#Blaugust 2019 – Couldn’t be done, they said.

I didn’t want to raid this week given the current state of my brain, but I was online fiddling with my toon at raid time changing gear, getting chants (Thanks Oui) and pottering around. Anyway whilst sitting in discord I got outed by a few people about why I wasn’t in the raid, so I went along. I really just didn’t want to spend the night being told how we couldn’t kill a boss. So I just figured it was easier to not go. I play WoW for fun and to enjoy time with people who make me laugh, I don’t want to listen to even more negativity.

Either way, we took Apophis in as well as he the same ilevel as me and his DPS isn’t actually bad. So he got to see the first three bosses in heroic mode. He died on Radiance – but then….it is a super rough fight..so I sort of expected him dying somewhere along the way.

We struggled a little on Behemoth, not sure what has happening, but we wiped for the first time in a while on him and then even when we killed him it was a little messy. We did get him down though thankfully.

So we headed to Lady Ashvane, bane of our existence. We expected to be spending the night on her. But would you believe this.

4/8H

We killed her. With our first pull. It was pretty impressive. I confess I had the absolute best attempt, I didn’t get briny bubble nor did I get the colour circled. I literally just stood there, avoided circles and DPS’d ๐Ÿ™‚

We headed to Orgozoa, with the explanation from Queen Nelly of it being basically the same just everything hits harder and kills you faster. We wiped a few times whilst the tanks figured out their swapping and had a few mistakes etcs but we were getting it down pretty easily.

And would you believe:

5/8 H

It was a messy kill for sure, my death was in the last few % of health, annoyingly but I think it will work better next time.

Go us though, walking in an smashing through 5 bosses in Heroic and finishing early so people could go and PVP for the rest of the evening. I would have liked to have seen Queen’s Court for a few attempts but oh well. Grats the team though, was very happy to have killed 2 new bosses this week and I am glad I went. (Played Beat Saber for an hour after raid).

#Blaugust2019 – More generic stuff

All these little things happen that don’t deserve their own post, although maybe now is the time to make a single post for everything!!?

Firstly let us deal with Stupid Scrollsages who cannot tell when you have walked the pattern. I must be a millimetre off…

I had to do this about 5 times before it finally succeeded. I was so over it by the end. It is certainly a nice little challenge without much effort really. I do like the tortollen quests, they are nice and quick (usually) with decent rewards.

I got Neri up to level 10!!! Now I just have to start working on the other ones. If I can ever be bothered going back to Naz once I eventually get flying.

I actually got a power up for an essence, to level 2. Never mind the fact my necklace is still not level 55 (I know, I don’t play enough) and I only have 4 of the darn things. But can I point out, I don’t want to PVP for an essence, I don’t care how good it is, I also don’t want to do the million other things needed to collect the darn things. I really cannot understand why they had to make this plus the azerite gear such a burden.

I don’t want to have to switch my gear, talents and now my stupid necklace when I am going between mythics and raids and then even between bosses. Not to mention having to keep a completely different set of gear for tanking. I just don’t want to min/max that much. It just makes everything feel like so much more work for nothing and it irritates me. I think this is part of why I don’t want to log on at the moment, especially combined with trying to get flying.

On the plus side I am an uber fisherman who can’t seem to get “Fishing Buddy”to work anymore so I have to physically click my fishing now. <sob>

All in all I am just chugging along through the content and trying to get my professions up on my mage (Alchemy and tailoring) and my cooking up on my druid. It is also struggle city with those things. No matter how much I seem to herb or how many pieces of linen I have I seem to get like 1 skill point a week. I have to look out for the next Darkmoon Faire and get some cheap skill points.

#Blaugust2019 – What makes you play?

Here is the conundrum I find myself in. I want to raid. That is basically all I want to do in game. So when I set aside my personal time to group up with however many other people, I want to spend my time in the raid zones killing stuff and having a laugh.

However lately we are spending some of the night raiding then going off and doing other things as a raid group like warfronts or PVP. It hasn’t happened often at all, but it has happened enough to make me question my loyalty to the cause.

This was a discussion point between Michael and myself the other night and it really got me to thinking about what I play the game for. Why do I want to – or not want to – log into the game.

It used to be log in for dailies for rep and get gold or mats for raiding only. That was all you had to do to ensure you would get gear and upgrades and have a laugh with your guildies. Now though, you need to get azerite on your necklace, you have to scrap gear to get residium, you have to do emmisaries for better gear, source mana pearls to upgrade and buy gear, get essences (which involves mythics, dungeons, pvp and rep), do island expeditions every week for azerite, mythic 6+ for a piece of gear in your chest – which requires other mythics to achieve a worthy keystone, warfronts – if the quest is good and even the weekly sometimes has decent gear; then once you have done all that you can worry about actually getting into a raid which drops lower gear than all that stuff combined and isn’t even guaranteed for you or your stats.

