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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:

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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.

Reunited

Posted in Alt with tags , , , , on January 21, 2013 by zarigar

This past weekend I got to log in to Winterhoof and play Khiaren for longer than it takes to go to Darkmoon Faire and do their quests. For all the little bit I’ve done on Zarigar, it was kind of sad to see that I had done even less on Khiaren.

She was 90 and had done some heroics, but that was about it. She didn’t even have the minimum level to get into LFR. Even though I knew she hadn’t done a whole lot, I still kept assuming she had, then got all sad when reality hit.

For example, I sent her out to Dread Wastes to do some Klaxxi quests for some quick rep. Only I get there and see there is 1 whole daily available to her. Oh yeah, she’s still going out and waking them up. Gah!

New plan, let’s go do those “new” dailies that came out with the last patch. Apparently it’s a nice storyline, and I may keep up on it just to see it. For now, though, all she can do is a couple of quests then..”thanks, lady, come see us again tomorrow.”

So my new, new plan was to get Khiaren LFR ready. She was actually only a couple of points off so in theory it should have been easy. One random Stormstout Brewery yielded nothing. So I decided to queue for Gate of the Setting Sun. If you have a shammy to gear up this is the instance for you; potential loot includes: a mace, a shield, a ring and a trinket.

Too bad none of those dropped when I ran it. However, since this was an abandoned toon it turns out Khiaren had never ran if before and could do the quests in there. One of the rewards was a new cloak to replace the GREEN one she was still sporting. That, combined with an upgrade of her alchemist’s trinket, got her right to the minimum.

I was originally going to wait to turn in my Lesser Charms but I was curious to run her through an LFR so I just queued right up. Ahh, that’s the LFR I remember. People stomping through the content. Me not anywhere near the bottom even with my cobbled together gear. No loot for me.

Good times, good times.

Here is Khiaren now. I don’t normally keep the helm shown on her but I had to show off the ridiculousness of this outfit:

khiarenjan

This is just so awful. So matchy and looking like she stole it from Cost Plus World Market. It’s not Outland bad, but it is its own special brand of awful. (I’m not sure why she’s even wearing that tabard; apparently I enjoy having awful looking toons.)

And yet I know I will save this gear in void storage for future mogging…

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.

Back on the resto train

Posted in Alt with tags , , , , on June 14, 2012 by zarigar

Eh, whatever, Lupeh the baby druid was already in resto spec; let’s take her out and see if we can’t try again at this healing nonsense.

Of course, it’s the one time Troutwort is actually on and he’s like “so how’s that NOT being resto thing coming along?” Grrr…. 😛

I should save the Grrr for when I saw that my random was Gnomer. I love that a lot of the older dungeons got broken-up into chunks and streamlined and made easier. Not Gnomer. Well, not so that I could tell if they did.

Back before Repgrind yelled at us for not using parachutes, I used to just fling myself off ledges and hope for the best. Now it annoys me when other people don’t use the parachutes. Especially when the parachutes float down in one place, they land in another nearly dead, and everyone manages to land on mobs.

Oh yeah and there is a wandering boss down there. >.<

It took a few fights but eventually I got my fingers to realize there is no Lifebloom and no Wild Growth and stop trying to reach for them. Good thing Jendora is not an often played toon, I might go crazy trying to remember 2 different ways to druid heal.

For weeks Lupeh has been hiding in town, sitting in rest XP and she soon ate through all of it. Oh well. It was nice to actually leave town and do something. After the run I thought about doing another random, but on a hunch, I checked the available dungeons and the only one that was yello was Gnomer. So my randoms would most likely be a string of Gnomers.

Meh. Pass. I’ll continue making Spice Bread until the next set of dungeons come up.

Slow toon

Posted in Alt with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2012 by zarigar

My druid is stuck.

Usually when I want to work on a toon, I can level them fairly quickly. When I decide on an alt, it becomes a fairly involved project. I think about how I want to level them and what they will do when they are max level and what kind of role I’m interested in for them.

Sure, my account is littered with 85s I had good intentions for but are not played regularly. Tenderloyne. Sabryel. Torvell. But even those toons had times during leveling when I was obsessed with them and had lots of greats plans for them.

But not my alliance druid.

Her name is Lupeh and she is a worgen. (Get it? Har har.) She was created because I wanted to see the worgen starting zone and because I wanted an alliance equivalent for Jendora. My troll druid is awesome and I wanted to recreate that experience on an alliance toon.

Design-wise, I absolutely love her. In addition to wanting to see the worgen beginning, I knew I wouldn’t like it if I made her a night elf. (Sorry Ana!) Too many runs through Well of Eternity have shown me how annoying night elf animation is. Constantly bouncing on their feet and that annoying way they rotate their wrists when they are casting. Ugh.

To be fair, I also found male worgen to be equally annoying. The way they wave their arms about like they are signalling a rescue plane for help. No, thanks. Female worgen animation isn’t perfect, either, but it was the least ridiculous-looking so that’s what I chose.

The problem came when I was done with the starter zone and ready to segue into “normal” WoW. I had started as balance because I thought a caster would be easiest and I would still be able to kill stuff outside of dungeons. Then I felt like I wasn’t doing very good with balance so I thought I would go back to resto.

