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Late Night Puggin’

17 Sep

Mishalom, Pally of the Pugs, is trying to get to the WoW level cap using only the LFD tool in WoW! This idea is based off of the original Pugging Pally, Vidyala!

I popped in for a ‘quick’ run on Mishalom, after more than a month or so of not playing on him (and feeling guilty about that — on a side note, I’m now writing this months later. You’re lucky I have an awesome memory took good notes).

Being level 17, I anticipated either RFC or Deadmines.

And of course, I got Deadmines. (I was hoping for RFC, but I know better than to expect that now!)

The starting group was mostly levels 16 or 17, with a 19 druid dps, just to mix it up. The tank was a warrior, and I know there was also a rogue. The other dps I don’t recall, as eventually through the run they began to drop and enter like mad. Not that they were leaving because the run was going poorly.

/sarcasm

I might have been tempted to leave too, if not for remembering the golden rule I broke last time. I told myself I’d stick to it, even if it killed us.

Which it did.

>.>

Now, I’d like to call myself a good healer. I’m just fine healing with Misha, or so my guildies tell me, and I think I’m a good healer on my other non-shaman toons. But low-level paladin healing is a different ball game. There’s not much you can do — it’s literally just Holy Light*, the longest and most expensive paladin heal. Getting a second healing spell will really make my day (level 20 can’t come sooner!). So I’m not sure if it’s just the paladin healing mechanics at this level or if it’s me. I wonder if I would have similar healing challenges as a low-level shaman, since all they have is Healing Wave… but I don’t have one of those to experiment with. If you healed a dungeon as a resto shaman from 15 to 19, let me know how it went for you.

Anyway, besides that fact Mishalom drank vast quantities of melon juice to keep his mana up… it turned out the tank wasn’t very good either. His heart was in the right place (he too stayed through the whole instance), but there were many bad pulls with too many mobs, bad positioning, and lack of holding threat.

Here’s some math for ya: 1 barely at-level tank (for that instance) who isn’t good, plus 1 barely at-level healer (for that instance) who can only throw like 2 healing spells before going oom = death for all.

But even with that equation, the run, in the end, wasn’t that bad. In fact, I believe I dinged near the start of the run:

Mishalom dings 18.

Names are redacted to protect the innocent. And it appears that other dps I didn't remember was a hunter!

I’m sure the mana from the ding didn’t last long.

After we beat the first boss in the shredder, the rogue repeatedly asked if we could reset the instance and run again, because their loot (some sort of weapon, I think) didn’t drop this time and could we pleeease please please go again please omg. We declined to requeue. (I forget if the rogue dropped because we refused his request or not).

We then proceeded to the goblin forge area, where we had our first wipes (partial and full). As I’ve mentioned before, that area always seems to give groups trouble, and our inexperienced tank managed to make quite a few bad pulls in a row that left me completely oom. I think the only reason why we didn’t completely wipe the second time was because the dps druid also healed and tanked (though not all at the same time!) But he was very flexible in his roles, which I really appreciated due to my almost constant lack of mana.

Mishalom lies dead in Deadmines as the group fights off a wipe.

I think one of the dps was dead, while the rest tried to stop the wipe. I think the hunter in the distance might have pulled more (of course, I don't remember!)

Eventually we made it past that section and onto the rest of the instance, though we might of had some dps drop after the wipes. I even think one dps left as soon as they saw the low-level scum that was the tank and healer (it’s always exciting to see someone insta-drop your group, amirite? -_-)

We got close to ship where I learned a very important…

LFD PRO TIP

If you are in Deadmines on the docks directly next to the ship and the group begins to wipe due to extra mobs being pulled, hop onto the nearby water wheel! The mobs will not follow you onto the wheel and will loose interest, at which point you can hopefully rez the dead and try again.

Of course, I learned this tip (or rather, re-remembered it) by dying a horrible horrible death (along with a few other members of the group) and watching the druid and another dps remember about the wheel. Their knowledge of the wheel let us recover from the wipe without having to run back, which is good, because the overpull wasn’t completely the tanks fault. I still maintain that the positioning of the mobs on the ship does not bode well for lower level tanks.

Of course, the wheel can’t always save you — sometimes it’s too far away from where you’re fighting, or people die in unrezzable locations and have to run back, or only non-rezzers hopped up there and then the rest of the party has to run back. Splitting the party in Deadmines is never a good idea because there always seem to be patrols that have spawned behind you, and then the rest of your group can’t make it up to you because there are some pats in the way.

