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Best bug ever y/y?

Posted in Miscellanea with tags , on September 13, 2012 by Aeliel

Raid member, in Vent:

…I respecced and got ported to Stormwind…

No, I have no idea how the hell that can even happen, either. Your guess is as good as mine.


Sinestra achievement still available

Posted in Achievements, Alts, Raiding with tags , , , on September 10, 2012 by Aeliel

I am, of course, talking about “I Can’t Hear You Over the Sound of How Awesome I Am“.

Expecting it to become unobtainable with the Mists of Pandaria pre-patch, we went and killed Sinestra every week as a guild until we got it. That was mid-June, and then we stopped going, because ugh, Bastion of Twilight.

We went back this week for funsies and random achievements people were missing, and figured hey, might as well kill Sinestra. And then this happened:

(I was on my warrior, so note the pro “never killed Sinestra before on this character” achievement.)

So I’m guessing this will work like Herald of the Titans – you can always get it at level, but if you level beyond it it’s unavailable. Either that or it’ll just go unavailable when MoP launches – but considering they seem now able to use level as a criteria for achievement eligibility, I can’t see why they’d do the latter rather than the former.

Either way, there you go. Two resets left before, at best, you have to level an alt specifically for this – at worst, you won’t be able to get it anymore. Go forth and punch dragons in the face.

I thought I’d seen every bug in DS

Posted in Miscellanea, Raiding with tags , , , on August 22, 2012 by Aeliel

I was wrong. Tonight, on Hagara, we got a brand new one.

Yes, that is a chunk of an ice wall lagging behind. No, I have no idea how that can happen. This is the first time I see it.

Dragon Soul in general is a rather buggy raid. Off the top of my head, and just counting bugs I’ve personally experienced, I can think of bugs on, let’s see…


  • The ball is prone to getting bugged and not moving after a bounce. This is recoverable on the 30% nerf, but very much a wipe on 0% if it happens at the wrong time.


  • Conductors in the lightning phase not conducting properly;
  • Ice walls spawning immediately rather than with a slight delay (not an issue for a raid that doesn’t tank Hagara in the middle, but spelled doom for a lot of LFR raids before it was fixed);
  • A chunk of the ice wall lagging behind.and now this)


  • It’s possible, although extremely rare, to click the button with the correct timing but still die to Fading Light or Hour of Twilight).

 Warmaster Blackhorn

  • The bloody fire keeps bloody spreading in phase 2. Makes it such fun to kill the boss when it happens.

Spine of Deathwing

  • Most people probably wouldn’t have noticed this one: if you switch Power of the Aspects off, the first tendon of the first pull you do will still be debuffed.

Madness of Deathwing

  • Thrall randomly dropping people;
  • Limb tentacles on non-assaulted platforms 100-stacking Burning Blood if damaged at all and wiping the raid;
  • The cast on Cataclysm not stopping immediately when you pry off a limb (leading to a wipe if you’re slightly slow and pry it up with only a few seconds to go on the cast);
  • Alextrasza will occasionally leave a Blistering Tentacle alive when burning them off;
  • If you use Dream to mitigate a Hemorrage (the damage spike that happens when you get the head to 15%, 10% and 5%), the damage from Corrupted Blood will spike up to the highest strength possible and then remain there rather than settling back down, making healing extremely intensive at best and impossible at worst.

And I could swear I’m forgetting some of them, especially for Madness. I hope MoP raiding is less buggy, but I’m not holding my breath.

(Fun note: I just searched Google for “Dragon Soul bugs”, wondering if there were any more bugs I’d not seen before, and the first handful of results were for Skyrim. Heh.)

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 ethics of riding dragons

Posted in Lore, Miscellanea with tags , , , on December 13, 2011 by Aeliel

It’s no secret to anybody who knows me well that I have A Thing For Dragons™. “It has dragons in it” has gotten me to try just about anything, even if I then ended up tossing it at the wall in disgust (hello, “Eragon”).

World of Warcraft has dragons, and moreover, it has dragon mounts. Great, right?

Well, yes. It’s fun to ride around on a dragon. It makes you feel heroic.

But is it ethical?

Okay, okay, stop laughing and bear with me.

Dragons in World of Warcraft – at least normal dragons from the major flights – are intelligent, not just part of the wildlife. They think, they talk, they have feelings, they can have power well beyond that of members of playable races…

…and despite this, it seems to be the case that we’re using at least some of the drakes we ride against their will, turning intelligent creatures into little more than beasts of burden.

It is a major point of Warcraft lore that the enslaving of Alexstrasza and the red dragonflight by the Dragonmaw Clan, and the forced use of drakes and dragons as war mounts, was a heinous, horrible act.

And yet it seems to be perfectly fine for players to do the same thing – at least to “evil” dragons.

But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself.


Some of the drakes you can ride join you out of their own free will. The questline to obtain a Netherwing drake, for instance, makes it abundantly clear that they are joining you out of gratitude for the help you have provided to their flight:

It is an honor to meet you, <name>. We have all been keeping a close eye on your adventures and are grateful for all that you have done for the Netherwing Dragonflight.

If you choose me as your compatriot, I will fly you to the ends of this world and back. Whatever it is that you ask of me, I will do my best to comply.

(Although you can then return to Netherwing Ledge and purchase all other colors of Netherwing drake from Drake Dealer Hurlunk, one could simply argue you’re paying the dumb orcs some gold to free the remaining drakes they still have enslaved. So that works out.)

