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I love being right

Posted in Mounts and pets, Patches, Raiding with tags , , on September 5, 2012 by Aeliel

Directly from a blue post about the issue:

[The Pureblood Firehawk having a 100% droprate in normal mode] was fixed because the drop rate was never intended.

If I had a gold for each time I’ve had a rehash of the following conversation…

[Randomguy] whispers: hey, is your guild still selling the Ragnaros mount?
To [Randomguy]: Yup, our price is (price).
[Randomguy] whispers: lol no way I’m paying that much, it’s 100% droprate in normal mode now
To [Randomguy]: That’s a bug, it’ll get hotfixed soon. Besides, if you’re so sure, why not just grab a bunch of friends and go get it from normal mode?
[Randomguy] whispers: lol no it’s not a bug it’s even listed as 100% on the armory
[Randomguy] whispers: and I don’t wanna roll against 9 other people for the mount

…well, I probably couldn’t buy anything of worth since it’s not been that long since the patch hit, but I’d still have a decent sum of gold.

Good lord. It’s like people have never encountered a major, exploitable bug before.

How to get into a raiding guild

Posted in Raiding with tags , , , , , on March 20, 2012 by Aeliel

Mostly by accident (or so it seemed), I’ve ended up as my guild’s recruitment officer, or at least the closest thing we’ve got to one. Applications to the guild are sent by private message to our guild master and then posted on our private forums for all raiders to comment on, but I’m the one who advertises the guild’s recruitment in the trade channel (because that seems to be the way to get noticed) and attempts to steer people who are interested in the guild in the right direction.

This tends to mean I get stupid whispers. A lot of stupid whispers, even discounting the almost daily “wuts the DS buff?” questions. It seems that a lot of people just… have no concept of what it means to be in a raiding guild.

So I’ve got this collection of screenshots of whispers, and nothing to do with it. And I figured that a post on the subject could be useful to people who want to get into a decent raiding guild but have no idea where to start (although it’s unlikely to be of much use to the people who don’t understand why whispering an officer with their class and item level, followed by “inv pls”, doesn’t work). I’m by no means the first to do something like this – better writers than me have written similar posts – but why not?

So here’s a primer on what to do to get into a raiding guild, by way of screenshots showing what not to do. All names blurred to protect the stupid innocent.

Be patient

This might come as a shock to some, but officers of raiding guilds do have things to do in their life other than raid and run the guild. Even if you see an officer sat in a capital city, advertising the guild in trade chat every two minutes, that doesn’t mean they aren’t also doing something else. (Some examples: discussing strategy in officer chat, speaking in whispers with somebody else, alt-tabbed out of the game doing something else on the internet while an addon does the advertising, briefly away from the keyboard to sort something in the house, and so on.)

If you whisper an officer and don’t get a response, wait. If you still haven’t gotten a response five minutes later, whisper again, saying something along the lines of “hey, did you see my previous whisper?”. If the person you are whispering is in a raid zone, wait a bit longer – until they appear to have either defeated the encounter or wiped would be the best. (Some boss mods, such as DBM, whisper you back automatically if the user is in a fight, and again once the fight is over. Some others, such as BigWigs, do not. Watch for zoning as an extra clue – if somebody wipes and releases in Dragon Soul, you’ll see them go to the Tanaris zone, because that’s where the graveyard is.)

If you put in an application to a guild and you don’t receive an immediate response, wait. If you haven’t received a response in a couple of days, feel free to whisper an officer to double-check that your application was received.

Do not, however, be the guy who whispers once, waits 30 seconds and then whispers the same thing five more times. Do not be the guy who asks three times a day if a decision has been made on his application, despite having been told the first time he asked that the guild has several applications for the same spot and is trying to make a decision. Do not be the guy who throws a massive hissy fit because the officer you are whispering is slow at responding, when they’re in the middle of a raid.

