There’s been a rather interesting issue I’ve had to fight with since… oh, since the Blood Wing went live in ICC.
See, this is what happens. Sometime between 6pm and 8pm, my latency will climb from where it usually sits (anywhere from 110-200ms, thank you ISP upgrades) to anywhere from 700ms to 17000ms. It will come back down to regular levels sometime between 11pm and midnight.
This is somewhat inconvenient, as this just so happens to be during peak times, when BG queues are at their fastest, and also when For Whom happens to raid.
Needless to say it is difficult to raid when you are rocking 5kms on boss fights.
Now, the interesting part comes in the details.
First, it is not simply bad lag. I am also disconnected very frequently in direct proportion to what is going on. Running around leveling a character in, say, the Arathi Highlands, I never get disconnected, whereas Wintergrasp features a disconnect roughly every twenty seconds.
Second, it isn’t my end of things either. I have a huge amount of evidence to support this.
One, the disconnects have nothing to do with my framerate. I can be in Wintergrasp with two raids all fighting in the same spot at 45 fps, and still get disconnected.
Two, I can have WoW and Ventrilo running, the WoW at 3k ms with frequent disconnects and the Ventrilo running at 80ms with zero issues.
Three, I’m the only one who can effectively experience the lag. I’ll explain.
I get this thing that happens. Everyone freezes in place, everyone runs on the spot, none of my buttons do anything. For all the world it looks like I’ve been disconnected from the server. Then, it is as if I had simply pushed the pause button, and now I pushed the fast forward button.
Usually, I’ll get the “yeah, I’ve probably been disconnected” behaviour for, say, fifteen seconds. Then, that fifteen seconds I miss plays on my screen extremely fast, fifteen seconds worth of events played out in super fast speed over about two seconds.
There’s also the odd behaviour where no one else can tell I’m lagging, because all my requests are reaching the server and being carried out fine. The problem is that none of that information gets back to me, on the client side.
For example, I’ll type something in guild chat. I push enter, and due to lag can’t see what I typed yet in the chat channel. Meanwhile, in vent, somebody responds to what I typed, and we can have a spoken conversation about what I typed up long before it ever appears in the chat channel on my end.
I’ll say “Ok, I’m casting Arcane Blast!”, push the button, someone on vent watching me says “yep, you casted it”, but on my screen my character is still standing there doing nothing.
As I said earlier, this has been going on since the Blood Wing was released, which has led to a huge amount of absolutely retarded wipes that can be blamed wholly and utterly on my inability to remain connected or respond to any boss mechanics.
Imagine trying to dodge the frozen explosion orbs on Sindragosa when you can only see them falling ten seconds after they’ve already landed and killed you.
You’ll notice a lot of people are having the same issue. You’ll notice they are posting tracerts. You’ll notice that nearly all of those tracerts have the exact same problem.
In nearly every tracert in that thread, everything seems fine until they reach a specific hop.
They either get to “mdf001c7613r0003-gig-10-1.lax1.attens.net [188.8.131.52]” and then timeout, or they get to “184.108.40.206 reports: Destination net unreachable.”
Of course, my own tracerts do the exact same thing. Everything is fine, everything is peachy keen, until I hit that attens.net part and then everything goes wrong.
Now that thread started off with people in New York with a specific provider, Optonline. However, people from as far flung places as Los Angeles, myself in western Canada, and even a guy in Bermuda are all having the exact same issue, namely they hit that attens.net part and it all goes to hell.
I am not a tech savvy person. Macros in WoW is about the extent of my programming ability, I didn’t even know what RAM was until grade eleven. I didn’t understand what a defrag was until a friend of mine gave me an excellent cookie analogy.
When I see tracerts from people all across North America running into problems at the exact same hop, every time, I don’t really know what’s going on. All I can say for sure is that there is absolutely no way this is a coincidence.
I’ve bumped that thread on the WoW forums a couple times, but so far no luck on Blizzard finding out what went wrong. Any ideas?
Anyway, I have (obviously) stepped out of raiding for the time being, which of course makes me sad, but wiping everyone else over and over is by far the worse option.
So I’ve spent a fair amount of time on alts these past few weeks. My Paladin is geared to the bloody teeth, but you can only go so far in arena as ret paladin/death knight/disc priest. It was fun, but a comp lacking crowd control and mortal strike was just immensely dumb.
But, hrm, you know what comp does work? HUNTER/death knight/disc priest. I mean it would be better with a paladin healer instead of a priest, but hunter/DK/healer-of-some-sort is infinitely better than the ghetto comp we were running before.
Problem is, the hunter was level 74…
Well, it’s 80 now, and boy oh boy do I have to get a lot of gear in order.
Hilariously, doing arenas armed with the account bound bow, equipped largely in blues and greens with 150 resilience, our team had way more success than we ever did as ret/dk/priest.
We lost way more games, yes, largely because the other team would see a hunter with 19k health fully buffed and go “EASY KILL OMFG” and then Lava Burst would crit me for 12k (oh how I wish I was joking) and that would be that.
The times I did survive was just hilarious. We’d fight, say, warrior/protret/tree, and the tree would do the following things:
- Can’t do that while stunned
- Can’t do that while silenced
- Can’t do that while disoriented
- Can’t do that while frozen in a block of ice -OH MY GOD TRINKET
- Can’t do that while silenced
- Can’t do that while feared
At which point the warrior would be dead because 25 seconds went by without a single heal being cast, and the protret was mildly upset because he never got to hit anyone with an attack due to being constantly snared and dispelled.
Should be better once I snag the 232 crossbow from Ick, and I’m also considering whether to ask the guild leader if I can bring my stupid hunter along for Lady Deathwhisper. A 251 bow that nobody else in the guild wants from an easy, farm content boss? Might be doable.
I am once again struck by the ridiculousness that all I need to do is raid a little bit to get a quality weapon for PvP.