Final Fantasy XI (FFXI) Ballista

Author: Drekien

Dr. Dre: Dear Stupid… Please Use a Shovel and Bury Yourself

—Written by Drekien

Oh yes, you know who I’m talking to. Yes you, the puny worthless insignificant piece of shit tarutaru referred to as “Clubark”. This isn’t going to be just another one of my rants. I intend to inform and educate but at the same time rip you apart. I don’t know why you think you have any right to believe that you are in any way better than me. Never did you clarify with evidence the time we supposedly did fight each other 1v1 or explain why exactly you think you’re better. But not only that, I find it REALLY hilarious that you think I “envy you”. Oh my god I was really laughing when I read that dumb shit. Also you speak of me being a {Child}? What do you think it takes to be a child? Hmm, well, from my knowledge, it’s something called immaturity, and bitch… you emanate that in its wholesome form. Yea, I can be immature at times, but I know in the end that’s not how I really act, and that whatever you believe is making you more superior and mature than me is really just a clouded façade.

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Dr. Dre: Player Profile: Brandonn, Nah Nevermind…

—Written by Drekien

Well I was gonna ask Brandonn but, 1. I have no nickname for him, and 2. He’s incognitos. So I guess the rest would be like, necessary to do? But in reality I can’t think of questions to ask people anymore plus I don’t think anyone really cares. Instead of talking about other people or asking them questions, I figured that I’ll just keep doing regular ass random ballista posts.

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Dr. Dre: Player Profile: Jsprodjgoaehqwdslfk1337etc

—Written by Drekien

While trying to think of the next person to write about, I came to the realization that many of us are quite similar. With that in mind, these questions are kind of hard to come up with now… but of course being the boss that I am I have it all figured out. Well what I mean by similar is that many of us have the same jobs leveled, as for instance my next person in the player profile. Like me, he has pretty much the same ballista jobs leveled and used: SAM, WAR, DRG, RNG… just to name a few. He’s also quite the stealthy player. What do I mean by that?…well if you haven’t figured it out already, he’s able to keep this game a secret from his own family! Please welcome the man whose name is impossible to pronounce, Jspromlx~

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Dr. Dre: Player Profile: Masta P

—Written by Drekien

Dammit V, I’d wish you’d stop putting that dumb “Dr. Dre” shit in front of every post I write. Oh well, anyway the next person I’d like to introduce is a good, NO, great ballista player I’ve had the pleasure of knowing longer than probably any of you scrubs. A Lakshmi native, he’s been in the ballista game for quite a while, but you might not have seen him as he is now. This guy gives a good name for all monks and dark knights everywhere…in ballista, and he’s truly a powerhouse in those respects. People may not know of him, but once you play against him his avatar will leave a lasting impression on your memory. An all around good-guy, I’m glad to present Pikkiwoki in this next player profile.

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Dr. Dre: Player Profile: Boss

—Written by Drekien

I’m so mufuckin pretty. No really V, while you’re reading this and then continue to post it, I will explain to you what I mean exactly. Hope you and everyone else enjoys.

So since we’ve begun to acquire more and more members, I’ve been thinking of ideas to make V’s blog less boring :D. I’ve decided to make player profiles of all our Linkshell members. Interesting? Cool? Innovative? Yea I think all those are appropriate. But in any case I must get to the point. Why am I doing this? Well, I guess because of what I said like 5 sentences ago… but really because I don’t think anyone has done this for ballista players, ever. So what will it consist of? I just have some intriguing questions for our lucky members to answer regarding ballista as a whole.

