Archive for June, 2010

My 10 Favourite Items I Own In WoW Plus Some Other Lists

Summer ennui has finally struck my guild meaning raids are off until Ruby Sanctum hits. Which is potentially today but since Aggramar is notorious for being awfully unstable on patch days, I’m not holding a lot of hope to spend my evening fighting with/wiping to/disconnecting on Halion and his friends.

You can also blame Ahune for my lack of posts; my hour or so twice a day when mini druid sleeps consists of logging 6 chars, doing Ahune for frosties and praying I don’t get the group with the bad tank/healer/all melee dps.

When queueing for Ahune (normally 3-8 mins), I have been sorting out banks on all my chars, chucking out crap that’s been dumped in there ages ago. Since I’m naturally a horder, it’s not easy, especially on Aya, who’s kept every trinket she ever owned and all her gear from starting raiding in TBC (Spellweavefire robe, I worked so hard for you!) Some things I just can’t or won’t destroy as I think they are either fun or remind me of stuff I’ve done.

So I present:

My 10 favourite items I own in WoW

*Beware, contains many links!*

[Magical Crawdad]– My go to pet. I managed to get Mr Pinchy within about an hour of farming and my magical crawdad box was maybe 3rd try. I remember using the box in Mount Hyjal and having a giant crab defend me for a while which was cool. Magical Crawdad has no particular fun animation and carries the ball on his head but I just think he’s great.

[Tear Stained Hankerchief] – A random grey item from when I farmed AV for my pvp gear pre raiding. Always like to link it in guild chat for those stupid whiners.

[Broken I. W.I.N. Button] – As above, but for more sarcastic situations. Also reminds me of the futility of PvP on a mage.

[A Steamy Romance Novel: Northern Exposure] – Who doesn’t love romance Northrend style? I love sleazy romances in rl so it’s like my Azeroth Jackie Collins

[Piccolo Of The Flaming Fire] – AKA The Flute. Farmed Stratholme undead with a rogue from my guild for hours for this. Still confuses people in the AH but can get you in trouble in raids.

[Dartol’s Rod Of Transformation] – Anytime I want to be a bear I can. Must remember to finish the quest chain so I can retain it once Cata hits.

[Bouquet Of Ebon Roses] – It’s the goth in me, but these are definitely cooler than the red ones.

[Jeeves] – Built this on Aayame the lock and love to summon him when I’m in heroics and we’ve wiped. It’s the handiest thing and I’m sure will be even better when I’m levelling her to 85.

[Windrider Cub] – I know, 8/10 of my chars are alliance but this is just cute. The gryphon seems to have some kind of giant head as well.

[Salandria’s Shiny Copper Coin] – Can’t remember what reason my class leader sent this to me and the other mages (some holiday) but it reminds me of how awesome mages should be.

[Swift White Hawkstrider] – My love for belfs has meant I’ve rolled 5-6 before I decide it’s too quiet on horde for me and delete them, so I desperately wanted this mount from MGT H since it came out. I think I maybe did the dungeon on Aya a dozen times before Wrath went live and no one went there anymore. It never dropped. Now Naora has it, which is another story, too long for this list ๐Ÿ˜›

Some stuff I’m hording but should probably chuck (no links)

[Blackened Urn] – Used to summon Nightbane, before Blizz did away with it. Interesting quest chain, but only ever finished on Aya and half finished on Natsuko.

8 [Festival Dumplings] – Had these now for 2 years, always forgot to use them.

[Spectrecles] – Can see ghosts in a zone I never visit (SMV)

[Nagrand Cherry] – Got 86 of these over 7 chars. Were useful when they had 20 min duration and not 5.

Aya has 5 (!) fishing poles including 3 in her bags.

[Sceptre of Celebrus] – To port to Mauradon, before they added a portal inside.

[Mercurial Stone] – Used to be used for Mercurial Adamantite creation. Definately should chuck it because it has the name of an ex as the

My 5 Most Horrible Raids/Dungeons This Week

ICC 10 Rep Run (Naora) – Joined with a fellow mage on his tank. Should have known it was going to be terrible when a dk starts asking “How many bosses we killing?” So someone answers but he still keeps asking. No rogue so all the traps get sprung. This is just the first trash pack. Repeat,wipe,repeat, leave raid.

Occulus HC (Naora) – First tank dropped after first boss. Second tank admitted he had no clue but did fine except on mage lord when he kited him through the frost path, killing everyone. Mage dps had mp5 gems and boomkin stamina and strength gems with mongoose on weapon. Gently made suggestion to mage that as I had a mage char, perhaps if she wanted to improve dps, she could gem this way. Suggestion accepted. Attempted all green drakes on last boss. Attempted normal drakes. Everyone rage quits after 2 tries and I end up running HOL again for my daily.

