#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 – 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 – 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 – 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!!

[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.

Featured images

If you have been reading my blog for a while you will have noticed I try to use the same featured images to keep a consistent theme running. I hope this helps people identify what the post is about before they read it because some people aren’t interested in some topics and I do write about a lot in the game. I am a junky after all.

Here are some of the ones I haven’t used in a while:

Perhaps the most common one I use is my raiding one and it is because of this, I feel it needs an upgrade to something a little more recent. So with that in mind, I want to know who your favourite bosses are, either by story or encounter; let me know! I am definitely going to keep Onyxia, but I am trying to think of all the bosses over the years and there are simply too many to choose from!

OMG you guys!! The Queen!

Guess what we did when we went back into the Eternal palace?

(Lemme just add a small note in here about the post delay. I had a hugely busy weekend which landed me with some Food poisoning. I have been barely able to function so I apologize for not posting sooner.)

CLEARED NORMAL!

Yeah we killed her!! Funny story though, a fair percent of people mentioned they were dreading coming back in for a wipe night on her because she was difficult to do. However the tanks confirmed their plans before we started and really got it pinned down, and then Slobaguts, our illustrious ex raid leader who deserted us but still comes back to hang with us occasionally, provided us with a new strat of just “burn, baby, burn!” So instead of messing around with the add phase and moving around, you basically just get the tanks to hold them while we focus boss and kick her into the next phase. Sploosh. I am pretty grateful to him as it only took us a couple of attempts and we had her like a good octopus soup!

Grats on clearing it in normal 2 weeks after opening! You guys are the heroes Azeroth needs right now!

Of course the next step was heroic right? That is what we are here for!! None of this namby pamby normal stuff (although, the gear is still great in normals!).

What was different in Heroic Shivara….oh you have to move or stop depending on your colour and the overflow has to be with other people to manage. Yeah just enough of a mental mindplay to cause me issues. I died early due to an overflow that I just didn’t click meant I had to group up with others. I was watching it on my screen and then I just, sort of….died. LOL Bad Boomy!

However!!! My death aside we did have to do this a second time anyway.

1/8 Heroic

We then sauntered over to the behemoth and struggled a little on him. Only a little struggle though, I was having a nice relax in the deep tank flotation session. , It is stressful being a hero trying to save the world after all!

In typical Warsong fashion though, we did manage to kill him with only Oui alive and the tanks. What you can’t see in this image is that Soulmend had been in his angel form until just before death so was providing just enough to keep them going. It has been a while since we killed a boss in “Warsong style” which makes me pretty proud of the team. But this was such a return to form I had to make comment. Well done Oui, Aaron, Laurie and Berin for reeling in the big one!

2/8 Heroic

My screenshot folder is like a moving animation page of the hitpoints going down. I even made it into a small video for you so you could appreciate what going through my screenshot folder is like!! It is only 17 seconds long 🙂

I should also remind everyone there is a youtube playlist with our kills on there if you want to see how we do them from a monks POV, and sometimes a few others. I wonder if I should start recording as well so you can see from a bad boomy POV, but not sure I want you all to see how bad I am when I die to stupid stuff 🙂

Well done guys!! I can’t wait to see the Queen fall to us in heroic!! Only a few more to get through.

Normal smash session

Our next raid night, consisted of a few old faces (mainly traitors) who we still love and a continuation of the normal Eternal Palace.

We started at Orgozoa and someone, or maybe multiple people, need to see a doctor about their problems with pulling early 🙂 It happened every single time we started an attempt, of which there was 3 I think? The tanks were having an issue with the timing of their debuff wearing off and adds spawning, but they got that sorted out after a couple of goes. I liked this fight, it was enjoyable, dodging the dripping slobber, running downstairs and killing adds. Another good fight that required some awareness and movement, but not so much you felt like you spent the entire time doing nothing. 5/8N.

