AoTC – G’huunalicious

We have had a few weeks since my last raiding post being stuck on Zul, Mythrax and G’huun.  It has been a little bit of a struggle not because we aren’t good enough – we really are, but because we have had weird class mixes or not enough people etc.

One of the questions I was asked recently was “Why, by all the laws of science, does it take our guild to the very last attempt of the night to kill the boss?”  No solid answers came up except that perhaps on that very last attempt people actually pay full attention and do everything they can to stay alive and be aware.  The conclusion we drew was that we need to only allow a certain amount of attempts on the boss before moving on.  Which works for the middle bosses who you can do in any order, but not for the ones at the start.  My additional cruelty to this would be after the limited number of attempts you drop the difficulty back down until people can stay focused on those bosses….hahah.

I honestly wish we didn’t spend all night wiping to kill the boss on the last attempt and not because I don’t love raiding, but because people get angry at each other and we feel like we can’t do it….which is rubbish because we know we can do it – we have evidence on every kill we can do it.  So why…why is it  the absolute last pull of the night?

We started the night with 13 people and on patch night with computer issues everywhere. Drops, mini freezes, latency that wasn’t latency; it was my usual rage inducing experience.  Nothing makes me quite as angry as wanting to play WoW and being excited to get into it and having issues with the game.  My taurean (and tauren) side comes out like waving a red flag. Sets me right off into swearing and cussing.

We gave Mythrax a few attempts and were struggling with only 2 healers, but then a few of the people from Resplendant (another guild) were available and we pulled them in to make a 20 man raid. It was at this point after fluffing about for 10 minutes that my computer decided to really take a crap and it took me 3 restarts to be able to get back into game because WoW was not happy.  I finally logged in and found I was booted from the raid and ported back to the Great Seal and the guys were killing Mythrax.

I lost my mind. I cannot explain how much I lost my mind.  Part of my rage was because I spend all my raid time wiping. I only raid on Fridays which is usually hard boss night, so I don’t actually get any benefit from raiding just loss of money. So the opportunity for me to get one piece of gear (when I don’t currently) pissed me off so much.  I didn’t want to spend the rest of the night wiping on another boss with no gratification or gear out of it.  I had spent 8k buying potions/flasks before the raid and this has been my life for the last few months.  My first Wednesday in months and I got booted out.  I was raging.

Anyway it took a little convincing from Drew, Ben and Michael before I jumped back online as the guild was about to start G’huun.   Ben advised disabling all mods seemed to work wonders for him and Oui so left DBM running only and the game was playable without issue. Drew had suggested I disable all mods and that was just before my game went to the toilet on my heart so I didn’t have  chance to do it.

We were slapping him around with new friends from Resplendant and honestly we were doing pretty messy attempts.   We did get him to 2% with only tanks and heals alive.  No idea who was “leading” from the other guild – no one introduced themselves…. <glare> but he was pretty funny.  We had to stay alive going into the third phase and on this 2% I was the only one who actually died at the transition happened.  So it is pretty much my fault we didn’t kill him….I am blaming the healers though because well….heal me!!!

Sadly the heals were doing terrible DPS and couldn’t make up for what would have been my amount :p Unbelievable!!

Then of course, on our very very last attempt of the night, he died.  Ahead of the Curve; yes please!

I actually managed to stay alive until he was at about 2% but I had managed to back myself into a corner with the pizza phase and it just meant I had nowhere to run when I got a few effects at once. I was so annoyed with myself.  Chris and I were running balls again and doing well at that, we have a pattern and we rock!  Some might say we were cutting it close to the new raid being released but now we can spend sometime just getting clears (if people are around) in preparation for the new raid – I would love to get my gear better before we go into the new area.

Thanks to the filthy mouthed Resplendent guilds telling us to stay alive and for the healers to heal people :p;  it was an enjoyable night from about 9pm onwards….but not before.

Michael said he will upload the kill video to youtube and here it is!! I found it for you 🙂

Zul-tastic!

Oh you cheeky raid group!!  I wassail recovering my from my near death flu, so was home on Wednesday to raid, I wasn’t going to as I wasn’t feeling 100% but it sucked me in. I ended up dropping at Zek because I was just exhausted. We cleared out the first bosses and I had a weapon drop that I was already carrying in my bags. Thanks RNGeebus.   I did get a screenshot of dead Vectis since I missed that one originally.

Friday. Friday was amazing though. I was a few minutes late thanks to work/transport but I logged into discord with Jason saying he would be dropping people if we sucked and I was thinking maybe I should just sit out. I am so glad I asked to come anyway though.

We had someone, a priest…Rempart? who was helping with the strats so I can only assume they were someone we knew somehow. I like having other people in helping us.  Our DPS has increased enough (including mine) that we were able to do the zerg strat as it is supposed to be done.

The lack of pre-potting was brought up by Laurie and I felt slightly guilty as this is one of the first weeks I actually had any pre-pots ready to go but as Ben said they are just too expensive. Need to spend more time herbing so I can make some more, but I just need so many mats on my mage it is ridiculous.  I didn’t think it would be possible to make professions even worse than Legion but they managed it.   I went through the stack of 20 pots I had during the night because I wanted to make sure I made up for my lack of DPS by using everything I could.

