Pre-Cata OCD

December 1, 2010

Wow! I’ve been neglecting the poor ol wowblog. My wow life hasn’t been all that exciting so there’s not much to write about, I suppose! since the giant patch of world-breakingness hit I’ve mostly been going OCD on achievements (mostly fishing, cause I’m boring like that) and non-combat pet collecting. I did manage to pick up a few of the new non-combat pets and one rarity I’ve wanted for awhile – the Disgusting Oozeling! It only took days and days of running circles in Swamp of Sorrows killing slimes, but the ooze of cuteness is mine. Other pets I added to my roster were the Singing Sunflower (AMG it took me forever to beat the PvZ game in Hillsbrad… I had to look up strats on Wowhead >_<), Mr Grubbs (think I got a little lucky on finding this one so quickly), Withers (the quest chain to get this guy is actually pretty cool, got to visit that troll town you could never reach before in Darkshore), and Tiny Flamefly (another one requiring kind of a long questline).

I also finally went around collecting enough recipes to hit the Chef de Cuisine achievement and fished around a bit to work toward the Oceanographer and Limnologist achies (goodness these are going to be painful, heh). I still haven’t been torched by Deathwing, though…

OH and I got the most awesome hunter pet ever on my level-80-and-still-wearing-heirlooms huntard – a SEAGULL! I called him Mine ;D It’s tiny enough to look like a non-combat pet and flaps along happily with a grin on its face (beak?). Best pet ever? I also ran around and tamed some of the other newly-available pets – a fox, a mastiff, a beetle, and a green cat…. >_>

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AMGsqueee

September 14, 2010

Yes I have been rather quiet lately, mostly because my WoW life has been a revolving door of mostly the same things over and over – I raid, I level alts, I raid some more – but today I got a Very Special Email, one that definitely injected a little shot of YAY into the doldrums.

BETA!

I almost deleted the email thinking it was yet another badly-worded, grammatically incorrect phishing scam, but noticed all the headers actually originated from blizzard.com. Could it be? I logged into my battle.net account to see first hand, and there it sat in shiny, sparkly glory – Cataclysm beta! SQUEEEEE

Blizzard probably sent out another mass wave of invites now that the expansion release is drawing closer (I got a beta invite to WotLK right around the same time and the servers were a giant lagfest with all the new people logging in at once), but I’ll take a beta key in any form!

To fulfill my roguish duty I’ll copy over my beloved dagger-wielder and see how she feels with a severely pruned talent tree and OLD WEATHER FLYING (can I get an amen!). I’ll also probably copy over my other 80’s just to check out the changes; my hunter and shadowpriest in particular are sounding like they will be interesting to test drive with new talents. My druid, I’m not sure about… I’ll spend most of the time logged into him crying over spilled tree form – and I probably don’t want to touch my paladin with a 10 foot pole, based on the feedback on the wow forums…

Sigh, beta installer at 18%… *twitch*


Who let my druid out of the barn

July 18, 2010

I was enjoying a nice relaxing day off last night leveling my wee noob eleshammy when my raid leader asked me to come heal an altie ICC 10 on my druid. Now, my druid is fun to play but 1.) he has never been in ICC in any form and 2.) his GS is a paltry 4500-ish. Not so awesome when most of his raid gear came out of Naxx. My raid leader was either crazy or had a lot of faith in me cause he insisted I come along anyway. So, off went ol’ Nadeau to the big scary icy land of ICC.

There were 2 other healers in the group, a shammy and priest, both of which had gearscores around 5100-5200.  I felt a little better knowing I was just going to be blanketing the raid mostly and not assigned to keep up a tank, which combined with my random DC issues would have probably given me hives. I whipped out my little mini-me pet and off we went.

:D

I'll enjoy treedancing while I can, darnit

Aside from having to innervate myself every fight it actually went wayyyyyyy better than I was expecting. In spite of my drood’s mostly crap gear he seemed to be outhealing the other 2 healers fairly regularly (though I’m sure a lot of that can be attributed to typical druid overhealing). I did DC a few times but thankfully never at a time that it would have wiped the raid.

