Putting Allods Online on the Shelf Indefinitely


This isn’t yet another thread to complain about gPotato (the game operator) or Astrum Nival (the game developer). From what I’ve heard – firsthand at the Allods Online Launch Party hosted by gPotato during the Game Developer Conference a few weeks ago – gPotato is trying to sort out some of the future game patches (e.g. v 1.0.07 and on) with AN and for the time being, gPotato has wisely opted not to implement the 1.0.07 patches and on.

The reason I’ve stopped playing AO is simply because I was bored at endgame and the options for playing didn’t look like much fun.

I was hoping to find a lot of PVP action at level 40, but there are no high-level zones where players go to PVP. The level 35+ zones (Coldberg/Avilon/Dragon Ring/Yazes Shard) have a pretty high density of mobs, which affects PVP, and most players flag themselves off in those zones. Most of the fights I’ve had against other level 40 players was in Asee-Teph, the level 23-27 zone, which by definition doesn’t make much sense. What this game needs is a zone designed for PVP at 40.

On top of that, gear makes a big difference in AO, and at this stage of the server’s maturity there are two options for getting geared up:

  • run the daily reputation repeatables to get level 36 blue gear, or
  • join a guild, re-spec to Full Healer, and run heroic instances to get level 38 blue gear

I don’t want to grind PVE to be competitive gear-wise for PVP, especially when there isn’t that much PVP action in the first place.

I’m not the only person to reach this conclusion. Several people I’ve known since early Open Beta who reached level cap ahead of me have expressed the same feeling of boredom. So I’m done with Allods indefinitely. To those of you I met in-game on Tensess, please keep in touch :)

I do want to play a game where I can PVP most of the time at level cap and remain reasonably geared without having to spend more time in PVE than PVP.

From what I’ve heard, this is now doable in World of Warcraft (WoW), which I haven’t played since November 2007. So I am considering dusting off my level 70 Feral Druid and trying WoW PVP at 80 with Feral or Balance spec. The reason I quit WoW back in 2007 was the gear grind. PVP epic gear is now is accessible even to casual players. People have complained that WoW has become too easy mode in terms of gearing up, but for a player who is thinking about coming back, that makes the game much more attractive.

If you’ve played WoW at 80 I’d love to hear your thoughts about the PVP.

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70 comments on “Putting Allods Online on the Shelf Indefinitely
  1. Komaf Apachee says:

    Absolutely knew this would happen with you :) I think WoW might not be that bad a decision – not because it’s so good as an mmorpg (It has a very McDonalds of the industry feel to it where so many are served yet so few truly satisfied)…but vs the plethora of broken mmorpgs out there – why not.

  2. Kaldeem says:

    Hey Taugrim. Sad to hear about AO. Looked great for the F2P mode.

    I’ve been playing Wow again on my balance druid which I re-spec to resto/resto. I am currently running
    (spamming) heroics to get some marks for gear upgrades.
    The new LFD makes PVE casual fun and brainless(two thumbs up for the LFD). The only down part is that you can’t go or cue into any BGs or vise versa.

    I plan on going Balance again for my offspec for PVP bgs and world pvp.

    The End game PVP is about the same from 1-2 years ago, lots of bgs, lots of ‘wtf lulz’ people out there. I’m interested in getting my Relentless pvp gear along with some Wrathful gear.(2 top pvp sets out)

    I play on Rexxar(normal server) with Cow- Casualties of War; Alliance side if your interested.

    Would you mind linking to where you read about PVP gear being available to casual players? I know to get the best gear you still need arenas or raiding tokens. Honor grind is better but still slow. They now have a ‘random bg’ tool which gives u honor and arena points but no marks.

    With Cataclysm on the nigh here in 2010, some new features are coming out. Rated BG’s completely ‘new’ old world… some exciting stuff new class combination and 2 new races. Goblins and Worgens.

    Peace out

    • taugrim says:

      I plan on going Balance again for my offspec for PVP bgs and world pvp.

      What are your thoughts on Balance @ 80 in WotLK compared to Balance @ 70 in TBC? I read Ghostcrawler’s comments that Balance is still underpowered, whereas Resto and Feral sound like they are where they should be:
      http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=18600870072&sid=1

      I was mostly Feral @ 70 in TBC, and it was a very good spec for PVE and PVP. Balance was fun in PVP but I found Feral to be the stronger spec.

