I’m doing it right!

So last night we went into Dragon Soul to test out our abilities.  Some of us were having issues but they got sorted out by the time we got the 2nd boss down.  The only real issue I had was the fact that I hadn’t downloaded the DBM addon for Cata raids.  This didn’t become an issue until Ultraxion.  I will say that I didn’t mess up my button pushing (I watch my cast bars and debuffs TYVM) but I also noticed I wasn’t getting any warnings or updates.

Other than some grumpiness that killed the Non-Red Slice buff I had cast earlier, things went pretty well.  By the end of the night Red Slice was gone and even Red Lyssi went away.

Want to know why?

 

The big crits.

 

I am a closet meter whore.  Well I might not be that in the closet about it, but I am no where near as bad as you think when the phase “meter whore” pops in your mind.  I LOVE seeing BIG numbers pop up on the screen.  Playing affliction didn’t start giving me those numbers until late in the expansion when I had lots of gear to inflate my numbers.  Even then I would only see like 30-40k crits on my shadow bolts.  Sometimes I would get a really nice 15-20k crit on my corruption ticks, but nothing like what I would hear other classes getting.  Affliction’s damage is slow and steady with a spike at the end.  Destro, not so much.

I think the smallest crit I got with a chaos bolt last night was 86k.  The highest I got was with shadowburn for 190k.

Yes, 190k crit.

 

EXCITEMENT!

 

When I talk about being a meter whore I don’t mean HAVING to be at the top.  I like being in the top 3 (if possible).  If I hit #1 or #2 I get really excited.  Mostly because I play with such good players.  Adoe, Sorak and Zug all usually wipe the floor with the rest of us dps.  It is like the only contest is between those 3.  So when I manage to sneak in there and top one of those 3 guys I am just over the moon.  I don’t usually get too bad about it publicly (sometimes yes I do, but not ALL THE TIME).  To Slice, yeah I am usually all pumped up and crow about beating someone.  He usually just rolls his eyes at me and ignores me.  Which is fine, I made myself happy, it works.

I think the best part of last night for me was beating Adoe on Deathwing.  I would say beating Sorak but he died halfway through the fight (he managed to kill himself by shadowstepping, it was quite hilarious I might add) and even though he was kicking everyone’s ass throughout the rest of the raid, it wouldn’t be fair to compare myself to him that fight.  While Sorak and Adoe were neck and neck all night (one fight they were like 20 dps points off from each other and the equivalent damage was less than 1000 difference) I was battling with Shadey.  I was so busy focusing on the top dogs that I completely overlooked the mage in the raid that manged to kick my ass on several fights.  I had gotten used to her healing on her shaman and not keeping tabs on her dps (cause there wasn’t any!) which was a critical mistake.  One that I will not continue to overlook.  This means I can’t come in and half-ass fights anymore.  I need to stay on my game so I’m not on the bottom like I was for most of Wrath.

Anyway!  Back to the story!

The excitement wasn’t from beating Adoe, I usually am #1 or #2 on the Deathwing fight, it was from beating Adoe in a spec I had never played before prior to that night.

THAT is what got me excited.

I had done NO research on my “new” spec.  I wasn’t even 100% sure on my rotation.  I used the tab Blizz supplied in my spellbook and went to town.  Yes I fat fingered a lot of stuff, and I wasn’t awful on a lot of my dot uptime ( I was bad, but not awful.)  So when I finally did do some research to find out I was doing things right was pretty awesome.

http://spellbound.nu/?p=2002

Saga is an awesome warlock blogger.  If you aren’t already reading her you totally need to.  She does a great job with explaining things.  Far better than my rambly non-existent how-to posts.

So yeah, go read her. :D

I’m now getting excited about leveling and raiding again.  I don’t know how I will level in MoP, I might switch back to Aff, but I am not sure.  It almost feels like Destro is doing a great job with the self healing.  I could even glyph or spec in for more.  With a 625% mana regen (Destro locks CANNOT life tap, we don’t have the spell anymore) I really feel like I am unstoppable.

BOOM!

BOOM!

BOOM!

*CACKLE*

Revealing

I have a confession to make,

 

I

 

*deep breath*

 

WENT DESTRO!

 

*GASP*

 

I KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW!

 

As an “Aff for life!” warlock this feels almost like a betrayal to all I have ever known and loved.

