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And the pattling continues :)

Yes, I invented a new word call pattling.  I got sick of writing pet battling….  feel free to use it :p

I got another surprise gift the other day which had me bouncing off the walls!!  Can you guess?

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Yup!!  Anubasith IDOL!  So my battles begin :)  I have the Gilnean Raven already, which means I should have a pretty solid team once I get the main two leveled.  At last count my Idol was at level 12, so I am technically leveling two pets at a time with my Onyxian Whelping being the main stay in the group.

I am slowly working through some of the achievements with this being the latest one:

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I am also working on the level 25 version and I believe I have 3 more to go for that to complete and since my humanoid will be done shortly, I only need to do critter and undead.  Woot!  I am also working my way through the Jade forest now to get the last of my pets.  I need to go to the wanderers festival and collect one from the Wilds, but I believe that isn’t part of the actual safari achievement.

I plan on hitting the daily tamers once I have the All pets allowed achievement, which won’t take too much effort when I next get stuck into my battles.

Thank you soooo much again Mr Tauren!!  You are a fantastic enabler of my pet addiction!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Firelands, you beast!

Friday night fun run, was almost a bust with low numbers online, but a few of us said we would like Firelands with 3 of us on the legendary quest, all different parts as well, me on cinders, Crooked on drains and Cptsars on embers it was a good combo. That was pure luck in my book!! So the group was us three, and McTacky, Kahrax and Haevela (on his hunter with an name I have no idea how to spell).

We were going to do heroic 25 man, but we didn’t have enough people for it, so we switched it to normal after a Beth wipe. I asked if we could do some achievements and everyone else was keen for that as well.  We did Barrel Roll on Aly; only a few people had that one, but 3 different bits they needed so I was pretty happy we got it done for them, we wiped once because I stuffed it up with my flying and fell right into some brush fire.  We wiped and went again doing it perfectly!

Then we did Not an ambi-turner on Mr Wankervolcanohead. I advised the strat we used to use when we were raiding FL back in the dark ages, as we did the achievement strat as our base. It takes a little longer, but it is just easier. I think a couple of unnamed individuals didn’t want to believe me, I could feel the skeptisicm, but I was raid leader from BC to  MSV for all content so I am not entirely as daft as I seem in guild now.  We waited until he walked into the centre and did his first stomp, then we attacked the right leg only. Nothing else. It takes him slightly longer to actually hit an active volcano, but at our current gear level we smashed through him anyway. Everyone died except Crooked,  CptSars and McTacky, they killed him pretty easily once he sat down.

Bucket list was one of only 2 achievements I needed and we did that next.  Shannox is a pain the buttski.  We made sure to kill Rageface quickly, and then just run around like mad men.  Shannox must have liked my perfume because he was chomping on me like nothing else. Iceblock has a stupidly long CD!!   Easy peesy!

Bucket ListWe did aim to do the Baleroc achievement, and I am pretty we did, but I honestly can’t remember if anyone got the achievement?  Navi joined us at this point as well to provide extra healing, or maybe DPS?  I have no idea, either way it was another smash fest.  Kahrax tanked this one awesomely given he had never done it before. I suggested he saved his cooldowns for the Decimation blade because that was all I really remembered when I was tanking on my pally.

Then, my last needed achievement.  Which never ever happens. Only the penitent!!!  We explained to everyone how to do it. Set things to focus, create macros and then…Crooked just started running across the bridge!  My heart was in my mouth as we started following him.  I could barely breath as I watched the cast bar.  We all got to our little swirls and then waited a couple of casts :

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OMG!  Such a long journey to get that compilation of achievements done!  So I went off to get a piccie on my new mount, and Mctacky photobombed me, then so did Crooked, and Haevela and Cptsars…LOL….was quite a photobomb :p  Poor Cptsars, doesn’t have a mount, I don’t know which achievement he is missing we must find out and do it next week with him.

Corrupted firelands mounts

We all look very dashing I think!  Thanks guys for helping with this.  I am now 928/1000 cinders.  Onto the next stage which will take me forever according to Crooked!

