Archive for July, 2008

Call to blog!

Posted in Humor, Random on July 31, 2008 by sylus

This may seem a bit cheesy, but it’s something that must be done! Fikkle hasn’t posted in days…almost weeks. Now, I understand he’s all off in Hawaii, living it up, chillin on the beach with hotties, sipping cold drinks, and bathing in the sun….nevermind I wouldn’t be posting either…but, I digress. This is a rally cry. I want as many people as possible to create a horde alt on cenarian cirle. Once said Horde alt is at a mailbox(and has 30 copper) send Grimshott (fikkle’s hunter) a message. I really don’t care what you say in it, but it needs to say something about how he is a lazy blogger, and how he needs to get back to work. Heck, tell him you are all sick of sylus, even if he is a sexy devil! I challenge you all, can we get 20 messages to him? 50? 100???? This is almost as good as the tasty cavemold scam way back in the day. (We would send as much tasty cave mold to whoever was gone for an extended period of time, in single stacks of course. This was back when mail mods weren’t on the top of our priority list, so it took forever to clear out all of the mold!

Have fun with this, lets see how bad we can annoy him! BTW, you can say hi to me too if you want too, just drop a line to abadon.

~Sylus

Beta Flava’

Posted in Hunter on July 30, 2008 by sylus

I am drooling over the talent trees that blizzard has put up on their wow homepage. I’ve been sitting at work all morning building, and rebuilding multiple builds. I’m so wanting to stay with a BM build, as I am in love with the idea of new “exotic” pets. Some of the talents seem so worth staying!!! Then, I start playing around with mm, and sv builds. wow. All of the trees look like they have gotten some serious loving. I will definatly be playing around with them when they come live. I’m just hoping for a grace period where it won’t cost me an arm and a leg to try out several new builds!

Now, I could have gotten into a ton of details about each and every talent that has been added, or revamped, but fikkle has this thing for not wanting to hear about the stuff yet. Me, I’m drooling over all of this. I unfortunatly will be starting back to school in about 3 weeks (I’m not a youngin, just going back for a second bs degree….)

So, play time should be down, but blog time will be higher, as I have three 1 hour breaks during my class schedule on mwf. So, I may not be playing as much as I would like to, but, I hope to be writing about every minute of play time!

So, until next time, stay classy Azeroth!

~Uncle Sy

Tabbards Galore!

Posted in Discussion on July 28, 2008 by sylus

So, a few posts back I said how I had gathered nine unique tabbrads. So, here they are, in all of their tabbardly glory.

smexy red and blue

smexy red and blue

 This is the typical guild tabbard. It goes quite well with the two pieces of beast stalker’s armor Abadon is still sporting here.

scarlet crusader? I think not

This was one of the first tabbards I collected. My wife’s toon, Rhonna, and I each got one in a single trip through SM armory!

Mag'har = epicorcwin

This is showing off true orc pride here, my mag’har tabbard is all win!

Flyboy!

Flyboy!

This is one of my newest tabbards, this show’s I’m a flyboy, the sha’tar skyguard tabbard!

Scout Abadon....scouting? I was never a boy scout...

This is showin Horde pride here, the scouts tabbard. I still don’t have the upgraded version, I still have to gather a few more marks to get it as well.

Scryer 4 life

I have to rock out the scryer pride every now and then. I mean come on, the shoulder chat alone was worth getting to exalted!!!

boring quests, but I like the gold.../wrist

Here’s my Isle dailies tabbard( I forgot what it is called, and as I’m at work, I won’t bother looking it up). Nothing else says “I’m a gold hungry daily quest grinding whore like this one!!!

/flex

Here is my beautiful tabbard I got doing a quest that was available the few weeks preceeding BC. When I click it, I get all flexy and glowy, so cool looking. It also looks like the argent dawn tabbard if I remember right.

Frostwolf Clan = better than you

I saved this one for last, I gotta represent my frostwolf clan pride! Give it up for way too much AV yo!

So, there you have em, all of my beautiful tabbards. I hope to add to them soon, I am saving for the wsg tabbard, and the upgraded scouts tabbrad, I forget what it’s called. Then I’m also plugged through revered with cenarian exp., so hopefully in a few weeks I’ll be rocking that as well as the birdy mount they have as well. There are a few others I could bust butt out there and get, but I’ll stick with those before I jump into other things, like the thrallmar one, I’m not that far into revered for that.  So, until later, have a great day.

