ZOMG she was playing WoW!?!?

I’ve had a crazy last few months.  I have been busy, stressed and just feeling like I was about to burn out.  As I mentioned previously, I hadn’t really been playing much.  I had essentially quit running dungeons.  I wasn’t farming.  I really didn’t do much at all.

That kind of changed up on Sunday.

Saturday one of my friends had a baby shower so I went home to visit and join in on the fun.  The original plan was for me to spend the weekend at my mom’s house.  Well the shower ended at 4 and I just decided that I was going to drive home and relax for the rest of the weekend.  This meant that Sunday would be free to do whatever.

I woke up pretty early on Sunday (7:50 am >.< but I didn’t roll out of bed until 8 am) and just popped down on the computer.  The previous night I had run a few troll dungeons with guildies (I was really close to getting my tier chest) to which they all gave me flack for actually being in a dungeon.  I think both Slice and Sorak whispered me (while in a raid mind you) because they were in shock to see me in ZA.  /sigh  It does happen from time to time boys!

So anyway, I woke up and logged in.  I got my normal stuff out of the way then went to do the JC daily.  Just my luck it was the stupid Elemental Goo.  Normally this isn’t a problem for people, but my DK was only 76 (he dinged 77 that day) and can easily die to the mobs.  Luckily Rep was online and I asked her sweetly to come help me kill stuff.  The daily complete I moved on to the MF dailies.  Lyssi was just missing one Lieutenant and one guy from the bombing run.  So I went through and knocked out the dailies so that I could see if what I needed was there.  The last Lieutenant was up so I knocked out that achievement.  Unfortunately the guy I needed for the bombing run wasn’t up.  So I am one person away from having a snazzy new title!

Afterwards a few other people had come online and I asked if anyone wanted to do a heroic.  I pulled up Lyssi’s dungeon finder just to see that I was 30 points shy of capping.  Wait, what?  Yep.  Apparently killing 5 raid bosses, 1 reg heroic and 2 troll runs had me almost capped out.  That kind of put a dent into my plans.  Oh well no biggie!  I will heal!

I popped over to PPP snagged the 359 healy staff out of the gbank (yay for me!) and snagged Rep on her DK for some regular heroics.  While I know I can heal the troll stuff, I’d rather not so I just did a bunch of regular heroics.  For the rest of the afternoon Rep (sometimes Zari and Doz joined us) and I ran heroics.  We had some good runs and really didn’t have too much of a problem with people.  We got lucky early on and ended up with a tank from one of the top guilds on our server.  Most of the people in his guild are pretty nice and he was a good guy.  We did several dungeons with him and had fun chit chatting.

A few times I just queued up alone, even though there wasn’t a satchel.  One of those runs put me into heroic Vortex.  I was grouped up with 4 people from Cenarion Circle, two were from one guild and the other two were from another guild.  It was kind of funny.  They were a great group.  The tank wasn’t hard to heal and the dps didn’t stand in bad or cause problems.  All in all it was one of the best 5 man PuG runs I had ever had the pleasure to heal.  Thanks guys for making it fun! 🙂

Speaking of 5 mans.  The other night (I think Thursday night) there was a Call to Arms for healers so I switched over and queued up.  I got Deadmines.  I hate this place.  Not because it is hard but because it is so damn long.  We zone in and there is a male cow pally tank, an undead warlock, a belf hunter and a cow DK.  The tank runs in, gets hit by the cannon in the first doorway and promptly runs around the corner so even if the dps had gotten in the cannon it wouldn’t have done us any good.  No biggie, I kept him alive and barely kept the DK alive.  As we started moving forward the hunter ran off in the other direction and started dying.  Now I wasn’t going to chase him while the tank was in front of me dying to his overpull (he was NOT geared enough to pull the way he was) so he ended up dying.  Before anyone could react he dropped group.  Ok no biggie, we’ll get another dps in quick enough (this should have been a warning).  We get to the first boss and picked up another hunter, this time a troll.  First boss is pulled and no one moves out of the bad.  I have adds all over me and I am apparently the only one who knows you have to keep moving and dodging the bar of fireballs.  Of course the tank couldn’t be bothered to move or pull the adds off me.  I manged to keep everyone alive until the end when I lost the DK, but at that point I was on fumes.  I sat down to drink after the pull and typed in chat “Man you guys take a ton of damage.”  Apparently that was the wrong thing to say because after the loot roll the tank dropped.

/sigh

We all sat around waiting to move into the next room once we got another tank.  A few minutes went by and we get a male belf pally.  He starts clearing trash but no one frees the monkeys and people are taking a TON of damage.  So I quickly do what I can and start freeing the closest monkeys.  Now as anyone who has ever run this dungeon knows, you turn right and proceed that way through the tunnel.  This tank went left, into the dead end portion of the tunnel.  Did you know that at the very end of the tunnel there is an entire room full of those monkeys?  Yep an ENTIRE room.  The moment I saw those monkeys I immediately started freeing them because we would have DIED if I hadn’t.  After the last mob was killed I moved over to the CORRECT tunnel and luckily (for me) the tank followed me and started pulling.  Now you know those guys that throw the axe to the head, well he pulled all 3 at once.  So you can imagine how much FUN that was.  He then ran in and pulled the boss along with the trash (oh joy!).  Again we down the boss and I managed to keep everyone alive except the poor DK (who had died to trash already) and was on fumes AGAIN.  I whispered the poor DK and told him I wasn’t letting him die on purpose.  Found out that the DK was an alt and their main was a healy priest.  Heh.  We then moved into the next room and the tank pulled 2 groups of trash.  Despite my best efforts there was just too much damage.  I lost the tank and the DK.  The warlock and the hunter were able to finish up the trash that was pulled and I rezzed the dead.  We finish clearing the trash and get to the foundry room.  While I am asking if anyone knows how to drive the reaper the tank leaves.

WTF?

So we are again sitting there waiting for another tank.  The DK says that he can try to do it but had never done it.  I explain what he needs to do and eventually we get another tank.  Another male cow pally.  Seriously here?  For a moment I thought it might be the same one we had at first (the names were similar) but it wasn’t.  We re-buff and he starts clearing the trash.  No one gets into the reapers that we defeat. /sigh.  Eventually we start the boss encounter.  The fight is going well until close to the end and I lose the warlock.  He hadn’t moved from the edge of the ledge and had no where to run when the boss did his harvest thingy.  As I was trying to find his body, the tank dropped.

