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20 Days of Warcraft: Day 2

Favorite race and why?

Oh, this is so easy! My favorite race is Blood Elf. I could list all the vain reasons you could imagine:

  • Boobs! They’re not saggy like those Alliance Human boobs…they’re not rotten like undead either!
  • Clothes! Absolutely everything looks good on a Blood Elf!
  • Hair! ‘Nuff said.
  • Voice & Articulation! Strained voices talking about odorant…no thanks, I will take my facials and stupid jokes about bones in my nose!

But really, you don’t want to hear how hot blood elves can be, right? You want to know how much win their racials are:

Or, I could just chock it up to the fact that I don’t like playing monster classes, you will NEVER see me (in WoW, D&D, or anything) as an Orc! But even that can’t be the reason because I do have an undead (though I only have 1) and I do love me some trolls mon!

It must come down to how awesome Blood Elves are when we’re topless…

Yeah, it is definitely that…

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20 Days of Warcraft: Day 1

Before I even get started, I am going to admit to you that nothing on the holy paladin has inspired me lately. We’ve covered it all, not that there aren’t things to be revisited, this is a holy blog after all, but to revisit it now, means to revisit it again in approximately two weeks. I’m working on a few things from RP to gem priorities, but for now, I am hopping on the blog train and doing 20 days of Azeroth as brought up at Specced for Drama. You can still find the 4.0.1 survival guide on the sidebar and can still email me any holy business you have questions about at tarinae @ gmail [dot] com! Just be prepared to see more general warcraftiness until Cataclysm! /smile

So going with the full 20 day meme, we’re starting off with:

Favorite class and why?

In the three years that I have been playing I can easily tell you that my least favorite class is a dead-last tie for warrior and rogue. Simply put I am not a fan. What ranks as my favorite class is clear, no second best. No tie.

Above all else, the paladin is my favorite. I love the idea of hybrid classes; the one thing that drew me in to it was the ability (to be blunt) to kick ass AND heal myself. I had a world of options at my finger tips and could be anything I wanted to be.

I had no idea what DPS was when I rolled Tarinae (why yes, she is the first and is still awesome) but I had knowledge of a healer and a tank; even more, I didn’t know we should put our talent points in one tree. So when I stopped being a noob, cool went to farking awesome!

Back in the day, seals lasted 30 seconds, so there was dynamic to a ret rotation even if it was a lot of auto-attacking (Crusader Strike was level 60!) and then I always had that back up to heal myself when I got into trouble. Then I got bubble! Not that crappy little protective thing…I mean the shield of all shields…THE bubble and was in heaven.

THEN…I got Crusader Aura.

Back in the day, I had a major case of alt-itis. I tried it all, I had new GM jitters I suppose, but I did. The significant moment from rolling all of them was that I kept wishing I had the utility that my paladin had and no matter what, I kept going back.

Paladins in WoW to me are like Rangers in DND; they are the cheese to my macaroni (ps. did you know that Rangers are divine spell casters with a small spell list including heals? No? Now you do!). I love them both unconditionally and for both WoW and DND, each are considered my main: Tarinae, Level 80 Blood-Elf Paladin & Sabina, Level 13 Phoenix-Touched Deep Wood Sniper.

Hybrid…it is the new black.

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A <3Felt Thanks

It was simply just too much to not post about it. It is too important to me to leave it in comments. And that is my thank you to everyone. I am so appreciative of everyone’s support and kind words after the blog post and during the event that I have climbed back up and I am not going to let this douchebaggery bother me any more.

Words cannot even begin to describe the sensation of having so much support from such an amazing community. The sheer sincerity that people showed makes me feel a little fuzzy inside, I imagine that is what the Grinch felt like when his heart grew 3 sizes! I love this community and I love being a part of it, and I hope that you know how grateful I am for your thoughts.

Yesterday was my first return into VOA 25 and we did a full clear and neither tank died, ever. And (though it is not a marker of a good healer, I know) when we finished Emalon last, I was number one.

I am sure there are things we are going to have to work on until Cataclysm’s release, and there will be even more to fix when we’re 85 but what is important is…

I KNOW I CAN DO THIS!

And, one more thing…

THANK YOU!

Look to the light, and you will find me...

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Tuesday with Tarinae 7/20

Quite possibly this may  be the most rushed Tuesday post I have mustered up yet. I don’t intend for it to be this way but I have *coughgaminggroup* company coming in less than 30 minutes and tomorrow at work I have a big project I am still working on and have to finish. All the same…

Cataclysm

The wow world has been decently quiet except for the hubub of the Cataclysm Talent Trees being released in their 31 point fail glory. I have already covered holy paladin changes and there are a couple other people covering a few aspects. And while I know there are lots more, my feed reader is a mess and I can’t find them all.

  • Adam says he might cry at rogue talents
  • Rhidach talks about the trends in changes for paladins
  • Kurn shares initial thoughts for holy paladins
  • Okay, I have searched my reader over and can’t find the priest links anywhere! All the same…

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A new (front!) runner

As we are very aware, Vrykerion has been keeping us all posted on the current campaigns for Warchief 2010. There is a new candidate running and most men agree it is pleasant to watch her do so! Introducing Sylvanas Windrunner for Warchief 2010!

PS. I would totally serve under Thrall in real life but I do LOVE Sylvanas!

Off-Topic/Other Game

Okay, I AM SO GULLIBLE! I admit it openly and honestly. I can’t even begin to describe to you the level that my naivety can reach sometimes. That said…is Real Life…really a game? Or…what? I mean, I play Sims but…I feel so silly. Forget I asked!

