Sep 28th 2011 9:12AM Ooh, the water festival idea is awesome! August would be perfect for it, given how fishing is a summer thing.
Sep 28th 2011 9:10AM As a resto shaman, I'm digging the changes, especially the change to Riptide. I cast Riptide on CD as it is. I pretty much exclusively run 10-mans, where my AoE heals aren't super helpful except on certain bosses. I know it'll make my life easier, at least.
Sep 24th 2011 11:50AM Sounds like you had bad luck with groups. Maybe if you found a group of friendly people it would be more fun? I know that if I'm with friends, I'm much more likely to have fun and perform better.
Sep 24th 2011 9:30AM I finally hit level cap in July or August of 2009. I was in a guild with my boyfriend, who has been playing since BC, and the guild pulled me in for Malygos. I remember being terrified. My boyfriend walked me through it, told me to just stand near him and kill what he was killing (he was a boomkin, I was a mage). When it got to the dragony bit, I died pretty quickly (although I'm proud to say I lived longer than some).
After that I became a "real" raider. We did Ulduar and ToC, and both of us stopped playing for awhile until ICC came out. When that hit, we got our friends back together and were one of the first guilds on the server to clear the first wing. Unfortunately, the guild sort of fell apart after that.
One of our friends contacted us, and told us that about 4 or 5 of them had server/faction transferred. My boyfriend and I jumped at the chance to be Horde again, and once again, we got the guild back together for Cata. Once again, we were one of the top progression guilds on the server. And once again, we fell apart - my computer died, one of our healers got grounded, and some people just disappeared, unwilling to wait for my new computer or our healer to behave himself.
Oh man. Fond memories.
Sep 21st 2011 8:31AM The guy who introduced me to the game played Horde, so naturally I rolled Horde as well. I quit playing for awhile just after Wrath came out, so when one of my other friends and I decided to start playing again, we rolled Alliance, just to see what it was like. I finally hit level cap on my draenei mage, and started raiding. My entire guild quit for awhile, and came back shortly after Cata, after a server/faction change. Now we're all Horde again and feel more at home, but I'll never forget that I met some of my best friends in-game Alliance side.
I still casually play some Alliance toons, but none are level capped and they probably never will be. I do want to level them though, to see both sides of the WoW story.
Sep 11th 2011 4:18AM I thought of Coupling, too! Meltymon is a great name.
Sep 10th 2011 8:45AM My new raid team is excellent and we're always laughing and joking around, but my old raid team had struggles. We'd wipe on bosses and people would get really, really frustrated and angry. One of our tanks has a young daughter, and when things would get a little too tense, he'd get her on Vent and get her to say things like "Kick that monster's ass!" or "You can do it!" It would always boost morale a bit and get us to yell "FOR THE CHILDREN!" before the next pull (which sometimes actually resulted in a kill).
I raid more for the friends than the progression. I don't mind wiping if I'm with a group of good people that make me laugh. Last night we took some alts into Firelands, and only downed Shannox. It was perfectly all right, because we were having a good time. No one was upset or angry (I'm sure it might have been another story if it weren't an alt run though).
TL;DR, good people make raiding fun, and "That One Guy" is something to be treasured.
Aug 26th 2011 9:19AM A thousand times yes. If you signed up to be a raid leader, you've decided to take on that responsibility, and if you can't handle it, you shouldn't be a raid leader, especially for a group of raiders that would like to progress.
Aug 26th 2011 9:17AM What an appropriate time for this column. I got in an argument with my raid leader last week, because I feel that she's far too lenient on people. I don't want a scary raid leader, but when there's next to no progression, that is a bad, bad thing. People are making the same mistakes over and over again, and there's one raider in particular that refuses to change her spec, even though it would help the raid if she did. Unfortunately, she's the tank's girlfriend, and the tank won't come if she doesn't. It's such a strange situation but our raid leader seems to be content with spending 8 hours a week only downing one boss in Firelands, and wiping constantly on Ryolith or Beth'tilac.
Jun 3rd 2011 7:43PM This is a really interesting topic! One of my personal rules of WoW is if I'm in a raid group and I dislike the people, or the social environment, I leave. I'm one like you, I laugh and joke and tease in raids (not during encounters, naturally, but while killing trash or waiting for people to come back from quick breaks). If the raid leader tells me to be quiet, I know it's not for me.
My current guild is really chill and laid back. We take the encounters seriously, but between encounters it's a free-for-all, tons of jokes being thrown around and in-game vanity items being tossed about. That's the reason I stay, not for the progression.