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My priest is now solidly geared, with more pieces of tier than my main (probably because I keep giving away tokens to guildies for their 4 piece….). I am still working on Lyrandre because her DPS shoulders and chest still have to go, but the bulk of my alt-obsession has refocused on my druid.
Poor Aedeminar. She was rolled in vanilla and never got anywhere, really. I can conquor my hatred of questing by tackling the LFD though!
…yeah. We all know what my leveling LFD life is like, don’t we?
There is a REASON she is tank and resto specced. It’s because when she hit Wrath content and Utgarde vomited up all the Tanks Who Were Not Tanks, I said AAAAAAAH FUCKING CUMGUZZLING WHORES and started tanking.
Well, I hit that point again the other day, after healing a couple of really special cookies. So I queued as tank and got Halls of Stone.
Auuugh, but okay. I was pulling cautiously because, come on, it has been a LONG TIME since I have tanked on Mina–at least a year. Shit CHANGED, yo, and I have hardly any idea what I’m doing. At some point, however, I observed that someone was running ahead, grabbing additional mobs, and dragging them back to me.
Hey! Hey, mother fucker, that’s rude! I don’t know if I’m prepared for that shit! Of course the obvious answer is to LET THE IDIOT DIE, but wait.
When I saw who was doing it, I was shocked. IT WAS THE HEALER. THE MOTHER FUCKING PRIEST HEALER.
WHY DO YOU BETRAY ME SO, HEALER? ARE WE NOT KINDRED? DO WE NOT KNOW HOW FUCKING ANNOYING IT IS WHEN SOMEONE DOES THAT BECAUSE THE TANK CAN MISS SOME AND THEN THEY ARE BEATING ON YOU AND OH GOD WHY.
WHY. I CAN’T EVEN LET YOU DIE OUT OF REVENGE, FUUUCK.
And then I saw him using mind sear on single targets and I was just like dear lord, there is just no winning this.
Sounds silly that we’d need an argument FOR DBM, right? I mean, who DOESN’T use DBM, or their favorite equivilant?
Yeah, about that. Anyone who has ever tried to require an addon knows that someone, somewhere, will bitch about it. Back in BoO I tried to make everyone use DBM, but it was really hard when my co-GM couldn’t be arsed to use it himself.
“You don’t notice,” he’d brag. “I know the fights.”
“Steve,” I said wearily, or more often angrily, ”I notice every single god damn time you ask how long it is until something happens and I have to look at my DBM timers and tell you.”
He may have gotten away with that in Wrath, but such an attitude is a total no-go in Cata. Fights are chaotic with MANY things to pay attention to, and stay out of–or in! Add in trying to keep on top of your rotation and procs an you’re going to miss some things.
No, you will. You WILL. You absofuckingloutely WILL, stop arguing with me–oh here, look. IT’S SCIENCE.
“Well,” some of the problem children may splutter, “SOME people notice. SOME people can split their attention better. I’m one of them.”
Really? Every single fight? You’re never tired or distracted or have a cat walk in front of you or otherwise need of GIANT BLUE TEXT?
I call bullshit.
Go install the god damned mod.
(Thankfully I don’t have this problem with anyone in SiB, but I figured that someone, somewhere…)
I want to find whoever thought it would be an awesome idea to give spirit beasts multiple spawn points and beat them soundly.
Back in The Day, I camped Humar. He had a 7 hour spawn timer but only appeared in one place. He was easy to camp–you sat under the tree and waited. If someone else tamed him, you knew it and could wander off until later.
You don’t have that luxury with Loque. Maybe he spawned somewhere else and was killed, or was tamed, but you’d never know. You just know that you must do laps around Sholozar, forever, because when you leave is when he will spawn. You know it.
I spent a good 5 hours of my snow day doing periodic laps around the basin between camping my favorite spot. Once when I was tabbed out reading I heard SilverDragon ping. Oh my god! He sp–
No. No, King Krush apparently spawns in that location, too. Hopes dashed and anger riled, I tamed out him of spite.
