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Blizzard wants me to Quit

October 28th, 2009 Comments off

So the 3.3 patch notes popped out and Paladin’s got “nerf’d to the ground”, again.

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The LoH nerf is pretty big.  It has been this way pretty much forever, but now they are changing it and I blame PvP.  I am tired of their e-sport watering down and changing the PvE landscape of this game.  It was built as a PvE game and evolved.  They need to make two games, PvE and PvP.  Then adjust abilities for those games.  These changes are big.  Some are massaging out changes from older patches, some are just down right nasty and out of the blue.  LoH is huge, so huge in fact that if it makes it to the live realms it might mean an auto quit and just wait till SWtOR.  I do not mean to sound like a QQ paladin, however when you make fundamental changes to a class ability they have had since the beginning, you are really starting to mess with play style.  As a Paladin Tank, I always know when to use my LoH.

If it is so bad for PvP, make it a talented point deep in Prot.  This will prevent it from being used in BG’s.  It will also allow tanks to keep that prevent raid wiping cool down.  Blizzard needs to decide what they want to do with this game and take in that direction.
In other news, I know I am against the majority when I say this, I like Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street.  I like his attitude, I like most of what he says.  He makes sense and understand the classes and direction they need.  He wants to make it balanced.  I see what they are trying to do and the need for the balance.  In relation to this he said the first thing I really took exception too.  With these changes, he said:

Dear OP, Bye. Hugs, GC.

This upset me for the reason of, here we are in 3.2 and they decide that that LoH is OP and decide to make the change.  Here we are approaching 3.3, a lot of retuning has been done since launch and now they look to re-tune it.  That is down right bad.  Well…

Dear GC, My money is yours no more. Adios, Judicar

Update:  And to those sites out there claiming this is not live on the PTR, check your facts download a client and see, that in fact, yes it is live on the PTR.

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Hmmm…Where to start…

October 2nd, 2009 Comments off

CC-DoneWell last night was a big night for the guild. We hit our first piece of raiding traction for the first time in a while. We went in and finished off Crusader Coliseum: Trial of the Crusader and got Call of the Crusade (10 player).  It started out a little shaky, however we made a few swaps and got it.  The two hardest fights for us were the Northrend Beasts and the Faction Champions.  That group just seems really random, however once you get those healers down , it becomes a cake walk.   I also never heard so many ears and eyes glaze over while explaining the Twin Val’kyr fight.  It just takes a while to get the caveats down for the two abilities.  We got them down on the second try.  It was a great effort to really clamp down and understand that mechanic.  We ended up 1 shotting Anub’arak.  It was a little hairy during phase 3.  We did get the big bug down.  This was a great boost to guld morale.  Especially we know we can get in there, gear up, and help us on the final two bosses in Ulduar.

In other news, 3.3 hit the PTR.  I have it installed and ready to go.  I am looking forward to getting in and getting that first 5 man and seeing what they have in store for us.  I also have some strategies that worked for us in Crusader Coliseum, I will pass those along this weekend.  Expect to see some news out of here in the coming days/hours since I have a lot to get out.

Battle.Net iPhone App back on the Store

September 30th, 2009 Comments off

IMG_0038The mobile authenticator update to 1.0.2 is back up on the iTunes App store.  The reports of people losing their Serial number upon update a few weeks ago prompted this being yanked.  I just ran the update and can confirm that it did keep my serial from prior to the upgrade.

Blizzard does note that prior to upgrading you should remove the authenticator from your account.  That way if your serial number does change, you can easily register the new one very easily without going through the well noted pain of that is Blizzard customer service, which is short of giving them a blood sample as to proof of ID.  Just listen to the Outlandish podcast from two weeks ago to hear about the annoyance of this .

As always: Caveat Emptor

And as a side note, everyone should have some form of authenticator on their account.  This will help fight against hacking, it also removes a main tool of the gold farmer.

StarWars the Old Republic

September 30th, 2009 Comments off

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Bioware has began recruiting testers for the new Old Republic MMO. I have been looking forward to this since the failure of the player experience update on SW: Galaxies. I have had my profile at SWTOR since it opened.  Well then finally now are recruiting Republic and Sith soldiers to fight the good fight.  I am jazzed and really excited about this.  I really love WoW, I think it has filled a good period of time, however I know and love the lore of the SW universe more then that of Azeroth.  This very announcement may be the beginning of the end for WoW.  Only time will tell.  I have high hopes that it works and fills all that I want out of an MMO.

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It’s coming up, so please donate!

September 28th, 2009 Comments off

So it is coming up soon here.  It is under a month away and Oct 17th is coming up quick.  I have been doing lots of hard training and have picked a few of my titles for the marathon.  Yes WoW will be in there for a good chunk of the time.  I am looking at a good raid to take up a chunk and dedicate 3-4 hours to the noob priest.  Currently my list includes the following titles:

  • Brütal Legend
  • World of Warcraft
  • Halo: ODST
  • Uncharted 2
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
  • Shadow Complex (13% or less achievement)
  • NHL10
  • Madden 10 (Gonna school Dethkrusher a little)
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Fallout 3
  • CoD: Modern Warfare

My list is not limited to the following, it will all depend on how I am feeling at the time.  As we get closer, I will list some times.  I am toying with the idea of streaming this, I am still really undecided.

My goal this year is $500, which is almost twice as much as last year.  Please just donate one dollar per hour if you can.  If you cannot do that I will not turn down donations of any type.

My link to the donation page is Here.  Please donate what you can, you are helping kids.  Texas Children’s Hospital treats all kids regardless of their ability to pay.  This is a absolutely wonderful cause.

Thanks,

Brad
 

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Blizzcon ’09 Quick Reflection

August 23rd, 2009 Comments off

As I sit here in the airport waiting for our flight to leave I thought I would give some initial thoughts on expansion 3.
*Goblins are op
*Worgans need some “cool” buffs.
*Every expansion feels like this was their original view for the game. This is a good thing.
*Many new guild options, including talent trees and guild patterns and heirlooms.

All in all I was pretty impressed with what I played and saw at the panels. When I get home and have some time, I will expand on all of these points.

WoW Theme – iPhone iPod touch

August 12th, 2009 Comments off

p_480_320_468280CE-49D3-4116-B835-A243239A6693.jpegThis is a quick theme I found some where out on the internet.  If I knew who it was I would give them credit.  I have added a number of icons and changed a bunch to be custom.  I also corrected many of the icons that were not transparent.  This is for the Winterboard app on a jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch.  It should be uploaded to the \Library\Themes folder.  Just unzip and throw the WoW folder in there.

Go to the themes list and take a look.  Once I jailbreak my 3GS  I plan on redoing more of the icons with an updated version fo the WoWicl collection.

Note: This picture shows many of the icons that were broken before I updated them.  All icons have transparent back grounds now.  Please be sure to let me know what you think.

The files can be found here: WoW.zip

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