Monday, May 3, 2010

Reading is a good idea

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So Altoholic was sitting around talking about religion and comedians on vent, reading trade chat. The Altoholic struck up a conversation with a hunter who wound up complaining about the School of Hard Knocks achievement.

Having been a terror in the lowbie levels on my Survival Hunter, I gave them a couple of simple pointers. The conversation that followed made me want to repeatedly slam my head against my desk.

02:45 [Hunter]: i hate that blizz making me for stupid childrens week
02:45 [Hunter]: 2 years i only got [School of Hard Knocks]
02:47 [Altoholic]: It’s not hard
02:48 [Hunter]: sure tried for everyday
02:48 [Hunter]: but i suck at pvping
02:48 [Hunter]: why i dont
02:48 [Altoholic]: Are you survival?
02:48 [Hunter]: yea
02:48 [Altoholic]: Traps. Scatter shot. Wyvern sting.
02:48 [Altoholic]: Scare beast, deterrence, disengage.
02:49 [Altoholic]: Bring a pocket healer. Outgimmick.
02:49 [Hunter]: [Wyvern Sting] only if u pvp lol i surv but ui dont got that
02:49 [Altoholic]: ._. But you have to get it to get the talent beneath it which is a major pve talent.
02:49 [Altoholic]: Noxious stings.
02:50 [Altoholic]: 3% increased damage when you have a sting up.
02:50 [Hunter]: eh not that major,
02:51 [Altoholic]: I don’t remember the details of it exactly, I’m not on my hunter, but I believe it’s considered something one gets for pve.
02:51 [Hunter]: only time i see anyone have that is if they pvp
02:51 [Altoholic]: I put serpent sting on pretty much everything when I’m on my hunter.
02:52 [Hunter]: yea i do too, but i’d lose 4 point somewhere else, and i’d never use wyv
02:52 [Altoholic]: Sometimes you have to think outside the box.
02:54 [Hunter]: [Noxious Stings] lol reading that kinda makes me think only if its disspelled
02:54 [Altoholic]: Increases all damage done by you on targets afflicted by your serpent sting by 1/2/3%.

I was flabbergasted at the player’s inability to read. I’d hoped that with the sudden pause that followed they simply realized the error of their ways and were shying away, embarrassed over a Mage telling them how to play their class.

Then the tells continued.

02:58 [Hunter]: yes but would i have to waste a slot to cast wyvern?
02:58 [Altoholic]: Is 3% damage worth more than 1 talent point?
02:58 [Hunter]: its 4 talent point
02:59 [Altoholic]: But 3% damage for 3 of those points.

See see? 3% damage increase. Point delivered?

03:00 [Hunter]: if i dont have to use [Wyvern Sting] and have someone dispell it if they could just to use [Noxious Stings] is kinda stupid
03:00 [Altoholic]: No no no.
03:00 [Altoholic]: Any time you use serpent sting, which is a dot that you should be putting on your targets anyhow, you’ll be doing 3% more damage.

Come on, come on.

03:02 [Hunter]: will have to check it out
03:02 [Altoholic]: Go hit up wowpopular. Usually specs that are most widely used are widely used for a reason.

Maybe, just maybe, this morning I’ve made a difference.
… probably not.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Flex Playing

So, the other night my 10 man raid downed Dreamwalker for the very first time. We had our Shaman go in and get all the orbs while our Druid and That Priest healed the raid.

Read that again: 10 man, Shaman goes into the dreamworld. Priest and Druid heal the raid. My main is a Holy Paladin. I was not on him for the progression kill, nor was The Tank on his Paladin.

No, Altoholic was on his Mage, you know, the one that hit 80 on the 10th?

It all started when our Druid was moving. That Priest filled in for me, one of our other raiders played his Shaman to fill in for That Priest, and I played my Druid to fill in for our regular druid.

The next week the druid was back and the Shaman was actually enjoying his shaman a lot more than his other toon. I've been planning on setting up a second run and my main doesn't need much, if anything, from ICC10 so I went ahead and played something else.

I went to get on my hunter but we had two Hunters in the raid already so I got on my Mage. To keep consistent, I kept my Mage in raid for this second week.

I found that I was adequate at kiting mobs for Dreamwalker. I used Arcane Barrage a lot, jump kiting, something I learned while doing the Rohk'delar quest on my Hunter. I'm probably a better Mage now than I've been in the past thanks to my alting.

Honestly, I'd rather play my Hunter or my Paladin but I'm a flex player--My paladin is still my main, but I play what's needed. It's not greed that motivates me to run endless heroics and pug raids on every character I have, no, it's quite the opposite. I want to be the best support player I can, and by having one of everything, being geared and being adequate in everything, I am able to provide whatever is needed to make something work.

I'm not as flexible right now as I could be. When other Altoholics in my guild had toons of certain classes hit 80, such as a Resto Shaman, I put my member of that class/spec on the backburner so they wouldn't have someone else trying to take stuff from their pie. Said players aren't part of my social circle anymore so I should most definitely finish gearing out my alts sometime, at least to the point where they need nothing more from loltriumph.

I know many Altoholics have a bunch of toons, but none that are really great in terms of gear.
Are there a quiet minority of other folks out there who are like me among the sea of folks with mass amounts of undergeared toons?