We return to your regular scheduled programming :)

Sorry I have been so absent. A month is a super long time in the blogging world but honestly I have been so busy over the last month (Thanks Christmas and New Years) that I couldn’t fit time for blogging or WoW or anything much else but cooking, cleaning and entertaining friends.

Christmas was a low key affair with the mother in law and my mum in attendance and food and chilling out for the day. We had to go to Albury Wodonga to pick up the mother in law so that took some time up on the weekend prior. No orphans in attendance this year…one year it will happen.


Boxing day we have an open invite for anyone to drop past and relax with us with no set time, menu, expectations. Our good friends used to do this until about 4 years ago due to ill health and this year Hubby and I decided to bring it back and start up the tradition. It was a small event with only a few people turning up but we played some jackbox.tv games and had a great time. It was nice to just graze and have nice conversation.

Then we had a DnD session which was amazing. The only real amazing reason (aside from us having 9 people sleeping in the house each in their own room and bed!!!) was we managed to get our DM to fly down for the day to be with us for the game! Secretly!! We donated all our frequent flyer points to reduce the cost; me, hubby and Pracey (our DM) were just making comments about sending pizza through the webcam etc because he wouldn’t be here. But then. He was. When Sian and Michael turned up it was hilarious because Sian didn’t immediately register he was in a location he shouldn’t be. Ash lost his mind a little bit when he walked in saw Pracey as well. I thought for a moment I had broken him. It was an amazing night (and weekend) we played games the next day and just had an awesome time. It was the best Xmas present I could offer some of my best friends.

Then New years we had a friend come over in the afternoon and we headed to a good friend’s place for a BBQ. It was also so much fun. I dressed up all goth/witch for some giggles and we sat around a table, chatted, laughed and enjoyed the company of some of the best people I know. We left at about 9pm (? maybe) and headed home where the three of us proceeded to marathon “The Hobbit” extended editions. We got through 2 movies and were in bed by about 1.30am. I lasted until the new year though, so I am very pleased with myself. We watched the last movie the next day for recovery 🙂

This doesn’t cover the random things like coven meet ups for the sabbat, or getting the tyres done on the car or my very first endota spa massage and facial (omg I need another one!!) and the raiding with the guild again (woo!) the general housework that needed to happen after so many people keeping us busy 🙂

I am hoping to get back into blogging again now that we have had 2 weekends in a row without anything on and I feel a little less tired from all the company. I also miss wow, so started levelling my mage again as I have been tanking the raids whilst people are on holidays. I don’t mind it, but it is painful to not have an alt to play in normal raids 🙂

I hope every single one of you my readers had an awesome break (if you weren’t working like me) and that you are still feeling relaxed and refreshed for a new year!! Tell me what you got up to people?

AoTC – G’huunalicious

We have had a few weeks since my last raiding post being stuck on Zul, Mythrax and G’huun.  It has been a little bit of a struggle not because we aren’t good enough – we really are, but because we have had weird class mixes or not enough people etc.

One of the questions I was asked recently was “Why, by all the laws of science, does it take our guild to the very last attempt of the night to kill the boss?”  No solid answers came up except that perhaps on that very last attempt people actually pay full attention and do everything they can to stay alive and be aware.  The conclusion we drew was that we need to only allow a certain amount of attempts on the boss before moving on.  Which works for the middle bosses who you can do in any order, but not for the ones at the start.  My additional cruelty to this would be after the limited number of attempts you drop the difficulty back down until people can stay focused on those bosses….hahah.

I honestly wish we didn’t spend all night wiping to kill the boss on the last attempt and not because I don’t love raiding, but because people get angry at each other and we feel like we can’t do it….which is rubbish because we know we can do it – we have evidence on every kill we can do it.  So why…why is it  the absolute last pull of the night?

We started the night with 13 people and on patch night with computer issues everywhere. Drops, mini freezes, latency that wasn’t latency; it was my usual rage inducing experience.  Nothing makes me quite as angry as wanting to play WoW and being excited to get into it and having issues with the game.  My taurean (and tauren) side comes out like waving a red flag. Sets me right off into swearing and cussing.

We gave Mythrax a few attempts and were struggling with only 2 healers, but then a few of the people from Resplendant (another guild) were available and we pulled them in to make a 20 man raid. It was at this point after fluffing about for 10 minutes that my computer decided to really take a crap and it took me 3 restarts to be able to get back into game because WoW was not happy.  I finally logged in and found I was booted from the raid and ported back to the Great Seal and the guys were killing Mythrax.

