Secondary Thoughts on Scenarios (read: Destruction of Theramore)

So this morning before work I woke up early and couldn’t get back to sleep.  As I had some time to kill I thought I’d log on and get my Theramore Tabard. This meant doing the Theramore scenario but this time on Tsudao (dreanei blood DK), as no guildies were online (it was 6:30am) I delved into the world of randoms.

I didn’t experience the 20min+ queue times that I have seen quoted around the internet, rather I was rocking in less than a minute.  I did however lose the random lottery.  Badly.

My team consisted of 2 Blood DKs (myself and one other) and a rogue.  The rogue entered stealth and promptly disappeared from sight for the vast majority of the rest of the scenario and the non-me Deathknight ran around pulling what he could then dieing.  Basically I ended up soloing the scenario.

 

And it was easy.

 

Solo.

 

I think this outlines the major issue with this scenario, it is supposed to be a preview of what scenarios can offer but it is so undertuned that it doesn’t really show you that, it’s just a slogfest.  I still stick with my initial thoughts that I like the idea of scenarios and think they’ll be great in the future, but having replayed this one I hope that the future ones will be a lot more challenging and require at least a bit of teamwork.

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Initial Thoughts on Scenarios

So last night I ran my first scenario as I never went onto the beta (I had a key but gave it away as a promotion) and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.  This was also the first time I’ve logged on to do anything more than talk to mates in 5.0.4 so I had fun relearning my Shaman too…

 

Undertuned

I’ll start off with the negatives.  This feels very under tuned, my shaman is not amazingly geared by any stretch of the imagination (average iLevel around 378) and as I said previously I hadn’t played since the pre-patch arrived so I was expecting a tough ride.  To show the extent of how badly prepared I was, I had zero healing abilities keybound and only one damage reduction ability (I was running with guildies or I would have prepared better!).  Yet I didn’t die.  Not once, not even anywhere near.  The only time I dropped below 50% I had pulled a whole boat of mobs yet a quick ghostwolf and run away fixed that.  It was only afterwards that I discovered that Blizzard had already made it tougher.  I know they want everyone to see content and have to allow freshly dinged 85’s to get involved but to me this was far too easy, some challenge would have been nice – %HP damage mechanics maybe?

Quick

The whole scenario including cut scenes takes maybe 15 minutes tops.  I think that’s great!  Sometimes I fancy a bit of gaming before work or before the missus get’s home but don’t have time for a dungeon and know if I start questing that there’s no chance it’ll only be 15 minutes.  If my mates are online it’s more likely that I’d jump in a bots game in “League of Legends” than log onto WoW (though come expansion time no doubt it’ll be tillers or some professions time).  But having a pseudo dungeon (ie instanced) game play experience available in that time?  SIGN ME UP.

Low Pressure

I can see myself running these a lot, especially as a way to learn a new spec.  Because you are focused on the storyline and probably getting through it at a good speed you are more likely to look at your own performance than that of your teams it feels like an incredibly low pressure group environment. New tank or healer but scared of going to an instance where everyone’s looking at you, try a scenario or three first, or fancy trying that other DPS spec (looking at you elemental) but don’t want meters thrown in your face, scenario.  Making a small error feels less crucial than in a dungeon.

Lore

I’m by no means a lore-whore but I do like knowing what’s going on to a small degree.  By using cut scenes and little flashes of information scenarios could be a great gap filler for areas where the lore is being put across particularly well.

FUN!

The most important thing, the scenario was fun!!!  I loved having the time limit, I can see the potential for interesting mechanics and I love that you can play with a couple of guildies regardless of who it is and what spec they are.

So overall I think it is clear that I love the idea of scenarios.  I am looking forward to when they are more of a challenge with some crazy boss fight style mechanics but scenarios are going to be one of the first things I run when I hit 90 – and I’m bringing the guildies with me.

Oh, and I love my Mini Mana Bomb!