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On the first week of 4.3…

Posted in PuG business, Tanking with tags , , , on December 3, 2011 by Aeliel

…the random raid finder gave to me…

Twelve people who dropped group immediately on joining
Eleven people who couldn’t manage to chain lightning to the next conductor over
Ten people who couldn’t be bothered stacking on red during Yor’sahj (and instead clamored for healing)
Nine “CR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111111”
Eight people who stood in bad on every trash pull
Seven people in PVP gear
Six tier tokens of the wrong type
Five idiots who died to Hagara’s ice waves (one of whom released)
Four morons shouting wrong instructions during boss fights (“kill blue!” with purple up on Yor’sahj)
Three deaths on Yor’sahj (because the other tank couldn’t understand “taunt at 3 stacks” nor notice me spamming “TAUNT” in raid chat)
Two bosses already killed
and one death immediately after loading in.

Plus a ninja-pulled boss (Hagara), a rogue whining about not being allowed to pickpocket the quest item off Hagara in LFR difficulty, whining about how the loot system is unfair and everybody should be able to needroll on everything, three “healers” doing less healing than a shadowpriest…

It was kind of fun, though, even though my poor tankadin got nothing but a repair bill out of it. Might go in again this reset at some point – my main could use the extra chance at tier tokens, and I could queue as a DPS and still roll on everything I can use without the stress of tanking for it (especially considering as a feral druid I’m rolling against DPS classes anyway). And if I get the three new heroics to cough up enough upgrades for my other alts to hit 372 equipped ilvl without cheating, the alts could go too. We’ll see…

Dungeon Finder: Call to Arms

Posted in Healing, PuG business, Tanking with tags , , on April 7, 2011 by Aeliel

4.1 Preview – Dungeon Finder: Call to Arms

Of all the godawful ideas. Good heavens.

I have two tanks (feral druid and prot paladin), one healer (disc priest), and two pure DPS (hunter and warlock) at the level cap. All of them are geared for heroics and running them pretty consistently, although I’ve found myself taking the DPS queue on my feral druid more often than not simply because it gives me the time to do dailies.

On the surface, rewarding tanks and healers for queuing with a goody bag containing gold, gems, flasks, mounts and pets is a good idea. (I’m certainly happy that I’ll be getting extra shinies for something I do anyway.) And yeah, more people will queue as tanks or healers, so it’ll help with the queue length.

But it won’t do anything to fix the real problem with the dungeon finder – the attitude of people running heroics.

Tanks have instant queue because there are so few of them. And there are so few of them because of the prevailing attitude towards tanks in the dungeon finder. Jinxed Thoughts has an excellent post on the scarcity of tanks and reasons for it, and I agree with it. I keep tanking in the dungeon finder because ultimately, I enjoy it, but if I didn’t enjoy it, not all the goody bags in the world would get me to do it.

This change might help keep tanks from dropping mid-run when their item doesn’t drop from a boss (at which point the run dissolves and the DPS are left staring at the screen and going “I sat in the queue for 45 minutes for this?”), but that’s really all it’ll do.

On the other hand, my absolute lack of any faith in humanity predicts we will see an increase in:

