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Boom!

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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 😀

Yaaaay!

 

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January 31, 2014 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

Back to Square One

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.

January 28, 2014 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Empowered Blah

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!

January 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

WoW Screenshot a Day Challenge – September 22

Today’s prompt: Made me smile

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Killed a rare today in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms that dropped an Elixir of Wandering Spirits, which turns your appearance into one of the Golden Lotus guys! I think it’s awesome 😀

September 22, 2013 at 11:38 pm Leave a 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

WoW Screenshot a Day Challenge – September 6-14

Apologies on the (unfortunately, usual) tardiness! It seems as though my crazy bit of leveling-nonstop-to-get-hordebreaker effort ended up with an unintended and painful side effect: my right hand has decided to go on strike and twinge sharply in protest every time I try to do anything with it. Like hold a fork. Or a mouse. So! I’ve gone on a bit of a break the last several days in an attempt to appease it; the pain has diminished sufficiently that I can play again, provided I take breaks regularly.

Lesson to learn here, kids: they aren’t kidding when they say nonstop gaming is bad for you. But generally people already know that.

…Moving on. Here’s the past week’s worth of screenshots! Ignore the fact that some of them are post-5.4 despite the date of the prompt being earlier, heh 😀

Day 6: Getting read

Getting read = stories. Stories = Lorewalker Cho, always.

Getting read = stories. Stories = Lorewalker Cho, always.

Day 7: White

White clouds, white mountaintops, white snow

White clouds, white mountaintops, white snow

Day 8: Made by me

Favourite mount made by my tailor - frosty flying carpet!

Favourite mount made by my tailor – frosty flying carpet!

Day 9: On the wall

Okay this is technically from today's raid, but I liked it too much to not use it for the prompt. It's my raid team, we're on the wall - good enough! :P

Okay this is technically from today’s raid, but I liked it too much to not use it for the prompt. It’s my raid team, we’re on the wall – good enough! 😛

Day 10: Sweet

Cutscene when you hit Exalted with the Order of the Cloud Serpent! I think it's sweet :D

Cutscene when you hit Exalted with the Order of the Cloud Serpent! I think it’s sweet 😀

Day 11: What you did today

Joined the rest of the world in exploring the Timeless Isle! We're waiting to kill the Pirate Ship here.

Joined the rest of the world in exploring the Timeless Isle! We’re waiting to kill the Pirate Ship here. We’re also causing massive lag.

Day 12: Shadow

Xerna, Wrathion, even the gong have shadows... but the Celestials don't. Weird?

Xerna, Wrathion, even the gong have shadows… but the Celestials don’t. Weird?

Day 13: Unexpected

I just found the idea of Wrathion saying "loot" hilariously unexpected.

I just found the idea of Wrathion saying “loot” hilariously unexpected.

Day 14: Liquid

Whatever my farm pigs like to frolick in, I guess it's still liquid...

Whatever my farm pigs like to frolick in, I guess it’s still liquid…

September 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm 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


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