Someone pinch me…hard…

Or gentle…either way I can’t believe this at all. I had simply put this into the pile of things I might get done eventually but was giving up on actually believing it would happen.

Craig messaged me a couple of days ago trying to convince me to come on a run and get myself carried for the timed 15.

I am not usually a huge fan of being carried – it feels like I cheapen the experience. I thought I would be DPS as they were trying to get someone called Scud to tank. Also a bear. Apparently epic. Anyway because I tanked instead (Scud didn’t respond) and contributed to the actual completion of the mythic, I have shifted posts around because I am too excited to not post sooner! I was part of the group rather than just a carry! Boo-ya!

Craig pulled a group together which consisted of Lauralin (my little purple battle pet), Angeleus and Confliction from his guild on Dath. Someone had a level 16 Upper Kara key so of course that sounded like the perfect plan…for some people. I think Upper might be easier than lower but honestly so hard to tell when the DPS in the group steals aggro within half a second, especially with skittish affix. It was so damn difficult. I have never used my taunt on CD as part of my rotation before – it was so hard – even with a head start…<shame>

I actually wasn’t sure were going to make it just because when you watch the timer tick down and it builds the pressure. I am not kidding – I stood up after we finished and I had sweat pouring down my back – I was so excited and nervous. I think we only had 8 deaths in total. Pretty sure that makes a fair difference to our usual 30 – 40 on level 13-14 mythics 🙂

The guys were pretty funny and the language…yeah a little more over the top than my guild but I was laughing my butt off. I like being able to just fuck around on voice when doing runs – but I have a feeling not everyone appreciates it. Although we didn’t pull out the C word (which I was fully expecting based on what Craig has told me).

Thanks to the guys above – you were fantastic and thank you for putting up with my lower tanking skill/gear. The tears in my eyes were legitimately forming out of appreciation.

So many people were involved in me being able to get this purple bear, I had tears in my eyes I was so happy! Thanks to everyone involved prior to this latest part – Drew, Michael, Ben, Oui, Nelly, Fred, Simon, Craig, Aaron, Lana and Nathan and the rest of the guild for all the mythics, raiding and gear upgrades.

You guys are the absolute team and I appreciate it so much.

I feel pretty happy knowing I tanked a level 16 mythic, definitely wasn’t expecting to be able to get through it especially with the affixes. I know I have tanked all of Heroic Antorus so I should feel more capable but you know I am self conscious.

Blizzard why did you betray me this way? After everything I have given you.

I cannot preface this post enough to explain how everything that follows stems from a deep sadness at being misled by Blizzard at a time that should have been amazing.

I do not see the silver lining on this.

We were going to run some mythics for the weekly quest however Michael was eating dinner; instead of harassing him to masticate faster we took the opportunity to jump into Nighthold and get the last of the shards I needed for Balance of Power.

I only needed 4, so we wrangled an elite squad of death and destruction which included Simon, Brian, Fred, Ben, Drew, Michael and myself.  The guys were fantastic for coming along and helping me get the last few shards. I cannot thank them enough. Michael didn’t arrive until later, so in the interim I switched to healing. Bad idea. I couldn’t find the spell which put the green circle on the ground, I had to manually select people then the spell, and I was basically just clicking things in the hopes they would light up.

I am not a very good healer.  I didn’t even have Brez on my bars…had to do that on the fly when Drew needed a rez before tanking the second add. It was a disaster! Then Michael came online and I was so freaking excited!

After handing in then killing Guldan for his eyeballs, I went off excitedly to hand in my quest but the chain continued. So I delayed that to help Fred in Emerald Nightmare with the rest of the group to obtain the last of his corrupted essence. We tried Ursoc again for the hidden artifact – which Simon got!!!  We tried for Michael’s hidden one off the dragons and Ben needed something off the eyeball.

Once that was complete I headed back to my quest chain, flew to Moonhold and received all the power!! I was so excited because this meant I was going to get my purple bear!

We start off with this horrid green bear :p after receiving all the power.

I have improved history by doing the longest quest chain in game.  It probably isn’t but my god, it certainly feels like it is.

I ported directly back to my class hall and my tree to switch to purple. This is what greeted me.

It was locked? LOCKED?!?!?!?   I have – as per the notes on the tool tip – “Completed a Mythic mode Dungeon using a level 15 keystone” AND I had just completed “Balance of power”.  What gives Blizzard – as your tool tip reads – I have done the requirements?

Craig suggested the other day I needed to do the 15 after having finished the quest line.  Is that how you read the above?  Would you not put the 15 after the quest line completion then to give it a sense of order,. would you perhaps put them in the same sentence and advise it is required to be after.

I was soo annoyed. So annoyed in fact that I almost rage quit. I had been looking forward to completing this and being purple.  Instead I was convinced to to a level 15 then and there. So myself, Simon, Craig, Ben and Michael jumped into a Seat of the Triumverate 15 (which was Craig’s).  It was horrific.  I lost count of the deaths after about 50. I was so annoyed with the bosses and my failings as a tank – which were more to do with it being Skittish affix this week than anything else, but it was still frustrating as hell.  I hate all the bosses in this instance due to past experiences so it was lovely to finally kill this piece of garbage.  I hate him with a passion add that to my already simmering rage about my butt being green and not purple – I wanted to see him die.

We eventually got all the way to the last boss and Michael and I had to tank him/her/them (?) from 40% all the way to 0%.

It was the longest boss fight I have ever done, but no way in hell was I going to have to start again!  I have to admit it was pretty funny.  Michael even posted it on youtube to watch if you want to have a laugh.  I would speed it up if you can though as it is just long :p

Thanks so much to the guys for being dragged through a horrific level 15!  You were – as always – awesome!

So I headed back to my tree to get me some purple butt! This greeted me again!  ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!!!???!

The conclusion can only be made that it has to be a timed 15. Where is heck does it say timed?  For more casual players like me – completing a 15 is hard enough without adding it needing to be timed. When I say hard enough – the two level 15’s I have done have taken over an hour and a half with over 40 deaths – I am so far away from the timer that getting to the end is a massive success in of itself.  It isn’t like I am finding this easy you know. Had I known it was a timed 15 I would have just never started on this mission to have it purple. I probably wouldn’t have even completed the Balance of Power.   The tooltip should reflect the actual requirements.  I still “completed” a 15 when we missed timers and I got the achievement – that says it is complete. Why am I not purple!!! Why would you do this to people.

I am so angry. I am writing this post a few days later (to calm down) and it has made me angry again. I don’t even want to contemplate having to try and do a timed 15. I can’t even get a 15 key to do it?  Our mythic group is still at level 13’s with sometimes upgrading a key by one.  We haven’t managed to do a 14 yet in timed mode. I have until August I guess if I can be bothered. I am just so depressed about the entire thing.   Hashtag devastated.

