Raiding has been an ongoing theme lately, Wednesday night is generally for the heroics so I just chill out, I normally get pulled into the next nights run to do whatever is left – generally from Juggernaut.
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.
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
It has been an epic few weeks with the guild! I had never really figured we would be raiding with their normal raid team, but here we are!
We attempted Garrosh last Monday night, and we nearly had him, nearly had my achievement, but we just couldn’t quite get it with slightly lower that optimal dps and healing. I was quite happy with my dps, I had one attempt where I was sitting at about 200k (great string of crits thanks RNG-jesus) but mainly I was sitting at 170k, which is much better than my crappy 120k previously. We decided to call it rather than keep going as we would be back in the this week anyway.
Yes!! That titles sounds wrong, but soooo right, I am going to leave it!
I was home along the other night and attempted LFR which failed miserably, so was standing around when I got a message from my friend Aza to say I could tag along with their mount farming! HELL YES! I asked, hopefully, if we could do my last ICC achievement on LK.
Yeah, we were not flexing, we were fluxing, we started with the last wing on Saturday – we wiped – a lot. It was good. Yeah, I love wiping – it means I am raiding and doing what I love.
The trash before Blackfuse was horrific – I was told when I first went back to raiding that the trash was really hard – and I can’t dispute that. We almost wiped, but a couple of us survived and so I therefore say it was not a wipe, just a lot of the raid died.
Blackfuse – was a pain in the buttski more because the first couple of times people were dropping their shit all over the place, but you know some people haven’t seen the fights, weren’t on vents etc so I can forgive that – but next time….yeah next time I will spank them!!
Garrosh finally makes sense now, I asked what the catalyst was for movement and that cleared everything up. So I managed to do about 160k on the fight, given that is my 3rd time on him in Flex, I think that will only increase when i get better at it and know what I am going. On one of those attempts I actually had DPS at about 220 for a sustained period!! Woot!! (Thanks to the swanky meta gem I now have!)
We killed Garrosh and then decided to do Wing 1 – I got an upgrade to a trinket I already have which was pretty cool, but other than nothing else, I used my rolls a couple of times hoping for better leggings, but managed to score gold every time.
We smashed through wing 1 and survived one boss with 30 seconds left on enrage and Sha with a hunter attacking the boss whilst we were all buffing after a trash wipe, if we can survive those things we can survive anything.
I do wonder though if there is something that changes between flex and LFR – as I can do much better DPS in LFR on the same fights – I wonder is there more movement in Flex and so you lose some measure of DPS, or do the bosses take less damage in LFR then Flex? Not sure, I will investigate though as it sort of bums me out when I can see much higher numbers in LFR on the same fights.
It was a good night, I tried to talk a little more on vents so as to not freak out my raid leader again, but I was just enjoying my time in raid, I didn’t get any Titan runestones at all!!! All those boss fights we did and ZERO!!!! Devastated!!
I have made some significant improvements to my mage with regards to my build, and I noticed it in LFR where I mainly in the top 1 or 2 position with 200k (or anywhere from 180k+) DPS. I have gone for a full haste build as my gear allowed me to stack the haste needed to be maxxed out in raid with the 5% extra buff – super quick and mobile essentially.
Not very exciting I know, but I am still without the meta or my cloak, and I think those figures are quite enjoyable to see for someone with a medium level gear score. Maybe I could do better, but I think that is highly improbable, I am playing at the best I can right now..the only thing I am missing a little too much is my evocation buff…I tend to miss it about 40% of the time, which means I am missing out a fair bit of DPS increase. Anyway, that is something that will just take practice given I only recently added it to my rotation, I am not going to beat myself up about it just yet.
Anyway, this post was about freaking our my raid leader, which I think I did superbly last night, by just being my usual raider-self.
After spending 5 years as a GL/RL, I do enjoy sitting back and just raiding without having to contribute to the conversations going on in vents, however this is the complete opposite of me when I am doing almost anything else….you generally can’t shut me up!
Nav was a little worried last night that I was unhappy with being pulled into raid in a normal….I was more like this behind my vents microphone:
and secretly I was not talking much because I was so nervous about being in the raid I was more like this with the rest of the raid team:
I did ok DPS on some fights – like the Shamans I was at about 160K and I am not sure about the scorpion one, on Gen NAz I did approx 170k as well. Of course that isn’t everything, but I need to get my DPS up above 150k if I want to kill Garrosh on Flex (and perhaps one day as normal) consistently with all the moving.
My love of raiding means I am completely focused when we do bosses…no talking, no laughing, no joking, I spend the entire boss fight forgetting to even breath because anything else might make me lose my rotation. It has always been this way and even when raid leading I used to get so focused on what was going on I would forget to actually raid lead sometimes
The larger issue is that I am still essentially new to the guild – and certainly to their raiding team. I am nervous around them – they run heroics…and here I am hoping to be in the same raid team as people that I have always aspired to be like, that I have read about for ages and amazed at their progress. I see myself pushing everything I can to get to 160k DPS and then end the fight to see me sitting at 4/5th spot due to their heroic geared DPS doing 250+K dps…I feel stupid.
