Your absence is duly noted!

I would like to be able to give you some wonderful story of redemption, quests, adventure and dragons to explain where I have been,  sadly it is just life.

Adjusting to a new routine is taking longer than expected and I honestly am not feeling great about it. I am highly stressed and missing a lot of things I used to do because I had more time.

I officially stepped down as tank from the guild raid team. I will still be home and around for our Friday night raids but I can’t, in good conscience, take a tank spot when I am not going to be available for Wednesday.   I have returned to Karate (last week actually) as I was heartbroken at the thought of not going and then having raid cancelled as well. As luck would have it only 4 people signed up so they cancelled anyway. The Raidinator strikes again!!

I am trying to decide if I want to switch back to my mage for BfA or stick with my druid and considering my enjoyment with tanking I am leaning towards druid. I could always fill in on a Friday if needed in guild raid but it also means our mythic group has a tank that maybe we can continue with that in BfA! And let’s be honest – i want to be a purple glowy bear forever!! I might try kitty that way the gear isn’t too different for tanking 🙂

 

The Xpac Killer

I feel they need an actual name. Like The Punisher or Green Goblin.

Xpac-in-ator….The Destroyer of Raids….

The boss who comes in early, can’t follow the timers in DBM and then causes wipes randomly throughout the attempts.

Worst designed boss ever….or maybe it is brilliantly devious?

Since the announcement we have managed to pull together a handful of raids for Antorus. We just don’t have the numbers since getting the achievement/mount and full clear. We have had people move onto new guilds as well <cough> no comment <cough> and desert those of us left behind 🙂

I haven’t helped that with my new job, I am getting home at about 7pm and shovelling food in and then realising the time 7.20pm and then freaking out and running upstairs to log into the game.  Only to find like 4 other people on. Ooooops!

I don’t mind it to be honest, it gives me a chance to settle into an entirely new routine.  To be fair I haven’t even been online in the last fortnight either. I am just tired and having to tank mythics/raids is extra tiring and I need to pay attention to all the things.

I am hoping to get back into it this week though, I have a bucket list I would like to complete and I would like to help guildies complete things they have on their bucket lists.

I am week 3 of the new job so I am starting to feel like the routine is coming together a little bit.  This makes me happy and allows my energy levels to sort of stabilise.

I do enjoy raiding. I love it.  But I am missing karate so much. I am still not sold on raiding in the new Xpac as I simply want to be doing my martial arts on Wed/Thurs.  Why does everything have to be on Wednesday  nights – there is also a Zumba class I would love to do as well.  Someone pick a fucking Tuesday please :p.

Anyway how are other guilds going at the moment?  Is raiding dead for you guys as well now?

 

 

My Legion Bucketlist

A few weeks ago I saw posts going around about people’s bucketlists and I have watched multiple videos about the topic since the release date of BfA was announced.

So I thought I should actually gather my thoughts and post one so I can refer to and sucker my friends in to help me 😀  [*hint*] [*hint*]

Brawler’s GuildDONE!
Awake the Drakes – Got one less to go – still need 2 more!
Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider
– Chromatic Champion

Chromie Scenario/Reputation – attempted once – couldn’t figure it out.
Mage Tower challengeScrew that place to the pits of hell!
Collect pets on Argus
Make 5 million gold – Started – HA!
Mind WyrmDONE!
Pandaria/Legion achievements – started chasing
Forgotten hippogryph – got to 4 out of 5 stones at least 3 times now. Over 10 hours searching.
Finish my Firelands legendary.

There you go – that is my list.  I would like to get it all completed beforehand but I suspect I might be pushing it. Let’s see how we go, most of them are on my mage as she has the highest rep count and achievements.  What are you working on trying to get done?

Running old school

I had a free night and decided to just have some fun for me. I was PMSing and completely over everyone and everything so just wanted to mess around.

I decided to start completing the old raids that show as incomplete in my armory. I had thought I had completed more, but I guess over time I forget which toons I have taken where. No idea how people keep up with multiple alts to be honest.

I started with Sunwell. We had just started this when it was current but never even got the first boss down before it was time to move on.  So whilst I had done some of the bosses since in random PUG’s I had never actually gone to the end.

I can say I have killed Kil’Jaeden.  Right proper now.  An achievement and all! I didn’t have issue with any boss or mechanic so I felt like I was 40 levels higher :p

I headed to Heroic Trial of the Grand Crusader as I apparently needed the 2 bosses in the middle. I have done this raid so many times (I thought heroic) that I was so surprised this was on my list.  I did score some new achievements but it really only took about 15 to get through it all and most of that was me forgetting to talk to the guy to start the next even.  OMG Blizzard…soooooo annoying.

So those to bring me up to date with all the old content and I now have to work on Mists of Pandaria (where I took my first big break) and catch up on basically all the raids. I have all the LFR’s done so I clearly did some of the content. Most of the rest is muddled with half raids and no normals.

So I started with Mogu’shan Vaults which I needed in normal mode. I swear I have done this raid so many times on my mage, but I can only assume it was in heroic? No idea – I might have to check my stats when I am in game next time.  No pictures because I have done it so many time.

Then I headed to Terrace of Endless Spring.

I remember doing the first 3 in the past and I honest to god know I have done the Sha, but I do not – for the life of me – remember doing that room at all.

I forgot about Tsulong and after the first boss ran up the stairs… I did remember when I saw Lei Shi inactive that there was a second boss I needed to kill.  I even remembered to stand in the yellow spot.  Lei Shi was “difficult” it just took so long to do enough damage to her.  The Sha killed me 3 times and on my “I am giving up after this if I die again” attempt, I managed to kill it.  I was struggling with the spawns that attack when there was multiple – as I just couldn’t get them both for whatever reason. Eventually I smashed it in the face.  This one took me the longest I think.

Then I headed to Heart of Fear.   This is how I spent most of my time in there.

