I have been a raider in WoW since Burning Crusade, Granted I have taken some time off now and again for personal reasons but I have raided in Every expansion. I have noticed good and Bad in every Expansion. Burning Crusade had some of the most creative scenery. And it seems like the longest lasting expansion. Wrath of the Lich King expanded on the Lore and was the first expansion to use LFG for the whole expansion. Cataclysm redid the landscape of Azeroth. Mists has added more vibrant scenery, and the fact that there is never a lack of things to do in game. For the most part Blizzard’s changes have been for the better. Although I disagree with the Simplicity of the game now it is obviously the direction that appeals to most of the players. What really saddens me is the loss of active players on my server. As many of my readers know I have taken over as Guild master of Dragon Raiders Xtreme and it has been a rough time so far. The guild has lost most of the active players and we are down to about 10-15 that actually log on. Recruiting has gotten us nowhere. Shu’Halo is one of the lower pop realms (New player tag Arrgh) and most of the raiders are in a guild or server transferred long ago. I have a long road to travel but I have some help and the guild has been around for about 4 years which is an eternity in blizzard time. I will not let it fail.
So Patch 6.0 has been live for a week and my feelings on it are mixed. The button reduction has gone too far when you can maximize dps by hitting 1,2,3, repeatedly it dumb’s the game down too much.
The new character model’s look decent but the running motions are odd. They just don’t look natural.
The new outlines of Characters, NPC’s, and quest items makes the game that much easier because quality players can’t tell good from bad without a red outline.
Blizzard dropped the ball on the iron horde storyline. alliance and horde have the exact same quests but with different NPC’s
Forzaken-Hunter: I play Marksmanship so that is all I know. The loss of Serpent Sting, While minor has thrown off my dps a tad bit. The Sniper Training buff where you have to stand still I see as a Hindrance on movement intensive fights, The new sounds for Bow’s and Gun’s are a little too soft and I am still adjusting. Overall I am dissatisfied with the changes but they are workable.
Codex-Resto Druid: The loss of innervate could be a crippler. At the current time I am not running out of mana but I won’t know for sure until the new content is released. Symbiosis had it’s uses but is no great loss. The cast time on Wild Growth will make healers think for a second, and the 1 stack of lifebloom change is no change.
Druxus-Destro Warlock: There are no real game altering changes that I have noticed,
That is all I have at the one week point. Still figuring out the gear stats
I have recently started using Details! instead of Recount. Details! has a cleaner UI, Can fit in a chat frame and allows you multiple windows. I have been using it for a few weeks now and it has proven generally Accurate. It also plays nice with Elvui.
Details can be found at : Details!.
Another Excellent addon and almost a must for the alt-o-holic is Saved Instances. This tracks lockouts, Justice, Valor, Tradeskills, and reminds you when you need to complete warforged seals. and It makes them viewable across all your characters.
Saved Instances can be found here: Saved Instances
So in these quiet times before WoD I am working on getting some of the mounts I am missing, Would love to get the 200 mount achievement, Whenever I decide to run my mount run I pretty much go after these mainly
Heroic Sethekk Halls- Reins of the Raven Lord
Stratholme -Rivendare’s Deathcharger
Quick look for the Time-Lost proto Drake
Argent Tournament – Trying to get some of the ones I missed and all the dailies are an absolute joke at 90.
Tol Barad – Spectral Steed (I have the other one)
Deepholm- Aeonaxx – Phosphorescent Stone Drake
Stonecore – Slabhide – Reigns of the Vitreous Stone Drake
Vash’jir- Reign’s of Poseidus
Eye of Eternity (10 Man) – Reign’s of the Blue Drake
Utgarde Keep - Blue Proto Drake
Reigns of the Grey Riding Camel– Got 09-29-14 #166
Easier Ones to Obtain:
Black Battlestrider — Gotten #163
Black War Elekk — Got 9-28-14 #165
Black War Steed — Gotten #164
Blue Riding Nether Ray — Gotten #160
Purple riding nether ray — Gotten #161
Silver Riding Nether Ray –Gotten #162
So due to unfortunate circumstances I have had to spend a few days in the local hospital. During this time i have thought about my gaming patterns.
