Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Master of Tol Barad

For a long time (over two years) all I needed for Maser of Tol Barad was to win it 12 more times.

Recently I started doing Tol Barad again and I've been having Guildies join me in these capture battles. Now I have those twelve wins!

I'm not done with the Tol Barad Peninsula, I still need the Fox Kit that costs 200 Tol Barad Commendations. But one victory at a time!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Brawlers Rank 10 & Training Camp

"I can't do it coaches!" said McTacky, slumped at the edge of the ring, his face all bruised and beaten up, "Ahoo'ru is too powerful. He is the better Paladin. He knows how to Divine Circle!"

"Don't be a quitter," said Coach Crooked, "now put some enchants on that gear!"

"You are moving around too much out there! Take control of your movements!" said Coach Luxy, "Here are some better strength gems and a belt buckle!"

"In Phase 2 you need to stop dumping all your cooldowns at the start. Escape the first Divine Circle THEN beat him down." said Coach Crooked, "you need to macro those cooldowns all together so it is a single spam button!"

"You just think you need more time than you do. Deal with the three guardians at a good pace first then worry about doing damage!" said Coach Luxy, "stop taking stupid risks!"

"You are right coaches! I can do it!" said McTacky, determined, "I am the better Paladin!"

"He's one of our veteran Rank 9 brawlers here in Brawl'gar. It's McTacky!" yelled Boss Bazzelflange.

Then McTacky stepped back into the arena.

McTacky defeated the other Paladin and finally earned I've Got the Biggest Brawls of Them All!

The feedback I got from Crooked and Luxy at the end of each attempt I did helped me enormously. Thanks heaps!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

18k Achievement Points + Rank 9 Brawlers

With Brawlin' and Shot Callin', I hit 18k Achievement Points!

Luxy was there when I achieved this, she was there helping me with Haters Gonna Hate.
"Tacky! Do the next fight now! Don't even look it up!" said Luxy.
"Alright then," I said.

It was Hexos!

 Luxy thought her little joke was very funny. I suppose it was.

Two days later at 4:52 am I finally defeat Hexos. I was queued for Tol Barad at the time so the Queue Window appeared for the last 40 seconds of the fight!
I didn't win Tol Barad. I had no chance attacking them on my own. I return to Brawlers.
At 5:14 am I hit Rank 9. 

So just a little to go and Rank 10 and the Mount will be mine!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Emperor Shaohao

66th Exalted Faction is Emperor Shaohao
2:52 AM Late last night I finally finished this faction.

I first arrived on Timeless Isle island 13 September 2013 at 11:33 PM.

Big thanks to Luxy for being with me for most of the grind, but also thanks to Sars, Crooked, Aza, Putress, Navi,  HK, Faithless for helping me a lot as well!


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

It wasn't a Bucket List

A regular fixture of this blog has been my 'bucket list' of things to do before Warlords of Draenor came out called 'Countdown to WoD'.

But here is the problem:
● I started my bucket list 9 November 2013, just after Warlords of Draenor was announced. Almost 10 months ago now. It will be 12 months total when Warlords of Draenor comes out.
● Mists of Pandaria started September 25, 2012 and will end 13 November 13, 2014. Around 25 months.

So my 'bucket list' went for half the expansion! It should have been more of a 'to do list' than a 'get this done before WoD list'. I am going to retag them from WoD to MoP.

So instead of rushing around desperately trying to get these things done, I should have just been enjoying the expansion!

Pro: I was motivated into doing the dallies so I'd finish off the reputations.
Con: I rushed the reputations and only went back to do the achievements related to those dallies last month.

Pro: I focused me to do a list of things.
Con: My priorities were very skewed. I was rushing around doing the list instead of things other people in the guild were doing at the time, like the new Timeless Isle and Gold Challenge Modes. Now I am playing catch-up on those two things as well.

Pro: It focused me into doing a lot on my Main.
Con: All but abandoned doing anything on my alts except getting them to level cap.

Pro: It pushed me into finishing of a lot of jewelcrafting collecting
Con: I actually had time to have simply farmed many of the recipes instead of paying some ridiculous AH prices for it!

Pro: It kept me logging in to get stuff done.
Con: It kept me logging in to get stuff done!

I'll try to approach World of Draenor differently. Not sure what that will be exactly, but I'll do it differently!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

So I was a Raid Leader

It was 9:00 pm on a Saturday Night. A crowd of people logged in for the Guild Flex raid. But there was no sign of Navimie or the others who would usually start the raid.

At 9:10 I joke in guild chat that Luxypie or Ravzz should start the raid since they have seniority (they are Hunting Pack and I am Scouting Pack guild rank).

At 9:14 I invite Luxypie and Ravzz to group without asking first. The both accept my invitation. Promote them to assists.

At 9:15 I say in guild chat that anyone who wants to come to flex type '1' in guild chat or whisper me.

And already I had made two critical mistakes that I missed until much later:

Mistake 1: I assumed Luxypie wanted to come to the flex raid that night (she didn't), but Luxy being a nice helper went a long with my assumption instead of correcting me. I apologised afterwards, but I was oblivious at the time.

