Shared topic 42: What is your favourite role and why?

This week’s topic from Z and Cinder is a nice one:

Do you love being the shield that protects your group, or the damage dealer that melts the mobs before you or the healer at the back shaking your head at the people standing in fire and giving you something to do?

We’d also love to hear from you if you play a different MMO or one that’s not built on the WoW trio model.

I find it hard to choose between tanking and DPS.  I adore playing caster DPS and doing damage with spells. I like being able to burn, freeze, lightening and thunder my way through mobs.  I love collecting massive amounts of mobs and then AOEing them down. I feel powerful and awesome.  Any type of RP game I play I fall back onto playing a range caster – mage/wizard/sorcerer etc. Anything which allows me to just kill things. I like big spells with big numbers.

I temper that with my complete love of tanking. Mainly Guardian Druid form because I am bright purple and brilliant and who doesn’t love a bright purple bear saving them from destruction?  I tanked briefly through another raid period..maybe Ulduar? and I liked it then as well but the stress levels are way higher than DPS. If you miss a cooldown it could be the end of the raid or group but that is the limit of the stress. I never really struggled to get and maintain aggro, I always seemed to manage to pick up mobs easily enough, however my issue has always been learning to control my urges when tanking different things.  Tanking Mythics+ is different to raiding and I kept going into raiding and burning my cooldowns as though I was in Mythics+.  It caused issues when I needed a CD and I didn’t have one – I got better once I got my brain on board, but that was always highly stressful for me.

I would still be tanking except I cannot raid Wednesday and it would be unfair to the guild to try and keep that spot so I went boomy and raid Fridays only. One night of raiding kills me given it is mostly just a wipe night for me. I am not really getting the joy and satisfaction from it.

Screw Healing. You are all crazy. No way. Nope.Z

Here are some other posts on this topic:

Gnomecore

Your Quest Log is Full

 

 

It’s a Mythic!!

We did our very first mythic!!  Can you believe it! We are soo excited. 310 ilevel for me, Moryrt and Nibblepie were about 316-320, so we knew we weren’t too far off being able to handle them with our set group. Stab was 340 I think and Pracey was 332? But still not exactly stellar levels.

Figuring that mythic 0 isn’t a killer and isn’t really much worse than heroic we decided to head to the motherlode because it was a central location and easy to get to. Never underestimate laziness people, never 🙂

We had one particularly bad patch where we got mobs from behind a hut accidentally as well as mobs to the side. It was bedlam. We wiped technically once, but we died a lot more than that. We kept running back individually to keep the momentum going before deciding to just wait and go again as a group.

I took a picture of our group in the middle of the run because I wanted to remember our very first mythic. Unlike some people who have already completed the collective mythic achievement, some of us have waited to go together as a group. LOL yes, many cherry popping jokes were made because some of us are juveniles when together.

The last boss killed us, once. I am terrified of doing this on a harder keystone. This fight is horrid. So much stuff on the ground, and homing missiles and gattling guns and smashes ….it makes me nervous.  Hopefully a few more attempts and we will spank it with ease.

We finished that earlier than we thought we would, so we signed up for another heroic. The Waycrest Manor.  (We now only have 2 more to see).  I liked it. Pracey was enamoured with the pipe organ playing throughout and I admit it was nice.  The fights aren’t too bad on heroic. I have no idea about the fight with the flasks and the dead people, but I am sure I will make sense of it after another couple of goes.

I clicked a “Vile pod” which was sitting in a fountain in a courtyard and “Groundskeeper Lilltih” popped up and almost killed me. I started screaming for aid. Reminiscent of Gondor really, but my team came running and I survived.  I tried to not touch anything else. There doesn’t seem to be anything fancy about the pod just an extra elite spawn.

So mythic number 1 done. We got so much gear drop as well.  Pracey is the only plate wearer and the brilliance of 4 people being able to swap gear is indescribable.  We are now well into the 324 space for ilevel which means we might get close for raiding requirements set by the guild of 330, especially if we can fit in some mythics between now and then. 340 ilevel gear dropping on bosses is nothing to be baulking at and basically why we stopped running heroics – why chase 325 when we can chase 340? Amirite?