      Would you mind linking to where you read about PVP gear being available to casual players? I know to get the best gear you still need arenas or raiding tokens. Honor grind is better but still slow

      http://www.wow.com/2010/02/19/patch-3-3-3-ptr-patch-notes/

      From what I’ve heard yes I will need to Arena (or PVE) for weapon but honor can be used to buy a lot of gear slots.

      • Tookah says:

        “From what I’ve heard yes I will need to Arena (or PVE) for weapon but honor can be used to buy a lot of gear slots.”

        Yes, you will have to PVE or do some serious arena action to get a weapon.

        HOWEVER, with the very talked-about “forced progression” and the new cross-server random dungeon tool that some say (and may be right) makes the game too easy mode, you can get gear equivalent to the last tier of content without ever setting foot in a raid or arena. While this does remove much of the skill required to get good gear (and the e-peen factor associated with being able to say “look at me, I’m geared), it vastly improves the time it takes to gear-up to a competitive level.

    • Kaldeem says:

      Balance is a lot better at 80 than it ever was at 70. We have better talents, able to cast spells in Moonkin form that in TBC we had to shift out to cast.

      The down fall to this is that we lack some survivability that we had in TBC – with being able to spec deeper into the resto tree or getting feral charge and Thick Hide from the feral tree.

      GC is right, Balance still isn’t there yet. For PVP our spell cast time are ‘seaming’ too long compared to mage/lock. For casters hybrids we don’t have what the shaman class has (or even mage and lock) which is a PROC instant nuke.

      Feral is still popular spec. With duel spec you have the option of spec’n tank for PVE and Cat for PVP I wouldn’t recomend specking for PVE tank/dps as your just gimping yourself.

      I noticed that marks had disappeared and found the guy you vendor them to. Which was neat. But granted 1 mark for 185 honor, isn’t balanced at all. I read a blog were someone did the math and it was quite interesting. I wish I had starred it.

      In random PVP Battle grounds Arena or what ever, not being up2par on gear and chants/gems is still carrying the weight as opposed to more skill decent gear.

  3. Asherony says:

    Seeming that you shelved WoW in early TBC, here is the run down of major differences:

    – PvP gear is easier to get (indeed). Marks were completely removed a week ago. You need honor for the crappier (but viable) set, honor and arena points for the decent one, and arena points + rating for the best one. As for the off – set stuff (bracers etc), you can get the second best ones right off the bat.
    There is also more variety in gear / trinkets and an alternative ways to get stuff (Wintergrasp RvR – style thingy and heroic tokens).

    The only disadvantage is the fact that there is no way to get weapons (which are very important) via PvP without arena points / rating, so you’ll have to get a starter weapon from a heroic or an easier “puggable” raid.

    – The gameplay itself has changed for the better. Still nothing too exciting, but at least you now have more “reactionary” and hybrid abilities. For example, ferals have the ability to use an instant heal / CC after a finisher attack, their healing is now increased by agility, etc.

    – The grind has eased, mostly due to the fact you can now run random dungeons and get money / badges / whatever, and you can also get reputation with whatever faction you’d like regardless of the dungeon (and much faster as well). You can also get gems for honor, after you bought all the gear :)

    In conclusion, it’s worth a try :) Even if you won’t like druid gameplay, there is new “heirloom gear” that you can purchase with a lvl80 to make leveling easier for a new character. I was able to level a caster class in this gear to 80 in ~70 gameplay hours -_-

    Given that I’ve been following you for a while and know some of your preferences, you may want to try the new death knight class. It really reminded me of the WAR Swordmaster (with a dash of white lion). Also, you start at level 55 (58 after you leave the starter location), so you won’t have a lot of catching up to do (since leveling to 70 was noticeably eased). Since it’s no longer the “OP class” of the game whom all the cool kids play, IMO he would be ideal for you. They have an interesting class mechanic as well.

    http://www.wowwiki.com/Death_knight Here if you’d like to read moar.

    Looking forward to your PvP vids :)

    • taugrim says:

      – The gameplay itself has changed for the better. Still nothing too exciting, but at least you now have more “reactionary” and hybrid abilities. For example, ferals have the ability to use an instant heal / CC after a finisher attack, their healing is now increased by agility, etc.

      A lot has changed for Druids since I played back in 2.1 or whatever the patch was before the badge system were introduced.

