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So, how slow can you level?

I am in no rush to hit level 85 and start the horrific gear grind.  So I’m taking my sweet time with my druid and finished out Hyjal and Deepholm.

So far, the on-rails question experience seems good.  I’m not sure how I’ll feel about that after putting at least 4 toons through it, but for now I like it.  I saw this from the great Bear Butt Blogger himself, so it looks like I’ll be taking my bear to Vashj’r next.  I don’t care that I won’t be getting much experience there, I at least need to unlock the local dungeon and bounce around on the bottom of the sea on my bear :)

I haven’t done a single one of the new instances yet.  I’m saving that for as long as I can.  I might even get a second toon to 85 without ever doing one.  We’ll see.  I keep hearing mixed reviews.  There’s no way in hell I’m going to pug them.  With the short chunks of time I’ve been able to commit to WoW in a given evening, I’m not too keen on spending the whole time in one dungeon.  So we’ll see what happens.

My take on the forsaken

I’ve finished Silverpine on my forsaken hunter.  It was overall a fantastic experience, and I highly recommend that everyone go through it.  Welcome to the machine was hilarious.

However, through this experience, I’ve concluded that I am, indeed, for the Alliance.  The forsaken story is very interesting, yet incredible disturbing as well.  When Sylvanas and Garrosh get in a minor argument, I had to side with Garrosh.  What Sylvanas does is kinda fucked up.  Having seen her thirst for power, I can only view her as a villain.

I suppose there always was an open question regarding what the forsaken would become once Arthas had been defeated.  In my opinion, the natural order of things would be (simplified):

1. Arthas raises scourge

2. Scourge rebel, break free, and form the forsaken

3. Arthas dies

4. Forsaken live as long as they can, dying off through natural causes (rot?) and battle

5. No more forsaken

Now please forgive me if you are a hard-core Horde player.  This is no reflection on you.  I always thought that the Alliance vs. Horde argument was never meant to be a good vs. evil argument, and more of a faction vs. faction argument.  But through this experience, it seems to me that Blizzard is really giving the Horde more of an evil tint.

Or maybe I’m just reading into things too much…

That traitor…

So I’m question along on an undead hunter that I recently made to check out some of the new leveling, as I’ve never rolled an undead before.  Leveling is an absolute joy, but I’ll get into that more later.

Anyway, I’m cruising along in Tirisfal Glades and happen upon Apothecary Jerrod.  I notice that standing next to him is someone rather short of stature.  So I take a closer look.  Oh my God!  It’s a gnome in service to the horde!

This is just plain unacceptable.  So I log off, go back to my home server, log in to my level 51 gnome rogue, journey all the way to Tirisfal, sap Jerrod and garrote Crispin.

Now I feel much better.

That little piece of justice served, I log back onto my undead hunter.  Now originally I was going to tell you all about the amazing experience that Silverpine is, but I decided not to.  My words can not fully describe the awesome.  So long story short, do yourself a favor and roll an undead, and make sure you read the quest text!  I spent almost the whole time with a huge grin on my face and was exclaiming something along the lines of “holy shit that’s awesome” at pretty much every other quest.  If this is the new and improved questing/leveling experience, then I think I might be done with raiding for a while.  I’ve got a metric fuckton of alts I need to roll :)

P.S. I understand the irony with using a gnome rogue to kill a traitorous gnome that I found while rolling an undead hunter to kill worgen when I’m going to race change my main (druid) to worgen tomorrow.

Mutant what?

I’ve been leveling an undead hunter on a new server to check out the non-twinked leveling experience and to see the new silverpine quests which I hear are awesome.

My thoughts on the subject will be coming in a future post, but I had to tab out and post this as soon as I saw it…

Mutant bush chicken

I literally laughed so hard I had to stop playing.  Well done Blizzard.  Well done indeed.

 

Edit.

Then I did the quest It’s Only Poisonous if You Eat It

I laughed so hard at the quest rewards I thought I was going to pee myself.

