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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!!

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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!!

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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.

Mr and Mrs WoW Top 3

I finally decide to track down the original post and contribute.  I think it is a great idea given I very rarely complain about WoW.  I actually still really love it, and aside from the cooking this expac there isn’t much I have ever complained about.  I felt I would have something nice to say about it.

Here is the page where all the information is being collated!!  Is it lovely to see so many people have contributed to this!

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So, here we go my top 3.

1: Fantasy – this keeps me coming back. I love that I can ride dragons, I can shoot fireballs from my hands, I can heal, I can tank, I can be anything I want to be.  I can live a story in game that has nothing to do with bills, work, family and stress.  I can log in and fly around the world, see monsters, save people.  I am a hero.  I am legend in Azeroth.  I enjoy building my story in game.  The stories that control Azeroth are huge and old and there is so much lore.  The fantasy is the best part of this game. I suggest chasing the collections for the weird and wonderful creatures that make up the fantasy of the game – if that is Onyxia or a Blue Drake….or a murloc pet – go and chase it down!!

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2: Social – I have always enjoyed the social side of the game. Yes there are twats, and people who should learn some manners, but overall people are nice. They are wanting to chat about the game, and they have interesting stories to share. I think if this game didn’t have guilds I would not still be playing it. My current guild is one of the best I have ever been in and I have been in some amazing guilds (and i have been in lots).  I enjoy getting to know people online – thy can become friends outside of game. You can support each other, keep each company, have laughs.  The online world has opened up so many options in regards to making new friends, people you would never have met before.  I have lost many hours in game standing in a main city just talking in guild/whispers and not actually doing anything.  My suggestion off this one, is get to know some players, group with randoms and actually talk to them – add people to your Btag, talk to the poeple in your guild – get to know them and have a laugh – sit on vents talking crap and being involved.

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3: Raiding – My preference is for 25 man, but 10 man satisfies me somewhat.  I enjoy working with a team, to try and take down a challenging fight without all killing each other in the mean time.  The sensation you get when the fight you have been working on for ages is finally defeated, when they collapse with 0% HP after doing hours of wipes and investigation.  The overwhelming feeling of success and teamwork is just amazing.  I love listening to the first time kills and listening to people whooping and cheering – you can hear the happiness and excitement!  It is a big deal.  I always asked Lominari to make up kill shots for our guild because they meant a lot to me.  I wanted them to be special. My suggestion for this is to get into LFR or Oqueue and do the content that you haven’t seen – the developers put in a lot of effort for people to see the content…go forth and conquer the big baddies!

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There you go, my top 3 things with a bit of a blurb I know….I waffled a lot because of my love. Check out the post and add to it people!!

 

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I didn’t actually add anything for you to actually do – so ….I have added some bits in :)  You may have to re-read :p

General musings about WoW

Lately, at the onset of another expansion, the general question of should I change toons has loomed large in my life.

I wonder, honestly, how hard it would be to learn to heal on a toon.  Can you spend 10 years playing a game as ranged DPS to switch to something as difficult as healing? Is it difficult?

My healing experience is as follows:

  • 2 weeks on a Shammy in Black Temple
  • approx 2 week in 5 man dungeons (mainly Well of eternity) on my pally with friends only
  • approx 2 weeks in Cata PVP on my Paladin
  • 1 week in LFR Dragonsoul on my Druid
  • 2 levels in Dire Maul on my Priest

That sums it up.  Can you combine that and become an effective healer?  I don’t know.  I am not even sure I want to be a main healer in WoD, but having said that healers are always useful if they are good at their role.  I am not sure I would ever be good.

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I also have a lot of history with my mage – not sure I am willing to give that up.I am thinking it might nice to go Fire again, but it will depend on the spec come WoD.