I know I have been here, I vaguely remember it. I have done it on LFR. Clearly I know bits of it. I was so confused and lost and just trying to kill things with high damage and not worry about mechanics. That basically worked and I only died on the last boss once because I got feared was being attacked from behind and on Amber Shaper because I didn’t kill the add when it spawned and it did some weird thing to me which I died on.  I made sure he paid for it next time.

I am hoping to get a few more knocked over before reset. I am still chasing gear off them which is why I don’t want to just go in and complete them all in a lock out. I would rather loot them in the different difficulties.

I was actually quite surprised how hard it was to kill some of the bosses in all the raids. I thought I would just walk in and smash them fast, but it actually took a long time, like my damage was just not as high. It was weird and disconcerting.  I did walk away with a metric tonne of tier gear and other randoms added to my appearance tab which was fantastic, I just have to hunt down the rest of the set pieces.  I might start with MC soon and work my way up as I still have pieces I need in there, maybe I can tag along with Ben if he is still doing them.

So based on my armory profile I am now sitting ok with Pandaria. Just need to get a Throne of Thunder done, likely normal since I am half way and clearing out the last of Heroic Siege of Org shouldn’t take too long.

I am really going to struggle with completing anything in Drainer.  Screw that place.  I also have to figure out how to get into the LFR for Hellfire.  I read somewhere you speak to someone and he solo queues you.  I just have to find out who and where.  I know it says I have done them but I can tell you, I mostly remember Highmaul, but I quit after that raid so the other times were literally probably being dragged through by people.

That is going to be fun to get complete.

Which brings us to legion. Where I have done nothing on my mage and it is mostly on my Druid. But it feels weird not having my mage complete it so I will work on completing the LFR’s whilst they are still available and ewasy to get into and I might try and PUG the other stuff or just wait until we are 3 xpacs ahead and I am 109 still playing :p

 

Finally 11/11

It was a great birthday present if you ask me 🙂

Drew decided to stay home with me instead of go to karate and because we had massive dinner plans on the weekend I convinced him we should stay home instead of going out.  We did raid, which was also an awesome birthday idea and to top it off we killed coven, the last missing boss in my set.

Now to start on mythic…LOL NOT!

I also got a birthday cake during the raid which was super nice of Michael. It was very delicious. Ben wanted to be in the picture 🙂

We had friends joining us from different guilds again and it was really nice to be clearing content.  I told the team we had to kill coven as my bday present, maybe that gave them the extra boost to get it done.  LOL because yeah – I am simply that important!

It was pretty funny actually we had a couple of deaths towards the end and Nelly was “ehh just wipe it up guys” and (I have no idea who) someone said “but they are almost dead you sure you want to wipe?”.  Poor Nelly was so focused on bars and green swishes with little pink flowers she didn’t realise how close we were to killing it.

I also like to say that I save Shaetano’s life by realising they were on the fire boss. I was wondering how they managed to get her instead of Brian so was sort of just staring at the flames from across the room until my brain finally clicked that I needed to go and help!  ahahah  I think I even said on voice “hrmm, why do you have the fire one?” then proceeded to stand there for a little longer doing nothing.  It was pretty stupid of me.  Swapping went beautifully and all was well. We survived and I got my boss kill set.

 

It made me wonder what else I could clear on my druid for the sets. Far too many imho.

So I might start working on my mage instead 🙂  I have to finish Heroic Trial of the crusader – weirdly I am sure I have done so many times, Sunwell and Siege of Org in heroic – then all of the below. Then by the time BfA comes out I can start on the legion dungeons.  Some of the below I can get completed in one week I think. Except the LFR’s right – no way to go back and do them now sadly.

Shared: Topic 35: Your most badass moment in game

LOL

We have long been the heroes of our own stories in World of Warcraft. NPCs, both minor and major alike, remind us constantly that we are the saviours of Azeroth; that if it weren’t for us, the world would have ended if we hadn’t have defeated that boss, or killed that pest, or scooped up that poop. We are the stars.

For our latest topic, though, we want to talk about you, the player, and ask you:

When have you felt totally badass in game?

Did you kill a super hard boss that you’d been working on for a really long time? Did you have a near miss, and saved yourself from falling to your death? Was there an outfit your transmogged that made you feel super strong and powerful? Or did you do something for someone in game that made you feel great? Let us know! This topic is all about the things that make you feel good in game.

Coincidentally this happened only a few weeks ago.

But i can’t decide between the two events so I am going to tell you about both.

The first is when myself and Michael managed to down the last boss in mythic SoT from 40%. When we were doing it – if you listen to the video, I was sure I would die pretty quickly because of the increasing debuff. But what happened was I kept my cool, hit my defensive before the crap, hit my heal afterward and just kept moving the boss around.

I didn’t panic, i just did my thing. I doubt I could replicate it if I tried. I was just expecting a massive hit to happen that would wipe me out. I felt pretty amazing as a tank to be honest.

The second event was completing Heroic Argus and getting the ahead of the curve achievement. I still feel pretty amazing every time I remember that I helped tank our way through the content. The guild was already half way through Heroic when I started so I really only did 50% of it. But it feels nice to know I contributed. I felt pretty badass.

Of course all of this means nothing though because I was told that tanking on a druid is like winning gold in the special olympics because it isn’t how I tank but everything else making it easy. (Save the disability rage btw – it was a stupid comment by a colleague and I am fully aware!). So now I feel a little like my gorgeous flexing biceps are deflated balloons. I also wasn’t there for the night the guild cleared heroic in one shot AND killed Coven for the first time – maybe I hold them back more then help!

Cest la vie right?

I started out feeling awesome – so let me just remember the good times!!

Balance of power….I kid you not…still…

The illustrious Nelly’s raid for my nightshards was a pretty resounding success. Apparently my terrible drop rate was unusual and I should have gotten more.  Well they dropped in the raid. Every boss gave me something – thankfully.

