Clearing out the corruption

I finally had some time and motivation to jump online and do the continuation of the quest line in Silithus.

Mithraic and my druid headed over to the sword sticking out of Azeroth’s poor heart and I was, once again, greatly impressed with the size of this weapon. It really is a very terrifying visage!

All the corruption and red tendrils of hatred or whatever was spewing out.

It felt good to be part of stopping it with all the other champions of Azeroth. I am not sure how we will survive this.  Each of us having to fill our weapons with corruption, seems like a bad idea imho.  Are we all going to turn into angry beasts bathing in the blood of the alliance?

For azeroth

I admit to liking the effect it has on my claws – look how powerful I have become.  I look invincible.

All the power

ROAR!!!!  I am a bear after all.  My roar should cause corruption to spew forth so I can kill my enemies even faster.  I guess technically that is what happens when your artifact power is going crazy and not stopping from increasing in power.

saving azeroth 2

I now have all the power!!

I also completed this on my mage, I had thought I had done the first part of the questing already but hadn’t. So it was nice to complete on her. I might see if hubby wants to do this on the demon hunters as well.

I don’t know what to do with myself now, we stopped the corruption and we just have to wait for BfA to start so we can see what happens and how the story begins.   I am in the process of organising my annual leave from work, I am only going to take a week but I am going to make that week work. I would be wrapped if I can get both my druid and my  mage levelled in that time.  That is my plan anyway, similar to my bucket list of fail, I am not sure how I will go.

 

Your absence is duly noted!

I would like to be able to give you some wonderful story of redemption, quests, adventure and dragons to explain where I have been,  sadly it is just life.

Adjusting to a new routine is taking longer than expected and I honestly am not feeling great about it. I am highly stressed and missing a lot of things I used to do because I had more time.

I officially stepped down as tank from the guild raid team. I will still be home and around for our Friday night raids but I can’t, in good conscience, take a tank spot when I am not going to be available for Wednesday.   I have returned to Karate (last week actually) as I was heartbroken at the thought of not going and then having raid cancelled as well. As luck would have it only 4 people signed up so they cancelled anyway. The Raidinator strikes again!!

I am trying to decide if I want to switch back to my mage for BfA or stick with my druid and considering my enjoyment with tanking I am leaning towards druid. I could always fill in on a Friday if needed in guild raid but it also means our mythic group has a tank that maybe we can continue with that in BfA! And let’s be honest – i want to be a purple glowy bear forever!! I might try kitty that way the gear isn’t too different for tanking 🙂

 

This is the end

I had planned on writing a short story and decided I just couldn’t really articulate what I wanted to convey in story format.  I may go back to to what I have written and make it for something else..but..at this stage I figured it was just easier to post.

After another crappy DPS night as frost – I have decided it is time to switch.  I am playing it to the best of my ability and sucking big time on it.  That’s not true..simcraft says I am playing it better than I should be – but it is still pretty crappy DPS.  The issue with all the DPS rankings (and please let me know if you know where to find the information) is that I don’t know what stat priority they have given to the classes.  What % of what stat have they given to mages in different specs to determine that X specific class can do Y amount of damage?  I have approximately the right ilevel to do about 35k – according to the rankings, yet simcraft says 20k is my maximum…so…what the hell are they basing mages on – 100% multi and 100% crit or something?

Anyway whilst I know I am doing my best with what I have, I think it sucks being down the bottom of DPS all the time. I know someone has to be there – and as I have said before I could handle it is we are all the same approx but when there is a 20k difference between top and bottom….I feel like shit.  I saw the shammies doing over 50k the other night and nearly started to cry….nevermind what Aza can do when he gets cracking….or the DK’s or balls even the hunters!!!  GAHHHH!!

So, I changed to arcane.  I was pretty tempted by fire in all honesty, but arcane is the best spec.  No harm in starting at the top and seeing how I go. I was arcane for a HUGE percentage of my play time and the style hasn’t changed overly much – I just have to re-learn it.  I used to be pretty good at it (an eon ago) and am hoping to at least get acceptable again.

I went into my first raid last night since being Arc (i had hoped to do some LFR but ran out of time), so I was pretty well going in blind.  I have yet to change my gems/enchants for mastery however I noticed last night that fully buffed I was sitting at 63% mastery…which is my main stat, so changing those last few things may make a pretty decent difference.