DPS wise I think the boomy is doing me ok, I would like to be higher but I need to stop comparing myself to Stab and Pracey who had 30 ilevels on me and still have about 20 after upgrades. It makes a big difference.  I even downloaded Hekili (mod for rotations) and my DPS isn’t that far off if I am not using the mod compared to when I am using it. This makes me happy.

I see many more mythics in our future. Many.

Mage tower challenge

Yeah. So – I think you are all crazy and I liken this to that time in Pandaland when we were required to hit silver in the proving grounds before we could run heroics.

Thank the old ones there isn’t anything gated behind this except some appearances which are generally meh. Well that is not true the mages ones are boring, the feral kitty ones are epic. I checked last night though, to get purple spectral kitty I would need to win 10 ranked PVP matches! Hahahah laughable. I couldn’t even win one if I was playing by myself and with no opponents.

I tried Agatha. So many times. So so so many times.

I even used Lightblood elixir. Full flasks, runes etc etc. I went the whole hog.  The closest I could get was just under 40%, always phase 2 and always I would die.  I watched videos, made target macros for the imp you need to focus on, changed talents and I died every single time withouth getting her even close to death.

Every time. I failed. Every time.  This was the best DPS I could muster on my 934 geared fire mage.  I would peak at about 1.15 million at the start with everything time warping, but I would usually sit between 700-800.

Pathetically, I gave up and I am not going to go back. I do not have the tolerance capacity to do this. I am just not a good enough DPSer (or player) hahah.  I toyed with the idea of trying in feral but I am even worse with DPS in my super geared kitty than on my mage so I laughed that off as crazy talk.

I honestly do not know how anyone does this successfully and I know,  I said the exact same thing about the proving grounds when I was failing…but this…this is so much harder imho. Congratulations to all those people who have managed to get this done – you are awesome. I bow down to your brilliance!

We're Not Worthy

Class: I miss my mage.

I made a concerted effort this time round to change class/role and try something new.  What this has made me realise is how much I love and miss playing my mage. Not sure what that means moving forward into the new xpac, but I have enjoyed jumping on her and doing the odd heroic/mythic/LFR. I still enjoy tanking and i adore my druid, but my mage…she is all I have ever known since day 1 and she is comforting to me. She is my happy place.

It was funny because Ben, Drew and I were discussing the desire of coming home to play way and when you are out how you want to just be at home playing.  Drew said he has never experienced that really except maybe in BC days.  Oui and myself though – feel it all the time.  Azeroth is my happy place especially thinking about tanking or my mage. I feel I need this Tshirt – one for every day of the week.

Her gear is currently at 927 and I have been building that up pretty slowly over the last few weeks. I would like to get her into a normal Antorus with Craig’s group on Saturday evenings and I found out yesterday min ilvl is 920. I would have gone yesterday but I had just completed LFR with Drew which means I wouldn’t have gotten any loot.  We weren’t supposed to be home last night for dinner  – but plans with the work people fell through at the last minute which was why we did LFR earlier.

Her DPS is pretty good over the last week I have been watching and the above was on a very good AOE/stand still sort of fight – I was surprised I could hit that number with the gear. So I took a screenshot! Who wouldn’t?  Ben didn’t believe me yesterday when I said mages were in a good spot, just shows another one doing over 2 mil, and I am pretty sure this was the one playing Frost spec.

This is a better representation of where I am sitting at the moment on my mage with her current gear in frost spec. A spec I haven’t played in a long time;  I was playing arcane for a little which I was enjoying as well and getting approx the same numbers.  The only reason I am in frost at the moment is because I am trying to get the hidden artifact – it looks amazing.  I will likely switch back to arcane once I have completed that achievement and confirm if the numbers are better or the same and then just pick a spec I enjoy playing.  I have a natural aversion to arcane because that was the only spec you could play for 2 xpacs and I hated being forced to pick a spec because of DPS/damage output.

