#Blaugust2019 – Creator appreciation – Artists

The writing ideas for this week are about appreciating people who create content. Things I like watching, buying, seeing and being involved in. I thought it might be cool for me to break down into categories but who knows. I may be out of steam by the end of a few posts.

Today I am going to link to the artists I adore for your enjoyment.

Sam Flegal

This was the piece I saw of his first and it just captured me entirely. I bought a print of this one and framed. I adore this painting.

I adored this so much I commissioned him for a proper painting. All the way from the USA. Cost me a packet but I love it!

Danny Beck

He used to work for Blizzard on Warcraft and I somehow found him via someone. I loved his really cute “”monsters and hamsters” theme. Reallly gorgeous. He was apparently bringing out a book but I am not sure what stage that is at. I should follow that up soon.

Wendy Ortiz

I found her randomly on instagram I think one day. I love her work. It is mystical, earthy and a little morbid. I love it.

Glenn Arthur

This guy draws hummingbirds in all his pieces and I would probably own about 4-5 pieces if I didn’t have hubby rolling his eyes at my art purchases.

I have this print of his.

Peter Mohrbacher

I adore the angel series. Yet another artist I would buy prints off if I could. It makes me sad I don’t live in the USA where I could visit these guys at their conventions and buy pieces. His work is absolutely stunning. One day I will own one or two of his work.

Well that is a short list of some of the artists I adore and love and follow. Who do you guys like and watch? What art pieces do you own?

#Blaugust 2019 – Fright Night

We had a night out with some friends to see “A midnight Visit, which is a warehouse converted into various rooms with different themes and actors doing Edgar Allan Poe scenes.

Some rooms were creepy as hell and others were a little meh. I felt a little creeped out in the streamer room and i loved the tell tale heart room.

We weren’t allowed to take photos in the rooms to ensure the entire thing wasn’t ruined for others. This was our group before we went into the actual event.

We had a chance to take a picture with wings, this is hubby 🙂

This is me with my wings, nowhere near as cool as hubby.

It is in Melb for another few months and worth going through it if you are into a goth kind of dream state with Edgar Allan Poe inspired themes.

#Blaugust 2019 – Couldn’t be done, they said.

I didn’t want to raid this week given the current state of my brain, but I was online fiddling with my toon at raid time changing gear, getting chants (Thanks Oui) and pottering around. Anyway whilst sitting in discord I got outed by a few people about why I wasn’t in the raid, so I went along. I really just didn’t want to spend the night being told how we couldn’t kill a boss. So I just figured it was easier to not go. I play WoW for fun and to enjoy time with people who make me laugh, I don’t want to listen to even more negativity.

Either way, we took Apophis in as well as he the same ilevel as me and his DPS isn’t actually bad. So he got to see the first three bosses in heroic mode. He died on Radiance – but then….it is a super rough fight..so I sort of expected him dying somewhere along the way.

We struggled a little on Behemoth, not sure what has happening, but we wiped for the first time in a while on him and then even when we killed him it was a little messy. We did get him down though thankfully.

So we headed to Lady Ashvane, bane of our existence. We expected to be spending the night on her. But would you believe this.

4/8H

We killed her. With our first pull. It was pretty impressive. I confess I had the absolute best attempt, I didn’t get briny bubble nor did I get the colour circled. I literally just stood there, avoided circles and DPS’d 🙂

We headed to Orgozoa, with the explanation from Queen Nelly of it being basically the same just everything hits harder and kills you faster. We wiped a few times whilst the tanks figured out their swapping and had a few mistakes etcs but we were getting it down pretty easily.

And would you believe:

5/8 H

It was a messy kill for sure, my death was in the last few % of health, annoyingly but I think it will work better next time.

Go us though, walking in an smashing through 5 bosses in Heroic and finishing early so people could go and PVP for the rest of the evening. I would have liked to have seen Queen’s Court for a few attempts but oh well. Grats the team though, was very happy to have killed 2 new bosses this week and I am glad I went. (Played Beat Saber for an hour after raid).

#Blaugust2019 – Mental health

This is a trigger warning for the below on multiple fronts. Proceed with caution.

