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Wrong Toon, Dummy!

April 4, 2009

So there I was on my shaman, waiting for some slacker pugs to get closer to the stone so we could do some summons for Utgarde Keep. Nobody seemed to be in a big hurry to get there so I was going to level some herbalism. All your goldclover are belong to me.

I near a yellow dot on my minimap and suddenly I see a vykrul mob riding around on something. A quick click shows me that it is none other than Vigdis the War Maiden. It’s a rare spawn ZOMG. I’m specced Resto at the moment so I wonder if it’ll be a tough kill like the rare spawns in Burning Crusade. But it’s not. Ding! Northern Exposure! I think at the time that it’s a little silly that my shaman of all toons found one, but hey, what can you do.

A week or two later I’m herbing again in Zul’Drak and draw some aggro and it’s a mob I don’t recognize. Hello there, Griegen! I’ve now killed two mobs on my way to the most insane achievement evar, Frostbitten.

Just the other day, I got to take the mage along to a Naxx 10. Which we’re totally sick of, by the way, but that’s another post. Anyway, two achievements were obtained without even attempting to try. The first was Arachnophobia. We weren’t rushing it, we just calmly and with precision destroyed Faerlina and Maexxna and it didn’t take an hour to hand out two pieces of loot. The second was Make Quick Werk of Him. Patchy went down in style in 2:52.

So for those keeping score at home, that’s an achievement (and two rare mobs) killed on Doffy the Shaman and two achievements earned on Sherm the Mage. Take a moment and guess how many of those Doofy the Paladin has.

If you said none, you win! Please e-mail me for your prize. (Note: prizes void where prohibited. Which is wherever you are reading this.)

On my paladin I’ve done 3,000 quests, gotten exalted with over 20 factions (on the way to 25), spent 1,200 gold on a 22-slot bag, took 10 minutes hitting a level 80 elite barehanded, spent way too much money on mounts and pets and gotten a few other pretty darn ridiculous achievements. But I’ve never seen a rare mob and certain achievements will just elude him forever. Despite being Guy Who Never Dies On Heigan (four months and counting since the last DanceFAIL), I am just not allowed to have The Safety Dance achievement.

What achievements have you gotten on the wrong toons?

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Early 3.02 Thoughts While WoW Reinstalls

October 16, 2008

I had some wonkiness last night trying to get some addons working again and attempting to log back on resulted in the Launcher breaking so I am presently reinstalling WoW as I twitch constantly. I separately downloaded the 3.0 patches before leaving for work so hopefully I’m up and running shortly, but here’s some thoughts on what I’ve witnessed.

1. The Nerf factory is probably working overtime for the hit Retribution is going to take. Seriously, it’s disturbing now and should the dps that can be output should not be possible. I’m all for just about any spec that isn’t talent points assigned randomly being viable, but the Paladin is a hybrid class that can tank and heal. Having Ret be leetsauce DPS will cause more players to choose that spec, thus reducing the available number of healers and tanks, which we’re generally short on already. And no, Death Knights will not fix the problem. Yes, you heard me.

1a. I am happy that my Holy dps appears to have gone up as splash damage. Maybe leveling to 80 won’t suck. I’m not used to the new Judgement system yet, and it’s going to take a bit to get used to not judging Crusader as my opening salvo.

2. Oh, poor Sherm’s awesome 40/0/21 Arcane/Frost spec is deadder than dead. The talent that truly makes it work (Spell Power) is way too deep in the Arcane tree. I went into the new mage talents blind and attempting to rework the spec was a total disaster. I need to pay for a respec, but for now Sherm is on the shelf short of any tailoring or jewelcrafting that needs to be done. I’m tempted to go full arcane, and I know it might be insane, but I just can’t bring myself to putting any points into fire.

3. Resto shamans took a big ride on the buff train. The spec is still 0/5/Everything Else, and there just aren’t enough talent points to get everything you want right now, there’s that much good stuff there. Love the new Earthliving Weapon, more than makes up for changing Wrath of Air totem to haste, which is nice. There is something so very wrong about Nathrezim Mindblade becoming my healing weapon, though.

