Finally 11/11

It was a great birthday present if you ask me 🙂

Drew decided to stay home with me instead of go to karate and because we had massive dinner plans on the weekend I convinced him we should stay home instead of going out.  We did raid, which was also an awesome birthday idea and to top it off we killed coven, the last missing boss in my set.

Now to start on mythic…LOL NOT!

I also got a birthday cake during the raid which was super nice of Michael. It was very delicious. Ben wanted to be in the picture 🙂

We had friends joining us from different guilds again and it was really nice to be clearing content.  I told the team we had to kill coven as my bday present, maybe that gave them the extra boost to get it done.  LOL because yeah – I am simply that important!

It was pretty funny actually we had a couple of deaths towards the end and Nelly was “ehh just wipe it up guys” and (I have no idea who) someone said “but they are almost dead you sure you want to wipe?”.  Poor Nelly was so focused on bars and green swishes with little pink flowers she didn’t realise how close we were to killing it.

I also like to say that I save Shaetano’s life by realising they were on the fire boss. I was wondering how they managed to get her instead of Brian so was sort of just staring at the flames from across the room until my brain finally clicked that I needed to go and help!  ahahah  I think I even said on voice “hrmm, why do you have the fire one?” then proceeded to stand there for a little longer doing nothing.  It was pretty stupid of me.  Swapping went beautifully and all was well. We survived and I got my boss kill set.

 

It made me wonder what else I could clear on my druid for the sets. Far too many imho.

So I might start working on my mage instead 🙂  I have to finish Heroic Trial of the crusader – weirdly I am sure I have done so many times, Sunwell and Siege of Org in heroic – then all of the below. Then by the time BfA comes out I can start on the legion dungeons.  Some of the below I can get completed in one week I think. Except the LFR’s right – no way to go back and do them now sadly.

Shared: Topic 35: Your most badass moment in game

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We have long been the heroes of our own stories in World of Warcraft. NPCs, both minor and major alike, remind us constantly that we are the saviours of Azeroth; that if it weren’t for us, the world would have ended if we hadn’t have defeated that boss, or killed that pest, or scooped up that poop. We are the stars.

For our latest topic, though, we want to talk about you, the player, and ask you:

When have you felt totally badass in game?

Did you kill a super hard boss that you’d been working on for a really long time? Did you have a near miss, and saved yourself from falling to your death? Was there an outfit your transmogged that made you feel super strong and powerful? Or did you do something for someone in game that made you feel great? Let us know! This topic is all about the things that make you feel good in game.

Coincidentally this happened only a few weeks ago.

But i can’t decide between the two events so I am going to tell you about both.

The first is when myself and Michael managed to down the last boss in mythic SoT from 40%. When we were doing it – if you listen to the video, I was sure I would die pretty quickly because of the increasing debuff. But what happened was I kept my cool, hit my defensive before the crap, hit my heal afterward and just kept moving the boss around.

I didn’t panic, i just did my thing. I doubt I could replicate it if I tried. I was just expecting a massive hit to happen that would wipe me out. I felt pretty amazing as a tank to be honest.

The second event was completing Heroic Argus and getting the ahead of the curve achievement. I still feel pretty amazing every time I remember that I helped tank our way through the content. The guild was already half way through Heroic when I started so I really only did 50% of it. But it feels nice to know I contributed. I felt pretty badass.

Of course all of this means nothing though because I was told that tanking on a druid is like winning gold in the special olympics because it isn’t how I tank but everything else making it easy. (Save the disability rage btw – it was a stupid comment by a colleague and I am fully aware!). So now I feel a little like my gorgeous flexing biceps are deflated balloons. I also wasn’t there for the night the guild cleared heroic in one shot AND killed Coven for the first time – maybe I hold them back more then help!

Cest la vie right?

I started out feeling awesome – so let me just remember the good times!!

Blizzard why did you betray me this way? After everything I have given you.

I cannot preface this post enough to explain how everything that follows stems from a deep sadness at being misled by Blizzard at a time that should have been amazing.

I do not see the silver lining on this.

We were going to run some mythics for the weekly quest however Michael was eating dinner; instead of harassing him to masticate faster we took the opportunity to jump into Nighthold and get the last of the shards I needed for Balance of Power.

I only needed 4, so we wrangled an elite squad of death and destruction which included Simon, Brian, Fred, Ben, Drew, Michael and myself.  The guys were fantastic for coming along and helping me get the last few shards. I cannot thank them enough. Michael didn’t arrive until later, so in the interim I switched to healing. Bad idea. I couldn’t find the spell which put the green circle on the ground, I had to manually select people then the spell, and I was basically just clicking things in the hopes they would light up.

I am not a very good healer.  I didn’t even have Brez on my bars…had to do that on the fly when Drew needed a rez before tanking the second add. It was a disaster! Then Michael came online and I was so freaking excited!

After handing in then killing Guldan for his eyeballs, I went off excitedly to hand in my quest but the chain continued. So I delayed that to help Fred in Emerald Nightmare with the rest of the group to obtain the last of his corrupted essence. We tried Ursoc again for the hidden artifact – which Simon got!!!  We tried for Michael’s hidden one off the dragons and Ben needed something off the eyeball.