The Great petscapade!

That is what I shall call it!!

The other night, whilst doing the brawlers guide, incidentally where you can find me every night until I get to Rank 10, one of our guildies (who is aware I am chasing ALL THE PETS!!) and I started up a conversation about battle pets, which I had and didn’t have.

Then suddenly:

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BEST PRESENT OMG!!!  Needless to say, I could not focus on my next few rounds as I was just soo excited!!!  Of course this required a picture with every single pet, which you will find below :p  Bless his little cotton socks…actually…someone quickly draw me a kick arse picture of a big Tauren male in little cotton socks!!  So adorable!  I will leave him nameless unless he doesn’t mind in which case I will tag him later :)  I was sooo unsure if I should take them off this hands, took me a few attempts to make sure.  WOW!!!

JUST WOW!!

So without further pre-amble …here is my squee fest!!

Chrominius – which is the pet I currently have out as he matches my challenge mode transmog gear.

Howling at the moon!!!

Howling at the moon!!!

Death Talon Whelpguard

Death Talon Whelpguard

Phoenix Hawk Hatchling

Phoenix hawk hatchling

Pocket Reaver

Pocket reaver

Revving his little engines!

Untamed Hatchling – I may create a transmog with this colour scheme, because he is fantastic!!

Untamed hatchling

Lil Bad Wolf – Taking on a turtle because he is tough!

Lil Bad Wolf

Thank you so much Mr Tauren, you brightened my night so much and I will adore these little guys forever :)  I have to come up with names for them all (I only name the ones given to me so I can always remember them).  I have to level them all, but I have to get the Anubasith idol dude as he apparently makes it super easy to level pets in like 4 pet battles.  I need that before I get too stressed about levelling!!

THANKS!!!!  THANKS!!!!!  SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

 

 

Raiding 25 man…briefly and with vigour!

With the influx of people into the guild and the fantastic second raid team we have had running, Navi decided to try a full 25 man raid with just Paragons and Garrosh.

I confess to being pretty excited about it.  25 man again.

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Something about it just makes me feel home. I enjoy it. Initially the main team was going to do some heroic paragons for practice but it was decided against.  I was trying to get sneaky ninja pics again, but seriously everyone bunched up so much this was the best I could manage.  I shall have to try harder next time. Ravz, Luxy and Kahrax got into this one, the rest looks like LSD-inspired pixelated art.

Raiding 25 man

If the object was to test out how we all handled being thrown in together I think we did well.  There were some minor issues but overall we all got along, everyone was far too quiet in vents if you ask me, but then for some people this would have felt very different to 10 man.

I have no idea what my DPS was like, possibly one of the lowest, I really am starting to believe that  you need to be raiding to keep in practice. I was failing horrifically as I only raid once a week (and even then that is more rare than real).  My fingers were fumbling over everything, however I stayed alive and did my job. So I was happy with that.

Until, on Garrosh,  I got MC’ed and Exray decided to kill me.  AFTER I WAS CLEARED OF MC!!  Can you believe it?  I started to turn my toon to run towards the designated spot and as I turned I died with an overkill tick from him. His timing must have been impeccable. I cried tears of despair.

After that, whilst laying face down in purple goo, I started giving Navi a running commentary on who was alive (she had sat out for an attempt), I thought I was helping her out – and then eventually she says “I can see the fight!”…. …..

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We did get him down and I got a offhand which I need to chant and gem and upgrade etc. I may have to actually valor cap myself this week, I have received a few new pieces and I don’t have the VP.

I know it was only 2 fights as 25 man, but I was enjoying myself so much – I wish I could do that every week.

Chasing the Challenge Modes

This is one heck of a long post – I decided to even put it behind a cut.  I could have split it into two, but really…I just wanted it all in one!!  Don’t yell at me for it ok, just sit back, get a coffee and possibly read these whilst flying to Tasmania. (For the non Aussies – via plane from Melb to Tassie takes about 1.5 hours and therein lies the awful joke I just made!)

