Endless Mend Pet

Monday, May 18th, 2009

So yesterday I was dual-boxing on my machine with my boyfriend’s Hunter to help me get Ghugh’s dungeon runs for his Charger quest. It was a very long afternoon, as we had to run UD Stratholme, Dire Maul and Scholomance… and I can sometimes bore easily.  We took turns playing to get it all done, and much frustration was had in Scholo.

When doing the final event in Scholo, I read that if you wipe, you have to reset the instance and do it all over again.  Well, my paladin died from AoE pretty early, and I was not happy.  I tried running him back, but of course the gates were shut so I could get close enough to get XP, but not in the door.  The event seemed to be taking forever, so I figured I had to reset.  Since my Hunter was stuck in the instance, I hearthed them both out and then started the long journey back to Scholo.

It was only then that I read that the event can still be completed after the paladin has died as long as he is… close enough to get XP.  So I reset it and hearthed for no reason at all!  He died again the second time, but the strategy worked, and I finished the event with the Hunter and ran the Paladin in after.  Much rejoicing was had!

I also saved a lot of money by going this way instead of buying the ability at 61.  Since I had most of the mats from being a miner, it only cost me about 230g to get this quest done, rather than the 500g or whatever it costs to just simply train it and buy the mount.  So there!

"Feat of Strength? ... What we have is great Strength of Feet!"

"Feat of Strength? ... What we have is great Strength of Feet!"

But an interesting little thing happened during this run.

At one point I decided to swap out his cat pet for his Gorilla pet, because… well, it just makes more sense.  So I used Call Stabled Pet, spent Gorilla’s talent points and went on killing things.  Then I noticed the little +s and sparkles that go with Mend Pet… but I didn’t remember casting it.  I look at his buff only to find this:

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Huh!  That’s pretty sweet.  Bring this to a raid and you’re sure to top the healing (and overhealing) meters. :)   And it’s still there today, after logging out and everything… but now there are only 20 days remaining!

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PalaDING!

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Ghugh 60!

Ghugh finally pushed through the last 15% and hit level 60 last night!  I’m so proud of him… *tear*!

I am determined to do the epic mount quest.  Why?  Because it’s EPIC!  Yes, I know I can just buy the darn thing at 61.  But I had most of the mats I needed to get for the quest on me already from mining, and the boyfriend needs to run the instances on his 80 anyway, so it’s really no big deal.  The only big deal is trying to find time to run them :)

Ghugh has developed a nemesis though – a creature known as the Nerubian Overseer.  Nasty little bug, he is!  I was determined to kill this rare and take his pretty loots… but he does this horrible web that prevents you from attacking, moving or casting spells for 8 seconds, and he casts it over and over again.  He killed me no less than 3 times while I was on my way to work on my Paladin quest.  What a jerk.

Once I finish up my mount quest, it’s off to Outlands!  I was going to head out right when I hit 58, but I figured, I need some Argent rep for my paladin quest anyway, and I was moving along very quickly with the quests I had, so I just hung around in Winterspring and Western Plaguelands.

I’m thinking of buying dual specs for Ghugh.  I want to try my hand at tanking.  As you can see from the screenshot… my Mining/Skinning combo and my not having to pay a lot for mounts has put me in quite the advantageous position, as far as gold goes… so I can certainly afford it. But I really don’t know anything about tanking!  HALP!