      E.g.:
      – Druids can shapeshift from animal form to animal form without having to go thru normal form first
      – Feral Charge for Cat
      – re-design of Swipe to be more effective for Bear and Cat
      – mana does not seem as much of an issue for Balance Druids any more
      – addition of a knockback for Balance

  4. Targa says:

    I started AO because my wow sub ended last week.. Sad to know your going the other way… Yeah pvp epic are all honor gears now.. You would need to grin bg but you should be done in a week or 2… Remember to run your weekly voa when wg is under your faction for pvp drops.. But you would still need to run arena to get your pvp weapons..

  5. Trojams says:

    Darn, no more allods vids? I liked those alot :P
    Good luck in WoW!

  6. Socks says:

    Hello Taugrim!

    I’m so sorry Allods didn’t work out, I am currently starting a blog about Aion and Allods, you may want to try Aion, I have offer you a 3 day trial, it has a ton of Abyss PVP and PVEPVP but with a monthly charge, if you want to know more email me or check my blog!

    -Socks

    justinh1993@hotmail.com!

    • taugrim says:

      Aion was the worst game for me that I’ve tried over the last 5 MMORPGs. It was just way too tedious and grindy. It’s a shame, the graphics were incredible.

      • Relaxmon says:

        I am also taking a break from Aion for the same reasons. Will you be giving it a try when patch 1.9 is released? It looks like the game wont be too tedious and grindy anymore from some notes I read.

  7. Oozo says:

    I think the move to WoW is the right choice. It will take a while to get used to the speed of WoW PvP though. Both Warhammer and Allod’s have much slower combat than WoW.

    Also, I agree with the poster above about the Death Knight. It is a self-healing melee class, with pretty good ranged damage as well. Extremely solid.

    I put up a DK movie a week ago, check it out to see the control and survivability this class is capable of.

    http://www.warcraftmovies.com/movieview.php?id=143667

    As a warning, if you go melee, you will probably have to PvE for your 80 weapon (unless things change). The rest of your gear you can get via straight PvP (and level while you do it).

    • taugrim says:

      I saw your 68-70 Feral Druid PVP videos.

      Did you level your Druid to 80 yet, and if yes, which specs have you tried in PVP?

      I’m not sure I’ll play a DK. I always enjoyed my Druid and will likely give that a go to 80 first.

      • Oozo says:

        I spent time playing my old 70s to relearn the game basically (2 years away from WoW), and decide what I wanted to work on the most. To me the DK offers the most potential since it is the class that offers the most options (ranged dmg, melee dmg, aoe dmg, aoe CC, healing).

        Druid would have been my second choice, but it doesn’t offer the aoe CC (which is huge). I’ll actually be levelling both since they are on seperate accounts, though. The druid will be resto, of course.

  8. Kim says:

    Good luck with WoW, sad to hear about ur AO experience. I think it lacks of pvp because only a few ppl are lvl 30+ during ur time while youre hitting 40 ppl are still doing 20ish. Anyway goodluck

    • taugrim says:

      It’s not that. There were plenty of level 40s. It’s the map design for AO.

      Open world PVP > instanced PVP > open world PVP in zones not designed for PVP

      Unfortunately, after Asee-Teph, all of the zones in AO fall into that 3rd category.

      The most enjoyable PVP in Allods was from 25-27, aside from the ganking by high levels.

  9. Nathan says:

    Hey Taugrim, I knew both you and Keen would eventually turn over to the ‘dark side’.

    PvP gear is very accesible to get now, a very recent patch made it even easier. Put it this way, I had half of my Furious set (took me a month to claim) after the patch, I got the other half almost instantaneously (sp).

    Druid is a pain in the ass at the moment, mainly because every one you meet is either Kitty with mean DPS slightly higher than your average Rogue. Or the more popular option is Tree Druids, they are insanely hard to take down without some kind of interupt rotation and are excellent Arena Healer at the moment.

    Moonkin (Balance) is fair game PvE but PvPing won’t get you anywhere. Unfortunately this is different for Elemental Shamamns. As a Mage, I eat Balance druid, (anything with a decent interupt will do).

    I’m not sure I can provide you will anything else, but WoWing is a blast at current. I really hope you give it a shot as there isn’t anything out there as an option.

    If you have any other questions, feel free.

    Good luck!

    • taugrim says:

      Druid is a pain in the ass at the moment, mainly because every one you meet is either Kitty with mean DPS slightly higher than your average Rogue. Or the more popular option is Tree Druids, they are insanely hard to take down without some kind of interupt rotation and are excellent Arena Healer at the moment.

