AoTC – G’huunalicious

We have had a few weeks since my last raiding post being stuck on Zul, Mythrax and G’huun.  It has been a little bit of a struggle not because we aren’t good enough – we really are, but because we have had weird class mixes or not enough people etc.

One of the questions I was asked recently was “Why, by all the laws of science, does it take our guild to the very last attempt of the night to kill the boss?”  No solid answers came up except that perhaps on that very last attempt people actually pay full attention and do everything they can to stay alive and be aware.  The conclusion we drew was that we need to only allow a certain amount of attempts on the boss before moving on.  Which works for the middle bosses who you can do in any order, but not for the ones at the start.  My additional cruelty to this would be after the limited number of attempts you drop the difficulty back down until people can stay focused on those bosses….hahah.

I honestly wish we didn’t spend all night wiping to kill the boss on the last attempt and not because I don’t love raiding, but because people get angry at each other and we feel like we can’t do it….which is rubbish because we know we can do it – we have evidence on every kill we can do it.  So why…why is it  the absolute last pull of the night?

We started the night with 13 people and on patch night with computer issues everywhere. Drops, mini freezes, latency that wasn’t latency; it was my usual rage inducing experience.  Nothing makes me quite as angry as wanting to play WoW and being excited to get into it and having issues with the game.  My taurean (and tauren) side comes out like waving a red flag. Sets me right off into swearing and cussing.

We gave Mythrax a few attempts and were struggling with only 2 healers, but then a few of the people from Resplendant (another guild) were available and we pulled them in to make a 20 man raid. It was at this point after fluffing about for 10 minutes that my computer decided to really take a crap and it took me 3 restarts to be able to get back into game because WoW was not happy.  I finally logged in and found I was booted from the raid and ported back to the Great Seal and the guys were killing Mythrax.

I lost my mind. I cannot explain how much I lost my mind.  Part of my rage was because I spend all my raid time wiping. I only raid on Fridays which is usually hard boss night, so I don’t actually get any benefit from raiding just loss of money. So the opportunity for me to get one piece of gear (when I don’t currently) pissed me off so much.  I didn’t want to spend the rest of the night wiping on another boss with no gratification or gear out of it.  I had spent 8k buying potions/flasks before the raid and this has been my life for the last few months.  My first Wednesday in months and I got booted out.  I was raging.

Anyway it took a little convincing from Drew, Ben and Michael before I jumped back online as the guild was about to start G’huun.   Ben advised disabling all mods seemed to work wonders for him and Oui so left DBM running only and the game was playable without issue. Drew had suggested I disable all mods and that was just before my game went to the toilet on my heart so I didn’t have  chance to do it.

We were slapping him around with new friends from Resplendant and honestly we were doing pretty messy attempts.   We did get him to 2% with only tanks and heals alive.  No idea who was “leading” from the other guild – no one introduced themselves…. <glare> but he was pretty funny.  We had to stay alive going into the third phase and on this 2% I was the only one who actually died at the transition happened.  So it is pretty much my fault we didn’t kill him….I am blaming the healers though because well….heal me!!!

Sadly the heals were doing terrible DPS and couldn’t make up for what would have been my amount :p Unbelievable!!

Then of course, on our very very last attempt of the night, he died.  Ahead of the Curve; yes please!

I actually managed to stay alive until he was at about 2% but I had managed to back myself into a corner with the pizza phase and it just meant I had nowhere to run when I got a few effects at once. I was so annoyed with myself.  Chris and I were running balls again and doing well at that, we have a pattern and we rock!  Some might say we were cutting it close to the new raid being released but now we can spend sometime just getting clears (if people are around) in preparation for the new raid – I would love to get my gear better before we go into the new area.

Thanks to the filthy mouthed Resplendent guilds telling us to stay alive and for the healers to heal people :p;  it was an enjoyable night from about 9pm onwards….but not before.

Michael said he will upload the kill video to youtube and here it is!! I found it for you 🙂

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!!!!

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.

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?

 

We are coming for you G’huun

You and your pet, Zul.

I missed the guild’s second raid as it was moved to a Saturday night due to lack of healer availability for Friday, but we had plans already which I wouldn’t get out of. So I watched it on the stream (thank god Ben was streaming!!) whilst our friends watched the Collingwood match.  I didn’t get to hear the smooth bedroom voice of our raid leader as I was watching only, not listening. The guild killed the next couple of bosses from our Wednesday night and whilst I was in the stream chat screaming for someone to take pictures – no one did.