The queen’s court, as I start typing this…I cannot for the life of me even remember this fight at all. One moment please……

[watches kill video]

oooooooohhhh now I remember. I had repressed the memory. The pain and agony of the mechanics in this fight broke me. The clouds of death need to be placed better or it cuts you off from the centre and the boss on the other side. This is just an entire fight of things you shouldn’t do and I didn’t like it. However, it was still better than the Radiance fight. Without a whisper of a doubt. We had to give this one a couple of attempts as well simply because of bad placement of the death clouds preventing access to the centre for Form ranks circles. I had range issues on the boss because I was trying to stand at max to allow more room for people to drop their death clouds in a neat row right in front so I couldn’t get through. It was yucky, but we did manage to get them down without too much hassle once we worked out the kinks. This will give me nightmares in heroic I think. 6/8N

Nifty little achievement for that effort.

Next was Za’qul. What can I say about this fight except “eep”. This was horrific and let me start by saying I wasn’t given a job, so I literally just had to stay at the top and DPS boss, adds and avoid tentacles – it was horrific even at that level. I cannot comprehend what everyone else was going through in their relevant phases/dimensions. I also feel like there is no way this fight will ever get completed in LFR amirite? I think it was a well designed and interesting fight but I am worried about having to learn all the sections over time. So if someone is away that usually does part 1, someone else has to learn it and potentially mistakes will be made etc. But hey, let’s cross that bridge when we come to it right? We did eventually get this one down, it took a few goes, but we rocked. 7/8N

Only one little boss to go for normal and then we can focus on heroics – which is the main thing for me. Am really quite proud of the guild, we have smashed through in one week (and a smidge). I would have liked to have cleared normals again as the gear it still being taken by people (when they are lucky enough to get any). They were 415 pieces dropping and I don’t want us to be pushing into heroics which clearly require a higher ilevel than a fair chunk of us have.

Onto the queen herself!!

RAIDING!!!!!! How I have missed thee, lemme count the boss kills

We walked back into a raid for the first time in months and I almost lost my mind from excitement. I really can’t handle how much fun I have being with a group of people trying to topple big baddies. It is the same rush when we are fighting baddies in DnD. I just love the challenge and team work that comes from working together. I do love a good co-op game.

So a little backstory, I was going to tank as one of our tanks had been MIA, so I spent a bunch of money and brain power getting everything kitted out for tanking. I even downloaded weak aura alerts for the taunting mechanics -I went full purple bear arse mode.

Then he came back online a couple of days before raid opened and I went back to DPSing… <boooo> I don’t mind at all though, I am just happy to raid and I was going to tank because I enjoy not having to worry about numbers. Now I have to compete with Nelly who kicks my arse on DPS and I suspect she could play with her toes and blindfolded and still beat me. I need to get better…tanking is so much easier 🙂

Anyway the first issue was the large toilet boss. I couldn’t get into the raid because I haven’t done enough of the storyline. I suspect the scenario I am yet to do (at this stage) will be the key turning point for that. It was ok once I was summoned in though. Phew.

The first boss we came across was Abyssal Commander Sivara, Nelly gave us a brief overview, like 6 dot points. We went in and we smacked it 1 shot. Not too shabby for a bunch of people who haven’t raided for a few months. Not overly difficult, the videos make it sound more complicated than it ended up being, so it will be interesting to see how much it amps up in Heroic. Enjoyable level of things to keep a watch for and move around but not overly punishing. 10/10 would fight again happily.

We were meant to head to the Blackwater Behemoth next but took a wrong turn following the tanks somewhere and we ended up at Radiance of Azshara. -30/10 want to do this fight ever again. Ever. This was a stupidly designed fight. We had about 3 attempts on this one and on all three attempts I spent 95% of my time running away from the swirling clouds of death and yet other people barely moved at all. It is like they came for me every time. The phase transition requiring people to pop a bubble always went horribly because instead of popping one, 2 or 3 would get popped and tornados were going everywhere and I would always get caught. I was so annoyed by the end of the attempts. I would have had better DPS by knitting a jumper for a cat with 15 legs. However we did eventually kill it and the boss is very awesome looking with the purple glow. 2/8N – kicking butt.

.He is stunning though

We found our way through to the Behemoth after killing the radiance, from light to dark. Some people may or may not have forgotten to get the water breathing buff…and it was not me. I just couldn’t find the damn repair bot which I heard get put down but wouldn’t cog until I stood right on top of it. Something weird happening there. everyone laughed at me. But I swear it wasn’t visible.

