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Confessions of a Solo Healer – I Got This!!

July 31, 2012 8 comments

The title has absolutely nothing to do with the content of this post. I just said it to annoy Nos. Although it really was an epic win if you really think about it. Phase 2 of Heroic Warmaster. He’s roaring. There’s shockwaves everywhere (which Mav died on the first shockwave), he hits like a truck.. people were blowing each other up until the dragon flew away… And when Mav went down, nobody called wipe. Let’s just see how far we can get… for practice on this phase. Right? Right?????

Tranq.. tree form… barkskin… hit by a shockwave NOOOO… I didn’t die…hit by shockwave again.. I LIVE. We all lived! Well.. most of us. And he DIED!! DIED!!! And from 80% to his death I healed it all by myself. For our first Heroic Warmaster kill. You can yell 30% buff all you want, and druids maybe OP but you CANT TAKE AWAY MY THUNDER! BAHAHAHA!!!

Ok, so this post had a little bit to do with the title. Just because I haven’t quite annoyed the crap out of my guild with it yet. You all wanted me to post! So you can blame Nos for that! On the flip side, Reluu solo healed a side on H Morchok, which I probably wouldn’t have been able to do so kudos! And MT is now 6/8H. Not too shabby!

And now that this post has become totally not what I was going to write about (and I guess it makes sense to actually have a title match the content), let’s take a look at MT”s progress since the beginning of Cataclysm.

Tier 11 – We cleared 12/12N prior to the nerf bat. Yay! Nobody wanted to do heroics. When I said “whos’ up for Heroic Halfus?” I got a resounding “HELL NO!” Ok then!

Tier 12 – We cleared 6/7 prior to the nerf with one attempt on Rag. We got Rag the next week. There was still a retarded amount of time before 4.3 dropped, so then what? “Heroic Shannox is a loot pinata, who’s in?” … and I was met with a grumble from Yakk and a “Oh alright…” It took us about 3 weeks to kill Heroic Shannox while farming the rest of FL. It was hard to gauge just how much time to spend on him each week since we really couldn’t go any further until he was dead on either normal or heroic. Once we had H Shannox on farm, we looked at some of the other heroic fights and decided Majordomo was the next “easiest“. All of a sudden we were 2/7H! Go MT! We dabbled a bit on H Ryo and H Bael until saying eff this on to DS!

Tier 13 – I think I’ve blogged enough about T13. Getting our first Madness Kill rocked. See the first paragraph of this blog – rocked. I’d say we rocked T13. I’m damn proud!!

Funny enough, that wasn’t the first time I was in that healing position. In early Cata, when there was only one raid boss in Baradin Hold, I took my druid in to heal after she just ding’d 85. Back then, the highest ilvl gear was 359. I was in heroic blues. Giz was leading the group (nuff said?). Anyway, we were all “let’s 2 heal this” even though I was in heroic blues.. it’s like Star being one of 2 healers on her pally (who is better geared than my druid was). Krur said in vent “I’ll stay dps since I was doing dailies before zoning in”. Apparently nobody heard this but me. Emor sure didn’t.

So we pulled the boss, and I was healing my face off. Dispelling my face off. I was oom and 4 people were dead. WTFBBQ??? We still one shot the boss. When we finished, Krur linked the healing recount and said “Uh, Aly solo’d that”. Both healers (Krur and Emor) went dps. Oops!

Maybe I should have named this post “Nerf Druids.”

Categories: Raiding

When to Stand In Bad and Make the Beeping Stop

May 24, 2012 Leave a comment

As raiders we are all trained not to stand in bad stuff. It’s bad. If you stand it it you’re bad. And you die. Because you’re bad. In an effort to not be bad, the Addon gods created a nifty little app called GTFO. It very not so nicely BEEEPS really annoyingly at you when you’re standing in stuff you’re not supposed to be standing in.

I love this addon. It trains me to jump 3 feet in the air and reflex move the fuck away from whatever I was tunnel visioned healing in. I can pretend that I’m not a bad player. And it works!

