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.
This site is where I ramble about my adventures and thoughts as I continue playing WoW.
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Monthly Archives: February 2011
With the database failure I lost my drafts, so I’m still working on remembering what I had in the pipeline. In the meanwhile, I’m currently in a mini-panic.
I think I’ve mentioned before that my guild is having issues with recruitment. No matter how much we try we just never seem to get any new recruits.
This has left us with about 10 people exactly for our 10 man raiding team, which of course means that any time one person can’t make a raid – there is no raid.
A friend of mine on another server (horde side) has the exact same problem with her guild. They specifically need one more healer to be pretty much able to raid.
I was thinking I’d give them a hand by either leveling a character on their server or transfering one of my current ones.
So, I now have an 85 paladin with an average item level of 344 (she still needs a few upgrades) ready to transfer. And I’m panicking.
I would still raid with my own guild, because we have different raid days than my friend – but 45 euros is a lot of money for me. Should I just have made a level 1 and worked my ass of to level quickly?
The decision has to be made today, because my 85 paladin is on my secondary account – which expires tomorrow because I don’t want to pay for two accounts anymore – and I need to transfer her to my main account in any case. The question is, do I also move server and faction?
So I’m sitting here in a bit of a panic trying to decide between saving myself the money and leveling a new character (which would mean my friend having to wait for me to level up) or using the money and being almost raid ready immediately.
So.. yes.. panic.
What would you do? Would you spend the money or level a new character (meaning your friend would have to wait for you)?
Trying to get the site back up… *sigh*
Updated: The site is back up, but the database had been over-written so I’ve lost all comments since the 1st February
Managed to get the posts from a cached Google version so I’ve added them back. The ones prior to 1 February were okay since I still had them saved on the old site. But anything since then I’ve had to re-add manually, and of course no comments since I couldn’t get those from the cached version.
I still have to update About and My Characters to a new version and work a bit on the Widgets, but I’ve been at this for hours and will take a break now.
Also, sorry for the spam you may have received in your Feedreaders as I was adding the posts back in!
I couldn’t name one, specific item that I prefer over every other item in-game – but there are many neat items in the world that I enjoy finding.
The fact that you can find random, grey items that are just there for fun is something I quite enjoy, and many times I will keep them in my bags/bank just because I find them funny.
I could go on forever. There are lots of funny little items like that in the game.
I also enjoy picking up robes and dresses that I think look neat. My most recent addition being the Black Ash Robe. It’s not the most beautiful robe out there, but I like keeping anything that suits my Warlock.
Then there’s the holiday event items and clothing. Can’t keep myself from holding on to them either.
One final mention, poor little Nemo…
As I think everyone who reads me fairly regularly is aware I currently play Alliance, and I have been doing so since a couple of months before The Burning Crusade came out. Before that, I played Horde, and was actually quite hating the idea of re-rolling to Alliance.
When you play a certain faction for long enough you start to enjoy that faction more than the other, and the races seem better looking that the opposing faction’s races.
This became obvious to me when I first re-rolled to Alliance. I thought most of the Alliance races looked horrible. Female humans were plain and chunky, night elves were pretty but somewhat square around their hips (okay, I still think that!) and gnomes were small and evil (okay, I still think that too!)
My first Alliance character was a night elf because it was the only race that I could bear to look at.
Now, a few years later, I am absolutely in love with female humans. Once you get used to them they have some really nice options for faces, their body types seem just right and they have really nice animations for fighting and casting.
So, what made me think of this?
Well, a very good friend of mine play Horde on a different server. Their guild is having similar troubles to my own filling their roster, and since they’re raiding different days than my guild I thought that maybe I could kill two birds with one stone – I can help their guild out with another headcount and I can get to play with my friend.
Now, this is where it starts getting tricky for me. (And I’m not even talking about juggling two raiding schedules.)
I look at the Horde races that I previously loved and I go… That doesn’t look right! Why do Undead run like that? Are those feet? Why can’t I have shoes?!
I’ve so far tried:
- Tauren; they feel big and clumsy while still kind of adorkable. But I can’t see myself as one.
- Undead; I used to love Undead! My Horde rogue was one.. my warlock was one.. my priest was one! But now all I see is the really weird way they run.