I wonder what the point is? My discussion with Michael made it even worse. I am somewhat in denial about how much time I need to raid and how much time I am willing to give it – they are not the same. I don’t like the idea of having to min/max just to get competitive gear, but then it isn’t fair to the raid team to not be trying to get the best of everything available. But I can’t justify logging on every single night of the week to ensure I have done the tens of things I need to for hours at a time. This is my conundrum because none of this effort includes the stuff I actually want to do in game like collect pets, chase mounts and complete achievements. I want to use my raid time to do that – raid. Kill big bosses and see us work together for the win. I don’t want to do use my raid time for something else which could be organised for another night. It just feels like we spend more time preparing to be in raid than actually raiding, especially since people get annoyed if we wipe a couple of times on any boss. Like people want to have absolutely every piece of gear so you can face roll it without issue, which then doesn’t make it a challenge or provide you a sense of achievement when you actually something together.

I just feel frustrated by the entire element of work I now need to put into the game to be able to raid. Maybe I need to admit to myself I am no longer raider material. As much as I want to do it, maybe I just need to stick to LFR when I have time. I know if I don’t raid I won’t play because I will find other things to occupy my time. GAHHHHH!!!!! I feel like a peanut.

On a more positive note we did clear the first 3 on heroic again without a wipe this time, and then had a play with Lady Ashvane which looks terrifying; there was wiping on her. We got her to 74% after 4 minutes and as we were ending for the night there was discussion about how she gets killed in 4-5 minutes total. I was a little dumbfounded but it will be interesting to see how that pans out.

#Blaugust2019 – Blinded by the light

Not us, we were blinded by brilliance. BRILLIANCE!!! I was all prepared to head back into EP and kick Queen Azshara in the face, especially since I finally finished the storyline to open up the raid but we started at heroic. First, spoiler warning – if you haven’t completed the scenario handed to you in Nazjatar, I am going to back track a little.

I only just completed the entire story thanks to my food poisoning, I felt well enough on Thursday/Friday to shuffle my way through it. I cannot express how this game makes me feel, suffice it to say when you get Baine out of the dungeon and Jaina and Thrall are standing across from Thunder Bluff wondering why they are working together because nothing changes and Jaina touches his arm and says, “We have.”; I lost my mind. Tears starting streaming down my face, I couldn’t stop them. This is not the first cinematic to bring me to tears (most of them do) and should the next xpac be about dragons you can bet I will be bawling constantly.

I started Alliance so I have a soft spot for Jaina as any long time reader would know. She was a mage, like my character, and she was amazing. Thrall was my second love when I switched to the horde and discovered his story and his deep sense of honour. They are my two favourite non-dragon historical figures in the Azerothian lore.

To see them on screen, fighting together to save Baine who also has a deep sense of honour and dislike for the way Sylvanas has been acting, my heart just couldn’t take it. Then after the scenario you head off to find the tidestone and once again work together with the alliance and whilst killing naga they are saying to each other how impressed they are with their fighting skills and had there not been a faction war they could have been friends. Oh my heart.

Anyway, after having done all that I was finally able to get to the raid without having to be summoned and I had a quest to kill the Queen. So I was super excited for raid thinking we would be going back in to kill Zaqul and her. Instead we did heroics and smashed Shivara and Behemoth (I have discovered I can use barkskin on almost every single shocking pulse if I time it just right!). We then did Radiance. I still hate this fight. I think it is stupid and has crap mechanics just to piss off any and every single class that needs to cast. I hate it. But on the more positive side Nelly has found a strat that seems to work when done correctly. Just keep moving when the whirlwinds get dropped, bunch into melee and stick together. It actually works really well if everyone moves when they need to. It removes a lot of the randomness of the encounter. Unless you get the bomb twice in a row and get too far from the group because you don’t get dispelled. Boo stupid bombs. Stupid fight.

So after just a couple of attempts. we killed Radiance in heroic!! We are now 3/8H!

We did also go back and do the other two in normal; I had to go down through the portals into the fear level for the first time on Zaqul and I pretty much just spent the entire fight going “WTF?” – I need a few more runs on that one before I will understand it. We also had an issue on Queen and wiped a couple of times but I am not sure what happened. I thought we had that one down, but it was just a little wonky. Either way we are moving through the new raid and getting gear – this is a win win!!

[eep] I tanked Normals :)

Let me start by saying, this happened in the week I was suffering from food poisoning. I had been working from home in an attempt to not take sick leave, my Dr later told me off for that and said I had to just rest. So my blog got updated instead ๐Ÿ™‚ Food poisoning is not something I have ever had before, this has given me a new appreciation for anyone who has had to suffer through it. I want to just crawl into a hole and never come back out, providing it has a flushable toilet of course.

So on raid night I got a message from my Queen Nelly asking if I could tank. Feeling like death on a corndog stick I said sure, why not? I can give it a crack. Thankfully I still had my full weak aura tanking pack and DBM would let me know when I needed to do something I am sure. I had done all my raiding research as tank initially before Aaron returned so I wasn’t completely out of clues. I let her and Aaron know I might be a little slow due to the illness situation.

We managed to get all the way to Za’Qul (we didn’t get him down sadly but that was not due to any of my idiocies). Apophis also decided to come along and have a play, he had done LFR earlier in the week and so knew at least the first 3 bosses, I totally expected him to leave after we completed them however he stayed with us through them all. It was pretty cool. Now I just have to convince Moryrt to get back into it and my WoW life will be complete again.

