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.
No seriously, I do.
My previous post, like most on here, are scheduled a couple of days in advance so I can sort of do them in between my quiet times at work, home or before my shift starts. It works for me, but it also means things change quite quickly. It also means I post things and then, as you will see below, get called on before my posts have even gone live.
Here are a couple of examples of how my GM has freaked me out recently!!
Prior to my post about the main team, I got pulled into the 10 man team to get a Garrosh kill just before reset this week – apparently, I had not done it before …I was sure I had done 10 man (I think everyone thought I had done it – there was a few “huhs” coming from people – myself included). Here is evidence there are too many modes of raiding and I get confused too easily. I think I have actually done him in all modes now.
Sadly, you don’t get a second mount It would have been cool to get one with a slightly different colouration or something :p (I am just being a piggy because that means I could have one less to collect). I apparently only did like 146k dps – I blame the fact that I was doing the engineers….which is fine except….Aza gave me defective portals that only let me use them once, so I had to run back after the first one…we never got a third engineer so maybe I could have used it again, but I will never know. Aza then killed me after my millionth mind control…yes he shot me dead…I am sure he was laughing about it still!!
I was absolutely terrified that I would get the weapon whilst running back to Garrosh, which didn’t happen thankfully.
Then, somewhere between writing my previous post about being jealous – and my actual post posting, she pulled me in for a heroic Norushen fight AND messaged me about doing Heroic Immersius. SQUEAK!
So here is my first heroic raid boss kill since….Mor’chok! My worst DPS fight because I did 186k dps according to my recount. I also died because the deathray spawned on top of me and I ran in the same direction as the beam because I muddled up the direction. Like a dumbo! Felt really stupid for displaying my leet heroic skills by dying on the one boss they bring newbies in for because and I quote here “he is exactly the same as normal he just hits harder”. Yup.. EXACTLY THE SAME! GO DEATHBEAM!
Crappy DPS aside on this one (which is always going to be someone because they will get cleansed last) – I dislike this boss because of it. But I can’t even say it isn’t just about the DPS – because I died!! GRRRRR!! I tried to get a ninja pic with dontmountme but this was the best I could do…in ghostwolf…..not the same really…You can barely even see him!!
I was out again after that, but a few others were in there from the Sunday group, so it may be a little messy this week but we shall see how we go and who is online at 7.30pm before stressing about it.
So to the heroic team – thanks for dragging me into the boss (I really really really appreciated it), this image only shows maybe 4% of the actual excitement I have when I get to raid with the main team and thanks for putting up with my nub DPS (which is the bosses fault and not mine right!?!):
And then – I absolutely am not kidding at all about this, I logged into game after getting home last night and found this letter waiting for me:
Now that sums up everything I was feeling – except for the RNGJeebus thing, because I gave up cursing him years ago, I have come to terms with his dislike of my mage :) I like how she was only 95% sure…and as you can see from this post she was really 100% correct. I love my Navimie. She understands her friends and I can honestly say she is one of the most caring people I know. This little note brought tears to my eyes (yes, I am a sap)!
Have I convinced you of her psychic abilities? Well maybe one last thing will convince you, yesterday at work I was discussing with Drauka my DPS and how I suck balls when I should be, theoretically, able to put more more out. We were discussing clickers vs non and how to make the switch etc. The second I logged on (before I had read the above letter) I had whispered Aza for help in attempting to be a non-clicker seeking his advice as he was not in the raid and we had discussed it at the guild meet up (I will harrass Owl next but he was tanking so I didn’t want to disturb him although I am sure he wouldn’t have minded). However I went off to the Timeless Isles with the purpose of practicing being a mouse mover and non clicker. I can successfully report, my first night of practice sucked lemons. I need to move things around more – it is not very intuitive at the moment, I can’t strafe and use the number buttons at the same time. The entire point of this story was proving that I had already asked for help to improve my DPS!
Thanks Nav for always having my back! I really appreciate everything you do for me
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?!!??
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
Crooked and I headed back into Firelands to do the next part of the legendary questline called Delegation.
We figured the two of us should be able to handle most of it, and although I think it would have been easier with a more solid third person, I think we ultimately kicked butt.
Essentially you have to collect 3 items, join them up, then use them near the boss during a special attack/phase and then loot it again before dying a horrible death.
We started with Beth – wiped about 4 times before finally getting all the parts done, we lost the lootable item, we mis-timed things, the drones really hurt on squishy mages and it is really hard to loot/cast when things interrupt you!!
We then headed to Alysrazor. Ouch. OUCH! OUUCCHHH!!! That was fun times, the items we need to collect were despawning too quickly, and in fact, I wasn’t even sure what to look for originally because once I stopped the hatchling from eating my face, I couldn’t see any. Then we weren’t sure exactly when to drop the item and we blew it too early, so had to go again, but then Alyzrazor got sick of us and we had to wipe it up, but the next attempt was easy and we smashed it really quickly.
A couple more deaths due to hard hitting mobs and we got to Ryolith. We actually didn’t do too badly on him, but Crooked had switched to healer so he was getting smashed by the adds; I was trying to kill adds and help him, plus kill Ryolith and chase the drops – it was sort of mayhem, thank god for the heals though is all I can say!
We wiped and then re-did him, however…my lovely healer decided to bail and leave me dead whilst he hearthed out!!! Just after I saw his body hearth I took this picture :( Crooked thought he was ressing me… LOL Hearthing and ressing must be all green and look the same :p
I really wasn’t sure if I was going to get the crystal I needed from Ryolith actually, I dropped it at the same time that he stomped and I was sure I had missed it. Thank god though, I must have had some luck on my side.
