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ToC + Shadow Spec + Amber = Angry

Technically, all 3 of my 80s can/are DPS.  We’ll ignore Ambrosine’s ret spec, though, because I can still muster nothing but fail in that area. 

That leaves me with Jamethera the BM hunter, and Lyrandre and sometimes shadow priest.

Now in  Ulduar, my hunter flailed around a bit because there are fights in there that are Not Very Nice towards pets, especially not one’s first time in.  If I’d had a bit more experience in there I’m sure I could have learned how to control Suicidal Mutt for each fight and thus been more effective, but…well, it is still not an instance kindly disposed towards BM hunters.  I did, however, shadow deeps in there more than once and while I didn’t top the meters I did over 3k and held my own.  My priest doesn’t know what top of the meters means, anyway.  The best DPS I’ve seen as shadow was 4.9 on Ony (LOL MIND SEAR). 

Now take ToC.  I was able to bring my hunter into…well, one.  But during that one, I was solid DPS and my pet didn’t die at all what the hell.  Now when I say “solid DPS” I mean “I was #2 on damage done in a group with admittedly inferior composition”.  So, you know, I was some of the least sucky of a group of suck.  BUT, that was without any of the buffs that actually make me Not Suck.  Anyway.  I WASN’T REALLY THAT TERRIBLE.  Last night though, due to…odd sign ups, we shifted shit around and I was shadow all night*.

I considered myself lucky if I broke 3k.  I was doing the DPS my hunter can do in a favorable FIVE MAN in a TWENTY FIVE MAN RAID.  What the FUCK.  ToC?  Lots of target switching, lots of wanting to burst things down quickly.  Shadow priests?  No burst.  None.  I can’t even switch targets and instantly have full DPS, no, I MIGHT hit my full DPS potential by the time the thing is half or three-quarters dead.  MIGHT.

I sat there and said to myself, “Self, your lesser geared hunter would have done better in here.  What the HELL.”

It wasn’t just one or two fights that there unfriendly to my DPS.  It was ALL OF THEM.  ALL of them were either “switch targets repeatedly!” fights or “lol get interrupted by crap!” fights.  THE ENTIRE GOD DAMNED ISNTANCE GIVES MY SHADOW PRIEST THE MIDDLE FINGER.

Now I’m not the best shadow priest ever, and I’m sure there are shadow priests out there who will read this and go “Well YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.”  But there are others who dual spec shadow in the guild, others who are better than me…and suddenly no one wants to go shadow anymore. 

 /cranky

Fuck you too, ToC!  Fuck you too!

 

*So we had a holy priest go tankadin, and a warrior tank go holy paladin, and a tankadin go holy, a disc priest go shadow (because 4 tank healers is overkill).  If that sounds confusing, it was.  There was logic (mostly related to gear) in there somewhere though, I swear.

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Raiding With Your SO and Not Killing Them

…can be really hard.

I really wanted to punt Josh last night, which is a hilarious image if you consider the fact that I’m 5’9 and 125 lbs at most and he’s 6’10 and 280.  I could maybe get him to move a couple of inches if I ran into him going full tilt, but I don’t think I can punt him.

Anyway.

Look, kidlets, if you raid with your significant other you have to remember that what you do in a raid isn’t just affecting 9 or 24 strangers.  It’s affecting 8 or 23 people and the person you have the warm fuzzies for.  This means that if you’re aggravating people by standing far down the hall because you tabbed out to read something else and everyone is waiting on you to buff, your other half may very well be thinking of slapping you and unlike everyone else they can actually do it.

In any case, why the hell is it a-ok to aggravate said strangers, anyway?  If you’re in a raid then FOR FUCK’S SAKE RAID OR LEAVE. 

I won’t even touch the “officers should set an example” aspect of it.

Besides, if people know that you’re a couple and you’re not responding, guess who people are going to pester?  Yep!  Your SO!  Who the hell doesn’t want to act like your mother?  …yup, same answer!

Ashdajshdajshdjas.

…this is why Josh should not be allowed to bring home new toys on raid nights.  He wants to play with the toy, rather than raid. 

PAY ATTENTION OMG.

Derp derp.

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Sulking Amber Is Sulking

I need a few items from normal ToC to help round out not only Ambrosine’s tanking set, but also her DPS set.  Things like trinkets, which have hated me for years.  You’d figure, as a tank, that I could find groups, yes?  I mean everyone needs a tank, right?