  • Shivara – I kept forgetting to run the stuff out after Aaron taunted. I think I managed to remember on my own maybe 3 times. Like a dumb arse.
  • Behemoth – I let Aaron die by accident as I wasn’t watching his debuff closely enough and he took a hit he shouldn’t have.
  • Radiance – The most horrid of fights and we killed it, except for the one bit where I taunted the boss just as a whirlwhind got dumped on me and threw me in the air. EEP!!!
  • Ashvane – I had zero idea what was going on and just every time Aaron told me to taunt I did until he took it back ๐Ÿ™‚ Solid theory.
  • Orgozoa – Thankfully (this one sounded horrific) it worked out almost perfectly that we taunted on 6 stacks and I had the boss whilst Aaron grabbed the adds. It made it super smooth except for the one time we got the taunts muddled and our stacks went to 9. Right as he transitioned, and me saying “Na, I am ok”. I died. LOLZZ
  • The Queen’s Court – I messed up big time with this one. On our first taunt swap I moved the boss and not ourselves. The bosses are supposed to stay in the same place and we just move. But now I am confused about how it should be done, I don’t get it. Ultimately we made it more difficult for the raid and the healers but we did kill them one shot!
  • Za’qul – All I did was make sure I was standing on Aaron when we had the blue connecting line and taunted adds. At one point I hit my taunt button and hadn’t even checked my target, then I freaked out – what if it had been the boss?!!?! Thank got it wasn’t!! We didn’t kill this one but that doesn’t surprise me – it is a confusing fight.
Look at my purple butt!!! Just look at it!!

I didn’t bother getting any other images because I figured you don’t need to see all the same boss kills just with a purple butt! I did mean to get a picture with Apophis whilst on break but I wasn’t back fast enough from a sickness bout. There will hopefully be a next time.

Stupidly I also got too excited about having enough of the reliquaries so I clicked them whilst in tank spec…and not boomy!!! ๐Ÿ™ booooo. I feel super stupid tbh. On the upside I tanked a crap tonne of bosses, made minimal mistakes, didn’t get too many of the raid killed and we didn’t wipe! Win win!! It was fun to be tanking it and next time the guild needs me will just be that much easier.

OMG you guys!! The Queen!

Guess what we did when we went back into the Eternal palace?

(Lemme just add a small note in here about the post delay. I had a hugely busy weekend which landed me with some Food poisoning. I have been barely able to function so I apologize for not posting sooner.)

CLEARED NORMAL!

Yeah we killed her!! Funny story though, a fair percent of people mentioned they were dreading coming back in for a wipe night on her because she was difficult to do. However the tanks confirmed their plans before we started and really got it pinned down, and then Slobaguts, our illustrious ex raid leader who deserted us but still comes back to hang with us occasionally, provided us with a new strat of just “burn, baby, burn!” So instead of messing around with the add phase and moving around, you basically just get the tanks to hold them while we focus boss and kick her into the next phase. Sploosh. I am pretty grateful to him as it only took us a couple of attempts and we had her like a good octopus soup!

Grats on clearing it in normal 2 weeks after opening! You guys are the heroes Azeroth needs right now!

Of course the next step was heroic right? That is what we are here for!! None of this namby pamby normal stuff (although, the gear is still great in normals!).

What was different in Heroic Shivara….oh you have to move or stop depending on your colour and the overflow has to be with other people to manage. Yeah just enough of a mental mindplay to cause me issues. I died early due to an overflow that I just didn’t click meant I had to group up with others. I was watching it on my screen and then I just, sort of….died. LOL Bad Boomy!

However!!! My death aside we did have to do this a second time anyway.

1/8 Heroic

We then sauntered over to the behemoth and struggled a little on him. Only a little struggle though, I was having a nice relax in the deep tank flotation session. , It is stressful being a hero trying to save the world after all!

In typical Warsong fashion though, we did manage to kill him with only Oui alive and the tanks. What you can’t see in this image is that Soulmend had been in his angel form until just before death so was providing just enough to keep them going. It has been a while since we killed a boss in “Warsong style” which makes me pretty proud of the team. But this was such a return to form I had to make comment. Well done Oui, Aaron, Laurie and Berin for reeling in the big one!

2/8 Heroic

My screenshot folder is like a moving animation page of the hitpoints going down. I even made it into a small video for you so you could appreciate what going through my screenshot folder is like!! It is only 17 seconds long ๐Ÿ™‚

I should also remind everyone there is a youtube playlist with our kills on there if you want to see how we do them from a monks POV, and sometimes a few others. I wonder if I should start recording as well so you can see from a bad boomy POV, but not sure I want you all to see how bad I am when I die to stupid stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

Well done guys!! I can’t wait to see the Queen fall to us in heroic!! Only a few more to get through.

The depressingly slow path to flying

I just cannot even tell you how much of a struggle it is to log on and find the energy to do these stupidly bad dailies in the new zones. I don’t like to dislike this game because I genuinely love it. I have played since Vanilla because my love outweighs most all things.