We repaired (OUCH) and then cleared more trash for Shannox. I thought he would be hard because he is the only boss that actually hits you directly and he hits harder when his puppy dies. So, I didn’t think we would be able to do it without a toon that could take more than one hit. Both Crooked and I managed to pick up a crystal each though on our first attempt and that made it a little easier. We decided to wait until the raid finsihed and see if we could poach someone to just hold the boss for us.
Owl offered to come (bless him again) knowing he would not want to kill the boss and be saved to a crappy 10 man run was also a bonus. We accidentally killed Rimlimb the first time, and had to wipe, and then I missed the arrow dropping so had to try and get it drop on my crystal…GAHHH.
Finally did that and then we headed out. WOOT! Got all 4 of our crystals. Ported back to the Vale and realised we needed to actually do the quest…not just the collection. We didn’t go and use the crystals to get to the hidden boss to get the actual Branch DUH! It was too late by this stage for me though, I needed bed. I will have to go back in and attempt it another night, but I believe Crooked was going to do it straight away!
So, once I get this bit done, I need to collect 1000 cinders and according to one of the guides I have read, I need to do a lot of heroic 25 mans kills for the best drops.
Just a few more weeks to go then! Once again, huge thanks to both Crooked and Owl, as I would not have been able to do this without them and their help!
or should I say “old school” legendary.
I have been slowly building up to getting all my embers, and it was a very sad moment when I had to pay $2700 x 3 for my sands…all my money was gone and my mage was back down to $2k. Sucks being as broke as I am in game (which I have been laughed at multiple times already – not that I am mentioning anyone in particular) but as I said to Navimie a few weeks ago, I barely have 17k across all of my toons, and am now 7k less So I can promise you – this legendary quest line is going to kill me if I have to spend too much more money.
However I headed to Cavern of times to finally had in the first part of my quest!!
Anachronos made me a little gift and I then headed over to the Nexus to hand in the next part.
I then had to follow her around in the Nexus and kill some mobs. It was fun seeing an old storyline come back to explain things. But as I have read the novels this time period was based on it was even more cool to see what was happening.
I liked her pink fire, and she took forever to burn through that wall!! I am guessing the mob that attacked would have taken more effort to kill back in the day and would have been terrifying at level. I was happy to be going through now.
I died once on the platform jumping section as I missed a jump. However we continued on after restarting and killed the last boss and then had a lovely cinematic with Deathwing and Malygos (poor Maylgos!!).
Somewhere in amongst all my questing Crooked message me and advised he was just ahead of me in the chain, so we are going to try and hook up next week perhaps, once the restart happens, and try to collect everything in firelands that we need. It requires wiping on 4 bosses so we can both collect items I think, so it will be interesting to see how we go.
I am excited, I have a few more things needing to be done, but I think as we are so much ahead in gear it is a lot less sinful that it would have been originally. Wish us luck!! I can’t wait to have that staff. Ever since I saw it on the back of Aimei/Lushies Druid I wanted it. WANTED IT!!!
Once again though I am completely indebted to Owl/Aza/Lushen for letting me tag along with them when they do things. I really wouldn’t have gotten as much done as I have without them and their fun and excitement and just giving everything a go attitude makes me grateful to know them. They are just able to go into content fearless and attack it with laughter and gusto and whatever happens happens. Aza tanking in Flex – as a perfect example – just seeing how far they can push themselves but having fun with it. I wish I was more like that, I wish I was a good enough player to do that. They make me want to be better though and I think that is a fantastic thing. I really am so lucky to have people like them around me in game that I feel I can call friends. I owe them so much – there is never going to be a way I can repay them!
I have been helping Lominari do some LFR whilst the extra buff for the black Prince was on, and before we started one boss fight Exray messaged me to see if I wanted to join them on a Firelands run. Usual rules apply – no mounts for me…lol…given they run these instances every single week I am ok with that :p
I asked Lom if that would be ok to leave him for a little while, and he was cool with it. But before I left I got this picture of something that look awesome! I think he has a buff on it from Ordos or something.
So I was at FL faster than you could summon me…excluding the need for them to actually summon me I finally got to do Heroic Beth – she killed me..sadly…I don’t know how..I was downstairs killing spiders…but such is life.
And then I got to see Heroic Rags and his teeny weeny little legs…I think we may have dps’d him too quickly as he was seeming to have some game play issues with his hammer and the sons…but it was over pretty quickly.
Would you believe….the MOUNT DROPPED!! Grats to Aza for that superb gem!
Then the gang turned up to thank us for our efforts and given they are virtually gods, they should have helped us :p
But during that run, I managed to get my last couple of embers for my legendary staff!! So I will be posting about that as well because now I am on the way to getting the most awesome staff in game – so excited! I would have continued with them, but I really wanted to continue my quest chain and see what else I needed to get done. The question is – can I get my second legendary a few weeks apart from my first one!
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.
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
And one with Khalesii, Drauka’s partner.
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.
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.
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.
I got some time to jump into game last night, it was awesome, boy have I missed it!
I have not been around much lately and for that I apologise…There was our personal week, then Eurovision and now…the dreaded lurgy…
I have been having dizzy spells, headaches, sinus pain and the general malaise that domes with feeling sick…the worst part is…I haven’t even got a snotty nose to prove it….Just the soul crushing sinus agony between my eyes and on my eyebrow ridges.
I left work early on Monday because I was swaying at my keyboard and the letters were fuzzy…not the best feeling when trying to troubleshoot faults or relay information to customers when you can hardly function enough to read the text.
Anyway I am sitting at home doing nothing because I am just exhausted but I can’t even sleep today because there are street works going on with drilling and hammering and all manner of annoying noises.
I see the frosties killed Dark Shamans - Woot!!! That is pretty exciting and 2 new heroic bosses in a matter of weeks!! I am so proud of them! i wish I could have been online to cheer them on!