Friday, 6 August 2010

Conflict Update

Yo, how's it goin'?

As stated below, Conflict has formed and the raids have begun. It's been a hectic two-three weeks with a few start-up pains, but it all vastly outweighs the drama of Echoes. I've had more fun in Conflict than I have over the last 6 months outside. Dungeons, Raids, PvP, social, etc. It's just superior.

We're sitting at 10/12 in ICCHM right now, having got Prof last night. Sindi still eludes us, however. On the basis that 5 of our guys have never seen hardmodes beyond Gunship, I have to say I'm fairly impressed (despite the lol30%wtf) with the results so far.

Another growing pain is that people are getting their schedules for school/work in the next year; my own is just around the corner. We've already lost Thorki this way. A big blow to the Guild.

Recruitment is still open for:

1* HPala
1* Hunter
1* Mage

So, if you know any decent ones, send them our way.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Conflict Raiding

Time to fire up the old Blog again. It's time for some good old venting.

Conflict has been formed. My ideas and concepts will soon launch. I have no doubts in my mind that being Guild Leader is a step up from the role that I had in Echoes. I have no doubts I can easily manage it and lead Conflict to victory on the server.

The website is at:

We're still looking for:

1* Mage
1* Disc/Holy Priest

Expect more posts forthcoming. Mostly about PvP.

Monday, 31 May 2010

Heheh. Alright!

Hey folks; I know it's been a kazillion years since my last post. I promise to get back to you sharpish, had a lot of stuff to do and people to see.

To share a bit of amazingness with you though; I've had Lich King on the brain a bit lately, as usual. So, I had a dream of fighting the Lich King while Sargeras stands their epicly (He's so tall, you can't see above his chestflex) smacking the shit out of Akama, who's made a dramatic comeback from Black Temple.

I might provide pics for inspiration to Blizzard as to add this encounter in the expansion! Stay tuned, minions!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Grumpy Old Merke Man - Volume One

Hello all and welcome to the first addition to the Grumpy Old Merke Man seris; a set of short whine-posts devoted to "The fuck don't these people realise this shit" by the Merke himself.

Good morning, minions. Today I'd like to talk about the accursed thing called "Laggggggg wwwwwwwwwwww". Let me start by saying; back in my day we didn't have fancy addons like Gearscore or whatever. But we didn't have that SpamFU shit every raid either despite there being addons like Gatherer and more that I'm sure spam the raid with uselss shit. My point is, a massive emphasis has been placed recently on the "Massive lag generated by --- addon". Upon further probing of "Then how comes I don't get the massive lag generated by --- addon", I am told "Oh, it's because of how your internet is configured".

Now, call me dumb, or don't, because I'll fucking kill you, but I care little for this mumbo-jumbo about configuration of network ports. All I know is, I've never touched mine, and the difference between someone running gearscore and 20 running gearscore seems to make no different to my lag/FPS. So, the moral of the story is, don't configure your network... settings? ... No, of course it isn't, you stupid dick. The moral of the story is; raiding requires preparation BEYOND that of "Did I bring my flasks/buff-food". It requires YOU to be fit to play (AKA, not asleep on your keyboard or fucked off your face on Meth) and on suitable hardware to play on. If you're lagging/DCing on every try, you're a liability. High-time people realised that and fixed their issues, or fucked off.

Speaking of issues that need sorting, repeated mistakes are one of the things that really get on my tits when Raid-Leading. When I ask you "Do you understand or have any questions about --- mechanic" and the answer is either Yes or Silence I ASSUME that you have understood and will take on board what I have said. You then receive the privilege - which can be revoked - on one death allowance in the form of "Practice". Unless something is overly complicated, or "Outstandingly Random", one death is all it takes to realise where you went wrong and not do it again. I wonder if people just don't bother to listen and then fuck up on purpose to make life hard for us.

Everyone makes mistakes - but how you use them is what determines how good of a Player you are.

Speaking of good players; my game focus revolves mostly around DPS and a shy dip into Tanking now and again. I can't heal for fuck, but take pride in that I know how best to use the healers at my disposal, depsite not being able to heal myself. We'll stick to my area of expertise for now though and hug the "DPS Skill" and co. So, what is the measure of skill for a DPS? Is it the numbers pulled, the survivability? A combination? etc. Well, let me tell you what it's not.

DPS 'Skill' is not about pressing buttons in the right order. Anyone can do it; it was a daily in TBC for the Ogres in Blades Edge for christ sakes. Non-moving DPS zergs are overall boring and show next to nothing about the player in control of the toon.

As is the obvious answer, it is a combination of both. But it doesn't stop there. Getting past the "Good" to the "Best" in DPS is actually a massive barrier in itself. Rather than a knowledge/Theory wall, it is really a mental wall that needs to be broken through. By that, I mean, the Player needs to consistantly ask themself once every ten seconds "How can I increase my DPS at this point in the fight?". I touched on this briefly before when taking Professor for an example in using the Green Ooze explosion to power yourself back to the boss, therefore cutting out movement time, but just how many features like this are there? The answer is; a lot. Some big, some small. Some obvious. Others not so.

I won't do the whole Pokemon cliché but finding these in the fights and how they work for you will boost your DPS from the good to the extreme. And that's the way, aha aha, we like it, aha aha.

Thank-you for reading my whine thread. Expect more great ones soon.

- The Merke Man

Saturday, 23 January 2010

I miss the Roleplay

There! I said it!

