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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:

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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!

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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!!

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

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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!!

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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!!

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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 :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold: challenge modes – Scarlet!

I was hanging about online one night and got simultaneous messages from both Owl and Navi asking if I was doing anything.

It was challenge mode time?!?! I have determined golds are crazy and we managed to get two done. I had never done them before so I was feeling as though I was letting the team down because I was making mistakes and not really outputting the most because I wasn’t sure when the tank would need my spells. I felt completely overwhelmed!

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Now to collect cinders!

1000 of them to be exact.  Just a few weeks work if I can get into a couple of Firelands run with no one else needing the little buggers.

I noticed Owl online not doing much and begged him to please help me open the portal and fight the boss, Aza came along as well! I was pretty excited to be getting this part of the questline done.  This is the three of us at the portal – isn’t it pretty as it opens?!!?

Entering the Portal (more…)

Random Kills around town

Once again, I have been online enough to catch Aza, Owl and Lushen running around killing things.

Starting with Galleon – I logged in and was instantly told he was at like 30% and being 3 manned and to hurry the heck up if I wanted to kill him!  As he is one of those bosses that sits their taunting me with his smirking balls of fiery death I had to – HAD TO – go and kill him.   So I flew over like a crazy women and got there when he had like…15% health maybe?  It wasn’t much anyway and it was worth it :

Galleon

I got absolutely no mount but  I did get an achievement!

They then headed over to Jurassic park to kill Oondasta. I managed to convince Lominari to come with us so he could see the island – I am half tempted to farm the bones….but it is a lot as a mage…Lushen was apparently not very far off (they were going to continue farming after the death of Oon) I hope he did get there – I had logged off for bed, and I keep meaning to ask him but my brain gets fried when I log into game!

This also led to another achievement!

Evolution baby

I have a small collection of bones now – about 200 I think, I find the dinos pretty time consuming as a mage, I have to be careful not to pull too many (ie, 2) as they tend to hit just hard enough that I go squish (like grape)!!  If Lominari ends up being interested in farming for the white raptor I may do it as well…but at this stage I am just not sure if I can be bothered.

Wrathion, flex and ninja pics :)

As I have mentioned perviously, I had been holding out on doing the last of the Wrathion quest chain involving killing Garrosh until I was able to do it with the guild next.  I could have done LFR, but since so much of the previous parts were done with so much guild help, I wanted the last part down with them.

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So Saturday night, I was not going to be available, but as the gods would have it, I was available by 9.10 and jumped on hoping to find a raid already running, but alas…there wasn’t…so I hung around a little longer and one of our tanks Owl, came online, both he and I had had a few drinks and were keen for a run, so were a few there people in the guild.  After a few minutes organising it we had quite a few people in the raid, then Navimie came online and we actually got a run off the ground.

My friends came with us again and I managed to get a couple of sneaky ninja piccies with them :)

Ninja shot with Drauka, I believe Nav was standing just behind me.

Ninja shot with Drauka, I believe Nav was standing just behind me.

And one with Khalesii, Drauka’s partner.

Khalesii ninja

 

We had a pretty good run, given it was  a mixed bunch of people, hardly any mains in the run, however I did have a giggle that Navimie decided to do the belts and died.  It isn’t all that easy the first couple of times you do it and I think that has given her an appreciation for it now.

I got my paragon achievement done, which is one less I have to worry about for later, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do it because my game dc’d and I was not hopeful of getting back in before the bosses were dead.

Paragon

Garrosh was a little harder, but we did manage to get him down, and I scored another heirloom!!  I really want an offhand now – I dislike staves on my mage – so my fingers are crossed I will find one after I do some research.

Offhand heirloom

 

So Wrathion was a little bit of a disappointment, he just sort of, got angry, then flew off.  After everything he put me (us) through, he just has a hissy fit and flies off.  Rude bugger!!  But at least I can say I finished it and now I can focus on my challenge modes and my firelands legendary.

Chapter Wrathion end

 

Animals…ANIMALS everywhere!!

I forgot to crack my primal egg, and only remembered because I headed over to Jurassic Park and found I couldn’t pick one up that had dropped.

I got a green raptor out of it.  So I believe I only have a red one to collect now…and maybe attempt the white raptor…killing dino’s is hard work though, and those mamma T-rex get mighty angry…

Green raptor

Whilst I was faffing about though. Aurii asked if anyone was in need of a Sapphire Cub as they had created a spare one by accident!  Guess who got it?  I did offer to pay for it, which was turned down.  Thank you very much Aurii, I will take very good care of her and she will always be loved!!

Sapphire cub

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