This is pushing it though. Jokingly my husband went out at 6.30pm and said to me I will bet you will still be suffering through those when I get back (eta 9.30pm). I started them with Apophis at 6.39ish (let’s not go into overkill) and not a word of a lie, I was just handing in the last part as my husband pulled into the garage. I jumped offline and went and watch Critical Role to cheer myself up.

3 hours to complete Nazjatar and Mechagon. This is why I don’t do dailies as a general rule. It shouldn’t take me that long to get a total of about 20 quests complete. The amount of time spent running/flying between locations – especially with the varied topography is just frustratingly annoying, not including the sheer volume of mobs that seem to live in/near/on the roads.

I seem to be struggling with my reputation gains anyway because my Naz rep is 8800/12000 honoured but my Mech rep is only 4000/12000 and I am doing them both on the same day. I am clearly missing something in Mech and I don’t know what. Anyone else have that difference?

On a positive note, I was pretty excited the other day to find I finally had all the mats to make the lasercat, initially it said I couldn’t because I needed to find someone else – I thought perhaps you had to have engineering, then we found some guy sold the blueprint, so then i could again. It was a rollercoaster of emotions guys ๐Ÿ™‚

Michael on the other hand spend all his mats recently on this little guy – I have no idea how or where or which quest, but I am hoping I am doing it somewhere along the line! So here are the 4 of us on our mounts.

Kitties and Spiders oh my!!

So…here is to a few more days of painful dailies in amongst some raiding ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish me luck to get through this. I just want to be able to fly, thank Ysera for the jetpacks in Mecha – they make such a difference.

Normal smash session

Our next raid night, consisted of a few old faces (mainly traitors) who we still love and a continuation of the normal Eternal Palace.

We started at Orgozoa and someone, or maybe multiple people, need to see a doctor about their problems with pulling early ๐Ÿ™‚ It happened every single time we started an attempt, of which there was 3 I think? The tanks were having an issue with the timing of their debuff wearing off and adds spawning, but they got that sorted out after a couple of goes. I liked this fight, it was enjoyable, dodging the dripping slobber, running downstairs and killing adds. Another good fight that required some awareness and movement, but not so much you felt like you spent the entire time doing nothing. 5/8N.

The queen’s court, as I start typing this…I cannot for the life of me even remember this fight at all. One moment please……

[watches kill video]

oooooooohhhh now I remember. I had repressed the memory. The pain and agony of the mechanics in this fight broke me. The clouds of death need to be placed better or it cuts you off from the centre and the boss on the other side. This is just an entire fight of things you shouldn’t do and I didn’t like it. However, it was still better than the Radiance fight. Without a whisper of a doubt. We had to give this one a couple of attempts as well simply because of bad placement of the death clouds preventing access to the centre for Form ranks circles. I had range issues on the boss because I was trying to stand at max to allow more room for people to drop their death clouds in a neat row right in front so I couldn’t get through. It was yucky, but we did manage to get them down without too much hassle once we worked out the kinks. This will give me nightmares in heroic I think. 6/8N

Nifty little achievement for that effort.

Next was Za’qul. What can I say about this fight except “eep”. This was horrific and let me start by saying I wasn’t given a job, so I literally just had to stay at the top and DPS boss, adds and avoid tentacles – it was horrific even at that level. I cannot comprehend what everyone else was going through in their relevant phases/dimensions. I also feel like there is no way this fight will ever get completed in LFR amirite? I think it was a well designed and interesting fight but I am worried about having to learn all the sections over time. So if someone is away that usually does part 1, someone else has to learn it and potentially mistakes will be made etc. But hey, let’s cross that bridge when we come to it right? We did eventually get this one down, it took a few goes, but we rocked. 7/8N

Only one little boss to go for normal and then we can focus on heroics – which is the main thing for me. Am really quite proud of the guild, we have smashed through in one week (and a smidge). I would have liked to have cleared normals again as the gear it still being taken by people (when they are lucky enough to get any). They were 415 pieces dropping and I don’t want us to be pushing into heroics which clearly require a higher ilevel than a fair chunk of us have.

Onto the queen herself!!

RAIDING!!!!!! How I have missed thee, lemme count the boss kills

We walked back into a raid for the first time in months and I almost lost my mind from excitement. I really can’t handle how much fun I have being with a group of people trying to topple big baddies. It is the same rush when we are fighting baddies in DnD. I just love the challenge and team work that comes from working together. I do love a good co-op game.

So a little backstory, I was going to tank as one of our tanks had been MIA, so I spent a bunch of money and brain power getting everything kitted out for tanking. I even downloaded weak aura alerts for the taunting mechanics -I went full purple bear arse mode.

Then he came back online a couple of days before raid opened and I went back to DPSing… <boooo> I don’t mind at all though, I am just happy to raid and I was going to tank because I enjoy not having to worry about numbers. Now I have to compete with Nelly who kicks my arse on DPS and I suspect she could play with her toes and blindfolded and still beat me. I need to get better…tanking is so much easier ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway the first issue was the large toilet boss. I couldn’t get into the raid because I haven’t done enough of the storyline. I suspect the scenario I am yet to do (at this stage) will be the key turning point for that. It was ok once I was summoned in though. Phew.