4. We killed Gruul last night in about two minutes on his fourth Growth. I really feel bad for him. Seriously. It wasn’t even fair. No wonder they took the bear mounts and title quests away. And now I’m looking forward to 2 hour Karazhan clears.

5. Achievements. Are. Awesome. It’s like they took crack and somehow made it more addictive. Seriously, folks, you can really never be bored with World of Warcraft again. Just open up the Achievement screen and you’ll find something that you’re near. It’s a never ending supply of carrots. Really.

6. “Basic reading ability is required to fully enjoy this game.” I read that on the back of a GBA Polemon game once and I really think it should be applied to every single game and especially World of Warcraft. It was my mantra in trade chat during all the insanity Tuesday night, after every OMG MY MOUNT AND PETS ARE GONE WTF?!?!?111!

Week(s) In Review

August 30, 2008

A brief summary of the things I’ve accomplished since returning to the game.

– Joined a new guild. This was a tough decision to make. Shuffle had been the only guild that I had known ever since Doofy joined it while, like, level 15 in Westfall. And what I came back to was an empty shell of a guild. All the founders and core folks in the guild had basically quit the game. Those who didn’t quit left for other guilds. The only active folks in the guilds were little-used alts and bank leeches (the money ran out months ago, nary a deposit in sight). I ran around guildless on Sherm and Doffy for a few days, when an old acquaintance (whom I thought had left the server and/or WoW) sent me a tell and suggested I join his guild. I looked them up and found a couple more familiar faces in there, so I went ahead an joined Veritas et Aequitas. Good folks, and hopefully we’re going places.
– Upgrades! My hiatus began right before the 2.4 patch, and because I’m awesome, Doofy had 124 badges on him. So I immediately bought the Mexican, non-union, Tier 6 equivalent chestpiece. It is awesome. Like me. Sherm also was near the magic 100 mark and a couple of Karazhan trips and heroic daily quests (I kinda wish it could be Botanica every day) got him the caster chest for improved pewpew.
– Become fabulously rich. Between grinding out Shattered Sun Offensive reputation (exalted on Sherm and Doofy, Doffy is revered) and a lucky drop or two (a green enchanting pattern innocently master looted to me sold for 500g) and my own patented method for selling stuff on the Auction House, I have somehow amassed almost 6,000 gold. This is after nearly going bankrupt buying Jewelcrafting patterns for Sherm and buying Doffy’s flying mount after hittting 70 (see below). I think that money is going to go towards getting Doffy an epic flyer as he could really use it, being an herbalist and all. Sherm does not have a gathering profession, so I think it would be a waste of time for him.
– Gotten Doffy to 70. A couple more instance runs got him so close to 70, and I went and did some quests around Area 52 to finish it out. I did pick up a couple of items in Magister’s Terrace that got my healing to about 1,000 buffed which was good enough to sneak into a Karazhan run where I walked out with 7 epics. It’s a horrible mismatch of leather and cloth with the only mail item being the Tier 4 gloves. I’m not even using a shield! It’s a lot of fun, though, and will get easier as I get more items and badges. My other goal now is to gear him up well enough with an off-spec set to be able to plow through a zone or two of quests in a weekend, to earn even more cash.

Things I haven’t done:

– Used the beta key. I just don’t freaking have time. Where was this a couple of weeks ago, you know? Sigh.

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August 12, 2008

So I’ve decided that I need to finally get Doffy, my shaman, to 70. He’s almost all the way there, being 68. He is named Doffy because that happens to be the most common misspelling of Doofy, so when people call Doofy Doffy, I politely inform them that that is my shaman. And vice-versa.

Anyway, he’s been Enhancement all his life, from level 1 to 68. This was the logical spec for him because I already had a level 70 healer and a level 70 ranged DPS, so I needed a level 70 melee DPS.

Doffy was happily Windfurying his way through the 60’s, when the final two levels were just way too much to take. I’ve already done these quests multiple times, I couldn’t stomach some of them a third time. I’d much rather come back to them later when I was uber-geared and do them quickly for cash. Onto the LFG pool we went.

