Monday, March 30, 2009

priest..... against.... druid

I am a bit annoyed... i guess you all understood it :P so i decided to change they way i play.
I have been an healer and a tank so far. My healer was Lamthara, an holy priest... and my tank is Lamshataar, a protection warrior.

But I don't know if i'm bored because in this expansion there are only a few raids to do, a few instances to do, and the place to discover has been discovered aeons ago... or because i know these classes so much that there is no more thrill to cast my Prayer of Healing for the one hundred time.

So i decided to try a different healer... the druid.

Here you can see Lamthara in all her beauty :)

As an holy priest i cast just a few instant spells and i fill the party health in no time with prayer of healing and circle of healing :) just a click and after a few seconds of casting (for PoH) and everyone is happy.

Here instead you see Lamu, my druid, i dinged friday so don't complain me because she's not that well dressed :)

I discovered a restoration druid is very different from a priest. If a priest would be a dps lamthara would be a mage.... the druid would be, instead, a warlock.

Lamu heals people with Healing of Time spells, most of her healing spells have an healing over time effect so that differently from a priest point of view you have to keep your HoT's up on the tank. In this way even if the boss lands a strike on him the wound will be repaired in a few seconds. A priest has more "oh---shhhit!" buttons :P i think about guardian spirit or PoM or Shield... if things are going wrong you have a few moves you can take to avoid the wipe.
The druid has only "Tranquility" that is a good move to heal everyone in critical situations... for the rest if the tank isn't that good you will start to spam nourish and swiftmend hoping the fight will be over soon :)

...but i like it. It's nice to play the same role with different spells. Even the same old instances are different when you have to learn what to do "again" :P 

Now i'm only worried because to replace a bit my warrior i'm lvling up the old tank, the paladin Lamnishaa.... and then i can only try the restoration shaman and i'm done :) 

Oh boy! Shame on me because i don't like to dps :|

Monday, March 16, 2009

Thinking about new stuff....

Usually i've always been optimistic about WoW but recently i think i miss something... 
I've done all the instances so many times that even if we want to we cannot wipe...  yesterday i've done Utgarde Pinnacle with a full blue tank and two dks dressed from the pvp reward.... well at the third boss (Skadi the Ruthless) i died and the group have been able to stay alive till i came back to the place, shoot the dragon five times (it was the first time they made that instance) and kill him... 
then keep on till the end.

I've seen all the raids (well they're not too many actually :/ ) and really i dont' know what to do. Lvl up an alt? Maybe but i all the classes till lvl 70, more or less, and even if i have another lvl 80... then what could i do that i can't do with my tank and my healer?

...I guess blizzard should open the window a bit and allow me to get a bit of fresh air :) If i weren't the GM of my guild i guess i would have quit a few weeks ago to try something else (and my interest in Eve Online if the proof i'm looking for something completely different i guess...

what do you suggest me to do :| ?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The EVE Online Project

Well, since i've seen all of the things i could see in WoW right now and i'm waiting to see the content that will be given in the next patch i've decided to try a new mmorpg... at least for its trial period.

And i've chosen Eve Online for a lot of reason but just to expain the main of them i'd say the reason is because is very different from WoW and every mmorpg i've seen around so far.

Eve Online is a sci-fi  mmorpg, you play the role of uhm... man or woman who live in a very far away future where the conquest of the space has been done and it's normally accepted just like breathing. The Earth conquered a distant portion of space that could be reached only by a wormhole. The human kind conquered a lot of planets, moons and built orbital stations... then the wormhole collapsed and all those pioneers had been cut out from the Earth, developing different cultures. Some of them became slavers of other races, some of them create a "democracy" based on corporations... and so on :P

Differently from other games out there you can't control your "toon". Actually you won't even be able to see him, the only thing you'll have to feel close to him is the little portrait on the top left corner of the screen. On the other side you'll have a lot (and with "lot" i mean "LOT!!!!") or spaceships that you'll drive to make your missions, to play pvp, to harvest gas and ore... they'll be the tool you will use to reach the goals you'll set in the game

So... what can i say? EVE Online isn't WoW in every aspect i've seen. Wow is much more easier to play, you are slowly introduced in the game mechanics and as the time has passed it has really become easier to play for people who don't want to "waste time". EVE, on the other side, wants you to know what you're doing and not always tell you "how to do things". In my experience it happened that i wasn't prepared to face what i did and i discovered what went wrong just talking with people that started to play this game a lot of time ago.  Oddly this is a good thing because the community is friendly and this is one of the way you can know more people and start to play with them instead of being alone all the time. Wow sometimes can be considered an online single player, in particular when you lvl up (i call him a single player with a chat), in this aspect wow is still funny... eve online, on the other side, becomes fastly boring after a bit if u play alone. 
But once you have someone to play with, do missions with or just chat with in the meanwhile you quest this game becomes a nice way to waste your time. Really it does :)

There are some con's.... the biggest of them is that rarely you'll feel really close to your avatar because you never see him. There are some pro's anyway.... the biggest of them is that your avatar is just you :)

If you want to try a game that has great potential to make you forget other mmorpg... try Eve. After all those raids it's refreshing to try something new. Trust me :)

p.s. no.. i won't leave WoW but at the same time i think i'll try to keep on playing eve for as long as i'll be able to... or at least i will re-play Eve with a subscription in the next future since the laptop i've used so far is quite sucky and my mac-ppc can't digest the version of the game the developers have done :)