Like this blog post! I just posted recently about all the stuff that I owe readers and that I’ve been really busy with real life. And real life has been kicking my ass, I’m not going to lie. Last week was just a package of awful wrapped in awful and I was basically at wits end. I went shopping on Saturday to continue the ongoing process of furnishing my condo (because nothing is more fun than furnishing a place that is hours away from you when you still have a non-stop job AND have another property to keep up with) and basically hit my limit with people interaction at IKEA. How I used to work some of the biggest sales on holidays when I did retail is beyond me. Now, dealing with a crowd of people for more than a couple hours reduces me to a near panic where I just want to flee and hide. (There’s a point to this, maybe, so bear with me) Saturday basically just added to my burnout of real life and I came home to sulk. I was in a foul mood, and tried my damnedest to contain myself on an alt away from my raid team. But my alt is guilded on another realm with other friends who decided to run Sunwell that night. The best thing I could have done was stayed away, but against my better judgement I went, and my frustration got vented against an unprepared group of people (didn’t help that the Light Sunwell chest piece, that I still haven’t managed to get on Raz, dropped that run). I slunk off after we downed KJ, simply stating I needed to go to sleep.
I went to bed, my mind racing. I had offended one raid team while trying to hide from my own for our own night of fun runs. I was a mess and I knew it. I popped onto remote guild chat to send a massive apology to my healer who had assembled the Saturday night fun run in guild and told her I just couldn’t handle people and was trying to do the right thing by staying away. She gave me e-hugs and I eventually fell asleep, completely pitiful and wallowing in my own hatred. I even left poor Mal to tank the fun run because I was being my douche-tastic self.
I slept for like, 12 hours, and was still in a pretty frustrated mood when I woke up. And then there was a message asking if I had checked my in-game mail. And I was quizzical, but I hit up the mailbox. There were a couple wrapped packages, and a little hatchling waiting for me. Apparently while I was hosting my own pity party in bed, my dearest Deedle was locating 3 pets for me to hit the 100 pets achievement on Raz…
*sniffle* Did I mention how much I adore my Deedle? *GIGANTIC E-HUG TO MY FAVORITEST MAGE EVER*
And then, while I was still processing that I had 100 pets (and squealing over the Elementium Geode, because damn I like that pet!), Dee sat there and was calculating the easiest way to get me to 9K achievement points since I had declared Sunday to be “Achievement Point Sunday.” And I was going to farm ALL THE THINGS.
At some point, I went full derp and decided that one of the things I needed to farm was the rares in Northrend.
So, funny story here. I farmed up all the Outland rares while I was working on Northrend Loremaster. I mean, it probably would have made a lot more sense to…you know…work on Northrend rares…when I was in Northrend. But, this is me. And as many will attest, I don’t always do things logically. So, I completed Northrend Loremaster and my Outland rares around the same time. I think subconsciously, I was willing to do the Northrend rares because I was trying to avoid Outland. I had 12 characters at max level at the end of Wrath. I did a lot of Outland. I’m good with never going back. But I have to, because Raz never did Outland. And there’s that pesky Loremaster achievement…
Anyway, back on the rambly topic…
So I started farming Northrend rares, and I did pretty decently my first day. Eventually I got bored and wandered away from my PC for a bit, laying down to read some on my iPad. About 2 hours after I laid down, I decided I should be an adult and go grab a shower, but something called to me and I decided to do a quick rare hunt before hopping under the warm water.
I was in Storm Peaks, finishing up my loop for Vyragosa, when suddenly, NPCScan went off.
It was the Time Lost Proto Drake…
It was one of those moments of sheer panic. The moment of “OH GOD I WANT IT WHERE IS IT” to “OH GOD WHAT IF IT’S A CORPSE BECAUSE SOMEONE ALREADY GOT IT.”
My heart was racing, my hands were sweating, my eyes were wide. I started doing circles, trying to find it. And then suddenly, there was an Alliance Shadow Priest right beside me! I took off in the direction I hadn’t been yet, and was spam clicking the alert that NPCScan pops up on your screen. I was close enough to have the mob targeted, and it hadn’t taken any damage. OH GOD WHERE WAS IT!?!? And then suddenly, there it was! The Time Lost was soaring slightly above the ground and I took off after it. A quick Judgement and a fast Crusader Strike and the drake was dead. And I stood over it’s corpse, my body shaking, as I clicked to loot it. And there were the reins. And they were mine.
OMG. I just started NR rares today…I have the Time Lost Proto-Drake on Raz O.O
— Miri (@WoWMiri) March 4, 2012
And then the Shadow Priest appeared beside me…
I quickly looted the corpse and took to the skies, flying quickly back to Dalaran. It was at about this time that Mal woke up from his nap. My heart was still racing, but I managed to form words and show him the drake (which he thinks is hideously ugly, but that’s beside the point).