For a while the dirty secret was kept on my baby warlock that I was leveling for the classy trolls guild cheeve.  I decided that I was going to learn to destro because I was so unhappy with the new aff rotation.  It ended up being so much fun that I thought about changing my PvP off spec on Lyssi to destro to play around but I never went through with it.

I mean, I wrote posts rhapsodizing over affliction and my love for it.  I said I would NEVER play destro.  It was just a mage with a pet.  Etc, etc, etc.

Now I’ve switched and love it.

When I was testing things out on the Beta I spent quite a long time at the dummies just trying to get my fingers into the swing of a new rotation while trying to keep the basic buttons that I had grown accustomed to.  I moved all of the spells around until I had a flow going.  It was starting to look up for me and affliction for MoP.  I won’t lie.  For a while I was honestly looking at my stable of alts and wondering which one I could happily switch to and raid on for MoP.  Before the Beta changes to affliction went through it was looking as though I would be playing my Priest or Druid, as a healer.

That’s right.

I was thinking of switching my role COMPLETELY!

Which is kind of odd considering I hadn’t healed full time since Wrath.  This was also the time in which resto druid healing was spamming wild growth and rejuv on any person taking any tiny amount of damage.  Hell, I was still angry tree at that time.  The most I had healed since then was in 5 mans or alt runs with the guild.  I even did LFR on my priest a time or two.  Other than that, no real raiding.

What was I thinking in becoming a healer again?

Yes I am insane, if you didn’t believe me (or Slice for that matter) prior to this then you should have no doubts left.

So when the changes came down that helped the aff rotation I was happy again.  I could keep my main, I could keep playing the spec I loved so much.

Fast forward to last night and the 5.0.04 patch.

I hopped online on Lyssi and first hit the trainer to change my off spec from aff (aff pvp prior to the changes) to destro then I flew up to the dummies.

I was dumb at first because I hadn’t put the glyphs in.  So after some toon swapping I got my glyphs I needed for both specs and went back to testing my rotation.

Yeah I had problems.

I already knew from the Beta that I would have to re-organize my keys and bars, even if I hadn’t read the reminder from Cynwise.  Even after switching my buttons around and practicing for quite a while as aff, I just couldn’t get back into the flow I had found on the Beta.

Then I switched my spec . . .

 

The rotation flowed.

 

I can’t explain it any other way.

 

I was just hitting the buttons with the same ease that I had from years of playing affliction, only I wasn’t playing affliction.  It was a scary thought that I could so easily transition to something I had never played before.

 

After I messed around with the rotation for a little while longer I decided that I needed to reforge my gear to better optimize destro.  Affliction loves haste, Demo loves mastery and Destro loves crit.  Since I lost my stat stick in my wand and the hit cap was lowered I thought I would go reforge and see how much more crit I could squeeze out of my haste heavy gear.  Off to Mr. Robot!

First of all, when did AskMrRobot become such shit?  I loved that site when it first came out.  I haven’t used it since it updated to the new format, which was around Firelands.  I stopped using it then because it kept putting the wrong stat levels on my gear.  Which meant that it wasn’t optimized.  I went there last night to see if they had fixed it, and no.  It told me to take my haste enchant off and put on an expertise enchant.

Excuse me?

Why the hell would a caster need expertise?

Ok fine I checked the stat weights.  Expertise was at ZERO and yet 4 different pieces of gear were being told to be enchanted or reforged to expertise.

I just gave up at that point.

I can hear Sorak chiming in with “Why are you relying on some silly website?”

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

So I logged back in and just did the reforging myself.  I am slightly over hit cap but I don’t know what else I could do with what I had.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to raise my crit any higher since I didn’t have anything to reforge away other than haste.  I don’t know about you but I still love haste way too much to want to get rid of it.  Especially now that DI has been changed.  Lots of haste is awesome!

 

Anyway I logged off pretty happy with what I had set up.  New keybinds, new spec, new pet.  It is golden!

 

Tonight we are going to raid to see how everyone handles their new rotations, etc.  I am eagerly anticipating it!  Hopefully I will get a chance tomorrow to make an update on how things went.  If not, I am sure Arv or Rep or Slice will post something.

 

Sorry for being so quiet for so long!  I miss you guys!

Ha! Snuck one in on you! Sneak increased to 65!

Thought I’d closed up shop huh?  HA!

