All hail the Princess

We did alright last night. Cleared lower, got our ring upgrades and getting there was fun too.

When we started on Manny. It took some of us a while to get there though as we took the wrong portal despite being there who knows how many times. Surprise surprise it was the usual suspects…
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While on the trash at Archimonde things didn’t quite go as anticipated.
Oz went down fast and let us know that he was stunned.
“I’m stunned”
“You know you can use every man for himself, bubble or call out for something to get out of that…” Deko stated.
“No shit, Sherlock” Oz sighed.
“You can use every man for himself”
“And when that’s on cooldown?”
“Bubble”
“And when that’s on cooldown?”
“Call out for something”
“And if I just want to die?”
“Well…”

After we killed him we went out to reset. We took a break while loot was being given out and Jolly reset it to HC. There were some Hordies outside so we all took to our mounts to keep out of trouble.
Jolly ran out, reset and then told us it was ready. And then started attacking the Horde.
“Oh. I pick a fight outside and you all go in…” He said with a dissaproving tone.
“I’ll help you” Opala offered… “You big pussy…”

The RT2 banter carried on, on our way to Kormrok.
Upon entering Hellfire Citadel we were carefully CC’ing the adds and the plan was to pull them one at a time. It did not go to plan.
Three of them were pulled and the big guy lumbered into the fray as well.
“Or we pull all of them?” I offered as we were running around trying not to be hit by green balls.
“Nahh! There’s a sheep left….”
Which instantly made everything alright as we had managed to control ourselves enough to leave just one lonely add in its CC.
The discussion of hunters and how they are to blame came around while we were battling through the Trash in our way up the stairs. I announced that I was using barrage when I was silenced!
“What the fuck?! Who pacified me?”
There was laughter all over TS.
“Oh it’s too easy Ella…” came the reply from Ketod.

Standing in the doorway to the boss room, Jolly pulled the first pack and announced that there was a new Advanced Lesson video coming. This time to see if you’re a bad raider or not.
“Ella…”
“Hello”
“You’re screwed”
(I see how this is…)

At that point there was a wail over TS of “Ahhhh” as Jolly sailed through the air due to the knock back from the Trash and he landed at the feet of the big guy in the middle. Who was not happy to see him.
“Does bad positioning make you a bad raider?” I quizzed.
“I’m not giving anything else away” Jolly replied.
That’s a yes then…

We congregated by the orange pool and as I was patiently waiting I was pacified again.

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“I think we’re calling Ella a princess because we keep giving her a crown” Insaria quipped.
“Bow down bitches” I added, although no body did…
I was sending a tweet out (LOVE that feature) When I suddenly found myself in the orange pool itself and rapidly dying.
“Is Ella afk?”
“No, I’m here you bastards, I was sending a tweet!”

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Jolly put a ready check up and people were surprised it was all zeros.
“It’s been like that all night!” Jolly exclaimed.
“We’ve only just started raiding…” came the reply. “Give it a chance…”

Kormrok was a breeze, he fell over rather easily and we moved on to trash up the other staircase.
“If anyone is unsure of what they are doing on the next one, just barrage. That’s standard operating procedure, right?” Jolly added.
I was busy scribbling things down for later when I saw an opportunity too good to miss.
Ketod was standing next to a big crack in the floor which is filled with green goo. The crack is big enough for you to fall down and die. I should know as its happened to me.
I targeted him, positioned myself and clicked the swapblaster. I was totally confused to find myself stood net to him as he didn’t seem to have a neutral silencer on. I turned my camera around to see Ant clambering out of the hole.
“OMG Ant! Sorry! That wasn’t meant for you!”
I had to wait until it was off cooldown to try again, hoping that he didn’t come back to his keyboard to see what was going on.
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As he was dumped in the goo I skipped off a little to see if he made a move out of it. Nothing. I ran after the rest of the team and watched as his health dropped. ‘Dead’ popped up in his raid frame box and I giggled over TS.
“Why is Ketod dead?”
“I may have killed him…”
I got a whisper a while later ‘was that you that killed me??’ ‘Maaaaaaybeeee’ I whispered back.