This was a fun fight, requiring specific timing for healers, and the DPS on the pufferfish but overall enjoyable. I found it difficult to determine the edges of the jellies, however I didn’t get stung so I must have been doing ok. We gave this one a couple of attempts before his light went out. Not overly horrific in normal but definitely enjoyable, not sure how much harder this will be in heroic, but it makes me nervous thinking about it. 3/8N

Even got a little achievement!

Finally we went to Lady Ashvane. I am not sure how we determine she is a “Lady” but if that is her preferred prefix, we will roll with it. Who am i to judge her? She was way easier than I anticipated. The worst part is getting the icons over your head and ensuring you can get to the coral in time to destroy it, but really this was a bit of a cake walk. Toblerone cheesecake. 4/8N

Nibblepie passed over two pieces of gear to me, one upgrade and one tanking set piece (not brilliant but better than what i had) and I gave him a piece of gear in return…at least, I attempted to because it was crap but because it was a higher ilevel I couldn’t pass it over. Worst loot system ever invented. EVER!

Pretty good night for our first walk through. #pride

Coin showers of killing

Every single time I giggle like a child. Coin showers. It just makes me laugh. I am juvenile…yes I know.

We went back in with a plan…of killing Opulence. The guys had done the first bosses on Wednesday and had done some normals as well when it got too much to handle.

We messed up the rooms a couple of times with people dying early due to “stupidity”, healers walking away from their pc’s instead of accepting resses and people dropping their burning gold poop in melee. But we seemed to just know it better I think. I actually survived on the kill which is about as 50/50 chance these days 🙂

4/9H

We did manage to kill her/it/him though after about the 3rd attempt. As you can see most of us were alive and communication was good. It worked well and even the adds were not too much trouble this time. Extra mass entanglement helps I think, but it never seems to last long enough 🙂

We headed to council next. What a messed up fight – I note I will likely be saying this about all fights – there seems to be so much to focus on everything else but attacking the main boss in these BoD fights. They are so busy.

I didn’t think this would be as hard as it was simply because of one extra mechanic by a frog, but it lifts the level enough to be annoying when it is botched. The main issue of everyone getting centrally underneath Paku but fast enough to not be the farthest away at any given point except for someone else….my god….just horrific. There must be an easier way.

Kimbal 2 %

Our best attempt was one of our first, we killed Gonk and had Kimbal at 2%, so we just had 2 more aspects to go. I am not sure why we kept going worse. That is a habit our guild has and I am very curious about the psychology behind it if I am honest. One of the other super annoying habits of my wonderfully stubborn guild mates is the need to change what we are doing after 1 attempt, just give it a couple of attempts to let people settle into the fight before going all balls to walls on changes, it just makes it confusing.

We also had comments about how much harder healing was without Nibblepie holding up the team 🙂 I am not sure I am meant to say anything but you know I couldn’t help it. But like Nibblepie when Ben isn’t around casts that we don’t even know exist start going off; I miss the days where Ben would say when he interrupted things. Of course none of that is important when you have DPS doing 40k on trash mobs (looking at you Jon, Oui, Ben and Simon) and making everyone else feel so insufficient as players. I have no idea how Chris is feeling with the news his spec is the lowest on the charts for the last 2 weeks, maybe time to go back to his warrior?

We gave up after a few shots and then went back into normal mode and smashed this boss in the face and Rastakan as well 🙂 For my efforts I was rewarded with something of immense joy.

I know a lot of the people I follow are already in mythic level and have their AOTC achievements, but what about the rest of us plebs – where are you sitting at?

Mastering the masters

So I am not entirely sure we can say we mastered them perfectly, but we did kill the blue and green MnM duo.

Image result for m&m's blue and green

I went in terrified about the going upstairs phase, mainly because I remember Ben mocking all dead people last time about how it isn’t hard to do. But I guess a week of gear and some extra practise meant we didn’t even get to the phase, we timed our blood lust just right and managed to kill her very quickly after her transition. We didn’t get thrown up into the air! I would say that is mastering them 🙂 Just pump out the DPS so you can avoid mechanics is my favourite part of raiding.