They got stuck on Zul, from what I could see.  So when I made it to the next Wednesday night raid (thanks to delayed trains and missing karate again), I was extremely happy.

We smashed it like a birthday cake. Smashed it.

We one shot Taloc again, like a bunch of pros. I think it was a little messier this time as we didn’t set up markers for dumping of the blood therefore people were kind of going everywhere.  It wasn’t as well controlled like our first kill. I know me and a few others got caught behind a range barrier of badly placed blood with no way to get back to the group just before the boss died.

MOTHER went so smoothly that I cannot understand how we struggled so much last week. It was like we had done the boss a million times before. We set up, Brian advised he had changed some talents and gear for better mitigation, Jason set up the groups and all the healers proceeded to have heart palpitations at all their UI’s being completely messed up.  Chris counted the groups perfectly so there was no confusion about who was going through when and we proceeded to just smash her. Poor Ostrik (spelling sorry) died on the first or second flames and then stayed dead the entire fight because we were saving the rezzes. He would have had great fun!  LOL.  It was just amazing. We didn’t get the laser beams (we don’t know why?), and we only had  flames and wind to contend with…makes it sound like a bad curry doesn’t it?

Fetid devourer was the same, just melted through it like it was nothing.  I was excited as this was the point we got to in one raid last week and we had only been about 30 or 40 minutes?  I shall have to check the stream.

We then headed to the suckerface. Vectis, honestly not that hard but it was my first kill so I grabbed this quick screenie before the guild ran away. So technically our second kill.

Zek’voz was next and this was as horrific as I had expected. It isn’t overly difficult per se, just so much going on that you are constantly watching for effects to happen so you can run away.

That got me a nice little achievement and also another quick screenshot before the guild ran away to spend the rest of the night wiping on Zul.

We wiped. We wiped. We wiped and just for good measure, we wiped a little more.

Zul. Zul. Zul.

He was finally defeated on the next Friday raid night. Would we call it a smooth kill? Or even a good kill? You could probably put it into a “shear dumb luck category” and it would be close.

Not to down play the effeort we were putting in though. We were consistently putting him to 40% and just needed a little change to strats.  The best one being not CCing the hexxers and just interrupting/stunning so they came to the centre. From a DPS perspective it was much easier than running around the platform wasting case/DPS.

We spent what was left of Friday night working on Mythrax. When the adds pop with the mind flay we all die. It is a hard fail for us at that specific point, if we could get them under control I have no doubt we would be ok.

Let’s see how the guild goes next week. Grats everyone on the kills!

Mythic dungeon master?

So once we broke through the first barrier of mythics we basically never went back to a heroic. The only time has been for world quests so we can just burn through them quickly or to complete an achievement.

The upside is we managed to get the dungeon master achievement after some targeted runs.

Tol Dagor is such a confusing maze of a place, I have no idea how people find their ways through these dungeons for the first time.

The Sand Queen boss is a pain of a fight, with the worst bit being the drones giving the boss a buff so you have to kill them away from the tank. Great for a ranged class but crap when the rest of the group is melee.

Jes Howlis is fun, I like this fight but only the you have the ability to clear out the cells before the fight.

Knight Captain Valyri is a horrible fight, my most hated, having to move the barrels is painful and if you don’t you get covered in fire. I managed to move the barrels perfectly one attempt but did no DPS on the boss. I guess that is the point right? Someone sacrifices their DPS for the good of the group?

Overseer Korgus the last boss, it a fun fight as well. I like the mechanic of not being able to move too much (unless your tank pulls the boss before you are even up the last lot of stairs so you get stunned almost immediately and nearly die from the first lot of black on the ground). It certainly keeps you on your toes.

King’s rest. What can I say. Screw you to the pits of hell you rubbish instance. Specifically the The Council of Tribes (bastards).  What a horrible horrible fight. I can’t even talk about it without getting angry.  In fact it annoyed me enough I took a picture when we killed them.  This is not so bad a fight now having done it a few more times but it still a touch and go situation.

The Golden Serpent; the best tip we got for this (Thanks Nathan) was to start the boss at the top of the steps, dump our first and second batches of gold just there and then move the boss to below the steps for the next lot. It keeps the gold together for some amazing AOE and they die super fast.

