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“Volcanic Embrace” Set

"Volcanic Embrace" Set

“Volcanic Embrace” Set

Class: Shaman

H: Erupting Volcanic Headpiece | S: Erupting Volcanic Spaulders | Cl: Coldsinger Cloak
Ch: Gatekeeper’s Embrace | Wa: Varashi Belt | L: Not shown
G:
Nimblefinger Scaled Gloves | Wr: Not shown | B: S.B.R.B. Prototype 3

1h Mace: Plunderer’s Drill
Shield: Protector of Frigid Souls

Thoughts: So I had finally transitioned away from keeping track of my planned mogs with Ye Olde Fashioned Notebooke to making more mogs than I could follow up on with the Mogit addon.  Hooray for technology!

And then I switched computers without writing down what said sets consisted of.

Cav was not very supportive, and he said I should just start over.  I whimpered and cried and threw mini-mog-fits, but I eventually did, if only because I can’t keep my little green hands off Mogit and Gawd knows I’m too lazy to reconnect my old computer just to figure out what was in every last set I’d come up with.

I started this particular set out of convenience – at some point, while clearing out my storage space (yet again), I saw I had most of the yellow version of the shaman tier from Firelands.  Cool beans, the set is half done and I haven’t even left my Garrison yet!

The S.B.R.B. Prototype 3 boots are a quest reward from the goblin starting zone (I KNOW, I’VE HUNG ONTO THEM FOR THAT FREAKING LONG), so if you’re not a goblin and/or did not keep them, you’ll need an alternative.  There is a lookalike for the shoulders should any hunter want to dress up like a shaman, but no lookalike for the helm.

As far as the Plunderer’s Drill goes, it seemed so dang perfect for a goblin.  It has a high drop rate, but keep in mind that the rare that drops it (the Mecha Plunderer) is in a daily quest area and has a respawn time of about an hour and a half – so unless you camp it, have a plan and/or get plain lucky, it can be some time before you spot it.  I achieved success by parking Bombelina next to the spawn site and checking it at ridiculously early morning hours (the things I do for mog …).  I believe sacrificing blood elves to the Mecha Plunderer also improved my chances.  I mean, uh, Aeda Brightdawn kept taunting the thing like she taunts every possible mob in a five mile radius, but she can’t take the beating she invites and that’s not my fault.  So, yeah, I totally used her as a tank knowing she’d drop dead before the mob did.  That is my fault, but it worked out so well.

 

Life in the Slow Lane

Warp Speed Plz WE NEED TO GO TO PLAID

Warp Speed Plz
WE NEED TO GO TO PLAID

Okay.  Now that Bombelina’s been at 100 for a bit, I’ve gotten the Silver proving grounds requirement done for her DPS spec and I’ve had a chance to run a few dungeons, some normal and some heroic.  The proving grounds weren’t bad once I remembered which waves were what mobs, as NOT GETTING STUNNED helped with polishing a wave off with time to spare, which in turn let me prepare for the next by dropping my Capacitator Combustostunulator Totem, refreshing my Searing Totem and throwing out an Earthquake for the extra damage.

Dungeons?  Well …

We've Earned It So much wiping.  So much.

We’ve Earned It
So much wiping. So much.

Grimrail Depot: Bleh.  Can we talk camera angles?  I can’t see sheeyit, which is an issue, as I’ve accidentally pulled things more than once – I’ll think that I’ve tab-targeted THAT orc right in front of the tank, but it turns out to be that OTHER orc over THERE that I couldn’t see because of some crap hanging from the ceiling.  Also, my camera zooms in and out like it’s drunk.

Should Probably Shut Up Now But what if there are WATERLANDS too!?

Should Probably Shut Up Now
But what if there are WATERLANDS too!?

Shadowmoon Burial Grounds: Oooh, this one is purple, and that’s my favorite color!  But dear Gawd in heaven above, Ner’zhul is killer on dungeon groups who can’t coordinate worth crap.