I am extremely grateful to this group of people for coming along and helping me smash through this raid. I cannot express the good feels I have at the moment.  We smashed through the first 5 bosses without any issue.  Somehow managed to kill Laura whilst she was eating Korean.  Ben never got her to confirm if she meant a person or the food 🙂 Either way we assume it was cold because her 4 minute delivery was closer to 10 and we pulled a boss whilst she was AFK. She was killed because of our actions and on top has to endure a cold Korean…possibly…she is a demon hunter after all.

We got a couple of achievements for completing the sections which I was sure I had done these fights on LFR, but I think that may have been on my mage.

So my total tally after all the fights was 16.

The number was so high because I managed to get 2 of the Curio’s during the run which was 3 instead of 1. Not too shabby at all.  So next week, I will only need to come in and kill maybe 5 bosses, jump out do the quest chain, go back and kill Gul’dan again and voila! End of chain.

Like I said, earlier I cannot thank the team enough for this.  If I was pugging I am sure it would have been a nightmare, but this way we burnt through it, picked up transmog gear (did you know Nelly is like a vacuum cleaner when it comes to transmog?) and have a laugh.

We ended up going to Emerald Nightmare afterwards as people needed things in there as well. Was also a super fast run, maybe 30 minutes? Not much longer really.

We saved Tur from a horrible death and even then Ursoc could not give up his hidden appearance. BOOOOOO!!! He is holding onto it so tightly! Cenarius was funny because Ben was asking about the achievement which had something to do with Malfurion, but literally – as he finished asking the question, the boss died and the achievement popped.  It is like some creepy children of the corn thing.

Brian got a legendary on his hunter, Michael didn’t get his hidden from the dragons but Nelly got her wrists for the transmog and Ben got a bunch of shards and I think Fred got some as well, Drew managed a total amount of 2.  I got to show my appreciation for their attendance to the earlier one especially as Ben was not feeling well – I am surprised he managed to stay as long as he did!

I wanted to get a group shot but everyone left the raid super fast, so instead I got an awesome shot of the three ladies, Nelly, me and Lana. The hawtness in this picture is amazing!  Just look at us. Hashtag Bearysexy.

Torment of Friendship

Sometimes when you are in a guild, you feel like you have found a home. A place where you can have fun, relax, beat up some baddies and just enjoy even more time in Azeroth.

I have never been one for guild halls as ideas because I would rather people be out and about in the world doing things than in a guild hall.  However I could see it being a bit of fun if designed as a central hub.  Something with profession trainer access, auction house, bank and raid zone portal/quick travel etc. You could hang around in guild halls doing your game world things and having fun.

That is some guilds. Not all guilds.  Certainly not mine.  Who after doing some messy attempts at Coven people who shall remain nameless (**cough** Nelly and Lana ** cough**) decided to taunt and mock me…

Just look at them.  Their dancing butts.  GLOWING!  What is worse….Nelly was emoting at me and wiggling her butt.  I was just…jealous. Pure and simple.  Everyone was laughing heartily at my despair.

The horror with this guild doesn’t end there…no my dear readers….I then did a mythic with our usual group…

only 40 deaths on a level 14….standard stuff for everyone right?  I will be fair Ben and Drew upped their DPS a huge amount so we were burning some things down pretty quick, but the bosses enraging meant we were still a little too low (I am guessing).  I think the trash killed us more than the bosses did.

However that wasn’t even the worst of it. I can deal with 40 deaths and missing the time. I can’t deal with what happened when I came out of the instance….to see Craig….

Like seriously?!!?!?  You just want to torment me!  He was laughing his butt off. Jumping across the road in front of me with his little critter family.  I nearly have a matching – set just need someone to mock me with the red one. Craig offered to do so, but i screamed and jumped offline before I could see it happen.

The only thing that made this bearable (badoom tish) was the fact that Nelly, after mocking me earlier had told me to check the guild calendar in game and she had (to my joy) added a guild run on Saturday night for us to go and get me to Shards.  We are hoping if we can get a few people we can maybe try mythic which might equal more of the little blighters, maybe even run some other raids after it.

So friendship is when people mock you constantly but then offer to help you 🙂  xoxo I love my guildies.

and the balance of power continues

Forever…..and ever….it feels like the longest, longest quest line to want to complete. Seriously killing my patience, but with the release of BfA dates now I have to get it done. It is like a need in me.

I have been doing a quest or to per day depending on what is required which I don’t think is soo bad.

I collected a piece and then they tried to combine it and then nearly killed me!! I mean seriously, who puts these people in positions of power?!?!

I loved the above section – just look at the artwork.  Just LOOK!!  Goddamn it Blizzard you guys are amazing.  Adding this to my header section as well because it is just stunning.

After this I am told I have to go and kill some animals spread all over the Broken isles. Then get a plate to serve all the food on for Odyn to then make you fight his entire dungeon…I mean the dude is huge, he could have taken 4 steps and put me out of my misery immediately.

He finally gives me all the power!!

and I go on my merry way.  To…The Nighthold.  Kudos to Ben, Oui and Nelly for doing the baby mythics I needed to get to this stage.  I figure the next part is going to hurt as I need raid bosses which is why I have been pushing to get to it as quickly as possible.

Everyone decided to give The Nighthold a try with me, which I was ecstatic about! We weren’t sure how far we would actually get through with the 4 of us, but as luck would have it, Fred jumped online and he didn’t respond to Nelly’s question of coming with us, so I just ninja invited him and woo!  he accepted 😀

We burnt through 5 bosses and I got 2 Nightshards. But the 5 bosses were pretty easy really.  We still needed to know some of the start involved and had I done this without Nelly and Fred I would have been dead soo quickly. They were giving me all the information!

I particularly like this achievement from killing Trillax.

It is nice to know Nighthold can be done with a 5 man group, and I suggested if people were free we maybe look at continuing tomorrow night before shut down.  So we shall see how that goes.  Fred also made comment about doing an alt run for all the old raids – can’t say I would complain at the moment.  Especially if doing Nighthold 🙂  I am being so selfish!  ahaah

Of course the part fo the night was calling Nelly a playboy bunny….but tell me it isn’t accurate? REOW!

