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Flexing Funtimes

So, I’ve just managed to clear the first two parts of Flex SoO!

And BOY, was it fun. 😀

I did the first bit last night with some folks from my current raid group, and a bunch of battletag friends. It was a pretty mixed group but Vent was lively, and we all went in knowing it was a casual sorta run but planning to kill bosses anyway. Immerseus and the Fallen Protectors went down fairly alright, but we spent quite a number of attempts on both Norushen and Sha of Pride. Because we’d invited mostly lesser-geared folk, DPS was a little on the low side, so we ended up hitting enrage a lot; people weren’t too quick on following the mechanics. Still, we got everything down in the end so yay! I went Resto for most of it too, because we didn’t have enough healers. DAAAAAMN, perma-Efflorescence is ridiculously powerful. I LOVE IT 😀

Then earlier this evening an ex-raid teammate whispered me asking if I could heal for their Flex raid. They were doing both first and second parts, so I figured why not? I dragged Teavee in for the first and proceeded to have her tiny green butt kicked by their Disc priest (it was seriously awe-inspiring, lemme tell you). We were done in half an hour, so I hopped back on Xerna for Gates of Retribution.

Honestly, I didn’t know much about the fights AT ALL. I hadn’t done LFR yet, and we haven’t gotten that far on Normal – so what I knew was basically from the SoO healing guides over at Healiocentric. (Thank goodness I had them, too.)

I think Galakras is my favourite fight, partly because Lor’themar and Sylvanas, holy cow! Iron Juggernaut and Dark Shaman had so. much. crap. flying around that it was hard to appreciate anything, and killing Nazgrim just makes me sad. I may or may not change my mind after doing them as feral in normal mode, we’ll see.

It’s great to have finished off the first eight bosses on Flex; the experience will help when we start working on the later bosses in Normal. And it was nice to heal again, even if the Disc priest was miiiiiles ahead of me! I think I did fairly well myself, and I adore seeing my green efflo-circle 😀 Not a single piece of loot dropped, sadly, but eh, c’est la vie.

Besides, achievements!
flexachieves
Yaaay!

September 27, 2013 at 11:51 pm 1 comment

WoW Screenshot a Day Challenge – September 15-21

Back to yet another unintended catch-up session! (It’s always unintended, I swear. I just… really need to work on my organizational skills :P)

Day 15: Season

Ordos' bright and fiery colours remind me of autumn - my favourite season! (Though he's faaaar from my favourite world boss...)

Ordos’ bright and fiery colours remind me of autumn – my favourite season! (Though he’s faaaar from my favourite world boss…)

Day 16: Frame

Waterfall and rocks forming a natural frame!

Waterfall and rocks forming a natural frame!

Day 17: In front of me

Aerial view from Albatross-airlines! (It's totally "in front of" if you tilt your head right :P)

Aerial view from Albatross-airlines! (It’s totally “in front of” if you tilt your head right :P)

Day 18: Vintage

Brewfest! Self-explanatory why I chose this for the vintage prompt, hey? :D

Brewfest! Self-explanatory why I chose this for the vintage prompt, hey? 😀

Day 19: What is this?

Go on then, guess what this is!

Go on then, guess what this is!

Day 20: In the morning

*yawn* *stretch* *flips hair* Only blood elves can look THIS good in the morning, dah-ling...

*yawn* *stretch* *flips hair* Only blood elves can look THIS good in the morning, dah-ling

Day 21: Rule of thirds

Not precisely following the visual rule of thirds, BUT - have three Fallen Protectors and six raiders! (Multiples of three totally count, right? Right?)

Not precisely following the visual rule of thirds, BUT – have three Fallen Protectors and six raiders! (Multiples of three totally count, right? Right?)

September 22, 2013 at 1:14 am Leave a comment

Weekday Waffles: Patchy Edition

Patch day today! Not too long to go now as of this writing, assuming they manage to meet their “scheduled” maintenance hours.

I’m excited for all the new content, but also ridiculously exhausted right now, because I’ve spent a loooong night power-leveling my way through the last four levels on my gnome mage, and then dragging her through the Hordebreaker questline.

That was the ONE thing I wanted to accomplish before 5.4 hit (aside from valor-capping on the main, which didn’t take very long). I’d initially planned to get it done over the weekend, but it was Pallytank’s grandmother’s 85th (I think, no one seemed to be sure…) birthday and we had to travel back to his hometown for the celebration. I almost thought I wouldn’t have enough time, having never tried to really rush through leveling before, but as it turns out I am pretty damn good at last minute pushes. Gotta thank all those late-night essay writing sprees I did back in university for that. 😀

And so, I present to you: Funderling, Double Agent and Hordebreaker!

Not too sure why the achievement graphic bugged out like that, but eh.

Not too sure why the achievement graphic bugged out like that, but eh.

hordebreaker

Oh Shaohao, you don't have to bow to me just because I'm a Hordebreaker! STOP IT, YOU.

Oh Shaohao, you don’t have to bow to me just because I’m a Hordebreaker! STOP IT, YOU.

