Missed Blog

Hey guys,

I missed my blog post yesterday, which means a few things to me. Missing the blog means I failed my 20 in 20 willingly. It also means I really don’t have to time to keep up with daily posts. I’m going to dial back my posting speed to about once a week, give or take based on how I’m feeling.

I won’t be finishing part 3 for things I don’t like because I honestly don’t remember what I meant by Diversity. I think I was going to talk about how all the raids have the same style of mechanics with 1-3 new things going on, or how it all just boils down to moving out of bad with a few extra things to watch for. Either way, that point was somewhat covered in the melee vs ranged post.

I have a few more posts that I want to do, so I won’t be quite for too long. To those who have been following this post closely and refreshing in hopes for that new post, sorry to have let you down.

Hopefully I bring interesting content in the next few weeks!

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Things I Don’t Like #2 – Part 2

Continued from Part 1 here: https://deathfouton.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/things-i-dont-like-2/

The second thing that bothers me about raiding is the saying “Bring the player not the class,” yet Blizzard is all over the place on what they really want us to bring. In my opinion, the biggest offenders of this rule are Class Buffs.

Class buffs really don’t make any sense to me at all. They stop people from bringing a wide variety of classes instead of stack the top damage spec, but the buffs are so pointless. They’re a large portion of your damage, so if you’re missing a few; you’re missing like 5% of your damage per buff. I feel their purpose is pretty much non existant, and Blizzard could easily remove them, allowing people to play whatever class they want. Sure heroic guilds will use 10 warlocks for some fights, but is that any different from what they already do?

The biggest problem right now for class variety is loot, not buffs, so the buffs shouldn’t really be something in the game. They could easily just not exist, or be a passive to anyone who enters a raid. I don’t see the purpose in having a class specific raid buff that gives you a flat rate of stats, especially when you expect the buff to be there every single raid.

I believe Blizzard has some room to make this a more interesting portion of the game. Imagine having buffs that were proc based, sort of like the Spark of Zandalar. The trinket works so that a stacking counter procs every few seconds, goes up to 10, and when it reaches that cap it turns into an actual damage increasing buff. This could work well in the current system.

Unfortunately, the buff itself would still be class based. Since that’s my primary issue with class buffs, I would suggest removing them entirely, perhaps making them really weak and let them stack. Pretend we implement both styles of this, we could have a little buff, say a 10% haste buff thats only active for 10 seconds every minute (but more randomized), and allow it to stack with others of this type.

This would make melee vs ranged a very tough debate, so I would also make the haste buff classes apply both haste buffs at once. Now any buff is equally useful to all classes, specs, etc (with variance based on stat weights), and allow it so that bringing 3 rogues isn’t a waste. Now your friends can play exactly what they want, instead of worrying about filling every buff in your tiny little 10man.

Thanks for reading, I hope you look forward to the future posts. Leaving feedback or suggestions is appreciated. As a final reminder (and shameless plug), I am the Paladin Moderater on Icy Veins, one of the leading sites for all sorts of WoW Guides. I recommend checking them out as you main source of class knowledge.

I can be contacted at Fouton@live.com, messaging me through Icy Vein’s forums, or by finding me in-game on Fouton-Argent Dawn, Eiliar-Argent Dawn, or Deathfouton-Earthen Ring.

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Things I Don’t Like #2

Hey everyone,

I really enjoyed talking about the things I don’t like in this game and how they’ve changed from the past, so I’m doing a second post on the subject. The previous post can be found here, for those of you who missed it. This time, I will be talking about what parts of raid were bothering me. The three main points I want to talk about are: tank/melee mechanics, class specific buffs, and the diversity of raids. I could talk about each of these three topics in a large amount of detail (and I plan on doing so!) so I will split the post into 3 days of the final days of my 20 in 20.

As most of you know, I play a Protection Paladin, and I have many of them. I enjoy tanking a lot; mainly because you have to adapt your position for the raid, make sure you’re the first person to hit something/have threat on it, and because of their importance in the raid. I like to be the go-to guy that saves the raid, or props them up on my shoulders when things are looking bad. It’s more for the feeling of being useful rather than to say ‘Oh I’m so great /flex epeen.’

The reason tanking is on the list of things I don’t like, along with any melee, is because the mechanics for them are very easy. Blizzard can’t do too many mechanics that involve movement because it will likely cause the melee to be unable to tank, but they still could do something.

Heroic Baleroc had one of my favorite (and somehow least favorite at the same time) mechanics, which was forcing everyone to stay spread out to make sure they don’t spread a debuff. This mechanic was a bit over the top in difficulty, but it’s exactly what I want to see more of for heroic encounters. Heroic should be a clustered terrible place you don’t want anything to do with if you aren’t hardcore, and making mechanics this insane would help keep a nice border for the elites that want to be on their own level compared to casual. I also believe it would cause tiers to take much longer to fully clear, which this game definitely needs.

