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Mythic mania

What a whirlwind kind of week since patch. I can barely keep up with everything going on, I almost fell like my brain will explode any minute from the excitement of it all.

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I got invited into the Mythic raid!!  ZOMG!  You know the one were we were getting slammed by Juggs of Iron..well we continued that one.  I didn’t anticipate an invite, but I had pre-warned Navi that I was on lates this week which meant I would be online about 5 minutes before raid time and I was completely understanding if she took others because of that.

Anyway I managed to get home pretty early, ate dinner, and jump on at about 15 minutes prior.  Enough time to make some pots (WITHOUT GOING TO MY BANK – ZOMG!!!) and get repaired and empty out some crap in my bags.  Not that I need to anymore with my 70 free bag slots :)

We headed back to IJ and I was slightly freaking out because last time, I was struggling to avoid the stupid razor blades that come out of the ground.  Seems I sucked at that again anyway, but, for one moment – whilst dead, I was appreciating my damage meters.  This may the only time I ever see my name in that position with this guild (although I will make it more common) but it is very, very exciting:

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Mythic Juggernaut

We had a few wipes on bosses but we managed to get all the way to Thok and on our last attempt for the night, kill him.

It may not have been as fast as some others, but given a few of us had never been there in heroic so didn’t know about the new mechanics etc I think we did unbelievably well.  I am sure it was frustrating for the main team to walk us through it all, but they will never know much much I personally appreciated their time and effort.

Malkorak and his little black balls of death were annoying – I swear I didn’t get hit – but I must have clipped it – so annoying thinking you are miles away only to find out you weren’t.  Even worse, Exray was marking the non safe spots and says “get to the safe zone” – what do you think I do??…yeah..stand there looking at the coloured marker thinking, “I need to move away from this!” in a panic, only to be dead a few seconds later :p  Not funny. My brain just did not connect to my hands.

I have said it before, I know it is post patch and everything is easier at the moment, but the pure and simple joy of killing bosses in levels I have not seen – or thought i would ever see – and then getting achievements for it, is pretty epic in my mind!!

Mytic Dark Shamans

Mythic General nazgrim

Mythic Malkorok

Mythic Spoils

I have to mention spoils – the most frustrating fight as a ranged person I have ever experienced:

Tab target // 2 (start casting frostbolt) //  mob dies // cast failed

“That was fast!!”

Tab target // 2 (start casting) // mob dies // cast failed

“WHAT THE H…?!!?!?”

Tab target // 2 (start casting) // mob dies // cast failed

“FFS….”

tab target  // 3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,pet frost nova,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab, (Ice lance)

“SCREW YOU DPS!!! Take some multistriking ice lances!!!”

Mythic Thok

 

I am sooo excited to have these, I need to get the first wing down to have a set, especially if we do the last three this week, I don’t know if we are resetting or just extending. Either way I am so happy!  Ecstatic!!  Thanks for putting up with a nublet in your raid team guys!!

 

Mini post: The new UBRS

I was a little disappointed with the new UBRS in that it was too short.  I wanted more.

I had been queuing with no success since patch – my wait times were starting off as like 40 minutes and then increasing and then every time it would pop up someone would decline and I ended up doing other things.

The other night in guild a few of us were moaning (mainly Duck and myself) about how we had no joy in there and the wonderful Navi said she would tank a run for us complainers!!  Crooked offered to heal, Alca wanted in as well so off we went!

We completed it without an issue, apparently the first boss does some sort of lightning thing – which Crooked and I were closing off the doovers so I didn’t really notice much else about the fight.  The second boss did some sort of charge chain thing, but he died too quickly for me to really understand what was happening aside from avoiding green puddles.  The next boss was fun with adds flying around everywhere and mobs all over the place.

Then Awbee came in,  which was pretty cool.   I ran off to head out to the tunnels and no one followed…I got told that was it.  The end.  For the moment. I can’t wait to get to the beast – I hope they left the punting in – it was an initiation rite when we ran it originally – every newbie had to go and agro him and die :)  Was soo much fun.

There was a funny bit when Alcapown rolled on some loot (or was it Duck?)  anyway we all wondered why when it had Int and crit or something else on it.  We all realised it was part of the new loot that changes depending on your spec.  Quite weird actually because now I am wondering how will loot work in raids?  Will we all see gear differently and therefore never really know who it should go to….ohh my head hurts thinking about it….it will be fun to see how it plays out anyway.

But here we all are – sorry for the awful image!!

UBRS

Thanks guys for getting that done for me.

Wow that was easier than I thought

Lominari and I managed to get the rest of the Iron invasion questline done and Luxy has said the pet is a pretty good one for battles, so I have added it to my favourites to get levelled.

