A few things that are grinding my gears at the moment.
1. Installing Rogers online protection (since I’m too cheap to afford any other form of antivirus software) has messed up my ability to log onto vent.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been stuck on “connecting to server” or whatever message vent gives when they’re trying to find the server. This means I’m less likely to be allowed to participate on progression runs.
2. Last night, I pugged a zero-drake OS. 4.8k dps on Sarth, but died.
Awesome. Elemental out before Heroism and double icy veins plus trinket and mana gem means 10k+ crits on 1.3s Frostbolt casting time. Amazing. Beat everyone on the meters, but not in overall damage though. You see, the tank lagspiked and I ended up pulling aggro. Sarth turns to me, spews out a giant cone of fire, oneshotting me and essentially half the raid. ARGHH! If I had stayed alive, I could actually wave my e-peen about this one.
3. Sudden realization that I’m the slacker half of the morons and slackers demographic.
I know not to stand in void zones. I know how to safety dance. I know which side is positive and which side is negative. But at the same time, I’m too cheap to buy that extra belt socket, or to upgrade all of my green-quality gems to blue. I use the spellpower enchant that doesn’t require a billion abyss crystals (even though I’ve somehow accumuated about fifty, and they’re all untouched). I still use my Scryers shoulder enchants because I can’t bother to touch a Hodir daily, and I’m more willing to spend Stone Keeper shards on heirloom items than those pvp enchants. Resilience is for wussies anyways. I stand perfectly still in lava walls because I have two Ice blocks to remove the debuff. I stand in Sapphiron’s Blizzard because Frost Ward and Ice Barrier will do its job (I take the least damage on that fight according to the meters anways).
4. The Midsummer Festival is not for me.
As much as I like to whore myself out to get neat titles (the Hallowed and Merrymaker are some of my favourites), why the heck would I want “the Flame Warden” as a title? I’m a Frost Mage! Ideally, I still want Champion of the Frozen Wastes, but…
5. Apparently, I’m STILL not “good” enough for pugs.
I’m a solid 3-4k dps, but because I don’t have the achievement, people pass me over for other players. What. The. Fudge.
Seriously, people are ridiculous sometimes. They complain that raiding is becoming too easy, yet at the same time, they expect cookie cutter specs and achievement links as their standards for group composition.
You’re a Frost Mage? lol.
Okay fine, I’ll switch to lolfire dual-spec. (Yeah right.)
You don’t have achievement? lol.
I swear, this is just an alt. I’ve done it before on my resto druid main, so I know the mechanics. (I cry a little inside whenever I do this)
You don’t have vent? lol.
I’ve done it before. I don’t need some neckbeard stoner mouthbreathing into his mic to tell me which tempest minion to DPS. I have offtank assist macros to do that for me. So screw you! The nerve of some people.
6. I’m too hardcore to be casual, too casual to be hardcore.
This is the realization that I came to yesterday. The world of online gaming and nerdraging trolls is a difficult barrier to breach when trying to reach out to the casual market. Unlike the Nintendo Wii, WoW does not have comparable alternatives to flock to if the intended design does not fit well with those outside the target demographic. There is no Xbox 360 or PS3-equivalent MMO out there, so everyone is subject to the whim of blizzard, and by taking a step in the casual direction, the most vocal group, the hardcore, is naturally speaking out against it, and I’m subject to having this force-fed to me on every single website with every person with half an opinion on whether or not Yogg-Saron is too easy or not. Why the heck should I care? I’ve never even faced him yet!
Well, no more. I’m taking my stand. I don’t care about Ulduar. I don’t care about hard modes. I don’t care about progression. I don’t care about getting into PuGs. I dont’ care about PTR’s and patch notes.
Forget about these labels of hardcore and casual. I’m going play WoW my way. And I’m going to blog about it.