Post-Blizzcon Thoughts

So, Blizzcon weekend came and went – and we were given a lot of information about the upcoming Legion expansion. For the most part I’m feeling quite excited, though I’m still waiting to hear more about artifacts and the new class specialisations.

My main this expansion has been a hunter. I’ve played the class in previous expansions as an alt, and it’s a class I’ve always quite enjoyed. When questing it’s great to have your loyal pet along to help keep the nasties off you, and I’ve always enjoyed the ranged playstyle with a lot of mobility.

In Legion I feel like they’re taking some of the core things that I enjoy about the class away. Or they’re splitting it between the specs, so that possibly none of the specs have exactly what I enjoy about the class.

Beast Mastery probably comes the closest to what I enjoy. A ranged class with a pet. So, I may be forced to play BM, and can then only hope that they keep the specs competitive and doesn’t let any of them fall too far behind the others (forcing you to change – like I just had to do from BM to MM in WoD).

Marksmanship will be ranged, without a pet. One of the reasons Blizzard gave for this change was “because most players choose the Lone Wolf talent”. Well, Blizzard – do you know why we choose it? It’s not because we want to be a pet-less hunter, it’s because it’s the talent that gives the most dps in raids. Whenever I’m out in the world questing, I’m still using my pet. In Legion, if I’m MM – I’ll have to quest on my own. I really dislike the idea of being a hunter without a pet, but at least now I can still have my pet around when I’m questing – even if he has to be dismissed during raids. In Legion, I won’t ever have a pet as MM.

I like my pets!

I like my pets!

Survival as a melee spec. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I remember playing around in Vanilla testing to be a melee hunter. It wasn’t ideal back then, but it was possible (at least while questing), if you geared properly. If you play a hunter these days though, you probably are doing so because you wanted a ranged class. And you can still be a ranged hunter – you just can’t be a ranged survival hunter. I don’t know… It feels a bit weird, but we will see.

Artifacts for hunters look okay. If I’m BM I would transmog the gun though, since I just never liked the gun animations. My hunter is a night elf, and as such I tend to always want to use a bow. The idea of artifacts is a neat one, but at the same time I’m a bit wary of the lack of choice. It basically means that depending on your spec, you have to use this specific weapon. You can’t decide to use a dagger instead of a sword. Or a 2h instead of a 1h. This is your one weapon, and that’s final.

Sure, you can transmog it – but are they removing some of the restrictions regarding transmogs? Because if they’re not – you may still be stuck using a weapon type you don’t really like the look of. (Like for me, I can’t think of many 1h maces or axes that I like…)

It’s only a visual thing. But with a game that allows us transmogrification and changing hair styles and looks of our characters – I think the visual side does matter. We want our characters to look the way we want, and we want them wearing the armour we like and wielding the weapons we like. With artifacts this is definitely going to be limited.


One of my biggest gripes with artifacts is that I suspect that it will be a hassle to keep up to date on your off-spec. Or if you want to switch spec. A lot of dps players will switch spec between patches if needed, if one spec is under-performing. With the bigger differences in specs, and the use of a different artifact weapon – you may find it difficult to have your artifact ready, not to mention possibly learning quite a different play style.

I know that Blizzard said that there will be catch-up mechanics. But they also said that keeping two artifacts at a similar level will be some hassle. To be fair, for most people it probably won’t matter much. (As a dps, if your spec is under-performing I guess we just have to bite the sour apple and deal with it.) For healers or tanks it will be frustrating though. We’ve often had to have one of our healers go as dps, because if everyone turns up to raid, we have one healer too many. Or that one melee dps that has to tank every now and then when one of the main tanks is away.

For them, keeping their off-spec artifact up to date is going to be fairly vital – at least if the artifacts are going to matter as much to your character as they seem to. So, I’m just not sure if the catch-up mechanics will be enough. Or is Blizzard saying that we have to pick a spec and stick with it?

Alt Woes

I haven’t leveled up nearly as many alts as I normally do this expansion, and of the ones I have at 100, I play even fewer. Whether it’s lack of time or just not enjoying the game as much on more than one character… I honestly can’t quite tell.

Anyway, I’m thinking about leveling another alt at least. If for no other reason than another garrison hopefully giving me gold missions. Need to refill the coffers before Legion, and there’s no time like the present!

