Pre-patch -17th July, Tuesday.

No doubt you are all aware of the pre-patch hitting our shores in a couple of days; here is the video if you haven’t yet seen it:

I thought I would re-visit my bucket list….LOL. I did nothing on it! However I found new things I would like to get completed instead – ensuring my First Aid was at 800 and seeing if I could get the Field Medic title before it all goes the way of the dodo. I also want to give the Mage Tower another couple of shots and see if I can’t get it done on my druid – in feral to get a shiny purple kitty to match my bear and my mage just to say I did. But honestly I tried it after the questline and failed horribly so….I am not sure I am that keen. Especially when someone in our guild (who shall remain nameless) has managed to complete it on almost every class….with crappy gear<hangs head in shame>.

The main thing I will be doing is chasing this little bugger Long-Forgotten Hippogryph. Until it kills me.  I am not going to give up but I am going to buy myself a metric tonne of snacks and energy drinks to get me through.

I am not overly excited about the pre-patch – it means I have run out of time to do all the things but what excites me is being so much closer to the expansion!!

Here is Wowhead’s guide on what to do before BfA. I might try and do the Chromie thing this weekend – at least give it a crack – providing I get my mount first.

I have seen lots of comments about how there is still a lot of work needing to be done in the beta for the game to be ok and I remember this being said about Legion as well, but I don’t recall any major issues with the release. Or I repressed all the awful stuff?  I can’t imagine it would be worse than the Drainer release on the hillside with 300000000 people standing on top of an eye glass to create the garrison.

What are you going to be doing in the last rush before pre-patch?

 

 

Life and auctions

My posts are going to be a little erratic over the next couple of weeks, I will try and reduce how much so, but I have started a new job with longer hours and more travel.  This requires a period of adjustment which I just didn’t think about all that much until I realised how much extra time it would take.

I spend 12 hours away from home now instead of 9 and let me tell you, those 3 hours may not sound like much but it seriously cuts into your home and WoW time.

With that in mind I have been focused on starting to play the auction house…badly…at the moment I am just selling everything I can and trying to ensure I scan the AH daily for prices.  Let’s face it….the only real reason I am doing this is I am another person who has lost their freaking mind over:

It is a freaking dino….I want one – but $4 or $5 million is not an easy feat at all…and both Drew and I have to have one so that is only a meagre 10 million I have to make…hahahah

My starting gold across all of my toons was just on $130k. I have started doing class hall missions on my toons that involve gold – that is my focus. The bonus gold on those is almost 2k on some missions.   I do plan on starting to do as many WQ involving gold/consumables as possible as well, across as many toons as I can handle but I am not sure I have the time to be honest. (Which is why I only have 130K and not more! Time poor sucks).

I have been making gold on the AH though and now that I have to make what I want to sell I won’t be seeing a mailbox full anymore…I have run out of mats 😀 But my banker toon started at $3000 and I am now at almost $35,000.  Likely this weekend I will start buying things to disenchant for mat value or buy out and resell.  We shall see though.

How are you guys making money to get the mount everyone is talking about?

 

Brawling

On the back of our very first guest post by Pracey, I thought I would write about my brawling experience the other night.  I had started the brawl guild a few weeks ago and managed to get stuck on rank 2 or something.  My intention was to get it done before xpac hits and thanks to a video we were watching,  Drew and I remembered to jump back in, so that is what we did the other night.

Can you even see my tiny little blood elf next to his huge chest? I snuck this picture whilst he was waiting to go in.  We actually did really well.  I got stuck on a couple of bosses, the worst one being the fire guy. Drew also got stuck on this one for a few attempts.  Stupidly RNG with the ball spawns but you just need to get the right combination and voila death to the infidel!

I cannot suggest enough,  if you attempt to do the Brawler’s Guilde check out Wowhead’s guide on it.  It is brilliant and I have used it every season. You can find it here. It lists everything neatly and easily with the relevant information easy to find.  I use it between fights to know what is coming up next.  Yup, you can flick between it and the game that quickly. Definitely use it.