I have too many boss kill photos dead….I need to pay Nibble and Nelly more money 3/9H

We then spent the rest of the night smashing out Opulence. It is very unforgiving in Heroic mode with damage, if you get hit by something it is generally good night. But there was one attempt where my side did no DPS (just avoided mechanics) for about 5 minutes so the other side could catch up (due to death, not a DPS issue) because we just wanted to get through to the Opulence room and see the actual fight.

I apparently killed Nibblepie with some well placed gold, monks apparently don’t like gold being dropped at their feet. But I swear it wasn’t me because I remember getting it just after his death and using my bound backward spell to get out of everyone’s way. I felt super bad about having killed him. I don’t like killing other people when raiding let alone when I die myself. I shall be hyper vigilant next time.

Opulence – 65%

Our best attempt on him was about 65% and with only managing to get to him 2 times in total. I think that was a fair effort. The adds that spawn move so much faster as well and we simply didn’t have enough time to kill them. I think that is going to be a fun challenge, especially with the golden coin showers (ewwww) and the molten gold.

Image result for coin shower

This fight like all I guess, is you just have to get the hang of each phase and it takes work to get to those phases so you can see them. We need to move faster though. Nelly advised they are going to start working on Heroics on Wednesday know instead of normals so that will at least give better gear, but we have to go back and kill Jaina in Normal mode at some point.

Speaking of, I went and did LFR and completed Jaina. I had the quest to complete her and I figured I was sick at home why not. It wasn’t too bad. We wiped on her once but then smashed it the second time. I didn’t find it that hard to deal with in LFR so I wonder how different it is in normal/heroic. There is a lot going on – no argument here – but I think if the tanks can get their positioning right and the DPS watch their debuffs and get out of the bad (and into the good when they need it) we should be able to smash it. I don’t feel as scared doing her now though.

Once you complete this you get more story and Sylvanas becomes even more twisted. Stop reading this here if you don’t want to know anymore or you haven’t finished this part of the quest.

You are tasked with attending the funeral of King Rastakan and the city now has mourners travelling to the top of the Great Seal.

After offering her “condolences” she decides to raise the corpse on the boat, Daelin Proudmore; to be an undead to use against the alliance in return for their killing of King Rastakan.

Daelin’s memorial stone.

Baine is very unhappy about this – very unhappy – but Sylvanas basically tells him to shut it – she controls death and will do was she pleases. This sounds like the banshee who is still as crazy as she was when she burnt down the World Tree. I don’t like it one bit, it shows an arrogance and rage that a Warchief shouldn’t have had.

Master of Death

I am wondering when this will blow up into the next main story section of getting Sylvanas out of office? However the story basically stops at that point with plans needing to be worked out. The entire thing is very cool, so if nothing else make sure you get Jaina killed so you can hand in the quest and see the reaction Baine has. He must be so close to the end of his tether with her, especially when she says she will not let her allies (the Zandalari) suffer alone. She is one twisted banshee.

How do you actually play?

Honest question incoming. [shame] I am a clicker and a sometimes keyboard turner.

In an effort to break up all the raiding posts I thought I would see input from the collective.

A long time ago – somewhere in the middle of my WoW history I was not a clicker. i spent hours on a test dummy running side to side, back and forth and casting spells to be at the top of my DPS. (I was never good enough imho and part of why I stopped playing my mage for tanking; I was better at that).

Now, I just can’t seem to get back into not clicking. I start off with good intentions and use my buttons and mice buttons then at some point I get flustered with boss mechanics and fall back to the clicking.

I laughed out loud in the cafe looking at this picture

It was a point of discussion recently with the usual things like have spell types set to the same across all specs and characters, have important CD’s on mice etc.

My interest is more towards how you manage to move your toon out of things at the same time as maintaining a rotation. From initial discussions I have small fingers because some of my friends are saying they can reach the number keys whilst resting on awsd…I have to physically lift my hand to reach them. Did my hands shrink? Did keyboards just get bigger? Are my fingers like little sausages and not as a joke (as my husband calls them!!?)?

