Leveling Again (And Seriously, The Journey Needs Rethinking)

So back when I was leveling a druid alliance side, I was bitching and moaning about no aoe healing until the mid 70’s (which is bad), but at 15 (when dungeons unlock) is far worse.  I had two abilities when I entered my first dungeon: rejuvenation and swiftmend.  A hot and a 15 second cooldown heal.  With just those two heals, well, you’d better hope that nobody takes too much damage and just rely on the roflstomp nature of low level dungeons to get you through.

I got regrowth at level 18.  Now, I could heal a whole low level dungeon with just this one spell.  Inefficient and would probably run me out of mana, but at least I’d be able to cast something instead of saying “duhhh 5 more sec guys”.

Compare this to my disc priest who got flash heal as a baseline before even picking a spec and then received penance thereafter.  You can easily functionally heal with just those two spells at low levels.  (Edit: I should add that even before flash heal, I got the Bubble.  Worship the bubble.  But it’s not a spammable heal and would run into the same problems as swiftmend.)

The first spell a healer should reasonably get is the simplest: the single-target spammable heal.  This is just basic logic.  Grrr.

Priests and Stuff

Why do all the decisions in my life come down to cute versus functional?

I really wanted to play a goblin because they are super cute and I like the personality. But my healing choices with them are shaman and priest.  I like shaman, but its output is lackluster and I know that I’m not enough of a superstar to compensate.

Priest… well I used to play a priest.  And I liked it. And I’m good at it.1  However, the changes (and not-changes!) to priest are displeasing to me.2

Should I list my whines?  Oh sure, why not.

Feathers on the ground.  That’s the solution for getting out of the bad.  You know what my solution is?  People should move their fucking characters and get out of the bad.  If they don’t see the bad seeping into their own ankles they sure as shit aren’t going to see a feather on the ground and use it to escape (since apparently they aren’t looking at the ground, which is the entire problem).

Thank the all powerful atheismo for rocket boots.  Also Glyph of Restored faith.  That’s right, I won’t be saving your ass.  You’ll be saving mine. Thanks!3

Weaving in DPS.  This shit again?  Sigh.  And now the dps doesn’t even do reasonable healing, it’s just a side chore to do in your copious spare time.  Because healers have so much time to piddle around with dps.

That rules out discipline.  Srs.

Weakened Soul.  This is nothing new, and I’m not sure how else one would limit shielding, but it’s a huge pain in the ass.  It means that stacking disc priests is hard, and body & soul for getting out of bad purposes is unworkable.  Oh wait, I forgot, feathers.

Reason #2 why discipline is not working for me.

 CC “choices.”  So now I can’t have psychic scream and mind control at the same time?  that’s bullshit right there.  How the hell am I going to fear someone and THEN mind control him off a cliff?  Spoiling all my FUN, Blizzard!

That dumbass shadowfiend remains.  Seriously, I hope they improved the AI on that, because mine was always wandering off and getting me no mana – but bringing me some new and exciting friends who wanted to make my acquaintance by biting my face off.

The Lolwell.  I have no doubt that it is actually useful now.  Still, I find it amusing that it took how many years to get it to be not-sucktastic.

But wait, there’s a glyph that reverts the lightwell to its former version that people are supposed to click.  Which they never did.  I’m laughing so hard right now.

 In conclusion…  I say that I can deal with disgusting troll feet and be a druid.

  1.  Shut up, I totally am
  2. Granted some changes happened in pandaland, but I wasn’t here for pandaland, so all of them get lumped together.
  3. Now I just have to target someone who doesn’t stand in bad.  So thehusband is out.

The Balance Druid Deal-Breaker

I managed to talk people into messing about on the horde side with my incessant QQ about being super-bored with the alliance.  7 years in wow, all alliance, I think it’s time for a change.1

As another change of pace, I decided to try to level my troll druid as balance rather than feral.  At level 10 I picked balance and went off to blast the shit out of things.  I had a nice sun/moon thingy tracker and was ready for action.

I got into combat and this giant fucking orb appeared over my head.  I have to turn THAT off, I said to myself, I just need to find out which addon it is.  Blizzard effects off, check.  It’s not supervillain.  It’s not droodfocus it’s… At which point I alt tabbed out to Google F Search and discovered to my horror that it’s just baked into the game above your character’s head and it will always be there without any way to suppress its idiocy.

I ran screaming for the nearest druid trainer so I could swap back to feral.  Experiment over.  Since I failed to take a screenshot of the godawful ball of evil in my haste to get rid of it, here is a dramatic reenactment, for posterity:

troll

Epic art!

  1.  P.S. Fuck you, Varian!

Garrison Hiatus

A bunch of other bloggers noticed this post at the wow forums, and it blew my mind.  Read it.  GO NOW.

It’s all important but here is what struck me:

People hate the sense that a reward dangled right in front of them will be lost permanently if they fail to act. The Garrison chores are a perfect example of this… Not doing the task to get the reward makes you feel like you’re stupidly giving up a gain.

Oh. Snap.

