Another year older and another year addicted to my favourite game.
I wish there was something you could do in game on your birthday which gave you a random mount or pet based on the ones missing from your collection. Like a spin the wheel or once off mini boss dungeon.
I have plans this weekend to have dinner with some of the best people I have ever known at such a hyped up restaurant (Mjolner) I am losing my mind in excitement.
It is also Drew’s birthday in 7 days so the dinner is for both of us to celebrate! I plan on taking photos but I also plan on drinking so it may not happen.
I have one of my presents already which is a kickstarter for one of my favourite books Green Rider. I am so excited and happy. The second present is apparently a million times better but is late for arrival. I have no idea what it is but Drew says it is amazing.
I hope you all have a fantastic day I know I will be just chilling out 🙂
Drew and I were watching the following video about obtaining the Lucid Nightmare mount by Bellular Gaming.
It reminded me of the Riddler’s Mind-Worm which I have been wanting to get for a while. I had never bothered as I figured it would take me a heck of a lot longer than I was willing, however tonight inspired me so I messaged the group (Drew, Michael & Ben) and asked if they felt up to the effort. Guaranteed mount for a little bit of flying around sounded like a plan.
I would love to attempt the other mount, but it looks way more involved…especially the maze room…not sure I would make it through that at all.
We jumped online and started the mission. I went on my mage as I figure having ports was going to be the most useful way of travel should we need to bounce around. Honestly if you are going to attempt this – get a mage who can port you back and forth – it makes it so much easier. No idea how long this would have taken with dependency on hearthstones.
You only need to read 8 pages then head to Westfall for the final part where you loot a chest and voila!
The chest on the west coast of Westfall and we found it towards the north end of the coast line. Simply click and BAM! Mount.
Only one of the ugliest damn mounts that ever there was!! LOL but I wanted it for that reason.
And getting a group photo was even harder due to the movement of the mount. I really like the little chest on the back, but it would have been cool if it was a usable bank or something.
ahhahah SOOOOOOO ugly!! I love it. There is simply no good angle to get a photo of these guys. All in all I think it took us about an hour – maybe slightly longer, but not much more. I would suggest if you were putting it off, just get it done. It won’t take you long at all.
And the “poem” from all the pages reads as follows:
...of Sea, Spirit and self… …first of lords to fall… …the wind, the eye… …the plume, the tomb, a scarab moon… …in snow, sand, and stone… …behold the battle, unblinking… …bejeweled watcher… …ray of sunrise….
Or gentle…either way I can’t believe this at all. I had simply put this into the pile of things I might get done eventually but was giving up on actually believing it would happen.
Craig messaged me a couple of days ago trying to convince me to come on a run and get myself carried for the timed 15.
I am not usually a huge fan of being carried – it feels like I cheapen the experience. I thought I would be DPS as they were trying to get someone called Scud to tank. Also a bear. Apparently epic. Anyway because I tanked instead (Scud didn’t respond) and contributed to the actual completion of the mythic, I have shifted posts around because I am too excited to not post sooner! I was part of the group rather than just a carry! Boo-ya!
Craig pulled a group together which consisted of Lauralin (my little purple battle pet), Angeleus and Confliction from his guild on Dath. Someone had a level 16 Upper Kara key so of course that sounded like the perfect plan…for some people. I think Upper might be easier than lower but honestly so hard to tell when the DPS in the group steals aggro within half a second, especially with skittish affix. It was so damn difficult. I have never used my taunt on CD as part of my rotation before – it was so hard – even with a head start…<shame>
I actually wasn’t sure were going to make it just because when you watch the timer tick down and it builds the pressure. I am not kidding – I stood up after we finished and I had sweat pouring down my back – I was so excited and nervous. I think we only had 8 deaths in total. Pretty sure that makes a fair difference to our usual 30 – 40 on level 13-14 mythics 🙂
The guys were pretty funny and the language…yeah a little more over the top than my guild but I was laughing my butt off. I like being able to just fuck around on voice when doing runs – but I have a feeling not everyone appreciates it. Although we didn’t pull out the C word (which I was fully expecting based on what Craig has told me).
Thanks to the guys above – you were fantastic and thank you for putting up with my lower tanking skill/gear. The tears in my eyes were legitimately forming out of appreciation.
So many people were involved in me being able to get this purple bear, I had tears in my eyes I was so happy! Thanks to everyone involved prior to this latest part – Drew, Michael, Ben, Oui, Nelly, Fred, Simon, Craig, Aaron, Lana and Nathan and the rest of the guild for all the mythics, raiding and gear upgrades.
You guys are the absolute team and I appreciate it so much.
I feel pretty happy knowing I tanked a level 16 mythic, definitely wasn’t expecting to be able to get through it especially with the affixes. I know I have tanked all of Heroic Antorus so I should feel more capable but you know I am self conscious.
