Last week I had the luxury of being a complete and total bum. That is to say that I took vacation time with the sole purpose of pretty much doing, well, nothing. Ok, that’s not entirely true. I had wanted to get old update posts hosted on a different web host transferred over to the new host before the paid time expired on the old host. However, my laziness won out and that task totally did not happen.
Sometimes you just need a week of lazy. But lazy or not, the world (of warcraft) still turns. And things must go on. So in order to get back into the swing of things, I thought I should go ahead and let everything that has been gathering in my brain for the past week air out, so that I can perhaps get some fresh thoughts in the old belfry.
We have started work on our 6th hard mode: Conclave of Wind. We spent about 3.5 hours with it last night, trying to work through the kinks and really with a few tweaks I think we should net a kill fairly soon. We had the basic issues that everyone has with Rohash’s platform – but as people got more comfortable with it the mistakes slowed down. We didn’t really have issues with surviving the ultimates – and generally had both Rohash and Anshal down to ~30% before entering the second ultimate.
Really, the only bad thing about the encounter, in my opinion, is that it is very reminiscent of Vaelstraz in the wipe/run back repeat approach. When first learning the fight, you tend to wipe very early into it…repeatedly. With there being no trash to clear, and the wipes coming very close together, this means that you have wipes in very quick succession while trying to work through all of the mechanics/kinks. That in and of itself is one of the challenges in the encounter to my mind. It’s hard to keep people fresh and on their toes for wipe after wipe, with little or no reprieve in-between.
It’s my hope that we can shore up this encounter and net a kill tonight so we can start a new hard mode next week – but it may take us another night or two to work through everything.
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Friday night Kitai hit 80. WooHoo!
In the weeks that I have been leveling her I have been gathering gear for her so that when I hit 80 I wouldn’t be laughed out of LFD as I made my early attempts at tanking heroics. Like most problems in life and WoW, you can solve them by throwing a little money their way. And so I threw a little money and crafted myself the starting tank gear, and while I was at it, made myself a couple of ”treats”, being the two 245 crafted items. (P.S. Screw titansteel. No, really. What a huge pain in the patooty that every last single item for plate wearers takes massive amount of titanstell!). I had also made sure that every day that I played Kitai I did they daily dungeon, which at level 70 starts awarding 2 emblems of triumph. In those 10 levels, I had managed to collect enough emblems to buy one of the 30 emblems items at 80.
I was very close to 80 going into the weekend, and so I knew my goal would be to hit 80. Friday night when I got home, I was halfway there, so I hunkered down to finish it out…only to be distracted when Brade got home and asked ‘want to go out for dinner”. So few hours, and a couple of peachbellinis later, I was back at home, a little giddy, and ready to get down to business. I was sooooo close!
Brade was sleepy and headed to bed early, but I was on a mission. 80 or bust! I was starting to get sooooo sleepy, but that little leveling bar was so close to full! Just a few more quests, I can do it! And sure enough, 5 quest turn ins later I had succeeded and immediately logged. I was tired! Training could wait for the morning. Read the rest of this entry »