It took us a few goes after getting him to the second phase repeatedly before it all clicked in a very non-“Warsong” style (ie 90% of the raid dead, boss at 1% and a couple of poor buggers giving everything they had) but we did it!!  Don’t laugh, that is actually our style.  It is how we get most of our first kills, but I will say after that first one we do it much better the next week 🙂

We decided to take a picture away from the death hole incase someone happened to “accidentally” click it.

We headed to Mythrax next of course, he wasn’t much worse than normal imho. He hits harder and you take way more damage overall so you have to be much more careful but honestly it wasn’t that bad.  The healers suffer the most in this one if the rest of us are being numpty.

I loved the advice of “everyone should take less damage” hehehh; honestly I thought the objective was to take as much as possible 🙂  Love my guild sometimes. It made me laugh.   I wasn’t sure we would get this one as we kept getting to 30% and then being all dead; the first transition was a little rough but also bumping people out their balls of death was killing us because we were doing it badly.

As luck would have it though, after we stopped taking so much damage (which ironically is not represented well in the picture I took of the kill), the healers had more mana, we talked through the ball bumping better and would you believe it? We smooshed his face into the ground.

Can I just say how freaking happy I am it happened on Friday night!!! I was there for it 🙂  <happy dance>

I was relatively happy with my DPS, I was in the middle of the pack and doing pretty well (I thought). I was expecting boomies to be really bad when I started the xpac but they have made enough small changes that I am happy to stay as boomkin for a while longer.  I definitely could get more out of her if my gear was better stat weighted, but I simply am not online enough to get all the gear opportunities.  I might have to make a concerted effort to spend one day on the weekend to do some heroics, expeditions, world bosses etc.

Now we are left with G’huun then we will have cleared heroic again 🙂  I sort of don’t want them to do it on Wednesday, but I also don’t want them to spend the entire night wiping just so I can get the kill with them on Friday!  I am allowed to be selfish, no laws against it in Azeroth!!

Thanks Daylight savings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zek’voz can Zek’off*

The guild was a bit weird on our raid the other night. People seemed to be a little grumpy?  No idea why, Friday was a public holiday in Victoria thanks to the AFL which meant us southerners had the day off to chill out and relax. We started to drink way earlier than raid time, so by the time we were invited to group I was pretty well on my way to seeing a blurry screen.

Before Moryrt and I logged into the game we watched a video about the Laphroaig Distillery which was fascinating and then required me to try the 10 year old whisky again. I hated it last time I tried it, but this time I actually quite liked it after the first couple of sips.

Laphroaig range

Why am I telling you this?  Because it is relevant to your understanding of the condition we were in during raid. Drunk and trying to be co-ordinated.

We started at Fetid Devourer. It was uncomfortable because we just couldn’t seem to get it happening. The initial pulls were weird and the boss was in a bad spot a couple of times, the DPS couldn’t get the adds down occasionally, people were dying left, right and centre. Chaos.

I was standing next to a rock but the angle must have been just off and I was pushed back at one point and I got stuck on a shrubbery. I was there for a good minute trying to get out. I was so angry, I was cursing and swearing like a maniac off air.  I got caught in the breathe thing multiple times because I don’t ever seem to run far enough. I turn into kitty and run but it feels like half the room away is too close.  I need to find out what the actual distance is because it was extremely aggravating.   I am almost wondering if we should be grouped up in melee so when he breathes we are just not in the way?

The healers were struggling, the tanks were struggling. Again. After a few attempts you won’t believe what happened.

Four of us standing and we killed him. A wipe got called but he was so close to death we ignored everyone; we stood long enough to DPS him to death. We couldn’t have planned it any better imho. Everyone called it “A usual Warong kill” because we kill bosses by accident.  LOL

Group shot for our heroic Fetid Devourer kill!!

It would be a very interesting sociological study into raiders mindsets. I remember the “Classic” days of spending weeks on a boss with 40 people, we didn’t get angry, upset, flustered until we were well into the hundreds of attempts.  Now it seems people start getting annoyed after a couple of hours on the same boss, so maybe 30 attempts in total.  This has always fascinated me because I don’t get frustrated until it has been weeks and we aren’t improving each time.  If i see improvement I am happy with it.  Having said that, the next boss can shove it up his butt.

We tried Zek’voz. He is a word that I would not be willing to write in a blog but omg.  The Eye Beam. You have a few seconds to get out before killing the entire raid in one shot. Without naming names certain people kept getting the eye beam and then having issues.  Apparently I was blocking the warlock portal, Laurie was getting stuck on invisible walls and having lag (we still maintain he rage quit though), Justin just forgot to move and apologise profusely and everyone spent each attempt praying to RNJeebus to not be chosen for the eye beam. Even in my drunk state I managed to run out when the beam was called. I was proud of myself.

I cannot tell what green gas I am supposed to stay out of but so far it has not been me who pops the extra mob so I am not going to worry about it. I struggled to see the safe spot during the darkness because it always looked safe under the boss until I got there and saw everyone running the other way..I have to pay particular attention because I find those two parts a struggle.

We were getting to 50% and below but not by skill. It will be interesting to see how we go with this one.

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We are now 8/8N and 3/8H and we will be back to get that one soon!

*Worst title ever – I know!!

