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Heroic Garry is within reach

We headed back into Mythic SoO to start from Blackfuse.  I was shitting my pants about this.

I know everyone is saying that the fights are easier now – and they certainly seem to be – but I know how much effort the guild went through to get to where they were.  I can understand our guild are a fair percentage on non hardcore raiders – they are great players, but they are not Top 10 guild. We make mistakes and that happens so it was going to be interesting to see just how much different it was.

I have no idea how they did Blackfuse on heroic and I am completely in awe they managed to do Paragons and get them almost dead. I felt nervous the entire time, so whilst I was doing pretty good on damage I was more disappointed I kept dying – every damn fight.  I was so annoyed with myself.

Mythic Blackfuse

I got some tier shoulders off Blackfuse and a weapon dropped – man everyone laid into me about not taking it – I mentioned that I had a weapon already – really I have 3 columns in my void storage of weapons from Siege – I KID YOU NOT!! All I win from the place is weapons.  Anyway I went to get it out of my bag to prove and it wasn’t there; I started freaking slightly, because with my recent clean out I got rid of a lot of gear I would never use….Drakebinder Greatstaff doesn’t seem like much until you notice the Mythic and warforged.  It is a truly epic piece of baddie-spanking-wood.  The issue being I wasn’t actually wielding it.

I have been very very slack on the gear front because well in truth, I had not really anticipated needing to care. Either way after being given the teasing from guild and then my own husband I decided to pull my socks up :p  So from now…I am rolling on every piece of loot and then not being slack with putting it on.

Paragons was completely off the wall. I know it sounds easy, but so much is going on – I actually really love that fight – it is interesting and painful in similar amounts.

Mythic Paragons

We forgot to take a picture as this was the first time we killed them as a guild, however as you can see above – we did!! Navimie stole my mythic pants…but I can forgive her that theft – she is the GL after all – who am I to argue.

Now we only have Garrosh to get, our attempts on him were pretty good, but we just couldn’t quite get there. I admit to being very excited about being there for that kill!! Fingers crossed this week i believe :)

Minipost: Aus Servers – Thank you Blizzard

Yes, yes, by now it is old news and everyone is over it.  But I am here screaming internally with excitement that I can’t seem to calm down.

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Or this!!!

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A few people I have spoken to seem to have misunderstood what is happening.  They are changing the physical hardware servers to be based in Australia somewhere – I would guess Sydney based on available information out in the wild.  The “servers” they are referring to are the actual devices used to house our information and not the things we log onto in game.

Nothing will change from our perspective, we will have longer than usual maintenance on Tuesday night, and we will log on and the only change we will notice will be lower latency.   We will still be with our US brethren, we can still have queues etc – I did read in the FAQS they will try and fill from the oceanic pools of people first – which is pretty awesome as it will make the experience much better for everyone.

I am waiting to read about what this means for our Tuesday night maintenance – will it be switched to during the actual night or during the day etc.

Onto why I am so excited, when I first started playing WoW, we had latency of 500 approx, I then spent BC/Wrath at about 300ms, and now it is approx 200ms. One of the reasons we played SWTOR for a while was because of the Aussie servers.

Our first few days in there were freaking amazing, the game was good – yes, but being able to push a button and have an almost instant reaction was game changing.  When sitting on latency of less than 50ms (and from memory it was 30ms most of the time) it made the game feel much more responsive and fun to play.   Fighting bosses was made much easier as you could keep up with what was happening in real time, you didn’t feel as though you were behind.

I am excited beyond belief as this will make WoW even more perfect to me, maybe even bring some people back as well? No idea.

Some people have been a bit negative about it and that really pisses me off.  Yes they could have done it sooner – but you know – they don’t have to do it. They are doing it – and better late than never is something that applies in this case. They are under absolutely no requirement to put servers here – I don’t pay my monthly subscription with a caveat they will have aussie servers – it is not my business.  Yes we have requested it and yes, they make money off us, but they are a business and until an option presented that was viable from that point of view – nothing was going to change.

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Stolen From Navimie

They sent out Ion to do a special Australian event (perhaps to launch this news specifically) and that speaks volumes to me, they could have mentioned it at Blizzcon or in a post with no effort – instead they created an event – FOR FREE – and gave away plushies.  None of which they had to do.  They made it special for us which means they know what it means to the Oceanic player base.

I am excited and I cannot wait for next week, I am pretty ecstatic they have finally managed to find a way to provide this for us.

 

Mythic mania

What a whirlwind kind of week since patch. I can barely keep up with everything going on, I almost fell like my brain will explode any minute from the excitement of it all.