The first boss we came across was Abyssal Commander Sivara, Nelly gave us a brief overview, like 6 dot points. We went in and we smacked it 1 shot. Not too shabby for a bunch of people who haven’t raided for a few months. Not overly difficult, the videos make it sound more complicated than it ended up being, so it will be interesting to see how much it amps up in Heroic. Enjoyable level of things to keep a watch for and move around but not overly punishing. 10/10 would fight again happily.

We were meant to head to the Blackwater Behemoth next but took a wrong turn following the tanks somewhere and we ended up at Radiance of Azshara. -30/10 want to do this fight ever again. Ever. This was a stupidly designed fight. We had about 3 attempts on this one and on all three attempts I spent 95% of my time running away from the swirling clouds of death and yet other people barely moved at all. It is like they came for me every time. The phase transition requiring people to pop a bubble always went horribly because instead of popping one, 2 or 3 would get popped and tornados were going everywhere and I would always get caught. I was so annoyed by the end of the attempts. I would have had better DPS by knitting a jumper for a cat with 15 legs. However we did eventually kill it and the boss is very awesome looking with the purple glow. 2/8N – kicking butt.

.He is stunning though

We found our way through to the Behemoth after killing the radiance, from light to dark. Some people may or may not have forgotten to get the water breathing buff…and it was not me. I just couldn’t find the damn repair bot which I heard get put down but wouldn’t cog until I stood right on top of it. Something weird happening there. everyone laughed at me. But I swear it wasn’t visible.

This was a fun fight, requiring specific timing for healers, and the DPS on the pufferfish but overall enjoyable. I found it difficult to determine the edges of the jellies, however I didn’t get stung so I must have been doing ok. We gave this one a couple of attempts before his light went out. Not overly horrific in normal but definitely enjoyable, not sure how much harder this will be in heroic, but it makes me nervous thinking about it. 3/8N

Even got a little achievement!

Finally we went to Lady Ashvane. I am not sure how we determine she is a “Lady” but if that is her preferred prefix, we will roll with it. Who am i to judge her? She was way easier than I anticipated. The worst part is getting the icons over your head and ensuring you can get to the coral in time to destroy it, but really this was a bit of a cake walk. Toblerone cheesecake. 4/8N

Nibblepie passed over two pieces of gear to me, one upgrade and one tanking set piece (not brilliant but better than what i had) and I gave him a piece of gear in return…at least, I attempted to because it was crap but because it was a higher ilevel I couldn’t pass it over. Worst loot system ever invented. EVER!

Pretty good night for our first walk through. #pride

Rise of Azshara

So patch has been out for a couple of weeks now and I am going very slowly through the content. It has been really hard to find the energy to deal with Nazjatar. I dislike the area. In fact, honestly, I cannot think of a zone I have detested more than this one, maybe Suramar city; but that was one section of an entire zone. I have seen a few comments on twitter suggesting once you get flying it is amazing…but I feel the sensation of flying after 11 months would be amazing no matter where it was.

I much prefer mechagon as it seems easier to locate quests and move around on a ground mount.

There are a few spots in both zones where the respawn rates are completely over the top fast and others where you have to battle to the death for 1 creature every few minutes. So I feel there is some minor annoyances with quests and I am hoping I don’t have to do them for too long. I like the bejewelled quests and the string ones – but I have been a lover of puzzle games for a very long time.

We have been running around and questing with Apophis when we can be bothered struggling through them. I really want flying though. The three of us as pirates in Mechagon.

Overall it is nice to have new content for dailies, even if I am still trying to figure out the new essences and necklace stuff. Apophis was saying that his necklace is at 53 or something and I only just hit 50 a couple of nights ago. he has been doing really well keeping up with his dailies and island expeditions. Makes me feel guilty, so I have to fix that.

I am up to the scenario now, which I might try and get done tonight, but we ran Apophis through LFR for Jaina so he could get through the war campaign and maybe we can do the new scenario together at the same time.

Where did I go?

So yeah, things got super crazy! I got lost in some timey whimey vortex and here we are. 4 months since my last post…seems incredible to me.

I have been taking screenshots with the intentions of posting them…maybe I will post a small collection in the next couple of days as gallery so you can see all the things I wanted to talk about ๐Ÿ™‚ A mini catch up of sorts .

The guild struggled after the announcement of the new patch to continue pushing content, so we stalled at Heroic Mekkatorque for numbers. We just couldn’t get people online to even run raids. This makes me super sad, because I would have loved to have completed AOTC with them. We just need a little focus from people and we would kill things, I know we would.

We went to NZ for 3 weeks in May, which was cut short by my Mother in Law getting deathly ill. So we spent another few weeks having to go back and forth between Wodonga and Melbourne to ensure she was ok.

Then one of our good friends returned to WoW and we did everything we could to get him to 120 by running dungeons, questing and LFR to get him geared as well.

In between all of that, I started a new job and my focus mentally has been on doing the best I can, but it takes a toll on mental reserves in the evening and our friends Ben and Oui officially decided to move to Melbourne. Since they will be staying with us we have been trying to clean out the rooms for them with moving furniture and our junk around the place. It has just been super hectic in our personal lives. My blogging has taken a back seat because it was just not possible to get it all done.

