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Mythic mania

What a whirlwind kind of week since patch. I can barely keep up with everything going on, I almost fell like my brain will explode any minute from the excitement of it all.

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I got invited into the Mythic raid!!  ZOMG!  You know the one were we were getting slammed by Juggs of Iron..well we continued that one.  I didn’t anticipate an invite, but I had pre-warned Navi that I was on lates this week which meant I would be online about 5 minutes before raid time and I was completely understanding if she took others because of that.

Anyway I managed to get home pretty early, ate dinner, and jump on at about 15 minutes prior.  Enough time to make some pots (WITHOUT GOING TO MY BANK – ZOMG!!!) and get repaired and empty out some crap in my bags.  Not that I need to anymore with my 70 free bag slots :)

We headed back to IJ and I was slightly freaking out because last time, I was struggling to avoid the stupid razor blades that come out of the ground.  Seems I sucked at that again anyway, but, for one moment – whilst dead, I was appreciating my damage meters.  This may the only time I ever see my name in that position with this guild (although I will make it more common) but it is very, very exciting:

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Mythic Juggernaut

We had a few wipes on bosses but we managed to get all the way to Thok and on our last attempt for the night, kill him.

It may not have been as fast as some others, but given a few of us had never been there in heroic so didn’t know about the new mechanics etc I think we did unbelievably well.  I am sure it was frustrating for the main team to walk us through it all, but they will never know much much I personally appreciated their time and effort.

Malkorak and his little black balls of death were annoying – I swear I didn’t get hit – but I must have clipped it – so annoying thinking you are miles away only to find out you weren’t.  Even worse, Exray was marking the non safe spots and says “get to the safe zone” – what do you think I do??…yeah..stand there looking at the coloured marker thinking, “I need to move away from this!” in a panic, only to be dead a few seconds later :p  Not funny. My brain just did not connect to my hands.

I have said it before, I know it is post patch and everything is easier at the moment, but the pure and simple joy of killing bosses in levels I have not seen – or thought i would ever see – and then getting achievements for it, is pretty epic in my mind!!

Mytic Dark Shamans

Mythic General nazgrim

Mythic Malkorok

Mythic Spoils

I have to mention spoils – the most frustrating fight as a ranged person I have ever experienced:

Tab target // 2 (start casting frostbolt) //  mob dies // cast failed

“That was fast!!”

Tab target // 2 (start casting) // mob dies // cast failed

“WHAT THE H…?!!?!?”

Tab target // 2 (start casting) // mob dies // cast failed

“FFS….”

tab target  // 3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,pet frost nova,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab,3,tab, (Ice lance)

“SCREW YOU DPS!!! Take some multistriking ice lances!!!”

Mythic Thok

 

I am sooo excited to have these, I need to get the first wing down to have a set, especially if we do the last three this week, I don’t know if we are resetting or just extending. Either way I am so happy!  Ecstatic!!  Thanks for putting up with a nublet in your raid team guys!!

 

Mini post: The new UBRS

I was a little disappointed with the new UBRS in that it was too short.  I wanted more.

I had been queuing with no success since patch – my wait times were starting off as like 40 minutes and then increasing and then every time it would pop up someone would decline and I ended up doing other things.

The other night in guild a few of us were moaning (mainly Duck and myself) about how we had no joy in there and the wonderful Navi said she would tank a run for us complainers!!  Crooked offered to heal, Alca wanted in as well so off we went!

We completed it without an issue, apparently the first boss does some sort of lightning thing – which Crooked and I were closing off the doovers so I didn’t really notice much else about the fight.  The second boss did some sort of charge chain thing, but he died too quickly for me to really understand what was happening aside from avoiding green puddles.  The next boss was fun with adds flying around everywhere and mobs all over the place.

Then Awbee came in,  which was pretty cool.   I ran off to head out to the tunnels and no one followed…I got told that was it.  The end.  For the moment. I can’t wait to get to the beast – I hope they left the punting in – it was an initiation rite when we ran it originally – every newbie had to go and agro him and die :)  Was soo much fun.