Just in damn for another hunter to swoop down and say “Gwuh”. Oops.
I’M SORRY I HAD TO TAME HIM ME MADE ME ANGRY. NOW HE SHALL FOREVER BE FORCED TO DO MY BIDDING.
By this point, years into my casual hunt, it’s comically exasperating. I have tamed–or passed up the chance to tame–every other Wrath spirit beast. I did exactly one pass searching for Gondria and found the other two by accident. I’ve stumbled across the other two rares in Sholozar. Yet the beast I actually search for eludes me.
ETA: Psst! Mortigan the lock is back, and he’s not even a dirty hordie anymore! Go say hi!
If you are a public figure, it is my belief that you have a certain amount of rseponsibilty to totally not be an ass. After all, whether you want to or not, you are setting an example.
This applies even on a smaller scale–even on our scale, here in the World of Warcraft flavored corner of the internets. I am the GM of Stands in Bad. I know that my behavior refelcts on my guild, so I try–in general–to not be an ass, because that affects other people (we want awesome people to join the guild, not turn away because I gave in to the urge to be a raging buttnugget one moody evening).
I am a blogger and not the smallest fish in the pond (hi guys!), so my behavior reflects on other bloggers/priests/hunters/deathnuggets/whatever I am that week. This is another solid reason to not be a total jerk face even if everyone around me is being one.
And that’s why behavior like Frostheim’s gets my goat.
Regardless of the fact that he “may” have not known that oops, pulling that boss will wipe the group, pulling a boss without everyone else is still a dickish thing to do. Yes, if he said no to the optional bosses they should not have gone ahead to try to do them anyway, but contrary to popular belief, that doesn’t give you the right to be an ass.
I only do heroics when I have time to do heroics. This means that I do not do heroics (unless with guildies) right before a raid, even if I have an hour to spare, because 1) queues are mercurial in temperment and length 2) you never know what will happen and 3) I hate feeling pressured for time.
Frostheim said that he “can’t stand people who leave halfway through a heroic — as if they didn’t know how long it would take them”. But wiping the group because you were short on time was okay, though?
No, sweetheart, that’s not how it works. Again, I’m not excusing the rest of the group. But you are Frostheim, a fairly visible member of the hunter community. A community that’s already suffered under a negtive stereotype, I might add.
Don’t add to it, cockwaffle.*
*I am fully away of the irony granted by scolding someone about their behavior while tossing around words like cockwaffle. But I’m not scolding him for his language, damn it.
Also this post should count towards my NaNo word count for the day. YOU MADE ME ANGRY ENOUGH TO STEP AWAY FROM MY NANO, FROSTHEIM. /shakes fist
I tank on 4 different toons for two reasons. Well, I do kind of enjoy tanking as well, but that’s beside the point.
1) Faster queues. Even a healer has to wait one or two WHOLE MINUTES for a group. What the fuck.
2) OH MY GOD, LOWBIE TANKS SO OFTEN SUCK.
By “suck” I don’t mean just generally fail at getting aggro. I mean suck as in not even TRYING to have decent gear. And by decent mear I mean “things even remotely suited for tanking”.
If you are a paladin and your gear consists of ungemmed Kara tanking epics, 1 random Kara epic DPS belt, and half SPELL POWER GEAR, some of which is LEATHER, then FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY WHY ARE YOU QUEUING AS A TANK.
NO. BAD PALADIN.
We wiped on the last boss of Utgarde Keep, twice, because there was no way I could pour my whole mana bar into him and keep everyone else alive at the same time. I have never mashed all my buttons so hard so fast in my entire tree life. Only to die.
I also had a DK in partial SP plate (WHY). I just…I…what is this I don’t even.
Since I run into many more bad tanks than bad healers, back to bear-LFDing I go.
