Archive for May, 2009

Saturday Night’s alright to Party: but leave the Death Knights at Home!

The weekend that was… pretty good when all is said an done.

Friday night was Naxx10 night, but it took a while to get the group together.

All 7 of us mates where ready and waiting, but some nights it’s so hard to find just one more.

Unfortunately the “one more” we got was a Mage…. (Actually fortunately, he wasn’t that well geared, but knew his job, and his main dropped in to help us with Gluth) (more…)

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Blizzcon Exterior

Geez, I’m a lucky guy to bring to your attention Not 1, Not 2, but 3 awesome competitions that are running right now.

Normally I am just pimping Mage blogs, but this time round there is something in it for you beyond awesome reading.

Yep, we are talking awesome prizes!

I figure this is a good place to pimp these competitions, after all you will need to do something magical to win, and if there is one thing Mages are full of (apart from Tauren droppings), it’s magic!

I feel particularly good about this after you folk gave so much to Brigwyn’s child’s play charity auction. *

Competition #1


  • Did you get your Blizzcon ticket… No?
  • Didn’t bother because you couldn’t afford accommodation or airfares?

Well here’s the competition for you! (more…)

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What class is he?


I can see he dual specs, and he is great at turfing missiles across the room.


At 1st thought he is a Hunter, but as much as he loves his fluffy stuffed non-combat pets, he runs screaming from any furry creature with blood pumping through it’s body (more…)

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Dear WordPress… Stop eating my posts!

Why can’t you handle an interruption caused by a phone call? You app is designed to run on an iPhone?

Why do you tell me you recovered the post, let me save and finish the post… Yet when I open it again, there is nothing but a blank page!

Here we go again…

I have a dirty dual spec secret… (more…)

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Yer, umm here’s my weekly weekend wrap up… which is normally up on a Tuesday or Wednesday, but with playtime starting for this weekend in 3 hours, I better knock out last week’s….

I didn’t get to play on Friday night, in part because I played for a little while on Thursday, but I did get a bit of play time on Saturday.

The good part about this was that I got to do a few heroics…

The bad bit as the 9 items my mates DE’d

I am sure a couple of those had my name on them…

AN Achievements

Dropped in on Azjol-The-Noob, 1st time in once again my 1st run through an encounter is a heroic… well, let’s face it, they all will be. (more…)

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A while back a commenter suggested that /stopcasting was no longer relevant in casting macros.

I had forgotten all about it until /stopcasting was positively mentioned in a comment by Velinath to my Magetard post.

I (respectably) disagree with the original commenter, and happily agree with Velinath.

Sure you don’t need it so much to combat lag… So much, because Blizzard fixed the casting system a while back to allow “queuing” of your next spell.

However, there are times, and more specifically spells that may require you to act instantly, canceling your current spell to launch the more important spell or skill.

If you have just started a 3 second cast, only to find:

  • The mob is coming right at you
  • Someone is cursed
  • You got ganked
  • A mob just got an uber buff
  • Your sheep broke
  • A mob is casting a nasty spell

What are you going to do? (more…)

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Account Cancelled

Account Cancelled

Have you ever seen this screen before?

What brought you to this point? (more…)

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You may have noticed that I love drawing your attention to Mage blogs.

Primarily because there seem to be so few, then suddenly out of no where one appears.

The problem I find is that no sooner have I found the one, then I find a little trail leading to another and another and another.

So today I am going to share some Gifts (Blogs brought to my attention) and discoveries (blogs I stumbled across) (more…)

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Magetard: like a Huntard, only worse

Pie at ForTheHorde had a great post about avoiding tardness as a Hunter by practicing, practicing and practicing a bit more.

His point was that while leveling and grinding we tend to fall back on lazy practices which will inhibit our ability to excel in instances and raids.

Fundamentally you can get away with sloppy play while soloing. Likewise there is rarely a need to challenge yourself, and on those occasions when a solo pull goes pear shaped, there is a good chance you will accept a ghost run rather than practice “wipe recovery”.

Noobaggedon the Magetard

Reading this post so soon after my Noobaggedon post, it really struck a cord. It occurred to me that I am a sloppy Mage, a Magetard (not a term you hear every day).

I think a part of the problem comes from the very “glass” nature of being a Mage and had been accentuated in my case by both being a Fire Mage and a suicide PvP Mage (and it doesn’t help having limited playtime… But that is ultimately just another excuse).

When I die, I think nothing of it and neither to my group mates. If someone is going to die, it will probably be the dps with the least health, right? Last in line for heals, and 1st to pull aggro.

Here are some of my failings as a Mage: (more…)

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Do Gnomes smoke?

Dalaran from Mechanostrider

For a long time now I have had a quiet chuckle each time I launched myself onto my Mechanostrider and head off.

The reason is the huge puff of smoke that shoots out the back of my strider to the cacophony of squeaking and spluttering Gnome Engineered parts.

But I noticed something when I jumped on my immaculately groomed Cenarion War Hippogryph and launched myself into the sky the other day… (more…)

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