Archive for November, 2008

Angry Cat Noises

Ok, so at level 77 I’m probably a little late on this. My only defense is that I’ve been training skills whenever I feel like it and usually not until I start having trouble killing things.

Anyway, last night I had the pleasure of running Violet Hold and then completing the Amphlitheatre of Anguish quests… and I ran as DPS. It’s been a while since I’ve run as DPS and there was one very telling difference to my rotation.

Angry cat noises.

If you’re feral, and you’ve reached at least level 75 you’ve probably noticed you have a sparkly new skill you have to make room on your cast bar for (I think I ditched Pounce so I could make room). This skill would, of course, be Savage Roar.

Savage Roar Rank 1
25 Energy    100 yd range
Instant
Requires Cat Form

Finishing move that increases attack power by 40%.  Lasts longer per combo point:
1 point  : 14 seconds
2 points: 19 seconds
3 points: 24 seconds
4 points: 29 seconds
5 points: 34 seconds

Now, I’m not much for crunching raw numbers and making magic pop out. I’ll leave that to those with the patience to do so. The way I enjoy theorycrafting has absolutely nothing to do with theory.

I enjoy going out and seeing what happens!

Last night was the first time I ever worked Savage Roar into my attack cycle. My first impressions were giddy laughter at the sound effect. Like the title states, it’s angry cat noises, sounds that harken back to my days spent glued to the Discovery Channel… I sounded like a savage wild kitty out of deepest Africa!

So, about halfway through Violet Hold I decided to bring my Recount up. I always have it running, but I don’t always have it showing. I figured, hey, as fun as this skill sounds, if it’s hurting my DPS I don’t really want to be using it. So I brought up Recount.

Savage Roar was not hurting my DPS. It was very much doing the opposite. I was, specced somewhat will-he nill-he in a messy hybrid leveling build, pulling 1,300 solid dps at lvl 77.

I also dominated the DPS chart.

Let me repeat, for the first time in my entire furry feral life I was dominating DPS. It felt good. It felt damn good.

Now, I was running with a warrior, a priest, and two warlocks. Warlocks are supposed to be monsters when it comes to DPS. One was 77 like me and the other was 74. I don’t know what specs they were running, but I do know that after last night they’re re-tooling to see how they do.

That’s fine, I’m not looking to get into any epeen contests at this point in the game. I am simply reveling in the fact that, specced messey hybrid as I am, I’m finally able to pull out a respectable amount of DPS when called for.

A few notes on my spec and attack sequence:

  • I’m specced for mangle spam. I haven’t invested many (if any) points into the skills that make Shred worthwhile. I’m usually grinding mobs on my own, tanking, or in PvP. In all those situations I can’t really be bothered with proper positioning, so mangle-spam is best for me at this point in time.
  • I don’t pounce, I don’t ever really use Ravage either. It’s just personal playstyle that, and if I start to DPS in 10 and 25-man dungeons Ravage will probably become my opener of choice.

My attack sequence usually looks like the following:

  • Mangle
  • Rake
  • Mangle to 5 combo points
  • Savage Roar
  • Rake
  • Mangle to 5 combo points
  • Ferocious Bite
  • Insert Tiger’s Fury whenever it’s off Cooldown and I’m low on energy
  • Berserk whenever I feel like it
  • Repeat

You’ll notice the omission of Rip. This isn’t because I think Rip isn’t worthwhile. Honestly, I have no idea if it’s better or worse than Ferocious Bite. I just use Ferocious Bite because when I’m grinding by myself one good FB crit will finish off whatever I’m fighting. I have it arranged on my cast bar so that it’s convenient and I didn’t feel like re-arranging things for that instance. Now, if I get to go DPS something else I’ll replace FB with Rip and see what that does, but I’m not going to sit and crunch numbers.

Suffice to say, Pre-Savage Roar I was piddling about at 700-800 DPS. Now I’m pulling 1,200-1,300 DPS.

So roar kitties! Roar to the skies! *myao-waaah-yoooow!*

I will be spending Thanksgiving with my family. WoW time will be limited and most likely blogging will be non-existant. I hope everyone has a happy holidays and drive safely!

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/hug? Noooo… /STEW!

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I’m sorry Aurik, but being a dyed-in-the-fur hordie this one gave me a chuckle.

So, In the World of Tigerverse, I dinged 77 over the weekend. I’d just sauntered into Sholazar Basin and I had a gutwrenching choice ahead of me.

