Dear Tanks

I’ve been running some flashpoints as my operative healer lately, and there is something that tanks do that drives me up the WALL.

First, the problem tank is constantly running to the next pull super-far ahead of the rest of the group and doesn’t wait for anyone to catch up.  OK, fine, whatever, jerk.

But Then He Leaps. And guess what? Now he’s out of range.  Greaaaat.  All the mobs are focused on the tank, and all he has to help him is a stack of pre-hots.

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Now, I have to get in range of Sir Idiot, and FAST, which forces me to ROLL.  Possibly twice.  And you know what that means… yep 50% of my resource bar is gone.

As soon as I catch up, I’m spamming my biggest and most expensive heals to catch up on the healing I missed by being out of range, which depletes the rest of my resource bar, since I’m already at slow regen levels from the aforementioned rolling.  Then I’m forced to pop Adrenaline Probe to give me back my energy.  Which works, unless The Idiot has done the exact same thing on the previous pull and my probe is still on cooldown.

In conclusion, tanks, do not leap until your group has caught up.  This should be tanking 101 but it apparently is NOT.

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    Whilst doing my powertech’s class story, I noticed that Gault had a very shiny gun.

    buggedgault

    I have no idea what “Missing Granny” means in tech-speak, but I find it hilarious.

    In completely unrelated news, I logged in the other night to find myself looking like this.

    wtfcollar

    A shock collar?  What the hell?  Had I been captured for bounty hunter week?  It was a debuff without duration, so in theory it could have lasted forever (but a relog cleared it).  From googling, it turns out that if you’re on the Imp-side Corellia quest to collar some Selonians, you can use said collar to collar non-Selonians.  Oh ha ha…. (I am totally doing that with my next toon that gets to Corellia).

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      Patch 2.7 According To Me

      Hello there!  Yesterday, bioware posted some projected changes in 2.7, and I’m going to mention the ones that are interesting to me.  Because, ya know, my opinion is important.

      With a few exceptions, these are PvP nerfs that have less effect on PvE play.  Sage and Sorcerer DPS gets some serious quality of life changes that prevent squinting at buff bars all the time.

      On to the changes!

      Sage/Sorc

      The RNG is essentially being taken out of both DPS specs.  Instead, there will be stacking buffs that happen predictably when you cast specific abilities, and you’ll be able to plan your rotation around casting X twice and then casting Y with 2 stacks of X.

      This makes me rejoice – and also put my sith sorc on the shelf until 2.7 rolls around.  No point in suffering with watching for stupid procs when I can just level something else while I wait.

      Scoundrel/Operative

      In an effort to balance out pvp, they’re taking out spammable roll-forward and creating a cooldown, but making the roll energy-free.  You will get 2 rolls in a row before it goes on cd.  In my mind, this is a PvE buff.  It allows you to get out of the bad without worrying about dipping too low in energy and screwing over your regen for future healing.  It’s on par with force speed and that roll that those cheater gunslingers/snipers get.

      Defense screen/Shield probe is buffed (slightly) for all, including those cheater gunslingers/snipers.  You can use it more often, but its duration is decreased. Absorption is also increased.

      However, there is a nerf.  You know how you can use your insta-heal on a target below 30% and get your upper hand/tactical advantage refunded?  SPAM SPAM SPAM until they’re above 30% right?  Well that’s OVER. 6 second lockout after the first.  You can keep spamming your insta heal but you won’t get your UH/TA stacks refunded.

      Sentinel/Marauder (and Guardian/Juggernaut)

      This is almost a completely PvP change.  You now need a target for your aoe stompy.  There are some nerfs to secondary (non primary targets) in PvP, but the PvE damage is still the same.  The only annoying thing is finding a target that won’t be dead (usually in trash packs they have an unfortunate habit of croaking at inconvenient times).  So it’s a PvE annoyance, but not a nerf per se.

      And I don’t care about the rest because it doesn’t affect me.  You PvPers might want to take a closer look, however.

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        Newest Batch Of Hall Of Shame Inductees

        When the weather is bad, and work is delayed, I have time to go through my screenshot folder and bring you the latest horrors from around town.  Lucky you!  These are all posted to the main fashion hall of shame page.

        I still can't figure out what those weird flaps on the front are supposed to be.

        I still can’t figure out what those weird flaps on the front are supposed to be.

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          The Revenge Of The Underboob

          Last night, one of my guildmates was wearing the underboob on his female tank.  You know, underboob.

          This is not his toon - just an example of the UNDERBOOB.

          This is not his toon – just an example of the UNDERBOOB.

          During the raid, I was a total jackass cracking jokes about it.  After the raid, I informed my husband that this had occurred.

          Husband: Oh, was he a Juggsernaut?

          Me: (giggle) No, an assassin.

          Husband: That’s the tank with the knockerback, right?

          Me: (giggle)

          Husband: … did he use his areola taunt?

          This is why I married him, folks.

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            Punishing Skadge (And Everyone Else)

            As you recall, I hate Quinn and I took out my anger on him by punishing him with a miniskirt, applying horrible dye to that miniskirt, putting him in a mankini, and then finally putting a rakghoul customization on him.

