Tags: alts, Hunters, Mark of the Wild, World of Warcraft
Marked Readers –
I logged on last night and there was a call to run regular DTK in guild chat. My hunter Nosecrusher is 75 atm and I thought it would be fun to take him for a spin so I signed up. I hadn’t done much with Nose in awhile and I’m not sure why – just a lack of motivation I guess.
Anyway I switched over and jumped on the taxi to Gul’Drak. (I ALWAYS get those two confused) After I was summoned we started the run and I immediately knew I was in trouble. We wiped on the second pull for some reason. I’ll chalk it up to the fact that we were all playing on little used alts and were still getting the hang of things. I died on the third pull because of a stupid ashtray (which was black and blended perfectly with it’s surroundings – stealth ash trays FTL!)
The entire run, though, I never really felt comfortable. My rotation was OK such as it is – poison sting and arcane/steady/group shot as CDs’ are up. But I was always afraid my pet would inadvertently get sent off somewhere and pull a big bunch of whupass on us. Or that I would mistakenly target the wrong mob and pull the next group too soon. Or any number of other things – most of which actually happened last night.
We finished the run and went our seperate ways and I couldn’t help but feeling both a little embarassed and more than a little sad. Embarassed because I did not do my job well and that’s something I pride myself in doing, and I think is expected of me in the guild. I should have done better than I did. I was also sad because I remember the days when I did do better on Nose. He was my first toon and my first 70. I made my first forays into Kara on him and was very (and justifiably) proud of my chain trapping skills and unique Survival build. But he’d been left too long unused. The druid came up and quickly became my main toon and Nose gathered dust – tanks and healers were needed, DPS could always be found.
When Wrath came out, I decided to level Eblis as my first alt because his tailoring had faction-specific recipes I wanted him to get. Plus, I’d played him a lot leading up to Wrath and enjoyed the class. So again, Nose languished. And still does. He’ll get to 80 eventually, I’m sure, but I see him now as more of a solo toon and an extra 2 profession slots.
Hunters have a well known reputation as being EZ mode in WoW. It’s the class that girlfriends and little brothers play and because it’s so easy to level with them due to their pets, many hunters get to the endgame without really knowing how to play. While playing a hunter may be easy, especially solo; playing a hunter well definitely is not. Your pet needs to be kept on a tight leash or else it can cause a lot of trouble – more trouble than it’s worth sometimes. In addition to knowing when to send the pet into a fight (at the right target, of course), you also have to watch it’s health and happiness and what not. All the while, you’re also watching your mana and health and avoiding ashtrays and looking out for adds etc. It’s almost like playing two toons simultaneously. All of which used to pose no significant problems for me – when I had time and actually played the class.
I don’t think this is unique to hunter alts – any class you don’t play in a long time will take some re-learning. I have similar feelings when I switch to resto on Noze after a long stretch as feral and vice versa. It takes a quick heroic to get me into the swing of things. I’m sure I could regain that comfort zone with Nose as well, if I played him more. But I don’t and I don’t think thats going to change anytime soon. 😦
I do have a newfound respect for hunters though. The good ones that is. There are still plenty of huntards out there (unfortunately, Nosecrusher is close to being among them) but the truly good ones – who dish out hella DPS and never cause a problem in the raid. Those folks rock.
And I just saw this article in WoW on the decline of the hunter as a played/main class. Somewhat related and an interesting development if it persists. It also says that hunters remain a popular alt toon which sort of flies in the face of my premise :S
Tags: Druid, Healing, Hunters, Mark of the Wild, Tanking, Warlocks, World of Warcraft
Hello Marked Readers –
I expect this post is being read mostly long after it’s written since it usually takes some time to build up a readership. In any event, thanks for reading!
My name is (in various spellings) Nozekrusher and I play a druid on Anvilmar. I also have a few other toons there as well, including Nosecrusher, my hunter, my first toon to 70 , and my first main. Eblis rounds the main toons I’ll be talking about in this blog. Eblis is my warlock/chanter/bank/moneymaker.
How did I come up with 2 Nosecrushers and an Eblis? Well, it wasn’t always that way, actually. As I said, Nosecrusher was my first toon. I don’t really remember how I came up with the name, other than I wanted something mean sounding. I guess since getting hit in the nose sounded painful, getting your nose CRUSHED would be worse.
So I started playing Nosecrsuher and happily leveling him to Outland when I read an forum thread on Allakhazam about making gold by disenchanting cheap greens found through Auctioneer. One of the things they suggested was starting a bank alt (yes, I was very clueless back in the day). I did some research and learned that warlocks were fun to level and played much like hunters. Good enough for me, so I started my warlock. In choosing a name, I wanted a dark, sinister name, maybe a synonym for the devil or demon or something along those lines. After some searching I came across Eblis. Well, who could resist having a toon named after the cheif of all the djin? Or the ruler of all devils. What warlock could pass up a name that means ‘despair’? Eblis had a name – a not-so-unique name at that.
When my guild needed tanks and healers, I decided to roll a druid to help them out. I am an officer, after all! Lead by example! Druids are Tauren, no choice there. And Tauren are bovine-like in appearance. Being a bit of a francophile, I wanted to fit ‘vache’ into the name (vache is french for cow). Unfortunately, vache was taken, along with many other combinations. Eventually, I came up with Vachequitue, which means CowWhoKills. I was set.
And for the next 18 months or so, everything stayed the same. I was called Nose by most folks who knew me, especially in guild, since Nosecrusher was how they met me. It didn’t matter if I was on Eblis or Vachequitue, I was Nose. A few folks called me Vache, but they mostly gave in to the crowd. And I liked it. Nose is a short, simple name, and distinctive. What I didn’t like was having to explain what Vachequitue meant, or being whispered in French. (I’m like French history and all, and at one point I could speak the language, but that was a looonnng time ago).
So a few months ago, I started contemplating a name change. I had to overcome a few obstacles first. The first was mental. I started playing WoW to supplement my entertainment budget during some tough financial times. $15 a month sure beats $40 a night at the bars. So actually paying for something extra like a name change was a strange concept for me. Second was, well, all the good Nosecrusher variants were taken. I know this because I took them. Knowscrusher? My aborted priest and current guild AH mule. Nozecrusher and Nosekrusher? Both taken by toons created and forgotten. I know I could just delete these toons and resue the name, but when I tried this, they always say the name is taken. I’m sure I could get a GM to free it up, but that’s just too much trouble. Eventually, I came up with Nozekrusher, though. It fits, obviously, and overall it has worked out well. Best $10 I’ve ever spent? Nah, but I’m glad I did it. (And it’s a great way to weed out your friends list too!)
Well, that’s my first post. Hope you enjoyed it. I do plan on talking more about the specifics of playing a druid in WoW, especially as a bear and tree. I’ll share my thoughts on gear, enchants, professions. I’m not a theorycrafter and I don’t have the absolute answer. In fact, I expect that reader feedback (when it’s there) will help be become a better druid by pointing out where I’m wrong.
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