Broken Records but not Promises

Here we are again as we have been sooo many times before … another lengthy lapse in posting to my blog. Should we go through the usual half-apology, half-explanation?

Naaaah, we understand. Really we do. Really. /eyeroll

No? Okay. Let’s get back in to the swing of things and type out some words for you, my dear oft-neglected readers (which number in the tens? ^^; )

It would pretty fantastic if there were some awesome news to report on why I haven’t blogged since the middle of July, but there isn’t. Between conditions at work becoming increasingly stressful and my free-time disappearing to tending to my almost eleven month old son I just haven’t been able to get in to the proper mindset to sit down and type. Often instead of trying to push my brain into semi-functional half-coherent rambling-mode I’d opt to log into WoW and do dailies. Something mindless, something to take my mind off the stresses of the day.

Wait, I thought you weren’t going to explain your lapse. What are you doing?

Good point. I can’t break bad habits, so you’re just going to have to deal with that. Errr, well I mean it has been almost FOUR months since I last posted something, I feel like the least that I could do is give a little bit of an explanation.

Fair enough. Carry on, carry on.

As I was stating what I’ve mainly been up to isn’t much of anything, just the usual boring stuff. Well, that isn’t to imply that watching my son grow has been boring, which it hasn’t … quite to the contrary … just that mostly everything else (that I would blog about) hasn’t been outside of the norm. I completed the arduous task of completing the Molten Front dailies on both of my 85s (mage/rogue) and got both my DK on Nevikhoof and shadow priest on Cenarius into Cata-content.

Speaking of my poor, poor shadow priest when I dusted her off I was having a heck of a time trying to kill things out in Storm Peaks. Killing a single mob took a healthy chunk of her mana and if there was an add … forget about it. It was like I had forgotten how to play a shadow priest and I was having horrific flash-backs to when I tried going OOMkin with my druid in Outland. Then, I noticed something … something incredible … something HORRIFYING …

What? What’s in the box?

Points for the Seven reference, that is a fantastic movie. I think I’ll have to watch that again here in the near future.

*Cough* Ahem *Cough*

Oh right, what’s in the box. Got it.

What I noticed was that somehow I had leveled my priest up to level 78 (where I left her long before Cataclysm launched) without GLYPHS!

Oh … my … words are failing me … woooooooooow ….

I know, right? Crazy.

After rectifying that little issue my priest went back to melting faces without issue, until she hit the speed-bump named Vashj’ir. One does not simply walk into Mordor … errr I mean Vashj’ir decked out in Wrath leveling greens and blues. You’ll get your face smashed in by the tremendous iLvl leap when jumping into Cata-content as a fresh level 80. If you recall, that was one of my worries prior to Cata’s launch but after visiting the auction house and dumping 800g to replace a good chunk of her gear she was back in action.

Quick aside, my DK on Nevikhoof didn’t experience a similar issue when questing through Hyjal … then again she is a blood DK and was able to over-power everything tossed at her in Wrath, therefore having slightly better gear when making the jump.

Anyhoo, once my priest hit 81 and trained mind spike her play-style changed dramatically. Instead of having a compelling and fun rotation, all she needed to do was toss mind spike three times and then mind blast. Essentially she went from being a warlock to an arcane mage, only without having to worry about her mana pool to deal ALL THE DAMAGE.

Booooo hissssss!

I tried going back to using the old rotation but it couldn’t keep up with the damage output of the new two button gameplay. Well … there is occasionally the need to toss in a shadow word: death when the mob didn’t fall over from boredom. So I’m not sure what I’m going to do with my priest. I’ve tried playing as an arcane mage and quickly grew so bored of it that I went back to frost but there isn’t another DPS option for me to fall back onto.

Wait. Did you just try to state that FROST is a viable DPS option for Mage? Are you mad?

Yes, and yes. However let’s not side-track this post into debunking the myth that frost mages can’t dish out the DPS … they can.

Fine. I’ll let you live in your little fantasy bizarro world where frost mages deal damage.

Thank you, I think.

