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New patch, new you

Posted in WoD with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2014 by zarigar

All right, I was a couple of days late to get to the new patch. I hate, hate, hate that last patch before a new xpac that breaks everything and changes everything that I had grown used to. But since I hadn’t been playing as much lately, I was hoping this one wouldn’t annoy me as much.

But really I had to see what was going on with the new looks.

OMG. I love, love, love how the trolls came out. Here is the new Zarigar:

newzari

It’s hard to see in a static picture but I love his ears. They move slightly now as he breathes and it sounds kind of cheesy but it looks great. Even his mohawk seems to look better!

Older pic for reference:

zarshield

Then, when I went over to Alliance, I saw that some of them weren’t quite so lucky. This was Khiaren previously:

khishield

This is an older pic. She was cute and proportioned ok, I thought. Then I got a look at new Khiaren:

khiarennew

Holy hell, what is this? Ugh she looks like she lost a ton of weight unhealthily and her head is now too tiny for her body. Yes, some of it is the armor she’s wearing but it’s like she lost some of her spark.

I immediately ran her to the barber shop to see if I could fix this monstrosity. Hilariously, I noticed that she could go from earring to no earrings for the small price of 12 gold. Yes, she could pay the barber for the privilege of removing her earrings.

I then changed hairstyles and facial features but couldn’t really find one that looked good. I think one of the issues is that dwarves don’t have a lot of full hairstyle options to compensate for their smaller heads. A lot of the hair was very short and close to the head.

This was what I left her looking like for now:

khiarennew2

It’s not exactly where I want her to be, but I’ll keep playing around with options. (Yes, I will drop all of my gold into the barber shops!) It looks a little better in-game than it does on the loading screen and, of course, I only see her from the back of the head when I’m playing.

Maybe soon I’ll venture into actual content.

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After the patch

Posted in MoP with tags , , , , on September 3, 2012 by zarigar

Such a busy week. As much as I hate the mess patches make, I do like that it is our first glimpse of MoP and starts to draw people back to the game. Both guilds raided this week to try out our new specs.

Shadow Rising

SR went into DS on Wednesday, with a lot of things still broken. Since Jendora will be my MoP toon, that is who I brought along, even though it would put us at 3 healers. Prior to the patch, it was basically a 2-heal raid with them occasionally being crazy and trying to single heal parts of it.

I did make sure she had some major gylphs on. She’s missing a ton of the minor glyphs, so she can’t yet do anything fun like let people ride her. (Filthy!) The saddest part is she is actually a scribe. I may have to work on learning some new ones soon; the inflated AH prices are too ridiculous.

Getting back into druid healing was different and yet not really. Once Jendora had hit a certain gear point in the past, she because incredibly lazy. It would just be about throwing Rejuvs around and using Wild Growth whenever it was on cooldown. “Oh, tank only has 97% health? Rejuv plus Swiftmend now!”

Now I have to be much more aware of my mana. I can still hear Slice grumbling about our wimpy mana pools, but it does make healing much less passive than flinging out a Wild Growth and flipping over to Facebook real quickly. Spamming Wild Growth = bye mana. So now I have to learn when it would be better to use it and not just because there is some miniscule damage left to heal and I want to see green numbers fly.

Part of being lazy was that I had also given up on using cooldowns. I rarely used tree form and don’t even think Jendora was specced for additional healing when she was a tree. Innervate was rarely used; it was used primarily if a caster had just been battle rezzed and needed mana.

I have to devote a section to the new healing Wold Mushrooms, or, as I like to call them: Smurfs Village. Druids can set up to three mushrooms on the ground and then bloom them for AoE heals. It’s such a weird little mechanic, I don’t know if I like it or not. Setting each mushroom individually is such a pain, but using up all those GCDs does stop me from spamming Wild Growth, so there’s that I guess.

The healing from Smurfs Village is ok, but since it is “set it and forget it” I have to use it for those times when we are stacked together to get the most bang for it. (It did look nice on Ultraxion when I was stacking it with other heals.) Otherwise it does feel like a novelty spell, and when we get to content where we need 3 healers, I might just forgo it for more active healing.

