Fun times ahead – Calidyn of Paladins Stole My Bubbles! has nominated me for a Liebster Award!
I spent some time googling to learn more about the Award’s origins; as far as I can tell there’s been a series of it over the years (earliest I found was from 2010) and each edition has a different set of rules. They all have the same aim, though!
“Well, it is only an AWESOME award given to up and coming bloggers. Given by other up and coming bloggers. It’s a cool way to find other blogs and feel like you are getting into the blogging stratosphere. It is simple, you get nominated by someone else, mention their page and a link to their blog in your Liebster Award Post, answer the 11 questions they give you, then tag 11 other nominees and give them a new set of 11 questions to answer.” (taken from Calidyn’s post because why not perpetuate a good thing :D)
So, let’s get started! (Rest of post after the break because this is a tad long.)
Last night I finally managed to get that last 70%+ done, so after almost two years Myriade is finally max level! Yay!
Timing could’ve been better, I admit, since she’s hitting 90 the same day of the instant boosts. I’ve saved a whole set of Timeless Isle gear so she gets to skip the grind, which is a good thing because I haven’t dared to take her there just yet. Ah, downsides of being stuck on a PVP server…
Still, seventh toon to hit 90 now, hurray!
Garrosh is down at last, hurray!
Not a guild kill though – I just got really lucky with joining a solid almost-guild group after spending hours upon hours watching trade chat. And to think, they were starting all the way from Dark Shamans so I very nearly didn’t ask to join! Boy am I glaaaaaaad I did.
We were even hit with Battlenet going crazy right before we pulled Siegecrafter – practically everyone aside from me and a rogue got disconnected and couldn’t log back in. I thought that was it, and they actually did sort of call it, but then one managed to get back online and suddenly we were good to go again. Phew!
The strat they use is clever, too – one tank, two healers, with melee heading right and range going left for the intermission phases. DPS is crazy when you have 7 of them! We even lost one melee early on in Phase 2 and still blew through. Obviously the tank and healers were really epic at what they do, too.
No BoAs dropped for me sadly, but I’m so stoked about getting the kill that it doesn’t matter much. Always next time! Plus I picked up a whole bunch of loot from the other bosses anyway – trinket, helm token, leg token, healing mace! Maybe I’ll finally get to go back to Resto again 😀
Well, Sunday was our last shot at getting Garrosh down with the team and we didn’t make it.
I won’t lie about being really disappointed – it just feels like we kept getting stuck in a cycle of making really silly mistakes. Dying to Iron Star, dying to Desecrate, people tunneling and ignoring Mind Controls, people standing in Annihilate… overall we did manage to improve on controlling the adds spawned during Empowered Whirling Corruption, but we wasted more time wiping to mess ups than anything else. Our best attempt ever was seeing him hit Phase 3, but by then everyone but the Mind Controlled folks were dead.
Now we’re losing about half the team – at first it was just the two paladins, but now our DK tank is also taking a break to get ready for school and our Enh Shammy wants to spend time with her newborn (who is adorable in all the ways, I swear). Our warlock has been no-show for weeks now and we’ve been pugging to fill his spot, so it’s safe to assume we’ve lost him too. So that’s both tanks gone, a healer and two DPS ):
There’s been mention of merging with a friend’s raid group – they’ve also lost a whole bunch of people, so it makes sense. But they’re a bit behind progression and gear-wise, so the plan is to start fresh all over and get to know each other as a team. Hopefully it works out! Recruitment is hard this late in the expansion.
See you in a month or so, Garrosh… I hope.
Garrosh is having the time of his life kicking our sorry butts, I’ll bet!
Saturday’s raid went fairly well – we had a bit of a issue with a mouthy mage pug at first but that sorted itself out soon enough. After that and the usual warm-up attempts we actually started getting to Phase 2 consistently with all the adds dead before getting ported into the other realm. No more spiky tank damage, and DPS and heals were doing pretty good too; three healers but our monk Fistweaved most of the time. Everyone was really on top of the Mind Controls, which was awesome! We were stuck on Phase 2 though, and kept wiping to the adds after Empowered Whirling Corruption, but at least some progress was made!
