Friday, August 18, 2017

Storytime - Scarlet Confessional Book

"I don't know how you do it, Navi," said Pancakestab.

"Do what?" I asked, popping a piece of chocolate in my mouth as I continued cataloguing the guild bank contents.

"How you can listen to everyone COMPLAINING all the time."

"The secret," I said, as I put aside twenty five stacks of Starlight Rose, "Is that only 10% of what is said is actually relevent. The rest is just noise. In the middle of the noise, you make agreement sounds, throw in the odd 'I see your point' and a few sighs."

"Wow, Navi," said Kjerstin. "So you're telling me that half the time you're not listening to what people are saying?"

I threw him a wry grin. "Probably closer to 70% of the time."

"HOW can you do that! You're the guild leader!"

"That's EXACTLY why I can do that."

Kjerstin folded his arms, a stern look in his eye. "What OTHER secrets are you hiding that we should know about?"

I shrugged. "I dunno. Ask me something."

Pancake stood up. "I have a better idea. Where's Amelior?" He sprinted out the door and vanished.

"I don't get that. Why does he have to cloak in Dalaran?" I turned my attention to the Dreamleaf and packed them into neat piles of two hundred.

"Probably to surprise Amelior. I bet you he's fallen asleep."

"If he's asleep he wouldn't see Pancake coming anyway. I suppose it's just another rogue thing." I frowned at the empty chocolate container and sighed.

"Hey!" said Pancake in my ear, as he appeared out of nowhere. I squealed a girly shriek as I fell back, clutching my chest, glaring at him as he collapsed in gales of laughter.


Amelior sat down next to me, yawning. "He woke me up, saying that we were playing confession time with Navi. What's he talking about?"

"Nav has secrets. We want to know them," said Kjerstin.

"Do you agree to this, Nav? To tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?" Amelior took out a small red book, the Scarlet Confessional Book, ready to make me talk.

I shrugged, pondering what I secrets I had that I didn't want anyone to find out. Ohh wait, there was one...

As Amelior cast the spell, I could feel the urge to suddenly talk about everything and anything. The compulsion was so strong!

"Hey, Amelior," I said, "Did you know it upsets me that you out heal me when you play holy priest offspec that I feel like I should just not raid sometimes?"

Kjerstin and Pancake howled with laughter as I clapped my hand over my mouth. "Earthmother! I didn't mean to just blurt that out, sorry Amelior!"

Amelior laughed as he closed the book and slipped it back in his robes. "The spell lasts for 2 minutes, so if you guys want to know anything, you'd better get her to start talking."
"Navi," said Pancake. "You know Spoon's DK?"

"Yeah, Elfishpresley. Why what about him?"

"Do you remember he used to have a really bad name... Amelior and I have this theory - that someone in the guild reported him and forced him to change his name. Do you know anything about that?"

Oh oh. I could feel the urge to spill the beans bubbling up. I tried to deflect it. "What was his old name anyway?"

"It was Dixienormous," said Amelior. "We talked about it yesterday because we saw someone with an even more offensive name and wondered how come THAT name didn't get banned..."

"Now that was a funny story," I gushed. "I told him that I didn't like his name, but he didn't seem to care. And you remember how we were doing that Upper Kara Mythic plus and we were on the last boss and suddenly he went offline?"

"Yeah, we were all there, I remember that," said Pancake.

"We were just standing around and I thought, well I'm bored, I am going to report Spoon's name, and I literally did it just as we were opening the door. And suddenly he went offline. And he said 'Hey Nads, I just got flagged for a name change...' and I was like.... OH SHIT, was that because of me??"

"NO WAY! It was you?" said Kjerstin, his mouth agape.

"I was like, why would you get reported in the middle of the night? And inside I was thinking Holy crap that was me... and when Amelior said 'Well, it was probably reported ages ago and only now they're dealing with it,' I totally latched onto that and said 'Yeah, the Americans are probably waking up now or something,' trying to deflect the blame away from myself. But I never told him, I should tell him one day...."

Amelior, Pancake and Kjerstin howled with laughter. "Well, he's going to find out now!"

I smacked my hand to my head. "Well, I guess I did have a couple secrets after all! WHOOPSIES!"

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Raiding - At capacity

Raid was REALLY full on Wednesday. And I mean REALLY full.

There were 27 people there, and 2 raiders who didn't raid as they were not well. And I had an enquiry about a raid spot so I am super hesitant about saying anything to that person, though I wasn't exactly DIScouraging.

And as there were some 7.3 quest crumb lines being started up yesterday, there must have been something glitchy because we had maintenance right in the middle of raid again. Ugh. Nothing like maintenance smack bang in the middle of raid to ruin a night.

Of course, when you're rushing, you make mistakes. With the server shutdown 15 minute notice, we rushed in and then we had a mistake and had a wipe. Of course it happened on my tranq for the Embrace of the Eclipse, when it felt like it was not healing ANYBODY'S bubble off. Solution was just to use two cooldowns for that since we were so healer heavy.

The biggest piece of rubbish that evening was 3 vanquisher legs dropping from Mistress and zero Protector. With an extraordinary number of raiders on that token, that was a huge blow. Let me think... that's 5 warriors (Splatz, Moisty, Falln, Gale, Consti), 7 shamans (Cosima, Crooked, Spoon, Vork, Eurie, Slug, Fin), 3 monks (Aimei, Ram, Lushen) and 1 hunter (Ultra). Vanquisher tier is dreamy with 4 druids (Navi, Yeti, Gravy, Gen), 1 rogue (Pancake), 1 mage (Xethi) and no death knights. Conquerer has 3 priests (Amelior, Kinry, Mag), 2 paladins (Kj, Tri), 3 warlocks (Sev, Aza, Dugg) and no demon hunters. Good for me, since I got an warforged leg tier out of it. Woo!