I’ve been shattered

So before the shattering I was looking forward to the whole thing but didn’t get myself too worked up.  But now that it’s happened it’s more of an OMGWTFSQUEE!!!

Seriously, where did my warcraft go?  This isn’t WoW!  This is something else.  I can’t even describe it.

Of course, I know it’s going to get even better when I can fly everywhere.  I may be the last person in my guild with an 85 as I spend days on end just flying around looking at everything.

Questing is freaking awesome.  I did the darkshore quests to get Withers for my druid (if you have a druid, you owe this to yourself) and got a bit teary eyed when I went by the ruins of Auberdine to pay my respects.  Questing seems so fluid now.  It’s fantastic.  I can only imagine how much better this is for new players.

Tanking is borked and I don’t care.  Healing is less borked and I don’t care.  Raiding is nonexistent and I’m stoked ’cause that gives me more time to be completely unproductive and just cruise around checking out the sights.

I like the new cooking dailies, especially since they reward skill points, so getting from 400 on up is even easier now.

I really feel like I’m getting ready to play a whole new game now.  My plans for cataclysm?  Totally shattered.  I have no idea what I want to do in cataclysm.  The only thing I know for sure is that I am not going to rush myself.  I’m not going to let myself get pressured by my guild to level and gear up for raiding.  If I’m not ready, they can replace me.

I might end up leveling all 4 of my 80’s in parallel, bouncing from one to another depending on what zones aren’t packed full of levelers.  Of course, the rabid squirrel that seems to be driving my current play style might just go ahead and tell me to go ahead and get that level 26 warlock up to 85 instead.  Or my new worgen warrior may grab me by the genitals and force me to level him to the cap.  Or I might start obsessing about professions and bounce around getting those leveled up.  Or I might start a forsaken on a new server (cause I’m out of spots on my home server) just to see Silverpine, as I seem to be hearing all sorts of things about it being chalk full of awesome.

It reminds when I just started playing and walked into Stormwind for the first time and started to realize that there’s just so much to do!

My first fanfic/RP writing…ever…

Here we go. This represents my first fanfic/RP writing…ever…

I apologize in advance for subjecting you to this.

If you’re not into this type of thing, then move along, nothing to see here.

/grimace

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The warlock stepped into the auction house, and politely waved as he approached one of the local auction masters. “Good day master Jaxon”. “Good day to you sir, how may I help you?” he responded.

The warlock looked down at his feet. His shoes were beginning to wear through, and the local tailors could only do so much to repair a simple pair of cloth shoes. It was all that cursed running. “I’m looking for some new shoes. Would you have anything in my size?” “Just a moment sir, let me see what I have” said Jaxon.

As Jaxon was rummaging through the many pairs of shoes on consignment, the warlock was pondering just how long it had been since he’d killed something. “Let’s see”, he thought to himself, “there was that cow just outside the gate before I entered the city.” He frowned to himself. “Why that’s terrible, I haven’t killed anything since I entered the city gates!”

As he was plotting the demise of the next city rat to cross his path, an evil grin starting to spread across his face, his revelry was interrupted by a light tug on his robe, corresponding with the tiniest “excuse me!” coming from around his knee.

He looked down to see a small child looking up with hope in her eyes. “Can I pet him”, she said. “Pet who”, he responded. The child pointed to the being standing beside him. “Tanggak?”, the warlock questioned as he pointed. “You want to pet my voidwalker?” The child nodded in the affirmative. “You want to pet an enslaved demon, wrenched from the fires of the twisted nether, that exists solely to attack ruthlessly any creature I command it to?” The child shrugged her shoulders and nodded again. “Why”, he asked. “He’s cute!”, the child responded.

“Cute!” he thought to himself. That simply would not do. With a wave of his hand, he dismissed the demon.

He looked down at the child. A frown was upon her face and tears were beginning to well up in her small blue eyes. That definitely wasn’t the response he was looking for.

“Wait”, he said, “I have something even better”. Her eyes cleared and she looked up expectantly.

