Well since it’s the end of the expansion, this is of course the time wherein a lot of people scramble to finish long outstanding achievements. I’ve actually managed to finish several the last few weeks.
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I hate that but Real Life reared it’s head this past month in a very real and scary way. First of all, a month ago, my father in law had a stroke. He survived and just came back home this past week and is improving every single day. He still has some loss of movement in his right hand/arm/leg but it’s coming back little by little. He lives an hour away from us and the hospital he was in was about an hour and 40 minutes away so a lot of traveling ensued. We even had to cancel a raid which hasn’t happened in years but I have the best raiders who are incredibly understanding – I mean Real Life comes first!
And then last week there was a shooting outside our house – something unheard of for our neighborhood, and thankfully no one was hurt… it’s just really disturbing to have that happen twenty feet from where you’re sitting in the living room.
One of the brightest spots this past week was receiving a pet from my friend Navi who literally made my day. It was an expected and welcome Dragon Kite – level 25. I named it Rawr. It seemed appropriate and it CHANGES COLORS. SQUEE!!! And as you can see from the picture below is that I also got my Hearthsteed which I think is just GORGEOUS.
Anyway, I’ll get to more posts later… I have quite a few in mind – including the new Diablo 3 expansion and the new game Heroes of the Storm which is in technical alpha at this point. Ven and I were lucky enough to get invites.
Over the holidays the hubby and I have been letting our son play WoW with us. We have a third account and he’s got a mage on it and a hunter I just finished leveling today [and they both have cele two piece]. He’s only five years old but he’s remarkably astute about some things. But he’s also given me a little clue into some of the stereotypes I see in LFR.
1. Time Warp popping mage. My son’s “main” would be his mage I expect. He tools around on some of the lowbies on the account, and the hunter but most of his small amount of game time is spent on the mage. He loves the mage because he can make everyone in the group BIG.
2. Summoning of things – He loves dropping the table to feed everyone. Just about every pull. He also loves summoning his friends [mirror image] so he can have help.
3. Needing on everything – He’s pretty good about greeding stuff but occasionally he just NEEDS to “get a present” from the boss and will forget and need everything. That’s not a big deal in Ulduar or ICC. We just have him trade something if someone else wants it. And frankly, it’s irrelevant in LFR now but more for LFD.
4. Incessant bouncing. Doesn’t matter what toon he’s on he’s bouncing everywhere.
5. Randomly following a pet around during a fight/not dpsing the boss – there are more interesting things than boss fights!
6. AoE on single target fights – because arcane explosion [number 9] is fun!
7. Pulling for the tank – because starting the fight is important and fun! Besides, he has to drop a flare under the boss and “set them on fire”
8. “GOGOGOGOGO” – because he’s five… and can’t sit still.
9. Trolling the tanks – “I’m sorry daddy, I didn’t mean to press the button and start the fight” [Mimiron]. Next week: “I’m gonna push the button again!”
So… just pretend everyone in LFR is five years old and is just learning to read. Whole new perspective. Now he just needs to discover how to turn growl on and Aspect of the Pack on his hunter…
Well this weekend I decided it was high time I sat down and finally got at least one of the warbringer mounts. My experience grouping for those has not been very good. This weekend however was pretty much just me with hubby joining me on a few circuits.
I managed to net two of the three mounts in the process – And while I occasionally saw people farming them or camping the Dread Wastes one, they’re up a lot on my circuits – even on the weekend – so it’s not a horrible time to farm them.
But anyway, here are the two I managed to get…
I’ve been accused more than once of not having my own mind. Anyone who knows me knows how ridiculous that statement is. But since I’m a Stay at Home Wife and Mother and since I often defer to my husband in public, the accusation comes about.
We’ve been called backwards because of how we handle our marriage… because I address any issues in private rather than make a fuss in front of friends. Even because we made the choice that I stay at home with any children – something I was told that I’d never be satisfied or fulfilled by doing [boy were they wrong]. I mean, my husband is also my best friend – I should have his back and he should have mine and we do. Bringing that kind of teamwork and attitude to raid is a blessing.
And yet, despite being called backwards and such, we keep running into these strange creatures in WoW… these strange creatures that seem to believe that woman’s place is behind the controls of a healer – or caster dps and has no business being in the tanking business… that’s for the menfolk don’t you know?! Which one is actually backward there?
Back on our old server in our first guild, my husband actually tried to get me interested in tanking… kept saying I should give it a go because I might like it. I never gave it a second thought until I stopped enjoying my warlock and my husband couldn’t keep a reliable or sober offtank. That part you’ve heard before, I know. I got a few reactions of what amounted to “Look at the cute little girl trying out tanking” but my husband was determined that if tanking was what I wanted to do, he’d help me learn how… just as he always has with every dream I’ve pursued or goal I’ve had.
I was the offtank for my husband in our ten man and the alternate tank in the 25 man… meaning most of the time I was paying my dues by going dps back then. I wasn’t great at it then either but it was a casual guild so it was alright. Our main tank at the time was our GM who played a paladin. Our main offtank was another DK who was blood. Ven was the third tank in the 25s. I wasn’t given much thought for a few weeks until our normal DK couldn’t show up for one. Ven moved up to the secondary tank position and I consequently got the third position. I was psyched. And then our GM lost a piece of tanking gear to me. And suddenly I was a threat. It was all fair and by the book – we used a straight SK system for 25 man and he’d lost pieces to OS tanks [both of the tanks for the third raid were MS dps] before and it had not been an issue… but I was a woman. This, somehow, made a big difference.