I lost my mind. I cannot explain how much I lost my mind.  Part of my rage was because I spend all my raid time wiping. I only raid on Fridays which is usually hard boss night, so I don’t actually get any benefit from raiding just loss of money. So the opportunity for me to get one piece of gear (when I don’t currently) pissed me off so much.  I didn’t want to spend the rest of the night wiping on another boss with no gratification or gear out of it.  I had spent 8k buying potions/flasks before the raid and this has been my life for the last few months.  My first Wednesday in months and I got booted out.  I was raging.

Anyway it took a little convincing from Drew, Ben and Michael before I jumped back online as the guild was about to start G’huun.   Ben advised disabling all mods seemed to work wonders for him and Oui so left DBM running only and the game was playable without issue. Drew had suggested I disable all mods and that was just before my game went to the toilet on my heart so I didn’t have  chance to do it.

We were slapping him around with new friends from Resplendant and honestly we were doing pretty messy attempts.   We did get him to 2% with only tanks and heals alive.  No idea who was “leading” from the other guild – no one introduced themselves…. <glare> but he was pretty funny.  We had to stay alive going into the third phase and on this 2% I was the only one who actually died at the transition happened.  So it is pretty much my fault we didn’t kill him….I am blaming the healers though because well….heal me!!!

Sadly the heals were doing terrible DPS and couldn’t make up for what would have been my amount :p Unbelievable!!

Then of course, on our very very last attempt of the night, he died.  Ahead of the Curve; yes please!

I actually managed to stay alive until he was at about 2% but I had managed to back myself into a corner with the pizza phase and it just meant I had nowhere to run when I got a few effects at once. I was so annoyed with myself.  Chris and I were running balls again and doing well at that, we have a pattern and we rock!  Some might say we were cutting it close to the new raid being released but now we can spend sometime just getting clears (if people are around) in preparation for the new raid – I would love to get my gear better before we go into the new area.

Thanks to the filthy mouthed Resplendent guilds telling us to stay alive and for the healers to heal people :p;  it was an enjoyable night from about 9pm onwards….but not before.

Michael said he will upload the kill video to youtube and here it is!! I found it for you 🙂

Zul-tastic!

Oh you cheeky raid group!!  I wassail recovering my from my near death flu, so was home on Wednesday to raid, I wasn’t going to as I wasn’t feeling 100% but it sucked me in. I ended up dropping at Zek because I was just exhausted. We cleared out the first bosses and I had a weapon drop that I was already carrying in my bags. Thanks RNGeebus.   I did get a screenshot of dead Vectis since I missed that one originally.

Friday. Friday was amazing though. I was a few minutes late thanks to work/transport but I logged into discord with Jason saying he would be dropping people if we sucked and I was thinking maybe I should just sit out. I am so glad I asked to come anyway though.

We had someone, a priest…Rempart? who was helping with the strats so I can only assume they were someone we knew somehow. I like having other people in helping us.  Our DPS has increased enough (including mine) that we were able to do the zerg strat as it is supposed to be done.

The lack of pre-potting was brought up by Laurie and I felt slightly guilty as this is one of the first weeks I actually had any pre-pots ready to go but as Ben said they are just too expensive. Need to spend more time herbing so I can make some more, but I just need so many mats on my mage it is ridiculous.  I didn’t think it would be possible to make professions even worse than Legion but they managed it.   I went through the stack of 20 pots I had during the night because I wanted to make sure I made up for my lack of DPS by using everything I could.

It took us a few goes after getting him to the second phase repeatedly before it all clicked in a very non-“Warsong” style (ie 90% of the raid dead, boss at 1% and a couple of poor buggers giving everything they had) but we did it!!  Don’t laugh, that is actually our style.  It is how we get most of our first kills, but I will say after that first one we do it much better the next week 🙂

We decided to take a picture away from the death hole incase someone happened to “accidentally” click it.

We headed to Mythrax next of course, he wasn’t much worse than normal imho. He hits harder and you take way more damage overall so you have to be much more careful but honestly it wasn’t that bad.  The healers suffer the most in this one if the rest of us are being numpty.

I loved the advice of “everyone should take less damage” hehehh; honestly I thought the objective was to take as much as possible 🙂  Love my guild sometimes. It made me laugh.   I wasn’t sure we would get this one as we kept getting to 30% and then being all dead; the first transition was a little rough but also bumping people out their balls of death was killing us because we were doing it badly.

As luck would have it though, after we stopped taking so much damage (which ironically is not represented well in the picture I took of the kill), the healers had more mana, we talked through the ball bumping better and would you believe it? We smooshed his face into the ground.