Once that was complete I headed back to my quest chain, flew to Moonhold and received all the power!! I was so excited because this meant I was going to get my purple bear!

We start off with this horrid green bear :p after receiving all the power.

I have improved history by doing the longest quest chain in game.  It probably isn’t but my god, it certainly feels like it is.

I ported directly back to my class hall and my tree to switch to purple. This is what greeted me.

It was locked? LOCKED?!?!?!?   I have – as per the notes on the tool tip – “Completed a Mythic mode Dungeon using a level 15 keystone” AND I had just completed “Balance of power”.  What gives Blizzard – as your tool tip reads – I have done the requirements?

Craig suggested the other day I needed to do the 15 after having finished the quest line.  Is that how you read the above?  Would you not put the 15 after the quest line completion then to give it a sense of order,. would you perhaps put them in the same sentence and advise it is required to be after.

I was soo annoyed. So annoyed in fact that I almost rage quit. I had been looking forward to completing this and being purple.  Instead I was convinced to to a level 15 then and there. So myself, Simon, Craig, Ben and Michael jumped into a Seat of the Triumverate 15 (which was Craig’s).  It was horrific.  I lost count of the deaths after about 50. I was so annoyed with the bosses and my failings as a tank – which were more to do with it being Skittish affix this week than anything else, but it was still frustrating as hell.  I hate all the bosses in this instance due to past experiences so it was lovely to finally kill this piece of garbage.  I hate him with a passion add that to my already simmering rage about my butt being green and not purple – I wanted to see him die.

We eventually got all the way to the last boss and Michael and I had to tank him/her/them (?) from 40% all the way to 0%.

It was the longest boss fight I have ever done, but no way in hell was I going to have to start again!  I have to admit it was pretty funny.  Michael even posted it on youtube to watch if you want to have a laugh.  I would speed it up if you can though as it is just long :p

Thanks so much to the guys for being dragged through a horrific level 15!  You were – as always – awesome!

So I headed back to my tree to get me some purple butt! This greeted me again!  ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!!!???!

The conclusion can only be made that it has to be a timed 15. Where is heck does it say timed?  For more casual players like me – completing a 15 is hard enough without adding it needing to be timed. When I say hard enough – the two level 15’s I have done have taken over an hour and a half with over 40 deaths – I am so far away from the timer that getting to the end is a massive success in of itself.  It isn’t like I am finding this easy you know. Had I known it was a timed 15 I would have just never started on this mission to have it purple. I probably wouldn’t have even completed the Balance of Power.   The tooltip should reflect the actual requirements.  I still “completed” a 15 when we missed timers and I got the achievement – that says it is complete. Why am I not purple!!! Why would you do this to people.

I am so angry. I am writing this post a few days later (to calm down) and it has made me angry again. I don’t even want to contemplate having to try and do a timed 15. I can’t even get a 15 key to do it?  Our mythic group is still at level 13’s with sometimes upgrading a key by one.  We haven’t managed to do a 14 yet in timed mode. I have until August I guess if I can be bothered. I am just so depressed about the entire thing.   Hashtag devastated.

Raiding: Is it a wipe or a kill?

Woo!  Wooooo!!  You know what that means.  Epicness follows below.

Tonight started rough, we wiped a couple of times due to just random assortment of bad luck, but we improved dramatically on phase 3 with some better set up for adds. It was good to see it coming together. We got him to 4% and I swear it was almost as bad as seeing a 1%.  I was dead so this was the lowest I saw.

It was such a tease. We brought a few other people in from <Old Dogz> guild, I am sorry I can’t remember everyone’s names. We smashed it out a few more times and then BAM!

Ahead of the Curve: Argus

I haven’t decided if this was a wipe or a kill?  The only person “up” was Jason in non corporeal form.  This was at the end of the fight and not the end of phase 3 – I promise.  I have also just noticed whilst typing this, his title is Dragonslayer and I feel that explains why he lets me die maybe?  He dislikes dragons. Heartbroken.

I can’t believe we killed Argus, I can only assume DOT’s did it?

There is just nothing I can say that explains how excited I am about having that achievement. It has been a long time since I was raiding at any time or in any capacity to get the Ahead of the curve achievements.

On a selfish level, I never in a million years, thought I would ever be tanking with a raid team to the point of being able to actually complete content. Tanking has always been one of those things that I watched with awe. How could they do it, keep mobs, stay alive, watch aggro, taunt on time, stay out of stuff etc etc. I didn’t think I would ever be saying that I helped the guild achieve this. I mean they were mostly through the content, and I am not sure how much I have actually helped on some bosses, but it still feels pretty good to me.

There are few things I covet more in game than mounts.   Ever since we did the original quest in legion to ride one of these I said I wanted one.  I had to get it no matter what it took.  Thankfully it was a mount we could eventually get. Once you kill Argus on heroic or above you get The Blood of the Unmaker and all you need to do is hand it in to Khadgar in Dalaran.  He gives you the most beautiful mount (with the exclusion of Ashes of A’lar) in the game – the Violet Spellwing.

Here is a picture of the guildies on their mounts.  As the mounts don’t sit we had to take a flying picture. So much awesome in such a cool picture.

