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The Blessing of Tol Barad

3 Jan

‘Twas a couple of days after Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except dad’s mouse.  He was cursing and swearing and throwing out heals left and right, the Alliance was on the attack and that just wasn’t right.

They’d held Tol Barad all week, the dailies secure and the honor gain tight.  But it had all been lost in a moment because of a bunch of noobs playing the other night.

So there dad sat – his laptop cradled in his lap.  His paladin pouring out heals while they attacked and attacked and attacked.  3 bases at one time?  Impossible!  Improbable! Against the injustice they did thrash.

“You noobs quit fighting on the roads – rezzers to Slagworks – we can win this if we’re fast!

Like thunder they did ride, all the way across the zone.  Arriving before the Horde Zerg could call Slag its new home.

With an whoop and a cheer dear dad did wake the house!

He couldn’t believe it!  They did it!  The impossible task!

Taking back Tol Barad on Offense, 1800 honor points…

/bask

(This is what happens on my first day back at work after a fantastically flu filled Christmas Holiday)

Gnome White Mage

16 Dec

I was trolling through the forums and came across this gnome priest and just had to grab a screen shot….

Too freaking cool.  I mean – if I see him in a battleground I’ll still have to try to punt him into the end-zone but STILL.

TOO COOL!

Holy Paladin Stealth Nerf

14 Dec

WOW.

Holy Paladins are furious.

Their tier 6 talent ( Tower of Radiance ) and a much loved healing mechanic that it enabled are now dead.

What many paladin saw as an unexpected byproduct (bug?) of the hot fix lands on people as they’re trying to take care of business by healing heroics and raid content.  Suddenly with no warning, holy pallies go from healing superheroes with wings to mana starved heal spammers sweating to keep the tank alive.  They begin to furiously test their heals – check the tool tips on Tower of Radiance – nothing seems to have changed, but they’re absolutely no longer working as expected.

Pallies think it’s a scary, scary bug.  Until a Blizzard Community Manager comes along and tells them the changes are intended and proceeds to explain why.

The thread – which can be found HERE devolves into twenty odd pages of FLAME and FURY.  Most of it is great reading.

Still…as a player (if not a healing paladin) I feel like Blizzard handled this extremely poorly.  While it’s not wrong to fix a mechanic that they feel imbalances the healing game it is wrong to do it the way they did.  By slipping it in under the radar, not updating the tooltips and not offering holy paladins a talent reset.  Then coming in and rather smugly informing people that it was an important fix to maintain their intended healing balance across the classes.

Well…that’s fine…really.  But if it were really important and you’ve been paying attention to it for a while, why not include it in the patch notes?  Why not some warning?  I don’t get that part.  Alienating players is never good silent nerfs are never fun.  If you’re going to tank a classes tier 6 talent at least step up and tell people you’re going to do it.  Don’t toss it out on the down low and justify it afterward.

To me that’s just poor customer service.  I love the game and I’d never quit over something like this, but you know what?  Do it enough and I might.

And there are players out there with far, far shorter fuses than I have.

-1 Cookie Blizzard.

 

** Note – Blizzard updated their community site today with several gotchas.

Realm First

7 Dec

Ahem….

To all of you that tried to log in immediately after the Cataclysm switch over.

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

Did you really think 12 million people could fit inside one phone booth at the same time?

::Sigh::

My copy of Cata is inbound here today.  I’m sure all of the power levelers are halfway to 83 by now and that there’s some poor sleepless soul that will hit 85 in the next day or so.  Have fun with that.

Anyway – Happy Cataclysm Launch everyone – I’ll see you in there eventually.

Worgen Druids – or – The Coming Furry Flood

3 Dec

And on December 7th – when the servers came back up – a new Flavor of the Month race / class combination was born….

The Worgen Druid.

The woods of Elwynn Forest will be clogged with them come Cata, killing Blackrock Orcs, gathering apples and stealing candles FROM EVERYONE.  The feral atrocities that are going to be witnessed in the darker, seedier parts of Goldshire are going to be unspeakable.

And there’s nothing any of us can do about it.

I don’t know about the rest of you – but I’m investing in flea spray.  And if you have children – I wouldn’t let them anywhere near Goldshire on Moon Guard without a blindfold or a 40 man horde raid.

Seriously people, if you thought the tide of Sunwalkers and Dwarven Shaman were bad after 4.03a, you haven’t seen anything like the fury-tide that is due to hit our world next week.

I’ll call it the Furpocalypse…

Or maybe…Furmageddon.

It’s gonna be bad…bad…badbadbad….

::twitches in his corner::

Stay away from Goldshire….

The horror….

 

(the horror)


Sunwalker

29 Nov

Sunwalkers, I love them.  The tauren paladin is everything I wanted out of the new race class combinations wrapped up in one hoofed, horned and kodo riding package.  And what a kodo it is too.  The Great Sunwalker Kodo is probably my favorite mount in the game.  Getting to ride one through the new Orgimmar has totally eclipsed my desire for the ZG Tiger.  YARLY.

See what I mean?  Between the splendid redo of the Tauren starting area and the overall excellence of 4.03a questing in general, I’m having a hard time getting excited about Cataclysm’s launch being right around the corner.  As far as I’m concerned, there’s a completely new game to be enjoyed out there right now.

One thing that has surprised me is the amount of Sunwalker “hate” I’m getting from the Alliance.  At least once a day I have some stump legged human wander by and emote “facepalm” at me and my wonderful day-glo kodo.  What’s the deal? Are we not pretty enough?  Are we breaking your lore?  I think it’s because my kodo makes that charger of yours feel like what it really is – a lame ass horse wearing a bed-sheet.

It’s okay.  When no one else is looking – I’ll let you take her for a spin around the Stormwind docks.  While you’re at it, you can soak in the sheer majestic splendor of a Tauren in full plate bathed in An’she’s golden brilliance.  Keep on /facepalming though – we all know it’s just envy.  We’ll see you in Mulgore soon enough.

So yeah.  Sunwalker’s rock.

That and Aponi Brightmane is HAWT….Seriously – she makes the rest of the Pally trainers out there just look weak 😉

The Queue

29 Nov

Trying to get into Moon Guard seems to a losing proposition tonight.

The queue is long.  Over 1000 people ahead of me at this point.

Since 4.03a dropped it has been like this –

Every….

Damn….

Night…

I’ve toyed with leaving MG for a while and even tried it on an alt for a while.  These queues just might seal the deal.