Screenshot Friday

Sometimes you just feel small in the scope of things

Screenshot Friday – Road Edition

A backdrop that is ideally suited for PPP

We should be driving through Missouri at this point in time.  We’ll be home tomorrow night! :D

Failmage returns!

Ahhhhhh, the glorious return of failmage!  Sometimes you just forget how much fun you can have blowing things up with fire. :D

 

My poor failmage got moved from Bloodhoof over to Skywall when Slice transferred his priest to play with Choice.  She spent the last months of Wrath farming herbs and making a killing on the markets on Skywall.  She did so well that I was able to get Slice a chopper for his birthday.  Times were good.

 

After Slice left Skywall and went back to Drak I stopped logging into failmage.  With no one playing on Skywall anymore there just wasn’t a reason to check on her.  I got caught up in the new and improved SR and just left her to rot.

 

Fast forward to this weekend.

 

Slice originally moved his mage over to Winterhoof to play with Rep’s Alliance guild; Sorak also followed and brought his rogue over.  Both of them are now raiding regularly with Crits.  I made a dorf lock and had been regularly leveling her to eventually be a back up raider for them.  I wasn’t in any rush though.  I love raiding, but I don’t know how well I would do with 4-5 nights of raiding a week.  Sometimes 2 nights is too much.  The lock was more just to be helpful than anything else.

I was leveling the baby lock on Friday night (punching Deathwing in the FACE!) and something got me thinking about failmage.  I’m not sure what it was but I started thinking that I should transfer her over to Winterhoof because nothing was ever going to happen on Skywall (despite our guild there) and if I was going to see the Alliance version of the new Cata zones any time soon it would probably end up being on Winterhoof.  I still have Millea over on Bloodhoof but I don’t really want to move her.  She is still a member of Echo of Fate and I kind of like knowing that I still have one toon left in that guild.

Since I was getting paid after midnight I had to wait until Saturday to set up the transfer.  I logged over to failmage and OMG all the crap she had in her bags.  She had tons of Wrath-era food (mostly fish) and other type stuff.  Like her bags were full of Wrath crap.  Not even stuff that could be sold for leveling.  Funny thing though, she has over 1800 JP left over from the end of Wrath.  This is, of course, awesome.  I cleaned up all of her crap, mailed off a bunch to my bank toon on Skywall and made the transfer.

 

I get to Winterhoof and Rep whispers me on Real ID “WTF 80 mage?” and promptly invites me to the guild.  Slice isn’t online yet so he has no idea what I’ve done.  Sorak is online but he decided to ignore me.  It isn’t like he isn’t on Real ID or anything, but I digress.  I usually start out in Hyjal then go to Vashj’ir afterwards.  I decided to start her out differently and send her straight to Vash.

Ok!  No problem!  I was in IF (I preferred it to SW prior to Cata) so I mount up on my mount (wondering the entire time why my bronze drake is greyed out) and hit the space bar to move up.

WTF?

/sigh

She didn’t have old world flying.

To make matters worse she had to get it in SW.

Good thing she is a mage huh?

I ported over to SW and had to run (*cries*) all the way over from the mage tower to the flying trainer.  Stupid SW and the stupid canals.  I finally get my flying trained and life is good!

I had yet to see SW as Alliance since Cata dropped.  It is actually really cool looking from the air.  Org was completely rebuilt so it was set up with flying around as the norm.  SW wasn’t.  You really feel like you are doing something special when you fly over it.  A part of me still can’t get over the fact that I can fly over the entire town and I don’t have to run through all the stupid canals and arches.  I have to catch myself when I start running on the ground.  It doesn’t help that my mount of choice is the Headless Horseman’s mount.

I was good and did remember to train my professions.  Found out that I was not maxed in first aid.  So I bought a bunch of Frostweave (man that stuff is expensive) and quickly leveled it to Cata levels.  I listed most of my Wrath stuff in the hopes of selling some of it (borean leather scraps sold, wtf?) and making back some monies.  I was sitting at under 100g after doing all of my training (and buying stupid expensive Frostweave) so I wanted to get back to a comfortable level.  I knew that questing would net me some good money so I headed out.