Oh yes it works.

Picture, if you will, the heroic Hagara fight frost phase. One of the strats is to cheat the dance and the frostflakes by running into the middle.  In general the middle is bad. It causes a lot of damage to players standing in it. GTFO knows this and ..ahem…gently reminds you that you’re standing in it and you need to not be standing in it.

…except, sometimes it’s better to stand in it.

The strat we’ve been using is:

DPS totems

run to middle, let wall pass

finish DPSing the totem

run to middle to drop frost flake

For those of us with ADHD, and don’t know what the foo to do with sensory overload, this is where it gets fun. Here is a play-by-play of one of our attempts from the ADHD Healer that swears by GTFO point of view.

I heal around the edge lalala
I dispel someone
I heal and then ohshit wall behind me!
I run into the middle
BEEPBEEPBEEPBEEP
I stop and BEEPBEEPBEEP panic WHOWHATWHEREAHHH MAKE BEEPBEEPBEEP IT BEEPBEEPBEEP STOP!
Run BEEPBEEPBEEP out narrowly BEEPBEEPBEEP missing ice wall that I forgot was there
I get debuff run to middle
I BEEPBEEPBEEP panic BEEPBEEPBEEP ZOMG dispel BEEPBEEPBEEP
I run BEEPBEEPBEEP out BEEPBEEPBEEP to make BEEPBEEPBEEP stop ZOMGWHEREAMI??
SPLAT into the icewall

Next attempt.. let me try to avoid the ice wall and heal in the middle!

Ice wall comes up
I run into the middle
I BEEPBEEPBEEP try BEEPBEEPBEEP to BEEPBEEPBEEP heal myself BEEPBEEPBEEP
WHOWHATWHERE! BEEPBEEPBEEP AHHH MAKE BEEPBEEPBEEP IT BEEPBEEPBEEP STOP!
I throw out BEEPBEEPBEEP dispels BEEPBEEPBEEP
I try BEEPBEEPBEEP to heal BEEPBEEPBEEP Fuck this MAKE IT STOP!!!!!
I BEEPBEEPBEEP panic BEEPBEEPBEEP ZOMG dispel BEEPBEEPBEEP
I run BEEPBEEPBEEP out BEEPBEEPBEEP to make BEEPBEEPBEEP stop ZOMGWHEREAMI??
SPLAT into the icewall

Okay then! No more GTFO!

Ice wall comes up
I run into the middle
I heal myself
I throw out dispels while keeping myself and others healed
Weeee! look at us go!
Healhealheal dispeldispeldispel
SPLAT (I apparently forgot to heal myself that time)

At least we’re making good progress!

So the moral to the story is GTFO is bad for this fight. That is all.

Categories: Raiding

Confessions of a .. ahem.. “Raid Leader”

May 17, 2012 Leave a comment

So we made some progress on H Hagara last night. We’ve figured out the lightning phase. Frosted flakes phase still give us a little trouble. My raid leader and backup raid leader are getting married today (CONGRATS CRIX AND RELUU!!<3) so I’ve had to raid lead. Yikes.

With me raid leading, it goes something like this:
Me: Ok, for lightning phase we’ll have a healer at 9:00, 3:00 and 6:00. That’s also where we’ll hang out during ice lances.
Tsorb: So where do you want me Aly?
Me: Uh… take 9:00. I’ll take 6:00, Mackayla take 3:00
Me: Ok find a buddy for ice lances!
Mackayla: wait, where am I going again?
Me: I dunno. I don’t even remember what I just said!
Tsorb: I think you’re at 9:00
Someone else: Didn’t she say you were at 9:00 Tsorb?
Tsorb: Aly?
Mackayla: So where am I supposed to be?
Me: /facepalm

*sets up markers*
“you on purple, you on green me on blue”
Whew.

Oh yeah that and I forgot to turn it off heroic for Warlord. Oops. Someone brought it to my attention just before we pulled. That would have been hilarious.

