Brawling is one of those of things that keeps me on the edge of absolute hair pulling anger and calm patience. It is a funny dance!
I headed back in to see how much further I could get and my experience was frustrating to say the least. I was stuck on Anthracite for a long time, wondering what the heck was killing me. I didn’t read the information properly and it was the ticking dot. I eventually got the rhythm of burning him down, getting my pet to kill the adds and grabbing the water before he reactivated. Oh how easy that sounds now. But it was a pain in the butt!
Big Badda Boom was my next hate fest. I tried so many different tactics, if it wasn’t the bombs that killed me it was the berserk. I could not find the happy medium at all. I changed talents and glyphs multiple times, I tried my rune of power (which heals me), I tried invocation, evocation, manage gems, cold snap etc etc etc I tried everything. I am still not even sure how I did manage to pass that one. In the end I just used all the AOE I could that was a slow burn or at lease no cool down like Blizzard, trap them, evocate for my health about 3 times, then burn them down again, rinse repeat. I survived by a whisker!
I actually stopped doing him. I walked away. Then I checked my mail and as I was standing beside the auction house I had a lightbulb moment about evocating to get my health back. So I went back in and gave it a couple of attempts…I am glad I did because it was my second attempt with evocation that got me the kill. Sometimes you just need to walk away.
Then. Nibbleh. I had been warned. He may be the end of me. I spent a few attempts on him, trying various things other people had suggested and essentially it looks like frost mages are not made to do this fight. I may need to switch to fire just to get this boss down. You can cast scorch whilst moving and providing you can get a good combo off you have a fairly good chance of getting him down. I haven’t been fire since…well…BC maybe?? Ouch that was a long time ago. I liked fire as a spec…it was fun. But for one fight? I don’t want to have to reforge/gem, so I might change my second spec tonight and see how I go with just the gear I have on. I spent more time reading about it than actually doing it.
So I only have a couple more bosses to go- if I can get past this junky tonight I will be ecstatic!! ECSTATIC!!!
I had not ever done much with changing specs/talents when needed for situations, I get caught up in the mindset of it being easier to just stay the same. Clearly that is not the case as some things are meant to be fluid. That’s why they brought in the first place. Onward to rank 10!!
Since magecraft forums disappeared a while ago I have been trying to find a new resource that I could utilise for help from other mages in a non volatile environment.
So whilst trolling the interwebs about mages, I found it!!
I have registered as well,
but haven’t posted anything as yet. I am lurking and reading everything I can in the “help me” forums. I posted and jumped into it!!
My DPS has been medicore at best – and that annoys me – mages are supposed to be kicking arse and I am simply not. In my mind, I was following my rotation and doing everything correctly, but based on other people’s response to the combat logs – I am doing a few things less than I should be and some things more than I should be.
My uptime on my Living Bomb should be at least 95% – on Sha of Pride – I was managing 75%. So need to lift that up more.
I am also using ice lance too much, I should just work on my movement so that I move stop and cast frostbolt sooner/cleaner than running too much (always been a problem of mine). According to some tips, my Fingers of Frost and ice lance should be about equal – and my ice lance is much higher – dare I say almost double in some cases. This is a lot of wasted time that I should be using frostbolt – as you can see below – I have only 25 Fingers of frost – yet I have 161 Ice Lances. Fingers of Frost allows 2 charges, so even if you double the amount – the most I should have is 50 Ice lances – and even then that would probably be too much (and I am not entirely convinced it works that way – some people suggest only using it when it has the full 2 charges, other says it doesn’t make a difference!). Either way, it tells me enough to know I have to stop using Ice Lances :p
There are also notes that Brain Freeze and Frostfire should be equal and I think mine are pretty close, I have extra as I use Presence of Mind with frostfire, but I am wondering if that is not the best use of talents. I may need to change it to Ice Floes and learn how to cast and move on the go, I know I was terrible on it with my shammy and chain lightning, but we can see how it goes – if it increases my dps potentially then I should at least try it.
