The court of horrors

Horror for them of course, and not us. We smashed them in their Naga faces. The guild actually killed Queen’s court a few weeks ago, but I was not there for it. So last week when we went in it was my first kill.

The fight wasn’t any more difficult than normal, in my opinion so it made it a relatively easy attempt.

6/8 H

We have 2 bosses to go. 2 more to get through in heroic. We are so close to clearing it. I wasn’t prepared for Za’qul to be as hard as he was though. We spent the rest of the night having our arses handed to us. What I don’t really get though is why? The thing that was causing us the most issue was the tentacles, which happen in normal as well. The fight isn’t really any different in heroic, but for some reason we were all losing our minds.

The best we got him to was 41% I think, it is the one I have a picture of at any rate.

Honestly though, we were having weird latency at home that night (no idea why) and it was causing us issues with the mechanics, it wouldn’t have been helping for sure. We are planning on extending to spend the next raid night working on him and Queen Nelly assured us that Queen Asz is much easier than this fight. Something to look forward to at any rate. I think we almost had this one though, we were improving towards the end of the night, but there is just so much to look for and we were all having issues tunnelling and just not paying attention to the timers.

We will get him Wednesday though. I wish I could get my DPS up as well. I keep missing my rotation and just messing it up. I feel like a pretty fail druid to be honest because I should be able to pull 30k DPS and I am barely scraping 20k. Part of the issue with being DPS is when you can’t get the numbers you are simply letting the team down.

#Blaugust2019 – The Queen’s Court of mischief

The guild actually killed the Court last week, but I was not online for it as I was at home, playing (and losing) Harry Potter board games with friends.

So I was pretty excited when our next raid night we started a fresh heroic run and managed to get all the way to the Court again for this week. The fresh run included one Apophis all the way through which, poor bugger, he didn’t join us the week prior for our Lady Ashvane kill so had no idea what was happening when we started the fight. Ooops. He made up for it by doing great DPS. I also cocked it up on that fight, but then so did a few others as we had to have a few attempts on her again to get it sorted. I think that is going to be one of those really random fights; some weeks the coral and people will be placed well, others I think it will just be bad and cost us. This was our second heroic kill so I am not going to be harsh on myself or anyone else for making mistakes.

I was, however so ecstatic I survived the entire Radiance fight I even took a screenshot. Look!! here is me alive…and Radiance dead! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!? I even got excited over voice comms.

We didn’t actually struggle too much on Orgozoa, but we did have a few attempts, it is a pretty unforgiving fight for the tanks and it can take one tiny mistake for it all to go to the pits. But in Warsong style we killed it with only a couple left alive.

So the rest of this post was supposed to be about how we killed the court and zaqul….but then on our next raid night we were down two healers, a tank and a lot of DPS. So we didn’t end up raiding and I didn’t get an awesome post of boss kills and I forgot to cancel the post after the non-raid!

#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 🙂

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 – working with ladies

I still dispute calling her a lady when she looks like a monster and throws coral at us but she should be respected for her choices.

We actually cleared all three Heroic bosses without issue again tonight. I wouldn’t say they are on farm but we are doing really well. People are still taking a lot of gear with very few being passed off.

I died on Radiance because the squall happened and I couldn’t get through the swirling circle of death. I didn’t think I was far enough behind to not make it through with everyone else but it kicked me in the air and I got caught and died.

I hate that fight. Have I said it before? Should I say it again?

Tonight was our first actual night seeing Ashvane and I got pretty annoyed with being told we aren’t going to do it after 2 attempts because our DPS was bad. It very well might be bad, but we have had 4 attempts in total. 4. We need to learn mechanics, we have to work out what the heck is going on. Our DPS isn’t going to be top notch, especially for our guild of friends. We take a few nights to get the hang of the fight. There is no shame in that in my opinion, but it seems like some don’t like the effort involved.

Either way towards the end of the night we were getting the hang of the mechanics. We still had a few issues clearing the coral but we managed to get her to 20% a few times. The third shield phase is pretty hard to survive so hopefully a few more attempts and we will have it worked out.