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Blog Azeroth Shared Topic: Seven Deadly Sins

Another week another shared topic from Blog Azeroth.  I love these – it often gives me a chance to explore something that I generally wouldn’t think about.  This week is about vices (not the lady type), but more the sins that affect us in our Azerothian life.  The topic was suggested by Noahdeer of Stormrage:

 We  all know of the Seven deadly sins (Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy and Gluttony) and we all succumb to aspects of them at one time or another, but is there one particular sin that affects you more than the others when you play World of Warcraft?

Are you a bit too prideful about your armor set? or Do you look upon someone with envy when they have a piece of armor that you don’t have yet?

*This is not suppose to be about the Christian/Catholic religion, more about the vices that we all experience*

Interesting.  Very Interesting.  I am sure at times we all suffer from aspects of each in our WoW careers.  The question is which one sin particularly affects us but first I’d like to consider each of the deadly sins in brief:

Wrath also known as “rage”, may be described as inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger.
Although I do not particularly see myself as someone who is prone to “nerdrage” as it is so often labelled by the internet I will admit that I, like most players I dare say, are subject to the occasional bout of anger when something doesn’t go my way.  I hate it as a tank when DPS start pulling or shouting “gogogogogo”, I hate it when I miss a cooldown or taunt the wrong mob, I hate it when that BLOODY ROGUE stunlocks me on my priest and even as I write these things I can feel myself getting a touch worked up.  In game I try to control myself as I detest people being foul or abusive in game but sat at my computer screen there is the occasional spamming of buttons to the point of destruction or an expletive yelled out.  I have to say though I am far more relaxed in WoW than when I am playing League of Legends with my friends.  That is just pure rage!

Greed, is, like lust and gluttony, a sin of excess. However, greed is applied to a very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of material possessions.
The greed button when rolling for gear is very well named, I want gear gear, and for that I am greedy.  I want main spec gear, off spec gear, pvp gear, pvp off spec gear, pretty gear, fun gear and gear that may only be used for one encounter – or when I am in a terrible mood (and I am pleased to say I have grown out of this), “so that no-one else can have it” gear.  I may never use half the gear I have but my goodness I still want it.  Even if it just sits in my bank gathering virtual dust I want it.  It’s not a good character trait I know, but it is one of the things that keeps me playing this game.

Sloth can entail different vices. While sloth is sometimes defined as physical laziness, spiritual laziness is emphasized.
For me here sloth is definitely phsyical (or virtual physicality anyway) laziness.  I want gear, I want progression, I like being in a top group – a lot of the time I don’t want to put the work in.  I find running instances over 5 times boring, when my guild starts to farm content I suddenly get a very busy social life.  If I don’t find it extremely fun then I am too lazy to do it.  I will point out here that I do not want WoW to be a second job – I already have one demanding full time job and two pseudo part time ones – I want my WoW playing to be “fun” time and not have to do what I don’t enjoy, so I won’t.  Many players will call that lazy, I know I do as much as I know why I do it.

Pride is considered the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins, and the source of the others. It is identified as a desire to be more important or attractive than others
I use LFG a lot. I have tanked, healed, and DPS’d melee and range.  I know most 5 man fights in the game like the back of my hand from all 4 roles. I know where tricky trash is, where you should line of sight pull, or wait a moment for a patrol and I pride myself (see what I did there) on always putting in 100%.  I’ll try and top meters, or make the run fast and if there’s someone who can’t keep pace (either damage wise or speed wise) I’ll assume they are a worse player than I am.  Sometimes I’ll help them out, sometimes I’ll stay quiet – I never moan at them, though sometimes a “Carrying 2 DPS again……sigh” in guild chat.  I’ll just assume, without looking at why (lower gear, returning player or maybe just having a bad day) that I am a better player.  Looking back now, I feel really bad about this.

