Season 4… Mythic+ and Fated Raids

We’re 2 weeks into the new season and I’m sitting with a M+ score of 1990. Just 10 points away from from KSM and the grape Kool-Aid mount. I only need to time a single 15+ this coming reset and that will take me over the 2000 required for KSM. It would have been possible to already have KSM if I pushed a little harder the first week, but I don’t want to burn myself out. A couple of us have been spamming dungeons fairly regularly, even going so far as to take some alts through a few dungeons (or 4 when it’s the Mythic dungeon weekly).

I love Grimrail Depot and voted for it. Hate me if you must, but it’s sooo fun.

Something that we do regularly when running lower keys on alts, we’ll have a person or two on mains (or decently geared alts) to help slam through the dungeons and will pug some folks with low iLevel and/or low M+ rating. We wind up meeting some folks that are good players and are simply gearing alts up. We had a warrior and a priest last night in that boat. Super chill folks that knew what they were doing, even though their gear needed some attention. Our guild DK that was tanking for us was able to give the warrior a set of shoulders. That was also the last dungeon the warrior needed for the weekly. We said we were running at least 1 more for folks that still needed dungeons and they decided to stick around. They headed back to Oribos first to turn in the weekly and wound up getting Gavel of the First Arbiter (heroic item level Jailer’s 2H mace, aka BIS for dps warriors, dps pally, and all DKs). We were all cheering them on when we saw that. Did junkyard after that to get everyone else’s last dungeon for the weekly, and they got the Remote Guidance Device (the unicycle trinket) too. It was a good night to be that warrior.

The guild has also been doing the fated raids on normal so that we can get the achievement for the Jigglesworth, Sr. (slime kitty) mount. The fated affixes are fun without being punishing. I would love to see this be the precursor of a cross-expansion R+ system where folks can test their mettle against old raids, as some sort of ever-green system implemented in WoW. Not necessarily how FF XIV handled old instances, but just a means for those instances to still be relevant. There’s so much awesome content that has been effectively binned to transmog runs only. Timewalking is a good couple of steps in the right direction, but they really need to take it across the finish line. I would love to see them also standardize the lockout and raid sizes of all raids to be identical to current content (per-boss lockout of normal/heroic, and instance lockout on Mythic, knowing full well that many instances don’t have a heroic and/or mythic difficulty so not always applicable).

This season looks like a tipping point for me. I’m enjoying pushing harder content on my main and I’m enjoying dipping my alts’ toes in that content too. Perhaps I’m getting to a point where I have both my main and a decently geared alt or two. We’ll see how things shape up.

Rygelon, The Jailer, and AOTC, oh my!

Weird headspace, so short post. Just wanted it actually posted before season 4 hits.

Rygie down on the first raid night of the week of July 5th, post-nerf. Even post-nerf, it’s a tight fight with very little room for mistakes. While I thought the mechanics were pretty cool, they were just too over-tuned. We slammed our heads into this brick wall for 3 raid nights and damned if we weren’t aggravated with this fight. EVERYONE was on edge with this fight. We pugged a few folks to help fill a couple holes in our composition for the night we actually downed him. Rygie can go home with his bro Algie from Ulduar and never come back.

Zovie down on the first raid night of the week of July 12th. Again, needed some pugs to fill in for some holes in our line up, but damn if it’s not a good feeling to have him out of the way.

Not sure what the team will be doing for the next couple weeks, or what we will be doing for season 4. Time will tell. In the mean time, a few of us are having fun running M+ and gearing up some baby alts through low-key M+.

Andi & Lords down … Father’s Day alt run!

Been sitting on this one because laziness and extreme frustration/depression with how the country is spiraling and regressing. I’ll just dump a few sentences down as proof that I’m still alive and the guild is still progressing.

We got Andi down during the week of June 7th (for this post, “week” means WoW’s weekly reset that starts on Tuesday). We were banging our heads against him for a couple of resets. We got to a sub 5% wipe which got our hopes up. With a couple folks out due to health issues, we had to pug a few people to fill the ranks for the night of the kill.