As for what the wheel looks like itself… well, I forgot to take a screenshot of it. But luckily, proper wipe-saving wheel maneuvers were demonstrated by Palintera and Linn through  Need More Rage:

Palintera and Linn, of Need More Rage fame, are safe from harm upon the water wheel in Deadmines.

Palintera and Linn, as mentioned in Need More Rage, have safely escaped the wrath of the pirates via clever jumping maneuvers onto the wheel of salvation.

If you’ll note the ramp in the distance, that is usually where pulls go bad, if not sooner near the walkway in the lower right hand side. If the mobs are clear on the deck and the corpses of your teammates are nearby, it’s an easy wipe recovery! Otherwise you’ll most likely have to die and run back.

But that was the last hiccup of the run. We cleared the rest of it with no other major problems, and I got my Deadmines achievement.

Mishalom gets the Deamines Achievement

Whoo! Deadmines Completed! And you'll see that versitile druid tanking, and me running out of mana (as usual).

And better yet — somewhere on that pirate ship I dinged!

Mishalom Dings 19 in Deadmines

Oh look! There's the wheel down below!

The Stats

Here are the stats from this time around. Going up two levels in one run isn’t bad, even if it used all my rest xp. (Luckily it’s been months since I last signed on Mishalom, so he should be full again).

Level: 19 (+2)
Deaths: 5 (+3; Two from partial wipes, and one from a full wipe)
Drinks Consumed: 53 (+17)
Dungeons Run: 6 (+1) / 8 officially
–RFC: 4 (+0)
–Deadmines: 2 (+1)

*Technically I have Gift of the Naaru because I am a cheating Draenei, but if I was a normal paladin it would only be Holy Light. Besides, it has a long enough cooldown that it can be ignored, right? (Though it really can help out in a pinch).

Mishalom PUG Failure

25 Aug

Mishalom, Pally of the Pugs, is trying to get to the WoW level cap using only the LFD tool in WoW! This idea is based off of the original Pugging Pally, Vidyala!

It was over a month ago that I last played on Mishalom (and I’ll be posting this even later), so the PUGs aren’t the only thing I’m failing on. Fortunately, I left some handy cliff notes for myself, and I recorded my current stats, since I wouldn’t remember otherwise. My memory is like a sieve.

However, even without the cliff notes, I still feel a bit guilty for what happened. Let me explain. (I’d continue the quote, but this 1000+ word post is a little long to be called a summary).

It was an afternoon on a weekend; I had some time to kill before going out with The SA that evening, so what better way than queuing up from some random dungeons with the mini-pally? And since he was only 16 at the time, there would be plenty of time to go through several random dungeons. Because, you know, the only thing you get is RFC. And that takes forever. (SARCASM ALERT).

So the queue pops up for the random dungeon after a minute or two, and I accept, as a healer (per ze rules!) And that little window pops up saying who’s accepted… dps, dps, dps, me (healer)… but not the tank. And I immediately thought to myself, “Gee, that’s weird. Tanks always get insta-queues – why would they not accept the dungeon right away?” I couldn’t really imagine any situation where that would happen (I mean, maybe an emergency of some sort that happened exactly when they hit the queue button…), but I wasn’t left pondering too long, because at the very last second the tank accepted the dungeon.

“Oh well, we’re in the dungeon now,” I mused, carefully noting that the dungeon in question was indeed RFC. We all loaded in, and before I even got a chance to start deciding how to buff people, the tank charged in. I’m used to those types of tanks, but it was a little annoying (read: very annoying), because I like warning people that I need to drink a lot as an itsy-bitsy healing pally without heirloom gear (and only one healing spell). And when I say charging in, I mean he went and pulled 5-6 mobs. In RFC, that means you go pretty far down the hallway to get that many for your first pull. I’m trailing behind, mentally cursing chain-pulling tanks… when the tank intentionally leaves the group. That’s right, dude has 5-6 mobs and then drops group.

My thoughts were as follows:

“Oh crap, he just left while tanking a crap ton of mobs.”

“He left on purpose! That’s why he took so long to accept the dungeon – he was just planning to waste our time to screw us over.”

“What a punk! I’m soooooo P.O’d.”

“Oh double crap! I healed him before he dropped group and all those mobs are coming for me!”

That’s right; since I actually bothered to keep up with him and heal him against my better judgment, all the mobs came right for me. As any healer in this situation would do, I immediately backtracked. Some of the dps started to help take out the mobs, at which point I stopped running like a sissy and healed them like crazy. We probably would’ve taken care of the mobs as well, but a fast thinking fellow in group requeued us – heck, I don’t even know if someone actually had to manually requeue us or if it happened automatically. All I know is I got a little dialog box up which I clicked madly between heals, and then was deposited in Deadmines.

