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Everyone is leveling alts

Posted in Alt with tags , , , , on March 18, 2013 by zarigar

You don’t think so? The look at these posts by Arvash, Repgrind and Arioch. Though in Arioch’s case she leveled her alt first…

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I’m a little surprised that Zarigar got to stay the only max toon on Drak for so long. I could blame all those dailies for taking up all that alt leveling time, except I didn’t do them. It’s actually kind of shameful that even Rekcals Karos had more max toons than I did.

I blame ping-ponging through my stable. Most of them have at least set foot in Pandaland, except for the mage. (No! You get off that airship now and get back into the bank!) I even went all OCD last night and rearranged my loading screen so that the max level toons were on top, and then put the rest in descending order of level.

I know…I need help.

It’s funny when I come in and read about how much Arioch hates heroics and doesn’t want to take her newest main through them, when I was all ready to post about how much I like them. On my healing druid, no less.

No daily grind for Jendora. It’s all heroics for her. Sometimes they really suck, but for the most part they are pretty fun.

She gets the benefit of a much shorter queue time and every once in a while even gets to Call to Arms. It would be nice if Shado Pan Monastery wasn’t in the mix so often, especially when there are 1 or 2 I know she still hasn’t seen. (Gate of the Setting Sun, where are you?)

Zarigar has already maxed out his VP for the week and Jendora is 1 run away from the same. I don’t remember the last time Zari maxed out, so it’s funny to me to almost have 2 done.

One odd benefit of running so many dungeons is all the JP Jendora picks up. 120 per boss. She’s pulling that stuff in hand over fist. Where is the upgrade guy now?!?!?!!? *sob*

Instead I’ve just been using that extra JP to upgrade old heirlooms. All of Jendora’s spell leather will be passed on to baby monk, who should hopefully be making an appearance someday soon. (As unplayed level 1, he is on the bottom of the loading screen totem pole.)

Hilariously, Jendora still doesn’t quite have the ilevel to get into LFR. I think she is still 3 points away. After I finish up my last random for the week I may just go through and pick & choose the dungeons that have the potential upgrades.

Or wait until next week. There’s no hurry. I still have other alts to level.

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I gotta get myself unbanned again

Posted in Zarigar with tags , , , on March 25, 2011 by zarigar

Apparently I mouthed off to Sorak and got myself banned from guild runs again. I can’t help it! I’m just naturally mouthy and sarcastic and that’s how I talk to everyone. I don’t know any different!

Sigh.

Back into the dungeon queue alone for me. Since the estimated time was 35 minutes (Gah!) I had more than enough time to do my Tol Barad dailies then sit in Org and alt-tab out while I wait out the remaining time.

Finally I get my instance and from the loading screen it’s Blackrock Caverns. Boo! I keep getting BC on Zarigar and almost every time that damn wand drops off Corla. Meanwhile Lorethos is running around with a ghetto quest green wand. I think Lorethos has seen the wand drop once and it went to the healer. (BITCH, IT HAS STRAIGHT HIT ON IT!!!!!)

Once I actually get into BC, I see that the healer and one of the dps has already dropped. Nice. Down to 3 and the tank hasn’t even loaded in yet.

We ready check for queue but the tank declines then drops. Then the last dps drops.

Your group has been disbanded.

You son of a bitches, get back here!

If I understand correctly, when people drop from a group, the remaining players go back to the front of the queue. While it can still be a bit of a wait depending on what’s available, it doesn’t take as long as if you queued “fresh”.

I can get while the tank decided to drop and cut his losses. If he was queuing alone then it was most likely faster for him to drop and get back in on his own.

But why would the last dps drop? Wouldn’t it have been faster for us to wait for the dungeon finder to fill in the rest of our group than it would have been for him to drop and try again?

Bah!

So I get screwed because everyone else is dumb and drops. I would have to re-wait in queue the 35 minutes again? Eff that.

I guess I have 2 options to reduce my queue waiting time: respec to heals or be nice to Sorak.

Be nice to Sorak or play as heals.

Hmmm….

Heals…

Nice…

Heals…

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Oh, Sorak…I love the way the light…shines….off your little goblin ears……And your totems….wow….they are so….cool…

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I can’t do it. *sob*

Recount is still the devil

Posted in heroic with tags , , , on March 22, 2011 by zarigar

**This experience actually happened a while ago but since I haven’t played that much lately it’s getting pulled from Draft Purgatory and getting a chance at life.

The original title was “I play with assholes” but then this post wouldn’t have gotten past many nannyphones and I shudder to see what kind of hits I would get then. This is going to be one of those rambly-type posts, so flee now if you want.

