About Zeirah

I play and raid on Barthilas as a Resto druid though I am a serious altoholic. Stop by and read up on my random musing on my adventures through Azeroth.

Misanthropy 9/10M recruiting for Gul’dan..

Posted on OCE recruitment forums by my GM.. link here 


Hi everyone. Misanthropy will be server transferring to Frostmourne Allie after this tier. We are looking for a few players to come kill Guldan with us before the end of tier. We have so far gotten to the phase 3 transition.

We are happy for you to come to frostmourne with us or go back to your old guild as soon as Guldan is dead.

Mount will be free roll.

We require a tank ( Pref druid ) a healer ( Pref holy pally ) And Dps ( Pref melee )

If you are in a 3/10+ guild. Please contact me and we can go through logs and see if you’d be the right fit. As I said, this is for a short period only and you are welcome to go back to your main guild as soon as it’s over.

Raid times are wed sun mon 8:15pm-11:30pm Server.

Thank you all for your time and I hope to see some of you soon!

Battle tag is naz#1786

 


 

So I’ve decided that I’ll be going Ally for Tomb. One way or the other, whether we kill Gul’dan or not, my guild will be dead on Barthilas. I really hope we get Gul’dan down, we’ve all worked so damn hard to get as far as we have.

Over the past couple of days, we lost a few players through a variety of reasons, real life, burnout, impatience but we’ve rebuilt mostly, we’ve had a few well timed applications but as you can see from the above recruitment post.. not quite enough. Who knows what our raid team is going to look come Wednesday when we stand back in front of Gul’dan but every single one of us really hopes that we will kill this boss as a team while he’s still considered current content.  If we do it, amazing!

If not, I’ve already told my lovely GM Naz, there might be a temporary guild quit while I try to get a last minute Cutting Edge in. I could probably go now and have a much better shot, but I want to wait. It’s come back down to – I care a hell of a lot for the new friends I’ve made in my raid team and want to give us all the best shot at CE possible. If I do leave, it’ll be temporary because Zee’s going to be a brand new Night Elf again for Tomb of Sargeas. If our guild can rebuild on Frostmourne, yay! if we can’t and I have to guild hunt, I may as well do it as an Alliance.

If the recruitment post grabs you and you’re interested, I seriously encourage you to apply or even just add Naz for a chat.

Wish us luck friends.

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 17: Best Dressed

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all  posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.   This fortnight’s topic is all about our favourite transmog.

I love being able to transmog and spend a lot of time making up outfits for all my toons. It kills me a little bit that my favourite outfits are not on a leather class, I find leather sets a bit boring compared to the really gorgeous cloth and plate sets that are around, and the majority of my time is spent on a leather-wearer /sigh. Since the new appearance tab came in, a huge chunk of my time is now spent running all my toons through as many old raids as possible to gather up all the sets and then once that’s done, I’ll start on dungeons for even more pieces. There’s so many gorgeous transmog pieces I’m missing.

I usually make outfits out of random pieces I pick and choose so my toons are always dressed in random outfits rather than actual sets. I don’t have a favourite set, it changes almost daily, so my toons pretty much are always being dressed and re-dressed each day, depending on my mood,  but I do have a few sets that I like so much I save so I can always come back to them.

While I don’t really dress them according to class fantasy, I do find that I tend to stay away from outfits that really don’t suit a particular theme, like putting a druid-themed staff on my warlock or skulls on my paladin.

Cloth

  Leather

It actually drives me a little crazy that two of my favourite leather pieces I can’t use on Zee.  The pink/purple sandals of the insurgent don’t show up on a troll and the brown skirt is from the Kureni which is Alliance only.

Mail

Plate

Actually writing this post highlighted just how little nice mail and plate I have, so I need to get into some raids to be able to dress up my toons!

Random Tuesday Mutterings

Random Tuesday Mutterings is the perfect place to put the random assortment of what-nots I’ve got up to in Azeroth each week.

