Posts Tagged ‘silly’

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Jov sez: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

August 25, 2009

With the announcements of Blizzcon, I shall be officially-officially retiring Jov (as opposed to the kinda retiring I’m doing now while dabbling with the resto shammy) in order to…

gnomepresitomg omg omg omg omg omg omg

Ahem.  That is all.  Gnomepriests, how awesome is that?!

(My gnomepriest is totally gonna have better hair, though…)

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Jov sez: Favorite Boss Abilities

July 7, 2009

It’s been nearly a month since I’ve actually had to come up with and write my own content in this place, so I’m really feeling quite rusty.  I’ve done some editing, some formatting, but I’m still behind the times on 3.2 (I’m finishing Ulduar, damnit, Yogg>all!  I don’t care about the Coliseum yet!)  So I’m trying to get myself back in the groove by looking back.  Back at bosses, that is.  Most people I’ve had these conversations with don’t really want to think about what would happen if Blizzard took the stuff I like in fights and strung them all together into one big uberboss.  I’d call it “Jov’s Boss of Death, Madness and Pain” or “Loss of Character Control with Infinite Mana, oh boy!”  They just call it “NO!”

Essence of the Red (Vaelastrasz the Corrupt — Blackwing Lair) :  Cast by Vael at the beginning of the encounter, this debuff gives essentially infinite mana, energy, rage, and runic power for 3 minutes.  Poor boy’s conflicted, he wants to be defeated, even when forced to fight.  It just leaves me with one question: Why does Alexstrasza hold out on us when we’re fighting Malygos, huh?

Incite Chaos (Blackheart the Inciter — Shadow Labyrinth) : Party-wide mind control?  Smiting the tank to the face (sorry, Tars)?  Standing in Volley and spam healing myself?  Wacky hijinks remind me of some pugs I’ve been in.

Insanity (Herald Volazj — Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom) : This is Incite Chaos plus plus.  Not only are you fighting your buddies, you need to KILL them as well.  And what can be better than encounter designed around the pwning of your friends?  Plus, you get to hear them complain about how hard YOU are to kill as a healer.

Gravity Lapse (Kael’thas Sunstrider — The Eye/Magister’s Terrace) : Flying is fun, and it’s a nice change when you actually have control over your character while doing it.

Shadow Whip (Omor the Unscarred — Hellfire Ramparts) : Being flung around in the air is fun.  Cause for many a squee’d “Wheee!” in vent.

Shadow Portal (Hatmaster Darkmaster Gandling —  Scholomance) : I had no idea this was coming the first time I did this fight.  The “wtf” that followed (coupled with “You want me to KILL THINGS?!”) was apparently quite amusing for everyone else in the group.

Massive Geyser (Gahz’ranka — Zul’Gurub) : Shooting up in the air is for fun.  Especially once we learned to make certain we were in deep enough water we wouldn’t die when we landed.

Soul Steal (Exarch Maladaar — Auchenai Crypts) : I always loved seeing my darkside mindflay the crap out of the DPS.  Even when I was attacking myself, I was like “Go me!”

Little Red Riding Hood (The Big Bad Wolf — Karazhan) : Watching the giant Tauren in plate being turned into a cute little gnome in a dress is so totally worth it.

Slag Pot (Ignis the Furnace Master — Ulduar) : This is on the list just because it’s so awesome to call out “<name> in the crotch-pot” in vent.

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Seri sez: Celebrating Diversity, Snarkcraft-style.

June 25, 2009

With Jov out of town for the week, Seri is once again bereft of an outlet for her random musings, as well as a not insignificant source of daily entertainment. Well, when the cat’s away the mice will play…

Here at World of Snarkcraft we embrace diversity and recognize that no two raiders are alike but we can all co-exist in tree-hugging harmony. In fact, there’s a whole spectrum of different types of raiders out there that I thought I might explore today for lack of something better to do. For kicks, I threw in some non-raider archetypes too as a basis for comparison. Purely scientific, I swear.