Can I just say how freaking happy I am it happened on Friday night!!! I was there for it 🙂  <happy dance>

I was relatively happy with my DPS, I was in the middle of the pack and doing pretty well (I thought). I was expecting boomies to be really bad when I started the xpac but they have made enough small changes that I am happy to stay as boomkin for a while longer.  I definitely could get more out of her if my gear was better stat weighted, but I simply am not online enough to get all the gear opportunities.  I might have to make a concerted effort to spend one day on the weekend to do some heroics, expeditions, world bosses etc.

Now we are left with G’huun then we will have cleared heroic again 🙂  I sort of don’t want them to do it on Wednesday, but I also don’t want them to spend the entire night wiping just so I can get the kill with them on Friday!  I am allowed to be selfish, no laws against it in Azeroth!!

Yup, I can say I have done it now.

I did LFR. <hangs head> Why?  Tell me why I thought it would be a good idea? What makes it worse was I had to keep signing up.

The first one I jumped into was Zul only. They had already killed FD and Vectis. We pulled the entire platform of adds. We basically died a horrible death twice before we even got to the boss. Then we wiped on Zul because no one did anything to the hexxers, just left them summoning bloods etc.  It was beyond a joke.  We came back from death and then explained the fight and we killed him the next time. Thankfully.

After leaving that one the next one popped for:

G’huun. Yup missed Mythrax as well. We actually did pretty well on him. I think we one shot it, I joined after what looked like a wipe though as people were explaining things and the balls groups had already been sorted out.

I was grateful I didn’t have to dd it in LFR, I enjoy it in raid because we have a method so we all know what we need to do. But randoms…no thanks. I just want to stand and pew pew.

You know there is a problem when I am top DPS. I am a boomy…I am not the best choice to be at the top, however the Demonhunter pulled their finger out towards the end and we managed to battle it to the end – they eventually won.  But we did kill G’huun and we didn’t wipe. That is all that matters.

I did end up going back and getting the other bosses I had missed, but that was another couple of runs. I didn’t end up getting Mythrax – I was completely over the craziness by then.  I did make sure to ask before every boss if people needed an overview of the fight because I would rather take 2 seconds and tell people than waste a wipe and have the abusers start going crazy calling people names.   Deserved or not.  The tank who kept taunting MOTHER and walking her through the barrier after the first flames for example, needs every name under the sun, but it just makes it hard to stay in the group with name calling. Even though it was 3 wipes on MOTHER…..we did better in Heroics.

Anyway, I can say I have done it, I might go back but unlikely, and certainly I might pick a better day to do it 🙂 LOL How is everyone else finding LFR?

Zul the Wipemaster

What a rough and awesome night all rolled into one.  I think the most demoralising thing about learning this fight is the difficulty with knowing what percent you are actually getting him to.

We started out the night all pumped up to kill a new boss. The guys were still on a high from their Vectis one shot – they were expecting it to be really hard and it wasn’t.

So Zul. The conversation was mildly distracting throughout most of the night:

Someone in the guild, who shall remain nameless, lead us down the path of depravity into learning what a stuntcock was.  Don’t look it up kiddies without adding reference to urban dictionary maybe.  The chat pretty much stayed in the gutter the entire night, thanks to Justin pulling out lines like this throughout the night.  I am glad Ben isn’t able to stream at the moment – it would be soooo rude.

We accidentally pulled the boss to start a couple of times, thanks to random things, however what was funny was we all made comment that it could only get better than 100% from here right?  How wrong could we be?  It was 100% all night because of the bloods.

However we did have a few low spots, we were getting to 50% consistently but generally we would get overrun with ads.

This started to be the common view.  We did however though, get him to 35% on one attempt and then consistently we were getting him to phase 2 with a very quickly end to the attempt after that.

We tried the zerg method (bunch up and focus on boss only to get him to 40% with Bloodhexers CC’d). I think we were just short of DPS to make this work and I am meaning a whisker close. If the guys pick up some new gear on Wednesday night they have a fair shot on Friday I think.   We also tried the method of control with focus on adds and on the couple of attempts I spent zero time on the boss and all my time running around chasing adds.

For some reason I kept being the person to jump into the purple puddles of death (they mostly spawned right next to me), and I noticed Zeirah was jumping in them a fair bit as well – I kept thinking she was Lana though as she was cat form when jumping into them and would change back to her normal self and I was so confused!!  I think I even called her Lana at once stage – my apologies lovely!!

I think the zerg method worked best and  we will be really close next week, if not killed.  Phase 2 is really hard – I have no idea how we are going to be able to handle all the adds that are up plus all the red crap on the ground. But hey that’s the fun of it right?

I read some strats (as I do) and noted that some strats mentioned moving the blood hexxer when they spawned to the side of their spawn location so a second one wouldn’t spawn on top. I would like to see how that works in practise as I am not sure how far they need to be from each other.  Almost need a DK or something to grab it to the point of a hunter trap or something.   I also read that because the boss can’t be tanked in the first phase, the tanks should be picking up the blood hexxers, which would also make moving them easier I think?  No idea but it sounded like it made the most sense. Not sure how that works for the tanks though but it might help with the super fast bloods!!