ICC 25 Man Sindragosa (Aya) – More funny than stupid. Everyone except OT iceblocked when someone didn’t move during air phase.

Ahune (Aayame) – Wiped after tank just stood about. My poor dead gnome had her body thrown through the air by a spike into the water. Thankfully I soul stoned the healer. Also a really bad group with Lucidique.

Ulduar 10 Weekly (Naora) – XT, so FL first. Hardmode with 4 towers started. Absolute chaos, wipe. Destroy towers but FL bugged, still has hodir’s blue beams. FL down. Move to XT. Someone pulls XT plus all trash packs. Wipe again. Dps threaten to kill heart but never make it. Crap loot drops.

Special mention: ICC 10 Guild alt run (Naora) – 4 bosses down in 3 hours. Repeated wiping on gunship because hunter decides to stand out of LOS. Hunters decide to spend all evening misdirecting onto each other. Priest and shaman steal my loot. DBS takes 5 tries due to having only 3 ranged dps. Almost hit enrage on deathwhisper O_o

The indignity of death

Angry dps is angry. Also they kicked me for no reason :S

There was a lot of this

Resulting in this, 23 people iceblocked except OT

Alty Things; RNG Hates Me Again

Ah Ahune, you time sucking ice bastard. I have killed him approximately 60 times since the midsummer festival started, thats once per day on 6 chars and a bit extra for the enchanting recipe. I have vendored about 8 cloaks and upgraded a few as well. Managed to get the scythe twice; on lock (useful!) and Aya (completely useless!), and the pet 3 times; on Aya and Lucidique (twice). If I can get the pet on Naora that’s enough for me.

Gnome with a scythe, dangerous?

Naora has seen more pugs recently than ever. Perhaps it’s my confidence in playing her or the improved gear but I’m not as reluctant to wheel her out for totc/VOA/ICC. Things still go horribly wrong, because of course, they are pugs. In the last week I’ve done VOA 10 (no loot), Totc 25 (a cloak and lost roll to worst boomkin ever on anub mace), ICC 10 for rep and with guildies (no loot) and XT for weekly (pointless loot). Managed to not get the totc 25 achievement as I dc’d for the whole of Jaraxxus.

I top the metres...on trash!

I am having a slight issue with some guildies over healing. During my successful friends ICC a few weeks back, there was another resto druid from my guild. A casual player who hasn’t raided due to work and other things for a few months with gear roughly equivalent to Naora’s. He made suggestions to my rotation and various things and I took this in and went away, did some research, respecced etc. Since I have had the crappy pugs this week, I do tend to moan about it in guild, problem is, this druid and some others are quite derogatory towards me and make fun of me, saying I’m a terrible healer, a noob and stuff. I know I’m not the best mage ever and I have made some public mistakes in raids (standing in crap, bites, dying etc) but I’m not sure how this is meant to be taken as it’s coming from people who are healer mains.

It worries me more that soon our gm/rl won’t be around much soon. If I’ve somehow got this rep of being bad, am I going to get into raids in the future? We have lost our only permanent resto druid this week and don’t have a replacement so I’m hoping to fill that spot in Cataclysm.

I think I worry too much.

Alty Things; WTF Another 80 And Karma Bites Me In The Ass

My 7th 80 is done and another thing to strike from the bucket list of pre Cata must dos. Lucidique dinged on the ship above Icecrown. I even did some quests I’d never done before, like the Fleshwerks chain and the one about Arthas’ heart. Now I’ve started on the long road to getting her geared for some heroics which involves a lot of FOS, TOTC etc. So far the mace has refused to drop.

It's still thrilling, the 7th time around

Lucidique has done a few dungeons as retri as some guildies were happy to take me along. I did an awful 200 dps (weapon skills O_o) rising to 1400 by the end.

Dungeon Achievements And A Triage!

Had a great week on Naora for raids and gear. My friend put together a 10 man Sunday afternoon, which consisted of half guild and half pug. It was without a doubt, the best pug ever. Despite some of us never having come further than the first 4 on these alts, we got 10/12 and had a quick shot at Sindy. Picked up a trinket (finally) and a cloth belt, with enough frosties to get the badge chest. Earlier in the week, I’d pugged both VOA 10 and 25. Another resto druid was in the 25 man group before me and he strongly protested about a second druid and went so far as to whisper me asking me whether I needed gear. I just told him, this was an alt and I’m not really bothered about it. I did notice his gear was similar to mine, except with the t10 legs. He proceeded to die within 20 seconds of both fights (1 wipe due to tank confusion) and to my pleasure, the only resto item was the druid legs. So I got my first piece of t10 by sheer chance ๐Ÿ˜€ The VOA 10 dropped nothing but plate gear but I did get some rather useless boomkin PvP gloves and t9 legs, should I ever give up kitty spec.

