Mythic dungeon master?

So once we broke through the first barrier of mythics we basically never went back to a heroic. The only time has been for world quests so we can just burn through them quickly or to complete an achievement.

The upside is we managed to get the dungeon master achievement after some targeted runs.

Tol Dagor is such a confusing maze of a place, I have no idea how people find their ways through these dungeons for the first time.

The Sand Queen boss is a pain of a fight, with the worst bit being the drones giving the boss a buff so you have to kill them away from the tank. Great for a ranged class but crap when the rest of the group is melee.

Jes Howlis is fun, I like this fight but only the you have the ability to clear out the cells before the fight.

Knight Captain Valyri is a horrible fight, my most hated, having to move the barrels is painful and if you don’t you get covered in fire. I managed to move the barrels perfectly one attempt but did no DPS on the boss. I guess that is the point right? Someone sacrifices their DPS for the good of the group?

Overseer Korgus the last boss, it a fun fight as well. I like the mechanic of not being able to move too much (unless your tank pulls the boss before you are even up the last lot of stairs so you get stunned almost immediately and nearly die from the first lot of black on the ground). It certainly keeps you on your toes.

King’s rest. What can I say. Screw you to the pits of hell you rubbish instance. Specifically the The Council of Tribes (bastards).  What a horrible horrible fight. I can’t even talk about it without getting angry.  In fact it annoyed me enough I took a picture when we killed them.  This is not so bad a fight now having done it a few more times but it still a touch and go situation.

The Golden Serpent; the best tip we got for this (Thanks Nathan) was to start the boss at the top of the steps, dump our first and second batches of gold just there and then move the boss to below the steps for the next lot. It keeps the gold together for some amazing AOE and they die super fast.

Mchimba the Embalmer I don’t mind the boss fight, but the trash can go and get screwed. SCREWED!!  Every single time I do any damage I get the green puddles under me and no one else gets them. It doesn’t matter if I am in melee, middle or farthest away.  The only time I don’t get puddles is when I stand there and literally do nothing.  Everything I have read says it is supposed to be random, but I can guarantee you it isn’t. It makes me so angry, I swear every single time I am in that room and everyone just laughs at me. Which makes me even more angry.    Not much angers me in WoW.  Even Moryrt made comment during a run about how he never sees me angry when I play, except this room.

Finally, Dazar, The First King I had no idea the first time I did this, it seemed super complicated and confusing but the next couple of times I have run it seems like no problem at all. I would consider this much easier than any of the other bosses in this dungeon.

Shrine of storms we did heroic as it was the last one we needed for the dungeon achievement! What a place. So good in fact that I can barely remember it. There were fights, something about water, loads of trash….yeah it was good? I don’t remember disliking much about it?

I guess I need to go back to Shrine. First I want to open up Siege or Boralus.

 

 

Heroics, finally :)

Our heroic runs have been basically smooth as butter. Until our first attempt on Merektha.

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She spanked us in ways, we ought not to be spanked and we died. Horrifically. There was just…stuff going on everywhere and we made too many mistakes.  We went back in and killed her the next attempt but it was touch and go as well.

I think the moist difficult thing in the dungeon is the electric balls of pain. Do not attempt this when drunk. I can vouch for it being very hard to watch the patterns and react fast enough. Someone else in our group can also vouch for the pain. I hate to see these in mythics. I really just don’t want to.

Of course Moryrt just flaps himself over. Cheater.

We did a few others and they all went super smooth. A few niggles and me pulling extra moonfired mobs, but I swear it was some other druid we are in the group with.

Underrot wiped us a couple of times due to those stupid snakes, we tried…attempted…to stealth past. Stealth by a rogue type person. It failed.  We had multiple snakes and it was nasty.   We didn’t do that again LOL.

The motherlode was nowhere near as bad as I had thought it would be. The last boss was horrific. I still just don’t get that fight, so much movement and too many things to watch out for.  I can’t wait to see that one in mythic and tear my hair out in tears.

I learnt during our heroic runs that my battle rez is no longer instant cast. I have to actually cast it?  Like what the heck? I need to plan what I am going to do and when I can rez people.  It is insanity. INSANITY I tell you!  Then I tried to dispel a curse and found that has an 8 second clown.  WHAT?!  I tried to help our healer and failed.

The heroics are fun, I can’t wait to see the other dungeons from the alliance side. Especially whatever id in Drustvar, the witchy part of my soul loves that place.

It is enjoyable doing new dungeons!! ilevel is now 310…nowhere near what i need for raiding or mythics but we were all swapping gear with each other and it is making it easier to gear up.