21 wipes in one night. It was expensive and fun. So much fun.

So we finally got our things happening

I am back at karate on Wednesday nights now so I cannot attend the Wednesday night raids. So I can only hope, in my selfish boomy heart they actually get boss kills on a Friday night instead.

Sort of like last week 🙂

I was told on Wednesday they tried a few new things for strats on Zek’voz which seemed to help the raid get to phase 3 consistently so I was hopeful we would be close on Friday.  I was actually not going to be able to make Friday as I had friends coming round on Saturday and I needed to clean the house and make food. But you know…raid comes first.  So I ended up jumping in.

I jumped in to find we were doing normals because we didn’t have enough heals, I immediately thought I should message Zeirah again. It was Friday night, we are all introverts – maybe she would be home bored and interested in a solid night of progression wiping? Thankfully she was. I asked in raid if she came would we be doing heroic instead and the consensus was yes.

Zeirah killed us a couple of times, which she will likely never hear the end of now because it was hilarious and my guild like to hold onto things for tormenting people with later. We gathered quite a collection of bones because she copped an eye beam and was about to run out when Jason called for Tranq and as she was trying to run away and use push-to-talk to say she would do it in a second and we all blew up. It was pretty funny.

We got the boss, repeatedly to 1%. And even 2 times we got him to 0%.  ZERO %! You read that right.

If you can’t see his HP it is 168k in this picture. So close to death – I am surprised his tentacles are still attached.

This one shows 386k.  I mean…so hard to watch when you have so many people technically alive just not on our side. You think you can still do it until everyone starts reminding the chat channel they are mind controlled.  So painful to watch.

We had so many attempts with him under 5% it was just a matter of time. Chris was repeatedly telling us to just CC the first 2 mind controlled people so we could all just focus our DPS on the boss during Lust and I have to say that was what ultimately did it for us.  KILLSIES!!!

I was pretty ecstatic to be there for this kill. It has taken quite a while to get (comparatively) so everyone will be happy he is dead. I am not sure he will be so difficult in the future as we have a system now which seems to work and having figured out phase 3 now we will be ok in future I think.

Check out the playlist on youtube for our kill videos which is linked in the right sidebar, we have a couple up there from different perspectives.

On a more personal note my ilevel is now 358 and I can see definite improvement in my DPS levels now. I am sometimes getting close to Nelly in numbers and that means I am doing mostly the right thing.  I don’t have enough haste as yet and I still have some pretty bad pieces of gear, but all in all I am pretty happy with the level I am at.  I wish professions this expac were better (specifically Alchemy) so I could have all the flasks/potions I need for raiding, but I just don’t have the money to pay thousands of dollars for one flask or a couple of potions.

 

Thanks Daylight savings

I hate DST. I detest it. Such a stupid convention. Anyway due to the stupidity of changing the time the Kiwis in the guild needed to change the raid night for the week until we in Aus caught up.  So we raided Friday and Saturday instead. I tried to drag Zeirah along but she had already pugged normals for the week so I didn’t think it would be fair to drag her through our run 🙂

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We smashed through normal though. Did we get all the way through?  Am I remembering that badly? I died on Zul – to the point that just before I suicided off the edge Nelly said “Goodbye Mel!” – like seriously Nelly had time to notice me and say goodbye and one of you dispellers couldn’t save me in time!  hurumpf. Unbelievable.  Thankfully now when you die it dumps you into he middle of the platform so you can watch the action instead of just leaving you on the side.  Mythrax gave us a few issues and G’huun was a one shot. No issues. The ball bouncers did their stuff and it went smoothly.

We logged on for Heroic on Saturday and we were down a heals so I suggested I could see if Zeirah was up for it.  She was.

Heroic Taloc was easy enough, except for the fact that Nelly wasn’t around to do the laser beams so Ben was volunteered by Jason to do it. We get to the last one and Ben was saying ” yeah you should probably move soon, you will be ok for a”…..and then the laser comes through and hits a few people….ahahhaha  It was hilarious.  It was messy towards the end we had very few places left to stand I kept getting cut off from the raid and was out of range. But we ultimately got him down.

One of the worst nights on M.O.T.H.E.R. I have seen.  We just couldn’t get it to happen – 50% of the attempts were caused by a bug in which she drops aggro and even without Aaron touching her, she turns and walks away from Brian. It is really annoying as she was walking straight through into the other room.  I think Brian was getting frustrated by it because there is literally nothing you can do about it.  In the end though he got her under control and our first group going through stopped letting a cast off one of the adds and we smashed it.

