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5 Things to Remember from 2009

The Five

There’s going to be a lot of year-in-review type posts in the blogosphere today, so we’re going to keep this one short and sweet.  Here are five things I’ll remember from 2009:

ambermist, the dual specced1.  Goodbye, Ambermist the Tree.  In the first few weeks of 2009, I went from being a full-time raid healer for 2 years to being a full-time, pain-bringing moonkin.  The first few months were rough.  I thought dpsing was an uncomplicated, shoot-in-a-way-that-sorta-makes-sense kind of thing.  I quickly discovered this is NOT the case.  In a quest for current how-to-moonkin information for a complete noob, I started Tastes Like Battlechicken.  I sought information from lots of different sources, and after one heck of a learning curve, I became a moonkin I could be mostly proud of (I’m still prone to stupid mistakes).  I was able to pass on the information that I learned in what is still my most popular series of posts:  Noobkin to Boomkin.

2.  Dual Spec.  There was a lot of speculation about this before it was actually released, but the way they executed this was spot-on.  Your glyphs remain with their appropriate spec, it’s very easy to switch between the two, and it’s ridiculously useful, especially for hybrid classes.  Now if they would just give me tri-spec…

3.  Blizzcon 2009.  We live-streamed the coverage and hooked up the laptop to the TV.  I don’t think we turned it off the entire time.  I remember watching with UK as the Cataclysm announcement came down, and all the information that came with it.  Deathwing!  I was so excited, and still am.  This is the biggest thing to happen to Azeroth yet.  A complete re-vamping of the old world?  Saying a permanent goodbye to Azeroth as we know it?  How awesome is that.

Cataclysm

4.  Val’anyr, Hammer of the Ancient Kings.  Our first Yogg kill alone was pretty memorable.  It took us a few weeks of getting everything perfected, and it was an accomplishment.  It took us another month or so to finish gathering the shards for Gopherus’ weapon, and then another few weeks of trying to get Three Lights in the Darkness.  But I’ll tell you, not since Vashj have I been that on edge and that excited for a boss kill.  I remember decursing faster than I could think, and casting when I could.  I remember watching Yogg’s health bar drop lower and lower but refusing to believe this could be the kill until I saw it.  Those are the boss kills I raid for.

Yogg-Saron

5.  The Random Dungeon.  Love it or hate it, this has become the most discussed change since the pre-Wrath patch (remember the patch that introduced achievements and barber shops?!  Yes, it really has been that long).  It seemed like just another new thing to get used to on the PTR, but this has completely changed the way things operate.  PuGs, previously the thing you begged guildies to help you avoid, have now become not only more common but in some cases, even preferred.  For some, this has changed the way they play, or even the way their guild operates.  I haven’t written a post about it (nor do I plan to; holy moly, have you seen the number of blogs about the Dungeon Finder?!), but I love the thing on my 80s.  (The low-level PuGs are still cringe-worthy).  Just like the pre-Wrath patch, this is one I’ll remember.

There are many more memorable moments from this year, like rolling a toon on a new server (I haven’t forgotten you guys!), the first time I got over 100 views here on TLBC, and rolling my first successful twink.  But this list is called “The Five” not “The Forty,” so I think I’d better end it here.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year, in-game and out!

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Honestly Surprised (or, “Holy Crap, Someone Read My Blog!”)

I’m a shameless narcissist (I have a theory that most bloggers contain a fragment of this trait somewhere in their psyche), and therefore check my blog stats at least, oh, 15 times a day?  Most of the referring links I recognize, but when Destructive Reach popped up in the list today, I was curious.

In a surprise turn of events, I have received an award! This award is presented as follows:

“This award is bestowed upon a fellow blogger whose blog content or design is, in the giver’s opinion, brilliant.”

Brilliant is a lovely word, and one I could grow accustomed to! Thank you, Saresa; I’m honored.

There is a catch. To fully receive this award and not seem like a complete jerk, one is held to a few responsibilities:

1. When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to the said person so everyone knows she/he is real.
2. Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have seven friends. Show the seven random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog. Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon.
3. List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself. Then pass it on!

Seven Brilliant Blogs
I only read a few blogs with any sort of regularity, so below is a mixture of blogs I love and why I read them, as well as new ones that I was drawn to after Googling “World of Warcraft blog” (and in case you were wondering, that’s A LOT of blogs).  I know a few of these bloggers are unlikely to participate in our little game, but that’s okay, I like them anyway.