On another note, I’m back to work for two weeks, so hopefully I’ll post a bit more frequently!!!

~Uncle Sy

I got me Gold Back!

Posted in Random on July 23, 2008 by sylus

So, today was a busy day. Not a bad busy, but a busy day. I finally got to watch the Dark Knight. It was Awesome! But, this morning something more awesome happened. I logged into wow, checked some auctions, then looked to see that I had mail. So, I wasn’t by a mail box, so I did the whole, scroll over the icon thing, and who’s name do I see…Grimshott! Whom is suppose to be away in Hawaii. I’m guessing he still is in Hawaii, that';s why he hasn’t been on much, I mean come on, who would be, it’s stinkin HAWAII!!!! I had a short one lined note from him, I don’t even remember what it said, it was what was attached to it that was the bread and butter. I had loaned him 1k gold for his elite flying mount. I had been saving it for Nimroc, who I am helping get his flying mount, but I had it and I had not seen nim in a few days, so I figured fikkle will give it back. So, Nim when you see this, call me, I have some gold to throw at you, and with one good round of dailies, we can go out and get your epic flyer!!!

Catch you all later, and btw, I haven’t forgotten my fashion show of tabbards, I’m just trying to get one more before I show em all off!

~Sylus aka Abadon

Skyguard’s newest flyboy!

Posted in Random on July 22, 2008 by sylus

Yup, I finally did it, Abadon got all of the rep he needed with the Sha’tari skyguard. I was so excited to go get my new tabbard, and a new flying mount. I’ve sort of been collecting tabbards as of late. I have an obsession with getting as many of them as I can. I have eight at the moment, and once I do one more Alteric Valley battleground, I’ll have one more tabbard! That’sright, chalk me up for a ninth tabbard. After I do a crap ton more of arathi basin, and warsong gulch, that will be two more tabbards I can add to my collection. I’ll have to do a fashion show in all of my smexy tabbards as soon as I can, but until then, I have one question, why do they call the silver netherwing silver…I CAN’T FIND ANY SILVER ON IT!!! SERIOUSLY, IT’S FREAKING PURPLE!!! Now i have to go out and pay for another one, cause I won’t be using this one, I’ll get the blue one…unless I find out it’s actually pink…sheesh. colorblind quartermaster.

~Sylus

Some follow up pictures

Posted in Discussion, Hunter, Random, Uncategorized on July 14, 2008 by sylus

Fikkle’s post about his week was very entertaining to read, but I thought a few visuals for some of those stories were in order. So, here is a quick update on those. First, khaza didn’t get his tabard of the scarlet crusade, but what a site to aggro a whole instance and down them all in one spot, it was hilarity!

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Next, here is a picture of Abadon, his first time in ZA!!!! While Fikkle bowed out, I stuck around and got to down the bear boss for my first time ever! And to top it all off, I was second on the DPS chart with 923 dps!!!WOW I never expected to see those kind of numbers!

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And finally, I found Fikkle’s epic duel picture! *Sinse he didn’t post it yet, I decided to take it unto myself to take care of it!

DOUBLE PWNAGE!!!
DOUBLE PWNAGE!!!

Hope you don’t mind me havin a little fun with ya fikkle!!!

And, in sad news, I’ll be totally away from the interwebs for a week, starting in about 1 hour. I’m taking a bunch of kids away to a church camp for the week. It will be fun, but no posts for me.( suddenly I feel like the post nazi.) Anyway, have a good week, get some gold, and down a boss or two, and remember, FOR THE HORDE YO!!!!
~Sylus

An Epic Week In Review

Posted in Discussion, Random on July 13, 2008 by Kor

Okay, so first off, I know posts have been light lately. And by light I mean non-existent. We’re sorry, we’ve been having so much fun in game, we haven’t had time to blog about it all.

