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.

 

Quests…so many quests

It is just endless and all over the place. I sort of like it. Sort of.  There is this constant underlying anxiety to playing at the moment as you have no idea if you have actually finished with the line or if they are going to spring some more on you.   Fred posted on our guild page the Dark Legacy Comic a few days ago and my god is it accurate!!

I was laughing to stop from crying at the accuracy!  I am not sure I enjoy just having three never ending continents, I think I prefer lots of smaller areas as it makes you feel like you are achieving zone completion.  I am not sure as there is something to be said for only having to remember 3 zones for the xpac. LOL

But some of the quests have just been fun. So much fun! I have a gallery of some of my favourites. Including the ones in Vol’dun which I missed on my druid but found on my mage (I might go back and do them).

I particularly enjoyed being turned into a giant toad and licking my enemies to death. I also don’t think there can be enough Bawonsamdi in this game. I want to die more often just to hear his smart arse comments.  I had no idea about them until I died 4 times on my mage and noticed one of his snarky sayings was “That blink didn’t help you at all, did it?” LOL  Awesome. Just awesome.  Moryrt enjoyed turning into a blood troll and looking like a heroin addled drug addict 🙂

And be sure to Eat Your Greens whilst you are questing in and around Nazmir, it is to ensure you have strong constitution to deal with all the killing, maiming and hunting.

Levelling is so much fun. I almost wish it never ended.

Topic 37: First Impressions: Battle For Azeroth in Pictures

I realised I forgot to add what this post was about – like a twit 🙂  Z and Cinder’s blog challenge for those wondering!!  Here is the link to their post request!

First impressions count and a new expansion brings a host of new zones to explore and new NPCs to meet.  Come and share your first impressions or favourite locations you find over the first fortnight of playing by showing us your favourite 5 (or more if you can’t choose) screenshots.

First impressions.  Gorgeous. Lovely. Emotive. Wild. Strong.

I haven’t been all that far, but my god, this place is gorgeous. I can’t wait to get flying so I can take pictures from overhead or at better angles. Azeroth just keeps getting more beautiful. Is it because she is now dying and her essence is being leaked out into the world?

Keeping this one short and sweet because the pictures speak for themselves imho.

Here are some other posts for the topic this week.

Your Quest Log is Full 

Edge of Insanity

Alunaria’s Avenue

Wildeheart Life

Z is for Zeirah

 

 

Dungeons!!

Stab and Pracey are so far ahead of us in levels due to their annual leave I suspect they will be well into gearing for heroics by the time this post is live, I left them at 119.

Nibble is at 113 (I am pretty sure), might be 114 actually,  and Moryrt and myself are at 112.  We had about 5 level 120’s in the guild when I logged on (which is pretty well done imho) and quite a few in the 117+ range.  I noted that the world first happened at about 1pm our time. Amazing! Or insane….I can never decide, you can see WoWhead’s post about it. It was a Method player so I am not surprised by that at all. Grats!

I digress. Moryrt and I were levelling when the call to run some dungeons was made. Given this is our mythic group, we decided to give them a try.  Moryrt even set up his iPad to read through the guides so that we weren’t just smashing through; we learnt too late in the last xpac about many of the boss/trash talents during high level mythics, so this time we want to be better prepared.

Balance, Retribution, Vengeance, Mistweaver and a Stabber make up our team and we did really well for it.  No wipes, not even any deaths. We didn’t need much healing and we were well behaved, no issues with threat for Moryrt either.

Our first random was Temple of Sethraliss, here is the group sitting down for some chow before beginning. I believe Nibble and Moryrt are having a moment of communion between tank and healer (it might be a new BfA thing).

All the bosses in here are pretty easy, I think the lightening boss Galvazzt will be the healer challenge in mythics and the last boss The Avatar of Sethraliss will be the DPS race.  Merektha and Adderis & Aspix I don’t feel were awful but they will just be messy.  We did this one twice via the random and we went through it much faster the second time and our boss kills were faster.  The pathing field of mobs with the eyes before the last boss will be an absolute slaughter house in mythic I imagine – I am not looking forward to that overall.