Even Cosima/Koda, who is the most quiet and tolerant of our raiders, said "Navi, just saying, NO MORE PEOPLE IN PROTECTOR TIER FOR RAID please."

Now that prepatch stuff for Argus is up, I have had a few people thinking of moving classes. Splatz is considering tanking on the DK. I don't think Falln will change anytime soon, though of the shamans, only Spoon would be fluid moving to another class since he plays all his classes well. I wish he would play his mage but he moved that to another guild.

I have always been an advocate for "play what you want to play, not what the guild needs". Longevity in game comes from playing what you enjoy not something you've been forced into. That's why I worry about people like Kjerstin and Triarchi, both of whom are tanks at heart and being forced to DPS. I had a word to all the healers about DPSing and we should all take turns, even though Kinry is the loudest complainer that he might as well be sat out, and yes as heals he does an extraordinary amount of healing, but it gives the rest of us an opportunity to work harder and work on our own healing. This goes against all I said about play what you want to play, but it's either DPS or sit out.

We are not even recruiting! I honestly cannot believe the number of people we have who are interested in joining. A fair bit of it is word of mouth, which is lovely and speaks for itself, but I hate turning people away. Looking at what we have now, I feel like I can honestly say that we will never have raiding problems again, for lack of numbers.

What is going on? Why is the guild busting at the seams?

There seem to be a lot of ex-mythic raiders wanting to decrease their time commitments because of work and family. I suppose that late teens-early twenty year olds who played WoW and kept playing now have families and work commitments, and still would like to play but at a reduced level. Also, I am not sure people want to play a game for hours on end anymore - a few hours a time seems to be the most that people can sit still for these days.

Thursday went really well and we got everything cleared so that was a rather satisfying week. Interestingly, we had just on 20 people so it was a much smaller raid!

We'll see how things pan out with numbers. I do have on guildie leaving for a mythic guild but feels guilty about it - told her not to stress, we're all fine with people wanting something we don't offer (ie mythic). Besides, she can come back if it doesn't work out. I guess that opens a raid spot - but then, we're pretty full on healers anyway!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Guildleader chores - Frostwolves health check

I should be glad we have a good reputation and attracting good people to the guild. It's just that we are so FULL that we are bordering on sitting people out of heroic when there are 30 people (though we haven't gotten to that point yet. But there are plenty of people who have volunteered to sit out)

We had a new healer who is friends with Tri and Kinry, and I went through a HUGE long chat with them trying to figure out if they would fit in. So we introduced ourselves and I asked him to tell me a bit about himself. Then I got the I-was-in-a-top-5-guild-before spiel and used to play WoW really heavily back in X-expansion, and I thought uh oh, is this guy going to fit in here. But, he said he now heads up a company with 10 employees, married with 2 kids and doesn't really have time for that anymore, and can only play after 9pm. So after a bit more chatting, this guy was actually really patient and mature, so I invited him to the guild, brought him along on the Sunday raid and he actually healed really well. The only bad thing was that he hadn't done the last few bosses before (but had done them on LFR) and made Splatz cranky coz he ran ahead on Maiden picking up orbs. It was fixed with a quick explanation, and even on Wednesday raid, Splatz said "I'm giving Slug 3 strikes with Maiden," but I quickly reassured me that the problem had been rectified. So far, I'm pleased. At least he isn't a druid healer - having more shamans is good, a paladin would have been even better!

However, that just means we have too many healers. And I am not going to recruit any more DPS! So, the healers just better do some better DPS - and that includes me, because I am the only one with DPS legendaries and I do a dreadful job DPSing.

In fact, on Thursday night, I went DPS (because Yeti did Wed night DPS) and I moaned and groaned all night. It's so fun being at the bottom!

Consti was making me grumpy on Maiden because he is cleave spec on his warrior and so he follows maiden around cleaving her and the boss. He normally does 4x the damage on her then the next DPS down, and it has been pointed out to me multiple times, and despite me telling him not to do that, he said no he's not stopping. Fortunately we don't have a big problem on her dying before we get the Avatar down lowish so it's not a big deal but it's annoying when people don't listen.

KJ was struggly, whether that was because we have lots of people in raid, or whether we have too many healers or whether people are not doing mechanics right or maybe it's a combination of all those things. Anyway, so despite our best efforts, we will still have to do KJ on Monday.

I feel sad for my friends who have been having the usual mythic guild woes, and hope that things are on the upturn for them soon. I feel glad that I no longer have to worry about those things, because it really does seem that casual heroic is the only way for a guild to have longevity and stability in current WoW times.

I had to have a word with another guildie for getting upset in guild chat and calling people nasty names because they were picking on him. I did read the conversation - I don't think that they were picking on him, just disagreeing with what he said. He just didn't like being disagreed with and lashed out. I made a point of telling him that it's not appropriate and that everyone is entitled to their opinion but in general our guild is very PRO WoW so having people slag the game off and then call people names is really not how we deal with things. Logging off and having a rage and then logging back in is a much better thing to do, rather than say things that you can't take back. When I confronted him about it, he said that he gave back as good as he got, but when I pointed out that nobody said the f word (whereas he did) or calling everyone in the guild a low IQ and autistic... totally not in keeping with guild policy. So I told him not to do it again, and that this was his first warning. Warning bells were ringing by then, since he seemed to show neither remorse nor an apology for his behaviour, and also no indication that he would not do it again when that happened. Totally different to another incident with a different guildie, whom I let back in because he was remorseful and seemed sincerely apologetic after an extreme outburst.

