Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hell and High Water



Well, week 1 of raiding in Hellfire Citadel and my armory page looks completely wacky:


As a guild, Ashes (plus assorted friends, including some of my old Proudmoore guildies from Southern Wardens) managed to down the first four bosses on normal and had some good attempts on the fifth.




Not too bad, considering we had to work out mechanics (and the fact that we only raid for ~3hrs twice a week); I don't anticipate them being any trouble for us whatsoever when we head back in there this week.



Being me, I was of course keen to see the rest of the place, so managed to get two different PuGs to down Gorefiend and Mannoroth, with some attempts on Xhul'horac (now there's a chaotic fight!) and Archimonde (yeah... NFI what's going on there).



Overall, I'm extremely happy with this new raid - the mechanics and visuals are interesting and definitely a step up in difficulty from Blackrock Foundry.


I'm really looking forward to seeing some more of it. It's been awhile since I've felt a real challenge in raiding due to being limited to clearing heroic BRF instead of moving onto mythic. Even better, the heroic mode for this dungeon seems a lot more.... heroic. As it should be, considering it's a tier up - I don't expect to get bored any time soon!

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

...is on my head. WTF?

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Still keeping my stance that T3 was the only really awesome hunter tier set... :P

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

#Inappropriate Selfie

Did anyone at Blizzard perhaps think about the fact that #funeral selfies are a trend that really shouldn't be encouraged?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Aspects of the Fox

Since Patch 6.2 is set to remove Aspect of the Fox, I've been trying to monitor how often I use it in raids and how essential - or non-essential, as Blizzard seems to think - the ability really is. So, my uses in BRF:

  1. Oregorger - directly after a feeding frenzy (1x)
  2. Hans/Franz - start of final burn phase (1x)
  3. Beastlord - none
  4. Gruul - during destructive rampage (1x)
  5. Flamebender - as requested
  6. Thogar - none
  7. Blast Furnace - start of phase 2 and during phase 3 (2x)
  8. Kromog - none
  9. Iron Maidens - Marak's boat phase (1x)
  10. Blackhand - phase 3 (1x)

Notably, I would say only #2, #4, #7 and #10 are the fights where AotF is useful; and then only #7 and #10 where it's really useful. Considering Blast Furnace and Blackhand are pretty much the two hardest fights in the entire raid, it's unsurprising for any raid-wide ability to be a significant boost.

However, is AotF really necessary? Probably not, considering most casters have either some sort of cooldown to cast on the run or instant cast spells that could tide the raid over until the phase change settles down, which is when AotF is the most useful.

Will I miss it? Sure. Nothing like pulling it out to rez your pet on the run... but I have a feeling our boomkin will miss it more, and I'm fairly content with that!

Friday, May 1, 2015

And Here's Me at the Frozen Throne


Trying to take a few travel selfies and Arthas photobombed me... such an attention hog.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

No such thing as a free lunch

...at least, not from me.
 

What is it with people asking for gold anyway? It's not difficult to generate income in WoW - you could join a whole string of levelling guilds and raid their banks for a start, if you're that desperate.

Plus, this person didn't even say "please", nor what he/she needed it for.... so, no, it's not OK. Go bug someone else! :P

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Rematch

I've been wandering around Draenor recently trying to get Grand Treasure Hunter and have re-discovered a mob I had trouble soloing when I was a fresh 100:



At the time, I had pulled the rare with every confidence that my BM hunter hax would pull me through (as it had for every other rare I'd encountered thus far), but even burning all my cooldowns, trying different pets and having a couple of random buffs wasn't quite enough to get him down.

With my heroic BRF gear now, I can now solo Echidna easily.

Extremely satisfying to come back and knock this guy over - it's not usually my style to admit defeat! Probably would have kept trying at the time too, except I had been under some pressure to gear up quick - most of my then-guild were already raid-ready on multiple toons and I didn't want to be *too* much of a drag on the rest of the raid.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Old School Facepalm


I really did NOT think that it was possible to have "Legolas" as a name unless you use about 3 ASCII characters, but apparently you can...

Amusingly enough, this guy got kicked (or possibly left) after a few wipes on heroic Blackhand due to crap latency/DPS. Gotta love stereotypes! :D

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Behind the Curve

I've been out of the PuGging game for awhile (no, I don't count LFR... and yes, changed guilds again. Don't ask :P), so I was rather confused with the request for "AotC" on most of the heroic Blackhand groups.

Being a hunter, I'm used to AotC meaning Aspect of the Cheetah, but of course it's not - it's Ahead of the Curve, as in you've killed the boss on heroic before. Unfortunately before tonight, I didn't have it... so trying to find a PuG to take me - and also be good - has been annoying.

The smaller groups (for some reason the "magic number" seems to be 2 tanks, 4 heals and 9 DPS - possibly something to do with the balance of loot and organising the number of people) had huge problems with handling phase 2. If a couple of people died to mechanics, especially in phase 1, you weren't likely to recover.

It was a whole different story when I found a 25m PuG this evening - people were getting hit with bombs and marks left, right and centre. I had to /boggle at the easy two shot (although the group had been going on a little while before I joined, I think).

I also discovered that you can't loot two tokens from Blackhand - as in, one coined and one from the boss. Not that I minded, since I had my 4pc bonus already, but I wouldn't have said no to a 5th piece to swap in/out with non-tier.

Either way, I'm glad I have the achievement now - hopefully will be less trouble to PuG Blackhand in future weeks, which at least means I should be able to get the 5th tier piece soon!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Today is an Awesome Day

I happened to take a detour into Acroniss' cave whilst looking for Lunar Festival Elders and lo and behold, I have a new pet:


I still have a few pet slots waiting for Patrannache, Terrorpene, green Madexx and Gara, but this one is definitely one I've wanted for awhile - the other colours for plasma wyrms just don't cut it!