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I’ll be brief:

Those who have a hissy fit over “under geared” players, you SHOULD already know that Blizzard has implemented their own gear check to ensure people don’t have gear that isn’t up to snuff for an instance.  And I shall offer you proof.

Yesterday, one of our long standing guild mates finally dinged 80.  Yes, it took him over a year, but real life gets in the way of WoW sometimes.  Anyway, once we had enough people online, we decided to take him to a heroic.  We had all opted for a random, knowing that it was likely going to be Utgarde Keep or Nexus and also give us a couple of EoF’s.  But we ran into a little hiccup.  It looked something like this:

Bliz hates fresh 80's.

See that there?  We couldn’t even queue for a random heroic because our fresh 80 wasn’t adequately geared, as per Blizzard’s own gear check.  So, we manually went and did HToC and ended up getting him two pieces of gear.  And THEN we got to do our random Heroic, which was Utgarde Keep – and we got him a third new purple.  It was pretty awesome.

So, this goes out to those jerkholes that seem to get their Spiderman underoos in a knot when they feel someone is “under geared”:  Chill out and shut up.  Sure, they may not have 3-4k dps, but there’s lots of “geared” players who can’t do that, either.  And really, so what if a boss takes 55 seconds instead of 35 seconds?  Everyone in that instance is adequately geared for it as well.

Thus, I say again – Chill out and shut up.

You’ll be fine.

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This blog got called out as having some Druid tankey goodness to it.  I’ve brought it up a couple of times, but haven’t gotten into it that much.  Now that it’s been brought up, I feel obliged to talk about my Druid tank.  No pressure!

So, I’ll start it off with some old thoughts and work it into my renewed focus:

Since patch 3.3 dropped, the biggest and shiniest feature would probably be the new LFG (LFD) tool.  And I would have to agree – it’s a very good, efficient way of getting groups.  I like it a lot.

BUT!

Given the amount of blog posts that are going on out there, it seems that this wonderful tool has also made it evident that WoW is full of more asshats than initially anticipated.  (Penny Arcade did an amusing NSFW comic on this anomaly.)  And you’d think with this many people complaining about asshattery, eventually the problem will subside.  Well, it’s a new shiny still, so we can only  hope it will get better.

Anyway, a little while ago I wrote a blurb on how I was hesitant taking Naturalregis in to see Koralon; the latest resident of the Vault of Archavon.  The fact remains, I’m still hesitant about taking my tank into PUGs.  Even into 5-mans using the LFD tool.  This time, though, it’s not so much that I worry about lacking gear.  (Have a look here or here – yes my expertise is low – what of it?!)  What I’m aprehensive about is what I may lack in a few other areas.  Here’s a quick list about what I worry about:

  • Being able to keep aggro over the T9 + EoT gear dps’ers
  • Being able to keep aggro over the dps that attacks whomever they want out of the group
  • I don’t chain pull; I do pull more mobs than I used to, but I still don’t go all nuts over it
  • I don’t rush-tank; which often goes hand-in-hand with chain pulling
  • I actually mark my intended kill order; this also makes asshats more impatient

So, basically I like my dungeon experience to be a little more calculated than brute force, regardless of how easy the latter may be accomplished.  This may make me boring, but whatever.  Sure, there is some fun in chaos, but I prefer a clean, steady path to completing things.  In the long run, it probably saves more time rather than take longer.

That being said, it’s time I overcome this hesitation.  There are some things to be learned from the chaotic approach and hopefully I can figure out a thing or two about tanking better.  Such as better use of my growl and fairie fire on mobs, etc, etc.

Another one of the things that I should be doing is helping out my guild by getting some better gear.  Again, it’s not all that poor, but there’s still room to improve.  And using the armour and miscellaneous gear lists that BBB posted, I can actually break it down and pick gear that will be relatively quick (and easy) for me to get.  (For the record, I’m going to focus on getting the EoT trinket first and then work towards the head, chest, hands, and legs T9 bits and pieces.)

Now, all I have to do is stop being a big sissy and stop shying away from those PUGs.  For me, it’s always better to run with guildies, but that can’t always happen.  And there’s always going to be a rotten apple in the bunch, but I’ll just have to roll with the punches.  And considering the short wait time for tanks, I should have no problems reaching my goals.