Lust involves the intense desire of money, fame, or power as well.
I love looking at people with loads of achievements, look how high that number is!  Oh my word, they have over 9000!!!!  I’m never going to have that myself but I love looking to see who has, what they’ve got and what they are missing.  Not sure why, it’s only numbers!

Envy is similar to jealousy in that they both feel discontent towards someones traits, status, abilities, or rewards. The difference is the envious also desire that entity and covet it.
Unlike achievement points full HC quality best in slot is something I am so envious of, I don’t just admire it, I WANT IT.  I see people walking round with 8/8HC and Dragonsoul gear and I am so jealous that it’s not me – even though, especially this xpac where I haven’t been playing, I know I haven’t put the work in to me that is irrelevant.  I want it and should have it.  Without meaning to sound like a 10yr old which reading this passage back screams to me, I am just so envious of those people.  And I hate that I feel that way, maybe this expansion is the time I should buckle down and go for it…..but then again look at my Sloth description.

Gluttony is the over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste.
GOLD.  Not the Spandeu Ballet song from the 80s but the virtual currency that allows us access to everything from Handbags to Mammoths to Clam Meat.  It is the currency upon which the economy of Azeroth revolves.  And I love it, I couldn’t bare to be sat on a skint character without at least a few thousand in the bank.  I’m not sure what for though – apart from levelling proffs (to make gold), gems & enchants I don’t really ever spend money, so why do I need it?  Because I can and I like having it.

So going back to the original question from Noahdeer, “Is there one particular sin that affects you more than the others?”, I would have to say from the above it is Sloth.  By being lazy I am letting down my guild and that could mean ruining other peoples gametime – and that is unexcusable.

After looking at this list now, I think there’s a couple of things about my game playing that I am going to change.

Well that was a wall of text, hopefully you enjoyed about reading some of my shortcomings in the game – but now it’s your turn, what is your Azerothian vice?

BONUS ROUND

In real life I think the sin that affects me the most is Gluttony.  I am not a massively fat guy (I play a lot of sport and try to stay healthy) but my word do I love to eat, and I have a sweet tooth that makes it even worse.  I love cooking too so can end up eating far too much sometimes when I’ll have a big lunch but then really want to try something in the kitchen at night (the other day I had Steak Pie & Chips for lunch then went home and made a Chorizo & Prawn Risotto – no one needs 2 meals that stodgy in one day).  I’d love to stop this but I just love food too much.

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MoP Launch Week Preparation

There’s a lot of talk on the forums at the moment about what people are doing on launch night. Now I have never, ever managed to play on launch night – my life just always seems to be a bit busy. And this year is no exception, September is a hectic working month at my company and I have rugby training on Tuesday nights. I may sneak on for an hour just to go to Pandaria, maybe sneak in the first quest chain but then I’ll be off to bed as like most of the world I have work in the morning.

I will mention here that I have taken the precaution to warn my (lovely, beautiful and most importantly understanding) that for the first 2 weeks of MoP I will be spending most of my time playing computer games.

Wednesday evening will me my first real foray into the game but for me “THE SESSION” will start on Thursday when I finish work at 12:00 midday and am then am off until Monday.

That gives me 3.5 days, less time out for playing football on Friday and playing Rugby on Saturday. In that time I want to get “Raid Ready”. That means grinding 85-90, getting professions to benefit level (that means 550 to get the ring enchants and JC only gems), first getting HC levels of gear and then getting raid ready gear.

To me that sounds like a tall order! I’m being joined by my good friend who got me back into WoW (and the reason I’m now Alliance) on the Saturday and Sunday – he’s bringing his PC over and we’re going to crack on together (though he has the whole week off so I’ll be playing catchup methinks).

So what essentials am I getting in to help with this?