And the Shadow Priest hovered above, frustrated with my luck.
I wasn’t out looking for it, but I found it. And it made my weekend that much better. But the best part of my weekend? The fact that one of my friends was willing to set aside her plans for the day to help improve my mood.
<3 you Deedle! We’ll get you one too!
P.S. Yes, I know I am DAMN lucky with stuff like this…
Quick and adorable post. I mentioned in heroics on Friday night the story behind Raz and my overwhelming desire for an Elwynn Lamb to “complete” an aspect of the character’s RP story. It was a comment made in passing, with no real thought aside from the comedic value of the character (and several unfortunate incidents for poor Kirian and Raz at various intervals in Dalaran).
While I was running a heroic on my warlock tonight, our healer asked if I had checked my mail on Raz this evening and I admitted I hadn’t. She recommended I sign him on before logging for the night and check my inbox.
So I did…and as I stood in Dalaran, I saw a mail from a friendly and fun mage I had run with the night before. And inside the mail, there was a lovely note and a gift wrapped package. My curiosity was heightened as I collected the package from my mail, and my jaw fell open when I saw what it contained. Inside the gift wrap was an Elwynn Lamb, just for Raz. There may have been tears in my eyes at such a thoughtful gesture from a member of Lightninghoof”s RP community. She was promptly tackled in tells with more thank yous than I think she ever expected.
And tonight, I signed off from WoW with a smile on my face. Never forget the community–in your guild, or on your realm. There truly are great people out there!
Thank you again Derodra, your kindness and your quick memory have earned you a spot in my heart and on my friends list!
Earlier this week I was tagged into a new blog meme called “Sixth” by Bulidar of Among the Elements and Aralosseien of Achievements Ahoy! The meme was resurfaced by Gnomeaggedon on the 15th of February and I’m not gonna lie, I was sorta paranoid about what my “sixth” was. But before I share my “sixth,” let me share the rules!
- Go to your image folder
- Open the sixth sub-folder and choose the sixth image
- Publish the image! A few words to describe the picture couldn’t hurt!
- Challenge six new bloggers
- Link to them
Like, Bulidar and Aralosseien, I don’t have sub-folders in my images folder, so I selected the sixth image in my screenshots folder.
And without further adieu, I give you my sixth:
Should I be surprised that it’s Raz? Nope. Not in the least! I’m standing on the roof of Grommash Hold, the building that Garrosh Hellscream occupies in Orgrimmar. It was New Years Eve, and it was the first time since I’ve started playing WoW that I sat and watched the fireworks go off! I was later joined by a guildie, Ursal, for chitchat while we chilled. That week I had tanked ES’s first kill of Madness, and was in a generally mellow mood while I farmed satchels for mounts and pets.
Speaking of mounts. I’d like to point out that I finally got a mount from a satchel last night. I just happened to accidentally LOOT the damn thing from the satchel. What did I get you ask? Oh nothing great–just ANOTHER Green Proto. My anguished yell will echo in the hallways of my home for the near future.
Anyway, enough about my bad luck, let’s pick the next round of 6!
- @Mainfloortank of Dancing Runes
- @Boozekin of Boozekin
- @_Rades of Orcish Army Knife
- @_Vidyala of Manalicious
- @DrunkardRegalia (Dreämy) of Drunkard’s Regalia
- @Vitaemachina (Jadissa) of Yelling on the Internet
I’m eagerly awaiting to see what these folks have for their “Sixth!”
Really, what a long, strange trip it’s been! I never thought I’d last until the 20K mark on Twitter, much less be able to meet some of the most fun and loving people within the WoW community via Twitter!
So here we are, the infamous 20K. I pondered how I would celebrate this. I started watching my tweet count last weekend, knowing that I was getting closer and I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss it!
Since Twitter enabled me to share my blogging with the WoW community and expand beyond just Twitter, I figured a post here would allow me to share my thoughts with more than 140 characters!
The Guilds and Their Members
I can’t even begin to list all the people who have crossed my path since I started this roller coaster ride, but I’ve met 4 great guilds and had a blast with their members! A shout out to AF Guild, Waypoint, TTGF, and ES, 4 guilds that I’ve been able sprinkle characters in and have an absolute blast with their members! They allowed me to have fun in Warcraft again–which was a challenge since Cata started out as a very rocky road without a real home to settle in. Each of these guilds opened their doors to me, giving me a place to call home and to grow my abilities as a player and as a person. For this, I am forever grateful.
