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HOOOOOWLIIIIIING BLAAAA-FUCK!

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Melee Misadventures: The Accidental Tank

I’ve been spoiled lately by having Solt as a tank.  He’s ICC geared and I’m not, so generally the only time I end up face tanking is when I’m over enthusiastically whacking on something I shouldn’t be.  Yesterday, however, I grabbed a rather freshly dinged druid from guild and decided to run around with him.  Decked in almost all blues (I’m at least…more than halfway epics now?) he must’ve convinced the magical gear match maker that tanks in all blues were awesome.

And you know what?  They were awesome, in the sense that they weren’t lacking in skills and generally seemed to be decent folk.  They just weren’t prepared to handle me and my AoE Icy Dick Punch.

It also says something about Isis as a healer that I managed to not die.  Close! Omg, close!  But I never actually died.  \o/

When one tank was actually so shiny new he had never been to ToC5 before I coo’d a little bit (I love new tanks, I really do) and instantly burst into Helpful Mode.  I marked things!  I gave him very brief rundowns on what to expect!  I held in my urge to run forward and howling blast right away!  I carefully followed my own marks (or his target) and…still pulled with Killing Machine procs but you know, there’s only so much I can do.

But I apologized and gave him hugs and he never yelled at me.  <3

I think I actually prefer the tanks-in-blues, even if they don’t prefer me.

Sorry guys!   >.>

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Things I Learned: Elemental Invasion

1) Howling Blast will attract Many Elementals.  Many Elementals will kick my ass.
2) The Archbishop is a useless git who doesn’t heal or ANYTHING.
3) Solt stood in fire as DPS.  lol.  It does indeed hurt and will indeed kill you.
5) Solt stood in fire as tank.  lol some more.  …oh shit I’m tanking what is this halp.  :(
6) …Howling Blast still attacts Many Elementals and Many Elementals still kick my ass.
7) Popping Pillar of Ice means that either the boss will drop Bad on me, or the boss will move.  Sigh. 
8) HOOOOWWWWWLLLING BLAAAS-FUCK!
9) The run from the graveyard into SW is actually kind of annoying.

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Vainglorious

 The Tam said:

I’ve been raiding on my priest a fair while now and, although I’m far from being an expert, I’m pretty comfortable with the mechanics of my class, and how to maximise those mechanics in certain situations. It’s silly but I think understandable to therefore take changes badly: “what do you mean it’s going to work differently?! But I like how it works now!?! This is OUTRAGEOUS! WAAAAAAAH! HOW COULD YOU BLIZZARD?!!! YOU BASTARDS!!!”

Whereas I react to druid changes like this: “oh, okay.”

It’s one of the few circumstances in which less knowledge, and consequently less investment, is actually a good thing.

And I actually think that may be part of a Death Knight’s appeal to be right now.  Priests, hunters, and paladins all underwent enough changes to make me flail massively.  I’m suddenly a terrible hunter (FOCUS STARVED ALL THE TIME AMG), priesting is just different enough to throw me off my groove (what do you mean I want HASTE?), and paladin is “lol wtf is this shit”. 

By comparison, Death Knight–which I played only lightly before Cata–is still familiar ENOUGH that it is comfortable.  I don’t feel that I’m suddenly terrible at a class I used to be good at, which is incredibly jarring for my fragile but massive ego.

I did ding 80 last night, and our paladin tank was nice enough to let me latch onto his queue for some heroics.  I learned the following things:

  • There’s still some really terrible DPS out there.  Like the 800 DPS warlock.  And the 900 DPS fellow death knugget.  Sub 1k at 80 is sad, people.  Heck, sub 2k is sad.
  • There’s a lot more things I can kill myself on in melee.
  • Like…a lot more things.  Holy shit.
  • Healers who leave after the first pull of VH are still dicks.
  • …LOTS of things to kill myself on, guys.  LOTS.

Aaaand now for the fun task of leveling mining and engineering (!?) becuase I…never bothered to before.

No I have no idea why I took engineering on Vain.  At all.  It’ll amuse me, though, so it gets to stay.

I need rocket boots for when I’m not paying attention and lagging behind the group, anyway.  >.>

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Project: New Main – Meet Vainglory

Vainglory
“…a child of the enemy wrapped in flesh…”

My guild suddenly found itself short melee DPS and up to three hunters.  Since I’m still giving focus that long, sideways look of “man, I don’t know if I like you yet” I decided to see if there was a melee class I could adapt to and enjoy.

Ret pally?  I have an 80 pally with a ret offpsec!  Let’s try re…what the fuck is this holy power shit?

Oh god I’m only doing 3k DPS.  I know ret is broken right now but, oh god.

I…I…holy power.  Bwuh.

AND THE SHINY.  THE SHINY EVERYWHERE.

Fuck this noise.

My warrior has like…no DPS gear.  Hmm.  DK? My baby!DK was fun before patch.  Maybe it’s still fun!  

…WEE!  FUN!   …but fuck, this is my RP toon on Earthen Ring.  I can’t transfer her!

TIME TO LEVEL THE AZGALOR DK!

Have I mentioned that I have a new computer and am still spazzing at seeing all the detail that I’ve been missing since…uh…well, since I started playing the game?  THIS IS WHAT NAGRAND ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE?

NAGRAND HAS GRASS?  LIKE ACTUAL GRASS?  WHAT IS THIS I DON’T EVEN.

…aaaanyway.

Vainglory started off at level 61 as of Sunday, dinged 68 and sailed off to Northrend as of last Monday, and has made her way to 70 (boy that slowed down a lot) as of yesterday.  This is record leveling speed for me!  God I love BoA gear.  I’m going with DW frost because 2handers have always annoyed me with their speed.  The attack animations for DWing are better, too.  >.>

I’m enjoying myself immensely, even when I do the typical melee thing and tank the floor (fuck those mana leech things, man).  I am trying to be a good DPSer and interrupt spells, wrangle errant casters to the tank before they start pelting the healer, and not pull aggro.  Sometimes the latter is really hard, especially when I find out that the guy who queued to tank is really a holy pally.

Yes that really happened.  Yes I screenshotted it.  Yes, you can see it later.

Expect the many misadventures of the frost death knugget…

…and now videos!  Because I have figured out how to make videos now, oh noes!  My fledging effort was a simple boss kill video, but shortly you may have my infamous boss strats IN VIDEO FORM.  FUCK YEAH.

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Dear Tanks: I’m Sorry

I’ve recently become smitten with my Death Knight (Ambrosine 2.0) as more than just an RP character.  I’ve been leveling her quite a bit of late–she even has cold weather flying, thanks to the extreme generosity of my friends on that server.  She’s gone from level 65 to 71 in the span of a couple of weeks, which is amazing if you consider my normally glacial leveling speed (and lack of BoAs).

I’ve taken her into instances a few times now, and it’s been…highly educational.  I’ve never really melee’d before.  Oh once or twice as ret on Ambrosine 1.0, but never like this–never when I was on equal gear footing with the tank. 

I suddenly understand the plight of DPS warriors.  For lo, now I too am a Floor Tank.  I’ll be eyballing my threat and be hovering safely below the tank…then I’ll crit a few times and/or Killing Machine will proc and BAM!  I haz aggro.

I have no idea what to do, so I usually end up flailing cutely and stop attacking all together.  “GET IT OFF, GET IT OFF.”  This…is strangely ineffective, and it’s not unusual for me to splatter myself on the floor anyway.

So dear tanks: I’m sorry.

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