Screenshots Day!

March 7, 2010

So I decided to take a trip on my rogue today.  Why not join me on my findings?

First view you get of IF Airport

 Ironforge Airport has a special place in my heart.  I’ve always loved going there and seeing how my old NPC buddies are doing, what with fixing their planes, attempting (I think?) to get a flight master up and fighting the trolls from across the lake to the south in an all out war.  Overall, there's just so much to do and see here, I just love the place to death.

I actually only found out about the Wetlands Farm fairly (within the last year) recently.  It’s also not accessible without using shifty methods.  This area seems a lot less polished, but still has some amazing detail to it as far as unaccessible areas go.  Sometimes I like to come here and just chill. 

Next post might be about how you get there, as well as other secret places like the Hidden Dancing Troll Village!  If you’re interested in seeing a post about that, please, by all means, leave me a comment and tell me what you want to hear about!


Gear Gaps and How they affect you

March 6, 2010

Thanks a lot to Wildpaw and Siegheal (Aka Pandabearguy) for posing for my screenshots.

Today, I’m going to talk about the gear gap new 80s are having compared to ICC raiders.  Before I post about it, I’m going to post a disclaimer.  This is not everybody.  This is just the average new 80.  No, this is not for alts of people in raiding guilds who get carried through content.  I’m talking about those people who just hit 80 and are seeing it for the first time.  There is a rather large gap between those players and the rest of us who do ICC 10 and 25 weekly.

What I’ve noticed is that these people are lowered to an almost non-human level.  To relate it to the real world, they are the proverbial “untouchables” (in India) of the WoW community.  The average player, when they first hit 80, is sitting around 2-3k Gearscore.  That is half of what players at the higher levels of raiding have.  In past expansions, it was difficult to get gear, which is easier this expansion, but the gap is still very large.  In comparison, you had to run raids to get gear at 70, while all you have to do at 80 is random heroics constantly until the gear falls into your lap.

Because of all this, I propose a combination of both ideas.  To put it simply, combine the aspect of actually having to do raids to get competitive gear (and yes, T9 is competitive gear.  You can easily pull 5-6k DPS or get to about 40k health unbuffed as a tank in T9 gear), while still being able to do heroics to get gear for entry level raids.  To relate it to the current way things work, a character would hit 80.  He would then proceed to do normals and heroics for a while until he had a decent gear set established.  He would then have to go into Naxx and OS for gear.  He would proceed upwards through the their chain, going through Naxx to Ulduar to ToC to ICC.  This way, we know the players are competent by the time they are able to do ICC, as well as having the gear for it, rather than getting carried or relying on RNG.

So guys, this is my rant.  Gimme your opinions.  Is it a stupid idea?  A pretty good idea?  Gimme your thoughts!


I’m not dead yet!

March 5, 2010

For those of you who got the title, kudos.  😛 Yes!  I’m back.  I apologize to everybody who was actually paying attention to my little corner to the blogosphere for leaving you for so long.  I’ve been really busy with RL issues as well as in-game ones.  I have transferred myself back to Alliance in the form of Lindariel, the Night Elf druid and am currently a happy resident of the guild Shattered Legacy.  /wave!

But anyway, I’m back full time now, so expect new posts every day or two, with an added guarantee.  Once again, my gratitude and apologies go out to all of you who faithfully were with me through my first posts.



January 21, 2010

I decided to take the time today to talk about BG’s and how they’ve progressed in WoW.

In Vanilla WoW, BG’s were THE big form of PvP in the world, as Alterac Valley battles could take days to complete. They got toned down a bit in Burning Crusade to cater more to the people who want their marks and then get out. But in Wrath of the Lich King, battlegrounds were shortened to such an extent that you would literally go in, pitter around for about ten minutes then it’d be over.

I think battlegrounds have fallen far from their former glory. I mean, I don’t even really see people DOING battlegrounds anymore. I mean, you can get better gear just from PvEing or arena’ing without any kind of skill at all. When BG queues are up to five to ten minutes per queue, you know there’s something wrong.

So my opinion, Blizzard. Take it back to the Vanilla WoW days of epic battles fought back and forth on the Fields of Strife. The wars were massive and you felt like you were actually doing something instead of just pressing one area and defending another. Tactics were used instead of this aimless meandering people are doing today.


Ganking and lowbies

January 18, 2010

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend while levelling my alt.  It seems there is a fascination with ganking when your a lowbie.  Every single horde I’ve come across while levelling my mage has tried to kill me.  Some have succeeded.  Some have failed (To which I dealt harsh punishment), but it’s still disturbing nonetheless.  I play on a PvP server, so I don’t know what goes on on the PvE servers, but don’t people have any shame?  I’m not putting the Horde down on this one, because the Alliance does it too.  If one of the opposite factions sees you doing something, 9/10 times, they’re going to attack you.

I take my first steps into Outlands on my mage.  I got the first quest that has you fly to Honor Hold.  As soon as I get there and pick up the next quest, there’s a Horde to gank me trying to do the same quest in the same area.  I /waved at him ahead of time to make sure he knew I was there and friendly, so I thought everything was settled.  I turn around to start frostbolting a boar when I suddenly see an arrow sticking out of my back.  I turn around and sure enough, there’s the hunter shooting me as if he hated me his whole life.  I eventually killed him after a long battle, but the thought still lingers, “I know we’re opposite factions, but aren’t we both still people?” 

When America was at war with Japan in WWII, did we kill every single civilian we saw, even if they waved friendly flags at us?  (Not counting the atomic bombs on this one.)  No.  We didn’t.  We gave them the chance to show their colors or not.  Why is it not the same in WoW?  We may not be able to communicate well, but when I /wave and /tickle at the Horde, I generally expect them to realize that I’m not there to kill them.

Are things the same for you guys on your servers, or is it just me?


LFG to Carry Me?

January 17, 2010

Today I’m going to talk about the flaws with the new LFG system Blizzard implemented. Thanks to Moonmystic for the idea. I know we’ve all had great successes with the LFG system, particularily if your a tank or healer. But there are those times when things just don’t seem to work out with the system. Getting paired with people with 2k less gearscore, or everybody a DPS but people with terrible gear queing as tank just to get into an instance faster but not tanking.

We’ve all seen it. One way I thought of to make the system work, was have the system itself check your gear beforehand and scale the instance to your gear. I don’t mean make all heroics a cakewalk for people in bad gear, but scale them accordingly. If your group is all in ICC 10/25 gear, make it a bit harder! Scale it up so we don’t have to just sleep our way through it! And if your group is in the lower gear category, scale the health and hits of the boss down a little bit until they get better gear. In the end, both parties would be happy. Geared people would get a challenge, while undergeared people would still get their heroics. Just a thought though.

Tell me what you think of the idea.


Finally Done!

January 16, 2010

My goal since Wrath came out, finally done!!!