I was chatting to Ben and telling him it was a great way to improve on your character as you have to be able to move, do burst damage and be aware within 2 minutes and was a bit of fun. He joined us later and was smashing the first few bosses before 30 seconds had even passed. This is him in action.  I do love the spectator option. I would love something like that for raiding 😀

The three of us were just cheering each other on and having a laugh.  I managed to get to the last boss, which I found difficult as I have only done Hellfire Citadel once (I think) and barely remember the content. All the attacks are based on bosses from that raid. I got it down after a few attempts learning what things needed to be focused on at each point – I think maybe 3 in total?  It really helps that we out gear the brawls quite significantly now.

I am King of the guild now!  Why not Queen? I have no idea…but I will take it!  We came back in the next night to complete the rest of Drew’s bosses and whilst he was doing that I was doing random fights for the achievement (and shirts).  I have so many damn shirts now! I have a few extra from that picture as I did even more than the anticipated 10 for the achievement.  I can’t wait for the next Trial of Style to rock around!

I know I am missing the entire joke behind this achievement I am Thralls complete lack of surprise and even wowhead has no insight…I am confused.

I went and grabbed my mount and pet, plus the heirloom.  I actually quite like the basilisk movement, but will need to actually ride it more and see if I could handle it long term.

It sort of has this S-motion with it’s body and tail when it walks.  Maybe it will be motion sickness inducing actually…lol.  Honestly for not much effort you could get another mount and pet if you are a collector.  It took us basically a couple of hours on 2 nights to get to the last boss and I would say there are 3-4 that might take you more than 2-3 of attempts at most.

I still need one more achievement which requires 2 more rumbles, so will try and get them over this coming weekend but it is highly dependant on other people who are in the queue and if they pay attention to what needs to occur.  (The “Rumbles” are an event which every person in the queue – at the time of purchasing the token – get entered into and you have to collectively do different things). Likely would be easier with a group of friends on discord so you can warn/coordinate.

Drakes…Drakes…and more elusive drakes.

You probably won’t believe this, but I am still chasing dragons for the Awake the Drake achievement.  Given my love of all things dragon, it pains me, it hurts. Deep inside.

I have been “regularly” chasing down 2 of them – Onyxia and Malygos. I have wanted Onyxia as a mount since the first time I saw her. So long ago now. I wouldn’t even be able to tell you when, sometime in 2005. I remember the first time I walked into her dungeon and came down the ramp and saw her. I was so enamoured of her size.  Once again the raids in Vanilla felt epic – they had scale. Size. Dominance. Maybe it was because I was a noob and everything was exciting to me, including having to farm her to make the Onyxia scale cloak for BWL. (Which I still have in my bank).

So I headed to Malygos and saw an item be added to my appearance list (or so i thought). [sarcastic woo] which when I actually read it turned out to be a goddamn dragon!

I just scored the Reins of thee Azure Drake! I may or may not have started dancing excitedly.  I was cursing out how long it had taken, so I decided to check  and then felt decidedly ashamed.

Yeah…only 10 times according to my stats.  Not entirely sure these are accurate as I am certain I have killed it more times than that….but…um….yeah….I can only go off the information and I think that is a pretty good drop chance based on my experience. Maybe I don’t kill it as regularly as I imagine…

Onyxia is proving to be slightly more difficult.

So my current tally with the drakes is almost there.  I am terrified of doing Dragonsoul because I can’t solo the spine encounter but i don’t want to go with anyone else because then I will not win it if it drops (Statistically speaking whenever I am in a group and a mount has a chance to drop 90% of the time it will with 99% of those times it being won by other people – the only time it has not occurred is when I won the Swift Zulian Panther).

If people are keen to do Dragonsoul with me I am more than happy to do it. I will literally cry if it drops though and I don’t win it…LOL. But here is the gorgeous Azure. What is your next big mount chase?

 

 

The Riddle and the worm

Drew and I were watching the following video about obtaining the Lucid Nightmare mount by Bellular Gaming.

It reminded me of the Riddler’s Mind-Worm which I have been wanting to get for a while. I had never bothered as I figured it would take me a heck of a lot longer than I was willing, however tonight inspired me so I messaged the group (Drew, Michael & Ben) and asked if they felt up to the effort. Guaranteed mount for a little bit of flying around sounded like a plan.

I would love to attempt the other mount, but it looks way more involved…especially the maze room…not sure I would make it through that at all.