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Dr. Dre: Cool Title Name Here

—Written by Drekien

It’s been a while since I’ve done a write-up. Yea I’ve been busy… Sure I’ve had better things to than write pointless blog entries. Well honestly I’ve been reading V’s so much that it has kinda dawned upon me that I once said that I wanted to share something with the world in the name of Ballista. What’s there to say? We have a lot of new members and NA transfers coming in. That’s cool. 60 cap is going pretty strong here on Lakshmi. That’s nice. I’m poor, and everyone loves using rabbit pies. FUCK THAT SHIT…

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Dr. Dre: Updating, Expanding, and Augments

—Written by Drekien

So I’ve thought about it for a while, I haven’t been playing as much as I used to 2-3 years ago, but I’ve contemplated the benefits of some of the gear that can be synced in Ballista, particularly the Perle set of equipment from the Abyssea add-on (probably lookin at the body, head, and feet). From what I’ve been told from my friend Minigal, the body gives STR & DEX +3 and ACC & ATT +7. These stats are definitely decent at worst… considering Byrnie gives only 2 more STR but 18 more ATT (19~ if you count the 2 STR bonus) yet no ACC/DEX bonus. The head also isn’t too bad syncing with STR & VIT +2 and ATT+3… and I’m honestly getting sick of my lolturban too so this could be a viable substitute in the near future. And unfortunately, I have no idea what the feets stats are, but I’m sure they’re around Sipahi/Abtal in terms of “+”.

Contemplating about leveling jobs is hard enough, but man, I’ve been so brain dead about what I would like to take pride in gear-wise and merit-wise for Ballista. I have soooooooooo many 60 cap jobs that are unfinished and leveled just for ballista purposes (RDM, MNK, THF, NIN, DRK, and BLU). Nowadays, it will only be worthwhile to level a job that I know I can be committed to because no one really “sucks” anymore. The competition is pretty fierce, especially in a controlled environment like Diorama, but even some of the OM’s get kinda technical, depending on the people and their respective jobs. If I’m gonna find a job that I can enjoy and actually be decent at, it’s gonna take some real hard meditation to push myself to be more diverse…

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Now it’s time for augments. I’d like to be the first to say that I am super envious of most players’ augs. There are so many that I can’t even pinpoint one that stands out the most, but in 99.9% of the cases, it’s because I’m just a broke bastard who can’t afford much of anything anymore to aug consistently. I’ve noticed the people that have the super nice augs are either extremely rich or extremely lucky, and I mean they have consistency in their nice augments: hardly any negative stats, hardly any non-useful stats for that job… and so on. I have some fairly decent ones that I have taken pride in, though.

I can’t recall where I’ve gotten most of them, or what time of the day/moon phase… I know, I suck, and I apologize. PS2/3 just doesn’t have the capabilities a PC has, but whatever, I gotta deal with it lol. These are just the ones that I consider noteworthy though, and obviously they’re my best, but like I said, I do take pride in having some decent augs.

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So today was a good day to do some OM because… well, I haven’t done any in a while, and it was a good time to talk about the things that went down.

The Jugner Forest match was actually pretty fucking lame from my perspective. I was never able to get many KO’s, score, or do much of anything productive really… The teams were:

Windurst
WAR/SAM: Drekien [E]
SAM/DNC: Lowriders [H]
DRK/SAM: Avrilabsoraytum [H]
PUP/WAR: Dirac [T]
BLM/RDM: Nawsica [T]

Bastok
SAM/WAR: Irvinez [G]
SAM/WAR: Gamixyz [E]
DRK/SAM: Vyii [E]
MNK/WAR: Teska [E]
RDM/BLM: Lilyrose [M]

Windurst 67 – Bastok 81

Looking at it, you might think, “Well, Bastok might have the slight advantage,” and they did… but we didn’t get blown away by any means. Yes, we probably died a lot more than they did, granted they had an extra samurai. Plus, our samurai was /DNC with Soboro while both of their samurais were /WAR with polearms. Vokes were extremely crucial during this match. I honestly think about 15-20 of our points were because of the assists I pulled off.

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Nawsica was doing WOOOOOOOORK as blm, I mean I guess it wouldn’t be TOO difficult, considering that Lily wasn’t really even going for him, I suppose. But it seemed as though Nawsica was just dominating with nukes during the majority of it.

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Other than that, it wasn’t as lopsided as one may think, came really close at points where we actually could have taken the lead (besides when we started off 2-0 >.> lol). The match ended in a pleasing defeat of 67 to 81,and I can definitely be comfortable losing, knowing that I wasn’t a complete nuisance or didn’t do anything productive.