The intro to Vashj for the Alliance is quite different from the Horde version.  The little snippets of conversation from the NPCs is really neat.  You really get an idea of what their stance is.  One of the things I enjoy about playing both sides is seeing the different verbage on the quests.  It might be the EXACT SAME quest as you get from the other side but the what the quest says is completely different.  I’ve said it, others have said it, and it is still true, you just cannot get the full story without seeing both sides.  So seriously, if you haven’t leveled one faction or the other, do it.  Just to see the other side and understand the whole thing.

Right now the main thing I am looking forward to is the Alliance side of Twilight Highlands.

 

While I am merrily questing away Slice comes online.  I whisper him with “hi” (not on Real ID) and he says hi back.  I can tell he has NO clue who I am.  I give him a few then whisper him “and in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 . . .”  LOL about 2 mins later you can see the lightbulb go off.  I laughed so hard.  He was all “In my defense I haven’t seen this name in a while.”  Excuses, excuses!  By this time I was already 81 and working my way towards 82.

I decided that I was only going to do the quests in Vashj up to unlocking the Earthen Ring Quartermaster then I would head out to Hyjal.  I had already replaced about half of my gear (she was in 4 piece tier 9!) and was already seeing a difference in how things were dying.  Now don’t get me wrong, I had already pulled a few failmage moments.  First was when I started questing in Vashj with my chef’s hat on.  I couldn’t understand why I was dropping in health so quickly and why NOTHING would die.  I just assumed it was because of my fail gear from Wrath.  Nope!  Failmage strikes again!  I honestly didn’t even know until I saw that I had a helmet as a reward and I was mousing over to see the stats.  Yup!  Chef’s hat.

/sigh

 

I already kind of fail because for some unknown reason I default to spamming Pyroblast when I am being hit in the face by a mob.  Yes this is stupid, yes I fail.  Trust me I know.  To this day I have yet to learn the mage class.  It isn’t like I didn’t level her from 1 to 80  in my fire spec (which I totally did) or that the spec changed (not really all that much from what I remembered) I just suck at mage.  The biggest thing that throws me off is Scorch; more specifically being able to move and cast Scorch.  It messes up my groove.  Moving is supposed to STOP my casting of the wrong spell, not ALLOW it to go through.  >.<

No I haven’t accidentally pulled with Scorch when I tried to stop it.  No, not me!

/facepalm

All things considered I really did end up having a blast.  Luckily I had the full rested (2 1/2 levels worth) XP bar and I was able to get to 82 (98% to 83) on Saturday night.  I dinged 83 on Sunday afternoon (when I woke up) and have since moved on to Deepholm.  I haven’t had this much fun leveling in quite some time.  Even with this being my 5th time through the Cata zones, doing it as Alliance has just enough of a change of flavor that I am looking at it with a whole new view.  Good times will be had!

 

As in the past, failmage will NOT be raiding.  I did a random dungeon (I got VP, I am kind of shocked it wasn’t Stonecore) and wasn’t doing too badly.  I wasn’t number 1 by any stretch of the imagination but I held my own.  Especially against that stupid hunter who couldn’t even trap correctly.  BTW when someone is assigning CC targets and says “banish one and freeze another” you DO NOT freeze the banished target.  ESPECIALLY when the targets are marked.  Stupid huntards.

I guess I just got spoiled by all the good hunters in my guild.

 

Anyway, failmage will not be raiding.  She might do some randoms here and there, but probably not.  She will be a farm bot to make me monies.  Without a tailor to feed I can use her transmutes to feed my need for gold.  Once I hit 85 on her I will switch the focus to the baby lock.  I need her inscription skills to pay my bills!

Hmm, looks like I just might be playing Alliance a bit more than planned.

 

Oh!  A funny thing happened on Friday night.  Zerl (whom I also have on Real ID, seriously who don’t I have on there?!) saw that a bunch of us were on Winterhoof and decided to roll a toon to play with us.  He made a baby pally to which Sorak teased him about being pink.  Note that Sorak is playing on a female toon, but I digress.  Apparently he ALSO transferred a toon over to Winterhoof.  I guess he had a level 70 (or 71, can’t remember) rogue on another server collecting dust and decided to bring it over to the Alliance side.  He had been debating on if he should bring it to Drak but ultimately decided on having a higher level alt on Winterhoof.  THEN as he was there on his rogue and I was there on my mage, Tel logs in on his hunter and Zari logs in on his priest.  We were just missing Arv, Zarm and Zug.  It was too funny!