You see, my little hunter, Kowbelle was faithfully holding onto Tigerfeet’s life savings for her. Pink Floyd would peer curiously into the the sack she carried, bulging with glittering gold coins, numbering at about 4,000. This was more money than little Kowbelle had ever seen before, but her big sister Tigerfeet kept mailing it to her, one and two-hundred gold at a time, for months and months! Surely this would be enough and more than enough for Tigerfeet to buy what she needed, thought little Kowbelle.

Well, you see. I dinged 77 and was faced with a terrible choice. I had only managed to save 4,000 gold. I needed to plunk down 1,000 for cold weather flying, but that would mean I still had to find a way to raise 2,000 to be able to buy my epic wings.

Do I fly right now and maybe get my big-tauren wings by level 80, or do I not fly, save up the last 1,000 and pray to Elune that I could raise the other 1,000 before I needed to fly in northrend?

Well, I chose to fork over the 1,000 gold for cold weather flying. I jumped into the air and took flight. What a sense of release it was, to finally strech my wings again. However slow they bore me, upon them I was born upward!

I exclaimed in Guild Chat my elation to cries of ‘grats’ and ‘feels good doesn’t it?’. It was then I mentioned that it would feel a lot better if I had my big-tauren wings. They asked me how much I was short and I replied 2K.

This gal HAD 2K she was willing to give me, right then, right there!

On one condition.

I take her with when I ran heroic Sethekk Halls.

This, of course, would require that I complete the quest chain. So, like a good little druid I hustled on over to /hug, pulled up his wonderfully concise flight form quest post, and proceeded to complete everything but the heroic Sethekk Halls in three hours!

We tried to get through Sethekk, we really did. We had myself, lvl 77, Ael a Paladin as our healer at lvl 80, and a level 70 hunter.

We tried, we really did, we tried so hard. We just couldn’t handle the last room before the Raven God. Between mind controlls and fears we just couldn’t do it. Plus it was way past midnight and I kept forgetting I had a pvp trinket and berserk that would both clear fear. But it was late, and we had tried.

We agreed to do this all again on Monday, at 8:30 sharp. Unfortunately poor Ael got hung up at work and, with much trepidation, I assembled a full group of five to go. We tore through that instance in about 30 minutes and, while the mount did not drop, I can now officially say that in the air, I look something like this:

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Once I hit 80 I’m planning on taking myself and Ael, armed with invisibility potions, and farming for the mount. Most of all, though, I’m thrilled and more than thrilled to finally have my epic wings. And don’t I look snazzy perched in the trees of Crystalsong Forest?

For the Love of Freaking Everything!

Loot what you kill.

Please

I’m begging you here.

I finally made my way into Sholazar Basin to partake in the legendary Nesingwary quests. Typically, the place was packed and kill-stealing ass-ish-ness was prevalent to a previous unheard of degree.

Well, I expected it. Everyone’s frantic to get through their quests and get to 80. Some guilds are already running 10-mans and I know some 80 have been frothing to get into heroics (mostly to the exclusion of everything else /grumble). So I can understand the rush.

Really.

But please, for all that is holy, LOOT WHAT YOU KILL!

There are people out there with tradeskills, and there are a lot, let me repeat, a LOT of mobs now that can be used by the gatherers out there, be they skinners, miners, herbalists, hell, even engineers!

You want a motorcycle? loot your kills.

You want armor patches? loot your kills.

You want gems to socket? loot your kills.

you want pots and glyphs? LOOT YOUR KILLS!

What brought on this uncharacteristically heated rant? Well I was in Sholazar Basin, all excited because of the Nesingwary quests. I’m a skinner/leatherworker by trade and he always sends me to kill things that I can skin. I get experience, quest exp, vendor trash, AND leather all in one, perfect questing as far as I’m concerned.

The kill-stealing didn’t bother me as much as it could have at first either. You see, if I can’t kill the mobs at least I could run around skinning things…

no wait, I couldn’t. People were running around killing everything in site and not looting once. I looked out at the dead rhinos and kitties, littering the ground as far as the eye could see. STACKS of leather for me that I couldn’t touch because someone decided it was more important to run through slaughtering everything in their path than it was to take a moment and loot what they killed.

I don’t care if you’re racing to 80. I have my auto-loot turned on and it doesn’t take more than two seconds, even during a lag spike, to loot and move on. Try it some time. As you loot that elemental think of the mining someone could get from it, think of all the gems on the AH that could be less expensive. Does it give you warm fuzzies? It should, you’re supporting your fellow players, and when you do that EVERYONE wins.