I also discovered that my evocation is not as high as I thought it was – at 79% this should be much higher – at least 90% would make me happy.
Anyway, I am happy to have found this new forum where I can read about and learn how to better my playstyle – little things like the above are things I should have picked up – and yes I should have been reading the logs sooner, but I have been slack and really the only raiding I get is Flex, so it is hard to stay practiced when you don’t actually get to raid much. So, watch this space over the coming weeks, I will try and see how I go with some focused attention to my procs – and no – I am not even going to start with the slingshotting of Living Bomb…that may be out of my reach….LOL
I realised I had not handed in my Wrathion quest after picking up the Chimera of Fear, so I trundled off to do that and discovered things about our leader I think is awfully sexy :p cage match anyone?? But also, he may not be the best person to lead the Alliance…or is he?? I felt he handled the situation with Garrosh well, but I would have preferred to see him slaughter in that lovely cinematic, but I can’t be mad at Thrall for stopping that…I have a soft spot for him.
The creation of a jewel was pretty cool as well, I loved how he added everything to it…such power!!
I am now up to the quest section that requires me to collect Valor points, so I basically will be spending the next few weeks just doing dailies/dungeons to make it happen. Hubby needed the LFR as well as he didn’t realise he already had all the sigils he needed So we jumped back there (we are now up to the same section of the quest!) and I was using my golden coins of fortune to roll for loot….I had more than 20 (I had some boxes in my bags that I couldn’t empty) so even though I was not able to receive loot from the usual method, rolling gave me loot. Cheating?? maybe?
Anyway I scored weapons..every time…one cloak…but weapons and weapons and more weapons; one of them was this hot as hell dragonesque looking sword!!! Which I stuck my brand new Sha crystal into from Wrathion…I will never get rid of this sword, and in fact I am thinking I may need to design an outfit to suit it…I love it….I had only just decided to get rid of my offhand and use a staff as well….but the second I saw this…I knew the staff was gone and my umbrella was back , until I find a replacement…must look up offhands that I can purchase with points somewhere…
Also discovered in my travels about the Exalted Tillers daily quests for other factions..oh my awesome!!! I am doing Shado pan and August Celestials daily at the moment including their quests to help me get there faster. I am still miles off being revered with either of them, but every little bit helps I am sure. If I can get her to revered and pick up the rep token it will make it much easier on my pally to start doing dailies and earning some rep and money. I will try and log onto her this week and start getting some funds up…I can’t even afford to run LFD at this stage, no repair money, so I might just go DPS, grab dailies and go crazy, it doesn’t take much to gather some gold that way.
On a side note, I don’t know what happened on my mage, but I have started to improve my DPS on her…on the LFR we were in I was doing in the realm of 120 – 140k consistently, of course not during the periods of crazy moving etc…I dropped to just above 100k, which I still think is ok. I did some reading and found out 3 very valuable things…I was casting frostbolt occasionally…which is bad bad bad bad…I was also wasting a glyph spot for that and I was not using Alter Time properly. Now that I have corrected those two minor things it seems to be much better. I am still not sure how it could change it that much…but I am not going to argue with maths and proof :p
I do need to spend some time with my boomy now that I have changed her stats around and see if it improves me or if i still suck at the gameplay aspect :) It really could just be that I can’t play the spec. Of course I would be devastated, but life isn’t always fair is it? hehehe
So returning to a game you love is pretty difficult because it is amazing the amount of information you forget that at one time seemed really important, but that you don’t realise you have forgotten, because like a remembral – you can’t remember what it is your forgot, even if you do know that you have forgotten something.
I have spent the last month trying to find Evocation in my spellbook, because I realised I had a glyph for it, but wasn’t using it. I spend about 15 minutes every night trying to find it thinking I have missed it on each page, I checked my talent trees to see if it something I needed to spec into now, and concluded I was crazy because it was gone. I finally decided this morning to google it…turns out…I am using rune of power (duh – which I knew) but that is what replaces evocation! IDIOT!!! IDIOT!!!!!!
