#Blaugust2019 – Classic

I won’t be playing Classic, in fact I haven’t even installed it. I played on the beta weekend a few months ago and whilst I was all nostalgic for the game, it was enough of a taste to remind of why I don’t need to go back there.

This tweet reinforced that in my mind.

I adored Classic, I have so many memories of great fun and wonderful people. I had no idea that 15 years later WoW would still be affecting my life the way it has (and continues to). I made friends in my first ever guild which I still have today, which has given me more friends; I work with one of them and two are living with us at the moment. So it changed my life in so many positive ways. I always believed friends you made online were friends in the real sense and for me it is certainly true.

However, I levelled a mage to level 60 back in the day. I remember the constant balance between death and death. The amount of running prior to getting your mount at level 40, I remember the lack of quest data on the maps, the standing around towns looking for groups for hours. I remember a lot of the negative things which are only now negative because the game advanced and developed beyond those bad things. Does it still have issues – yeah, but the playability of the game is 200% better than Classic.

I remember all the good things as well and the sense of wonder at going to Molten Core for the first time, after one hell of an attunement quest. I still have my Sceptre of Celebras and Mallet of Zul’Farrak, and my first ever Epic item Elemental Mage Staff; they live in my bank as reminders. I also have a lot of the MC/BWL gear I received in my vault, even after the wardrobe function. It might just be a bunch of pixels, but they meant a lot to me. I look fondly at raiding with 40 people – all wanting to see the boss die, but spending most of Sunday getting through one raid zone was a little over the top 🙂

I fear for anyone new to the game who wants to relive the magic of Classic with the current player-base. Just look at the hate-filled discussion about a LFG addon created for Classic; it has been unbelievable to watch. There is a much higher percentage of dickheads in the game now who feel they need to prove something to random internet strangers and I don’t think it is going to be a great experience for anyone . I have my fingers so tightly crossed I am losing circulation because I want to be wrong, I hope with everything I am, people are nice to each other and remember this is a game that has brought a lot of people together.

If enough of my friends decide they are playing Classic and start a guild, I might decide to dip my toes in, but I really do think it was something I would rather leave to the memories at this point.

Memories

#Blaugust2019 – Why do I actually blog?

This is a question I have had running through my brain the last few weeks quite a lot. The answer is I am not sure, I just enjoy writing posts and like to know people are reading them. I think it shows insight to how I view games and what excites or angers me in Warcraft. It is a way of remembering all the things I have done, with who and shows the points in time when achievements were had and worked for.

Funnily enough I used to have a much larger reader base than I have now, when I had time to be more interactive with other blogs. I should really get back on the WordPress/RSS feed thing and start making the effort to engage with others instead of just lurking. But I have periods where I stop playing WoW and life gets challenging and busy so you lose people when you stop writing, nature of the game, but it is hard to rebuild.

I created a twitter account as a way of following other gamers and talking to them without the need for the blog, but then started using it as a general twitter and posting generic every day stuff as well. It is a mixed bag of my life. I even created a Facebook page with the intention of possibly live-streaming when I got NBN (the super fast tech we are supposed to have in Aus) but sadly my house won’t get it until mid next year apparently. So whilst I post all my blogs to it it is basically sitting their unloved, with 3 people who like it.

I have always used writing in a diary as a way of getting things out of my head – both good and bad. It has always had a therapeutic effect on me. I get to say things I wouldn’t normally say out loud. On my anonymous blogs I can say whatever I want and no one knows it is me, I am safe from questions. So even if what I blog about seems inane to others, it is a record of the discussions and friendships which have meant a lot to me and I want to remember them.

I was watching “Between the Sheets with Ashley Johnson” and she made a comment how she communicates better via email/writing than speaking and I understood it on such a spiritual level!! I think it is why I love blogging – and why I keep coming back to it.

#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.

I should add this may seem like a weird post, but all the people in this photo I know because of Warcraft. I met them in game and through friends of people in game 🙂

#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 – 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 – 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.

Rise of Azshara

So patch has been out for a couple of weeks now and I am going very slowly through the content. It has been really hard to find the energy to deal with Nazjatar. I dislike the area. In fact, honestly, I cannot think of a zone I have detested more than this one, maybe Suramar city; but that was one section of an entire zone. I have seen a few comments on twitter suggesting once you get flying it is amazing…but I feel the sensation of flying after 11 months would be amazing no matter where it was.

