Like last week, Aion is still going around. Last night in Vent I heard a story from a friend where their heroic champ run couldn't win and with 4 attempts left one of the healers declared he was quitting for Aion and logged off.
That's always a great reason to leave WoW. Frustration with raiding.
Garrosh in going to be the big man in charge and the forums are on fire with anger and happiness. Where do you stand with this? Myself, I dislike Garrosh, because he's too generic. Do you have a thought? Come to our forums and talk about it here.
3.2.2 hit last week. You can read all about it below. Onyxia is back. Pretty interesting huh?
Riding costs got stealth nerfed in 3.2.2, you now get Org/Stormwind rep decreases in Thrallmar/Honor Hold for the flying mounts and that big ol 650 number went down a bit.
Welcome to the Overpull, with your new host David Xerin Piner. Im sure on this fine Tuesday morning youre waiting with bated breath for the wise words of our grand sage Jay Medeor Johnson and his amazing wit. Well, Jay has passed off the torch for awhile while he goes and plays the newest game out there, Aion. You can find his latest ramblings over on the Aion site here at Ten Ton Hammer.
Management is a funny thing. Every time someone new takes over they must always change things. Its an unwritten rule. If you take over something you just instantly want to change it. Even if it works, you have this thing in the back of your head that screams I want to move this pencil on this desk over there because we as humans want to make anything and everything we work on ours. Think about it. If youre given someone elses WoW character to play (although its against the ToS, well play hypothetical here) you will quickly find that its hard to play because its not yours. The buttons arent where you want them, the interface is weird, and most importantly of all you cant really change it since you have to give it back.
Well, for the Overpull I may not be in charge forever, Jay may at some point head back over to WoW, but for now Im here and Im writing to your inbox each week with my happy go lucky dialectic and philosophical tones dripping from each word. Im going to start off with my own, personal change. Each Overpull Ill ask a question and then provide my answer after going over this weeks happenings in WoW. Over on our forums youre invited, as if a limo pulled up and rolled out the red carpet, to come in and give your answer. Its not going to be something that can be answered with yes or no. Instead, itll be a question with a subjective answer. Something thatll brew discussion about whats right now in WoW and hopefully well have fun exploring it.
Whats the Buzz
What is the buzz in WoW you ask? Onyxia has landed and shes a complete joke in 10 man. Pugs everywhere are beating Onyxia senseless for free 235 purps and dancing over her corpse. Ive even heard rumors of successful 25 man pugs, but that just comes down to luck on if their arcane selection methods truly pull in the crowds.
3.2.2 brought in some other awesome things, like the Fan of Knives nerf Q_Q and uh, Onyxia. Onyxia, Onyxia, Onyxia. I guess this is a prelude to Cataclysm when we can go back into BWL and Molten Core agaexcuse me, the Fire Realm (NOT MOLTEN CORE - SEE CONCEPT ART) and Nefarians New Clubhouse that isnt Blackwing Lair. At this point I wont be surprised if Deathwing doesnt fly down to AQ40 and possess everyone; including CThun and killing CThun is the only way to truly defeat him. Afterwards, Kelthuzad could spark up Naxxramas again and roll on over to the Plaguelands and announce his triumphant return with his new master, the Rice King (only rivaling the Ramen King when it comes to names).
Afterwards, Illidan and Kaelthas, fully rested from two expansions, could brew up a plan to do something in Outlands. By this time Im sure those mana forges could be put back to work and you know what, I dont even remember TBCs story. Did it have a story? Anyway, thats when Ill be quitting folks, since I could do well not seeing any more birdmen again. Those arakkoa are the worst. They get sprints, ranged attacks, and everything else plus make a noise that even would make a murloc weep.
Ah well. Theres nothing much else, though Brewfest is brewing along (you know Kelthuzad should return each festival riding around on a mini Naxxrama bragging about how many times weve killed him by now, just a random though!) and people are getting their Brewmaster achievements left and right. You know, in the trailer you see someone drinking while riding a ram but I dont honestly see what the point is. You have to mouse walk while drunk to move anywhere AND youve got four minutes of painfully working the reigns to shout anywhere. Good luck doing the barrel runs while smashed. For a holiday about drinking, you sure dont drink a lot past the first day. You sure do get enough remote and mount drama though!
Thats the buzz for this week in WoW.
You Heard it in /Trade
[2. Trade] LFM ONYXIA, PST w/ ONYXIA ACHIEVEMENT
Ive seen this more than once and am puzzled how it could EVEN be. The first week shes out and youre already asking for the achievement as if it meant something? Pshaw! Wacky pugs and their craziness never cease to amuse me.
If you dont get it, you cant have the achievement this week and still run it, since its a week lockout! LMAO as they say.
TTH Forum Spotlight
Which thread gets the spotlight this week? Why it's...
Jousting....how I hate thee by: Miralyn
Miralyn posts about how frustratingly lame Jousting is. I have to agree. Head on over to that thread to talk about Jousting and how much you probably hate it.
The Weekly Musing
To kick things off, this weeks question is:
Is it worth it to quit WoW to go over to Aion?
Here is a common question that were all forced to face often enough. A new game hits the shelves and were thinking: is the grass greener over there? Some of you receiving the Overpull may have already made the jump, some may be on the fence, and others are grazing in the verdant pastures of Blizzard Entertainment (with some Activision soaked in there). Well, lets look at the number one reason not to: if youre god in WoW youll be but a peon in Aion.
Its that simple folks. Quitting WoW is like going from a middle school senior to a high school freshman. One second youre the commanding force in the school, your team gets all the big photos in the yearbook, and everything is about you and then the next youre shoved to the bottom of the food chain with a long, long quest until you hit the top again. Trust me, Ive done it and I even did it for WoW. I gave up a massive army of level 50s in Dark Age of Camelot (when 50 meant something) to pick up a staff and play as a newbie Mage. In that same regard, I gave up even more fame and power before picking up my first sword and getting my faced punched in by Squik in DAoC.
To me, right now, its not worth it. The rate of change in WoW is insane. Earlier this year Naxxramas was impossible content only done by progression guilds. Now its pugged and the people barely even care what they bring. If you give up WoW for a month and come back youll find yourself being pushed into obscurity. Not to mention the guild drama from leaving and coming back and weirdness of cursing something off only to be there staring at it again.
Sure, Aion may be a great game. I wouldnt know personally since I havent even given it a try, but thats alright. If it ever does get to the point that I absolutely have to try it I will, but until then WoW is good enough for me. It satisfies every possible thing I want out of an MMOG right now and Im happy and content playing away.
Of course my entire soap box rant means nothing if youre not even level 80. In which case, you could easily just quit and come back later. You wont miss a lot, unless youre gone long enough for Cataclysm to hit. Then it might be a little awkward when you load back in.
Thats the Overpull for this week. If I havent poked you enough to visit our forums and talk then consider this another poke. Hit up this link to zoom through the Internet to our forums where you can talk about what you think about switching WoW for another game.
Before we head out, what do you think about this week's question? Quitting WoW for Aion or are you staying put. What do you think about Onyxia? Jousting something you hate? Miss Jay and wish he'd hurry back? Come on over to our forums and talk about!
Hope you have fun this week and that you're able to get your Brewfest achievement before Brewfest wraps up this week!
-David "Xerin" Piner
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