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!)
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!
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!
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…
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)
January 3, 2010
I was invited to a pug ICC 25 man with 5-6 other folks from my guild tonight. When I came in the group was on Deathwhisper and we cleared all the way through Saurfang. (I am still totally digging the Gunship battle and have to stifle the overwhelming urge to shout “weeeeee!” every time I launch back and forth between the ships.) I picked up the Heartpierce dagger which is a drop in stats for me, but has waaay better dps than the dagger I was using. Elitist Jerks seems to be up in the air so far as to whether on-proc weapons like this one will be better than their statted-up counterparts, but compared to what I had, I think it’ll be a DPS increase… a guildie friend enchanted it for me after I got it and I was able to use it on the Saurfang fight, and pulled 8+k DPS o_O (previously only attainable by me on fights like XT and ToC Twins) so it’s looking good so far!
I also finally gemmed up my new chestpiece (I was using T8.5 up until I got the cloak yesterday in an attempt to keep my Expertise at an acceptable level) and immediately noticed it looks a little different on me than my fellow guildie rogue (a male NE)… another classic example of Blizz’s gender-neutral armor design :P Needless to say Avvy now has her stylish black shirt equipped at all times.
is it too much to ask for armor that's actually... armor ;p
(This is what is looks like on a dude-toon)
Because yeah, being melee and all, I want to go charging into battle with my boobies hanging out.. maybe I can distract the boss long enough to steal his lewts!
Anyway, I noticed after the raid I’d finally accumulated enough Frost emblems to pick up the awesome trinket (for mutilate anyway) – so basically in a matter of 2 days Avvy’s gear went from “kinda ok” to decent!
My expertise is a little below cap at this point (23/26) but that should go up slightly once I get some T10 gear… and I think it won’t matter tooo much unless I reach the gear level where I start to approach the dreaded crit cap.
Afterward I did a few quests on my nearly-80 pally (can’t wait to have another toon at that fresh-80-kicked-from-every-pug point) and got to surf on a crocolisk.. weee!
Aside from randomly disconnecting from WoW every 20-30 minutes or so (what IS causing this?!) it was a pretty decent evening!