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Secret Santa Blog Exchange – What is a Warrior Doing in Here?

Hi, guys. Pixelated Executioner here. Or, y’know, just Pix for short. I’m the lucky soul who gets to be Jasyla’s Blogger Secret Santa this year for Ophelie’s little blog project. So here I am, filling in for Jasyla while she’s off recovering from Christmas or whatever. The idea here is that the person filling in for the regularly scheduled poster is supposed to write something that fits the blog theme. There are a couple of problems with that, unfortunately.

This might come as a shock to some of you (well, okay, maybe not), but I’m not a druid. I’ve never even played a druid. I *know* plenty of druids, and I read lots of druid blogs (face it, who doesn’t enjoy having Big Bear Butt and Cannot Be Tamed on their reader, anyway?), but I’ve never experienced the shapeshifting life. To be fair, that’s nothing against druids. I just hate the look of Night Elves, and I don’t play Horde. Though the Worgen are shaping up to be quite interesting…

I digress.

The other thing is that I’m not much of a theorycrafter, and for what little I do, chances are you folks don’t want to hear about the latest in Arms Warrior dps abilities or how much execute crits for when you’re on a roll (right now, in some epics and heroic blues, that’s about 60k, by the way). You also don’t want to hear about the best time to use Bladestorm (only if you really trust your tank and healer) or the most unorthodox (but handy!) use for Heroic Leap (it’s to get you out of range of mobs so you can Charge again). Besides, this isn’t supposed to be for shameless self-promotion anyhow. It’s supposed to be about giving to someone else without expecting anything in return. (But just in case, you can find my blog at http://pixelatedexecutioner.thestorythusfar.com, by the way.)

I thought I might write about more things that Cannot Be Tamed, complete with pictures and all that. I had a pretty good list going, but I realized that handing Jasyla a post with 20 or so pictures in it would be a little extreme for a post where the point behind this sort of project is so that the main author doesn’t have to do any real work. Besides, once you get past Ghostcrawler

Greg Street

and Ghostcrawler

Ghostcrawler Crab

the only other option is Lord Voldemort.

Lord Voldemort

Wait, that last one is Cannot Be Named. My mistake.

Then I thought I’d write about how awesome I think druids are (despite the fact that I don’t play one. Ironic?). And it’s true – druids are pretty damn awesome. One of my very good friends is arguably one of the best bear tanks (and pretty good cat dps, too) on my server, and was part of my raid team all throughout Wrath. Another good friend of mine is a pretty good healer. He’d be ridiculously awesome if he were a little quicker to move out of bad stuff on the ground, but I guess he’s under the impression that he works best with a lit fire under his ass. Yet another good friend of mine definitely puts the BOOM in Boomkin. Er, Moonkin. Whatever. But I’m pretty sure you guys don’t want to hear about my friends. Now that I think about it, my friends probably don’t want to see me talking about them on the internet, anyway. Even if I’m saying nice things.

After that, I thought I should write something like an etiquette guide for dealing with druids. I got through twenty-five really good points, and was putting the finishing touches on the twenty-sixth (something to do with shorter races not insulting a bear druid, because they crap bigger than that), and realized that you guys don’t need an etiquette guide – you’re already druids. I went back to the drawing board.

I thought about writing a story, even! A grand tale, filled with heroic druids saving the day against the forces of something-or-other. Unfortunately, if word ever got back to a warlock friend of mine that I wrote a short story for someone else’s blog and didn’t actually finish the one I’m working on for mine… let’s just say that I’d take fel fire to the face and need heals and reconstructive surgery. Can feral druids do scar work? No? Damn.

So here we are. This is where I ended up.

Okay, so maybe it’s not the best fit for the blog. But I’ve never been the conventional sort (I play an ARMS WARRIOR for A’dal’s sake), and I hope that this at least brought a smile to your face when you read it. If it did, then my mission is accomplished. If it didn’t, well… guess you’ll just have to catch me on Warcraft Improv Night on my vent channel so I can regale you with Kermit the Frog and Hank Hill doing the Arthas/Tirion pre-fight exchange.

Happy Holidays to Jasyla and all you druids out there. May your claws be sharp, your roots be strong, and your moonbeams bright.

