Things You Can Not Un-See

Don’t you hate it when something catches your eye and you immediately regret seeing it? It’s like squeezing too much toothpaste onto your toothbrush and realizing that you’re not a great white shark. You’ve just wasted a couple of cents and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. So you just grin and brush vigorously to get the most out every ounce of toothpaste that doesn’t immediately fall into the sink.

Okay, well maybe not like that … but what I am referring to is the knowledge of the “big bad” of Mists of Pandaria. Those of you that listen to The Overlores and/or possibly follow me on Twitter know that I’m a pretty big fan of Garrosh Hellscream. Sure he has his rough edges, but he’s an amazing character despite the fact that he’s pretty much a one-track mind kind-of-orc.

How would you feel and act if you grew up thinking your Dad was the worst thing ever only to be oversold on his redemption and handed over the reigns of the Horde after successfully championing the Horde’s campaign in Northrend? Garrosh came back from Northrend a HERO in the eyes of his fellow orcs. Of course he was the favorite to take the lead of the Horde upon Thrall’s departure.

Garrosh is an orc of ACTION that yields RESULTS.

So what if he’s a tad of a warmonger? So what if he’s almost a tad too arrogant? He DID things in Northrend. He proved himself to be a tactful and resourceful overlord (even if a tad reckless) during the Northrend campaign. Sure he may have ruffled the feathers of the more politically-inclined leaders of the Horde, but lest we forget that he didn’t willingly take the mantle of warchief.

He would have preferred to be out on the battlefieldHe is an orc of honor, seeking it always on the battlefield. He wants nothing more than to restore the glory of the Horde; to spread its dominance. His horde is one of action, one of results. Have you seen Orgrimmar since he took the mantle? Or how about the Horde outposts and settlements on Kalimdor?

Garrosh is BAD ASS.

And yet his brash nature has caused problems by seeking resolution through combat rather than diplomacy. Let us not forget that the confrontations between Thrall and Cairne weren’t blindly instigated by Garrosh. Thrall provoked Garrosh into challenging him and Cairne out-right challenged Garrosh to a Mok’gora. You might argue that in both cases Garrosh acted hastily and his actions — at least in the case of the Mok’gora with Cairne — have had long lasting ramifications, but diplomacy is not Garrosh’s strong suit.

Garrosh is FLAWED.

As flawed as Garrosh might be, he has held true to his ideal of honor. Whether you quest through Kalimdor or the Eastern Kingdoms you’ll experience this. When Krom’gar committed an atrocity in Stonetalon Garrosh dismissed the general by dropping him off a lift. There is no honor in the slaughtering of those that cannot defend themselves; that is not how the Horde displays its glory.

Garrosh forbade the Banshee Queen from using the plague to take Gilneas. Should Sylvanas have used the plague she too would have been dismissed. There is no honor in avoiding the glory of battle and proving yourself superior.

Winning by DIRTY means is not WINNING.

This is why I find it really difficult to believe that over the course of Mists that Garrosh is going to commit a war-crime so HEINOUS that even his Horde turns on him. This is why I really think Blizzard screwed up by spoiling the end-game of Mists. Are we supposed to make that jump to believe that Garrosh will turn his back on honor and glory? Or are we to believe that he has been corrupted by and outside influence?

Either way I just don’t buy it. That’s not MY Garrosh.

My Garrosh is HONORABLE.

I want to believe that he has been corrupted. No, strike that. I NEED him to be externally corrupted, otherwise everything that he was, was all for naught.

Even if that is the truth behind this sad turn-of-events I’m still severely disappointed that Blizzard has already told us what is going to happen. How much more profound would it have been to keep this twist secret until we organically discover it?

We should have WITNESSED his corruption.

Blizzard has proven that they can turn a beloved character into a hated one; Sylvanas is proof enough of that. I would have rather thought “what the fuck Garrosh?” as he started down this dark path. Knowing where this path will take Garrosh isn’t very compelling and I’m upset that I’ve been robbed of all that could have been.