LFD PRO TIP

If your tank takes excessively long to enter the dungeon queue, and then pulls as many mobs as possible, don’t follow them and don’t heal them! They’ll either learn to not run ahead of the group, or they were planning to kill-by-absence and therefore it would be best if you didn’t have aggro.

(Aside: Who the heck has the time to go and screw over a low level group like that? You can’t run another LFD group for awhile. I mean, I guess they’re an alt, so they can just move to a different toon when they’re done annoying folks, but is that really worth it? You’re not around to see other people’s reactions, obviously. You just assume that they die and get really mad. But… we didn’t die. I suppose they may have achieved their goal, since it put me into a bad mood for the rest of the wow session, and I still remember the incident. But I feel better now that time has passed.)

And I haven’t even gotten to the part where I feel guilty!

Anyway, the remainder of the group was now in Deadmines, the new instance. I was a little worried, because I was 16, one of the lowest level characters there. And being the lowest level as a paladin healer in these earlier levels is never good. The group (3 from the original RFC group, actually — one of them left besides the tank, though I don’t remember exactly when) actually worked pretty well together. I had to drink often, but we got all the way to the pirate ship with little incident (I think we may of had some issues in the goblin forge room, but that’s usually a 50/50 75/25 90/10 chance as to whether something bad happens there or not).

However… once we got to the pirate ship, we ended up wiping completely. Twice. (My first deaths, I might add!) One time it was my fault too. You know how there are multiple levels to the pirate ship? And there are mobs on all the individual levels? Well, it turns out that when you’re of a certain level range (ie 15 – 17, or so), you are highly susceptible to accidentally pulling the upper-level mobs, merely by walking near their platform. Or underneath their platform. Or looking funny at the platform. Yes, it’s that bad, and I have experienced it before on other characters. With Mishalom, I wasn’t able to keep the distances that I needed to not pull those upper level mobs while still healing the group (it’s harder than it seems on the narrow ramp). And all those extra mobs on the top of the ship + the ones you’re fighting + low-level pally healer = death for all.

Add that to the ‘tank-leaving-the-group’ problem from before, and you have a frustrated healer. Worst of all, I had to bail. That’s what I feel the most guilty about – not seeing the whole dungeon through, like I planned that I would for all of Mishalom’s instances. It’s even in the rules, see?

Thou shalt never abandon thine comrades in a dungeon unless thou hath ‘a good reason’

(For those of you wondering, this is the rule I alluded to earlier when I mentioned I broke one of the rules).

I can justify it to myself, of course, because at that time of the last wipe The SA arrived to run some errands with me, so I had to go right away. I did inform the group of my intent to leave after the wipe… and I probably would’ve just get the upper level pulled again, if I had stayed.

More annoyingly, I know I would have finished the run with plenty of time if it had been the RFC we were in. But I guess that’s what happens when I assume that I’ll always get RFC at the lower levels. At least now I’m making sure I have plenty of time to finish whatever PuG the random dungeon finder brings me — I just need to remember that dungeons weren’t always designed to be run in under half an hour!

Either way, I did ding, so that’s always good.

The Stats In The End

Level: 17 (+1)
Deaths: 2 (+2) Daw, my first deaths.
Drinks Consumed: 36 (+10)
Dungeons Run: 5 (+1); I’m not counting the quick jaunt into RFC, as we didn’t go anywhere. Now, my character sheet on armory says ‘7’, but I think that counts whenever you portal into one, which means it includes the failed RFC run, and when I ran into Deadmines to retrieve my corpse. I’ll have to remember this differential…
–RFC: 4 (+0)
–Deadmines: 1 (+1)

RFC again? Who’da thunk?

23 Jul

Mishalom, Pally of the Pugs, is trying to get to the WoW level cap using only the LFD tool in WoW! This idea is based off of the original Pugging Pally, Vidyala!

My Pally of the Pugs had a few more runs a couple weeks ago. I jotted down some notes for this blog post that I will now expand upon (you see, my laziness keeps me from writing up PoP posts right after run when they’re fresh on my mind; instead, I write them weeks later, and them publish them weeks after that!)

The ‘random’ dungeon I got was, surprise surprise, RFC. The group consisted of a level 15 Druid tank, a Mage, a Hunter, a Rogue (a female dwarf one, from Argent Dawn, no less!), and of course, yours truly as a level 15 Paladin healer. I think the rogue might have been 15 or 16 as well, but it’s been so long I don’t remember.

The happy thing was that this group was amiable with each other enough to queue again. Or maybe it’s more the fact that no one had to leave at the end and the dps enjoyed an instant queue.