      Moonkin (Balance) is fair game PvE but PvPing won’t get you anywhere. Unfortunately this is different for Elemental Shamamns. As a Mage, I eat Balance druid, (anything with a decent interupt will do).

      After researching the talent trees and abilities and reading player opinions, I realized I shouldn’t try Balance until after I’ve geared up with a full set of Feral or Resto PVP gear.

      It’s too easy to shut down a Moonkin.

      • taugrim says:

        Just an update: I’ve decided to try Balance at 80 first for PVP.

        Moonkin may have an issue 1v1 against other casters but oh well. I plan on BG’ing and arenaing quite a bit.

  10. Nathan says:

    Oh and DK’s? Compared to when they were first released, they have been hit hard with the nerfbat time and time again. Though, they are still fantastic, diverse classes. Don’t let it put you off. If you like anti-magic…

    • taugrim says:

      I spent over 3 hrs last night in Stockade writing all my macros and setting my keybinds.

      LOL.

      Back to Feral spec, again, tried and true. I’m probably not going to play a DK, at least til well after my Druid is 80 for a while. Druid is so dynamic in PVP, constantly shifting. It’s fun.

      It’s also nice to see level difference not make a huge difference. I was taking out players 5 levels above me solo in AB. Such a change from AO where level differences that big were a guaranteed death.

  11. Isherz says:

    Hey, Sorry to see that youre just leaving AO. I just started today and have found all of your info to be insanely helpful. After only a few minutes of reading over it I decided on the melee healer class.

    Like a lot of others I too just quit wow. I found that when gear became insanely easy to get the level of skill started to drop tremendously. Every tom dick and harry is running around in gear that no less than 2 weeks ago would have been impossible for them to obtain and you worked 3 hard months to get. It became frustrating.

    Good luck to you with WoW. And if you ever do come back to AO know that you’ll have a protege waiting to roam around with haha.

    • taugrim says:

      I found that when gear became insanely easy to get the level of skill started to drop tremendously.

      I would argue the opposite: if gear is easy to acquire, then it’s no longer the driving factor for PVP outcomes, as it has been for much of WoW’s existence. Skill becomes much more of a factor. I want to get beaten by better players not better-geared players.

      Every tom dick and harry is running around in gear that no less than 2 weeks ago would have been impossible for them to obtain and you worked 3 hard months to get. It became frustrating.

      That’s a very valid argument. However, for a person like me, the ease of gear acquisition removes a big part of WoW I hated: the need to grind, whether it was rep/raids/BGs/arena.

      • Isherz says:

        This is true. For someone coming back to the game after a few years it will be very nice.

        And for the first part it was mostly the skill in PVE. People started allowing people you joining raids only after looking at a gear score. PVP wise im sure its much different as you dont have to waste too much time getting to a point were you can be competitive.

  12. Isherz says:

    On a side note. What server are you on for WoW?

    • taugrim says:

      My Druid is on Agamaggan from over 2 years ago. Back then the server was dying and it’s low pop now.

      I am going to xfer him to another server (and possibly switch to Tauren too), but I want to re-familiarize myself with the game before doing so.

  13. kaldeem says:

    Have you decided on WoW or not? I’ve been trying some off specs with balance and feral. I need better gear to really see the effectiveness of them. I’m working on a ‘new’ old version of the “Restokin” spec from TBC, which I loved. So far its decent. I’m currently testing Feral, but theory crafting the talents for Restokin.

    I’m not saying that this will be good or decent, but as a RESTO druid now, I can see the potential of a spec like this. DPSing and Healing out of form. Shifting to Moonkin when in a tight spot or if you suspect a rogue or feral druid creeping up.
    Heres the link.
    http://www.wowarmory.com/talent-calc.xml?cid=11&tal=5532223125331023210000000000000000000000000000000000000000230503310031500000000000000

    I’m a big fan of the ‘Restokin’ spec from TBC. It’s a super fun, versatile spec with good survivability.

    • taugrim says:

      Have you decided on WoW or not? I’ve been trying some off specs with balance and feral

      I’ve been playing WoW BG’s at 70 for the past couple nights. I’m experimenting with different keybinding setups, because my old keybinding system wasn’t optimal and wouldn’t “scale” from 70 to 80 as I added new abilities.