The Iron invasion

Lom has managed to pick up a bug somewhere so my plans to do UBRS with him on Friday got squashed. Instead i settled in for a night of farming for a Bronze Whelping. Luxy said she gave up after 9 hours of farming, and someone else said they got one after a few kills.  I had killed maybe 50 mobs when McTacky started organise a Friday night fun run and I was going to pass and farm this pet. However, Luxy guilt tripped me and I got sucked in.

Leader McTacky

I hadn’t planned on really chasing achievements but some where so easy to get it was well worth it. I dragged Lominari along on his rogue so that he could pick pocket hagara when we got to her.

However, the getting to Hagara was hilarious. Thohand wanted to join us but got stuck on loading screens…he also went around the entire map of Azeroth to get to us…eventually he joined us at Yor’sahj.

Everyone was playing with toys whilst we were waiting for him to turn up, it was funny.  I got completely smashed as well, screen was very very fuzzy.

Getting the achievement on Hagara for holding hands well funny as hell, McTacky was getting annoyed with me because he kept saying “walk towards me” , “come to me”, “where i Am” etc but…all I could see was balls of lightening and Luxy with a symbol on her head….I would not have been able to tell you where anyone was in that line of people.  We eventually did get it, but sadly not for the people who had died already, so I feel bad..for them.

Holding hands

The only fight that wasn’t a cake walk was Spine, you can’t ignore mechanics really and we wiped a couple of times, but really once we got the healing sorted out it was easy.

Thanks to the group I only have to get Red & Green combo on Yor’sahj and the platforms on Deathwing that aren’t Ysera’s platform.  So a minimum, three more weeks to go in there.  I really didn’t think i would get so many done, I am very grateful Mctacky organised something and I am happy Luxy guilted me into going.  Another mount is within reach.

 

We then headed off briefly to do Halion in Ruby Sanctum, clearing the trash took us 80 times longer than to kill the boss.

Halion

My what nice Iron Juggs you have…

I honestly got so confused about version we were running,  I figured it wasn’t important anyway.  I believe we were doing normal, but it may have been heroic?

Either way, we went all the way to Norushen and given how easy the content seemed to be – they (being the chieftans) thought we could handle Mythic..so we switched it.  When I say easy = I mean the fights were over before you got too settled in, it felt awkward and (secretly) kind of awesome.

Mythic Sha Gala

Sha of pride took about 1 minute to kill – maybe just over – but it was dead very quickly. Gala apparently needed people to separate into sides when she drops, but by the time that had been explained on the fly, she was about 30% and going to be dead in a couple of seconds.

Based on that, surely we could do Iron Juggs?  Nope…not a  hope in hell.  The switch in phases just cause zoo much issue.  Not sure if it was the change to healing or the lack of skilled DPS, but either way it was just bad.  I think  we wiped 4 times before calling it.  No way I can follow this mess:

My, what IRon Juggs you have

It was so much fun to be in a mythic raid and getting some achievements…even if they are fake now…LOL.

DPS wise it is weird seeing 10k as a big number, I am sitting mainly at just under 10k at the moment (9k consistently) and the warriors are doing like 13 – 14k amazingly.

I have to fix my enchants as well, I did half before this raid and Mctacky cut 11 gems for me for my gear.  I just need a few more enchants and that may help increase my DPS that little bit more.  I also love the change to upgrading with coins as I had a few pieces of gear that I couldn’t wear due to lack of valour, but now I am in everything that is a upgrade.

I do confess to liking seeing smaller numbers – means we can only go up from here :)

 

When the universe plays nasty tricks on you for patch night

I spent all day at work on Wednesday excited about going home and logging into the new content.  Seeing some actual bag space would be amazing!! I was chatting to Drauka all day about it.

Finally got home at 7.30pm, fed the dog, got dinner started and then logged into WoW….and then….reconfiguring files for patch.  That alone took approx 40 minutes, and then it said it required a 6Gb download.  My face was complete devastation.  I had been running the background downloader so I was quite annoyed that I had even more to download as I would have checked again before I left for work.  Yes my fault for assuming the downloader was up to date…GAHHHHH.

So I let it download, I was getting pretty good speeds so figured it wouldn’t take too long – it was 10.30pm and it still had approx 1.5Gb to go.  I went to bed devastated.  I did log on briefly when it hit the green portion of the download, but as Lominari had to download 11Gb – I was sitting at approx 6k latency.  I was almost in tears. Almost.

Anyway, that’s fine…I can handle it. I am tough.

I got up on Thursday morning and checked that my download had finished.  The launcher was advising it was up to date.  I was excited to come home that evening so I could finally get online.

