I have to do all the things!

Much love to Hyperbole and a Half for the awesomesause phrase stealing I did.  Is it really stealing when you give them credit afterwards?

Eh who knows!

ANYWAY!

I have sooooooooooooo much personal stuff going on (that I can’t talk about just yet, and if you know please don’t bring it up in the comments) and add to that my normal game time stuff equals one stressed warlock.  My biggest thing right now is just getting everything organized so that I can get it done in the correct amount of time.

Plus I am very lazy, like seriously lazy.

Trust me, it’s bad.

Take Monday night (yesterday).  Every other Monday (or so it is supposed to be) is the alt T11 run.  We try to get people in who don’t normally raid with us and the main raiders bring their alts who need gear.  As I mentioned before, it is supposed to happen every OTHER Monday but it has happened the last 3 Mondays.  We can blame Arv for that one.  He set one up last week for his buddy who just joined us.  This means that if I join in on the alt run then I have 3 days in a row where I can’t get anything done at home.  With all the new stuff piled on my plate I just cannot raid on Monday anymore.  Normally this isn’t an issue because we will usually have enough people.  Unfortunately Slice likes to bring me instead of asking other guildies who didn’t sign up.  One day he will understand that I am not like him and don’t like to raid 24/7.

Some days I almost feel like I want to sit out on our normal Tuesday/Wednesday runs but then I remember about my awesome staff of awesomeness and how I wants it precious!  So I suck it up and come raid.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE raiding with my guildies.  We always have such fun and it is worth it to come raid.

Unless I don’t eat before/during the raid, then I am a HORRIBLE MEAN BITCH who HATES EVERYONE and all that jazz.

It apparently got bad enough that Sorak even now reminds me to eat something before the raid. 😀

Yes he really is a sweetheart, when he isn’t being a brat.

Things are really looking good for SR right now.  We are 6/7 in Firelands and should be able to get Rag down soon.  As of this afternoon I am 22/25 embers for the first quest chain.  We have been EXTREMELY lucky with our ember drops.  I think we have only had 1 or 2 bosses who didn’t drop an ember for me.  I haven’t really done a whole lot of research into the quest chain because I kind of want to be surprised about what happens.  I know that Slice has read up on it and he tells me that I have at least 2 more long collection quests.  I know that we will be doing this for a while so I am not super worried.  At the worst I will finish up the staff in an alt run when we are on the next tier, but finish it I will!

Slice was asking me the other day if I have found a fight in Firelands that I don’t like.  Honestly I like all of them.  Rhyolith might be a big pain in the ass (at least until they nerfed him to hell and back) but I still liked the fight.  As of right now (since we haven’t seen all of Rag) Alysrazor is my favorite fight.  I love all aspects of it.  I’ve flown and I’ve been on ground duty.  Yes it seems like a crazy fight, but it really isn’t tough at all if you just look at it piece by piece.  I think my favorite part about it is being able to cast and run at the same time.  I love not losing my shadow bolt casts when I have to move for a brushfire.  Being useful with interrupts with my puppy is pretty awesome too.  On those few times when I get to fly (Zuggie usually is flying because he is a fire mage)  I get SUPER excited when I get the crit buff from the 25 ring hit.  It lets me know that I am being good with hitting rings.  This fight has so many little things that make me happy so I just can’t pick one.

What I can’t seem to understand is why all the stuff I need drops off Domo and Rag.  It almost feels like half my BiS stuff only drops off those two guys.  Since we are such a pally/priest heavy raid I will be the last person to see my 4 piece T12.  Which isn’t that bad when you realize I am getting the awesome staff of awesomeness but by the time I get the staff, T12 will be almost done.  Oh well.  It does drive me nuts when other people are always bitching that they get that particular token to drop every time and no one can use it anymore.  It is like rubbing salt in the wound!

Funny thing happened in gchat last night.  They were running the T11 alt run (which I skipped) and apparently Atramedes dropped the shoulders.  Now in case you aren’t aware, Lyssi’s last blue item was her shoulders.  I was raiding and downing bosses in Firelands with 346 shoulders because no cloth ones dropped and anytime the token dropped off Cho’gall it was given to someone else.  The worst time was when it was given to someone who ALREADY HAD purple shoulders.  I was so mad that night.  Anyway I digress.  It was last week I think that Rhyolith dropped the mage clone shoulders.  Zuggie wasn’t there so I was able to snag them!  Apparently Sorak wasn’t paying attention that night because he had Grom link the shoulders that Atramedes dropped to taunt me.  The joke’s on you Sorak!  I laughed and congratulated Grom then linked my 378 shoulders in gchat for Sorak to see when he couldn’t understand why I wasn’t upset.  Good times!

