Guild meetup

We organised a guild meet up the weekend of PAX and I hadn’t expected 17 people to actually show up!! I organised for Hofbrauhaus to host us, it is oktoberfest after all and I thought it would be good to have a nice relaxing dinner before PAX festivities.

Unfortunately I didn’t realise they would be having a live band or that the music would be so loud you couldn’t hear yourself think. What is with restaurants being so loud these days?

Dinner was amazing, some people ordered wursts, some schnitzels and a few of us ordered sharing platters – it said 2/3 people could share but I would say 3/4 in all honesty.

I ordered a pretzel which was so good I ate it before taking a picture of it 🙂 it was so good. I am drooling just thinking about it.

Here are some pictures of the gang chilling and hanging out 🙂

we headed to a pub after dinner which we hoped was a little quieter but it was so quiet we felt we would be out of place so we moved to a club called “the carlton”.

Decor was boudoir-goth-dark. We went all the way up 6 flights of stairs to the rooftop bar to be told it was closed and we had walk all the way back down.

We chilled out in the outdoor section because it was so hot in the actual club. I forgot to take any photos, but it was also really dark.

I hope everyone had an awesome night and I cannot believe how awesome this picture is that Ash made! Just look how brilliant it is! It is based on the group shot we took out the front of the Hofbrauhaus!

It was so cool to put faces to names and actually meet people. The thing about meet ups like this is that you already know each other and have jokes and stories so there isn’t a feeling of weirdness (imho). I had so much fun. I can’t put into words how much fun.

Yup, I can say I have done it now.

I did LFR. <hangs head> Why?  Tell me why I thought it would be a good idea? What makes it worse was I had to keep signing up.

The first one I jumped into was Zul only. They had already killed FD and Vectis. We pulled the entire platform of adds. We basically died a horrible death twice before we even got to the boss. Then we wiped on Zul because no one did anything to the hexxers, just left them summoning bloods etc.  It was beyond a joke.  We came back from death and then explained the fight and we killed him the next time. Thankfully.

After leaving that one the next one popped for:

G’huun. Yup missed Mythrax as well. We actually did pretty well on him. I think we one shot it, I joined after what looked like a wipe though as people were explaining things and the balls groups had already been sorted out.

I was grateful I didn’t have to dd it in LFR, I enjoy it in raid because we have a method so we all know what we need to do. But randoms…no thanks. I just want to stand and pew pew.

You know there is a problem when I am top DPS. I am a boomy…I am not the best choice to be at the top, however the Demonhunter pulled their finger out towards the end and we managed to battle it to the end – they eventually won.  But we did kill G’huun and we didn’t wipe. That is all that matters.

I did end up going back and getting the other bosses I had missed, but that was another couple of runs. I didn’t end up getting Mythrax – I was completely over the craziness by then.  I did make sure to ask before every boss if people needed an overview of the fight because I would rather take 2 seconds and tell people than waste a wipe and have the abusers start going crazy calling people names.   Deserved or not.  The tank who kept taunting MOTHER and walking her through the barrier after the first flames for example, needs every name under the sun, but it just makes it hard to stay in the group with name calling. Even though it was 3 wipes on MOTHER…..we did better in Heroics.

Anyway, I can say I have done it, I might go back but unlikely, and certainly I might pick a better day to do it 🙂 LOL How is everyone else finding LFR?

Zul the Wipemaster

What a rough and awesome night all rolled into one.  I think the most demoralising thing about learning this fight is the difficulty with knowing what percent you are actually getting him to.

We started out the night all pumped up to kill a new boss. The guys were still on a high from their Vectis one shot – they were expecting it to be really hard and it wasn’t.

So Zul. The conversation was mildly distracting throughout most of the night:

Someone in the guild, who shall remain nameless, lead us down the path of depravity into learning what a stuntcock was.  Don’t look it up kiddies without adding reference to urban dictionary maybe.  The chat pretty much stayed in the gutter the entire night, thanks to Justin pulling out lines like this throughout the night.  I am glad Ben isn’t able to stream at the moment – it would be soooo rude.

We accidentally pulled the boss to start a couple of times, thanks to random things, however what was funny was we all made comment that it could only get better than 100% from here right?  How wrong could we be?  It was 100% all night because of the bloods.

However we did have a few low spots, we were getting to 50% consistently but generally we would get overrun with ads.

This started to be the common view.  We did however though, get him to 35% on one attempt and then consistently we were getting him to phase 2 with a very quickly end to the attempt after that.

We tried the zerg method (bunch up and focus on boss only to get him to 40% with Bloodhexers CC’d). I think we were just short of DPS to make this work and I am meaning a whisker close. If the guys pick up some new gear on Wednesday night they have a fair shot on Friday I think.   We also tried the method of control with focus on adds and on the couple of attempts I spent zero time on the boss and all my time running around chasing adds.

For some reason I kept being the person to jump into the purple puddles of death (they mostly spawned right next to me), and I noticed Zeirah was jumping in them a fair bit as well – I kept thinking she was Lana though as she was cat form when jumping into them and would change back to her normal self and I was so confused!!  I think I even called her Lana at once stage – my apologies lovely!!

I think the zerg method worked best and  we will be really close next week, if not killed.  Phase 2 is really hard – I have no idea how we are going to be able to handle all the adds that are up plus all the red crap on the ground. But hey that’s the fun of it right?

