BA Shared Topic – Starting Over

This post is a response to a Blog Azeroth Shared Topic I saw when perusing the forums in between bouts of gnome-killing.

If you had the chance to start all over again in WoW, but your char is already level 80, or level 1 depending on if you like to level or not :>. What class would you pick? What race? What faction?
Why would you pick that class/race/faction?

And most of all what would you plan to do with it? Raid, PvP or just hang out in Dalaran?

It just fascinates me what people would do if they would be given the option to start all over again on the highest level, would you pick the same class you play now or would you make your secret wish of playing (say) a mage come true?

Like to hear your stories Mine will be up after dinner.

PS. Would love to hear some RP blogs on this. Would you pick the same sort of character with the same sort of background or would you make up something entirely new?

Phew, well that’s quite a big question. If I had to start, all over again? I might just stop playing. I know that I’d need time to recover a bit from my beloved characters’ disappearance as I’ve grown quite connected to them as digital representations of myself over the course of my WoW life.

In case you didn’t know, my main is  a Protection Paladin named Vash. I’ve got one 80 alt, and that’s an Orc hunter named Ironsights. I’ve got alot of achievements, mounts, titles, minipets, etc on my Paladin and he has been my main since Burning Crusade, as well as my first max level character. I’ve had the best times on my paladin, but those times are past, and if I had to start all over again, I’d probably choose to play a hunter(Gasp, shock, horror!). Yes, I’ve been Protection and actively tanking since my first talent points on Vash and it’s been fun, but I’m ready for a new role now.

Ranged DPS is thrillingly different to tanking or melee. I have alot more room for manoeuvrability, I generally have to move less, and unless the boss has a cleave I don’t really need to worry about where I stand as long as it’s not within my dead zone.

THE most fun part of being a DPS though, ranged or otherwise, isssss….*drumroll*…wait for it!…..here it comes!….!

If you die or fuck up, the raid doesn’t die with you.

This is such a fucking relief, let me tell you. It’s so much more relaxing to just concentrate on shooting or stabbing the big bad guy with sharp things, or wiggling your fingers at him than to be the one your raid/party depends on to carry them through the encounter. If I as a dps fuck up, oh no, a loss of DPS, if I as a tank fuck up, we’re fucked, and that attempt on the boss is over unless it’s within a few percent of keeling over. Also I finally get to use some of those sweet looking dps weapons they’ve got lying around.

So the answer to the question in a general sort of way seems to be that I would prefer any role that is not quite as stressful as tanking!

Of course, this is assuming I stay Horde. Oh the untold mysteries of the Alliance! (Which I am exploring on my Dwarf Priest Rales on Aerie Peak EU)

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Sorry for lack of posts

Sorry to the two of you that read this, but I’ve been ill for a couple of days now and haven’t been able to post anything. I get disoriented every time I try to move my head or my body, I think it might be blood sugar related. That or I’ve caught a case of the death.

A beautiful thing

I’ve been questing in Outland on my Orc Shaman recently, and I just did the quest in Shattrath where you choose an allegiance. I decided to choose Aldor as I had chosen Scryer with my other characters. I was wandering around Aldor Rise when I saw this Night Elf Hunter NPC, completely different from the Draeni that were typical up here.

Caylee Dak

I thought that there must be something special about this NPC, so I got the name, Caylee Dak, and typed it into Wowhead. I found out then that she ended a quest that a child in Stormwind gives you, to give her a poem.

This is the poem.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am in a thousand winds that blow,
across Northrend’s bright and shining snow.

I am the gentle showers of rain,
on Westfall’s fields of golden grain.

I am in the morning hush,
of Stranglethorn’s jungle, green and lush.

I am in the drums loud and grand,
the thunderous hooves across Nagrand.

I am the stars warmly gleaming,
over Darnassus softly dreaming.

I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

I wondered about this, as it seemed strange to have a quest out of nowhere to deliver a nice poem. I then found this comment on the NPC’s page which told me the story behind it.

She was put in by blizz after a player named Alicia who wrote a poem for Dak Krause, a player in her guild who died of leukemia last August. His character was a hunter named Caylee with a pet cat called Dusky. Dusky, appears with his character (a female NE). His character is also still wearing the same armour as he had last equipped it. Alicia then went on to petition Blizzard for the memorial and succeeded in gettting herself and her poem into the game as well as Caylee.

This saddened me, but I think it was a touching thing for Blizzard to put this into the game. Sometimes, you find beautiful things in places you didn’t expect.

And this may be very late, but RIP Dak Krause.

About the constant theme switching…

I keep looking at other blogs like Mischief Magic and Rocket Science, and Orcish Army Knife and they’re so pretty, makes me want to jazz up my blog. That usually leads me straight to the theme page and I have a look through them until I see one I like. Don’t worry though, I’m sure this one will be the one I settle on. 🙂

Burnout and Guild Death

<Generic Guild> is a 10 man raiding guild that I started on the Anachronos server. It has cleared 6/11 in ICC 10, Trial of the Crusader 10, and Onyxia 10. However, due to various factors, it is ceasing all raiding and effectively shutting down. Not everyone has come online yet to see that this is the case. I expect a mass exodus when they do. It saddens me a little, seeing something I created die like this, and some of the people I will miss in time I’m sure. All things must come to an end though, and to be truthful, the main emotion I’m feeling now is relief.