The Birdhouse Skyreach: I don’t know why, but I seem to be super-challenged by narrow path wind mazes.  That one priest who tried to Life Grip me out had good intentions, but he probably wasn’t predicting that the wind on the stairs would blow me off said stairs to my death.  There’s also lag there, since my computer is old and reacts to the dramatic view distance by freaking the hell out.

Everbloom: What’s going on?  Where are we?  What the hell is with all these stupid golden flowers everywhere?

BOOMERANG ROCKS Who knew rocks could return to whoever threw 'em?

BOOMERANG ROCKS
Who knew rocks could return to whoever threw ’em?

Bloodmaul Slag Mines: Who let ogres have fire?  And who put a boss fight on a narrow bridge with giant stunning boulders of fiery death going back and forth?  Seriously, the only way they could’ve made that more painful for me was by placing the fight on some bridge made of STAIRS.  If I’m not getting my casts interrupted by dodging, I’m getting run over and stunned, and if it’s not either of those, then sorry, I can’t reincarnate right now, because I fell off the bridge and am in the lava.

No Invisible Wall Here Trust me, I tested.

No Invisible Wall Here
Trust me, I tested.

UBRS: Man, I so don’t remember Zaela having a batsheeyit crazyass voice prior to this expac … other than that, WE’RE ALL ON FIRE AND CAN WE KILL THOSE DRAKES OR SOMETHING BECAUSE FIRE NEVER MIND WE WIPED.

Dungeons have also made me reconsider which character I “main,” in the sense that I prioritize some alts over others.

In Cataclysm, I was so bad at shaman healing and so indifferent with elemental, I deleted my never-maxed shaman alt.  Then, I loved shaman in Mists.  Most importantly, the casting speeds were quick enough to work with my button mashing tendencies, while 300k mana meant that said button mashing didn’t cripple me when I got a little excited and went overboard – I could get my groove on with the rotation, if you know what I mean.  The rotation wasn’t too damn complex and it wasn’t overly reliant on procs that I couldn’t depend on (I HATE YOU FROST MAGE), while having just enough shiny button procs to keep things interesting.  The automatic double cast with Echo of the Elements made me feel like a default badass BECAUSE MORE CASTING.  Basically, Echo of the Elements made it like HAHAHAHAHA OMFG LAVA AND LIGHTNING EVERYWHERE HAHAHAHA.  I could use Lightning Bolt while moving, I loved my lightning elemental buddy from the SoO tier gear, and Ghost Wolf was like my next favorite thing ever. Bored while waiting for a pull, you say?  Ghost wolf and /dance!  I could DPS!  I could switch and heal!  I was versatile before Versatility existed!

Of course, the Powers That Be decreed this state of affairs wasn’t challenging enough.

I Miss Mine More Than You Miss Yours Uh, on second thought, since we died because of yours ...

I Miss Mine More Than You Miss Yours
Uh, on second thought, since we died because of yours …

Now, it feels like I am SO FREAKISHLY SLOW unless I get lucky with procs.  If we’re fighting mobs with minor amounts of HP (think the tiny trash spiders in Shadowmoon Burial Grounds), I may not even get a single cast off (depending on the competence of melee).  I’ve also noticed that my DPS has gone down the tubes to a degree that’s beyond “no longer wearing tier gear.”  Not only am I slow – I’m wimpy.  (In those cases where I am the top DPS in a dungeon, which has happened, we are totally slow and sometimes just effed, i.e., Ner’zhul.)  Is it because I don’t get as many spells off?  Is it because I hate the global cooldown triggered by Unleash Weapon when it feels like every freaking second counts if I want to get one damned cast in, and not using Unleash Weapon All The Time reduces your overall output by a crapton?  I’m not looking to be top DPS – I know that I don’t have the gear I used to.  It’s just that Shaman used to be a thing where I didn’t have to be some sort of freaking master gamer to land at #2 or #3 in terms of damage – I just had to pay attention and prioritize.  Now, even when I try hard, I’m still left way far behind.

