Odds and Ends. Oh and a lot of name dropping

So apparently I am putting out wow porn without realizing it.  Thanks guys for pointing it out for me >.>

This turned out to be quite the busy weekend for me in the game.

As most of you can tell, I am a huge fangirl of Arioch.  I am always sending you to her site, well, because she is so fricken awesome!  Maybe not as awesome as Jong, but I don’t know if anyone can BE that awesome, you know, besides Jong. Tam is up there, but that could be because I am such a Tam fangirl too!  You can’t have him Elimeny!  So there! :-p

Because I am such a fangirl of Arioch (and Pie.  Of course I could never forget Orangeslice!  You are so awesome dude!) and I wanted to bug Dark/Soth (j/k) I allowed myself to be “convinced” by Orangeslice and Pie to transfer my baby blood elf warlock to their server and guild.

Now they are on a PvP server.  I FAIL at PvP.  Yes I am a warlock, yes I am supposed to do very well in PvP.  I still FAIL AT PVP.  It is that simple.  Now if I am in WG I just run around spamming CoA and Corruption.  Maybe throw in a little Howl of Terror or Death Coil here and there.  I have a blast doing that.  When it comes to one on one stuff, I fail.  I get stunlocked and die, EVERY, SINGLE, TIME.  I don’t care if I have all these awesome abilities to get out of that, I can never find them and I die.  No ifs, ands, or buts about it.  Don’t mind me guys I’ll just be over here faceplanted on the floor.  You didn’t need my help right?

>.<

Even knowing this, I still transferred over Lyssianna on Friday night.  She was level 45 1/2.  After playing her this weekend she is now 49 :D.  They want a warlock for their raids so I am TRYING to level as quickly as I can, but frankly, without heirlooms, it is going to take me a bit.  Plus I don’t want to neglect EoF.  EoF is my guild.  They are who I call home.  I have no plans to take out any of my toons away from that guild.  That is where my friends are.  This does not mean I cannot make new friends though. ^_^

Shadow Rising has a very set guidelines for joining their guild.  This means that even though I will not be raiding with them anytime soon, I still had to fill out an application and sign their guild charter.  No worries, I can do that.  So Friday I did the necessary “paperwork” and awaited the officer’s decision on if they would let me in.  I stuck around the server leveling and receiving pie from Pie because he promised me pie for transferring.  Twas delicious pie.  I dinged 46, trained and logged back over to EoF to finish up the evening working on my baby priest.

Saturday rolls around and I get an email from Shadow Rising forums telling me that I have been accepted into the guild and to just nab an officer when I am next online.  I had decided that I would spend Friday and Sunday with Shadow Rising, and Saturday with Echo of Fate, staying online in EoF’s vent just in case I am needed.  The weekdays would just depend on what we were doing with EoF.  Wed & Thurs would obviously be with EoF because of our raids, but Mon & Tues are up for grabs.  At some point in time I will need to level up my baby druid in All Together Now as well. >.> *sigh* The life of an altoholic.  Saturday was quite interesting in itself, but I will leave that for tomorrow’s post.

Sunday appears and I logged into my baby lock and who is online but Dark/Soth! *evil grin*  I popped him a whisper and informed him that I was stalking him, which he didn’t seem to mind.  O_o  There weren’t any officers online so he couldn’t get me an invite at that time.  It wasn’t a big deal.  Him and I chatted for a few then he had to go tank HoL.  I was doing ZF anyway so it was all good.  On Friday night I won the cloth gloves that drop off the witch doctor in there, and on Sunday I won the bad mojo mask.  Because it is so damn hideous, I keep it visible.  ^_^  She is a blood elf, she needs to be taken down a peg or two.

Took a break around 1 and had lunch with Andrew at Panda Express.  Delicious, delicious Panda.  Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm how I love you kung pao chicken.  You make me so very very happy.  When I came back online Zug was available to invite me.  Right off the bat I am involved in a conversation in guild chat talking about smothering melted butter and honey.  The conversation was ORIGINALLY about chili and corn bread, but yeah we uh kind of got sidetracked *shifty eyes*.

Arioch came online and had to make sure I was behaving myself with Dark/Soth.  I reassured her I was, then someone else said that we had been talking about smothering with butter and honey instead.  I ❤ these guys already.

They all went into their raids a little bit later and I got yelled at by Orange because I wasn’t 80 already.  I am leveling as fast as I can!  *cries*  Hopefully I will get some nice rested XP while I mess around with EoF.  All things considered, I think I was doing pretty well.  I went from 45 1/2 to just over 49 this weekend.  That is with no heirlooms and no rested xp.  All in all, not bad.  I am NOT looking forward to HP though.  Stupid DKs.

Just as a final note:  I got my first ganking on a PvP server Sunday night.  I was leveling in the Hinterlands because I know that not many Alliance even bother going there.  I was 47 at the time and was making my way up the troll temple in the south.  My voidwalker was tanking 3-4 mobs (I can’t remember exactly how many) and I was focusing on keeping both of us alive while killing them all.  All of a sudden this human pally rides up, a level 80.  She rides past me on her horse, stops, turns around, comes back and kills me in 2 shots.  Then she gets back on her horse and rides away.  Now tell me, was that seriously necessary?  Did she really think that a level 47 warlock was ANY kind of threat to her?  I know this is a PvP server and it is to be expected, but that was a dick move.  Now I am all stressed out over leveling the way I normally do.  I don’t want to be busy managing a huge group of mobs while worrying if I am going to be ganked at any moment.  *Grumble*  Stupid PvP server.

