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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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Crazy Cat Lady

Yup, that’s me!!  I am slowly working my way through all the pet battling achievements.  It is a slow, painful, thing to do, but eventually I will get there.  I am not sure I will get it all done before WoD as some of the pet collection is dependent on their seasons and not ours.

However I am now a Kalimdor Tamer, so I have tamed a creature in every Kalimdorian county.  Pretty sweet because it also means I have most of the pets from the area as well, I didn’t move on until I had all the pets in the one area.

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Aside from the Silithid Hatchling (sandstorm my butt!), minifernal – I just can’t even! and the Showy Owl which I can’t get until Summer (our time), I have every pet – not the best quality but I will upgrade or hunt later. I am glad that the AQ guardians are up though so I scored one of those in my travels due to it being Summer in the US.

World pet Mauler

I also have tamed a pet in 60 different places, which means I maul pets anywhere apparently I can :( Poor little blighters…mind you, they are only poor when not killing my little babies. They get quite aggressive and I don’t like it.

The other achievement I was not expecting to get was my crazy cat one, I thought I needed at least a couple more cats, but turns out a little savannah cub in the barrens tipped me over the edge.

Crazy for cats

So I am happy about that I am slowly but surely getting through my bucketlist – it is just taking a little bit of effort each night, mostly whilst watching TV with the hubby.

Ahoo’ru, you Suck!

A few people that I have spoken to have told me this fight is pretty easy…I beg to differ in the loudest of voices!!

This fight sucks!  I would prefer Hexos…IN FACT I would even prefer NIbbleh!  This fight is stupid and stupid and hard and impossible!  YES – IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!!!  I have been going off WoWhead’s guide – Ahoo’ru.

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From http://wow.zamimg.com/uploads/screenshots/normal/369499.jpg

I have not given it too many attempts as yet, because it is annoying me quite a lot.  I can survive – that isn’t the issue, until the Beserk kicks in.  I don’t have enough time.  I can’t cast and avoid the bobbles.  I can’t cast and avoid the bobbles and make sure they stay near him and stay out of the charge.  I can’t do it.  I don’t understand it.

I have understood most of the fights that I have struggled on, you learn the pattern or the how, just need to then practise the execution.  This one just makes no damn sense.

Ordinarily, this post would be filled with swear words and bleeped out sections, but I left it a few days to write it.  I am so annoyed by this fight.

My best attempts have been getting his rebuff off (once) and my health was so low he came over and hit me, I died.  I would have died anyway as the berserk was about to happen.

I have tried single Angels, AOE angels, multiple angels, freezing, them running them and everything in between that I can think of.  I don’t get this fight.  I can’t find the pattern in the glittery things…I thought it would 4 circles, but I think that changes.

They hit me for far too much health, I only have 640k health.  The orbs hit for 200k.  That math just doesn’t add up. I can’t avoid every single one and get to the mobs in time and then try and cast and GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

 

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I just want Rank 10 :(

 

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!

 

 

Sticky: Bucket List of Death.

OK, so I am finally giving in and doing a bucket list.  I need some way of working out what I need to get done.

Here we go!

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Being away and brawlin’

As per my last post, I have been really busy with work (crappy rosters) and I have only been online briefly here and there.  I just haven’t had the energy for much else and being in bed at 8pm every night allows little time for actually playing anything useful.

I am on normal shifts for a few weeks, and whilst I am not a baker by trade starting at 2am, I still hate our current living situation.  We have finally done most of the front garden (work begins on the back soon) and we have started packing up some stuff in the house to send to storage.  The idea will be to have a real estate agent come through in a few weeks (maybe a month) to give us an idea on sale prices etc.

Anyway with my time in game; I figured something I could do, with minimal waiting, is the brawlers guild stuff.  I stopped doing it a while ago and never had time to go back with everything else I was doing.    I have missed playing, but as I mentioned in my previous post as well, I find it frustrating to log on and spend so much time either doing nothing (waiting for groups) or just farming some stupid rep on Timeless Isle!!  So I admit, I have been avoiding the game a little bit and that has made me feel guilty.  No, I honestly do not want to level another toon, I have too many already that are max for absolutely no reason (I won’t make that mistake again) I will have one geared alt in WoD for raiding but I am not doing multiple again.  Such a waste of money and time and effort!

I have only gotten a couple of achievements so far :

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I got stuck as you would expect on this turdmachine

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I spent one night on him without actually attacking him, just getting used to the beams and movement, then slowly integrating some firepower.  I noted on one attempt when I popped everything bar timewarp I had him to about 30% with very little effort.  So I just waited for all my CD’s to be available (2 mins) between attempts.  I gave up on the first night after about 10 attempts.  I wasn’t particularly frustrated by him (I knew he would suck) but I wanted to stop before I got to that point.

I went back in last night before raid and gave him a couple more shots and I could not believe it – I got him down!!  WOOT!!  In total took me about 15 attempts (maybe) and nowhere near as long as I thought it would.   I will say, that had I not been in the process of learning how to be a button presser I would not have been able to do this fight.  There is absolutely no way you could keyboard turn your way out of this fight – at all.  It happens far too quickly. You have to be able to mouse turn constantly, which means you have to press buttons for dps.  I am grateful I was already in the process.

I did the chicken guy and thought perhaps I could just not worry about killing the explosive chickens….it was a mistake, as I managed to kill him with less than 20k hp.  I survived though and that is all that matters but pro-tip – perhaps take some time to kill some chickens, being frosty I had a few snares/novas I could use which was very useful.  The robot was easy and over pretty quickly, not much to say there really.

I didn’t get time to do anymore, but I am one boss off Rank 9.  I am pretty excited, I will try and do that tonight…and perhaps level 10 as well. Then I just need to find all the other random bosses to get that achievement.  My shammy seems to have all the luck with that – she has like 4 different challenge cards – and I never play her!!  My mage has 2 at the moment, Blington 3000 and Ro-Shambo.

Overall pretty happy with my progress!!

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.

CM Navimie

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!

Challen

 

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:

oprah thanks

I'm so happy rn meme

 

 

 

Farming, everyday farming farming

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.

Exalted pally

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.

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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 :)

Shaggy

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