We jumped online and started the mission. I went on my mage as I figure having ports was going to be the most useful way of travel should we need to bounce around. Honestly if you are going to attempt this – get a mage who can port you back and forth – it makes it so much easier. No idea how long this would have taken with dependency on hearthstones.

You only need to read 8 pages then head to Westfall for the final part where you loot a chest and voila!

The chest on the west coast of Westfall and we found it towards the north end of the coast line.  Simply click and BAM! Mount.

Only one of the ugliest damn mounts that ever there was!!  LOL but I wanted it for that reason.

And getting a group photo was even harder due to the movement of the mount.  I really like the little chest on the back, but it would have been cool if it was a usable bank or something.

ahhahah SOOOOOOO ugly!!  I love it.  There is simply no good angle to get a photo of these guys. All in all I think it took us about an hour – maybe slightly longer, but not much more. I would suggest if you were putting it off, just get it done.  It won’t take you long at all.

And the “poem” from all the pages reads as follows:

...of Sea, Spirit and self…
…first of lords to fall…
…the wind, the eye…
…the plume, the tomb, a scarab moon…
…in snow, sand, and stone…
…behold the battle, unblinking…
…bejeweled watcher…
…ray of sunrise….

Now to contemplate the nightmare more seriously.

 

Toons, Toons everywhere

I finally moved my demonhunter over from the alliance.  I have completely forgotten how to play but it has been enjoyable trying to remember. So my guild has now snaffled my Mage, Druid, Paladin and Demonhunter.

I managed to get quite a few achievements on her with the random dungeons and questing in the first few days, but I am now wanting to get the demonhunter class mount.

Not because it is attractive mount, as far as most of them go it is bloody ugly. But it would be nice to have the storyline completed and done on all my max level characters.

Demon hunters are so much fun to play, I am super surprised we don’t have any raiding DH’s. It is half tempting to try and play one properly but at the moment I am just smooshing keys 😀  I had been sending her heaps of gear from my other characters, you know the stuff that drops for classes and is account bound and can be sent anywhere!!!  woo!  One of the best changes ever made imho.

Playing her though has made me think about what toon I still want to boost to 110. I really want to level my warrior because I want to see the class hall, but I have to level him through Draenor and would rather stab myself in the foot, but every other toon I have is stuck at 90 simply because of Draenor.

Raiding: Is it a wipe or a kill?

Woo!  Wooooo!!  You know what that means.  Epicness follows below.

Tonight started rough, we wiped a couple of times due to just random assortment of bad luck, but we improved dramatically on phase 3 with some better set up for adds. It was good to see it coming together. We got him to 4% and I swear it was almost as bad as seeing a 1%.  I was dead so this was the lowest I saw.

It was such a tease. We brought a few other people in from <Old Dogz> guild, I am sorry I can’t remember everyone’s names. We smashed it out a few more times and then BAM!

Ahead of the Curve: Argus

I haven’t decided if this was a wipe or a kill?  The only person “up” was Jason in non corporeal form.  This was at the end of the fight and not the end of phase 3 – I promise.  I have also just noticed whilst typing this, his title is Dragonslayer and I feel that explains why he lets me die maybe?  He dislikes dragons. Heartbroken.

I can’t believe we killed Argus, I can only assume DOT’s did it?

There is just nothing I can say that explains how excited I am about having that achievement. It has been a long time since I was raiding at any time or in any capacity to get the Ahead of the curve achievements.

On a selfish level, I never in a million years, thought I would ever be tanking with a raid team to the point of being able to actually complete content. Tanking has always been one of those things that I watched with awe. How could they do it, keep mobs, stay alive, watch aggro, taunt on time, stay out of stuff etc etc. I didn’t think I would ever be saying that I helped the guild achieve this. I mean they were mostly through the content, and I am not sure how much I have actually helped on some bosses, but it still feels pretty good to me.

There are few things I covet more in game than mounts.   Ever since we did the original quest in legion to ride one of these I said I wanted one.  I had to get it no matter what it took.  Thankfully it was a mount we could eventually get. Once you kill Argus on heroic or above you get The Blood of the Unmaker and all you need to do is hand it in to Khadgar in Dalaran.  He gives you the most beautiful mount (with the exclusion of Ashes of A’lar) in the game – the Violet Spellwing.