I went away for part of this week to go see my Nan for her 90th birthday. It was really good to catch up with my family again, it’s been a really long time since we were all in the one place at the same time. It was a bit sad seeing my nan though, she’s got fairly bad dementia and there were quite a few times she didn’t remember who was who but even so it was so good to see her. In between family catch-ups I spent a bit of time going around places I haven’t seen in ages.

I decided at the last minute to take my laptop with me so I could play wow at night, but I didn’t really get up to much wow for the time I was away.

I finally got 250 mounts this week for the achievement. I was running through Firelands with Dec, who continues to be the good luck charm of mounts, because Ragnaros dropped the Pureblood Firehawk when we ran through for transmog last night. I was fully prepared to lose the roll, but then Dec let me know he already had it. Yay, all mine!

Getting the achievement to actually trigger was really annoying, The mount count wouldn’t update from 249  to 250 on Zee, so I went to my Paladin and it showed 250 of 250 but it still wouldn’t complete so I swapped to my Warlock and she manged to get it to trigger but I never actually saw the achievement come up.

The mount reward for 250 mounts is the Felfire Hawk. I really love this model and the green colour in particular.

 

   And this happened….

This is not Velens 😦 However, it does mean Velens is next.I hope, now I’m doubting myself and am worried there’s a sneaky legendary I’ve overlooked not getting yet. Naz and I both have been hoping we would get Velens as soon as possible and after he got the chest last week, we  both now only have Velens and the shoulders to go,  Now it will be interesting to see what one he gets next.  It’s pretty much been a 2 week gap between my last 3 legendaries, so hopefully this means Velens at the start of June. ARGH I really wanted velens/shoulder combo for Gul’dan.

And that was my week in WoW.  How was yours?

 

 

Ballooning over Azeroth

The Balloon mini holiday is already over but due to being away interstate for a family catch-up, this post is delayed  but better late than never right?. Currently I’m sitting at the airport due to a 2hr delay on my flight back home, so what better time to post.

So far out of all the miniholidays that were added, this was my favourite one.  The event came out right before I went away, so I didn’t get to all of the balloon locations, but I did get around to all the ones in the Broken Isles and the one down in Uldum.

I loved that each had a different theme so you could do all of them and see a new thing at each zone. My favourite by far was the Suramar one as you got a bit of a history lesson and it was interactive at the same time with the panda tour guide asking everyone questions.

I can’t work out of the Highmountain one was bugged or intentional, but you went with Hemant Nesingawary who starts out all sad and miserable and part way through the flight he vanished from the balloon. I think we all thought he had jumped out due to being really sad but then right at the end he re-appeared saying we had cheered him up. So maybe he wasn’t meant to take himself away like that.

The downside was that you needed 3 to start the event so if you were queuing with a party you had to make sure that there wasn’t anyone else queued or only some of your group would get taken at a time.

This will be one holiday I’m looking forward to coming back so I can get up to the other balloon locations  on other continents I missed this time.

 

Shammying around

Thursday nights are our fun raid nights were we usually go run alts through Heroic Nighthold for fun. Up until now I’ve just been coming on Zee for AP and for fun with logs; either solo healing for really high heroic logs or taking boomy affinity and doing not a single heal for 99% parses for damage as a restoration druid. Naz and I both have a lot of fun when we do that and try to see who can be the best on the sever. It doesn’t look like a look of restos on our server do any dps, so Naz and I are always usually the top 2 druids on warcraft logs. It’s fun when you can outgear content and get to have a bit of fun with it. AP and titanforging keep the raids current on all difficulties though.

But this week I decided to take my Shammy. I was sitting at work yesterday, thinking about my alts (much more fun than thinking about spreadsheets) and I realised rather than levelling a holy priest for split runs, a restoration shaman would be much more useful. There was quite a few fights in NH on progression where a shaman would have been amazing and on the fights were we could 5 heal, we have our ele shaman go healer, but on fights that we need to 4 heal and don’t have the room to bring another healer on board and  swapping a druid for a shaman temporarily would have been helpful. There’s probably going to be similar situations in Tomb and I’d prefer to swap to a diff healer class for a specific fight if needed. I’m not really sure if this is really a viable idea, I haven’t had as much experience on my shammy as my other healing alts and not sure how hard it would be to maintain 2 toons at a current raid standard given I’ve really just stuck to Zee this entire expac so far, but hey can only try right?

