30 Jul 2010 7 Comments
26 Jul 2010 6 Comments
The original plan for the weekend was for Slice’s druid and my roguelette to get to Outland. Tall order I know. His druid was level 46 and my rogue was 48.
Very tall order.
It could have worked.
But it could have.
See Friday night, nothing got done. Slice was supposed to be online, instead he was offline playing Magic with his buddies. Ok no biggie, I got caught up on my feed reader.
Very unproductive night.
Saturday rolls around. Slice woke me up at 1:30 pm >.>
Yeah, I kind of missed out on a lot of play time.
We got the weekly done, did our randoms then knocked out heroic Magister’s Terrace. Still no pet or mount😦
Then Slice decided to take a break where he proceeded to continue to play Magic with his friends.
I decided to push on and level a bit. Got to 49 and finished the quests in Searing Gorge.
Ok so now where do I go?
Since I didn’t want to do Un’Goro or anywhere in the south of Kalimdor I decided to check out Felwood. While I was flying and/or running I queued myself up for some BGs. I was hoping to liven things up a bit.
First up was WSG. For some unknown reason I was made the BG leader. *sigh* Since I am a pretty fail rogue I decided to stay stealthed in the flag room and try to stun/stop the Alliance toons that tried to take our flag.
Sounded like a good plan to me at the time.
What were my teammates doing during this?
Well all but 2 were fighting in the middle.
There was a priest who stayed with me in the flag room and there was a rogue that kept trying to get the enemy flag. Everyone else was fighting with the aforementioned priest about whether or not he was a virgin and sexual prowess. Turns out these rejects were actually from my server. *sigh*
Seriously kids, if you want people to know you are in fact 12, start talking about how the other person is a virgin. That ceases to be an insult beyond high school.
So yeah, the Alliance beat us 3-0. We never got the flag out of their flag room. I did manage to stun one of the people who took our flag, but before I could get him down (he was at like 10%) he used rocket boots and was gone. I couldn’t run that fast😦
With that horrible BG behind me I tried out AB instead. I like AB as a rogue. I just hide at the flag and people think it is empty. :D Turns out 2 other rogues had the same idea as me and we guarded the gold mine. I got to kill a pally that was almost dead. Woot! Go me!
That was the extent of action I saw.
Either it was a really bad day for the horde in our battle group, or that bracket is just REALLY horrible. We got our asses handed to us. The only node that we held onto was the gold mine. The Alliance attacked it exactly once and left it alone after that. I spent the time chatting with the other rogue sitting there with me. There was a 3rd rogue, but he was level 40 and spent most of his time hiding.
It was rather boring. This didn’t stop me bitching about it in gchat.
I quested a bit in Felwood. There were 2 quests that I could pick up that were yellow. They should have been orange, all the fricken mobs were orange or red. *sigh* I finally got fed up and logged for the night.
Sunday rolls around and I managed to get out of bed around 11:30 am. I logged on and Slice was playing his hunter. I queued up for a random dungeon just to have him switch to his druid. We partied up and queued up. After about 20 mins or so we finally got a dungeon, only to have the instance server go splat. The tank, Slice and myself made it through. The other 2 dps were showing up as DCs. The tank started off with trying to kick them. At first I hit no on the off chance that they were still stuck with trying to get through the dungeon finder. Then I just ignored the kick requests. It was kind of irritating. I know that I pissed off the tank, and most likely Slice with my refusal to hit kick. We all dropped group. I tried to requeue us, but he had the debuff (I didn’t) so I dropped group and queued up alone. He was kind of pissy and logged for a bit.
I got BRD. As some of you know I practically lived there while leveling Lyssianna. Seemed like a competent group. Every single person was in heirlooms. Pally tank pulled like a sane person and the shammy was a pretty good healer. We cleared to the boss for the satchel (where I got the bracers I already had equipped) and the healer asked if we wanted to do a full clear for the xp. Everyone agreed and charged forward.
At some point we lost the priest, but no biggie. The warlock we had was doing awesome dps, and I was flailing my way around. I *think* I was above the tank, but who the hell knows. We went through and cleared packs of mobs and took down like 2 or 3 bosses when I tried to call Slice to get him in on the XP happening. He didn’t answer so I didn’t say anything.
