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#WarlockWeek and #WarriorWeek

Yes, once again I am hideously late to this party of appreciation for our alts :P.

Warlocks:

My first raiding toon and real main was a warlock.  This is Carlyn whom I rolled on Thorium Brotherhood back at the end of vanilla.

carlyn

She started raiding in Burning Crusade and continued to be my main all the way into Naxxramas in Lich King, at which point I swapped to Askevar.  I loved being a demonology warlock but being demonology was more important than continuing to raid on the toon, and since Ven needed an offtank, I changed mains.  Catching up on achievements was a royal pain – I will say :P

I have many fond memories on Carlyn – first stepping into a 25 man raid and later leading one, hubby and I finishing the epic mount questlines for our classes, watching our raid leaders and learning from them… the epic mistype in Magtheridon’s Lair by the raid leader.  There were some not so good – getting picked on because I prioritized stats differently and getting treated like dirt by the other warlocks when I outdps’d them with the different priorities… become an officer and then getting a lot dumped on, and the 1% wipe on Gruul we had to walk away from.  I doubt I’ll ever main a warlock again, but I’ll always have a fondness for this toon.

 

In that vein, I rolled another warlock a long time ago on a different server.  She has yet to reach max level and not sure she will but here she is in her gnome cuteness.

gnomelock

 

 

Warriors:

Besides rogues, warriors are probably my other least favorite class.  It hasn’t helped that the vast majority of the ones I’ve run into aren’t terribly pleasant – not all of them, mind you.

Anyway, I decided back when that I needed a male character…  and my night elf warrior was born.  Truth be told, I’d race change him if I cared enough… I do NOT like him.  Now that said, I have the fond memory of dressing him entirely in pink plus a pimp cane, RP walking him into Warsong Gulch’s horde base and doing /dance while my teammates grabbed the flag and capped it.  The horde all targeted me, in shock I think, and left me alone until they realized I was a distraction.  It’s a true story :P

warrior1

 

To my surprise I have another warrior hanging out on my account… I think I rolled it to experiment with lowbie pvp back when warriors were OP [are they still?]  Because I love gnomes:

gnomewarrior

 

And then there’s the Panda warrior I started to level for a guild achievement.  I actually am leveling her prot and am enjoying it quite a bit.

pandawarrior

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#ShamanWeek

Well Shaman Week ended yesterday so naturally I had to post something today instead LOL.  Anywho, I only have two shaman – both with the same name.  Here’s Tsali from ThoBro – who used to be dedicated Enhancement spec but is now Elemental.  She’s got the full Scarlet set – no longer obtainable and I’m pretty proud of the transmog.

 

TsaliTB

Shaman are fun.  :D  I’m actually surprised I only have two of them but yeah, that’s it.  Anyway, Tsali is one of the alts I had to leave behind on ThoBro when we server transferred back in Cata.  I really hated leaving her behind so I rolled another shaman on Azuremyst once we got settled in a guild and started leveling her.  She’s Enhancement of course… though I wish the spec were as fun this expansion as I remember it being before.

TsaliAZM

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Liyah

I realize that I’ve missed Priest week, but figured since I had the time I’d sit down and try to write the entry.  My priest has been one of my two primary alts for the last couple of expansions.  I initially tried to level her whilst we were in Naxx 25 and needed priests for Mind Controls for one of the fights in there.  With half your healing corps priests and only one or two shadow priests, we needed more.  I leveled her to level 30 as shadow and then swapped to disc.  She’s been disc since that point in time.  She used to be Kintara on Thorium Brotherhood but had to swap to Liyah over here on Azuremyst.

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My husband has like 6-7 paladins… maybe more on his account.  Only three of them are max level thus far.  He likes paladins.  He’s played a paladin since he logged on in vanilla and he’s weathered all the changes the game provided for paladins.  Mostly he’s been a Prot pally, sometimes a Ret and very occasionally he’s even been a holy paladin.  He likes paladins so much that our son has a level 85 paladin and I have several paladins myself, though my main is my death knight [I always thought the Paladin/Death Knight combo was interesting].