So, I had decided to start to harassing Exray/Aza/Nav for some time for Challenge modes.  I really wanted to get them done, but I am not really much for pushing people. I really don’t like requesting help (problem with playing an MMO really) and I hate that I don’t play as much as others because I feel like I am using them – and I am genuinely not – it just irks me a little to keep at people.  So I decided to stop negative talking myself out of pushing the issue and I organised for everyone to help me Friday night!  Woot Woot!

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Guild Fun Runs

We did a few old school runs the other night to clear off some of the guild achievements that hadn’t yet been done.  We headed to Firelands (YIPPEE) I managed to get a few more cinders.  I have had no  luck with Oqueue at all.  Every raid I sign up for never develops into anything and I never get invites, aside from the one FL 25H I tried with 4 people and we wiped on Beth about 4 times so I left.

I must keep trying though I as I really really need my cinders. I wish I could tag along with Aza/Ex/Lushen when they go, but they don’t follow a schedule so I never know when they are going.

Anyway, we smashed through it very quickly and got to see his little legs again :)  Of course the DPS is too high it causes issues during the actual fight, but it is over very quickly so it is easy to manage.

Guild Heroic Ragnaros

I also managed to get exalted, which I was not expecting. I thought I had another couple of clears before that would happen! I think that puts me at like 62 or something for exalted reputations.

Avengers of Hyjal

 

We then did Nefarian and Cho’gall on heroic and I got a lot of achievements for them! We also did the Four winds.

And guild achievements for the last bosses was pretty exciting :)  I of course died on Nefarian and was in the lava when they killed him. I got up onto my podium and then blown back into the lava after about 3 seconds and I couldn’t get back out.  :(

Guild Heroic Nefarian

Heroic Cho'gall

Guild Al'Akir

We also did Sinestra, whom I had never seen before. It was a pretty cool fight but overall I don’t think it would have been too hard to get a hang of back in the day, it would have been pretty intense – without a doubt!!

Jump into the hole

I really wasn’t comfortable jumping down a random hole! But the path leading to her little section was pretty nice and fiery…I thought it was very pretty for a den of hell and corruption.

Path to Sinestra

The She-devil herself!!

Sinestra

And the achievement for a few minutes work on her little drakes!

Guild Heroic Sinestra

 

For some reason we missed out on the achievement for no one dying, we lost one person after the achievements popped and the boss was dead. So we are not sure what happened with that.  It was so much fun to just sit on vents and smash through everything whilst having a joke and a laugh.

General musings about WoW

Lately, at the onset of another expansion, the general question of should I change toons has loomed large in my life.

I wonder, honestly, how hard it would be to learn to heal on a toon.  Can you spend 10 years playing a game as ranged DPS to switch to something as difficult as healing? Is it difficult?

My healing experience is as follows:

  • 2 weeks on a Shammy in Black Temple
  • approx 2 week in 5 man dungeons (mainly Well of eternity) on my pally with friends only
  • approx 2 weeks in Cata PVP on my Paladin
  • 1 week in LFR Dragonsoul on my Druid
  • 2 levels in Dire Maul on my Priest

That sums it up.  Can you combine that and become an effective healer?  I don’t know.  I am not even sure I want to be a main healer in WoD, but having said that healers are always useful if they are good at their role.  I am not sure I would ever be good.

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I also have a lot of history with my mage – not sure I am willing to give that up.I am thinking it might nice to go Fire again, but it will depend on the spec come WoD.