Mchimba the Embalmer I don’t mind the boss fight, but the trash can go and get screwed. SCREWED!!  Every single time I do any damage I get the green puddles under me and no one else gets them. It doesn’t matter if I am in melee, middle or farthest away.  The only time I don’t get puddles is when I stand there and literally do nothing.  Everything I have read says it is supposed to be random, but I can guarantee you it isn’t. It makes me so angry, I swear every single time I am in that room and everyone just laughs at me. Which makes me even more angry.    Not much angers me in WoW.  Even Moryrt made comment during a run about how he never sees me angry when I play, except this room.

Finally, Dazar, The First King I had no idea the first time I did this, it seemed super complicated and confusing but the next couple of times I have run it seems like no problem at all. I would consider this much easier than any of the other bosses in this dungeon.

Shrine of storms we did heroic as it was the last one we needed for the dungeon achievement! What a place. So good in fact that I can barely remember it. There were fights, something about water, loads of trash….yeah it was good? I don’t remember disliking much about it?

I guess I need to go back to Shrine. First I want to open up Siege or Boralus.

 

 

It’s a Mythic!!

We did our very first mythic!!  Can you believe it! We are soo excited. 310 ilevel for me, Moryrt and Nibblepie were about 316-320, so we knew we weren’t too far off being able to handle them with our set group. Stab was 340 I think and Pracey was 332? But still not exactly stellar levels.

Figuring that mythic 0 isn’t a killer and isn’t really much worse than heroic we decided to head to the motherlode because it was a central location and easy to get to. Never underestimate laziness people, never 🙂

We had one particularly bad patch where we got mobs from behind a hut accidentally as well as mobs to the side. It was bedlam. We wiped technically once, but we died a lot more than that. We kept running back individually to keep the momentum going before deciding to just wait and go again as a group.

I took a picture of our group in the middle of the run because I wanted to remember our very first mythic. Unlike some people who have already completed the collective mythic achievement, some of us have waited to go together as a group. LOL yes, many cherry popping jokes were made because some of us are juveniles when together.

The last boss killed us, once. I am terrified of doing this on a harder keystone. This fight is horrid. So much stuff on the ground, and homing missiles and gattling guns and smashes ….it makes me nervous.  Hopefully a few more attempts and we will spank it with ease.

We finished that earlier than we thought we would, so we signed up for another heroic. The Waycrest Manor.  (We now only have 2 more to see).  I liked it. Pracey was enamoured with the pipe organ playing throughout and I admit it was nice.  The fights aren’t too bad on heroic. I have no idea about the fight with the flasks and the dead people, but I am sure I will make sense of it after another couple of goes.

I clicked a “Vile pod” which was sitting in a fountain in a courtyard and “Groundskeeper Lilltih” popped up and almost killed me. I started screaming for aid. Reminiscent of Gondor really, but my team came running and I survived.  I tried to not touch anything else. There doesn’t seem to be anything fancy about the pod just an extra elite spawn.

So mythic number 1 done. We got so much gear drop as well.  Pracey is the only plate wearer and the brilliance of 4 people being able to swap gear is indescribable.  We are now well into the 324 space for ilevel which means we might get close for raiding requirements set by the guild of 330, especially if we can fit in some mythics between now and then. 340 ilevel gear dropping on bosses is nothing to be baulking at and basically why we stopped running heroics – why chase 325 when we can chase 340? Amirite?

DPS wise I think the boomy is doing me ok, I would like to be higher but I need to stop comparing myself to Stab and Pracey who had 30 ilevels on me and still have about 20 after upgrades. It makes a big difference.  I even downloaded Hekili (mod for rotations) and my DPS isn’t that far off if I am not using the mod compared to when I am using it. This makes me happy.

I see many more mythics in our future. Many.

Expeditions of fun!

OMG! I hadn’t thought they would be as much fun. I think it depends on who you do them with though, I could see these being horrible with PUGS.

Our first one was Whispering Reef and Pracey was trying to explain everything to us whilst ensuring we didn’t fail. We did cream the alliance AI in that one.

The next one was The Rotting Mire and this was a very close call. The numbers don’t reflect it, but at one point the alliance were about 600 infront of us because we couldn’t find anything to kill/collect, until we happened upon three Surok camps with so many fat bags of Azerite we claimed the victory.

The next was the Verdant Wilds. Again we had loads of space and spent a fair amount of time killing the alliance which I think helped to  our victory. We did get better as we went along.

