The all new BMW class

A while back I mentioned my fetish for alts, well that bug bit again and I started another character, namely:

Brewmaster

Mistweaver

Windwalker

The ol famous Monk, I decked him out in a plethora of Heirlooms and headed into Azeroth for some Kung Fu fighting. I decided that Human was the best way to go; every man for himself is just too difficult to give up in PvP.

After 10 hours /Played, I’ve managed to get myself to level 40 and what’s no to love about this class. I’ve always favoured mobility and the Monk has it all, Roll, Tiger Lust and Flying Serpent Kick. I just love zooming all over the place.

    

 

I’ve forgone any professions right now in favour of just getting to level 90. I want an unhindered path to top level, no distractions whatsoever; he hasn’t even stepped into a battleground. I’ve specialised Windwalker, yes I could go Brewmaster for instant Queues, but to be honest, questing along with odd Instance is giving more than enough XP.

Considering that I’m not doing any PvP during levelling, I might just race swap to a panda for the additional food buff from Epicurean and increased rested XP from Inner Peace.

I’m looking forward to reaching 90 on my Monk, this would make it number 4 when I get there.

Moving to the Far side

I’m having a bit of a paradigm shift in my Warcraft game play. I’ve spent much of my time as everyone is aware in the PvP world with an almost complete disregard for PVE. The time however has come for me to try focus a bit more attention to Raiding. I feel like I’m missing out on a good 70% of what Warcraft is all about.

One of the decisions leading up to this was is probably the maturity levels I’m finding in random BG’s. I’m not saying that LFR and Raiding has a more mature base, it just feels like PvP has become a kids game. They are horrendously immature and completely unstructured.

I’m a IT Project Manager by profession so you can understand that my world needs to be planned and structured. The other problem I’m finding is that guys are not letting you into RBG’s either if you haven’t got the gear levels or correct social standings. It’s a bit of a small group that’s hard to break into.

This however is not my main reason for the foray into PVE; I just want to experience the game at a deeper level and experience the Lore.

My deciding factor now is which class should I PVE with. I currently have the following choices.

  • Death Knight (Frost / Unholy)
  • Paladin (Retribution)
  • Druid (Feral)
  • Shaman (Elemental / Restoration)

I’m kind of leaning towards my Shaman purely because everyone is always short a healer. If there are more experienced PVE players out there, let me know which is a better class.

Falling Behind

Now that I have a mouse again I dived straight into my usual PvP addiction, however, it looks like my three weeks away from gaming has put me on the back foot. I was very rusty indeed, it’s like I had never entered a BG in my life before.

I felt like a complete and utter amateur out there, I’m average geared with full Malevolent items. I can’t see how I could fall behind that quickly. The only toon that did ok was my Druid, but she’s the worst geared of the lot, she still has some green items. Have pallies been nerfed in any way? I can’t see that that has happened at all.

My Naga is here

Well I’ve eventually got my Razer Naga mouse replaced with the 2012 edition Naga. It’s taken almost three weeks; the original supplier couldn’t get the mouse for me which delayed the entire process. By chance I found the new suppliers of all things Razer. In the process of installing my mouse, I also updated all my Razer items to Synapse 2.0; my only issue is that I can’t seem to get my Ananzi Keyboard to work on the new software.

What this delay meant was that I was relegated to playing on low level alts. My level 90’s sat and gathered dust for three weeks. I also have a level 84 Shaman that I’ve been chomping at the bit to level but without the right mouse, it was impossible to play.

Bad week on the PC front

Well it was a bad week on the PC front this week. First I had my Razer Naga break on me. Secondly my LED monitor decided to stop working.

Trying to play wow on a standard mouse is challenging to say the least. Hence I’ve only payed on some low level alts until as such time as my new mouse arrives. My biggest problem is that I can’t buy the mouse locally, so it’s going to take about a week to get shipped to me.

On a path with the Elements

In one of my previous posts I mentioned that I would either continue to level my Monk or Shaman. Well I’ve found the Shaman style more to my liking. I’ve got him to level 82, An Enhancement Dwarf at that. Now in a PvP role I’ve always found him to be very squishy with a medium amount of burst. To be fair he was in level 70 PvP gear all the way to 80.

Now that I have level appropriate gear I’m finding that I’m not nearly as easy to take down as before. Also with getting Unleashed Elements I now push out way more burst. From a survival aspect I’ve changed to Astral Shift which I’ve macro’d into Shamanistic Rage.

        

 

Levelling is a lot faster than what I remember, specifically the Cataclysm part. I got through 80 and 81 in record time and it didn’t feel like I was even grinding. I did the Mount Hyjal quest line; I have a thing for Druids and their Lore.

A favourite quest line

While levelling my Shaman last night, I got to wondering what my favourite quest line has been during my time in Azeroth. There are a number that come to mind. Two of the quest lines were specific to the Paladin class and are no longer in the game.

The first one was the Verigan’s fist quest line; this was my first blue item that I received in game. In fact I still have it on my US Based account in the Bank

My second class quest was to obtain my charger at level 60. A lot of people moaned that a Paladin got a free Mount at what was max level. If I’m not mistaken most mounts at 60 cost in the region of 600 Gold.

This doesn’t sound like much but back in Vanilla it was a ton of money. What people forgot was that the quest line made you buy a ton of items that at the end of the day cost about the same anyway. The quest line was still epic though and there was this real sense of achievement.

