Posts from the ‘WoW’ Category

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!

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