There is also the question of what I will be doing in WoD.  Since the release date is November, I have less time to muse over whether I will be a raider or not.  I want to be a raider…and once we move back into the city I will be able to handle the raid times with the Frosties.  Just…unlikely we will have sold and moved in time.  Beginnings of expacs are always a time of changing and moving though, so I will cross that bridge when we come to it.  I want to raid though.  I REALLY hate missing out!! Being in game now and watching the others raid and having to find other things to do has been a real eye opener for me…I can’t handle it!!!  HAAHAH  I need the raiding fix that LFR just doesn’t give me – I think LFR just devolves into name calling and abuse whereas a guild normally just keeps going. The jealousy is just unbearable some nights…

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In the end I know day 1 will rock around and I will jump on my mage and I will start questing, but I don’t want to regret that decision.  Last expac Lominari leveled a monk from scratch, we helped as  much as we could and he was ready before half the other raiders in our guild.  We stopped playing and when he came back, he picked up his Shadow priest again….I don’t want to do that.

I know two things for sure, I love my guild and I can’t see myself ever leaving it by choice and secondly that I want to raid this expac.  I want to see all the content.  I have to make those two things work for me.

I must make a concerted effort to find whatever the money maker is in WoD and be fanatical about it on my toons. I must gather funds this time round so I am not constantly scratching around when I want to buy mounts.  I mean I still can’t afford the repair mammoth (that is half my current stash) and I not even close to getting the 108k Yak….I couldn’t even contemplate buying it…I can’t buy all the other mounts like the cloud serpents (too darn expensive – 7k!!!  pfft)

I need money!

 

 

Forgetting how to raid

I felt it was about time I updated about the little 10 man raid we have going on Sunday evenings.  I have missed the last few due to real life (weekends are the absolute worst for us to do anything!) and have been leaving them in the highly capable hands of Exray.

There have been a few grumblings and rumblings from people, so I was approached by Navimie and told to suck it up and be online for the next one or she would come to Melbourne and slap me around the ears.  So…I made sure I was going to be online Sunday night – I avoided everyone I know (phone calls included!) and on top of that, earlier in the week Exray had advised he was unlikely to be around as he was out all day (and he had also had the Fear of Navimie applied), so I was determined to be online even if I was falling asleep at my desk!

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I had a good discussion with Exray about the whole situation and I think we cleared the air a little bit, but it seems as though this team is being used a sort of trial framework for people to either move into the main team or see if they are ok players.  I am not overly excited about either of those prospects, as I have said before, I wanted this to be a stress free no pressure environment for the non raiders to get their interests piqued…but things change and morph and opportunities come up which can’t be denied when running a guild.  So we proceed forward with kicking arse and switching toons – and trialling everyone by fire!!!

All I can say is OMFG for our latest run!  I am soo out of practise. It was hard to remember to do everything I needed to and to not die (which I did enough of) and I forgot about my CD’s and I was just sucking horribly!  It was not my best effort, in fact I would go so far as to say it wasn’t even an average effort.  I was very overwhelmed, not something I have ever felt much of on my mage in a situation I know really well. Exray was playing his mage and beating me in some things, sooo devastating….

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The run went well overall though, and they have been going well from a progression point of view.  Last Sunday they got to Paragons and only had 2 bosses left before calling it.  That is a very impressive night!

We wiped a couple of times on Sunday but we had some new people in and our other tank Asuna was DCing a little so it was a little messy and disjointed.  But that happens in an online game.

Some of the guys are still being pulled into the heroic team which just tears at my soul from a completely stupid jealous point of view.  I have to temper that jealously though and mostly I manage to do it…just sometimes I get a little soul tear out of it.

Overall the runs have been successful and we have managed to get a lot of people gear and that has been pretty exciting from my point of view.  I got a lovely new ring (Thanks Ravz!).  I confess to being nervous about next Sunday if we do the second half – I really hope we can pull it off because Garry is not easy and he is not very forgiving!  BRING IT ON!!

AMIRITE?!?!

 

 

 

Becoming a better player?

So given my crapiness at DPS, I decided it was time to try and be a better player and not be a clicker.  I am not saying clickers can’t be good players, but there is definitely something to be said for not having to move the mouse when you need to use a new spell.

