LFR Night

Tuesdays are always a big night for the guild.  It’s the night we do our scheduled LFR.  LFR has been awesome for Crits and I see that continuing through MoP.  Apparently last week when I was doing epic poetry analysis, there were about 15-19 people from the guild in LFR.  Last night we had similar numbers.  Close to 15 for the first half and over that for the second.  We actually provided both of the tanks and between 4 and 5 of the 6 healers as well and the rest were DPS.  

As usual it all went very smooth with no wipes.  We had a few people die here and there, but LFR has like 1 million battle rez so we got everyone back up and running.  I went in on Sousa to heal it, though I mostly stood around making comments in raid channel or else tossing pathetic lightning at the boss.  I figured with 5 other healers I would only need to heal during the really AOE heavy parts…you know, the parts where your FPS go to 4?  

We had a blast, it’s always more fun when you’re there with a bunch of people who will life grip you around or /cuddle you or do crafting professions during boss fights and trash.  We won some things and lost some things, but everyone has a good time, at least as far as I know. 

And I died on the Deathwing fight, apparently from standing where a tentacle spawns?  All I know is that I was probably making some rain and then I fell over dead and got an achievement.  I love LFR night. 

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Legendary and Double Bubble

Oh man, it was a busy weekend/week so far!

The guild completed its legendary staff from Firelands.  Congrats and thanks to all the members of the guild who supported, assisted in, or otherwise encouraged the completion of this staff.  It took great effort from the regular Fri/Sat raiders to start this process and many of them participated in the off night runs to finish it up.  I was sad that I could not be online at the time the staff was completed.  Real life just gets in the way like that sometimes.  I am happy though that I was able to get myself a minipet.  

The announcement of the Classy Challenge has been met with good response!  We had a couple race changes and a couple others start focusing on alts to complete the challenge.  Dwarf warlock was completed first after a race change and couple handfuls of quests to get to honored, and one week later a worgen DK completed honored as well.  Elgar is out 10000g.  Ha!  We have left now the worgen priest and worgen warlock.  The priest, I was informed, will be completed today, 03/15/2012.  Then it’s just the worgen warlock, who is on his way last I heard.  This will be an easier achievement to complete now rather than waiting until MoP and it gets pushed to level 90.

On Tuesdays, Crits runs an LFR for the guild and some former guild members, it’s usually great fun and we get maybe 3-8 people.  This week we had between 12-16 people coming to each part!  It was awesome!  Coming together with that many people from the guild and our friends made the runs that much more enjoyable, though I couldn’t bubble just my own members like I usually do.  Ha!  I took Sousa on the first half since I didn’t need anything from part one on Elgar, but brought Elgar to the second half and he won the robes, well, “we” won the robes.  I used to feel bad about rolling for other people, or having people roll for me, but it’s such a standard practice now, I don’t feel very guilty.

This token completed Elgar’s 4-piece for T13.  Yes, it’s just Raid Finder gear, but it’s probably the best gear he’ll get until next Xpac.  Let me say this.  The priest 4-piece set is AMAZING.  100% more mana back from rapture??  YES PLEASE.  That’s 14% of my total mana back as often as every 10 seconds (I think 10 is the internal cool down).  And the best part is that PW:Shield has a 10% chance to absorb 100% more damage!!  I did a random heroic to see how this would work.  I only was able to see one time where it worked (I don’t have an add-on to tell me, so I had to mouse-over—and I’m not doing mouse-over every time) and it said there was 71k absorption left.  That is awesome.  REALLY awesome.  I have to wonder if the glyph is affected as well, the glyph heals for like 10% of the amount absorbed upon cast, so if the bubble is bigger, I assume the glyphed heal will be too.  I’ll have to keep an eye out for this.

So that’s that.  I know, WALL OF TEXT.

TL/DR version:  Crits got its legendary and things are awesome.

One Step Closer

Last night we headed off to Firelands to finish off the last of the collect 250 parts quest for our guild Mage Falahla who was pursuing the questline for the legendary weapon.  The bosses were dropping just 3 parts each and so we were a little nervous we wouldn’t make it.  However, she ended the raid having collected all the parts required.  All we have left now is killing Rag and collecting his heart. 