However, I’m getting somewhat distant from my original point, which was melee/tanks vs ranged/healers. If I were to compare the mechanics between ranged and melee to see the difficulty between them, you’d quickly see that range has much more to do. Looking at the mechanics of a simple fight such as Malkorok: the melee have to worry about 1 pool which could still be in range of the boss (if the tank is kind enough to move to it), while the ranged have to deal with avoiding Arcing Smash, stepping in a pool, and getting all the way in for Blood Rage.

Personally I believe Siege is actually a bad example, since there are fights where either role has a good edge. This makes me believe Blizzard has caught on to their lack of melee mechanics, and plan on fixing it continually into Warlords of Draenor.

Thanks for reading, I hope you look forward to the future posts. Leaving feedback or suggestions is appreciated. As a final reminder (and shameless plug), I am the Paladin Moderater on Icy Veins, one of the leading sites for all sorts of WoW Guides. I recommend checking them out as you main source of class knowledge.

I can be contacted at Fouton@live.com, messaging me through Icy Vein’s forums, or by finding me in-game on Fouton-Argent Dawn, Eiliar-Argent Dawn, or Deathfouton-Earthen Ring

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Favorite Mounts and Pets

Hey everyone,

For those of you who know me, there’s a pretty good chance I’ve mentioned my favorite ground/flying mount, and my two favorite pets. These mounts and pets are all items I’ve obtained over the years of playing this game, so I’m quite happy to show you them with screenshots. As a note, I got the idea to put this topic in my 20 in 20 from my friend Zeirah, who talked about this topic herself.

My favorite mounts are: Fiery Warhorse (Midnight) and the Pureblood Fire Hawk (from 4.2 Ragnaros), by far. I’ve always loved Midnight since the day I heard the horse was rideable. I had never seen it from during the 52+ weekly kills my Karazhan team had done during Burning Crusade. I always wanted it, and I created my first paladin with the intent of duoing old content with my cousin just so we could obtain old mounts.

Fortunately, that goal worked out perfectly for me. Within a year or two, after my cousin won the ZG Raptor over me, we agreed that the next mount to drop would be mine. As you can imagine the next mount to drop was indeed Midnight, and I could not have been happier. While my cousin never was able to obtain his favorite mount, the ZG tiger, I’ve been lucky enough to ride this mount for about three and a half years.

Midnight and I, looking over the valley:
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My favorite flying mount took much more effort than Midnight. At the time we needed to kill Ragnaros on heroic difficulty to be guarenteed the mount, and only several weeks left before 5.0 hit and nerfed the drop rate. My guild had put together group after group with the intent on having every raider obtain it, but I always lost the roll. I was one of the final people left on the list to get it when we had decided that the next one was guarenteed to be mine.

Pureblood Fire Hawk, in original colours:
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The reason I wanted this mount was unique in comparison to the rest of the raid; most of them wanted to fly on it or obtain it because it was rare. I wanted it so that I could combine it with my favorite pet in the game, to make it the true mount I wanted: http://www.wowhead.com/item=69226/green-fire-hawk-mount

Pureblood Fire Hawk with my favorite pet:
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The Disgusting Oozeling has the power to change everything about your character green, which includes mounts and other effects. This is easily why it’s my favorite mount. In fact, I love them so much that I entered MoP with the intent to pet battle using three of them as my team.

Disgusting Oozeling turning me green:
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My second favorite pet is Lucky, the golden pig. Unfortunately he is from the World Wide Invitational event in 2007, and cannot be obtained anymore. However, blizzard added many new pets to their Recruit a Friend reward system, which includes the Golden Pig. It looks exactly like Lucky, and so I named mine Lucky after being given a free reward from Blizzard. (Still no idea why I got a free reward and some people didn’t)

This little piggy is golden and lovable:
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Now that I have my two favorite pets and mounts, that aspect of the game is purely for collections now. It’s a bit of a relief not to have to worry anymore, but I do miss chasing all of my favorite mounts. I guess that time has passed.

As a bonus, I will show you all the combinations I can make with my Pureblood Fire Hawk, I’m sure there’s more I could do if I tried harder, and there’s more others can do, but I don’t want to have an infinitely long wall of pictures.

