Friday, March 6, 2015

How did Sars kill Nat Pagle?

Cptsars was out fishing over the open sea, and being a shaman, he had water walking on so he could fish without being disturbed.  He noticed Nat Pagle running over to see him, except that Nat was on the bottom of the ocean. Sars went down to check it out, and sure enough Nat was there, talking underwater.


Sars went back to his fishing but when he was done, he went back to land and Nat died next to him... from drowning! Now, I have never seen THAT before. Killing Nat Pagle? Didn't know it was possible!



Turns out open sea fishing is hazardous for Nat.  Someone should tell Nat to have equipped the Mastercraft Kalu'ak Fishing Pole.  At least then hecould have breathed underwater....

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Minipost: My post 6.1 solution to get some money on a new low level toon on a different server

Just the title of this post sounds wrong. I am often found hopping around on different servers navispamming or trying to send ingame mail to people I would like to chat to about recruiting.  I hate doing low level quests to get my measly 30c to send a game mail, but there were other options available to me.

(yes yes I know it only takes a few minutes to finish one quest, but all that work just for 50 copper? PUH-LEASE)

Before 6.1 one of the best methods was to send across some of the stolen insignias (eg. Stolen Klaxxi Insignia) which dropped from Zandalari Scouts and Warbringers.  They are battlenet account bound and you could vendor them.  They were at least worth some gold which could get you started on a new server (or at least send some mail!).  When 6.1 hit then these suddenly had no vendor price which was a shame but understandable becaues it is now so easy to farm those Warbringers and Scouts. Well, I guess now I can make my toons exalted with those factions since I don't need to hoard them for the gold.

So now what can you do?

People would say put some pets on the auction house but they require a deposit which sucks if you have no gold!  So I don't think that's a great way of making money and it's not instant so that was rather poopy.

My other solution is very variable and depends on whether someone has dropped a Blingtron near me.  But that usually requires me to be in a large city and not a starting zone.

But I found a solution! The transmog gear that you can buy at the Warmill (from Grun'lek on Horde side) is battlenet account bound AND can be vendored for gold (or disenchanted for dust).  That was a good option for me because I have tons of Iron Horde Scraps and this is a way to use them.  Gloves, chests, legs and shoes can be bought with just the scraps (belt, helm and shoulders all need another drop token to be able to buy them), and they vendor from 14g to 30g.  So, a quick way to get some money to send mail or get you started, and a fine use for all that Iron Horde Scrap that seems to build up endlessly in my bag!

So any other tips for getting to a newly minted toon? I'd love to hear some ideas!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Raiding - A good raid night with 2 new bosses

I was worried it wasn't going to go well on Monday because Koda sent me a message saying she couldn't raid due to family reasons.  However, Cptsars was going to raid today as well as Arelion so I did have a backup healer in the winds.  Two shamans, two druids, a priest and a monk - much better combo in my opinion for healing!

On the weekend we had a new recruit - Antpugga, a guardian druid who did really well tanking for us on Sunday's casual raid and we thought that it would be nice to have a proper 3rd tank for Kromog. No offence to Kyjenn of course... well, maybe just a little bit of fun poking :)

Last Thursday it was late in the raid when we were doing Kromog, and I think Bish was sleepy.  He was doing sleepy Bish healing on the tanks so I had to switch him out and put him on raid and I healed the tanks. So for Monday, I decided to continue doing tank healing with Crooked, and I put Yuuda and Nok on melee, and Sars and Bish on ranged heals.

So Exray, Aimei and Antpugga were our tanks, and it was probably just as well, because even though Ctpsars and Arelion were there, they were playing on the phone 3G so they were a little more spiky than normal.  Also, it was nice having Arelion as DPS because hopefully he could help break the people out of the hands faster.

With the 6 healers I had set cooldowns.  For the first stone breath we didn't use a CD, but then we did Yuuda > Nok > Navi > Bish > Crooked > Sars.  I tried not to have channelled healers cooldowns for breath when we were gripped by hands because being broken out interrupts those spellcasts (unless we got Aspect of the Fox from a hunter). However, when we were going around to do our cooldowns again, we were out by one, so there would be one non cooldown Stone breath that people had to use personal cooldowns for.

It was better, and we obviously did well because we got it down in the end.  There were still a few little stuff ups here and there but I think people were getting used to dodging stuff and knowing their hand positions.  Kelthal had difficulty for a bit, and I did too because he and I were next to each other and kept stealing each other's spots.

Still having issues with DPS hitting the boss instead of breaking people out of the hands, but hopefully next week when we get it down again it will be better!  My healing was absolutely ABYSSMAL but I guess that's what I would expect when I'm doing tank healing.  It only took us 3 goes to get that down, but I was happy to get it down.  Now how lucky was THIS!  There are only two people in the tier ahead of me in EPGP, and both of them coined a tier helm!  So that meant the tier helm was for me, which was great - finally replacing my conquest PvP helm!  I would much prefer the heroic helm from Ko'ragh but I can finally use a two set bonus I guess.  Not sure if it's that wonderful to be honest, but it does give save me some mana and get some big heals out.  I decided that it's time to get Hermes so I can track raid healing cooldowns available.


So Oregorger was our next stop.  We haven't even killed Oregorger on normal as a guild, so we weren't exactly sure how it was going to go.  We tried a few different things, but what eventually worked (Aimei's suggestion after watching Method killing it) was starting tanking Oregorger in the corridor he was in, and have the ranged start close to the second tank, and slowly move outwards, instead of starting outwards and moving in.  That also kept us in range of melee if we needed to as well for the start but it did get a bit hair as we moved further and further away.  Keeping Nok in melee helped a bit.