      Shifting to Moonkin when in a tight spot or if you suspect a rogue or feral druid creeping up.
      Heres the link.
      http://www.wowarmory.com/talent-calc.xml?cid=11&tal=5532223125331023210000000000000000000000000000000000000000230503310031500000000000000

      Quick caveat: I never played Restokin spec.

      My comments on that spec:
      – you have 2/3 Dreamstate on top of Omen of Clarity and Intensity. That may be more mana regen than you need for PVP. Ditto for Moonglow. AFAIK, OoC and Intensity are the top 2 for mana regen
      – you passed on Typhoon and Force of Nature, which are both useful abilities. I’d probably drop the 2 points in Dreamstate and get these instead

      • kaldeem says:

        It could be more regen then needed if you’re in top gear with your %crit capped. As your crits from Starfire and I believe moonfire have a % to restore mana. Shifting constantly and using starfire with moonfire sucks up a lot of mana. In caster form you need to be aware and on the go. Were talking if you get caught OOM you deadsauce.

        I really miss the functionality of a Restokin spec. Probably won’t ever see it be feasible in PVP again. Oh well. Good luck, make some videos of your lvl 70 bgs for kicks. Would be funn to see.

        • taugrim says:

          What I’m looking at for 50 Balance / 21 Resto:
          http://www.wowhead.com/?talent#0xRfuicocdhAzohZfhcubu

          make some videos of your lvl 70 bgs for kicks

          LOL I might. My gear is realllly bad for PVP though :(

          • kaldeem says:

            lol meh it’s 70 bgs… Probably the best thing about WoW now is that you can PVP pretty regularly to break up the PVE Quest and grind to 80.

            What I’m looking at for 50 Balance / 21 Resto:
            http://www.wowhead.com/?talent#0xRfuicocdhAzohZfhcubu

            Thats a decent spec, Natures swiftness bind to your Main heal, and you can afford to give up some bonus healing. Along with the durability from Moonkin. Might work out nice.

            I’m getting some PVP Feral gear now, just picked up my Furious chest and shoulders, slowly replacing all my old ilvl 200 PVP gear with the current ilvl 232 Furious/Relentless gear.

            Ps.

            WE WANT LVL 70 OR LEVELING PVP VIDEOS!! :p

  14. Maxrpg says:

    Sorry to hear you are leaving, but the new patch for Allods will come very soon now, and if it’s anything like the Russian Version 6 patch, it will have a level 40 PVP zone just like you want. And the servers now are starting to come into their own with lots of 40s, just right in time!

  15. Namaste says:

    Hey Tau, back on the mmo rollercoaster. I decided to try WAR again. Transferred to the Gorfang server. In my first 30 mins I had more fun in some scenarios than my whole time in AION. One thing I haven’t heard mentioned about AION is the penalty for dying in pvp. I think it makes the majority of players play scared. Too much running (flying). With all the server merges in WAR there is actually enough players on at all times of the day for some RvR and nearly non-stop scenarios.
    Keep up the blog, good stuff!

    • Jostle says:

      Interesting. I’ve been following your progress beyond WAR, Taug, and I can’t say I’m entirely surprised you left AO. Like you, my main problem with WoW was that winning or losing in PvP depended much more on how good your gear was to how good of a player you were. I very much look forward to seeing what you think about the accessibility of competitive gear in WoW.

      Also, glad to see you’re on Gorfang, Nam! I happen to have “inherited” a guild on each side of the fence (both my destro and order characters are on Gorfang) including a guild you and Taugrim might remember :D If you haven’t already gotten into a guild, I’d be more than happy to invite you into Conjunction for as long as you want, though truthfully it has very few members. Still, though, you get access to guild scrolls, mounts, banks, etc.

      Taugrim, I agree with everything Namaste is saying, Gorfang reminds me of how WAR felt right when I was getting into Tier 4 (population wise). Scenarios are a blast, RvR is a blast, and most of the people are a blast. If you feel so inclined, try a month out. If you do, please look me up or email me:

      sevendust532@yahoo.com

      • Namaste says:

        Hey Jostle! I am just in some big guild rank 40+ only so I can use the faster death charger horse ;)

        See you in game!

      • taugrim says:

        Like you, my main problem with WoW was that winning or losing in PvP depended much more on how good your gear was to how good of a player you were. I very much look forward to seeing what you think about the accessibility of competitive gear in WoW.