G’huun you gelatinous grotto grub

Our Wednesday night raid did not go as expected in any way. It was like an event out of some weird TV sitcom that makes no sense from start to finish.  I know on our last raid we were so close to getting him down, but it wasn’t looking promising when we started.

A 4% wipe. We seemed to forget about the cotton balls and people were dropping them like little fluffy farts all over the place. It was hectic. H.E.C.T.I.C

We had the same groups on the balls again – there are a couple of videos up on the youtube playlist (right hand side) showing the basketball tossing we do and Brian has added a tanking video. There is also all the streams from Ben which are available to watch if you are keen. Definitely worth checking out as I think the guild talks more rubbish than anything, but it lightens the tension.

Eventually though we got all our fluffy balls away from the raid, healers had a slither of mana left over and we had a couple of DPS up for the magnificent and wonderous event:

The death of G’huun. A  Heart of Corruption achievement for completing the last 2 bosses and also the Guild Run achievement. AMAZING!

Look at us handsome people. We are definitely Champions of Azeroth imho. I am pretty proud of my guild, we really haven’t spent all that long on any of the bosses and we generally get them down after a solid night of progress. Testament to Nelly running heroic/mythic version with the other guild as she knows the ins and outs of the strats which aren’t really obvious when just reading through or watching videos.

This is where the weirdness begins. We had to start attempting heroic because well, we had cleared everything in Normal!  WOO! (I am still on a high for having gotten through it relatively quickly, it was opened on the 5th September and has taken us 3 weeks to get through).

We decide to Kill Heroic Taloc. Yeah we made a group decision to do it.

The blood puddles were a mess, apparently (like the other night on Mythrax) people don’t know which is the middle area (or their left and right)…even when markers are down. So it got a little scary in some parts trying to lay down blood and not get cornered, but we did manage to get it done.  Overall without Nelly being firm about when to move and how far to move on the platform to avoid the lasers we wouldn’t have gotten this.

MOTHER was next up because we still had most of a raid night to go, it seemed about the same as a fight except for the extra laser beams which come from the roof and the beams moving much faster down the room.  The wind is also much stronger. I don’t usually get snaggled in it, but the first couple almost had my feathers charred.  I noticed on the next ones there is a flow visual a few seconds before the actual wind so if you go in the opposite direction in preparation you can get some extra breathing room.  Completely screws the casting ability this fight as you are constantly moving from fire, wind and lasers.

Just took us a couple of attempts and then voila! Most of us alive, no spawns getting their casts off and another Heroic boss down. It seemed so much more difficult when we started it. This is going to be a horrid fight if you lose concentration for a millisecond. No room for errors at all.

Of course we tried another one after getting her down, why not hey?  At this point it is lunacy to be clearing this with only a few attempts to learn the new mechanics but I was pretty happy with our efforts. Off to Fetid Devourer and the conversation at some point devolved into worse than gutter talk. I am meaning adult xxx content. I was laughing so hard.  It is fun to be playing with adults who don’t appear to have any issues with the more cheeky subjects of sex, bear arses and pussies on faces.

Fetid Devourer managed to kick us in the face repeatedly. We were actually doing ok to start but it was just a little hectic with the new mechanic for the add spawns. We were improving but really slowly. So we called it a night with a complete clear of Uldir and a solid start on heroic mode.  It is awesome,m such a great night.

The temple of Mythrax

Our temple is not deep in the underground of London.  No, ours is in the dark heart of Nazmir.

A place where we were getting our butts handed to us in a devastating manner. Disheartening as well.

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The actual Temple of Mithras

I spent all morning looking up strats, watching videos and reading about the melee heavy strats people have employed to handle it. It made no difference, the biggest saviour of our attempts was, “How about we just turn the mobs around so we can see what we are doing?” Thanks Laurie, because we are bunch of nublets and didn’t think of that sooner.

Amazingly our previous best attempts were in the 30% range, 32% to be exact. The beam, whilst we were dealing with the mind visions, would knock out the raid before we had a chance to manage anything else. It was insta-wipe.

But then on our Friday night raid, with great suggestions and discussion – like adults. We smashed the Mythrax in the gnarly faceless bits, of course this was after we managed to work out which side of him we were supposed to be on…only a slight problem for some of the raid, including myself. <facepalm> Thankfully it was all streamed and therefor immortalised for ever!

It felt so good. I was definitely not prepared to actually kill him because…well we were just not getting him to a point of death. Maybe a couple of wingy arm things hanging off only, possible loss of eye sight or some open wounds but not death.  I am not sure many others were either because none of us had read or watched anything about G’huun.

Of course in addition to not knowing our left from right we also don’t know when pulling trash that we are actually pulling the boss. Nelly went AFK for two seconds and comes back with “Oh, why are we killing the boss?”, “We aren’t, just clearing trash!”, “….<facepalm> Nope this is the boss.” HAHAHAHAHA

I was on ball duty with Michael, Nathan and Sue, and Moryrt was with Nelly, Kratoz and…someone else…I can’t remember so please forgive me. I think we did ok with the balls and after we got the idea we managed to repeatedly get to the second and third phases with no one dead only after about 4 attempts. Nathan managed to get most of the way down the tunnel on one go, Michael forgot to heal us on the first one and just ran of twirling his panda skirts, Sue and myself were just like extras to their awesomeness 🙂

By the end of the night, I honestly thought we had him:

7%. The shocks were falling ceiling and the blinding thing. I suspect we may have had him down if not for those two little messy parts. I believe we are going to extend for the next raid so we can just get this monkey down.

