Further thoughts on fire magery

Fuck you. I’m going back to arcane.

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Thoughts on fire magery

I got to looking a little bit more long and hard at my gear, gems and stats last week. I’m not sure what triggered that, other than suddenly obtaining something like five new upgrades all at once and subsequently realizing that – Sweet Fancy Moses – I have a lot of hit. No really. Tons. More than anyone needs.
Without bothering to put a whole lot of thought into it initially, I respecced fire. The next day, it occurred to me that I might want to put a little more research into the whole spec changing thing. It’s been some time since I was fire – like about a year – and there had been a lot of changes I only half-heartedly kept up with since my focus was on wringing everything I could out of arcane. So I cruised by EJ, talentchic and a random smattering of articles turned up by a Google search. I hadn’t misplaced too many points, but there were a few that I thought I should change over. Naturally, I went to respec again and farked up one point so a third outlay of gold later, I was finally happy with my build.
Of course, now that I am writing this, I am contemplating the virtues of dumping Precision and putting some points elsewhere, since I do not at all need the hit. Good thing I have money to burn.
Anyhow, I ran some 5 mans to try to get used to the rotation again and ended up doing a lot of stupid stuff in the process. Hell, I was blinking when I meant to be casting a pyro last night – still! – so it’s not like I’ve really got it all down just yet. (What kills me is that it’s not like I’ve moved blink from its keybinding, so there’s no real reason for me to make that mistake as often as I do.)
But last night was meant to be the real test of my dps output since last night was the first time I would get to raid since my respec.
So, naturally, the weekly raid was Flame Leviathan. On the plus side, I suggested we leave Freya’s tower up, along with Thorim’s, thinking that we had downed that stupid piece of metal with two towers still up. Turns out we hadn’t, so there were achievements all around, plus a nice epic tailoring pattern that went to me.
With enough time left to run Ony, we put up a portal to Theramore, swapped some people around to get three heals, and headed down.
It was a very sloppy run, and thanks to me being a dumbass, I died on the second deep breath. Still, while I was alive, I wasn’t completely displeased with my output.
There do seem to be a few bugs to work out there. Despite the fact that I had something like 50 iterations of on my screen, I didn’t actually get the instant pyro and kept getting hung up on the cast timer, jumping out of it and trying again. But Living Bomb on as many whelps as I could tab to before the bombs all started exploding? Yes, please! I’ll have some more! I am looking forward to further experiments with dps output next raid night.
In the meantime, I’m on an addons hunt. Hoping there’s something out there like “Shock and Awe” for mages. Anyone know of anything that’s specific to fire mages that is a must have?
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Actual gtalk conversation

Noxy: ok.. i’ll do that tomorrow. for now i have an epic raid on the Sinkfullodishes

Alas: Good luck with that one

I hear it’s a bitch and there’s no good loots

Noxy: yeah

and to make it interesting, the dishwasher gquit

Alas: Oh, man, what a jerk

Noxy: well.. no. not true. he didn’t server xfer with the rest of us

Alas: Think he might be convinced? Will you have to throw money at him?

Noxy: idk.. maybe. been eying one in lfg for a while

Alas: Might be best to get a new one – those former quitters have no loyalty

Noxy: true story. on that note.. imma go see if i can down that boos :)

Alas: booze?

Noxy: maybe that too

Alas: Woot

See ya later

Noxy: see ya

Alas: ps- this is going on the blog like right now

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Le sigh

No sooner do I get done enumerating some of the good qualities of my guildies and then I have to be the bad guy. In truth, I might have acted a bit precipitously, but I think the end result was going to be the same and so perhaps I have only saved myself some headache down the road. Not much point in speculating, I suppose, as there will never be a way to know.
Without going into specifics, I ended up stripping someone of their raider rank. So far as I know, they have not logged on since. The conversation we’ll have whenever that does happen is one of those talks I mentioned that I do not like having.
On the heels of that, I was minding my own business, fiddling with the calendar and I noticed that there was suddenly a person missing from every scheduled raid. I combed through the calendar and then the guild roster and then poked at the officers to double check and make sure I hadn’t missed something.
And, sure enough, another one of my snowflakes was just… gone. There were no /gquits in the log (which has suddenly filled with “Alas has demoted” messages, most of them playful demotions because an officer was making fun of me) and so I went to Armory and…. nothing.
All we can do is speculate on what happened. Did she delete her character? Change names and servers? Was she hacked? All her alts were demoted for safety’s sake and it gave me one more thing to sigh about, because she was a healer, even if not the most reliable person in the world.
Between those two aforementioned things and the fact that one of my husband/wife healing teams may not be able to afford their subscription fees until he can find work, we are looking very, very slim. I don’t particularly want to pug and I hate recruiting and most of the healers we have currently are… not raiding. Or playing.
I am trying not to stress over it too much and might need to just gracefully accept that raiding is going to be spotty at best as we head into the holiday season. Once I make it to the new year, I’ll be sure to reevaluate where we seem to stand and then do whatever needs to be done. Even if that means clubbing my real life friends over their heads come New Years and tell them that I have resolved that they get back to the game and their mains and not flake out on me within three weeks like they’ve done the last few times. Or, you know, recruiting.
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A step away from QQ

