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Healing Again

So the time has come when I get to jump back into WoW. Not only did we fix our internet so that it works in the basement, but my lag is almost non existent! We had to buy new wi-fi cards for the computers, but I can tell you it was completely worth it. I am still only really playing while the baby sleeps, but since she is getting old, it is easier to just play at night when she goes to bed. My real goal is to raid again, which I was worried would take years to achieve again (well maybe not years but at least a few months) but when I read the recent patch 4.2 notes, I feel more confident that I will be healing raids again real soon. Now I am excited with the gear changes with the patch. Since you can buy tier 11 items with this patch, I think I will be able to gear up quickly and with that gear I will be able to run heroics for other gear more effectively.

So since I have been not playing much, I was very worried to partake in heroics. I thought that since I heard everything was insanely hard that I would not be able to do it until I had amazing gear. But practice makes perfect I guess because I got talked into a heroic and did just fine. Yes it was stressful and I was nervous, but it was fun plus I got gear!

Once, we are ready to raid, we are going to need to find or start a group in the guild that will be able to raid later in the evening, but since we live on the east coast and the server is a west coast server, it should be pretty easy to find others who want to raid as well. I hope it will be easier since we already have me as a healer and my husband as a tank. Only one more of each to find! Plus, I know there are plenty of other in the guild who want to raid but cannot yet, so I am hoping that putting a group together will be easy.

To change the topic a bit, I find it funny how my opinion of WoW has changed since I have become a more casual player. I used to think that changes with gear like this patch is implementing was horrible and made people lazy gamers. Yes, I know that is rude, but I really just thought that if you wanted the gear you needed to earn it the hard way by raiding. But my perception has completely changed now that it is difficult to play constantly and I am happy that Blizzard makes these changes in order to draw in the new players and the returning ones. Once I heard that it would be easier for me to get to a higher level of gear in a short time frame I know I jumped completely on board. And who wouldn’t? I know that some of you will still have a problem with easy gear, but now I am thankful that I will be able to participate in one of my favorite activities again.

Feels good to be back!

Oi the LAG!

It seems like lag is following me around like a bad egg. I have tried everything I could to stop the lag from plaguing me, but nothing is really helping. I have disabled add-ons, deleted my cashe folder, even just tried logging on just by myself so to see if it was because my husband was on the same network as I. Nothing works. I am so afraid to run a dungeon with Sarindre because what if she lags and everyone dies! So I just played my Mage for a dungeon run, since DPS does not really matter too much at level 25.

I am just at a loss of what I can do. I need to play so that I  can gear myself for raids, but can I even run a raid with lag this bad. The killer is that my husband has no lag! It is just crazy. He is running at green all the time and I run at yellow or red. Such a huge difference. It does not even matter if he or I log on first. This just adds to the frustration I have been having. Trying to gear and perfect a character cannot happen when you have so much lag it is sad.

So what should I do? I posted about this a few weeks ago and got a great response, which I tried, but it did not work. Any other tips I could try?

Sarindre’s To-Do List

So I mentioned yesterday how I felt frustrated and lost with being a resto druid at this time and that since I do not have a lot of time to play I will need to narrow down my focus so that I can get the most out of my play time. I decided to create a to-do list for her so that i can better follow these steps and get to be a better resto druid again.

  1. Look up and compare best specs. There are many sites that are saying which spec is the best, and currently I am running: 8/2/31 and I am really not sure if this is the best or most effective.
  2. Research gear. I have a list of the best pre-raid gear, but I need to find it and print it out!
  3. Figure out the best healing rotation.
  4. Relearn mana costs and efficiency.
  5. DO DUNGEONS. This is a must. I need better gear so I need to get on and play! Not play alts…
  6. Try to get into guild raids for gear. They will help me get some gear so I can become better.
  7. Play, play, and play some more. This is hard with the baby, but I can play during naps…I hope!

Looks like I need help kicking my butt into gear!

Blog Azeroth: The Best Profession Ever.

This weeks Blog Azeroth shared topic is something I found pretty neat. Ama at Specced for Drama wants to know what our favorite profession is and why. What a fun topic to post about. I have tried many of the WoW professions over the years and each has varied character to character. But my all time favorite is Alchemy.

Sarindre currently has the professions Enchanting and Alchemy, but she did not start out that way. When I first made Sarindre, I also had a Warlock named Calencil who was a Tailor and Enchanter so I initially made Sarindre take Herbalism and Alchemy. I really enjoyed flower picking with Sarindre. It found it a great way to pass the time and it was easy to do while leveling. Alchemy was great too. I liked using all my flowers to make needed potions. When I was able to transmute, I found a great way to make some money easily. Plus the mats have never been too expensive ( at least on my server) and I was able to gather most of them myself.