We went painlessly through Council, Kilrogg and Gorefiend.

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Although, I found a nice invisible ledge to stand on and myself and a few team mates just stood on it looking smug while we left the rest of the team five feet away trying to slaughter the trash. We have a good sense of responsibility in this team!

Someone dropped their knickers for me!

Those purple BoEs, that’s what we love.
Greens just mean a bit more gold to cover repairs. Blues might be interesting for mogs.

While on our way to Kormrok we were clearing Trash in the corridor. I still had powershot on and those knock backs…
(Which reminds me of when we were clearing the dogs in Upper before you decide to go to Xhul or Fel Lord and I had powershot on again, Aska called out “Random knock back…?” and I just giggled as I watched the melee chase this dog that had gracefully flown through the air…)
We were on the mobs stood down the stairs that cause the green orbs to give you the cooties. As they pulled them, I clicked on the sparkly corpse by me feet and was given loot of unimaginable greatness.
Not only did I steal the gold out of the dead orcs pockets, I also stole something a bit more personal. His pants.

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Or to be more precise, his knickers.
It begs the question, who is Kitsy? And what was this orc doing with their knickers in his pocket?
These drop from a lot of mobs so Kitsy must have an extraordinary high underwear bill… And a fetish for giving their knickers out.

The actual knickers look awful. One can only imagine Kitsy is someone still alive from the first war to be wearing bloomers like that under their robe.
Does that mean Kitsy is an old lady giving out her pants?!? They also cost 14 gold to stitch them back up after you’ve torn them in battle. A good wash wouldn’t go amiss either…

It also reminded me of a snippet of conversation I had from a raid a while back which I’ve been holding onto for the right moment. Which happens to been now seeing as I pulled these horrendous things out of a dead dudes pocket.
We were coming to the end of the raid and Blackdahlia needed to leave.

“Do you think I can drop?”
“Your pants?”
“I can’t drop my pants…”
“Because you’re not wearing any?”
“Bingo”
Which resulted in ketod sighing over TS.
“Too much information…” he mumbled.

Maybe Blackdahlia is Kitsy???

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!)

Raiding funnies

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Our attentions turned to Soc upstairs tonight, practice to get him down this reset so we can progress with Fel lord on Thursday. Markers went up and tactics were explained.
“During phase two we need to dps down the starcallers…” Jolly started to say, confused laughter rippled out over ts. “Is that what they’re called? Starbringers?”
“Ummm I don’t think so…”
“What are they called?” Jolly mused.
“Shadowbringers?” was added into the mix as undoubtedly nearly everyone opened up the dungeon journal to see what the fuck they werecalled.
“Shadowcallers!”
“Ah that’s it”
“We were close…”
Now satisfied we knew who exactly we were killing we made sure we were all aware about the ghosts and stacking up correctly.
Team hunter (that’s Deko, Moose and I) knew our jobs. Ghost duty. Jolly was taking the construct and everything was going to go swimmingly.
Alas, the best made plans and all that meant that we were a little wobbly to say the least.
All went well during the first phase and the portal was on the side where you enter the room.The green shit on the floor was placed and Jolly wasn’t as keen this time to take ghosts to the face.Team hunter got into position and got ready. “Ghosts” I said as they appeared. Three barrages went off.
“Errr we have Trash, we better wipe it…” Deko said as we were a little confused as to where they came from.
“Barrage through the walls!” Moose added as we all stood in shit to die.
“We should clear them just to be safe”
“Were they the ones by the stairs?”
“Yep”
“Bloody hunters”
“I don’t think it was me?”
“it’s like when you have Boomkins, blame one, blame them all… It’s just because we’re so op…”
As we got to the Trash and cleared them up Moose was bouncing around in the door way.
“It’s a pretty thick wall. That’s some skill to shoot through it!”
“And magic arrows!”

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Like something from the Blair Witch Project...

