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Saturday Fluxxing

Yeah, we were not flexing, we were fluxing, we started with the last wing on Saturday – we wiped – a lot.  It was good. Yeah, I love wiping – it means I am raiding and doing what I love.

The trash before Blackfuse was horrific – I was told when I first went back to raiding that the trash was really hard – and I can’t dispute that.  We almost wiped, but a couple of us survived and so I therefore say it was not a wipe, just a lot of the raid died.

Blackfuse – was a pain in the buttski more because the first couple of times people were dropping their shit all over the place, but you know some people haven’t seen the fights, weren’t on vents etc so I can forgive that – but next time….yeah next time I will spank them!!

Garrosh finally makes sense now, I asked what the catalyst was for movement and that cleared everything up.  So I managed to do about 160k on the fight, given that is my 3rd time on him in Flex, I think that will only increase when i get better at it and know what I am going.  On one of those attempts I actually had DPS at about 220 for a sustained period!!  Woot!! (Thanks to the swanky meta gem I now have!)

We killed Garrosh and then decided to do Wing 1 – I got an upgrade to a trinket I already have which was pretty cool, but other than nothing else, I used my rolls a couple of times hoping for better leggings, but managed to score gold every time.

We smashed through wing 1 and survived one boss with 30 seconds left on enrage and Sha with a hunter attacking the boss whilst we were all buffing after a trash wipe, if we can survive those things we can survive anything.

I do wonder though if there is something that changes between flex and LFR – as I can do much better DPS in LFR on the same fights – I wonder is there more movement in Flex and so you lose some measure of DPS, or do the bosses take less damage in LFR then Flex?  Not sure, I will investigate though as it sort of bums me out when I can see much higher numbers in LFR on the same fights.

It was a good night, I tried to talk a little more on vents so as to not freak out my raid leader again, but I was just enjoying my time in raid, I didn’t get any Titan runestones at all!!!  All those boss fights we did and ZERO!!!!  Devastated!!

 

How to freak out your raid leader!

I have made some significant improvements to my mage with regards to my build, and I noticed it in LFR where I mainly in the top 1 or 2 position with 200k (or anywhere from 180k+) DPS.  I have gone for a full haste build as my gear allowed me to stack the haste needed to be maxxed out in raid with the 5% extra buff – super quick and mobile essentially.

Not very exciting I know, but I am still without the meta or my cloak, and I think those figures are quite enjoyable to see for someone with a medium level gear score.  Maybe I could do better, but I think that is highly improbable, I am playing at the best I can right now..the only thing I am missing a little too much is my evocation buff…I tend to miss it about 40% of the time, which means I am missing out a fair bit of DPS increase.  Anyway, that is something that will just take practice given I only recently added it to my rotation, I am not going to beat myself up about it just yet.

Anyway, this post was about freaking our my raid leader, which I think I did superbly last night, by just being my usual raider-self.

After spending 5 years as a GL/RL, I do enjoy sitting back and just raiding without having to contribute to the conversations going on in vents, however this is the complete opposite of me when I am doing almost anything else….you generally can’t shut me up!

Nav was a little worried last night that I was unhappy with being pulled into raid in a normal….I was more like this behind my vents microphone:

Excited-Ribbons

and secretly I was not talking much because I was so nervous about being in the raid I was more like this with the rest of the raid team:

dont let me fuck up

I did ok DPS on some fights – like the Shamans I was at about 160K and I am not sure about the scorpion one, on Gen NAz I did approx 170k as well.  Of course that isn’t everything, but I need to get my DPS up above 150k if I want to kill Garrosh on Flex (and perhaps one day as normal) consistently with all the moving.