In the LFR’s I have run I was managing to hold my own and I am pretty proud of that.  It isn’t brilliant, but a few more weeks with some gear upgrades ( I have a lot in the 880 space still) and a better choice of stats to work with and I will be begging to bring her to some alt runs with our guild if we ever have another tank 🙂 I was in the top 5 – 8 for the LFR we ran yesterday which is bad I know with those numbers, but the top 4 were always stupidly high…like over 1.5 mill type players.

Finally managed to get this achievement!  Every LFR for Antorus I have done has Eonar down already so I haven’t ever done it on LFR.  So frustrating. But I finally got it done!

A picture of me and Drew completing some story lines  😀

Who is stressed now…sitting on 8/10

We did kill them last night!! I knew we would 🙂 I was feeling it in my bones. Most of us managed to receive the Iron Assembly achievement as well which is nice!  We only have 2 more to go now!!

I could sense towards 10pm people were starting to get annoyed because some people were just not doing as requested and it was making the mechanics really hard to avoid. It is a very mess fight though and whilst we are now doing the first 2 boats phases will minimal issues, when it gets to the third phase we seem to lose our concentration or something and all hell breaks loose.

It was a tough attempt though and it was really touch and go to get that kill even.  I think we had about 7 people left up – I honestly couldn’t tell you I was staring so hard at the health bar of the boss willing it to go down!

I am not sure killed me, I checked the recap as well and ultimately it was just an assortment of things…I should have been watching my health but I was tunnelling the turrets 🙁  Bad mage.

My DPS was better last night with my new cloak from the clear before: Runescribed Gronncloak, (Thanks Luxy!) and our increase in ilevel from gear I am now sitting pretty on 682. I think I was seeing myself on like 28k at some points which I am much happier about.

So much gear dropped!!  and we found a quest in the back of a room that allows you to have direct access to Blackhand apparently.  It looks like it requires at least 4 clears for the bits we need for it.

We also went and had a play on the next boss which I admit I didn’t read up about at all. I was so focused on the maidens 🙁  It is a pretty confusing fight currently – after having done less than 10 attempts :)  We got to phase 2 on every attempt but only just.  I am so excited to be this close to end content again!

Kyjenn decided to photobomb my perfectly composed screenshot!  I will try and get some time to read up and watch some videos on it before the next raid as we have an entire night to work on it which can be either great or horrid!!  LOL

Garrosh rumble

Raiding has been an ongoing theme lately, Wednesday night is generally for the heroics so I just chill out, I normally get pulled into the next nights run to do whatever is left – generally from Juggernaut.

We have some ups and downs – sadly my DPS is the same, some nights I can pump out a great amount, other nights I can barely crack 160k…I have been closer to 200k than ever before – but I am just really trying to get these stupid runestones.  I am now on 4 in total.  I really hope the cloak will give me a much needed boost – but aside from my trinkets and a ring – my gear cannot get much better without hitting heroics/ or getting warforged.  I cannot seem to find any reason why my DPS is so lack lustre – I am following my rotation – maybe I am still moving too much and not realising it – you know the old thing of moving 6 feet instead of 2.  I shall have to pay attention to it.

I have been running LFR, only for the bosses I haven’t done with the guild,  because you only get one chance for it to drop, so I won’t do more LFR than I absolutely need to, but it is still a royal pain in the buttski.

We still wipe here and there on normals because it is basically a mish mosh of whoever is online – but overall we manage to get it done.

I even managed to score this little puppy the other night in Flex 🙂

 

My first heirloom, which I will send to my druid to play with. She is the only other class I have that can use it and receive benefit from – I think I was about to buy her a staff from timeless isle – this means I can keep those 20k coins 🙂  I was a little chuffed to receive it.

I have missed raiding and I have really missed being part of a team – I really wish I had been around when it began to learn all the fights with them.  It is a very different environment in farming content to learning.  This makes me excited for WoD :)

Dumbest things I have done recently

So returning to a game you love is pretty difficult because it is amazing the amount of information you forget that at one time seemed really important, but that you don’t realise you have forgotten, because like a remembral – you can’t remember what it is your forgot, even if you do know that you have forgotten something.

