Lich King down!

August 10, 2010

YAY! After about 4 hours of attempts tonight we finally got him down. And now I’m srsly tired and have to work tomorrow, and I’m off to bed.

best screenie I got unfortunately

we were all just like YAAAY at this point

Finally I feel like I’ve “beat” WoTLK.. in a sense >_>


Defile haunts me

July 27, 2010

Got the chance to do a few hours of Lich King attempts with one of the 10-man groups from my guild last night and over the weekend. Can I just say OMG GET OUT OF THE DEFILE, PEOPLE.

That was our biggest problem – and I know there’s a somewhat random element to it (kind of reminded me of Malchezzar’s infernals in Kara, actually) but RUN AWAY RUN AWAY DO NOT STAND IN THE INKY BLACK DEATH!

The lowest we got him was about 30% but there was always some kind of unfortunate ending… someone getting defile and then getting grabbed by a valk, or that kind of thing. I have the feeling we can get him down soon, we just need a little luck!

It was a little frustrating as a Mutilate rogue (lacking uber aoe and having to target switch constantly) but I managed to do ok DPS. This seems like another fight that’s a little more friendly to ranged, unfortunately :\

more thoughts on this fight to come, I’m sure!

In other news I love the Guild’s new music video and you should totally watch it, even if you don’t normally watch the show <3


Main character fail

July 21, 2010

Sooo my druid ended up going back to ICC the day after his first adventure and knocked out the plague wing and the crimison halls (and also somehow managed to finish the Blood Queen fight as a vampire, though I didn’t realize she was so close to dying and was frantically running around looking for someone to bite, haha). Those are two achievements that my main character, poor lil Avvy, hasn’t completed. (Of course I don’t even HAVE a 10 man group with Avvy, but still!)

Yesterday as many of you know the ICC pity buff went up to 30%, so I was hoping our guild 25-man (that Avvy is committed to) would actually be able to down Putricide and/or move on to the Crimison Halls (we’ve downed the princes once in 25 man but frustratingly haven’t returned to that fight since then, as the raid leaders seem bent on getting down Putricide first for some reason). Unfortunately we had to pug out 5 or 6 spots and after several attempts could only get Putri down to about 13%. Frustrating!

Tonight is supposed to be our continuation 25-man ICC run of the week but if history is any example we’ll only get about 13 raiders online, it won’t fill, and we’ll end up bumming around Dalaran all night or running VoA instead. Double frustrating!

There was one amusing thing about last night… (real names blacked out to protect the innocents!)

really WoW?

sorry for the fuzziness, I took it with mah cellphone!

That’s right, my friend Garrett has been offline longer than he’s been ALIVE.

I thought it was merely a glitch with Avvy’s friends list but after the raid I switched to a few alts and the same thing showed up on all of them. Heh!


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 :(


Chomping at the bit

April 23, 2010

Heh, I just realized banner!Avvy up above (and some of the other alties in the pic as well) is wearing old gear that I have  long since vendored – however, since I’m too lazy to update my banner every time I get new gear (well… at least new shoulders, heh, I could be like a pantsless TV anchorman for all you know!) you’ll just have to deal with sadly-out-of-date Avvy welcoming you to the site.

I also just realized my gnome mage is the only toon I have the helm displayed on… but that’s because engineering goggles are so AWESOME LOOKING >_>

Anyway!

I’ve been a bit… frustrated… as of late with state of raiding in my guild. We seem to be stuck and/or constipated with our raiding lately – the 25-man schedule has dropped from 2 times a week to 1  (which seriously hinders progression right there in my opinion) and we typically steamroll the first 4 ICC bosses with ease before beating our heads against festergut and/or rotface a few times and then calling it for the night. It feels like we SHOULD be able to down these bosses easily and I’m not sure what’s holding us back (aside from the aforementioned lackluster raiding schedule).

I have a coworker who took an extended break from wow shortly after WotLK came out. In the last 2 months, he reactivated his account, geared up through heroics, joined an up-and-coming ICC guild that was just starting to learn the Deathbringer fight when he joined, and is now knocking on the Lich King’s door with that same guild. All in the space of a little more than a month. (He doesn’t cease to rub it in on a daily basis, either ;P)

Meanwhile, my guild has paused time and floats ethereally in the plane of stagnation, repeating the same old dance week after week after week and not getting anywhere with our progression.

There may be an attitude issue at play here as well – raiders start to drop out like flies when we reach the “progression” fights (rotface and fester at this point) and I’m almost beginning to think they mostly want to tag along for the fights we can down easily and avoid wiping on learning attempts… which is incredibly frustrating to me. I WANT to progress! I WANT to learn new fights and experience the joy of downing a new boss for the first time with the guild! We’ve already lost several of our better-geared members to further-progressed pugs (they haven’t left the guild, but they don’t raid with us, either) and I have to say, as much as I hate to admit it, that option is looking pretty tempting these days…

I’ve talked to a few of my longtime friends from the RC days (some of whom are officers in the current guild) and they’ve expressed similar frustrations. I’m not sure what it will take to change this but having at least 2 raid days a week again is the first big step… heck, one raid day a week isn’t even casual… it’s more like pug status.