I much prefer mechagon as it seems easier to locate quests and move around on a ground mount.

There are a few spots in both zones where the respawn rates are completely over the top fast and others where you have to battle to the death for 1 creature every few minutes. So I feel there is some minor annoyances with quests and I am hoping I don’t have to do them for too long. I like the bejewelled quests and the string ones – but I have been a lover of puzzle games for a very long time.

We have been running around and questing with Apophis when we can be bothered struggling through them. I really want flying though. The three of us as pirates in Mechagon.

Overall it is nice to have new content for dailies, even if I am still trying to figure out the new essences and necklace stuff. Apophis was saying that his necklace is at 53 or something and I only just hit 50 a couple of nights ago. he has been doing really well keeping up with his dailies and island expeditions. Makes me feel guilty, so I have to fix that.

I am up to the scenario now, which I might try and get done tonight, but we ran Apophis through LFR for Jaina so he could get through the war campaign and maybe we can do the new scenario together at the same time.

Where did I go?

So yeah, things got super crazy! I got lost in some timey whimey vortex and here we are. 4 months since my last post…seems incredible to me.

I have been taking screenshots with the intentions of posting them…maybe I will post a small collection in the next couple of days as gallery so you can see all the things I wanted to talk about 🙂 A mini catch up of sorts .

The guild struggled after the announcement of the new patch to continue pushing content, so we stalled at Heroic Mekkatorque for numbers. We just couldn’t get people online to even run raids. This makes me super sad, because I would have loved to have completed AOTC with them. We just need a little focus from people and we would kill things, I know we would.

We went to NZ for 3 weeks in May, which was cut short by my Mother in Law getting deathly ill. So we spent another few weeks having to go back and forth between Wodonga and Melbourne to ensure she was ok.

Then one of our good friends returned to WoW and we did everything we could to get him to 120 by running dungeons, questing and LFR to get him geared as well.

In between all of that, I started a new job and my focus mentally has been on doing the best I can, but it takes a toll on mental reserves in the evening and our friends Ben and Oui officially decided to move to Melbourne. Since they will be staying with us we have been trying to clean out the rooms for them with moving furniture and our junk around the place. It has just been super hectic in our personal lives. My blogging has taken a back seat because it was just not possible to get it all done.

I feel like I have some breathing room now, so I hope to start posting more!! I am sorry to everyone for just disappearing!!

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?

IRL Ding!!

It is my birthday today.

Another year older and another year addicted to my favourite game.

I wish there was something you could do in game on your birthday which gave you a random mount or pet based on the ones missing from your collection. Like a spin the wheel or once off mini boss dungeon.

I have plans this weekend to have dinner with some of the best people I have ever known at such a hyped up restaurant (Mjolner) I am losing my mind in excitement.

It is also Drew’s birthday in 7 days so the dinner is for both of us to celebrate! I plan on taking photos but I also plan on drinking so it may not happen.

I have one of my presents already which is a kickstarter for one of my favourite books Green Rider. I am so excited and happy. The second present is apparently a million times better but is late for arrival. I have no idea what it is but Drew says it is amazing.

I hope you all have a fantastic day I know I will be just chilling out 🙂

The Riddle and the worm

Drew and I were watching the following video about obtaining the Lucid Nightmare mount by Bellular Gaming.

It reminded me of the Riddler’s Mind-Worm which I have been wanting to get for a while. I had never bothered as I figured it would take me a heck of a lot longer than I was willing, however tonight inspired me so I messaged the group (Drew, Michael & Ben) and asked if they felt up to the effort. Guaranteed mount for a little bit of flying around sounded like a plan.

I would love to attempt the other mount, but it looks way more involved…especially the maze room…not sure I would make it through that at all.

We jumped online and started the mission. I went on my mage as I figure having ports was going to be the most useful way of travel should we need to bounce around. Honestly if you are going to attempt this – get a mage who can port you back and forth – it makes it so much easier. No idea how long this would have taken with dependency on hearthstones.

You only need to read 8 pages then head to Westfall for the final part where you loot a chest and voila!

The chest on the west coast of Westfall and we found it towards the north end of the coast line.  Simply click and BAM! Mount.

Only one of the ugliest damn mounts that ever there was!!  LOL but I wanted it for that reason.

