Wednesday, April 22, 2009

On Shadow of the Colossus

This is a response to this.

There are a couple opinions bounced around in the article and in the comments.  I have a slightly different view that I didn't find in either.

I believe that Dormin is an ancient evil that was sealed by members of the village that Wander belonged to.  They split up Dormin and placed parts of him, or his spirit, in the varying colossi to act as guardians of this ancient evil.  They then sealed off the land, and kept the one thing that could release Dormin from the Colossi, the sword.  

Now, I believe that the elders kept details about this land secret, so that noone would get curious and possible upset what they had achieved.  But, Wander hears that some powerful ancient being resides there, possibly a rumor, or someone just knew part of the truth, and he believes that this spirit can bring the girl back.  He then somehow finds out that the sword is the key to getting in there, steals the sword, gets in, and the rest is history.

I think it's entirely possible that Wander believed the colossi to be evil.  After all, the only person who can talk to him is the one thing that can bring his loved one back, and the colossi can't verbally defend themselves and explain.  The best they can do is try to kill him.  I do, however, believe that the colossi are good, just protective.  After all, they should be protective.  

So that's what I believe.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


This blog was originally going to be a Shaman blog, but then I realized that was a dumb idea because there would be MUCH better sources for good Shaman information, so I'm making this more personal, all the posts below this one are technical Shaman shizzle.  They're still there for kicks though.

Beginning though, I have some favorite characters of mine:

My 80 Shaman, Tauf, who has shit for luck in getting a new caster weapon.  Thanks to 3.1, I'll be getting a Titansteel Spellblade though.  Starting off as Ele/Resto, but wants to transition to Enh/Rest.

My 76 Death Knight, Spear who I'm going to respec for tanking @ 80 and then work through all of the Normal Dungeons before getting into heroics (what any responsible tank should do).

My 70 Priest, Jainne who will be dual-speccing Shadow/Holy as soon as I can log in.

My 55 Warrior Weslocke, who had the Mallet of Zul'Farrak before it was cool, and now uses it as a weapon.  It looks awesome.  I've enjoyed PVPing on this fellow, but I don't know if that will continue, fortunately he's on a PVP server and my leveling partner is a Warlock (it's sick).
and last but not least, My 34 Druid, Gryllz, who is named after Bear Grylls, host of Man vs Wild.  This character is my newest love, whose interface I obsess over (IT MUST BE PERFECT!!!!).  He will be dual-specced Feral and Resto as soon as I have the money and requisite level.

More about me, I don't use THAT many addons, mostly ones that let me do things I can't do without them.  Auctioneer, Omen, Recount, DBM, Atlas & Atlasloot, BankItems, Failbot, and Livestock.  I love to make macros to solve my issues, and will probably put up a post of macros I use.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Totems of Note: VH, DTK, GD, COS

Violet Hold
This instance:
Trash, nothing special. On the trash, when the groups come out, there is some sort Sorcerer, who will cast a channeled beam at random targets. I think they need to be killed first, and you, as a shaman, need to be interrupting the beam.
Erekem, nothing special
Xevozz, nothing special
Moragg, nothing special
Ichoron, nothing special
Lavanthor, Fire Resist can help some.
Zuramat the Obliterator, Magma Totem in case you get the debuff that lets you kill the adds.
Cyanigosa, Frost Resist if you're having trouble with Blizzard, but that's not very important.

Drak'Tharon Keep

Now the instances are starting to get more complicated.  In the beginning....there's not much to talk about.  The last part of the instance is where you begin to need a special totem.  You are going to need to use Tremor Totem on King Dred, because he uses an AOE fear.  After King Dred, you'll go up a set of stairs and fight on a Rampart for a while, and then go up another set of stairs.  The death knights there will use a single target fear which will risk someone running into more death knights.  Tremor that sucker.


Poison creeps is ugly head up again in this instance.  There are snakes that will use a poison, as well as Sladran.  You can use poison cleanse totem or just cleanse it, it's not AOE.

Drakkari Colossus?  Nothing

Moorabi, you can Earth Shock his transformation, the fight will take longer, but everything will be more controlled, which is good.

Eck?  Nothing.

Gal'darah?  No special totem use.

Culling of Stratholme

On Malganis, use Tremor Totem.