I'm used to staring down the other side of Saurfang, heh

shortly before my rogue's favorite ICC fight

I ended up picking up some new gear for him – the first ICC rep ring and a decent mace upgrade in Lockjaw. After the raid I also had enough frosties to get a T10 piece so he is also now the proud owner of T10 gloves and his GS is up to somewhere in the 4600s, woo!

Course now my raid leader wants me to start bringing him along more often… so I have totally screwed myself in regards to getting to DPS every raid, haha. >_<

Playing my druid also reminded me of the sad day approaching when my beloved tree form will no longer be around.. it will be a sorrowful day indeed in Avvyland :(


Why hello blog

July 12, 2010

I have missed you. All of this RL fitness crap is eating up so much of my precious wow time. However, I did spend some quality time on my bum over the weekend, mindlessly leveling my wee shammy alt (who is not as wee anymore and has dinged 51!) mostly because this is the last time I will be able to experience these old-world quests before they retire for good in Cataclysm. Oddly I have always liked the quests in WPL/EPL as they have so much background story and lore on the whole scourge/undead/plague thing, and give you kind of a forboding sense of what’s to come in WotLK.

Along the way I hit up the random dungeon tool for some easy XP and to hopefully complete my level 50 shammy quest (why are all the level 50 quests in ST? Gah). My first dungeon of the day was BRD, in which the tank charged into the first room, rounded up every single mob, died in a not-so-glorious smear on the floor, and proceeded to drop group, quickly followed by the rest of the party members. My, what an awesome way to start out the day!

By the end of it I managed to get the shammy quest done and picked up my somewhat lame quest reward before leveling her JC a bit (talk about a money sink, hoo boy) and calling it a night. Can I say that I’m also somewhat bummed that I don’t get Heroism until level 70? Because I am.

Oh, I also check my battle.net account every freaking day looking for a beta invite only to have my hopes daily smashed by cold hard reality. I think if I did somehow magically get into beta I would transfer Avvy over and then buy a bunch of heirlooms for a worgen… I may even level another rogue. Because, I mean, ninja werewolves, yo. (Plus, I leveled my rogue soooo long ago and I was such a noob back then, I’m sure it will seem like a whole new experience! >_>)

Oh, and I am very, very excited about Dragon Age 2. Do want!


Facewow/Wowbook hoooooo

June 23, 2010

There’s a virtual firestorm blazing on the wow forums and twitter/blogland regarding Blizz’s new Real ID features, but let me just say I’m digging it so far, and I don’t completely understand all the fuss. After all – no one can force you to become their Real ID friend, and if you don’t like it, feel very free to not use it; the old Friends List functions just the same as it did before!

So far I have added only RL work friends who play horde on my server, and getting to talk cross-faction with them in-game was super fun (broadcasting quirky statuses became a back-and-forth game for awhile as well). I like that it works much like whispers in that you can just hit “r” to reply, though I noticed DBM didn’t pick up on it and shoot them an in-combat autoreply while I was raiding (maybe that will be built into the mod eventually). With my RL friends, who already know my name and email address, it wasn’t a big deal to me at all that they can see my name in-game and all my toons as well, especially cross-faction. This applies to friends/family who play on different servers as well – it’s a pretty awesome way to keep in touch.

I can understand not wanting to give y0ur Real ID to a raid leader, or people you don’t know very well in-game, and I likely wouldn’t, but again, you have all the control here – if you don’t want to be someone’s Real ID friend, DON’T! If you don’t want your annoying wow-noob acquaintance to bug you while you’re on alts – don’t give him/her your email address!