The slow casting makes my button mashing tendencies worse because I get frustrated.  It’s a good thing that the red “that spell isn’t ready yet” messages disappear off the screen after about three of ’em or so – otherwise my screen would be covered.  I feel frustrated when a mob is already mostly dead and I still haven’t finished my first cast yet, which causes me to hit the buttons JUST BECAUSE CAST ALREADY DAMMIT.  Sometimes, my low DPS makes me irritated because it’s somehow not worth all the time I spent casting.  I also get annoyed when tanks pull two mobs instead of three, because I want the maximum number of charges on Earthquake for Gawd’s sake, HELP ME OUT HERE.

And I miss casting while moving, a lot.  I had one freaking spell I could use like that.  But nooooOOOOooooo that was TOO EASY, or something.  So now, not only can we NOT cast while moving in general (yes yes, I know, Spiritwalker’s Grace, which I use in tandem with Ascendance because OMFG does it PISS ME OFF when I use Ascendance and then have to interrupt my casts in order to move), we got a bunch of dungeon encounters where you have to move or DIE (OMFG NER’ZHUL), which means I get interrupted more often than not because I have to skedaddle.  Since I feel like my casts are slow right now, it starts to seem like getting a spell off AT ALL is something akin to a miracle.  All in the name of “challenge,” right?  Well, I call that sorta situation a PITA.

Not As Advertised Supposed to stop Fear, Charm, etc.  FAILS.

Not As Advertised
Supposed to stop Fear, Charm, etc. FAILS.

Also, dude, WTF, my tremor totem used to be, you know, USEFUL.  Now it doesn’t do a damned thing for Fear effects in dungeons, even though it says it should.  I am filled with small-time hate over that.

I know Blizzard can’t make everybody happy, and part of my problem is hanging onto the idea of the shaman as my main even when it’s obvious things have changed in a way my playstyle is not compatible with.  So my other two Horde options are Thermalix (ye old hunter), and Ignitine (goblin warlock with bad ideas).  From what I’ve seen through Dungeon Finder, neither class is derping quite as much as shaman is right now.  On the one hand, I wouldn’t have to worry about cast times or moving while casting on Thermalix.  On the other, Ignitine gets less crap simply by virtue of not being a hunter, and warlocks still have a lot of oomph.

Tangent: Can I just say I’m terrified of healing right now?  I’ve only done the Bronze proving grounds and haven’t even tried healing a real group, mostly because I’ve been watching the HP in these dungeons, and it seems clear that weaker healers struggle with the current setup.  (This goes for almost every single holy paladin I’ve met so far …)  It’s almost like the game design thought process is, “make mobs hit hard and make healing spells weaker, because keeping somebody at max health isn’t exciting or challenging!”  In practice, when one’s competence is determined by “keeping people alive” and that is most effectively done by keeping their HP as far away from death as possible, not having the same oomph sucks.  “This will limit healing to people who really want to do it,” you say.  “Only the people who are decent at it will do it!”  I guess so.  But putting the annoyance factor so high stops people from healing on the side, trying out a new spec or helping guildies/friends by healing a dungeon for ’em – and that seems like an overall loss.

Tier Mix 02: Celestial Gale Set

"Celestial Gale" Set

“Celestial Gale” Set

“Celestial Gale” Set

Class: Shaman

H: Headpiece of Celestial Harmony (Heroic) | S: Shoulderwraps of Celestial Harmony (Heroic) | Cl: Not shown
Ch: Relentless Gladiator’s Mail Armor | Wa: Girdle of the Gale Storm | L: Not shown
G:
Relentless Gladiator’s Ringmail Gauntlets | Wr: Not shown | B: Skom Greaves

Dagger: Lhakaz’s Missing Ribspreader
Shield: Cannonball-Dented Shield

Thoughts: Technically, the helm and shoulders aren’t mogged yet, since she’s actually still wearing them, but that’s just between you and me.  I feel like the getup looks a little weird without the red cloak I had in mind, but I can’t mog the legendary cape, so that’ll just have to wait as well.  This set is one of two outfits I have planned for Bombelina to wear while blasting her way through WoD.