We also were running around like headless chooks during the rolling phase, and people weren't getting healed, so Crooked suggested two points for healers to stand in and heal all the raid from those two points.  That actually worked quite well.  One point was where the boss started, and the other point was diagonally opposite, about 60 yards away.  Two markers were put for each of those points because at least one of them would be safe to stand in as Oregorger rolled around.

So we were pretty surprised when we got it on our fourth go (and one of those goes was an accidental pull, so really it was 3 goes), and Nok was happy because he finally got a healing weapon, considering all the healing that he's been doing!

Oops I have the date wrong!  Will fix that when I get home!
By that stage we were onto Iron Maidens and having only watched the video once, I was a bit bemused by the whole thing as the raid tried to figure out what we were supposed to do.  We had a couple of pulls and I was sent up to the boat, and my job was pretty easy - just keep the boat DPS people alive so they could kill the guy and then click the bombs and jump back down and avoid more mechanics.  But, a proper look at it next week!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Guildleader chores - Why would you recruit another tank Navi?

In my hunt for healers I have been browsing forums twice a day looking for people that I think would like it here.  Most of the ones I see are looking for raiding, serious raiding, and I'm not sure if that's the kind of person I am looking for. Guilds which are harder core than us would happily snap up some of these people, but when I read their forum posts, I see "I am looking for a raid team at these times" and I know these people are only here to raid, and will very rapidly jump ship to another place if the raiding boat starts to sink.

Not what I'm looking for at all. I want someone who enjoys the game who would like to play and likes to raid but it's not their end all be all, and is interested in a long term home with friendly mature people.

So there was a guardian druid on horde side Saurfang who was 9/10N BRF.  He seemed to be looking for a more casual and relaxed guild, and I decided it couldn't hurt to have a chat to him, and though his druid wasn't online, I went to WoWProgress to check out some of his other alts, which WERE online.  I sent him a message saying I would like to talk and he waited for me to come out of my arena so I could chat.

I was curious about a lot of things.  How long had he been on Saurfang? Why was he leaving the guild? How long had he been in this guild? Where was he before that?

He had always been on Saurfang, was Alliance and then switched to Horde.  He also told me he had been in three or four guilds in the last year, and immediately I thought OMG he's a guild hopper. I wasn't interested in recruiting a guidl hopper and I told him that, but he said to me that he had left the guilds because he just didn't find them a comfortable fit. He'd had a guild that he felt happy in a couple of years ago but they broke up and since then hadn't found the same vibe since. He also told me that he recently was troubled with visual problems and was waiting for glasses but he was having difficulty seeing the screen, and his raid leader and co-tank had berated him heavily over it and he'd had enough of that, which was his reason for leaving his current guild.

So I went back to WoWProgress and was surprised to see that he was in Illidari Remnants/Omega as the first guild as Horde!  Immediately I was talking to Nath, asking him if he knew this guy.  Nath said yes he knew him, he seemed like a nice guy but had been yelled at by their GM/other tank a few times for being a bit slow on the pickup.  But he said he would recommend him.

"Why do you want to recruit ME?" asked Antpugga.  He had asked me if I needed a tank and I said I did not.  So I told him, that what I was really interested in acquiring was nice people who would fit into our guild.  People who were looking for a home where they could enjoy the game and also enjoy a bit of raiding too!  We love to raid but it's not the only thing our guild does, and we cater for the serious and the casual player but the most important thing was that we try to make a good environment for people to be able to do what they would like.  I also told him that I would not force him to play other specs, because what I care about is what he likes to play, and he could happily tank on the weekends if Arelion got sick of it or even a backup tank for weekdays.  However, we didn't need another tank for weekdays so he would be stuck doing normals on the weekend but if he did DPS then he would be welcome to come and see how he goes on heroic if things worked out.

Ant seemed really happy with that and wanted to join right away, but I asked him if he wanted to just come along on Sunday first to see how it was, and he said no, if Nath and Jazz are there, he would be happy to catch up with them again.  I whispered Nath, and asked him if he thought Ant would like it here.  Nath replied "Why wouldn't he? :D"

So that was that.  I invited Antpugga to the guild and his army of high level alts, and brought him along to our Sunday raid to tank with Bleidd, who hadn't done any of the BRF fights before!  They did quite well and we had a bit of issue with Thogar, but I made Aimei switch over to tank and it was better.  So we did 4 bosses on Sunday with the casuals and alts, and that wasn't too bad.  Ant had a tough job of teaching Bleidd but he did it with aplomb and I was quite pleased with his attitude.  He told me he was happy to be a sub for heroic raiding but he wasn't really fussed about it, but I think if he DPS'd he could find a spot.  Unfortunately, he hates DPS!  Kyjenn thought that was amusing.  "Well, that wouldn't be that different from our GM!" he said on Vent. Oh HA HA.

So a big welcome to Antpugga to our little family.  I hope he likes it here, and so far, he seems to be fitting in fairly well. We all had a giggle about his visual difficulties and joked about sitting on the far side of the room away from his monitor to be able to see things (since he was long sighted).  He told a few dad jokes (groan) and overall he reminded me of Sabrehawk, just the way he spoke and his relaxed attitude.  At least we could use him for our 3 tank fights, right, whilst Arelion is away!