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The Cataclysm screenshot of the day from a couple of days back makes me a little sad inside.

I've always wanted to see Steamwheedle Port become an actual, y'know, functioning port, with boats to somewhere. But now, post-Cataclysm, it looks like the only boat heading out from there will be a submarine…

We've all seen with our own eyes how it looks on the servers and what has happened to our guilds and friends lists. Can they really be completely unaffected by this? For a couple of months over the summer – certainly. But I've got the feeling this has been going on for quite a while now.

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You know, the odd thing here is that I do know what's happened to player numbers in our guild – they've gone up slightly, as a couple of people who have been out of circulation for months have rejoined.

Really, until Blizz starts publishing some numbers themselves, all we have is anecdote and guesstimate (even if some of that guessing is technologically driven) to go on, and that's really, really prone to selection bias.

Not arguing against anything Larisa's saying here – just raising a note of caution…

Today, I'm annoyed.

I'm annoyed because I can't play WoW. Steamwheedle Cartel EU, the chunk of silicon in a blade farm I call home, is down for 24 hours in that pre-Cataclysmic maintenance thing. So I can't play.

The weird thing is: I probably wouldn't have played anyway. Of late, I've only really been playing on Mondays – our raid nights – and occasionally on weekends. But still, the knowledge that I couldn't play if I wanted to annoys me.

I am, it appears, a contrary tree. 

Update: Of course, as soon as I post this, an e-mail arrives from a guildie saying that it's back up…

FesterFallWe had one look at Festergut last week after downing Saurfang for the first time. Nobody was hugely confident that we'd get him down this week – but, on the third attempt, down he went.

As with everyone, I suspect, getting the spores right was our biggest issue. An unnecessary run from the melee pack nearly cost us the final attempt, and some sluggish DPS movement wiped us the try before. 

But actually – I kinda enjoyed the fight. Trees seem well-suited to being in the melee pack, as Wild Growth really comes into its own in that situation. Co-ordinating the healing when one of the tanks reached 7 or 8 stacks of Gastric Bloat was the trick, though, making sure I was rolling HoTs on the tank about to taunt as well as Nourishing the existing tank.

Good fun. Here's the team. Makes me sad I'll probably miss next week's raid. :-(

I have mentioned once or twice that I love parody songs, musical comedy et al. And I love World of Warcraft-inspired songs generally. So, in an effort to force some Discipline upon myself (even if that's a bit Priestly for this Tree), I'm going to post one song I enjoy every Tuesday. Hopefully… 

This week, it's the latest in the Nub Tales series, guest starring Isolte:

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Made me laugh. And the classical element means that I get to bring some Culture to you Barbarians.

I have two boys aged 5 and 2, who keep me busy most of the time, but once they’re in bed for the night, that’s when I get to relax and do my thing, either chilling out with my (non-gamer!!) boyfriend, or playing World of Warcraft. I am going to entice him into the game eventually… just you wait. *cackles*

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A blogger returns to the WoW Blogsphere, with a little WoW for us. ;-)

Burned-out Healer – Has been doing this WAY too long, and is just tired of putting up with the shit that goes with healing. May also be tired of raiding in general, but may find relief in being allowed to pick up a DPS spec occasionally. Probably either very quiet or very chattery, but only about non-raid-related things. May turn into the Angry Healer or the AFK Healer easily

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Makes me wonder if the Annas have been lurking in our Vent…