M.I.A.

Song of the Post:  Amon Amarth – Guardians of Asgard

I have been M.I.A. for a while.  There has been a lot going on lately in game and out, so I have a lot to talk about!

In my quick update, I mentioned I was dealing with some guild drama.  It looks to be solved right now and I am glad it is done and over with.  We had 2 guildies that we were having problems with two different issues.  We will give them the names Bob and Tom (no relation to the radio show :-P). 

Bob was one of our tanks and was a really good player.  He came into our guild a couple of months before Wrath came out and was a neighbor to one of our friends.  He is Mr. Achieveables (or achievements)  and is obsessed with trying to get them all.  Now if that is what someone wants to do with their playing time, that’s fine.  You are paying for this game, so do what you want.  However, when Bob came into the guild, we told him that we are casual and raid whenever we get the people on.  We are not interested in maxing out, just do the raids and have fun and that we are not interested in expanding.  We just want to play with our RL friends. 

Well since we have cleared everything except for 3D sarth, he has been pushing to do achievements related to these instances.  The majority of us don’t really care to do them and, for example, do not want to tell 2 people that they have to sit out of a raid because someone wants to do 8 man Naxx.  He also attempted to try and convince the officers of the guild to merger with the guild that we had an alliance with and were doing 25 man raids with.  None of us wanted that because we wanted to keep our tight knit group and we did not feel the need that a merger was necessary.  After all of that, he decides to try and schedule “hard runs” without telling anyone and inviting only certain people.  This made the officers angry and trying to pull people from the guild without talking it over with everyone was not cool.  So after telling him that we were not happy about this, the next day he quits the guild.  I have no hard feelings about it and wish him luck with the guild we have an alliance with.  It was clear that he wanted more out of the game then we did, so it is for the best I think that he moved on.

Now Tom is the person that I had the big issue with.  He came into the before Bob did, but unlike Bob, he was a new player and a friend of a friend of someone in the guild that doesn’t play anymore.  He eventually leveled him to 80 after we had Naxx on farm and was asking about trying out raiding.  We said of course and had him on a few runs.  After those few runs, I noticed something about him that started to bother me.  His attitude.  If something went wrong during the run, he would start getting very angry at a screw.  In particular, he would do this on our 25 man raids with the other guild.  I had talked to him once before that he needed to calm down and that it is just a game.  We are gonna wipe sometimes. However Tom did not make any improvements and continued to be an asshat. 

The way we handled the next course of actions, I was not too proud of myself for.  But the next day after he blew up at one of the officers was the last straw.  We just gkicked him, telling him in guild chat that he was no longer needed and that his attitude had not improved.  We did not give him any chance to respond and started cheering while we were in vent.  It was after talking with one of the officers that we handled that situation very poorly.  Very immature to say the least.  So after a few days to where I could collect my thoughts, I talked to him about why we kicked him and he was able to tell me how he felt and thats all he wanted was someone to talk to.  He was thinking about leaving anyways knowing that he wasnt a great fit for our guild.  So at least it ended nicely between him and I.

Which leads me to why I haven’t been post a whole lot lately.  The whole situation above really dread playing the game and did not want to log on at all.  I was seriously thinking about cancelling my account thinking about the last 4 years of playing this game.  The fact that, I have been playing this game for so long!  But I think in the end, I just needed to take a break.  I had been playing way too much and neglecting things I could do in real life like, hangout with my wife and my friends.  So I have been cutting back a bit and leveling up my death knight.  Right now he is level 75 and I have been blowing through these levels, averaging about 4 hours a level.

With cutting back on my playing time, maybe I will have more time to actually write in this blog too :-P.

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Song of the Post:  Arch Enemy – Burning Angel

Just wanted to post something real quick since I have not posted in a while.  Lots of RL stuff getting in the way of writing and playing WoW.  On top of that there has been some major drama in my guild that I will address in a later post.  But right now nothing interesting is happening in WoW as far as progression.  I did get the Arrowsong from Patchwerk 25 last week which was nice!!!

Anyways more later…

Leading the Charge

Song of the Post:  Dream Theater – Panic Attack

Raid Leader.

I had never pictured myself in this role.  Ever since I started raiding when my mage hit 60, I assumed that for as long as I play this game, I would just show up, play my role and have some fun. 

