Thursday, 28 July 2011

“Sometimes, the winner is the one who is able to let go and move on. Wise people know when to do so.”

Well, those of you on Twitter have been kept up to date with the goings on in my current guild. I wasn't involved in any of the drama that went on, so I won't be talking about the details. In a nutshell, the guild almost died. The Ex-GM himself wrote that it was dead, and closed down the website.

When we discovered that it happened, it was incredibly sad. I actually feel like for a couple of days I mourned. It was sad that so many people had left, and it was sad that the guild which had worked so hard to get to the top, was taking a massive tumble.

Originally our plans were to stay with the guild. It was taken over by an Officer and I fully expected it to recover after everyone was over the initial shock. However, there were a couple of days that I logged on to see only a few people online and no chat and as is human nature we began to wonder what else was around in the big wide world of Azeroth.

We wondered if we should move to another guild on the server, that way we would still see familiar faces, we wondered if we should even give Alliance a try, we thought about moving to the realm that Sister-in-Law plays on (but she has just got a brand new job so won't be playing much, if at all) We had an offer from a friend on Twitter which seemed like a good possibility until I realised that he is on the American servers. We discussed our options for a few days, but we decided that the major issue, and one of the reasons why the guild was so affected when people left is because Blade's Edge EU - is really really quiet.

So then we decided maybe we should do something really radical, maybe we should move realms and factions! So we created a level one character on a number of possible destinations and headed to the city to check out the feel of the place and the population, and the atmosphere. We had to really ask ourselves why we wanted to move. Is it because we are falling out of interest with the game and we have 'grass is greener' mentality, and we are trying to inject life and interest back into WoW? If that was the reason, moving would certainly have made matters worse. I've seen a few players who have moved realms, but because it was for the wrong reasons, they have gone back after a short stay, or just left WoW completely.

We are moving, because it's time to move on. It is time for me to experience WoW from another aspect. It is good to change things around and the fact that I'll miss players from our guild and realm means its a good time to move. We can look fondly on the time we spent on the realm, and I'll always be appreciative of the fact that <Drama> took me in when I was a complete newbie, and I feel like because of them I've grown into a much better player. I'm fond of everyone in Drama, and want to extend a massive Thank You to everyone.

We had got the feel of a server we liked...a PvP server - Sylvanas EU and we decided to go Alliance aswell. Just as we were finalising when we should transfer, we discovered that the Guild was going to be rebuilt. Old players were coming back and they are currently in the process of putting it back together, to something similar to what it always set out to be - before it lost its way. This made us stop for a moment,what were our plans? Should we stay? Or should we go?

It didn't take us long to come to our decision. We had gotten itchy feet. I wanted to move. The guild I'm sure will get back to it's former glory, especially in the hands of some very experienced and dedicated players - but it doesn't alter the status of the realm. It is not, nor ever was <Drama> that was dead. It's the realm. With that in mind, we emptied our mailboxes, cancelled our auctions and said farewells. (I would just like to point out, we didn't announce in guild chat that we were leaving because we left the same day the guild was taken over by Viene and we didn't want to seem like we left because of that. On the contrary, he knows I think he is an awesome guy who will get the guild on  its feet in no time at all!)

Comparing Orgrimmar on Blade's Edge with Stormwind on Sylvanas:
 (Photos taken just a couple of minutes apart)

The main areas in each city.

The sky above the cities.

The Innkeepers.

Transfer complete, I created my new Draenei Death Knight, called her Nilaa which is a variation of the name 'Nila' which means blue in Indian. Apt I thought for a race that is coloured blue. Husband has also gone Draenei (what a copy cat) and called Tolian. We also took with us my real life friend, who now has a Night Elf called Janya. We have an application for a guild currently pending...fingers crossed!

Whilst it will take a while to get used to the busyness of new realm, the new faction, and the fact that its a PvP realm, I know I have made the right decision. Leaving now means I remember my time on Blade's Edge as a truly awesome experience.

For those of you in Drama who read this: Thank you for everything, you are all brilliant and friendly players and I'll remember you all. I still have Churel around, so I'll pop by now and then to say Hi, and please don't hesitate to keep in touch via here or twitter :)


So finally, it brings me round to why I've been MIA for the last couple of days. Husband and I went up to my old home town in Scotland for the Wedding of a school friend of mine. We had a great time. The weather was absolutely stunning (don't think we ever saw weather as good as that when we lived there) and the Bride and Groom make an amazing couple...

Couple of photos from our trip across the border!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Testing Out 3v3

Well, the other night, happily hanging around in Orgrimmar before deciding on what to do next, lazily reading Guild Chat, I somehow ended up with a 3v3 team. What I had written as "yeah would like to do some 3v3 at some point" magically turned into a team ready to go at right that moment.

I perhaps should have realised early on that it wouldn't work out too well. The main problem was my newness, and the learning curve I had to undertake and the fact that the guy who joined me and the hubby, had many years experience in Arenas and PvP and WoW in general. Having over 13k Achievement points sums up my point exactly.