I took Lorethos into a heroic random the other night and he got Shadowfang Keep. SFK is an ok instance; a bit long, but as long as pugs avoide boss #3 it tends to go fairly quickly.The rest of the party was a pally tank, a druid healer, a DK and a warrior.

Get to first boss. He suffocates us. We fight him. He goes into his frenzied dark archangel phase. Healer says “oom”. Warrior dies. Boss dies immediately after.

Warrior gets rezzed. We rebuff and pally gets ready to start bringing in the courtyard trash. Warrior then says “I have to go you guys, I’m not feeling too well.”

DK says “really?” and does my favorite thing in an pug instance: he posts the damage meter for the last fight. DK was at 11K, Lorethos was just at 10 and the warrior was at 5. “gtfo you suck”

Um, wow. I get that 5K isn’t that great, especially on what’s essentially a stationary boss. But the warrior was voluntarily pulling himself from the group. Why feel the need to kick him on the way out?

I do get the DK’s frustration. DPS queues suck. He was probably in one for 40 minutes, got a group, killed a boss and saw that someone else was not keeping up to his level. AKA he now had to “carry someone”. There may now be doubts that the group would be able to finish.

Does that excuse being a dick? No. In fact, he made things worse. Instead of just letting the warrior drop group and we replace and continue on, he had to give an unnecessary insult.

Instead of dropping, the warrior had to stick around and defend his honor with a “fuck you asshole”. Or “asswhole” as he wrote it.

While this is all going on, I’m considering dropping myself. Partly because I didn’t want to stick around with the rude DK but partly because I was concerned what was going on with the healer. The low DPS and being the only death in the boss fight most likely was the warrior being undergeared. But I was curious about the healer, as well.

The resto druid was rocking about 65K mana. Lorethos has about 80K mana and has tons of room for gear improvement. It was troubling that the druid had gone oom in the first boss fight and the warrior had died, but all the focus was being put on DPS numbers.

Well, apparently the DK wasn’t used to being called an “asswhole” because he dropped group himself, followed by the warrior. Goodbye, DK, may your next group appreciate you calling out people after boss fights.

They get replaced by a warlock and a rogue. Continuing forward and it becomes obvious that the druid is having issues. He goes oom on the kitched trash ghosts. Then goes oom again on the banquet hall boss.

Thankfully no one else dies, but it gets a little close at times.

So why am I not dropping? It’s obvious by now that the healer is undergeared and/or overhealing to make himself go oom on trash fights.

  • Is it because I don’t want to wait in queue again? By then I had been in long enough that I shouldn’t get the deserter debuff. But it would have still meant another long wait in queue and no guarantee that the group or instance I get next would be any better.
  • Is it some sort of odd feeling of guilt? I play a healer class but not as a healer. The worst is when a healer drops and replacing him seems to take forever and it’s like I feel the others’ accusatory eyes on me: “Why won’t you heal?”
  • Is it because I want to feel superior to the first 2 who just left? “We may be having some issue but I’m going to stick this out and show you that I am much better than that elitist DK or that warrior who didn’t know what he was doing.”

Who knows? It was probably a little bit of all.

Thankfully the tank zips on by boss #3 without even pausing. The red light/green light boss is pretty deathy but that’s sadly par for the course so there isn’t any one person to blame there.

(Red = stop. Green = go. These are not difficult concepts. I’m pretty sure even people who don’t drive cars can master this concept. *Totally looking at you, Arioch.”

Also, this is one of the bosses where it’s possible to get back in a timely manner if you die. Unlike other instances, the guy will still teleport you even during combat, so it’s a quick run back. Though I suppose if someone doesn’t understand the encounter, it’s not really worth it for them to run back just to immediately die again.)

Regardless, we get to the final boss. Yay, it’s almost over. It’s a fairly easy boss: don’t sit in bullet spray and we win. Easier because we have a druid that can decurse.

Except…he doesn’t. The curse just sits on people and he tries to heal through it. With his low mana pool.

“oom”

Well…yes…of course you went oom. I explain nicely that’s it’s easier to remove the curse than to ignore it and throw out a bunch of heals.

“Oh, ok.”

Next attempt. Some curses get dispelled but not all. Even worse, now people are standing in the bullet spray.

/cry

We wipe. And wipe. And wipe. There is discussion each time: don’t stand in the bullets, don’t sit there and let the adds eat you. There is some sloppy game play but, again, no one really looks at the healer. If he isn’t dead 7 seconds into the fight he has gone oom and there is no way to win.

But stubbornly we keep running our corpses back into the instance to try again. After attempt #729, the healer says “this might go better if the priest would help me”.

Excuse me? Help you what?