I feel like I have some breathing room now, so I hope to start posting more!! I am sorry to everyone for just disappearing!!

Coin showers of killing

Every single time I giggle like a child. Coin showers. It just makes me laugh. I am juvenile…yes I know.

We went back in with a plan…of killing Opulence. The guys had done the first bosses on Wednesday and had done some normals as well when it got too much to handle.

We messed up the rooms a couple of times with people dying early due to “stupidity”, healers walking away from their pc’s instead of accepting resses and people dropping their burning gold poop in melee. But we seemed to just know it better I think. I actually survived on the kill which is about as 50/50 chance these days ๐Ÿ™‚

4/9H

We did manage to kill her/it/him though after about the 3rd attempt. As you can see most of us were alive and communication was good. It worked well and even the adds were not too much trouble this time. Extra mass entanglement helps I think, but it never seems to last long enough ๐Ÿ™‚

We headed to council next. What a messed up fight – I note I will likely be saying this about all fights – there seems to be so much to focus on everything else but attacking the main boss in these BoD fights. They are so busy.

I didn’t think this would be as hard as it was simply because of one extra mechanic by a frog, but it lifts the level enough to be annoying when it is botched. The main issue of everyone getting centrally underneath Paku but fast enough to not be the farthest away at any given point except for someone else….my god….just horrific. There must be an easier way.

Kimbal 2 %

Our best attempt was one of our first, we killed Gonk and had Kimbal at 2%, so we just had 2 more aspects to go. I am not sure why we kept going worse. That is a habit our guild has and I am very curious about the psychology behind it if I am honest. One of the other super annoying habits of my wonderfully stubborn guild mates is the need to change what we are doing after 1 attempt, just give it a couple of attempts to let people settle into the fight before going all balls to walls on changes, it just makes it confusing.

We also had comments about how much harder healing was without Nibblepie holding up the team ๐Ÿ™‚ I am not sure I am meant to say anything but you know I couldn’t help it. But like Nibblepie when Ben isn’t around casts that we don’t even know exist start going off; I miss the days where Ben would say when he interrupted things. Of course none of that is important when you have DPS doing 40k on trash mobs (looking at you Jon, Oui, Ben and Simon) and making everyone else feel so insufficient as players. I have no idea how Chris is feeling with the news his spec is the lowest on the charts for the last 2 weeks, maybe time to go back to his warrior?

We gave up after a few shots and then went back into normal mode and smashed this boss in the face and Rastakan as well ๐Ÿ™‚ For my efforts I was rewarded with something of immense joy.

I know a lot of the people I follow are already in mythic level and have their AOTC achievements, but what about the rest of us plebs – where are you sitting at?

Mastering the masters

So I am not entirely sure we can say we mastered them perfectly, but we did kill the blue and green MnM duo.

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I went in terrified about the going upstairs phase, mainly because I remember Ben mocking all dead people last time about how it isn’t hard to do. But I guess a week of gear and some extra practise meant we didn’t even get to the phase, we timed our blood lust just right and managed to kill her very quickly after her transition. We didn’t get thrown up into the air! I would say that is mastering them ๐Ÿ™‚ Just pump out the DPS so you can avoid mechanics is my favourite part of raiding.

I have too many boss kill photos dead….I need to pay Nibble and Nelly more money 3/9H

We then spent the rest of the night smashing out Opulence. It is very unforgiving in Heroic mode with damage, if you get hit by something it is generally good night. But there was one attempt where my side did no DPS (just avoided mechanics) for about 5 minutes so the other side could catch up (due to death, not a DPS issue) because we just wanted to get through to the Opulence room and see the actual fight.

I apparently killed Nibblepie with some well placed gold, monks apparently don’t like gold being dropped at their feet. But I swear it wasn’t me because I remember getting it just after his death and using my bound backward spell to get out of everyone’s way. I felt super bad about having killed him. I don’t like killing other people when raiding let alone when I die myself. I shall be hyper vigilant next time.

Opulence – 65%

Our best attempt on him was about 65% and with only managing to get to him 2 times in total. I think that was a fair effort. The adds that spawn move so much faster as well and we simply didn’t have enough time to kill them. I think that is going to be a fun challenge, especially with the golden coin showers (ewwww) and the molten gold.

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This fight like all I guess, is you just have to get the hang of each phase and it takes work to get to those phases so you can see them. We need to move faster though. Nelly advised they are going to start working on Heroics on Wednesday know instead of normals so that will at least give better gear, but we have to go back and kill Jaina in Normal mode at some point.

Speaking of, I went and did LFR and completed Jaina. I had the quest to complete her and I figured I was sick at home why not. It wasn’t too bad. We wiped on her once but then smashed it the second time. I didn’t find it that hard to deal with in LFR so I wonder how different it is in normal/heroic. There is a lot going on – no argument here – but I think if the tanks can get their positioning right and the DPS watch their debuffs and get out of the bad (and into the good when they need it) we should be able to smash it. I don’t feel as scared doing her now though.