The warlock quickly burned one of the spare souls he kept around for such purposes and cast the spell. In the blink of an eye, Shaakorill stepped onto the plain of Azerothian existence, sounding out his usual greeting in a grating bass tone, “You dare summon ME?” The felguard stood a full nine feet tall, wielding a massive axe nearly as long as the demon himself. Spikes on his head and shoulders made him look even taller. His blood red armor seemed to drip from fresh kills.

The warlock looked down at the child. The felguard looked down at her as well.

With a barely audible screech, the child turned and ran from the building.

“Ah”, he said to himself, “now that was the response I was looking for”. He turned to the felguard, “well Shaakorill, it looks like it’s you and I from now on”.  The felguard nodded silently and began scanning the area for something that needed killing. The warlock casually turned back to Jaxon. “So, how about those shoes?”

I hereby retire from LFD

Bee over at A High Latency Life has mentioned that sometimes you have to an “a-hole”.

I’m tired of being an “a-hole”.

These days in LFD, my patience limit is almost down to zero. If we wipe due to mistakes, unfamiliarity, learning, I will run back in and finish the run. If people are new and have questions, I am more than willing to help.

But at the first hint of douchebaggery, I will /rage. First, I will initiate a vote kick. If I am unable to do so or if it doesn’t pass, I will drop group after a brief explanation/calling out of the douche. Period. I refuse to put up with the outrageous shit that people seem to get away with in LFD pugs.

So it is with little regret, that I hereby retire from LFD. If I don’t do this for my personal mental health, I will burn out on this game and never return.

When Cataclysm hits, I will quest to level, and will only see the new dungeons when I am able to go with my guild. If this means that I am unable to gear up to raid, then I will go casual. All you ass-hats out there can spread your poison to the other denizens of Azeroth. But I will not be tainted by your foul and pestilent manners.

For all of you new players that are still trying to figure out how this whole world (of warcraft) works, I pity you. You will suffer for the behavior of your peers. I don’t think that I am/will be the only experienced person who has given up on LFD. As more of us leave LFD, the higher the concentration of douche will become. I can only hope that one day the douche levels in LFD hit a critical mass and the resulting douche-nova spontaneously expels the douchebags permanently from this game that I love.

I’m not dead yet!

I know I have been remiss in posting.  I apologize, but I have been distracted by shinies…

Towers of Midnight released.  If you have not read the Wheel of Time series, stop reading this right now, get the books, and start reading.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you to catch up.  You’ve only got 13 books to read…

Finished?

Oh my God aren’t those awesome?!  Since the last book, “A Memory of Light” isn’t scheduled to come out until 2012, I might just have to start over and read them all again.

Call of Duty: Black Ops released.  I’ve been a fan of the series for a while now.  Yes I know, but Raven, you’re an MMO player!  That’s right I am, yet I also enjoy some occasional time in a good FPS.  I still haven’t decided if I like Black Ops yet.  I will say that the guns you start out with suck.  But now that I’ve got some levels and better gear (what is up with the constant acquisition of gear?) I’m doing better and having more fun.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood just came out yesterday.  I’m a huge fan of this series.  I haven’t picked this one up yet, but am planning on it soon.  The multi-player could get slightly addicting.

Current state of WoW…elemental invasion?  Haven’t dabbled in it much yet.  I’ll probably go through it on one of my toons for the experience (not experience points, different thing).  Other than that, I’m not willing to login just to farm more points by killing the same stuff over and over again.  My favorite toon to play right now is my lowbie warlock.  Of course, I almost feel like I’m stealing from him with every level I get, as the whole experience is going to change in cataclysm, and he may want to see the new hotness.  Of course, he is still as demented as ever.  I’m even *shudder* considering an RP post about him, if I can work up the courage to try writing it.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely

I normally don’t really see much of a “personality” evolve in my MMO characters. For the most part, they’re just tools in a toolbox.

In my frustration with the ease of leveling, though, I’ve been taking a new approach to the situation. As a side-effect, one of my toons is developing a distinct, and somewhat disturbing personality.