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.
This is one of the mythics our group keeps running and we just cannot seem to get the bosses. We normally give it a few attempts and then just call it quits. Now though – we can say different. We had a purpose…Screw the timer and let’s just get it done for Michael so he could get a piece of loot. I am not convinced it was worth it, but you know…i loved trying to get it done.
The last time we were in here, Maiden drained our will to live, but we did eventually get it sorted. This time…Attuman was our focus. Sounds easy, no problemo to do. Sure..for a bunch of nublets like us with the stupid necrotic plague hindering us.
I think we wiped about 9 times? Maybe more – before we finally killed him. He is so hard to keep in any semblance of order – and I think it is my fault for not just standing in the stuff and taking it like a good tank. It felt so good to kill him after the crap we have been through with him. When he was almost dead I was so scared we would wipe again. I took evidence. I think we have the fight now, we understand it, it is just about perfecting it. We were actually doing really well time wise as well until just before this point.
Then came Moroes. Pain the butt. Draining the healer, traps breaking, garrote mixed with necrotic plague that I kept forgetting to look for…kiting mobs..gahhhhhh!!! Stupid stupid stupid attachments! Why Blizz WHY!??!!?!? I think this took about 7 attempts with the only positive being by the end we all had traps we could use. We started with only 2, so after the first wipe 4 of us had a trap and then I got mine. Having all of us with traps made it much easier to retrap if needed – even if I was kiting things away for the debuff to drop off.
But finally…after 1 hour and 54 minutes….(yes you read that right…and I typed it correctly) we finally finished this stupid mythic. Thank you, you wacky bunch of crazy people for getting us through and just having a laugh. Never again. If necrotic plague is up – mythics can go die in a fire with sanguine. Screw that! We all better get some decent pieces of loot from the crate or I will rage! Serious rage!
Sometimes when you are in a guild, you feel like you have found a home. A place where you can have fun, relax, beat up some baddies and just enjoy even more time in Azeroth.
I have never been one for guild halls as ideas because I would rather people be out and about in the world doing things than in a guild hall. However I could see it being a bit of fun if designed as a central hub. Something with profession trainer access, auction house, bank and raid zone portal/quick travel etc. You could hang around in guild halls doing your game world things and having fun.
That is some guilds. Not all guilds. Certainly not mine. Who after doing some messy attempts at Coven people who shall remain nameless (**cough** Nelly and Lana ** cough**) decided to taunt and mock me…
Just look at them. Their dancing butts. GLOWING! What is worse….Nelly was emoting at me and wiggling her butt. I was just…jealous. Pure and simple. Everyone was laughing heartily at my despair.
The horror with this guild doesn’t end there…no my dear readers….I then did a mythic with our usual group…
only 40 deaths on a level 14….standard stuff for everyone right? I will be fair Ben and Drew upped their DPS a huge amount so we were burning some things down pretty quick, but the bosses enraging meant we were still a little too low (I am guessing). I think the trash killed us more than the bosses did.
However that wasn’t even the worst of it. I can deal with 40 deaths and missing the time. I can’t deal with what happened when I came out of the instance….to see Craig….
Like seriously?!!?!? You just want to torment me! He was laughing his butt off. Jumping across the road in front of me with his little critter family. I nearly have a matching – set just need someone to mock me with the red one. Craig offered to do so, but i screamed and jumped offline before I could see it happen.
The only thing that made this bearable (badoom tish) was the fact that Nelly, after mocking me earlier had told me to check the guild calendar in game and she had (to my joy) added a guild run on Saturday night for us to go and get me to Shards. We are hoping if we can get a few people we can maybe try mythic which might equal more of the little blighters, maybe even run some other raids after it.
So friendship is when people mock you constantly but then offer to help you 🙂 xoxo I love my guildies.
We have a nice little mythic group made up of me me tanking, Michael healing, Ben & Drew DPSing, plus whoever is online or available of Oui, Nathan or Andrew.
Drew has been starting to heal as well but can only manage lower level ones at this stage, about level 7. We are trying to get him some better gear and experience so he can potentially join in raids etc.
We decided to head to Maw of Souls 8 first with Drew healing on Aryssa. It was tough because Drew was having issues with his set up preventing him from playing disc properly. In the end him and Michael switched out to get the last boss down – it was rough going, but we got there. The mythic affixes for the week are Grievous and Tyrannical.
Grievous has now taken over for my most hated of affixes. Not pleasant at all.
Drew dropped out to play with his Clique set up and fix his UI, so we dragged Ben in on his pally and headed to Neltarion’s Lair 8. We smashed through that with Andrew DCing at some point thanks to his crappy internet. But that bumped up the key to Darkheart Thicket 10. We almost didn’t make it through, but we got to the last boss with 3 minutes left and managed to complete it to upgrade the key to a Court of Stars 11. Andrew dropped out at that point and Drew joined us again. Poor bugger came in for another wipe fest in a dungeon we had NFI what we were doing.
