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Recommended Blog: Blessing of Kings

September 14, 2009

If you roll a paladin, you should be reading Rohan’s Blessing of Kings. Here’s a re-blog of an awesome post about new vs. old school paladins.

The Newbie Paladin Experience (via Blessing of Kings)

These newbie paladin whelps are spoiled rotten these days. Back in my day, we had to walk uphill to Stormwind, both ways, in the snow. These kids don’t know how good they’ve got it. They’re born with a silver spoon in their mouths. I blame it on the influence of those shilly-shallying blood elves. Seriously, those pansy elves spend so much time preening in front of a mirror, they wouldn’t have the muscle to lift my old [Verigan’s Fist].

Take that young whipper-snapper Zubon over at Kill Ten Rats. He rolls up a paladin and goes prancing merrily along:

I was amazed to see that she out-nukes the Mage: the damaging taunt does not activate global cooldown…

Taunt? What’s this damaging Taunt nonsense? Back in my day, paladins didn’t need a taunt. We held aggro because we were real men who used Seal of Fury, and the DPS understood they would die if they pulled aggro.

…so I can Exorcise immediately after starting the pull.

Pull? Bet these fancypants new paladins pull from range too. We had to learn to body-pull, and guess where we learned that? That’s right, the school of hard knocks.

And Exorcism could only be used on Undead. Not fake undead, like the Forsaken, but real undead, who would scare the pants off these mincing dandies. Why, I didn’t even see an Undead until Darkshire.

Drop a magic hammer as it arrives in melee, get that big first swing in, and the enemy is usually around 25% health.

Drop a magic hammer right at the start? In my day, we did things properly. First, we debuffed the mob with Judgement of the Crusader. Then we activated Seal of Righteousness (or Seal of Command if we were feeling lucky). Fifteen seconds later we were privileged to Judge again (and re-cast our Seal). These punks are lucky enough to have 10-second Judgements (8 with talents) and they still complain about being a 1 button class.

These youngsters are spoiled. Seals and Judgements scale with Attack Power? Hah, in the old days we stuck with the base damage. If it was good enough for us, it’s good enough for them.

That takes less than a quarter of my mana, and the blue magic hammer gives me mana for hitting the enemy.

Getting mana back? We had to Judge Crusader just to improve our damage to moderate levels. If we wanted to Regenerate we used Seal of Wisdom, and just did white damage to the mob for a few minutes. And we liked it.

Sigh, do these cubs have any redeeming qualities?

It really is satisfying to crush your enemies with a giant hammer… My only disappointment is that her current best weapon is a big axe rather than a comically huge hammer. I like its numbers, and she gets huge crits all the time due to Retribution talents, but hammertime was both cathartic and classically Warcraft.

Well, Daisy, maybe the kids are going to be all right after all.

On a somewhat serious note, this is a major reason I don’t agree with complaints about the “B Team”. The modern paladin is light-years more fun than the paladin of 1.0 used to be.

Rohan, Blessing of Kings


Elitist Jerks Now On Ventrilo!

July 6, 2009

If you’ve never checked out, you’re missing out on a huge resource. They are widely considered one of the best resources on class mechanics. If you’ve ever asked the questions “What glyph should I be using?” or “What’s the best unholy death knight spec?”, you should check out their forums. They recently acquired a 400 channel Ventrilo server so you can discuss class mechanics live with other theory crafters!

Jul 6th, 2009, 3:33 AM – by Boethius Elitist Jerks has formed a partnership with the premier Ventrilo host, TypeFrag. They have gifted us a 400-slot server for use by Elitist Jerks members as a way to interact through voice chat with each other. This is a tremendous asset for us and it also serves as a way to highlight their increased commitment to expose gamers to their superior service and quality through supporting their communities.

In order to participate, you must have a compatible Ventrilo client installed which can be found at the following address: Ventrilo – Download. Additionally, several excellent Ventrilo tutorials are available via TypeFrag’s website.

To connect to Elitist Jerks public Ventrilo server using your Ventrilo client click this link or use the following connection details:

  • Server:
  • Port: 3784

If you need help connecting to the server, please see the Connecting to Ventrilo flash tutorial. Also, you can check on the status of the server, including viewing who’s chatting in which rooms, at any time by referencing the Ventrilo widget in the sidebar of the home page.


