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@Gruffertus Understandable. At that point, it's a matter of ensuring I have enough players for coverage. If a player can't make a raid, then I'll have others on standby who can come in and fill the role easily.
1 week, 6 days ago on Is It Time to Level Up the Guild?
@CthulhuDragon You're absolutely right, it is my ambition now. That doesn't mean it isn't the ambition of some of them either. I don't always disclose everything here. One of my philosophies of guild building is to surround yourself with people who share the same goals as you do. We're at a stage where some players share that sentiment as well. Others may not want to. Some more conversations are going to be needed.
That attitude certainly does have the potential to drive many members away. But it also has the potential to attract like-minded players. You may have left your guild when your GM's attitude became dictatorial. I've received feedback that I don't take the reins enough and am not as decisive. I personally prefer raiding under one strong minded player. There are others who prefer the same. I was never a fan of democratic guilds where decisions were done by committee and consensus and compromise. Don't confuse that with disregarding or not considering outside opinion, however.
@mmomail527 Whoa, easy there friend. A little excessive and unneeded hostility there. I never said I didn't like it. I love it, actually. I like the challenge and the tougher and twitchier components. There's no need for an either/or thing here.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Wildstar is no Threat to World of Warcraft
@ellcheeshead That's actually a good point. No one I've talked to has stated that. Anyone I spoke to who was at checkout had managed to procure a ticket unless they intentionally closed their browser or timed out of it.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Eventbrite? Or Eventbust? Thoughts on BlizzCon 2014 Tickets
@Jasyla Do you miss winged instances as much as I do?
5 months ago on Raid Leader Questions: Reset or Extend?
@cwl1882 I LOVE appearing in podcasts. I just seldom get asked.
6 months, 1 week ago on Happy Belated New Year!
@Navimie SAY HI TO ME NEXT TIME! Charge up to me, and just try to catch my eye or something. Feel free to stop me and say hello ANYTIME!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Back from BlizzCon 2013
@Binx It might be. Lots of the pieces are neutral minions. The only things Paladin specific are COnsecrateion, Hammer of Wrath, and the Aldor Peacekeeper. It might be able to fit in with other classes, but it needs an AoE removal, a direct damage, and something that can also help mitigate other minions. Might work with Priests? Need to play with it some.
11 months ago on Hearthstone: Paladin Brewmaster Control
@Noloktarogar Hi there, I fixed the part about Divine Insight. This guide was written before many of the glyph changes.
Your party is in all fairness going to drop fairly low and often throughout some of the fights especially as you're learning. But there are times where there's cut scenes or Role play periods where you have time to actually chug a potion.
Good point about the shield. Even though I miss the old version, I'd still recommend this one anyway as it combines a small heal and an absorb into one. It'll buy you some time to queue into others. Binding Heal isn't a bad alternative. However, I haven't done any of the challenge modes with the Binding Heal glyph and cant' say for sure how effective it's going to be (especially with the slightly higher mana cost with it).
Go ahead and give challenge modes a try! I'd love to hear your experiences with some of the new post 5.3 glyphs and changes!
11 months, 1 week ago on What Priests Bring to Challenge Modes
@Daisy I like the easy mode leveling. But that's probably because I'm more into end game then levelling. I hated leveling new characters. I just wanted to get to the end and do all this other stuff with other people. If I wanted to play a solo leveling game, I'd switch to Dragon Age or Mass Effect. Agree with the dungeons, but then I earned my golds in Challenge Mode. The heroic raids are still pretty damn hard right now.
I never quite agree with people who say raids are easy. The heroic raids right now in 5.2 are some of the hardest ever designed in the history of the game. Heroic Primordius and Dark Animus are just ballbusting. I don't even want to look at heroic Lei Shen yet. There are multiple raid difficulties available for everyone of all skill levels. If one's too easy, go up one. Too hard? Go down one. I feel that I'm at the right place in terms of challenge offered.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Never Ending Gearing Cycle
@Daisy I like killing bosses. This dates back to any game/RPG with a boss (Final Fantasy series, Breath of Fire). I also like team work or coop based games (Counterstrike, Left 4 Dead, League of legends). WoW is an interesting mix between both concepts and it'll continue to draw me back. I am lucky to have a side job where I can actually write about the game and make a little part time income from it. The game offers so many different things to do mainly the raiding aspect, the pet battles aspect, and the PvP portions (again, teamplay with other guildies).
The problem isn't the fact that I'm getting bored with the game. The problem is that OTHER people are getting bored with the game and I have to expend the effort to continually recruit the players who share my same mindset and enthusiasm and that pool is dwindling, yes.
