4th birthday!

Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday Royal Jesters,
Happy birthday to you!

It was the guilds forth birthday earlier on in the week and to mark the occasion there were festivities to bring everyone together. There was a transmog competition, a quiz and a pvp knock out tournament.
RT2 had hoped that we could start an hour earlier on Sunday and try mythic Hellfire Assault but alas, seeing as most of us are grownups with responsibilities like children, who don’t want to go to bed early so mummy and daddy can play wow, we were destined to be short on numbers.
So on that note we decided to get to Highmaul. With that it meant that a few of us could get the achievement for doing certain bosses on HC and who doesn’t like achievement points?

We made our way over and upon landing it was apparent that we had forgotten in an instant that we could fly. The last time we were over here we had to run to the raid, dodging horde and mobs alike. If someone got caught then it was tough-tits and you left them. No one wanted to spend 10 minutes ressing to only be killed again. Danue pointed out that our mounts wings actually worked and we took to the skies.
Most of us were gathered up outside when Jolly gave out a ‘call to arms’ as he was being attacked at the Goblin flight path. Two Hordies were attacking him and as we coordinated or efforts and flew back to him, he told us they had buggered off.
“It took so long for them to kill me they gave up and left” he laughed.
“Autobots, stand down” Opala added.

We went back again. And this time got in.
Old habits took over and we headed up to Bladefist.
“Don’t forget the tigers in this” I started… “and he’s going to do chain hurl as well, where the closest five will be thrown into the stands”
“I’m not sure he’s going to last that long…” Deko chimed in.
He lasted long enough for us to kill him before he needed to be dragged into a fire pillar. My marking of them had gone to waste. /cry

I lead the charge onto the next boss but was apparently going the wrong way. Upon doubling back on myself I ensued that I brought friends with me. I say friends in the loosest possible terms as they seemed to be quite angry to see me.
Once dealt with, we went the correct way and had Insaria cloak us to get past a group of mobs. It was going well until Alune was snatched out by a chain and we all started running around in circles, not sure if we should help and leave the cloaking circle or try and stay hidden.
There was a conversation about two hunters that I had no idea who they were going on about but thought I’d throw my two cents in.
“Remember those two hunters? Those girls, they were good…”
“Two hunters, one pet?” was my input.
“Yeah, those as well”

We got to Twins and upon entering the room it was decided that we should do it like lfr and pull the room.
We actually put markers down again to use. This time they lasted long enough to use Quake.
“Don’t get hit by fire” Jolly asked.
“Aw fuck…”
“Did you get hit by fire?” Alune asked.
“Of course I did” I replied.

Making our way up to Ko’ragh we waited for Moose to get in. I went into auto pilot and started going on about the barrier and needing to soak the orbs.
“I seriously doubt that he’s going to last that long…”
Dang this being over geared thing is hard to get your head around. Especially considering the last time we were here was a year ago!

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I put up the markers for old times sake. This confused some of them.
“What are all the colours for?”
“Well, when he came out and hit one of you with his massive hammer, you would go and move to the next marker. Don’t worry, I’m just doing it for a screenshot…” I said as I was tweeting it out.
We got the the first barrier and then he fell over. Onwards!

Going up the stairs to the giant outside platform, someone pulled the mobs there.
“What are we doing?! You can sneak past all of these…” I blurted as I was suddenly in combat.
We all attacked them for a good five minutes before we realised they weren’t dying and more were spawning.
“What is going on?”
“What even is this?”
“Guys, let’s get to the door…”

Killing the guard we went through the portal with a shout of “don’t run forward!”
Taking out the guards in the portal room; in front of the door and in the throne room as well, we braced ourselves for the might that is/was Imperator.
We did zero tactics. Complained about having to wait 15 seconds for the wave of ghosts. Complained that he transitioned too quickly. Complained that nothing hurt.

Once we had killed him we went back to Hellfire.
Landing on Iskars doorstep, Danue noticed that it was called ‘Iskars Clutch’
“Have you noticed the name?” she said. “Iskars Clutch!”
“This place is clutch!” I added. Which resulted in a troll of Chris for his many moons ago use of the word clutch. Which Moose remembered fondly it seems…
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Jolly was about to put a pull timer up when I felt the need to point something out.
“Are you putting up markers?”
“Oh fuck me” he sighed “Yes I am…”

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There was also the issue of Jolly not being in the slightest bit ready…

After we got the boss down there was some congratulations in order.
“I was to congratulate Ketod for lasting longer than I did!” Hellsreaper said.
Ketod? He stayed silent…

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Yolo-ing our way through

Tonight we did the last two and then the rest of upper and then cracked on with the harder stuff downstairs.

