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Posts about that aspect of the game which I am horrible at

The following is a guest post from one of my potential minions *cackles*, who I stupidly forgot to get a pen name from, so this will be edited later with an actual name attached instead of being by ‘Random possible future minion model number 27454A’.  Enjoy!  Be sure to leave any thoughts, theories, questions and queries in the comments at the bottom.  <3 Your evil overlord(ess), Sar,  (Yeah, if I get myself a minion, it means I get a title as well.  I deserve it).  P.S.  And I came up with the shitty title, so no blame on anyone else for that.  What can I say, it’s been a long week at work…

PvP has always been an odd animal for me, especially Battlegrounds. My first experience was as a lowly mid-teen druid in Warsong Gulch. All it took it was two or three matches of getting steam rolled by twinked out rogues to forever swear off pvping. Fast forward two years later and I was starting to get the hang of this whole BG business and even dabbling my toes into arenas. Currently I have two max level toons, an 80 Druid and an 80 Death Knight. My time in Battlegrounds was entirely spent either using an axe to perform facial reconstruction surgery or rejuvenating every ally in sight with my leafy heals.

As entertaining as it was to cleave someone in two then use their still bleeding corpse as an IED on the rest of the Horde in the vicinity, it didn’t leave me with the feeling of true evil I expected of the Death Knight class. After careful consideration, and the thought of becoming the co-blogger of a blog dedicated entirely to Warlocks, I decided to dust off a little lock I had started playing a few months back and give her the love and attention she truly deserves. One of my first orders of business with my Warlock was to give Battlegrounds a try. My experience as a caster DPS in BG’s was full of all sorts of frustrations as shifting into Moonkin form on my Druid pretty much just screamed “Hey! Think of how awesome my antlers would look as a trophy on your wall!” to any Horde in the vicinity. I was determined to make sure this would not be the case with my lock.

My spec of choice for my adventures in Arathi Basin, because there was not enough tequila on hand to get me to willingly go into Warsong Gulch, was and still is Affliction. The whole reason I created a Warlock in the first place was to watch my enemies die as slow and as painful a death as possible so Affliction was the way to go. My strategy in the Battlegrounds was really quite simple. DoT everything in sight and stay with a group. It seems like common sense but in my experience it’s something a lot of locks seemed to disregard. Success in Battlegrounds is really all about coordination and carrying out the objectives of the map which also seems to be universally disregarded amongst most of the WoW player base. Going off alone usually results in a trip to the spirit healer and upwards of 30 seconds to think about the mistakes you’ve made or to rant in general chat about what a bunch of bads everyone on your side is. Player experience may vary.

Now that I had a basic idea of what I was going to do, I needed to figure out which demon to use. From prior experience, I developed this belief that the PvP demon of choice for Warlocks was the succubus. Not sure why exactly I believed this but I did and having just finished the annoying quest line to obtain said succubus I was more than happy to summon her out. After the first wave of Horde attackers at the Goldmine, I figured this wasn’t the best course of action. From my understanding the big appeal of the succubus is Seduction, which allows you to crowd control an opposing player. At my current level the succubus is sadly missing this ability and thus next to useless for me. So I swapped her out for the go to Warlock demon, the imp. Now I was really putting the hurt on folks and rode my DoT everything in sight strat with my imp out to a record of 15 killing blows, 5 deaths, and 56 honor kills. Not bad for my first Arathi Basin run as a lock.

Basic strat in hand and choice of demon settled for the moment, it was time to expand upon the foundation strategy. Once I had Immolate, Curse of Agony, and Corruption on every target in the area what is there left to do? One option is to fire off a few Shadow Bolts until something dies. Not a bad idea but not really taking full advantage of the warlock toolkit up to this point. Drain Mana and Fear are two very useful abilities that sometimes get overlooked in favor of trying to climb up the damage done chart. Most coordinated attacks in AB will contain at least a couple of DPS and at least one healer. That one healer could very easily turn a simple attack into an all-out massacre of you and the rest of your teams defending forces. Any time I was on defense and I saw a team of attackers coming with healer in tow, I made it my personal mission to take that healer out of the fight. First order of business was to get all my DoTs on the healer so that even if I was the only one in my group focusing on the healer, he was still taking damage and was forced to make decisions. He could heal himself, heal the rest of his party, or start dispelling my DoTs. Now it’s time to throw another wrench into his plans with Fear. Even with the DoTs reducing Fear’s duration, you’ll still have taken the healer out of the fight for a couple of seconds and will have given them sometime to run their course. By this point everyone in the attacking party should hopefully be looking pretty grim and I can either start finishing off some attackers with Shadow Bolts or relieve the healer of some of his mana via Drain Mana and put even more of a squeeze on him.

Most of my strategies here may not apply to those of you rocking level 80 Warlock and full Wrathful gear. But if you’re like me, rolling your lock for the first time then hopefully you’ll find something of interest here.

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First things first – if you have left a comment since yesterday, I am afraid I can’t read it properly just yet. My silly host seems to be having minor issues, and nothing wants to load up properly. Heck, I don’t even know if this will end up appearing on the blog because of these wacky issues!