So with that in mind, I talked to Naz about my plan and he was happy to go with it so I brought my tiny little 840 shaman into Heroic Nighthold for fun. I had a ton of bonus rolls stored up, so I was hoping to get lucky on rolls. I originally decided to go as dps but after looking at how atrocious I was doing, I swapped to resto as it meant I could do something a little helpful, even it meant I was mostly healing myself.

Even with that in mind, I spent most of the first bosses like this.

At 2mil health some of the abilities just couldn’t be avoided.

I was incredibly lucky and Botanist handed over Prydaz for her first legendary, which I was incredibly grateful for, it’s a strong legendary and the shield helped me to start living longer.

I wasn’t going to roll on too much gear as I knew I was taking a really undergeared toon in there but Naz made me roll on each boss, refusing to hand the loot out until I did. I felt so bad and kept hoping I wouldn’t win as other people had their alts in there too and I had a seriously low roll streak going on but I ended up getting a ton of gear as most of the people that won mail said it was a tiny or sideways upgrade and a massive one for me, so she walked out with a lot of 890 gear, and 3 tier pieces. I did feel guilty a lot about the amount of gear I was getting but it will help get her into mythic dgns a lot faster. Relics are the hardest item to get, her resto weapon now has all the first 34 traits but not a single relic in it. Dgn spam incoming.

I’m actually really excited to get a different class of healer up and running, though it’s such a different class to anything I’ve played before so it might not be that viable. Guess we’ll have to wait and see as I get more familiar on the class. I do love being a Goblin on her though, she’s such a little cutie. And after 7 years of leather, new transmog options yay!

 

 

 

 

 

Random Tuesday Mutterings

Random Tuesday Mutterings is the perfect place to put the random assortment of what-nots I’ve got up to in Azeroth each week.

This was a transmog and ach week. I actually feel a bit guilty that I’ve been doing so much old content and not really that much AP grinding. I ran Z through a couple of 10 mythic plus right on reset and that was it. I shouldn’t feel guilty about doing what I want to do but I really do. I did manage to hit level 50 on my main weapon so 2 more levels to go to Concordance.

We turned the Saturday afternoon guild AP run into an achievement run and picked up all but 2 of the achievements from EN and NH for the mount.

I also spent a lot of time in the Warsong Gulch PvP brawl. Warsong Gulch is my favourite battleground and the changes made it actually more fun than the normal version. You could cap the flag even if the other team had yours and you had to be the first team to cap 10 flags. I spent a lot of time carrying the flag trying to get the ach for capping 3 times and not dying in the match. I met the requirements plenty of times but didn’t get the ach so I”m not sure what was wrong. I did pick up another achievement for killing 100 flagcarriers which was pretty fun. I was quing with 4 other people and we were having a really good winning streak for quite a long while.

I did a bit of levelling on my Monk through Azsuna and noticed the mages in the academy get really upset if you accidentally hit them with your wand fire. I hadnt seen it before so spent ages attacking all the NPCs to see what they would say.

The rest of the week was spent alternating between a lot of alts running as many old raids for transmog sets as I could fit in.

And that was my week in WoW.  How was yours?

 

 

Mythic Elisande down! 9/10M Squee

We killed Mythic Elisande last night on our 3rd prog night, making her even faster than Star Augur. It did help that there were a few changes to her health and mechanics the 2nd night we were on her. Clipping a ring went from being an definite death to something that might not kill you if you had enough health and we were quick to top that person back up.  