Mistake 2: Morzierz (an officer) was on an alt called Moztingo. The alt has a normal alt rank and not an officer rank. I didn't notice this fact and Moztingo was invited along with everyone else who whispered me or typed '1' in chat.

After inviting everyone we noticed a problem, of the twelve people wanting to go we only had one tank (Kahrax) and 2 heals (myself and Ravzz).

After waiting to 9:20 for a solution, I queued us for SSO Wing 1 Flex (instead of the usual started with SSO Wing 4 Flex). And I found myself leading a Guild Raid for the first time in eight years.

Leading a Flex raid is simpler than a normal raid. There is no loot to deal with and no DKP/EP is awarded. So it was smooth going. We one shot Immerseus & Protectors with Ravzz solo tanking. (At the start of Protectors I said "don't' throw the thing to the healers" and forgot to add "also don't throw the thing to the tank" as well. So Ravzz ended up getting a Mark of Anguish, oops.)

We stopped Wing 1 at 9:45 we stopped there since we knew Norushen required two tanks because of the Self Doubt stacks.

Luxypie asked a tank friend Tankazz/Shadowdk to join as a second tank (I was still obvious to my first mistake at this time), and someone asked their friend Jazzard joined as a third healer. I give the Navimie preamble about the Frostwolf raid is for fun and not drama and not to say anything mean to anyone in raid chat.

We also decided since we now had the numbers to just start on Wing 4. At 10:00 we had cleared to Blackfuse.

And we wiped. Since I had no idea how belts worked I was unable to explain it very well and Gunsnßowses who hadn't done belt before didn't know how to get off the belt. I blame myself for the failure to communicate anything useful to Gunns.

Haev and Luxy take over belt. We wipe again. This time I hadn't been telling people to kill the crawlermines! Brae has to leave the raid, as announced at the start, to take the son to a comic con. Souglyy and James joined on some alts at this time.

Third attempt, crawler mines are destroyed, the belt team is wonderful, the raid kills Blackfuse! It is now 10:30.

Next we clear trash and reach Paragons! Paragons was a one shot. We didn't know the kill order, so someone googled it. I dusted off my old /run SetRaidTarget("target", 8) macro to apply {skull} to the mobs as they were announced in Vent. Some of the Paragons have very similar sounding names, but I was accused of being racist towards Mantrid for saying this.

10:50, we head down 'Rough-Hewn Passage' to Garrosh. As we head down the death tunnel, I rearrange the groups for left side/right side split. We do wipe when we accidently get two packs at once, otherwise the tunnel was smooth.

As we reach the end of the tunnel Navimie logs in. Ravzz goes DPS and Navi joins as healer. Navi then fixed up the groups I made. It is 10:59 and we do our only attempt on Garrosh for the night. We reach the last phase of the Garrosh fight but we just didn't get him down.

11:14, Navimie calls a ready check to see who wants to continue, some people need to go to bed, so the raid ends.

So some observations on how I did.

Atain Command Style vs McTacky Cooperation Style:Playing as McTacky as the raid leader cooperative and friendly and getting feedback and not assuming it was someone else's problem. During this run I was announcing things like 'Shockwave, watch your feet' & 'Crawler Mines are up' & 'move out of the fire'. Whereas back in MC & ZG on Atain I'd be no-nonsense commanding people and tunnelled in on damage meters and not the mechanics of the fights. Back in the MC days it was more about wrangling the large crowd instead of being good on the technical aspects of the fights. On McTacky during the raid today I even said 'good hustle' after the group managed to deftly deal with a pack of adds we didn't expect.

Knowing the Fights:Honestly I had no business leading the raid into Wing 4 if I didn't know things like 'how the conveyor team works exactly' or 'what order do we kill the paragons in' or how may times to we swap colours before we don't go back to the centre in phase 2 of Garrosh'? It is all well and good to say things like 'stay out of the fire', but that simply meant I knew some of the mechanics, but not enough. Luckily I wasn't stupid enough to fake it though my ignorance, and I just flat out admitted I didn't know these things. The raid cooperated, we found the answers and we got though it.

Helpful Luxy:Luxy was way helpful, more than I realised during the raid. She got us the second tank, she saved us on conveyors, used a repair bot at Garrosh. All for a raid she didn't even want to go on! I don't want to trivialise the efforts of the rest of the raid, they all came together to get I though the four kills we did and compensated for my shortcomings in knowledge, but Luxy is way too helpful for her own good!

Self-deprecation humour:I did too much self-deprecation humour at my own expense during the raid. It ended up sounding like I was fishing for complements when I wasn't. Luckily I smarted up and eased up on it in the last hour.

Confidence:When we were killing stuff I was too confidence in myself. When we were wiping I had lost all confidence in myself. I needed to be in more of a middle ground. Wipes happen and clearing mobs happens, it isn't anything special and I probably wasn't the cause of either.

