Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Raiding - And that makes Ten

You know that feeling of stupidity that you get when people tell you how easy something is but you can't seem to get it even after multiple goes?

Well, we had that with Fel Lord.

On normal, it's easy.  I didn't even fully understand the mechanics of it and we just brute forced it. Something about pillars needing protection and don't get hit by purple waves emanating from the boss and from seeds and from tank.

So then we went to do that on heroic.  And NOW I understand the fight a bit more.

Fel Lord makes these swirly fissures and a big pointy crystal comes out of it.  If you stand in swirly, you absorb the energy and get a debuff (latent energy) and no big pointy crystal comes out.  You can control where one pops by leaving a swirly on its own.  If you absorb all swirlies the crystal pops up randomly.

Those crystals and the person who soaked a swirly contain latent energy, and if the player or a pillar gets hit with Zakuun's purple waves (Wake of Destruction) then they do raidwide damage, so you don't want the pillars to get hit with Wake, nor do you want players debuffed with latent energy to get hit by wake.

And really, that's all there is to it.

Lots of thing make the wake though.  Fel Lord does it periodically. Tanks get sent to another zone and when they pop out they release a wake.  Seeds of Destruction are placed on a few players and they need to run the hell away from the pillars and people because they chuck out wakes as well.

Now it all sounds nice and easy doesn't it?  Oh and I forgot, there is a debuff (Befouled) that you have to heal off as well, and it also explodes once you heal it off, damaging playes 6 yards around you.  Melee obviously need to move away when the debuff is about to be healed off.

There are things I don't understand about the fight, and I'm sure I'll understand it one day. Crooked said it in raid and I have to admit, I had been wondering it myself.  We tank Zakuun right next to one of those pillars, and was that because people are standing between Zakuun and the pillar?  Or was it so people could have better places to put their Seeds of Destruction because if we were far from the pillar, where would those seed people go?

Anyway, after 2 0% wipes on Thursday we came back on Monday and got it down.  I was a shocker on Thursday, getting hit by Wakes constantly and dying.  I was better on Monday, but I still don't feel like the fight is quite right yet.  But it's dead, and dead is good.

A friend of mine (the Guild leader of another guild) told me hat they killed it easily in only 5 attempts or something.  It makes me wonder if we have some fundamental flaw in our technique, or maybe everyone is still getting used to the encounter. And that is what got me down a bit.  How stupid are we that this easy fight took us so many attempts??

But, that makes ten, so I'll happily take that.  Yay Frostwolves!

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Frostwolf Transmog for a Frostwolf Guild leader

I have enough bag space issues as it is, and Kyxyn was nagging me about getting the Battlegear of the Frostwolves, which is transmog gear that you buy from Shadow Hunter Denjai in Tanaan when you are revered with Vol'jin's Headhunters.

"I think that the GM of Frostwolves should dress like a Frostwolf," he said.

And so I complied.

It's actually more of a war harness type of outfit, but I am not a fan of showing off my fur, especially in the midriff where my fur is a slightly different colour to my legs.  It's just not a very good look.  I does look better if I have the reddish colour.

But! Brawler's shirts to the rescue again!

This time I am wearing Sightless Mantle and I am doing something different - I'm using a fist weapon and offhand.  I actually don't have many fist weapons to transmog to, so I bought Claws of Agony off the AH for a very reasonable price. And I'm using Book of the Dead as my offhand transmog - I have so many different coloured books in my bags for transmog!

I'm sticking to Wolfshead Helm for now as the helm mog and I think it looks alright for a Frostwolf GM, don't you?

PvP - Hard achievements knocked out for all

Friday night PvP was not only a lot of fun, we even managed to get some cool achievements!

The night started off surprising because Shab thought we could give it a go doing boomkin, afflock and resto druid arenas.  I was not very keen but after we won the first one it was encouraging, and we also won a second, but then they figured it out and we couldn't beat them anymore.  Time for some BGs!

We had some good wins and some lousy ones, but the theme seemed the same - a paucity of healers on horde side, so luckily me and Shab were both queuing as heals.

We got into a Gilneas and a rogue there seemed excited to have healers, and it was a good BG because people were listening to calls for defence, even though we had a few zergs and were losing for a bit.  However, we managed to claw back to two bases even though we were far behind, and I wasn't sure we could win.  2 bases tick at 3 per tick compared to 1 base with 1 point per tick and as we reached 1430 it was clear that we were going to win if we could hold our 2 bases, and it was exciting as we overtook them at 1480.  I was practically screaming in excitement!

Now why would I be screaming?

I forget how many years ago it was when I was PvPing with Shab and we were in Gilneas and we were winning but Alliance capped a flag we were at and I said to Shab "Leave it, we'll still win, I want the achievement Jugger not," as we would have won it with less than 100 points ahead of alliance.  He poo-poo'd me and recapped the flag saying he wouldn't throw a game just for an achievement.  Since then, every time we do Gilneas I say "Remember when you wrecked my achievement...?"

And we have done a LOT of Gilneas. So that's a lot of nagging and moaning, on my part.

So, when we did get the achievement I was so bloody happy.