Venoym and Askevar

Askevar and Venoym

Anyway here’s Venoym in full transmog:

Venoym

Like I said, he’s had this toon forever.  He exceeds me in total achievement points and has ground things like the Insane.  He did contemplate swapping mains once or twice because of some massive paladin changes that came out but has always managed to roll with those punches and enjoy the class once again.

Here’s his smattering of other paladins…  I left out his army of lowbies.

Ven's pally army

Ven’s pally army: Herald toon; Horde and 2 of his main server alt pallies.

Yes, he’s mad about paladins.

So much so that our son’s first toon was a paladin.  And yes, it looks very much like Venoym… he is a daddy’s boy.

Little Venoym

Little Venoym

He calls it a hunter though… Our son thinks Hunter is part of the toon’s name… so yeah.  It’s weird I know :P  So he’s got the mage on one account and this paladin on the other.  If he wants anymore he’ll have to level them.  [His third toon appears to be a warlock that just hit level 3 - and he's very very proud of that].

And for completion’s sake here’s my Paladin Collage:

CollageAskThe dwarf there was the first toon I ever rolled on the account… I leveled her to 40ish in vanilla and then dropped her because while being a Jack of all trades was fun at low levels, it became more complex and weak the higher you went.  She’s swapped specs a few times but it currently holy.

The human paladin is my current bank toon… I decked her out in that transmog from Darkmoon Faire at level 10 or 20… I honestly forget which, but I wanted her to look good.

And the horde there is Holykau…  the poor thing can’t keep a horde guild on Argent Dawn – she’s had them transferred out from under her four or five times now… and it’s continually someone kicking everyone and ninja-transferring to either have a level 25 guild or to sell it… I’m still not completely sure.  She was leveled for the double agent achievement but I enjoy playing horde side on occasion.

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#MonkWeek

So it’s Monk week!  I adore my monk!  She’s very fun and my favorite toon other than my main :)  I leveled Taiki as Brewmaster originally, thinking I’d definitely want to be a tank but I ended up through circumstances trying Windwalker and falling in love.

Here’s Taiki – my level 90 monk on my main realm

Taiki

 

She’s the only dps alt I really enjoy and I’ve tanked on her a little bit and it’s pretty decent too.  It actually reminds me of death knight tanking somehow.  I tried healing on her in LFR after throwing together a cobbled set but it just doesn’t work for me.

 

That said, I am trying mistweaving on another lowbie toon and it’s pretty easy there… not sure why it seems so much harder endgame but it seems that way… Here’s Kwini who is slowly being leveled and who has basically done little questing and all dungeoning thus far.

 

Kwini

 

I’ve rolled a few other monks, including a bank alt for my old realm.  Also rolled a human monk for a raid activity before the last patch dropped where we all rolled new toons and rushed to level 10 for battlegrounds…  but they don’t seem to have taken.

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#MageWeek

I mained a warlock initially, so I had very little appreciation for mages until I’d leveled most of the other classes.  I always reckoned that if I wanted to play with fire, I’d just go destruction.  Despite saying that, my lock has been demonology – always.  And I did end up “playing with fire”.  I can’t make a mage do very well, but I do enjoy playing them on occasion.  I only have one mage to share that’s my own.  She’s a human mage, created on Argent Dawn and named after a former raid leader who I particularly learned from.  She sat for a couple years before finally getting leveled.

 

mage

 

As you can see her transmog is… incomplete :P

 

But anyway, what I really want to discuss is my son’s mage, which used to be mine…  When we moved servers, my husband wanted the convenience of us both being able to port around.  Add to that, the mage was a toon our son had shown some fascination with and I was planning to leave it behind.  Hubby insisted that I move it to the other account, so we’d both have ports and our son could also play it with us.  I’m glad he did.  Since we moved servers, our son has flirted with the game on and off and really enjoys his little gnome mage, which he calls “Mommy’s gnome.”

gnomemage

His gnome’s home is in Stormwind and the Trade District innkeeper is his toon’s mommy.  He mainly spends his time either on this toon or his human paladin [who are apparently siblings since the innkeeper in Trade is mommy to both] and enjoys just flying around exploring.