MUSIC

  • I have the one of the most bizarre playlists of people I know. I think 2 playlists will be in order:
  • Levelling playlist – Chillout. Dean Martin, Eliza Doolittle, Vampire Weekend, Bombay Bicycle Club etc
  • Instance playlist – Dance/ Rock. Pendulum, Hadouken, System of a Down, LMFAO, Nerf Herder etc

DRINKS

  • 4 Pack of Lucazade – this is mostly due to the fact that I’ve got rugby training, football & a rugby game during that time so is good for rehydration
  • 6 Pack Red Bull – I’ll be staying up late and don’t drink coffee so this is the next best thing!
  • Fruit Juice – Make some nice smoothies
  • Fruit Squash – My go to drink, I try to drink 4-5 pints of water a day and this makes it tastier 🙂

(ORIENTAL THEMED) FOOD

  • Loads of chicken – quick, easy and can make loads of dishes
  • Stir Fry Veg & Beansprouts
  • Wonton & Spring Roll wrappers – add in the stir fry veg & chicken. Delicious
  • SWEET CHILLI SAUCE – makes everything more Asian
  • Noodles – Obvious, chuck in a wrap, eat eith chicken or stiry and win.
  • A couple of Duck Breasts – got to have a nice meal sorted for when my friend comes over, and duck is just the dream

SNACKS

  • Sweets – I have a massive sweet tooth. Either Haribo or Dolly Mixtures.
  • Crisps & Dips/ Philidelphia – Cannot beat them.

With all that I think my dreams of “Raid Ready by Reset” are possible.

Roll on Pandaria!

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My View on the Levelling Alts Discussion

I have seen a lot of posts/ blogs etc popping up all over the interwebs with requests to Blizzard to introduce and "Insta Max Level Toon" button, whereby when you create a new character you can choose to create them at max level.

I will start out by making it clear that I believe this would be a bad decision. Whilst levelling in some way you will start to understand the class, you will know what there spells are, know when to use spells and not get confused by the multitudes of buttons presented to you.

I do however believe that even with heirlooms and the XP reductions that have been implemented the process of 1-85 (soon to be 1-90) is a long and reasonably repetitive process. I have done this process 3 times and once to 83, and now as much as I would love to have a Mage and a Hunter (and probably Warrior, Rogue, Monk etc) at max level I honestly cannot go through the process from the beginning again with any kind of impetus.

So what would I do?

The system I (if I was Blizzard) would implement is one whereby you get a reduction in XP required to hit max level based on the number of max level toons of different classes that you have. My first idea was a compounded 10% reduction in XP required per max level toon, I then looked at it with a 7.5% flat reduction. Under this system the amount of XP required would be:

Number of Classes at Max Level XP Required (Compounded 10%) XP Required (At 7.5%)
0 100.00% 100.00%
1 90.0% 92.5%
2 81.0% 85.0%
3 72.9% 77.5%
4 65.6% 70.0%
5 59.0% 62.5%
6 53.1% 55.0%
7 47.8% 47.5%
8 43.0% 40.0%
9 38.7% 32.5%
10 34.9% 25.0%

What Does this Do?

Basically it rewards you for the more classes you have at top level, whilst ensuring there is always some levelling to be done.

By basing it on classes not characters it means that you will always need some XP and time playing your class but as you progress the time you probably need to understand a class lowers and this system reflects that.

So would you like to see a system like this or is it a dreadful idea pandering to a certain type of (let’s say lazy, like myself) player?

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What is best about Patch 5.0.4

Loads of new mechanics are hitting Azeroth, what are you most excited about!

For me it has to be AoE looting, the most convenient tool I think Blizzard have ever implemented.  I am also really looking forward to Cross Realm Zones though, I have stopped levelling alts at the moment but whenever I do I can go hours without seeing a soul, hopefully this will put the MMO into MMORPG whilst levelling.

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10 Things You Never Asked About Me

I think it’s about time I share a bit more about myself as some more people are now reading NWV and I feel I don’t know you half as well as I should and you know me twice as much as you’d like but half as much as I want you all too, so I found the below 10 questions by poster “SuperXDude” on Blog Azeroth. So without further ado, allow me to proceed:

1. What was your first toon and why did you roll it?

I think this is a difficult question for me as I had 3 “firsts” as I break it down.