****EDIT****  I have to add http://highlatencylife.wordpress.com/ because theerivs cried.

Also – I forgot Tel and I feel horrible for missing him!  Tel you are awesome dude! 😀

Screenshot Friday

Who is ready to heal?

She is ready to heal.

Renew bitches

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?!?!

I R gud

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THANKS! 😀

Back to the grind

Arioch has a fantastic guest post today.  You should go read it if you haven’t already.

I had been home from work until today so I had a bunch of extra time to play.  When this happens I usually make a new character.  I’ve mentioned in the past that if Andrew had not been alliance I would most likely be rocking max level horde toons.  Most of the new toons I make are hordies.  I currently have a blood elf warlock on Undermine that is my highest level at the moment, not counting a DK I made on a random server.  Yesterday I spent most of the day playing on her.

I had forgotten how much fun leveling an affliction warlock is.  It has been so long since I had to level or do any kind of grinding with Millea that I had just forgotten.  I have found that most classes don’t start getting fun until around level 40, with exception to my hunter.  She just got boring at that point.  From all the piles of hunters out there I am sure I will be told I am wrong, but there is only so much standing there and auto-shooting I can do before I get bored.

This was the first time since they nerfed the void walker that I actually saw first hand how much he was weakened.  I had noticed that I had to heal him after several mobs on my 80 lock, but man oh man does he get hurt fast at the lower level.  It might just be how I have been using him.  An example would be my leveling in Arathai.  I had to get the keys to unlock this prison for some elemental princess and the keys are surrounded by all these elementals.  I would send in my VW to one, DoT it up, then have him taunt another one, DoT that one up, then move on to another one.  I think at one point he had like 6 or 7 mobs on him.  Now mind you these are all yellow level mobs.  I tackled about 10 green level mobs doing the same thing.  Toward the end of their life the mobs would run towards me, but since I was at max range they usually died before they could even hit me.  The problem I was finding was he was getting close to dying before all of the mobs were killed.  I would have to stop DoTing and switching targets to heal him.  We still got the job done, but I sure had to work for it.  Made me start paying attention more.

I managed to get in a random dungeon, just to see what they were like and to see what loot I would get.  I was 37 when I got in and got Uldaman.  I had been here once on my hunter, and once as a max level toon running a guildie through.  I don’t remember what went on with my hunter, or when I ran someone through, so I told them I had never been there before.  I was the lowest level in the group and the only one without any heirlooms.  The greens that dropped were actual upgrades, to which the group laughed then congratulated me.  I seriously made bank on that run.  I got 3 green upgrades.  I got an off-hand to go with my dagger, a helmet and some gloves.  Then one of the bosses dropped a cloth chest that was a clear upgrade, except I had to be 40 before I could equip it. >.>  When we finished the dungeon I opened my bag o’ loot and there were some really, and I mean REALLY nice cloth shoulders.  Made me happy I didn’t have the heirloom ones because then I could actually use them.  The people I ran with were really awesome too.  It was one of the better PuGs I had been in.

When I finished there I ran over to Ratchet and got my warlock robes of prettiness, I mean bloodrobe, yeah, BLOODrobe, cause warlocks are ALL ABOUT KILLING YOU!  Umm yeah >.> moving on. . .

I had a quest to turn in at Org so I popped over there just to ding 38 where I got yet another warlocky quest.  Back to Ratchet I went.  Let me tell you, horde warlocks have it easy on these warlock quests.  There are so many major cities and flight paths in Kalimdor that alliance just doesn’t have over there.  Where these quests were a chore on Millea, I was done with them super quick on Lyssianna.

My original goal was to level in as many of the horde areas as I could before Cat comes out.  I want to see what the horde leveling is like before it gets changed.  So far I am really liking their leveling zones.  Take Arathai for example.  There are only a few Alliance quests there, and the ones they do have, frankly suck.  All these questions I had for the area with the odd stone rings and random giants walking around were answered when I did the horde quests.  The area isn’t so empty now.  The same goes for Desolace.  I tried leveling there on my mage way back when and there just weren’t enough quests.  I was surprised at how many quests the horde has there.  Changed my outlook on leveling in that area.

The hardest part I have had in doing this is actually finding the horde outposts.  I think I ran all over Desolace for about an hour before I found the horde camp at the very bottom of the frickin map.  They didn’t exactly make it easy to find these places.  Some of them I knew where to go because I had inadvertently found them while on an alliance toon.  Gromgrol (sp?) in STV is a prime example.  If you even get within sight of that place on an alliance toon you get chased by the guards.  I have died more times than I care to think about from those guards.  I always manage to get too close. *sigh*  But now I can walk freely through there!  Ha!  Take that guards!

Since I won that chest piece and Lyssianna is now 40 I have to give up my pretty bloodrobes.  It makes me sad.  I love how the robes look.  I went through all of these loops to get these robes made just for me to only wear them for 2 levels.  Makes me sad.  I gotta remember to take a picture before I put the robe away.  I think I can make room for it in her bank somewhere.  I just hope I don’t end up DEing it on accident like I did on Millea.  Those robes are special.

Maybe tomorrow I will have more adventures to tell.  I should at least have a picture for you. 😀  Until then!

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!

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