So here is one my more recent experiments, Invincabull. I had this name saved forever and a day; however, due to limitations on playing time never developed the poor fellow. When I got my second account, I really wanted to level a Druid who could tank. So, I deleted my old Invincabull and he was reborn anew as my a Druid.
I have so much gear saved up for him that his bank is filled. There is not a level where he will not upgrade his gear, save the fact that I run something and get a better piece of gear. We are talking gear all the way to 80. If you are going to do something, make sure and do it right. I have found it interesting playing a Druid, while it is another Hybrid class, it is so different from how my Paladin handles. I must admit, I truly enjoy playing him and feel comfortable with learning the abilities.
When I started working on him, one thing I encountered was being unsure what professions to go with. I actually posted within our guild forums to see what fellow guild members thought. While the answers were rather wide and just a refreshing of the same thoughts I had it did help me to finally decide. I have decided that eventually I will make jewelcrafting (for trinkets and exclusive gems) and mining (the stamina boost) my two skills. I really should get to switching them sooner rather than later, but skinning has worked out quite well, making a small profit for the cow as he goes.
The whole experience of tanking is not new, but this is a fresh perspective and I am definitely going to spend some time and develop the character. So far my favorite moments with Invincabull has been dancing in bear form in Tarren Mill. Although I have noticed that the name Invincabull, every alli around takes a chance to kill him. I guess it is great bait, as I have resorted to standing him in a field and waiting for the alli to come strolling by. I know it is sad, but oh so funny. What else does a guy have to do with this mamy alts?
This here is Galran, my original Warrior. I actually started MAS using him. He was my original Warrior and I enjoyed leveling him, but found myself bored so I set him to the side around level 15ish. I pick him up occassionaly have since leveled him to 29. I am debating on leveling him because of some of the new abilities warriors have, but every time I get ready to play a Warrior, it seems Muel ends up winning. Guess that is why Galran stole the boots that Muel needed to complete his gear set.
If I do level Galran I will probably level in Fury as I like the thought of duel wielding two handed weapons. At this moment, he is sitting in Tarren Mill all alone and feeling sad. Poor little Orc. I would say the best time I had with him was dancing naked in Ghostlands. Yeah I know that does not sound like so much, but it was with a group of folks and we ended up recruiting a pretty good player that way.
So here is my Priest, the one and only Popebutch! I honestly just kept toying around with creating undead Priests and then deleting them. I don't know why, I just didn't like the name or the look. Then one night out of the grave crawled Popebutch and he fit perfectly into my stable of misfits and outcasts!
I have been leveling him as shadow and I am going to make every effort not to heal anything. I am so burned out on healing because of healing everything under the sun for the guild, that when I get an opportunity I like to slip away and do a little DPS somewhere. With Popebutch, I have had a good time leveling him. A very different type of character for me to level and I am really wanting to take him all the way up to level cap, but time usually gets in the way of me playing him.
His gear is pretty good for a lower level character and he has a stockpile of gear from my adventures on my higher level toons. One thing I would say for people who play alts, we tend to get better with each character because we funding and gearing them using the resources of our mains, and by the time you get four or five higher level characters, your lower level toons are probably going to be some of the best characters in the game for their levels.
As far as a favorite moment goes with ol' Popebutch, it has to be when I created him. I cam running down the path from the starting zone and people just stopped and stared. I do not know if it is the name or I was just so powerful that at even lower levels, people were overcome by my sheer presence!
Alright so let me introduce you to Muel! He is my highlest level warrior and probably one of those characters who holds a special place in my heart. When I created Muel, he was simply to be a storage toon. I wanted the name Mule, as in packmuel, but unfortunately some other clever person had gotten to it before me. I honestly do not remember why I started leveling him, but I just had so much fun with him that I could not stop.
I am actually pretty happy with his gear. At level 39 he is pretty well geared. He has almost all of the Scarlet Crusade gear, I think I am missing the boots for him. (Damn Galran for stealing them from Muel's locker!) I really do want to finish leveling Muel for two reasons:
Here is my Death Knight, Methusaleh. I was actually extremely happy that I was able to get the name. I wanted the name for the meaning it represented in Biblical times. (I am not going into a discussion on religion, so relax.) As far as the character goes, I just have not been able to get into the playstyle of Death Knights. To me, and I am more partial, I would prefer a retribution Paladin over the blood spec that I started with. However, I did respec to Unholy, and for some reason, I tend to like it somewhat more.
My big thought with Methusaleh was critical strike rating. I switched in any gear that provided more critical strike rating. I will admit, not too sure how it affects the numbers, but it seems to be providing solid numbers. In all honesty, I do not know if I will ever level him all the way. I definitely enjoyed the story line and that was worth the time vested in the character.
