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Re-focus

Well I have been silent on here for some time. My brother is taking a break (new girlfriend.. lol) and most of our friends seem to be also. So I haven’t played as much the past few months.

A while back, I posted about with limited play time the need to find focus. My idea then was to Focus on my Hunter, leveling my Feral Druid, and my Twink Rogue. My idea for my Druid was to tank. I have discussed before about liking the idea of my Druid and that still persists. I really like looking at my characters and playing a druid does not satisfy that want. Also I found I do not like tanking. Sure playing a cat and saving the day by popping bear form when the tank dies is pretty cool, but full time.. not my cup of tea. I just don’t really want to learn a new playstyle. So for endgame, I will stay DPS. I like questing, dungeons, raids, and battlegrounds with my Hunter just fine.

But I do still love low level PvP and tinkering with other toons at low level in general. Hence the birth of the Night Song Brigade and the alteration of the blog’s name. So I am going to create a small stable of level 24 alts that I can play around with and twink for the 20-24 bracket. I work and have a family, so I only play about 7–10 hours a week and dont have time for the constant gear grind. I would rather twink and be geared than the constant carrot on a stick Blizzard makes you chase. This is exactly why I have become interested in Twinking in general and why this specific bracket appeals to me and not 70s. I have just 1 level 85 and do not care to learn to master or gear any alt classes at high level. But with low level toons, I can branch out from my main’s class. Also with my limited play time I have no desire to sit in long queues that any bracket other than 20-24s and 70-74s have.

I still have to fight my urge to play Blood Elves to stay focused. If ever do give in.. I will probably level a Belf Rogue for PvP only since I am having so much fun with my 24 Rogue.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Bear, Belfs!, Hunter, Musing, PvP, Rogue, Twinks

 

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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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Raid Finder

I entered first half of Dragon Soul via Raid Finder for the first time last Thursday with Faerondil. My brother and some friends were running some vanilla raids, so I queued up solo.

I must say I like RF more in theory than in practice. Some thoughts:

First off, the queue as DPS is really quick.. probably less than 5 minutes. Which is great since queueing for heroics as a solo DPS usually takes me 30 minutes.

The difficulty is too far on the easy side. I understand why Blizz did this since it is a giant PuG with no communication outside of Raid chat. There is very little explaination of the fight or strategy discussion prior to the pull. Occassionally someone will post a raid warning telling what add to kill or something. For the most part though the instance is so easy that you don’t need much instruction.

Plenty of Douchebaggery abounds. Noob gets thrown around alot to anyone who dies to some fight mechanic, even though no one has explained any of the fight mechanics. In the Eye of Eternity, I was killed by an ice wave I did not see coming until it was too late. After some jerk proceeded to t-bag my toon’s corpse. But there was a nice healer who rezzed me once the fight was over before leaving the raid.

It also emphasized to me why I prefer 10 man raids to 25 man raids. There are so many people doing so much stuff that your screen is chaos, sensory overload.

Raid Finder has it’s place and definitely will help gear up a character. But is a poor substitute for raiding with 9 other friends or guildmates.

This may be a bit premature since I haven’t done the 2nd half of dragon soul, but the Hour of Twilight heroics are much more fun to me!

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Douchebaggery, Hunter, Raids

 

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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

 

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