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March 15th, 2010

The Ineffable Law of Sod

We all know this one. You know, the one with the toast, the butter and the carpet? If you're really unlucky, it'll be marmalade, and the cat, and you're already late for work? Yeah, that one.

I normally like the Law of Sod. I've even utilised it, by buying an upgrade to tempt a bigger upgrade to drop. It works. As a healer, I'm an avid believer in both LoS (line of sight) and LoS (Law of Sod). As a boomchicken however, I don't believe in it, because, as Mr Pratchett would say, that'd be like believing in the postman. I don't need to believe in something that comes up to my nose, bites it and then repeatedly rubs salt, mud and excrement in it.

Yes. You've guessed it. I am referring to Eclipse. It's a great talent, and an absolute must as far as I'm concerned when it comes to DPS.....I love the mechanics of the lunar/solar eclipse. I love having to be on the ball and switch as soon as it procs. I don't run an addon for it, because I'm pretty well attuned to it. But....like anything that I love deeply, it has the potential to irritate the crap out of  me. How? It's simple. It's a spawn of the God of the Law of Sod. It sits at his right hand and points and laughs whenever it sees me swap my talent tree to dps.

We go into a trash mob fight. Normal rotation....yadahyadah. I'm spamming the wrath, then bang....my eclipse procs....I tab to the next target (except in the snake room, NEVER tab in the snake room...) to find there isn't one.....Yes. It's the end of the fight. Poo, say I. We carry on. This pattern repeats itself, delighting in proc after proc after proc, always at the end of the fight....

.....and then we reach the boss fight. And guess what? Not a single bloody proc for the first 20 seconds.....And then...it procs. Just as I have to shift, and do the dance out of bad stuff on the floor, and that takes just long enough for it to wear off...so I try again. And yep, there it goes again, just as DBM is yelling at me to run away little girl.....

This wouldn't be quite as bad if the bloody thing then didn't proc right at the very end of the battle, just as the big bad is toppling over.

I swear it's an art form. I could predict that the boss would stun, breath fire, crap on the floor, incapacitate, do whatever it does to cause mayhem....simply by the timing of my eclipse. It's better than DBM. And get this? It's NOT JUST ME! I see it happening to my fellow guildy boomkins too....

Although, having said that, my distress regarding the LoS wasn't as great as one of my fellow guildies recently. The poor bugger had just bought an expensive enchant for their weapon.....then an upgrade to that weapon dropped......so he sorted out another enchant.....and then....yet another dropped, hence another. All in the same evening. Poor guy was broke by the end of his run of luck....

The God of the Law of Sod is harsh. But I do sometimes wonder whether he's got any openings for wannabe novitiates, and if they get special deals on their procs, if he does.....