Too Embarrased…

I’m not even going to give a conclusion, just a good-bye!

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Tuesday with Tarinae 7/13

So another Tuesday goes by and I am a little closer to a calmer life. Only 2 more Tuesdays before a vacation! Well, a break from work anyways. All the same, this post is a little later than my typical 10:45 because I woke up feeling ill this morning and called in to work. My boss had a virus last week and I hope that has nothing to do with this. But you’re not here to hear about me! You’re here for the wow goodness, the fun stuff, the srs bsns!

What must come first is…

A BIG thank you to Zelmaru & Angelya for their amazing guests posts. The awesomeness that they generated last week propelled me through and I should be able to keep up the pace. If you have been working on a post, please let me know and email me at tarinae (@) gmail dot com and it will be posted!

In other news…

Yes, I have told you that Blizzard has changed their minds for the Real ID on the forums. It was brought to my attention that I didn’t make it clear that they stated the change is “at this time”  but I meant to do that. I am not won over by the fact that they hide behind the “optional” use of it all and that they still have intentions for the forums and the Real ID feature. BUt to tag along with this, many players ~1,000+ wrote to the ESRB about the situation for help.  If you were one of those people, chances are your email has been leaked. PS. There is also another security flaw you should know about.

Up sprouts a new blog!

Congratulations and good luck to Cynwise who has just released her Auction House based manual blog! Her latest post is about why you need a bank alt, and supports the fashionable cloths that these factors can wear.

For more bank alt goodness…

Rades posted an amazing farewell to his bank alt. I read the biography of the great cow and was in awe. A great (RPish) post.

Because I love mine so much, I thought I would share…again…in all her fashionable glory.

Beta time!

So, we all know the beta has started. The moment the NDA was dropped and invites went out, there was a rush of information tot he blogging world. People couldn’t wait to share the changes, the spoilers, the goodness. I was a little sad I didn’t have an invite. I have mentioned before that I am not sure what I would do in beta, but I would definitely check out the talent trees and professions for Tarinae. All the same, I share the good news that a new round of beta invites are going out this week! So to anyone who has opted-in, I wish you the best of luck!

Other class feature

I have a category over there, *points to right sidebar* for other classes. See it? Good. I have been wanting to do a small feature of some sort for hunters but I just haven’t managed to think of anything pertinent to say. With that said, while I work on getting a paladin gear slot guide done, check out another one of Rades amazing posts on Distracting Shot that is perfect for that huntering newbie (different than noob!).

A farewell screenshot

To say good-bye is to leave you with beauty and loot blessings. Until next time…

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The End to Disaster

We all know about the fiasco surrounding the idea of the REAL ID posting our real identities on the forums. I don’t have the link readily available to you if you don’t know, but now you do. As my very productive day progresses, I want shower you all with more Real ID news. I have made it publicly known that I have chosen not to utilize the Real ID feature in game; I have tweeted it, I have politely refused to give my ID, etc. I have seen the way the interface works and while it is a neat idea, and the interface is fancy and whatnot, it still isn’t something I want to utilize in game.

With that said, I also don’t post on the forums. I have made a question or two for a couple of things or technical support, but for the most part, you won’t see me ebing an integral part over there any time soon. So the decision for Real ID there didn’t effect me much, not enough for me to get up in arms about it, only about its implications that security might not matter to Blizzard.

Blizzard has been accused of not caring, of not listening to their customers, and being Acitivision puppets (all of this after the announcement so I am not linking all sources here). However, I am the bearer of good news: They have changed their minds! Due to public outcry, Blizzard will not require the use of real names on the forums. They strongly encourage the positive use of the website and forums instead of trolling, so take that into consideration.

I am not going to rant or rave about how bad the decision was or how awesome the change is. I am glad to know they listen to us. I am thrilled at that actually. I am glad people can get on with blogging. I am also glad that for the moment privacy is a concern and it is being regarded and is safe.

With that said, if you are interested in reading the posts around the debacle of Real ID, I implore you to do so ’til your heart is content:

I am sure there are more but I think that hits a nice fraction. I don’t think even if I had a day off I could really link all of them.

I wrote into Gaz’s Obscurecast regarding the issue so be sure to check it out at Mana Obscura. I am also glad to have had a moment to myself to get this out here and so I leave you with a compelling thought that hopefully will have you thinking until Tuesday.

Everything about Real ID thus far, Blizzard has assured us is optional. But even Battle.net conversions were optional once.

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Blogger Outreach

I know that you have noticed a lag in the posts here at A Healadin’s Tear, and I am eternally sorry for that. I love blogging but right now, I am in a very busy schedule where I haven’t had time for myself in a while. The past 3 weekends…booked. This weekend…booked. It has been really tight and non-stop. Hopefully by the next weekend, I will have some time to breathe and post and live again.

That said, it brings me to my reason for this post. I haven’t quite reached the 6-month marker and the last thing I want is to fall apart, don’t think I don’t notice those page views, because I do. So I am calling out to other WoW bloggers, whether you’re fighting burn-out or playing Beta or leveling the alt, I am asking for your help. I am in search of a guest post or two to get me through the next week. Angelya had some great responses for her guest posts so I hope this works! I already feel bad enough that it looks like it will be Tuesday columns back to back.

Guests posts are free reign except Cataclysm spoilers. I promised readers I wouldn’t do it and I won’t. Non-paladin class posts, paladin class posts, guild posts, raid posts, whatever your fancy!

If you’re interested, email me at tarinae (@) gmail dot com. I can’t wait to hear from you!

PS. Thank you in advance.

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