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Months Behind

When one is months behind, it means they’re doing something like clearing Black Temple four weeks after Wrath shipped, or finally clearing Naxxramas once most guilds have cleared out all the Ulduar hard mode content.

Such is the case with me, having just now started to raid Ulduar, on the very cusp of patch 3.2.

And it’s fun as hell.

A quick rundown of past events (for those of you who don’t stalk me):

Stay Frosty, as a guild, kinda fell apart over the course of about a day. No blow up, no massive drama, just about 90% of the raiders deciding it would be more fun to join Shai Hulud, Duskwood’s premiere raiding guild.

Those that didn’t /gquit for Shai either left for other guilds, or quit the game altogether. Nearly overnight, one of Duskwood’s top raiding guilds became a complete ghost town.

This means that every guild I have ever joined has collapsed within nine months of me signing on.

Not that I’m superstitious or anything, but seriously… what the carp is going on here.

But anyway, I’m now sporting the banner of For Whom The Bell Tolls, which is basically the people from Anathema, Anathema being the guild I raided with in BC.

Hopefully I don’t kill their guild somehow this time. Though two people have quit since I joined, which was last goddamn week…

Ulduar, then. (more…)

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Look At Me, I’m Special!

So I got interviewed over at Grinding to Valhalla, so you should probably check that out if you haven’t already.

It’s… long. I warn you now, you will be reading for some time.

But hey, if you have any interest in how things work around here (“here” beingĀ  a general term for CQQ), I’d read it.

No seriously, I would.

I mean, I wrote it, and it’s about me, of course I would read it!

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(Holy crap, a post two days in a row? BELIEVE IT!)

Q: Where do mages fit in the current scope of things, and where do you see them from this point going forward?

A: Mages are the iconic caster class, squishy as hell, standing at range and chucking things at their enemies. We see them basically staying exactly the same with no major changes whatsoever. Mages are awesome, and we’re going to keep it that way.

Q: What is it that makes them unique when compared to other classes?

A: More than any other class, mages focus on a single spell to the exclusion of all others. This means mages are the only class that can effectively raid by pressing a single button. Kinda like how Warlocks worked in BC, except without all that pesky “sacrifice the Succubus” stuff.

Community Team: A lot of initial questions and concerns we received from mages around the world were concerning itemization. (more…)

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Nothing Will Survive

To the tune of I Will Survive, I present this work of literary prose celebrating my inability to purify catchy songs from my mind.

First I was afraid, I was petrified

Kept thinking I could never ding with all this crappy gear

But I spent many nights proving how misplaced was my fear

I grew strong

I learned how to carry on

And so I’m back from the Outland

I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face

You should have rerolled a warlock

Or at least maybe a death knight

And leveled back when you had the chance, you see, it’s far too late now (more…)

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So there’s this show on TV called “24″. It’s wrapping up it’s 7th season, so if you wanted to see one of the freshest and most entertaining shows in the past decade or two, you’re too late. But I digress, as usual.

24 has a catch phrase. Y’see, the gimmick of the show is that it plays out in real time. 24 hours, and there’s this malign clock constantly ticking throughout the entire show. The clock is everywhere. It is always there, mercilessly recording the passage of time, counting down to a major character’s death more often than anything else.

Every episode, at least one character will say “we’re running out of time” or “we’re out of time” or some variant thereof. Sometimes they’ll say “you’re” or “almost”, but the phrase is basically always the same.

As a family, we began to ritualistically watch the show starting in season 2. It got to the point where we would all cheer whenever the catch phrase was spoken.

And then… we began noticing the phrase elsewhere. In fact, everywhere. It’s to the point now where it’s nearly impossible to watch anything that does not include the phrase “running out of time”.

Take, for instance, a recent experiment where we collected a random plethora of TV shows and movies that have nothing at all to do with 24.

We watched Zoolander, for instance, a highly odd comedy about mildly insane morons. The catch phrase in question was used twice.

A coincidence? I think not. (more…)

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A little girl with cancer

As with all things logical, we start in a place of utter despair and sadness.

There exists a little girl named Eleanor Sultan. She is five. She is also dying.

I won’t go into too many details, because there is a far better and more emotional post here over at Skeleton Jack.

Suffice to say, she has a 40% chance of survival if the planets align correctly, and Skeleton Jack is hosting quite the raffle in order to raise some cash. All the details are in the same post.

But anyway, for the gold mongers among you, this is the rundown:

Donate $10, you get a raffle ticket. Donate $50, you get six of ‘em. Donate $100, you get 14.

The award of the raffle depends on how much is donated. As of this writing, $2500 has already been donated, 10000 is currently up for grabs with the raffle, and that is only increasing.

Comedic Relief

In a classic Shakespearian move, it’s time for the comedic relief.