I have spent the last month trying to find Evocation in my spellbook, because I realised I had a glyph for it, but wasn’t using it. I spend about 15 minutes every night trying to find it thinking I have missed it on each page, I checked my talent trees to see if it something I needed to spec into now, and concluded I was crazy because it was gone.  I finally decided this morning to google it…turns out…I am using rune of power (duh – which I knew) but that is what replaces evocation!  IDIOT!!!  IDIOT!!!!!!

Of course, that is nothing compared to the idiocy of last night.  I discovered noxxic has a list of approx DPS at differing gear levels, which is goddamn fantastic!  I am of course nowhere near for any of my toons – but it certainly gives me something to aim for so I know what I should be doing.  Anyway I found this after some heroics last night in which my boomy could not get above 20k and infact the healer was beating me in kitty form as resto – she is very well geared though at 550 something whereas I am only barely scraping into the 470 area.  However according to noxxic I should be able to hit about 70k dps….LOL…sure thing buddy!!

I decided then to try and find more hit on my gear somehow, after complaining to the hubby about the lack of hit on boomy timeless isle gear and how I had to reforge all the spirit off because it was useless to me, he advised to check out Mr Robot. I was reticent, but did it anyway and it was telling me to reforge back into spirit – enter my tirade about spirit being useless I don’t need mana regen blah blah blah…..yeah…you can all laugh at me now.  Spirit = hit for some classes.  What is worse, after the hubby had finished laughing at me I remembered the hundreds of disputes I had seen in LFD because DPSers had taken gear with spirit (boomies and SP’s mainly – I am sure there was another class as well – I want to say shammies??).  How could I forget something so instrumental to the classes?

I guess this is the joy of coming back to a game 12 months later, you do forget things and need to spend time re-learning.  I know I am still trying to learn how to play again, I am better on my mage because I have played her for so long, but with other toons I am really struggling to get into the swing of it.  Heroics are also very hard as most of the time I am running with people who are very well geared and hitting the 180k+ DPS mark, which means mobs die faster than I can cast a spell – on both my mage and my boomy.  It makes it hard to see where I am sitting in reality and harder to judge what I need to improve.

I know on my mage in LFR I can sometimes be in the top 10 for damage and hitting just over 100k DPS, but according to noxxic I should be hitting 250k + dps…as a frost mage at my gear level and that is not maximum – that is realistic….no way!?!?!?!?  I have to spend some time on a dummy and test out wtf I am doing wrong as I am missing out on a lot of dps.  I need to examine combat logs of mages and see what they are doing that I am not.    Anyway, I am sure, like the previous things, there is something I have forgotten to do….I just have to find out what that is!!!

 

 

MoP Stuff

I hit 90 on my mage last week and have been just trying to get my gearscore up.

I am playing arcane at the moment as it appears to be the only spec I can get more than 15k out of…which is weird given I have seen myself shoot upwards of 80k as arcane…I can’t even understand why I suck so much in the other specs.

We are still recruiting 2 DPS for the guild for our core raid team, which sucks, I had hoped we would be able to nab people whilst leveling and during this preparation period.  We really are just wanting some solid players who can avoid the bad stuff and be part of the team – no idea why that is so hard!

We have only about 4 other people at level 90 and a couple more almost there..they took their time and I am itching to get back into raiding.  We were hoping to head in tonight, but since we are so short on people, it may have to wait until next Wednesday at this stage.  Fingers crossed we can get some of us into LFR tonight as a finger dipping exercise.

Not much to report really, hubby has gotten his monk to 86 since release, a few more days and he will be 90 and able to get some heroics under his belt.  YIPPEE!!

I am doing my dailies as often as I can, and I am close to getting my cloud serpent – I even found 4 eggs on my first day hunting and have not seen any since 🙂 LOL beginner’s luck ran out on me I think 🙁

I am loving pandaland though, aside from leveling cooking and the Klaxxis 🙂

Raiding and my obsession.

Yes.

Obsessed.