  • People queuing as tanks or healers when they don’t have the spec. The dungeon finder doesn’t check your spec. If your class can perform the role of a tank or of a healer, it’ll allow you to queue as that, no questions asked. People already do this to queue-hop, with no intention of performing the role they queued as – and then they try badgering the DPS who sat through a long queue because they wanted to DPS into healing or tanking instead of them. Now that there’s a goody bag as a reward, it’ll only get worse.
  • People queuing as tanks or healers when they don’t have the gear. As far as the dungeon finder is concerned, if you have the right ilvl you’re fine. This tends to lead to people trying to tank or heal in PVP gear, or wearing completely inappropriate gear (for example, a protection paladin trying to tank in mostly healing gear).
  • Disrespect and abuse towards DPS coming from tanks and healers. You know the type. “You guys are a dime a dozen, that’s why you have long queues, you should’ve rolled an useful character instead.” “DPS is easy.” “Oh just go ahead and drop if you don’t like it, it’ll take 30 seconds to get a replacement for you anyway.”
  • Disrespect and abuse towards tanks and healers coming from DPS. If you’ve ever tanked or healed, you also know the type. “Go go go go go go.” “lol we don’t need CC” “WTF healer why are you OOM all the time” “lol your [health / mana] sucks, you’re not geared for this GTFO” “we don’t need marks keep pulling” “HOLD THREAT BETTER STUPID TANK” “WTF WHY DID I DIE STUPID HEALER” and so on. The dungeon finder is a toxic environment in general.
  • People rolling on tanking and healing items against tanks and healers. “I’m trying to gear up my offspec so I can get shorter queues and the goody bags.” More often than not, these people then proceed to complain if a tank or healer rolls need on DPS items. Never mind that such behaviour only decreases the amount of tanks and healers queuing in the dungeon finder. (I enjoy tanking a lot, and I even enjoy healing on my priest, and yet nothing will make me drop a run and go play something else faster than people needrolling against me for their offspec without even asking. And never mind that “tanks and healers get shorter queues” has been the case since the dungeon finder was launched, and it’s incredibly easy to level 80-85 as a tank or healer entirely through the dungeon finder (there are crafted pieces to start you out, or you can just quest through Hyjal or Vashj’ir to gear up a bit) and be heroic-ready the moment you hit 85.

tl;dr – yeah, this change will probably succeed at its stated goal, which is to make DPS dungeon queues shorter. But it won’t make running heroics any more pleasant, and in fact, it’ll probably make it less pleasant instead.

Earning gold is NOT HARD

Posted in Alts, Gold making with tags , , , on January 12, 2011 by Aeliel

So I’m levelling a second hunter. I started because I wanted to see the goblin starter area, and then continued because the revamped old world quests are fun (and I’ve almost ran out of stable space on my lvl85 hunter, but there still are plenty of pretty pets I want to tame).

Now, I don’t know about your server – maybe mine is just special (and by special, I mean stupid) – but I always see people begging for gold in tradechat and the like. And I have no idea why. I mean, they clearly find it hard to earn gold somehow, but…

Here, take my little goblin hunter alt. She has no heirlooms; the only advantage she has over a “normal” lowbie character is 4 16-slot bags. I sent her no gold, because I like my alts to be independent if I can at all manage it. She has no professions, either – well, she’s Herbalism / Alchemy, but her Alchemy is at 16 (because of the goblin racial – otherwise it’d be at 1) and her Herbalism is at 41 (I outleveled the gathering skill pretty fast, a problem I’ve already had on other characters), so she might as well have none for the purposes of this post since she’s making no profit from them.

The extent of her interactions with the AH consists of a few visits a day, whenever I’m near one, to list things as quickly as possible then go back to levelling.

How much gold does she have? Here, have a screenshot.

Considering my gold-making method on her can be summed up with “sell everything I can’t use as quickly as possible”, that’s not bad. I would’ve hit 1k gold earlier (around level 25), but I spent about 100g on renaming two pets and another 200g or so on glyphs, since my scribe’s still on another server.

For the curious, here’s what I’ve been selling:

  • Linen Cloth (10-30g / stack)
  • Wool Cloth (30-40g / stack)
  • Random green items (99s to 15g each, depending on the item – and I’m being very unscientific about it, using “are the stats on this thing any good” as a meter of judgement for prices; I could probably get more if I priced each item more carefully, but I’d rather be levelling)
  • The Green Wing Macaw vanity pet (50g each, found two before I outleveled Deadmines)
  • Profession patterns (1-100g each depending on the pattern; some were random world drops, some limited-supply items from vendors)

If I had two gathering professions and I could be bothered keeping them up-to-date I’d be making even more gold, considering the current prices for lowbie herbs and minerals. And still, people seem to be having issues earning enough. I don’t get it.