            I hate Skadge too.  Possibly as much as I hate Quinn.  So I punished him with fashion.  Unfortunately, that punishes everyone else because, seriously, ew.

            My husband says "He looks like mashed potatoes and you want to put him in hawtpants?"

            My husband says “He looks like mashed potatoes and you want to put him in hawtpants?”

            What has been seen can never be unseen.  You're welcome.

            What has been seen can never be unseen. You’re welcome.

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              Now With More Shame

              The Hall of Shame has become super-large and unwieldy, and I’ll be revamping it in the next week or so.  Until then, I don’t want to deprive you of the latest and not-greatest.

              First, let’s start with the horrific shirt that I thought would never make it off the PTS.  Man, I was wrong about that.  The dramatic exhibitionist  - I mean extrovert – shirt.

              underboob

              I am aware that I have complained in the past that bioware should make clothing items that show some skin but not all the skin.  However, this piece of crap looks like a two-year-old took a scissors to the Thana outfit.  This thing makes no damn sense.  If you’re wearing armor, the whole point of armor is to cover your organs.  And how the hell are those boobs staying up?  The force?  This gets an F-minus from me, and if I catch any of my guildies wearing it, they are getting a serious talking-to.

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                Quinn Feels Pretty (But I Feel Prettier)

                I spent way too much money getting the entire Jori Daragon set because I want Quinn to SUFFER wearing man-panties.  (With the entire set, I can add to collections and punish all my companions similarly.)

                Is there a draft in here?

                Is there a draft in here?

                I wanted to get a rakghoul customization kit for Quinn to complete the look, but I got bored with the rakghoul dailies after one round.  I’m lame, I know, but seriously – they are boring.  I think I’ll get him an ugly hat and call it a day.

                And, while I was at it, I made an awesome outfit for myself.  (Although I don’t yet have the funds to augment it and move my mods, that will happen.)

                jori1

                jori2

                I know the lighting sucks on the fleet, but I’m busy – I can’t go frolicking on Tattoine every time I need a screenie.  For those of you following along at home, this outfit is:

                • Jori Daragon chest, bracers, belt
                • Social Nar Shaddaa dancer shoes and gloves (social set)
                • Bastila Shan pants, dyed white/orange

                Nothing is color matched to chest.  The primary color on the jori outfit is actually the yellow/brown of the belt, making it awkward to match pants because match-to-chest turns the pants poop brown.  I dyed the pants white/orange.  Since these pants only use primary color, I could use white/whatever but I can craft white/orange.  White/red from the security key vendor would have been my choice if I didn’t happen to have the mats for the white/orange.

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                  This Is Madness [Sparta Joke Here]

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                  So you are thinking “dots are booooring.”  Sort of yeah.  But here’s the skill that is the awesomest, and it’s appropriately called Madness.  Channeled force lightning no longer has a cooldown.  Spam spam spam! That awesome ZZZZZZT line from your fingertips – that’s your FILLER ability.  For sages, that’s just an extra hail of pebbles, snore.  But for Sorcerers, it’s All Palpatine All The Time!

                  Here's one of my new rotating banners on the site - the baldy rattatouille sorc lightning all the things.  I swear, they have the best cut scenes.

                  Here’s one of my new rotating banners on the site – the baldy rattatouille sorc lightning all the things.

                  My sorc is, of course, evil (after I made my assassin goody-goody).  The story is very different this way.  I also couldn’t resist shocking Andronikos when he was yapping about something-or-other.  He found the experience objectionable, the whiner.

                  Butts are being kicked, names are being taken, and all of Alderaan trembles at my purple sparkles of lightning!

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                    Dialogue Option 4

                    Last night, not for the first time, I wished there were another dialogue option, as the three given me were far from what I wanted to say.

                    Let me set the scene (vague enough to avoid spoilers): I go to rescue this dude, and he’s an insufferable asshole.  I say something like “I’m here to rescue you.” And he replies along the lines of “You’re a filthy alien blech barf oh ew, the horror, blah blah.”

                    At this point, I’m in no mood to rescue his sorry ass.  I’m kind of in the mood to do the opposite.  So when the option (finally) came up to kill him, I didn’t hesitate to pwn his FACE.

                    I head back to the quest giver who is seriously pissed off.  “You killed him! Why?”

                    At this point I get 3 options, none of which were along the lines of “He was a total asshole,” “He needed to learn manners,” or anything of that sort.  Clearly, the encounter is supposed to goad you into killing the jerkface (and it worked) but the option to give that as a response is not there.

                    A similar thing occurred in another storyline, and irked me even more.  There’s a mystery concerning a companion – the answer to which is so painfully obvious to even the most dense observer.  Yet, when asked about what is going on, your possible responses do not contain a Sherlock Holmes exposition of the situation.  Rather, they are along the lines of: “I don’t know,” “I don’t care,” and “Don’t let it get to you.”  That is so incredibly frustrating to have you, the player, in the know but be unable to get your toon to express your knowledge of the situation because your toon is, apparently, incurably stupid.

                    Obviously BW can’t make infinite dialogue options for every thought a gamer might have.  However, in some places, the obvious choice isn’t there, and that can be really annoying.

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