Fetid devourer went down without an issue. So far Jason hadn’t remembered any of the heroic mechanics so we were reminding him as the fight started which was funny and hectic.  Almost like having to remind him before every pull to give us fortitude. I swear you would think people like having the extra buffs again, just leave the druids out – thanks again Blizz. I would like to be able to buff with Wild or Thorns even!!

Then Zek.  What can I say. This guy is a twat. a twat monkey. a crab. GAHHHHH

I think we got him to 37% at the lowest point? We seemed to be doing much better with the eye beams but it is just such a high risk move having us grouped up.  If one person has lag, is not paying attention or just slightly slower in moving they kill the entire raid.   I even changed my spec to get the bounding backward option but was then too chicken to use it because what if it isn’t far enough back and I wipe the raid?  Or what if I still need to move further backward and because it is backward I don’t turn my toon fast enough and run forward instead? Or what if it doesn’t send me backwards – if it is as bad as blink I could kill everyone.  I chickened out (no pun intended) and just continued to run.

I watched quite a few videos and read strats and I couldn’t find one where anyone grouped up – to be fair – mythic groups require you spread out as the eye beam is instant cast so you don’t have time to move.  But I figure it is just a safer option to not kill the entire raid, but maybe only kill one or two people.  No idea.  I hope they kill him on Wednesday even though it will kill me to not be there 🙂

Zek’voz can Zek’off*

The guild was a bit weird on our raid the other night. People seemed to be a little grumpy?  No idea why, Friday was a public holiday in Victoria thanks to the AFL which meant us southerners had the day off to chill out and relax. We started to drink way earlier than raid time, so by the time we were invited to group I was pretty well on my way to seeing a blurry screen.

Before Moryrt and I logged into the game we watched a video about the Laphroaig Distillery which was fascinating and then required me to try the 10 year old whisky again. I hated it last time I tried it, but this time I actually quite liked it after the first couple of sips.

Laphroaig range

Why am I telling you this?  Because it is relevant to your understanding of the condition we were in during raid. Drunk and trying to be co-ordinated.

We started at Fetid Devourer. It was uncomfortable because we just couldn’t seem to get it happening. The initial pulls were weird and the boss was in a bad spot a couple of times, the DPS couldn’t get the adds down occasionally, people were dying left, right and centre. Chaos.

I was standing next to a rock but the angle must have been just off and I was pushed back at one point and I got stuck on a shrubbery. I was there for a good minute trying to get out. I was so angry, I was cursing and swearing like a maniac off air.  I got caught in the breathe thing multiple times because I don’t ever seem to run far enough. I turn into kitty and run but it feels like half the room away is too close.  I need to find out what the actual distance is because it was extremely aggravating.   I am almost wondering if we should be grouped up in melee so when he breathes we are just not in the way?

The healers were struggling, the tanks were struggling. Again. After a few attempts you won’t believe what happened.

Four of us standing and we killed him. A wipe got called but he was so close to death we ignored everyone; we stood long enough to DPS him to death. We couldn’t have planned it any better imho. Everyone called it “A usual Warong kill” because we kill bosses by accident.  LOL

Group shot for our heroic Fetid Devourer kill!!

It would be a very interesting sociological study into raiders mindsets. I remember the “Classic” days of spending weeks on a boss with 40 people, we didn’t get angry, upset, flustered until we were well into the hundreds of attempts.  Now it seems people start getting annoyed after a couple of hours on the same boss, so maybe 30 attempts in total.  This has always fascinated me because I don’t get frustrated until it has been weeks and we aren’t improving each time.  If i see improvement I am happy with it.  Having said that, the next boss can shove it up his butt.

We tried Zek’voz. He is a word that I would not be willing to write in a blog but omg.  The Eye Beam. You have a few seconds to get out before killing the entire raid in one shot. Without naming names certain people kept getting the eye beam and then having issues.  Apparently I was blocking the warlock portal, Laurie was getting stuck on invisible walls and having lag (we still maintain he rage quit though), Justin just forgot to move and apologise profusely and everyone spent each attempt praying to RNJeebus to not be chosen for the eye beam. Even in my drunk state I managed to run out when the beam was called. I was proud of myself.

I cannot tell what green gas I am supposed to stay out of but so far it has not been me who pops the extra mob so I am not going to worry about it. I struggled to see the safe spot during the darkness because it always looked safe under the boss until I got there and saw everyone running the other way..I have to pay particular attention because I find those two parts a struggle.

We were getting to 50% and below but not by skill. It will be interesting to see how we go with this one.

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We are now 8/8N and 3/8H and we will be back to get that one soon!

