Sunday, November 24, 2013

Flex raids

Here we have more of an admission then any kind of commentary or anything like that.

Raiding has always scared the BLEEP out of me...and frankly still does.

There are several different reasons for this.

First: I should stop listening to podcasts like Convert to Raid, My Epic Heals.  Not that these are bad podcasts, in fact they are both very good, informative, and entertaining shows, but if you are someone that has any self doubt OR worry about falling prey to mechanics OR worry about putting out as much as you can, these shows and others like them can be a little daunting.  Listening to these wonderfully intelligent folks go on about...well...math, and maximum this and that can, for me, suck the joy out of Christmas.

Second: When I'm the first to die on the fourth pull, the issue is mine and mine alone.

Third:  Its a little scary when you and everyone else knows the wipe was totally your fault.

Fourth:  Um, I don't always watch the fights on you tube, read up on them, OR look at the dungeon journal.  OKAY I SAID IT!  JEEZ.

There seems to be no easy slide into raiding.  LFR, is not all that hard...and if you do fuck up, who cares.  Not that I am suggesting you go into an LFR not caring about it, but learning curve errors that we ALL experience can be hidden in all the LFR trolling that go on when a wipe does happen, or you can blame the dude next to you who is probably going to drop anyway.   The jump in difficulity level gets to me more because I fear failure, letting down the folks who have been waiting a week to raid down, and making me wonder if I am actually a good player, and should I be raiding at all...sniff.

Its on me, I know this, I understand this, and I hope that I am able to grow from this...isnt this kind of what a blog be for?

Thanks for hearing my confession.



Peace all and thanks for listening.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Some PVP Rage

Anyone who knows me knows that one of my favorite features of WOW is PVP.   From my first shaking tour of Warsong Gultch and Arathi Basin, all the way up to whatever was/is the max level BG's, there I shall be.  And there shall I be, getting my ass handed to me over and over again.

Now, to be fair, I am not the best PVP'er.  I don't min/max, I don't always fully gem or enchant my gear, and there are many times when I loose sight of any kind of strat and just want to kill, kill, kill.

So, here is what I have noticed, and here is what I think: I think Blizzard stacks the deck in favor of one side.  In part so that the loosing side's resolve to come back burns ever brighter with each loss.  Does this sound like the theory of a ranting crazy person?  Sure!  Could I be totally wrong?  Totally!

However, take into consideration the following pieces of info!

Over last week I did I total of 30 BG's, 15 on the Horde, and 15 on Alliance.  Out of that 30 I won 9, five on the Horde, four on Alliance.  During each BG I checked the number of toons from the same server on each team, how much health team members had and my observation of team work or cooperation.  I played on toons of all levels.

Whenever I won we simply mowed over the other team, each time it was a shut out and on three occasions were able to pen up the opposing team.  (which I think sucks even when I am the pen-ner).  There were no close calls, no 2/3 type losses at all.  We either won totally or were used to mop the floor.  The winning team almost always had 50 to 75k more heath then the loosing team, and teams with no one in a party were pit against groups of people CLEARLY working together in a party.

There I said it!!

My intention here is not to troll.  If I am correct, it is a valid and working way to rope me in and keep me coming back.  Obviously I don't hate what happening as BG's are near and dear to my soul, but I do wish we could all go into a fair fight is all.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Some things to come:

So along with some personal yuck yuck coinciding with Blizzcon I laid off for a week or so, but now I am getting back into the swing of things and are hoping to pump out some blogs on the following topics over the next few weeks!

PVP Woes
Flex raids
Just how many guilds I am in and why?
Melee V Ranged
Another Orc er, Warlords or Draenor.

Light be with you!


Monday, November 4, 2013

Where did "Kurly" come from, some good friends, and we still cant get past Pride!

Hello fellow WOW'ers!! 

Before I go blathering on...I want to thank anyone who's reading this!!

Anyone who has ever asked me why I call myself Kurly has heard the story of how some "weird" lady named Jessica whispered me one day offering me five gold (HOLY SHIT!!! FIVE GOLD!! ) to sign her guild charter.  Her and her boyfriend, Jeff, were starting a guild called Mana is a Myth.  I was having cyber fear over telling these people my real name and the only nick name I had ever been called was Curly-Q, so that's what I had them call me.  This would have been in the spring of 2007, and the three of us are still friends to this day!!

Although we don't see Jess as much as we used to Jeff is part of my Friday night Flex team, my biggest Tank cheerleader, chief encounter research specialist and honestly a great all-a-round guy.  He is singularly responsible for my progression and growth as a tank, and I am truly blessed that he is a friend in my life!

So the week before last our Flex raid (A combination of two small guilds from the Norgannon server) team made it to The Sha of Pride.  I was healing on my Disc. Priest, Sir Jeff was tanking on his Bear.  We'd one shot the three bosses up until the Sha of Pride and could not get the sucker down.  After about half a dozen attempts we called it quits.  In an attempt best the damn Sha we decided that I would be the off Tank, primarily since Jeff and I have communication down to a science and to allow the previous off tank to bring his uber dps.

So did we get past the Sha of Pride? NO!!!!  I think we did very well, but again, after five attempts we cant seem to get past the fourth of fifth cycle and most of the DPS get killed by adds that are popping up!  Sigh.  Next week we shall get him!!!

And yes, I am now Tanking Flex raid!  YAY ME!

Thanks for comming!!