I take back what I said above about him being a sweetheart.

Last weekend I rocked out on my mage, this weekend I was hooked on my baby lock.  Not much has really changed from where I left her off last, at least playstyle/spec-wise, but I was really hooked on leveling her.  The purpose of her leveling has been to experience the new leveling experience in the old world.  I went through the new plaguelands, the revamped Badlands (I got to punch Deathwing in the FACE!) and then this weekend the Swamp of Sorrows and half of the Blasted Lands.  I had done the other half of the Blasted Lands quests on PPP so I don’t think they are that much different for Alliance.  I will probably finish them out on the baby lock anyway.  The baby murlocs are just too cute not to.

I have already started thinking about the next toon that I want to level.  I have several ones that are just sitting there with rested XP and yet I have this urge to make a Draenei Paladin.  I had one that I loved over on Skywall and she doesn’t look like she will be dusted off ever again.  I also want to make a Worgen.  I’m not sure what kind of Worgen, but I need one.  So yeah, too many alts and not enough time!

I need a vacation so I can just play WoW for a week.

Yeah like that’ll happen >.<

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Hehehe bewbs

Last night in gchat I asked everyone how it was possible for the undead chicks to keep their boobs even when they jump around.  You would think those appendages would just fly off.  Apparently though “magic” is the answer.  I think there has to be something else though.  Nerds think about these things!

So yeah.  I think of some odd things sometimes.

Sorry for the radio silence.  I just haven’t had much to write about.  I can’t exactly write about guild drama anymore, mostly because I am an officer and am privy to all the background noise.  So while things have happened in game (nothing major) I just can’t/won’t write about it.

Plus Slice has this nasty habit of lecturing me whenever I “cross the line.”

/sigh males

PPP finally hit 85.  I’ve stayed shadow to do dailies and the occasional heroic with guildies.  I feel guilty for doing heroics.  While yes she has several crafted epics and has the gear level requirement, she still hasn’t “done time” in regulars.  I refuse to heal on her though.  I’m not enchanted and I want practice on regulars.  I haven’t healed since level 80 and I know that things have changed.  I noticed the difference on Tattia and I can just imagine it on PPP.  Add on top of that the fact that she is Disc.  Well let’s just say it probably won’t go over well.

My lone male toon is my DK.  Originally he was a female night elf on the alliance server Slice transferred to at the end of Wrath.  We had made DKs and were leveling them together.  He is my scribe and is an herbalist.  I personally don’t enjoy playing a DK.  I just mash buttons with them and things die.  The fun part is out dpsing and damaging Slice in 5 mans.  He has a rotation and is a good player, yet my button mashing wins.  It really does make me giggle.

Anyway, in order to get the Cata level of glyphs etc I had to get him to 75.  Like I said, Slice and I were leveling the DKs together.  That kind of died once we transferred back to Drak’Tharon.  We did a couple levels together but it got tough trying to find a time that worked.  Not to actually be online together, but when Slice actually would spend time leveling an alt he wasn’t going to raid with.  Eventually I just moved on because I needed him at 75.  Thus went the slog through Northrend.

I had been trying to level the roguelette at the same time.  The problem is she too was in Northrend.  I had managed to get her to 75 so she could get the next level of mining but I hadn’t moved much further than that.  After leveling the DK from 72 to 75 with no heirlooms through Northrend, I was done.  The roguelette just sat there in Dal.  I just couldn’t make myself go back to Northrend so soon.  No matter how badly I wanted a max level miner/engineer.

As you are aware, Slice transferred his mage to Rep’s server to help them with their raiding.  I had made a dorf lock over there a while back (and several horde toons) so when they were raiding I decided to level her again.  She went from 14 to 27 in one day.  I am actually leveling her as demo just so I can figure out the playstyle.  So far I have noticed that things die faster with the felguard as opposed to the voidwalker.  I do miss all the passive healing.  The thing I miss the most though is Soul Swap.  It is my new favorite thing on my warlock.  In fact I wish I had it on my priest.  Best. Thing. Ever.

While I was questing in the Wetlands I decided that I was going to pick up Arch on this toon and just do the dig sites that showed up in the zone I was in.  I wasn’t going to go out of my way to find the sites, but if they happened to be in the zone I was questing in, I would get some surveying done.  Now I had only done Arch on my max level toons so I had no idea the amount of XP you get from it.  At level 25 with no heirlooms, no rested XP, but the guild XP perks, I was getting almost 600 XP a successful survey.  Not too shabby.  Especially considering I was only getting 100-200 XP a mob.

