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!!
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.
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.
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.
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?
To 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.
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)
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!!!
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:
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?!!??
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.
I like his transmog to be honest, especially being used in EPL, it seemed fitting. Yes, I enjoy the little things.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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:
Well had I known my plan to farm would have been so stupid I possibly would not have done it with such vigour!! Having said that, I have 2 extra toons exalted with the tillers and I almost have their farms completely open. I have been slack with the farming this week on my to0ns, but I blame my pc mainly for that.
So my pally managed to get both of these little gems, no idea what other rep she has as exalted, but I am intrigued and should check. I don’t remember playing her enough on anything to actually get other reputations. I have a couple more quests to go before being able to get the huge rock removed…maybe 2 days I think. I forgot you have to actually do the quests to get objects moved.
My warrior also got exalted and I he is being very manly by herbing, I am sure his battle hardened fingers will not be damaging the soft petals of the herbs he is picking.
My shammy wouldn’t be far off, but I have been discusing recently with Lominari the extra space at the farm and what it may be used for. Neither of us knew, but I finally found out!!!
I did a couple of quests and look!! He is without a doubt the most gorgeous thing in the world!!!! OMG!! I want more best friends!!!! I must work on it more now that I know they give you things
I am pretty stoked about finally receiving exalted status with the offensive, and I think finishing the questchain? I will keep doing them for a few days as they are mostly pretty easy quests and the money is needed. But I got two mounts out of the effort – admittedly the same mount, one with armour..but 2 mounts none the less. I think I am at 157 mounts or something now?? Miles away from 200…MILES!!! I don’t know how people have 200 to be honest. But enough of that tangent!!
Time to find the bell. Making me sneaky is not the best idea…I sort of suck at doing that (hence why I never managed a rogue).
After 3 false starts I managed to make it to the area with the bell. it was kind of fun finally making into the area I needed!
Then we had to run around Dalaran saving people, killing others and basically doing some work that any of these uber powerful people could have done without me :p But I felt obliged to help save their butts.
And then…the big moment!! Watching Garrosh like a twat ring the bell and Anduin trying to stop him. he made everything turn evil, and I had to kill these poor creatures. poor Blademaster Ishi, he became infected and I had to protect the world.
And this numpty, thinks he is able to control the power?!?!? Gah…I wanted to smash his face in so much!!
Instead I had to be content with riding my awesome new mount :p
And then realising how close I was to becoming exalted, I went and played on my farm to get the last bit. I do like the farm being able to provide you with rep gains…brilliant idea!!
So I flew all the way back to the offensive so I could pick up the other shiny! Not sure which one I prefer, possibly the unamoured version…
So, now that is done, I will do it a couple more time to see if the questline continues but pretty happy the rep I need now for Pandaria is Timeless Isle and the tillers individuals
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.
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!
Snuck a piccie as I was running past the fallen protectors – one shot:
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!!
Snuck a portal pic – to prove we did Pride – ONE SHOT :
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!!
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.
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!!
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!!!!
So 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
I am having so much fun with this reputation grind. I am adoring the involvement in the actual siege of org storyline for taking down Garrosh.
A little while ago I was passing through Razor Hill and noticed that Vol’jin and Baine were there with an army talking about taking Orgrimmar. I was pretty excited about it and listened to them for a few minutes.
I adore seeing things in the world be affected by quest lines. It makes me fell like I really am part of the world.
A few days later I was helping out the Blood elves and whilst I do enjoy the idea of being a hero of the horde, given the amount of fighting I have done for these people I should be treated as a hero!!
His speech made me wonder if they plan to make blood elves be able to pick a side like pandas. I mean they are not happy about the way Garrosh is treating them and it would be quite possible to have some defect to the alliance on that basis. I will hold further judgement until I get the rest of the quest line done though.
Then we went off to find out about the divine bell, apparently in Darnassus with those nasty night elves. I admit, I was worried getting through to her, all those statues doing the floor smashing had me worried a couple of times and I wasn’t entirely sure I could make it through unscathed.
At least Vol’jin is healing and should be able to come help us himself, lazy bugger!!
Every once in a while I discover my stupidity knows no bounds. In fact this first bit Lominari was quite happy about as he “got to teach me something about WoW” which we did have a good laugh about.
For the past few weeks I have been thinking of taking my pally into LFR, but I want tank gear without tanking. So people had been telling me to just go and and loot change it. Me, being stupid thought they meant to go in as tank spec but just choose DPS – isn’t that what we used to do? I didn’t want to do that though, I felt I should at least try to DPS if I was going to be in there to get some loot.
Finally after chatting about in guild the other day, I mentioned it to Lominari and how I felt bad about doing that, he laughed at me and said to just change the loot drops. I stared at him blankly for a few moments, silently thinking he was crazy.
He showed me :
I basically screamed at him : WTFTFTFTFFTFTF!!!!! Yeah, I missed that one. Had I known that I would have gone into LFR much sooner. The entire guild waffling on now makes sense to me. I understand why it is so easy now and how it is even more impossible for people to be tanking with no gear…there is really no excuse for it – AT ALL!
However after having finally jumped in there with pretty bad gear – mix of prot setup gear and ret from the timeless isles, I am not sure I am cut out out for retribution. I sort of suck. BIG TIME!!
