I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by the blog Myriadoscope.
You might be asking “What is a Liebster Award?”, because I was asking the same thing when I got the Twitter notification about it. Basically it is a “pay it forward” idea to promote readership of blogs that have a small audience in the hope of networking bloggers and gaining new followers. Sometimes it’s good to spice up your posts with a different topic, writing style of guest writer. This is something that I have done of my own back previously in the form of guest posts from different people I’ve interacted with in the World of Warcraft community.
The Liebster Award involves me answering 11 questions provided by the person who nominated me and posting them as a blog entry. Then as the recipient I then nominate some new people and give them a new set of questions of answer. And then the idea is that they will then participate in, nominating more people etc…
Before we start I would like to say thank you Myriadoscope for nominating me and that you should all go and check out their blog. Who knows, you might like what you see. Now, on with the questions!
1. Favourite race/class in WoW and why?
My favourite would have to be my main, a Night Elf Druid. I have played this character since day 1. I have stuck through all the changes over the past 6 years – back when the Feral rotation was; Mangle, Shred x 4, Rip, rinse and repeat – right through to where the class is now. I just feel completely comfortable playing this character / class. Something I haven’t achieved on any of my other characters. Somethings like instant cast flight form or stealth or being able to perform any role are hard to pass up. Plus I get to be a fire kitty. That is pretty damn HAWT!
2. Achievement/Title you’re proudest of?
My raiding commitments peaked mid to late WOTLK. I was raiding in a 25 man main guild and a 10 man guild on the side. With this group we got our Ulduar meta, ToGC meta and tribute to insanity and was the 6th group on Alliance side Blackrock-US (13th server) to defeat the Lich King the week it was released. That was the high point for me. I’m yet to find a regular group that was as serious / laid back / talented / consistent as we were back then.The title I wear the most often is “the Insane”. I didn’t get the title until Cataclysm when it was “arguably” easier, but I still got exalted with the Shen’delar before the faction was removed from the game and grinded my Steamweedle Cartel reputation in Dire Maul North, freeing the goblin. All the way from max hated to exalted. That took dedication. I could get the runs down to 4 mins at the end, doing 5 every hour.
3. What’s in your bags (any character, or all of them)?
I’m a very self-reliant kind of person. I don’t like to ask for help and this is reflected in the bags of my characters, more so my Druid. I have reagents, trinkets, materials, several sets of gear, transport devices (I pride myself on my ability to get anywhere in the world super fast), consumables and other random things I may be working on.
4. Favourite expansion/instance/boss fight?
There are so many good encounters that it’s hard to pick just one. I think most of WOTLK as great. Sartharion 3 drake was so tough when it was current. Most of Ulduar was good and the Lich King was a great boss to end the expansion with. During Cata, I really enjoyed Firelands especially Major Domo Staghelm and Ragnoros. MOP was really fun, though I didn’t get to raid as much as I would have liked. I think Garrosh was a very well designed fight, but it just doesn’t have the emotional tug that the Lich King did. Will of the Emperor was a great fight too.
5. Pet peeve in WoW?
This is a Druid specific thing. Well there is actually 2. The first is bosses turning around to cast spells on the raid – they always do it when I’m trying to Shred so I get parried or the error “You need to be behind the target”, even though it’s only for a split second it still annoys the hell out of me, messes up my flow. The second is when you become stunned in an animal form, you can’t shift into a different form e.g. Cat Form -> Bear Form. Instead what happens is when you attempt to shift, you go to your human form, even if you hit a specific form and not simply un-shifting. This really sucks in PVP because your human form is more than likely our weakest form. We don’t have any damage reduction or bonus healing or access to certain defensive abilities. I don’t get why we can’t shift straight to a new form, but get un-shifted????? Blizzard, please fix this!
6. What inspired your blog?
I am a very altruistic person by nature. I like to share knowledge nd raise the lowest common denominator. After playing WOW for many years, especially a Feral Druid, I feel that I have a lot of knowledge and experience to share.I had been looking for a creative outlet for a while. I actually thought about pod casting but soon realised that the WOW field is fairly well saturated. Then one day Alaron from the Fluid Druid appeared on the Twisted Nether Blogcast and I remember him saying that there weren’t many Feral Druid Blogs which was the final push I needed to start my blog.
7. Favourite blog-related moment?
Probably when my getting into LFR post first got more than 100 views in a day. That was really exciting. It’s good to get recognition, but that’s not why I write the blog. That being said, getting shout outs from other bloggers or fan sites is always great!
8. One thing you can’t live without?
Seriously it would probably either be tomato sauce or vegemite. Though internet is pretty good….
9. Place you’d most like to visit?
Either Africa or the UK / Europe.
Africa has this feeling of being untamed, wild and savage. I grew up watching World Around Us documentaries and I think it would be awesome to see all the animals and different environments in the flesh.
My family heritage is from the UK. So it would be nice to go there and see where I came from. There is also lots of museums, sight seeing things that would be awesome to see – Scout museum, Harry Potter museum, the Rosslyn Chapel from the Da Vinci Code and number of other famous locations, oh and a real life castle 😀
10. Favourite fictional character?
I tend to like characters that are lawful good and are knowledgeable, wise and well respected. Experts at their craft. I really like Kakashi from Naruto and Dumbledore from Harry Potter. Optimus Prime from Transformers is a great leader. I also like Andy Dufresne from The Shawshank Redemption for his determination and Tyrion from Game of Thrones for his cunning and understanding of human nature.
11. Soundtrack to your life?
Music from games I played in my childhood or just about an Dream Theater album.
My nominees are:
I’m meant to nominate 11, but I don’t even follow 11 blogs and I have no idea if they have been nominated previously.
And now for my 11 questions:
- What got you into blogging and why is it important to you?
- Skittles or MnM’s?
- Have you ever tried vegemite? If not, would you?
- If you could travel back in time, what time period would you go to?
- If you had the opportunity to meet any 3 living people in the world, who would they be?
- What is something that makes you unique like a talent or special ability?
- If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?
- What’s the best / worst pick up line you have used or had used on you?
- Have you ever considered going vegetarian if you are not already? If not, why?
- What’s your favourite movie?
- Scrunch or fold?
Have fun 😀