Running LFR

There are two fields of thought on this:

1: Blizzard heard my screeching in guild chat

2: Running content is the best way to get that elusive orange gear.

Which do you think happened?  It wasn’t getting a direct message from Ian H providing me with the juicy stuff let me just say!

But I did manage to get my first whilst running LFR the other night.  I should start by explaining my husband had to go overseas for work – for 9 weeks, so after dropping him off at the airport (at about 1pm) I needed a distraction because I was not coping with the tears or the waiting to hear if he landed and got to the hotel ok.  In the end he called at 2am my time. So you can imagine how exhausted I was and how much content I had gone through by then.

I started with Gul’dan (I signed up for 5 LFR’s this popped first and would not have been first choice!  heheh) which felt a little like I was going backwards with story line after this fight but ok!  I cannot imagine, in my wildest nightmares, what this fight is like on mythic, or even normal.  It terrified me in LFR mode.  We did wipe the first time, however once everyone was advised to focus down the adds it went much smoother the second time and I am pretty sure we only lost a couple of people.

As soon as this finished it popped me into Trial of Valor

I didn’t take a picture of the first fight but I really enjoyed it – it seemed to happen almost as quickly as it started so I assume that is a good thing.  Helya was a little more chaotic.  I had no idea what was going on, but there was a big feathery boomy DPSing like mental so I generally just followed them around and targeted what they did.  I died on trash though before the dog fight and discovered I could still attack it over the rocks if I jumped for line of sight after being locked out.  Helya did give me a cloak which was an upgrade!

Skorpyron was an ok fight – again over before it began really, I honestly can’t even remember much about it.  Chronomatic Anomaly was annoying (and therefore good) as all heck.  Never has it taken me so long to cast anything in my entire life, I was just trying to get my pyro to proc as much as possible.  Trillax was an awesome fight – I almost got killed on one of the last pink beams of death because I got cocky and thought he would die faster than the beam would kill me.  I would not test this theory out again.  Just avoid the stuff.  It is safer.

The next one to fall to my mad quest for distraction was Tichondrius.  Also a hectic as anything fight which made little to no sense, but all I did was kill adds and then attack boss when I could.  I didn’t mind it for a fight, I can imagine it being painful in normal/mythic without a bit of focus though.  He dropped me a tier piece for my shoulders “Mantle of Everburning KNowledge”. SQUEE!  They are very pink, doesn’t go with the fire mage inside, but I will cope!

Krosus will always have a place in my heart because he finally gave up the lovely orange loots!  Yesss!!  My very first legendary was from an LFR run and not a world emissary quest.  I liked this fight, with the beams of death and the smashing of the bridge.  It wasn’t overly hard and I do wonder what aspects are in the harder versions which alter this significantly.

This final boss got me the Nightspire achievement.  Another fight that I spent more time following a boomy around and killing adds than actually being on the boss, but these fights seem that if you don’t have some focus you quickly get overrun with extras and it goes pear shaped very quickly.  I don’t mind being the support DPS as I was not anywhere near the top on meters – and ultimately I don’t even look for anything other than to make sure I am doing better than last. Especially given how behind I am in terms of gear (sitting on 860 now I believe) and comparing to groups of people with much higher ilevels is just lunacy.

The last boss I did was High Botanicst Te’larn, at this point it was about 8pm adnd all the parents had started to call to find out if I was coping without hubby and so it was just getting annoying trying to do 2 things at once.  As it is I don’t really remember this fight as I was dead for 80% of it, I got ressed at some point and then just button mashed until the end – which was about 30 seconds.

I decided I had had enough at that point and stopped with the LFR’s. There is only so much speed running you can handle when you are not focused or giving everything your full attention.  I did enjoy all the boss fights though so I can’t wait to get back in there now that I have seen them and actually learn what I need to do a bit better.  How are you guys enjoying LFR?  Fun? Bored?

Questing – without legendaries

You know I joke about it but I managed to get to 200 world quests completed the other day – and I have done quite a few more since then, and I am still yet to see a legendary.

What is the most painful is that my twitter feed and guild chats are full of people getting them within a couple of hours of reaching 110. Hey I only dinged 20 minutes ago and look at my legendary!!

I get so annoyed. Lominari laughs. I huff. Every single time.

I have even asked a couple of times in guild chat if Blizzard are watching to find out why I have no legendary love. I have managed to get my ilevel to 850 without a legendary but that doesn’t make it any better.  Lominari hasn’t managed to get a second one on his priest yet though and we are doing the dailies together so that fills me with a little satisfaction. I think it would kill me if he got a second before I got my first one.

I wondered if there was something I needed to do to activate a signal in the system that I was able to have one, but that make little to no sense given some people just ding and get them. So I went hunting for information. This is what I found.

Trust the EU players to come up with this stuff. You can find the full spreadsheet here if you are interested. Basically as someone with no legendary I need to some Heroics and LFR’s, neither of those things are overly time consuming and if it helps me get the shiny orange text pop up who am I too resist.

Yes I know, gear isn’t everything! However in this instance that is just a lie someone tells you when they have legendaries!!

 

Time to empty the quest log

I admit it – I dislike having a a quest log that can never be cleaned out.  I seem to be battling the constantly full quest log and it is driving me mental. So in an effort to clear some of it out I signed up for random heroics. My ilevel is sitting at 846 now thanks to some world quests and so I figured it was about time.  I think I cleared out 2 quests with the 4 heroics I ended up doing.

