Jousting… It sucks amirite?

April 22, 2010

I hate it. I despise jousting. It’s not the valiants, I’m fine with them, but the champion jousts are just terrible. I think it’s because my jousting strategy is a bit ‘turtlely’. I just melee until the guy turns away for a charge, then I charge him in the back. Rinse and repeat. THe problem with that is that some champion jousts drag into nearly 5-6min. That’s 20min a day just jousting champions. I couldn’t do it anymore.

But never fear! Finally, in the very end of WotLK, months after the content came out, I’ve finally made a good strategy for jousting! Huzzah!

To get my strategy, you need to understands how the champions work. Basically, this is how npc jousters joust: ‘melee many times. After a certain amount of time, run away to try and charge opponent. Repeat.’ But the key thing is, during the melee phase, they will only renew their shields once. So if you hit them twice, then they’ve gone down a shield. (If you just hit them once, you basically do nothing to them, as they’re back up to the same number of shields very quickly.) Now, you could do the ole’ ‘charge, spin around then shield bash’, but I don’t like that method. It’s too unreliable. Sometimes you’re too close to shield bash, sometimes the enemy charges you as you’re turning if your circle is too wide, any number of things could happen.

My new method is to just shield bash twice. The cooldown is slower, (I know charge and shield bash have the same cooldown, but charge has that whole thing where you have to turn around after before you can do anything, wasting precious time.) and it’s easier to fit two of them in.

So my new strategy is this:

-melee constantly.

-when the mob turns away to charge you, sheild bash, then run forward so you’re too close to be charged, and shield bash again.

-rinse and repeat

By about the 3rd or 4th repetition, (depending on whether you get off 2 shield bashes when the battle 1st starts, sometimes there’s no time, seeing as those douchebag champions can instantly turn and charge you… *grumble*) your opponent should be on 0/1 shield permemently. Unless you screw up the rotation, which sets you back a repetition or two.

Also, I’m not sure if it’s just me, but some champions seem to be better at certain things than others. For example, it seems to me that Darnassus champions can turn and charge ridiculously fast. Sometimes before I even get 1 shield bash off. Also, it seems they can shield bash either instantly or mid –charge. There’s been a few times where I get my as handed to me by Darnassus Champions. So to play it safe, I only ever fight Stormwind, Exodar, Ironforge, and Undercity champions.

And remember, this strategy will be absolutely useless against other players, as they can renew shields as much as they desire. But that doesn’t matter, because who jousts other players anyway?


Obsessed with Dailies

April 22, 2010

I don’t know why. but lately I’ve been obessed with doing dailes. For the first time in, I think ever, I’ve hit the 25daily limit-and was sad because I wanted to do more dailies.

Maybe it’s because I’ve decided I’m dedicated to getting epic fling/Crusader title before Cataclysm. Maybe it’s because I promised myself I would get the sparkle pony only when I got epic flying. (A little incentive :P) I just don’t know. But whatever it is, dailies are all I’ve been doing this week so far. It’s weird.

I’m not even doing any instances, either. Usually I do my dailies and shtuff waiting in LFD for a group. (Queue up as dps and you’re guaranteed a nice long wait in which to dailies.) But no, it seems instances would distract me from my money-making dailies spree. (Btw, Drazmor is at 2500g right now, so I’m guessing I’ll have epic flying sometime in may.)

(Big post is coming soon, don’t worry! It’s just setting the stuff up needed for it is really boring and takes a long time. *Sigh*)

Random Musings

April 17, 2010

(I do have a few posts in the works, but they’re not quite ready to go yet, so this will have to do for now.)

(Random Musings is my post for when I have quite a few ideas rolling around my head, but none of them are big enough for me to expand them into a full blog post. Also, this type of post is quick and easy to write.)

1. Lately, I’ve noticed an alarmingly high amount of ‘goodbye’ posts, both on the wowforums and the blogosphere. And the more I thought about them, the more I realised that most of them were people who have been playing WoW since vanilla. And a hell of a lot of their posts included stuff like: ‘bored with the game’, don’t like where Blizzard’s taking the game’, ‘game is becoming too easy’, stuff like that. And I’ve come to the conclusion that vanilla WoWers are a dying breed. I think the game is changing far too much away from what they originally bought the game for. WoW has gotten progressively easier and easier as expansions roll by, and Blizzard show’s no signs of stopping. I mean look at the emblem grindfest that is WotLK’s endgame. It’s a far cry from the hardcore eliteness that was vanilla 40mans

I think if we give it enough time, there will be more and more TBCbabies like me quitting for the same reason. In less than a year there’s going to be people who have never known anything other than the after-Cataclysm Azeroth. They’ll be listening to people like us talking about ‘the good old days’, and have no idea what we’re talking about.

WoW is an ever changing game, you’ve got to accept that some people who loved it in it’s original state aren’t going to in 2 or 3 expansions.