Here is a picture of the guildies on their mounts.  As the mounts don’t sit we had to take a flying picture. So much awesome in such a cool picture.

We attempted to get Fred his trinket from the Doggies. We didn’t manage to get that for him…again. We did the council without issue and then went to Portal Keeper Wankbalar.  God I hate him.  I try so hard to not stand in the green stuff and it just gets me like….1 time and it just kills everything.

The raid ended on a downer after that due to my idiocy.  Which makes everything I felt above dissipate into shame and guilt about being crap.  But then I looked at my mount and I felt happy again because I helped the guild get that mount and achievement.

We streamed the night again and still had no issues with my laptop or anything which I am happy about. I managed to put a little overlay on my chat window which Craig believes was crap….but like…my skillz aren’t leetzor dude.

Go guildies!!!!!  I am so happy right now 😀

Finally ending stories

For the longest time since returning to WoW and collecting the pillars of creation I had wondered how to get the last one. The elusive Eye of Amun’thul. I desperately wanted to close off the story and having so many quests in my log I honestly could not work which lead where, so whilst down with a headcold I decided to try and close off the raid quests in my log and run some LFR’s.

I got through so many raids and received exactly zero gear for my mage.  Not one item. Bah humbug.

Anyway I discovered after killing Guldan,  Khadgar makes you carry the thing back to Dalaran with him! How easy is that?  Seriously. It was one boss fight away from me.

I was so happy to have finally completed that story line!  It was bugging me.  Of course after he places the eyes in the Dalaran dungeon, you head back to Suramar and have chat to Occuleth – because nothing every really ends when you think it does in WoW.  I wish I had completed that story before doing the allied races as it perhaps would have made a little more sense.

Either way, you get another mount – The Arcanist’s Manasaber!!

It flies and has gorgeous purple wings and cute little hanging feet. Adorable.  Honestly the entire thing took me maybe 10 minutes from start to finish outside of the Gul’dan killing part, really could have done that much sooner if I had any clue.

After completing that I was also finally, FINALLY, able to complete something that has been irritating me for a while due to the RNG nature of WOW. Yup Defender of the Broken Isles!

It has been one of those things that every single time I see an assault it is one of the others.  This achievement has been sitting like this for a long time.  I am so glad I logged in this morning with a foggy head to see if it was up.

After a short scenario in which I got completely lost and separated from my party because I stupidly didn’t see the stairs to the tower on the left, I finally got this one done.  I was happy to see Cenarious grant me his antler, I am sure he can regen one pretty easily.  My only really beef is that it doesn’t grant us a title.  Blizzard seems reticent to hand out titles anymore but I loved them, it gave my character just a little something different and we should be commemorated for saving the Broken Isles from the legion.

Both these achievements have been in the back of my mind and now they are done, I feel so much happier.  Now if i could just get through the quests for my professions (although I have a feeling they actually never end) because they take up so much room in my quest log.  Both Alchemy and Tailoring give me 3 – 4 quests at a time and they involve a mix of heroic/mythic stuff.  It is just messy.  The quest log should 2 things – a number so you can tell how many quests you actually have – I am sure it used to (?) and it should let you sort by dungeon/raid quests so you can see how many you have in say MoS without having to click through each quest.

Either pretty happy with those two massive plot lines completed. YAY! <happy dance>

 

Xpac Spoilers: We finally bought Battle for Azeroth

The reason for the delay was simple. Neither of us had the reputation to start the quest chains for the allied races, so we waited until we had that completed.

I know we didn’t have to, but there is nothing worse than buying something you can’t make use of. We cannot decide what characters to boost, Drew is thinking of a mage as he has never been able to level one, and I am completely clueless. I haven’t got a high level rogue, monk or DK. The rest of my toons I have at 90ish. Seems wasteful to boost a level 90 toon when I could boost a level 1…but…I simply don’t want any of those classes at max and that is where I a torn. I am leaning towards my hunter who is 90 and means I could skip Drainor completely or my Shammy who is also stuck at Drainor level.

Anyway, we left them for the moment, but the little 110 circle is calling to me 😀

We logged back in to a summons by the Warchief (FOR THE HORDE!) and past this point is spoilers for the allied races steps.  If you do not wish to know, skip over the rest of this post.