And any of these "Let's go RP-PvP" always result in a lot of "/y LOL ZERG HORDE". I don't know why I like RP so much, I just do. I just find the storylines, character development and all that fun.

Oh, and I like cybor.

Monday, 18 January 2010

A Merke Status Update!

I'm sick of having to defend myself against people.
But I like the opportunities it brings for sarcasm, humour(Mostly just myself chuckling) and the exposure of the stupidity of others.

All in all, defending myself is a good thing.

Monday, 11 January 2010

What's that coming over the hill? Fuck! Rogue Nerfs!

* The base damage bonus from Hunger for Blood has been reduced from 10% to 5%.

* The bonus damage rogues gain from attack power for poisons has been decreased. This applies to Instant Poison, Deadly Poison, and Wound Poison.

Wound coefficient is down from: "0.04*AP" to "0.036*AP"
Deadly from: "0.12*AP" to "0.108*AP"

The Mutilate spec nerf was expected, but was a hotfix really necessary? O.o Their reason for doing it this way was that to tweak HfB would purely affect Mutilate damage and not the other specs. This makes me wonder though; how long until Mutilate is a 0% damage gain so that the spec is "Balanced"? *grins* A 5% straight damage nerf.

The poison change obviously affects all Rogue specs. It's been estimated to be about 2% for Combat and slightly more for Mutilate. This will affect how Rogues scale with Attack Power (Damnit, my new theorycrafting!)but thankfully nothing major.

Overall, Mutilate and Combat will be a lot closer to eachother with Mutilate still pulling out slightly ahead. I'll post my thread containing my two weeks of theory devising (Theory-what? Errrmm... *closes eyes and points at something on page* That ones better!)

Laz's Demotion

I seldom bring Guild Politics to my wonderful, amazing Blog. However there is always a time and a place. I like Laz, he makes me chuckle, he's a good Raider, etc. Some people are just blind to see when they are in the wrong.

The results from the Recent Raiding Survey posed a question "What do you like the most about the Guild" and one of THE main responses was the family feel and the great feeling of Team. Therefore, to allow people to work against this infrastructure of the guild will inevitably be detrimental and hazardess to its continuation of what it is. I agree 100% with the punishment dished out; were it a first offence perhaps not but then how many other ocassions should he have been limbo'd for and has walked away without any form of punishment.

He is not bigger than Echoes of Lordaeron, I am not bigger than Echoes, ultimately, Liesje is not bigger than Echoes of Lordaeron. The Guild is unique in what it is and it won't change. There are reasons myself and Airsha went to Numen, for example. There are reasons for the creation of Soulforge. The Guild will stand firm in its roots and if it has become something that does not live up to someones wants or needs, it is time for them to move on.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Merkes Thoughts on Big Brother

I dwelled over this whilst flicking through the channels, coming to the one that inevitably had a bunch of people in their beds on webcam. I changed the channel again as I wasn't hot enough for porn, and came to Big Brother but with ugly, annoying fuckers. Turns out, Big Brother to the socialite is the same as Porn to... Well. Man.

It didn't take long to realise who they had in there this year... And I realised just how much a debt the world would owe me if I unleashed my plan. The plan that details 'Get Vinnie Jones the fuck out of there, then blow the place to kingdom-come; Basshunter can come too but only if the price is right.'

I think I would be Knighted, and paid a Manchester City Footballers Wages for the remainder of my days. I'd probably even get a world-wide day of holiday and celebration declared in my honour.

Always something to consider.

It's the little things in life that make you happy!

I was feeling pretty down today, until a random hot babe called Nikki added me on MSN! Like, omfg!

nikki says:

His Merkeness - If something is hard to do, then it is not worth doing. says:

nikki says:
hi how are you today?
my name is paris I'm doing great today I'm 21 yrs old how old are you?

His Merkeness - If something is hard to do, then it is not worth doing. says:
Paris is a rather gay name.

nikki says:
listen hun, I am just about to start my webcam show with jen, come chat me there in my chat room? We can cyber, I will get naked if u!

His Merkeness - If something is hard to do, then it is not worth doing. says:
Paris is a rather homoerotic name.

nikki says:
I can show u how to watch free if u promise not to tell anyone else how to do it???PLEASE

His Merkeness - If something is hard to do, then it is not worth doing. says:
Paris is a rather Mansexual name.

nikki says:
well since its free the law that u gotta be 18 (nudity involved), u have to sign up with a credit card for age verification! BUT .. Once you are inside, just clikc on "Webcams" let me know what name you use to sign in with so I know it is you babe! (Removed for your safety xD) fill out the bottom of the page then fill out the next page as well and u can see me live for free!
Please dont mention anything about that in the chatroom once u get in ok?

His Merkeness - If something is hard to do, then it is not worth doing. says:
Paris is a rather..... I ran out of Field-Specific lexis for a man who desires his intercourse with another man... Name.

nikki says:
OH SHIT.. k I am late to start my show, I gotta get off msn...I will see ya inside my chatroom babe.. remember not to mention that I am upgrading u for free... You can use your msn name to sign in so i know it is you..

His Merkeness - If something is hard to do, then it is not worth doing. says:
Just in case I scared you away, I have nothing against gays or gay names.
It is just a way of expressing myself... Like... Ever watch the South Park episode about the word fag? I think the solution would be to change the word for actual gay people in the dictionary...