Thursday, July 24, 2014

Raiding - You can still F-up and have Dino Breakfast

Now I didn't know that Heroic modes couldn't be unextended like normal modes can when you don't kill a boss, and so I extended it as I started the raid, and the trio of Aza, Exray and Lushen weren't very happy. They didn't want to waste a week if we did kill Thok as we would have missed out on all the other bosses.  Unfortunately I had already decided that last week and every week we have not extended so I didn't think that one extend would hurt - especially since we were so close last week.  I put a vote up, but Aza pointed out a vote was pointless because I had already extended.  Fortunately, the vote was to extend, but I think those 3 were rather glum about it.  I did feel bad for about 5 minutes but I remembered that I haven't extended in like...forever... so I think a once off extend isn't anything to worry about.  I was excited enough for everyone, and Jazz was as well and our first attempt that night got Thok to 4%... OMG 4%!!!

We were trying hard to push a slightly longer P1, and it was slowly getting there. Our best goes were 64% before transition and then we had deaths that led to wipes (I remember I was one) but I felt like we could do it and on our 5th go we got it!

I died at the end - we had run down to the bottom for the last cage and I got fixated and I was already down the bottom with nowhere to go... tried to run into the cage and got chowed. But the boss by then was on 6% or something and then he ate the caged guy and got back some health up to 12% (gosh, couldn't do that fight without Nath's ?Widow Venom - I'll have to ask him what it was) and then the just hit the boss and used personals to get it down.  And it went down!  Vanquisher Tier - is that a surprise?- which I passed and gave to Exray.  The cloth loot was sharded.

I hadn't really looked at Blackfuse so we all had a few minutes to watch it.  I watched Warcraft Academy but the others watched Fatboss - I actually enjoy the Warcraft Academy ones more, they are more to the point and factual, though Fatboss is quite entertaining with their commentary at times. We were killing mines on the belt and missiles on the floor but man those missiles are so random!  Anyway, it didn't feel like people's hearts were in it, and that made me a little sad, but I kept whispering Morz and congratulating him on a boss well healed :P It was somewhere on one of these attempts that I realised that I had done the stupid thing again - I had swapped out my Prismatic Prism of Pride for Dysmorphic Samophlange instead of swapping my Thok trinket - which meant I had done Thok UNDER haste cap and being generally spastic.  Man... I need to default my heal set to not have Thok's tooth on it...

So after watching a few more videos, and asking a couple of my Heroic Garrosh killing friends, they kill missiles on the belt to avoid the randomness and kill the crawler mines, which means we'll have to have all ranged taking them out. Sev said he may not be on to raid tonight, so that leaves us one down, but maybe it will give us an opportunity to learn and practice.  But... yay Frostwolves, Thok down and 2 healed!  Aza teased me that I wanted to show off about my 2 heal of it, but I kinda lost my desire to do that after my little F-up!  I think that now we have it figured out, we can 3 heal it without disrupting our heal rotations too much which will make Thok a lot more fun for casters.  Oh, and I have to say thanks to Dragonray for whispering POMPOMS to us for us to get our Thok kill - even though she was only on via remote chat in guild!  POMPOMS always seems to help get us a kill /hugs

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Non WoW: That feeling when you realise you're WRONG

I have lots of moments like that.  And I'm not just talking about that time when I was doing Ultraxion in Dragon Soul and I had to do it in kitty and Fue wondered why my damage was so low, and when he looked at what I was doing, I was using Claw - which was something I used when I was 60 but hadn't really done any kitty since then, and of course everyone laughed at me for being so behind the times when it comes to kitty.

More recently, there's the time when I went to watch the Lego Movie, and in the movie, they said this:

The Man Upstairs: You know the rules, this isn't a toy!
Finn: Um... it kind of is.
The Man Upstairs: No, actually it's a highly sophisticated inter-locking brick system.
Finn: But we bought it at the toy store.
The Man Upstairs: We did, but the way I'm using it makes it an adult thing.
Finn: The box for this one said "Ages 8 to 14"!
The Man Upstairs: That's a suggestion. They have to put that on there.

And I realised that I WAS THE MAN UPSTAIRS.  I WAS PRESIDENT BUSINESS.  I was the villain in the movie - who is always saying "Don't touch Mummy's Lego" or "This Lego is from Grown ups and not for playing with."  And what was really embarrassing was everyone at work who saw the Lego movie said that when they saw the Man Upstairs, that instantly they thought of me.  That I was the big meanie who wont' let my kids play with things that are supposed to be toys.  I'll admit, after that movie I did change - I let my kids play with mummy's Lego and I try really hard not to cringe every time a piece goes missing.