Bad shot – but this is my fingers when resting on AWSD and the absolute stretch I have for reaching the number keys. Sorry for the nail polish.

Everyone of my friends had a different way of moving their character and I am actually impressed with the variants. I use my mouse to move the camera and I use WQE to move forward and strafe. I barely use SDA unless I am turning to look at something specific – which I think I use at the same time as my mouse?

My biggest struggle after a few weeks of buttons and not clicking is managing to target mobs at the same time as DPS and move. OMG this has kicked up the difficulty level – especially with the new raid.

So…how do you guys move your character around and target mobs? Whilst not being clicker?

Raiding…catch up :)

I got slack with the posts again but I swear it isn’t my fault…aside from this being my blog and therefore fully responsible for posting etc!! Shhh no one needs to know ok :p

So the wonderful guild has managed to kill Blockade!!! I wasn’t there for the kill but I managed to get hold of a picture from a guildie. Look how happy they all look!

Blockade 8/9 N

They apparently went and had a play with Jaina and it terrified them 🙂 That doesn’t bode well imho!! There has been talk the first three bosses in heroic are easier than Jaina. I will cross that bridge when I come to it though, I am unlikely to see Jaina on normal any time soon due to my availability. However having said that I was unwell last week and managed to get in on a Wednesday raid to see the earlier bosses I hadn’t yet killed.

I was pretty excited at killing Grong on normal (having only seen him on heroic) and scoring this little beauty of an achievement. Yup I am defending the homelands from angry white gorillas (sounds like Aussie politics at the moment)!

He is a much easier fight on normal than heroic, stupidly so. I wonder how easy LFR is. We continued through the bosses with ease, however we got to Rastakhan and I swear on everything I hold holy, I did nothing good on that fight. Nothing. I was in the group that had to go down the bottom and I literally spent the next 5 minutes just running around to avoid the bubbles and jumping into the portal to remove the debuff. I did not get any more than about 10 casts off the entire time…including my instant casts.

That fight made me sweat. I didn’t like it at all. I am now terrified of Jaina. I had thought I took a photo of the amount of balls downstairs but I haven’t. Nibblepie did later say to me the last time they did this there was nowhere near as many balls to worry about. I would have liked to have been in that run instead 🙂

But we did get through it, even with people (I think it was Nelly) wondering why the bottom phase was taking so long. Sorry – that was entirely my fault for not doing any DPS. Another achievement received, I am sure I will be ok on this fight next time now that I have seen it all the way through.

Onto a heroic catch up! We are now 2 down!! We smashed through lights champion and then went to Grong. Last time he smashed us in the face repeatedly at below 20%. This time, he got smashed in the face 🙂

Grong 2/9 H

We then spent the rest of the evening (by accident) wiping on the Jadefire Masters. I kid you not we almost had them….every single time. It was so close. They weren’t clean attempts or pretty but we were so close we just kept thinking we would get them.

For those who have been lucky enough to never get sent upstairs – this is what you are looking at:

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Image from Youtube

Now in every single video I have watched on this boss they make it look like they turns happens really slowly and you have time. I call absolute BS on that. I think they sped them up or something in real because this is virtually impossible to survive and to see. This image above is so clear and saturated with colour, mine was a lighter/paler green and harder to see. It was at this point we mostly all died. However by the end of the night some people were surviving more often but honestly it was just horrific. Ben somehow managed to survive every single time…I suspect having an awesome graphics card and video settings at ultra might make things look different therefore easier? I will try and get a picture of what it looks like for me when we are in there next.

Either way, we are chugging along and learning the fights as well as can be expected. We will get through through because that is how we do it in Warsong!!

Mekkatragic

I was once again late to raid on Wednesday night, which happened to be the last one for me for a while due to Karate being back on. So when I finally did get into the game, I was told they had killed Rastakhan!!! I was very impressed – that was a hellish fight (and mostly sad I missed it).

I have no idea if they got me a screenshot but I am sure someone will send me something if they did…eventually.

