Wednesday, 29 September 2010

PostHeaderIcon First Raid

So, had my first raid with and the first non-pug 25-person raid i've had in around 6 months. I have to say that i was MAJORLY surprised at how smooth it went. Out of 9 bosses tonight, we did 8 on heroic (Putricide was normal for someones shadowmourne quest).

In all the raids i've EVER been in, this was by far one of the best. I'm not lieing when i say i've not been in a raid this good since BT days, except now i play a role that can perform all tasks it might be asked of.

I logged on, got into the raid, felt pretty usual about it. It wasn't until i saw how smoothly everything was going AND how good the players were that i realised this is where i want to be for raiding. Never seen people utilise their abilities like these people. Mages blinking during putricide adds, lock using teleport as well, etc. And thankfully, people interrupting. People ACTUALLY interrupting. It got to the point i was thinking that it was the tanks job to do that HAH!

I was also VERY surprised at how easy it was overall. I don't want to blow my own trumpet here too much so to speak (disturbing innuendo was not intended), but i realised tonight i am an exceptional player in comparison to the people i used to raid with (with the exception being those who migrated along with me).

I've had a really good raid. Didn't see the shield from BQL (FFF...) but did get some dps gloves and healing bracers (...UUUUUUU) i likely won't use.

Blood Princes Heroic was painful to tank the caster one and i think i messed up a few times there. We still got through it though.
Tuesday, 28 September 2010

PostHeaderIcon Upcoming Project

I'm currently working on a brand new (ok, it's not brand new so to speak) project; A Gaming Community portal.

It's currently looking VERY good and it's progressing nicely. However, it's not quite complete and there's still a few things to finish up. The design is complete, but the workings still need some... well, work.

The template is one i made myself, and it's based on the previous Battle.net design somewhat (the purple and blue one). It's making use of flash for the maintenance "message", the header, and the footer. None of these have gone over the top, but they really add to the design. Of course, the site supports those without flash enabled but javascript is pretty required to get it functional, which i consider a fair "requirement".

The forum has been integrated, i've got a bot that creates forum topics to discuss news posted on the front page (aptly named Scrapbot).

I'm currently planning on covering World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Alien Swarm. I've got some setup to do still like i said, but it's all looking very uniform now. I'll hopefully be able to allow people to host videos and screenshots in the future.

Feel free to check it out; Innuendo Gaming Community
It's still in maintenance, but the maintenance message explains what's going on and when it'll be opened. I really can't wait to open the doors to the public although i don't know how much news coverage i'll be able to provide.

On another note, Zarhym just posted to say Season 8 ends on the 12th of October. He previously mentioned that 4.0.1 would go live on the same day they ended the season.
Friday, 24 September 2010

PostHeaderIcon What a week!

This post is about both WoW and Real Life.

These past few weeks have been REALLY weird for me. Let's go through it;
- 3 weeks ago; Had a job interview, looked good and did really well
- Guild officially confirmed as disbanding in the near future

- 2 Weeks ago; Ordered a new computer upgrade
- Upgrade arrived, sound was broken
- Hit 50k gold in game as my original plan
- Still hadn't heard from the interview

- 1 Week ago; Sorted out sending it back to RMA for a refund.
- 3 Days ago; got it sent back to RMA, should get refund after the weekend.
- Guild split or transferred to join on Shadowsong EU
- Gold Split between all members, brought me up to 65K
- I found TLPD in Storm Peaks and got the mount
- Still hadn't heard from the Interview

- I wake up, log onto PTR and find fire mages doing CRAZY damage and having crazy ranges
- I provide feedback, log off, rage a little
- I then get a phonecall seemingly out of the ordinary, and i find i DID get the job but they just forgot to contact me

Oh well, it's been a really bad few weeks at the start, but turned out to be the best week i've had in years right at the end! Couldn't really ask for much more.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010

PostHeaderIcon Synthaxx of Shadowsong of

Tonight has been a weird night. First, i've had lots of gold to sink into gems and stuff so i'm below gold cap. Then i've had 2 transfers to sort out for my Paladin and lock. My lock is staying unguilded for now though. I've renamed it too.

But, i'm over on Shadowsong now, some of the guildies who moved are as well and others will follow in the next days, and i'm now part of the guild . I'm really hoping this is the new start i've wanted for so long. Here's to the future!
Monday, 20 September 2010

PostHeaderIcon Lost in Time

Haha, wow. So, tonight, i've been taking it easy, getting ready for our guild move in a few days time. I've split the guildbank funds between the active people. It's around 15k gold each, so a fair amount each.

I'm now at 65k because of it, and being there's a gold transfer cap, i was looking for something to buy. So, i hearthed to dalaran and longingly stared at the tundra mammoth. I'd considered buying it before, but i'm really not sure if it'll be replaced by a flying vendor mount in Cataclysm, which would be better. Now, timing here was crucial. It was completely unplanned, but had i left even a second later, i'd have missed this opportunity.