This message has been brought to you by Gatherers of Azeroth. We got what you need, srsly.™

/slap

This is just for the lucky few that call Hydraxis their home (Here’s lookin’ at you guildies!)

Knocking around Northrend there is a certain troll mage. Said mage is different from other mages, oh my yes.

This mage’s name is Beag. If you slap him, you’ll get phat loot a’la mario style. Really! Give it a shot, tell him Tiger/Coal sent you 😉

(He’s gonna hate me so much /snrk)

Stay a While and Listen

Tiger’s Top Topics for Today! (alliteration, ain’t it great?)

  • Northrend’s Need for Guard Rails
  • Of Experience and the Possession Thereof
  • The Quest That Made it All Worthwhile

As luck would have it, emergency knocked on my door last night quite literally, halting a Nexus run I was taking part in, and cancelling any and all playtime for last night. Bad for me, good for the blog as I’ve nothing to talk about beyond the ‘extra’ topics I had yesterday!

So, while the servers are down and you’re all going stir-crazy I invite you to “Stay a while, and listen”.

Northrend’s Need for Guard Rails – Long-time readers of my blog will remember my penchant for falling off of high places and getting my great big Tauren butt stuck.

My first issue I reported on my first day out post, I managed to launch myself off the elevator in the Howling Fjord.

Since then I’ve fallen to my death in The Nexus, fallen OUT of Dalaran, fallen off the top of what must be the highest tower IN Dalaran (those balconies aren’t big enough), and I’m frankly amazed that I haven’t yet fallen off the top of Wyrmrest Keep or whatever that place is in Dragonblight. Oh, and mountains, lots and lots of mountains and cliffs. I’ve fallen to my death off of those too.

Now, I’m very specific when I say I’ve fallen out of Dalaran. I didn’t fall off, I fell out. I was in the sewers, exploring around, when I saw an area named “Exit Pipe”. Now, I was done with the sewers for now, ready to go back to questing. My thought was that this exit pipe would lead out to the surface.

I should mention too that I’ve been playing with minimum graphics to do my part to conquer lag. My view distance is EXTREMELY low so oftentimes areas will appear as a big grey mass, even rooms that I’m passing into.

So when I saw nothing but a grey mass of nothing at the end of the exit pipe I thought nothing of it and kept running. And then I was falling! Let me tell you, it’s a LONG way down from Dalaran. I even had enough time during my plummet to note that the surrounding mobs were lvl OMG.

Yes, that’s lvl OMG. I ran back to my body and then high-tailed it as fast as my trusty Raptor would take me back to the Dragonblight.

Of Experience and the Possession Thereof – I’m not talking about that little bar toward the bottom of your screen here. What I’m talking about is actual experience. Experience gained from being in a variety of situations and what was learned from each situation.

I find I’m in a unique situation with my relationship to <Unemployed> and to <Exiles>. I raid with <Unemployed> and have made many good friends there. <Exiles>, however, is run by my husband and contains most (if not all) of my friends that I made during my brief time in <Spear of Khaine>. So, I have friends in both places, but they are equally very different guilds.

I’ve never been on a raid with <Exiles> (and I don’t count the wtfbbq mag/gruul pug raids as being exiles property), but they do invite me to tank for them in the new 5-man instances. So I’ve been instancing with both <Unemployed> and with <Exiles>.

Both guilds have similar goals. They want to keep in ‘fighting trim’, so to speak so that they are ready for end-game raiding. The guilds, however, differ greatly in experience. <Unemployed> was raiding long before I ever wandered back to WoW while <Exiles> is composed of members who are a lot more ‘green’ to the raiding atmosphere.

This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just different.

During my time raiding with <Unemployed> I learned habits and strategies that were familiar to most of the other members. We were all raiding in the same environment, used to the same kind of leadership, and generally used to one another.

When I run with <Exiles> I notice that some of the things I take for granted are not readily obvious to some of the less experienced members. A good friend of ours, Beag, has been playing since release. We met him in the original Exiles over two years ago and he’s raided up to Black Temple before we coaxed him over to Hydraxis with us.

I find it easier to give him direction because there’s some things he knows from his raiding experience. At the same time there’s still some things I need to point out because we came from different environments.

This whole contrast between these two different guilds is something I find fascinating. My husband rules with an iron fist, he’s very honest and, while allowing for honest mistakes, doesn’t tolerate blatant idiots. He leads with a much heavier hand than I find comfortable, but I’ve found it produces members who are eager for direction and who honestly are trying their hardest to get everything right.

