Thanks Daylight savings

I hate DST. I detest it. Such a stupid convention. Anyway due to the stupidity of changing the time the Kiwis in the guild needed to change the raid night for the week until we in Aus caught up.  So we raided Friday and Saturday instead. I tried to drag Zeirah along but she had already pugged normals for the week so I didn’t think it would be fair to drag her through our run 🙂

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We smashed through normal though. Did we get all the way through?  Am I remembering that badly? I died on Zul – to the point that just before I suicided off the edge Nelly said “Goodbye Mel!” – like seriously Nelly had time to notice me and say goodbye and one of you dispellers couldn’t save me in time!  hurumpf. Unbelievable.  Thankfully now when you die it dumps you into he middle of the platform so you can watch the action instead of just leaving you on the side.  Mythrax gave us a few issues and G’huun was a one shot. No issues. The ball bouncers did their stuff and it went smoothly.

We logged on for Heroic on Saturday and we were down a heals so I suggested I could see if Zeirah was up for it.  She was.

Heroic Taloc was easy enough, except for the fact that Nelly wasn’t around to do the laser beams so Ben was volunteered by Jason to do it. We get to the last one and Ben was saying ” yeah you should probably move soon, you will be ok for a”…..and then the laser comes through and hits a few people….ahahhaha  It was hilarious.  It was messy towards the end we had very few places left to stand I kept getting cut off from the raid and was out of range. But we ultimately got him down.

One of the worst nights on M.O.T.H.E.R. I have seen.  We just couldn’t get it to happen – 50% of the attempts were caused by a bug in which she drops aggro and even without Aaron touching her, she turns and walks away from Brian. It is really annoying as she was walking straight through into the other room.  I think Brian was getting frustrated by it because there is literally nothing you can do about it.  In the end though he got her under control and our first group going through stopped letting a cast off one of the adds and we smashed it.

Fetid devourer went down without an issue. So far Jason hadn’t remembered any of the heroic mechanics so we were reminding him as the fight started which was funny and hectic.  Almost like having to remind him before every pull to give us fortitude. I swear you would think people like having the extra buffs again, just leave the druids out – thanks again Blizz. I would like to be able to buff with Wild or Thorns even!!

Then Zek.  What can I say. This guy is a twat. a twat monkey. a crab. GAHHHHH

I think we got him to 37% at the lowest point? We seemed to be doing much better with the eye beams but it is just such a high risk move having us grouped up.  If one person has lag, is not paying attention or just slightly slower in moving they kill the entire raid.   I even changed my spec to get the bounding backward option but was then too chicken to use it because what if it isn’t far enough back and I wipe the raid?  Or what if I still need to move further backward and because it is backward I don’t turn my toon fast enough and run forward instead? Or what if it doesn’t send me backwards – if it is as bad as blink I could kill everyone.  I chickened out (no pun intended) and just continued to run.

I watched quite a few videos and read strats and I couldn’t find one where anyone grouped up – to be fair – mythic groups require you spread out as the eye beam is instant cast so you don’t have time to move.  But I figure it is just a safer option to not kill the entire raid, but maybe only kill one or two people.  No idea.  I hope they kill him on Wednesday even though it will kill me to not be there 🙂

Shared: Topic 35: Your most badass moment in game

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We have long been the heroes of our own stories in World of Warcraft. NPCs, both minor and major alike, remind us constantly that we are the saviours of Azeroth; that if it weren’t for us, the world would have ended if we hadn’t have defeated that boss, or killed that pest, or scooped up that poop. We are the stars.

For our latest topic, though, we want to talk about you, the player, and ask you:

When have you felt totally badass in game?

Did you kill a super hard boss that you’d been working on for a really long time? Did you have a near miss, and saved yourself from falling to your death? Was there an outfit your transmogged that made you feel super strong and powerful? Or did you do something for someone in game that made you feel great? Let us know! This topic is all about the things that make you feel good in game.

Coincidentally this happened only a few weeks ago.

But i can’t decide between the two events so I am going to tell you about both.

The first is when myself and Michael managed to down the last boss in mythic SoT from 40%. When we were doing it – if you listen to the video, I was sure I would die pretty quickly because of the increasing debuff. But what happened was I kept my cool, hit my defensive before the crap, hit my heal afterward and just kept moving the boss around.

I didn’t panic, i just did my thing. I doubt I could replicate it if I tried. I was just expecting a massive hit to happen that would wipe me out. I felt pretty amazing as a tank to be honest.