@Daisy 1) Trolling. 2) Violates my comment policy. I'll let this one slide though. But nice try in attempting to shake me loose. I'm cool with who I am and so are the friends I do have (both virtual and in the real world). ^^
@Viktory I'm just tired of it. Having to constantly retrain and reskill newer players coming in and watching older players walk. That window is always closing.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Never Ending Gearing Cycle
@compactdiscpriest Without any other details, it's going to be a little hard for me to diagnose it. If you can get away with using a cheap spell, do it. Don't need to use Flash Heal when a simple Heal will do the trick. Use your mana hymn early around Wave 3-4. It should be up around wave 9-10. Use your Barrier when both of the big guys are up. Since you're hitting OOM at wave 10, your goal should be to streamline waves 1-9 and figure out where you can save mana. Use Psychic Scream and your AoE Roots to slow down and stall melee minions at max range before they can close in and start DPSing your group. Good luck!
1 year ago on [Video] Endless Healer Proving Grounds
@mataoka Instead of 8 hour work days, 4 hour work days!
1 year ago on Buying Time
@Kauket Yeah, indeed. It's getting progressively worse, I think. It's so cyclical. Thankfully, I've managed to add some time to the clock with some recent pickups. The one shot of Lei Shen did wonders as well.
1 year, 1 month ago on The Time Bomb Every Guild Leader Holds
@Cassio I don't wanna say HEADS and shoulders above everyone ;). But yeah, you were good. ^^
@PeterAnargirou It's hard to not be in my guild and not know about this blog. But I've had frank discussions with them about where we are and the reality of the current situation. All I can ask is more time. It's up to them to give it to me.
@BloodyGneisha Never said it to me :(.
1 year, 1 month ago on 21 Things You Don’t Hear in Raid Finder
@PeterAnargirou Yes, and that's certainly true for this current tier and stage of the game. But once Flex runs out, how long do you think you'll be running LFR for? Or even normal raids for that matter? It seems like a Flex raid is a good intermediary between both difficulties. You might be able to get away with two out of three raid difficulties. If you can routinely get far in Flex, you'll get to a point where you might not need to do LFR anymore (combined with whatever drops you gain from normal).
1 year, 1 month ago on Do I Really Need to Run 3 Raids a Week?
@Denny U Gomez Never thought about it being used as a way to introduce players into raids gradually before. Good point.
1 year, 1 month ago on Why the Flex Raid is a Boon
@BloodyGneisha Water it is.
1 year, 2 months ago on Why do You Need a Professional Guild Site?
@Jasyla Nope. We usually wait a second or two before they pounce in anyway. With only one DK, I don't know how often we could pull it off.
1 year, 2 months ago on Curse Lei Shen!
@TedtheThird @mattuzzi OH, that guy. Yeah, I saw that too. I think we actually had two sets of the big Troll? I just said screw it and called for Heroism to kill it asap.
1 year, 4 months ago on Here’s My Nerdy Guild Trying to be Funny
@TedtheThird Which trash packs?
@6BigZ6 Oh absolutely. There's some fantastic coaches who've been able to get more out of their team. I'd have to do some research to look some of them up some more. Vince Lombardi. Phil Jackson. Scotty Bowman.
1 year, 5 months ago on What Michael Jordan Can Teach Us About Winning
@rverghes Forgot to clarify that. If you're targeted by lightning, it must make contact. It doesn't despawn and you can't out kite it. You can speed boost temporarily but it'll always eventually hit you.
1 year, 6 months ago on Devise Your Own Strategy: Jin’Rokh
@Viktory I can hear the screams of "BUT ITS NOT A JOB. HAVE TO RAID EVERY LOCKOUT TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE".
1 year, 6 months ago on Thunderforged: Will it Breathe Life into 25 mans?
@TedtheThird Thanks for the post and the thoughts, Ted!
@TedtheThird @Darthkeller I don't necessarily agree with that sentiment fully, Darth. At the 25 man level, DPS checks are going to be horrendously tight. The 10 man level I've found to be a little more relaxed because of the numbers difference between 10 and 25. The reason being is that 10 man groups are extremely limited in which classes and compositions they run that's why the DPS checks aren't going to be as tight otherwise guilds with slightly non-optimal comps won't be able to compete with the guilds that have players with multiple alts (and are flexible). There's been periods where I've actually had a full roster but was tempted to deliberately go shorthanded on a heroic boss because they weren't able to pull off certain mechanics (Arcane Resonance, Amber, Teron Gorefiend, etc).
@JThelen That's probably why I'm not as moved by the amount of "work" that needs to be done this tier. Because I've done much more during vanilla and so forth.
