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More heavy handed policing

Looks like taking a photo of a bus station is now on the list of illegal / potentially terrorist activities. Of course we have nothing to worry about as the Police have been told that they shouldn’t be heavy handed about this sort of thing.

So for example taking a photo of a Police car driving across a park, down the paths, forcing pedestrians to move, across the grass. Won’t be a problem… No?

Now the QQ starts

Ok so the top raiding guild on the planet has downed the new content up to the second to last boss. They did it on normal mode (there’s a hard mode version as well). They’ll have been in the PTR, they’ll also be complaining now about how easy it was and how Blizzard should be making the instances tuned for their level of kit and skill.

Guys, you’re good, you’re very very good.

Now do you seriously think that Blizzard are going to build content which only the top 1-2% of their player base can access? Seriously? No.. I mean it, do you seriously think that they’re going to tune things for you.

Speaking as a fellow player who stumps up his cash I love this expansion for the access it’s giving us “normal” players to the content. Hell our tiny guild is still working on the 5-man content.

So congratulations but please keep in mind that you are the top of the pile, and that there are millions of other players out there who are also dropping Blizzard their cash each month.

Heroics 2009/04/15

Last night’s efforts.

PUGed a VoA25, not a perfect run and nowhere near enough DPS for the new boss.

2009/04/15 VoA25

A CoS timed run with Mardia, Kenau, Kaylad, Korenwolf & Tanque, fortunately the deaths happened at Meathook so we had time to bring them back to life before the start of the second half of that section. Foul up on my part in not making the “roll need on the drake” thing from the previous night’s run (Sorry Mardia).

However we know we can blow through the instance and I think almost all of us got an upgrade or a drake.

2009/04/15 CoS Timed Run

and then a quickish DTK run, Mardia got to see the inside of the place for the first time, I think the only face pulls were mine and we’ve finally got the DK’s before the final boss understood and sorted out.

2009/04/15 DTK Heroic

5-man content

Bold is content The Bucaneers have cleared (in various mixes and with help from our friendly Naxx geared rogue)

1. Utgarde Keep
2. The Nexus
3. Violet Hold
4. Drak’tharon Keep
5. Gundrak
6. The Culling of Stratholme
7. Halls of Stone
8. Halls of Lightning
9. Utgarde Pinnacle
10. Azjol-Nerub
11. Ahn’Kahet – The Old Kingdom
12. The Oculus

Gun’drak I think is next on the hit list.

AN Heroic

Ok, a decent repair bill but that’s what happens after multiple wipes on the end boss.

Just for the record, may his undead arse forever rot in hell.

Lessons learnt.

  1. DPS, plenty of it
  2. Ranged, forget “bring the player not the class”, it’s wrong. The correct restatement of that desire is “bring the role not the class”, this end boss requires ranged. Otherwise the player assigned to “keep the healer up” is pelting around all over the place if they’re not careful.
  3. DPS behind the boss
  4. Tank (this means me) a better eye on the cast bar and leg it when he starts casting, straight through, mouse camera turn as you’re going through, spin and attack once pound lands.
  5. Buggy graphics. When he pops back up there is a regularly a problem if the tank is too close to the center, he’ll appear to be pointing away from the tank while casing pound. The cake, as they say, is a lie. He is actually pointing at the tank.

    Solution, when the adds are down, tank moves back to the edge, boss is less confused, all are happy.

  6. Venom whatsits, stun, dps until throughly cooked.
  7. Keep adds off healer
  8. Venom thingies, did I mention that they should be killed?

All in a good, educational if expensive run. Thanks as ever to all.

Now let the critique of the tank begin 🙂