Adventures in Altitis

Therapy for Re-Rolling Addiction

Update: 12 June 2010

Well, I broke 1k gold on my bank alt and AH gamer. I was pretty happy about that, it’s kinda fun just spending about an hour or so making money in a fake game.

Otherwise, my actual character I’m playing is 37 now. I really seem to be getting levels pretty easily. I don’t know why this just seems to be going faster than usual. I don’t think Blizz changed the xp gains since I last leveled a character like this or what. Maybe, I’m just enjoying playing an Arms Warrior. I’ve always liked Arms and its fun to just do dps in parties. My dps is almost totally dependent on Rend and Overpower, and that’s ok with me. I’m not really worrying about upgrading my stuff like I usually do and I’m just using what I get for the most part. I do upgrade my weapons every 5 levels, though. That’s one thing that AH-gaming is helping me with.

Today I was in a group running Razorfen Downs. We had a pally tank and we were having an ok run. The mage was pulling aggro pretty often using Blizzard, but it really wasn’t anything unmanageable. Anyway, we fight Tuten’kash and the Plate drops. I, being a warrior, roll need on it and win. The paladin, who after I rolled typed “MINE!”, also rolled need and when he lost said, “that was the only reason I was even running this instance.” A few moments later he left without saying another word.

Now, if he had said something at the beginning of the instance that he was wanting this certain piece of eq, I would of happily passed on the item. But, what he did was be a big baby about the whole thing, be somewhat rude in his comments, and then went away pouting after he didn’t get what he wanted. I really think it was absurd and immature. If I wanted some specific piece of eq, I would speak up at the beginning of the instance instead of waiting until it dropped and after I rolled on it to say anything.

Whatever, it was someone being stupid, and I’ll drop it. I just think behavior like that is unnecessary and uncalled for.

June 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Weekly Update

I got into the 30s with my new Warrior. I’m leveling as Arms because I’ve just always been attracted to it. In instance runs I do, I don’t even put tank as an option and just say I’m going to do dps. I really need some gear upgrades, but I’m not getting any decent drops in the runs I do.

I started playing the AH with a bank alt and gained about 350g this week with only 20g starting money. I feel pretty good about that and am interested in how much the coming weeks will bring in. I should mention that my bank alt currently has all bank slots with 16 slot bags.

The server I’m on, Staghelm, has a really inflated economy, at least to what I’m accustomed to, so the cost of things on the AH really allows money to grow when people underprice things so much.

June 5, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Newb Tanking Gripes

After a couple months off from the game and noticing that I hadn’t closed my account like I had intended, I started up an orc warrior last night. I got to level 15 before going to bed. Upon awaking this morning, I thought I would run RFC and try to get some gear, so I ended up tanking. Here are a few gripes I have about people rolling alts and not being accustomed to newbie tanking.

First of all, I absolutely cannot stand when melee dps runs ahead to the next group of mobs when the healer has no mana. This just pisses me off to no end. I pull slowly. I’m very conservative when I tank and I know this annoys many people, but I don’t have a lot of buttons to save your ass if you pull a lot of threat and there is no one able to heal.

Secondly, I had this pleasant group tell me I could use Charge while in Defensive Stance. The ability to do that is located in a 41 point talent, well out of the reach of a level 15 Warrior. If you think I should be charging instead of pulling with a ranged weapon, I’m going to be stance-dancing. I know you think you have a way of doing things that is successful, but not everyone has the same way of doing things. Being the tank, I think I should be allowed some leeway in my tanking style. As long as we’re not dying, I feel that things are going well. I’m sorry if I don’t meet your lovely exp/min. requirements. This is a pickup group and it will be over in a mere 15 mins, or you can leave and get another group that fits in with your style better. RFC is a very easy instance and can be run with 3 lvl 15s successfully, and unless you are our healer, we don’t need you.

Three, don’t pull the boss when the rest of the party has decided to clear the zone. If you’re unhappy with that decision, speak up instead of dying and wasting all of our times.

And finally, Taunt doesn’t just generate threat. It will create enough threat to pull the mob off of you and onto me, but if I’m using it on a mob that is already focused on me it is not going to do anything. Telling me to tab-taunt isn’t a good way to get things done, either. It is on an 8-sec cooldown for starters. Maybe you are getting Sunder Armor confused with Taunt. I don’t know, but I’m not going to argue because I’m too busy pulling stuff of your DPS ass because you couldn’t wait for me to pull in a controlled manner.

Otherwise, I really like the new Victory Rush ability. It helps greatly when soloing quests and I’ve really noticed a difference in the time it takes for me to kill things simply because of that ability.

May 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tanking

I mentioned in my last post that the role of Tanking was something that attracted me. It got me thinking about what classes are implemented to fulfill that role. I have a paladin who is coming along nicely. I have a Druid who I’ve never actually tanked with, but I maybe dual-spec into a tanking role simply to try the Druidish style. I have a couple of warriors who I cannot seem to get up very high. I mess around with one, but then again, I was planning on maybe making a Goblin in the expansion a warrior, and I might just wait until then to really work on one. Fourthly, there is the Death Knight who I started last night in a bout of insomnia to try my hand at DK tanking. Finding resources on DK tanking is really difficult, but I did find one blogger over at http://pwnwear.com/ who seemed to be going about it in a very methodical way. I will probably be using this blog as a jumping off point for my experience.

The thing that bothers me with DK tanking is I don’t really understand yet how threat is generated. I can see that Parry is king, but threat seems to come simply through straight dps. I guess that was much of the change for the tanking experience throughout WotLK, I’m just worried with how it plays out with my DK friend.

October 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment