The burdens of ranked Overwatch

Yesterday, I met the weirdest guy ever in Overwatch.

I started to play the game only recently, and although I don’t make wonders in there, I’m doing my thing well enough to clinch the victory most of the time.

With some significant FPS experience, it is not too hard to adapt to Overwatch, and I have played the crap out of Unreal Tournament back in the day, not to mention that I play Counter-Strike since mid 2005, before 1.6 even came out. I think that this is not a big deal though, as everyone I meet and ask about their CS experience has started playing in the early alpha – even if they are 15-year old kids.

Solo queue is hell in any game, and for all the right reasons. The game can reach deep into the cesspool when it determines your teammates – but you can find new friends there if you get lucky. I was grinding out the victories nicely before I ended up on a losing streak that can be attributed solely to the wonders of the solo queue.

The ideal team setup in Overwatch (most of the time) consists of 2 tanks, 2 healers and 2 DPS heroes. During my loss streak, I’ve had 4 tank teammates, teams with no healers (but myself obviously, out of desperation), teams with full DPS setup – it was not looking good.

Still going strong with the solo queue, I posted in a couple LFG threads, stating that I’m pretty decent and that I casually want to climb to the average Skill Rating where most players are chilling, which is ~2600.

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Soon enough, I got a reply, and a guy added me. He was around lvl 100, which meant that he was putting in the hours into the game (I was lvl 36 at the time). However, he had the exact same skill rating as I did. Hmm.

– Hey man, I see that you are very low level. Do you know how to play the game?
– Yeah, I am decent with Reaper/S76/Mercy/Lucio/Widow/McCree/etc.
– I see, because, you know, I don’t want to boost you, if you know what I mean.

At this point I was thinking “What? Boost me? He is at the exact same rank as I am…” He went on in the most condescending tone you can imagine:

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At one point in my life, I drew WoW comics in MS Paint

Whyyyyyyyy… it was not even that long ago. The idea came when Dark Legacy recruited some guild members using their world-famous comics. My guild, Evil Eye, desperately needed some fresh recruits as well. Naturally, I fired up good ol’ MS Paint and drew composed these masterpieces.

I dedicated a small blog for my 6 artistic pictures that you can reach by clicking the image:

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10 years down the road

So, Legion is the very first expansion in my life that I did not buy on it’s release day.

This feels kind of weird (obviously) as 10 years is a long time – in fact, this is the longest commitment of my life at this point… yes, this can be kind of depressing if you look at it this way :D

I might give Legion a shot later on, as a few of my co-workers are playing and they say it’s quite a decent expansion (despite the heavy timesinks and grinds included). Nevertheless, I feel that I’m done for good this time.

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Partly I have decided this when I was goofing around with my hunter in the pre-exp patch. I already got used to my favourite class getting dumbed down by each new expansion, removing action bars one by one as skills and macros went obsolete by the years, but this time, it was something different. Continue reading

Going to see the Warcraft movie today!

Yeah, I know that the first few reviews bashed it to oblivion already, but oh well… it’s still THE Warcraft movie.

I have already chosen my allegiance.

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I know, even the pin says “In theaters June 2016” – well, the movie premiers tomorrow in Hungary. Suck it, USA! Still, I said today, right? Well, I was a big enough nerd to get a ticket for the pre-premier showing. I usually do not spend money for stuff like this, but now I felt this purchase necessary, kind of. It was not expensive, and I get a T-shirt and some discounts from Legion and Overwatch while I am at it.

I may even write a post when the movie’s over, even though the blog is officially dead (sadly). I will come back for Legion though (hahahaha)! By the way, the Horde pin is from the nice guys at Blizzard from last year’s Gamescom – I managed to swipe a few of these from them in exchange for some Warhammer pendrives we packed. The bargaining at the end of GC is always rewarding, you see :D

Back to Vanilla

Whew, a darn long time since my last post – you may as well think that I have abandoned my blog, and well, sadly enough, it is pretty close to the truth. Why? Well, this was a blog driven by my WoW addiction which toned down nowadays due to a load of factors, although it’s pretty usual stuff:

  • Work
  • School
  • The game is not as good as it used to be

The last one is the most painful, since I miss my character a lot. Damn I played it for more than a year total gametime, so you might imagine that I don’t want to simply leave it forgotten in kokgear for the rest of time… Hell, it had server rank 1 gear through 3 tiers :C

Well, as for Warlords, it was pretty great, but as you have probably guessed it by now, I do not play. The guild we made with our friends fell apart since the core ( =me&my friends) had an expectation that was not really met by anyone we invited to the guild. Yes, Hungarian WoW players are average at best (salute goes out to the exceptional bunch, you are the best).

After the guild was pretty much left for dead and the main core was scattered to the wind, I left. What helped my decision is that I am super busy nowadays with all the work at NeocoreGames – at least I enjoy it a lot ;)

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But let’s cut to the chase: I am currently playing WoW on Nostalrius, a pretty damn good Vanilla blizzlike server. Yeah, I have my characters on Feenix, including my Rhok’Delar Hunter (:C), but the population on Nostalrius is twice as much as it is on Feenix, which means at least ~4K people online at all times.

I love Feenix a lot more, but the population is simply much better, so I rolled a hunter on this realm, and started the grind to level 60. Man, is it fucking depressing to level in 1.12… Anyways, I am lvl 43 at the moment, grinding to get my mount (sigh…).

I also got Broken Tooth recently, the cat that has 1.0 attack speed, so pretty much it makes him a caster’s bane since you can push back a cast bar infinite times in Vanilla. I made a post about obscure WoW pets a while back, be sure to check it out :D

You might think it is not a big deal to tame something on a private server, but well, this dude has a 8 hour spawn timer and I saw this when i got to the spawn point the first time:

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Yep, a freaking army of hunters camping and having tame scripts running 0/24. A guy literally had a macro that spammed Tame Beast every 20 milliseconds… I was impressed – Vanilla hardcoreness needs Vanilla dedication! 

So the competition was super tough.

Needless to say, I tamed Broken Tooth the next time he spawned : D – I guess I still got it, taming all freaking ingame rare pets before must have made me a pr0.

So if you like the challenge, be sure to check out Nostalrius, and let’s play together!

Pets are fine, l2p!

Last night, my pet tanked a Challenge mode boss and barely took hits while a paladin tank got absolutely squished by the very same boss. What the hell?

This story takes us to UBRS, and within the instance, the second boss. The boss has two adds, and the tactics are pretty simple: Burn adds, then kill boss (besides the boring stand-out-of-stuff-and-interrupt thingy). However, the Paladintank could not survive all 3 monsters bashing on him, so I figured to try pet tanking. It was not the Paladin’s fault – the class has an extremely weak tank spec as it seems to me right now.

Out goes Disconnect the shale spider! I go up on the ledge, and Misdirect the boss to my pet while I keep pewpewing the adds. I figured that popping Last Stand and Shield Wall on the pet should give us enough time to kill the adds. Then I realized that my pet barely takes damage even without these skills active. Mend Pet (glyphed obviously) healed it up just fine…

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Notice that this was in Challenge mode where everything hits a gazillion times harder. So in a HC, my pet could’ve probably solo tanked the whole thing.

Ooookkay. Also, I pulled up one add to the ledge, then I disengaged on the pillar besides the boss, causing the add to evade-bug, so we only had to focus on a single monster. Hunters, bringing the P(ro) in PvE since 2004.

I became more curious and by the time we got to the arena boss, I figured – what the hell, this dude can tank the boss just as fine as the previous one, and boy I was right. Our tank went DPS (lol) and we downed the boss EZ mode.

My pet saved us one more time on this fight though: with another group, we wiped on the boss, and all the adds and the boss himself began running towards the only player alive: me.

  • Deterrence
  • Pet Swap
  • Shield Wall on pet
  • ???
  • Profit!

By the time this happened, we wiped at least 30 times on this boss, so when it finally went down, I was screaming on Teamspeak like I am back in 2005, raiding Molten Core…

This is the point when I got to say that the amount of challenge really brings back the game to vanilla levels, which is awesome. But many people forget that vanilla SUCKED hard in many aspects, and some of those are back in WoD as well, sadly. But all in all, it’s still the best expansion to date. There are two very good videos out there, showing you the good and the awful side of vanilla – check them out, they’re made by one of my favourite WoW casters, Preach! I highly recommend his 40-man raiding videos as well, they are hilarious ;)

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