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Oh Noez! Ma Living Bombz!

3.2 brought with it two changes to Living Bomb. The first was that it was usable on any number of targets, rather than just one. This change has single-handedly cost me my life at least three times on Hodir’s trash. WORMS!!

The second change was that the crits on the DoT section of Living Bomb would count towards Hot Streak (and naturally, if it didn’t crit, count against it).

As you all no doubt know by now, this last part was hotfixed out of the game so fast basically nobody on live had a chance to do anything with it.

And, of course, the rivers of QQ did pour forth, and behold, for the official forums were awash in the tears of magi world round.

Naturally, every nerf to the mage class (even ones that Blizzard explicitly stated, over and over again, probably wouldn’t go live) brings oceans of QQ. That’s just how the mage class works. We’re like clingy, fragile lovers, apt to break down into tears at the slightest… uhm… slight.

So fine. What are a few more tears, right? Get out your flotation devices, children! Things are about to get wet.

The nerf to Living Bomb (there can be no other word for it, as that’s exactly what it is) is confusing to many. Confounding, even. (more…)

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Dwarf DK

Anchorite Ahuurn: The time has come for us to embrace the Feralfen and teach them that the Light has not forsaken them. Take the potion I’ve prepared and carry it with you to the Boha’mu Ruins.

Once you arrive at the ruins, drink the potion to assume the form of one of their bird spirits. Speak with Elder Kuruti and let him know the draenei are ready to welcome his people as our long lost brothers.

Beardmason: Righto!

*Much travel later*

Anchorite Ahuurn: Did you speak with the Feralfen elder?

Beardmason: Shoor did! *Tosses severed head of Elder Kuruti to the ground*

Anchorite Ahuurn: What… what have you done?! What… This was a peaceful negotiation! Why… what… why did you kill him?!”

Beardmason: *scratches head* “Uhurm… I don’t understand the question.”

Reputation with Exodar decreased by 500.

Questing for the alliance is hard. D:

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Arcane Flushing

In the real world, we don’t have magic. We have technology. We can’t fly by muttering “levitate”, but we can move 700 people across four oceans with little difficulty. We can’t instantly communicate using magic orbs, but we can via the internet.

In a world with magic, magic itself replaces technology. We don’t have huge airplanes, but we do have the ability to near-instantly teleport to other planets.

For example, instant communication. In our universe, we use things like skype, MSN, or e-mail to communicate near instantly with each other.

This technology exists in WoW, too, and all of us have used this device to it’s fullest extent.

An invention created by a high elf mage during the Third War, the Communications Hub Arcane Teleprompter (or CHAT) is essentially a small, highly configurable box that allows it’s user to instantly communicate with anyone else who has a similar box. (more…)

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I got up Tuesday at 4. PM, mind you. Getting up early in the morning is for chumps. And I suppose people with jobs, but chumps is one word and thus takes less time to say.

Employed. That’s the word.

Sorry, I’m a little loopy today. And yesterday.

I had wanted to level my death knight up, once the servers came back up. I had respecced him back to frost after trying both unholy and blood based specs, but it just didn’t feel right. It’s not that I hate either spec, it’s just that frost is the only one able to crit for higher than 4k damage at level 72.

Sadly, I was unable to log into WoW. Kept getting a silly “Login Server Down” message whenever I tried to log in.

“Login Server Down” /sadpanada 5:31 PM Jun 2nd

Before you ask, it’s a panda from Canada.) 5:31 PM Jun 2nd

That message didn’t clear up until 8:30PM, at which point Duskwood proceeded to go up and down like a swedish prosti… yo-yo. (more…)

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On Basic Nukes

Fire

Ok, ok, hold up… I’ve got this… this brilliant idea, see? Why don’t we… I mean, this is just a suggestion, but why don’t… well, see, I’ve got this ball of fire. Look at it. It’s all burney.

So what if I… what if I threw it? Like, at the bad guy? Throw it really hard? At his face!

And we could call it… get this, this is awesome… FIREBALL.

Get it? ‘Cause it’s a ball? Of fire?

Oh man, this is the best idea ever!

Frost

Our goal is to inflict damage, correct? We wish to inflict significant damage upon our foe, in the eventual hopes of outright ending their futile existence?

