Yes, yes, by now it is old news and everyone is over it. But I am here screaming internally with excitement that I can’t seem to calm down.
A few people I have spoken to seem to have misunderstood what is happening. They are changing the physical hardware servers to be based in Australia somewhere – I would guess Sydney based on available information out in the wild. The “servers” they are referring to are the actual devices used to house our information and not the things we log onto in game.
Nothing will change from our perspective, we will have longer than usual maintenance on Tuesday night, and we will log on and the only change we will notice will be lower latency. We will still be with our US brethren, we can still have queues etc – I did read in the FAQS they will try and fill from the oceanic pools of people first – which is pretty awesome as it will make the experience much better for everyone.
I am waiting to read about what this means for our Tuesday night maintenance – will it be switched to during the actual night or during the day etc.
Onto why I am so excited, when I first started playing WoW, we had latency of 500 approx, I then spent BC/Wrath at about 300ms, and now it is approx 200ms. One of the reasons we played SWTOR for a while was because of the Aussie servers.
Our first few days in there were freaking amazing, the game was good – yes, but being able to push a button and have an almost instant reaction was game changing. When sitting on latency of less than 50ms (and from memory it was 30ms most of the time) it made the game feel much more responsive and fun to play. Fighting bosses was made much easier as you could keep up with what was happening in real time, you didn’t feel as though you were behind.
I am excited beyond belief as this will make WoW even more perfect to me, maybe even bring some people back as well? No idea.
Some people have been a bit negative about it and that really pisses me off. Yes they could have done it sooner – but you know – they don’t have to do it. They are doing it – and better late than never is something that applies in this case. They are under absolutely no requirement to put servers here – I don’t pay my monthly subscription with a caveat they will have aussie servers – it is not my business. Yes we have requested it and yes, they make money off us, but they are a business and until an option presented that was viable from that point of view – nothing was going to change.
They sent out Ion to do a special Australian event (perhaps to launch this news specifically) and that speaks volumes to me, they could have mentioned it at Blizzcon or in a post with no effort – instead they created an event – FOR FREE – and gave away plushies. None of which they had to do. They made it special for us which means they know what it means to the Oceanic player base.
I am excited and I cannot wait for next week, I am pretty ecstatic they have finally managed to find a way to provide this for us.
What a whirlwind kind of week since patch. I can barely keep up with everything going on, I almost fell like my brain will explode any minute from the excitement of it all.
I got invited into the Mythic raid!! ZOMG! You know the one were we were getting slammed by Juggs of Iron..well we continued that one. I didn’t anticipate an invite, but I had pre-warned Navi that I was on lates this week which meant I would be online about 5 minutes before raid time and I was completely understanding if she took others because of that.
Anyway I managed to get home pretty early, ate dinner, and jump on at about 15 minutes prior. Enough time to make some pots (WITHOUT GOING TO MY BANK – ZOMG!!!) and get repaired and empty out some crap in my bags. Not that I need to anymore with my 70 free bag slots
We headed back to IJ and I was slightly freaking out because last time, I was struggling to avoid the stupid razor blades that come out of the ground. Seems I sucked at that again anyway, but, for one moment – whilst dead, I was appreciating my damage meters. This may the only time I ever see my name in that position with this guild (although I will make it more common) but it is very, very exciting:
We had a few wipes on bosses but we managed to get all the way to Thok and on our last attempt for the night, kill him.
It may not have been as fast as some others, but given a few of us had never been there in heroic so didn’t know about the new mechanics etc I think we did unbelievably well. I am sure it was frustrating for the main team to walk us through it all, but they will never know much much I personally appreciated their time and effort.
Malkorak and his little black balls of death were annoying – I swear I didn’t get hit – but I must have clipped it – so annoying thinking you are miles away only to find out you weren’t. Even worse, Exray was marking the non safe spots and says “get to the safe zone” – what do you think I do??…yeah..stand there looking at the coloured marker thinking, “I need to move away from this!” in a panic, only to be dead a few seconds later :p Not funny. My brain just did not connect to my hands.
I have said it before, I know it is post patch and everything is easier at the moment, but the pure and simple joy of killing bosses in levels I have not seen – or thought i would ever see – and then getting achievements for it, is pretty epic in my mind!!