My love of raiding means I am completely focused when we do bosses…no talking, no laughing, no joking, I spend the entire boss fight forgetting to even breath because anything else might make me lose my rotation.  It has always been this way and even when raid leading I used to get so focused on what was going on I would forget to actually raid lead sometimes :)

The larger issue is that I am still essentially new to the guild – and certainly to their raiding team.  I am nervous around them – they run heroics…and here I am hoping to be in the same raid team as people that I have always aspired to be like, that I have read about for ages and amazed at their progress.  I see myself pushing everything I can to get to 160k DPS and then end the fight to see me sitting at 4/5th spot due to their heroic geared DPS doing 250+K dps…I feel stupid.

noob

It won’t be that way forever, I know…I am only one secret off the next part of the legendary which means I get the meta gem, and miles off the actual cloak..but it is one step closer.

Anyway, TL;DR version is if you want to freak out your raid leader be very quiet in vents and too scared to talk :)  eheheh

 

 

 

 

Blowing my mind in dungeons!

Last week before shut down whilst I was on holidays and hubby was out for the evening, a couple of guildies decided to run some old content (they do this regularly chasing mounts) and I tagged along as I wanted to get some achievements, mounts would be awesome – don’t get me wrong – but I am more concerned with getting my achievement mounts first – they do have a much higher drop rate :p

Anyway, to cut a very long eventful night short, we ran ICC (H 25 man), Uld (I think it was H 25 man), Firelands (H 25 man) and then ToT (10).

I kid you not – I KID YOU NOT!!!!  We 5 manned all of it and I scored so many achievements!  I have added them all into a gallery because let’s face it, you don’t need a huge long arse post with every single screenshot and let me tell you there were heaps of them!!

I am now only one achievement off my second ICC mount – SOOO CLOSE!! I can taste it!  I still need every Ulduar one in 10 man for my drake, I am now 23/25 embers off for my legendary staff and I am now halfway through the achievements for the mount in FL as well.

It was pretty exciting though as Owl managed to complete his legendary staff quest – and bug it out whilst trying to pick it up – it worked in the end though – and I was soooo excited and completely jealous! So I am going to try and find some way to get into FL more regularly now just to get this done and perhaps the achievements for the mount.   He kept saying he was going to delete it or trash it, and I may have to kill him for comments like that – I would give my left..well…body part for it!

We had very few wipes overall and seriously some of the DPS these guys can throw out had me in just complete and utter awe!  I just felt so completely outclassed! I mean I know my gear isn’t great, but seeing people hitting 800k or more just makes me feel useless at 160k….really useless.   I hope that playing with awesome players will help keep me on my toes and wanting to improve my playing as well.  I can’t guarantee I will ever be as amazing as those guys – but I will be damned if I am not going to try my hardest!

So here is the gallery of all the shots I got today!

 

Dumbest things I have done recently

So returning to a game you love is pretty difficult because it is amazing the amount of information you forget that at one time seemed really important, but that you don’t realise you have forgotten, because like a remembral – you can’t remember what it is your forgot, even if you do know that you have forgotten something.

I have spent the last month trying to find Evocation in my spellbook, because I realised I had a glyph for it, but wasn’t using it. I spend about 15 minutes every night trying to find it thinking I have missed it on each page, I checked my talent trees to see if it something I needed to spec into now, and concluded I was crazy because it was gone.  I finally decided this morning to google it…turns out…I am using rune of power (duh – which I knew) but that is what replaces evocation!  IDIOT!!!  IDIOT!!!!!!

Of course, that is nothing compared to the idiocy of last night.  I discovered noxxic has a list of approx DPS at differing gear levels, which is goddamn fantastic!  I am of course nowhere near for any of my toons – but it certainly gives me something to aim for so I know what I should be doing.  Anyway I found this after some heroics last night in which my boomy could not get above 20k and infact the healer was beating me in kitty form as resto – she is very well geared though at 550 something whereas I am only barely scraping into the 470 area.  However according to noxxic I should be able to hit about 70k dps….LOL…sure thing buddy!!

