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Non WoW: 1000 times worse….

That was what was said to me a couple of days ago about my dad.  That something 1000 times worse than I could possibly imagine had happened.

This post is more of a vent about family than anything, so feel free to skip it, but I know you blog reading voyeuristic types love reading about people’s lives…yeah I know because I am the same :p

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Ahoo’ru….still has me beat

This is becoming embarrassing now.  And not because I suck, but because I suck…more than people realise.

I have burnt myself out on this over the last few days so am taking a break for my sanity.

I started the other night and as always, Crooked came and cheered me on, and commiserated with me.  We actually ended up with the a few guildies down there, I saw Luxy, Aza, Owl, Kelt, Lom, Kahrax, and McTacky at various points over the few days.

Lominari decided he would get back into and started at Rank 3, by the time I gave up (temporarily) he was up to the same boss as me, and on a couple of attempts he almost had Ahoo’ru down.  Like CLOSE! I was holding my breath incase he did it.  He got stuck on Nibbleh the longest I think, Hexos didn’t give him all that much trouble really – just random luck and he had a few goes at the two gnomes with the guns…painful fight that one.  Overall though he kicked his way to Rank 9 easily.

Lom rank 9

There is a deal that is Lominari beats me to rank 10 he has to level a mage and then do it all over again as a mage :p LOL he would probably kick my arse on a mage as well!!  How embarrassing!

I spent a little time on vents with Crooked giving me tips etc and they really did help.  I tried a couple of attempts just spending 2 minutes trying to avoid the balls, the first time I did ok, the second time I died…..2 minutes avoiding balls and I just can’t do it.  I wasn’t even DPSing the angels just running to them and trying to live. This made me realise how woefully bad I am at playing.  Part of my problem is I can’t maneuver fast enough and target and DPS and avoid the balls. There is really just too much going on for me.

His advice about the direction and movement of the stars helped, and he wouldn’t know this, but the attempt just after he left, I managed to get the boss down to sub 10%. I mean was sooo close. I could taste it, but then my heart started beating and I could feel it in my throat and my chest and my hands and I just started freaking out.  Can you believe it – so close and my heart thumping in my chest freaked me out and caused me to cock up my rotation?

Luxy gave me some great advice as well and that was to just calm down and take all the time I needed.  I mentioned whilst watching Crooked do it, I am not worried about time, so I can see the patterns and the paths that he should take, but the second I am in there I can’t see anything but balls EVERYWHERE!

Aza also showed me that the angels have to charge through him only, so you could in theory have them start near him providing they charge through him it seems to count.  I will keep that in mind.

Owl even gave me symbiosis for a self heal and that sort of worked but didn’t.

I am getting better, I am, I just need to suck it up, spend the rest of my gold and change my gems to be full fire spec. It will help and it might give me the last bit of DPS I need to get him.

I also found out about the Blimp above Brawlers – Look how cool it is :p  I was always so focused on the brawling i never looked up. I thought the food the guy sells was quite funny.

Brawlers blimp

** edited to add**

On a positive note, I was brawling on Tuesday night, and would you believe I KILLED HIM!!  A millisecond before he killed me and so – it didn’t count.  Lominari was cheering that I had killed him and I was sitting in stunned silence staring at my monitor with tears welling up – no achievement :(.  I walked away for about 10 minutes came back for another shot then logged off for dinner.  Devastation an not clearly explain how I felt – and still feel.

I was unable to replicate the same sort of success. However Iwas getting him to sub 10% every time I did it after that.  I just haven’t had that perfect run again.  I decided on Tuesday to just give up after that.   I could not continue knowing I had actually done it.  Then Luxy, Lom and Excrutiator told me I HAD to keep going because I had done it once.  Can I do it?  Do I have the patience to let it go?!!?!

And the pattling continues :)

Yes, I invented a new word call pattling.  I got sick of writing pet battling….  feel free to use it :p

I got another surprise gift the other day which had me bouncing off the walls!!  Can you guess?

getting bigger

Yup!!  Anubasith IDOL!  So my battles begin :)  I have the Gilnean Raven already, which means I should have a pretty solid team once I get the main two leveled.  At last count my Idol was at level 12, so I am technically leveling two pets at a time with my Onyxian Whelping being the main stay in the group.