Hehehe bewbs

Last night in gchat I asked everyone how it was possible for the undead chicks to keep their boobs even when they jump around.  You would think those appendages would just fly off.  Apparently though “magic” is the answer.  I think there has to be something else though.  Nerds think about these things!

So yeah.  I think of some odd things sometimes.

Sorry for the radio silence.  I just haven’t had much to write about.  I can’t exactly write about guild drama anymore, mostly because I am an officer and am privy to all the background noise.  So while things have happened in game (nothing major) I just can’t/won’t write about it.

Plus Slice has this nasty habit of lecturing me whenever I “cross the line.”

/sigh males

PPP finally hit 85.  I’ve stayed shadow to do dailies and the occasional heroic with guildies.  I feel guilty for doing heroics.  While yes she has several crafted epics and has the gear level requirement, she still hasn’t “done time” in regulars.  I refuse to heal on her though.  I’m not enchanted and I want practice on regulars.  I haven’t healed since level 80 and I know that things have changed.  I noticed the difference on Tattia and I can just imagine it on PPP.  Add on top of that the fact that she is Disc.  Well let’s just say it probably won’t go over well.

My lone male toon is my DK.  Originally he was a female night elf on the alliance server Slice transferred to at the end of Wrath.  We had made DKs and were leveling them together.  He is my scribe and is an herbalist.  I personally don’t enjoy playing a DK.  I just mash buttons with them and things die.  The fun part is out dpsing and damaging Slice in 5 mans.  He has a rotation and is a good player, yet my button mashing wins.  It really does make me giggle.

Anyway, in order to get the Cata level of glyphs etc I had to get him to 75.  Like I said, Slice and I were leveling the DKs together.  That kind of died once we transferred back to Drak’Tharon.  We did a couple levels together but it got tough trying to find a time that worked.  Not to actually be online together, but when Slice actually would spend time leveling an alt he wasn’t going to raid with.  Eventually I just moved on because I needed him at 75.  Thus went the slog through Northrend.

I had been trying to level the roguelette at the same time.  The problem is she too was in Northrend.  I had managed to get her to 75 so she could get the next level of mining but I hadn’t moved much further than that.  After leveling the DK from 72 to 75 with no heirlooms through Northrend, I was done.  The roguelette just sat there in Dal.  I just couldn’t make myself go back to Northrend so soon.  No matter how badly I wanted a max level miner/engineer.

As you are aware, Slice transferred his mage to Rep’s server to help them with their raiding.  I had made a dorf lock over there a while back (and several horde toons) so when they were raiding I decided to level her again.  She went from 14 to 27 in one day.  I am actually leveling her as demo just so I can figure out the playstyle.  So far I have noticed that things die faster with the felguard as opposed to the voidwalker.  I do miss all the passive healing.  The thing I miss the most though is Soul Swap.  It is my new favorite thing on my warlock.  In fact I wish I had it on my priest.  Best. Thing. Ever.

While I was questing in the Wetlands I decided that I was going to pick up Arch on this toon and just do the dig sites that showed up in the zone I was in.  I wasn’t going to go out of my way to find the sites, but if they happened to be in the zone I was questing in, I would get some surveying done.  Now I had only done Arch on my max level toons so I had no idea the amount of XP you get from it.  At level 25 with no heirlooms, no rested XP, but the guild XP perks, I was getting almost 600 XP a successful survey.  Not too shabby.  Especially considering I was only getting 100-200 XP a mob.

As an aside, I am seriously leveling through zones super fast.  The guild XP perks help a bunch.  I can’t imagine how quickly the zones would go if I had heirlooms.

While chatting with a few people in Crits in their vent server I was informed that heirlooms affected the XP you got from Arch.

A lightbulb went off!

My roguelette is DECKED OUT in heirlooms.  The only ones she doesn’t have are the trinkets and the ring.  This was my ticket out of Northrend.  As I have previously discussed Arch is calming for me.  This would be a nice change from the slow XP grind on the roguelette.

