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How the mighty have fallen!!

mighty have fallenNibbleh went down last night!!

I actually started off last night collecting more pets for Eastern Kingdoms, I have 3 left to collect – 1 requires me to be up on an early morning to catch it, so I will try and do that Saturday morning and I figured since I couldn’t complete the achievement anyway, I may as well go and work on Nibbleh because I knew it would take me a little bit.

It really only took me about 9 attempts – possibly 10?  The first couple were woefully bad. The next couple were pretty good – approx 50%, then the last couple were better again at almost 20%.  I was just popping as much as I could to start to get him as low as possible and I had some lovely luck with the acid spits being way away from him.

My opener, was Timewarp, then pyro to start, then before he got to me, I had POM/pyro‘d again, hit up Living Bomb, then Inferno Blast which popped pyro again – all of that in a few seconds meant by the time I had actually started walking backwards he had a fair chunk of health down anyway, then just scorched and Inferno Blast for pyro until he died.  I found my Ice Barrier the best shield to use and I have mana shield as back up.

Doctor Fist was next, I mucked up the first time as I was well out of the hammer AOE, but as it was right next to the barrier and there was not very much of a gap I think it got me anyway. So I did him again without too much issue.  I read up on the last fight and decided it was late enough for me to head to bed, so I will give him a go tonight when I get home.

I am excited, one more boss and I will have done Rank 10, got my mount and have one less thing to worry about before WoD! I might try and do the other extra ones, but in truth I really just wanted Rank 10!





Twilight Highlands vs Deepholm

I am clearly an idiot.  It is written all over my face.  As part of my bucket list I am trying to get some of the rest of my pet collection done, so I have been diligently flying around Eastern Kingdoms trying to get it done.  It has been enjoyable just sitting on the couch watching TV and pet battling, until you realise you have been flying around the wrong area.

The last 2 days I have needed to complete Twilight Highlands – which looks like this in some parts:


I spent all of last night flying around Deepholm thinking it was the last section I had to get done, which looks a lot darker and – SERIOUSLY!!!  IT IS UNDERGROUND!!!!!


I mean really!?  I was chasing the last pet I needed…a Stowaway Rat…thinking how awesome I was going to get my Eastern Kingdom Safari achievement and do you know what I got instead?

Ultimate Trainer

I looked at my screen for a full 5 minutes before I realised my tracker said “Twilight highlands” as incomplete.


Honestly, I was so confused.  Clearly I finally clicked and my brain registered that I was in Deepholm, I felt so stupid!  On the plus side, I don’t have to do deepholm now :p  I headed over to Twilight Highlands and I kid you not, I had the best luck ever!  I got rares on the Twilight Fiendling, Wildhammer Gryphon Hatchling and Yellow-Bellied Marmot.  I am not aiming for any particular rarity – I figure at the moment, I will just get the achievements done, then I can go back and hunt if I feel like it (or just do the dailies for the stones to upgrade). After catching a mob in the highlands I got this achievement and that made me so happy!

Eastern Kingdoms Tamer

In the end, I gave up on the last two I have to catch from the area, I couldn’t find them anywhere and I was getting a little over it – a Highlands Mouse and the Highlands Turkey.   My battle team is a pretty crappy one, but I wanted to get some other types levelled to get the achievement for having one of each type at level 25.  I will head back in tonight and see how I go.

Current Team

I spent a lot of time with dead pets because they just suck in conjunction with the others I was using, however my moth is now almost 25 and I have a couple of others almost 24, so I am slowly getting there and I may just move some around again as it was a very close call on any battles that had multiple greens (or a blue). I originally started with my fawn, when I was in the lower level areas, as the healing was very cool, but then I jumped from needing a level 6 zone to needing a level 23 zone – I had to switch out for my lowbie pets.

Well onward tonight chariot!!! These are the animals I am currently missing – The Snowshoe Hare will likely kill me and the Irradiated Roach – both of them – I have been unable to find (I spent an hour on each a few nights ago).  I even created a gnome to get the Roach with no luck what so ever!  Wish me luck on the rest!