One thing that bothered me slightly (but apparently didn’t bother the tank), was that the mage always pulled first. Like 90% of the pulls were done by the mage. I would guess the other 10% were done by the hunter, who was encouraged by the mage to pull before the tank. Go go peer pressure. I guess they were impatient, especially because the tank was 15, and it’s pretty hard to tank stuff when you don’t have all of your key tanking skills yet. Like Swipe is a good thing to have when you have multiple mobs. So the poor druid tank was running this way and that trying to get more threat. I would have been very annoyed if I were tanking, but I guess the druid was fine with the situation. And, to the mage’s credit, they were very good at sheeping things. Most pulls were started with a sheep, in fact, and I bet it saved us on multiple occasions when we accidentally pulled more group than we should have. I was very impressed at their ‘mageing’ ability, but not at their ability to wait for the tank to charge in. Or rather, their lack of ability.

There were only really two other things that are of note during the runs we did. One was that the rogue commented that she kept thinking that I was an Orc (and one of the others agreed!) I denied that such a handsome Draenei as myself could ever be considered as an Orc! She said that everything looks different from her height, a sentiment I could agree on. Such small things, those Dwarves (I should know – I have quite a few of them!).

And second, Mishalom got to level 16 partway through the first run. Hooray!

Mishalom levels to Level 16

Ding!

The Stats

Here are the stats after these runs. I accidentally forgot to record them after my next attempt; however, I did note the important things in the middle of the run, so it’s probably mostly correct.

Level: 16 (+1)
Deaths: 0 (+0)
Drinks Consumed: 26 (+6)
Dungeons Run: 4 (+2)
–RFC: 4 (+2)

Mishalom’s First Day

13 Jul

Mishalom, Pally of the Pugs, is trying to get to the WoW level cap using only the LFD tool in WoW! This idea is based off of the original Pugging Pally, Vidyala!

Mishalom, Pally of the Pugs, went out for his first LFD shortly after I took those wonderful screenshots in his debut post. In fact, I ended up doing two runs, since the dungeon that pops up when you’re 15 is really short.

And what dungeon is that?

I’ll give you a moment to formulate your answer.

Got it yet?

No?

I’ll give you a few more minutes.

*twiddles thumbs*

Alright, I think that’s enough time.

If you answered RFC… you are correct!

Ah, good ol’ RFC. Since I usually play Horde, I’m very familiar with it (“Hey SA, wanna run me through RFC on my 2398042 alts? Of course you do!”). Though now that the LFD system has been out for awhile, there are less lower level Alliance die-hards going “Abuh? What is this place? Where do I goooooo?” (Though it was fun playing guide when I did play on my little Alliance toons during that initial period).

Anyway, the dungeons runs:

RFC 1

With bated breath I hit the LFD queuer, set myself as healer, and after a moments fiddling, got it set to Random Dungeons. The queue was pretty short, as was expected. I only got partway across The Exodar before the box popped up, and I loaded into the familiar and not really random or unexpected RFC.

This run had a warrior tank, 19. I don’t really remember who the dps were, because we did not have time for conversation. In fact, we didn’t even have time for buffs.

As soon as we all appeared, our tanking friend was off, chain pulling three to four mobs at a time, if not more than that. I manage to throw a Might on them before I have to focus solely on healing.

‘Focus solely on healing?’ you ask. ‘Surely you jest, as Paladins only have Holy Light when they are 15. It should be easy!’ Except… except when it’s your very first instance that you’re healing as a Paladin, with a tank who only stops moving to finish up that last mob in the group before moving on, while your mana bar is quickly dipping towards empty but you dare not stop because the tank just keeps on moving and you don’t want to wipe the group by getting behind and you don’t even have time to type a request for mana!

I was actually surprised at how long I lasted at that pace. We were just approaching the orc section when I hastily typed ‘need mana after this fight’ while casting a heal. While I was still flustered at the pace of the pulls, I do give the tank credit for being courteous and waiting for me to drink. I wasn’t too sure if he would have been reading the chat!

But I think that was the only drink I mustered during the run (I am writing this several days in the future, so my memory is a little fuzzy), and the rest of the orc groups leading up to the boss were killed in a similar quick pull kind of way. I think at this point more people started getting aggro, so it made healing everyone a little more tricky.

After we killed the first boss, the warrior tank said a polite goodbye, and the group disbanded. All I could really say was that while it was a little stressful, it was pretty darn fast.

RFC 2

In between runs I took a page from Vidyala’s book and bought some Milk to drink. I discovered in the last run that the deliciously cheap Refreshing Spring Water that I happened to have lots of already was not really filling my mana fast enough last run. And I was down to 1 of the Milks I had picked up in my short-lived questing life.  So since I’m stingy with my in-game money (and out-of-game money, but that’s a different story), I only bought an additional 15 Milk.