I have to mention spoils – the most frustrating fight as a ranged person I have ever experienced:
Tab target // 2 (start casting frostbolt) // mob dies // cast failed
“That was fast!!”
Tab target // 2 (start casting) // mob dies // cast failed
“WHAT THE H…?!!?!?”
Tab target // 2 (start casting) // mob dies // cast failed
tab target // 3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,pet frost nova,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab, (Ice lance)
“SCREW YOU DPS!!! Take some multistriking ice lances!!!”
I am sooo excited to have these, I need to get the first wing down to have a set, especially if we do the last three this week, I don’t know if we are resetting or just extending. Either way I am so happy! Ecstatic!! Thanks for putting up with a nublet in your raid team guys!!
I was a little disappointed with the new UBRS in that it was too short. I wanted more.
I had been queuing with no success since patch – my wait times were starting off as like 40 minutes and then increasing and then every time it would pop up someone would decline and I ended up doing other things.
The other night in guild a few of us were moaning (mainly Duck and myself) about how we had no joy in there and the wonderful Navi said she would tank a run for us complainers!! Crooked offered to heal, Alca wanted in as well so off we went!
We completed it without an issue, apparently the first boss does some sort of lightning thing – which Crooked and I were closing off the doovers so I didn’t really notice much else about the fight. The second boss did some sort of charge chain thing, but he died too quickly for me to really understand what was happening aside from avoiding green puddles. The next boss was fun with adds flying around everywhere and mobs all over the place.
Then Awbee came in, which was pretty cool. I ran off to head out to the tunnels and no one followed…I got told that was it. The end. For the moment. I can’t wait to get to the beast – I hope they left the punting in – it was an initiation rite when we ran it originally – every newbie had to go and agro him and die :) Was soo much fun.
There was a funny bit when Alcapown rolled on some loot (or was it Duck?) anyway we all wondered why when it had Int and crit or something else on it. We all realised it was part of the new loot that changes depending on your spec. Quite weird actually because now I am wondering how will loot work in raids? Will we all see gear differently and therefore never really know who it should go to….ohh my head hurts thinking about it….it will be fun to see how it plays out anyway.
But here we all are – sorry for the awful image!!
Thanks guys for getting that done for me.
Lominari and I managed to get the rest of the Iron invasion questline done and Luxy has said the pet is a pretty good one for battles, so I have added it to my favourites to get levelled.
Lom has managed to pick up a bug somewhere so my plans to do UBRS with him on Friday got squashed. Instead i settled in for a night of farming for a Bronze Whelping. Luxy said she gave up after 9 hours of farming, and someone else said they got one after a few kills. I had killed maybe 50 mobs when McTacky started organise a Friday night fun run and I was going to pass and farm this pet. However, Luxy guilt tripped me and I got sucked in.
I hadn’t planned on really chasing achievements but some where so easy to get it was well worth it. I dragged Lominari along on his rogue so that he could pick pocket hagara when we got to her.
However, the getting to Hagara was hilarious. Thohand wanted to join us but got stuck on loading screens…he also went around the entire map of Azeroth to get to us…eventually he joined us at Yor’sahj.
Everyone was playing with toys whilst we were waiting for him to turn up, it was funny. I got completely smashed as well, screen was very very fuzzy.
Getting the achievement on Hagara for holding hands well funny as hell, McTacky was getting annoyed with me because he kept saying “walk towards me” , “come to me”, “where i Am” etc but…all I could see was balls of lightening and Luxy with a symbol on her head….I would not have been able to tell you where anyone was in that line of people. We eventually did get it, but sadly not for the people who had died already, so I feel bad..for them.
The only fight that wasn’t a cake walk was Spine, you can’t ignore mechanics really and we wiped a couple of times, but really once we got the healing sorted out it was easy.
Thanks to the group I only have to get Red & Green combo on Yor’sahj and the platforms on Deathwing that aren’t Ysera’s platform. So a minimum, three more weeks to go in there. I really didn’t think i would get so many done, I am very grateful Mctacky organised something and I am happy Luxy guilted me into going. Another mount is within reach.
We then headed off briefly to do Halion in Ruby Sanctum, clearing the trash took us 80 times longer than to kill the boss.
I honestly got so confused about version we were running, I figured it wasn’t important anyway. I believe we were doing normal, but it may have been heroic?
