We might be a few patches too late, but Mooglegem and I finally did Bastion of Twilight this weekend. There was a group doing a transmog run, and we joined mainly to finish Bastion of Twilight. As you can see, we proudly took over Cho’gall’s throne!
Surprisingly, Valiona and Theralion seemed to be the hardest fight in the raid. I guess this must be due to interesting mechanics since we all out-geared the entire raid. Cho’gall was significantly easier than the Twilight Ascendants also.
I also fulfilled a patch-long dream of flying off Deathwing after getting him to roll! In normal and heroic mode, you have to make Deathwing roll to succeed in the encounter. In LFR, you don’t need to make him roll, so by extension, you should not make him roll. I always hope he’ll roll just to see it. It was kind of a let down. I expected the camera to stay fixed so I could actually watch him roll.
Oh my god! What’s that on the other island?! Giant Devee and Mooglegem!
Three holidays at the same time might have been a lot of work, but at least I got a couple mounts out of it! First, we got out Darkmoon Dancing Bears. It makes me sad thinking about the painful way bears are treated in captivity (especially how they’re taught to “dance”). Still, I like collecting bears in WoW because bears are cute, okay?
We also snagged the odd Swift Lovebirds. In this picture, our Lovebirds are kissing! Or it’s possible they’re just being kind of ugly together.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
I actually made these totally sweet confections for my guild’s Secret Santa, but I never got around to posting them.
About a year ago, Harley sent me pictures of these beautiful Horde cookies from C is for Cupcakes with one sentence: “but how do we make them?!” They’re pretty fancy looking – with fondant maybe? …probably? I haven’t tried working with fondant yet. It sounds like a lot of work. Maybe I’ll make it a goal to try working with fondant by the end of this year. Hm…
I was pretty intrigued by the idea of making Horde cookies for months – I didn’t want to put a lot of time into planning them, but I really wanted to make them. Eventually, I got off my lazy butt and started researching custom cookie cutters. I severely mangled a few cookie cutters before I ended up with this thing:
Man, I need some RL blacksmithing skills. >__>
The hardest part was flopping these symbols onto the oval portion. The little arms would rip off, and I’d have to roll it out again. I’m sure if I had the patience to stick it in the fridge after every step (roll it out, stick it in the fridge, cut, stick it in the fridge, flop, stick it in the fridge, repeat), I could have avoided some real aggravation, but… *ahem* Thrall’s balls! The Horde doesn’t wait for anyone!
Anyway, I hope you have a great day!
Happy Love is in the Air! And happy Valentine’s Day for those of you keeping track in the real world. Mooglegem decided to put down her Romantic Picnic Basket on the deck of the Skyfire before we chased Deathwing this week. Quite a few people decided to join!
I hope everyone’s spending the day with a loved one!
This weekend I did LFR as I always do. It was terrible. I enjoyed having the opportunity to see Dragon Soul at first, but I stopped having fun in LFR a while ago.
The trash is incredibly boring. The bosses are not challenging. We only wipe if a large portion of the group has no idea what they’re doing. There’s very little I need (two rings). The upgrades I do need aren’t even that helpful. (And of course, my computer can’t handle 25s very well.)
It seems to me that there’s two reasons to do anything in World of Warcraft. The biggest reason to do anything is that you enjoy it. The secondary reason is the reason on which Blizzard depends to keep us all paying; we do things we don’t enjoy because it will help us do the things we do enjoy. This is called “grinding.”
I like raiding. I like the increasing challenge of pushing ahead, and I like experiencing new content for the design, story, and lore. Doing LFR was great because it was a way to see Dragon Soul. However, there’s no challenge in it. Yes, there are still wipes, but they’re never because of me. The only reason to do LFR is for equipment upgrades and Valor Points. But upgrades are only important because they help you to do better. Grinding for upgrades falls into the second category of why we play World of Warcraft. However, I’m not raiding normal Dragon Soul at all. I’m not in a raid group currently, and PuGs all seem to want the full achievement. I suppose I could try talking a PuG into taking me, but it just doesn’t seem worth the trouble. The most Dragon Soul I’m seeing is LFR, and I’m obviously able to complete that easily every week. If that’s the case, why try for upgrades? Upgrades aren’t going to help me in normal mode because I’m not doing normal mode, and they’re not going to help me in LFR because it’s already not a problem.
Why even do LFR then? Well, that’s exactly what I’m wondering. I’m going to try to stop doing things that I don’t enjoy. Some small grinds might be worth it. For example, I’ll continue doing the Love is in the Air holiday boss for the chance at the mount. However, I’m not going to make a big deal about working LFR and other heroics into my week. I don’t even need Valor Points anymore, so is it really worth stressing over LFR for two rings that I don’t even really need?
There’s a part of me that wants to be as best equipped as possible, but is being “BiS LFR” really worth saying?
I don’t have access to Blizzard’s data to know whether or not LFR is successful. I suspect it is, and I have some personal examples to back this claim.
First, my guild has stopped raiding. While it’s possible that this was partly due to people not caring about Dragon Soul as much after seeing it in LFR, this is also the reason why I can thank LFR. I’m unable to raid normal mode currently, but at least I’ve seen it in LFR. Of course, the same can be said about Mooglegem and our other raiders.
The better story, however, is a friend of mine in a 5-man guild. He plays every Friday night with his small guild of close friends. They don’t want to recruit people they don’t know, they don’t want to merge with another guild, but they don’t want to leave their guild. Many hardcore WoW players might find this odd, but I don’t think it’s such a rare scenario. He had never raided before, and I told him about LFR.
Last weekend he ran LFR for the first time. While it can seem very easy for those who have done normal mode, it was exciting for him and he was focused the whole time on his role, not even having the time to look around and enjoy the scenery. I’m sure as he continues to run LFR, he’ll become accustomed to it and get the chance to look at the detail and enjoy the encounters.
And he even won Vishanka, Jaws of the Earth.
Dev Watercooler — The Role of Role – World of Warcraft.
Yesterday Ghostcrawler discussed class roles in WoW regarding classes that have multiple DPS specs. He discussed each different model in detail. It’s worth noting here that he didn’t say which was best, and he didn’t give any indication of the direction Blizzard will be taking in Mists. However, it’s still an interesting read.
Here are the roles he mentioned for DPS. These are his exact words put into a numbered list.
- Everyone is equal all the time
- Everyone has specialties and you match the spec to the situation
- You swap specs to gain specific utility
- There is just a best spec for PvP and PvE
- Don’t have multiple DPS roles
What should you take away from the whole discussion? This quote:
But Which is the Best Model?
Hell if I know!…