Just as hilarious as it would have been if I had to call out slimes on H Yor’saj because our ahem.. leader with the addon was getting ready for her big day.

It could have gone something like this:

Me: Kill green! no wait! Yellow! uh… I think?

Someone else: Pink!

Someone else: Orange!

Someone else: Periwinkle!

Someone else: Boobies!

But that only happened in my head.  Anyway, I downloaded the addon, AND I made sure it was set to heroic! Go me!

At least Freggos didn’t try to kill me this time.

Categories: Confessions, Raiding

I Am The Great Pretender

March 27, 2012 4 comments

Did I just show my age by quoting a Platters song? I think so!

I mean I’m not THAT old.. but my parents listened to it.

So the nice thing about NOT being a raid leader and being a healer is I can pretend a lot. I can pretend I know what the hell is going on and nobody will know the difference. I follow everyone and play wack-a-mole on grid. Sure, most of the fights I do have some inkling of what we need to do, but others, not so much.

I came into a guild alt run last night as tank. We made it to Spine of Deathwing and my cover is blown.

This is a fight I’ve healed at least 19 times across 3 healers. That’s not including wipes, since I can only keep track of how many times my toons have been involved in a kill. I think. Anyway, in the 19+ times I’ve seen the fight, not once have I figured out what the fuck is going on. I mean sure, I read the strat once 3 months ago.. but we’ve had it on farm for so long, I just didn’t need to ahem.. review it. For 3 months, this is how I’ve viewed that fight from a healer POV (please note that these may be completely out of order):

  • Parachute onto big dragon’s back
  • Tanks pick up some things.
  • DPS pew pew’s some stuff, but NOT the tentacles (no, I don’t know why)
  • A tank or Yakk calls out to stop dps
  • DPS pewpew’s a tentacle that has a fiery grip on someone
  • DPS kills a tentacle?
  • Yakk calls out “stack top right”
  • We go back to middle, rinse repeat
  • Yakk calls out “stack bottom right”
  • I heal shit
  • Some big pieces of the dragon fly off
  • We parachute down to the Madness platforms and hand out loot

And this is what happens with me tanking:

Parachute onto big dragon’s back

Yakk: Aly all you have to do is pick up the bloods
Me: DnD, take a nap, got it!

Chronoz is tanking a big add…la la la

Yakk: Stack top right

We all stack, DW does a barrel roll

Raid spreads back out to middle

Chronoz is just standing there tanking a big add… la la la

Yakk: stop dps, Chronoz build some stacks

Nothing happens. Random raiders poke Chronoz. Nothing happens and we realize he DC’d

Ambient: Aly taunt it!

I’m not entirely sure what I was taunting but I ran around blood boiling everything until I was pretty sure I was the only player with aggro

Raid: LOL because Aly’s tanking everything
Yakk: Aly build stacks!
Me: I don’t know what that means!
Raid: ROFLMAO

Yakk can no longer speak in complete sentences from laughing too hard

Yakk: (sputtering and catching breath) I- I can’t… I don’t even….
Gamma: How many times have you done this fight Aly??
Me: I just follow people and play whack a mole!
Raid: ROFLMAO
Yakk: Ok let’s call it it’s after 11:30
Me: It’s a shame Giz had to miss this

Yakk still can’t breathe

So yeah, note to self… if I’m in a role that I’m not familiar with, I need to be familiar with that role’s role on each fight or next time Yakk might die from hyperventilation. And that’s not good for anyone.

Categories: Confessions, Raiding

Heroics

March 22, 2012 5 comments

Last night was the first night of the newly revamped groups. By newly revamped I mean a couple people switched from one group to another. So, I had fun! Let’s recap!

The group had 4 healers, perfect for H Morchok. Not so perfect for anything else. BUT at least Anim does good shadow damage! (now if only he had a few enchants..ahem!).

Don’t worry Anim, I pick on everyone.

Anyway, speaking of picking on people…ohai Tsorb.

Heroic Morchok.