Imagine how much more emotional it could have been when faced with the necessity of taking Garrosh down? Imagine that prior to playing Warcraft 3 that you knew that Arthas would turn on his father and ultimately become the Lich King?

Yah, I just went there.

Instead of wondering what will be going on, we will know. When the time comes to dethrone Garrosh, it will feel empty. Just a means to an end to tie in the next expansion where we’ll likely be facing the Burning Legion again … or whatever actually corrupted Garrosh.

I’m sorry Blizzard, but you’ve done fucked up this time.

Magery Improve!

As I sit here waiting for my car to receive its Christmas present I decided that I’d make the most of the down time and update everyone on the continuing adventures of de-stinkifying my mage’s DPS.

It’s amazing just how quickly the gear portion of the problem can be changed. So much so that my mage is now virtually broke after gemming, enchanting and reforging the deluge of upgrades received in just a few hours of running the HoT 5 mans and one lucky LFR run. As of right now my mage only has 2 pieces of PVP gear to replace and is sporting two pieces of ilvl 384 raid finder tier pieces. Each upgrade has been met with excitement and animosity with the amount of juggling I’ve had to do with reforging to stay as close to 17% hit as possible.

Reforging is a boon and a bane.

Anyhoo, needless to say gear is no longer drastically holding my mage back. Nope. Now it’s just my inexperience which is doing that. Sure my DEEPS is substantially better now and there’s still some pieces holding me back (trinkets come to mind) but there’s still something that I’m doing wrong.

I’ve fully embraced fire as my main DPS spec and have done some scouring of the forums to have a better grasp of how to play as a fire mage. Knowing how to is still not the same as doing and as I learn the fights from a ranged perspective I’m sure my DEEPS will get higher.

Movement is the main thing that I’m struggling with since, as a rogue, I’m not used to the necessity of being stationary to cast. One thing that I do love about fire is that I can cast scorch on the run, but the mere act of movement usually causes me to let living bomb fall off and forget to reapply it.

As I get more comfortable with movement as a mage things will get better, especially if I can work blink into the equation more. I just need to subdue my perfectionist’s tendacies so that I don’t get down on myself for not being where I feel like a should be in terms of performance. I’ll get there … eventually. I just need to keep telling myself that.

Sadly, however, there’s been a side-effect of gearing as a fire mage that I can’t do much about: my frost DPS is now really, really lacking. Fire favors haste and crit, not mastery. Whereas frost loves mastery so unless I want to spend tons of gold juggling secondary stats I’ll just have to cope.

Anyhoo, I think I’ve droned on long enough, and my car is ready, so I will leave it at that. Ciao!

Inadequate Performance

I’m a rogue through and through. When it comes to group play I just feel a lot more comfortable with being in the thick of things. To be fair that probably has more to do with my inexperience with being ranged DPS, but needless to say when I hopped into an Hour of Twilight 5man my mage stunk up the place. And by stunk, I mean barely pulling 11k dps on average.

Again, my mage isn’t quite as geared for PvE as my rogue is but the difference in performance is downright embarrassing. I have had an arcane build, but I’m not a fan even though it was barely edging out my frost dps build. Considering my distaste of arcane I decided to give fire another go for PvE but that hasn’t been met with the results that I was hoping for.

It can’t just be my gear alone that is causing me to stink. It isn’t terrible despite being under the hit-cap (something which is probably hurting me greatly) yet there’s something about mage DPS that I’m not getting. Perhaps I haven’t set up my UI to communicate everything I need to know to maximize my performance, but it can’t be that. Sure I”ve jerry-rigged an add-on designed for rogues while I probably should be using something more like MageNuggets for timers and cool-downs but my stink goes beyond that.

Maybe there’s just something about ranged-dps that I just haven’t figured out. Or maybe it’s the priority system. Or maybe that most of my damaging abilities all have cast times, something that is somewhat foreign to a rogue. Needless to say I’m going to have to spend some time thumbing through the Elitist Jerks and MMO Champion mage forums. Hopefully I can glean something that will clue me into what I’m doing backwards.