  • Raid-Oblivious: Sure, you may have heard of that Naxxramas instance but you’re not sure where it is and your guild isn’t big enough for 5-mans anyway so mostly you just stick to questing and PvP.
  • Raid-Repulsed: The mere idea of raiding turns your stomach and it actually irks you that Blizzard caters to “those people”. You may or may not attend rallies in a bedsheet with eye holes.
  • Raid-Indifferent: You never really understood what all the fuss is about when it comes to raiding. Maybe you’ve been on a few raids, maybe you haven’t. Whatever.
  • Raid-Curious: You have some friends that have tried raiding and seem to like it, but you’re not sure if it’s for you. However, if you get drunk enough you’ll try anything once.
  • Raid-Reluctant: You raid because your friends like to raid, but really you’d be just as happy drinking Shasta & braiding each other’s hair.
  • Raid-Cautious: You raid regularly (and enjoy it) but are careful not to get too invested. You have a life outside the game and you do like to visit it between raids. Or, at least, you are pretty sure your S.O. will cut you off if you don’t.
  • Raid-Obsessed: You raid more than is probably healthy. When you’re not raiding, you’re thinking about and/or planning for raids. You may have developed a taste for progressive German speed metal and six-armed women on those late, late nights in Black Temple.
  • Raid-Shackled: You aren’t as into raiding as you used to be, but you keep doing it for some reason. Maybe you’ve been doing it so long you don’t know what else to, or you feel like you can’t set it aside because your guild/friends need you.
  • Raid-Retired: You used to raid, but for whatever reason you had to pull the plug. Maybe you still play the game, maybe you don’t, but every now and then you like to reconnect with your old buddies and talk about the glory days. These young whippersnappers just don’t know how good they have it.

What description fits you the best? Be honest.

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The Top 10 Rumors Why Seri Didn’t Write A Post This Week

June 18, 2009

Top 10!#10. Alien abduction.

#9. Got distracted by—ooo, shiny!

#8.

#7.

#6. Er, where was I? Oh, right…

#5. Completely engrossed in Iran election coverage.

#4. Potion sickness.

#3. Busy thwarting zombie apocalypse.

#2. Brokenspacebar.

…and the #1 rumor why Seri didn’t write a post this week:

Guild destroyed by Matticus. (rimshot)

Thank you, please tip your waiter.

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Intermission: A Day In The Life of Jov

April 7, 2009

8:30 — See Seri’s name pop up on the “currently reading” list on the guild forum, struggling with blog post so eagerly await arrival on IM.

9am — Finish coffee and muffin, continue outlining blog post, get distracted by google images.

9:45 — Remember that Monday means Dollhouse on Hulu.  Set aside post, watch it.

10:45 — Make effort to stop procrastinating.  Re-open blog post.  Open new tab, snark on guild forum.  Stare at IM wondering why Seri isn’t on yet.

11am — Remember Seri is in the process of packing/moving and she’s on her own.  Emo fit of depression.

11:05 — Realize ep 2 of Higurashi Rei is FINALLY subbed on Youtube.  Rejoice!  Watch!  (note: WoS neither advocates nor condones watching fansubs of anime on Youtube. Jov is just an addict.)

11:30 — Squee to Tars via email about Higurashi.

11:35 — Re-open blog post, get distracted by cats.

12pm — Lunch

12:30 — Check Facebook, Google Reader, LiveJournal, webcomics, PlusHeal and guild forum yet again.

1:15 — Decide blog post isn’t going to happen by sitting and not-doing it.  Resolve to just do it.

1:17 — Decide that’s not working and to not-do-it elsewhere and do away from computer things.

1:35 — Return to check web things again.

2:15 — Return to check web things again.

3:45 — Return to check web things again.

4:30 — Start cooking dinner

5:30 — Dinner

6:15 — Realize raid invites start in ~15 minutes, log in to try and sneak some dailies before raid.

7p — Raid starts.

11p — Raid and post-raid game stuff is finished.  Bedtime

11:05 — Remember partially-completed blog post.  Panic.

11:15 — Decide fukit and give silly timeline instead.

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Seri sez: Life with Jov – It’s not all rainbows and kittens. Except when it is.

February 26, 2009

Disclaimer: The following has nothing to do with World of Warcraft, Priests, Healing, Leadership, Raiding or really anything of particular importance/value. Read at your own risk.

I’m pretty sure there was a time in my life when I wasn’t friends with Jov, but it’s kind of weird to look back on it now. It’s even weirder when you consider the fact that we’ve never actually met in real life. Sure, I’ve seen pictures of her but in my mind’s eye she is usually an anorexic blood elf… except when she’s a lolcat.

good mornin!

Jov is usually the first person I talk to in the morning (after Mr. Seri) and we’re usually in touch throughout the day. We always seem to have plenty to talk about, whether it’s guild foo, Snarkcraft foo, Priest foo, or… any number of other suitably random things. If I printed out our chat logs and laid them end to end they would probably stretch to the moon. We’re wordy bitches.

disagreement

Sure, sometimes we don’t see eye to eye but that’s part of what makes us a good team. There’s something to said for having a friend that will tell you when you’re being stupid, emo and/or brilliant. In fact, I think behind every good blogger is someone willing to give them a swift kick in the ass.

