Archive for March, 2011

I gotta get myself unbanned again

Posted in Zarigar with tags , , , on March 25, 2011 by zarigar

Apparently I mouthed off to Sorak and got myself banned from guild runs again. I can’t help it! I’m just naturally mouthy and sarcastic and that’s how I talk to everyone. I don’t know any different!

Sigh.

Back into the dungeon queue alone for me. Since the estimated time was 35 minutes (Gah!) I had more than enough time to do my Tol Barad dailies then sit in Org and alt-tab out while I wait out the remaining time.

Finally I get my instance and from the loading screen it’s Blackrock Caverns. Boo! I keep getting BC on Zarigar and almost every time that damn wand drops off Corla. Meanwhile Lorethos is running around with a ghetto quest green wand. I think Lorethos has seen the wand drop once and it went to the healer. (BITCH, IT HAS STRAIGHT HIT ON IT!!!!!)

Once I actually get into BC, I see that the healer and one of the dps has already dropped. Nice. Down to 3 and the tank hasn’t even loaded in yet.

We ready check for queue but the tank declines then drops. Then the last dps drops.

Your group has been disbanded.

You son of a bitches, get back here!

If I understand correctly, when people drop from a group, the remaining players go back to the front of the queue. While it can still be a bit of a wait depending on what’s available, it doesn’t take as long as if you queued “fresh”.

I can get while the tank decided to drop and cut his losses. If he was queuing alone then it was most likely faster for him to drop and get back in on his own.

But why would the last dps drop? Wouldn’t it have been faster for us to wait for the dungeon finder to fill in the rest of our group than it would have been for him to drop and try again?

Bah!

So I get screwed because everyone else is dumb and drops. I would have to re-wait in queue the 35 minutes again? Eff that.

I guess I have 2 options to reduce my queue waiting time: respec to heals or be nice to Sorak.

Be nice to Sorak or play as heals.

Hmmm….

Heals…

Nice…

Heals…

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Oh, Sorak…I love the way the light…shines….off your little goblin ears……And your totems….wow….they are so….cool…

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I can’t do it. *sob*

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Recount is still the devil

Posted in heroic with tags , , , on March 22, 2011 by zarigar

**This experience actually happened a while ago but since I haven’t played that much lately it’s getting pulled from Draft Purgatory and getting a chance at life.

The original title was “I play with assholes” but then this post wouldn’t have gotten past many nannyphones and I shudder to see what kind of hits I would get then. This is going to be one of those rambly-type posts, so flee now if you want.

I took Lorethos into a heroic random the other night and he got Shadowfang Keep. SFK is an ok instance; a bit long, but as long as pugs avoide boss #3 it tends to go fairly quickly.The rest of the party was a pally tank, a druid healer, a DK and a warrior.

Get to first boss. He suffocates us. We fight him. He goes into his frenzied dark archangel phase. Healer says “oom”. Warrior dies. Boss dies immediately after.

Warrior gets rezzed. We rebuff and pally gets ready to start bringing in the courtyard trash. Warrior then says “I have to go you guys, I’m not feeling too well.”

DK says “really?” and does my favorite thing in an pug instance: he posts the damage meter for the last fight. DK was at 11K, Lorethos was just at 10 and the warrior was at 5. “gtfo you suck”

Um, wow. I get that 5K isn’t that great, especially on what’s essentially a stationary boss. But the warrior was voluntarily pulling himself from the group. Why feel the need to kick him on the way out?

I do get the DK’s frustration. DPS queues suck. He was probably in one for 40 minutes, got a group, killed a boss and saw that someone else was not keeping up to his level. AKA he now had to “carry someone”. There may now be doubts that the group would be able to finish.

Does that excuse being a dick? No. In fact, he made things worse. Instead of just letting the warrior drop group and we replace and continue on, he had to give an unnecessary insult.

Instead of dropping, the warrior had to stick around and defend his honor with a “fuck you asshole”. Or “asswhole” as he wrote it.

While this is all going on, I’m considering dropping myself. Partly because I didn’t want to stick around with the rude DK but partly because I was concerned what was going on with the healer. The low DPS and being the only death in the boss fight most likely was the warrior being undergeared. But I was curious about the healer, as well.

The resto druid was rocking about 65K mana. Lorethos has about 80K mana and has tons of room for gear improvement. It was troubling that the druid had gone oom in the first boss fight and the warrior had died, but all the focus was being put on DPS numbers.