I’m tempted to ditch the Cannonball-Dented Shield and go for my old standby favorite, Gizlock’s Hypertech Buckler (it’s one of the gear-like shields that moves but doesn’t require engineering).

On another note, I am now regretting not getting and/or destroying some of those toys to save on space …

Tier Mix 01: “Celestial Naturalist” Set

"Stupid Belt" Set I mean, uh,

“Stupid Belt” Set
I mean, uh, “Celestial Naturalist” Set

“Celestial Naturalist” Set

Class: Shaman

H: Faceguard of Celestial Harmony (LFR) | S: Skyshatter Mantle | Cl: Not shown
Ch: Vicious Gladiator’s Ringmail Armor | Wa: Naturalist’s Preserving Cinch | L: Vicious Gladiator’s Ringmail Leggings
G:
Gallywix Laborer’s Gloves | Wr: Not shown | B: Amberpine Greaves

Dagger: Starshard Edge
Shield: Ice Layered Barrier

Thoughts: BANDANAHAT.  It combines the coolness of a bandana with the usefulness of a hat!  I get to be mysterious and shield myself from the sun at the same time.

Now, this could be proof of either insanity or long-term planning, but I’ve had those freaking blue mail gloves FOREVER.  You think I’m kidding?  Well, you can only get them from the goblin starting zone … and I just now found a use for ’em at level 90.  You know what else could be proof of insanity or long-term planning?  I started this set in like, November or December.  Supremus didn’t drop the belt until the end of April.  Mother trucker!

This was originally going to be my healing set, because hey, water spells and blue seem to go together, right? UNFORTUNATELY, I’ve been getting more and more OC about the legendary cloak wings working with/against a mog.  My healing wings are red and gold, not watery whatsoever, (dammit), while my DPS wings are tentacle-y and green, which go better.

“Fist of Exodar” Set

"Fist of Exodar" Set

“Fist of Exodar” Set

Class: Shaman, Hunter (requires Alliance)

H: Not shown | S: Pauldrons of the Thousand Needles | Cl: Mantle of Exodar
Ch: Tunic of the Dragon Slayer | Wa: Belt of Occult Horrors | L: Heavy Chain Leggings
G:
Gut Opener Gloves | Wr: Not shown | B: Rough Bronze Boots

1h Mace: Fist of Argus
Shield: Chromie’s Mirror

Status: Finished

Thoughts:  I can’t handle being ugly while leveling.  I can’t handle being ugly while boosting to 90, or while scrabbling for decent gear, or while … well, in general.

Alas, mogging while using heirlooms is difficult for classes that change armor types at 40.  You can’t mog the heirlooms to a different armor type, of course, which means that you’re stuck until 40 in the first place and until you manage to acquire crap in the second.  I’m not gonna wait forever, though, so this is a “soon as possible” type outfit which only requires around level 50/55 to complete.

The important bits are only available to Alliance.  Not that any self-respecting orc or Forsaken would wear the Mantle of Exodar anyway.  They do the disco there, you know.

Heal Me! Quickly!

By now, I have become dependent on the Vuhdo healing addon to a degree where I am almost paralyzed without it.  This has posed a challenge on a couple of occasions when LFR let me zone in while the group was in combat, because Vuhdo won’t load if you’re in combat.  It also won’t update the groups display properly if people leave or join during fighting.  It’ll wait, nice and polite, until you’re done with all that.  BUT PEOPLE ARE STANDING IN BAD, VUHDO!  I NEED YOU NOW!