So again, 7.30pm rocks around, I am walking in the front door (dinner was to be microwaved because in my excitement of the morning of having an up to date patch, I had forgotten to grab our lunches for work – making an excellent dinner choice!). I decided to quickly jump through the shower so I can get into my comfy clothes and not worry about it before bed time.

As I am about to get out of the shower, Lominari walks in (looking crestfallen) and says; “I don’t want to upset you, but….the World servers are down.  All of them. I had you logged in, then we both just got DC’d and I can’t get us back in!”   I honestly thought he was just messing with me because of the night before, he was adamant – and he wasn’t doing his usual cheeky grin…so I was half hoping and half completely lost.

I headed out to investigate and the notice on the front screen advising maintenance had appeared – one hour.  I figured I could handle that right?  We ate dinner and then….would you believe it…

I FINALLY LOGGED IN!!!!!

I had to re-gem my mage and alter my gear because of the recent weeks doing brawlers. I also had to rejig my buttons and talents.  Find my toybox and open up some bag space – ZOMGWTFBBQ – 46 free slots (and i haven’t opened my second void storage yet!)

Toying raround

Lominari logged in and we started the quests in Blasted Land – for some reason our latency spiked to over 5k, but then slowly started to come back down without any interference (thank god it did – because my anger levels were starting to peak at that point).  We didn’t finish the quest chain because raid started for the guild but that is an entirely different post!

However!!  I AM IN!!! SQUUUUEEEEEEEEEEE!

 

 

 

Clearing out old achievements

I tend to always leave the achievements alone throughout an expansion that require the eating and cooking of foods and finding things. I figure that during the course of the xpac I would discover them and only have a few left over when it came time to actually do them.

I haven’t actually finished the cooking ones yet – I still need to get a student etc – but the thought of farming for those damned ironpaw tokens just drove me to the mental institute in anger and frustration.

So, here are the ones I finally completed after going through my bank toon and stealing all the mats.

I downloaded the addon to help with the treasure finding and there were dots ALL over the place!!  It was crazy, I had to do about 3 loops to complete the achievements as they were not spawning in any of the locations. I still missed quite a few, so I am tempted to try and get some more done – if I can be bothered now.

About the only thing I really really want to do now is make sure i attend the Wanderer’s festival in the Wilds on Sunday night – I have to collect the pet and get the achievement.  I want to do it before I leave pandaland.

 

Saturday flex

and a new crowd shuffles in….

Well sort of…some regulars and some new people in the flex this week, and only 13 of us again, pretty much a ragtag bunch of misfits if you ask me, but you know we are legends.  well they are, I am not.  I cannot do the belts on Blackfuse to save a soul.  I am not sure I will ever be able to do it. I simply cannot cast, avoid fire and move backwards at the same time.  Simply impossible.  I need to be standing still….and last night my frost bolts were doing nothing to the hp of the  mines.  I really have no idea how to do them.  Honestly, and even after researching some information the next day I still can’t find any information – most people say to stick melee on it….

I was trying to get ninja pics with Thohand…and the bear jumps around more than a….something that jumps a lot…drove me mad…eventually after one of our wipes I caught him in a brief moment of sitting peacefully…and I managed to capture Koda as well, with the lovely blue wings of awesome.  Thohand looks like an evil panda though – he is really quite nice, don’t let his outfit fool you.

Thohand Koda

Anyway, after a few attempts we got him down, and Paragons was  cake walk (I didn’t think it would be an issue ) it isn’t a hard fight really, focusing on one boss at a time is pretty simple if you ask me.

Garrosh however was…promising to be an interesting fight when I am 2nd on DPS meters..you know we are in big trouble.  However we actually had only two attempts and the first attempt I thought we were going to do it.  It was very smooth. I forgot we were doing Flex though and was waiting for achievements…LOL…Duh. I was quite happy to see us kill Garrosh with the group we had, it would have been  a little crappy for the newer/social members to have had a wipefest night.

I managed to ninja a pic whilst faith was eating her noodles and I was going to sit down next to her, but I didn’t want to interrupt her Laksa :p

Faith

And since I haven’t gotten many pics with him, I ninjaed one with Lominari on his rogue, I believe that Lominari and Morz were getting a little snuggly there…maybe they needed some comfort from each other :)

Lughna Morz

Finally a friday fun run

I missed a couple of these recently – in fact most – but we went to Throne of Thunder with approx 13 people to attempt some 25 man achievements.  We kicked butt mostly, although Horridan was horrible and in all fairness I hate that fight in any mode. I hate him almost as much as Immersius, although he is the overall winner for boss fights I dislike.

