Friday, August 28, 2015

Terrororising helpless Tushui for a few points

Hk and I had gotten our Alliance pandas to 91 and so the lambs were brought to slaughter.

Kyxyn, Crooked, myself and Tyefoods started killing Hk's alliance panda but the 2 minute rez timer was painful.  A helpful alliance priest offered to rez HK for us and refused payment, so I  have to think of something nice to do for that person later as a thank you.  They stood around rezzing for at least an hour!  That did take hours and hours of farming off for all of us, which was nice.

Tye and I got our panda kills and then we weren't able to help with the kill count anymore, so I switched to my panda so at least there were 2 to kill.  The priest just kept chain rezzing me and HK and so it wasn't much longer before Kyxyn was done as well.

Time to hand in and though I cheated my way to the achievement, at least now I can head and kill some worgen (and then after that, some humans).  At least I do see those around in Ashran.

Terror of the Tushui sounds much nicer then Huojin's Fall (which is the alliance version of the title). But I do admit, that I do like the title that alliance get from killing Tauren, "the Butcher".

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Raiding - And that makes Ten

You know that feeling of stupidity that you get when people tell you how easy something is but you can't seem to get it even after multiple goes?

Well, we had that with Fel Lord.

On normal, it's easy.  I didn't even fully understand the mechanics of it and we just brute forced it. Something about pillars needing protection and don't get hit by purple waves emanating from the boss and from seeds and from tank.

So then we went to do that on heroic.  And NOW I understand the fight a bit more.

Fel Lord makes these swirly fissures and a big pointy crystal comes out of it.  If you stand in swirly, you absorb the energy and get a debuff (latent energy) and no big pointy crystal comes out.  You can control where one pops by leaving a swirly on its own.  If you absorb all swirlies the crystal pops up randomly.

Those crystals and the person who soaked a swirly contain latent energy, and if the player or a pillar gets hit with Zakuun's purple waves (Wake of Destruction) then they do raidwide damage, so you don't want the pillars to get hit with Wake, nor do you want players debuffed with latent energy to get hit by wake.

And really, that's all there is to it.

Lots of thing make the wake though.  Fel Lord does it periodically. Tanks get sent to another zone and when they pop out they release a wake.  Seeds of Destruction are placed on a few players and they need to run the hell away from the pillars and people because they chuck out wakes as well.

Now it all sounds nice and easy doesn't it?  Oh and I forgot, there is a debuff (Befouled) that you have to heal off as well, and it also explodes once you heal it off, damaging playes 6 yards around you.  Melee obviously need to move away when the debuff is about to be healed off.

There are things I don't understand about the fight, and I'm sure I'll understand it one day. Crooked said it in raid and I have to admit, I had been wondering it myself.  We tank Zakuun right next to one of those pillars, and was that because people are standing between Zakuun and the pillar?  Or was it so people could have better places to put their Seeds of Destruction because if we were far from the pillar, where would those seed people go?

Anyway, after 2 0% wipes on Thursday we came back on Monday and got it down.  I was a shocker on Thursday, getting hit by Wakes constantly and dying.  I was better on Monday, but I still don't feel like the fight is quite right yet.  But it's dead, and dead is good.

A friend of mine (the Guild leader of another guild) told me hat they killed it easily in only 5 attempts or something.  It makes me wonder if we have some fundamental flaw in our technique, or maybe everyone is still getting used to the encounter. And that is what got me down a bit.  How stupid are we that this easy fight took us so many attempts??

But, that makes ten, so I'll happily take that.  Yay Frostwolves!

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Frostwolf Transmog for a Frostwolf Guild leader

I have enough bag space issues as it is, and Kyxyn was nagging me about getting the Battlegear of the Frostwolves, which is transmog gear that you buy from Shadow Hunter Denjai in Tanaan when you are revered with Vol'jin's Headhunters.

"I think that the GM of Frostwolves should dress like a Frostwolf," he said.

And so I complied.

It's actually more of a war harness type of outfit, but I am not a fan of showing off my fur, especially in the midriff where my fur is a slightly different colour to my legs.  It's just not a very good look.  I does look better if I have the reddish colour.

But! Brawler's shirts to the rescue again!

This time I am wearing Sightless Mantle and I am doing something different - I'm using a fist weapon and offhand.  I actually don't have many fist weapons to transmog to, so I bought Claws of Agony off the AH for a very reasonable price. And I'm using Book of the Dead as my offhand transmog - I have so many different coloured books in my bags for transmog!

I'm sticking to Wolfshead Helm for now as the helm mog and I think it looks alright for a Frostwolf GM, don't you?

PvP - Hard achievements knocked out for all

Friday night PvP was not only a lot of fun, we even managed to get some cool achievements!

The night started off surprising because Shab thought we could give it a go doing boomkin, afflock and resto druid arenas.  I was not very keen but after we won the first one it was encouraging, and we also won a second, but then they figured it out and we couldn't beat them anymore.  Time for some BGs!

We had some good wins and some lousy ones, but the theme seemed the same - a paucity of healers on horde side, so luckily me and Shab were both queuing as heals.

We got into a Gilneas and a rogue there seemed excited to have healers, and it was a good BG because people were listening to calls for defence, even though we had a few zergs and were losing for a bit.  However, we managed to claw back to two bases even though we were far behind, and I wasn't sure we could win.  2 bases tick at 3 per tick compared to 1 base with 1 point per tick and as we reached 1430 it was clear that we were going to win if we could hold our 2 bases, and it was exciting as we overtook them at 1480.  I was practically screaming in excitement!

Now why would I be screaming?

I forget how many years ago it was when I was PvPing with Shab and we were in Gilneas and we were winning but Alliance capped a flag we were at and I said to Shab "Leave it, we'll still win, I want the achievement Jugger not," as we would have won it with less than 100 points ahead of alliance.  He poo-poo'd me and recapped the flag saying he wouldn't throw a game just for an achievement.  Since then, every time we do Gilneas I say "Remember when you wrecked my achievement...?"

And we have done a LOT of Gilneas. So that's a lot of nagging and moaning, on my part.

So, when we did get the achievement I was so bloody happy.

We all got the achievement and Shab got Master of the Battle for Gilneas as well. Then I decided to go on and on at him about that achievement and how we missed out on it years ago...  lol, worst friend ever.

Crooked joined us later and we went into Silvershard mines and he thought he would try again to get Mine Cart Courier. Sev went with him and together they managed to turn the cart at the last few seconds.  They had a good run after that, getting all the carts and alliance were rallying near the end.  They both got their achievement and I was pleased for them, and Shab said as long as we win, he doesn't mind achievements.

We would win it with one more cart.  Sev switched the east track to go back down towards lava and then we decided to hold that cart. However, Alliance switched it back and suddenly we were heading towards the top, and they controlled two carts and would win.  We won in the nick of time, right before Alliance's cart was captured.  Phew!

I was complaning that I wanted a flag running BG and suddenly WSG popped. Sev was being silly and running into some boxes near the door to head out, and he looked like he was disconnecting.

"Err.. I'm stuck," he said, as he tried turning and twisting his way around.  Eventually he managed to back himself out, by walking backwards. Crooked ran in there and he got stuck too. I was laughing - was he going to be stuck there for the whole time?  Fortunately for Crooky he managed to get free when the doors opened.

Some people in the room were talking in /say about us being silly, and one of them spat on me (and apologised instantly).  Well, we'll show them we aren't just a bunch of idiots. At first a hunter took the flag then ran away from me and unsurprisingly, he died. After that one of us ran it and we won that WSG 3 to 0.

All in all, it was a good PvP night!