Now With Extra Derp Sometimes, perceptions differ from reality.

Now With Extra Derp
Sometimes, perceptions differ from reality.

I still haven’t purchased a new mouse with Moar Buttonz.  I might, or I might not.  I generally try to pick out the eight or so most important spells and bind those to clicks, which keeps life simple and so far has worked out more or less OK.  I may not have finesse, but I generally get crap done.  Then again, who am I kidding here?  I’m not buying a new mouse when the old one clicks just fine.

This is my take on the different healing classes, based on the classes I remember healing on.  This is basically anything that’s not a Holy Priest or a Mistweaver monk.  While I technically ran Cata dungeons as Mistweaver, it was mostly to make the queue quicker and I can’t remember diddly squat about it now (other than camera angle problems).

Sometimes, You Just Die Cannonballs and people who want to live do not share the same goals.

Sometimes, You Just Die
Cannonballs and people who want to live do not share the same goals.

Bombelina Says:
As a Resto shaman, you get to wear mail, which means absolutely nothing because mobs will still mess you up.  You do have a chance to survive if you outheal the damage, of course, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on praying for the tank to pull it off you!  Oh, the tank is dead?  Never mind then.  Actually, you should just stop healing now.  Gawd, wipe it up already!

Shamans have lots of advantages, especially if you’re passive aggressive.  Our water-themed spells make it easy to pretend that you’re throwing buckets of water on idiots, or making a sad cloud rain on their heads.  If it’s Earth Shield, you can say you’re throwing dirt on ’em for good luck!  Oh, you wanted like, actual advantages?  Well, goblin totems are seriously the coolest thing since I invented the mechanized sandwich maker on wheels – what, you wanted non-goblin, general type of advantages?  You gotta be SPECIFIC about these things.

Okay, fine.  The BEST thing is being able to Reincarnate after you stand in something, and Mana Tide totem gives you precious, precious mana.  You can summon these elementals to help you out, which is neat.  And you can turn into … a man-thing?  What is that thing, anyway?  Well, you can turn into a Ghost Wolf too, and run fast indoors.  That’s some hot stuff right there.  And you can’t forget Bloodlust, or “Hero,” as the Alliance call it.  You can always tell what faction somebody plays on a regular basis by which one they ask for.

The disadvantage would be the fact that people keep on thinking you got a battle res for some reason, which is cracked.

Legalese Before we zone into the raid, please sign on the dotted line.

Legalese
Before we zone into the raid, please sign on the dotted line.

Prinnie Says: BEST.  CAN BE GOBLIN.  A+.  Shamans are nice in general because Elemental is a DPS spec I don’t suck 100% at.  More importantly, resto shaman doesn’t have like, sixty million healing spells with extremely similar names that I must both distinguish between and use every last one of in order to be effective, which is a HUGE PLUS.  Sadly, I often feel like Riptide is kinda laughable and mostly pointless as a HoT, and unlike a disco priest, attempting to do a wee bit of DPS while resto takes forever and is not happening.  ALAS.  I guess you can’t have it all.

Old Ladies Raiding Guild Don't be fooled by the name, gentlemen, we're open to all!

Old Ladies Raiding Guild
Don’t be fooled by the name, gentlemen, we’re open to all!

Niremere Says:
Should you choose to follow the way of the Light, you will be practically invincible – or so they say.  Do keep in mind that Fate likes to mess with you too, just as much as anybody else.

As we gain Holy Power in our work, so too do our special healing abilities increase in strength.  You must know when to save these holy energies, and yet, you must also be aware that to keep them to yourself accomplishes nothing.  Sadly, mana is a finite resource … but fortunately, we are able to plead with the Divine Light to restore our weary souls.

Done correctly, the Holy Paladin is a healer to be reckoned with.  Done incorrectly, you will regret the plate repair bills.