We had a ninja pull on Manni. Not even a case of an itchy barrage finger. This was a full out ‘ yolo’ ninja pull.
“Are we fit?” Jolly asked in his normal way before the pull timer goes out.
The yes reply came in the way of suddenly being in combat.
“Awww I was in the wrong spec” came over ts.
In my surprise at shit going off everywhere I used a potion.

Things went pretty well, then we were in the last stage.
“Right there are no markers up so everybody be at the other side of the boss.” Jolly said with an sense of hesitancy.
We instinctively went to the side where green usually is. Jolly managed to get a Red marker up for the tanks and only one person died!

I’m sure it was to set the tone for the night even if Archimond went down almost without a hitch. Jolly asked Deko to set up the groups. There was no reply.
“Is Deko here?”
“Yeah?” someone replied.
“Maybe he’s dc-ed?”
“I’m here. That’s what happens when you have your mic on mute…” he said. Eventually…
Upon entering the second phase where we should attack under the boss there were a few stragglers.
“Stack under the boss… Solo stacking… I see… ”
I was in the even number phase group, first team went in. Swirlies were all over the floor and in trying to get away I was having to run away from the boss. Then the warning went out for the second group. I ran as fast as my little legs could carry me, dodging Infernals like I was going for the winning try at Twickenham. I ended up with my toes just at the edge of the circle when they disappeared.
“Aw fuck! I missed it!”
I took my angst out on an Infernal who was next to me. I then started running away again while he chased me around the room.
The sacrifice group went in and we took down the last couple of percent. After we killed that, we went to do the rest of upper.

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We started on the red corridor. Going to Soc and the angry goat.
Soc went well, Jolly only put one wonky fire line down. He then manage to follow that in a straight line before discovering ‘third times the charm’. He went down so quickly.

Next onto the goat, none of us got locked out, no ninja pulls. Nice kill.

Opala reminded us that there was a back door to Iskar.
As we were running round I had a moment of realisation.
“I need to upgrade my shit…”
“upgrade your shit…” Ketod replied, with a weary tone.
“Yeah, to make it ‘special shit’!”
“Well. You are special Ella… So it’s already special shit…” he replied, before whispering me with ‘nomnut’.

We waited at the stairs.
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Not knowing what person was going to run in/barrage first.
During this fight we had some whoopsies.
“The bombs are not being dispelled…” Evil said.
“That’s because I don’t have the eye…” Lyra replied.
“Who has it? Jolly…..”
“I missed it that time!” he groaned.
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There was some nice loot. The trinket was a hot topic.
“Oh look at the trinket. That’s got hunter loot all over it!” Jolly quipped.
It said hunter loot so much, blizz were forced to state it wasn’t hunter loot…

After the kill, everyone ran off while I was looking at gear.
“Which way are we going?” I asked, genuinely for a moment unsure.
“There is only one way to go…” Moose replied.
“Well I was… Oh, no there is only one way…”
There was groans over ts.
“Oh my God Ella” Ketod mumbled.
“I got confused!”
“You really did need all that intellect…” Jolly mused.
“You could go and talk to Kadghar for a bit?” Moose offered.
“I’m sure he’s pretty lonely up here…” I replied.
“People keep using his portals and not saying thanks…”
“Like every mage!”

We went towards Xhul and started on the dogs.
“Can we aoe?” someone asked.
“I’ve just barraged…” I replied “and used my trinket… And a few multi-shots for good measure!”
“Ella, can you not barrage…” Hellsreaper said.
In the history of telling hunters not to do something that was the worst thing ever to say.
“No!?” I blurted out.
“Every time you barrage my screen goes crazy!”
“Well I can only do it every… 20 seconds”
“So doing some maths, there’s four of you so you could set off a barrage every five seconds” Jolly mused…
“My screen would go nuts”
“There’s only three of us…” I said.
“Imagine if we all did it at the same time!” Moose pointed out.

