Friday, May 01, 2009

Lock and Load!

So, I've never formally introduced my Lock. Since she dinged 80 a lot has happened: she's the first of my alts to actually win Tier shoulders (both M and P are in 213 but not tier) and as a result to match in my loading screen (I am loving the fact my tier shoulders exude brown gas. Clearly Locks smoke for a good reason, which I am yet to ascertain.) She's also the only alt to have won tier PvP 213 gears as well...

The stats look a lot better now the item is gemmed and leg patched, but the +535 HP is enough to make me really rather excited. Less encouraging was the fact the Emalon fight has been nerfed: so much for making things harder for people. Boo to nerfs. I picked up the PvP i200 chest should I fancy doing PvP at any point: this is the first time a) I've ever seen lock items drop from these bosses and b) I've won anything without the need to roll against anyone else. Clearly I should have been locking a long time ago.

Yesterday was also notable for the fact I managed to upgrade the last of my 70 items in 1 hit: replacing a trinket with Emblems and my Black Temple boots with a drop from the annoying orb dude in Heroic Violet Hold. I have a Post it note on my screen with a number scribbled on it: 368, which is W's magic number for hit cap. Currently it's at 371. This is one of the hardest things to balance with a dps caster: the myriad of options one needs to consider to make a character with anything approacting decent dps output. Thanks to one of my lovely Guild mates I also have a new Post It on my screen with the following scrawled on it:
  • HIT
  • CRIT
  • SPI
  • INT
That, at least in the opinion of Elitist Jerks (and they know, as a rule) is what I should prioritise my gear on. They're also suggesting a minor deviation from my spec which I'm seriously considering...

Expect more postage today... but first it's time to go do the Fishing Daily on my three L80's. Currently both W and M are getting close to 300 simply via the wonders of Daily Questing...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

He Told Me So

So, my husband was spot on. He said the first week we entered Ulduar they'd nerf it, and I laughed at him. How foolish I am.

We're currently in the process of making further difficulty adjustments via hotfix to the following encounters:

  • Ignis the Furnace Master
  • Razorscale
  • XT-002 Deconstructor
  • The Assembly of Iron
  • Kologarn
  • Auriaya

The difficulty of these encounters is being lowered in multiple ways. Some of the adjustments are live already, others will be live soon. Note that some of the spell tooltips for the encounter will not reflect the hotfixes being deployed until the next patch. As the hotfixes are deployed, the Service Status board will be updated. You can check the current hotfix thread here:

Further adjustments are highly likely to some of the other encounters in Ulduar, but these were the highest priority encounters for us. We want to allow additional players to experience more of the cool Ulduar content.
I'm going to say I'm disappointed, because I really am.

Of course it's great news for many people who I KNOW would never have gotten past the XT-002 in it's pre-nerf state. However, it does (for a brief moment) make me wonder why Blizzard bothered with the testing at all. It also throws up an issue I was going to post on at the time I was on the PTR and I think is worth revisiting now: who actually tests on the PTR in the first place.

Casual raiders don't test content on the PTR. Hardcore guilds do. Casual raiders, by their very definition, have better things to do (like get ready for the patch in Heroics or by grinding mats to make items they'll need to be able to do the new content in the first place) If you want them to test stuff then the current PTR system is a complete and utter waste of time, because by the time they've gotten around to downloading the PTR patch or queued their characters for transfer... well, they're going to not want to waste any more of their time on something that won't give them any satisfaction. Really, if you want more people to get to see the content Blizz, you just need to give it to them. I assume it's easier to make hard encounters less taxing than make easier things more complex, hence the hotfix celebration of the last week. I have to think however there's an easier way. Not sure what it is, and if I think of it I'll be sure to let you know...

Anyway, it's great news for my Guild. Thursday is now our scheduled Jour du Biffage. Reports will of course be forthcoming...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Moments of Pleasure

The last three days in Real Life have, let's be honest, hardly been the best ever. In game, however, it's a different story.

That's a Reins of the Green Proto Drake. It's my seventh egg from the Oracles. P, needless to say, was a lot more enthusiastic about flying about doing Dailies than she was before I left her at the weekend. She's also a Champion of Ironforge and on her way to being a Champion of Gnomeregan. I'll be back to that after I've finished this egg gubbins.