So when I run with <Exiles> members, they may not have the experience to allow me not to mark anything and chain-pull most of an instance, but they listen to my direction and make honest efforts to do what is required.

Ha! Would you look at me? Talking about how well a group listens to me and of leadership. I’d say that I’ve gained a fair amount of experience too from the time I started this Blog. I remember writing about how leading scared the poo out of me. It’s amazing to look how far we’ve come!

The Quest That Made it All Worthwhile – I didn’t enjoy this quest as much as I could have, but that’s mostly because I had to hear about it from everyone and I was in a foul mood that evening anyway.

But, there’s an achievement for it, and most (if not all) the requirements are in the Dragonblight. The Achievement is callde “Veteran of the Wrathgate”. I’m not going to go into detail about the quest and the results thereof, that’s for you to discover.

I will, however, mention that it’s perilously easy to miss, especially if you’ve come to rely on questing addons, like questhelper.

In order to get this quest going make sure you complete all the quests in Agmar’s Hammer to the West and Venomspite to the East. The tricky part comes when you have a quest to meet with Saurfang the Younger. Questhelper will tell you to go to Nagrand in Outland and if you’re just following arrows on your minimap it’s easy to skip right over this part.

Saurfang the younger is up to the north-east in the Kor’Kron Vanguard. If you’ve done the Agmar’s Hammer and Venomspite quests prepare yourself for a wonderful time. Read the quest text, and savor what is to come.

My guild leaders described that single quest as making all they’ve paid for and all the time they’ve put into this game all worthwhile.

I will leave you with that.

Bang a Gong, We are On!

And next in the World of Tigerverse!

  • Tanking Tanked
  • Lovin’ your Pets
  • Dungeoning Blind!
  • Northrend’s Need for Guard Rails
  • Of Experience and the Possession Thereof
  • The Quest That Made it All Worthwhile

I think I’m going to limit my rambling to the first three of those posts, and forgo from listing any more than 6. Needless to say, my weekend rocked. I rocked Northrend and still managed to get a decent amount of sleep, watch a movie, and get groceries AND ding 73 all before bedtime on Sunday!

Tanking Tanked – It’s fun, and interesting, and requires an understanding and high-spirited group. Mr Tigerfeet decided that we’d celebrate being geeks this weekend by both getting smashed and playing WoW together. He was having bourbon and mixing it with various cola products, I was attempting to re-create a martini without vermouth and getting yelled at for eating all the olives. In the end I found myself sucking on a nice tall glass of gin and juice with a healthy dose of ginger ale thrown in for fizz and bite. I do so enjoy gin.

So, I’d listened to some guildies run Azjol’Nerub, or, as our guild leader dubbed it ‘Azz-rub’. My thoughts were, it’s a 15-minute instance? 30? Wow, short sweet to the point! I HAVE to run this thing! I leveled my face off to get to 72 and as soon as I dinged (already lit pretty bright from the gin) I sent out a guild call for peeps willing to run AN with a less-than-stable tank. Finding the group wasn’t that hard and one of the dps even jokingly said if he pulled aggro it was because he was sober.

So we ventured in and started having fun! First impressions, it’s a small AQ without the copious egyptian motifs. After the first boss, first impressions went something like this…. OMG SPIDERS EEEEEEEEEEEW!

I’m torn between giving you all a blow-by-blow of the bosses and letting you experience it yourselves. I think I’ll temporize and tread the middle ground.

  • First Boss: The groups in front will pull individually, but once begun they come on your own, be alert and be ready.
  • Second Boss: Be careful of the adds when pulling the trash. Pull back, and don’t aggro. Then, wait for the boss to come to you, but don’t let the trash kill him (apparently it’s possible).
  • Third Boss: Getting to the third boss is really REALLY fun. You’ll see why. Killing the third boss – Make sure everyone runs in at the same time, our first attempt we were forced to try to 3-man him. We were 10% or so away from doing it too with a tank, a healer, and one dps. Rocks will bounce on the ground from time to time, get off these, there will be spikes. Spikes hurt.

All-in-all, we had two or three wipes, and both could have easily happened even if I wasn’t drunk, so everyone was in pretty good spirits and we all had a lot of fun. After that I wandered back over to the Exiles vent where Mr Tigerfeet was holding forth and making an idiot of himself. I helped stage a coup with the officers and we hustled him off before he got even more obnoxious. (We’re both rather happy drunks and people tell us that they thoroughly enjoyed listening to Mr Tigerfeet that night)

Lovin Your Pets – If you haven’t gone to Dalaran, you need to do so now. Dalaran is, I think, the best city ever. It’s big, but not obnoxiously so, it’s a little confusing, but eventually you’ll get your bearings. There’s tall places, and deep places, and places you’ll get kicked out of and, most awesome-est of all… a pet shop.