We attempted to get Fred his trinket from the Doggies. We didn’t manage to get that for him…again. We did the council without issue and then went to Portal Keeper Wankbalar.  God I hate him.  I try so hard to not stand in the green stuff and it just gets me like….1 time and it just kills everything.

The raid ended on a downer after that due to my idiocy.  Which makes everything I felt above dissipate into shame and guilt about being crap.  But then I looked at my mount and I felt happy again because I helped the guild get that mount and achievement.

We streamed the night again and still had no issues with my laptop or anything which I am happy about. I managed to put a little overlay on my chat window which Craig believes was crap….but like…my skillz aren’t leetzor dude.

Go guildies!!!!!  I am so happy right now 😀

Raiding: Heroic Argus

As you may be aware at the moment I am suffering a severe head cold. The type that makes your face painful all over with sinus gunk. I haven’t been at work the last 2 days and I wasn’t sure I was really even capable of raiding but I made an appearance because, well, aside from being an addict, I didn’t want to let the team down on progression night.

I confirmed with Chris if it was ok if I streamed the raid, for my literally zero followers, and assured him that should it affect my game play in anyway I would stop it immediately.

Brian logged on and advised that his internet was munted. 4000k latency. Possible fibre break. I wondered who my tanking buddy would be for the night especially on a new boss. Stupid internet.

I was asking who could tank in guild chat and Simon popped up and mentioned he could and if I am being honest that terrified me. Some people are just too good at this game. I mean on a basic level I was proud of my almost 13000k hp. He was over 13! I nearly cried seeing it! Why am i unable to get 2 pieces of gear replaced RNjeebus! Why?!?

I got super nervous about tanking with Si and managed to kill Chris on the way past with my fel bombardment but that was after Si sent me flying towards the boss with his first batch and it rattled me.  I am blaming him anyway. Then I was trying to avoid the green pathway of death and has to go out the other side instead of the normal but then had another pathway form right next to me and I couldn’t get out. It was ridiculous.

We headed straight to Aggramar to get him down again and it took a few attempts to get the adds right again. Once again spawn positions were a bit off so causing confusion.

Si and I were tanking the boss differently though in relation to the taunts which seemed better in my opinion.

Usual:

Mel: Foe breaker defensive
Brian: Rend with group.
Brian runs through and I swap with him to the group
Brian: Foe Breaker
Mel: Rend with the group

Last night:

Mel: Foe Breaker
Mel runs through to the group
Mel: Rend with group
Si: Taunts for Foe Breaker
Mel: Rend with the group

I found last night it meant the boss was moving less and it was easier to keep him in a central positon. I can’t be sure though did due to my headcold.

It was much better for the raid and ranking imho. Anyway after multiple attempts and finally a decidedly enjoyable kill (all being streamed with zero framerste issues on my laptop to record breaking viewer numbers of zero!) we headed to Argus.

I stopped and started the feed again so the video was split betwen the two events.

Argus is one of those fights where you want to be confident you know what you are doing and you feel ok but then it does something and you are all WTF?!? in the moment;

Thankfully as tank, in the first phase nothing much happens,  we taunt, we swap, we get the buff and drop it in the completely wrong spot for the DPS. There was some issues with the third cone of death 💀 and the transition which was one of our stopping blocks. The second phase is ok just talking amongst tanks re the swap unless people (who shall remain nameless) run away from the great big glowing bear butt to die in a corner because they just weren’t paying attention. Third phase can go DIAF.

Grabbing the add with the little swords – which sounds so much worse when i say it like that – is nigh on impossible. I believe the term used last night by Nelly was “SURPRISE!”; I screamed after my add disappeared. I may have missed that bit entirely when watching the video.

The next time we got to phase 3 I was so diligent watching for the next spawn that I thought I had missed it even though it was hitting me because someone was calling out for aid!!

Or maybe I had the wrong add and everyone was too polite to say. You think I joke – it took about 10 minutes to give one piece of loot to someone as everyone was passing for the next person and going around in a loop 🙂

No matter though as our best attempt was 8%. It was pretty amazing. We will be going back on Friday to kill that bugger and hopefully I won’t be sick.

By the end of the stream we had a couple of people watching and telling me it looked and sounded ok – so if it goes well I might continue doing it 🙂

Raiding: Heroic Aggramar

We decided to give Aggramar a couple of attempts and see if we could do him instead of Coven (the painful trio).  We struggled with the spawns, both location and timing of explosion.

It requires a lot of talking between people to ensure the adds are stopped until we need them. If we take 2 adds at a time it equals a wipe.  An add during the transition = wipe. Tanks taunting early = wipe. Tanks looking for spells = wipe.  Tanks lagging out during transition = wipe.

Yup. I am having lag issues. Only the last 2 weeks though for some reason. Maybe someone is staying in the hotel and chewing the bandwidth of an evening, no idea but the internet has been lack lustre.  I am blaming Brian for the other ones :p

This was a constant state for the night. It felt almost like we were flogging a dead horse, like Brian on his, for most of the night:

Eventually though, we got the adds worked out, we got everything moving smoothly and I lagged out at about 9%. I was screeching like a banshee.  I finally managed to get back with movement happening and  taunted the boss to watch him die. I might check DMB but I would say maybe 30 attempts?