Granted, I don’t have much time to play, but when I log in, I first do my garrison stuff.  There are a bunch of dots on the map and blinky things telling me that my idiots are done.  And it’s right there, so I should stop being lazy and just get it.

No no no!  This is not what I want my limited game time to become.

Garrison, it’s not you, it’s me.  I need a break.

If I feel a compulsion to gather rewards right in front of me, and I do feel that compulsion, the trick is to make the rewards not be in front of me.  This week, I will log out of the game in Ashran. When I log back in, I will not be there to see the dots of unpicked resources taunting me.  I will find other ways to amuse myself.

But not fishing.  Fishing sucks.

A Second Garrison

I spend way too much time in my garrison, as evidenced by this unfortunate selfie of my druid dancing in deer form and my mage husband doing an illusion to do the same.

doubledeer

I have no idea what insanity came over me, but I suddenly decided that I needed MORE idiots to send out.  And so my 90 monk started the climb.

Why, just why?

I had forgotten how shitty garrisons look at first.  Never fear, I found pepe, at least, so it felt like home.

zelshapepe

 

What Is Community Worth?

I’m just as dismayed as anyone else that WoW Insider is being forced to close up shop.  But this is a symptom of a bigger and more insidious problem: community as profit.

We had a major hub of the community, and it got shut down because it wasn’t making enough money.  Our community is at the mercy of people staring at spreadsheets.  Why should we start to congregate somewhere new, which is necessarily large and therefore likely to be a major company’s project, only to have it yanked out from under us?

I’ve seen this happen before and no doubt it will happen again.  The best we can do is to support the independent sites that foster community and hope to hell that they don’t shut down – but at least if they do, it won’t be because some mega-company pulled the plug.

Around The Garrison

Due to the annoyances of real life, I haven’t been doing much more than sending out my idiots to get me goodies in my garrison.  At least they can slog away getting me gear while I can’t be there.

I have no idea how someone could possibly keep up with more than one garrison.  Mine is at least a half hour a day, even when I’m being super-fast.

Master Plan

Master Plan is the best addon ever invented ever.  Seriously, it takes all the work out of missions.  I liked, at first, assembling my teams carefully based on traits, but that gets old pretty fast.  Also the “yay we win” screens are annoying.  Master Plan gives you suggested teams for missions and fast mission completion.  Yes please.  It looks like Blizzard is streamlining the interface in Patch 6.1 to look more like Master Plan.

Trading Post

The trading post is great.  Don’t think of it as generating resources for your garrison.  Think of it as trading shit you don’t need for shit you do need.  Every day, they take a different resource.  I got level 2 (totally worth it), so I can have 14 work orders at a time, meaning I can simply SKIP the days where they take resources that I don’t have (particularly draenic dust and sumptuous fur) and it still keeps cranking out boxes from the previous day’s orders.  Now, I need sumptuous fur to keep the hubby happy, so when Trader Yula arrives, I stock up.  She sells the furs for 20 boxes.  This works for just about any resource that you need: remember which idiot sells it for 20 boxes, buy it up on that day of the week.  MAGIC.

Lumber Mill

What the… why are you guys just standing there?

lumbermill

Nice photobomb, Pinchington

Barracks

I got the tier 3 barracks because I had too many followers.  In exploring, I realized it has a tiny basement jail with one prisoner, no doubt illegally detained.

prisoner1

prisoner2

And there’s the stink bucket.  Great.

prisonerbucket

The UN will be sanctioning me right and left for prison conditions.  There goes my trade agreement for sumptuous furs.

More Fishing. Clearly, I am an Idiot.

I got Draenor Angler, because I wanted to catch the big fishies in my garrison pond (so I never have to go out and fish elsewhere again, like I just did for the achievement).

draenorangler

After that, I wasn’t too enthused about tracking down Nat Pagle, but I did have 24/25 followers, so I could use another one.  I had to chase him to Pandaria where I met this charming fellow.

Oh. Ha. Ha.

Oh. Ha. Ha.

 

Then Nat sends me out to every zone to catch fish, because I didn’t JUST do that for Draenor Angler.  Whatever, jerk.

Fishing (in hordie territory, in a swamp that looks like pee) with my good luck charm, Pepe, and my companion crab, Pinchington.

Fishing (in hordie territory, in a swamp that looks like pee) with my good luck charm, Pepe, and my companion crab, Pinchington.

Now he’s my follower.  He’s not the most useful guy on the block, but he sells a land shark.  Guys, LAND SHARK.

land shark

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, shut up, you’re a fetus.

Last point is fishing quests.  I was doing the fishing daily for my garrison pretty regularly while I was leveling up fishing.  However, even when I’m maxed out, I still do it because I get 2-5 primals out of the backpack of goodies – and it costs me no time.

See, I never gutted those fishies that I grabbed for Draenor Angler.  They’re sitting in my bank.  So when I get a quest for Fat Finless Blimper Eggs, I go to my bank, gut the appropriate fish (usually twice) and then hand in the eggs to doofy when I return to my garrison.  Easysauce.

I also got Pinchington the crab, my new favorite pet, out of one of the packs.

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