I guess in a way I kind of did.  Lack of game playing, lack of time, lack of motivation, etc.  You name it I has it!  Honestly I’m not even sure why I am writing this post now.  Other than I am kind of “blah” at work right now and just felt like rambling.

Today is my two year anniversary with Slice.  Feels like longer.  Which is a good thing I think. :)  I do love the booger so it works out.  Even if he rants and raves in Engrish on his site.  It is part of his endearing character.

Let’s see, what have I been up to?  Lots and lots of Skyrim.  I shit you not.  I rarely log into ToR, maybe two or three times a week I will log into WoW, but I play Skyrim almost every day.  Most of the time I am just randomly running around exploring and killing stuff.  Or stealing absolutely everything I can get my hands on, all while in plain sight of the person I’m stealing from.  I haven’t unlocked the ability to sell stolen goods yet so any awesome weapons or items that should fetch a high price I just store in my house.

My house.  It is an awesome thing.  I only have the first house you can buy in Whiterun.  I haven’t done enough in other cities in order to get another house.  I purchased all of the decorations right away (mostly because I had a lot of gold due to my constant stealing and exploring, mostly exploring) and set things up to look nice.  The first cabinet in the living room has all of my crafting mats.  If I ever get around to leveling my smithing it will be a glorious thing.  As you walk towards the kitchen/dining room there are the stairs that lead to the top floor, behind those stairs are a bunch of barrels.  One of the barrels allows you to store stuff in it.  This is where I keep my food.

My favorite thing to steal is food.  The main reason behind this is I will use it.  Goblets, plates, bowls, etc, might look fancy smancy but they just take up weight in my bag and aren’t worth the bother of stealing them.  In fact every time I accidentally steal something like that it gets stored in a cabinet in the house I stole it from.  I just wish you got more health points out of food.  Eating a cooked mammoth snout shouldn’t give me 10 health points but a loaf of bread only gives me 2 and have them weigh the same thing!  I recently looked in the barrel and each type of food numbered in the 100s.  Yeah I like to steal food. >.>

Moving on!

Turning right from the barrel is a hutch with a drawer.  This is where I store all the books I couldn’t fit in the bookshelves.  I also have some spell books and spell scrolls.  I had 4 shelves in my ENTIRE house.  Each shelf holds like 10 or so books.  At first I was just dropping them and trying to pile them.  Well that didn’t work out too well.  You can’t exactly place things all nice and neat in this game.  So I finally gave up and stuck everything in the drawer.  Next to food, stealing books is my 2nd favorite thing to take.  Slice always makes fun of me because I am always stopping to read and take books.  At first it started out with me just wanting to read the lore of the world then I realized that they were sneaking in some skill ups in books that previously didn’t have a skill up.  I’ve even found books that start quest chains.  So yeah, I read EVERY book I come across even if I’ve read it or have it at my house.  I think I have like 5 or 6 copies of certain books.  Some books are definitely more popular in certain areas of Skyrim.  Others are just popular everywhere.

Turning left from the book cabinet takes you into a small side room.  My alchemy table is here so I used the chest conveniently located on top of a bookshelf to store my alchemy reagents.  I mentioned above that  I like to explore all over.  While I am out in the world I pick EVERY SINGLE THING I CAN.  That is usually why I’ve been exploring so much.  I’ll find a plant I can pick and I go off in that direction and then I’ll see a butterfly that I can catch and start chasing it.  Then I’ll see a deer or a fox and I will hunt it.  The next thing I know I have discovered a random cave filled with bandits!  Time to kill and loot!  So yeah, the chest has a ton of stuff.   I haven’t done much with alchemy short of making healing potions.  I printed out a list of every reagent and what each one can be used to make.  I just go down the list and take out the ingredients for healing potions and then make a mass quantity of them.  It works out quite well.  Plus I usually have a supply of random ingredients when random quests ask me to bring them things.  Right now I have a quest to bring a heart to this blacksmith.  Apparently he needs blood to make daggers.  Yeah I don’t ask questions I just give them what they want and take their gold.

If you turn left from my chest o’ ingredients you will see my alchemy table.  On the table is a bag.  I keep every potion I find/steal in this bag.  Some of them are worth a LOT of gold to the right person.  Unfortunately most are stolen so I really can’t sell them.  I find it is just easier to store everything in there and if I need a random potion to cure a disease or poison I just look in there.  I have some pretty cool ones.