The other issue, well, a slight language barrier. The guy is really nice, and his grasp of English as another language is great, but at times he was hard to understand and would make statements and expect us to answer, when there was no answer, because it was a statement, and at times would be searching for a word which meant that sentences were very long and getting a word in edgeways was nigh on impossible. *phew, exhale and take a breath* Then I think he struggled to understand us. I was using my best cut glass English BBC accent but when things were happening in game and my fast Black Country mixed with Scots came out, I think he was sat scratching his head. For example..."ah chunty ah cannae, ar am stunned an am nae trinket" or "sae yowm wan me tae keep th' Warriur aff th' priest?" or "och aye we won, bostin gam troaps."

However, he taught me a lot and spoke sense, but at the end of the day we wanted different things out of a 3v3 team. He wanted high ratings, and I wanted a taster. It didn't help that I was tired and not performing at my best, I'd also tried to take so much of what he said on board that sometimes I forgot what he had said to do previously, but I don't think I was terrible, and I certainly don't think that the times we lost were completely down to me.

I did however, enjoy myself most of the time. I don't think we did too badly considering it was my first attempt at 3v3 and bearing in mind my DK has only been played for a couple of months, hell, I haven't even clocked a year in WoW yet. We got our rating to 1339 and I'm really pleased with that, taking  everything on board.

A couple of days later, the player left our team, and I'm kind of relieved that he did - although it would have been nice if he had contacted us and told us that he was leaving considering he's in the guild, but don't get me wrong,  I'm grateful for the time he did spend with us and I've learnt alot that can be applied to both the game in general and 2v2 arenas, but I'm much much happier to go back to 2v2.

In fact, our 2v2 is going much better this season since we have started off on the same playing field as everyone else. We got our rating up into the 1650's, so hopefully we will continue to learn and get better and  most of all enjoy ourselves. I think playing with Husband gives us a unique advantage. We understand each other and sitting right next to each other, we can talk normally without having to use vent and we can also at a quick glance see what is happening from each other's point of view.

I'll never say never to having a 3v3 team again but maybe someone on our wavelength, on my level of experience of the game, and someone looking for the same sort of results as us.

So what did I learn, well, not to be so quick to jump on a bandwagon, to enjoy what I have and if I'm in Blade's Edge Arena to "use my brain" and DeathGrip off the bridge...

Sunday, 10 July 2011

I have truly arrived in the world of PvP

This is a little known fact...I love to terrorise Alliance players and judging by the response I got last night...I have succeed in my mission! I also realise that this post makes me appear completely ruthless, and a bit of a bitch. Well, Sheorc my Death Knight is my alter ego, she is my sassy, no-nonsense character and she is made especially for PvP, she is made to specifically kill Alliance, something I take great pleasure in doing.

My usual routine after a Tol Barad battle is to camp on the bridge waiting for any stray Alliance stragglers and basically kill them. Yesterday, despite losing TB (which I haven't done in a while) I mounted up and ran straight through the centre of TB and their quest hub. Husband was with me and 3 Death Knights tried and failed to kill us...anyway, I've digressed...

After that, we go 'clean up' TB peninsula. Yes, I run around trying to find any flagged Alliance players. I think that if they are still flagged they should be prepared to fight, if they want to do daily quests in peace, I totally respect that, but hang on 5 minutes until you are no longer flagged.

Usually we get a few kills, one time recently there was one hunter who after the 5th kill finally decided to go do something else.

But last night was disappointing, we went straight to the first spots Alliance tend to start questing and no-one was around. Admitting our disappointment but assuming it was because it had gone midnight we headed back to the Horde camp. Out the corner of my eye, I saw an Undead Mage with very low health, trying to escape, so I did what any respectable fellow Horde would do...I went to help.

When I got there (just outside the Alliance camp) I was faced with two Death Knights, a Resto Druid, a Warrior and a Mage, against my Death Knight, My husband's Disc Priest and a random Horde Mage. I felt for sure that we were about to die. We didn't, we killed them all and then more Alliance came - a Hunter and a Paladin, by this point we had been joined by another random Disc Priest and once again we annihilated them. A couple got the picture and didn't come back, but the Druid, Warrior and the Hunter we must have killed at least 3 times. The Paladin was also mind controlled into us where he then swiftly came to an end.

Now throughout the fighting, I'm quite a respectable Death Knight, I don't feel the need to /emote because I know that them dying is good enough for me, but the Druid was spitting on me (which makes me think it was him) and I did shamefully retaliate by laughing at him just before I got the killing blow.

The next thing that happened, is probably my highlight in the game so far. One of those players which we killed, logged off and created a level 1 Horde character called 'Sheorclol' just so he could whisper and tell me how annoyed he felt...'aaw diddums'. I think he set out to make me annoyed/angry, but all it did was make me do a *happy dance* in my chair, I had annoyed him so much that he had to create a character to abuse me...and he seemed to forget that I was only coming to the aid of a fellow horde...I took it as a massive compliment and find it extremely flattering, and it obviously means I have arrived in what I set out to do...

I then obviously annoyed him even more when I ignored him, because he then whispered my husband...

I was so excited that I caused this player to rage so badly he had to create a Horde character just to let me know he really is a failure, and the fact he got beaten by a girl probably made him throw his PC out the window!

Oh and on the off chance that the player sees this blog, I have a little message... come face to face in Tol Barad with me again... and you are going to have to run because I will do it All.Over.Again. 

You got pwned by a girl! Peace.