More Guild Madness: The Legend of Neil

•10 August, 2008 • 1 Comment

I have no idea if I’ve stumbled across this early or I’m the last person to find out about it. This is a new Web series created by some of the people who worked on the Guild.

This is a series that is a spoof based on Zelda and I know I have one friend in particular who will appreciate it, and since that friend is my only reader … ha ha. There are three episodes so far and at least three more that are due to be released over the next few weeks.

Enjoy the Legend of Neil.

New Add-on: Riding Crop Switching Automatically

•22 July, 2008 • 2 Comments

No doubt as the Noob Warlock, I’m sure that everyone else knows about this add-on but just in case, I wanted to let anyone who might come across it that it has been (in the few hours that I used it for so far) really useful.

The Add-on is called: QuickMountEquip.

I downloaded it from Curse in the WoW Add-ons section. Here’s a little pic:
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

This add-on allows me to choose what items to equip when a mount is summoned and what to switch back to when the mount is dismissed. Unlike other similar add-ons, if a mount is accidentally dismissed (you walk indoors without dismounting first) the add-on still automatically switches the items without you having to remember. The only exception is when you are dismounted by entering combat, because WoW won’t allow you to switch items other than swords and shields at that time. However, as soon as the battle is over the add-on will automatically switch the items ready for the next encounter.

The User Interface of the add-on is all graphics where you can drag and drop your items into the relevant boxes. Very easy to use and doesn’t take up much memory that I can see.

So far I have found this excellent for switching between my Riding Crop and my damage trinkets, especially as I have a terrible memory for remembering to switch them manually.

The World of WorkCraft

•20 July, 2008 • 1 Comment

I don’t know if anyone is having this problem but it has been plaguing me for the last six weeks or so, since before my last blog post actually. In fact it probably dates back to about the time I dinged level 70. I don’t know how it happened but suddenly WoW has become like work for me.

The other day I caught myself thinking it was time to make a to-do list of all the things I need to do for my large horde of alts as well as my level 70. I caught myself mid-thought, and nearly started hyperventilitating at how my whole approach had changed towards this game. I mean, if I wanted to worry about to-do lists (and the things on them) I have plenty of those at work!! What was I thinking???? This is supposed to be a GAME! But every time I log in lately all I can think about is the massive amounts of things I should be doing (mostly for my level 70 warlock) and none of them seem like fun – it all just feels like work.

I tried leveling up alts, to distract myself and also find some enjoyment in the game again but somehow it just didn’t distract me enough from the things I felt I should be doing.

This all seems to come back to my particularly strange brand of personality, which includes fun adjectives such as perfectionist, goal oriented, achievement focused and pain in the ass!!! (I mean seriously girl just play the game and enjoy it – don’t turn it into something it’s not meant to be – especially work!).

So I’ve been taking a bit more time away from the game (shock horror) and tonight when I returned I had some fun again. Although I was playing my level 19 Orc Warrior alt, which was a totally different experience to the warlock. By the end of the session (thanks to years of accrued blue bar) I finished at level 21 and was dual wielding swords like the Count of Monte Christo (cough, after he was taught to use them of course).

After naming this post I felt like I heard the phrase World of WorkCraft before so I searched in youtube and found a really enjoyable little video that I had seen before. It’s sort of on the topic; hope you enjoy!

Warlocks and the Arenas

•3 June, 2008 • 1 Comment

If you have read my post regarding my failing PvP tactics you will know that I haven’t been having much luck in Arenas so far, although I absolutely love the concept.

I wanted to post some links to some people that came across with some interesting stuff re: Arenas and Warlocks that might come in handy for any serious Arena-ing people out there.

Here’s something from Spooncraft which is actually a quote from a CM in Europe re: Warlocks and Arena teams. It recommends some good partnering with warlocks in the different arenas.

Here’s something I ran across talking about whether the Druid/Warrior team up is Over Powered. This link also has a nice bar chart about the numbers of different classes playing in various arenas … looks like I should be looking for a 5v5 team (but I only have 3 other friends Woe! jokes!)

Here’s some stuff I ran across in the Forums (written by Jayna <Bloodlust> Frostwolf), while trying to find another post to link to. It’s really long and I haven’t read all of it yet, but I thought that it might be useful for anyone out there who is looking for some serious info about Arenas and Warlocks. (Part 1 and 2 are at the previous link but here is part III of his stuff. He obviously has a lot to say, I wonder if he has a blog?)

I haven’t done any real research, I only put this stuff up because I ran across it and it seemed a little obscure, but possibly helpful.

If anyone out there has anything they want to add, please feel free.