Dee, AKA Kirian
Most of all, I need to make a call out to my favorite sassy mage. Kirian’s keeper, Dee, has been a shoulder to cry on, comedic relief when I’m depressed, a source of calm when I panic, and the first person I talk to as I sit down at my PC with a cup of coffee. She has been my partner in crime in both PvE and PvP, a supplier of beautiful places with screenshot worthy views, and she knows when I just need to get away after a frustrating night of raiding. She is a truly beautiful person who I am blessed to know and each day I am thankful for that! One of my BlizzCon highlights was being able to sit down with her and talk lore and characters and everything else. She allows me to have fun and enjoy being cocky as hell with Raz before he gets smacked back down to reality by Kirian. It’s been hilarious to play the two characters off of each other and it’s made WoW that much more enjoyable for me :) Ironically, I think to a degree that in real life, we’re a lot like the characters we play, as I swear I saw her shaking her head at some of my antics at BlizzCon >.>
So thank you my Tweeps for sticking along for the ride, allowing me to meet some of the most fun members of the WoW community in one spot, having the ability to get together with you all at BlizzCon and to have an overwhelming desire to keep going back for more! Here’s to another 20K and even more friendships, fun, and excitement!
This was on my “To Do” list weeks ago, but I’m behind schedule (as usual), so I’m trying to play catch-up today (that, and I just don’t really feel like working the rest of the week)… – Miri
So on Dee’s blog, Raz was granted his own tag because he shows up every once in a while in her blog posts. I told her that Raz’s sassy Mage needed his own tag here on my blog, and that I’d do a blog post when I did it. So the tag has been created, and here’s the accompanying and promised blog post >.>
And in Raz’s typical fashion, the tag is designed to tease Kirian ;)
Thanks to Morniel for coming up with a more “politically correct” version of LFR!
I’ll just let this speak for itself as a lead-in to my LFR discussion post that will come later this week…
I’d like to point out that I hadn’t pulled a boss yet, and had just zoned in to Ultraxion. Gotta love LFR where you’ll be told how to play your class. Really?!? I don’t think you need to tell me how to play a Prot Paladin…I think I’ve got that covered =P And if I have questions, I have Rhidach that I can harass in guild!
So 4.3 dropped last week and I’ve been running around like a crazy person trying to see as much of it as I can! My summary of my experience so far with the 4.3 content is below!
On the Paladin Healing Changes…
With the launch of 4.3, I decided to once again change up my healing style. Mastery based healing is fun and a very solid healing style for 25s, but I felt very uncomfortable with the low amount of haste that I was carrying, and the realization that I wouldn’t be able to push fast heals in 5s and 10s should I ever end up healing in smaller groups. I was very intrigued with the changes to Holy Radiance, so I wanted to play with a more raid-healing specialized build and step away from tank-focused healing. Part of my willingness to make the change so quickly was due to the fact that we were running 3 tank-focused healers in our 6-man healing team. We have a mastery built Holy Paladin already, along with a Disc Priest. Part of me felt like I wasn’t making any ground with the healing style in Firelands; my output sucked and honestly I was at the point where I was going to throw in the towel on healing in general. I don’t like feeling like I’m failing at something–especially something that I did full time in raids in Wrath. It was like all my skills with healing went out the window–lots of restless nights trying to figure out how the hell I could improve, a lot of angry moments where I’d just storm off in frustration. Deep down, I realize I’m not a healer–my passion is with tanking, but I do enjoy the healing team I run with, so I was willing to make it work, somehow; and for the time being, I’ll make it work because it’s how I’ll get to progress through Dragon Soul.
Respecc’ing and regemming quickly after realms came up, I dumped myself into the new heroics with guildies and it felt better, in fact, it felt like I actually could output some healing! Healing the new heroics is still a bit of a challenge as a Holy Paladin (I’ve also healed them on a healer I didn’t feel confident healing ZA/ZG on and decided that Paladin healing in the heroics is probably the most difficult out of all of the healing classes), but definitely doable. I went into raid that night, knowing that Dragon Soul has a large quotient of raid damage, and even more interested to try out Holy Radiance. Let me say that healing with Holy Radiance and Light of Dawn is rather fun! I felt like I could push out solid AoE healing and be competitive with it! I’m very interested to see what I can do when I’m not splitting my time between a tank and the raid (which I was doing in raid last week due to us only having 1 tank healer, our Disc priest, available). We’re in the same situation this week (our other holy Paladin is sunning himself on the beaches of Costa Rica still *frown*), so I probably won’t get to really get into a raid healing mindset until the following week.
Anyway, I’m enjoying the hell out of raid healing again–even though it seems very wrong as a Paladin.
To the Ground…Or Not?!?
For once Prot Paladins were untouched! We got some buffs via the Retribution changes this patch, but our Mastery drug habit was left untouched. I’m going to step into LFR as a tank today–we’ll see how that goes (I will either perform as well as I expect to, or I’ll have derptastic healers and this will be a cluster)… LFR and the 5s are really my only chance to tank this patch, so I better get it in when I can!
