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Ding: Part 2

Posted in Achievement with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by zarigar

I think I should keep a laptop by my bedside. I fell asleep last night with a post halfway written in my head. It was awesome and funny and revolutionary. It would be linked all over the blogosphere. Non-WoW players would read it and be inspired to play.

But then I woke up and forgot it.

So instead you get this.

Days after my holy priest hit 80, my shadow priest finally caught up to her. He might have hit 80 the same day that the others in the alt group did, except he ended up with Halls of Stone as a random and that freaked out the tank, who immediately dropped group. I stayed around for a while, but it was already pretty late so I ended up dropping and saving the big ding for another day.

The next day I queued for a random and got UP. The tank actually dinged 80 a few pulls in; several mobs later, I was also 80. I took a screenshot of it, but now I can’t find it and am too lazy to put more than a moment’s effort into finding it. I know it was on some trash mob, which is a little anti-climactic for the big moment. (“Because of your death, puny vrykul, I am now ultimate!”)

80! You’re a big boy now. You can get frosts and spend those triumph badges that used to yell at you in red text: REQUIRES LEVEL 80.

After that normal UP run, I decided to try my hand at heroic. I still had to go learn my 80 spells, fix up my talents and build, get that last glyph and go through my 80 gear and equip it…but as dps I figured I had time to do all that before I got called.

“Your random instance is ready”


I could accept it and go in half ready or step out and get myself put together first. Being the selfish bastard that I am, I decided to just do it and see how it went. I was already on my way to train, so I was able to buy my spells quickly before the timer ran out. (A good thing about hurriedly buying all those spells is I didn’t have time to cry over how expensive it was to train.)


I barely was zoned in when the tank jumped into the first room and pulled every snake mob in it. If I had been on my healer, I would be rocking in the corner sobbing. But, as dps, with all the mobs pulled together plus my AOE mind sear, all I saw was a wall of yellow numbers. Quiver. Now I see why people have to play this game sitting on a towel.

I did die once to a poison blast to the face. My low health pool worked against me and I was dead before I had time to even throw a heal on myself. After that run, I made sure I was properly ready to go before attempting another heroic.

I mentioned in my last post that I see Lorethos as shadow and death and that’s what I am focusing on for him. He does have a dual spec, but I can’t recall the last time I trained it for him or even spend any points for that build. Any healing gear I can pick up for him–I will–and will store them for sometime in the future; but for now this boy is about killing and killing and killing some more.


Posted in Achievement, ICC with tags , , , , , on April 11, 2010 by zarigar

80 time

My draenei priest hit 80 a few days ago. Yay! I had gotten her through 79 almost exclusively through random dungeons, but she only had a sliver of a bar left and I didn’t want to ding in an instance so out questing I went.

She doesn’t have an 80 sponsor, so it’s up to her to unlock the pervy quests in Storm Peaks. (Polishing the helm, hee hee.) Here is the exact moment of the ding, unfortunately my picture taking skills aren’t the greatest.

Too much flash!

Then it was back into instances for more emblems and gear. More on those experiences later.


Some happys for Zar, too

Almost equally as exciting for Zarigar was finally getting that stupid mount out of the stupid egg from the stupid Oracle people. I let the cracked egg sit for a while before opening it. I think it cracked open during an instance, but I wasn’t in the mood at the time to open it up and collect more yolks or tickbirds. Tickbirds! Gah!!!!! (If they filled DTK with tickbirds it would be my personal hell.)

Imagine my surprise when I opened it and reins fell out. Thank you, sweet baby Jesus. My CDO made me buy dozens and dozens of these faileggs (DIAF, Tel!) with nothing but sadness to show for it.

And now I never have to buy another freakin’ egg again.

Flying high!

Also, on my last ICC run, Zarigar also hit exalted with Ashen Verdict. Woot! Spiffy new ring with a gem socket = Rawr! There’s no picture of that because I’m too classy to flash my bling.

Things to be thankful for

Posted in Achievement, ICC with tags , , , , on March 31, 2010 by zarigar

Or “Things for which to be thankful”. Proper English. Whatever. A recap of recent things that made me happy:

Licensed to Drive

Raid weekly is Flame Loot Leviathan. Bring in like 15 or 16 guildies (who actually brings 25 people to a 25-man raid?), hop into assorted vehicles and collect emblems. I got into a chopper–vroom, vroom–, sprayed oil all over the place and picked up the 3 Car Garage achievement when it was all over.

Zarigar: Redemption

Neither Lady Deathwhisper nor her fanatic got to eat my face last night. I had a score to settle with her and I would only be satisfied if I was the one alive at the end. You and me, bitch, you and me.