I think I’ll take a break from leveling for now, though. Having six (!) max level toons and only a couple truly raid-ready is a little silly. It’ll be fun to spend time working on that!

Speaking of raids, I think we’ll only be starting normals next week. Pallytank and I are going out of town for a friend’s engagement party and our raid leader has a work event/training/thing, so this week’s raid is canceled. Real Life boss strikes again! We MAY try out flex raiding for fun and giggles, depending on interest. Either way, it doesn’t really matter to me – being in a solid and steady group after such a long period of drifting and pugging makes for happytimes.

As for the WoW Screenshot a Day Challenge, yes I’ve missed the last few days again – my quest to become Funderling the Hordebreaker pretty much wiped out everything else from my mind. I promise to get all caught up again lickety-split!

…After I have a nap.

…AFTER I check out ALL THE THINGS, because RIGHT as I was about to hit post, I noticed that realms are up! HOLYCRAP GOTTA GO 5.4 IS HERE.

September 11, 2013 at 1:09 am Leave a comment

WoW Screenshot a Day – September 2

Today’s prompt: My name begins with…

mynamebeginswith

 

…M! Which also stands for Mage. And Machine. And Mecha-gnomes. All of which get featured in this picture! I’m still leveling away on Funderling – it’s a mad rush to get to 90 and the Hordebreaker title. Hopefully I’ll make it; I’m sure it’s fairly obvious by now that I have issues with time management that tends to make these deadline things difficult ;P

September 2, 2013 at 11:28 pm Leave a comment

WoW Screenshot a Day Challenge – Day 30

Today’s prompt: Cluttered

"Now, where did I put it..."

“Now, where did I put that scroll…?”

First we search all over Dalaran for books on Arcane Magic, then we port into the Violet Citadel to find… Archmage Vargoth staring at his bookshelves. Are those duplicate copies of books I see? On different shelves? Oh Vargoth, Vargoth, all that clutter isn’t good for a mage! Surely you’ve got plenty of time on your hands to tidy up?

August 31, 2013 at 1:25 am Leave a comment

Striking Down the Thunder King

So today, this happened.

leishendown

HURRAY!

It took us three full raid days – nine hours in total – to get him down, and today’s kill was LITERALLY the last pull of the week. “This one’s gonna be the kill,” our raid leader said (like he’d been saying for all the previous tries, heh). “We got this!” our warlock said too. “I wish they’d stop saying that,” Pallytank muttered at me across the table. “Don’t be so negative!” I told him – and then Lei Shen ported over to the pillar, and the fight started.

Intermissions were nerve-wracking, because that’s always where we mess up. Vent was full of people calling out – balls! stack! spread! STACKKK! I might have battle-rezzed someone; honestly, I don’t remember. But suddenly we were in phase 3 with everyone alive, tanks were calling out taunt warnings, WINDS were blowing us everywhere and his health was going down down down… AND BOOM, DEAD!

After I’d screamed myself hoarse, after the entire raid group went mad with screenshots, I turned to Pallytank. “We did it,” I said. “We actually did  it.”

He just replied, “yeah.”

I won’t lie; six weeks ago if anyone had asked me what my chances of getting Ahead of the Curve were, I’d have shrugged and quickly changed the topic to avoid a sore subject. At the time it honestly felt like one drama after the other, of finding a new group and having it fall apart, of joining pug after pug only to fail, of struggling just to get into a group sometimes. After all, when you’re only 5/12 experienced on a server that is on average asking for minimum 7/12, things get a little limited.

In fact, I’d already resigned myself to not finishing off the tier before patch 5.4 hit – or tried to anyway. Then one day five weeks ago Pallytank told me out of the blue that he’d found us a group with similar progression, raiding at times perfect for our schedule. “No harm trying, right?” he told me, and I figured, what the heck. The worst that could happen was another hefty repair bill. So off we went.

Boy, am I glad we did. I haven’t had the chance to raid with a group of nice, skilled players like these in ages. There’s no rude or crappy behavior, not even after hours and hours of wiping – sometimes stupidly – on bosses. It’s lovely to be playing with everyone having the same goal in mind, to have people able to look at a mistake and figure out ways to fix things instead of raging. Granted, only Lei Shen gave us that much trouble, but hey – nine hours of throwing ourselves at him and no lost tempers is an achievement in itself!

It’s a huge relief and satisfaction to have Ahead of the Curve completed. It’s one of my favourite moments to date. Now we get to look forward to Patch 5.4 and new content and bosses, yay!

 

August 19, 2013 at 12:03 am Leave a comment

Quintessential Quintet!

True story: this time last year I had ONE character at max level and ONE alt who was often neglected in favour of my doing ALL THE THINGS on my druid. (In my defense, account-wide achievements/pets/mounts didn’t exist then and I wanted them aaaaall.)

Fast forward twelve months and Teavee the Goblin Priest now holds the record for fastest-leveled toon. You know what they say – time is money, friend!

QQ

Next stop, Double Agent! (Oh god someone stop me HALP)

July 23, 2013 at 10:45 pm Leave a comment

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