So much to do – so little time

July 29, 2010

I’m terribly sorry that I haven’t updated in a while, but I’ve been incredibly busy with work and whatnot! I promise that I’ll put up a proper post when I have the time!

Some topics I plan to post on:

  • Q&A – some search terms, since I’ve begun to get some (miraculously)
  • ICC progres
  • Guild related stuff (not spoiling anything just yet!)

In addition, I’m trying to put a post together on analyzing healer performance through combat logs. I’m not entirely sure if I can finish it, but I’ll try.

Don’t worry, I’m not about to stop blogging yet. I just have a lot of stuff I need to take care of first. Until next time!


Advice isn’t worth shit

July 14, 2010

… If you don’t listen to it.

There have been a few posts recently on people who make up some kind of excuse to not take advice from somebody else. I’m okay with that, on the surface. But it makes me want to cry deep within.

To be honest, I’ve been in pretty much the same situation. I’ve been in denial about my spec, gear and gems. I was absolutely certain that But not anymore. I’ve gone and changed as much as was needed to get my little pally as good as possible. Sure, I still have some things that are on my long todo list. But as I stand right now, I’m at least going in the right general direction. And I know that I at least have enough knowledge about Holy paladins to last me through the rest of this expansion.

So naturally, when I come across another Holy paladin (and by that, I mean “raid with”) I like to see what makes them tick. Sometimes it’s because they’re so awesome, sometimes because they’re failing horribly. Sometimes, it’s just out of curiousity. Most of the times, however, I’m shocked, horrified by what I see. I’ll go through some of my latest.. discoveries.

Fail #1

Suppose you’re applying for a guild as a Holy paladin. You would suspect that your application is reviewed by somebody who is at least knowledgeable of the spec. I was looking around on some guild sites, looking for Holy paladin applications to see how they’re judged, what they are rejected for and if they’re accepted or not. Now, I see a Holy paladin applying to one of the top guilds on my realm. I see somebody, assuming he knows what he’s doing,  asking a question in the application thread.

“Why are you specced in Divinity?”

I mean, come on! Why? Granted, this is a Holy paladin with a 51/5/15 spec applying. But it’s a pretty common talent to pick. So what do you mean, why? A straight-up 1-5% healing increase, how is that not good? There’s plenty of room for discussion on other aspects of his build. So I’m asking, why ask such a pointless question if you could’ve asked why this particular Holy paladin has specced in Ret at all? I’ve had some interesting discussions on this very topic with a few knowledgeable people and to be very honest, for a high-end raiding guild such as that, they should’ve at least asked the right questions. In my humble opinion.. FAIL.

Fail #2

The Holy paladin app who thinks he can get away applying half-prepared. This is a classic, really. I can give you an estimate, based solely on the apps that I’ve seen, that about 70% of the Holy paladin apps are not prepared to app for a high-end guild. I’m not talking about progression or gear level. I’m talking about basics. Making sure you have PvE gear, for example. Or at least have everything enchanted properly. And gemmed properly. And have a decent talent build. None of this all seems to matter to some. I could cry with shame to be honest. Faults like these are not fixable. It’s not a matter of fixing your shit after you’ve gotten feedback from the guild you’re applying to. It’s a matter of making sure that you have done everything within your power to fix your shit so that guilds will actually be happy to see you apply there. It can’t guarantee a spot, but it can guarantee that your app will be taken seriously.

A piece of advice from me: if you’re looking for feedback on how to do it right, do not apply to a high-end raiding guild.

Fail #3

Not having a clue how Holy paladins work. Allright, so you have a Holy paladin, you may have even looked up a cookie-cutter build and you know you’re supposed to gem Intellect all the way. Maybe you even know that having 2 piece T10 is a good thing.

You continue to spam Flash of Light. Which is okay, by itself. There are plenty of Holy paladins doing the same thing. Most, however, haven’t got a clue what they’re doing. Some do, they make sure to have a good talent build to go with their playing style, they try to match their gear to fulfill their very specific needs and they even gem very specifically to reach certain goals. This is what makes a good Holy paladin. Not knowing why you’re gemming Intellect or what you’re supposed to do with all that glorious mana, makes a bad Holy paladin. And I’ve seen plenty.

Keep in mind that, if you’re going to spam Flash of Light, you have entirely different needs than a standard Holy Light spamming paladin.

I’m not kidding. Read some more if you wonder why.

Fail #4

This is the reason why I started this post, actually. When I raid with another Holy paladin, I have the nasty habit of inspecting them, checking out their talent build, gems and enchants. Maybe I’ll look at the gear. Based on this information, I’ll try to figure out whether this Holy paladin is healing HL-style or FoL-style. I’ll also check if he or she has Divine Guardian or Aura Mastery. When I’m done, I should have a fairly accurate idea of his/her playstyle and available cooldowns.

