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Raiding mojo

I lost it…or misplaced it….or left it completely behind somewhere this week….not raiding for one week really kills any mojo I was building up.

We did a combined run with a guild that is looking into merging or combining or something….they seemed ok, had a fascination with kitties and licking – I won’t go into too much detail but I am sure you can all figure that one out.  They had a couple of completely filthy minds, which I loved :)  I of course Ninjad some images of everyone grouped up before boss pulls :)

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Challenge Modes with Gods

Yup, I started doing challenge modes.  The first time I saw the ancestral phoenix mount, I knew I wanted one…well really I want all of them, but I think it is going to be hard to find a group willing to get the silver on 4 different toons.  However I will be happy if I can get just one.

Blizzard advised they were going to close the season on challenge modes soon and I really want my mount before that happens, so I begged a few people to help me out with my goal. I think it may include a few last nights, but at this point I am willing to do that if it means I get the most beautiful mount on game.

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Wrathion Chapter 3

I have been hanging out to write this post because I wanted to thank Zwingli, but I had to wait until the next section of the chain was complete!!!

Zwingli helped me out immensely with the Trillium Bars and that is a debt I will not be able to repay for a very long time, I don’t even know where to start repaying that debt back!  Thanks Zwingli – for being awesome!! 

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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

 

 

 

 

Brawlin’ again

After hubby dinged 90 on his rogue, we decided to do some LFR (first failed one since the boosters so we have been lucky) we had been waiting almost 15 minutes by the time Faithless said she were heading to the Brawlers guild for the first time!  It had been a while since I had been back so I thought I would go and lend some moral support and maybe give a shot or two.

Mctacky turned up as well and between the three of us, I am sure we annoyed the raiders in the guild by waffling on about brawling :p But we were having so much fun cheering each other on and kicking butt.

The Brawlers

Don’t mess with the brawlers!!

Faith was moving through the bosses at a breakneck pace and sounded pretty excited to be doing it – I think the expectation was worse then the actual doing :) I know I was nervous my first time, but now look at me:

Rank 7 Brawler

Rank 7 and still dying to bosses :)  The first fight in rank 7 was really annoying me…I think lag plays such an issue in this arena, my character would be out of the circle on my screen and away from damage however I got blown up multiple times as if I was in the circle…I know 500ms isn’t that huge but I reckon it may be enough.  In the end I just continually ran around the boss basically and ice lanced him….LOL…was stupid but effective.

Even Sev popped his head in for a spin after raid time, but he is on the boss I am fearing the most – I have seen it before and I agree with Sev, it may be the boss that stops me from continuing!!  The Hex one with the pink maze you have to face or something…EEEP!!

In the end, our queue took 45 minutes to pop, and we were in there for about 15, we left after the second wipe because they wouldn’t wait for a second tank, hubby went off to pick some more flowers and I went back to brawling.  Such a fun night!!  I really enjoy doing the other things in the game with guildies and just having a laugh.

Update on general stuff :)

We spent last week on annual leave and just chilled out at home, we did some major Autumn cleaning and some time in WoW, probably about an even spread really.

We managed to get hubbies Rogue to 90 last week, which makes his fourth toon as well :)  He has a Priest, Druid, Shammy and Rogue now all 90, we made his rogue the GM of our guild and we transferred that over to Saurfang as well.  We have a bank again!!!  I was dying without one I will be honest – my toons have so much mail between them!!

Here is his rogue, looking very samurai like with the banner on her back :) a few quest hand ins before dinging for the final time.  Hubby was feeling a little sentimental about this one as his rogue – which he raided on in Vanilla, has not been level capped since then.  So sentimental infact that he is even considering making this his main for WoD!!

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My Shaman is so close to 90 I can taste it…I just need to find a little more time to get some dungeon runs in :)

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!

 

So how is the new guild you ask?

I figured I should post a quick update about the move to the guild and how it is going.

We have been slowly moving toons across – the latest were our shammies, which took 3 days to process thanks to the Blizzard backlog .  Hubby feels really happy about this guild (not having ever spent much time with them like me) and he really likes their raiding environment from the few flex raids we have done with them.  There is the general banter but also the ability to ask questions and receive answers without being made to feel like an incompetent idiot who can’t tell a tank apart from a DPS because they are wearing a skirt…oh, excuse me…a kilt.  (TL;DR version – I gave a debuff to the tank because I didn’t check the name of the person I was giving it to….never going to live that down).

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We missed Garrosh flex last night but got in on the Wing 1 – they went in reverse order, I scored a couple more secretes but no gear upgrades :(   Their raid times are probably too late for us to realistically be part of any raid team, however we are doing flex with them on Saturdays when we can make it.  Saturday night has never been an ideal raid night simply as that’s the night we organise to see friends because we can’t see them during the week due to our travel times (fingers crossed that may change in a couple of months), but we go to the raids we can make.

They are fun to chat to and they have a laugh and really we have been enjoying our time with them immensely.  I am not sure about their normal raid team which was running heroics…they didn’t run the other night due to lack of numbers (this concerns me as I don’t want to be cursing this guild with my presence!! (TL;DR version of this one – every time me and hubby join a guild together it quickly flies downhill and disbands :( even when people say there are no issues ), so I just hope it was a once off and that even the silence below was not confirmation…LOL.