Not feeling like doing a Pashhow or Meriph one… I need some rest zzzzzz…….


Dr. Dre: An Introduction

—Written by Drekien

I am terrible with opening statements, but with inspiration from Vyii, who’s currently on Lakshmi server, I’ve found the motivation to write about my experiences. I have been studying the game, practicing different jobs, and over the years, met some great people who enjoy Ballista as much as I do. I am Drekien, notably an Elvaan Samurai & Warrior, from Lakshmi. Now, I didn’t start on Lakshmi, as it is with many other Ballista practitioners. I moved around a lot from server to server. I started off on Seraph and had many great memories on that server, but once Ballista took a hold of my FFXI life, I had to get away. Ballista is an ever-changing sport. People come and go all the time, and everyone strives to find their happiness wherever they go. I transferred to Fenrir when it was possible (in 2007? Can’t remember). It was a huge ordeal when it started because Ballista was still fairly popular then especially with NA’s, and that server quickly became flooded with assholes, morons, and people who we considered the typical NA gamers. I couldn’t take the nonsense that took place over there and quickly moved back to Seraph, finishing sky and sea and doing things that I meant to complete. Then time went on, and again, I got fed up with the lack of Ballista Seraph had to offer (oh also I  knew Vyii at this point in time, but he doesn’t want me to reveal too much information so I’ll just let him read this so he can know wtf I’m talking about ^.~). I then moved to a bunch of different servers in search of adequate Ballista. Eventually, I found myself finding a niche in Lakshmi. With advice from the JPs from Seraph, they suggested that Lakshmi had a good group of people and had a somewhat welcoming Ballista community.

Times were good. I spent a good year and a half-two years on Lakshmi before Vyii pops his ugly mug back up again. After spending time with me on Lakshmi, he talks to me about going to Siren to play “HQ” ballista. Of course I was obliged to take this guy’s offer, but I didn’t want to abandon my JP friends that I had known for oh so long… It was a tough decision. But as the story goes, I had to give in and realize that, hell, I don’t even speak/read/understand Japanese, and I moved to Siren with some other fellow NA’s. Now making this move had me thinking that it was a good idea. One because I really haven’t played with an organized group of experienced NA veterans before, even in Official matches (NO, I’m sorry, Lazurus. You are NOT a good ballista player). I mean… I’ve played with a bunch of NA’s and done well with them on my team, but this guy Vyii was talking about serious stuff. NA v. JP, ditto matched jobs, specific rules, and stuff that looked extremely interesting. And two, never had I played Ballista and got so much fulfillment out of doing something like this. I’ve had decent relationships with JPs in the past, and I’ve done many Diorama matches where I was the only NA. But now to team up with some fellow NAs and put some respect into JP shoes… that sounded really nice.

And now we are at the present. If you have been following Vyii’s blog, then you would know we as a group have moved to Lakshmi (while I was returning). Currently, I’m trying to better my gear, skill**, and intelligence when it comes to Ballista. I know there’s always going to be some type of judgment someone will hold against me, but it’s always proper to overlook it and be the best I can. I consider myself a knowledgeable Ballista player, but there is so much more I need to learn before even I can give myself the proper praise and respect. I’ll be posting similar stuff as Vyii, item augs, OM and Dio match descriptions, stuff like that… so stay tuned, bitches.

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SO… I guess to start this journal entry off right is to talk about the little random dio we did on Thursday night… My bitchass got stuck with V -_- It wasn’t so bad lol. We won the first match 8-6 with a late comeback in the final minutes.

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But the second match, we lost 8-5. (>.> I wanted to head out)

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Then before the third match, V was bein a jackass and wanted to augment his Gilt feet (-_-) on Darksday, before it was over…

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Then the last match, we finally got to switch teams up, as I was teamed with Teishi (Boss) against Vyii and Jspromlx. The match ended in a victoire! 6-4.

Aaaand that’s about it… Plan to do some OM tomorrow around mid-day and maybe post the events that transpire.