Mythics: 2 hours of time just gone…stupid Lower Kara

This is one of the mythics our group keeps running and we just cannot seem to get the bosses.  We normally give it a few attempts and then just call it quits.  Now though – we can say different. We had a purpose…Screw the timer and let’s just get it done for Michael so he could get a piece of loot.  I am not convinced it was worth it, but you know…i loved trying to get it done.

The last time we were in here, Maiden drained our will to live, but we did eventually get it sorted. This time…Attuman was our focus. Sounds easy, no problemo to do.  Sure..for a bunch of nublets like us with the stupid necrotic plague hindering us.

I think we wiped about 9 times? Maybe more – before we finally killed him. He is so hard to keep in any semblance of order – and I think it is my fault for not just standing in the stuff and taking it like a good tank. It felt so good to kill him after the crap we have been through with him. When he was almost dead I was so scared we would wipe again. I took evidence.  I think we have the fight now, we understand it, it is just about perfecting it. We were actually doing really well time wise as well until just before this point.

Then came Moroes. Pain the butt. Draining the healer, traps breaking, garrote mixed with necrotic plague that I kept forgetting to look for…kiting mobs..gahhhhhh!!!  Stupid stupid stupid attachments! Why Blizz WHY!??!!?!?  I think this took about 7 attempts with the only positive being by the end we all had traps we could use.  We started with only 2, so after the first wipe 4 of us had a trap and then I got mine.  Having all of us with traps made it much easier to retrap if needed – even if I was kiting things away for the debuff to drop off.

But finally…after 1 hour and 54 minutes….(yes you read that right…and I typed it correctly) we finally finished this stupid mythic.  Thank you, you wacky bunch of crazy people for getting us through and just having a laugh.  Never again. If necrotic plague is up – mythics can go die in a fire with sanguine. Screw that!   We all better get some decent pieces of loot from the crate or I will rage!  Serious rage!

Torment of Friendship

Sometimes when you are in a guild, you feel like you have found a home. A place where you can have fun, relax, beat up some baddies and just enjoy even more time in Azeroth.

I have never been one for guild halls as ideas because I would rather people be out and about in the world doing things than in a guild hall.  However I could see it being a bit of fun if designed as a central hub.  Something with profession trainer access, auction house, bank and raid zone portal/quick travel etc. You could hang around in guild halls doing your game world things and having fun.

That is some guilds. Not all guilds.  Certainly not mine.  Who after doing some messy attempts at Coven people who shall remain nameless (**cough** Nelly and Lana ** cough**) decided to taunt and mock me…

Just look at them.  Their dancing butts.  GLOWING!  What is worse….Nelly was emoting at me and wiggling her butt.  I was just…jealous. Pure and simple.  Everyone was laughing heartily at my despair.

The horror with this guild doesn’t end there…no my dear readers….I then did a mythic with our usual group…

only 40 deaths on a level 14….standard stuff for everyone right?  I will be fair Ben and Drew upped their DPS a huge amount so we were burning some things down pretty quick, but the bosses enraging meant we were still a little too low (I am guessing).  I think the trash killed us more than the bosses did.

However that wasn’t even the worst of it. I can deal with 40 deaths and missing the time. I can’t deal with what happened when I came out of the instance….to see Craig….

Like seriously?!!?!?  You just want to torment me!  He was laughing his butt off. Jumping across the road in front of me with his little critter family.  I nearly have a matching – set just need someone to mock me with the red one. Craig offered to do so, but i screamed and jumped offline before I could see it happen.

The only thing that made this bearable (badoom tish) was the fact that Nelly, after mocking me earlier had told me to check the guild calendar in game and she had (to my joy) added a guild run on Saturday night for us to go and get me to Shards.  We are hoping if we can get a few people we can maybe try mythic which might equal more of the little blighters, maybe even run some other raids after it.

So friendship is when people mock you constantly but then offer to help you 🙂  xoxo I love my guildies.

Mythics unlocked!

I was chatting to Nelly in guild about the balance of power questline and where I was up to which brought up how I still need to complete a mythic 15 for the purple bear.

Admittedly, during that chat, I laid all the blame on our failure at the feet of our DPS.  We were doing quite well initially, we had learnt what we needed to do with the class make up we had but then….all three of them changed….I mean seriously.  All of them!?!?

Drew change from Shammy to Priest

Ben changed from Priest to Pally

Oui changed from Warlock to Rogue.

So I am blaming them – and I did so publicly 😀

This sort of feels appropriate 😀

Anyway whilst chasing meat and completing the main questline for Balance of Power, I got a whisper from Nelly requesting my Guardian services for a Mythic 15.  I was pretty wrecked (friends suicide and work issues causing me so much stress right now) and wasn’t really sure I would be able to handle it.  I should have trusted that instinct ;p

But we grabbed Ben and Oui and Chris (Sorry if that was wrong) and went on our way to Black Rook Hold. <shudder>  I felt bad for not having Drew and Michael in the run with us, but I am hoping we can get one done next week for them, fingers crossed for a key we can do.

It wasn’t a brilliant run by any shot, I was missing my cooldowns and had no clue what was happening for most fights.  At one point Chris says to me “Just go up the stairs, grab some spiders and then charge back down to us!” Simple instructions right, pretty clear.  Welcome to the world where I completely screw that, forget to charge and die on the way down! YAY ME!

The Nelly saying “Remember to kite the mobs around!” and I was like…”why the heck would you do that, just stand and fight!!  TAKE IT!!  I have stupid amounts of HP, I can take….any…<dead>  oh um.. “<shame>.  They turned red, angry and 5 times their size….I didn’t die to that again…just the first time and it made so much more sense the second time.

I have no idea what the death count was in the end and I am pretty sure Ben would have made up for at last 90% of them.

But I know why the places/mobs and bosses seemed so unfamiliar to me, I clearly haven’t done it that much.

Apparently I had never done it mythic before.  I know I have done it heroic so it wouldn’t be all that much different, but it made me giggle.  The one I do a level 15 is the one I haven’t done.   The one time we did do it, I think we did the first 5 packs and kept dying…to..something…I can’t remember but it was awful either way.

Thanks to all for coming and putting up with my fail tanking.  I appreciate it.  My purple glowy bear is now one massive step closer now. You have no idea how much I appreciate it.

 

 

and the balance of power continues

Forever…..and ever….it feels like the longest, longest quest line to want to complete. Seriously killing my patience, but with the release of BfA dates now I have to get it done. It is like a need in me.

I have been doing a quest or to per day depending on what is required which I don’t think is soo bad.

I collected a piece and then they tried to combine it and then nearly killed me!! I mean seriously, who puts these people in positions of power?!?!

I loved the above section – just look at the artwork.  Just LOOK!!  Goddamn it Blizzard you guys are amazing.  Adding this to my header section as well because it is just stunning.