About 15 mins later he logged in and I brought it up to the group that I could bring in a boomkin. Everyone was thrilled and he was summoned into the party. We took down the rock boss and made it to the vault room. Suddenly the tank had to leave. The warlock ninja DCd shortly afterwards. The shammy had me tank the mob that held the dark coffer key and we went back to the vault room where he opened the vault. I ended up winning the green ring that dropped. I was all for pressing on slowly, but the shammy ninja DCd shortly afterwards and Slice and I couldn’t do it alone.
I did manage to hit 50 in there, so that was positive.
Slice logged off again (turns out he played Magic yet again) and I started working on my professions.
I finally caved and went to Un’Goro. I didn’t pick up the quests though. I did almost a full circle of the zone just mining away. I managed to get 50 pieces of thorium. All in all a good haul.
heh that rhymed.
I got the flight path then ran to Silithus and got the flight path there too. I decided then that I wanted to get all the engineering patterns from the random vendors. This meant I had a ton of running to do.
My first stop was Feralas. The goblin by the Alliance dock sells a pattern but you have to complete his quests first. This meant I had to kill giants.
These water giants will randomly bend over and fart. The fart comes out as a green bubble which they then poke and pop with their finger. Afterwards they laugh.
I finished the quests, get the pattern and for some unknown reason decide to go to STV instead of Azshara.
The stupid gnomes in STV are a bitch to get to. Climbing up that hill was super irritating. I don’t know where the actual path to get up is, but I managed to brute force myself up there. Luckily both patterns were available. I would have been mighty pissed if they weren’t.
Next up was a gnome in Azshara.
This chick is so far off the beaten track it is really a wonder she is still on the friggen map. You know where the elite dragons are in Azshara? Well go beyond them until you reach elite giants. There is a path along the cliffs that will take you to a tiny gnome house where there are 2 gnomes.
I had to hearth out of there because there was no way in hell I was going back through all those mobs to try and find the flight path again.
Fuck that noise.
At this point I was just missing the items from the vendor in Winterspring. Time to hoof it through Felwood again.
In my previous sojourn to Felwood I had picked up the flight path at the Horde encampment. This meant I only had to run up half of Felwood instead of all of it. Go me!
I get up to the Furlbog tunnel and decide that “I can do this quest, no prob” only to find out that the mobs are 53-56 and I am 51.
After dying twice I figured how to just kill one without pulling twenty million other mobs. I am still not quite sure how I managed to complete that quest without punching the monitor, but I did. I even got a set of feathers to turn in and an item that begins a quest.
Once I was done with the quest I high tailed it through the tunnel, picked up the moonglade flight path then ran to Winterspring. I got lucky and didn’t come across any mobs while running to Winterspring. I picked up some recepies and snagged a few to sell then went back to Org.
With all the ore I picked up I was able to move my engineering up to 290. Before I started running all over the world I went to the Outland and got my skills up. Funny that you cannot take the portal to the blasted lands until you are 58 but I was able to go through the dark portal at 51. Odd how that works.
I still want to push to try to get her to the Outlands by this weekend. I just wish this range of levels wasn’t so shitty. I might have to actually break down and level in Un’Goro.
22 Jul 2010 5 Comments
I started playing WoW more this week. I had been playing off and on for the past several weeks. Other than my raid I did a bit ago or a random weekly run, I am not raiding anymore. I was raiding with Slopoke on Bloodhoof for a bit. While that was fun, rushing home on a Friday night just felt off to me. Plus playing on Millea just felt weird. I have gotten used to playing on Lyssi. I have the keys set up the way I like them, I have my add-ons set up just so and I can’t quite set up Millea the same. I also never really raided with Millea. Tatia was the one I raided on. It almost feels wrong raiding on Millea.
I’ve also been thinking about my abilities as a warlock lately. I have come to the conclusion that I am just not that great of a warlock. I like to think that I am a good raider. I stay out of the bad, do my job and don’t cause wipes. Most of the time I am one of the last ones standing. To me, that is a good raider. What I continuously fail to bring is top notch dps.
I don’t think it is necessarily the spec. There are other affliction warlocks that just cream the charts. It isn’t my computer because I have a pretty nice gaming computer. I have great internet connection with low latency even though I am west coast and the server is central. This all points back to me as a player.
I have said in the past that I am not a hardcore player. When I first joined SR I got a taste of “casual hardcore” and while I was gearing up I was thriving on it. Once I got to where I really cannot get more gear (outside of heroic modes) my damage should have improved, only it didn’t. Where is it that I am going wrong?