I decided then to try and find more hit on my gear somehow, after complaining to the hubby about the lack of hit on boomy timeless isle gear and how I had to reforge all the spirit off because it was useless to me, he advised to check out Mr Robot. I was reticent, but did it anyway and it was telling me to reforge back into spirit – enter my tirade about spirit being useless I don’t need mana regen blah blah blah…..yeah…you can all laugh at me now.  Spirit = hit for some classes.  What is worse, after the hubby had finished laughing at me I remembered the hundreds of disputes I had seen in LFD because DPSers had taken gear with spirit (boomies and SP’s mainly – I am sure there was another class as well – I want to say shammies??).  How could I forget something so instrumental to the classes?

I guess this is the joy of coming back to a game 12 months later, you do forget things and need to spend time re-learning.  I know I am still trying to learn how to play again, I am better on my mage because I have played her for so long, but with other toons I am really struggling to get into the swing of it.  Heroics are also very hard as most of the time I am running with people who are very well geared and hitting the 180k+ DPS mark, which means mobs die faster than I can cast a spell – on both my mage and my boomy.  It makes it hard to see where I am sitting in reality and harder to judge what I need to improve.

I know on my mage in LFR I can sometimes be in the top 10 for damage and hitting just over 100k DPS, but according to noxxic I should be hitting 250k + dps…as a frost mage at my gear level and that is not maximum – that is realistic….no way!?!?!?!?  I have to spend some time on a dummy and test out wtf I am doing wrong as I am missing out on a lot of dps.  I need to examine combat logs of mages and see what they are doing that I am not.    Anyway, I am sure, like the previous things, there is something I have forgotten to do….I just have to find out what that is!!!

 

 

MoP Stuff

I hit 90 on my mage last week and have been just trying to get my gearscore up.

I am playing arcane at the moment as it appears to be the only spec I can get more than 15k out of…which is weird given I have seen myself shoot upwards of 80k as arcane…I can’t even understand why I suck so much in the other specs.

We are still recruiting 2 DPS for the guild for our core raid team, which sucks, I had hoped we would be able to nab people whilst leveling and during this preparation period.  We really are just wanting some solid players who can avoid the bad stuff and be part of the team – no idea why that is so hard!

We have only about 4 other people at level 90 and a couple more almost there..they took their time and I am itching to get back into raiding.  We were hoping to head in tonight, but since we are so short on people, it may have to wait until next Wednesday at this stage.  Fingers crossed we can get some of us into LFR tonight as a finger dipping exercise.

Not much to report really, hubby has gotten his monk to 86 since release, a few more days and he will be 90 and able to get some heroics under his belt.  YIPPEE!!

I am doing my dailies as often as I can, and I am close to getting my cloud serpent – I even found 4 eggs on my first day hunting and have not seen any since :) LOL beginner’s luck ran out on me I think :(

I am loving pandaland though, aside from leveling cooking and the Klaxxis :)

Raiding and my obsession.

Yes.

Obsessed.

I had not been raiding for an entire week.  ONE WEEK!  I was having withdrawals until last night when I got pulled into a full DS run by some friends :)  We did Mor’chok heroic and that was about it, the rest we ran like manics through.  I felt so good afterwards…just having been in a raid was enough to satisfy me for a few days.

As mentioned previously I am in the process of updating our guild website with all the raiding information and strats I can find for MoP.  I already have most of Mogu’shan vaults committed to memory, just the last 2 I need to work on a little more.

I have done a couple of the Heart of Fear bosses, mostly committed to memory – they look like fantastic fights!  Can’t wait! But I have done nothing about the middle raid yet.  Yes I have been slack.  But committing that many bosses to memory is hard work let me tell you :)

All this raiding information has made me literally wanting to raid.  I want the kill and I really want to see us do it – I don’t want to fail as a raid leader, I want to push people to be better and I want to be better myself.