I read some strats (as I do) and noted that some strats mentioned moving the blood hexxer when they spawned to the side of their spawn location so a second one wouldn’t spawn on top. I would like to see how that works in practise as I am not sure how far they need to be from each other.  Almost need a DK or something to grab it to the point of a hunter trap or something.   I also read that because the boss can’t be tanked in the first phase, the tanks should be picking up the blood hexxers, which would also make moving them easier I think?  No idea but it sounded like it made the most sense. Not sure how that works for the tanks though but it might help with the super fast bloods!!

21 wipes in one night. It was expensive and fun. So much fun.

Welcome…to the Transmogrification Classic!

Do you remember your entire WoW Journey? Did you start at Vanilla, or did you join during the earth shattering Cataclysm?  It doesn’t matter when or how you came to be part of the history of Azeroth, it matters only that you had a journey!

In conjunction with the release of the playable demo for World of Warcraft *Classic* at Blizzcon I am running a competition to pay homage to the world I have adored since 2005!

 

Starting at Vanilla/Classic, then moving through the expansions, you will design an outfit based on one piece of tier gear from that time.   The catch?  You can only use the head/shoulder or chest piece as the base for that outfit.

But what about BfA – we don’t have tier gear!?!?!  That is why your final transmog will be to battle it out in horde vs alliance style and give me the best faction outfits you can create – no restrictions 🙂

Basic Rules:

  • No more than 1 tier piece in each transmog outfit allowed. Just 1 of either head/chest/shoulder.
  • You must be able to wear the item, so if you are doing a mage tier, you can’t have a shield.
  • You do not need to do wrists/cloak/pants (if wearing a skirt)/tabards. They are optional.
  • Send the files to my gmail account of onyxiia. Please name them something similar to Dragonray_Cataclysm_Mage.
  • All items of gear must be included in your email for the outfits so we can check them over.
  • Judging will be scoring all outfits from 1-8 for each collection. Highest wins the expansion and most overall wins get the main prize!
  • Classic, Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Warlords of Draenor, Mists of Pandaria, Legion, Battle for Azeroth (faction) outfits must all be entered.
  • Registration is open now – comment or email me to let me know you are in.
  • Competition opens Saturday 3rd November (BLIZZCON WEEKEND!!!) and ends Saturday 17th November.
  • Winners announced mid-December.

Prize!

A mount or pet from the online store.

If you have them all, we will work out something else never fear!!

Transmog Competition – Update!

Since my previous post about running a transmog competition was so well received  I have decided to actually think about it a little more and I am currently in the process of organising all the behind the scenes details!  It is going to go live very soon 🙂 (Maybe even this weekend!)

I am currently organising/looking for the following:

Judges – I have myself and Drew and the moment. (Yes, I managed to rope him into it!!) But if anyone else would like to help judge instead of enter the competition I would love it!!  I would ideally like 1 more person so we have an odd number.

Prize Donations – I am going to be buying the winner a pet or mount from the store but would love other prizes to be able to give the runner ups.  So if you feel so inclined hit me up with details of what you are willing to give away!

Logo/Name – I have a name for the competition and I will be begging Drew to do the logo for me this weekend. If we get that done I will announcing it!

Shares/likes/comments – Spread the word far and wide 🙂

I will post more details either this weekend or early next week, so please stay tuned and start getting your Transmog add-ons updated :p

So we finally got our things happening

I am back at karate on Wednesday nights now so I cannot attend the Wednesday night raids. So I can only hope, in my selfish boomy heart they actually get boss kills on a Friday night instead.

Sort of like last week 🙂

I was told on Wednesday they tried a few new things for strats on Zek’voz which seemed to help the raid get to phase 3 consistently so I was hopeful we would be close on Friday.  I was actually not going to be able to make Friday as I had friends coming round on Saturday and I needed to clean the house and make food. But you know…raid comes first.  So I ended up jumping in.

I jumped in to find we were doing normals because we didn’t have enough heals, I immediately thought I should message Zeirah again. It was Friday night, we are all introverts – maybe she would be home bored and interested in a solid night of progression wiping? Thankfully she was. I asked in raid if she came would we be doing heroic instead and the consensus was yes.

Zeirah killed us a couple of times, which she will likely never hear the end of now because it was hilarious and my guild like to hold onto things for tormenting people with later. We gathered quite a collection of bones because she copped an eye beam and was about to run out when Jason called for Tranq and as she was trying to run away and use push-to-talk to say she would do it in a second and we all blew up. It was pretty funny.

We got the boss, repeatedly to 1%. And even 2 times we got him to 0%.  ZERO %! You read that right.

If you can’t see his HP it is 168k in this picture. So close to death – I am surprised his tentacles are still attached.

This one shows 386k.  I mean…so hard to watch when you have so many people technically alive just not on our side. You think you can still do it until everyone starts reminding the chat channel they are mind controlled.  So painful to watch.

We had so many attempts with him under 5% it was just a matter of time. Chris was repeatedly telling us to just CC the first 2 mind controlled people so we could all just focus our DPS on the boss during Lust and I have to say that was what ultimately did it for us.  KILLSIES!!!

I was pretty ecstatic to be there for this kill. It has taken quite a while to get (comparatively) so everyone will be happy he is dead. I am not sure he will be so difficult in the future as we have a system now which seems to work and having figured out phase 3 now we will be ok in future I think.

Check out the playlist on youtube for our kill videos which is linked in the right sidebar, we have a couple up there from different perspectives.

On a more personal note my ilevel is now 358 and I can see definite improvement in my DPS levels now. I am sometimes getting close to Nelly in numbers and that means I am doing mostly the right thing.  I don’t have enough haste as yet and I still have some pretty bad pieces of gear, but all in all I am pretty happy with the level I am at.  I wish professions this expac were better (specifically Alchemy) so I could have all the flasks/potions I need for raiding, but I just don’t have the money to pay thousands of dollars for one flask or a couple of potions.

