STFU about your gear score

6 07 2010

I asked a guy for an invite to a Naxx 10 man last night, he had been shouting out looking for DPS for about 20 mins and I thought hey I have some time why not.

The first thing he asked me was am  I/can I hit over 2k DPS and did I have time to run the instance in full. Well it was  a yes to both of those without any hesitation on my part.

He sent me an invite and there I was ready to go, not 3 minutes later though I got a whisper back to me – Sorry I am gonna have to boot you. So of course I asked him why this was, bearing in mind he had been shouting out looking for DPS of all things for over 20 mins, the answer?

My Gearscore…. He only wanted people on the raid with a GS of more than 2500, I decided to challenge him on this to find out exactly why he felt this way and what he was hoping to achieve.

Apparently if I didnt have a GS of at least 2500 I was a noob who was wasting his time and would make the raid fail, boy did I laugh at that.

I had a little look at his gearscore just out of interest, it turns out that yes indeed he was over 2500 however none of his gear was really working together, instead he had just whacked on a jumble of armour, trinkets etc that would give him the highest GS.

He was the MT for the group and yet was wearing an epic helm that gave spirit and int as stats solely because it had a decent level, none of his armour or his weapons were enchanted and he only had 3 pieces that gave stamina as there main stat.

By comparison my noobish gear of shittyness which only gave me a paltry 1.7 gs is all giving bonuses to strength, crit, stam and  hit.

I have enchanted everything I can with appropriate enchants giving boosts to my strength, crit, ap etc oh and I spend big amounts of gold socketing appropriate epic level gems.

Despite the fact that he was the main tank and I am just some noob fool who doesn’t respect the might of GS I had over 2k more health unbuffed then he did, I would be interested to see if he could even survive Naxx as MT let alone hold aggro without any issues etc etc.

This isn’t an isolated incident, everywhere you look people are bleating on about GS this and gearscore that as if it was the sole purpose of playing the game.

Sure having good gear can be an indicator of some being a good player or not but you are equally as likely to get owned by someone who isnt obsessed by their GS and actually focuses on playing.

I think some people forget that there were still kickass players around long before GS was a twinkling in some fat nerd’s myopic eyes. It’s a tool, granted it has it’s uses but it is still just a tool.

Unfortunately it’s user base seem to have a lot in common with it, they too are tools

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DING 70!

10 06 2010

Well I am surprisingly tardy in reporting this but I hit 70 on Tuesday evening.

Obviously it’s not the big deal it used to be but it still gives me a sense of achievement, there are now only 10 measly levels between me and the Lich King.

Because I actually really like the Burning Crusade content I have decided against jumping ship to Northrend straight away, I really want to work my way through some of the greatraids that there are in TBC, in particular Sunwell Plateau and Mount Hyjal.

I only ever got to complete Sunwell once before I took my gaming hiatus and would really like to give it another whirl.

Being a few years further on as a gamer and having been a bit more patient and focused on making some gold I am really enjoying the benefits of having good gear.

Ret Pallys are really gear dependant and I see some of my compatriots really struggling in comparisson to other classes for two simple reasons; either their gear sucks balls or they aren’t bothering with  can’t afford the little things that make all the difference like decent gems and enchants.

Sure I might have taken a week  or so longer in order to get here but good god the time spent farming has sure payed off!

So if you happen to be hanging around Boulderfist (not likely) and want to run some TBC raids then hit me up 🙂





Where have all the raiders gone?

2 06 2010

Well I’ve been back in the World of Warcraft for a little while now and have managed to reach level 67 so far, some people might call this rate of progress almost casual but I really don’t mind, I’m just enjoying the ride!

I knew before I even set foot back into the game that things would have changed and moved on, some for the better for the worse, in particular I expected to see a lot of changing as a result of Wrath of the Lich King and the new level cap being that much higher.

Well I wasn’t wrong, most of the new features serve to make the game better and even more accesible than it previously was, especially as the dungeon finder now means that some people that never would have had a chance to run some of the instances can now pug up and run them to their hearts content.

Their are a coupleof negatives though, the aforementioned dungeon finder has given rise to far more of the also aforementioned pugs (pick up groups) anyone who has read any of my previous diatribes will be familiar with my dislike for pugs so I will not go into it again here suffice to say that if you have only ever grouped with pugs then you are missing out.

The other big problem is one that probably will not bother the vast majority of people but certainly manges to irritate me.

Very few if any people are running the classic raids anymore.

Now I realise that whenever there is a new expansion it’s all about the new end game content and that maybe you see the point of running raids to get gear that can be replaced from random world drops in a mere 2 or 3 levels time.

But you miss out on so much of the game if you ignore the older raids, not only is the content great, the gear (if obtained at the level it’s intended for) is very good and they are just fun!

Not to mention the fact that if you leave out the raids then you miss out on big hits of xp points which are certainly a refreshing change to grinding mobs or running the same dungeons time and again.

