Improvement is in the eye of the beholder!

Ultraxion trash….just thinking of it brings tears to my eyes. I didn’t mind the old trash, I swear it was fine!!

This new style has the guild bested. I suspect the tanks inability to actually hit the mobs makes it harder than it needs to be; but I kid you not, tonight was the first time we have actually gotten past it after less than an entire night wiping first.

The rub being it resets Tuesday night and we have to do it all again 😦 Are any other guilds finding this trash is actually easier; and are your tanks having trouble hitting the dragons?

However aside from all that – I TANKED ULTRAXION – yes yes 🙂 and not in LFR either 🙂 I was a little excited about it 🙂

I also did a couple of heroics on my Druid and….I can now do LFR 🙂 I will possibly get booted for crap dps, but I can certainly have fun trying. I really enjoy playing boomy – almost as much as I enjoy my mage. That’s a bold statement if I say so myself!!!

Too much excitement for one obsessed person to handle 🙂

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Shared Topic – Show me the Transmog!

It has been a while since I have done a shared topic, I have been away from Blog Azeroth for far too long and I hope like heck it picks up again, so here is my attempt at helping that 🙂

The reasons behind my transmog!

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Mists of Panderia – talents

Let me start this post by stating right here and now…I dislike Blizzard’s idea of making it impossible to choose what talents I want!

They have added some absolute crackers to the trees and I am drooling with anticipation….

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DeathChicken

Woot!!

My death chicken is finally 85 🙂

I have not really been pushing to get there, but I have been playing her when I can.  Ever since Vanilla Wow and I saw someone in IF, I have been wanting to level a boomy, but I just couldn’t hand levelling a druid…

This is only my third alt to level 85, and I am working on my priest now, thinking of levelling her holy actually as my first ever healing toon 😀

I have no current plans to use my boomy for anything other than LFR at this stage, however my level is far too low yet ….so heroics…here I come 😀

Dragonsoul (DS) and raiding

Of course, being new raid content, I just assumed that people would want to go in and have a look at the new stuff.

I was expecting all the raiders online bying for spots and instead we barely managed to scrape together enough people.

So, we trundled into the instance and after a quick explanation about staying out of the shite on the ground – we did all the trash – a few deaths as I think the damage was a little higher than anticpated which caused the healers some stress 🙂  A few people mentioned the swirly on the ground was a little difficult to see at times but not such an issue anyway 🙂

We get to Morchak and I give a quick overview and off we go – one shot. He was not difficult at all. I was quite proud of everyone with their communication. Stats aren’t uploaded yet so i can’t go over them as yet.  I didn’t even tape it!!!!  I just forgot completely about videoing 😦

I made a bad decision last night, to go to the ping pong boss – I honestly thought we could have done him.  I am now thinking the slime boss may have been better.

Anyway, we really struggled on the ping pong dude – err…ZonnnoZz or something similar…(reminder – learn bosses names before posting). Boss facing the wrong way, ball going off everywhere but where the wanted it to go, tanks dying, dps dying, healers getting blown up etc etc it was all just nastiness.

Towards the end we were getting the hang of it, but in 10 man (not sure if 25 is different) the ball needs to be close to a group of people when someone gets eaten as it does 180000 damage over nearby people….that was causing us issues…how to get people close to the ball but close enough together without the wrong person getting hit – there really are only a few of us in a 10 man you know.  I am not sure how close they need to be to the ball handler.  It is definitely something we need to get sorted tonight as it the mechanic of the entire fight.

I wasn’t able to explain the fight properly either – I was having one of those nights where I would have been speaking better english if I was using pidgeon(sp?) english….I just couldn’t get the explanations out.

Overall though it was out first night and people I am sure were nervous and confused but we did well to get the first one down.  We will get more done tonight I am sure 🙂

As a side note, I did also get my druid to 77 a couple of days ago; I will be much happier once she is 80 so I can start the cata quests on her!

 

Gah…and YAY all in one post :)

You know when you have one of those nights where everyone is doing everything wrong…just by small amounts….that was last night….we had to get Lord Ryo and Baleroc down and it took us a long time, I think we wiped of volcano dude 4 times maybe?  We just couldn’t get it together….every attempt something got borked….it was nasty….however…success in the end, it went pretty smoothly actually – sometimes you just a few practice runs I guess….

Baleroc was interesting to say the least, we lost a healer just as we were about to start him, so had to change everything around and get some others doing their shizz, it was difficult, but in the end we also got him on the “last attempt for the night”…we won’t include the second last 5 second attempt when all the DPS stole aggro off the tank in the first .2 seconds….ehhehe  it was a little funny….and I will never give up that secret as to why it happened!  I have to protect my tanking friends 🙂

So tonight we will be going to Alyzrazor…..god help us all.  I have to watch a few more videos today and see if I can pick up any extra tips or tricks to help people get through it….but honestly they just need to move and I can’t help with that, especially when I am flying around upstairs….

