Friday, February 5, 2016

Guildleader Chores - My mythic underwear feels a bit uncomfortable

Personally, I think people are now starting to enjoy our forays into mythic raids. It is a big change from 2 months ago when we had to drag people kicking and screaming to mythic. I'm not sure what changed - was it the success of raiding, or the settling in and getting used to everyone?

However, I constantly look at Onineko's point of view of raiding and think how I would be feeling in their position.

There are two conflicting things right now are:
  1. My own guildies being left out when they would like to (and are capable of) raiding
  2. An obligation to Onineko because we did start this mythic thing together and it seems unfair to have them sit out after they helped get it off the ground
Their tank has to DPS. The numbers they can bring are reduced. As far as I can tell, no officers are attending - though Peggy has Rank 2 status in Oni (which in Frostwolves is an officer rank) so perhaps he is one. If I put myself in that perspective, I would be not healing, I'd be DPSing, and it would be ugly. I'd look like a lousy player and probably feel like one too. Though, I would enjoy the raiding, and it would be a different challenge for me trying to better myself (or face the unhappy possibility that I wouldn't be allowed to raid because I'm such a carry).

We now field 14 Frostwolves regularly, with 5-6 Onineko players. This week they brought a mage guildie who they said was quite good, but she was a bit undergeared for mythic compared to the rest of us. I don't mind who comes, but one of their other players was not responding to tells, and the raid was filling quickly. I can't wait for people, it's first come first served. Unless you tell me you are going to be late, then I will not hold a place for you. And that happened to our own guildies too!

Bish was late, and I didn't even know if he was going to be on or not. Raid was full and I had to tell him he couldn't come, even though we could have used the extra healer for council. Actually, we probably NEEDED him for council, but I make no exceptions and Bish did say he was tired, after a long 13 hour day. After playing with him for 10 years, I know that if he's tired now, he will be a pumpkin at 10pm. I told him to go and sleep.

However, there were late people on the Onineko side also. One of them was rather disgruntled at being left out and told me that they were unhappy about that when I whispered him with a solution -  perhaps he could discuss with the mage who came and swap with them for their spot since he was raiding mythic previously and she wasn't (and I didn't think she'd mind), but he said he didn't want to join us for raids anymore. I accepted that matter-of-factly. It did make me worry though, if their disgruntledness would affect the others who were coming along.

I like that with my own guildies I can enforce some sort of attendance responsibility (and it works vice versa because they will wake me up if I've fallen asleep before raid time). I message them on Facebook, I call them on their phones, I dig them up on their alts on battlenet. And I can do that because they are my own guild. It also means they all know the consequences of their own actions. AFK more than 2 minutes and we drop you from raid. Turn up late to raid without warning then we assume you're not coming and replace you accordingly. But the long arm of Navi does not extend to other guilds.

I have done my best to make a raid work with what I have. It may seem mercenary of me to ask the remaining Barthilas people to come, but I like them, and they are welcome. I'm not trying to push them away, but I am trying to preserve my own guild so I have to preference my own people and raiders at the moment - well, at least the reliable ones! So far, Nez, Sonu, Peggy, Angry and Ang are constants that always come, so I always leave room for those 5 because they are super reliable. Angry missed one raid because he was late, playing some other game and maybe lost track of time and raid got filled, but since that time he has been ready well before raid time. Peggy is so eager that he hammers Xyn with invite spam and promotes as soon as the clock hits 845pm. You can't say that they're not ready to go. I treat them like surrogate guildies - I think of it a bit like school vacation care. These guys are here on holidays and I gotta keep them entertained, safe, happy and out of trouble until their parents come to take them home.

You know, I always feel a bit sad when someone is unhappy, and I tried to put myself in his place. If I was supposed to raid and I was late and missed out on a spot would I be upset and say I would not raid again? Personally, I would just make the effort to turn up earlier and be ready the next time. But that's just me. I can't imagine any of my guildies having a hissy fit for being left out for being late, because they'd know the onus was on them. Perhaps it was because that person had missed out a few raids now. Maybe they were like Moo, looking for an excuse to stop playing, with mythic being the only tether holding them tentatively to the game.

Right now our guild is doing its best to keep the guild busy and active. And it is. The socials have really boosted the guild activity. Social raids are going (even though it's Mythic difficulty but it's at a level where we are still overgearing it but still have some challenge to make it rather satisfying when we conquer stuff - more on that in another post) and everyone is having fun. I should be focussing on that. My main priority is my guild, my guild's morale and the guild environment. It feels like a better place now than it was in the 2 weeks after the announcement of the possible release date of Legion. If I focus on that, the positive, then it helps wash away the doubts and uncertainties that niggle in the corners of my mind. And I know that my optimism will get me through everything crappy that gets thrown my way.

Navi the reluctant Pet Brawler finally gets her Stunted Direhorn

The pet battle queue is so long these days, that I find myself sitting there not finding anyone to PvP pet battle with. Admittedly, the casual player would be turned off pet battles in PvP because teams with Graves seem to dominate the pet PvP scene. Me included.

Enter Tacky and Crooked.

Now we had tried to cheese fights before by queueing pet battles and then forfeiting for a win for our friends, and then battling the unknown real challengers when we got them in between. However, we did notice after a while that we NEVER got to battle certain people.

Tacky (or was it Crooked) had this theory about pet battle groups - maybe they gave you a number and you only got to pet battle others with the same number. It didn't seem to be btag related (which is what I thought at first) because I could still battle my friends on their SECOND accounts, but not on their main accounts.

