Posts Tagged OMG CAPS
I am back from Disneyworld and expressing mild displeasure at the Chicago weather once more. Twenty or so degrees colder here, blah!
Of course this also means I have to dive back into whatever guild messes have cropped up in my absence, and find myself facing down my own disgruntlement.
I love GMing. I also hate GMing. It comes down to this deep sense of responsibility I bear for…well, every god damned thing. On one hand, it pushes me to be the best GM I can. On the other hand, when other people don’t live up to my inner grandoise standards, I can get…resentful. Even if said resentment is born of a situation I created my own damned self.
The guild culture in BoO is relaxed compared to some. Can’t make some raids due to RL? Okay, cool. Whatever. Shit happens. Join us when you can. We raid, but not everyone in the guild is a raider. People sometimes bounce between Raiding and Not Raiding depending on what is going on. Or by choice.
And you know, for the most part, that’s fine. A problem crops up when several people say eh, I don’t like 25s as much, and I only want to do 10s. All around the sane time. A situation that is definitely brewing, if not already happening, in BoO.
*takes a deep breath*
I’m the GM. The guild focus is currently 25s. It will remain 25s until our heads are bloodied against that wall, if my reading of the officer core that runs the guild is correct. This means that if we loose too many people to do 25s, it’s back to the recruitment/canceled raid grind I hate so much. This also means that my limited raiding time is locked into those two 25 man days a week, no matter what happens. I am not the only one who is probably locked into those days either, as people have had to tweak work and school schedules to make those days. This means that there’s at least a handful of people that are affected every single time a 25 man raid is called due to numbers. We can’t split into 10s–there’s already guild 10s going during other days of the week. People are saved. A canceled ICC 25 turns into a ToC 25 or…nothing.
A canceled ICC 25 means that I don’t get to raid, because I can’t make most of those 10s, or at best, only 1 day of 2. I don’t really feel that it’s fair to the rest of that group to do that on a regular basis, though I’m glad to step in if they need and ask me to.
I will keep the 25s going as best I can because that is my job. It is the responsibility that I willingly took on.
But I can’t help but be jealous of others ability to step back and do 10s. I, too, love the cozier atmosphere of 10s (though I don’t love 25s any less). I will miss the people that have decided that they are done with 25s becuase…well, now I won’t get to raid with them, and I consider some of them friends. Meanwhile I’ll recruit and wheedle and beg and fill raids with people who…probably shouldn’t even be there until we’re in a good spot again. Maybe I’ll make new friends! But I’ll complain about it anyway.
YES I MADE MY BED AND I WILL LIE IN IT BUT I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO BITCH THE ENTIRE GOD DAMNED TIME.
But this post has been entirely too bitter. For those of you who missed the OMG CAPS announcement on Twitter during my vacation, my dear Cranky Tank proposed just after the EPCOT fireworks, and because I’m just as crazy as he is, I said yes. Everyone who also follows my personal blog is therefore OFFICIALLY WARNED as to future wedding related contents and may now flee before it is too late.
Oh, and the promised picture of a SMILING Bubbles will be posted as soon as a pry it off the lap top!
I wanted to be working on my story today, or on an April Fool’s post, but you know what? I spent the entire morning fixing FUCKING DKP! And making official posts so people will stop asking me about OMG THE SARONITE IN THE BANK CAN I HAS?!?!
YES YOU CAN HAS.
YOU CAN HAS THE GUILD, IN FACT.
I have a standing offer in another guild where I am BM hunter my heart out!
To hell with you and your Twitters and IMs and emails and OMG AMBER FIX NAO stuff. >:|
I joke about bubble hearthing because it’s just one of those things that comes with being a paladin, but it’s not something that I do. I play on a pvp server and I’m hopelessly terrible at pvp, but instead of bubble hearthing when someone gets a jump on me, I just stick it out. I don’t recall ever using it in instances, except maybe when I’m the only one alive and there are a bunch of ugly mobs who want to give me not nice hugs. Even that’s rare because I’m stubborn and it’s easier to just die and run back than it is to make way for the instance again, at least that was the case until the new dungeon teleport system. Bubble hearthing feels really rude in a way that my beloved Divine Intervention doesn’t, even though they pretty much perform the same function in avoiding repairs.
