Every once in a while I discover my stupidity knows no bounds. In fact this first bit Lominari was quite happy about as he “got to teach me something about WoW” which we did have a good laugh about.
For the past few weeks I have been thinking of taking my pally into LFR, but I want tank gear without tanking. So people had been telling me to just go and and loot change it. Me, being stupid thought they meant to go in as tank spec but just choose DPS – isn’t that what we used to do? I didn’t want to do that though, I felt I should at least try to DPS if I was going to be in there to get some loot.
Finally after chatting about in guild the other day, I mentioned it to Lominari and how I felt bad about doing that, he laughed at me and said to just change the loot drops. I stared at him blankly for a few moments, silently thinking he was crazy.
He showed me :
I basically screamed at him : WTFTFTFTFFTFTF!!!!! Yeah, I missed that one. Had I known that I would have gone into LFR much sooner. The entire guild waffling on now makes sense to me. I understand why it is so easy now and how it is even more impossible for people to be tanking with no gear…there is really no excuse for it – AT ALL!
However after having finally jumped in there with pretty bad gear – mix of prot setup gear and ret from the timeless isles, I am not sure I am cut out out for retribution. I sort of suck. BIG TIME!!
That shot of DPS was from Ji-Kun – I am number 20. TWENTY!!! I didn’t even think DPS went that low. I am hating questing and I am hating raiding because I cannot kill anything. We won’t dicuss our time on the Isle of Thunder, Lominari on his rogue killing stuff at 90k DPS and me struggling with one mob. He generally comes and helps me after he has killed the other 5 or 6 standing nearby.
I will continue to see if I can get some gear on my pally and once I get some ret gear happening so I can so at least be midpoint on DPS, I will start worrying about my prot gear. I would like to get enough that maybe I could tank some normals/Flex with the guild as practise or relax runs…just to see if I am any good in a raid environment or if I have lost it completely.
From a stat point of view, I have met all the requirements and I am following what I believe to be a pretty basic rotation (need to do more reading though) but I feel that my DPS should just not be that low. Some of the guys in the guild say ret pallies are sucking anyway and so I may just always suck with her. We shall see – a few more LFR’s and maybe it will start picking up.
Another idiotic thing I have done recently, was to sort of, possibly…maybe….forget what buff I was using on my mage. I was complaining bitterly, in guild chat a few weeks back about why my stats off Ask Mr Robot were not matching with my in game stats. After much discussion with guildies (and I think they were pretty sure I am mentally challenged) I discovered that I was missing some of my haste because I was using my mage armour and not my frost armour. Yes, I was missing 7% haste and wondering why things were not working as intended.
And it just keeps on coming, I finally moved my druid over to be with the rest of the family (YAY) and realised I have been playing my level 90 druid without one of our fairly important spells since I reached max – Astral Communion. I only discovered this as my bars got all messed up in the move and as I was re-adding all my spells to my bars I found it. I will point out, I had wondered what everyone was talking about when I would read balance guides because I could never find the spell they were talking about. For shame!!! Made worse by me going into LFR and doing Durumu in Tauren form and not Boomy, funnily enough – all my buttons were fine once I changed forms. Yes, this would have to be the worst mistake yet.
I don’t know how you guys do it…I suck the big one at it. My paladin has pretty crappy gear, but I figured I could go into Naxx and faceroll the content…more like it facerolled me :p I was attempting to get the achievement Raiding with Leashes, I figured since it was all old content it should be easy with my pally.
I only managed the Arachnid quarter before deciding I would gear up a smidge more before attempting. I only died once on the spider boss, but relatively speaking they are easy bosses??
All the bosses almost killed me, or maybe that is normal for solo content, as long as you are alive and the boss is dead that is all that matter? I was not really enjoying myself though – was more freaking out the entire time that I was close to death…LOL
Click through for the full images and my near death experiences.