Looking over my past several posts, I am realizing that I’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about problems and hardships that come along with the whole leadership thing, whether that’s on the guild front or the raid front.
Part of the reason is that I do tend to put my problems out there “on paper” to keep them from taking up too much of my mental processes. A purge, if you will, of emotions and thoughts so that they don’t become my main focus. I love this game and my guild mates too much to want a repeat of last August, which is when I took a break from WoW for a month, cold turkey, and in the midst of quite the emo hissy fit – one that had been building for months and me with no outlet for it as the pressure increased.

So, yes, this is a place for me to blow off steam and that’s valuable and good.

But it should also be a place for me to catalog all the good and wonderful and fantastic times I have nearly every day with this group of people who has become a second family to me. Sure, there’s the occasional bratty cousin that needs to have his nose punched in, but by and large, these are great people and I wouldn’t trade most of them for all the shiny gold and titles and achievement points in the game. Here are some reasons they are so great:

They’re generous. With their time, with their assistance, with their listening ears and sympathy. I’ve even seen many of them be generous with their gold.

They’re funny. I seriously need to get better at capturing screenshots of some of the hilarious crap they come up with in chat. And perhaps start recording them in Vent?

They’re genuine. There’s really not a whole lot of tip-toeing around the bush with these people. If they think I am acting like a snob, they’ll ask me what I’ve got stuck up my butt. I’ve returned the favor a few times. There’s no pretense in their concern that our relationship is intact and they’ve been honest when I’ve approached them over similar issues.

They’re smart. Really smart. Many of them work in IT or IT-related fields. Since I fell into the same area by some stupid fluke (I honestly don’t know much about computers and their mysterious inner workings), they have patiently put up with my “Hey, stupid question…” pokes in the middle of our workdays. I have also learned a lot about managing people and being more effective in my communication from folks who do those things for a living.

They care. We’ve talked about everything from bad dates to family issues to jobs we hate and people who have insulted us. These conversations will often get referenced back to at some point or another, proving that they remember and they care enough to ask how a specific situation is going.

They make sure we all stay humble. Honestly, I sometimes think they have done more to keep my massive ego in check than what is really needful. There is a daily exchange of good-natured jabs and pokes that we can all laugh about. I’ll go out of my way to share ‘nub moments’ with them just because it’s so much more fun to laugh at myself with someone else.

They are patient. Duuuude, are they patient. They let me talk, lead raids, boss people around, fail tank, fail heal, and occasionally fail dps (I like to think I don’t normally fail at dps, but I’m sure I’ve had my moments). They wade through the mountains of crap I post to the forums and several of them even wade through this and comment here and in gchat and in game. I fail and flail a lot – more so when I’ve had a bit to drink, which may or may not happen often – and they put up with it all and even, sometimes, tell me I’m doing a good job.

Those are just a few reasons I love them. I might have to do this again after another string of “But leadering is haaaaaard work! Why doesn’t anyone get that?” self-indulgent crap. Because I’m pretty sure that they do get it and will continue to be awesome about it.