Eastern Safari

Bruised and battered from all the brawling

Brawling is one of those of things that keeps me on the edge of absolute hair pulling anger and calm patience.  It is a funny dance!

I headed back in to see how much further I could get and my experience was frustrating to say the least.  I was stuck on Anthracite for a long time, wondering what the heck was killing me.  I didn’t read the information properly and it was the ticking dot.  I eventually got the rhythm of burning him down, getting my pet to kill the adds and grabbing the water before he reactivated.  Oh how easy that sounds now.  But it was a pain in the butt!

rank 9 brawler

Big Badda Boom was my next hate fest.  I tried so many different tactics, if it wasn’t the bombs that killed me it was the berserk.  I could not find the happy medium at all. I changed talents and glyphs multiple times, I tried my rune of power (which heals me), I tried invocation, evocation, manage gems, cold snap etc etc etc I tried everything.  I am still not even sure how I did manage to pass that one.  In the end I just used all the AOE I could that was a slow burn or at lease no cool down like Blizzard, trap them, evocate for my health about 3 times, then burn them down again, rinse repeat.  I survived by a whisker!

I actually stopped doing him. I walked away. Then I checked my mail and as I was standing beside the auction house I had a lightbulb moment about evocating to get my health back.  So I went back in and gave it a couple of attempts…I am glad I did because it was my second attempt with evocation that got me the kill. Sometimes you just need to walk away.

Then. Nibbleh.  I had been warned.  He may be the end of me. I spent a few attempts on him, trying various things other people had suggested and essentially it looks like frost mages are not made to do this fight.  I may need to switch to fire just to get this boss down. You can cast scorch whilst moving and providing you can get a good combo off you have a fairly good chance of getting him down.  I haven’t been fire since…well…BC maybe??  Ouch that was a long time ago. I liked fire as a spec…it was fun. But for one fight?  I don’t want to have to reforge/gem, so I might change my second spec tonight and see how I go with just the gear I have on.  I spent more time reading about it than actually doing it.



So I only have a couple more bosses to go- if I can get past this junky tonight I will be ecstatic!! ECSTATIC!!!

I had not ever done much with changing specs/talents when needed for situations, I get caught up in the mindset of it being easier to just stay the same. Clearly that is not the case as some things are meant to be fluid.  That’s why they brought in the first place.  Onward to rank 10!!


Bucket List of Death.


OK, so I am finally giving in and doing a bucket list.  I need some way of working out what I need to get done.

Here we go!

Finish Challenge Modes

  • Shado-pan
  • Brewery
  • Mogushan Palace
  • Gate of the setting sun (I have silver, need gold for the Feat now)

Collect All the Pets

  • Eastern Kingdom Safari
  • Kalimdor Safari
  • Pandaria Safari
  • Raiding with Leashes 1
  • Raiding with Leashes 2

Brawlers Guild – get to Rank 10 as minimum (Stuck on Nibbleh at the moment)

Empty my Druid’s bags

Empty Mage bags

Depending on what happens with “Cashflow” Move druid back to Frosties before levelling.

Try and complete Legendary Staff quest – Do Firelands every week Heroic 25 if possible.

Get “Tranquil Master” Achievement

Heroic preferred but will settle for Normal clear

  • Clear Mogu’Shan Vaults
  • Clear Heart of Fear
  • Clear Terrace of Endless Springs
  • Clear Throne of Thunder

Timeless Isle Rep to Exalted – Currently Friendly

Kill the other rares I don’t have (approx 6)

Do some more archeology in general



Release Date and OMFGWTFBBQ cinematic

Because we are all addicts I am going to assume you have all watched the cinematic – specifically…ALL OF IT!!!  and the last few seconds even more specifically!!  If not  – here it is!!

I cannot adequately describe how much excitement is coursing through my veins! I have watched this cinematic on every single break I have had today at work and each time, my heart has raced and I have gotten so excited!