This of course brings me to my mage.  I sucked at arcane, I am now sucking at frost and I am going to try fire at some point over the next few weeks – probably whilst levelling?  I am feeling very very uncomfortable on my mage and completely out of depth.  I was hoping a run in DS would help me practice the frost rotation and in all honesty I was pathetic.  For someone with my gear I should be kicking arse.  Is this the end of my mage?  Have I really come this far to not be able to do another xpac on her?

NO NO NO NO NO!!!!  I will not give up just because shit got hard!  If I stop playing her its because I want to…not because I can’t handle the changes!  SCREW YOU no self confidence!!  I’ll show you!!

errr….

Sorry I momentarily lost my train of thought….and it doesn’t want to come back. So I shall leave you here with my little tangent of anger at myself :)  LOL

Also found out the store I am picking up my collector’s edition from – isn’t having a midnight launch like they have every other xpac..so now I am going to just go to work on Tuesday, pick up my copy on the way home and get Wednesday off instead. No midnight launch for me :(

Update on so much stuff

I know it has been a few days since I updated, I had to have emergency surgery on a re-ocurring problem, and although I am mostly ok, I am still recovering and have been some very bad raiding with great pain killers.

I did Onyxia 25 man with my frosties and some other famous people again, it was pretty awesome :)  I scored 3 different achievements. Many whelps, killing her fast and not geting hit with the deep breath…sadly, no mount dropped :(

Of course, my screenshotter did not take pictures…so I got a new screenshot mod…so sick of the old one not working!!

We also did Ruby Sanctum.  The only raid I have never done, neither had hubby.  I thought it was a very cool fight for the 3 minutes of it that we saw before the boss died!

I was pretty happy finally seeing that one, I have wanted to do it for a very long time. HAPPY!

I also managed to do a laid back raid with JD and do Onyxia on alliance side :)  Also fun and very fast, we did it 10 man and she was dead before i really even had one rotation off.  LOL.

Our guild got to level 3!  DING!  and is about 46% through the next level. A certain famous person placed a toon in our guild as well and I got all mental about it…hubby thinks I am insane…but I was hooting like a maniac…just a shame I was in hospital when it happened.

We also went back into DS tonight to get the last two bosses.  We had some trouble on Spine, but in the end got it done.  So we have cleared DS with the guild.  We are going to try for some heroics next week, morchok definitely and also Yorashj and perhaps Ultrax.

I know we are at a 30% buff and that makes things pretty easy, it is still an untested group and we still have some issues to be worked out.  So I think given that, clearing the content is pretty impressive.  We want to get some heroics done before MoP just so we can test out our group I guess. It will also help level the guild, but in all honesty, I am not sure how much longer we will be raiding for anyway since MoP is so close now.   We still need 2 DPS as we are still pugging for raids, but it has only been a guild for 2 weeks I think, so we are not doing too badly.

Anyway, that is all my updates :) Sorry for the long post, but i am still post-op and on good rugs so I have to get everything in whilst I can still actually mostly type :D

Did you SEE that!?!?!?!?

We did it!!

We fucking did it!

We Fuckadoodleduck DID IT!!!!

(more…)

Sucker for punishment :D

I was going to do LFR on my druid last night and ended up going to DS with a pug – guild group with a few short.  This guild clears heroic bosses, so I had high hopes of it being successful.

Overall it was, we started at 8 or 8.30pm and it went until 11.45pm, by which stage I had to leave and so did a few others.  We wiped once on Warmaster, and then wiped about 4 times on Spine.

So I have yet to kill DW.  Last nights run was the closest so far, and I will keep trying.  It was a pretty good group and they were a pretty fun bunch of people until the wiping starting and then it got tense.

They are recruiting people and kept making commenting but they are far too hardcore for my tastes. The raid leader said they stopped running 25 mans because it was too hard to single out individuals who sucked.