There is also the question of what I will be doing in WoD.  Since the release date is November, I have less time to muse over whether I will be a raider or not.  I want to be a raider…and once we move back into the city I will be able to handle the raid times with the Frosties.  Just…unlikely we will have sold and moved in time.  Beginnings of expacs are always a time of changing and moving though, so I will cross that bridge when we come to it.  I want to raid though.  I REALLY hate missing out!! Being in game now and watching the others raid and having to find other things to do has been a real eye opener for me…I can’t handle it!!!  HAAHAH  I need the raiding fix that LFR just doesn’t give me – I think LFR just devolves into name calling and abuse whereas a guild normally just keeps going. The jealousy is just unbearable some nights…

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In the end I know day 1 will rock around and I will jump on my mage and I will start questing, but I don’t want to regret that decision.  Last expac Lominari leveled a monk from scratch, we helped as  much as we could and he was ready before half the other raiders in our guild.  We stopped playing and when he came back, he picked up his Shadow priest again….I don’t want to do that.

I know two things for sure, I love my guild and I can’t see myself ever leaving it by choice and secondly that I want to raid this expac.  I want to see all the content.  I have to make those two things work for me.

I must make a concerted effort to find whatever the money maker is in WoD and be fanatical about it on my toons. I must gather funds this time round so I am not constantly scratching around when I want to buy mounts.  I mean I still can’t afford the repair mammoth (that is half my current stash) and I not even close to getting the 108k Yak….I couldn’t even contemplate buying it…I can’t buy all the other mounts like the cloud serpents (too darn expensive – 7k!!!  pfft)

I need money!

 

 

Becoming a better player?

So given my crapiness at DPS, I decided it was time to try and be a better player and not be a clicker.  I am not saying clickers can’t be good players, but there is definitely something to be said for not having to move the mouse when you need to use a new spell.

A few weeks ago, I set up my buttons to be more conducive to button pressing and I set up the buttons on my mouse, I tested out the settings on a target dummy and then promptly freaked out every time I was in combat and went back to clicking.

As per my previous posts a couple of days ago I was discussing it with people again and decided I had to give this a serious attempt.  I headed to the Timeless Isles with good intentions and once again got into combat and started clicking. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!

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I spoke to Lominari about it and we decided my issue was movement.  I don’t want to die in the fire and that worries me more than anything which is what makes me nervous.  So, I spent probably 30 minutes running around the shrine, just using my mouse as my mover and keeping my fingers over the buttons I would normally use for spells so that I could get used to the sensation.  I have to re-programme 9 years of playing – this is not going to happen overnight.

I went and killed some stuff when I was more confident, but realistically I kill things fast and even on the timeless isles the mobs were dying pretty quickly.  I needed a boss.

Flex. Oh Flex how I adore thee, let me count the ways.

I don’t have any logs for the previous flex’s we have done so I can only go off the numbers I think I remember in my head but I think I did ok.  I warned everyone that I was re-learning and that I would possibly suck and die.  I requested the healers not heal me if I was standing in the poop because I needed to pay the price for not moving – which would in theory make me better.  I died only once on trash before Siegecrafter and I am still not even sure how that happened.

I also requested Drauka, Owl and Aza to keep reminding me not to click incase I fell back into habits.  They reminded me and I can happily say -the only clicking I did, that I shouldn’t have was the dream phases on Garrosh – I freaked a little.  At this stage I don’t have any of my AOE keybound so I was having to click that, but I am not overly worried about trash – I am concerned about my DPS for the bosses.

So, on Garrosh, I managed a staggering – 203k DPS.  This was better than my previous attempts as far as I can remember I never hot 200k for Garrosh…I was close, but could never push over that ledge.

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I can’t remember what boss this was after….Thok maybe?  or Spoils possibly, either way it was much better than I usually do on said fight and hence why I took a picture of it.

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So I am pretty happy with the above numbers, they are still well off where I could be – but it was my first night not clicking – and I saw improvement on my usual numbers – this is good in my book.  We also didn’t have anyone providing the 7% buff to haste which my gear is built around having, so I was not haste capped and although that is not really a major increase, it is still something I was lacking.  I also later realised my pet had been passive on Garrosh for the last part due to the previous dream phase and that would have reduced my DPS a little bit.

Overall, I think this was a very positive first attempt.  I didn’t die to anything stupid, I did manage higher DPS even though I was stuffing up my rotation about 30% and I was getting confident with it by the end of the run.