And getting a group photo was even harder due to the movement of the mount.  I really like the little chest on the back, but it would have been cool if it was a usable bank or something.

ahhahah SOOOOOOO ugly!!  I love it.  There is simply no good angle to get a photo of these guys. All in all I think it took us about an hour – maybe slightly longer, but not much more. I would suggest if you were putting it off, just get it done.  It won’t take you long at all.

And the “poem” from all the pages reads as follows:

...of Sea, Spirit and self…
…first of lords to fall…
…the wind, the eye…
…the plume, the tomb, a scarab moon…
…in snow, sand, and stone…
…behold the battle, unblinking…
…bejeweled watcher…
…ray of sunrise….

Now to contemplate the nightmare more seriously.

 

Someone pinch me…hard…

Or gentle…either way I can’t believe this at all. I had simply put this into the pile of things I might get done eventually but was giving up on actually believing it would happen.

Craig messaged me a couple of days ago trying to convince me to come on a run and get myself carried for the timed 15.

I am not usually a huge fan of being carried – it feels like I cheapen the experience. I thought I would be DPS as they were trying to get someone called Scud to tank. Also a bear. Apparently epic. Anyway because I tanked instead (Scud didn’t respond) and contributed to the actual completion of the mythic, I have shifted posts around because I am too excited to not post sooner! I was part of the group rather than just a carry! Boo-ya!

Craig pulled a group together which consisted of Lauralin (my little purple battle pet), Angeleus and Confliction from his guild on Dath. Someone had a level 16 Upper Kara key so of course that sounded like the perfect plan…for some people. I think Upper might be easier than lower but honestly so hard to tell when the DPS in the group steals aggro within half a second, especially with skittish affix. It was so damn difficult. I have never used my taunt on CD as part of my rotation before – it was so hard – even with a head start…<shame>

I actually wasn’t sure were going to make it just because when you watch the timer tick down and it builds the pressure. I am not kidding – I stood up after we finished and I had sweat pouring down my back – I was so excited and nervous. I think we only had 8 deaths in total. Pretty sure that makes a fair difference to our usual 30 – 40 on level 13-14 mythics 🙂

The guys were pretty funny and the language…yeah a little more over the top than my guild but I was laughing my butt off. I like being able to just fuck around on voice when doing runs – but I have a feeling not everyone appreciates it. Although we didn’t pull out the C word (which I was fully expecting based on what Craig has told me).

Thanks to the guys above – you were fantastic and thank you for putting up with my lower tanking skill/gear. The tears in my eyes were legitimately forming out of appreciation.

So many people were involved in me being able to get this purple bear, I had tears in my eyes I was so happy! Thanks to everyone involved prior to this latest part – Drew, Michael, Ben, Oui, Nelly, Fred, Simon, Craig, Aaron, Lana and Nathan and the rest of the guild for all the mythics, raiding and gear upgrades.

You guys are the absolute team and I appreciate it so much.

I feel pretty happy knowing I tanked a level 16 mythic, definitely wasn’t expecting to be able to get through it especially with the affixes. I know I have tanked all of Heroic Antorus so I should feel more capable but you know I am self conscious.

Blizzard why did you betray me this way? After everything I have given you.

I cannot preface this post enough to explain how everything that follows stems from a deep sadness at being misled by Blizzard at a time that should have been amazing.

I do not see the silver lining on this.

We were going to run some mythics for the weekly quest however Michael was eating dinner; instead of harassing him to masticate faster we took the opportunity to jump into Nighthold and get the last of the shards I needed for Balance of Power.

I only needed 4, so we wrangled an elite squad of death and destruction which included Simon, Brian, Fred, Ben, Drew, Michael and myself.  The guys were fantastic for coming along and helping me get the last few shards. I cannot thank them enough. Michael didn’t arrive until later, so in the interim I switched to healing. Bad idea. I couldn’t find the spell which put the green circle on the ground, I had to manually select people then the spell, and I was basically just clicking things in the hopes they would light up.

I am not a very good healer.  I didn’t even have Brez on my bars…had to do that on the fly when Drew needed a rez before tanking the second add. It was a disaster! Then Michael came online and I was so freaking excited!