Better than nothing, I still need Eye of Azahara, Darkheart Thicket….and one more….something…with a boss in it that has a quest item.  That isn’t including the 3 other Mythic dungeons I need to run still for a quest which have items I need to collect.

My first run was Blackrook hold – which I have a special room key for, but we were going so fast I was scared of getting lost as I barely able to keep up.  That place made me dizzy with all the spiral staircases – reminiscent of Shadowfang Keep 😀

Next I scored Neltharion’s Lair (which was a quest dungeon). Stupidly I used slowfall to get to the secret chest after the snake boss and then proceeded to fall out off the ledge when trying to turn around. Fail. Hardest fail ever.  That was after almost dying to the cliff boss on the first jump…yup, I almost died before even getting to the boss.

After that super speedy run with AOE tanking and just constant pulling, my next run was Maw of Souls (another quest in here).  I really like this dungeon. I don’t yet really understand all the fights (I need to do more reading) but I adore the mythology behind it all.   Almost nearly died to the purple on he ground with the last boss as I didn’t realise she faced a direction…corrected that on the next lot, which I was alive for thanks to the brilliant healer not letting me die.

I also ran a Halls of Valour which was horrific – it was the only run we had a wipe because the 2 tanks who couldn’t decide who was main decided to pull almost the entire room of Vikings in the longroom.  I couldn’t have face-palmed any harder for the risk giving myself a black eye. Fenrir also was to the left as you enter his realm which I had never seen before and so they were running all over the map looking for him whilst me and the healer followed the foot steps and kept telling them to come back.

Overall LFD was as expected, super quick, no waiting around and just getting it done. No time to ask questions just kill anything that spawns and stay out of the crap on the ground.  Only 1 bad group out of 4 is pretty good and I am not going to complain about that.  I don’t believe I got any gear out f those runs either which were of any use, I did hand over a shoulder piece to a mage, but I think that may have been the only one I actually got.

Free time again!!

So as most of my usual readers/friends know I do martial arts 3 nights a week (Tues/Wed/Thurs) and I am also studying for a bachelor online.  The last trimester of uni (which finishes this week) I decided to do 2 modules as I would in theory have 3 extra nights to study because martial arts were on extended holidays of Christmas. I was wrong.  The workload was way more than I anticipated.

I basically had no time for anything other than work, study and sleep.   I won’t likely do that again any time soon if I ever want to have free time to play WoW.

So a group of us have decided to do some regular dungeons runs on weekends which again, we haven’t managed to do with my schedule.  Finally this weekend just past we managed to get online for a couple of hours.

We did our first Mythic run “Halls of Valour” with Blikolorie tanking, Nibblepie healing, me and Lominari DPSing and we grabbed some random 5th person.  I might point out, neither Lominari or myself were really geared enough to be in there.  I think Lominari had a gear score of 816 or something and I was only 831.

The last boss was a little…difficult.  We had to do it about 8 times – if not more – and the random pug was really nice about the entire thing.  In the end…we got it done!

We decided to do some more work quests and chase some gear on the map, but headed to the epic world boss quickly first which scored some more gear upgrades for Lominari.  We did a whole bunch of quests and handed in 2 different emissary hand ins.

Do I look like I have a legendary yet? Do you see one on me anywhere? Can you see orange somewhere?

By the time we finished all the quests etc I managed to be on 838 for my ilevel and Lominari is now much more improved at 830.

We could even do some LFR which I am thinking i might do this week just to see what the new raids are like. Only the early raids at this stage but I am looking forward to – and also getting through some more of the Suramar quest line.  We are so far behind on the questing/class halls it is pretty daunting.

Legendaries

This is why I don’t log in anymore and why Overwatch is getting my affections WoW!! This!!

I have levelled a few toons to max now and I even did a few emmisary hand in ons each of them. Not a lot granted – I have been slack on that front. But some – certainly more than 1 at any rate.

Lominari gets his priest to max, barely spends any more time on him, logs on randomly  with me the other day and does an emmisary quest hand in – BAM!  Legendary!

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And not only that – but it was a useful one!  You could not imagine the shade of green I turned! Here i am helping him get geared so we can do some LFR and the guy gets a legendary on his first quest hand in.

Look at that lovely little beast. Grats honey!

<hangs head>

So where is everyone?

Well over our last break from WoW, we have taken up a lot of stuff that limits our availability.  The upside of this is that raiding is not something we think we will be able to commit to on a serious note, which means I can actually have my characters spread around the place and not feel guilty.

So I have a max DH and Druid on Alliance Aman’thul playing with real life friends over there.  I also have moved my max mage to be on Khaz’garoth Horde side to be with my RL friends that started out as guildies in vanilla.  My plan is to max my paladin next on Saurfang Horde to remain in Frostwolves and my friends there.

None of them are even heroic ready, my DH has the highest ilevel at 811 I think?

I moved my mage to Khaz as I didn’t want to play a second druid if I did any runs with them and I would feel bad if I wasn’t playing my mage in some capacity.  Hubby boosted a priest which he is levelling at the moment and is currently 105.

I am playing my mage a bit at the moment, and haven’t logged onto my druid for a couple of days – the guilt is starting to build now!

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