I was dreading this fight at the start but it ended up not being too bad at all. The changes to the mythic version felt almost minimal, especially compared to the changes Star had. However dps had a few extra things to look out for – killing the adds at the right time and interrupting a lot more; you’d notice pretty quickly if interrupts didn’t happen as damage would skyrocket. Dodging the 2nd set of rings wasn’t as bad as I was expecting and it turned into a smooth little dance; we’d run either to the right or left of the blue slow time orb into the gap and then spin around to face to boss again and pick the gap as the rings spun back out. As spanning singularity targeted a random ranged/heals, we needed to go stand on the edge of the wall right before singularity came out to make sure it dropped there and out of of the way. That was actually a much easier change to just having it drop anywhere as we didn’t need to move around it during the fight.

I really wanted to take spring blossoms on this fight as we were pretty much stacked on top of each other for most of the fight and the talent would have been awesome, but I found a 2min tranq lined up better for me with the Delphuric beams in P2 and P3. There was one refresh of the haste buff,  that speeds up my cooldown timers, I missed  a few times because it expired not long after a ring came out and sometimes I was too far away depending on the path I took to dodge back through the incoming rings.  I think if I made sure I refreshed my haste buff each time, I could probably have gone to spring blossoms as the remaining CD on tranq when the beams came out in p3 was only about 20 secs or so.

I am incredibly glad that we were able to 4 heal this fight because when I was researching it, a lot of guides were still suggesting that you could take 3 heals. It annoys me no end the lack of consistency between fights, because when fights are tuned so tight around a dps check, it can be easier to drop a healer to skip a damaging mechanic and bring in an extra dps. Obviously the easier answer is to make sure your healers can dps as well as a dedicated dpser but I don’t think there’s anyone in our healing team that could pull equivalent dps numbers; I know I couldn’t. And while I’m super excited to be standing in front of Gul’dan now, because of the mechanics being so punishing to ranged dps, we’re in the same predicament now of sitting one of the ranged for an extra melee. We’ll all eventually get the kills we’re missing and it’s part of mythic raiding to be pulling in the classes/roles you need but it’s still a little frustrating. It would be nice to be able to take the same amount of roles from start to finish.

Gul’dan’s fight looks freaking chaotic and insane but we have about 6 weeks until Tomb comes out, so we have a fairly good shot at getting him down in time. We spent the rest of last night, after Elisande, on him and were starting to get a bit of a grip on P1. It was originally a 16 min fight but the recent changes that were made to him too, have brought it down to around an 11 min fight. Learning the different phases is going to be quite the journey. I am so freaking excited about this!

Today is exactly 2 months since I joined Misanthropy. If you had told me 2 months ago that I would be progressing on Mythic Gul’dan while it was still current, I wouldn’t have believed you. And the best part.. not only is the raiding great, I really like the guild too, I’m so lucky to have found awesome people to be doing this with.

Fingers crossed for us.

 

 

 

 

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 16: Which zone or area in WoW reminds you of your home?

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all  posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.   This fortnight’s topic was  suggested by Syrco from Syrco Owl and it’s to talk about if there is a zone in WoW that reminds us of home.

This is a really interesting topic, especially given how wildly different the various zones in Azeroth are but I really dragged my feet on writing this one as I had a lot of trouble thinking about any place in WoW that I could identify instantly with my home. Home in itself is such a tricky thing to define; is it where I live now, in one of the biggest capital cities in Australia, or is it the city I love the most but I only lived there for a really short time but hope to move back to, or is it where I grew up? I decided I better stop dragging my feet and I finally picked the town where I grew up to see if there is a similar place in Azeroth. The place I lived when I was little is probably the place I think of as home, even though most of my family have all relocated to other cities apart from my Grandma.

The town I grew up in was, and still is, a  tiny little country town where everyone knew everyone else and a heck of a lot of the people were related or their families had been living there for generations. It was a really nice place to grow up, and while I occasionally think about how awesome it would be to leave a big city and go back to the country, I don’t think I ever could. I’ve got too used to the conveniences of a capital city where you can find pretty much anything at any time of the day.