Monday I decided that it was about darn time that I started saving for an epic flyer. Since first hitting 70 I’ve either found an alt to occupy would-be farming time or have found other frivolous ways to spend my hard earned gold. Since getting my second 70, most of my gold has been spent on repeated enchants and constant re-gemming for the near daily upgrades I was getting. I’m not complaining, mind you, but I decided it was finally time to start the long haul to 5k.

Tuesday was Pox time for White Pox, and we utterly destroyed Black Fathom Deeps. It has been a long, long time since I’ve done a full run through that instance, as it is pretty much out of the way and gets skipped very often. But it was all great fun, from Othar forgetting to surface to breath to Nymea lighting three flames at once (doh). Upgrades were had by all and we even had some fun during a mid run pause…

One other interesting thing happened while the run was taking place. One Among Many popped on to her pox toon and mentioned that she had picked up her alliance Druid on Cenarion Circle. And then she CHALLENGED ME TO A DUEL! So of course, being the honorable hordie that I am, I couldn’t refuse. We set the date for the weekend, and since its Sunday morning now, hopefully we’ll get a chance to duel before sundown. Expect an epic follow up. :D

After Pox, I logged back over to my main as the guild had scheduled a new day for Kara, but unfortunately, it was the one time they decided to start on time. So I missed Attuman, Moroes and Opera. Later on a few had to drop so I ended up getting to down Maiden and Nightbane (which was the first time I’ve seen him killed ever!).

Wednesday wasn’t all that remarkable as most of my time was spent farming and doing dailies. Let the gold pile up! I did take a break from grinding however, and decided to roll a warrior/priest together. Now, I’m no dual-boxing expert, so I did the whole ghetto set up on two separate computers. I did set up heal macros for the priest with separate auto targets for the warrior and himself. So the warrior ran around smacking things in the face while the priest through a heal every now and then. Its not a perfect set up, but I found it quite entertaining and relaxing as opposed to worrying about managing aggro on a raid boss.

Thursday is also a Kara-run day. It’s actually the normal run time, so we decided to try and finish up for the week. The GL set the form up time for 5:30 to start at 6:00 and at about 6:10 we had a full 10. About ten minutes later as we were getting inside, our raid leader announced that one of the original members from Tuesday’s run had shown up so someone would have to go. I decided I’d step down so I missed out on the rest of the run for the week. I loaded up my warrior/priest and did some more dual-boxing for a while before I went back to the gold grind.

I also finally bit the bullet and decided to bring my Druid (Anteaus) from his PvP-server home on Coilfang to Cenarion Circle. I actually missed playing him quite a bit and its always nice to have a healy class available if they’re needed. He came over at about 50% through level 64 and hit 65 by the end of the night.  I also decided to attune him to Naxx.  The reason being, on Cenarion Circle there is a chat channel called oldschool that does a lot of pre-BC raids, using the channel to organize and get people who are interested together.  Since I missed a lot of those, I’ve joined to be able to see some of the old content.  A few months back I went into AQ20 and AQ40, last week, I took Grim into Zul’Gurub and there has been talk about going through Naxx some time soon.  So I’m at least ready now.

Friday was another great day. Most of my time was spent on dailies, until our guild’s main tank asked if we wanted to get a semi-guild, seim-pug Zul’Aman run going. I was down. So after an agonizingly long time trying to find a tenth (and second tank) we finally got in and I got to see ZA for the first time. We only had two healers and ended up wiping four or five times on the Bear boss before it was decided a third healer was required. I volunteered to step out again and finished up a lot of delinquint dailies and they downed him good and hard. A little while later I got asked back for the Eagle boss as several members had to log and we took three attempts at him before we called it due to trash respawns.

Saturday I decided to bite the bullet first thing and finished about 90% of my dailies as early as possible.  I got a another heroic run in and managed to level Anteaus to 66.  Nothing really too spectacular, but all in all a pretty full day.  Right now, I’m sitting at just under 4k gold and I already purchased the actual mount, so all I need is the 5k riding training.  I’m hoping that with a little farming I can have all of that by Monday evening and have my epic flyer before I have to leave for work again.  I’m going to Hawaii this time, so I’m looking forward to it, but I’m unsure as to what my wow time is gonna be like :s.