When I start playing I usually will head out to a specific place to quest.  While I am questing I will get distracted and find new places to explore/loot.  Once I finish a dungeon I fast travel back to my house and just unload EVERYTHING.  Then I save and go right back and do the same thing.  One quest chain had me leave and come back like 5 times.  There was so much metal to smelt down that I quickly exceeded my weight capacity.  The positive side is I now have like 300 bars of dwarven ingots to level my smithing! :D

Going upstairs you see two rooms.  The smaller room belongs to my servant.  They call her a housecarl, but it is still a servant.  For some reason she likes to spend all of her time eating at the table in MY room and lecturing me when I move stuff around in my house or if I have my weapon drawn.  Um no bitch, I am the boss.  Part of me wants to take her out with me when I go adventuring just to get her killed.  ANYWAY.  In my room is a chest.  I store everything else that I didn’t mention before in here.  I have really cool weapons that I don’t use (I’m currently using a bow and a 2 handed hammer and wear heavy armor) and NICE armor that is a different weight.  For those of you not in the know, you can wear cloth, light armor or heavy armor.  There are so many things in here that could bring in so much gold, if I ever bothered to sell it.  Right now I’m sitting at over 20k gold and have nothing to spend it on.  Who needs to spend gold when you just steal everything you want?  Am I right?

I have around 90 hours played and I am only level 31.  Is that a bad thing?

Finally!

So I bitched yesterday on Rep’s blog that I hadn’t gotten an invite to the Beta yet.  I had been checking my account status every morning since they announced invites had gone out.  When I got home I checked my account for something completely unrelated and lo and behold!  I had a Beta invite!

 

I had started the download right away but it was making Slice lag out in TOR so I stopped it and planned to have it download while we slept.

 

Before bed I logged in to start the download again and BOOM!  Diablo 3 Beta invite!

 

Woot Woot!! :D

Rambly post is Rambly

I keep meaning to write a new post but I just have been slammed at work.  It is funny because I am really not all that busy at home, but I just cannot write there.  Maybe it is the desk situation.  Not sure.

Now that I have internet access at work again I have gotten caught up on almost all the blogs I read.  I know that I missed a bunch (google reader only holds the last 30 days worth of posts) left over from when I first moved but I am not really all that worried.

I’ve toyed with doing the whole 20 days of posting or the then and now posts, but ultimately I think I am just a bit too lazy.  I wanted to chime in about the bitchiness of people causing problems in the blog-o-sphere, but since I don’t particularly like that person it would be very one sided and probably get me blackballed (like I’m not already at this point) so I guess I can keep my mouth shut.

Yes it is possible!  Bite me!

I’ve been lucky with my first midwest winter.  I think we had a total of a week of snow for the entire winter.  I think the longest stretch the snow lasted was 2 days.  I keep joking that this is just Ohio messing with me.  Luring me into a false sense of security with this “mild” winter weather and making me think this is how winter is.  Just so it can laugh at me when the next winter is nothing but blizzards and ice storms.  I know how things operate!

My new job is going splendidly for those of you who are curious.  I am awesome, as per usual (I tell my boss this every day btw) and rocking the place.  Other than the older lady (who is a bigger bitch than I could EVER be) everyone here is pretty awesome.  I do feel short though.  My boss and the Jr. partner are both well over 6 feet tall.  The other office guy (who is my age) is like 3 or 4 inches taller than me too.  Even bitchy old bitch is almost 6 feet tall.  I’m 5’5″ 1/2 and I feel like a midget!  Totally not cool.

I had intended to start working on my dorf warlock over in Crits N Giggles, but Slice decided to quit his Mass Effect 3 addiction and start playing TOR instead.  We have our Sith Inquisitors that we are leveling together that we hadn’t been playing because he never wanted to log in to level.  He would log in to run flashpoints with the boys or to level another alt, but he didn’t want to level our toons.  Me, on the other hand, only wanted to level my inquisitor, not any of my alts.  So it was kind of a catch-22 for us.

Luckily Adoe had told me about the Hunger Games trilogy and I started reading it.  ZOMG I loved those books.  I can’t want for the movie (opens 03/23).  Slice even said the movie looked cool.  As with all book to movie translations, I know it won’t be as good, but frankly I don’t care.  The world was so rich and enthralling so even having a little bit of it available to view is pretty awesome.  If you haven’t read the books, seriously give them a look.  Just make sure you have all three with you because the author likes to end the first two books as cliffhangers.  Thank goodness for my kindle!