In WoW, there’s no one real zone that captures all the elements, though the closest that would come would be Elwynn Forest. My town’s origins came from timber, cattle and farming, and Elywnn forest has all of that.

I’m going home for my Grandma’s  90th birthday next weekend, it’ll be the first time my full extended family have all been gathered in the one place for a long while.  I’m actually really excited to see my home town and see if all the places I remember are there, even though it does mean no living in Azeroth while I’m there.

 

Proposed changes to mythic plus system – aka WTF are you thinking?

Blizz makes lots of changes to their game, and some, while I don’t like them, I just shrug off because it’s their game after all. But some just make me sit and wonder do the developers actually play this game and do they have even the most basic understanding of the psychology of their players.

Lore released on the forums yesterday,some changes that would be coming to PTR for 7.2.5 for the way mythic plus operates. Original post and responses, here. There are 2 parts to the changes,  the first one removes the depleting mechanic of the key if you don’t beat the timer or if you don’t complete the dgn and the second one affects the way chests and loot works

Currently if you can’t complete the dgn or you miss out on the timer, you still get a chest with items in it but your key depletes and isn’t able to be upgraded. Under the new system, your key won’t deplete but if you miss the timer you’ll receive the same dgn key but a level lower and if you don’t complete the dgn at all you’ll get a random key level lower.

On paper this looks awesome, because a depleted key sucks and no one really wants to run a depleted key so it should potentially help people keep finding people to come run their key if for whatever reason they don’t finish or someone leaves. But what about people that only just missed the timer and want to try it again? Now they have to  either leave to be able to run the key again a level lower before they even get back to where they were or end up with a completely random key.

I think this change will also make it a lot easier to walk away from a group that’s not performing well. There’s been a few groups I’ve pugged into before that I just wish I didn’t have to ever endure,  but in comparison to the bad groups I’ve been in,  the amount I’ve left is really low because I know I’ll wreck their key simply by leaving.  Being able to leave knowing you probably won’t really ruin someone’s key will make it a lot easier to leave rather than just suck it up and stay knowing the reward you get is less than the time and repair bills you’re about to face. I think this change while trying to help out some, is actually really going to inconvenience a lot of players.

The second change just had me going WTF for most of yesterday and still is today.

  • You no longer get the 2nd or 3rd chest if you complete the run under a certain timer
  • The single chest now contains 2 items and if you beat the timer, no matter how much by, an extra item. (This was clarified earlier today to confirm it is 2-3 items between the 5 party members )
  • Keystones will still upgrade by 1, 2 or 3 levels depending on how fast you completed that dgn.

They are essentially nerfing the rewards by 50% and the reasoning comes down to some rather ill-thought out (my opinion) reasons.  They believe that people are trying to rush through lower level difficulties to get the 3 chests with the chance of better loot, i.e. if you get 3 chests from a mythic + 6 then the gear in this 2nd chest is equivalent to a 7 and the gear in the 3rd an  8, and then you can add in titanforging on top of that. So a 6 can give good gear if you are incredibly luck with drops and/or people in there than can trade their drops. And that in turn apparently is limiting people’s chances to get into the mid range ones as people will only take high ilvl aoe damage dealers to help avoid the “because the only concern is how quickly you can clear through easy trash packs” [Big big aside here.. in the majority of the dgns I run the trash is the part you dread having to heal through and the boss is the ‘easy’ part. Who the fuck calls trash in HOV or DHT on a skittish, bolstering or teeming week the easy part? It’s a freaking relief to get to the bosses in those cases especially]

The changes are also to ‘incentivize’ groups to take on dgns they know they will see upgrades from.  Honest to god reading these changes and the reasons for it just leaves me shaking my head.  How does nerfing the loot and AP exactly get more people into these brackets? To be honest, apart from AP I don’t run dgns in this bracket to get gear. The highest ilvl gear comes at in those brackets including titanforging is 890, that’s heroic NH level. I need to see 10+s titanforge and the people that are capable of rushing through the 6s to 3 chest are probably in the same boat. I run them because I’m generally going through with a lower geared person and the extra AP or gold that can come from a dgn that is more than likely giving me nothing is a nice incentive to help out. Why would I want to even run them if there’s so little change of anything?