We then got Atal’Dazar which was amazing!!! I want to live in this place. I love the architecture.

Here we are before starting.  This had some fun fights which I think are going to be absolutely horrific in mythics..possibly even heroic.

We started with Vol’kaal and his poison thing on the ground and each other is going to be a testament to keeping a group together, I suspect standing on or near him then just moving backward is going to be the way to go. We can test that out over time.

Rezan is a giant dinosaur and such an interesting fight. There is no way I am going to cope in mythic. He fears, he chases, you have to avoid raptor bones and you can’t even stand in the middle (which is the obvious choice!) I loved it, even if I stepped on two lots of bones.

Priestess Alun’za and Yazma are a bit meh…they didn’t seem hard at this level, I imagine that will be more difficult with affixes etc.

All in all we had fun running the dungeons and we got to 112 by the end of the night.  Only 8 more levels to go. The dungeons are very lovely and the fights are fun so far of what we have seen.

 

 

First impressions :D

Before we discuss first impressions I have to tell you about the excitement I had leading up to BfA.  I had scheduled 2 weeks leave, but it was cancelled due to circumstances at my new job.  So I wanted to ensure I had maximum game time on Tuesday night and I had jokingly said to Moryrt (hubby) I wanted him to have the lights set to red (For the Horde!! of course) and the World of Warcraft Theme song playing as I entered the house.

I kid you not.

He pulled it off.

I was laughing my butt off when I walked inside.  I thought it was fantastic and I was clapping and dancing 🙂  It was brilliant. He is simply amazing to me. I am so grateful he does these small things which mean so much. <gushing>

We shovelled food really quickly as I didn’t want to be trying to eat while questing etc and then went upstairs to….our red room…

Yeah…we horded out 🙂

We jumped online and found that Nibblepie was just starting at the same time as us so we grouped up together and started the questline!  We got our hearts, added a first choice to it, then did the Stormwind Scenario. My wonderful Jaina tried to kill me, I will have words with her later.

Here are the three of us at the top of the mountain after meeting the King 🙂

We all found it quite hilarious that we could just walk into some foreign territory with some people really fighting against us being accepted and then not 2 minutes later they are showing us to their vault where they keep the wealth of the empire….not a smart move Princess Talanji.

Finding our profession trainers was a pain in the butt. Moryrt was trying to help me as a Demonhunter and says “follow me, I know the way” and proceeds to jump off the side of the building, flap his giant Demonhunter wings and laugh at my boomchicken wondering where he would land. He was just showing off!

We spent the time on discord with Pracey as well just grabbing quests and collecting and killing.  I fell in love.

Just look at those fluffy as heck faces!!  LOOK AT THEM!!!!! OMG I took so many pictures you would all be seriously ashamed of me.

Here is another one – omg look how cute they are. I want one. A mount one day? I really hope so. Blizzard please make these an easily obtainable mount. I just cannot stop looking at them without smiling.

Pracey eventually met up with us and was running around killing everything for us.  We ended the night because of maintenance (BOOOOO!!!), explain to me why you would release an xpac and then continue with the maintenance for the week.  Just cancel it people. Seriously. It could have waited a week.

We didn’t quite make it to 111, but we are not far off, I think maybe 10% or less to get the rest of the way.

I am enjoying it so far but I think it is too early to give any real idea on how I am feeling about it. Graphics are nice, the scenery is lovely as expected, the music is enjoyable. The usual standard.

Two standouts for me :the stealthing through Stormwind was really well executed; I was actually a little stressed due to the speed which was nice to have adrenalin pumping and the cinematic of the new land – it was simply gorgeous.

How is everyone else going?

 

 

Confessions

I feel a little like Usher…am I showing my age with that reference?

Playing through the war of thorns and seeing Sylvanas be, well, evil and without honour is making me feel slightly unhinged myself. 

However we aren’t here to talk about my crazy levels, we are here so I can confess. So here we go, I am just going to jump in.

