I'm a dedicated WoW player who play several alts, but I focus mainly on my Warlock. Since I have a lot of characters, on this site it's easiest that I'm simply known as Saga.
I'm a raider, guild officer and altoholic who loves chasing after new mounts and pets.
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Monthly Archives: June 2010
After running through all of Azeroth to honor and desecrate the fires I finally got my achievement. I did in in two days while it can easily be done in one. I did half of Kalimdor the first evening and everything else the second day. Admittedly I stopped after that and only finished the non-achievement fires in Northrend today. The reason for doing the Northrend fires is that I want to buy the Captured Flame pet. It requires an additional 350 burning blossoms.
If you visit every fire, after you’ve bought the pieces of clothing that you need for the achievement you have around 300 flowers left. This means that for the remaining flowers you have to do the two daily quests More Torch Tossing and More Torch Catching. I was hoping that visiting the fires would be enough, and it is for the achievements alone – but not if you (like me) want the pet or the brazier as well.
Sadly, even if you do the daily quests every day – you cannot afford both the pet and the brazier, so you have to choose. Personally I love pets – so I’m definitely going for the pet.
On a positive note though, I made over 800 gold just by running around clicking fires!
I discovered a piece of the world previously unknown to me! The only reason I did so was because I was feeling lazy and figured that with a water walking elixir I could run to Revantusk Village in Hinterlands from Arathi by following the coast rather than having to run back to a flight point, get to Hinterlands and then get to the village.
As I came around the bend from Arathi Highlands I was surprised when I stumbled across a small dwarven farm! It was really peaceful and pretty with it’s own little dock and everything. Check out the screenshots below
Have you come across any little pieces of the world that you’ve not seen before?
I have no intention of writing a guide for the Midsummer Festival in WoW – others have already done that and really well too.
What I intend to do is tell you a little bit about the original event. I’m sure you’re all aware that the Midsummer Fire Festival in WoW is based on the Scandinavian tradition of celebrating Midsummer’s Eve or the Summer Solstice. In Scandinavia the summer nights are short and the darkness never quite settle.
Originally Midsummer was celebrated to worship and pray to the Norse Gods of fertility, Frey and Freya. Lambs were offered and there were big celebrations, in the hope that this would please the Gods so that the crops would grow and the women would bear children. Interestingly it is also the celebration of John the Baptist – but the original celebration goes back long before Christianity reached Scandinavia.
There are some very common elements to Midsummer celebrations. You have the midsummer fires lit in many of the Scandinavian countries, something we can see reflected in WoW with their bonfires that we have to visit for the achievement.
In WoW we can also dance around a pole, but let me tell you – the original pole looks quite different. It looks mainly like a cross, with two flower wreaths all dressed in leaves and more flowers. The tradition is to dance around it, pleasing the Gods. These days people dance around it singing about little frogs, but that’s something we won’t get into here. (Old traditions sure change over time.) Back in the day the pole was a phallic symbol since the Midsummer celebration was all about fertility. Fortunately (I think) for us the WoW version of the pole doesn’t look like a phallic symbol.
Then you have the old folklore telling us of Näcken (a Water Spirit) who would normally spend his time in the rivers, playing his violin and trying to entice people to him. He would then capture them and bring them down to the bottoms of the river with him, and they would never escape. On Midsummer’s Eve he was able to disguise himself as a man, a violin player, who would come and offer to play at the celebrations. It was important to deny him, because if you danced to his playing on this night you were never able to stop, but you would dance until you died and he would collect you. (In some stories it was the devil instead, but since the Water Spirit’s origin is older, I’m tempted to say he was the one in the original stories.)
The Frost Lord Ahune in WoW might be very very losely based on this, but I can’t say for sure. He’s an elemental, but frost rather than water and I definitely haven’t seen him playing a violin. Interestingly enough though he’s in Serpentshrine Cavern – which is, of course, under water, and he summons a bunch of little water elementals. Maybe Blizzard employees know more about the Scandinavian lore than we thought.
Well, that’s a little bit of information on the original Midsummer celebrations. I know it’s not really a WoW topic per se, but I personally find it interesting to see a real world event brought into WoW in its own version.
Now, I am off for my own Midsummer Celebration since today is the day we celebrate. These days the celebrations are quite different from back in the day though. While some people still make a Midsummer pole my family is far too lazy to do so, and we settle for having a nice BBQ and strawberry cake for dessert.
I wish you all a happy Midsummer’s Eve
I won’t tell you what they said since I know some people don’t want to read spoilers – but it sounded really awesome. If you want to read them, you can check them out here for Worgen and here for Goblins.