Here's my latest example.  My sister is pregnant and I have a cot that can convert into a single bed.  We had the cot as single bed in our spare room but I was delighted that she could use our old cot.  I dismantled the bed into pieces, found some more spare parts of the bed in the cupboard and gave it to her.  Then her husband told her there were some pieces missing.  I have no idea why, but I shook my head in disbelief.

"Did you LOOK in the bag?" I said.  I had put all the bits and bots into a plastic bag that accompanied the bed.
"He did," replied my sister. "There are some railing things for the cot side missing and two planks and some brackets for the bottom.  I did vaguely remember the brackets and I hadn't seen them, but I was still sure I had given her everything.  I told my husband to go look for the stuff and he told me he looked everywhere and couldn't find anything.

Even my mother was scolding them for not looking properly. With a big sigh, I said I would go look at the cot, thinking to myself that they had domestic blindness.  So I went over and had a look and there WERE pieces missing.  Lots of them!  So knowing what was missing, I went home and looked in the cupboard where I had found the spare parts and emptied it, thinking it must be there somewhere.  Hmm.  Not in the cupboard.  So I climbed on a chair and looked into the top of the cupboard and there was a box hidden behind some bags and wall decorations - a BIG LONG box mind you - labelled "Single bed parts - keep for future use".  Well.  I took it down and looked inside and lo and behold all the pieces were in there.  So I trundled back to my sister's house sheepishly and said I found the stuff and rang my brother in law to apologise and he crowed with delight and said thank you to me for eating humble pie.  I don't even know WHY I thought they would be mistaken in the first place!

You're not listening to me...
Oh and my poor son. There are multiple instances of me being wrong when it comes to him, and I feel really guilty because I'm not sure if he understands when I am saying sorry for being wrong!  With the autism and language/speech delay, I want to try to make sure we listen to him when he's talking but sometimes I don't understand him and he gets really insistent but the more garbled talk he throws out and gets upset about, the more frustrated I get as well!

The most recent one was on the weekend.  We were sitting in my husband's car and my son asked for "Blue plane."  I had no idea what he was talking about.  "There's no blue plane in the car," I said.  "Is it a plane outside?"

"May I have Blue Plane please?" he said, gesturing around the car. I asked my daughter what he wanted. She shrugged and said "Blue plane."  I knew we had no blue plane toys.  "I can't find the blue plane," I said. "I'll find it later?"

"There there!" He said again, gesticulating wildly.  "Blue plane PLEASE PLEASE!"

When I again denied his request there were tears which were pacified by reminding him we were going to go to playground after lunch.

The next day we were in the car again and I enabled the GPS to see where we were going.  "Blue plane!" my son yelled, pointing.  And sure enough, the arrow indicating our position was blue.  And it kinda looks like a plane, or at least a paper aeroplane.

I felt so bad for my poor son who was only asking for a simple thing and got hugely frustrated because we didn't understand him.  Can't be helped, I know, but I really hate misunderstanding him because he's trying so hard to be understood and it couldn't be good for his confidence with me being so dismissive!

But that mortifying feeling of suddenly realising you're wrong - you almost want to go and hide in shame or pretend it didn't happen. I'm not talking about the little wrongs like "Oh, sorry I thought we were meeting up at 1230pm not 1pm", or "Whoops, sorry I thought your name was Fiona, not Angela."  This is more like the fundamentals of your life were shaken up - like suddenly being told the Earth was round instead of flat, or that there is no heaven/hell/afterlife, or that Santa doesn't exist (I'm a mean parent, my children have never really believed in Santa because I told them we bring the presents - Santa to them is like Dora the Explorer or Peppa Pig, something made up that is fun to imagine).  Trying to get my head around letting my children play with my precious Limited Edition Lego is a stomach sinking experience.  I just hope that nothing in Azeroth will be like that - though if I found out that all this time I've been healing wrong on my druid I might just collapse of an apoplexy.

Raiding - Getting better on Thok!

Yay a new raid day, more time to wipe on Thok!

Nothing was a one shot. Wiped once on Malkorok though I feel like that was my fault because I hadn't organised groups so I could see everyone better and my healing felt sloppy.  The second go, only poor Jazz died (she and Nath had switched spots and she took the door spot of doom) and Exray got some heroic warforged love with Blood Rage Bracers.  Then onto Spoils where it took us 3 goes (the Mantid side died once, then Mogu side died once, and third go we killed it!).  No loots for anyone.... which makes me think WHY DO WE HAVE TO DO THIS STUPID BOSS...

Then onto Thok.