So onto other things…..I finally!  FINALLY!!!!  managed to get the achievement for all the cooking and fishing dailies in the major cities.  The fishing ones I have had for a while – however the cooking one is a completely different story – I have been going to Darnassus almost daily – I would say 5 out of 7 days a week to get the one quest I needed and FINALLY!!!  it happened!  YAY.

I have done the headless horseman every single day for halloween and gotten 3 sinister squashlings (I have kept them as I am wondering if and when pets become tradable if they will be sellable given they are a halloween event?) and no damn mount!!  I have seen so many other people get them and I am just alone in the world with no mount 😦

My archaeology is just on 400, so I am going to try and max that out today…I have been doing it slowly slowly, but it is a painful profession to level – I never eve want to do it on another toon if I can avoid it!  It’s worse than fishing in my books!

Extra long weekend this weekend, means I can do a few things guilt free 🙂 Archaeology and druid levelling!!  that’s my plan!

Mages, druids and everything in between…

I have completely changed my mage to be full fire spec..I figured I may as well give it a shot – worst case I just have to reforge and gem again if I fail.  I am very hit and miss with it at the moment, I would like to see what it is like in a full raid situation as opposed to heroics – which are very hard to judge anyway.

I have played with the dummies but fire is so crit dependant – I will kick arse for a few moments, then next time it will be lack lustre….I need to up my crit a little more…I am aiming for at least 15% haste – or as close to as possible…..I am currently at 13% so I am not unhappy with that.  I do however need to get some more Zandalari’s done so I can collect my tier 12 pieces – i just really dislike them 😀

My druid is finally level 70!!  YAY!  SO I have a shammy and a druid at level 70 now…..I will keep levelling my druid since I am on a roll with her 😀  My dps is terrible on her in heroics…I went into UK before and most were doing 1500 roughly…I was only cracking 1k when I was AOEing….my rotation is fine, so I can only figure it is my gear….which given what I am wearing I would not be surprised at all!!! Now that I am 70 though I will look at some LW patterns and see if there is anything that will last me a few levels…

So some other exciting info today….

http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/2529-New-Guild-Services-Now-Available-Blue-Posts

Years ago, we (being the three GM’s for our old guild) used to wonder why Blizzard didn’t have these guild services already available.  Now they do!!  Not sure why I am excited about it – I don’t have a guild and no intention of doing one again (at the moment) but I think it is pretty sweet that you won’t lose your guild and all the hard work that is put into one. Also kind of cool that you can rename it as well 😀

I guess my thoughts can change though because I signed up for the annual pass thing and there is a new xpac coming out…it’s a tempting thought to entertain….*innocent face*

I am also potentially going to be raid leading for the guild – however I am not entirely sure what my jurisdiction is or what the expectations of the guild are.  So I have to try and catch my GM for 20 minutes so I can discuss it with him and then work out what the guild wants…hopefully we can all find middle ground…somewhere…..he has basically told me to do it, but I don’t want to if I am not going to be able to push certain things like alts and under geared toons vs seeing content and having fun…..but we shall see….watch this space I guess.

So to end on a high note, here is a video of our Beth kill. This was the guild first kill, which was pretty exciting.  I also have the first kills of Baleroc and Lord Ry..which I am uploading tonight and tomorrow 🙂

Precious Beth

I may have pissed off a guildie the night before last whilst we were raiding…He hasn’t spoken to me in 2 days and does not respond to my whispers….

Last night, I managed to get sat out of the raid so I didn’t have to worry about it, but it just slightly annoys me that because I offered help – he got snarky and even after I apologized for any offence caused he still decided to shun me.

The issue with a text based conversation I guess –  sarcasm, humour, affection are not conveyed correctly, if at all.  This has annoyed me more than I would like to admit, as I really found him a nice person to chat to and I was not really seeing the precious side of him that everyone warned me of.

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Level 60 :D

My druid is level 60!  Woot Woot!

Finally got here, now only a few more levels to go.

I am very quickly getting over my will to run dungeons – so many pricks, but to be completely fair – I have had so many more runs that haven’t been horrible.  I think the stats are currently running at about 1 out of 3 I get abused for something.

I just ignore them and until I get booted out of one I am not going to worry – I am not in end game on this toon and honestly I am levelling – I really don’t have an issue with my dos not being top notch right now.

Hell I am wearing 2 pieces of kitty leather simply because they are heirloom items and I don’t have the badges (or the inclination to waste said badges) for the caster ones.