I am slowly working through some of the achievements with this being the latest one:

No Favourites

I am also working on the level 25 version and I believe I have 3 more to go for that to complete and since my humanoid will be done shortly, I only need to do critter and undead.  Woot!  I am also working my way through the Jade forest now to get the last of my pets.  I need to go to the wanderers festival and collect one from the Wilds, but I believe that isn’t part of the actual safari achievement.

I plan on hitting the daily tamers once I have the All pets allowed achievement, which won’t take too much effort when I next get stuck into my battles.

Thank you soooo much again Mr Tauren!!  You are a fantastic enabler of my pet addiction!!!






Firelands, you beast!

Friday night fun run, was almost a bust with low numbers online, but a few of us said we would like Firelands with 3 of us on the legendary quest, all different parts as well, me on cinders, Crooked on drains and Cptsars on embers it was a good combo. That was pure luck in my book!! So the group was us three, and McTacky, Kahrax and Haevela (on his hunter with an name I have no idea how to spell).

We were going to do heroic 25 man, but we didn’t have enough people for it, so we switched it to normal after a Beth wipe. I asked if we could do some achievements and everyone else was keen for that as well.  We did Barrel Roll on Aly; only a few people had that one, but 3 different bits they needed so I was pretty happy we got it done for them, we wiped once because I stuffed it up with my flying and fell right into some brush fire.  We wiped and went again doing it perfectly!

Then we did Not an ambi-turner on Mr Wankervolcanohead. I advised the strat we used to use when we were raiding FL back in the dark ages, as we did the achievement strat as our base. It takes a little longer, but it is just easier. I think a couple of unnamed individuals didn’t want to believe me, I could feel the skeptisicm, but I was raid leader from BC to  MSV for all content so I am not entirely as daft as I seem in guild now.  We waited until he walked into the centre and did his first stomp, then we attacked the right leg only. Nothing else. It takes him slightly longer to actually hit an active volcano, but at our current gear level we smashed through him anyway. Everyone died except Crooked,  CptSars and McTacky, they killed him pretty easily once he sat down.

Bucket list was one of only 2 achievements I needed and we did that next.  Shannox is a pain the buttski.  We made sure to kill Rageface quickly, and then just run around like mad men.  Shannox must have liked my perfume because he was chomping on me like nothing else. Iceblock has a stupidly long CD!!   Easy peesy!

Bucket ListWe did aim to do the Baleroc achievement, and I am pretty we did, but I honestly can’t remember if anyone got the achievement?  Navi joined us at this point as well to provide extra healing, or maybe DPS?  I have no idea, either way it was another smash fest.  Kahrax tanked this one awesomely given he had never done it before. I suggested he saved his cooldowns for the Decimation blade because that was all I really remembered when I was tanking on my pally.

Then, my last needed achievement.  Which never ever happens. Only the penitent!!!  We explained to everyone how to do it. Set things to focus, create macros and then…Crooked just started running across the bridge!  My heart was in my mouth as we started following him.  I could barely breath as I watched the cast bar.  We all got to our little swirls and then waited a couple of casts :


OMG!  Such a long journey to get that compilation of achievements done!  So I went off to get a piccie on my new mount, and Mctacky photobombed me, then so did Crooked, and Haevela and Cptsars…LOL….was quite a photobomb :p  Poor Cptsars, doesn’t have a mount, I don’t know which achievement he is missing we must find out and do it next week with him.

Corrupted firelands mounts

We all look very dashing I think!  Thanks guys for helping with this.  I am now 928/1000 cinders.  Onto the next stage which will take me forever according to Crooked!

The Great petscapade!

That is what I shall call it!!

The other night, whilst doing the brawlers guide, incidentally where you can find me every night until I get to Rank 10, one of our guildies (who is aware I am chasing ALL THE PETS!!) and I started up a conversation about battle pets, which I had and didn’t have.

Then suddenly:


BEST PRESENT OMG!!!  Needless to say, I could not focus on my next few rounds as I was just soo excited!!!  Of course this required a picture with every single pet, which you will find below :p  Bless his little cotton socks…actually…someone quickly draw me a kick arse picture of a big Tauren male in little cotton socks!!  So adorable!  I will leave him nameless unless he doesn’t mind in which case I will tag him later :)  I was sooo unsure if I should take them off this hands, took me a few attempts to make sure.  WOW!!!


So without further pre-amble …here is my squee fest!!