We all got the achievement and Shab got Master of the Battle for Gilneas as well. Then I decided to go on and on at him about that achievement and how we missed out on it years ago...  lol, worst friend ever.

Crooked joined us later and we went into Silvershard mines and he thought he would try again to get Mine Cart Courier. Sev went with him and together they managed to turn the cart at the last few seconds.  They had a good run after that, getting all the carts and alliance were rallying near the end.  They both got their achievement and I was pleased for them, and Shab said as long as we win, he doesn't mind achievements.

We would win it with one more cart.  Sev switched the east track to go back down towards lava and then we decided to hold that cart. However, Alliance switched it back and suddenly we were heading towards the top, and they controlled two carts and would win.  We won in the nick of time, right before Alliance's cart was captured.  Phew!

I was complaning that I wanted a flag running BG and suddenly WSG popped. Sev was being silly and running into some boxes near the door to head out, and he looked like he was disconnecting.

"Err.. I'm stuck," he said, as he tried turning and twisting his way around.  Eventually he managed to back himself out, by walking backwards. Crooked ran in there and he got stuck too. I was laughing - was he going to be stuck there for the whole time?  Fortunately for Crooky he managed to get free when the doors opened.

Some people in the room were talking in /say about us being silly, and one of them spat on me (and apologised instantly).  Well, we'll show them we aren't just a bunch of idiots. At first a hunter took the flag then ran away from me and unsurprisingly, he died. After that one of us ran it and we won that WSG 3 to 0.

All in all, it was a good PvP night!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Navi's Legion Commentary Series - Part 3: PvP Honour system version 3

One of the big changes that they said was coming with the expansion was changes to the PvP system and honour.

Some people may not have been around when PvP version 1 was around.  There are a number of veterans around who will talk about those days where you had to basically PvP 24/7 in BGs to be able to get enough kills to be ranked #1 for the week and be the High Warlord. Many veteran Frostwolves will remember Aoitora, who managed to get High Warlord with the original system.

But achieving that was pretty horrendous. Nobody could get it unless you played 24 hours a day, get your friends to play for you etc. And it would pretty much burn you out and it could even turn you off PvP forever...

So they introduced a new honour system in BC, with honour points where you could buy gear with honour points. They also made a separate currency, conquest points, which could buy you better gear and was for the less casual PvPer.  That system has lasted until present day.  You earn honour and conquest doing PvP or dailies, and you buy stuff with your points.

PvE had a similar system with Justice points and Valour points, but that system has been gone for a while, and now Blizz is saying that PvP should follow suit.

What they are introducing NOW for PvP is a total revamp of the system, and I must say that I am excited about the change.

There will be a different talent system and ranks to work through for PvP.  Special talents just for PvP. And to get stronger in PvP it will be about you levelling and getting to 50, not about your gear, which is .. different.  PvP has always been about being strong by getting better gear, and they want to change that with the new expansion.

So what is good about this?

What I think is good about this system is that it is supposed to be totally separate to PvE. There are some funny talents that I have that are pretty pointless in PvE and are great for PvP.  It's nice now that they will be only used for the PvP side of things (seriously, when would I use Nature's Grasp in PvP?).  You can still casually PvP, but to do well in PvP you would have to level through these ranks to get access to the cool abilities.

Another good thing about it is that some of the "necessary" things that we use for PvP (like trinkets for stun and silence breaking) will be come talents so we don't have to burden ourselves with that trinket anymore.

Thirdly, it looks like we can use our current gear for PvP, much like we do now. In WoD, PvP gear did this scaling in battlegrounds/arenas thing to make them equivalent to mythic item level gear. I think that was so that people who were hardcore raiders couldn't just wander over to PvP in their awesome gear and outdo everyone, even hardcore PvPers who didn't do PvE, as gear would get them through the fight.

There are a few things that I don't quite understand yet or am unsure about.

The prestige rank system unlocks cosmetic things such as weapons and mounts, and you can get rid of your honour ranks you have earned to get these things. It sounds to me like that is cool if you want to PvP for looks, but doesn't that mean you will have no talents for PvP now because you got rid of them all?  So how are you supposed to PvP effectively if you don't have those level 50 talents you unlocked?  Perhaps I am misunderstanding it, and you keep all those level 50 things but now your honour is being used to unlock these ranks instead of contributing towards your level 50 PvP.

The other thing that I don't quite understand or that I'm worried about is that now GEAR won't be the issue, it will be levels.  So you were scared to PvP before because you didn't have gear and you would be mown down in 3 seconds?  Well, now you will be level 1 and out there someone will be level 50 and they will mow you down in 3 seconds. Have we just swapped one thing for another? So gear doesn't matter now, but level does?  And how are you going to get levels if you're dying all the time because someone out there is way better PvP talents than you?

The real question is - if you weren't a PvPer, would these changes make you want to PvP? And if you do PvP do you think of the changes?

I asked Shab, because he only PvPs and does no PvE (what legendary ring, he has said previously).  He says that he hates that gear limits you and he thinks the ranks thing will be a good thing. Sev seemed unsure and said it was too early to tell.  I always like new things to try, so I am eager for the change and look forward to trying it.  I wonder if I'll enjoy levelling in PvP more than I enjoy levelling in PvE?