Naora's New Gear And Hair Colour

Way too many achievements this week, with Malygos being the weekly as well. It surprised my how many people had no idea how to heal on the drakes. The other 2 healers (Celi being one) complained they couldn’t use the stacking healing ability until I pointed out, you are supposed to target a party member, not Maly himself :S

Random Heroics And VOA

ICC 10 Man Achievements With Pug

Reputations And Maly

On Aya, things could not have been more different. We again did the weekly on 25 which was fine and then took 6/12 in normal ICC 25. Back on Sunday for more bosses we thought. So Sunday night rolls around and we hit Putricide first. And fail. Repeatedly. I manage to screw things up in an attempt to fix my dps, macroing things in the wrong order, standing in puddles, hanging about the slime spawn points etc. I think I pulled something like 4.5k dps and felt so ashamed. I did notice everyone doing the same things and we were 2 people short so I think it was a team effort there. We abandoned that idea and went to Valithra instead. That still took about 8 attempts to complete. Normally we have got this organised with kiting and tanking going on but it was just horrible chaos.

It really did feel like karma, one decent raid with a pug for one crap raid with the guild.

Tomorrow is the 24 hour downtime for my server so no WoW at all. Just normal downtime it seems for me and the servers came up as normal. The rest of the week will be spent gearing Lucidique, raids hopefully Wednesday/Thursday/Sunday on Aya, maybe some pug raids on Naora now her gear is better and trying to get motivated to play my belf hunter.

A few random pics now that I forgot to put in last week:

Chilling With A 10 Man On Aya

Yeah, That's An Exodar Portal Over The Summoning Stone (not me btw)

My Very First Scam Whisper!

Yes, You Can Still Die On Naxx 25 As An ICC 25 Geared Melee

Alty Things; Mage DPS And Some Random Stuff

I’m not sure if I’m a good mage or not. Admittedly, I’ve been playing gear catch up since I came back to raiding so not much was expected of me in the dps department. Now I’m almost on a par with the other raiding mage* in my guild and we are both arcane so I should be pumping out the same kind of numbers. But I’m not. I don’t know whether it’s luck (bone spikes/mind control/lag) or stupidity (panic at slimes/biting/spores) I’m normally in the top 10 of damage done, at least top 5 on a mostly stationary fight like Saurfang, but I still feel that maybe I could be better.

After reading Jaedia’s super post on how easy it was to use SimulationCraft, I figured I would give it a try and see if I’m really sucking, or is it just paranoia.

So Aya should be capable of about 9.3k dps. Which is not shoddy.

Well this was obvious

Two spells, which always makes me giggle ^^

Last time I raided, itย  was reset, but our RL had connection problems so we took the first 4 bosses in ICC. I checked our World Of Logs for the valid 3 bosses and this is what it came up with:

Marrowgar: 7th on dps, spiked once, spent lots of time getting out of flame etc. Movement heavy, which is never good.

Also I’m thinking it’s become a shorter fight since we’ve all got better gear.

Lady Deathwhisper: 11th on dps, on add duty for the melee dudes. MC’d I think.

DBS:ย  12th on dps, killing blood beasts (otherwise I get shouted at by officers) Without killing beasts, can get as high as 11k. But it’s the closest I’ve come to my supposed output of 9k.

Also my mirror images appear to be slacking progressively on each boss ><

Another interesting point is this:

At the beginning of a fight, I should be capable of doing 12k dps, which I have done in the past with all cooldowns blown etc. Simulationcraft then reckons I should be able to hit about 11k a few minutes later. I think this is not happenning because I have my cooldowns macroed to keys with my spells, which I’m using everytime they are up. I’ve been told this is the right way of doing things.

So what have I gained from trying this? Probably a more realistic view of how I should be performing with the gear I have rather than competing against the other classes. I know better gear will help me push higher dps, so that’s something to look forward to. I’m still not sure if I’m the best mage my guild has on offer, but at least I know I’m not totally crap.

