Warlords and guild stuff.

Well Warlords of Draenor has been out for around 9-10 months now.

We have Hellfire Citadel raid which is THE final tier raid of this expansion.

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So we have had 3 raids – Highmaul, Blackrock Foundry, and Hellfire Citadel.

Our guild has really struggled. Not because we don’t have good players because we do. We just don’t have enough of them and enough of them who sign and show up week in week out. We always have to pug some players, though as an officer I try my damnedest to recruit.

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Pre WoD and those Character Models.

Love em or hate em, the new character models will be with us soon. Of course, if you hate them you can always turn the new models off, however, it seems a shame that some people would do that after all the time and effort that went in to creating them.

The thing is, most of them are really great (though I think female draenei faces look weird, and female night elves look just like female humans but with big pointy ears). What I didn’t like, and many others I believe, was that my character didn’t look like my character any longer. She didn’t look anything how I envisioned her to look, and I was disappointed that we weren’t going to get a free characterisation change as there are other faces that do look like how i wanted my character to look when I created her (them). For one thing, the new model makes her look Asian….

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No-one thought we would get the chance to change how our characters’ look for free when the new models hit, as it’s a lucrative cash income for Blizzard.

So, imagine our delight when this was announced – “If you were concerned about the appearance changes making you want a new face, fear not! it’s now possible in the Barbershop for a small amount of gold!”

This news made my day, literally made me whoop and dance with glee. i could use those lovely new character models with the more realistic animations, and be able to get my characters looking as close to how i want them to as i can, for the small price of 32g! /cheer!!!

 

Well played Blizzard, well played!

http://wod.wowhead.com/news=243082/wod-build-18850-barbershop-allows-face-changes-spell-changes-items-draenor-music

 

© Julie E Lowes 2014

WoD

Warlords of Draenor will soon be upon us, with patch 6.0 no doubt hitting us in 4-6 weeks. As I haven’t received a Beta key (cry) I can’t comment first hand on the changes to my beloved mage class. I can say, however, that I am looking forward to the aesthetics of certain spells.

 

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They look so awesomely devastating, insanely overpowered, and frankly they just look beautiful.

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That being said, I think what I’m most looking forward to are the quality of life changes that are incoming, such as the Toybox, an extra bank tab for reagents and more void storage.  Anything that gives me extra storage room is great! Plus having certain toys account wide rather than farming them on each character is also a very nice and welcoming change.

http://www.wowhead.com/news=241885/warlords-of-draenor-toy-box-guide-all-items-and-how-to-acquire-them

I am ever so slightly concerned about the changes to the models, after viewing my characters on wowheads’ model profiler, they don’t look like the characters I know and love anymore. Blizzard have said that they will not be giving out free re-customisation, but I really do believe that everyone should get 1 free with each max level character. If your character no longer looks like themselves, there’s the chance you won’t want to play it anymore,  and hence no longer want to play world of Warcraft.

© Julie E Lowes 2014

Warlords of Draenor

Well, now we know. Now we can start to get excited. Now we can farm gold and sell off our lingering profession materials. Now we can stop setting foot in Siege of Orgrimmar farming gear upgrades, when we know they will be replaced with greens very very soon.

13th November 2014 is THE date. Warlords of Draenor goes live. Another orc end boss. Yay………

(More later…..)

 

© Julie E Lowes 2014

Cold, so frostily cooooold….

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So, after going back to arcane, and being excited about it, with the release of patch 5.4, I rapidly changed back to frost. Why? Well, despite the changes to arcane being great, it still suffers hugely from lack of movement. With the new raid, I did not want to gimp my damage by playing arcane until I got to know the fights like the back of my hand as well as the spec style. Once you do know the fights and get to grips with the spec, I’m sure it’s insane for raiding. But until you do, as soon as you move your damage shoots way way down.

However, to get to know the spec and the fights for that spec you have to play that spec. And here comes the problem. Are you prepared to do sub-par dps until you do get to know everything well?

I’m not. So back to frost I went. Yes I could have gone fire, but quite frankly I dislike the spec. Not just the randomness of it, how it’s either direly dire or insanely insane, but also how it feels to play. It just feels chunky and clunky to me.

My choice was in no small part also due to the glyph of Unbound Elemental coupled with Glyph of Evaporation. I love my elemental now, whereas before it was a right pain, too big and always in the way. Now it’s cute ^_^

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Maybe I should have stuck with arcane until I got to know it and SoO, maybe I should have gone fire. However, as I’m not in a top 10 guild, I feel that as long as I play my spec well and do decently good damage then it matters not what spec I play. I do think that if you play a spec you enjoy you’re more likely to do better than playing a spec you dislike purely because it is THE spec to play. It is a game after all and surely enjoying it is the reason to play?

 

© Julie E Lowes 2013

Anachronos and the guild.

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I’ve been in my guild <All Nuke Skull> on Anachronos for around 3 years. Well tomorrow it will be exactly 3 years. Happy Anniversary to meeeeeeeee!

It is only the 2nd guild my main (and the only one for all my alts on the server) have been in. The first guild I was in was ok, however the GM and his girlfriend were both mages, as am I, so the chances of me raiding were pretty slim, and my chances of actually getting phat lewtz even slimmer.

So when boyfriend at the time suggested I join his guild I applied and was invited. Pretty soon I was straight into ICC with them on Lich King 25 man, my first raid other than the Dalaran weekly raid quest and Vault of Archavon. Ah how I loved ICC, that place, that fight and that boss. The Lich King is still my all time favourite fight. I still get chills at his voice and the cinematic, and I still jump when we all die at the end, forgetting for a second that we haven’t actually wiped. Such a clever mechanic and design. No other fight comes close for me.

As I said I’ve been in my guild as a normal guildie for a while now. I’ve been a main raider, a second team raider, on the side-lines, and I’ve raid led once or twice. On the whole the people in my guild are a great bunch of people and we do have a right laugh smoetimes. Not sure they’d say the same for me though as I’m loud, often rude and can be out-spoken. But I have the good of the guild at heart and try to do what I believe is best for the guild as a whole, not just what’s best for my character.

Our guild is pretty quiet at the moment, as is the server, and because it is classed by Blizzard as medium population, we won’t be part of the realm connections/merges coming later on in the year. Which sucks. We were hoping for some fresh meat, new blood, moar peeps!!!!!  What will happen I believe is that more people will move server, as has already happened with quite a lot of players.  A dead, quiet realm doesn’t encourage people to log in and play if it feels like a single player game most of the time. And recruiting new members will be difficult/impossible with a quiet realm.  So Anachronos will end up as a low population realm and will then get connected/merged. But, will the guilds and their members wait that long?

© Julie E Lowes 2013