Failmage returns!

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

 

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

 

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

 

Fast forward to this weekend.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

WTF?

/sigh

She didn’t have old world flying.

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

Good thing she is a mage huh?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

/sigh

 

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

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

/facepalm

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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A tale of a fail mage

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

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

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

She does awesome pyroblast crits of 7k!!

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

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

Anyway on with the story!

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

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

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

*grumbles*

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

NEWS FLASH

He doesn’t.

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

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

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

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

Fuck.

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

*sigh*

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

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

What!?!

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

*sigh*

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

5k

*cries*

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

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

BTW swimming in lava is quite fun.

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

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

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

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

Let me reiterate this:

Level 51-53 elites aggro my level 80 mage.

Yeah I wasn’t happy either.

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

AGAIN

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

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

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

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

So now fail mage has the Shadowforge key.

I am NEVER getting rid of that fucking key.

Bonus post!

Here is the bonus post I promised last week.

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

Enjoy courtesy of Andrew!!

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

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.

A little treat

Andrew decided to make me another hilarious comic/picture for this blog.  So I thought I would share it with you.

Enjoy!

I want to send out a special shout out to 4 awesome people on the Arthas server:  Airstream, Lyssarra, Lalune and Feralelf.  I got into a PuG with them on my druid and they were so awesome we did another instance together.  Thank you guys so much for the fantastic runs.  I hope we get paired up again!  Good luck in the game guys!

Fail Mage Powers Activate!

Yesterday was a fun filled adventure in fail mage dps.  I didn’t do too too bad according to Dily.  Of course with him he then went on to tell me all about the tier gear and which would be better for me here and there etc.  I had to stop him because I just wont remember it.  I am not the best when it comes to gear.  I can’t grind for hours/days/weeks/months for a shiny new piece of gear.  As long as the character I choose to raid with is geared for the encounter we are raiding, I am good.  Right now both of my raiders (Millea & Tatia) are geared for TotC.  Millea is geared for 10 man and Tatia is geared for 25 man.  We are running 10 man regular.  I am perfectly fine for what we are raiding.  When we decide we want to move further along, I will get the appropriate gear then.  I don’t need to be fully geared out in 245 ilvl gear on every toon to be happy.  Is that not putting the optimal amount of dps or hps out there?  Probably, but then that is why I am not in a hardcore raiding guild.  We take raiding seriously, but we aren’t going to tell you to spec a certain way or squeeze out every last drop of dps that you can by turning yourself into a machine.  I can hold my own when I dps.  I might not always be #1, but I am usually up in the top 3.  When I heal, we usually stay alive.  Although I don’t know if that is because of the other healers in the group or if we just all work so well together that we have less deaths.  Couldn’t tell you.

I got into it a bit yesterday with Dark/Soth over at Clearcasting and I agree with some of his points but I also think that his mentality is what a lot of people have now.  Since so much better gear is now available sooner, everyone should be maxing out on their dps and there should be no such thing as a learning curve.  I call bullshit right there.  The VAST majority of the people playing don’t hit 80 with an entire set of epics waiting for them complete with a rotation that they have down pat.  I know not everyone does the regular dungeons before they hit the heroics, even though they should.  Most people are content to have their guildies carry them through Naxx to get them geared out to do chain heroics.  I don’t want to be “that guy” so I went the PuG route.  I did the regular dungeons until I got better gear then I started on heroics.  I am following the natural chain of progression.  Since I am doing that, I WONT BE DOING 2K DPS RIGHT OUT THE DOOR.  I am sorry but it just doesn’t work that way.  As I do instances more and get a piece of gear here and there, my dps slowly climbs.  Hell I managed to pull off 2k dps overall in Heroic VH with my guild.  I did around 1700 on each boss.  I was ecstatic.  Then we went to the next instance and I was fail dps all over again.  It happens.

