Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year

Spending New Years eve in wow causes a problem. What will u do? I mean wouldnt u rather do something other then idle with friends, questing, grinding, pvping or whining? A special day has special needs!

In other words "how will u celebrate New Year?" Fortunally I wasnt the only one with the same thoughts and merry man Duskhorn made a party! After the initial ganking which always seems to happen at these events thats for both fractions it turned out really fun.

We didnt actually do much. Just idle around, chatting and jumping up and down from a tree sometimes dieing. But these days are best spend with friends, new ones or old ones.

A few whiners joined just to flame poor host. Like "why u doing this, u fail rl etc" but imo those ppl are pathetic. Why bother to spend the New Years Eve in wow so u can flame those who spend the New Years Eve in wow?

Friday, December 29, 2006

One for all and all for me

Only few weeks to tbc so let me just elaborate of the years that been. Judgin from Naxx bosses the new tbc raids will be lot harder cause each individual is required to simply do more while he also can hurt the raid more.

Tbh few ppl slacking in MC or BWL doesnt hurt really nor does the occassional mess up. Ofc gettig bombed by baron isnt fun but assuming raid is spread out like it should be a single madman can bomb perhaps 2-3 ppl at max.

Enter Naxx boss Thadd and suddenly its not enough for raidleaders to do everything, allowing u to spam 1-3 buttons.

Looking back my old guild Ghost cleared MC first two months we ventured there, and MC was fairly new, but the ZG boss JinDo was more then we could handle at that time.

I expect tbc to be more like Thadd and JinDo. Each person must do various of tasks while risking to whipe whole raid if failure.

Then it finally means something to be in "a endgame guild" other then knowing the right ppl and showing up on raids.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

The light and how to swing it!

Tbc talents finally came with new coveted talent trees. Poor paladins finally got to try tanking and deal damage.
I never fully understood some ppls obession with tanking or dpsing anyway.

Paladins are a hybrid and cant be expected to deal dmg equally to dps classes. Even with this new tbc buff we are still lowest dps compared, or should, be hence the announced CS nerf.

What makes me stop and think is that were no longer paladins with different specs rather we are now almost 3 subclasses.
This is ofc what most ppl wanted but I feel we loose some of that hybrid role.
The ability to change to different roles.

I don't see paladins as healers/tanks/dps. I see them as a class that can help if different spots of roles. Ofc we never was able to fullfill one role, for example maintanking, but imo thats not realistic. Or at least wasnt pre tbc.

As for post tbc the instances are more interactive and requires ppl to do much more outside their usual roles. Its kinda ironic that paladins, in tbc, will be heavy specialist rather then the hybrid we once were.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Awaiting 16th jan

I started playing wow two years ago, when it was released, on horde as a priest. After the first year I decided to reroll to alliance and I then chose to make a paladin. As a priest I had enjoyed healing and supporting others but at the same time I wanted to try something new.

Paladin was the obvious choice since I wanted to remain in healing but also do something else. I was looking foward to hit something with a big stick every now and then.

I liked my new class from the begining. Healing was something I was used to but paladins heals were threatless and the shiny armor was nice too, it made sure you survived a long time.

After almost a year as alliance I am now reunited with my old friends at the horde side and Im egarly waiting to start a new blood elf paladin. Horde needs paladins badly and I voluntered to reroll since I really miss the class.

While everyone else go to Outland I first thought I be back at Barrens, but fortunally they made a new starting area that also includes level 10-20 so there will be less deja vu.

Since I been raiding the endgame with both my priest and paladin I see myself as somewhat an ambassador for alliance know how.

From the differences between Orgrimmar and Stormwind perhaps one could say Im bringing civilisation to the barbarians.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Real world paladins

Originally "Scholae Palatinae" simply meant military trainingschool of the palatine hill, which is were the roman emperors held office. It was Constantine the great that created a new arm of imperial elite soldiers to provide personal protection of the emperor and his family. This led to the tradition of the "palatinus" or paladins as the english form is and their status as a champion warrior.

Many years later in the european middle ages, you could follow twelve paladins in the service of Charlemagne, in the classical french poetry "Chansons de geste" Altough their associated exploits are largely fictional inventions its based on French 8th century history and the paladin leader Roland, is based on a real person. During the middle ages Roland, who according to "the song of Roland" died after a heroic battle against the muslims, became a symbol for the noble christian warrior.

Stories about the Roland and the paladins were once as commonly known as the stories about King Arthur but as the world changed in the 19th century people started to frown upon the heavy christianity in the presentation of the paladins.

Nevertheless its from Roland and his paladins the concept of a holy warrior, as we know them in fantasy litterature and games, is concived.