I have already put my leave request in and had it approved so if they change the date I am screwed!!  I like having the time to sink my teeth into the content and play with no time limits. I like being able to go until the wee hours of the morning without worrying about work.  I enjoy getting to 100 and watching everyone else do the quests and DING – I help out where I can, run dungeons etc and generally just get straight into it! This year I want to get my mage done ASAP and then start on my druid straight after that, depending on how hard the actual questing is I may try for a third – however my plan is to just have 2 toons – and a druid is like having 4 really :p.  I always take leave for the expansions, and I generally go to the midnight launches – but not this year – I didn’t buy a collectors edition (although I was tempted) I couldn’t be bothered driving the 3 hours to and from a store when the digital version is so much easier!

This date now gives me a timeline I have to work with – which means I have to get my CM’s done and finish brawlers guild before then – BARE minimum!

I have PAXAus on the last weekend in Oct, then Blizzcon and then WoD!  What a perfect 3 weeks – which I have off – from the 31/10/14 until the 21/11/2014! I intend on spending a buttload of time in game prior to it – emptying my bags and getting my stuff sorted.  I now really have to focus on getting more money and my toons bags emptied (BRING ON THE TOYBOX!)


Just breathe!!!!

The excitement!!


10 questions for 10 years

Godmother is collating a survey and many other sites are doing this so you have probably read hundreds of them by now, I thought I should join in!! She wants as many answers as possible and has other methods of providing them to her – drop past and check it out.

10 questions

1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

My husband and I were playing Guild Wars and thinking there could be nothing as good out there.  Our best friend was playing WoW at the time and trying to convince us it was better.  He came down for a LANing weekend and allowed us to log in and have a play around on his druid.  I have vivid memories of killing rock elementals in the Badlands and watching him turn in a cat and completely losing my mind with excitement.  He bought us a copy each for our birthdays!

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

My mage, which I still play today.  She was human with black shoulder length hair and brown eyes and her name was saradouglass.  I didn’t really consider my name very well, I thought she would just be a test character, but I ended up loving it so much I just stayed with her. No name changes back then :(

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

We wanted to go horde originally, but our best mate was alliance and so we rolled that side so we could play with him – he did get us the game after all!

4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?

My most memorable has been discussing with my hubby and our best mate starting up a guild.  We spent hours talking about every aspect of it, what we wanted, could we do it, goals, rules, website, ranks etc.  We made sure we were all on the same page before we even created it.  It was some of the most fun I have ever had.

5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?

Raiding.  Raiding!!  Ever since the first time I stepped into Molten Core and starred at the huge mobs on the bridge I fell in love with it.  I don’t like the way raiding brings out the twat in some people – it is a game and it is not meant to make you so angry you give people the silent treatment etc. But I love the working together aspect and having a laugh whilst killing the baddies of each expansion.

6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?

Not really, I tend to stay in the main cities.

7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?

I have played since May 2005 (vanilla).  I took a break during Wrath for about 6 months and again at the start of pandaria after levelling to 90 for about 12 months. Otherwise I have always been around.

8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?

I read it the first time I do it.  I am a very fast reader though so most people don’t believe me when they see me play.  I won’t read it the second time though.

9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?

I regret a lot of things, i regret the friends I made and lost, I regret I didn’t fight harder for my guild to stay running, I regret that I didn’t stand up for myself when I should have, I regret that I have never nagged guilds I have been in to take me into raids, I regret that I am an idealist and I just assumed my being online at raid time ready to go was enough to tell people I was keen, I regret that people in game are sometime twats and I would let it slide, I regret that I have spent so much of time spending gold instead of making it, I regret that I never did end bosses before content (most of the time), I regret I never got the Staff of Alteish.

10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?

I have many friends now that I would never have if not for WoW.  That is a massive thing for me!  We don’t meet up as much as I would like (due to distance) but they mean a lot to me and I am so grateful to have them in my life.  They are some of the most supportive people I know and I  am so grateful to call them friends.   @sian @michael @navimie @werner @dreddly

Not many people would know but the other way WoW has affected me is by teaching me to be more tolerant of people IRL. I tend to be more careful that people could be colour blind, disabled, anxious etc and it has helped me with tempering my frustration at people.  People do learn differently, they grasp concepts faster/slower (which I already knew) but WoW really shows that when explaining boss strats to people. It is an immediate result that you can gauge their learning method.


