Updates…Bound to be a long one!

Lots of stuff that I should have gotten to last week, but sometimes you just get busy!

The pre-Pandaria patch 5.04 went live on the 28th, and reactions seem to be quite the mixed bag. I can understand that the new talent system seems to be a watered down waste of time, but it was meant to be more fluid to use and not meant to be something that you lock in and never look at again. Yes, there is the thought that the old trees were a quick way of sorting out good players from bad depending on if they could, you know, look up the highest dps tree and copy it down. I know I’ve said it before and I’ll have to say it every time this sort of thing comes up: what you choose for your talents will never dictate how well you play. It’s simple. If you don’t know how to play the spec, even picking all the best talents will not help you. Works the other way as well, grabbing something sub-optimal because it looks fun isn’t going to hit you if you know how to play.

This is why reading forums tends to make me angry. So many people with ‘Special Snowflake’ syndrome drive me up the wall. This is now a game where all are welcome, not just the hardcore or the casuals, the top of the charts or the bottom. It takes all sorta, and with this kind of game you really just need to learn to just worry about your own crap.

Alright, enough of that. I have enjoyed the account wide mounts and pets, I get to show off even more now. I was also pleased to see that the changes brought me the blue dragonhawk mount for my Alliance toons. The achievement changes have been nice as well, I’ll be breaking 10k very soon.

This week I finally have in and started raiding with my original guild on my druid. I’m not doing fantastic, my rotation is still screwy, but I was still welcomed into the party. Saturday night we downed 5 bosses, putting us even where I had been with the other guild. We got enough people back on tonight to continue and attempt the last three. We suffered a slip on Warmaster and a wipe, but that was the only one. Yes, we one shotted Spine and Madness of Deathwing…for the first time ever trying to fight them. I wish I had done it on my main, but we were in bad need of ranged dps. Someday Mica will see it through.

Tonight I decided finally to get it over with and remake my bank alt. When I first made him, I was looking to see just how fast I could level a shaman now that I knew where to go for everything. Needless to say, there’s a reason he ended up being a bank alt. Now, I have one of every class on my main server, all but priest which I had started a couple elsewhere. With Mists coming I knew I would have another space for my monk, but still I thought it would be fun to have one of everything on the server. Only…orcs don’t have priests and I didn’t want to give up his name because of a race issue. Grunmann is one of the few joke names that I was okay letting myself have, and it means ‘green man’ in German. So, I broke down and made a greenish colored troll, crazy mohawk and all. We shall see how far leveled he gets.

Time for lore! And major spoilers, so if you haven’t read the new book or don’t want to know what’s coming in a couple weeks, stay clear from here on!

I just finished reading ‘Tides of War’ literally right before I started typing this post. I’m mixed about it, and I will get into it. The story is mostly about Jaina Proudmoore and the fall of Theramore Isle, one of the few Alliance strongholds left so close to the Horde. This is the end of peace, both within the Horde and outside of it, which we will see in game very soon. The entire city, along with Northwatch Hold are leveled, the city by some very cowardly means which made me grumpy to read.

There have been a number of people angry that the Alliance would be losing a hub, that it showed how the developers liked the Horde so much better…I’m stung by the way this battle happens and I hope other Horde players are too. It isn’t glorious battle…in fact Garrosh willingly throws bodies to their deaths before retreating and dropping the largest manabomb ever created right on top of the city. He could have sat back anywhere and done what he did, but he chose to kill many of his own faction just for kicks. I’m hoping that Blizzard intends for us to be loathing him and siding more and more with Baine and Vol’jin…who I’m hoping play a huge role in ‘The Siege of Orgrimmar’ at the end of the expansion.

The book itself moves slow at times, there’s a lot going on at any given time, and Jaina seems to suffer the same tantrums that Arthas did through his book. All I can say is that things are bound to get far worse before they get better…

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~ by Micathius on September 3, 2012.

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