I had not been raiding for an entire week.  ONE WEEK!  I was having withdrawals until last night when I got pulled into a full DS run by some friends 🙂  We did Mor’chok heroic and that was about it, the rest we ran like manics through.  I felt so good afterwards…just having been in a raid was enough to satisfy me for a few days.

As mentioned previously I am in the process of updating our guild website with all the raiding information and strats I can find for MoP.  I already have most of Mogu’shan vaults committed to memory, just the last 2 I need to work on a little more.

I have done a couple of the Heart of Fear bosses, mostly committed to memory – they look like fantastic fights!  Can’t wait! But I have done nothing about the middle raid yet.  Yes I have been slack.  But committing that many bosses to memory is hard work let me tell you 🙂

All this raiding information has made me literally wanting to raid.  I want the kill and I really want to see us do it – I don’t want to fail as a raid leader, I want to push people to be better and I want to be better myself.

This of course brings me to my mage.  I sucked at arcane, I am now sucking at frost and I am going to try fire at some point over the next few weeks – probably whilst levelling?  I am feeling very very uncomfortable on my mage and completely out of depth.  I was hoping a run in DS would help me practice the frost rotation and in all honesty I was pathetic.  For someone with my gear I should be kicking arse.  Is this the end of my mage?  Have I really come this far to not be able to do another xpac on her?

NO NO NO NO NO!!!!  I will not give up just because shit got hard!  If I stop playing her its because I want to…not because I can’t handle the changes!  SCREW YOU no self confidence!!  I’ll show you!!

errr….

Sorry I momentarily lost my train of thought….and it doesn’t want to come back. So I shall leave you here with my little tangent of anger at myself 🙂  LOL

Also found out the store I am picking up my collector’s edition from – isn’t having a midnight launch like they have every other xpac..so now I am going to just go to work on Tuesday, pick up my copy on the way home and get Wednesday off instead. No midnight launch for me 🙁

Update on so much stuff

I know it has been a few days since I updated, I had to have emergency surgery on a re-ocurring problem, and although I am mostly ok, I am still recovering and have been some very bad raiding with great pain killers.

I did Onyxia 25 man with my frosties and some other famous people again, it was pretty awesome 🙂  I scored 3 different achievements. Many whelps, killing her fast and not geting hit with the deep breath…sadly, no mount dropped 🙁

Of course, my screenshotter did not take pictures…so I got a new screenshot mod…so sick of the old one not working!!

We also did Ruby Sanctum.  The only raid I have never done, neither had hubby.  I thought it was a very cool fight for the 3 minutes of it that we saw before the boss died!

I was pretty happy finally seeing that one, I have wanted to do it for a very long time. HAPPY!

I also managed to do a laid back raid with JD and do Onyxia on alliance side 🙂  Also fun and very fast, we did it 10 man and she was dead before i really even had one rotation off.  LOL.

Our guild got to level 3!  DING!  and is about 46% through the next level. A certain famous person placed a toon in our guild as well and I got all mental about it…hubby thinks I am insane…but I was hooting like a maniac…just a shame I was in hospital when it happened.

We also went back into DS tonight to get the last two bosses.  We had some trouble on Spine, but in the end got it done.  So we have cleared DS with the guild.  We are going to try for some heroics next week, morchok definitely and also Yorashj and perhaps Ultrax.

I know we are at a 30% buff and that makes things pretty easy, it is still an untested group and we still have some issues to be worked out.  So I think given that, clearing the content is pretty impressive.  We want to get some heroics done before MoP just so we can test out our group I guess. It will also help level the guild, but in all honesty, I am not sure how much longer we will be raiding for anyway since MoP is so close now.   We still need 2 DPS as we are still pugging for raids, but it has only been a guild for 2 weeks I think, so we are not doing too badly.

Anyway, that is all my updates 🙂 Sorry for the long post, but i am still post-op and on good rugs so I have to get everything in whilst I can still actually mostly type 😀

Sucker for punishment :D

I was going to do LFR on my druid last night and ended up going to DS with a pug – guild group with a few short.  This guild clears heroic bosses, so I had high hopes of it being successful.