That shot of DPS was from Ji-Kun – I am number 20. TWENTY!!! I didn’t even think DPS went that low. I am hating questing and I am hating raiding because I cannot kill anything. We won’t dicuss our time on the Isle of Thunder, Lominari on his rogue killing stuff at 90k DPS and me struggling with one mob. He generally comes and helps me after he has killed the other 5 or 6 standing nearby.
I will continue to see if I can get some gear on my pally and once I get some ret gear happening so I can so at least be midpoint on DPS, I will start worrying about my prot gear. I would like to get enough that maybe I could tank some normals/Flex with the guild as practise or relax runs…just to see if I am any good in a raid environment or if I have lost it completely.
From a stat point of view, I have met all the requirements and I am following what I believe to be a pretty basic rotation (need to do more reading though) but I feel that my DPS should just not be that low. Some of the guys in the guild say ret pallies are sucking anyway and so I may just always suck with her. We shall see – a few more LFR’s and maybe it will start picking up.
Another idiotic thing I have done recently, was to sort of, possibly…maybe….forget what buff I was using on my mage. I was complaining bitterly, in guild chat a few weeks back about why my stats off Ask Mr Robot were not matching with my in game stats. After much discussion with guildies (and I think they were pretty sure I am mentally challenged) I discovered that I was missing some of my haste because I was using my mage armour and not my frost armour. Yes, I was missing 7% haste and wondering why things were not working as intended.
And it just keeps on coming, I finally moved my druid over to be with the rest of the family (YAY) and realised I have been playing my level 90 druid without one of our fairly important spells since I reached max – Astral Communion. I only discovered this as my bars got all messed up in the move and as I was re-adding all my spells to my bars I found it. I will point out, I had wondered what everyone was talking about when I would read balance guides because I could never find the spell they were talking about. For shame!!! Made worse by me going into LFR and doing Durumu in Tauren form and not Boomy, funnily enough – all my buttons were fine once I changed forms. Yes, this would have to be the worst mistake yet.
After having received my Violet drake ages ago, I tend to forget when the festivals are on, I don’t need many achievements and so I was happily surprised to find I had some available for Midsummer:
which was much easier than I anticipated, I thought perhaps I would get attacked or mobbed or something, but instead nothing happened. I went, I clicked, I ran away like a little girl – it was easy!
I then flew around and got the rest that I needed for the Flamekeeper achievement.
I am pretty sure now, I am only missing the achievements for the Elders…I haven’t done Cata or Pandaria for them, I also have a few Xmas ones I need to do this year if I remember to attempt it, then next year I have to collect the rest of the children’s week orphans. I missed one this year and am unhappy with myself for forgetting to even check into it like I said I would.
My only decision now is whether I try and get enough of the blossoms to get the Brazier of Dancing Flame before time runs out…I really like it and I think I only need another 100 or so to get it, which really won’t take all that long to get if I put about an hour in. I might do it…
Since magecraft forums disappeared a while ago I have been trying to find a new resource that I could utilise for help from other mages in a non volatile environment.
So whilst trolling the interwebs about mages, I found it!!
I have registered as well,
but haven’t posted anything as yet. I am lurking and reading everything I can in the “help me” forums. I posted and jumped into it!!
My DPS has been medicore at best – and that annoys me – mages are supposed to be kicking arse and I am simply not. In my mind, I was following my rotation and doing everything correctly, but based on other people’s response to the combat logs – I am doing a few things less than I should be and some things more than I should be.
My uptime on my Living Bomb should be at least 95% – on Sha of Pride – I was managing 75%. So need to lift that up more.
I am also using ice lance too much, I should just work on my movement so that I move stop and cast frostbolt sooner/cleaner than running too much (always been a problem of mine). According to some tips, my Fingers of Frost and ice lance should be about equal – and my ice lance is much higher – dare I say almost double in some cases. This is a lot of wasted time that I should be using frostbolt – as you can see below – I have only 25 Fingers of frost – yet I have 161 Ice Lances. Fingers of Frost allows 2 charges, so even if you double the amount – the most I should have is 50 Ice lances – and even then that would probably be too much (and I am not entirely convinced it works that way – some people suggest only using it when it has the full 2 charges, other says it doesn’t make a difference!). Either way, it tells me enough to know I have to stop using Ice Lances :p
There are also notes that Brain Freeze and Frostfire should be equal and I think mine are pretty close, I have extra as I use Presence of Mind with frostfire, but I am wondering if that is not the best use of talents. I may need to change it to Ice Floes and learn how to cast and move on the go, I know I was terrible on it with my shammy and chain lightning, but we can see how it goes – if it increases my dps potentially then I should at least try it.
I also discovered that my evocation is not as high as I thought it was – at 79% this should be much higher – at least 90% would make me happy.
Anyway, I am happy to have found this new forum where I can read about and learn how to better my playstyle – little things like the above are things I should have picked up – and yes I should have been reading the logs sooner, but I have been slack and really the only raiding I get is Flex, so it is hard to stay practiced when you don’t actually get to raid much. So, watch this space over the coming weeks, I will try and see how I go with some focused attention to my procs – and no – I am not even going to start with the slingshotting of Living Bomb…that may be out of my reach….LOL