As an aside, I am seriously leveling through zones super fast.  The guild XP perks help a bunch.  I can’t imagine how quickly the zones would go if I had heirlooms.

While chatting with a few people in Crits in their vent server I was informed that heirlooms affected the XP you got from Arch.

A lightbulb went off!

My roguelette is DECKED OUT in heirlooms.  The only ones she doesn’t have are the trinkets and the ring.  This was my ticket out of Northrend.  As I have previously discussed Arch is calming for me.  This would be a nice change from the slow XP grind on the roguelette.

Even better, it was Sunday. ^_^

I spent the better part of Sunday flying around (I even broke down and got epic flying, it was just too painful not to have it) and doing arch.  While I had rested XP I was getting around 46,000 XP a dig site.  That is the equivalent of 2 quests.  Once the rested ran out I got about 1 quest per dig site.  I was also picking up all the old world mining nodes.  Soooo much Mithril and Iron.  I got my first rare pretty quickly and am already working on my 2nd one.  I have decided to stick with Kalimdor again.  This is hoping I can get the trinket to drop.  Hey, it can’t hurt right?

I managed to get 2 levels on the roguelette before I called it quits for the night.  I will be sitting out one of the raid nights this week so I am hoping to get her to 80 so I can do the Cata zones this upcoming weekend.  I have no plans to raid with her, but I do want her max level so I can get the delicious ore and volatiles.  Just having my priest with her element transmuting has changed my dreamcloth production.  I am currently able to do every cooldown (except the chaos orb one, I don’t do heroics unless I don’t have a choice) each week.  In fact I am good for each one next week too.  I love being xmute specced.  The only problem I have now is what to do with all my dreamcloth stored up.

So yeah, that’s what I have been up to in game.  Lots and lots of alt playing.  The problem I am having is which one to play!  I still have my warrior and pally to level too!  Gah!! So many to play and so little time to play them all.

Leveling and LFD after 4.01

As you all know I love me some leveling.  I have so many alts I have had worries that I might have to delete some because I might be getting close to the 50 character cap.

Yeah I am pretty bad.

As some of you know I have been trying my damnedest to level a priest almost since I started playing WoW.  Once I get into the swing of it, something happens that stops me from continuing.  My first priest was made when Andrew got me Burning Crusade for my birthday in 2008.  Lyssiana (I happen to REALLY like the name) was a pretty little draenei priest.  At this point in time I still didn’t know much about the game.  I figured that since most my spells were holy based, I would level her holy and just smite and holy fire my way to 70.  I had every intention of making her my first healer.

Around the same time I was starting the make the push to get Millea leveled.  I was distracted with Lyssiana long enough to get her to 24 then I had to stop playing her and focus on Millea again.  She just kind of sat there and gathered dust.

Fast forward to Wrath and the LFD.  I now had 3 80s, Millea, Tatia and Fail Mage.  I had decided that I was going to level my priest.  I got her decked out in heirlooms.  I even did MC on Millea so that I could get the +30 spellpower enchant to put on the mace.  I scoured the AH and found her all manner of yummy blues and greens.  She is a JC so I made sure her rings and neck piece were the best I could make for her.

I fixed her spec and started queuing up for random dungeons as a healer.  She was going to be a holy priest.  In between dungeons (yeah she sometimes had to wait, even as a healer) she was running around hitting things with holy fire and lolsmiting.  I also was wanding a whole lot.  When I didn’t wand I had to drink.  A LOT.

That part wasn’t fun.

The dungeons weren’t all that much better.  I ran the same SM instances so many times I even got the same players.  I actually had to make a macro to stop people from being dicks.  It really didn’t work, just made a few people laugh.

One day I decided I wanted to level my horde warlock Lyssianna, the one that is now my main.  My little priest just kind of got abandoned.

Fast forward to when I server transferred Tatia.  I stripped Lyssiana of all her heirlooms and shipped them off to DT.  To this day she is still sitting in less than full gear.  Poor priesty.

When Slice transferred his priest to Alliance we decided we were going to roll lowbie Alliance toons and level as a group with our friends.  I spoke of this group in past posts.  I rolled a priest and named her Lyssianna (I told you I like this name).  Our group got to 20 (well Zari got to 22 because only leveling together is a foreign concept to him :-p) and then fell apart.  Mostly because Del has stopped playing, but also because we just never got around to finding a time that worked for everyone.  This is kind of a bummer because the group leveling was a blast.

So yet again I have another priest that got abandoned.  I now had a level 34 priest and a level 20 priest sitting gathering dust.