Seriously?!!?!

So again we are waiting for yet ANOTHER tank.  Luckily it wasn’t a very long wait.  The dps and I were joking that we were getting a new tank for every boss.  We finally get another tank and it is a female belf pally.  Oh look guys pally tank #4!!  I piped up in chat “lucky pally #4!”  She goes into the tunnel and starts pulling trash.  She got out of LoS for me and as I was running to find her I got those stupid swirling blades so I was trying to not hit everyone else AND still heal her.  It didn’t go so well and she dies.  Then one by one everyone else dies.  It was our first wipe of the run.  Considering some of the problems we’d been having this was pretty awesome we hadn’t wiped yet.  I run back (the tank and warlock don’t bother to release which I hate) and start rezzing people (mass rez FTW).  Once the tank is rezzed she drops.

>.<

Here we are sooooooooooooo close to finishing this horrid dungeon.  At this point I was NOT dropping.  I was going to get my damn satchel.  The dps weren’t bad, just kind of noobish.  We weren’t doing anything that would have stressed out a tank enough to drop.  So I have NO idea what the problem was.  After what seemed like our longest wait yet, we get our 5th tank, a druid.  Yay! No more pallies!  This guy was fricken awesome!  We started telling him about our pally tank woes and he was laughing up a storm.  I never checked his gear so I’m not sure how well geared he was, but he was by far the easiest of the 5 tanks to heal.  As we are running in to the ship I get a whisper from the hunter that he is going to drop and that it isn’t my fault.  I replied back to him that we were almost done and to just hang in there.  He stuck around and we made our way up to Ripsnarl.  Surprisingly enough that fight went VERY smoothly.  Cookie went over well despite no one but me eating anything.  The gauntlet was started and immediately someone died.  I stayed there and rezzed them.  I think it was the poor DK (I swear that guy’s armor HAD to be close to broken by the end of the run).  We get through the first 2 guys then face the Mario room.

Now anyone who knows me knows that I die to this room almost every single time.  Knowing this I stayed in the back and waited for everyone else to get through.  Sure enough 3 people died right away.  I rezzed them and then started making my way through.  The DK died again as I was running through.  Shockingly enough I made it through alive!  I never even got hit!  I was so proud of myself.  We moved on and started on the rest of the encounter.  Things went VERY smoothly.  Then at the end during Vanessa’s final explosion the poor DK stood next to her still trying to DPS her down and was killed.  We all laughed and looted the bitch.  I whispered the hunter and said “aren’t you glad you stayed?”  He whispered back with a yes and a smiley face.  We all said goodbye and wished each other well.

I opened my satchel on Lyssi (in case there was a pet or mount) just to find out it was a stupid int flask. /sigh

ANYWAY! Back to my original story!

I took a few breaks here and there.  I didn’t cap out PPP but she did all of the regular heroic dungeons that she could for the week.  All she has left are some trolls (which I will only do with guildies) or raiding.  We have a T11 run planned for tonight.  I will bring her in to heal then switch her for Lyssi on Cho’gall.  Lyssi is still rocking blue shoulders!  So I just might end up with 2 VP capped toons in one week.  Crazy talk I say!

When I came back from a small break Slice and Doz were PvPing on their DKs.  I whispered Slice asking if I could join them.  He said sure as soon as the BG was done.  I switched to Lyssi and popped over to her PvP spec and gear.  I made some crafted stuff for her and purchased what I could with the honor and JP I had.  She also had some pants that she won from the TB boss.  So she is rocking the crafted set bonus and the season 9 set bonus.  I think I am at around 1800 resil.  I know that isn’t all that much but it is enough for starting out in BGs.  Most people don’t even bother getting the crafted stuff.

Now Slice has been doing arena with Adoe and Zug and is ALL decked out in gear.  Doz has been grinding BGs on his DK so he is decked out too.  The three of us were in vent and just started chain running BGs.

It was so much fun!

Normally I die in BGs a LOT.  Like seriously a LOT.  It is like people see a warlock and HAVE to go after them.  It almost feels like we are the most hated class in there.  The few times I did arena I was the first killed, every time.  Now I am NOT a good PvPer.  In fact I am pretty bad at it.  So it just astounds me when I am the first to die.  I almost want to tell them that I couldn’t kill them even if I tried.  But oh well.

This time around I actually lived for most of the night.  Even when I was separated from Slice I survived.  The resil I did have was awesome.  I was getting stunned by rogues/warriors/DKs and I lived!  I got out of their stuns, fear bombed them then dotted the fuckers up.  All while running away.  I seriously love soulburn!  I can instantly get my VW out and bubble.  Best thing ever.  I was even doing fairly good on the boards.  I wasn’t capping or anything like that but I was protecting the flag carriers (in those BGs that have them) and defending flags and just generally creating havoc everywhere I went.

It was a blast!

During one WSG we were faced against a team that had 1 healer.  Our flag carrier had no opposition.  It was kind of sad.  Doz and Slice were actually fighting in the middle because that was the only place the other team was actually at.  Most of them were in blue PvE gear.  I think Slice had like 2 guys on him and they couldn’t kill him.  It was kind of funny.  When I got bored of following the flag carrier and doing nothing I joined them in the middle and just started killing people.  A few people tried to kill me but Slice kept me alive.  They didn’t even bother going to him.  Silly people.

Afterwards I jumped on my roguelette and opened up the MF dailies.  There are patterns and gear for her to earn.  I think Rep was shocked I was doing the dailies on another toon.  She said something about how she couldn’t even do them on her Alliance toon.  I dunno, I actually like the MF dailies.  They are quick and easy.  The funny part to me about getting gear for my rogue is I still have no clue how to play her.  If I can’t kill the mob in the first few hits it just becomes a matter of who can survive longer.  Maybe one day I will learn how to play her.

So yeah that was my Sunday.  A few times I was asked what I did with myself and who I was.  It’s cool though.  Gotta keep these boys on their toes.  Can’t have it where I am too predictable. 😉

To write or to babble, that is the question

We all know that I am known for just babbling on and on

and on.

This isn’t anything new.

