World of Warcraft

by Bran van der Meer

Update (feb '11): I don't play anymore, this page still lives here as a memory.

Why I do play World of Warcraft, and why I don't approach it as 'just any game'. WoWInsider did a pretty nice job in saying exactly why I play the game, I quote:

Taking down raid bosses with 24 other people is quite satisfying, especially if it's the first kill. The communication and leadership skills necessary to successfully run raids are akin to running a small business, and the mathematics and statistics behind the true upper echelons of play require a solid understanding of calculus.

My role? Im a officer in one of the leading raiding guilds of our server. As patch 3.1 is here now, we're busy with clearing Ulduar. The rest of the content we have already down.

My Characters

Ofcourse I have, like everybody else, too much low level alts, but these are my high level characters. They're mostly alliance on Zenedar (eu), but Lyonell is horde on Stormscale (eu).

My Movies

Update December 2008: This section is getting a little outdated, since now Wrath of the Lich King is out (even patch 3.1). All the movies in here are still from The Burning Crusade, and Im currently to busy to continue creating encounter movies, maybe in the future again. (The current ones listed are still worth watching!)

Tip: Watch youtube movies in high quality whenever possible!
There's a setting in the YouTube Account section called 'Video Playback Quality', set that to 'I have a fast connection.' to always watch video's in the highest available quality. Only in the very rare case that you don't have a fast connection I wouldn't advise this.

Raid Boss POV See it
Black Temple Supremus Dasofia, Fire mage download | youtube
Battle for Mount Hyjal Rage Winterchill Dasofia, Fire mage coming soon
Tempest Keep Void Reaver Dasofia, Fire mage youtube
Serpentshrine Cavern Morogrim Tidewalker Dasofia, Arcane mage coming soon
Serpentshrine Cavern Leotheras the Blind Dasofia, Arcane mage coming soon
Magtheridon's Lair Magtheridon Dasofia, Fire mage download
Gruul's Lair Gruul the Dragonkiller Dasofia, Fire mage download | youtube
Zul'Aman Akil'zon Eiya, Resto druid youtube
Karazhan Netherspite Eiya, Resto druid youtube

My system

A few highlighted components of my current system:

  • Intel i7-870 (Quad Core 2933 MHz)
  • 8Gb RAM
  • GeForce GTX 570
  • Acer X243w (24" wide screen)
  • Logitech G15 keyboard
  • Logitech MX510 mouse
  • Windows 7 64bit Ultimate

All my WoW settings are maxed out, Im playing at a 1920x1200 resolution (luckily I can even fraps at the same resolution while keeping a playable amount of frames per second).
Below here are a few screenshots to illustrate how I play and what my interface looks like:

Icecrown Citadel, Lady Deathwhisper, Eiya Boss: Lady Deathwhisper
Raid: Icecrown Citadel
Player: Eiya, balance druid
Era: Wrath of the Lich King (patch 3.3)

Naxxramas Heroic, Patchwerk, Eiya Boss: Patchwerk
Raid: Naxxramas Heroic
Player: Eiya, resto druid
Era: Wrath of the Lich King (patch 3.0)

1337 Bonus damage at Leotheras the Blind, Serpentshrine Cavern, Dasofia Boss: Leotheras the Blind
Raid: Serpentshrine Cavern
Player: Dasofia, arcane mage
Era: The Burning Crusade

I made this screenshot because I had 1337 bonus damage just before the fight, which is pretty leet ofcourse.

Shade of Akama, Black Temple, Dasofia Boss: Shade of Akama
Raid: Black Temple
Player: Dasofia, fire mage
Era: The Burning Crusade (patch 2.3)

A screenshot just one second after we killed the Shade of Akama in 3 minutes and 45 seconds with a total Raid DPS of 31944!

High Warlord Naj'entus, Black Temple, Dasofia Boss: High Warlord Naj'entus
Raid: Black Temple
Player: Dasofia, fire mage
Era: The Burning Crusade (patch 2.3)