Yay my first night in the big girl raid! My little shaman dove face first into normal BRF, and in some cases dove face first into the floor. My first guild progression run in WOD. I missed those knuckleheads!
So my first order of business was setting Tai on fire. Repeatedly, and with much glee. I think I paid more attention to making sure the tree was burning than to my flask and food buff. Whoops. But Tubbs only called me out once on that.
Oh I should also throw a shout out to Myranda, who also returned from a break to raid! Yay! I had to throw the shout out, because on the first boss Gruul, I out dps’d him! Granted, the difference between my 20,105.8 and his 20,086.4 was a whopping 19.4 dps, but still! Any day I beat Myr in dps is a proud day indeed. So yes, Gruul I did good boss!
Next was Oregorger. Let’s just skip over that one. No, really. Next time let’s just skip him. Fuck him. Right in the ear. I had no clue what was going on that entire fight. While I tried to ascertain what was happening after all 3 times I died in that one fight, I still didn’t get it. I got run over 3 times. I’m so confused. I’m going to go hide in that corner over there and cry.
Hans and Franz! We are here to PUMP. YOU. UP. Sorry, I can’t resist…
So… this fight had pop tarts. When Tubbs and Tai were talking about pop tarts, I was thinking “mmm… pop tarts…. aww jammit…”
Anyway…I avoided pop tarts! On a tread mill! This raid is so weird…. so so weird….
Choo Choo! I think there were bets on how fast I would get hit by a train and go flying on the Operator Thogar fight. But I didn’t! HAH! It was hilarious when axes heroic leaped into the train though. Epic. He totally pulled a Giz on that one. That’s where we ended the night.
(it’s just a jump to the left…. and then a step to the riiiiighttt….. )
My last blog post was 4 months ago. FOUR MONTHS AGO! /smacks myself upside the head. But I have a really good reason. Really! And here she is!
By the way, that’s the face she makes when I whip out a boobie for her. But I digress…..
My little munchkin is now three months old. And she’s already a fan of WoW. Or an anti-fan. You decide. So she’s a pretty calm easygoing baby. She’ll just be hanging out in her rocker, making the cutest little baby noises. I’ll take that opportunity to log into the game. Soon as I enter the world…..
Every time. Without fail. She literally waits until I sit down, log into the game and then start squeaking. I then pick her up, sit her on my lap in front of my laptop and she stops. Suddenly she’s fascinated with what’s in front of her. She makes a little “oooooooh” sound. So now I think she squeaks when I log in because she wants to watch me play. Yanni came out of the shower one night, saw her on my lap watching WoW intently, shook his head and laughed.
So, getting back into WoW after what really amounted to a 3 month break. My guild leadership is awesome, they held the fort in my absence. I wasn’t really absent that much, but I couldn’t raid at all. Last Saturday night I set foot in my first WOD guild raid. It was impromptu heroic highmaul for catch up on gear. Don’t get me started on my gear. Aly just started sleeping through the night a couple weeks ago, gimme a minute dammit! I have one more blue piece to get rid of, then I should be ready for Saturday night again. And maybe Sunday, if Tubbs doesn’t kick me out because my dps sucks. I am a little rusty so I hope Tai doesn’t throw me into the sun on my first night back…
And here’s another cute baby pic. Because who doesn’t love babies! ❤
One of the questions on our guild application is to describe your “crowning glory” or best personal moment in WoW. I actually have three of them. And they all happened on my druid.
I love druids. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my druid. I’ve been pretty one-dimensional this entire expansion, heals or GTFO. Two of my crowning moments have, naturally, been as a healer. They both came in Cataclysm. The first was the day after I ding’d 85 and accidentally solo-healed the first boss in Tol Barad (he was the only one active at the time). I was in greens and some dungeon blues. The second time was in Dragon Soul, I ended up solo-healing heroic Warmaster from the start of Phase 2.
The third crowning moment came last night. And I wasn’t even healing. Hell I wasn’t even dps’ing. Well I was… until This happened……
I was finally getting the chance to dps as a kitty, for the 2nd time in flex. And I didn’t do too shabby if I do say so myself! Oh look, Aly learned how to dps!
We were doing Malkorok on Flex. I’m not sure what the hell was going on, but everyone around me just died. I didn’t even realize the tanks were dead until I heard Tai yell “Oh no it’s up to Aly!” Or something to that effect…without even thinking about it I popped into bear form, hit my Heart of the Wild talent, hit taunt and barkskin and mauled the crap outta that fucker! It was down to me, Tubbs and Sarah (Rezzie – shoutout!). Tubbs went down, the boss was at 1%. Sarah went down. I GOT THIS! BOOM!