I have managed to get here pretty quickly, just over 2 days when I /played, so overall I am happy with that 😀

Rage moar!?!?!?

Once again I am amazed at the strength of character shown by people in this game.

I have been running dungeons, as you know, pretty solidly and this following screenshot shows that I am just incapable go playing on the same plane of existence as others.

To give background – I am finding dungeons on my boom kin actually quite hard.  I am constantly out of mana from the chain pulling that all the tanks seem to love doing, so much so that I am unable to even get out of combat to drink, so I sometimes have to resort to going kitty (with boom kin gear and spec) just to make it look like I am doing something.

I have also found that I am unable to really compete with DPS meters as my spells as as boomy tend to take some time to ramp up and by then the mob is half dead and I get one actual cast off.  I am doing better on each boss fight – when I have the mana.  So, aside from being asked  by one person why I use hurricane so much (which given everyone AEO’s mobs I am not entirely sure wtf they want me to do)  I copped this following tirade because I was not watching the tanks health…I has stupidly assumed he would have waited for the healer to be close enough…I have placed it behind a cut as it has a couple of rude words…

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Druids and dungeon queue

This is a late update I know 🙂

Saturday night my hubby went out, so given that I had not made any plans, I decided to put in some solid levelling on my druid.  I got to level 40 by 9.30pm and was rather happy with that.

I decided at 6.30pm to chain run some dungeons – how bad could it be?  Not at all I found out.  My first couple of runs were with randoms who were insane with aggroing entire rooms – no fear at lower levels huh?

On my third run, I was grouped with a priest healer and dps warrior from my server in a guild called…hrmm….refuge I think….they were fabulous comedy 🙂  Also had another priest who was unguilded and she (toon) was lovely.  We were grabbing random tanks, but we ran a few runs together and it was nice to find some lower level people just hoofing through instances having some fun together.

Found out boomkin is not all that great at lower levels when comparing one self to a SP or mage….my 100dps was just not getting close to  their 300dps..so i went to the AH spent 10g on some gear and then went back in and I managed to hit 120dps 😀  Mind you to be fair; I would get 3 instant casts off and the mob (excluding bosses) would be dead.

I really have no idea what I am doing as yet though – I need to spend some time reading about playing boomkin, at the moment I am almost mashing keys and hoping for things to die. ALMOST!!  I don’t really understand how the lunar/solar thing works..YET!

Definitely should have believed everyone when they said I had to get past level 20 to start enjoying a druid!  I am loving it.  Nowehere near as much as my mage – and probably not as much as my pally – but certainly more than my warrior 😀  I can’t wait to get to 85 – I may even try healing on her too…it seems sort of fun!

Paladin and druid levelling

I transferred my pally to AT again, and have spent today levelling her, she is almost 83…probably Wednesday night.  I would have been there tonight however I was needed for raiding and lost myself a couple of hours 😀

I have enjoyed playing her immensely, I had forgotten how much to be honest.  I am levelling her as prot as I figure that will give me the best experience and also the chance to get some tanking gear as I go.  They have changed pallies so much since I last played and I am trying to learn the class all over again – it is fun though and adds some interest to the class for me.

My druid is also making progress, she is 23 and I am having fun going through all the new quests in the area.  It makes questing so much easier when you haven’t done them before but know the areas well enough that you can move around pretty quickly.

So pally should be 85 by the ed of the week and hopefully will throw some tanking practice in there, the following week.  I am so excited at the idea of tanking again.

Alt time :)

My poor alts have been neglected until recently.  I have been playing them a fair bit which is so much fun. I can see why people like having alts  🙂

My warrior has been running heroics as much as possible, I picked up 2 pieces of Tier gear with my triumphs and so am starting to get her better geared. I picked up the pieces that repalced current blues to ensure better overall upgrades. 

I am getting better at tanking and am offering to run them as much as possible as tank, I am still a little slow on picking up loose mobs, but i think some of that is that I can’t see the loose mobs when my FPS start to go ballistic, and being a tank I am right in the thick of it, on top of the fact I sometimes get lost in the button smashing 🙂 heh  But I am getting there, I need more stam and I need to get my gear enchanted….which I haven’t done.

I have also started levelling her mining again and her blacksmithing. Nowhere near finisihed yet, but at least I am making an effort 😀  She is let’s say – 50% through both of them.

My shammy is stagnating at 68 waiting for the hubby to get his pally to the same level so we can level through Northrend together.  So I have taken her back to the starting areas to level her skinning and herbalism, I am hoping to be at the northrend level so whilst levelling I can get all gathering done as well and make some money off it.  We shodul be getting started on them soon, which is cool.