        Exactly. I’d rather lose to a better player not a better-geared player. When I quit WoW 2.5 years ago, the game was:
        gear > spec > skill

        But with patch 3.3.3, since gear is very accessible, it lessens the importance of gear because everyone can get geared solidly. Obviously high-ranked Arena players will have much better gear, but that seems reasonable.

        This blog article by Cynwise does a great job laying it all out:
        http://cynwise.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/battleground-gear-in-3-3-3

        I happen to have “inherited” a guild on each side of the fence (both my destro and order characters are on Gorfang) including a guild you and Taugrim might remember

        It’s cool you have the reins of a couple guilds. Always sad to hear when guilds have ceased to exist but thanks to you Vanguard still lives :)

        Taugrim, I agree with everything Namaste is saying, Gorfang reminds me of how WAR felt right when I was getting into Tier 4 (population wise). Scenarios are a blast, RvR is a blast, and most of the people are a blast. If you feel so inclined, try a month out. If you do, please look me up or email me

        I definitely miss playing with you guys. You were very skilled and friendly people to roll with.

        If ever I come back to WAR, you and Nam will be the first people to know. I’m not expecting to, primarily because WAR crashed so much compared to every other major MMO I’ve played, and after experiencing the rock solid stability of Aion / Allods / WoW it’s something I have low tolerance for.

        • Jostle says:

          Nam, what’s your name on Gorfang? I tried to add ya but it said it couldn’t find Namaste. Can’t say I haven’t been tempted (I certainly have had plenty of offers) to join a R40 guild for super fast mounts! For some reason I like being a caretaker for these pieces of nostalgia like Conjunction :D

  16. Nathan says:

    Aw, dude I just did a 1 v 6 and got it on FRAPS. Shall I Youtube it?

  17. Nathan says:

    How do you like my burst baby?

    See that tactic used on that Moonkin? He hadn’t got a fecking clue did he?

  18. ttomsen says:

    Hello Taugrim,

    I appreciate your blog and the guides you have done. Good job.

    I thought I’d ask. Ask and you shall receive :) May i have your acct until you want to come back. I would love to defend the folks coming up in the rep areas.

    Thanks in advance,

    • taugrim says:

      That’s not something I’m comfortable doing. Sharing accounts from what I’ve seen can create a lot of issues.

      I hope you understand.

  19. k8z says:

    when can we expect an update on your wow rebirth? I have been considering it myself, but I’m still undecided.

    How about a video?

    • taugrim says:

      I dinged 80 last week and am in the process of grinding honor to get geared up. I’m also trying to sort out which spec I want to make videos of.

      I was originally thinking Balance/Resto (50/21 Moonkin/Nature’s Swiftness) but have been wondering if people would be interested in seeing a 40/31 build without Moonkin form.

      So far heavy Balance at 80 has been a mixed bag. I was wondering if Druids were exaggerating when they said they get focused fired a lot in BGs as Moonkin, and well I have been experiencing that myself LOL.

      • k8z says:

        Cool. I am interested in seeing your analysis of this class. I primary play healing classes, and in WoW, I have always only ever played priests (im talking serious priest curse, multiple priests on the same server, etc).

        It has been several months since I have been active, but druid has always been one of the only classes that have always given me a lot of problems in 1v1 pvp situations. Typically restoration or feral give me more anxiety than a balance druid, especially in a battleground scenerio. When last I was in the Arena, I really only remember resto druids, and occasionally a feral. Like I said, it has been a while so I’m not sure.

        I look forward to following… Let us know what battlegroup you are in!

        • k8z says:

          Actually Taugrim,

          I wanted to ask how you felt about the Edge of the Astral patch for Allods, related to your reasons for leaving. It seems to me the patch addresses those points directly, and I recently made my first character ingame, and I rather am surprised at enjoying it and liking the game world.

  20. Limolaine says:

    Hey taugrim,

    Just wanted to let you know that after installing windows 7 absolutely no crashes have occured for me. RvR was a lot less laggy and made WAR a much more enjoyable game to play. Also the 1.3.5 patch seems awesome.

    Just sayin…

  21. Hey Tau,

    As a Mage, you’re easy enough already, without Moonkin form you can be Polymorphed alot easier.

    I seriously suggest going more Feral for PvP or even Resto and be an annoying little so-and-so.

