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DPS Meme Thingy

Posted in World of Warcraft with tags , , , , on November 19, 2009 by Randul the Dwarf

So, I was tagged by That is Amazing (WoW)! to do this DPS Q&A thing.  I’m going to do it.  I’m not going to tag anyone else because…to be quite frank, all of the people in what I consider my “circle of blogs” have already done it or been tagged.

On with the show…

Started over at http://dkdeathgoddess.blogspot.com/

What is the name, class, and spec of your primary dps?

Kered, Death Knight, Dual-Wield Frost

What is your primary dpsing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)

Mostly 5-mans, but I get to throw him in on the occasional alt 10-man run from time to time.

What is your favorite dps spell/ability for your class and why?

Howling Blast…when Rime and Killing Machine both light up at the same time, I love hitting that Howling Blast button and seeing the free auto-crit…especially in an aoe situation.

What dps spell do you use least for your class and why?

I’m going to go with a talent that is in the tree I use, but I haven’t specced into.  Hungering Cold.  It’s primarily a pvp talent and I don’t currently pvp with Kered.

What do you feel is the biggest strength of your dps class and why?

I can put out some prime-time aoe when I want to.  The why is pretty self explanatory.

What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your dps class and why?

Threat.  My current spec doesn’t have the threat reduction talent, so I pretty much always have to be aware of how much threat I’m putting out.

In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best dps assignment for you?

Blowing stuff up.  If there is interrupting to be done, I can excel at that as well.

What dps class do you enjoy dpsing with most and why?

There are other dps classes?  I wasn’t aware.  I suppose it would be anyone that buffs me nicely, so pallies & shaman are nice.

What tanking class do you enjoy dpsing with least and why?

I don’t think the class really matters, it’s the players that suck.  I’ve had overgeared pallies not able to maintain threat while undergeared pallies did fine.  Same with every other tanking class.

What is your worst habit as a dps?

Probably tunnel vision.

What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while dpsing?

Bad tanks.  Being a good tank, bad ones drive me crazy.

Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other dps?

If, by balanced you mean I am usually outdpsing everyone else that has similar gear levels, then yes…we are quite balanced.

What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a damage dealer?

Recount and boss death frequency.  If the boss dies, I’m doing fine.

What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your class?

They are ezmode.  Yes, Death Knights are easy to play.  No, Death Knights are not easy to play at a high level.

What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new dpsers of your class to learn?

I suppose gearing issues, but I dunno really.  It’s hard for someone who actually takes the time to research and learn about a class to understand those who don’t.

What dps class do you feel you understand least?

Warlocks, they are the only class I’ve never played.  Not even at level 1.

What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in dps?

Power Auras is probably the best addon for any class with procs.  Omen helps me not die.  Recount helps me judge my performance.  OmniCC gives me a nifty little counter on my buttons to let me know when my Cooldown is up, that’s helpful.  DeadlyBossMods is essential for anyone raiding, dps or not.

Strength over other stats or balanced stat allocation, and why?

Hit to 8% then STR, STR, STR and more STR.

 

Randul’s take on wow.com

Posted in World of Warcraft with tags , , , , on November 18, 2009 by Randul the Dwarf

“www.wow.com.  You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”

Yes, you heard correctly, wow.com is a terrible website.  Is it the writing?  No, some of the writers are pretty good.  In fact, when folks like Matt Rossi contribute something, I’ll read it regardless of topic.  Is it the topics?  Nah, it talks about WOW, which is something near and dear to all of our hearts.

What is it then?  What makes wow.com such a pitiful excuse for a wow site?  Two things that go hand in hand with each other.

  1. The commenting system.
  2. The people who are doing the commenting.

You see, you can rate each person’s comment.  You can rate it up with a thumbs up or down with a thumbs down.  When something gets rated up high enough it gets put on a nice pretty blue background so everyone’s eyes can be drawn to it.  However, when something gets rated far enough down, it gets blacked out to the point where you can’t even read it.

That’s a problem folks.  It wouldn’t be a problem if the people rating were mature, but let’s face it…they are wow players.  If the downrankings were used to get rid of profane comments, that would be fine.  However, most of the stuff that gets blacked out is stuff that the majority of the wow.com readership just plain don’t agree with.

I want to make everyone aware, I did not get downranked on this website.  I barely even comment there.  My comments are typically ignored rather than downranked.  I just think it’s a big ol’ load of crap that people have the ability to practically erase what someone has written just because enough people don’t agree with it.

Check this link about Icecrown raid progression out.  Short version:  Icecrown is going to be gated access, much like ToC.  We’ll only have access to a few bosses when it first comes out and after a period of time we’ll get more.

My opinion?  This sucks.  It’s obviously an attempt to prolong this expansion when they should have prolonged it by putting actual content in 3.2.  They didn’t do that, however, and we end up with artificial barriers to raiding progress.  Yes, I believe this is all because Blizzard seriously mistimed their Cataclysm release projections.

Anyway, people who say things like me are getting completely blacked out, while people who are calling those folks basement dwellers are being praised.  Really?  You don’t have to agree with me, but any system that gives you and your multitude of ignorant cohorts the ability to wipe my comment off the site is flawed.

