Omg lets take a S.E.L.F.I.E.

lolselfies

So I finally got the selfie camera on my warrior, decided to take some screen shots on twitter to show off my beautifui new bloodelf model, yay! I think this tool in combined with twiiter, as silly as it is, should give taking first kill screenshots in game a humorous touch, can’t wait to get one on my hunter to take a screen shot with yall! Anyone else excited about twitter intregration? This funny S.E.L.F.I.E. camera? I know i am!

We Could Be Heroes

I’m pretty happy with Heroes of the Storm beta, and I’m really starting to get into the whole experience. I’ve already started shilling to put together a Heroes Team, but I’m feeling inspired to create some content around that game as well. So, here’s my first stab at that.

Dag Nabbit!

I’m not joking when I say that Sgt. Hammer is why I even play this game. Despite several rounds of nerfs (from God-Mode to a little behind the meta), she’s still the one I love the most. There’s just something fulfilling about sieging up and pounding away on the enemy base, your pinky hovering over the Z button so you can run away from that Valla with your name on her arrow. It’s reactive, it’s proactive, it’s strategic, it’s tactical, it’s fun!

I get a little heat for showing up in a Hammer at the beginning of most matches, and freaking everyone in chat is convinced I’m playing her wrong, but my stats screen with the Siege Damage and XP Contribution field general glows with the fact I was #1 in those important fields.

Fight Time!

That’s right, it’s Brightwing, the queen faerie dragon of Quick Match! If you’re solo queueing, the massive heals and insane mobility you bring to the game are often game winners. No, you still can’t heal stupid, but you can single-handedly pull your team ahead in a team fight. Lili is still probably a stronger healer, and Tassadar and Malfurion are basically assassins at this point, but Brightwing has the perfect combination of everything that makes me love her.

My Life for Aiur!

Haha! I put Illidan in the header to throw you off. My third favorite, and by far my favorite assassin in Zeratul. Jaina’s a close 4th place, because Frost Mage, but Zeratul’s ability to stealth in, cleave the crap out of everyone and then teleport out makes me fee like a true assassin.

How About You?

So, are you playing Heroes of the Storm? If so, who are your favorite heroes? Feel free to join me anytime, just add Pandette#1813 to your Battle.net, and let’s go kick some ass!

Team Rascals

Heroes of the Storm is in the full swing of Beta, and chances are that if you’re on my friends’ list, then you have access. I’ve been doing some pick up games with Catchi and Teyla, and if there’s any truth in this world it’s that playing with friends is way better than playing alone. Which got me to thinking, if three Rascals can slay all they see before them, how good could five be?

Simply put, I’d like to do a regular, weekly team-of-five queue in the Quick Match mode to see how well we work together, and if the whole concept is fun. I’m sure the first few times will have some growing pains, but I think we could see if we’ve got the goods pretty quickly.

If this idea works, we should then transition into Hero League and eventually Team League (once it comes out).

While we wait for Team League to be implemented, the Hero League which is a ranked draft-mode system has all the tools we need to fill the gap. There are some pretty hefty requirements for this, however, firstly being that you need to be level 30 to use the Hero League, and secondly, you need to own 10 heroes (excluding the free rotation heroes, you can’t use them unless you own them).

So, the biggest difference between Quick Match and the Leagues is the draft mode. Each member of this team needs to be pretty good at at least three heroes, and we need to have very little overlap between us. The reason for that is if your preferred hero is drafted by the other team, you need to be able to bring someone else and know what you’re doing. Additionally, if we all love Hammer (and who doesn’t?), it doesn’t do us any good if all of our alternates are Hammer, since once one of us picks her, we’re on to our next alternate.

So, if this is something that interests you, leave a comment or whisper me in-game, and let’s see if we can’t make something happen.

WoW Insider is Closing Shop

UPDATE: Fired WoW Insider Writers Start Their Own Site

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but it makes me sad just the same. On February 3, as part of AOL’s collapse of the Joystiq empire, WoW Insider will no longer be publishing new content. I’ve been a loyal reader of WoW Insider for over half a decade, no matter what my subscription status.

I could go into a rant about how sad it is that independent journalism is dying, but this probably isn’t the forum for that. It’s been an emotional roller coaster, as owner AOL consistently reduced investment in the site as traffic diminished. WoW Insider hasn’t been nearly the read it once was, as staff cuts required more news reporting and less editorial.

The problem is that, you can’t compete with MMO-Champion on news, and editorial is a scary hit-or-miss proposition. I know I don’t get enough readers from this editorial content to feed my family. Unfortunately, I think we’re all a bit diminished when we lose an independent perspective like WoW Insider, and independent games reporting from Joystiq in general.

So, best of luck to the writers from WoW Insider, we’ll keep a candle burning for you.