Dungeons!!

Stab and Pracey are so far ahead of us in levels due to their annual leave I suspect they will be well into gearing for heroics by the time this post is live, I left them at 119.

Nibble is at 113 (I am pretty sure), might be 114 actually,  and Moryrt and myself are at 112.  We had about 5 level 120’s in the guild when I logged on (which is pretty well done imho) and quite a few in the 117+ range.  I noted that the world first happened at about 1pm our time. Amazing! Or insane….I can never decide, you can see WoWhead’s post about it. It was a Method player so I am not surprised by that at all. Grats!

I digress. Moryrt and I were levelling when the call to run some dungeons was made. Given this is our mythic group, we decided to give them a try.  Moryrt even set up his iPad to read through the guides so that we weren’t just smashing through; we learnt too late in the last xpac about many of the boss/trash talents during high level mythics, so this time we want to be better prepared.

Balance, Retribution, Vengeance, Mistweaver and a Stabber make up our team and we did really well for it.  No wipes, not even any deaths. We didn’t need much healing and we were well behaved, no issues with threat for Moryrt either.

Our first random was Temple of Sethraliss, here is the group sitting down for some chow before beginning. I believe Nibble and Moryrt are having a moment of communion between tank and healer (it might be a new BfA thing).

All the bosses in here are pretty easy, I think the lightening boss Galvazzt will be the healer challenge in mythics and the last boss The Avatar of Sethraliss will be the DPS race.  Merektha and Adderis & Aspix I don’t feel were awful but they will just be messy.  We did this one twice via the random and we went through it much faster the second time and our boss kills were faster.  The pathing field of mobs with the eyes before the last boss will be an absolute slaughter house in mythic I imagine – I am not looking forward to that overall.

We then got Atal’Dazar which was amazing!!! I want to live in this place. I love the architecture.

Here we are before starting.  This had some fun fights which I think are going to be absolutely horrific in mythics..possibly even heroic.

We started with Vol’kaal and his poison thing on the ground and each other is going to be a testament to keeping a group together, I suspect standing on or near him then just moving backward is going to be the way to go. We can test that out over time.

Rezan is a giant dinosaur and such an interesting fight. There is no way I am going to cope in mythic. He fears, he chases, you have to avoid raptor bones and you can’t even stand in the middle (which is the obvious choice!) I loved it, even if I stepped on two lots of bones.

Priestess Alun’za and Yazma are a bit meh…they didn’t seem hard at this level, I imagine that will be more difficult with affixes etc.

All in all we had fun running the dungeons and we got to 112 by the end of the night.  Only 8 more levels to go. The dungeons are very lovely and the fights are fun so far of what we have seen.

 

 

Trying to gear up

I guess you could say my Pally doesn’t appear to be as lucky anymore.  I dinged 100 and asked a couple of times for people to run normals with me for gear, noone was available, so I queued up and waited almost 40 minutes for a spot. YEURCK!

My first run was Grimrail depot.  We wiped 5 times (3 on the first boss).  I was complaining in guild chat and Violetknight came to my rescue offering to tank for me.  So I left that group! Taxar came as well as DPS, then Nok joined us later to heal (Navi offered but was pugging BRF kills!!) We ran UBRS and Shadowmoon Burial.  Taxar and Violet got about 6 pieces and I got 1 – which wasn’t really an upgrade – more of a side grade. LOL.

Being melee is something I had forgotten.  I last played retribution pally in “Doom & Gloom” guild an eon ago, when the new Onyxia came out…what was that – catalcysm? Ages ago.  UBRS was an all melee group as well which was kind of weird as we were all on top of each other.

Having spent 10 years, almost exclusively ranged, melee was hard. HARD!!  I was almost dead so many times because of mechanics.  In grimrail the tank kept leaving the mobs in the fire so we couldn’t actually attack them without dying. The healers were really struggling to keep the tank up plus all the rest of us (we went through 3 of them). It was much better with Violet tanking, and allowed me time to marvel at how truly awful I was in melee.  Thank god it was normals and that Nok is an uber healing god – my repair bill would have been much bigger :)

Anyway I decided after failing to get any gear from those runs I had to scope out other options, Blacksmith recipes are too expensive for the epics (the cheaper versions are too cheap as my current gear is mostly better).  I bought a couple of BOE’s from the guild Doomslag Greatboots and Bracers of Visceral Force. Those two upgrades got me to 610, then I realised I could make Powerful Hexweave Cloak of the Deft on my mage!  I got Haste and Mutli as the extra stats –  not brilliant but not awful – I may and try to re-roll them this week.  I however am now completely broke on my mage and have enough gold to last me maybe 2 months if I do not make any more.  I may need to spend some time actually doing some dailies again 🙁

I also noticed I was only 3 taladite crystals off being able to make Glowing Taladite Pendant of the Fireflash – managed to get Haste and Crit as the extra stats.  I had created a JC hut for gems mainly and had completely forgotten about the rings/necklaces you can make.  I am now 100 crystals short of making a ring, but I am hoping if I can get some of my legendary chain done (currently needing to do skyreach) then that will bump me up a little as well.