 

Shared Topic 41: Why do you play your faction?

What a question to ask of us in this overly sensitive time 🙂  Z and Cinder coming up with the goods this time.

Why do you play your faction?

Are you a die-hard Hordie or did you join the Alliance and never looked back, or are you a swinger?

We’d love to know what it is that made you pick the faction you did, and what keeps you there. For those of you who play both factions if you can’t pick your favourite,  tell us what’s special for each side!

We went alliance when we started playing because our friend who got us hooked (Thanks Shane for the 13 year addiction) was alliance. So if we wanted to play with him we had no choice.

Drew wanted to be a Tauren from day 1 though, so he was fighting against his inner horde I think.  I went human because I had no idea what I was doing and didn’t think I would ever actually stick to that first mage character.  She ended up being my main until the end of Legion when I switched to my Druid.    I make no complaints about those early days being alliance because Sian and Michael would not be friends now had we not been in the same guild, Koli and Dreddly would not be friends now had we not started the alliance guild with Shane and we wouldn’t have met Ben and Oui (via Sian and Michael).  All those friendships mean more to me than any faction possibly could.

I love playing horde. I love the stories and the honour, however my biggest beef ( no pun intended) is that nothing is nice to look at everything is red and spiky and harsh, which seems against some of the race lore. But meh you do what you do.

I would likely be alliance if I was the type to really want to be one faction or the other because I would have only Draenai characters and I would be an even bigger Jaina fangirl than I am now. Ultimately I will likely stay horde because I just don’t want to move toons away from the guild I am in now. I love this guild so much, the people are awesome and my friends are here.

LOKTAR O’GAR!

 

Thanks Daylight savings

I hate DST. I detest it. Such a stupid convention. Anyway due to the stupidity of changing the time the Kiwis in the guild needed to change the raid night for the week until we in Aus caught up.  So we raided Friday and Saturday instead. I tried to drag Zeirah along but she had already pugged normals for the week so I didn’t think it would be fair to drag her through our run 🙂

Image result for daylight savings stupid

We smashed through normal though. Did we get all the way through?  Am I remembering that badly? I died on Zul – to the point that just before I suicided off the edge Nelly said “Goodbye Mel!” – like seriously Nelly had time to notice me and say goodbye and one of you dispellers couldn’t save me in time!  hurumpf. Unbelievable.  Thankfully now when you die it dumps you into he middle of the platform so you can watch the action instead of just leaving you on the side.  Mythrax gave us a few issues and G’huun was a one shot. No issues. The ball bouncers did their stuff and it went smoothly.

We logged on for Heroic on Saturday and we were down a heals so I suggested I could see if Zeirah was up for it.  She was.

Heroic Taloc was easy enough, except for the fact that Nelly wasn’t around to do the laser beams so Ben was volunteered by Jason to do it. We get to the last one and Ben was saying ” yeah you should probably move soon, you will be ok for a”…..and then the laser comes through and hits a few people….ahahhaha  It was hilarious.  It was messy towards the end we had very few places left to stand I kept getting cut off from the raid and was out of range. But we ultimately got him down.

One of the worst nights on M.O.T.H.E.R. I have seen.  We just couldn’t get it to happen – 50% of the attempts were caused by a bug in which she drops aggro and even without Aaron touching her, she turns and walks away from Brian. It is really annoying as she was walking straight through into the other room.  I think Brian was getting frustrated by it because there is literally nothing you can do about it.  In the end though he got her under control and our first group going through stopped letting a cast off one of the adds and we smashed it.

Fetid devourer went down without an issue. So far Jason hadn’t remembered any of the heroic mechanics so we were reminding him as the fight started which was funny and hectic.  Almost like having to remind him before every pull to give us fortitude. I swear you would think people like having the extra buffs again, just leave the druids out – thanks again Blizz. I would like to be able to buff with Wild or Thorns even!!

Then Zek.  What can I say. This guy is a twat. a twat monkey. a crab. GAHHHHH

I think we got him to 37% at the lowest point? We seemed to be doing much better with the eye beams but it is just such a high risk move having us grouped up.  If one person has lag, is not paying attention or just slightly slower in moving they kill the entire raid.   I even changed my spec to get the bounding backward option but was then too chicken to use it because what if it isn’t far enough back and I wipe the raid?  Or what if I still need to move further backward and because it is backward I don’t turn my toon fast enough and run forward instead? Or what if it doesn’t send me backwards – if it is as bad as blink I could kill everyone.  I chickened out (no pun intended) and just continued to run.

I watched quite a few videos and read strats and I couldn’t find one where anyone grouped up – to be fair – mythic groups require you spread out as the eye beam is instant cast so you don’t have time to move.  But I figure it is just a safer option to not kill the entire raid, but maybe only kill one or two people.  No idea.  I hope they kill him on Wednesday even though it will kill me to not be there 🙂

Running with Zeirah

Yes, the famous one 🙂  I knew her before she became famous, that makes our friendship real right?  HAHAHHA

Zeirah has a blog which is how I met her, when I came back to the game a while ago, we discovered our blog names were soooooo close.  I sent her a message just to let her know because I thought it was cool that someone came up with a very similar blog name, but I was more concerned people would think she was me and I didn’t want her having to put up with that sort of confusion. Getting a reader base is hard enough in such a niche thing without people thinking it was me and not engaging with her.

Suffice it to say we have been friends since 🙂 She is awesome so go past and check out her blog if you haven’t read it!