Really, killing a new boss in one night is amazing as far as I am concerned.  We did well and I was excited to have done it, one night is simply stunning.  We did go and have a look at the next one but for some unknown reason (I will look into why shortly) I kept being given the sky buff before I had to tank…it was just messy as heck.

Here is a video of the kill done by Michael our healer.

Raiding: Heroic Varimathras

So we managed to smash this one in the face with relative ease.  I say relative because it was me causing most of the mess with trying to get into the right position to avoid double misery.  My initial attempts were mediocre at best, however I was taunting too quickly  – possibly – I am not 100% sure this wasn’t just me standing too close to Brian our MT, then not quickly enough on other attempts and Brian was copping another fist to the face with no ability to heal. GAHHHH. Nightmare material.

After an entire night (what felt like) of wiping because I just could not get into the right position, we decided to call for back up.  A far more experienced and skilled player popped into the run, set up these markers, said “Stand exactly there”. These are the very specific points on the ground we are supposed to stand.  I jokingly said we need to never ever forget those exact positions – i was so serious I even took a picture.  Yes I did.

Would you believe it!! We killed the demonic hellbeast.

Honestly, such an easy fight once you get the hang of it, but so much focus as he likes to trick you into thinking you need to taunt but he casts darkness instead.  Smarty pants.

Here is a video of the kill from one of our healers :

Hellfire Citadel, kicking it old school

The title implies I went to Hellfire Citadel. Reality is that when I stepped into the raid I knew I had never been there. Oops. Missed that completely.

The guild was doing a run for achievements, which I now have a fair few of thanks to the guys.  I did offer to drop out when I realised I have never been there, after our battles in Mogu’shan I didn’t want to risk anyone else’s achievements. These guys were fantastic and very supportive of a person like me not having ever done the raid.

This fight would have had me in tears at level I think.  It seemed to go on for a very long time and seemed to have no end in sight even with us one shotting mobs the entire time.  I dread to think.

I actually really enjoyed this fight, I felt it would have been fun at level, avoiding the fires/bullets, being spurn around etc.  We struggled with his barrage getting the mobs – in one case the only single mob got completely covered by barrage and didn’t take any damage.  WTF Blizz?  hehehe

I have no idea – we got told to zerg, so we did. There were a few of them during the run actually.

Also I have no idea on this one, I can’t even remember – all I know is that is one of Lominari’s favourite songs 😀

I was pleasantly surprised to see myself get an epic follower – briefly I was thinking he would go to my missions.  LOL I quickly realised I am dumb because obviously garrison :p I think this was another kill the boss fast fight.

Gorefiend we just couldn’t get done.  We attempted it a couple of times and just couldn’t seem to get the achievement to happen. I am not entirely sure I got what was supposed to happen but I think it would have been a hell of a fight back in the day.  It also terrified me!

She is one ugly mob.  She?  or is it a he?  <shudder> who knows with a stomach that wants to eat you!

Again no idea on this one…something about not touching an eye? otherwise just burn through the boss?  Which was done super fast and then we spent about 5 minutes waiting for his speech to finish so he would actually die.

We spent ages trying to get this ghost one but for some reason we don’t know it didn’t register.  All the ghosts were grouped up, we killed them quick smart then killed him…No idea…we will need to go back for that one as well.

Another super burn of the boss and ignore the adds.  Just go balls to the wall.  Easy done thank you very much.

Hrmm..nope..can’t remember it all, I think it was at this point I was wondering just how big this raid was. Seems to me this place would have taken longer than MC in Vanilla to get through!

I love, love, love the fight to kill Manneroth. Evil demon deserved death. I was so happy to have killed him.  I got so much joy from this fight even though I had zero idea of what was going on, I just ran around and killed adds.

Almost as much as I love this one.  Killing Archimonde was a joy that cannot be replaced.  We didn’t get the achievement but it was amazing none the less to see content for the first time. Look at the evil buggers!

Good Friday achievement run

What do you do when you are not a Christian but have public holidays because of the mainstream?  Find others who are also not doing anything over easter/good friday and spend the day eating, drinking and playing WoW.

I am quite proud pagan and I would happily work on Christian holidays if it meant I could get my 8 main festivals off, however with only just over 40K people in Australia claiming to be pagan on the census I think we are a long way off equality there.  I mean if you take gay marriage as an example of how minorities are screwed in Aus, I think you have a fair idea. Anyway finding other “atheist” friends is not a major issue 😀

I packed up my pc and headed over into the alliance territories of my druid.  Since this is a super long post you have to jump through 🙂

We were deciding what to do as a group of 4 and I suggested we look at doing old achievements for mounts, just chill out and run around.  The reason being one of our 4 hasn’t played WoW in years and so being able to get through heroics/mythics would have been challenging.  However I didn’t mind chasing old achievements though.

We started with The cataclysm raider achievement and figured that would be the easiest, most of us had a lot already completed.

I don’t think that is too bad really, the only one I had the others didn’t was Four Play and Silence is Golden.

