Lunchtime Ramblings: 6.1 is Here!

First off, I’m not going to get involved in any “this patch is BAD, I’m unsubbing”-type debates. All I’m going to say is that 6.1 was designed to be a systems patch rather than a massive content patch, and it delivers. So, here are my impressions of the various changes and features that I’ve encountered so far.

S.E.L.F.I.E. camera: it’s silly, it’s fun, and people seem to either love it or hate it. I find it amusing, but not enough to use it constantly. What I DON’T like about it is the sheer randomness of getting the mission to obtain the camera. Some people got it the moment they logged in post-patch, while some STILL haven’t gotten it. Seems like it should be automatic for everyone, considering how much Blizzard promoted this feature.

Twitter integration:¬†again, people either seem to love it or hate it. I love it, mostly because it vastly simplifies the task of tweeting screenshots of things (the Crop feature is awesome). The tedious chain of “take screenshot-open Paint-find the damn screenshot-crop-save-write a tweet-find cropped screenshot-send tweet” has been broken! Those who hate it seem to be most annoyed by perceived “Twitter spam”; I guess it depends on who is doing the tweeting. Personally, integrating Twitter with WoW won’t make me tweet more often, but it will make my tweeting easier. If it bothers you, go ahead and block/unfollow me since you must not have been paying attention to my Twitter style for the past couple of years.

Heirloom tab: meh. I’m not a big user of heirlooms, so I’m probably not the intended audience for this feature. However, anything that removes clutter from a player’s inventory is a welcome change as far as I’m concerned.

Garrison NPC “visitors”: bah. I’m not a fan of this at all. Crafted gear already has a massive amount of RNG baked in with the stat budgeting, so adding another layer of randomness to obtaining the new recipes is a Bad Idea. It doesn’t encourage “socializing in your friends’ garrisons”, rather, it encourages complaining and endlessly waiting for that ONE NPC to spawn.

Create All work orders: YES!!!! It’s about damn time!

Stacking Miner’s Coffee buff: zoom zoom! I love it!

Garrison jukebox: SWEET! This was one of the features I was looking forward to since the day it was announced! No more awesome-yet-tediously-epic music on repeat! I’m not totally pleased that a large number of the scrolls are non-guaranteed boss drops (out of six raids I entered yesterday, four of them did not drop their respective scrolls), but at least you get a “starter set” of scrolls from your faction’s capital cities. The quest to build the jukebox is available to everyone upon logging in for the first time post-patch, so there’s none of the S.E.L.F.I.E. camera RNG nonsense.

Bug fixes and class tweaks: um , yay! As a Protection warrior I got some survivability buffs: Shield Barrier is no longer completely useless! Also, allowing tanks to use cooldowns during Suplex in the Hanz’gar and Franzok fight is incredible: I went from dying 2-3 times per fight to none after this fix!

That’s what I have for now. Enjoy!

Lunchtime Ramblings: In Which I Get All Self-Defeatist

Have you ever had one of “those” days? A day in which you look at your body of work and ask yourself, “why the hell am I bothering with all of this”? If not, you’re one of the lucky ones. If you have, then you have a rough idea of how my morning has been. I generally start my mornings by taking a brief look at my blog’s statistics for the previous day, answering any comments that have been left, and thinking about what I’d like to do for the rest of the day (all of this takes place during/after coffee consumption, naturally). Today I looked at my blog and said to myself, “WTF is this crap?”. Every aspect of my extra-curricular WoW hobby seemed (and still seems) hollow and redundant. To wit:

Why bother “blogging”? Blogging involves writing. Mine does not. The vast bulk of my blog posts (aside from occasional rants such as this) consist of bullet lists of¬†boring info combined with a screenshot or two. Even Buzzfeed generates stuff that has more insight.

Why bother making soloing videos? As of this moment I have no answer for this. At best, my videos might be useful as a “proof of execution” archive, an overwrought way of answering the “pics or it didn’t happen” question when I claim to have soloed something. At worst, they’re boring bandwidth hogs that have no informational (since I don’t narrate them) or entertainment value (again, since I don’t narrate them). Sure seems like a lot of effort for no good reason, IMO.

Why bother building my “transmog gallery”? Again, I haven’t a clue. Sure, the act of hunting down and collecting pieces of gear I haven’t seen before is fun, but the work of organizing and presenting decent images of each piece on my warrior seems a bit pointless. As a work-in-progress, it’s obviously incomplete; Wowhead has EVERY piece possible archived in a MUCH more useful fashion. There are a bazillion (technical term) transmogrification blogs out there that are full-featured and MUCH better than anything I’ve done.

Why bother streaming things? Why, indeed? With the exception of a couple of stalwart fans, most of my streams have precisely zero viewers at any given time. I think my streams suffer from the same problems as my videos (no narration/webcam view = no viewer engagement), so I only have myself to blame. And yet, I still stream when I’m out soloing. Why?

I’m sure there are a LOT of reasons that I feel so dismissive of my own content. Depression plus anxiety. “Imposter Syndrome” (though is it really Imposter Syndrome if the evidence that your stuff IS crap is really there?). Being part of a community that produces so much awesome content that standing out from the crowd is very difficult (not that this is necessarily a bad thing). It’s probably all of the above, and then some. But what should I DO about it? Seek to improve what meager content I produce? I’m probably at the peak of the quality that I’m capable of producing, given time, resources, and lack of artistic talent. Give up entirely? I think I’m too stubborn for that. Keep muddling along, with occasional outbursts like this? DING DING DING, we have a winner!

This has been a self-defeatist rant by The Cranky Tank. We now return you to whatever less-depressing content you were previously enjoying. BEEEEEP.

Updates for the week of 2/16/2015

Lots of new stuff happened this past week! Here are the highlights:

New Blackrock Foundry (Normal difficulty) boss kills: Beastlord Darmac AND Hans’gar/Franzok! After suffering at the hands of Oregorger during our first night in BRF, we decided to leave him alone and hit up some “easier” bosses. And what do you know, they ARE easier! Beastlord is a chaotic mess (IMHO), but Hans’gar and Franzok is incredibly fun (if you’re not prone to motion sickness). Next stop: Flamebender!


New transmog piece: Sulfuras, the Extinguished Hand! This lousy mace kept me running Firelands long after I’d obtained all of the mounts and achievements from the blasted place! I don’t know if I’ll build a full set around it any time soon, but at least it’s finally MINE!
New boss solo: Blade Lord Ta’yak! This fight has a lot of unavoidable damage (Unseen Strike, Wind Step, Overwhelming Assault) and a bit of avoidable damage (Tempest Slash). The real difficulty here is having enough DPS to push Ta’yak to Phase 2 (he transitions at 20%) before your stacks of Overwhelming Assault become lethal. Once you enter Phase 2, it’s a “simple” matter of running the tornado gauntlet and burning the boss to the ground. If you watch my video, I actually screwed up the gauntlet several times and still got the kill, so it’s quite forgiving.

New loot: Butcher’s Bloody Cleaver and Shockwave Signet! The weapon (my tanking BiS) is something I’ve been drooling over since Highmaul opened, and now it’s MINE! The ring is a sweet, sweet Mythic piece that I just got from a Highmaul garrison follower mission. These two pieces (plus two more I purchased recently) pushed my average item level to 673: /FLEX