Of course, that is nothing compared to the idiocy of last night. I discovered noxxic has a list of approx DPS at differing gear levels, which is goddamn fantastic! I am of course nowhere near for any of my toons – but it certainly gives me something to aim for so I know what I should be doing. Anyway I found this after some heroics last night in which my boomy could not get above 20k and infact the healer was beating me in kitty form as resto – she is very well geared though at 550 something whereas I am only barely scraping into the 470 area. However according to noxxic I should be able to hit about 70k dps….LOL…sure thing buddy!!
I decided then to try and find more hit on my gear somehow, after complaining to the hubby about the lack of hit on boomy timeless isle gear and how I had to reforge all the spirit off because it was useless to me, he advised to check out Mr Robot. I was reticent, but did it anyway and it was telling me to reforge back into spirit – enter my tirade about spirit being useless I don’t need mana regen blah blah blah…..yeah…you can all laugh at me now. Spirit = hit for some classes. What is worse, after the hubby had finished laughing at me I remembered the hundreds of disputes I had seen in LFD because DPSers had taken gear with spirit (boomies and SP’s mainly – I am sure there was another class as well – I want to say shammies??). How could I forget something so instrumental to the classes?
I guess this is the joy of coming back to a game 12 months later, you do forget things and need to spend time re-learning. I know I am still trying to learn how to play again, I am better on my mage because I have played her for so long, but with other toons I am really struggling to get into the swing of it. Heroics are also very hard as most of the time I am running with people who are very well geared and hitting the 180k+ DPS mark, which means mobs die faster than I can cast a spell – on both my mage and my boomy. It makes it hard to see where I am sitting in reality and harder to judge what I need to improve.
I know on my mage in LFR I can sometimes be in the top 10 for damage and hitting just over 100k DPS, but according to noxxic I should be hitting 250k + dps…as a frost mage at my gear level and that is not maximum – that is realistic….no way!?!?!?!? I have to spend some time on a dummy and test out wtf I am doing wrong as I am missing out on a lot of dps. I need to examine combat logs of mages and see what they are doing that I am not. Anyway, I am sure, like the previous things, there is something I have forgotten to do….I just have to find out what that is!!!
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
I am currently sitting midway into level 87 and I will honestly say – hand on heart – I am sick of levelling already. It feels long. Really long this time. I normally don’t mind questing, but I am finding it particularly frustrating this time around.
My very quick reasons for this – is the maps are confusing and quests are spread out all over the place. I have felt as if I have spent all day running back and forth for like 2 quests, or you find a random in a forest who has 3 quests but had you not walked past him you wouldn’t have known they were there. I would prefer you have a map with one city in the middle and some dude hands you out 50 quests all at once, then I can just go around the map and do them in some semblence of order. Yes – I want order!
The second issue I am having is being unable to find ways to get into quest hubs, yesterday I spent 30 minutes riding around an entire map to find an entrance that was on my map, but not when I got there. It has happened multiple times. Yes I know it is not Blizz’s fault because I get lost, but if we sued the above solution, I wouldn’t be annoyed about it ! :p
See, very quick negatives, onto the other things!
I have run both available dungeons :
First time I ran it I got locked out of one of the boss fights because the tank ran in like a looney – although that seemed to be a theme with the runs I went on today (5 – if memory severs me correctly). I didn’t get a chance to enjoy my time in there so I really cannot comment, I hate the first boss who requires you spend the entire fight running in a circle….what a stupid fight for people that need actually cast….stupid….
The last boss in this place, I SWEAR!! did different things when I went in…so I am assuming there is a random element to it..it may help if I actually read the dungeon journal – I might do that tonight :p I liked this instance, the litle elemental things are in it They are awesome! Bad image but you know which creatures I am talking about.
I have been taking great care to read things and just enjoy the small things that are always in the game but generally missed out on.