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60 reputations!! Holy Cow!

I noticed the other day that I had less than 3k to go to reach exalted with the Sunreaver Onslaught and so I decided to just do one more day and see if it boosted me over.

Clearly it worked.  I must start doing some more dailies actually, I am quickly running out of money due to all this mount buying I am doing :p Yeah…The sunreaver onsalught got me to the 60 exalted achievements! Woot sunreavers!! 60 reputatations at exalted and all I got was 10 achievement points – ripped off – that is effort baby!!

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This also makes me want to go back and get the reps I haven’t gotten already – Black temple (gah), firelands, frenzyheart tribe etc…surely there is another rep level after 60 – 65 maybe?  No idea, but I would like to aim for it anyway.

I managed to buy this little guy with my rep, which is pretty neat, he doesn’t have a completely awful run, which means I may actually add him to my list of useable mounts :)

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I also like the back of the mounted seat – pretty awesome looking I think, I do love the details they add…I really do!

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This never happened….NEVER!!

After my excited post about the 25 man Garrosh kill (WOOT – I am still on a high about it!!)  I was informed that I am even more of a numpty than I originally thought, there is a mount.  Yes…a mount!!!!

Can you believe it!!?!?!? I knew all along of course, I was just keeping you all in suspense.  I mean, I am certainly not a numpty – ever! I have a proven track record for always doing things correctly and without any errors or mistakes.

no-bullshit

However when I logged back in the next day after delaying the suspense of posting about it, I found this armoured guy sitting in my journal.  I think I forget about mounts now because you never know you receive them, I prefer the old days of at least opening your mail to see the new things you win and then having to learn the actual spell/item.  It gave me a sense of ownership.

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I have never been a fan of the wolf loping, so he will be relegated to the rest of the wolf pack as never to be used again, but he is very handsome and aggressive looking. The other thing, this mount did for me – which I was not expecting was :

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I honestly thought I was a couple more mounts off that, but woot!  I am now sitting pretty on 151…no idea how I am going to get to 200 – honestly…I am missing a fair few profession based mounts which I could spend some time farming, and also achievement mounts from clearing content…but I just need friends willing to help with clearing old stuff and doing achievements.  I also need to buy the Anglers mounts still and all the cloud serpents!

The Jade kite isn’t as nice as the original one, imho, but it is still pretty, must be because I have a soft spot for blues and greens.

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I didn’t know I even had it because I never got the achievement actually popping up to advise me, I only noticed it today when I logged onto my pally, happened to see the achievement glow and catch the last part of the notice fading from sight.

 

Shado-Pan and challenges

WOOT!!  Shado-pan exalted!!  Pretty excited to be honest – how could you not be after everything.

Shado pan

However the gorgeous mounts you get for exalted rep are a must have.  I bought them all (of course) and aside from the issue I have with the tail, they are very nice to look at – remember I am completely in love with any pussy cat mounts!

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I also did the Defender of the gods quest and scored the grey cloud mount, which is pretty nice, but I still prefer my blue one.

Shadow pan defender

This now puts me at 54 reputations at exalted.  I am currently still working on August Celestials (grrr) and have started working on my Anglers rep currently Friendly I think, I also have Klaxxi and Kirin Tor at Revered – but haven’t been doing the dailies for them much, I am just needing to do something else for a little bit.  I am using my farm to do August Celestials and Klaxxi/Kirin for the moment.  I do want to get back into the dailies, but some of them (kirin tor) take sooo long with so many quests it drives me slightly batty.

Shared topic – Mountable Mounts

This topic was brought to you by, me!!  YAY!!  [ insert ping back ].

One of the things I have noticed since my return is the huge amount of mounts available now through rep gains. I am still working on a couple, but it has made me wonder which mounts you guys are loving or hating :)

So what are your top 5 mounts – or just the ones you go to all the time because you like the way they ride? What are the ones you really dislike and can never bring yourself to use – does it rub against your collecting nature (if you have one) to buy all the mounts even though you know you will never use them?