I can see Blizz maybe offering the option to set a nickname or making slight changes based on the cacophony of complaints surging from the forums, but honestly I think it’s a lot of fussing for something that is completely OPTIONAL. If Blizz was requiring us to use Real ID that would be another thing entirely…


Oh right, I have a blog

June 16, 2010

Whew! It’s been awhile. I kind of forgot I had this thing, to be honest. But I have been playing wow! In a mix of raiding on Avvy and leveling various alts I decided to add some RL running of things to the mix – namely, roads and treadmills. Let’s just say 5 years of playing wow (and working desk jobs) has not been kind to me, haha. So I’ve been following the couch potato to 5k training plan, gradually building up my mileage – I’m currently on week 6. I recommend it!

In my virtual life, raiding did get a bit of a jolt in the arm when we finally took down the Blood Princes in 25-man and made some attempts on Prof Putricide and the Blood Queen. I also got a chance to take on the Lich King in a 10-man semi-pug with one of my guildie friends, which was super fun – after getting over my initial noobness (I wiped the raid twice… gah) we got him down to 30%. The fight was pretty fun and I can’t wait to actually kill him and feel like I “completed” WotLK. After that I may actually take a break until Cataclysm, or just go casualavvystyle and level alties… I haven’t really decided yet.

It may end up being awhile as we still can’t get our raiders to show up more than one day a week – but the officers have decided to re-implement DKP with higher awards for progression bosses and attendance, so hopefully that will help!

Oh, and I love the new ICC buff… at 20% I can hit 13.4k DPS on fights like Deathbringer… pretty nuts. As a shining example of why I hate 10 mans as a rogue, I can only hit about 9.5k in the 10-man version (granted I was in a very ranged-happy raid group with not a lot of melee buffs, but that’s my point exactly… little “buff sponge” rogues really feel the loss of raidbuffs :( ah well…)


An Avvy milestone

May 17, 2010

I hit a new benchmark last Tuesday night… I cracked 11k DPS on non-uberbuffed fights (by “uberbuffed” I mean fights like Twins in ToC and that kind of thing)! Naturally, these were melee-friendly fights in which I could park on the boss’s arse and flail happily away for the duration of the battle (Deathbringer and Festergut), but prior to last week I had never actually managed to maintain that kind of number throughout a fight. Of course, though I would love to take all the credit, the newly-buffed ICC damage bonus must be taken into account…

See my squishy Skada report!

(never mind the 15% ICC bonus >_>)

I think I need to reorganize my UI

I’ve been paying a lot more attention lately to energy pooling (making sure I have at least around 40-45 energy before using finishing moves) and also making sure I have at least 4 combo points before Envenoming. (I used to get impatient and just go ahead and Envenom at 3+, but after reading up on the issue, noticed the consensus seems to be that doing so causes lower DPS overall.) I’ve been tracking the duration of the Enevnom buff for awhile now and have noticed as my gear gets better it’s hard to not clip it sometimes with all the energy I regen (unless I throw another mutilate in there to burn energy) – I’m still trying to figure out if it’s better to burn energy/delay the next Envenom or just go ahead and clip the Envenom buff. From what I’m reading it sounds like slightly clipping the buff is generally the way to go.

I’ve almost enough Frosties to pick up the T10 helm, after which I will finally have the 4-piece set bonus. I would also really love to pick up some shiny new daggers; my old ToC dagger is looking pretty dull these days!

I’m itching to get some progression rolling – my guild has been inching forward (with a non-consistent raid team and one 25-man raid a week, we’re just now starting to work on 25-man Professor) at a pace that’s driving me a little nuts. Our 10-man teams are a little more progressed but unfortunately are run on nights I can’t attend. I guess that’s part of the price to pay to enjoy a “casual raiding” happy-atmosphere guild, but I would like to get a glimpse of the Lich King before Cataclysm rolls out…

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For something completely different, if both your job and your wow-hobby keep you firmly situated on your butt in front of a computer most of the day like me, here’s a handy list of tips on how to eat/manage your food better to avoid unnecessary weight gain! (Posted by someone in wow.com comments)