On the target dummies, unbuffed i was hitting about 24k consistently…which is neither here nor there.  I went to raid and I still only hit that. I was a little miffed.  I did managed to get 27k on Flamebender and then on a fight with less movement barely hit 22k.  Hanz and Franz was horrific. I don’t even know what I did.  I am going to try and check the logs and see what needs improvement.

I missed burn phases, I didn’t use cooldowns effectively, I didn’t drop my charges as often as I should – have costing me precious mana…overall I did better than I thought I would for my first night, but I need to improve significantly.  I have no plans tonight so I might try and get my UI set up better (weak auras incoming) and do some LFR for practice.  I didn’t do as badly as I thought I would and I have not taken Prismatic Crystal again – maybe that is my downfall – but I hate how it drops target when you use it so you lose cast time and then targetting time – I have never denied having slow reflexes and so that spell really annoys me when actually raiding.

The other massive change – I am button pressing no mousing….a huge change for me.  Flamebender I mostly moused because that fight is and will always be crap. CRAP!!!!!  In fact I wonder how often this happens and we have never noticed, I am generally on the left hand side and that is always completely covered in flying knives. At one point I went to the right hand side and you know what….NOT ONE KNIFE!!!!  WHAT THE HELL?!??!!?  There we are on the left – unable to find anywhere to stand and the people on the right have all the room in the world. Unbelievable.

 

I look forward to seeing what I can do and will change some more things around tonight.

 

Saturday Scenarios

Hubby and I went a little crazy today and we ran scenarios for the better part of the morning to get the lovely Saturday achievement, during which we managed to get a fair few other achievements.

I actually really like scenarios, quick little events that are fun to do.  I want to do some heroic ones, but at the moment I am still working through the normals.

So here are the achievements we got today for the scenarios, I must remember to investigate the other achievements that are available to be done:

unga ingoo

forgotten kings

trap scenario

Scenario monkey

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Scenaturday

I didn’t realise there was an achievement for doing Theramore’s fall at 90, but there you go!  It really only took us about an hour to get through all of the scenarios needed for the Scenaturday achievement, I can’t really tell because we were doing other quests in between.  Fun though..really fun!

 

Beavertown

Yeah, busy like beavers…you thought I was going to the gutter again didn’t you :p naught naughty readers!!!

I have barely been online this past week due to things..just random things, but things nonetheless.

Our guild got to level 10, I missed it sadly, but I was there for our level 11 ding!  YAY!

I also discovered, stupidly slow again, that there is no cap on the dailies anymore. I knew it was happening but didn’t think to check as I thought it was a MoP thing.  So I spent one day going nuts with the dailies and then haven’t done them since. I must get another couple of days done, on a couple of different toons, I want to have more money saved up for MoP.

My shammy managed to beg a couple of runs with the guild and now has enough gear to get into the twilight heroics, however, I am a little meh about playing her as enhancement…I shall see how it goes though, I am missing totems, it was what I played the class for. Apparently Elemental is the way to go!

I am certain my levelling experience through MoP will be my mage, druid, paladin, warrior.  The last two being interchangable depending on time factors etc.  In previous expacs I went nuts with my mage doing everything possible before worrying about the next, however there is no demand for that this time so I will just get them to 90 and spend time alternating on them.  Aside from raiding requirements on my mage of course 🙂

I will probably level a monk with the frosties so I have a healer/tanking toon over there, rather than just a tank.

I am going away this weekend as well, so will be MIA a little bit, hopefully will get online tonight for a run of some kind, and a scenario or two 🙂  I can’t wait to see it!!!

This is the last week in cataclysm, and I am sad and happy and excited and nervous and so many emotions.  As alway,s I get emotional when it comes to this game. I love it.  I love the world and I love the story.  I am amazed that people have created this just for my pleasure 🙂  I could think of nothing better than spending my days playing this game and just chilling out with my pets and dragons and oomkins 🙂

I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never had a problem with the changes or things that Blizzard do to this game.  So far, each time has been better with awesome changes and more fun.  I can’t wait for Pandaria and I am just excited to be blogging through another xpac!!

 

Shared topic : head cannon

This weeks shared topic is brought to us by Akabeko at Red Cow Rise and it is a doozy!!