Currently in Team Attractive, we don’t have a guild leader.  We basically have about 5-6 of us that share leadership and run the guild.  One of these officers usually got the raids together, led our raids and distributed loot.  He has been on hiatus as of late due to real life issues and like I had posted previously, we had a hard time getting raids together due to him not being around and the fact that he was one of our main healers.  A few people were very frustrated with the lack of raiding and not being able to clear everything in a week and morale was pretty low.

I guess around this time is when I took charge.  We didn’t know when our former raid leader would be back and we needed to raid.  So I sat my hunter out and brought in Loupe to heal while we waited for either the raid leader to come back or another guildie that wanted to heal got to 80.  So far I have actually enjoyed myself trying to lead our raid to victory in Naxx, Malygos and Sarth. 

We will see how it goes from here on out.

In other news, Lorkey has dropped skinning and picked up Enchanting.  I already have enchanting on Loupe, but with only having one person with enchanting that runs raids, we need at least two mains with enchanting so we can DE anything that no one wants.  Plus the extra 64 AP will be very nice! :).  With this change, I will eventually drop enchanting on Loupe and pick up something else.  I am thinking about picking up herbalism so I can give Lorkey another crafting profession, not sure what though.

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Metal Talk: What I Play When I Play WoW

Song of the Post:  Lamb of God – In Your Words

I am gonna have these non WoW posts because, well, this blog to me is to express WoW mostly, but also about my passion for music.

Most of the time when I am playing WoW, I am usually on vent because I just like talking to people and theorycraft with my other guildmates.  But if I am farming or just playing by myself I have ITunes going.  I usually have something upbeat and ass kickin’!  Some of my favorites albums (in no particular order):

  • Iron Maiden – A Matter of Life and Death, Brave New World or Powerslave
  • In Flames – The Jester Race or Come Clarity
  • Metallica – …And Justice For All
  • Megadeth – Rust In Peace
  • Dream Theater – Octavarium
  • Trivium – Shogun
  • Killswitch Engage – Daylight Dies

I could list a ton of albums, but these are the ones that jump out at me currently.

How Metal Is…Thrall?!

This is a new segment that I will try to do weekly.  Basically, I will be conducting an interview with someone from the WoW universe or WoW community and try to find out a simple question from them.  How metal are you?  After the interview has been conducted, I will rate them on a scale of 1 to 11 on how metal they are.  Today, I was able to get an interview with none other than Thrall himself.  So we will find out today, how metal is Thrall?!

Wrathbringer:  Hi Thrall, thanks for being our first victim in this new segment I am doing on my blog!

Thrall:  Lok’tar!  It is my pleasure to represent the Horde and conduct this interview with you.

W:  Awesome!  First question:  What is metal?

T:  You are asking the leader of the Horde what metal is?  Look at me!  I have long hair, a big battleaxe, red eyes.  What do YOU think?

W: Whoa, ok sorry about that Thrall!  I should have known better.  What are some of your favorite bands?

T:  Well, I tend to like some of the classics.  Theres Maiden, Priest, Megadeth, OLD Metallica of course, not that Load/Reload crap!  Usually I will crank up Manowar on my IPod whenever I go into battle.  Hearing Warriors of the World while charging in with my axe just makes me go oh so bloodlust.

W:  Very cool.  I like all of those bands myself…

T:  Or your human head would be put on a stake right next to Onyxia’s head in Orgrimmar.

W:  Yes, I wouldn’t want that to happen!  What do you usually outfit yourself when you go to a metal concert?

T:  You are looking at it.  Although last time I went, they tried to tell me that I could not bring my axe into the concert, which was an unwise desicion on their part.  ::grins::

W:  Whoa, that is pretty brutal!  What concert was that?

T:  I believe that was the Testament concert held at the Blade’s Edge Arena.  They brought with them In Flames and Trivium.  It was amazing!  It was the first full on metal concert that was brought to the Outlands.  I brought Jaina Proudmoore as my date, but she left fairly quickly after the beginning of the concert, but oh well.  There was lots of bloodshed in the mosh pit, which is what happens when you invite the Horde and the Alliance to a concert like this!  Ahh, the sight of my orcs doing the circle pit…

Anyways when Testament was on in the middle of their set, they brought me onto the stage for one of their songs and I sang with Chuck.  It was great!