I still suck at PvP

•3 June, 2008 • 4 Comments

For those of you that think this might be a link to yet another video of PvP (as per my last I suck at PvP post) this is actually the real story of me well, sucking at PvP!

While I was leveling I could never really get into PvP, after dying a few times in battlegrounds, I would simply go back to my PvE thing and just keep leveling some more. Of course at level 70 there are so many more options in PvP (I guess there always were plenty but I was too lazy to invest more time into getting better) and PvE without the net of experience doesn’t have the same lustre it once had for me. Overall, I feel that as a warlock there are so many options and if I just keep trying I will eventually have the right solution for each situation I am in, so as not to die quite so often.

So far, in both battlegrounds and Arena that hasn’t been true, I just keep dying and dying and dying. I think that by writing this post and looking at probably the top ten things I am doing wrong maybe I will get better. Or maybe at 28 years of age, I am simply too old to react fast enough in PvP (compared to the 12 year olds on the alliance side) and maybe I should start into serious raiding.

Here’s my top ten list of things I’m doing wrong in PvP:

  1. Not thinking strategically in battle (I tend to run around spamming my macroed DoT button while interspersing with the tab key to change targets), while this can work for a little while I usually end up dead so I need to branch out in terms of strategy
  2. Not keeping range I tend to get fed up with how long it takes for my DoTs to work sometimes and also the frustration of going up against smarter spellcasters than myself, so instead of backing off and trying a new tactic I get annoyed and just run at the person I am trying to kill, I really don’t know why I do this, I have just noticed in the last couple of days that I do, actually do this and it is STUPID!.
  3. Not watching my health bar in combat Often when I die, I usually know that I have been taking damage for a while but I just can’t seem to get away and when I die it is usually a surprise to me – I think because in PvE I never had to watch my health bar that closely I am out of touch with that. I have since downloaded Perl Classic Unit Frames so that I have a full health and mana bar underneath my character at all times – hopefully this will help.
  4. Attempting to Drain Life in the middle of a battleground Yes, I know this is just plain stupid, nothing like printing a target on your butt like having a huge stream of greeen light connect your enemy to your position, but for some reason I see my health bar getting low and I think – maybe just this once I can get away with stealing a little of someone elses health bar. I was reading on the Warlock Forums a post by another Aff Lock who said that while Drain Life does announce your presence to everyone, half casting drain life can get you instant damage and a little healing while a half casted shadow bolt gets you nothing (sorry I can’t find the link now – I must remember to bookmark as soon as I see these things!) … they key would be to perhaps keep a vigilant eye and run at the first sign of trouble (this I am not good at)
  5. Not using my healthstone when I hit about 50% health If you notice this actually follows with my inability to watch my health bar and my reliance on Drain Life (which carries over from my PvE tactics) so in order to prevent this I have now keybound my created healthstone and I am in the habit of casting my healthstone, Fel Armor and Dreadsteed as soon as I have rezed after death.
  6. Not wearing good gear for PvP I was just reading on Wowwiki that for PvP I should be looking for resliance first, followed by tons of stamina and lastly damage. My resiliance is only 45 (but I’m working on the better gear) and I dropped a lot of stamina in my haste to get spell damage for PvE in the late 60’s … there really is nothing like the joy of being able to take mobs down much faster with +spell damage gear on
  7. Attempting to be on defence with an Aff Lock Perhaps many people will disagree with this but I have found that attempting to be on defence with an Aff Lock just screams to any Rogue around “Please come and get me, I’m ready to die now” Even with the Felhunter out with paranoia, I never see them coming (what the heck am I doing wrong on that one? They stun me once, I burn my trinket but they have used their ability to affect my movement rate … I can’t get away, I attempt my instant HoT (start spamming wildly actually) and they use their trinket to resist or maybe it works for a minute … but I still can’t run away (slowed movement again), this is where I was reading the Void and it’s sacrifice ability could be useful, but apparantly not against rogue stuns anyway (not that I have actually tried this one) – then I try my Fear, sometimes this works but only for a moment and then … I die …. bleck .. I have managed to get the succubus charming thing to work once or twice on a rogue but not for long and it has diminishing returns anyway. Oh what I wouldn’t give for a mage’s Blink ability … has anyone had any luck against rogues – does it get better with better gear??? Sorry this turned into a how to fight rogues point but what I was meaning to say is that I find that often the horde doesn’t like to do defence a lot of the time, so I feel that by going on defence it kind of encourages people, and I’ve been pretty lucky and found that I’ve won in a lot of battlegrounds maybe by chance, but where oddly enough everyone was playing defensively (in AB) and supporting each other … When I go on offence, usually no-one defends (this is probably just luck of the draw but my superstitions too) and then we lose lose lose!
  8. Not sticking with the crowd (my own side) Often in my zeal to be hiding somewhere dotting people from afar where they can’t see me, and be away from the main rucus (this is mainly in Alterac Valley) I get separated from the crowd and can’t be saved, supported or healed. This is totally, totally my own fault. But without proper PvP gear I am no match for anyone, so I try to hide and DoT and hope to cause heaps of damage without being detected. Of course once I’m detected I try to run but it usually doesn’t take too long before being cut down because others have more resistance than myself.
  9. Not being aware enough of my surroundings Ironically enough I have this problem in real life too so it is hardly surprising it happens in a computer game situation. This is where I miss my track humans from my Hunter (level 35) alt! But often I will be pounding into the odd person I have found with less gear than me and not be noticing the rogue, warrior or mage sneaking around behind me to stun lock me into death. This I believe is a sin that many, many of us share at one time or another. I’ve seen it happen in BG’s to people on both sides, but still that is no excuse I need to be watching more.
  10. Not Moving Enough I guess those that are seasoned at PvP can spot the Noob’s a mile away – they are the one’s moving slowly, or not at all while attempting to dish out PvE tactics and then wondering why they die. This describes me a lot, this probably comes back to the me being too old and too slow to hack it in PvP … but that’s not going to stop me, well Yet anyway!