This was a post I was deciding if I should post or not and if it has gone live, I obviously decided against my better judgement to let it go public. It is one of those stigma breaking things I need to get used to being open about.

I make no bones on this blog about my feelings and struggles with PTSD, rape culture and the ups and downs of my temper. I try and not post about it a lot because I use WoW as an escape from my head. People don’t need to read about all that stuff from me – there are plenty of other popular people out there who talk about their struggles openly. My issues stem from nearly being murdered and ignored during my rape.

Recently though, maybe the last 2 -3 months, I have been slowly spiralling a little into some of the darker parts of my brain. The hard part of this is I only have my husband to turn to because he knows the depths to which I have sunk in the past and how hard I work through things now to not go back there. I say it is hard, but I mean for him, he is the one who has to cope with my tears, temper and sadness. I carry the guilt of burdening him with my craziness.

There are a multitude of little things which is contributing to my current state of feeling worthless including a reduction in exercise, me feeling like I am always the one reaching out to others but noone reaching out to me or people not responding to questions IRL and over social media. They build up and come in waves, some days I don’t notice, other days even the smallest thing sets off my negativity and tears.

Two bigger events which are weighing me down are relating to people wanting to use my online handles/website because they are starting something new. In my head, they will re-write my history/my name and my mark will be erased (granted it isn’t a large mark but these are long standing parts of my life). No one really understands how much devastation I am feeling about either situation. Yesterday was the culmination of months of angst, hurt and fear and I just couldn’t stop the tears for hours.

Ultimately I wake up every day, I go to work, I smile I do what needs to be done for the day, I go home, cook dinner, smile, laugh and then whilst watching TV or playing WoW spend the rest of the night in my head trying to correct the negative self talk into positive. It is exhausting to constantly be telling myself I don’t suck and people do like me and wanting to overwrite every facet of my life isn’t bad, when everything fibre of my being is screaming the opposite. I just need to keep swimming through these periods so I can come out the other side alive.

This was a hard post to write especially when most people have no idea about what I am going through. I don’t ask for help or talk about how I am feeling because I was mocked publicly by others when I was clearly in recovery and actively seeing a therapist. I want everyone to believe I am ok now. So thanks for reading this if you did, I am sorry for anything I do or say which seems over the top.

#Blaugust2019 – VR and PS4

I tried “Beat Sabre” for the first time months ago at Sian and Michael’s place. Since then it has been a game I could not get out of my head and one I wanted to buy. Hubby and I even spent weeks pouring over all the VR options and prices to determine the best possible option for us given we had alienware laptops capable of handling VR we were mostly swinging towards the HTC Vive.

Then Ben and Oui confirmed they were going to move to Melb and we decided to put our purchase on hold as they had a PS4 with VR. I was happy to save ourselves a couple of thousand bucks in the short term to wait a few months and then see how much we actually used the VR.

I have watched so many videos for beat saber and been hanging to get back into, Michael has told me many times to just come around and play it. But I think I would feel like a crack addict getting a hit, so have patiently waited.

Sunday night though, after the guys had done some unpacking and setting up of bits and pieces. Ben fired up the PS4 and I was super excited. I jumped into Beat Saber with happiness.

Some random image not mine 🙂

I played in easy mode for a few songs and was not finding it much of a challenge, but I wanted to get back into it slowly. Since it would have been impolite to monopolise the entire PS4 Hubby and Ben did a couple of sings as well. They both did it at harder levels than me and did exceptionally well. The motion sickness was there, but tolerable, when I was playing but watching other people play was really difficult when they moved their head. I will have to be ultra careful with this one.

We then decided to have a few goes at “Just Dance 2019”. I have seen this at PAX almost every year and have wondered how to play it because everyone looks like they are having a lot of fun. Now I know, I might have a shot this year.

I was doing very well, even when I was following the wrong person on screen for an entire song ..OOPS!! There was some very weird dancing animations though, this frog being the main one in my opinion.

But I was getting “Superstar” pretty often which Ben was surprised at because he didn’t even know it was a thing – I was surprised as well because it didn’t feel like I was going particularly well.

