Hmmm Interesting

Just for the record, FailMage has not respecced to Arcane.  It was just a joke Andrew made and my caption was just going along with the picture.  FailMage is keeping her fail fire spec.  She is my heroics bitch and my PS supplier.  She gets frost emblems, I get cash for the PS.  It works well.

Speaking of emblems I have 133 emblems of triumph on Tatia that I have no idea what to do with.  I guess I COULD upgrade my boomkin gear, but I really don’t enjoy dpsing as a boomkin in heroics.  Vel says it is because I am a “starfire” druid and thus fail.  That might be all well and good, but I think it is more I never really played Tatia as dps in heroics.  Yes for a while I would come as dps on her because Heleva doesn’t have a dps spec on her priest (she has PvE heals and PvP heals) so if I wanted to go I had to dps.  I don’t have a rotation down at all.  Vel has tried to help me on it, but the way my keys are positioned does not lend to using the rotation I need to for non-questing.  I have the buttons in position to help me when I do dailies on Tatia.  I don’t really want to change the spell positions for the rare times I have to dps on my druid in dungeons.  You all can roll your eyes at me all you want.  I specifically created this character to heal with, not to dps.  That is why I have my warlock.  She is the raiding bitch.  She brings the deeps.  Or at least she used to. >.>

Speaking of which I think I *might* finally have managed to get used to the button placement for her.  There are still several spells that I don’t use enough in normal rotation that I haven’t made new muscle memory for.  Shadow Ward is one of them.  I used to have it bound to the 4 key up on top of the keyboard.  Now I have switched it to the 10 keypad 4, which used to be my corruption button.  The 4 key up top is now life tap.  So instead of hitting Shadow Ward to protect me from losing health, I am now life tapping when I shouldn’t.  My soul shatter button is also facing the same situation.  It used to be number 8, only now 8 is rain of fire (to match up where my blizzard is for FailMage) and soul shatter is 0.  By the time I find the damn spell it is usually too late.  The other day in Gundrak I found my banish spell to banish the elemental before I found the soul shatter spell.  I like to think that banish saved my life. ^_^  To think that I didn’t even have it on my action bar until we fought Freya’s trash.  Good times, good times.

Wow I need to learn new transition phrases.  I use the same damn ones over and over again.  But then that is how I talk so I guess I am not moving too far off from where things normally flow. *shrugs*

Last night was . . . interesting . . . to say the least.  We did our weekly raid runs.  We got lucky and our boss was Noth the Plaguebringer in Naxx.  Mis was online (wewt!) so we strong armed him to tank the first group.  Mis was MT, Dily was OT on his DK, Heleva was solo healing as Disc, Andrew was on his rogue, our new warlock came on, wait for it, his warlock, Vel whipped out his boomkin (someone had to clean that poison), Ness brought his warrior and I came on my lock.  Two warlocks?!  Yes.  Destro and Aff baby.  I feel for Heleva.  She refuses to get a healing addon, says it is easy mode.  Everyone who heals just kind of rolls their eyes at her and teases her, but hey it is her playstyle, go for it.  Although I REALLY DO THINK YOU WILL BE HAPPY USING ONE!  oops caps lol ;-).  She had kind of a struggle and even got close to being OOM, which as a Disc priest she never has an issue with.  I did tell her to not worry about healing me since I could essentially heal myself, but I don’t know if that helped or not.  I think we might have had a death, but I honestly don’t remember.

After we finished we regrouped.  Andrew was going as a tank on his pally, Heleva got her warrior to tank and our new warlock whipped out his druid we didn’t know existed.  Lo and behold . . . another tank.  Vel came to solo heal on his shammy.  I was on FailMage, Dily was on his shadow priest and his son Zakk (who had left the guild) came on his ele shammy.  So we had 3 tanks, 3 dps and 1 healer.  It was Naxx right?  No big deal right? >.>  Fucking gargoyles.  They suck REALLY bad.  Especially when each dps is dpsing down a separate one.  Even moreso when all 3 are dpsing one down and can’t kill it fast enough.  I blame myself for that.  FailMage is not set up to bring the high deeps in raids.  She is only sub par in heroics for that matter.  Dily and Zakk both were doing fantastic dps, but it wasn’t enough to make up for my lack of.  We did finally manage to bring all 3 of them down, but several of us died in the process.  I had already died earlier to the slimes.  I had pulled aggro so after dropping my clones I ran to the tank only to die.  Apparently that is the worst thing I could have done.  *sigh*  I fail at more than just maging.  We did manage to take down the boss, after a VERY long fight.  We decided to hold off on doing the 3rd run until the Air Force crew and other really late night people showed up.