Shortly before 4.01 launched I decided I was going to make yet another priest.  This time I would make her on Drak.  I wasn’t going to level her with heirlooms but I WAS going to level her mostly through dungeons and PvP.  She would be a disc priest because I heard a rumor that they would get penance at level 10.  I didn’t want to level with heirlooms because I wanted to experience the excitement of getting new gear in dungeons.  When you have heirlooms, you really don’t get new gear all that often.  I decided I wasn’t going to twink her out with enchants or even make gear for her with Lyssi.  I was just going to take what I could get while I went through.

I leveled her to 10 and then waited for the patch to drop.  I think I waited like 2 days, not too long.  It took me longer to decide what her professions were going to be than it did to get to level 10.

When the patch hit I of course took care of Lyssi, Tattia, Fail Mage & the DK first.  I even took care of the baby pally.  After they were taken care of I high tailed it back to my new priest.  I have decided that she is a pretty pretty princess.  I personally think she is even prettier than Lyssi.  As a result, she will have a purple hawkstrider, a pink epic hawkstrider and only fly on her sparkle pony.  As soon as I can, I am making her a complete princess outfit.

Yes I am serious.

I had previously decided that she would be leveling as Disc.  I figured that I could pew pew things with Penance and probably do quite well.  I killed a level 21 elite as level 17, solo I might add. 😀  Bubbles are OP, just sayin’.

At level 10 I queued up for a BG.  It was like the day of the patch or the day after, I can’t remember.  It was insane.  There was this level 19 frost mage, twinked out to the teeth (why he was in regular BGs instead of with twinks is beyond me; I am convinced he was just an asshole) 1 and 2 shotting everyone on the field.  You seriously couldn’t do a damn thing against him.  At one point everyone rushed him, and he killed us all.  It was pretty fucked up.  Being level 10 in the 19 bracket, I expected to die a lot, which I did.  At one point I found my way to the bushes in the middle and hid in them healing people.  The stupid water elemental from the frost mage found me and killed me though.  Fucker.

I queued up again afterwards, in the hope that it wouldn’t be THAT bad again.

It was.

I kind of gave up for the night after that.  I worked on some quests on PPP and got her into the Ghostlands.

One of the things I noticed after the patch hit was I was leveling like crazy.  I don’t know if it was just the extra XP I got from picking flowers (awesome addition btw) or if they just seriously reduced the amount of XP needed to level.  I have a feeling it is a bit of both.  I can’t imagine how quickly the leveling would go if I had heirlooms.  Hell everything would be grey before I would have a chance to even pick it up.  As it was, most quests went green pretty quickly.  Since I wanted the rep for Tranquillin I wanted to make sure I did all the quests.  I made it a habit to go do all the green quests first.  Usually by the time I finished the first batch of green quests, the yellow ones had turned green.

When I hit 15 I started queuing up for dungeons.  BTW neat thing!  You CANNOT queue for WC until you discover it.  Guess which instance I will NEVER go discover?  That’s right bitches. 😀

In the beginning you (of course) get RFC over and over again.  The first group I had was a pretty decent one.  The tank had no problem holding aggro and the dps weren’t jerks.  It was a good start.  I won the bracers from the boss and got a nifty cloak from my bag.  A very good start!

I dropped group and did a couple quests.  I have noticed that I typically have anywhere from a 10 min to 20 min wait for a dungeon, as a healer.  The only thing I can think of is the lack of tanks.  I think more people will level healers vs actually leveling a tank.  It makes sense when you think about it.

The second group I got was not so great.  First of all the tank had the lowest health out of everyone, including me.  I had recently hit 17.  The tank was 15, everyone else was 16-17.  The tank chimes up with “Oh goody my first dungeon as a pally tank.”  The person with the most health was an aff lock.  This guy was an asshole.  It took me a min to realize that the warlock was in fact tanking and the pally tank was running somewhere behind me.  The warlock started picking on the pally tank and at that point I just stopped healing him.

Eventually he died and I left him there.  He said “I think the healer was afk.”  I replied “Nope I just didn’t heal you.”  At that point he said “Ok looks like I am running back.”  There was a shaman and a pally in the group, both could have rezzed him, the fact that no one did didn’t seem to phase him.  Even had I wanted to rez him I couldn’t have because they stayed in combat.  The pally tank was horrible.  Apparently they don’t get righteous fury until 16 so the dude couldn’t hold threat, even off me.  On top of that he was auto attacking one mob at a time.  It was a horrible run.  The warlock finally made it back to the group just as the tank engaged the boss, completely ignoring the fact that the other warlock (there were 2 in the group) and the shaman were still fighting adds.  The cuffs dropped again, I passed and dropped group.  I wasn’t staying with those guys any longer.

In an attempt to not get RFC again I queued up for WSG.  Guess who was in that with me? >.>  Yep Mr. Warlock himself.