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I got invited into the Mythic raid!!  ZOMG!  You know the one were we were getting slammed by Juggs of Iron..well we continued that one.  I didn’t anticipate an invite, but I had pre-warned Navi that I was on lates this week which meant I would be online about 5 minutes before raid time and I was completely understanding if she took others because of that.

Anyway I managed to get home pretty early, ate dinner, and jump on at about 15 minutes prior.  Enough time to make some pots (WITHOUT GOING TO MY BANK – ZOMG!!!) and get repaired and empty out some crap in my bags.  Not that I need to anymore with my 70 free bag slots :)

We headed back to IJ and I was slightly freaking out because last time, I was struggling to avoid the stupid razor blades that come out of the ground.  Seems I sucked at that again anyway, but, for one moment – whilst dead, I was appreciating my damage meters.  This may the only time I ever see my name in that position with this guild (although I will make it more common) but it is very, very exciting:

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Mythic Juggernaut

We had a few wipes on bosses but we managed to get all the way to Thok and on our last attempt for the night, kill him.

It may not have been as fast as some others, but given a few of us had never been there in heroic so didn’t know about the new mechanics etc I think we did unbelievably well.  I am sure it was frustrating for the main team to walk us through it all, but they will never know much much I personally appreciated their time and effort.

Malkorak and his little black balls of death were annoying – I swear I didn’t get hit – but I must have clipped it – so annoying thinking you are miles away only to find out you weren’t.  Even worse, Exray was marking the non safe spots and says “get to the safe zone” – what do you think I do??…yeah..stand there looking at the coloured marker thinking, “I need to move away from this!” in a panic, only to be dead a few seconds later :p  Not funny. My brain just did not connect to my hands.

I have said it before, I know it is post patch and everything is easier at the moment, but the pure and simple joy of killing bosses in levels I have not seen – or thought i would ever see – and then getting achievements for it, is pretty epic in my mind!!

Mytic Dark Shamans

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Mythic Malkorok

Mythic Spoils

I have to mention spoils – the most frustrating fight as a ranged person I have ever experienced:

Tab target // 2 (start casting frostbolt) //  mob dies // cast failed

“That was fast!!”

Tab target // 2 (start casting) // mob dies // cast failed

“WHAT THE H…?!!?!?”

Tab target // 2 (start casting) // mob dies // cast failed

“FFS….”

tab target  // 3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,pet frost nova,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab, (Ice lance)

“SCREW YOU DPS!!! Take some multistriking ice lances!!!”

Mythic Thok

 

I am sooo excited to have these, I need to get the first wing down to have a set, especially if we do the last three this week, I don’t know if we are resetting or just extending. Either way I am so happy!  Ecstatic!!  Thanks for putting up with a nublet in your raid team guys!!

 

Mini post: The new UBRS

I was a little disappointed with the new UBRS in that it was too short.  I wanted more.

I had been queuing with no success since patch – my wait times were starting off as like 40 minutes and then increasing and then every time it would pop up someone would decline and I ended up doing other things.

The other night in guild a few of us were moaning (mainly Duck and myself) about how we had no joy in there and the wonderful Navi said she would tank a run for us complainers!!  Crooked offered to heal, Alca wanted in as well so off we went!

We completed it without an issue, apparently the first boss does some sort of lightning thing – which Crooked and I were closing off the doovers so I didn’t really notice much else about the fight.  The second boss did some sort of charge chain thing, but he died too quickly for me to really understand what was happening aside from avoiding green puddles.  The next boss was fun with adds flying around everywhere and mobs all over the place.

Then Awbee came in,  which was pretty cool.   I ran off to head out to the tunnels and no one followed…I got told that was it.  The end.  For the moment. I can’t wait to get to the beast – I hope they left the punting in – it was an initiation rite when we ran it originally – every newbie had to go and agro him and die :)  Was soo much fun.

There was a funny bit when Alcapown rolled on some loot (or was it Duck?)  anyway we all wondered why when it had Int and crit or something else on it.  We all realised it was part of the new loot that changes depending on your spec.  Quite weird actually because now I am wondering how will loot work in raids?  Will we all see gear differently and therefore never really know who it should go to….ohh my head hurts thinking about it….it will be fun to see how it plays out anyway.

But here we all are – sorry for the awful image!!

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Thanks guys for getting that done for me.

Wow that was easier than I thought

Lominari and I managed to get the rest of the Iron invasion questline done and Luxy has said the pet is a pretty good one for battles, so I have added it to my favourites to get levelled.

The Iron invasion

Lom has managed to pick up a bug somewhere so my plans to do UBRS with him on Friday got squashed. Instead i settled in for a night of farming for a Bronze Whelping. Luxy said she gave up after 9 hours of farming, and someone else said they got one after a few kills.  I had killed maybe 50 mobs when McTacky started organise a Friday night fun run and I was going to pass and farm this pet. However, Luxy guilt tripped me and I got sucked in.