We smashed through the instance so quickly that most of the time me and Calan didn’t get a spell off.  My moonfire was getting smooshed constantly but I just couldn’t run fast enough with my little owlbear feet.  We failed on Nefarion as we killed him far too quickly which meant he didn’t get to play out his speech etc. We ran out and tried to come back in heroic to do it again but found we couldn’t.  GAH!  Trying to remember the changes to the raiding situations is insane over multiple exapcs.  Maybe Blizz should look at removing that once the xpacs are a couple of years old, so you can go in and farm both normal and heroic.  It isn’t like you have anything to gain other than pets/mounts/gear now. So we have to go back in for “Keeping it in the family”.

We also did Bastion of Twilight where we were missing more of the achievements for others.

I did not think we would actually get “Double Dragon” as the bosses were losing health without us doing anything and both Fi and Hels were in the other realms trying to kill the mobs.  They managed to get the last mob down and the bosses had about 2% health.  It was an amazing effort.   The other thing I was super excited about was seeing Sinestra, I remember when the raid was released thinking I would never get to see the fight at current level but how cool did it look!!

We had no idea what was going on when we got to her and had no idea how to do the fight.  All of us saying we hadn’t seen it.  Until the achievement popped up for all of us except Fi.  She was very confused about when she received the achievement because she was adamant she had never seen the fight.

Throne of the 4 winds was also needed to complete the achievement and we missed out on”Stay Chill” unfortunately.  It caused a wipe the first time as we tried to go to 8 for the buff before we killed the other bosses, instead that killed us and took Hel about 15 minutes to die.  So we tried it again, but you know what isn’t helpful – demonhunter wings – apparently when you are trying to jump across platforms they cause you to go slower and delay you landing which means more time for the buff to count down.  It caused an issue with Hel and then he dropped his buff but we didn’t realise and so we killed the guys and no achievement.

I didn’t need “Four Play” but the others did so we researched what needed to happen, spent about 10 minutes reading up on the best way to complete it without issue and then headed into the fight.  This was after having bugged out the boss the first time and having to spend 10 minutes rebooting WoW before being able to get get the fight started again.

We start the fight, and Hel forgets that we are attacking a boss from the 1930’s and decides to hit it with one solitary attack. BAM! Boss dead.

I am in fits of laughter, rolling on the floor almost, because instead of auto attacking he went full Demonhunter and went crazy. We didn’t get the achievement as you can imagine.

I only need 2 more achievements now to get the mount – I am happy about that. I could potentially do the Nefarion one but the Stay Chill will be hard without at least 3 people.

You would think we would have had enough at this point, but nope we decided to head to Dragonsoul. As you can see – I don’t need much for this one. Sadly the issue is my druid doesn’t have any of the Chromatic Champion completed however my mage has 2 done.  Sadly that isn’t account bound 🙁

Fi and Hel only need 1 more run through to get the last chromatic platform which will be awesome for them in a week’s time.  I might see if  I can find a raid going to get one more platform done on my mage.

The only one which caused us grief and took about 40 minutes (if no wayyyyyyyy more) was Maybe He’ll get dizzy.  We did it over and over and over and over and over again. Each time getting slightly better but initially we just kept killing all the things with splash damage and flying off his back a couple of times.  Only 4 people means that if you are standing just slightly over the imaginary line he rolls.  Was sooo painful.   After a bit of a break for snacks and drinks we came back and did it. FINALLY!  there was much celebration!

The last ones we attempted were Mogu’shan vaults because we figured that would potentially be just as easy as the other ones. We were wrong.  We could not have been more wrong if we tried.

By this stage my hubby was home from work, so we decided to pull him into the raiding fun as well. As he is away in Malaysia at the moment, I am getting him as much as I can to play WoW with me so we get some “time” together.

We all went into the first one with Corgis and pugs out.  We didn’t get the achievement for “Must Love Dog”. We speculated that because the corgis were not around in Pandaland we needed to get out pugs only.  So we excited and attempted to come back in on a different mode… nope. Still not possible in this expansion.  So we moved on to Fend the Accursed and could not get the mimic to happen, however at the end of the fight we seemed to have one part of it done – I will need to read up more about that achievement. It doesn’t help when you don’t really remember how the fights actually go. No achievement.

Activating the Mogu artifact seems like an easy prospect but it isn’t.  I read on wowhead that having more people clicking on it speeds up the channelling – I dispute that vehemently but with only 2 people in the spirit realm it is hard to tell conclusively.  We think we might need more than 5 people for this fight given 3 people are voodoo dolls and unable to go through to the spirit realm. No extra achievement after at least 6 attempts.

Subetai the Swift we all danced with after he did pillage and then nothing happened, no achievement so we will have to find out why – we must have done something wrong.

We did manage to get this one though – yay us. Probably not the most difficult to get completed really.

Then we failed miserably on the last one with the constructs that do so much damage which you are supposed to avoid but have no actual way of doing so easily.  I have no idea.  We all spent ages and ages and ages killing adds on this fight and only a couple of us getting 1 single stack of the debuff needed.  This one made me angry as I couldn’t avoid the damage at all. In any way. This one is a lie!  I don’t see how anyone completes it.

I am sure there is a trick and I will try and find out how to complete them all and see if they are possible solo or with just 2 people etc.