I secretly love the alliance and watching Anduin defend his people and pride (see what i did there? Because he is the lion? Get it!!!) makes me happy on the inside.  I adore his lion theme, I miss being part of the ‘good’ side, i miss having all all draenai toon base with their waggly tails, I miss being alliance sometimes.


I do love being horde (and I guess the underdog), I love that we usually have some honour system we stick to and I love being Tauren, but having Sylvanas do the things she is, makes me realise how bad we can be and I miss the alliance being good mostly. I also think they get prettier, nicer things. I dislike how hordies things are generally ugly, like we have no style….grrr.

I admit when I started learning about the world story of WoW way back in like 2007, I wanted to be Jaina. She was an amazing character and a kick arse mage – i wanted to be just like her. Now she is back and I am all a flutter with excitement, except on the wrong side of the war now. 


There is something about being part of the collective, no matter which side, but I started this game as alliance and I think I have always had a little soft spot for what they do, how they handle us hordies and the battles they go through. I can’t wait to see how this plays out and I do hope, no matter how awesome I think Sylvanas is, i hope she gets her comeuppance,  because what she has done this past 2 weeks is an abomination. 

LOK’TAR OGAR!

Topic 36: Farewell to Legion

Wow it has been a while for one of these. I was checking every couple of weeks so am super happy.  The end of xpac lull always makes it difficult to find things to write about so I am super happy I have at least 1 post for the moment, and fingers crossed other blogs to read it on.

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Part 1 – What were your top 3 moments in Legion?

This could be anything! We want you to take a moment to look back and think about what it was that made Legion a great expansion for you? Did you achieve something in game for the first time during Legion? Was there a quest line or NPC or zone that you absolutely fell in love with? Or was there a piece of music or a mechanic that you fell in love with. Share your favourites in this topic 🙂

Part 2 – What are you most looking forward to about Battle for Azeroth?

For this one, it’s time to look forward. Whether you’re Horde or Alliance, there is much to look forward to in the new expansion. This topic isn’t necessarily focused on zones or NPCs that you’re looking forward to seeing (though that, of course, absolutely counts and of course feel free to write about these!) but maybe it’s something more than that. Are there some goals that you’re wanting to achieve now that a new expansion is on the horizon? Are there changes coming to your class that you are really excited about?

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Part 1 – Top 3 moments in Legion

Definitely tanking. Just being the tank has been an amazing experience and one I do not want to give up.  If only my guild could change their raid days, it would make me super happy as I would be able to keep tanking.  I am actually really devastated I won’t be going into the next xpac raiding with them.  I hadn’t anticipated how much I would enjoy it.

I plan on tanking mythics still and my druid is likely to still be my main, so I will still get to see my purple bear 🙂

Ahead of the curve would be second. But that goes with the first 😀

Third would be getting the puzzle mounts – yes I know, I didn’t have to actually solve the puzzles entirely but I managed to get quite a few this xpac and I really enjoyed the running around with friends part of getting them.

Part 2 – What are you most looking forward to about Battle for Azeroth?

Levelling toons again. I really enjoy levelling and questing through content for the first 3-4 toons. I can just tune out, read what I need, farm the things . You can just be roaming around and dying because you forget you are not max level anymore and grabbing packs is not the smart way to get anything done 😀

I like seeing the new areas, appreciating the artwork. I take way too many screenshots at the start of the xpac because everything is so pretty and new and shiny!

I can’t ever seem to make it to the 5th toon. I wonder if that is because I don’t like the class as I generally level my fav 4 first.  Mage, Druid, Paladin, Warrior – then whatever I have next level highest.  I am stuck this xpac though as everything is still stuck at Drainor and I just can’t bring myself to get through it.  I might save up for my birthday and by myself some character boosts!  LOL

Here are some other posts:

Marathal

 

 

 

 

Mixed bag baby!!

I was devastated to learn last night, the mobile armory has been retired?!?! I was hut enough when the AH was stopped on the mobile app but I couldn’t really say I used it a lot. I would be lying if so.