Even better, it was Sunday. ^_^

I spent the better part of Sunday flying around (I even broke down and got epic flying, it was just too painful not to have it) and doing arch.  While I had rested XP I was getting around 46,000 XP a dig site.  That is the equivalent of 2 quests.  Once the rested ran out I got about 1 quest per dig site.  I was also picking up all the old world mining nodes.  Soooo much Mithril and Iron.  I got my first rare pretty quickly and am already working on my 2nd one.  I have decided to stick with Kalimdor again.  This is hoping I can get the trinket to drop.  Hey, it can’t hurt right?

I managed to get 2 levels on the roguelette before I called it quits for the night.  I will be sitting out one of the raid nights this week so I am hoping to get her to 80 so I can do the Cata zones this upcoming weekend.  I have no plans to raid with her, but I do want her max level so I can get the delicious ore and volatiles.  Just having my priest with her element transmuting has changed my dreamcloth production.  I am currently able to do every cooldown (except the chaos orb one, I don’t do heroics unless I don’t have a choice) each week.  In fact I am good for each one next week too.  I love being xmute specced.  The only problem I have now is what to do with all my dreamcloth stored up.

So yeah, that’s what I have been up to in game.  Lots and lots of alt playing.  The problem I am having is which one to play!  I still have my warrior and pally to level too!  Gah!! So many to play and so little time to play them all.

Adventures in PuG leveling

As I have mentioned in the past, I have been leveling the roguelette and PPP.  The main reason behind trying to get these alts up are their professions.  The roguelette has mining/engineering and PPP has herbing/alchemy.  I want my volatiles!

The roguelette has been questing and finally hit 75 last week.  She has been put in full heirlooms and has been tearing things up.

On the other hand PPP was not given anything and has leveled almost exlusively through dungeons.  She quested a bit back in the lower levels (when I couldn’t stand the dungeons I was faced with) and has herbed for a bit, but about 95% of her xp has come from dungeons.  During these dungeons I have come across more things that I should never have to see, more than once.

Everyone knows about the Spellpower plate wearing DK.  You see those quite often.  More than anyone should for that matter. >.>   Now I had heard about spellpower plate wearing warriors.  Even seen a few with a piece here and there.  However, last night I had the “pleasure” of running Old Kingdom with a “fury” warrior who was decked out in Spellpower plate and Int gear.  I am talking caster cloak, neck and rings ON TOP of the holy pally gear.

Normally I don’t bother to look at people’s gear unless they are doing something that is off.  The first boss in OK seems to drop the holy pally belt like every time I was in there.  Everyone rolled greed and I won the item.  The warrior chimes up “Can I have that?”  I told him no, it wasn’t for him it was a holy pally belt and he doesn’t want it.  This went on for a good 10 mins.  Complete with him linking his green belt (one of his few items with strength on it) and went on about how the blue belt was better because the (and I quote) “Armor, stam and crit as so much better.”  I then went on to tell him that he needs to stack strength NOT the other stats.  It took the mage in the group to tell him “Dude that is a paladin belt.”  That was when he dropped it.  /Sigh.

The downside to playing an alt of a different class than your main is seeing all the other people playing “your” class and failing.  The sheer amount of fail warlocks that I have come across just makes me want to pull my hair out, curl up into a ball and cry.

Yes I know my blog no longer generates any major traffic (not that it ever did) but I do want to say this for all you people leveling warlocks:

  • Your voidwalker DOES NOT BELONG IN A DUNGEON

There is NO REASON you should be using this minion for dps.  No he DOES NOT do more dps than any other pet you have.  Yes his taunt CAN mess with the tank.  Any warlock who uses this pet in a dungeon IS DOING IT WRONG!  I have an issue if you use the wrong pet for your spec, but if you are still doing decent damage/dps I won’t be that upset.  I will still /facepalm at you, but I won’t get pissy.

  • If you life tap until you are close to death, USE YOUR HEAL!

Warlocks now have a channeled heal that we can use out of combat.  You get this heal in the teens.  There is no reason why I should have to heal your ass because you are too lazy to hit a button while we are out of combat.  I will, and have, let warlocks die for not healing themselves.

  • When there is ONE mob, use your rotation, DO NOT use your AoE spells

Spamming Seed and Rain of Fire on one mob will not kill it faster.  Trust me on this one.

  • At least know what spells your spec should be using.

