Northrend and beyond

28 06 2010

I wrote a quick update a while ago mentioning that I had just hit level 70 with my (not so) new Ret Paladin in WOW. Well time has moved on since then and so have Curadane and I.

I have now said good bye to outland and have ventured off bravely into the freezing wastes of Northrend.

7 levels later and I feel like I have seen enough of the continent to put my two pennies in.

Overall I am really impressed; there is a sense of scale to the continent that makes it seem as if a mere ten levels of questing and grinding just isn’t enough to see it all. I know some people like to rag on sandbox games and MMO’s because there is just too much scope for going off and doing basically not very much in order to explore huge sections of map but I like it.

If I am going to go to the bother of controlling a virtual person in a made up world I at least want that world to seem like a place worth visiting, both in terms of places to go and things to do.

There is no point putting a serious investment of time (and wow is a serious timesink) into a game if you can trot across the whole map in five minutes and keep revisiting the sae half dozen or so locations to speak to the same couple of dozen protagonists.

Another thing which pleased me about WOTLK in general and Northrend in particular is the graphics, now granted as a long time LOTRO player they aren’t really anything to write home about however I do think they are a big step up from Vanilla WOW or The Burning Crusade. One of the main reasons that I prefer the graphics in WOTLK is that they are less cartoony than many of the graphics in TBC. I know the reasoning behind it and agree that it suited that particular expansion but personally they just weren’t my cup of tea.

The quests and dungeons all seem well thought through and there are some interesting new tweaks that help to keep things fresh, even if some of them are a little gimmicky (I’m thinking of the harpoon guns in Utgarde Pinnacle) but there is definitely something fun about driving round in a siege engine as part of Wintergrasp PvP or  flying a war dragon around as part of the Occulus instance.

So the not so good things….

I’m not sure on Death Knights, I wrote at some length before about my issues with DKs and I’m sorry ot say that having now spent a few more weeks grouping with them my initial opinions haven’t changed.

I think that a big part of the DK problem is that even by the time you are playing through Halls of Stone, The Nexus etc etc they just don’t seem to have really learnt their class….at all.

There is a long list of issues that I have regularly come across and it seems I am not alone a lot of other players are also complaining about these and others:

Tanking in all DPS gear – Just because it is plate it doesn’t mean you should tank with it!!

Hoping that DPS alone will generate enough threat for you to be able to hold a room full of mobs – fail in anyone’s language

Not using Frost presence when tanking….seriously wtf?

Oh yeah and my favourite the shitty fairy at the top of the Death Knoob tree, the cherry on top of the liquishit cake you so freely share around…..

After a wipe on halls of lightning, Utgarde Pinnacle etc “Soz guys my 1st time tanking roflol”….Well thanks a lot, thanks for fucking up the one instance run a night that I might get on an instance I actually need to do, thanks for the half the group (usually including a pissed off healer) dropping as soon as this utterance leaves your lips and lets not forget the 10g minimum that you have just cost me in having to go repair my sorry plate wearing ass.

Ok calm, down deep breaths, DK rant over.

I also dislike the 1k gold it costs for cold weather flying, just seems like a money sink but hey thats life. Personally I never rock less than 4/5k gold at any given time so dont mind paying it, but there are a lot of players who will spend whole weeks farming just to hit that 1k or alternately will decide to contact their friendly neighbourhood Chinese gold farmer in order to puke up some of their hard earned cash.

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Death Noobs

1 06 2010

I am noticing a little bit of a trend starting to emerge.

Anytime I am using the dungeon finder I am winding up in groups that are literally rammed full of Death Knights or as I have taken to thinking of them Death Noobs or maybe Knoobs, either way they still blow.

Now let me just start by stating that I don’t have an agenda against DKs as a class, I think the idea is actually quite appealing (I have a DK myself).

The problem comes from the fact that they can quite literally ruin a group if played poorly; I need to clarify on this:

A lot of new DK players assume that just because they wear plate and can tank that this is what they should be doing, it doesn’t matter if they have only ever played a mage or hunter or anything else for that matter there are a huge number of new DK players who think lets go tank.

This would be fine if they weren’t thrown into tanking instances such as Blood Furnace or Hellfire Ramparts. Whilst these aren’t difficult instances to tank (I am ret specced but have been able to tank both of these easily several times) they do require that you have some idea about what you are doing

I have been subject to far more deaths and wipes when it is a DK that is tanking than I have in all other dungeons and instances combined!

There are a number of common faults that I have noticed; pulling mobs when healers are mana burnt, grabbing large numbers of mobs and not holding them and of course my favourite: failnig to hold aggro and then blaming me and everyone else for having DPS that is too high.

Until this point I honestly hadn’t realised that it was possible for a DPS class to have too much DPS

It honestly seems like all of the fools who were previously giving hunters and rogues a bad name have migrated over to the DK class. I think one od the best examples I have seen was just yesterday evening, we were running Mana Tombs for what must be my 15th time now, there was a nice rare shield that dropped and the DK rolled need on it.