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In which I show my gooey center

I really dislike confrontation.
Oh, I’ll rage at other people on the road all day long (I have to, living here) and will occasionally get so worked up that I might shoot someone the bird and/or honk at them and gesture as wildly as though I, like At, were three parts Italian. I’ll also keep up a running commentary out of Vent while raiding. So far, I don’t think I’ve tripped up and hit that PTT key while doing so (unlike certain other people). We haven’t yet begun to scratch the surface of the scathing venting I might pour out here, depending on whether or not I get pushed into it.
But when it comes to putting on my Co-GM hat and actually having to sit down with someone to discuss issues? Oh, I loath it. I will put it off as long as I possibly can, all the while knowing that it probably won’t be so bad and I should just do it. Usually, I am correct, and it’s not that bad.
I do end up with a bad taste in my mouth though, nearly every time. Because when it comes to that sit down, I aim for firm but not mean and end up waffling right on over to soft. I am so eager to not be a jerk that I will often say my piece half-apologetically. And honestly, why? The person I am talking to screwed up and should be able to take a correction. If they can’t and get huffy about it – well, why should I want that person in my guild to begin with?
This is all stuff I know and understand from a logical standpoint but the follow-through is decidedly lacking. I am sure I will have plenty of opportunities to practice delivering my piece without coming across as forcefully as a snowflake though.
And in the meantime, dear guildies who read this: If I ever have to sit down and talk to you and I end up sounding like I am sorry for calling you on your shit, please know that somewhere even deeper inside my gooey center, I really mean to shape the fuck up or go DIAF. And if you don’t, I will kick you out of my guild and tell every GM of every guild you subsequently join that you are a douche bag who cannot be trusted to follow even the simplest of instructions and they will rue the day they ever picked you up, etc. etc.
Okay, maybe not that exactly, but I really do want everyone to shape the fuck up. Or go die in a fire made up of my burning rage.
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Open letter to rule breakers

Maybe it’s me. I am pretty anal. But, seriously, guys, c’mon… is it that hard?
You know what I’m talking about. I mean, I’m going to have to work my way around ranks and spend another how many minutes of my life pissing around with moving people up and down and why? Because you’re either too damn stupid to have comprehended the raiding rules (rules that YOU signed and agreed to) that said, “only sign up on your main and we’ll bring alts in if we need them,” or you are so stupid you already forgot about that or, and most likely in my opinion as far as a few of you go, you think that if you sign up on your alt and decline on your main I’ll just somehow forget that I wrote those damn rules and have those rules in place for a reason and won’t enforce them.
Well, you’re wrong. And I’m pissed off because I can’t help but see this as pure selfishness on your part. Oh, your one character already got all the loot you can get off this fight? So what? I’m supposed to agree that it’s fair for nine other people to have to carry you? Or rearrange what other people can bring based off your different role you think you can just assume? I’m supposed to pat you on the head and give you gear at the expense of someone else’s main just because you think, in your mind, that you can have two mains? Or three? Or four?
I don’t think so. I really do not.
So now you don’t even get the option. Enjoy that.
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Patch 3.3

So, here are some highlights and lowlights -

Icecrown Citadel
All three wings of the 5-player dungeon are currently available for testing.
Select encounters in the 10- and 25-player raid dungeon are available for limited testing.
Quel’Delar Quest Chain: The Battered Hilt, the item needed to start this quest line, can now be purchased from all glyph vendors on the public test realms.

Well, yay. I’m so tired of all the old dungeons and I am not even a hardcore badge farmer by any stretch of any imagination. Also, since we made it through ToC at least the one time, that means we’re totally ready for Icecrown, right? RIGHT?

Meeting Stones: To use any Meeting Stone, it is only required that the character’s minimum level be 15. There is no maximum character level requirement for any Meeting Stone.


Area-of-Effect Damage Caps: We’ve redesigned the way area damage is capped when hitting many targets. Instead of a hard cap on total damage done, the game now caps the total damage done at a value equal to the damage the spell would do if it hit 10 targets. In other words, if a spell does 1000 damage to each target, it would hit up to 10 targets for 1000 each, but with more than 10 targets, each target would take 1000 damage divided by the number of targets. 20 targets would be hit for 500 damage each in that example.

NOES. How will I artificially inflate my dps now? Dammit.

Players no longer need to kill the final bosses in all four wings of this dungeon in order to teleport to Sapphiron. Teleportation orbs have been added to allow players access back and forth from Sapphiron’s lair.

Oh, like it was that hard. Geeze. I’m a casual and this is too damn easy for my liking.

Arcane changes for Mages
Arcane Empowerment: This talent now also grants 1/2/3% increased damage done by the mage’s party or raid for 10 seconds after the mage gets a critical strike with Arcane Explosion, Arcane Missiles, Arcane Barrage, or Arcane Blast. This effect is exclusive with Ferocious Inspiration and Sanctified Retribution.