So sit back and enjoy some more babbling! 😀

As you might have noticed, we finally (seriously, FINALLY) took down some bosses.  While yes we have been technically raiding since December, we have really only put in like 6 raid nights and a few of those weren’t even full nights.  On top of that we kind of had a rotating roster.  We had people in one night that weren’t in on a different night or people were playing roles they weren’t comfortable in.  We even had people in on under geared alts (me!).  It just led to a new learning curve every night.

Frustrations were high and so were tempers.  It did not make for fun raid nights.

I don’t think it was the repeated wiping, because we were still joking and having fun.  I think it was the lack of visual progression.  We would get Magmaw down to like 36% then our next best attempt for the night would be like 60% and then not even close to that.  When we switched to focusing on Omnotron we actually started making a marked progress.  The best attempt on the first night was 76%, on the second night it was just under 40%, the third night it was 21% and then on the fourth night we 2 shot them.  Again all 4 of those nights had different rosters and different players in different roles.  The night we actually killed something we had people in the roles that were their main specs.

That meant Zug got to dps, Sorak healed and I got to dps instead of Zug tanking, Sorak on interrupt duty and me healing.

Being able to play the role that you are the most comfortable in helps tremendously.

Another issue we have been dealing with is sticking with specific raid days.  Originally we were hoping to have 2 raid IDs.  A Tuesday/Thursday raid group and a Monday/Wednesday raid group.  When we couldn’t even field a full raid team for ANY two nights a week we kind of gave up on the multiple raid IDs.  We then attempted to switch to a MWF schedule.  That lasted less than a whole week.  Then last week we finally said that we were doing Tues/Wed with a possible follow up on Friday night.  We verified with our raiders & officers (7-8 of the raiders in a given raid are officers) that they would be able to make at least Tues/Wed and they all said yes. 

Now all that remains is for people to, you know, actually sign up.

I think this week we have like 7 sign ups and 2 tentatives. /sigh

And the guys wonder why we aren’t more progressed.

The only positive thing is that is 4 more sign ups than we got when we were making people use the guild site.

You know, the site we have that no one but me & Tel ever log into. >.<

In response to this utter lack of motivation of our guildies to raid I have decided to level alts.  The grind required to have the absolutely “best” of everything just makes playing feel like a job.  We are not a hardcore guild pushing progression.  I shouldn’t have to feel like I have to min/max everything.  It is NOT required by my current playstyle.  I hold my own in raids.  I do my best to stay out of the bad and to pew pew my little heart out.  I am by no means the weakest link in the chain.  So I should be allowed to continue on my merry way without any comments from the peanut gallery that plays differently.

I’ve gotten the roguelette to 71 from 63.  She is currently stabbity stabbing her way through the mobs in Howling Fjord.  One of my guildies (Dozzer) whispered me and asked me if I was bored out of my skull leveling through the same place all over again.  On one hand it is the same quests, but on the other it is slightly different.  I have only leveled through Northrend as Horde once.  So while some of the quests are the same, it still has a slightly different flavor.  This is my 5th time through Northrend, 3 times as Alliance (one where she has loremaster) and once as Horde.  It is just questing to me.

I will admit there are some zones/quests that I can do without.  TF in Outland is one such zone.  Stupidly enough I did it on the roguelette because I had never done it as Horde.  Yeah it still sucks ass.  There also doesn’t seem to be as many quests as there were for Alliance.  The moment I hit 67 I was out of there and on my way to Shadowmoon Valley.  Yes I could have gone to Nagrand, but frankly I am tired of Nagrand.

Yes shocking considering how many Nagrand photos are on my blog, but there you have it.

Kill 30 of this beast is just a long slow pain in the ass.  I probably should go back and do those quests though.  The roguelette leveled in STV and did the quests there for Hemet Jr and will most likely do the ones in SB.  Damn it >.<

In other news I picked up PPP again and have run a few dungeons here and there with her.  Finally got the Nexus once.  Was a nice change from UK constantly.  Every dungeon since that Nexus run has been UK though. /sigh.

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!!!

Almost forgot!!!

Last night I was in a UK run (of course) and there was a pally in the group with us as dps.  Now when you see a dps pally you expect said person to be in Ret spec (although when I was still in the Outlands dungeons most “dps” pallys were actually prot) and you know, dpsing with a 2 handed weapon.

Not this pally!

This pally was a dpsing HOLY pally.  At level 71 was pulling a whopping 500 dps.  I pull more than that when I dps as Disc!

The only reason I even noticed was because the tank stopped and was waiting on the pally to get mana.  I said in chat, “He is ret, they don’t need to worry about drinking.”  To which the pally replied “No, I’m holy.”

/facepalm

I was good, I didn’t completely call the dipshit a fucking retard or anything like that, even though I totally wanted to.  It would be one thing if he was making it work, but he wasn’t.  His top spell was Exorcism.  He had a sword (cause I guess pallys can’t use daggers) and an off hand stick thingy.  He wasn’t even using Holy Shock all that often.  On top of that he kept asking what kind of gear a holy pally should be looking for (cause you know there are SOOOOOOOOOO many choices, “let’s see, spell power plate OR spell power plate”) and which class was the best pvp class at 85.

I wanted to kick them so bad but I just knew it wouldn’t get passed.  So I put the moron on ignore and stopped healing him.  I just, yeah I have no words for it.

Now look, if you want to go off and play a dps holy pally, go for it.  But stick with the solo play ok?  When you join a group you need to at least show SOME sort of indication that you know which side is the pointy end.  Those crazy specs that you think make you a special snowflake just don’t cut it.

Yeah I know you are thinking “It is just a stupid Wrath dungeon” and you would be right.  But think about this:  This moron will continue on in his WoW gaming life thinking that playing a dps holy pally is perfectly fine because everyone else will just laugh then continue to carry him.  Soon he will hit max level and want to do heroics.  Do you want this dps holy pally in your Heroic Grim Batol run?

Yeah I didn’t think so.

Seriously? /sigh

I’ve been working on leveling up my priest.  The goal was to get her to outlands this weekend.

Well that goal failed.

I blame the cooking holiday.  I had too many alts that I needed to get cooking up on.  I got the DK, PPP and Lyssi all up to 350 cooking.  I um also kind of got the achievement that I kinda bitched about last year.

