Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Here We Go! 3.1

So it's patch time, and there as been a dramatic change in enthusiasm for raiding. Everyone's excited about what treats wait for them in Ulduar. While I am definitely looking forward to the joys of new content I am also slightly dreading what is (no doubt) going to happen & in fact has already began:

People I assumed were dead are crawling out of no-where and have decided even though they've been out of the picture for the past month or 2 that they want to raid and yes if they don't have a raid spot then they are prepared to get shitty.

I don't want to be the guy that says, no you guys cant raid because we have 35/25 people here all slitting each others throats to get at new content, but how are we gonna do this? There needs to be some kind of balance. & what am I going to do about the guys that have joined in the last week or 2? *facepalm* This is not going to be easy, this is going to be stressful. As a raid leader I can guarantee that the second I log in tomorrow a will be walled with around 10 - 15 whispers of people telling me how they have 40 stacks of food and 12 flasks and are ready to go!

I am sure I am going to piss a few people off, and I already pissed one off this evening but I'm sure we'll manage to keep everything together & there may just be laughter before the evening ends! And Flame Leviathan looks really REALLY fun for a first boss. I would like to ride a Chopper please, kkthnx.



Mind you, I am also making the mistake of assuming that we will be able to get online and that the Realm wont be:
a) Full.
b) Crashing every 2 minutes
&
c) laggy as fuck.

No doubt there are times ahead, I'm bringing the paracetamol. Now lets have some fun!

(Afterthought: maybe I should have a bottle of vodka to raid with tonight, that could help.)

Monday, February 23, 2009

"Heroic"? lol

So Heavy Metal Inc officially started raiding Heroics last week. & for our 2nd week we decided to give Malygos a good attempts. & so we did.

Malygos
... what a joke.
1st attempt: Tank dies, sparks are a bit messy.
2nd attempt: Lost a couple of people on Phase 2. Phase 3 we lose half the raid to a static field.
3rd attempt: Malygos goes down with little effort & few casualties.
Better late then never, Heavy Metal Inc have cleared all raid content with little challenge involved. (oh & I got myself a rather sexy new Neck: Nexus War Champion Beads)

You'd have thought that "Heroic" means a harder difficulty. Right?
Thats what it used to mean at least.
As the game is right now the raid encounters Naxx, Sarth & Malygos, all feel allot easier on Heroic.

This is probably because you depend less on individuals then you do the raid as a whole, but why shouldn't we be able to depend on individuals?

10-man raiding feels allot more personal to me while 25-man raiding feels like a Zergfest. We have over twice as many people and yet the bosses do not have twice as much health.
Most bosses don't even hit significantly harder.
In fact, the only single fight I feel is more difficult on "Heroic Difficulty" is Patchwork, an obstacle that is easily overcome with assigned healers and a stamina trinket.

What do you think?
Is heroic really More difficult?

I'm not usually one to complain about lack of a challenge but personally if it wasn't for the Achievement system I'd be bored with the game already.

Sometimes we need a good challenge to really single out the individuals and point out who is really under performing with no valid reason.


Friday, February 20, 2009

OMG Tagged!?

Right then!
So we're playing this Tagged game!
(started on the Voodoo Ventures Blog)

The Blood-Elf Paladin, Aureilie of palordin.net has tagged Dann & I am always happy to jump into my Screenshots folders!

Aureilie Says:
Basically you’re supposed to choose the sixth image in the sixth folder of your screenshot folder.

Character: Dann
Level: 60
Gear: Soulforge!
Location: Mount Hyjal
Further Comments: this is not the Caverns of Time instance that was released in The Burning Crusade.
This is the zone located south-west of Winterspring. With a bit of careful wall running (now almost impossible) You could enter Hyjal via Darkwhisper Gorge.
The Zone itself is twice the size of the instance (set in the past)

The under construction sign which was located close to the base of The World Tree, hinted that blizzard were going to use the Zone but we've still yet to hear anything about Hyjal being opened up to adventurers, which is a real shame because I can honestly say that it is one of the most beautiful zones in the game to date. I'm sad that it is no longer accessible to be honest, I feel sorry for those who never got to see it too.

