Monday, April 19, 2010

I Blame Koris

Who's Koris you ask? Well, let me explain a little.

In this lovely screenshot (don't judge my UI back then) we have Koris trying to drag Ignis back to our afk group at the top of his ramp. As you can probably tell, he's not going to make it much further. This is an example of a Koris of the facepulling, aggro stealing, tanking with a level 13 green shield variety. He's the pocket-tank I talk about from time to time, even though his main spec is facesmashing.

By now, you're probably asking yourself "So what did Koris do THIS time?" Do not fear good readers, I shall explain.

In all honesty, it's not entirely Koris's fault. I logged on at midnight to just clean up some auction stuff, and 3 friends suckered me into joining them for a few heroics. They're all collecting badges and gear for Koris's Herald of the Titans run, and I still needed several achievements for my Glory of the Hero, so it was a good plan.

After a few runs, and a few achievements later, they were stopping because Koris had set up a 10 Ulduar hardmode group to go collect them some more gear for Herald. I offered to take my little druid, since she could use the gear and achievements, and was soon in raid. I casually mentioned that if we just so happened to get to Mim and Yogg, I'd like to bring in my big druid since those were the only two HMs I needed for my Rusted, but didn't think much of it. It was already 1 am, and I didn't think we'd mow through the other bosses fast enough for people to want to do Firefighter and Yogg+1 that late.

Boy... that'll teach me not to underestimate the sleep deprivation of raiders again. After slaughtering XT, someone pips up with the suggestion to go kill Algalon. Now, I realize he's old news to quite a few, but I've never even seen the boss before. Quickly switch to big druid, and listen to instructions while not panicking about what my framerate is going to do during this fight. So of course we one-shot him and very nearly get the no-deaths achievement.

Swapped back to little druid, and we skipped our way through the next bosses. It was my first time being in Freya's room with an herbalist, and let me just say, holy hell. That's a lot of flowers. By this point, it's closing in on 4am, and I'm expecting us to just do normal for the final 3 bosses. But nooooo, mister raidleading Koris announces that we're gonna do Firefighter, so I switch druid's again.

Firefighter, with credit for Champion of Ulduar. /flex

I've blogged before about my special problems with Yogg. Fortunately, tonight, the clouds decided to behave. No DC's, no stupid people, no surprises. 9 minutes later, he was dead and 5 months after we first started on it, I finally had my Glory of the Ulduar Raider done.

But like I said, it's all Koris's fault. Without him, last night I would have just logged on, done auctions, and gone to sleep at a reasonable hour. Instead, my little druid is well on her way to Champion of Ulduar, over halfway done with her rusted proto, and picked up several pieces of gear. As for my big druid, only missing 3 for my red proto, 2 bosses for Champion of Uld, and is now . Oh right, this too.

<3 Koris

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Refer A Friend: Meh

Well, so far, the most important thing I've learned with Refer a Friend is that warriors really aren't for me. We're level 17 and I'm just about ready to delete the character entirely. Questing sucks, instances are worse, and I'm just really not enjoying it.


I'm thinking I'm going to leave the warrior at 30 and work on something else, but everyone keeps saying it gets better... eventually. Gimme a timeframe here people =P

I'm having more fun getting myself and the brother killed though... Lava, zeppelins, water, cute fuzzy monsters that rip you to shreds.

Also, do your class quests when they become available. Even if it looks stupid and like something you can do later on, you'll get experience for it on level and won't get to level 16 and realize that you don't even have a blasted taunt.

Not that I speak from experience or anything.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Where's Khi?


I'm still alive, I promise.

Those of you that follow me on twitter might know that I've been playing very little lately. I actually let my account expire for about a month, which was a nice break, but I'm back now =) I have a new job, with random hours, which means money but pretty limited and sporadic playing hours. I'm hoping to have a new computer within the next few weeks or so (depending on some RL expenses coming up) but even then, I don't think I'll be able to get back to raiding due to work for now.

In the meantime, I'm going to spend the vast majority of my time working on alts. I have quite a few as of now, and since my brother just started up a new account today, going to be getting quite a few more through Refer a Friend. And the rocket. Who doesn't want a rocket?

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've probably heard something about the Cataclysm class changes that were announced this past week. I'm pretty disappointed by what they've said about trees so far, but hoping it'll change. You probably won't see any blog posts from me about the changes until beta at the earliest, but check out some of the blogs over there on my feeder if you want some thoughts -->

I'm probably not going to be blogging much in the coming weeks, but I'll try to not have a long silence again like this was. No promises though, RL is kinda a mess right now.

All that said, got a few questions for ya =)
  • Any tips on RaF? He has a level 80 paladin on the same server, so he's probably gonna dualbox and just run us through things, but I've been told that may slow us down significantly.
  • Seen any good gaming computers lately? Hoping to find something on the cheaper side, but don't want to have to replace for a good while.
  • If my posts for a while are nothing but rambling about whatever alt I'm working on at the time, what kind of information might you find useful or interesting?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Gifts from the Elders

Just under two weeks ago I posted a challenge... Bloggers from around the World of Warcraft could write up posts from the perspective of an Elder passing on wisdom to someone that is new to an area of your expertise.

Let me just say, wow! I've been shocked at the response this little idea has gotten and how much it's grown. Writers from all around Blog Azeroth, and even a few I think we picked up through the link have posted their tips and advice. 17 people in all wrote up and submitted guides of all sizes and types. I'd like to thank each and every one of them. Every one of these is great (and I've bookmarked more than a few myself!)

Without any further rambling, here's the list of every blogger that participated. Now, it's your turn! Go read, comment, and add the RSS feeds if you like =)

Elder Psynister left us nuggets of wisdom in the form of various gifts.

Elder Tarinae wrote up a few things that all players should know, from gems to abbreviations.

Elder Cheesekings posted some tips for baby hunters, mages, and trees.

Elder Ardol had some advice for any class that you're going to level.

Elder Jen went a slightly different direction and wrote about making gold while leveling.

Elder Lissanna finished up her moonkin guide for someone that just finished leveling.

Elder Vrethir made a list of things to do to keep your healer happy.

Elder Poneria captured some beautiful scenery from Azeroth to remind us to relax sometimes.

Elder Aoirselvar created a guide for all baby hunters to teach us how to kite.

Elder Edainne wrote a post with general tips for leveling anything and everything.


Elder Cynwise had some great tips for any of us that are planning to PvP anytime soon.

Elder Derek wrote a post with little things for a leveling mage to do (or not do!) to make their life easier.

Elder Gazimoff put together a list of various types of mages that a new roleplayer might be interested in.

Elder Lilith took a step further back and wrote up some things someone brand new to the World of Warcraft might wish to know.

Make sure to leave these bloggers some love =) Comments will make them smile, and cyber-cookies are amazing.

And finally, another idea: Noble Garden is the next in-game event and starts in about a month. If someone else in the Blog Azeroth group has an idea, as both of these recent holiday events have been an amazing success and lots of fun, that might be a good time for yet another blogging event.

(And please, if I messed up a link, misspelled your name, or worse, forgot you, let me know!)