More late night/early morning dueling…

I have come to the conclusion that Prot is (still) better than Ret.  Ret just seems so fragile with next to no survivability.  Prot seems a little more stable.  I’ve also got to figure out what to do with my shield.  Stick with the old PvE one for the 82 str, or equip my PvP shield for the extra stamina and resilience.  I hate theorycrafting sometimes.  I thought they were making this easier?

Last guy I dueled here was pretty friendly.  Even logged over to chat for a second, and not a bit of smack talk either.  First for me?  Maybe?

Alterac Valley Blitz!

We managed a blitz!  I already had the achievement, but this tank did a pretty awesome job tanking for our team.  Bunch of people got the achievement.  I died but, meh, I needed my daily win before the reset and it was 3:25 am so I still came out on top.

Just warming up

Started out some premades with a couple of Arathi Basins against another premade.  Both games we fought the same team.  First game we almost got 5 capped.  Second game we did better and barely got 4 capped.  People having to go whittled us down to enough for Warsong and we didn’t lose a single one.  Got a lot of achievements done, couple people got Iron Man, and I got my Not so Fast, Warsong Gulch Veteran, which polished off my Master of Warsong Gulch!

We tried getting Proletaire his Iron Man a couple times, but he wasn’t able to stay alive.  The last team we played was a half premade from our server.  He got the first 2 but died just before the 3rd flag was able to be capped.  Exa played FC, and he was pretty beast.  Barely died at all.  Good times.

Can’t wait!

Got a little something different lined up for Monday.  I’m pretty hyped about it.  It’s a variation on the Know Thy Enemy column.  I will have someone lined up for a class I haven’t covered yet to ask questions to.  So be ready on Monday with your questions!  Gotta be there to see the class too!

PvP Etiquette: Communicating with the Enemy


Emote spam and Trash Speak: When and Why?


The type of communication we’re talking about here is face-to face/adversarial.  This does not mean using a second account or logging over to an alt to talk garbage.  This is similar to the flag planting post in many ways, but there are a few differences.  There are two types of communication you can use.


Emoting:  /laugh, /wave, the list goes on and on.  There are lots of emotes you can use, be creative! /pulse is a goodie!
Trash Speak: Trash speak because a) you’re talking trash, and b) it looks like trash to the enemy.  Certain combinations of letters will make something legible to the opposing faction.  
For example: AllianceBob yells, “D A P YU VB” HordeGuy sees, “Y O U LO SE”.  I’ll be covering some of the phrases I know in another post here soon.


I recommend using these sparingly.  If you do /emote or /trash, don’t yell the same thing twice.  No one wants to be spammed, Horde or Alliance.  I also talked to a GM once about it, and he told me yelling the same thing repeatedly could be considered spamming.  So don’t take any chances, just do it once.   I used to have a mod that would /emote from a personalized pool of emotes whenever I landed the killing blow on someone.  It broke back in Classic WoW, and I haven’t been able to find another one like it.


As for the when and why, we’ll break these down into each form:


Emoting
1. Someone has been annoying, for example killing me from half health, while fighting another 

 mob, killing all the quest mobs, dotting you up on your flying mount, etc.

2. If someone has been with a group of friends and /emote spams at me while him and his friend(s) roflstomp me 10v1.  Now that their fortunes have turned, it’s time for a little of their own medicine.
3. If I just plain don’t like someone.  Personal discretion here.
4. Never use emoting just to be funny.  It really irritates a lot of people, which is why people do it.  I can’t tell you how many people I know get all bent out of shape over /spit.  I’ve seen some people that want to /hug a Horde or someone they know, but I just don’t recommend it, at least in groups.  Invariably someone in your group misconstrues it, and it becomes an emote spam fest.  Not fun for the dead guy.


Trash Speak
1. Just to be funny.  I enjoy yelling funny things back and forth.  This is your humor outlet, because you have to be creative to get your message across.  Some of the translations are already a stretch, and are pretty humorous as is.
2. When someone hasn’t released.  I can’t tell you how many people release when I start going down my list.  They have no option but to sit there and take it!
3. Someone has been annoying, for example killing me from half health, while fighting another mob, killing all the quest mobs, dotting you up on your flying mount, etc.
4. If someone has been with a group of friends and /emote spams at me while him and his friend(s) roflstomp me 10v1.  Now that their fortunes have turned, it’s time for a little of their own medicine.
5. If I just plain don’t like someone.  Personal discretion here.


Feel free to post your own when and why in the comments below!