That’s why I have decided to twink my mage, I am going to take him through to 60 and leave him there, maybe not forever but certainly for long enough that I get to experience all of the original end game content as it was meant to be played, not as some level 80 DK that’s been summoned into an instance for a laugh.

When I have done 60 I will move on to 70 and do exactly the same all over agai.

Now all I need to do is find 24 friends with similar ideas….





Ding 50 :D

12 05 2010

DING!

No that isn’t the sound of a particularly obnoxious microwave signalling that it has finsihed making food frozen on the outside but viciously magma hot on the inside.

It is instead the sound of me hitting level 50 in WOW.

This isn’t as auspicious as it once would have been;  pre The Burning Crusade hitting level 50 would have meant that you were a mere 10 levels away from reaching the holy grail of end game content.

These days the bar has been raised yet again, Wrath of the Lich King laughed at level 70 and taunted and teased us with new raids and better gear until we the struggled to the summit and hit level 80.

Even so I still think of level 50 as a bit of a landmark if only for the fact that at this point you are now more than 50% of your way through the grind of levelling and that hopefully by this point you have come some way towards mastering your particular class.

Alterac Valley here I come!





Zul Farrak again?? SIGH

12 05 2010

I’m starting to see a little bit of a pattern emerge in my gaming at the moment.

I log on, check my mail, sort out my bits and bobs at the auction house, visit the banker to drop things off and then go to the dungeon finder.

This probably doesn’t sound very different to what a lot of other players do, however they are probably looking at completing a random dungeon to get their daily fix of satchel of helpful goods, not for me though.

I’m looking for Zul Farrak… again.

I stopped counting how many times I had completed Zul Farrak when I reached 20, sure the xp and the money and cloth are handy but should I really have to suffer through ZF over and over again?

The obvious answer is no but I have a goal in mind.

You see I was lucky enough to grab Jang’thraze the Protector on my first run through and it has been my one hander for when I need a shield ever since.

Now of course Jang’thraze isn’t a normal one handed sword you can combine it with Sang’thraze the Deflector to make the two handed epic sword Sul’thraze the Lasher which not only is epic and looks cool but is actually a pretty good 2 hander for a ret pally like myself.

This is where the problem comes in, the blasted thing won’t drop. In all of my subsequent runs it has dropped once and I was out rolled. I am running Zul Farrak 2 or 3 times a night and just can’t get my grubby mits on it.

I know I know I could wait and get Ice Barbed Spear instead but I want my sword GRRRR

If I never see another Sandfury Troll ever again I will die a happy man, as long as I have my epic 2 hander of course 🙂





The beginning of the end

25 04 2010

So I was reading through a selection of different blogs that I happened to come across and this particular one here peaked my interest.

The writer is discussing what happens when a long established guild dies or falls apart, this is a subject that is actually pretty close to my own heart at the moment.

The reason for this is that our LOTRO (Lord of the rings online) Kin is dying. Let me set the scene for you; our kinship was founded when the first expansion pack, Mines of Moria, was released. It was made up of a core of players who had all been around for a while and had all been in other kins and weren’t particularly happy.

In other kins most of the emphasis had been on completing as many end game runs as possible and other than people who were twinking their alts there hadn’t been much help coming down the ladder to newer players.

We decided to change that, we wanted everyone to have equal access to loot, the guild bank, help with quests and runs etc and it worked. Boy did it work, by the middle of summer last year we had over 1300 members and were the largest guild on our server, Nimrodel.

We had a good group of officers who made sure that everything ran according to plan, we actively enforced our policy regarding levels of activity (in active for more than 30 days and your gone) and it looked like the world was our mollusc! Because of the high levels of help offered by more experienced members we were able to level new players very quickly, we had 24 hour officer coverage to make sure that there was always at least two high level toons online to help settle disputes or assist with runs, in short it was what we had wanted when the guild was founded.

Then it all suddenly seemed to go wrong; squabbles and arguments started breaking out more and more frequently, the levels of booting activity started to rise exponentionally, large amounts of high end items started to vanish from the kin chests and they had to be locked down to just officers, runs and raids that we could finish easilly started to go awry. Everything that could go wrong was going wrong.

Jump forward a little bit to February this year; because of the problems that had existed over the past few months a fairly large number of officers had left, so too had a very substantial number of other kin members – we now had just over 600, sure new members still joined up but it wasn’t the same. The original spirit and drive that had existed had gone and no matter what we tried it just wasn’t coming back.

As it stands at the moment the kin is dying on it’s feet, we keep trying and trying but we are fighting a losing battle, we all know it is going to happen at some point the only question that remains is when.

Do we keep on fighting the good fight until things fall apart by themselves or do we call it quits of our own accord?

Personally I have always been a fan of picking my own fate as much as possible.





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.








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