I was very very very sore the next morning because we had been playing for about 3 hours but I was having so much fun!!

I can’t wait to get home and play some more beat saber!!!

#Blaugust2019 – DnD

Funny story, years ago I was dating a guy who roleplayed. Shadowrun I believe was the name of the game. I used to give him so much crap about it because I just thought it was weird. Fast forward a few years after my love of Guild Wars had blossomed into WoW addiction and I was having a conversation with my hubby about how I was impressed with how they can make all this stuff happen in game. Like magic. He looked at me a little dumbfounded and then began to explain how WoW and games similar were based on DnD. I scoffed. Now way I am playing a real version of a made up in my head game.

It was a discussion that went on for weeks if I remember because I vehemently disputed I was a roleplaying nerd. Oh how wrong and ignorant I was.

It was until a few years ago he convinced me to give role playing DnD a go. Just a small experience to see what it was like. We set up a small one shot and it took about 4 hours for us to set up our characters and we played for barely half that time. I had no idea what I was doing but all the dice rolling and missing and hitting, picking and casting spells; it all started to seem a lot like WoW. I finally really believed him.

Fast forward again to present day and I am a full blown DnD addict. We have one group for DnD at level 4; we have been playing for a few months and meet every 3-4 weeks where possible – there are 7 people to organise so it can be a little hard. We are also in the process of setting up a second group with some friends interstate, so we skype the session, hubby DM’s and we just reached level 2. My husband and I are currently working our way through the many, many, many hours of Critical Role – Campaign 2 “The Mighty Nein”; of the 71 episodes out we are on 30. This doesn’t include the one shots we have played with friends, or the other youtube series we have watched like Will Wheton’s TitansGrave (which was awesome), LARPS (on repeat) or Acquisitions Incorporated by Penny Arcade.

Suffice it to say I actually really enjoy DnD. I understand entirely now how games like WoW are completely and utterly the same thing just all the dice rolling is done behind the scenes. It also isn’t as relevant today as it used to be with miss/resists taken out of the game.

I am not yet fully suffering under the weight of needing more dice constantly, although hubby did go through 3 sets last game because they were giving him bad rolls. We may need to set up a dice jail. I also might need to start buying more to cover the ones in jail. Just a few more sets, not many.

Like these guys – https://www.tumblr.com/search/dice%20hoarding

There is a deep joy in my soul when a bunch of friends gather and have a drink and some food whilst playing DnD and laughing at each other. This is the same feeling I get in a raid group when we kill stuff! Oooh!! Friends and gaming seem to be a consistent theme with me 🙂

#Blaugust2019 – Dragons?

People may not know me well enough to know my slight obsession with dragons. When I mean slight I mean, I own a lot of dragon items in my house, my character names bar a couple all start with Dragon, I love all lore relating to dragons.

I can’t remember when I was first made aware of them as a mythological ideal, but I was a teenager when I started to consider them part of my life and started to collect them around me.

I see them as both fierce and tempestuous with intelligence and loyalty. A lot of my opinions of dragons comes from the magical world of Pern, mixed with Tolkien and various other books and mythological sources. I hope not to sound like a crazy but I see them in the shape of the clouds and in the shape of trunks/bark on trees, I take it as a great sign for the day when I see them.

I adore them, in all their fiery, scaly and inconsistent behaviours. Part of the reason I adore WoW so much is I get to ride around on dragons all day and collect dragon mounts. I don’t like having to kill them at all. But I get to ride so many different types of dragons I can’t understand why I would play any other game. I am not kidding when I say this next part. I sometimes just spend time in game flying around on my dragons doing nothing but just flying on them and admiring it.

I have always wanted a tattoo and there was never a doubt in my mind about needing a dragon. I still don’t have said tattoo and unlikely I will ever get it, but if it ever happens it will be a dragon. If anyone ever questions what they should buy me for a present I can guarantee them anything with a dragon theme will always be appreciated.

There is something about their size, grandeur and mythology which pulls me in and makes me feel part of them. Anyway, there you go, something you know about me now is my love of dragons!