He learned to read a map a long time ago somehow, which as someone with a degree in Anthropology/Geography makes me quite happy.  So he can find me anywhere just about.  He makes a game of it occasionally, especially if I’m in a place he doesn’t recognize.

He’s learned to fight sha and knows some raid ettiquette.  He’s learned to not stand in bad.  And he has fun learning.  His toon also has uncanny luck with gear… he got both pieces of 496 tier off Sha, 2 rings, boots and belt off Galleon; and both 522 tier off Nalak with a plethora of PVP gear.

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#HunterWeek Hunter Appreciation Week

askalaphos

I have at least one of every class so I do indeed have a hunter.  In fact, I have a couple of them… but only one that’s max and the others I plan to delete [ie, there's only one I care enough about here to show].  It’s a class that I have a very on again/off again relationship with.  My hunter was an early alt rolled in vanilla/BC time right after starting the game.  It got leveled to max [70] second and was an alt I raided on occasionally in Karazhan.  As odd as it as back then, she was a tailor/enchanter.  And by the time I realized the benefit of using other professions for a hunter, she already had too many tailoring recipes to realistically replace, so she’s stayed thus.   I did the whole epic bow questline on her.  I have the Arcanite Reaper from Karazhan sitting on her.

Despite all that, I’m not a very good hunter.  I was alright as Beast Mastery back in BC but when LK hit that became well… not viable for me.  I went Marksmanship for that and in Cata that didn’t seem to work well for me and I’m not overly fond of Survival now… despite it being the “best” spec based on advice I’ve been given.

Anyway, despite those truths, I still have some fond memories of my hunter and fun experiences!

I have a collection of lions – Sambas, Humar and the White Lion which I have had back since early in the toon’s life… [it was one of my first pets].  Traditionally only horde could get it but I was in an ally guild where someone had a horde alt with the summoning quest and who was helping guildies get the lion.  So naturally Wesa [Cat in Cherokee] is my favorite pet.

betweenthelions

I put the lions in my stampede bar and here they are… with several copies of the white lion!

I did the Rhok’delar questline on her… though it was pretty easy to do by that point… but still a fun bit of story!  I have the bow, the staff and the Quiver from that questline still in my bank today.

I love the flowers on the bow!!!

I love the flowers on the bow!!!

And quite possibly my favorite toy!

facemelter

 

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Druid Appreciation Week #DruidWeek

So in honor of Druid Appreciation week, here be my druids:

aricaa

I started Aricaa back in BC and leveled her… tried resto one time [it was very fail] and ended up going Feral [tank mainly then].  I actually had my first tanking experience on her, not the death knight.  I had just gotten her to 70 and we were a tank short for Gruul’s Lair [for the High King Maulgar fight].  I had literally just defense capped her that afternoon and hubby had me hop over and tank the warlock guy… so basically get feared around the room while trying to hold aggro.  After Cataclysm dropped, she ended up going solidly kitty dps, though I think she still has a tank spec on her to this day… I just find druid tanking to be somewhat frustrating, though I will admit readily that i haven’t truely given it a recent fair shake… maybe I’ll give it a go this week…

qeziah

Qeziah was started with the intention of being my resto/boomkin druid… well… resto healing frustrates me too but I actually manage to get by in LFR and be competitive.  I prefer to not rely on HoTs as a healer so she honestly doesn’t get much playtime.  I hated boomkin so much when I tried it that I ended up going feral for her offset… that plus a BoA 471 polearm didn’t hurt either for leveling from 85-90…  And I really love feral druiding :D  The set on the left is her resto mog and the set on the right is her feral mog.

boomkinbanker

And lastly, I loved the look of the troll boomkin so much that I ended up making a druid boomkin banker on my horde server…  He just handles auctions and banking but it works…   Heh, maybe I’ll even try a LFD run this week…

worgendruid

Oh I suppose I should also mention the worgen druid I rolled on my second account… that well… isn’t likely to be played anytime soon… she’s mostly mogged in the Cenarion set also [Molten Core sets are easy to come by early on and most are pretty nifty] with Phaelia’s Vestments for a chest piece.  Mostly I just loved the mixture of her name and being a worgen…

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So apparently I missed the memo on the proposed Alt Appreciation Weeks but hey, I’m glad i didn’t miss a week!  I have alts of every class but probably the most DK alts.  Yeah, my main is a death knight too.  And they all have blood specs.  Some have dps specs too but all of them have blood specs.

