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Nothing new to report, as it seems with several other bloggers, Real Life is deciding to slap me across the face and call me its bitch. I should be getting back into the groove of things soon probably to start posts about:

-Feral and Resto druid changes on the PTR
-Mages relative lack of change on the PTR
-My little brother’s account getting hacked
-GMs and why I hate them (possibly related to the above)
-Raiding burnout and impatience

Well, I’ll start posting this stuff soon.


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Is everyone broke?

People begging for money is getting more and more frequent. In fact, someone who left our guild because no one would give him money for his epic flying mount just whispered me the other day saying we were “like real good friends” when I actually told him several times that he could be kicked (this guy used to go afk for long periods without warning in raids, let his friend play his account, and begged for gold in guild chat) for any number of reasons. So he whispers me and acts all “buddy buddy” and, of course, I know where this is going. So I play along for a while, I guess you could say I pull a little “Greedy Goblin” on him and trail him along for a bit. So inevitably, the little jerk finally asks for gold, he still hasn’t gotten his epic mount. I decide to have some fun with him before putting him on ignore and I tell him to meet me in Dalaran to trade as blizz “screens the mail and deletes it to fight against gold sellers” which is somewhat true… Anyways we get there and I open trade with him and put 10k in the window. Yes I have it, no I’m not rich but I know what to do on the auction house to make money. The thing is, I never accept the trade. I actually go afk for a minute and make some food, do the dishes, etc. This guy apparently freaked and started messaging members of the guild. Heh, needless to say, he’s on ignore now but I’m doing this everytime I get a begger now, it’s just too fun not to.

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Love is in the air….

Conversation between my wife and I the other night.

Moo: You’re a punk.

Mrs. Moo: Yeah, well you’re a smelly punk now go to sleep.

Moo: I only smell because I sleep downwind from you.

Mrs. Moo: No no, you sleep downwind from me because I refuse to have it the other way. Now shut up and go to sleep.

Moo: But I’m hungry.

Mrs. Moo: Go to sleep Joshua or I will make you go to sleep.

Moo: How would you make me go to sleep? Tell me about your day?

Mrs. Moo: Oh yeah. I stayed home all day and played World of Warcraft, that’s WoW. I went and killed a bunch of allies and then the guild wanted me to tank stuff…. oh wait, no that’s your day.

Moo: Actually I only played WoW most of the day, the rest of the day I spent writing your suicide note.

Mrs. Moo: Bastard.

Moo: Good night sweetie.

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World of Warcraft Drinking games, bad ideas one and all…

This post is inspired by the mile high hangover caused by wednesday’s “The Ice Stone has melted.” spamathon (I wasn’t on last night, cursed thunderstorms/winds knocked my power out.)

Wipe a shot- Are you doing progression content? Do you desire a little pick-me-up everytime you die horrible to a Void Zone or to a Fire Wall or Malygos kicking your nuts in? Well, welcome to the solution! Organize the game on vent and let the drinking begin. Everytime you wipe, take yourself a shot of your favorite liquor and look forward to death! (Disclaimer: Depending upon the raid, this may be excessive. Please note that in multiple wipe encounters, participation in this game will likely lead to inebriation, more wipes, and eventually alcohol poisoning. If this is likely, please use something less potent than liquor, like… beer)

Battleground Drinking Blitz: Doing a BG? Find grinding BGs boring? Tired of being trounced? Enjoy yourself by taking a drink anytime the other team does something beneficial! Did they just cap the flag? Drink. Did they just knock down yellow? Drink. Did they just cap LM? Drink. Pretty soon you won’t give a shit that your faction sucks on your Battlegroup, hell, you probably won’t remember which faction you’re on! (Disclaimer: If your group sucks, seriously, you might want to switch to having a shot everytime you lose a battleground. It will prevent the stomach pump from coming out.)

And finally, the (now extinct) best drinking game ever! Drinking the Ice Stone: Hey it’s melted right? So that means we can drink it? I’m all out of Ice Stone…hmmm.. I have this whiskey here though. How about I just drink that every time I see that emote come up? Oops, there it is! *Shot* Woo, the Ice Stone replacement Whiskey is strong sh- Wait, it melted again! *Shot* Agh! Okay, now then, I was in the middle of Org with prefume on chatting up a…Hmm, again? *Shot* *Cough* Okay, sho thish herrr guard wash like-un mah perf- … FUCK! How many Aish Shtonesh are thurr!? *Shot* Uh… *thud* (Fastest drinking game ever, oh and yes, it took way more shots than 4 to do it but I don’t feel like typing that much.)