I have to work out what I am doing wrong with my DPS because I should be putting out much better numbers than I am. I wasn’t moving particularly much but maybe that is enough to disrupt my numbers – I don’t know but it will require some research this weekend. I even told Queen Nelly to drop me as my DPS was bad.

#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 🙂 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 🙂 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!!! 🙁 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 🙂

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 🙂

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

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 🙂 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 🙂

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

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 🙂 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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂 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 🙂 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.

Image result for m&m's blue and green

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 🙂 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.

Image result for coin shower

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.

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.
Opulence 4N

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.

Conclave of the Chosen 5N

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 🙂

Battle of Dazar’alor – You know it.

Last Wednesday night was the start of the new raid and also the day I picked up my new car. Yes. I have a new car – who cares about the raid right? I was late to the raid because everything was delayed at the car yard. I was so late in fact that the guild had managed to kill 2 bosses already by the time I got there! Sorry for the lateness of this post, we have had one of the busiest fortnights ever!

Nibblepie has uploaded videos to youtube so check out the playlist on the right hand side banner they should be there. Here is the guild’s first kill for the Champions of Light!!

Warsong 1/9N

And then they went in and killed Grong!

Warong 2/9N

By the time I turned up they were having their 10 minutes break and I was about to enter into the world of the Jadefire Masters! Which, would you believe we one shot? LOL Walked in, had an overview, worked out heals and tanks and then we simply smashed them in the face. This was the only point to which I had watched videos and read strategies!

Warsong 3/9N

Opulence was horrid. It was at this point I discovered I may no longer be cut out for raiding. I am out of practice and not able to focus on everything I need to.

I died repeatedly. Just so often, I couldn’t get through the first two rooms without dying. I was so ashamed of myself. The We had some good attempts towards the end of the night but we still had some bits to work out.

For our first night it was pretty exceptional 🙂 Well done guildies!!

AoTC – G’huunalicious

We have had a few weeks since my last raiding post being stuck on Zul, Mythrax and G’huun.  It has been a little bit of a struggle not because we aren’t good enough – we really are, but because we have had weird class mixes or not enough people etc.

One of the questions I was asked recently was “Why, by all the laws of science, does it take our guild to the very last attempt of the night to kill the boss?”  No solid answers came up except that perhaps on that very last attempt people actually pay full attention and do everything they can to stay alive and be aware.  The conclusion we drew was that we need to only allow a certain amount of attempts on the boss before moving on.  Which works for the middle bosses who you can do in any order, but not for the ones at the start.  My additional cruelty to this would be after the limited number of attempts you drop the difficulty back down until people can stay focused on those bosses….hahah.

I honestly wish we didn’t spend all night wiping to kill the boss on the last attempt and not because I don’t love raiding, but because people get angry at each other and we feel like we can’t do it….which is rubbish because we know we can do it – we have evidence on every kill we can do it.  So why…why is it  the absolute last pull of the night?

We started the night with 13 people and on patch night with computer issues everywhere. Drops, mini freezes, latency that wasn’t latency; it was my usual rage inducing experience.  Nothing makes me quite as angry as wanting to play WoW and being excited to get into it and having issues with the game.  My taurean (and tauren) side comes out like waving a red flag. Sets me right off into swearing and cussing.

We gave Mythrax a few attempts and were struggling with only 2 healers, but then a few of the people from Resplendant (another guild) were available and we pulled them in to make a 20 man raid. It was at this point after fluffing about for 10 minutes that my computer decided to really take a crap and it took me 3 restarts to be able to get back into game because WoW was not happy.  I finally logged in and found I was booted from the raid and ported back to the Great Seal and the guys were killing Mythrax.

I lost my mind. I cannot explain how much I lost my mind.  Part of my rage was because I spend all my raid time wiping. I only raid on Fridays which is usually hard boss night, so I don’t actually get any benefit from raiding just loss of money. So the opportunity for me to get one piece of gear (when I don’t currently) pissed me off so much.  I didn’t want to spend the rest of the night wiping on another boss with no gratification or gear out of it.  I had spent 8k buying potions/flasks before the raid and this has been my life for the last few months.  My first Wednesday in months and I got booted out.  I was raging.

