mandag den 30. marts 2009

Honest (s)Crap Oh noes! I’ve been rumbled!

So my guildie, good friend and all around great guy Calli over at PewPew has awarded me to be the total super most awsom Death knight blogger of all time, past present and future.... Or in his words:
"There can only be one Deathknight blog nomination from me, and that’s Dwarf Death Knight from my very good friend Redux... you’ll know him as “DW” for his previous main, Dreamweaver, a Dwarf priest with whom he raided right up to Sunwell Plateau. Dreamweaver was infamous within the guild for getting tired of certain melee classes spamming chat with their massive crits. So one day he responded in kind with “OMG MASSIVE HAELZ IN YOUR FACE!” and there was much lollage. These days he’s caught the tanking bug on his Deathknight, Redux, and has completed Sartharion with three drakes in both 10 man and 25 man flavours, so it’s pretty sure that he knows what he’s doing"
He then goes on to write some complete drivel about certain things. Read it all here

Obviously the only important bit in that great post is the bit about me!
So lets start commenting on that... No, do you know what? I'll wait with that to the 10 thruths about myself.
Yes, you see this award isn't all love and cuddles, theres work in here too before i can post that logo at the bottom of my post. I have to do three specific things.
1 Brag about the award and link to whoever awarded you the.. ehh award. (done!!)
2. Award at least seven (7) other great blogs and make sure they know you have awarded them (comming up)
and 3. List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself (eek gasp). Then pass it on!

So lets start with my nominations.
And this is where im getting confused. (yes that soon). Am I "allowed" to nominate previous winners? And what about non-wow blogs? (not that I read all that many), Oh and what constitutes a blog? Ive never figured it out. Is Elitist Jerks a multi-user blog?? The MMo of blogs so to speak.
I don't know. And a part of my job involves me knowing crap like this. Hell im supposed to know all there is to know about web 2.0 and user involvness and all that jazz.
So before i Curl up into the fetal postition and just cry, I think ill just name what I like. And lets see em steal that award away from me if I mess it up!! :)

For example Ill start by going against all tradition and nominate PewPew Lazers because he got me blogging again, with his witty smart and always not uninteresting blog.
Sure posts may be a while between (hes old, so don't hold it against him), but they are always well thought through, and thats something I can learn a lot from. Most of my posts are just shots from the hip that has been saved in a drafts folder untill i find some pics to add, or just say "bugger all" and post em before they get outdated.

Also Larissa over at Pink pigtail-inn She has been ever so sweet, and even though ive never leveled a (booori..ehm) mage past level 20 ish, her blog is always filled with great posts, that usually (when they are best) go beoynd and break the borders between this game and life. No matter what you do, I think you can learn a lot from her posts. I've always admirred people who is able to take up things from their everyday life (in this case WoW) and use that to either teach some great life lessons or share some epic thruths about.. well everything. She recently wrote a post about finally becomming a teacher, Larissa, youve always been one, at least as long as ive read your blog ;)

Well those where the personal ones. lets look at the technical ones. because I still love priests, and also I can never get enough about his guild project. his thoughts about how to run a guild, and what not to do and what to do, always make a great read. Always. Well the name says it all. I love dwarfs, and I've fallen back in love with Disc priests. its a little to holy oriented (specc, not philosophy-wise) but other than that, me likey.
But her lack of disc is fully made up for in a blog id almost forgotten about again "some much needed Discipline" I used to eat up every word he wrote when I first stumbled upon this blog, and then i forgot about it. Won't happen again! (although feb 17 as the newest posts is saddening)

Notice how a blog about Death knights hasnt mentioned any other Death knight blogs? Yea, about that.
Ive only ever read DK blogs that.. well.. sucked. Im not claiming to be an oracle, but ive yet to see a DK blog that wasnt a copy/paste of latest ptr news with adds all over it. There was one I read a lot up to the launch of LK but I honestly thought it was a dead site. (and again, is it a blog??) anyways it looks to be alive and well. So ill add it here, although i dont reguarly read it.
So i got depserate, i searched the web looking for great DK blogs. Because im not just going to nominate and reccomend a decent or "okay" blog, just because its about death knights. Beggers CAN be choosers!
In my searching i found this one Skeleton Jack And i cant think of a better DK blog name, and skimming it i think it looks fun. So ill nominate it purely on the name!
In all honesty Jack is a super smart player. He knows a lot about Death knights and oh boy does he know how to angle any DK news to be very interesting and informative. But personally i dont like the way he writes. But that may just be my tastes. Doesnt change the fact that this is by far the best DK blog ive stumbled over (please do feel free to recommend others) And very worthy of a read.