After this I am told I have to go and kill some animals spread all over the Broken isles. Then get a plate to serve all the food on for Odyn to then make you fight his entire dungeon…I mean the dude is huge, he could have taken 4 steps and put me out of my misery immediately.

He finally gives me all the power!!

and I go on my merry way.  To…The Nighthold.  Kudos to Ben, Oui and Nelly for doing the baby mythics I needed to get to this stage.  I figure the next part is going to hurt as I need raid bosses which is why I have been pushing to get to it as quickly as possible.

Everyone decided to give The Nighthold a try with me, which I was ecstatic about! We weren’t sure how far we would actually get through with the 4 of us, but as luck would have it, Fred jumped online and he didn’t respond to Nelly’s question of coming with us, so I just ninja invited him and woo!  he accepted 😀

We burnt through 5 bosses and I got 2 Nightshards. But the 5 bosses were pretty easy really.  We still needed to know some of the start involved and had I done this without Nelly and Fred I would have been dead soo quickly. They were giving me all the information!

I particularly like this achievement from killing Trillax.

It is nice to know Nighthold can be done with a 5 man group, and I suggested if people were free we maybe look at continuing tomorrow night before shut down.  So we shall see how that goes.  Fred also made comment about doing an alt run for all the old raids – can’t say I would complain at the moment.  Especially if doing Nighthold 🙂  I am being so selfish!  ahaah

Of course the part fo the night was calling Nelly a playboy bunny….but tell me it isn’t accurate? REOW!

Raiding: The struggle is real

Since we killed Heroic Argus, we have barely managed to scrape together a raid team.  We can get a group into the raid but we are super melee heavy and lacking on ranged, and also very few with crowd control to help on Aggramar.

What annoys me about this is that Blizzard have been going on and on and on about trying to make it so that you can take whatever class you want and “play what you want”.  Yet, they make boss fights which require you to have a specific class make up to actually complete it.  However I was discussing this with Drew and he said their defence will be that you just have to work out another strategy to kill it with your make up.  After mulling it over on something like Aggramar, we use the stunning method, but how can you do it another way?  If you keep the big adds up and healed though all the little ones being popped (or half to cover the lack of full CC), the big adds would kill you.  No idea to be honest…Either way it is annoying.

I have been enjoying he raids that we have been doing though either way but it will be interesting to see what happens in BfA and between now and then leading into BfA.  We haven’t had a chance to get to Coven as yet, which is disappointing, but we shall see.

However in our last raid I wanted to show you this lovely exchange:

I was laughing my butt off and could not have made that happen any more perfectly. Before I rolled the second time I had already told him to take the item, but I sort of fell like Blizzard are watching us and messing with our head.

I did get to take my mage into an alt run which I was pretty excited about and I got some good upgrades on her. My DPS wasn’t brilliant, but it was not as bad as I had thought – the bigger challenge was doing the fights as DPS when I generally do them as Guardian.  I was changing between frost and arcane depending on the fight and it was fun having my weapons and gear be able to switch without too much fuss.  The current format for talents and switching is awesome, but it has taken a lot of AP to be able to get both weapons to  useable level and I am not even entirely sure they are even really that great.

My fingers are crossed tightly that over the next couple of weeks we can get a group together to kill Coven and some more people online to do the bosses again.  We have only killed Argus once so it feels a little like we need it another couple of times, it isn’t on farm.

BfA!! Release date announced.

There it is!!

14th August!

We have the date.  Most of the people in my guild seem like are planning on taking a couple of weeks leave, including me and Drew to just enjoy the game.  I am looking forward to it.  I was already working out how much leave I had.  The 14th is a Tuesday so is that 14th for us or 14th for USA?  I can’t remember anymore…

I was looking at getting the Collectors Edition but I can’t justify the price in Aus.  Honestly I would be buying it mainly for the:

HORDE & ALLIANCE DOUBLE-SIDED MARK OF ALLEGIANCE

Declare your allegiance with this hefty two-sided emblem. Place it on your desk or shelf with one side facing outward, proclaiming your chosen faction to the world . . . while the other side faces the wall, bowing in quiet shame. Stand included.

It looks like a sexy piece. The CE also has a book with stories and pictures, plus the soundtrack. So is always nice to have the extras, but $145…yeah….more than I can justify.

I saw it on the Blizz FB update first as I woke up and then went to MMO Champ to get more information which even has a trailer etc.  I am yet to watch it, I might watch it this weekend.

This then opens up the entire discussion about which toon do you level first?  Which toon do we want to play on for the next expansion.  Craig was telling me he had a definite plan for his toons and knows which will be done first in order. Me  – I am just wondering if I want to tank again. The main issue to that being I want to go back to karate and that is the same night as our raid.  Karate > WoW, so unless the Wednesday night changes I am not sure I can commit to being a tank or a raider if I can only raid on Friday nights.  I am sure the discussion will come up closer to the release date.

On the upside we now have an end date of when you have to complete the things you want to – like Balance of Power on my Druid, the Brawler’s guild on my mage and other class mounts.

I am so excited.  Are you?  Do you plan to take leave?  What toons are you going to level first?

Balance of Power…..ongoing

As part of the quest chain to get reputation with the Nightfallen, I was required to do a couple of heroics (Acway and CoS). So whilst we were waiting for Oui to come home and do some mythics, I convinced Ben and Drew to run me through the heroics. I figured we would smash them out very quickly and I could then continue with the hell called Suramar.  At last check before the heroics I was 7000/12000 through honoured wondering if I really did need this glowy bear butt.

However we went to CoS, and I tried to smash through the  mobs we needed so that should we get it on mythic + again we have a better idea – especially as i failed last time.

At the end of the heroic as the last boss died…my toon had a green flash and I was very confused.

I got revered!!  YES!!!  So I headed straight back to Suramar and got the stupid scroll needed and then grabbed the next part of the quest chain. Drew says, “Don’t you want to do the other heroics as well for rep?”I say, “No fucking way!!  I got what I needed!!” LOL.  I was already annoyed with Suramar for the day as I wasn’t able to hand in the quests I completed because I had to farm more ancient mana to feed the addicts.  I was empty from having completed the Leylines the day before.  I hate this place – have I mentioned that?

Thus begins part 10/21 which is running 3 mythics and getting items from them.

Definitely 2 of the worst.

Thankfully no keys needed just mythic level.  By this time Oui was home so we pulled him into the group and then tried to find a fifth. Metafor (Aaron) jumped in with us. Given this list of quests has my 2 most hated mythics we decided to start with Vault of Wardens, and you know….again, it wasn’t that bad. Ben seemed to know where to move with the light on the last boss and that made it so much easier.   We even did the world quest which was the owl puzzle Start up sequence.

I have avoided it so much that I even managed to get the achievements!

I feel so proud of myself…lol….I got Ahead of the Curve before I went into VoW!

We headed to the Arcway after that to get another one completed and managed to get 2 achievements as well.  I wonder if I should investigate the Dungeon achievement and see how many I have on my druid…given the amount of mythics we have been running lately.

