Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Let Me Sum Up

"Let me explain... No, there is too much. Let me sum up."
Man, it is nice to be back. My synapses are firing and I can actually make a coherent thought. The medicine the doctors had me on was great but it made it a little hard to think straight.
If you are at all concerned over the recent Paladin nerfs, I strongly recommend you check out Josh's blog, http://e4ae.blogspot.com/2008/10/chicken-little-sky-is-not-falling.html
We really don't know how the Seal Nerfs will affect Protection threat. We know on Beta we are still doing 'enough' threat so as to not cap the DPS. I'm going to put my confidence in Blizzard that if Protection Paladins start having issues with maintaining threat, they will address it. One idea would be increasing One Handed Weapons Specialization or increasing the percentage on Shield of the Templar (the talent that increases the damage of our 'Shield' spells, i.e. Shield of Righteousness, Avenger's Shield and Holy Shield)
Let me catch you up on what's been going with Honorshammer.

Thursday we went to Mount Hyjal, and killed 4 bosses, and I got royally hosed. Some loot that really should have been awarded to me was not, and I had to decide what to do about it.

At first, I was going to do a big write up in the blog over what happened. Then I decided that wasn't the best way to handle it.

I thought I would put up a big post on the guild forums detailing how I'd been wronged. No, that didn't seem right either.

A couple of really mean and immature ideas came into my mind. There is no sin in being tempted to do wrong, but only in giving in to that temptation. Thankfully, I didn't give in.

In the end, I waited until the next day and grabbed my Paladin class officer, and told him in whispers that I thought the loot should have gone to me and didn't. He offered to put in a GM ticket to correct it, which I thought was pure class, but I told him not to. The only thing I asked him to do was to try to make sure it didn't happen again.

I didn't cause 'loot drama' or disrupt the guild in any way. In the end I thought I handled the situation pretty well.

Friday, I ran Zul'Aman with Mal Katai. I wasn't used to running with them and I had some mark confusion. We only got a couple of chests, but I did kill Hex Lord for the first time. I had to put the Warrior tank on Hex Lord because we were low on interrupts. I offtanked a couple of mobs and helped fear one to keep him cc'ed.

We made a couple of attempts at Zul'jin but we didn't get him.

They want me to come back and run with their 'A' team, and finish the whole place which is something I would love to do.

Saturday, I did Arena with my Shadowstep Rogue partner. I could already tell my damage was a little less this week than last but I was still able to burst some people down. We only lost to one team that wasn't a Ret/something or Ret/Ret. That team was a Warrior/Druid that simply out played us.

We hit 1550, and I hemmed and hawed over whether I should 'blow' my points on my Season 4 Pants. After some deliberation and talking it over with Jagelf and Wichita, I decided to take the plunge and buy the pants.

Sunday, I ran around Azeroth collecting Necrotic Runes, but I only managed to get 7. I still need 11 more if I want to buy the Tabbard of the Argent Dawn. I had lousy luck rolling on the Runes. I grouped with Dominion for a some of it and with Heroes for the rest. I really want that Tabbard.

Then I ran with some of the Heroes guys and killed the new boss in Karazhan. I was still Ret spec. The trick to the new boss is that he shares damage between himself and one lucky raid member. I guess he likes Dwarves because he shared with me first. I spent much of the fight inspecting the floor. I got my Bat minipet, but I lost the roll on the Ripper. This is a Two Handed, 114 DPS axe that has an on use of turning you into a Undead and playing it like a guitar.

Lastly, I found out BOTH of my former guild leaders (Dora of Mal Katai and Sameth of Heroes Inc) are both pregnant! Congratz to Brindall and Ferth!

Your Skill in Parenting as been raised to 2.
You are now Neutral with the Baby faction.

Gratz guys! I am really happy and excited for you!


Anonymous said...

On the one hand, it sounds like you did the right thing about your loot drama, especially since WotLK is coming and new gear isn't as important. On the other hand, you tell us this whole story without any inkling of what the loot was and why it should have been yours, which is either unfair to your Loot Master or yourself, depending on how we the reader interpret things.

Loot is a multifaceted thing; for example, I used to be dying to get ye olde shield off Gruul. Never dropped while we were raiding him, but if it had, I really wanted it. Our usual MT probably did, too. At the time we sort of had a clear top 3 tanks and then several up and comers - the other guy in the top 3 was a druid, so no shield issue there.

If we had gone in there with me, the MT, and one of the up and comers and the shield dropped, by established rules we would have all rolled. I would have felt hosed if the newer guy got it, though, because I had 100% attendance and tenure. On the other hand, the MT could have said the same about me, I suppose, although I at least had 100% attendance on 25 mans. At one point I was the only tank who could say that.

The newer guy would also have had every right to complain if we broke the established rules in order to hand the loot to someone who might be more "deserving".

So without knowing whether your Loot Master violated the rules, your own idea of who deserves what, or some third unknown factor, it's hard to take much away from this post - other than your class officer might be a classy guy, assuming he's the guy who got the loot (meaning he wasn't offering to hose some possibly innocent third party).

Overblown analysis aside, love the blog, keep it up. :)

Honors Code said...

I didn't want to go into too many details because to me that would have been no different that putting the whole situation on the blog in the first place.

But yes, the Class Officer was the guy who got the loot, and he's a super classy guy.

Anonymous said...

As a prot paladin, you should have zero trouble grinding out the Necrotic Runes for your tabard solo. I was able to do it in about ten minutes when I stumbled across an attack in Winterspring while completing the candy bucket achievement.

Basic round 'em up and consecrate.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like he is a class act, then. Grats!