In fact, I got it twice >.>

The first time I was on PPP and I was furious.  Then I got it on Lyssi and at that point I was like “yeah this just happened.”  I actually got around 50-60 turkeys in a row on Lyssi.  Sad thing is they only count up to 40.  Since I want the turkey pet on at least 1 toon I need to do this holiday.  I’m going to try to get it on Lyssi since she is my main.  She only needs 3 more rogues (orc, dwarf & troll).  My favorite was the gnome rogue that was stealthed in Dal.  Not only did I see him as I walked by, but I hit him with the feathers while he was stealthed and he turned into a stealthed turkey.  Seriously made me cackle.

The REAL irritation came from leveling the priest.  AB is my favorite BG so far.  I hate WSG and AV just confuses the hell out of me.  So that leaves me with AB.  Even with the addition of DKs in the 50s bracket, it hasn’t been that bad.  What has driven me nuts is how people are playing.  Instead of staying and defending the 3 flags we have they have to LEAVE the moment we get a flag and go rushing off to the next spot.  I had 2 separate runs where I was left with one other healer. 

Yes you read that right, they left 2 healers to guard the blacksmith.

I kept asking for at least one dps to stay and help us, but nope, the 2 healers were left guarding the blacksmith.

And you know what?  We fucking pulled it off too!

*flex*

In fact that particular run the blacksmith was the only flag that we still controlled.

*double flex*

Then there was the dungeon runs.  Currently I have Sunken Temple (yay!) & BRD Prison in green, BRD upper city in yellow & Dire Maul East in red.  4 dungeons are available to me on my priest at this time.  You will usually (about 95% of the time) get the dungeons that are in yellow.  This means that I get BRD upper city every time.  This is the worst one.  Normally I like BRD, but this is just soooooooooooooooooo very long.  On top of that most people don’t know the place so they tend to fuck up things.

I was in a group where the tank seemed to know what he was doing.  We got up to the bar and were in the process of fighting the big stone guy when one of the 2 hunters hit multishot.  This of course pulled the bar patrons and we wiped.  Excuse me if I cannot heal through 100 mobs attacking everyone at once.  The tank bitched us out and dropped group.  Eventually I was left alone in the group running back to my corpse.  That was fun >.>  I did a bunch of BGs after that just cause I didn’t want to deal with that place right away again.

Now before anyone says anything, I have been making fantastic use of my ignore button.  Tanks who pull like crazy people, ignore.  Stupid DPS, ignore.  Jerks, ignore.  It is rare when I finish a dungeon and don’t have to put someone on ignore.

This dungeon run takes the cake though.

After a 20 min wait (as heals!) I got into a BRD group.  I zone in and see they are in the bottom room and I asked if it was prison.  The mage said no it was upper city.  I said oh ok I had a key and proceeded to run to the door.  The warlock and ret pally followed me.  The warrior tank and mage were a little bit slower.  At first I didn’t know that the warrior was a warrior, I thought he was a shaman.  Want to know why?  Cause he was wearing a caster leather kilt.

Yes, leather, with int and spirit.  The guy can wear plate, but has on a leather caster piece, “because of the stam.”

/facepalm

His words, not mine.

The dude was decked out in heirlooms, you would THINK he would know better.  But no.  I had already planned to put him on ignore once the run was over.  His tanking just added ooph to that decision.  He was so squishy it felt like I was healing a dps trying to tank.

HE WAS HORRIBLE.

He only attacked one mob at a time, did absolutely nothing about casters until they were the last mobs left.  Just completely terribad.

He also acted like he had no idea what to do in the dungeon.  He even said at one point that he didn’t know where to go.  In fact everyone acted like they didn’t know what to do or where to go.  So I took over.  I showed everyone where to go, pointed out bosses etc.  We even made it out of the bar without aggroing the patrons.

It was when we left the bar that all hell broke loose.

The patrol that comes in to “investigate the disturbance” spawned the moment we walked out the door.  On top of that the mage’s water elemental pulled the mobs over to the side.  The warlock’s felguard, the water elemental & the ret pally ended up tanking most of the mobs.  It was all I could do to heal everyone.  In fact I was completely oom by the end of it and I had popped my potion, my racial and inner focus.  I was literally tapped out.  On top of that the tank was going on about how “pro” he was.  I chose to not fight with him and point out it was me that saved our asses there.  Not his dipshit self.

After that we did ok.  I explained the dwarf fight.  Even then the tank didn’t grab the guys when they spawned.  He waited until they hit someone else and I had to use pain suppression.  /sigh

The shit hit the fan when we got to the room of spawning death.  I think it is called the Lyceam or something like that.  It is where all the trash re-spawns like crazy.  I explained the room before I opened the door.  We get inside and I start moving towards the platforms and the tank goes off in another direction.  I was all “over here” when I saw that the mage had found a torch bearer and marked him over where the tank was heading.  I thanked the mage and apologized in chat.

That is when the tank exploded.

He started going off on me.  Said “Priest shut the fuck up.  You aren’t the only one who knows what they are doing here.”

Excuse me?

What part of you saying “I don’t know what to do” did I misunderstand?  He then started calling me names.  Made reference to me being a guy, to which I replied “No I’m female.”  The mage then chimed in “No wonder you never shut up.”

Wow, did he seriously just say that?!?!

I whispered sorry to the warlock & the ret pally since they were both nice to me.  Put the tank & mage on ignore and dropped group.  It wasn’t until I looked at recount that I saw those two were from the same realm. /sigh

Why me?  Seriously.

I think I might have to quest for my last 4 levels >.>

Priestly goodness & fail PUGs

This weekend was spent mostly leveling my Pretty Pretty Princess.  I have (as you are aware) decided to level her without heirlooms and primarily through the dungeon finder.  The reason behind this is I enjoy getting a new piece of gear.  It is cool seeing a piece drop and think “Ohhhh that is an upgrade!”  Instead of “Oh is that an upgr. . wait, I have heirlooms, I don’t need that.”

See my point?

First of all I want to find out if anyone knows why ret pallys insist on using a 1 hander and a shield?!?!

No it does not make your dps go up.  It make you look silly when other party members ask you why you are sporting such gear.  Especially when you keep pulling aggro off the tank.

Oh and mister mouthy mage, you just got put on the “doesn’t get heals” for being an ass to me.

I have had so many of these fail ret pallys that I almost wonder if it is an epidemic or something.

Also, shaman, WTF guys.

Every shaman that I get is melee.

The problem is, they aren’t all enhancement.