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In other news, I blew ten bucks and picked up the Lil-XT pet. My new favorite thing is to bust him out when someone sets down one of those annoying train sets, as Lil-XT will immediately exclaim “NEW TOYS?! FOR ME!?” and run to the middle of the train set, then proceed to smash the crap out of it and blow it up. He then slurks back over to you with “I THINK I BROKE IT…” hahah. Clever Blizz, very clever!


Avvy’s ICC mutilate gear list as of 3.3

January 8, 2010

*Disclaimer: as my guild only raids normal-mode 10/25 mans, this will be a list of gear obtainable for noobs like me who don’t have access to the uber mode stuff. As much as I would like to have shiny green HEROIC! text on my gears, I’m also soul-crushingly realistic.

Moving on!

This is an attempt to gather together a grab-bag list of mutilate upgrades for Avvy as of 3.3, following the mutilate stat hierarchy of AP, haste, and also hit and expertise. A star (*) indicates the highest-rated item (non-Heroic) for mutilate.

A note on Tier 10: EJ posters recommend grabbing the gloves and shoulders first, the offset chest or helm, and then the pants. The T10 helm and chest aren’t itemized the best for mutilate (ew, ArP!) and so would be your last upgrades unless you really want the 4 piece bonus asap and/or have no other options.

Cloaks

*Shadowvault Slayer’s Cloak – 25-man Gunship battle
Shawl of Nerubian Silk – 10-man Lord Marrowgar

Chest

*Ikfirus’ Sack of Wonder – 25-man Gunship battle
Shadow Seeker’s Tunic – 95 Frost emblems, Dalaran
Chestguard of the Frigid Noose – 10-man Lady Deathwhisper (has ArP, but also a lot of Haste.)

Feet

*Footpads of Impending Death – Leatherworking
Frostbitten Fur Boots – 25-man Morrowgar (also have ArP, but there’s not a lot of non-ArP boot options out there!)

Rings

Ashen Band of Endless Vengeance – Exalted rep with the Ashen Verdict
Seal of Many Mouths – 25-man Rotface
Band of the Bone Colossus – 25-man Morrowgar
Seal of the Twilight Queen – 10-man Blood Queen Lana’thel

Hands

*Tier 10 – Sanctified Shadowblade Gauntlets – Dalaran vendor (tokened-up version)
Aldriana’s Gloves of Secrecy – 25-man Rotface (have ArP, but decent AP and Haste)
Tier 10 – Shadowblade Gauntlets – 60 Frost emblems, Dalaran

Head

*Geistlord’s Punishment Sack – 25-man Prince Valanar
Discarded Bag of Entrails – 10-man Professor Putricide (icky ArP paired with delicious Haste again)

PANTS!

*Tier 10 – Sanctified Shadowblade Legplates – Dalaran vendor (token-empowered version)
Gangrenous Leggings – 25-man Festergut
Tier 10 – Shadowblade Legplates – 95 Frost emblems, Dalaran
Plague-Soaked Leather Leggings – 10-man Festergut

Neck

*Wodin’s Lucky Necklace – trash drop in ICC
Sindragosa’s Cruel Claw – 25-man Sindragosa (that Haste with ArP thing again)
Precious’ Putrid Collar – 10-man Festergut

Shoulders

*Cultist’s Bloodsoaked Spaulders – 25-man Lady Deathwhisper
Tier 10 – Sanctified Shadowblade Pauldrons – Dalaran vendor (tokened-up version)
Tier 10 – Shadowblade Pauldrons – 60 Frost emblems, Dalaran

Waist

Vengeful Noose – 60 Frost emblems, Dalaran
Soulthief’s Braided Belt – 10-man Lady Deathwhisper
Astrylian’s Sutured Cinch – 25-man Prof Putricide

Wrist

Toskk’s Maximized Wristguards – 25-man Deathbringer
Vambraces of the Frost Wyrm Queen – 10-man Sindragosa

Daggers

Heaven’s Fall, Kryss of a Thousand Lies (1.8 speed mainhand) – 25-man Lich King
Stormfury, Black Blade of the Betrayer (1.8 speed mainhand) – 10-man Lich King
Lungbreaker (1.4 speed offhand) – 25-man Valithria Dreamwalker
Heartpierce (1.8 speed mainhand) – 25-man Lady Deathwhisper
Rib Spreader (1.8 speed mainhand) – 25-man Rotface
Bloodsipper (1.8 speed mainhand) – 10-man Blood Queen Lana’thel
Flesh-Carving Scalpel (1.4 speed offhand) – 10-man Prof Putricide

That’s it for now, but this post will surely be edited as gear is added (or differs from the PTR). May the RNG have favor!


One note before I hit the hay

January 6, 2010

I just saw in Blizz’s posted updates for today that the Heartpierce dagger from Lady Deathwhisper has been buffed:

The Invigoration buff from melee attacks using the Heartpierce dagger will now grant twice as much resources as before. It now grants 2 rage, 4 energy, or 120 mana every 2 seconds for 10 seconds.

I think my rogue (currently wielding this gnarly-lookin’ thing) just did a little backflip of joy.

Nightyo!