I did keep running off to mine and collect things whilst Moryty and Pracey killed mobs which was not entirely helpful (I would be that bad PUG). I was so easily distracted by the shinies!  We had a few really close matches which I thought we would definitely lose but we found stashes of azerite just at the right times.

The Whispering reef had our closest match but we still managed to come out on top!

According to conversations you should do the 7 per week you need to cap the azerite, however you don’t really need to do more. They are meant to be a side to the main quests/stories and give you something different to do.

We did do all 7 though and had a good laugh at the same time. I would like to see these scale with group size so you can have 3-6 people running around and the mobs just have more HP or require more effort.

I really enjoyed them and I doubt I would ever actually do a PVP version, the AI was enough for me, but I think I would be happy doing more than 7 a week if people needed a third wheel.

Tips:

  • Make sure you grab the shovel if you see one!
  • Eat all the things
  • Go for the rare mobs.

Legends of the Tidesages

Whilst running around discovering the places in Kul Tiras we decided to chase down the rest of the Tidesages because we stumbled across one in the wild.

Nice easy achievement Legends of the Tidesages when discovering the areas.

I have added them to the attached map for easy locating if you don’t have co-ordinates.  The purple diamonds are the locations, sorry they are so small, I was adding them in via Handynotes and forgot to enlarge them.

There are also way points on wowhead from Varenne:

/way Stormsong Valley 49.51 80.90 Legends of the Tidesages Part 1 (Near the waterfall)
/way Stormsong Valley 59.02 59.54 Legends of the Tidesages Part 2 (On top of the hill)
/way Stormsong Valley 31.95 72.91 Legends of the Tidesages Part 3 (Near the lake)
/way Stormsong Valley 33.81 33.23 Legends of the Tidesages Part 4 (On top of the island)
/way Stormsong Valley 56.02 38.53 Legends of the Tidesages Part 5 (Up the mountain right of Warfang Hold)
/way Stormsong Valley 44.18 36.60 Legends of the Tidesages Part 6 (Up the mountain left of Warfang Hold)
/way Stormsong Valley 62.08 30.22 Legends of the Tidesages Part 7
/way Stormsong Valley 75.07 31.13 Legends of the Tidesages Part 8 (Near the Shrine of the Storm entrance)

They have some beautiful scenery from the mountain tops. Really lovely shrines. These are my favourite ones, I could picnic up there all day I think.

Just stunning.

 

Heroics, finally :)

Our heroic runs have been basically smooth as butter. Until our first attempt on Merektha.

Image result for Merektha

She spanked us in ways, we ought not to be spanked and we died. Horrifically. There was just…stuff going on everywhere and we made too many mistakes.  We went back in and killed her the next attempt but it was touch and go as well.

I think the moist difficult thing in the dungeon is the electric balls of pain. Do not attempt this when drunk. I can vouch for it being very hard to watch the patterns and react fast enough. Someone else in our group can also vouch for the pain. I hate to see these in mythics. I really just don’t want to.

Of course Moryrt just flaps himself over. Cheater.

We did a few others and they all went super smooth. A few niggles and me pulling extra moonfired mobs, but I swear it was some other druid we are in the group with.

Underrot wiped us a couple of times due to those stupid snakes, we tried…attempted…to stealth past. Stealth by a rogue type person. It failed.  We had multiple snakes and it was nasty.   We didn’t do that again LOL.

The motherlode was nowhere near as bad as I had thought it would be. The last boss was horrific. I still just don’t get that fight, so much movement and too many things to watch out for.  I can’t wait to see that one in mythic and tear my hair out in tears.

I learnt during our heroic runs that my battle rez is no longer instant cast. I have to actually cast it?  Like what the heck? I need to plan what I am going to do and when I can rez people.  It is insanity. INSANITY I tell you!  Then I tried to dispel a curse and found that has an 8 second clown.  WHAT?!  I tried to help our healer and failed.

The heroics are fun, I can’t wait to see the other dungeons from the alliance side. Especially whatever id in Drustvar, the witchy part of my soul loves that place.

It is enjoyable doing new dungeons!! ilevel is now 310…nowhere near what i need for raiding or mythics but we were all swapping gear with each other and it is making it easier to gear up.