If you are affliction, you want to use Haunt, Unstable Affliction, Corruption and Bane of Agony with Shadow Bolt spam.  If you are Destro you want Immolate and Incinerate spam.  Demo has the mixture of both.  Affliction benefits from SHADOW damage.  You DO NOT want to use fire spells if you are looking for the best damage output.  Destro is the fire spec.  Demo benefits from both.

I had an affliction warlock in one of my Gundrak runs.  She had a felpuppy out (that made me happy) so at least she passed that test.  She would cast Haunt then spam Incinerate and Soul Fire.  I had to double check her spec to make sure she wasn’t just running with the wrong pet.  Nope, she was affliction using Destro spells.  I whispered her asking why she was doing that.  She replied back that she hadn’t played this toon for a while and had forgotten the rotation.  I asked if she would like some tips, to which she was VERY happy to receive.  I left that run very happy with myself.

Now you might think I am a crazy bitch who is horrible in dungeons, but I will at least keep it in whispers if I see someone doing something that is “off.”  I don’t want to embarass them in front of the whole group, hell they are doing that on their own, I just want to help them if they need it.  Obviously the warlock above needed that help and I was there to give it.  It is when they are doing something that is so horribly bad and when they get mad at you for asking them why is when I turn into bitch mode.

If you are going to play something against the norm you will need to give me a reason why.  It can be a stupid reason like “I wanted to see how badly I could do this” but I need a reason.  Yes I know this is a random 5 man and NOT a raid, but damn it there are 4 other people with you, at least have the courtsey to know how to play before you join a random.  You don’t have to be awesome, but please at least know how to play your role.

Another thing that drives me nuts (I KNOW I have mentioned this before) is people not releasing when it is a wipe.  If my ass has to run back, so does your ass.  I WILL NOT rez you.  Last night I zoned into a Gundrak (I was there so much yesterday >.<) where they had wiped on the trash before the first boss.  BTW what is with the dungeon finder not telling you that you are entering a dungeon already in progress?!!?  I ask what happened and was told that the healer zoned in and midway through the pull apologized and left.  Everyone had released and run back in, except for the tank.  He was still sitting there in the doorway waiting for someone to rez him.  I sure as hell wasn’t going to do it.  He was at the FUCKING door.  It would take him LESS time to release and run back in by the time I would have rezzed him.  So I sat down and pulled up my internet window and started reading.  Asshole move I know.  The best part to me was the fact that I was the only one in the group who could rez.  I didn’t say anything, just sat back to wait and see what would happen.  After about 2 mins one of the mages (there were 2) started bitching about “people not pulling their weight” (no I didn’t understand it either) and dropped group.  Another minute later the other mage started bitching “Just rez him already so we can get on with this!”  To which I dropped group.

Asshole of me, yes, yes it was.  Do I feel bad?  No, not in the least.

I chimed up in gchat about what happened and Zari (I <3 you Zari!) says “I <3 evil.”

Me too Zari, me too.

A tale of a fail mage

Now I have mentioned in the past that I have a level 80 mage.  She is known as fail mage.  Now I don’t say this as part of a self depreciation type thing.  That is what fail lock is for.  This toon really is fail.

It isn’t just that I don’t really know how to mage, because maging is quite simple, it is much more than that.

First of all it is her spec.  She is in a bastardized frostfire spec.  You know, the spec that was big with Naxx.  Yeah so that is the first thing wrong.  The next is her spell power.  She is barely over 2k.  This is with self buffs AND a flask of the north on.

She does awesome pyroblast crits of 7k!!

I know!  Please take your seats again.  Yes I know that was exciting, but really I must insist that you sit back down and calm down.

You would think having a 32% crit (without buffs) would garner more, but alas it does not.

Anyway on with the story!

So last week (Tuesday I think) I queued up fail mage for Direbrew (the pocketwatch is an upgrade & I wanted it.  Shut up) and got a group.  I could tell something was off right away.  First of all the tank (a pally) started the event but then just stood there.  Knowing how I am a mage and I will pull aggro like nothing I waited to cast until the tank had started attacking.  When she did I popped off a living bomb and started up a scorch.  With the first tick of LB I had aggro.  I immediately STOPPED dpsing and ran towards the tank (yes I always forget to pop my cooldowns, bite me) who BTW didn’t even bother to taunt the boss off me.  To make matters worse I wasn’t getting a single heal.