- Troll; What’s up with those feet!? Why can’t I wear shoes and why does it look like she has back aches when she’s casting? Arms up in the air? Yeah, sorry.. Night Elves do that better.
- Orc; I actually quite like Orcs. They have nice melee animations and their casting animations aren’t too bad either. But compared to my Human they seem really.. big and muscular.
- Blood Elf; I swear they’re so small you could poke them with a stick and they will break!
I’m going to be playing a Paladin, because they need a healer and I don’t want to move my Priest (she recently even got her own arena team, and if happily flailing wildly) so I have to choose between Tauren and Blood Elf.
How do you feel about the different races/factions? Do you happily switch between the two sides or various races, or do you tend to stick to a favourite?
Also, PS. Does anyone know a good Paladin blog where I can like.. learn how to heal on one? Basic beginner tips please like.. which stats are the most important etc.
There are so many memories that you make in WoW and I think I would actually be hard-picked to choose one.
You have the special first boss-kill memories, the memories of friends you’ve made and special occasions that may stay with you for years. Or the memories from your first few days in WoW when everything was new and shiny.
Despite me actually suggesting the topic, I have to admit that I can’t pick one single, favourite memory.
There are certain bosses whose memories I enjoy more simply because we put so much time and effort into killing them. My first memory like that was Ragnaros. It was my very first “big” boss to kill and it’s still a boss kill I remember fondly. We’d just spent such a long time in there working on that boss and preparing for that boss that when he finally went down everyone was cheering on Ventrilo.
Another boss that felt special was Lady Vashj. I don’t think we spent nearly as long on her as I did on Ragnaros back in the day, but it was still a fight that took us some time to master – and finally seeing her dead was such a great feeling.
I also remember the very first couple of conversations I had with someone who is now a very dear friend. When we first started talking I had no idea that we’d end up being as close as we are today, but I can still remember those first conversations (which is funny cause I probably forgot the majority between then and now – 3+ years later).
WoW is a great game – and yes, it has flaws – but I think we shouldn’t forget the memories we carry with us even as we may one day stop playing and leave the game. I know that I, for one, am grateful for the time I’ve spent in WoW and for the friends I’ve made.
What about your WoW memory/memories?
I saw that some people had found this blog while looking for reforging information for Warlocks. This is something I only just touched on in my Warlock Guide, so I figured I might do a brief post on reforging. Note though that this is mainly aimed towards Destruction Warlocks since that is the spec I personally play the most.
I think that first of all we need to realise that reforging is very different from person to person depending on your gear and gems, but there are some basic rules that you can apply.
The basics of reforging
To reforge your gear you have to visit an Arcane Reforger in a capital city. You can’t reforge anything you want though, there are a few things to keep in mind. For this guide I’m ignoring stats like Strength, Agility and other things not found on caster gear.
- You can only reforge items with an ilevel higher than 200.
- You can only reforge Secondary Stats.
- You can not add a stat that’s already on the gear.
Stats that you can not reforge are: Intellect, Stamina, Resilience.
Stats that you can reforge: Hit, Haste, Spirit, Crit, Mastery.
Get your priorities straight
Remember the stats that are worth more to you. First of all, try to get Hit capped by reforging what you can to Hit.
Once Hit capped, these are your stat priorities. For more information on them, check the Warlock Destruction Guide.
Intellect > Crit ~ = Haste > Mastery
The first stat to always reforge into anything else is Spirit. It’s completely useless to us and needs to go. Preferably you’ll have no gear with Spirit on it, but if you’re hated by Lady RNG like yours truly there may be a piece of two that you can’t seem to get rid of. Reforge it, now!
The second most useless stat for a Destruction Warlock is Mastery.
In simple terms
If you’re not hit capped; reforge other stats into Hit until you reach 1742 Hit rating (choose the worthless stats to reforge first)
If you’re hit capped: reforge into Haste and/or Crit depending on your gear.
Always reforge Mastery and Spirit into something more useful. Always.
So in general, depending on if you’re Hit capped or not:
Gear with Spirit should be reforged to Hit>Haste>Crit.
Gear with Mastery and Crit should have Mastery reforged to Hit or Haste.
Gear with Mastery and Haste should have Mastery reforged to Hit or Crit.