Once you complete this you get more story and Sylvanas becomes even more twisted. Stop reading this here if you don’t want to know anymore or you haven’t finished this part of the quest.

You are tasked with attending the funeral of King Rastakan and the city now has mourners travelling to the top of the Great Seal.

After offering her “condolences” she decides to raise the corpse on the boat, Daelin Proudmore; to be an undead to use against the alliance in return for their killing of King Rastakan.

Daelin’s memorial stone.

Baine is very unhappy about this – very unhappy – but Sylvanas basically tells him to shut it – she controls death and will do was she pleases. This sounds like the banshee who is still as crazy as she was when she burnt down the World Tree. I don’t like it one bit, it shows an arrogance and rage that a Warchief shouldn’t have had.

Master of Death

I am wondering when this will blow up into the next main story section of getting Sylvanas out of office? However the story basically stops at that point with plans needing to be worked out. The entire thing is very cool, so if nothing else make sure you get Jaina killed so you can hand in the quest and see the reaction Baine has. He must be so close to the end of his tether with her, especially when she says she will not let her allies (the Zandalari) suffer alone. She is one twisted banshee.

General running around

I have been sick recently and had two days off work. I spent the entire time sitting in front of my pc playing WoW and drinking water. It was my attempt to recuperate and not do anything at all.

This allowed me time to get through the horde story line (which I hadn’t done) but I am now up to the part where I have to kill Jaina. I did wonder if the chain was ever going to end as I started it weeks (dare I say – months) ago and it just kept going!

I feel like I am in the storyline for the patch now – I wasn’t before. It also means the cinematic in the BoD raid make a little more sense.

Whilst I was running around doing quests I found this..somehow. It was so hidden I have no idea how i lucked upon it. I have now been blessed by all the Loa. Seriously can you even see anything in the picture the needs to be clicked on?

I did some cooking and some other daily quests and managed to get achievements, I wasn’t actively working towards but it is nice to get them ๐Ÿ™‚ I always love it when something pops up. There used to be an addon that would take a screenshot when it happened but it stopped working years ago and I haven’t found a replacement – if you know one…let me know. It was called Multishotter and would also take pictures at boss kills, reputations…it was fantastic.

I also decided to do some expeditions to get some azerite (trying to increase my necklace) and I got achievements for all the new islands I hadn’t done but I also scored one pet out of the 3 heroic ones i ran. Stupidly, I kept thinking I was the blue team and was thinking we were losing each time….I am horde people….red….seriously…..

I have been doing my best to increase my gear, reputation and my necklace. I am revered with everything except Champions of Azeroth – I am midway into honoured – but my gear is at about 385 which is allowing to me to get some decent DPS. This makes me happy as well ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so looking forward to the release of the new brawlers guild. I can’t wait to get back into it.

Raiding…catch up :)

I got slack with the posts again but I swear it isn’t my fault…aside from this being my blog and therefore fully responsible for posting etc!! Shhh no one needs to know ok :p

So the wonderful guild has managed to kill Blockade!!! I wasn’t there for the kill but I managed to get hold of a picture from a guildie. Look how happy they all look!

Blockade 8/9 N

They apparently went and had a play with Jaina and it terrified them ๐Ÿ™‚ That doesn’t bode well imho!! There has been talk the first three bosses in heroic are easier than Jaina. I will cross that bridge when I come to it though, I am unlikely to see Jaina on normal any time soon due to my availability. However having said that I was unwell last week and managed to get in on a Wednesday raid to see the earlier bosses I hadn’t yet killed.

I was pretty excited at killing Grong on normal (having only seen him on heroic) and scoring this little beauty of an achievement. Yup I am defending the homelands from angry white gorillas (sounds like Aussie politics at the moment)!

He is a much easier fight on normal than heroic, stupidly so. I wonder how easy LFR is. We continued through the bosses with ease, however we got to Rastakhan and I swear on everything I hold holy, I did nothing good on that fight. Nothing. I was in the group that had to go down the bottom and I literally spent the next 5 minutes just running around to avoid the bubbles and jumping into the portal to remove the debuff. I did not get any more than about 10 casts off the entire time…including my instant casts.

That fight made me sweat. I didn’t like it at all. I am now terrified of Jaina. I had thought I took a photo of the amount of balls downstairs but I haven’t. Nibblepie did later say to me the last time they did this there was nowhere near as many balls to worry about. I would have liked to have been in that run instead ๐Ÿ™‚

But we did get through it, even with people (I think it was Nelly) wondering why the bottom phase was taking so long. Sorry – that was entirely my fault for not doing any DPS. Another achievement received, I am sure I will be ok on this fight next time now that I have seen it all the way through.

Onto a heroic catch up! We are now 2 down!! We smashed through lights champion and then went to Grong. Last time he smashed us in the face repeatedly at below 20%. This time, he got smashed in the face ๐Ÿ™‚

Grong 2/9 H

We then spent the rest of the evening (by accident) wiping on the Jadefire Masters. I kid you not we almost had them….every single time. It was so close. They weren’t clean attempts or pretty but we were so close we just kept thinking we would get them.

