Archive for March 2010

The leech and you   1 comment

To leech renown by guarding the warcamp is ..well established in WAR. I think it’s something common on both realms and on every server.

It’s sometimes frustrating to see 2+ warbands standing in the warcamp and idle, even though in region chat there is some call for help, because the opposing realm is pushing and trying to prevent the zone lock. But though it’s frustrating I don’t care about those folks who leech. Hell..sometimes, when I’m only doing scenarios, I stand in the warcamp and queue from there. The difference is that I move out of warcamp when there is call for help, at least when I know that there is some sort of defense out there. ;)

This form if leeching renown is imo ok, because you wouldn’t contribute or disturb your own realms efforts anyways.

Now with the introduction of scenario weapons the leeching got a new trend.. To go afk in a scenario wasn’t a problem before the introduction of them, but now it gets ..especially when you have  some high-rr folks there who don’t need the renown.. quiet common to have a group of 8-10 instead of the 12 actually fighting.

This is something really annoying, because the number of participants in a scenario is limited and so this leeching really hurts the players fighting on ..your..side. Sadly the idle-hands (de)buff isn’t working good, because it only checks if your in the vicinity of your spawn-point and not if you are contributing to the scenario in any form (capture flag, heal, kill people or at least do damage). It’s always fun to get ported out of Battle for Praag when you are in the middle of a fight and then get flagged for running out of a scenario ;)

It’s silly that those high rr players want to mark a scenario as a afk-scenario were no one has to expect them to fight, but want to fight on the others (anyways I saw some of them in other scenarios go afk to)..this is the perversion of RvR. Just tokens for the purpose of having tokens..no fighting wanted. Hopefully the idle-hands buff gets fixed so that it really only affects those who idle anywhere in the scenario, not those who are just pushed back to the camp and desperately try to fight against a better (organized) opponent.

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Zizlak (doomdiver.wordpress.com)

Posted March 30, 2010 by Karic in Community, RvR, WAR

New face?   Leave a comment

It’s nice to be mentioned on the Herald..
Strangely I’m labeled as a newer face.. hum. Blogging since August 08 seems not that new to me.

Well.. I think that I’ll have to hire a new PR Manager ;)

The next post will be something more related to WAR.. I promise.

Posted March 29, 2010 by Karic in Community, WAR

What the..?   Leave a comment

Ever wondered why you get so much damage?

Head over to Blurring Shock.. Aoe has done a nice Pie (yummie) Chart showing what sort of damage his Swordmaster received. It’s imo very interesting, though it just emphasizes old numbers it shows how little Elemental damage you might receive.

Posted March 24, 2010 by Karic in RvR, WAR

How things change..   Leave a comment

I looked at the blog stats and wondered why an old post has been looked at..It’s my comparison of the different Runepriest mastery lines back in may 09. That’s a long time since then..and many things have changed..also my understanding of the Runepriest career. So I thought that it might be interesting to do a more up to date comparison..

So..here it is.

Grungni

A Mastery path focused on immediate, direct effects.

This is actually the spec I like to use when being specced for healing. As you can see..it’s not fully Grungni and nearly as much Grimnir as Grungni, but it does imo the best healing. You have all the flexibility for small scale, large scale RvR and scenarios. You don’t do the large healing numbers like Warrior Priests, but you can be very versatile. That’s the strength of Runepriests and you should use it and don’t try to compete with the others careers on that number thingy in scenarios.

What I like about this spec? In PvE and (if you think ahead) in RvR Rune of Restoration can really heal big numbers on a single target..it’s tricky because it takes so long, but if you think ahead what the enemy does this works quiet good. A real help is Protection of the Ancestors. I can’t tell you how often this saves lifes. A 152 wounds buff with instant heal of the 1520 hp..woohoo..

And of course the best tool in the kit.. Rune of Binding. Instant cast stagger with 100ft range.. It’s a very good defensive tool, because Choppa or Witch Elves don’t block it and can’t do any damage to you for 9s (unless you are in a pug-scenarios with some bombing Bright Wizard).. and it’s a very good offensive tool, because you can (at least try to) disable an enemy healer, Squig herder or something like that who’s standing far away for your melee dps to kill him/her.

