The last few days have been achievement filled for Venoym and I!
Well last week I finished the first part of the Wrathion questline and got my quest for 6k valor [understandable but ugh].
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Askevar is 90… hit it Friday in fact [with Venoym]. This was the fastest and hardest we’ve ever pushed to level. I know a lot of people like to savor initially, but we both prefer to just get our main to 90 and worry about savoring later with alts. That’s why they exist after all? Anyway, Askevar’s main set is going along well. I do a couple scenarios a day as well as a heroic or two in the evening. All my pieces, save a 442 blue ring, are 450 or better, with several 463 items. I’m doing my daily rep grinds and I’ve maxed all my professions both primary [Inscription/Jewelcrafting] and Secondary [Archaeology, First Aid, Cooking, Fishing] and I got access to the end food for the Way of the Oven [aka the tank tree]. I also have all my on server alts parked at Halfhill to farm various veggies to max the other ways or to create the max Oven food. By the way, if you do this, the Outpost Zhu flightpoint in Krasanger is the one that connects the Jade Forest initial town to Halfhill.
For that matter, I’ve now maxed out every profession on my account except Blacksmithing and Skinning. Suffice to say, our guild has the heirloom legs already, and not just through my efforts either. Sadly they are only good through 85, which I think is a little silly, but I was able to buy a pair for my level 20 monk. Oh, we also have the guild shirts because a group running scenarios last night saw we were only two away and decided to finish. They’re kinda cute but you can’t see it with my armor on [as it should be for a tank].
My offset gear is crap [its unholy now, gave up frost] and a quarter to half the pieces are still level 85 stuff that I need to replace, but, on the flipside, I’m quite a hardy tank right now.
Honestly, I don’t see any of my alts getting to 90 very quickly. I’ve got 2 at 86 – my bank alt/gatherer and my horde pally [the horde pally would net me 2 account achievements]. With our guild not even discussing raiding for another two weeks, I might get one leveled but who knows? My main priority, as always, is going to be getting Askevar’s tank set raid ready – everything else is bonus.
Sundays have become achievement night and due to lack of interest from our guild [a lot of people are still busy leveling and that's alright], we’ve been pulling from cross realm friends. We’ve gotten a lot done though and we’ve had a blast doing it. We even managed to 9 man Heroic Chimaeron just before MoP hit – with 3 healers, 2 tanks and the rest dps – and that’s what we managed to get… we had intended to 2 heal, but with everyone wanting to try out their mainspec, extra heals never hurt :D.
I will admit, at times the dailies feel almost endless, but once I get the reputations to max, I’ll be gold. I’m already revered with Order of the Cloud Serpent and well into honored with most of the rest so it’ll get there And I’m not finding these dailies near as painful as some have been in the past either.
Goldwise – I’ve already spent a ton between buying the Grand Expedition Yak and speed leveling some professions. Despite that, I’ve actually managed to make money on Askevar and I’ll make back the rest and then some when I level the alts, so it’ll all work out. Hey, don’t look at me that way… I saved and ground for that Yak for several months before MoP dropped and I’m darn proud of it! There is nothing like achieving a goal you set out to complete.
Speaking of achievements, for the first time since I was maining a warlock, I have finally passed my husband in total achievement points. Now, so it’s said, that won’t last as he’ll do all those achievements and catch right back up… but for once it’s nice to be ahead!
So, Heroic Yor’sahj died. Took us about 10 pulls last night I think?
I’ll grant that the buff was up another five percent, but we would have done it anyway. We are the 20th guild on the server to down Heroic Yorsahj and the 18th to down him on 10 man. I don’t usually get hung up on server rankings… as a casual guild you can’t really do that, but that’s freaking awesome!
We tried to follow a couple different strategies, but we ended up having to craft our own, pulling from several different guides on what oozes to hit. Our hunter was having issues being up under the boss and dpsing… it kept telling him that his target wasn’t in front of him [silly glitches]; so we moved him to managing the mana voids and we were able to keep the rest of the dps off of it except when we needed to pop one.