When choosing which alts to play this expansion, I have one big qualifier: I must be able to do the Tanaan dailies without wanting to bash my head against the desk.

That means that the character has to be able to not die instantly. Kill something within a reasonable time.

I leveled my Warlock, and while she can generally do these two things (though she definitely takes a beating, and her spells seem to hit as hard as wet noodles), I just find her awfully boring to play this expansion. Which is a shame, because I will always love her. But play her? No, I just can’t do it.

As for my next alt, I’m leaning towards Priest, Mage or Druid. I’m worried about the first two possibly being very squishy, and the third I’m worried about being boring. Maybe I should do Shaman… But maybe they are squishy too?

I don’t know! I am always incredibly indecisive…

char-listI’m basically okay to level anything other than the Monk (since I have a level 100 Horde one on another server). As long as I won’t hate playing it… But how do you know? How do you know?!! 

Transmogrification: Hunter Edition

Being back in the game, I’m also slowly getting back into transmogrifying my characters gear into something I enjoy. Since I’m playing the hunter more the most, she’s naturally the character I started with.

I’ve had this one transmog in mind for weeks (possibly months), but the shoulders I needed to complete it just never dropped for me. So I ended up making another transmog (the green one) to tide me over. Guess what? Two days after getting my green mog going, the shoulders dropped. I’ve not switched back to my blue mog with the new shoulders yet though. She will be green for a little while longer.

Current Transmog.

Current Transmog.


The next one (which I've been waiting forever on for the shoulders to drop!)

The next one (which I’ve been waiting forever on for the shoulders to drop!)


Since I’m moving to another country, I had this brilliant (undecided if that’s actually true) idea that I should level a character on my friend’s realm. That way, even though I live far away, we can still “hang out” and do things together. In a sense. Now we can see each other for real, and after I move, at least this way we can play some WoW together.

Problem is… She is horde on another server, so I have to level something.

I have a level 90 Monk on her realm since before, but as I’m leveling it, it feels very, very squishy. Is this normal? It’s a dps monk, and I hear they’re good as tanks and healers – but their dps isn’t so good. I have no idea if this is true though, or just something someone said. In either case, my Monk is definitely taking a beating if I’m not very careful, and whenever I do dungeons she seems to do very little dps.

Since I quite enjoy Paladins, and I’m not really playing my alliance one at the moment, I am playing with the idea of leveling a horde one instead of the Monk. Problem is… 100 levels is a lot more than 10 levels. Very boring to do alone!

Cue trying to get the boyfriend to roll on my friend’s realm with me. The boyfriend says that sure, we can do that… After I’ve moved.

So… Now my Paladin is just sitting here… Waiting for when we can level together.


I’m back! (I think)

In the summer, we finally got fiber to the house where I’m currently staying, which means we could get a proper internet connection. Rejoice!

For over eight months I was barely playing WoW, because whenever I tried I would generally end up with 5k+ ms as soon as I left the Garrison. I’ve picked it back up now, and I’m back to raiding with my guild, which is nice.

Sadly, I’ve not enjoyed my Warlock this expansion, and so I’ve been playing my Hunter and raiding with her. I’m stubbornly playing her as Beast Master, even while everyone is staying Marksman is better. I suspect I will have to admit defeat soon and respec, which makes me sad… BM is so much fun! Up until now I’ve been able to stay in the top half of the raid dps, but I’m slipping behind as the gear levels increase – so a change is probably necessary.

In other news, I’m preparing to move to another country – so that’s taking up some of my time.

I missed this blog though, so I have decided to pick it back up. Is there anyone still reading? I have no idea, but I will keep writing anyway (it’s what I do!). If there are any readers out there, feel free to let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like me to write about.

Anyway, in short – I’m back!

More Casual Than Intended

It’s been several months since I last wrote here, and Warlords of Draenor launched with a bang. Due to my slow internet connection, I haven’t been able to take part of it as much as I would have liked. Some days I can play decently, and I get a few things done – but other days I have such severe lag that I can barely get my followers sent out on missions.

I used to long for a WoW break, or more specifically, a raid break. This has been much longer than anything I had ever planned though, and I’m finding that I quite miss raiding. On occasion, my connection will hold up decently and I can raid for a bit. Rarely a full raid. It’s an odd, spikey connection and I can be fine one boss, then lag out during the next (or even worse, halfway through).