Sunday’s raid… didn’t go as well, sadly. We wiped right away on trash – always a bad sign – and then had some silly mistakes with Desecrate puddle placement, Annihilate deaths, Iron Star deaths even! Monk had a family occasion to attend so we tried 2-healing – I thought it worked quite well but MCs kept targeting both healers at the same time which caused more problems. 3-healing was safer but the flip side is Garrosh gained a lot more energy in the other realm. And the Empowered Whirling adds turned out to be a massive road block.
For some reason we’re really bad at controlling and killing them away from each other. We continuously have at least 3 Empowered adds running around within seconds of spawning, which is horrible. Pallytank’s self-healing and general crazy aggro pulls most of the adds onto him, and someone ends up killing those instead of the few we have isolated. Our DK offtank tries to pull them away from Pallytank and kite them away and someone kills the ones on her instead! Big biiiig sigh. It feels like a really silly place to be stuck at for so long. Hopefully after this reset we’ll be better at it.
One week left – two raid days before February arrives!
13/14 Siege of Orgrimmar normals, now!
We’ve decided to extend every week until we get Garrosh down, now that we’re sooo close. Siegecrafter Blackfuse went kaboom two weeks ago after a horribly embarrassing amount of attempts on him. I think it was about 60? Bad, bad. The fight’s mechanics are really easy, but first we had people suffering from lag and computer issues, then we just had silly mistake after silly mistake… consequences of the Christmas break, I guess! I was on conveyer belt duty and jumped to my death a few times /facepalm.
Last week was a different story, though! Klaxxi seemed in theory to be a fairly complicated fight, what with the crapton of information you need to remember for each Paragon, but having a set kill order simplifies it a whole lot. Once we got the first few ‘oh-so-this-is-how-it-goes’ tries out of the way, they went down without a hitch!
(…You know, except for when I got eaten by the baby bugs. Not sure how that happened since I wasn’t the Mesmerise target, but one second I was alive – the next, splat! Ugh, just you wait, kunchongs. I’ll have my revenge yet.)
We put in some attempts on Garrosh after, but our best try only got us to the start of Phase 2 where the leftover Phase 1 adds distracted us and caused the Mind Controls to spread everywhere. Sadly, that was just the one time – we kept getting stuck in Phase 1 on all our other attempts. Tank damage seems to be really high here. I think this is the first fight in the entire raid that I’ve seen Pallytank die to adds over and over.
Hopefully when we go in and try again this week we’ll do better! It’s a bit of a race against time now – we’re losing our Pally healer and Pallytank come February. They’ve both decided to take a break from WoW until the new expansion comes out, so with luck we’ll be able to get them the kill as a farewell present 😀
I don’t make many personal new year’s resolutions anymore, since I never keep them (heh), but I figured WoW ones wouldn’t hurt! 😀
These are just a few of mine:
1. Kill Garrosh!
Attendance issues prevented us from clearing Siege of Orgrimmar before 2013 ended, so this is at the top of my list! 11/14 now, so close – hopefully it won’t be too long before I get that Liberator title!
2. Transmog the Alts!
I’ve been really lax about this because I have no patience for farming gear – or anything, really. But really, it’s getting ridiculous how mismatched they look.
No, not Wrathion’s fancy-shmancy cloak – his daggers! I’ve been sitting on the final collection stage of the questline for months now, and it should really only take six-ish weeks to complete it. I also have Teracgosa’s staff to finish – I’ve only just started the second part of the questline, but hopefully if I run Firelands every week it won’t take too long!
4. Level… someone
Myriade finally dinged 80 over Christmas (a year and a half after being rolled), but I’ve been itching to play a paladin lately too. The question is which one: the Draenei or the Blood Elf? Oh, and I really want to try mistweaving as well. Who knows? …I’ll probably end up leveling all the alts anyway.
And that’s it! May your year be filled with glorious fun and adventure, boss kills, PVP wins, fancy lewtz, shiny achievements and more!