If such a scenario is correct, then I believe the simplest course of action is best.

I shall conjure what could be best described as a “hunk” of raw frost energy, and then hurl it.

Name? What does it need a name for? It’s a bolt of raw frost energy!

Fine, fine, call it “frostbolt” for all I care. (more…)

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Hi There, Remember Me?

Hey, there, loyal readers of my pointless ramblings! Welcome back to the blog I used to update frequently!

I’d like to say I was busy with this, or that, or dealing with University or something, but none of that’s true.

I’ve been playing tons of Rock Band 2, Sins of a Solar Empire, and TF2. With WoW occasionally sandwiched in between bouts of gaming my face off.

Which neatly brings me to my first rant of the night.

“Why do you spend so much time playing Rock Band/Guitar Hero? Why not go learn to play a real instrument?”

Allow me to answer your question with a questions of my own.

Why do you spend so much time playing GTA? Why not go buy a gun, steal a car, and go run over real people?

Why do you spend so much time playing Call of Duty? Why not go join a real army and shoot real people?

Why do you spend so much time stomping on turtles in Mario? Why not go stomp on real turtles and eat real mushrooms?

Why do you spend so much time raiding in WoW? Why don’t you go tame a real tiger and shoot arrows at real people wearing dresses?

Why do you spend so much time playing the Sims? Why don’t you just turn the computer off and actually cook meals/get a job/go swimming/flirt with your neighbour? (more…)

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Generation Zombie

Culture is a wondrous thing. It evolves, spreads, infects, going nowhere and everywhere all at once leaving steaming piles of strange references and weird societal behaviour.

We could talk all day about how urnial etiquette is different from one nation to the next (eye contact, from what I understand, is universally banned), but I’m here mostly to talk about popular culture.

At it’s core, culture is something that is experienced by, if not all, the majority. You’d be very hard pressed to find an avid internet user has not seen a lolcat or been rick rolled in one fashion or another.

In North America, at least, culture is very heavily defined by our entertainment. (I expect this is the same anywhere you go in the world, even places that still rely entirely on oral stories.) Maybe it was radio, or TV, or whatever the latest popular flick was, but as long as two people were not complete shut ins, they always had something in common to talk about.

Star Wars, for instance. Harry Potter. Lord of the Rings. Star Trek, in all it’s forms. The Beatles, Elvis Presley.

They defined the culture of their time, whether they revolutionized it or represented it. (more…)

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Friday Night Shenanigans!

Normal people do things like go outside and… whatever it is people do outside on Friday’s.

Honestly, I don’t know. Throw paper airplanes around? Poke lumps on the ground with sticks? I haven’t been outside since January, so I really have no idea.

Meanwhile, I, in my infinite wisdom, decided to do stuff in WoW.

Did some more arenas… and it was unsettling.

Yesterday, we basically won every arena match, with one exception (that should have been a win, but apparently Warlocks are more than capable of winning a 2v1 battle.)

Today… we didn’t win at all. Loss after loss after loss after loss. At first it was like “no worries, we’ll do better next match”.

Then it was like “man, how did we lose to dual ret pally?”

And finally, it was all “I wonder how long we can consistently lose…”

So my poor, poor partner is getting tired. It’s really late for him, and he says “Whelp, better luck tomorrow” and I say “No! You are not allowed to log off until we win one!”

This was not out of any sense of being victorious, merely morbid curiosity to see how long we can chain-lose matches. (more…)

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It’s Always Me Alone in the End

A long, long time ago, a friend of mine got me into WoW. He rolled a mage, and so I followed suit. Originally, we had intended to play together, but he already had something like a 20 level head start on me.

I was supposed to quickly close this gap, instead I fell in love with PvP and spent months at 29, 39, 49, etc, rather than leveling.

We occasionally would try out alts, again with the intention of playing together, but those never lasted for one reason or another. Either playing a warrior was too boring for one of us, or the other would “accidentally” level ten times; so on and so forth.

We never got a chance to avidly play together until we hit end-game. Which didn’t last long, as aforementioned friend quit the game.

He’s back, now. Thanks to Death Knights starting at 55 and me possessing 5 alts within the 59-70 range, we played together. Freakin’ all the time. Nearly every day since February we’ve spent something like 2-8 hours doing stuff in WoW together.

