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Anybody who has read a little bit of the blog before knows that running 5-man dungeons is one of my favorite parts of the game, so it’s no secret that I’ve been chomping at the bit to try out the LFG tool that came with 3.3. So much so in fact that I’ve just been leveling some alts and mindlessly grinding rep just to kill time on my mains.

During this time I was able to level fishing and cooking quite a bit on my priest and get almost all eight other characters on my account to around the level 20 range so that they can start hitting instances. With one character of every class leveled pretty good, I’d say that the most intriguing one is Partydoctor, my druid. He’s a boomkin in the making now, but I’ll probably go dual spec at 40 as tank/heals.

Ok…down to business.

DPS:

As Truckspank, my priest, gradually became my new main, my trusty old mage and first character ever, Chipdipson, has been doing nothing but collecting dust and making the occasional bag for a long time. With the ease of finding groups now, I decided to get him some tier 9 badge gear and so far it’s a (fire) blast. Considering that there is vastly more DPS in the game than tanks and heals, I was really surprised at just how fast I was able to get into a heroic group. Chipdipson currently has a couple pieces of gear from Naxx, but for the most part it’s all just rep rewards and heroic loot. It is however pretty well enchanted and gemmed which seems to make a pretty big difference.

Within the first couple minutes of joining up with a group, I instantly remembered just how fun it is to blow stuff up. With my current frostfire spec, almost all of my damage comes from three spells: Scorch, Fire Blast, and Frostfire Bolt. The big damage comes in when hot streak procs and I get a free Pyroblast. Rinse and repeat. While this may sound simple, it’s surprisingly fun as hell to play. When buffed up enough, I can get some enormous crits going which is so much more invigorating than healing.

Healing:

Even though I had a ton of fun bombing through heroics with Chipdipson, my priest is still new main and as such is my main concern in terms of getting some nice tier 9 badge gear as soon as possible.

Although I’m pretty confident with my healing abilities at this point, there are still a couple heroics that I’m just not comfortable healing yet. These would have to be Halls Of Lightning, the Trial of the Champion 5-man version, and of course Oculus. It doesn’t help the situation any more when I think back to almost getting booted from a HOL group last year as DPS and some bad TOC experiences. I suppose there’s no way around it and I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it one way or another if it comes up as the random dungeon.

The first four groups or so that I joined up with were simply amazing. They were quite possibly the smoothest heroics that I’ve ever had the pleasure of doing. The two that really stick out in my mind were Nexus and Violet Hold. Of course these were fairly easy even while undergeared, but it was absolutely astounding at how quickly the bosses went down. As a healer, I only had time to throw out a renew and a flash heal or two before the boss was down and we moved on to the next one. It was a pretty nice welcoming to the future of LFG.

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned…the next post is about Easy Tier 9 Through Badges.

-Brad

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Petz

Here is a screen shot from when I got the Critter Gitter achievement on my mage, Chipdipson. I read online that this glacier was the easiest way to get the achievement so I went there after getting cold weather flying.

wotlk-install

If I remember correctly it was around winter of 2007. Living in America and consuming a large amount of media from TV to podcasts, I of course had heard of World Of Warcraft. Mostly bad things. It drains your social life. Infrequent bathing. The usual stuff. Then I saw the ad campaign with Shatner and Mr. T and that started to peak my interest. Finally I saw the now infamous South Park episode and after that 30 minutes I thought “This game looks pretty cool actually.”

I have always loved video games since I was a child. Sometimes a little too much but it never really interfered with any part of my life at all. I remember long Saturday afternoons when I was a kid playing Metroid for the NES among other games. I’d wake up early, play for till afternoon, and then go skateboarding with friends. This trend continued until 2007. Back then it was the Halo series all the way for me, which I still love but haven’t played in almost a year now.

Around the winter of 2007 I caught a vicious cold and had to stay in bed for a few days and had to call out of work. I thought, well…I’ve got nothing to do so I’ll see what WoW is all about. I downloaded the 10-day trial (which may have been 15-days at the time) and was hooked after a few hours. One of the things I remember being difficult for me was the learning curve. Up until this point I was very much an FPS kind of guy and had never played an RPG at all. Concepts like looting and talent points were completely lost on me for quite sometime. Instances and aggro are a whole different subject, but trust that they were equally as confusing. But I knew that I liked this game very much and stuck with it. Within a few weeks I had to go out and buy the real game.

I made my first character, which is still my main, almost as a joke. When I started playing that day I certainly didn’t expect to play it any longer than a few hours. I made a human mage on a PVE server named Chipdipson who is named after a fake name created by the fantastic podcast Jordan Jessee Go. I’ll go into how I feel about the current state of mages in a later post. I later rolled a Blood Elf-Priest in the winter of 2008, leveled him to 54, but stopped playing him because the PVP server was just not fun to me. I now only have so much time to play and prefer not to spend it getting ganked and running around as a ghost all day. I just started two alts, also named after fake characters from two other podcasts, that I really enjoy playing. A Draenai Priest and I’m having a blast tearing through mobs with a Gnome Death Knight.

So here I am a couple years later writing a blog about the game that I never thought I would keep playing. Somehow I feel that this game is much better and consuming than any other that I’ve played. Even at the height of my Halo playing I would never think to write about it. What I want to do here is just write. I feel like something significant happens almost every time I play WoW that it is worth writing about, if only to look back on it someday.

Welcome to Thoughts Of Warcraft.

Brad

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