Entries in world of warcraft (4)

Deathwing Got Pugged

Only my nerdiest friends will care about this. "Care" is probably a strong word. Regardless...

I finally got around to killing this guy last night:

That's Deathwing, the Big Bad from the current World of Warcraft expansion. I took a break from playing but recently got back into it since the new expansion is coming out later this month. I figured it'd be bad form to begin a new arc of content without completing the big stuff from the current one. 

So anyway. I killed a digital dragon with 24 other people. That makes me happy.

The Best Pet in World of Warcraft

You can acquire pets in World of Warcraft. I have close to a dozen. They don't do much, aside from follow you around and make noises periodically. The best pet in the game by far is the "Perky Pug," a special pet you receive after a certain in-game achievement.

He's awesome and I have one. Yeaaaaah!

Here's a romantic shot of me and my pug by a roaring fire in Dalaran. The point is: World of Warcraft is awesome because we get digital pooches.

World of Warcraft is Alive in Colorado (I Suppose)

(If you don’t play WoW, you can skip right over this post, haha.)

Warlock Fun
I have spent the last month focused on my long-abandoned 80 Undead lock. He’s my first and only 80, yet I cast him aside in early 2009 to level some alts and recede from the game a bit as I became more involved in local community antics. In my absence, my sister (rogue) and brother-in-law (DK, mage) got their toons to 80 and well geared, doing all the cool stuff that you can do at that level.

So they were over the moon when my warlock came roaring back in December, coinciding with Patch 3.3, whose LFG overhaul led me on an emblem binge, resulting in my current 2600+ gear score (acc. to Wow-Heroes).

So I’ve been running random heroics each night, learning my class better and steadily rising in the meters. My best DPS so far has been a solid 5400 in Heroic Trial of the Champion. Nothing amazing, I know, but I’m delighted to have progressed so far after having been gone for close to a year. Before I returned last month, I had never run a Heroic. In fact, I had only run a handful of dungeons in the game, mostly the Hellfire Citadel ones. And now I’ve run every single WotLK instance on Heroic.

(My fave? Culling of Stratholme for the dialogue. Or Halls of Reflection because it’s the most challenging thing I’ve done in the game so far.)

Paladin Fun
Before I resumed lock duties in December, I quickly leveled a Draenei paladin to 76 on a different server in the months before. My goal was to use him as a tank and healer upon hitting 80, but I have done neither. In truth, I have never tanked or healed a dungeon with him. I confess to being intimidated by the expectations those roles command of me. With that in mind, I haven’t played him since early December, though I have two really good friends on that server who are probably very annoyed that I haven’t logged on in a while.

So I plan on returning to my pally and at least getting him to 80 soon. From that point forward, it’s a matter of running regular dungeons to get used to tanking or healing before moving into heroics. Having run all the 80 heroics on my lock, I will at least know how the fights go. But doing caster DPS is markedly different from what’s expected as a tank or healer.

So I expect to suck. A lot.

The last time I healed a dungeon was on my 66 priest (Ramps), and I dropped group after wiping 6 times in a row. I was convinced I was the reason, though it could have just been a bad group. Wiping so many times on the same fight (the dragon at the end) is discouraging – especially when you’re the healer – so it wrecked my confidence, and I haven’t played that toon in months.

So that’s pretty much it. I’m loving my warlock and the opportunity to spend more time with my sister and brother-in-law. We often queue up for LFG together (though it takes FOREVER to find a group when you’re queued as DPS triplets) and have a blast racing for the top of the DPS meters.

Zug-zug.

(If you don’t play WoW, but you read all of that – thanks. It’s a supra-nerdy thing to write about, but I love it immensely. I’ve thought about starting a separate WoW blog to indulge all this madness. We’ll see.)

World of Warcraft = Yay

I haven't written about World of Warcraft lately, which is a shame because my interest in the game has been rejuvenated as a result of Molly, my glistening new MacBook Pro. She makes the game look powerfully better than the computer I was gaming on before. Thus, I've been spending much more time prancing around Azeroth, the game's titular world.

My main character is a vastly under-utilized level 80 Undead warlock. While he's potent and always a gas to play, I have lately been spending more time on a different server playing a new level 28 Draenei paladin named Hips, which is the first Alliance character I've played since I began playing WoW in the summer of 2007.

Honestly, I was loathe to create an Alliance character, as all my previous ones had been Horde, but my dear Denver friends Mimi and Patch encouraged me to join them on their server - and they happen to prefer the Alliance.

(If you're new to the game, there are two essential "sides" to the war - the Alliance and the Horde. Both have committed atrocities, so there's no real good or bad side. But the Horde is way cooler because you can play as a zombie.)

I'm actually surprised I don't play with more Colorado folks. In social situations, I often mention that I play WoW, but thus far I've only met people who no longer play. So it's delightful and encouraging two folks in Colorado who are always ready to rock the sword & shield.

If you've ever thought about playing WoW, the server I'm currently playing on is named Eonar. I'd love for you to come kill things with me. I'm definitely not the best gamer around (I'm likely pretty horrible), but I always wear a smile in addition to my enchanted armor.

(If you're an experienced WoW freak, you probably noticed that I didn't use words like roll, toon, etc. I just didn't want this entry to be indecipherable to the general populace. Zug-zug.)