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Ahoo’ru….still has me beat

This is becoming embarrassing now.  And not because I suck, but because I suck…more than people realise.

I have burnt myself out on this over the last few days so am taking a break for my sanity.

I started the other night and as always, Crooked came and cheered me on, and commiserated with me.  We actually ended up with the a few guildies down there, I saw Luxy, Aza, Owl, Kelt, Lom, Kahrax, and McTacky at various points over the few days.

Lominari decided he would get back into and started at Rank 3, by the time I gave up (temporarily) he was up to the same boss as me, and on a couple of attempts he almost had Ahoo’ru down.  Like CLOSE! I was holding my breath incase he did it.  He got stuck on Nibbleh the longest I think, Hexos didn’t give him all that much trouble really – just random luck and he had a few goes at the two gnomes with the guns…painful fight that one.  Overall though he kicked his way to Rank 9 easily.

Lom rank 9

There is a deal that is Lominari beats me to rank 10 he has to level a mage and then do it all over again as a mage :p LOL he would probably kick my arse on a mage as well!!  How embarrassing!

I spent a little time on vents with Crooked giving me tips etc and they really did help.  I tried a couple of attempts just spending 2 minutes trying to avoid the balls, the first time I did ok, the second time I died…..2 minutes avoiding balls and I just can’t do it.  I wasn’t even DPSing the angels just running to them and trying to live. This made me realise how woefully bad I am at playing.  Part of my problem is I can’t maneuver fast enough and target and DPS and avoid the balls. There is really just too much going on for me.

His advice about the direction and movement of the stars helped, and he wouldn’t know this, but the attempt just after he left, I managed to get the boss down to sub 10%. I mean was sooo close. I could taste it, but then my heart started beating and I could feel it in my throat and my chest and my hands and I just started freaking out.  Can you believe it – so close and my heart thumping in my chest freaked me out and caused me to cock up my rotation?

Luxy gave me some great advice as well and that was to just calm down and take all the time I needed.  I mentioned whilst watching Crooked do it, I am not worried about time, so I can see the patterns and the paths that he should take, but the second I am in there I can’t see anything but balls EVERYWHERE!

Aza also showed me that the angels have to charge through him only, so you could in theory have them start near him providing they charge through him it seems to count.  I will keep that in mind.

Owl even gave me symbiosis for a self heal and that sort of worked but didn’t.

I am getting better, I am, I just need to suck it up, spend the rest of my gold and change my gems to be full fire spec. It will help and it might give me the last bit of DPS I need to get him.

I also found out about the Blimp above Brawlers – Look how cool it is :p  I was always so focused on the brawling i never looked up. I thought the food the guy sells was quite funny.

Brawlers blimp

** edited to add**

On a positive note, I was brawling on Tuesday night, and would you believe I KILLED HIM!!  A millisecond before he killed me and so – it didn’t count.  Lominari was cheering that I had killed him and I was sitting in stunned silence staring at my monitor with tears welling up – no achievement :(.  I walked away for about 10 minutes came back for another shot then logged off for dinner.  Devastation an not clearly explain how I felt – and still feel.

I was unable to replicate the same sort of success. However Iwas getting him to sub 10% every time I did it after that.  I just haven’t had that perfect run again.  I decided on Tuesday to just give up after that.   I could not continue knowing I had actually done it.  Then Luxy, Lom and Excrutiator told me I HAD to keep going because I had done it once.  Can I do it?  Do I have the patience to let it go?!!?!

Firelands, you beast!

Friday night fun run, was almost a bust with low numbers online, but a few of us said we would like Firelands with 3 of us on the legendary quest, all different parts as well, me on cinders, Crooked on drains and Cptsars on embers it was a good combo. That was pure luck in my book!! So the group was us three, and McTacky, Kahrax and Haevela (on his hunter with an name I have no idea how to spell).

We were going to do heroic 25 man, but we didn’t have enough people for it, so we switched it to normal after a Beth wipe. I asked if we could do some achievements and everyone else was keen for that as well.  We did Barrel Roll on Aly; only a few people had that one, but 3 different bits they needed so I was pretty happy we got it done for them, we wiped once because I stuffed it up with my flying and fell right into some brush fire.  We wiped and went again doing it perfectly!

