Archive for February, 2010

Drak’Tharon squared

Posted in heroic with tags , , , on February 25, 2010 by zarigar

“I’m 5.3, bitch. Nobody carries me!”

More on this later…

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Last night I put Zarigar into the random queue for his 2 emblems of frost. What do you know– I get DTK. I get that instance about 3 times a week. I wish I was exaggerating, but I feel like I know every corner of that place by now. It’s a quick and easy instance, I’m just tired of getting it constantly.

The night before, I queued with Soth and we got HoR. Not my favorite, but it’s one I get so rarely that I enjoyed the run. They made Oculus into nothing more than a glorified loot pinata–and people don’t ditch it seconds after loading in anymore–but do I ever get it? No.

But back to DTK. It was a boring run. Kill bosses, get emblems, call it a day. What made the run so memorable, though, was this:

"the 3 best friends that anyone ever had"

a rear view of sweet troll booty

In case you can’t tell, that pic is showing 3 trolls there. 3 in one group! The funny thing is we were all casters, too: my ele shammy, plus a mage and a priest. I was the only one rocking a kickass mohawk, though.

Usually Zarigar is the only thing keeping a group of blood elves from being racially pure. It’s such a rarity to see one other troll in a group, much less 2. Darkspear majority FTW, mon!

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After collecting Zar’s EoF for the day, it was alty time. Not everyone was on yet, so some of us were just hanging out in Dalaran. Arioch’s priest was amusing himself by occassionally dropping a Lightwell to the bewilderment of the people around him. “What is this thing? Can I, can I touch it?”

I notice that Arioch and Soth’s alts were alternately LOLing and /facepalming to something in trade chat. (Where else?)

Apparently someone was trying to recruit others to his pug ToC10 with the stipulation that their gearscore be above 5k for consideration. At the same time that an ICC25 pug was pulling others with the same gearscore requirement.

Some people tried to tell him that 5k was a bit high for ToC1o, and Soth even chided him for wanting others to be so highly geared so that the pug leader could be carried through. To which the spammer replied:

“I’m 5.3, bitch. Nobody carries me!”

Awesome.

This is why children should not be allowed to handle such grown-up toys as gearscore. I guess the message got through, though, since he “lowered” his gearscore requirement to around 4.5. I don’t know if he ever got his raid together, since the rest of the alts were ready to go.

But, bless him, I now have a new macro to spam at inappropriate moments.

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After bitching about DTK on Zarigar, I should have been happy that the alts got Old Kingdom as their regular daily. It was a pretty uneventful run. I actually enjoy fighting Herald Volazj on my priest. A psychic scream to send the bitches running and then some dots and mind blasts to put them in their place. Since I can’t normally use psychic scream for fear of pulling more mobs, it’s nice to be able to use that spell to scatter the dark alts.

Once OK was done, we put ourselves in a “semi-random” queue: DTK or VH.

So off we went to DTK. 😀

As much as I complain about Zarigar having to run it 5 times a week, it becomes a new experience playing it through a different character’s eyes. Everything was going well until after Novos, when we went into the room full of bats.

Time to throw down a Magma Totem and cast Fire Nova. Oh, wait, wrong toon. And wrong everything. I had barely taken a step into the room when there were bats everwhere. I was momentarily stunned to see health drops dropping quickly and I tried to throw a shield onto myself.

But it was too late.

When the dust had settled and the bats were dead, there was a dead shadow priest on the ground. What did I learn? Next time be faster on the defensive cooldowns, mon.

After DTK, we did some quest in Grizzly Hills. The only thing I will say about that is drop quests make Baby Jesus cry. Especially when you are trying to get them completed for 5 people simultaneously.

Oh well….“I’m 5.3, bitch. Nobody carries me!”

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Random randomness

Posted in Uncategorized on February 23, 2010 by zarigar

Read in trade:

LF 5 more Naxx 10, need 2 tanks 2 heals 1 dps

So except for tanks and healers, you have a raid ready to go? We haz 5 dps, let’s go raid. There is just something so obnoxious about this that I can’t really put my finger on.

I guess, in theory, it’s possible they were going to 3-heal Naxx and one of the five already in raid was a healer.

But I kind of doubt it. I’m going with 5 dps that wanted people to carry them through.

Why do I think the worst of people? What has this game done to my innocence and faith in human nature?

*snicker*

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Non-WoW related WTF:

So many commercials for the Cop Out movie. Why? Why? A buddy cop movie? How refreshing. Look! One is white and one is black! I believe hilarity will ensue!

I’m actually more offended that someone somewhere thinks that we are still stuck in the late 80’s/early 90’s and both Bruce Willis and Tracey Morgan are somehow relevant.

No.

Just no.

(Though now that I’ve bitched about it, it will probably make a billion dollars.)