I had a shaman, who was dual wielding the caster one handed mace meleeing.  Now correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think the caster mace is what you really need when you go enhancement.

The thing that really gets me though are the warlocks.

I don’t care how much you think it doesn’t matter, IT DOES.  Using some pet OTHER than the void walker is what you need to be doing.  If you are going to be stubborn and keep the WRONG pet out at least turn the fucking taunt off.

*sigh*

I know it isn’t going to get any better as I progress in level.  In fact in about 10 more levels I will get all the fail DK tanks.

It almost makes me want to cry.

In other news, Disc priesting is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO easy it isn’t even funny.

The only time I have mana issues is if I need to dispel a ton of stuff.  If I don’t have a lot of dispels, I have no issues.

You wish you were as cute as me.

 

So far it looks like the priesty will be up on top with my druid and warlock.  Just gotta get her to 80.

I tried my hand at some BGs, well AB (my fav).  We actually won both of them (big surprise).  I snagged a few achievements in the process which was pretty cool.

Cynwise would be proud of us.  In the 2nd AB I was in we actually had some sort of a plan going.  We defended the flags and DIDN’T FIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS!  I was at the BS flag with a ret pally and occasionally a mage & warlock.  I was very proud of the fact that I keep everyone alive.  In turn, they protected me.  It was awesome.

*sniff*

Makes me wish I could have those people on my friend’s list and BG with them more often.

I definitely will be queuing up for BGs more often.  It is a whole different game healing in them.  😀

Hell, I might even get one of Cynwise’s mugs. 😀

My weekend in pugging

This weekend saw me pugging raids on Lyssianna.  I don’t normally pug because I raid with my guild.  I have since quit the progression team and am taking a break raiding on Tattia, so I only raided ICC 25 on Tattia.  Lyssi still had both her raid IDs free.

Thursday was Kate’s birthday and her and I had plans to do lunch and get our toes done on Saturday.  Andrew had a raid at 1 pm so we nabbed him and went to lunch a little early.  After we dropped him off Kate and I went off and got pedicures.

Purty!

Her and I spent most of the day out of the house so when I got home I was just not interested in finding a pug.  So Slice and I quested together in GH.  I want to get the deathchill cloak on Lyssi and I am going to get him his whether he wants it or not. 😀

Sunday rolls around and Slice and I were doing randoms when Tir announces that he had joined an ICC 25 and wanted to know if we wanted to join him.  We said yes and I got to DPS.  We had a shammy in the run who had the Kingslayer title so we were going to do heroic lootship.  It was looking like a ton of fun.

Previously I had Hex have his roommate check out my spec and gear and get me all straightened out.  I was slacking in the dps department.  He helped me with my gear and I went back to my original raiding spec.  I had changed my spec around to get a bigger range and to get curse of exhaustion for the flappity bitches in the LK fight.  Going back and looking at it I had gimped my dps by about 5%.

This was NOT a good thing.

He let me know that the 4 piece tier 10 was super awesome and that I needed to get it ASAP.  I had previously looked at it and kind of written it off as not that great for Affliction; looks like I was wrong.

I am currently dealing with a lack of hit situation so I am stuck with the hit trinket.  Until I can get my last 2 pieces of T10 I cannot switch the quill out for the nevermelting ice crystal.  According to Hex & his friend, I will then be “raping” the dps charts.

Interesting choice of words, but oh well.

So right now Lyssi’s gear is kind of in the awkward in-between phase with only 2 piece T10.  I did get the crafted pants though.  Hex donated 3 saronite for me to make them (I scored 5 on the AH for under 800g each) and Slice donated a saronite for me to buy the pattern.  Hex also farmed up some eternal shadows for me so I could make the ebonweave.  I had the frozen orbs needed, but hey farming was quick.  I think I only ended up using like 12 orbs instead of the original 20 I was going to have to use.  So it wasn’t a total waste of time.

This was how I was set up to go on Sunday’s ICC 25.

I rocked the charts.  Even with target switching and the raid leader not listening about having certain people stay on LDW, I still managed to be on top of the charts.

I don’t know what it was.  I almost felt like I was in a Zen-like state while dpsing.  Things were just flowing.  I wasn’t full of panic, I wasn’t worried about everyone around me.  I was just calmly going through my rotation.

It was amazing.

The pug sadly had several people who did not know how to do lootship.  Even on regular.  It was extremely frustrating and irritating.  They finally ended up doing it with 5 tanks.

Yes, 5 tanks.

On regular.

Even then the fucking tanks couldn’t hold threat.  I died several times because the stupid tanks could not hold threat.  Now I know that seed of corruption is a huge threat whore, but if a lesser geared tank can hold threat when I use it, these guys shouldn’t have an issue.  It was so horrible.  The good news from that run was I won the ring that drops off loot ship.  It wasn’t heroic, but it was still very very nice.

The raid broke up as soon as we completed Saurfang.  I didn’t win the roll on the token. 😦

The shammy who had the kingslayer title said he was going to form a 10 man ICC and asked me if I wanted to go.  Since Lyssi still needed it I said sure.  He cobbled together some people and I grabbed Soth on his pally and we started off.

We decided we were going to give MG a shot on heroic.

Bad Idea

Only two people had seen this fight on heroic.  For those that don’t know (I was in that party until Sunday) he does the bone spikes during the bonestorm.  Everyone, and this includes the tanks, has to dps down the spikes.  Those suckers have a metric crap ton of health.  In order to deal with the spikes during the bonestorm you have to stay bunched up.  Yeah well we didn’t manage this.  We were also 2 healing with a holy pally and disc priest.  The tree went kitty.

After we wiped we switched it back to regular and decided that we would just keep it at regular until we got to loot ship and just do that fight on heroic.

We quickly went back in, buffed up and took down MG and LDW.  I tried to get put only on LDW instead of having to switch to the adds, but the RL (the shammy) wouldn’t hear of it.  The tank whispered me and told me to just stay on her anyway.  I laughed, switched to the adds in the beginning then stayed on the boss.  Towards the end I switched to the adds because there was a fanatic up and the shammy wasn’t killing him.  I killed him and then helped pull her over to the next phase.

I think I was #2 on that fight.  I know I was #2 on MG.  The hunter in the group with us was just amazingly good.  I couldn’t beat him no matter what I did.  The other person I was fighting with for top spot was a DK.  He kept switching between blood and unholy so that was interesting.  He was nice enough to let me know so that I could switch my curse.