There you have it.  My 10 questions.  I hope I am not too late :)  If you haven’t done it already – get cracking!!

Forgetting how to raid


I felt it was about time I updated about the little 10 man raid we have going on Sunday evenings.  I have missed the last few due to real life (weekends are the absolute worst for us to do anything!) and have been leaving them in the highly capable hands of Exray.

There have been a few grumblings and rumblings from people, so I was approached by Navimie and told to suck it up and be online for the next one or she would come to Melbourne and slap me around the ears.  So…I made sure I was going to be online Sunday night – I avoided everyone I know (phone calls included!) and on top of that, earlier in the week Exray had advised he was unlikely to be around as he was out all day (and he had also had the Fear of Navimie applied), so I was determined to be online even if I was falling asleep at my desk!


I had a good discussion with Exray about the whole situation and I think we cleared the air a little bit, but it seems as though this team is being used a sort of trial framework for people to either move into the main team or see if they are ok players.  I am not overly excited about either of those prospects, as I have said before, I wanted this to be a stress free no pressure environment for the non raiders to get their interests piqued…but things change and morph and opportunities come up which can’t be denied when running a guild.  So we proceed forward with kicking arse and switching toons – and trialling everyone by fire!!!

All I can say is OMFG for our latest run!  I am soo out of practise. It was hard to remember to do everything I needed to and to not die (which I did enough of) and I forgot about my CD’s and I was just sucking horribly!  It was not my best effort, in fact I would go so far as to say it wasn’t even an average effort.  I was very overwhelmed, not something I have ever felt much of on my mage in a situation I know really well. Exray was playing his mage and beating me in some things, sooo devastating….


The run went well overall though, and they have been going well from a progression point of view.  Last Sunday they got to Paragons and only had 2 bosses left before calling it.  That is a very impressive night!

We wiped a couple of times on Sunday but we had some new people in and our other tank Asuna was DCing a little so it was a little messy and disjointed.  But that happens in an online game.

Some of the guys are still being pulled into the heroic team which just tears at my soul from a completely stupid jealous point of view.  I have to temper that jealously though and mostly I manage to do it…just sometimes I get a little soul tear out of it.

Overall the runs have been successful and we have managed to get a lot of people gear and that has been pretty exciting from my point of view.  I got a lovely new ring (Thanks Ravz!).  I confess to being nervous about next Sunday if we do the second half – I really hope we can pull it off because Garry is not easy and he is not very forgiving!  BRING IT ON!!





Being away and brawlin’

As per my last post, I have been really busy with work (crappy rosters) and I have only been online briefly here and there.  I just haven’t had the energy for much else and being in bed at 8pm every night allows little time for actually playing anything useful.

I am on normal shifts for a few weeks, and whilst I am not a baker by trade starting at 2am, I still hate our current living situation.  We have finally done most of the front garden (work begins on the back soon) and we have started packing up some stuff in the house to send to storage.  The idea will be to have a real estate agent come through in a few weeks (maybe a month) to give us an idea on sale prices etc.

Anyway with my time in game; I figured something I could do, with minimal waiting, is the brawlers guild stuff.  I stopped doing it a while ago and never had time to go back with everything else I was doing.    I have missed playing, but as I mentioned in my previous post as well, I find it frustrating to log on and spend so much time either doing nothing (waiting for groups) or just farming some stupid rep on Timeless Isle!!  So I admit, I have been avoiding the game a little bit and that has made me feel guilty.  No, I honestly do not want to level another toon, I have too many already that are max for absolutely no reason (I won’t make that mistake again) I will have one geared alt in WoD for raiding but I am not doing multiple again.  Such a waste of money and time and effort!

I have only gotten a couple of achievements so far :

brawlers guild

I got stuck as you would expect on this turdmachine

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I spent one night on him without actually attacking him, just getting used to the beams and movement, then slowly integrating some firepower.  I noted on one attempt when I popped everything bar timewarp I had him to about 30% with very little effort.  So I just waited for all my CD’s to be available (2 mins) between attempts.  I gave up on the first night after about 10 attempts.  I wasn’t particularly frustrated by him (I knew he would suck) but I wanted to stop before I got to that point.