….wtf? This is what I get? I get to help the rest of the raid do damage? Do you think that’s going to encourage anyone to give me all the pretty +crit loots? Because it is not. So there is no profit for arcane mages in 3.3. Eff you, Blizz. When are you going to give mages something they can sink their teeth into?

Tentative status added for calendar responses.

Well, glory-glory, hallelujah! That wasn’t so hard now, was it? When did I suggest that? Oh right, forever ago.

Ignore list expanded to 50 to match the friends list.

Oh, Blizz – that’s adorable! Seriously, make it more like 500 people to ignore. There are so many idiots and I really don’t have any patience for them. At all. Ever.

The following reputations have been sped up by roughly 30%:
Argent Crusade
Alliance Vanguard
Horde Expedition
Kirin Tor
Knights of the Ebon Blade
Sons of Hodir
Wyrmrest Accord

Sons of Hodir quests now give more reputation overall.

…I hate you, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you. FUCK YOU TOO.

Top-level helm and shoulder faction-related enchants are now available as Bind-on-Account items that do not require any faction to use once purchased (they still require the appropriate faction level to purchase).

Never mind. All is forgiven. Are we cool?

I am not even going to touch on the changes to the heroics and looking for raids and all of that. It has been discussed unto death and my only thought about it currently is that it’s going to make for some terribad server stability tonight.

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Pwned a noob!

We just one-shot Anub’Arak and it was most of the guild’s first time seeing him. It took a little more to work through the faction champions (three tries) and the twins (like, 6 or 7 tries?). I walked away with two upgrades and then went a bit nuts spending badges. So, that’s four things to get enchanted and gemmed tomorrow. For now, I am tired and euphoric and hoping I can get some sleep.
Grats to everyone who was there!
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How to properly gkick someone

I got to gkick a douche bag last night, always a fun event. In all actuality, I’m sort of grateful to the guy because it coincided so nicely with the fact that I wanted to talk about gkicking and how to properly do so.
Here’s the lead-up to the events of last night. Everyone is hanging about, minding their own business. There’s talk about 3.3 and what people plan on doing as soon as it hits and, honestly, I’m not paying too much attention to guild chat because I somehow got suckered into helping out some priest in Nagrand with all their group quests when all I was trying to do was get exalted with the Kurenai. (See prior post re: Whoring, Me)

But then this one guy leaps into the conversation, which is odd in and of itself since he never really says anything to anyone, and hasn’t for something like a year. He’s been one of those people you wonder why is even in the guild because he gains nothing and contributes nothing, but since he also harms nothing you don’t boot him. So to have him suddenly asking whether the next patch was when we were going to get goblins and worgen was… odd, but just brushed it off as him being stupid.

Then real stupid happened. He started to talk about how his account had been ‘haked’ and he was naked. Several people who had also been hacked before started to give him advice on what to do. His response?

“u all need to give me ur ore so I can make stuff 2nite.”

No one hesitated to jump all over that and tell him no. Then someone in officer chat said that he had taken stuff from the guild bank – random crap that no warrior would ever want. I demoted him and sent him a tell, basically telling him that his attitude was not going to fly and he better shape up if he ever wanted to have privileges in the guild again.

“sry” he said.

A few moments later, he sent me another tell, “it wouldn’t make me made if you kicked me frm the guild”

I typed out, “It wouldn’t make me sad to kick you, either.” Then deleted it. No need to be a jerk.

Then one of the other officers had a good idea. It took a few tries but he finally snagged this guy’s meandering attention and asked him which character was his main.

“This is,” he said.

Which was not true. So, figuring he had been hacked or sold, and not liking his attitude and theft, no matter if it was petty, I kicked him. (names fuzzed because no one in the guild has really given me overt permission to write about them, ha)

(Clicky to embiggen, but the gist of it is there.)
No one exactly cried to see him go.

And for me, I had to contain myself just a little because gkicking is such a fun and heady experience. In fact, it was so fun I had to ask if there was anyone else on who wanted to say something stupid. Everyone jumped at that chance and bam, we were off on politics and Climategate.

How many other people employ the SPARTA method for kicking?

And how many weeks will I have guildies logging in and instantly demanding everyone give them all “ur ore”? Since we still have one officer spamming “anyone wanna run SM” about three months after THAT beggar annoyed the piss outta us, I have the feeling it could be a while.

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