“priest get all the curses off so i can just heal”

I slowly unclench my Fist of Death to nicely type out that I cannot dispel curses. I can bubble. I can life grip you out of the bullets. I can even through out about 2 heals before I go oom. But curses I cannot help with.

After a couple more attempts the healer gives up. He apologizes and says he’s probably just not geared enough and wishes us luck before he drops. I’m a little relieved but, for some reason, I also feel a little bad. It’s so much easier to feel scorn for rude people. Why couldn’t he have called us fail noobs before he dropped?

The replacement healer is also a druid and when he zones in I see he also has less than 70K mana. I start to weep until the druid says “oops, wrong spec” and suddenly he has more mana than I do. Oh, glory day.

Unfortunately the results aren’t that much better. People are still dying. The healer is going oom. This is just isn’t going to happen.┬áMaybe we’ve been at this one boss too long.

After attempt #834 I drop group without word. It feels like I’ve been in there for hours and no points to show for it. Unlike the DK who dropped group after the first boss, I stayed with the group until almost the end. But in the end, we both did the same thing. We each came to the conclusion that the instance couldn’t be done with the group we were given. The only difference was that he figured it out a good hour and a half before I did.

Of course, I wasn’t a dick about it like he was, but does that make me better? That I said nothing and stuck with it and instead wasted all that time? In the time it took to run through that incomplete attempt, the DK probably got another group and got his points and was done for the day.

I had reservations about the healer but somehow felt it was my duty to stick around and give it a shot. Maybe that healer would have been just fine with a stronger overall group. Maybe there wasn’t one person that could be blamed for not being able to finish. That I ultimately decided to stay and see how it played out was totally all on me.

Lesson learned: don’t be a dick but don’t be a martyr.

Dungeon is in progress

Posted in Cataclysm, heroic with tags , , , on February 8, 2011 by zarigar

Are there any 4 scarier words while waiting for a random group?

Zarigar was only a few points away from being eligible for heroics so he got a concentrated effort last night to gear up. A random dungeon for points. A shield upgrade, woo! A new relic, woo! Bah…I forgot to check some of the faction upgrades. Ooh a new cape, woo!

words on clothing don't lie

(Random sidenote #1: can I say how much I hate when I do a questline and I get to the end and the rewards are all blue items and the one mail piece is for a damn enhancement shaman? Grrr… )

I do think it’s amusing how it applies whatever gear you’ve picked up into your average gear score before you’ve even put it on. “I’ve filled my bags with purplez, Ma, I’m ready for raiding!” At least it was stuff I could use, so I didn’t end up with some weird inflated score.

Into the heroic queue I go. While I wait, I go farming leather for leatherworking. It actually doesn’t take too long for the dungeon is ready pop-up to appear.

Yay–oh, wait…it’s currently in process. Uh…. I don’t really mind seeing this when I running a regular. Like that period in Wrath when the last boss gave 2 frost emblems, it was beneficial to get the reward with doing a short as run as possible. I would have no problem dropping into a middle of a regular instance and seeing what was going on.

But with a heroic….meh. I don’t even know yet how Zarigar will do in a heroic. I certainly don’t want to be dropped into the middle of a problem-riddled one for the first time.

And, sure, I know there are lots of reasons why people leave in the middle of runs. People D/C or their child catches on fire or someone’s mom realizes they are playing past their scheduled bedtime. People only do the first boss that has the drop they want and when they don’t–or do–get it it’s “sayanora suckers.”

(Random sidenote #2: When someone drops group right before the boss, it’s annoying as hell to try to take him down anyway. “I can tank this boss. We can totally 4 man this.” That’s great, but once we kill it we become a Dungeon in Progress and theoretically lower our odds for someone to accept a run which is now incomplete.)

But, again, I’m still kind of wary, so I leave the dungeon queue. In theory I could have accepted and seen what the issue was, but if it was something awful I would have been saddled with the deserter debuff before I could requeue.

Back to farming. Random eventually pops up again. Yay! Throne of the Tides…um….yay?

Hey. What is this? Why are there ghosts and I see skeletons and we are standing in front of the boss? You bitches tricked me!

Obviously I’m not thrilled at coming in after how many failed attempts but since I’m unproven I guess I can’t be too picky. Give me my justice points.

I can’t even really describe this “attempt” because the tank sits in a waterspout and is dead. Everyone else quickly falls. We don’t even get to the first add phase. And now everyone is dropping group. Oh noez!

Oh well, no deserter buff for me. Moar farming!

3rd random pops up. “Dungeon is in…” Are you effing kidding me? What kind of conspiracy is this? Is WoW trying to tell me “get over it or no heroic for you tonight!”?