Then we did Not an ambi-turner on Mr Wankervolcanohead. I advised the strat we used to use when we were raiding FL back in the dark ages, as we did the achievement strat as our base. It takes a little longer, but it is just easier. I think a couple of unnamed individuals didn’t want to believe me, I could feel the skeptisicm, but I was raid leader from BC to  MSV for all content so I am not entirely as daft as I seem in guild now.  We waited until he walked into the centre and did his first stomp, then we attacked the right leg only. Nothing else. It takes him slightly longer to actually hit an active volcano, but at our current gear level we smashed through him anyway. Everyone died except Crooked,  CptSars and McTacky, they killed him pretty easily once he sat down.

Bucket list was one of only 2 achievements I needed and we did that next.  Shannox is a pain the buttski.  We made sure to kill Rageface quickly, and then just run around like mad men.  Shannox must have liked my perfume because he was chomping on me like nothing else. Iceblock has a stupidly long CD!!   Easy peesy!

Bucket ListWe did aim to do the Baleroc achievement, and I am pretty we did, but I honestly can’t remember if anyone got the achievement?  Navi joined us at this point as well to provide extra healing, or maybe DPS?  I have no idea, either way it was another smash fest.  Kahrax tanked this one awesomely given he had never done it before. I suggested he saved his cooldowns for the Decimation blade because that was all I really remembered when I was tanking on my pally.

Then, my last needed achievement.  Which never ever happens. Only the penitent!!!  We explained to everyone how to do it. Set things to focus, create macros and then…Crooked just started running across the bridge!  My heart was in my mouth as we started following him.  I could barely breath as I watched the cast bar.  We all got to our little swirls and then waited a couple of casts :


OMG!  Such a long journey to get that compilation of achievements done!  So I went off to get a piccie on my new mount, and Mctacky photobombed me, then so did Crooked, and Haevela and Cptsars…LOL….was quite a photobomb :p  Poor Cptsars, doesn’t have a mount, I don’t know which achievement he is missing we must find out and do it next week with him.

Corrupted firelands mounts

We all look very dashing I think!  Thanks guys for helping with this.  I am now 928/1000 cinders.  Onto the next stage which will take me forever according to Crooked!

The Great petscapade!

That is what I shall call it!!

The other night, whilst doing the brawlers guide, incidentally where you can find me every night until I get to Rank 10, one of our guildies (who is aware I am chasing ALL THE PETS!!) and I started up a conversation about battle pets, which I had and didn’t have.

Then suddenly:


BEST PRESENT OMG!!!  Needless to say, I could not focus on my next few rounds as I was just soo excited!!!  Of course this required a picture with every single pet, which you will find below :p  Bless his little cotton socks…actually…someone quickly draw me a kick arse picture of a big Tauren male in little cotton socks!!  So adorable!  I will leave him nameless unless he doesn’t mind in which case I will tag him later :)  I was sooo unsure if I should take them off this hands, took me a few attempts to make sure.  WOW!!!


So without further pre-amble …here is my squee fest!!

Chrominius – which is the pet I currently have out as he matches my challenge mode transmog gear.

Howling at the moon!!!

Howling at the moon!!!

Death Talon Whelpguard

Death Talon Whelpguard

Phoenix Hawk Hatchling

Phoenix hawk hatchling

Pocket Reaver

Pocket reaver

Revving his little engines!

Untamed Hatchling – I may create a transmog with this colour scheme, because he is fantastic!!

Untamed hatchling

Lil Bad Wolf – Taking on a turtle because he is tough!

Lil Bad Wolf

Thank you so much Mr Tauren, you brightened my night so much and I will adore these little guys forever :)  I have to come up with names for them all (I only name the ones given to me so I can always remember them).  I have to level them all, but I have to get the Anubasith idol dude as he apparently makes it super easy to level pets in like 4 pet battles.  I need that before I get too stressed about levelling!!




Eastern Kindgom Safari!!

Finally have my Safari down.  Hubby and I went out the night and by the time we got home it 11.55 and I decided that would be perfect timing to jump online and catch myself a little Shadeling.

I seemed to be the only person there, and I tried every little guy in the area, the best I could find was a green one.  I captured 2, a white one (my first one) and then a green.  Every other pet was grey or white and I didn’t want to just kill them for no reason.  I was happy with my green!