It would allow us to go back and smash Heroic Taloc in the face and beat our “play” attempt the other week with Nelly tanking:

Pretty happy with the run tonight, we did better every single time and that is just testament to the guild.  They put in the effort, pay attention and learn from their mistakes. With both Mythrax and this one I feel like I don’t do any DPS because you just spend so much time running around like a headless chicken – it is worth it!

Can’t wait to get this bugger down, then I might give LFR a crack….when I am in a really good mood 🙂

 

 

We are coming for you G’huun

You and your pet, Zul.

I missed the guild’s second raid as it was moved to a Saturday night due to lack of healer availability for Friday, but we had plans already which I wouldn’t get out of. So I watched it on the stream (thank god Ben was streaming!!) whilst our friends watched the Collingwood match.  I didn’t get to hear the smooth bedroom voice of our raid leader as I was watching only, not listening. The guild killed the next couple of bosses from our Wednesday night and whilst I was in the stream chat screaming for someone to take pictures – no one did.

They got stuck on Zul, from what I could see.  So when I made it to the next Wednesday night raid (thanks to delayed trains and missing karate again), I was extremely happy.

We smashed it like a birthday cake. Smashed it.

We one shot Taloc again, like a bunch of pros. I think it was a little messier this time as we didn’t set up markers for dumping of the blood therefore people were kind of going everywhere.  It wasn’t as well controlled like our first kill. I know me and a few others got caught behind a range barrier of badly placed blood with no way to get back to the group just before the boss died.

MOTHER went so smoothly that I cannot understand how we struggled so much last week. It was like we had done the boss a million times before. We set up, Brian advised he had changed some talents and gear for better mitigation, Jason set up the groups and all the healers proceeded to have heart palpitations at all their UI’s being completely messed up.  Chris counted the groups perfectly so there was no confusion about who was going through when and we proceeded to just smash her. Poor Ostrik (spelling sorry) died on the first or second flames and then stayed dead the entire fight because we were saving the rezzes. He would have had great fun!  LOL.  It was just amazing. We didn’t get the laser beams (we don’t know why?), and we only had  flames and wind to contend with…makes it sound like a bad curry doesn’t it?

Fetid devourer was the same, just melted through it like it was nothing.  I was excited as this was the point we got to in one raid last week and we had only been about 30 or 40 minutes?  I shall have to check the stream.

We then headed to the suckerface. Vectis, honestly not that hard but it was my first kill so I grabbed this quick screenie before the guild ran away. So technically our second kill.

Zek’voz was next and this was as horrific as I had expected. It isn’t overly difficult per se, just so much going on that you are constantly watching for effects to happen so you can run away.

That got me a nice little achievement and also another quick screenshot before the guild ran away to spend the rest of the night wiping on Zul.

We wiped. We wiped. We wiped and just for good measure, we wiped a little more.

Zul. Zul. Zul.

He was finally defeated on the next Friday raid night. Would we call it a smooth kill? Or even a good kill? You could probably put it into a “shear dumb luck category” and it would be close.

Not to down play the effeort we were putting in though. We were consistently putting him to 40% and just needed a little change to strats.  The best one being not CCing the hexxers and just interrupting/stunning so they came to the centre. From a DPS perspective it was much easier than running around the platform wasting case/DPS.

We spent what was left of Friday night working on Mythrax. When the adds pop with the mind flay we all die. It is a hard fail for us at that specific point, if we could get them under control I have no doubt we would be ok.

Let’s see how the guild goes next week. Grats everyone on the kills!

Warsong’s first Uldir

There is some current discussion about moving the raid nights around within the guild but until that is sorted the raid nights are still Wednesday/Friday.  On the 5th September (yes this is now a week after we started) we headed into the bowels of the Heart of Darkness to begin the slaughter of G’huun and his minions.

This is us gathered in the main room before we started. Don’t we all look like Champions of the Horde?

I had asked Pracey if he was planning on streaming the raids and he was pretty excited to do so, it makes me happy since I can’t.  I am yet to test out streaming with my 4G connection. I might try this weekend.  You can watch the entire 2 hour session if you like below, but Pracey has since broken it up into the boss fight sections to make it easier to digest.

Watch World of Warcraft – Uldir Raid from harrisben on www.twitch.tv

We did so well!!  So so so so so so so well.   In truth, I had only read the first 2 bosses as I had not really expected to get past the first one, not because we couldn’t but just because I figured in the excitement we would be all over the shop and suck.

Can I just say though, we one shot the first boss Taloc? We walked in, got a run down from our amazingly epic raid leader Jason, the tanks communicated with us and each other, the healers worked their cool downs and most of the DPS stayed alive.

Then BOOM. He dropped like a sack of potatoes.

We all were sort of dumb founded. Like…”oh…um…he ded boss!?!? What we do no mon?”.

I think the worst part of this boss was the section in between when we had to move around the outside and kill the little blobs. Picking the right speed at which to move was handled really well by the tanks. Otherwise it was not bad overall, being prepared for what was going to happen was definitely of benefit.  It was a nice entry level for this.