Well, apparently the DK wasn’t used to being called an “asswhole” because he dropped group himself, followed by the warrior. Goodbye, DK, may your next group appreciate you calling out people after boss fights.

They get replaced by a warlock and a rogue. Continuing forward and it becomes obvious that the druid is having issues. He goes oom on the kitched trash ghosts. Then goes oom again on the banquet hall boss.

Thankfully no one else dies, but it gets a little close at times.

So why am I not dropping? It’s obvious by now that the healer is undergeared and/or overhealing to make himself go oom on trash fights.

  • Is it because I don’t want to wait in queue again? By then I had been in long enough that I shouldn’t get the deserter debuff. But it would have still meant another long wait in queue and no guarantee that the group or instance I get next would be any better.
  • Is it some sort of odd feeling of guilt? I play a healer class but not as a healer. The worst is when a healer drops and replacing him seems to take forever and it’s like I feel the others’ accusatory eyes on me: “Why won’t you heal?”
  • Is it because I want to feel superior to the first 2 who just left? “We may be having some issue but I’m going to stick this out and show you that I am much better than that elitist DK or that warrior who didn’t know what he was doing.”

Who knows? It was probably a little bit of all.

Thankfully the tank zips on by boss #3 without even pausing. The red light/green light boss is pretty deathy but that’s sadly par for the course so there isn’t any one person to blame there.

(Red = stop. Green = go. These are not difficult concepts. I’m pretty sure even people who don’t drive cars can master this concept. *Totally looking at you, Arioch.”

Also, this is one of the bosses where it’s possible to get back in a timely manner if you die. Unlike other instances, the guy will still teleport you even during combat, so it’s a quick run back. Though I suppose if someone doesn’t understand the encounter, it’s not really worth it for them to run back just to immediately die again.)

Regardless, we get to the final boss. Yay, it’s almost over. It’s a fairly easy boss: don’t sit in bullet spray and we win. Easier because we have a druid that can decurse.

Except…he doesn’t. The curse just sits on people and he tries to heal through it. With his low mana pool.

“oom”

Well…yes…of course you went oom. I explain nicely that’s it’s easier to remove the curse than to ignore it and throw out a bunch of heals.

“Oh, ok.”

Next attempt. Some curses get dispelled but not all. Even worse, now people are standing in the bullet spray.

/cry

We wipe. And wipe. And wipe. There is discussion each time: don’t stand in the bullets, don’t sit there and let the adds eat you. There is some sloppy game play but, again, no one really looks at the healer. If he isn’t dead 7 seconds into the fight he has gone oom and there is no way to win.

But stubbornly we keep running our corpses back into the instance to try again. After attempt #729, the healer says “this might go better if the priest would help me”.

Excuse me? Help you what?

“priest get all the curses off so i can just heal”

I slowly unclench my Fist of Death to nicely type out that I cannot dispel curses. I can bubble. I can life grip you out of the bullets. I can even through out about 2 heals before I go oom. But curses I cannot help with.

After a couple more attempts the healer gives up. He apologizes and says he’s probably just not geared enough and wishes us luck before he drops. I’m a little relieved but, for some reason, I also feel a little bad. It’s so much easier to feel scorn for rude people. Why couldn’t he have called us fail noobs before he dropped?

The replacement healer is also a druid and when he zones in I see he also has less than 70K mana. I start to weep until the druid says “oops, wrong spec” and suddenly he has more mana than I do. Oh, glory day.

Unfortunately the results aren’t that much better. People are still dying. The healer is going oom. This is just isn’t going to happen. Maybe we’ve been at this one boss too long.

After attempt #834 I drop group without word. It feels like I’ve been in there for hours and no points to show for it. Unlike the DK who dropped group after the first boss, I stayed with the group until almost the end. But in the end, we both did the same thing. We each came to the conclusion that the instance couldn’t be done with the group we were given. The only difference was that he figured it out a good hour and a half before I did.

Of course, I wasn’t a dick about it like he was, but does that make me better? That I said nothing and stuck with it and instead wasted all that time? In the time it took to run through that incomplete attempt, the DK probably got another group and got his points and was done for the day.

I had reservations about the healer but somehow felt it was my duty to stick around and give it a shot. Maybe that healer would have been just fine with a stronger overall group. Maybe there wasn’t one person that could be blamed for not being able to finish. That I ultimately decided to stay and see how it played out was totally all on me.