The wondertank

Posted in PuG business, Tanking with tags , , , on November 26, 2010 by Aeliel

This guy has to be seen to be believed. I’m not going to be mentioning his name (although I’ve made a note of it so I never group with him ever again if I can at all help it), but here’s a quick sample:

  • Constantly taunted the wrong things during trash (four adds safely on me, two adds munching on a DPS, he taunts off me rather than off a DPS).
  • Wiped us on trash several times by pulling carelessly (waiting for patrols to go away and waiting for the entire raid to be present, what’s that?).
  • Spam-taunted Thorim so much he went taunt immune (for no reason whatsoever).
  • Taunted adds off me during Freya while we were doing Deforestation (I was meant to be holding them away from the raid).
  • Taunted the one lone Assault Bot we were meant to be keeping alive for Not-So-Friendly Fire, while there were plenty of other things alive and munching on random people.
  • Generated an average of 5-6k TPS even when tanking bosses (no, I’m not kidding, and no, I have no idea how).
  • Seemed to only be half-listening to tactics (on Yogg-Saron for They’re Coming Out of the Walls: “Ok, Aeliel tank the first few adds on the purple raid marker, [other guy] tank the rest, also on the purple raid marker” – and we had to yell at him for what felt like a full minute to move to me with his pack of adds so we could AoE the lot down).
  • Generally displayed cluelessness and incredibly slow reactions (at one point it took two full minutes to get him to understand that we were talking to him on Vent, and no, he wasn’t AFK, he was jumping around).
  • Managed to go insane on 4-keeper Yogg-Saron, while staying on the outside. Standing in the big green sanity beams is hard.
  • Stood there and just twiddled his thumbs inside the brain room (together with another DPS) with the raid leader yelling at them very loudly in Vent to kill the tentacles. (We only put him there because he needed the achievement.)
  • Have I mentioned he’s tanking in partial DPS gear with some welfare PVP epics? I know uncrittability comes from talents these days, but this guy’s wearing items gemmed and enchanted for DPS.

We got the vast majority of what we came for (with the exception of missing the Bomb Bot part of Set Up Us The Bomb), but bloody hell.

I have a name, damnit.

Posted in PuG business, Tanking with tags , , on November 25, 2010 by Aeliel

Pet peeve of the day (and one of the things I hate the most about half of the people I get into random groups with): people who call my character anything but her name.

“Druid go DPS”, “Druid res me”, “Tank pull faster”, “Tank come here”… I have a name. I don’t care if you spell it wrong, I don’t care if you shorten it (“Ael” works perfectly fine, unless there’s another Ael-something in the group), there’s nothing that gets me irritated faster than somebody calling me by my class or by my role.

Especially if it’s some idiot offtank who holds threat like a sieve holds water, has a penchant for taunting off me when the adds he originally picked up are eating the DPS, doesn’t understand “move the boss here” and is generally a complete idiot. Like right now in this Ulduar 10 non-Glory achievement run.

(And I’m not about to just “go DPS”, let somebody with fail TPS tank Hodir and watch the raid get their collective face mauled off. Honestly.)

I’m on a trike. (Twice.)

Posted in Mounts and pets with tags , , , on November 25, 2010 by Aeliel

Yes, I did it in BRD. It was about as fun as jamming toothpicks under my fingernails, even doing it with two characters simultaneously (one of many good reasons to have my alts, some of them at least, on a separate account) and with three other people helping out, to the point that we had it down to around one minute per event reset. I might do this again for some other character the “right” way, running Northrend instances with the tabard on, now that it’s actually working – but not anytime soon.

Also, an additional funny – it’s people like this that sometimes make me despair for the future of this game…

What I got and what I didn’t

Posted in Achievements, Raiding with tags , , , on November 24, 2010 by Aeliel

With 4.0.3 on live servers and 4.0.3a looming like Damocles’ sword, last week was a mad scramble to get as many of the things that were going to disappear (or were rumoured to be disappearing) with the imminent Cataclysm. Some of them I managed, some of them I didn’t – altogether I didn’t do too badly, although some things were a disappointment. Continue reading