Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Long Time, No Post

Hey everyone ~ I feel rather bad for not posting anything worthwhile as of late, but I've been pretty busy with work, mini-vacations, and suddenly acquiring a bit of a social life.

Needless to say, I'm still playing WoW (though I've felt a bit burnt out on it as of late). In fact, I finally got my 4 piece Tier 8.5 set bonus the other day (rejoice). Other than that, though, nothing much is really going on. Everyone else seems to be covering the new PTR changes and such better than I can, so I've decided to be lazy and let them all cover it ;)

I just got home from a 3 hour drive (curse you traffic...) from visiting my boyfriend so, hopefully, I'll have something worthwhile to read sometime soon.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


PTRs are up and I just got home from work. After my raid tonight I'm going to get into the PTR and make a short video for you all on what the new forms look like in-game for both Horde and Alliance druids.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Lack of posts

Sorry for the lack of posts, everyone. There's been guild issues, RL issues, and other things keeping me busy. But mostly, this is what's had my attention...:

I heard about this game a while back, but it wasn't until my coworker who had tried the US preview event told me about it that I decided to really look into it. All I can say is "wow". This game looks amazing. Come Friday I'll disappear as I play the HELL out of this weekend's closed beta phase. I can't WAIT to try Cleric. This week is Asmodian testing, but I'm going to be rolling Elyos (most likely) for live.

It's times like these I'm glad I work at GameStop... I get beta keys first :3

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Don't Buy From DFI


About a month ago my DFI LanPartyDX x48 Series motherboard died. It had issues back in December when I received it and tried to put more RAM into it. Assuming the RAM was bad (because the website said the board could take 8 gigs of RAM), I got new RAM later and tried it again in May. The board continued to hang, refusing to boot even to the BIOS. Removing the CMOS battery for a bit fixed it, but now that doesn't even work.

3 e-mails, 3 phone calls, and 3 weeks later, it's still sitting in my custom-built rig. Dead. I'm going to advise all of my readers to avoid purchasing products from DFI. Even if their prodcuts are nice, their customer service is terrible. They tell me 'We didn't get your e-mail' or, 'Send it to this e-mail'... 'this e-mail' being DIFFERENT from the one they have listed on their website.

I'm getting very angry. I'm about to just say screw it and buy a new one and throw out my current moboard. I'm tired of waiting for these incompetent people to contact me.

Friday, June 5, 2009

If You Quit Your Druid Over The Art Changes...

... you aren't really a Druid.

Had to get that out there and off my chest... tired of seeing things like this:

"I just didn't bother to switch my character cause my Druid is not my main. Here I['ll] post on my Druid. The character I might never play again if these changes goes live."

Honestly, to me, if you're going to quit because the art wasn't tailored to EXACTLY HOW YOU WANT IT, good riddance. We don't need more 'FotM' Druids running around ruining the code (IE: never ganking other Druids, especially not in Moonglade) that we used to have.

This isn't meant to target people upset about the way your forms are selected (see Keeva's post about this here). I definitely agree! While I actually ended up getting the colors I want (MUFASA INC), I know and definitely understand that people are attached to their character. I'm probably just as attached! I don't think I'd ever change Corgii from having her light brown, splotchy fur color, which I chose based off of the normal coloring of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi (my favorite dog).

No, I'm talking about the people who can't just be grateful that we've gotten these model changes. I understand. It's been four years. They have tons of money and people to do it. True. But think of how much time they put into other things, and even still they gave us the forms we wanted so badly!

Shut your face and enjoy it! You haven't even seen it in-game yet >:l

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Taken from here.

Ulduar 25 Guide - Razorscale

Razorscale is a large, pretty drake that flies high above Ulduar and, contrary to what most of my guild members seem to think, Razorscale is a GIRL! Your encounter with Razorscale will consist of 2 phases: an aerial phase, and a phase in which she is permanently grounded. This guide focuses on a restoration druid's job during the encounter.