Chrominius – which is the pet I currently have out as he matches my challenge mode transmog gear.

Howling at the moon!!!

Howling at the moon!!!

Death Talon Whelpguard

Death Talon Whelpguard

Phoenix Hawk Hatchling

Phoenix hawk hatchling

Pocket Reaver

Pocket reaver

Revving his little engines!

Untamed Hatchling – I may create a transmog with this colour scheme, because he is fantastic!!

Untamed hatchling

Lil Bad Wolf – Taking on a turtle because he is tough!

Lil Bad Wolf

Thank you so much Mr Tauren, you brightened my night so much and I will adore these little guys forever :)  I have to come up with names for them all (I only name the ones given to me so I can always remember them).  I have to level them all, but I have to get the Anubasith idol dude as he apparently makes it super easy to level pets in like 4 pet battles.  I need that before I get too stressed about levelling!!




Eastern Kindgom Safari!!

Finally have my Safari down.  Hubby and I went out the night and by the time we got home it 11.55 and I decided that would be perfect timing to jump online and catch myself a little Shadeling.

I seemed to be the only person there, and I tried every little guy in the area, the best I could find was a green one.  I captured 2, a white one (my first one) and then a green.  Every other pet was grey or white and I didn’t want to just kill them for no reason.  I was happy with my green!

I figured it wouldn’t be that bad to just go and try and capture my showshoe since I was online already. So I headed to Alterac, hunted around for the 3 mice I needed to kill, then found a showhoe, I got so excited about it that I forgot to check my pets and I couldn’t complete the pet battle without killing it.  So I forfeited.

2233f9928e22e7a4e8c43dd323889fc2Then it disappeared.

Every other time you forfeit the little bugger pops back up.  EVERY. SINGLE. TIME! Not this one. So I had to fly around for another 30 minutes, killing the rats and trying to find the hare.

EK Safari

I had also received this achievement earlier in the week, which I had forgotten about, so I took a quick piccy whilst ingame of the most ugly pet I have seen yet.  So, disgusting!!

Lot of Pet FoodI present to you…Venus!





Raiding 25 man…briefly and with vigour!

With the influx of people into the guild and the fantastic second raid team we have had running, Navi decided to try a full 25 man raid with just Paragons and Garrosh.

I confess to being pretty excited about it.  25 man again.


Something about it just makes me feel home. I enjoy it. Initially the main team was going to do some heroic paragons for practice but it was decided against.  I was trying to get sneaky ninja pics again, but seriously everyone bunched up so much this was the best I could manage.  I shall have to try harder next time. Ravz, Luxy and Kahrax got into this one, the rest looks like LSD-inspired pixelated art.

Raiding 25 man

If the object was to test out how we all handled being thrown in together I think we did well.  There were some minor issues but overall we all got along, everyone was far too quiet in vents if you ask me, but then for some people this would have felt very different to 10 man.

I have no idea what my DPS was like, possibly one of the lowest, I really am starting to believe that  you need to be raiding to keep in practice. I was failing horrifically as I only raid once a week (and even then that is more rare than real).  My fingers were fumbling over everything, however I stayed alive and did my job. So I was happy with that.

Until, on Garrosh,  I got MC’ed and Exray decided to kill me.  AFTER I WAS CLEARED OF MC!!  Can you believe it?  I started to turn my toon to run towards the designated spot and as I turned I died with an overkill tick from him. His timing must have been impeccable. I cried tears of despair.

After that, whilst laying face down in purple goo, I started giving Navi a running commentary on who was alive (she had sat out for an attempt), I thought I was helping her out – and then eventually she says “I can see the fight!”…. …..


We did get him down and I got a offhand which I need to chant and gem and upgrade etc. I may have to actually valor cap myself this week, I have received a few new pieces and I don’t have the VP.

I know it was only 2 fights as 25 man, but I was enjoying myself so much – I wish I could do that every week.

Raiding with Leashes

I think this one may take me a while, I have been farming AQ for the last few weeks, almost exalted with them as well, maybe this week.  I have collected 3 sets of gear, only because when you hand in the quest you get 550 rep, but it is a bugger to collect all the scarabs and idols etc.

My bags are just constantly full.  I do vaguely remember seeing a clay scarab on the auction house as well, but I have yet to see one and I am watching very carefully…mind you I haven’t even checked if that is where they come from :p So having full bags is painful because I want to make sure I loot every single thing that drops!