A few weeks ago, I set up my buttons to be more conducive to button pressing and I set up the buttons on my mouse, I tested out the settings on a target dummy and then promptly freaked out every time I was in combat and went back to clicking.

As per my previous posts a couple of days ago I was discussing it with people again and decided I had to give this a serious attempt.  I headed to the Timeless Isles with good intentions and once again got into combat and started clicking. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!

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I spoke to Lominari about it and we decided my issue was movement.  I don’t want to die in the fire and that worries me more than anything which is what makes me nervous.  So, I spent probably 30 minutes running around the shrine, just using my mouse as my mover and keeping my fingers over the buttons I would normally use for spells so that I could get used to the sensation.  I have to re-programme 9 years of playing – this is not going to happen overnight.

I went and killed some stuff when I was more confident, but realistically I kill things fast and even on the timeless isles the mobs were dying pretty quickly.  I needed a boss.

Flex. Oh Flex how I adore thee, let me count the ways.

I don’t have any logs for the previous flex’s we have done so I can only go off the numbers I think I remember in my head but I think I did ok.  I warned everyone that I was re-learning and that I would possibly suck and die.  I requested the healers not heal me if I was standing in the poop because I needed to pay the price for not moving – which would in theory make me better.  I died only once on trash before Siegecrafter and I am still not even sure how that happened.

I also requested Drauka, Owl and Aza to keep reminding me not to click incase I fell back into habits.  They reminded me and I can happily say -the only clicking I did, that I shouldn’t have was the dream phases on Garrosh – I freaked a little.  At this stage I don’t have any of my AOE keybound so I was having to click that, but I am not overly worried about trash – I am concerned about my DPS for the bosses.

So, on Garrosh, I managed a staggering – 203k DPS.  This was better than my previous attempts as far as I can remember I never hot 200k for Garrosh…I was close, but could never push over that ledge.

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I can’t remember what boss this was after….Thok maybe?  or Spoils possibly, either way it was much better than I usually do on said fight and hence why I took a picture of it.

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So I am pretty happy with the above numbers, they are still well off where I could be – but it was my first night not clicking – and I saw improvement on my usual numbers – this is good in my book.  We also didn’t have anyone providing the 7% buff to haste which my gear is built around having, so I was not haste capped and although that is not really a major increase, it is still something I was lacking.  I also later realised my pet had been passive on Garrosh for the last part due to the previous dream phase and that would have reduced my DPS a little bit.

Overall, I think this was a very positive first attempt.  I didn’t die to anything stupid, I did manage higher DPS even though I was stuffing up my rotation about 30% and I was getting confident with it by the end of the run.

Let’s see how I go over the next few weeks trying to continue it when I am not in a run.

Second Sunday Raid

What can I say, we did a second sunday casual raid, it started a little wonky due to the confusion about the start time.  Last week it was added to the calender as an 8.30 start which was accidental and this week no one noticed it was actually a 7.30 start time.  I think Owl got a little upset with me about it, and I kept apologizing but I am not sure it helped, however a lot has changed in the 4 weeks since I asked about starting this raid so if he would prefer a different raid time I am sure that can happen. Maybe this will?

11662To be honest, I wasn’t exactly in the best frame of mind, I was a little grumpy and I think my casual raid team is not actually for the casuals anymore – and we have only had 1 run!! It feels more like it is a training ground for the heroic team which is not at all what I had originally suggested.  I also didn’t want it to be a fuss to run and organise, it was meant to be just for the people to get interested in raiding with the potential to maybe do combined raiding in WoD.  However Sunday night there were comments about it being a training ground for the heroic team and that we had to user master looter and blah blah blah.  Added to my already grumpy mindframe, I may have, sort of lost the plot a little.

Just a little.

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And really it is mainly because I am just being selfish.  I have stopped being online around raid time because I figured they didn’t need anyone else in the heroic team and that they were focused on getting through it quickly and thus allowing more time for other bosses.  I certainly was not going to get into the team for the early bosses.