Gear with Mastery and Hit should have Mastery reforged to Haste.
Gear with Crit and Hit should have Crit reforged to Haste.
Gear with Haste and Hit is fine as it is.
I actually already touched on this subject quite a while back when I wrote about my starting experience and how much I enjoyed the game from the get-go.
But, if I’m going to be a purist and talk about my very first day in WoW it was actually not my undead priest. I didn’t know if I was going to like the game when my brother sat me down in front of the computer and said to try it (he’d been badgering me about it for a very long time, and by now was hearing no arguments).
At that time I didn’t really know about Factions or racials or well.. anything. So I picked something randomly that looked good. I made a night elf druid on his account and clicked Enter the Game.
The intro alone had me fascinated. Once in the game I was definitely awed by the beauty that is the Night Elf zone. My brother had to put up with me asking him a million questions during that first hour or so that I played my little druid. How to move my character, how to kill things – where is that quest and so on and so on.
Within an hour I knew this was a game I had to get for myself. So the next day I went down to the shops and bought a copy. Of course at that point I did go Horde since my brother was an Orc Shaman and I wanted to play somewhere he cold give me a hand.
What was your first day playing WoW like?
I originally started a personal blog back in 2004 because it seemed like an easier way to keep a diary/journal than jotting things down by hand. Six and a half years later I still have my personal blog, but it’s mainly that – personal.
While I wouldn’t be bothered if random people read it, I’ve not really bothered trying to get a reader base or anything – it’s more there to be an outlet for myself and to keep my friends and family (spread wide over countries) up to date if they wish to.
Originally I wrote a lot about my internal process when I was writing my novels, but nowadays it’s mainly small updates (and very infrequent!) about what’s going on in my life. I’ve set myself a challenge though, to write something every day for a full year – which means currently there’s a lot of entries with one or two sentences – but hey, at least there’s something!
This WoW blog I started nearly a year ago mainly as a fun little side project to keep myself writing (since I miss not writing my novels/stories) and to entertain my guildies.
Since then it’s become my WoW outlet and I’m as excited every single time someone posts me a comment or link to something I’ve written. (Really. Imagine a child jumping up and down gleefully while clapping their hands.)
So I guess I started to blog because I enjoy writing, and after getting into the whole WoW blogging thing I absolutely love the community that’s out there. I never knew about it (having kept to myself on my personal blog for so long) and I’m glad I’ve finally taken the step to join.
What about you guys? Do you keep a blog, personal or otherwise and what made you do so?
In Wrath I had so many alts that I never felt that I had the time to play either of them properly – so this time I around I decided that I should stick to three characters; 1 dps, 1 healer and 1 tank.
The dps was an easy choice obviously, since my main is my Warlock. The healer was fairly easy as well since I’ve had my priest since Vanilla and could never leave her behind. So then I finally had only one decision left; which character to level up as my tank?
There was the Warrior who was my main in ToC and ICC. The Paladin that I played a lot in Heroics and some alt raids. Or the Death Knight that I’d barely played at all.
So, I went for the DK.
Yes, obvious choice. Right? No? Well, my reasoning was that why not play something that’s still sort of new to me. It should make things more interesting.
So now, I’m leveling my DK and while they’re easy in solo play (I mean I’m sure it can be done with more sophistication, but I swear that I can almost press any button and stuff still dies) I find myself flailing wildly when I’m tanking.
It’s a very different feel compared to a Warrior or even a Paladin. Warriors are straight forward in the sense that as long as someone is beating on you, you have rage. As a Paladin you start with full mana and you just need to make sure you have enough for your abilities. As a DK… there’s runes.
In solo play I never noticed them so much. You know, they were there but the cd wasn’t really nocitable because things just sort of died anyway. Now I’m tanking and it’s like OMG OMG WHY ARE ALL MY RUNES ON CD?
So, here are some of my random thoughts when playing a DK tank when I’m used to a Warrior (or just my thoughts on DKs and tanking in general – random thoughts are random):
* Death Grip is awesomecakes. I love being able to drag that annoying caster into the fray. I also love using it when I dps and my guildie is tanking on his paladin.. you know what I’m talking about.. he’s running all the way over to the other side of the room where the caster is and just as he reaches it.. DEATH GRIP! Ha! It’s on your side of the room. (Sure you have to tank it, but you know.. we can.. on normal.. don’t try this on Heroic.)
