I’ve been absent from Azeroth quite a bit lately. Some has been due to traveling (4 weeks so far this year for the job, 1 week with friends). Some has been due to my girlfriend traveling to visit me (2 weeks there, but damn how I wish it was longer). I’m back again for a while.
There’s a lot to say, so I’m just going to brain dump. I’ve been busy at work lately and recently been thwacked by the love mallet. So, blogging has been towards the back of my priorities.
I’ve gotten back into PVP in a big way, thanks to my girlfriend. I haven’t PVPed since the legendary cloak quest in MoP. She got me back into a BG and I remembered how much I enjoyed it.
This will be a short post without a lot of content or personality in it. I’m just trying to keep the spirit of blogging active. Brain’s all over the place right now professionally, interpersonally, and WoWly (I’ve said before that I make up works, that doesn’t change just because it’s a short post with no content [… and I’ll still over use parenthetical expressions]). Coherency for writing is just at a point of “Oh, yeah. I said I’d get better about that. Oops!”
Holidays being here, means folks are out and about living real life and not in game as much (AS IT SHOULD BE). That said, raid teams tend to be thinned out a bit.
Saturday the two raid teams combined to do a 27 person Normal Antorus. In less than 3 hours, we cleared the entire raid. The exposure to the raid with the other team was great. Every team has a different feel and it’s good to see folks comparing notes on what has worked for the different raid compositions. The collaboration (and the comradery) of the guild still blows my mind. I’m used to guilds being friends or driven progression, never both. I’m looking forward to cussing at the heroic versions of the raid in the coming weeks.
This week, Raid Team Mayhem stepped into Antorus (N) for the first time. Completed Garothi, Felpups, High Command, and Eonar.
Garothi Worldbreaker: This one was a fairly painless boss for the team. The mechanics are pretty straight forward. Avoid bad, leave room for tanks to drop missiles, focus on primary target, profit.
Felhounds of Sargeras: Also no-muss, no-fuss kind of fight. Random amusement, these puppies play fetch with each other, stay out of the path of the cute game.
Antoran High Command: Suddenly, all bets are off. There are enough moving parts and mechanics in this fight to really jack your day up. I lost count on the wipes for this fight. One of the biggest issues is the fusillade. As ranged/healers, you MUST stay away from the shield generators as long as possible, otherwise you have blade storms sitting on the entire raid. You only see each boss twice. When you hit enrage, the general doesn’t go back into his pod. And you run out of shields. Ouch! We hit the enrage on the final pull, but had enough damage dealers and brezzes to pull off the last bit of health. Our pod person had enough time to set out a 7th shield for us to just squeak by for the kill. Sloppy as hell, but we’ll take it. Next time, we’ll clean it up a bit. I’m pretty sure we spent over 2 hours on this fight alone between the 2 nights.
Eonar the Life-Binder: This one had me the most concerned. It’s a complicated fight to describe. It’s a simple fight to win. The sub-zone is also beautiful. I want to move the druid class hall to here. The extra ability in the zone is fun too. As a druid, you can fly around in stag form with a passenger on your back. Eonar’s visage in front of the portal before you go in is beautiful too. Next time I’m in this part of the raid, I want to get some screen shots.
Portal Keeper Hasabel: This is is another fight that’s complicated to describe. We didn’t down her. However, I think we’ll take her down next attempt. The movement to the different platforms almost reminds me of the phase changes on Grommash in Siege of Orgrimmar.
It’s been a while since I’ve fawned over my guild in this blog. Well, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to be a regular attendee of the guild events. Sunday night was the Hallow’s End party for <of The Queue> and our (we-need-a-higher-cap-for-characters-in-our-main-guild guild) <of The Queue Too>.
The officers really go out of their way for these events. Tonight was no exception.
I did the thing. I put in the grind to get the Lucid Nightmare. Holy hell! That was a royal pain in the ass. I read up on what went in to figuring out how to get this mount. I would not have bothered if I’d have had to figure it out on my own. Yay for wowhead and WoW nerds that have way more time for the game than I do.
Here’s the guide for the mount.
No, I didn’t smoke the pumpkin spice. I just have a hankering for pumpkin Xmogs this year after making my plate pumpkin xmog. Here’s my leather caster version. I was trying to get a scarecrow kind of feel to it, and I’m rather proud of the results.