But, my problem was solved. Come raid day, he asked if he could raid, and I said is your ilvl good now, and it was. However he was missing 2 enchants. I said he had to get his stuff enchanted. He said it was too expensive, and I said I would do it for him, just send me his greens. He didn't have any, he said. Now I wasn't very clear, perhaps, but I didn't mean he had to give it to me RIGHT NOW, but he could send me all his subsequent greens. But we started raid, he didn't join, and then he gquit whilst we were doing the first boss. I asked him what was going on, he didn't even say good bye, and he said that he was annoyed about not being able to raid. An hour later, he whispered me saying that he got his stuff enchanted, and he wanted to come to raid. "But you're not in guild anymore," I said. He said invite him back to the guild. I said I'll talk to him after raid, and then he pouted that he was missing a raid again. I said "Well, you shouldn't have left the guild. I will talk to you later." He said that I had been a bit unfair, firstly putting an ilvl requirement on raiding, and then asking that people be fully chanted and gemmed. He asked what hurdle would I put next. I was feeling really irritated by then and I told him that raiding requirements are clearly listed on discord, and that he is not so special that he is exempt from those requirements.

So later, I chatted to him and told him that I didn't think he seemed very happy here, and I would rather people be in the guild that were happy to be here. I told him to find another guild and try it out for a month, and if he wasn't happy there he could talk to me in a month and discuss returning. Otherwise, maybe he would be happy there. He said he didn't know whom to talk to and I rolled my eyes, and very kindly spoke to officers of 2 guild on the server and gave him their names. Talk about generous!

In other news, I promoted a new officer. Splatz got promoted to officer on Monday - whether congratulations or commiserations are in order, I am unsure. Sev said to me that he had suggested that a LOOONG time ago. However, there was a reason it was so long in coming. I have promoted a few people to the supply officer rank (which allows full guild bank access but not officer channel access) but it has now been more than 6 months since Xyn passed. If I had done it any earlier, I would have felt like I was replacing Xyn - I guess I wasn't quite ready yet. Now, when I promoted Splatz, it felt like something that was long overdue, rather than looking at Splatz as the new Xyn. And I think that everyone else in the guild would think so too.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Raiding - Ahead of the Curve: Kil'jaeden

We did it!

Raid attendance was a bit low with 19 people turning up to raid. Well, it was actually 20 but Eurie was lagging so badly she decided to drop.

However, we had made some progress on it last Thursday and all we needed to do was get through that dark phase again so we could finish the last bit.

Our first attempt of the night was our best yet, down to 19%. We had Amayeti, myself, Ram and Cosima healing and surprisingly no warriors in raid save our tank, Splatzor. We bumped it up to 5 heals with Mag healing, because he has been whinging that he doesn't like DPSing Kil'jaeden because his damage is super lame coz of the flying bit.

We had a few hiccups after that with missed Armageddons and things. Ultra and I died on one attempt because we soaked 2 armageddons right before the darkness phase and of course we just rolled over and died. I felt stupid.

But on the kill attempt we were doing it well, the orb was kited reasonably with only one crappy placement but I was so OOM by then I was going off fumes. People kept their focus and tried not to tunnel and do the mechanics correctly dipping their butts into the yellow circle briefly before we came out and hit the boss again.

And then yay! KJ is dead!

Don't you hate it when you lose your achievement popping up on the screen because of a cut scene? I didn't see a cutscene (prob skipped since we have seen it before) but that's why I have to use this armory screengrab instead.

No super shiny loots, but there were shinies!

Yay Frostwolves! Now, what do we do? Take a break? Try some mythic?

We'll see what interest we have. Traditionally, people just start taking breaks and our numbers drop. But the cool thing is, that's ok! I think of all the people not here tonight - Moisty, Falln, Consti, Eurie, Kinry, Triarchi, Goodgravy... hopefully those who missed out will get their achievement next week!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Prestige 15 - When you're 15

Is an achievement still an achievement if there was nobody on to see it?

I got on at a stupid hour of morning to do my PvP world quest so I could tick over to the the next honour level and Prestige.

Ugh, don't you hate it when you take a really lame screenshot!

I think getting a Crest of Devastation is a rather redundant thing. What is the point of getting an item that I have to use anyway because it's BoP - why can't it give them all at once?

Anyway, I unlocked my new colour variant in PvP, and all I really wanted is the red bear.

Also, I finally got 100,000 honourable kills last night during PvP night. Talk about slow! It only took me 12 years...

But here I am, showing off my new stuffs! Well, if you can read the title. Oh and oops there is pretty Argus in the background again... I can never stop looking at it!

Some hairy games last night - we had some really terrible games and also some really close call games.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Minipost: Boomkin Legendary #6 - Radiant Moonlight

Yay another legendary for me!

Radiant Moonlight dropped in raid today on the first boss. It gives me an extra new moon, but I'm not sure when it would be useful... obviously some single target fight, but not sure which one really when I have better things to use... but that brings my total number of legendaries to 14.

I now only have one more legendary to upgrade to 970, but I've stopped trying for those essences, since I'll have them all done by next week anyway, what with cache and stuff.

I forgot to post about the other boomkin legendaries I had recently - namely #5 being Impeccable Fel Essence. I haven't had a good opportunity to play with my boomy legendaries to see how I can use them in raid, but I do have quite nice ones now so I should give it a shot on Sunday!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Raiding - Making slow progress on Kil'jaeden

We made a little bit of headway on Kil'jaeden this week, but we're not quite there yet. We're at least doing better on the beam (except me because I keep missing it somehow) and we're slowly getting there with soaks (but every now and then we miss one), but running around in the dark is a pain in the ass. We at least made it through the darkness this week, so I'm hoping we'll do better next week.

