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Altitis

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I’ve really got altitis right now. If you’ll notice on my sidebar, all of my alts at this time are currently at least level 30, except the mage.

Try as I might to love the Mage, I just can’t. I was leveling frost spec until last night. It’s boring!!! So when I hit 24, I switched to fire to change things up. Problem is it’s still the same at level 24. Boring! There is a good chance that I’m dysfunctional and don’t know what the hell I’m doing… Frostbolt, Arcane Missiles, Fire Blast, Ice Whatchamafreezethemob*, run away or Blink, and continue blasting until dead. At least fire spec changed it up a bit so instead of Arcane Missiles I was using a lot more fire spells for the hell of it. Saw a little faster damage, but overall still boring. 😦

The Warlock finally got a little play time and to be honest, it isn’t as much fun as it once was. My little tank fiend is getting better at holding aggro, but I still often have to just dot the mob and wand away. Pretty boring. I was finally able to practice aoe’ing a little bit though since I’ve noticed his threat has jumped significantly in the last few levels. But it’s somewhat difficult to do still since I end up aggro’ing extra mobs and even when I do survive the downtime of getting mana back sucks. Then again, I could totally be doing it wrong and I’m just one of those noobs.

The Hunter is fun. I tamed a raptor in Wetlands the other day to see what that was like compared to the bear. Works pretty well! 🙂 Mana is an issue though. Seems like I always run out way too fast so I usually end up hitting a mob with poison and then auto-shooting. Not sure why that’s more fun than wanding with a warlock, but it is. Maybe it’s the sound of the gunshot? 😛

The Warrior is surprisingly fun! More so than I thought it would be. It used to actually be the one class I disliked above all others, but it’s definitely picked up some. Especially now with dual-wield I can generate enough rage to keep going. And I can even hit multiple mobs with little downtime. 🙂

The Rogue is fun. I never thought it would be. I’ve tried leveling them in the past, but I never could get past about level 15. The combo point mechanic was just too weird for me, but after having leveled a druid it definitely is a lot easier to understand and stealthing is always fun. 🙂 I’m also motivated by the potential of pvp’ing with the rogue. There’s some definite sense of satisfaction about sneaking up on an enemy and hitting him while he’s trying to cap something.

I am ashamed to admit that I did gank someone last week. I was level 28 and snuck up behind a level 29 Horde paladin near Southshore. She was leveling near Southshore and I stealthed with the intent to move to another area when the bright idea hit me to see what all the fuss was about:

    You know. That paladin probably wouldn’t hesitate to gank you. You haven’t yet run across a single Hordie on this server that hasn’t at least tried to kill you if they were anywhere close to your level or much higher.
    Yeah, but I don’t play that way. I have nothing to prove by being able to kill someone. At least not outside arenas and battlegrounds. It’s why I never accept duel requests.
    You don’t accept duel requests because you suck at PvP!!! Besides she’s one level higher than you! It’s basically equal footing. It’s not like you’re 10 levels higher which would prove nothing more than you’re an ass!
    I got better things to do, like questing.
    Come on! Just try it! First, you’re dying to see it from a rogue’s point of view and second, you’re curious as to why people do this. Try it! You may find out why the average rogue is such an ass!
    Fine. Let’s see what happens.

Anyway, all I proved is that when you engage someone while they’re already in combat with mobs, you generally have the upper hand. I did feel somewhat guilty after the fact because this isn’t how I play. I did however try to console my guilt by saying that this person probably ganked me on her main at some point. 🙂

But why the sudden altitis this past month?

I’ve been debating for about a week whether to bring this topic to light. In fact, I hinted at it recently. Then Amber, Rivs, and Cel all hinted at it too so what the hell.

Bottom line, I’m tired of raiding because of attitude. It’s negative. We all know I don’t care about loot. I have sufficient for the content we’re doing. I’ll get sufficient for the content we’ll end up doing. I’m not worried. It’s the fact that raids are no longer fun.

To be fair to all, I must point out that I have little to no detail in some areas and am guessing at others. Bottom line it appears that illness and real life issues have cropped up in the background. The added stress has not helped the raid leaders and complaints in guild, raid, healer, and officer channels have brought a couple of people to the breaking point where tempers flare.

Whatever the causes it has finally been acknowledge by our officers. We had a brief meeting after our so-called “fail raid”.  We will be working on it further so that even if our raids are still “fail” in the sense of difficulty on bosses, they will not be “fail” in the sense of fun. 🙂

P.S. Mach, I really miss this…

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P.S.S. To the rest of you, we were having a little trouble with this fight way back when. Amber abused Raid Warning while Mach calmly explained the fight in Vent. Now one might find that distracting and annoying while an explanation is going on and perhaps it is, especially by someone not as entertaining as Amber, but I think the added effect was it made the raid a little more fun.