Either way, we went all the way to Norushen and given how easy the content seemed to be – they (being the chieftans) thought we could handle Mythic..so we switched it. When I say easy = I mean the fights were over before you got too settled in, it felt awkward and (secretly) kind of awesome.
Sha of pride took about 1 minute to kill – maybe just over – but it was dead very quickly. Gala apparently needed people to separate into sides when she drops, but by the time that had been explained on the fly, she was about 30% and going to be dead in a couple of seconds.
Based on that, surely we could do Iron Juggs? Nope…not a hope in hell. The switch in phases just cause zoo much issue. Not sure if it was the change to healing or the lack of skilled DPS, but either way it was just bad. I think we wiped 4 times before calling it. No way I can follow this mess:
It was so much fun to be in a mythic raid and getting some achievements…even if they are fake now…LOL.
DPS wise it is weird seeing 10k as a big number, I am sitting mainly at just under 10k at the moment (9k consistently) and the warriors are doing like 13 – 14k amazingly.
I have to fix my enchants as well, I did half before this raid and Mctacky cut 11 gems for me for my gear. I just need a few more enchants and that may help increase my DPS that little bit more. I also love the change to upgrading with coins as I had a few pieces of gear that I couldn’t wear due to lack of valour, but now I am in everything that is a upgrade.
I do confess to liking seeing smaller numbers – means we can only go up from here
Yes, it is time for a TRANSMOG COMP!!!!!! again!
Not another 12 week long crazy competition.
In honour of the upcoming Warlords of Draenor xpac and the changes we will be going through, I have decided it would be cool to do a comp based on only Burning Crusade gear. Heading back to Outland as we know it now before it (and our future) changes forever is a fair reason to remember all the lovely outfits we had for the very first expansion of this game! Before all the timey wimey stuff gets all jumbled.
I am making this a pretty simple competition and hopefully that means more people can join in!
If you want to help me judge and not enter please message and let me know, extra judges will be dependent on how many people decide to send me something – so I will let you know closer to the date.
Your very own blog post!! and probably a little badge you can stick on your blog (if you are a blogger) and a mount or pet from the store
So please, share this with everyone and enter, you don’t have to be a blogger – just someone who loves WoW and is excited to be heading to a new timeline!! Go forth and find some fantastic Outlands gear!
I spent all day at work on Wednesday excited about going home and logging into the new content. Seeing some actual bag space would be amazing!! I was chatting to Drauka all day about it.
Finally got home at 7.30pm, fed the dog, got dinner started and then logged into WoW….and then….reconfiguring files for patch. That alone took approx 40 minutes, and then it said it required a 6Gb download. My face was complete devastation. I had been running the background downloader so I was quite annoyed that I had even more to download as I would have checked again before I left for work. Yes my fault for assuming the downloader was up to date…GAHHHHH.
So I let it download, I was getting pretty good speeds so figured it wouldn’t take too long – it was 10.30pm and it still had approx 1.5Gb to go. I went to bed devastated. I did log on briefly when it hit the green portion of the download, but as Lominari had to download 11Gb – I was sitting at approx 6k latency. I was almost in tears. Almost.
Anyway, that’s fine…I can handle it. I am tough.
I got up on Thursday morning and checked that my download had finished. The launcher was advising it was up to date. I was excited to come home that evening so I could finally get online.
So again, 7.30pm rocks around, I am walking in the front door (dinner was to be microwaved because in my excitement of the morning of having an up to date patch, I had forgotten to grab our lunches for work – making an excellent dinner choice!). I decided to quickly jump through the shower so I can get into my comfy clothes and not worry about it before bed time.
As I am about to get out of the shower, Lominari walks in (looking crestfallen) and says; “I don’t want to upset you, but….the World servers are down. All of them. I had you logged in, then we both just got DC’d and I can’t get us back in!” I honestly thought he was just messing with me because of the night before, he was adamant – and he wasn’t doing his usual cheeky grin…so I was half hoping and half completely lost.
I headed out to investigate and the notice on the front screen advising maintenance had appeared – one hour. I figured I could handle that right? We ate dinner and then….would you believe it…
I had to re-gem my mage and alter my gear because of the recent weeks doing brawlers. I also had to rejig my buttons and talents. Find my toybox and open up some bag space – ZOMGWTFBBQ – 46 free slots (and i haven’t opened my second void storage yet!)