I then flew to storm peaks. I was gonna check out the SoH rep vendor to see what i could buy. I flew over frosthold, looking down. I then turned my camera to look up and dead ahead, literally 20 yards, there it was. Time Lost Proto-drake. Not the corpse, it was actually alive and untagged. At this point, i got a sudden adrenaline rush of sorts and raced to pull it. Luckily, it was very close to a ledge, so i bodypulled, taunted, flew to the ledge, killed looted. And now, the mount i wanted right from the start of Wrath, i got it. It's kinda a good note to finish the expansion on, you know, getting everything you originally planned to get from the start, and finishing on a completely unpredictable note. Even if i never use it, the thought that i got this completely by chance after wanting it so long ago is rather settling. I'll finally be saying goodbye to unpredictable raiding schedules soon and raiding with a top guild. More details will follow on that soon. Roll on Cataclysm!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

PostHeaderIcon Char copied!

So, i finally got my character copied over to the PTR realm (EU-Brill for those interested), and i've started putting together a video demonstrating the mechanic changes. The major surprise of this video isn't the content. It's not the new (VERY AWESOME) intro i made for my Cataclysm series videos. No, it's that for the first time ever, i'm doing a voiceover for it. Yes, i finally decided it was easier to just speak than to try and fit 20 words on the screen and demonstrate what i want at the same time. Recording the audio so far was amusing, being that i kept slipping up and saying "Crudsader Strike". CRUD-SADER!

I must say, even though numbers are bugged, broken, and untuned, i'm quite impressed with the spec. Sure, it has some drawbacks, but it's also looking quite fun on initial view. I did a HoS heroic earlier. It wasn't fun. Currently, due to a developer change, the mobs in WotLK instances are doing around 4x as much damage as they should be. These normal trash mobs in HoS Heroic were hitting me for 7k. Sure, i have 57k HP with kings, but hitting for 7k at a time is damn painful. Apparently the trash before Marrowgar in ICC10, when enraged, will 1-shot tanks. Yep, trash eating through 65% mitigation from armor as well as 75-80k Health Pools. I can only imagine Festergut, oh that'd be lolarious.

Once they fix the numbers back to where they're meant to be, i'll be able to test things a little better. Until then, it's mechanics only, although that is proving interesting. Here's a quick rundown of what we lose and gain;
- We're losing between 3k and 6k armor
- Unidentifiable Organ no longer has armor on it
- We're gaining between 7-10k Health (if you're in raiding gear)
- We're losing a bit of AP, but not much
- Your block will likely have increased dramatically (i gained around 20% block chance!)

Essentially, our mitigation drops, but we gain a lot of HP, and blocks are worth something now.

I'll go into more details in the video, and demonstrate the mechanics we're getting.
Monday, 13 September 2010

PostHeaderIcon Pee Tea Are Tess Sting

So, PTR went up. Currently, we're having a real issue with the EU char copies; They. are. not. working. Like, at all.

When they do start working, i'll be on Syn trying out prot (as expected). I'm gonna try out some single target dummy damage, then some single-mob damage. Then some single-target with full vengeance. Then some AoE tanking. Then some PvP.

I've got a load of stuff in my bags currently on live ready for when it does get copied over. I've got my DPS gear ready, as it's got the same armor, more stam, and more offensive stats. I'm gonna try with my normal tanking gear, then with a few tank-gemmed DPS pieces, then full DPS prot gear.

Really, i just don't think avoidance will be valuable until 85, so full EH-TPS is the focus for now. I'll be aiming to try out Avenger's Shield as at level 10, it was dealing (AP*2)+1 damage. What i'll be looking at on my main, with my "optimal gear setup", will be something like 55k health, with around 9.5k AP with full vengeance (that's napkin math and purely speculation). People are reporting 30k ShoR crits on the PTR, which i'm gonna say is due to tuning not being done yet. AS is supposedly hitting for around 6k on the PTR, but i previously heard of 30k crits. I'll need to test that side out as well and mess around with glyphs and gems, etc.

I'll be trying to get a video of what we're looking at once EU character copy is working. Until then, i've got to just wait it out.

I'm excited, but it's kinda dulled down being that the guild is officially dead for raiding now and we're trying to find another guild to take us all. If i can't find one for all of us, i'll simply have to go alone.
Friday, 3 September 2010

PostHeaderIcon The future of Synthaxx

So, we've been in Cataclysm beta for a fair few months now, and they finally made level 85 available. Now, i can start considering my future as a player.

As you might expect, i'm sticking with my Paladin and i'm staying Prot spec. I just like the tree changes overall. I mean, wrath was major for tankadins. The next one makes it fun. You know, almost every talent in the new tree seems really fun. I look at each one in turn, and with only a few exceptions, they're damn awesome. Guardian's Favor, Protector of the Innocent, and to some extent Reckoning and Judgements of the Just, look boring, but everything else is essentially new and fun.

I'm liking the proc systems they're bringing in. Tanks didn't have any interesting proc-based weapons in ICC like casters did. Now, we get those awesome procs in our talents.

If we're aiming for a November release, i'm honestly expecting PTR during september.