The second boss: M.O.T.H.E.R was a surprise. Apparently her name is an acronym of something, Brian found it on the night but I can’t locate it now. She is a cow.  An absolute cow.  The physical damage was pretty hefty for the tanks (extra healing at the end of the first barrier transition helped with our kill) and the barrier/adds were an issue for the first couple of people who jumped through due to mandatory interrupts. We had a couple of casts getting through.   Jason changed the groups a couple of times to get a small enough size through without causing too many adds at once and raid wide damage.  Even after seeing the fight I am still a little confused about the fight, but maybe after a couple more runs where I am not trying to watch my feet will make it better.

After 5 or 6 attempts, we got gutsy and just kept pushing through to the last room, I guess as practise. In the last room, she started losing health very quickly and the healing was super easy according to the team.  Lana our feral druid beared up and started tanking after we lost both, Jason made a noise on voice like he was about to call a wipe, Lana went down and I have no idea who started tanking at that point.  But after a couple of seconds she dropped target and again we were all like..”errrr…boss be ded mon…how did that happen?” Apparently she only needs to get to 10% hahah!  There were less than a handful of us at the end just trying to keep going. I am super glad we did though 🙂

On we marched. The Fetid Devourer next.  We pulled the boss accidentally clearing trash, we ran screaming like babies 🙂 I liked this fight except for when he sucks in his breath because it is so much wider than you think it is.

Overall much easier than MOTHER in my opinion and will not be hard to learn. It is very tank heavy again, Jason asked me to go bear briefly. I took one hit and died.

We had a brief look at the next boss after having cleared trash to the wrong one, just to see the fight, which doesn’t feel as bad as it is written. The green cloud of gas being the worst bit imho because it was super hard to see. I think we got him to about 50% on our one and only attempt for the night.

Overall first raid was good! We did 3 bosses in a couple of hours sight unseen for most of us bar watching videos. It was a fun night – I even blew of karate just to be there for the guild’s first raid.

The Xpac Killer

I feel they need an actual name. Like The Punisher or Green Goblin.

Xpac-in-ator….The Destroyer of Raids….

The boss who comes in early, can’t follow the timers in DBM and then causes wipes randomly throughout the attempts.

Worst designed boss ever….or maybe it is brilliantly devious?

Since the announcement we have managed to pull together a handful of raids for Antorus. We just don’t have the numbers since getting the achievement/mount and full clear. We have had people move onto new guilds as well <cough> no comment <cough> and desert those of us left behind 🙂

I haven’t helped that with my new job, I am getting home at about 7pm and shovelling food in and then realising the time 7.20pm and then freaking out and running upstairs to log into the game.  Only to find like 4 other people on. Ooooops!

I don’t mind it to be honest, it gives me a chance to settle into an entirely new routine.  To be fair I haven’t even been online in the last fortnight either. I am just tired and having to tank mythics/raids is extra tiring and I need to pay attention to all the things.

I am hoping to get back into it this week though, I have a bucket list I would like to complete and I would like to help guildies complete things they have on their bucket lists.

I am week 3 of the new job so I am starting to feel like the routine is coming together a little bit.  This makes me happy and allows my energy levels to sort of stabilise.

I do enjoy raiding. I love it.  But I am missing karate so much. I am still not sold on raiding in the new Xpac as I simply want to be doing my martial arts on Wed/Thurs.  Why does everything have to be on Wednesday  nights – there is also a Zumba class I would love to do as well.  Someone pick a fucking Tuesday please :p.

Anyway how are other guilds going at the moment?  Is raiding dead for you guys as well now?

 

 

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.

 

What’s been going on and where am I?

Essentially I have had to step down from raiding with the guild.

To give you an idea why, I have no free weekends between now and July, I have something on every single weekend – including a trip to Adelaide, Wodonga and Tasmania!!  I have a few concerts on and then our yearly cluster of anniversary/birthdays as well.  It is crazy. Especially when in between we have some gardening and house sorting to do so we can put the place on the market – which we are trying to get done at the moment as well.   It has been that solid since the middle of February.

You think I am kidding, but I am not here is the list of my weekends:)

  • 11th April – Hubby is on call so I am doing some photography shoots possibly – weather permitting
  • 18th April – going to a friends place for dinner and spending the night
  • 25th April – friends coming to our place and spending the night
  • 2nd May (my bday) – meeting friends in the city to help run his show both days possibly (photography maybe)
  • 8th May – Backstreet boys concert, Hubby’s bday the next day
  • 16th May – Adelaide
  • 23rd May – Eurovision Party
  • 30 May – Ice hockey
  • 6th June – Hubby has lodge
  • 13th June – Glenn miller Orchestra for M-I-L bday present (going to Wodonga to pick her up and take her home)
  • 20th June – Tasmania
  • 27th June – free at this stage

Top top it all off I have Karate every Tuesday and Wednesday nights now. Funnily enough the raiding on Wednesday worked quite well as my karate finishes at 8.30 and is only 20 minutes away so I generally get home just in time to jump online for raid – if not about 10 minutes late.

So trying to raid Mon/Wed/Thur from 9-11pm and having to be out of the house at 5.30am every morning at the moment is pretty hard. Last time I let myself get too run down I had shingles for 2 weeks so I want to really avoid that.  Whilst I can generally be around for raid, I don’t have time or focus to be online for all the other things you need to be around for like doing daily quests, garrisons, farming crystals or doing Challenge modes etc.  I just don’t have the ability to be a great addition to the team.

