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Oh pally

Posted in Alliance, Alt with tags , , , , on September 9, 2013 by zarigar

I guess there is a big patch or something coming up. People are all preparing and capping and doing important stuff.

I am working on my alliance paladin.

I have an alliance paladin? Apparently. I thought I had even mentioned her a couple of times but the first time she went into an instance with Repgrind it took her a while to realize it was me.

Her role is basically to make me learn how to ret. So, needless to say, she isn’t leveled up very high and she doesn’t get a lot of play.

She is a human almost by default since my DK and priest are both dranei and my shaman and mage are both dwarves. The fact that humans get a spirit bonus that would be handy if she went holy was not a factor. No sirree…nothing to see here, move it along.

She is staying ret if it kills me. Or her. I won’t even buy the dual spec option for her because then it will all go downhill and I’ll have her decked out in INT plate 2 hours later.

So I don’t really play her. Sometimes I click on her log-in picture and stare at her screen. Eventually she sighs and knows it’s not going to happen and I laugh and go off to play shaman #7.

Then Slice and Lyssi got on a kick to leveling their tank/healer duo with Rep. Lyssi asked if I had any toon in their range and of course the only one was the pally.

I’m still not the biggest fan of being melee in instances but it’s less painful when it’s a mostly guild group. That Slice goes through the mobs like Zug on crack is nice, too.

Finally we hit BRD which is the MOST ANNOYING INSTANCE EVER DIE DIE DIE. Someone (Slice?) wanted to do all the bosses so deeper we went into the dungeon and prayed we would one day be able to find our way out.

Somewhere along the way I won some blue pants on a greed roll. I laughed because they were healer pants and I was probably just going to vendor them after the run. Then someone commented how pretty they were so I looked more closely at them.

Ooh, yes, they had a nifty flame effect. Ok, I wouldn’t sell them. I would just put them in the bank and save them for some future mog.

Later, in that same run, I realized that fail pally had hit Exalted with Stormwind and didn’t have any other tabards in her bag. Bah. I would have to go buy a new one. She was stationed in SW, so after the run, I made her go to the closest city to pick up a new tabard.

She ended up in Ironforge. where she then equipped her new tabard.

Her new orange tabard.

Hmmmmm….I just got some flamey pants. Maybe we should take another look at that mog now. A quick rummage through her bank and the AH for a missing piece and this was her end result:

niohbe

Yes, I cheated and hid both the helm and cloak. There was a fiery axe on the AH that would have looked cool but not for 3500g.

And, yeah, when she hits Exalted with Ironforge and has to change the tabard it’s going to ruin the whole thing and I’ll have to start over. At least, for now, I like the way she looks and she may get to do more than hang out in the city and go to the Faire once a month.

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The dark side of the patch

Posted in Alliance with tags , on August 31, 2012 by zarigar

With the patch came shared mounts, with shared mounts came little gnome robo-chickens.

Putting Khiaren on a mechanostrider is amusing because, with her shield equipped, she looks not like she’s riding something, but that she has mechanical chicken legs:

bok bok muthafucka

Moar waggle

Posted in Alliance with tags , , , , on August 27, 2012 by zarigar

I have abandoned pretty much all of my toons lately, but my poor Alliance ones definitely got the shaft. I logged onto Sarinde earlier this week to see where I had left her and it wasn’t good.

She had some random low level tailoring mats and some Simple Flour in her bags. Oops, oh yeah. I had gathered all that stuff up for her for last month’s Darkmoon Faire but got bored before I could actually go and do those quests. Even more sad is that Sarinde is still one point away from being maxed in tailoring.

Maybe next month.

My Horde toons are set pretty well for MoP. They are basically just sitting around waiting for the patch to break everything and send them into chaos. But I still had some things to take care of Alliance side.

The biggest gap I had with those toons is that none of them was a jewelcrafter. This wasn’t really a problem until Khiaren started doing some raiding over there and regularly needed gems. If I couldn’t find someone on at the time, I had to resort to the AH. And the gem market on Winterhoof was insane; I was hoping an Ahmule would show up and fix it.

I actually did make a JC but then I got bored with that toon and he became a bank alt. Then I got stuck because I didn’t really want to play him to level him up – and thus level up his JC – but I didn’t want to make another toon do JC because I already had one. (The logic, she is faulty but she is mine.)