#Blaugust2019 – Getting to know me week

Another day, another post for Blaugust, this week is supposed to be about getting to know me. I have no idea what people would be interested in knowing about me. Part of me wants to stick to the same stuff my readers would know and another part of me wants to talk about things that are wild and wonderful….except…there isn’t much I haven’t talked about on this blog over my time here.

So I am going to start with a basic bit of information about myself which is my absolute desire to be a creative person but I was only blessed with maybe a left arm that is creative. The rest of me missed out, but I am not sure what it got instead because it certainly wasn’t science.

I always wanted to be an artist. I drew a lot as a teenager and have kept a lot of the things I drew. I was pretty decent in my art classes at high school as well, but life got in the way and my art went by the wayside.

As an adult my husband got me into photography when he bought himself a camera and I ended up falling in love with digitally being able to paint a picture with light in a couple of seconds. It was magical. I adore photography and whilst it would be my dream job, I don’t have the self confidence to push through the negativity.

So I am insanely jealous and impressed with anyone who can make a living off doing art or photography. I think it takes balls of solid steel to push your way through all the negativity and sell yourself, part of the reason I why I love buying artwork, because you need to support the people who do what I can’t.

So if there is anything you are dying to know about me please hit me up in the comments and maybe I could do an AMA type post this week!!

#Blaugust2019 – Times they are a changing

So when this post goes live, our friends Ben and Oui, may have started their journey to move from Sydney to Melbourne.

They were planning on leaving “early” to start their drive but I have no idea if they will actually manage it.

We met them at PAX 2014 for the first time through Michael and Sian and we have developed a great friendship. We have spent a lot of time with them since (both IRL and in Azeroth!) and every year at PAX we try and convince them to move to Melb.

I never actually thought it would happen, but omg it is! They are going to live with us to get out of the rental trap and save for their own home. Melb still has something amounting to a reasonable housing market when compared to Sydney.

I am excited for them and I hope they have an easy drive down, not sure if their stuff will arrive before them or not. It is such a massive change for them and their lives and hopefully will only be positive for their future.

#Blaugust2019 – working with ladies

I still dispute calling her a lady when she looks like a monster and throws coral at us but she should be respected for her choices.

We actually cleared all three Heroic bosses without issue again tonight. I wouldn’t say they are on farm but we are doing really well. People are still taking a lot of gear with very few being passed off.

I died on Radiance because the squall happened and I couldn’t get through the swirling circle of death. I didn’t think I was far enough behind to not make it through with everyone else but it kicked me in the air and I got caught and died.

I hate that fight. Have I said it before? Should I say it again?

Tonight was our first actual night seeing Ashvane and I got pretty annoyed with being told we aren’t going to do it after 2 attempts because our DPS was bad. It very well might be bad, but we have had 4 attempts in total. 4. We need to learn mechanics, we have to work out what the heck is going on. Our DPS isn’t going to be top notch, especially for our guild of friends. We take a few nights to get the hang of the fight. There is no shame in that in my opinion, but it seems like some don’t like the effort involved.

Either way towards the end of the night we were getting the hang of the mechanics. We still had a few issues clearing the coral but we managed to get her to 20% a few times. The third shield phase is pretty hard to survive so hopefully a few more attempts and we will have it worked out.

I have to work out what I am doing wrong with my DPS because I should be putting out much better numbers than I am. I wasn’t moving particularly much but maybe that is enough to disrupt my numbers – I don’t know but it will require some research this weekend. I even told Queen Nelly to drop me as my DPS was bad.

#Blaugust2019 – First ever blog post.

This was a post idea on the discord channel and I thought it would be a good one to investigate. I went all the way back to my actual first post ever. 5th Feb 2003.

I remember the story of my blogging so well. I was working at MLC in North Sydney and my friend Minxi and I were at lunch in the Greenwood food court. We were sitting down talking about life and she mentioned she was “blogging” on this site called Livejournal. I said what is blogging? Like a virtual diary which people can read and you can have friends and join communities. It blew my mind!! We spent ages talking about it at length and I jumped on the bandwagon pretty soon afterwards.

When people would start commenting and offering support and advice and reflection on their own issues I knew I had found something I absolutely adored. It looks like I stopped writing there consistently in about 2010.