He won it and when asked why he rolled need on it he replied because he is a tank, normally an argument that holds a lot of water, but DKs CAN’T USE SHIELDS!?!?!

It would be exactly the same as if I rolled on a bow, wand, dagger etc it’s not even that they aren’t the best I just cannot use them and would look like a fool for rolling on them. I’m level 67 at the moment and by now it is expected (indeed I hold the same expectation) that you at least know the basics of how to play your class.
So please if you are a Death Knoob and happen to be reading this (assuming you can read!) then please please please learn how to play your class before chucking yourself into higher level content for which you aren’t ready. Look at it this way would you take a level 40 hunter that you had never played as before and think hey I know what would be the best thing for me to try first Zul Farrak…of course you wouldnt, but then again maybe you would!





Ding 26 or PvP here we come!

6 04 2010

Well it’s that time again when I decide to bore anyone who will listen to death with my latest updates on my current MMO of choice World of Warcraft.

As I have mentioned many times at this point I am playing as a Retribution Paladin by the name of Curadane on the Boulderfist server and have been struggling a little bit to come to terms with all of the changes that have been made to WOW in the 2 long years that I have been away from the game.

Whilst this weekend didn’t really offer much in the way of free time for me to play I did still manage to achieve a few things; first off I joined a guild, WOW is one of the few MMOs where I feel the need to be sociable and I am kinda surprised that I lasted as long as I did without attaching myself to a group of my fellow gamers, kick and screaming if need be.

The particular bunch of miscreants who have taken me under their collective wing are the Elite Horde Crew and they seem to be an ok bunch.

I also managed to complete my current class quest which was Path of the Adept and I can now run around with my very own Blood Tempered Ranseur, which is very nice and shiny even if I do need to increase my skills in polearms a little!

Oh and I managed to claw my way to the lofty height of level 26, so ding to me lol.

Possibly the biggest thing to happen in game this weekend and certainly the most interesting from my point of view is that I decided to play in a PvP battleground.

This really doesn’t sound like a big deal but for me it is; I have never played PvP before on WOW.  I was always a PvE player who was more interested in raiding and instances then running around killing random people.

But it was fun and I don’t just mean like meh it was ok I mean it was full on balls to wall fun.

I was playing in Warsong Gulch and was lucky enough to be with a good group of people all of whom seemed to know what they were doing and I don’t mind say we kicked ass.

The alliance only manged 1 flag capture whereas as we had all 3, the top 5 players were all Horde and I am pleased to say that I was only just outside of the top 5 myself.

Maybe a case of beginners luck; but one thing I am sure of running around in mail wailing on squishy little cloth wearers with a great big polearm rocks.





Pugtastic, or why I hate random groups

2 04 2010

I have written recently about my return to playing world of warcraft and about my struggle to find a class that I wanted to play, eventually settling on a Ret Pally.

Well things have been ticking along quite nicely for Curadane and , I have cut a swath of destruction through Eversong Woods and the Ghostlands and have now made my way through to  Durotar.

I was sitting at level 22 so thought that I would have a look at the dungeon finder and have a quick spin through Rage Fire Chasm and some of the other lower level dungeons.

I must say I was quite impressed with the dungeon finder, I specified what dungeons I was interested in and said that I would be happy to play as a tank or a healer and literally 1 or 2 minutes later there I was in RFC.

However this is where my pleasure ended.

In hindsight I should have listened to my instincts and stayed away from PUGs  like they were carrying rabies.

Everything went badly, we had a hunter who couldn’t control his pet at all and as such kept pulling every mob within sight back to the party, we had a priest who walked off to get a sandwich leaving us without any heals (I was tanking at the time),  we had ninja raiders who were needing anything and everything that dropped and then quitting out of the instance.

I thought that maybe I was being uncharitable and that perhaps RFC wasn’t the best instance to base things on, so it was off to Shadowfang Keep to see if that would do anything to change my mind… to cut a long story short it didn’t, I played with 3 separate groups and all of them were as flawed as one another.

This poses me with a little bit of problem; as I choose to play on Boulderfist there are a disproportionately more lower level players and also less guilds, so the chances to finding a guild I like, with players that are around my level and yet experienced enough to be decent are quite slim.

So my question is this: do I keep trying to do the right thing and play fairly and with integrity and just suck it up that the majority of groups are going to be pugs and are going to suck balls… OR do I decide to let loose and indulge the little bit of me that wishes I was the ninja raider or the player who joins a group completes the quest they want to do and then heads to the hills leaving people in the lurch.

I don’t think I have much of a choice really, I know what I think of the second type of player, so I will soldier on being nice and fair to one and all.

Still doesn’t change the fact that pugs are awful though.








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