I had started the raid a little on the less than shiny happy side because Exray and Aza were telling me that we will not progress on Thok unless we get a third healer.  Aza even offered to offheal on his paladin, but I would rather he DPS'd than healed on an alt when I have healer mains.  And besides, he does good damage. I know he was trying to help but Morz and I really wanted to get this 2 healing.  I think we two were the only ones who thought we had been making solid progress.

So we're getting the bats down, but we're still only getting to 15 roars and Thok's health on our best goes with a transition at 15 is about 68%.  Would like it to be just that little bit lower!  Our 5th attempt was awesome as we got Thok to 14% but I felt like an idiot because I moved out and people died because he didn't transition as I had my panic run away.  The attempt before that Sev and I had been run over by the Yeti and I felt a bit stupid as I moved because I thought "OMG he's looking at me, I need to move, he's going to run this way," but actually I need to look at the eyes on the wall (but who has time to do that when I'm trying to dispel and keep health bars up?? I suppose I could do a keyboard turn to look...)  However, our 6th attempt was amazing as we got to 9%!  Everyone was feeling really positive after that and Morz and I were feeling happy that this 2 healing thing wasn't the impossible task people made it out to be.  Oh, I did have one other minor hiccup... I was telling Morz that I was using my Blackfuse trinket yay and Mana was good (instead of my Thok's tooth) and then when I looked at my gear I realised I had accidentally swapped out my Prismatic Prism of Pride with my Blackfuse trinket... miraculously the two GOOD goes were straight after I fixed my trinkets up.  But shhh....

Aza said later that I wanted to 2 heal it so I could brag about it, and he was right.  But who would I brag to, really?  Nobody would particularly care... though me and Morz would feel pretty chuffed about it!  The only person I could tell is Balkoth and he said to me he never said it couldn't be 2 healed, he just said that it was painful!  And he's right. I tell you, I would LOVE a devotion aura.. and maybe one Hand of Protection as well!

Extended maintenance tonight (6pm-6am AEST) probably means that we can extend and have a couple more goes on Thok on Wednesday (as I'm PRETTY sure nobody had time to kill Garrosh before shutdown).  Who knows how good we'll go when we're all fresh at it!  It might even be even better attempts than before!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I guess I DO have a bucket list!

Over the years I see lots of people listing their "Bucket Lists" or "Things to do before -insert WoW expansion here-" and I never really thought that I would have one, but in the last month I realised I have been slowly trying to get a couple of long term goals.
  • 605 Unique pets
    I have been really lazy with PvP pet battles and I should do it just so I can get that Stunted Direhorn.  I've never been a fan of PvP pet battling because it gets a little bit OLD with the Unborn Val'kyr combinations, but I've decided to just stick to two combos and if they work then cool, if it's straight losses all the time, well I'll just stop battling for a bit.  So far, it's been going well.  I also need to get the Argent Squire on alliance side which means I have to bash at those stupid Argent Tournament dailies.  I'm doing it... slowly.  I haven't quite got the dedication to do it every day.  I also have one last Recruit a Friend (RAF) pet to get... tempted just to RAF myself to be honest.... so sitting there at 602 and at least a few months to go before I get another pet...

  • Herald of the Titans
    I have two toons locked at 80, which is a pain because I still don't have a second 90.  But now that my second druid is 80, I have been slowly bumming around scooping up Ulduar runs where I can so I can do a run, picking up both feral/guardian and caster gear.  Though I would like to do heals since I know that best, but we have a few guildies interested (including Nath, Jazz, Crooked and maybe even Exray) so we might have a group good to go for it if I can get my ass into gear with ... gear.  Usually just trying to hitchhike my way with those people who are going for Mimiron's head (and hanging around for the clear to Yogg) - I may be dead all the time but hey, loot is loot!
  • Going to need Bigger Bags
    Yeah, I'm not going to get this any time soon (maybe not any time ever), but I do go to the Isle and I tend to only kill those mobs I need for the achievement.  Sometimes I drag Aimei with me, who complains at me when I go for the big rock dudes.  Camping does my head in, so the closest I'll get is afk-ing at a rare spawn spot.

  • A second level 90
    It is SUCH A DRAG trying to level without RAF.  My poor Warlock is going through Deepholm at a snail's pace, and Lushnek says to me that we can go to the Timeless Isle at level 85 (though what we're going to do there I'm not sure - I remember dying a lot as a level 90 in ToT gear!).  One of the advantages to levelling there I suppose is that I can work on my Going to need Bigger bags.  And maybe do some herbing/mining as well.  And before you say "Why don't you boost....." I just don't feel like boosting ok!!