Prinnie Says: This one is good for shiny buttons.  Even better, you make this big light healy-thing that’s kinda hard to ignore AND you don’t have to get people to stand still in it, which is nice.  This is true even though I’m total crap at screenshotting it, which is why there’s a nice group shot instead!  The biggest problem I got is remembering to use Bacon Beacon of Light, which resets every freaking time you/somebody zones/dies/coughs/whatever.  And the other problem I have is that Horde paladerps can only be blood elves (annoying) or Tauren (have like, three hairdos max).

Let's Be Honest Here Tell me, how do you REALLY feel about your healer?

Let’s Be Honest Here
Tell me, how do you REALLY feel about your healer?

Betheki Says:
Yeah mon!  Follow tha way of the wild, be a Resto druid!  So dere’s dis mushroom ya glyph, and it is da best ting evah, which means it’s gonna get nerfed soon.  So enjoy da magic while it lasts!  Othah than that, mon, just cast Rejuvenate and then sit back.  Relax, ‘cept if there’s trouble.  In dat case, ya gotta make your mushroom bloom!  Don’t ask me if fungus should be bloomin’, mon.  I don’t be knowin’ dat.

When ya be a druid, ya know the skin you in is just one of many.  Fly free, mon, don’t be needin’ those fancy mounts to see tha sky.  Be wise, like a tree of long life, knowin’ dat dese roots, dey grow deep.  Stand strong in da storm!  And when ya be a druid, ya be in tune with tha natural way.  Ya get a fancy battle res.  Sadly, mon, dis one battle res ain’t never enough.  Just like in nature, where da need for tings is greater than tha supply, ya will find people keep on dyin’ all ovah da place, and they be beggin’ you for that res – but ya used it up already!

Prinnie Says:  Are you KIDDING me??  Placing a mushroom has no mana cost!?  BUT THAT’S LIKE … THAT’S … THAT’S LIKE ACTUAL FREE HEALS!!1!  Also related: multiple treants thanks to Force of Nature means I can make lots of pretty Venn diagrams.  (p.s., typing in troll is hard.)

The Harsh Truth Ain't gonna sugarcoat it.

The Harsh Truth
Ain’t gonna sugarcoat it.

Ailabeth Says:
Don’t look at me, breather.  I haven’t seriously healed as a Disc priest in well over a year.

Prinnie Says: I’m not surprised.  I’ll ask Splattini.

Prone to GREATNESS Splattini doesn't have a lot of flattering screenshots.  She doesn't let that stop her.

Prone to GREATNESS
Splattini doesn’t have a lot of flattering screenshots. She doesn’t let that stop her.

Splattini Says:
“The Great” Splattini, if you please.

Prinnie Says: For the love of … you’re only level 60!  You can’t have an attitude.

Splattini Says:
Then I’m not saying a word about how to disco.

Prinnie Says: …

The Great Splattini Says:
Sparkles, check.  Wings, check.  Bubbles everywhere, check.  Out DPSing the DPS, check.  I may be level 60, but I am a level 60 badass.

She Ain't Gonna Take It Oh no, she ain't gonna take it.  /rolls up sleeves

She Ain’t Gonna Take It
Oh no, she ain’t gonna take it. /rolls up sleeves

Prinnie Says: Just wait until you hit 90, kid.  I’m sure it’ll all go to hell.  Usually does.

The Great Splattini Says:
Look, your post-leveling issues mean nothing to me.  Did I mention Mass Dispel?  ’cause I got it, and you know you want it.  Oh, p.s., with Levitate, we’re gettin’ this party started.

Prinnie Says: Okay, so I haven’t hit the late 80s/level 90 “OMFG MANA” crunch yet, and really, until you start LFRing/raiding/encountering crazies, most LFD groups couldn’t care less WHAT class you are as long as they never die.  So although I’m told that Disco is better as a tank healer (which makes the notion of trying to heal 25-man LFR kinda … ominous), Disco seems pretty awesome right now.  Holy seemed like it had too many freaking things going on.  Either way, it’s important to know that as a priest, you can do this:

Step one: Rime of the A.M.  Step two: become lizard.  Step three: use Archangel.  GLOWING PINK PIRATE LIZARD ANGEL THING.