Canon refers to the actual events and characters that exist in a fictional world. Headcanon refers to any situations or characters that are imagined by fans of said fictional world. Sometimes they are silly, like the fact that Garrosh’s favorite treat is lemon squares. Sometimes they are serious, like positing that tauren store grief in the lungs. For my writing, I’ve come up with a lot of headcanon. Got a theory about a torrid romance between your favorite auctioneer and the patrolling guard? Given any thought to where mounts and pets go when they aren’t summoned? Do you know how your characters do their laundry, or what Baine Bloodhoof does in his free time? What are your headcanons, and where did you get the idea?

This is going to be a very long post 🙂 I have so much head cannon it will take me a while to post it all!  I am just going to talk about my personal characters because they are the people I spend the most time with.

So let’s start in order with my Mage 🙂 She was technically born in elwynn forest on a lovely rainy night. She was not supposed to be born due to her parents heritage – their love was forbidden – so she grew up living a nomadic lifestyle, moving from place to place, raised by many different aunts and uncles until she was old enough to strike out on her own.  She does not have a chip about this as she is well aware she is loved by her parents and had a fantastic upbringing.

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Done and dusted

Onto the excitement, my Shammy got to 83 yesterday 🙂 I am so happy for her. I am playing enhancement and enjoying it more than I thought I would to be honest!

I am lucky to have a very gifted enh shammy that I married and he was giving me some great tips 🙂 I have never been a fan of melee, but shammies seem to handle it better…or maybe I am not clueless….no idea 🙂

We should have hit 85 sometime this week with these current toons, so that is a little exciting 🙂 That will make my shammy toon number 5 at max cap, my priest will be hot on her heels!

Onto the guild drama though!
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Sucker for punishment :D

I was going to do LFR on my druid last night and ended up going to DS with a pug – guild group with a few short.  This guild clears heroic bosses, so I had high hopes of it being successful.

Overall it was, we started at 8 or 8.30pm and it went until 11.45pm, by which stage I had to leave and so did a few others.  We wiped once on Warmaster, and then wiped about 4 times on Spine.

So I have yet to kill DW.  Last nights run was the closest so far, and I will keep trying.  It was a pretty good group and they were a pretty fun bunch of people until the wiping starting and then it got tense.

They are recruiting people and kept making commenting but they are far too hardcore for my tastes. The raid leader said they stopped running 25 mans because it was too hard to single out individuals who sucked.

That’s a pretty harsh reason for people not to run 25 mans, but that is my opinion and I am sure it is quite fair for hardcore guilds.  But it just reinforces my confusion about raiding.  I was pretty high DPS most of the night except on fights like Warmaster where I have never ever done well, but I really felt like an idiot most of the night because they seemed to be able to play so much better….but then…a hunter and DK…were giving me a run for my money – I have to remember that neither of those classes has DPS issues though – face roll much :p

(watch all the hunters and DK’s fire up :p)

I did cop flack for using food and potions, and then later about some stuff on my gear.  Neither impressed me at all.  I am not in a top end raiding guild, and even if I was I would still do the same anyway I think.  I like using different foods and potions on different fights, and at the end of the day, that small amount is not going to make the difference in a fight.

I hate it when people assume everyone else is an idiot and don’t know anything about the game.  I know how to get my toon ready for raiding – and I am sorry,  a +40 gem over a +20 gem (an example only people!) is NOT going to make such a huge difference that you will be able to see it on the logs – END OF STORY!  Certainly not with a player like me who is not ever going to be in a Top 10 guild and perhaps on patchwerk it might because there is no interruption to a perfect rotation, but in the current fights….no way.

Anyway, I had fun last night and it was great to get through so much as quickly as we did.  I was not having a super night with my procs…which annoyed me a little as my DPS was not as high as I have seen it.  But hey, that is fire spec 😀

I am a little ranty today 🙂  Sorry.  It was meant to be an upbeat post about my enjoyment last night!

On fire :)

Tonight I logged on to 12 people wanting to raid!! I nearly had a mental break 🙂

We were actually a couple of people short as well, and we actually had a full group which kicked arse!

We started late and managed to clear up to and including Ultraxion, we wiped once on Ultraxion as for some reason it killed us without any warning!

I can’t seem to write anymore I am bawling my eyes out watching a glee episode 🙂

Have a great night!!!

Valentine’s Day

My hubby bought me the best present for V-day ever!!