MY SANITY, I MUST HAS IT.
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!
1) Gem your fucking gear.
Look, we’ve all gotten a new peice and looked at our funds and cringed. In the very least, toss a blue-quality gem in there. If you don’t have the funds to gem it yet, then…don’t wear it. If I look at you and see multiple ungemmed pieces, though, I’m going to be slightly irked in your direction. I don’t care if it’s “just a heroic”, that’s plain fucking lazy. Dailies, go do them for golds.
1b is naturally ENCHANT your shit (at least, your good epic shit). Even if you get +8 stats instead of +10 because +10 is OMG exepnsive, it shows some effort on your part. If you don’t enchant your ilevel 200 gear…okay. But your 245 pants? Proooobably worth at least putting something on. Some day you might want to do something more than get carried through shit.
2) Interrupt your chain heroics to repair, or you might end up looking kind of dumb like me.
3) Ditto that but with ammo and reagents.
4) Don’t forget the part where you at least try to spec, gear, and perform with some semblence of knowledge. Those can be an evolving process, but seriously? EMPTY GEM SOCKETS ARE AN EASILY SOLVED PROBLEM.
This post brought to you by lingering butthurt over losing the polearm to a huntard with full…ungemmed…t9. But also laughing at myself (see point 2).
Josh wants to work on his DK’s gear, so I volunteered to tank for him-as a DPS, nothing beats having a tank buddy for insta-queues. My paladin could still use some badge gear, as I do use her for Ulduar hard mode tanking.
As always, I am…quite vocal while tanking. Josh is treated to a slew of commentary, usually along the lines of “You know, I can hold the aggro on that caster over there just fine IF YOU DON’T FUCKING TOUCH IT YOU FUCKING MORON!” and “I guess the concept of waiting until I position the mobs is entirely foreign to you.”
In one particular Halls of Lightning run, I was pulling conservatively. Not only do I tend to this out of habit, but the group had already proven that they couldn’t keep their trigger happy mitts off single mobs I was dragging.
This does, however, often leave me faced with mana problems-I’m usually running around sans a piece of armor and using Seal of Wisdom. This was the case in HoL, but things had gone mostly smoothly. I say mostly because we did have some cases of Oh Look The Melee Died, but that was mostly the rogue not realizing that running out of The Bad was generally better for his health.
I would also like to note that the only time I had issues with aggro was when Josh ended up in Frost Presence. Yet for some reason, as we’re clearing the trash to Loken, I get a whisper from the warlock.
“Did you know that Seal of Vengeance does more threat?”
I halted. All sorts of surprise and sarcasm welled forth (“No shit?”), but I managed a polite, “I know, but I’m overgeared to the point where I have mana problems in old heroics, so use Wisdom.” And unable to help myself, I pointed out Vengeance is not the seal to use on trash, regardless. Mobs don’t live long enough for the stacks to be really useful.
…so they oh so helpfully told me I should chain pull.
“Ah,” I said, “but I’ve learned I can’t always trust the DPS to behave in random heroics, making chain pulling difficult.” I continue to boggle at how much some people struggle with the concept of letting the tank position mobs.
I got a non-committal response with a : \ face.
…then I whined to Josh that I was being told how to tank, and he initiated a vote-kick for the person. /facepalm
I’m just wondering why the hell someone would feel compelled to try to tell me how to play when I’m not having any fucking problems. The rogue died when all the slag mobs exploded? Not due to threat on my part. The DK and the rogue died on the lightning crackly boss because they can’t get out of the fucking way? Not my problem. I even generally held all the trash, so I’m not sure why this stranger on the internet felt compelled to tell me I was using the “wrong” seal when anyone who actually plays a fucking pally tank would know exactly why I was using Wisdom.
How about you don’t make an already timid tank second guess herself further by keeping your fucking mouth shut?
Oh by the way, did you know that you shouldn’t use fear in an instance? It’s really annoying.