Cataclysm is coming! The old world is going to be destroyed and remade.
Which town, quest, NPC, or zone really needs to be purged with fire, in your opinion? Will you enjoy dancing on the ashes of a particularly hated quest giver? Or is there some zone you avoid like the plague (plaguelands excluded) where being nuked from orbit could only improve the experience? And why do you hate it/them so much?
Personally, I nominate Gnomeregan (the instance). I know we’re having this whole re-capturing (and losing it again?) of Gnomeregan soon, but as far as I’m concerned we could just as well drop some bombs on the place and watch as it lights up in flames. Has anyone heard what will become of Gnomeregan in Cataclysm? Will it still be this horrible instance or will the gnomes get it back (so we can kick them out of Ironforge for good!) and it will become an actual hometown?
In any case – I absolutely loathe this instance. You’d think I’d love it for the sake of getting to kill gnomes – but not even that makes it an enjoyable experience for me. (One day I will explain my gnome-hatred, I promise.) It is too long. Too cluttered. And too friggin confusing.
Seriously, has anyone been in there and not gotten lost? At least once. I know I haven’t. I’m always having to check my map and double-check that I didn’t miss a boss or something.
A lot of instances are long, and annoying – but I think none of them are quite as annoying as Gnomeregan. At least not to me. So by all means – let Gnomeregan burn. If you want me to take part in its recapture – don’t trust me not to bring my matches! If we fail (and I suspect we do, at least for the time being – maybe I’m the reason *maniac laughter*).
I have returned, and I had this crazy idea of adding a post that might actually be useful. I know, it’s crazy – I blame it on the pain killers. Since my main character is a Protection Warrior, obviously that is what I will focus on.
Below are some pointers to warriors based on what I’ve seen people do (wrong) in Heroics. A lot of this advice will work just as well for any other tanking class, so feel free to give them a heads up. I would have thought a lot of it is common sense, but after having done some Heroics on my alts (not tanking) I have come to realise that believing so was rather foolish. I have been proven wrong. More than once.
I don’t proclaim to be an awesome player, or even an awesome warrior. But I know to do the below – and I suggest you learn to do the same.
First of all, I would like to make a disclaimer. If you’re thinking about being a tank – any tank – make sure you do it for the right reasons and that you’re willing to put the time into it. You may not be interested in raiding on a tank, but even for Heroics tanking takes a lot of work – more so than a lot of other roles. Your gearing up process is much more steep. There is no way you can enter a Heroic with your levelling gear and expect to do well. You have to work on it.
If you just want to get quicker queues for Heroics. Maybe tanking isn’t for you. Unless you’re still willing to put the time in to get your gear ready and learn how to do it well. A bad tank can ruin any Heroic run. (That said a bad healer can too, and bad dps is annoying, but it doesn’t necessarily wipe the entire group.)
So, here are my tips on how to be a better Warrior (or tank in general):
1. Get defense capped
This isn’t too big a deal at lower levels, but when you hit 80 – if you want to do Heroics you want to get defense capped as soon as possible. In short – it means bosses can’t crit you which means you won’t die as easily. The defense cap at 80 is 535 for heroics (540 if you want to do raids). Note that this is not the rating, but the actual value (the rating is much higher, ~689 defense rating for 540 defense).
Doing Heroics before you’re defense capped may very well be possible, but it is not advisable. Your healer especially won’t be too happy to see you getting crit for 20k. Especially if you’re a new tank with a total of 25k health. I’d even go as far as saying that you won’t be too happy getting crit for 20k since most likely you won’t survive. So do yourself (and everyone else) a favour and get yourself defense capped.
As a side note, getting more than 535 (or 540) defense is not a bad thing. Defense still provides you with useful things, so look at 535 (or 540) as your bare minimum rather than the number. So don’t pass up on gear because it “brings you over the cap”. Getting defense still gives you dodge, parry, block and chance to get missed. All things we love!
2. Don’t stand in the stupid
I’ve seen a lot of tanks in instances that seem to think that because they’re tanking or because they’re wearing such and such good gear it’s okay for them to stand in void zones, fires and whatnot. Let me explain this to you; It is never okay to be taking damage that you don’t have to take!
I don’t care if you’re wearing full T10 gear from ICC with a gearscore of ten zillion. Don’t take damage that you don’t have to be taking.
If you’re not well-geared, taking extra damage is most likely going to get you killed. If you’re well-geared you’re most likely pissing your healer off and you might still die, if that doesn’t happen – you’re still tanking the mobs in a place where melee have to choose between taking chunks of damage or not dpsing. In short; there is never really a good excuse to stand in the stupid.
