For the record

24 08 2009

I am just going to assume that the three people who read this have read/watched all the info from Blizzcon about the new expansion. If you haven’t, why don’t you catch up mmmkay? It’s posted on like fifty billion blogs.


To do list

15 08 2009

I keep saying that I will get back to playing my alts (including my very neglected 80 spriest) just as soon as I have finished the game on my main.  So the current things on the to do list that I am working on:

  • Loremaster – I am trying to finish off outlands and stuck with some very annoying zones where am one or two quests short – then it is off to Eastern Kingdoms/Kalimdor for the rest of the grind
  • Exalted Oracles – I went with the puppy men first and have just started opening eggs with Oracles – mainly I am after the mount, but also wanting the Mercenary achievement from hitting exalted (then back to the Wolvar because oracles are creepy)
  • Exalted Argent Crusade – cause I am farming champion’s seals for the mounts – I got bored for a while so I still have only bought the “cheap” argent tournament mounts, but there are plenty still to get
  • PVP – my PVP set is stuck at mostly level 78 crafted items, so need to farm some honor to get some more
  • PVP mounts – have never gotten any of these so I have something concrete to aim for by way of marks while farming for new gear – does require that I amass a grand total of 150 WSG marks (currently on 30) – first up Stormpike battle charger
  • Exalted Argent Dawn – as part of the Loremaster I have been doing quests in EPL and WPL and am getting quite fond of those Dawnies stuck forever in that barren wilderness
  • My mount count is 70/100 – a quick reckoning of those I am still working towards leaves me a way short unless I manage to farm several rare drops.  But I remain confident that Blizz will work on adding more mounts for me by the time I get there.

Phew, that is a lot to be occupied with on a very small amount of game time every week.

Some shamans is for arenas

13 08 2009

Okay, so I got myself into a couple of arenas with some likely noobs who have little more experience than I do.  Currently sporting a ranking of about 95 in 2v2s and still on the big zero in 3s.  I rock.

We have put together our teams without any regard for complimentary class combinations or any such rubbish and it is a whole heap of fun.  I keep finding new spells that I have never used before and realising that they might actually have a worthwhile function in PVP – it took me several matches to remember that I have Hex.

My first couple of matches were the most fun as a team mate and I wondered if people would get frustrated with a resto shaman/resto druid combo.  Turns out was not so fun – we each did a bunch of healing but the flaw in our plan was that there was nobody to actually kill the other side.  Bit of a miscalculation.

It seems that the universal tactic whether I am playing resto or elemental is “focus fire the shaman” and our best endeavours were where I managed to survive long enough to let my team mates kill someone else.  I have figured out a tactical response though – I invited another shaman to join my team – so we are going to go ele/resto for a couple of games and I will hang him out as the target dummy.

Nice math

10 05 2009

Sometimes when you are bored doing an auctionhouse scan you see the funniest things in trade chat.

We did it okay last week

4 04 2009

A couple of years back in an old guild and on a different server, I was enjoying the chance to get into Karazhan a little on Ruune.  Though it was an aussie guild, the raid times were mostly inconvenient for me, so I was normally a bencher and only filling in for emergencies. 

Pie (my SO) was going through a  bit of a flat spot with the guild, even though he was the guild leader at the time.  He wasn’t so into raiding, but I asked him to come along with me on his lock when it hit 70 so we could enjoy it together.  He did and what followed was one of the worst raid experiences I have had, even though it was all guildies.  There was the moment when they checked to see whether people had food buffs and called people out in raid chat about it if they didn’t.  There was the charming whispering to Pie about how his DPS levels weren’t measuring up.  On Shade of Aran, we had an explanation and a messy wipe after which there was full silence on vent.  I asked someone what had happened and whether I had done anything wrong and nobody seemed to be able to say why we had wiped.  Two more wipes and the conclusion seemed to be that it was our fault –  “We did it okay last week” (when we weren’t there).

We finished the night on Chess and asked whether someone could explain what was going on – the answer was “Don’t worry, we have control of the important things” so we basically muddled along trying to avoid making any mistakes while not really knowing what we were doing.  We left the guild and the server not long after that.

A little while ago I had another experience like that in the game.  None of the same events or responses, but similar enough that I was immediately reminded of it.  The difference was that I was with my guildies who were of one mind with me about what kind of behaviour was worth putting up with.  And so it is worth mentioning again that I love my guild – a group of some of the finest players I have had the privilege to play with who are also some of the nicest.


2 04 2009

I got my ivory baby.


Enuff said.

Speed heroics

12 02 2009

So had a fun experiment at a speed heroic the other night.  Was idling around farming jewel crafting patterns using my favourite trick of joining LFG by subscribing to a zone rather than a particular dungeon.  There was a group wanting to do heroic GD that seemed to be looking for a healer for hours.   I don’t normally pug a lot, particularly on a weeknight.  But as maintenance was coming up, it was a perfect opportunity to grab a quick run but with a good excuse to get out of it if things turned to fail.

So suddenly I was in a heroic GD pug with a manic gnome warrior tank and a party chat full of lols and wuts and, most importantly, less than 40 minutes until server shut down.  It was pretty insane.  We blew through the first boss fast enough to get the achievement.  We didn’t have any trouble with the lightning arcing trash that normally causes me great healer pain – amazing what a difference a group of ranged DPS makes on those mobs rather than the heavy melee I seem to run with often.

A couple of wipes on the second boss put us under more time pressure until I reminded everyone that taking it slow and actually getting out of the FREAKING PURPLE PUDDLES would be quicker than rushing it and wiping.  Plus I managed to remind the warlock that he could actually give people healthstones which would help a bit.

We downed the final boss with 3 minutes to reset – a completely heady rush of adrenalin to finish off the night.  I didn’t friend list anyone, I didn’t score any loot, and it was a lot less smooth than running with the guild, but it was still a lot of fun and a good confidence boost to be able to heal a group I knew nothing about who were all rushing and being sloppy.

I finished up and all I could think was who would appreciate my story without bombarding my guild forums with my random tale.  So I figured I would capitulate and actually go ahead and start a blog.  I am sure that the internet cares.