Now I don’t have a recording of her in Vent, although I should probably start doing that, but Amber is also very good at voicing things in a certain way. Her tone doesn’t carry the harsh accusatory tone you often hear in pugs. I’ve heard her get that motherly tone in her voice where she starts to speak softly when she says something like “Ky, dear. You have to stay out of the fire. Standing in fire is bad, mkay?” If most of us tried to say something like that, it would come off as condescending. Perhaps some people think she is, but I for one find she’s not and it’s a lot easier to accept her comments as constructive criticism than accepting someone yelling “Ky! Stay out of the fucking fire!”

As an officer, and more importantly as a raider, it’s my responsibility to help out the raid leaders in whatever capacity I can. They aren’t getting paid to provide me entertainment. What they do can be very difficult and like I said I’m no good at it and don’t want to be. I’d rather someone else lead the way and I’ll enjoy the ride.

So basically I just need to help out by being a little more positive. Maybe that attitude can be contagious. 🙂

So in the interest of being positive about negative things, have fun with this.

Man I miss his show! 😀

*You have to give me credit for even remembering the names of the first three spells. I can’t ever remember the names of my healing spells!

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8 Responses

  1. It’s true though attitude can make a big big difference, even when I am most frustrated (especially over silly things that shouldn’t happen) I take a deep breath and try not to be condescending or mean about it. I usually say, “Seeing we had some ppl unclear remember that fire is bad news bears even if it is warm and toasty you don’t stand in it okay! Fire is hot… its owchie!”

    It lightens the mood and keeps things up beat, I really really try to be positive as the raid leader it sets the tone of the run and sometimes when we are all frustrated after lots of wipes we need that, and we need something to break the ‘ice’ so to speak, and by heck it works sometimes 🙂

    So Ky just remember it can be contagious 🙂 So try to be positive and hang with positive and soon your charge will be positive not negative like on Thad, stick to your side 🙂

  2. Leveling a frost-mage was fun! You AoE EVERYTHING.

    /cast Ice Barrier
    Run around aggro-ing everything. Frost Nova. Blizzard! Cone of Cold. Arcane Explosion. Arcane Explosion. OMG ICE BLOCK. (Wait until Frost Nova is off CD). Rinse & repeat.

    Maybe that does get boring after a while… but its near death some of the time.

    I guess it also gets easier as you get more frost talents and spells… Ice lance is awesome for rounding mobs up, but thats at like level 66.

    As for leveling a rogue… ugh.

  3. Just wanted to say Titus was awesome. I really miss that show.

  4. Well said! I think having fun and joking really helps a lot, which is why I will keep doing so in the healer channel even if Mach complains that we don’t use it for healery things enough. >_>

    I can’t remember at what point warlocks get Life Tap and Drain Life, but after they do, leveling is much better. Dot dot dot, fear, lifetap, drain, repeat!

  5. @Kiramaren – I’m not a negative person normally, but I’m not an outwardly positive person either. I am a joker though, but I’ll definitely try to “stick to my side”. 🙂

    @Oasic – Yeah, I don’t have Blizzard yet. That might be the problem. Just learned Cone of Cold last night. Although now that I’m Fire spec’d and just learned Pyroblast…let’s just say last night was a little more fun. 🙂

    @Mister K – Yeah I was really disappointed when it went off the air. But I have the DVDs.

    @Celaeno – Please do. Joking and having fun is the only reason I raid. There isn’t enough loot in the game to entice me to raid solely for that. And I used to use that strategy with warlocks, but I end up aggro’ing everything in a 5 mile radius. So now it’s dot, dot, lifetap, drain, while voidy tanks.

  6. Agreed with everything you said Kyr.

    Healing chnnel is for joking around, we know what our job is so why would we be talking about healing?

    Last night ToC 10/Ony 10 was VERY FUN!! Of course it helped that we 1 shot everything in ToC and wipe only once on Ony. Spirit was high, jokes were flying around…great time 🙂

    Only problem was our loot whore mage rolled and win on the Spellpower + MP5 dagger… 😦

  7. Nice post. Very entertaining. Ganking is low but seemed okay in your situation. I only PvP and have only ganked folks if they’re involved in raiding a city, etal. As much as I PvP… will never one-shot someone much lower than me; think it’s pretty cowardly… some folks say, “hey, they wanted PvP server… that’s the game”. I think it’s bad karma.

  8. Phase strikes again. I’m proud of my mage brother taking everything LOL! If I can’t roll decent, at least Phase claims it for a mage.

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