I only hit 80 on my mage on Sunday early evening.  While I have been doing a bunch of heroics, I haven’t been sitting there doing nothing but.  I don’t have a ton of badges.  On Monday I got my first piece of badge gear, an ilvl 200 off-hand that has hit on it.  I had 29 badges and I was able to get that with 25.  I went and got the rep weapon from Kirin Tor and I was finally able to lose my heirloom staff.  I was EXCITED when I did this.  I was so happy to get those two items you would have thought that I had gotten a legendary weapon.  I ran heroic VH on Monday night.  I walked away with three upgrades.  I swear I was floating I was so thrilled.  Yesterday I found I had 31 badges, so what did I do?  I went and got myself tier 9 shoulders.  Why did I do that?  Well having already leveled a clothie I know that shoulder upgrades are for shit until you raid.  The best shoulders I had on my warlock were the ones that drop in heroic CoS.  I had those shoulders for almost a whole year.  When we did raid Naxx and I got to go on my warlock, the T7 shoulders never dropped for me.  I had to wait until I could save up 30 triumph badges when I could only get 2 a day in order to upgrade my shoulders.  Even then it took forever because my guild needed me to heal, so Millea got benched.  My getting those shoulders was a big deal.  I am not quite ready to see if I want to get this tier set or that tier bonus, I just wanted to get the biggest gear hurdle knocked down.  I am not sure I explained that to Dily correctly.

One of the cool things from last night was I got randomly put into a PuG group with Trixy, Heleva’s tank.  She had been telling us in vent and gchat how she had made this macro for when she tanks PuGs.  The next thing I knew I was in a heroic AN and her macro was being posted in party chat.  We laughed in vent that we got put into the same group and she told me that I now had blog fodder.  Yeah I kind of do ^_^

That run was a piece of work >.>

The highest geared toon was the DK dpser.  Then Trixy, then me (fail right there if that tells you anything) the pally healer and then the rogue.  The rogue was still in mostly greens and some quest blues.  Considering that, he actually didn’t do too badly on his dps.  I don’t know if the pally was just new to healing, if his gear was the reason, or something else, but he had a hell of a time keeping us all healed.  He was really bad about keeping the poisons off us.  Especially that leeching poison the 2nd boss does that heals her.  I died on the first pulls in the room with the first boss, then he wasn’t making any move to rez me.  I died trying to save him and he couldn’t be arsed to rez me.  It took Trixy running over to try to rez me with the army knife before the pally figured out I was dead. >.> *sigh*  I actually won Essence of Gossamer which I thought was hilarious.  So many tanks ran that instance over and over again to get that trinket, and here I am on my mage and I win it.  I laughed a lot.

We ended up doing heroic Nexus next and when Trixy popped up her macro the healer started laughing.  Said they couldn’t kick her because they had to wait 5 mins.  They were a pretty cool group of people, who might not have been had she not posted that.  There was a moment of “oh shit” when the hunter targeted the rift and pulled the whole group.  He was all “When the hell did that change!?”  Trixy replied “2 patches ago.”  Yeah I laughed again.  I think I was the only death, as per usual.  Totally wasn’t my fault though.  We were on the 4th boss and just as I started to move away from the spikes, he rooted me into place and I died instantly.  *sigh* fail mage.  Trixy was all “why didn’t you blink or ice block?”  Well it happened too quickly for me to react, and I just didn’t think to use those abilities at that time.  When the spikes come, you move.  I think I need to move my “oh shit” buttons around.  I did manage to get the achievement off the final boss though.  That was awesome.  I’ve only ever gotten it on my druid because she can shapeshift to get out of the ice.  I love being a human :D.

I’d like to think that once I get used to doing instances on my mage that I will stop being such a fail dpser.  I noticed that over the course of the evening I got progressively better.  Dily and I were talking about that and he wanted to know if I thought it was the upgrades or if I just fixed my rotation.  I honestly think it was me getting better with my rotation.  Considering I normally play an affliction warlock, you would think I wouldn’t have a problem with keeping my mage DoTs up, but apparently I do.  I am REALLY bad about making sure living bomb is always up.  I am bad about clipping fireball when I get a hot streak and scorch falls off before I realize it.  I know there are add-ons I can get that will help me keep everything in line, but frankly I don’t want to rely on an add-on to tell me how to play.  It will take practice, and I need to do it.  I haven’t had an opportunity to hit up a training dummy as of yet, but I will soon.  I like to use the ones in Darn.  No one is ever there.  I am not sure where the ones in the Exodar are, but that place just confuses me so I avoid it when I can.  All the bright lights from the crystals make it difficult for me to see stuff.