Keystones will still upgrade by 1, 2 or 3 levels depending on how fast you completed that dgn.

Why would I want to skip levels with this system? If I’m only getting 1 extra piece from beating the timer, I’ll beat it by 1sec, let my key upgrade once so I can get the next key and do it again. God forbid if we run that dgn fast because I assume we’re all going to have to sit around and share stories on discord while we wait for the timer to run out. and then.. with the new depletion method, once our key is at the highest it can go, we’ll just let it reset a few times until it’s back down to a level and dgn that we want to run. Which also means, instead of 4 people looking in group for a key than want to do, you could just technically run the same key for 5 people for as long as want, effectively removing more people from the group finder pool, making it even harder for people to find other people to run their lower keys.

I think what really annoys me is that the reasoning they are using for the changes doesn’t reflect the reality. You don’t nerf the rewards in a system to make people run higher level content in that same system, becuase even in the level difficulty you want people running, the rewards are still being nerfed. If you want to incentivize people to run higher level dgns.. make the rewards match the efforts. Solo healing a 17+ is on a par with raid healing, and yet the gear is lower ilvl. Unless I get lucky and gear titanforges I’m still going to be getting 890 gear out of everything from a 10+ upwards and the same in the weekly cache: I can run a 10 to  get a 905 item in my cache or I can run a 15 and get a 905 item.. why do I want to run the higher level outside of the non-tangible reward of simply knowing I could? Blizz wants us doing content equivalent to our ilvl.. make the rewards equivalent to our ilvl.

This is probably the single change to Legion that really makes me wonder what different world view of the WoW the developers have, compared to the players.

 

Random Tuesday Mutterings

Random Tuesday Mutterings is the perfect place to put the random assortment of what-nots I’ve got up to in Azeroth each week.

Yet another random week in Wow has flashed by. I can’t believe it’s already May. Legion will be a year old before we know it at this rate.

Lots of world quests on the Broken Shore meant that Zee got exalted reputation with the Armies, but she’s still down there every day still doing the world quests for Nethershards to turn into trinkets.

I love the new cache idea when you’re exalted with Legion factions and you get more rep with them. Emissaries are still pretty high on my daily to-do list so the chance to get something extra out of them is pretty good. I was super lucky with my last Azsuna one and I got the Cloudwing Hippogryph. I love this mount so much, it’s really pretty with its rainbow feathers.

The coin of many faces actually gave me a really nice illusion for the first time in ages. So many times I instantly click the illusion off but every now and again it gives me one that I really like. I’d love to know what this set is from. I’m thinking Paladin? Does anyone know?

The novelty of the sentinel owl form hasn’t worn off yet and I’m finding lots of ways to keep myself amused with it, perching in various places or trying to fit in with the real wildlife.

I’ve still been doing lot of arenas lately. I’m finding they are really fun and I’m slowly getting better. I was so so proud of me dropping an Ursols vortex and then blinking away from a Warrior who was trying to kill me and he got caught in it. Little things amuse me, but I’m fairly sure I am improving, though there’s heaps of derp moments still where I die to something I could have avoided.

I was doing 3s with Dec on his hunter, and Toco on his Shammy and I got my first arena achievement for raising my rank up.

I finally stepped into 2s, which I thought I would hate, but they are actually really fun. I think I might like them even more than 3s. We managed to get the guild an achievement for doing 2s in a guild group.

I need way more practice in arenas so I’m really glad the world bonus in a few weeks is for extra honor in arenas.. I’ll be doing a lot.

And I found this.. Sarah’s Invisible Bunny. I have no idea what it is for and Wowhead didn’t help me but apparently there are many of them around Legion. Another riddle or a is it a class quest I dont know about?

And that was my week in WoW.  How was yours?