We’ve extended the raid lock-out and hopefully next week we’ll down him and the guild will have its legendary and their mini-pets.  We might have it done this weekend…we’ll see.  I’m confident we can find a group from the guild to complete this challenge.  He has been downed by the guild before, so it’s just a matter of getting those people familiar with the fight to complete it and refresh their memories. 

After the raid, someone focusing on the guild classy contest was looking for people around level 83 to run normal dungeons for guild reputation.  Amazingly we had a full group!  A few level 85s that wanted to try new specs or just weren’t geared enough yet joined and I offered to tank on that prot paladin I had been leveling up…I probably wouldn’t have offered, but we were going to have a level 85 priest learning to heal so I figured better now.  We got Vortex Pinnacle, which I was nervous about because I was hoping for Throne of Tides or BRC.  My health pool is pretty low considering I’m only wearing the “tank” quest gear.  But we managed to complete it without anyone dying, which I think is a success! 

I felt fairly confident tanking, however I still need to learn to round up the caster adds a little better.  They are sometimes REALLY spread out in that instance.  I also should use tank cooldowns a little more than I did.  But it’s been a REALLY long time since I tanked so I think it wasn’t too bad.  If nothing else, it made me confident that I probably can at least tank normals here and there to get some better gear and some Justice Points.

Oh goodness!

A week since I posted?  I know it’s been longer at times but man, am I slacking!  Well actually I had the flu, and I cheated on WoW and have been playing Tropico 4.  I like the story line and really enjoy the game; it fits my personality well…being the Presidente of a small island in the East Indies.  🙂

Anyways, let’s see…I could complain about the fail tanks I’ve been getting lately.  Like the ones that don’t know mechanics for normal heroics, or the ones who don’t use CC with their whopping 140k health pools and then wonder why I can’t keep them up.  Or the ones that break CC or the warrior who kept charging the banished target.  I could complain about the 1.5 hour Zul’Aman run I was in followed by the long Grim Batol where I lagged out on the two trash pulls up to the final boss so I couldn’t even finish to get my bag of wonders. 

But instead of that, I’m going to talk about Elgar, and how he got some major playtime yesterday…in fact, the most play time ever.  And as a result ended up getting about 10+ achievements two of which resulted in new titles.  Around the Christmas holiday, I realized that Elgar, upon completing Merrymaker was just two holidays away from his Long Strange Trip achievement.  Those two holidays were Lunar Festival and Love is in the Air (V-Day).  He had about half the V-day achievements done, but upon looking at the Lunar Festival ones…one.  Not a single achievement towards the holiday achievement besides the rocket one.  Ick.  So settled in for a day of  travel around Azeroth.  I stopped to do archaeology along the way, but tried really hard not to stop too much for herbs.  It took hours.  The dungeons slowed me down the most.  They weren’t impossible, but annoying.  Some of them required you to go quite far into the instance…which wasted time and Maraudon doesn’t have a good exit, so after getting that one, I hearthed out which is not where I wanted to be.

But with all that said and done, I got the achievement earning the Elder title.  Elder Elgar is a little weird though.  While looking around at all my achievements I noticed too that I was super close to finishing the Cataclysm Explorer, which would earn me the Explorer title.  I just needed to finish Vashir and one spot in Twilight Highlands, so I got those and also earned the Explorer title!  Not a bad day!  I even did Wintersgrasp PvP while going to get that Elder.  Just an FYI you have to have Wintersgrasp to get that Elder, so don’t forget to see when your faction has it so you can snag him if you are going for it. 

I had forgotten how terrible I was at PvP.  And Wintersgrasp is weird now because people can destroy the vehicles very quickly.  It’s funny how there’s a small subset of people really into it though, it’s almost like a personal BG to these guys.  😀  I’m glad they didn’t yell at me for helping out where I could. 