Raiding: The struggle is real

Since we killed Heroic Argus, we have barely managed to scrape together a raid team.  We can get a group into the raid but we are super melee heavy and lacking on ranged, and also very few with crowd control to help on Aggramar.

What annoys me about this is that Blizzard have been going on and on and on about trying to make it so that you can take whatever class you want and “play what you want”.  Yet, they make boss fights which require you to have a specific class make up to actually complete it.  However I was discussing this with Drew and he said their defence will be that you just have to work out another strategy to kill it with your make up.  After mulling it over on something like Aggramar, we use the stunning method, but how can you do it another way?  If you keep the big adds up and healed though all the little ones being popped (or half to cover the lack of full CC), the big adds would kill you.  No idea to be honest…Either way it is annoying.

I have been enjoying he raids that we have been doing though either way but it will be interesting to see what happens in BfA and between now and then leading into BfA.  We haven’t had a chance to get to Coven as yet, which is disappointing, but we shall see.

However in our last raid I wanted to show you this lovely exchange:

I was laughing my butt off and could not have made that happen any more perfectly. Before I rolled the second time I had already told him to take the item, but I sort of fell like Blizzard are watching us and messing with our head.

I did get to take my mage into an alt run which I was pretty excited about and I got some good upgrades on her. My DPS wasn’t brilliant, but it was not as bad as I had thought – the bigger challenge was doing the fights as DPS when I generally do them as Guardian.  I was changing between frost and arcane depending on the fight and it was fun having my weapons and gear be able to switch without too much fuss.  The current format for talents and switching is awesome, but it has taken a lot of AP to be able to get both weapons to  useable level and I am not even entirely sure they are even really that great.

My fingers are crossed tightly that over the next couple of weeks we can get a group together to kill Coven and some more people online to do the bosses again.  We have only killed Argus once so it feels a little like we need it another couple of times, it isn’t on farm.

BfA!! Release date announced.

There it is!!

14th August!

We have the date.  Most of the people in my guild seem like are planning on taking a couple of weeks leave, including me and Drew to just enjoy the game.  I am looking forward to it.  I was already working out how much leave I had.  The 14th is a Tuesday so is that 14th for us or 14th for USA?  I can’t remember anymore…

I was looking at getting the Collectors Edition but I can’t justify the price in Aus.  Honestly I would be buying it mainly for the:

HORDE & ALLIANCE DOUBLE-SIDED MARK OF ALLEGIANCE

Declare your allegiance with this hefty two-sided emblem. Place it on your desk or shelf with one side facing outward, proclaiming your chosen faction to the world . . . while the other side faces the wall, bowing in quiet shame. Stand included.

It looks like a sexy piece. The CE also has a book with stories and pictures, plus the soundtrack. So is always nice to have the extras, but $145…yeah….more than I can justify.

I saw it on the Blizz FB update first as I woke up and then went to MMO Champ to get more information which even has a trailer etc.  I am yet to watch it, I might watch it this weekend.

This then opens up the entire discussion about which toon do you level first?  Which toon do we want to play on for the next expansion.  Craig was telling me he had a definite plan for his toons and knows which will be done first in order. Me  – I am just wondering if I want to tank again. The main issue to that being I want to go back to karate and that is the same night as our raid.  Karate > WoW, so unless the Wednesday night changes I am not sure I can commit to being a tank or a raider if I can only raid on Friday nights.  I am sure the discussion will come up closer to the release date.

On the upside we now have an end date of when you have to complete the things you want to – like Balance of Power on my Druid, the Brawler’s guild on my mage and other class mounts.

I am so excited.  Are you?  Do you plan to take leave?  What toons are you going to level first?

Class: I miss my mage.

I made a concerted effort this time round to change class/role and try something new.  What this has made me realise is how much I love and miss playing my mage. Not sure what that means moving forward into the new xpac, but I have enjoyed jumping on her and doing the odd heroic/mythic/LFR. I still enjoy tanking and i adore my druid, but my mage…she is all I have ever known since day 1 and she is comforting to me. She is my happy place.

It was funny because Ben, Drew and I were discussing the desire of coming home to play way and when you are out how you want to just be at home playing.  Drew said he has never experienced that really except maybe in BC days.  Oui and myself though – feel it all the time.  Azeroth is my happy place especially thinking about tanking or my mage. I feel I need this Tshirt – one for every day of the week.

Her gear is currently at 927 and I have been building that up pretty slowly over the last few weeks. I would like to get her into a normal Antorus with Craig’s group on Saturday evenings and I found out yesterday min ilvl is 920. I would have gone yesterday but I had just completed LFR with Drew which means I wouldn’t have gotten any loot.  We weren’t supposed to be home last night for dinner  – but plans with the work people fell through at the last minute which was why we did LFR earlier.

Her DPS is pretty good over the last week I have been watching and the above was on a very good AOE/stand still sort of fight – I was surprised I could hit that number with the gear. So I took a screenshot! Who wouldn’t?  Ben didn’t believe me yesterday when I said mages were in a good spot, just shows another one doing over 2 mil, and I am pretty sure this was the one playing Frost spec.

This is a better representation of where I am sitting at the moment on my mage with her current gear in frost spec. A spec I haven’t played in a long time;  I was playing arcane for a little which I was enjoying as well and getting approx the same numbers.  The only reason I am in frost at the moment is because I am trying to get the hidden artifact – it looks amazing.  I will likely switch back to arcane once I have completed that achievement and confirm if the numbers are better or the same and then just pick a spec I enjoy playing.  I have a natural aversion to arcane because that was the only spec you could play for 2 xpacs and I hated being forced to pick a spec because of DPS/damage output.