Healers seem to be in short supply lately. It seems like we go from feast to famine but luckily Mag's offspec disc and Amelior's offspec holy pretty much saves the day. Ram has been missing for some time now (so has Gen) but I think it's due to work; Kinry is about to have a baby; and Yeti has been working so she hasn't been online. Thank goodness for small blessings!

But you know what I really want to know...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Frostwolves games night - A RL one!

Last Saturday a couple of the Sydney Frostwolves descended on my house with board games in hand for something a little different!

It took a bit of planning. HK said his house was too small to host it. Koda and Guns live far away, and they might be too shy to host it. Hyad (my hubby) does not like having visitors over making a mess so he said we can't have it at our house. Shab had no house and Eurie has no house (both are renovating) so we couldn't do it at either of theirs, and Sev of course, was coming from Canberra. Tout's place was an option but his fiance isn't super keen on him gaming so he didn't want to upset her by having it at his place.

So we were going to just meet up at a pub and play there, when I realised that the week after the date we had chosen, Hyad would be overseas for a conference. So we could have it at my place a week later!

I said to arrive from 5pm, and HK turned up at 440pm so I quickly went out to buy snacks. Unfortunately I forgot my phone and was out waiting at the Korean Fried Chicken place, wondering if people had arrived yet. Little did I know that everyone was super punctual and turned up at 5pm and HK had to entertain guests at my house whilst they waited for me!

After pigging out on tons of unhealthy food, we played Codenames first.

It was a fun deduction game, where you have 2 teams and a leader from each team being a spymaster, looking at a master card, which tells you where your spies are.

So looking at the cards on the table, you have to try to get the team to guess where all your spies are using one word and a number. For example using the master card in the lower picture and looking at the top picture, if I said cone 2, you would look at those pics and try to pick which had cones and hopefully they would be the ones that were for your team. Of course, how we interpret things makes things difficult!

I was feeling so clever when I said container 2. But little did I realise there were 5 things that could be containers and of course my team's first choice was WRONG! Which ends our turn. Tout was similar saying metal 3 and we all picked things which were metal and our first choice was a spy for the other team! Guns was the opposite and was ultra conservative going one at a time... much hilarity with that game!

The next one was a murder game, called Deception: Murder in Hong Kong. Another deduction game, where we were given clues to try to find out which one of the players was the murderer, with one witness who knew but mustn't be caught out or the murderer wins.

It took us a bit to get into it, and theories started to fly as the Forensic Scientist gave out hints as to how we could figure out whom the murderer was.

After that we had a few cracks at Keep Talking and Nobody explodes. I think that one isn't so great at the end of the night when people are tired, but I do quite enjoy that game.

It was quite a fun night, and we all thought we'd like to do that again sometime - this time we volunteered Koda's house!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Minipost: Pretty druids all in a row

Well, I thought this looked pretty. Yes, I know that they're not all druids (that Brewmaster title gives it away) but these 3 looked rather cool sitting there in Dalaran. Now I want to look like that!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

My healing sucks... and trying to fix it

For the last 2 weeks I have been feeling very blah about my healing.

I really liked the T19 resto druid bonus with certain legendaries, and I had been quite lucky in Tomb of Sargeras with the T20 and already have 6 set with 5 heroic and 1 normal. So I played around with 4T20 and 2T19 and was doing OK with that, trying my best to maximise the T20 bonuses and fiddle around with new legendaries.

Initially it was ok. Using Swiftmend decreases it's cooldown by a certain amount of time depending on the health of the person I used it on (2PT20). You get the best bonus of course if you use it on someone who is almost dead (like sub 10%) but varying degrees of bonus as you get better health. The 4PT20 makes efflo heal for 200% more for 10 seconds. Sounds amazing in certain situations where we stack up and stay still (like Harjatan or Maiden) and it was at first. However, throw in holy priests and shamans and if we are standing still and people are clumped up, their healing is bloody outstanding and outstrips mine. Especially when they have their 4PT20 and the right legendaries.

So now, I am not doing the same amount of healing yet feel like I am expending the same amount of mana and I don't feel right. And I just can't seem to find the right niche to fill in healing with. I don't mind being the bottom healer, I just don't like that I'm using mana and it's not going anywhere.

I had been playing around with Prosperity and Spring Blossoms, thinking that with 2 swiftmends on shorter cooldowns as well as extra efflorescence healing, that perhaps I could get better use out of my 4PT20. However, the only time I have found it useful is during Maiden when we are split on each side and taking hammers. At those times my healing is decent and the T20 seems to be helping.

Also, I have been using the legendary ring, Soul of the Archdruid. I quite liked it thinking since I now have extra Soul of the Forest, that would make my AOE healing from Wild growth better. Especially since I am using more swiftmends.

But in fights where we are spread out and I'm trying to make use of my T20, it's bloody terrible. And that is probably where my mana drain is coming in, trying to move efflo to get good use out of it, and using lots of Wild growths for SotF.

So after an ABYSSMAL healing effort on Avatar, I thought I would go pug it and try some different things. However, I was still not doing well, and when I compared myself to the other druids in the group, they were still rocking T19 stuff (whereas I was trying to do full T20, as I picked up a super titanforged 950 Tier shoulder from our Avatar kill).

The paladin was saying my healing was terrible, because the DK tank was doing more healing than me. And he was right, I felt terrible. I switched back to Cenarion Ward, Germination and tried again, and it was better for a bit, but then I died because I was pugging with Americans and the latency is a little bit more and so I took more damage than normal from the Unbound Chaos. Obviously tank healing is going to be amazing if you're on tank heals, and since it's a paladin of course he will look awesome compared to me. I wasn't worried about that. I was worried more about my crappy output even with trying to rejuv everyone. I think I just need to work my timings better.

