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Thank you for the heads-up, Berenziah. It is an awesome staff and I miss it already.
Day????: waiting breathlessly for Cataclysm.
I'll re-set my calendar to Day 1 tomorrow, with the birth of Cataclysm and my return to leveling this character. I am hopeful that tomorrow won't be a crash-fest, at least not by the time I get home.
I suspect that leveling will be full of ganking and will turn into a bit of a chore, at least for the first few weeks. I'm also hopeful that some players and guildies will return. I anticipate that we'll all see some old friends shortly.
I think some guildies and I will be working together and leveling in groups so we can turn the tables on would-be gankers. If it gets too bad, then I'm likely just going out in the world to locate the new instance entrances and then level through LFD. Hopefully, I can get my quest on without too many problems.
Well, I'm diving into Cataclysm this afternoon. I expect to have all hell rain down upon me and my first, fumbling steps into the expansion. I'm going to do my best to remind myself that I came here for reasons other than ease of leveling.
I confess that I am more than a bit nervous about the beating that I am likely to take for a bit. I definitely feel the pressure from the overwhelming numbers of the enemy and am a bit intimidated by the prospect of trying to level at the opening of an expansion on this server.
All I can do is try my hardest and hope it all works out. I will also do my best to assist any of my alliance brethren.
As was once written by someone far more gifted and illustrious than I, "once more into the breach, dear friends."
I'll be on after 5 server and would be willing to group up to quest.
Well depending on how long the 800 KB patch takes to down load on my old computer.
At your current average item level the game isn't going to let you into the new dungeons unless a group is formed in server and we travel there.
I believe it's an average level of 226 to be able to do the starter dungeons.
I can go as DPS or heals either way if you or anyone else wants to group up for survival.
Well...that was absolutely brutal and awful. Made it to 81, despite getting chain-ganked by waves of horde. Screw 'em. If leveling continues like this--and I suspect it will die down in a few weeks, thankfully--then all the horde are doing is making us stronger and more vicious.
I'll do a longer post tomorrow. Right now, I'm more than a bit frustrated and ticked off.
Shamazon, your idea of getting a group together and chain-running instances seems like a nice alternative to what I experienced today.
Thank you for your offer of assistance, Ragnorick, and thank you for the support and for not joining your many brethren who ganked the living hell out of me yesterday afternoon, Churi.
Cataclysm Day One: The Apocalypse Cometh....
I started out right next to the flightmaster in SW to pick up my Azeroth Flying License. I took a few moments to enjoy soaring over SW and to pick up my starter quests. As I'm a druid, I was more interested in Mount Hyjal than the undersea zone, so I headed over there.
I was amazed by the scenery and enjoyed riding the dragon. My enjoyment largely ceased the minute I landed and was torn apart by the guards. I'd done nothing to piss them off. No thorns. No attacks on the sea of red names out there. No nothing. Not a good sign.
After dusting myself off and rezzing, I immediately shadow-melded and hit swift flight form, heading straight up to scan the scenery and try to pick up some quests. Getting quests was difficult, given the sheer amount of horde standing over the quest givers on their dragons, drakes and other assorted flying mounts.
Understanding that I was likely going to be the subject of a gank-fest, I flew to the margins of areas with the quest mobs I needed and switched to kitty form, going stealth for the sheer survivability. I had at least 10 horde on my map at all times and sometimes far, far more than that.
The ganking didn't start off too bad in the initial area in Hyjal. I rapidly finished my two quests, despite being ganked about 6 times in the process. It became apparent that my guildies were suffering similar fates. Oh well, this is Cho'gall in the opening day of an expansion and one must expect this sort of thing.
I turned in my quests, got some sweet upgrades to my beggar's set of WOTLK castoffs and headed to the next quest hub. Every quest giver was flooded with horde, some questing, others camping, others simply griefing by making it exceedingly difficult to get a quest or select a reward item upon turn-in.
At this point, I started losing track of how many times I was getting ganked. My patience and committment to the alliance community on this realm were about to be sorely tested.
I had another series of quests to perform in a sea of red names, most of which were horde. I rapidly found myself ganked in the middle of combat by sometimes just one horde player and sometimes three to ten players. I was on a two-minute rez timer for well over an hour and a half.
If it had not been for the sheer mobility of the druid class, especially flight form and the shadow-meld escape, I would have had a smashed screen and broken keyboard within an hour of logging on. It took me over 25 minutes to kill four mobs for a quest. I didn't have trouble finding the mobs. I had trouble surviving being ganked long enough to engage one and get credit for the kill.