Step one: Rime of the A.M. Step two: become lizard. Step three: use Archangel. GLOWING PINK PIRATE LIZARD ANGEL THING.

Prinnie Says: Regardless of class, some things are just beyond your capability to remedy.

Wat Is he speaking in tank code or something?

I Just Wat
On second thought, don’t wanna know.

I’M LEGENDERPY

Virtually every level 90 alt I have is working on the legendary questline from Wrathion!  Sorta.  About 90% of them are still collecting sigils, because alts.  (Did you know that the internet has made “because x” a legit form of speech?)  Originally, I wasn’t too thrilled about the whole cloak concept and dawdled a good deal.  But ever since I learned that the legendary cloak gave you weird shiny wings, Bombelina’s been mostly serious about courting “Wrathie,” as she likes to call him (when she’s pretty sure he’s not listening).

Think Happy Thoughts Which are not "why didn't he let ME use the forge, Gawd!"

Think Happy Thoughts
Which are not “why didn’t he let ME use the forge, Gawd!”

She finally derped around enough on the Isle of Thunder to get to Exalted status, and Wrathie-poo said that it was time to use the fancy Thunderforge!  Hooray for progress!  Bombelina almost complained because she was just there saving some scouts who were hanging around in their underwear, but she thought better of it and went with the flow.  Her only major issue with this part was the fact that Wrathies insisted on working the forge himself.  She wanted to do that, dang it, but I guess you can’t have it all when a dragon of dubious motives is involved.  Afterwards, she sat herself down by Nalak in hopes of finding a group of fellow late quest-doers.

But it’s a cold, cold world on the Isle of Thunder in patch 5.4, since it’s old content and all.  So after waiting for two minutes forever, she was (of course) still the only person standing around. It seemed her goal of weird shiny wings would be stymied by her patch procrastination, but lo!  All was not lost, for a guildmate volunteered to help her out.  This guildmate had a plan for Nalak.  It was a very good plan, mostly, except for the high probability of death.

See, the plan was something like this:

  1. Bombelina will hurl the spear at Nalak
  2. Noble Tankytype Guildmate will taunt him
  3. Bombelina should run for her life, because there will be an add
  4. This add is lonely, but it should never be hugged or comforted in any way – make the add die of unbearable loneliness
  5. Oh also, try not to die or we do it all over again
  6. Guildmate will try not to die too, even though Nalak is biting him
  7. Ta-da, spear get

It worked, but …

WELP MY WORK HERE IS DONE My guildmate's too, by the look of it.

WELP MY WORK HERE IS DONE
My guildmate’s too, by the look of it.

Oops.  This in turn led to a new header image, with Reggies portraying my long lost/ignored conscience.  You know, that thing with the morals that you sometimes listen to?  Yeah, that.

cropped-wowscrnshot_102813_202427.jpg

Then came the Titan Runestones.  I still run ToT LFR out of habit and on multiple alts, so I’m accustomed to hearing people moan constantly about the drop rate.  Me?  Well, yeah, they don’t drop as often as I’d like, but you gotta keep in mind, I’d like a 100% drop rate.  And anyway, I was so freaking far behind that getting the drops sooner vs. later really didn’t matter to me.

Wrathieboo is supposed to tell you about Important Plot Points after each one you pick up, but I only saw him pipe up a couple of times.  This is probably because when he DOES say something, it’s during that IMMEDIATE post boss phase when everybody is either complaining about getting all gold or ditching the LFR.  This causes chat spam of course, which in turn makes it seem like these Runestones are just another quest requirement thing and not much more.  SIGH.  We’re going to have to work on his timing.

