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R2D2 Ajay "R2D2"
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Joined: July 7th, 2004 Became an Auroch and Jedi Knight: January 8th, 2006 . Stepped Down From JAT: February 11th, 2007; Retired Master Auroch

Location:  Alabama, USA
Occupation:  College student
Interests:  Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Online Gaming, Computers, and MATH!
AIM Screenname:  ArtooDetoo11
MSN Address:  r2d2arm@msn.com
Padawan of:  R2D2
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Feb 11 2007 08:11pm

Virtue
 - Jedi Council
 Virtue

R2D2 is now on the JA Hall Of Fame for his outstanding efforts as both a Jedi Instructor, and the Co-Leader of the Jedi Academy Aurochs (JAA).

R2 was part of the team directly responsible for reviving the Aurochs after the unfortunate resignation of many of the team's older members.

We thank you very much for all you've done for us, R2.
It won't be forgotten. :)

- Virtue. :alliance:
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This comment was edited by Virtue on Feb 11 2007 08:16pm.


Dec 08 2011 04:02pm

Janus
 - Retired
 Janus

Hey there R2,

I'd like to say I'm going to be super active but I'm just not sure yet. I'm hoping even in my casual play style I'll be in 10-15 hours a week, but that's a rough estimate. I'd like to help you guys out in any way shape or form, just let me know!

Boh
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Dec 04 2011 04:27pm

Janus
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 Janus

Hey R2!

Yeah, it's weird, it's not an "on-purpose" sort of thing, I've been going where the road takes me y'know? Gaming-wise once JKA died out, it's not that I didn't want to be around you guys/gals, I just had other real life stuff come up and my gaming took me in other places/directions. Mostly some RL friends and I have played and switched between EQ2 -> Battlefield Bad Company 2 -> Battlefield 3 where we're at now. In addition to this, after trying the SWTOR Beta weekend last weekend, I was sold on the game. So the first group I think of when it comes to Star Wars gaming is you guys so I "came home" :), thus my appearance as of late. I know the above is a long winded explanation but we go way back and wanted you to have some backstory to what's been going on. How's life treated you?

As far as guilds go, I'm crazily trying to get people applying to TJA.net so different groups of people I know end up here. I'm more than likely to get my main in on the TJA US guild with a secondary in a PVP server (I've never really PVP'ed before but I have friends that are only going PVP so I wanted to give it a shot at least). We'll see what happens, hit me up if you have any other questions and I'd love to hear how you've been!
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Dec 04 2011 06:56am

Cloud Senatu
 - Student
 Cloud Senatu

Most likely! I'll be doing my best to get on there constantly :D


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Dec 03 2011 04:58pm

Cloud Senatu
 - Student
 Cloud Senatu

Welcome back to your old position on the Staff, R2. Its good you've decided to take the responsibility once again. :)


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Dec 03 2011 09:14am

Masta
 - Jedi Council
 Masta


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Dec 02 2011 07:38pm

Siren_Mintaka
 - Student
 Siren_Mintaka

Glad to have you back, Artoo!

- Rin
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Nov 17 2011 04:02pm

Sauce
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 Sauce

yeah i'll definitely try out TOR when I get the chance but if i don't, I'll definitely play it when it comes out.

As far as finesse in wow pvp goes there's just more tools available to each class to counter each other (to give you an idea, My wow ui has 50 spells/macros all keybound where as the most keys i've seen in a tor video is 24). Also, an ability may not work all the time depending on the skills/class of the person you're playing against. To give you can example, I will talk about a mage's "ice block" ability and how few classes can interact with it.

Iceblock allows the mage to entomb himself in a block of ice, immuning him all incoming damage. However, the ice block can be broken by a warrior's shattering throw or a priest's mass dispel.

To counter this, the mage can cancel his block early and blink (which allows the mage to teleport 20 yards in the direction he is facing) to his teammate and run behind pillar to line of sight incoming damage and be healed up. If a priest is on the mage's team, the priest can life grip/leap of faith (which would pull the mage to the priest) the mage out of range and line of sight of the enemy's counters. Alternatively, the mage's teammates can prevent the counters by interrupting/cc'ing the opposing team during the mage's iceblock. If a rogue's on the mage's team, he can gouge/blind/stun/disarm the warrior during his shattering throw or gouge/blind/stun/kick the priest during his mass dispel.

However, a warrior may anticipate this by fearing the rogue or cast throwdown on him (which throws the rogue to the ground) before casting shattering throw. A priest can also fear the rogue or make himself immune to the rogue's kick (a spell interrupt) by using inner focus during his mass dispel. Alternatively, the priest can simply make his mass dispels cast speed faster (as therefore less likely to be silenced/stunned) by using power infusion (which makes him cast 20% faster).

These are just a few things a few classes can do in relation to how they can react to a mage's iceblock. Some classes can simple do nothing against it. For example a paladin/shaman/druid/hunter/warlock/mage can't really do anything to counter the iceblock ability itself. Alternatively, a rogue can limit the usefulness of iceblock by casting smoke bomb (which prevents the mage from being targetable inside the smoke bomb for 5 seconds) ontop of the mage's iceblock to prevent the mage from being healed up. Also, a Deathknight can make use of a mage's iceblock by casting dark simulacrum (which copy's the target's next spell) to copy the iceblock so he can use it later as an extra defensive cooldown.

Also, simple things matter too. Just like in jka, being able to move your character better while performing your abilities gives you a competitive advantage. If you can move well, you'll be better able to kite, run into, around, and behind stuff. All of these things matter because you'll be better able to mitigate damage (for example players can only attack or parry/block in front of them and most spells can only be casted on players in your line of sight.