Quests…so many quests

It is just endless and all over the place. I sort of like it. Sort of.  There is this constant underlying anxiety to playing at the moment as you have no idea if you have actually finished with the line or if they are going to spring some more on you.   Fred posted on our guild page the Dark Legacy Comic a few days ago and my god is it accurate!!

I was laughing to stop from crying at the accuracy!  I am not sure I enjoy just having three never ending continents, I think I prefer lots of smaller areas as it makes you feel like you are achieving zone completion.  I am not sure as there is something to be said for only having to remember 3 zones for the xpac. LOL

But some of the quests have just been fun. So much fun! I have a gallery of some of my favourites. Including the ones in Vol’dun which I missed on my druid but found on my mage (I might go back and do them).

I particularly enjoyed being turned into a giant toad and licking my enemies to death. I also don’t think there can be enough Bawonsamdi in this game. I want to die more often just to hear his smart arse comments.  I had no idea about them until I died 4 times on my mage and noticed one of his snarky sayings was “That blink didn’t help you at all, did it?” LOL  Awesome. Just awesome.  Moryrt enjoyed turning into a blood troll and looking like a heroin addled drug addict 🙂

And be sure to Eat Your Greens whilst you are questing in and around Nazmir, it is to ensure you have strong constitution to deal with all the killing, maiming and hunting.

Levelling is so much fun. I almost wish it never ended.

More dungeons!!

We finally did the other 2 dungeons with our group.

We started with the MOTHERLOAD!!! because someone was a deserter and we needed to physically enter an instance. I can’t remember who the deserter was, it seems to irrelevant now :p I happened to be standing next to the summoning stone and Moryrt was nearby so decided that was the fastest one to get to.

I was looking into the bosses to write this post and found this is actually in Kezan, the Goblin starting zone. We had a discussion when we got out of the instance, about whether it was or not and we decided it wasn’t. We were wrong.

There was so much trash in the instance! Soooo many bombs. It was horrific.

The only boss that seemed like it is going to be horrible in mythics is the lady with the glowing orange flames of death on the ground Rixxa Fluxflame, maybe the end boss as well Mogul Razdunk.  Otherwise I think they should be manageble.  I quite like  Coin-Operated Crowd Pummeler he is fun running around kicking bombs back in his face.

We won’t discuss the issues I had after taking the indian jones style cart down the hill to then stand on a bomb 4 times in a row and die 3.  It just doesn’t need to be talked about….ever again.

Then we signed up for underrot as it was the only place we hadn’t been to. Those worms in the ground are a right pain. Really horrible.

But over all not a bad place. I honestly don’t remember most of the bosses in there…I do remember the last boss Unbound Abomination being a gorgeous hunk of flesh. Divine really.

I like the dungeons so far, they are pretty, the fights are mostly good at this level and I think are going to be terrifying at mythic level. I can’t wait to get to level 120 and start gearing up.

I am really enjoying the changes to Boomy as well 🙂 I really enjoy playing it. So happy I am sticking to my druid this xpac (for the moment).

How is everyone else finding the dungeons?

Dungeons!!

Stab and Pracey are so far ahead of us in levels due to their annual leave I suspect they will be well into gearing for heroics by the time this post is live, I left them at 119.

Nibble is at 113 (I am pretty sure), might be 114 actually,  and Moryrt and myself are at 112.  We had about 5 level 120’s in the guild when I logged on (which is pretty well done imho) and quite a few in the 117+ range.  I noted that the world first happened at about 1pm our time. Amazing! Or insane….I can never decide, you can see WoWhead’s post about it. It was a Method player so I am not surprised by that at all. Grats!

I digress. Moryrt and I were levelling when the call to run some dungeons was made. Given this is our mythic group, we decided to give them a try.  Moryrt even set up his iPad to read through the guides so that we weren’t just smashing through; we learnt too late in the last xpac about many of the boss/trash talents during high level mythics, so this time we want to be better prepared.

Balance, Retribution, Vengeance, Mistweaver and a Stabber make up our team and we did really well for it.  No wipes, not even any deaths. We didn’t need much healing and we were well behaved, no issues with threat for Moryrt either.

Our first random was Temple of Sethraliss, here is the group sitting down for some chow before beginning. I believe Nibble and Moryrt are having a moment of communion between tank and healer (it might be a new BfA thing).