    But what do I know :)

  22. Holydiver says:

    Hey Tau I’ve recently felt what you were describing in Allods, with the CG resetting every maintenance it’s really getting drab. Im planning on putting it on hold for awhile. still it’s a good solid F2p mmo

  23. Oozo says:

    Hey Taugrim,

    On what server/faction are you going to be playing? My friends have mostly stopped playing due to family/kids etc and I’m looking for people who take PvP seriously but aren’t immature elitist assholes. ;)

    I think we could do well in BGs and possibly arena, although I am more of a open-style PvPer. I’m also willing to try crazy stuff like duo boomkins. In fact, it’s my dream to one day run a 5man boomkin team called 15 trees. I would probably die LMAO, but at least I would die happy.

    Oh, and… http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=24401903245&sid=1&pageNo=2

    • taugrim says:

      On what server/faction are you going to be playing?

      Well, my Druid is on a pretty dead server – Agamaggan / Alliance. My plan has been to level him up to 80 and get geared out in honor PVP gear before transferring him. I have never played Horde so I didn’t want to xfer to a Horde faction at 70 and be completely lost as far as maps and such.

      I was planning on transferring either to a friend’s server (Wildhammer/Horde) or to Keen & Graev’s guild over on Wildhammer/Horde. My friend on Wildhammer plays a Mage and I was going to join his team to form a 3v3 (Mage, Disc Priest, Moonkin).

      Which server are you on?

      Oh, and… http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=24401903245&sid=1&pageNo=2

      I was running a 50/21 Balance/Resto build, but I switched to 54/17 and am MUCH happier, Starfall is incredible, and I’ve found to my surprise that Eclipse is not a useless talent in PVP.

      • Oozo says:

        I’m on Uther, but it’s a dead end here now. The buff to Starfall is quite nice. Actually makes Moonkin dangerous now. Still kind of weak againt casters. I’m so used to having an instacast disrupt of some type.

        You might want to start getting arena points now that you are 80 though. Every week you don’t do arena = points that are lost forever. It’s rough when undergeared, but the extra points help in the long run. 5v5 is probably the best way to start building points (if things haven’t changed too much).

  24. Kaldeem says:

    I play Alliance on Rexxar- PVE server but the bgs only take (longest 1 min) a few secs to pop. Same with the random dungeon finder.

    But if you’re looking for a medium pop server for horde, try The forgotten coast or check to see where the top boomkin’s play on. I don’t know, really its all the same from server to server.

    World PVP will pretty much be unbalanced, maybe in the first 2 pk’s it will be fun, but then you’ll piss them off and they’ll call for help and it’s 5v1 :P oh wells. Hope you get some videos out soon.

    I’m full furious with relentless gloves for feral spec, but have pretty much re-rolled to my Warlock whom is 39 and loving it. I made a video of Arathi Basin bg. You can check it out at my website. http://kaldeem.wordpress.com

    Aight, good luck in future ventures!

  25. Oozo says:

    HUGE changes for the better OTW for WoW.

    http://keenandgraev.com/forums/index.php?topic=2514.msg22270#msg22270

    This is what they promised when WoW was in beta. Top PvP players get bragging rights items rather than superior gear. This should balance the playing field a lot more where gear is not as much as a factor in who wins a fight or match.

    • taugrim says:

      That sounds awesome. PVP outcomes should be dictated by skill not gear IMO.

      • Oozo says:

        Seems like a few of my friends are coming back to WoW again, so I won’t be moving servers (due to cost of moving for them). Where did you end up going? If I’m still playing when Cataclysm is released I’ll be looking for good players (and people) to do rated BGs. Rated BGs would mesh well with your commentary style of video because of the tactics and tricks involved in winning.

        • taugrim says:

          I ended up transferring from Agamaggan (Alliance) to Wildhammer (Horde) to play with a rl friend. Both servers are in the same battlegroup.

          Are you going to stay on Uther?

          Wildhammer is fine. I was originally trying to get my friend, his co-worker, and I to transfer from Wildhammer to Emerald Dream, but I figured it was cheaper for me to just transfer to Wildhammer so we could PVP together.

          By the way, I would LOVE to try dual moonkins in arena :)

  26. Thomas says:

    Try Guild Wars ;)
    No monthly fee and PvP-Chars have all the same armor-stats.

  27. Where are you Tau?

    Having too much fun? :)

    • taugrim says:

      On Wildhammer Horde side just gearing up my Moonkin and starting to do Arena with a rl friend.

      I’ll start making videos in the next couple weeks I expect. Still learning tons.