Other than preferring the mindlessness of what I’ve been doing in-game I have spent a smidgen of time on my other neglected alts. My dwarf rogue and tauren paladin have seen some playtime, but not really enough to warrant writing about. My mage has gone back on PVP-hiatus potentially until 4.3 when fire mages finally get some love so there’s nothing there to write about unless you want to hear about how I’ve taken her back to the Argent Tournament to become a Crusader.

Naaah, that’s so last expansion. Sounds like you’re wrapping things up?

Indeed I am, but before I do there is news on the podcasting front. Awhile back I was approached by Medros, the mad-man behind Dawnforge Productions, to start a Diablo podcast for his network. Considering my love of the Diablo franchise how could I not say yes? I mean, Diablo was my first true gaming addiction before World of Warcraft came around. Alas the Shattered Soulstone was born, a podcast for all of the loot-crazy deviants like myself, Breja and Jen.

Wait. What about The Overlores?

Don’t fret, The Overlores is still happening, just not as frequently as it once was. As you might deduce from the lack of activity on my blog, things have been hairy for getting together and making the magic of the Overlores happening. Rilandune, Kharendos and myself are still committed to putting out shows for you to consume so do not lose hope. Never lose hope … I haven’t.

With that I think I’ll call this a wrap. There’s still plenty of things that I would like to write about, especially about Mists of Pandaria and how excited I am about the prospect of being a troll monk. And then there’s the little thing called DC Universe Online going free-to-play, but that’s better suited for a post of its own … eventually.

I’m Batman!

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Contemplation

Despite Darksiders pulling me away from Azeroth I still have lots of ideas for my Azerothian exploits. You see, my rogue is nearing the “ceiling” of the gear he can obtain without stepping into a 10/25 man raid and I’ve found myself wondering what should I do when he gets there. I still have my DK to work on as his gear is need of a lot of work, but do I go full-time tank with two tanking builds; one for AoE pulls, one for boss pulls? Or do I keep him how he is with a dps build and a utilitarian tanking build?

The biggest benefit of going full-time tank would be the fact that I’d be able to focus on one style of gear to obtain. It would also cut down on trips to the runeforge to switch the enchant on his Quel’delar. I would also be forcing myself to stick to one role on my DK and not allow me to “cheat” by running heroics as DPS. I want to tank with my DK and I want to do so at a high level of proficiency and the best way to accomplish that is immersing myself in the role. I’m just a little gun-shy about it.

I’ve seen my fair share of bad tanks over the past couple of weeks and I don’t want want to be that guy. You know that guy right? The tank that forgets to put their threat generation aura/ability on? Or the tank that doesn’t bother to pull properly and pulls two or more groups? Or even the tank that charges in and stays put, forcing the melee dps to go through the mobs putting them in harms way, or worse yet forcing them into the position of potentially pulling a patrol or secondary group. Yah, there are definitely some delicate snowflakes out there.

While I’m not that terribad at tanking, I still have a lot to learn about DK tanking. Learning by doing seems to be pretty successful for me, so I just need to get past my anxiety and do it. I won’t be a great tank at first, but I shouldn’t expect myself to be perfect. Hell, even after 5 years of playing my rogue I’m still improving with him. Having a patient friend healing my DK would definitely make the process a lot easier as it is definitely harder to feel confident with a pugged healer.

Anyways, let’s move on.

There’s been another idea that has been gaining momentum and I feel like I’m on the cusp of entertaining it: leveling a toon exclusively through the dungeon finder tool. There were a lot of instances that I never completed at-level back in vanilla and TBC and I would like to see them before any potential cataclysmic changes. I’ve been meaning to level a shaman for a long time but haven’t found the motivation to quest grind through old world content. While I would have to go as a healer, doing so would also satisfy my desire of having a healer amongst my toons.

The only downside to embarking on this side-project is finding the time to dedicate to it. There are a lot of console games that I’ve been meaning to play through and there are many more on the way in the very near future. Then there’s the issue of having to work to bring in money to pay the bills. That eats up a large portion of my day. If only I could clone myself to do my job, cook and clean … oh right, that didn’t work for Michael Keaton in Multiplicity. I guess I’ll just have to figure out some sort of priority system … (u.u) .zZ