Wednesday, 21 September 2011

I'm a Knight of the Ebon Blade :P

“Death. Despite the sun warming my face, a numbing cold chills me to the core. My soul lives, but my desiccated body is a cruel mockery of the hero I once was. I know not love, nor mirth; only hatred of those who did this to me. Stay out of my way, for my revenge knows not friend… just foe.”

Rocking my Knights of the Ebon Blade Tshirt from Jinx. 

PvP as a Blood DK

Well, for the last few weeks I've been taking part in rated battlegrounds with my new guild - and having a great time. My rating is now 1601...and still going up! :)
Generally I'm loving the new guild and now awaiting only two votes before I become an official member. You can find my 'tldr' application here.

My role as a Frost DK has always been to be part of the attack group. My DPS is high and I have some valuable CC in the form of Hungering Cold, Strangulate, Mind Freeze and the very useful ability to stack on enemy flag carriers...Necrotic Strike.

I've also been target caller, mostly because the best target caller is a melee class and I'm one of those people with a clear/loud voice that can be understood pretty clearly. However, I have little RBG experience and this has shown in my target calling - I know pretty much who I would like to see dead first, and who I'd like to see CC'd but there are certain situations and compositions of teams that I've not yet come across and they require the calling of different targets.

The worst of it is, that people keep telling me I'm doing a good job, but I'm lacking so much confidence I'm constantly wondering to myself if I have called the correct target, especially when I see team members attacking a target different to who I've called out. But, I've recently found an addon (thanks to a guildie who discovered the addon first) that I plan on using from now on. It is called Battleground Targets and can be downloaded through Curse. It lists the enemy team and each person's class and role and can be used to target that person. It shows how their health is looking, but perhaps the most important tool for me as a target caller - it shows how many people have a particular player as target.

However, as much as I have been enjoying calling targets, I know there are much more experienced players in the team who would most likely do a better job, but are not suited to the job because of perhaps having a poor microphone, or they play as a ranged damage dealer or healer. I only hope that the team are willing to allow me to learn with them and appreciate that sometimes, it is easy to make a mistake - especially if it is been a long day or things are going on in real life which means the RBG does not have as much of my attention as it should. (There has been some trauma in my personal life recently, that's not appropriate to go into here - but it is my excuse for sometimes failing recently...and I'm sticking to it :P )

However, the team is consistently short of flag carriers - I assume this is a pretty widespread problem as most places are short of tanks for PvE too. At the moment, I know that Blood DK's are the most favoured Flag Carrier, because of their ability to stay alive. I've had in my head, the idea of taking blood as my off spec and so being able to step in as a FC if one is required. (I think that being able to be flexible in which spec I play will give me a better chance of joining the team as a full member.)

So, I finally got round to it. I started farming honor to replace gear so I could gem and enchant for Stamina and Resilience rather than Strength, and I've finally got my Jewel Crafting up to 525 in order to take full advantage of jewelcrafter's gems...101 stamina is luverly! ;)

So I started to scour the internet for a good Blood PVP guide and came up pretty much empty handed. There are excellent guides on places such as Arena Junkies but they only cover Frost and Unholy, and like other places don't mention Blood - or if they do, it's in passing. So I've found that I have had to look at PvE Tanking guides for some tips - so my plan is this...Over the next few weeks/months as I get more experience and play time with my Blood DK in PvP I am going to start compiling a Blood Guide. It's only going to be my opinion, so unlikely to be amazing or ground breaking ideas but it'll give me a chance to collate some research regarding various ideas I have, and see if they work, and see if other players agree.

As I started to play Blood in normal Battlegrounds, I found I was trying to play like Frost - but half way through my fourth Twin Peaks, something clicked into place. I'd already learnt my rotation and some tricks such as using Vampiric Blood just before sacrificing pet with Death Pact, to get a boost to the healing it does, or using Icebound Fortitude when I reach about 40% health or I know I'm about to take a massive blast of damage for example, but I realised I was trying to be too offensive, I was trying to kill the other player like I would in Frost and then I realised. It's not about me killing's about them being unable to kill me.

After that, it clicked into place, single handedly taking on a warrior, paladin and warlock and slowly but surely getting each one of them down and emerging victorious with still half health felt amazing. Yes, I know that they were probably pretty badly geared, and there is no way I'd survive that in an RBG on my own against very well geared players...but the point is, if I'd have been Frost and fighting them - I wouldn't have survived.

So, I'm excited about playing as Blood - part of me wants to get stuck in right away, part of me knows I'll be extremely nervous when the time does come...and what if I die really easily? What if I let down the team, which in turn leads to us losing, and the team losing rating? It's nice to know that whatever character and whatever class or role I insecurities are here to stay.

Afterall, "Each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best."


Friday, 9 September 2011

First WoW Anniversary

Well, my First Anniversary of playing WoW and writing this Blog is almost upon me, and the past year has been amazing in the terms of progress I have made both as a player and a blogger. 

I'm pretty sure when Husband first introduced me to WoW he didn't think I'd be playing a year later, have two characters at the level cap let alone be Raiding, competing in 2v2, 3v3 Arenas and 'Target Calling' in Rated Battlegrounds.