Do i miss WOW, yes i miss raiding, However there is nothing else that really draws me back to the game right now. I think once I am back to 100% I am going to shift my focus to Star Trek Online and other non mainstream games. I also want to start streaming and making Youtube videos again. I have been playing some farming Simulator 13 multiplayer. I also have a huge backlog of steam games to take a legitimate look at. So at least i have a plan for what to do during my recuperation
So my guild has had a 10 man “progression” raid team for about 3 months now. Honestly I do not see progression coming with only 1 1/2 night per week of raiding. Progression has Stopped to the point where the same bosses or less are downed each week.
The one thing I am completely at as loss about is how the raid team is determined. Myself and a few others maintain “Reserve” spots pretty much every week. In fact both my top toons are set to reserve. My Hunter and My Resto Druid. My hunter is in the top 3 of dps on the raids I have been to and my druid can hold its own at healing. So both my main toon are essentially waiting to see if I will be needed that week and I cannot raid otherwise.
Take this week for example; I am still on standby while 1 Healer has a guaranteed spot but hasn’t attended a raid in almost 2 months and signed up as a maybe. another healer is also a maybe. No DPS spot is open because a melee dps who joined last week and is lesser geared has a spot.
I have always through my career as a raid leader (before Mists of Pandaria) have always taken the most reliable people who can do the job, running with the same people every week is good for the teamwork aspect. Apparently there is a rule that you cannot have 2 of any class/spec in the raid. No 2 hunters no 2 restro druids etc.
I have sent the GM a message asking for some clarification and have not received an answer yet. The logic being used here is going to give me a brain aneurism
I transfered Guild Master back to the former GM and have left Dragon Raiders Xtreme. I am now a Member of The Wayward Saints of Eitrigg. The Stress and constant complaining by Guild Members took too much of a toll on me along with the fact that when I was Guild Master I felt obligated to log in for hours every day even though I was sick and tired of spending 6 hours a day on WoW.
As a regular member of The Wayward Saints I can log in to participate in guild activities and Play the game if I feel the motivation. Now I can play other games when I choose to without feeling guilty.
The Saints is a Laid Back Very casual raiding guild. We raid 1-2 Nights per week and have had a little success in Siege of Orgrimmar Personally I think raiding for progression should be about 3 nights per week.
I am happy now where I at and have no plans to change again.
I have decided to come back to the Blogging World. I took a year off because I didn’t know where I wanted this blog to go. I have decided to make this a Gaming Blog that is focesed on World Of Warcraft and will cover other games as the urge hits me. I have been active most of the Panda Expansion.
So this week the Alliance of guilds Downed the our first 2 Bosses in MoP, the Stone Guard and Feng The Accursed Both on Normal 10 man.The Alliance of guilds is a Raiding only alliance between Determinus and Dragon Raiders Xtreme. Both of our Kills were sloppy and the quality just isn’t there. We still don’t have enough players between the 2 guilds to fill a 10 man so we are using Openraid to fill the open spots. When I looked at the world of Logs reports for these fights, I noticed some of the DPS was way lower than is should have been for the gear level they had. When I Looked into this further I noticed that a few of the raiders were missing enchants, Gems and/or Reforging. This is a new team and I am happy to be raiding again.
How do you diplomatically tell People that they need to get their gear in order. I have seen Many times where having all gear optimized and being flasked and fed has made the difference between a wipe and a kill. Being that this is an alliance I am hesitant to do anything to jeopardize the alliance. Maybe I just need to lay the cards on the table and talk to the other guild leader.
Still running Dragon Raiders Xtreme and trying to keep my Sanity at the same time. Luckily I have some of the best officers in WoW and they keep alot of the strain off of me.
I have browsed much of the justice gear and I have to say I am not impressed. The item level for justice gear is only 458. So Basically you get better gear by grinding heroics then by spending the points you get by grinding heroics. I expected the justice point gear to be at least IL 463 or enough to get into LFR. I am just not seeing the point behind the JP gear righht now. Maybe it is just me or maybe I am missing Something.
I am now Tanking full time and trying to gear up for LFR. I find Tanking in MoP to be easier than cata for some reason.