Leader McTacky

I hadn’t planned on really chasing achievements but some where so easy to get it was well worth it. I dragged Lominari along on his rogue so that he could pick pocket hagara when we got to her.

However, the getting to Hagara was hilarious. Thohand wanted to join us but got stuck on loading screens…he also went around the entire map of Azeroth to get to us…eventually he joined us at Yor’sahj.

Everyone was playing with toys whilst we were waiting for him to turn up, it was funny.  I got completely smashed as well, screen was very very fuzzy.

Getting the achievement on Hagara for holding hands well funny as hell, McTacky was getting annoyed with me because he kept saying “walk towards me” , “come to me”, “where i Am” etc but…all I could see was balls of lightening and Luxy with a symbol on her head….I would not have been able to tell you where anyone was in that line of people.  We eventually did get it, but sadly not for the people who had died already, so I feel bad..for them.

Holding hands

The only fight that wasn’t a cake walk was Spine, you can’t ignore mechanics really and we wiped a couple of times, but really once we got the healing sorted out it was easy.

Thanks to the group I only have to get Red & Green combo on Yor’sahj and the platforms on Deathwing that aren’t Ysera’s platform.  So a minimum, three more weeks to go in there.  I really didn’t think i would get so many done, I am very grateful Mctacky organised something and I am happy Luxy guilted me into going.  Another mount is within reach.

 

We then headed off briefly to do Halion in Ruby Sanctum, clearing the trash took us 80 times longer than to kill the boss.

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My what nice Iron Juggs you have…

I honestly got so confused about version we were running,  I figured it wasn’t important anyway.  I believe we were doing normal, but it may have been heroic?

Either way, we went all the way to Norushen and given how easy the content seemed to be – they (being the chieftans) thought we could handle Mythic..so we switched it.  When I say easy = I mean the fights were over before you got too settled in, it felt awkward and (secretly) kind of awesome.

Mythic Sha Gala

Sha of pride took about 1 minute to kill – maybe just over – but it was dead very quickly. Gala apparently needed people to separate into sides when she drops, but by the time that had been explained on the fly, she was about 30% and going to be dead in a couple of seconds.

Based on that, surely we could do Iron Juggs?  Nope…not a  hope in hell.  The switch in phases just cause zoo much issue.  Not sure if it was the change to healing or the lack of skilled DPS, but either way it was just bad.  I think  we wiped 4 times before calling it.  No way I can follow this mess:

My, what IRon Juggs you have

It was so much fun to be in a mythic raid and getting some achievements…even if they are fake now…LOL.

DPS wise it is weird seeing 10k as a big number, I am sitting mainly at just under 10k at the moment (9k consistently) and the warriors are doing like 13 – 14k amazingly.

I have to fix my enchants as well, I did half before this raid and Mctacky cut 11 gems for me for my gear.  I just need a few more enchants and that may help increase my DPS that little bit more.  I also love the change to upgrading with coins as I had a few pieces of gear that I couldn’t wear due to lack of valour, but now I am in everything that is a upgrade.

I do confess to liking seeing smaller numbers – means we can only go up from here :)

 

Dragonrays Draenor Dress-up!!!!

Yes, it is time for a TRANSMOG COMP!!!!!! again!

one outfit only!!

 

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Not another 12 week long crazy competition.

In honour of the upcoming Warlords of Draenor xpac and the changes we will be going through, I have decided it would be cool to do a comp based on only Burning Crusade gear.  Heading back to Outland as we know it now before it (and our future) changes forever is a fair reason to remember all the lovely outfits we had for the very first expansion of this game! Before all the timey wimey stuff gets all jumbled.

I am making this a pretty simple competition and hopefully that means more people can join in!

Rules:

  • Any gear from Outlands – yes Mages can wear plate in this altered reality and Paladins can wear some BDSM leather.
  • Mogit/model viewer entries are accepted. Ingame images with gear and Outland backgrounds are definitely welcome.
  • As a rough guide – iLevels fropm 84-  145 is Outland gear  (and I MEAN ROUGH GUIDE!! don’t get nitpicky with me!!)
  • Entries to be emailed to me at my gmail account of onyxiia (make sure you have your name in the filename please)
  • Last date for entries to be received is 9th November (yes Blizzcon weekend!!)
  • Winner will be announced 10 – 12th November!!

If you want to help me judge and not enter please message and let me know, extra judges will be dependent on how many people decide to send me something – so I will let you know closer to the date.

 

Prizes

Your very own blog post!! and probably a little badge you can stick on your blog (if you are a blogger) and a mount or pet from the store :)

So please, share this with everyone and enter, you don’t have to be a blogger – just someone who loves WoW and is excited to be heading to a new timeline!!  Go forth and find some fantastic Outlands gear!

