Monday, July 25, 2011

Back!

So I had recently been suffering from system issues that knocked my computer clean out! (Look for a weekend post probably about that!) At any rate, I have recovered the system and have it running nice and smooth and figured I would share what I have been up to recently:


That is a Twin Peaks battle that resulted in the Alliance only managing one single kill for the entire fight. Let me zoom that picture in for you!


Since my system melt down, I have only configured four of my characters and have been spending a lot of time with my Rogue, Whoopy, lately. I have never been a huge lover of any melee classes, but I decided to give Whoopy another look since I was enjoying my Warrior, Galran, so much. Next thing I know I am running through battlegrounds looking for that one person who will be my new best friend (aka: BG Ganking). I honestly cannot say if I will pursue using Whoopy or not, but it is definitely a lot of fun right now.

If you are wondering I use two Combat specs, one for PVE and PVP. I know it is not recommended, but I am just really comfortable with the spec. I am debating on trying out some of the other builds, but I am a pretty stubborn fellow and will probably just continue playing the spec I know best. That and I hate changing macros and hot keys on characters.

Well, hopefully barring any more issues with my system we will get back on track with posting around here!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Proper Way To Do Things

A few days ago I came across an article that had some really good information that was presented in a very bad way. To be quite honest, the whole article just rubbed me the wrong way. The best part of this article is that it was about how to be a better writer. I truly wish I had marked the site so I could link to it, but you are just going to have to take my word on things. The heart of the article was a how to piece on becoming a better writer and it really was more focused to the "amateur" set who write blogs. Not my words, but theirs.

I know something like that should not have bothered me, but it did. You see when I write, I try to present things in the same light as I feel about them. Sometimes this will be in a very nice articulate, well rounded thought. Other times it will just be an emotional pile of stuff. No matter what though, it is me. I think that is the thing I didn't like about what this person was presenting. They wanted you to no longer be you, but be them. Be cold and calculating and write to increase readership in order to capitalize on the opportunities that come from having a larger reader base.

Maybe I view blogging differently than others, but the bloggers whom I admire, are the ones who have a personal touch to their style. What do you all think? Do you like someone who is technical and follows a rigid pattern for their blog or are you like me and like the people who write from their heart or share a part of themselves through their blogs?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mastery Sucks or Does It?

So I was reading the Holy Paladin thread at Elitist Jerks yesterday, and can I just say that they need to moderate that thread a little. I believe there were two distinct conversations going on, and a few side comments from some folks who had no clue what was going on. Of the two conversations, the one that drew me in was a debate about the viability of a Mastery stacking Paladin in a twenty five man raid. It was actually really interesting to read, but extremely confusing to read if you really did not understand the finer points of Paladin healing.

In the end, I do not know if either side gave on their opinions and I do not think it matters, as something like that is going to be very dependent on the overall set up of your healing team, which was a very valid and recurring point in that thread. Another thing I would point to with most of the forums there, is that the majority of the stats are coming from perfect conditions that many of us, the average players, are not going to have in our own raid teams. So why are the resources like these so popular? They are popular because they provide you with a clear cut goal of what could be.

Quite often, if you really read an entire thread at places like that, you will discover that there are a very strict set of conditions that must be met in order to obtain those results. Usually this will involve variables that you may not always be able to control such as a proc occurring at the right moment, having a specific class present with the perfect build or perfect timing for an ability that is needed for your perfect heal.

So what is this post all about? Am I bashing on places like that? Hell to the no! I am constantly going there and a few other sites to review builds and check in for new concepts in order to improve my own game play. No, what I am saying is that you really need to make sure that you truly understand the entirety of what is being said and not just the last page or two of a thread. I bring this up because I have seen far too many people who like to throw out links and tell people they are playing incorrectly, when in fact they are probably playing correctly for their own conditions. Knowledge is power, but ignorance is bliss.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Holy Paladin DPS?

I saved this post for a weekend because it is more a behind the scenes kind of thing, but one I found amusing and thought I would share. I rarely look at numbers that much in regards to my blog. Yes, I care if someone is showing up and reading what I am writing, but it is not an obsession. I typically look at the blog's stats on a weekly to bi-monthly basis. This means basically when I get bored and nothing else crosses my mind to do. So a few days ago I was looking over the numbers and I decided to take a peek and see what sites were referring people here. Thank you to HolyPaladin.net for being the number one referrer! Go check out the site as they have a great list of Paladin blogs! Okay, now that the cheap pop is over (wrestling reference) let's get back to the point of this post shall we?