*sigh*

Hint: I'm the one on the right.

Sometimes being the brains of this outfit gets a bit tiresome, but hey… we all have sacrifices to make.

BFF!

Nonetheless, at the end of the day it’s good to have (pixelated) friends like Jov. That is, assuming she doesn’t put me on Ignore for this little caper. E-hearts, Jov, e-hearts!

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Jov sez: Look! Shiny!

January 6, 2009

Jov is a slacker, and in hopes of distracting you all from the fact that it’s been a couple weeks since she’s provided you, dear readers, with any meaningful content, she’s going to fill the void with pictures instead.

switchSo, what do you all think?  Is this the result of overindulgence at the New Years party at the Legerdemain Lounge?  (You know, the kind of party you wake up from the next afternoon wearing someone else’s clothes and with a lampshade on your head.)  Or is it an attempt to show Seri as she COULD look if she were actually wearing Naxx gear, instead of not even 80 yet?

mrseriA sneak peek at the ever-elusive Mr Seri, doing his (non-chicken) dance outside Azjol-Nerub.  Isn’t he festive and adorable?  He should make some guest posts, too.  And I just realized; apparently we both have a thing for tauren.

bas2Another sneak peek at Mr Seri…  I wouldn’t want to go against him in a battle, that’s for certain!

bas3Mr Seri also sometimes has affairs with alliance gryphons.  Silly things never know what hit ‘em!

crocsurfingSpeaking of tauren, here we see Mr Jov in the wilds of Sholozar competing in a Croc Surfing race.  Look at that style!

wideloadNaxx has also been good to Tars; he is now as wide as wider than he is tall (in fact, he’s entirely too wide to fit on the blog without massive image shrinking).  And yes, he does have to play doorway tetris to enter buildings.

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Seri sez: Search terms fail… or do they?

December 25, 2008

magnifying_glassI felt a lot of pressure this week to produce something profound to compliment Jov’s musings on enchantments. I don’t respond well to pressure, so at most you might consider today’s topic to be profoundly… silly.

Since Jov and I started World of Snarkcraft, I’ve become something of a stat junkie. I check our stats almost every day, sometimes twice a day, because I’m curious what posts are popular and how folks are finding them. (Would you believe that 5 of our top 10 search terms of all time are Shadow-oriented?) Occasionally, people will get to us using the strangest search engine terms. I thought you might get a chuckle at some of these… and maybe I can pre-emptively answer some questions for the next person to stumble across us by mistake.

more desirable hunter or rogue wotlk – Personally, I’d say rogue. Jov would probably say hunter. However, hunters are about to get nerfed and rogues have it pretty bad at the moment in PVE. Is there a third option?

resto druid flask and food buff wotlk – Short answer: Yes. Long answer: There are a lot of options. You can probably get some tips from Jov’s Consumables Guide even though it’s Priest-oriented.

everfrost chip coordinates - No idea, but if you find some please e-mail me.

how to get out of applying to 2 guilds a – I assume this was cut off and finishes with “at once.” Just a thought: “I’ve accepted an invitation from another guild, thank you for your interest.”

northrend tanks exalted rep screwed – Er, what?

wow arachnophobia naxx - *wince* Sorry, mate.

erp scarlet crusade – For the love of Jaina, no. No no no! This is not the blog you’re looking for. I know exactly which comment thread resulted in this particular search engine hit and I’m blaming YOU Tarsus.

wotlk sound crackling – Is the sound only crackling in WoW? If it happens in other applications, it’s not a WoW issue. If it IS only happening in WoW, try the WoW Support Forum. And, uh, good luck.

maximum hit rating wotlk casters – For offensive spell casters vs raid boss mobs (level 83), the cap is 17% (~446 hit rating). The amount of hit you need may be less depending on your talents and available debuffs from your raid group. See Wowwiki’s spell hit entry.

“meeting stone” coordinate violet hold - There is no meeting stone for the Violet Hold.

Well, I hope that clears some things up. Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Interview: Jov on Gems

October 8, 2008

Today we feature a special treat: An exclusive interview with World of Snarkcraft’s own illustrious Jov.

Guest Interviewer: Wow, thanks so much for taking the time to sit down with me. I’ve been following World of Snarkcraft since day one and I’m really excited to have this opportunity. Let’s get to it, shall we?

G: So, let’s say I just got a new pair of healing pants with blue sockets. What gems should I put in them?
Jov: Well, that kinda depends. I like Sparkling spirit gems in blue sockets, but if you need a boost to healing, the purple Purified heal/spirit are also good.