… Which I ended up not using immediately, because the next group I got into had a Mage, who happily passed out water to everyone at the start. I sighed inwardly; since I knew I had to go to bed after that run (so said The SA), I wouldn’t get to keep using the free water through the night. So I drank them liberally during the run.

After dealing with the fast pulling tank, changing to one who went slower was… a little dull, actually. Luckily for me, the tank wasn’t the best, so there were a lot of:

  • DPS pulling aggro and ‘tanking’ mobs
  • Tank grabbing too many mobs on purpose
  • Everyone accidentally pulling mobs (including me >.>;;)

This led to me running out of mana… a lot. Lots of different people needed healing; more than my Glyph of Holy Light could handle, since most of the dps were ranged. Even with Blessing of Wisdom on, I was having troubles; I started to judge Wisdom and hit mobs for mana, but either they would die too quickly or I would pull another group of mobs when I moved behind the tank (therefore I maintain it was their fault and not mine *cough cough*).

But while this run was slower, folks were actually talking. The mage suggested we that we queue again (though I said I couldn’t, because of The BF’s bedtime ultimatum; in the end, no one really stuck around), and another said that we should take on the boss in the back, which we did. Overall it was an amiable run.

The oddest thing, however, was the other male Draenei in the group, a shaman. I was running up to a mob to hit it and I noticed the shaman meleeing, which is common at level 15. But what was not common was the fact that the shaman was not wearing a shirt.

That’s right, his large, sexy (?) Draenei man-chest was displayed for the world to see. Or maybe just our groups.

At first I thought I might be imagining things, so I inspected him to make sure that, you know, he wasn’t wearing a chestpiece or a shirt that looked like Draenei skin. But he was indeed not wearing any chestpiece or shirt.

Here’s a conversation about it from party chat.

Mishalom: Dude, where’s your shirt?
Dude: I DON’T WEAR SHIRTS!
Mishalom: Oh.
Dude: I’m awesome like that.

It was pretty funny. I’m sure Mishalom didn’t mind the view, though. *WINK*

Current Statistics

Here are Mishalom’s stats from the end of these runs. Remember, stats are also stored up in the “Pally of the Pugs” page!

Level: 15 (+0)
Deaths: 0 (+0)
Drinks Consumed: 20 (+12)
Dungeons Run: 2 (+2)
–RFC: 2 (+2)

Meet Mishalom, Pally of the Pugs

2 Jul

As mentioned in the introductory post about the Pally of the Pugs (a project inspired by the Pugging Pally Vidyala), I said we would get to meet him next time. Well, here he is.

Mishalom, a Draenei Paladin

Mishalom, The Pally With The Plan (and a bad wardrobe)

While I haven’t given too many details to his character, I think I have enough to BS my way through a meet form. So let’s do that before we go into the PoP Project Details!

The Basic Information

Name: Mishalom
From: World of Warcraft
Race: Draenei
Gender: Male ((gasp! Me, making a second male character? Shocking!))
Age: “We are all young in the eyes of the ageless Naaru.” ((aka he’s old! Well, probably near middle age, for a draenei. Except they’re immortal so… yeah.))
Appearance: Please see the above picture. Pretty typical of Draenei men — strong, tall, and buff.
Home: Draenor/Exodar/Azeroth
History: Mishalom has been a soldier of the Light for a long time; the majority of his life, in fact. At one point he had a wife, but that marriage ended on good terms when… well, when he knew he was not interested in women. ((And to all of you thinking “omg it’s so cliche for a girl to make a guy character gay!”… yes, it is (well, at least my experiences reading fanfiction has indicated that it is. Since most fanfic writers are girls. >.>). But I believe I’m entitled one. And it’s not the Blood Elf so I think this is charting new territory (Ooo, burn!))). This ‘discovery’ caused some … strife, but as  the (hundreds of) years went by, things more or less smoothed over (perhaps a little less than more). When the Draenei came to Azeroth, he embraced their new allies whole-heartedly. He now splits his time between all of the Alliance capital cities (though he spends more time in Stormwind than the other cities), studying nuances of the Light, and lending his aid to others in the Alliance.
Personality: He is a good-natured fellow, very devout to the Light, eloquent with his words, and tries to be helpful. He usually doesn’t speak up too much, preferring to stay in the background. But if you’re interested, he’ll happily spout off tenets of the Light at you all day. But don’t think that he’s weak just because he only ‘heals with the Light’ — he’s taken down unskilled folks who’ve challenged him before! (This is why you should never underestimate a Paladin — they wear plate armor for a reason!). He’s pretty much a quintessential nice tough guy.