There was a funny bit when Alcapown rolled on some loot (or was it Duck?)  anyway we all wondered why when it had Int and crit or something else on it.  We all realised it was part of the new loot that changes depending on your spec.  Quite weird actually because now I am wondering how will loot work in raids?  Will we all see gear differently and therefore never really know who it should go to….ohh my head hurts thinking about it….it will be fun to see how it plays out anyway.

But here we all are – sorry for the awful image!!

UBRS

Thanks guys for getting that done for me.

My what nice Iron Juggs you have…

I honestly got so confused about version we were running,  I figured it wasn’t important anyway.  I believe we were doing normal, but it may have been heroic?

Either way, we went all the way to Norushen and given how easy the content seemed to be – they (being the chieftans) thought we could handle Mythic..so we switched it.  When I say easy = I mean the fights were over before you got too settled in, it felt awkward and (secretly) kind of awesome.

Mythic Sha Gala

Sha of pride took about 1 minute to kill – maybe just over – but it was dead very quickly. Gala apparently needed people to separate into sides when she drops, but by the time that had been explained on the fly, she was about 30% and going to be dead in a couple of seconds.

Based on that, surely we could do Iron Juggs?  Nope…not a  hope in hell.  The switch in phases just cause zoo much issue.  Not sure if it was the change to healing or the lack of skilled DPS, but either way it was just bad.  I think  we wiped 4 times before calling it.  No way I can follow this mess:

My, what IRon Juggs you have

It was so much fun to be in a mythic raid and getting some achievements…even if they are fake now…LOL.

DPS wise it is weird seeing 10k as a big number, I am sitting mainly at just under 10k at the moment (9k consistently) and the warriors are doing like 13 – 14k amazingly.

I have to fix my enchants as well, I did half before this raid and Mctacky cut 11 gems for me for my gear.  I just need a few more enchants and that may help increase my DPS that little bit more.  I also love the change to upgrading with coins as I had a few pieces of gear that I couldn’t wear due to lack of valour, but now I am in everything that is a upgrade.

I do confess to liking seeing smaller numbers – means we can only go up from here :)

 

Saturday flex

and a new crowd shuffles in….

Well sort of…some regulars and some new people in the flex this week, and only 13 of us again, pretty much a ragtag bunch of misfits if you ask me, but you know we are legends.  well they are, I am not.  I cannot do the belts on Blackfuse to save a soul.  I am not sure I will ever be able to do it. I simply cannot cast, avoid fire and move backwards at the same time.  Simply impossible.  I need to be standing still….and last night my frost bolts were doing nothing to the hp of the  mines.  I really have no idea how to do them.  Honestly, and even after researching some information the next day I still can’t find any information – most people say to stick melee on it….

I was trying to get ninja pics with Thohand…and the bear jumps around more than a….something that jumps a lot…drove me mad…eventually after one of our wipes I caught him in a brief moment of sitting peacefully…and I managed to capture Koda as well, with the lovely blue wings of awesome.  Thohand looks like an evil panda though – he is really quite nice, don’t let his outfit fool you.

Thohand Koda

Anyway, after a few attempts we got him down, and Paragons was  cake walk (I didn’t think it would be an issue ) it isn’t a hard fight really, focusing on one boss at a time is pretty simple if you ask me.

Garrosh however was…promising to be an interesting fight when I am 2nd on DPS meters..you know we are in big trouble.  However we actually had only two attempts and the first attempt I thought we were going to do it.  It was very smooth. I forgot we were doing Flex though and was waiting for achievements…LOL…Duh. I was quite happy to see us kill Garrosh with the group we had, it would have been  a little crappy for the newer/social members to have had a wipefest night.

I managed to ninja a pic whilst faith was eating her noodles and I was going to sit down next to her, but I didn’t want to interrupt her Laksa :p

Faith

And since I haven’t gotten many pics with him, I ninjaed one with Lominari on his rogue, I believe that Lominari and Morz were getting a little snuggly there…maybe they needed some comfort from each other :)

Lughna Morz

More pets!!

I have the best guildies…dare I call them friends…i swear it!!

Last week was really hectic and we did not manage to log on at all.  I kid you not, I was suffering withdrawals.