The 5 Mans
The new 5 mans are fun dungeons, but I’m getting slightly frustrated about some of the loot drops (looking at you tanking helm in Well and tanking AND healing waists out of End Time). As a tank you need to be proactive about using CDs–some of the trash hits pretty damn hard (especially the trash right before the final boss in End Time). I think the boss fights are unique and interesting–the RP gets old and I’m REALLY tired of the Mannoroth fight after the…9th time? We got to the point where we just started doing achievements to make the fights more interesting.
Enveloping Shadows managed to 1-shot two of the three bosses on our first raid night in Dragon Soul. Morchok was a joke and Skittles was a 2 minute explanation and a successful pull. Zon’ozz was a bit of a bitch honestly in 25. The damage seems a bit high and we were having issues with the orb hitting pets, T12 set bonuses that spawn bonus things that DPS, and totems, just to name a few. We also apparently had some scenarios where the orb went through the boss and bounced off our tank, Rhidach, one-shotting him, much to his frustration. Two hours later, Zon’ozz fell and we cleaned up Skittles quickly before wrapping for the night. Hargara was another fun fight–it took us just a couple attempts to master the fight and figure out frost tomb placement. We moved quickly onto Ultraxion and we’ll have that fight in the bag this week–the downside of the Ultraxion fight is the ease at which you can tunnel vision on the fight (and the ease at which Recount can push your PC to 1FPS due to the massive amount of healing being recorded), and how quickly you can discover how hard it is for people to click a button. Our best attempt had Ultraxion with 2.4M health left, 1%! If I hadn’t tunnel visioned and if another could learn how to click, we would have had the fight on Wednesday.
Either way, 4/8 in the first week of raiding is impressive! We have a great raid team and I know we’ll be kicking Deathwing‘s ass here soon!
So LFD is Looking For Derp in my mind. LFR is quite frankly Looking for Retards. I haven’t had a good experience in there yet (we’ve cleared all the bosses without much issue, but the griefing and the general stupidity is annoying as hell). Sadness is when your tanks, fully raid buffed, are scraping by with 20K more health than you do in your healing gear, don’t know the fight mechanics, and eat (and die to) avoidable damage, and then have the balls to bitch about lack of healing. Yes, I am that asshole in LFR who is going to point out that I’ve yelled in /ra 5 times to NOT EAT FOCUSED ASSAULT.
In some ways, I really do miss the fact that raiding was reserved for the players who were willing to put in the time and effort to learn the fights, get the gear, etc. Blizzard’s current mindset is to make the content available to all players, but let’s be honest, not everyone is qualified. That’s like saying “well, just because you ask if you want fries with that, you should still be able to be a lawyer just so you can experience it.” Yea no. I could go down a huge rat hole here, but I’m going to save that for another post.
So far, it’s fun–I got the party late (I just started ticket collecting last night), but I’ve been able to score some easy achievement points and have fun with guildies! I also managed to get the bulls eye achievement on my 2nd attempt (and I wasn’t even trying for it)! DMF is going to be more pets and…I don’t know what else? I haven’t really paid much attention to what all I can get from it–I’m more interested in capping my guild rep each week >.>
This will be my money sink I suspect. I finally got my last piece of Dark Sunwell. Now I just need to get the boots and cloak crafted and I should be set for …well, something. I’m currently using Tier 6 for both Prot and Holy (I’m still missing 1 piece of Light Sunwell), but I’ll be transmogging over to Light Sunwell for healing as soon as I get the chest piece!
I decided to transmog my PvP gear into my Tier 12 healing gear for grins. My original goal was to use it to mind fuck people into thinking I’m an easy kill target–I transmogged everything that was visible, minus my PvP weapon because I don’t have a PvE mace from Firelands to use. My health pool in my PvP gear is actually slightly smaller than my health in my healing gear, but it’s not overtly noticeable. Tier 12 was my choice for a couple reasons: 1/ Raz looks good in a dress, and 2/ it’s still recent enough content that people would see it in a BG and possibly suspect that I was truly in PvE gear in a battleground. Apparently some people DID buy that and tried to whittle away at me, only to discover that I do have over 3300 Resil, so I’m not going to die as easily as they planned! Once I get my hands on Season 11 gear though, I’ll be wearing that–I’m in a weird mix of Season 10 Honor and Conquest gear, so I’m not coordinating t0o well.
I’m having a ton of fun so far this patch and getting to spend a lot of time getting to know my new guildies, perfect my healing skills and be able to find comfort in tanking. At some point I may do boss walk-throughs of Dragon Soul, but 25-man raiding is such a small community that I’m not sure if anyone beyond our guild would find use with it =\ If you’re a 25-man raider and want me to publish strat guides, please let me know! Otherwise I’ll probably just stick with little posts about boss kills.