Allright to finish off my check-list ill add the 10 thruths

1. I honestly thought i was original when naming my priest dreamweaver. I really really did. untill i got a guild-note saying "property of Macromedia" and asked for an explanation.
2. Im getting married in august. And my soon to be mrs DW-redux has a blog about that. And no, im not posting a link to it.
3. ive given up on following death knights on the ptr. for the first 30.000 builds that came out, I thereocrafted and speculated and tried to make the 7 basic dk builds work around em (blood tank/dps, frost tank/dps unholy tank/dps and DW) Now ive given up. Ive stopped. Whenever guildies ask me for advice (because everyone has a dk alt now) I usually try not to reply them, because i do not know.
4. The name Redux was taken because Im not alowed to use the Lazarus, and i dint want to use ä â ã ect ect to get that name, and an orginization in a roleplaying game (yes i know, but its FUN) i played was named Lazarus-redux. Only after deciding to have that name, and having a lvl 0 warrior with that name as a placeholder, did I bother to look it up.
5. As mentioned elsewhere ive managed to taunt of Sarth on a 10 manned 3d kill (actuelly also on our first 3d kill) when on drake duty. But that was hardly the only time ive done that. I also pulled off malygos of our MT trying to get some sparks into place with death grib, so many times that -in sheer frustration- our raidleader gave us a 10 min break to get some fresh air or whatever, while he cooked up a "foolproof" macro for me *blush*
6. i've lost said macro
7. I honestly really really enjoy looking at my site through google-analytics. Boy its fun, and Wow theres some weird cuntries that has inhabitants that has somehow stumbled onto my site. simple minds, i guess :D
8. Calli is really a guy!!! I've seen pictures. Also he does dirty things to penguins, sometimes... also 10 things is a long list.
9. im not all that big on religion -but i like most of their ideas. But i still got baptised last summer, so that i could be a real Godfather for my niece.
10. I think if i had just not deleted all those toons, on all those servers, id have had all 10 classes at max level now.

tirsdag den 17. marts 2009

Ulduar: to sneakpeak or not to sneakpeak

So Ulduar is just around the corner. And testing is fully on its way on the Public test realms (or mass d/c realm if you like). And ive hardly read anything about em. Any of them... at all... almost.

As a semihardcore raider i regularly read up on a number of wow-related sites (mmo-champ and Ej to name the two most important ones) and its very very difficult not to read up on strats and test realm build for bosses.
The thing is, I really really want to step into Ulduar on release and not know a thing about what is going to happen. I want to meet the place with fresh eyes and awe (hopefully) at its magnificance.
I love dwarfs, and for someone who is a bit of a lore-nerd, and who loves dwarfs, this is *the* instance of the game.
And I cannot wait. So that is why its so damned hard not to watch vids of the instance, not to watchboss fights. and epsecially not to watch those damn strats that are allready flowing everywhere. Because on the other hand I want to be preparred, I want to be able to kill em all, and a large part of me (the same part of me that insists on racing to get to the car first after grosery shopping) wants to have some server-first kills aswell.

Im really really torn.

For now I think ill follow what our officers has planned, aka if we as a guild want to learn the fights on our own and have that great experience, ill go along and wont read even i tinsy-bit. On the other hand if we want a fast clear and then aim for those glorious hard-kills and that sweet sweet sweet drake, ill be super prepped :)

fredag den 6. marts 2009

Project Dreamreaper status.

(Allright so ive had some problems with blogger, and havent been able to acces my blog for a while now apart from last when i posted about finally getting "of the nightfall" title. This post was written before getting that title, and ive tried to clear that up :) - sorry if i missed some references)

So It's been a "little" over a week into project Dreamreaper, and I thought my first status would be in place. (I think the next ones will be further between, but we will see.)

And well, things are doing great, not at all how id have expected it, but still great.
On my main we got "of the nightfall" title and my 10 manned grp has gotten every single raid encounter down for that lovely drake. I havent because i missed some of the "dedicated few" raids and our "undying" aswell. We are now 3 shotting the 25 manned version (what a cakewalk now!! no really...not really, but its very smooth now, even with people screwing up).
And as a guild I think we are all looking forward to Ulduar, while managing to get through the last dumb achievements for Heroic glory of the raider. Personally i dont care if we walk on vulkanoes, or get maly down in under 6 minutes (although that one did turn out to be a rather fun challenge -if they had made him enrage after 6 minutes, it would prob have been my favorite encounter), all i care about raidwise is sarth 3d 10 manned. So now im just helping out in raids and killing time.

So enough with this tapdancing around the subject!
Dreamreaper, how is she?

She is fine. still level 17..or 16 right now I cant remember... maybe 18. Yea, well this illustrates what im getting to just fine. Ive stopped playing her - For now.
"So how can this be fine?" -You may ask.
Well, its not just fine, its great! You see, i liked her so much that I decided to give my old main a new whirl.
Yes Dreamweaver, dw, da dreamster, Mr Massive HPS AMIRITE, and to some, "him". -Is back.
And boy is he back. He is Disc, level 77, and steamrolling through content. Ive stopped everything. Farming mats (all my gold goes to the ah for raids now), cooking dailies, jc dailies, even Hodir rep has taken a standstill. All there is now is Dreamweaver (and raids).