Aqua Jewel + Pureblood Fire Hawk:
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Aqua Jewel + Disgusting Oozeling + Pureblood Fire Hawk:
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Kang’s Bindstone + Pureblood Fire Hawk:
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Kang’s Bindstone + Disgusting Oozeling + Pureblood Fire Hawk:
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There’s also a weird bug where the colours of the last two pictures stays a bit more orange (I call it a bug because it used to not happen ever, now it does)

Bugged Kang’s Bindstone + Pureblood Fire Hawk:
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Bugged Kang’s Bindstone + Disgusting Oozeling + Pureblood Fire Hawk:
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As a ‘second’ bonus, Midnight + Disgusting Oozeling:
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Yes, my favorite colour is green.

Thanks for reading, I hope you look forward to the future posts. Leaving feedback or suggestions is appreciated. As a final reminder (and shameless plug), I am the Paladin Moderater on Icy Veins, one of the leading sites for all sorts of WoW Guides. I recommend checking them out as you main source of class knowledge.

I can be contacted at Fouton@live.com, messaging me through Icy Vein’s forums, or by finding me in-game on Fouton-Argent Dawn, Eiliar-Argent Dawn, or Deathfouton-Earthen Ring.

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Bad Habits – Meter Reading

Hey everyone,

Today I’ll be talking about bad habits and flaws that you can quickly pick up from this game. Most of us have experienced them firsthand, and we’ve also experienced them from other players. There are 3 things I want to talk about: your emotional response to others mentioning your performance, the interpretation of anyone’s performance, and the cause of both of these problems- meters.

Meters can be one of the most helpful tools in the game. They can tell you exactly what you’ve done wrong, what you’ve done right, and most importantly; they show you what you need to improve on. However, the problem is that most people believe this information is the DPS listed on their meter at the end of each boss fight. This is not the number they should look at to measure their play.

The way to correctly measure yourself on an in-game meter like Skada is pretty difficult compared to Warcraftlogs.com, where you can see all the percentages in front of you. You have quick access to the important information, such as comparing yourself to better players. The first step to knowing if you’ve perfected your DPS is to check whether your damage breakdown is what it should be, based on the better player’s log. If you’re at 70% of your damage from melee swings, obviously you are doing tons of things wrong, but the main thing you need to find out is what spells you aren’t casting. Once you have the correct breakdown you can see what needs to be used more, what needs to be used less, and perhaps there are spells you shouldn’t even be using as your spec.

As you start to perform rotation correctly, you will be able to see that there are more intricate ways of increasing your dps, such as proper CD usage, knowing when your rotation differs (as an example, your starting rotation is almost always different compared to your normal rotation). If you continue to analyze your dps, and compare yourself to someone better, or a perfect standard, you will be able to continually increase your skill.

As for dealing with other players who talk about meters, I personally recommend just ignoring them, unless they’re making a public scene about it. If a player is going on about how your dps is poor, the best thing to do is check your meter, see if you actually are underperforming, and acknowledge them. If you are playing exactly correct, tell them it’s a gear/class issue, you are playing your rotation correctly based on <x y z> standards. If you are the problem, tell them you apologize for being one of lower skilled players in the group, and tell them you are learning. Most people will sympathize with that.

However, there’s always that one individual going around and calling you out for no reason, just because he can. Perhaps you’re a healer and he’s making fun of your damage because he is that oblivious. In this situation, I would normally wreck the person, telling them every single thing they are wrong about, but there’s also a better approach. The approach I like to use when I feel I could be outnumbered if I start a scene, is to whisper the better players in the raid. Talk to them about how the guy is being a dick and that you’re just learning (First make sure they aren’t in group with the dick).

With that, you can talk more publicly, and nicely about it, and the more skilled players are probably going to back you up. You won’t always ‘win’ every confrontation, and for the times you still get removed, try not to get upset when you are kicked. Listen to music, take a break, and just try to calm down. Never go to that persons server, or communicate with them in any way, it just makes them feel better and take shots at you even more, you won’t feel better about it.

Finally, when you look at other players’ meters, you have to understand that you don’t know their full story. Often times there is a player struggling, and you might think they’re some terrible noob, but let’s look at it from a different angle. World of Warcraft doesn’t have a tooltip telling people where to go for information, it doesn’t have a guide on how to understand meters, nor does it have a guide on dealing with every raid.

If you find someone underperforming their gear, it will be because they don’t know better and need help fixing the issue, or because they’re currently working on fixing the issue. I would say the best approach to talking to someone about their dps is to whisper them something like “I was just looking at your damage breakdown and I was curious if you’d like some help.” From here you can talk to them, address the problems you know how to solve, and fo`r the ones you don’t; just send them to Icy Veins.

As I recall from an experiment done by another player; it is entirely possible to level to 90 and gear up on a DPS character, without even pushing a button or getting whispered about your play. The community is usually filled with people don’t care, people who care but wont speak up, or people who care and speak up in a negative way. There are a few exceptions of course, but sadly that is such a small percent of the WoW community, I wouldn’t even notice them in a crowd.