Yeah, not so much.  My fellow disc priest helped me for one run before she drew boyfriend aggro, and then after that I…couldn’t find another healer.  There was enough DPS in LFG to choke a dragon, but heals were scarce.

“But Amber,” you say, “Doesn’t Josh have a holy paladin?”

Why yes he DOES!  But see, he wanted to bring his DK, who wanted some of the same fucking gear I was after!  I mean that totes makes sense, right?

“What about the other heals in the guild?!  You have tons!”

Until I need them, sure.

I finally found a level 78 shaman who hadn’t played in awhile and we then proceeded to wipe on Paletress, twice.  On normal.  After that I pitched a small, angry “WHY ARE YOU ALL SELFISH PRICKS” tantrum and decided I was done for the day.

Really, people, I can play the “but I don’t need loot so I’m not going QQ” game, too.   I directed a large part of my tantrum in Josh’s direction, because my guildies can be twits but surely my own boyfriend should be willing to get on his god damned paladin to help me fix my gear?

Yeah.

/sulks

/goes to play Champions Online

Did you know that healing people in CO will result in HALF THE  ZONE TRYING TO EAT YOUR FACE?  It does.   Or maybe that’s just me-I have this bad habit of aggroing EVERY DAMN THING AROUND, even in WoW.  I’m already becoming infamous for flying too low, then landing to 3/4 of the zone gnawing my squishy face.   Oops.

By the way, you want to cure someone of keyboard turning?  Make them fly in CO.  You trying maneuvering with any finesse during full-speed flight with your keyboard.  Yeah.  It’s not happening. 

I’m not sure what it says about me that I sat down in front of CO and said, okay, what can heal?  I was really torn between Telepathy and Sorcery, and then I read the word pets and was so sold on Sorcery.  I CAN SUMMON A WOLF AND HEAL, GUYS.  FUCK YEAH.  And I have wings.  In fact, I accidentally created one of the most emo-looking characters ever just because I was like oh hey, I want wings and lets put some blue streaks in her hair!  And then I thought the trench coat looked cool and…um…yeah.  So fallen-angel emo.

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The Role of the Hybrid

Twitter was annoying me earlier.  What was Twitter annoying me about?

*points at title*

Hybrids.  Specifically, whether or not a DPS hybrid “should” have a heal or tanking dual-spec.  Is a person who plays a hybrid class as only DPS an instant second stringer, or otherwise looked down upon?  Why should they be?  Just because they can tank/heal doesn’t mean that they want to.  Even if they do want to, there’s a possibility that they won’t be any good at it.

“very little sympathy for people who don’t want to do what the raid needs” was one comment.  How is forcing someone into what they don’t like helpful?  Oh sure, it’ll get you by in the meantime, but over time they’ll get cranky, and either their performance/attendance will start to flag, or they’ll /gquit entirely.  What’ll that get ya?

Far better to find someone willing to make the adjustment, or who already fulfills that role.

Besides, where does that put every rogue, hunter, mage, and warlock?  Are they now also second stringers because they can’t tank or heal?  No?  Why not?  If you demand that all of your hybrids be able to fill one of those other roles or be looked down upon, why not the pure DPS?

I’d rather have happy DPS that has to rotate raid slots than happy DPS and one pissed off holy paladin.

Then again I’m also the priest that twitches when you mention holy, so make of that what you will.

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Beatstick.

SIGN UP

/thwack

FOR FUCKING RAIDS

/thwack

YOU FUCKING SCRUBS

/thwack

“Oh but the epics in ToC are better!”

/thwack

Fuck you!  We’re up to Yoggy for fuck’s sake!  WHY CAN’T WE COMPLETE THE GODS BE DAMNED INSTANCE?  “O noes Yoggy is hard”? 

/thwack

What the hell are you, a lazy child?  Is the concept for working for epics, or raiding for something other that stupid purple pixels JUST FOR YOU a foreign concept? 

/thwack

IS THAT QQ COMING OUT OF YOUR MOUTH?  THAT BETTER NOT BE!

/THWACK

This post brought to you by sick, angry priests who wanted to chew on Ulduar more last night, not do Ony/VoA because, like, only healers and tanks signed up.  No one wants to do the “hard” part of Ulduar, apparently.

