Tagged: Pandaria

Hordely an Alliance…

Ha.. play on words…

Recently I read a post on a blog called “Be MOP” (go forth a read this blog, it’s awesome) Regarding whether or not there can be peace on Azeroth. It brought to light some of my own feelings, especially given my faction change at the end of Wrath from Horde to Alliance (to play with friends… I miss my Taurens so much)

As I type, the war in Pandaria rages on. Horde and Alliance fighting along the beach front of Krasarang wilds, each one trying to gain as many resources as possible to aid in their war effort. This is nothing new, we have seen this before, even without the quest lines to play it out for us. I remember my first foray into Ashenvale and coming across the Warsong Lumber Camp. There were no quests here for me, but it still intrigued me. It was gritty, and filled with orc peons (haha peons…) wandering around gathering lumber. But what for?

I guess the thing that jumps to my mind is that the leader of the Horde is not a king, a prime minister, or… I dunno… a Tsar! They’re a warchief. So as far as the Horde is concerned, they’re always preparing for war, whether there be one or not. It is the essence of the Horde. To fight. The original Horde arrived in Azeroth, tainted with demon’s blood and hungry for battle. So it goes without saying that the two factions will never truly live in peace, the sins of the fathers and such.

However the tenuous relationship between the Tauren’s and the Horde is becoming more and more strained. The tauren’s are indebted to the Horde for helping them drive back the centaur and reclaim the plains of Mulgore, however when Garrosh killed Cairne, the anger and betrayal that ripped through the Tauren’s was horrific. Garrosh caused the rift to begin with, by heeding Magatha Grimtotem’s offer of ‘help’, thereby allowing her to strike the fatal blow, through Garrosh’s hands. With Cairne dead, Magatha then attacked Tauren towns and destroyed them, hoping to kill Baine at the same time.

Some may say that Garrosh atoned for that by refusing to aid Magatha in her defense of Thunder Bluff when Baine launched his assault on it to take it back, however he also did not offer any aid to Baine, even though it was Garrosh’s hand and actions that brought this upon the Tauren.

I’m getting a touch off track here.

It just seems that this expansion is not just about the war between the two factions, but also the tenuous relationships that hold them together. Everyone knows Garrosh has to go… it’s pretty much inevitable. He’s a warmongering, blood thirsty leader and as such is leading his Horde the same way that they were lead by Blackhand (although under the influence and power of Gul’dan) he wants war. He wants to own everything. He is ruthless in his onslaught, seeking out anything and everything that can aid him in his conquest of the alliance, Azeroth, and now Pandaria.

Garrosh

Then we have the Alliance. All bright n shiny! Ooooo shiny…

Even they’re having their fair share of in house arguments at this time. I have just finished my shieldwall quests and the story the evolved from those was a very engaging one. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Seeing the change in Varian, brought about in part by Anduin, has been interesting. This then follows to the change in Jaina Proudmoore. Normally so collected, and calm… the betrayal from within her own Kirin’Tor by the Sunreavers has all but left her, what appears to be, a little mad. I can’t say as much on this point as I am yet to read “Tides of War” but it’s almost like she’s finally let the anger, and rage that has been following her around since her childhood, and then early adulthood regarding Arthas/The Lich King, then the destruction of her home Theramore has gotten the better of her.

******SPOILER ALERT******

There is a questline within Shieldwall that takes you to Darnassus. It is here that you learn the Divine Bell that the Alliance (you) had found and then had spirited away, was in fact being housed and protected in the Elven City. However it has been taken. You follow Jaina on a tracking mission only to come across a portal to Dalaran. In that instance Jaina seems to snap. She realizes that people from within the Kirin’Tor (the Sunreavers) were behind the theft, and thus have been enfolded into the Horde. She goes on the warpath back in Dalaran, and sends you to kill high ranking Sunreaver’s throughout the Magic City.

All through the last part of this quest line, Jaina is disregarding everything Varian is saying to her. In essence she is operation on her own, not heeding any advice from anyone. The once stalwart, impartial Mage, she is now a woman scorned, mobilizing her Kirin’Tor against the horde. Varian is not pleased with this, he believes that everyone needs to stick together, as is the meaning of “Alliance” her parting words to him were “Don’t go soft on me Varian.”

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I believe Varian is trying to be better, because it’s what Anduin is hoping for. Anduin doesn’t want any harm brought to Pandaria (too late little man!!) and as such, Varian is trying his hardest to protect those he loves and cares about, including his people, without resorting to the type of viciousness and brutality that Garrosh enjoys. However it’s causing a rift between him and the other governing bodies of the Alliance. There’s another quest line that involves a Sha Touched Claw (not the one from the Sha of Anger) When it is brought before the leaders of the Alliance, most of them want to study it, to try and harness it’s power to use against the Horde. Varian asks Anduin (Wait what?!) if he thinks this is a wise move. Anduin disagrees, stating that the dark sha power is too unpredictable and should be destroyed… So Varian destroys it.

In an effort to please his son, and an attempt to be less brutal, he is in turn creating tension between himself and the others. So peace on Azeroth… I don’t see it coming any time soon. I believe that if there is a tenuous peace between the Horde and Alliance, it would only be because they are too busy fighting among themselves. For this is what is happening, from my perspective, right now.