I might give the other quarters a go….someday…LOL
Shared Topic this week from Matty:
What vows would your character say, intend, or break, and to what allegiance? Would it be to class/race/specialization, deity, or ruler? This is quite a challenging Blog Azeroth topic, however, I know you are all up to it because you are amazing writers.
I found this one a hard one…many of my readers would know, I am not a very good writer, in fact I would go so far as to say I suck!! Thinking about oaths and actually coming up with how to formulate those ideas into words was a struggle, however I believe I have come up with something that is only mildly crap :p
The thing you have to understand with my mindset about my toons is I don’t really care about the faction that are in. If they are alliance, they hate horde or whatever the larger evil is (death wing anyone), and same with my horde toons, they typically hate the alliance. The issue I have found is that my toons have been back and forth so many times in their life, I tend to just see them as their class and leave it at that. I wrote some oaths trying to express how my main characters see their life and any oaths they may have taken to continue on their chosen path (horde or alliance - yes I know a whole bunch of friends just screamed that I have to choose a side!!!)
My warrior has taken the following oath:
I pledge my life for yours to protect you from all danger and spill the blood of our enemies, before a drop of yours is shed. I shall honour our earth, I shall cleanse in the water, I shall breath in the air, I shall feast with our clan by the fire. Always must I believe my shield is as important as my heart, and should one break the other will follow. I am more than my weapon, and my scars will ever be a reminder of the trials we have suffered and the battles we have won.
My Paladin took:
The light shall absolve me; in the light, I shall triumph. Any pain shall be healed, any fear will be quelled. Within the light we will become one, our triple aspect becoming greater than any evil our world can attempt to destroy me with. Protection, healing and killing shall be my future with the understanding I must remember to always protect those who cannot protect themselves. This is my oath until the light leaves my body for the last time.
We bring the storms and we can bring the calm. We are the army that lights up the night sky. Together we are stronger than man, demon or god. The fire burns within us, seeking destruction; ice stills our mind, seeking the calm and the arcane flows through our veins; bursting with knowledge. Seek the wisdom to defeat our enemies, create the balance in your mind and allow the fire in your soul to be shared with your allies.
and finally my Druid:
I am bound to the moon, as the earth is bound by the sun. I feel the turning of the seasons as one feels the rage in battle, all my forms are given to the service of the old gods. I shall nourish the earth as she nourishes me and I will fight our enemies without reservation if they cause damage to the land and the spirits which inhabit it. I fight for those who do not understand the ways of the spirit, so that one day the fight will no longer be needed.
I can’t wait to see more oaths!
Other posts for this topic:
Woot! My sexy pally chick made it to 90!! So happy about that, not only because it means I am max level with the frosties and can actually do stuff with them now, but I also scored a sweet arse achievement, which I was no even aware of previously…I wonder if there are more for getting more toons to 90…I should ask Owl, he has like 11 I think he said…complete nutter!! I couldn’t do it…some classes are just not suitable playing companions for me
My last part to 90 was spent in dungeons…strangely, Oom said he would come along and when we tried to sign up with him we couldn’t…the LFD system told me he was too high to do normals, and when Oom tried to sign up it said heroics only. My guess it is ilevel based? I have to look into it. I think it is annoying that max levels can’t sign up for normal dungeons….if that is indeed the case. So, in the end although others had offered to run some normals with me (and forgotten *cough* *cough*) it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. I will make them pay with heroics though…”sorry I lost my taunt button???” <insert evil MUHAHAHAHA here>.
Also hubby brought his druid back to Frosties, figured it was easier as it was already in the guild so just did a guild transfer. He is slowly levelling, I think he is 88 he said? I was so focused on getting to 90 I was pretty neglectful :( But we ran some dungeons together and that helped him get some xp, so all very useful in the end.
