Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Why WoW = Boring

The past few weeks or so I have found myself un-eager to just log into the game. I have not raided the past week and I haven't logged in for 3 or 4 days. WoW to me has become very boring as it's mind numbing easy. Pre-3.1 I would hit 2 buttons and be #1 DPS, now I hit 3 buttons and I'm in the top 3 for DPS. Yay?

In EQ2 I was "The Ranger", EQ2 didn't have any mods to time your auto shot or to help you improve your DPS, either you knew how to play and could time your shots and sky rocket to #1 DPS or you didn't and you'd be #15 DPS. There was no easy mode, either you were good or you sucked. I raided with another Range for while, we had pretty comparable gear yet she couldn't get in the top 8 DPS to save her life while I was leading the charts by a fair margin. There was no face rolling, there was no easy mode to success, you had to work, and if you worked successfully you were rewarded.

I then went to WoW and picked up a Hunter to play in Burning Crusade. I did the "ctrl v" and "ctrl c" to a macro, I put that macro on my mouse wheel. All I had to do to get #1 DPS was roll my mouse wheel. "Oh look, I'm standing on fire!" side step left and continue twirling that mouse wheel - How fucking dull. So when Deathknights were announced I was excited to get out of my mouse wheeling class. Well guess what...DK's are easy, all classes are easy, raiding is easy, this game is easy, I get bored with easy.

Bring the Player not the Class...

That was the quote of the X-Pac, and I believe it to be the major downfall of it. Now every single class has the same buffs as every other. There is no uniqueness, there is no difference, everyone is the same - yay?

I told people I'd raid tonight because they need my DPS, but honestly I'd rather go to Petco and buy some black sand substrate and change out the sand on Bob's tank (Bob is my betta). And hopefully they'll have some shrimp as I need a cleanup crew in his small lil tank. I could then maybe do dishes that I haven't done in...two weeks maybe? Yes I'd rather be cleaning crusty dishes then raiding as it would be more exciting to me.

Seriously, I can remember when I couldn't wait to log in to game and that going any longer then a day sucked. Now it's just meh.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 First Impressions

Talent Spec & Glyphs: 51/2/18

Glyph Choices: Will be replacing the Plague Strike and Icy Touch glyph with DRW and Dark Disease. Servers went online late and I was using Glyph of Rune Tap, Blood Strike and Obliterate - None of which would effect me in the slightest with my new 3.1 build so I just picked up two glyphs that would at least be used.

Below is a breakdown of my performance for our Ignis attempts.

Attempt # | DPS | *Effective Self Healing | Length of Fight

#1 | 3,199 | 26,562 | 1:28
#2 | 4,576 | 38,900 | 1:51
#3 | 4,790 | 34,392 | 1:53
#4 | 4,440 | 16,169 | 1:31
#5 | 3,446 | 20,665 | 1:28
#6 | 3,454 | 23,907 | 1:47
#7 | 3,884 | 23,095 | 1:48

*Effective Self Healing: This is the healing done to myself that was not over healing. For example in each encounter I would heal myself for 80k-85k but a lot of that is over healing done to me so I didn't count that. Only counted the healing done by myself to myself that actually healed me.

I did not use Hysteria or DRW in any attempt.

Rotation was more of a priority system of keeping diseases applied and making turning F/U Runes into D Runes. Basic rotation I followed was...

PS - IT - DS - HS - HS - DS - HS - HS - HS - HS

First impressions: DPS'ing is ezmode now, seriously easy to DPS. I was amazed at just how easy it was to DPS with this spec as my previous Diseaseless build required setup to burst down targets.

I'm still not comfortable with AoE type fights as I've been in a spec where AoE was laughable - the potential is there but we'll see what it's like once I can fight a pack of mobs.

I feel that this spec can compete with the heavily favored Unholy spec and can shine on fights like Ignis where the sole component is to actually survive. In pretty much every attempt I was one of the last to actually die as I can actually heal myself rather well when taking periodic damage.

Also I'm toying with the idea of doing a double DPS setup for my dual spec instead of a DPS/Tank setup. Raiding tonight will give me a better idea on how much AoE will be necessary on Boss fights as well as more information on Blood AoE.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 And we're off!

Spring is here, and there are many great things that come with it. Flowers budding, trees turning green, birds chirping and other Nancy crap. The thing that I enjoy about spring is the Horse Track will be opening again here shortly. It's a great place to bet on some ponies and play some cards and breath in the fresh air that's filled with the scent of horse manure and cigar smoke. Honestly I just go for the $1 beer and hot dogs and then cringe at the price of mini donuts. But this year spring has another flavor - The reconstruction of my entire class 5 months after it was created.


So I spent the last 5 months learning and playing with abilities that some were fundamentally changed - go go Blizz! Some may say that Deathknights needed toning down in PvP thus why some PvE abilities got the axe - that's awesome, I don't PvP. I am purely a PvE DK - why some might ask, because I arena'd in BC as a Hunter with a Resto Druid...45 minute matches killed PvP for me.

Before I get in on this latest and greatest Blog post, I want to add that they did change Hungering Cold and glyph'd it's just about where I said it should be to make it useful - damn I'm good.

Hi, my name is Kaleyen, I'm a Blood Deathknight of the guild Delirium and I want to Dual Wield...waitwut? Yeah I still think they should have added some DW talents to the Blood tree as the reason why DW was so strong prior to 3.1 is that all the talents were condensed into the lower talents of 2 trees instead of using all 3 trees to balance.

Anyways, the big debate with Blood is if DRW is worth the setup over a much easier to use Unholy Blight. A lot of people prefer UB as it's extremely easy to manage - just hit a button and you have AoE damage swarming around you. I do like the fact that Blood can get some better AoE damage but at what cost? Oh yeah, it's burst...wait, don't I like this spec for bursty damage? Damn...

I do plan on going with a 51/2/18 spec as it requires setup, some thought process, some micro-managing of your RP to get the most out of your DRW and DS. I don't like hitting 1 button and getting DPS numbers (I played a Hunter back in BC and played BM a bit - yay clicking on one button for hours on end?). As to my DW brethern - EP is stackable now?