The story behind this topic is quite short so, let me give it to  you.  I finally reached exalted for Golden Lotus and thought to myself that one of those sexy riding cranes would be awesome….so I went and bought one, awesome looking thing that it is….sadly..it is absolutely horrific to ride. The way it moves is just completely irritating, however, even after trying the first one, I had to buy the rest of them and try them, just to make sure they all sucked.  Yup, I could not let 2 other mounts be uncollected even though I hate it.   So who is the idiot who dropped 4k on mounts even though she will never ever use them?

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The only exception to this rule is the $14k mammoth.I refuse to pay that much money for a mount that I despise almost as much as the cranes.  I was so excited to get a mammoth, they looked awesome, imposing and just fantastic….shame that riding one made me want to punch my monitor :p I still love looking at them even now!

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I put the Elekks in the same group as mammoths, although not quite as extreme hatred, I won’t willingly choose to use them 9and I did buy all of them when I could).

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But in truth, I like more mounts than I dislike…I can never decide what to use, I need to download the addon that randomly chooses them for you, I loved always being surprised with choice.  But here are some pictures of my favourite ones. I turn to these guys all the time and really should give them a rest occasionally 🙂  Tigers/sabres are my absolute favourite, I was devastated when I discovered I couldn’t get one without being exalted – back in WoW, when getting exalted took the entire cloth supply of Azeroth!  Now I have many many many tiger mounts 🙂

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I also fell in love with this little beauty and did not stop until I had him…which reminds me I have so many more I need to collect at the Argent tournie still…but it just terrifies me!!

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I do love bears as well, I have many of them as well, I love the lop sided run they do…

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Of course anything draconic for flying…I have so many dragons I could not possibly put them all up, but here are my most treasured ones:

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I still want to 25 man version of the above one, but have a few achievements I need…maybe one day I will get them done…when I am level 100 and it is a cake walk….

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I adore the way the tail moves on this mount, it is very hypnotic, and the way the light changes the colours, honestly it is just amazes me at how beautiful they made them!!  I could go one…but I would just end up listing everything…Some special mentions have to go to the Talbuks…they are a very nice ride!

Can’t wait to see what you all love!! (if you posted and are not listed here, please let me know so I can add you!)

Shoryl

Sharden

Tome of the Ancient

Erinys – Harpys nest

Mataoka

Cymre

Admiring Azeroth

Escapist Scrawl

Plenty of paladins

Azeroth Life

Amerence

Velgana

Can’t get no….satisfaction

I wonder if I am showing my age, or music preference, by the title and image??  Anyway,  Last night was pretty limited game time, just doing my dailies on my mage..stupid august Celestials!!  I am going to scream like a crazy woman!!  I am even doing the Tiller daily for the extra rep with both Shadow Pan and August Celestials.  I just want the pattern for that stupid bag!!

Both me and hubby on his tailor, have been making cloth every single day so we can make some bags when we get the pattern, but it is seriously going to cause me mental breakdown.

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I think I have just hit revered with Shadow Pan – Woot for extra rep token and I am just into honoured for the Celestials…HONOURED!!??!!!?  GAHHHH!!!!  At  this rate I will be exalted by the time Warlords comes out… :p  In truth though, I think I have done really well to get my reps up as much as I have since being back at the start of December.  I really don’t know how you guys – or anyone – managed to get to exalted with them!!  I really don’t!!  Tips appreciated!!

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I really want to start working on my Anglers and I should try and get the last bit of the Klaxxi done – I have extra rep now so it really wouldn’t take all that long, anyway every night it depends on my time available…how many quests I can get done in between everything else I need to get done.

On a side note, I bought my hubby they Fey Dragon mount as a present 🙂  He was mentioning how he liked it so I sent it to him as the pack with the brew dog.  We may have missed the Make-a-wish donation, but it was still cheaper to buy the set.  I have been asking me to send me pictures, I am sure all you obsessed people will understand why…and the pictures he has been sending me are completely impossible….the first two examples you will find below…and after I advised him to send me a picture with the actual dragon in it, he finally did 🙂

oh, is that you up the back?
oh, is that you up the back?
Looks cool as shadow - but...what does it look like??
Looks cool as shadow – but…what does it look like??

I did giggle….not a collector or obsessive blogger but I appreciated the effort he put in, he could have chosen not to send me images, which I may have had to kill him for later!  This is one of the next pictures i got, which is much better!!

I see you!

