A lone bell rings in the distance… Several wolves howl in unison at the moon. The time is neigh children, so gather around with ol’ Quel as we dive into the deep… Into a place where Sporebats are Gods and knowledge is power… You have just entered –
The Frostheim Experience
Hello Frostheim! I will cut to the chase and just ask – is it true what they say about dwarves with hairy wrists?
If you heard it from Euripides, it’s a safe bet that it’s all lies.
Jokes aside, it is a pleasure interviewing you – When did you first begin playing WoW, and was Frost always your main?
I started in 2005 with Frostheim. I tried a handful of other classes while I was leveling, but none of them were half as awesome or good-looking as a dwarven hunter.
The Warcraft Hunters Union is one of the go-to sites for many hunters out there, how did it start and where do you see it going in the future?
Warcraft Hunters Union started in the trailing days of Burning Crusade. I started it with friend and fellow hunter Arust. The original concept was that I was the dwarven hunter mocking elves and he was the elven hunter mocking dwarves, but as much as we mocked each other we all teamed up against any other class. As it turns out the sissy elf coun’t handle the mocking and faded out pretty quickly, and I’ve been blogging ever since. It’s too bad, because Arust was into a lot of things I wasn’t, like achievements and collecting stuff or anything else that a really obsessive personality drives you toward.
As for where the WHU is going — at this point it’s going to be just a lot more of the same. More gear and rotation analysis, more number crunching, more mocking of elves and support classes, more big in-game events, and more of whatever else I can think of. At this point I don’t think there are many big milestones left, so the secret is to just keep on going. I do have an idea for a slightly different style of videos than I’ve done in the past, but I’ll have to look into that after MoP is more or less set.
The WHU guild most likely started from some evil idea to stock up Azeroth with Dwarven drunks with a taste for huntering, how did it all begin and what have been the highlights?
The original idea was to do a big fun in-game event with nothing but dwarven hunters. I was honestly expecting 20-30 people to show, and the first event had nearly 100. I was execting to hold the whole event in a single raid group, and communication between three raid groups was rough. So the guild first started as an easier way of communicating for in-game events.
From there the guild took on a life of it’s own. Hunters quickly formed an “alt” guild of max level characters (mostly death knights for the leveling boost of starting at level 55) just to farm mats for the main guild. The WHU guild has organized tons of its own events in between the official events for the blog — everything from all hunter battlegrounds to the badass all-hunter raid team — most of them are currently level 80 finishing off the last of the bosses in Wrath.
It seems that for Cataclysm you have stepped down from raiding (at in contrast to your level of raiding in ICC) – Will we see an epic return in the future?
We’ll have to see. I like raiding and enjoy raiding but shortly into Cataclysm it just became very clear that Ihad to cut back on my scheduled WoW time, which means cutting out raiding. I’ve done some LFR stuff recently but had very little real raiding this expansion, which sucks. Whether I can start in on it hard in Mists all depends on whether my RL obligations lighten up.
Thinking of the WoW Hunters Hall, and the WHU guild… and WHU itself, it seems that you are the unofficial spokes-hunter. How do you feel about the amount of attention and feedback these all receive, and how do you currently feel about the hunter community?
I don’t think I’m really any kind of spokeshunter — one of the great things about the hunter community as opposed to that of many of the support classes is that we have so many voices. We don’t have just one or two meaningful blogs — we have dozens, and tons of hunters that are vocal and helpful to the class as a whole.
As for how I feel about the attention and feedback for WHU, WHH, and the guild… well, I wish they all got twice as much!
What is your favourite article you have ever written?
Holy crap, that’s a LOT of articles. Over 1,300 on the WHU alone. I think a better target is toask the WHU readers what their favorite is.
I am a long time listener of the Hunting Party Podcast – How did you come to join the show as a host, and what are some of the best moments you have experienced on it?
I was asked to be a guest on the show back when it was just a teenager and after offending hordes of BM hunters they asked me to join as a host.
The best moments on the show are mostly the times that we weren’t talking about hunters at all but were joking around and generally having a good time — obviously episodes 69 and 100 are on this list. I’m also super thrilled with all of the guests that we’ve had on the show — we’ve had a ton of awesome hunters on the podcast and we almost always have a good time when we have special guests on. When I think back about all the killer top-tier hunter raiders — the best in the world — that I’ve had a chance to talk with, it’s pretty incredibly and I feel really lucky.
If you, Darkbrew, and Euripides were going to be stranded on a desert island, what three items would you each bring and why?
I’d probably be inclined to bring one of those solar-powered rechargers with a Kindle filled with survival texts — buildling fish traps, identifying plants, etc. Darkbrew would bring some starter yeast for some island brewing, and Euripides would come up with something that violates the rules of the scenario and end up nekkid and sunburned.
; however , explain yourself!
Knowledge is the most valuable thing I can think of to bring.
What is it that makes hunters the ultimate class of Warcraft?
Everything about the class.
You met Ghostcrawler once, was he carrying a nerf bat? Is he a lover or hater of hunters?
I’ve met him a couple times now, and never was he wielding a nerf bat. Ghostcrawler is definitely a lover of hunters. He’s interested in not just the mechanics of the game and the class, but also in the feel and flavor, willing to spend design time on fun things like interesting tame challenges.
What would be your biggest highlight from your time playing World of Warcraft?
Hoo, that’s a long time nowadays. Probably one of the best moments was still killing Ragnaros back in vanilla days. I don’t know what it was about fighting our way through MC, but those memories stick with me as more exciting than Onyxia (my first raid), BlackWing, the Lich King or anything else.
There was definitely something about 40-man raids that today’s raids can’t duplicate.
What is the best raid boss encounter ever? And what is the best raid of all time (Ulduar is off the table)?
The best raid boss encounter is the last one you beat in progression. For the best raid of all time I’ll have to stoop down and bring ULDUAR BACK ON THE FRICKIN TABLE!
What change(s) are you most looking forward to in MoP?
No minimum range.
How many hunters do you have across all the servers?
Probably around a dozen, but only Frostheim is at max level at the moment.
Do you have any other projects in store for the Hunter community?
Thanks to Frostheim for spending some time answering my cheeky questions – and if any readers of the Warcraft Hunters Union are checking this out; what is your favourite article written by Frost?
Make sure to check out the Warcraft Hunters Union for all things huntering!