So far, this expansion – I’ve been there for maybe two or three first kills. The number of raids I’ve joined probably barely hits double digits. It’s frustrating. From having been one of the more reliable raiders in my guild, I am now barely more than a casual player. It’s an odd feeling.

When I do join raids I feel guilty, and worry that I’m bringing them down – since my gear (obviously) isn’t quite up to par. I’m between 10-15 ilevels behind everyone else. It’s a frustrating feeling not being able to keep up. Since some weeks my connection isn’t playing nicely at all, there are weeks I can’t even get into LFR – which means I’m still collecting Abrogator Stones for the legendary quest.

I do miss raiding, and I hope that I can soon start playing more properly again. However, we’re having little luck with our internet. This area is supposed to be getting fiber, but there have been delay after delay. At the same time, the fact that fiber is in the works means that no ADSL company is willing to sort anything out, since they know it will soon be pointless. If nothing else, I should have decent internet in the summer when I move again. It just seems very far away at times.

Oh, the joy of mobile internet.

Oh, the joy of mobile internet.


This blog has been quiet for a while, which has mainly been due to me not playing so much WoW – and therefore not having much to write about. My WoW playing was picking back up again though, and I was enjoying the pre-expansion event… When everything was brought to a screeching halt.

This past weekend I moved, and as it turns out – the place where I now live is without internet. Not only that, but no ISP that I’ve contacted is able to provide any access at that address. Being out in the countryside, I can’t even get a decent mobile internet connection.

Which means I’m stuck with no internet, and unless something miraculous happens, I won’t be able to play in the expansion. Which sucks. I was finally starting to look forward to it again!

It’s very frustrating.

In any case, that means that this blog will remain silent for a while longer. They’re working on fiber in my area, but judging from surrounding areas – that could take anywhere between three weeks and three years. I’m hoping it will be soon, but there’s no way of knowing.

So for now, I will be MIA. I hope that everyone else will enjoy the expansion! I will envy you every step you take on Draenor…

If you want to keep track of what I’m doing with no internet, I will still update my personal blog from time to time.

PvP Stories

I’m not a big PvPer by any standard, but the last few weeks I’ve been doing some battlegrounds on my Hunter, and it’s not been awful. It helps that I’m not doing them alone, but with a friend. I have, however, discovered that BGs are no better for the whining than LFR. So I thought I’d share a few of the recent ones that made me raise an eyebrow.

Event 1

I was in Alterac Valley together with two other people from my guild. As we’re waiting for the game to start we’re being told in the BG-chat that they have a 30-man pre-made group and they want to do tactic X. If you don’t comply with their tactic, you will be kicked from the BG.

Since I enjoy slowing the opposing team in AV by protecting our towers, it’s what I wanted to do this time too. It wasn’t really going to mess with their tactic, their tactic would still work fine without me and the handful of other people who ended up doing other things.

However, since I dared ask them why they were doing their tactic, they ended up kicking me from the BG anyway. My friends never got kicked, despite not following the decreed tactic. So, I guess lesson learned – never speak up?

Still seems unfair that you can be kicked out of a BG when you’re active and killing members of the opposing team. While you can’t be kicked out of a dungeon until X amount of time after being out of combat.

Event 2

We were all standing at the gates waiting for the Gilneas BG to begin. Some random rogue started whining that people with bad gear should be kicked. Excuse me, but where will people get their PvP gear if not in unrated BGs? Ironically, his own gear wasn’t even that good. (Why is that always the case?)

Then when no one kicked anyone, he started warning that if you died more than twice you would be kicked.

Interestingly enough, he barely moved during the entire BG. Whenever I was checking the map he seemed to stand up on the hill between the horde and alliance base camps. I guess he was too good of a player to actually help in the actual battle, and was better at just.. surveying?

Event 3

This happened in the Battle for Gilneas as well. Our side was in a good place, having our first base and the Water Works, while pushing towards the opposing side’s base. My friend and I kept guard at the WW to keep horde from capping it, fighting off anyone coming to try.

Then another person comes along and stays with us. After a little while he whispers me to go help another base. I say that I’m watching WW with my friend, why doesn’t he go himself? He says he dies when doing it. I joke that he’s trying to send me off to my death, to which he just responds that it’s my turn (to die).