*sigh*

He either didn’t recognize me or chose to ignore me.  Hell he could have put me on ignore for all I know.  It was funny to say the least.  This time I didn’t bother moving away from our base.  I stayed near the graveyard and rebuffed the newly rezzed people and attacked the alliance toons that were running out of our base.  There was an actual plan in this run and we managed to pull it off.  I was “guarding” the bear that had the flag along with a shaman.  It was actually a pretty fun time.  We kept joking in chat.  There were two Sub rogues in the group and they kept competing with each other.  At first they were fighting, but by the end they were buddies and joking about how OP ambush is.

We ended up winning that BG.  It was a refreshing change after how the last couple I was in.

I queued up for another one and did the same thing as the previous one, kind of.  I did go on the offensive a bit more on this one.  I killed around 4-5 people.  I managed to get the killing blow on 2 of them.  Penance as a dps spell is just pure win.  I ended up guarding the flag room with a kitty and we were able to defend against the alliance that kept trying to take our flag.  They all died. 😀

I went back to questing for a bit.  I capped out the evening by hitting 20 and getting my mount.  I am very unhappy to say that the only thing you get at 20 is riding.  No talent point, no new spell.  Simply riding.

Slice pointed out that riding is kind of a big deal, but yeah, I was hoping for a new spell 😦

Sunday I went back and queued up for dungeons.  I got Deadmines for a dungeon that was already in progress.  Apparently they had wiped on the boss right before VC and the healer left.  I zoned in to find a mage next to me and the tank and 2 other dps corpse running.  They asked if I could rez them, I said sure but couldn’t find their bodies.  The mage apparently wasn’t going to wait for the tank to come back and started pulling mobs one at a time.  One of the other dps dropped group instead of running back.  Eventually they all got back.  The mage conveniently D/Cd so I conveniently voted to kick him.  For the first time I was given the pop up window where I was able to put in a reason.  We ended up getting a kitty druid who was a really nice and helpful guy.  In fact the whole group was pretty awesome.  I managed to win the staff and the chest piece that VC drops.  Mix that in with some boots I got and PPP looked like a pirate wench.  Was rather funny.

Ahem "Argg" and somesuch

I queued up again and got a SFK run.  I had been in the middle of questing so my mana was almost out.  I tried to drink after buffing everyone but the tank was already off and running.  Each time I tried to sit and drink the tank would be off pulling another group of mobs.  I finally said “I need to get mana” and the kitty druid told the tank to keep pulling he would heal him.  The tank was horrible to start with.  I had so many mobs hitting me from putting one bubble on him.  I got pissed and said “Well looks like you don’t need me” and dropped group.  Fuck that noise.

I quested some more while waiting out my debuff then queued up again.  I got a fresh Deadmines run.  Other than people congratulating each other on level dinging, it was silent.  The shaman & the warrior seemed to be vying for who was tanking.  Once the druid hit 20 he switched from caster form to bear form.  He then started tanking as well.  The warlock (demo) had her felguard (how weird is it to see a felguard in the low level dungeons?) and he was tanking as well.  She was occasionally putting up a BoA or a corruption.  Then she would melee if a mob would get too close.  I was VERY disappointed in this warlock.

Everyone leveled at least once.  The druid leveled twice.  I snagged the gloves and the wand.  Getting gear is fun!

I did some more quests, then queued up hoping I would get SFK (I wanted the robes) and got BFD.  As soon as I zoned in I knew it was going to be one of those groups.  The warrior tank was off and running as soon as he zoned in.  There was another priest (dpsing as Disc too) a kitty druid and an arcane mage.  The mage was having issues zoning in.  The druid (her and the mage were married) let the party know, but the tank wasn’t listening.  He seriously just kept running until he had a half dozen mobs on him then would dps them down and run off to grab more mobs.  I felt like I was in an 80 heroic with an ICC heroic geared tank.  While jumping in the beginning of the dungeon I fell in the water (I fail at jumping btw) so I was a bit behind everyone else.  That is when I realized that the dpsing Disc priest was healing.  I thanked him for healing and asked him why he was dpsing as disc.  He said he forgot to switch back to his shadow spec.  I said, well you can do it now.  Did he?  Nope.

I will tell you why.