Overall it was, we started at 8 or 8.30pm and it went until 11.45pm, by which stage I had to leave and so did a few others.  We wiped once on Warmaster, and then wiped about 4 times on Spine.

So I have yet to kill DW.  Last nights run was the closest so far, and I will keep trying.  It was a pretty good group and they were a pretty fun bunch of people until the wiping starting and then it got tense.

They are recruiting people and kept making commenting but they are far too hardcore for my tastes. The raid leader said they stopped running 25 mans because it was too hard to single out individuals who sucked.

That’s a pretty harsh reason for people not to run 25 mans, but that is my opinion and I am sure it is quite fair for hardcore guilds.  But it just reinforces my confusion about raiding.  I was pretty high DPS most of the night except on fights like Warmaster where I have never ever done well, but I really felt like an idiot most of the night because they seemed to be able to play so much better….but then…a hunter and DK…were giving me a run for my money – I have to remember that neither of those classes has DPS issues though – face roll much :p

(watch all the hunters and DK’s fire up :p)

I did cop flack for using food and potions, and then later about some stuff on my gear.  Neither impressed me at all.  I am not in a top end raiding guild, and even if I was I would still do the same anyway I think.  I like using different foods and potions on different fights, and at the end of the day, that small amount is not going to make the difference in a fight.

I hate it when people assume everyone else is an idiot and don’t know anything about the game.  I know how to get my toon ready for raiding – and I am sorry,  a +40 gem over a +20 gem (an example only people!) is NOT going to make such a huge difference that you will be able to see it on the logs – END OF STORY!  Certainly not with a player like me who is not ever going to be in a Top 10 guild and perhaps on patchwerk it might because there is no interruption to a perfect rotation, but in the current fights….no way.

Anyway, I had fun last night and it was great to get through so much as quickly as we did.  I was not having a super night with my procs…which annoyed me a little as my DPS was not as high as I have seen it.  But hey, that is fire spec 😀

I am a little ranty today 🙂  Sorry.  It was meant to be an upbeat post about my enjoyment last night!

This is why i don’t PUG

and it is why i join guilds for raiding – expecting to see content.

I went on a DS 10 man PUG this morning, as in, I started at 11.30 or so?  It is now, 4.20pm and we are still trying to kill Hagara.  Admittedly at 2.20 we had a 50 minute break until about 3.15pm.  Hagara down at 4.30pm.  We are now waiting to do Ultraxion trash, I will be leaving after we do Ultrax as there is no way this group can do Warmaster.

Now, don’t get m wrong, they were a very very nice bunch of people, but i spent over 300g in repairs and I got nothing out of it except annoyance.  Most people would ask why i hung around, and i still have no die, I kept hoping we would get better…..that it was just the first boss, then well it was a fuck up on the send…you know…I just kept hoping…

Now, the tank has left because of lag and we need to find another person to replace him, this has happened on every single fucking boss. We lose someone after each wipe, so then we spend 20 minute looking for another person and I tell you now…..I AM OVER IT!

I should have left after the first wipe, but two healing zonozz with 2 shammies isn’t the best idea…no matter how good they appear to be.

We wiped on Ultrax trash, then had to wipe on Ultrax because someone left and we couldn’t summon the replacement in the shadow realm, then they called it because another person had to leave.  5pm.

Seriously?!?!?!?!?  Aside from the one Ulduar run I did a few months ago to get my mount – that is the calibre of the PUGS I am always in.  whY!?!?!!?!??!

Why do people say they know the fights in LFR when they can’t avoid the fucking ice crystals on hagara, or that PURPLE IS THE FIRST COLOUR, or that you have to jump into the red crystals (ok bad example there) – clearly YOU DONT KNOW THE FIGHT?!?!!?!?

I am annoyed with myself more than anything for wasting an entire day only clearing 4 bosses…Oh god…I hate my WoW life.  I was top DPS all day though by a fair bit..a hunter was close to me most of he time, about 5k difference.

This was spurred on by the LFR I joined before the DS pug, as healer, they had no tanks so i offered to switch then as I was doing so a bear ran into the mobs and grabbed 2 groups of slimes…..I dumped that one straight away.  Why did I not do the same thing when everyone else “Dc’D” to get out of the run after one wipe!!!