As some of you know I am a hoarder in this game and I never ever like to sell epics, no matter how old and outdated they are. So one day, when I had a total of 75 epics in my bank, I decided action needed to occur. I was also pretty poor and needed some gold. So I dropped Herbalism, picked up Enchanting. I quickly leveled with the help of my husband and some guildies and disenchanted all those epics for money! So now, I am unable to gather my own herbs, but I found Enchanting to be good to have and an easy way to gain money.

Alchemy is my favorite profession though. The ability to make flasks and needed potions for raids is awesome. Now, with all of the cool Cataclysm changes in Alchemy, I am liking it even more! I am working hard in Archeology to find the recipe that will let you turn into a dragon. C’mon! How cool is that!

Alchemy my be my favorite main profession, but I happen to be addicted to Cooking, Fishing, and now Archeology. In fact, I find them to be more enjoyable than any main profession. For Wraith, I would fish all the time, especially to look for the achievements. Now in Cataclysm I cannot stop working on Archeology! I think this profession is amazing and wish it was in the game from the very beginning. It feels like I am being productive and it is neat to be able to discover everything and find new items.

What is your favorite profession? What about secondary profession? Do you like any secondary profession more than a main profession?

20 Days of…WoW Blogging Challenge

Sage over at Spellbound posted recently about a 20 days of WoW blogging challenge. Since I have never participated in something like this before, I decided it was time to start. I am pretty excited about this too after reading what topic I will be posting about each day. So sit back, relax, and enjoy learning all about me and WoW. Here is what the challenge will entail:

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

Blackrock Shock!

On Friday, a friend of mine thought it would be fun if my husband and I were to do a heroic with him and a tank friend. Now, I finally have a 334 gear score so I knew I could get in, but my gear was still not up to par. My husband on the other had, was sitting at 319. Our friend told him it would all be OK and to just buy some gear off the auction house at higher level and get himself to 329. We laughed knowing this was risky business, but I had no idea what was going to be in store.

Rage Quit Number One

First off, the dungeon starts and we have me healing, my husband is a DK, our friend a hunter, his friend is a druid tank, and then a mage who was randomly with us. Things were going well to start with the DPS being pretty high and healing was not so bad. When we got to the first boss, the tank just pulled and with him come some adds. Of course we wipe! My husband and I get on vent with our friend so that we can be told how the fights work. Well the mage was angry the tank pulled the adds, sighed, and left.

Rage Quit Number Two

The reque was quick and we ended up getting another mage. We were told the fights on vent and all seemed well as the boss went down. If you have not done the instance before, you will find the beating of the adds amusing! Now, our hunter friend lives in Hawaii and was having a few internet problems due to the tsunami. It cleared up fast, but he was disconnected for a few minutes.   During the time he was offline, the tank said that he hoped he was OK and the tsunami did not get him. My husband and I were in agreement since we did not know where he was located exactly but we knew the tsunami was hitting Hawaii. All three of us were genuinely concerned with no laughter or joking.  Apparently, this mage was not too happy we were talking about the tsunami and said  “You guys are horrible, you know people died. This is not funny.” And then he left the group. All of us were completely confused since none of us were saying anything rude or insensitive about the horrible things that happened in Japan. In fact, we were all sending our thoughts and prayers to all the people of Japan during this time of need. The only thing we could come up with was they had family in Japan and were upset about the situation and were having a rough time. But really, there was no need to leave and be upset.

Rage Quit Number Three

After the mage left and our hunter friend was back online and stable (he was fine, the tsunami just knocked his internet out), we requed and got a shadow priest. We were waiting near the second boss and they got ported to us. After the priest buffed and they entered shadow form the priest started running and ran smack into the boss. Death again hit us. I had never seen someone run right into the boss, but we laughed it off and waited till everyone ran back. Well, I thought we all laughed it off. As we were running back to our bodies,  the priest wrote in chat “Lesson: when you are having new members come into the party, DON’T STAND NEAR THE BOSS!” and then they left. Now, being my first time needing a replacement in a Cata dungeon, I had no idea new members would come to where everyone was standing. But, looking at what boss we were on (still the second) and where he is located, I do not see how we could have stood anywhere else. And really…who does not look before they run ahead!

Smooth Sailing

The next person to join our little party was a warrior. He was a great player and a trooper to mine and my husbands noobness! He even stayed after each wipe. Yes, we wiped once on each boss. This being due to mine and the tanks gear, we just needed a bit more to be able to handle each situation. Really, I found this dungeon interesting and fun. It was challenging (due mostly to gear level), which is something I think is much needed in WoW. Sadly, there was no good drops for me or my husband.