Kudos to the group – we did so many achievements it was awesome.  Sorry about the Mogu’shan ones being horrific!! But I had such a great afternoon playing and doing old content. It was so much fun!

The stresses of new bosses

So, iron maidens….

What can I say about them that don’t involve more off colour words than urbandictionary.com??  If only they were as awesome as these ones? Maybe they are if you are into Orc girls….

Anyway last raid week was wipe fest on them.  I missed Thursday and figured they would have killed them since we were close already, but I found out they hadn’t :(  So when I got in there Monday I felt pretty good that we would have it.  I cannot tell you how close we got.

Multiple times.

This is the consistent view. One boss dead and the others almost there.  I don’t believe we are really doing the third phase right in that we are sacrificing people for the penetrating shot, I think we should continue to do them as they really aren’t that hard, but having said that we are not far off.

People are getting a little stressed about the entire fight and frustrated with people dying but it gets harder each attempt to not make mistakes as you know people are getting angry.  I know I am not one to generally fail on mechanics and even i stuffed up at one point because I ran the wrong way and straight onto bombs on one attempt. Then I had a death on a pentrating shot even though I had invised out of it, my cooldown got burnt – i watched myself go phased and then I died. It was all within a few seconds and even other people said they saw me go so I shouldn’t have died.  I would suggest it was just a timing thing. No idea but it causes a problem.

Crooked then messaged me afterwards and asked why I wasn’t blinking when I had blood ritual and I had to ask myself the same thing.  I just had not even considered it. I have become to used to using Ice Floesand casting when moving now that I very rarely use blink unless I have a long way to go. I admit to feeling particularly stupid on that front now. Thanks Crooky!!

I also decided to simcraft msyelf again as I noticed my DPS is still somewhat questionable.  On heavy movement fights according to simcraft in my current gear I can do a maximum of 20k…on patchwerk fights I think it said 23k ( I will check when i get home). Either way I am exceeding those figures based on the fight – it just sucks to be down the bottom most of the time. I am seriously considering changing to fire next week to give that a belting in raid if they will allow it.

I am tightly crossing my fingers for a kill this week – which will be epic!

Can’t believe my luck

I guess one of the benefits of being behind in gear is that I generally have small amounts of competition when requesting items.

Raid night was pretty good, I was exhausted though and really struggling to stay awake or even make sense of the english language (unless it was a gutter joke). I was really struggling!

I died on the trains because I was standing too far back near the door and then the quick train comes in I wasn’t far enough over (by a few mms) and I got clipped, I died on Kromog because my hand got taken and you can’t ice block or anything during that…I also don’t have cauterise at the moment – I changed out of it for instant invisibility during iron maidens and didn’t change it back (stupid me).

I blame Ultra for that death :) He took my spot even though I was already standing there alone..somehow I was the one thrown up in the air. I made some dumbarse comment later to him in whispers which as per my previous post I am really embarrassed about now, and I hope he forgives me one day! Sleep deprivation is a bad thing.

I couldn’t believe it when I managed to get a tier piece for my head as well! I did manage to get a picture of dead Kromog since I forgot to last time – seemed to be the right thing to do since he did give me a Tier piece…and he didn’t have to. You can barely see my toon standing next to him…just the two little blue lights from my stave!

I hadn’t even realised that when you make them up you get different levels on the Heroic/Warforged, I only realise because we have had so many shoulders drop for the mage grouping we are now giving them to people who need the chance at upgraded ones.  My shoulders are heroic warforged and so is my helm now.  My robes are just heroic. It is pretty cool.

I do confess to being in a love hate relationship with the gear being so different by RNG.  It makes it hard to compare or determine what you need, but I like that it means we are all different and are not likely to have exactly the same items or stats by design.

I am now one piece off a 4 set bonus!!  I also manged to get some new boots from Gruul Cavedweller’s Climbers– I haven’t equipped them yet as I need to get a multi-strike gem in them, but I am hoping to get that done tonight. I even asked Hwired if he was sure I was supposed to get the Tier piece….I was not expecting that at all!

All in all pretty happy with that night.  I didn’t go the next night, I was simply too tired..Thursday morning I had major issues with basic cognitive function and my tummy so I was pretty much asleep all day and couldn’t bring myself to only get 4.5 hours sleep. It’s funny, I spend more time driving to and from work than the amount of sleep I am getting on raid nights on early shift.  That is addiction…or stupidity…or possibly obsession…but I want to be online helping the team.  I cannot wait until we move closer to the city!!!

Out of Action

I have not been around much lately and for that I apologise…There was our personal week, then Eurovision and now…the dreaded lurgy…

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I have been having dizzy spells, headaches, sinus pain and the general malaise that domes with feeling sick…the worst part is…I haven’t even got a snotty nose to prove it….Just the soul crushing sinus agony between my eyes and on my eyebrow ridges.

I left work early on Monday because I was swaying at my keyboard and the letters were fuzzy…not the best feeling when trying to troubleshoot faults or relay information to customers when you can hardly function enough to read the text.

Anyway I am sitting at home doing nothing because I am just exhausted but I can’t even sleep today because there are street works going on with drilling and hammering and all manner of annoying noises.