  • My full on “First” character was a rogue called “Blackjack” on Vanilla WoW. He was a troll rogue and never made it past Level 15. I was using a friends account and only ever played when I visited him and we had videogame sessions. I rolled a rogue as it was the class I always played in D&D games in my youth
  • My first character on my own account (who is to this day still only level 38) is a Gnome Warlock called Adibayer. I rolled him as I loved magic casters and the idea of using a pet, that’s really the only reasons. He got played very very casually and I can remember grinding murlocs as I thought it was the best XP ever (I didn’t realise it was the first time I was rested).
  • And finally my first “Real” character, the character that I first raided on, that I first hit max level on and the character who’ll always be my main, even when he isn’t. Katial the Shadowpriest. After playing a Warlock I knew I wanted a ranged character and I new I wanted a hybrid to try out different roles, I saw the Shadowy visuals of a Shadowpriest and I was sold!

Also whilst finding the link for Katial I discovered he is the only toon on the EU with that name over level 10 and then with Abidayer he’s the only toon on EU with that name period.  That’s kind of cool!

2. What naming theme if any do you use when you roll a new toon?

For me it really depends on the character, I like names that you could imagine a character having rather than “Stabborz” or “Lolstompnoob” (the exception being the greatest tank name ever “ITANKUSPANK” which I saw in a BG a few years ago). I either imagine them up so they sound in keeping “Katial” and “Rakshi” are good examples of this, or I take inspiration from other games. The name “Tsudao” comes from a CCG called “Legend of the Five Rings” that I used to play. She was a great warrior and one of the heirs to the throne, I felt that this was very fitting so have a Blood Elf Paladin and a Draenei Deathknight both with the name!

Tsudao - The Sword

 

3. What was the last toon you rolled?

The last toon I rolled was Tsudao a female Draenei Deathknight, I rolled her purely to play on a new server with a RL mate. The only reason I chose a DK was because they start at 55 but as it happens – I love playing her!

I decided on a “she” as I love the look of a small female character out in the frontlines taking all the damage whilst the men are all hiding, visually tickles me.

4. What was the last toon you deleted and why?

I don’t really ever delete toons…. I think I may have deleted a level 5 or so warrior once as I had 2 warriors on the same server and wanted a different class. Apart from that they are still all there!

5. What was the first 5 man dungeon you entered?

THE DEADMINES!!!! I loved that instance, I can remember going there on Adibayer and spending hours in there at a time, wiping loads and still loving it. I was really happy when it was redone and a bit sad to find out it wasn’t as hard as it used to be. Brings back amazing memories.

Ahhhh Cookie…

6. What was your first raid you entered?

My first ever raid was Karazhan, I had not long been 70 but being a Shadowpriest I got my Frozen Shadoweave set and then was pretty much raid ready! I can remember the dark sight of it as well as how nervous I was going in thinking everyone was so much better than me. Like Deadmines this has so many good memories. Karazhan has got to be one of the most atmospheric places in the entire of WoW hands down.

7. What was your favorite drop ever from a boss?

Got to be Hood of Hexing of off Hex Lord Malocrass in Zul’Aman 10 man. I had been raiding for a while by this point and never so much as seen an epic cloth head drop. Not been unlucky on rolls, literally never seen one. The loot dropped and the Raidleader toyed with me for a while but I had a great dance party that night when I finally had a full epic set!

8. If you farm instances for mounts/pets, which is your favorite?

I don’t…so kind of a boring answer there. I’ve never really farmed RNG vanity items though did spend a lot of time trying to speed run old Zul’Aman for the bear, never happened though.

9. If there is one favorite achievement (5 man or raid) you attained, what was it?

Champion of the Naaru! It looks so cool and there was a lot of work behind it back in the day. I also love Kingslayer as it’s an epic title and the Lich King was such a cool fight that it really made the title feel like something.

