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On Raiding –
We are still working at HM LK in our 10 man group. We went in last night, after having a not so great Tuesday, and did alright. We had 20 pulls left for the week, and spent 3 hours on 15 of those pulls. It was a fairly productive night of work with him, and I didn’t feel like killing kittens when we were finished. Of our 15 pulls, 5 of them made it into the final phase. Several of them had RNG mishaps – the disease dying on a ghoul that delayed behind while we were moving for the transition, the disease stacking poorly on shamblers and going into the final phase with a shamble up, etc. But all in all – it was a very good night’s worth of work.
We actually started working on our new soaking strategy, and had a few pulls where the soakers were doing great…but we failed at defile. So, as we took a few pulls towards the end of the night, and it became clear that our focus was spent, we decided to “practice” our defile. We flipped the sucker to normal and spent about 30+ minutes just practicing defile and soaking in phase 3. Sure, things line up differently, but we forced ourselves to learn how to move from the defile. I felt it was very productive.
The group as a whole has been dedicating more time to the encounter, which is commendable because this is their off time. The end results being: getting into the first transition in less than two minutes, getting out of the third phase in four valks (less if our warlock gets picked up), having only one raging spirit up as we come up from the first harvest soul, and learning to maneuver with/around defiles in our final phase. I think we should have a kill soon. I hope. It needs to happen before 4.0 hits – I am concerned that I will not be able to deal with the tank damage with the changes to my class.
25 Man Progress
We are still chugging along. We made some progress on HM Halion again this week, which is always encouraging, and the majority of our raid team seems to want to go back in for Alone in the Darkness. We plan on taking a few pulls on this next raid reset, having cleared Ulduar out with the weekly this week. We are continuing to feel out our raid team very carefully as the end of the expansion looms even closer.
On Patch 4.0 –
I am concerned. As a guild, we tend to raid until one or two weeks before the expansion releases. My biggest concern is with our ability to be able to continue and do this with the class changes coming in 4.0. Most notably with healing. My concern lies in the fact that everything the devs have said regarding healing in Cataclysm, and the direction they are taking, being a very large move away from the WotLK healing model. So…exactly how are we supposed to continue healing in ICC with a new and vastly different tool kit that was specifically designed for a completely different healing model? We are supposed to heal “spammy” damage with a toolkit focused on “non-spammy” heals? Am I missing something here?
Perhaps I’m just being a worry wart, but I am hugely concerned by this. Maybe everything will be ok, maybe it won’t.
On Alts –
Elentari – She is about half way through level 70. I actually have some really interesting thoughts on how healing on a low level druid without all of the tools that you may be used to on a higher level druid can make you a better healer, that I’m debating doing another post about. Other than doing the daily with her, I’m just stockpiling some of her rested XP. She also learned the Crazy Alchemist’s potion – so I’m pleased about that!
Nadine – She has made it to Northrend and is about half way to 72. I have truly enjoyed the Northrend questing with her, and found the Vyrkul storyline that I’ve seen in Howling Fjord to be fantastic. As horde I always wondered why we were battling against the Vyrkul – so much is explained in the alliance story line!
I’m still trucking along with tanking, and so far, it’s not bad. I think my biggest complaint is that Righteous Fury isn’t automatically active when you switch over into a prot spec. I often do the first pull of an instance before realizing that I don’t have it turned on. Also, Divine Plea solves so many problems. Why aren’t paladins given this sooner?!?! (I know, I know, they do in Cataclysm).
All in all, I’m mostly enjoying my space goat. And since she’s on my second account, it gives me something to do while camping for my Frostbitten achievement on Beru.
On Achievements –
Speaking of achievements, I only need Dirkee for Frostbitten. I managed to snag both Aotona and Vyragosa yesterday. And actually, I only snagged Vyragosa because I’m such a fail ret paladin, and after dying (again) I tabbed over to Beru – and there she was! I was so excited. Now if only Dirkee would spawn, I’d be finished with this horrible achievement.
Of course, then I will continue to work on Bloody Rare. But supposedly the TBC rares are easier, due to the zones being less crowded.
On Cataclysm –
There are changes a brewing. We are having some discussions currently about the direction we’d like to take the guild in Cataclysm. We will also be offering folks the opportunity to switch their mains in Cataclysm. This is something that I’ve given a lot of thought to, as I’ve been fairly unhappy with what I’ve been seeing reported about resto druids in the beta. Not only that, but the seeming lack of concern from the devs regarding the feedback they are receiving from druids in the beta.