We managed to one shot everything up to BQL.  Yes, a pug one shot PP and BP.

*flex*

My recount showed that I did 8800 dps on Fester.  Soth’s showed that I was over 9k.  This was with getting puked on constantly too.

*flex*

We wiped on BQL the first time because the DK got the biting messed up.  He was supposed to bite me and instead bit the healer standing to my side.  Then when we had 4 people bitten (including the healer) they all got mind controlled because they didn’t bite anyone.  We actually ended up wiping at 6%.  The 2nd time around I got bitten (and lived! finally!) and was able to unleash hell on the boss.  I ended up doing almost 10k by my recount.  Soth did 12k on his pally.  He still was #2 after the hunter.

The raid was called after that fight because the OT had to go to his guild’s 25 man ICC.  All in all it was a good run.  I got the off hand off MG and Soth got the cape from heroic loot ship, a necklace and a trinket.  He made out like a loot ninja.  The really cool part was the tank who was still rocking the shield from CoS won the heroic shield from loot ship.  A HUGE upgrade for him.

The shammy was without a guild and said he would think about apping with SR.  The priest whispered me and asked about our raid times.  Him and his friend the holy pally said they were putting in apps.  So 3 possible recruits from one raid. 😀

Also!  Angerfork from the caption contest was chatting with me this weekend and decided to apply as well.  😀  He brought over his druid and lots of awesome pets for me!  YAY!!!  So I am looking forward to getting to play with him.

I frankly had a blast with the 10 man ICC.  The shammy said that he will most likely be making a pug group each week so I will see about running with him again.  I have him on my friend’s list.  It looks to be a lot of fun.

There was definitely a confidence booster in running that ICC 10 & 25.  Normally when I run with my guild there are so many people who do just amazing dps that I am the worst dps in 10 mans or like 7-10 in 25 mans.  I am not always doing bad dps myself, but I am way behind them.  For once I was on top and it was exhilarating.  I actually asked Tir if I had just gotten better or if the people we were playing with (on the 25 man run) were that bad.  His reply: I was kicking ass.

😀

This week will most likely be pretty quiet.  I am going to run my own ToC 10 tonight since I still need the weekly on Tattia.  Then I have ICC 25 on Tuesday with Lyssi.  After that I have nothing for the rest of the week.  Funny how your schedule clears up when you don’t raid. ^_^  Slice and I were going to go back to working on NR loremaster.  He is still raiding so it might not be very often.  Who knows, maybe I will get back on Zuleka and get her past her twenties.

We shall see.

I guess we are ninjas

Yesterday EoF got together to go take down Maly in EoE.  We knew that we needed another guildie to get the key.  We all talked and decided that Vel would get the key on his Shaman.  I grouped us up and we headed to Naxx to kill Sapp.  Since we only had 6 people we nabbed a couple pugs.

There was a ret pally sitting in queue for Ulduar 10.  I whispered him and asked if he would be willing to come help us kill Sapp for the key for our guild.  He said sure and I nabbed him up.  After no responses from several other people in queue, I found a dps DK (have I mentioned how I HATE bringing in DKs from LFG?) and told him the same thing.  We were doing a guild run to kill Sapp to get the key, would he be willing to come help us do that.  Sure!  Ok let’s go.

We zone in, quick recap for those that hadn’t been there in a while and we go to town.  Boom! Boom! DEAD! Woot!  I loot the dragon and give Vel the key.  Immediately the DK pipes up “What we aren’t going to roll for it?!”  To which several of us replied back to him and said “No, this was a guild run specifically for the key.  We told you that.  Do you really think we were going to bring in a pug for a guild run and then give the pug the item?”  Apparently he did.  He started bitching at us.  Left the raid and went back to Dalaran where he immediately started talking shit about us in trade chat.

Since we are all obviously not quite right in the head, we jump into trade as well.  I say “It is not our fault you don’t have any reading comprehension.  Especially since we told you it was a guild run for the key.  It isn’t a ninja when we tell you what we are doing UP FRONT!”  Vel was a bit more vocal to him.  What I thought was HILARIOUS was the way trade chat was treating him.  They were calling him names and telling him to go bitch elsewhere.  Trade obviously did not see the importance of the key to Maly.  I mean it gives you a trinket!! O_o

The pally who came with us to kill Sapp was invited to the Maly kill.  As Dily pointed out, we would have invited the DK too, had he not been a tool.  After we finished the first Maly kill I switched back over to Millea (she was in the Naxx run) and I immediately got a whisper from the DK telling me that he had reported me and had sent screenshots to a GM.

All of this because the DK didn’t read what was said to him.

*sigh*

Because I like calling out retards for being retards, this is the moron DK and this is his buddy who joined in in the smearing of our guild.

The best part of the night was joking to all the new pugs, and our friends, how we are all ninjas.  Vel would pipe up each time we would get a new person and say “Don’t forget to tell them that we are ninjas!”  We even came up with variations on our guild name.

Oh yeah, we also killed Maly twice.  Tatia got her new title, among other people in guild and we are ninjas.

DON’T EVER FORGET IT! 😉

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.

Yeah I am boring

Last night I wasn’t really into doing much. For some reason I was having major fps issues. Normally I can run around at 70-75 fps, even in Dalaran. Last night I was getting 12-18 fps in Dalaran topside, 66-68 fps in the sewers. Since I figured the issue was in Dalaran I left the city and started flying elsewhere to see if the issue would be fixed. I ended up in GH, all alone, and was still getting 22-40 fps. This made no sense. I could understand Dalaran with all the people, despite there hardly being anyone around, but Grizzly Hills?! It was a ghost town. Ok so maybe it was my computer. I shut everything down, made sure I had updates downloaded and installed and restarted my computer.

Log back in, I am still getting around 40 fps in Grizzly Hills and about 17 fps in Dalaran. I got frustrated and just moved my toon down to the sewers because at least there I was getting 66-68 fps. I normally run at around 240 latency. Last night it ranged from 80 to 308. When I had really low frame rates I would have about 80 latency, the higher rates would get me around 300. Very, very odd.