What should a Raid Leader Do and Not Do?During a run with no loot, no EP, and zero drama between people, what is a Raid Leader supposed to do? Explain the boss fights? I did that poorly. Keep the raid moral up and moving forward? I managed to do that. Analyse what went wrong and create a plan to deal with it? I managed to do that.

Ghostwolf Rank:
It was suggested during the run that the Shaman be given their own rank in the Frostwolf guild list (we had a lot of shaman in the run). Then it was suggested the rank be called Ghostwolf. I don't think we'll be moving any Shaman to this rank, but that rank name was brilliant! (the existing ranks in Frostwolves are wolf based - Alpha Wolf. Beta Wolf, Hunting Pack, Scouting Pack, Frostwolf, Pup, Sheep).

I probably missed some stuff, but I am glad I didn't post this right afterwards and instead reflected on what happened. I am proud of myself of getting the raid together and got it moving ahead despite the shortcomings, but it was my own shortcomings that held us back in the end. I got everyone else doing 100% and I wasn't giving it my own best. (I'm sure I wasn't healing to by potential because I was too busy seeing what everyone else was doing!).

This isn't a cry for complements or sympathy, I think I did okay. Most of this is just me figuring out where I can improve in case I raid lead again within the next 8 years.

Most of all I just hope everyone who came had fun, which is the most important thing!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Countdown to Warlords of Draenor (41 week update/12 weeks to go!)

My Holy Item Level is now at at Heroic average! Only Twelve Weeks to go!

Important Stuff to do:
● Get Holy Item Level to over 566 (564 567/566) Complete!
● Get Ret Item Level to over 553 (545 549/553)
● Proving Grounds: Proving Yourself: Gold Healer
● Proving Grounds: Proving Yourself: Gold Damage

Old Raid Stuff to do:
Glory of the Cataclysm Raider (20/24)
● Get Shado-Pan Assault to Exalted (Revered)
● Get all Burning Crusade Raid Pet Drops (6 8/10)

Pandaria Quest Achievements: 1 Left
● August Celestials - 1/3 3/3 (Complete)
● Sunreaver Onslaught - 16/18 17/18

Misc Stuff to do:
● Do [The Longest Day] Achievement
● Get all Argent Tournament Mounts (12/14) (250 Tokens)

Jewelcrafting Recipe Collection: 7
● 1 Rep (Aldor), 4 Raid (Sunwell), 1 Dungeon (Old Hillsbrad), 1 World Drop (Cataclysm)

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Atain vs The Bronze Dragonflight

"So you want me to travel back in time and kill my parents?" asked First Sergeant Atain, "yeah, that sounds absolutely safe!"

"Well they aren't technically your parents. They are from different past, you would be safe," said the Bronze Dragon.
"Patricide & Matricide aside, what is a Different Past? The Past is the Past." asked the Orc Warrior.
"There is one past you are from. These people are from a different past," said the Bronze Dragon.

Atain scratched his head. How was an Orc Warrior meant to make sense of the Bronze Dragon's ramblings.

"In your past the Orcs drank the demon blood. In this different past the Orcs didn't drink the demon blood," said the Dragon, "just accept that there can be more than one past."
"Where is this other past?" asked Atain.

"Where?" asked the Dragon.

"Yes. Where is it located?" asked Atain.

"Draenor," said the Dragon.

"I have been to outland, there is no different past there," said Atain.

"You cannot visit this other past normally. You must use powerful magic. In fact the Orcs from this other past are members of the Iron Horde! They plan to invade our Azeroth! We need to go stop them." said the Bronze Dragon.

"People from the past are trying to invade the future? Good luck. We have better technology and higher Blacksmithing Level," said Atain.

"But in the past they now advanced technology as well," said the Bronze Dragon.

"I don't remember advanced technology in the past," said Atain.

"The other past has this technology," said the Bronze Dragon.

"So if I travel to outland I will see this technology?" asked Atain.

"No. Outland is from your past, not this Other Past," said the Bronze Dragon.

"How can you leave something in the Past and not have it arrive here in the Present?" asked Atain.

"The Other Past isn't Your Past. It doesn't come here," said the Bronze Dragon, "that is how you will be able to kill your parents in the past with no risk to yourself."

"And that makes it okay to kill my parrents?" asked Atain, not understanding the idea.

"They are like a different version of your parents," said the Bronze Dragon.

"Version?" asked Atain.

"A copy, a duplicate, a mirror," said the Bronze Dragon.

"So they are fake orcs then," said Atain, relieved.

"No, they are real orcs," said the Bronze Dragon.

"Impersonators?" asked Atain.

"No, were born with same names as your parents, were married like your parents, look the same as your parents," said the Bronze Dragon.

"That sounds an awful lot like my actual parents then," said Atain.

"The whole world is a copy of the one you know, a different past" said the Bronze Dragon.

Atain sighed. He didn't understand any of this. How can there be two pasts?

"Could you just give me an opponent that makes sense?" asked Atain, "asking me to travel back in time and fight my parents? It is a bit much."

"They aren't your parents," said the Bronze Dragon.

"They sound close enough that it doesn't make a difference," said Atain.