Ahh may the mists guide you…

~Fat Furry Tank

Here we go again!

Guild Drama. Most of us have seen it, most of us have been part of it, and a lot of us have had to fix it.

But what do you do when most of your guild is sectioned into smaller groups. It’s like high school all over again.

Currently our guild is suffering from “The officers do nothing and don’t help us, but I’m not going to talk to them about it, I’m going to talk to all my friends, who aren’t officers and then expect something to magically happen!”

As an officer, what do I do in this situation? People are assuming that we don’t care. And for some reason are not approaching us when they need help with, well, anything!

I’m currently trying to push the use of our guild website a little bit more, as I find it a more structured environment than FaceBook, for this kind of thing. However it’s always the same people frequenting the forums. There are literally 5 of us, out of a guild of about 250+ members, that are currently talking about the steps to take to fix this lack of communication within our guild.

What I seem to think is the major culprit of the hostility towards the officers is the raiding. It’s something I’m yet to bring up in as many words, because I don’t particularly see that stirring the pot has any benefit to any one. However what do we do? In cataclysm, I was the raid leader of the second raid team, one that cycled through members constantly, for many different reasons, weren’t progressing fast enough, people’s internet connections making it hell for the rest of us, personal issues flowing into the raid environment, and non-committal from a lot of my raiders.

The other raid team had a steady roster that cleared content every week. When there are two ten man raid teams, this seems to be something that happens quite often.

Currently we have 1 steady raid team, it just happens to be the one that I’m a part of (after making a decision at the end of cataclysm to give up raid leading and go back to main tanking). This team consists of people who work their asses off in the short time we have to raid (casual/social guild) and clear at a nice pace.

However the second raid team that started before us, pushed hard and fast, and fell apart. They had a big raid group blow out in december, and nothing has happened since. Then there was suddenly a third group of people around December as well, that wanted to start a third raid team. At this point you’re probably wondering why we’re not running 25mans, instead of three 10 mans.

The reason for this is that currently, we can’t even field two full 10 mans. And for some reason the majority of the guild seem to think this is the officers fault.

But my question is, how can the officers help you build your raid team back up, if even when asked, you don’t tell us what you need to fill your ranks?

How can the officers help with anything, if we’re never made aware that there are problems?

I’m at a loss. And the forum post is just the same five people going round and round in circles.

My question is to you fellow bloggers, if you’ve ever experience these issues, or any similar, let me know! I’d be interested in seeing how other people deal with the issues that surround guilds! Otherwise I might just have to climb up a tree and be in permanent /facepalm

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Plate to leather…

So you’ve finished Cataclysm as a prot warrior. Patch 5.0 made your soul cry, because you forgot to read patch notes, and had no idea why suddenly shield block wasn’t working straight off the bat and you’re running into a boss fight with no instant mitigation. (I know, I know.. BAD prot warrior.) you’ve also spent a lot of time Offtanking as a Blood DK for your guilds other raiding team and have been enjoying that more than your warrior.

So what do you do?

Now the important question is upon you. Which team do you raid for in Mists of Pandaria, and which online persona are you intending on using? The weeks leading up to the release of “Panda Land” are filled with stress, to the point where you are pulling your Worgen hair out and becoming some strange… hairless, allergen friendly creature of peoples nightmares. You were always going to tank, that’s a given, but which class. Especially since you have the means to have them all.

But no, you don’t go the easy route. You don’t take your already level 85 character and do the new content. You bite the bullet, grab some heirlooms, and start at level 1 again.

And the next thing you know, you’re an overweight, stomach jiggling, black and white furred, mohawked panda with a moustache. By level 20 you realise “Oh my, this is the class for me… where have you been all my WoW life?!” and settle in to level.

I mean come on… who doesn’t enjoy throwing beer all over mobs and then setting them on fire. FIRE!!! Mmm burnies…

With every new ability your enjoyment of the class grows. Although you’re still a bit creeped out by the fact that your stomach jiggles whenever you move.  You turn into some possessed levelling machine, knowing your deadline to be ready for raiding. You level so quickly, that one of your guildies makes a macro to gratz you because she can’t be bothered typing everytime you yell “Ding!!! *smashes face into keyboard*” in guild chat.

So you level your way to 88… and then bam. You get stuck in a rut. 88-89 feels crazy slow, you feel like your eyes are melting out of your skull with every quest you hand in, and your xp bar doesn’t move. Your guildies encourage you, and you push through and then BAM!! You hit that magic number 90!

And Ta Da!! Here I am. A level 90 Brewmaster Monk. It is to this date my favorite class.

The transition from a plate wearing prot warrior to a leather wearing monk has been an interesting experience. Even now, I’m changing things around in raid bosses to better up my mitigation for certain fights. This first post is mainly an introduction to the wacky mind that is me. The further into this blog I get, the more information regarding my gameplay and the rotations, cooldowns, talents and glyphs I use will be covered. The adventures of dungeon running with friends, including the wipes we have from being overconfident, to the first time we got our asses kicked in a challenge mode dungeon.

Until then fellow Azerothians, quest well, may the gold flow and don’t forget to pat your tanks!

~The Fat Furry Tank