In the LFR’s I have run I was managing to hold my own and I am pretty proud of that.  It isn’t brilliant, but a few more weeks with some gear upgrades ( I have a lot in the 880 space still) and a better choice of stats to work with and I will be begging to bring her to some alt runs with our guild if we ever have another tank 🙂 I was in the top 5 – 8 for the LFR we ran yesterday which is bad I know with those numbers, but the top 4 were always stupidly high…like over 1.5 mill type players.

Finally managed to get this achievement!  Every LFR for Antorus I have done has Eonar down already so I haven’t ever done it on LFR.  So frustrating. But I finally got it done!

A picture of me and Drew completing some story lines  😀

Raiding: Is it a wipe or a kill?

Woo!  Wooooo!!  You know what that means.  Epicness follows below.

Tonight started rough, we wiped a couple of times due to just random assortment of bad luck, but we improved dramatically on phase 3 with some better set up for adds. It was good to see it coming together. We got him to 4% and I swear it was almost as bad as seeing a 1%.  I was dead so this was the lowest I saw.

It was such a tease. We brought a few other people in from <Old Dogz> guild, I am sorry I can’t remember everyone’s names. We smashed it out a few more times and then BAM!

Ahead of the Curve: Argus

I haven’t decided if this was a wipe or a kill?  The only person “up” was Jason in non corporeal form.  This was at the end of the fight and not the end of phase 3 – I promise.  I have also just noticed whilst typing this, his title is Dragonslayer and I feel that explains why he lets me die maybe?  He dislikes dragons. Heartbroken.

I can’t believe we killed Argus, I can only assume DOT’s did it?

There is just nothing I can say that explains how excited I am about having that achievement. It has been a long time since I was raiding at any time or in any capacity to get the Ahead of the curve achievements.

On a selfish level, I never in a million years, thought I would ever be tanking with a raid team to the point of being able to actually complete content. Tanking has always been one of those things that I watched with awe. How could they do it, keep mobs, stay alive, watch aggro, taunt on time, stay out of stuff etc etc. I didn’t think I would ever be saying that I helped the guild achieve this. I mean they were mostly through the content, and I am not sure how much I have actually helped on some bosses, but it still feels pretty good to me.

There are few things I covet more in game than mounts.   Ever since we did the original quest in legion to ride one of these I said I wanted one.  I had to get it no matter what it took.  Thankfully it was a mount we could eventually get. Once you kill Argus on heroic or above you get The Blood of the Unmaker and all you need to do is hand it in to Khadgar in Dalaran.  He gives you the most beautiful mount (with the exclusion of Ashes of A’lar) in the game – the Violet Spellwing.

Here is a picture of the guildies on their mounts.  As the mounts don’t sit we had to take a flying picture. So much awesome in such a cool picture.

We attempted to get Fred his trinket from the Doggies. We didn’t manage to get that for him…again. We did the council without issue and then went to Portal Keeper Wankbalar.  God I hate him.  I try so hard to not stand in the green stuff and it just gets me like….1 time and it just kills everything.

The raid ended on a downer after that due to my idiocy.  Which makes everything I felt above dissipate into shame and guilt about being crap.  But then I looked at my mount and I felt happy again because I helped the guild get that mount and achievement.

We streamed the night again and still had no issues with my laptop or anything which I am happy about. I managed to put a little overlay on my chat window which Craig believes was crap….but like…my skillz aren’t leetzor dude.

Go guildies!!!!!  I am so happy right now 😀

Raiding: Heroic Argus

As you may be aware at the moment I am suffering a severe head cold. The type that makes your face painful all over with sinus gunk. I haven’t been at work the last 2 days and I wasn’t sure I was really even capable of raiding but I made an appearance because, well, aside from being an addict, I didn’t want to let the team down on progression night.

I confirmed with Chris if it was ok if I streamed the raid, for my literally zero followers, and assured him that should it affect my game play in anyway I would stop it immediately.

Brian logged on and advised that his internet was munted. 4000k latency. Possible fibre break. I wondered who my tanking buddy would be for the night especially on a new boss. Stupid internet.

I was asking who could tank in guild chat and Simon popped up and mentioned he could and if I am being honest that terrified me. Some people are just too good at this game. I mean on a basic level I was proud of my almost 13000k hp. He was over 13! I nearly cried seeing it! Why am i unable to get 2 pieces of gear replaced RNjeebus! Why?!?

I got super nervous about tanking with Si and managed to kill Chris on the way past with my fel bombardment but that was after Si sent me flying towards the boss with his first batch and it rattled me.  I am blaming him anyway. Then I was trying to avoid the green pathway of death and has to go out the other side instead of the normal but then had another pathway form right next to me and I couldn’t get out. It was ridiculous.

We headed straight to Aggramar to get him down again and it took a few attempts to get the adds right again. Once again spawn positions were a bit off so causing confusion.

Si and I were tanking the boss differently though in relation to the taunts which seemed better in my opinion.

Usual:

Mel: Foe breaker defensive
Brian: Rend with group.
Brian runs through and I swap with him to the group
Brian: Foe Breaker
Mel: Rend with the group

Last night:

Mel: Foe Breaker
Mel runs through to the group
Mel: Rend with group
Si: Taunts for Foe Breaker
Mel: Rend with the group

I found last night it meant the boss was moving less and it was easier to keep him in a central positon. I can’t be sure though did due to my headcold.

It was much better for the raid and ranking imho. Anyway after multiple attempts and finally a decidedly enjoyable kill (all being streamed with zero framerste issues on my laptop to record breaking viewer numbers of zero!) we headed to Argus.

I stopped and started the feed again so the video was split betwen the two events.

Argus is one of those fights where you want to be confident you know what you are doing and you feel ok but then it does something and you are all WTF?!? in the moment;

Thankfully as tank, in the first phase nothing much happens,  we taunt, we swap, we get the buff and drop it in the completely wrong spot for the DPS. There was some issues with the third cone of death 💀 and the transition which was one of our stopping blocks. The second phase is ok just talking amongst tanks re the swap unless people (who shall remain nameless) run away from the great big glowing bear butt to die in a corner because they just weren’t paying attention. Third phase can go DIAF.