After handing in then killing Guldan for his eyeballs, I went off excitedly to hand in my quest but the chain continued. So I delayed that to help Fred in Emerald Nightmare with the rest of the group to obtain the last of his corrupted essence. We tried Ursoc again for the hidden artifact – which Simon got!!!  We tried for Michael’s hidden one off the dragons and Ben needed something off the eyeball.

Once that was complete I headed back to my quest chain, flew to Moonhold and received all the power!! I was so excited because this meant I was going to get my purple bear!

We start off with this horrid green bear :p after receiving all the power.

I have improved history by doing the longest quest chain in game.  It probably isn’t but my god, it certainly feels like it is.

I ported directly back to my class hall and my tree to switch to purple. This is what greeted me.

It was locked? LOCKED?!?!?!?   I have – as per the notes on the tool tip – “Completed a Mythic mode Dungeon using a level 15 keystone” AND I had just completed “Balance of power”.  What gives Blizzard – as your tool tip reads – I have done the requirements?

Craig suggested the other day I needed to do the 15 after having finished the quest line.  Is that how you read the above?  Would you not put the 15 after the quest line completion then to give it a sense of order,. would you perhaps put them in the same sentence and advise it is required to be after.

I was soo annoyed. So annoyed in fact that I almost rage quit. I had been looking forward to completing this and being purple.  Instead I was convinced to to a level 15 then and there. So myself, Simon, Craig, Ben and Michael jumped into a Seat of the Triumverate 15 (which was Craig’s).  It was horrific.  I lost count of the deaths after about 50. I was so annoyed with the bosses and my failings as a tank – which were more to do with it being Skittish affix this week than anything else, but it was still frustrating as hell.  I hate all the bosses in this instance due to past experiences so it was lovely to finally kill this piece of garbage.  I hate him with a passion add that to my already simmering rage about my butt being green and not purple – I wanted to see him die.

We eventually got all the way to the last boss and Michael and I had to tank him/her/them (?) from 40% all the way to 0%.

It was the longest boss fight I have ever done, but no way in hell was I going to have to start again!  I have to admit it was pretty funny.  Michael even posted it on youtube to watch if you want to have a laugh.  I would speed it up if you can though as it is just long :p

Thanks so much to the guys for being dragged through a horrific level 15!  You were – as always – awesome!

So I headed back to my tree to get me some purple butt! This greeted me again!  ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!!!???!

The conclusion can only be made that it has to be a timed 15. Where is heck does it say timed?  For more casual players like me – completing a 15 is hard enough without adding it needing to be timed. When I say hard enough – the two level 15’s I have done have taken over an hour and a half with over 40 deaths – I am so far away from the timer that getting to the end is a massive success in of itself.  It isn’t like I am finding this easy you know. Had I known it was a timed 15 I would have just never started on this mission to have it purple. I probably wouldn’t have even completed the Balance of Power.   The tooltip should reflect the actual requirements.  I still “completed” a 15 when we missed timers and I got the achievement – that says it is complete. Why am I not purple!!! Why would you do this to people.

I am so angry. I am writing this post a few days later (to calm down) and it has made me angry again. I don’t even want to contemplate having to try and do a timed 15. I can’t even get a 15 key to do it?  Our mythic group is still at level 13’s with sometimes upgrading a key by one.  We haven’t managed to do a 14 yet in timed mode. I have until August I guess if I can be bothered. I am just so depressed about the entire thing.   Hashtag devastated.

Mythics: 2 hours of time just gone…stupid Lower Kara

This is one of the mythics our group keeps running and we just cannot seem to get the bosses.  We normally give it a few attempts and then just call it quits.  Now though – we can say different. We had a purpose…Screw the timer and let’s just get it done for Michael so he could get a piece of loot.  I am not convinced it was worth it, but you know…i loved trying to get it done.

The last time we were in here, Maiden drained our will to live, but we did eventually get it sorted. This time…Attuman was our focus. Sounds easy, no problemo to do.  Sure..for a bunch of nublets like us with the stupid necrotic plague hindering us.

I think we wiped about 9 times? Maybe more – before we finally killed him. He is so hard to keep in any semblance of order – and I think it is my fault for not just standing in the stuff and taking it like a good tank. It felt so good to kill him after the crap we have been through with him. When he was almost dead I was so scared we would wipe again. I took evidence.  I think we have the fight now, we understand it, it is just about perfecting it. We were actually doing really well time wise as well until just before this point.