To an unknowing outsider, we probably look like a gay married couple that never argues for no adequately explained reason.

Problem is, neither of us are really capable of playing at all on our own anymore. (more…)

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Arena Transcripts

“What do we got?”

“Warlock and a shammy. Shammy is… enhancement? No, has a shield. Not resto. Elemental.”

“Ah. Warlock then?”

“It’ll be an easier kill, he isn’t sporting soul link.”

“Gotcha. Going after the lock!”

“He’s… Bloodlust, oh no…”

“I’m dead.”

“Yeah, me too.”

“What happened!?”

“Behold, the Bloodlust zerg. We basically completely failed to bring our mace and got raped.”

“How… how could we die so fast?!”

“I’m guessing this 4k Chain Lightning mighta had something to do with it.”

“Needz more resilience.”

-=-

“Alright. Hunter and a… dunno. Stealthed.”

“Druid?”

“No Mark, probably a rogue. Wh- Hunter just disappeared?”

“Ah. Night elf. Shadowmeld.”

“Ahh. Kitty!”

“Kill it!”

“Kitty is dead! Yay!”

“Yay!”

“Hunter inc! Is that a… warrior? Yeah, it’s a warrior.”

“Bah, I hate Mortal Str- HOLY CRAP THAT IS NOT A WARRIOR OH GOD OH GOD HOLY CRAAAAP.”

“Damnit.”

“No! S’ok! I bubbled with 162 hitpoints left. We’re good! How’s the hunter?”

“Dead now.”

“Excellent. So that totally wasn’t a warrior.”

“I gathered that from your frantic screaming.”

-=-

“I really hate Ring of Valor.”

“Yeah. Me too. The pillars are such cheap whores.”

“Have we even won here yet?”

“Yeah. Once. Something like 8 losses, though.”

“Poop.”

“Yes. Want to buy reliable humping poles.”

“Warrior Paladin. Kill the paladin?”

“Obviously.”

“I don’t think this warrior knows where the hamstring button is.”

-=-

“I see a Death Knight and… nothing. Druid?”

“No mark, probably a rogue.”

“Could be. Or a clev-Death Knight is comin-SAPPED.”

“Aaand, stunlocked.”

“Damn, you’re dying fast. Alright, I… am frozen. And now I’m blind. And now you’re dead.”

“Yep. Damn CC chains.”

“In retrospect, I probably should have bubbled.”

“YOU *&!^@ &*^@ MUNCHING &*@!”

-=-

“Priest aaand… hunter. Discipline, probably. Don’t let yourself get dragged out into the open, that’s what the hunter wants. Stay close to walls and LOS.”

“Hunter first.”

“Pull back, you’re out in the open. Yeah, see, force ‘im to come to us. Feared, trinket.”

“I love being undead.”

“Shut ut up, you. Pull back here.”

“Heh, fight reset.”

“Coming down.”

*Minutes pass*

“Damn, got pulled into the open again. What kinda hunter was that?”

“Survival. Explosive Shot is the stuff of nightmares. S’alright. It’s late, you’re tired, I’m just going to use this opportunity to practice pillar humping. It is our first night after all.”

*Is at 10% mana and 30% HP*

“Heehee. They’re using slash pity on you!”

“Around and around we go!”

“Are you just kiting them around in circles?”

“… Yes.”

*Minutes pass*

“I can’t believe I’m still alive.”

“Why is the hunter not doing any… the hunter disconnected!”

“Did he?!”

“He was jus’ standing there, now he’s gone!”

“Hahaha! Just me and the priest then?”

“Ayep!”

“Pillar humping for the win!”

“Dude, you’re nearly back to full health and mana!”

“Let’s just say that Replenishment is awesome. Oh, he’s drinking! There will be none of that!”

“No, dude, stay outta combat and rez me!”

“… yeah, that would definitely be the far more intelligent thing to do.”

*Casts Redepmtion, Holy Light, Flash of Light.*

“Two against one. Here he comes!”

“Baaaaahahaha! Look at ‘im run!”

“Kill him! Kill him! Aahahaha!”

*Priest dies*

“There is no way that was fair.”

“Oh man. How long did that take? Ahaha! Nearly fifteen minutes!”

“Guy’s probably pissed as hell.”

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