For those who have been lucky enough to never get sent upstairs – this is what you are looking at:

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Image from Youtube

Now in every single video I have watched on this boss they make it look like they turns happens really slowly and you have time. I call absolute BS on that. I think they sped them up or something in real because this is virtually impossible to survive and to see. This image above is so clear and saturated with colour, mine was a lighter/paler green and harder to see. It was at this point we mostly all died. However by the end of the night some people were surviving more often but honestly it was just horrific. Ben somehow managed to survive every single time…I suspect having an awesome graphics card and video settings at ultra might make things look different therefore easier? I will try and get a picture of what it looks like for me when we are in there next.

Either way, we are chugging along and learning the fights as well as can be expected. We will get through through because that is how we do it in Warsong!!

Continuing the fight

We need to discuss the fact we are turned into filthy alliance scum. We even get the spells the alliance have. I get turned into a Night elf and I do have to confess, I have missed having the NE flip. It is a little unsavoury being a completely different faction. I can not find anyone either because we all look similar to each other in outfits.

Turned alliance

Back to Opulence on Friday night and I got switched to the other side, is it was fire which was killing me and this time it was electricity. I actually did better this attempt and managed to stay alive through the tunnel rooms. We got into Opulence’s room and he died so quickly, I don’t think any of us were prepared for it. Everyone killed the adds after some serious CC commands, but it honestly just exploded into piles of gold coins unexpectedly. We were too perfectly focused – they are the least exciting kills.

Once the boss dies you dig for treasure….great amazing vendor trash treasure.
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I should point out at this stage that Chris and Jason – our raid leaders have been….away…deserting us. So Nelly has stepped up to be the raid leader and she is smashing it out like the pro she is. She explains things calmly, succinctly and just gets us through everything. She is kicking us through this new raid and the bosses are falling beneath our feet.

We headed to the Conclave of the Chosen. I had zero idea about this one. The adds on the way to this one basically give you all the information you need for the actual fight though, so it wasn’t too horrid. We had quite a few attempts. Quite a few. This was a challenge due to all the randomness – healers needing to dispel but only at a specific point, raptors that target but you have no idea which one is actually after you, wing buffeting from a random location. It got a little hairy after a few goes, but we did manage to get there in the end! That is all that matters.

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We spent the rest of the night having a look at Rastakhan. Some of us watched the videos during our break, came back and then got completely walloped but the mechanics. Sometimes you just need to see it a few times right? I thought we were doing really well until I happened to notice people getting the Heroic and Mythic achievements already! Seriously people…calm the hell down! Also Grats ๐Ÿ™‚

What side did you pick?

So I finally managed to get through the Sylvanas storyline last night. So it stands to reason there are spooiers if you are yet to play through this. I am really far behind so it would be pretty limited risk of giving anything away. On the off chance though here is your warningnto turn back now.

Sooooo, warchief has found out that Suarfang has escaped from the Stockades. Oops. I have no relloction of any involvement. I swear. So our mission is to โ€œtrack him down before the alliance do!โ€. Now, i am not suggesting she isnโ€™t being legit but we havenโ€™t exactly seen a non-batshit-crazy Sylvanas recently. ย However we head off to Stormwind to track him, fly everywhere back and forth, get attacked by some SI:7 loonies and drink some polyjuice potion. It was cute being a little child looking for my lost dog….not foreshadowing at all about how Sylvanas feels about Surfang. M

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Questionably disguised. Pic from wowhead becasue i didnt get one!

This was possibly my favourite partnof the quest chain. Standing talking to this guy and the dogs are sniffing and growling, then start walking over. I was telling the ranger to shut up so we could leave before they attacked. Too late though.

She then…just leaves…so your standing in the middle of Redridge mountains with corpses all around and no clue what to do next – except explicitly not find Saurfang or go after him….but.. you wanted me to bring him back…why would i not find him when i am this close?

Seems I am not really aware of everything in this situation. Sylvanas is crazy again right? Still? Maybe that is a better description. Thankfully Zekhan turns up you have the choice to not betray the warchief or find Saurfang. I didnโ€™t even think or hesitate as i picked up the next part to find Saurfang. Zekhan confirms my suspicion about the danger Saurfang is in so we head off to find him

Saurfang in Hiding

It is a fun story, I wonโ€™t give away all the end suffice it to stay I am interested to see how this plays out when we are trying to keep on the good side of the warchief after having defied her orders. I donโ€™t want to be a banshee for the rest of my life.

What side de you guys pick? Was your story diferent if you decided not to betray the banshee queen?

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย  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.ย  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%.ย  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.ย  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.ย  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.ย  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.ย  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.ย  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.

 

Blood Bargain

I wanted to post about the Bargain questline. So, if you haven’t managed to get through the Zandalari Forever line, I would suggest you don’t read further if you don’t want spoilers, because spoilers. Many many many spoilers.

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Quests…so many quests

It is just endless and all over the place. I sort of like it. Sort of.ย  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.ย  ย 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!ย  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.ย  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.ย  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?” LOLย  Awesome. Just awesome.ย  Moryrt enjoyed turning into a blood troll and looking like a heroin addled drug addict ๐Ÿ™‚

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.