* Farm your TUBERS. Need 40 per raid.
* Farm your Dark Runes from Scholomance or buy them. Or Demonic Stones (the soulbound ones that restored mana at the cost of health)
* Fire resist pots. Farm the mats, get them made.
* Farm Runecloth, sell it for gold.
Can't remember the rest, but I think those were the main ones.
1 year, 6 months ago on The 300 Stat Food Question
@Shanthi I also forgot to factor in default Shadowfiend.
1 year, 6 months ago on 5.2: Returning to Wrath level Shield spam?
@LedonLite Thanks! We were able to take him down to 5%. Now we just need to refine our sub 20%s.
@Neowolf2 Bahh, too lazy to fish. You can teach a man to fish but you can't motivate him!
1 year, 6 months ago on Challenge Mode: Part 2 – Scholomance
@JThelen Oh definitely. We put some methodical learning shots on it tonight. I think we can score at least a silver. We just need to tighten it up on certain trash pulls. We were able to take down Lilian easiliy with 4 DPS and using potions/Heroism/Cooldowns when she hit 60% health. Now we just need to solve Gandling. I found out too late I was supposed to heal from up high in the rafters instead of on the stairs. Whoops.
@Axxeli Huh, I'll look into those!
@Gibreel Figure two on my head. I think I can put two on each hand. If I balance on one foot, I can place one on the other. If I angle my arms right, I can nail the elbows too. ^^
1 year, 7 months ago on Assuming Direct Control
@Suzushiiro Sigh of relief.
Now I can go back to wearing sunglasses for cosmetic raiding.
1 year, 8 months ago on Sunglasses
@Shanthi I was factoring Raid Finder into the mix.
Doesn't that give like 90 at the end of it?
1 year, 9 months ago on Dailies and Valor: Almost Out of the Woods
@Roldarin Assuming you're not raiding, then yeah, that's definitely a snails pace. Something like what, 14+ weeks just to outfit your character with items?
But that's assuming one only goes the valor route. There's always craftables as another "stream".
@amkosh @mattuzzi Oh yes, I think multiple difficulties were a wonderful solution. I liked it when LFR came out. I like the 10 man accessibility. I like having options. Single player games have your story mode, and then your Nightmare mode. But I don't know how one can really "translate" that into an online, virtual world where there's so much intertwining. You don't really want to segregate too much of the game because then it divides up the communtiy even further.
@amkosh @Darthkeller We certainly pay differently. 15 bucks a month grants us access to the game, but as far as I can see, that's about where the similarities end. I spend 9 hours a week to raid. Other raiders (progression ones) invest over 20 and they have the rights to get their Hardmode gear and drakes first. They can spend their time how they want. I know that when I'm ready for those titles and rewards, I'll make the time investments.
But yeah, we're paying a global cost of 15 and then an individual cost of time/effort/skill, whatever you want to call it.
@amkosh I'm not concerned. More options will open in a few weeks. on the one hand, I understand where people are coming from. On the other hand for me, this is stuff I would've done anyway and I think it's a touch out of proportion.
@unnullifier Yes. Usuall;y theres 1 - 3 items that your class/spec can use.
1 year, 9 months ago on Save Those Lucky Charms, Raiders!
@Moshne1 I didn't see a loot line saying "Name has received boots". I only saw it for myself. I ended up telling people to send me a tell if their bonus roll activated.
@Dinaer I'm disappointed it took me that LONG to level because I know I can clock in a faster time.
1 year, 10 months ago on 3.5 Hours from 85 – 86
@BadgerRustler Yeah, I did it as Shadow. I leveled in Burning Crusade and Wrath as Disc/Holy. Shadow gives me more options when it comes to killing stuff. Especially with the glyph where I can keep Prayer of Mending/Renew on myself without shifting forms? Total quality of life improvement there for shadow leveling.
@MalchomeMoG It ain't perfect and it certainly isn't the most elegant. But it's something.
1 year, 10 months ago on Keeping 25s Alive
@mescyn @mattuzzi @yamael Yup, you're absolutely right. During the initial weeks of the LFR, loot was shoveled directly into the hands of a select few. I'd say it was more like 20 alts, and 5 mains of varying armor types and roles. It's a tough situation because you don't want to encourage guilds to do stuff like that. But you still want to find a way to stimulate 25s.
Another option is to give people the rights to do one 10 man and one 25 man per wee (But limit loot to the first kill).
@mescyn @mattuzzi @yamael I wonder how many people out there have the time/energy to run 7 different alts and get them up to the minimum ilevel needed to run raids 7 different times to feed 7 different mains. That would be quite the operation.