I went back in last night before raid and gave him a couple more shots and I could not believe it – I got him down!!  WOOT!!  In total took me about 15 attempts (maybe) and nowhere near as long as I thought it would.   I will say, that had I not been in the process of learning how to be a button presser I would not have been able to do this fight.  There is absolutely no way you could keyboard turn your way out of this fight – at all.  It happens far too quickly. You have to be able to mouse turn constantly, which means you have to press buttons for dps.  I am grateful I was already in the process.

I did the chicken guy and thought perhaps I could just not worry about killing the explosive chickens….it was a mistake, as I managed to kill him with less than 20k hp.  I survived though and that is all that matters but pro-tip – perhaps take some time to kill some chickens, being frosty I had a few snares/novas I could use which was very useful.  The robot was easy and over pretty quickly, not much to say there really.

I didn’t get time to do anymore, but I am one boss off Rank 9.  I am pretty excited, I will try and do that tonight…and perhaps level 10 as well. Then I just need to find all the other random bosses to get that achievement.  My shammy seems to have all the luck with that – she has like 4 different challenge cards – and I never play her!!  My mage has 2 at the moment, Blington 3000 and Ro-Shambo.

Overall pretty happy with my progress!!

Crappy rosters, DOTA2, warcraft movies and boredom

I know, I haven’t had a post in a couple of days, and in truth, it may be a couple of weeks before any decent ones happen again.

I have been given the gift of crappy rosters for the next month, this week I have 7-3pm for two weeks and then 10-6 for two weeks…no in betweenness which means I have to be up super early (which means early to bed) for the first two weeks and I will be getting home late for the two weeks after that. :( These next two weeks I have to be up at 4am to catch my train to hopefully get me to the city before I need to be at work and I need more than 4 hours sleep a night so I will be in bed at probably about 9pm.  My online time will be pretty rough and hard to pick as  likely I will be home at a about 6pm (thanks to having to wait until 4.20 for a train after finishing at 3 and missing the 3.15pm) which doesn’t leave a lot of time for much else when you add making dinner etc to the time slots.  I really am just completely tired of living miles away from the city. But we are working on the house at the moment and fixing up what needs to be fixed so we can just takes time.

However I have been reading blogs and websites and currently getting excited for the warcraft movie stuff that is coming out of Comic-Con.  I know it isn’t much but even just basic information is awesome, given how long we have been waiting!!


I like that Travis Fimmel is going to be the human – he is dreamy and a Victorian so I am all on board with him.  The fact the he is awesome in Vikings is just gravy.  I am more than happy to be in love with him for multiple roles.  Trivia says that he used to have a CK billboard in times square that was causing accidents because people would stop/slow down to ogle him.  I think it may have been this following image:


But, in truth I prefer him looking like a Viking warrior, yup..that is so much better and much more attractive – even the facial hair, which I normally am not a fan of on men.


The description of the movie trailer sounds ok so far, but I am devastated we have to wait until 2016!!! Such a long wait!

Which brings me to the next waiting adventure that we are being put through  - our horde chopper!!! Sign in before September 30 and you get your account flagged for it.  I love it, and only horde players can use it – this would likely have turned me horde if I had still been alliance.  I can’t wait to see it in game!  It looked magnificent in the real world!


I have a small confession in that I have been playing a little bit of DOTA2, but only small amounts and with some other friends.  My real reason for playing it is so I can understand how to play Heroes of the Storm when it is released!  However I do enjoy playing it, it is not WoW (which is not ok) but each game has been taking about 30 – 40 minutes to get done and it is slightly more fun then spending that same amount of time in WoW doing nothing (or waiting for an LFR queue).  I know that sounds bad and horrible and I should be slapped for it, but everything I want to do in WoW requires other people which aren’t available when I am.  Or it requires a lot of time waiting for queues as DPS (like LFD/LFR or even Oqueue) and then you have to actually spend another 40 minutes doing the actual content.  DOTA has been fun because you log on and start actually playing within a few minutes, then I can log off and go to bed :)  This has happened a few times and I can honestly say I love it.  I love my guild – I really do – but they run to a late schedule and that mucks up things a little bit for me at the moment only because have rosters and I live 2 hours away from work. I can’t be online late into the night do to things, I really must find some friends that play between 7-9 hehe.