The most fun aspect of playing the Death Knight is the ability to take on mobs that were imposible on any of my other characters at that level. I like to challenge myself, but honestly, have not been able to find a challenge as the Death Knight class is truly a powerful class. I suppose when I try my hand at leveling Methusaleh again, I can always just try pulling more mobs, until I find the right mix.
So here is my dirty little secret. Okay not so much a secret, but more of a pet project. Way back before the days of sticking with one character, I created Whoopy. It made more perfect sense to create a Rogue on a PVP server. That and my only goal was to level him and then start one shotting and hitting vanish. I thought it would have been funny to see that Whoopy killed you. Yeah, I know that my sense of humor is occassionaly messed up sometimes. At any rate, poor Whoopy was placed on the sidelines as my altitus got worse. I never forgot him and he had quite a nice set of gear from running battlegrounds and for a long time I debated on moving him past 29.
Well, after having leveled a Paladin, Shaman, Warlock, and Hunter in Burning Crusade, I was starting to run out of things that interested me and I picked Whoopy back up again a few weeks before Wrath of the Lich King was released. I had so much gear saved up for him that it was not even funny. I am rather happy with his current stats. At this time he is in the mid 60s and I hope to at least take him to 70 before I turn my attention to another character. I left him with the subtlety talent spec more because I have so much fun using shadow step. I will never brag of my prowess with my abilities to play my Rogue, but I will also not go down easy for anyone. It will be interesting to see how far Whoopy goes in the game.
At this time I am just having some fun doing some quests and sneaking around those alliance towns. I think my favorite moments with Whoopy is pickpocketing random mobs and getting those gray worthless items. For some reason when I received a Rogues Diary I was hooked with seeing what all I could get.
Alright and because I like a challenge, I always try to push myself with grabbing large mobs. Sure it may mess up once in a while, but at other times it can create beautiful artwork. I really thought this was funny because a lot of the pictures we see of stuff like this is done by someone much higher than the mobs, this was just bad luck killing bonestripper vultures. In the end I killed them all and got a great picture.
Alright, so what good is a hunter without his friends? Not much, but luckily Lrem has several friends depending on what the objective is.
My very first true pet is Widowmaker. I captured the rare spawn from Silverpine forest back when it was still an elite spider and many was the player who was and is still scared by Widow's presence.
My second pet was yet another elite pet, this one came from the Wailing Caverns. In a show of respect to a childhood favorite show, I named my turtle Leonardo. He serves as a great tanking pet. I wish I had more opportunities to get him out to play.
My third pet is Smiley. He has the biggest, toothiest grin that I ever saw and as soon as I had the ability I went out and captured him and the alliance has never been the same since. :)
My last pet is more of a trial run. I wanted to pick up a dog for the buff it provides to groups for raiding and instances. I never really had the opportunity to run him through and make a decision, but I named him Rocky after one of my own dogs. I would have captured a black dog, but my wife beat me to it.
Well, now you have seen the happy little band of friends Lrem runs with and yes there is room for one more. Lrem has just not decided who is going to get that spot, but when he does I will update the family album.
Here is my Hunter, Lrem. This was actually the second character I created, but unfortunately one of my closest friends in the game had a Hunter he was working on leveling so Lrem was placed on the sidelines for a long time.
I actually started leveling Lrem around a month before the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. I was going to level him to make a point to a couple of Hunters that I knew. He actually was probably one of my best geared characters. I had chosen to avoid as much PVP gear with him as possible. The only pieces of gear I took from the PVP scene was the shoulders and the weapons. The rest of his gear was either the epic crafter leatherworker set, raid gear, or epic world drops. I still have some gear I would like to make for him prior to taking him to Northrend. We will see if I have the energy to actually finish his gear prior to his leveling.
I used a beastmaster build with some survival talents mixed in. At the time some of my Hunter friends laughed at that choice; however, what I found was that this mix performed so much better in a raiding situation than the beastmaster and marksman build that they were utilizing. I have not changed too much of his build since the expansion came out and probably will not mess with it.
My favorite moment with Lrem was unleashing Widowmaker on a Rogue who thought he would just run around Tarren Mill messing around with the lowbies. I was not looking for a fight but happened to log on while he was going about his random ganking. It did not end so well for him. He went to run and was webbed (love the new toys they gave our pets). Before the rogue knew what happened I gunned him down. Good times. Tomorrow I will do a quick post and give the rundown of Lrem's pets.