 

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The only BC gear I own! The Tirisfal Regalia!

 

 

 

 

 

Clearing out old achievements

I tend to always leave the achievements alone throughout an expansion that require the eating and cooking of foods and finding things. I figure that during the course of the xpac I would discover them and only have a few left over when it came time to actually do them.

I haven’t actually finished the cooking ones yet – I still need to get a student etc – but the thought of farming for those damned ironpaw tokens just drove me to the mental institute in anger and frustration.

So, here are the ones I finally completed after going through my bank toon and stealing all the mats.

I downloaded the addon to help with the treasure finding and there were dots ALL over the place!!  It was crazy, I had to do about 3 loops to complete the achievements as they were not spawning in any of the locations. I still missed quite a few, so I am tempted to try and get some more done – if I can be bothered now.

About the only thing I really really want to do now is make sure i attend the Wanderer’s festival in the Wilds on Sunday night – I have to collect the pet and get the achievement.  I want to do it before I leave pandaland.

 

Darkmoon Faire!

For a very long time I have found this meme completely hilarious.  The first time I saw it, I laughed for a good 10 minutes because i could completely see myself as this poor sucker.

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So naturally when I found I could get a pet called Moon Moon, how could I not want it!??!  As luck would have it I went to the Darkmoon faire to see what I could find out about the Wolf and I was lucky enough to convince Lominari to come over as well.  We killed some wolves, then the elites spawned and then Moonfang spawned after we killed some more.

Initially it was hell, we died multiple times because a tank would not hold the mob, and in fact we were all just running around – not in a rid group or anything, and I think after the 3rd reset (people dragging her too far back to the actual faire), a tank appeared and saved the day!  I died when she was at about 8% health.

Moon Moon

Moonfang

We both got our very own little pets and they are simply adorable when they jump, the moon trail they leave behind is just wonderful!!  I couldn’t get a good picture of it, but tho sone isn’t too bad.  The first time she ran off on me I was worried, but then…MAGIC!!  So pretty!

Moon Moon Beam

Now to one day get the Darkmoon bunny, as a lover of Monty Python, I really should farm it a little more diligently…I want the achievement!!

Guild Raiding and 6.0 onwards

Lominari and I logged on to see the guild message advising that the Frsotwolves Chieftan wanted people to advise if they were keen on raiding for WoD.

We spent the day chatting about it randomly to see where we were both sitting on the idea.  We both want to raid, we missed out this expac because we came back late, such is life, we weren’t focusing on raiding this time round. We both want to raid in WoD.

I basically said to Lominari that if we wanted to raid at some point in this expac, we would have to go from scratch with the Frosties or find another guild when we wanted to.  Not for any other reason than our guild has a very solid team, and that very solid team stays that way for a very long time.  If we decide in 6 months we want to start – it will be too late, we will be subs spending most nights waiting to raid and not actually getting to.

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Neither of us find that appealing…so our other options are suck it up and raid with the frostwolves or find another guild. I know which option I was going with, turns out Lom was going for the same one.  As I have mentioned many times we are planning on selling the house, that plan is much closer now than it was 3 months ago…we are maybe 2 months off putting it up for sale (pending all things going well) so our time availability should jump up significantly once that is done.

This leads onto the next part of the raid hours, 9pm actually suits me really well as it means I can make the start every single time, but the 11pm finish will be hard on the weeks I am on early shifts. However as I mentioned to Lominari, even when on early starts now, we go “to bed” at 9.30 however it is closer to 10.30 by the time we actually get to sleep when we potter about getting stuff organised for the next day and then watching TV to fall asleep to, let the dog out etc etc…so what is an extra 30 minute really?  We just need to make sure we jump off and go straight to bed, do not pass go and do not collect $200!

What is a little sacrifice for a few months? Providing we can get into the raid team to start with and continue to be a valued contributor.  I can’t wait to get back into having a purpose on my toon, perhaps I can get my DPS back again with some constant practise…that’s what I am hoping anyway.

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This entire discussion then made us wonder what toon would we raid on.  Lominari has a tough choice to make – I don’t envy him – I am much easier…I keep saying I might change one day – but in the end it will always be my mage. Always.

So based on that discussion Lominari sent a in game mail and the response was about us not being online after 9. As I have said before though, we have no need to be online now…originally I was online hoping to get pulled into a raid, but after a month or two when it was quite obvious their team was solid again, I started jumping off. No point hanging about doing nothing but waiting.

Anyway our current thinking is that we want to be part of the team from the start, we just have to make sure we can make that work without it interfering in our real lives.

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