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How To Play Any Class

… well, almost.

With the coming of a new expansion, Blizzard decided (as they like to do) that they were going to tweak a few classes. Only in this case, “a few” meant “all”, and “tweak” meant “turning several of them inside out”. In a couple of cases (Survival Hunter and Outlaw Rogue), they changed them to the point that they were unrecognizable from the original class. Talents in general got reworked, major glyphs were wiped from existence, and players were sent back to the drawing board, scratching their heads.

It’s a situation that can be intimidating for casual players. They want to start playing their class again, but more importantly they just don’t want to suck. Be it a LFR raid or running in a dungeon group, no one likes being that one player on Recount who, given the numbers they’re putting up, is clearly playing the game using their feet.

Ask one of these people who seem to be using their in-game abilities by shouting at their keyboard what the problem is. If you get any response at all, you’ll probably hear “I don’t take it too seriously. I just play for fun.” What this means is that they don’t want to look up optimal rotations, or any rotation for that matter. They won’t look at Icy Veins or Wowhead or Ask Mr Robot, or any website at all that might come off as intimidating to them.

This solution may seem too complicated for the uber casual, but I assure you that it isn’t. This is one of those cases where the reward far exceeds the effort. What the Hell am I talking about? I’m referring, of course, to the enhanced version of Gnome Sequencer.

What this addon does is runs through a rotational macro for a certain class. It might not get you to top the charts, but at the very least it’ll keep you functional. I used the old version of Gnome Sequencer when I leveled my Mage from 1 to 100 and ran him through LFR. I’d never played a Mage before, but I found myself doing just fine on the charts despite not being able to name even three of my abilities.

Some people may call this “cheating”. Far from it. I would rather have someone who didn’t have a hot clue what they were doing using this addon, than having them fumble through the “right” way like a chimp manhandling a brand new rock.

Kephas does a great job explaining the addon, from installation to application. Check it out, download it HERE and hopefully you find yourself a productive member of your LFR.

WoD Treasure Finding Addon

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Now that the queues are mostly dissipated, people are actually getting into the game and trying Warlords of Draenor with a vengeance. And believe me, this expansion has sooooo much to offer this time around.

One of the cool things are treasure chests spread all across Draenor. Mists of Pandaria had these as well I believe. The WoD treasure chests can give XP as well as things like gold, garrison resources, and even gear. Pretty sweet reward for essentially walking around and randomly tripping over these things. If you’re lucky, that is.

Well screw luck. Let technology be your guide!

Swifty posted a youtube video where he uses this addon during his Twitch stream. Not only do you get to see how the addon works, but he mentions a few other ways that it can be used.

Awesome Addon Spotlight – GTFO

Okay, stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

You’re running a Heroic dungeon.  You play DPS, cause you’re down with the sickness.  It’s been a decent PuG so far and you’re burning through packs of mobs like a wildfire through Colorado.  But somewhere in the fifth pack of beasts you suddenly get the LOW HEALTH warning and, while you’re looking around to see what the Hell is attacking you, you drop dead.

“L2Play noob,” is the last thing your corpse sees before you’re kicked from the group.  Kicked before the body is even cold.

What the Hell just happened?  And what the HELL happened just before that?

Now there’s one of two reasons you didn’t stop me.  Reason the First is that this has, in fact, happened to you and it scarred you deeply.  You try to suppress the memory, maybe with liquor, maybe with porn, maybe with Goldshire RP (which tends to be a combination of both liquor and porn.)

Reason the Second is that it has never happened to you, which is a damn dirty lie and you are a damn dirty liar.  Congratulations, you have successfully suppressed the memory.  Put the bottle down, be it Jack Daniels or Vaseline.  There there, everything’s going to be okay.

Reality Check:  Everybody gets caught standing in something they shouldn’t, aka “The Stupid.”  Some people play World of Warcraft with the spell effects set low (or off), or they get tunnel vision in the heat of combat.  In either case, by the time the poor soul notices they have lost a fatal amount of health, they’re staring at a Spirit Healer.

I hear it’s easier to play if your head is not up your ass. True story.

That is why I was so stoked to find the addon that all the cool kids are using (to not die in The Stupid.)  It is the aptly named addon GTFO:

GTFO provides an audible alert when you’re standing in something you’re not supposed to be standing in. In some cases, you’ll be warned before you start taking damage. This mod improves your situational awareness and is recommended for dungeon divers and raiders of all skill levels as even the most seasoned veteran sometimes needs a reminder to GTFO.

It’s particularly useful for individuals that play with their spell graphics turned down as well as assisting with PvP when you can’t tell who’s casting the AOE.

I love this addon.  There’s no configuration required, so just drop it in the folder and it’s ready to go straight out of the box.  However, if you want to pimp your settings, it can be configured to provide visual cues when used alongside Power Auras Classic.  It’s alarm is annoying enough for you not to be able to ignore it.  It’s the best thing next to having someone stand over your shoulder and tell you to move your ass, without the harsh judgement.

Sally, you’re standing knee deep in the shit again.  What the Hell is wrong with you!

GTFO.  Get on it.