The fact it would be really useful right now before a new xpac and whilst trying to make millions of dollars for a mount is irrelevant….really…it is just whinging for whinging sake.

But i used the armory a lot more, it kept me up to date on guild calendar – I logged in and signed up for raids on it, i jumped into guild chat if I was a passenger, I checked out my characters, planned for world events etc.

I attempted to log in last night to check when the War of Thorns was starting as I had remembered seeing it on the calendar, only to be greeted with this:

I was shocked! SHOCKED TO MY CORE! I am devastated and unable to feel connected to Warcraft. My addiction and withdrawal symptoms are peaking 🙂

They say they plan to move more into the companion app space, so we shall see what happens with that, but I miss having the connection to my guild and the ingame calendar. Hurry up and bring something back please Blizz.

Release date is getting closer and if you haven’t seen this handy little map, you should check it out now. Sydney is 8am AEST for worldwide release. I would suggest maybe hanging around until 10/11am before attempting it and see if the servers are still up at that point 🙂

I have organised leave from work for this (and a wedding in Sydney), originally it was going to be 2 weeks but then I changed jobs so honestly I am not sure anymore. I am currently in discussion with the bosses to find out if I can still take the leave as organised prior to my acceptance of the role.

Hubby might still be getting sent to India, we should find out more today, which would also put the plan for leave in jeopardy; I wouldn’t want to waste having 2 weeks off without him. But we shall see how all that pans out over the next couple of days.

Also did the War of Thorns Part 1. Sylvanas has a point about ensuring we don’t get attacked by the alliance with the new power of azurite. We can’t trust those alliance scumbags. :p  It is her job as the Warchief to ensure the horde is safe so I can understand her need to on the front foot when it comes to anything which could give them an upper hand.

I liked the wisp wall though, it was very pretty 😀  I am not really excited about the mount we get, I would much rather the alliance one:

It is much prettier than the Bat thing horde get, but also looks very badass.  Horde can like hippogrpyhs as well you know!!  So the play through was ok, I haven’t gone back for the world quests – I probably should for some gear on my lower toons.

Need to see what happens next!

 

I normally defend Blizzard but not this time

As with other people, I was part of the rush trying to get things completed before the patch dropped.  I was so angered by this particular issue it has taken me over a week to be able to write about it and not want to cancel my subscription.

As the title says, I normally defend Blizz because WoW is such an awesome game and something I have loved for 13 years. 13 years – holy cow!  I may not have liked everything they have done (like Drainor, removing the talent “trees”, adding questing for professions, no fishing rods required, taking away class buffs etc) but I have trusted in their knowledge of the game and how people are playing it.  I don’t have access to world wide stats as they would, they are working off millions of people’s data.  I trust they want the game to be awesome so they can keep making money off people, I trust they want to make the gameplay better each time to rope people in.

I understand there is grinding, and farming and spending hours killing bears because apparently none of them have 4 paws, a heart or a tongue. Yeah they could have lost those things in battle with other bears. I get it. I understand that not all bears, boars, humanoids, murlocs, naga are created equal and do not have any items you need after 20000 kills.

But.this.is.unconscionable.

I refer to First Aid and Field Medic.  I read a lot of comments about farming this before the end of Legion and how long it would take. A lot of comments about 10 -12 hours farming to complete and multiple areas to target.

These were just from some of the wowhead comments which as we know, is where everyone goes :p

I spent 8 hours farming over the last week before patch and I found 2 letters in that time – one at Gloaming Reef after the first 6 hours farming, then out of frustration I begged hubby to come help me farm in Suramar – at this point I knew I wouldn’t have time to get the achievement for field medic.  After 15 minutes of farming – he got a letter. I cannot explain the amount of cursing I started doing at that point. Hubby was unable to stop laughing at me – I was so angry.

I had to wait another 45 before getting my letter; the last 5 points I needed to actually hit max level for first aid.