It was pretty funny in the Arcway, as the last boss ports us back, Ben says he knows the way so I follow him Aaron says, “Are you sure?” whilst running in a different direction, with affirmative responses I continue to follow Ben who then not 3 seconds later says… “Actually I am not sure! Turn around!!”   hahahaahh   I couldn’t stop laughing.  The scapegoat being the map which doesn’t show a door but an open corridor.

I would have liked to have completed the CoS as well but Oui was keen to actually do a keyed and I had managed to score a NL+9, so we headed off to do that as Drew was sure he could handle it.  Turns out the weeks affixes are buggers.  Bursting and Skittish.  We smashed through that without too much issue, occasionally I would forget about the DoT and pull extra stuff and Drew would huff and me..lol….I heard it through my headphones or there would be the low level “noooo”..oops.

I actually didn’t even check what my key upgraded to, so will need to check that out today, maybe we can get a few more mythics down over the easter weekend. I am glad to have gotten through the Suramar questline though. I am just a little closer now to my goal.  Thanks to everyone.

Balance of Power

The pain in my bear butt.

Introduction
This quest is part of a comment-size guide for “Balance of Power.” questline (the last quest…finally). Quests are pretty much self-explanatory and all it takes is some time and good will to complete them. Completing this questline rewards Artifact Appearance (Appearance 3, Tint 1).


Part 1
Image of Kalec appears in your Order Hall and gives you the following quest:
The Power Within (Meet Archmage Kalec at Azurewing Repose in Azsuna.)
Reasons behind appearance of Archmage Kalec in your Class Order Hall are not yet completely understood but most people noticed him few days after they completed their Class Campaign.


Part 2
From there you take a next quest from Senegos:
The Heart of Zin-Azshari (Retrieve the Heart of Zin-Azshari and defeat the Wrath of Azshara in the Eye of Azshara on Mythic difficulty.)


Part 3
After completing the previous quests you receive a few new quests (exactly 3: two from Senegos and one from Archmage Kalec).
Senegos:
[1]A Vainglorious Past (Obtain a Vainglorious Draught from Veridis Fallon.)
– You can purchase Vainglorious Draught from Veridis Fallon in Crumbled Palace [46.9 , 41.4] in Azsuna for 150g (Requirement: Court of Farondis – Honored).

[2]Fallen Power (Recover a Corrupted Essence from Oakheart and defeat the Shade of Xavius in Darkheart Thicket on Mythic difficulty.)

Archmage Kalec:
[3]Tempering Darkness (Obtain 30 Blood of Sargeras.)
Should not be a problem since by the time you get that quest and if you did not spend any Blood of Sargeras you should have some stacked up simply by completing Dungeons and World Quests.


Part 4
Archmage Kalec:
Lucid Strength (Absorb the power from the Corrupted Essence using the Heart of Zin-Azshari.)
Right next to you.


Part 5
Senegos:
The Wisdom of Patience (Await the opening of The Emerald Nightmare, then report back to Senegos in Azsuna.)


Part 6
Archmage Kalec:
[1]In Nightmares (Obtain a Deathglare Iris and the Horn of the Nightmare Lord from The Emerald Nightmare.) NOTE: NOT doable with LFR. It has to be Normal difficulty or higher. In order to complete this quest you need to kill 2 bosses: Il’gynoth and Xavius and loot mentioned quest items.

Senegos:
[2]Essence of Power (Collect 30 Corrupted Essence from The Emerald Nightmare.) This quest gave me a weird WoD and Khadgar flashback. NOT doable with LFR. Only Normal or higher difficulty. Essences do not have a 100% drop rate and bosses can drop 1-2 3 Corrupted Essences at the time.


Part 7
Senegos:
Essential Consumption (Absorb the combined power of the Corrupted Essences using the Heart of Zin-Azshari.)
Right next to you.


Part 8
Archmage Kalec:
Repaid Debt (Meet Archmage Kalec in the Shal’Aran in Suramar.)


Part 9
Thalrenus Rivertree:
Lost Knowledge (Obtain the Scroll of Elun’dris from First Arcanist Thalyssra.)
– Costs 120g. Requirement: The Nightfallen – Revered).


Part 10
Thalrenus Rivertree:
[1]Borrowing Without Asking (Recover a Containment Crystal from the Vault of the Wardens on Mythic difficulty.)

Syrana Starweaver:
[2]Rite of the Captain (Take Advisor Vandros’ Eon Winder from The Arcway on Mythic difficulty.)

Lothrius Mooncaller:
[3]Literary Perfection (Find Lothrius’ first edition copy of “Wards, Sigils, and the Nightborne Way” in the Court of Stars on Mythic difficulty.)


Part 11
Syrana Starweaver:
Twisted Power (Use a Greater Portal Stone to summon Vizuul the Twisted at the Altar of End Times in Faronaar and collect his runebindings.)


Part 12
Syrana Starweaver:
A True Test (Absorb the power from the Twisted Runebindings using the Heart of Zin-Azshari.)
Right next to you.


Part 13
Archmage Kalec:
Seeking the Valkyra (Seek out Ashildir at the Vault of Eyir in Stormheim.)


Part 14
Ashildir:
The Mark (Prove your worth to the Valarjar, then receive the Mark of the Valkyra from Eyir.)


Part 15
Ashildir:
Retrieving the Svalnguard (Retrieve the Svalnguard and defeat Helya in the Maw of Souls on Mythic difficulty.)


Part 16
Ashildir:
[1]A Feast Fit for Odyn (Acquire flank meat from Thunderhoof in Stormheim, Spinesever’s spine in Highmountain, and a steak from Leytusk in Azsuna.)

[2]Presentation is Key (Retrieve 4 Adamantium Casing Scraps and defeat Dargrul the Underking in Neltharion’s Lair on Mythic difficulty.)


Part 17
Ashildir:
Odyn’s Blessing (Obtain Odyn’s blessing in the Halls of Valor on Heroic or Mythic difficulty.)
– Use Grand Feast of Valhallas when you enter the dungeon – at the start. You can enter the dungeon alone, put the feast down, get out and then get a group to defeat Odyn and get his blessing. After you defeat him wait for him to finish his speech (RP) and then you can collect his blessing on the loot chest.


Part 18
Archmage Kalec:
Planning the Assault (Await the opening of the Nighthold, then meet Archmage Kalec in Shal’Aran.)


Part 19
Archmage Kalec:
[1]Into the Nighthold (Collect 20 Nightshards from the Nighthold on Normal difficulty or higher.)
– Try and complete this quest without killing Gul’dan because if you kill him before acquiring The Nighthold: Darkness Calls quest in Part 20 he won’t drop quest item for you this week and you’ll need to wait for a next reset to complete The Nighthold: Darkness Calls quest in Part 20.

