Games Are Supposed To Be Fun… So Let’s Have Fun!

Sorry for the lateness ( and skippage) of the posts this week!  Its Spring Break (for me, at least) so I have been at home relaxing it up, getting some much needed gaming in and working on lore videos (too bad my cat won’t let me record my narrations- oops!)

Anywho, I’ve decided to take this blog in a new direction.  No, I’m still going to be an Angry Healer- worry not about that.  But my husband helped me realize something today.  I’ve been trying too hard to make this blog- and myself- into something we’re just not.

And that is super serial.  (Serious for those of you who may not understand what I was going for there.)

I love healing.  I love WoW.  And I will continue to blog about those things.  But I am not a pro player (as so many people on the internet have been more than willing to remind me) and frankly… trying to write guides for people when there are so many other, better resources out there is just… boring.  And tiring.  I don’t feel like keeping up with Heliocentric and Elitist Jerks anymore.

So I’m not going to.

WoW is a game.  And games should be fun.  So why shouldn’t Angry Healers be dedicated to having fun?

The short answer to that is, of course, it should be.  I like being fun and funny.  I like being ranty and snarky.  And I know that somewhere, there are people who enjoy being ranty and snarly and snarky like me.  Those people are most likely healers, but I have no doubts that some of them are tanks and healers.  I want to have fun.  You want to have fun (I hope), so lets have fun together!

You are all welcome here, my friends.  I am dedicated to gaming for all- from the noobs to the wanna be proplayers to the ACTUAL pro-players (not that I expect any of them to come here but… hey.  Weirder things have happened.)  I want to dedicate this blog to all of the WoW players out there.  Come on in!

~Aura

The Evolution of WoW

I have a real problem who are so nostalgic about vanilla WoW and Burning Crusades.  My main issue is this: people who are super nostalgic about those times are filling trade chat with their opinions on “how WoW should be” and “it was so much better back then” attitudes.

Well, guess what?

Its not going back to that anytime soon.  So you better get the hell over it, because people like me are sick of hearing about it.

Here’s what some people don’t seem to understand: WoW was never meant to be a static game.  Compare it to a person- people don’t stay the same over the span of 10 years, they change with the times (for good and for bad.)  That’s just the way it is.  And, for its time, vanilla and TBC were AMAZING.  Hell, I’m still really hoping we see a revamp of Karazhan, my all-time favorite raid and a Burning Crusade classic.  But folks… wishing you could go back to those times because “the game weeded out the good players from the bad ones” and “raiding was hard” is idiotic.  And pointless.

Raiding was hard back then?  Yeah… but have you done any of the more recent bosses (not on LFR?)  I’m sorry, Imperator Mar’gok was HARD.  I haven’t even gotten to Blackhand yet- were they not paying attention to how long it took top end raiding guilds to get Mythic Blackhand down?  Tell me that’s not hard.

This game isn’t just for the “hardcore” player- its for everyone.  It has to be easy to understand.  My grandmother should be able to pick up playing a class and level it.  That’s how people learn to play.  not everyone is going to be a pro player.  Being patient with people- and offering them advice instead of scathing insults- is the best way to deal with someone.  Being excellent to each other is what makes the WoW community great!

So could we can it with the vanilla WoW nostalgia?  I’ve been playing since vanilla, and I don’t miss it all that much.  The game has changed to fit the people.  Maybe the minority of people who think “Vanilla or Bust” should change to fit the game.

~Aura

Why We’re Not Entitled Brats

Why is it that people think that healers act like we’re entitled?

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Say that again. After you pull something. Go ahead.

Yep.  This is gonna be a rant.  But you don’t come here for anything less.

I am tired of people telling me, when I do random instances (which admittedly, isn’t often)- whether I’m healing or DPS- that healers act like people owe them something.  People are making healers out to be the Millennials of the WoW universe.  Now, I will admit, there have been instances where this has been the case.  But in the great, overwhelming majority of cases, healers don’t think you owe them anything.

Why do I heal?  Because I love it.  Because its fun.  Because its engaging.  Because I don’t have to constantly look at Recount or Skada to makes sure I’m pulling enough DPS (this is the real reason- I hate comparing myself on the DPS charts.  Even if I’m at the top.)  Because healing is how I want to play my game (except in PvP- Frost Mage all the way there.)  And it takes quite a lot to get me to say something in party or raid or instance chat- I mostly try to be helpful, especially if I have done the fight before.

But there is always a point of no return- a point that I have learned to recognize early on.  There is a point where I realize that “this isn’t working and it probably won’t.”  And that’s usually when I start seeing the “stop acting like a privileged brat,” and “blame the healers for not healing through that,” and “bad heals.”