Since I was bored I decided to do some instances. I hadn’t done much on my druid lately in regards to PuGs so I figured why the hell not. I queue up and got CoS. There was an overgeared Unholy DK, the warrior tank was about ilvl 207, the rogue was 187 and the mage was about 196. The first thing I noticed was no one was doing the crates. Everyone just ran to the front entrance. Since I was the last one running I ended up doing the crates, which is probably what they had in mind. I think most people forget that you have to do the stupid crates to start the instance. I finally get up to the front and check everyone out. I like to know what I will be up against for healing. If I can sleep through the instance, or if I will actually have to pay attention and heal. I said in party chat that the tank should vig the DK, he said he had already done it. Good tank :D. The mage didn’t make a table, didn’t offer food and that made me sad. I asked her for a stack (I like to have some for other instances) and she made me two. I gave her a hug and she started kissing me. It was very odd.

The first thing I noticed was the rogue knew his shit. He was #2 on my meter behind the DK, who also knew his shit. Which would mean that the warrior knew his shit because he held onto aggro with these 2 guys. The mage, eh I am still kind of up in the air on her. She never refilled her mana, ever, in the entire instance. Even when we had time for her to drink she didn’t. She didn’t use a mana gem, she didn’t evocate, no potions, nothing. She was an arcane mage so I don’t know if you guys have something else, but at one point she went completely oom. I wasn’t sure if she was just expecting me to innervate her, since I obviously didn’t need it or what. I have this thing with innervate. If it is obvious that you are having mana issues, and you are working towards keeping your mana up (hunter’s using viper, mages drinking every chance they get, etc) I will innervate you when you need it. If you just run around and ignore the fact that you use mana, I will most likely ignore you as well. It is my innervate, I can be a bitch about it if I want :D. Despite her never drinking, she didn’t do half bad. Her numbers didn’t pick up until the 3rd boss fight though. I don’t know if she just hadn’t gotten her groove or what. Overall the group was a quick easy run. We made it to the optional boss with 8 mins left on the timer. The extra badge was delicious.

That run over I decided to get into another group. Oh guess what, heroic Halls of Lightning. I swear I cannot go one day without getting this instance. Turns out it was a guild run and they were lacking a healer. My biggest peeve as a PuG healer is the tank running away from me. As soon as I zoned in, I was buffed and the tank was pulling. The tank was alone on the mobs because everyone else was still buffing themselves and refilling mana/health. The tank just kept pulling, despite her guildies being on the lower end of the gear/dps scale. No sooner were the first mobs killed then the tank was pulling the boss. I hadn’t even finished bending over to loot when I heard “I am the greatest of my father’s sons!” and saw bars start dropping. As soon as the boss fell down the tank was off and running again. She had the arc weld on her and just kept running. At that point I stopped healing her. She obviously did not need me there to heal her. She kept running away from me and the party. The rest of the group wasn’t much better. The warlock would life tap until there were nubbins left then run in and melee. Yes the warlock was whacking things with his dagger. The lowest geared person was the shammy, who at least was smart enough to stay with the healer. I healed her. The other player was a shadow priest. She stuck with me and the shammy, but wasn’t getting any damage so I didn’t have to heal her. At one point I asked the tank if she really had to keep running constantly, even when she had a debuff on her. Silence was all I got. I finally had enough when we killed the 2nd boss and the tank immediately ran into the next room with the spawning Vrykuls. I wasn’t even in the room with her. I just said to hell with it, they obviously don’t need me so I dropped group.

Maybe I was an asshole for that, but frankly I hate runs like that. If you cannot even bother to make sure everyone is there, then you don’t need anyone. That is the one thing guaranteed to piss me off in a PuG run.

Andrew came online and wanted to tank with his pally. We queued up together and got UP. Turns out we had 3 freshly geared 80s. Two were alts and one was someone who hadn’t played in over 6 months. The shammy (the one who hadn’t played in a while) asked if the tank (Andrew) was going to bail immediately. I told them he better not because I would kick his ass. Andrew then pipped up with “Yeah she knows where I live >.>” to which everyone laughed. I told them we didn’t mind that they weren’t uber geared as long as they didn’t do something stupid. I said if they do something stupid I wouldn’t heal them.

We had an arcane mage, a hunter and the enhancement shammy. This was the first hunter I had come across who wasn’t spamming volley every pull. When we got to Svala I had to tell them to kill the adds. Only the shammy and the tank were doing that and each time the ritual came up it was one of them who was caught in it. The mage and the hunter finally stopped dpsing the boss long enough to kill the mobs. I was close to changing out of tree form and spamming hurricane. I had to heal so little that I was joking in vent that I should just go boomkin and heal that way. I would have probably beat their dps too.

Skadi was a pain in the ass because they didn’t seem to know what to do with the harpoons. I swear they were just shooting them each time they got one. Andrew said “how much do you want to bet that the shammy will die in the whirlwind?” To which I said in chat “MOVE AWAY FROM HIS WHIRLWIND WHEN HE COMES DOWN.” He whirled and the shammy ate it. *sigh* He ate it again on the final boss too.

At this point I just felt bad for the kid. He truly was a fail shammy. Having a fail mage, I can relate. Even then I still was never as bad as this dude. He did get a few upgrades and I wished him luck then we bailed.

The best part – I was getting 88-90 fps in the instanced runs.

Fucking game.

Go Read

Seriously, go read Arioch’s post.  She says it so much better than my limited writing skills will allow.

Since I have already said my part on this topic I will let the discussion continue over there, unless I need to make another rebuttal, and I will go forward with my usual weekend recap on Monday.

Feigning death is the way of the future

 

Yoo-hoo bitches, yoo-hoo

 

Yes, that goddamn awesome.

When I actually logged into my main server I ended up running heroics with guildies.  Yesterday took the cake though.  Vel, Dily and I queued up as 2 dps and 1 tank and got heroic UP.  I was on fail mage, Vel was on his druid and Dily was tanking on his pally.  Our PuGs were a warrior and a priest.  Turns out they were both from the same server.  Now the warrior was about 200-219 geared and when he actually dpsed he was doing about 2.5-3, WHEN he dpsed mind you.

Oh dear lord this priest. >.>

Nice enough guy, at least in the first 2 minutes of the run.  He queued up as heals, and was dpsing.  At first I thought it was maybe because he was bored, I know some healers will dps when they really don’t need to heal.  He was about 219-226 geared, which could make sense.  The only problem was the tank was dying.  Dily wasn’t getting any heals other than a renew here and there and a bubble.  Vel had to pop out of boomkin form to heal him a bit because I sure as hell couldn’t heal him as a mage.  We kept asking the priest if he was healing or dpsing.  The guy wouldn’t answer.  At one point he was putting out 1100 dps.