Arcane Brilliance This was the very first blog that came to mind. Yes, I know it’s a function of WoW Insider, but in my opinion, it is the most knowledgeable and fun-to-read blog on the site. Christian’s wit is matched only by his hatred of warlocks (sorry Saresa!) and apparently, Spirit as a mage stat.

Project Lore Although Project Lore is an entity in and of itself, I read several of their blog posts today. I find it refreshing that they’re using it as a medium to bring forth issues that don’t necessarily come up in a lot of other WoW blogs, like “Are Casual Guilds Struggling?” (I actually posted, misspelling “border” to throw them off the scent…).

LoreCrafted Today was the very first time I’d even seen this, and I can tell you now, it will become a favorite. I am a lore nerd to the extreme. I play the games, read all the books, and even write fanfic. This blog was written for me, whether the folks at LoreCrafted realize it or not.

World of Warcraft Wanderings I’d been sifting through quite a few blogs by the time I hit on Kim Dowd’s. I like how she successfully presents a slice-of-life WoW experience without sounding trite or boring. I especially appreciate her post “Slain by Puppy Dog Eyes,” as I have also been victim to the “we could really use a healer…” and “could you respec for the run?” whispers on many heroics and 10-mans.

The Egotistical Priest I’ll admit it, I almost didn’t want to link this one. It puts my poor little blog to shame, but my pride aside, it really is an awesome resource for all things WoW. I especially love “The Essential Ego” collection. YES, please, for the love of all things holy (like healers…) LRN2AGGRO. If you make it to level 80 and you don’t understand aggro mechanics, you fail. Thank you for addressing that, Vonya; it made me cluck happily in that silly way moonkin do.

WoWGrrl I have run across this blog a few times when searching for random things, and it’s a great blend of information and random crap that will make you giggle.  Her video about using the Traveller’s Tundra Mammoth to send your fellow faction members to their death is genius, I highly recommend it and will certainly be trying it with my fiancee’s mage soon.

Wrath of the Boomkin I couldn’t possibly finish this list without mentioning Boomdaddy. He has been a faithful reader over the past couple of months as I’ve gotten my blogging feet wet, and I appreciate that he shares my MOAR DPS hunger. The other night he posted about his guild’s first 2 night Naxx clear, and I found myself cheering for their progress.

Ambermist: 10 Things About Me You  Never Thought You’d Want to Know and Probably Still Don’t

1.  I secretly (well, not anymore) hated when my fiancee’s (and now mine, so don’t go burning down my house) friend joined the guild back in Burning Crusade.  He’s a theorycrafter and an amazing player.  And he came in as a resto druid and my ARCHNEMESIS.  But really, he’s awesome, I’m just jealous.

2.  I practically survive on Diet Pepsi.  If I ever end up in the hospital, someone needs to instruct the doctors to hook up an IV with the light, bubbly concoction.  It will sustain me.

3.  My daughter is hilarious AND annoying.  But she’s 4, and it comes with the territory.

4.  I have a pet turtle on Facebook named for our guild master.

5.  I’m getting married in 9 days.  Expect me not to post for a week afterward.  I will be exploring an entirely different “raid” alone with Ultraking in an isolated cabin.

6.  My 9.5 month old son watches TV.  The only way to stop him from watching it is to turn it off, and the rest of the house protests if I do that.  He also likes to throw things and thinks wires are cool (a dangerous thing in our house that has made babyproofing a nightmare).  He will be a fine gamer.

7.  I keep more things in my WoW bank than I have money in the real world.  I kept my Light’s Justice from Karazhan (first raid loot I ever received!), and I still have Aran’s Soothing Sapphire because it has my son’s name in it (yes, my son’s name is really Aran), along with all of my Tier 6.

8. We still haven’t bought curtains for some of our windows, and we’ve been in this house since June. I keep meaning to, but I never think of it when I’m in the store. In a related note, please stop spying on us. We see you.

9. There are a few people in my guild that absolutely drive me up the wall, and at least a few of them know who they are. I suppose that’s natural, but it feels good to say it anyway.

10. I love The Guild. This requires no explanation, it simply is.

Having fulfilled my contractual obligations upon accepting this award, I want to thank my fellow bloggers, and let you all know that I have a severe case of carpal tunnel and think I should go lie down.

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