Anyway, I’m sure anyone who is looking for Warlock PvP tactics has already checked out WoWwiki but just incase here’s a link to what I’m supposed to be doing (but can’t seem to manage).

Okay, this is for anyone who was looking for a video when they came here (based on my last post). This is a video of Warlock PvP on the Isle of Quel’Danas. Interesting, he uses the life drain quite often and manages to create mass carnage and survive for five whole minutes (doesn’t sound like long but is actually quite long in game time) before the other side gun’s him down so to speak.

One more thing, while I was looking for images I have come across some interesting stuff about Warlocks and Arena team make-ups etc and Arena tactics which I am going to post in another post.

Murlocs and WotLK

•27 May, 2008 • 2 Comments

I’ve been accused, by Hunter Friend snake in the grass, of being a dirty, dirty Murloc lover! This is absolutely not true. We are discussing this, which was released on the official WoW site:

“players traveling in Northrend will find themselves embroiled in a violent, ongoing struggle between a group of wolverine-like creatures known as the wolvar and a faction of highly-evolved murlocs.”

Hunter Snake in the Grass asserts that anyone that joins the murloc faction will have to be ostracised from the group. Well this just makes me want to join the murlocs all the more, I’ve always hated following the crowd and this could be the perfect way to do it. Also, I figure knowing my luck the murloc crowd will probably have that awesome piece of gear that will allow me to create more death and destruction, so I might as well get used to them now! Besides possibly two legged murlocs with funky robes on or whatever, with the really long jowls (it did say highly evolved) well that sounds like something I saw in the Star Wars movies … maybe, just maybe there will be a quest to kill all murlocs that make the funky battlecry! Ha Ha.

Another idea, just maybe there will be bunches of these highly intelligent Murlocs patrolling the city and we can watch them pile on members of the other faction that try to infiltrate, nothing like seeing a pally or even (my most hated at the moment) Rogue, have to deal with a bunch of intelligent murlocs who maybe have their own distinct battlecy …. mmm

What if … and it’s a huge what if … that by joining the Murlocs it means you don’t have to fight Murlocs anymore? What an interesting concept – I’d be in it just for that!

I must admit that I was at first terrified by the highly intelligent murlocs but I think I might be coming around to actually liking the idea, what do you think?

I must also state that I am of the true murloc hating class. If it’s a murloc quest, I don’t take it plain and simple, even if there is good gear at the end – it’s just not worth it!

I suck at PvP

•26 May, 2008 • 1 Comment

While this is a great start to any post of mine, albeit true, this is actually the title of a new film from Evertras that I stumbled upon today. This unfortunately isn’t Warlock focused, as much as I wish, but it is a 30 minute kind of instructional video for those of us that struggle with PvP. This looks at PvP from a Frost Mage point of view, but I think that the idea of looking at why do what we do in battle can definately be learned. There are some things that probably do apply to warlocks too, like keeping range etc (things I never do properly!)

Also, there are cats, funny jokes and a stellar voice over in places so it’s worth a look, especially if you are at work and in need of a World of Warcraft hit, but can’t play at work … you know who you are!

“Remember PvP is just a chess game where you stab your opponent in the face with a knife” Evertras

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Part 2: