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!
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.
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.
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. :(
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!!
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.
The She-devil herself!!
And the achievement for a few minutes work on her little drakes!
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.
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:
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.
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…
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!
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!!
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.
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!!
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!
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!!
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!?!):
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:
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
What can I say…we have awesome guildies…both in game AND in real life. I didn’t think they wouldn’t be awesome, but I am not the best with meeting people in real life. I am actually surprised at myself because I didn’t cancel, although as I was walking the driveway to get to the car it was my thought to just call and say something had come up. Agoraphobia is not something I openly still say I suffer (I try to pretend I am perfect 100%) but I do sometimes have issues crop up.
So when I say this was pretty exciting for me, I really mean it. I generally don’t like meeting people because as with most social anxiety issues I believe everyone dislikes me on sight for things that are completely irrelevant. I am too fat, my hair is too frizzy, my nose has a huge bump in it, my skin is dry, my eyes are brown, I have an awful laugh, etc etc….the list goes on, but meeting everyone yesterday was pretty cool for me. I was completely nervous all morning and then heading there I started to panic slightly and then as we were having trouble getting a car park and and then finding the place, my nerves were just at the end of my tolerance levels, I almost told Lominari to just go home again. Secretly knowing that Navimie may have launched missiles to kill me if that had happened.
Lom and I were late (thanks crown casino car park management for not having people provide good direction or proper guidance as to which car park was members only) 40 minutes late to be exact, as we had to do a couple of round the blocks to find the actual carpark.. the street name is now seared into my memory so shouldn’t be anywhere near as bad next time :p Nav decided to give us hell about that- apparently we are always late…yet I think turning up 5 minutes before raid is being on time :p hehehe I may be drunk…but I am there when I can be HAHAH
I, did not take any photos…because..well..I didn’t know who liked their photos taken or if it would be an issue ( I know some people do not like their faces online unless edited) and in the end I just sort of..forgot to once I was there and chatting to everyone.
When we got there it was pretty full – 2 tables worth of people chock full of food. We got seats down the end near Jazz and Nath after everyone was introduced. Lominari and I ordered some food because he couldn’t eat any of the pizzas (thanks gluten hate) and then just started chatting away.
I had special T-shirts made for Navi and myself – I wanted to give her a gift to show our appreciation. It may not be something she ever wears agin, but I thought it was cool. Aza even wants one, so I may have to make and order of them I do get a 10% off next time I order more if I put piccies up in them and tag ourselves Might be worth seeing who wants one :p I actually had been getting help from Aimei about the T-shirt as I wasn’t sure she would like it or that it would be welcome. But Aimei assured me she would love anything and so..I knew I could blame him if it went wrong. I even asked him to confirm her size as when I got the package the T-shirt was tiny….funnily enough Navi was saying how everyone tells her she is tiny when they meet her…soI figured that was a great sign. The T-shirt fit perfectly I would say – I am pretty sure she got a photo of it, so I may have to snatch it off her so I can post to the company about it.
Here is my T-shirt!!
Navi’s T-shirt had “Overlord Naviwugs” written on it. Pretty simple I know, but I liked it – not many people would know the reference to it if you wore it out in public and yet, anyone in the guild would get it straight away. I thought it was perfect!
I had a chance to chat to Zeirah as well, she is adorable…like a little kitten adorable….although since she plays a druid I am sure she would prefer I describe her as something more fierce like maybe…Xena?!? (who is also adorable) either way, we are FB friends now – plans to catch up for lunch soon as she works near us in the CBD. Even if it isn’t lunch – given my small window – we might be able to do other things after work. Pretty excited as she was lovely and outgoing and fun
Aza was wearing my Kobold hat which I scored from Jinx for $10, the candle is velcroed on and can be ripped off for many hours of “YOU NO TAKIE MY CANDLE!!!”. I seemed to be enjoying it more than most probably should. He was being very tolerant of my occasional need to steal his candle! Isn’t it adorable????!?!?!?
I really wish I had taken some photos now!!! GAHHH!!!!
I don’t think I am any different to online than in person and I hope that came through. I am pretty excitable and I think everyone noticed that by my constant hugging! I tended to be more comfortable with the people I know online more like Nav, Aza, Aimei, and it was just laughter and teasing, which I was loving.