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Wait for me, bitchez!

Somehow, my poor little shadow priest got left behind in the leveling game. For last night’s alty time, I was the only one still at level 72. The others were at 73 or 74 and some dinged 74 during last night’s run.

Aack!

The sad thing is I’m usually the one that is out in front of everyone and has to be told to slow down.

A couple of them are jewelcrafters, so the daily JC xp has been nicely accummulating for them. They probably also worked on some of the recent holiday quests & dailies that I all but ignored them on my priest (Zarigar just barely finished them before the holiday ran out).

Oh well. If there’s something I know how to do, it’s powerlevel a toon up. I might have been a little brash in proclaiming I will be level 75 by Wednesday night, but I’m hoping for 74 at least.

Let me into Violet Hold!

Great love sound

Posted in Achievement with tags , , , on February 20, 2010 by zarigar

It sounds like a “woot!” followed by a sigh and a “finally”.

The Love is in the Air holiday was winding down and I still had some achievements left for the meta, so off I went to pity my fool. (Forced PVP on a PVP-server? The horror!)

At least I was nice enough to stick around for the entire Arathi Basin fight and not ditch as soon as I got that part out of the way. Then it was a Lonely picnic in Dalaran, waiting for someone to take pity on a sad troll and share a romantic 2 minutes with him.

After a minute of being romantic with a complete stranger, I was no longer Lonely and:

Unfortunately, now it’s time to concentrate on Lunar Festival ones…

Alty time is fun time

Posted in Random with tags , , on February 18, 2010 by zarigar

Playing Zarigar is pretty much routine at this point. If there is no raid scheduled, he starts the cooking daily, does a heroic for his frost emblems, then spends the rest of the time working on other dailies. It’s predictable and a bit boring, but it’s easy gold.

The same holiday achievements I mocked last year and chose not to do are now fun diversions. (Even if they require flying all over the world meeting 5241 elders.)

Otherwise–when I get tired of the same-old, same-old– it becomes alty time! Time to bust out the other toon, the one not at 80, not decked out in shiny epics, the one who’ll pick up some achivements in his path but not a whole lot more, the redheaded stepchild to my main.

My “main” alt (oxymoron?) is a shadow priest who runs mostly with the alts of other Shadow Rising mains. We didn’t really plan the “B Team” layout very well, so the group has 2 pallys, 2 priests and a hunter. From about Outland on, the group has been leveling mostly via the random dungeon tool. Utgarde Keep looks a lot different when you are at the appropriate level for it, and not overpowering the heroic version in raid gear.

I have some other alts on the server, including–cover your ears, people–Alliance toons. Yes, I know. Shut up!

Beyond Zarigar and my shadow priest, my other alts don’t really get played all that often. I have a bank alt that may one day venture out into the world. Maybe not. In the meantime she is working the sewers of Undercity making gold. (Not like that!)

My problem with alts is I tend to get bored with them fairly quickly and then ruthlessly kill them off. I’ll create a character, play around with it for a few levels and try to get a feel for them. If I like them, they get to live. If not, it’s the DELETE key for you!

My poor DK sits in a city, abandoned and alone. Only the fact that I’ve pumped a bit of gold into her blacksmithing skill is keeping her alive. I logged onto her the other day and noticed she was wielding the floral bouquet from Noblegarden. The one you use to sprinkle petals or crap onto different class combinations. How that mighty DK has fallen…

I’ve probably killed about 3 different warrior atempts by now. I keep thinking they will be fun, then I level them up, and I cry because I can’t heal myself.  I’ve found that I tend to gravitate to the classes that have some kind of heal, even if I don’t want to necessarily play them as healers.

Rogues have gotten dumped. Warlocks down the drain. I’m hesitant to try a mage, because other people do them so well and I would have to listen to their suggestions and know that they were right. 😛

Still, it’s nice to be able to play something new and different, if only just for a few levels. When my shadow priest hits 80, I’ll probably look again to see what I’d like to play next. I am keeping an eye toward Cataclysm and the new race/class options that will be coming out.

Maybe I’ll join the army of 154,135,127 new tauren pallys that is sure to rise up…

Maybe I could cut back on sleep

Posted in Random with tags , , on February 14, 2010 by zarigar

The Lunar Festival started today. Which is good, except I am still working on the Fool For Love achievements. Which wouldn’t be a problem except I ignored both holidays last year. Which still wouldn’t be a problem except I have been doing some non-WoW things.

What should I be learning from this? Time to cut down on non-WoW activities, obviously.

(I kid, I kid…)

I got a kick-ass new desk the other night. The desk it was replacing wasn’t so much a desk as it was a breakfast table. Really sophisticated set-up I had going on there.

But this new desk is huge. It is like 3 times the size of the old table. I think I could hide some refugees underneath it and still have room to stretch out my legs.