It got even worse when I got several sets of quests that required me to go inside caves. My mobility advantage was gone and I had 50 or more horde to deal with, most of whom were falling all over themselves in their excitement to kill me. One might have thought they'd never seen an alliance character before in their fumbling excitement to gank me, much like how a school boy's hormones get the best of him when he makes an attempt to go south of the border on prom night, if you know what I mean.
I would like to say that I kept my head up through this storm of ganking. While I made valiant efforts to do so, my frustration and an increasing amount of rage eventually got the better of me. I started venting long and loud over guild chat or with anyone unfortunate enough to try to speak with me yesterday.
By three hours in, I was about to detonate. I conservatively estimate that I was ganked at least 60 times by this point. I wanted all horde dead wherever I saw them, whatever their level, whatever their gear. I started thinking about the vengeance spree I wanted to embark on once I made it 85. I wanted the horde players to have just the slightest idea of what we on the alliance side went through yesterday. I wanted them never to even have the possibility of access to Tol Barad. I wanted to camp some lowbies so viciously that they quit the game in sheer frustration. More than anything, I wanted payback.
Then, just when I was feeling at my lowest in this game, a couple of small things happened that cheered me up.
Edited by Autumnreign on 12/8/2010 10:34 AM PST
I had to kill about 10-12 dark iron dwarves in a cave system that was literally boiling with horde. I'd taken a 15-minute break to avoid snapping my keyboard over my knee. I logged back on and rezzed in an out-of-the-way corner. I found a dark iron dwarf spawn point right next to me. Mobs were dying so fast that they were pretty much instant respawns. I had a chance now to finish the quest that had seemed so unattainable.
I started killing the instantly respawning dark iron dwarves when some horde showed up. They actually left me alone and other than a stray multishot from a hunter, didn't hurt me. A couple stared at me for a minute--whether out of the shock of seeing an alliance player or while they debated killing me or not--and then moved on. I was able to wrap up my quests in that cave with only a handful of ganks. That helped morale quite a bit.
It also helped morale when I started fighting back. I was trying to escort three baby deer for a quest and getting smoked by horde every single time, regardless of whether I was in flight form or stealth. I was getting pissed again. I finally saw one of my antagonizers and burned his sorry butt down. He was a DK and had about 7 k more health than me, but he fought like a low-level clothie. He went down hard and a lot like two morons that I mentioned on my old thread.
About this time, my guildy and good friend Morroes showed up and we helped each other summon and take out a named mob. Some arcane mage made the mistake of jumping Morroes and we blew him apart. The mage got me later when I was questing. Brave soul. It felt good to defend myself a little bit.
About an hour and a half later, I was closing in on level 81 and was fighting harpies and gathering Hyjal eggs on a little ledge. A frost bolt shot past me and I spun around to see a water elemental and BE frost mage. I sighed and prepared for the inevitable and then the mage /apologized to me. I was absolutely stunned. I /waved and we kept out of each other's way while we each completed our quests. Then he took off and I got jumped by a 80 tauren warrior.
I rezzed and wiped the floor with the Tauren warrior. He was really not very good. Then his 81 UD frost mage buddy showed up and smoked me while I was fighting a named quest mob. I started spitting on them both and took out the warrior again. My sense of good sportsmanship and politeness had been brought down. Screw 'em.
I turned in my quests, running through a sea of horde to do so, when I was surprised to see Higgins /cheering me. I waved back, /saluted and moved on to get ganked by the tauren warrior and his spit-covered mage buddy at the next quest turn in.
I closed out my day beating the face in of a paladin that was part of a chain-gank on me a few minutes prior. I took him out in front of about 50 of his comrades. He sucked so bad that he didn't get off a stun, bubble or heal when I opened up on him and burned him to the ground with a pounce, berserk, rake, mangle, 5-point rip, mangle spam and ferocious bite finisher. That made me grin a little bit.
To those few horde that helped cheer us up by /cheering or simply not killing us, THANK YOU. Your efforts really brightened what was otherwise a terrible day.
To those who've been beating on us or who simply say "pvp server," pound sand. You have no idea what it's been like to be at our end of things or you couldn't have taken such delight in griefing us. At some point, the shoe may be on the other foot when you can't get into Tol Barad or getting viciously camped by an alliance who you helped turn from a kind player into a mean one.
