Archive for August, 2008
Sorry for the wall of text that’s coming…
That’s what I’ve been asking myself several times now, and after Yashima encouraged me to write about it in BA chat today, I’ll try that.
At first I want to say that, mostly, when I log in recently, I’m doing it for raids, for nothing else. That’s mostly because of my “no PuG”-mentality, my recent dislike to doing PvP as Alliance on the Hinterhalt-BG in Europe and my not needing to farm stuff or money (or reputation and stuff like that).
As I think I have written before, I am (or should be) the main feral druid in our raid, but recently I’m mostly healing in raids (which I don’t mind if it happens from time to time). Just to show you how much I’m healing, we’re currently at 3/5 MH and I haven’t even SEEN Anetheron and Kaz’rogal as a feral druid yet, I was healing on both our raid first kills.
As I write this, I’m thinking of not speccing restoration for raids again for at least the next month, even if that means we have to dump the raids because of missing healers (which is weird, because we only have one spot for a restoration druid, and both our trees are just either having to work on raid hours or are on vacation, and the other healers can’t even stand up to replacing a SINGLE missing healer, so with me not being restoration this evening, we might be stuck with 6 healers and so may be cancelling the raid again).
I joined the raid (ok, I was in it right from the beginning, I even was druid class officer right from the beginning, maybe that’s my problem) as a feral tank, and everybody was ok with that. Up to now all that I’ve been tanking was some add on Karathress, Tidewalker, Al’ar and Voidreaver, so where does that set me as one of our main tanks while not doing main tank duty? – Yeah, mostly as kitty dps (which I am great at, mostly doing top3-damage, where I always think “Why are all those PURE dps spec’d and geared people doing less damage than me, where I only got myself tanking gear and using some of my bear stuff for kitty?”), the occasional healing when there was really a healer shortage (all of them being ill, having no interwebz, or moving) and even the occasional nuking as a moonkin-spec’d druid.
Why I’m writing all this, you might ask (if anybody does actually read this)… I really don’t know, actually… maybe to show you my situation, maybe just because I HAD to get it off my soul some time…
Now, to get back to the main topic of this post: Why am I still playing/raiding/whatever I’m doing?
I think I’m mostly still playing because of two main reasons: It’s cheaper than buying new games every two or three months (well, ok, there are not many games released recently that got me thinking “I need to get and play that”) and, the more important point, the people playing.
I’m mostly doing stuff ingame with some of my long-time real life friends (they caused me to start on the server where I’m recently playing) and some people I got to know in the game (mostly that priest I once wrote about in one of my first posts) whom I don’t want to miss playing, chatting, and doing stuff with.
I think if it wasn’t for the people I know that are in the raid, I would already have stopped at least raiding, at least in that raid, maybe even in general, and maybe I wouldn’t even playing WoW any more.
So here some shout-outs to people who will never read it, but who totally deserve it for being great friends, both ingame and outside:
Ango, that dwarf priest, theorycrafter and GREAT buddy. He’s the guy you can talk to all night, about any stuff you want, and he’s a great guy, but sadly he stopped playing because he realized it wasn’t good for him any more.
My guild, <Liga Aventurica>, mostly consisting of great guys (well, I know nearly all of them in the real world, because those are my long-time real life friends).
Saeon, a great druid and even greater person behind that druid whom you can talk to about any stuff, he’ll always have an open ear.
Oh, and everyone great that I have forgotten.
That just needed to be written, I think…
This week, the Blog Azeroth shared topic is “If I could have a class flying mount it would be…” and here are my thoughts:
I thought about it, having a druid with its own veeery nice swift flight form, it should be special. Very special. And cool. And then a memory caught me.
There was once, before the questline for the swift flight form was implemented, a video on WCM displaying just what every druid would want, and I want to present it here as my wish for the druid class flying mount (maybe for another AddOn): the
Epic Flight Form! by Dementia Myndflame.
On a completely unrelated note, we downed Anetheron in our second try yesterday and got one or two shots at Kaz’rogal, the better one wiping at 17%, which I am quite fond of (me being a tree at that time, because our paladin class officer was having a nap on his sofa and wasn’t awoke when we started so I had to respec).
Well, as I had posted earlier, we had some tough times in our raid.
This now seems to be the time where we have to face our problems again…
At first I want to say that I’m quite proud with our raid most of the time (like when we are killing Vashj) and some other times I totally don’t like it at all (like when we are chain-wiping at Vashj).
Some of the main problems are that several people in the raid aren’t giving their best, are far too lazy, or are just complete jerks. They don’t do as they are told, don’t read strategys for bosses, don’t have consumables or just do shit when we’re attempting the bosses. And we (meaning the officers) have absolutely no clue why they do so.
We’re currently sitting at SSC clear, 3/4 TK and 2/5 Hyjal while raiding together like this since February this year, so about 6 months now. If all the people would be ready, would do their best for the raid and stuff I’m sure we would at least be wiping on Archimonde and not on the trash leading to Anetheron (or himself), but that’s one big problem of ours: reliability.
Just to show you what I mean here’s our filing list for tomorrow, our first scheduled run into Black Temple:
As you can clearly see we have far too many druids (normally we _should_ only take three of them, and not like five) and by far not enough mages and other stuff, and, sad as it sounds, our other raid schedules look nearly the same all the time, nearly enough people that file in and even less that show up for invite on the raid days.
Another big setback is that our mage class leader left the raid to get into one with his guild (one of the most progressed on our realm) which leaves us with another good player less for the upcoming stuff.
If it stays this way, I’m not sure we can hold the raid together, or if other people will follow those who leave, or if all the people will actually pull themselves together and commit all they can to the raid so we might be able to face Illidan before Wrath hits end of the year.