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Two drakes down, One to go

Yep, Synergized got our 2 drake accomplishment this weekend and your favorite cynical and yet adorable bear got the accomplishment “Gonna go when the Volcano Blows” even after staying alive the full fight (Sarth tank). Really, the main problem we were having was stupid mistakes; lava wave deaths, people dying to void zones. Finally though, we did it. I doubt we have enough DPS for 3 drakes though so I think we’ll have to hold off on that one for a while. Here’s hoping.

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Dear Blizzard

Hi there, it’s me. Look, there’s something you need to know… You’ve changed. I don’t know why or how but I have my theories.We used to have so much fun but ever since you started hanging out with that OTHER company, you’ve seemed restless and constantly in change. First you like arcane mages, then you don’t, now you really do. You buff the hell out of feral druids, then nerf their armor but to a point that’s still manageable, and now threaten us with further changes. Why? We used to have it so good. Sure there were the bad times (40 man raid groups, 3 day long Alterac Valleys) but there were also the good times (the sense of accomplishment and wild cheers on vent from downing Ragnaros the first time, knowing what your class did and didn’t do without a doubt, Karazhan). Now, you can’t seem to sit still. You’re flipping class mechanis around each month, giving and then taking away. I wish we could go back, I really do. I long to sit down and stare longingly at the screen for hours while I get ready to farm Essences or run a Heroic or take a trip through Kara. But no. We can’t go back. Instead, you promise me things will get better. You say Ulduar is going to be great. I say it’s too little too late. I say you neglected our relationship long enough and I’m just fed up with your constantly changeable moods.


I’ll stick around a few more months to check out Ulduar, but I’m doing it for the kids, Blizzard, not you.

Conditionally yours,


P.S. Plz cn I haz feral parry? Thanx joo.

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Normal OS+3 vs. Synergized

Well, we gave it a shot and got some good attempts in on our 10 man OS +3 but in the end, we lost it.

The problems we’re facing are not problems with the flame breath, fortunately.  I only got killed by 1 of those the entire 2 hours we attempted it (I had a dinner engagement so the group knew we only had a few to get it done).  The major problem is the adds. There’s just so many of them and they’re really difficult to deal with when you have to burn the drakes down as fast as possible.

The group was set up as follows:

Me- Feral tank on Sarth (50k-ish hp buffed)

Prot Pally- Blaze+ Whelp tank

Feral Druid- Drake Tank

3 healers- Shaman, Pally, Disc Priest

DPS- Rogue (anesthetic poison the enraged blazes), Mage, Warlock, Ret Pally

No one dps’d Sarth at the beginning of the fight as I had to drag him across his island to tank him properly (the little corner of the island that juts out a tad). The dps got into their positions and the drake tank waited for him to pop while the blaze tank gathered them up and the dps tried to down those before Tenebron popped.

Once Tenebron popped we had our first issue, snap aggro. The feral druid was having a slight problem getting good threat established on Tenebron as the dps is required to bomb the hell out of him as soon as he lands. I realize now my mistake. The druid was actually a boomkin using his relatively good feral gear and recpeccing specifically for this fight. I should have given him a better idea for getting aggro very quickly in that situation (Enrage> FF> Berserked Mangle Spam). This was a big factor in many of our wipes (we got it going a tad better once the rogue was Tricking onto the druid.) Once this was taken care of however, we found that the adds got to an almost unmanagable point.


So basically, we’re diagnosing the cause of our failures. Firstly, the all out dps at the start caused aggro issues, we’ve corrected this with TotT going to the drake tank. Positioning issues when Shadron came down were corrected by transitioning from spawn A to spawn B during the dps downtime during the firewall. Adds being enraged and killing the Add tank was corrected by the rogue Anesthetic poison shivving. Our next problem is the massive amount of adds that spawn. We can’t seem to figure out how to prioritize this one. If we kill the adds, the drake is alive far too long. If we focus the drake, the adds swarm to a ridiculous number and kill our tank.

If anyone has any advice on this one, please contribute. We’ve gotten this worked out a bit so far but the question of the adds has us a bit stumped.

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