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Breakfast Topic: What are you just not that excited about in Mists? {WoW}

Mar 28th 2012 9:20AM Pet Battles don't interest me in the least. Farming is also up there on the list.

I'm looking forward to new raids and Challenge Modes to run with my progression focused guildies. Those will be fun.

Drama Mamas: The mystery behind guildchat silence {WoW}

Mar 26th 2012 1:13PM This sort of hits home because someone made a comment a couple nights ago (someone who I hadn't really seen before, so they may have been a new member) that "man, guild chat is pretty quiet."

At any given time, I'm in Mumble (always if I'm raiding, usually any time after 9p when the evening crew gets on to converse), and then having 2-3 RealID conversations, sitting in the healer chat channel, the tank chat channel, and then a private tank channel. Guild chat is there for misc. chatter, but it can remain silent as death. It's not really our "goal" to stay silent in gchat, it's just that we're all either not in a very social mood, or talking in other places.

When someone mentioned that chat was quiet, I commented in gchat that we were hanging out in Mumble and that if they wanted to come join us, the connection info is in the guild info tab. The person didn't ever sign into Mumble, but the offer was made.

I'm usually pretty distracted when I'm in WoW. I'm tanking, DPSing, talking to other people. It was rather humorous last night when a friend signed in and spoke and I made the comment of "when did you stealth into guildchat?" They then got to have a couple fun moments of teasing me about my inability to have more than 5 seconds of focus and it broke the gchat ice for a bit. Self deprecating humor is something I'm good at (because I fail at being observant to text, but give me a boss and I'm like "YAY!").

I suspect that people aren't trying to make the OP uncomfortable with their silence, I just suspect they are a lot like me and my guild--talking in lots of different places! (Seriously though, we have pages of conversation that guildchat never sees)

The Light and How to Swing It: The case against Vengeance {WoW}

Mar 2nd 2012 3:49PM In a fight like H. Alys, tank DPS mattered, so standing in fire was completely logical. In 5s I do roughly 18-19K DPS as a tank and my output varies in raids. In general, the DK I tank with does more damage than I do and I was very happy to be within a couple K of him in DPS for H. Ultrax this week (first week was a 4K difference). But there are some specific gearing differences between DKs and Paladins (weapons, lol) that tip the scales in their favor (IMO).

I'd say that it's more fight specific than anything. Currently any tank swap fight that I start, my cotank has to either push a ton of output or I have to switch to auto-attacking (or walk away). I've zoned out and pulled a mob right off of him without thinking and then died because I wasn't aware of my own threat (threat is the first thing I forget about when I'm pissed or tired). Rag was ALSO a massive PITA for this and I regularly ended up walking away from the boss so I wouldn't pull him back and increase my stack count. It's just more of a headache in my mind than anything. I get what it was designed to do, but at a higher level, I would prefer it do what Theck has recommended.

The Light and How to Swing It: The case against Vengeance {WoW}

Mar 2nd 2012 3:37PM "...from standing in fire to build stacks (something I always did on Alysrazor while waiting for my egg to hatch)..."

Yep, the healers STILL talk about that to this day ;)

Vengeance is one of those things that sounds great in theory, but in implementation it is horribly lacking.

I'm completely guilty of the avoidance streaks at pull and losing a boss AND also the shittacular taunt swap hell. I think it's pretty ridiculous that I need to stop attacking or go find another target to mess with while i wait for another taunt swap.

Vengeance seems to be more of a hindrance than a help anymore. More terse words could be written on the subject, but I need to actually finish work today...

Breakfast Topic: Is Cataclysm tanking getting easier and easier? {WoW}

Feb 26th 2012 11:12AM I'm looking forward to the active mitigation model because I already play the "who's topping the damage taken meter" game with my cotank in raids (and I'm usually top, much to my disgust).

Right now the only thing holding my interest in DS are the Heroic boss fights. The normal boss fights are painfully boring to the point that my cotank and I are constantly trying to figure out ways to make it more exciting for us. DS is a boring as hell raid to tank on normal. Firelands at least had more mechanics going on to keep me distracted.

