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Life’s a Bear!

Well after about 4 years of mostly sitting idle… The Bear is back in town! Well sort of…

Last Thursday while waiting for others to come online to run heroics, my brother suggested running Dungeon Finder on his mage and my druid. I told him that other than using him as a banker, I had not done anything on my druid for some time and that I had never tanked with him, only quested. He said to go kitty and not worry about not having my bars set up since it was just a low level random.

So we queue up and get a pop for Razorfen Downs within about 10 minutes or so. I used those 10 minutes to post some auctions on the AH. I should have used them to read up on kitty DPS (even though his feral spec is mostly a bear spec). We ended up in a group with a hunter and a warrior tank. My DPS was pretty low, not horrible. In the first boss fight the tank died and I went bear and saved a wipe! That felt really good.. LOL.

Well then some drama ensued between the hunter and the tank. The tank did not want to do a full clear to complete the quests since he had already done them. He soon dropped group and so did the healer. So we proceeded to clear more trash while waiting for the group to fill with me in Bear form. That went pretty good. Then we got another tank and healer to complete the dungeon but not any other bosses. So the 3 of us went back to the boss that comes when you ring a gong and I tanked it without a healer. We barely got it, but it was awesome! Funny thing was I did more DPS as a bear than I did in kitty form anyway… I still had claw on my kitty bars and not mangle! LOL

So I am now definitely looking forward to leveling my baby Bear and tanking some more!

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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Bear, Dungeons


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Play with Friends??

As I have said elsewhere here, I originally was lured to WoW in the summer of 2007 by my brother and a group of real life friends (a total of about 8-9 friends) who had been playing for a some time. Some of them had been playing since close to lauch and raided Molten Core and the original Nax.

The idea was that we were all going to roll on the same server, play in the same guild, and endgame raid together. However, it always seems to come down to that only my brother and I are committed to running together. These friends will say they want to run, but when it comes down to it.. either they have something else to do or go join a different guild to progress. They ask when are we going to get 10 mans going but do nothing to help and lack the patience to stick with it while it is put together. On Thursdays we do heroic runs in the hope of turning that into a raid night soon. Of the 5 of us left that have known each other for around 20 years, usually it is just my brother and me.

Well I guess this weekend one of them ran off again. My brother called me a little ticked. I understand if how they want to play does not match up to how we want to play… but just quit pretending that they want to play with friends then!

It’s funny.. we have gotten much better commitment and consistency from the friends we have made through the game and never even met than any of our real life friends.. That’s sad to me.

Well at least my brother and I have always stuck to the commitment of we are going to play and raid together… Thanks bro!


Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Dungeons, Guild, Raids


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Attention Dungeon Finder Tools… Beware the Hunter!

Yesterday I read a post of Frostheim’s from Warcraft Hunters Union on WoW Insider about 5 things other classes could learn from hunters. Oh.. the irony of how sometimes things you read are relevent far sooner than you think.. Part of the post talks about how with our tool kit a great hunter can often save a party and a bad one can really screw one over.. Well also a hunter who knows his tool kit can also screw over a group that pisses him off! I may not be a great hunter, but I am fairly familiar with my tool kit… /evil grin.

Last night my brother and I were doing our weekly Hour of Twilight heroic runs, since we can’t seem to get anyone else to do 10 man normal modes with us (future post to explain) and neither of us like Raid Finder (see earlier post on my feelings, his mirror mine.. lol). Now keep in mind on Thursdays when my brother and I run together, I go over and hang out with him. We are in the same room, so no need for vent or anything. We do this because ever since BC the two of us (at least) have always been committed to running together. So in other words he has my back and I his.

Sooooo.. last night we queue up for our first HoT heroic for the night and get Well of Eternity. Which BTW I love.. it’s not that too challenging but the scenery is awesome! So in we go following Illidan. Now my brother has a huge computer desk-wall unit thingy with a big sidebar and I play on a laptop. So I just put my laptop on the sidebar. Also I do not use a mouse-pad with my wireless optical mouse. I just move it over the wood. I don’t like being restricted to a little pad. When I am raiding or PvPing that mouse is all over the place.. LOL. We are running up to the first group of demons and it seems the side bar is gummy, which is annoying the hell outta me cause my mouse isn’t moving as freely as I am accustomed to. So not paying attention to the screen, I run into the marching demons and die. A bit later the priest posts in party chat ‘run back.. cause I don’t rez retards’. My brother is on his warrior tank instead of his pally. Normally he would rez me. So he is waiting to pull until I am rezzed or get back on my own, We were actually laughing about it at this point even though he was pissed the healer wouldn’t rez me. Well then the rogue pulls the pack at the first crystals and my bro lets him die. Then he tells the rogue  ‘you pull.. you tank’. By the way the rest of the group consists of a rogue, priest, and warlock all from the same guild. Then the rogue and priest start talking about what a crappy tank my brother is (not true) doesn’t know how to pull.. too slow.. blah.. blah.. blah. Also dropping f bombs name calling. Then they try to kick him. It fails.. I thought you only needed 3, but not sure.. or maybe their warlock (who was quiet and had very subpar DPS) felt bad about it. So anywaaay.. I am thinking to myself ‘Oh, now it’s on bitches!’. You want to be a tool.. free with the insults, slurs and slander, I will be more than generous with the misdirects and feign death! Oh yeah!.. And hey mr. priest that called me a retard, the first one already has your name on it >;-) muahamuahmuahahahahahaha!!!

Anyway.. after few minutes of hunter imposed demonic death and destruction (along with frustration about not being able to kick us since everytime the cooldown is up my brother or I initiate one against one of them).. they dropped group. All I gotta say is ‘Guys.. I hope you enjoy your repair bills and long queues’.. and oh.. ‘you’re very welcome!’