I didn’t really understand what was going on… I was feeling pressure but I was having the most fun I’d ever had in game. I’d discovered my true role… and yet somehow I was being treated as a threat. One of the officers finally pulled me to the side one day and explained that our GM believed that women didn’t belong in tanking or in the officer corps. That’s “just the way he is”. Basically that I was going to have to fight for every scrap I got. I was going to have to work twice as hard to be thought half as good. Whatever. In truth, I was really upset. I mean I’d looked up to our GM and he’d been right good to me, until I started tanking.
I didn’t give up – obviously. But I did have to fight every step along the way. Worst of all were mornings – especially if the GM and I were the only ones online. I’d finally made officer at some point in this mess. Ven had gotten promoted probably 7-9 months before based on raids that we organized together. Anyway, I started logging into an unguilded alt to see if any officer besides the GM were on because if it was just him and I, Officer chat was pure nastiness. A Vault of Archavon pug we both happened into one day sealed that deal. They made me the main tank and he gave me nothing but grief in officer chat. Oh how bad I sucked… oh how I couldn’t keep threat off him going full bore… despite pretty badly outgearing me. The group lit into him for refusing to tank swap and I was ready to throw up my hands and leave… but the taunting in officer clinched that I was absolutely going to stay this time.
Why didn’t I ignore him? One of the rules of the guild was that you were not permitted to ignore any guildies – it was literally grounds for a gkick. Most of the other officers supported me… we needed the tanks around and our GM was being simply ridiculous. A couple of them taught Ven and I how to raid lead and organize raids – sometimes by showing us the best way and sometimes by showing us what not to do. And then our GM took a hiatus.
By ToC our other DK had dropped out… he was apparently upset that I had managed to match him. He came back later on a resto druid until one of our druids outhealed him. At this point I did what every tank was supposed to do – when you find someone of your class interested in your spec, you mentor them and help them. We had a caster who was interested in going to his blood dk and he came to me for advice. I was thrilled beyond belief. Until I started getting reports from his raidmates that he was infatuated with me… and he was friends with Ven, knew we were married and started hitting on me in a creepy way anyway. It was a very weird situation that ended with him leaving guild to my relief.
Our GM came back during this period and was with us into ICC. Tanking with him in ICC was an exercise in frustration. Imagine the stereotypical LFR pug tank. Any mob I was assigned, he’d taunt off me – even with his own still up. Not many people would dare give him what for over vent but Ven had had enough by this point and told him off. It still kept happening periodically when he thought Ven wasn’t watching. Ultimately he ragequit his own guild, leaving a friend of ours in charge. Lots of animosity ensued.
I still run across the same breed of person now and again. You know the “get back in the healing/caster dps and make us mana cakes” type? They still exist and it’s a sad thing because you should be able to do what you love in a game [how does this bode for these people in the real world?]. Some of the best healers and caster dps I’ve ever known have been men. And some of the best melee types – whether dps or tank have been women.
Just because Jaina is a mage doesn’t mean I need to be. if I want to be a tank, I can be a tank. I am a tank and I am a woman. I am proud to be both.
My husband has like 6-7 paladins… maybe more on his account. Only three of them are max level thus far. He likes paladins. He’s played a paladin since he logged on in vanilla and he’s weathered all the changes the game provided for paladins. Mostly he’s been a Prot pally, sometimes a Ret and very occasionally he’s even been a holy paladin. He likes paladins so much that our son has a level 85 paladin and I have several paladins myself, though my main is my death knight [I always thought the Paladin/Death Knight combo was interesting].
Anyway here’s Venoym in full transmog:
Like I said, he’s had this toon forever. He exceeds me in total achievement points and has ground things like the Insane. He did contemplate swapping mains once or twice because of some massive paladin changes that came out but has always managed to roll with those punches and enjoy the class once again.
Here’s his smattering of other paladins… I left out his army of lowbies.
Yes, he’s mad about paladins.
So much so that our son’s first toon was a paladin. And yes, it looks very much like Venoym… he is a daddy’s boy.
He calls it a hunter though… Our son thinks Hunter is part of the toon’s name… so yeah. It’s weird I know :P So he’s got the mage on one account and this paladin on the other. If he wants anymore he’ll have to level them. [His third toon appears to be a warlock that just hit level 3 - and he's very very proud of that].
And for completion’s sake here’s my Paladin Collage:
The dwarf there was the first toon I ever rolled on the account… I leveled her to 40ish in vanilla and then dropped her because while being a Jack of all trades was fun at low levels, it became more complex and weak the higher you went. She’s swapped specs a few times but it currently holy.
The human paladin is my current bank toon… I decked her out in that transmog from Darkmoon Faire at level 10 or 20… I honestly forget which, but I wanted her to look good.
And the horde there is Holykau… the poor thing can’t keep a horde guild on Argent Dawn – she’s had them transferred out from under her four or five times now… and it’s continually someone kicking everyone and ninja-transferring to either have a level 25 guild or to sell it… I’m still not completely sure. She was leveled for the double agent achievement but I enjoy playing horde side on occasion.
So apparently I missed the memo on the proposed Alt Appreciation Weeks but hey, I’m glad i didn’t miss a week! I have alts of every class but probably the most DK alts. Yeah, my main is a death knight too. And they all have blood specs. Some have dps specs too but all of them have blood specs.
Why death knights? I don’t know. They just feel right to me. I’ve heard the claim that dks are boring because you only spam death strike but that’s really an oversimplification. And I’ve also heard it’s too hard. Personally I enjoy the synergy I have with my husband’s paladin. And maybe that’s really the difference for me there.
Anyway, here’s Askevar in her “Lich Queen” outfit. Most of my death knights are mogged similarly as I like the outfit and unlike many others seems to suit them.
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