You see, I suffer from healer guilt. I like to make jokes about letting people die to fix their stupid, but in reality I do my best to keep everyone alive because I’d feel bad if I didn’t. I don’t bail on instance groups after wipes – in part because I want to make things work, and because I would feel guilty about letting another healer stumble into a mess that I left behind. So basically, it takes some real abuse for me to throw up my hands and say “screw it”.
For the first time in a long time, I reached my breaking point. It was Drak’tharon Keep; the tank was rushing but it wasn’t anything unmanageable because RAWR PALADIN MANA POOL (/flex). But after we downed King Dred, the druid tank asks us to wait at the bottom of the stairs. His warrior friend (from the same realm and guild) repeats this, and expounds with “DON’T FOLLOW HIM, DO NOT HEAL” in all caps, I guess so we’d know he was serious. I decided to humor them, and when the druid rounds up about 4 groups and goes splat as he’s pulling them down the stairs (well out of my healing range) I laugh a little and get ready for what’s probably going to be a wipe, because it just wasn’t very likely that I’d be able to keep a dps warrior alive with four packs of angry trolls on him. Like I thought, he dies before I can even get a holy light on him, but all the while he’s freaking out in party chat.
After that he proceeded to call me a dumb cunt.
Bubble hearthing? Was totally warranted. It even felt GOOD.
I have an evil evil plot in the works that I did not get to finish last night…TOMORROW, you shall behold my evil. Until then, I’m just going to talk about how I am a silly magpie, and how Blizzard nearly ruined shadow priesting for me.
You see, I’m not really….girly. But I do like things that are bright and shiny, so spells like penance and holy nova are Awesome Fun Toys. In hindsight, paladins have some of the most disappointing spells EVER. I mean, okay, Sacred Shield can be kind of shiny, but shouldn’t beacon be a BEACON? You know? A BEACON OF LIGHT? A BRIGHT SHINING PILLAR OF LIGHT?
I’ll never forgive Blizzard for failing me in that regard, just as I’ll never forgive them for what they did to my favorite Shadow Priest toy right next to Mind Sear.
THEY RUINED DISPERSION. It used to be that you’d turn into a FUN LITTLE BALL OF DARKNESS!!!!!! Now you’re just…er…more…dark? What?
I can’t be a bouncing ball of inky evilness now! This has totally ruined the spell and thus ALMOST RUINED SHADOW PRIESTING for me.
Don’t you DARE mess with my mind sear, or I’m going to have to do something drastic like…GO HOLY for my second spec, and we don’t want THAT to happen ever again.
I AM PUTTING YOU ON NOTICE BLIZZARD.
I don’t know what my gearscore is.
I don’t care what my gearscore is.
I don’t ask anyone what their gearscore is.
Gearscore doesn’t tell you what someone’s skill level is. It doesn’t tell you how much DPS they can actually do. It doesn’t tell you that they’re not a douchebag. It doesn’t tell you that they know how to gem, or spec, or enchant what gear they do have. It doesn’t tell you how much thought they’ve put into everything.
In other words, it doesn’t tell you a single. Damn. Thing-except how big your penis is and how many emblems you’ve farmed tormenting pugs in random heroics.
And your penis is not helping me out here.
I’d much rather take a look at someone’s gear and take a look at their enchants, gems, and general gear choices. If I see a DK with a SP gem, then I know I’m in trouble in a whole different way than “oh he only has a GS of 2″. There’s a difference between recently dinged and ignorant. I’d like to know what I’m really dealing with, you know?
So in short: gearscore can go die in a fire.
Brief Tanky Ramblings
Normal ToC decided to like me and cough up my tanking trinket. Woo! …now to run it some more for the DPS trinket. Pffft. And then some more to get said trinket for ME, because Josh wants said trinket as well on his DK.