So, things I forgot.  Abadon and I ran our main tank’s druid alt through Blood Furnace a bunch of times to get her some really nice healy upgrades.  It was actually a lot of fun coordinating the utter destruction brought on by two BM Hunters!  Fikkle, Aba and our Ritzu, our MT Prot Pally decided to run my little brother’s baby-pally through SM a bunch of time to get him his Scarlet Tabard, which will make him 100% look like a Scarlet Crusader.  The utter destruction brought on by an AoE Prot Pally and an AoE Frost Mage is just amazing.  5 minute full clears were so much fun.  He unfortunately didn’t get his tabard, but he still looks pretty cool all decked out in the rest of their armor.  Aba, Nimrock and I did our second week of Warrior + 2 BM Hunter Arena 3v3’s.  We’re pretty terrible, sitting at 5 – 15 on the season and we know its because we don’t have a healer.  Unfortunately, none of us have a healer, and we want to do Arenas together, so we’re pretty hooped there.  Some time last week I did a marathon of heroics, dowing six or seven in one day and getting enough badges to pick up Angelista’s Revenge, which is very sweet.  Dish has begun leveling a pally on our server and has hit 45 if I remember right.  My brother’s pally just hit 40 and he’s got his first ever mount.  I’ve been donig AV like its going out of style and have managed to get Grim both his Frostwolf Howler and his Frostwolf Tabard, as well as finally being able to pick up his season 4 belt.  Finally, Ritzu managed to pick up her Nether Drake on her Shadow Priest, GRATS!

And I think that’s it.  Sorry for the long ramblings, but that’s what I’ve been up to lately.  Hopfully tomorrow there will be some screenies of epic duals and maybe monday I’ll be able to zip around Outlands a whole lot faster.

Keep your stick on the ice!

“I summoned this red chunk of something”

Posted in Humor, Random on July 4, 2008 by sylus

How is everyone out there in blogland doing? Great to hear. I’ve had a very eventful vacation, some in Azeroth, some outside of the world. Yesterday was definatly one of those “in Azeroth” moments. I had a buddy over, who is dying to try world of warcraft. He hears me talking about it, and saying how much fun it is, and talking about the lore, it makes him drool. He’s a nerd like that, not that I’m any diffarent really. So, I have a laptop, and my desktop, so I figure we’ll get hi a trial account. Here’s the thing about my buddy, he’s a gaming nerd. He’s never played an mmo, but loves the crap outof oblivion, morrowind, kotor, anything rpg. He dove right in, learned all of the key bindings in minutes! He is having a blast with the game, and even though he isn’t sure he has the time, he wants to get into wow. As you can see from the title, he said a few things that totally blew me away when I heard them. For starters, he rolled a rogue. He’s all stabby happy, and lvoing it, then about 20 minutes into his gaming session, he says, “hey dude, that was cool, I just summoned this red chunk of something, did I earn a power there?” I was flabbergasted, i had no clue what he was talking about, had he just hacked the game, and given a rogue a totally new power???? Nope, midsummer festival buff. It only took me 10 minutes to figure that one out. Sometimes the most innocent things can make my head hurt!

This jsut in, I got a call from Fikkle, he’s at work, Go read Mania’s Arcania, SIGN UP FOR THE WRATH BETA IS OUT TODAY!!!!!!

Leading Your Battleground to Victory

Posted in Discussion, PvP on July 2, 2008 by Kor

So I was reading GLDC this morning, and Bre had an excellent rant about BGs and some of its less enjoyable elements. (Oh and I call the rant excellent cause I can read about asshats getting chewed out by an angry little Dwarven woman with a gun ALL DAY!)

I posted a comment on that thread, but it got me thinking more about what I wrote there and I wanted to expand on that concept over here. I’ve posted on BGs before, both my successes and frustrations.  The main theme behind what I wrote in Bre’s comments however is about being a leader.

Being a leader is not necesarilly about directing every member of the battleground in a co-ordinated assault from one end of the map to the other. Its about getting people to buy into an idea.  And that idea can be anything. From pouring coffee for a living at a local Tim Hortons to dodging bullets overseas. Getting people to follow you is about getting them to believe in an idea and want to work towards it.