My warlock is an arrogant, homicidal maniac. There, I’ve said it. Now this seems especially strange for me, as in RL I try very hard to be humble and polite, and I value life of all kinds.

But this warlock is a sick, demented murderer of all things Azerothian. It’s gotten so bad, that he doesn’t think of himself as a resident of Azeroth and potential hero. (Now he’s even thinking for himself. What have I done?)

He considers himself a raid-boss-in-training. One day he’s planning on building a lair and tormenting adventurers in whole packs as they come to kill him and take his phat lewts. He’s gonna enrage at t=0 though and totally destroy and enslave everyone that comes to challenge him.

It all started innocently enough. Taking some candles, killing some pests, nothing out of the ordinary for any up-and-coming hero. But then something happened. 4.0 dropped and he got a felguard. He’s got multiple instant-cast dot’s. The power has completely corrupted him. He was doing some of the new cataclysm quests, which involve a lot of running around (he’s only level 18 now, so no mount). He couldn’t go longer than about 10 seconds without having to kill something. Rats, squirrels, cows, low level mobs, same level mobs, didn’t matter. He would just be running along, see a nameplate pop up, target, dot, dot, send in the felguard, and just keep running. He’s so careless about it, he’s not even stopping to loot the mobs. This is just wasteful, and concerns me that the corruption may be irreversible.

After he finished what cataclysm quests he could do (the next one in the chain was bugged) he went back to doing what he does best, killing things for cold hard cash. He picked up a quest to kill 20 rabid thistle bears. He just ran through the area, dot, dot, send felguard, run to the next bear, dot, dot, etc. Eventually he had 4 bears on him so he just hit a soulburn and a couple lifedrains, popped a healthstone, and everything fell over dead. Without stopping, he went on to grab more of them and just kept on going.

Then he needed to turn in the quest. Now any normal adventurer might head back to the road and follow that back to town.

Not this warlock. Where he’s going, he doesn’t need roads. He just pointed himself straight back at the quest giver and started going. Anything he met, he killed, many times without even breaking stride.

Mercy, fairness? Totally foreign concepts to him. Non aggressive mobs in his way? Dot ‘em up and let ‘em fall.

The worst thing about it? He’s rubbing off on me. I’ve never cackled this much before. It can’t be healthy.

And the hits just keep on coming. Last night he hit level 18 and picked up rain of fire. Shit. I think my warlock just became the true harbinger of Deathwing’s return.

4.0 Shaman Impressions

Restoration:

I’ve been hearing that some people are unhappy with the current state of shaman healing. My view may be skewed, as I never had the opportunity to heal with my shaman much pre-4.0, but I for one find it to be highly capable. I got my shaman to 80 just before 4.0 hit, and I wasn’t planning on doing much with him until cataclysm. Then I found a bunch of cheap BOE armor on the auction house, and since I’m sucker for shiny new purples, bought it. Then of course, I got on a few guild runs into ICC, and now I’ve healed 10/12 in 10 man. So much for my plans not to play him until cataclysm.

Anyway, resto seems to work quite well. I feel like I have a lot of different tools for different needs. Healing wave and greater healing wave aren’t being used much at the moment. I just can’t wait that damned long for a cast to finish. I never experienced chain heal prior to the nerfs, so it might hit for quite a bit less than it used to, but it still feels very valuable. I’m certainly not spamming any heal, but really seem to be weaving skills based upon what is needed.

Planning ahead on totems throws an interesting twist to the healing equation.

Not being able to cleanse disease makes me very sad though. I know this will be less of a problem in cataclysm, where the major things that have to be dispelled pronto will all be magic, but in current content, this can create problems, especially when we try to 2 heal with myself and a druid.

 

Enhancement:

This is what I used to level to 80 with, and it really doesn’t seem to have changed much. But since I’ve never raided as enhancement, I don’t have the experience to really speak about the changes much. I know that while questing in enhancement, I’m still totally unstoppable.

Overall, I still love my shaman, and he’s just still right behind the druid in the queue to get to level 85.

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