If you haven’t yet, WoW Relief is an awesome and extremely well done blog and you should go read it. Like right now.

Then add it to your feed burner. Or bookmark it if you’re still living in the caveman age of internet browsing.

I keed, I keed.

But seriously, the site is awesome.

It’s got numerous and excellent articles, stories that range from the hilarious to the heartbreaking, and most importantly, an interview with the hunter heart throb herself, Pike.

The site has a month of excellent blogging under it’s belt now, I don’t expect this to change any time soon. Here’s to a year of writing, you crazy dancing pirates.

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Renovations are underway here on this fine blog.

See that “Critical” section? Everything on there is in the process of being finalized for Wrath. Work has been going on for some time to get them all up to snuff.

A fair amount of them will likely be reposted. As many of them from the TBC era, leaving them and their comments as is is likely to be extremely confusing.

The new guide to fire raiding just went live, and frost/arcane should be heading up very soon.

Then, I still have to add like a bajillion glyphs to the glyphs guide, update the “gearing up for 70 80 PvP” thing in time for S6…

And so forth.

I’m also trying to keep the guides shorter. I tend to be long-winded and wordy; though nowhere near the level of other bloggers, it’s still something I’d like to cut down.

So anyway. That’s what I’m doing here. Maybe I’ll have time to actually post some original content, though probably not. Such is the price of relevancy!

Though there are still those other guides I’ve had requests for that I should probably add…

Jeez, at this rate I should go work for Brady Games. I already have the embarrasing typo thing down pat.

*EDIT*

Just updated the Glyph post for 3.1. See, look how busy I am!

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As many of you are most certainly aware, there’s this fancy book thing about Arthas coming out in the near future. Krizzly wrote a rather surreal poem about it.

Big Bear has already posted his review and run through his contest. So I’m going to be fashionably late and do pretty much the same thing, only starting now instead of… well, earlier. That’s what “late” means. The fashion part comes from this ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS scarf I’m wearing.

Natch, I’ll be posting a review, too, but I kinda sorta need to read the book first.

I haven’t gotten it yet, but I have to say, I’m actually kinda excited. I haven’t been this excited to read a book since Timothy Zahn finally finished his Conqueror’s trilogy (now only $6.99 on Amazon!)

Book? You haven’t heard? Allow me to enlighten you.arthaspromo1

Christie Golden likes to write nerd fiction. Well, maybe she does. I’ve never actually asked her. I mean, maybe she likes writing toaster manuals, but she sure likes to write about Star Trek and Warcraft.

She uses words like “spiffy”; I can only assume a toaster manual writer would never use words as exciting as “spiffy”.

Wouldn’t it be totally awesome though, if you were reading the manual to, say, a dish washer, and it said something like “plug in your absolutely spiffy new dish washer”?

I seriously need to lay off the Java Nuts.

Back to geek books.

I mean, she’s already written two books set in the Warcraft universe (Rise of the Horde and Lord of the Clans, now available at a bookstore near you! Probably!), and is also helming a trilogy of Starcraft books. Oh yeah, she writes Star Wars, too. (more…)

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Patch 3.1 is Upon Us

Hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with stuff and things.

Welcome back to the digital world, and I hope you brought popcorn, ’cause 3.1 is officially here.

Here-ish.

Have you seen the trailer?

So basically this is totally awesome.

Poor Ronin is such a nerd. Poor guy is surrounded by bloodthirsty jocks (Garrosh and Varian) and all he can do is yell “we have to work together!” and make shiny colors.

Dude, L2sheep. Nothing will put a savage orc or vengeful king in his place quicker than transforming into a disgustingly cute turtle for a a little while.

So it seems no one is getting along with anyone else. Naturally, the Horde and the Alliance continue to be utterly incapable of partnering up against anything, even if the imminent threat couldn’t be killed by the race that created the freaking dragons.

Have I mentioned before how deeply I am enjoying the way the lore is going this expansion? (more…)

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It’s easter. Why are you on the internet? GET OFF THE INTERNET.

Yes I am aware of the hypocrisy.

Go eat some fattening food or something. Unless you can’t afford it or something.

Yeah, “the economy” is in da pooper.Have you seen this?

I already knew that Fox hasn’t even heard of things like “standards” in years, so this honestly didn’t surprise me at all. I’m honestly expecting there to be reality show about putting small animal’s in your loved one’s rectums in the next couple years.

It could be called the “Felch Bunch”!

So that marks… what, the third time I’ve used a felching joke on this blog? At least this time I ruined somebody’s childhood memories when I used it.

Oh man, I’ve even thought of the theme song. It could be the Barney song, just taken in very strange and interesting directions. It practically writes itself!

Don’t worry, all readers will receive a complementary jug of brain bleach in the mail. (more…)

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