The asshole tank and the disc dpsing priest were from the same server, my server in fact.  They never stopped being in combat.  If the tank was dead (I stopped healing him at this point) the priest would stay in combat.  As you know, you cannot kick someone if you are in combat or recently leave combat.  At one point it was down until 30 seconds before I could kick him and they went back into combat.  I was pissed.  The kitty went bear at one point because the warrior really wasn’t tanking anything.  The three of us kind of stuck together.  The bear tanking, me healing and the mage dpsing while the other two were off doing whatever they were doing.  I was whispering with the bear and mage and we decided to stay in group once we were done (since there wasn’t going to be a way to kick the warrior) and just queue up together.  When the boss was killed cloth pants dropped.  The warrior needed on them in an attempt to ninja them from us.  Luckily the mage won them.  In fact the mage won every drop (it was all cloth/caster gear), it was kind of funny.

The three of us queued up again and got stockades.  The bear had never been there.  Funny considering they both had been playing for 5 years.  We got a nice hunter and shaman.  The five of us just kicked ass in the dungeon.  When the tank accidentally overpulled I kept everyone alive.  I got lots of complements on my healing.  Everyone was chatting and just having fun talking.  It was groups like these that make me wish I had a cross server friend’s list so I could queue up with them.

I managed to finish up the weekend at level 24.  I know you get your first glyphs at 25 so I was a bit bummed that I didn’t make it there.  I was so tired that I just couldn’t stay up long enough to make the push.

All in all it was a very productive weekend.  I think that the dungeons are going to be packed a bit more with the jerks than before.  So many people are taking advantage of the new spells and talents you have at lower levels and are flooding the dungeons.  While I saw more jerks than nice people, it wasn’t bad enough to fully drive me away.  I intend to take full advantage of the dungeon finder with the PPP.  I just hope the jerks will be less as I get higher up in the levels.

So far I am pretty happy with the new leveling experience.  I can’t wait to see what the future has in store 😀

Fail DKs roll out!

Slice and I made DKs a little bit ago.  This weekend we leveled them.

And leveled them.

And leveled them some more.

In fact we leveled them from just starting in Zangermarsh (freshly dinged level 62) all the way through to Northrend and halfway to 69.

That is all we did this past weekend.

So tired of the DKs >.>

The positive note in all of this is I have my inscription up to Northrend stuff.  She is also up to Northrend herbs.  Since Failmage is also on this server I *really* don’t need her as a max level herber, but I do plan to separate the two eventually so she kind of needs to get her skill up.  The ultimate goal is to bring the new pally & the DK to DT when I go back there for Cataclysm.  This will give me a max level scribe/herber and a max level jewelcrafter/miner.  I already have a tailor/enchanter and skinner/leatherworker in Lyssi and Tattia so it will be nice to have the other stuff available.

It isn’t so much that I actively dislike playing the DKs, I just am not really feeling them.  Considering the last few alts I have been actively leveling are all melee, I don’t think it is that.  My aff lock has a more complicated rotation so it isn’t that either.  I really don’t know why I am not a big fan of DKs.

Don’t get me wrong, leveling with Slice is fun, until he completes 3 other quests that I had no clue he was working on and then has to stand around waiting for me to finish them.  >.<

Being super OP is also fun.

Until I die from overpulling.

Slice asked me once “Are you using all of your cooldowns?”

My reply – “I mash buttons to play a DK, what do you think?”

Seriously, that is what I do.  I know what rotation I am supposed to do, and I do make sure the diseases are on the mobs I am attacking, but beyond that I mash buttons.

I suppose I could start banging my head on the keyboard.

I don’t think the results would be all that different to be honest.

Oooooh look there’s a yellow dot!

Slice and I made matching DKs on Sunday.  Originally I was going to level her with mining/blacksmithing, but Slice thought the same thing. This meant that we would be competing for the same nodes.  Yeah that wont go over well.  I had already designated my new warlock as the scribe, but Del hasn’t said when he wants to play the two of them together so she is kind of just sitting there doing nothing.

Welcome my new scribe!

Last night I started her herb leveling.  Yes I do have a max level herber in my mage on the server, but if I was going to go around and pick all the herbs needed to level inscription I might as well get the gathering skill up too.  It wont hurt to have two herbers.

It also means I will be able to sell the lovely Outland herbs that no one is farming.

hawt

While running around Elwyn Forest picking every yellow dot I could find I see a random DK yelling in general chat “ZOMG IS THERE ANYONE LEVEL 60-65 HERE!?!?”  Some random lowbie leveling says politely back “use /who.”  This means that I will be shown up *sigh*.  The next thing I know I am getting a whisper from this random deathtard “dul meh!”

Oh look! Welcome to my ignore list.

>.<

Can’t an undead Night Elf just pick some flowers in peace?

ALSO!!

I found out today what my wonderful boyfriend got me for my birthday!

All I can say is SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE and he is the bestest boyfriend ever!

Pally Powah!