Apparently this isn’t the case, the main team have been taking people in for bosses here and there, so we had to switch a few people in and out due to saves of bosses from the main team. (My selfish internal dragon wanted to be raiding so I begged to set up a team so we could at least do some raiding on the side, so I got slightly jealous at people being pulled in with the main team – why wasn’t I asked??? of course the answer is because I suck at being a mage – let’s be honest would you want a sub par mage or someone who can do oodles of DPS/heals by just looking at their keyboards :p)

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It doesn’t really cause an issue (despite Navi’s recent worries), depending on who gets saved it can cause a slight switcharoo issue, eg our healers got a little messed up this week for a couple of bosses, but really it isn’t anything worth being stressed over because we more than enough people able to come instead.  Everyone has been fantastic about sitting out when needed – which is the single most important thing – we have to be able to switch people in and out without any issues exploding into Ironstars!!

Back to our actual raid though, I was in for Immersius and would you believe a warforged trinket dropped….Crooked rolled on it (as his main spec is DPS – he was healing to help) and then I had the next highest roll of the DPS.  DAMN CROOKED!!!  Stole my precious!! If I had just shut up about him actually being DPS, I would have had a warforged upgrade!!!

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We managed to get all the way to Nazgrim after a delayed start, and it was just on 10.30 by finish, I think we started closer to 8pm so we went slightly faster this week (I think). We had a couple of wipes on bosses, but given we had a few less experienced raiders in this weeks group it was to be expected.  We picked up and kept moving quickly as well, we didn’t waste too much time between wipes and I think that makes a difference.

I got a few pieces of gear, that mostly no one else rolled (except one piece) and I have switched a few bits around based on the new bits, but really nothing all that major.  I discovered I was valor capped so went crazy and spent it on all my new gear!  A few other people got gear and we even got a couple of achievements; one from Dark Shamans:

Rescue raiders dark shamans

We also got the Gamon achievement on Nazgrim for those who didn’t have it.  I think that is a pretty good effort.  Shout out to Drauka who was forced to tank at Dark Shamans as Asuna had to suddenly skipout on us.  He did really well given he got thrown in at the last second and tanked both Shamans and Nazgrim. Thanks Asuna for tanking for us, and welcome to the guild :p (again?)

Massive big thanks to everyone who turned up again on Sunday, and once again massive apologies to those who thought it was starting at 8.30pm.  I really am sorry. Let’s see what happens next Sunday shall we?!!??

 

 

3 more Golds down

We had these done before the guild meet up, but you know I felt that post took precendence.

Friday night I didn’t happen to log onto my mage and see the mail from Owl (exray) advising we were doing CM’s on Friday night at 9pm.  So I was quietly watching some TV and I got an SMS about it from Navimie and boy did I jump online fast!

The usual suspects attended, me, Aza, Nav, Owl and Crooked made up the group and we headed into Scholomance first.  Aza getting excited in the background! I couldn’t get a ninja pick with Owl as he was running and jumping around like a crazy person, and crooked moved everytime I got close – almost like he knew what I was trying to do.

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I like his transmog to be honest, especially being used in EPL, it seemed fitting.  Yes, I enjoy the little things.

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Scholo was hard, not in that it was particularly difficult, but it had a lot of big AOE pulls and I was reminded why I could never be a healer…Navimie is just amazing I was watching Owl’s health at some points and wondering how in hell he could survive but he did, testament to amazing healing and tanking.  I was gobsmacked! Whilst we were attempting to kill the last boss Aza was on a particularly upset tirade about how he didn’t want to be grats’ed for silver.  (Remember readers, we go for gold – even if I only need silver – Aza doesn’t CM for silver!! )  We got silver originally as one of the bosses bugged and we lost too much time.  So we re-did scholo just to get the gold, we pumped out a little more DPS and speed and didn’t bug the boss!  WOOT!

Scholomance gold

I forgot I recently reinstalled my WoW and I have been playing modless since, including my screenshotter!!!  So this is the exciting achievement spam I have for completing it!

We then decided to head to Niuzau temple because apparently all the dungeons I have left are the hard ones, which terrifies me as these haven’t been easy by any stretch, but I think that is the issue when being dragged through – they know them really well and I am just trying to keep up and not make bad decisions.