To my fellow alliance, all I can say is that I share in your frustrations. Morale is low right now, but things will improve, just as they do a few days or weeks into any expansion once the drooling mouth-breathers clear out. If it makes you feel better to visit pain and suffering on horde lowbies, then by all means indulge yourself. If the going is too brutal right now, which is doubtlessly is for most classes, then wait a bit, level an alt, try archaeology, chain-run Cata instances if you can live long enough to find them, etc.
It will get better. We will survive this. We will ultimately be stronger for surviving the worst that the horde can throw at us. With some marked exceptions, the overwhelming majority of them will be easy meat for the taking once the numbers are a bit more equal out there in the world, i.e., when the Cata zones are far less crowded. Their tears will be long and loud. More than anything, their tears will be sweet.
Edited by Autumnreign on 12/8/2010 1:09 PM PST
Cataclysm Day Two: huh??????
I was on for a relatively short time last night, given RL issues more than poor morale from the prior day's holocaust of misery. I logged on in Hyjal right next to where I slaughtered the BE paladin who'd been part of ganking me.
There were tons of horde out in the immediate area, but not the sheer numbers I'd seen the prior day. A frost mage ganked me once while I looting some mobs I'd managed to slay. A druid and hunter each tried to gank me and failed miserably.
I found a quiet, out-of-the-way ledge and managed to wrap up two quests there without any interference whatsoever. I was a bit surprised, given that horde showed up, saw me, then left me be.
Even more strangely, horde continued ignoring me when I had to get back to the area they were utterly dominating. Several even helped me during combats. A tauren feral druid even smiled at me after helping me, likely to reassure me as to his good intentions, as I nervously backed up after the combat. I was--understandably I think--still a bit jumpy.
Horde continued leaving me alone yesterday, save for an 83 DK that could not resist killing me when I was turning in a quest. I stood there and took it. After all, what was the point of resisting and giving him the slightest inclination that he had a fair fight on his hands? He giggled at me later, but strangely enough, when I approached him outside of the quest turn-in area, he bravely flew away.
I wrapped up my quests in Hyjal, including the jousting chain, which I finally got through. The problem here was not horde, it was sheer age and familiarity with the old 2-D version. I unnecessarily prolonged the second wave because I assumed I'd need to have an elevation advantage over the mobs not to be killed myself. I thought the chain was provided a nice--if admittedly difficult for these aged reflexes--change of pace.
After I completed the jousting chain and picked up my new blue pet, I headed over to the underwater zone that I cannot spell for the life of me right now. I ran into Chernoborg (spelling again?), at least to the extent that he waved at me. I tried waving back, but could not see him. I felt bad for not returning the wave, but I just couldn't see where he was. Sorry about that.
I was also pleased to discover that my RL friend who I often run with on Uldum with my 80 enhancement shammy has rolled several worgen toons on Cho'gall and is giving it a try. He will do well here. He's a quality PvE and PvP player and just an all-around nice person, the sort of character that this realm needs more of.
I logged out after briefly chatting with my RL friend. Overall, my leveling experience today was VASTLY better than yesterday's chamber of horrors. I'm going to be jumpy for a long, long time, but it's nice to see an increasing number of horde giving us a break. I hope that my fellow alliance are getting some slack as well.
It's getting better a bit earlier than I'd thought. I hope that this improvement continues.
85 Human Paladin
I'm currently in Vashjir(the underwater zone) and a piece of advice. When you get to the quests that take you into the giant crab thing, take some friends with you. The majority of the horde I think left me alone, but there were several that didn't. It helps having someone around to watch your back. If I'm on while you're in the area, I'd be happy to postpone my questing to provide a hmmm, not bodyguard, more distraction or target dummy, to help you get through that part.
Thank you, Brettman and Meric, for the advice. I will do my best to follow it. If nothing else, I'm about 40-45% of the way through level 81 and have every confidence that I'll hit 85 before Christmas, despite everything that can be--and often has been--thrown at me.
As the ganks have eased-up quite a bit, it actually might be efficient to resume my KOS and to-be-camped-at-all-costs list, adding anyone who ganks me to it. That's two lists for me, those that shall not be ganked and those that must be ganked/camped.
Best of luck, all:) Keep your heads held high as best you can. We'll make it through this.