This is just to give you an idea of how wow pvp is like. By finesse I mean there are just more skills, spells, and therefore strategies/teamwork needed to succeed at the higher levels. There are far more things I didn't talk about like positioning, map dependent adjustments, team compositions/synergy, trinketing, cc chaining and diminishing returns that is really important for successful pvp.


This comment was edited by Sauce on Nov 17 2011 04:31pm.

Nov 15 2011 08:44pm

Sauce
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 Sauce

i'm speaking from watching tor videos and reviews from other people who are experienced with competitive arenas/pvp in WoW.

pvp in tor is very plain. it is mostly just spamming damage and some crowd control. there is not a lot of countering or reaction based abilities that allows you to out-think someone or win by finesse. inevitably when a game is designed like that winning and losing will come down do who can do the most damage until it becomes unhealable.

Open world pvp will not be fun for me at all. I pvp to play against other players under fair conditions. What I imagine open world pvp would be is whichever side has the most people will probably win. And i'm really tired of getting killed 1 v 5 and getting spawn-camped, emoted, t-bagged. I don't wanna lose to people simply cuz they have more friends that have nothing better to do.

In addition, the gameplay just doesn't look very fluid. I dunno if this is because the game design is clunky or the youtube video quality sucks or the person controlling the character is inept but the fluidity that i'm used to from playing jka and wow is just not there.

all in all, tor is prolly a fine game. it's sw's. it has good voice acting. it has alot of storyline options. it's a new game for the academy members to play. But ultimately, it's just not a game that I want to devote too much time to because I wanna play something that requires skill.

This comment was edited by Sauce on Nov 15 2011 08:51pm.

Nov 14 2011 05:25pm

Sauce
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 Sauce

i dunno man. i want to play it but i only really like pvp and tor's pvp is objectively terrible.

i'd play it just so i can play with old ja friends but i don't know how long i'd stick around or if we'll even be able to play on the same server and at the same times.

for sure tor brings a new opportunity to revitalize the ja, but i can't help but feel that it won't. /sadface.

maybe it's time to move on!

Nov 09 2011 10:47pm

Komence
 - Student
 Komence

two more years here getting my bachelor's and then four years of grad school. so about 6 years and $100k of debt. the good life :cool:

Nov 09 2011 04:49pm

Sauce
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 Sauce

justin bieber would not cheat on selena gomez! NO WAI!!!








P.S.: yeah i know the incident supposedly happened by for bieber and gomez became a couple.

Nov 08 2011 07:04pm

Komence
 - Student
 Komence

dude that is really awesome, congratulations! getting paiddddd ;)

and i'm doing well, still in college. i'm studying biology and trying to go into optometry. i got an internship a couple of months ago so i've been learning under an optometrist. cool stuff so far!

Nov 08 2011 05:01am

Komence
 - Student
 Komence

hey r2, how's life been? are you completely done with genius school and into a steady career yet?

Dec 24 2010 01:50pm

Laziana
 - Jedi Instructor
 Laziana

merry christmas, R2
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Dec 24 2010 05:36am

Komence
 - Student
 Komence

dude, how excited are you about auburn in the national championship game? that should be an amazing game, really looking forward to it. i'm kinda pulling for the ducks though :P

Oct 31 2010 12:31am

Roan Belouve
 - Retired
 Roan Belouve

R2

It's been a while hope you are well. Just watching the Game v Ole Miss. I been thinking about posting over the last few weeks as I've been watching a lot of college football. Tigers and Cam are looking good.

Roan
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Oct 23 2010 01:38pm

O'Liin Onasi
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 O'Liin Onasi

I've been good man. How've you been?
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Oct 18 2010 09:56am

BDKawika
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 BDKawika

I've been doing pretty good, how have you been? I've been playing LOTRO too lol awesome.
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Oct 09 2010 12:20pm

O'Liin Onasi
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 O'Liin Onasi

ARTOO!!!
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Oct 09 2010 12:17pm

BDKawika
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 BDKawika

R2D2! how you been man, do you still play, or visit the website?
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Jul 04 2010 01:31am

Komence
 - Student
 Komence

sorry for the late response! to be honest with you, i'm not really entirely sure. what i'd love to do is be a general manager for a team, but obviously that's quite a reach. i'd like to start out maybe as a sports journalist or something similar, but i'm not all that sure yet.

there are a couple of internships being offered in regards to helping plan out where some of the sports teams will stay during away games like hotels, planes, etc. so i'm definitely going to apply to those.

i guess i really don't know quite yet haha. oh well, got a lot of time left.

Jun 30 2010 02:50pm

Monteeeeeee
 - Nugget
 Monteeeeeee

Ah cool do me a favour bro and update me when server is up the offical one anx i'll totally play it with ya. Feel free to add me to msn monte3ee@googlemail.com
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Jun 29 2010 10:55pm

Monteeeeeee
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 Monteeeeeee

Whats the OR ? New update or something ?
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Jun 28 2010 12:00am

Monteeeeeee
 - Nugget
 Monteeeeeee

You still playing on the SWG Emu TC? if so let me know i started on there too. Could use some funds if you have any spare :P hehe armor n all
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Jun 24 2010 02:52pm

Sauce
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 Sauce

she's okay too stern and combative for my taste! women belong in the kitchen!

This comment was edited by Sauce on Jun 24 2010 02:53pm.

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