Let’s see how I go over the next few weeks trying to continue it when I am not in a run.

I have a psychic GM

No seriously, I do.

My previous post, like most on here, are scheduled a couple of days in advance so I can sort of do them in between my quiet times at work, home or before my shift starts.  It works for me, but it also means things change quite quickly. It also means I post things and then, as you will see below, get called on before my posts have even gone live.

Here are a couple of examples of how my GM has freaked me out recently!!

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Prior to my post about the main team, I got pulled into the 10 man team to get a Garrosh kill just before reset this week – apparently, I had not done it before …I was sure I had done 10 man (I think everyone thought I had done it – there was a few “huhs” coming from people – myself included). Here is evidence there are too many modes of raiding and I get confused too easily.  I think I have actually done him in all modes now.

Garrosh 10 man in game

Sadly, you don’t get a second mount :) It would have been cool to get one with a slightly different colouration or something :p (I am just being a piggy because that means I could have one less to collect).  I apparently only did like 146k dps – I blame the fact that I was doing the engineers….which is fine except….Aza gave me defective portals that only let me use them once, so I had to run back after the first one…we never got a third engineer so maybe I could have used it again, but I will never know.  Aza then killed me after my millionth mind control…yes he shot me dead…I am sure he was laughing about it still!!

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I was absolutely terrified that I would get the weapon whilst running back to Garrosh, which didn’t happen thankfully.

Then, somewhere between writing my previous post about being jealous – and my actual post posting, she pulled me in for a heroic Norushen fight AND messaged me about doing Heroic Immersius. SQUEAK!

So here is my first heroic raid boss kill since….Mor’chok!  My worst DPS fight because I did 186k dps according to my recount.  I also died because the deathray spawned on top of me and I ran in the same direction as the beam because I muddled up the direction. Like a dumbo! Felt really stupid for displaying my leet heroic skills by dying on the one boss they bring newbies in for because and I quote here “he is exactly the same as normal he just hits harder”.  Yup..  EXACTLY THE SAME! GO DEATHBEAM!

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Crappy DPS aside on this one (which is always going to be someone because they will get cleansed last) – I dislike this boss because of it.  But I can’t even say it isn’t just about the DPS – because I died!!  GRRRRR!!  I tried to get a ninja pic with dontmountme but this was the best I could do…in ghostwolf…..not the same really…You can barely even see him!!

WoWScrnShot_071614_213156 I was out again after that, but a few others were in there from the Sunday group, so it may be a little messy this week but we shall see how we go and who is online at 7.30pm before stressing about it.

So to the heroic team – thanks for dragging me into the boss (I really really really appreciated it), this image only shows maybe 4% of the actual excitement I have when I get to raid with the main team and thanks for putting up with my nub DPS (which is the bosses fault and not mine right!?!):

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And then – I absolutely am not kidding at all about this, I logged into game after getting home last night and found this letter waiting for me:

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Now that sums up everything I was feeling – except for the RNGJeebus thing, because I gave up cursing him years ago, I have come to terms with his dislike of my mage :)  I like how she was only 95% sure…and as you can see from this post she was really 100% correct.  I love my Navimie.  She understands her friends and I can honestly say she is one of the most caring people I know.  This little note brought tears to my eyes (yes, I am a sap)!

Have I convinced you of her psychic abilities?  Well maybe one last thing will convince you, yesterday at work I was discussing with Drauka my DPS and how I suck balls when I should be, theoretically, able to put more more out. We were discussing clickers vs non and how to make the switch etc.  The second I logged on (before I had read the above letter) I had whispered Aza for help in attempting to be a non-clicker seeking his advice as he was not in the raid and we had discussed it at the guild meet up (I will harrass Owl next but he was tanking so I didn’t want to disturb him although I am sure he wouldn’t have minded).  However I went off to the Timeless Isles with the purpose of practicing being a mouse mover and non clicker.  I can successfully report, my first night of practice sucked lemons.  I need to move things around more – it is not very intuitive at the moment, I can’t strafe and use the number buttons at the same time.  The entire point of this story was proving that I had already asked for help to improve my DPS!

