So another week has come and gone, and once again I missed my weekly self-imposed blog deadline. I was off by an entire week and so I apologize. Once again I can only report that LFR runs and raiding has rewarded me with only a few coins of gold and not one drop for better gear. RNG is as RNG does, right? I can’t complain too much because I did get lucky when I got a drop from a heroic scenario, but sadly it wasn’t that big of an up. The good news is that my Horde resto shaman still gets gear thrown at her like she’s a rock star. Go figure.
So if you haven’t heard, Blizzard did two things that have made me furious and by furious I really mean cash poor. First, they put the new “batmount” (the Armored Bloodwing) up for sale. Blizzard just take my money, okay? Yes, the batmount special ability is broken and glitchy, and it sometimes looks like it barrel rolls into the surface you’re standing on, and no, it doesn’t have any ground mount animations other than just flying, and no, it doesn’t carry any passengers, but I still want that dang thing! You just have to blame those
greedy conniving designers because how can I resist? And the game developers write storylines that say warlocks are evil? Sheesh! Luckily for me, it’s close to Father’s day and so I put it on my wish list ;)
The second thing thing Blizzard did was offer their 50% discount special for all character transfers. OMG! If I didn’t know better, it’s like Blizzard knew I had some old toons on other servers that needed moving. It’s a conspiracy I say! To make matters worse, my oldest Hordeling (my daughter) saw what I was doing as I was transferring a few older toons and wanted me to move her Hunter and Warlock too. Her excuse? She needed my help and it would be easier on the same server. Bah! Who she kidding? I know she’s going to
rob me of borrow gold so who is she fooling? Gah! Kids! I think I’m going to cut out the middle man and just endorse all my paychecks over to Blizzard, and then mail all of my in game gold to my daughter’s toons. It would make my life so much easier.
Fwiw, I moved all of my high level Alliance toons over to the Convert to Raid guild on Aerie Peak-US. All of my old Alliance toons were collecting dust and having them doing nothing made me feel guilty for not playing them. So I’ll be splitting up my game time between Earthen Ring and Aerie Peak for now as I take advantage of the 33% leveling increase.
A square peg at a roundtable
Last weekend, I was honored to take part as a guest on the Azeroth Roundtable podcast with Ben (@Althemage) and Jon (@Revendawn). If you haven’t heard, the podcast was formerly known as the Arcanum of Azeroth podcast and since Salem’s departure due to RL stuff, Ben and Jon have completely revamped and renamed the show. Of course, I had internet issues because it was storming in my area again. I think it’s Mother Nature’s cruel joke that whenever I’ve tried to take part in a live podcast show there always seems to be a flood, ice-storm, tornado, alien invasion, or a zombie apocolypse that seems to take place making my connections horribad.
Ben and Jon were quite accommodating despite my disconnections, and I had a great time whenever I could actually hear them or actually see the chat room. Omg, like everyone else I speak with those two are addicted to pet battles too. After hearing both of them all excited about Pet Battles it really did make me feel like a square peg at a roundtable. For the expansion so far I’ve resisted the
addiction urge long enough from playing pet battles, but after talking with them I made Jon a promise I would try it out. So this weekend I shall plan to give it a try. If you get some time, please go and check out their show. The title of the episode where I failed them is called Have Some Cho Juice, but they have a lot of other episodes with other people who are much more entertaining and good at live shows. I’d like to also mention that Ben and Jon are some of my guildies over on Earthen Ring and I’m very proud of them for all of the good work they’re doing with their show ;P
Checking my list of things I want to cover for this post
- No warlock loot again – check
- Blizzard taking my money – Check
- My daughter taking my gold – check
- Ben and Jon at Azeroth Roundtable – Check
- Warlocks are endearing characters – To do
- Highlighting Saga from Spellbound – To do
Are warlocks endearing characters?
So I read a post by Vincentus over at LFRP called, Warlocks – Evil Misinterpreted. It’s a good post and everyone I know that plays a warlock eventually contemplates at some point as to how to view their warlock. From his point of view as an RPer, Vincentus in a round about way actually points out why warlocks are endearing. At least to me he does. In his post he gives ideas as how to view your character and to find their motivation for their actions. The only point I’d disagree with him about is when he says minions are not your friends. To me, my minions are my friends and companions, and I view them that way, but since I’m not an RPer I’m sure that considering your demons as a means to an end fits with the lore especially from the way Blizzard presents our class in the storylines.
To me, being completely evil is boring. Yes, being 100% evil might be fun for a bit especially when you have achieved world domination, but where’s the mystery? Where’s the suspense? Where’s the surprise? When a character is completely evil audiences loose touch with them quickly because they can’t sympathize with their actions especially when all the bad they do is justified with the phrase, “because they’re evil”. When you stop and think about scary and evil characters I’m sure you’ll find that the most memorable ones have a good story and motivation behind the character’s actions. When authors, screen writers, and movie directors get an evil character’s motivation presented in a clear way the “villain” of the story becomes quite memorable and sometimes people can empathize with them.
The question of, “Are warlocks evil?” has been around a long time. Don’t believe me? Hop over to google.com and type that question in the search window and you’ll see what I mean. You could spend several hours reading discussions from blogs, websites, and from the many forum posts. Vincentus offers some good advice in the fact that as warlocks, we’re wildcards and his key point is that if you’re always keeping them guessing about your motivations then you’re doing it right ;)
So are warlocks all gloom and doom? Are we evil incarnate that’s hell bent on watching the world burn without a care? Or are we endearing and simply misunderstood?
