I Have My Reasons

April 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm (World of Warcraft)

I want to appologize for my lack of updates lately.  They should be picking up again, but I wanted to let you guys know the reasons why.  First off there’s this:

baby

He’s only been around for 2 weeks but prior to that he was giving his mom contractions for 3 additional weeks.  Kinda hard to plan anything.

The second thing is that I was writing a story for the Blizzard contests, rather than blogging.  However, constantly wondering if I should take my wife to the hospital proved to be a great distraction.  So great in fact that I thought the contest ended on the 15th instead of the 12th and I didn’t get to submit my entry… Maybe I’ll post it here someday.

Third, I went in for a sleep study last week.  The doc said I should be using a CPAP machine if I had apnea more than 30 times in 2 hours, and I hit 267.  So, I’ve been using it for 4 days, and it’s a nice change.  Have you ever had your ear plugged by infection or ear wax, and you can’t hear because not only is the passage blocked but being plugged is distracting?  It’s kinda like that only with thinking instead of hearing.  So, I got rid of my snoring, just in time to have my sleep disturbed several times a night by a baby.  Such is life.

In summary, I hope to be updating regularly again soon-ish.

As an actual warcraft note, I’m loving Dual Specs.  I cant seem to give up the MM playstyle now that I’ve gotten used to it, and now I can easily swap to BM for soloing elites as well.  Good time to be a hunter.

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How to Joust

April 16, 2009 at 10:55 am (World of Warcraft)

I’ve been really bad about posting, but to be honest, nothing I would have written would have been useful.

Until now.

I just got the quest “The Grand Melee” and had a heck of a time trying to complete it. For the first 30 min, I only defeated one jouster.  Then things clicked and the next 2 fell like nothing.  Here’s my priorities –

  1. DO NOT TRY TO GET TO RANGED.  The NPCs can turn around much faster than you (like instantly) while your mount takes awhile to turn even if you’re not using keyboard turning.  If your opponent runs away, let him.  We’ll deal with that in a sec.
  2. Hit Defend whenever its up.  Or at least try.
  3. Thrust if in melee range.  I know the previous quests showed you that you lose a defend when you do it, but in practice that only depends on what your opponent does.  Thrust, Defend, Thrust, Defend should be your cast sequence in close range.
  4. When your opponent turns to charge, stay where you are and start spamming Shield-Breaker.  Once that goes off, spam charge.  Some  opponents will let you get both off, some will not, but it will be consistent for that faction (I found SW let me get both while Gnomer only let me get one).  If you find they turn around too fast to get both, priority is to Charge.  If you get it off first at minimal range, they won’t be able to do it.

It sounds simple enough now that I write it, but holy cow, was that a frustrating half-hour.

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