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Why do you like to raid?

Posted in Deathwing, Dragon Soul, Hour of Twilight, World of Warcraft with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2012 by julesinpdx

Have you ever wondered what is it about raiding that keeps you coming back night after night, week after week?  We spend months progressing, then farming those bosses for their epic loots.  You would think we would get bored of it. 

So, what is it that keeps us going back?  What is it that you do not like about raiding, but yet not so bad that it makes you want to stop doing it?  I asked my guild these same questions sadly I did not get very many responses.

For most it is the progression of content, the downing of bosses, which then can improve your gear and raiding with a great group of people.  We use to spend weeks/months working on bosses in BC(Burning Crusade).  When we would finally get them down it was a huge celebration, lots of cheering and high-fives and yes epic loots.

Ones bosses loot table.

We get addicted to the things we can obtain from killing these bosses.  The boss will have a list of loot items called a “loot table”, which may consist of maybe 10 or or more pieces of gear, but they only drop a few pieces each time they are killed.  You may have to wait weeks before you get that piece of gear.  Then you have to hope no one else wants it too.  Loot drops can cause lots of drama for guilds if the loot is not handled properly that guild can quickly lose their members.

I didn’t start raiding until the 2nd expansion BC (Burning Crusade) and it is what I enjoy most in the game.  Out of all the expansions out so far, I had the most fun raiding during BC.

Karazhan 10 Man Raid

My first raid was Karazhan I had no idea what to expect this was my first time in a raid.  The guild I was in was very understanding of my noobness and I made many mistakes.  I just tried to not make a complete ass out of myself and do something stupid and kill everyone.

Kara was coolest raid it takes place in a big old building.  You start in the stables and work your way up.  In each room there are different bosses to kill, for my first raid I thought it was awesome place!! 

When I first started playing this game I had no idea how involved I would get into raiding.  I eventually became an officer of a raiding guild and it was almost like having a second job and I loved it!  Being an officer in a raiding guild has its challenges, its highs and lows. 

Progressing and completing a raid instance is very rewarding, but when you guild starts to struggle and not progress well it gets harder.  People start to get frustrated at the lack of progress and they will leave your guild and move on to another guild that is progressing.  Which usually puts the guild in a bind because you have to always keep recruiting to keep a raid full every raid night. You have to depend and rely on our guild mates to be there every raid night otherwise no raid will happen.  Usually there is always “Real Life” issues that come up that cause someone to not show up.

Near the end of Wrath(3rd expansion Wrath of the Lich King) I decided I had had enough of the drama and egos.  I was tired of being an officer, the game was no longer fun for me and I just wanted to enjoy the game again.  So, I changed servers and found a good raiding guild “Fatal”(my current guild).  There are no egos, hardly any drama over loot (at least none that I know of but for the officers I am sure there is).  Loot is handled fairly which makes for less drama.  I enjoy raiding again.  I like the social aspect of it and raiding with the same core people that you know you can depend on.

Blizzard has made this expansion easy for people to do more raiding, players can now see the end boss of the Cataclysm expansion, Deathwing.  In BC the percentage of players that got to see the final end game bosses was less than 5%.  I hope some of you have been able to get a Deathwing kill before the new expansion comes out. 

Have a great raiding week, we start hard modes on Tuesday!!

Neytiri

Favorite WoW Video: Best Boss Kill

Posted in World of Warcraft with tags , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2011 by julesinpdx

Week 2, of my favorite World of Warcraft videos.  This week is; Best Boss Kill video.   This one is a no brainer, it definitely has to be the World First 25m Heroic kill of the Lich King by Paragon. Being the first guild in the world to kill him on heroic, it put Paragon to #1 in the world.  They have 3 players a rogue, priest and shaman Frapsing the fight, they edit each players part and make one hell of a cool video.  They added in the voices of the Lich King, Tirion Fordring and King Terenas, which helps add to the video.  They used music from the first Transformers movie, it fit in so well it gave me goose bumps.