Why is that? Well for a lot of reasons, like disc is fun.

Hold up now, Disc is fun? Am I saying that playing a priest is fun?
......yea I guess I am.
Who would have thunk it? I shure as hell wouldnt.
Just looking back at my 2nd real post ever Do I miss healing? Ill qoute myself:
he [Dreamweaver] had been a loyal friend and companion for well over 2 years, and now i barely touch him... And worst of all, I don't miss playing on him either. Ive said so before If i knew then what i know now I would never have levelled my priest as my main. I do not like the class, I just dont.

And I didnt.
Well I sure do now! Disc is sweet, Disc is fun, hell I'll admit it, Disc is so Overpowered its silly.
Honestly, they aren't, you are just having so much fun, you'll feel like its a crime.
So yes, I pretty much have the best healing gear for a level 70, and with the SP changes, that almost equates the best pewpew gear too, it most defenetly does = the best leveling gear.
Because i do lack +hit, but i make up for it in spirit!

So why not shadow? Well, like i said earlier, i tried shadow, and that has never ever been me, i felt dirty (in a bad way) and felt like forcing my lovely toon into doing something neither of us enjoyed.
Also ive learned something. A friend of mine (who talked me into leveling my priest again, as disc) told me this:
Whenever people lol'ed at me for not going shadow, id ask them 'Do you see that shadow-priest over there?' they would say 'no', 'Right, because he is either behind that hill drinking to get mana back, or corpse-running'.
Truer words have never been spoken. At least not about priests in wrath.
I slam through content, and using only spirit-tap and imp shadow-word-pain from the shadow-tree i never go below 95% mana. when soloing.
In dungeons i can without changing anything, heal anything in a way I find extremely satisfying and fun. There is that word again. Fun.
So now healing is fun again too? My God, is there no end to it?
No, well yes. Level 80, for now (insert drumroll here).
Well I am reborn, Im not afraid to take it all back. Well done Blizz, priests seem to be working. Well Disc does. And once i get to 80, its arena for this guy, and helping out in 10 manned whenever as well.

Now, so apart from me going bananza over disc, why have i gone totally overboard in my priest? I mean, so now disc is a fun option. But its still nowhere near as smooth a ride as Dk's or Locks when soloing. So how come ive only been playing him?
Well first off, you get an attachment to your toons. you really do. I dont understand people who just say baibai and leave their toon behind. Im not at all able to do that. Let alone delete an alt that is anywhere near a level that means ive played it for a considerable amount of time. And "DW" is still who im referred to in guild-chat, its still my WoW character. I used to make pretend that he was reborn as my death knight (hence the name Redux), And all of a sudden I understand why my niece needs her Blanket Dolly all the time :D
There is something in those hours and /days invested into a toon that stick with you. If you could just delete that and leave that behind... Well then you would be a very different person than anyone I know.
-For example I have 9 toons on my account. The 10th belongs to my girlfriend. She doesnt play her mage on my account. She havent for over a year. The mage never made it past 35, but it was her first toon. it was how she met the game. Hell it was how we got from dating to really knowing eachother, that toon was her entrance into my world of gaming in generel and WoW in particular.
So whenever i miss having slots to play all classes I sometimes dare ask her, if I can delete that toon. I mean She has her own account now, with her tank-adin at 70 something. Whenever I ask her, her eyes get just a little misty, and she says something along the lines of "i know its silly, but id really like her to stay on" sometimes she adds "alive". And I get her. I really really get her.
Because thats how I feel about most of my toons, and especcially Dreamweaver.
So im very happy that he has been made fun to play again.

And to end this in a more gaming manner, im thrilled that I get to dungeon-crawl again. You cant do that at the lower levels without loosing your sanity, and when there isnt even the sligthest incentive to go into a heroic on Redux, I find it hard to do that either. And everybody needs a healer so its easy to get into... brrr pugs.
On another sidenote, even the most retarded PuG group can be saved by a heartless healer and a decent tank. If the tank is fine, everything will be allright for me as a healer. Just let the dps who cant stay on target die a couple of times, they will eventually figure out that dmg meters dont move much when you are dead, and will focus fire.

mandag den 2. marts 2009

of the nightfall

that was one intense fight. If anybody says that this game is too easy, they havent played this, or they are lying. Easily on par with anything in SW or old naxx.
The difference is that back then you just needed 40 people who wherent stupid, or 25 who where smart. This one you needed 10 people to play their best or it would not happen.

Well, when I say their best im lying. There is room for error, lord knows, it just has to be errors that are not catastrophic, or so blatantly huge that the other 9 can compensate.
For example if the whelp tank on the pull while building up runic power all of a sudden mistypes and instead of a normal hit, hits his taunt button *blush*.

Well we got it, and thats all that matters :D