Anyway I was tempted to go to dinner with them, but as I was only wearing my Frostwolves t-shirt I didn’t really think that was dinner attire for most places they were planning on going, so I decided to skip (against my wishes). I stupidly should have brought another top with me just in case. I would have loved to have spent more time with them, I would have stayed all night and gone back to the city today as well if the invite had been there, without any hesitation. However at some point my self hate kicked in and I decided they probably all couldn’t stand me and I would be better off going home anyway…so that’s what I did! (YAY Self confidence you always make me feel the love!)
It was a fantastic couple of hours, I enjoyed my time with my guildies so much!! I really hope they had a lovely weekend and a great dinner at the restaurant I suggested! It is one of our favourite places to eat – if you are ever in Melbourne be sure to check out – Red Spice Road! You can read Navi’s post and food review here. Thanks to everyone for making it a lovely afternoon and my only regret is that I didn’t get to spend more time with you all. See you next time – perhaps even in Sydney? yeah I would probably fly up for that if I had enough notice!!
I was hanging about online one night and got simultaneous messages from both Owl and Navi asking if I was doing anything.
It was challenge mode time?!?! I have determined golds are crazy and we managed to get two done. I had never done them before so I was feeling as though I was letting the team down because I was making mistakes and not really outputting the most because I wasn’t sure when the tank would need my spells. I felt completely overwhelmed!
Once again, I have been online enough to catch Aza, Owl and Lushen running around killing things.
Starting with Galleon – I logged in and was instantly told he was at like 30% and being 3 manned and to hurry the heck up if I wanted to kill him! As he is one of those bosses that sits their taunting me with his smirking balls of fiery death I had to – HAD TO – go and kill him. So I flew over like a crazy women and got there when he had like…15% health maybe? It wasn’t much anyway and it was worth it :
I got absolutely no mount but I did get an achievement!
They then headed over to Jurassic park to kill Oondasta. I managed to convince Lominari to come with us so he could see the island – I am half tempted to farm the bones….but it is a lot as a mage…Lushen was apparently not very far off (they were going to continue farming after the death of Oon) I hope he did get there – I had logged off for bed, and I keep meaning to ask him but my brain gets fried when I log into game!
This also led to another achievement!
I have a small collection of bones now – about 200 I think, I find the dinos pretty time consuming as a mage, I have to be careful not to pull too many (ie, 2) as they tend to hit just hard enough that I go squish (like grape)!! If Lominari ends up being interested in farming for the white raptor I may do it as well…but at this stage I am just not sure if I can be bothered.
As I have mentioned perviously, I had been holding out on doing the last of the Wrathion quest chain involving killing Garrosh until I was able to do it with the guild next. I could have done LFR, but since so much of the previous parts were done with so much guild help, I wanted the last part down with them.
So Saturday night, I was not going to be available, but as the gods would have it, I was available by 9.10 and jumped on hoping to find a raid already running, but alas…there wasn’t…so I hung around a little longer and one of our tanks Owl, came online, both he and I had had a few drinks and were keen for a run, so were a few there people in the guild. After a few minutes organising it we had quite a few people in the raid, then Navimie came online and we actually got a run off the ground.
My friends came with us again and I managed to get a couple of sneaky ninja piccies with them
And one with Khalesii, Drauka’s partner.
We had a pretty good run, given it was a mixed bunch of people, hardly any mains in the run, however I did have a giggle that Navimie decided to do the belts and died. It isn’t all that easy the first couple of times you do it and I think that has given her an appreciation for it now.
I got my paragon achievement done, which is one less I have to worry about for later, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do it because my game dc’d and I was not hopeful of getting back in before the bosses were dead.
Garrosh was a little harder, but we did manage to get him down, and I scored another heirloom!! I really want an offhand now – I dislike staves on my mage – so my fingers are crossed I will find one after I do some research.
So Wrathion was a little bit of a disappointment, he just sort of, got angry, then flew off. After everything he put me (us) through, he just has a hissy fit and flies off. Rude bugger!! But at least I can say I finished it and now I can focus on my challenge modes and my firelands legendary.
I forgot to crack my primal egg, and only remembered because I headed over to Jurassic Park and found I couldn’t pick one up that had dropped.
I got a green raptor out of it. So I believe I only have a red one to collect now…and maybe attempt the white raptor…killing dino’s is hard work though, and those mamma T-rex get mighty angry…
Whilst I was faffing about though. Aurii asked if anyone was in need of a Sapphire Cub as they had created a spare one by accident! Guess who got it? I did offer to pay for it, which was turned down. Thank you very much Aurii, I will take very good care of her and she will always be loved!!