I am worried, and I have considered moving to one of my other healers for the expansion. But, I’ve been a druid since Vanilla. I just can’t see changing now, especially with all of the work I’ve put into Beru. So, for better or worse, I’m going to stay a druid. I spammed healing touch, I rolled Lifebloom, and I learned to love rejuv. I’m sure I’ll fare fine with whatever changes come my way.
Speaking of Cataclysm, we opened up a fun little contest to the guild to guess the release date of the expansion, and we’ve gotten some very interesting guesses! Personally, I picked 11/18/2010. When do you think it’s going to release?
(quick edit! I am a little behind in replying to comments. I promise, it’s coming!)
This week’s topic over at Blog Azeroth is near and dear to my heart. Mostly because I’m a total packrat, and I love these kinds of things, but what Feral Tree wants to know is what items or mementos have you kept (in your toon’s pack or bank) and why? Whether it be keepsakes, quest rewards, special items, random drops, whatever! – why did you decide to hang on to it? What’s its significance to you?
Now, I already did a post about what kind of junk I tote around with me in my bags, so this time I’m going to focus solely on some of the mementos that I hold near and dear in my bank. Every time I lament my lack of bank space and Brade tries to convince me to destroy things, there are certain things that I just cannot let go – no matter how full my bags may be.
Before we get started, and so that you fully understand the level of packrat-ness that I exude, perhaps I should give you a glimpse into Beru’s bank? Yes?
As I was looking through the treasure hold that is my bank last night in preparation for this post, I found it extremely hard to pick just a handful of my preciouses for this post. However, I have somehow managed to narrow it down to ten. It was a challenge let me tell you! But here are ten of my fondest memories that seem to survive every expansion and every bank purging.
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Have you ever had one of “those” nights? You all know the ones I’m talking about. The ones where anything and everything seems to go wrong for no concrete reason, almost like someone stole your mojo and you must find it before you can be whole again. I know that I’ve had them. As a matter of fact, I had one this past Sunday while we were throwing ourselves at HM LK…again.
Things just weren’t gelling, for whatever reason. As a raid, we had completely and totally lost our Mojo.
Of course, at this point there is only one thing to be done: find it.
You can’t find it by hollering at people. You can’t find it by screaming (although I try). You can’t always find it by continuing to throw yourself at the thing that stole it from you. You can’t find it by looking under someone’s motorbike or skirt. So, how do you get your mojo back?
For me – I needed to kill something. After having my face smashed in for 3 hours, I had a bloodthirst like you wouldn’t believe, and it was only going to be sated by…going to Ulduar? Yes, you read that right, our raid lost our mojo and seemed to have found it in Ulduar. And why shouldn’t we?!
After a frustrating night with dear Arthas, we took ourselves to an instance that we had partially cleared and reactivated our raid lockout. The goal? Alone in the Darkness. Why? TENTACLES! Well…and because we hadn’t done it before. But mostly for the TENTACLES! And you know what? It was a lot of fun. It was silly, we did achievements, we unwound all of that pent up LK tension, and somewhere along the way we regained our Mojo.
I had joked as we headed to Mimiron that if a year ago you had told me that Ulduar would be the chicken soup for my poor raiding soul, I would have told you to put the crack pipe down. However, the truth of the matter was that coming back to something old made it fresh and restored me. And it was exactly what I needed at that time.
I am sure that everyone has different releases. So I’m curious, when it’s clear that it’s just not your night, what do you do? How do you get your raiding mojo back?
In case you haven’t heard yet, Angelya is hosting a Harvest Festival Bake Off. She has asked her readers to create a submission of their favorite fall recipes using ingredients found around Azeroth, and give a small explanation as to why they have chose their recipe to share with the community.
This is my submission. I have called it “Granny Smith’s Shattrath Surprise” but it is better known around my household as my mother’s apple crisp. In our family she is practically famous for it. Anytime we go to a family gathering and we are asked to bring something, everyone requests mom’s apple crisp. I have picked up this tradition by also introducing it to those I know out here on the West Coast, and anytime Brade and I go to a gathering where we will be enjoying each others company and good food, I bring along mom’s apple crisp. Truth be told, I have no idea where she picked up the recipe, but it is one of my favorite things by far. And so, I’d like to share with all of you the joy that is Mom’s apple crisp.
Granny Smith’s Shattrath Surprise
8 – 12 Goldenbark Apples (You will want a tart apple for this, I prefer Johnathan, but Granny Smith Apples work very well also).
2/3 cup fine sand (granulated white sugar)
1-2 cups simple flour
1/2 – 1 cup Lard’s Lunch (butter)
2 teaspoons Mild Spices (Cinnamon)
1/2 – 1 cup granulated sweet root (Dark Brown Sugar)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- This recipe can be made in two sizes: Large (9 x 13 pan) or Small (9 x 9) pan. I will provide directions for both sizes, along with a few chef’s notes, which will be annotated by a “*”.