Eventually my aggro was surpassed by someone else and I managed to stand in the back at like 25% health.  I popped a health potion and my herbalism heal.   Still not getting any heals btw.  Checking to make sure the tank has aggro I pop off another living bomb to GET AGGRO AGAIN!  This time I was too low health and I died.  The item drops (it is the pocketwatch) and I pass on it not thinking.  Before I can even type out a request to get a rez the healer and the other 2 dps drop group.  The pally tank is still in the group and I whisper her asking for a rez.  She zones out, but doesn’t drop group.  The moment I release, she drops group.

This death run is the biggest pain in the ass.  Not only did I die for no good reason, but my group members were complete assholes about it.  Now mind you this is all in the little time I have before our raid time in SR.  Fail mage is on another server (and faction) so it isn’t like someone could queue up with me and save me this.  Luckily (or not, depends on how you look at it) I was in vent and bitching up a storm.  They were, of course, laughing at me.

*grumbles*

I decided to make the most of the death run and get the quest to pick up the key quest for BRD.  I make my way to the guy, pick up the quest (not read it mind you, just grab it) and while I am running off wonder why the quest guy has a blue question mark (repeatable quest) over his head.

NEWS FLASH

He doesn’t.

Unfortunately I was completely oblivious to this as I made my way back into BRD and then teleported to Dalaran.  Still not looking at my quest log or really *thinking* about what I had just done I logged out and popped onto Tattia for the raid.

The rest of the evening goes on as per normal with my guild and I go to bed still oblivious to what is going on.

Wednesday rolls around.  I log into fail mage to again queue her up for Direbrew.  I get in a group (pocketwatch does NOT drop.  I was seriously kicking myself for passing on it before) and things progress as normal.  Good news!  The tank actually tanked and the healer actually healed!  I did not become a pile of fail mage on the ground.  I was planning on going from the bar to the rest of the instance to get the hammer so I could get the key.

That is when I just so happened to look at my quest log.

Fuck.

So now I needed to kill myself, RUN BACK, and complete the quest so that I could do what I had originally set out to do.

*sigh*

No biggie, I can just jump into the lava.  Then I can take some pretty pictures.

I start making my way out of the bar and the first mobs that I can’t just walk past are those fire elementals.  Now I was pretty sure that they were immune to fire, but just to be positive I popped a living bomb on them.  Ok cool immune.  Good thing I had my frost bolt and frostfire bolt on my task bar.  I hit frost bolt, 2k.

What!?!

On a level 51 elite mob that should by all accounts be weak to frost only took 2k damage from my frost nuke?!!?!

*sigh*

I think I had to spam frost bolt like 6 or 7 times before the fucker died.  At this point the one next to it pulled and I had him chewing on me.  For the record Cone of Cold SUCKS.  At least with the second mob I used frostfire bolt (only partially immune!) and hit the dude for, wait for it . . .

5k

*cries*

Now before you all jump on me and ask me if it is down ranked, the answer is NO it isn’t.  These are the max level spells.

I finished killing the fire guys on the bridge and then jumped off.  I hit slow fall and just started snapping pictures.  Then I had to wait for the lava to kill me.

BTW swimming in lava is quite fun.

So now that I am making my 2nd death run in as many days I am trying to figure out how is it that fail mage is seriously this fail.  She is in 4 piece tier 9.  She really shouldn’t be THIS bad.

I get back in and complete the quest, and accept the CORRECT part of the quest (I still can’t believe I did that) and make my way back inside.

Luckily Blizzard kept the mole machine teleporters in the front of the instance so I was able to easily get to the bar.  Now I just had to figure out how in the hell to get to where I needed to go.

As I was making my way through I had to kill the mobs.  Not because I wanted to but because they aggroed from a mile away.

Let me reiterate this:

Level 51-53 elites aggro my level 80 mage.

Yeah I wasn’t happy either.

I popped living bomb on each mob (except for those hateful fire elementals) and the mobs weren’t dying.

AGAIN

Max rank of the spell, not doing enough damage to kill a level 51-53 elite.

I had to blast wave and THEN the resulting free flamestrike killed them.

It was very painful making my way to where I had to go.

I am happy to report that I did in fact get the quest completed.  Someone must have felt sorry for me because the quest mob had patted right to the entrance so I didn’t have to kill all the golems in the room to get to him.  Who knows how long I would have been in there had that been the case.