Of course, it happens often enough that I come across horrible talent builds, suboptimal gems or mediocre enchants. When I do, I’ll usually wait and see how the raid goes before commenting on it. What I can’t seem to understand is, why do these people pretend to know what they’re doing? If I do decide to whisper some well-meant advice, it never seems to occur to them that they could be doing so much better so easily. Most thank me for the advice, but continue to do the exact same thing over and over. Please, for the love of the Light, if you don’t agree with advice I give, just fucking say so! I am so sick and tired of Holy paladins who fail miserably without even knowing it, ignoring my advice entirely. If you say you appreciate the advice and are going to change things, then damnit, stop slacking and do it! It’s not all that hard!

If you’ve read my previous posts, you may have noticed that I’ve switched from FoL to HL myself. This was a complete overhaul of my gear, gems and enchants. I did it in a single night, spending less than 300g in total. The most important reason for that was that I felt I wasn’t carrying my own weight in raids. Now, it’s the other way around. I feel like I’m carrying other people. At least when it comes to tank healing. I haven’t encountered a single Holy paladin that could actually keep up with me. This is not because I’m awesomesauce or something. I don’t mean to be pretentious here. But the usual Holy paladin I raid with (not all of them, though!) just fail so bad that it makes me want to cry.

On a side note: something that has surprised me is the amount of FoL healers I encounter. Most of the Holy paladins heal using FoL spam, but I’ve only seen a few HL-style Holy paladins. I would seriously like to find another HL-style Holy paladin.

If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to distract myself with some cool new anime I’ve found.


Tanking goes Hollywood

July 11, 2010

I just watched the Prince of Persia movie together with my wife. As a fan of the old DOS-based games and even the 3D sequels, I just had to see this one. And quite frankly, I’m not disappointed. Knowing Hollywood, it definitely could’ve been a LOT worse.

SPOILER ALERT!

If you still haven’t seen the movie but are planning to, and you don’t want any potential spoilers, please don’t read any further.

Now, I figure some of you might wonder what this has to do with the (extremely lame, I admit) title of this post. I won’t explain directly. I’d rather explain how I came up with it while watching the movie.

It (not the movie, but my train of thought) starts with a scene where Dastan is trying to convice his brother of the power of the dagger and the Sands of Time. Princess Tamina is watching them from behind a curtain on the outside of a window. Directly after Dastan convinced his brother Tus, the new king of Persia, the bad guy (Nazim) comes walking in the room to find out that Dastan has indeed returned. He also notices the dagger in Tus’ hands. Now we get to the actual part where I LOL’ed for a bit.

Tus is killed by Nazim, and the main Hassansin bad guy knocks Dastan to the ground and keeps him pinned down. His sword is near him on the ground, but he can’t reach it. He didn’t kill him yet, as ordered by Nazim. Boy, what a mistake that was. Picture this. Just when Nazim left the room and the Hassansin is about to kill Dastan, Princess Tamina comes screaming from her hiding place, with a dagger. Of course, this is plenty enough reason for the Hassansin (trained assasin, or did you expect otherwise?) to divert his attention from the knocked down Dastan (with his sword almost in reach, remember?) to Princess Tamina (with her dagger, remember?) and turn his back to Dastan.

One word: ridiculous. Almost as ridiculous as tanks, somehow convincing a raid boss to turn his undivided attention to them while a number of others kill him slowly. Because, of course, those guys with shields, bucketloads of health and high armor make much more sense as kill-first targets than those cloth-wearing mages who inflict massive amounts of magic damage. Right?

That’s exactly what was going on in the movie. Dastan, dangerous and only temporarily knocked down and disarmed. Temporarily, as in, only as long as the bad guy keeps him down actively. Which he (the Hassansin) stops doing while Tamina charges at him. Can you follow? Bad choice.

Dastan doesn’t think twice, picks up his sword and backstabs the Hassansin while he’s distracted by Tamina.

Kudos to Tamina for good intention though, it didn’t seem like she was really thinking about it, or even considering the possibility that she might’ve been one-shot by the Hassansin if Dastan wasn’t quick enough.

To me, this seems like a typical scenario one might see during a raid boss encounter. The tanks try their best to keep the attention of the boss focused on them, no matter who is most dangerous. Somehow, raid bosses keep falling for it. They’re getting themselves killed while the tanks keep their attention. How stupid is that, right? I mean, just look at what happened to the Hassansin!

By the way, I didn’t intend this to be a rant about tanking mechanics. I’m completely fine with it, from a gaming mechanic perspective. I just think it’s not very realistic. Which it shouldn’t be anyway.


Late again – no more RealID!

July 9, 2010

Just a short post, I promise.

I was going to put up a post about Blizzard’s latest RealID fiasco, but it seems I’m already too late!

Blizzard has announced that, instead of using real names (RealID) for their new forum system, users will be able to post using a unique handle. Much better, no?

Are we done with it now? Good.

On to the next topic. As most of you will probably have noticed (who am I kidding? Do I even have readers?) I’ve been pretty busy lately. Hence the lack of posts. But I’m planning a few posts that will probably be up soon.

So please, don’t go away. I’m working on some actual content here, please be patient!