I must have already had the achievement for the first guy, but it was funny watching people trying to get it.  Watching people running around on mounts to avoid balls that are following them is quite hilarious especially when someone gets a ball and then runs directly into it…heheh  no names mentioned here…..

 

Crea collector

I am not sure this one should have even been an achievement, it is so easy to get.  Well I thought it was, maybe it didn’t used to be…*shrug*

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We went and did one attempt on Tortos, but that was crazy bad, so we called it there and some people went off to do Deathwing for their platforms.  I have no idea how many achievements I need for some of the mounts etc – I know I am well behind on most of them and when I hit 100 I will make a concerted effort to get back through all the content and get them done.  I want to clear the places and get the achievements.

I didn’t do very well on DPS and I realised I still have my gems in from being fire – so I am not really geared optimally, but at this point in the game we are about to lose a few stats and I honestly did not want to waste hundreds of gold for a little DPS when next week I am going to have to reforge and regem all over again. I did ok…but it felt good to be using my mage for something other than pet battles.

 

Heroic: Mogu’shan Vaults

I have been wanting to get clears of MoP content done as I have only done LFR. I feel I should make an effort to see all the content – well as much as I can. Since I always seem to luck out with the guild doing them (the friday nights I have been online recently have had mixed results with only 4-5 people wanting to do anything) and I didn’t realise they were going to be doing old content due to the raid team having a break. Co-incidentally that break lasted barely any time at all, since they have reset and are still doing SoO.

I have been using Oqueue and having no luck, I sign up for so many raids and am just never ever selected. OK, so I exaggerate, of the 40 I sign up for – I might get one invite…but I finally managed to get into a HMSV run. We did a full clear.

Great bunch of people, really tolerant and relaxed, no screaming or abuse or anything, just good fun.  It took us a while to get through all the bosses, we wiped on a few, and the 4 kings took us the longest. But I am so happy to have knocked that off my list.

Stone council

I caused a wipe on this because we pulled some trash and I hit my frozen orbs as they all suddenly died..so off my orb went straight to the bosses. Oops, we got most of the way through that attempt, but we died with a double overload.  We did try for the puppy achievement, but for some reason it failed.

Feng Accursed

Smashed through him with no issues whatsoever.

Gara'jal

Spent ages explaining this one, only to kill him before the first special attack was apposed to happen. It was pretty funny and quick.

Four Kings

This one took us a little while, I think maybe 5 attempts – each time that little bit better – was not overly difficult, but I would have hated to have done that at level.  It has very tight timings which I could not even begin to imagine.  This would be a raid team breaker I think.

Elegon

Elgeon was constantly getting bugged for us, we were just DPSing everything too quickly, but in the end, we did score a neat little achievement Straight Six.

Will of the Emporer

Last but not least – I got me a new title and a full heroic clear! This was a very easy boss to do, once you figure out how to start the encounter. We had logged a GM ticket, until I asked what happened if I touched the pipes that had cogs…heheh.

Now I have to clear a couple more and I will be ecstatic.

 

Beta playtime

All the previous discussions about raiding and toons made up decide to jump into BETA and have a play with the classes to see what we were still keen on. Lominari having a tougher time than me.

He played his SP and a rogue for approximately 20-30 minutes each, not really enough time to make a solid decision either way, but it has perhaps helped him decide? I don’t know as he hasn’t said much about either since.

I jumped in on my mage and was quite amused with all the changes..minimal they may be, but they have changed the game play enough.  I actually really enjoyed it even without doing very much reading on best rotations etc etc…i was just having a flutter.

I also decided to try and find a new background for my blog…Not sure I succeeded to be honest. I like it on my mac, but on my pc it looks like crud.  I noticed whilst trying to find a background I had my graphics set to “good”, I changed them back up to “ultra” and noticed a massive difference in the artwork and a drop in my fps.  Simply running around on my mount with nobody else in an area I was struggling to stay above 20fps. I can only imagine what it will be like when questing or doing dungeons.  We may need the upgrade sooner than we thought.

Pagoda

We both did some minimal stuff on our garrisons, I felt really overwhelmed with the amount of content thrown at you when you head to beta as a level 100 toon. I think it will be much better whilst levelling (based on information around the place).  We killed some mobs, even some rares, ran around a little for a couple of quests and that about sums up our beta experience.

I really like the favourite mount thing – that is awesome! Never have to see the crappy ones again!! I am not sure about the glowing on mobs – but that is neither here nor there for me.  I like the bonus quests popping up when heading to new areas and I am not sure about the map within the quest log, but that could be because my eyesight is not so good with very small texts.

Either way, I think once 6.0 drops it will be the start of something that is either going to win people bak over or it well send them away in droves. Only time will tell on that front.

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