My first ever WoW blog post was June 13 2009.

It was on my original wow blog called “Arcane Ramblings” which no longer exists publicly, but I did move all my old posts to this blog so they would show a collective history. I am missing a few and I was working on importing them but I got sidetracked and never finished.

Reading over my early blog posts (both personal and WoW) I don’t think anything much has changed. I still make a metric tonne of typing mistakes, I still have bad punctuation and grammar and I still waffle on incessantly about inane things. I do feel a little nostalgic reading back, but I guess that was why I started writing. So I could remember the feelings, the good and bad times, the silly things happening in my life as well as the major ones. I really enjoy the interaction with other people.

So where did you guys all stat, did you have a livejournal? What was your first ever blog post?

#Blaugust2019 – ooooohhhhh Wrathion!!

I saw this news on twitter saying the continuation of the Azerite questline takes us to Finding Wrathion again.

From Reddit

The Black dragonflight again. Also a mount based on Deathwing can be awarded during Blizzard’s upcoming birthday. – details here.

I have no idea what else is in store, I didn’t read the post about Wrathion as I don’t want too many spoilers but I did get very excited about seeing his name again. My necklace only just hit 55 last week and I need to make a concerted effort now to get through the rest of the story based on this news alone. I know someone, maybe Simon?, in the guild mentioned you had to get your necklace to 70 for the next quest and I just looked at mine and nearly cried.

But this is what I am going to do. Quest my butt off for the next week with anything that includes Azerite and spend a morning on my weekends doing the expeditions. If I can find a group willing to do Mythic level even better, but will definitely stick to heroic to get them done. I need to get my necklace up.

We are soooo going to have dragons in the next xpac right? All dragons all day!!! GAHHH Maybe Ysera will come back somehow.

As I choose to remember her.

#Blaugust2019 – It finally happened.

Short post today, but I finally got my flying!! I thought I was way behind the 8 ball but I saw plenty of other people tweeting about finally getting it completed the same day, so I felt slightly better. I am finally able to fly!!

Just take a moment to appreciate the brilliance of this moment. This begs the question, will I be tempted to play more now? I get to see all my dragon mounts again and so many I have missed!!

On the flip side hubby asked me to do his dailies to help with his rep when he can’t be online. So this sucker for punishment said yes and have been trying to help him get his flying as well.

I am so happy to have finally done this so I can fly down to the docks and out to the raid zone!! OMG it is a wonderful feeling 🙂 Just a few more days for hubby to get his and then we can all fly together!

#Blaugust2019 – More generic stuff

All these little things happen that don’t deserve their own post, although maybe now is the time to make a single post for everything!!?

Firstly let us deal with Stupid Scrollsages who cannot tell when you have walked the pattern. I must be a millimetre off…

I had to do this about 5 times before it finally succeeded. I was so over it by the end. It is certainly a nice little challenge without much effort really. I do like the tortollen quests, they are nice and quick (usually) with decent rewards.

I got Neri up to level 10!!! Now I just have to start working on the other ones. If I can ever be bothered going back to Naz once I eventually get flying.

I actually got a power up for an essence, to level 2. Never mind the fact my necklace is still not level 55 (I know, I don’t play enough) and I only have 4 of the darn things. But can I point out, I don’t want to PVP for an essence, I don’t care how good it is, I also don’t want to do the million other things needed to collect the darn things. I really cannot understand why they had to make this plus the azerite gear such a burden.

I don’t want to have to switch my gear, talents and now my stupid necklace when I am going between mythics and raids and then even between bosses. Not to mention having to keep a completely different set of gear for tanking. I just don’t want to min/max that much. It just makes everything feel like so much more work for nothing and it irritates me. I think this is part of why I don’t want to log on at the moment, especially combined with trying to get flying.

On the plus side I am an uber fisherman who can’t seem to get “Fishing Buddy”to work anymore so I have to physically click my fishing now. <sob>

All in all I am just chugging along through the content and trying to get my professions up on my mage (Alchemy and tailoring) and my cooking up on my druid. It is also struggle city with those things. No matter how much I seem to herb or how many pieces of linen I have I seem to get like 1 skill point a week. I have to look out for the next Darkmoon Faire and get some cheap skill points.