The irony of the situation was me thinking I could even attempting getting Field medic; really I needed the letters to actually get my first aid to 800.  This achievement has annoyed me no end.  I went in knowing it would take me about 10 hour or more, but that would be on the assumption I would see maybe 1 letter per hour.  I was prepared for that sort of farm. But after 5 hours with nothing I was super pissed about not being able to get my profession maxxed out before it left forever.

These sort of drop rates is what makes people hate this game.  I can understand that.  I can’t defend it this time. There is not much I won’t defend but that is bullshit Blizzard.  Absolute Bullshit.  I didn’t realise First Aid would be getting taken out until only recently (trying to avoid BfA spoilers and news too much) so it didn’t really leave me with a lot of time with all the other things I wanted to get done before pre-patch.

I think I only ended up with 5 letters in total and three were just from questing in the world months ago.

I made it through this post, took me two days to write it though. Still angers me no end.  Drop rates need to increase for things like this, but then does it really make it an achievement if it is easier?

Pre-patch -17th July, Tuesday.

No doubt you are all aware of the pre-patch hitting our shores in a couple of days; here is the video if you haven’t yet seen it:

I thought I would re-visit my bucket list….LOL. I did nothing on it! However I found new things I would like to get completed instead – ensuring my First Aid was at 800 and seeing if I could get the Field Medic title before it all goes the way of the dodo. I also want to give the Mage Tower another couple of shots and see if I can’t get it done on my druid – in feral to get a shiny purple kitty to match my bear and my mage just to say I did. But honestly I tried it after the questline and failed horribly so….I am not sure I am that keen. Especially when someone in our guild (who shall remain nameless) has managed to complete it on almost every class….with crappy gear<hangs head in shame>.

The main thing I will be doing is chasing this little bugger Long-Forgotten Hippogryph. Until it kills me.  I am not going to give up but I am going to buy myself a metric tonne of snacks and energy drinks to get me through.

I am not overly excited about the pre-patch – it means I have run out of time to do all the things but what excites me is being so much closer to the expansion!!

Here is Wowhead’s guide on what to do before BfA. I might try and do the Chromie thing this weekend – at least give it a crack – providing I get my mount first.

I have seen lots of comments about how there is still a lot of work needing to be done in the beta for the game to be ok and I remember this being said about Legion as well, but I don’t recall any major issues with the release. Or I repressed all the awful stuff?  I can’t imagine it would be worse than the Drainer release on the hillside with 300000000 people standing on top of an eye glass to create the garrison.

What are you going to be doing in the last rush before pre-patch?

 

 

Clearing out the corruption

I finally had some time and motivation to jump online and do the continuation of the quest line in Silithus.

Mithraic and my druid headed over to the sword sticking out of Azeroth’s poor heart and I was, once again, greatly impressed with the size of this weapon. It really is a very terrifying visage!

All the corruption and red tendrils of hatred or whatever was spewing out.

It felt good to be part of stopping it with all the other champions of Azeroth. I am not sure how we will survive this.  Each of us having to fill our weapons with corruption, seems like a bad idea imho.  Are we all going to turn into angry beasts bathing in the blood of the alliance?

For azeroth

I admit to liking the effect it has on my claws – look how powerful I have become.  I look invincible.

All the power

ROAR!!!!  I am a bear after all.  My roar should cause corruption to spew forth so I can kill my enemies even faster.  I guess technically that is what happens when your artifact power is going crazy and not stopping from increasing in power.

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I now have all the power!!

I also completed this on my mage, I had thought I had done the first part of the questing already but hadn’t. So it was nice to complete on her. I might see if hubby wants to do this on the demon hunters as well.

I don’t know what to do with myself now, we stopped the corruption and we just have to wait for BfA to start so we can see what happens and how the story begins.   I am in the process of organising my annual leave from work, I am only going to take a week but I am going to make that week work. I would be wrapped if I can get both my druid and my  mage levelled in that time.  That is my plan anyway, similar to my bucket list of fail, I am not sure how I will go.

 

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?