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Just for one day

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I
I will be king
And you
You will be queen
Though nothing will
Drive them away
We can beat them
Just for one day
We can be Heroes
Just for one day

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I
I wish you could swim
Like the dolphins
Like dolphins can swim
Though nothing
Will keep us together
We can beat them
For ever and ever
Oh we can be Heroes
Just for one day

- Bowie, Heroes

Thanks to Ayriana, Rhygol, Kreton, and Shadwell for helping the Princess and me getting to Ogrila.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2007 in Screenshots

 

AV surprises. Guild meltdown.

Guild meltdown first.  The guildmaster hasn’t logged in for a week now.  He’s got 3 70′s raiding instances.  He doesn’t appear to sleep.  He’s been away.  Playing LOTRO apparently.  Good for him.  Taking breaks is good.  But bad for us.  Tuesday is everyone’s Karazhan day.  I log on at the appointed time and make my way to Stonard.  We have 10 people online, one isn’t 70, another isn’t attuned.  A minute after start time it’s called.  I ask in guild chat “Who needs to go where to get keys?”  (My wife’s Shaman for one.  To Black Morass.  But since she isn’t keyed, isn’t going to Kara, and Kara being the big thing for the night, she’s playing an alt.)   No response.  Two that aren’t on need it.  …

“Hey, RL > WoW,” some guildie says.  Uh, what’s that mean?  “Yeah?  I have a real life, *and* I play WoW.  So go play soccer, watch some TV, take up a hobby in the garage.  But raid night is raid night.”  RL means you can do what you want like wheneva?  So sorry to interrupt your couple hours here.  Let’s have 10 people just simply decide on their own when we can get this done.  Yeah, right.  A third of the people log and disappear.  A couple relog onto alts.  Double you, Tee Eff. 

So I do the same, relogging onto my Mage alt, Sunstriker.  The wife, playing her Pally, Halcyon, and I continue our tasks in Hillsbrad.  She’s the tank, I’m the AoE.  (Much like when we play our Druids and she’s the Bear and I’m the Cat.)  I keep checking the /who Guild.  Sigh.  Down to 5, then down to 4.  I log on later again (our Belf alts aren’t guilded) and it’s me and a Warrior.  Meh.

So Blackhoof is brought out.  To heal up a storm in AV.  The first match I join in progress.  Alliance control the entire map.  We can’t move without being killed.  Next AV there is an actual group and the lot of us head out.  We spend too much time around Stonehearth, but we’ve killed more Lt’s than normal, and we do take the Aid Station before our loss.  Horde and Alliance have 390 and 400 honor respectively.  Not shabby.  Next match I’m above the Aid Station throwing heals alongside another Shaman.  (He’s got some arena gear.)  “Nice healing,” he says.  “Thanks.  I’ve got to do something around here.”  The crossing Chain Heals looks pretty cool.  I think we win.

So, later, I’m looking to buy my first piece of level 70 PvP armor.  What to get?  Hmmm.  Well, it seems my future is not to be instancing. And at 70, and soloing, it’s not doing a lot of PvE stuff.  So I take the gloves (because I’ve got AV marks) and take the pair with +Spell Damage & +Healing.  Then I visit the Shaman Trainer and respec to Elemental.  I’m sure I made a hash of the talent setup, but I just want to go into the BG’s and do stuff.  To contribute.  40 Points in Elemental, and 21 in Restoration for Nature’s Swiftness.  It’s probably going to be well worth the respec cost in amusement factor.

So I’m in the Champion’s Hall for a long time.  There’s no guildies on.  Then I see a guild Rogue join the channel.  Then leave the channel.  Eh?  I thought I was alone.  Ah. The non-RP side channel.  Hmm. The guild ranks are down by 10 from just a few days ago.  Yowza.  That Rogue isn’t in the guild anymore.  WTH?  Where did he go?  I fired up Armory and see he’s in a new guild.  I scan their roster and spot one of our Resto Shamans.  Huh?  (And one of our longtime guildies is leaving as well.  Bought a house, his girl is moving in, and he’s ready to spend some time with RL.  That’s 5 there as well that have yet to drop from the rolls but will.)