Hopefully soon I won’t be as much as a fail mage as I am now.  Keep your fingers crossed. ^_^

It’s ok, I’m a rogue

This weekend had its ups and downs.  One of the ups was I finally hit 80 on my mage and went on to pew pew very poorly in some regular dungeons.  I got lucky in several of my groups.  As soon as I zoned in I told them that I had just dinged 80 a few hours ago and might not be geared for the runs (the new 5 mans on reg).  Each group told me I was fine and let me stay.  One of them was REALLY nice and kept giving me good support.  I didn’t have the heart to tell them that this was my 3rd 80.  On Saturday I managed to snag the robes that drop off Loken in regular HoL.  I already had the ebonweave gloves in the bank, so imagine my surprise when I ended up with 2 more pairs of gloves on Sunday.  Of all of the gear that could drop, I got 2 sets of gloves.  One from ToC and one from Heroic Nexus.  I did manage to get a really nice ring from FoS.  The healer needed it as well but he let me have it because it was a better upgrade for me.  Even though it has MP5 on it, it was far and away a huge upgrade over the quest reward rings I had on.  So thank you again Tree healer I ran with on Sunday!

One of the downs was we called our TotC run after a little over an hour and several wipes on the beasts.  I don’t know why we have so much trouble on this fight.  We usually can breeze through Gormock but when the worms come out everything falls to shit.  We do somewhat ok until the worm enrages when we kill the first one.  Then people just drop like flies.  It doesn’t matter how much healing is being thrown out.  No one can stay alive.  When we finally get the damn worm killed there are usually 4 people left alive.  One tank, one dps and two healers.  Or some variation of that.

The highlight of the raid was when we got past the worms and had like 6 people alive.  Mis was tanking, Andrew was on his rogue, I was still alive healing along with Vel and Zakk was dpsing on his ele shammy.  Suddenly Mis went down.  Over vent you hear Andrew say “It’s ok guys.  I’m a rogue.”  He then proceeded to try to tank Icehowl.  Vel and I overloaded heals on him just to see him go splat.  I think I was laughing too hard to really keep the heals up.  I then ran to the door and shadowmelded.  I of course lived while everyone else died.  Shadowmeld saved me 3 corpse runs :D.  Zakk was rather pissy about it each time I did it :D.  I of course bragged about it.  What else would you expect me to do?

Our other tank, Ness, had to leave for work and the PuG dps we picked up dropped group so instead of replacing them, as I wanted to, everyone else said they wanted to call it.  So I was sad that my raiding for the week was ended.  Everyone said to just move it to the next day (Sunday) and we would go from there.  From past experience I knew that this would end up with us not doing ToC for the week.  Sunday raids with our guild never seem to work.  I, of course, was proven right when Dily and Zakk had to call off because of a RL thing that came up.  Several other people who were in the raid the night before didn’t come online until around an hour after when we said we wanted to start.  Needless to say, we didn’t go back into the raid.

Andrew and I ended having dinner together on Sunday and talking about the run brought up the “I’m a rogue” comment and I just about choked on my food.  I seriously wish I could take a picture of the faces he makes when he says these things.  I’m laughing now while I write this just thinking about it.

He brought up that we should start farming the trash in ICC to get our rep up.  Since we have already set up a weekly raid daily day, we might as well add ICC trash farming afterwards.  The people who I have mentioned this to have been on board for it and think it is a great idea.  So here’s hoping we actually can pull it off.

In the meantime I will be plugging away on my mage getting her geared so that she wont be a total embarrassment to mages everywhere.  Also, she needs to start bringing in the dough to pay for her epic flying.  She already has the Valiance Expedition rep to exalted but needs to get her gold up.  I am a little over half way there and she still hasn’t finished the chain to unlock the Sons of Hodir.  I am having way too much fun in IC atm to go back over there.

So if you are on the Ruin battle-group and get stuck with a mage named Calieah from Echo of Fate, be nice, my noob mage will thank you for it and give you strudel :D.

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