Other than that, I have not been in BETA at all, I know i should but busy-nesss and tired have just sucked my will to do much of anything. I am hoping to jump in game today and maybe play a little bit with my Ui..after all those images the other day I decided I wanted to go back to a cool UI again. I missed it.

I will try and get in game this week!!  I must must must!! I am not bored with WoW per se, what I am bored with is the need to be doing groups things.  What I like about DOTA2 is they have bots.  So in a 5v5 game I can be the only actual player because the rest are bots.  They do their thing and I can be part of it.  I like that I don’t have to wait to find players or people or groups.  I can just go myself and jump in.  I don’t like that I spend most of my time currently in game switching toons and doing nothing at all.  I  stand in town chatting in guild chat to the poor souls that are online when I am and I just can’t find the energy to do anything because I know it will take forever to find a group.  I know i could be pet battling (but it isn’t a favourite thing of mine), I could also do brawlers (but I feel a little meh about it), I could do dailies – but really how many more times can we do the same daily quests….there isn’t much else to do.  Just wait. ALWAYS WAITING!!!!





Becoming a better player?

So given my crapiness at DPS, I decided it was time to try and be a better player and not be a clicker.  I am not saying clickers can’t be good players, but there is definitely something to be said for not having to move the mouse when you need to use a new spell.

A few weeks ago, I set up my buttons to be more conducive to button pressing and I set up the buttons on my mouse, I tested out the settings on a target dummy and then promptly freaked out every time I was in combat and went back to clicking.

As per my previous posts a couple of days ago I was discussing it with people again and decided I had to give this a serious attempt.  I headed to the Timeless Isles with good intentions and once again got into combat and started clicking. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!


I spoke to Lominari about it and we decided my issue was movement.  I don’t want to die in the fire and that worries me more than anything which is what makes me nervous.  So, I spent probably 30 minutes running around the shrine, just using my mouse as my mover and keeping my fingers over the buttons I would normally use for spells so that I could get used to the sensation.  I have to re-programme 9 years of playing – this is not going to happen overnight.

I went and killed some stuff when I was more confident, but realistically I kill things fast and even on the timeless isles the mobs were dying pretty quickly.  I needed a boss.

Flex. Oh Flex how I adore thee, let me count the ways.

I don’t have any logs for the previous flex’s we have done so I can only go off the numbers I think I remember in my head but I think I did ok.  I warned everyone that I was re-learning and that I would possibly suck and die.  I requested the healers not heal me if I was standing in the poop because I needed to pay the price for not moving – which would in theory make me better.  I died only once on trash before Siegecrafter and I am still not even sure how that happened.

I also requested Drauka, Owl and Aza to keep reminding me not to click incase I fell back into habits.  They reminded me and I can happily say -the only clicking I did, that I shouldn’t have was the dream phases on Garrosh – I freaked a little.  At this stage I don’t have any of my AOE keybound so I was having to click that, but I am not overly worried about trash – I am concerned about my DPS for the bosses.

So, on Garrosh, I managed a staggering – 203k DPS.  This was better than my previous attempts as far as I can remember I never hot 200k for Garrosh…I was close, but could never push over that ledge.


I can’t remember what boss this was after….Thok maybe?  or Spoils possibly, either way it was much better than I usually do on said fight and hence why I took a picture of it.


So I am pretty happy with the above numbers, they are still well off where I could be – but it was my first night not clicking – and I saw improvement on my usual numbers – this is good in my book.  We also didn’t have anyone providing the 7% buff to haste which my gear is built around having, so I was not haste capped and although that is not really a major increase, it is still something I was lacking.  I also later realised my pet had been passive on Garrosh for the last part due to the previous dream phase and that would have reduced my DPS a little bit.

Overall, I think this was a very positive first attempt.  I didn’t die to anything stupid, I did manage higher DPS even though I was stuffing up my rotation about 30% and I was getting confident with it by the end of the run.

Let’s see how I go over the next few weeks trying to continue it when I am not in a run.

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