Anyways, it was a good weekend.  We finished it off with some Firelands to help a guild member finish up her staff…she’s at like 139 of the final things before the Rag thing, so it’s close!  That’s free pets for all!  Oh!  Speaking of which, I bought the Lunar Festival pet for Elgar and earned the Menagerie achievement for 125 minipets!  I would have had it a while ago if I could just catch that damned Seahorse or Mr. Pinchy.  Over 550+ casts for that damned Seahorse and nothing to show for it…I don’t even want to think about how many I’ve cast for Mr. Pinchy.  It’s enough to make me into a furious crawdad though!!

LFR Adventures

This post has been a long time coming; I’ve just been too busy. Anyways, a couple weeks now we’ve been doing LFR as a guild on Tuesday nights. I was finally able to get my gear score up on one character so I could attend. For starters, I’ll give props to my guildies, they are great people and fun to run LFR with. Sure we may not be topping in the meters…some of us might even be in last place (wink) but we have fun, we try hard, and we usually don’t screw things up beyond belief.

The only toon that is eligible at this time is Elgar, much to my surprise; he’s the most improved toon over one year ago. I really struggled with healing and adjusting to the changes with him, so this is a good thing to be able to play my favorite toon again. So I queued up with a handful of DPS from the guild and one tank the first week.

The thing with being Disc spec is that when you toss in 5 other healers, I’m not sure what my role is. Paladins heal the tanks; shamans, druids, and holy priests AOE heal, and I am left scratching my head what I should be doing. If there aren’t any paladins I focus on healing the tanks. But how often are there no paladins? Once last night there were none, but otherwise there was always one or two.

The first week, I spent most my time using PW:Shield on people, but not being sure when damage would happen, I would just cast it around, mostly on my own guildmates. 😉 AOE healing is harder since Prayer of Healing only hits members of the same party. Usually the party that gets that the most is the tanks party or my party.

So that takes me to the images. Here’s my recount for that first half the first week.

This is the image of recount for total healing done for the entire first half of the DS raid.  I actually didn’t think it was that bad.  Holylightman was also a disc priest, but I literally saw him standing around not making any casting animations during boss fights.  He soon became the last raid member I wanted to heal.

Here’s total absorbs, not too shabby.  So when I saw these two numbers I was thinking, I was doing pretty good.  Then I looked at the next number.

Overhealing…ouch.  53%.  Well I guess we didn’t wipe because I went OOM so I don’t feel so bad about the overhealing done.  But it was a reminder of how often my heals were going to waste, I am assuming that this is pretty much anytime that I was trying to spot heal or tank heal and someone else with faster cast times beat me to it.  Or any renews I might have tossed out.  I really need to stop with the renews if there are druids around.  But though the overhealing is an embarrassment to me one final category left me feeling like I did perform okay.

At least I won something!!  😉  This did make me feel good though.  I am pretty sure most of the dispels came from that one boss fight.  I tend to avoid any dispels that last under 4 seconds because I’ve learned that in Cataclysm they typically aren’t that bad.  I seldom have time to read the dispel and decide if I want to dispel or not.  But this made me feel like I was at least useful for something.

Here’s a couple other fun facts, when I looked at my top shielded players by PW:Shield, it was the two tanks, me, and then all of my guild mates.  I have a tendency to look out for my own first.  Don’t ever believe a healer that says they don’t have a personal healing priority.  In the second half of DS the second week I did it, there was a cute gnome priest, the only other one, she was holy spec.  This is good since we tend not to overlap.  Except…she kept casting PW:Shield on the tanks and then I couldn’t!!  This was super annoying since I was PRETTY sure that mine absorbs way more than hers.  So I only have this request:  Holy priests, if you are in a raid group with a disc priest, please don’t cast PW:Shield, the debuff of weakened soul is shared across all priests and you’ll make them angry.

All in all, LFR has been a lot of fun.  I think it is partly because when you bring in 7-8 plays from your own guild, it means that’s 7-8 slots that aren’t filled with douchebags.

Firelands: A Noob Remembers

This past weekend I went with the guild group to Firelands, because there were some people missing and needed some warm bodies.  Sousa is my most geared toon though he is still toting around a few heroic level items.  I took him along to help heal and switch to DPS as needed.  

