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Ruby Sanctum Gear for Holy Paladins

 

MMO-Champion has released the gear for the PTR tested Ruby Sanctum. The whole list is very slim, with 13 pieces dropping from 25-man and 6 pieces dropping from 10-man, but we’ve gotten love from Blizzard in these pieces. Every healing piece that drops would be a nice choice for a Holy Paladin looking for upgrades before heroic ICC (Although your other healers will most likely hunt you down if you try to take their leather/cloth/mail armor from them). In the interest of people who don’t want spoilers about the gear I’m going to put the list (and my comments on them) after a break!

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I’ll have the sweet and sour raid chicken with a side of the egg rolls of disappointment.

I know I’ve been absent for a few days (or weeks, I’m not sure at the moment) and I apologize for that. Between raiding, school, work and recruitment I haven’t had any time, or anything to write about actually. I was going to write about how a healing style can change over time, to adapt to a changing healing team, or a lacking one. However, I have been greeted with several metaphorical “kicks in the nuts” in the past few days. So, in the interest of an article that isn’t distracted and sloppy because of my current mental state I abandoned that idea and decided to write about something that’s been bugging me for the last few weeks.

As most of you know, I’m the recruitment officer for my guild. At the end of an expansion pack like WoTK recruitment is difficult– good players are either sticking with their guilds or looking for Hard modes already, and the lack luster players won’t cut it in a progression guild. The lack of difficult raiding content in the Trial of the Crusader period has left many raiders with an instant-gratification attitude. ToC was a raid that was not difficult; it was quick, easy, and allowed sub-par players to skip over Ulduar and all the trouble with Yogg, and jump to breaking open loot pinatas in ToC. With several months of that type of raiding we all got used to getting every piece we wanted weeks sooner than we would have dreamed possible in the days of Ulduar and as far back as vanilla.

Now we come to Ice Crown Citadale. It does not require the skill that Ulduar required (although I could be looking through rose-colored glasses), and with the backing of the ToC attitude, people want their content down and they want it now. Wiping for days on a boss is un acceptable, and it makes everyone much more angry than it would have in the past.

To top it all off, I’ve just had the very face smacking realization that selfishness wins out in most cases in WoW, especially among players of my generation. As always, there are exceptions. My personal opinion is because, in a large percentage of cases, we never see the people behind the screen. Through immaturity, delusion, and self-absorption it is easy to ignore the feelings and desires of someone whose face you don’t know, whose lives you don’t have to know anything about beyond their prefered class in WoW.

We liken a raiding group to a sports team, and on the surface it is. But underneath the surface the biggest differences between the two are that you often live very near your team mates, you know their families, their schools, you have infinitely more access to an understanding of the personal feelings of a soccer team-mate than a fellow raider who can be just pixels to you without any trouble.

It is not specifically among raiders that we find this attitude, but amongst all of us at one point or another. Recently, a lot of hate has been spilling out of the holy paladin corner of the blog-o-sphere. Warm fuzzies are not to be found seemingly anywhere in the WoW-o-sphere. To me, this is one of the most disappointing things I have seen in my WoW career. The reason I began blogging was because I wanted to practice my writing, I love playing my class, and I found a community that was laid back, honest, and had players that inspired me with their funny writing style, and extreme understanding of what they are talking about. The pen has been exercising its might in the last few weeks, and bloggers have been forcefully speared upon its ink spattered tip. This pompous warring has brought about the end one of my favorite blogs from one of the most helpful woman I have ever met in the blog-o-sphere. I’m not going to tell anyone how to write, but it goes back to the pixels-versus-person attitude. It is so disappointing to see the effects of  such angry blogging, and commenting, between all of us.

However, I’m getting off topic here.

My point (since I do eventually have to get to it) is that players are not colorful dots on your screen–They are people who work, have families, want to succeed, and in some cases, actually want to help other people succeed. I know I’m up here on my soap box condemning everyone–including myself– but I’m doing it because I do not want to see the feeling of the pre-Toc Wow community vanish in favor of a group of short-tempered, self-involved, angry people.

…I suppose I owe an explanation for the spark that set this grumpy fire.

In the last 48 hours my two resto shaman healing partners left the guild. I understand that not every place is the right place for everyone, but it’s not like a band-aid– the faster you do it does not make it better for all involved. As all of you know, having a stable healing team is a huge bonus for a raid group, and now I am the only healer left over from what I’ll term the “sundering” of Surge. I enjoy the three healers who are left, but the only one I know slightly well is out-of-town. Not to mention the lack of resto shaman’s abilities will be a sever detriment to our raid group.

I suppose there isn’t anything I can do about it now. We’ve been thrown a curve ball and I suppose we’ll have to deal.

So, I suppose I’m just going to sulk, eat chinese food, and ponder the state of the WoW world in a grumpy and sullen manner.

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Secrets, secrets are no fun, unless you share with everyone…

I’m posing a question to my fellow bloggers: Is your blog a secret?

