Wow. A whole month without posting. March missed completely. That's only happened once before on this blog – I missed the whole of November 2007, too. But March 2011 was a dead zone on this blog.
And I'd like to thank you all for your concern and enquiries after my health or status with regard to the game. I'd like to, but I can't, because nobody cared. sob
However, I'm aware other people have bowed out of WoW while I've been away and – frankly – I came damn close to quitting myself. I hope to find the time tomorrow to blog about that, what caused my flirtation with /quit and what has (for now) brought me back from the brink. But for now, here's a few screenies, just to prove that I have been doing something.
Hello, shiny belt.
The Slightly Shameful
Uh, yeah. That's the normal Stonecore achievement. At, um, 85. With heroic level gear. cough
It is with sad regret that Andromatche must announce her resignation of leadership of the Shuttered Rivens and her departure from Azerath and the Weald of Wartcraft. Catastrophe has proved to be an utter faceroll and the enjoyment has gone from the game.
Guild leader quitting this very morning!
In amongst "hovering armour" and "the Ice Stone has melted" was the old "naked party" favourite…
Ratters also noticed this.
Original image by Keven Law, used under a Creative Commons Licence
Where are the blogging protocols or standards of practice for us medium sized bloggers? Huh? On behalf of medium sized blogs, I am offended! How have I even continued blogging for over 3 years without standards of our medium sized blogs' very own? /boggle! and /flail!
Does this mean we need to develop a "long-running but niche and frankly a bit lightweight" bloggers' code as well? /treepanic
More seriously, to all those out there involved in this "blog drama" . Guys. Guys. Listen.
This is not new. Every blogging community goes through phases like this. (Those who do not know their blog history are doomed to repeat it… )
And the solutions always pretty much come down to this:
- Your blog is your space. Post and link as you see fit
- Run your comments according to the living room principle: only allow discussion in a manner you would allow in your own living room
- Feel no compunction about not publishing hostile or aggressive comments on your own blog. It's your space remember. Commenters are guests in your web "home"
- Develop as thick a skin as you can muster. Publishing in public will attract criticism. That's life.
Any attempt to develop any form of bloggers' code, bar it be a personal one, is doomed, because there is no real way to enforce or widely communicate it.
In the end, I agree with Ama when she says:
No, you can't control what is said at other people's blogs about you/your blog, but you can choose to respond to it or ignore it.
You can't control others. You can only control your response to others. And that's a vital skill in public discourse, m'kay?
Anyway, I doubt any of those bloggers, big or small, actually read this, so I'm probably just wasting electrons here. Back to the normal fripperies…
(picture included at the very special request of Please Feed The Troll)
Does anyone at all think, even for a second, that the release of the first tranche of patch 4.1 information on the same day as the start of the Rift headstart is a co-incidence?
Back in late December, I joined in the Blog Azeroth Secret Santa, published a lovely gift here, and sent off my own post. And then… nothing. Silence. No response from the blogger. The blogger had, it seems, ceased to blog. And to answer e-mails. Eventually I went to head Secret Santatrix Ophelie and discussed the issue. And she found someone who had never recieved their secret santa gift.
And thus, a slightly embrassed Redhawsk lowered the tone of their blog terribly by publishing my nonsense. The very least you can do is visit it, as a gesture of some kind of sympathy…
First, when I got bored in an instance, I shifted into tree and hit /dance. To my surprise, it actually DANCED!
Missed this (and the post) until now. Can't wait until I get home for massive woody boogie action!
And, let's be honest, I was a little nervous. From every blog post I read, from all the chatter on Twitter, Heroics in Cataclysm have more in common with the nightmare days of the Burning Crusade, than the facerolls of Wrath.
Sunday morning. A druid doing dailies. A guild heroic run looking for just one DPS to make it an all guild group.
Reader, I joined them.
It did not go well.
The random number generator through us into Grim Batol, a dungeon I've yet to run on normal, let alone Heroic. The trash – wasn't too bad. We had a single death in the entire run to the first boss, despite the ineptitude of a confused druid meaning that the bombing run was less effective than it should have been. But the boss. Oh, the boss. After half a dozen wipes with little sign of progress, we called it. And I'm going to call it as my fault. I'm not used to DPSing in instances, I'm not used to Heroics, and I'm new to the dungeon. It wasn't to be.
We hit the RNG again, and dungeon findered our way into Throne of the Tides. This one I have done. And the trash went swimmingly again. But the first boss saw our little part-time boomkin spread over the floor by a whirlwind. And that was that. At this point, I bailed in favour of a better-geared and more experienced guildmate, and they went on to clear the instance.
At this point, I wasn't feeling great about my readiness for Heroics. And that was just super timing – because tonight was guild Heroic night. In the build up to starting raiding next month, we're having a night a week of Heroics, just to help the old gearing-up. The group formed, with me in my familiar healing role, some well geared-guildies and one slightly under-geared warlock. And off we went to Vortex Pinnacle.
The trash went down pretty easily. That seemed familiar.
We got to the first boss. That seemed to be familiar.
We one-shotted him. That most certainly wasn't. (And we were ahead of the other Heroic group at this point, which was satisfying).
The second boss? Down on the third attempt.
Another couple of wipes on trash between there and the end, and the we engaged the windmill for the final boss. Half a dozen wipes, mainly due to casters getting caught outside the magic, sparkly triangle. A final attempt, when I finally, completely ran out of mana, with my potion and Innervate blow, with the boss at 5%. The result?
My conclusions? Yes, Cataclysm Heroics are hard. But they repay skill, organisation and persistence. I felt way more comfortable as a healer than a DPS – but then I've been healing instances for five years, and barely ever DPSed seriously. We were on Vent, we had a skilled tank, and a DPS who could guide us through the fights. It was good natured, and we persisted and saw the results. Yes, gearing does play a huge part. Our under-geared Warlock was getting brutalised compared to our well-geared Mage. That's life. Some more Heroic and Justice gear will give us a little more room for error.
I think I enjoyed tonight's Vortex Pinnacle run more than any single Wrath Heroic I ever did. And that, I think, is rather the point.