The second event was completing Heroic Argus and getting the ahead of the curve achievement. I still feel pretty amazing every time I remember that I helped tank our way through the content. The guild was already half way through Heroic when I started so I really only did 50% of it. But it feels nice to know I contributed. I felt pretty badass.

Of course all of this means nothing though because I was told that tanking on a druid is like winning gold in the special olympics because it isn’t how I tank but everything else making it easy. (Save the disability rage btw – it was a stupid comment by a colleague and I am fully aware!). So now I feel a little like my gorgeous flexing biceps are deflated balloons. I also wasn’t there for the night the guild cleared heroic in one shot AND killed Coven for the first time – maybe I hold them back more then help!

Cest la vie right?

I started out feeling awesome – so let me just remember the good times!!

Raiding: The struggle is real

Since we killed Heroic Argus, we have barely managed to scrape together a raid team.  We can get a group into the raid but we are super melee heavy and lacking on ranged, and also very few with crowd control to help on Aggramar.

What annoys me about this is that Blizzard have been going on and on and on about trying to make it so that you can take whatever class you want and “play what you want”.  Yet, they make boss fights which require you to have a specific class make up to actually complete it.  However I was discussing this with Drew and he said their defence will be that you just have to work out another strategy to kill it with your make up.  After mulling it over on something like Aggramar, we use the stunning method, but how can you do it another way?  If you keep the big adds up and healed though all the little ones being popped (or half to cover the lack of full CC), the big adds would kill you.  No idea to be honest…Either way it is annoying.

I have been enjoying he raids that we have been doing though either way but it will be interesting to see what happens in BfA and between now and then leading into BfA.  We haven’t had a chance to get to Coven as yet, which is disappointing, but we shall see.

However in our last raid I wanted to show you this lovely exchange:

I was laughing my butt off and could not have made that happen any more perfectly. Before I rolled the second time I had already told him to take the item, but I sort of fell like Blizzard are watching us and messing with our head.

I did get to take my mage into an alt run which I was pretty excited about and I got some good upgrades on her. My DPS wasn’t brilliant, but it was not as bad as I had thought – the bigger challenge was doing the fights as DPS when I generally do them as Guardian.  I was changing between frost and arcane depending on the fight and it was fun having my weapons and gear be able to switch without too much fuss.  The current format for talents and switching is awesome, but it has taken a lot of AP to be able to get both weapons to  useable level and I am not even entirely sure they are even really that great.

My fingers are crossed tightly that over the next couple of weeks we can get a group together to kill Coven and some more people online to do the bosses again.  We have only killed Argus once so it feels a little like we need it another couple of times, it isn’t on farm.

Raiding: Heroic Varimathras

So we managed to smash this one in the face with relative ease.  I say relative because it was me causing most of the mess with trying to get into the right position to avoid double misery.  My initial attempts were mediocre at best, however I was taunting too quickly  – possibly – I am not 100% sure this wasn’t just me standing too close to Brian our MT, then not quickly enough on other attempts and Brian was copping another fist to the face with no ability to heal. GAHHHH. Nightmare material.

After an entire night (what felt like) of wiping because I just could not get into the right position, we decided to call for back up.  A far more experienced and skilled player popped into the run, set up these markers, said “Stand exactly there”. These are the very specific points on the ground we are supposed to stand.  I jokingly said we need to never ever forget those exact positions – i was so serious I even took a picture.  Yes I did.

Would you believe it!! We killed the demonic hellbeast.

Honestly, such an easy fight once you get the hang of it, but so much focus as he likes to trick you into thinking you need to taunt but he casts darkness instead.  Smarty pants.

Here is a video of the kill from one of our healers :

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I have not been around much lately and for that I apologise…There was our personal week, then Eurovision and now…the dreaded lurgy…

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I have been having dizzy spells, headaches, sinus pain and the general malaise that domes with feeling sick…the worst part is…I haven’t even got a snotty nose to prove it….Just the soul crushing sinus agony between my eyes and on my eyebrow ridges.

I left work early on Monday because I was swaying at my keyboard and the letters were fuzzy…not the best feeling when trying to troubleshoot faults or relay information to customers when you can hardly function enough to read the text.

Anyway I am sitting at home doing nothing because I am just exhausted but I can’t even sleep today because there are street works going on with drilling and hammering and all manner of annoying noises.