Having only done some trash on Rossini before, I had no idea what any of the boss fights were like.  I’ve read lots of blogs so I had some idea of a few things.  Like, I knew there were feathers on Alys and that there’s some cat/scorpion phase thing…and lots of spiders. 

Anyways, here’s my recap of what happened, according to Sousa.

Shannox – Heals!  OMG why do you guys keep running out of range!  So much fire on the ground.  Ouch.

Beth – Heals!  Spiders everywhere.  Stack on butt.  “I made some rain you guys!  I hope you like it!”

Rock dude? – There’s right leg and a left leg, tank them apart and he’ll fall down?  I don’t know, don’t get in fire?  “Heal everyone.”  Neat?

Alys – DPS!  Interrupt the druids!  Yay!  Tornadoes are fun!  

Fire demon guy? – DPS!  Don’t go by some crystals!  DON’T STAND BY THE DOOR!!

Domo – Heals!  Stack up!  Make rain!  Run out?  Too slow.  Try again, more rain!!  Pounced!  Hold hands!  Don’t hold hands!  She loves me, she loves me not!  So much rain making.

Ragnaros – DPS!  Okay, hammer smash, not by me…lava wave?  WTF?  Try again.  This time not lava wave death.  Don’t touch the hammer!  Good!  Stack up and AOE…wtf is AOE on an enhancement shaman?  Totems LOL?  Attack!  Death.  Game over for us.

So we ended up 6/7.  Not so bad for my second time ever in Firelands.  I’m pretty amazing with my rain making.  Just saying. 

But seriously, thanks to the guild for being patient with my noobness and my potentially crappy heals.  Having never healed a raid before on my shaman I wasn’t quite up to speed on what I should be focusing on and what I shouldn’t be.  In 5-mans for example, I almost never use chain heal because everyone is not holding hands and it hits like one person.  But in raids, everyone is holding hands!  I make way more rain than I should in a 5-man, so that was easy to do in the raid too.  It was a lot of fun healing with Kerick, because I knew she’d save us if I was busy floor tanking with Bocat and/or Grom.  I’m teasing!!  😉

Thanks again, good times and pretty dresses.

Kill the Dragon!

Nope.  Not Deathwing.

Not even Nefarian.

Instead, Onyxia (the level 80 version), Malygos, and Sartharionowitz–I can never remember how those dragon names end.

You guessed it.  It was classic raid night!  We started off with Onyxia.  We weren’t sure if we’d do the 10 or 25 man version, but come time to kill her, we had 13ish people interested, so we decided to do 25-man.  I went with Sibelius because I wanted the helm…moose horns!!  My DPS was horrible!!  I was more concerned with calling out whelps and deep breath if we needed that I really was mostly just running around.  But she came down with ease and we got three achievements!  More DoTs, She Breathes Deep, and 25-man kill.  It was awesome.  No drake though, sad times.  Even sadder times, no druid helm.

After that 5 minute fight, or 3 minute, or whatever… Someone says “what next?”  Classic raid nights go like that.  We’re already in a group, we’re blowing through content, we might as well go for it!  So we decided that more dragons needed to die.  And off to Eye of Eternity we went because people needed the achievement.

Let me say this.  There are a few things about EoE yet. 
1)  It’s trippy as all get out and probably sent at least 2 raiders into seizures by the time we were done with phase 3. 
2)  You can still die on phase 3, drakes still suck, and targeting is still a nightmare.  Be sure to still move together!  I found the whole thing horrible to see. 
3)  Needs more drakes.

Like Onyxia, Malygos failed to give us a drake as well.

We then headed over to OS.  Did it on 25-man and got someone a drake.  Yay!  That was pretty uneventful.  Then we decided to do RS.  That was…ugly?  The trash was horrendous!  No wonder no one went there at level 80.  It took us more time to kill trash than it did to kill the first boss!  We ended up leaving after wiping twice on the same set of trash, but not for the same reasons.  That was okay, no one was really into RS that much anyways. 

All in all though a good and fun evening killing drakes!  Next week classic raids are BT again (the transmogrification gear and rep are lucrative) and AQ40…for mounts.