I ended up missing Thursday’s raid waiting for it to get delivered and set-up (by the awesomest deliver crew ever!) I work from home, so once it was set-up I had a dilemma: use this awesome new desk for working or use it for WoW?

I hope you know which one I chose…

Last night I was enticed by ShrekJr with soup and cake (not at the same time). Then booze got involved. Then Pictionary made an appearance and it didn’t end well. (HOW DID YOU NOT KNOW THAT WAS A MUFFIN!!!!?????) Damn game is rigged…

Also, the Olympics started this weekend. Secret confession: I love the Olympics. I will sit and watch obscure sports in which I usually have no interest. Go for the gold! Drink Coke! Eat McDonald’s! USA! USA! USA!

So in case I miss a raid ready check, I am most likely watching a skier tumble down a snowy mountain…

That thing you do

Posted in Random with tags , , on February 12, 2010 by zarigar

Pug instance runs are funny. Sometimes you will get a few “heys” and “hellos” when you start. Sometimes you end up in a mostly guild run where the people chatter nonstop. And sometimes you get the dead silent runs where everyone does their part and doesn’t say anything.

People that like to offer help in pugs make me smile. Not in a “hey, thanks buddy” kind of way, but more of a “here we go” eyeroll way.

Unsolicited advice will usually get a “k” in response. It’s my in-game equivalent of smiling politely and nodding.

And yes, I know that others advocate a Teach Others So They Learn philosophy as opposed to a Let Them Fall on Their Face and Be Someone Else’s Problem approach. 

I am also not so arrogant as to think I’m above needing help. It’s a fine line between helpful and annoying, though, and it’s one that’s easy to cross without even knowing it. If someone wants to offer what they think is help, I won’t bite their head off for it.

In an instance setting, I know when to drop Cleansing Totem when there are lots of poison & disease mobs to help alleviate the stress on the healer. I know where the mobs that fear are and when that requires the use of a Tremor Totem.

I know that if the healer goes down, I will tuck my dps peen away and do what I can to try to keep the tank up.

“Shammy heal please.”

No shit, you think I’ve been casting these Healing Waves on myself? You died, you don’t get to tell me what to do. 😛

I know when to use Bloodlust (that’s Heroism to you Alliance folks) on either the bosses that need it the most, or when I can get the most use of it out an instance. If someone calls out for BL on the Brann encounter in Halls of Stone, then there is something wrong going on there.

Unless someone is obviously struggling, I don’t really see the point of offering “advice”. I wouldn’t think of telling a tank how to grab mobs, or what spells a healer should use to keep me up.

The awesomest (no, that’s not a word but I like it) suggestion came the other night in PoS. We were about to engage Ick & Krick when I get a whisper from the tank:

“Do that thing you do that makes everyone bigger?”

/facepalm

wtf?

So many responses came to mind in the span of 3 seconds. A lot of them were dirty. Make me bigger…hehehe….

I figured he was talking about Bloodlust, but we had used it on Garfrost already and were  Sated. We were still rocking the debuff, but I guess he didn’t notice and I didn’t feel like explaining the mechanic to him if he didn’t understand it.

So he got a simple “it’s on CD” response and seemed satisfied with that. (Though I’m seriously hoping he knows that BL does more than just “make us bigger”.)

So now I amend my earlier statement. Feel free to offer advice and suggestions on how I should play–just be sure to know what things are called.

Trolls give love a bad name

Posted in Achievement with tags , , , on February 9, 2010 by zarigar

In that they have no need for love.

Oh, they occasionally need some companionship. For that they’ll go to the darkest shadows of The Drag or some hidden corner of The Cleft of Shadow and find some dirty orc or another troll with whom to spend some time. 

Throw down a Stoneskin Totem for a good time, mon. Maybe a Cleansing Totem if the lady he’s selected is a little sketchy looking. It’s much easier than using a “special” shampoo and a fine-toothed comb later on.

Some money will exchange hands and, with it, the understanding that there will be no calls the next day.

Maybe they will meet up again one day; maybe not.

That’s all a good troll needs.

Which is why Zarigar apparently skipped all of the Love is in the Air holiday achievements last year. It’s bad enough there is whole holiday for dragging crotchfruit all over Azeroth. Wear perfume? And cover up my natural troll musk? Eating candy is nice, but it doesn’t compare to cake.

Mmmm, cake….

nomnomnom

Where was I?

Oh yeah. I’ve been trying to fill in some of the achievement gaps and make some extra money by doing the dailies. So time to throw off that loner troll vibe and embrace the spirit of love.

Or something like that.

And what holiday about love would be complete without random spraying of total strangers?

Oh there’s a dirty, dirty joke in there about shooting–but I’ll refrain.

This time…