Sev was making fun of me by pointing out to everyone (via MotD) that the Frostwolves GM is pugging heroic ToS, what's going on! I abruptly changed it since I was in a sour mood, because I was pugging heroic TOS so I could practice my healing (which is usually the best time to practice healing as pugs are usually full of baddies who take lots of damage) and I was still doing lousily and I was feeling even more despondent about my healing in raids.

I know I am lazy at using my trinkets and artifact weapon ability, but I tend to only use them when we are in need, not on CD. I remember the paladin saying to me that I should be using my abilities on CD and I thought geez, if I did that I'd be oom so quick. Perhaps I need to work on that more.

I will pug more and practice more and see if I can get better. There's only one way to improve! Oh, and I could go ask Yeti. But she will just say, "Uhh.. I dunno, just heal more?" LOL!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Achievement: Whoops! Didn't realise I didn't have Power Unleashed

Well, I was bored the other day and so I did my kitty weapon. I am so bad at cat that I actually did it in boomkin!

So when I got through the quest chain I was surprised to get...

Whoops! Though I had that already!

So I made a big booboo the other day when dumping some AP in to kitty when I queued up for arena. I hit DPS, not realising it would put me in kitty DPS. I even changed to resto after the queue popped but obviously it looks at what spec I was when I queued. Well, shit.

That was so abyssmal, my damage, that I think their healer outDPSed me.

But at least now I learnt my lesson. Never queue anything when I am in cat spec.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Raiding - Glad we managed to get this far...

I am sad to say that despite my best efforts on Fallen Avatar, what I was hoping to achieve with melee moving as a nice coordinated group not dropping their crap everywhere and keeping uptime on the boss... nup Not happening. People moving too fast, moving too slow, lag etc meant melee kept getting wiped out. So basically back to the old you stand wherever and run backwards.

Same with the arrow things to the sides. That wasn't working either. Still shooting melee. So just stand up the back with it and hope to god you don't shoot anyone if you're ranged, especially not the tank coz he will crack a wobbly being shot.

So after multiple attempts of trying to do it the tidy way, we went back to the old way and we killed it. Everyone is saying I told you so, and they're right. But, it was worth a shot!

Trying to do it with 3 of our main healers out of the pictures is also a bit of a doozy. Kinry had a family tragedy, Ram is busy working and Yeti was probably playing netball. That left me, Cosima as the main heals and Amelior switching over to help as well as Gravy helping too. In fact, on our kill attempt, Vorkrack was healing too! At least he wasn't in melee causing mischief, and hanging out at ranged.

The main big change this week was that I decided to master loot the tier bosses. After people said we were doing normal on Monday because people needed tier, I thought it's time to start sharing it around as we are throwing out a lot of tier with double ups. Consti had a whinge about it, which I listened to but it did not change my mind. Unfortunately I was so caught up with making sure I didn't stuff up loots that I forgot to check how much of an upgrade things were, or whether we were making 2 or 4 pieces. I don't really mind if people are upgrading from normal to heroic but those who had neither were getting upset about it, so I will make sure normal tier is also master looted so I can get some tier to people.

The other major hiccup on Wednesday was with Maiden, with people stepping in the pool on the ground and getting a bomb (that happened to me) and people on the wrong side, people not following the tank... just messy. Lots of wipes. Cosima had to leave to take her son to work, and I said hurry and come back and we might still be here. Sure enough, we were, but with her back, we got it down finally.

Kil'jaeden will take some doing, as it does way more damage than we're used to, and we have to stop clumping up and killing ourselves when he targets someone. I just need to pick up my game!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Why I think the Mythic Plus invitational is great

There is a lot of slagging off about this Mythic Dungeon invitational in forums and comments, but personally, I think it's great.

Why? Because this is PvE content being made into some kind of esport, that I can watch and enjoy. Almost all the other esports are PvP. And don't get me wrong, I like to PvP, but I also like to PvE and at least I understand and can appreciate a Mythic Dungeon. And there may be other people who are not arena players who at least know the dungeons so they can watch and know what's going on.

Mythic raid races, like the one I watched at Blizzcon, are ok, but they take a LOT of setting up. Getting 20 people per side set up and then watching 20 different things to see where to comment on... well that's really busy. Arena tournament is good because you only have 6 people to watch trying to kill each other. And now we can watch people doing PvE content and seeing how they do it (and perhaps get some tips!)

The server rankings are now full of people with +22 mythic dungeons on the ladder. I can't even fathom that, considering I struggle on my own stuff sometimes. Those few times where my team has been the top on of the ladder because we torture ourselves with silly keys (like COEN 15 on a tyrannical grievous bolstering week), but now we'll see the real experts coming out, and then we can learn something for our own runs! Kjerstin (THERE I SPELT IT RIGHT FOR ONCE) is always enthsuiastic for M+ so at least I can find someone to drag around to do things with.

This week's affixes are not too bad and I've been playing with Spring Blossoms and double swiftmend to see how that goes with the 4 set T20 tier. I keep casting healing touch out of habit (BAD HABIT!) so I need to break myself out of that since I am no longer using abundance.

Anna and Gal have a guildie who is trying to get into the Mythic plus invitational and I wish him all the best (he's a holy priest). He is up there wiih +22 and +23 dungeons all the time, and I'm thinking OMG wow!

