Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rag down and WoW Mad Libs

There's our first Rag kill from our last raid week. It was a bit of a messy kill, as the only person up at the end was a healy priest. You should have seen him wand-ing up Rag! :) Rag did have a bunch of dots on him though.

With raiding twice a week for a total of 5 hours a week, I think we did ok this tier. Sure, we could have done better and gotten the kill a couple weeks earlier, but overall I'm satisfied. The tough part about raiding only twice a week is that it can be an entire week before you see a boss again. For the last couple of weeks we've been clearing up to Rag on Thursdays and working on him on Sundays. Having an entire week go by before you see him again just means you have to spend a couple of pulls remembering how things go again.

So Rag dropped the rogue-mage-druid-dk token, which was good news. Honestly a part of me is starting to feel a bit bad for hunters, warriors, and shammys because we have never ever seen their token drop. Not once. Not on Cho, not on Nef, not on Majordomo, and now not on Rag. Now that's a screwjob.

Now during the early part of one attempt, our two tanks Jess and Chanti were chatting with each other in gchat, asking each other to try on certain gear pieces etc etc. I mean the healers and dps are busy, you know, doing important stuff, and the tanks are playing dress up? They actually had the leisure to type in gchat during the fight? (Yes, yes, I know there's a tank swap). Freakin' tanks...

Anyways. I am going to continue to question the existence of Smoldering Censer of Purity until I see it drop. Speaking of gear, it seems like Blizz is having more fun with naming gear lately. I don't know, I just seem to notice that gear seems to have unique names lately, names that often strike a chord with me. Jess mentioned the other night that I should be wearing Wristwraps of Arrogant Doom. Haha.

The gear that have these longer, more descriptive names, have names that tend to follow a convention of sorts with three parts. There is a noun referring to the slot, an adjective, then another noun. And the gear names that follow this seem to go [noun/slot] of [adjective][noun] or [adjective][noun/slot] of [noun].

Try it yourself! I call it WoW Mad Libs. Just think of a noun to describe a gear slot, then pick a fun adjective. Then just pick another noun. Put it all together, and voila! You have named WoW gear!

The noun and adjective don't have to go together or make sense at all. I think it actually sounds better when they are totally dissimilar. Like hmm... Pendant of Petulant Promise? I mean how the heck can a promise be petulant? But it doesn't matter! It sounds better when it makes no sense!

Now when you pick the adjective and noun, you should preferably pick words that you might have studied for your weekly vocab test in high school or the SATs or something. The more letters the better. Just think, Blizz could be helping the high school kids with their vocab!

I think Blizz could also branch out with the nouns they use to describe the gear slot. I mean let's get thinking beyond the typical names for gear for our backs, waist, and feet. How about a pashmina, coverlet, or a quilt? A cincture or cummerbund? Galoshes, cleats, or mules?

Also, I think Blizz should come out with some alliterations. Perhaps all the gear that drops in an entire raid or an instance could be alliterations. Headband of Harrowing Hedonism? Corset of Credulous Cacophony? Egregious Espadrilles of Evanescence? Quarrelsome Quilt of Quagmire? Anklet of Arboreal Acumen? You get the drift. Have I given you a headache yet?

Who names the WoW gear? Do you think I could get this job? :)

(Clearly I had too much time on my hands today. Yes work is slow this week.)


  1. I love this post so much. You have no idea. I haven't laughed that hard since Jess revealed his Central Limit Theorem tramp stamp.

  2. Congratulations!

    Our raid leader last night extended the our "Rag-left" raid id from last week. We had attempted him like 15 times last week and on our fifth attempt last night WE GOT HIM DOWN! I died about 10 seconds before he died (but I got to be the cool holy angel thing and spam binding and flash heal).

    On another note, we were talking about Rag "dropping the hammer" and somehow that lead to MC Hammer and then we started talking about how they should have loot like his pants.... pants of the . And, I was totally reminded of this post!!! So, I tried to do alliterations as my entry to the "MC Hammer's Pants as WoW Loot Contest".

    After we downed Rag, we had a raid id with Nef left and tried (hint: tried) to down him. After an hour of wipes, raid night was over. Kind of disappointing after the Rag kill.

  3. "I mean the healers and dps are busy, you know, doing important stuff, and the tanks are playing dress up? They actually had the leisure to type in gchat during the fight?"

    Hehe. Well, yeah. Ragnaros isn't very occupying for tanks. It makes up somewhat for how we have to work harder on trash (or at least how we did pre nerf) while certain healers are watching TV.

  4. Heh, we got our Rags kill 2 weeks ago, and what a thrill to finally get it down. Nerfed or not, it still requires near-perfect execution to get it down.

    Grats, Ker!

  5. Grats Ker! It's a great feeling!

  6. Grats on your kill! Also cummerbund - brilliant! Loot names are really just an exercise in synonyms :D I love your idea...maybe a mad lib loot naming contest?

  7. @Nkm: Tee hee... seriously I do a good job amusing myself.

    @Rokkon: Grats to you guys as well!

    @Jess: Who... me?

    @Kayeri and Navimie: Thanks guys!

    @Redcow: Yes! Loot names are just an exercise in synonyms! Aw I'd love a mad lib loot naming contest, but that's only because I am geeky enough to be amused by long words and like to contemplate things like how a promise can be petulant. :)

    You're right though that it'd be fun for Blizz to host a loot naming contest. You could name things that would clearly be for a certain class as well.