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I wish I had the timestamps on the above as it was about 5 minutes, in the end she never did message me back :p

On a more fun note I have been ninjaing as many photos of guildies I can during raids – it has been funny to try and sneak piccies in without them knowing…I am sure they think I am only slightly crazy, but they don’t know they full extend to which my madness flows!!  LOL

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Anyway, I have been enjoying my time with them and I hope against all hope….that everything continues to grow because I do not want to want to find another home when this one seems to be so great  :)

 

Flexible frosties

We did our first flex raid on Saturday night and we did the first and second parts as we didn’t have our normal tanks online.

I must see if I can get a bit of tanking experience in SoO for my tank so I can help out if needed. That’s for another time though.  Our tanks tonight were fantastic and we didn’t wipe, or have any issues worth mentioning. I did score an achievement so that puts it as a plus in my coloumn. :)

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Hubby and I survived the fights, which is an improvement, so hopefully now, we can start focusing on our DPS and ways to improve it.  After a quick look tonight I discovered I was doing something wrong on my mage and I am not sure how it was improving my dps in numbers yet.  I am sure it did help, but having to add something into a rotation will take me a few raids to get the habit formed.

Anyway, I took a video of one of the boss kills, but it was recording sound as well and I have a feeling Navimie may kill me if I publish it…I did however manage to ninja some photos with people for our first raid with them, I was trying to get others, but certain people were jumping around and I couldn’t get one!

Hubby and I, not that you can tell...

Hubby and I, not that you can tell…

Navimie and I

Navimie and I

 

Aza and I

Aza and I

We went flex again with them last night for the last three bosses, but I am sad to say we had to drop out as we couldn’t pump out enough DPS for the fight.  I blame my crappy playing skills and also my complete confusion with the fight because they do it slightly differently and I felt like i spent the entire time just running between spots and trying to figure out where to go next.  Every guild does things slightly differently and until you learn the way they do it you just can’t expect top notch dps. (not that mine is top notch but it is medium notch!).

Anyway it was fun to be in there with them again, so we shall just continue to push through our legendary quest line and maybe a cloak will help us up a few notches on the metres. (Not that they are everything, but some fights need a certain level – especially when the 4 people that dropped were causing a huge amount of health to be added…he was at 309 or something very similar and he dropped to 267….that is a HUGE difference in HP).  He was almost dead on our first attempt – given you don’t have to actually kill him to zero health…we were soooo close….

Anyway…I am home tomorrow night alone, so I might look at trying for a 10 man PuG – however all I have seen so far is people wanting levels of 570+….  I am baffled by this  - I am at 549 now and I can’t get much more from LFR…so I am intrigued to know how I am supposed to get another 20 levels of gear????  It really really really pisses me off.  Who has 570??? Is that even possible without already having run 10 mans multiple times and scoring all the gear??  GAHHHHH. That is a problem for another night!

And we are off…again…

Another week, another massive spend in WoW for us.  We finally made our decision regarding our futures in game, which I am very happy about.

I spoke to my old GM last night and told her that we had decided to go horde and not follow her to her new guild, however I am going to leave one of my toons alliance side so we can perhaps run 5 mans or flex’s at some point in the future.  She told me about some horrible stuff that has been happening to her from the old people who were causing the original guild drama and it just broke my heart.  I feel awful for her and for everything happening to her at the moment.  She is such a nice person and does not deserve to be treated the way she has been.

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Genowen and I

I didn’t really want to tell her about our decision because she was already feeling bad, and I didn’t want to make her day any worse.  However I preferred she hear from me directly, not from someone else or on my blog or some other random indirect way.  She is a friend, there was no other way to handle it.

I also had to wait and try and get hold of one of my other good friends in game and let her know the news and see if she would even have us and all of our toons.  She was also happy to take us in and so we will be slowly moving all of our toons to Frostwolves.  Given I already have 2 of my level 90 toons with them and I have been with them a long time  (if you trust Wowprogress.com – Jun 26, 2012 was when I joined Frosties on my warrior)  I am coming up to 2 years of friendship with people in the guild!  I know I have been more of an absent friend, due to my raiding, but I have always tried to pop in and stand around Org chatting to people and catching up.

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McTacky and I

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Peddlefeet photobomb with NegaNavi

 

Anyway, so we transferred our mains over last night.  I was almost very very tempted to go a panda, but in the end, I am a creature of habit and had to be a sexy blood elf with my foofy hair and headband.

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Hubby and I

They are doing a flex run on Saturday which we may try and get in on, but at this stage we have no idea about raiding or anything like that.  I honestly don’t care at this stage.  I will try and find a PuG to do normal 10 man, as I would like to kill Garrosh and get the achievement and title.  Other than that we are just going to slowly bring the rest of our toons over  (and the guild) and then never ever move servers again.  Ever!

I haven’t had a chance to talk to all of my other friends in game that have been part of my playing life, because I haven’t been on line all that much and I don’t want them to find out about this move via reading my blog.  So I am going to try and find an email for them today so I can let them know.  I feel awful of course, but I just want to be happy and enjoy my time in game.  I want to want to be online doing random things that I want to get done.

I have always adored Navimie and I am excited to see what this next chapter happens to hold for us.  I just want to be accepted and loved in game, let’s hope this is the last guild I ever have to move to!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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