So now fail mage has the Shadowforge key.

I am NEVER getting rid of that fucking key.

Starting over

I mentioned earlier that we had several guildies come back from hiatus and they have since joined us in ICC.

The last time they raided with us we were in Ulduar.  We were also not that progression minded.  Not only have we upgraded our gear significantly but we have also stepped up our raiding game.  Mis said when he started Echo of Fate from the ashes of Call of Fate that he wanted to see end game progression.  Those of us that have stuck around have taken up that mantle and now we are in ICC with a Festergut clear.

Now we need to take a step back.

We need our guildies.  I LOVE having our guildies with us.  Last night’s run was 9/10 EoF.  BigGreg was the only non guildie, and frankly I am trying to recruit him :D.  Even though it was 9/10 EoF, we only cleared up to Saurfang.  We just did not have the dps.  After several wipes I called the raid.  I wanted to save us the repair bills.

This night however, reminded me why I love my guildies.  The officers have talked and are already working to help out where it needs help.  I am convinced that we will be back up and rolling fairly soon.  I don’t want to have to tell someone that they cannot come with us and then turn around and replace them with a pug.  That is just a horrible thing to do.  I don’t want to be that person who has to do either.

Luckily we are doing other raids during the week.  Tonight we have ToC as the weekly, Ony as our weekly “quickie” raid and there have been noises about doing a quick VoA.  If we feel we can two heal the runs I might bring Millea.  She has been so neglected.  I also want to use her to get more practice using the rotation I will need to raid.  I might not be raiding on Millea, but I plan to raid on Lyssi.

I am hoping that these raids will help shake the cobwebs out on our returning raiders and hopefully get them some nice upgrades.  At the least they will get badges.  Moar badges = Moar gear :D

I hit 78 on Lyssi last night before I passed out.  Tir was trying to get me to stay up all night and attempt to push on to 80.  No thank you.  I need a minimum of 4 hours of sleep or I cannot function.  As it is, I usually only get about 5 1/2 – 6 hours on work nights.  This results in me sleeping in until noon on weekends.  Which of course shortens my weekends even more.  I just have a hell of a time getting off of the game to go to sleep.  Yes I am addicted, I am quite aware of this. :-p

Anyway sorry this is a short post after a day of non posting.  The boss has been hovering a lot lately and I just haven’t had a chance to write anything of decent length while he is here.  I will do my best to get a post out along with Screenshot Friday.  No promises, but I will try.

Odds and Ends. Oh and a lot of name dropping

So apparently I am putting out wow porn without realizing it.  Thanks guys for pointing it out for me >.>

This turned out to be quite the busy weekend for me in the game.

As most of you can tell, I am a huge fangirl of Arioch.  I am always sending you to her site, well, because she is so fricken awesome!  Maybe not as awesome as Jong, but I don’t know if anyone can BE that awesome, you know, besides Jong. Tam is up there, but that could be because I am such a Tam fangirl too!  You can’t have him Elimeny!  So there! :-p

Because I am such a fangirl of Arioch (and Pie.  Of course I could never forget Orangeslice!  You are so awesome dude!) and I wanted to bug Dark/Soth (j/k) I allowed myself to be “convinced” by Orangeslice and Pie to transfer my baby blood elf warlock to their server and guild.

Now they are on a PvP server.  I FAIL at PvP.  Yes I am a warlock, yes I am supposed to do very well in PvP.  I still FAIL AT PVP.  It is that simple.  Now if I am in WG I just run around spamming CoA and Corruption.  Maybe throw in a little Howl of Terror or Death Coil here and there.  I have a blast doing that.  When it comes to one on one stuff, I fail.  I get stunlocked and die, EVERY, SINGLE, TIME.  I don’t care if I have all these awesome abilities to get out of that, I can never find them and I die.  No ifs, ands, or buts about it.  Don’t mind me guys I’ll just be over here faceplanted on the floor.  You didn’t need my help right?