Thalrenus Rivertree:
[2]The Nighthold: Delusions of Grandeur (Collect the core of Trilliax and Grand Magistrix Elisande’s Millennia Tome in the Nighthold on Normal difficulty or higher.)


Part 20
Archmage Kalec:
The Nighthold: Darkness Calls (Bring one Gul’dan’s eyes to Archmage Kalec on Normal difficulty or higher.)


Part 21
Archmage Kalec:
Balance of Power (Absorb the combined power of the Nightshards and the Eye of Gul’dan using the Heart of Zin-Azshari at the Lunar Crucible.)

This is the entire quest chain I have to complete to get my glowly bear appearance Balance of Power.  I am up to ….part 9. OF TWENTY ONE PARTS!!  Part 9. Which on its own is tolerable.  Unless, like me, you hated Suramar so much you avoided it so thoroughly that you don’t even have your mask.    I am now stuck on part 9 completing the stupid questline to get Revered with the Nightfallen.  I am hating every minute of it.  I was annoyed that I needed to even do the first part on my pally to get her class mount to buy the stupid gem.

I cannot express my hatred for this place.  If any other achievements on my toons need this place they can stay incomplete unless they are super compelling…ie…mounts/pets/titles.

My hatred refers to the questing. The need for ancient mana farming, the need to always be on the lookout for being busted out of your disguise and the constant back and forth to Meredil after 2 quests. The city itself is gorgeous and the artwork is magical – no complaints whatsoever about the look and feel.

I do adore the change to the druid forms when under the mask. Cat form is my favourite!

The owl is pretty nice as well.

I just completed the Leyline Bling achievement last night which is barely through the zone quests and shows me at about 5000/12000.

I am running around in feral doing the quests just because it is faster to kill things (though my bear isn’t that bad!).  I am going to have to pick Lana’s brain soon about a easy/fast “rotation” instead of just smooshing buttons when they light up and hoping for things to die.  I am not wanting top DPS here, just gimme 5 buttons I can smoosh and rip people’s faces off.

So…my balance of power is all to get this appearance.  The pain and hatred is all to have this purple glowly bear butt!  If i lose it after legion I swear to all the aspects of the dragons I will rage like Ursoc.

I have to complete Balance of Power AND a level 15 mythic – which my group wants anyway.  To do the level 15 mythic we need our DPS to have better gear (Ben/Drew switched toons on us for and haven’t managed to spend time getting the gear.  Oui changed as well but he came to a normal run and went up like 40 ilevels or something stupid). I think Tank wise I am ok and Michael is fantastic for healing. I think we can do a 15, we just need to focus on gear and making sure we have maximum DPS output to do it.   I want to get it done before the xpac ends – even more so now.

So I continue with the quest line which requires 8 mythic dungeons throughout and some raids in Normal mode.  <tired sigh> I am never going to finish this.   All help is appreciated!

Raiding: Is it a wipe or a kill?

Woo!  Wooooo!!  You know what that means.  Epicness follows below.

Tonight started rough, we wiped a couple of times due to just random assortment of bad luck, but we improved dramatically on phase 3 with some better set up for adds. It was good to see it coming together. We got him to 4% and I swear it was almost as bad as seeing a 1%.  I was dead so this was the lowest I saw.

It was such a tease. We brought a few other people in from <Old Dogz> guild, I am sorry I can’t remember everyone’s names. We smashed it out a few more times and then BAM!

Ahead of the Curve: Argus

I haven’t decided if this was a wipe or a kill?  The only person “up” was Jason in non corporeal form.  This was at the end of the fight and not the end of phase 3 – I promise.  I have also just noticed whilst typing this, his title is Dragonslayer and I feel that explains why he lets me die maybe?  He dislikes dragons. Heartbroken.

I can’t believe we killed Argus, I can only assume DOT’s did it?

There is just nothing I can say that explains how excited I am about having that achievement. It has been a long time since I was raiding at any time or in any capacity to get the Ahead of the curve achievements.

On a selfish level, I never in a million years, thought I would ever be tanking with a raid team to the point of being able to actually complete content. Tanking has always been one of those things that I watched with awe. How could they do it, keep mobs, stay alive, watch aggro, taunt on time, stay out of stuff etc etc. I didn’t think I would ever be saying that I helped the guild achieve this. I mean they were mostly through the content, and I am not sure how much I have actually helped on some bosses, but it still feels pretty good to me.

There are few things I covet more in game than mounts.   Ever since we did the original quest in legion to ride one of these I said I wanted one.  I had to get it no matter what it took.  Thankfully it was a mount we could eventually get. Once you kill Argus on heroic or above you get The Blood of the Unmaker and all you need to do is hand it in to Khadgar in Dalaran.  He gives you the most beautiful mount (with the exclusion of Ashes of A’lar) in the game – the Violet Spellwing.

Here is a picture of the guildies on their mounts.  As the mounts don’t sit we had to take a flying picture. So much awesome in such a cool picture.

We attempted to get Fred his trinket from the Doggies. We didn’t manage to get that for him…again. We did the council without issue and then went to Portal Keeper Wankbalar.  God I hate him.  I try so hard to not stand in the green stuff and it just gets me like….1 time and it just kills everything.

The raid ended on a downer after that due to my idiocy.  Which makes everything I felt above dissipate into shame and guilt about being crap.  But then I looked at my mount and I felt happy again because I helped the guild get that mount and achievement.

We streamed the night again and still had no issues with my laptop or anything which I am happy about. I managed to put a little overlay on my chat window which Craig believes was crap….but like…my skillz aren’t leetzor dude.

Go guildies!!!!!  I am so happy right now 😀

Raiding: Heroic Argus

As you may be aware at the moment I am suffering a severe head cold. The type that makes your face painful all over with sinus gunk. I haven’t been at work the last 2 days and I wasn’t sure I was really even capable of raiding but I made an appearance because, well, aside from being an addict, I didn’t want to let the team down on progression night.

I confirmed with Chris if it was ok if I streamed the raid, for my literally zero followers, and assured him that should it affect my game play in anyway I would stop it immediately.

Brian logged on and advised that his internet was munted. 4000k latency. Possible fibre break. I wondered who my tanking buddy would be for the night especially on a new boss. Stupid internet.

I was asking who could tank in guild chat and Simon popped up and mentioned he could and if I am being honest that terrified me. Some people are just too good at this game. I mean on a basic level I was proud of my almost 13000k hp. He was over 13! I nearly cried seeing it! Why am i unable to get 2 pieces of gear replaced RNjeebus! Why?!?

I got super nervous about tanking with Si and managed to kill Chris on the way past with my fel bombardment but that was after Si sent me flying towards the boss with his first batch and it rattled me.  I am blaming him anyway. Then I was trying to avoid the green pathway of death and has to go out the other side instead of the normal but then had another pathway form right next to me and I couldn’t get out. It was ridiculous.