Our healers were beastly. Our pally healer micromanaged healing on purple phases to exquisite detail. Our druid healer had everyone topped back off once the debuff was gone. [Our priesty healer went shadow and was doing a great job with the rest of the deeps :)]
What Ven and I really loved was the fact that everyone had some input about one of the first couple of wipes… about problems they were having or foreseeing. Ven took all that in, made a decision and everyone went with it. It turned our 50% wipes immediately into 20% wipes :). As raid leaders we can’t see every problem people or having, or how the healing is, so input is fantastic. But when it comes time, Ven makes a decision and we do it I’ve told him he’s crazy for ideas more than once. However, I went with his decision only to find it worked.
The funniest thing about the kill? Our guild vent died. But the raid took that as a challenge rather than a detriment! Venoym had gone dps, so he just marked himself and they followed him to the ooze he’d selected. Everyone did their job to perfection!
To say we were jazzed after that would be an understatement. We had already gotten H-Morchok, had a silly wipe on regular Zonozz and one shot Hagara, H-Ultraxion and boat. The raid chatter got a little silly but hey… killing a new boss does that.
I actually need to do a post about my Heroic Ultraxion strategy as a death knight tank because I do a couple things that are completely counter-intuitive to being a tank [at least in my estimation] but I may do that later today.
I’m so proud of you guys! FAN-TAS-TIC job!
Yay for Multishot
I’ve been sick the last few days… sick enough that I didn’t log onto WoW till late in the day. I felt like crap so I decided to queue as dps for VP… that way in case I did have to make a sudden exit/afk I’d be less of a hindrance to the group or could easily leave and not cause a problem.
Zone in – Halls of Origination. The tank’s first words are “OMG I HATE THIS PLACE”, followed by “brb phone” and then he suddenly had to go. I actually feel sorry for the people that actually happens to because I’ve seen that song and dance too much to actually believe it, but what the hey… we requeue and get a pally tank to replace him about five minutes later. Not bad… until neither the tank nor the dps knew how to do the first boss… we managed it. Me doing 25k didn’t hurt I suppose… and killing the snakes and hitting a lever… etc. The tank naturally drops after that.
Well… I’m feeling okay at this point, so eh, I respec and requeue as tank. We pick up a dps dk and continue. We pull the next couple packs and get to the next boss room… where the healer is going ”WHO IS THE TANK?!?!?!?!”. Okay, well maybe addons are screwed up or something. I indicate I’m the tank now.
So we tackle the boss room with little issue and then come to the boss. He does a decent aoe as he comes in that destroys all the troggs but also damages the party. I give the healer, who has had a lot of mana trouble thus far, a moment to put it right and get their mana back [I sit and eat as well]. The healer then jumps on me about how now I need to be pulling the boss and gogogo! He’s at half mana… which is not nearly enough… but okay.
I pull… he dies in the first set of alpha beams. I rez him and get snarky comments about “threat fail”. I’ve had the boss the entire fight… solidly… no moment of the boss running off right at the start or nothing. But yeah, he dies again to the alpha beams and naturally that’s my fault.
I manage to finish the fight… through a very creative series of CD uses and Death Strike [how I loves that ability!]. Everyone else survives and the boomkin [doing a very decent 12k] drops party. Okay, regroup and I attempt to vote kick the healer whose healing is subpar, but he’s become abusive. Vote kick fails. Fine. I take the group to the last boss… cue the 4k dps dk having a fit. Not ASKING mind you for us to tackle the other bosses.
After all this, heck if I’m staying one second longer than I have to… I’ve got an abusive healer who dies to bad and blames me for “threat fail” when the boss isn’t even near him or on him… I’ve got a 4k dps dk who doesn’t have a clue and is becoming abusive… And the hunter was decent, but nothing to write home about either.
Well the new person dies on the first inferno leap on Rajh… easiest VP they ever got. The other dk either can’t be bothered to rez them or doesn’t know to and mine is already on CD from popping the healer back up.
Guys, seriously… if you want a full boss run, I’m one of the more accomodating people you’ll find. But when I’m already feeling sick, waited a dps queue to tank and on top of that, am getting abusive language from the party for things that are beyond my control? Yeah, not staying for that mess. Good luck finding a tank who will. The only reason I stayed as long as I did was because the rest of the party was happy for Rajh.
Maybe I’ll just stick to running instances with hubby from now on like he suggested… At least I’ll have one ally then.