Thankfully I had enough defense to drop my Seal of the Pantheon for it, and keep the dodge trinket. I’m also now FINALLY over 30k health in 5 man buffs. Yay! Hopefully she’ll get some more goodies in the Naxx25 run tomorrow (that I’m leading? What? NO! *hands to Josh*). Then I can set her back into her primary alt slot and…
…work on my hunter? Alas, no. Jamethera is stuck as the bastard red headed stepchild of my alts. No, friends, I want to work on my shadow priesting some more.
Stolen from Duct Tape and a Prayer because I can’t access the official crap:
- Glyph of Mind Flay now Increases the damage done by your Mind Flay spell by 10% when your target is afflicted with Shadow Word: Pain.
- Glyph of Shadow Word: Pain changed to – The periodic damage ticks of your Shadow Word: Pain spell restore 1% of your base mana.
- Glyph of Shadow now increases your spell power by 30% of your spirit for 10 sec. (Up from 10%) (Here’s the current version.)
- Improved Devouring Plague: This spell now deals 10/20/30% of its total periodic effect instantly, up from 5/10/15%.
- Shadowform: This talent also now causes Devouring Plague, Shadow Word: Pain, and Vampiric Touch to benefit from haste. Both the period length and the duration of these spells will be reduced by haste. In addition, the mana cost has been reduced from 32% to 13% of base mana.
- Vampiric Embrace: This ability is now provides a 30-minute buff that cannot be dispelled, instead of a target debuff.
Lookit! Lookit! Buffs! Tasty things! Oh my god! I’m so excited!
…granted I still do less DPS than most of our other shadow priests (HOW? MUST FIX) but YAY! Now we get to cross our fingers and hope these changes don’t get nerfed back into the ground by release time.
Also, I find it terribly ironic that spirit is well-nigh useless to me as a disc priest but…it appears that I want some as shadow. What? Damn you. blizzard, for complicating my two sets of gear!
Oasic, how do you beat me as shadow deeps? I MUST KNOW.
…oh they also made it possible for you to bubble nonraid/party members. Sweet! Thanks Blizz! Now I can run circles around Dalaran randomly bubbling people! YAY!*
*I may or may not be genuinely excited by this development.
“O hai new content we’re only just now getting around to seeing how are you-“
“-doin…alright…um, that wasn’t so nice. Hey, what happened to my mana bar?”
“Alright, really now. WTF debuffs? Did you seriously just hit all of the healers at the same time? FUCK!”
“Alright so now they’re going under and…okay…okay…so far so goo-OH MY GOD WHY ARE YOU DRAGGING IT THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE ROOM WHERE WE ARE ALL STANDING? FRONTAL CONE WRECKZ FRONTAL CONE PLEASE TO NOT BE-OH GOD OH GOD WHY IS YOUR VENT NOT WORKING.”
“Okay once agai-“
“WHAT THE FUCK HUNTERS OMEN ISN’T THERE TO LOOK PRETTY WHY THE FUCK CAN’T YOU FEIGN! WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT’S ON COOLDOWN?! WELL FOR FUCKS SAKE WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?! AUTOSHOT OR SOMETHING. THE METER IS THERE SO YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR DAMNED AGGRO NOW JUST KEEP PEW PEWING UNTIL YOU PULL. ALSO FEIGN BEFORE YOU GET AGGRO SO THE BOSS ISN’T SHIFTING POSITIONS YOU COMPLETE AND UTTER FAILURE OF A HUNTER. WTF IN MY DAY I KNEW HOW TO HUNTER AND DIDN’T PULL FUCKING AGGRO WHILE STILL TOPPING DPS CHARTS.”
“FUCK YOU STRAIGHT TO HELL YOU GODS BE DAMNED WORMS.”
“Oh hey, look, it’s the third guy! There’s only like half the raid left, and 2 of those are healers, but we can pluck him off eventually…la la la la…la la la la….la la la la…OH FUCK HE WENT BIG AND RED OH MY GOD WHAT THE FUCK.”
“…see you all tomorrow, guys.”
(We made good progress, and I’m actually proud of our off-night attempts. But seriously, WTF hunters. Also, kudos to Oasic, one of our much loved resident holy priests. See, Oasic, I can blog about you without you being a douche! Especially if you continue to stand in the way of boss charges and die. ;) Your death was a lesson to us all!)