In the context of wow, this isn’t a very novel idea. Take a top end raiding guild for example. It would have a raid leader who’s job it is to co-ordinate 9 to 24 other people in willingly dying over and over again on new content, using stacks and stacks of (expensive) consumables and building a very expensive repair bill. And then doing that again. And again. But you get the idea. The reason the raid leader can convince other people to follow him/her is because these other people have bought into the idea that it is going to take some pain to get through to a new boss kill. But a raiding guild is a bit of bad example in that most of the people who joined the guild already bought into the idea of progression long before they joined or started the new content.

So lets move on to BGs. A lot of people (and I’m talking like the entire Blogosphere of the Inter Nethers here) have at one point or another expressed some frustration at the behavior of other people in battlegrounds. So I’m sure most of you have experienced what Bre talked about before.

Looking at this pragmatically, we have to face a couple facts. First, we’re never going to be able to purge the asshats from BGs and BG-chat. Ain’t gonna happen. So we have to accept the fact that most of the time, we’re going to have to deal with an idiot or two. Ultimately that will likely result in a handicap for our team. But good tactics can overcome superior numbers, just ask Megan, bringer of the Searing Pain. So how do we deal with the handicap? Well luckily for us, Blizzard gave us tools to help protect our sanity. This is the “Ignorance is Bliss” defense, also known as /ignore. Never hearing what they’re saying means I don’t have to think about it. And when it gets to the point where my sanity does need a defense, I usually slap it on pretty quick and make a short note in BG chat to others suggesting they ignore said handicap instead of actually feeding it attention. Communicate with the reasonable people in a Battleground and they will buy into your idea. In this case, the idea being that 9, 14, or 35 of you can do a better job coordinating a defense when you don’t have to scroll through asshatery to read a common strategy.

Which brings me to my second point. There are reasonable people in these battlegrounds. People like you and me. People who want to get as much honor and as much tokens as they can by working together as a team to WIN the battleground and not top the kill list. Funny story. I’ve taken to doing announcing in BG chat prior to the start of a match of my intention to allow someone else to top the kill list in favor of ensuring a solid defense at LM is maintained throughout the battle. This generally does 3 things. (a) it identifies the asshats who feel it is necessary to flame the idea of trying to win; (b) usually identifies to the reasonable people in the BG that I’ve got a decent strategy for winning; and (c) generally gets the people from (b) to buy into my idea. Whether that be helping me defend at LM or defending Farm instead. It doesn’t matter so long as they now have a strategy. A co-ordinated strategy. I feel a foshizzle coming on…. must… go…. visit…. BRK…

So by now, I’ve lost track of my numbering/lettering system. Go figure. Anyways, I think the main point I’m trying to get across is that being a leader requires people to believe in your idea. I don’t always take the lead in a BG. I can very quickly notice when someone else is leading us, and I sit back and put on my follower hat, buying into their idea. If that someone is trying to be an Orderer, no one is going to follow them (pre-mades aside).  People get ordered around enough outside of game and don’t want to be ordered around in game.

But whether its you or someone else in your BG that is leading, how you go about it is key, and that is where communication comes into play. “GROUPS x-y on D at choke point” is something I see all the time in AV. It is one of the worst ideas in the world. Most people are going to ignore it, first off. Second, it doesn’t take into account what classes are in these groups.  I don’t know about other BGs, but I’ve never been in a BG where the leader has set up group make ups to value the BG as a whole.  Telling a group with all healers to go offense is going to be exremely ineffective as they might survive a while, but they won’t be able to kill anybody.  Conversely, telling a MT-specced player to play D instead of tanking Belinda and Vann is hogwash.  Give people the choice to do what they want.  That way, if you’re trying to set up a defense, only the people who want to be there will be helping you.

That is the key to communicating really.  Make suggestions knowing full well that many people will not even pay attention to what you said, all the while allowing them to choose how to play the game the way they want to in order to have fun for themselves. Cause that is why we are all playing in the first place right? To HAVE FUN? Right!  And the people who see the value in your idea will follow you.

Anyways, I generally gravitate towards playing defense with my BM Hunter. As such, I usually end up coordinating some form of defense in all four BGs that I go into.   For example:

In WSG, our D usually guards the flag and kills anyone who runs off with it, or defends our FC while we attempt to recap our own.  Asking for two to three to stay back and play D is usually enough to get a solid D organized.