I see the frosties killed Dark Shamans – Woot!!! That is pretty exciting and 2 new heroic bosses in a matter of weeks!! I am so proud of them! i wish I could have been online to cheer them on!

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I am hoping to be back online soon though, I just can’t seem to find the brain power to handle the movements in game at this stage.

I healed…yeah…me…healing!!?!?!?

I have been healing on my pally.  To be honest, it was mostly PVP, but then I have no idea why I decided to heal some heroics.

Proof I was healing! See the little plus sign!

Pain and suffering.  We wiped on a couple of bosses, mainly because I was an idiot, like the eye balls – I got stunned and died. Then on Jaina when we had an extra pack and then on Murozond…he was horribly hard.

I think we wiped about 4 times over 3 instances, so considering it was my first time not too bad?

I was having massive massive mana issues, once I get that sorted out it may be ok.

I then decided (insanely) to do an LFR as healer, with my Frosties. It was a horrific LFR, we wiped on trash and Morchok because of an idiot, but it went smoothly after that once we booted them out.  I healed, badly, but I healed.

Overall I was most impressed that I was actually healing the twilight heroics.  I didn’t think I could do it. I really didn’t.  I guess the week of PVP healing really does help 🙂

Heroic Yorsahj…I just don’t understand it

I have never been afraid of asking for help, and perhaps one of you out there can answer me this in a way that is helpful.

Mana voids.

It makes absolutely no sense to me whatso ever to keep the void up at all.

So, before everyone jumps in guns blazing, let’s start from the beginning.

The theory as I understand it is as follows:

Get it to 30/20%, then waste your cooldowns to regen some mana back to wait for another mana void to spawn so you can pop back up to full mana after it has sucked out the last vestiges of the small amount your regen got you back.

Right?

Explain to me how that is better than:

Mana void sucks your mana, pew pew to 0%, mana back, still have personal cooldowns for regen when actually needed?

Perhaps I am only looking at this from an arcane mage perspective being I require full mana to pump out any sort of DPS thanks to our class design, but it seems awfully stupid that I have to waste my cool downs to get my mana back and therefore stuff up my entire rotation because it will give me full mana later when I won’t actually be able to do anything with it since my mana regen will be on cool down anyway?

How was that for a circle of confusion?

Of course this is all on the basis that in a random fight, we don’t actually know if we will even get another blue quickly enough and may actually have to kill the first one anyway…so why not just spend the extra 15 seconds killing it in the first place?

I really just don’t understand how it makes it any better – and yes, more than 6 people have tried to explain it to me and so far no one has succeeded in even understanding what I am trying to say.  So it just goes around in circles. I have also read pages and pages and pages as to why it is better and I still don’t see why it is actually better?  Is this a case of someone said it once and then everyone followed and then now its the thing to do?

Are there any other guilds out there clearing H Yorsahj and actually killing the mana voids as they spawn?  Input…I would love some 🙂

Heroic BoT…wow (and other (drama) stuff)

The plan we have in mind is to kill Sinestra before MoP drops.  An easy enough thing to say on paper…blog…you know what I mean, not so easy in action.

Last night we went into DS to kill DW as we missed him last week, can i say butt kicked.  I thought it would take me longer to get pugs and blah blah.  Anyway, we were done in about 20 minutes.

Let’s take a few moment to talk about the drama of the night though 🙂

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Guilds first raid last night

So, I meant to post earlier but didn’t have a chance.  We managed to get a guild group going in – ie 8 members of the same guild.

The reason this happened was because I got chatting to a lovely pally, who had a warrior tank he was going to bring.  he asked his GL and decided to join our guild to help us out. I am not sure how long he will be with us, but his thoughtfulness and aid have given us a massive leg up in the guild achievements.  Reyspada – you are a legend and thank you so much for what you have done.  Also Serpentine and their GL Giga, you are awesome for letting us borrow Reyspada.

We had a couple of wipes on Ultrax, just silly things really people not watching things properly, then we got stumped by Spine.  We kept getting close, but not enough you know.

All in all though, we smashed through everything, and for a guild that has never run together, with a tank (me) that was less than perfect and mildly geared but surpassed by Reyspada, we did very well.

The healing was amazing.  Simply amazing.  I have no idea if any of my ex-guildies read this blog, but I was always dying on my pally.  Keeping me alive was a very hard thing to do.  However last night, the healers kept me going without me being worried more than once or twice.  They were generally because of my errors as well.  This gives me hope.

