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Raiding ADHD

I’ve reached a weird point in World of Warcraft. I enjoy playing, but only when it involves doing things that I don’t have to pay attention to. Everything in ICC up to Dreamwalker? Check, I am happy to raid this because I can dps or heal while talking about rainbows and ballsacks (these may or may not be actual topics of conversation) in three different chat channels.

New content? AHAHA. I have new content ADHD. I can’t wrap my brain around learning new things right now, so instead I babble about boobs and then try to LOL my way through while not understanding at all what is going on. Honestly, until we had done Rotface and Festergut a few times, that’s how I handled those fights as well. Our raid leader gives long explanations over vent about the fine details of each new encounter, and my brain starts going BZZZT and I catch maybe 30 seconds out of the full 5 minutes.

Despite this, we got our first Dreamwalker … kill? Heal? Last night after a few flawed tries. Putricide, being the fight that we hadn’t seen before, was a complete bust, though. I know that I am confused and don’t have a clue what I’m doing when I start shouting “FUCKLE” at the screen.

Sure, I may not be taking raiding seriously or living up to the best of my potential because of my new inability to concentrate or give a damn, but I’m having fun!

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Yelling “I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE PORTAL LOOKS LIKE WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING” over Vent during your guild’s first attempt at Dreamwalker will instantly out you as someone who does not watch the tankspot videos.

If you do it with enough panic in your voice, it might get you laughs like it did for me though!

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This is what happens when I mess up and people try to correct me on vent with tortured cries:

Frost likes to peek up my dress.

What I learned from my former home, Moon Guard:

I like this fellow’s thoughts on gear score.

OUI, OUI.

Kotakh and Evis BOTH win.

Gosh, I don’t know if I can keep associating with all of the perverts in this guild.

I love the whole BoO and everyone in it, boom de yada, boom de yada.

What happens when an enrage kills everyone else at less than 1% health? You bubble and you hit that boss with your weak healer’s arms, RAWR.

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My fellow bloggers in the guild pointed out that it’s been a long time since I updated this thing. It’s been a combination of 3.3 borking my addons and me being too stubborn to play without them, then the holiday season distracting me – I went away to my boyfriend’s parents’ house, which meant lag inducing DSL and little laptop screens. Plus I’m feeling like a little bit of a traitor these days, what with my Disco Priest blog and me playing a holy paladin full time!

And as much as I loathe to admit it, I feel really good about holy paladining right now. Disc priesting is fun, and has so many more options than paladin healing, which is probably why I went “F THAT” to paladining as soon as Cel was 80 and ready for raids. At the time I was still in Naxx, which is boring no matter what, and we ran with a superb healing team that included two other holy paladins, so my throughput wasn’t needed at the time. Now in ICC 10, running with a disc priest and resto druid, it just makes more sense to have a holy paladin on the team, and I love the ability to put out huge amounts of healing, while Amber does the mitigating. I feel much more secure than I would if we were running two disc priests in that group, thanks in part to Baconhax. And I LOVE the fights in ICC so far. The mechanics are interesting, which is all it takes to beat the pants off ToC, really.

And now, a meme that Kyr tagged me for ages ago!

World of Warcraft 2009 Year in Review

What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before? 2009 was the Year of the Priest. I didn’t roll Celaeno until I was thoroughly disgusted with raiding Naxx (let’s see, Orithia hit 80 in mid December, so that means I was definitely tired of that business by January!), and dual boxed her up to 60 quickly, then dungeon healed my way to 80 so I could learn about healing along the way. Healing was also new in 2009 – I didn’t start until all of Crucible’s old BT/Hyjal tank crew finally reached the level cap and wanted tanking spots. There was definitely at least one run where we had 5 tanks, all trying to get in on the action. Since spell plate is easy to collect, I cobbled together a set and the rest is history.

What was your favorite new place that you visited? Ulduar! BEEP BEEP!

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? Balance. I mean this in a personal way, not in a game mechanics way. When I let WoW become a big deal and devote a lot of time to gearing and trying to be the very best, I get disgusted with the game and need a break. At the same time, I like to be sure that I’m available when I’m needed. I need to find a good balance of time spent playing and time spent indulging my other hobbies (zomg guys, I got a sewing machine for Christmas!) in the coming year.

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finally getting 25 man Anub’arak down was amazing. I think I had that feeling when we killed KT for the first time too, but that was dulled by the fact that it was easy every single time after.

What was your biggest failure? Patch day, 3.1, walking into Ulduar 25 full of excitement, spanking Flame Leviathan, only to repeatedly wipe on Ignis trash and never get him down. It was the breaking point for me, and I took a long leave of absence after. This is also about the time that the guild started to fall apart, and my favorite friend was forced to leave the guild, so it was a really low point for me.

What did you get really, really, really excited about? Beacon of Light changes! REJOICE.

What do you wish you’d done less of? Playing because I feel obligated. It had a really negative impact on me when I spent 5 nights raiding, cursing at people who failed in NAXX OF ALL PLACES, and any time that I didn’t want to show up, I was generally told that they needed me, because I’m a tank/healer. It was incredibly stressful and definitely led to burn out. I’m a stubborn broad and too much of doing things that I don’t really want to do will eventually make me balk.

What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast? Undoubtedly Amber’s I Like Bubbles, because she taught me about disc priesting when Cel was a baby, and it’s thanks to her blog that I found my home in Brotherhood of Oblivion. FACTION CHANGE YAY \o/

Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009. Nine times out of ten if a player is a jackass, he is playing a blood elf ret paladin.

One last piece of business: I’d like to direct you to a new BoO blogger, Mach!

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