We headed straight to Aggramar to get him down again and it took a few attempts to get the adds right again. Once again spawn positions were a bit off so causing confusion.

Si and I were tanking the boss differently though in relation to the taunts which seemed better in my opinion.

Usual:

Mel: Foe breaker defensive
Brian: Rend with group.
Brian runs through and I swap with him to the group
Brian: Foe Breaker
Mel: Rend with the group

Last night:

Mel: Foe Breaker
Mel runs through to the group
Mel: Rend with group
Si: Taunts for Foe Breaker
Mel: Rend with the group

I found last night it meant the boss was moving less and it was easier to keep him in a central positon. I can’t be sure though did due to my headcold.

It was much better for the raid and ranking imho. Anyway after multiple attempts and finally a decidedly enjoyable kill (all being streamed with zero framerste issues on my laptop to record breaking viewer numbers of zero!) we headed to Argus.

I stopped and started the feed again so the video was split betwen the two events.

Argus is one of those fights where you want to be confident you know what you are doing and you feel ok but then it does something and you are all WTF?!? in the moment;

Thankfully as tank, in the first phase nothing much happens,  we taunt, we swap, we get the buff and drop it in the completely wrong spot for the DPS. There was some issues with the third cone of death 💀 and the transition which was one of our stopping blocks. The second phase is ok just talking amongst tanks re the swap unless people (who shall remain nameless) run away from the great big glowing bear butt to die in a corner because they just weren’t paying attention. Third phase can go DIAF.

Grabbing the add with the little swords – which sounds so much worse when i say it like that – is nigh on impossible. I believe the term used last night by Nelly was “SURPRISE!”; I screamed after my add disappeared. I may have missed that bit entirely when watching the video.

The next time we got to phase 3 I was so diligent watching for the next spawn that I thought I had missed it even though it was hitting me because someone was calling out for aid!!

Or maybe I had the wrong add and everyone was too polite to say. You think I joke – it took about 10 minutes to give one piece of loot to someone as everyone was passing for the next person and going around in a loop 🙂

No matter though as our best attempt was 8%. It was pretty amazing. We will be going back on Friday to kill that bugger and hopefully I won’t be sick.

By the end of the stream we had a couple of people watching and telling me it looked and sounded ok – so if it goes well I might continue doing it 🙂

Raiding: Heroic Aggramar

We decided to give Aggramar a couple of attempts and see if we could do him instead of Coven (the painful trio).  We struggled with the spawns, both location and timing of explosion.

It requires a lot of talking between people to ensure the adds are stopped until we need them. If we take 2 adds at a time it equals a wipe.  An add during the transition = wipe. Tanks taunting early = wipe. Tanks looking for spells = wipe.  Tanks lagging out during transition = wipe.

Yup. I am having lag issues. Only the last 2 weeks though for some reason. Maybe someone is staying in the hotel and chewing the bandwidth of an evening, no idea but the internet has been lack lustre.  I am blaming Brian for the other ones :p

This was a constant state for the night. It felt almost like we were flogging a dead horse, like Brian on his, for most of the night:

Eventually though, we got the adds worked out, we got everything moving smoothly and I lagged out at about 9%. I was screeching like a banshee.  I finally managed to get back with movement happening and  taunted the boss to watch him die. I might check DMB but I would say maybe 30 attempts?

Really, killing a new boss in one night is amazing as far as I am concerned.  We did well and I was excited to have done it, one night is simply stunning.  We did go and have a look at the next one but for some unknown reason (I will look into why shortly) I kept being given the sky buff before I had to tank…it was just messy as heck.

Here is a video of the kill done by Michael our healer.

Raiding: Heroic Varimathras

So we managed to smash this one in the face with relative ease.  I say relative because it was me causing most of the mess with trying to get into the right position to avoid double misery.  My initial attempts were mediocre at best, however I was taunting too quickly  – possibly – I am not 100% sure this wasn’t just me standing too close to Brian our MT, then not quickly enough on other attempts and Brian was copping another fist to the face with no ability to heal. GAHHHH. Nightmare material.

After an entire night (what felt like) of wiping because I just could not get into the right position, we decided to call for back up.  A far more experienced and skilled player popped into the run, set up these markers, said “Stand exactly there”. These are the very specific points on the ground we are supposed to stand.  I jokingly said we need to never ever forget those exact positions – i was so serious I even took a picture.  Yes I did.

Would you believe it!! We killed the demonic hellbeast.

Honestly, such an easy fight once you get the hang of it, but so much focus as he likes to trick you into thinking you need to taunt but he casts darkness instead.  Smarty pants.

Here is a video of the kill from one of our healers :

BA Shared Topic – Oaths

Shared Topic this week from Matty:

What vows would your character say, intend, or break, and to what allegiance? Would it be to class/race/specialization, deity, or ruler? This is quite a challenging Blog Azeroth topic, however, I know you are all up to it because you are amazing writers.

I found this one a hard one…many of my readers would know, I am not a very good writer, in fact I would go so far as to say I suck!!  Thinking about oaths and actually coming up with how to formulate those ideas into words was a struggle, however I believe I have come up with something that is only mildly crap :p

The thing you have to understand with my mindset about my toons is I don’t really care about the faction that are in.  If they are alliance, they hate horde or whatever the larger evil is (death wing anyone), and same with my horde toons, they typically hate the alliance.  The issue I have found is that my toons have been back and forth so many times in their life, I tend to just see them as their class and leave it at that.  I wrote some oaths trying to express how my main characters see their life and any oaths they may have taken to continue on their chosen path (horde or alliance 🙂  – yes I know a whole bunch of friends just screamed that I have to choose a side!!!)

My warrior has taken the following oath:
I pledge my life for yours to protect you from all danger and spill the blood of our enemies, before a drop of yours is shed. I shall honour our earth, I shall cleanse in the water, I shall breath in the air, I shall feast with our clan by the fire.  Always must I believe my shield is as important as my heart, and should one break the other will follow.  I am more than my weapon, and my scars will ever be a reminder of the trials we have suffered and the battles we have won.

My Paladin took:
The light shall absolve me; in the light, I shall triumph. Any pain shall be healed, any fear will be quelled. Within the light we will become one, our triple aspect becoming greater than any evil our world can attempt to destroy me with. Protection, healing and killing shall be my future with the understanding I must remember to always protect those who cannot protect themselves. This is my oath until the light leaves my body for the last time.

My Mage:
We bring the storms and we can bring the calm. We are the army that lights up the night sky.  Together we are stronger than man, demon or god.  The fire burns within us, seeking destruction; ice stills our mind, seeking the calm and the arcane flows through our veins; bursting with knowledge.  Seek the wisdom to defeat our enemies, create the balance in your mind and allow the fire in your soul to be shared with your allies.

and finally my Druid:
I am bound to the moon, as the earth is bound by the sun. I feel the turning of the seasons as one feels the rage in battle, all my forms are given to the service of the old gods. I shall nourish the earth as she nourishes me and I will fight our enemies without reservation if they cause damage to the land and the spirits which inhabit it. I fight for those who do not understand the ways of the spirit, so that one day the fight will no longer be needed.

