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Cassandri’s Warcraft Year in Review

The Celestial Planetarium: my favourite place discovered in 2009

The Celestial Planetarium: my favourite place discovered in 2009

This questionnaire was created up by Bible of Dreams, and like Keeva, I’ve held back on publishing my answers until closer to New Year’s Eve. I’m going to be lazy and not tag anyone in particular, mainly because I’d love to read pretty much anyone’s reply to this questionaire. If you like feel free to write your own by leaving a comment.

What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009
that you’d never done before?

This may seem odd but it wasn’t until this year that I collected an entire Tier armor set. When I was level 70, I had a piece or two but most of the items available to me just weren’t worth equipping. But the full set? Not until I completed Naxxramas and eventually won my Tier 7.5 helm at the start of this year.

What was your favourite new place that you visited?

I’m going to have to say the Celestial Planetarium in Ulduar. That room is just beautiful and the ambiance is excellent too. And when you engage Algalon and all the stars all kind of collapse inwards? Very, very trippy.

I also quite like the beer garden hidden at the back of A Hero’s Welcome and the golden upstairs of the Ledgermain Lodge. Actually I like the commerce area in Dalaran, too. And I love that the NPCs and vendors are so friendly and greet you every time you walk in.

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

I can honestly say: nothing. I didn’t lack for anything in 2009 – great game and raid experiences with great people. I guess I’d be pretty thrilled if I managed to finally collect some of the earlier Priest Tier gear.

Is it wrong to say: more DPS? That lacked in 2009.

What was your biggest achievement for the year?

If you mean literally I’d have to say earning the title Argent Defender and being the first group on the server to claim it. It was perhaps only the 3rd week into patch 3.2 when we cleared Heroic Trial of the Crusader 10 man with 0 wipes in 10 man gear.

If you’re not talking about actual in-game achievements I’d say finding a spot in a new guild that I like that seems to like me back. Or perhaps starting this blog and getting our first comment from a reader.

What was your biggest failure?

Leaving the guild I was in at the start of the year with a giant black mark over my head and hated by pretty much everyone in the guild. I’m still not sure how my actions were deemed to be so… bad… or how I was blamed for the collapse of their raiding/progression. I was as perplexed then as I am now.

What did you get really really excited about?

Dual specialisation! And I wasn’t the least bit let down by it either when it was implemented into the game. The functionality was everything that I could have asked for and more. If it didn’t remember different interface setups for each talent build I wouldn’t love it as much as I do. But it does and I swap specs all the time. Which means I can more spend time playing my class, not just my spec.

Wait! I remember what excited me the most… this one time Lathere and I were leveling our alts through Dragonblight and questing up above Star’s Rest. I was playing a Rogue, Lathere her Priest. And this level 80 Orc Hunter came along and started trouble… yada, yada, yada…

He ended up taking durability damage.

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Standing around in Dalaran when I probably should have just logged off for the night! Or grinding the Sons of Hodir rep for the 2nd time on an alt. Giant waste of time.

No, wait. Jousting.

What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?

I’d have to say Righteous Orbs. Tam and Chas are just so… smart. Their posts make me laugh every time. Flame Leviathan imagined vs Flame Leviathan in polygons: gold.

Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009

The best raid teams work when you trust each other.

The DPS should be able to tell the tanks when their positioning isn’t working for them. The healers should be able to speak up when line of sight is causing them grief. Any player should be able to speak up and offer a suggestion “if it’s all physical damage could we use Amplify Magic?”.

Only when you trust the other players on your team to handle their job can you focus on doing your own.

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    And you are so right about jousting. GRRR! Tirion has a lot to answer for.
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