And then, last but not least, I remembered I could make headpieces with my engineering.  I was a little too low though being at about 460, I needed to get to 600 to be able to wear Razorguard Mechshades of the Deft. That got me Multi and haste which isn’t all that great either so I may re-roll them.  I now have over 100 glider kits and shields (which I will send some to my mage) but I am also sitting at 617 for my ilevel!

This means I can now do LFR as ret initially and set my gear to be Holy, most of the epics I have will switch over to a holy set but if I can fill in the blanks with holy straight off that would be better – especially for weapon/OH.  I am also going to give the proving grounds another attempt this week with the gear I have as perhaps the increase in ilevel will help me a little bit.  I guess we will find out!  Navi asked if i was going to raid with the casual/alts last night and I declined – perhaps next week I will be ready, but I am still wearing a few greens i would like to get rid of and I am completely useless when it comes to healing still.

I am not a fan of being thrown in the deep end…I would be the 1% that likely drowns 🙂

My thoughts so far on MoP

I am currently sitting midway into level 87 and I will honestly say – hand on heart – I am sick of levelling already. It feels long.  Really long this time. I normally don’t mind questing, but I am finding it particularly frustrating this time around.

My very quick reasons for this – is the maps are confusing and quests are spread out all over the place.  I have felt as if I have spent all day running back and forth for like 2 quests, or you find a random in a forest who has 3 quests but had you not walked past him you wouldn’t have known they were there.  I would prefer you have a map with one city in the middle and some dude hands you out 50 quests all at once, then I can just go around the map and do them in some semblence of order.  Yes – I want order!

The second issue I am having is being unable to find ways to get into quest hubs, yesterday I spent 30 minutes riding around an entire map to find an entrance that was on my map, but not when I got there. It has happened multiple times.  Yes I know it is not Blizz’s fault because I get lost, but if we sued the above solution, I wouldn’t be annoyed about it !  :p

See, very quick negatives, onto the other things!

I have run both available dungeons :

First time I ran it I got locked out of one of the boss fights because the tank ran in like a looney – although that seemed to be a theme with the runs I went on today (5 – if memory severs me correctly). I didn’t get a chance to enjoy my time in there so I really cannot comment,  I hate the first boss who requires you spend the entire fight running in a circle….what a stupid fight for people that need actually cast….stupid….

The last boss in this place, I SWEAR!!  did different things when I went in…so I am assuming there is a random element to it..it may help if I actually read the dungeon journal – I might do that tonight :p  I liked this instance, the litle elemental things are in it 🙂 They are awesome! Bad image but you know which creatures I am talking about.

I have been taking great care to read things and just enjoy the small things that are always in the game but generally missed out on.

A guildie also found one later that said something along the lines of scratching their botom they sniffed their finger and will never do it again.  I must try and track it down, it was funny 🙂  I liked the Hozen, not as annoying as JaJa binks but almost!

I am having massive bag space issues as the gear I am getting all looks so awesome, I am wanting to keep it, but my void storage is completely full, so is my bank and my only options now are to go through and delete any double ups of gear – like for my tier 13 stuff I have duplicate LFR pieces that I was using for PVP etc…I can get rid of them now and that may free up some space, but for the few pieces that will get rid of, I have already gotten quite a few novelty items from quests that I can’t bear to part with like my puntable marmot.  So transmog is an issue.  I am a fully fledged addict.  I want to enter more competitions! LOL

I am having issues with my mage – my damage seems to be crap.  I tried frost with no luck – I was struggling to get the hang of it, and am now trying fire.  I seem to spend far too long killing one mob, my normal spells are hitting for less than 20k (they used to hit for almost 30k and up to 50k for a crit) – I have to investigate what changes were made, was the damage output reduced for everyone or are the mobs just that much harder to kill? I am feeling quite distraught about it.  Fire is still RNG, although I enjoy the playstyle, I was barely doing 14k on some fights and others I was hitting just over 23k….which in my mind is pathetic.  If I get a chance over the next couple of nights I will start my investigations, this will be an easy fix once I figure it out I am sure.