That’s a pretty harsh reason for people not to run 25 mans, but that is my opinion and I am sure it is quite fair for hardcore guilds.  But it just reinforces my confusion about raiding.  I was pretty high DPS most of the night except on fights like Warmaster where I have never ever done well, but I really felt like an idiot most of the night because they seemed to be able to play so much better….but then…a hunter and DK…were giving me a run for my money – I have to remember that neither of those classes has DPS issues though – face roll much :p

(watch all the hunters and DK’s fire up :p)

I did cop flack for using food and potions, and then later about some stuff on my gear.  Neither impressed me at all.  I am not in a top end raiding guild, and even if I was I would still do the same anyway I think.  I like using different foods and potions on different fights, and at the end of the day, that small amount is not going to make the difference in a fight.

I hate it when people assume everyone else is an idiot and don’t know anything about the game.  I know how to get my toon ready for raiding – and I am sorry,  a +40 gem over a +20 gem (an example only people!) is NOT going to make such a huge difference that you will be able to see it on the logs – END OF STORY!  Certainly not with a player like me who is not ever going to be in a Top 10 guild and perhaps on patchwerk it might because there is no interruption to a perfect rotation, but in the current fights….no way.

Anyway, I had fun last night and it was great to get through so much as quickly as we did.  I was not having a super night with my procs…which annoyed me a little as my DPS was not as high as I have seen it.  But hey, that is fire spec :D

I am a little ranty today :)  Sorry.  It was meant to be an upbeat post about my enjoyment last night!

This is why i don’t PUG

and it is why i join guilds for raiding – expecting to see content.

I went on a DS 10 man PUG this morning, as in, I started at 11.30 or so?  It is now, 4.20pm and we are still trying to kill Hagara.  Admittedly at 2.20 we had a 50 minute break until about 3.15pm.  Hagara down at 4.30pm.  We are now waiting to do Ultraxion trash, I will be leaving after we do Ultrax as there is no way this group can do Warmaster.

Now, don’t get m wrong, they were a very very nice bunch of people, but i spent over 300g in repairs and I got nothing out of it except annoyance.  Most people would ask why i hung around, and i still have no die, I kept hoping we would get better…..that it was just the first boss, then well it was a fuck up on the send…you know…I just kept hoping…

Now, the tank has left because of lag and we need to find another person to replace him, this has happened on every single fucking boss. We lose someone after each wipe, so then we spend 20 minute looking for another person and I tell you now…..I AM OVER IT!

I should have left after the first wipe, but two healing zonozz with 2 shammies isn’t the best idea…no matter how good they appear to be.

We wiped on Ultrax trash, then had to wipe on Ultrax because someone left and we couldn’t summon the replacement in the shadow realm, then they called it because another person had to leave.  5pm.

Seriously?!?!?!?!?  Aside from the one Ulduar run I did a few months ago to get my mount – that is the calibre of the PUGS I am always in.  whY!?!?!!?!??!

Why do people say they know the fights in LFR when they can’t avoid the fucking ice crystals on hagara, or that PURPLE IS THE FIRST COLOUR, or that you have to jump into the red crystals (ok bad example there) – clearly YOU DONT KNOW THE FIGHT?!?!!?!?

I am annoyed with myself more than anything for wasting an entire day only clearing 4 bosses…Oh god…I hate my WoW life.  I was top DPS all day though by a fair bit..a hunter was close to me most of he time, about 5k difference.

This was spurred on by the LFR I joined before the DS pug, as healer, they had no tanks so i offered to switch then as I was doing so a bear ran into the mobs and grabbed 2 groups of slimes…..I dumped that one straight away.  Why did I not do the same thing when everyone else “Dc’D” to get out of the run after one wipe!!!

I hate pugs.  I hate everything.  I hate hate hate people who can’t admit they don’t know what they are doing, and I HATE IT when people just keep being dumbarses!

/end rant

/maybe

/start sobbing hysterically.

All I wanted was to kill Deathwing on 10 man to complete my achievement.  That’s all.  Maybe I should pay a guild for a run???  That’s not a bad idea.

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