Due to one of her posts recently where she was lamenting the loss of group content that wasn’t a PUG or LFR, I decided to start trying to wrangle her into our runs.  The first of course being a couple of mythics. I point out again, Michael, was unavailable.  I mean this time the excuse was some sort of dinner for one of their good friends…I mean what is that?!?!?!  How dare they have friends outside of WoW!! It was a perfect opportunity for me to pull Zeirah in with us and have a run around.

We pulled in Matty, poor Orkrist to help us DPS. Motherlode made me laugh so hard. I warned Zeirah that we usually went down the left side of the instance and she stuck left. Pulled mobs from behind houses, pulled mobs to the side, pulled mobs everywhere.  It was hilarious.  She moves a lot as a healer, which is fine except for this instance. She started swearing towards the end of the run when it happened but I almost had tears from laughing so hard. I was calling out for her to move to the left or right to avoid mobs and it was almost always too late….ahahhaha

Matty kept dying because he was standing in stuff, pulling aggro (not deliberately) and just being in the wrong spot at the wrong time.  I would have hated to see his repair bill.  It was such a fun run though.

So much fun we decided to head to Underrot as well – suckers for punishment if you ask me.  At one point we all died except Zeirah who was being attacked by one mob she ran halfway through the instance to meet us coming back in just so we could save her.  Must be great when you are actually a good healer –  to be able to survive when taking damage, unlike some other people attempting to heal.   We pulled so many extra mobs in here as well, the first couple of pulls on the ramps being super bad – but we can only put that down to Drew for a change.  I make sure to get a few food “gg tank” comments in there.  He spent the entire last xpac telling me the same when we wiped….lol

I don’t think we got any great gear but it was fun to just be running around and having a laugh.

LOLHEALZ

Did I ever tell you about the run we did a few weeks ago because Ben’s nephew cracked the wobblies at his uncle for not running anything with him?  If I didn’t, I am sorry but it was pretty hilarious.  If I have sorry, you are going to sit through the story again.

Ben decided to pull a group of us together to run his nephew, Hayden (sp?) through Motherlode and sadly Michael was not up to doing another mythic.  No one else was responding and so, I stupidly offered to heal.  From my memory it was Me healing, Drew tanking, Ben, Hayden and poor Simon.

We did motherlode as it is easiest to get to and it was horrific. I didn’t have any mouseover macros set up, I had no experience healing as a druid and even less just healing in general.  Hayden kept pulling extra mobs on his way back to the group after dying and Ben kept telling him off until he quietly said “well, I haven’t ever been here before!” Oh. Oops. Sorry love. It was so hilarious. The entire run was just a mess of everyone pulling threat and extra mobs and me trying to heal through it with all buttons that look green!!!  Thankfully that ended early as the server decided to do a restart and we were all put out of our misery.

So if that wasn’t enough of a horrid experience I offered to heal again just recently because we wanted to do a run but Michael was again, unavailable.  Noticing a theme here?? What is our heals doing!??! I believe he was going for a run…I mean…come on… WoW > Exercise? LOL.

It was well worth it though because we got a pet out of it!! It was the entire reason we chose King’s rest; to get the pet – since I was going to heal we figured it wouldn’t be too hard on me.

I only managed to kill people a few times as I set up my mouseovers before we went in which was so much better.  I have so much respect for healers because I have no idea how you heal and move at the same time.  I died on the Tribe of Elder boss after we killed the first one, so Ben laid his hands on Drew at one point and they managed to kill the boss without me.

I couldn’t cast anything in the embalmer room because those stupid slimes targeted me the entire time. I was – once again – cursing about them violently.  They don’t target random – they target me. Only.  Like the last boss in Motherlode – it is me – every single time with the missile. Every time.   I have  no idea how to heal when I literally spend the entire time moving. OMG I was angry.  I really  do not understand how healers have the calmness of mind to do the job.  I think raid healing would be much easier because you are not the only person there but 5 mans. It is like a stress level I cannot deal with, the only time I felt ok was when Drew had all the aggro and was the only taking actual damage, but the second someone else took aggro it was OMGWTFHEALZ!!!!!!! Horrid. HORRID!!  I also refuse to create a healing set when I am still trying to get a tanking set and keep my balance set up to date.  Too hard. TOO HARD BLIZZARD!!!

So how do we get the pet?  In the last boss room of King’s Rest, there are 2 large sarcophagi at the back of the room (left and right) and a far distance apart.  You need to have two people ready to stand on the little triangle/ shape on the ground in front of the sarcophagi just after you pull the boss – one left and one right.   The triangle shape will have no interaction.  Once you pull the boss, you need to wait for some tiny little fairy lights to appear around the triangle on the ground.  When you see the lights the two people stand on their own side and you have to stand there until the sarcophagi starts to shake and rumble.  It took about a minute for it to happen with us. So just be patient and have your healer keep the tank alive whilst you wait.   You can then kill the boss once you have the rumbling sarcophagi happen.

You cannot do it on heroic or keystone. You have to go in on mythic 0 only!

Grats on the How to Keep a Mummy achievement! Look how cute he is!?!?!  JUST LOOK!!!!

Mythics…you confusing little buggers.

I don’t understand our mythic group, we have done so many many mythics and couldn’t complete them within time.  I am talking levels 2 & 3. Some we were so far over we should have just given up and others we missed by minutes only.

We were all starting to get a little disheartened, with the exception of Oui who has been running 6 and 7’s with other people for gear/keys and experience. So after completing a 3 I suggested we try and get a higher key done just to be able to get better loot for the week.  Ben had a 5 Motherlode. I cringed.