We set off again and this time it was kinda clean.
Jolly put the green stuff down again, with Deko softly having an ocd attack over the placement on ts. I wasn’t sure what he was saying but it was in a pitch only dogs could hear…
The portal switched position just as Jolly put another row of fire.
“The portals switched… Oh shit. This is going to hurt.” Deko said as team hunter got to organising stuns.
“Ranged, time to get your shit together!”
Jolly put another line down. However, it was only in the general direction of the portal.
“Oh my God, that is not a straight line…” he said as we froze to admire what he had done. The fire was kinda diagonally across the portal. If I wasn’t laughing so hard I would have taken a screen shot, or better still, a selfie but once again all I can manage is to crack out my amazing paint skills to illustrate what happened…
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At one point, I contracted the ‘green circle of doom’ disease. At this point Deko and I were stood next to one another and as I moved away to my left, so did he. As we both kept running in the same direction as the other was going in a futile effort to get away from one another, the Benny Hill sketch was finished when I sqawked over ts “Waaaaah! Go the other way”. By this point, he also had the cooties and we had positioned our circles beautifully.

Despite the fire being all over the floor, and the ghosts having a whale of a time chasing people we killed it. It was better than last time! Onward to the goat!
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This one was fun. Mostly because I, along with 4.5 others (Blackdahlia had his Monk thingy outside the gate), did nothing.
We were all in position around the boss and we’re just running through a few pointers when suddenly we had an epic ninja pull. (Theres a video about this…) some of us beat a hasty retreat and as the gates went up. There was a group of us outside.
With nothing to do but watch as they went for it we relaxed. We had a healer with us so we should have been fine.
“I like how team hunter all got out…” I said as we watched the rest of them batter the boss.
The big hammer appeared on us outside and we all stacked up. Deko and I succumbed to it. Leaving three still physically there we watched with the advantage of being dead.
The font of corruption came out and it was survived Moose got the hammer and stacked with Lyra, the healer. Watching the purple circle get smaller her fate was inevitable and gracefully she flopped to the floor as Moose hopped away.
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While we were pissing around outside, all their hard work inside paid off and they did kill it to much laughter. Not quite to the book but a kill is a kill!

Pepe

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Ah Pepe, you fluffy little in game bird that has annoyed and delighted players in equal measures.

When he first came out I did take a passing glance at him and then shrugged off his existence. Completely forgetting about him until yesterday.
Why yesterday you ask? Well that would be the arrival date of the Pepe plushie in the photo above. However, he’s not mine. This little fuzzball belongs to Francis.

His arrival time was some ungodly hour of the morning and was a surprise due to the poor little chap being squeezed into a FedEx ‘medium’ box (with no air holes, the monsters!)

Once back at my own computer I logged in and went to his tree. There he was, sat there doing not a lot. I clicked on him but wasn’t close enough. I mounted up but even on the biggest mount I had I still couldn’t reach him. I flew up a little. I was now technically in reach but was greeted with the message ‘you are mounted’. I tried to land in the tree. That didn’t work and as a result of my efforts all I had managed to do is cause him to go away.
Being Pepe-less I went to Stormshield to collect my seals (I haven’t been near my computer for five days) and have a look at what goodies having a feathered friend would bag me.
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The bird whistle is the obvious item. If you like Pepe then you want him all the time! There was a lot to get through and I still had the whole ‘he flew the nest’ thing to contend with.
I was informed that if I went back into my Garrison it would reset him. So back I went, ran up to his tree to be confronted with an empty branch. I went out and back in my Garrison twice more, each time getting to the branch and seeing nothing. I tried the /tar Pepe and nothing happened, I tried it out on another npc milling around and it worked perfectly. At this point I conceded that Pepe was gone forever and I decided to look at wowhead to have a look at the bird whistle achiement in more detail due to the number of raid bosses you need to kill.

It was upon reaching the comments section I decided to read through them as there can be comedy gold in those posts, scrolling through comments about not having certain critter killing pets out, I then stumbled on this…
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Little feathery bastard had been hiding from me!
Lo and behold, there he was…
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He looks like Leatherface. Creepy little shit…
Anyway, I collected him and got the achiement for finding him in his scarecrow costume (wut?) and had his fat ass on my head as we went in to raid. Trash went a bit wrong and he decided that there was no reason to hang around with my corpse so he buggered off again.