Additional Notes

Yes, it’s true; I made one of my only guy character gay (maybe the real shocker is that it wasn’t the Blood Elf). But the majority of  his storyline that revolved around his sexuality has already played out much earlier in his life. Like… hundreds of years earlier. He doesn’t go around announcing that he’s gay, he doesn’t act ‘stereotypically gay’, so to most people he’s just another Light-obsessed paladin (which makes sense, because he is a Light-obsessed paladin. I would think that most paladins are).

Mishalom is also a fairly stable character. He doesn’t have much personal growth to do at this time, as much of it has already been done. This is because I’m not sure if or when I will be RPing with him in-game — I think it’s good to leave him at a steady point in his life. If I do get the opportunity to RP with him, especially in a long-term group setting, it will be interesting to see how his relationships with others will affect his relatively quiet personality… especially when the others figure out that he’s gay, since he wouldn’t go announcing it to them.

(On a side note, I’m not sure how accepting of the LGBT community Azerothian society is. My initial guess is that it would be similar to our culture as it is now (and my ‘our’ I mean ‘US’, since that’s what I know. XD) Though I do figure that the Draenei, being close to the Naaru and the Light and such, wouldn’t really mind. Or if they did mind, they would still be nicer about it because, you know, the Naaru are watching. As for the rest of Azeroth… I dunno. I haven’t done any research about it either, as to whether various religions would be against it or not. Does anyone have any thoughts on this, or have you addressed it in RPs before? Please, let me know!)

Either way, the possible character interactions seem very interesting, even if I won’t get a chance to RP them.

Speaking of interactions… sometimes in PuGs I make him say silly things that he wouldn’t actually say while in-character. It’s only been in response to other conversation — like someone saying “Look at my strong muscular man-chest” and then I would say “Mmm, sexy” (I’m paraphrasing, of course, because my memory is that bad). It’s nothing big or ground-breaking, and I certainly don’t interject those comments without prior conversation (I don’t want Mishalom blurting out random “I WANT ATTENTION” phrases). But either way, it’s not something that straight males would normally say, so it’s interesting to see people’s reactions, because A) I don’t announce that I’m pseudo-roleplaying, and B) since I have a male avatar, they assume I’m a guy, and I’m not going to tell them I’m a “girl irl! <3” unless they ask, for fear of being pegged as a certain paladin (you should read that blog, by the way. It’s an inspiration for us all. >.>) So I’m going to treat the interactions in PuGs as being out of character, since Mishalom would usually not say the silly things that I usually type. (He’s in the same boat as all my other ‘serious’ characters — I always go for the laugh >.>)

As for Mishalom’s name… I’m trying to keep all of the Argent Dawn characters starting with ‘Misha’, so people still shorten my name(s) to Mish or Misha. But it was tricky to come up with a ‘manly-sounding’ name starting with Misha (since to me, Misha sounds like a girl’s name) that wasn’t already taken. After some brainstorming by myself and with people from SAN (and The SA, actually), I finally decided on Mishalom. Why? Because ‘Shalom’ is the Hebrew word that means ‘Peace’, and this character that I was envisioning (which you can now see above) was a very peaceful kind of guy. Plus, it ends with an ‘m’ which is not as ‘girly’ as ‘a’. (I have a tendency to add ‘a’ to the end of my female characters’ names to make them sound more girl-like. I’m trying to stop doing that on purpose, though).

PoP Project Information

But enough about his roughly-flushed out RP character side. Let’s shift focus to what I’ll be talking about the most when it comes to Mishalom — the “Pally of the Pugs” project.

As you may have read before, I’ve already taken Mishalom for a few spins around the LFD. And you may ask yourself, “But Misha — if you’ve already pugged on Mishalom, how will we know you started doing so at level 15?”

Well, I supposed there’s not too much solid proof… but I did take lots of screenshots of his stats before I first queued up! Let’s take a look-see at what I got!

(Feel free to click the screenshots to embiggen).

Screenshot of Mishalom with his XP Bar

Behold! An XP bar!

Here’s Mishalom’s XP bar right before I went to queue. If you’ll ignore my crappy UI, you can see that he’s already part of the way through 15 (ok, you can’t see his level, but I assure you that’s level 15!) This is because paladins have their quest to learn how to rez people starting at 15. I thought it would be good to know how to rez people before I started going into dungeons, so I went ahead and did the quest.

And below are three additional screenshots I look of Mishalom’s various statistics and achievements (or lack thereof), from the stat/achievement page.