*Since writing my intro, the other raiding mage and previous CL has returned from the depths of the horde as he missed raiding. We’ll see what this means for me and my loot >>

Ah, alts. I love all of mine! Most of my love has been aimed this weekend at Naora and Lucidique.

Naora is now sitting at 60 frosties and am still deciding what to do. I also changed her hair colour from white to purple. No screenie as can’t find any USB sticks and imageshack is refusing to play ball, much like many of my LFG heal groups this week. 2 healed Patchwerk for the weekly, with a similarily geared druid, it was a bit messy as I really have never healed him before. I knew roughly about healthpools and the lot and despite my fellow puggers arguements that that tactic was obsolete with the rise of tanks hp, a dk still died from hateful strike. I think a different class of healer might have helped as with 2 druids you are pretty much a) hotting b) spamming nourish c) praying and/or swearing.

I dusted off Aayame the lock for the weekly with my good friend from the guild. She managed a respectable 3k dps in bad gear and got a new pair of shoes out of it too.

Lucidique hit 78 today O_o I’ve done about 4 levels on her in about a week. Cleared a lot of Zul Drak, healed (!) the ampitheatre, hit 76, went to Sholozar and it was downhill from there. Even went 77-78 by levelling with no dungeons at all. I still enjoy the hodir chain, despite having done it 7 times and next is Icecrown, and the Ebon Blade, to open their vendor.

I had a long, hard think about pally healing and I just don’t think I’m confident enough to take it from the occasional 5 man to serious heroic business. So, her offspec is back to ret. At the start of my Stormpeaks questing, I even got her re glyphed and went to lolstorm some gnolls. I just couldn’t get it right, it felt weird not being able to easily take packs of 5-6 mobs and I was still using the mace and shield combo so my damage wasn’t burning them down fast enough. So prot she shall be.

2 dungeons tanked tonight; HOS and Gun Drak. HOS was mildly detrimental to my blood pressure and mental health due to the gogogogo and random pulling mentality of my pug. I’ve been there enough times to know to LOS the smaller pat groups and try to avoid pulling all 3 packs as it gets messy. Don’t even start me on the tribunal. Thankfully Celi was healing (had dragged him from his new love, Dragon Age: Origins) Gun Drak was fine, just a slightly strange dk but he mostly behaved and no one died.

Now added Zul Drak Sentinal and Artrius to my soloed list. Artrius was awkward as I was on the laptop and xperl bugged, so I couldn’t see my health plummeting. A lucky LOH and a more careful watching of target’s target meant it was easy after that.

A waiting 80 warrior /w me this after I soloed Artrius ๐Ÿ˜€

Plans for this week include raiding more with Aya, hitting 80 with Lucidique and more healing madness on Naora.

The RNG Has Finally Smiled Upon Me (And Other Alt Thingies)

It’s been a long 5 months since I came back to raiding. Scratch that, it’s been a long year (or so)of waiting.ย  But it has finally happened;

A NEW CLOAK!!!!

If it was possible to set fire to your old gear in WoW, I would >>

๐Ÿ˜€

More good things about the cloak:

  • Dropped on 10 man so no EPGP used
  • It’s pink (although doesn’t match Aya’s other items)
  • Yellow socket (over the hit cap again I expect)
  • It’s not an embarrassing 3 tiers below current content item!

I can now use my EPGP for something useful like a new offhand to replace the dripping cup or the wand I got the first few weeks Ulduar was released.

Achievement bonanza this week for Aya

Weekly Was XT

Prof Down On 25

Blood Queen Down On 25 (Not bitten lol)

Some raid randomness from the 10 man

Ask Me For Food Will You?

Don't Know How We Did This, But It Will Kill You

Still tanking my way through Northrend with Lucidique (just hit 75), with the same mix of crazy, stupid and weird players.

Over enthusiatic shaman blaming me for dying

I have yet to do a single AN without someone pulling all the big bugs before Hadranox. Yesterday, we killed him her without a healer as no one could res him due to never getting out of combat.

What is this I don't even

Have been questing, seeing what I can solo on her. Managed Ursoc, Arugal and Ragemane so far. Long fights though, about 10 minutes each. I’m hoping to maybe get another level on her this week.

Got Naora the t9 helm to replace the t9 legs as I had the nice ICC 10 man ones (I’m thinking I have gemmed them wrong but since the rest of my gear is sub par, I don’t know. Also didn’t really look at the socket bonus before hand :S). Sat at 49 frosties now, I did say I would get her the badge trinket but I’m contemplating the idea of t10. It would be great to get but would probably take forever, I can’t reliably do a hc every day and if the weekly isn’t something easy, can’t do that either.