#Blaugust2019 – Dragon Soul!!

I finally, finally!!!!! finished this achievement.

Glory of the Dragon Soul raider. It is one of those ones I just left and did occassionally because it required effort. Specifically, the spine. The spine is damn hard when you are solo and as I discovered even with duo.

Apophis and I did it a couple of weeks ago and it got me pretty excited to actually get the very last achievement done,

So when Ben mentioned he had a save at Spine but couldn’t get through it, I basically threw myself at his plated pally feet and begged to show him how to do it so I could steal his kill 🙂

It was worth it.

We died a couple of times initially getting sorted on the spine, but damn if i am not as happy as a pig in poop. If only I had flying….LOL instead of being a slacker, I could be flying this beauty around.

My next major goal is to finish the Firelands legendary on my mage so I can talk to the blue dragon flight. I should get started on that again.

#Blaugust2019 – What makes you play?

Here is the conundrum I find myself in. I want to raid. That is basically all I want to do in game. So when I set aside my personal time to group up with however many other people, I want to spend my time in the raid zones killing stuff and having a laugh.

However lately we are spending some of the night raiding then going off and doing other things as a raid group like warfronts or PVP. It hasn’t happened often at all, but it has happened enough to make me question my loyalty to the cause.

This was a discussion point between Michael and myself the other night and it really got me to thinking about what I play the game for. Why do I want to – or not want to – log into the game.

It used to be log in for dailies for rep and get gold or mats for raiding only. That was all you had to do to ensure you would get gear and upgrades and have a laugh with your guildies. Now though, you need to get azerite on your necklace, you have to scrap gear to get residium, you have to do emmisaries for better gear, source mana pearls to upgrade and buy gear, get essences (which involves mythics, dungeons, pvp and rep), do island expeditions every week for azerite, mythic 6+ for a piece of gear in your chest – which requires other mythics to achieve a worthy keystone, warfronts – if the quest is good and even the weekly sometimes has decent gear; then once you have done all that you can worry about actually getting into a raid which drops lower gear than all that stuff combined and isn’t even guaranteed for you or your stats.

I wonder what the point is? My discussion with Michael made it even worse. I am somewhat in denial about how much time I need to raid and how much time I am willing to give it – they are not the same. I don’t like the idea of having to min/max just to get competitive gear, but then it isn’t fair to the raid team to not be trying to get the best of everything available. But I can’t justify logging on every single night of the week to ensure I have done the tens of things I need to for hours at a time. This is my conundrum because none of this effort includes the stuff I actually want to do in game like collect pets, chase mounts and complete achievements. I want to use my raid time to do that – raid. Kill big bosses and see us work together for the win. I don’t want to do use my raid time for something else which could be organised for another night. It just feels like we spend more time preparing to be in raid than actually raiding, especially since people get annoyed if we wipe a couple of times on any boss. Like people want to have absolutely every piece of gear so you can face roll it without issue, which then doesn’t make it a challenge or provide you a sense of achievement when you actually something together.

I just feel frustrated by the entire element of work I now need to put into the game to be able to raid. Maybe I need to admit to myself I am no longer raider material. As much as I want to do it, maybe I just need to stick to LFR when I have time. I know if I don’t raid I won’t play because I will find other things to occupy my time. GAHHHHH!!!!! I feel like a peanut.

On a more positive note we did clear the first 3 on heroic again without a wipe this time, and then had a play with Lady Ashvane which looks terrifying; there was wiping on her. We got her to 74% after 4 minutes and as we were ending for the night there was discussion about how she gets killed in 4-5 minutes total. I was a little dumbfounded but it will be interesting to see how that pans out.

#Blaugust2019 – Whispers of War Podcast

Guess who is getting interviewed on Whispers of War? Me 🙂 How exciting?!!?

The above tweet went out recently and I saw it in my feed from a retweet and I thought, what the heck; I am a lady who plays WoW and loves talking about it as well – I have 30-60 mins spare! Just had a blog for a few years rambling about the second love of my life, can’t possibly love talking about this game at all.