Thanks for the post, Pix! Everyone make sure to visit Pixelated Executioner for all your arms warrior needs. Also, check out my secret santa post for Trading with Zoxy. Merry Christmas. -Jasyla

Recommended Reading – Mexican vacation edition

Happy Cataclysm everyone!

While everyone else is counting down the minutes until release, I am likely sitting on a beach or beside a pool drinking one too many fruity cocktails. I am a little sad to be missing out on all the expansion fun this week, but on the bright side maybe the starting zones will be a little less busy by the time I get back. Maybe I’ll even miss server queue times on Proudmoore (haha, unlikely).

Here are some posts from the last few weeks that I found really interesting and are well worth a read:

  • Beru gives us the lowdown on the new companion pets introduced in the last patch and how to get them. Go collect them all if you’re looking for something to do while you wait for Cata.
  • Adahy shares the best places to catch fish for The Limnologist achievement. Fish away the final hours of WotLK!
  • Tachyon tells you how to be prepared for Cataclysm.
  • Alas examines guild requirements and when they become unreasonable. As I personally spent a big chunk time of last week working on updating guild rules, I found this post very thought-provoking.
  • Hybridity has started a new blog after nuking all characters and starting from scratch. It’s actually a very good idea for people looking for a fresh start at WoW, but not for the faint of heart! (I can’t even imagine deleting my characters, **shudder**).
  • Missing the old Azeroth? Angelya has posted fantastic screenshots of all the old zones, if you’re in the mood for some reminiscing.
  • Keeva has posted colour charts of all the druid feral forms. Choose your hair colour wisely new druids, especially if you are a troll.
  • And last, but certainly not least, Vidyala wrote an excellent post on fostering a sense of teamwork in 10-man raids. My Horde guild is switching focus to 10s in Cata so this post was very timely and will undoubtedly be referred to many times.

Have fun with the expansion everyone. I expect you all to kick Deathwing in the teeth while I’m away 🙂

Recommended Reading

I’m feeling a little blogged-out recently. Not a whole lot is going on in game. Druid is plugging away at hard modes (currently 8/12), Hunter is working on normal 25s (10/12) and heroic 10s (7/12) when I can make the raids. I also recently got another character to 80. However, I seem to be suffering from a case of writer’s block and can’t think of anything I want to blog about right now.

So instead, here are some great posts from other blogs about one of my favorite topics, User Interface:

Kae at Dreambound talks about layout and positioning mods. Complete with cute stick figures!

Ecclesiastical Discipline talks about designing a UI from scratch.

Hots & DoTs shows off a shadow priest UI.

The Huntsman’s Lodge provides Power Aura code strings for pretty much everything a hunter needs to know. I have borrowed quite a few of these myself.

Lastly, while not strictly UI related (although there is a section on addons), Keeva at Tree Bark Jacket has created an awesome and extremely thorough guide to playing a resto druid. Everything you ever wanted to know about trees but were afraid to ask!

In other news, the G20 is now over, but the city is a little worse for wear. I don’t want to get too politcal on this blog, but I’m rather disgusted at what happened over the weekend.

The summit itself and any legitimate protesters were heavily overshadowed by a few hundred anarchist idiots who thought it would be a good idea to smash storefronts and set things on fire. These people weren’t even protesting anything, they’re just a bunch of malcontents with mother issues looking for an excuse to cause a ruckus.

Note to any rabble-rousers out there: coming to Toronto and smashing up Tim Hortons is not going to make you any friends. I hope all the vandals are put in prison and quickly make friends with some large, angry, sexually-frustrated inmates.

Recommended Reading and New Comments

Here are some interesting blog posts I’ve come across in the last few weeks.

I jumped on the Disqus comment system bandwagon with Murloc Parliment and Revive & Rejuvenate after Zelmaru wrote about how easy it was to implement. I must say, I am impressed. It looks so much nicer that the yucky old Blogger comments. Everything looks to be running well and the old comments were all successfully imported. Feel free to kick the comment tires for me.

On another note, I looked up myself on the armory today and found that there is another Jasyla out there. A death knight! Jasyla is not a death night name. I feel violated. 🙁