THE SHADOWLANDS EXPERIENCE

Friday, October 22, 2021

So what happens after I gear up and polish off all my alts. For the first time, I've been heavily considering unsubbing by the end of the year. I mean c'mon - it's taking this long for a minor, no-content patch 9.1.5 to release on 11/02/21. There might not be any news on Patch 9.2 until well into next year. I guess with all that is happening (pandemic, lawsuit fallout, continued controversy of employee protests, etc.), this could be the beginning of the end or demise for WoW. There's always Final Fantasy XIV to jump to - I already have that installed. And other games.

Blizzard needs to at least attempt to communicate and provide updates more regardless of status. And please - not everyone is interested in Classic WoW and Classic Expansions, which they seem to only focus on nowadays.
Sunday, October 03, 2021

It's back to PvP'ing for me. Mythic +'s have been a learning experience, fleshing out optimal rotations and such. But I'm done with them for now. With Fire, you can do "a lotta damage" but also have poor, sustained DPS (since it is mainly burst reliant) - this is more optimal for PvP than PvE. I enjoy PvP more anyway - I'm always practicing my 1 vs. 1 (usually when a game is far gone won or lost, or completely lopsided), and usually never back down a challenge unless I have to focus on objectives.

So the future of WoW expansions seem to be up in the air, since there has been a serious slowdown in content updates or progress (due to the pandemic and the fallout from the lawsuit). One would hope that it'll all settle down and get back to regular-scheduled updates, but with no info or news on Patch 9.2 (most likely the final patch - and even next year is an uncertainty), it isn't looking good. At least pull out several more PvP seasons in the meantime haha. We need to be ready to unsub, or have other games in mind.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

It's kind of a fine line or crapshoot to play a spec that is preferrable or recommended for a Mythic + dungeon, but a player happens to be rusty or under-geared / incorrectly geared for it. In that event, it might be better or more suitable to play the spec you are most experienced / comfortable with (unless it's completely not viable). I'll have to stick with Fire for now (which is viable for PvP at least - and I think it's fine for PvE as well). But at high keys perhaps I'll have to switch to Frost. Unless I can get my PvE rotation down pat - but PvP'ers know that is not really relevant at all in PvP.

It's been fun. For me - just continue to gain experience (at relatively low to mid keys) with different affixes, dungeons and whatnot. Continue to gear up.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

I decided to quit RBG yolo'ing for now. S2 has been just terrible - it seems all the good horde PvP'ers all left. At this point, randoms are more competitive than RBG's on the horde side, so I'll just stick with randoms. Otherwise, I would have no choice but to join a premade voice group. I certainly cannot carry a yolo group - 1 vs. 10 is not viable at all haha.

With that said, my adventures or beginnings in Mythic + or PvE has started. I haven't done Mythic Pluses since WoD. I remember getting up to +16 in Neltharion's Lair. A separate PvE gear to equip created.
Friday, August 06, 2021

S2 Rated BG Yolo-ing has been terrible so far. Yolo-ing is not the way to go if a PvP'er wants to climb ladder or play for ratings. It is still possible to win (if you are not matched with higher rated, geared out groups, then there is a fair chance). Meh - I'm just signing up for whatever is available. Unfortunately, it's just slim pickin's unless I decide to use voice or download discord. Then I can see myself climbing ladder faster than you can say climb.
Saturday, July 31, 2021

S2 AWC has begun. It's been awhile - almost forgot. That's what happens when the break in-between seasons is too long. Patch 9.1 just took too long to release.

