Archive for December, 2009

Shoop da Woop Egg Nog

Merry Christmas to all, and so forth.

Seriously, why are you here? It’s Christmas, go spend time with your friends and… yeah, I can’t say that with a straight face either. It’s WoW binging time, and I leveled a warlock from level 1 to 20 in seven hours. Why do I have a warlock? Cause I don’t have one yet. I have everything else, it’s high time I added a warlock to the mix.

Druid? Been there, done that, bored out of my mind.

Death Knight? Tried that, leveled that, twice, even twinked one. I miss 2H frost so much. *sniffle*

Hunter? Everyone has one. I dominated battlegrounds back when Aimed Shot had a cast time, and I manually wove every single Steady Shot. Haven’t really played it since Wrath shipped.

Everyone knows about my mage and paladin.

Priest? Yeah I got one o’ those thingies too. Discipline was rad, lately I’ve given shadow PvP a try. It was actually very strong, the only real issues was an ineffective snare and HUGE, and I do mean HUGE mana problems. This was before 3.3 though, so I have no idea what shadow priest PvP is like now.

I do know that there are a lot more spriests running around, and I suppose they’re a threat or something. I don’t really know, I just buff myself with Mage Armor and laugh at them. (more…)

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I am getting your e-mails. I receive lots of them, read them, then sigh in deep regret because I can’t just dash of a quick couple sentences to them. Nearly every e-mail I receive would require time, effort and a lengthy response to adequately respond to. Yes, I could reply to a question about frost mages in arena with a quick bulleted list, but that doesn’t really answer the question, just addresses it.

I’m sure you see the difference.

I may only be in first year University, but I am taking second year level history courses. I went into the IB (International Baccalaureate) program in high school, which can be best labeled as the “International program for students who think they’re smarter than everyone else and want to prove it.” Oh do I have stories about IB… anyway, it means I get treated as if I have already done the first year course of whatever classes I took in IB and did great in.

University is hard, blah blah, not really, it just eats up a lot of time. Especially the history courses.

So in answer to all those people who’ve e-mailed me your excellent questions, consider this your public acknowledgment. Keith, Dan, Theodore, Ripples the Pengiun (I’m not kidding either), I got it. Your e-mail is safe in my inbox with a little frowny face tag.

I’ll get to them… hopefully…

My last final is Monday, I should have a LOT of free time after that to get out proper answers to them. (more…)

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Japanese Mandarin Oranges

What’s up with skipping bosses in Old Kingdom? I’ve seen the mushroom dude skipped a couple times, but lately people are skipping nearly all of them. Groups seem to only do the vampirical fire orb boss and the last boss. That’s three badges you’re intentionally skipping! To that I say “double yoo tee eff?”

That’s three badges people! What… why… I don’t get it! If you’re only after the frost badges, that makes sense. I guess being the tank or healer, with your instant queues, skipping a boss here and there doesn’t really matter at all. But when you’re a DPS looking at ten minute queue times, at least, skipping a boss here and there that would take a minute to three minutes to kill is really painful.

So here’s to you, boss skipping tanks: you suck and I hate you. (more…)

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Two Finals Down, Three to Go

My mom took it upon herself to talk to the manager of the bus drivers in my town. He wasn’t there (haha yeah), so she gets a call back from the head boss guy about an hour later.

“Hi, I’m Tom from Transit.”

So my mom said, tersely, her name. So he responded with…

“No, I’m Tom.”

Not even joking. So not joking.

Believe it or not, the conversation went downhill from there.


“We”, meaning us, meaning For Whom The Bell Tolls, have cleared ICC. Lady Deathwhisper keeled over, sexy rogue loot was handed out, then the elevator kidnapped me. It was hilarious.

At one point you have to fight a trash mob dragon with a million hitpoints. Your spell effects look absolutely monstrous on a model this huge. Our druid threw up Insect Swarm and it apparently looked like space invaders from melee. (more…)

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To The Congregation

Since starting this blog, I’ve avoided forums like they were a large group of diseased troglodytes. Elitist Jerks and Arena Junkies are the only forums I visit “frequently”, and the latter is only visited when I have absolutely nothing better to do. Hitting myself in the head with a textbook is included in “better than reading the AJ forums”, and “frequently” means once or twice a week, maybe, for a few minutes at a time.

The EJ forums I can actually enjoy reading, but me and pompous douchebaggery go together like water and more water, so that isn’t really saying much. The AJ forums are like EJ, but replace the “pompous” part with epeens and compensation the size of planets.

Both are actually pretty educational, provided you can survive them. You’ll need a fireproof suit, perhaps a sherpa, but it’s possible.

I was inspired by Megan to try and actively participate in forums again, because she’s right, as always. (more…)

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Theme for a Strange World

I would have called this something like “initial patch 3.3 impressions” or something, but then this post would have looked like:



OHMAN THAT INSTANCE what was thaaat holy crap holy crap the lich king MARROWGAR HITSA SOA HARDA amfkmgoagoajk.

So perhaps initial structured discourse would be the best way to describe it.

Off we go!

Patch night is always brutal. So many addons… so broken… there were bloody bits of .lua all over the walls! Poor OhNoesQueues… he shouldn’t have come! We should have known this was going to happen!

(OhNoesQueues is updated and presumably working now, so everyone can take a deep breath and run to the nearest wall and relax.)

Surprisingly, we actually did get to raid tonight, though there was a brief hiccup when myself and the main tank ended up locked behind “a character with that name already exists” when the world server went kaput.

Icecrown Citadel is delightfully difficult. By that I mean, the trash will kick your ass if you don’t pay attention, and the bosses are not one shottable. At least not by us, and it was pretty obvious nobody had really “seen” the fights before. The fights, so far, also do not feel impossible. It just takes a few wipes for everyone to get the hang of things, then down goes the boss.

As an aside, when I say I learn as much as possible about a boss before I actually attempt it, that does not include actually running the content on the PTR. I do not, and have never, run any group content on PTRs, whether it be raids or 5-man instances. I’ll watch videos of other people doing that, read up on the tentative strats people are putting together, but I never actually do the content until it’s live. (more…)

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Amagah! Amagah! Amagah!


Arcane brings the Ferocious Inspiration buff! 3% more damage for you and the entire raid for 10 seconds whenever you crit with any arcane spell! (Effect attached to our current Arcane Empowerment talent.)

A nice buff for arcane, it spreads out yet another raid buff to allow for even more raid flexibility if somehow your raid doesn’t include a BM hunter or ret paladin.

For my 10 man guild, this is nice, as both our hunters go the survival/marksman style route, and our ret paladin is going to be a full time tank from here on out. He hated ret anyways, so this works out well for everyone. I don’t change anything, paladin gets to tank (something he actually likes doing), and me DK friend changes from full time tank to unholy DPS.

You hear that? Yeah, that’s the sound of me destroying the damage meters. It sounds like hunters and rogues crying. (more…)

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