WHO SAYS BOSS LADY CAN’T TANK!!
That was pretty epic.
Druids can do everything! I can almost do everything! Except boom. I can bring the BOOM but I can’t.. you know…chicken boom. Oh well. Fun times!
(Stream credits go to Taiboku at Crohn’s Gamer)
It happens all the time. You think you want something, you go after it, then you either A) realize your limitations B) realize you never wanted it after all or C) live happily after after.
In game, I’ve accepted A and B. In real life, I’ve scored C. Even though this is “stupid cupid” day, this post is not about my life’s happily ever after. You would all be gagging yourselves with a spoon at the end of that kind of post! But I think that because I’ve found happiness in life, I’ve been able to realize and accept my role in this game.
Since the beginning of Cataclysm, I’ve had a personal identity crisis in game. Unfortunately, being a guild leader, I led the guild down the same confusing “where the fuck are we going” path. When we were raiding T 14 and T15, I thought I wanted more. I thought I wanted to be a heroic raider. I thought I wanted MT to be known as a heroic raiding guild.
I bought into the malarkey that being “casual” is “bad”. In Firelands I practically forced my raid team to go for heroic bosses. Shannox was easy enough. Majordomo wasn’t exactly a pushover but doable. Once we got them down, I wanted more. A lot more. The Raid Leader was very reluctant. Half the raid was all for it, the other half was not keen on wiping for 2 hours on a heroic boss when there was much loot to be had farming everything on normal.
So I had us form a “heroic-focused” group for Dragon Soul. Mavros came over from Broken to lead the group. Suddenly we went from a laid back fun raiding guild to a cold, serious “must kill everything no matter the cost” atmosphere. And the “cost” was good, likeable people that were not exactly heroic raiders. Mistakes were no longer tolerated, and players who didn’t perform at top level were suddenly kicked to the curb. We never kicked anyone out of the guild, but removing them from the group caused them to understandably leave the guild.
After riding the high of 8/8H in Cataclysm, the friction was palpable. We couldn’t even really celebrate killing heroic Deathwing because of how many in the guild felt slighted by one group’s progress. I was torn. I hated the atmosphere, but I loved being able to complete the final tier on heroic. So we plodded on. Our heroic kills opened a whole new door to recruiting. Players joined, knowing we were capable of being a heroic guild.
MOP hit, and we kept the Cataclysm momentum going. Slowly but surely, some players were getting left behind, despite trying to field 4 raid teams off the bat. The Team Moist dynamic has already been beaten to death. But it was my being originally part of that group, that I began to realize my limitations. My stress levels were suddenly through the roof. I couldn’t dedicate the time it took to farm rep, to max my toon with neverending dailies and the cesspool that is LFR. I’ve always known that I’ve had a slow-ish learning curve. And ultimately, it was the tornadoes that did me in. But realistically, I didn’t belong there.
In the buildup to “the breakup”, I was questioning my own place in the game and in the guild. I thought I wanted more out of the game, but I’d really don’t want to sacrifice sanity and fun for it. I’ve had a lot of “what was I thinking?” moments this xpac, and I don’t want to make the same mistakes again. I lost my game identity, and in the process, I lost MT’s identity as well.
I have come to the realization that I am a “casual” player. I am not a heroic player, and probably never will be. I have come to the realization that MT is, was and always will be a “casual” guild. I have accepted that nobody’s perfect, not even me. And you know what? I’m totally cool with that, because I”m having fun again! 🙂
In my last post I noted what I thought would be my favorite feature in WOD. But I changed my mind. I’m a girl, and I’m entitled to do that every once in a while.
The feature I am really looking forward to most is the new raid structure, and I have many personal feelings about this. One thing I didn’t want to happen with running a fairly large guild was the formation of cliques within the guild. Having multiple 10-man raid teams completely enabled that.
This entire expansion, I really only raided in one group. This time around, I never brought my alts up to the point where they could actually fill in raids. So for the most part, I’ve raided with many of the same people, which was only a small part of the whole guild. We reshuffled groups a few times, and although it was needed, it also got some guildies raiding with other guildies they weren’t familiar with. But at the same time, I don’t think everyone really got to know their guild mates in other groups. I know I didn’t. Up until MOP, I’ve always made a point to know who everyone is here. I ran in multiple groups so I can enjoy playing with everyone. This time, I took a huge step back, and even though I needed to for my own sanity, that’s probably been one of my biggest mistakes as a Guild Leader in MOP.