*Worst title ever – I know!!

G’huun you gelatinous grotto grub

Our Wednesday night raid did not go as expected in any way. It was like an event out of some weird TV sitcom that makes no sense from start to finish.  I know on our last raid we were so close to getting him down, but it wasn’t looking promising when we started.

A 4% wipe. We seemed to forget about the cotton balls and people were dropping them like little fluffy farts all over the place. It was hectic. H.E.C.T.I.C

We had the same groups on the balls again – there are a couple of videos up on the youtube playlist (right hand side) showing the basketball tossing we do and Brian has added a tanking video. There is also all the streams from Ben which are available to watch if you are keen. Definitely worth checking out as I think the guild talks more rubbish than anything, but it lightens the tension.

Eventually though we got all our fluffy balls away from the raid, healers had a slither of mana left over and we had a couple of DPS up for the magnificent and wonderous event:

The death of G’huun. A  Heart of Corruption achievement for completing the last 2 bosses and also the Guild Run achievement. AMAZING!

Look at us handsome people. We are definitely Champions of Azeroth imho. I am pretty proud of my guild, we really haven’t spent all that long on any of the bosses and we generally get them down after a solid night of progress. Testament to Nelly running heroic/mythic version with the other guild as she knows the ins and outs of the strats which aren’t really obvious when just reading through or watching videos.

This is where the weirdness begins. We had to start attempting heroic because well, we had cleared everything in Normal!  WOO! (I am still on a high for having gotten through it relatively quickly, it was opened on the 5th September and has taken us 3 weeks to get through).

We decide to Kill Heroic Taloc. Yeah we made a group decision to do it.

The blood puddles were a mess, apparently (like the other night on Mythrax) people don’t know which is the middle area (or their left and right)…even when markers are down. So it got a little scary in some parts trying to lay down blood and not get cornered, but we did manage to get it done.  Overall without Nelly being firm about when to move and how far to move on the platform to avoid the lasers we wouldn’t have gotten this.

MOTHER was next up because we still had most of a raid night to go, it seemed about the same as a fight except for the extra laser beams which come from the roof and the beams moving much faster down the room.  The wind is also much stronger. I don’t usually get snaggled in it, but the first couple almost had my feathers charred.  I noticed on the next ones there is a flow visual a few seconds before the actual wind so if you go in the opposite direction in preparation you can get some extra breathing room.  Completely screws the casting ability this fight as you are constantly moving from fire, wind and lasers.

Just took us a couple of attempts and then voila! Most of us alive, no spawns getting their casts off and another Heroic boss down. It seemed so much more difficult when we started it. This is going to be a horrid fight if you lose concentration for a millisecond. No room for errors at all.

Of course we tried another one after getting her down, why not hey?  At this point it is lunacy to be clearing this with only a few attempts to learn the new mechanics but I was pretty happy with our efforts. Off to Fetid Devourer and the conversation at some point devolved into worse than gutter talk. I am meaning adult xxx content. I was laughing so hard.  It is fun to be playing with adults who don’t appear to have any issues with the more cheeky subjects of sex, bear arses and pussies on faces.

Fetid Devourer managed to kick us in the face repeatedly. We were actually doing ok to start but it was just a little hectic with the new mechanic for the add spawns. We were improving but really slowly. So we called it a night with a complete clear of Uldir and a solid start on heroic mode.  It is awesome,m such a great night.

The temple of Mythrax

Our temple is not deep in the underground of London.  No, ours is in the dark heart of Nazmir.

A place where we were getting our butts handed to us in a devastating manner. Disheartening as well.

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The actual Temple of Mithras

I spent all morning looking up strats, watching videos and reading about the melee heavy strats people have employed to handle it. It made no difference, the biggest saviour of our attempts was, “How about we just turn the mobs around so we can see what we are doing?” Thanks Laurie, because we are bunch of nublets and didn’t think of that sooner.

Amazingly our previous best attempts were in the 30% range, 32% to be exact. The beam, whilst we were dealing with the mind visions, would knock out the raid before we had a chance to manage anything else. It was insta-wipe.

But then on our Friday night raid, with great suggestions and discussion – like adults. We smashed the Mythrax in the gnarly faceless bits, of course this was after we managed to work out which side of him we were supposed to be on…only a slight problem for some of the raid, including myself. <facepalm> Thankfully it was all streamed and therefor immortalised for ever!

It felt so good. I was definitely not prepared to actually kill him because…well we were just not getting him to a point of death. Maybe a couple of wingy arm things hanging off only, possible loss of eye sight or some open wounds but not death.  I am not sure many others were either because none of us had read or watched anything about G’huun.

