Short post since I didn’t do a whole lot of WoW this weekend… I worked on clearing out some quests in Outlands towards some achievements and getting quest items out of storage. Many of those quests involved me being something else.
I get disguised as a courier. Apparently, this means blond. And sandals. But I got to do some incredible acting and pulled off the mission flawlessly.
Accidently release a great evil into the land, blah, blah, blah… Looks like I also stole my priest’s staff.
Later I get a disguise to turn me into… a blood elf. Last I checked, I was a blood elf. Why is the disguise necessary?
Then I started on the Netherwing dailies (yeah, I’m a little behind on that) and get yet another disguise.
Orcs look goofy as mages.
I’m not feeling quite so panicky with fire anymore. I’ve got the timing on the alerts just right for responding to Living Bomb and Scorch.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not real keen on target dummies. It’s purely psychological, but I get no feeling of accomplishment from beating on one to perfect a “rotation.”
The champions at the Argent Tournament!
If you didn’t know… while someone is jousting, you can help them from the ground with your normal arsenal of spells and abilities. So long as they have shields up, you’ll do crap damage, but every bit helps.
So in my guild, we usually get 3-5 people together and blow up the jousting field with our crazy pyrotechnics. It goes crazy fast and then we troop around the zone to do the same with scourge, Chillmaw and the jousting at the gate.
The champions can be taunted, but other than that have no real aggro table towards anyone other than the person that challenged them. This allows me to treat them as a mobile target dummy that dies. Much more satisfying.
So what did I learn about fire this weekend?
It sucks for PvP. Not having Arcane Barrage made me a very sad panda. It also made me a very dead mage.
Living Bomb has one of the slickest animations when it detonates. Now that I’m not hyperventilating, I can watch more of what’s going on and appreciate the little things like that.
Arcane Blast is still a cooler animation than Fireball.
A lot of shit in Shadowmoon Valley is immune to fire. >.<
Questing solo I was seeing some 10k crits, but I never went back into the combat log to figure out from what.
I need to respond faster to Hot Streak. Probably need to add a stop cast to my Pyroblast.
The RNG factor of fire still bothers me. There are very long periods where I get no Hot Streaks and then I finally get one when everything around me is dead. It mocks me.
I have fewer buttons to push and I still feel like the playstyle for fire is more reactionary than arcane. With arcane, I had to plan my mana consumption ahead of time and work out where in the fight it will be safest to use evocates. I had to look at my mana and make decisions about how far to push my damage. With fire I feel like I’m just waiting for words to pop up on the screen and then press the appropriate button. I don’t feel like I have control.
My hatred of fire has died down from an Armageddon-level blaze to a small bonfire, but I’m still not having fun yet.
We’ll see what happens when I can finally get into a Naxx 10 after the reset.