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effects of skirmishes on rated play

22 April 2014 - 09:49 PM

What effects do you guys think skirmishes will have on the rated bracket? So far it seems like we will be getting decent rewards for random queueing. Will this lower the player base .. as the "10 wins a week just to cap" people might not have to even touch the rated bracket anymore?

If conquest or conquest gear is given as a reward, I would hope that the amount is low enough to deter people from "only" doing skirmishes.

Either way i'm personally happy skirmishes will be back. My partners quit WoW this season so they could focusin on playing some pokemon game so this would have given me something to do to stay in the swing of things.

Ps.. did anyone else notice the nagrand style arena on ashran island?

Budget gaming laptop / headset

06 February 2014 - 07:10 PM

I'm looking to buy a better laptop to do arenas on. I'm currently using an HP G60-630US which was made in 1863 by some cowboys to pawn off for hookers and booze. It was good for what I wanted at the time as at that point I vowed to not play any games ever again, but now that I'm playing wow again I think I would have been better off with the hookers and booze. It's great running around the shrine at 2fps, with the occasional 7fps spike if I face a wall. Anyways I need some advice before I blow all my coke money.

I've been looking at these two. They're slightly over my budget, but I suppose I don't mind if they'll last me a while. Are they worth it? Can I get something else that fits my needs better?



I have questions about what some of the specifications mean.

(1) What the fuck does "1TB HDD + 8GB Hybrid SSHD" and "1TB+24GB SSD" mean? Specifically what does SSD and SSHD mean?

(2) The cheaper one has 8 gigs of ram and the second has 16 gigs. Is 16 gigs overkill?? Would I be perfectly fine using 8 gigs? I'm currently using 3 gigs, which is shared with the shitty-ass "intel media graphics accelerator" in my HP so ANYTHING is an upgrade...

(3) Is "heat" going to be an issue in these laptops? They're both using 2x gfx cards (SLI) and I'm assuming the cpu is overclocked "6MB L3 Cache Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz"

(4) They don't have disk drives...The only time I've used a disk on this comp was to install WoW. I don't plan on playing any other games .. If I find the need I can get an external one ... BUT ... can I install MoP (and WoD when it comes out) through download? If I do "need" one now, should I just consider a different laptop?

Does anyone suggest getting something else instead? Some keynotes as to what exactly I plan on doing with the laptop...

(1) Arena -- I could care less about RBGS
(2) Record what I'm doing while I'm playing arenas
(3) Don't currently plan on streaming, but it's possible I may in the future
(4) Raiding - For pugging SoO when I'm bored and there's no one to arena with.
(5) Webcam hookers ... since I traded my real ones for this shitty-ass HP
(6) I can't build a desktop because traveling around the world with one isn't practical...
(7) I plan to play plugged in with battery removed (so it doesn't get toasted in a year), and don't mind plugging in the ethernet cable either so good wi-fi isn't a must.
(8) I can't think of anything else to put for #8 so i guess I'll take to moment tell you all that ramen noodles absolutely disgust me.

Also...can someone suggest a headset off newegg for under $40? I don't mind goign "slightly" over that amount if I can get something significantly better. The current $20 headset from walmart that i'm using picks up EVERYTHING. People bitch because they can hear themselves talk through it. Also, every time I roll a cigarette ... they think I'm wrapping my face with tinfoil. *sigh*

And I don't care about mice. I'm perfectly fine using my $8 logitech. Every time I've bought a decent mouse in the past, I hated it...AND it broke within a few months...happened like 5 times. Oh yeah, I'll never forget the days of TBC doing some intense 40 minute arena battle, almost winning, then giggle giggle hey dude I can't help you do ANYTHING because my wireless mouse battery died. There was also the time I couldn't trinket something really important because one of my thumb buttons broke....so eff that nonsense!!

[I would like to make my purchase with in the next 3 days]

Woes of an arena noob

24 January 2014 - 07:07 PM

Some background info on myself:

I quit playing mid season 4 back in tbc and picked up wow again mid season 13 as an warlock. I haven't been able to do arena very much mostly because I was on a really low pop server and there were probably 10 people above 1500 rating and they consider themselves gods of arena lol. Our guild transferred to Kel'Thuzad, then after a month of being noobed to death, they all transferred back to the low pop server where they could once again be the best pvp guild on that server. I'm not a tard so I stayed on KT because it's a real server. My problem now is it's very hard to find other people that are willing to play with a low mmr player,1600 - 1700 cr w/no achieves, so I end up playing with friends from my old low pop server anyways. Half way through this season, I finally found some old friends there that actually wanted to do arenas for fun / rating instead just doing enough games to cap every week.

