Raiding: Is it a wipe or a kill?

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

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

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

Ahead of the Curve: Argus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Raiding: Heroic Argus

As you may be aware at the moment I am suffering a severe head cold. The type that makes your face painful all over with sinus gunk. I haven’t been at work the last 2 days and I wasn’t sure I was really even capable of raiding but I made an appearance because, well, aside from being an addict, I didn’t want to let the team down on progression night.

I confirmed with Chris if it was ok if I streamed the raid, for my literally zero followers, and assured him that should it affect my game play in anyway I would stop it immediately.

Brian logged on and advised that his internet was munted. 4000k latency. Possible fibre break. I wondered who my tanking buddy would be for the night especially on a new boss. Stupid internet.

I was asking who could tank in guild chat and Simon popped up and mentioned he could and if I am being honest that terrified me. Some people are just too good at this game. I mean on a basic level I was proud of my almost 13000k hp. He was over 13! I nearly cried seeing it! Why am i unable to get 2 pieces of gear replaced RNjeebus! Why?!?

I got super nervous about tanking with Si and managed to kill Chris on the way past with my fel bombardment but that was after Si sent me flying towards the boss with his first batch and it rattled me.  I am blaming him anyway. Then I was trying to avoid the green pathway of death and has to go out the other side instead of the normal but then had another pathway form right next to me and I couldn’t get out. It was ridiculous.

We headed straight to Aggramar to get him down again and it took a few attempts to get the adds right again. Once again spawn positions were a bit off so causing confusion.

Si and I were tanking the boss differently though in relation to the taunts which seemed better in my opinion.

Usual:

Mel: Foe breaker defensive
Brian: Rend with group.
Brian runs through and I swap with him to the group
Brian: Foe Breaker
Mel: Rend with the group

Last night:

Mel: Foe Breaker
Mel runs through to the group
Mel: Rend with group
Si: Taunts for Foe Breaker
Mel: Rend with the group

I found last night it meant the boss was moving less and it was easier to keep him in a central positon. I can’t be sure though did due to my headcold.

It was much better for the raid and ranking imho. Anyway after multiple attempts and finally a decidedly enjoyable kill (all being streamed with zero framerste issues on my laptop to record breaking viewer numbers of zero!) we headed to Argus.

I stopped and started the feed again so the video was split betwen the two events.

Argus is one of those fights where you want to be confident you know what you are doing and you feel ok but then it does something and you are all WTF?!? in the moment;

Thankfully as tank, in the first phase nothing much happens,  we taunt, we swap, we get the buff and drop it in the completely wrong spot for the DPS. There was some issues with the third cone of death 💀 and the transition which was one of our stopping blocks. The second phase is ok just talking amongst tanks re the swap unless people (who shall remain nameless) run away from the great big glowing bear butt to die in a corner because they just weren’t paying attention. Third phase can go DIAF.

Grabbing the add with the little swords – which sounds so much worse when i say it like that – is nigh on impossible. I believe the term used last night by Nelly was “SURPRISE!”; I screamed after my add disappeared. I may have missed that bit entirely when watching the video.

The next time we got to phase 3 I was so diligent watching for the next spawn that I thought I had missed it even though it was hitting me because someone was calling out for aid!!

Or maybe I had the wrong add and everyone was too polite to say. You think I joke – it took about 10 minutes to give one piece of loot to someone as everyone was passing for the next person and going around in a loop 🙂

No matter though as our best attempt was 8%. It was pretty amazing. We will be going back on Friday to kill that bugger and hopefully I won’t be sick.

By the end of the stream we had a couple of people watching and telling me it looked and sounded ok – so if it goes well I might continue doing it 🙂

To Stream or not to Stream?

To be, or not to be? That is the question—
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And, by opposing, end them?

I have been toying with the idea of streaming the last couple of weeks, more so since Drew suggested I should get into Vloging.  He really enjoys watching Panser #tradechat and she is enjoyable and fun, but I am not sure the stuff I blog about would be worthy of a Vlog.

I decided to see how hard it would be to start streaming and jumped onto Twitch for a squizz. I downloaded a program called Bebo and started fiddling with it. I would say I was “streaming”in about 20 minutes.  Not so bad really for a clueless nublet such as myself. I put that in quotation marks as flipping between game and software doesn’t really mean I was doing anything other than flying around herbing 😀 But I was sending data into the multiverse!

I remembered Panser commenting about moving to FB live to do her streaming now thanks to Youtube and their change in expectations with vidoes. So I also created a page on FB for Azerothian Life because I wanted to test out the Blizzard live streaming function they had, but I didn’t want it on my personal feed.  I have to test it out with my group and see if it records discord as well so they can be heard on the stream and not just me.

There is a video on my twitch channel of the 5 of us running a mythic 10 in kara however you can’t hear them very well as I had the wrong settings chosen.  I corrected it later and tested it with Ben, so in theory I know how it works.

I didn’t notice any frame rate issues with my laptop when running the stream in a dungeon, so I am hoping to stream on our raid nights, but honestly no idea how that will go.

I haven’t even looked at Youtube based on the Vloggers I watch who have commented on their recent changes making it difficult for people to even subscribe and receive content or be paid for that content.  So at this stage I am tossing up between twitch and facebook.  I also note that because I am an Amazon prime customer I get twitch prime which is nice as well.

Anyway, feel free to follow me on any of these places and let me know what streaming platform you prefer to use or watch!