  1. Don’t import your forum/guild/server dramas into the chat.
  2. No spamming the mic with music or otherwise. Please use push-to-talk.
  3. No excessive swearing or abusive language.

Offenders and general nuisances will be banned without so much as a mock trial. Please don’t abuse this community resource.

Is the Council of the Sword recruiting?

June 2, 2009

Yes! The Council Wants YOU!

We are an Alliance-based PvE guild.  We’re not heavily “into” any one thing in particular, but will try to support you in whatever areas of the game that you choose to participate as a member.  We have people in our guild who are questers, tradeskill freaks, PvPers, and even some who raid.  They all get along.  Imagine that.

We have a bank, a semi-cool tabard, active forums, a guild blog, and a Ventrilo server.  The Ventrilo server even works with Macs.  (But that means you have to listen to Mac users, so we’re still not 100% sure that’s a benefit because one of our Mac users really likes to talk a lot.  Oh wait.  That’s me.  Never mind.)

Our requirements are simple.  We don’t really care what race or class or spec your toon(s) is/are or how many alts you have or what level they are.  We do care that you conduct yourself in-game in a mature manner and work together with other guildmates for the common good of the guild. Reading, understanding and agreeing with our simple guild policies is also a pre-requisite for membership. Leeches, con artists, screaming children and drama majors will find themselves guildless quickly.  We simply don’t put up with it and make no apology for it.

If you’re interested, look for us in-game (/who Council Of The Sword) or drop me an in-game mail message or an e-mail.

A Friendly Note From Your Bank Manager

March 24, 2009

bank-vault-doorGreetings!  My name is Greenbacks and I’m the gnome that manages the Council Of The Sword guild bank!  Judging from my records (and being a gnome, I keep very meticulous records) a lot of you are not aware of the services that our bank provides.  Unlike other banks that may be floundering at the moment, the Council Of The Sword bank is in no need of a bailout!

Actually, we have the opposite problem and that’s why I’m posting this important message for every Council member to read.  The bank wants to give you stuff… and I’m not just talking about a cheap set of steak knives!  Let me make a few points that you should feel free to withdraw.  Oh.  That was bad.

Deposits!  We Love ‘Em!

There is no other band of adventurers on Bloodhoof more generous than Council of the Sword!  But… that’s kind of our problem.  We are just about maxed out for space right now, even though I suspect we will be expanding soon!  In the mean time, let me make an “interest”ing suggestion.  (Oh, that was bad too.)   When you are going to deposit something into the guld bank, ask yourself “Would I want this item”?  If the answer is no, vendor it or sell it, and give us the money instead!  Another option is that you can mail items to me and say in the subject line that you want them disenchanted and sold for the guild.  The enchanting market has been very very good to us, and continues to be an excellent source of income for the guild.

What We Don’t Need More Of

At the present time, I have to ask you to slow down on potions, and I have to ask you to completely stop banking healing and mana potions.  We just don’t have room!  There are lots of friendly alchemists in our family.  Nenianae and Sweeneytod come to mind, and I’m sure there are others!  If you need a potion or an elixir, I’m sure either of these two can fix you up in no time at all!  We just have no room to store them in the bank.  Maybe when those skinflint consulars give me some more money, I can make a tab exclusively for potions.  That would be great!

Another thing we don’t need (and don’t want) are rare (purple) gems from the Shattrath area (i.e. Burning Crusade).  The new gems are easier to come by, more powerful, and the old ones cost exponentially more to refine.  While we appreciate the generosity of our guild family, these stones are apt to sit in the bank for a very long time, and there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to polish them all the time!

What We Want You To Take

If you come to visit the bank (and make it past Mr. Gweedo, our security guard) you might be astounded to see the wide variety of rare, exotic, and just plain useful items we have in our vault!  But that’s not the good news.  The good news is that they’re there for you to TAKE!  Right now, we have a ton of gem stones that some young practitioner of jewel crafting would be sure to love.  Take them!

And before you go to the auction house and buy gear, why not take a look in the guild bank first?  Quite honestly, we have materials coming into the guild bank faster than we have items being taken out.  It’s all there for you!  Don’t feel guilty about taking it, as long as you can use it!

Deep Fried Dell

March 13, 2009

Deep Fried Dell

Like any good love-hate relationship, I keep coming back to Dell, and they keep beating me down.  Last year, I had an Inspiron that kept giving me problems.  A few months ago, I was able to wrestle away a screaming fast XPS 1530 from a college student for DIRT cheap.  At the price I was able to talk him down to, I couldn’t pass it up.