Then came Moroes. Pain the butt. Draining the healer, traps breaking, garrote mixed with necrotic plague that I kept forgetting to look for…kiting mobs..gahhhhhh!!!  Stupid stupid stupid attachments! Why Blizz WHY!??!!?!?  I think this took about 7 attempts with the only positive being by the end we all had traps we could use.  We started with only 2, so after the first wipe 4 of us had a trap and then I got mine.  Having all of us with traps made it much easier to retrap if needed – even if I was kiting things away for the debuff to drop off.

But finally…after 1 hour and 54 minutes….(yes you read that right…and I typed it correctly) we finally finished this stupid mythic.  Thank you, you wacky bunch of crazy people for getting us through and just having a laugh.  Never again. If necrotic plague is up – mythics can go die in a fire with sanguine. Screw that!   We all better get some decent pieces of loot from the crate or I will rage!  Serious rage!

Torment of Friendship

Sometimes when you are in a guild, you feel like you have found a home. A place where you can have fun, relax, beat up some baddies and just enjoy even more time in Azeroth.

I have never been one for guild halls as ideas because I would rather people be out and about in the world doing things than in a guild hall.  However I could see it being a bit of fun if designed as a central hub.  Something with profession trainer access, auction house, bank and raid zone portal/quick travel etc. You could hang around in guild halls doing your game world things and having fun.

That is some guilds. Not all guilds.  Certainly not mine.  Who after doing some messy attempts at Coven people who shall remain nameless (**cough** Nelly and Lana ** cough**) decided to taunt and mock me…

Just look at them.  Their dancing butts.  GLOWING!  What is worse….Nelly was emoting at me and wiggling her butt.  I was just…jealous. Pure and simple.  Everyone was laughing heartily at my despair.

The horror with this guild doesn’t end there…no my dear readers….I then did a mythic with our usual group…

only 40 deaths on a level 14….standard stuff for everyone right?  I will be fair Ben and Drew upped their DPS a huge amount so we were burning some things down pretty quick, but the bosses enraging meant we were still a little too low (I am guessing).  I think the trash killed us more than the bosses did.

However that wasn’t even the worst of it. I can deal with 40 deaths and missing the time. I can’t deal with what happened when I came out of the instance….to see Craig….

Like seriously?!!?!?  You just want to torment me!  He was laughing his butt off. Jumping across the road in front of me with his little critter family.  I nearly have a matching – set just need someone to mock me with the red one. Craig offered to do so, but i screamed and jumped offline before I could see it happen.

The only thing that made this bearable (badoom tish) was the fact that Nelly, after mocking me earlier had told me to check the guild calendar in game and she had (to my joy) added a guild run on Saturday night for us to go and get me to Shards.  We are hoping if we can get a few people we can maybe try mythic which might equal more of the little blighters, maybe even run some other raids after it.

So friendship is when people mock you constantly but then offer to help you 🙂  xoxo I love my guildies.

Mythics: At least completing them count for something.

We have a nice little mythic group made up of me me tanking, Michael healing, Ben & Drew DPSing, plus whoever is online or available of Oui, Nathan or Andrew.

Drew has been starting to heal as well but can only manage lower level ones at this stage, about level 7. We are trying to get him some better gear and experience so he can potentially join in raids etc.

We decided to head to Maw of Souls 8 first with Drew healing on Aryssa. It was tough because Drew was having issues with his set up preventing him from playing disc properly.  In the end him and Michael switched out to get the last boss down – it was rough going, but we got there.  The mythic affixes for the week are Grievous and Tyrannical.

Grievous has now taken over for my most hated of affixes. Not pleasant at all.

Drew dropped out to play with his Clique set up and fix his UI, so we dragged Ben in on his pally and headed to Neltarion’s Lair 8. We smashed through that with Andrew DCing at some point thanks to his crappy internet. But that bumped up the key to Darkheart Thicket 10. We almost didn’t make it through, but we got to the last boss with 3 minutes left and managed to complete it to upgrade the key to a Court of Stars 11.  Andrew dropped out at that point and Drew joined us again. Poor bugger came in for another wipe fest in a dungeon we had NFI what we were doing.

We fumbled our way through, literally, each boss a struggle.  I do not see how anyone does this under 30 minutes.  It was a horrible instance which I could barely remember. At all. I had vague recollection of some of it, but largely I was confused.   I do feel though that after a few more runs and knowing what needs to happen it will be much easier to complete – I just don’t see it being under 30 when the first boats take 1 minutes off your time and then the asking spies for information etc can take a lot of time as well.