Crits

Saturday was Crits’ turn to go into DS and time to bring in Khiaren and see what happened to shammys. I was already sad to lose my full-time totems and I was annoyed that I would have to learn which times to use the situational ones.

(Sidenote: this run included a cameo appearance by Arioch. It looked like we were going to run DS with less than 10 and she was on her DK anyway. I think she was going for an incognito, stealth approach…but maybe she should have changed her vent name to somethng besides Arioch then.)

Like a lot of other classes, I did notice a nice DPS boost, even though I didn’t feel totally comfortable at first. Outside of the totems, elemental didn’t change all that much. Lava Burst seems to proc so much more often now and in some of the fights that seemed like all I would cast for 5 full seconds.

I do love that they reduced the cooldown of Fire Elemental. At least one of my totems stuck around, and I can use it more often now.

The healing support changed a lot. Before it was cast Healing Rain when the healers need help. (Or, as Addoe likes to call it, “shaman tears.”) I used it, looked at my mana bar, and went “that’s not great.” Thankfully there are other options. Healing Totem has to be used situationally, but it seems to be stronger than its previous version. There’s also a new talent that is like a smart heal in that it converts damage done into healing targets that need it.

What was funny was that I seemed to have much fewer mana issues with my shaman than with my druid. The only time I saw huge dips in my mana pool was when I spammed Chain Lightning or when I used healing spells. This works for me, Blizz, please don’t wreck this. Go over there and mess with pallies. 😛

Overall I was pleased with both raiding experiences. Tuesday I did my usual “patch broke it all my add-ons I needs them the old way was better die Blizz” wailing. I’m not 100% comfortable with the changes yet, but I don’t feel it was the gloom and doom that I was ready for MoP to be.

Let’s see some pandas now.

The dark side of the patch

Posted in Alliance with tags , on August 31, 2012 by zarigar

With the patch came shared mounts, with shared mounts came little gnome robo-chickens.

Putting Khiaren on a mechanostrider is amusing because, with her shield equipped, she looks not like she’s riding something, but that she has mechanical chicken legs:

bok bok muthafucka

#$!% this

Posted in Cataclysm with tags , , , on December 5, 2011 by zarigar

How many updates have we had since 4.3 and they still won’t fix the mature language nonsense? I can’t have it be resetting every time I log out. Fuck that, I need my damn swear words, bitches!

Without swear words, how will I know what’s going on in trade? (Ok, that one might be good.) But we also have many potty mouths in our guild and I can’t look at a guild chat full of random characters.

Fix this shit!

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In less psycho news, I pretty much spent most of my time online grinding through the new instances. I was trying to work on Zarigar first but then Notari went on several guild runs and picked up a lot of upgrades. Ok, yes, a lot of the quest rewards had spirit on them, but the other stats blew away what she had before. So some of her gear is totally inappropriate for her but hopefully that can be replaced soon.

Thanks to doing a few Firelands raids, Jendora was actually ready for LFR from the start but I wanted to see how it was with a dps toon first. Plus, she had already did Dragon Soul as part of the guild raid so I basically left her alone this weekend. Zarigar was ready next, thanks to an offhand that he won on a greed roll that pushed his item level up to 372.

For some reason I didn’t realize that LFR was set up as a 25 man. 25 strange kittens to wrangle. Awesome. Even with the bosses nerfed, having to coordinate all those people seemed like it had potential to be so bad.

But, like the guild run I had done earlier, it went so smoothly because someone stepped up to lead. They gave a quick rundown to anyone new, gave out assignments, and directed the flow of kittens. It went by pretty quickly and Zari ended up with some tier gloves.

Well, that was easy. A couple of points later, Notari was eligible so let’s throw her in, too.

Ha! The experience couldn’t have been more different.They had downed the first boss and were on the slime boss. The 15 or so ghosts in the raid told me they were recovering from a wipe.