Anyway it took a little convincing from Drew, Ben and Michael before I jumped back online as the guild was about to start G’huun.   Ben advised disabling all mods seemed to work wonders for him and Oui so left DBM running only and the game was playable without issue. Drew had suggested I disable all mods and that was just before my game went to the toilet on my heart so I didn’t have  chance to do it.

We were slapping him around with new friends from Resplendant and honestly we were doing pretty messy attempts.   We did get him to 2% with only tanks and heals alive.  No idea who was “leading” from the other guild – no one introduced themselves…. <glare> but he was pretty funny.  We had to stay alive going into the third phase and on this 2% I was the only one who actually died at the transition happened.  So it is pretty much my fault we didn’t kill him….I am blaming the healers though because well….heal me!!!

Sadly the heals were doing terrible DPS and couldn’t make up for what would have been my amount :p Unbelievable!!

Then of course, on our very very last attempt of the night, he died.  Ahead of the Curve; yes please!

I actually managed to stay alive until he was at about 2% but I had managed to back myself into a corner with the pizza phase and it just meant I had nowhere to run when I got a few effects at once. I was so annoyed with myself.  Chris and I were running balls again and doing well at that, we have a pattern and we rock!  Some might say we were cutting it close to the new raid being released but now we can spend sometime just getting clears (if people are around) in preparation for the new raid – I would love to get my gear better before we go into the new area.

Thanks to the filthy mouthed Resplendent guilds telling us to stay alive and for the healers to heal people :p;  it was an enjoyable night from about 9pm onwards….but not before.

Michael said he will upload the kill video to youtube and here it is!! I found it for you 🙂

Zul the Wipemaster

What a rough and awesome night all rolled into one.  I think the most demoralising thing about learning this fight is the difficulty with knowing what percent you are actually getting him to.

We started out the night all pumped up to kill a new boss. The guys were still on a high from their Vectis one shot – they were expecting it to be really hard and it wasn’t.

So Zul. The conversation was mildly distracting throughout most of the night:

Someone in the guild, who shall remain nameless, lead us down the path of depravity into learning what a stuntcock was.  Don’t look it up kiddies without adding reference to urban dictionary maybe.  The chat pretty much stayed in the gutter the entire night, thanks to Justin pulling out lines like this throughout the night.  I am glad Ben isn’t able to stream at the moment – it would be soooo rude.

We accidentally pulled the boss to start a couple of times, thanks to random things, however what was funny was we all made comment that it could only get better than 100% from here right?  How wrong could we be?  It was 100% all night because of the bloods.

However we did have a few low spots, we were getting to 50% consistently but generally we would get overrun with ads.

This started to be the common view.  We did however though, get him to 35% on one attempt and then consistently we were getting him to phase 2 with a very quickly end to the attempt after that.

We tried the zerg method (bunch up and focus on boss only to get him to 40% with Bloodhexers CC’d). I think we were just short of DPS to make this work and I am meaning a whisker close. If the guys pick up some new gear on Wednesday night they have a fair shot on Friday I think.   We also tried the method of control with focus on adds and on the couple of attempts I spent zero time on the boss and all my time running around chasing adds.

For some reason I kept being the person to jump into the purple puddles of death (they mostly spawned right next to me), and I noticed Zeirah was jumping in them a fair bit as well – I kept thinking she was Lana though as she was cat form when jumping into them and would change back to her normal self and I was so confused!!  I think I even called her Lana at once stage – my apologies lovely!!

I think the zerg method worked best and  we will be really close next week, if not killed.  Phase 2 is really hard – I have no idea how we are going to be able to handle all the adds that are up plus all the red crap on the ground. But hey that’s the fun of it right?

I read some strats (as I do) and noted that some strats mentioned moving the blood hexxer when they spawned to the side of their spawn location so a second one wouldn’t spawn on top. I would like to see how that works in practise as I am not sure how far they need to be from each other.  Almost need a DK or something to grab it to the point of a hunter trap or something.   I also read that because the boss can’t be tanked in the first phase, the tanks should be picking up the blood hexxers, which would also make moving them easier I think?  No idea but it sounded like it made the most sense. Not sure how that works for the tanks though but it might help with the super fast bloods!!

