Monday, July 13, 2009

Murphy's law, absent mindedness, and shopping. . .

This weekend was a pretty even mix of good and bad for me. I played in a charity tournament for hockey on saturday. I ended up actually playing goalie for two teams because one team's goalie didn't show. Having not played goalie in six months, it was pretty rough. Also, in a stunning display of Murphy's Law (Anything that can happen, will, usually at the worst possible time), I took a puck right off the top of my knee. Normally, I would have thigh boards on my goalie pads, but these pads hadn't been used since I had them modded, and I thought "I never get hit there anyways". Yeah, I was wrong. There's still some bruising, the swelling is down, I skipped my game skating out on sunday just to be safe, but it doesnt feel like anything is structurally damaged. From playing so many games, I ended up getting pretty dehydrated, drank about 64 oz of gatorade and felt generally crappy for the remainder of saturday. However, sitting around resting means time with Wow!

I got a LOT done this weekend from a Wow perspective. From the alt standpoint, I hit level 61 with my mage, the gloves and robe dropped in Blood furnace (which I was pugging), I lost the roll on the robe (which was the one I really wanted, oh well). We had a level 70 druid tank who was pretty lowsy with aggro management. I might be way off base here, but I would think Enrage, Berserk, then spam mangle would generate plenty of aggro and you should be able to keep any number of mobs. I'm not exactly a druid tanking expert, thats just my impression. I died a bunch of times from random mobs peeling off. Oh well, I got XP and some loot.

My druid didn't do any instancing this weekend, I quested a bunch, moved into Zangarmarsh and have almost cleared it. I'm into 64, ready to head to terrokar, but I want to do everything in Zangarmarsh I can (I want to work Cenarion rep for the LW patterns. I love socketable gear for leveling, since I have a high level JC, it ends up better than the intro WotLK gear normally). I will probably try to Pug a couple of the instances there for some gear and XP.

My paladin had both good and bad this weekend. Remember how I said I hate jousting? I still do. I can't beat the Champion to become a champion with Argent Tournament. With the rewards soon to be released for that (BoA chest!!), I really would like to get that knocked out, but I really dislike the jousting and just can't seem to get the hang of it. I did read a guide somewhere that said if you have a buddy DPS the Champion while you break shields, you can burn him down quick. I will hopefully try that method, yes I know it's technically cheating, oh well, he won't get off his stupid horse and fight me man to elf anways.

On the good side, I finally got 40 emblems and was presented with a real tough decision. I've ALWAYS loved the BoA gear. I have a Druid I want to get to 80, and a shammy that I've started leveling. I love Hybrid classes, and I envision my shammy being a dual wielding orcish maelstrom of destruction. I've always been impressed with shammies I've seen at upper levels. I want one. However, on going to turn in my badges, I saw myself staring squarely at the Belt of Living Iron (not sure if thats the exact name, can't access wowhead at work). Extra stam, has a socket, plenty of defense (I also hit revered with Argent Crusade, so I can get the head enchat with them to give me a little more latitude while staying at the magic 540). I ended up buying the shoulders, but it was a REALLY tough decision. I figured, I KNOW I will get a ton of use from the shoulders, I had nowhere near enough stones to get the PvP ones (I have 104, you need like 200 I think), and I can always run more heroics (either prot or ret) to get more emblems. Since I hit revered with Argent Crusade, they don't have anything else I want, so I will probably switch my tabard to Ebon Blade or Wyrmrest Accord. EB gives my some nice ret boots, WA gives me access to a breastplate which is a small upgrade (I'm still wearing the quest one from UP). Another wrinkle is that when motivated, I get 750 rep a day with EB just through dailies, so I'll get the boots eventually anyways. Decisions, decisions.

By the way, good to see most of the fights turn out as I expected (read Bonnar lost, oh well). Brock went all "BROCK SMASH!!!" on Mir, I just wasn't confident he'd be able to assert himself that dominantly on Mir. Oh well. Now I get to wait around for the next Demian Maia fight. My dream match, Demian Maia vs Karo "the Heat" Parisyan. I have always rooted for Parisyan. I started in Judo when I was 17, it really changed my life, so I always root for any Judo players. However, I have come to respect the technical aspects of pure brazillian jujitsu (not from people like Matt Serra who although they have a black belt, never use it in their fights). Demian Maia is the best jujitsu technician I have ever seen in mixed martial arts. OK, enough gushing about a fight that will probably never happen. . .

4 comments:

Everwrath of Silvermoon said...

Hope your knee doesn't give you too much trouble...

At revered, EB dailys give about 1650 rep (not sure whether that includes my human bonus) which is around 14 days grind without handing in any bones or doing other quests.

Myself, I prefer championing. I'm going to do the instances anyway - the dailys are just time-sucks.

Fish said...

I personally only do the 3 dailies from Shadow Hold. I believe you're including the 2 on the island which would be 1500 + your 150 rep for being human. I like the 3 dailies because they're easy, fun, I can do them all together, and they take 20 mins. . .

Darraxus said...

For the jousting dailiess, I have an easier way if you cant do it the old fashioned way. Find someone who has a taunt. Get them to tank the damn thing while you smash it in the face with charge over and over again. Voilla.

P said...

I'm a big fan of Maia as well. really looking forward to maia v marquardt.

I read an interview with maia before that said each fight his intent is to end the fight as soon as possible while taking as little damage as possible and causing as little damage as possible as well.

interesting contrast to those who want to hurt their opponent