Oh well, back to the HoT 5mans and to hope that I always get groups willing to put up with my low DEEPS ;_;

Looking For Reality

I know what you’re thinking and it just isn’t true. I haven’t abandoned my blog. I just haven’t had much free time for the past 2 months. Between work and the holidays it just hasn’t been possible. If you’ve been following my newest endeavor, the Shattered Soulstone, you’ll be at least somewhat privy to the hellacious hours I’ve been working and given the density of said hours it takes me two’sh days to recover. Sure the paychecks have been more than nice, but it’s almost not worth the toll that has been taken upon my sanity. But it’s a new year, all new promises to hope for … let’s put twenty-eleven behind us.

When I have had enough time to do something other than work I have managed to sneak in a little bit of time for podcasting, spending time with my family and WoW. Prior to patch 4.3 I felt like I would never achieve  the same level of gear with my rogue as I did in WotLK but I don’t think I was prepared to feel like I had surpassed it. Enter the Raid Finder, the single greatest addition to WoW since the Dungeon Finder.

Wait. Wait. Did you just call the Raid Finder the greatest addition to the game since the Dungeon Finder?!?

Yes, that’s right. I did, deal with it.

Oh right, you’re one of those “casuals” that Blizzard is catering to nowadays. Have fun with your Pandas and PokeWoW.

What’s with the hostility? Is there something inherently wrong with allowing a much larger portion of the player base an opportunity to SEE the content that the developers worked hard on creating? I certainly don’t think so. If more players are doing raid content, regardless of what difficulty level, then more time and resources will likely be allocated to creating raid content. Imagine what the Molten Front could have been with the Raid Finder in place.

Anyhoo, I’m straying from the focus that I intended with this entry. It’s not supposed to be an elitist v casual debate; rather I intended to share my experiences with raiding the Dragon Soul with the raid finder.

For the first time in my WoW career I have seen an entire tier of raid content while it is still relevant. In fact my rogue has been involved with the slaying of the World Breaker three times. Could have been four, but let’s not bring up my double-fail of sprinting off of Alexstraza’s platform and then releasing the other night. So far my experiences with the raid finder have been mixed, but mostly very positive. Sure things can get dicey when half of the DPS in the raid clearly shouldn’t be there and are pulling less than 15k dps on Ultraxion (was in one the other night with TWO mages barely managing 11k dps) but so far these occurrences don’t seem to be the norm … at least not yet.

Oh don’t worry, there are tons of terribads out there that will make fail-boating a far greater occurrence. Just you wait. 

Again with the hostility? Does the raid finder really irritate you that much? Can you not handle the “terribads” getting gear? Everyone should be afforded the same opportunity to enjoy the game to the fullest, even if they aren’t of the same caliber as an elite/hardcore raider. Do I really need to bring up the fact that us “casuals” also help keep this game going?

Yah, let that soak in for a moment. Blizzard has never been only about the 1%, they care about making fun games for everyone. Was it not Jay Wilson that stated that their goal was to bring the casual gamer into the fold and transform them into a hardcore gamer? By giving more players accessible raid content Blizzard is hoping that more of those players will then venture into raiding normal modes and maybe even heroic content. Is there something wrong with that?

But Jay Wilson isn’t even on the WoW development team! And I don’t want terribads taking MY raid slot!

Let’s just move on shall we. Clearly someone is intimidated by more players seeing their content.

As I stated earlier the raid finder is, in my opinion, a huge boon to the game. From here on out I will always be able to see all the content that Blizzard puts into WoW and that excites me greatly. I can not wait until Mists of Pandaria. How awesome is it that I’ll be in the mix and get to see the Sha in a raid setting? That if I want to wear tier gear, I’ll be able to? I only hope that rogue tier 14 isn’t hideous ^^;

Now to get my mage geared enough for the raid finder …