I get a tell in the Sethekk Halls LFG: “can you heal?” (note: “you” may actually have been spelled “u.”)

“Well, gee, I, uh, maybe I think I, uh, um, well, yes.”

*You have been invited to a group.

Oh, sh*t. What have I done?

“Hang on guys, need like five minutes.”

I hearth, haul ass to the Auction House, type in “physician” and buy a full set of mismatching mid-60’s armor. In rushing, I forget to look at neckpieces, cloaks and rings. I hike it to the IF shaman trainer (I could have gone to the Exodar, but man, is that place confusing.), buy a respec (1 gold! Told you I was enhancement all the way) and haphazardly throw talent points into the Restoration tree.

441 healing? Eh, that will do I guess.

I give the group the caveat that I just respecced resto for the first time ever and nobody seems to notice or care. The group gets started and here I am casting Healing Wave, Chain Heal, and completely forgetting to refresh Earth Shield on the tank and Water Shield on myself.

And I’m having the time of my life.

I initially resisted doing this, since I already had a healer, but it’s just so drastically different. Wrath of Air totem is great, Chain Heal is fun when it bounces right and Nature’s Swiftness is incredibly nifty. I’m getting better at remembering Earth Shield, too. I can’t wait to gear him up.

There were a couple of wipes in this Sethekk Halls run, but they weren’t really due to my healing as they were due to mis-pulls. A small handful of Ikiss wipes, since he sucks, but we got him eventually.

Then I went and healed Mana Tombs just for good measure. I’m hooked, and I’m 20% of the way to 70 now.

I’ve also come to the realization that Doffy (when geared a bit better, of course) can heal things Doofy can’t. Having been through heroic Magister’s Terrace a few times on Sherm, I know that as decently geared as Doofy is, I just can’t heal that thing. Especially on every boss after the first one. The entire party takes too much damage, my single target healing everyone just isn’t going to cut it. A Shaman would have a considerably smaller problem with that.

We’re up to 659 healing now, and there’s more to come. Who knew staring at health bars could be so much fun again?

Transmutation Ethics

February 5, 2008

So I’m on my Shaman, whom I leveled to 68 a couple weeks ago and then pretty much stopped. Upon hitting 68, I promptly hiked it to The Stormspire and picked up Transmutation Mastery. I’m not sure why, he’s probably most useful as a Potion Master since he keeps Doofy in Super Mana Potions. I think I may have been influenced by my guild leader getting five Primal Mights in a single transmute.

Anyway, I have no idea why I’m on him at that particular moment, when someone in the trade channel asks for an Earthstorm Diamond transmute.

Since 1) I’m so lazy that I don’t farm the primals needed to make my own Primal Might, 2) I’m too cheap to buy the primals off the Auction House and 3) I’d feel guilty about borrowing the primals out of the guild bank (most of the time, anyway), my cooldown is available so I send a tell saying I can do it.

He asks what I’m charging. Five gold is fine, I say. He asks where I can meet him. The easiest place for me to sell any Jewelcrafting, Tailoring or Alchemy when in Shattrath is under A’dal, so that’s where I go. At no point does he ask if I’m a Transmutation Master. He also does not send an invite to a group, as some people like to do to make locating easier.

He trades me the mats, and I perform the transmutes. On the longer casts/crafts, there should be some type of music playing. I suggest the Final Jeopardy theme.

Anyway, when it’s complete, I see on my screen.

You receive: Earthstorm Diamond x4

I separate one from the stack, complete the trade, get the pre-arranged 5g tip.

Did I do something wrong by not saying “hey, I got four of them!” Should I have refused the tip? (If we hadn’t agreed on a price beforehand, I would have definitely said it was free after the transmute.)

If we were in a group and he saw that I had gotten four gems, would I be obligated to hand them all over? I am the one that invested 4 Primal Mights in getting the mastery. (And while I’ve been very lax about doing it on a daily basis, I’ve only gotten one multiple Might transmute, and that was 30 seconds after completing the mastery quest.)

I’m kind of at a loss over what I should have done. Opinions?