Because I am a stubborn bitch I decline and keep farming. My back is starting to hurt from all this leather. Time to make some things for Lorethos to DE.

4th pop-up. No dungeon in process. Tentatively accept. Hahahahaha. It’s Throne of the Tides again. Of course it is. Whatever. It’s either get through this one or go to bed.

I guess 4th time is the charm because it goes pretty smoothly. We do skip the mind control boss, which is disappointing, but I know how much that hallway leading up to him sucks. No pretty drops for me, but I get my points and my rep and my snazzy achievement.

One more heroic cherry down.

LifeGrip is not for you

Posted in heroic with tags , , on February 7, 2011 by zarigar

Yes, it’s actually called Leap of Faith or something not as cool. I prefer Lifegrip.

Whatever the name, it’s not something I used. It’s on my toolbar but I never really had a chance to use it. I guess its intended purpose is to save other people and pull them out of danger or something.

Yeah, whatever. It’s me. I use it for shenanigans.

Next guild run with Lorethos: Throne of the Tides again (but I didn’t kill myself at the end! Woot!) Slice and I amuse ourselves by Lifegripping each other. When Slice goes AFK I amuse myself even further by lifegripping his unattended toon all over the screen.

Then I notice Lifegrip’s huge drawback. Using it causes me to drop Shadowform. Hmmm…that’s not good.

So Lifegrip is really intended for healing priests? I don’t know why they would “punish” shadow priests if they were helping move someone out of the bad. Lifegrip in and of itself doesn’t seem like a “healer only” spell. It seems like it should have the same mechanics as Power Word: Shield. I can cast that as much as my mana and cooldowns let me and it doesn’t drop me from Shadowform.

Maybe they specifically did that because they knew how much I would use a spell like that for evil?

So we’ll have to see if this is something I use more in the future. I may have to become very selective in the people I decided to save using it.

Mwahahaha!

A friendly warning

Posted in Public Service Announcement with tags , , , on January 24, 2011 by zarigar

Beware: When you spend the day being nice to your GM instead of mocking him and he finally unbans you and says you can go on a guild run and you group up for your first guild heroic and you get Throne of the Tides and you are on the last boss and you are in Phase 3 where you are all supercharged and you are going batshit crazy with the dps and the boss is almost dead….DO NOT USE SHADOW WORD: DEATH…you will crit it and it will bounce back to you and hit you for 136K and, of course, you don’t have that much health and YOU WILL DIE!!!

Thank you

Baby’s first heroic

Posted in Alt, heroic with tags , , , on January 21, 2011 by zarigar

I was bored with just running regular instances on Lorethos so I decided to throw him into a heroic and see how that turned out. I won’t keep you in suspense: I finished it, didn’t get any gear, but got rep and points and experience and a story. What more could I need?

Your random dungeon group is ready and it is….Vortex Pinnacle. I actually don’t know if that’s good or bad. If that’s considered an “easy” heroic or not.

What I’m not also sure about is whether the revolving door of players is also common. People dropped so often I can’t even remember what classes they all were. And most of them gave no reason for dropping. We would just be pulling things and killing mobs and then they would drop.

The final permutation was a pally tank, 2 warriors, a shadow priest and a holy priest. So….yay for diversity.

Which also meant that I was it for CC. Mind Control is kind of fun to use, but there was some initial confusion about it. It’s not the same as a Hex or Polymorph, where it’s cast on the target and then the caster can work on another mob. When I MC, I become that mob. That’s it. All that I can do are that mob’s abilities.

So they were concerned that I would MC, then the other mobs would rush to kill me. Yes, yes let that MC healer die before you jump in. Instead they would jump in right after I MC, the mobs would move onto the party and I would be left with a MC mob that was going to be pissed as all hell at me when the MC wore off. Sigh.

I did have fun making the MC mob throw big-ass heals onto the party. What was not fun was when the healer was the last one still up but it wouldn’t die. It kept throwing heals onto itself and apparently neither of the 2 warriors knew was interrupt was. I think it healed itself back up about 6 to 8 times. >.<

Another fun thing I learned was, in case of imminent wipe, you can fling your body off the edge and it will teleport you back to the entrance. I have no clue if this worked on regular, but it saved me some unnecessary repair bills.

Also guess who ate lightning bolts on the final boss and promptly died? No, it wasn’t me, you asshole. It was the 2 warriors. The tank ended up making some RUN FOR YOUR LIVES macro that he spammed for the next attempt.

It does amuse me that I held off on heroics because I didn’t think I was ready. I always forget that there are way dumber people than me in this game.

(I had to make a snarky post to make up for yesterday’s cheerful one.)