So what do you do when you have people online?  RANDOM HEROICS!  Heleva was ready to crash out for dinner at that point and Andrew wanted to get his daily run time in so they logged.  Another guildie (Maticus) came online so I nabbed him and our warlock’s bear tank (Gelmir) and we queued up with me healing.  We got UP.  Gelmir hadn’t tanked (or played) his druid since July so he was Naxx geared and rusty.  I made a little speech at the beginning of the instance about our “noobie” tank and to hold off on going full out on dps until he got threat.  I was quite proud of the speech because I managed to get it out like a flight attendant.  Complete with the whole “enjoy your flight” type comment at the end.

We started out ok then the ret pally started running ahead of the tank and telling us to “gogogo” and to “chain pull” despite the entire spiel I had given.  I told him no, several times.  His reply was that his guildie (who was also in the group and at ilvl 261) would just pull aggro anyway.  I replied that he could go ahead and do that, I wouldn’t heal him if he did.  Gelmir took it as a challenge, which I wish he wouldn’t have, but he did.  Now mind you we hadn’t even gotten to the first boss when this was going down.  When we got there I hadn’t been healing the pair for a little while and the pally comes out with how it didn’t matter what we wanted they were going to pull anyway.  I again said I wouldn’t heal them and “no heals = death” which apparently they couldn’t comprehend.  During the boss fight the pally had taken damage (he stayed too close to the platform) and since I wouldn’t heal him he starts bitching in chat “Heal me you tool” because you know, that will make the healer WANT to heal you.  I said “oh look ignore!” and put the moron on ignore.  I hadn’t ignored the other guy yet because other than getting aggro (with his gear it really was expected) he wasn’t being a douche like his guildie, I wasn’t healing him, but I wasn’t ignoring him.

The boss was downed and we kind of waited a few before pulling the abomb in the hallway.  Went down the stairwell where you have that group of mobs at the base of the stairs, another to the left that you can avoid and of course a pat that comes down the stairs.  I am not fully sure what happened other than there were WAAAAAAAAAY too many mobs for that pull.  Mat went down, I was next and then Gelmir.  Since I had the pally on ignore I didn’t see the “ha ha ha that is what you get” message he put in chat as he and his guildie went running off picking up more mobs and bringing them to the entrance, where of course we would end up after running in as ghosts.  I came in first and saw the two of them standing there with a huge line of mobs running towards the door.  I immediately turned around and ran back out.  This zoned me back into Dalaran.  I kept trying to zone back into the instance but since they stayed in combat I couldn’t get back in.

This entire time we had been trying to kick the pally.  It is complete and utter bullshit that you have to wait for the timer debuff to wear off before you can kick someone.  Apparently he tried to vote to kick me.  How he can fail at basic math is beyond me.  You need 3 people to vote to kick someone.  There were 3 of us and 2 of them.  How the hell did he think he would pull off that kick?  Since you can only kick one person per run we couldn’t get rid of his guildie.  We re-queued and picked up a shammy.  I immediately sent him a whisper asking him to initiate a kick on the warrior.  He told me he wouldn’t do that unless the guy did something that warranted it.  I then went on to explain to him what the pally and warrior had done to us and what the current situation was.  He pretty much acted like he didnt believe me.  By this time I had already sent in a GM ticket regarding harassment for what the guys did in the instance, which I let the shammy know.  Originally we weren’t going to proceed in the instance until the warrior left, but Gelmir decided to pull anyway.

We all kept an eagle eye out on the guy, but he seemed to be behaving.  I even went back to healing him.  Gelmir was convinced that he was going to pull something on a boss fight.  Oh no, that would have been too obvious.

