Hunter Abilities, PuGs, and You

December 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm (5-Mans, Raiding)

The new LFD tool is a good thing – not as good for DPS as it is for tanks and healers, but good nonetheless. Fellow hunters, take note – not everyone understands our class (heck, many hunters don’t understand their abilities either). When we’re in our raid groups, or with our guildmates, we generally know what’s expected of us. Our tanks and healers also have expectations of how we will use our talents, gained through experience and discussion. However, it may seem redundant to mention, but when thrown into a pug, in particular cross-server pugs, others have different expectations and experiences. Read the rest of this entry »

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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2009 at 9:28 am (Uncategorized)

I just want to take a moment to thank all of my half-dozen readers, and wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas.  May Grandfather Winter bring you all you hope for – and be careful, those BB guns can put your eye out!

Back to regular posting next week.

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The Joy of NOT Being In Charge

December 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm (Guild Relationships, Raiding)

Before I give the meat of this post, a shout out to Amber over at I Like Bubbles for her Friday Flowchart. It sums up the Random Dungeon runs for hunters perfectly.

Since joining my new raiding guild on Undermine, I was finally in a position of not having to know everything about what everyone was doing. I finally have the DPS experience – pew pew the target assigned to you, don’t over aggro the tank. Even better, this guild holds no drama, no issues. If you need, roll on it. Although, what’s nice was seeing loot drop, and hearing players say “Give it to X, he needs it more.”

This week, we used the shiny new portal to take care of the last to bosses in Naxx, I had my first exposure to Uludar, and a surprise comment last night “Want to go farm rep in ICC?” Heck yes! So away we go, killing undead and trying not to aggro too much. I suppose we were all far too interested in looting to notice the approach of a 30’ skeleton. Following the sudden deaths of our main healer and tank (smacked from behind = no shield, no problem), I was running for my life. However, I forgot the first rule of being chased by a bear – you don’t have to outrun the bear, you just have to outrun your soon to be former buddy. So, what I did was, drop a frost trap … when I should have cast misdirect THEN dropped the frost trap. With aggro firmly planted on me, much to the laughter of the guild, Rusty the “Tank Hunter” made a return, however briefly. The rest of the guild scampered to safety, that makes me a tank, sort of. So, WHERZ MY PHAT TANK LUTZ?

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Torn Between 2 Servers

December 11, 2009 at 7:02 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, I finally did it.  I spoke to the GM of which I’m an officer, and announced my intention to transfer my main to another server, where a raiding guild had a spot for me.  She took it somewhat better than I thought, and claims to understand my situation: wanting to raid and being unable to short of pugs, yet enjoying tremendously the group setting I was in.  So, a number of my characters will remain on the Echo Isles server for the time being, and my DK will remain there as a permanent tank for the group – should they need it.  In the meantime, I’ll be raiding on Undermine, with my suddenly poorer for the lack of a good JC alt.

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Waitin’ on a Server

December 8, 2009 at 12:21 pm (Uncategorized)

In honor of patch day, I present the following:

(To the tune of Brad Paisley’s Waiting On a Woman

Sitting at my desk, and I cant see Thrall,
His icon wore blue overalls,
He asked me, “You Waitin’ on a Server?” Read the rest of this entry »

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On Guilds…

December 1, 2009 at 3:59 pm (Guild Relationships)

Read Arioch’s Post. This one rates 5 barks! (Yes, on a scale of 1-5)

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