But we went and did it for the completion only, I wasn’t worried about the timer, Oui and the others definitely had other ideas. We chained pulled perfectly, we CC’d quickly, we burnt mobs down, skipped a few here and there.

We were controlled, calm and we didn’t die. It was almost a perfect run I would say.  Yup. I am calling it perfect.

We did the 5 in time!!  IN TIME!!!  Ben’s key got upgraded to a 6, Michael advised we were only a couple of minutes short of being able to do a 6 according to his add-on. That is promising.

I remember when the boss died I thought we had failed as it took about 5 seconds for the mythic screen to flash up for me and I was getting worried we had taken too long on the last boss.  HUZZUH!!  We were all pretty rapt with the win! We definitely needed it for morale.

Of course doing one made us all believe we could do more….so….we did. We killed a Motherlode 4, tried a Atal’dazar 5 and we would likely have had that one with a bit more practise. The poison mobs killed us a few times and were the only cause of our deaths but that was a minute of time by itself.  We did have a plan and it worked quite well, we wasted a few minutes trying a new route which will be epic next time we go in as we know which way we have to go now.

We then decided we could do another motherlode, smashed that, then we figured Underrot was possible because we know that place so well.  We had 3 deaths throughout which was nothing, but we were pretty close to the timer on this one.  The room you have to clear around the boss just takes so long even with grouping and chaining.

 

So we need to focus on getting through 5’s – I think that is our current safe ilevel.  I am excited by that. It means we can get a few more pieces and start pushing higher content – we may not meet the timer but if we can finish a 5 in time with time to spare we could in theory finish a 6 or 7 just outside the timer (if we can get a key) every couple of mythics.  That means better gear for higher mythics. o.O I love it!!

I just can’t believe how some mythics can go so pear shaped so quickly!  We have yet to max out our deaths at 53 though – we still hold the record for under Legion. We are mostly hitting mid 20’s for deaths and it is generally a boss mechanic that causes disaster.

Merektha (ToS) is the most difficult so far, it is a guaranteed wipe (if not multiple) on that one and I hate it. Sporecaller Zancha (UR) caused a few issues as well with us not clearing enough of the little mushrooms – none of us realised how deadly they are until we did a run without Ben and his self sacrificing. I think it will be much easier now we know the mechanic better. Unbound Abomination (UR) is a little touch and go as well but we have managed to do it every time.  The only boss I do not want to even attempt in Mythic is The Council of Tribes (KR) but I know we will have to eventually.

What are you guys finding challenging? What’s your highest mythic so far – gimme your tips!!!?

Transmog comp – I have an idea!

So I have another idea for an awesome transmog competition which would be less work than my Mog the World competition, but would still require a fair amount of effort on the parts of myself and the transmoggers.  I envisioned this as a homage to the new classic server experience and have it running until Blizzcon or the actual release date of the classic servers (not sure yet).

What is the blogosphere like, do we still love transmog competitions? Would I get more than 1 person partaking in an multi-part thing?  It would be relatively simple…in theory….or I should say in my head it seems easy.

Is anyone running competitions anymore?  I used to love being in them as you can tell from my competition menu above, so would love to get something happening.  I could donate a mount or pet from the Blizz store for the winner and runner up….

The idea: You would need to make an outfit from every expansion using only the gear as it would have been if you were playing.  So for example for the Wrath of the Lich King outfit you could use Vanilla/BC/Wrath gear only and for a BFA outfit you could use everything currently available.   I was going to select random themes for each xpac similar to the Trial of Style format.

Because I don’t want to people to have to do 8 outfits (although that would be awesome) I was thinking you had to do like 4 of the 8 to compete.

Talk to me people, what do we think?

 

Zek’voz can Zek’off*

The guild was a bit weird on our raid the other night. People seemed to be a little grumpy?  No idea why, Friday was a public holiday in Victoria thanks to the AFL which meant us southerners had the day off to chill out and relax. We started to drink way earlier than raid time, so by the time we were invited to group I was pretty well on my way to seeing a blurry screen.

Before Moryrt and I logged into the game we watched a video about the Laphroaig Distillery which was fascinating and then required me to try the 10 year old whisky again. I hated it last time I tried it, but this time I actually quite liked it after the first couple of sips.

Laphroaig range

Why am I telling you this?  Because it is relevant to your understanding of the condition we were in during raid. Drunk and trying to be co-ordinated.

We started at Fetid Devourer. It was uncomfortable because we just couldn’t seem to get it happening. The initial pulls were weird and the boss was in a bad spot a couple of times, the DPS couldn’t get the adds down occasionally, people were dying left, right and centre. Chaos.

I was standing next to a rock but the angle must have been just off and I was pushed back at one point and I got stuck on a shrubbery. I was there for a good minute trying to get out. I was so angry, I was cursing and swearing like a maniac off air.  I got caught in the breathe thing multiple times because I don’t ever seem to run far enough. I turn into kitty and run but it feels like half the room away is too close.  I need to find out what the actual distance is because it was extremely aggravating.   I am almost wondering if we should be grouped up in melee so when he breathes we are just not in the way?

The healers were struggling, the tanks were struggling. Again. After a few attempts you won’t believe what happened.

Four of us standing and we killed him. A wipe got called but he was so close to death we ignored everyone; we stood long enough to DPS him to death. We couldn’t have planned it any better imho. Everyone called it “A usual Warong kill” because we kill bosses by accident.  LOL

Group shot for our heroic Fetid Devourer kill!!

