Thursday, 1 October 2009

What a difference a couple of days make

Well what a difference two days make. After the ups and downs of Monday’s raid I was determined to actually kick a bit of heavier duty butt for the reset on Wednesday.

Spurred on my Tess and Larisa’s success in Ulduar hard modes the other raid leaders and I thought it was time to do some hard mode ass kicking on 10 man. So we assembled a likely group of volunteers for the evening and sallied forth.

We warmed up by one shotting VOA 10 man and our shadow priest got some nice t9 legs and had a try at Heroic TOC 10 man.
This didn’t go so well to be honest as the two healers were me as a druid and our Holy priest and we couldn’t afford more to keep the DPS level up and running. Really we struggled as I think healer wise this fight is made for a pally main tank healer with the super Bacon of Light and us two as raid healer types were having a tough job keeping the tanks up as well as dealing with the raid fireballs and snowbolds that were flying about.

So we decided to make ourselves felt better (and get some gear/ badges) by one shotting Onyxia on 10 man and then coming back and clearing TOC10 on normal.
I landed a nice dps ring for my Boomkin offset as all our spell throwers had it and some of the melee DPS got nice hear including our beloved and permanently grumpy enhancement Shammy who landed not one but two level 232 weapons off the last boss which were a two tier upgrade for him!

After this with two hours left on the raid and somewhat buoyed up by our trashing of the normal raids we headed for Ulduar to have a crack at some hard modes. We did FL with three towers up for a starter which we have done before.
Then we tried XT for the heartbreaker achievement BOOM! One shotted it we lost our lock mid way through but a quick battle rez by me got him in the fight again and XT was dead at our feet sans heart.
Quickly moving on we had a shot at Kologran and the with open arms achievement but missed it by a couple of seconds.
Then we finally with a bit of time remaining went on to Ayriaya and had a shot at doing the crazy cat lady achievement by killing her with both her kitties alive.
There were still the same two healers me as the tree and our redoubtable holy priest and our pally tanks research suggested this was basically the tanks getting the hell kicked out them due to the bleed debuff put on by the kitties.
He wasn’t kidding I was healing the kitty tank and by the end of it I had three hots running on the tank I was spamming nourish like mad and swiftmend whenever it was off CD and I still couldn’t keep up with the damage at the end. The tank finally succumbed to massive bleed and direct damage, me being next on the aggro due to smacking out 80% of my mana in about 30 seconds went next and then they eviscerated the holy priest. But Ayriaya had taken to much of a beating at this point and before the kitties could have the DPS for afters she dropped like a stone and we had the Crazy Cat Lady Achievement as well to round off the evening.

Next Stop Keepers hard modes for Monday!


Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Sometimes you eat the Bear Sometimes the Bear eats you

Sometimes I think WOW playing proves karma really is a living breathing part of life. Take this week for example it appears to have applied totally to me while playing.

On Sunday (not normally a regular play day for me as I spend time with the family and take the kids out) one of my friends in the guild was putting out the call for people to do VOA 25 man. Now I thought meh what the hell could be good could be bad lets give it a go and see how the land lies as I have an hour spare. Well nice group and we one shotted all the bosses and the T9.5 hands dropped for druid healer i.e. me.
I was the only druid healer in the group so the 6 I rolled didn’t matter and also one our kind guild healers even traded me a pvp cloak he won during the run as it wasn’t as good as one he had previously when he looked more deeply into the stats. It was a great hour spend in WOW from a loot gained point of view.

Fast forward to raiding so far this week and Mr Karma has dropped on me with vengeance. Monday we decided to go for Onxyia 25 man with mostly guild and a partial PUG and wiped a lot finally ending without downing her due to people having to leave. Overall it was a really bad luck run with disconnects due to AOE all over the place overloading peoples computers to nasty fears on the tank taking him into the healers for a cleave.
Then yesterday I thought I would pop on for a short while and do the heroic daily. We got a guild run going but then our tank had to go as he was on call and the French had blown up their server he was looking after. After this we got a tank in who basically inspected a couple of the DPS and turned up his nose and left (as hey this is old kingdom serious stuff so much so that I tend to heal/dps as boomkin on the last boss to speed things up).
At this point I had to make dinner so had to leave and eventually wandered back on later in the evening. Got a group was half way through the instance and the world server crashed and reset it, at this point a lot of the group I was with wanted to go to bed so with a half saved instance ID that was the end of my daily for the evening.

Overall this week I think I am now paying back for my lucky glove drop in spades.