And we hit the heart of the matter.  Ultimately, no matter what else happens, healers are almost always the first people to be blamed when things go wrong (that or tanks.)  And so, this has engendered a knee-jerk reaction in healers to defend themselves.  It makes sense- no one likes to be wrong, and human nature demands that we defend ourselves from most sorts of attack.  But this seems to be the way of things- things go wrong, healers get blamed, and chat blows up.  Healers are so used to having all of the wrongs and mistakes and wipes blamed on them that we have started preempting the blame game.  And that makes us look like we’re spoiled brats.

We aren’t.  We really aren’t.  We’re just tired of being jumped on for shit that isn’t our fault.  You would be, too.

So, instead of jumping on one particular role, why don’t you stop and figure out what went wrong.  Its a game.  No one’s going to crucify you if you make a mistake.  No one’s going to shun you if you admit it.  I admit when I make mistakes (read: I facepulled Gruul on Heroic once.  I was actually hilarious, I hit him with my wand and he punched me in the face so hard i swear I reset the instance.)

This is easy to solve- be kind to strangers.  Be excellent to each other.  Be understanding.  People make mistakes.  And remember- we’re all here to have fun.  No one likes being blamed for the group’s failure.  No one likes being ridiculed for making a mistake.  We are all people behind the screen, it’s really not that hard to be respectful.  So remember, the next time you call your healer an entitled brat that you’re addressing a person, not a bunch of pixels.  And that you will probably receive no heals for the remainder of the time we have together.  I do have a reputation to uphold as an Angry Healer.

~Aura

 

BlizzCon, Here We Come!

Aw yis.  Its that time of the year again, folks!  BlizzCon 2015 was officially announced yesterday, and I am SO EXCITE.  Especially since this year should be an Expansion Announcement year!  I know I have a number of friends who are planning on getting tickets when they go on sale (April 15th at 7pm and April 18th at 10am, PST) through Eventbrite!  Keep an eye out here later, as I will put up a guide on how to get your tickets!

Until then, have a great weekend, everyone!

THE HYPE IS REAL!!!!!

~Aura

Climbing the Learning Curve of Blackrock

Wow, its Tuesday already?  Where is the time going?  Oh yeah- to writing papers due just before Spring Break in a couple of weeks!  -facepalm-

Anywho, welcome back!  With today’s release of the third wing of Blackrock Foundry for LFR, I would like to take a few moments of your time and talk about raid and raid difficulties.  Specifically, I would like to address the GLARING difference between Heroic Highmaul and Heroic Blackrock Foundry.

DISCLAIMER:  This is fairly standard by now- My word is not law.  This is just the impressions that I’ve gotten (read: my own experiences) of Heroic BRF.  Remember, I’m a filthy casual, so you’re not getting in-depth theorycrafting here- you can get that a million other places.

So, when Highmaul released, I started doing Normals.  But Normal quickly became “farmed content.”  Which is good, right, because Normal (WoD) is Flex (MoP)?  I mean, we killed Imperator on Normal once before we were like, “Heroics all the time.”  So my raid group (comprised of 15-16 people of varying skill levels, classes, etc.) were geared up with Heroic stuff- ilvl 670+ for the most part.

When Blackrock Foundry dropped, OF COURSE we were going to go right into Heroic.  Why wouldn’t we?  Isn’t that how its supposed to work?  You go from Heroic Highmaul to Heroic BRF?

I was so wrong.  We did Heroic Gruul for the first time, and I swear my raid looked like this:

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My raid being Vegeta, and Frieza being Gruul pretty much pulverizing our spines.

And it raised a resounding question: why was it so much harder?  The mechanics of the fights aren’t any different between Normal and Heroic.  Sure, it was our first time in there, but we had the gear for it- or we thought we did.  So what was the problem?  Were we really so unprepared?  Or was it really just that damn hard?

I’m thinking it’s really just that damn hard, and I want to know why.  Maybe it’s just me, but the natural progression of raids should (in my honest opinion) be Normal to Normal, Heroic to Heroic, and Mythic to Mythic- not “gear in Normal BRF for Heroic BRF, even though the gear you got from Heroic Highmaul is five ilvls higher than the gear you get from Normal BRF.”  It just… doesn’t make sense.  Aside from Tier (which is game changing, let me tell you), the possibility of better stats on BRF gear (Highmaul gear did have a lot of Versatility and Multistrike), and just plain learning the fights, I see absolutely no point to doing Normal BRF.  I should be in Heroic.  I had heroic gear.  I was ilvl 670 when I went into BRF.  Almost nothing in BRF Normal is an upgrade for me- and that’s saying something because I have actually DOWNGRADED pieces because they had better secondary stats on them (getting rid of some of that Versatility because HOOBOY do I hate it.)  Going into Normal BRF after coming out of Heroic Highmaul almost makes me feel like I wasted all of that time progressing through the much harder difficulty- and makes me wonder how screwed I’d be if we’d only done Normal Highmaul.

So here’s the question then, dear readers: is the disparity between Heroic Highmaul and Heroic BRF too great?  Is it not enough?  Is it just right?  Let me know!

~Aura

 

 

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