(Gnome) Tank for Life

It’s just pixels right?
January 29, 2010, 10:20
Filed under: gear, real-life, thought

I am, of course, referring to in-game items. Have you ever felt that despite WoW itself being an arbitrary non-reality, the things you acquire in this non-reality can and do affect your mood in real life?

The first time this happened to me way back in Vanilla WoW, after weeks of farming for [Foror’s Compendium of Dragon Slaying], and more weeks of trying I finally managed to temper that blade and pick up my Quel’Serrar. The following day my thoughts were primarily occupied with how I’m going to put it to use, what i’ll enchant it with, and generally how bad it will be tanking with one of the best looking and geared tank-swords in the game. And I was happy happy happy throughout the day, my only worry was not being able to explain to others why.

Then when I finally grabbed my first ever proto-drake from a Mysterious Egg (and I longed for a proto-drake, ANY proto-drake since Wotlk came out), the next day I would be cheerful at everyone at work and at home, with thoughts drifting back to my new mount every hour or so.

So finally I am getting very close to being able to craft the Ashen Verdict tank legs, which I have saved up for since before 3.3 even came out and I first heard about the material requirements. I have driven my alts mercilessly, almost all of them almost everyday to the brink of exhaustion in order to get enough saronite and  it will all pay off this evening. Yet again I find myself thinking about how nice it’ll be to grab another BiS item, how nice it’ll be to gem it, how much AP and EH will the extra armor offer, etc. In general, all the work I’ve put into making the thing without spending 20.000 gold on it (which I wouldn’t have anyway) will have come to an end after 1 last daily tonight. And it feels good. The fact that it’s Friday may also play some part in this, but my day is already made 😉

I guess it would seem somewhat strange to feel joy elevated by something that’s practically non-existant. Then again, often a simple idea, a picture, a sound or tune achieves the same result and nobody will find anything strange about it. I guess a little bit of it ties into Larísa’s take on the values we attach to in-game items, achievements, characters, guilds. After all everything begins with an idea in the human mind.


On health and WoW
January 21, 2010, 12:37
Filed under: gaming, raid, real-life

Now, I’m not a person of the best health and conditioning and I don’t do any sports (beside lots of Poi in the summertime) but it has come to my attention recently that too many people prioritize healthy gaming a little lower than they should. For example, I have friends who will forego eating proper supper before raidtime, instead filling their bellies with snacks and junk-food. Folks, the fact that your stomach does not rumble in protest of being empty, does not mean there is no cause for worry!

Here is a very, very good post on TankSpot (courtesy of Jalousie) which details the things you can do to minimize the stress that you put your body through during a 3-5 hour session of raiding. I will highlight some of the best pointers here:

  1. Sit straight, lift up your head and straighten your neck! This is imperative, lots of old-age backaches can be prevented by shoring up your back and not sitting like the letter C.
  2. In accordance with point 1. avoid looking down or up into your monitor! Your screen should be level with your eyes.
  3. Relax at set time intervals! Stand up, stretch out, take a few steps, lie down, at least for just for 2 minutes every hour. While /following someone back after a wipe if you have to.
  4. Tanks! Probably each one of us has heard of the infamous carpal-tunnel syndrome (or RSI – Repetitive Strain Injury), and we do NOT want it for ourselves.  Please do take your hands off your mouse and keyboard and move them around a bit when you take a short break. Try not to have shift/alt/ctrl as part of those keybinds you use the most (HS, devastate, shield slam most likely) as holding these while spamming the skill will really stress your shift/alt/ctrl-holding finger
  5. Eat well and drink well! Believe me it’s not worth saving those last 15-20-30 minutes before raidtime, it is a 500% better use of your time to consume some sort of hot dish before sitting down to raid 4 hours than to take a bag of chips with you. Prepare the meal beforehand and take it with you to eat in parts if you have to, but I cannot stress this enough: snacks are no substitute for a hot wholesome meal. Any sort of fruit is a great addition to a normal meal and/or during raid.
  6. Again, drink a lot! Mineral water or even tap water is the best but tea/other non-sugary drinks will well suffice too. Most likely nobody will take offense at any time if you “brb bio” during raid. If they do, they suck. Coffee/hot chocolate is great for keeping up till late but it does not substitute proper liquids like water.

Stay healthy! Remember if by any chance WoW is still going strong in 5-10 years from now and you’ll still be playing, you don’t want to suffer from the consequences of your earlier unhealthy gameplay.

The Dilemma
January 21, 2010, 11:06
Filed under: dps, gear, guild


This is the legendary axe added in patch 3.3, and it’s possibly the subject of dreams for many a DPS class in WoW at this time.

And with good reason, for it is the only ilvl 284 item in-game flashing with an amazing 344 DPS, with the rest of the weapons following up at ilvl 277 and at most 325 DPS. Not to say anything of the proc, which immensely favours DPS DKs/warriors/paladins. And by the way, it’s legendary.

So yesterday our guild attempted to make a decision on who will be the lucky raider to get priority for the legendary quest, and it didn’t go down very well in my opinion. I have been told in officer chat a few days ago (I’m not officer, just tank-leader) that the 3 or 4 officers will make a decision. Yet come yesterday, all 25 people in the raid were called upon to vote on who they should think get the shards first, our GM (Saudus, (retribution paladin)) or a DPS DK.  After an unsuccessful and then another ‘successful’ raid vote in the form of readycheck (of which 11 people abstained), our guild leader was voted to win, winning by.. I think 2 votes.

Now, I would’ve gone along happily either with the voting method or the officer’s decision, but this middle-way solution (we -officers- decide who you -raiding members- get to vote for) just doesn’t cut it for me.

To put it into perspective, the steps one needs to take in order to complete the Shadowmourne questline include:

As you can see this is a massive undertaking, I dare say comparable to the old quest for Thunderfury, even perhaps a little easier since you don’t have to rely on random drops to even start at any point during the questline.

I believe a weapon and a decision of this magnitude deserves more decision-making than simply “VOTE Yes for X VOTE No for Y”. Many people in NEG take an active part in the online forums, the least it would’ve deserved is a forum poll. Of course public polls allow everyone to see how the votes are proceeding and might allow some people a chance to ‘play favourite’ thereby ruining the honest votes.

I think for all its apparent blatancy or “one sidedness”, the best solution would’ve been to simply state that the GM will go for and earn the legendary. My reasoning:

  • out of everyone he works the hardest on guild progression, organizing and such thus he truly deserves it
  • is the least of all likely to quit during or after the questline
  • is doing some great DPS coupled with the nuances (raid awareness,  etc),  that the other contestant imo isn’t so good at

It will be interesting how other guilds sort this out. It’s certainly not as easy as “highest DKP wins”…

Relevant TankSpot discussion: How many DK Tanks are gunning for Shadowmourne?

Hello world!
January 20, 2010, 11:00
Filed under: Uncategorized

I left the title intact because it’s appropriate.