- Peel, core and slice apples. You will need 12 apples for a large batch, and 8 apples for a small batch. *Please note these are for small Jonathan apples. If you are using today’s larger apples, you will not need as many. I tend to use 5 large Granny Smith’s for a small batch. An apple corer/peeler/slicer works wonderfully for this!
- Using a large bowl, combine apples with 2/3 cup fine sand, 4 tablespoons simple flour and 2 teaspoons of mild spices. *I tend to add a touch extra cinnamon and a touch of extra sugar to mine.
- Mix well until all of the apples are coated and place into baking pan.
- Cut two tablespoons Lard’s Lunch, and place on top of apple mixture. *I tend to cut the butter in such a fashion that I can place a piece in each quarter and in the center of the pan.
- In a separate bowl, mix topping using your hands or a pastry mixer. The topping will be crumbly.
- For a small pan combine 1 cup simple flour, 1/2 cup Lard’s Lunch and 1/2 cup granulated sweet root.
- For a large pan combine 2 cups simple flour, 1 cup Lard’s Lunch and 1 cup granulated sweet root.
- * I really enjoy the toping, so I tend to make a small batch – but like my mother – utilize the large pan’s topping mix for a little extra nom.
- *You do not want your butter rock hard out of the fridge, but not fully softened either. I partially soften the butter for the topping before mixing it.
- Sprinkle topping over Apple mixture.
- Bake 45 minutes, or until top is browned and apples are tender.
- *I have found that a large batch may take closer to an hour to cook – but keep an eye on it so you do not burn the topping!
- Remove from oven and serve!
The crisp is best served warm – and will reheat very well! It is very tasty with a scoop of Tigole and Furor’s Vanilla or Cinnamon Ice Cream!
I hope that you enjoy! Please let me know if you have any questions with regards to the recipe itself.
Warning – I will not be responsible for any injuries that are a result of a mad dash for seconds!
As we fall on the eve of Wrath of the Lich King, and approach the dawn of Cataclysm I find that a lot of people are falling into two camps. The “been there done that” camp, that logs in, does their raids, and then logs out to enjoy some non-WoW time doing other things; and the “I need to finish” camp. You know, the people that are frantically trying to get “x” done before the new expansion.
Most nights in our guild, you will see somewhere around 30 people online at raid time, and within 15 minutes of the raid finishing that number dwindles down to somewhere around 10. I’ve also noticed that more people are taking their off-nights WoW free. I may see them log in to do transmutes or check their auctions, but a lot of folks are enjoying the quiet before the storm. Taking in movies, or doing some things around the house before Cataclysm hits.
I find that I tend to be in the second camp of folks. I had a small bout of WoW malaise for the past month or so, where I would log in to raid and take care of guild matters, but as soon as we were done I would log out to tend to other things. However, I seem to have gotten my second wind again. As Cataclysm draws nearer, I look at the list of things that I’d like to accomplish and find that I am fairly motivated to work on them, as a result I find that I’m once again spending a fair bit of time in game, and generally having a lot of fun! Read the rest of this entry »
Over the past few weeks, I asked a few questions here with regards to the Lich King. In the first question I asked people’s opinions on “selling” Lich King titles, and there was a really fantastic mix of opinions on the topic. In the second question, I asked what killing the Lich King meant to you, and shared that we had decided not to “sell” Lich King titles, but rather to open up a contest that gave players on our server the opportunity to answer that question for a chance to join us in defeating the legendary foe.
We have received a tremendous number of replies to this contest, and many of them have been quite good. I have no doubt that we will be able to provide Lich King kills to people for weeks to come. However, we also received one incredibly stand out entry that I wanted to share. Because it was so amazing I asked the submitters if I could have permission to share it here, as it was just too awesome to sit dusty in our private forums. The imagination that is shown is amazing. I really think that everyone will enjoy it!
Without further ado, I’d like to share Tallerius and Kaelthal’s submission: http://ascenttothethrone.smackjeeves.com/comics/949984/cover/
I promise that it is well worth the time it takes to click on the link and read through it!