So what do you think? Excited to watch some Mythic dungeon races? I think it would be fun to watch them all at the same time so we can see compare them as time goes on, but is that practical for commentary? I'm not sure. But yes, I'm excited to watch it!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Prestige 14 - Fourteen for the team

I have no idea what that achievement even MEANS. What is it a play on?

No special rewards for this prestige. Apparently that title I picked up at Prestige 13, honour level 13 (the Unrelenting) is supposed to be the Prestige 14 reward. Anyway, I have it already (and I quite like the title) so now it's onto the next one. The BIG one.

2v2 arena have been fun with Sev, but melee teams are still hurting a lot. What I am regretting now is all those stat sticks I threw out from PvP. I'm sure they would have been useful in boomkin!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Achievement - The Wish remover (and my research on it)

It is sheer craziness and only for WoW fishing enthusiasts (as well as achievement hunters) to do this Dalaran wishing fountain fishing again. I had been fishing it intermittently with various lures, but having some time on my hands this afternoon (anaesthetising for a bowel resection which takes a fair bit of time) I sat down and decided I will do some research with this fishing.

In the new version, The Wish remover, there are 56 coins to fish up.

To start with, I was only missing 5 coins. So that was a bit of a headstart. Looking at Marcia Chase's lures, I thought I would use Starfish on a String as the only lure that I would use.

There are 2 other guildies with this achievement - one was Coffee, who told me she used no lures (though she also told me she threw the gold coins back into the fountain but I couldn't seem to do that - I know you could do that in old Dalaran), and the other was Duggra, who got the achievement a week or two ago and after that I was inspired to give it a good go.

So, looking at this list, using just the one lure, I did 385 casts and managed to fish up 55 of the 56 coins. The only coin I didn't manage to fish up was Hemet Nesingwary's Bullet (which I had fished up before). Obviously, I could keep fishing for a lot longer and see how long it would take me to get Hemet's bullet, but once I got my last coin (which was Gallywix's Coin on a String), I finished off the lure and then said I'd had enough. I noted that many people did much more fishing (and if I knew how much I had already done, that would help me better with this research).

The most common coin I had was Boomboom Brullingsworth's coin, but overall, I know I fished up Koda's Sigil a lot because... well, because it reminded me of Koda! I think she's pretty chuffed there is an NPC with her name.

So, if you want to attempt this achievement, I can say that you probably don't need all the lures to try to fish up all the coins. There was an increase in the frequency of coin catching (I don't think I fished up any double coins without a lure) with a lure, so use it so you don't have to fish so much, but I can't see that any particular lure is better than another. Good luck with your fishing!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Raiding - The Avatar has Fallen

This week in raid we were working on Fallen Avatar and when we were up to it, we decided to use Vantus runes on it. The interesting thing is that people were not sure how to do that - and it turned out I figured it out by accident since I was told that you can select the boss you want to use the Vantus rune on. So target the boss, and click your rune. Done.

But some guildies were really funny. I had a few guildies who said they didn't know how to make it work, or that it wasn't working. One guildie gave it back to me and said he wanted another one because it wasn't working - and I laughed my ass off when I told him how to fix that.  Anyway, purple line to the boss for a second and boom, one week of increased versatility against that boss for the week. Yes yes, I know we only had a day or two on him but it couldn't hurt!

We had a lot of deaths to unbound chaos as people ran all over the place and even ran over people. We died lots of times because we weren't doing enough damage to the maiden to get the bubble off and it would explode and wipe the raid. Tanks died because we hadn't given them their own healer. People were shooting those... purple things through the tanks and other people.

As we went on we slowly figured out these things - Ram got to do tank healing and so he got to have fun whilst Koda and I were relegated to the sides to heal our little corners of raid and Kinry got to stand in the middle and heal everything with Ram. Made our healing look like crap but at least we had a small number to look after.  We started to move the purple things forward and to the sides to avoid hitting the tanks - well, we still have that problem but it's getting better. And I was despairing that my side would never stop killing one another with the unbound chaos and then Kjersten and Pancake started doing this like in the video of Future vs Fallen Avatar. It's hard because it's a mage POV but look at the melee at skull at timestamp 1:30ish

They pile up together on skull and move as one in front of the boss so they can all leave their unbound chaos behind them and still DPS the boss at the same time. However, all you need is one slow or one fast person and that screws the whole thing up. So I might make the right side melee do that and leave the left side to do whatever they feel like doing (ie running straight out)

Anyway we were slowly getting there and trying to get Avatar to 30% before we killed maiden. Once we went down, we weren't doing very well soaking those purple circles so we told people who had to them to run away and sacrifice yourselves whilst everyone hit the boss. I'm sure there is a better way to do that!

And then yay we did it! Now the unfortunate thing was Consti had disconnected and I told him to sit out for this one quick wipe but it turned out we killed it. He was dead in the raid though and I don't know if he could loot but he could roll on it so I'm sure he was there for the kill, even though he was a dead weight.

Yay Frostwolves! Bloody Spoon is standing right on top of me so you can't see me, but I assure you, I was there! Now... onto Kil'jaeden!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Transmog: I want that monk hat!

When Lushen and HK were showing off their Tier 20 helms, I was so envious! I wanted one! Lushen said that a lookalike drops from Kil'jaeden. Well, I wasn't going to see that anytime soon on heroic, BUT Ram managed to get one from normal raid the other day and kindly gave it to me!

Unfortunately, I don't have anything that goes with it, so I am wearing a whole bunch of monk lookalike tier 19 with the helm for the moment, at least until I find something better.

I love animal inspired helms! If anyone has some better suggestions - look forward to hearing them! (pst Kamalia!)

Monday, July 10, 2017

A brutal week in Mythic Plus for a resto druid

What a crappy week - bolstering, grievous and tyrannical!

