Saturday, April 24, 2010

Kalu'ak Derby, or "To Share or Not to Share?"

I had an interesting experience while at the Kalu'ak Fishing Derby today. I was, indeed, one of those people who landed next to someone else and started fishing from the same pool. I know, I know, I hate it when it's done to me, but it is a contest and if that's the only pool nearby...

One of the other fishermen whispered me and said that the time wasted traveling vs fishing when you share a pool slows you down.

I replied that sharing a pool is better than no pool.

We discussed it briefly, he mentioned that it's true for the Stranglethorn Tournament (someone did the math on El's) but perhaps not so much for the Kalu'ak (which is more random). Looking at the Kalu'ak page, El still recommends not sharing pools, though I don't know if there's any math attached.

My husband's best friend says that it doesn't matter if you arrive late to the Derby. As long as you arrive before someone else wins, you're still as much in the running as you would have been otherwise because of some weird "chance to catch goes up as contest goes on" thing.

One thing I do know is that Alliance has an advantage in a race to the turn-in. It's much closer to that side of Dalaran, and if Alliance and Horde hearth at the same time, the Alliance will win (unless their loading time is pure crap). It's not something Blizz thinks is a problem, but if you've ever lost by moments as Horde, you know it really is.

To help your hearth go faster, El says to set your graphics as low as possible except for Spell Detail. Also, Engineers can make X-Ray specs which make everyone nude, so you don't have to load anyone's gear.

Now, what do you think about all this? Practicality, ethics, tips.... have at it.


  1. Set your hearth at the legerdemaine for Horde. The innkeeper of the Dirty Animal takes longer to load with her wolves and can make it difficult to move if you are trying to shave off seconds.

    Me, I move from pool to pool, because, while I would like to win, I use the fish to make fish feasts later. I would rather lose with useful fish for my time.

  2. I personally refuse to fish from a pool someone else is already fishing from, even if it's the only one around. For one, like you, I hate it when people do it to me. For two, you don't know how long they've been there. This could be their first cast into the pool, or it might be their last. If their current cast finishes first, and the pool disappears, you've lost the time on your cast from the time you could have spent looking for your own.

    I got extremely lucky with the Kalu'ak tourney though. I won it the first time I ever tried for it. XD


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