That I can’t solo a battleground?
I mean it’s quite obvious really, but when I rush to a node and only find 5 opponents, my 1st thought isn’t to run to a safe distance and pick them off…
My 1st thought is whether I can hurt them all in my 1st move.
When I see 10 players battling over a node, do I join them?
I race to the seemingly undefended one. Often it is, when I get there. However as soon as…
Gnomeaggedon has assaulted your honor by ninja’ing your node
…appears on the screen I get a horde of, well of bellowing (often mooing) Horde charging me down.
The post Battleground Leadership makes some good points.
A losing strategy may become a winning strategy if you are all following the plan. Maybe by brute force you can dint the opposition enough for them to doubt their own strategy and either try a new one giving you the chance to capitalize, or fall apart at the seams giving you the chance to dominate.
Of course they may just group up and farm you.. Well, they will group up and farm you. If no single person is threatening their nodes, they can afford to commit their full force to destroying you constantly depleted one.
What happens next?
To my mind it’s what happens when the lemming strat actually tips the balance. Do you sit there and congratulate yourselves, or do you push on and overwhelm tactical brilliance via thoughtless-yet-overpowering force?
Maybe I need to reread my own posts, like yesterdays one. Rather than trying to solo nodes, maybe I need to find someone else with suicidal instincts to come with me, maybe we will pick up a couple more meat shields for me to cast around.
If this succeeds then I just need to remember…
I AM NOT A MELEE MAGE!
Yeah, I know I said I was.
Unfortunately between my stupid weapon achievements and my arsenal of up close and personal death bombs, I often forget that my true place in any fight is at the back.
I see someone casting and my ranged interrupts are on cooldown – I can’t help myself, I’ve got something to counter that… If I can just get close enough.
I see a bunch of Horde owning my healer…
Hey over here beefcake2000 I got a Dragons Breath just for you!
Why do I blink ahead of my melée to get the 1st punch?
Why don’t I just hold back?
The reason is unfortunately simple.
People hesitate… I don’t!
People may follow, but someone has to lead… Unfortunately I often forget I can lead from the back, with words, but so often with pugs it’s bodies that seem to indicate determination to sack a node.
Ever raced from MT to FRR with 4 team mates only to find they have stopped at the foot of the bridge because… Shock horror… There are Horde up there?
That’s why I end up trying to solo them, because the bridge won’t win the node.
Speaking of PvP Paralysis, a strange thing happened to Squidly on the way to EoE the other day…
I got the blind raid invite, jumped on a taxi and as I was flying over Wintergrasp, asked a simple question…
Ummm what raid are we doing?
VoA10 was the response.
Damn, you will need to summon me off the taxi then, otherwise it will be a long wait for me to arrive.
But the summons didn’t come.
Then I saw these words come up in raid chat.
We can’t summon. You will need to fly directly into the VoA portal.
Why not? I asked.
There are 2 Horde rogues next to the summoning stone.
Momentarily stunned, I replied…
But there are 9 of you against 2 of them… Just go out and hand them their arses!
We don’t PvP!
Why are you doing a “PvP” raid if you don’t raid.
I admit it, I was a little annoyed. I know it isn’t a “PvP raid” as it’s all PvE inside the instance, but it is the fruit of the PvP labors that makes it available.
I was nearly at VoA when one of the raid members annoyed by both the wait and my annoyance (that they wouldn’t just go out and pwn the rogues to shave 5 minutes off my flight), said…
Will you just hurry up!!
So being me, I took the most appropriate action…
I nearly went to see if I could take the rogues out myself… But I would have struggled as Resto and I couldn’t be bothered respecing and 2 rogues will do unspeakable things to a solo shaman.
Instead I threw myself back into LFR and 30 seconds later got my EoE raid.
Don’t get me started on the For The Alliance raid the other day…
Geez u think I might have rambled a bit there… Ohh well…
Did I have a point?
Mmm maybe somewhere…
In other news we cocked up last week with the Arena stuff… only got 3 battles in because some guy by the name of Arthas was taunting my mates.
Who the hell does he think he is?
So we made up for it last night (errr.. last night for me… today for you) (Whatever happened to the Arena stuff being sorted during weekly maintenance.. I mean that was hours away…).
We were doing OK too.
I may yet have found my “BG”… I’m a pretty target, but not all that easy to kill (yeah, I find that hard to believe too!) and somehow in the chaos, we are taking our opponents down (about 50% of the time so far this week.. it was looking better… but we can afford some losses right now).
I was cut when my RetPally mate got 3 killing blows… but a couple of Arenas later and the killing blows were all mine.
To be honest I don’t really care..
I’m happy being the Gnomish pin cushion.. let’s face it, while 3 fools are trying to take me down, there is a big nasty Paladin behind them with a mace that is looking for a dark place to hide… better yet, they aren’t focusing on our healer who does a wonderful job of keeping me alive… ever seen a Gnome jump manically… how about one that is also blinking about the place, running under bridges, over bridges, behind pillars.. anywhere is OK (for me!). I am getting better though, and I do come when I’m called, and I kind of focus.. it might not be the right target, but they are all targets, right?
Gnomer and Out!
PS: Yes, that’s 3 posts in 3 days… I’m past 666 and I can feel the (creative) juices flowing. I might even knock one up tomorrow… errr today… errr you’ll see.
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