It won’t be that way forever, I know…I am only one secret off the next part of the legendary which means I get the meta gem, and miles off the actual cloak..but it is one step closer.
Anyway, TL;DR version is if you want to freak out your raid leader be very quiet in vents and too scared to talk :) eheheh
Last week before shut down whilst I was on holidays and hubby was out for the evening, a couple of guildies decided to run some old content (they do this regularly chasing mounts) and I tagged along as I wanted to get some achievements, mounts would be awesome – don’t get me wrong – but I am more concerned with getting my achievement mounts first – they do have a much higher drop rate :p
Anyway, to cut a very long eventful night short, we ran ICC (H 25 man), Uld (I think it was H 25 man), Firelands (H 25 man) and then ToT (10).
I kid you not – I KID YOU NOT!!!! We 5 manned all of it and I scored so many achievements! I have added them all into a gallery because let’s face it, you don’t need a huge long arse post with every single screenshot and let me tell you there were heaps of them!!
I am now only one achievement off my second ICC mount – SOOO CLOSE!! I can taste it! I still need every Ulduar one in 10 man for my drake, I am now 23/25 embers off for my legendary staff and I am now halfway through the achievements for the mount in FL as well.
It was pretty exciting though as Owl managed to complete his legendary staff quest – and bug it out whilst trying to pick it up – it worked in the end though – and I was soooo excited and completely jealous! So I am going to try and find some way to get into FL more regularly now just to get this done and perhaps the achievements for the mount. He kept saying he was going to delete it or trash it, and I may have to kill him for comments like that – I would give my left..well…body part for it!
We had very few wipes overall and seriously some of the DPS these guys can throw out had me in just complete and utter awe! I just felt so completely outclassed! I mean I know my gear isn’t great, but seeing people hitting 800k or more just makes me feel useless at 160k….really useless. I hope that playing with awesome players will help keep me on my toes and wanting to improve my playing as well. I can’t guarantee I will ever be as amazing as those guys – but I will be damned if I am not going to try my hardest!
So here is the gallery of all the shots I got today!
A couple of weeks ago I happened to be online at the right time to join in one of their runs.
OLRG is run by Matty and they do random raids and just go and have some fun.
I was pretty nervous about going as I only knew a couple of people in the raid and well..I am a little shy. My only level 90 toon is currently my druid and so I advised Matty and she asked if i could tank. EEP! IN theory I could tank – but never having tank don my druid could be a little difficult. I had changed my druid to bear recently because after everyone left my previous guild I thought I amy need to help out, but had done nothing since then.
So, there I was about to tank Firelands on a toon with half tank and half boomy gear….and I was thinking I was going to completely fail and look like a twat! I didn’t fail horribly, however it turns out I can’t tank on my druid worth a damn I couldn’t hold aggro or even get aggro and I had no idea what I was doing, I was button mashing like a crazy person but it was fun.
Here are the piccies of the boss kills My Druid has now been to Firelands. The only negative from today is that I really really really want to get in there on my mage and get my embers so I can get m legendary!!!
We did our first flex raid on Saturday night and we did the first and second parts as we didn’t have our normal tanks online.
I must see if I can get a bit of tanking experience in SoO for my tank so I can help out if needed. That’s for another time though. Our tanks tonight were fantastic and we didn’t wipe, or have any issues worth mentioning. I did score an achievement so that puts it as a plus in my coloumn.
Hubby and I survived the fights, which is an improvement, so hopefully now, we can start focusing on our DPS and ways to improve it. After a quick look tonight I discovered I was doing something wrong on my mage and I am not sure how it was improving my dps in numbers yet. I am sure it did help, but having to add something into a rotation will take me a few raids to get the habit formed.
Anyway, I took a video of one of the boss kills, but it was recording sound as well and I have a feeling Navimie may kill me if I publish it…I did however manage to ninja some photos with people for our first raid with them, I was trying to get others, but certain people were jumping around and I couldn’t get one!
We went flex again with them last night for the last three bosses, but I am sad to say we had to drop out as we couldn’t pump out enough DPS for the fight. I blame my crappy playing skills and also my complete confusion with the fight because they do it slightly differently and I felt like i spent the entire time just running between spots and trying to figure out where to go next. Every guild does things slightly differently and until you learn the way they do it you just can’t expect top notch dps. (not that mine is top notch but it is medium notch!).
Anyway it was fun to be in there with them again, so we shall just continue to push through our legendary quest line and maybe a cloak will help us up a few notches on the metres. (Not that they are everything, but some fights need a certain level – especially when the 4 people that dropped were causing a huge amount of health to be added…he was at 309 or something very similar and he dropped to 267….that is a HUGE difference in HP). He was almost dead on our first attempt – given you don’t have to actually kill him to zero health…we were soooo close….
Anyway…I am home tomorrow night alone, so I might look at trying for a 10 man PuG – however all I have seen so far is people wanting levels of 570+…. I am baffled by this - I am at 549 now and I can’t get much more from LFR…so I am intrigued to know how I am supposed to get another 20 levels of gear???? It really really really pisses me off. Who has 570??? Is that even possible without already having run 10 mans multiple times and scoring all the gear?? GAHHHHH. That is a problem for another night!