About a week ago, I turned it on, and got this friendly little message on a blue background: “No hard drive found.” That’s it.  No goodbye.  No “I’ll call you.”  One minute it worked, and the next, it was deep fried. Last night, I went to Best Buy and bought a replacement hard drive.  After re-installing Vista and all the Dell drivers, I reached for my Warcraft discs, and then I remembered a post from good ole Gweedo.

One of the truly great things about the Windows and Mac versions of World of Warcraft is that the game is completely self-contained.  There are no “hidden” files or registry entries.  You can just copy the folder and be done.  This is a good thing because it makes backups really easy and makes moving it from computer to computer really easy.

Could it really be that easy?  I’ve spent hours installing the game from discs and from the Warcraft website before.  This sounded too good to be true, especially with a Windows machine.  It actually was that easy.

All in all, it took 45 minutes to copy the 12.5 GB World of Warcraft folder over our wireless network from one Windows box to another. I put the launcher shortcut on my XPS’s desktop, clicked on it, and VOILA! I was up and running.  All of my add-ons were intact, too. Amazing. If you don’t have multiple machines with WoW installations, I recommend backing up that folder to an external hard drive, or a massive flash drive to save yourself tons of time in the future.

May Elune be with you and your Dell,


When The “/spit” Hits The Fan

February 23, 2009

In my ongoing quest to distract myself from getting my death knight to level 80, I decided to get the Fishing Diplomat achievement.

A couple nights ago, it was about 1AM, and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to head to Orgrimmar, since it would probably be a ghost town. I planned out my route on how to get there, and rushed right in the front gate. A word of advice: You might want to know the layout of the city before you Rambo your way in there.

It was a ghost town, except for the guards that continued to chase me. I was running around like a troll with its head cut off, trying to find a place to fish. I ended up falling off of a ledge right in the middle of the city (I think near the bank). The few players who were online at the time were congregated right there, and began to give chase. I kept up on my horse until I ran into a dead end and had to turn around. When I did, you knew what happened. I got killed, came back as a zombie, and got killed again. That’s when NumbNuts (I’ll spare his or her real name for the sake of diplomacy) did their thing. All of a sudden, I see on my screen:

NumbNuts spits on you.
NumbNuts spits on you.
NumbNuts spits on you.

3 times, this level 28 BELF paladin spit on me. I immediately noticed that this toon’s name, Medtronic, was one I recognized. (Did I just give out their real name? Oops, I can’t seem to find the delete key.) The Medtronic that I know is a trademarked business name of a company that is a leading manufacturer of medical devices. As our pal Gweedo discusses, that’s a no-no according to Blizzard.

Did I report NumbNuts? (I’ll go back to their alter-ego to be respectful to the real Medtronic). You bet I did. I probably never would have noticed the name unless they spit on me—3 TIMES. All I was doing was trying to fish. My fishing pole was equipped. The real players who actually got a hit in on me didn’t do the same thing. They had respect, and I applaud them for it. This lowbie deserved getting reported. The next day, I talked to a GM. It was a straightforward conversation. “I understand you noticed someone who has violated our naming policies,” the GM said. I felt like I was giving a detailed police report of NumbNuts’ every little move, but I probably sounded more like a redneck on the 11 o’clock news to him, considering how excited I was. The GM’s reply was this, “I appreciate you bringing this to our attention. We assure you that we will investigate this complaint and take the appropriate action.”

So, Señor NumbNuts, how does it feel getting the nerf bomb dropped on your name? Oh, and I’m guessing that these people might not be too happy with you either, if Blizzard decides to look at everyone with that name. Or maybe they’ll just be pissed at me. Oh well. I didn’t spit on you.

*FYI, I did get the achievement quite easily. I resurrected, mounted up, and ran towards the pool, after looking at the map to see where it was. An interesting side note: As soon as my deathcharger’s feet hit the water, the guards turned around and ran back, leaving me in relative peace.

The Forums Have Returned

December 30, 2008

After a brief absence due a technical issue, the Council of the Sword forums have returned. As the proconsul in charge of IT services, I apologize for the duration of this outage. The good news is that we barely lost any data and the restored (literally) forums are in virtually the same state they were the day they disappeared. Once again, I apologize for this outage.