Thanks for reading, I hope you look forward to the future posts. Leaving feedback or suggestions is appreciated. As a final reminder (and shameless plug), I am the Paladin Moderater on Icy Veins, one of the leading sites for all sorts of WoW Guides. I recommend checking them out as you main source of class knowledge.

I can be contacted at Fouton@live.com, messaging me through Icy Vein’s forums, or by finding me in-game on Fouton-Argent Dawn, Eiliar-Argent Dawn, or Deathfouton-Earthen Ring.

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Maximizing Downtime

Hey everyone,

Today I’m going to talk about something short, minimizing downtime. I know for most people this means speeding up a raid, or making sure they’re always attacking an enemy, but I mean this in terms of making use of your time when you’re waiting on something to happen.

What I mean when I say “waiting for something to happen” is what you are doing while waiting on something that takes no attention. For me, whenever my play hits a point where I don’t need to be pushing a button, or looking at the screen, I have downtime. This is the downtime I’m talking about, and will share with you how I deal with it.

It’s not a bad thing to have this downtime, and some people use this time to just think and relax. I automatically tab out when this time comes, since I have trained myself to tab out (I play in fullscreen windowed, so it doesn’t cause me to miss anything) and surf the internet. I have my browzer covering exactly the right half of my screen, allowing me to read chat and see dungeon pops during this time. 99% of the time I will be tabbing out to Facebook, Icy Veins, Natural Order’s Guild Forums, or lately; my own blog. It makes reading the information I need to read daily much easier.

I’ve become so quick at this motion that sometimes in one flight path I will have scanned all 4 websites, and run out of things to do, which leaves me to close my browser and sit around. Then the next time I tab out, there’s nothing to tab out to. I need more things to read when I’m tabbed out, and lately I’ve added MMO-C to that list so that I can increase my number of posts on the website. I plan on getting my spreadsheets out on their forums to get some recognition.

I’d like to know what you guys do for your downtime (mainly because I’ve run out of things to read, give me something to read!), or if you think of anything you can remind me to check out.

Thanks for reading, I hope you look forward to the future posts. Leaving feedback or suggestions is appreciated. As a final reminder (and shameless plug), I am the Paladin Moderater on Icy Veins, one of the leading sites for all sorts of WoW Guides. I recommend checking them out as you main source of class knowledge.

I can be contacted at Fouton@live.com, messaging me through Icy Vein’s forums, or by finding me in-game on Fouton-Argent Dawn, Eiliar-Argent Dawn, or Deathfouton-Earthen Ring.

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Account Bound Achievements

Hey everyone,

I had some posts planned for today but there’s been a lot going on lately. Instead I’ve decided to write about something that just came to my mind about 3 minutes ago: Achievements being Account Bound.

Most people agree that it was a wonderful addition to the game to set these achievements to an account bound setting, and I personally love it. What I don’t enjoy however, is playing a new character, that has no ties to my old characters, and this new character suddenly has all these prestigous titles.

Who is this random dwarf paladin that hasn’t even reached max level? Why does he have all these epic titles for things he has never done?

Personally, I want to turn this off for certain characters. If I’m playing on a Role Playing realm so that I can pretend this character is a seperate entity from myself or my other characters, why does he share the achievements of my others, and why can’t I easily track what achievements I need to re-obtain for him?

I really hope blizzard can add in the option to split characters from the achievement merging. Perhaps have a Character, Account, and Guild tab when looking at the achievements panel? I’m currently soloing some WotLK heroics on my 86 paladins, but I don’t know what achievements I still need to obtain to rightfully have the Red Proto Drake mount unlocked. If I were to use it right now, I would feel like a cheater.

Another take on this problem is for those who like to start games over. People like to restart a game, unlock all those same achievements with new characters, perhaps with a different play style. What if I wanted to obtain everything again without ever grouping with someone? I want to be able to actually see what achievements I was able to take on alone, instead of try to find them by mousing over each and everyone one of them to see “Earned by Bliin” or “Not completed by Bliin.”

Just some random thoughts on account-bound achievements and how they’re hurting my playing experience. It is not too big of an issue, but I really wish I could have that option.

Thanks for reading, I hope you look forward to the future posts. Leaving feedback or suggestions is appreciated. As a final reminder (and shameless plug), I am the Paladin Moderater on Icy Veins, one of the leading sites for all sorts of WoW Guides. I recommend checking them out as you main source of class knowledge.

I can be contacted at Fouton@live.com, messaging me through Icy Vein’s forums, or by finding me in-game on Fouton-Argent Dawn, Eiliar-Argent Dawn, or Deathfouton-Earthen Ring.

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