10. If there is one raid you will never do again, what is it and why?

Trial of the Crusader. I enjoyed it at the time but feels like it is missing that “Epic” feeling that other instances (The Black Temple & Icecrown Citadel for example) have. Not bad, just kind of……pointless. The only point in it felt like loot.

 

So, I hope you all feel you know a little bit more about me – anymore questions (or if you feel like answering the questions so I can get to know you) then let me know!

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Blog Azeroth Shared Topic: Headcanon

This weeks Shared Topic from Blog Azeroth is to do with canon, see below for a description of the whole topic:

Canon refers to the actual events and characters that exist in a fictional world. Headcanon refers to any situations or characters that are imagined by fans of said fictional world. Sometimes they are silly, like the fact that Garrosh’s favorite treat is lemon squares. Sometimes they are serious, like positing that tauren store grief in the lungs. For my writing, I’ve come up with a lot of headcanon. Got a theory about a torrid romance between your favorite auctioneer and the patrolling guard? Given any thought to where mounts and pets go when they aren’t summoned? Do you know how your characters do their laundry, or what Baine Bloodhoof does in his free time? What are your headcanons, and where did you get the idea?

Now I will admit that I am not a lore person who fully immerses them self into the world of Azeroth, I can barely remember bosses names and doubt I could even name all of the faction leaders.  In fact I just tried it, and I can’t.  For some people this will seem bizarre when playing an RPG, for others they’ll get it.  But even saying that I believe that everyone can relate to the headcanon above in a small way at least.
The most overbearing of mine is a tiny thing that occurs whenever I get mail, and seeing that I can post hundreds of auctions at a time when bored (bless you Blizzard for making the mobile auction house free!) this can be a rather frequent occurance.  I fully believe that Azeroth has a fleet of Rogue Postmen.  Yes, you heard me right. Rogue Postmen, they track your movements and they know where you are – always making sure that your post is in the most convenient mailbox for you.  This is why Blizzard have not massively changed Rogues over the years – imagine what would happen if the mail system collapsed, it could signal the end of WoW.  One day I’m going to catch one of the blighters on the road passing between towns one day, I’ll be PvP flagged obviously but even if it’s a horde mail ninja while I’m on an alliance toon or vice versa, I will merely /salute.

Other headcanon that I believe in are:
  • There’s an old hermit who lives in the small shack floating to the south of Hellfire Peninsula that will one day be a boss.
  • Due to the high volume of magic on Azeroth there are many creatures missing valuable organs.
  • [Along the same lines as the above] Sometimes my toon destroys a mob so gruesomely there is nothing left but a bloody smear.  This is why we can’t loot it.
So how about you – what little things do you believe happen in Azeroth that other people aren’t aware of?
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LFR Dragonsoul – The Siege of Wymrest Temple

So 2 months after rolling a Deathknight and wondering what the difference between all those different coloured runes actually meant I have taken the plunge and entered the Dragonsoul!

Though I have been in there on LFR before I have never tanked it, only DPS’d in on Rakshi.  I’m obviously relatively new to this tanking, as stated earlier I’ve been playing a Blood DK for about 2 months (never raided) and I do also have a Protection Paladin who tanked 2 raid bosses in WotLK (very much carried by my guild) and a 74 Bear Druid.  I love the idea of a tank but have always worried if I am a good enough player.  As such the vast majority of my tanking experiences have been in 5 mans, I’d like to think I am a decent 5 man tank – I can undergear most dungeons and still have a smooth run and speed run instances when I am in the mood (and thanks to Vengeance kick some DPS ass!).

The Dragonsoul Loading Screen

But Raiding?  Even though it was only LFR I have to admit that I was a little bit scared and had to talk myself into it.  Tsudao isn’t still amazing geared (I was on about a 370 iLvl when I entered which is the bare bones minimum), and rocking 4 blues still.  I knew I’d get some grief from people wanting to breeze through and have to be on top of my game and my cooldowns if we were going to get through.