Ragin’ Nation

Now, I have been out of the for a little while, but during Wraith, I know there were rare times when a DPS would leave the party due to the long cues. These DPS seemed to be dropping like flies! I guess I just do not see the need to get so angry when playing a game, and I know I have discussed this before, but it is a game. Is getting mad and quitting because of a simple mistake really worth another half hour que? I do not DPS in dungeons, but even if I had a horrible tank or a rude DPS I always tried to stick it out and just ignore it. I do not like, nor think it is necessary to start conflict when you are only going to be with these other players for max an hour. I just like to sit back and enjoy playing, especially since my time to play is few and far between with the little one.

Have any of you had instances like this? DPS that just keep leaving? Tanks that pull too many mobs or are squishy? Healers that cannot heal out of a wet paper bag? What does it take for you to bail on a group?

Helping Others

If you would like to help out Japan after the earthquake, here is a great place to do it!

Brother’s Brother Foundation

Finally 85!

On Sunday, the hubby and I finally made it to 85. It really did not take as long as I thought it would. What really helped was us doing a dungeon. The baby was asleep for a while and we thought we would give it a go with a friend of ours. I was nervous, especially since I was not 100% sure on my class since the changes had been made. I replaced my gear, finally, and felt like I could give it a go. I just hoped for a good group so that I would not need to worry too much.

We were 83 when we signed up and ended up getting into Vortex Pinnacle. I was shocked by just how easily I fell back into the healer role. The heals flowed nicely and there was no deaths! Well…there was one death but it was my husband and completely his fault! He used AMS during the final boss instead of running into the triangle. We got to laugh it off in the end. I quite enjoyed the instance as well. The set up was interesting and it was  a very quick run. I love when this is so, especially with the baby. I even picked up some gear: Rainsong and Captured Lightning. I am not sure on the validity of Rainsong, how well it actually works, or if it will be useful for me, but for not it is better than my other options. Though, I have yet to see it proc, which is weird because most items I get the notice of the proc with my one addon, so I do not think I have had a proc yet. Sort of depressing.

I know that Heroics are quite a bit harder, but I can sure say that I am excited to run a few when I can, which is not too far off. I am currently at a 327 average gear score now. This is, in large part, due to the new gear I picked up with Justice Points. I was fortunate enough to have a lot of points saved up from WotLK dungeons. I am currently not sure how many you get per dungeon run, but I will need to look that up so that I can pick what is the way to save up for the new gear. What I did pick up was Blessed Hands of Elune and Thatch Eave Vines.  I find they are making a nice addition to my random blues I have received and the two I got from Vortex Pinnacle.

I am excited to run more dungeons and get the gear and practice for raids!

My Fail Class

I was reading WoW Insider today and happened upon their Breakfast Topic for today. It asked, “Is there a class you just can’t play?” Yes, I know this is a resto druid blog and most would think that would be the only class that I can play. Most days this is very true, but there are other classes that I am able to do…somewhat well at and there is a class that I am just abysmal at playing.

When I am not playing Sarindre, I tend to migrate towards melee classes. I love the feel of bashing the crap out of something with a huge mace or sword, heck even an axe! My favorites are Ret Pally and a DK. But, for the life of me I cannot play a warrior…AT ALL. I am just horrible and I have no idea why! I think I have a problem with the rage mechanic. It is really not that difficult to understand how to manage, but for some reason I am always out of rage and unable to do anything.I have tried to make may warriors in the past but have yet to achieve greatness with them. The last failed attempt was called Rambosaur. I thought a fun name and playing with my husband’s priest healer would make leveling them more enjoyable, yet I was wrong and she sits there at some low level I cannot even remember.

I seem to also have a problem playing most other classes past the point of 60. I get burned out and despise the leveling factor of the entire class. I have a total of 5 Pally’s, yes 5, and I can never get any of them to max level. The closest I have came was 71. I have a few priests too, none are above 70. The most I have leveled another character was my DK and she is only 80 at this point and has crappy gear.

To me, I believe that this is all because I have problems letting others heal until I get to the point I know they are awesome and will not let the raid die. I get anxious when I am not in the healing drivers seat. Even my husband makes me nervous, and I know it drives him crazy. But I love healing and do not have the time to make multiple raidable characters so I will be sticking with Sarindre for a long time to come!

Is there a class that you fail at? Is there a class you just do not enjoy? Why do you think that is?

Blog Azeroth: My Favorite Weapon of All Time!

The topic over at Blog Azeroth is such a fun one for my first week back at posting! Kallixa wants to know what our favorite weapon is in WoW and why. This is their first suggest topic and I think it is a great one.