Grabbing the add with the little swords – which sounds so much worse when i say it like that – is nigh on impossible. I believe the term used last night by Nelly was “SURPRISE!”; I screamed after my add disappeared. I may have missed that bit entirely when watching the video.

The next time we got to phase 3 I was so diligent watching for the next spawn that I thought I had missed it even though it was hitting me because someone was calling out for aid!!

Or maybe I had the wrong add and everyone was too polite to say. You think I joke – it took about 10 minutes to give one piece of loot to someone as everyone was passing for the next person and going around in a loop 🙂

No matter though as our best attempt was 8%. It was pretty amazing. We will be going back on Friday to kill that bugger and hopefully I won’t be sick.

By the end of the stream we had a couple of people watching and telling me it looked and sounded ok – so if it goes well I might continue doing it 🙂

Raiding: Heroic Aggramar

We decided to give Aggramar a couple of attempts and see if we could do him instead of Coven (the painful trio).  We struggled with the spawns, both location and timing of explosion.

It requires a lot of talking between people to ensure the adds are stopped until we need them. If we take 2 adds at a time it equals a wipe.  An add during the transition = wipe. Tanks taunting early = wipe. Tanks looking for spells = wipe.  Tanks lagging out during transition = wipe.

Yup. I am having lag issues. Only the last 2 weeks though for some reason. Maybe someone is staying in the hotel and chewing the bandwidth of an evening, no idea but the internet has been lack lustre.  I am blaming Brian for the other ones :p

This was a constant state for the night. It felt almost like we were flogging a dead horse, like Brian on his, for most of the night:

Eventually though, we got the adds worked out, we got everything moving smoothly and I lagged out at about 9%. I was screeching like a banshee.  I finally managed to get back with movement happening and  taunted the boss to watch him die. I might check DMB but I would say maybe 30 attempts?

Really, killing a new boss in one night is amazing as far as I am concerned.  We did well and I was excited to have done it, one night is simply stunning.  We did go and have a look at the next one but for some unknown reason (I will look into why shortly) I kept being given the sky buff before I had to tank…it was just messy as heck.

Here is a video of the kill done by Michael our healer.

Raiding: Heroic Varimathras

So we managed to smash this one in the face with relative ease.  I say relative because it was me causing most of the mess with trying to get into the right position to avoid double misery.  My initial attempts were mediocre at best, however I was taunting too quickly  – possibly – I am not 100% sure this wasn’t just me standing too close to Brian our MT, then not quickly enough on other attempts and Brian was copping another fist to the face with no ability to heal. GAHHHH. Nightmare material.

After an entire night (what felt like) of wiping because I just could not get into the right position, we decided to call for back up.  A far more experienced and skilled player popped into the run, set up these markers, said “Stand exactly there”. These are the very specific points on the ground we are supposed to stand.  I jokingly said we need to never ever forget those exact positions – i was so serious I even took a picture.  Yes I did.

Would you believe it!! We killed the demonic hellbeast.

Honestly, such an easy fight once you get the hang of it, but so much focus as he likes to trick you into thinking you need to taunt but he casts darkness instead.  Smarty pants.

Here is a video of the kill from one of our healers :

Hellfire Citadel, kicking it old school

The title implies I went to Hellfire Citadel. Reality is that when I stepped into the raid I knew I had never been there. Oops. Missed that completely.

The guild was doing a run for achievements, which I now have a fair few of thanks to the guys.  I did offer to drop out when I realised I have never been there, after our battles in Mogu’shan I didn’t want to risk anyone else’s achievements. These guys were fantastic and very supportive of a person like me not having ever done the raid.

This fight would have had me in tears at level I think.  It seemed to go on for a very long time and seemed to have no end in sight even with us one shotting mobs the entire time.  I dread to think.

I actually really enjoyed this fight, I felt it would have been fun at level, avoiding the fires/bullets, being spurn around etc.  We struggled with his barrage getting the mobs – in one case the only single mob got completely covered by barrage and didn’t take any damage.  WTF Blizz?  hehehe

I have no idea – we got told to zerg, so we did. There were a few of them during the run actually.

Also I have no idea on this one, I can’t even remember – all I know is that is one of Lominari’s favourite songs 😀

I was pleasantly surprised to see myself get an epic follower – briefly I was thinking he would go to my missions.  LOL I quickly realised I am dumb because obviously garrison :p I think this was another kill the boss fast fight.

Gorefiend we just couldn’t get done.  We attempted it a couple of times and just couldn’t seem to get the achievement to happen. I am not entirely sure I got what was supposed to happen but I think it would have been a hell of a fight back in the day.  It also terrified me!

She is one ugly mob.  She?  or is it a he?  <shudder> who knows with a stomach that wants to eat you!

Again no idea on this one…something about not touching an eye? otherwise just burn through the boss?  Which was done super fast and then we spent about 5 minutes waiting for his speech to finish so he would actually die.

We spent ages trying to get this ghost one but for some reason we don’t know it didn’t register.  All the ghosts were grouped up, we killed them quick smart then killed him…No idea…we will need to go back for that one as well.

Another super burn of the boss and ignore the adds.  Just go balls to the wall.  Easy done thank you very much.

Hrmm..nope..can’t remember it all, I think it was at this point I was wondering just how big this raid was. Seems to me this place would have taken longer than MC in Vanilla to get through!

I love, love, love the fight to kill Manneroth. Evil demon deserved death. I was so happy to have killed him.  I got so much joy from this fight even though I had zero idea of what was going on, I just ran around and killed adds.

Almost as much as I love this one.  Killing Archimonde was a joy that cannot be replaced.  We didn’t get the achievement but it was amazing none the less to see content for the first time. Look at the evil buggers!

Good Friday achievement run

What do you do when you are not a Christian but have public holidays because of the mainstream?  Find others who are also not doing anything over easter/good friday and spend the day eating, drinking and playing WoW.