I paused on the bridge to ‘check something out’… When I say check something out I mean I was furiously scribbling down who said what for this blog. I then on my last sentence hit auto run and then died. I laughed heartily at my misfortune.
“How did you even die…”
“I found the hole in the Bridge…”
This lead to a dumb way to die conversation between the others.
“I’ve seen monks roll down that”
“I’ve seen monks roll off the platform”
“I’ve yet to see a warrior charge off the platform…”
Jolly said nothing.

Once we had killed that we went to Fel Lord.
The eye thing caught my attention.

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“What is this flying eye thing here for? The one that’s like Willy you get in children’s week…”
“You get a willy in children’s week?” Moose asked, concerned and confused.
“Oh the flying butt-hole?” Insaria added.
“Yes that’s the one”
“Like Durumu?”
“YES. Oh my God I fucking hate that boss” I spluttered. Getting Vietnam style flashbacks.
“Is that the one with the maze?” Jolly asked.
“Yes!”
“Oh that was awful…” he groaned.
“That was the only boss I was glad to die on” I declared.
“I’m sure everyone was glad you were dead Ella…” Ketod quietly added.
(Yes, I did hear that!)

10 man memories

Last night was a bit ropey on numbers. A dps was away, another dps was out getting drunk and a tank didn’t have Internet.
We did manage to get a 10 man together which was great considering we only had 8 signed up.

We started on the first boss on normal and set about clearing trash.
“I know we usually go clockwise to clear on trash but can we go anti-clockwise? There’s a reason but I can’t remember why?” Jolly asked.
I couldn’t work out why you would need to go anti-clockwise.
“Clockwise is the forward way so it’s the proper way” I deduced.
We went round, after getting to the back of the room it was starting to get really annoying having the huge green circle on the floor and the shit we kept getting hit by.
“What the fuck is that?” I asked and panned around, spotting the cannon. “The cannon! That’s why we go anti-clockwise! There you go Jolly!”
“I knew there was a reason…” he replied as he charged off.
We got through that and the boss with no problems.
When the loot came up, I’d forgotten to put it on master looter, again.
Two bits of loot were passed on and the box dissappeared.
“omg who has the loot?” I asked starting to panic.
“you” came the reply but I wasn’t quite getting it.
“the box has gone, does someone have the loot?”
“Ella, it’s in your bags…”
So it was!

Distributing this to Jolly to de we took on Iron Reaver.
Since learning the top tip about her left foot we have been really good about moving out of barrage.
“Oh, guys. I totally took that one to the face…” Ant announced.
“It’s fine, it’s normal” Marvv replied. “Although if this was heroic I’d kill you myself…”
Reaver down, loot master on we went to the next boss, Kormrok.

Marker for hands placed, runes allocated, pool order decided we started.
Things went well and then I announced hands a little too late and while we were in them, Jolly got big…
“Oh! Jolly is going to explode in our hands again…”
We survived him exploding all over us and spread out. That was the only boo-boo of that encounter and we got onto council.

We did the ‘stupid’ tactics where we stack in a safe corner for ghosts to minimise the damage. A couple of reaps were put quite close but we survived.
We were joking about the loot as we waited with baited breath what turned up.
“What trinket would it be that warlocks need?” I asked.
Marvv linked one.
“Probably this one…”
“It would be so funny if that dropped…”
“Warforged and a socket”
“I’d take a picture and send it to Shane”
“If that dropped, I’d do that myself!”
Alas it didn’t, so we couldn’t troll our absent dps while he was out drinking.

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PTR for WoD

After a few days of trying to copy my character across to the PTR I gave up and just got in with a base character. I was really interested in what beast mastery offered in the next patch and boy was Brill busy with people trying out their new ‘button squish’.

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With a default spider I went up to the shrine to see what was going on and was greeted by a huge cow who was selling shaman glyphs. I decided to check out what abilities I had left after the great ‘Culling of Buttons’

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Gone was the ‘stance bar’ which made sense in a way as the Aspect of the Fox now was pretty much a raid wide cool down rather than a stance. Having the ability to offer 6 seconds of movement for casters every three minutes. There’s a good opportunity for shamans to chain this with their movement spell (if that hasn’t been cut)

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I didn’t look at the tool tip but I can’t see the benefit of keeping Eagle Eye at the expense of other spells if it’s still the same as before. Sad times.

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And that was it!

There was all sorts of mixed up stuff on my action bar so I had a quick squidge around of buttons while I had a look through the more ‘passive’ new additions.