That may seem strange to some of you, but I’m sure those who have been involved with leadership in guilds might have an insight as to why this is. The long and short of it is that it was too stressful for me. I couldn’t deal with all the problems that plagued us as a guild. The people who didn’t show up for raids, those who were unreliable, those who were whiny. I had begun to resent and dislike everyone in the guild, I hated logging on, I was burning out faster than a fire lit in the Mariana’s Trench.

I was finally given a break when one of our officers announced via forum post that he was no longer interested in playing WoW, he too was feeling stressed. With him leaving, I knew that I didn’t have the energy or the inclination to keep the guild going, so I decided to call it quits. Being a small 10 man guild with few members, I knew that with the loss of a top DPS and the best geared tank no one would want to take over from me. So I logged on and told the guys, they took it allright actually, I think most that were online had seen it coming. Unsurprising, given how strongly my burnout symptoms had begun to manifest.

Stuff I’ve learned from this

When burnout begins to set in and you want nothing more than to just pretend WoW doesn’t exist, it can be hard to see past the responsibilities you have to your guild and the people in it. “Oh but they need me to tank, if I leave it all falls apart” or “But I’ve always been there for them, they’ll hate me if I leave them” This is bullshit, you have to realise that it is a game. If you are not enjoying the game, then it is selfish and immature of other people to expect you to continue on purely for their benefit.

Treat everyone like adults and admit that you’re feeling burnt out, or that you need a break. If you keep it bottled up you’re going to lash out in annoyance and frustration, and you will make yourself and everyone around you even more unhappy.

Do yourself a favour and ask yourself, Am I still having fun?

Best part of 3.3.3


Hunters ranged weapons finally display on the login screen, not their melee!

/glee

Protection Paladin Glyphs and You!

So you’ve decided to be a Protection Paladin, you’ve got your shiny new gear, you’ve got all your talent points stowed away to empower you with all their holy might, and now you have to look at the Glyphs. Well I thought I’d do you a bit of a service and make this little guide on what kind of glyphs you should be looking to get.

I’m going to assume you’re a level 80 for the purposes of this guide.

Major Glyphs

Essentials

Glyph of Divine Plea – You never want to be running without this bad boy. With our talents making Divine Plea have a 100% uptime, this is a free 3% damage reduction.

Glyph of Salvation – Hand of Salvation reduces our threat by 20% over 10 seconds, that’s its base function. However, with this glyph that function changes to add a 20% damage reduction whenever it’s cast on you, in addition to the threat reduction.

I have found this to be immensely useful as another emergency cooldown, and that’s why I’ve put it as essential. You have to be careful of your threat though, as you can’t use it when dps is biting at your heels otherwise they’ll draw aggro.

That’s it really, the other glyphs are up to personal preference, let’s have a quick look at them.

Non-Essentials

Glyph of Seal of Vengeance – This one increases your expertise by 10 while this seal is active, great for threat, but be sure to remove it if you’re going way over the expertise cap.

Glyph of Righteous Defence – Makes your taunts unable to miss. This is great for those bosses where you HAVE to get that taunt go through. Example: Deathbringer Saurfang, Lady Deathwhisper, Professor Putricide, Festergut, etc, etc)

Glyph of Avengers Shield – This glyph makes your Avengers Shield hit only target, but for twice the damage it normally does. This can be good for bosses, but due to Avengers Shield’s utility on trash and adds I would give this one a miss.

Glyph of Judgement – This makes your judgement spells hit 10% harder, always a good thing. This can be a good glyph choice for threat if you’re already close enough to the expertise cap to not need the Seal of Vengeance Glyph.

Glyph of Hammer of the Righteous – This makes Hammer of the Righteous hit an additional target. While this may seem good, if you use Seal of Command for trash or add tanking, there’s really no need for this Glyph.

Minor Glyphs

Glyph of Lay on Hands – This reduces the cooldown on your Lay on Hands spell by five minutes. This can be useful, it was much MORE useful back before they made it so that you can’t use it and then Divine Protection within 1.5 minutes of each other. However, it can be good if damage resistance won’t help you like a full health bar will, like the last percent of a boss when the healers are dead.

I would pick up this glyph if for no other reason than our other minor glyph options are quite crap.

Glyph of Sense Undead – Increases damage against undead by 1% when active, this is a free 1% increase to your damage when fighting undead, which you will be doing, ALOT.

Fill the last slot with anything you like, the other minor glyphs just decrease mana costs or increase buff durations.

There you have it! I hope you gleaned some good information from this post, if you have any questions (that maybe one person who reads this) just ask me in the comments. Or if you just want to point out how wrong I am, do it there too. J