I need more time to practice playing arcane, I need more time to make money so I can make all the changes I want to make to my gear, I need more time.  I just don’t have time.  I don’t have plans to stop playing entirely and I may join in on the casual raids, but at the moment I can’t commit to main team raiding.  Just ask the hubby about the tears when I made that decision. I cried for about 3 days whenever I looked at my computer or the login screen.

I am not sure how often this will be updated now, but I will do it as often as I have anything of interest to blog about :)

Who is stressed now…sitting on 8/10

We did kill them last night!! I knew we would 🙂 I was feeling it in my bones. Most of us managed to receive the Iron Assembly achievement as well which is nice!  We only have 2 more to go now!!

I could sense towards 10pm people were starting to get annoyed because some people were just not doing as requested and it was making the mechanics really hard to avoid. It is a very mess fight though and whilst we are now doing the first 2 boats phases will minimal issues, when it gets to the third phase we seem to lose our concentration or something and all hell breaks loose.

It was a tough attempt though and it was really touch and go to get that kill even.  I think we had about 7 people left up – I honestly couldn’t tell you I was staring so hard at the health bar of the boss willing it to go down!

I am not sure killed me, I checked the recap as well and ultimately it was just an assortment of things…I should have been watching my health but I was tunnelling the turrets 🙁  Bad mage.

My DPS was better last night with my new cloak from the clear before: Runescribed Gronncloak, (Thanks Luxy!) and our increase in ilevel from gear I am now sitting pretty on 682. I think I was seeing myself on like 28k at some points which I am much happier about.

So much gear dropped!!  and we found a quest in the back of a room that allows you to have direct access to Blackhand apparently.  It looks like it requires at least 4 clears for the bits we need for it.

We also went and had a play on the next boss which I admit I didn’t read up about at all. I was so focused on the maidens 🙁  It is a pretty confusing fight currently – after having done less than 10 attempts :)  We got to phase 2 on every attempt but only just.  I am so excited to be this close to end content again!

Kyjenn decided to photobomb my perfectly composed screenshot!  I will try and get some time to read up and watch some videos on it before the next raid as we have an entire night to work on it which can be either great or horrid!!  LOL

The stresses of new bosses

So, iron maidens….

What can I say about them that don’t involve more off colour words than urbandictionary.com??  If only they were as awesome as these ones? Maybe they are if you are into Orc girls….

Anyway last raid week was wipe fest on them.  I missed Thursday and figured they would have killed them since we were close already, but I found out they hadn’t :(  So when I got in there Monday I felt pretty good that we would have it.  I cannot tell you how close we got.

Multiple times.

This is the consistent view. One boss dead and the others almost there.  I don’t believe we are really doing the third phase right in that we are sacrificing people for the penetrating shot, I think we should continue to do them as they really aren’t that hard, but having said that we are not far off.

People are getting a little stressed about the entire fight and frustrated with people dying but it gets harder each attempt to not make mistakes as you know people are getting angry.  I know I am not one to generally fail on mechanics and even i stuffed up at one point because I ran the wrong way and straight onto bombs on one attempt. Then I had a death on a pentrating shot even though I had invised out of it, my cooldown got burnt – i watched myself go phased and then I died. It was all within a few seconds and even other people said they saw me go so I shouldn’t have died.  I would suggest it was just a timing thing. No idea but it causes a problem.

Crooked then messaged me afterwards and asked why I wasn’t blinking when I had blood ritual and I had to ask myself the same thing.  I just had not even considered it. I have become to used to using Ice Floesand casting when moving now that I very rarely use blink unless I have a long way to go. I admit to feeling particularly stupid on that front now. Thanks Crooky!!

I also decided to simcraft msyelf again as I noticed my DPS is still somewhat questionable.  On heavy movement fights according to simcraft in my current gear I can do a maximum of 20k…on patchwerk fights I think it said 23k ( I will check when i get home). Either way I am exceeding those figures based on the fight – it just sucks to be down the bottom most of the time. I am seriously considering changing to fire next week to give that a belting in raid if they will allow it.

I am tightly crossing my fingers for a kill this week – which will be epic!

Can’t believe my luck

I guess one of the benefits of being behind in gear is that I generally have small amounts of competition when requesting items.

Raid night was pretty good, I was exhausted though and really struggling to stay awake or even make sense of the english language (unless it was a gutter joke). I was really struggling!

I died on the trains because I was standing too far back near the door and then the quick train comes in I wasn’t far enough over (by a few mms) and I got clipped, I died on Kromog because my hand got taken and you can’t ice block or anything during that…I also don’t have cauterise at the moment – I changed out of it for instant invisibility during iron maidens and didn’t change it back (stupid me).

I blame Ultra for that death :) He took my spot even though I was already standing there alone..somehow I was the one thrown up in the air. I made some dumbarse comment later to him in whispers which as per my previous post I am really embarrassed about now, and I hope he forgives me one day! Sleep deprivation is a bad thing.

I couldn’t believe it when I managed to get a tier piece for my head as well! I did manage to get a picture of dead Kromog since I forgot to last time – seemed to be the right thing to do since he did give me a Tier piece…and he didn’t have to. You can barely see my toon standing next to him…just the two little blue lights from my stave!