3. Rage Starvation
As a new tank you may not have problems with this – if things hit you enough. I find this more of a problem at higher levels of gear when they don’t hit me as much, meaning less rage. However, if you do have problems getting enough rage. There are a few things to think about. First of all, charge into packs whenever you can because that gives you a little bit of starting rage. If you’re really screaming for some rage you of course also have Bloodrage. It only has 1 minute cooldown and you can glyph it to not take health from you.
Another thing to think about when feeling rage starved is to NOT use Shockwave. I know, it seems crazy, right – because it’s good AoE threat. But you have to make a judgment call here. The threat or rage (and more rage means more threat too, maybe you want to hold off on the Shockwave for a few seconds). Shockwave stuns the mobs – stunned mobs don’t hit you – you don’t get hit means no rage.
4. Love your Heroic Strike/Cleave
A large part of your threat actually comes from Heroic Strike (switch to Cleave if you’re tanking multiple mobs). It’s different from your other abilities though since it’s on a next swing timer. This means you won’t hit anything with it when you press they ability, but rather that you will hit it the next time your weapon swings. (Which also means that for tanking a quicker weapon is better.)
You want to keep your Heroic Strikes coming. What I do is basically hit that key every time I can, so it hits as often as possible between the other abilities I’m using. Some people bind it to their mousewheel and just keep “scrolling”, but I personally prefer to do it properly.
5. AoE tanking
I don’t want to scare you – or whine (okay maybe I want to whine a little bit) – but AoE tanking as a Warrior is not a dance on roses. You actually have to work for it if you want to hold aggro. We don’t have the luxury of putting down Consecration or Death and Decay. Or Swipe spamming. (Okay so a little bit of whining.) We have to use Thunderclap every cooldown, Shockwave (if our rage generation allows) every cooldown and Cleave. Yes, that’s important. You have to switch your Heroic Strike spamming for Cleave spamming when tanking more than 1 mob.
Even when doing all that, you still might lose aggro. If people AoE-ing, it’s usually not a problem. But say that you’re tanking 5 mobs. You’re focusing one and doing the AoE abilities to keep the others on you. If people AoE – that will be enough. But if a dps is focusing all his single-target dps on another mob (not the one you’re focusing) he almost certainly will pull aggro (unless he’s absolutely crap).
But why aren’t they just dpsing my target you ask? Well, because quite frankly. Most people seem to have forgotten the lost art of targetting the tank’s target. So don’t count on them doing that.
There is no easy way to keep all mobs on you. To make sure you hold the aggro on all of the mobs, you have to not focus on target but sadly you have to tab through them and put up sunders and use Cleave and Shield Slam and every other ability on which ever one happen to be targeted when it comes off cooldown. Do remember to keep Demoralising Shout up – it does do some threat, and Revenge if you have specced into it now hits a secondary target as well. If you do this – you will do AoE tanking fine. You just can’t be lazy when you AoE tank as a Warrior.
It sucks, and it’s annoying. But sadly, until people start targeting the tanks target (which will never happen) we have to do this if we want to tank multiple mobs successfully.
I think this can go for anyone that enters a Heroic actually. Just take a moment and breathe. Don’t bite people’s heads off – even if they’re being asshats. Remember that some people are new, sometimes mistakes are honest. Other times, yes there will be idiots who run ahead of you and pull mobs before you – and that really sucks. But try to take another deep breath, and remember that you can do this. You’re a tank and you can handle it. Don’t be one of those ***** tanks that give us all a bad reputation.
We all have bad days, and we all get annoyed when people play in a way that we feel are stupid. But try not to get rude. It’s not easy, I know. But try to take the high road – if someone is pulling before you are, ask them nicely to not do that. If they still persist, let them die. Okay okay, don’t let them die.. but yeah then you can be annoyed. But give people the benefit of the doubt. We were all new once. If you’ve been pleasant you will know that at least you did nothing wrong, and if people continue being asshats – well at least you know you’re not to be blamed.
By the way, as a warrior you have the greatest excuse to not have people pull before you (unless it’s a hunter with MD or rogue with tricks, but that’s besides the point). It’s quite simple. We don’t have awesome AoE threat. If they pull 4 mobs and actually do damage to them a Thunderclap won’t snap the aggro back most likely. And your taunt has 6 seconds cooldown. Sure, you can do a Mocking Blow. But even then getting 4 mobs off is a total of 6-12 seconds. During which they might die.
I’m sure I forgot lots of stuff. But this is what I could think of for the time being. If you have any Warrior questions, or even Tanking questions, feel free to ask. (I have tanked on Paladin as well, Druid a little bit and DK a tiny bit – so btw I can definitely say that Warriors have the worst AoE threat.)