Another Resto Shaman had gotten in touch with me a few weeks ago.  Where was he?  (He and his guild were in Karazhan.)

So I cruise to their websites.  The Rogue’s joined a guild that “features strong language, whorelocks, sexual content, partial nudity, full frontal nudity, *******, violence, idiots and disturbing scenes and dialog, not necessarily in that order.”

I can see the conversation with my wife now.  “I’m not really sure what Whorelocks are.  The rest is kind of clear.  What do you think?”  Hmmm.  They had me with Idiots.  I’m sure they have a blast.  So the Rogue and the 2nd Resto Shammy have found a good home, and they’re downing bosses like Gruul.  Good for them.

So the Shammy that’s in Karazhan tonight (Tuesday), his guild is recruiting level 20+ for membership.  They’re working on gearing folks up.  They’ve got every instance on “farm” and they’re working on Kara.  There website intro reads “Are you Horde enough?”

Am *I* Horde enough?  Aye.  And the wife’s still got a shot at going to Kara herself.

And our new Alliance guild seems to be a hoot too.  Their website is quiet, but their in-game Guild Calendar is hopping with events across the board.  Old content, gearing/keying up for Kara, etc.  The wife, and I, might see the inside of a few more places with guilds like this.

P.S. The guild the Rogue and Shammy joined?  A warlock freind of theirs, and another former guildie, is already there.  And now I see one of our Tanks has applied as well.  Yowz.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2007 in BGs/PvP, Guilds

 

If ya can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

That’s pretty much what I did.

After Itarilda and Greenclaw both dinged 44 and trained in Darnassus, and returned to Feralas for a little more adventure, Itarilda, true to her bear form, went into hibernation.  Greenclaw took a cat nap there at the inn.

Then the redshirt guy came out to play.  Blackhoof mana’d up and hit Alterac Valley.  Screaming.  You just know your side sucks goblin balls when three Alliance guys camp your cave exit, and the only place the few who die are spawning and have to leave, since Horde controls NOTHING else on the entire map.  Nothing.  We killed Balinda and get beaten back to the Cave.  Alliance literally dominate the entire map.  Alliance Wins.  500 honor for the Alliance (5-freakin’ hundred) vs. 100 for the Horde.

But Blizzard is okay with handing out Epics to AFKers, so why put any effort into it?  Free epics and you don’t have to do anything more than jump every now and then and respond to GM whispers.  Just cut to the chase Blizzard.  Just send every Horde player in the Rampage Battlegroup a full set of level 70 PvP armor and weapons in the in-game mail.  Just do it.  You’re doing it slowly and it’s killing me.  Put the damn things into the mail and be done with it.  You won’t fix the problem, so just reward it already.  That would really cut down on the AFKers, no?  They’re only there to leach gear.  Give it to them.  Let the rest of us get back to having fun battles again.

I get out, try to do things.  I was there for the Balinda kill, I was there trying to defend the Stonehearth Graveyard capture, I was there trying to hold onto Iceblood Graveyard.  And later I got my tauren butt handed to me over and over by the same three guys outside of our cave.  Resto Shaman is utterly worthless in a Battleground.  But Enhancement is even moreso.  Elemental?  Perhaps.  Well Resto is worthless when it comes to killing other folks.  I am, however, in the top 5 in healing in every BG I’m in.  And, as opposed to some healers, I’ll actually get some damage in, and some Killing Blows as well.  But my little personal victories just pale when compated with the overall losses we suffer.

But, hell, what does it feel like to be on the Alliance side?

Arcarius logs on.  Level 66.  Now there’s a bit of a wait to get into Alterac Valley for the Alliance.  So I queue up for Arathi Basin as well.  AB pops.  We ride out.  Win.  Three to two, but only after holding on to four for the longest.  Queue up for AB again.  Pop.  We ride out.  Stables grabbed.  I follow somebody to the lumber mill.  I see a swarm of humanoids riding up from the other side.  Uh oh.  I inform the raid.  Hopefully they’ll take something else.  Horde’s got 4 resources and are steamrolling us.  It’s not a pre-made.  Just a pug.  Fair turnaround.  AV pops.  I exit and take the AV battle.