Try 1

-split-
-Right side takes oodles of damage and I’m all wtfbbq!-

Reluu: Tsorb you’re on the wrong side!
Me: AHHH!! Tsorb COME BACK!!
Tsorb: Oops I thought I was on the left side.

Morgish goes splat-
-Left side goes splat-

Crix: Wipe it

Try 2

-split-

-Tsorb goes to the right side this time-
-la la la pewpewew-
-about 10% left in boss, we hear 2 people sign off vent-
-Crystal Spawns-
-Stomp-
Truffle and Freggos go splat-
-Truffle goes offline-
-Freggos goes offline-

Truffle (back in vent): Sorry guys our power went out

Try 3 – A series of unfortunate events cause us to wipe at 500k left.

Try 4 – Win

We then go on to kill normal pingpong and then clear ooze trash. The following takes place in the healer channel:

Reluu: I’m bored
Me: You’re 2 healing the rest of the night. Meow!
Reluu: (goes into Star Panic Mode) Wha?? AHHH!!!!
Me: You’ll be fine.

I switch to kitty spec… put on kitty gear and get “inventory is full”. Dammit for having main hand/offhand in resto and a staff in feral!!

-readycheck-

Me: Waiiittt… opens GB, drops in some green gems and essences.
Me: There, ready
Reluu: Are you sure Aly?
Me: Yes…
Reluu: You still have your resto gear on
Me: Dammit! Waiiiiit!

-feral gear activate-

Me: NOW I’m ready!

Geesh… I make one derp move and everyone’s inspecting me to make sure I have the right gear on. Not like I would do THAT again..

o wait…

So we dispatch of Mister Ooze Boss quickly. Anim is lamenting about his dps (which wasn’t bad!) and someone says in vent:

Freggos to Crix (I think): You were getting out dps’d by a healer
Me: Ahem, you were getting out dps’d by TWO healers

In the end the 2 healers (me and Anim) didn’t really out dps anyone but it was still fun to watch. So we get to Hagara.

Tsorb: We’re 2 healing this too??
Me: Yup! She’s easysauce. I heard you fools were bored.

After Hagara dies, we get to Ultraxion with about 15 mins left of raid time.

Me: So are we going with the conventional 2 healer method or are we going to be true masochists?
Crix: We don’t have a lot of time so let’s just 2 heal it and learn the fight
Me: Meow!

First couple of H Ultrax attempts: A few button fails and we realize ret pallies aren’t the best HoT soakers. Sorry Dannan :(.

-Crix goes splat-

Crix: ONE SECOND Fading Light timer? How is that even fair??

(all i heard was QQ QQ QQ waaaaahhhhhhhhh!)

Finally we all figure it out.. we get to about 5:37 and Reluu and Tsorb are in a complete state of ZOMGWTFBBQ trying to keep up heals. There was 20% left still. No bueno. If they HAD managed to heal through that kind of damage we would have hit the hard enrage.

For the record, Blizzard must have had a pure hatred for cats and rogues when designing that encounter. I can’t shred??!! Not cool, Blizzard. Not cool. AT least you could have stuck him in a hole in the middle of the floor or something. Throw us a bone.

Anyway, 15% buff next week. We might get a little bit closer next time. Rawr.

Categories: Raiding

Don’t Try This at Home. Your Raid Leader Will Hurt You.

March 19, 2012 2 comments

This is what happens when you go feral dps and forget to change out of your resto gear. This is the Hagara fight, and we were 2 healing it. The bottom 2 on  this graph are the healers. The 3rd from the bottom is yours truly with a whopping 4646 dps. That’s right. The night’s winner of the  Giz Award.

Don’t believe me? Breakdown of my “dps” from the same fight.

I have no shame in my Giz moments. We all do it. So I realized it as soon as we pulled and I was doing about 2k dps. I’m all.. what the…? Quick peek at my gear and oh shit.

Me: Um, guys I kinda forgot to put my feral gear on

Yakk: /facepalm

Someone in the raid: At least equip your weapon?

Me: Oh I can do that? Schwingggg!