It would be a very interesting sociological study into raiders mindsets. I remember the “Classic” days of spending weeks on a boss with 40 people, we didn’t get angry, upset, flustered until we were well into the hundreds of attempts.  Now it seems people start getting annoyed after a couple of hours on the same boss, so maybe 30 attempts in total.  This has always fascinated me because I don’t get frustrated until it has been weeks and we aren’t improving each time.  If i see improvement I am happy with it.  Having said that, the next boss can shove it up his butt.

We tried Zek’voz. He is a word that I would not be willing to write in a blog but omg.  The Eye Beam. You have a few seconds to get out before killing the entire raid in one shot. Without naming names certain people kept getting the eye beam and then having issues.  Apparently I was blocking the warlock portal, Laurie was getting stuck on invisible walls and having lag (we still maintain he rage quit though), Justin just forgot to move and apologise profusely and everyone spent each attempt praying to RNJeebus to not be chosen for the eye beam. Even in my drunk state I managed to run out when the beam was called. I was proud of myself.

I cannot tell what green gas I am supposed to stay out of but so far it has not been me who pops the extra mob so I am not going to worry about it. I struggled to see the safe spot during the darkness because it always looked safe under the boss until I got there and saw everyone running the other way..I have to pay particular attention because I find those two parts a struggle.

We were getting to 50% and below but not by skill. It will be interesting to see how we go with this one.

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We are now 8/8N and 3/8H and we will be back to get that one soon!

*Worst title ever – I know!!

The creepy tea party.

If you haven’t found Abby in Drustvar, I would suggest you do. She is creepy as heck. Fair warning though – don’t do it before bed. It isn’t so much that children are always portrayed as evil, it is the creepy little song she sings and the way she says things.

“Our poor little Village is dead.”
“All the people have gone stiff or fled.”
“There is no more noise…”
“…except me and my toys…”
“…just like all the dark birdies said!”
It may not just be the words but combined with the tune, it is a little spooky. She asks you to help her find her toys for a tea party and that seems all ok, until you find a cat and I think (as do many others) the she killed the cat!
As you find various parts of the quest chain she appears as says super creepy things, I give you exhibit A which seems pretty sort of standard and expected in a zone full of witches and covens:
Then she pops out with something like this:
It is just creepy. Then you finally get invited to her tea party:
If I have learnt anything from watching too many supernatural shows like Supernatural, Haven, Charmed etc it is that whenever there is a symbol on the ground and a creepy kid – something bad is going to happen right.  RIGHT?!!??!
There must be a trigger to her appearance as she wasn’t there the first time we ran through the area. I would suggest it is linked to the quest chain for opening up the footholds (and likely reputation) so definitely go back and check her out if you haven’t seen her.

Warfronts

I really enjoyed the warfronts I did when they went live. I did about 3 I think, 1 for the main piece of loot and a couple more times with others just for fun. I did get nice pieces of gear upon completion but none of them were upgrades for me due to raids and mythics etc. It would be a great gearing option though.

The first one was all wtf are we supposed to do, mainly running around just trying to kill things, but the following ones had a little more focus on my part. However I got gradually worse with each one and collected less and less items to hand in and spent more time farther afield killing mobs.

I even somehow managed to capture a flag/location 🙂 Go me!

I can’t wait to get back into these because I love them at the moment. Mix this in with expeditions and I am finding I have things to do constantly. In fact, I feel like there is too much to do now. I simply don’t have the time to do it all!! I think Blizz went the other way on keeping us busy, but my god I love it.

I also did a few more expeditions but we failed on a heroic one again 🙁 So depressing, we were running around like mad people trying to locate azerite and just couldn’t find any! It was so frustrating. As you can see we were not even close to completing it.

We did manage to complete one on heroic though, so it isn’t all bad.  I still find these loads of fun.

I have seen a few people around the traps saying they only do these is mythic!!  HOW?!?!?!  I am too scared to even contemplate mythic until we can nail heroic versions!! Just another thing I wish I had more free time for.

 

 

 

 

G’huun you gelatinous grotto grub

Our Wednesday night raid did not go as expected in any way. It was like an event out of some weird TV sitcom that makes no sense from start to finish.  I know on our last raid we were so close to getting him down, but it wasn’t looking promising when we started.

A 4% wipe. We seemed to forget about the cotton balls and people were dropping them like little fluffy farts all over the place. It was hectic. H.E.C.T.I.C

We had the same groups on the balls again – there are a couple of videos up on the youtube playlist (right hand side) showing the basketball tossing we do and Brian has added a tanking video. There is also all the streams from Ben which are available to watch if you are keen. Definitely worth checking out as I think the guild talks more rubbish than anything, but it lightens the tension.

Eventually though we got all our fluffy balls away from the raid, healers had a slither of mana left over and we had a couple of DPS up for the magnificent and wonderous event:

The death of G’huun. A  Heart of Corruption achievement for completing the last 2 bosses and also the Guild Run achievement. AMAZING!

Look at us handsome people. We are definitely Champions of Azeroth imho. I am pretty proud of my guild, we really haven’t spent all that long on any of the bosses and we generally get them down after a solid night of progress. Testament to Nelly running heroic/mythic version with the other guild as she knows the ins and outs of the strats which aren’t really obvious when just reading through or watching videos.

This is where the weirdness begins. We had to start attempting heroic because well, we had cleared everything in Normal!  WOO! (I am still on a high for having gotten through it relatively quickly, it was opened on the 5th September and has taken us 3 weeks to get through).

We decide to Kill Heroic Taloc. Yeah we made a group decision to do it.

The blood puddles were a mess, apparently (like the other night on Mythrax) people don’t know which is the middle area (or their left and right)…even when markers are down. So it got a little scary in some parts trying to lay down blood and not get cornered, but we did manage to get it done.  Overall without Nelly being firm about when to move and how far to move on the platform to avoid the lasers we wouldn’t have gotten this.

