Same old Anna, shiny new look The old skin was getting to be a little too “wall of text” for my liking, so I’m going to try this one for awhile. If you hate it, let me know, and I’ll take that into account!
So… I have a really bad case of ‘Grumpus’ this morning, as I’m still not sleeping, so I’m going to try to keep the ranting to a minimum and just throw some opinions out there. There is currently, on the PTR, a MS type debuff now acting off the Shaman Flametongue Weapon buff. This… is utterly senseless. And while this will have little/no effect on PVE players, once again Blizzard is tailoring their game based on PVP concerns – and not just any PVP concerns, but specifically Arena concerns, just like they did with the recent lifebloom and lifetap nerfs. And I’m sure (at this rate) that they’ll continue to do with future 2.4 changes.
Thing is, I’m not sure this will change much about the effectiveness of shaman in arenas either. (I could be wrong, of course) The whole thing just screams “we want you to shut up about class balance, so here’s a random buff to make you quit grousing; don’t you love us now?”
Of course, I’m not the only one to find this whole bit about balancing the entire game around PVP rather reprehensible, especially when “balance” seems to mean “make everyone the same”. Leafy certainly feels strongly about it. As does Siha over at Banana Shoulders. As do many other bloggers getting behind Leafy’s Dont Nerf Trees banners. And I think Siha probably said it best.
[PVP Balance] is never going to happen until everyone in PvP plays the same class, with the same talent spec, nude.
I’d hate to see this game turn into a boring mush where everyone is the same spec with the same skills and wears the same gear, but I fear we’re headed in that direction. I mean… how many arcanist reskins do we need, really? Are you going to give priests a MS debuff next? How about kitty druids? (Opaladin mentioned that we should do that and then call the debuff “Cat Scratch Fever”).
Are we all going to have CC abilities, since everyone knows it just isn’t *FAIR* if some people have CC and others don’t. Know what? Screw fair. I’ve played enhancement and elemental shaman. Yeah, not having CC kind of sucks. Having totems rocks my socks.
I personally find it interesting to have different classes that can do different things, and if Blizzard didn’t realize before they let loose the Arena system that this kind of relentless squeaky wheel syndrome was going to happen, then they’re more blind about their players than any of us have ever thought. It has never made sense to me that pre BC all the PVP information was that it would NEVER be balanced for 1v1 stuff and was only intended for groups… and yet here they are, trying to balance it for 1v1 or 2v2 (gogo lifebloom nerf?) because of the Arenas.
So here’s hoping blizzard doesn’t kill their game trying balance the concerns of a bunch of grousing arena players who will *never* be happy while completely destroying the PVE experience that makes up the larger portion of Warcraft players.
[stomps off soapbox]
So the monkeys over at World of Matticus have been at it again – this time creating healer haiku. So I figured I’d make a few shaman haiku of my own. And/or general raiding haiku. I’ve had to force myself to stop at 5 6 so that I can get working on some other things (like getting ready for work).
Earthshield for the tanks
Spam chain heal on the scrub rogues
Hooray! Mana tide!
Tank has pulled again
Still I am out of mana
Good thing I have ankhs.
Chain heals! More chain heals!
Uh oh! Healing wave the tank.
Now the rogues are dead.
Void reaver is mad.
You broke his motorcycle
Many poundings, VROOM!
Mana spring is great,
With wrath of air totem. What?
You want windfury?
All run in for Gruul
But where did the two tanks go?
Hey look, priest is squished.
As of just now, Angoleth is finally level 70.
I’ve decided, after no small amount of back-and-forth, to put my energy behind Annie Mae to be my second max character this expansion (with Angoleth likely to be third). I can’t really get into Shaman gameplay, so Annorah is going …
I no longer enjoy WoW’s endgame content.
I like raiding, and the raids in Pandaria so far have been interesting. But I am no longer all that interested in the rest of the endgame.
This is OK, because Pandaria is, …
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I’m here today to talk to you all about a very serious problem I see in the RP community – RPer disease. I don’t know any roleplayer who doesn’t suffer bouts of this infection, and while not exactly contagious it …