Whether it’s in your day-to-day life outside WoW, or in your guild, do your friends and family know you keep a small corner of the internet for your ideas and thoughts about a video game we play?

My parents found out about my blog.

 Well, at least not voluntarily from me. Let me tell you, I have the most persuasive (and often scary) step-dad in the entire world. I inherited my video game dork-ness from him, and my book nerd-ness from my dad. I was destined to be nerdy. Anyway, a few days after I started writing this blog I accidentally mentioned something about  a piece I’d written about WoW. Now, why I would do that I’m not sure. I think it’s because I can’t keep my mouth shut, but that’s another story. Well, after coercing me for several hours I gave in and told him my website name. Lo-and-behold the subsequent conversation my Mother and (actual) Father had about me over dinner with my boyfriend, sister, and two half-brother:

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Addiction mix, what’s your fix?

Addiction

  1. Compulsive physiological and psychological need for a habit-forming substance.

  2. The condition of being habitually or compulsively occupied with or or involved in something.

 

There’s a fair bit of addictive things in this world. Food, sex, drugs, alcohol, and video games. Each of these things is a way to escape reality, something that makes the person feel better about themself. I’ve met plenty of people who I can say “If they started doing X they wouldn’t be able to stop.” So, now I’m going to get onto my blogosphere soap box to talk about this, because the thought of addiction has been weighing on my mind lately.

It all comes down to being able to make the right choices. I grew up with my step-dad (who I admire very much, even if he does incessantly make fun of me for playing WoW) who until I was about thirteen played Ever Quest twelve hours a day. Now for all the people who say WoW is difficult I dare you to go hardcore play EQ. Those are some SERIOUS raiders. One story my step dad told me was about this boss (for the life of me I can’t remember his name…some dragon or something) who they tried to kill for eight hours of CONTINOUS raiding. They used several different teams and switched them about throughout the course of the fight. The hitch was that this particular boss was never supposed to be killed, so when they finally succeed he didn’t drop any loot, just disappeared, and a minute later the whole server crashed. After the crash the boss didn’t respawn and to this day each sever is only allowed one kill of this boss, which will still DC the entire server.

My step-dad was able to pull himself away from his hardcore playing when he realized it was effecting his health, his family, and his relationship with my mom. He also, a few years later, cold turkey quit smoking after 30 years of sucking on those cancer sticks. I’m endlessly awed by the amount of perseverance (and sunflower seeds) he used to chance his life and move away from two very addicting things.

There are always people who won’t be able to pull themself away from those things, however. It feels to good to be good at something than realizing you’ve let your life slide into the gutter because of this addiction. With over 11 million people online there are going to be a fair few of us gamers who don’t know when to stop. The stories of people who have done crazy things because they don’t want to stop playing are often broadcasted over the internet, and gamers whose family or friends see these reports will often get the “intervention talk” because it is assumed that if anyone plays WoW they’ll eventually become addicted and ruin their lives. I don’t believe in this “inevitable philosophy” (as i’m going to call it) simply for the fact that I play with a majority of people who have their lives together. They go to work, or school (or both as in the case of many of us college students), spend time with their families, and have stable relationships. It is not impossible to have a hobby like WoW and live a life outside of game. Just like it’s possible to go out and party four times a week and have a job and relationships.

However, there are certain addictive personalities who can’t stop themselves from falling into an addiction no matter what they do. I’m not writing this for any particular reason, as a warning or anything. I just happen to of had a first hand experience last night about how extreme theses things can get.

 No, no, it wasn’t me! If I was to get addicted to anything it would most likely be expensive fruits and vegetables. Now where are my pomegranate…(just kidding, they’re not in season :[ )

My new best WoW buddy has a fiance we both play with. Last night she asked him to limit his playing time, and to say the least he “flipped” and several very bad things resulted. I’m not going to go in excruciating detail to respect her privacy, but the Cops were almost called and if she hadn’t gotten her car back when she did I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t end up in jail for grand theft auto. When you set yourself up for this kind of addiction by not having anything else in your life that you feel is worth working for then when your game is being threatened you react in extreme ways. I’m glad she’s alright, because if she wasn’t hell hath no fury like a woman defending her scorned friend.

People who lose their mind when asked to limit their playing time give WoW players a bad name. I personally don’t like getting the “oh my god, you must be like those weirdos” every time I mention that I raid or play WoW. So if you ever feel the urge to steal a car, blow up a building, or hurt yourself because your life is nothing without your WoW account, I suggest you put your head back on straight and realize that this game will end one day. Now I can’t guarantee that your life will be so much better if you stop playing video games 12 hours a day, because most likely your life has crumbled while you were glued to your computer.  But you’ll have a lot better time with the family and friends who missed you than alone when the WoW gods decide that it’s not worth running the game anymore, or you lose interest in it.

*Steps off Soapbox*

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