A minute or so later we get a larger group incoming trying to attack WW. This same guy just stands there, doesn’t even help fight them. So, I guess he just wanted me to leave so he could go AFK without anyone noticing?

Do you have any funny stories from BGs? Or dungeons/LFR for that matter!

Not quite there…

I’ve been spending very little time on the WoD beta to be absolutely honest with you. What little time I’ve spent there have been mainly to check out the garrisons and all of the new character models and their animations.

Most of the stuff looks pretty good. Even if there’s still some work to be done in getting the faces more like their original versions. However, as I was making a clone of my human female Warlock and took her for a spin… I noticed something.

The casting animations for the human female are just… Weird. At least to me. There’s something about the way she sways her hips, and the kickback from firing spells just seems a bit odd. Maybe others like it, but I personally can’t stand looking at it. (Similar to how I can’t stand the wild flailing of the arms of the female worgen when casting.)

What do you think?

What’s Your Role?

I’ve been thinking about what I enjoy playing most in WoW out of the different roles available to us; healer, dps or tank. The more I think about it, the more I’m realising that I’m enjoying the tank role a little bit more than the others.

Dealing damage is fun, but I get frustrated by the long queues for LFR/dungeons. I love my Warlock, and I will always love her – but she can’t quite fill the role I enjoy. I miss her at times, but every time I play a dps I only have fun for as long as I’m questing or doing other things. If I try to queue for something, I get instantly frustrated. There are times when I think that maybe I should go back to my Warlock for the next expansion… Since she is, after all, my favourite character… But I don’t know.

Healing. I used to enjoy it, and I still do at times. In the later parts of Vanilla and early TBC I played a Priest, and that was quite fun. In Cataclysm I raided on an alt that was a Horde Paladin (holy). While I can heal and it’s somewhat enjoyable… It’s probably the role in WoW that I have the least fun doing. These days, I only ever really play my Priest when healing in battlegrounds.

Tanking is the role that I think I enjoy the most. Sure, it can be stressful and frustrating at times – but I also find it quite rewarding. I enjoy being the first person into a fight, knowing the mechanics and figuring out how best to survive them. The last three expansions I started out raiding on my Warlock, but ended up tanking. Partly because we always seemed to end up a tank short in the guild, but partly also because I quite enjoy it. I’m considering making WoD the first expansion I go into as a tank straight away, rather than having to quickly gear one up when we find ourselves tank-less in the guild.

My raiding history goes something like…
Vanilla – Rogue
Vanilla – Holy Priest
TBC – Shadow Priest, who usually ended up having to go Holy
TBC – Warlock (since no one could make me heal then!)
Wrath – Warlock
Wrath – Prot Warrior (guild was short a tank, so I switched when we were about halfway through Ulduar)
Cata – Warlock (again)
Cata – Death Knight (when we were short a tank, fortunately this time we were already in Dragon Soul)
Cata – Holy Paladin (alt on Horde side, raiding with friend’s guild)
MoP – Warlock (again)
MoP – Prot Paladin (we found ourselves without enough tanks in Throne of Thunder, and I’ve been raiding on her since)

Before the Prot Paladin, I did try Death Knight and Monk as well for tanking. Monk was fun, but somehow felt squishy. I also felt that having two tanks wearing leather wasn’t ideal. (Our other tank is a Druid.) The Death Knight is fun, and I’ve always had fun with her, but we had three other DKs in the raid team as dps, and a fourth (even if tank), really seemed like an overkill in a 10 man team.

I enjoy the Paladin though. There are times when she’s felt a bit squishy as well. Especially compared to the Druid tank that tank with me. Some fights just seem to do a lot of damage to her. Fortunately, of course, she has a fair bit of self-healing and cooldowns to save her.

Having played most tanks in the game at some point, either in the guild’s raid group or by myself in dungeons and LFR – I have to say that I enjoy all of them. Least of all, I probably enjoy Druid. But then I’ve never been able to like the Druid class. I can’t put my finger on why… I just can’t bring myself to like it.

Do you have a role in the game that you enjoy more than the others? Do you play it as your main? Do you play several characters filling this role, or just the one?

My tanks.

My tanks.