* Where’s my AoE Taunt, dammit! Oh here, Death & Decay should do the trick.. /puts it down. Damn they’ve already moved away from that spot. Nooo!
* OMG look at all that self healing! /clicks Rune Tap just for fun, only to take a big hit from the boss some random hunter just decided to MD onto you while you were busy playing with keybinds. Right, save that for when needed..
* Oh look at my AoE threat! /spams Blood Boil! Noo, all my Blood Runes are on cooldown!
* So you think it’s fun to knock the mobs out of my Death & Decay random shaman/druid? Fine, I’ll just sit here and watch as they eat your face. /sits back and drinks a glass of wine with the healer while said shaman/druid dies. (Yes, I’m looking at you Shamiok! So okay, yeah.. the shaman isn’t so much random as a guildie who likes to annoy me. But he deserved to die, right?)
* Blood Worms are crazy little buggers. Why do they occasionally run off and pull additional packs that no one else is touching?!
* I really need two weapons, it kinda sucks when you forget to change your rune when you switch between tank/dps. I was wondering why my dps was so low at one point, turns out I’m still running around with Stoneskin Gargoyle runed on my weapon /facepalm.
* Another /facepalm moment is realising that you forgot to go into a presence after respeccing. Especially if you respecced to Blood and forgot to go into Blood Presence. Oops? Thank you for still keeping me alive, Hrid!
* It’s odd tanking without a shield. I mean, really.. why would I want to run head first into groups of angry mobs without a shield to cover myself with? But nope, I run in there and tank them with my… face?
How do you deal with switching between characters? Especially if they fill a similar role? (I notice for example that whenever casters go low on mana I keep wanting to/trying to Life Tap!)
Ps. Between writing this up and posting it I’ve now hit 85 on the DK and I’m still flailing wildly. I’ve not yet dared to enter a LFD alone, as dps or tank (need better gear for either) and I’m starting to wonder if I should have gone for Paladin or Warrior after all!
I guess it’s time for me to get started on the challenge I issued myself. Several people are already ahead of me, so it’s about time I get started! The plan was to start this weekend, but some family issues meant I spent the weekend re-arranging my apartment instead.
So, anyway.. introductions.
I’m a Warlock at heart – with evil plans of world domination (think Pinky & the Brain.. really, I will hum you the theme!) but for some reason I never quite seem to figure out the best way to, you know, take over the world.
So in the meanwhile I play WoW and try to vanquish the evils there. Hang on, wait, that doesn’t seem right. And yes, when I made my first Death Knight and we had that big battle at the Light’s Hope Chapel I was yelling out “Noo, Arthas.. Take me with you! I want to remain evil!”
Okay, okay.. Fine. I’m not entirely evil. People tell me I’m actually quite pleasant (who knew!) so I must be doing something right.
I’m from Sweden but spent 7 years living in The Netherlands (without learning to speak the language fluently), but moved back to Sweden in 2007 after getting sick and unable to work for the time being. I went from having a really good job at the HR department of a UN organisation to being stuck at home barely able to get out of bed.
After literally years of trying to figure out what the hell happened it turns out that I hit that proverbial wall because of an underlying condition of fibromyalgia and some severe deficiencies in various (apparently important) vitamins that my body refuse to take up on its own (enter big needles.. I hate needles btw). All of which gave me the energy levels of.. I don’t know, a groundhog in winter?
But! Enough about the boring stuff! (I’m getting a lot better btw, back to work even if not 100% yet.) I’m a creative soul (hah!) who love writing. Before I got sick I’d completed two manuscripts for historical novels. I’ve never sent them to a publisher because I hate rejection (and they’re much better off collecting hypothetical dust on my computer), and I have plenty more stories in my head that I want to write down.
I love playing WoW and in some ways it’s a creative outlet as well, even though I don’t RP. Most of my characters have their own little stories (you really don’t need to RP to know your chars.. I mean it!) and I get my HR kick out of being an officer in my guild.
I think that’s enough about me, I have much more fun reading everyone else’s posts than writing my own – so I will get back to that now.