Andrew has repeatedly said that playing an affliction warlock well is really difficult. I truly believe this.
It isn’t so much the tracking of your dots, or the high ramp up time, as it is your ability to do EVERYTHING correctly.
“Oh I think I can squeeze off one more Shadow Bolt before I have to reapply Haunt”
“Damn Haunt fell off and I haven’t gotten the cast completed yet”
“Damn it now I need to reapply Corruption”
“Shit I didn’t Life Tap in time”
And that is just a boss fight where I don’t have to move constantly.
Well you might say that I just need to do some more practice at the training dummy until I get it down pat. You might be right. I personally CANNOT stand sitting at the training dummy for hours. I get bored and end up doing worse than if I was actually raiding.
What makes this worse is I am kind of a raiding snob now. If you are new to the fight, I will give you a ton of slack. If you know the fight then I expect you to do your job and do it well. I get so frustrated with people when they fail on the simple things in raid when I know that they know better.
Now add this attitude in with me failing.
This does NOT go over well.
Definitely NOT in my mind.
Since I stopped raiding what game time I have had has been spent leveling my alts. Either the mage in the caster duo or my roguelette. This has not helped with keeping the correct muscle memory on my lock.
Slice and I have been running heroic Magister’s Terrace in the hopes of getting me the pet and the mount. I have been going in my offspec of aff/demo quasi pvp and have been having issues remembering which button is CoA and which is Corr. Yes fail warlock is fail.
The funny thing is I still have a blast playing a warlock. I still cackle when I kill something that is somewhat difficult. Or when I completely clear out a room or area of the mobs without any “real” loss of health. I never had this kind of fun when I played Millea. I think that is why I was able to easily switch “mains” to Tatia for raiding. Now that I have Lyssi, I rarely want to play Tatia. Tatia is there for the times I need an instant queue for a friend, or if a healer is needed when there are too many dps. I actually took her out the other day and did some dailies (I wanted to farm the worm scale for drums) and I just couldn’t get back into the swing of being a boomkin. I guess Tatia is just a tree and will remain a tree.
I haven’t avoided spoilers for Cataclysm but neither have I gone out looking for them. This means that I really don’t have a clue as to how my classes are faring so far. I read enough blogs that cover the pertenent information that once something major happens I would be able to read about it. I guess that is kind of shit for you if you come here for warlock and druid info. But then again, if you are coming here for warlock and druid information then I guess I should feel sorry for you and make a comment to direct you to the list of blogs on the right hand side. There are many other people who only blog about important game things.
I am definitely not one of those.
I still don’t have any answers to my musings from above. The thoughts are still rolling around in my head as to what I could do to improve or simply just change the situation. I know eventually I will figure it out.
I know that come Cataclysm I have plans. I plan on leading my own raiding guild. I finally admitted to myself that I am too much of a control freak to have it any other way. Several other people across the blogosphere have also come to that conclusion. This was my “secret project” I spoke of a while back. Many of you guessed, or just noticed from seeing me in game so it seemed kind of silly to keep it a secret on my blog.
For those of you that are completely oblivious, or just don’t particularly care, I am no longer a member of Shadow Rising. I have since founded a new guild. At this time it is little more than alts, but as I mentioned above, once Cataclysm comes out I will be making it a raiding guild. I want having fun to be paramount. Downing shit will happen as a byproduct. You do not need assholes to have a sucessful raiding guild. I plan on proving that.
I will give you guys more information as the time gets closer to “opening the gates” as it were. I am working on getting a website up and going. I have a wonderful friend who graciously offered to create the site. Thanks again hun! I am also working with getting my own vent server. I haven’t quite gotten the loot system fully situated yet. I kind of want to see how the guild leveling thing will work out. It will most likely be EPGP though. I do like it and how it works. I think I might tweek the way EP is earned though.
All in all I have high hopes for this project.
I want to say thanks again to the 30-40 people that still check this site daily. I do love you guys for it! I hope to be able to start putting more posts up. My muse has kind of left me and I don’t want to just post “I’m sorry I didn’t post” posts up all the time. Maybe now that the drama is over and things in my life are going well I will be able to post.
We shall see.
12 Jul 2010 9 Comments
Since my sweetie Slice is in town the weekend went over somewhat differently.