Me: So uh.. should I heal in feral spec/resto gear or dps in feral spec/resto gear

Yakk: Just dps and don’t die

So to be fair, I really shouldn’t win the Giz Award since I didn’t cause us to wipe. Maybe just an honorable mention? 🙂

Categories: Raiding

Are We There Yet?

March 12, 2012 3 comments

No? How about now? Are we there yet? But I’m BOREDDDDD! There’s nothing to DO!!!!! Are we there yet??! How about now??

I’m leveling Archeology. I’m still pursuing Loremaster. I’ve been going after nerdpoints. I’ve been fishing. I’m blogging again. I’m patiently waiting for the expansion announcements scheduled for this week. Soon as the beta opens I’m there, and will be creating a MT mirror guild for my guildies that are also playing in the beta.

It’s not just my boredom. It’s everyone’s. People are dropping like flies that just inhaled a can of Raid. Recruiting at this time in an expansion is just not worth the time or effort. We no longer have 30 consistent raiders to fill 3 groups. We do however have about 25 consistent raiders. If I had a nickel for every time “hey we should just do 25s” crossed my mind during this expansion, I would afford to give a 1 month game card to every inactive player in the guild. If I had a dime for every time “let’s just condense to 2 groups” has been brought up, I could pay off my student loan.

Easier said than done, on both accounts.

25 man raiding pros:

  1. Nobody gets left out
  2. It brings everyone together
  3. Making a mistake isn’t as costly in 25 as in 10

25 man raiding cons:

  1. Ever try to herd a pack of feral kittens?
  2. Scheduling nightmare. I don’t think there are 2 days in the week where all 25 people are available.
  3. Bigger strain on system resources
  4. Nobody wants to lead it
  5. Not enough people want to do it

2×10 pros:

  1. Can be pickier with group selection
  2. Piggybacking off #1, better chance of progression with a bigger pool of raiders
  3. Boss Lady doesn’t have to scramble to find replacements if someone can’t make a raid
  4. Boss Lady can stop beating her head against the wall recruiting for open spots
  5. The groups would be a lot more solid and consistent
  6. Temporary fix until MOP comes out and inactive players come back

2×10 cons:

  1. It sucks big fat hairy tauren balls for those that get left out
  2. Too many players would get left out
  3. Boss Lady gets blamed for who gets left out
  4. Players stuck on the bench get all grumpy and decide to find a guild they CAN raid with
  5. Boss Lady has to recruit again

Dear Blizzard, please adjust raid sizes from 25-man to 15-man. Thank you.

Categories: Guildies, Raiding

Destroyer’s End

February 6, 2012 2 comments

I will say the nerf made me a little sad. Lot less incoming damage turned Kykki into a dps berserking tree! Shhh don’t tell Yakk. Nope that wasn’t MY moonfire and wrath you saw… /whistles.



o wait…

So anyway! We had a mulligan on the first attempt… elementium bolt derp on the first platform. Second attempt.. lalala pew pew pew… jump to the 4th  platform and weeeee Emor go splat. We blame Thrall for not giving him a windy buff. So I say “let’s carry on! we can 2 heal this shizzle now!” Elementium bolt hits and… splat. Ok then. Emor I will never underestimate your awesomeness again. Carry on! 3rd attempt..everything’s going well and splat on 4th platform Cataclysm. Not one attempt into phase 2 but we totally got this!!

Fourth time’s the charm. With the NOFUCKINGDAMAGE that the raid is taking now… I was a little bored. Sure we could use a little oomph. So I popped into tree form, hit my berserk racial and wrath’d some tentacles! weeee! And is it me or… was my mana bar almost totally full the whole time? Da fuck? One innervate total. Across all 4 attempts. I mean I got some upgrades but holy shit. And Mav was totally on top of Mana tide but still… I just replaced my Jar of Ancient Remedies (359 trinket off Maloriak in BWD) with the super hawt Heart of Madness, and I was afraid… afraid that I would need to click my mana jar and it’s no longer there. I’m going to keep it for posterity anyway, as a reminder of how simply awesome that trinket was to me for 3 tiers. /tear

Yeah! Dead Dragon! we win! Titles for all!!