Screenshot of Mishalom's Stats Page

The Stats Summary Page

Screenshot of Mishalom's Consumable Stats Page

Consumable Stats Page

Stat page with Mishalom's Achievements

Mishalom's Achievement Page

You may, of course, click any and all of these to embiggen.

The Stats Summary shows that I hadn’t died yet. Good for past me! Sadly, it was too good to last. Maybe we can keep the ‘Death from Drowning’ Category clear. That seems like a reasonable goal. It also shows that at this point I had completed 83 quests. I hope to keep it at that number — or at least be aware when I do complete a quest!

The Consumables Page shows I hadn’t really consumed much. Just an Elixir of Minor Defense and 8 Refreshing Spring Waters. Since I plan on recording the number of drinks consumed, it’ll be good to note that I had already had 8.

The Achievements Page, besides being cropped to hide the fact that I took the screenshot with all my bags open for some reason, shows that Mishalom was indeed a fairly young character. No recent achievements, for one, because even I take forever to level a character to level 15, apparently. And only 5 achievements to his name, total! You can see the breakdown on the screenshot, even though I didn’t take screenshots of each one. I’m going to guess they’re fairly standard ones for baby characters to get (like Level 10, for instance).

But What Stats Will Be Recorded?

I’m so glad you asked. I have a list of them right here that I will be recording, along with notes as to how they will be recorded! Hopefully I won’t confuse myself later on the project with pluses and minuses and such! (Note: it doesn’t take much to confuse me. >.>)

Here’s an example, with some fake stats (double slashes mean it’s a comment and will not actually be stored!):

Level: 32 (+2) // The current level plus the differential since the last time. If there isn’t a difference, there will be a +0
Deaths: 19 (+0) // Total number of deaths, along with the differential since last time. Again, no different = +0
Drinks Consumed: 132 (+12) // Total number of drinks consumed, along with the differential.
Dungeons Run: 2 (+2) // Total number of dungeons run, plus the differential. This is calculated by me unless otherwise stated.
–RFC: 5 // An individual dungeon’s total. This is calculated by me entirely, not by blizzard stats. Once a run is out of my level range, I will stop putting the differential in.
–Deadmines: 4
–SFK: 3
–SM:Graveyard: 23 (+10)

So there you have it! A delightfully ‘simple’ way of recording Mishalom’s Puggin’ Stats! If any of you would like to see other data recorded, please let me know and I can add it (as long as it doesn’t take too long to figure out!)

Next time we’ll have an post that’s actually about Pugging! Finally! XD

So stay tuned!

-Misha

Pet Project – My Little Pally (of the Pugs)

22 Jun

Sometimes I say to myself, “Self, I just don’t have enough to do while playing WoW. Raiding on my main, gearing my tank, leveling all my alts on my main server, and keeping up with their professions just doesn’t seem to be enough.”* Luckily for me, I have the perfect solution:

Leveling more alts.

Alliance alts, Horde alts, DK alts (it’s a very large subset of my alts, I must admit), all leveling on different servers, with varying amounts of gold. And at first I did this the old fashioned way. You know, by questing. Hoping that someone on the server might be brave enough to form a team, and after a few hours of doing that, actually run a dungeon or two. But most of the time, it was questing (and killing, as many quests involve killing things). It was hard for me, as I am not the best at killing things (“I’m a heala, mon, not a killa”), especially when I spec half of my toons into healing specs, and expect them to kill things (guess what – they don’t). Overall, a painful process, when one is playing by one’s self.

But then the Looking For Dungeon tool came around.

And it was glorious.

Gone were the days of waiting for hours for a dungeon run. Hit the random and off you go, to those oft-forgotten dungeons of yore (that I forgot were so long, in quite a few cases). Many of my toons began to level with LFD almost exclusively; it was easy enough to pop on and hit the button, whirl about a dungeon for a bit, and then go back to whatever I was doing before (which is mainly avoiding doing housework or wedding planning, or attempting to stay up later than I should).

But while the LFD system was (and still is) decidedly fun, there was still something missing… something I realized when I read Pugging Pally.

Yes, Vidyala had epitomized what should be done with the the LFD system – level a toon all the way to 80 only in dungeons.

It was a beautiful goal, and a blog was an excellent way to share it. We got to read about the trials and tribulations as she healed her way through the dungeons on the way to 80, and see all sorts of interesting tidbits on her way there too (like how many drinks she drank – healers are total lushes!)

It was so awe inspiring, that I said to myself “Self – you gotta do this!”

Now, I told myself that before I even started to blog. So I said to myself, “Self, you gotta start blogging if you’re going to have a Paladin that Pugs, ’cause these things aren’t official without documentation, dunchaknow!”