And because we found it so thoughtful and recognized the effort that was put into the submission, we thought we’d let them know that they’d been selected to join us in a similar fashion. You can find my response to them below the break (but be gentle! I don’t generally participate in role play – so if I’ve made errors, please forgive them!). Read the rest of this entry »
Last week Vixsin over at Life in Group 5 (www.lifeingroup5.com) took a look at some of the statistics that Blizzard’s been compiling regarding her, and then tried to piece together what that means about her. As I read over her post, I thought “man, that is pretty intriguing…and fun! I wonder what my stats say about me?!?!”. And so, borrowing her format, here are a few stats from my own statistics page! Read the rest of this entry »
This week’s shared topic over at Blog Azeroth asks “what are you doing, if anything, to prepare for Cataclysm”? So I thought I’d chime in with what I’m doing to prepare, because just like all expansions you never know what is going to be added to the game, or change with the game! That is even more prevalent with this particular expansion.
First and foremost in my preparations is completing those things on my wish-list that I think might change or be removed. Some examples of this are Loremaster and The Timbermaw Hold grind. I don’t know that they will be going anywhere, but it isn’t a risk I wanted to take! I also want to make sure to gather all of my crocolisk pets, I still need two more for Beru. I don’t know that they will be taking this quest out of the game with Org changes, but I don’t want to miss out!
I am also making sure that I’ve done everything in Northrend, and with this expansion, that I’d like to do. We have a couple more ICC Hard Modes to finish out, but I’ve done all the quests in all of the zones on Beru, so I don’t have to worry about that. I think I’d like to go back for a Yogg 0 kill, and there seems to be a fair bit of support for that in the guild, so I am hopeful! Guild wise, we’ve started a “Pre-Cataclysm Wish List” asking what people would like to do before we get to Cataclysm, so I’d like to make sure to knock a few items off of that list for everyone as well!
Gathering. From herbing to mining, I’m stockpiling for early level profession skill points. A number of things are still of “orange” quality, which means that they will give me a decent number of skill points for things once my skill is raised. I did this going into this expansion, and I had flasks for all of my instancing, leveling and a decent portion of Naxx. So my banker’s bags are filled to the brim! Anything I don’t use will also sell fairly well if I hold onto it for a few months after the expansion releases and the items become rare.
Hoarding Gold. I don’t know what is going to be introduced, but I want to make sure that I have the coin to buy whatever I want! I have been gathering funds any number of ways, from working the AH to just not buying everything that catches my fancy (which is harder than it sounds!). I don’t know how much the new flight is going to cost, or what kind of toys they are going to introduce with cataclysm, but I intend to be prepared! I have frequently found myself pondering “how much gold will I need?”, and the answer is that I just don’t know! So I will just keep earning and sticking it in my “rainy day” jar…I don’t think there will be a “too much”!
Getting all of my alts “cataclysm ready”, from clearing out quest logs, to making certain that their off-spec gear is in order (I have 5 healers and a tank! That’s a lot of off spec DPS gear!). I would probably also include “finish leveling alts” in this category as well. I have a DK at 72 (/yawn), a hunter at 71, a warlock at 70 and my baby druid at 60! I don’t know if they will all make it to 80 this expansion or not. It depends on how much down time I have as we wind down, and if I find other things more intriguing than leveling them (right now, it’s reading!). I also might try to put together some alt groups for Uld 10 for 310 mounts for the toons that I don’t have them on yet….but I’m not quite certain if I’m that ambitious yet!
Capturing memories before everything irrevocably changes. I have been traveling the old worlds making sure that I have some memories of all of the zones. I am curious to see what is going to be changing as we go forward in time. I have a lot of very fond memories of Vanilla, and while I am sure that I will gather fond memories of Cataclysm, I don’t want to wash away all of my old memories either!
How about you? What are you doing in preparation for Cataclysm?!
Last night I had a rather rare experience, I entered a group through the looking for dungeon tool in the upper 50’s bracket and found that I was the only person utilizing heirloom items. I was intrigued. On my first interaction with the group I had the feeling that these were players that had just recently stepped into the game without a lot of experiences, and that these may well be their first characters, and first treks through Azeroth.
The instance that was selected for us was Dire Maul East. Now, having LOVED Dire Maul back in vanilla, I am intimately familiar with the zone. But…as I find myself in this bracket in the LFD tool, I have come to realize that if you don’t know where you are going in this very large instance, you are likely to get lost in all of the corridors. This wing is especially tough as in order to have the tree bust the door down you have to clear the other mini-bosses in the zone (a change that was made back in vanilla to hinder quel’serrar farming). So, if you didn’t know that, or know that there are 4 bosses (if you include Pulsin) that you have to clear first, I could see how this zone could be frustrating and how you could get lost in the maze.
However, not to be daunted, the tank laughed and said “I’ve never been here before, I’ll need some help”. No one in the group complained and no one in the group dropped. Read the rest of this entry »
Purple ghosts are bad
Stop fucking hitting the ghosts
Ow, another wipe