I finally stopped and took a look at his spec.  Get this, he had 18 points in shadow, 30 in disc and 23 in holy.  What the hell kind of spec is that?  Now I don’t play a priest, but I think you kind of need to pick one talent tree over the other.  He didn’t have enough points in any tree to do any good in anything!  He was dpsing with shadow spells, but didn’t have enough points to get shadowform, so he was out of shadowform.  He would run up and pull mobs before anyone was in the room.  Vel kept saying that we needed to let him die.

We got to the first boss and he pulled an A-bomb before the boss had even finished her stupid interchange with the lich king.  I killed the damn thing out of spite.  He got close to dying too because Dily wouldn’t go and pull it off of him.  Then the fight started and he didn’t heal anyone.  If he would have been stuck in the sword ritual we would have let him die, but we didn’t get that lucky.  Since he would use so much mana to dps he had to stop and drink constantly.  I play a mage that sucks mana like no one’s business and I have learned how to conserve my mana and refill on the go.  Made me cringe when I saw him stop to drink yet again.

When we got to Skadi I said that the warrior would eat it in the whirlwind and the priest would too.  This was in fact the case.  The warrior got all pissy that he died.  I told him “whirlwinds hurt, you might want to move next time.”  He started bitching that he didn’t get any heals to which I told him “the priest was too busy dpsing to heal anyone.”  Someone then initiated a vote to kick and we booted the horrible priest.  Dily did check his gear and it was a mixture of healing and dps gear, just like his spec >.>

The best part was the blue proto drake dropped. 😀  We had kicked him before we looted too.  The warrior said he would whisper the priest and tell him what happened.  Dily, of course, won the drake because that is the luck he has.  When the rare mount dropped in VoA he won that too >.>

We queued up and got a shammy healer and filled her in on the horrid priest.  When we pulled the next couple groups of mobs Dily pipes up “OMG! Heals!”  We all laughed.

We asked the shammy if she would be willing to come with us on some more heroics and she agreed.  So we queued up again, and fuck we got heroic halls of reflection.

I know fail mage is NOT geared to do this instance and Dily knows his pally is not geared for the instance.  Vel was and the shammy was, but that did not help.  We got a DK who was about 219 geared.  He knew what he was doing though and was pulling 3k easy.  We couldn’t even make it to the first boss.  The only reason we stuck it out was the 15 min debuff.  After several wipes the DK dropped group and we were able to re-queue up again.  Guess what we got!

OCULUS!

<.<

Since we keep getting this instance we try to go for acheivements.  The last time we were there we did all ruby drakes.  This time we wanted to do all emerald drakes.  This plan ended up being full of fail.  We wiped more here then we did in HoR.  The healer, who kept pushing to get the acheivement, ended up having a convienent D/C so we queued up for another person and had decided to do it the regular way and to hell with achievements, we just wanted to be done.  The guy knew what he was doing and we pulled it off in moments, and we all ajourned back to our respective servers.

So if you get a priest from Mannoroth with the name Roxy or Roxie something or other make sure he isn’t healing.  He has a bright pink tabbard with blue stars.  Just either vote to kick or drop group.  He is not there to heal.

The jerk tank and why you don’t piss off a blogger

This weekend I had the misfortune to be in a group with this guy for heroic Oculus.  Now from what I have heard, most people drop group the moment they see it is Oculus.  Since I had never done it on my mage I hoped that the group would stay.  Well I got lucky in that everyone stayed.  I was unlucky with the tank.  *sigh*

Before I start any instance I like to scan over the people I am with to gauge what kind of run I am going to get.  The tank and the rogue were very well geared.  The resto druid, the hunter and myself were fresh 80s gear.  No prob, we could do it.  Before we started the hunter apologized and had to AFK really quick, no biggie, we told him we could wait.  Everyone but the tank stayed and waited for the hunter to come back.  The tank decided he was going to get the party started and ran into the first pile of mobs.  The rest of us had no choice but to follow him.  As we started AoEing the crap out of the whelplings the hunter came back and joined us in the AoE storm.

The first part of the instance is fairly straightforward, you run down the row and dps the mobs.  Afterwards it can get slightly confusing if you have never been there before.  The hunter and the druid had never been there before.

We killed the first boss, who btw is a huge PITA for casters >.>, and the tank, the rogue and myself mounted up on drakes.  The druid had no idea what to do and ended up picking a ruby drake.  The poor hunter was totally lost.  The tank starts in on them and calls them retards and said that we were in for a ride because the retards don’t know shit.  I piped up and told him to cut it out.  I told the druid to get on a green drake and explained to the hunter how to get an amber drake.  Before the hunter could even mount up the tank was off to where he was going to have us start.  I tried to help the hunter find us, but he somehow got killed.  The tank kept berating him the entire time.  The hunter zoned back in, apologized and dropped group.

The tank of course was the party leader and so he queued us up for another dps.  We got another hunter.  I let him know where we were and we continued to dps the mobs down.

In the absence of the newbie hunter the tank starts in on the tree.  He starts calling her a retard and saying “I have such a fail healer.  What the fuck are you doing spamming healing touch?”  I stood up for the healer and said she was probably a fresh 80 and hadn’t gotten her healing rotation down.  I then told the tree, “My main is a resto druid.  Your best healing rotation is to put 1 or 2 HoTs up on the target then spam Nourish if you need bigger heals.”  She thanked me then dropped group.

Then the tank started in on me and my dps.  I was doing 1800-2000 btw.  Started going off about how bad my dps was and how he was doing double mine, he was doing 2600.  I said “First of all we were NOT over geared and were doing quite well for our gear levels.  Secondly you are an asshole.”  I then put him on ignore and dropped group.  I still can’t believe I put up with that for as long as I did.

So to all of you on the Ruin battlegroup, if you get this guy drop group and take the 15 min wait time.  Or better yet, put him on ignore, THEN drop group.  I want this jerk to never get a good group again.  There is NO REASON to treat people like that ever.

Also, if you are a jerk I will totally call you out on it and tell the small corner of the Internet that reads my blog.

Asshole.