There was some heated discussion of which slimes were priority for killing. By heated, I mean there were some words being flung out that made me consider logging out and back in to get my mature filter turned back on. It sounded like there were at least 3 different people with different ideas of which slimes should be killed first.

When the slimes came out, 2 different people called out 2 different slimes. So half the raid ran to the black slime and half ran to the blue slime. Um. Fail. Neither slime died and it was a mess.

Invisibility + drop group for the win. It was already close to midnight and I was tired and didn’t want to deal with that. I had been spoiled by groups that work together!  

Oh well, I’ll try again tonight and see if I get something better.

I’m in your raid, bitchez, now rez me

Posted in Raiding with tags , , , , on November 30, 2011 by zarigar

Sorry for the nanny phones and people at work.

As everyone knows, the new patch dropped last night. I knew it would have the new raid and new instances and the dress-up feature that everyone wanted.

I also knew it had a new tier of gear, but I was still confused when I logged onto Zarigar and got 4000+ JP. Then repgrind nicely reminded me that JP would now buy the stuff you used to need VP for and my impending stroke stopped. By nicely, I mean she was nice enough not to call me a noob or dumbass.

So I was standing at the vendor, mulling over what to buy for Zarigar when slice asks if I wanted to raid. Well, of course I wanted to. SR has a very stable roster of raiders so it’s very difficult to get into one as a sub (where is my alt night, bitchez?!?!?!) Plus it was a rare chance to see a raid for the first time with everybody else.

But, since I don’t raid regularly I also hadn’t done one speck of research. In the spirit of fairness, I told slice this and he still said I could go. I mean, hello, not 5 minutes prior I was freaking out about JP…that should have been a clue right there.

I should also mention that I have spent the last couple of weeks leveling my dwarf shaman so I hadn’t even logged in to most of my Horde characters in a while. The most action they’d seen lately was cooking cranberry chutney.

Repgrind has a really good breakdown of the raid on her site. I was surprised how easy it was, but I’m not taking any credit for it. Hats off to people like slice and adoe who take the time to study the fights and then explain it so we can understand.

I was busy with my own issues. Apparently there was a nerf to Wild Growth but it wasn’t something I could see or notice. Other people who raid more regularly probably did, though. One big problem I had was with my addon that tracks cooldowns. The patch broke it or one of the other addons broke it or something, but it felt like I was healing blind.

It’s weird because I didn’t really take notice of it until it was gone. I don’t like that little shadow thing or whatever the default cooldown timer is. I need actual numbers. I need to know when things are back up. I need to know to time my other spells to work with cooldowns. I’m sorry, cooldown addon, that I didn’t appreciate you more when I had you!!!

If you read repgrind’s post, you’ll see she notes how there were no deaths on the 1st 3 bosses. But that on boss #4 there was one death. Well, technically, it was one person who died twice. Can you guess who that loser is?

FML. I died to the most stupid shit. AKA not healing myself. Gah. One of the times it was when we were making the lightning line. I was so focused on getting into position in line that I stopped healing entirely. Then I looked up and went “oh low health bars” and healed everyone but myself. I forget what the second death was on, but I know it was because I didn’t even notice my own health bar until it was too late.

It made me feel only slightly better that some people died after the boss did because they didn’t get broken out of the ice tombs. What a sweet gesture to let other people die so I wouldn’t be the only one dead. (Shut up, bitchez, that’s how I’m choosing to remember it.)

Anyway, it was still fun and now that I’ve seen some of the fights, it’s kind of confirmed for me that I will want to play in the LFR for something different.

Edited: I played around with some stuff and Whee I have my cooldown timers again. Thank you, sweet baby Jesus!

Seeing red

Posted in Cataclysm with tags , , , on November 24, 2010 by zarigar

It isn’t like I knew changes weren’t coming. We just got done with a major patch that changed a lot of things, and I knew yesterday was going to continue on with those changes.

I log on Lorethos yesterday to a whole new Orgrimmar. Actually, he was still in UC, so I took the zeppelin to Org to see what was new.