Here's the Zone on map:

(& because I've Decided to play)
I'm going to Tag: Aymee, Mitsune & Trix.
Simply because I have been playing with them for some time and I am hopeful of a nice story and even more hopeful that I might be actually in one of the screen-shots :p
Also they are slack bloggers and need encouragement. ^_^

(I read the original post and I'm meant to Tag 6 people, which I feel is a little excessive anyways:)
Also Tagging: Nasthalthia, Peregrine and Doofy.

Ofc you guys don't have to tag people, but it would be nice if you could do at least 3 like Aureilie did.

Before people start bitching: If you've already been tagged go and post your 12th Screenshot instead!

Thanks again to Aureilie for reminding me about my old screenshots folders.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Dann, The almost Undying

The first rule for getting The Undying Achievement is:
Do not Talk About The Undying Achievement

The Second rule for getting The Undying Achievement is:

...You get the point.

18/02/09

Just your average 10-man Naxx run.
We have a strong mix of good players from the guild with a few Trials including a Shaman Healer and Warrior OT.

Spider Wing: goes well.
Azran:"Hey No-one's died! We should go for" *interrupted by Discobear*
Discobear:"NO! NO! NO! Don't say it!

Construct Wing: Huge Success.
Azran: "Hey guys, we should try and get" *interrupted by a collection of "DONT SAY IT!"

Plague Wing: also downed with little trouble, including The Safety Dance.
Azran: "The Undying! We can get The Undying!"
Many voices: "Shut the fuck up Azran" "Oh Great we'll never get it now" "that's ruined it"
Dann: "Ok, just to clarify: we are NOT going for The Undying. but: NO-ONE DIE! Everyone on full focus! If you drop on HP, pop a pot, don't take any chances, but we're NOT going for The Undying..."
Military Quarter: And as we approach 4-Horsemen our new healer, decides to mention: "I have never done this fight, can some-one explain tactics?"
And the raid collectively Sighs.

So here I created a perfect plan of action!
Dann: "Ok here's how this is going to work, Terror, you take Riventwat on the right here, New-Healer you stay with him, keep him alive. Darrell(Shadow Priest) You're healing me! Disco, is healing the ranged tanks. This is going to be easy, no-one will die!"
Everyone was in position, the readycheck comes back positive. Grimhild fires a shot into a horseman's beck & they all gallop to their corners.
I pop my wings so we can burst down Thane, everything has been set-up perfectly. If we did this we are pretty much guaranteed to...NO!

And as you twist your camera to check on the Off-Tank and his healer, a single tear trickles down your cheek at the site of the Barron himself, completely un-tanked trotting over towards your Shadow-priest healer...

It turns out 5 + 3 debuffs is too much for our shadow-priest healer. People die...
.......
.......
.......
Dann:"....excuse me, i'm just going to take my headset off for a moment..."
*takes off headset*
Dann:"AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Dann:"*CONTENT EXPLICITLY DELETED*!"



Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Last Laugh


He Who Last Laugh's,
Laugh's Loudest



...hang on...wait... was that right?



Monday, February 16, 2009

Heroic: The Fall of Naxxramas

Just a quick post to say, i'm still alive.
I've been quite inactive in blogs lately due to:
a) RL Issues &
b)Achievement Whoring.

Good News:
After a few months of Naxx-25 with 17 People I decided to go on a recruitment spree this weekend!
This sunday we had a massive 32 people signed for our Naxx Raid of which 25 people actually turned up!

It's amazing what difference 8 people makes!
We one-shotted Saphiron & Deafeated KT as soon as we had bested our lag issues and I started moving out of the void spawns. ^_^

I am looking forward to our first kill on Malygos and Satharion with 3 Drakes! (i'm sure it will happen one day)


This brings me up to an awesome 5205 Achievement Points putting me a clear step above Helldog (the Scumbag)!


Friday, February 6, 2009