I shall follow hubby around tonight and drool over his new mount because it is bloody awesome!!!  and I may take a few hundred pictures of it, but I won’t bore you guys with more images!

Happy new year 2014!!!

Every year (except last year) my hubby and I play WoW with our besties; LAN party style. We take our macs over and we do random things, create lowbie toons, run dungeons, chase achievements, whatever is the excitement of the moment.

So this year we chased the Cata heroic dungeon achievement for something to do. We started with LFR as I had not yet done terrace of the endless spring. I hadn’t realised I needed it for the Wrathion quest line, but I was trying to get an achievement (sadly I need to do it in normal to get the tranquil achievement).

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Anyway I started missing 14 of the required Cata achievements, and after a very successful night I only need 2 now. We stuffed up the Blackrock Cavern achievements, skullcrusher and ascending…just because we didn’t think it through very well or fast enough to reset the boss before they died. We really struggled with the halls of origination one with the stupid hymn of reverb and the snakes and the levers, I think we tried about 10 times and in the end gave up deciding to come back for it another day.

So here are all my achievements! I know you love seeing them all!!  Unfortunately, half of the screens ended up completely black…no idea why 🙁  I am so depressed about it as I was so excited about the amount of them I had…..*sobs hysterically in the corner*

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Raid Team, guilds and throwing down

So, after some pretty heavy recruiting, we managed to get the last few spaces filled in what will hopefully be our core team for raiding.

As it stands though, I have 2 more people that need to start getting focused on their gear, with another 2 at just below the 460 point and the rest of us in full 463 gear.

Not too bad, however I had hoped that we would have been raiding by now.  The plan is now hopeful for Wednesday and at that point, I will start recruiting over those not ready.  It has been well and truly long enough for everyone to get geared and ready, if the GM can level an entirely new toon and be ready I will not believe that other people cannot do 5 levels and gear in the same amount of time.  To me that shows a distinct lack of dedication to the progression focus we want to have.

I don’t want to be server first and beating other guilds etc, but I don’t want to be waiting around for months before we set foot in there either.  I do want us to be ready so go in, do well and lay some smackdown.  A friend GM from another guild was telling me about their attempts in MV and I was amazed – they have a raid tested and proven raid team and they are dealing with laziness, how in hell will we do.  We have a largely untested raid team – all seemingly good players in heroics and in LFR – aside from me – so how will we go as a group.

This is one of the reasons I want to get in there ASAP, if people can’t handle it, I want to know sooner rather than later.  I want to make sure we get the best group we can. I want to be like the Frosties (who i miss immensely) and be getting heroic final boss kills for mounts and achievements. I don’t want to be scraping for kills an xpac later.

Small things weighing on my mind huh ?!??

In other news though, the guild is a smidge off getting to level 25!!  When I logged off last night it was 82% through level 24, so it may even happen today if we are lucky.

I have done no pet battles, in fact the idea of having to level my actual pets makes me want to cry.  As far as I can tell, and I have been so focused on raiding plans I have ignored reading everything else, I have to move my pets to areas of the same level…but really…effort – not something I have at the moment with that 🙂

Dailies.  Yes I have been Mrs Slack when it comes to those little buggers!  I was diligent the first few days and did ALL of them, but now…I am just not even doing any – mainly because I am trying to get heroics happening to get people gear, and doing runs for people as well.  I spent a couple of hours last night chasing the Lorewalkers thing instead of doing “important” dailies :p  But I now have a cloud to fly around on!!  I shall probably seriously start my dailies again this week.  Maybe.  …  possibly.

I also got over my fear of starting a PUG group and organised one for Sha of Anger.  Well really i just invited a bunch of people who then took over and I really couldn’t be bothered arguing.  But hey, I started it instead of not…so kudos to me 🙂  I was a little mortified when they started booted everyone below 90 and abusing them for being moochers and they should be leveling instead of trying to get loot off raid bosses.

Sorry for the long post and no pictures 🙂 but wrap your arms around yourself and have a free hug from me – if you made it this far you deserve it!

So close but so far away

I was having a chat with hubby last night, it seems we are not likely going to get a 25 man ICC off the ground before MoP hits, and I am sad.  I only need a few achievements in there, not even heroics.  So I am going to have to spend today as much as possible trolling trade chat and hoping a group forms up.  I could always start one myself, but I am not that great with a complete group of random strangers…one or two is fine….I am happy with my 10 man version – I am, but the 25 man is closer to the one in the video and what captured my heart all those years ago.