We fumbled our way through, literally, each boss a struggle. I do not see how anyone does this under 30 minutes. It was a horrible instance which I could barely remember. At all. I had vague recollection of some of it, but largely I was confused. I do feel though that after a few more runs and knowing what needs to happen it will be much easier to complete – I just don’t see it being under 30 when the first boats take 1 minutes off your time and then the asking spies for information etc can take a lot of time as well.
We called it quits after that for a little while but it was pretty good. I think if we can get a solid group going with solid DPS we would be able to smash through some high level ones, but we just need to also get the right keys.
You know some people just come into your life and no matter what bring you happiness and smiles and contentment. This all stems from pets.
I logged into Dalaran and noticed my mailbox was needing to be read. I open the box and notice multiple mails from the lovely Nelly again with more pets for me! If i could crush on a person it would be Nelly at the moment with the pets 😀
These were the ones she sent me this time, and I sent some back to her because she had already given them to me last time! The joys of farming for transmog gear in old raids is you get pets.
My little micro sentry asking me very politely to be levelled next. Gah such cuteness!!
My levelling queue in rematch is about 40 pets long at the moment. I did manage to get quite a few pets levelled on the recent bonus weekend – I just spent time near flight points battling everything I could.
I do need to start doing that again and likely it will happen over the next couple of weeks as my work life changes.
But there are so many things I want to express to Nelly and simply put – words can’t. I am so grateful to know her!! Not only for the pets but for being so awesome with the hellfire raid and being patient with me. So many hugs being sent via the internet!!
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!
I need to start this off my saying I am not great at making friends in person, online though; I am not nervous or shy. I think the benefits of essentially being unknown is that you can take a few moments to compose responses or think of witty responses to things.
Most people would consider me an extrovert, however I consider myself an introvert until I really feel comfortable in the company.
I have been blogging since 2009 about WoW and really, I made very little attempt at making friends or getting out there in the blogosphere for fear of rejection or ridicule. Anyway once I decided to put myself out there and just start talking to people no matter how dumb I felt, I found an entire new world of basically very very lovely people. One being Navimie. Anyway, you all know how beautiful she is, recent experiences have shown how much you all love/appreciate/enjoy her.
I jumped online last night to run an LFR with a twitter friend @mementh. He finally got this legendary daggers – GRATS!! and I wanted to see his wings 🙂
So we did the second half of LFR with some friends of his and generally it went ok. Had some issues on Spine – I think the tank was new perhaps – he was just kiting the mob around everywhere – it was painful.
We wiped, but not after a load of abuse by a lot of people 🙂 Poor guy should really read up about what he is going to attempt before walking in and thinking 24 people are not going to have a go at you for fucking it all up.
Whilst waiting for him to be ready, I remembered that there should be a pending realid request if I was any sort of lucky! THERE WAS!!! EEP!
Anyway I was far too excited to actually have another blogger added to my realid list, I feel so special that people even want to talk to me at all. I am sure they have many people waffling on to them all the time though, fielding like 300 whispers is probably not easy anyway.
I didn’t really do much else, it was late when I got home and then after cooking dinner etc, I really was just exhausted. But overall I had an absolutely fantastic night.
This one could be about 600 pages long, and in all honesty I could not mention the millions of nice things people have done for me in game. I will try to list as many as I can though – it is always good to thank the people out there who made this game what it is and not just moan about the idiots who make it that little bit of hell 🙂
My first guild was full of nice people who just wanted to help 😀 Auricthewise – pulled me aside one day when he saw I was wearing all manner of weird shit and explained to me that each class has specific stats..a mage wearing strength and agility was not the way to go 🙂 He spent a packet on the AH (back in the days before dailies so money was precious) and got me some upgrades 😀 I will never forget that kindness.
Theholyman and Alexelder, trundled me through Gadzetzan and Dustwallow marsh a few times to help me quest, fun times 🙂 Bomma running me through Deadmines repeatedly and making me fall in love with boomkins 😀
Senna, a fellow mage, i honestly can’t remember how we met, but s/he gave me money towards my first mount 🙂 s/he also spent a lot of time with me teaching me how to duel, pvp, rotate spells. All very important stuff as a mage!
Koliara and Dreddly – gave me a lot of support when doing the guild leading thing. That is both ingame and out as well, but basically being officers and doing bank organisation and being class leaders after a fashion, without wanting to actually be officers. It was a blessing.
Mithraci and Cayehn- for being co-gm’s with me and dealing with the shit with me and booting people and controlling the insanity.
Those are the four major things that actually come to mind when thinking about the nicest things. I mean after playing since Vanilla, I couldn’t just come up with one thing 🙂
Check out everyone elses thoughts – we are a lucky bunch if you ask me 🙂