I can’t remember how long I’ve followed Saga’s blog over at Spellbound. Along with their writings about WoW and warlocks I always loved Saga’s blog name, and I love the look and feel of how they have the site is setup as well. Saga’s posts can vary from talking about what they are doing in game, to gear sets, to rotations, to talking about specific quests, to even something as simple as a Screenshot Sunday. Saga’s blog is always interesting, and never boring.
If you’re wondering why I’m not referring to Saga as a “him” or a “her” it’s because to my own embarrassment I’m not really sure if Saga is a guy or a girl. I never asked and I always just considered Saga another warlock ;) Although, I suspect that Saga may be a girl IRL, and I can only hope Saga can clear that mystery up for me. I thought now would be as good a time as any for me to confess my ignorance on that matter since I probably should have asked long, long ago. Whenever I’ve corresponded with Saga it wasn’t really something I thought I needed to ask ;)
I would also like to point out that Saga was another warlock blogger who was kind enough to write me back after I contacted them asking for advice on blogging. He/she gave me a treasure trove of advice and one of the key points they offered was just to have fun. It sounds like simple advice, but all too often it’s easy to miss. Actually, it’s advice that should not only be carried with you for blogging, but for every aspect in your life as well. A positive attitude can carry you far no matter how bad things are going.
So with a heartfelt /bow and /salute, I present to you Saga…
Warlock Name: Démonique
Server: Stormrage – EU
Guild Name: KodeN
How long have you been a warlock? I created my Warlock in 2007, when my guild was still running Karazhan.
What specs are you currently running? My main spec at the moment is Destruction. I switch between Demonology and Affliction as off-spec depending on what I’m up to at the time.
What’s your favorite specialization and what do find the most appealing about that playstyle? I’ve always been a fan of the Destruction spec, since it allows me to melt faces with fel flames. It’s fairly quick paced with big crits, which I always enjoyed!
What’s your favorite spell and why? Chaos Bolt. It looks awesome and crits big. What else could a Warlock want?
What addons do you currently use besides the basic DBM and Recount? I’m an addon junkie.. So I will skip the UI altering ones, and just mention the utility ones I use.
Do you prefer using a minion or using the Grimoire of Sacrifice? I always feel a little bit lost without a demon by my side, so I prefer using a minion. The class doesn’t feel like a proper Warlock if it doesn’t have a demon in tow, and so I always disliked the patches when Sacrifice was the way to go for the best dps.
Which is your favorite demon to command and why? Whatever the situation requires it what I will use, but I’ve always had a special connection to my Imp, Laznik. Perhaps because he was the very first demon I got. We have a love-hate relationship, you know.
Do you use any macros and if so which one? Right at this moment I don’t use any. I sometimes have specific ones for specific encounters or things I’m doing.
Your most (favorite / embarrassing / funny / proud / memorable) moment while playing your warlock was? (Feel free to use more than one) I really enjoyed the old Warlock quest to obtain our Dreadsteed. It was long and tedious, but also a whole lot of fun! Tanking Karathress in Serpentshrine Caverns is also a fond memory. I had to suit up in horrible-looking fire resistance gear (that made me look like I was getting ready for a day at the beach), and use my felpuppy. I remember hiding it out of LoS of the boss, and we had a Druid healer whose sole focus was keeping my pet alive! (So it could soak my damage with Soul Link.) Those were the good times! I don’t think I’ve ever died quite as many times as then though…
What flavor are your warlock cookies (examples: Chocolate Chip, Carmel, Salty QQ Mage Tears, Spicy Hawtness)? Fiery Hot with a hint of Awesome.
What is your favorite dungeon or PvP battleground and why? I always enjoyed Shadowfang Keep, but I have never been able to put a finger on why exactly. It may be linked to Silverpine Forest being one of my first zones when first leveling in WoW (as a horde back in the day), and the feeling of awe as I walked around. SFK is an extension of that, and I enjoy it to this day, even with the revamp.
Who is your favorite raid boss and why? I seem to be stuck in the past for these questions… I think my favourite raid boss is Onyxia. Even to this day I remember seeing her for the first time over my brother’s shoulder as he was introducing me to WoW. Later on I got to face her myself, and it was such an epic experience to fight a huge dragon together with 39 other people. I also really enjoy her lore, and getting to expose her in Stormwind.
What is your least favorite spell and why? To be fair, I’m quite fond of all the Warlock spells. I can’t decide on one for this.
If you could make up and give your warlock any title you wanted, what would it be? (examples: The Heartbreaker, Purveyor of Pain, The Uncaring, the Unforgiving) Démonique the Damned
What do you like most about playing a warlock? I like being evil and dabbling in fel magics. Getting to melt faces and laugh as I do so.
If you could add, change or remove anything with regards to the warlock class what would it be? I want a flying Warlock mount. Basically a Dreadsteed with demon wings. Blizzard, please?
Do you have any tips you can offer for newer warlock players, or to those who are new to your specialization? Play the spec that you enjoy. Unless you’re in a top guild, competing for the server first kills, the extra percent or so another spec might get you isn’t worth it if you don’t have fun. Try all specialisations, then pick the one that you enjoy the most. Then master it!