I am quite proud pagan and I would happily work on Christian holidays if it meant I could get my 8 main festivals off, however with only just over 40K people in Australia claiming to be pagan on the census I think we are a long way off equality there.  I mean if you take gay marriage as an example of how minorities are screwed in Aus, I think you have a fair idea. Anyway finding other “atheist” friends is not a major issue 😀

I packed up my pc and headed over into the alliance territories of my druid.  Since this is a super long post you have to jump through 🙂

We were deciding what to do as a group of 4 and I suggested we look at doing old achievements for mounts, just chill out and run around.  The reason being one of our 4 hasn’t played WoW in years and so being able to get through heroics/mythics would have been challenging.  However I didn’t mind chasing old achievements though.

We started with The cataclysm raider achievement and figured that would be the easiest, most of us had a lot already completed.

I don’t think that is too bad really, the only one I had the others didn’t was Four Play and Silence is Golden.

We smashed through the instance so quickly that most of the time me and Calan didn’t get a spell off.  My moonfire was getting smooshed constantly but I just couldn’t run fast enough with my little owlbear feet.  We failed on Nefarion as we killed him far too quickly which meant he didn’t get to play out his speech etc. We ran out and tried to come back in heroic to do it again but found we couldn’t.  GAH!  Trying to remember the changes to the raiding situations is insane over multiple exapcs.  Maybe Blizz should look at removing that once the xpacs are a couple of years old, so you can go in and farm both normal and heroic.  It isn’t like you have anything to gain other than pets/mounts/gear now. So we have to go back in for “Keeping it in the family”.

We also did Bastion of Twilight where we were missing more of the achievements for others.

I did not think we would actually get “Double Dragon” as the bosses were losing health without us doing anything and both Fi and Hels were in the other realms trying to kill the mobs.  They managed to get the last mob down and the bosses had about 2% health.  It was an amazing effort.   The other thing I was super excited about was seeing Sinestra, I remember when the raid was released thinking I would never get to see the fight at current level but how cool did it look!!

We had no idea what was going on when we got to her and had no idea how to do the fight.  All of us saying we hadn’t seen it.  Until the achievement popped up for all of us except Fi.  She was very confused about when she received the achievement because she was adamant she had never seen the fight.

Throne of the 4 winds was also needed to complete the achievement and we missed out on”Stay Chill” unfortunately.  It caused a wipe the first time as we tried to go to 8 for the buff before we killed the other bosses, instead that killed us and took Hel about 15 minutes to die.  So we tried it again, but you know what isn’t helpful – demonhunter wings – apparently when you are trying to jump across platforms they cause you to go slower and delay you landing which means more time for the buff to count down.  It caused an issue with Hel and then he dropped his buff but we didn’t realise and so we killed the guys and no achievement.

I didn’t need “Four Play” but the others did so we researched what needed to happen, spent about 10 minutes reading up on the best way to complete it without issue and then headed into the fight.  This was after having bugged out the boss the first time and having to spend 10 minutes rebooting WoW before being able to get get the fight started again.

We start the fight, and Hel forgets that we are attacking a boss from the 1930’s and decides to hit it with one solitary attack. BAM! Boss dead.

I am in fits of laughter, rolling on the floor almost, because instead of auto attacking he went full Demonhunter and went crazy. We didn’t get the achievement as you can imagine.

I only need 2 more achievements now to get the mount – I am happy about that. I could potentially do the Nefarion one but the Stay Chill will be hard without at least 3 people.

You would think we would have had enough at this point, but nope we decided to head to Dragonsoul. As you can see – I don’t need much for this one. Sadly the issue is my druid doesn’t have any of the Chromatic Champion completed however my mage has 2 done.  Sadly that isn’t account bound 🙁

Fi and Hel only need 1 more run through to get the last chromatic platform which will be awesome for them in a week’s time.  I might see if  I can find a raid going to get one more platform done on my mage.

The only one which caused us grief and took about 40 minutes (if no wayyyyyyyy more) was Maybe He’ll get dizzy.  We did it over and over and over and over and over again. Each time getting slightly better but initially we just kept killing all the things with splash damage and flying off his back a couple of times.  Only 4 people means that if you are standing just slightly over the imaginary line he rolls.  Was sooo painful.   After a bit of a break for snacks and drinks we came back and did it. FINALLY!  there was much celebration!

The last ones we attempted were Mogu’shan vaults because we figured that would potentially be just as easy as the other ones. We were wrong.  We could not have been more wrong if we tried.

By this stage my hubby was home from work, so we decided to pull him into the raiding fun as well. As he is away in Malaysia at the moment, I am getting him as much as I can to play WoW with me so we get some “time” together.

We all went into the first one with Corgis and pugs out.  We didn’t get the achievement for “Must Love Dog”. We speculated that because the corgis were not around in Pandaland we needed to get out pugs only.  So we excited and attempted to come back in on a different mode… nope. Still not possible in this expansion.  So we moved on to Fend the Accursed and could not get the mimic to happen, however at the end of the fight we seemed to have one part of it done – I will need to read up more about that achievement. It doesn’t help when you don’t really remember how the fights actually go. No achievement.

Activating the Mogu artifact seems like an easy prospect but it isn’t.  I read on wowhead that having more people clicking on it speeds up the channelling – I dispute that vehemently but with only 2 people in the spirit realm it is hard to tell conclusively.  We think we might need more than 5 people for this fight given 3 people are voodoo dolls and unable to go through to the spirit realm. No extra achievement after at least 6 attempts.

Subetai the Swift we all danced with after he did pillage and then nothing happened, no achievement so we will have to find out why – we must have done something wrong.

We did manage to get this one though – yay us. Probably not the most difficult to get completed really.

Then we failed miserably on the last one with the constructs that do so much damage which you are supposed to avoid but have no actual way of doing so easily.  I have no idea.  We all spent ages and ages and ages killing adds on this fight and only a couple of us getting 1 single stack of the debuff needed.  This one made me angry as I couldn’t avoid the damage at all. In any way. This one is a lie!  I don’t see how anyone completes it.