I figured it wouldn’t be that bad to just go and try and capture my showshoe since I was online already. So I headed to Alterac, hunted around for the 3 mice I needed to kill, then found a showhoe, I got so excited about it that I forgot to check my pets and I couldn’t complete the pet battle without killing it.  So I forfeited.

2233f9928e22e7a4e8c43dd323889fc2Then it disappeared.

Every other time you forfeit the little bugger pops back up.  EVERY. SINGLE. TIME! Not this one. So I had to fly around for another 30 minutes, killing the rats and trying to find the hare.

EK Safari

I had also received this achievement earlier in the week, which I had forgotten about, so I took a quick piccy whilst ingame of the most ugly pet I have seen yet.  So, disgusting!!

Lot of Pet FoodI present to you…Venus!





Raiding 25 man…briefly and with vigour!

With the influx of people into the guild and the fantastic second raid team we have had running, Navi decided to try a full 25 man raid with just Paragons and Garrosh.

I confess to being pretty excited about it.  25 man again.


Something about it just makes me feel home. I enjoy it. Initially the main team was going to do some heroic paragons for practice but it was decided against.  I was trying to get sneaky ninja pics again, but seriously everyone bunched up so much this was the best I could manage.  I shall have to try harder next time. Ravz, Luxy and Kahrax got into this one, the rest looks like LSD-inspired pixelated art.

Raiding 25 man

If the object was to test out how we all handled being thrown in together I think we did well.  There were some minor issues but overall we all got along, everyone was far too quiet in vents if you ask me, but then for some people this would have felt very different to 10 man.

I have no idea what my DPS was like, possibly one of the lowest, I really am starting to believe that  you need to be raiding to keep in practice. I was failing horrifically as I only raid once a week (and even then that is more rare than real).  My fingers were fumbling over everything, however I stayed alive and did my job. So I was happy with that.

Until, on Garrosh,  I got MC’ed and Exray decided to kill me.  AFTER I WAS CLEARED OF MC!!  Can you believe it?  I started to turn my toon to run towards the designated spot and as I turned I died with an overkill tick from him. His timing must have been impeccable. I cried tears of despair.

After that, whilst laying face down in purple goo, I started giving Navi a running commentary on who was alive (she had sat out for an attempt), I thought I was helping her out – and then eventually she says “I can see the fight!”…. …..


We did get him down and I got a offhand which I need to chant and gem and upgrade etc. I may have to actually valor cap myself this week, I have received a few new pieces and I don’t have the VP.

I know it was only 2 fights as 25 man, but I was enjoying myself so much – I wish I could do that every week.

Archaeology – sure is easy….

So many people I know have been working on their archeology that I thought there must be some reason for it that I was yet to discover. A little achievement called The Seat of Knowledge!  Looks awesome having all your little items in the hall (Thanks Navimie for posting the piccie), you get a title “Seeker of knowledge” – it sounds very cool.

Looked easy enough, do some arch, discover some pristine items and hand them in. How hard could that possibly be?  I should have read the comments first.  I REALLY should have read the comments first.

I spent about 3 hours perhaps, flying around Pandaria and collecting dohickies and putting them together. I don’t know how many I collected, but I scored a Gun and a Sword and a whole bunch of other stuff.

stone servants

Instruments of cruelty

symbols of strength

But I didn’t discover any pristines at all, so then I thought perhaps I was doing it wrong and headed back to the Lorewalker Cho, and could find nothing of use at all.  So I kept going for a bit longer and after gathering somewhere between 20 – 30 artifacts I gave up.  I only gave up, because I read the comments, the comments which state that it took people like 400 + items to find all the pristine items.

400+!!!  Just let that sink in for a moment.


ain-t-nobody-got-time-fo-dat-sweet-brown-31241125-480-330It will all depend on how much time I have left over after getting my pet battles done and my Challenge modes.  Honestly I have plenty of time – I still have months so I can’t think I won’t have time, I am just not sure I have the patience to do it.  That is a buttload of archaeology to do and it isn’t the most enjoyable of things, I find it horrible boring.





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!



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.

Kalimdor tamer

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.

Guild Fun Runs

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

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

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

Guild Heroic Ragnaros

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

Avengers of Hyjal


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

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

Guild Heroic Nefarian

Heroic Cho'gall

Guild Al'Akir

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

Jump into the hole

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

Path to Sinestra

The She-devil herself!!


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.

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.



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



I just want Rank 10 :(


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