Here’s an example of a blacked out comment:

This is infuriating and downright shameful on Blizzard’s behalf. They’re trying to drag out this raid over a longer period because they got lazy with 3.2. They released an incredibly undersized raid (with bosses who have enormous loot tables) WAY TOO early (killing off Ulduar that soon was a mistake. Even the best guilds only had it completed for 3 weeks or so).

I don’t want to hear some justification about us needing this extra time to progressively gear ourselves for the harder fights at the end of the raid; that’s [expletive deleted]. Between the Emblems of Frost gear and the carry-over gear from ToC, many active raiders should have no gear concerns. Even on the PTR, where most players are in 245-level gear, the bosses tested aren’t providing any extreme challenge limited by the players’ gear.

They’re trying to drag WotLK out because they got lazy with this expansion pack. This is the final nail in the coffin encasing all of Blizzard’s mistakes from WotLK.

If they’re going to put limited attempts, why aren’t there any rewards associated with them? This is another device they’re employing in order to drag out the content for the casuals.

This is a slap on an already severely-bruised face.

While I agree that the expletive this person used didn’t need to be there, I highly doubt that’s why he got downranked so badly.  Here’s a reply that was actually upranked so high they were in the nifty blue background:

Yes, its simply to just insult us. Stop revolving your life around this game, and stop assuming how you think Blizzard works things. You don’t know how this works, you’re not running the game, stop bitching. Bitch.

The bottom line, wow.com is a hub of “entitled casuals”.  The folks that are casual but think they should have everything that the people who actually try to play the game get.  If you say anything that doesn’t fall in line with the entitled casual philosophy, you will get ostracized.

What’s New?

Posted in World of Warcraft with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2009 by Randul the Dwarf

It’s been too long since I posted.  I’m turning into one of those bloggers who is inconsistent with my posting.  I don’t like that, but the fact of the matter is, I blog from work and work is nuts this time of year.

Raiding

I did want to give a little bit of an update on what’s going on with me in-game these days.  My guild is farming Trial of the Crusader & Onyxia for mad lewtz, just like everyone else.  There is a very small minority that wants to try Trial of the Grand Crusader, but I really don’t think we are ready for it.  Don’t get me wrong, I want to try it!  I just think we will fail and have some very frustrated people on our hands.

I don’t mind wiping in a raid.  Obviously I like downing bosses and wiping is not as enjoyable, but it doesn’t bother me.  It doesn’t make me mad to wipe on a boss, as long as we are progressing.  There are people in my guild, however, who will stop showing up to raid nights if we wipe too many times.  This is why I am hesitant to go after TotGC, especially without our “progression group”.

With our progression group, I think we’d stand a chance.  We have the dps, the healing & the tanking to get the job done.  Unfortunately, our progression group is MIA right now.  The reasons are good, I’m not blaming them.  New jobs, family issues, etc…it’s just that without our best raiders, we aren’t getting TotGC down anytime soon.

Speaking of our progression group, we’ve stalled out on Yogg-Saron in Ulduar.  Not because we can’t beat him, but because we can’t get the people online to even try.  It’s frustrating, but it’s something we need to deal with.

PVP

On the pvp front, my gear is coming along nicely.  My 2v2 partner and I passed the 1350 hurdle that had been haunting us for a while, and finally got our relentless boots.  We took a small step back this past week and didn’t do so hot, but everyone has their good weeks and bad.  We’ll bounce back and get over 1400 soon.

My current gear setup is as follows:

  • Set Pieces:  4/5 Furious, with the Deadly Helm
  • Cape & Neck:  Furious
  • Bracers, Belt & Boots: Relentless
  • Rings:  Deadly & Wintergrasp
  • Trinkets: Resilience/AP on use & AP/”pvp trinket” on use.
  • Ranged:  Some stupid gun from Ulduar

It’s not bad, I should get my Furious helmet next week.  Hopefully we’ll be getting an 3v3 team going to get a few more points each week.

Leveling

The last thing I’ve been doing lately is leveling my wife’s Hunter Frona.  As of right now she’s about 1 bubble into 79.  I think my wife is going to start playing her now so she can get reacquainted before she starts running heroics & raids at 80.

It’s been alright, but I don’t think I’m going to level my hunter now.  Beastmaster is undoubtedly the most efficient way to level a hunter, but it’s also pretty boring.  Serpent Sting, Arcane, Steady, Steady does not a fun rotation make.  Sure, I’ve got some cooldowns in there, but they aren’t that exciting either.

I think the next character I level will be the Shaman.  I’ve got him to 35, only 5 levels till an epic mount & dual wield.  Yeah, he’s definitely next.

That’s what I’ve been into lately.  Hopefully I’ll have some interesting things to write about soon, rather than just an update post every now and then.

 

Flu

Posted in World of Warcraft on November 6, 2009 by Randul the Dwarf

Flu had me out of commission for a while, hence the lack of posts.  I’ll be back next week with some stuff for you though.  Hang in there!