This last quest line is still in game and one that I completed again last night namely Crusader Bridenbrad. There is a real life story behind this quest that’s really touching, it’s better explained in the URL that I ever could, just go into the comments for the full story.

 

Up to Three

Prior to me taking a break from WOW, I had a level 85 Druid hanging around as my Bank alt. She did inscription so would sit in Stormwind making and selling Glyphs. I decided to level her to 90 which I finally achieved this past Sunday. My Druid was my main during Cataclysm; it was during that time I made my most amount of Gold from the Auction House.

Going into a battleground as a fresh 90 with Crafted gear is a rude awakening at best. Thank goodness for stealth and the Night Elf racial of Shadow meld, gets me out of trouble a lot.

I originally levelled my Druid as a Tauren Tank just to get instant Queues for 5 mans. Also most of my friends were Horde at the time.

My next character to 90 will either be my Monk or Shaman, I’m leaning towards the Shaman but time will tell. People probably think that I’m crazy to have so many alts; I find it almost easier to level a character than to gear one out. Also I get bored easily and need something new to play with.

What it really helps with is understanding what other classes do so that I’m better able to play against them in PvP.

There and back again

So I’ve spent some time away from both gaming and blogging, the blogging portion was not intended at all and it’s a part of me that I’ve sorely missed. In my last blog post which was published at the end of February, I was hoping to do some gaming in Guild Wars 2. I attempted the game, loved the graphics but just could not get into it at all.

Here are some of my main reasons for this (The Bad)

  • My main thought on this is that the movement mechanics felt restrictive. In WOW I used the strafe keys a lot so when I want to strafe in Guild Wars 2, it felt unresponsive, as if there was this pregnant pause before your character would move. I know the mechanic in GW2 is to roll to the sides; it’s something I haven’t quite mastered as yet.
  • The second and more annoying item was the fact that I could not zoom out very far from my character. It’s like playing a Tauren close up, you can’t see the rest of the screen. I like to have a high level overview of my environment, In essence the view felt claustrophobic.
  • I’ve always enjoyed the economy in WOW. It’s a game within a game for me and GW2 just doesn’t have the same appeal in this regard.
  • I enjoy healing classes and GW2 has a different mechanic, notice I did not say a bad way, just a different way of using the trinity.
  • No low level instances.

There are many features in GW2 that are really cool (The Good)

  • Crafting for example is way better than WOW. The idea that everyone can mine a node or chop a tree at the same time is so cool, and gives good XP while doing so.
  • Events are really smart and one of my favourite parts of the game, also a great source of XP
  • The idea that when you are in a specific zone, a higher level person is put at the same level as you.
  • It’s free, no monthly subs
  • Did I mention the graphics are fantastic

There are many other items in these lists; these are just my high level thoughts.

With all of this being said, I’ve re-subbed to WOW again. I’ve missed the place, it’s not just a game, it’s an eco-system, and there is something that keeps pulling me back. I haven’t stopped playing GW2; I need to give it a chance, I’ve given WOW 8 years so a few months is hardly fair.

So it’s been awhile since my last blog

So yes, I’ve had a couple of weeks from hell. Work has been taking over my life to the point that I’ve not had much time for anything else but eat, sleep at go to work. As I mentioned towards the end of last year, we are busy putting in a new credit card system which has ramification throughout Africa. We are getting to crunch time so I’ve had no life for the last little while.

What I’ve done now is that after six of Warcraft the time has come to retire from the game. There have been many reasons for my decision. One of them being that I’m just gotten bored with the setup, tine is a major problem for me as well. As much as I love the game, and believe me I have many cherished memories, I just feel now is the right time to quit. It doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop gaming completely, just that I want to explore other avenues.

I big point of me leaving is that all my friends have stopped play, and let’s be honest, the main reason one plays is to spend time with mates in game. I find more and more that guilds are not what they used to be, one ends up in almost a sterile environment where nobody chats anymore, and if they do it’s generally that someone needs a favour. I remember my first guild, it was vibrant and people were excited to be in a guild, did activities together, now it’s just min max and nothing more.

So yes on Thursday my subscription runs out, it’s a very sad moment for me as I’ve had such an absolute blast playing WOW, I’ve met some great people across both Europe and the United States.

As I mentioned earlier, this doesn’t mean that I’ve stop playing MMO’s and other games. In fact I’m busy putting what little tine I have into two other games. Namely Crysis 3 and Guild Wars 2, I love the graphics of Guild Wars 2, they have really done a fantastic job in that department. There are a lot of items that do need improving to be on par with Warcraft, and no I’m not comparing the two with each other. They are two different styles of gameplay that one needs to take cognisance of. Possibly because GW2 is different, that’s what draws me to it. I’m not going to become a hater of WOW at all, not going to fall into that trap.

I’m only level 10 at the moment so I’m by no means an expert with the game, far from. I love the fact that depending on the weapon equipped, you get a different set of abilities to use, which is really a clever setup. Also it takes away from the clutter that one can get in MMO’s.

Lastly a number of friends have moved across to GW2, and they have been begging me to join them for a while now. The guild I’m in comprises mainly of South African players, so it has a really good local feel to it, I fact we are big enough to warrant a visit from an Arenanet Dev to do a meet and greet.

So my future blogs will have a more GW2 and to a lesser extend Crysis feel to it.

Thanks for reading, hope to hear from you all soon.

Sojourner