Of course in addition to not knowing our left from right we also don’t know when pulling trash that we are actually pulling the boss. Nelly went AFK for two seconds and comes back with “Oh, why are we killing the boss?”, “We aren’t, just clearing trash!”, “….<facepalm> Nope this is the boss.” HAHAHAHAHA

I was on ball duty with Michael, Nathan and Sue, and Moryrt was with Nelly, Kratoz and…someone else…I can’t remember so please forgive me. I think we did ok with the balls and after we got the idea we managed to repeatedly get to the second and third phases with no one dead only after about 4 attempts. Nathan managed to get most of the way down the tunnel on one go, Michael forgot to heal us on the first one and just ran of twirling his panda skirts, Sue and myself were just like extras to their awesomeness 🙂

By the end of the night, I honestly thought we had him:

7%. The shocks were falling ceiling and the blinding thing. I suspect we may have had him down if not for those two little messy parts. I believe we are going to extend for the next raid so we can just get this monkey down.

It would allow us to go back and smash Heroic Taloc in the face and beat our “play” attempt the other week with Nelly tanking:

Pretty happy with the run tonight, we did better every single time and that is just testament to the guild.  They put in the effort, pay attention and learn from their mistakes. With both Mythrax and this one I feel like I don’t do any DPS because you just spend so much time running around like a headless chicken – it is worth it!

Can’t wait to get this bugger down, then I might give LFR a crack….when I am in a really good mood 🙂

 

 

We are coming for you G’huun

You and your pet, Zul.

I missed the guild’s second raid as it was moved to a Saturday night due to lack of healer availability for Friday, but we had plans already which I wouldn’t get out of. So I watched it on the stream (thank god Ben was streaming!!) whilst our friends watched the Collingwood match.  I didn’t get to hear the smooth bedroom voice of our raid leader as I was watching only, not listening. The guild killed the next couple of bosses from our Wednesday night and whilst I was in the stream chat screaming for someone to take pictures – no one did.

They got stuck on Zul, from what I could see.  So when I made it to the next Wednesday night raid (thanks to delayed trains and missing karate again), I was extremely happy.

We smashed it like a birthday cake. Smashed it.

We one shot Taloc again, like a bunch of pros. I think it was a little messier this time as we didn’t set up markers for dumping of the blood therefore people were kind of going everywhere.  It wasn’t as well controlled like our first kill. I know me and a few others got caught behind a range barrier of badly placed blood with no way to get back to the group just before the boss died.

MOTHER went so smoothly that I cannot understand how we struggled so much last week. It was like we had done the boss a million times before. We set up, Brian advised he had changed some talents and gear for better mitigation, Jason set up the groups and all the healers proceeded to have heart palpitations at all their UI’s being completely messed up.  Chris counted the groups perfectly so there was no confusion about who was going through when and we proceeded to just smash her. Poor Ostrik (spelling sorry) died on the first or second flames and then stayed dead the entire fight because we were saving the rezzes. He would have had great fun!  LOL.  It was just amazing. We didn’t get the laser beams (we don’t know why?), and we only had  flames and wind to contend with…makes it sound like a bad curry doesn’t it?

Fetid devourer was the same, just melted through it like it was nothing.  I was excited as this was the point we got to in one raid last week and we had only been about 30 or 40 minutes?  I shall have to check the stream.

We then headed to the suckerface. Vectis, honestly not that hard but it was my first kill so I grabbed this quick screenie before the guild ran away. So technically our second kill.

Zek’voz was next and this was as horrific as I had expected. It isn’t overly difficult per se, just so much going on that you are constantly watching for effects to happen so you can run away.

That got me a nice little achievement and also another quick screenshot before the guild ran away to spend the rest of the night wiping on Zul.

We wiped. We wiped. We wiped and just for good measure, we wiped a little more.

Zul. Zul. Zul.

He was finally defeated on the next Friday raid night. Would we call it a smooth kill? Or even a good kill? You could probably put it into a “shear dumb luck category” and it would be close.

Not to down play the effeort we were putting in though. We were consistently putting him to 40% and just needed a little change to strats.  The best one being not CCing the hexxers and just interrupting/stunning so they came to the centre. From a DPS perspective it was much easier than running around the platform wasting case/DPS.

We spent what was left of Friday night working on Mythrax. When the adds pop with the mind flay we all die. It is a hard fail for us at that specific point, if we could get them under control I have no doubt we would be ok.

Let’s see how the guild goes next week. Grats everyone on the kills!

Topic 39: What’s on your to-do list for BfA?

Z and Cinder bring us another topic for the fortnight and I honestly don’t know how well I will cope with this one.