I have been leveling a Ret pally on the new server.  So far it has been a blast.  From my soloing SFK & DM to dinging 40 last night.

The Art of War is pure win!

I play with Vuhdo up on all of my characters.  This helps to keep my health in mind and if my character has any dispelling abilities I can use them.  For my pally it has been a savior.  I can now survive even more mobs than I normally would be able to.  BTW Gift of the Naruu is the best thing EVAH!  I run into a pack of mobs, pop that on me and just go to town.

I count it a win when I still have cooldowns available and a pile of dead mobs surround me.

I haven’t been doing the random dungeon finder because I don’t really like melee dps.  Also, with the way people pull these dungeons (like they are level 80 decked out in heroic ICC gear) you have to run constantly and have an AoE to be able to do any kind of damage.  The only AoE I have (at this level) is consecrate.  I will run up to the mobs, judge one and check the tank then drop my consecrate, just to have the fricken tank run off and take the mobs with him.

*sigh*

Drives me up the wall.

Because of this, and because I totally FAIL at melee dps in dungeons (on the roguelette too) I haven’t queued up.  This has resulted in me being stuck in the same gear for level after level.  I was actually wearing some green BoEs that were leather because I had been wearing the quest reward green for so long that the leather was an upgrade.  In fact I think she still has a few leather pieces equipped.

I’ve asked Slice to run me through some dungeons to get some better gear (I didn’t get a new weapon until last night, had the same one since 25) and he just hasn’t done it.  I reminded him again this morning.  He said he would run me through when he isn’t raiding so woot!

Yesterday I was in a masochistic mood so I queued up for a random.  I got in a group for SM Armory and we seriously completed that place in about 10 mins.  I shit you not.  Being the only one not in BoAs I had no competition for the mail shoulders that dropped.  Considering I was still wearing the leather ones from SFK I was ecstatic when they dropped.

I then opened my satchel and I had a pair of plate shoulders. >.>  But hey, I was only 38 at the time so it worked out.  I can’t wear plate until 40 anyway.

Since I wanted to see about getting some more gear I decided to queue up again.  I got in a group for SM Cathedral.  I zoned in and the 2 other dps (rogues) were already fighting the mob in the first room.  The warrior tank apparently didn’t like that and left.  I offered to tank until we got a new one.

I was actually kind of surprised at how much fun I had.  I never thought that I would LIKE being a tank.  Now mind you I was still Ret and I didn’t even bother switching out to my one hander and shield that I had.  The healer was awesome and I just rocked it out.  After we finished the run (where I got to tank a bit more a few other times) everyone was so happy with the group that we all queued up together again and got Uldaman.  The group was really awesome and went to all the areas where there were mining nodes for me to pick up the mithril.  Win!

I managed to ding 39 while in there (I swear we cleared out every mob) and left both runs with 2 new pieces of plate.   Since I wanted to hit 40 before I crashed out, I stayed up to ding.  By the time I finished everything I wanted to it was 1 am.  >.>

So yeah Pally Powah!!!

The leveling game

As I have mentioned several times, I am an altoholic.  I have a ton of characters and I enjoy leveling them.  To me, the leveling “grind” isn’t really a grind.  Sure there are ranges of levels that I cannot stand.  Level 50-58 I am looking at you.  Despite all of that I still have a blast leveling.

I get into this “mode.”

I don’t use a leveling guide.  I think a large part of why I don’t use a leveling guide is because it tells me how I need to play.  If I want to go and do these quests over here, and they aren’t in the guide, then forget it I am not allowed to do them lest I mess up the guide.

Yes I know it isn’t quite that cut and dry but I do know of a few people who treat guides that way.

After all, what is the point of a guide if you don’t follow it?

Right?

Not my thing.

As I am sure you are all aware, I have a big issue with being told what to do without explanation.  “Because I said so” is not a good enough motive for me.  I have this need to know why.  I am not a very good sheep.

Not at all.

It isn’t so much my need to blaze a trail, because it really isn’t.  I am very comfortable with routine and the known.  Anyone who knows me knows that I eat almost the same thing every day and follow the same pattern.  When I deviate from the norm, I am not really all that comfortable.  Call it CDO (or OCD for those of you not afflicted) or what have you, but I need my patterns.  I need the comfort in the knowledge I have on a particular person/place/thing.

This doesn’t mean that I won’t try something new, because I will, but it takes a hell of a lot more for me to adopt the new method.  Usually people don’t have the patience for me to fully embrace something.

Anyway, enough musing, back to my original purpose of this post!

On top of the trio (now quad) and duo characters that I made to level with Slice and Del, I made a pally to solo level when I couldn’t level with them.  Since the leveling groups can’t seem to get off the ground I have been leveling the pally a lot.

