I realized that Sacred Duty has been without an update for a very long time. I have nothing really of note to report, but I’ll go ahead and lay down some thoughts about MOP now that we’re a few weeks in.
Things I want to do with my time:
- Raid my nice, limited 12 hours a week.
- Tank challenge modes!!
- Cloud Serpent dailies
Things I actually have to do with my time:
Golden Lotus dailies(thank god, I’m done) Klaxxi dailies(thank god, I’m done)
- Shado Pan dailies
- August Celestial dailies (2 locations, since it’s bugged)
- Tiller dailies
- Galleon spawns, as many as possible (he’s handing off loot to everyone on every kill these days).
- Sha of Anger once a week
- LFR once a week
- Spend 2 hours wandering around Jade Forest trying to fish up Giant Mantis Shrimp for my food
- Give up, buy Mantis shrimp at 20g / pop
- Fuck farming Mushan, buying that at 15g / pop as well
- Buy herbs, lots and lots of herbs, for flasks, pots, and Darkmoon cards
- Use 2x Scribe cooldowns
- Use 1x Alchemist Living Steel cooldown
Mists of Pandaria is driving me a little bit crazy.
I’ve never, ever had to do this much out of raid work. My guild is feeling it too, since we have always historically been on that line between “low time investment” and “high performance.” There is nothing low about the time investment that raiding in a serious manner requires right now. Absolutely nothing. When I’m spending as much time raid-prepping as I am raiding, something is seriously fucking wrong.
There is an appropriate amount of farming that I feel I should do because I am a pretty hardcore raider in a pretty seriousface guild– yes, I should make sacrifices. But this is well above the level of what I feel is appropriate. I thought the devs had decided that this much farming for raid wasn’t fun? I thought that they’ve been moving away from that since Vanilla? I could find a blue post or two, but I’m just too tired from farming for Shrimp well into the night last night to put forth the effort.
I’ve a couple raiders in my guild who really did raid back in Vanilla and I’m told this is far and away the most grindy expansion launch they’ve ever seen.
I’m sure it’ll chill out as soon as I finish my rep dailies, but for now it’s still quite a bit of work.
“What the FUCK is this shitty food?!”
Oh, let’s get into the food argument again!
300 stat food is a nonzero DPS contribution. It’s just as simple as that. If you consider 625 rating across the raid being estimated about 2000 raid DPS, that’s 1-2 million worth of damage. Sure, less than 1% of a current boss health pool, but all you have to do is sit down and eat the food to get it. Yes, it’s well within your mistake range. Yes, it’s within the margin of error on sims. Yes, a breath of hesitation on one ability will make the same difference. I don’t care. It’s a (tiny, tiny) flat increase that you gain by sitting down and clicking some shit in your bags, and that’s all that matters.
My favorite argument against the food was the No True Scotsman argument at the end of this blog post. It argues that hardcore raiders should prioritize some, chosen stat increases and discard some others (instead of, you know, going for all of them), which is crazy to me. It also, hilariously, compares 275 vs 300 food to the choice between boot enchants – stats or runspeed. Because, you know, trading 25 rating for ZERO is the same as trading rating for a runspeed increase. The best is the end, with a couple condescending platitudes about how real raiders optimize. Here’s my favorite: ”To put it bluntly: posturing about how you’re the kind of player who needs to farm this food because you pursue every possible avenue of optimization does not impress anybody. It makes you look clueless.”
You know, I’m happy to keep on being clueless with my little band of 2/6 25M heroic raiders. We are just too stupid to understand how optimization works.
Actual Good arguments against the food include:
- “The gain is so minuscule that it’s not worth the incredibly huge time/money investment”
- “It’s not fun”
- “All our raiders will go insane if we keep using it.”
This is probably the road my guild will go down soon.
I agree that the effort it requires is not, anywhere near, worth the output. We are in the end a low-hour guild with a limit to the time most of us can or want to invest in WOW. We’re still using it, only on the very, very serious pulls. I’m fairly certain that if the mats required don’t change, we’ll start using it less and less. The reward may not be worth the investment – except on tight enrage timers.
But “the gain isn’t worth the cost because we will go crazy” is definitely a different argument from “Using the food is wrong, you’re bad to use it and you should feel bad.”
I don’t hate all farming. Really. I really like the Tillers. I secretly love my Spirits of Harmony farm! I also have a burning desire to have a Cloud Serpent, not for the basic ones but because the raid drop mounts are jawdroppingly beautiful. One day I will update that twitter icon of mine…
However. Fuck the rest. Seriously. Fuck them. I was never happier than the day that I realized I didn’t have to do those goddamn Klaxxi quests anymore because the rewards were all at Revered. Thank god. I was happier on that day than on the day I finished off Golden Lotus. Those were more bearable than the Kill 200 Bugs quest in the Slow Ass Mount That Kills Nothing in One Hit.
I’m trying to determine which I hate more: Flying around for 2 hours looking for Shrimp spawns to fish up mats for my food, or Klaxxi dailies. I’m thinking I hate Klaxxi more.
Please feel free to comment with your least favorite set of dailies to convince me there are worse ones in the game.
So…. dailies for valor points. Worst idea ever or worst idea ever?
Dungeons provide very little VP. Raids provide very little VP. LFR provides (in some hilarious twist of math) more VP currently than do raids. So there is no possible way that any raider will skip LFR, even if we didn’t need the gear out of it (and we do).
I’m capping my VP now because I have to do all these dailies for raid. But one day, I’ll have finished all my raid-relevant reps and I’ll find myself uncapped with 50 dailies to do. I can’t imagine being less excited about anything.
I’d love to tank some. Someday. When I have time.
The Raids: Mogushan Vaults is Awesome
Fortunately the raids are so very amazing that they make up for all this farming.
MSV is fabulous. I honestly can’t remember the last instance I loved so much. I’m mentally comparing it to T11 while telling myself that I’ve only seen 3 heroic modes so far with some work on #3, and I suppose I should reserve judgement until I’ve seen more. But the whole place is just so well designed– even the normal modes were beautiful, compelling and pretty damn challenging in 463 gear.
Something Wicked has been powering through MSV, downing all 6 bosses on Normal in Week 1 (with a big time sacrifice to make it happen!) and then getting both Stone Guard Heroic and Feng Heroic to our great happiness in Week 2. The Feng kill was US 38 and World top 100, and I was just about floored. It’s not like the kill was a surprise, we worked damn hard on both bosses in our usual efficient manner and the kill was clean, but I was really tickled pink to see our hard work pay off. Feng is also a very straightforward boss, and if you pull each phase with the intention of working on them and learning them, putting all the pieces together then seems quite easy. Well-designed.
I love bosses with a lot of pieces that just fall into place once you’ve learned them all. This describes a large part of MSV, and the whole instance has me quite happy. I feel as though Blizz’s encounter designers have really outdone themselves.
We needed MSV.
We really, really did. The spring and summer were really scary for all guilds, I think. The last nine months were just… so bad, so terribly bad, from February until September, a lull where all we had to do was a raid instance that was absolutely atrocious at launch and just got worse and worse as it was buffed more and more. But we survived, and so did many other raiding teams, waiting anxiously for Blizzard to convince us that we’ve a reason to raid. Finally they have given us a raid instance that feels worthy of our time, and I couldn’t be happier.
I love raiding again, and that’s not something I’ve really felt since Firelands.
I just hope at some point all this daily stuff will calm down so I can focus on the stuff I really want to do.