But in the middle of my archaeology and pet battles, Tacky and Crooked managed to help me get my pet battles done., as I battled both of their 2nd accounts.

I've been running Graves, Lil' Tarecgosa and Dread Hatchling, which is a nice combination but annoying to everyone else.

Finally got that last elusive pet! Stunted Direhorn is mine!

So that puts me at a whopping 752 unique pets. The maximum you could possibly get is 756. I'm pretty sure I am up there for Oceanic realms, but phew, so many pets still to level!

My next pet goal is to get my Garrison monument for 2000 pet battles in Draenor. I am not even quite halfway there yet - but there is still a lot of time before Legion :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Those little things in game that annoy me

There are so many WHY things in the game, that I wonder about - has nobody else complained about this or wondered about it?

For example:

I often logout when I'm hovering in midair in flight form. If I log back into the game and I'm in the world, I will drop out of flight form and fall out of the sky. However, if I am flying over my garrison and logout, when I log back in, I'm still flying. WHY???

And then I have wondered this, for the whole of WoD:

Why are the portals in Warspear all over the place, like a goddamn treasure hunt? In Pandaria, it was all nice and civilised and in one room. Even in Orgrimmar, all the portals to Hyjal, Deepholm and Twilight Highlands was in one place.  It would have been nice if Warspear had portals to Dalaran and Shattrath as well, but no, we have to go back to Pandaria to do that. It's no wonder my hearth is still set to the Shrine of Two Moons in Pandaria!

Then I noticed these things in Timewalking dungeons this week:

Why does Ozruk not reflect my moonfire? This boss in Stonecore stuns you but if you dot him when he has Bulwark up it will reflect back to you. That's how I used to do it back in Cataclysm, but now, it reflects onto me but doesn't dot me and I get stunned! So unfair!

Tyrant's Decree is a bit buggy and in Timewalking it applies the full buff to the tank and they have 150k compared to the rest of us on 20k or so. Everyone was telling me to keep the tank's health about 60% or he would scale down. Well, it's actually rather hard to heal for that much health anyway because my heals are so puny when scaled, but I think it's a rather strange bug. It is obviously advantageous in timewalking when it gives you the massive health but it really shouldn't be working like that!

There is also one too many unnecessary steps in the Garrison pet battle daily. Why do I need to get a coin for winning, then hand that in to get a reward from the quest giver? Why can't I just receive the bag after I pet battle? Or just talk to the quest giver when I'm done battling? Why do I have to get that coin thing? If my bags are full, I can't do the daily.

And they STILL haven't fixed the fish turn ins for Nat Pagle. When will they just show the ones you have in your bag (like they do for Ashran alliance heads) instead of all of them?

Are there any little things in game still niggling at you that you wish were fixed?

Saturday, January 30, 2016

PvP - Our first guild RBG win!

With the change to conquest and with so many people wanting to PvP we decided to see whether we could get a guild rated battleground going. We managed to get 8 people together on Friday PvP night and pugged the other two to see how far we could get.

One of the pugs said "Wow, nobody in this group has any rating." Well, we don't RBG, that's why. This was our first go!

Our group consisted of Sev, Shab, Crooked (on Evident), Jazz, Nath, Sars, Tyefoods and myself.

We did our best to formulate plans, and with half of us on Discord and half of us not, the voice co-ordination was good, but we had to type to get the others to know what we were doing. Our first BG was Eye of the Storm and we managed to hold our two bases ok but couldn't control the middle, but then the fight turned around when Jazz and Nath assaulted Mage Tower and that threw people into a bit of a tizz. We managed to control 3 bases for the last part of the game and in a panic the other team capped the flag giving us the opportunity to grab it. Capping that flag won us the game!

For some of our guildies it was their first rated BG win, which was exciting! We queued for another after that which was Silvershard mines, and we did ok at the beginning, but by the end we were getting overwhelmed by the other team. I thought we were going to lose that game but suddenly Tye capped his cart and we won another!

That was 1200 conquest from just two rated battlegrounds. Wow. So much conquest! And we earned the guild 1500g.

We then lost the next two, as we came up across highly rated teams - a Silvershard mines and a Temple of Kotmogu where we were absolutely destroyed. It felt frustrating, but obviously they were very coordinated teams as their interrupts and focussing was very good. Crooked said that those last two rated battlegrounds were what he imagined RBGs to be like, and I guess in higher end RBG it is. Everyone would need to be on voice chat, and calling out targets. But, we're just casual PvPers, wanting to have a bit of fun, so we called it quits after that.

Crooked said that if you read about RBGs then you see lots of people whinging about kick bots. I had no idea what that was. But once I went to the forums to have a look, it was basically some third party program that would interrupt you as soon as you cast - and here I thought that was just excellent gameplay on their part?! Apparently using kick bot is a bannable offence.

So, it was quite easy to cap conquest after yesterday (I was already capped) but with arenas and Ashran as well, you really don't have to do much to reach cap. My Ashran attendance has dropped sharply now that I've finished my Nemesis, and I'm glad to say that I haven't needed the Ashran conquest to help me reach my cap. Nowadays I go in there trying to get bloody coins and every now and then I might get a couple.

We wound down with some normal BGs as well, and having Ultra healing on his shaman was just amazing. Why can't he play THAT toon during raids?? :P

So here's hoping that PvP Fridays will continue being popular. Damasu logged on super late so he missed all the RBG action but I did a few arenas with him (as BOOMKIN no less) and I played like an absolute noob but we won a few games so I could at least go to sleep with some sense of satsifaction!