PS.. Maybe I shouldn’t have done this, but my tolerance for douchbaggery in WoW is at an all time low.

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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Douchebaggery, Dungeons, Hunter, Musing


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A Social Game?

I have seen some talk on other blogs about WoW as a social network, guild survival, and opening up more options for grouping. Here are my thoughts:

To combat long queue lines for certain activities first Blizzard gave us cross-server Battlegrounds, then Dungeon Finder, and now Raid Finder. All these have hurt the server based communities and/or guilds each in their own way to some degree. Blizzard needs to strike a balance between allowing us to play with whomever we want, giving us quick queue times for our desired play, and nurturing the server and guild communities.  

I believe the way they can accomplish both is by tearing down walls but putting up fences:

Tear down these walls to allow us to play with anyone we want:

Give us Battletags now: RealID is great, but there is no one on my RealID friends list that I don’t know outside of the game. Sure some of these I met through the game but became friends with and communicate with outside the game by email, facebook, or phone. If I meet someone in Dungeon Finder that I think is cool and would like to play more with, I am not going to just give out my RealID info. Battletags would allow me to tear down a wall that I am not otherwise willing to do.

Create guilds. These could simply be guilds such as we have now but extend past server barriers or could be guild alliances of server based guilds. Both PvE and PvP guilds could benefit from this. So if I have friends who play on another server, sure I can invite them by RealID, but what if our 2 guilds could be joined into a guild? Then I could invite other members of that guild even if my friends were not on. PvP guilds could join forces and queue up together.

Open cross faction grouping for instanced dungeons and raids. I have some real life friends that play mostly horde. My main is alliance. Why can’t we all help Thrall take down Deathwing together? Also I think it would be awesome to do this for PvP. Being able to not only group with your same faction friends but also with cross faction friends to face-off in the same battleground.

Integrate the forums and armory pages better. Make my toons armory page more like a Facebook profile so if I post on the forums it shows on my armory and I can add some sort of status updates. Guild armory pages whould be done similarly. Allow some sort of Facebook or Twitter tie-in if I choose to do so.

Put up these fences to nurture the server and guild communities:

Allow membership in up to 3 server based guilds. My reasoning is you could stay in your casual social guild but still join a focused raiding and/or PvP guild to pursue those interests without leaving your in-game friends to do so. All 3 guild chats could be displayed at all times. Which guild is displayed under your name? They could have the guild tab function like the talents tab, you activate which one you want to use. This would also affect which guild bank you can access, where your rep gains go and so on.

Allow the current tier of raid to be accessed cross-server but limit feats of strength and achievements for first kills to only server exclusive groups.

Have server exclusive non-instanced content such as World Bosses, Holiday Bosses, and updated Wintergrasp and Tol Barad. I see why Blizzard may not want to spend dev time to making new WG/TBs but keep these 2 up to date and relevent to level cap characters. Level-cap World bosses spread out through the entire game world would get us out of the cities, cause us to group up, and even encite world PvP. These all would be great little side activities that if we want to participate ensures we need to socialise with our home server.

Guild improvements would be great. I would love to have guild housing, a place to hang out with your guildies, access guild vendors, and post to some sort of bulletin board. Check out They have a great article about needed improvements to the guild system.

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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Dungeons, Musing, PvP, Raids, Twinks


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Hour of Twilight

Last night I ran the new Hour of Twilight heroics for the first time on Faerondil with my brother and Cerebral, a non-guild friend. We had a great time. My brother tanked on his Druid, Vallas. Cerebral is a mage extraordinaire. His DPS was top-notch. Mine was up and down. I still have alot of PvP gear and am not comfortable yet with my PvE SV rotation. The past year I have mostly PvPed as BM. Between quests and drops I got 4 pieces of 378 gear. A chest, belt, ring, and the Arrow of Time trinket. So now I should be geared well enough for the Raid Finder, although I would like to replace as much as possible of the 5 remaining PvP pieces I have.

All the instances have cool raid-like mechanics and are fairly challenging. End of Time was neat as you are fighting shades of famous NPCs such as Tyrande and Sylvanas. I think we wiped twice. In our group for this instance, we had ‘the healer who just stands in the poo all the time’ so that explains the wipes. Well of Eternity.. what can I say but absolutely stunning. It was alot of fun. Visually it is gorgeous, right up there with Magister’s Terrace as the best looking 5-man dungeon! The scenery is like a fusion of night elf and blood elf, with a little Mount Hyjal thrown in. Which makes sense, since at that time the blood elves (Highborne) were night elves. It was cool to return to some of the Northrend scenery in the Hour of Twilight. However, Well of Eternity was definitely my fave! Plus you get to roll with the ultimate WoW bad boy.. Illidan Stormrage!! I can’t wait to run that one some more..

After the run, I had a totally noob moment…  two of the dungeon quests reward 378 ranged weapons, a gun and a bow. Immediately upon seeing the gun I knew it was a tanking weapon and took it just for the vendor value and maybe transmog. However the bow I thought looked cool and would definitely be an upgrade from my 359 PvP bow. And we all know bows are always agility based hunter weapons that rogues like to ninja. So off I run to the AH to buy a flintlock’s woodchucker and apply it to the bow, only to realize (after applying said scope to said bow) that it too was a tanking weapon… DOH! That scope cost me $700+ gold. I felt like a retard. But WTF Blizz.. tanking ranged weapons, at least to me, always seemed to be guns not bows!!

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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Dungeons, Hunter