Also – note my slutty outfit 🙂 I do need to redo the head and shoulders thanks to recent acquisitions!

Isn't she just gorgeous!

Dragonsoul (DS) and raiding

Of course, being new raid content, I just assumed that people would want to go in and have a look at the new stuff.

I was expecting all the raiders online bying for spots and instead we barely managed to scrape together enough people.

So, we trundled into the instance and after a quick explanation about staying out of the shite on the ground – we did all the trash – a few deaths as I think the damage was a little higher than anticpated which caused the healers some stress 🙂  A few people mentioned the swirly on the ground was a little difficult to see at times but not such an issue anyway 🙂

We get to Morchak and I give a quick overview and off we go – one shot. He was not difficult at all. I was quite proud of everyone with their communication. Stats aren’t uploaded yet so i can’t go over them as yet.  I didn’t even tape it!!!!  I just forgot completely about videoing 🙁

I made a bad decision last night, to go to the ping pong boss – I honestly thought we could have done him.  I am now thinking the slime boss may have been better.

Anyway, we really struggled on the ping pong dude – err…ZonnnoZz or something similar…(reminder – learn bosses names before posting). Boss facing the wrong way, ball going off everywhere but where the wanted it to go, tanks dying, dps dying, healers getting blown up etc etc it was all just nastiness.

Towards the end we were getting the hang of it, but in 10 man (not sure if 25 is different) the ball needs to be close to a group of people when someone gets eaten as it does 180000 damage over nearby people….that was causing us issues…how to get people close to the ball but close enough together without the wrong person getting hit – there really are only a few of us in a 10 man you know.  I am not sure how close they need to be to the ball handler.  It is definitely something we need to get sorted tonight as it the mechanic of the entire fight.

I wasn’t able to explain the fight properly either – I was having one of those nights where I would have been speaking better english if I was using pidgeon(sp?) english….I just couldn’t get the explanations out.

Overall though it was out first night and people I am sure were nervous and confused but we did well to get the first one down.  We will get more done tonight I am sure 🙂

As a side note, I did also get my druid to 77 a couple of days ago; I will be much happier once she is 80 so I can start the cata quests on her!

 

Video: Cho’gall

Look out for the error in the text 😀  I didn’t even realise until I uploaded it…one day I may change it…and to be honest I have no idea why it even changed from what I had to set to originally 😀

Shared Topic: Identity

This is a tough one.

How does your character define themself? What part of their identity is most important to their personality and self-presentation?

In meatspace, we have so many affiliations, it’s anyone’s guess whether we consider ourselves a tuba player first, or a student, a Gators fan, a New Yorker, a mother, a nerd, a liberal. Our identities are comprised of so many different aspects of life that it’s hard to tell which parts different people will choose to define themselves.

In game, there are less game-related ways to identify.
You can identify as:

your class – your spec
your race – a particular subgroup (Mag’har, Wildhammer)
your faction – a faction other than Horde/Alliance

I did not write anything on this topic straight away as I had real trouble trying to identify with it…no pun intented!

So I am sorry to say I left this one a few days and have read some other people’s posts first to get a feel for it.  I am still really tied on how to even begin to explain the identification I have with my character.

My mage was the first character I created and has been the only character I have played in a raiding capacity – except for a very brief stint of about 1 month as a shammy healer.  I modelled her after myself with long black hair, nose ring and open/friendly facial expression.  Although I am not an RPer i do have a secret wish that I could have been and I take my maging very seriously….I enjoy being a mage and that is evident through my behaviour in game.

I have fond memories of being told off in MC and BWL for jumping around like a maniac when doing arcane explosions – the healers has trouble healing me apparently…..but she was just showing everyone the fun that can be had with your hands causing massive explostions of molten lava, icicles, arcaneness….ahhhh…it’s fun!

I recently was having a discussion with my husband that I have altered her look back to her original black haired form (and worgen) because she was captured and held by them for years – now she has returned….a werewolf and a much more aware toon.  She is no longer concerned with the expectations others have put on her and she just wants to see evil beings killed, this complete lack of concern has given my character an increase in damage output because she is just doing her thing now and not over thinking everything for fear of doing the wrong thing.