I hadn’t even realised that when you make them up you get different levels on the Heroic/Warforged, I only realise because we have had so many shoulders drop for the mage grouping we are now giving them to people who need the chance at upgraded ones.  My shoulders are heroic warforged and so is my helm now.  My robes are just heroic. It is pretty cool.

I do confess to being in a love hate relationship with the gear being so different by RNG.  It makes it hard to compare or determine what you need, but I like that it means we are all different and are not likely to have exactly the same items or stats by design.

I am now one piece off a 4 set bonus!!  I also manged to get some new boots from Gruul Cavedweller’s Climbers– I haven’t equipped them yet as I need to get a multi-strike gem in them, but I am hoping to get that done tonight. I even asked Hwired if he was sure I was supposed to get the Tier piece….I was not expecting that at all!

All in all pretty happy with that night.  I didn’t go the next night, I was simply too tired..Thursday morning I had major issues with basic cognitive function and my tummy so I was pretty much asleep all day and couldn’t bring myself to only get 4.5 hours sleep. It’s funny, I spend more time driving to and from work than the amount of sleep I am getting on raid nights on early shift.  That is addiction…or stupidity…or possibly obsession…but I want to be online helping the team.  I cannot wait until we move closer to the city!!!

Avoiding blogging….for reasons…

I have so many things I want to post about, so many images in backlog, draft posts and ideas.  However, I just don’t want to write, because basically…I am sort of torn mentally at the moment and I really have no idea what to do.

I honestly don’t know if I wrote about any of the guild drama that happened with the release of Highmaul…I think I pretty much just avoided it as I had little knowledge of what was being said behind the scenes.  I do know though, our GL, Navi gave a great speech about how we could shove off if we didn’t like the direction of the guild and that we were not a Mythic raiding guild as our main focus etc etc.  It was a fantastic speech.

Of course, what I took away from that was that at some point we may dab our toes into Mythic, but that wasn’t going to be a focus.  But what has ended up happening is that the “Sunday casual” raid is now the only time they do normal mode, Wednesday they clear out heroic and Thursday they do Mythic. Mondays have been dedicated to clearing the last boss in heroic which they got down last week!!  WOOT!  I missed it due to the public holiday :(

I didn’t sign up to raid 4 nights a week – that is so far from casual in my eyes, so I generally don’t go to the Sunday raid as it was supposed to be for the casuals and is mainly just all the exact same people (on alts now). I also never really wanted to raid Mythic. When we were considering guilds to settle into, we specifically decided to stay because they were not mythic focused.  I had hoped with the little speech we would continue to focus on normal/heroic for a little while, but it seemed to go the other way.

I currently try to get myself dropped when it comes to Thursday nights because I do not have the gear for Mythic raiding.  I am still about 10+ ilevels behind most of the other people in the guild and whilst they are trying to maintain an aura of “it doesn’t matter” I refuse to put myself in the position when it comes to Mythic.  You cannot just take whomever and expect to get the content.  I cannot do the same DPS as others at the moment, and whilst I can stay out of the crap in the other modes, my one night on Mythic Kargath proved to me how much I dislike Mythic. I don’t find being overwhelmed with specific attacks/moves/mobs etc fun anymore…or challenging, I find it damn annoying to be honest.

I know my skill level and I know what I am capable of – mythic is not it.  Maybe 5 years ago, I could, when I had all the time in the world to spend in game bettering my gear and play style, but now? I just don’t have the mindset, tolerance or elitism for it.  I have been feeling a little depressed about the entire WoW thing in all honesty.  I am not sure if the players in the guild are that much better now or the content is easier than previously – I honestly don’t know – but the guild has cleared normal and heroic while there is nothing else available and that is simply awesome!!  I couldn’t be more proud. Can’t we just stay doing that content for a little while?

Lominari and I got to 100 and tried to get involved in guild life and offer runs and group things and most of the time we ended up going with just the two of us – no it didn’t happen all the time and we have had some fantastic runs with guildies, but when 4 out of 5 runs you are going alone, I started wondering why I was even bothering to play.

This is an MMO – the entire point is to be playing with other people – yet..it is the hardest thing to make happen. Why should I play when I can save my money and play a co-op with Lominari for free?  This feeling has made it harder and harder to find time to be online. There have been a few times when I have been online for a few hours, and spent most of that time in my garrison or doing my own thing (or levelling an alt) and see very little talk of things happening in guild chat. It is like most people just stay in their garrisons and don’t want to do anything or organise everything back channel.  It doesn’t help that my play time is not generally the same as everyone else’s nor that there really isn’t a lot of stuff to do as a group –  there is no point to running heroics anymore, you only get blues and not much else of value from them, i am never around or have never seen guild chat asking for challenge modes, and rep farming is pretty much a solo thing – which no one wants to do when I have asked.

 

I am sure this is just me feeling meh at the moment, but when you WANT to spend time in game playing with other people but find yourself asking constantly in guild chat with no responses at all, it is pretty disheartening. So, I have been spending less and less time in game simply by virtue of the fact that I am flat out bored playing an MMO as single player except for raid nights. I am sure everyone has times when they feel meh about it otherwise we wouldn’t have subscription numbers that change so much, I just wish I saw the point in playing an MMO.