Our team make up is Affliction Lock (me). WW Monk, Holy Priest. We easily hit 1650 with me and the monk in 510 ilvl, and the priest in 496 pve gear, but we've plateaued and are stuck. We're geared now and can still only hit 1700s a few times before falling back down to 1650. Obviously I'm a warlock so most games I die in a fire (to double melee cleaves *woohoo*) but our problems don't lay on just me getting wtfpwned every game.

My partners complain because I more or less play open-mic (ventrilo sucks for that) and they always tell me to switch it to push-to-talk. Of course I argue with them because it's 2014 and who the fuck plays with push-to-talk for 3s! Peels / kills are hard because CC gets overlapped 50% of the time. I call out my CCs 90% of the time, but I always end up dotting or fearing someone who just got sapped by the monk, or mind controlled by the priest because they aren't calling out what they're doing .. because they have to push a button.

Here's a list of things that I believe are "wrong":

1) Bad synergy between Lock & Priest / Priest's talent choices:
He insists on using Mind Control. Yes, we've won games because he MC'd healers or dps for peels, but imho we would have won those games anyways. Psyfiend would be bad because of fear DRs. I've suggested using Void Tendrils, but that hasn't happened yet. I've also suggested that the priest spec into feathers / spectral guise for games where he gets targeted, but he says it isn't worth it because it gets broken right away anyways. I place more blame on the bad synergy between locks/priests more than anything else.

2) Double melee cleaves: I get wtfpwned 75% of the time we face 2x melee, hunter/melee, or mage/warrior usually with little or no peels .. This is partially my fault because I'm not specifically calling out for peels, but I do call out things like when they pop all their cooldowns. Should I even have to ask for peels??? Another thing I do wrong is try to kite the melee around pillars while I end up being next to perma slowed / stunned and I end up los'ing my healer. If I port or gateway, I still end up with little or no heals because I still have to los the melee cleave and end up los'ing my heals there too, but considering I call out my gates/ports before I take them I feel our priest should either take the gate with me or atleast be able to anticipate that I need to los the melee so they aren't instantly on me again.

3) Overlapping / breaking CCs: I don't need to explain this, it's a communication error and isn't likely to get fixed anytime soon.

4) Not eatting hunter traps: Priest doesn't call out when he's scattered .. don't need to explain this either.

5) Offensive Dispels: Our priest just realized he has an offensive dispel last time we played .. also found out he can still mass dispell blocks / bubbles if he glyphs for it, but isn't able to anticipate when the opponent is going to do so, so they're topped off before their immunity get's dispelled. I can't really place blame here, he's been away most of MoP and just needs some more experience I guess.

6) I just remembered that I have Curse of Exhaustion: I'm a noob too I guess :D

7) Breaking News: The Dalai Lama nerd rages then lights himself on fire!! My monk like's to rage and yell at everyone. I thought monk's were supposed to be peaceful creatures that believe in karma and ressurrection, not yelling and placing blame on everyone lol. Sometimes he has a point, other times he's just raging. Usually this is about me or the healer not asking for peels when we have 2 people dead set on killing one of us before the world ends, other times it's about me not helping him kill a target with low heath. About 50% of the time I will help with kills by doing fel flame spam or haunt if I know i can get it off, other times I'm not close enough to the kil target so I focus on cc'ing who ever is most likely to peel our monk. Not sure if I'm right or wrong here.

8) Going on the wrong target: For some reason EVERYONE I play with loves tunneling the opposing healer, while our team just gets wtfpwned. I personally consider killing healers only viable if it's a resto sham, or if we get off a good howl / swap, but 90% of the games I play, no matter who I'm partnered with, they seem to think tunneling the healer is the only way to win games. I try to tell them that isn't going to work once we get out of the 1600 bracket, but to no avail.

10) This brings up the whole reason I decided to make a noob post here .. When you enter the arena, what factors do you consider when picking who to "go on"? Do you pick the person you're able to do the most damage to and pressure them, or do you go on the person who's most likely to wtfpwn your team in order to slow their damage output and do hard swaps for kills? I'm honestly clueless here..


Considering slaying dragons, and farming mounts / gold gets really boring, and I can't find partners for viable 3s comps .. wtf do I do from here? I'm thinking about jumping on the bandwagon and leveling my 81 warrior to 90 and using my free 90 for a mage once the WoD pre-order becomes available so I can always have a fotm class with many viable comps no matter what season it is instead of struggling through every melee cleave I face ..

Sad face :(

/end rant

PS .. any 1600 - 1700 resto druids / ele shams need a lock for LSD or any other viable lock comp??? I'm not asking to be carried, would just like to find similar people that I feel I am able to progress with.