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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.

Halion

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 :)

 

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.

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

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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?

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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:

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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 :

Penitent

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:

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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!!!

JUST 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!!

THANKS!!!!  THANKS!!!!!  SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

 

 

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.

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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!”…. …..

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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.

Chasing the Challenge Modes

This is one heck of a long post – I decided to even put it behind a cut.  I could have split it into two, but really…I just wanted it all in one!!  Don’t yell at me for it ok, just sit back, get a coffee and possibly read these whilst flying to Tasmania. (For the non Aussies – via plane from Melb to Tassie takes about 1.5 hours and therein lies the awful joke I just made!)

So, I had decided to start to harassing Exray/Aza/Nav for some time for Challenge modes.  I really wanted to get them done, but I am not really much for pushing people. I really don’t like requesting help (problem with playing an MMO really) and I hate that I don’t play as much as others because I feel like I am using them – and I am genuinely not – it just irks me a little to keep at people.  So I decided to stop negative talking myself out of pushing the issue and I organised for everyone to help me Friday night!  Woot Woot!

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Guild Fun Runs

We did a few old school runs the other night to clear off some of the guild achievements that hadn’t yet been done.  We headed to Firelands (YIPPEE) I managed to get a few more cinders.  I have had no  luck with Oqueue at all.  Every raid I sign up for never develops into anything and I never get invites, aside from the one FL 25H I tried with 4 people and we wiped on Beth about 4 times so I left.

I must keep trying though I as I really really need my cinders. I wish I could tag along with Aza/Ex/Lushen when they go, but they don’t follow a schedule so I never know when they are going.

Anyway, we smashed through it very quickly and got to see his little legs again :)  Of course the DPS is too high it causes issues during the actual fight, but it is over very quickly so it is easy to manage.

Guild Heroic Ragnaros

I also managed to get exalted, which I was not expecting. I thought I had another couple of clears before that would happen! I think that puts me at like 62 or something for exalted reputations.

Avengers of Hyjal

 

We then did Nefarian and Cho’gall on heroic and I got a lot of achievements for them! We also did the Four winds.

And guild achievements for the last bosses was pretty exciting :)  I of course died on Nefarian and was in the lava when they killed him. I got up onto my podium and then blown back into the lava after about 3 seconds and I couldn’t get back out.  :(

Guild Heroic Nefarian

Heroic Cho'gall

Guild Al'Akir

We also did Sinestra, whom I had never seen before. It was a pretty cool fight but overall I don’t think it would have been too hard to get a hang of back in the day, it would have been pretty intense – without a doubt!!

Jump into the hole

I really wasn’t comfortable jumping down a random hole! But the path leading to her little section was pretty nice and fiery…I thought it was very pretty for a den of hell and corruption.

Path to Sinestra

The She-devil herself!!

Sinestra

And the achievement for a few minutes work on her little drakes!

Guild Heroic Sinestra

 

For some reason we missed out on the achievement for no one dying, we lost one person after the achievements popped and the boss was dead. So we are not sure what happened with that.  It was so much fun to just sit on vents and smash through everything whilst having a joke and a laugh.

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