A guildie also found one later that said something along the lines of scratching their botom they sniffed their finger and will never do it again. I must try and track it down, it was funny :) I liked the Hozen, not as annoying as JaJa binks but almost!
I am having massive bag space issues as the gear I am getting all looks so awesome, I am wanting to keep it, but my void storage is completely full, so is my bank and my only options now are to go through and delete any double ups of gear – like for my tier 13 stuff I have duplicate LFR pieces that I was using for PVP etc…I can get rid of them now and that may free up some space, but for the few pieces that will get rid of, I have already gotten quite a few novelty items from quests that I can’t bear to part with like my puntable marmot. So transmog is an issue. I am a fully fledged addict. I want to enter more competitions! LOL
I am having issues with my mage – my damage seems to be crap. I tried frost with no luck – I was struggling to get the hang of it, and am now trying fire. I seem to spend far too long killing one mob, my normal spells are hitting for less than 20k (they used to hit for almost 30k and up to 50k for a crit) - I have to investigate what changes were made, was the damage output reduced for everyone or are the mobs just that much harder to kill? I am feeling quite distraught about it. Fire is still RNG, although I enjoy the playstyle, I was barely doing 14k on some fights and others I was hitting just over 23k….which in my mind is pathetic. If I get a chance over the next couple of nights I will start my investigations, this will be an easy fix once I figure it out I am sure.
Overall, I am enjoying myself! I can’t wait to get to 90!
So, I finally decided to switch back to arcane on my mage. I haven’t played arcane since…Wrath..I am pretty sure I switched to fire when I came back to Cata after my break. I was doing some reading and people were saying fire was pretty awesome, comparable to arcane.
I was never a fan of arcane, I am still not really, the play style doesn’t suit me all that well, however the damage is just hard to let go of. I have been playing fire for a while and the cauterizing was a pretty nice benefit to have, however given we are starting heroics in the guild I thought perhaps having more consistent DPS would be more useful.
So, in LFD I can pull amazing amounts of DPS when I am focused and doing my thing correctly, but for some reason, I can’t get the same numbers in a raid – again. I am suffering from the raid leader issue, i think, of watching my timers so closely and calling things out that I am not as focused as I need to be and burning evocates at a bad time therefore stuffing up my burn phase and blah blah.
However saying that I am enjoying playing arcane again and finding my rhythm. I want to get more out of her, I have to see if I can fiddle some figures around.
***** 20 minutes later****
So i changed some enchants, upgraded some bits and then on the test dummies I am consistently sitting at 20-21 dps. I can’t get any higher. That’s with only self buffs and without my focus magic. So…add a little in raid and thats the best I can do at the moment, and no…I am NOT going to waste thousands of dollars on upgrading all my gems to the epic ones…they will get upgraded as I get them off our kills.
I have no idea if that is good, bad or mediocre, but that is the calibre of player I am. Hrmmm, where did I put that simulation craft ……
**** another 20 minutes later****
Yeah, I suck then…even a bad player can get more DPS than I can get out standing still with no buffs….
I am just going to disappear now and try and figure out what the hell I am doing wrong….Of course I could just listen to my hubby that perhaps playing a mage is not for me…but i refuse to believe that..I love my mage. My mage is my girl. I can’t change toons now!! LOL
I have just found out, that apparently – another mutiny is occurring in my alliance guild with different people this time – apparently the good players wanting to get rid of the bad players, and are asking for the GL to stand down so they can shake up the raid team.
I am just amazed at the amount of bad juju in this guild. I must have cursed it or something when I left…I don’t remember doing any curses, but then my mage is very powerful and she is out of control sometimes….
***For some unexplained reason, this did not post, so here is me tryin again!***
What a massive few days I have had in game! My god! I just haven’t had chance to post about everything as real life has as usual, taken up time
This is going to be a long post, and I will update with some piccies later when I get home…however let’s get started shall we…not sure if this is going to be at all chronological, but we shall see how it travels!