Getting a 15 done was not easy for little ol' me. I feel happy that I have the legendary ring so that I have both soul of the forest AND tree form, which makes it better for affixes like grievous, and also with the 4 piece T20 set where Swiftmend increases efflorescence healing by 200% for 10 seconds - very handy for grievous but only when everyone is standing in the bloody circle!

The first 15 I did was Cathedral of Eternal Night, with HK, myself, Anna, Gal and poor Spoon. Well, that was bloody terrible, I can tell you now. Especially the 3rd and 4th bosses. I did learn something, however. With the second boss, you can actually take his charge with a cooldown, which is good because he doesn't hit the bookshelf. What I didn't realise that hitting the bookshelf is what made the books come, and they are the biggest pain in the ass things of that encounter, not the boss itself, which is quite easy. Once we did that, the fight was a breeze!

I thought the 3rd boss was going to be the bad one, with all those adds and being knocked around and the AoE. It was pretty bad, but when we got it done, I thought that was the it, homestretch.

No. Oh no no no. Not by a long shot!

The LAST boss was awful! Because 2 people have to move to the edge with Demonic Upheaval (and usually one of them is me), I can't heal the other person as I have to stay in range of the tank and melee, and the other has to stay in range of the boss on the FAR side of me. Also, after that, we can get debuffed with Dark Solitude, which does damage to anyone within 10 yards of you. So that makes stacking up in the Efflo downright impossible.

Then Mephistroth fades and the balls start flying. I usually stand on the side so I don't get hit by balls, but the DPS are all over the place kililng stuff so I have to venture out, which increases my risk of getting hit. I've heard that the healer can stand in the middle and protect Illidan (which Amelior does) but I am hopeless at that, so it's probably better that I don't do it. Creeping shadows is doing increasing damage as well so I'm busy trying to keep everyone up from that and mana was pretty darn terrible. I oom'd towards the end of the fight and ended up retalenting to take Omen of Clarity just so I would have more mana.

We must have attempted that boss more than 15 times. Or at least it felt like it. We even all hearthed out and respecced for better survivability and after a few times (and when lust was up) we managed to do it. Phew! I was super pleased that was over! And it felt longer than it was - it only took us just over an hour to do it.

I had my 15 Lower Kara left to do, and so on Sunday I decided to share my key with Sev, Eurie and Lushen. Kjersten, having a day off on Monday, offered to tank. Having done Lower Kara earlier in the week, screwing up my first 11, then 2 chesting my 2nd 11, I thought ok, I'm ready for this.

Some people having not done lower kara already were a bit sloppy with their positioning so we wiped a few times on the first boss when we lost the swirlies (it was Wicket as the opera event this week). Maiden wasn't too much of an issue though it wasn't a one shot, but then Moroes was bloody horrible. Kjersten asked me if I was ready for the double/triple garrotes and I said I was, but I clearly wasn't. And the fight really needed lust so when we died after using lust, there were some practice attempts in between tidying up our strat as we waited for lust to be up again. I made one mistake where I tab targetted and broke a cc which caused a wipe, but there were so many times where I was just stupid and got stunned whilst not in efflo and did from health ticking down with grievous.

So then onto Attumen. Even though we probably spent just as many attempt on Attumen as we did on Moroes, it felt less because we could reset after someone died rather than run forever trying to get back like we did on Moroes. But it's so unforgiving in that if one person misses out on the shared suffering we all die. Also, that intangible presence is irritating and it takes me a few seconds to be able to spot it, and in my panic I often dispel the wrong person, leading to backlash damage and the ongoing dot. We would reset if I had that happen.

Mezair and Spectral charge were not much of an issue, but there was some melee hit that would kill the melee dps a lot. I don't know what it was. Mortal strike was also a big no-no, and if anyone other than the tank got it, that was also a wipe.

So, 3 hours later, we got our Lower Karazhan down. Holy poo. What a dreadful time, but at least I completed it. I don't think Lushen will ever go anywhere with me ever again!

So, guess what other key I have this week! A +16 Upper Kara! Who wants to do that with me?

LOL! I didn't think so.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

I Zee you standing there!

I had a message the other day from Zeera, saying "Look where I am!"

I looked - and she was alliance on Saurfang! I was quite excited, thinking I would see her around in the world a bit more. I assumed (correctly) that she had come to join Cinder and Neuro in their guild on Saurfang, Pit Crew. I hoped she would be happy being reunited with her friends again.

Not long after, I ran across her in game in Shal'Aran. I waved to her excitedly and we took a pic.

LOL, little did I know, she tweeted the pic!

I had to laugh at the differences in our bodyguards depending on whose point of view!

Glad to have you on the server, Z :D

Thursday, July 6, 2017

(Mid)summer loving.. happened so fast...

New toy and new pet to get this year and the grind to honour and extinguish fires happens again! 

Well, that's Broken Isles knocked out of the way.

I did not realise that I had not done Draenor last year. Well, there's another couple of achievements out of the way.

It was very hard to get motivated so on one of my mornings off I asked Crooked (who was working from home) if he could please ease the boredom of fire hunting and do it with me. We took turns carrying one another around on flying mounts going from fire to fire. We did Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms, Draenor, Broken Isles, Cataclysm and Pandaria and I think we managed to get our 850 tokens. I think we might have skipped Northrend and Outland...

This year's new irresponsible toy, Set of Matches, sets you on fire. Don't try this at home, kids.

And here I am with the pet. Showing off my fiery form in moonkin. How cool that in moonkin spec with the Fandral's seed pouch gives me a green mane, like when I use Skull of Gul'dan.