Lominari logged in and we started the quests in Blasted Land – for some reason our latency spiked to over 5k, but then slowly started to come back down without any interference (thank god it did – because my anger levels were starting to peak at that point). We didn’t finish the quest chain because raid started for the guild but that is an entirely different post!
However!! I AM IN!!! SQUUUUEEEEEEEEEEE!
I tend to always leave the achievements alone throughout an expansion that require the eating and cooking of foods and finding things. I figure that during the course of the xpac I would discover them and only have a few left over when it came time to actually do them.
I haven’t actually finished the cooking ones yet – I still need to get a student etc – but the thought of farming for those damned ironpaw tokens just drove me to the mental institute in anger and frustration.
So, here are the ones I finally completed after going through my bank toon and stealing all the mats.
I downloaded the addon to help with the treasure finding and there were dots ALL over the place!! It was crazy, I had to do about 3 loops to complete the achievements as they were not spawning in any of the locations. I still missed quite a few, so I am tempted to try and get some more done – if I can be bothered now.
About the only thing I really really want to do now is make sure i attend the Wanderer’s festival in the Wilds on Sunday night – I have to collect the pet and get the achievement. I want to do it before I leave pandaland.
and a new crowd shuffles in….
Well sort of…some regulars and some new people in the flex this week, and only 13 of us again, pretty much a ragtag bunch of misfits if you ask me, but you know we are legends. well they are, I am not. I cannot do the belts on Blackfuse to save a soul. I am not sure I will ever be able to do it. I simply cannot cast, avoid fire and move backwards at the same time. Simply impossible. I need to be standing still….and last night my frost bolts were doing nothing to the hp of the mines. I really have no idea how to do them. Honestly, and even after researching some information the next day I still can’t find any information – most people say to stick melee on it….
I was trying to get ninja pics with Thohand…and the bear jumps around more than a….something that jumps a lot…drove me mad…eventually after one of our wipes I caught him in a brief moment of sitting peacefully…and I managed to capture Koda as well, with the lovely blue wings of awesome. Thohand looks like an evil panda though – he is really quite nice, don’t let his outfit fool you.
Anyway, after a few attempts we got him down, and Paragons was cake walk (I didn’t think it would be an issue ) it isn’t a hard fight really, focusing on one boss at a time is pretty simple if you ask me.
Garrosh however was…promising to be an interesting fight when I am 2nd on DPS meters..you know we are in big trouble. However we actually had only two attempts and the first attempt I thought we were going to do it. It was very smooth. I forgot we were doing Flex though and was waiting for achievements…LOL…Duh. I was quite happy to see us kill Garrosh with the group we had, it would have been a little crappy for the newer/social members to have had a wipefest night.
I managed to ninja a pic whilst faith was eating her noodles and I was going to sit down next to her, but I didn’t want to interrupt her Laksa :p
And since I haven’t gotten many pics with him, I ninjaed one with Lominari on his rogue, I believe that Lominari and Morz were getting a little snuggly there…maybe they needed some comfort from each other
I missed a couple of these recently – in fact most – but we went to Throne of Thunder with approx 13 people to attempt some 25 man achievements. We kicked butt mostly, although Horridan was horrible and in all fairness I hate that fight in any mode. I hate him almost as much as Immersius, although he is the overall winner for boss fights I dislike.
I must have already had the achievement for the first guy, but it was funny watching people trying to get it. Watching people running around on mounts to avoid balls that are following them is quite hilarious especially when someone gets a ball and then runs directly into it…heheh no names mentioned here…..
I am not sure this one should have even been an achievement, it is so easy to get. Well I thought it was, maybe it didn’t used to be…*shrug*
We went and did one attempt on Tortos, but that was crazy bad, so we called it there and some people went off to do Deathwing for their platforms. I have no idea how many achievements I need for some of the mounts etc – I know I am well behind on most of them and when I hit 100 I will make a concerted effort to get back through all the content and get them done. I want to clear the places and get the achievements.
I didn’t do very well on DPS and I realised I still have my gems in from being fire – so I am not really geared optimally, but at this point in the game we are about to lose a few stats and I honestly did not want to waste hundreds of gold for a little DPS when next week I am going to have to reforge and regem all over again. I did ok…but it felt good to be using my mage for something other than pet battles.