I am terrified of having to get my gear sorted, in fact, I spent some time on the Timeless gathering more gear and I basically have a prot set (armour only) and trying to gather enough coins to buy the shield/weapon. And I spent all the money I had gemming/chanting it up…I am pretty broke now, but thankfully I got to 90 without setting foot in most of the map, so I will just slowly start questing the areas to open up dailies and get me some money to pay for flasks/repairs.
I did create a bank alt so I can offload stuff to the AH and hopefully that will bring in some cash..but it is a slow burn on that.
I asked the Frostie GM what spec my second should be – I have no immediate plans to raid but if I am online and they are short I would rather have my toon ready for it. Prot will be her main – always has – but he advised DPS was more an issue than heals. So Ret she is, with her second set of almost complete timeless isle gear, I spent some time on the dummy and was hitting 32k consistently, with half ret/half prot gear, so I think I can potentially increase that without much effort once I start getting gear. Of course I am nowhere near the hit cap, and my expertise is short of where it needs to be on either set, but I haven’t upgraded any gear yet (not enough VP) and some of my gear is still really low level.
For reference hit needs to be 7.5% and expertise 15% – I am apparently slightly over the hit cap…well bugger me…I was sure I was under, which means I can reforge into expertise now and get that sorted
Last night I was levelling my pally, I am pretty focused on getting her to 90 as soon as I can, I would like a level 90 horde toon to do things with friends on this faction. I was pretty amped when I logged on as I knew I only had 50% to be done to get to 87.
Ding for me! Just three more to go…88 is my worst level because it is the in between one…so I was chatting to Aza who said he would run some dungeons with me when get to the “can’t keep going” point. I am quit excited and although I hate to impose on people I adore, I have to confess to be ever so slightly excited at the prospect of getting a couple of runs under my belt with my Frostie friends.
For lack of a better description, I am still starstruck by a lot of people in that guild because I have been reading about them for so long, I confess to being a bit of a groupy. It is after all by reading Nav’s blog in the first place that I met them all. I want to be 88 already so I can start running with them, so of course I must quest!
In my travels last night, I discovered this little mob sitting by a tree :
I haven’t read the book, Ferdinand the Bull, I only know of it from the movie “The Blind Side”, which is a favourite of mine. I was so excited to see him, I couldn’t bring myself to kill him either – he is from a children’s book after all!! <3 Blizz right now though.
I also did one of my favourite quests – mini dragons!!!!! Yes, I will try and get a picture of this quest with all of my toons!!
Of course last but certainly not least, towards the end of the night, someone jumped online that I had been dying to see since I got back, but had managed to miss every single time I was on – thanks to battle tags though, that will never be a problem again!! But he remembered how much I loved one of his macros…(and I believe I have posted about it before) but I was so happy to see it!!
Honestly it just makes me giggle my arse off every time! It’s a bunny…driving a tank!!!! A BUNNY!!! Yeah, I never said i was going to make sense!! We had a very interesting discussion about analaog vs digital and measurements from the beginning of time – and I begged him to put the entire lesson into a blog post because it was so fascinating. I want to share it without stuffing up facts…but I was amazed last night and was having so much fun!
Onward to 88 I say!!
I haven’t really spoken about the current guild situation, which is to say, we don’t really have one. We are in the old guild we created with just our toons as we switch them over to alliance to play with our best mates, but we haven’t really considered our options in regards to the future, I don’t want to just be by ourselves as it makes it hard to find groups and meet people to actually talk to about the game.
The question was posed to me from a couple of my blogging friends, about our future plans so it got me thinking about what we actually want to do. I have toons spread across 3 servers now and in the end I really only want to just be in a home again.
My priest is in Gen’s guild just slowly leveling and being a nuisance to the guildies who seem to be very non verbal when I am on my priest, so I could just be missing the exciting times :p. There was a plan to do some flexi’s with them, but I think poor Gen has taken a break and has probably disappeared into the Caverns of Time!! I just moved my pally over to my second home with Navi and the Frostwolves. I confess to having further increased my soft spot for the frosties. I read “Rise of the Horde” recently and Durotar of the Frostwolves was very noble and honourable, every time they said “Frostwolves” in the book I felt a little spasm of pride that I can consider myself one. In name – if not deeds just yet.