I am going to have to see what I can organise as I only have a little bit of time left.  I also want to find a consistent 5 man group to help get the achievements for the heroics, because I have not done any of them at all.  It would be nice to run a couple of heroics each night and get a couple done for that mount, but you need a solid group who can do it together at the same pace to make it easier for others…or..let me rephrase – screw everyone else I need 4 people consistently who can drag me through :p LOL

Then of course there is ULD 10 – I want that mount as well, I never seem to see a 10 man group running always 25 man.  IN theory I could get both of the ULD and ICC ones done in one day – but the heroic dungeon one will take me longer…do I have enough time and luck on my side? I wonder how many poeple I need to get the Uld ones done – I mean worst case scenario…I think for razor you would need more for the DPS..I have to check which ones I actually need with that meta 🙂

I have to do the grocery shopping now, and then some laundry when I get home, then cooking of the week’s lunches, so after all that…I may be able to get something done 🙂 heheeh  Sure Sure 🙂

**Edited to add**

I am not saying I would not love the others done as well, but I came back midway through Cataclysm and I feel slightly undeserving of anything in here, especially since I ran with a guild that couldn’t do the content..I don’t want to be stuck like that again, I want to see it all and do it all in moP.  I want to get the achievements and the mounts and I know once again that won’t happen because we have people now who don’t want to rehash content the second it is no longer valid.  This breaks my heart that I am always always putting up my boots for other people.  I never get to do what I want to do – which is farm old shit until all my achievements are done and collect everything I can and be doing it with people who also want to do it, so I don’t feel like I am dragging them kicking and screaming with me.  OH WOE!!

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!

Heroic ICC 25 man

No, I did not get my mount, it was harder than anticipated 🙂

We headed in on Sunday evening and we killed everything in heroic mode, but missed the non heroic achievements – not all, but some.  I already had most of them done in heroic mode except for Professor Purtricide, but I had to switch to my pally to heal Dreamwalker, thankfully my mage already had her on heroic so no loss for me.

I think the only achievement I got was boatship.  But I need to confirm.

However Navimie needed two bosses done in heroic for the mount and we got that done for her 🙂  I was happy.  I had been trying to get her into a run for a few weeks.

Anyway, I am going to try and get another 25 man going this weekend if I can to finish it off for those who were there with us, we don’t need heroic though just normal 25 – spankalicious if you ask me.

ICC 10 man mount hunting

I have been wanting to get the last couple of my mount achievements done on my mage for quite some time, however very rarely do I actually see an ICC run going ahead.

Last night though, we picked up a couple of friends and trundled off to ICC for some mount hunting!

We did it all in heroic bar the lich king himself, and only because our tank and healer had never been to ICC and I think it is a confusing fight when trying to explain it.  We have to go back in again next week for at least 3 guildies to get the rest of their achievements as they were unable to join us last night and to get turned by evil blood sucking vampires 🙂  We may try him on heroic then given they now know it and can understand it.

I was pretty shocked when I died because I did not realise how quickly we would be killing him, the fight seemed (in my memory) to take much longer…clearly at level it did!!  eheeh

But it was well worth it for my precious!!  I think I took about 20 pictures at every angle!  I really want the 25 man version as well and was advised that I am not allowed to organise that ICC run on Wednesday nights..LOL…but I blame certain circumstances like a re-interest in raiding for certain people who shall remain nameless  – which I have no control over :p *cough* *cough*

I hoping to get ICC10 done quicker next week because we all remember it now, I would like to get Ulduar done on the same night – get that mount out of the way, although I have only done it on 25 man and that was AGES ago!  It might be a struggle.

Happy night though!!  Next week more people will have awesome mounts that are across all their toons!!  WOOT WOOT!

We also did a PVP match after the raid and I healed on my pally again – I actually didn’t do too badly this time because I had a few minutes to set up my grid…LOL  bad mistake though.  Somehow  I managed to make out of range toons completely disappear off my grid, which is kind of awesome for PVP because I am not even looking at them then, but it makes it hard to tell what is going on, so I have to fix that tonight before we do more 🙂