Lesson learned: don’t be a dick but don’t be a martyr.

Need vacation from my vacation

Posted in Random with tags , on March 14, 2011 by zarigar

Meh. I ended up catching a cold somewhere so that kept me down and didn’t let me be on and play as much as I would like.

In happier news: apparently I was unbanned from guild runs. Unfortunately, the probationary period for full reinstatement requires that I run with Fayle–I mean, Cayle–and have to quietly suffer the multiple wipes and increased repair charges.

Crowd control is for the weak!

Some interesting chat from Twilight Highlands that made me giggle because I am still an 8-year old boy:

Player 1: need healer for coc

Player 2: what did you do to it

Player 1: >.>

Player 3: that right there is what we call winning

Regular posts to resume soon.

Vacation

Posted in Random with tags on March 4, 2011 by zarigar

I don’t take vacations. I’m not opposed to them at all, it’s just that I don’t really have the patience to sit and plan them. I’m also probably the worst traveler on the planet. I get carsick ridiculously easily and have terrible anxiety about driving in unfamiliar places.

As a result, I usually don’t go anywhere that requires anything more than casual planning on my part. Since my “vacations” then tend to be the type where I stay home and do nothing, there isn’t a pressing need to schedule time off for myself.

Since I work from home I also tend to call in sick much less than I did when I worked in an office. Unless I physically can’t get out of bed or sit up, I will drag myself over to the computer even if I am not feeling that great. With no coworkers to worry about infecting and no one to judge me if I don’t shower that day, it’s not too bad to log in and get some work done.

Between the not travelling and not calling in sick, that means my PTO hours tend to accumulate faster than I can use them up. My last three supervisors have pretty much forced me to take time off when my PTO starts to reach the cap before it stops accruing anymore.

The point of all this? Next week will be another of these “forced vacations” I am taking to bring my PTO back down to a normal level. Which means I will have more time to log onto WoW and work on some of the goals I set out for The Plan.

(It also means I probably won’t blog during that time, since I tend to write most of them when I need a break from work.)

So instead of logging in and getting work, I will be logging in and going to play.

One of these days I will need to plan a real vacation.

Bring the player not the class

Posted in Alt with tags , , , , on March 3, 2011 by zarigar

As I mentioned in The Plan, one of my goals is to level up my mage. Currently I’m only interested in getting her up to 75 so she can learn the next tier of professions then she can sit on the sideline and cut gems for me. Leveling her beyond that is not really something I’m looking forward to.

I’m wondering why. I have a few ideas that are kind of petty.

The first one is I broke one of my rules in creating her: I created a race/sex duplicate to a toon I already had. Sabyrel was a female blood elf long before Notari was made. For my other toons, I’ve been careful to have each one be a little different so that they didn’t feel like the same character wearing a different set of clothes.

Sure, one day I may run out of options and have to start making doubles, but for now I like that every other toon is unique. Even across serves, I don’t have another male troll and I don’t have another female draenei. I do wonder if I might like my mage more if I paid to change her race, but she’s such low priority that I haven’t even done the research to see how possible/annoying/expensive it would be.

Another reason I kind of hate her is her casting animation. I wish they had had the preview casting animations back when she was created. I might have caught on earlier that her stupid little stick arms look ridiculous flailing about as she casts stuff. It’s a good thing she rarely has to carry her weapons in her hand; those spindly little things might break off.

(I have no clue why this doesn’t bother me at all with the DK. Maybe it’s because the armor makes her look more beefier or the attack animations aren’t as ridiculous with Sabryel.)

Maybe the biggest reason I’m kind of meh on her is how much she is starting to feel like a rehash of Zarigar. I’m not saying that they are the same or that playing a shaman is the same as playing a mage, but come on:

  • Mages had a unique CC in polymorph. Then shaman got something similar in hex.
  • Shaman had an awesome bloodlust. Let’s give mages a time warp. (I think I just dislike this one because bloodlust has the awesome ROAR! effect with it that time warp doesn’t so I often miss that time warp has been cast and try to bloodlust, too.)
  • Mages came with a decurse. Shaman used to have it in resto, now it’s for everyone. We can be twinsies and do decurse bitch duty together!

Mages have tons of abilities that shaman don’t and vice-versa. Maybe I’m just digging for a justifiable reason to hate my mage.

But if mages get the ability to drop buff sticks into the ground or shaman become able to conjure food, I will call shenanigans on this nonsense.