I am leveling her without any heirlooms or help from an 80.  This is kind of how I was planning on leveling my roguelette.  Technically I do have an 80 on the server, but Failmage was cleaned out on badges and honor when I transferred my druid to DT so she really doesn’t have anything left to help the pally out with.  The only thing she has is cash and I am trying to not use that.  I am leveling jewel crafting and mining on my pally and trying to make my money there.  So far the only thing I have used Failmage for is the few bags and JC mats she brought over from Bloodhoof.  My poor JC over there now has no gems or stock of bars.

Oh well.

Thanks to a pretty awesome economy on the new server, I have been able to make decent gold for a leveling toon.  I recently moved her from 90 to 130 on her jewel crafting and I was able to sell 96% of the goods making her almost 50 gold.  This is actually pretty decent when you think about what level all these things were.  There was also a ton of the same things on the market.  I am not sure if people actually purchased the items to use them (either as gear or for enchanting mats) or if I was bought out by someone trying to control the market.  I am leaning towards someone leveling their enchanting.  The money was pretty awesome because I was able to purchase a mining bag.

Just as an aside – WTF is it with this server?!!?  A 20 slot mining bag should not be listed for 150g.  I do want to express my heartfelt joy at finding a bag at 25g though – was totally awesome.  Even on Bloodhoof the mining bags NEVER sold for 150g, even the 32 slotter!  Crazy server economy, seriously.

What is up with copper nodes EVERYWHERE in the first 4 zones?  Copper turns grey pretty damn quick so there really is no justification for it to be so abundant through the level 30 zones.

I was telling Slice yesterday that out of all the professions I think mining is my favorite.  Considering I have never maxed it out, I still really enjoy it.  I have leveled it up with smelting (on my DK, very expensive I don’t recommend it) and I have leveled it up to fel iron on my roguelette.  The biggest problem I have found was moving from tin to iron.  The biggest issue for this?  NO FUCKING TIN ANYWHERE.  There is nothing but copper EVERYWHERE.  Seriously Blizz, I hope this gets fixed in Cataclysm.  No one needs that much copper.

No one.

Anyway.  There is just something about finding a mining node and snagging it.  I get so excited when I find a node that is in my level range.  Currently on the pally I am mining iron.  Whenever I find one I just start giggling and get all giddy.

I can’t explain it.  I just get happy.

Herbing only does that for me when I find a frost lotus node.  Which BTW I keep finding in WG.  Makes me really happy. 😀

I have this habit of talking to the game while I am playing.  I name call, talk smack, etc.  The best part (at least to me) is I hit my PTT button and share my voice with the people in vent with me.

Entertainment people.  It is free entertainment.  My gift to you! 😀

I am so giving 😀

Leveling the pally has been pretty fun.  On Saturday I got a Paladin quest that had me go into SFK, DM and BFD.  I was level 25 when I started it.  I thought to myself, “hey you could totally solo SFK & DM!”  So I ran out to SFK (seriously long run for Alliance, I got spoiled as Horde) and started the dungeon.

I was able to solo it without dying (dinging 26 shortly after starting it) but it took forever.  To make things worse, the vast majority of the mobs were grey.  I did end up with some pretty sweet blue gear and a ton of greens.  What makes me mad was I couldn’t solo the final boss.  He would transform me into a worgen and end up being at full health.  So even if I got him lower than 50% it wouldn’t matter.  Pissed me off.  I worked so hard to get up to him, clearing all the irritating trash just to fail at completing the dungeon fully.

Waste of 2 hours.

Afterwards I ran out to BFD.  I got lucky in that I didn’t have to go into the instance to get the item.  I just had to kill the mobs on the outside.  Once that was done I made my way back to DM and only went as far as the room where the mobs I needed were at.  I got lucky and the item dropped off the first one I killed.  I hearthed out of there.  Everything was grey and not worth my time it took to kill the elites.

I get all the items together for the quest, turn them in, just to find out that the weapon that was crafted for me was more suited to a holy pally.

*cries*

Oh well, I put the mace in my bank.  It was a cool quest nonetheless.

I kept plugging away for the rest of the weekend and when I logged out last night I had just dinged 33.  I will most likely be playing her again tonight.  I had to resort to leveling in STV again.  All the quests in AH and DWM were orange and red.  I like to quest on yellow quests.  Orange can just take too much time.  When I pick her back up again I will keep questing in STV until the quests in the other areas turn yellow.  Then I will move back over there.  It will break up being in STV for 15 levels.

The trio is supposed to be questing on Tuesday night.  Keep your fingers crossed that it happens.  I want to level my priest damn it!

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