Battle for Azeroth has been out for a few weeks now and while it’s still early days, there’s a lot of content for us to gobble up. What’s already made it to your to-do list to get through in the next couple of months or even next couple of years? We’ll check back at the end of the year, like we did in our Legion post, and see if your plans are still on track or have shifted slightly.  I know I have a massive to-do list already, so we’d love to see yours!

For our topic this week we are asking you –

What’s on your To-Do List for BFA?

Wow, so many things, just too many!!

  • Battle Safari (I have maybe 4 pets at the moment).
  • Pathfinder One (and Two when it is released)
  • Reputation/Questchain for honourbound reputation so I can open the Siege of Boralus dungeon. (Sloooooow going!!)
  • Level my Mage
  • Level Alchemy/Tailoring on my mage and Enchanting/Engineering on my pally/fishing and cooking on my druid.
  • Complete the Legion dungeon/raid achievements for mounts
  • Chase down some leather druid gear for trial of styles (I have so few items to use)
  • Complete some of the gear sets on my mage ( I have about 8 sets in which I missing single or double items only)
  • Level or boost an alliance toon to experience the story line from their side.
  • Level more of my battle pets to 25
  • Try the warfronts (still haven’t done the opening thing yet).
  • Mythics/Raiding

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Warsong’s first Uldir

There is some current discussion about moving the raid nights around within the guild but until that is sorted the raid nights are still Wednesday/Friday.  On the 5th September (yes this is now a week after we started) we headed into the bowels of the Heart of Darkness to begin the slaughter of G’huun and his minions.

This is us gathered in the main room before we started. Don’t we all look like Champions of the Horde?

I had asked Pracey if he was planning on streaming the raids and he was pretty excited to do so, it makes me happy since I can’t.  I am yet to test out streaming with my 4G connection. I might try this weekend.  You can watch the entire 2 hour session if you like below, but Pracey has since broken it up into the boss fight sections to make it easier to digest.

Watch World of Warcraft – Uldir Raid from harrisben on www.twitch.tv

We did so well!!  So so so so so so so well.   In truth, I had only read the first 2 bosses as I had not really expected to get past the first one, not because we couldn’t but just because I figured in the excitement we would be all over the shop and suck.

Can I just say though, we one shot the first boss Taloc? We walked in, got a run down from our amazingly epic raid leader Jason, the tanks communicated with us and each other, the healers worked their cool downs and most of the DPS stayed alive.

Then BOOM. He dropped like a sack of potatoes.

We all were sort of dumb founded. Like…”oh…um…he ded boss!?!? What we do no mon?”.

I think the worst part of this boss was the section in between when we had to move around the outside and kill the little blobs. Picking the right speed at which to move was handled really well by the tanks. Otherwise it was not bad overall, being prepared for what was going to happen was definitely of benefit.  It was a nice entry level for this.

The second boss: M.O.T.H.E.R was a surprise. Apparently her name is an acronym of something, Brian found it on the night but I can’t locate it now. She is a cow.  An absolute cow.  The physical damage was pretty hefty for the tanks (extra healing at the end of the first barrier transition helped with our kill) and the barrier/adds were an issue for the first couple of people who jumped through due to mandatory interrupts. We had a couple of casts getting through.   Jason changed the groups a couple of times to get a small enough size through without causing too many adds at once and raid wide damage.  Even after seeing the fight I am still a little confused about the fight, but maybe after a couple more runs where I am not trying to watch my feet will make it better.

After 5 or 6 attempts, we got gutsy and just kept pushing through to the last room, I guess as practise. In the last room, she started losing health very quickly and the healing was super easy according to the team.  Lana our feral druid beared up and started tanking after we lost both, Jason made a noise on voice like he was about to call a wipe, Lana went down and I have no idea who started tanking at that point.  But after a couple of seconds she dropped target and again we were all like..”errrr…boss be ded mon…how did that happen?” Apparently she only needs to get to 10% hahah!  There were less than a handful of us at the end just trying to keep going. I am super glad we did though 🙂

On we marched. The Fetid Devourer next.  We pulled the boss accidentally clearing trash, we ran screaming like babies 🙂 I liked this fight except for when he sucks in his breath because it is so much wider than you think it is.

Overall much easier than MOTHER in my opinion and will not be hard to learn. It is very tank heavy again, Jason asked me to go bear briefly. I took one hit and died.

We had a brief look at the next boss after having cleared trash to the wrong one, just to see the fight, which doesn’t feel as bad as it is written. The green cloud of gas being the worst bit imho because it was super hard to see. I think we got him to about 50% on our one and only attempt for the night.

Overall first raid was good! We did 3 bosses in a couple of hours sight unseen for most of us bar watching videos. It was a fun night – I even blew of karate just to be there for the guild’s first raid.

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

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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.