Do any of you have any thoughts on the matter?  Any other experiences to share while tanking out there?  Will I get kicked from a group when I let the mage, who initiated the pull, die?

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To Need or Not to Need

That is the question.

Or is it just a worry?

A few weeks ago, the guild stepped into Ulduar for the 2nd time. We were prepared in the sense that the majority of us had read the strategies. A few others had seen and suffered through videos riddled with horrible music. As usual, everyone had their usual raid necessities: their preferred flasks and food buffs. We had explored it once before with 9 toons, just to get some hands-on experience with the vehicles involved in the Flame Leviathan encounter.

I died after I jumped off the Leviathan. I don’t know how some people get a parachute and float down while I just seem to fall straight through and then giving the motorcycle an even greater challenge of finding me.  I’m starting to think that it’s another example of Blizzard’s Tauren racism.

Or maybe Rallick, our rogue, just has a parachute stuck up his ass for emergencies? 🙂

Anyway, our guild was successful.  We bought that monster down! And it felt absolutely fantastic!!  Honestly, that particular moment of victory is such a rush!

We looted.  And that is where my preparation fails.

I had not looked at the loot tables so I had no idea what to expect and worse, no idea what would be an upgrade for me.

Loot stresses me out. A lot.

I think part of the stress is due to my inexperience with WoW.

An item might be a definite upgrade for me but I find it very difficult to press that need button.  It is rare that I am 100% sure that a new piece will be an upgrade for me.  It usually takes me 10 seconds to review their stats and for some reason, those 10 seconds always feel like I’m taking too long.  (Did I hear someone say “Noob”?)

On top of that, I don’t want to appear like a loot hog.  During our guild’s Naxx days, I ran with 2 other hunters! My fellow hunter brother and sister deserve the loot just as much as me!

And then, sometimes, when I did finally needed something and won, I would feel guilty about it.  Horrible, isn’t ?

In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I suffer from overthinking.

Thankfully, I’ve got a degree in Psychology to help deal with the guilt issues although it hasn’t helped with the overthinking issues….   But I do know my fellow hunters and other hunter-loot stealing guildies want the best for me regardless if they need the same piece of gear as me.  That means, the only thing I’ve got to do (apart from therapy) is to take a look at the loot available in the new instances with Patch 3.3.

Although balancing a tier set bonus against a new piece of gear isn’t always that easy!   Honestly, without Zeherah’s Hunter DPS Analyzer (which, as with most things, should not be consider infalliable) to test try gear scenarios I would be lost.

So, wise Azeroth adventurers, tell me how do you figure out which gear you should need?

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Crowd Control

Mages have a crowd control option.  It’s technically called Polymorph, but most people refer to it as “sheeping”.

From the Noblegarden event, I picked up the Polymorph: Rabbit spell and have used it as my crowd control ever since.  Rabbits at the Wintergrasp Fortress gates is kind of cute.

Anyway, with Patch 3.3, they have changed the spell icon for Polymorph: Rabbit.  It looks like this:

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Pug it Up

Welcome Patch 3.3! Welcome!

It was like Christmas morning in Azeroth last evening.  Players grouping up in raids, trying to open their presents as quickly as possible and being frozen into instance load screens for their efforts!  With the daily (or is it weekly?) raid quest, the Naxx entrance was crowded with eager players like it had not seen in ages! 

Did anyone have any success getting into Naxx last night?

We did not.  And after 5 very long loading screens, Regis and I gave up and hit the new LFG interface.

In other words, we joined a pug.

Yes, a pug with people that we don’t know! 

Remember how before-Patch 3.3 (BP3.3), pugging had a definite negative opinion linked to it?  Stories of bad pugs abound in the blogosphere.  There are some good pug stories out there but the bad stories definitely outweigh the good ones! 

I’m really curious to see if P3.3 and the new LFG interface can change the general feeling towards pugging.  Blizzard is definitely doing it’s part with the creation of the Perky Pug reward.  Plus the LFG interface has been completely revamped.  Yes, it’s a shiny.  Oooh!  And everyone loves a new shiny.

Check out some screenshots that I snatched last night.

A buff for using the new LFD system!

A debuff - likely to discourage dropping groups.

A little symbol is used to clarify the role they play in the group. No more confusion as to who is doing what.

A little pseudo-achievement notice of completion.

These rewards are automatically given. Our warrior also liked to Whirlwind a lot. He was a fine helicopter.

 

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