Overall, I am enjoying myself!  I can’t wait to get to 90!

There’s a bear in there!

Today – there is nothing I can say.  NOTHING!

I was inspired to run it on most of my toons until I finally won the roll 🙂 Thank the Blizzard gods for account mounts is all I can say.

I tried to get the original one I don’t know how many times, I am still annoyed I never got it – so this has made me somewhat happy.  I could not stop grinning like a madman!  Thanks for those involved and thanks for getting me inspired before dinner to continue doing it until I had it!

Just chilling out

My rogue is level 17 🙂 Highest level rogue by miles now. Still not sure if i enjoy it, although it has grown on me since hitting 15 and being able to run dungeons. The fact that I am top on dps helps. I won’t discuss any further the horrific LFD runs at that low level – suffice it to say…I think I had the deserter buff more than I was in a run.

Not sure if I mentioned this, but hubby joined frosties on his druid and is now 83. We are still new and feeling a little like outsiders – but that happens with every guild, but so far I love the sense of humour in the guild. They have me giggling a fair bit when I am online. I actually find I am wanting to log onto my dath toons, wishing my AT toons were there…I really do enjoy the people…when they are chatting. I would say 60% of the time guild chat is pretty quiet.

It is fun running dungeons with hubby healing me as I tank. Two more levels and we can start doing heroics, after all, I am only getting 13g for every run, I don’t mind though as it is only costing me about 2g repairs since I am not even close to dying, but I would like to be getting some JP/VP and not just coin.

We may move our other horde toons over, but it really isn’t important at this stage – it would just be nice to have other toons with maxxed professions (or close to max) that can aid us. We have discovered that Dath has a crappy AH…there is not much on there and anything that is on there is so uber expensive compared to what we are used to on Aman’thul. That decision will likely be made on Friday – but I would want to bring both with me…hunter and shammy, he would bring pally and hunter. Decisions, Decisions.

Onto some other news, which I have yet to tell my GM about, I will be breaking the news to him tonight. It looks like in my bid to get healthier, I will be starting karate in a fortnight. Their 2 training days happen to be the same days we raid. I will now only be available to raid on Sundays with them and that means I am not likely going to be raid leading for them in MoP, of course, we don’t have a date for MoP, and i can’t tell the future…but it is not looking hopeful.

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.

Thrown out…

I was in a LFD run yesterday on my hunter trying to get some levelling done on her, and for the first time since the LFD tool came into being, I was expelled from a group!!

Two points – I was about to leave anyway and I managed to get a big old “F*** You” off before I got dumped.

We were in undead Strat, and we wiped 3 times before I got booted because the “tank” would just charge into an area and of course all the nearby mobs would aggro, then a flying gargoyle would aggro more and it was just overall stupid, then I watched the mage run straight into a group of zombies and a banshee.

Suffice it to say, we got back up and kept going. However we moved just around the corner and the same thing happened, tank charged into massive group with everything nearby aggroing as well, then someone pulled the bunch of 8 mobs to the left and my pet…decided to run to the furthest mob which then aggroed three more mobs.

Of course we wiped and the tank started screaming in party, I apologised for my pet grabbing three extra mobs as I had targetted a different mob to the one I put him on, but I forget to take him off assist and it was all bad.

However as I was typing my response of “my ONE mistake does not count for the 3 you made or the 2 the mage made, I have no idea why you are screaming at me – go F*** yourself!”  I hit enter, saw it go into party, and as I was about to drop –  I was booted. Yes I realise it was 3 people voting me off the island but if I had been in the group I would have left the group anyway because I wouldn’t want to run with someone that rude – I can’t count how many times I have dropped groups because people are just flat out rude to each other.

I am not the kind of person to ever get angry like that in game, I try to respect everyone equally.  Yes I stuffed up – I did apologise and I am only level 47 on my hunter, so I am still learning – but why am I the source of your abuse for being a retard that doesn’t know you should LoS pull in Strat, and avoid just running into the centre areas because everything nearby does aggro?

I was so upset about it last night, because I felt I had been too rude to him in chat – that will forever be on my record now.  But he was soo nasty about one mistake, one mistake.

I have run some shocking LFD’s – tanks in DPS gear, tanks in all greens, healers in wrong specs, dps below 3k, I have seen it all and I have seen some unbelievably nasty things being said in those runs, and it still amazes me that people can be so horrible to other people.

There is a reason why rape, bullying, murder, war and famine etc etc all keep occurring – because the human race as a group – can’t be nice to each other – we have to compete and be better and belittle and pick on the weaker…..it’s disgusting.  Are we really the minority – the nice onces?