Similarly, although the Bronze Drake is technically a drop, you can make an excellent case that the drake would choose to join you because you saved a member of the Bronze flight. The Red Drake likely joins you willingly as well: although you have to spend gold to purchase one, doing so requires you to be exalted with the Wyrmrest Accord, the dragon faction par excellence. (Plus, you know, Alexstrasza is standing right there and I doubt she would be pleased with a random mortal grabbing one of her drakes and going “okay, you’re my mount now”. The last guy who did that, she had as a snack.)

(As a side note, this makes me wonder why there’s no rideable green drake in the game yet. The Guardians of Hyjal faction would’ve been a perfect place for one, considering Ysera is taking an active role there. Either that, or the Avengers of Hyjal, using Marks of the World Tree as currency to purchase it.)


Not all drakes fare quite so well.

The Blue, Azure, Black, Twilight and Onyxian drakes are obtained by very violent methods; the Black dragonflight is vicious, destructive, corrupted, insane and generally evil; the Blue dragonflight is on the wrong side of the Nexus War (and, going by the original method of acquiring the Blue and Azure drakes, you would have just killed their leader). At best, these drakes are insane, feral, more beast than anything else; at worst, they’re fully sentient, just your enemy. Either way, you’re essentially enslaving them.

(Yes, I’m aware it could be the one nice or non-hostile drake wanting to join you, but it’s extremely unlikely.)

The Albino Drake is another case of a dragon that’s considered little more than livestock. Consider the letter that accompanies it, sent by Mei Francis, a seller of exotic mounts:

I couldn’t help but to notice how good you are with the livestock. With all of the activity around here, business has been better than ever for me.

I don’t suppose you’d mind looking after this Albino Drake for me? I simply don’t have enough spare minutes in the day to care for all of these animals.



“You’re good with animals, please care for this particular one, I haven’t got the time.” Okay then!

There are even more clear-cut cases of “see pretty drake, beat it to within an inch of its life, then slap a saddle on it and enslave it as your mount”, but they all belong to dragon breeds that either have been confirmed by in-game lore as being essentially beasts (Time-Lost Proto-Drake) or as far as we’ve seen haven’t displayed any sign of higher thought, such as stone dragons (Aeonaxx, Slabhide) or storm dragons (Altairus). So we can’t really be certain.

Either way, much as I love drakes and I love riding them… it makes me uneasy.

(And don’t get me started on whelp vanity pets. As much as I love them, they all originally were, and some of them still are, drops from whelps of the same dragonflight found in the game world. So essentially what you’re doing is killing a bunch of dragon kids, then finding one that’s still alive despite the beating and taking it for a pet. Nice, very nice. How very heroic of you.)

It just feels like Blizzard originally introduced drake mounts in the game to give players something amazing and heroic to ride beyond the default gryphons and wyverns (the Netherwing drakes were the very first drake mounts introduced), because it would feel great to have a dragon call you a hero and decide to accompany you in your further adventurers – but that has long since fallen by the wayside, and they just add drake mounts wherever because hey, dragons are cool, right? And it makes me a bit sad, because it did feel great to have a dragon want to come with me… and now they’re just another mount, found or bought pretty much everywhere.

Official talent calculator for Mists of Pandaria

Posted in Druid with tags , , , on November 23, 2011 by Aeliel

Blizzard finally released an official talent calculator for Mists of Pandaria. I have Opinions when it comes to the druid talents. This should not be a surprise.

(I’m aware all this isn’t final. It’s kind of obvious from the fact that there are things missing from several classes and specs. Still, they put out a preview, I get to have an opinion.)

First of all, there are two new spells. Might of Ursoc, at level 72, is a standard, class-wide Last Stand (30% extra health for 20 seconds). Symbiosis, at level 87, looks quite interesting:

Creates a symbiotic link which grants the Druid one ability belonging to the target’s class, varying by the Druid’s specialization.

In exchange, grants the target one druid ability based on their class and combat role.

Lasts 1 hour and persists through death.

Needs more information, of course, but so far, so interesting.

Now, as for the rest of the changes… this’ll get long, so I’ll just put it behind a cut.

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Minipost: the dead Sentinel

Posted in Miscellanea with tags on October 31, 2011 by Aeliel

I was re-watching the Blizzcon streams – more specifically the Lore Q&A panel. And even more specifically, the guy who asked about the Giant Snake Tail of Gundrak. Most people I’ve seen commenting on that particular bit of the Q&A have a “he brought a printed screenshot? seriously?” type of reaction. Me? I had a “I wish I could do that” reaction.

There’s something in the game that’s been bugging me. Not quite for several years like that guy, but since I’ve noticed it when I was questing in Darkshore post-Shattering.

Meet Sentinel Lendra. She’s a questgiver in Lor’danel.

There’s something odd about her, though…

…death knight eyes are not something you find on any random Sentinel.

Logically, I know it’s probably just a model mishap and Blizzard’s reaction would be “whoops, sorry, we’ll get that fixed.” Even ignoring the fact that night elves are very, very against unnatural things such as death knights, her dialogue makes no reference to her being a death knight and her voice sounds like any other Sentinel’s, without the echoing that’s present in death knight voices.

Still. Wouldn’t it be interesting if she was a death knight?