      • Oozo says:

        Moonkin is probably the most challenging WoW class/build that I’ve played (in terms of soloing). You have to react very fast or you are dead. Our heals need to be preloaded, but that’s a huge GCD time investment if you are already engaged. Cyclone is nice, but it’s more of a support CC since you can’t damage through it (like other caster DPS can damage you during most of their CCs).

        Very gear dependent as well, IMO. However, it’s the class/build I’m focusing on right now… simply because it is soooo damn challenging.

        Looking forward to the movies.

        • taugrim says:

          I am playing Moonkin for the exact same reason.

          It’s pretty effective for BGs but in arena you don’t have much margin of error in arena, at least compared to other classes / specs. I’m resisting the temptation of going Resto for 2s/3s because it seems to easy to HoT-kite.

          I joined my friend Augimmeg’s 2s team (Frost Mage). He and his partner (Disc Priest). They were in the 800s when I joined and hadn’t broken 1k rating.

          Over the past couple weeks, we’ve been learning how to play Moonkin/Frost Mage and Moonkin/Disc Priest and gradually inching the rating up (880 -> 936 -> 1004 -> 1104). We’re still working on positioning and coordinated CC – lots of room for improvement for us. And I am still gearing up:
          http://www.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Wildhammer&cn=Taugrim

          I really wish we were on the same server – I love your videos and playstyle and it would be hilarious to run 2s together.

  28. Nathan says:

    Tau,

    Fantastic to hear you’re having fun with Balance. There is one Druid on my server, Doomtaker, who utterly dominates as Moonkin.

    http://eu.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Steamwheedle+Cartel&cn=Doomtaker

    Great to see you’re enjoying the learning process.

    On another note, I have just partnered up with a Druid friend of mine, Winterwind.

    http://eu.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Steamwheedle+Cartel&cn=Winterwind

    We went from 0 – 700 last night and…well, just check his spec out.

    Seriously, it works. Insane.

    • taugrim says:

      So, over the weekend, I’ve tried 2s with some random ppl LF a 2s partner on the Trade channel.

      One of them was a lock with a team with a team rating of 1475.

      We lost our first 3 matches, then went 11-6, so 11 wins and 9 losses overall. Keep in mind that I’ve never had a 1300 personal rating, so I don’t have the Wrathful boots, belt, etc.

      So that showed me that a lock / moonkin combo can definitely hold their own around 1500, even though it’s unconventional.

      Keep in mind neither of us had partnered with the other class nor with each other. It takes time to learn how to play with a particular person.

      The lock ended up dropping me from his team while I was offline to try a more conventional lock / mage combination. He sent a polite in-game mail, which I appreciate. It turns out they didn’t do any better, and the mage has better gear than me.

      In the past the lock’s highest team rating was around 1600, and IMO, if we kept playing together and I got the Wrathful pieces at 1300, 1400, and 1500 rating, I’m quite confident we’d break his highest team rating. But, /shrug, your partner has to believe that too.

      So net-net what I’m seeing is a lot of skepticism about running with a moonkin in 2s.

      • Nathan says:

        Some people think that any Mage is Gods gift, but there are many Mages out there suffering from Grandiosity etc. Well, on my server anyway.

        On another note, I’ve been terrible against Moonkins lately, 1v1 I literally have no chance!

        I faced off against (the above) Doomtaker a few days back. He’s Wrathfully geared and I’m still geared towards Relentless and have lots of Furious with Wrathful bits and bobs. My point is, I had Gift of the Wild on still from earlier in the day, Mage Armour on, Resistence Flask, Dampen Magic, 1k resi etc.

        In the end I had well over 210+ resi to all school of magic, yet it still wasn’t enough for starfall. Hehe. I got him low a few times when I got a decent Counterspell in, otherwise I was mince.

        So, people need to get over this reaction of negligence/disgust towards good Boomkins. I got taught a lesson, I think others need to be too.

  29. Joel says:

    Allods Online was fun at the beginning, but my interest in the game fizzled out when I found out that I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as the dude who regularly buys stuff from the item mall/cash shop.

    Too bad. Allods would’ve been a strong contender for the attention, not to mention affection, of a lot of free-to-play online games fanatics.

  30. MMO Dad says:

    I’m sure you’re not writing off Allods Online. :)

    Thanks for the wonderful guides. They’re going to be much use for me and a few friends once a local gaming firm launches Allods Online in our area.

    I just hope this gaming firm finds a way around the dilemma that we’ve faced in gPotato’s servers.

    More power to you, Taugrim!

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