In the room after you kill Skadi are the stupid mobs that fear you.  You go down the stairs and most tanks LoS the group of mobs from the other room into the base of the stairwell.  Gelmir did this, I even typed in chat he was doing this, and the warrior pulled in the other group along with the one that Gelmir brought.  One group of those guys is bad enough with a rusty tank, two is just bullshit.  I was getting chewed to bits and feared up the yin yang.  Everyone but the warrior died.  The shammy says in party chat “I guess you weren’t lying” and proceeded to say we should just call the run since some “person” who was obviously 8 couldn’t seem to play.  We told him we were sorry to see him go and that it was a shame because he was a great player.  He said the same about us then dropped group.

Instead of re-queuing Vel said he wanted to come in and “have some fun” with the warrior, who was STILL in the group.  Gelmir tried to get the warrior killed, but sadly the jerk survived.  We finally resorted to just sitting there doing nothing.  After about 5 mins he finally dropped group.  We of course cheered and brought in Andrew’s pally.  I then joked about having 4 tanks in the group since every single person (besides me) had a tank spec.  So what do the guys do?  Why each one decided they were going to tank.  That’s right, we 4 tanked the rest of heroic UP.  We triggered bane and I died, only to be b-rezzed to keep their asses alive.

It was a blast!

We decided to have a tank battle and do another instance.  We queued up (they all picked tank/dps) and we got heroic UK.  PERFECT!  The place is easy and I have 3 manned it on my druid with a tank and one dps.  We got lucky with the dps we picked up.  It was a newbie shadow priest who just laughed with us.  We kept making cracks in chat and pulling entire rooms.  I don’t even have to heal that much in raids.  It didn’t end up being a “true” tank battle because the two druids ended up going kitty for most of it, but it still was a blast.

The best part was I got a reply from a GM telling me they would look into the situation with the pally and the warrior.  That they appreciate “quality” players like me notifying them of situations such as that.  Go me!

These are the people in question: Hardtoguard and Terminates of Legacy of Kahn on Mannoroth.  If you see these people drop group, they are NOT worth dealing with.  Unless of course you don’t mind assholes in your groups.  Your call.

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?!?!

Random picture day

I was going to post about something that happened last night, but since I got so upset over it and I write this at work, I don’t want to risk getting upset again while at work.  This means you get pictures from my screenshot file!

 

I mentioned the other day that Vel ran my DK through Shadow Labs to get XP and some delicious INT pants ^_^;

While in there I noticed that there was something odd about the demon boss:

Is that a mouth?

 

It is a mouth! A stomach mouth! With nipple eyes! 0_o

 

Weird ass demon.

What happens when your raid doesn’t start on time?  Am I alone with this happening:

Your typical summoning stone

 

What is that?

 

Are they playing chicken?

 

What? You missed? Oh you weren't playing chicken, just running in circles.

 

Hey come back, I need you to help summon! *sigh*

 

Why they can’t just summon people is beyond me.

You want the report to say you fell down some stairs? You really expect me to believe that?

 

Because I have some pretty convincing evidence that says otherwise.

 

My boss is out of the office for the rest of the week so I SHOULD (fingers crossed) be able to get a decent post up tomorrow morning.  Later all!

I R gud

Yesterday afternoon (I was lucky and got a paid day off) I decided to play my baby lock over on the horde side.  I have been doing a mix of the dungeons and questing.  I have yet to pvp with her, not from lack of interest, I just don’t think about it.  She is about halfway to 45 and leveling is cake.

I queued up for a dungeon and got into Mara, because apparently the queue can only put you in there every single time from level 40 to level 50.  Heaven forbid you do any of the other instances, or even purple crystals!  Nope, orange crystals over and over and over again.

We zoned in, buffed (I ❤ kings) and went to town.  Right away the tank says “Oh wow! A warlock who knows how to play their class correctly!”  I replied “I have a lock as my main.”  Turns out he has 3 warlocks, one for each spec, and was leveling a pally tank for fun.  He went on to tell me that most warlocks don’t have a clue how to play at this level.  It was pretty cool to be complemented so much.  I of course thanked him.  Throughout the run he kept up a steady stream of chatter with me.  At one point one of the other dps, a warrior I believe, asked “U have more than 1 lock?”  That is when he said he had 3 and I replied that I had like 5-7, I have since lost count of how many I have.  His little mind could not wrap itself around that concept.  Silly warrior.  All muscle, no brains 😀

She has gotten to the point where she is just a blast to play.  The fact that I am leveling horde has made the leveling grind that much more fun.  Areas where there are like 4 or 5 quests for alliance (if even that many) have at least a dozen for horde.  Things make a bit more sense.  I couldn’t understand why these areas were there, and so big, if there weren’t any quests available.