Phase 1
During phase one, your raid will spread out around the large circle on the ground, being sure to keep a safe distance between yourself and your raid members. Throughout this phase, adds will spawn from the mole machines that drill up from under ground. Three types of adds spawn, and this is the order in which they must be killed:

Sentinels are dangerous to melee, as they Whirlwind for around 9,000 damage on plate wearers. It's important that these mobs go down first.

Watchers are very dangerous to your raid as they cast a Chain Lightning that does more damage with each person it jumps to (hence why it is very important to keep a good amount of distance between yourself and your raid members). These mobs can be CC'd using sheep, fear, stuns, etc.

Guardians are the last on the kill priority list. They have a Stormstrike ability that increases Nature damage done to the target by 20% for 12 seconds. I'm pretty sure this is what they look like - I don't pay much attention to adds!

Throughout this phase (and phase 2) large Fire Balls will periodically fall down from the sky and hit a raid member, dealing about 14,000 damage. If you periodically use Rejuvenation on your raid members, a quick Swiftmend or Nourish will heal them back up to full. While you're busy killing adds and avoiding Razorscale's Devouring Flame (giant cloud of blue fire on the ground that inflicts 7,000 to 9,000 damage every second), your friendly dwarf allies will be busy putting those turrets back together, pictured below.

One of your raid members (probably a hunter or a mage) will activate the turrets as they are built and once the last one is activated Razorscale will be grounded for approximately 40 seconds.

In this portion of phase 1 there isn't a great deal of damage happening to the raid, so feel free to release your inner Critturkey, Lazer Chicken, Doomkin, Boomkin (etc.) and do some damage. After ~ 40 seconds Razorscale will get pissed off and do a Wing Buffet, which will knock back everyone in her range (so be sure to stay away from her to avoid getting out of range to heal your raid). Phase 1 will repeat again until you get her to 50%, at which point Phase 2 begins.

Phase 2
In phase 2 there will be two tanks, one taunting off the other when the current tank has around 3 stacks of Fuse Armor, a debuff that reduces armor, attack and movement speed by 20% for 20 seconds and stacks up to 5 times. Make sure to roll full HoTs on the current tank, and keep HoTs on them even after Razorscale has been taunted off.

Just like in phase 1, Razorscale continues to barf up big clouds of blue fire; AVOID IT! Periodically you'll get more applications of Flame Buffet, a debuff that increases fire damage taken by 1,000 (stacks up to 99 times). This isn't very dangerous unless you:

  1. Decide to bathe in big, blue clouds of fire
  2. Decide to walk in front of Razorscale

Razorscale's Flame Breath ability has a rather large cone of attack, so just avoid her front at all costs. Rinse and repeat until she's dead, and hopefully Bracers of the Broodmother drop!

TL;DR Version
  • Avoid Devouring Flame (large, blue clouds of fire on the ground)
  • Use Rejuvenation + Swiftmend/Nourish to quickly heal up raid members hit by Fire Ball
  • Keep a safe distance between yourself and your raid members to avoid getting hit by Chain Lightning
  • Don't stand too close to Razorscale when she's temporarily grounded or risk getting knocked out of healing range by her Wing Buffet
  • During phase 2, avoid Razorscale's front and continue to avoid Devouring Flame
  • Keep full HoTs on both the Main Tank and the Off Tank during phase 2

If you feel I left anything important out, feel free to leave a comment and I'll fix it! Happy raiding!

New Cat Forms for Horde and Alliance

Well, the new cat forms are out. In case you've been livin' under a rock, here's the pictures of the two:

Night Elf

Am I the only one who thinks the Night Elf forms look like, well... bad? I personally was very fond of the original design, and the new design is rather... meh. I'm pretty amused by the pink kitty; I need to change my baby druid's hair color to get that! Speaking of hair color, a Blue announced that they plan to release a chart of sorts that will display which hair/fur colors lead to which cat/bear color. Once I see that put up I'll be sure to update it here.

