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 🙂

Video: Hagara

Finally remembered to tape a hagara kill with the guild 🙂

I absolutely love doing these videos – I know they are terribly bad, but I enjoy it so much 🙂

Videos

Sorry I haven’t been around much, I decided to start taping our kills in DS, and so I have been spending time playing with those and uploading them to youtube etc 🙂

Drop past and say hello if you get a chance!!  My youtube nickname is onyxiia

Raiding as fire

I did my first raid the other night as full fire, and it was…interesting….to say the least…I suck at rotations at this stage…I kept getting flustered when things would proc, I have also discovered my UI SUCKS! I have cast bars over other bars and I can’t see boss debuffs, and I can’t seem to locate my dot timers….heheh

I must fix it this weekend. Hopefully before tomorrow night. I also need to make some stop cast macros as I need to get my pyro off asap and not waste time…anyway, these are all things you learn when you change specs 🙂 In all honesty I have just put up with my ui because it is such a daunting task to redo it all….and with arcane I really only needed to watch one thing….

My dps was a little touchy, but that was to be expected given I am learning rotations and getting frustrated with myself when i got it wrong. I was up there at 23k sometimes and then as low as about 12k…most of the time I was in between those…..it’s very spiky damage and I really can’t just look at a dps meter at the end of a fight and expect that to show me anything much….I really should look at the logs and see how I went and what I need to cut out on and who i can compare myself to 🙂

Aside from that I am enjoying fire, there is something satisfying about pyroblasting something three times in a row when you get a great proc run 😀

I am off to do my Ui now….it is going to take me a while and we are raiding tomorrow….so I have to have it done before then.

I uploaded the guild’s Lord Ryo kill onto my youtube page as well, and I am hoping to get the baleroc one up there tonight – if I remember to set it to upload before I go to bed tonight.

Mages, druids and everything in between…

I have completely changed my mage to be full fire spec..I figured I may as well give it a shot – worst case I just have to reforge and gem again if I fail.  I am very hit and miss with it at the moment, I would like to see what it is like in a full raid situation as opposed to heroics – which are very hard to judge anyway.

I have played with the dummies but fire is so crit dependant – I will kick arse for a few moments, then next time it will be lack lustre….I need to up my crit a little more…I am aiming for at least 15% haste – or as close to as possible…..I am currently at 13% so I am not unhappy with that.  I do however need to get some more Zandalari’s done so I can collect my tier 12 pieces – i just really dislike them 😀

My druid is finally level 70!!  YAY!  SO I have a shammy and a druid at level 70 now…..I will keep levelling my druid since I am on a roll with her 😀  My dps is terrible on her in heroics…I went into UK before and most were doing 1500 roughly…I was only cracking 1k when I was AOEing….my rotation is fine, so I can only figure it is my gear….which given what I am wearing I would not be surprised at all!!! Now that I am 70 though I will look at some LW patterns and see if there is anything that will last me a few levels…

So some other exciting info today….

http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/2529-New-Guild-Services-Now-Available-Blue-Posts

Years ago, we (being the three GM’s for our old guild) used to wonder why Blizzard didn’t have these guild services already available.  Now they do!!  Not sure why I am excited about it – I don’t have a guild and no intention of doing one again (at the moment) but I think it is pretty sweet that you won’t lose your guild and all the hard work that is put into one. Also kind of cool that you can rename it as well 😀

I guess my thoughts can change though because I signed up for the annual pass thing and there is a new xpac coming out…it’s a tempting thought to entertain….*innocent face*

I am also potentially going to be raid leading for the guild – however I am not entirely sure what my jurisdiction is or what the expectations of the guild are.  So I have to try and catch my GM for 20 minutes so I can discuss it with him and then work out what the guild wants…hopefully we can all find middle ground…somewhere…..he has basically told me to do it, but I don’t want to if I am not going to be able to push certain things like alts and under geared toons vs seeing content and having fun…..but we shall see….watch this space I guess.

So to end on a high note, here is a video of our Beth kill. This was the guild first kill, which was pretty exciting.  I also have the first kills of Baleroc and Lord Ry..which I am uploading tonight and tomorrow 🙂

Video: Cho’gall

Look out for the error in the text 😀  I didn’t even realise until I uploaded it…one day I may change it…and to be honest I have no idea why it even changed from what I had to set to originally 😀

Video: Magmaw

I have finally figured out youtube (no more muting!!) and so will be uploading the videos I am making for our guild kills.  These are not Strat videos – so please do not treat them as such.  Just a little fun for our guild.

I hope you enjoy  – feedback is welcome!

As a point to note – I am generally running around like a monkey as I have seen these fights a grand total of 3 times, and these videos were taken on my second sighting 🙂  I am not so useless now!