Oh, she tried. She threw the death and decay nonsense on me. I took a few ticks but GTFO. A fanatic tried to make its way over. An earthbind slowed it down, but some handy roots stopped it in its tracks. Some ghosts tried to take me down, but I weaved and dodged like a prizefighter. (Unfortunately I think I got Arioch’s dress all dirty running back and forth over her corpse…)

Screw you, Lady D! You can kiss my totems!

CoS: now with 90% less downtime!

Thank you [deity of choice] for getting rid of all of that obnoxious roleplay in Culling of Stratholme. Apparently if you complain and complain and complain people finally listen and make changes. The funny thing now is how fast the instance starts. As soon as someone talks to Chromie you get the message that wave 1 has spawned. Like some pissed off designer who loved all the RP was like: “you want it to start fast, fuckers, well here you go”.

Flying high

My draenei priest finally hit 77, meaning she can now fly. Like Zarigar, she had to learn to fly on her own merits. She wasn’t spoiled like my undead priest and have flying literally handed to her. Both of my priests have the pokey, slow flying but neither of them have a gathering profession so I don’t really feel the need to upgrade them just yet.

When I say, I am ok with them being “slow”, I am talking speed-wise, not this:

For me: slow flying > epic land mount.

Enough happy. I’m sure I’ll find something to complain about tomorrow.

Goodbye elder spam

Posted in Achievement, heroic with tags , , , , on March 8, 2010 by zarigar

Goodbye annoying holiday that lasted like 3 months and I didn’t even finish because I got so bored traipsing all over the world to collect coins from elders scattered in the remotest corners of the zones. (Run-on sentence, much?) My OCD (or CDO) for completing the meta came up against my ADD (and general laziness) and lost out.

Take your stupid coins and your stupid light balls and your stupid firecracker nonsense and just go away.

I did make a last ditch effort the other night to at least finish up all the death runs into alliance cities and grab all those elder coins, so that’s one less thing to do next year.

Next up is Noblegarden but I’ve done everything for that meta already. I think I just need one of those “find some clothes in an egg” luck achievements left. After that is Crotchfruit Week–errr, I mean Children’s Week–and I think I’ve done most of those already.

But I’m not predicting a holiday drake until around 2012 at this rate.



Or something like that…

Despite the 4-hour long roleplay that starts the instance off, CoS is one that I like a lot. Possible 5 badges if you need them. And the timer aspect gives you an excuse to gogogo. There’s a certain joy to be had in getting a group through to the end and someone getting the bronze drake.

“A gift for you, mon.’

What’s not so cool about CoS?

For starters, this:

My hair! My glorious hair!

If I absolutely had to, I can tolerate this disgusting human form. Eww, look how he’s standing straight up. It’s horrible.

But my mohawk. My precious is gone….and replaced by a flat top look that went out in the 80’s. *sob* It’s unnatural. As soon as I load into CoS I scramble to my settings to show helm.

I needz my mohawk. All trolls should sport one. I almost cried when a guildie calmly mentioned that his troll does not have one. (I won’t name any names–because that would be tacky–but his name rhymes with Sèx.)

The rest of you trolls, all 7 of you on the server, I expect to see some sexy mohawkness when I pass you by.

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…

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….


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…

Shameless self-woot

Posted in Achievement with tags , , , on February 3, 2010 by zarigar

Filler post is filler.

Got a ton of achievements the other night. Thanks to everyone in the group who helped get them. (And sorry to the rest of the guild who was stuck with our relentless achievement spam!)

Grouped up for the daily random and got Oculus. And it was possibly the first time someone didn’t see “Oculus” and run screaming back to Dalaran. Hooray for nerfs! Everyone grabbed a bronze drake and ripped through the instance quickly for:

There might have been a couple more achievements picked up by others, but that was the first complaint of us spamming guild chat. Alas, no blue drakes for anyone.

After that run, we somehow decided to bust out a few more heroic achievements. Off to OK for:

Then next to AN for:

We went into Nexus to try to get “Split Personality”, but Grand Magus Telestra was not in the mood to give us that one. We were able to get “Chaos Theory”, which was the last one Soth needed for his “Glory of the Hero” achievement. (Enjoy your new proto-drake. One day it will be mine!)

After that, it was time to head for UP for:

We also picked up one of the Skadi achievements for Del.

(Each successive achievement earned got us one step closer to being reported for guild spam.)

Finally, we headed off to Gundrak. Once again, “Less-rabi” continues to taunt me, but we were able to get “Share the Love” for the folks who still needed it. All in all, a pretty successful night in knocking off some of these old achievements.


And just last night, got one more old raid achievement  out of the way:

Yay! Got that taken care of as well as getting that old quest finished that I’ve had since 1987.

Hopefully this means I’ll never have to go back into Eye of Eternity ever again…