I can’t wait to see more oaths!

Other posts for this topic:

Sharden

Amerence

Velgana

Tome of the Ancient

Ysera’s Daughter

Sweet weapon and general maintenance

I realised I had not handed in my Wrathion quest after picking up the Chimera of Fear, so I trundled off to do that and discovered things about our leader I think is awfully sexy :p cage match anyone?? But also, he may not be the best person to lead the Alliance…or is he??  I felt he handled the situation with Garrosh well, but I would have preferred to see him slaughter in that lovely cinematic, but I can’t be mad at Thrall for stopping that…I have a soft spot for him.

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The creation of a jewel was pretty cool as well, I loved how he added everything to it…such power!!

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I am now up to the quest section that requires me to collect Valor points, so I basically will be spending the next few weeks just doing dailies/dungeons to make it happen.  Hubby needed the LFR as well as he didn’t realise he already had all the sigils he needed  So we jumped back there (we are now up to the same section of the quest!) and I was using my golden coins of fortune to roll for loot….I had more than 20 (I had some boxes in my bags that I couldn’t empty) so even though I was not able to receive loot from the usual method, rolling gave me loot.  Cheating??  maybe?

Anyway I scored weapons..every time…one cloak…but weapons and weapons and more weapons; one of them was this hot as hell dragonesque looking sword!!!  Which I stuck my brand new Sha crystal into from Wrathion…I will never get rid of this sword, and in fact I am thinking I may need to design an outfit to suit it…I love it….I had only just decided to get rid of my offhand and use a staff as well….but the second I saw this…I knew the staff was gone and my umbrella was back , until I find a replacement…must look up offhands that I can purchase with points somewhere…

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Also discovered in my travels about the Exalted Tillers daily quests for other factions..oh my awesome!!!  I am doing Shado pan and August Celestials daily at the moment including their quests to help me get there faster.  I am still miles off being revered with either of them, but every little bit helps I am sure. If I can get her to revered and pick up the rep token it will make it much easier on my pally to start doing dailies and earning some rep and money.  I will try and log onto her this week and start getting some funds up…I can’t even afford to run LFD at this stage, no repair money, so I might just go DPS,  grab dailies and go crazy, it doesn’t take much to gather some gold that way.

On a side note, I don’t know what happened on my mage, but I have started to improve my DPS on her…on the LFR we were in I was doing in the realm of 120 – 140k consistently, of course not during the periods of crazy moving etc…I dropped to just above 100k, which I still think is ok.  I did some reading and found out 3 very valuable things…I was casting frostbolt occasionally…which is bad bad bad bad…I was also wasting a glyph spot for that and I was not using Alter Time properly. Now that I have corrected those two minor things it seems to be much better.  I am still not sure how it could change it that much…but I am not going to argue with maths and proof :p

I do need to spend some time with my boomy now that I have changed her stats around and see if it improves me or if i still suck at the gameplay aspect 🙂  It really could just be that I can’t play the spec. Of course I would be devastated, but life isn’t always fair is it? hehehe

 

Dumbest things I have done recently

So returning to a game you love is pretty difficult because it is amazing the amount of information you forget that at one time seemed really important, but that you don’t realise you have forgotten, because like a remembral – you can’t remember what it is your forgot, even if you do know that you have forgotten something.

I have spent the last month trying to find Evocation in my spellbook, because I realised I had a glyph for it, but wasn’t using it. I spend about 15 minutes every night trying to find it thinking I have missed it on each page, I checked my talent trees to see if it something I needed to spec into now, and concluded I was crazy because it was gone.  I finally decided this morning to google it…turns out…I am using rune of power (duh – which I knew) but that is what replaces evocation!  IDIOT!!!  IDIOT!!!!!!

Of course, that is nothing compared to the idiocy of last night.  I discovered noxxic has a list of approx DPS at differing gear levels, which is goddamn fantastic!  I am of course nowhere near for any of my toons – but it certainly gives me something to aim for so I know what I should be doing.  Anyway I found this after some heroics last night in which my boomy could not get above 20k and infact the healer was beating me in kitty form as resto – she is very well geared though at 550 something whereas I am only barely scraping into the 470 area.  However according to noxxic I should be able to hit about 70k dps….LOL…sure thing buddy!!

I decided then to try and find more hit on my gear somehow, after complaining to the hubby about the lack of hit on boomy timeless isle gear and how I had to reforge all the spirit off because it was useless to me, he advised to check out Mr Robot. I was reticent, but did it anyway and it was telling me to reforge back into spirit – enter my tirade about spirit being useless I don’t need mana regen blah blah blah…..yeah…you can all laugh at me now.  Spirit = hit for some classes.  What is worse, after the hubby had finished laughing at me I remembered the hundreds of disputes I had seen in LFD because DPSers had taken gear with spirit (boomies and SP’s mainly – I am sure there was another class as well – I want to say shammies??).  How could I forget something so instrumental to the classes?

I guess this is the joy of coming back to a game 12 months later, you do forget things and need to spend time re-learning.  I know I am still trying to learn how to play again, I am better on my mage because I have played her for so long, but with other toons I am really struggling to get into the swing of it.  Heroics are also very hard as most of the time I am running with people who are very well geared and hitting the 180k+ DPS mark, which means mobs die faster than I can cast a spell – on both my mage and my boomy.  It makes it hard to see where I am sitting in reality and harder to judge what I need to improve.

I know on my mage in LFR I can sometimes be in the top 10 for damage and hitting just over 100k DPS, but according to noxxic I should be hitting 250k + dps…as a frost mage at my gear level and that is not maximum – that is realistic….no way!?!?!?!?  I have to spend some time on a dummy and test out wtf I am doing wrong as I am missing out on a lot of dps.  I need to examine combat logs of mages and see what they are doing that I am not.    Anyway, I am sure, like the previous things, there is something I have forgotten to do….I just have to find out what that is!!!

 

 

Guild update

I haven’t really spoken about the current guild situation, which is to say, we don’t really have one.  We are in the old guild we created with just our toons as we switch them over to alliance to play with our best mates, but we haven’t really considered our options in regards to the future, I don’t want to just be by ourselves as it makes it hard to find groups and meet people to actually talk to about the game.

The question was posed to me from a couple of my blogging friends, about our future plans so it got me thinking about what we actually want to do.  I have toons spread across 3 servers now and in the end I really only want to just be in a home again.