But I have only had one pet drop…Mini Mindslayer

Mini mindflay

Isn’t he adorable??  *swoon* he matches my wings and it is so perfect!

I didn’t realise that the Acid dude would suck quite so much for a mage with a staff and no fast dagger speed.  However I got a dagger from Siege this week, so I am going to give it another shot and see if it fast enough.  I am not entirely sure it will be, even with the changes Blizz made to make it easier for people to solo it.

I have had no luck with the Anubaseth idol – which is the one I really want so I can kick butt with my other pets.  So I will keep trying, I should probably take my other 90′s through as well as likely someone will have a better chance.  I am banking on my pally to be honest – she is a mount/pet hack.

I will start the Naxx ones soon, I am going to see if I can convince Lominari to tank the fights for me and help me get the last few achievements I need in there as well.  Fingers crossed – I am at about 95% with the convincing!!

Not sure I will have all the pets before WoD, but I may have made a good start on them :)  I think I only have 3 of the raiding with leashes achievement, so send me some luck people!!  I need it.


Tamer Extraodinnaire!

The pet battling continues.  I really am just amazed at how much time I am spending collecting all these animals!! Pet battles are not the fastest things to do and the hunting around for some of them takes even longer.   Since Armory is having issues I can’t even confirm which animals I still need for the Safaris’ however I have managed to get the Eastern Kingdoms Tamer down.  From memory I need the snowshoe hare which I am struggling to find, and the Restless Shadeling from kara that requires being online at midnight to collect to get the Safari completed.

I did read the shadeling spawns until about 8am, but I didn’t manage to see it after a few hours waiting.  So I will try one weekend to stay up to at least midnight and see if I can grab one.  The snowshoe is apparently very elusive and the best method is to kill the mice at Stahnbrad …I will do this method soon!

eastern kingdom tamer

Of course all this pet battling means  I have scored the following two achievements – managing to get 300 pet battle points and capturing 200 pets in battle.  200 feels like such small number given the amount I have been doing – honestly it feels like I have captured thousands!!  But I am not levelling them, I am just – at this stage – collecting. I am close to a couple of other achievements and given I now have to complete the Pandaria Safari – I am hoping it will complete them for me.

ultimate trainer

I decided to just go and finish the Pandaria trainer because I only had 3 places I needed to visit and with Pandaria being so small – it took no time at all.  The only thing I didn’t enjoy about that is flying through the zones and seeing how many pets I am short.  I think it was jade Forest – I have no pets whatsoever from there….it was an entire zone I have to collect all the pets in…..I think about 30 or something?  and that is not the only zone like that, but I think it had the most amount of animals.

Continental Tamer Pandaria

I have started the Safari in Kun lai Summit.  I am about halfway through that now, I think it is going to take me a very very long time. But I am now done from the Tamer point of view – WOOT!!  One small step for Blood Elf kind!

Archaeology – sure is easy….

So many people I know have been working on their archeology that I thought there must be some reason for it that I was yet to discover. A little achievement called The Seat of Knowledge!  Looks awesome having all your little items in the hall (Thanks Navimie for posting the piccie), you get a title “Seeker of knowledge” – it sounds very cool.

Looked easy enough, do some arch, discover some pristine items and hand them in. How hard could that possibly be?  I should have read the comments first.  I REALLY should have read the comments first.

I spent about 3 hours perhaps, flying around Pandaria and collecting dohickies and putting them together. I don’t know how many I collected, but I scored a Gun and a Sword and a whole bunch of other stuff.

stone servants

Instruments of cruelty

symbols of strength

But I didn’t discover any pristines at all, so then I thought perhaps I was doing it wrong and headed back to the Lorewalker Cho, and could find nothing of use at all.  So I kept going for a bit longer and after gathering somewhere between 20 – 30 artifacts I gave up.  I only gave up, because I read the comments, the comments which state that it took people like 400 + items to find all the pristine items.

400+!!!  Just let that sink in for a moment.


ain-t-nobody-got-time-fo-dat-sweet-brown-31241125-480-330It will all depend on how much time I have left over after getting my pet battles done and my Challenge modes.  Honestly I have plenty of time – I still have months so I can’t think I won’t have time, I am just not sure I have the patience to do it.  That is a buttload of archaeology to do and it isn’t the most enjoyable of things, I find it horrible boring.





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