So I queue for Siege of Wyrmrest……well I mean to, I queue for The Fall of Deathwing by accident, down Ultraxion and the leave because I didn’t mean to be there….but then I queue for The Siege of Wyrmrest Temple!  I zone in and come face to face with a very epic geared Prot Pally, I whisper him to say it’s my first time – he’ll main tank and I’ll off tank, sorted.

MORCHOK

The first boss of the Siege of Wyrmest Temple, and for me a great intro into Raid tanking.  The boss has very clear, very obvious mechanics,  swap on 3 stacks on debuff, run away when the black blood forms on the floor.  I was a bit late on one of the Taunts (like a fool) but so was my partner.  All in all Morchok went down easily and I was stoked.

WARLORD ZON’OZZ

The Ping Pong boss.  This fight is actually really really boring as a tank.  The trash I feel could have been awesome fun if the eyes, frails and claws had great abilities but the mechanics just weren’t put there to make it more interesting.   And when it got to tanking my only role was to stand there and keep 2nd on Threat in case the other tank died.  /Yawn

Yor’sahj the Unsleeping

The trash – oh the trash.  Now, this trash should be simple, it should be easy.  Well here’s where my fail group takes over with NINJA PULLS.  We walk in and a Boomkin pull 2 patrols of oozes, we stand very little chance as no-one is ready.  WIPE.   Everyone ressurects.  We are ready this time, me and the other tank pull, and then a hunter pulls another group!  Nightmare.  I go and grab those three and me and the other tank manage to tank 3 each, I am throwing up “Skull” markers to tell the DPS what to hit and popping every Cooldown I have.  We get through with minimal damage to the group.  A great sense of achievement and props all round for the tanks (including me!!) and the healers (who did great).

The boss himself is once again pretty simple although my tanking partner decided he would taunt on 5 stacks not 3 like you should so I was taking pretty severe Shadow Bolts to the face.  On 3 I would pop Vampiric Blood, 4 Icebound Fortitude (or Anti Magic Shell if Icebound Fortitude was on CD) and on 5 Anti Magic Shell if not used prior.  This allowed me to get through this relatively painlessly and all in all was a good lesson in tanking and CD rotation.

Hagara The Stormbinder

The trash going up to this encounter seems like it would be interesting on Normal or HC mode, sadly on LFR (like on Zon’ozz), it’s quite plain.  It just reminds me of a big 5 man instance…

The boss is quite interesting though, there are a few abilities that can catch you out if you don’t pay attention (I so wasn’t concentrating when I got focused assaulted in the face), and it’s nice the tank has to move to the outer rim with the DPS to help on the additional tasks and not just stay in the middle.

And he dropped my tier head piece and I won it so that’s pretty awesome!

My Overall Thoughts of LFR Dragonsoul: The Siege of Wyrmrest Temple (Tanking)

I enjoyed it.  It was a great way to start my raid tanking career and has given me the confidence that I will enjoy it when MoP comes around.

My boss rankings:

  • Morchok = 8/10 – Great intro boss for LFR.  Just enough mechanics and a nice start
  • Zon’ozz = 3/10 – Definitely more fun for DPS
  • Yorsahj = 6/10 – Would like a bit more for the tank to do while the DPS add hunt
  • Hagara = 7/10 – Could do with being a touch more punishing with some abilities

I would finally like to put a shout out to Wilfrid Wong at http://www.wilfridwong.com/ for this great started guide for tanking LFR: http://www.wilfridwong.com/articles/world-of-warcraft/dragon-soul-lfr-tanking-guide/.  This guide definitely helped me out a lot.

 

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The Best Midday Feeling

So you’re at work and you can’t really get your WoW fix.  You check your mobile armory over lunch and there it is, the full mailbox!  When I see that I just can’t wait to get home and open my mail!

Full Mailbox

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