I guess all it took was some pre-patch boredom to get things going. Because what do I like to do when I’m bored? Make another alt!

My wonky logic then told me that pandas can’t be DKs, so I could make one of those and not feel like I was cheating myself out of something I could do when MoP hit. Plus, of course, I could skip 50+ levels by going DK. The plan isn’t to be maxed by MoP, but just to get as much done as I can.

With my DK plan in place, I just needed to choose a race. To avoid repeating what I had I eliminated female human, female draenei, dwarfs, and female worgen.

I also said no to gnomes. (Sorry, gnome lovers, but I just can’t do it.)

My previous JC-turned-bank-alt was male draenei, so I knocked that out, too. I could not farm ore with that ridiculous habit they have of looking over their shoulder. Why so suspicious?

I was left with male human, night elf and male worgen.

I played around on the preview screen for each one and all of them were kind of meh. I kind of liked female night elf the best, even though several runs of Well of Eternity kind of made me hate their animations. But this was not a caster, so let’s try it out.

A few quests in and I was bored. I didn’t really like her and didn’t want to continue on. So I decided to break my duplicate rule (for the second time: see Sabryel & Notari) and go with a race I already liked.

Ok, I liked the waggle of the female draenei. And they come with a JC bonus. Fine, I won’t have duplicates of toons unless one is a DK. Does that work?

Since you get spit out of the DK starting zone at 58, the plan was to head to Outland, get to 60 and grab flying, then go back and work on farming ore and leveling up the professions. But then I hit 60, picked up flying…..and continued questing.

Playing melee in a group setting is still not my favorite thing, but I do enjoy bashing things in the face when I am soloing. I kind of forgot how fun it was to feel so OP as I go along doing my quests. (Yes, I know they basically defanged any elite not named Fel Reaver.) I couldn’t stop doing quests!

So I ended the weekend with my DK at level 63 and mining at level 1. Jewelcrafting would be at level 1, too, if it wasn’t for the racial.

>.<

Oops.

Dear me

Posted in Alliance, Public Service Announcement with tags , , on May 2, 2012 by zarigar

When you are on Winterhoof you are Alliance. Stop trying to land at Horde towns and then wonder why everyone is shooting at you.

>.<

I’m sexy and I know it

Posted in Alliance with tags , , , on March 15, 2012 by zarigar

AKA Even Moar Alliance!

So my mission to get Sarinde the fail disc priest through a heroic continued to fail last night. Instead of getting trollroics, she graduated to getting End Time even when she wasn’t queueing for those instances. I guess those are the ones everyone wants to do and my ilevel is getting me sucked into them, too.

The first time I said eff this. Especially when I got the crappy boss. My lore-challenged brain is not working so well this morning; it’s the one with the annoying escort type quest in the beginning where you hop between puddles of moonlight. I took one look, said “fcuk this” and left.

Since I now had 30 minutes to do with as I pleased, I switched over to Khiaren and continued herb farming for the alchemy that I was way behind on.

A half hour later I tried again.

End Time.

>.<

Fine. I’ll fcuking do it.

First boss: Baine. First wipe: 20 seconds in when I saw that people can’t dodge trash for shit. *cry* I don’t want to farm herbs anymore!

Second boss: that damned moonlight one whose name I still can’t remember. Is it Tyrande? That would be embarassing if that’s it. That should be easy to remember.

I can dps this boss for days and not get tagged by anything, but healing on this one is awful for me. I spend the whole fight flailing around like a noob. And then I died. So the DK rezzed me. That put me in melee and I was like “WHAT THE FCUK IS THIS??!!?! AAAAAA?!?!!?! GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!!!!!” And then I died again.

Thankfully she died, too. And she dropped a chest piece that was an upgrade so I took it.

Last fight that I hate with the intesity of 1000 suns. Like Rep said in the comments yesterday, the trash is awful and hits so hard. CC wut? And then we have to sit there and play the “who has hourglass?” game. Well, we have 1 mage so should probably be him.

(Note to ranged: if I am healing and end up doing the hourglass because you “don’t know how to do it” you will purposely be withheld from heals. It’s not pretty and it’s not nice but it’s how I roll. You click the fcuking gear on it every once in a while. The End.)

