Monthly Archives: August 2008

Praise be

more cat pictures

This lolcat photo amused me.

I wish the Druids in cat form had a built-in heal.  Well there is “Improved Leader of the Pack.”

I’ve noticed Boomkins appear to be able to heal themselves, but maybe that’s just a quick application of macros?  They seem to sprout a HOT everytime they get in trouble.  I didn’t think Balance had a heal.

From the battlefront, Greenclaw has picked up 2 pieces of the arena pvp gear.  The Season 1 Stag Antler Helm, and the Season 2 Flower Garden Shoulders.  Add to that two further pieces of Dragonhide blue pvp gear from honor reputation with Honor Hold and the Cenarian Expedition, legs and chest if I remember right, I’ll have a half decent set of gear without ever setting another foot in an instance, unless I wanted to.  And, as a bonus, it’s been a real blast bg’ing with a druid.  I prefer the Army Ranger approach to ground combat more than General Issue Warrior stuff.  And my two interrupts make up slightly for the lack of levels.  And soon I’ll be “right leveled” anyway.  I might make a complete set before I even hit 70.  It’s something to work on.  Ding 70 and don complete Arenas PvP set.*  Praise be!

Anyway, our Druids are slowly approaching flight form.  Yay.

*And it ain’t “welfare” epics if you spend more hours in a BG getting the stuff than having 24 other folks run you through an instance for loot drops.  It is a substantial investment in a character’s time accumulating this gear.  And it’ll be Lol time all over again when these get replaced with level 72 green quest rewards.  ;)  But, then again, this is much a “mark of accomplishment” as anything else, like that title over your head, being able to wear something available for only a certain amount of time.  Like the reputation mounts.  Get them before the WotLK makes them all go away.

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Posted by on August 7, 2008 in Druids


What’s up with Horde dominance in Arathi Basin?

From what I can tell:

Horde die less.  Do a sort on deaths in the score card after a Horde victory (99% chance) and you’ll notice Horde die less than Alliance do.

Horde kill more.  The corollary is that Horde get more killing blows than Alliance do.

Over and over.  Horde players appear to be better and more skilled than Alliance.  Maybe two years of raiding E-Z mode with Paladins has made them complacent.

I don’t know why.

Perhaps it’s the Alliance complainers seeking fast wins calling for “Let them just 5-cap so we can get fast badges.”  Except, dude, that makes it just as fast for the Horde, and they get triple the badges.  Which amounts to gear that bit more faster.

And don’t get me started on the Horde’s new AV habit of “back capping” towers nearly captured by the alliance and recoiling all the way back, through Frostwolf Graveyard, into Frostwolf Hold, harrassing the Alliance trying to kill Drek with all the Tower Masters up, all the while the Horde quietly kill Vann.  It’s happening more and more.

It’s not a good season to be Alliance it seems.


Posted by on August 4, 2008 in BGs/PvP


WotLK Hair styles.

Sorry, I’m cheating.  But that title is going to generate so much traffic I should be trying to sell *something* around here.

So, right off, nothing new about hairstyles from me.  You can visit the WoW Insider post from a couple days ago.  They’ll send you to another couple sites that have some hairstyles highlighted for men and women.

To me, however, those hairstyles don’t look like the whole deal we’ll be getting.  It seems, from the pictures, that each race simply gets another race’s hair styles.  Undead get Gnome hairdos, Trolls get Draenei, and stuff like that.  Kind of primitivly handled.  (Though, the Forsaken lady with the pink pony tails looks like the stuff nightmares are made of.)

Tauren, naturally, get different horns.  “Hey, Mac, your horn’s busted.”  “Yeah, just left the barbers.  Like it?  Gives me that ‘Don’t mess with the bull!’ edgy look.  Like I’m half horned, and half insane.  I’m a wiiiiiild and craaaazy …”  “Aren’t you worried you’ll only skewer half the gnomes now?”  “Good point.  I’ll have to visit the barber tomorrow and get it back.”

o–o  (<– me unimpressed)

The Night Elf “Mohawk” I saw looked like a blue feather boa dropped on the head, which otherwise has the rest of the hair anyway.  I was thinking it would make a good toilet brush. 

Dear Blizzard,

Give us a proper Mr. T mohawk, foo!

But what gets me about this, what makes it fascinating, is to see the huge amount of interest in something as simple and non-pwnage related as the hairstyles coming up in the Wrath of the Lich King.  Particularly so if they aren’t offering any new ones, just putting one race’s haircuts on top another race’s heads.

They’ll debate endlessly about the value of “Hit” rating for Fury Warriors (“Nuh uh.”  “Oh yeah?  Uh huh.”  “Noob.”  “Nuh uh.”  “400 days played in level 19 twink bg makes me the expert.”  “Makes you something.” “Nuh uh.”)  And it seems they’re also endlessly fascinated about their hairstyles.  Go figure.

For example, today there’s been 17 searches for “wotlk hairstyles”.  (Not counting anything this post might generate which hasn’t even been posted.)  5 searches for “wotlk new hairstyles”.  2 for “wow wotlk hairstyle”.  And it’s not even lunchtime yet.

Yesterday there were 14 searches for “wotlk hairstyles”.  4 for “wotlk haircuts”.  4 more for “wotlk hairstyle”.  2 for “new wotlk hairstyle”.  And 2 more for “wotlk new hairstyles”.  That’s a Sunday’s worth of searches.  And this has been going on like this for days now.

I suppose to balance that out, I did get 2 searches yesterday for “wet cat”.  And 2 for “epithet the paladin”.  (Hey, Epithet, be wary.  They’re starting to poke around my place looking for you.  You hid the loot, right?  You’re keeping it secret?  Keeping it safe?)

Anyway, back to the hairstyles post.  All you searchers.  Hey guys, cut it out.

Ah, ha ha.  Get it?  Cut it out?  “Cut”.  Like hair cut?  ?  Ah, nevermind.  ;)

28 views today of my post WotLK Hairstyles. #1 to be the Mohawk.  33 yesterday. 

Hey folks, sorry, I wish I did, but I have no info for you.

And it looks like maybe I wasn’t wrong about the Mohawk.  Son of a gun, if there ain’t one coming in the expansion.

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Posted by on August 4, 2008 in Musings


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