I actually turned up whilst they were attempted Mekkatorque and it sounded like they were about to kill him. Not having read up about the next fight (I had researched the crap out of Rasta), I had no clue what Nelly was calling out – blue you’re orange, then blue, then red; Red you’re blue, then green, then..what the hell are you on about.

Blessedly they wiped 🙂 Muhahahahah.

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I got an invite and jumped in, Nelly getting me to root things like a good druid straight off the bat. We then did the fight again – me having zero clue what was going on – just rooting little bots and hoping like heck I didn’t get shrunk because I was so confused about the colour calls.

Would you believe I got shrunk on the last one about 30 seconds before the boss died, so my ineptitude didn’t affect the raid!

It is definitely a different experience being in a run with the guild when we are doing a new boss. People aren’t joking around as much, they are more easily frustrated and everyone wants their idea to be the one that works.

Ultimately, we get it done and that is the important thing 🙂

Mekkatorque 7/9N

The rest of this evening was spent on Blockade. Can I just say…what in heck Blizz. OMG. This is horrific. Solidly, horribly, terribly icky. This fight made me long for Patchwerk. Seriously. I just want a nice easy fight were I can face-roll my way to success 🙂 LOL

I was on the ship with the sirens and it was pretty difficult to stay out of the poop, get the siren, stay behind the poop if you got targeted by said siren but also drop the poop in a useful spot. Yuergh. Horrid. Even the slightest delay or bad placement and you were sent off the ship to your death. End of story.

It took us a few attempts to get this bit due to sudden onset death of our boat, but once we got it handled we had about 5 attempts where we made it back to the pier.

It was at this point even I got frustrated. Maybe because I had just watched the strat video or maybe I was just annoyed at the sirens, no idea. Not because we were wiping but because people would not stack up on each other. Like seriously guys you need to be on top of each other to reduce the ground mess. Don’t stand next to each other – you just spread it out. OMG!! Unless you played all the way zoomed in with your camera – you don’t need to see your actual toon.

If you do play with your camera zoomed all the way in – I would suggest you are doing something grievously wrong. Wrong!

Of course it was making me even more annoyed people were blaming everything but themselves as to why we were failing and trying to come up with different solutions to a problem which didn’t even exist. (Omg that sentence structure is terrible but I am still annoyed!)

https://www.furaffinity.net/view/4209473/

Anyway we weren’t getting very far into this one, adds being dropped early, balls not being soaked, ground covered in muck. Hopefully next attempts will be better.

Continuing the fight

We need to discuss the fact we are turned into filthy alliance scum. We even get the spells the alliance have. I get turned into a Night elf and I do have to confess, I have missed having the NE flip. It is a little unsavoury being a completely different faction. I can not find anyone either because we all look similar to each other in outfits.

Turned alliance

Back to Opulence on Friday night and I got switched to the other side, is it was fire which was killing me and this time it was electricity. I actually did better this attempt and managed to stay alive through the tunnel rooms. We got into Opulence’s room and he died so quickly, I don’t think any of us were prepared for it. Everyone killed the adds after some serious CC commands, but it honestly just exploded into piles of gold coins unexpectedly. We were too perfectly focused – they are the least exciting kills.

Once the boss dies you dig for treasure….great amazing vendor trash treasure.
Opulence 4N

I should point out at this stage that Chris and Jason – our raid leaders have been….away…deserting us. So Nelly has stepped up to be the raid leader and she is smashing it out like the pro she is. She explains things calmly, succinctly and just gets us through everything. She is kicking us through this new raid and the bosses are falling beneath our feet.

We headed to the Conclave of the Chosen. I had zero idea about this one. The adds on the way to this one basically give you all the information you need for the actual fight though, so it wasn’t too horrid. We had quite a few attempts. Quite a few. This was a challenge due to all the randomness – healers needing to dispel but only at a specific point, raptors that target but you have no idea which one is actually after you, wing buffeting from a random location. It got a little hairy after a few goes, but we did manage to get there in the end! That is all that matters.

Conclave of the Chosen 5N

We spent the rest of the night having a look at Rastakhan. Some of us watched the videos during our break, came back and then got completely walloped but the mechanics. Sometimes you just need to see it a few times right? I thought we were doing really well until I happened to notice people getting the Heroic and Mythic achievements already! Seriously people…calm the hell down! Also Grats 🙂

Battle of Dazar’alor – You know it.