Thankfully the mage chose to do it (thank you, you now get heals) and we started the fight. About halfway through I d/c’ed. Hooray! I’m not sure what damage that did since when I finally got back in everyone was still alive. Oddly, though it was now showing 5 available hourglasses for me even though we had used 2 before I d/c’ed.

Once the fight went down, I noticed I had a satchel in my bag even though CtA wasn’t up when I queued. (Maybe it had been up for the new instances.) Blizzard trying to win back my love?

I also saw that I now had enough JP to buy one thing and enough VP to buy another. I bought a ring and a cloak and, with the new chest I had just won, saw that I just now was eligible for LFR. Hmm, so I’m not comfortable healing the new instances on this toon, so let’s go raid? I think that makes perfect sense.

On the first part I won a necklace and all was going great until the slime boss when I d/c’ed. And then when I tried to log back in it kicked me out of the server 3 times in a row. By the time it finally let me in I was standing in Stormwind. I was still in the raid so I just teleported back in. I was just in time to watch everyone roll on the gear.

So I couldn’t roll on the loot and I watched tier pants elude my grasp. What was messed-up was that it considered me in on that kill, meaning I couldn’t go back for that one boss. But when we finished Hagara it didn’t give me the achievement and is slowing slime boss as the one I’m missing. Fcukers. (And, no, I won’t be petitioning a GM for it or anything. I’ll just pick it up next week when I go back.)

Second half of the raid I managed to stay on the entire time. Yay! All the nonsense of the first half was erased when I picked up a trinket then snagged Maw of the Dragonlord on my very first attempt. I was going to say that Sarinde is the first toon to get it like it was a big deal, but then I realized that the only other healer I take to LFR is Jendora.

So with my raid upgrades I may consider doing instances now. With everything equipped my vanity took over and I noticed how terrible my VP cloak looked with the rest of her gear. Most of her stuff was white and brown, she was even wearing the brown tabard for Earthen Ring. But on her back, what I saw every time I looked at her, was a purple cape with orange detailing.

I don’t notice it on my other toons. Shadowform covers mismatched gear nicely and my shamans and paladins usually have a shield that covers it up. But it bugged me enough that I had to mog it out.

Freaking vanity took over. I basically just went to the AH and grabbed the first white cloak I could find. It isn’t perfect, but it was good enough to stop the hives from breaking out.

front view

and

back view *waggle*

 Now that I’m looking at her again the belt is starting to annoy me. Oh God, I’m going to be one of those transmog people!

Moar alliance

Posted in Alliance with tags , , on March 14, 2012 by zarigar

It’s sad to say but the druid has been thrown to the side for now. I’m not a fan of how they heal at such a low level and who knows if I’ll want to dps with her. So I’ll save the gold and temporarily abandon her. It’s not worth it to keep switching specs every time I play her when she gets logged into once every six months.

At least there was a pretty good turn-out for LFR last night. It looked like we had 3 full groups and supplied both tanks for the second half. There are a couple of things here and there that Khiaren could use, but mostly it was a VP run for her.

Another upgrade or two for my priest and I could start to throw her into LFR, too. I’ve had some disastrous Hour of Twilight runs so I’ve been shying away from them and trying to stick to the normal heroics. Which would be a great plan except I keep getting those $%#@ trollroics.

I %$^&# hate them. No one–including me–knows where to go in them. I purposely stayed out of them when they were the ones to run for maximum VP capping. I would only reluctantly go if it was a full guild group. Now I can’t even get into queue without that damn green loading screen popping up.

I’ve tried to just get over it and do them, but it takes so long when you have to stop and explain every boss. Or you stand around because no one knows where to go. I hope Blizzard is keeping track of how many deserter buffs I am racking up thanks to those $%^^&# instances.

I just flip them off and switch toons. My mage is super close to Outlands so at least I have that to work on while I wait for the shame of Deserter to disappear.

Weekend of alliance

Posted in Alliance with tags , , , on March 12, 2012 by zarigar

This is what happens when everyone is gone to play Star Wars. There are only tumbleweeds and the occasional Arvash on Drak, so off to Winterhoof I go to play with actual people. At least it was productive.

