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The Wayward Bloggers

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.

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Casualclysm

This post took me a fair bit of time to write, and with Patch 4.0.6 dropping today and the subsequent nerfing of some heroic bosses, it may lose a bit of its prevalence.  Then again, it very well may not.  So it goes.  I’m posting this, regardless.

Also, it’s a bit longer than my usual posts.  You have been warned. 🙂

While there is a negative stigma associated with it, I will say it up front.  I am a casual WoW player and I am a member of a casual guild.

Jeez.

What does that even mean?  I’m sure you’ll get a different explanation depending on who you ask. 

Myself…I would generalize it as “commitment to the game”.  Part of that commitment could involve time and part of it could involve objectives.  The larger commitments you make (time or objectives), the more dedicated (or “hard core”) you are to playing the game.  So, casually speaking, while one person may commit a certain amount of time to the game, they may not have committed to larger objectives (ie: raiding).  Similarly, one person may like to commit themselves to a large objective, but they are otherwise limited by time to play the game.  Also, by extension of its members, this can be observed on the guild level.  Even if the casual guild does go raiding, it’s typically never made into the priority.  Nor does the “guild” – via guild officers, more active players, etc. – make demands of its members.  They may ask, but ultimatums are not really associated with playing a game on a casual level. 

That’s what “casual” means to me when it comes to WoW.

Now, I’m not really trying to stir-the-pot with the “Casual vs. Hardcore” debate – I’m just clarifying my perspective.  Heck, while I’m at it, I should state that I’m not really trying to chime in on the “WoW is too hard” sob fest, either; although they’re both related to my thoughts on Cataclysm.  I won’t go as far as saying that WoW is too difficult – because frankly, I don’t know, nor do I feel that way. 

But I will say that by making things as difficult as they have, Blizzard has made WoW less accessible.   As such, the casual player will ultimately be exposed to less content than they were in WotLK. 

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“Good day, doctor. You will be tested on your ability to triage patients accordingly this afternoon. Should you pass your examination, you will join the prestigious ranks of Horde Trauma.”

Doctor Gregory Victor

Towards the end of Wrath of the Lich King, if I was healing heroic PUGs I would often wish for a group that was at least kind of bad.

Tank being crit? Score.

DPS pulling aggro? Right-on.

Un-tanked caster mobs pelting me with Shadow Bolts? Win.

While this made healing heroics more fun, the main reason why I liked runs like this was because it was better practice for raid healing.

With a solid tank it was possible to heal most heroics without targeting anyone other than the tank. Actually, with the macros I use I didn’t even have to target them.

It was not ideal practice for raid encounters where every GCD can be important.

Cataclysm has succeeded in bringing the two healing experiences closer together.

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