Resume: The crit-tactic is missing, so the real offensive power is reduced in this spec, but overall it’s a good heal/support spec. Difference to old resume.. I think that this spec also works in zerg vs. zerg, 1vs1 is still not advised ;) It’s still a fun spec to have and enjoyable.

Valaya

A Mastery path focused on longer-duration effects.

This is the spec I tested some weeks ago.. As you may see, it’s totally offense oriented. Trying to heal with this spec is not really fun. Running around and killing stuff is the thing to do..and really fun. As I already mentioned. This spec works great for 1vs1, because of ap-drain (moral1 and tactic), life tap (Rune of Fate which was nerfed some time ago, but I still like to use it) and dot/hot-heavy stuff which takes time that you have in 1vs1 fights.

The lack of burst-damage is the real killer for this spec, because in large scale fights and scenarios you don’t kill people.. This spec deals good damage, but like Grenadier specced Engineer you actually don’t kill stuff. Not killing anything is ..bad ;) The problem of this spec is the huge ap-use. So just draining ap is not enough.. maybe I should have tried Kamenra for some ap tap.

Resume: Really fun in 1vs1, small scale fights as a offense oriented spec. As a healer you are too weak, especially in scenarios against bombing groups.. When you try to mix both you end up really bad, as you fail on both parts. So I always tried to focus on damage and support the real healers by rez-ing while they kept healing. This works good because of dot-attacks and so the damage is still somewhat kept up.

Grimnir..

Well.. if you check the Grungni spec, than you see that there is a heavy Grimnir part in it. Focusing more in Grimnir makes imo no sense, as you would lose the Rune of Binding, on which I heavily rely on when a Choppa or something like that runs towards me. Competing with Warrior Priests on AoE-healing is futile..You can’t beat them as a Runepriest in AoE-healing. Your focus should be mixing of several healing types and maybe even throwing some dots out there.

Overall Resume:

Runepriests may be the weakest of the Order healing careers, but they can be really fun to play and this is what matters to me. You aren’t bound by any mechanics forcing you to do stuff. You are flexible as there are many healing options.  With my Grungni spec you can reasonably well heal a single target or you can mix some AoE stuff for healing the group. You can let opponents stagger..

The key to success is mixing your abilities (you need way more than just 1-3 buttons ;)), using the terrain to your advantage (I plan a post on that for a long time now…well lets see if I write it ever) and plan ahead as some of your healing takes time.

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Zizlak(doomdiver.wordpress.com)

Posted March 18, 2010 by Karic in Dwarves, Healer, RvR, WAR

Everybody loves..   Leave a comment

Gobbos.

Either you love to beat them, like the Big ‘Uns do, or you like to cuddle them (because they are sooo cute)..until you’ve choked them to death…
There are so many reasons why you can love Gobbos. Why do you love them?

Posted March 16, 2010 by Karic in Greenskins, Warhammer

Gobbo music   2 comments

If you have not already seen it.. Head over to One shard to watch Dwarf boat (gobbo version).

Great video! ;)

Posted March 15, 2010 by Karic in Dwarves, Greenskins, WAR

Bah..healing debuff and Enchantments   Leave a comment

Every career seems to have a healing debuff.. In some fights my character constantly runs around with a healing debuff around.. I can’t say how often my Runepriest tries to cleanse debuffs and yet I get them casted on me in a split second. And more than just one time I casted Rune of Restoration, netting in a really low number.
Seralene from Gorfang tested how those debuffs work and posted it in the US-forums. Check it out..it’s really interesting.

It seems like those incoming and outgoing heal debuffs stack additively, netting in heal-reduction by approx. 90% (according to Seralene and the Runepriest guinea pigs ;)). From my perspective this numbers seem reasonable.. at least how I perceive them, not what I think is the right balance decision. ;)

It surely is a thread I will follow as there are still some things that need to be tested about how heal debuffs work.

Another interesting post is about severing Enchantments and Blessings.. Thanks go to Marple, Veirah and Seralene for testing it out.

It’s just a short list what Runepriest Blessing can be severed by whom.

Posted March 12, 2010 by Karic in Dwarves, Healer, RvR, WAR

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