I think of BigBearButt frequently. I link to him just as often.
One of the reasons I do, is I love his passion for playing WoW. Like all of us he reaches low points, yet unlike many he finds new inspiration, or is reinspired by different aspects of the game.
He even hit his 1st Cataclysm raid the other day and came out with more boss kills than me… on his “alt”!
There is one part of the game that he hasn’t dipped his toe into, although he often says that he’d love to join me… You know, if he was going to lose his PvP virginity with anyone it would be me.
I want that virginity… I wonder if I can get an achievement for it?
Two things fueling my desire
Anyway, there are two things that have renewed my desire to get BBB… into BGs.
One is the mention of the possibility to join mates into cross realm parties for instances. I must admit my 1st thought was that I hoped this extended to BGs… and I would pay the money to get BBB into a BG.
The second thing that has made me think of BBB and BGs is my week of PvP with Gnomeadeaden.
You will remember that less than an hour after hitting 85, Gnomeadeaden was in the BGs. One week later he is full Bloodthirsty, gemmed, enchanted and 1/3 of the way to the Vicious weapon.
A lot of this BG time was spent in Blood spec, for a variety of reasons.
What I don’t have in resilience, I make up in blood
One reason was lack of resilience gear. If 3,000 resilience rating absorbs 30% of the damage, the best alternative to that resilience gear is 30% extra health &/or damage mitigation.
In reality a PvE geared tank is in a similar position to a full PvP geared DPS… sans damage maybe, but damage isn’t everything in a BG… Survivability and control are often more important.
Tanks have both, built to survive and littered with stuns, charges, interrupts.
I hate tanks in BGs… it can be very tempting for 3-4 people to waste valuable time trying to kill someone designed to stay alive. That’s group CC!
We want you! Tanks for BGS!
There are also two BGs that require the presence of tanks: Alterac Valley and Isle of Conquest.
I swore I would never tank again, but I find myself switching spec to Blood every time I enter either of these BGs. I might be a bad tank, but at least I can get the party started if a real tank is at the other end of the BG, rezing or maybe didn’t even enter. Just for the record, I haven’t just started the job, but have finished it on several occasions now.
I’ve been having a great time killing Jo’Tek and his mates in AV. Less honor for the Horde, more honor for the Alliance. My priest mate laughed the other day while I solo’d one without a heal from him, yet ended the fight on full health.
As I mentioned earlier, tanks come preconfigured to fluster opponents. Stuns, interrupts, charges, threat generation (get that pet off your BG healer!), plus heaps of tools to stay alive and regenerate health.
When I see a druid change to bear form and realize frenzied regeneration is up.. my heart sinks… meh, putting off the inevitable and denying me a HK.
I was a part of the ritual slaughter of a DK at the Blacksmith in AB the other day. I capped the node and held the DK long enough for assistance to arrive. Then I kept him off the squishy DPS and heals long enough to drive him into the ground. Death Grip, Chains of Ice, frustrated and dead Horde DK.
If you are a PvE tank by trade, think about joining the BG circuit for something different. It’s not just heals and DPS that win BGs!
Sexy voices fill my PvP ears.
BTW, you know how I realise that the bear is frenzied and regenerating… I have this sexy voice whispering in my ear…
I have over the years read many posts about the traps about how the 2-dimensional state of WoW causes “tactile” issues. You can’t see 360 degrees, can’t hear what people are really doing, can’t smell their fear.
Scrolling combat text takes you part of the way, filling in for some of those missing senses, but I dare say I am not the 1st person to die standing in the bad, while struggling to read the combat text that tells me I am standing in the bad.
Take this a step further away from the scripted encounter and you really do want to know what the hell is happening behind you, or what is going through that mean Warlock’s brain before he tries to melt your hide.
In these situations, its just too much for the average player to follow all that text streaming across your screen (blocking your viewing access to the charging warrior).
So, take it a step further, truly introduce another sense… the sense of sound, whispered by an omnipresent siren of desire directly into your ear.
It really is a sweet thing, although can be a little overwhelming if you are in the midst of a pitched 40 v 40 battle, but you know… I still want to know when I am about to be t-bagged.
Ohh btw, there are two voices… Female and Chinese… and I hate to disappoint, but the Chinese isn’t like a sexy porn Chinese… it’s like, well, Chinese. So if you don’t know Chinese (I don’t know which one, but I also wasn’t the one looking for a smexy Chinese porn voice), stick with the Female voice.
Gnomer and Out!
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