I might be tempted to complete this, as he is kinda cute but the sheer effort needed now nothing is current is going to be horrendous. Unless I can convince the raid team to spam the old dungeons and raids while we have birds sitting on our heads it’s going to be a lfr job… Can I actually be that bothered? Possibly not!
Anyone wondering about what you need, boss wise, the list is below. Good luck!

Gug’rokk: The last boss in Bloodmaul Slag Mines

Teron’gor:The last boss in Auchindoun

Skulloc:The last boss in Iron Docks

Ner’zhul: The last boss in Shadowmoon Burial Grounds

Skylord Tovra: The last boss in Grimrail Depot

Yalnu: The last boss in The Everbloom

High Sage Viryx: The last boss in Skyreach

Warlord Zaela: The last boss in Upper Blackrock Spire

Brackenspore: Boss in Highmaul

Ko’ragh: Penultimate boss in Highmaul

Oregorger: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Hans’gar & Franzok: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Operator Thogar: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Beastlord Darmac: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Kargath Bladefist: First boss in Highmaul

Twin Ogron: Boss in Highmaul

The Butcher: Boss in Highmaul

Tectus: Boss in Highmaul

Imperator Mar’gok: Final boss in Highmaul

Blast Furnace: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

The Iron Maidens: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Kromog: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Gruul: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Flamebender Ka’graz: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Blackhand: Final boss in Blackrock Foundry

Drov the Ruiner: World boss in northern Gorgrond

Tarlna the Ageless: World boss in southern Gorgrond

Rukhmar: world boss in Spires

 

Know your DBM pull timers!

Jollyjanes’ son created a video guide on how to use pull timers while we were having issues with ninja pulls and itchy fingers. I First spoke about why we needed it in this post. The video has been around for some time now and has been referenced every time that we still have ninja pulls.

The guildies knew about it and it was sitting at a modest amount of views until one day, it got linked on the wow sub-reddit by a guildie.

I have to admit, I’ve never really looked at reddit due to most things like this being full of keyboard warriors and cancerous trolls who like to lord it over people regardless of how much of a complete twat they are. Half of me was expecting that the usual crettins would come out and slate the video even though they are made fully aware that the creator of it is (was) 7 years old. My faith in humanity is restored however when reading the comments.

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And then theres twitter…
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And general sharing…
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And how about getting the boy to 50k views? We can do it!
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Is it fair?

I realise that it’s been a long time since my last post. I have so much stuff to type up but alas, it lost out to typing up my assignments and getting A’s (go me!  I digress…)

We killed Archimond on Sunday, great stuff! We did have a few wobbles but after five pulls or so, we had him down.

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One thing that was a hiccup was the chains and breaking them in order. I use dbm and doing this boss with this group was the first experience I’d had. When we got to the chains part I noticed that amidst the other flurry of text on my screen, it said what chain number I needed to break. ‘Great!’ I though. ‘now I don’t need to be turning my camera all over the place to see who has done what’.
Yeah. Dbm doesn’t like to make it that easy.

Dbm tells you what position in the chain breaking queue you are. Which is nice! Big letters fill your screen. Im always third (stupid alphabet) but I get this announcement.

ZIONXI BREAK CHAIN: THIRD

(or something like that, I was tempted to take a screenshot but thought that instead of tweeting, I should probably be killing the boss…)

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This is someone else’s screenshot showing the chain. Now when this first happened I was expecting something like the below shot when I needed to break it…

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But no… That would be too easy on a fight like this! So they give you this…

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Well, not quite. They do however demand that while you’re running around screaming at being chased over ts that you steady your nerves with a little counting puzzle…

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Wtf dbm! You’re expecting a group of people who are crying because the imaginary Wolf thing with dreadlocks is chasing them and trying to bite their arses to then have enough mental prowess to complete a puzzle? No no no no. What you get is this…

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Such fun…
Implement this plox.
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