Gold Niuzao Temple

We actually did pretty well actually with this one hardly any issues, we started a couple of times, stupid debuff killing us.  But overall I was pretty ecstatic I had another 2 knocked off my list.

CM Nizuzao temple

After completing this though the guys were keen to do more, but…I only had the really horrible ones left until I mentioned I had Jade Serpent at silver only.  Well, that was completely unacceptable and it was apparently easy, so off we trundled for the last of our golds for the night!

Jade serpent gold

I know have Shado-pan Monastery, Stormstout Brewery and  Mogu’shan palace to get.  I also just noticed I have silver for Setting Sun, but don’t tell Owl or Aza, they might make me do it anyway!!!  heehehh To be honest though, given I have only really done all these once for the achievement and not really gone back to see if I can better the scores I have – I find this below list actually pretty good…we are not that far off the guild bests….on some of them…I would hate to see the realm bests or even world bests to be honest!

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gratitude

As always another post about how much I owe these guildies, there are just not enough words – there will never be enough that I can say which will sufficiently cover the amount of gratitude I feel for them.  So here is something that may express one small tiny amount:

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I'm so happy rn meme

 

 

 

Guild meetup!

What can I say…we have awesome guildies…both in game AND in real life.  I didn’t think they wouldn’t be awesome, but I am not the best with meeting people in real life.  I am actually surprised at myself because I didn’t cancel, although as I was walking the driveway to get to the car it was my thought to just call and say something had come up.  Agoraphobia is not something I openly still say I suffer (I try to pretend I am perfect 100%) but I do sometimes have issues crop up.

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So when I say this was pretty exciting for me, I really mean it.  I generally don’t like meeting people because as with most social anxiety issues I believe everyone dislikes me on sight for things that are completely irrelevant. I am too fat, my hair is too frizzy, my nose has a huge bump in it, my skin is dry, my eyes are brown, I have an awful laugh, etc etc….the list goes on, but meeting everyone yesterday was pretty cool for me.  I was completely nervous all morning and then heading there I started to panic slightly and then as we were having trouble getting a car park and and then finding the place, my nerves were just at the end of my tolerance levels, I almost told Lominari to just go home again.  Secretly knowing that Navimie may have launched missiles to kill me if that had happened.

Lom and I were late (thanks crown casino car park management for not having people provide good direction or proper guidance as to which car park was members only) 40 minutes late to be exact, as we had to do a couple of round the blocks to find the actual carpark.. the street name is now seared into my memory so shouldn’t be anywhere near as bad next time :p  Nav decided to give us hell about that- apparently we are always late…yet I think turning up 5 minutes before raid is being on time :p hehehe  I may be drunk…but I am there when I can be :) HAHAH

I, did not take any photos…because..well..I didn’t know who liked their photos taken or if it would be an issue ( I know some people do not like their faces online unless edited) and in the end I just sort of..forgot to once I was there and chatting to everyone.

When we got there it was pretty full – 2 tables worth  of people chock full of food.  We got seats down the end near Jazz and Nath after everyone was introduced.  Lominari and I ordered some food because he couldn’t eat any of the pizzas (thanks gluten hate) and then just started chatting away.

I had special T-shirts made for Navi and myself – I wanted to give her a gift to show our appreciation. It may not be something she ever wears agin, but I thought it was cool.  Aza even wants one, so I may have to make and order of them :) I do get a 10% off next time I order more if I put piccies up in them and tag ourselves :)  Might be worth seeing who wants one :p I actually had been getting help from Aimei about the T-shirt as I wasn’t sure she would like it or that it would be welcome.  But Aimei assured me she would love anything and so..I knew I could blame him if it went wrong.  I even asked him to confirm her size as when I got the package the T-shirt was tiny….funnily enough Navi was saying how everyone tells her she is tiny when they meet her…soI figured that was a great sign.  The T-shirt fit perfectly I would say – I am pretty sure she got a photo of it, so I may have to snatch it off her so I can post to the company about it.