So now what…?

Categories: Raiding

The Root of All Evil

January 26, 2012 7 comments

In real life it’s money. In World of Warcraft, it’s shiny purple pixels. MT has 31 active raiders, each of whom have multiple alts. Add another 5-10 social members who occasionally fill in. Add another 7-10 who are playing swotr. For a game that hasn’t seen the likes of 40-man raiding since 2006, That’s a lot of people. With that many people, there is going to be a personality clash, or a disagreement, or a total of 10 pages across 2 threads in our forums of a healthy debate about loot.

MT’s loot policy is about as clear as it can get, for the most part. There is always going to be something weird that comes up to muddy the waters. That’s where it’s left up to the Raid Leader/Loot Master’s discretion. There’s also going to be someone who disagrees with the loot policy. No system is infallible, and as the leader of a raiding guild, it was my job to come up with the best policy for our raiders. My motto is that I can’t please everyone all the time but I can piss off everyone all at once. Greater Good of the Guild.

My philosophy on loot distribution is simple: a drop needs to be distributed in the best way to help the guild progress. With this philosophy, raiders put the needs of the guild ahead of what they want personally. For the two years MT has been in existence, this has worked very well. I have built our loot policy around this philosophy. After all, what good is it if one person gets completely geared out? They’re not soloing any raid bosses at the current tier level. They just look pretty. That person would see we’re not progressing, so he’ll likely leave in search of better loot. And take all the guild loot he won with him. Well gee, that doesn’t help us now does it?

With this philosophy, you would think that we would have a Loot Council system. In theory, I think this would work really really well for us. Our members have a lot of trust in leadership that we will do the right thing. In practice though, I could see problems. There’s the potential for needing to justify every decision. There’s the potential for someone being held accountable/blamed/yelled at because someone may not agree with the decision. There’s the potential for drama. This is what happened to <Blood Red Skies>. That’s how I inherited Guild Leadership. Over Loot Council Drama.Yuck.

You know why our current system works? Because we do use loot council, even though we officially don’t. Everyone is loot counseling each other. Something drops, people roll. The rollers are inspecting each other. “Damn you’re still rocking those troll shoulders?? Give it to that foo!” The only “enforcement” that goes on is if someone already won something that night, it goes to the next highest roller. I recruit players and raiders that agree with MT’s Guild > Individual philosophy. That’s why it works so well.

Those 10 or so pages of loot discussion on our forums was healthy. It was healthy because it was civil, no trolling, flaming or rotten fruit was thrown. No rage quits, no ninja transfers in the middle of the night. We’re all adults, and we were all able to act like adults. It made us take a look at our system to see if it was flawed enough to consider changing it. It made me take a look at what’s written in our policy to see if I needed to clarify anything. That policy has been tweaked and updated as the guild needs arose. In the end, what we have is what works.

Categories: Raiding

Dragon Still Gonna Die

January 24, 2012 Leave a comment

So we got Deathwing to … what… 8%?

Then… RAWRRRRRRRRR he got all pissed off turned big and red and killed us.

After 2 hours we made significant progress. We went from wiping on platform 3, to wiping on platform 4 to P2 enrage. Rotating healing CDs on the 4th platform and P2 is fun.. and insane…and intense… and ZOMGDONTDIE!!! Star really needs to heal that on her shaman. She doesn’t know the meaning of healer panic until that.  She just might cry … hehe  I’m so mean….

❤ Star I need to make a post just for you!

Then we blood lusted to get into Phase 2. That’s when he enraged and ate our faces. We still had a ways to go.. about 11mil health more to go. Arg.

Our dps isn’t far off at all. We have the execution. Some attempts our dps was right on pace. The heals were excellent. Even I was happy with my heals lol. Next week we should get closer. If not, the 5% nerf will push us into the kill.

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