2. I think Stranglethorn is the ‘turning point’ for me with my alts. It’s the point where I know that this character is serious, and I’m not going to delete it. This ones going all the way to 80. That said, quest-wise, i hate the zone. Aethetically, I love it. But the questing is horrible. Come to think of it, those entire lvls are horrible. 30-40, there is so much jumping around, it’s stupid. Whatever zone you’re lvling in,  there’s going to be a point where you hit ‘the gap’. That time where there’s tons of quests that are good for the lvls below you, and above you, but none at your lvl. You look at your quest log and all the quests are either red or green. (Mostly red.) Bleh.

3. I don’t get what everyone is so fussed about with the celestial mount. For some reason it’s got the whole blog community riled up and up in arms. Does not having it: Give other players an advantage over you? No. Will they get the raid spot because they had the mount and you didn’t? No. Is it the only mount of it’s type in the game? No. Does it affect your character in any way? No. Does it make you jealous? Maybe, but if it does that’s your own fault and you should stop bitching and just buy the damn thing. And for all those complaining over how Blizzard is making a profit of the mount, I believe Nibuca over at Mystic Chicanery says it best: “Blizz operates in a capitalistic society. This is where it’s OK, nay encouraged for companies to make money. Please interwebs stop flapping your arms about how a-moral Blizz is for daring to make money. Seriously.. if you’d’ve thought of it and could make money off of it you know you would so have done it.” Someone put in some hard work designing and coding that uber pwetty mount into the game. And hard work ain’t free. Deal with it.

The Return

April 12, 2010

Finally! I’m back! After months of no internet and no WoW, I’m finally back! Ah, it feels good to post again. Hell, it feels goof to play again! I was beginning to think I would miss the beginning of Cataclysm, and I do love the atmosphere of the beginning of an expansion.

But with nearly 5 months of missed playtime, I’ve got to get to work if I want to be ready for Cataclysm!

  • Cataclysm to-do list
  • – Level up my draenei hunter to at least 60.
  • My poor abandoned hunter has sat at lvl 38 for some time now, and I really would like to experience leveling up azeroth just one more time before Cata hits.
  • – Farm Emblems to buy heirlooms for my worgen.
  • I still need quite a few to get my worgen fully kitted out before Cata.

-Level up my blood elf warlock to at least 60

Seeing as I’ve never actually experienced vanilla wow horde side, I really should get cracking on this one. It would be nice to get him to 80 before this fall, but after 60, I’m in no rush, as BC and WotLK content isn’t changing a bit.

-Get all those delicious Argent Tournament pets and mounts and such!

Ok, this one isn’t strictly needed to be done before Cata, but if I don’t, it’ll become a huge hassle, because I have to travel all the way to Northrend, which is now a ghost town, then all the way to the tourney grounds, then do boring WotLK dailies, every day. It will be like the Kurenai are for me now, and basically become a huge pain in the ass that I will keep putting off except for when I have nothing to do and I’m waiting for a random instance.

-Get Drazmor epic flying!

I’ve got no excuses, I really need to get cracking on this one.

So that’s all for now folks, everything is (hopefully) working again, and so I will be posting regularly again now.

Happy Halloween!

October 29, 2009
Nothing like a holiday event to kick my ass into gear to play WoW again. Before Hallows End I hadn’t played at all, now I’m full of energy and excitement to play.  True, it was an effort to actually get around to playing, as before I was getting kind of bored with the game. But no longer! Now, I am revitalized.

I’ve also realized that Hallows End is my least favorite holiday of the year, solely because of how stupidly hard the achievement is. I mean, making a huge achievement that takes an entire year to complete rely on not just one, but three low drop rate items? C’mon Blizz, not fair. I now have everything but the pet and the helm, but they just might be the reason I have to wait a whole 2nd year to get my violet proto drake. /cry. (Although I did get this little thing, which did cheer me up immensely.

Hallowed Helm

Scary right?

In other news, I’m getting as much stuff done as I can on Drazmor now, as my playtime on him will be severely diminished in a few weeks. Why? A friend of mine is coming back to WoW, and since he wants to keep no ties to his old WoW memories, he’s rerolling a horde hunter until Cataclysm and the Worgen arrive. And since I’m leveling a Horde along with him, my Drazmor love will be a littlebare for a while. (And of course, I really should think about getting my hunter to 80 withing the next year.) But one of the bonuses to furiously working on Drazmor is this:

Strand Crawler

Took me long enough...

That makes 57 pets, and counting. And with the squashling and the Onyxia pet, that will make 59. Baby deer pet here I come!

Helloo WordPress!

September 27, 2009
Yesss! The move is done! Helloo WordPress! That was a long time coming. (Way too long.) It may not be the best name, but at least it’s neutral, and doesn’t lean towards 1 class, which is a stupid idea, unless you actually mean it to blog mostly about that class. But it’s all sorted now, it’s all good, and I’m ready to start blogging again,  as I’ve got back into the midset of orginising my day, seeing as I don’t have all the time i the world to do whatever I want anymore. And I can now post pictures!!! And to kick off that, I think I’ll go with this:
Isn't he pwetty?

Isn't he pwetty?

I can finally be one of those people who ride around in IF making newbs jealous and think: ‘How in gods name do I get that uber mount?’