So I went below the referring sites section and I saw a list of key words that were used to search for something that led people to this blog. Naturally there were the words "Holy" and "Shock", but there was one phrase that just tickled me: Holy Paladin DPS. So for the person who found Holy Shock by searching for Holy Paladin DPS, let me be clear in saying that we are incapable of doing any serious DPS in current PVE content and our role in PVP is to apply key pressure at precisely timed moments in order to get a kill. The Shockadin build, as much as I loved it, is a build that will only get you ridiculed and spoken down to. We have been fortunate to have fun with different versions of the build at different times during WoW, but it is not something that you want to put any serious time into. Trust me, others have tried to make it work and they will tell you that it is just not viable.

Sorry, I had to make sure that we were clear on that. Another funny thing I noticed is that during the history of Holy Shock, we have had a decent amount of referrals from sites that talk about making money, selling inexpensive furniture, and my personal favorite... a sex health blog. I am not linking the sites because I personally cannot vouch for them being clean and viable sites. It really is funny to see how people find your site. If you haven't looked at this information, then I would encourage you to do so. If you have, then have you found any funny referring sites or search words?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Burning Crusade Burned Me!

So I have been sitting here trying to formulate my thoughts around talking about my experiences recently in Burning Crusade heroics and unfortunately no matter how hard I try, everything keeps coming out negative! It is not negative about the instance design, but the random players I had in 75% of the dungeons I ran. At first I started thinking that I was being too harsh. One bad apple ruining the bunch sort of thing, right? Wrong!

I have to be honest here and say that it was not bad tanks who annoyed me. Actually I was pleasantly surprised that the crop of tanks who are coming up were taking time to mark things and ask questions if they did not know the run. Believe it or not, but it wasn't the DPS who annoyed me either! Do not get me wrong, there were a few folks who struggled but they said up front they had never done the instances before. No, the group that I am glaring at is the healers! At one point, after having died to trash in heroic Mechanar, I wished that I had a healer in that range to log on and provide relief to the groups who were being subjected to very bad healing.

So I have to ask the community, is this how it always is? Do you guys encounter this sort of thing as well or is it just my random luck?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!


Wishing everyone here in the states a happy fourth of July! Be safe out there today people!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Strange, But True

I have discovered that I love playing a Warrior! One of my oldest characters is actually a Warrior named Galran. He was actually the character who originally set up the guild charter for MAS. I chose him because back in the day, my main and the majority of my alts were already in a guild that was stable. My selection of Galran to start MAS was because I despised playing my Warrior! Now over the years I had picked him up here and there, but always ended the attempts at leveling him (and other Warriors) after very short periods of time.

Something has changed though and I would love to say it was completely Blizzard, but the major change is in myself as a player. When I first started playing WoW, I turned with my keys, did not know anything about using hot keys, and would never have dreamed of attempting to use a macro; however, over time I have learned to move with my mouse, become extremely comfortable with my hot keys (and binding abilities to my mouse), and definitely have learned a thing or two about macros (not a pro, but not a nub). Basically, I have grown up as a gamer!

You see my biggest issue with Warriors (and most melee classes) was that I felt slow in responding to things. So this left me disliking the melee classes for the most part. I would say for me it was a gradual progression. I wanted to become a better healer and not just be reliant and point and click reflex healing or being stuck with being a bot healer. So I started experimenting with some rarely used abilities that could be useful in certain situations. I would set these up as hot keys, and then look for the opportunity to use them. This then led me to exploring macros to combine abilities. I am not sure if this was because I was a lazy player or because I wanted to better myself.

Then one day I decided I wanted to level my Rogue. This made me really start looking at how my key binds were laid out in relation to when and how I might use certain abilities. It was during this time I was talking with one of the Rogues in my guild and they mentioned that they bound their two most common abilities right on their mouse wheel. They would simply scroll up or down to activate the move they desired. I decided that I would try this and so I began experimenting with some pretty crazy and often times funny bindings onto my mouse.

All of that has brought me to a point where I feel really much more at ease playing my Warrior. Am I the best Warrior out there? Hell no! I am, however, having fun with my Warrior for the first time in a long time. I am definitely still learning and studying the class as I am leveling, but it is definitely a lot better than I remember. So how about you all, any classes that as you have grown as a player you have decided to give another look at it?