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The glyphs have been changed. Now if you have a glyph that works with your deterrence then you can’t have another one. I’m hovering over the glyph of revive pet and if I use that then I can’t have the glyph of quick revival. So in this instance I have to decide if I want to quickly revive my pet and run the risk of being slapped while doing it or be able to stand firm while reviving. Hmmmmm…
There is an amazing new glyph for hunters called ‘Play Dead’ where your pet feigns death when you do. So no more having to dismiss it before you feign while trying to assist in resetting bosses or for wipe recovery! I’m really excited about this!

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The level 100 talents are an interesting read. There is a clear distinction between the specs and who would use what for these. Survival for the different ‘ arrow heads’ very Hawkeye.

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A huge focus boost for marksmanship hunters, nice to replace the focus used by Aimed Shot.

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And then there’s the ‘pet on speed’ talent for beast mastery. Even more reason for BM hunters to go afk during a fight!

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Apart from my gear making me look like a clown, my stats looked small too. When I was shooting at the training dummy I was doing ‘880’ damage all the way down to just ‘8’. Sad to say there were some ‘missed’ popping up as well. I went up to see the hallway where the reforger used to be and the void storage dude was stood in his place. Opening it up you could instantly see the amount you could store in there had doubled. All those crazy toys I had in my current one would free up a huge amount of space as now we have a…

TOY BOX!

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This is so cool! Although, for those people who *have* to have everything completed I can imagine that no longer being able to live in ignorant bliss about something being missing will cause quite a few headaches. A nice touch is being able to read what each of the toys will be able to do if you have them. It certainly was an inspiration to start leveling my archeology!

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I flew off to Stormwind Keep, on a shiny mount I don’t own, to have a nosey around and went in search of the Pug that runs around in the castle garden. It was a bit of a shock to see this tiny dog have a big red 101 next to his portrait.
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I shot him and he ate me in one go. Funny but also a stark reminder of the mobs we will be facing!

While there I had a quick look in the dungeon finder.
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Pre made groups was a nice addition. Being able to find people who were looking to do what you wanted to without having to spam trade.
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It was being used already for a valiant attempt to storm Ogrimmar.

With that checked out I decided to make my way to the dark portal. From its glowing green portal in the Mage Tower I was sent to the Alliance camp on the beach rather than to the outer rim of the crater. And after picking up a quest to look through a telescope I was shown a cinematic.
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Already having made a stand the Iron Horde were setting up camp just outside of the portal. A significant change from the uneasy truce that had been struck by the Alliance and Horde before when the portal was still green.
This is also the reason you don’t land where you used to! The elites wandering around pack a punch and would flatten anyone not prepared to stand their ground when they landed.

The opening quests were to destroy some huge machines and the default quest of killing some Iron Horde members.
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There’s new trash that they drop and although I did kill more than my quota (due to wandering around looking at things) there wasn’t anything more interesting that dropped for me. The mobs themselves went down really easily for me in HC dungeon gear, the only thing that was a surprise was that the mobs popped up from nowhere and I would be minding my own business one second and be clobbered around the head the next.

In the Alliance quest area on the beach, there are Iron Horde wandering around stealthed. A mild inconvenience to those who are stood there to be suddenly ambushed while reading quest information or possibly looking up other information and not paying attention to what’s going on around them. A shaman who was unlucky enough to be in their path but a stones throw away from a flight master soon found themselves spam healing so they didn’t die. Luckily for them there are several Alliance soldiers also on patrol to give you a hand should you end up being attacked.

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One interesting thing to see was how your mouse over works on the npc’s. Above is a shot from the beginning of the post where I moved my mouse over the panda in the hat right at the foreground. He had a bright green thick out line for the first couple of seconds, dulling down to a faint green glow after, this glowing outline replaces the brightening system for those you hover your cursor over. Neutrals have a yellow glow and enemies have red.

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The loading screen has been updated, along with the faces in the character selection screen. Everything seems to be cuter with regards to the pets and more ‘Barbie’ with the characters.
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This tailoring pet is adorable. As is the fight move description!

There are three pets that ate going to be interesting in the not to distant future.
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There are plenty of pets listed as ones you gain through collection. There are several gained through your Garrison.
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And then excitingly, with the current trends of getting pets through crafting, there is now the ability to ‘mine’ one up!
This one I did find amusing…
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The mounts are pretty creative and the range of how to get them means that people are not going to be left farming dungeons day in and day out to gather lots. Garrisons and also crafting have added a whole bunch.
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I’m looking forward to the ‘Cool Awesome Raid’ raid when that gets opened!