Edited by Autumnreign on 12/9/2010 1:22 PM PST
the wife was telling me about all the problems you, her, and morroes were having. she finally brought her druid over from undermine- amerywhisp- and i have now rolled my new druid. we'll see how long it takes me to get 85 with this char, lol. good luck with the questing, if you need anything i'll help you out, but my pvp on my pally and rogue are horrible.
Cataclysm Day Three: The Tipping Point's Been Reached
Those of you that have seen my posts scattered about these forums since Cataclysm dropped may be wondering if I've gotten a wee bit bipolar or schizophrenic. At times, I've had an optomistic and somewhat charitable attitude towards the horde. At times, I've wanted them doused with gasoline and set ablaze so I have something to roast marshmallows and other delicacies with.
My mixed feelings have been due to the interaction between two aspects of my being in the face of the adversity that all level 80+ alliance have experienced trying to level in Cataclysm on this server. A lengthy and possibly overwrought explanation now follows:
As anyone who's read this thread and my old one (soon to be here, as well, but RL is in the way) knows, Gnomancy's thread on our former forums inspired me to roll a toon here. Gnomancy's quiet dignity and grace in the face of all that was thrown at her was admirable. It demonstrates a strength of character in the face of adversity that I find truly remarkable. A central part of my being strives to have a similar outlook, despite laboring through circumstances that make it extremely difficult to maintain that outlook.
The part of me that was inspired by Gnomancy's thread values kindness and generosity towards others. It is the part of me that wants to continue earning my place in our alliance community here and to help others, even the enemy at times. Even though this is a pixel world, there is still honor and value to be had in conducting oneself in this spirit.
Another part of me was also inspired to roll a toon here because I have a defiant-oppositional mindset, have always sympathized with the underdogs and because the generous and kind portion of my spirit is only held in check by an equally hefty amount of unfocused rage. It is this part of me that does things that Gnomancy would never have done, like gank lowbies, camp people who tick me off, etc.
My experience on Cho'gall has been--for me--a remarkable one. I truly love the alliance community here, despite its flaws. I have met more kind and generous people here than I've met on all the other servers I've been on since about patch 1.4 together. I am proud to take part in the struggle of day-to-day life here.
Nonetheless, there are things in life or in game that can drive one to a breaking point. Everyone has a breaking point. I have one. You have one. Much like Colonel Walter E. Kurtz in "Apocalypse Now," I have reached my breaking point.
I started out in the underwater zone that I cannot remember the spelling of to save the life of me. I began with the initial quests after Sea Legs and got ganked several times in the process. I was doing just fine, plugging along and minding my own business, when a tauren boomkin lit me up while I was the midst of combat. That did it. Something went /snap inside me.
I rezzed and went straight at the boomkin, not waiting for health and mana. We fought a number of times. I killed him two or three times and /spat on him every time, thus hurling the last vestiges of sportmanship aside. He and a nearby hunter killed me more times than that. I didn't care so much about that. I've never claimed to be anything other than an average to sub-average pvper. I had simply had enough.
The boomkin vacated the area once it became apparent that I wasn't going to stop. While he was killing me more than I was killing him, it seemed to trouble him that his orderly questing and carefree ganking of halpless and hopelessly outnumbered alliance was getting disrupted. Good. His name is written down. If I seem him again, it's on.
A few minutes later, a DK ganked me while I was recovering from combat. I rezzed and went right after the DK, killing him a few more times than he and the hunter, DK and warrior who jumped in at various times could manage to do. I /spat on him every single time. The DK soon vacated the premises.
I kept doing my best to simply quest, mind my own business and leave others alone. I got ganked a number of other times and went looking for payback, but the gankers had often moved on. A marked exception was Klochester, an undead warlock, who thought it would be a good idea to gank me while I was in the midst of combat and stick around. I rezzed, followed him for a few minutes, tore him to shreds and /spat on him before taking my leave so I could finally finish gathering up four spears and two more breastplates for a quest.
Klochester rezzed and went looking for me. We killed each other. I killed him twice more and then he logged. This guy was a perfect metaphor for the bulk of the horde out there (yes, even I recognize some exceptional folk on the horde side, a/k/a Churi, Higgins, Darrth, Grishnok and a few others). He was like any other bully. Sure, they're tough when they have the advantage, but they pack it in at any sign of determined opposition. Klochester, do yourself a favor and stay horde. If you're so weak that you log after four deaths, you wouldn't last more than a few minutes on the alliance faction here.
Edited by Autumnreign on 12/10/2010 12:47 PM PST
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