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How2Ony

  • Stay away from the whelp caves!
  • NO REALLY, STAY THE FUCK AWAY FROM THE WHELP CAVES
  • and the bosses tail…
  • …and her head…
  • …and deep breaths…
  • …and the big adds when they make the burny circles…
  • …and where the big adds SPAWN lest they come nom you when you are not a tank…
  • …and the lava spouting cracks during phase three…
  • Did I mention stay the fuck away from the whelp caves?!
  • GET OUT OF THE LAVA POOL BY THE ENTRACE ZEREN!  FFS!

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BoO vs Northrend Beasts

“O hai new content we’re only just now getting around to seeing how are you-”

SQUISH.

“-doin…alright…um, that wasn’t so nice.  Hey, what happened to my mana bar?”

SQUISH.

“Alright, really now.  WTF debuffs?  Did you seriously just hit all of the healers at the same time?  FUCK!”

SQUISH.

“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.”

SQUISH.

“Okay once agai-”

SQUISH.

“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.”

SQUISH.

“FUCK YOU STRAIGHT TO HELL YOU GODS BE DAMNED WORMS.”

SQUISH.

“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.”

SQUISH.

“…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!)

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Healers Keep a Naughty List

Most healers have a “list”.  Actually, most healers have two lists.  One list consists of people we really like-the tank that is always watching our backs, the warlock who uses his demon as a Healer Guard, the hunter dropping ice traps at our feet, or even just the DPS who don’t stand in fires.  We like these people.  If they do something silly, they have an automatic Healer Aggro Dump.  Think of it as healer rep, if you will.  When you’re honored with a faction and accidentally take out a guard or two, it doesn’t ding you too badly.

The other list?  Well, that consists of the people we don’t like.  They’re the people who never run back after a wipe, the people who never sit down and eat as if your mana bar is their damn mage food, and the rogues who bitch every time they die in a whirlwind.  You merely walk into town and next thing you know, it’s like all the Light’s Hope Chapel guards have descended on your ass. 

In our guild, the worst ones are the people that end up with their names in “Healer Channels”.

LetHuntDie has been the official healing channel of BoO since someone had the mistake of letting me pick the name.  Hunt isn’t a bad kid-he’s a kick ass hunter and isn’t not that obnoxious towards the healers most of the time, but giving him hell as been a guild tradition since before I joined.  He canget really fucking annoying but I think that’s just a part of being 16.  Aspect of the Emo Kid QQ. 

NoHealsForNightghost started off as a joke-I’ll often declare a “new healing channel” when someone is especially annoying, unless of course it’s Hunt.  Then it’s just “CHANNEL NAME IS GO.”  But last night our guildie hit a new point of annoyance.

Hodir was a rough fight for us.  It was a scraping the bottom of the mana barrel fight, pots used, Hymns blown, fiend on cooldown, oh fuck oh fuck OH THANK GOD HE DIED fight.  The days of me being able to tie our resto shaman on meters as disc are gone-thank you, PoH and Penance nerfs.  The boss submitted and everyone stopped where they were-except me, because I perpetually strafe and jump like a space goat on crack.  Stopped, and…the debuff kept ticking.

Ticking.

Ticking and stacking on people whose health was already low.  Mikata said something on Vent about moving if you still had the debuff but it was a wee bit late.

Nightghost died.  Died, and then proceeded to make some angry remark on vent about how the healers couldn’t fucking heal him.  Consider it the equivalent of clicking “At War”. 

Cue the healers smacking their PTT keys, only stopped by the raid leader-Mr. Cranky Tank Josh-telling us to chill.  If by “chill” I mean “STFU OR I’LL REPLACE YOU WTF GUYS.”

This did not, of course, stop me  entirely…

CAN’T HEAL WHEN OOM

…nothing can stop my /rw abuse!  NOTHING!

Ahem.  But seriously-it’s a stacking debuff that you’re in complete control of, and healers can’t magically pull mana out of their asses at the end of a boss fight.  Fail on…whatever was to blame for it continuing to tick despite our victory, but whatever.  Even if it had been some other uncontrollable factor, if your healer is OOM and hasn’t been spamming GHeal on themselves all fight or something else stupid, what the fuck do you want them to do when they have no god damned mana?

Angrily blaming other people in a raid for shit that’s not their fault is bad, mmkay?

Angry outbursts on vent in generally aren’t all that great, actually.

Go figure.

This Lesson in Raiding brought to you by People Who Should Know Better.

Bill is so getting the shit beat out of him next time I see him.  By which I mean I’ll angrily hit him in the shoulder a few times and he’ll laugh at me, but it makes me feel better.

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Hold on, the llama got out.