Here is my T-shirt!!

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Navi’s T-shirt had “Overlord Naviwugs” written on it. Pretty simple I know, but I liked it – not many people would know the reference to it if you wore it out in public and yet, anyone in the guild would get it straight away.  I thought it was perfect!

I had a chance to chat to Zeirah as well, she is adorable…like a little kitten adorable….although since she plays a druid I am sure she would prefer I describe her as something more fierce like maybe…Xena?!? (who is also adorable) either way, we are FB friends now – plans to catch up for lunch soon as she works near us in the CBD.  Even if it isn’t lunch – given my small window – we might be able to do other things after work.  Pretty excited as she was lovely and outgoing and fun :)

Aza was wearing my Kobold hat which I scored from Jinx for $10, the candle is velcroed on and can be ripped off for many hours of “YOU NO TAKIE MY CANDLE!!!”.  I seemed to be enjoying it more than most probably should. He was being very tolerant of my occasional need to steal his candle! Isn’t it adorable????!?!?!?

Excuse my messy desk!!

Excuse my messy desk!!

I really wish I had taken some photos now!!! GAHHH!!!!

I don’t think I am any different to online than in person and I hope that came through.  I am pretty excitable and I think everyone noticed that by my constant hugging! I tended to be more comfortable with the people I know online more like Nav, Aza, Aimei, and it was just laughter and teasing, which I was loving.

Anyway I was tempted to go to dinner with them, but as I was only wearing my Frostwolves t-shirt I didn’t really think that was dinner attire for most places they were planning on going, so I decided to skip (against my wishes). I stupidly should have brought another top with me just in case.  I would have loved to have spent more time with them, I would have stayed all night and gone back to the city today as well if the invite had been there, without any hesitation. However at some point my self hate kicked in and I decided they probably all couldn’t stand me and I would be better off going home anyway…so that’s what I did!  (YAY Self confidence you always make me feel the love!)

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It was a fantastic couple of hours, I enjoyed my time with my guildies so much!!   I really hope they had a lovely weekend and a great dinner at the restaurant I suggested!  It is one of our favourite places to eat – if you are ever in Melbourne be sure to check out – Red Spice Road!  You can read Navi’s post and food review here. Thanks to everyone for making it a lovely afternoon and my only regret is that I didn’t get to spend more time with you all.  See you next time – perhaps even in Sydney? yeah I would probably fly up for that if I had enough notice!!

 

 

 

Creating a second raid team

So I think I must have been crazy….CRAZY!?!?!?!

A few weeks ago, even a few weeks before Navimie posted this , I had discussed with her the possibility of starting up a casual 10 man normal team because I had been noticing the increased amount of people online.  We are not all part of the main heroic team and I know I am keen to raid, so I wondered if others were as well.

Well it came up again in discussion with someone a few weeks later so we decided to really delve into the options.  I did not expect that 25 people (both casual/non raider and alts) would be keen.  I originally had hoped we could have it on the same night as one of their current raids so it wasn’t an added night – however – I stupidly did not think that heroic raiders would want to do the same content even more?!?!  So we decided upon Sunday – but given the date I discussed with Navimie starting at 7.30 and finishing by about 10 pm – if a boss was close though we could push it to 10.30 without too much issue.

Sadly, the invite was made for 8.30 – by which stage quite a few people had accepted and I figured we could change it for the next week :)  This first week would be more about seeing if we had the make up and the guff to pull off a normal run.

Exray and I started stressing midweek when we noticed that over 10 people had accepted the invite !! (GULP) So we decided on a rough plan/outline based on the people signed up with the understanding to wait until before the raid to actually see if everyone turned up.  Well…not only did everyone turn up, so did other people that hadn’t signed up!!!  eep! In the end our tally was 16 people willing to go and only a handful of them were from the main raiding team.