Since I am a newbie horde there are things I just don’t know off-hand.  For example, the best way to get to Stonard, short of taking a mage portal.  Now I know how to get there as alliance, it is quite simple.  Getting there as horde was another story.  It just seemed like a very out of the way place that is a pain to get to.  What do you mean I have to run all the way from STV?  Wow that is a crappy distance.  I don’t think Blizzard was thinking things through when they placed some of these locations.  Take the Hinterlands for example.  The horde outpost is ACROSS the entire area.  There is NOT an easy way (at least not that I am aware of) to get there.  At least with alliance there are boats we can take to get to these places or easy routes for the most part.

I went to twitter to ask the hordies there how to make my way there.  None of them realized that I didn’t know I could take a zep from UC to STV.  They realized this once I complained about the super long flight from UC to STV.  Of course this was Arrens, and he might have done this on purpose, at least I wouldn’t put it past him. 😉  The lovely MoodyDK at http://moodyloner.wrecklist.net/ didn’t realize until it was too late that she should have suggested I take the portal in the blasted lands to get to Stonard.  I can’t believe I forgot about that.  Now I just feel dumb.

By the time I made it to Stonard, turned in my quest there and picked up the other quests I was already over the area.  There just wasn’t enough there to warrant all the time it took for me to get there.  There were about the same number of quests for horde as there are for alliance in that zone, which is not many.  I was very disappointed to say the least.

So now I am in a quandrary.  I have several quests for the Badlands, all of which are green or red, a few for Stonard, which I don’t really want to do.  Several dungeon quests, which means I have to queue specifically for the dungeon and miss out on the bonus for the random.  I am not sure where else to go.  I am 44 1/2.  I know I could do STV, but having been there, done that, I don’t know if the horde quests are really all that different from the alliance quests.  Is there somewhere else I should be questing?  I don’t really want to do Tanaris.  Feralas maybe?  All you hordies out there chime in and give me some direction.

THANKS! 😀

I am a slacker

I REALLY don’t want to make a post today.  All weekend long I have just felt blah.  I don’t want to play WoW, hell I haven’t wanted to wash my hair.  Which is gross, yes I am quite aware of that fact, thank you very much.  Maybe I am depressed or just blah.  I haven’t figured it out yet.

Thursday night saw a lot of fun in my guild.  We managed to pull off the first 5 bosses of Ulduar and do an OS run on top of everything.  We got the 8 man Sarth achievement on 2 separate groups last week.  So that was awesome.

Things have been pretty quiet on the guild front.  Not many people have been online lately.  Except for late at night when our lovely Air Force crew logs in.  So suddenly we go from 2 people online to 7.

I finally got my pet pug on my mage.  I think I am like 14 people or so from getting it on my druid.  I still have a ton left on my warlock.  I need to figure out what would be the best gear upgrade for her.  She has like 89 BoT and I don’t know what to buy with them.  She is currently sitting around ilvl 219 with a few 226 items thrown in for good measure.  Hell, I think my mage is better geared than her now.  Which is really sad because I have no intention of raiding with my mage.  I really need to bring Millea out more often and keep the cobwebs from re-forming.  How sad is it when your main has been put on the back burner for so long to where she is no longer considered by people to be your main?  I even played into that a bit by having Tatia be the character that was promoted to officer instead of Millea.  I am just never on Millea.  It really makes me sad.  I will probably play her even less when I level up a worgen warlock too.  😦

Ah oh well.

I will leave you with some link love though:  Go read Arioch’s post.  I can tell she is winding up for a good one.

Thanks to her I was turned on to this guy, who also happens to be awesome.  He recently ran with this, I hesitate to even call him a warlock.  Look at the summary on the side of the armory.  He just won a dodge rating trinket, AND EQUIPPED IT!

Why!  Why do people do this!?!!?!

Screenshot Friday

Dily asked me if he could submit a picture for my blog.  I of course agreed.  This picture is of his pally Catrynne.

Enjoy!

What do you mean there is someone else in the picture with me?

 

Either later today, or tomorrow I will have a bonus post.  Stay tuned!