Why death knights?  I don’t know.  They just feel right to me.  I’ve heard the claim that dks are boring because you only spam death strike but that’s really an oversimplification.  And I’ve also heard it’s too hard.  Personally I enjoy the synergy I have with my husband’s paladin.  And maybe that’s really the difference for me there.

Anyway, here’s Askevar in her “Lich Queen” outfit.  Most of my death knights are mogged similarly as I like the outfit and unlike many others seems to suit them.

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Alt Monday

I made the decision last week to spend my game time on Mondays working on alts, at least until the new patch hits and maybe even then.  It’s been fun.  I’ve worked on a lowbie warlock I had and my healy monk primarily.  I also started a Panda rogue and I have to say, I LOVE the animations of a panda rogue!

Anyway, I experienced something today on the healy monk that I’ve talked about before, and the blogging community at large has discussed off and on – the plight of being a new tank in a dungeon.

My healy monk has done very few quests and has leveled mostly by dungeoning.  I’ve been trying to make sure I do each dungeon at least once… including the end game BC normals.  I’ve finished most of them and am sitting at 71 now but I’ve still got a couple to hit [the queues DO pop for these... especially in the evenings].

Anyway, I got into Botannica and we’re moving along at a pretty good clip through the trash.  The pulls aren’t huge and aren’t as big as I could heal through but I’m not going to complain about an easy run as a healer.  It even looks like he’s analyzing the pulls and doesn’t appear familiar with the instance – most people I see in there on a lowbie now aren’t familiar.  I ran most of them umpteen times in BC so I remember them pretty well.

About halfway through the run one of the dps starts complaining that he’s hideously bored.  I mean the whole run might have been 10 minutes long… eh maybe 12… so we’re only 5 or 6 minutes in.  The second the next boss dies, the dps takes off for a corner and pulls a pack of mobs [and frankly a pack of little seedlings any dps should solo fine] so the tanks runs on past and I follow the tank.

Mouthy dps: “Dumb tank!”

Me: “I’m not sure how a dps pulling a pack equates to a dumb tank.  I donna think that word means what you think it means.”  Yes… you can blame the Princess Bride quotathon my Sisters in law had yesterday afternoon.

Mouthy dps:  “He didn’t even try to grab aggro!”

Me: “I wouldn’t either if you were facepulling packs for me.”

Mouthy dps: “But this tank is soooooooooooooooooooo slow.”

Me: “What if he’s new?”

Mouthy dps: “Well if he’s new he needs to practice tanking before he gets into a dungeon at all.  Personally I think you should run battlegrounds before you do any dungeons – for practice.”

Me: “Tanking lowbie dungeons is better practice for tanking than bgs.”

Other dps: “Yeah you should be practicing in dungeons while leveling ideally.”

Me: “I hate pvp.  I guess you’ll just have to deal with a healer who also didn’t practice in bgs.”

 

The dps backed off at that point and then apologized.  The fact was, the tank was holding aggro just fine on any pack he pulled, his dps as a tank was where we expected and he was quiet and trying to do his job.

I know some people would argue that the tank should have looked up the fights, but the reality is that mechanics in these five mans mean nothing… the boss dies in less than a minute as things stand right now.  I didn’t have anyone go below about 90% health except the dps who ran off by himself.  And he only hit 50%.

I will say that I’ve noticed a trend as I level these alts… the dps queue gets progressively longer… whether that’s from tanks not queueing or more queueing as dps instead or just dumb luck I don’t know.

But if you don’t want a tank starting in lowbie dungeons, max level dungeons or LFR and you don’t want them questing because they can pull the whole zone and cause others to wait and tanking in PVP… well there’s not much to tank there and it doesn’t really prepare you for dungeons or raids and there’s no tank gear unless you’re a monk or druid.

Where EXACTLY should new tanks learn?

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