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So in an earlier post I wrote about having trouble finding groups for the Hellfire Peninsula instances, but not long after writing that article, I was able to make quite a few runs through all of the dungeons in Hellfire and get some great healing practice through PUGs. I still, however, haven’t found a worthwhile guild yet to run 5-mans with, but hope to soon.

For the most part, the Hellfire Ramparts and Blood Furnace healing went pretty smoothly. They both kind of blend together in my mind, but they’re a quick and easy introduction to healing the Burning Crusade content. Ramparts went extreemely smoothly in almost every run I did which really surprised me. In fact the only close calls I really had was on Nazan, but this was most likely due to people standing in the badsauce and a slightly undergeared tank.

I’m still figuring out when and how to use the multitude of spells at my disposal and there’s nothing like a couple “Oh shit!” moments to speed up the process. Although this spell won’t really make or break an instance run in most cases, it’s also really nice to have Gift Of The Naaru as the Draenai racial. If the tank is taking a ton of damage and I have to also tend to the rest of the group at the same time, it’s a really nice HOT to throw on the tank to buy me a few more crucial seconds.


At level 69 I ran a couple battlegrounds to get used to the key bindings of the VuhDo addon. Whenever I’m in 5-man instances I prefer to heal by using the F1-F5 targeting system so learning a new UI is really frustrating for me. For me, I just really like the feeling of seeing the picture of who I’m about to heal and then clicking the icon of the spell that I want to heal them with. Of course, I realize how neccesary these kind of addons are when healing any more than five people, but I don’t think I’ll ever use it in a 5-man instance.

Unfortunately I was only able to get into about 2 or 3 battlegrounds which sucked, but it was still a good time. I’m still doing a couple here and there at level 70, but the disparity in levels pretty much turns me into a walking target. However, even at my low level and arriving half-way through a fight, I’ve been able to almost top the healing charts. But, I’m really looking forward to the 3.2 patch changes where you can get exp through the battlegrounds. I intend to level to 80 by doing as much PVP as I can stand.


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I seem to be at something of a loss as to what to do about getting the PVP mounts. In most respects, getting the necessary badges is a good goal to work towards while having fun in PVP. However, Warsong Gulch is horrendous. I’m not going to go into the whole litany again, but in short it takes too damn long to finish a game. To add to the fail, people constantly leave and enter mid-game so there is a severe lack of team organization. To add to that, the chat is full of adolescents who know a few four letter words and are angry at the world…I’ll stop there.

So, I’ve decided to go to the dark side by going AFK. While I wouldn’t really do it or tolerate it from other players in other battlegrounds, somehow I can easily rationalize it in WG. It’s actually kind of nice. My go to strategy, surprisingly enough, is to try to defend the flag. Seems crazy right? As always, I’m the only person on defense and I’m wearing cloth so I go down quicker than a something something…prom joke. After that I sit dead for about two minutes and then release. Here is where it gets good. I just run ever so slightly outside of the rez area and move my character to the left or right every couple of seconds. Simple as that.

The icing on the cake here is the windowed mode. I’ve been love with it since I found out about it a couple weeks ago. I resize it to cover about a quarter of my screen and then I’m free to do whatever else I want to while I wait to collect my badges…of honor. Haha. Usually I use this time to call friends and family back in the U.S. on Skype. It’s a bit like Office Space. I’m on the phone talking, but it looks like I’m playing. I don’t know how many other people out there go AFK right off the bat, but Warsong Gulch is just too damn bad to do anything other than AFK.

As soon as I get all of the needed badges for the rest of the PVP mounts I don’t ever plan on going into Warsong Gulch again if I can help it. But for now, I’m sure my family and friends appreciate all of the phone calls.


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Well ok, for the Alliance! But I’ve played both factions and I think there are a lot of cool things on each side.

One achievement that I think was fantastically implemented was the “For The Alliance” and “For The Horde” achievements. In case there are some readers who don’t play WoW, I’ll give a quick run down as to what this is. Both the Horde and Alliance have 4 capital cities, and each city has kind of leader or king in them. For this achievement you gather up a group of about 50 people and go to each capital city of the opposing team and kill their leaders, while also defending yourself from other players who just happened to be in the city at the time. It takes some teamwork and effort but at the right time of night when there aren’t many people in the cities it can be done. If you pull it off you get a special bear mount.

I did most of this achievement on my main, Chipdipson, and it was a great time. The obvious problem initially was organizing a group of 50 people who you don’t know to all to a central location. This alone took up quite a bit of time and it’s why I don’t do it every time I see someone getting a group together.

We hit Undercity first by going through the tunnels which I never knew existed before. This brings another problem into play: the fact that you have to find your way around cities in the game that you may have only been in a handful of times, if at all. Some of our group got lost in the tunnels and I was almost one of them. Once we got there we were making great progress but of course a swarm of other players showed up and it was too messy to kill Thrall. After waiting till they left we dropped Thrall with no problem and headed off to the next bosses, except this is where I noobed out.

While on the second attempt I got killed about halfway through the fight. Since it wasn’t looking very good for us in the DPS department I released and started to run back in to Undercity and this is when the kill took place…which means that this kill didn’t count for anything other than a memory. I’m not sure why the game mechanics work this way but it just doesn’t seem very right to me. I sucked it up and we then hit the rest of the other capital cities with no problem. I don’t really remember how the kills went down though for the other cities since I was so pissed that I wasn’t going to get the mount after all of that effort.


If I have a good amount of time to kill later I plan on giving it another shot. But, a word of advice: don’t release until everybody else is dead.


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Despite playing as a fire mage and usually only lasting about 45 seconds at a time in most PVP battlegrounds, I still really enjoy it. If I only have a few minutes to play but still want to blow some stuff up then PVP is the way to go. Considering this, I think I’m more excited about being able to queue up from anywhere for BGs than dual speccing. Especially as a strictly DPS class, the other talent trees aren’t as enticing as classes that could potentially DPS/Tank/Heal simply by changing spec.

I realized that I had about 30 marks for both Alterac Valley and also Arathi Basin so I decided to throw down on some Warsong Gultch to get one of the PVP mounts, the Black Battlestrider. The reason why I was severely lacking in my Warsong Gultch marks is that I can’t stand the place. I’ve heard many other people complain for the same reasons I have, mainly that there is no time limit. There is very little incentive to play this particular BG. The honor isn’t really there and with no time limit you could end up playing for an hour sometimes, lose, and only have 1 mark to show for it.

I’m not really the kind of player that chases after honor but it would be nice to get a decent reward out of Warsong Gultch for the time spent playing. I’ve also got a pretty decent set of gear from reputation rewards so I’m not really chasing after any of the PVP gear either. But, somewhere along the line I started to like having a variety of mounts and have about 30 or so now, so the remaining PVP mounts are really my only reason for playing. Being the big Halo player that I was in the past, it’s not the Capture The Flag style of play that bothers me but mainly the lack of a time limit. Honestly, from my recent games, the most exciting thing that could happen is if I get into a group where the opposing faction has 2/3 flag caps to our 0/0 just so it would end sooner.

What are your thoughts on Warsong Gulch?


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