Post-Fight Reality Wrathie-baby, you can't talk through things like this.

Post-Fight Reality
Wrathie-baby, you can’t talk through things like this.

Speaking of poor timing (mine): Iron Qon probably thought I had it in for him last week, as I ended up killing him a total of FOUR TIMES in three days.  The first time, I’d totally forgotten about the server restart, and, well, the thing restarted after we offed him.  The second time, the queue to get in took too long, so after I killed him I wound up leaving for the guild flex run immediately after.  The THIRD time I went through and murdered him was the trip where I got my last Runestones.  And then Wrathion wanted me to go back for Lei Sheeyit’s crusty old heart (that’s three sizes too small), so I was forced to knock him off a fourth time!

Next step: Celestials, Celestials, and more Celestials.  Bombelina initially planned on doing Yu’lon’s ranged DPS challenge, since her DPS set has the higher gearscore, and really – how hard can shooting a blindfolded guy in the back really be?  Well, hard enough.  She ended up stomping off in a tizzy for two reasons:

  1. She would get Wrathion down to 1% and then die either a second before him or at the same time because adds, but “close enough” apparently doesn’t count as a victory, and as a result she had to wait for all her cooldowns to reset (oh p.s., here, have some durability damage) AGAIN
  2. OMFG YU’LON SHUT UP GAWD
Cooldowns ... or Weapons of Mass Destruction? Possibly both.

Cooldowns … or Weapons of Mass Destruction?
Possibly both.

Shut up, Yu’lon.  Seriously.  Shut.  It.  Up.  All the various platitudes and pearls of wisdom ya got are fine and dandy to listen to during/after the first wipe, but when you keep repeating them while I’m in the midst of the third or fourth attempt?  Yes, DO tell me about paying attention to my surroundings in that high-minded, vaguely distracted tone you got.  SCREW YOU.  I OUGHTA FINISH THE JADE FOREST QUEST LINE AND BLOW UP YOUR STATUE.  HOW’S THAT, HUH?!  You wanna talk about the wisdom of knowing when to do freaking nothing, but you don’t seem to understand how this translates into, you know, NOT TALKING AND BEING ANNOYING.

So Bombelina ragequit packed up and went to her other least favorite Celestial, Chi-ji.  (Anything that hopefully mentions the hopeiness of hope tends to get her inner cynic up in arms.)  She wound up one-shotting the healing challenge there because lolz fate likes irony, and it wanted to point out that she really should’ve started here first.  (My protip on which challenge to do: if you can heal LFR on a Sunday, you can do the healing challenge EASY.)  She did have to help Wrathiepoo DPS his opponent, either because he is ungemmed and unenchanted or because he is just plain slow.  Based on how hard he hit her when she didn’t get out of the way at the Jade Temple, it was somewhat surprising to see him be so dang wimpy in Krasarangarang.

Freaking Slimes Slimes, do not want. Stop.  No touchy.

Freaking Slimes
Slimes, do not want. Stop. No touchy.

After THAT, it was time to take on the Celestials at the Timeless Isle.  As it turns out, it’s really freaking hard to get a Celestials group if you’re there on Thursday.  Or Friday.  Or Saturday.  Or Sunday.  Or Monday.  SIGH.  Unfortunately, because each Celestial DOES have to die to fulfill the quest requirements, there could be no sacrifice of guildmates a la Nalak.

But you don’t tell a goblin no.  BEHOLD!

I'M LEGENDERPY Check it!  YOUR GODLY GOBLIN OVERLORD HAS ARRIVED. ... and then other people got cloaks.

I’M LEGENDERPY
Check it! YOUR GODLY GOBLIN OVERLORD HAS ARRIVED.
… and then other people got cloaks.

Yes, I picked the one with the prettiest wings.  It’s important.

Priorities They may be warped, but I have them.

Priorities
They may be warped, but I have them.

p.s., happy holidays for those of you who do Thanksgiving!