The Amber is displeased.  Why is the Amber displeased?  Because I hate people getting their panties in a twist and ragequitting without, you know, discussing shit.  When we post proposed changes on the officer forum and ask for your input, then we want your input.  We do NOT want you to hike up your skirts, scream that you don’t like us anymore, and leave. 

You want to do that, then fine, get your childish ass out of my mother fucking guild and good riddance.  If you truly don’t like the way things are going, why don’t you sit down and discuss it?  Concerned about new guild ranks diminishing the importance of people who don’t raid?  Well, how about some alternatives?  Where’s your ideas?  I want your ideas.  I don’t want your poorly typed out LJ-style flounce post.

We are not “ruining a social guild”.  We are trying to shape up a raiding guild.  Raiding, see that?  Raaaaiiiiidiiiiiing.  Raiding requires a certain amount of skill and discipline. Oh, and time investment.  Do we have people in the guild who can’t play worth a shit?  Well, yeah.  But they’re friends and we love them and they hang out and occasionally we shove purples at them from a farming run.  Do we have people in the guild who are skilled but can hardly run with us?  Yes, and we miss them terribly, and squee with joy every time they DO get the chance to join us.  Do we have good people who ARE here all the time, and are thus the raiding core?  ….why yes, yes we do.  We have and love all those kinds of people and we always have and we always will.  Do the casuals really need full bank access to our raiding flasks and a Core Raider title?  …no.

One of the most sissy of the flouncers actually told us that we didn’t have a good raiding core to build from.  Wait, what?  What the hell am I, chopped liver?  Kyr?  Zoja?  Mach?  Harryotter?  Huntres?  All those other people who do their job and do it well?  And since when were we a social guild?  What the fuck were we doing in Burning Crusade, having tea parties in SSC?  I don’t remember tea parties, I remember tanking some mother fucking bosses and winning some mother fucking loot in a MOTHER FUCKING RAIDING GUILD.

So excuse me, I’m going to go recruit some more RAIDERS for our RAIDING GUILD.  Then we are going to run some RAIDS.  During said RAIDS, we are going to be SOCIAL and make fun of Mikata because it’s easy, and Harryotter is going to die and we’ll lol at him, and Zoja is going to pick on Huntres, and it’ll be fun.  WHILE RAIDING. 

So congrats, two officers who seldom participated anyway.  Your previous contributions to the guild that once earned you your titles are missed, but shall no longer carry you through this expansion.  You flounced.  Now those of us who actually do the work these days will…uh…continue doing the work.  So uh…nothing has changed, really, except that we’ll proceed with shifting the guild ranks and bank permissions with fewer badly typed rage posts on the forums*.

 

*My rage posts involve capital letters and spell check.

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An Apparently Necessary Review of the Basics

Naxx25 last night made it apparent to me that a few still don’t know some of the Instancing Basics.  You should have learned some of these in 5 mans, but apparently some people were too busy face rolling.  So let’s review, shall we?

When you have aggro, run towards the tank, not away.
We can’t save you in time when you’re halfway across the room, okay? 
Never has this failure been more apparent than on Instructor.  For one thing, Mind Control breaks when the mob gets too far away from the priest, so running around screaming in the back of the room with the boss on you is fucking moronic.  I’m going to wait until you die and he chooses someone closer and less stupid before I pick him back up.

If you’re new to a raid, you might want to get on vent.
No really, it’s a good idea.  Few people enjoy typing out lengthy boss instructions.  We had someone who had never been to Naxx with us before, and we kept forgetting about him…and he wasn’t on vent to hear us asking why he was killing the instructor adds. 

If you see adds running towards the tanks, stop attacking until they have aggro.
Whether the tank LoS/range pulled in a 5 man or a pat just wandered too close in a raid, if you see new friends coming to play, cool it on the AoE.  There’s a reason why my mind-sear happy ass didn’t die as much as our mages and warlocks did on trash.  I was keeping an eye on the mobs so that I knew when Mind Sear reached uselessness (ie, one mob left), and quit casting when I saw more death knights charging us en masse. 

And these are thanks to a HoS run on my warrior:

Hunters: Don’t bring a pet more than one or two levels lower than you to an instance. 
Because a level 73 turtle in a 77 instance will cause your warrior tank to have heart attacks every time he pulls adds.  And he will.  Oh yes, he will.

If your tank is bypassing adds, you might want to leave them alone, rather than…MDing them to the warrior whilst in the middle of another pull.
8 mobs are not better than 4.  No, really, they’re not.

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