The video is in 3 parts, each part has a different element to watch out for.  In part 1 at about 2:30 minutes in, their main tank disconnects but is able to come back in just in time to continue tanking the Lich King.  Now we have had this happen before as well a very scary moment to be sure it usually means a wipe.  Also, in the beginning the key is: DO NOT STAND IN SHADOW TRAPS!  (purple circle on ground = dead raid)  When is not standing in something bad the #1 rule in WoW?!

Part 2, the fight continues, DO NOT STAND IN DEFILE!  (black puddle on the ground = dead raid).   In part 2 there is a new phase where everyone is pulled into Frostmourn, (the Lich Kings sword).  They must stay grouped up, kill spirits and heal, heal, heal.

Part 3, the best part, the dramatic intense ending. The Lich King is almost dead, he is getting close to 10%(I will explain what happens at 10% later), they turn down the music and you here what is actually being said by them over their voice chat(Ventrilo).  His health goes to 10.9% and he pulls the raid back into Frostmourn again, the talk over voice chat goes crazy. Their leaders get everyone calmed down and concentrate on their jobs.  Now all they have to do is group up, kill the spirits, heal, heal, heal and its a win! 

One thing I love about that final moment in Frostmourn, they ask a hunter to taunt LK as soon as they come back out.  Usso will always be famous for his roll in this video “Usso Taunta”… yay for a hunter taunting the boss!!  Now you will noticed that they are not speaking English, Paragon is from Finland.  I never get tired of watching this video, sometimes if I am frustrated with life’s crap, I can go watch this video and I end up feeling better, go figure… ya I am a Wow nerd.

When he hits 10% health he kills everyone in the raid and starts to transform the raiders into “the greatest fighting force this world has ever known”.  Fordring, calling for a final blessing from the Light, managed to break free and shatter Frostmourne with his own sword, Ashbringer. The spirits who had been trapped within Frostmourne, including King Terenas Menethil II, attacked their former jailer by suspending him in the air while simultaneously resurrecting Fordring’s champions, who were then able to defeat the Lich King.

Neytiri

How much have you spent?

Posted in World of Warcraft with tags , , , on December 14, 2011 by julesinpdx

Have you ever wondered how much you have spent on this game?  When I saw this holiday sale by Blizzard I was wishing I could have paid these prices instead of what I had originally paid.

Merry Christmas!

Sale prices:

  • WoW: Battle Chest for $5 (reg. $19.99)
  • Cataclysm for $20 (reg. $39.99)
  • Wrath of the Lich King for $10 (reg. $39.99)
  • Celestial Steed for $10 (reg. $25)
  • Pandaren Monk for $5 (reg. $10)

After seeing this add it had me wonder, how much have I spent on this game?  Well I sat down this afternoon and here is the list of things I have purchased in the last 5 ½ years.

Expansions:

  • World of Warcraft $29.99
  • Burning Crusade $39.99
  • Wrath of the Lich King $39.99
  • Cataclysm $79.99 (collectors edition)
  • WoW: Battle Chest (includes WoW and BC) $39.99 for 2nd account

Miscellaneous in-game stuff:

  • 2 Name Changes ($10 each)  $20
  • 4 Character transfers ($25 each) $100
  • Celestial Steed  $25    (yes, sadly I bought one)
  • 1 Gender/name change  $25
  • Authenticator $6.50
  • Monthly fee $14.99   June ’06 to Dec. ’11  $990
  • Monthly fee $14.99 for 2nd account not sure of the date but I am pretty sure it was for about a year so $190 (which is now my Moms account)

Computer needs:

  • 2 graphic cards approx. cost $350
  • 3 headsets approx $100  (none of which I use any more the mics broke on all 3 so I went back to a desk mic and speakers).
  • 2 gaming mouse $100

Approximate grand total: $2161.00   for 5 1/2 years of game play, as for how many hours total, I will never tell.

Well it’s a hobby, it is what I do in my spare time it is cheap social entertainment.  I use it to stay in touch with my brothers who do not live close to me, its a family affair for us even my mother plays and she is in her 70s.  She is currently playing my 2nd account and has taken over the monthly payments.  Now don’t be afraid to share yours we all know its probably just as bad as mine if not worse.

Neytiri