She had a lot of people respond to the tweet – which brings me joy to know there are so many women out there playing and wanting to talk about the game! I am being interviewed at 5.30am/6am on the 3rd August and I have no idea how long it will be before my interview is available for download but I thought I would give you, my lovely readers, a heads up it is happening. Maybe it will be awful and will never see the light of day, who knows!

I do have to think of a topic outside of the interview we could talk about, but there isn’t one main thing I can land on. I am wracking my brain. Do I talk about casual raiding, or the Azeroth cookbook and how i want to make more recipes up or how I wish I had more time to get stuff done because there is too much in the game now to actually complete and I am a filthy casual, or the friendships I have made!!??! GAHHH!!!

I am not much of a podcast (or audiobooks) listener simply because I don’t really commute anywhere for long enough and I find I have an issue with my brain; it must hear the constant speech and tone as a signal to start meditating and I zone out and fall asleep. I really have to work hard to stay awake; it is a really frustrating issue if I am perfectly honest, but I do appreciate people who can listen to them without issue. Having said the above, I am going to make a concerted effort to listen to a few of her interviews before mine! Wish me luck!

I am also super excited about it because this is only the second podcast I have ever been interviewed for in relation to WoW. <squee>

#Blaugust2019 – Blinded by the light

Not us, we were blinded by brilliance. BRILLIANCE!!! I was all prepared to head back into EP and kick Queen Azshara in the face, especially since I finally finished the storyline to open up the raid but we started at heroic. First, spoiler warning – if you haven’t completed the scenario handed to you in Nazjatar, I am going to back track a little.

I only just completed the entire story thanks to my food poisoning, I felt well enough on Thursday/Friday to shuffle my way through it. I cannot express how this game makes me feel, suffice it to say when you get Baine out of the dungeon and Jaina and Thrall are standing across from Thunder Bluff wondering why they are working together because nothing changes and Jaina touches his arm and says, “We have.”; I lost my mind. Tears starting streaming down my face, I couldn’t stop them. This is not the first cinematic to bring me to tears (most of them do) and should the next xpac be about dragons you can bet I will be bawling constantly.

I started Alliance so I have a soft spot for Jaina as any long time reader would know. She was a mage, like my character, and she was amazing. Thrall was my second love when I switched to the horde and discovered his story and his deep sense of honour. They are my two favourite non-dragon historical figures in the Azerothian lore.

To see them on screen, fighting together to save Baine who also has a deep sense of honour and dislike for the way Sylvanas has been acting, my heart just couldn’t take it. Then after the scenario you head off to find the tidestone and once again work together with the alliance and whilst killing naga they are saying to each other how impressed they are with their fighting skills and had there not been a faction war they could have been friends. Oh my heart.

Anyway, after having done all that I was finally able to get to the raid without having to be summoned and I had a quest to kill the Queen. So I was super excited for raid thinking we would be going back in to kill Zaqul and her. Instead we did heroics and smashed Shivara and Behemoth (I have discovered I can use barkskin on almost every single shocking pulse if I time it just right!). We then did Radiance. I still hate this fight. I think it is stupid and has crap mechanics just to piss off any and every single class that needs to cast. I hate it. But on the more positive side Nelly has found a strat that seems to work when done correctly. Just keep moving when the whirlwinds get dropped, bunch into melee and stick together. It actually works really well if everyone moves when they need to. It removes a lot of the randomness of the encounter. Unless you get the bomb twice in a row and get too far from the group because you don’t get dispelled. Boo stupid bombs. Stupid fight.

So after just a couple of attempts. we killed Radiance in heroic!! We are now 3/8H!

We did also go back and do the other two in normal; I had to go down through the portals into the fear level for the first time on Zaqul and I pretty much just spent the entire fight going “WTF?” – I need a few more runs on that one before I will understand it. We also had an issue on Queen and wiped a couple of times but I am not sure what happened. I thought we had that one down, but it was just a little wonky. Either way we are moving through the new raid and getting gear – this is a win win!!

#Blaugust2019

I have vague recollections of seeing this a few years ago and thinking I would never be able to do it, but I am going to throw my hat in the ring this year. I am pretty lucky I happened to notice this though as it is in the middle of prep week now.