Last Wednesday night was the start of the new raid and also the day I picked up my new car. Yes. I have a new car – who cares about the raid right? I was late to the raid because everything was delayed at the car yard. I was so late in fact that the guild had managed to kill 2 bosses already by the time I got there! Sorry for the lateness of this post, we have had one of the busiest fortnights ever!

Nibblepie has uploaded videos to youtube so check out the playlist on the right hand side banner they should be there. Here is the guild’s first kill for the Champions of Light!!

Warsong 1/9N

And then they went in and killed Grong!

Warong 2/9N

By the time I turned up they were having their 10 minutes break and I was about to enter into the world of the Jadefire Masters! Which, would you believe we one shot? LOL Walked in, had an overview, worked out heals and tanks and then we simply smashed them in the face. This was the only point to which I had watched videos and read strategies!

Warsong 3/9N

Opulence was horrid. It was at this point I discovered I may no longer be cut out for raiding. I am out of practice and not able to focus on everything I need to.

I died repeatedly. Just so often, I couldn’t get through the first two rooms without dying. I was so ashamed of myself. The We had some good attempts towards the end of the night but we still had some bits to work out.

For our first night it was pretty exceptional 🙂 Well done guildies!!

We return to your regular scheduled programming :)

Sorry I have been so absent. A month is a super long time in the blogging world but honestly I have been so busy over the last month (Thanks Christmas and New Years) that I couldn’t fit time for blogging or WoW or anything much else but cooking, cleaning and entertaining friends.

Christmas was a low key affair with the mother in law and my mum in attendance and food and chilling out for the day. We had to go to Albury Wodonga to pick up the mother in law so that took some time up on the weekend prior. No orphans in attendance this year…one year it will happen.


Boxing day we have an open invite for anyone to drop past and relax with us with no set time, menu, expectations. Our good friends used to do this until about 4 years ago due to ill health and this year Hubby and I decided to bring it back and start up the tradition. It was a small event with only a few people turning up but we played some jackbox.tv games and had a great time. It was nice to just graze and have nice conversation.

Then we had a DnD session which was amazing. The only real amazing reason (aside from us having 9 people sleeping in the house each in their own room and bed!!!) was we managed to get our DM to fly down for the day to be with us for the game! Secretly!! We donated all our frequent flyer points to reduce the cost; me, hubby and Pracey (our DM) were just making comments about sending pizza through the webcam etc because he wouldn’t be here. But then. He was. When Sian and Michael turned up it was hilarious because Sian didn’t immediately register he was in a location he shouldn’t be. Ash lost his mind a little bit when he walked in saw Pracey as well. I thought for a moment I had broken him. It was an amazing night (and weekend) we played games the next day and just had an awesome time. It was the best Xmas present I could offer some of my best friends.

Then New years we had a friend come over in the afternoon and we headed to a good friend’s place for a BBQ. It was also so much fun. I dressed up all goth/witch for some giggles and we sat around a table, chatted, laughed and enjoyed the company of some of the best people I know. We left at about 9pm (? maybe) and headed home where the three of us proceeded to marathon “The Hobbit” extended editions. We got through 2 movies and were in bed by about 1.30am. I lasted until the new year though, so I am very pleased with myself. We watched the last movie the next day for recovery 🙂

This doesn’t cover the random things like coven meet ups for the sabbat, or getting the tyres done on the car or my very first endota spa massage and facial (omg I need another one!!) and the raiding with the guild again (woo!) the general housework that needed to happen after so many people keeping us busy 🙂

I am hoping to get back into blogging again now that we have had 2 weekends in a row without anything on and I feel a little less tired from all the company. I also miss wow, so started levelling my mage again as I have been tanking the raids whilst people are on holidays. I don’t mind it, but it is painful to not have an alt to play in normal raids 🙂

I hope every single one of you my readers had an awesome break (if you weren’t working like me) and that you are still feeling relaxed and refreshed for a new year!! Tell me what you got up to people?

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!!