We called it quits after that for a little while but it was pretty good.  I think if we can get a solid group going with solid DPS we would be able to smash through some high level ones, but we just need to also get the right keys.

Pets – even more pets

You know some people just come into your life and no matter what bring you happiness and smiles and contentment.  This all stems from pets.

I logged into Dalaran and noticed my mailbox was needing to be read.  I open the box and notice multiple mails from the lovely Nelly again with more pets for me!  If i could crush on a person it would be Nelly at the moment with the pets 😀

These were the ones she sent me this time, and I sent some back to her because she had already given them to me last time! The joys of farming for transmog gear in old raids is you get pets.

My little micro sentry asking me very politely to be levelled next.  Gah such cuteness!!

My levelling queue in rematch is about 40 pets long at the moment. I did manage to get quite a few pets levelled on the recent bonus weekend – I just spent time near flight points battling everything I could.

I do need to start doing that again and likely it will happen over the next couple of weeks as my work life changes.

But there are so many things I want to express to Nelly and simply put – words can’t. I am so grateful to know her!! Not only for the pets but for being so awesome with the hellfire raid and being patient with me. So many hugs being sent via the internet!!

Thank you so much!

Good Friday achievement run

What do you do when you are not a Christian but have public holidays because of the mainstream?  Find others who are also not doing anything over easter/good friday and spend the day eating, drinking and playing WoW.

I am quite proud pagan and I would happily work on Christian holidays if it meant I could get my 8 main festivals off, however with only just over 40K people in Australia claiming to be pagan on the census I think we are a long way off equality there.  I mean if you take gay marriage as an example of how minorities are screwed in Aus, I think you have a fair idea. Anyway finding other “atheist” friends is not a major issue 😀

I packed up my pc and headed over into the alliance territories of my druid.  Since this is a super long post you have to jump through 🙂

We were deciding what to do as a group of 4 and I suggested we look at doing old achievements for mounts, just chill out and run around.  The reason being one of our 4 hasn’t played WoW in years and so being able to get through heroics/mythics would have been challenging.  However I didn’t mind chasing old achievements though.

We started with The cataclysm raider achievement and figured that would be the easiest, most of us had a lot already completed.

I don’t think that is too bad really, the only one I had the others didn’t was Four Play and Silence is Golden.

We smashed through the instance so quickly that most of the time me and Calan didn’t get a spell off.  My moonfire was getting smooshed constantly but I just couldn’t run fast enough with my little owlbear feet.  We failed on Nefarion as we killed him far too quickly which meant he didn’t get to play out his speech etc. We ran out and tried to come back in heroic to do it again but found we couldn’t.  GAH!  Trying to remember the changes to the raiding situations is insane over multiple exapcs.  Maybe Blizz should look at removing that once the xpacs are a couple of years old, so you can go in and farm both normal and heroic.  It isn’t like you have anything to gain other than pets/mounts/gear now. So we have to go back in for “Keeping it in the family”.

We also did Bastion of Twilight where we were missing more of the achievements for others.

I did not think we would actually get “Double Dragon” as the bosses were losing health without us doing anything and both Fi and Hels were in the other realms trying to kill the mobs.  They managed to get the last mob down and the bosses had about 2% health.  It was an amazing effort.   The other thing I was super excited about was seeing Sinestra, I remember when the raid was released thinking I would never get to see the fight at current level but how cool did it look!!

We had no idea what was going on when we got to her and had no idea how to do the fight.  All of us saying we hadn’t seen it.  Until the achievement popped up for all of us except Fi.  She was very confused about when she received the achievement because she was adamant she had never seen the fight.

Throne of the 4 winds was also needed to complete the achievement and we missed out on”Stay Chill” unfortunately.  It caused a wipe the first time as we tried to go to 8 for the buff before we killed the other bosses, instead that killed us and took Hel about 15 minutes to die.  So we tried it again, but you know what isn’t helpful – demonhunter wings – apparently when you are trying to jump across platforms they cause you to go slower and delay you landing which means more time for the buff to count down.  It caused an issue with Hel and then he dropped his buff but we didn’t realise and so we killed the guys and no achievement.