The problem with resto as a druid is that how you heal when you first start out is different than how you heal at endgame. For me, anyway. Jendora with her purples and big, old mana pool can just throw out hots and AOE heals and green circles of love and not particularly worry about anything.

Lupeh has one hot and a couple of brute force heals. I sent her into an instance as heals and it was like I had never played before. My fingers went to Lifebloom by reflex and found that it didn’t exist. Neither did Wild Growth. When I used Swiftmend it didn’t make a pretty green circle and actually ate my Rejuv hot. I was stuck with crude versions of the spells I regularly used with Jendora and they didn’t make any sense to me anymore.

So maybe back to balance? This is where I’m stuck. It feels like my choices are learn balance or re-learn resto. (Don’t suggest feral; that is not an option.) I honestly can’t decided which one I want to do so I do nothing.

To buy myself some time, I even told myself I wouldn’t worry about it until I had picked up a few heirloom pieces. Sarinde and Khiaren have been slowly doing dungeons and spending their JP on leather caster gear and now Lupeh is pretty set. Still missing trinkets, but everything else is in place.

When I said before that I do nothing, that isn’t 100% true. I don’t leave the city, but most days I log on and make her do the cooking daily. That’s it. Since I’ve been stuck with indecision she’s gone up about 4 levels simply by doing that one daily. I could add the fishing daily to her to-do list but I’m still doing Arch on Zarigar and I don’t have time for more than 1 boring profession.

My awesome druid who was going to do awesome things now spends her days making spice bread.

Booted

Posted in Alt with tags , , , , on April 30, 2012 by zarigar

You have been removed from group.

Um, what? I’m back in Stormwind? How did this happen? Let’s back up a few steps.

Torvell, the old grampa mage, needed to do one more instance to cap out his VP. He had been doing a mix of the HoT heroics and the old school ones. I’ve been trying to build up my JP among my 3 85s on Winterhoof so that they could buy heirloom stuff for the druid. (My priest got heroic HoO earlier in the week and that group did every single boss. Normally that would annoy me to hell but that time I was thrilled.)

So grampa mage queued for an older heroic and got ZA. One that was already in progress, even. Because I am lucky like that.

I started figuring out how long I would have to wait before pulling a Slice. Or I could just eat the deserter debuff and work on Children’s Week stuff. I saw that they were at the trash in front of the bear boss–and he’s pretty easy–so I would stick around and see what happened.

It took a while to get going since the hunter was apparently lost and couldn’t figure out how to get to us. Which is kind of understandable because when I loaded in, I was on the path up to the eagle boss, but everone else was at the last trash by the bear boss, with everything between them already dead.

We worked out a strategy to take the surges, then he dies and I win the crystal. Go me. Onward to the bird boss.

On the first trash the mob they mark for sheeping is immune to it, but he dies anyway and we go to the next group. This next group wipes us. Oh well. We come back in, sheep one of the remaining mobs and kill the rest.

(We do this 4 person because the hunter is lost again. Everyone released and got back in, but now he’s wandering somewhere near the front.)

We go to the next group. One mob is marked for sheeping. I sheep it–

–then I get a loading screen and I’m back in Stormwind. That’s it. We are back to where the story began.

So what happened? I don’t know. And since I will never know, I can only guess.

I can cross being mouthy off the list. I don’t think I said anything during that run; no one else did, either.

My dps & damage were right in line with everyone else’s. There was no wild variance where one person was carrying someone else.

Were they mad that I didn’t set a table? Nobody asked for one or for any food. I don’t make a table for every run, maybe that makes me a bad mage, but whatever. (I don’t think is the reason, I’m just listing all the ones I could think of.)

Was my PvP cloak offensive? Maybe. I had found it in Sarinde’s bag and sent it over to boost Torvell’s ilevel. Then I just ended up wearing it. If I’m going to cheat I might as well go all the way. It’s the only PvP piece I have, but it’s highly noticeable, so someone wouldn’t even need to do an inspect to see I’m wearing. So I can’t discount it.

My other guess is that is was by mistake. Well, that would be the least offensive reason. They “accidentally” picked Vote to Kick instead of Inspect and then they “accidentally” put in a reason and then they “accidentally” clicked OK. It could happen, right? Or I could say that they meant to kick the clueless hunter who was wandering around and got me instead. Yeah?

Something I forgot to mention was that every person from the group came from a different server, so it was unlikely that it was a group of people banding together to kick someone out “just because”. Or maybe it was. Whatever the reason was, at least 3 people had to agree on it.

The act of being kicked actually doesn’t bother me.  The anonymity of it is frustrating; I would like to know the reasoning behind it yet I would never want to get a message saying something like: “You have been removed from group because of…RETARD.” I will never know if I did something or they did something or it was a mistake or they were just being mean.

If I was the lost hunter and got kicked or was doing less damage than the tank or something obvious, then it would be understandable. Maybe the explanation is nothing more complex than “4 (or 3) people wanted to be jerks.” I queued up again and got Hour of Twilight. The group was much more geared and I was definitely the scrub doing the least dps. But I didn’t get kicked. Explain that, internets!

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!