MOTHER was next up because we still had most of a raid night to go, it seemed about the same as a fight except for the extra laser beams which come from the roof and the beams moving much faster down the room.  The wind is also much stronger. I don’t usually get snaggled in it, but the first couple almost had my feathers charred.  I noticed on the next ones there is a flow visual a few seconds before the actual wind so if you go in the opposite direction in preparation you can get some extra breathing room.  Completely screws the casting ability this fight as you are constantly moving from fire, wind and lasers.

Just took us a couple of attempts and then voila! Most of us alive, no spawns getting their casts off and another Heroic boss down. It seemed so much more difficult when we started it. This is going to be a horrid fight if you lose concentration for a millisecond. No room for errors at all.

Of course we tried another one after getting her down, why not hey?  At this point it is lunacy to be clearing this with only a few attempts to learn the new mechanics but I was pretty happy with our efforts. Off to Fetid Devourer and the conversation at some point devolved into worse than gutter talk. I am meaning adult xxx content. I was laughing so hard.  It is fun to be playing with adults who don’t appear to have any issues with the more cheeky subjects of sex, bear arses and pussies on faces.

Fetid Devourer managed to kick us in the face repeatedly. We were actually doing ok to start but it was just a little hectic with the new mechanic for the add spawns. We were improving but really slowly. So we called it a night with a complete clear of Uldir and a solid start on heroic mode.  It is awesome,m such a great night.

Shared Topic 40: Getting to know you

Oh, I am likely to read all these ones!! I love finding out about the people behind the blogs!

The current topic from Z and Cinder is as follows:

This lovely list of questions has been floating around twitter a lot recently, and we thought it would be a great topic challenge for everyone to get to know each other a little better. There are quite a few questions, so if you don’t want to do them all you don’t have to.

For those who prefer not to talk about themselves so personally on the internet (or if you would like an extra challenge!), our challenge to you is to answer these questions on behalf of your main toon.

So here we go!!

How do you drink your tea? White with one sugar

Favourite dessert? Cheesecake – any of them.

Favourite season and why? Autumn, my birthday and I love the browns of the leaves.

What cheers you up? Cute animal pictures, WoW, dash cam videos ( I love the swearing), returning military surprise videos.

Dogs or cats? Both – honestly I would have both for various reasons.

What is you dream holiday? Scotland/Europe

How many kids do you want? 0-1

Favourite weather? Rain/Storm

What would your last meal be? Takoyaki

You can spend 24 hours anywhere, any year, where do you choose? Fall of the Berlin Wall – November 1989

If you were a ghost, who or where would you haunt? I wouldn’t want to be haunt – I watch Supernatural – I would rather move on.

What is your family ancestry? Mum Kiwi and Dad Lebanese. I am dual citizen automatically for NZ and I can request it for Lebanon if I want.

What scares you? Spiders.

What are you most grateful for? My husband.

Dream job? Running an occult/geek store/cafe/space or travelling the world non stop and making money with blogging/photography.

Do you believe in aliens? Yes – we cannot be the only life that has managed to develop in the millions of years of the world.

Favourite Sport? Ice hockey

How do you relax after a long day? WoW or Netflix

If you could meet one historical figure, who would you choose and why? I have no idea. We don’t learn from our past so I am not sure why I would want to go backwards.

If you had to be a teacher, what subject would you teach? Life Skills – how to do a resume, attend interviews, understand taxes, open bank accounts, save money, address letters/envelopes, cook (meal plan/prep), laundry etc.

Describe your perfect date.  Warcraft and Chill with rum and coke and cheesecake.

Describe yourself in a sentence.  I am all the things people should not be.

Who makes you laugh the most? My hubby.

What Superpower would you choose? Teleportation so I could be anywhere in an instant (including places which contain money *grin*).

Favourite animal? Dragons – no one said they couldn’t be mythical!! Real one would probably be tigers.

Biggest accomplishment? I have stayed drug/cigarette/suicide attempt free for almost 15 years.

There you go – I think I answered them all, what about you guys, comment with your answers and check out some of the other posts on this topic as well.

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Your quest log is full

Alunaria

Gnomecore

GamingSF

Kamalia

Syrco

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Apparently people want faces!! FACES!! Here is mine 🙂

Mythic within time!!

We thought we would give a timed mythic run a go, because why not. We only had lowbie keys though so the best of the selection we had was a Tol Dagor 2.

We smashed it. I was so excited about the situation though I forgot to take a shot of the timer screen and I wanted to get a group shot….All I have is this.

The only proof I have is Moryrt receiving the achievement for completing a times mythic.

We have both been snowed under the last week with things going on and stress so have have barely had any game time at all. Including gearing up, mythics (or doing the weekly 4) and even expeditions, all been left and forgotten about.  I guess we also don’t want to burn ourselves out by doing nothing but WoW, however I do feel bad that we aren’t running more mythics with the guys, however they seem to be making their way in the world without us (thankfully).

I was excited about out little achievement and then I saw a +16 has already been completed and someone was saying they were doing +9’s…. <shame>. How do they even get the time to gear up for that so quickly.  I just don’t have enough hours in the day. Seriously. I need to pull my finger out though and get some more runs in.

I need to either win lotto or get a part time job that pays what I am on now…LOL.