Ridiculously late New Year’s Resolutions

January 12, 2008

Horribly late, of course, but I figured I’d mention these New Year’s resolutions that I’ve made for my characters (or have they made them for me? Hmmm.)

Doofy:

1. 375 Blacksmithing. Suck it up, you cheap bastard. I’ve even got an epic pattern that makes it worth levelling.
2. Replace these blue cloth shoulders. It’s the last piece of non-plate. I don’t care how you do it. Pray that the Shade of Aran drops his, get the ones from heroic Hellfire Ramparts or do some PVP for the welfare epics. They just look goofy at this point.
3. Do some freaking dailies. Again, suck it up and do them. Not the crappy ones, of course, but there are orcs in Shadowmoon Valley and ogres in Blade’s Edge that just want to hand me mad stacks of cash for a few minutes of work.

Sherm:

1. Replace that silly staff. Get a Karazhan drop, or finally hit Honor Hold exalted for their rockin’ sword. Done! I now have said sword, and the badge offhand to go with it, and it’s given me a net of 70 more damage. Woo hoo!
2. Finish your badge grind. Looks like you’ll need 25 more for the pants, and then another 25 if you want that wand and it’s hilarious 180 DPS.
3. Exalted Scryers. Come on! Use that spell damage to kill some blood elves. You’ll need the epic spellthread to go with those pants, and you’re probably not replacing those Mana-Etched Shoulders for a while so might as well put the exalted enchant on them, no?

Doffy:

1. Get 70! You’re 68 now, it’s not that much more.
2. Get Karazhan keyed. Not that your guild is going back there anymore, but it would be nice to have, just in case.
3. Use your Primal Might transmute as much as possible. It cost four of them to specialize, might as well try to make your money back. Pray for the epic five-proc!

Waldorf:

1. Stop forgetting about me. You only love me for my disenchanting. Jerk.
2. If you’re not going to completely forget about me, at least get me to 50 so I can train to 375 enchanting and use this bank full of mats I’ve been collecting.
3. Why am I camped in Exodar? This isn’t fair. I’m lonely. Can someone help me? Please?
Anyone? Hellooooooooo…

About the alts

December 19, 2007

So Doofy is my main, and I am forever cursed to be referred to by that name whenever I play any of my alts. Which are as follows.

Sherm, level 70 Gnome Mage. I’ve probably been playing him the most lately, as Doofy is pretty much geared up as far as he can go until we really start experiencing more 25 man content (a bit more on that later). I leveled him as full frost and stayed that way for a while, and was actually getting kind of bored with it. I really didn’t want to go fire, so I found an arcane/frost build that looked interesting, and I haven’t looked back. My damage increased dramatically. I’m not pwning well-geared warlocks or rogues or anything in Karazhan, but I’m definitely holding my own, and I rock the dps in heroic five mans, especially when PuGing them. Been playing him the most also because he’s got some badly needed upgrades with Badge of Justice items so I try to hit the heroic daily quest. Sometimes that works, sometime it doesn’t.

Doffy, level 66 Draenei Shaman. When it came time to name him, I couldn’t think of anything much so I decided to name him after the most common mispelling of Doofy by bad typers. He’s enhancement spec and I plan on keeping him that way since I already have a caster and a healer, I wanted a melee class to bring to 70. I’ll probably have him keep a backup resto set for a pinch though. Been doing heroics with some shammy healers and wow do they rock if they know what they’re doing.

Waldorf, level 46 Gnome Warrior. He was actually the first character I rolled after getting Doofy to 60 and it was kind of a mistake. I hadn’t become the uber-holy paladin I am now at that time, so for me levelling him was almost a carbon copy of levelling up a paladin. I think I got him into the 20’s, rolled Sherm shortly after that and only dabbled here and there with him. I also made him an enchanter, loaded him up with lots of mats by sending high level greens to him to disenchant shortly before the change to enchanting went in where you had to be at a certain skill level to smash level 50 items. Eventually got it to 300, where he now waits with bags full of Arcane Dust and Large Prismatic Shards. I’ll level him eventually.