Thanks Nav for always having my back! I really appreciate everything you do for me :)

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Second Sunday Raid

What can I say, we did a second sunday casual raid, it started a little wonky due to the confusion about the start time.  Last week it was added to the calender as an 8.30 start which was accidental and this week no one noticed it was actually a 7.30 start time.  I think Owl got a little upset with me about it, and I kept apologizing but I am not sure it helped, however a lot has changed in the 4 weeks since I asked about starting this raid so if he would prefer a different raid time I am sure that can happen. Maybe this will?

11662To be honest, I wasn’t exactly in the best frame of mind, I was a little grumpy and I think my casual raid team is not actually for the casuals anymore – and we have only had 1 run!! It feels more like it is a training ground for the heroic team which is not at all what I had originally suggested.  I also didn’t want it to be a fuss to run and organise, it was meant to be just for the people to get interested in raiding with the potential to maybe do combined raiding in WoD.  However Sunday night there were comments about it being a training ground for the heroic team and that we had to user master looter and blah blah blah.  Added to my already grumpy mindframe, I may have, sort of lost the plot a little.

Just a little.

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And really it is mainly because I am just being selfish.  I have stopped being online around raid time because I figured they didn’t need anyone else in the heroic team and that they were focused on getting through it quickly and thus allowing more time for other bosses.  I certainly was not going to get into the team for the early bosses.

Apparently this isn’t the case, the main team have been taking people in for bosses here and there, so we had to switch a few people in and out due to saves of bosses from the main team. (My selfish internal dragon wanted to be raiding so I begged to set up a team so we could at least do some raiding on the side, so I got slightly jealous at people being pulled in with the main team – why wasn’t I asked??? of course the answer is because I suck at being a mage – let’s be honest would you want a sub par mage or someone who can do oodles of DPS/heals by just looking at their keyboards :p)

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It doesn’t really cause an issue (despite Navi’s recent worries), depending on who gets saved it can cause a slight switcharoo issue, eg our healers got a little messed up this week for a couple of bosses, but really it isn’t anything worth being stressed over because we more than enough people able to come instead.  Everyone has been fantastic about sitting out when needed – which is the single most important thing – we have to be able to switch people in and out without any issues exploding into Ironstars!!

Back to our actual raid though, I was in for Immersius and would you believe a warforged trinket dropped….Crooked rolled on it (as his main spec is DPS – he was healing to help) and then I had the next highest roll of the DPS.  DAMN CROOKED!!!  Stole my precious!! If I had just shut up about him actually being DPS, I would have had a warforged upgrade!!!

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We managed to get all the way to Nazgrim after a delayed start, and it was just on 10.30 by finish, I think we started closer to 8pm so we went slightly faster this week (I think). We had a couple of wipes on bosses, but given we had a few less experienced raiders in this weeks group it was to be expected.  We picked up and kept moving quickly as well, we didn’t waste too much time between wipes and I think that makes a difference.

I got a few pieces of gear, that mostly no one else rolled (except one piece) and I have switched a few bits around based on the new bits, but really nothing all that major.  I discovered I was valor capped so went crazy and spent it on all my new gear!  A few other people got gear and we even got a couple of achievements; one from Dark Shamans:

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We also got the Gamon achievement on Nazgrim for those who didn’t have it.  I think that is a pretty good effort.  Shout out to Drauka who was forced to tank at Dark Shamans as Asuna had to suddenly skipout on us.  He did really well given he got thrown in at the last second and tanked both Shamans and Nazgrim. Thanks Asuna for tanking for us, and welcome to the guild :p (again?)

Massive big thanks to everyone who turned up again on Sunday, and once again massive apologies to those who thought it was starting at 8.30pm.  I really am sorry. Let’s see what happens next Sunday shall we?!!??

 

 

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