All too depressing this post is, especially after my site got hacked and I wasn’t even sure I was going to get this site back for a while :)  It pushed me to get some posts happening!!

Raiding mojo

I lost it…or misplaced it….or left it completely behind somewhere this week….not raiding for one week really kills any mojo I was building up.

We did a combined run with a guild that is looking into merging or combining or something….they seemed ok, had a fascination with kitties and licking – I won’t go into too much detail but I am sure you can all figure that one out.  They had a couple of completely filthy minds, which I loved 🙂  I of course Ninjad some images of everyone grouped up before boss pulls :)

They also had a couple of of very lovely voices on vents…I like nice voices…they don’t have to be deep like this study suggests, for me personally, but I do have a thing for voice.  Anyway, off topic :)

I sucked last night, in fact I was struggling to get above 170k consistently.  I died. A lot. on Thok – I was just in the wrong place all the damn time and getting chomped is not fun!!  Siegecrafter – I actually did fine survival wise on – funny that used to be my worst fight and now I actually understand what the hell is going on I stay alive!  Paragons was fine as always – easy peesy fight. paragons finally finally dropped my damn pants…and you know what happened….I lost them on my epic roll of 6 to someone who rolled and even more epic roll of 7.  Yes.  That was the epicness of my role.  The winner then advised he rolled on the wrong pants and someone asked for the OS and then said thanks in chat.  So i figured he had them.  In typical fashion I got annoyed – I hate loot distribution that is not fair and MS vs OS is not fair – I said it in guild as well – because I was incorrectly thinking they had just handed out the loot to the other person old school style :) .  Turns out…I am retarded…and my illustrious GL gave me the pants after the other guy said he rolled on the wrong pair.  So…I missed that bit of text as my chat window had scrolled well up from there after the event.

Anyway after feeling like a right royal twat for about 1 minute, and people then telling me to check my bags – and blaming my alcohol intake on my ability to function coherently, I found my pants!!  **Point to note I was not actually drunk raiding last night!!  and I don’t generally drunk raid…just a couple of times I have…I would say less than 30% of my raid time is spent drunk…i swear!! My guild won’t believe me – but I swear it is true!  I am also now terrified that my stupidity will be immortalized in a faily frostwolf comic and that terrifies me beyond imagining….but you know….that is the life of a stupid person!!  HAHHAH.

We then prepped for the monster man!  Butthole of the century.  Dickwad of the moronic!  yeah….what other names do you have for Garrosh???

 

Garrosh – we killed you.  In NORMAL!!!  Do you know what that means!!  I can die happy.

 

Guild update

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.

Kill ALL THE THINGS!!!

I cannot stress how much fun I have been having in LFR!!

In the last few days I have done even more of them and I still have more to go.  I was hoping to get to through all of them before reset this week, but couldn’t quite manage it.  I admit to being chuffed everytime I finished one a new one would open.

But in all the fights I have done I have only died once due to my own stupidity.  I think that proves that a small amount of input and understanding of what you are supposed to be doing can help you immensely.  LFR may not be the full blown version but it does show that you can be prepared to do your job well and avoid what needs to be avoided.  I ran without mods except for recount just to see where I was sitting, so no omen and no deadly etc, just watching my surroundings and I confess to feeling so good about using my brain and my head to watch for things.

I enjoyed it anyway 🙂  Others will surely disagree.

flesh shaping halls - 6th

forgotten depths - 6th

The one fight that killed me was the boss who summons the purple cloud of death? I was doing ok until that happened and i was down faster than…well faster than someone getting paid to…!!! The raid wiped and we went again and i survived until the second one happened, but since most of the raid had died in the first one, i was happy to have survived. I died with about 5 other people with me. I am feeling no shame about that death!

I didn’t have a clue on the hydra boss, the strat said something about using ice to kill fire but i never got a buff or debuff…so i just followed the crowd when the head died. I felt a bit ‘meh’ about that one.

I cant remember the other ones at the moment – thats terrible!!! But overall i was happy with the fights and was loving being back with other people killing stuff!

Hubby is really close to levelling so we can start doing crazy isle together!! Woot woot!!

I spent a little bit if time getting my druid to 88, and so will be getting her to 90 next – deciding is she should stay horde or not.

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!

Just chilling like monkeys do

We went and did some PVP last night and attempted a bear run and failed by about 1 minute – wiping on that damn Hawk dude was what screwed us. We may try again tonight for my damn bear.

We didn’t organise a DS run because we had hoped we would be running 25 man on Saturday night,  however due to some miscommunication that doesn’t look like it will happen, so I am going to try and find a DS to this week on my mage.  I can’t handle not raiding – I swear!!

To prove my obsession – I am currently updating our guild forums with the raid strats and video links I can find for the bosses in MoP.  Yes, already!!  I know,  I know we need to get to 90 first and get geared etc, but I want people to be ready and know wtf they are doing.  I love this part of raiding to be honest, researching and disseminating information in a way that people can understand.  It’s very satisfying for me.  I am weird right?

One of our guildies got a Vial of the Sands, really really cheap…I am very very insanely jealous 🙂  If I could handle doing archaeology, I would chase it, but it is such a horrific profession.

I also have to call my Eb store today and confirm the details of my CE copy and if they are doing a midnight launch etc.  I am so excited 🙂