G: What about Mp5? Those Lustrous gems sure are… lustrous.
Jov: Lustrous… do you even know what that means? It means “without sparkle.” (It does, trust me, look it up) If Sparkling is good, why would a gem without sparkle be good? Besides, why would you want no sparkle? Purified, on the other hand, means pure and free from undesirable elements. MUCH better.

G: Fair enough. What about Royal gems? Healing + Mp5?
Jov: You know what happens with Royalty, right? So much crap in the middle ages happened because of inbreeding between royals. Going crazy, genetic diseases… Seriously. Besides, these are US servers. We don’t have a King or Queen. And we like it that way.

G: I see what you did there. Clever. What about green gems? I picked up this Dazzling beauty in the Caverns of Time the other day. Intellect + Mp5?
Jov: Alas, green gems are on the whole worthless. Period. It really all comes down to the fact that you really want gems to boost your healing. Spirit does, if you’re specced correctly, so does straight Heal. Green gems have neither of those things.

G: You’re blowing my mind here. If I can’t use green gems, and Lustrous/Royal gems are out… surely you don’t want me to socket Defense or Attack Power for Mp5?
Jov: Of course! But only on your tanking and melee sets. Healing sets need healing gems.. See how that works? The MP5 stat should always be a spirit based gem.

G: Do you have tanking and/or melee sets?
Jov: I can neither confirm nor deny that I have or have had or will have in the future tanking or melee sets. Next question.

G: Uh, right. Okay. So, let’s get back to this Mp5 thing. What do you mean by, “The Mp5 stat should always be a spirit based gem.”
Jov: I mean “the MP5 stat should always be a spirit-based gem.” Spirit is a priest’s MP5. Take a look at our talent trees. The average healing-specced priest will always have a few key talents: Meditation, Spirit of Redemption, Spiritual Guidance, and at least starting out Improved Divine Spirit. What do all those talents have in common?

G: Swanky Icons?
Jov: No! Spirit! Meditation gives us 30% of our out-of-combat mana regen in-combat. Improved Divine Spirit boosts our Spirit by 50 and gives 10% of our Spirit back as spell damage/healing. Spirit of Redemption gives us an extra 5% Spirit. And Spiritual Guidance gives us 25% of our spirit as free healing. See how all those things work together?

G: I think so. But have you given any consideration at all to how stacking all that Spirit affects your regen?

Jov:

G: Oh! I get it! Haha…

Jov:

G: Ok, enough about gems. Let’s talk about Seri… what’s it like to raid with her?
Jov: Eh, it’s okay I guess. I mean, I’ve been doing it for three years now, so it’s not like anything new or special or anything.

G: … Heehee, you’re a funny lady Miss Jov!
Jov: Why thank you.

G: But don’t you think she’s a good class lead? Maybe deserves more respect than she’s getting in priest chat?
Jov: Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for her doing the hard work. But she doesn’t pay me enough for respect in priest chat. Wait a sec… How do you know what goes on in priest chat?

G: Uh… research, you know. Every good reporter does research.
Jov: Really. And what other research have you been doing?

G: Aren’t I supposed to be the one asking the questions?
Jov: You’re not really a reporter, are you? You’re Seri, in a twill vest and brewfest hat!

G: I can neither confirm nor deny that I am or have been or will be in the future…

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It’s coming

October 3, 2008

In our effort to be informative and educational (and lure you all in with a false sense of security), we’ve moved a bit away from the original intent of this blog.  So, I’m pleased (for myself) to announce that we’ll be taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you a special World of Snarkcraft© Exclusive:

Snark Week© 2008*

Gasp! at the daily postings from your twice-a-week bloggers!

Thrill! at the lurid screenshots we provide!

And rest secured that we’ll be picking back up where we left off on the 14th, just in time for The Patch. ;)

* Snark Week© is the sole property of World of Snarkcraft© and should not be in any way confused (intentionally misleading shark picture aside) with Shark Week© which is owned by The Discovery Channel©World of Snarkcraft© is no way affiliated with Discovery© or with Sharks© (except our own beloved guildie “Sharkie”©, may she return to us soon).  Some restrictions apply, void where prohibited by law.  Please use responsibly.  May not be available in all areas.

(And yes, I know we’ve only been live a couple weeks now, but we’ve been focusing so hard on “real” content and trying to build up a backlog of serious posts, we really needed a dose of silly.  Expect Snark Week to appear whenever we start getting the sillies.)

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