The flexible scaling technology that has been introduced in 5.4, and will become the norm in WOD will allow us all to play together as we really should be. We will no longer have “guilds within a guild”. We will be one guild, one team, working toward the same goals. We had our fun with the server rankings the last couple of years, but now I’ve removed it from the guild website. We’re going to focus on having fun together while killing the bad guys. I don’t care where our guild ends up on the server list anymore. It’s too stressful, and it sucks a lot of fun out of what’s supposed to be a hobby. No more silence in vent on farm nights. Speak up folks! Pick on Giz. Keep setting Tai on fire. Laugh at Phaedara when he Time Warps on trash. Get drunk with Emor. Even blame Cejey when you accidentally pull that room full of fail. Hell you can even get back to your “pick on Aly” fun. The key word here is fun.
And we’re all in it together.
Heart of Fear is what’s going to get me kicked out of my group, specifically the second boss.
I tried out the new HOF raid in LFR. I que’d up as a healer, and much like any other LFR raid, I don’t have a clue what the fuck is going on, and I’m probably standing in shit I shuoldn’t be standing in, but it’s LFR and I can heal through it. Bad habit, yes. But I hate LFR and I just don’t care.
There is one mechanic that seems to pop up in a raid somewhere every expansion. I’ll call it the tornado mechanic, even if it’s not exactly a tornado every time. It’s the mechanic where there’s a bunch of shit flying around that you have to run around and avoid.
The Burning Crusade
Shade of Aran did it in Kara. Not only were we not allowed to move if we’re in the flame wreath, but there’s a big friggin blizzard going on you’re not supposed to stand in.
Zul’jin did it in the original ZA raid. Fuckin’ tornadoes.
Wrath of the Lich King
Heigan Dance. The most evil mechanic EVER INVENTED. That’s one of those fights it took me months to figure out. I was a little slower back then, don’t judge. But when I did figure it out, we had an epic win. We were running it on 10 man in BRS. I was healing on my paladin. Lahno/Goji was tanking on his paladin. I don’t remember who else was there. I do remember 8 raid members dropped by the time he hit 50%. Lahno and I were all that was left. And we beat him down together. Shockadin ftw. Do you know how long that took? How many FRIGGIN DANCES that I had to not die on? And together, we won as everyone else laughed and yelled “gogo!” in vent. Imagine the shock of everyone when I made it through 10 minutes of dancing. Bahahaha!
Ignis The Furnace Master. Fire tornadoes. His trash was actually worse. Running away from the trash tornadoes was futile. Weeeeeee!!!! as everyone got pinballed around and died.
Alysrazor can suck it. That is all.
Mists of Pandaria
That second boss in Heart of Fear is going to be the death of me. Everyone is going to laugh at me. Actually “is going to” is the wrong term here. I already get poked fun at. Even Minnax brought up the chicken nugget incident last week. Bah! Lemme alone I hate you all.
Thanks Fuzzy for the video!
So after 61 wipes on Wednesday, Thursday and Monday, Team Moist took down the Stone Council. Apparently it was a tough combination, what with the chains and circles of fail and all. I was cussin at myself for being the only casualty on the kill. It was the end of the fight, I was running on mana fumes, I was chained to Symoon and a circle fell on our heads. He went one way, I went the other and well….the tree was set on fire. The group held on for the last 10% without me and there was much rejoicing in vent when they went down!
On to Feng the Accursed. So far, between the first two bosses in Mogu’shan Vaults, I’ve noticed an AWFUL lot of responsibility falls on the tanks. On the Stone Guard, if they miss a swap and have a premature overload, the raid wipes. On Feng, if they don’t use their special abilities at *just* the right time, it’s over before it starts. That’s what happened to us on the first 5-6 tries. Grouped up for the AOE, tank missed the CD. Or we all didn’t stand in the blue bubble. Or the other tank missed the weird interrupt mechanic. Once they got that figured out and squared away, we coasted into Phase 2. Phase 2 wasn’t too terrible.. except when he cast Draw Flame when there’s fire everywhere. WTFBBQ. I think that’s where we all died together. That was our best attempt of the night (30 or 40-something percent). He seems a lot easier than the Stone Council so far… but we haven’t seen Phase 3 yet. Hopefully this week we’ll get to make some more progress!