In AB, I cringe. Seeing as how there is 5 distinct locations, its impossible to establish one all-encompassing defense. I can however, clearly state that I’m going to be setting up a defense at LM, and that I could use 6-8 to help me capture it initially and then 4 others to help hold it.  And as a Hunter, this node is key to understanding the battlespace in AB and coordinating your D from there.  With Hawk Eye, I can see every place on the map, including mine.  This allows me to alert my team of what is happening.  And from my experience, the Horde sets up a roving defense strategy when we decide not to all out zerg stables.  What this entails is about 2-3 people at Farm, BS and LM.  The rest of the people rotate between the three nodes to throw reinforcements at whichever place is being attacked. Its effective for winning a 3-2 kind of game and controlling LM is a key component to directing the roving party to the place where they’re needed.

In Alterac Valley, defense has become a much more hit or miss concept.  Everyone and their mother (you all have mothers right?) seems to have bought into the idea of zerging.  Both sides. Its all I ever see anymore.  30 people on offense zerging the general.  This can make defense extremely challenging, especially when it is a coordinated 30 people.  Luckily for me, there are a few objectives on the path to the Frostwolf Relief Hut that dwindles the 30 down into manageable packs.  But setting up a D at RH is crucial to maintaining any sort of realistic D at all.  Cause once the Alliance gets into there, they hardly ever get pushed out.  So what I do is right as the match is starting I take two steps out of the tunnel and cast recall, using my Frostwolf Insignia.  While I’m waiting for that, I ask for 9-14 others to come play D at RH with me and hold off the Alliance long enough for us to kill Vann.  That’s all we have to do.  Hold off.  Usually I get anywhere from 5-9 others.  The one time we had 15 on D, we held both towers and the graveyard the entire game.  The key to keeping your defense alive is to kill their offense before most of their graveyards have capped.  This sends them all the way back to defense, at which point they spend most of the rest of the battle trying to get back to offense, rather than helping their own D.

In EotS, I generally go to a weak point to defend, and ask for one or two others to D with me.  If no one goes mid, I’m at the flag. If no one is guarding BE or FR, I’m there.  Since its a small enough BG, you can’t hope to maintain an extremely large D at any one point, so usually I ask for enough at each point to give us time to call out incomings and get re-inforcements.

So that was a bit of the tactics I use to help establish a Defense in each of the 4 Battlegrounds, using subtle communication and suggestions to get people to try to buy into my idea of how a defense should be run.  It doesn’t always work and I think that’s the last thing you have to take away from this.  You will lose some.  We win about 50% of our matches, which tells me that most of the battlegrounds are fairly evenly matched and the sides on my battlegroup are as well.  But it can alleviate the frustration out there and hopefully save some of the other reasonable people out there from giving up on BGs.

Ultimately we should be in this to have fun. If it isn’t fun, take a break. I hear knitting is quite enthralling. :D

– Fikkle

Happy Canada Day! (A day late)

Posted in Off Topic, Random on July 1, 2008 by sylus

So, how is everyone doing this fine Tuesday morning? Good, good to hear. I’m glad to see you got that bad case of dandruf cleared up. Yeah, we all noticed…Today, I’m sitting in a hospital cafeteria, waiting to get into the room to see my sister, and her new baby boy! The dad si super stoked, and has been with us already, cheesing from ear to ear!

Now, back to the warcraft, enough of this mushy gushy real life junk! I would love to tell you all that I have had a crapton of time to play over the past three days, but sadly, I have been away alot. I’ve been enjoying the start to my vacation, and am looking forward to many trips into Azeroth. The little time I have had in game, has been spent doing BG’s with abadon, whom just got his medalion of the Horde…the 8k one, not the 40k one. I’ve also been lvling up my warlock. I am really liking the female orc’s. As ugly as they are, their is a certian apeal about them. She is going to make a great lock. I lvled her from 16 to 21 over the past few days during my brief stints in Azeroth, so I am hoping to get her to 29 by friday. Then I can BG, get her a few things, her trinket, some gear, and throw a few marks back for a rainy day. Well, this post is short, but I need to get upstairs and go see the new little guy, so until next time Azeroth, keep makin babies!

~Sylus

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