I am sure there is a trick and I will try and find out how to complete them all and see if they are possible solo or with just 2 people etc.

Kudos to the group – we did so many achievements it was awesome.  Sorry about the Mogu’shan ones being horrific!! But I had such a great afternoon playing and doing old content. It was so much fun!

This is the end

I had planned on writing a short story and decided I just couldn’t really articulate what I wanted to convey in story format.  I may go back to to what I have written and make it for something else..but..at this stage I figured it was just easier to post.

After another crappy DPS night as frost – I have decided it is time to switch.  I am playing it to the best of my ability and sucking big time on it.  That’s not true..simcraft says I am playing it better than I should be – but it is still pretty crappy DPS.  The issue with all the DPS rankings (and please let me know if you know where to find the information) is that I don’t know what stat priority they have given to the classes.  What % of what stat have they given to mages in different specs to determine that X specific class can do Y amount of damage?  I have approximately the right ilevel to do about 35k – according to the rankings, yet simcraft says 20k is my maximum…so…what the hell are they basing mages on – 100% multi and 100% crit or something?

Anyway whilst I know I am doing my best with what I have, I think it sucks being down the bottom of DPS all the time. I know someone has to be there – and as I have said before I could handle it is we are all the same approx but when there is a 20k difference between top and bottom….I feel like shit.  I saw the shammies doing over 50k the other night and nearly started to cry….nevermind what Aza can do when he gets cracking….or the DK’s or balls even the hunters!!!  GAHHHH!!

So, I changed to arcane.  I was pretty tempted by fire in all honesty, but arcane is the best spec.  No harm in starting at the top and seeing how I go. I was arcane for a HUGE percentage of my play time and the style hasn’t changed overly much – I just have to re-learn it.  I used to be pretty good at it (an eon ago) and am hoping to at least get acceptable again.

I went into my first raid last night since being Arc (i had hoped to do some LFR but ran out of time), so I was pretty well going in blind.  I have yet to change my gems/enchants for mastery however I noticed last night that fully buffed I was sitting at 63% mastery…which is my main stat, so changing those last few things may make a pretty decent difference.

On the target dummies, unbuffed i was hitting about 24k consistently…which is neither here nor there.  I went to raid and I still only hit that. I was a little miffed.  I did managed to get 27k on Flamebender and then on a fight with less movement barely hit 22k.  Hanz and Franz was horrific. I don’t even know what I did.  I am going to try and check the logs and see what needs improvement.

I missed burn phases, I didn’t use cooldowns effectively, I didn’t drop my charges as often as I should – have costing me precious mana…overall I did better than I thought I would for my first night, but I need to improve significantly.  I have no plans tonight so I might try and get my UI set up better (weak auras incoming) and do some LFR for practice.  I didn’t do as badly as I thought I would and I have not taken Prismatic Crystal again – maybe that is my downfall – but I hate how it drops target when you use it so you lose cast time and then targetting time – I have never denied having slow reflexes and so that spell really annoys me when actually raiding.

The other massive change – I am button pressing no mousing….a huge change for me.  Flamebender I mostly moused because that fight is and will always be crap. CRAP!!!!!  In fact I wonder how often this happens and we have never noticed, I am generally on the left hand side and that is always completely covered in flying knives. At one point I went to the right hand side and you know what….NOT ONE KNIFE!!!!  WHAT THE HELL?!??!!?  There we are on the left – unable to find anywhere to stand and the people on the right have all the room in the world. Unbelievable.

 

I look forward to seeing what I can do and will change some more things around tonight.

 

What’s been going on and where am I?

Essentially I have had to step down from raiding with the guild.

To give you an idea why, I have no free weekends between now and July, I have something on every single weekend – including a trip to Adelaide, Wodonga and Tasmania!!  I have a few concerts on and then our yearly cluster of anniversary/birthdays as well.  It is crazy. Especially when in between we have some gardening and house sorting to do so we can put the place on the market – which we are trying to get done at the moment as well.   It has been that solid since the middle of February.

You think I am kidding, but I am not here is the list of my weekends:)

  • 11th April – Hubby is on call so I am doing some photography shoots possibly – weather permitting
  • 18th April – going to a friends place for dinner and spending the night
  • 25th April – friends coming to our place and spending the night
  • 2nd May (my bday) – meeting friends in the city to help run his show both days possibly (photography maybe)
  • 8th May – Backstreet boys concert, Hubby’s bday the next day
  • 16th May – Adelaide
  • 23rd May – Eurovision Party
  • 30 May – Ice hockey
  • 6th June – Hubby has lodge
  • 13th June – Glenn miller Orchestra for M-I-L bday present (going to Wodonga to pick her up and take her home)
  • 20th June – Tasmania
  • 27th June – free at this stage

Top top it all off I have Karate every Tuesday and Wednesday nights now. Funnily enough the raiding on Wednesday worked quite well as my karate finishes at 8.30 and is only 20 minutes away so I generally get home just in time to jump online for raid – if not about 10 minutes late.

So trying to raid Mon/Wed/Thur from 9-11pm and having to be out of the house at 5.30am every morning at the moment is pretty hard. Last time I let myself get too run down I had shingles for 2 weeks so I want to really avoid that.  Whilst I can generally be around for raid, I don’t have time or focus to be online for all the other things you need to be around for like doing daily quests, garrisons, farming crystals or doing Challenge modes etc.  I just don’t have the ability to be a great addition to the team.

I need more time to practice playing arcane, I need more time to make money so I can make all the changes I want to make to my gear, I need more time.  I just don’t have time.  I don’t have plans to stop playing entirely and I may join in on the casual raids, but at the moment I can’t commit to main team raiding.  Just ask the hubby about the tears when I made that decision. I cried for about 3 days whenever I looked at my computer or the login screen.

I am not sure how often this will be updated now, but I will do it as often as I have anything of interest to blog about :)