I hate pugs.  I hate everything.  I hate hate hate people who can’t admit they don’t know what they are doing, and I HATE IT when people just keep being dumbarses!

/end rant

/maybe

/start sobbing hysterically.

All I wanted was to kill Deathwing on 10 man to complete my achievement.  That’s all.  Maybe I should pay a guild for a run???  That’s not a bad idea.

Still on Spine

We are so close on Spine it is not funny. Last night we just cocked up every single attempt with something silly and it just caused a night of annoyance really.

The best we got was to the last tendon with about 20% left, but then we got overrun with bloods as the amalgamation was blowing up for what would have been our 1st kill.

Long boring brain dump 😀 Feel free to skip the rest!  I won’t be offended.

Continue reading “Still on Spine”

Warmaster Fatface (Blackhorn)….

I cannot…CANNOT….arggghhhh!!

Horrible horrible horrible fight on 10 man….so horrible in fact that i can’t even bring myself to typing about it without wanting to crawl into a corner shaking and crying.

He is our wall, and honestly I am letting the team down. I can do 27k on Ultrax on a good pyro night, yet on WB I am barely managing 11k dps…and that’s maybe….generally I am under 10k…

It’s so insane, I am constantly running around to get things and I am just not being able to get the dps out which means we are getting overrun with adds.

I am soaking every second twilight onslaught and that was helping us on Monday night, and we were really really close to getting to actually fight Warmaster…like…1.2 drakes to go…

We kept losing the ship though – not to sappers though, to all the other damage.

We are doing everything right, we just need to get more practice at it.  So another week clearing and we should be just that little bit closer!!

 

Is dps more important ?

Lately I have been noticing something in my guild which unsettles me a little bit; DPS is given god like importance.

I am not a fan of watching or even running with DPS meters, I do because it shows me my uptime and it gives me an immediate indication if I have indeed reduced my movement on a fight. But I honestly don’t care where I am on damage meters providing I am keeping up with everyone else.

(I posted a couple of days ago about increasing my DPS due to comments, but you have to understand I was generally lowest dps and as a Mage I was not really representing us very well 🙂 )

In this post I am more referring to the running commentary of how high they spike before they inevitably die 🙂 it is not unusual for meters to be posted to guild or raid and impressive noises made about it. But surely – the focus needs to be on what is happening to you and others and…I don’t know…the actual boss fights?

I caught myself the other day taking on this mentality about a Mage doing really low dps in a heroic! I smacked myself for that and shall never do it again 🙂

I remember a while ago I banned the use of meters when I was raid leader (of course people still used them) but there was no mention of them, discussion etc and I requested everyone close them until after each fight. In that month I remember our boss kills being much smoother and faster – so what if you do less dps if you can avoid damage and watch out for boss mechanics?

I would much rather be in a group/raid with people who can stay alive and not get caught out by mechanics, than be in a group who can put out high dps but can’t control their aggro or deaths or traps etc 🙂

Taking the good with the bad

I was speechless earlier today..completely….I decided to jump on my level 33 priest this afternoon and do a couple of runs with the LFG thing…

you know it is going to get bad right about now right?

I am in there, trying to facemelt things, running dry with mana and thinking I was having an alright time, until some dickhead in the party – says “What’s with the priest they just leeching xp?”  to which I said nothing…I was WTF-ing at my monitor.

He then goes on to say – “priest doing 0 DPS”

I then say :

“I didn’t realise I was meant to be a fucking expert at this level”

his response was “you’re doing zero dps”

“I hate selfish people like this priest!”

and then thsy started spamming recount on me and I was doing like 78 dps…so according to that i was doing 78 more points of DPS than was quoted by dickwad…

But what annoys me is wtf is dps at lvl 33? It was SM library FFS…..did you want me doing 10k dps already? I have like 5 spells to use, 3 of which don’t get any benefit in low level places where mobs are dying before 2 ticks have gotten off…..

It has really annoyed me!!