The things she sells are so much fun that I don’t even mind buying them from a gnome. Fo’realzies. You’ll notice that in the link, she’s reported as selling only two items. Well, when I visited her she was selling four different items. Pull out a pet, and read on.

  • Fetch Ball: Acts kind of like an AOE or a Stick of Dynamite. You right-click the item then click somewhere on your map. You’ll throw a ball and your minipet will go and bring it back.
  • Pet Treat: These make your pet happy! A little heart will float above its head, ridiculously cute.
  • Wash Bucket: Right-click then click on your pet, a splash of water and then your pet will be sparkly clean!
  • Rope Pet Leash: This is a lot of fun. A rope connects from your hand to your pet’s neck.

So, I couldn’t resist, I bought a little bit of everything she had to offer and tried them all out. I played a little fetch, then washed up my Emerald Whelpling and gave him a treat. Shiny and Happy I decided to comply with a self-imposed Dalaran leash law and took him out for a jog. Little did I know, an orc warlock was doing the exact same thing, only he was walking. I’ve heard it called the RP walk. So, I joined him! Soon enough we attracted another such pet-lover and the three of us waltzed around the central trade district of Dalaran for five to ten minutes.

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Click to embiggenate!

I could not stop laughing!

Dungeoning Blind! – Last night, after dinging 73 I had the joy of running Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom with some guildies. Here were the results:

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Click to embigginate!

Yea, that’s the last boss, and he’s dead, and we’re all super-proud of ourselves! First off, we all felt that this was a really, really fun instance and one we wouldn’t mind running over and over and over as a heroic. The trash was negligible, enough to make things interesting but not so much that we felt like we were slogging through endless waves to get to a boss.

The instance itself is kind of sprawling, we ran into a couple of dead-ends and did a circle or two before we managed to find the final boss (there’s 4, by the way).

One thing I’m NOT going to do here is talk about any of the bosses specifically. Each fight has a twist, and the final boss can give you such a head spin that figuring out what to do on your own can really lead to a huge feeling of accomplishment.

That’s why we gethered ’round and took a ‘first kill’ screenshot. Ours was our first guild sojurn into AK and it was ridiculously fun. No one had been there before, no one had any idea what the bosses would do, and we all attacked as a team with the common goal and elation of seeing fresh new content for the very first time!

So, I heartily recommend giving blind dungeons a shot. There will be some growing pains, we weren’t without a wipe or two, but the sheer amount of fun to be had outweighs even the largest repair bill! We’ve noticed too that Northrend dungeons are very aaaah, forgiving. There was a spot where we pulled 8 mobs. level 74-75 elites. Myself, the boomkin, and the shaman were 73, we had a 74 and a 77. The pull was crazy and I was swiping like there was no tomorrow, there was no room for CC because I would break it. I couldn’t stop swiping to pull the other mobs away from the CCd ones because then they’d aggro onto our healer. But nobody died, we killed them all.

The dungeons definitely feel easier, but the scripting of the boss fights made this instance so freaking fun that we didn’t mind the easiness all that much. We’ll have to wait and see what it’s like on heroic!

Obligatory First Day Out Post

This isn’t obligatory? Oh, I really think it is. Of course every blogger out there needs to natter on about what they did and what they thought about their first solid block of playtime in Northrend!

First of all, I stayed up way too late, and by some miracle Mr Tigerfeet woke up and poked me at exactly the right time so that I could hustle out of bed and get to work… I was only 4 minutes late, go me!

Last night, however, was a blast. We went out to eat then came back and I was in a rotten mood about something. So I logged in and I wasn’t online for more than 30 seconds when a buddy of mine /w me begging me to tank the Nexus.

Aaaaw c’mon, I don’t want to tank! I want to do some quests! So I told him to bugger off and went out to go kill things… and most things were dead already. Ugh! I don’t want to fight people for kills… ok, I guess I’ll go tank The Nexus.

Before I start talking about the two starting zone instances, I want to remind everybody that I have obnoxiously bad luck with falling into things and getting stuck or killed.

With that in mind I’d like to petition Blizzard to put guard rails on the Nexus. Those floating platforms are dangerous people! Step lightly, and don’t fall off.