When I first starting playing TOR I created an evil pureblood warrior.  Sorak kept picking on me and saying that I wouldn’t ever get her to 50 because she is melee and I “hate” melee.  This is completely discounting my DK and rogue that I have leveled.  Yeah I “hate” melee Sorak.  /sigh  In any case I got her to 23 before Slice and I started on our inquisitors.  Since then she kind of sat there because I fell in love with my force lightning weilding sweetheart (did I mention that she is lightside?).  Slice still says that I am kind of a bitch in game.  Hey man, the way I roll is all snark and mean comments then light side option!  All the while grumbling that I couldn’t pick the dark side choice.  I will admit to picking some dark side options.  Usually to kill an NPC that I couldn’t stand.  At that point I didn’t care if I got dark side points, that bitch was dying!  I got laughed at for that too.

Anyway, Slice was needed to run flashpoints with the guys so I dusted off my warrior again.  I was determined to get her a speeder because the quality of life increase is AMAZING.  This meant I had to level her to 25 AND make sure I had the credits.  It costs 48k to get the training and the mount.  Now I had the credits originally before I picked up the inquisitor.  I was saving them for the warrior’s mount.  Then when the inquisitor hit 25 I sent the money to her.  This left me kind of broke on the warrior.  I’ve been making my money in that game by selling greens/blues I find while questing and doing slicing jobs on my warrior.  Unfortunately when I stopped playing my warrior, I stopped doing crew jobs more than once a day (if that) add to that the slow funneling of credits to my inquisitor, and I was broke.  I think I went from like 60k credits (which isn’t really a lot, but a decent amount for a lower level toon) to about 20k.  Training right now costs me around 2.3k an ability.

So off I went to level and get money.  The funny thing is I started having fun.  I had switched out my dps companion for the healer and my downtime dropped off.  Now I was able to go from mob to mob without worrying that I was going to die.  Even if I get low I pop a healing stim and keep going.  He eventually will get me healed up.  Plus he is pretty good looking so I am enjoying getting affection points with him.  Although it is really funny to see him get all awkward when I flirt with him.  Fun times!

I did manage to get the warrior to 25.  I had just enough credits to get her the mount and the training.  I ended the night with about 500 credits.  Luckily I had sold something  when I logged back last night to be able to afford sending the crew out.  Right now I am hoping one of the mission quests I have on the AH will sell so I can finish buying my training skills.  I am still waiting for the quests to start giving me more credits.  I don’t think my inquisitor is getting all that much from them either.  She is 37 and has to save up for the next training skill and mount that comes at 40.  I think the mount is 25k but I am not sure on the training price.  I do know she is sitting at just under 50k, but her training skills are about 13-14k each.  At one point I had to borrow some credits from Slice in order to get the new ability when I leveled.  Yeah it was kind of sad.

All in all I think things are going well.  I’m back to having fun online.  For a while I was seriously burned out.  I didn’t even want to be on my computer.  It was a struggle just to log in to raid on Tues & Wednesday.  It makes me glad that I am enjoying playing again, at least in one of my games.  I haven’t found it back in WoW yet.  Maybe when beta for MoP starts I will find the fun again.  It isn’t even the lack of friends playing because I would go off and play alone lots of times.  It is just the feeling of doing something I have done hundreds of times before and just being tired of it.  TOR is a nice change.  Something new for now.  I am sure that once I go through all the planets for the third time I will be feeling the same thing.  For now though, I am going to just sit back and enjoy the new ride.

Oh look what I have here . . .

Finally! :D

666 Times 2

So I got tagged twice so I figured you bitches can have DOUBLE the fun!

•The rules are as follows:
•Go in to your image folder.
•Open the sixth sub-folder and select the sixth image.
Profit! Publish.
•Challenge six more saps and link to them.

So yeah, like almost everyone else I don’t have 6 folders so I am just going to give you two pictures from each year.

My method, the 6th row, 6th picture down from the front, then 6th row over from the back and 6th picture up

Taken in HoL

Ah Blackrock Stout

Lyssi finishing Heroic UP for the first time

PPP leveling through Outlands

Hey look it is the shot I took for Ava a long time ago!

This was the first time I was far enough in the quest chain to channel embers and I promptly forgot.

Our first DW kill in SR

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