I am a noob, present tense.
I will be a noob, future tense.
I was a noob, past tense.
This post is about past tense, but I will not rule out present or future tense.
Thank you Luthvian for making me relive my embarrassing past, present & future…. some Birthday present!
My 1st toon was a Hunter. My 1st pet was the scruffy Alpha Worg. I love that dog, my wife in her one WoW related moment, named it and I still have it.
Anyway, we all know the bane of all parties in an instance is the Hunter’s pet, the problem was, what to do with it.
- I could stable it.
- I could take a flight path
- I could outrun it
- I could kill it
But under no circumstances at all was I going to DISMISS it. I loved it, and back then hunter’s pets were hard to train.
One day I discovered Dismiss was a temporary thing… Not a permanent thing…
I knew of them, even occasionally allocated them, but really had no appreciation of their importance. I will come back to this…
I was pretty good at learning my new skills from the trainer, but I wasn’t all that good at using them.
They were in my spell book somewhere… Somewhere. But a glowing tab doesn’t tell me which new skills I had. (why don’t the new skills glow individually until acknowledged?)
So often they wouldn’t leave the spellbook (ok, I admit it… I didn’t know you had to drag them from the spellbook for a few levels)
Many people playing these days wouldn’t have experienced this, but back in the old days your action bars didn’t automatically upgrade your new rank of skills/spells.
Do I need to say anymore?
Ok, I wiil. So I would have more health etc, but I was still getting slaughtered by mobs, cause rank 1 spells really don’t hurt.
More Action Bars
I had an automatic action bar changing mod for a while (until Blizz killed them). It would change from non-combat to combat bars and back as my status changed. Problem was I would be spamming buttons and wouldn’t notice when combat would end, so then I would start casting all sorts of non-combat spells.
So I changed all my non-combat spells to a spare bar, and filled my non-combat bar with heaps of /cheer /hooray /silly /macros.
People thought it was great the way I always cheered etc at the immediate end of each fight.
In reality I was just using a noob-guard.
On my return to Australia in January after 2 months away from WoW, and the beginning of my WoLK experience, I thought it would be a good chance to fix my UI, so I changed a couple of things…
- My spec and thus spells
- My UI to a very snazzy one not designed for my monitor resolution, so now the action bar icons are about 4mm squares.
- All my keybindings after reading a series of excellent posts by Euripedes.
- All in one pre-WoW session, in about 20 minutes.
I then spent the next 3 weeks frost nova’ing when I meant to blink, blink when I meant to frost nova. Blast wave, pyroblast, decurse, invisibility, iceblock, hell everything at the wrong time.
This is really where present and future tense comes in. I still can’t remember my iceblock (ie: last night) or invisibility keybinds, and my UI is soooo small I can’t even click on the bloody skills, cause I can’t find them!
Leading the charge
Tank enters the room 1st… Don’t be silly, I’m already there and engaging the mobs… Mmmm ghost running that is.
In TBC, with time being a premium, I spent hours, days, weeks developing a gear upgrade path and spreadsheet.
I worked my way through that list one quest, one instance, one spellpower at a time.
One day I accidentally skipped a few items for a major upgrade. That was a turning point. Then I looked at the top 2 or 3 (or 1 if it was a quest reward) items, and just aimed for them.
In a twinkle of my Gnomish eye, I was Kara geared, hell, I was Gruul geared. Lowest DPS to highest.
Sure prioritize the items, so if upgrades that aren’t in your top 3 drop you grab them, but a linear upgrade path is not the quickest and most efficient path. (Says me sporting more T7.5 gear than most of my mates. Me playing 80 for 4 weeks, them for 4 months – but then I got lucky… Thank you guild!)
I never used Frost, apart from the odd frost nova. In fact when doing that Sunwell daily that requires you to kill green fire elementals (Green! They can’t be fire!), I had to do two complete 100%, little red man, repairs because I refused to use Frost (and didn’t care that they were immune to fire).
When I finally gave up my “Green can’t equal fire delusions”, I used frost bolt, level 1 frostbolt at level 70! That was all that as on my action bars!
After completing the quest once, over a period of a week, I never picked up that daily again. I am a Fire Mage!
I never used Ice Lance in PvP, in fact only recently used it at all (no, it wasn’t even on my cast bar). That’s when I discovered it proc’d impact!
Back in TBC, I spec’d my Mage for fun. A bit of this, a bit of that, a bit of everything, yet nothing.
At some point, while not having fun in the groundhog day that Shadow Lab became, I realized my fun spec was no fun at all.
I did something anti-noob. I sought out help, I humbled myself on the unofficial WoW forums, got a truckload of help and started having fun.
Yes I was cookie cutter, but downing bosses is much more fun than wiping. Great DPS is much more fun than the rare impact or blast wave.
That is why I leveled from 70-80 in a “fun” spec, then bought the cookie and cut it when I hit 80.
Is that noobtastic Noobaggedon of Nooberegan enough for you?
The good news is, noob isn’t forever, assuming you want to change. Noob can just be a temporary state of delusion that you know it all, that playing the game your way is the best way.
Do you have to EJ it? He’ll no, but it doesn’t hurt to listen to wisdom occasionally, and maybe incorporate a bit into your playstyle.
Remember, Arcane never was, and never will be a viable raid spec! You heard it first at EJ’s, over and over and over again. Just proves everyone can be a noob sometimes.
Noober and Out!
Note: disclaimer or whatever you want to call it. EJ was right, for the longest time. But good on those Noobs that kept insisting that the numbers be reworked, especially after the changes that made it viable.
Still a NOOB
Whoops, noob moment, need to pass the noob baton. I pass it to self confessed ex-forum troll and master of the Critical QQ… Actually I fireball spam it to all my Mage Blogging brethern… I have them all so high up on pedestals that I think I need to bring them down to Gnome level.
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