I see the frosties killed Dark Shamans – Woot!!! That is pretty exciting and 2 new heroic bosses in a matter of weeks!! I am so proud of them! i wish I could have been online to cheer them on!

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I am hoping to be back online soon though, I just can’t seem to find the brain power to handle the movements in game at this stage.

Raiding…can it really be you?

So, after much turmoil, discussion and weighing of our options, hubby and I have decided to just stay where we are. Blizzard really need to come up with a bulk transfer option for moving toons.  Neither of us could justify spending the money to move all our toons back to horde (given we just switched alliance) and to another server to start life up again.

I feel bad for Frosties as I had planned to be with them, but I just can’t justify it in my mind.  I can’t even really commit to a raid team due to my work roster and I would hate to jeopardize a raid team or not even raid very often because of my shifts.

This fortnight is ok, I am on earlies, but the next couple of weeks are late and that means I may not be home in time to start raids.  It will be like this until I change jobs.

Anyway we decided to stay on Nagrand and just raid with some blogging friends of mine.  They are nice and funny and so far in the two raids we have been in, we have had a lot of laughs and boss kills.

We did normal 10 man – killed a few bosses, both hubby and I got some upgrades – Sha of Pride first, I died on the trash :p, Galakras was defeated Iron Juggernaut caused us a couple of wipes due to positioning and really..OWWIES!!!, Dark Shaman was another couple of wipes – positioning and again OWWIES! also lag for our healers was not helping, but got there in the end – I love that fight!!  Love it!! So much crazy in one space! Also scored a groovy achievement on Nazgrim, I died a horrible burning death on that fight.

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We attempted Malkorok, but wiped a couple of times without killing him, I blame myself really, about half way through the raid I lost my focus due to some of the discussion happening and I couldn’t seem to get my focus back.  Really I forgot the problem with being in a guild is the triggery stuff that gets said.

The next night we went back in and did Siegecrafter (I died – as I always do on that fight), I just haven’t got my grove with that one yet, paragons and we then Garrosh – with a cool achievement :

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Garrosh, was technically easy, but the strat was different and I wasn’t really sure if I was supposed to be in or out, but overall not really bad.  I died because we got told to wait during one of the intermissions but someone in my group went in and I wasn’t fast enough to get out of the purple stuff – I got stuck on the stairwell and had nowhere to go 🙁

It was so much fun to be raiding again, I still feel bad I am not with the Frosties, but my pally is still there and I do plan on playing her a lot, she is one of my favourite toons after all, but until it becomes cheaper to move multiple toons I can’t justify it.  You would think at this point when people have multiple alts – for levelling or banking – it gets very expensive.  🙁  Happy and Sad panda!

Looking for Garrosh

One thing I have noticed since roaming around Ogrimmar is the amount of thugs now harassing the poor little people.  I dislike Garrosh who really does like him? I can’t wait to lay some smackdown on him, so of course that requires I do some LFR!!!

Hubby and I signed up for it and copped a really bad run, so we decided to wait until our best friends were online and we conned them into taking us on a run, they are on a different server in a raiding guild doing really well, but we have always done 5 mans together and had fun just running around when we can.  It is a lot of fun when we get the chance to just play together, this was no different.

We got both parts 2 and 3 done the other night with little issues…I didn’t really enjoy the first fight as you get off the boats – it was a little long and a little bland, but perhaps it would be better in the tower team?  maybe next time.  I loved the the other fights, they were all pretty fun and completely insane, fights I really enjoy as you should.  The Dark Shaman fight is fantastic and I can’t wait to do that again – so many spell affects and things to avoid…

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Malkorok was one of those fights that I just did not understand, I stayed alive though and mostly followed the crowd, but I just didn’t understand what happening, going to try and read about that one some more and see if I can’t understand it a little better for next time.  The boxes boss was pretty fun as well, something slightly different but still challenging and of of course, who doesn’t love being chased by a T-rex

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I also had scenes from the lion king flashing in my mind of Pumbaa being chased by Nala screaming “She’s going to eat me!!”  That’s healthy fear right there!!!

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Last part to go now, not sure when I will get it done but I am looking forward to it.  From the description of the fight I may live to eat my words, but you know it’s LFR…how bad can it be??  RIGHT!?!?

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Guilds first raid last night

So, I meant to post earlier but didn’t have a chance.  We managed to get a guild group going in – ie 8 members of the same guild.

The reason this happened was because I got chatting to a lovely pally, who had a warrior tank he was going to bring.  he asked his GL and decided to join our guild to help us out. I am not sure how long he will be with us, but his thoughtfulness and aid have given us a massive leg up in the guild achievements.  Reyspada – you are a legend and thank you so much for what you have done.  Also Serpentine and their GL Giga, you are awesome for letting us borrow Reyspada.

We had a couple of wipes on Ultrax, just silly things really people not watching things properly, then we got stumped by Spine.  We kept getting close, but not enough you know.

All in all though, we smashed through everything, and for a guild that has never run together, with a tank (me) that was less than perfect and mildly geared but surpassed by Reyspada, we did very well.

The healing was amazing.  Simply amazing.  I have no idea if any of my ex-guildies read this blog, but I was always dying on my pally.  Keeping me alive was a very hard thing to do.  However last night, the healers kept me going without me being worried more than once or twice.  They were generally because of my errors as well.  This gives me hope.