My priest is in Gen’s guild just slowly leveling and being a nuisance to the guildies who seem to be very non verbal when I am on my priest, so I could just be missing the exciting times :p. There was a plan to do some flexi’s with them, but I think poor Gen has taken a break and has probably disappeared into the Caverns of Time!! I just moved my pally over to my second home with Navi and the Frostwolves.  I confess to having further increased my soft spot for the frosties.  I read “Rise of the Horde” recently and Durotar of the Frostwolves was very noble and honourable, every time they said “Frostwolves” in the book I felt a little spasm of pride that I can consider myself one.  In name  – if not deeds just yet.

With xpac looming as well, it would be nice to figure out what we want to do. I know with my schedule I cannot commit to a raiding team unless they also have enough DPS they can rotate me out for the weeks I am on late shift.  Hubby has mentioned he would like to raid as it gives him something to always be looking into, takes his mind off work stress – which is a valid lifestyle choice in my opinion 🙂

I cannot imagine raiding on anything other than my mage, but I moved my pally (who is now 86.5) so I could do runs or flexis with the Frosties in any spec that was needed to fill the spots…if it comes up of course.  I know I can tank, and I was starting to heal on her and I have DPS’d on a pally…so I sort of have all bases covered should it be needed until the xpac.  I might add, thanks to the timeless isle, she has an entire set – excluding gloves and cloak of gear for when she hits 90..but only one set sadly.  Plan to get her leveled first before doing much else.

My druid now has both a resto and boomy set from the timesless isle as well, so that means I essentially have another toon I can flexi on.

In another fortnight I may just move my mage over to the Frosties, but given I just changed her alliance it will cost me a pretty penny..but I am still thinking I might just do that and be done with it.  I don’t want to make any decisions that will affect my hubby negatively though and so I am trying to get him into other guilds to meet people before making decisions.  I want to ensure he is happy, but he seems content to avoid people in game at the moment, and I don’t blame him – we haven’t really been successful with people in the past. Once bitten, twice shy?

Anyway we shall see how it pans out over the next fortnight.

Catch up….long post

ok, so I started blogging and then have been so addicted to the game I have done nothing but play.  So, this post will be an attempt at a full update which I can then proceed to update normally after 🙂 There is a lot in here, so bear with  me and enjoy the amount of stuff one person can get up to in just over a month.

Starting with my druid is now 90!!!  Woot 🙂  I love my boomy, as my old readers would know, I have however, never been able to play boomy – even after reading, testing and practising.  I love the spec…I just suck, but that should never stop you from playing – just don’t do it when it matters :p

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My priest is now 81 – slowly getting her up, hubby and I are levelling together with his rogue.  I am enjoying playing a SP, but I do forget I have a heal button which can sometimes be very useful.  I haven’t had a change to get much past 81 as we have been busy doing dailies on our mains. I wish you got an achievement banner at every level, it would look so much better than 80!

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Of course this leads to achievement chasing with so many different quest areas and achievements associated with them.  All of these have been done with just me as a frost mage and hubby on his SP so I think we are pretty awesome for having completed so many – and some were quite challenging in lower end gear.  There was the rares on thunder isle and the rares for each type of race which were the most difficult as clothies…but only a couple took multiple attempts and that was more because of added mob respawns.

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As part of the dailies you can do achievements without even realizing what you need to actually do to defeat them 🙂  I did mention to hubby that perhaps we needed to kill the bloods?

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You also discover achievements that should be done because they are fun and nerve wracking at the same time – yes, 90 seconds on those pillars doesn’t seem long, until you are trying not to fall off!

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Or achievements you have no idea how you actually got….Hubby had gotten this a couple of days ago, so I had made a concerted effort to focus…but I swear – I don’t remember throwing any fire down, I was studiously laying down the oil first…I am certainly not going to say no to this though!!

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I have done most of the LFR’s at this point, but missed a couple of screenies as I didn’t have my addon running, but I only have SoO to go now!!  Even thought it took us about 8 attempts to finally get a Pinnacle of Storms LFR!!  And the second half of Mogu Shan I finally got done as well!  Woot Woot!  Some of the boss fights are fantastic…completely fantastic, others a little bland in LFR, but for the moment I am content with being in a raid again.

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Vale of eternal Sorrows (which I have been calling Shadows – fail reading there on my part, no wonder no one knows wtf I am talking about)

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Phew!!  There are going to be a couple more posts but for the moment I think I have bored you all enough!!  Such a good time in game since I have been back. Really has been so much fun!

So far in 5.0.4

Kill me!!!! KILL ME NOW!!!

I had about 3 hours to play with 5.0.4 before I went away for the weekend, suffice it to say I am now a week behind everyone else who has been playing and re-learning their classes. Also having the time to read up about their changes etc.

Let’s start with my mage – it’s screwed. I stuck with arcane just for the hell of it, and I think I understand my rotation, but I can’t perform it. Things light up and I get distracted and hit them when I shouldn’t and it is all just bad. I am also trying to figure out this one spell that seems to last about 15 seconds and I keep needing to re-apply on the mob…I don’t get it…just yet.

I have yet to try fire or frost, as my gear was weighted for Arcane, I may play with the other styles to just see which suits me better. My fingers are crossed for frost, I want my water elemental!!

My Druid: I am loving the changes to boomy so far that I have figured out with the brief time I have played. We have stuff we can do whilst moving that isn’t pointless, and we seem to moving phases with eclipse much faster because of those changes. It is much nicer now and doesn’t feel as restrictive. I love the armoured boomy and the stag as well, awesome! I don’t play resto, but I do adore seeing the original trees around again – I do have a soft spot for the old tree style 🙂

My Pally: I have not even logged into yet for fear. Hubby has been tanking on his pally and I can see the changes he is having to deal with. I would not say he is struggling now, but he is certainly having to deal with a lot of changes. It has scared me off a little bit as I really do enjoy tanking and I would hate for it to be borked now.

My Warrior: Refer above. A few people have already told me that warriors have less cooldowns now and I am dreading having to sift through it all. Warriors are my favourite tanking class and I would be devastated to log in and find I don’t want to tank on him anymore. I will attempt to log onto my two tanks this weekend.

My Shammy: I got as far as selecting my talents and then had to do some 5 mans on my mage. So I have really got no idea what changes have been made to the rotations etc, I did briefly look through the glyphs but didn’t really get a chance to go much further than that. I am going to set her up with a resto spec when I get some time to play with her, hopefully this week. I am not overly worried though since my shammy is not one of my main toons.

To make matters worse, I finally got rid of Dominoes – the bar mod, because it was pissing me off in PVP. It would dislike my mouse and just not register the clicking and so was causing me havoc in survivability. Losing that though, has meant my bars and spells are all over the shop anyway because of the changes to the trees – PLUS the bar mod moving them around.

All in all, my toons are all in a massive mess and I just need a couple of nights to sort them all out.

We are trying to get the guild levelled since they have taken away the xp limits, so I am not really getting a chance to do much else but run dungeons for the xp. I would like to get my mage to exalted though so that is helping as well. I need to start doing some dailies again – I need more money for MoP.