Basically bloggers write a post every day in August. Unusual for me as I tend to only post every second day on this blog, I am not sure how I will find content for every single day! But that will hopefully work itself out.

To find out more information about what I am rabbiting on about you can check this blog post out Tales of Aggronaut -Blaugust 2019.

This is the schedule of the event, not having ever done this before I assume this is sort of the area of topics per week? I am going to have to write some ideas down before I get there…lol

This means my raiding posts and other stuff might have to be mixed in with extras, not sure if I will just double post on those days or somehow make the raiding topic fit with whatever the week’s topics are. But we shall see. Please don’t hate me if you get bombarded with posts in August. We will be back to regular two times a week after that 🙂

Wish me luck for coming up with a post every day people, this is going to be a challenge!

[eep] I tanked Normals :)

Let me start by saying, this happened in the week I was suffering from food poisoning. I had been working from home in an attempt to not take sick leave, my Dr later told me off for that and said I had to just rest. So my blog got updated instead 🙂 Food poisoning is not something I have ever had before, this has given me a new appreciation for anyone who has had to suffer through it. I want to just crawl into a hole and never come back out, providing it has a flushable toilet of course.

So on raid night I got a message from my Queen Nelly asking if I could tank. Feeling like death on a corndog stick I said sure, why not? I can give it a crack. Thankfully I still had my full weak aura tanking pack and DBM would let me know when I needed to do something I am sure. I had done all my raiding research as tank initially before Aaron returned so I wasn’t completely out of clues. I let her and Aaron know I might be a little slow due to the illness situation.

We managed to get all the way to Za’Qul (we didn’t get him down sadly but that was not due to any of my idiocies). Apophis also decided to come along and have a play, he had done LFR earlier in the week and so knew at least the first 3 bosses, I totally expected him to leave after we completed them however he stayed with us through them all. It was pretty cool. Now I just have to convince Moryrt to get back into it and my WoW life will be complete again.

  • Shivara – I kept forgetting to run the stuff out after Aaron taunted. I think I managed to remember on my own maybe 3 times. Like a dumb arse.
  • Behemoth – I let Aaron die by accident as I wasn’t watching his debuff closely enough and he took a hit he shouldn’t have.
  • Radiance – The most horrid of fights and we killed it, except for the one bit where I taunted the boss just as a whirlwhind got dumped on me and threw me in the air. EEP!!!
  • Ashvane – I had zero idea what was going on and just every time Aaron told me to taunt I did until he took it back 🙂 Solid theory.
  • Orgozoa – Thankfully (this one sounded horrific) it worked out almost perfectly that we taunted on 6 stacks and I had the boss whilst Aaron grabbed the adds. It made it super smooth except for the one time we got the taunts muddled and our stacks went to 9. Right as he transitioned, and me saying “Na, I am ok”. I died. LOLZZ
  • The Queen’s Court – I messed up big time with this one. On our first taunt swap I moved the boss and not ourselves. The bosses are supposed to stay in the same place and we just move. But now I am confused about how it should be done, I don’t get it. Ultimately we made it more difficult for the raid and the healers but we did kill them one shot!
  • Za’qul – All I did was make sure I was standing on Aaron when we had the blue connecting line and taunted adds. At one point I hit my taunt button and hadn’t even checked my target, then I freaked out – what if it had been the boss?!!?! Thank got it wasn’t!! We didn’t kill this one but that doesn’t surprise me – it is a confusing fight.
Look at my purple butt!!! Just look at it!!

I didn’t bother getting any other images because I figured you don’t need to see all the same boss kills just with a purple butt! I did mean to get a picture with Apophis whilst on break but I wasn’t back fast enough from a sickness bout. There will hopefully be a next time.

Stupidly I also got too excited about having enough of the reliquaries so I clicked them whilst in tank spec…and not boomy!!! 🙁 booooo. I feel super stupid tbh. On the upside I tanked a crap tonne of bosses, made minimal mistakes, didn’t get too many of the raid killed and we didn’t wipe! Win win!! It was fun to be tanking it and next time the guild needs me will just be that much easier.