I didn’t need “Four Play” but the others did so we researched what needed to happen, spent about 10 minutes reading up on the best way to complete it without issue and then headed into the fight.  This was after having bugged out the boss the first time and having to spend 10 minutes rebooting WoW before being able to get get the fight started again.

We start the fight, and Hel forgets that we are attacking a boss from the 1930’s and decides to hit it with one solitary attack. BAM! Boss dead.

I am in fits of laughter, rolling on the floor almost, because instead of auto attacking he went full Demonhunter and went crazy. We didn’t get the achievement as you can imagine.

I only need 2 more achievements now to get the mount – I am happy about that. I could potentially do the Nefarion one but the Stay Chill will be hard without at least 3 people.

You would think we would have had enough at this point, but nope we decided to head to Dragonsoul. As you can see – I don’t need much for this one. Sadly the issue is my druid doesn’t have any of the Chromatic Champion completed however my mage has 2 done.  Sadly that isn’t account bound 🙁

Fi and Hel only need 1 more run through to get the last chromatic platform which will be awesome for them in a week’s time.  I might see if  I can find a raid going to get one more platform done on my mage.

The only one which caused us grief and took about 40 minutes (if no wayyyyyyyy more) was Maybe He’ll get dizzy.  We did it over and over and over and over and over again. Each time getting slightly better but initially we just kept killing all the things with splash damage and flying off his back a couple of times.  Only 4 people means that if you are standing just slightly over the imaginary line he rolls.  Was sooo painful.   After a bit of a break for snacks and drinks we came back and did it. FINALLY!  there was much celebration!

The last ones we attempted were Mogu’shan vaults because we figured that would potentially be just as easy as the other ones. We were wrong.  We could not have been more wrong if we tried.

By this stage my hubby was home from work, so we decided to pull him into the raiding fun as well. As he is away in Malaysia at the moment, I am getting him as much as I can to play WoW with me so we get some “time” together.

We all went into the first one with Corgis and pugs out.  We didn’t get the achievement for “Must Love Dog”. We speculated that because the corgis were not around in Pandaland we needed to get out pugs only.  So we excited and attempted to come back in on a different mode… nope. Still not possible in this expansion.  So we moved on to Fend the Accursed and could not get the mimic to happen, however at the end of the fight we seemed to have one part of it done – I will need to read up more about that achievement. It doesn’t help when you don’t really remember how the fights actually go. No achievement.

Activating the Mogu artifact seems like an easy prospect but it isn’t.  I read on wowhead that having more people clicking on it speeds up the channelling – I dispute that vehemently but with only 2 people in the spirit realm it is hard to tell conclusively.  We think we might need more than 5 people for this fight given 3 people are voodoo dolls and unable to go through to the spirit realm. No extra achievement after at least 6 attempts.

Subetai the Swift we all danced with after he did pillage and then nothing happened, no achievement so we will have to find out why – we must have done something wrong.

We did manage to get this one though – yay us. Probably not the most difficult to get completed really.

Then we failed miserably on the last one with the constructs that do so much damage which you are supposed to avoid but have no actual way of doing so easily.  I have no idea.  We all spent ages and ages and ages killing adds on this fight and only a couple of us getting 1 single stack of the debuff needed.  This one made me angry as I couldn’t avoid the damage at all. In any way. This one is a lie!  I don’t see how anyone completes it.

I am sure there is a trick and I will try and find out how to complete them all and see if they are possible solo or with just 2 people etc.

Kudos to the group – we did so many achievements it was awesome.  Sorry about the Mogu’shan ones being horrific!! But I had such a great afternoon playing and doing old content. It was so much fun!

Making friends and warm fuzzy feelings!

I need to start this off my saying I am not great at making friends in person, online though; I am not nervous or shy. I think the benefits of essentially being unknown is that you can take a few moments to compose responses or think of witty responses to things.

Most people would consider me an extrovert, however I consider myself an introvert until I really feel comfortable in the company.

I have been blogging since 2009 about WoW and really, I made very little attempt at making friends or getting out there in the blogosphere for fear of rejection or ridicule.  Anyway once I decided to put myself out there and just start talking to people no matter how dumb I felt, I found an entire new world of basically very very lovely people.  One being Navimie.  Anyway, you all know how beautiful she is,  recent experiences have shown how much you all love/appreciate/enjoy her.

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