21 wipes in one night. It was expensive and fun. So much fun.

So we finally got our things happening

I am back at karate on Wednesday nights now so I cannot attend the Wednesday night raids. So I can only hope, in my selfish boomy heart they actually get boss kills on a Friday night instead.

Sort of like last week 🙂

I was told on Wednesday they tried a few new things for strats on Zek’voz which seemed to help the raid get to phase 3 consistently so I was hopeful we would be close on Friday.  I was actually not going to be able to make Friday as I had friends coming round on Saturday and I needed to clean the house and make food. But you know…raid comes first.  So I ended up jumping in.

I jumped in to find we were doing normals because we didn’t have enough heals, I immediately thought I should message Zeirah again. It was Friday night, we are all introverts – maybe she would be home bored and interested in a solid night of progression wiping? Thankfully she was. I asked in raid if she came would we be doing heroic instead and the consensus was yes.

Zeirah killed us a couple of times, which she will likely never hear the end of now because it was hilarious and my guild like to hold onto things for tormenting people with later. We gathered quite a collection of bones because she copped an eye beam and was about to run out when Jason called for Tranq and as she was trying to run away and use push-to-talk to say she would do it in a second and we all blew up. It was pretty funny.

We got the boss, repeatedly to 1%. And even 2 times we got him to 0%.  ZERO %! You read that right.

If you can’t see his HP it is 168k in this picture. So close to death – I am surprised his tentacles are still attached.

This one shows 386k.  I mean…so hard to watch when you have so many people technically alive just not on our side. You think you can still do it until everyone starts reminding the chat channel they are mind controlled.  So painful to watch.

We had so many attempts with him under 5% it was just a matter of time. Chris was repeatedly telling us to just CC the first 2 mind controlled people so we could all just focus our DPS on the boss during Lust and I have to say that was what ultimately did it for us.  KILLSIES!!!

I was pretty ecstatic to be there for this kill. It has taken quite a while to get (comparatively) so everyone will be happy he is dead. I am not sure he will be so difficult in the future as we have a system now which seems to work and having figured out phase 3 now we will be ok in future I think.

Check out the playlist on youtube for our kill videos which is linked in the right sidebar, we have a couple up there from different perspectives.

On a more personal note my ilevel is now 358 and I can see definite improvement in my DPS levels now. I am sometimes getting close to Nelly in numbers and that means I am doing mostly the right thing.  I don’t have enough haste as yet and I still have some pretty bad pieces of gear, but all in all I am pretty happy with the level I am at.  I wish professions this expac were better (specifically Alchemy) so I could have all the flasks/potions I need for raiding, but I just don’t have the money to pay thousands of dollars for one flask or a couple of potions.

 

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!!

Beth…again

We went into Firelands again and headed to Beth for what we knew would be a fun night of wiping on a boss that we didn’t really think we had hope of getting down any time within this century and you know, aren’t surprises the best?!?!

The first attempt we went in and got her to just under 50%…phase 2 and all.

Ot just got better from there, we kept getting her to phase 2 consistently and in the end we just kept falling short of the mark.  the best for the night was 13%.  Nothing to sniff at when last week, we could not even last 10 seconds without someone dying.

Everyone was communicating and talking- making sure we were all aware of what was going on, helping out and essentially working as a team.  It was Superb to see.  We are likely to head in again on Sunday night given how close we were, so I just hope like hell everyone brings their game again – as we may actually have her in the next raid night.

There are just 2 or three kinks to work out, but essentially, it is an easy fight if everyone does what they are supposed to and actually communicates with each other 😀

3 Cheers once we get her down and you can be sure of a video for that 😀  Speaking of which, I need to do a Shannax vid – but the one I have I missed the first few seconds of the fight and since then, I keep forgetting to tape it…next week for sure!

I really suck at kiting…

I think hubby and/or I managed to cause both bad and good in raid last night…..someone was asked to sit out and he was not impressed; his dad was going to sit out so he could come in, however the gm/rl basically told everyone that people needed to rotate and he needed to just accept that.

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