We had a fantastic Shammy in the run Tauper, he was funny and was top DPS all night.  Another awesome pug which I was happy to have found.  He has been added to the friends list as well.  I am a little concerned about the stories he was telling us – crocs in tool box etc….very disturbing.  But it was enjoyable.

We were really hoping we would get through DS last night, but unfortunately people were losing focus by Spine I think and we had random issues of people not running into the hole etc.

Considering it was our first run together, I think it was quite good.  We are going to try and get another run in this week to clear it out. A complete clear would be nice, but this way we can start working on heroics next week for the first couple of bosses and recruit for that. It makes us slightly more appealing as a guild than just new. I hope.

But – the most exciting thing – I didn’t call stuff out.  Very occasionally.  I wanted to make sure people were doing shit without me needing to coddle them, it was a relief to just be watching my shit and not thinking that others needed the help.

The guildies we have picked up seem to be very nice and I have to admit quite funny.  I think we will all get along well providing we can push content. No resting on our laurels!!

Sorry for the long post!

 

Are you a team player or not?

The title question is something every person has to answer at some point in their WoW raiding lives.

Are you a team player or not?

I am sure the answer would be different for every person, and their perception of the question and how to answer it would be based on their own life experiences.

**Warning – Strong violence, frequent bad language and adult themes**

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Warrior love

I had my day off on Wednesday and so I spent some time giving my warrior some love 🙂

Started off doing Ahune on all my toons – stupidly I was tanking on my pally when I signed up as healer and I didn’t even realise…DUH!

After those 4 were done, I decided to run some normals on my warrior, just to get rid of some gear – I am wearing tanking greens, but they are greens 🙂  I want to be able to at least be running twilight heroics…possibly LFR, but I am not overly stressed about that.  I am already running LFR on my druid and I have no idea how people do it multiple times on their various alts…I could probably handle it on one more toon…but that would be the limit.

Anyway, every run, I explained to the group that I was building my set so my threat generation was a little slow and to be please be aware.  I had absolutely no problems. I think my little warning let people know the situation and it made things so much easier.  If I lost mobs I got them back very quickly, overall no one died in the 6 or so runs I did and I was quite happy with it. No one yelled at me or gave me shit – that made me happy as well.

I am half blues now, 1 epic and the rest still greens, I am getting there.  I can run heroics now for cata if I want to, but I will hold off until I am happy with my gear – a little more change would be nice.  I don’t want to run into heroics and get squished with one hit.

I was quite happy with my effort and I have missed tanking on my warrior…I do enjoy my pally as well, but my warrior has been around as long as my mage has, and holds a very special place in my heart 🙂

He was quite happy to be getting back into the dungeons as well…kept jumping around like a crazy cow. I think he is just happy to be having company again.

Heroic madness in guilds

So, either my current is guild is really far behind the 8 ball or I am severely confused by the game.

I have spent a little bit of time today trolling forums and sites for guilds and all I can find are heroic heroic guilds.  All looking for heroic players. I am concerned by this as it means I am going to have a very hard time applying to anything.

We have not even cleared DS yet – this is not going to give me a fair chance when competing for spots.  I also have very little experience in the way of heroic content – and although I am very capable of said content – I can’t prove that beyond the world of logs I can produce now that show me sucking balls most of the time because I am raid leading, so having to tell people when to scratch their noses.

I don’t want a hardcore guild where I feel that my dps being 2k lower will affect my chances of the next raid, but I don’t want to be in a guild with people who can’t seem to watch a counter and fact when needed.  I am not saying I want a guild of experts, but a guild of people that can think and not need other people to be constantly telling them what is happening…do we really need someone calling out when hour of twilight is casting so you can push the damn button?  Do we really need to call out to remind people to jump into the twilight onslaught because the game screaming it and DMS screaming it just isn’t enough?

I was hoping to slip into a guild doing 7/8 or 8/8 and working on heroics, but all i can find are 5/8 or fully cleared…is DS really that easy?  or are the smaller guilds not recruiting publicly on forums etc.  I am not in game all the time so I don’t get to watch the trade spam and even if I am in game I am generally not lounging around in a city doing nothing.

I have always been under the impression you don’t apply for guilds way above your level because it is just silly really, but given we are coming into the end of an xpac, do you think it is acceptable to now?