I love my guild

Our weekly raid quest was to kill Sarth.  We try to knock out the weekly raid on Wednesday night.  Last night we had like 5 people signed up for the raid with 2 people signed up as tentative.  There were four of us online when the raid time started.  We all decided we didn’t mind waiting until some more people came online.

The hunter who ran ToC with us on Saturday had kept up with talking with me.  He asked if we were doing the weekly raid.  I told him we were going to do it that night and he was welcome to join us.  While in vent Andrew, Vel and I were talking and I said “Let’s go 5 man OS!”  The best part of that, they were totally on board. ^_^  I whispered the hunter and let him know our plans.  Turns out he had a mage friend who was kind of undergeared but wanted to go.  No problem!

While the six of us were making our way to OS our resident enhancement shammy Shavok logged in on his warrior.  He was one of the guildies who had put tentative.  His work schedule is never exactly the same so he (and several others) never know when they will be home from work.  He whispered me and wanted to know if we had waited and that Viva (another guildie) was on his way home as well and wanted to come on his pally.  Sweet!  Now we had 2 tanks.  Since Viva wasn’t quite online yet we started clearing trash and the drakes.  Vel solo healed us.  He said he actually had fun healing.  We did lose Shavok on the first drake pull, but all things considered, we were doing just fine with one healer.  I got to bring fail mage so it was interesting attempting to dps while decursing everyone.  I still managed to come out as #3 or #4 in each fight.  I was quite proud of myself.  Especially since she is not in a raiding spec.  Go fail mage!

Viva logged in right as we were about to kill the 2nd drake, so it was perfect timing.  We finished the instance without any problems.  I can’t remember if we lost anyone on Sarth or not.  We managed to snag the 8 man Sarth achievement in the process though :D.

When we finished that run we decided to put together yet another 8 man run for our alts that still needed the raid.  Andrew popped on his pally to MT, Dily jumped on his DK, who has a tanking off-spec with gear, but he had never tanked.  Considering this is his 3rd tank, I really don’t think he had too much to worry about.  What I found hilarious was he was “technically” the OT, but he ended up becoming the MT.  When I brought it up in vent Andrew said “I didn’t have the heart to tell him that he was the OT.”  I don’t think Dily could ever really be the OT, lol he has been the MT for far too long.  Even though I had already done OS on 25 man (I logged in on Tuesday and Ness says “Want to heal OS 25?” umm sure?) I was free on my druid for 10 man.  The hunter had a holy priest he wanted to bring.  I didn’t think we would really need 2 healers, but we brought his priest to “watch” the tanks.  I heal more in 5 mans then I had to in that run.  The mage we brought for the 1st run had a DK he wanted to bring.  Rex the “priest tank” from our friend guild was online on his hunter.  I asked him if he needed the run, he said yeppers and brought another hunter friend of his.  Since we were unsure on dps, we snagged a DK from the LF raid and headed in.

Turns out the DK was a fantastic player.  He was hitting 5.5k overall and 6.3k on the boss.  He was a bit overkill, but he was nice and thanked us for inviting him.  Rex, *sigh*, plays drunk 99% of the time.  While drunk he will attempt to tank on his priest and will pull on his hunter.  This of course pissed off Andrew so I had to yell at Rex to cut it out.  I even pulled all healing on the hunters until it stopped.  He cried a bit, but quit doing it.  He then apologized to the wrong tank at the end, but yeah.  I like Rex, but sometimes he just drives me nuts.

The really funny thing was the EXACT same items dropped in both runs.  Not that anyone needed any of them, except for maybe an off spec or something, but it was funny.

We tried to get a 3rd group going, but we didn’t have heals and it was 10 pm PST.  We decided to try to come back in tonight and get the few people who still needed it the quest completion.  Heleva can solo heal it ;).

The hunter stayed in vent with us chatting and doing 5 man randoms with us.  Dily ended up helping him with his gear and spec, because that is what Dily does best.  It was a ton of fun helping out Curtis get set up on his hunter, so I can understand why Dily likes to do it.  I think the hunter is really liking us and most likely will end up joining us.  We shall see, but it looks promising.

Tonight is supposed to be an Ulduar alt run, so we will see if we can pull it off, or at least get going in it.  Wish us luck!

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