Active Mitigation should hopefully be a cure to my boredom with boss fights, but I suspect that the tanking population will take another nosedive as it becomes too much for the casual tanks to keep up with.

The greater issue that Blizzard needs to figure out how to rectify is how to design fights for the basic tank--IE, the player who doesn't understand CTC capping, who isn't big on CD usage, who just wants to go in and get their VP, and the main tank in raids who wants to be engaged and not just taunting after X stacks.

I do Heroics for mindless fun and easy/quick runs. I do raids because I want to be challenged. I'm more challenged right now in T11 Heroic modes than I am on the final boss fight of the expansion (on normal). This bugs me as an MT. I want to be challenged.

Cross-realm raiding resource guide {WoW}

Feb 20th 2012 7:01PM Twitterland is safe and I can say that because 1/ I'm on there and 2/ I interact with almost all the members on a daily basis.

Truth of the matter is such: Trust your gut instinct. If you don't know the people, then follow your instincts and don't click the link. That being said, I take offense to everything being labeled a "OMG IT'S GONNA HACK YOU" site.

I'm on the site and I even have a thread up for my team that I run weekly. That in mind, I posted about it looking for other Tweeps who I engage with regularly to gauge their interest--I'm in no way looking to give out my RealID to people that I haven't communicated with before.

The WoW Twitter community is a great bunch of folks who like to get together and have fun =)


WoW Moviewatch: Raining Frost -- Stormwind Assault {WoW}

Feb 16th 2012 7:32PM Really enjoyed this and can't wait for the next! I admit I did actually LOL when the seagull showed up on screen and thought "Oh man, he's gonna hit the bird...YEP. He hit the bird." The facial expression after he pushed the seagull away was great too.

Another LOL moment (what can I say, I'm easily amused) was when the undead was draped over the chair and the parachute popped open. Because that's about how my luck would go too.

The animations didn't seem rigid and fit with the story. I'm very curious to see what's going to happen with him being in Stormwind with a ...very noticeable arrival...

Breakfast Topic: Is silence golden in PUGs? {WoW}

Feb 9th 2012 9:56AM I normally don't say anything in a Pug. Last night I typed 1 word into party (not going to repeat it here, it wasn't pleasant) on the holiday boss because it was readily apparent someone queued for a role they couldn't fill just for a fast queue. It was just a blessing that I didn't require them to do anything with my gearing.

I had run HoT heroics earlier on my priest and didn't say much until the very end where I thanked the tank for not being pants on head retarded and knowing how to play their class. I wasn't speaking because I was within moments of punching the Pug DPS who was telling us how to play the entire instance.

And usually I don't type because I'm in Mumble with guildies and am talking to them there.

If i stop to type as a tank, it means I'm not pulling as quickly as I'd like O.o

Breakfast Topic: What role do you play in your guild? {WoW}

Feb 7th 2012 1:29PM I'm the resident jackass who happens to tank just about anything (within reason) for a subset of the players I don't have on ignore =)

Prone to quick witted replies and loads of sexual innuendo, I harass my cotank with regularity and get into regular tank discussions in Mumble, much to the pain and agony of all of our non-tanks in guild (who just can't get why we are so big about discussing trinkets and analyzing reforging/gemming as much as we do).

I'm also the resident enchanter for the majority of the raid team and every once and a while I cut some gems for people.

I'm also one of the Belf lore junkies (there's actually 3 of us...) so we have interesting lore discussions pretty often!

The Light and How to Swing It: All Hands on deck {WoW}

Jan 30th 2012 9:39PM Based on the platform timings, and 1 minute of Forbearance, you can actually avoid taking any impales on Madness.

I choose to rotate between Divine Shield and BoP as follows:

Platform 1 & 3: DS
Platform 2 & 4: BoP

I have an cancel aura macro to drop BoP as soon as the impale lands so I can get back into the fight.

Been doing it this way for weeks and it works well =)

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