Alright, I know I am in the middle of a series introducing my characters, but this has caught my attention and I cannot ignore it. So lucky us, we get an extra blog today! I have actually been noticing that lately, both in WoW's chat channels and also the blogging community, all people seem to want to do is complain. I have tried my hardest to ignore it and go on about my own thoughts and ideas, but it has become a distraction. So, with that in mind, I am going to give my opinion on what I have seen and heard in no certain order:
1. It is unfair that duel spec is going to favor hybrid classes!
Can we please get this out of our systems. Sure the ability to switch between specs in a run is going to be completely helpful to some players. Although I am willing to bet that some "hybrid" classes, such as myself, will look at the ability in a different way. My plans for this is extremely simple. I am a PVPer by nature. I rolled on a PVP server and I roll over top of alliance players. Ask Fish if you do not believe me. If I want a town on lockdown, you might as well go and roll an alt or hope that you have a lot of friends. As of late, the guild has wanted to move in a PVE raiding direction, which I am fine with. So for me I rebuilt Ruhtra to have a Holy PVE build, utilizing every drop of critical rating available so that I could focus on other gear to improve certain stats. So when duel spec comes out, you better bet your sweet ......... sorry, we will keep it clean for the kids. At any rate, I am using a Holy/Holy duel spec. One version for my PVP (all the great abilities to shorten the rediculous amount of stuns in the game) and one for PVE content. Wow, there you go one example of one person who is not going to be taking a precious spot for the supreme DPS.
2. _______________ (Fill in your class) is completely unplayable because they made it challenging to be effective/compete against other classes!
How many blogs and forums have people complained about how easy the content is? Probably everyone of us. So now when things get a little different, we freak out scared that we will lose a spot in our raid group? Come on folks, don't you want a challenge? It's like the old saying, you can't have your cake and eat it too. Sure it is challenging to play some classes, but these same classes were able to roll other classes with a few button presses and then they would stand in capital cities complaining about how bored they were and that there was nothing to do, ect. Do not get me wrong, it stinks when the mechanics of how we play change, but that is part of the game, to adapt and move on. It also an aspect I am loving while I level my Affliction Warlock.
3. The raiding content is too simple! / The game is too simple!
Well, here is an idea for all those who feel this way, quit playing for a while. Hell, even Ghostcrawler stated this. Here is a better idea, try running the content at your level. I do not want to harp, but I leveled my Holy Paladin by going through BC content that I did not experience with him, instances with guildies (at the right level, no power leveling for me), and solo questing. Yeah, try questing as a Holy Paladin to get levels. Not fun, is it a challenge? Not at all. How did I make it challenging? I tried doing AEO type pulls that Fish loves to talk about. Expand past your comfort zone. If you know you can clear three mobs, try six mobs. If you can clear _______ instance with no troubles, try doing it with three people. There is always a way to make something challenging, but I think rather we would prefer to sit and QQ about it, rather than get out there and have some fun.
Okay, I am done with my own rant. Sorry, it had been held up in there for a while and I could not take any more of all the sad stories out there. Remember why you first liked the game and get back to that. If you enjoy having 20 alts, then have fun with them. If you like to PVP then get out there and destroy your oponent. If you like the PVE aspects, then PVE your little heart out, but please, let's get back to posting interesting stories, guides, or ideas and leave the QQ to the WoW forums where it belongs.
Thank you and have a great day!
Emprius was the first character I took my time with leveling. When I leveled him, I actually was running him with my wife's character and so I was able to take my time and make sure to hit all the things I missed with Ruhtra and Walani.
I am really proud of Emprius as a character because it was such a different type of character to play compared to the Shaman and the Paladin classes.
As you can see from the picture, I did take Emprius into the arenas as well. I did have a moderate level of success with him, but with attempting to run three characters each week in arena on three different teams each week, managing a guild, being a father, and the rest of the daily events of life it became harder to keep Emprius in the matches and at the top of his game.
Soon after Emprius was beginning to come along fine in the arenas, the guild made a decision to switch to a more raid focussed guild. With the time it took to work on raiding and being one of the main healers, I ended up setting Emprius to the side and only taking him on rare occassions when we had our other healers available.
I did recently begin working on him, but with several other Warlocks in the guild though, I have graciously set Emprius to the side once more to focus on a class that we are weaker in. I do though work on leveling him about one night a week. I am taking my time one more time with him and enjoying the game, as well as learning the mechanics of my Warlock all over. I know many people have claimed that the class is broken, but at this point I have not noticed much difference in how he handles. Only time will tell how this will go.
My favorite moment with Emprius was being able to run with my wife and help her level her first character to level 70. She was extremely excited and it renewed some of my love of the game. She often refers to him sounding as if he is the world's most pissiest Warlock. For some reason she swears he sounds different than my other Blood Elf characters.