Khiaren (shammy)

Nothing major happened here, just picked up her first normal Deathwing kill is all. The Friday night raid stopped when we got to him, with the intent of throwing ourselves against him all Saturday.

It started off with looking to fill in some missing people and pulling in a mage from trade. Repgrind was all grouchy because she had just recieved a text that she had to work the next day. I hate the DW fight because it’s repetitive and annoying and has 50-bajillion target swaps.

And then he goes down on the first pull. Um, ok. The pug mage turned out to be awesome. I, on the other hand, didn’t even flask beforehand and noticed it sitting in my bag after the fight. >.<

Sarinde (priest)

I actually pulled this one out once my shammy started earning enough excess JP & VP to buy her things. I still refuse to relearn holy with their chakras so disc I stay.

Queued into a regular just to get reacquainted with everything but it was kind of a waste. She overgeared normal Cata dungeons so much that there wasn’t a whole lot to do besides smite. Even if I had gone in as holy I might have been so bored I would have smited (smote? smoted?) all the things.

The next step then is regualar heroics. FML. Something is broken here because I kept getting those damned “trollroics”. And each one had brand new tanks.

One attempt I zoned into one already in instance. It was the one with boss who makes the little posion maze on the ground.

(Yes, I know there are only 2 troll dungeons but I hate them so much I never bothered to learn their names. And, also yes, I know I am supposed to love all things troll. But I don’t. These places suck. These are the only times I approve Cayle’s super speed death run through instances just so we get out of there quicker.)

So I zoned into poison maze boss and the first thing they ask me is if I know the fight.

Me: yes

I assume they are asking because their other healer had trouble and they want to make sure I know before they run it.

Them: can you explain it for us?

>.<

Lupeh (druid)

Who? Yeah, that’s right, who?

*I* don’t even know what’s going on with this toon. Apparently this was going to be the toon I learned Balance on and not another resto druid. (Despite what the guild note said…)

But then I logged in I saw that she was resto. Heh? I looked over to Recount and it still had numbers in there from the last run I did which was Balance.

Um, ok, so apparently I switched specs.

Well let’s see what happens when I queue as heals. Holy shitballs.

Resto healing at level 17 is nothing like at 85. The tools are all different and those that are the same do not do the same things. 1 measly hot that disappears when I Swiftmend and doesn’t even make pretty green on the floor? Just brute forcing Nourish? I do not like.

Back to city bank with you, awful toon!

Torvell (mage)

Ah, my dirty old grandpa dwarf. His weekend was spent leveling up his enchanting. His other profession is skinning. Enchanting and skinning? Zari, have you lost your freaking mind?

Possibly, but the reason he had skinning was so that he could supplement my druid’s LW profession. But I got way past what he could skin. My mage was level 50 and has 22 skill points in skinning. So..um..yeah this is what happens when you do mostly dungeons. And since I’m about 99% sure I will never go back to work on that I should probably drop it and look for a new profession.

But the enchanting is coming along and he is at around the appropriate skill for his level. It was good, too, because his bank was almost full of nothing but crap he was holding for DE. It’s great fun to DE all that stuff and get all that bank space back. Moar stuff!

Grandpa mage also reached the same level as Rep’s shaman so we did some instances together. We got Sunken Temple, which was nice since I was expecting a BRD that would take 2 hours.

The healer was some pug paladin. What happens when you get 2 people who normally play healing toons in a group with a pug healer?

Why, we become big bitches, of course.

Between Rep and myself we’ve played 36 different paladins (2 of them mine). Repgrind can chime in and correct me, but my strategy has been to beacon the tank. Rarely a dps if the tank is insanely overgeared and not taking damage. I have yet to put Beacon on myself.

The healer beyond that wasn’t bad. I don’t think anybody died and having the Beacon on herself didn’t cause us to wipe or anything. It just confused us. Was this some weird new strategy? Had this person gotten to level 50 beaconing herself? Has no one told her? Are we going to tell her?

In the end we didn’t tell her. Then we spent several minutes after the run debating if we were terrible people for not telling her. And then trying to reason why we weren’t. Maybe someone else in every other run has told her and she doesn’t care; she does it her way. She’s gangsta like that.

I just hope I don’t come across a blog where a pally writes how she decided to try healing for the first time at level 53 and got Sunken Temple…