Written by | Posted October 24, 2014 – 12:01 pm Elevation

Squire Benjamin William Sullivan stood in the middle of Light’s Hope Chapel in his underpants.

Actually, it was white linen pants and a shift, but the effect was approximately the same. The little chapel was warm, on the edge of …

PTR changes and Arenas
comment 1 Written by on February 28, 2008 – 10:12 am

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]

Haiku?
comment 7 Written by on February 27, 2008 – 10:03 am

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.

Anna, version 3.0
comment 4 Written by on February 24, 2008 – 11:00 pm

As of just now, Angoleth is finally level 70.

BA Shared Topic – What would you add to WotLK?
comment 4 Written by on February 23, 2008 – 11:14 am

I’m sure I”ll come up with more interesting things as I think on this one, but I thought I’d jot off a quick list while it’s on my mind.  Will talk to spaceship husband and see what we can come up with for more changes later though, so expect follow ups (and possible Paladin/Rogue/Mage lists!)

Shaman:

  • Spirit Pets (perhaps as a talent)
  • Some kind of (talented) instant cast heal

Hunter:

  • An extra stable slot!! Maybe TWO!!
  • More pet abilities added to more pet classes (maul for bears, thorns for crabs, amirite?), better designed pet aggro
  • fix pet pathing

Priest:

  • “Viable” holy DPS (ok, I know lolsmite is a marginally sustainable build for DPS, but it’s so hard to pull off…)

Elevation

October 24, 2014 – 12:01 pm

Squire Benjamin William Sullivan stood in the middle of Light’s Hope Chapel in his underpants.

Actually, it was white linen pants and a shift, but the effect was approximately the same. The little chapel was warm, on the edge of …

Introducing the Newest Anna

June 29, 2014 – 4:39 pm

So I’m not really in a position where I should be creating alts. This, of course, does nothing to deter me from making alts when the inspiration strikes. I’ve been really enjoying my Alliance hunter, and she’s my raiding main …

Deconstruction

November 19, 2013 – 4:46 pm

Bad things are happening in Stormwind – and beyond.

The Hand of Lothar, they call themselves.

Yva Darrows was their first target.

Tirith and Aely were their second and third.

They have since… expanded their reach and escalated their methods …

Patrol

November 13, 2013 – 9:59 am

The cathedral bells stop ringing overnight, except for chiming the hours. Three bell strikes, and Angoleth padded softly around another corner of the Cathedral District, staying carefully in the shadows. Trained ears picked up Mogget’s soft breathing – nearly inaudible …

Riders in Lordaeron – Memory

November 7, 2013 – 1:33 pm

(Written by Jolly, Tarquin, and Annalea)

The highlands of Lordaeron were not for the faint of heart; be it the putrescence of the Scourge’s long-lingering remnant, or the rock-strewn hills and valleys that made farmers out of only the most …

Riders of Lordaeron – Logistics

September 13, 2013 – 7:11 pm

(With Tarquin and Annalea)

Once more, four people made their way through the thickets and hills of Lordaeron, this time in the crisp chill of late morning, seeking after the Rider. Aelflaed had snatched what sleep she could while Chryste …

Riders of Lordaeron – Problematic

September 11, 2013 – 9:47 am

(With Tarquin)

She hadn’t wanted to leave Jolly – not so soon after finding him again – but once away, it took about five minutes for Aely to figure out she had a problem.

That problem had just announced that …

Riders of Lordaeron: Arrangements

September 9, 2013 – 10:05 am

It was an uneasy goodbye for him, but it was agreed by both he and Aely that a stroll back to Hearthglen would not be very easy to explain, nor would the explanation needed for the three Argent soldiers once …

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