So, The Nexus. It’s really pretty. Very sparkly and cold-looking. Here’s some things to keep in mind:

  • The little flower guys before the 3rd boss come back after a little while. This is a low-key gauntlet. You don’t need to push through hard and fast like you were playing through Zul’Aman, but don’t linger. Keep up a steady pace and you’ll be fine.
  • The third boss is pretty neat. He can be amazingly easy or ridiculously hard depending on how attentive your group is. He shoots out ice spikes that do a LOT of damage if you’re standing on them. If you’re not standing on them you’re just fine. They’re very obvious, just don’t stand on the spikes and he’ll be dead before you know it.
  • The second boss gave us some trouble. The group had me, as a druid tank, a priest for healing, and three mages for dps. We wiped on our first two tries, but got closer and more refined with each successive attempt. By the third try this is what we were doing: I would tank the boss on the far side of the platform and everyone else would stay as far away from me as possible. One of the mages was designated as ‘DPS leader’ and he directed where we were to focus-fire on the portals. More than one can spawn at a time so this is important. If someone aggroed a spirit they were to run to me and call out that they had aggro so that I knew they were coming and I could switch targets to pick off the mob. Then they were to run and get as far away as possible. The portals act a little bit like Curator’s sparks, they chain lightning, so in a group with pure-mage dps it’s important to keep them away.
  • The First boss was a fun, entertaining, tank & spank. She’ll shoot out tentacles and make everyone fly around so healers keep your tank topped off. Tanks, when she finally puts you back down go ahead and use charge to get back in and then it’s business as usual.

Unfortunately we didn’t get to the last boss. Mr Tigerfeet and his guild was defeated and determined they’re not geared enough to handle it quite yet. I wanted to take a try at him, but two of our mages had to go.

I was eager to call the group because <Unemployed> needed a tank for Utgarde Keep and I was feeling guilty about tanking for <Exiles> instead of <Unemployed>

That run was a whole lot of fun, very easy-going too. We didn’t wipe at all, but then everyone in the group had been raiding Mount Hyjal while the <Exiles> group I’d been in had some pre-T4 geared members. Not a big deal, and not a matter of skill, just experience.

So our Utgarde keep run was almost flawless. The Last Boss took a couple of tries though. Here’s the break-down:

  • This is a two-phase fight. You will kill him ridiculously easily then a Valkyrie will come and raise him as an undead (complete with model change which is pretty cool). During the second phase he hits a good deal harder and his aoe shadow smash skill is MONSTEROUS.
  • I was hit with his aoe crap for over 10K… my health wasn’t at maximum so I was dead. That’s pretty much how our first attempt went.
  • Our second attempt I was gently reminded of the pillars. These can present a problem for your healers. If you’re tanking him make sure not to run behind a pillar, you’ll be out of LoS and you’ll have trouble.
  • Our group consisted of myself, a boomkin, hunter, shadow priest and a healer shaman. (I feel oblidged to say that the group consisted of three females, two homosexuals, and a canadian, I love diversity! 😀 )
  • For the fight in which we killed him we did some specific things: Priest blessed us all with shadow protection, that helped mitigate his shadow stomping a TON. The raid stayed as far away from the boss and I as possible, thus staying out of range of his silencing shadow shout. I did not run behind pillars. And then he was dead, when we did this we had no problems what so ever. It was great.

After running The Nexus and Utgarde Keep it was more than time for me to go to bed. Oh, there’s one more thing about that night.

After UK I ran with my guild over to the Howling Fjord undead city and Pilsner was exclaiming her joy with the fact that there’s a gate on the Fjord lift to prevent the unwary from hurling themselves off to their death. Only she didn’t mention a gate.

What she said was “I like how you can’t accidently run off the side of the lift here, not like in Shattrath”.

I hadn’t seen the gate, we got there just as the lift was coming up and, hearing that exclamation, assumed that there was an invisible bounding box around the lift that would prevent us from hurling ourselves to our death.

Of course I had to then try it out.

so, back to the conversation:

Pilsner: I like you you can’t accidently run off the side of the lift here, not like in Shattrath.”

Me: Ooh neat! /run forward.

Pilsner: Oh, Tiger wait!

Me: Rez plz.

My armor was also totally broken. They laughed, I laughed, Pilsner got to practice her out of combat rez and much joy was had by all!

Tonight I’m looking forward to maybe getting some quests done, we’ll see. I’m also hoping the nice weather holds long enough for me to finally plant some garlic before snows cake over everything! (garlic is planted in the fall like tulip bulbs and hibernates over the winter to sprout and be harvested in the spring)