I ride like the wind.  We blow past Stonehearth, no Horde in sight.  Snowfall.  We kill whatshisname in Iceblood Tower.  We kill the two outside.  We kill the guy in Tower Point.  By the time I arrive at Frostwolf Graveyard that’s taken.  I’ve seen no Horde anywhere.  We ride into Frostwolf Keep.  Somebody pulls guards and I grab the Relief Hut.  It’s peaceful and we pull the Warlords one by one.

They call “all in” and we have Drek and his two wolves.  He’s dead.  My stats are 0 deaths, 0 killing blows, 2 honor kills, and 400 something honor.  Horde have 100 something.  You’d have to look at damage done to tell if I’d done something or not.

But ain’t that the funniest thing?  I’m in AV, level 66, and I see a win without seeing any Horde.  What’s up with that?  Is that across the battlegroups or just Rampage?

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2007 in BGs/PvP

 

WordPress Blogroll has pretty good stealth ability. New to an instance. The other xp. Freakish happenstance. (Is the world coming to an end? Horde wins??!!)

It keeps disappearing on me. It’s there, like it’s playing a game or something, when I go look for it in the Blogroll section of the Dashboard. Then I review the page and it’s back.

Kara feels a lot like Molten Core.

Molten Core was easy-mode. ZG was tougher, AQ tougher still.

Kara is certainly easier, I think, than some of the 5-mans I face now. And Heroics? I’ve never even been in one.

My wife’s Droonda went to Black Morass without me last night. She was there to get her Master’s Key. I was having computer problems. Zone Alarm just fubared my machine. (So on a guildies recommendation I picked up AVG. So far, so good.) Anyway, she’s going to Black Morass. With a Shadow Priest (same that I went with), a Rogue, a Druid Tanking and a Paladin Healing. She was in charge of the adds and was just frantic. Being an Enhancement Shaman there really was no other role for her. I was sitting there beside her, telling her she was doing great, because she was. But the strain of being responsible for something this importat was getting to her. She was doing fine. I was just in awe of the numbers flying off her screen as she dual-wielded and got hits of 1000+. Some trinket dropped that upon getting a Crit her Attack Power would go up by 300 for a bit. And she won the recipe for the Stylin’ Jungle Hat. (Our Alliance Druids will be quite happy to be stylin’.) Alas the gig was up around wave 12.

The group reformed at the entrance. I was invited to take Droonda over. Msaker, finally, was sitting in Shattrath, /afk, ignoring the Kara invites.

I click a lot less. It’s enough to turn the attack train on. Throw down Stormstrikes with partnered Earthshocks, bring up Shamanistic Rage for mana regen (if I recall correctly), and away we went. Argh! 17/18 and we wipe. Dag. But, yeah, being in charge of the adds with an Enhancement Shaman that doesn’t raid much is kind of tough.

But, once she’s gotten her key and gets into Karazhan, she’ll be set. Because Karazhan is easier in a 10-man than doing some of these 5-mans. Just like the old days (kind of).

The other xp is what you get with time and experience. The ability to remain cool regardless. Things might be going bad, or not. It might look hectic, but you’re doing fine.

Blackhoof, my Resto Shammy, returned to the Wars. Healing up a storm to top the lists, getting a few Killing Blows in, getting as much honor as anyone on the Horde side out of the deal. And, dag, Horde won. What the heck is going on? Horde wins??? In Alterac Valley? Are the planets all aligned in the House of Mars or something?

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2007 in BGs/PvP, Droonda, Instances

 

I’m trying out WordPress.

It’s (cough) a little more work friendly, if you know what I mean.

And  it’s a new interface that I like.  And more options.

The header picture shows Blackhoof in the middle, then called Darkhoof, then a mere level 31, on a PvP server, gathering with the guild ready to raid Menethil Harbor before the big changes came to  world PvP.

Resources and links to fellow bloggers to come.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

Raiding, easy mode.