My priest, is now level 30 and she is going to be an enchanter/JC, I have not started either of her professions, I should start now though so i can send her everything from my other toons as I go.  I am just running her through dungeons at the moment with the random thing and levelling that way when i get some time on her.  I actually chose skinning/herbalism for her then realised I had my shammy with those two professions, so I had to find others for her to do 😀

My druid is on hold now, until Cataclysm – I want a worgen druid and I am nto going to level the same class twice 🙂  So she is just a place holder for the minute, I will be making her a LW – and not sure what else at this stage – maybe engineer 😀  So I might make her a guild bank of her own so I can start stocking stuff etc for all my levelling of professions.  No point selling all the lower level leathers, if my druid will use them later, so I just want to store them basically, same with all the gems etc

My pally hasn’t been logged into for about  months, I am considering just transferring her over to the alliance side.  I like my Pally and I miss not being able to play her. I would like to get some healing experience on her. Then I will have all bases covered, healing/tanking and DPSing 🙂 eheh

Didn't see that coming..

So talk about guild drama….wow did it get nasty in one day…..

As far as I knew everything was travelling along all fine and then a post was made on the forums by a guildie asking for raids to be organised a little better, so a few posts were made by the GM and others then I made a post about having a raid bitch to organsie raids 2 days in advance and that perhaps we coudl run things without the GM being online…somehow, I am still nto sure how, that caused a major blow up to the point where the GM responded saying my post made him want to quit WoW and that I had not listened to anything previsouly posted and that all our effort was wasted etc…anyway he was pretty nasty….so then a couple of people arced up to defend me – I might add i didn’t post again after my first post….and from there the topic just got worse and worse. 

The whole idea was that we were requesting to have some raid organisation before raid night, but the officers and GM’s kept yelling and screaming about people missing out on raids should stop being such babies?  I am not sure how they got to the conclusion any of us were complaining.

Anyway in the end one of the GM’s called my friend an “illiterate fuck”, that was as far as I was going tro take it so I gquit.  I was not prepared for all my old guildies to quit with me, so we trundled back to MA last night. Upset, tired and a little shocked was I…..

I then got an email last night advising me of a comment posted on my blog, pleas refer to the previous post for that little gem.  I am not entirely sure what this person means as I used to chat to  3 people, and only one had an accent that I used to comment about, but I didn’t realise that talking to people = flirting…I shall have to remember that with my current guild mates as I would not want them to think I was trying to get them all in the sack for one giant gangbang!

Anyway if nothing else I have learnt that no matter what you may think or how well you are playing with others,  some people are cunts and will be that way forever.

Please find below the post I made which if you refer to the comment posted on the previous blog, was be posting shit all over their forums?

No offence meant here, if you want people to take initiative we need to know it is ok to do so?

The other night we we were told a run wouldn’t be going because you and Sere were not online, now I am no expert but we had 2 tanks online with a third who could have tanked the trash/OT in ICC easily enough. IN the end you both came online so all was well, but by then the raid was not started until almost 9pm server time. Granted I am referring to a 25 man here, and not 10 mans.

However the 10 man runs can be sorted the night before, you guys are very particular about people signing up on the forums so use that sign up, or the addon Koli linked. If people are not signed up don’t base the groups on them, end of story. We have more than enough people in the guild with alts all over the shop who can handle almost every situation possible.

I used to be in a guild, a very long time ago, that had one officer dedicated to raid organisation. We had to sign up at least 2 days before said raid and that officer kept track of everything – who was in, out, guaranteed next spot etc.

We had 2 sign ups each night for the 2 different teams and if you signed up for Team Mouse on day one, you signed up for the same team on day 2, day 3, day 4, so you had to ensure you were available for all relevant days (or at least note fi you couldnt make which day).

That officer was then able to approve and queue up people for raids 2 days in advance which meant the raid could get organised within 3 minutes and there was no stuffing about and people were sat out if they were not online.

The issue Muffy is you are being RL/GM/Spec person etc etc etc, you need to delegate and tell people to shove it if they are not happy with that. And use mods and people to help achieve those goals of running more smoothly. Says me who didnt delegate anything :p

This is more diffcult with the influx of people have had due to us joining, we added a 10 man group to the guild, which has caused more headached for the organising of raids, however I am more than happy to be the raid bitch if you need one and set up the calenders etc and approve groups etc so that when you log into game you are ready to go and all the raid leaders can just invite everyone who is approved etc.

I guess what I am trying to say is, you want us to take initiative, but on many occassions things do not go ahead without you and Sere online and that has been noted as the reason, so can there be some discussion about what we expect from the people who are able to fill vital roles, because as I understand it, if you were to take a holiday, we would not be raiding?