Clearly with that number not everyone was going to get in – it was impossible – and certainly should not have been expected.  I will admit to being slightly disappointed that only a couple of us seemed keen to switch out regularly – there was that distinct silence from people when the request went out – you all know the silence – we have all done it at some point in our raiding lives. I won’t name names but I will remember who they were. Not that I want to be self-centered but it was my raid (I use my because I went to Nav and I pushed it) and I sat out more than others – and that made me unhappy slightly. But you know me…always willing to appease others :(

We headed in and I did a quick attitude check a’la Frosties Flex, loot check and a few other housekeeping bits and pieces, everyone was cool with the switching in and out and the mains over alts for loot.  I was asked if they wanted to set to Master looter and my response was we were guildies – if we couldn’t trust each other we were screwed.

Attitude

Exray (Owl) did a fantastic job of raid leading and explaining each of the fights for the people who were not sure what was going on.  We one shot everything to the Dark Shamans. I haven’t done normals much – and I was relying heavily on him to let me know what we could and couldn’t do with the group we had.  As always – he was superb!!

We started with Immersius – One shot!

Immersius - Dead

Snuck a piccie as I was running past the fallen protectors – one shot:

Fallen protectors

Norushen – which I think I royally cocked up the cleansing ball thingies…but you know…we went ok so…I forgive myself :p HAHAH and ONE SHOT!!

Norushen

Snuck a portal pic – to prove we did Pride – ONE SHOT :

Sha Pride - Dead

Galakras – I was in the tower group – I even did the shooting of Galakras!!  WOOT!  Very exciting – I like learning new things! Drauka did the other tower shooting! ONE SHOT!!

Galakras - DEAD

At this point Navimie the stresshead came online, I can imagine she was thinking all hell was breaking lose and death was imminent and perhaps even some body parts were being ripped off each other and flown across the Vale. Mummy even posted about it here - but I told her to jump into vents whilst I was waiting for them to kill Juggernaught I gave her the quick run down that everything was going really well – basically refer this entire post!! heheh  I think that relieved her stress, she even sat in on the rest of the raid and listened to us being nice to each other :p

Iron Jugger sounded like it went down faster than…well…something fast…I still maintain he looks like a scorpion!!!  I had barely finished chatting to Nav and they had him down.

Iron Jugger dead

then Shamans – we did the strat they use for heroics – as in – I was outside with Exray and Moz for some healing and everyone else was inside.  It was pretty easy for us as all we had to worry about was purple clouds really – I did some AOE on the slimes (which I don’t think I did too badly on – but stupid purple clouds kept getting in my way!!).  The inside group were enjoying the tables and laying down good streams apparently so it sounded ok in there as well!!  The trash groups did not like our warriors – at all, I counted over 4 deaths…I shouldn’t laugh but they are now joke fodder!!

Dark Shamans - DOWN

I didn’t get any loot at all.  NONE!! I used extra rolls and most of the bosses I was in for dropped at least 2 items I could use as upgrades – and I got nothing!!!  We shant discuss other cloth dps people stealing my loot!!!  WE SHALL NOT!!!

I had hoped we would get the first wing down – I was expecting a couple of wipes and some fumbling – but boy was I excited when we just kept going!

Everyone contributed to the raid in a positive way, we had solid groups for fight – there were a few close calls, but mostly everyone using personal cooldowns, pots etc helped and we survived the fights – we one shot everything.  Not sure Garrosh could be done just yet, but it certainly isn’t outside the realms of possibility.

To give you a brief idea of our night :) We had a lot of shammies!!!  SHAMMIES EVERYWHERE!!!!

first raidSo thank you to everyone who came, everyone who wanted to come but we couldn’t in and those who are keen to come again!  I am not sure at this stage if we will just extend our lock out or go from the start again (lots of people still need upgrades from the first 2 wings), but we will make a decision during the week and let you know how it goes. There were a couple of people like McTacky who came online after we had basically sorted out who had accepted the invite in the calender and who was switching for bosses already so we couldn’t get him in – but hopefully next week we can remedy that – I am sorry to those people!!  Lominari decided to not even bother jumping online given we had so many people already wanting to go so I am well aware there was a lot of interest in this!

And thanks Nav for letting us try this out :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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