All the bosses in here are pretty easy, I think the lightening boss Galvazzt will be the healer challenge in mythics and the last boss The Avatar of Sethraliss will be the DPS race.  Merektha and Adderis & Aspix I don’t feel were awful but they will just be messy.  We did this one twice via the random and we went through it much faster the second time and our boss kills were faster.  The pathing field of mobs with the eyes before the last boss will be an absolute slaughter house in mythic I imagine – I am not looking forward to that overall.

We then got Atal’Dazar which was amazing!!! I want to live in this place. I love the architecture.

Here we are before starting.  This had some fun fights which I think are going to be absolutely horrific in mythics..possibly even heroic.

We started with Vol’kaal and his poison thing on the ground and each other is going to be a testament to keeping a group together, I suspect standing on or near him then just moving backward is going to be the way to go. We can test that out over time.

Rezan is a giant dinosaur and such an interesting fight. There is no way I am going to cope in mythic. He fears, he chases, you have to avoid raptor bones and you can’t even stand in the middle (which is the obvious choice!) I loved it, even if I stepped on two lots of bones.

Priestess Alun’za and Yazma are a bit meh…they didn’t seem hard at this level, I imagine that will be more difficult with affixes etc.

All in all we had fun running the dungeons and we got to 112 by the end of the night.  Only 8 more levels to go. The dungeons are very lovely and the fights are fun so far of what we have seen.

 

 

I normally defend Blizzard but not this time

As with other people, I was part of the rush trying to get things completed before the patch dropped.  I was so angered by this particular issue it has taken me over a week to be able to write about it and not want to cancel my subscription.

As the title says, I normally defend Blizz because WoW is such an awesome game and something I have loved for 13 years. 13 years – holy cow!  I may not have liked everything they have done (like Drainor, removing the talent “trees”, adding questing for professions, no fishing rods required, taking away class buffs etc) but I have trusted in their knowledge of the game and how people are playing it.  I don’t have access to world wide stats as they would, they are working off millions of people’s data.  I trust they want the game to be awesome so they can keep making money off people, I trust they want to make the gameplay better each time to rope people in.

I understand there is grinding, and farming and spending hours killing bears because apparently none of them have 4 paws, a heart or a tongue. Yeah they could have lost those things in battle with other bears. I get it. I understand that not all bears, boars, humanoids, murlocs, naga are created equal and do not have any items you need after 20000 kills.

But.this.is.unconscionable.

I refer to First Aid and Field Medic.  I read a lot of comments about farming this before the end of Legion and how long it would take. A lot of comments about 10 -12 hours farming to complete and multiple areas to target.

These were just from some of the wowhead comments which as we know, is where everyone goes :p

I spent 8 hours farming over the last week before patch and I found 2 letters in that time – one at Gloaming Reef after the first 6 hours farming, then out of frustration I begged hubby to come help me farm in Suramar – at this point I knew I wouldn’t have time to get the achievement for field medic.  After 15 minutes of farming – he got a letter. I cannot explain the amount of cursing I started doing at that point. Hubby was unable to stop laughing at me – I was so angry.

I had to wait another 45 before getting my letter; the last 5 points I needed to actually hit max level for first aid.

The irony of the situation was me thinking I could even attempting getting Field medic; really I needed the letters to actually get my first aid to 800.  This achievement has annoyed me no end.  I went in knowing it would take me about 10 hour or more, but that would be on the assumption I would see maybe 1 letter per hour.  I was prepared for that sort of farm. But after 5 hours with nothing I was super pissed about not being able to get my profession maxxed out before it left forever.

These sort of drop rates is what makes people hate this game.  I can understand that.  I can’t defend it this time. There is not much I won’t defend but that is bullshit Blizzard.  Absolute Bullshit.  I didn’t realise First Aid would be getting taken out until only recently (trying to avoid BfA spoilers and news too much) so it didn’t really leave me with a lot of time with all the other things I wanted to get done before pre-patch.

I think I only ended up with 5 letters in total and three were just from questing in the world months ago.

I made it through this post, took me two days to write it though. Still angers me no end.  Drop rates need to increase for things like this, but then does it really make it an achievement if it is easier?

Welcome to the newest member of my family

Not the Valkyrie, but the Tauren with the massive sword.  My warrior.

Hubby and I finally used out 110 boosts. Our characters are on Saurfang but we will move them across to Khaz and Warsong once we have some spare cash. For the moment they are sitting in “The Dark Within” which was converted to a banking guild ages ago.