 

SoO delights

Not many posts. Sorry about that 😦
Things have been quite busy. We’ve had more realms being merged to ours which has resulted in more players joining our ranks. It’s good to see so many people in guild chat and doing things.
We have had some ‘not so great’ people who have left or been removed for various reasons.

There has been the reformation of RT3. Which has caused some grievances but we are muddling our way through. More updates on that later.

We completed the 25 man run on normal to get the 14/14 status on wowprogress. Which is a blessing and a curse. A blessing to see how much the guild kicks ass, a curse to see only us listed in the 25 man section and standing at 13/14. Things needed to be done.
The raid itself was fun. The trying to work out how to set the raid to 25 man normal when it was currently at 10 man but the person leading was in heroic mode was… well it was still fun as we were surprising a lot of hordies who were trying to make their way in as well. It was confusing to say the least.

Most of us had completed it as Flex or at least LFR. (I myself have only done it as flex) so we know what to expect. We set off, Alrysia taunting and then getting leap of faithed back into the group. Dealing with the weapon when they were thrown into the pile of players.

“Weapon. …WEAPON”

The split into the other realm, which is usually my nemesis due to my shoddy graphics was the least of my worries. I died only once. We had wiped a fair amount so we had lots of practice. My only death came from running between Garrosh’s legs to get behind him and instead of staring at his arse with the rest of the group I ended up with my head pressed up against his balls and then I was hit by his massive cone (not a euphemism).

There was another wipe where we got hit by whirling purple things and for some reason it was like the raid was hit by a train. I was lingering at the back with half my health. Everyone was dead and Garrosh turned in my direction after he had stopped spinning around,  shaking off the people things. Feign death. Reset. I hop up with a triumphant “YAY” followed by other people chittering “perfect timing!” “Mass res inc!”.

We had a ninja pull to deal with. Ordinarily you would find that person chastised and shame brought upon them by tutting in teamspeak. The ninja by fortune or misfortune was the main tank. As suddenly everything started happening a voice rang out. “What the hell? Aw lets go for it.” As we all muddled in, a little confused by the zero second pull timer there was laughter. “I only reached for a sandwich and I pulled the boss!”

There was mind controlling to contend with. At one point my target to silence was running around irratically, their name plate merging with the bosses so I couldn’t quite manage to click on them. Not wanting to waste a silencing shot I ran towards them and stunned them so they would stop running around like a loon. Someone else got the silence in and everything was back to normal. “Thanks for stunning me…” they said in complete confusion. Well, either that or I spam click on your nameplate and then run the risk of shooting you!
The adds at the end were also a headache. To kill them or not to kill them, that is the question. Many attempts were made not killing them. We got down to the last few percent and then were overcome. The reason? Well, with a zillion adds charging around we were finding it hard to pick out the people who were mind controlled which meant they were then free to kick our asses. Up the executive decision to kill the adds we had a few more wipes and then jackpot! Multiple banners exploded into our screens, much cheering rang out on ts. One can only wonder what went through the minds of the rival guilds as yet another realm first was announced to them…

WoW in numbers

When logging into the WoW website there was a really great infographic. Just incase they ever get rid of the actual page the link directs to, I was sad and in awe enough to screen shot everything!

Seeing the game in stats really makes you appreciate how vast WoW really is. Enjoy!

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Instance chat rage

One of the things I love is the raging that goes on when you put a group of random players together.

I’d been on the receiving end a few times as a healer and it’s quite funny looking back how angry people get over a game. Yes people, it is only a game. Sorry for any bubbles burst (unless you’re a horde pally)

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So first up we have this one. A fine example of tank rage. He pulled a whole room, got us all killed and then raged at the healer.

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As you can see from the many, many skeletons; this little trip to the Isle of Giants wasn’t as fun as it was supposed to be. This was our fifth attempt at it and from what was said in GC we were starting to need a good reason to stay.

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This is where the Horde love to ignore ready checks and just go for it. And then kick the people who are not ‘performing’ regardless if they were ready or not. This resulted in a ninja pull, thankfully we got it down. (I did die in the process…)

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Durumu. My most hated boss while leveling through ToT. This boss was a complete nightmare. This lfr challenge was many wipes punctuated by many kicks for being noobs/idiots/poor dps etc…