I logged on to find some mail…I was so excited….Check out this lovely little kite!!  Chi-ji Kite is so pretty with the long tail feathers, slightly difficult to get  picture with, but I think this one is pretty swell!

 

Ji'kun Kite

The other pretty kite I was given was the very scary looking Yu’lon Kite! Yes, it can be both pretty and scary – just ask Lominari what I am like without coffee in the morning.  Both are very lovely pressies and I have been wandering around with them most of the day, it is a shame they go when mounted, it would be funny to have them trailing along behind a huge dragon.

Yu'lon kite

I also received this little sharp toothed monster today!! The Zandalari Anklerender…is just adorable.  I do have such a soft spot for little raptors..although this guy nearly bit my hand off trying to get a picture of him.

Zandalari anklerender

I almost forgot as well, I received another little Direhorn Runt a few weeks ago now that I had not gotten to posting about, so this seems the perfect place!  Look at this little guy – he has the sweetest little face!!

Direhorn Runt

But it doesn’t end with his face, check out this little video I took of him :)

Thank you guys so much!!  I really am so lucky to have friends like you who keep me addicted to little animals :p I really cannot thank you enough other to make posts about how much I adore you!!

 

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 :

Penitent

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!

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.

Mr and Mrs WoW Top 3

I finally decide to track down the original post and contribute.  I think it is a great idea given I very rarely complain about WoW.  I actually still really love it, and aside from the cooking this expac there isn’t much I have ever complained about.  I felt I would have something nice to say about it.

Here is the page where all the information is being collated!!  Is it lovely to see so many people have contributed to this!

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So, here we go my top 3.

1: Fantasy – this keeps me coming back. I love that I can ride dragons, I can shoot fireballs from my hands, I can heal, I can tank, I can be anything I want to be.  I can live a story in game that has nothing to do with bills, work, family and stress.  I can log in and fly around the world, see monsters, save people.  I am a hero.  I am legend in Azeroth.  I enjoy building my story in game.  The stories that control Azeroth are huge and old and there is so much lore.  The fantasy is the best part of this game. I suggest chasing the collections for the weird and wonderful creatures that make up the fantasy of the game – if that is Onyxia or a Blue Drake….or a murloc pet – go and chase it down!!

Pally dragons

2: Social – I have always enjoyed the social side of the game. Yes there are twats, and people who should learn some manners, but overall people are nice. They are wanting to chat about the game, and they have interesting stories to share. I think if this game didn’t have guilds I would not still be playing it. My current guild is one of the best I have ever been in and I have been in some amazing guilds (and i have been in lots).  I enjoy getting to know people online – thy can become friends outside of game. You can support each other, keep each company, have laughs.  The online world has opened up so many options in regards to making new friends, people you would never have met before.  I have lost many hours in game standing in a main city just talking in guild/whispers and not actually doing anything.  My suggestion off this one, is get to know some players, group with randoms and actually talk to them – add people to your Btag, talk to the poeple in your guild – get to know them and have a laugh – sit on vents talking crap and being involved.

love my guild

3: Raiding – My preference is for 25 man, but 10 man satisfies me somewhat.  I enjoy working with a team, to try and take down a challenging fight without all killing each other in the mean time.  The sensation you get when the fight you have been working on for ages is finally defeated, when they collapse with 0% HP after doing hours of wipes and investigation.  The overwhelming feeling of success and teamwork is just amazing.  I love listening to the first time kills and listening to people whooping and cheering – you can hear the happiness and excitement!  It is a big deal.  I always asked Lominari to make up kill shots for our guild because they meant a lot to me.  I wanted them to be special. My suggestion for this is to get into LFR or Oqueue and do the content that you haven’t seen – the developers put in a lot of effort for people to see the content…go forth and conquer the big baddies!

mags

There you go, my top 3 things with a bit of a blurb I know….I waffled a lot because of my love. Check out the post and add to it people!!

 

***Edited***

I didn’t actually add anything for you to actually do – so ….I have added some bits in :)  You may have to re-read :p

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.

heals

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…

envy

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!

 

 

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