Archive for February, 2010


No Surprises Here…

Hey everyone, sorry about the silence recently but I’ve been going through some things in real life and haven’t been playing much WoW because of it.  I’ll start posting again once I’m able to sit down and start playing again.  Sorry about this, but sometimes real life comes first.



Back on the Bottom

In my recent return to raiding I’ve decided to go ahead and shed my holy label in order to take up a more pew-pew oriented style.  Of course, such a transition will result in a period of learning and tweaking, perfecting my trade as a shadow priest where once the holy light shown strong.  It’s definitely been fun, but I am now feeling like I want to be the raider that I once was, a vital and important part of a team of peers.

The situation is different, however.  In <NEED A DISPENSER HERE> I was one of the top healers, regularly topping the charts along with two other mainstay healers.  We were a finely honed team that kept people alive and were needed for the raid to continue.  I don’t have a big head when I say that either, Dispenser barely had enough healers for 25 mans and if one didn’t show for whatever reason then we would usually fall short of being able to raid for the night.  It’s not that I was the best healer ever, but I knew my craft and was able to use my skills to make myself an important name in the guild.   So yeah, I was kind of a big deal.

<Delirium>, on the other hand, has a full compliment of DPS and healers after a period of thin times, so they can afford to be more careful when they’re separating the wheat from the chafe.  Though it’s partially my gear keeping me from rising through the charts, my inexperience has also resulted in a few situations where I’ve turned in a sub-par performance.  I’ve also consistently schlepped my way through the bottom of the dps charts, looking like a bit of a wiener in the process.  The one time I was asked to go heals I rocked the raid no problem, but that was just the once.

So now I am seeing WoW raiding from the other side of the ladder for the first time, where I am wondering if the officers are secretly whispering about how terrible I am at my role.  I’m not wringing my hands over here or anything, but I would definitely feel more comfortable if I was riding a constant 4k dps instead of closer to 3.6.  Of course, I also feel as though my raid awareness is still there and if you’re supposed to avoid something or kill a particular spawn, I’m usually on it no problem.  It’s just in my main role that I feel slightly lacking.

I’m not really scared that I’m going to get kicked from the guild or stop getting invites for raids or anything, but I do want to make a good impression.  It should be the goal of every raider to have others in the raid take note of how awesome their dps or healing or tanking is.  I want to get invites to the next raid because they think that I’m going to contribute something they need and not simply because they have an extra spot and I’m a warm body.  So I suppose I’ll just buckle down and try to be a bad ass dps mofo.

But how about you, gentle jerkwads?  Have you ever gone from hero to zero, either in transition from one guild to another or simply because your favored spec was crowded and they needed you for a different role?  Or perhaps you’re just a natural and no matter what spec you are you burn the dps like nobody’s business, or keep raids alive through sheer force alone.  Either way, drop me a comment and lemme know!



It’s a Secret to Everybody

So last week I was in Texas, hanging with some of my old friends including that sack of crap Scrat.  During the course of our chillaxing, I found out that a certain little pic I posted on my blog a while back had taken flight somewhat and ended up rearing its hilarious head at Scrat’s office’s Christmas party thanks to a guildmate who worked in the same place.  Though he seemed upset by this fact, I knew that deep down he found it hilarious.  In fact, let’s review:

See? Hilarious.

But as I thought about it I began to think of the somewhat secret life I lead online myself.  I have a personal e-mail account and facebook page that has never seen the word WoW.  I also make sure that no one in my office knows about my personal mmo weaknesses.  I’m not exactly ashamed of the fact that I love mmo’s (anyone who knows me knows I do love me some video games), but I really don’t trumpet that fact to others.  Though the current generation of 30 year olds grew up with video games as an entertainment tool, there’s still somewhat of a slacker stigma attached to someone who is a gamer.

Now some people don’t have to worry about this as maybe they work at some sort of nerd store or all the people in their social circle already play anyways, so there’s no need to avoid the subject.  However, thanks to WoW’s broad appeal, there are those that work in the professional world at a white-collar job where almost no one has heard of an orc outside of the uggos running around Middle Earth.  For them, WoW is only spoken of in hushed tones and researched carefully during lunch with an eye over their shoulder for peers walking by.

I happen to fall into the latter, working in an office environment with a group of professionals who consider video games to be for children and not part of adult life, therefore I keep my double life as a priest of magnanimous ability a closely guarded secret.  I also know my friend Serae, who works as an office manager, is deathly afraid of others finding out the truth since she used to trash talk WoW addicts before succumbing to the sweet bliss of pwnage herself.  Which, of course, means I am obligated to post a real life embarrassing picture of her on here soon as revenge for nerds everywhere.

However, the interwebs is a most dangerous place where closely guarded secrets can almost instantaneously become common knowledge.  All it takes is one mess up, maybe linking to a particularly funny WoW post by (un)Holy Dueg!, or perhaps you hear the dreaded “what’s that?” come from behind you while surfing WoW materials.  Either way, once it’s out, it’s everywhere.  And if you have an asshole friend who runs a blog, he will make sure that everyone knows about it.  Believe me, I spent all last week showing Scrat’s real life friends that pic.

So now I ask you, gentle jerkwads, how does the WoW affect you in your day to day?  Is it a closely guarded secret, only ever being disclosed to the most tight lipped and loyal of friends?  Or perhaps you’re at work right now, wearing your old “[Green] is the new [Purple]” t-shirt from when the Burning Crusade came out, hoping someone will ask you what it’s about (hint: they won’t).  Drop me a comment and let me know, so that I may tell the interwebs!


PS:  I heart Scrat

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