We have tried multiple mythics since then and have not managed to get another one in time yet. I mostly blame other people like Chris and his fat hunter butt; but we all hold some blame for pulling extra mobs, dying to stuff and generally falling of planks and dying to sharks (thankfully before the timer actually starts!) or not turning into golden balls of energy and dying upon hitting the ground for 10000 feet up. The highest I have done so far is a 4 underrot and that was simply so I could possibly get a better piece of gear upon reset. See our steady stream of failures below….

I really would like to get some complete in time and it is honestly our death counts causing the problem. This can be solved easily! Lol

The temple of Mythrax

Our temple is not deep in the underground of London.  No, ours is in the dark heart of Nazmir.

A place where we were getting our butts handed to us in a devastating manner. Disheartening as well.

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The actual Temple of Mithras

I spent all morning looking up strats, watching videos and reading about the melee heavy strats people have employed to handle it. It made no difference, the biggest saviour of our attempts was, “How about we just turn the mobs around so we can see what we are doing?” Thanks Laurie, because we are bunch of nublets and didn’t think of that sooner.

Amazingly our previous best attempts were in the 30% range, 32% to be exact. The beam, whilst we were dealing with the mind visions, would knock out the raid before we had a chance to manage anything else. It was insta-wipe.

But then on our Friday night raid, with great suggestions and discussion – like adults. We smashed the Mythrax in the gnarly faceless bits, of course this was after we managed to work out which side of him we were supposed to be on…only a slight problem for some of the raid, including myself. <facepalm> Thankfully it was all streamed and therefor immortalised for ever!

It felt so good. I was definitely not prepared to actually kill him because…well we were just not getting him to a point of death. Maybe a couple of wingy arm things hanging off only, possible loss of eye sight or some open wounds but not death.  I am not sure many others were either because none of us had read or watched anything about G’huun.

Of course in addition to not knowing our left from right we also don’t know when pulling trash that we are actually pulling the boss. Nelly went AFK for two seconds and comes back with “Oh, why are we killing the boss?”, “We aren’t, just clearing trash!”, “….<facepalm> Nope this is the boss.” HAHAHAHAHA

I was on ball duty with Michael, Nathan and Sue, and Moryrt was with Nelly, Kratoz and…someone else…I can’t remember so please forgive me. I think we did ok with the balls and after we got the idea we managed to repeatedly get to the second and third phases with no one dead only after about 4 attempts. Nathan managed to get most of the way down the tunnel on one go, Michael forgot to heal us on the first one and just ran of twirling his panda skirts, Sue and myself were just like extras to their awesomeness 🙂

By the end of the night, I honestly thought we had him:

7%. The shocks were falling ceiling and the blinding thing. I suspect we may have had him down if not for those two little messy parts. I believe we are going to extend for the next raid so we can just get this monkey down.

It would allow us to go back and smash Heroic Taloc in the face and beat our “play” attempt the other week with Nelly tanking:

Pretty happy with the run tonight, we did better every single time and that is just testament to the guild.  They put in the effort, pay attention and learn from their mistakes. With both Mythrax and this one I feel like I don’t do any DPS because you just spend so much time running around like a headless chicken – it is worth it!

Can’t wait to get this bugger down, then I might give LFR a crack….when I am in a really good mood 🙂

 

 

Enjoy the little things

I am going to start with the absolute best thing I have seen in game so far, and I am making a concerted effort to find more because they just make me laugh. I love the humour that Blizzard puts into its games.

Likely you have ridden past this one over 100 times already but because you are running past you have missed them.  They are in the Great Seal. I adore them.

This is their comments on the absolutely stunning Aztec/Mayan architecture – beasts! If you look around you find these two with a selfie stick.

Just look at them?!!?  HAHHA I love it. I should’ve taken a selfie with them as well with my camera!

My next most loved and hated quest is the turtle quests. I am ok with shooting the crabs but screw those birds. The targeting is so difficult.

I just love everyone is referencing this now. LOL.   Laurie posted this picture to our guild facebook  a couple of days ago and I am sort of shocked and amazed at the same.  Seems like a crazy thing to get tattooed 🙂

I mean…seriously insane!!  I have always wanted a wow related tattoo so I am not questioning a wow tattoo but I would be leaning more towards a horde/alliance crest personally.  Kudos to their love of turtles reaching the water 🙂

I also finally found one of these little beauties!!!  I am so proud of myself.

Can you see the gorgeous rainbow? Just look at it!!  Stupidly I was standing right underneath it later and didn’t notice until too late as my flight master whistle went off. I will need to go back. But look!!  A RAINBOW IN GAME!!!!  SQUEEE!  Moryrt and I also noticed sand winds in Voldun recently, just a small layer on the desert moving with wind.

Blizzard are killing it with the weather effects if you ask me. Not just weather either. I nearly lost the plot when I saw the new Warlock Summoning portal and cookie dispenser. They are amazing.  If you haven’t seen one yet, ask a lock friend to put one down for you. They are stunning.   Here is a picture from reddit.

The picture just doesn’t do it justice. It is brilliant!!

And whilst waiting for a run to happen I managed to get this little achievement, just means I spent far too much time playing to hit the 250k score in one game 🙂 I blame Oui for that, completely! Correct me if I am wrong, but did they update the images in the jewelcraft or have they always been those icons, I remember them being different?

Whilst trawling the land I found these little cuties, when you click on the lute next to them the rainbow appears.  I admit to spending far too long clicking the lute.

The other thing I am loving is the underwater bars around the world. As a druid it is probably easier for me to investigate the water – but seriously they are all slightly different with funny things happening. This one has a dancing murloc in a top hat and disco jellies.  I check out the vendors, have a couple of drinks and then look for the next one in my travels.  These are very cute hide away places!

What else have you guys found that gives you a little kick of enjoyment?