Anyway, what I really wanted to talk about today is all the hubbub surrounding Blizzard now allowing transfers from PvE to PvP servers. Personally, I am a little confused by the anger at this. I always believed that not allowing transfers was just ridiculous anyway. So, the levelling might be a little easier on a PvE server. You want to see what would happen if I decided to transfer to a PvP server?

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1. Oh look, pretty flowers!

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2. Hai Mr Tauren!!

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3. Oooof… What did you do that for??

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4.  Well now, that was totally unexpected.

Sure, we may have an easier time levelling than our PvP counterparts. However, if we do decide to transfer over, we are going to have a heck of a time adjusting to perpetually being attacked, harassed, and /laughed at! All anyone has to say is:

hunting season

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So, I didn’t do the blog tv thing today. No one showed up, which is what I kinda expected anyway (it was set kinda late), then my raid went over time and I was just all tired and grouchy and grrrrrrr. Anyway, I do have a rant all lined up for you!

The thing that really got to me today was a couple of druids I came across in Arathi Basin. Clearly it was foolish of me to even try to do AB in the hopes of winning, but since it was the weekend BG and I really do want to get ahold of the Spirit of Competition before it is gone, I decided to brave it. The very first AB I got into, I helped heal at the farm, tried to capture somewhere else, died, and came back to this sight.

While about 8 of us were off actually trying to fight in this BG, these selfish jerks were dancing on the roof. Two of them were in the same guild, which leads me to believe that they both entered with the intention to lose the BG. I’ll admit, I lost my temper slightly (friends and guildmates had to suffer while I dropped several F bombs cursing these morons), and then confronted them about their behaviour, after someone asked the legitimate question “Why didn’t you try to help me when the horde killed me RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU?”

To this they retorted that the roof was an excellent defensive position, which is all well and good if a) you are willing to actually defend the place rather than dance and watch the horde kill other people there and take it, and b) aren’t both resto druids (which they later admitted) who would be much more valuable out in the battle healing people. I was very tempted to name and shame them in here, but I have decided to try and be ‘the better man’. I will certainly be reporting them to a GM if I ever come across them pulling that sort of stunt – they only reason I didn’t today was because I didn’t think of it until it was too late. From what I have heard, people CAN get their honor stripped for this sort of garbage.

I know that many people have blogged before about people who deliberately lose battlegrounds. I really do not understand the phenomenon myself – it is perhaps the most ridiculously selfish thing that people can do in PvP, yet it seems to happen all the time. When there are 10 people in a 15 man battleground who actually want to put in an effort and win, who are you to waste their time with your dancing on the roof bullshit? Alliance in our battlegroup have a horrific reputation for PvP, and when you see the stunts like this that some clowns pull, you understand why. It gets frustrating seeing at least 10 AFK’s in Alterac Valley. People who just screw around in WSG and AB are even worse. There really isn’t that many of us to begin with, and having even one or two people refuse to play and leeching honor off the rest of us is a waste of our valuable time. These same people would not dare to pull this kind of crap in a raid, I can almost guarantee it. Why? Because raiding is serious business! People would get pissed if they sat on their hands for a whole raid! I suggest that these people need to learn that some people take their battlegrounds just as seriously as they take their raiding. I for one am not a big fan of battlegrounds – I am not especially good at PvP, and the general lack of organisation really doesn’t sit well with me. However, when I do decide to go in there, I take it seriously. Not just for myself, but for all the other people who are in there, who MAY just want to actually have a shot at winning.

/end rant

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When Season 4 rocks around, Blizz have said that there will be some new changes to arena PvP, specifically how arena gear is earned and how teams are matched up. Now, I’m not great at terrible at arena (and if you don’t believe me, I just DARE you to look up my incredibly dodgy arena team rankings right here), but it gets on my nerves when I see people selling high rating arena teams, or positions on high rating arena teams, so that people can mooch their way for free to the good gear. I am not a fan of people getting something for basically nothing, what can I say.

So for those of you who have not seen, these are the new changes:

“The new Season 4 items will have the below personal and team arena rating requirements:
Shoulders: 2200
Weapon: 2050
Head: 1700
Chest: 1600
Legs: 1550
Gloves: none
Off-hand: none

In addition, some of the Season 4 quality items that will be purchasable with honor will also carry a personal and team arena rating requirement:
Boots: 1700
Ring: 1650
Bracers: 1575
Belt: none
Necklace: none
Trinket: none”

“To help ensure that the challenge in obtaining these items stays true to those achieving these ratings, we’ll also be implementing new rules with an upcoming patch to curb practices that undermine the core concepts of the arena system. These rules are as follows:

  • If a character’s personal rating is more than 150 points below the team rating, they will earn points based on their personal rating instead of the team rating.
  • If the average personal rating of the players queuing for a game is more than 150 points below the team’s rating, the team will be queued against an opponent matching or similar to the average personal rating.”

(From MMO-Champion)

Yay! No more moochers! And hopefully no more “WTS spot on highly rated 3v3 team!” on trade channel!

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