It’s been just about two months since our last published blog post. There are a couple of scrapped ideas, but yeah, it’s been awhile since we’ve posted. And by the time I’ve articulated my thoughts on some on “hot topics”, most of it is old news. So yapping about it more seemed senseless.
Unfortunately, there just hasn’t been a whole lot to say in the last few months. The guild was a little under-staffed over the summer months, although we didn’t miss out on any raiding because we weren’t raiding in the first place. Regardless, it made getting groups for heroics a little tricky at times.
I mentioned awhile back that I’ve made my way onto Twitter and managed to start following and chatting with a few interesting folk from the WoW Blog’o'sphere. From that, I’ve found a few people that are in the same province and found a couple of bloggers that even live in the same city. Since then, both Chawa and I have ventured out to meet Vidyala and Vosskah on two occasions. Even though, as Draenei, it’s all their fault that the Burning Legion showed up to Outland in the first place, they’re pretty awesome folk.
More recently, the guild is picking up in activity a bit. We’ve gone in to do Firelands trash, just to check out the place and take advantage of rep rewards. Our first time in, we were doing the trash with seven people. The last couple of times, we’ve done it with nine and ten people. We even tried Beth’tilac once…which, as one might suspect, was a complete disaster. It was neat to see, but we really didn’t know what the hell we were doing. :) My hopes is that if we start getting 10 guildies on regularly, we actually go into the T11 raids and do those bosses. We, as a guild, don’t overgear the fights, nor are we practiced enough that the fights will be easy. Post-nerf or not. (Please note, this isn’t meant as a criticism – it’s just my perception of things.)
In regards to Patch 4.3, which is currently on the PTR, well, it holds some interesting changes. The ones that catch my mind the most are the buffs to Fire Mage DPS and some tanking tweaks for Death Knights (30 second CD on Outbreak…hell yeah!) But those are relatively “small picture”.
The “big picture” change for me is the introduction of the Looking For Raid tool (henceforth, LFR). For those of you not-in-the-know,
how the hell did you find this blog? Er, I mean, the LFR tool is basically a clone of the Looking For Dungeon (LFD) tool that was introduced in Wrath. The notable features about this tool are: It’s for 25-person raiding only, it only works for the 4.3 raid (at this point), and it essentially introduces a toned down version of the regular raid (aka: easy mode). There are some other little features I won’t divulge into because it’s not critical to me. While I don’t like the fact it’s 25-man only, it allows small guilds like mine to group up with others to see some content. Also, while I know some people may scoff at the idea for an easy mode, this is only good news from my perspective. I’m in a very casual guild and we don’t put any demands on our members outside of “don’t be an asshole”. So, we can hopefully still be successful in raids, even if we also happen to be ”under-geared’ or fairly rusty with our skills.
In other news, this weekend is Blizzcon. While we’re not going, we did manage to order the live stream. With that said, I’m kind of flustered that the posted schedule is a bit vague. I’m not sure what I should or shouldn’t be watching! Like, I wouldn’t mind missing some lore stuff, but I would hate to miss any announcements about Diablo 3 or the next WoW expansion. But I’m looking forward to be vicariously part of the experience.
Also, Hallows End starts today. I hope to pick up some fancy rings and a new Headless Horseman’s helm for my DK. I have the old one…but my DPS helm kinda sucks, so an upgrade would be fantastic. And my mage could use the HH mount.
Anyway, I’m done rambling right now. I’m not going back to read or edit this post, mostly because I’m lazy and just felt the need to ramble for a good half hour over my lunch break. I hope to collect and organize my thoughts on Cataclysm, one year after release. My own little spin on things from casual land. But for now, it’s back to work.
Lok’tar ogar, friends.