I’m going to be AWOL for a couple of days, and I realise I’ve been a bit remiss in replying to people’s blogs the last couple of days and will for the next couple of days too. I will get right back to it as soon as I can.
Tomorrow morning (earlier than I’d care to) I’m going in for surgery so today I’ve been busy with preparations. I shall be back online and in full swing with posts and commenting other people’s blogs in no time! As a disclaimer though, it’s nothing bad or anything – I just managed to break my leg year and a half ago and it’s never become really good after – so I’m now going back in to remove some screws and metal plates and whatnot. Which will hopefully help. So nothing big and scary! I shall be bouncing up and down again before you know it.
In the meanwhile, below is a screenshot of the current state of my character list for my Project 80 challenge. I honestly don’t know if I can go through with it, but I will give it my best. We shall see when I get too bored of levelling and give up
In other news, I also got the X-53 Touring Rocket! I’d forgotten about an old RAF I did for my brother and now I have my very own, cool rocket to fly around on. No gnomes allowed though.
Every so often I check out MMO-Champion. I’m not overly active on their forums, I usually just check out the news. But sometimes a forum topic in the “Latest Forum Posts” section catch my attention. Like now.
I clicked the link because it said “Sticking with just one character, how many do it?” – and I thought it would be interesting to find out. The Original Poster (OP) said that he always just played one character and focused on that, but had now found out that 90% of the WoW community has more than one character. So he wanted to know how many people played one character and how many played more than one.
Seems pretty harmless, right? That’s what I thought. There was a poll too btw, and according to the users on the forums there 75.3% of them play more than one character and 24.7% play only one. (In case you were curious.)
Then some people come forward and explain that they actually do play more than one character. Upon which the OP says… wait for it… wait for it…
it just seems that people with multiple chars cant focus on one thats why they have more. maybe if they only have one alt, but you should only have one alt if any. but 3 or more alts, especially 10, tells me the person cant focus, maybe has A.D.D. and probly doesnt even like the game.
think about it, if you’re playing this game, and you keep getting bored on any char you play, so you keep switching chars to relieve bordom, you must not like this game very much, because if you did, you wouldnt keep getting bored and switching chars.
thats my take on it atleast.
What? Seriously? If you play more than one character apparently you can’t focus and you have A.D.D. Personally I just kind of laughed and shook my head in disbelief that someone could actually think that – let alone dare to put it in writing on a forum. Needless to say some people took exception to this statement. It got even more amusing when the OP got all huffy and said people were too touchy, cause he was just curious why they played more than one character since it was so pointless. Why were they all so upset? (Maybe because he implied that they might have A.D.D.?)
He also says things like; if you have alts you will never be a skilled player. You will never be as good at one class as someone who only plays that class. I personally have lots of alts, but I only have one main that I raid with and it is also the class I know best. A lot of people of course told him similar things, but he refuses to believe it. Oh well, it gave me a good chuckle.
What about you? Do you play one character or many? If you have many, do you focus on one (like a raiding main) or do you spend your time between them equally?
PS. If you want to read the actual forum discussion, it can be found here.
PPS. I of course don’t /lol at people that actually have A.D.D. or anything such, only at the person who claimed the statements above.
First of all, let me start off by saying that no, I’m not talking about the spell cast by Herald Volazj in Old Kingdom, or the achievement The Insane or even the ToGC insanity runs. No, this is about my very own little possibly insane idea.
I think in this pre-expansion slump we’re all looking at the different things we can and want to do in the game. Some of us are still raiding, some of us are not (for various reasons). Some want to level some remaining alts, grind gold or achievements.
Personally, I am still raiding a bit. And I could grind achievements or gold.. but I keep having this crazy “what if…” idea.
What if… I was to finish my old thought/idea of having an 80 of every class?
I know it’s not that difficult to do, especially not with today’s levelling with heirlooms and whatnot. But it still takes a bit of time and effort. And I don’t really gain anything from it – other than the sheer amusement level of seeing my character list entirely populated by level 80s (yes that’s the thing too – I want them all on the same realm).
Maybe it’s just a sign of spending too much time in-game. Actually, I’m not spending that much time in-game at the moment. But if I were to go ahead with this little personal achievement, I probably would spend a bit more.
I already have 6 classes at level 80. That means another 4 to go. 3 of which I already have at 70 (and they have been at 70 since TBC). So it’s definitely do-able.
What do you think? I know it’s kind of pointless, but it might be a fun thing to do. Should I go ahead, or just continue the daily HC grind and gold grind?