Originally his flight was supposed to land in San Diego around 10:15 am. Due to this I was planning on finishing the cleaning in my apartment on Friday night. I am a lazy, procrastinating slob. It happens. Friday night around 7 pm my time (10 pm his) we find out his flight has been moved to leaving at 11 am his time (instead of 7 am), this puts him landing here around 2:30 pm. Plenty of time for me to finish up some stuff first thing in the morning on Saturday.
Thanks to the lovely airline system, he did not get a flight out on Saturday, instead he got to go back home and fly out at 7 am on Sunday. Losing an entire day.😦
This meant that he no longer had to bring his laptop to raid on Saturday night.
About an hour before raid time rolls around I put a call into him to make sure he is awake (he didn’t get much sleep the night before) and I get his voicemail. Hmm ok no biggie. I leave him a message and start looking at what I had for our follow up raid.
I had me on my druid, Slice healing on his pally, Doz on his DK tank, Soth’s pally tank, Zari’s shadow priest, Anna’s hunter, the pug mage, the pug druid and that was it. D’oh! I was missing my two melee dps, Zug and Del on their rogue and pally.
What I really needed was some heavy hitting dps power to make up for the lower dps brought by the boomkin and Del.
I was REALLY hoping for a shammy.
While I was waiting for raid time I was killing time chatting with a friend (Salisbury) from another guild. His guild Taem Dylsexia is in a co-op with SR on 25 man raids. They also tend to look to each other first before finding pugs. Salisbury had a dps DK he could bring in and possibly another dps from his guild. I wasn’t sure how his dps was on his DK since I had only run with his boomkin, but Sal is a pretty decent player and a nice guy so I was happy to have him.
This still left me one short, but I was hoping that Del or Zug would still show up so I didn’t want to attempt to find a pug.
Now about 45 mins had passed. It was now about 30 mins until raid time starts. Still no word from Slice. I tried his phone again, got voicemail. I sent him a text telling him to get online.
A few people had gotten online (the pugs were both there, eager to raid) but since I hadn’t heard from a few people I was starting to panic. I kept bugging the people who I could reach (sorry Soth & Zari!) and generally fretting to Sal, who btw took the brunt of my spazzing. Thanks again for that!😀
Raid time was set for 7:15 pm server. At 7 pm I had 4 people online. Myself, Sal and the 2 pugs. 7:10 saw Soth come online. 7:15 saw Doz and Anna. Zari didn’t show up until 7:25 (the time he said that people would actually come online).
Still no Slice.
At this point I am calling him over and over again. Still thinking that he is passed out asleep and hoping that the constant ringing would wake him up.
I am still missing a dps. Soth was hoping I could find another tank just so he could dps on his pally and give us the dps boost we needed. That was not meant to be. Sal was able to get us a mage from his guild since I had put the pug druid as heals.
Just as all out panic started with me, Sorak comes online. I think I actually shouted yes over vent. I can’t remember. I immediately whisper him “I need you! Can you raid on Sorak?” He replies yes he can but only has an hour. I squeed and invited him. Gave him the vent info and he logs in. The first thing he says is “Ok so what am I doing now?”😀 Gotta love Sorak. Just says yes without knowing what he is getting into. ^_^
I put him as dps and we headed into ICC. We had to clear out the trash again before we started on the Professor and it was a definite change from the previous week. We only wiped once on trash instead of three times. >.>
We got up to the professor, got buffed up and one shot him.
It was messy. The other druid healer (yes we two healed it with two druids) died so I brezzed him. Then I died and he brezzed me. Sorak died early on and anhked. I think we had one or two other deaths at the end (if that, I honestly cannot remember) but we managed to pull it off. It was a good feeling.
Off to the blood wing!
Still no Slice btw.
We get going on trash. Sorak had already switched to heals and we had the healing set up for the fight. As we are clearing out trash, guess who logs in?
Brat boy himself.
Turns out he was not sleeping, he was playing Magic. Him and Del were obviously of the same mindset for the weekend.
This worked out for the best. Sorak was able to stay for a bit longer and then Slice could come in and take over healing.
We get through the trash (seriously hate that trash) and I explain the fight. I think this was my quickest fight explanation to date.
But we 1 shot it.
We had a disco ball drop and a few people get thrown around the room from shock vortexes, but we held it together and managed to kill them. I think a few people died right as the prince did. It was pretty awesome.