We had a fantastic Shammy in the run Tauper, he was funny and was top DPS all night.  Another awesome pug which I was happy to have found.  He has been added to the friends list as well.  I am a little concerned about the stories he was telling us – crocs in tool box etc….very disturbing.  But it was enjoyable.

We were really hoping we would get through DS last night, but unfortunately people were losing focus by Spine I think and we had random issues of people not running into the hole etc.

Considering it was our first run together, I think it was quite good.  We are going to try and get another run in this week to clear it out. A complete clear would be nice, but this way we can start working on heroics next week for the first couple of bosses and recruit for that. It makes us slightly more appealing as a guild than just new. I hope.

But – the most exciting thing – I didn’t call stuff out.  Very occasionally.  I wanted to make sure people were doing shit without me needing to coddle them, it was a relief to just be watching my shit and not thinking that others needed the help.

The guildies we have picked up seem to be very nice and I have to admit quite funny.  I think we will all get along well providing we can push content. No resting on our laurels!!

Sorry for the long post!

 

My cup runneth over!

I cannot express how happy I am right now 🙂  It has been an absolutley epic day!!  EPIC!!!

It started off with Molten Core rep farming and DING!

MC was my first ever raid, and I never ran it enough to get exalted back in vanilla – only honoured,  it has taken me years to get it done.  I really wanted it to be completed before MoP – I just had to find the time to do it!  Next is BT which I only have to clear 5 times.

I also found fantastic transmog robes – I love them!!  I have since discovered finding things to match it will be a problem. I will persevere though, there has to be some sort of outfit I can make with them.

The image doesnt really show the lovely leaves around the back and gorgeous detail.  I really love them though!!  So I am on a mission now!!

I then did LFR on my druid and scored my tier leggings, which gives me a set of 4 now.  I am so wrapped as that was the last piece I was chasing 🙂 I will continue to gear her up with VP gear and LFR stuff, but I can do 10 mans on her now as she s above the 385 ilevel that a lot of people ask for.

Anyway after a few false starts for DS pugs, we just always had a couple short that we couldn’t find, and so would wait around 40 minutes then disband. So after some more waiting around, I found  a group made up of people from he previous pug I had run which was a success.

That is Deathwing – DEAD!!!!!  After all the horrific PUGS in the last few weeks I never thought it would happen.  We would get so close and then just not go anywhere.

I also got the 25,000 Valor Point achievement as well but my screenshotter didn’t get it.  I thought it was kind of cool that I scored that achievement with the DW one.

Then I had an epic roll of 98 to win the Staff 🙂

So after all that excitement I decided to log off and just bask in the fantastic day I just had!  I am content now, I have killed DW on 10man, I just have to get Rags down and I will be completely up to date and ready for MoP 🙂  I can just focus on chasing the achievements I want to!!

8 manning DS..again

Eventful night, really surprised we even got a raid going.  One of our healers was ill and not really up to it, so she was dpsing, we recruited another healer and then we only had 8 online…

We wiped once on Morchok to sudden tank death, then we wiped once on Yorsaj due to my bad call out. 

We didn’t start until about 8pm either, and we called it at 9.10pm as we could not do Zonozz with only 8..too much damage for our healers to handle.

We did get another DPS in for Yorsaj, on the second attempt as well.

It is so frustrating!!!!!  We could have cleared up to warmaster last night had everyone been online and ontime, anyway, such is life at the moment.

My mind has been very much toying with the idea that for MoP I want to be in/part of a guild who will be seeing content.  I don’t necesarily want extreme hardmodes, but it would be nice to be in a guild with people who want to push themselves just that little bit more to be better and kill bosses faster. 

It also doesn’t help that I copped a tirade from someone who is supposed to be a real life friend again – and I don’t want a game to be the thing that ruins our friendship – I understand everyone has faults and I make no mistakes in my mind about the kind of person they are, but I am not going to take that kind of crap from them in game as well as IRL when I had no decision on the matter they were pissed about – they shoudl have taken it up with the GL.

Ahh people, they make life so much more disturbing some times!  LOL

 

Meltdown

I had a minor meltdown last night, sucks to be a girl sometimes, anyway – i declined to raid as I just couldn’t handle my own lack of brain power last night, let alone dealing with 9 other people. 

The guild got to Zon’ozz and couldn’t get passed him without me 🙂  Well I like to think it was me.  Only because I bounce the ball and have done since we started learning the fight – being that I have cauterize as a fire mage it helps that I can take a hit 🙂  I would like to try it as frost as well because I have my ice shield.  I tend to do most of the running with maybe one of the healers coming with me, so the damage can get quite high.

So I jumped online for him and Hagara – said basically nothing and just ensured they got through it because I would hate to think that me not raiding prevented them from getting through bosses.  To be honest I am glad I did because our pally tank finally got gloves – something he has been waiting ages for and keeps missing out on.

We are hoping to have the full team on Sunday so perhaps we can actually kill Warmaster this week and move past the block of the attendance boss.  Killing a new boss may give us a chance to recruit some more as well, propel us forward a little. We may even find spine dies quickly – fingers crossed 🙂