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 >_>

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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 :(


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)


Blargle

April 29, 2010

I’m sure you’ve all heard about Blizz’s planned change to 10 and 25 man raids for Cataclysm. If not, scoot over here real quick and check it out.

I’m fairly certain… nay, 99% sure this means my guild will never run another 25 man again come Cataclysm. Even now, we are forced to fill the last few spots in our 25-mans with pugs, not to mention we currently have only one 25-man ICC raid day scheduled per week, and about 3 separate 10-man ICC groups that run throughout the weekdays as well. Hello 10-man cliques! Hello fewer buffs (and as a result, lower DPS numbers overall)!

The other thing I’m afraid of with the new system is a repeat of what happened at the beginning of BC raiding with Karazhan. You’d have the group of guild members that would level up to 70 very quickly and begin running Kara, only to get far ahead of everyone else in the guild on progression and not want to wait around for everyone else to level up to move on to 25 mans. This is essentially the effect that broke apart my original vanilla guild Restrained Chaos and reduced us to forever circling the revolving door of Kara, never able to get  enough geared people to run 25-mans as our more accomplished and impatient members continued to leave. That could happen in Cataclysm – the people who level to 85 quickly and start raiding will have a progression jump on their slower guildmates and will not likely want to sit around waiting for everyone else to catch up in order to progress on. Having experienced this once, I’m none-too-excited about the potential prospects of it reoccuring.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past 5 years, it’s that wow players (well, most of them) are inherently lazy and will typically go for the path of least resistance… and that will most definitely be 10-mans come Cataclysm. How will 25-man guilds teeming with players survive? I’m not so sure they will.