I boosted my warrior and hubby boosted a DK. Dragonspirit (name to be changed) as she was my first ever alt in Vanilla. I started her when I had to stay online for DKP and a chance to get into the boss fights. We were able to be on alts providing they were in the guild, we had to keep our mains near the raid for ease of being swapped in.  This toon has always been with me and the appeal of their class hall made this an easy choice for me.

Hubby and I have started over 10 DK’s; played through the start area, gotten to Hellfire Peninsula and then stopped. We have too many DK’s at varying 60’s.  I was not surprised when hubby finally settled on the DK to use his boost on, he has wanted one since they came out. Thank the old ones because I am never going to level another DK again!  Woo!

The warrior class hall is home for me. It is all mythological and Norse and Heimdallr is there and Valkyrie everywhere. I adore this place. I want it to be real – this is why I love and adore Azeroth.

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Getting to and from the class hall is brilliant with being sucked into the sky and then thundering back to the ground. It is epic. EPIC!!  I wish I had levelled my warrior earlier to enjoy this longer.

We played through the first few quests, got some of the chain completed including our artifact traits completed.

We are going to try and get our class chain completed before the patch drops for our titles. Not sure they are going away but would be nice to have them going into new content, so I ran hubby through Nelth’s Lair for his quest and we are now both up to having to complete 10 world quests which will be done pretty quickly.

I will say the boosted gear you get given is pretty amazing, we haven’t had to replace any of it with the quests we are doing,  but we will likely just be jumping into BfA content with these ones and not worrying about gearing up for anything in particular now.

 

Pre-patch -17th July, Tuesday.

No doubt you are all aware of the pre-patch hitting our shores in a couple of days; here is the video if you haven’t yet seen it:

I thought I would re-visit my bucket list….LOL. I did nothing on it! However I found new things I would like to get completed instead – ensuring my First Aid was at 800 and seeing if I could get the Field Medic title before it all goes the way of the dodo. I also want to give the Mage Tower another couple of shots and see if I can’t get it done on my druid – in feral to get a shiny purple kitty to match my bear and my mage just to say I did. But honestly I tried it after the questline and failed horribly so….I am not sure I am that keen. Especially when someone in our guild (who shall remain nameless) has managed to complete it on almost every class….with crappy gear<hangs head in shame>.

The main thing I will be doing is chasing this little bugger Long-Forgotten Hippogryph. Until it kills me.  I am not going to give up but I am going to buy myself a metric tonne of snacks and energy drinks to get me through.

I am not overly excited about the pre-patch – it means I have run out of time to do all the things but what excites me is being so much closer to the expansion!!

Here is Wowhead’s guide on what to do before BfA. I might try and do the Chromie thing this weekend – at least give it a crack – providing I get my mount first.

I have seen lots of comments about how there is still a lot of work needing to be done in the beta for the game to be ok and I remember this being said about Legion as well, but I don’t recall any major issues with the release. Or I repressed all the awful stuff?  I can’t imagine it would be worse than the Drainer release on the hillside with 300000000 people standing on top of an eye glass to create the garrison.

What are you going to be doing in the last rush before pre-patch?

 

 

What a long strange trip it was

Ever since getting my violet mount a few years back I pretty much stopped paying attention to the world events. Not for any real reason other than I just didn’t want to fly around and collect things anymore 🙂  But midsummer festival was upon us and so I flew around and scored a couple more achievements.

I had forgotten I have achievements I could still chase.

I had missed the exciting little pop up which made you feel as as though you had achieved something.

So I think I am likelt to start checking out the world events again and trying to get more of them completed.  I think I am still missing the day of the dead…I will have to check.  Every year I say I am going to do it and then…well…it is hard to remember to log in on specific days ok?

Thankfully both hubby and I only had Broken Isles and Draenor to complete (woo!) so it took us barely any time to complete – even if we had to wander around aimlessly trying to locate the actual campfires for some of them.

I was also surprised to find dousing the flames didn’t require any battle.  Am I remembering wrong – did you not used to have to fight to get to the flames and be battling PVP people as well as NPC’s?  Am I making it harder than it ever was in my head?

I got all prepped for Draenor, I stood back, potted up, popped my shield, blew timewarp and then….nothing…I was going to go in flames blazing and all I got was a pop and fizzle.

I laughed at myself. I won’t also mention the war cry as I ran in only to find nothing happening.

It was funny to me anyway 😀