W:  Sounds like an exciting concert!  Ok now we are going to do word associations.  I am going to say a word and you tell me what comes to mind when you hear the word I say, OK?

T:  Lets hear it.

W:  Cliff Burton

T:  May he rest in peace, a legendary bassist.

W:  The Metal Horns

T:  I think Ronnie James Dio started it first, not Gene Simmions

W:  Melodic Death Metal

T:  Pretty good stuff, not as good as the greats, but metal none the less.

W:  Linkin Park

T:  ::gives a very angry stare::

W:  Uh…ok I think we are done with the word associations!  Do you play any musical instruments?

T:  Unfortunately I do not.  I wish I learned the lead guitar, but my tribe that I grew up with used nothing but drums.  I had no rhythme, so I decided to learn the shamistic arts instead.

W:  Great.  Well I think that about wraps up this interview.  Thank you so much for your time today Thrall.

T:  My pleasure.  And next time I talk to you, you better be playing on the horde side!   FOR THE HORDE!

Based on a scale of 1 to 11, Thrall gets a…

10

He is definately a very metal indvidual.  The only reason I did not turn it to 11 for him was that it seems like he sticks to the classics and doesnt really listen to anything new, which isnt a bad thing of course.  Still, 10 is pretty brutal!

Until next time…

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10>25

Song of the Post:  Gwar – Sexicutioner

What?!  How is that formula correct?!  Did you go to school or something?  What a D-Bag!

Heh.

So currently our guild is running 25 man raids either once or twice a week with another guild we have an alliance with to be able to run 25 mans.  We decided to start doing this due to some interest in trying it out 25 mans and the fact that since half of the people in our guild have not experienced anything above 10 man dungeons.

I used to raid back in Vanilla WoW with the Green Crusade and as much fun as it was with all of those guys and gals, I definitely do not miss the issues with dealing with 40 man raids.  Just WAY too many people in one place.  Too much loot drama.  Too much coordination.

Just too much in general.  The lesser, the better!

Fast forward a bit to when BC came out.  I was pretty excited that they lowered the raids to 25.  This however made raiding difficult with the amount of people in the guild.  With everyone trying to gear up through Karazhan, I never had the chance to raid with competitions for spots.  I was also in a period of my WoW playing that I was fearful of getting back into raiding since it took up so much time.  I was in the middle of getting ready to propose to my then girlfriend and I did not want anything to get in the way of planning for the wedding.

That’s when I found out a bunch of RL friends started playing WoW on a different server.  It was a smaller group and they just wanted to do 5 and 10 mans.  I did the progression thing, I did not need to do it again.  It was the perfect fit at that point.  When we got to 70, we started raiding Kara and I fell in love with the smaller group setting.  More intimate.  Rarely any loot drama.  Easier and quicker to make a tight group for raids.  It was great at the time when I needed more time for RL.

Before Wrath came out, most of my current guild went on a hiatus due to boredom and lack of 10 man content.  So because the wedding was over and I had more time to kill, I went back to the Green Crusade while they were raiding Sunwell.  This was the first time I got to experience 25 mans and it was definitely more refreshing from the 40 man raids, however I missed the smaller 10 man group.  Easier to talk to and get to know other people.  So when WOTLK came out, I decided that because of the 10 man content was going to be able to progress like 25 mans, I wanted to play with Team Attractive for the expansion.

So fast forward to today.  We have the current 10 man content on farm and we need something to do till 3.1 comes out.  And now that we have a couple of 25 man Naxxs under our belt, it reassures my thoughts on 10 mans versus 25 mans.  And I cannot wait until Ulduar comes out so we can show that place who is boss!

Hammer Smash Faced Sartharion Heroic!

Song of the Post:  Jeff Loomis – Miles of Machines

I dont know if it is sad or BA that we took out Sartharion Heroic with just 10 people.

On Saturday night after I got back from my Valentine’s Day dinner with my lovely wife, we did not have any plans so she caught up on some shows on the DVR and I logged in to see if there was anything going on.  The way our guild does raids is if there are enough people online and the right group make up, we will raid at that point.  Pretty unorganized, I know, but we never know when we will have the people on to do anything.  We had 10 people, 2 healers, 2-3 tanks and the rest DPS.  We were set for a night of killing, crushing and destorying everything!