And I agreed with myself that having a blog would be a good idea, and then I filed the idea under “Things I Probably Should Try Doing” in my brain and left it alone for a few months. It probably would have stayed there, too, had SAN not started up. Because in those early days of SAN, there was a lot of conversation in guild chat. And all of those bloggers talking and discussing really made me want to start up my own blog. And you know what? I did start my own blog! You’re reading it right now. And with the starting of the blog, the Pugging Pally idea moved up to the “Yeah, You Should Do This Sometime Maybe” file in my brain.

But first there had to be preparations! The first step was deciding if I was going to put the Pugging Pally posts in a separate blog or in this blog. I thought it would be a little too derivative if I made it into a separate blog, especially when I had a nice blog just sitting around here, twiddling its thumbs and wondering when I was going to post in it. Secondly, I had to decide what race this Paladin would be, and on what server it would live. Fortunately, I always had a hidden desire to make a male draenei paladin (seems like a fairly normal gender/race/class pairing, but sometimes you just have to have the little guilty pleasure of making one of those). And the server was easy enough to pick – SAN had recently started up, so whatever better place to roll a little alliance toon that I was going to blog about than on Argent Dawn.

And so Mishalom, the manly Draenei Paladin, was born. Who then had to level the ‘boring way’ up to 15, as you can’t do Random Dungeons until then. But as I leveled him, I considered what the rules for my version of Vidyala’ Pugging Pally would be. You may find the ‘final’ draft below.

The Rules of Pally of the Pugs

These are the basic ‘commandments’ for myself while pugging on my Paladin:

  • Thou shalt only level in Random LFD
  • Thou shalt only queue as a healer
  • Thou shalt never complete any quests to level once thou art of thine 15th season, unless said quests are for thine class
  • Thou shalt avoid killing mobs outside of Dungeons
  • Thou shalt never abandon thine comrades in a dungeon unless thou hath ‘a good reason’
  • Thou shalt record interesting information about thineself after each LFD running session
  • Thou shalt record a statement saying that thou art using the idea from the Pugging Pally blog in thine future posts, that hath the qualities of the following statement: Mishalom, Pally of the Pugs, is trying to get to the WoW level cap using only the LFD tool in WoW! This idea is based off of the original Pugging Pally, Vidyala!

The general gist of the rules, as you ‘hast’ read, is that I want to level solely as a paladin healer, and only while in dungeons. I know that Vidyala started as a healer, but occasionally dipped into dps (and tanking, I think) roles. Since the queue times are different depending on your role, I thought I’d just stick with one, to see how it goes (future project ideas include leveling solely as a tank or dps). In addition, Vidyala broke down and went questing at least once during her trip to 80 (I think that was because the dungeons were getting pretty slow in between, and she wanted to quickly level her alt to 80 so she could do end-game things), and I want to avoid doing that and keep Mishalom leveling strictly with dungeon experience only (so no dungeon quests either!). Since he’s on a server where I don’t participate in end-game (yet), I don’t think I’ll be too impatient to level him. And since I have tons of alts, I can just switch to a different one if I feel like questing, or just not doing dungeons.

I am allowing myself some leeway with getting experience from exploring, though, as I’m hoping to keep up my mining skill a bit. But I should be high enough in level in the zones I go in to not kill many, if any, beasties. And of course, I reserve the right to break any of these rules, though I will let you know if and when I do!***

Note: I was originally going to not allow for me to do any more quests once I was past 15, but level 15 is when paladins get the questline to learn how to rez folks, which I thought was rather important. I decided to give myself a little leeway when it came to class quests.

Now, I was originally going to show off Mishalom right here, right now, but then I decided to do a time honored blogging tradition, which is, to say, stretching out your ideas upon as many different posts as possible. Therefore, in my next installment of Pally of the Pugs, you’ll meet the man himself, Mishalom, and get to know a little bit about him and his stats. (Plus I expect the nest post to be a little image heavy, and adding images always complicates things).

Until then!

-Misha

*Actually it is enough, but I apparently have in-game ADD.**

** The SA would argue that I have out-of-game ADD too, but I don’t think that’s – Ooo, shiny!

***Actually, I already started “The Pally of the Pugs” Project, but I just haven’t blogged about it yet. So I already know I broke one of these rules, since I’m writing the rules after starting the project! You’ll have to wait to see which one, but I think it’s one of the least important ones, so I’m only feel slightly guilty for breaking it.

EDIT: Please note that this project has had a name change due to a friend of Vidyala pointing out that the name (of the project) was too close to Vidyala’s blog name, which could lead to confusion, something I had not considered before. (See the comments below for more details).