Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Was outrolled on all relevent loot, but nevertheless, was a memorable fight. Is there anything that the sons of Alliance cannot defeat?
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I am something of a nightowl so I’m going to touch on some thoughts I’ve had tonight; concerning pvp gear when applied to pve environment. I have only been on Blade’s Edge server now for maybe a week but upon my very arrival I noticed the huge trend that people would carry pvp gear into instances. And I am not talking normal lvl 70-80 dungeons, but heroics. The first heroic I ran was Halls of Lightning and in that case I had two dps guys (the other was probably a girl though) proudly present that they had over 2k dps.
I remember exchanging looks with my fellow shaman there because we had just finished scanning their gear and it was just full of pvp stuff. The truth was revealed to be a lot less awesome than the two claim and I, as a tank, actually dealt more dps than either of them and that is always a bad sign.
True, we ran the length of the instance, without huge difficulties but it did had that feeling dragging along, like when you’re carrying something heavy. I have since found this trend seems to span lots of guilds and I am truly puzzled by it.
Is there a publically acknowledged WoW guru giving everyone this advice or something? If there is, guys, you need to stop taking his advice now!
Here is the rub children; when the good designers at Blizzard sit down to come up with new gear they have a certain quota of stats to share, depending on the level of the item. Pvp gear is set apart from normal pve gear by the presence of a stat called Resilience. It is very important for pvp environment but completely useless when you are running instances, or worse, raids, and whenever there is resilience on a piece of equipment it replaces a stat that is on the contrary useful for a pve player.
I am sure it is a very sexy idea and I know I had similar thoughts when I first considered my death knight’s offspec. After all, running battlegrounds is not that hard and considering the grind and level of difficulty in gaining good enough gear from heroics, it is not a surprise that easily acquired pvp gear has its appeal. But what comes easy also goes easy.
Also, not only are you hurting your own performance but that of your team. Some heroics are quite difficult and demanding. They are fairly simple if tactics are dealt properly and people are good enough geared, but 1-2 dps wearing poor pvp gear will make it all the more harder and will only add to their frustration when the group wipes and denies everyone the chance for emblems, leaving you only with a big repair bill.
When talking about this to the average person, the common reply is that they are wearing the pvp gear until they get better. Some argue that it is very difficult to gain access to good enough gear. Aye, it seems like it at first but in truth, it is not. Here are two good advices I give to my guild members almost everyday:
There are a surprising number of very good items that you can craft with the help of a proper craft profession. You can find people able to craft these items from all over the place; your guild, trade channel, or might even be one yourself. Look up saronite and titansteel in wowwiki.com and I am certain there is something for everyone.
I currently have six factions listed in my game, which I consider to be valuable for reputation. Each is easily found and each has a quartermaster. Again, check the list of items they sell (easily from wowwiki.com) and you find that they sell a large variety of superb items. They are good because most require revered or exalted to get, but some can be had with just an honored status.
Most of the reputation items take tenacity to acquire. Start by completing every quest for that faction and then finish by completing daily quests, and if you are up for it, wear their tabard while doing level 80 dungeons or heroics.
That’s it for the night. Now I am going to hit the sack. Hope this was useful to you guys and remember, gearing up might feel tedious and frustrating, but it is also part of the fun.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Finally it is here; my WoW blog. It’s one of those eternity projects that I have been thinking about for a long time but just haven’t been able to put into a proper outlet, to make it work properly. But now, I think, I got it down and I will begin to put down some of the many thoughts that keep crossing my mind.
So what can you expect from this blog?
Well, keep this in mind; I am by no means, a hardcore player. I enjoy playing and I enjoy making progress but I do not take it so seriously to make myself flip over a series of wipes or failed stabs at raid bosses. Rather I will put my frustration in words here in my blog, stirring over what went wrong and finding ways to fix them. That is, what I think separates the most of WoW players; one half is just more concerned with badgering and verbally abusing less geared and skilled players, while others (like me here) try find ways to encourage them and work with them. Here in this blog I will discuss those experiences and hopefully, it’ll all be good entertainment for the passerby. Because trust me, with the right attitude, even the worst raid night can be most entertaining.
All and all keep in my that this blog is inspired by my passion for this game. It is truly a remarkable piece of software engineering and creative effort. My blog will be about Warcraft and it is targeted for my fellow players. Everyone is, of course, welcome to read and enjoy it but players will get the most out of it. Or alternatively, people who are interested try it or have just started to play.
With that I will leave to prepare my first article and we shall see what I can cook up. Thank you for reading and I hope you will enjoy my future posts.