It’s been a week today since the 4.3 patch went live on EU realms, and I will admit that I’ve quite been enjoying myself. That being said, I haven’t even had time to visit the Darkmoon Faire or try the Looking for Raid feature.
So, what have I been doing?
I’ve been running the new Heroics over and over again. I got my Warlock Valor capped, and after that I spent a lot of time gearing up a couple of alts. My Death Knight now finally has the gear to try the LFR, and my Mage is one ilevel short. Hopefully in the next few days the Mage will finally get that final illusive ilevel.
I’ve also been prospecting a lot of stocked up ore in the hopes of finding Inferno Rubies to cut and make a nice profit. I know a lot of people who are a lot better at the AH game than I am (so, just about everyone) made a whole lot of money this past week. I made 50k, which is good for me. I’ve never made 50k in a single week before.
The New Heroics
As I was saying, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the new Heroics. I’ve been pleasantly surprised that for the most part it’s gone rather well. There’s no wiping for ages like there was in ZA/ZG in random groups. Sure, there might be a wipe here or there, but for the most part the runs are smooth.
A few things that are bothering me though when running these dungeons.
Is it just me or are people more rude than usual? There seems to be an awful lot of name calling and being rude. There’s always been a lot of “you’re a noob, l2p” talk in dungeons, but these new ones seem to have brought about all of these people at once. Maybe it’s because everyone’s come out of hiding to do these new instances, I don’t know – but it gets tiring to listen to even if not directed at you.
I even had a dungeon where a friend and I queued up as dps, so we waited the required 15 minutes to get in. We got End Time and the first boss was Echo of Tyrande. While running between the moonlight patches the healer kept going outside of it and aggroing mobs. The tank didn’t bother taunting them and eventually the healer died.
The tank started whining that he was a bad healer and we shouldn’t even resurrect him. The healer whined that the tank was a bad tank for not taunting and should leave. They kept this going for a very long time. My friend and I, and a third dps just tried to tell them to leave it and keep going. But no, we stood there in front of Tyrande and did nothing.
Eventually my friend and I gave up and left the group, not having killed a single boss. We ended up spending another 15 minutes in a queue.
A lot of runs seem to have people squabbling about who’s a bad player, who’s not healing well enough or not tanking well enough. Am I the only one who just want to get the bosses dead and not spend my time arguing?
Free for All
I’ve talked about this before, and I realise it’s not going to change – but I get really annoyed when people need on every piece of loot they can use. If you’re queued as a dps, let the tank get the tank items first – if he doesn’t need them, they’re all yours. Same goes for tanks and healers, don’t need dps loot if the dps do!
My worst example of this was a tank who needed on tank gear, dps gear and healing gear. The worst part was that I was really hoping for some tank pieces for my DK’s off-spec. Now, I’ll never take something over the tank, but it turned out that the tank didn’t even need the tank pieces he needed on, because after winning it he stood there and disenchanted it in front of me!
I feel a bit bad about one instance where I’d have enough and I took a dps piece on my Holy Paladin. Admittedly, I still feel I was in the right at that point although I’m sure some might disagree with me. The dps shoulders dropped and both the tank and I needed them. Since they’re dps I figured they’re off-spec for both of us and we have equal rights to them. The tank disagreed because he felt he had really bad tank shoulders and wanted to use these for tanking.
When I won them he didn’t say anything, he just opened a trade window. I asked why, since I figured they were off-spec for both of us, and that’s when he said he wanted to use them for tanking. I told him that he really should get the tank shoulders (there’s a good pair from these same instances), but he said that “upgrade is an upgrade”. This is where I disagree. I’m sorry, but you shouldn’t tank in dps shoulders. Not to mention that you can grab those as your “upgrade”, and then the tank ones will drop and you’ll replace them. While they’re actually a legitimate upgrade for my dps spec and I won’t be replacing them any time soon.
Let’s be fair, those dps shoulders may have had some more stamina, but not a single tanking stat. Please tanks, don’t tank wearing those shoulders.
(I’ll be honest though, had he been polite and asked for them I probably would have given them to him. Manners will get you a long way!)
The Winner of…
The Winner of the Most Wipes contest is definitely the Echo of Baine in End Time. I don’t know why, but this seems to be where I wipe the most. A lot of the people I meet in there don’t seem to know that they can pick up and toss the totem back at him for increased damage. It makes the fight so much easier when you do that. So much. Really.
Our raiding is going a little so-so at the moment. We don’t have a stable raiding team because we unfortunately have people who are working nights a lot. Nothing much to do about if of course and they can’t help it, but it does make for some frustrating raid nights.
This reset is looking horrible to be fair. I suspect we will only get one raid night in, and even then we’re stretching it with people who don’t raid regularly and/or are social members. While I very much appreciate that everyone makes the effort and joins our raids even if they’re not a regular raid member, I just kind of wish we had a stable team. For progression it’s always best to have a somewhat stable team to go in and learn the fights.
We make do though, and we do alright. Even if this week progression might be slow with only one raid night. Hopefully we can make up for it next week.
My friend‘s guild got one boss further than we did this week. I didn’t get to join the raid on my Paladin since they had plenty of people after the reset. While I fully understand not getting a spot (because it’s my alt and their main members should have priority), I still missed not being there and seeing the bosses from the healing perspective. It’s something I’ve quite enjoyed these past two tiers of the game – seeing the fights from different perspectives.
On a final note… Night Elf Warlock just looks so wrong.