The show must go on. I have no opinions or thoughts on the lawsuit, except that it might take awhile before Blizz recovers. Their reputation certainly has taken a hit. However, so many other issues, corruption and discrimination happens everywhere in many businesses and industries. Why the hell would I want to give a hoot when there are more serious problems everywhere. For me, it's the on-going Anti-Asian Hate / Discrimination. These mofos on strike are probably guilty of apathy for that (and for other issues) - I'd gladly challenge them 1 vs. 1 just for them to shut up.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

I'm reserving judgment on Patch 9.1 until the new PvP season (and the new raid) is well underway. The new campaign for "Chains of Domination" is keeping us busy at least. I never had any issues with questing or storylines (although some might be a bit silly), it can be quite interesting. With the new graphics card installed, the gaming experience has been smooth with no glitching.
Thursday, June 17, 2021 - Patch 9.1 Release Date

In an unexpected turn of events, the release was announced (06/29/21). I prefer Blizzard to fix or add things during the patch (as long as most of it is completed / tested), rather than have us wait another few months. Anyway, I won't unsub just yet.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

I've been seriously contemplating unsubbing for now. It appears Blizzard has thrown Patch 9.1 away to focus more on Classic expansions, thinking that players are not going to mind or can keep busy playing Classic. Hella wrong. With the lack of updates and no release date in sight (could be up to a year or more), "Shadowlands" is about to surpass WoD as an epic failure of monumental proportions. Gearing up has been so awful and alt-unfriendly, can't do much with alts. Gear just does not drop for shit in raids or LFR. And the endless, time-gated boring crap just for minimal / useless gear. Oh yeah - fire Ion, and the new guy.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

"Glory of the Wartorn Hero" is more likely feasible by being fully geared in Patch 9.1. If I had full 220+ Mythic gear, possibly. But since I do not raid nor do Mythic pluses, it is not possible. I'm maxed out as it is as a casual or a soloist.

Equalize gear and / or bring back PvP templates for rated PvP. Having to queue into geared-out players at higher ratings is not very equitable. Players should face against each other or compete against each other without being disadvantaged by gear. Comps and synergy is a whole different situation. But forcing PvPer's to PvE to get high end gear sucks. That shouldn't be required. Hopefully, things will be a bit better in 9.1.

My challenge against Ion for a 1 vs.1 still stands (perhaps I'll give him a slight gear advantage haha).

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SL FAVORITES

Characters:
Undead Fire Mage
Pandaren Shadow Priest
Troll Elemental Shaman

Favorite Battlegrounds:
Arathi Basin
Warsong Gulch
Alterac Valley
Battle for Gilneas
Twin Peaks

Favorite Brawls:
Tarren Mill vs. Southshore

Yolo RBG Rating (Highest S1): 1660

Favorite Mythic+ Keystone Dungeons:

Halls of Atonement
Spires of Ascension
Mists of Tierna Sythe

Sketchy SL Quotes from Sketchy SL NPC's:

"Every-ting is Negosheeable" - from the vendor guy in Oribos (really. when almost everything costs hundreds of conquest no questions asked or them catalog research to upgrade gear from unreasonable grinding)


THE RED SHIRT GUY! 2010 - NEW RED SHIRT GUYS? (click image for video)

VIRTUAL BLIZZCON '21: VIRTUAL RED SHIRT GUY
BLIZZCON '22
HERE IS THE QUESTION OF ALL QUESTIONS:


BLIZZ FUCKED UP AGAIN HAHA
PENDING, BUT PROBABLY CANCELLED OR DELAYED DUE TO RED SHIRT GUY'S PROTEST HAHA
BLIZZCON '18: LOOK WHO'S BACK!
BLIZZCON '18: THE DIABLO RED SHIRT GUY!
BLIZZCON '19: THE LEGEND RETURNS WELCOME BACK, IAN!
BLIZZCON '20
NO BLIZZCON: COVID-19 CANCELLATION
BLIZZCON '17
BLIZZCON '16
BLIZZCON '15
BLIZZCON '14
NO RED SHIRT GUY
BLIZZCON '13
BLIZZCON '12
BLIZZCON '11
BLIZZCON '10: THE LEGEND BEGINS...
NO BLIZZCON


AFTER ENTERING THE SHADOWLANDS, HIS PET OR LOA HAS BEEN FOUND HAHA


A HUGE BELCH IS LET OUT TO OPEN THE WAY TO THE "SHADOWLANDS". BURRRP!