We wound up not progging on the week of June 14th, due to one of our nights being Father’s Day and the other due to health issues. We did an alt run of the first several bosses on Normal. I brought my Tauren shaman and /moo -ed at everyone throughout the night. Between that and a handful of pugged M+ runs, those are the extent of my cross-faction experiences in 9.2.5.

The week of June 21st we were able to get Lords down on the first night of prog with the “last pull of the night” magic. It’s a healer boss for sure, so make sure you’re built for big throughput. We were a group of 2/3/6, due to a few DPS still being out.

Rygie isn’t too terribly different from Normal, with the only real difference being the sepia toned world (or downstairs phase as some call it) has an extra mechanic that requires the healers to keep a cooldown or two in reserve. However, it’s tuned so that there isn’t much wiggle room for “oopsies.” We’re able to transition him through both phases, so we’ve seen the entirety of the fight. We just need to get him to transition a couple more times. I’m hopeful we’ll get him down this week (week of June 28th). I would love to get him down and be able to take a couple swings at Zovall this week too.

Tolerance vs. Toxicity

I finally did it. I snapped in an M+. I finally hit the point where I told someone to F#@% Off. The rest of the group joined me in telling the fool that he was a toxic piece of crap. You cannot berate people in a dungeon because things are not going your way. Especially when you’re just as much to blame for some of the pulls going sideways.

It was a Necrotic Wake +16 (Tyrannical / Inspiring / Quaking / Encrypted). Tank initially seemed pretty chill. Group was Monk tank (toxic POS), Druid heals (me), MM hunter (a guildie of mine), Fury Warrior (funnily enough a random pug that turned out to be a long lost friend of the hunter), and a Boomie druid (random pug).

We had at least 1 wipe on every boss. Each due to an oops by any of one or more of us in the group. For the record, I owned every mistake I made (the first one being I forgot to double check my gear before the key was placed and ran with my boomie leggo rather than healing). I’m not perfect and will never claim to be. Various full wipes on trash. Each wipe, the tank got more and more roid-ragey. As we got closer to the end of the dungeon, he seemed to be focusing his anger towards the boomie. My guess is he realized me, the hunter, and warrior were interconnected and would back each other up. So the poor druid (who already confided in us that they were having a rough night) was the object of the tanks rage. When we finally downed the last boss, he unloaded on this poor druid and wove a tapestry of obscenities that, as far as I know, is still hanging in space over the Necrotic Wake (props to you if you can name this reference). And I snapped. So did the hunter. So did the warrior. We let him know in no uncertain terms (and with language that was equally as colorful as his) that his behavior was unacceptable. He was pissed because “the F#@%ing druid got the loot” that he was hoping for. It wasn’t the druid he unloaded on. It was me. I didn’t need the item that dropped. Neither did the other druid. However, because of his outburst, I decided that I wanted to keep it for transmog reasons. I think all four of us immediately /ignore-ed him.

Was my reaction with the loot petty? Probably. Was it justified? Maybe. Would I do it again? Abso-f#@%ing-lutely! You reap what you sew. Keys are weird sometimes. Sometimes you get an amazing composition of people and you just rocket through them. Sometimes you get less-optimal groups and you just have to muscle through it. Sometimes it goes so far south that you need a step ladder to reach the bottom of a whiskey bottle. At no point is toxicity something that should be tolerated (and never should it be rewarded).

Humorous aside, I was checking my information and notice that the monk in question either server transferred or name changed. Guessing his reputation “tanked.”

We spent some time chatting with this druid and trying to build his spirits back up. Hoping we’ll get to have him hang out with us during one of our raid nights, because he can use a positive experience in WoW.

Wasn’t sure I’d hit KSM this week aka SQUEEEEE!

I’m so ecstatic. I cannot put into words how awesome this feels. I was looking at the finer details of Mythic+ rating and where my scores were sitting for each dungeon (on both Fortified and Tyrannical weeks) and I thought for sure there was no way I’d pull off the achievement this week. Still, I just kept throwing myself at +16 or +17 versions of whatever dungeons had the lowest overall ratings and BOOM! It happened. I have my awesome guild to thank for getting me started on this journey. They gave me a huge head-start by doing our weekly get-a-mythic-item-in-the-vault runs. I hope that we can get more guildies their shiny red mount, because it’s sooooo pretty.