Onward to BQL!!!
I was talking with Andrew yesterday at lunch about how I think some people just cannot understand a fight until they see it. He feels it is more that people don’t believe the fight will have that particular mechanic until they die from it.
I think we are both right.
Whichever one you believe proved to be true on the BQL fight. We had issues with biting and people not being 10 FUCKING YARDS APART DURING BLOODBOLT WHIRL.
We ran back after the wipe and Sal had to go afk. After about 5 mins after the break time was ended, we decided to boot him from the raid for the fight, bring Slice in to heal and have Sorak dps. We were really short on time and we couldn’t wait for him to get back because we didn’t know when that would be. Sorak had like 10 mins left so we had to haul ass.
Plus we REALLY needed his dps for the fight.
Again the fight was messy, but we managed to pull it off with 10 seconds left on the enrage timer.
Yeah it was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay close.
We said goodbye to Sorak, brought Sal back in and headed to the frost wing.
But not without having Anna’s pet aggro all the mobs down the path we didn’t take up to BQL.
Yeah that was a fun wipe >.>
We took down the badge boss and explained VDW.
I put Slice and the druid in the portals. I was out healing the raid.
This fight did not go well.
I don’t know if it was not having enough dps or just not having enough “smart” dps. The dragon was at 72% and we were only a few mins into the fight. Mobs weren’t going down fast enough. As a druid I cannot dispell magic debuffs. The abombs and the worms both put up a nasty debuff. Almost everyone was getting those debuffs. Blazing skeletons were staying up far too long. Suppressors weren’t being burned down. The frost bolts weren’t getting interrupted.
It was pretty bad.
As we were coming back in from the wipe I get told that the pug mage and Sal have to go. I did a quick ready check to see if people were done or if we should beg people to come in and help us finish VDW. I had 2 people mark that they were done so I called it.
All things considered, it really was not that bad of a run.
I was sad that the wand I want from BP dropped and of course I was on my druid.😦
The one thing I need from 10 man ICC on Lyssi and it drops when I am on Tattia.
Since Slice was due in the next morning I called it quits early and went back to finishing up the last few things I was going to do that night in cleaning my apartment.
Sunday I was up early to finish cleaning and to get stuff ready for Slice. According to the airport website his flight had landed at 10:30 am, only he hadn’t texted me to let me know he had landed. To be safe I left for the airport (it is like 10 mins away) only to get stuck in traffic. By the time he was outside waiting for me I was still a few miles away from the airport. Ugh stupid Sunday drivers.
We head back to the apartment to pick up Kate and Andrew so that we could head out to lunch at Phil’s BBQ. The best BBQ in San Diego. Om nom nom nom! The place opens at 11, since Slice’s flight was late, we didn’t get there until 12. Since it was lunch time, it was packed.
Now just to fill you in a bit, Phils is ALWAYS packed. The average wait time to get inside to order is about 30 mins. That is just to get inside. The service is pretty quick to get your food, it is just waiting for a seat that takes forever.
We got there at 12, left at 1:30.
We went back to the apartment. Slice took a nap and Kate and I went to get our toes done.
My nails are a bright pink btw😀
We had tickets to Avenue Q at the civic theater downtown so we went out to that with Kate & Andrew. The boys got dressed up some and I will say that both of them looked very nice.
Kate was of course smokin hot.
I have pretty pink toes😀
The show was fantastic and we celebrated with Albertacos and Yogurtland which just made everyone happy.
Slice is in town until early Sunday morning so I am not sure how much I will get online. Probably not much, but you never know. He didn’t bring his laptop so I don’t forsee any playing online unless he takes a nap or something. My boss isn’t busy this week (probably because I am only here today and tomorrow) so he shouldn’t be in the office much tomorrow. I am hoping to be able to knock out another post. Right now I have no clue what it would be about, but hey I am sure I could think of something.
I was hoping to beat out Del and his 1976 word post, but I am not quite sure how I could drag this out.
Ohhhh I know!!!
Kate showed me videos of baby koalas last night! They are the absolutely cutest things ever! Wednesday we are going to the San Diego Zoo where they have a nice sized koala exhibit. I keep hoping that one day they will make it to where visitors would get a chance to actually hold the koalas, but alas that is meant to be.
If anyone knows how I could end up holding a koala please let me know. I would be eager to find out.
BTW Del I beat you.😀