… but not being very successful…
To be inspired:
The 1st round of Cataclysm class changes have been announced. I say 1st, because experience has taught me that what is announced at this stage of pre-expansion hysteria is not what we will see.
- I’m humored that this gnome with big balls of fire will have a bigger ball of fire.
- I’m surprised that “people” find fire & frost ward irrelevant. I know I use them a lot in PvP, but doesn’t everyone use them in VoA?
- I’m slightly interested that rated BGs are coming, but to be completely and brutally honest I think this is already one patch too late.
- I’m disappointed that there is no mention of a Gnomeaggedon statue appearing anywhere.
- As for reclaiming Gnomeregan, well… I know this is blasphemy, but… Whatever!
I’d like to thank folks for the emails and tweets informing me of this, but without trying to sound like an April fools joke, I am actually more excited by the concept of the Trolls retaking their homeland.
To take pleasure in a conversion:
A while back I got a taunting email from a Warlock reader (yeah, I don’t get it either… Locks reading a Mage blog?).
Just the other day the same Lock, Nymesis, emailed me to tell me this:
I gotta admit it to you, I have been playing my ‘lock forever and had forgotten about my poor, poor alt mage. However, yesterday I just saw that mage sitting there, looking dejected and I thought I’d give ‘em a spin. Damn I forgot how much fun they were, and with all the defensive cooldowns to boot. Pull aggro? No problem Iceblock, Invis, Mana shield. Much fun was had by all. Troll Mage?….hmmm.
Now I have to be excited about a potential conversion don’t I? The mages of Dalaran even pay 10g per Warlock scalp we Mages bring in – converts are worth 20g.
Yet for some reason I feel sorry for Nymesis… There’s no good reason. I think the fire starting spark has gone and while I should be collecting my bounty, I’m just muttering in the corner…
To be optimistic:
Larisa has often spoken of my positive attitude, something I have always raised an eyebrow to, I prefer to think of myself as an eternal optimist, one who stares down stark reality with a bucketload of illusion until the bad times go away.
Battlegrounds have become a place were my unrealistic ever present optimism has been ripped to shreds.
Battlegrounds have become my last stand, my fall back position where I knew I could get a run and do, on the balance of probability, over enough games, quite nicely.
In fact battlegrounds can be held partially to blame for my lack of posts lately. Until a few weeks back (mmm let’s call that 3.3.3) I have happily spent 3+ hours a day in the battlegrounds. Some days the win ratio was 9:1, other days 4:6.
Whatever losses I suffered, there were always enough wins to keep the spirits high. The losses only served to strengthen my resolve to do it better and harder the next game.
Since 3.3.3 I have ranted a little (A lot actually, but if I was to post them all it would be 3 posts per day of Gnomish anguish – if you want to hear my squeals of frustration you will need to follow me on Twitter instead) but I have also in my own small way tried to help those new to the battlegrounds.
The scales have tipped now though, the optimism has not just been leached slowly, but has been ripped forcibly from my guts.
I have started doing things I have never done before – quitting a BG and happily accepting a deserters buff. Pre-3.3.3 I think I quit 2 battlegrounds, purely because some RL event occurred which meant I was going to be AFK for more than 30 seconds, so I made way for someone else to win the battle.
But lately, I have been making that decision in the 1st 3 minutes of a battle. When I see strats like this for EotS, I cry and I reach for my Portal: Dalaran.
Take two bases, carry the flag.
However when I see these comments in BG chat, I immediately wish them luck and go…
some more people go to get the flag please…
Do I need to tell you how many bases we had at the time…
a clue.. < 1
This wasn’t the start of the game, this was after we had 2 bases, which we then lost because we all know that if you don’t have 13 people on the flag, you just aren’t trying hard enough!
Who the hell doesn’t know at this point in the game that bases win EotS and the flag is Noob bait? It’s been here since the beginning of BC!
Euripedes had some sensible advice. Forget about winning, it’s not going to happen. Just work on personal best. I’m trying to do that, I don’t enter a BG unless I want to do my best, but you know, once in a while I like a win to vindicate that I am doing it all right.
But those wins are few and far between right now.
How far between?
I won a BG the other night…the 1st one in 4 days… A time unit that is probably irrelevant unless I put that in hours… About 12 hours for one 20 minute win.
I haven’t won one since.
Prelimar has talked me back from the edge a few times now via Twitter, even appealing to my overinflated ego by asking spec questions. You can probably thank him that I am even posting today.
Cynwise likewise has been trying to control my nerdrage with very sensible suggestions like:
Just step away for a few days
This has been happening in a way. When I hit my 3rd defeat for a night I shut WoW down and walk away. At least I am getting early nights right?
Why didn’t blizzard introduce the rated BGs when the introduced the random BG?
As much as we all bitched about the groups we ended up with from LFD, at least Blizzard had some sort of (if misguided) filtering system in place to ensure that people could successfully complete an instance.
Over the years many people (Cynwise most recently) have hypothesized that the reason one faction excels in AV, yet loses miserably in AB and WSG is that all the good players leave the AV queues when they are destroyed there, going to AB and WSG.
On Bloodlust it was Alliance dominating AV and Horde dominating AB & WSG.
Now I think I am lucky to encounter a team in any BG with more than 40% of players that know what to do, and rarely 20% of people who can PvP.
I don’t think the good players have gone to another BG, I think they have just gone.
Occasionally, rarely, I get a good game. I had one last night, a WSG. We lost 0-2, but that score doesn’t describe the epic battles we had, and probably would have continues to have if there wasn’t a timer.
To maintain the love:
As the Violent Femmes say…
It’s gone Daddy gone
My love has gone away…
I’m hoping I will find it again.
When I do I’ll let you know.
For now it’s…
Gnomer and Out!
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