Dec 11th 2009 11:36AM I play a very very very well geared Priest on my server. I think a lot of us folks (ShiftTank's comment above really struck me as similar to my own experiences) in that position are being matched with entry level gear players. To ensure that, as a whole, the group suceeds.
But you have to also understand that we are used to knowing the community on our server and finding (most especially as a Tank or Healer) additional well skilled players for our final spots.
Which means for the last 5-6 months we've become used to completing Nexus and the like in 15 minutes. For us, these new "find me 4 others please" runs are a real step back. And it's quite frustrating, even when you're trying to help.
The key to success if you're in that position too, is to gather as many people as you can on your own server and pug just the last spot that you can't seem to fill. I did this today and overall the runs were just much smoother and definitely faster.
Of course, when I queue my Tier 7 Resto Shaman alt to run heroics, this works in my favour. So the 2nd option, if you're very geared and are getting frustrated, is to use it to benefit your alts too. Then you won't mind so much when you end up in a slow run.
Dec 3rd 2009 10:39PM Lathere (healer) and I (DPS) go through the Lucky method that Matticus described in detail on our blog, with a video:
Matticus recommends that all Priests use Divine Hymn, but as a Shadow Priest I've always used Dispersion. We do rely on Tranquility quite a bit instead, though.
Dec 2nd 2009 8:18AM Hmmm I did Magisters Terrace with some friends the day it was release and it wasn't pretty. Didn't help that we had terrible CC in the group... and I wasn't helping as a Shadow Priest that's for sure.
Personally I do most progression fights "blind", in that I don't watch videos or read strategies. I like someone giving me the DPS heads up right before the pull "kill adds" or "watch for fire" or whatever so I'm less likely to wipe the entire raid. But I definately like as little information on a *boss* as possible.
First impressions count for a lot.
Oct 31st 2009 11:06PM It's lovely reading this great conversation spurred on by the article which I wrote for our blog, Hots and Dots.
I think I almost deleted that article at least 4 times. I know I rewrote it at least 3 times. I really didn't think anyone was interested in what I had to say and I thought other bloggers, who talk more about leveling and alts than I, would have the topic covered and then some!
My first instances were really bad too. I put a lot of pressure on myself to be perfect. I felt that everything I did announced to the group that I was a total noob. I don't think I enjoyed the first few instances I did. I certainly can't remember them well - they whole thing is a blur.
But I sucked at sapping. I know that! (ps. for you young Rogues out there, you can Distracting Shot so they pivot around and then sneak up and apply sap from behind - it's your best chance to not get seen)
It really does distress me to know that so many people are missing out on this part of the game - it's so fun!
Perhaps when the LFG Cross-Server system launches we can either (a) start a buddy system where 4 nice people take 1 inexperienced player into a dungeon or (b) start a 5 man group where all the players are inexperienced and they can muddle through together.
I know I'd be keen to set a time to do the first. I don't know if I can convince any of my mates to join me though! They're all in it for the loot!
Otherwise if you play on Barthilas (Oceanic, US) whisper Cassandri if you need a patient healer or DPS :)
Oct 26th 2009 8:56AM @ Fiddlypoppin
The Blade of the Tarresque (non heroic) that drops from normal 25 man Northrend Beasts has no socket.
The Blade of the Tarresque (heroic) that drops from heroic 25 man Northrend Beasts has 1 blue socket. This is the item that this article is all about.
Just wanted to say... I think this is the very first time I've had an item mentioned in Phat Loot Phriday. Yay for casters.
Jul 14th 2009 11:18PM WoW may be pretty new but when I was a kid (maybe 8?) my dad and I would play Tetris. And I was better at it than him. Not only was it a game we played together (well watched eachother play) my ability to ace tetris was something my dad admired and was proud of.
I still love games. Boardgames, casual games, wow, wii games you name it.
Definately play with your children. I think Robin has the right idea about a journal of screencaptures. Reliving the experience is fodder for many many conversations away from the computer screen. And it's an experience that only you and your child shared. That's meaningful.
In game I have come across some absolutely wonderful teenagers. I think parents forget that in World of Warcraft you are not judged on your clothes or your looks, only on your skill and your attitude towards other players.
Jul 12th 2009 10:23AM Wow, Alex, just wow. You nailed it. This is *exactly* how I feel playing my spriest.
"The usual solution to this problem is that Shadow Priests simply pretend there are no adds, and DPS away without a care in the world on the boss or whatever."
You couldn't be more right here. The other spriest in my guild flat out said that he would not break npcs out of ice blocks in the Hodir fight. He cited "breaking rotation" and "costing too much mana" and just whaled away at the boss.
Your comments regarding Devouring Plague mirrored my reactions upon reading the informal Q&A on the forums - the 1 target & long cd restrictions on Devouring Plague make it a real issue. I'd take any improvement (multiple targets or 1 target/no cooldown) as a huge buff to an annoying situation. I let my Dev Plague drop off for quite a long time in the XT fight so I can be sure to hit the heart with it. You *cannot* afford to lose the Dev Plague dps on the heart phase.
Players often accuse official Blizzard representatives of not playing their class "it's obvious you don't even play a priest or you'd understand..." but I know by reading 1 paragraph into your article that you're right on the same page as the rest of us Alex.
thanks again for a great read.
Jul 4th 2009 9:37AM The game does have a lot of depth, but I don't think you're introduced to too much too soon (I think of how long it took me to reach level 20 on my first character and I felt overwhelmed when I learnt about 5 new abilities from the trainer).
It's the terminology and players that can make the game seem *too* complex.
So yes, having a friend answer all your "dumb" questions can really be an asset.
And remember, if you're the experienced friend, answer their questions with simple answers and don't over complicate it.
Jul 4th 2009 4:08AM I think the reason for granting faction transfers is to allow friends to play together. Say I discover someone I work with (and like) also plays World of Warcraft but they play on another server and a different faction. Now you can change both server and faction in order to play together.
Blizzard will not let you change race (not even if you swap faction then try to swap back) simply because they don't want people trying all the different Racials. Especially if they change the racials again like they did when Every Man for Himself was introduced.
I agree with this. I don't want my friends to show up to raid one day as Human and then the next as Draenei and then Gnome etc. Your character deserves some kind of identity continuity.