>.<

Even knowing this, I still transferred over Lyssianna on Friday night.  She was level 45 1/2.  After playing her this weekend she is now 49 :D.  They want a warlock for their raids so I am TRYING to level as quickly as I can, but frankly, without heirlooms, it is going to take me a bit.  Plus I don’t want to neglect EoF.  EoF is my guild.  They are who I call home.  I have no plans to take out any of my toons away from that guild.  That is where my friends are.  This does not mean I cannot make new friends though. ^_^

Shadow Rising has a very set guidelines for joining their guild.  This means that even though I will not be raiding with them anytime soon, I still had to fill out an application and sign their guild charter.  No worries, I can do that.  So Friday I did the necessary “paperwork” and awaited the officer’s decision on if they would let me in.  I stuck around the server leveling and receiving pie from Pie because he promised me pie for transferring.  Twas delicious pie.  I dinged 46, trained and logged back over to EoF to finish up the evening working on my baby priest.

Saturday rolls around and I get an email from Shadow Rising forums telling me that I have been accepted into the guild and to just nab an officer when I am next online.  I had decided that I would spend Friday and Sunday with Shadow Rising, and Saturday with Echo of Fate, staying online in EoF’s vent just in case I am needed.  The weekdays would just depend on what we were doing with EoF.  Wed & Thurs would obviously be with EoF because of our raids, but Mon & Tues are up for grabs.  At some point in time I will need to level up my baby druid in All Together Now as well. >.> *sigh* The life of an altoholic.  Saturday was quite interesting in itself, but I will leave that for tomorrow’s post.

Sunday appears and I logged into my baby lock and who is online but Dark/Soth! *evil grin*  I popped him a whisper and informed him that I was stalking him, which he didn’t seem to mind.  O_o  There weren’t any officers online so he couldn’t get me an invite at that time.  It wasn’t a big deal.  Him and I chatted for a few then he had to go tank HoL.  I was doing ZF anyway so it was all good.  On Friday night I won the cloth gloves that drop off the witch doctor in there, and on Sunday I won the bad mojo mask.  Because it is so damn hideous, I keep it visible.  ^_^  She is a blood elf, she needs to be taken down a peg or two.

Took a break around 1 and had lunch with Andrew at Panda Express.  Delicious, delicious Panda.  Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm how I love you kung pao chicken.  You make me so very very happy.  When I came back online Zug was available to invite me.  Right off the bat I am involved in a conversation in guild chat talking about smothering melted butter and honey.  The conversation was ORIGINALLY about chili and corn bread, but yeah we uh kind of got sidetracked *shifty eyes*.

Arioch came online and had to make sure I was behaving myself with Dark/Soth.  I reassured her I was, then someone else said that we had been talking about smothering with butter and honey instead.  I <3 these guys already.

They all went into their raids a little bit later and I got yelled at by Orange because I wasn’t 80 already.  I am leveling as fast as I can!  *cries*  Hopefully I will get some nice rested XP while I mess around with EoF.  All things considered, I think I was doing pretty well.  I went from 45 1/2 to just over 49 this weekend.  That is with no heirlooms and no rested xp.  All in all, not bad.  I am NOT looking forward to HP though.  Stupid DKs.

Just as a final note:  I got my first ganking on a PvP server Sunday night.  I was leveling in the Hinterlands because I know that not many Alliance even bother going there.  I was 47 at the time and was making my way up the troll temple in the south.  My voidwalker was tanking 3-4 mobs (I can’t remember exactly how many) and I was focusing on keeping both of us alive while killing them all.  All of a sudden this human pally rides up, a level 80.  She rides past me on her horse, stops, turns around, comes back and kills me in 2 shots.  Then she gets back on her horse and rides away.  Now tell me, was that seriously necessary?  Did she really think that a level 47 warlock was ANY kind of threat to her?  I know this is a PvP server and it is to be expected, but that was a dick move.  Now I am all stressed out over leveling the way I normally do.  I don’t want to be busy managing a huge group of mobs while worrying if I am going to be ganked at any moment.  *Grumble*  Stupid PvP server.

****EDIT****  I have to add http://highlatencylife.wordpress.com/ because theerivs cried.

Also – I forgot Tel and I feel horrible for missing him!  Tel you are awesome dude! :D

Screenshot Friday

Who is ready to heal?

She is ready to heal.

Renew bitches

Bonus post!

Here is the bonus post I promised last week.

Actually it is just a cop-out bonus post, but a bonus post nonetheless!

Enjoy courtesy of Andrew!!

Why oh why did I ever leave fire?!?!

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