Not askeered of Mythic+

Rugrats Scream
I will always hear “askeered” in Rugrats’ voices

When I re-joined the raid team at the end of Sanctum, the guild carried me through a couple M+ dungeons to boost my gear a bit and get me a shiny in the great vault. In preparation of the new tier, our guild kept running M+ to get folks pretty new shinies. I’m having so much fun with the guild groups. It’s super chill and we don’t have to worry about rando pugs rage-quitting on us. Since I’m wanting that red mount this season, I’ve been dipping my toes in the M+ LFG pool. I’ve been very timid about it and been short-selling what I can run. I’ve been trying to avoid toxicity.

The other day, a guildie asked me if I wanted to heal an +18 NW (Necrotic Wake) and I just went for it. It was a depleted key before we got to the first boss. The tank didn’t know it was a necrotic-affix week, and when made aware, he forgot what necrotic was. FYI necrotic-affix is a stacking anti-heal debuff. At 40 stacks of this debuff, any healing spell cast on you will give you exactly 0 health. The debuff has a short-ish timer. As your stacks start to get up there, you will want to slow the mobs and yeet yourself far away so your stacks fall off and allow the healer to top you up. After 3 total wipes, one of our members leaves the group and that was the end of the NW +18.

The person with the key asks if we want to do the 17 key. We stick around and pull it off. The tank had a couple “oopsies” with stack management at the beginning, but got into his groove pretty quickly. We timed it with only a couple of deaths. The whole group was incredibly chill. I know there’s a lot of toxicity in the LFG, but this group gave me a big confidence boost to stop short-selling myself. I should be doing 15’s on the regular, but I still have many well below that. As of the writing of this post, I still have 1 dungeon that is sitting at a single digit key. I will have to fix next week when bolstering is the affix. I’m sitting at a M+ score of 2237. I’m soooooooooo close, I can taste it.

Progressing Heroic SotFO

We have a lockout saved for Normal with only tier bosses and the Jailer up, if we ever want to quickly run alts through. I believe everyone has their 4 piece at this point and has seen at least 1 kill of the Jailer. We’ve dipped our toes into the heroic pool the past couple weeks. We’re now 5/11 on heroic, we’ve downed Guardian, Dausegne, Pantheon, Lihuvim, and Skolex. I am super proud of our team. Our composition can vary quite a bit from raid night to raid night. Hell, even from the first hour of raid night to the second hour. Regardless of what our composition is, we have fun and give it our all.

That’s no moon, it’s a soul forge (Star Wars pun required today).
Xmog details…..

Helloooooooooo Creation Catalyst.

I was toying with photo-chopping the Animaniacs on this picture to match the title, but meh-ffort. The vault didn’t have anything of note for me this week, so I thought I’d play around with the Scars of Eternal Strife trinket for grins and giggles. With the creation catalyst being active this week, I was able to convert a set of M+ shoulders into tier (Helloooooooooo 4pc bonus) and liked the way they looked. I decided to change up my look around them. There are plenty of folks that are super critical of the tier appearances and I share similar criticisms for the cloth and plate sets. However, I am rather fond of the leather and mail sets.

Xmog Details…..

Sepulcher of the First Ones progression

Again, I’m not feeling very creative, so I’m just brain dumping over the course of several days and grabbing scissors and tape to try and piece it into something cohesive. Bare with the monochrome image in these puzzle pieces of words.

We are now 10/11 (N) and 1/11 (H) in SotFO. The raid row will be full in the Great Vault and I am super stoked. I’m still a little bummed that Blizz won’t allow for Master Loot in raid groups. Now that I’ve got a 2-tier bonus (Mythic Dungeon Helm and Normal Lihuvim gloves) I’m sure I’ll wind up seeing the pants during the next reset. That is my luck, as was the luck with a couple others in our group in previous weeks. I would love to funnel gear to other raiders, but can’t. Even though I’ve got some mythic dungeon gear (notably pants and shoulders ear-marked for it) that will be getting the tier conversion treatment in another 2-ish weeks.

Veritable word salad (hopefully sans d!*ks)…..