Lately I have been playing my druid on raids due to the lack of healers we have had online.  One of the tanks on was gracious to let one of his alts come heal so I had a chance to get the gun for my hunter.  I told him I would make sure to switch out back to my druid so he had a chance to get the shield from Malygos if we fought him tonight.  Such a cool dude, thanks Lange!!

Anyways we had a very productive raiding night.  We finished 10 man Naxx with killing Sapphiron and Kel (no gun 😦 oh well).  I switched out to Loupe for Malygos and on our 3rd try we killed him.  We kept wiping on the drake phase, which I need to rant about drake fights at some point.  But we eventually got him down.  No loot upgrades for me, but thats ok because I was glad that we were finally able to get him down again since we had not taken him out since our last attempt.

It was about 11/12 or so and we had cleared all of the 10 man raid content.  We were all pumped that we finally cleared everything since it has been a while.  We were throwing around the idea of trying Heroic Sartharion because there is no enrage timer.  So we said screw it, lets do this!!

We did not need the extra tanks, so Lange and I switched again and I went back to my hunter.  It is pretty much just like 10 man Sarth.  Just more health and harder hits from all the mobs.  I was a little nervous at first when we started the first pull thinking how far are we going to get through this?  Is it going to be Wipefest 2009 or were we going to show this place what skilled players we have in this guild?!  Turns out, the latter was correct, sort of.  It was actually kind of a joke at some points.  It just took a bit more time than it would if you had 25 people in the raid.

Most of trash was the normal tank and spank.  We had a bit of trouble with the two giant mobs at first because of the curse they put on people since it has a chance to heal the mob whenever the player attacks the mob.  Once we got that down, the first drake was super cake.  I mean the kind of cake that melts in your mouth instantly like it just came out of the oven.  Mmmmmm.

We all got our first Emblem of Valor badge and couldnt believe it!  We cleared something that was in a 25 man instance!  We pressed on to the second drake.  This provided a bit of a problem.  Because of the lack of players and meaning the lack of DPS, we were not able to get any eggs down during the portal phase.  All the whelps were out and the tank had the drake and all the whelps.  We yell, “Screw it!  Just AoE the bastards!!”  The strategy actually worked.  We didnt even bother going into the portals.  We just let all the eggs hatch, the tank would grab them all and we would just AoE them down.  It worked very effectively and we got our second Emblem of Valor badge.

Third drake, same story as the first drake.  The cake once again melted in my mouth!  We finished clearing the rest of the trash and we were staring at the 15 million or so HP Sartharion in the face.  We decided to try the same strategy as we do in 10 man Sarth and see how that would hold up. 

We buffed up, everyone was full health/mana, Ready Check was good to go, I had Warriors of the World playing in the background.  IT WAS GO TIME!!

The whole fight took us about 13 minutes to complete.  It was long, but we were able to get through it with only a slight problem.  We were faced with the problem we had with the second drake.  The fire elementals had too much health for us to single target one by one.  For 10 out of the 13 minutes, I did nothing but Volley.  We had one tank on Sarth and one tank holding all of the adds right next to the boss.  Everyone was then being hit by AoEs including Sarth.  We moved whenever the firewall was up and continued to do this until he died!  WE DID IT!!

The funniest part about the instance was I went through an entire bag of ammo from the first drake to the middle of Sarth.  I was unpacking an ammo box in the middle of the Sarth fight and everyone was laughing about it.

Since I have not done any 25 man content in Wrath, it was to my surprise that we got two Tier tokens!  And guess who won one of them? 😉

Thats right!  I was able to get the Tier 7.5 gloves!  Something I did not think I would ever get.  There was some other gear that dropped, but I dont really remember too much of it because of the excitement of killing a 25 man boss with just 10 people.  I know there probably has been plenty of people that have done this before, but I think it is an accomplishment in itself regardless!

The only problem with the whole night is that we did no SS it :(.  So yeah I can hear people saying “No SS, then it didnt happen!”  But they can think what they want.  Just check out the achievements on Lorkey and the other guild members in my guild and there are only 10 people that have it right now.  But it doesnt matter.  It was still a kick ass time and we are planning to do this every week.

Hail Team Attactive and congrats on a job well done!