A great example is that I always ask in dungeons if people need food summoned, this is my helpful personality being played out by my character who lso wants to ensure her allies are able to defend her from capture again 😀

Anyway I have rambled on a fair bit and I am not entirely sure I have even gotten cl0se the point of the topic….I guess my character identifies with her past and wants to improve Azeroth any way she can – offering ports, spending money, offering food, guilding, heroic running – they all improve the world she lives in and can aide in the defeat of the enemies she perceives around her (and inside her).

 

 

Pet farming luck :D

Decided whilst I am not really involved in anything to farm some pets that I have been too slack to do in the past 🙂

AND….

Managed to score two last night!! The Azure whelping and the oozeling…I was trying for the emerald whelping but ended up going to bed, so will continue with that next time I log in 😀

I am now 104 or 128 pets according to warcraftpets.com, so I am slowly getting there.  I could also pickup the last 2 alliance tournie pets, and I could buy the horde ones easily enough, but I might just get one of my horde toons working on the rep maybe? Or find a horde person who wants to do swapsies with me??

Death in Booty Bay

I decided last night, after doing some dailies to go forth and once again farm creatures in Hinterlands for the damn distress beacon….FINALLY got it after only about 20 minutes of killing slimes 😀 YAY ME!!!  Only taken me over 18 hours to farm the damn beacon….

Did the escort quest for my last chicken and then headed to Booty Bay where I promptly died upon landing as I forgot that I am not friendly with BB after getting my admiral hat 😀

Also found out I could not even hand in my quest – I was hoping by some small chance being he was a gnome he would have a different allegiance…I was sadly wrong 🙂

So I scampered off and started killing bloodsails, I figure I may as well farm the Hyacinth Macaw whilst getting my rep back up enough to hand in the damn distress beacon chicken!!  LOL  I have to get all the way from hated, so I figure I am going to be killing a fair few bloodsails….and yes.,..I am no longer going after the insane title…I just can’t be bothered in all honesty 🙂

Once  I have done these two I will start on the disgusting oozeling 🙂  Hopefully my priest will be level 50 soonish – if i actually start trying to get her moving and I can just throw her in the pit and let her work for it 😀  My shammy farmed 3 levels and a firefly so it is a good method 🙂 hehehe

Finally! Fuck yes!

So finally after about the last 4 weeks for running OBS 3D zerg, I finally managed to get it done!!

I estimate I spent about 500g on repairs for the wiping I suffered in that place!  I went a couple of times with guildies, but it just never happened, we kept getting close every few attempts like 10% or under.

But it was well worth it!!  I won the drake that dropped!!!!  SQUEEEEE!!!!!!

Won with a roll of 99!!

Ulduar and gear:D

So last night in Ulduar, we did really well.   We one shot Auri and her mental pussy cats with one healer and DPS down from the start of the fight, we almost one shot Hodir (we had a false start) and we had a false start on the Iron Council, but that was due to some miscommunication more than anything 🙂  Aside from that though, we didn’t lose anyone on the fights, we did them perfectly.

We trundled up to Thorim after the 9.00pm break and had a few smashes on him, the gauntlet group got to the second mini boss before death ensued, which for our first time on him, was pretty good I think.  Thorim will not be all that hard once we get the hang of it and sort out the groups properly 🙂 

I scored a new helm from Hodir(?) and a new wrist from Iron Council, I have to get them gemmed and chnated tonight.

I think I have to change back to FFB, as my hit is just not high enough to support a TOTW/Fire spec, so my DPS is kind of shitful at the moment, even after regemming everything last night to the epic gems with +23 spell power, I wasn’t hitting 3k DPS.  So I will do thast tonight and keep collecting my hit gear for the totw spec. Apprently FFB is still competitve for DPS, so I might just go back to that spec and deal with the slightly lower DPS, but much improved on what I am now.  If that makes sense.  I can basically drop a fair bit of hit if I go back to FFB and amp it up with crit/spell power.

We decided not to raid lockout this week, simply because on Wednesday we figure we can clear almost everything we cleared this week, last Wednesday was bad due to patches and changed fights etc, so this week should be a smash fest after the maintenance.

No raiding….woot?

Basically haven’t raided this week due to numbers, just people offline with RL things, which has been nice I have to admit. A nice week of not being pushed for success.

Next week will be back to normal I am sure, and I think most of the guildies were happy with a couple of nights off so they could do whatever they wanted 😀

Am looking forward to the patch actually, so many new things in this one…well for the pet collector in me there is lots of new stuff 🙂