I can't wait to go all The Lion King (tm) in Dalaran (it's my favorite movie!). Speaking of Dalaran, my two shirts came! Maybe I'll take some goofy pictures in them later... but maybe not. My face looks a little strange after my tan yesterday @_@ We'll see!

Before I forget! I got some shiney new gear yesterday! Take a look!

Despite thinking that I'd lose to a higher-ranked member (I'm still an initiate), only one other person needed one of the two Vanquisher tokens that dropped off of Hodir! I was so excited. I get my own pretty dress now! This puts me at 2 pieces (I have the Valorous Nightsong Leggings already) which increases the healing done by my Swiftmend by 10%, which is rather nice since I use it fairly liberally! I can't wait to get my helmet next week through Emblems of Conquest, and then after that it's just one more piece to get my 4-set bonus *drool*

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

Another Ferraro Post

Yes yes, many people have already post angry/indifferent/supportive posts about the entire Ferraro web of lies, and I wasn't going to post a thing about it until I saw Techdarling's response, and a comment left on her post that read:

Freakin’ mmorpg’ers. They’ve been living a lie for so much of their lives. They don’t even realize that pretending to be someone else in the real world is not only wrong and illegal, but also disturbing. But we should feel bad. Ferraro must have very little self-esteem.
This absolutely infuriated me. If there's one thing I can't stand, it's ignorant people flaming a group (and in this case, a 13 million strong group) of people for something that ONE person in said group did. "Living a lie"?! So every single person who plays World of Warcraft is living a lie? Really? I'd like to see some facts to back up that claim. Do they really think that every single person is so absorbed in the game that they try to pretend the real world doesn't exist? Now, this isn't to say that there aren't people who are possibly a bit too absorbed into the game, but isn't that the case with anything? You're always going to get the fanatics, the die-hards, the obsessive ones... that happens with anything and everything! Movies, people, religions, etc.. It's always going to be like that.

... but to go and bash, sling mud, what have you, on an entire group of people?

It's just ignorant and wrong.

Angry druid is ANGRY.

I suppose I feel especially angry about this subject as I was mocked, ridiculed, insulted, etc. for playing WoW in High School. I've been an avid gamer since I first got the NES as a little kid. My ex-boyfriend insulted me for playing because it had a monthly fee. I suppose cable/sattelite T.V is completely free; no monthly fee. Cell phones, and various other online services... those are all just a waste too, right? To ANYONE who makes the arguement with me that WoW is a waste of money, I pose this counter point.

  • 3 XBox360/PS3/Wii games: Approximately $180 (Wii games tend to be $50, but for the sake of this arguement I'll assume we're buying the $60 games)
  • 1 Year of World of Warcraft: Approximately $179.88 (assuming you're buying a one month recurring subscription off of the main site)

It's easy to see that for the price of 3 games that I will probably beat within a month of purchase, I get an entire year of a game that I probably play for 40 hours+ a week (most likely more). Granted, some people don't necessarily play WoW as much as I do (some play MORE than I do), but the people who always have this argument with me are avid gamers, much like myself.

It's all apples and oranges here.

Why can't people accept that we all have different interests and hobbies?! Different strokes for different folks, people! This is exactly like people bashing someone else's taste in music! For me, music is very important. It inspires me to draw, motivates me; music moves me. I also understand that everyone has their own taste in music, and I understand that it's OK!

Alas... this isn't a perfect world. Not everyone is lucky enough to have common sense and avoid ignorance. It just makes me seethe with anger when I see comments like that, tossing an entire group of people into a stereotype (many of those people good friends), simply because one person did something crazy.

Well... I'm done with the angry rant and angry bear pictures. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be back from my tanning session with a more positive blog idea... until then, hopefully you guys can share your opinions and make me feel like less of a nutjob for being so angry over this...