What follows is geeky talk about WoW. Those of you who don't play, or aren't interested are free to roll your eyes indulgently and carry on. (No, really, you probably won't even find this interesting on an abstract, academic level. Too much obscure geekery distilled into one post.)
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It was an interesting weekend in Warcraft. We probably spent a little more time behind the keyboards than we'd have liked, but even so we managed to get outside a few times and experience actual sunshine.
Sometime last week the guild finally manage to down the twin emperors
, and last night we cleared away the trash mobs leading to Cthun
. A few of the guild cashed in for some new weapons from the NPCs outside his chamber, and then we (mostly) stripped naked and ran into his room to see what we were in for. I got blasted for 9000ish points of damage running into the room, so I had to watch the fun from the doorway, but I think that atara
managed to snag some screen shots. Even though it was far from a serious effort, we managed to get him down to 92%
We did our usual BWL run on Sunday, and cruised our way to the end in near-record time, only to wipe repeatedly on Nefarian
again. Our raid leader was a bit angsty about this, as we used to have this guy on farm status, and we haven't managed to take him down in over a month. We just can't seem to get past phase one in the fight - and considering that it was a fairly easy bronze/red combination on Sunday, it's easy to see why people are getting a little upset. After AQ last night we all trucked over to Nef's chamber again to try out a new strategy.
The new strategy went something like this: The cloth-wearers (healers/casters/etc) stood in the centre of the room, in range of both entrances. We split tanks left and right to handle the drakes as they came into the room, and had a couple of roving tanks to pull any runners away from the healers (I need to berate my fellow priests later for generating too much threat. Stop using Flash Heal, damnit!). Our rogues and hunters focused fire on the bronze mobs, while the mages and warlocks dotted and burned down the reds. Everything went awry on the first attempt, but once we'd convinced the tanks to stay put
, it went better on the second try. When we (finally!) survived the first part of the fight, Nefarian landed and we made him our bitch with relative ease. That felt good. We needed that kill.
The guild has given up doing serious runs on Fri/Sat, but we usually have enough around for an AQ20 and/or ZG run. We have them both on snooze-button status1
, so we'll often do them both on the same day because they're so quick. I like both instances, so I'm usually up for a clear of either. Anyway, we'd just got a few pulls into ZG when one of the other raiding guilds began pestering our raid leader for help. Apparently they had cleared Molten Core all the way to Ragnaros
, but didn't have enough people online to tackle him before the instance reset. They said, "the 20 you have in ZG would be enough to let us take him down." We put it to a vote, and decided to help out a fellow guild.
In the end we did more than help out
. They only managed to scrape up 6 people from their guild for the run, and we filled out the other 34. There was a lot of idle guild-chatter about this, including sentiments like, "What the heck? They ask for help and then only bring six guys to the raid? Why do we need these guys along in the first place? Let's just boot them once we get into the instance - we've downed Rag with less than 30 before." In the end we behaved honourably. They did
clear it all the way to Ragnaros after all, even if only 6 of them could be bothered showing for the main boss. It turns out that they weren't bad folk either. When one of their hunters won the roll for a tier 2 piece and learned that one of our guys needed that piece to complete his set, he graciously passed. Classy. I like to think that I'd do the same.
Oh, and I got my Leggings of Transcendence
(bouncebouce!) Two sets of the pants dropped, and the two of us who needed them tied our rolls at 39, so I guess it was just meant to be. I'd have been happy to get the Prophecy pants - or any
pants other than the ones I was still wearing. I'd bought them in the auction house months ago and they were getting a little threadbare. One of these days I'll compile an equipment list so that you fellow Warcrafters can all point and laugh at my mishmash of mismatched armour. I'm just happy to have over 7K in mana now (buffed, mind you. Just over 6K without buffs).
One other item of interest is that we ran Liveside Stratholme a couple of times on the weekend, trying to get a drop for one of our newer mages. I mentioned to the others in the party that we'd scored three Righteous Orbs
the last time I'd run that instance. Getting that many of them in a run is unusual. We got two on our first run, and six
on the second. I have two of them in my bank, waiting for me to decide their fate. Question to y'all: should I save them for future enchants, or sell them and put the money into my horse fund?1 - snooze-button status = wake me up if you need me to cast a heal or something. Or - to quote one of my favourite lines from an article on the dangers of over-equipping the people for whom you GM, "I yawn. I consider casting a spell."