I remember way back when my guild on Smolderthorn first started running Molten Core. We weren’t the first in MC, but we were there with the raiders. We were raiders. That guild moved up to be in the top 3 for progress on the server.

But those first times into MC, whoa. We had the advantage of some strategies that had been posted. So we knew things to do, what not to do. And we had decent gear. But, man, it was tough. Though giants and those dogs, and the imps, my god, the imps. Nevermind the bosses.

But, eventually, we’d gotten MC down to a one night affair, done in under 4 hours. Easy purples.

As of last night there is a new raider in my stable. Msaker. His first foray into Karazhan.

The rest had been there a few times now. Not all geared up. But there’s a few purples, out of Karazhan, on the rest of them. And gear bought with badges out of the heroics.

Anyway, it’s my first time, and I’m the off-tank. That means I tanked Midnight, double-tanked Moroes, and tanked Julianna from the Opera event. I think we had one wipe. Our raid makeup was 2 Warriors, 2 Shadow Priests, a Holy Priest, a Resto Shaman, a Holy Paladin, 2 Rogues, and a Warlock. So we had plenty of shackles, great healing, and good melee DPS. We stopped before the Maiden since they said that required ranged DPS and we had too little of that. No Mage or Hunter.

It was mostly a Rogue night with a lot of leather dropping. (Just like Molten Core!)

But, woot, what a blast. That was a lot of fun. And for my first time I’m certainly glad I got to go with capable and competent people.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2007 in Raids

 

Everything old made new again.

My little polls showing, so far, most folks that visit here and respond to polls, wished there was more 20-60 content. And more land to explore. And then some new classes, and interestingly *not* new races, to round out what my readers want.

(The top two were my two votes too.)

New lands. It’s so hard to believe Blizzard will drop a new (Northrend) 1/3 of the land area of old Azeroth onto the world and make it 68-80 zones.

If any of you read about the greater Azeroth, there’s lands still out there we can’t visit, but do exist in the lore. Undermine and all the islands of the southern seas. Kul Tiras, Crestfall, the Maelstrom, Gilneas. There’s lots of places to be added yet. And not all of them need to be level 90-100.

And why not change some of the old quests. Mix it up some. Take those old 20-60 quests, all those silly gathering and run here and there quests, and change them a bit. Make them new. And give the quest givers some new stuff to offer to do for them.

How about a whole “Prepare for Northrend” theme where folks level 20-70 get Azerothian quests that point towards Northrend and our interaction with it.

Well, work calls (and Blogspot is blocked at work) so that’s it for now.

In other news before I go, Zug zug.

Msaker’s been active, tanking Shattered Halls for the first time he’d ever been there, and only 3 deaths. Two on the boss who can’t be taunted. He picked up the razor’s edge helm, the style originally on the Tier 2 that Onyxia dropped. Finally a helm I don’t mind showing the graphics on again. Lok’tar.

Blackhoof’s been healing in the battlegrounds. I guess to build up honor for the day the Arena sets go on sale to the general public. Since I’m not an AFK cave camper the amount of honor I can earn a day isn’t really that high. (AFKers earn 10-20 thousand honor a day. What’s your honor income?)

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2007 in Speculations

 

I’d apologize for the past we got, but the future could have been worse.

A guildie, two ex-guildies, one of their hunter guildies, and me. They aren’t even in the same guild, these two ex-guildies, but we hooked up and went to Black Morass and got the quests done. A couple of us got our Master’s Key. Msaker got his Legplates of the Bold off Aeonus, a dragon of the Infinite Dragonflight. Seemed he was somewhat finite after all. And that’s 2 pieces of “the Bold” for him now.

The main healer was a Resto Shaman, and the Shadow Priest was kicking out healing as she did DPS, so we were never hurting. And Not a single loss. Nice. The guildie, a Rogue, did the damage. I tanked, naturally. And the Hunter handled the adds. Impressive.

Oh, yeah, I apologize for the future that came.


But, they say it’s better than the future that didn’t.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2007 in Uncategorized

 
 
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