With xpac looming as well, it would be nice to figure out what we want to do. I know with my schedule I cannot commit to a raiding team unless they also have enough DPS they can rotate me out for the weeks I am on late shift. Hubby has mentioned he would like to raid as it gives him something to always be looking into, takes his mind off work stress – which is a valid lifestyle choice in my opinion
I cannot imagine raiding on anything other than my mage, but I moved my pally (who is now 86.5) so I could do runs or flexis with the Frosties in any spec that was needed to fill the spots…if it comes up of course. I know I can tank, and I was starting to heal on her and I have DPS’d on a pally…so I sort of have all bases covered should it be needed until the xpac. I might add, thanks to the timeless isle, she has an entire set – excluding gloves and cloak of gear for when she hits 90..but only one set sadly. Plan to get her leveled first before doing much else.
My druid now has both a resto and boomy set from the timesless isle as well, so that means I essentially have another toon I can flexi on.
In another fortnight I may just move my mage over to the Frosties, but given I just changed her alliance it will cost me a pretty penny..but I am still thinking I might just do that and be done with it. I don’t want to make any decisions that will affect my hubby negatively though and so I am trying to get him into other guilds to meet people before making decisions. I want to ensure he is happy, but he seems content to avoid people in game at the moment, and I don’t blame him – we haven’t really been successful with people in the past. Once bitten, twice shy?
Anyway we shall see how it pans out over the next fortnight.
I have been healing on my pally. To be honest, it was mostly PVP, but then I have no idea why I decided to heal some heroics.
Pain and suffering. We wiped on a couple of bosses, mainly because I was an idiot, like the eye balls – I got stunned and died. Then on Jaina when we had an extra pack and then on Murozond…he was horribly hard.
I think we wiped about 4 times over 3 instances, so considering it was my first time not too bad?
I was having massive massive mana issues, once I get that sorted out it may be ok.
I then decided (insanely) to do an LFR as healer, with my Frosties. It was a horrific LFR, we wiped on trash and Morchok because of an idiot, but it went smoothly after that once we booted them out. I healed, badly, but I healed.
Overall I was most impressed that I was actually healing the twilight heroics. I didn’t think I could do it. I really didn’t. I guess the week of PVP healing really does help
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
So, we are doing some more PVP lately in a group of about 5 of us, I would love to get 10 together and do some rated bg’s. But honestly I don’t know how it all works and I don’t have enough friends to fill a 10 man team at the same time!
However my mage has just over 1100 resilience now and I have enough points to get my head slot item. I am trying to build my conquest points for the sword I want, but you know…that is a long haul. I don’t know how people do this and nothing but
My reporting and ignoring features have been getting very active in PVP I have to admit, they say some very nasty stuff!!
I am still getting some achievements, by accident, but I certainly don’t mind them popping up
I was in the most awesome EOTS match as well, we capped the flag the entire match. As in, we would drop it, it spawned, we capped. We did it about 13 times or something, it was awesome.
I have been surviving better and actually managing to kill people before they kill me – something unheard of before, however this is the first time I have had more than 2 pieces of PVP gear.
Because the five of us are DPS, i decided to try healing on my pally…bad bad bad bad bad bad mistake. I haven’t tried healing since we transferred, and all my macros were gone, my raid frames were not showing out of range properly and I had no buttons on my bars. It was horrific!!! However, I was enjoying myself immensely – there is a certain satisfaction with running past someone engaged in battle and throwing them some heals so they can kill their opponent. I was going to fix my UI last night – but shutdown was early so that put a crimp in…I will try and do that tonight before ICC
Yes it is, I have been meaning to update the last few days and honestly, I have just been so focused on getting the few things done that I needed for the following fantastic show of mounts
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