Apparently Warriors have a skill called Demoralizing Shout.
I’m not quite sure, because apart from playing a Warrior for maybe one level before realizing I didn’t like it, I’ve never looked very hard at the toolbar.
I don’t ever recall being demoralized by it, but it’s somewhere on their toolbar and I know they use it, I see it in raids just before they charge at a boss.
Mind you, I have never noticed bosses being particularly demoralized either, they just seem to get angry and hit everyone they can reach.
Over the weekend I got to experience what it is like to give a really demoralizing shout.
It quickly occurred to me that I have been on the receiving end of this “demoralizing shout” multiple times in Arenas.
I know how it feels, I practically walk away from the PC when I hear the roar. I have to retrieve my keyboard from the hole in the wall when I hear my mates of vent cry in anguish...
Of course you may call it Bloodlust, but whatever you call it, it is demoralizing.
As the demoralized
I mentioned I have encountered this in the Arenas. When Gladius pops up and there is a shaman, a bit of me rejoices (no dispelling my Polymorphs bud!), but usually about 10 seconds later, the tears begin.
Yes, yes, I Spellsteal it, they definitely can’t have it and I have a few things I’d like to use it for, but it hurts, well it augers the hurt.
I’m not sure how many arena matches we have lost in the span of that initial Heroism, but not many survive past it.
In the charity raid spot
Squidly, as my Shaman alter ego, has plenty of opportunities to use it in raid situations, it’s almost a free ticket to a charity spot in a raid.
RandomDude: LF1M <nameyourraid>. Must have >9000 GS pst class role & LK kill achievement
Squidly: Umm Hi, I’ve got 4900gs and I my mates ran me through VoA… But I’m a Shaman!
You have joined the raid.
Then the time comes for Heroism – let’s face it, it’s always time for heroism. 5 sec in, 10 sec in, after 1 debuff, after 3 debuffs, everyone has a different time they want it and they never fail to tell you when it is used at their wrong time.
Ah yeah, Hero is up. Things are happening, the same things, but ummm, kinda faster.
To be honest it’s a bit more…
Yeah, I think it’s boring. I don’t feel heroic, I don’t feel the twinge of bloodlust, I just feel the same, maybe a little bigger, but otherwise… Ho hum.
As the demoralizer
Something changed over the weekend. For one thing, after replenishing Gnomeaggedon’s honor pile, again, I pulled Squidly out of the cupboard.
In fact about the only time Squid gets a run these days is after Gnome gets invited to a friend’s raid… Only to discover they need heals.
It’s all good, Gnomeaggedon gets his runs, Squidly is just my currency for an occasional raid spot.
So this weekend, I had a look at Squid. I was looking at the enhancement PvP gear I had collected in VoA, shaking my head I looked at what he was wearing.
Ok, sure, he wasn’t at square one, but he wasn’t going to win any BGs. I quickly blew my Emblems of Triumph on a couple of Furious pieces then headed off to EotS.
It took a little while for me to get back into the swing of BG healing.
I swore a lot at the DPS leaving me to watch nodes, then berating the healers for not being there to help them.
I got a bit angry that the DPS would always let me be the 1st to a node, which meant I died, which meant they berated me for not being there to heal them.
Then the Bloodlust overcame me
Yeah, alright, it was heroism, but sick of being pummeled into the ground, sick of losing the 7v5, the 5v5, the 3v5 encounters, I snapped.
I remembered the BORING BUTTON, I pressed it and I watched as the enemy crumpled in front of me.
Subsequently, when I pressed the boring button, not only would we slaughter them, but I could see the fear, I could see the slump of their shoulders as they dragged their weapons along the ground.
BATTLEGROUND MEET THE REAL DEMORALIZING SHOUT!
The rest of the weekend got a bit bizarre after that. BG after BG. Elementals burning and pounding. Debuffs repelled. Fears negated. Chain heals crisscrossing the nodes and highlighting the anguish in the eyes of our opponents.
The never ending bloodlust of battle
I had raced to Fel Reaver Ruins at the start of one game with a few others. The single Horde was overcome very quickly.
The call went out that Blood Elf Tower was lost.
Our FRR crew raced to the rescue, but it was a sea of Horde.
I was playing with smart players, my mana never dropped, Druids and Priest were ensuring I never lacked for mana.
I made sure they never lacked for heals.
I don’t know how long that battle really lasted. I do know that we only spent about 15 seconds at FRR on the way to BeT. I do know that the last of our opponents fell a split second before the BG victory window appeared
I know I felt like a hero on that mound of Horde bodies.
I know they were quivering in fear of my Heroism.
I know the best thing about Heroism in BGs… Death wipes Exhaustion (or Sated for you Horde folk), so you can use it every cooldown knowing most team mates will benefit from it (cause who doesn’t die right?) and your opponents will be demoralized.
Gnomer and Out, Squidly and Stout!
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