Hope you all got your midsummer fun done!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Spanky and Coffee take me to my first Blight Boar Concert

Spanky and Coffee asked me to go to a concert in Darkmoon Faire - for an achievement, of course!

The problem was, I was at work on my laptop and crappy internet so it was going to be very laggy. I didn't know what the achievement was and wasn't sure whether I would get it, and I was right, there were LOTS of people there AoEing and that made me very laggy.

From what I could tell, the concert started and then Death Metal Knight came, who seems to be a bit of a party pooper, and we had to kill him. Then a whole bunch of ghouls came and we were supposed to push them away from the band.

If you keep the band alive, you start getting this buff saying how much of a fan you are. I was busy trying to stay alive so I wasn't paying much attention to it, but it goes from Casual fan up to Number one Fan.

At 1 FPS I basically just spent my time standing there doing instant cast things like dots and knockbacks when Spanky told me to. I also healed myself because I'm sure I was standing in bad because I couldn't see what the hell was going on.

Fortunately, I got an achievement or two!

Now there are a lot MORE achievements and some cool things to get, so I need to go back and try it again. There is a cool guitar that drops as well as some helms and a toy.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Raiding - Mrs Thaddius was not vigilant enough...

Raid turnout was really small on Monday! At first it was just Cosima and I healing but we managed to convince Magato to try disc. Not sure if he was happy about that...

Maiden of Vigilance is basically Thaddeus version 2 where you stack same debuffs on either side and there are periods where it's reapplied and can change. There's a fel and a holy side and you have to stack with your side when you get your infusion and don't be on the wrong side or there are lots of dead people. There's also smash that everyone needs to absorb and there are bombs that are placed on you so you basically jump in the hole when your bomb timer is at 1 and when it explodes it pushes you  back out again. Jump in too early and you'll keep falling. Jump in too late and you'll blow up the raid. On normal the timer is about 3 seconds so we had a few issues the first time because everyone jumped too early. We had a few goes on Thursday but had heaps of trouble with people picking up the wrong orbs and then causing bombs to be everywhere meaning lots of wipes.

Come Monday, we had less people and everyone had it drilled into their head that only the tank gets the bubbles and we stack and move as a group. This is for the warlocks who are not like fast moving shaman and priests who run around picking up all the orbs. Also, running along the lines meant that we would never hit the bubbles so if you are worried about hitting stuff, you can happily run on the line.

We had a 2% wipe and then Pancake and Crooked logged on. Kinry also had joined an attempt or 2 before and so we were looking pretty good for a kill. And sure enough, next go, we had a kill!

Yay us! It might be just me but it feels a little easier this tier than the last tier, but we aren't on Kil'jaeden yet. We also had a major guild setback (Kyxyn passing away) when we started Nighthold so that was a bit of a shock as we had to have a grieving period as well as a pick up the pieces period. I think about him fairly often still, and talk to him (in my head) about things that are going on. I think he'd be pleased with how we are doing mythic pluses. I think he would be happy with our progress in raids. At the moment the guild is in a pleasant place with people eventually settling into their place here (or not here). I hope that this nice period will continue :)

Oh, whilst we were having attempts on Fallen Avatar, Eurie suddenly said "I think it's creepy with these people watching me."

People? What people?

"Look up," she said.

Ohhhhh. They are creepy!

LOL! However, that was a good raid week, here's hoping for a new kill next week too. Grats Frostwolves!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Raiding - When Kil'jaeden goes down, Argus is up!

Well we managed to clear normal on Sunday, and the annoying thing about the cutscene is that it blocks me from taking screenshots of my achievement!

Thanks to Koda for giving me her pic!


In the cutscene, Illidan has now opened up the way for us to go to Argus, and Argus is now in the sky everywhere we go. It looks SO COOL.

We tried to take a pic with it, but I didn't do very well.

I can't stop taking pictures of Argus!

So bloody amazing looking!

Ahem, I should be talking about raid.

Kil'jaeden was easier than I thought it would be - just run around and stay alive in the in between phases. I was dead during Fallen Avatar so I have zero understanding of that fight except run out with your green stuff, hit the maiden when she has a bubble and run away when DBM says run away. Once you fall through the floor I'm not sure what happens.

Surprisingly, we didn't have a full Sunday raid! Usually people are busting to get in and we have to sit people out, but there were at least 5 spare spots. Which wasn't necessarily a bad thing, a smaller group was easier to do stuff with. But I was happy to see some casual raiders attending. Now that they know we are clearing normal on Sunday, there may suddenly be an increase in attendance.

So, next tier we go to Argus! COOL! Though we already knew that - they said so at Blizzcon. Good work on clearing out normal everyone!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Secret Achievements - Drum Circle

Another secret achievement, this time thanks to Alunaria.

When I read her blog about the achievement, she didn't actually say WHAT you had to do to get it. Something about having a group of people jumping on the drum in Thunder Totem. They weren't sure what they did either, as only 2 of them were jumping and they got the achievement.

When you go look up the achievement on Wowhead, I don't think anyone there knows either. Pretty much everyone was just jumping around and got the achievement.

I didn't realise that - I just dragged HK, Crooked and Tacky along and told them we had to jump on this drum.

I am not sure what we did to make it go. What we did notice that was as you move further to the edges the drum sounded different. So we were jumping in each of the different circular zones continuously and the achievement procced. That was with 4 people in a party and one extra jumping around (Tacky got on his second account).

Spanky and Coffee wanted it so we got a jumping party together and jumped around on the drum. We did the same thing where we jumped in different areas and we got the achievement.

Gal missed out so they went back to help him and he got the achievement as well.

Now we're all drummers!

So give that a try - one in each circle, have at least 4 (but more is better) and jump away! Good luck!