Huh..the airship goes directly into the city now. Interesting. And the entire city is different. I don’t follow lore too closely but I guess we are supposed to pretend some time has passed for all these changes that took place. Not, I logged off and went to bed and when I woke up the world was new.

No portals in Dal. QQ. I knew that was coming but it still sucked.

And then I noticed I wasn’t in shadowform anymore. Apparently in my eagerness to log in I missed the message saying that all my talent points had been reset.

Are you effing kidding me? Nooooooo!

I love that the world has been done over and it’s the talent point refund that makes me lose my shit.

It was like that Christmas episode of Family Guy where Peter gives away all their presents, the turkey is ruined and their house nearly burns down and Lois is ok with all of that until Meg tells her they are out of paper towels and Lois just loses it and goes batshit crazy.

That was me.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN ALL MY TALENT POINTS GOT RESET!!!!

AAAARG!!!!

*flips over table*

 

RAWR!!!

 

Sonofa–…. Well, screw that noise, I’m not worrying about talent points right now. They will probably just reset them again for Cata.

Time to go make my cow pally.

Warstomp, bitchez!

Patch time

Posted in Cataclysm with tags , , on October 18, 2010 by zarigar

Yay for Patch Day!

>.<

going to need more than a band-aid

Patch day started off with all the usual fun starts: servers should be available at 12PST. Then 2PST. Then 4PST. Stop trying to log in, bitches, we’re not ready for you!

Oh yay, servers are up. Gah, now it’s taking a long time for my character to load. By the time I actually got in the game, my character was considered Away.

But I didn’t notice that at first because I was too busy staring at the crap mess that greeted me. It looked like my add-ons threw up boxes and errors all over my screen.

Good times.

For some reason my character had a ton of durability damage taken and a hefty repair bill waiting, even though he had logged off the night before at 100%. I never really got a good answer about that, but that was a minor thing.

Aaack, so many changes. I knew that they were coming and a lot of things would be different, but it is still kind of overwhelming. Now that the smoke has cleared a bit, some thoughts on some of the changes. (From my perspective, because that’s the only one I care about.)

Converting emblems to points

This is one I’m not sure about. Yes, it was a nice way to clean up all those emblems that were collected. Goodbye old school BC emblems from those few heroics I did back then. And whose main wasn’t full of those Emblem of Triumphs? You would go do your daily to get the Frost Emblems and leave with 2-6 more Triumphs.

The good is now I don’t *have* to run a heroic each day. Especially with multiple toons. Sabryel, as a new 80, can simply grind as many instances as she wants until she has enough for the gear she wants. And, yeah, she can totally bypass all those other tiers and go straight for the highest level.

The bad comes with the more experienced characters. Zarigar had so many Triumps that the conversion made him immediately hit the soft cap. Lorethos is very close. Neither one particularly even needed that much gear. Their off specs are going to get pimped out, but there is really no need for them to run heroics. Certainly not every day as I was trying to do pre-patch.

If other people are also cutting back on doing randoms, how does that affect the players who still use them? Longer queue times? Not as many overgeared people hanging out in them for their 2 frosts? Groups where heroics are now going to be a challenge?

Marking quest mobs

In theory I kind of like this. I took Notari out a few times to see how the changes affected lower level toons and it was kind of handy to see the mobs I needed to kill be marked. Yes, someone will probably point to this as another “dumbing down” of WoW.

My biggest problem with this is that it marks the mobs with a red nameplate. Which, on a PvP server, signifies enemy player. I have been trained to, when I see those red names, to either go in for the kill or run away little girl.

If I could switch the colors of at least one of the options (quest mobs or enemy players) I think I would like this option a lot more.

WoW for Dummies

Ok, I admit I kind of like this. When I am frantically working on my rotation it’s handy when the screen lights up and the PUSH THIS BUTTON NAO!!! message appears. Fire off death coil! Make your ghoul awesomer!

The tooltips, though, have to go. Especially the ones on some of the healing spells. “Use this on yourself or your friends to regain health.” Oh…that’s what that means? I guess I must have been doing it wrong all this time by trying to heal bosses.

Silly me.

Good thing WoW is here to help me out.