My favorite weapon comes from my early raiding days. It was my 21st birthday and I was spending it in Karazhan…don’t judge me monkey! I had been in there many many times and we were on my least favorite boss, the Maiden of Virtue. I didn’t like her because she was hard, but more that she was just plain annoying. I thought if I had to hear her say “your impurity must be cleansed” one more time, I was going to vomit. Every time we would fight her, the same loot would drop: Bracers of Maliciousness or Totem of Healing Rains. Neither of which I wanted or needed. There was one piece of loot that I did desire from her and that was the Shard of the Virtuous. Oh what a pretty weapon it was for me! And of course it was never to drop! Or so I thought…

When I finally heard her announce “Death comes. Will your conscience be clear?” I knew she was dead and I was happy to be done with the fight. I started to run towards the hallway when I heard announced “Oh my god!” over vent. I instantly went cat form and sprinted back to the body to see what the loot was. Lo and behold my mace was laying on her body in all its glory. I yelled “yippy” so loud that my dog jumped out of his bed. The loot master was my boyfriend at the time and me and him were the only ones that were able to roll on it. I thought I had it in the bag until I heard him say “finally” from his desk across the room. My heart sank for he had always been on to loot EVERY SINGLE ITEM that he needed by claiming he needed it more than others, basically he was a loot hog! I knew he would do a roll for the item and I just had to win. I mean c’mon it was my birthday!

He finally announced the loot and linked the mace in chat for the rolls. He rolled first, rolling a 95. At that point, I think the entire raid could hear my internal tears. But it was my birthday and I was feeling lucky! I finally typed /roll and closed my eyes tight. I could tell I won by the huge sigh erupting from across the room (did I mention that he was also a big baby?). I looked up and saw that I rolled a 100! Very fitting for my birthday and everyone else in the raid thought so.

After I received the mace, I equipped it and sang “Happy Birthday to me” very loudly in the room, feeling the glare burn into the side of my head. But I did not care, I was very very happy. Needless to say I still have that mace and not the boyfriend.

When Purples are Obsolete and Greens are Ruling my World…

Getting back into the swing of WoW was not as easy as I thought it would be. In fact, just relearning my class is making my head spin, and I have learned that my daughter can sense in her sleep when I log on and will wake up instantly! But, I am lucky enough to have a ton of wonderful sites available to help me get back on track. I just did not know this track was like the mile run in high school: I can do it, but man it took me a long time. So after spending two days just pouring over blogs about healing, (mostly focusing on Restokin and on Keeva’s  Healing Guide ) I think I am finally getting back on track. But, I know I have a lot left to do.

I had been putting off replacing my epics with greens since I started the journey to 85 (currently halfway to 84 yay!). Honestly, it makes me feel a little sad every time I have to do it. Every quest reward that I knew would replace one of my epics, I would just hide deep within my bags and try not to think about. That was until the comparisons that pop up when you mouse over an item went blaring green to show me that the green I was hovering over was indeed better than my hard earned epic. Now I know this is common practice when WoW comes out with new levels. But I just hoped this time I could hold out and cherish my epics a little longer this time. Of course I was wrong. But I am not really in a rush to replace them just yet. As I have said before, I have not had a chance to run any dungeons. I would really hate for the baby to wake up during one and cause me to bounce out of there. But, a few guildies know what is going on and would not mind if I had to leave in the middle, so I just might start. My fear is that since my gear is outdated, would I even fair so well. Heck, since my healing is a bit rusty, I have this constant fear people will just die and I will be labeled a failure. Pathetic I know, but this is how I feel every time they change up druids…inexperienced.

So now I have a bag full of potential green upgrades that I just do not want to look at. At first I told myself that I was not 100% sure what stats were relevant anymore (lie) and that I would need to do a little research (partly true). I am not dumb, I know that strength and agility are magically the stats for me to take, but I truly was not sure of the priority on the gear. I know Intellect is the way to go, but what about this new Mastery, where does it fall in the grand scheme of my gear? How about Haste?! Did I still need a million points in it to be effective? I now know the answer to these questions, thanks to the blogs listed above, but I still do not want to log into the game and start the process. I can blame it on the baby hormones all I want (they are still floating in my system a little bit…I still cry at car commercials…yes I know, my husband laughs at me too) but I know they are not the only cause of my laziness. And neither is being tired, which is not happening here since the little sapling sleeps great at night (last night she slept for 10 hours straight!). I just have a hard time replacing purples with greens and it is just ingrained in my brain that this is a bad thing, even though I know it is not.

What I really should be doing is signing up for instances, getting blues, and practice my healing a bit. This will take a stretch of baby sleep time which I cannot be 100% certain about yet, but replacing with blues seems a whole lot better in my head. But tonight is the night when I will look through those greens and put the purples away (I could just DE them, but I like to hoard them till my bank is completely full…yet another character flaw!). If not tonight then tomorrow! Well I am busy tomorrow so then Friday! Hmm I might have something to do on Friday…bah it will happen I swear! :)

I also need to get caught up on raids, instances, professions, and achievements ( I am an achievement whore!). I have a whole lot of work to do it seems.

Does anyone else have the trouble replacing their purples with greens? Or is anyone just getting back into the swing of the game and getting overwhelmed by all the new goodies?

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