My Blog has always been a blog about 'my first time in...' and never been about 'how to' or contain much useful advice and tips, so I have always felt amazed at the amount of visits my blog receives. It is currently sitting at just under 11,000 views and considering that the blog has suffered a lack of love over the last couple of months due to lack of posts and updates from me - I'm thrilled with that amount of views.

I track visitors to my blog using Google Analytics and I thought it would be interesting to share some of the weirder search terms that have enabled people to find my blog...

  • how to get raid experiance (sic) wow
  • bastion of twilight or blackwing descent harder
  • beaten by a girl
  • being a girl that plays wow
  • bride playing wow
  • cool bedroom computer
  • best looking girls that play wow
  • is draenei death knight acceptable
  • girly names for death knights
  • healers are always girls
  • never talked to a girl
  • im playing wow in 6 days
  • our blogs take a look wow girl
  • sfk bad girl

and the majority of visits to my site came by searching '/played wow 2011'

So, I must say a massive 'Thank You' to all of you who have visited this site regularly, or even just once since I started Blogging - it wouldn't be what it is without your support! 
-The Girl Plays WoW

Thursday, 8 September 2011

August Round-Up

Well, I've been absent from this blog for a month, partly because I haven't had much to say recently and mostly due to real life stuff.

So what has happened?

Well I've turned into something of an alt-o-holic at the moment. I'm currently levelling a Druid, Shaman and Mage and my current favourite? The Shaman. I'm not entirely sure why, but it's something a bit different. The trouble I have is I get bored with Alts quickly, and think I like playing around with the character selection screen more than playing the actual characters...

We are finally settling  in to life on Sylvanas, a world a way from Blade's Edge. We have finally found a guild that we are happy with and in called <Emeritus>, but we are still on trial at the moment and awaiting votes to become full time members. The atmosphere is nice, the players are experienced and friendly and it has a feel of <Drama> about it, which is what I was looking for in a new guild.

Sadly though, I haven't been able to devote as much time to the game and the new guild as I would like. I've become a bit annoying- I signed up to an event recently, and then didn't turn up. I should have at least explained why I couldn't make it, and I used to hate people who signed and then didn't turn up - but we have real life things going on.

We were away for 2 weeks at the beginning of August on holiday on the Greek island of Kos, we had an amazing time - weather, hotel, location, food - none of it could be faulted and we got back and its taken us a while to settle into our usual routine. Then we received some other news. I'm not in a position to talk about it just yet, but it's life changing and so we've had the shock and excitement of that to deal with and the fact that WoW will have to take a back seat until eventually sometime next year, we'll have to stop playing altogether. This is by no means, a goodbye post - It's just a heads up that things will change both in the game for us and regarding the blog. As soon as we calm down a bit, things will be running with some resemblance of normality for a while anyway.

Target Calling

I've been spending alot of time recently getting to grips with Rated Battlegrounds and been running in quite a few with the new guild, I've been given the role of target calling. At first, I was nervous and worried because my experience in RBG's isn't great. Husband did the reassurance thing and I got on with it. I have an idea in my head of who I want to kill in order and who I want to CC, and who I want to leave till last or just control because they don't do anything - and Ive had some really good feedback, so I cant be doing it too wrong. I think I was chosen simply because I have this BBC accent, which is clear and understandable for everyone. I'm also loud, I talk over people and be heard - granted there are times when I'm not listened to, but on the whole I think as a team we are doing pretty well and my rating is almost 1500 (1490)

So who are my targets?
It's completely dependant on the situation.

Holy Paladins and Resto Shamans are always my first choice for CC as they are in my opinion, harder to kill than Disc Priest and Resto Druid. Priest and Druid healers are usually my first kill target calls.

If we are trying to capture a base, I like to take out rogues, mages and warlocks because of their AoE abilities, they are really annoying when trying to capture a flag to continually get frost nova, or ring of frost, fear, or fan of knives. If we aren't trying to capture the flag, I still like to take down rogues after healers because they can be nasty with CC against our healers and then Death Knights are my next target mostly so they don't get the chance to spam necrotic strike and because Frost DK's without a healer are pretty squishy, but left alone can do significant damage.
The rest of the order completely depends on the situation and which battleground we are in. I like to kill mages fairly early on, or at least have them CC'd - but there is no specific order of which class is best to kill first. One thing I have noticed is that Warriors and Blood DK's tend to get left till last.
Also, if a healer is OOM, there is no point in killing him, he can't do anything and killing him would mean he came back with full health and mana - they are best just controlled - kept in CC and they can only watch as their team mates are picked off one by one ;)

We also took part in a raid, to kill the leaders of the Horde. We had no trouble getting into Undercity, Thunder Bluff and Silvermoon, but after one wipe at Orgrimmar, the group disbanded which was a shame. It's going to take a lot of organisation and alot of people to get into Orgrimmar and be successful.

Well, I think that about sums up my August Adventures in Azeroth. Any advice, questions or tips - please don't hesitate to send them my way. Until next time...