Sunday, September 25, 2016

Raiding - Normal Emerald Nightmare cleared

Sunday is our casual raid day, where everyone can turn up as long as they meet the relaxed requirements of raiding (compared to heroic raiding). Sunday raid had gone back to 3 hours (which I had forgotten, and I do find a 3 hour raid rather stressful in terms of trying to get online in time), and we decided not to do the first boss again since we had already done it. It turned out that was a good thing.

The raid was FULL! 30 people and we had to sit people as well. I wonder how long that's going to last!

So we SORTA did mechanics, but not like we do on heroic. I wonder if anyone had to do any mechanics! Though for Xavius we did I think!

Loot wasn't very exciting but it was exciting to be able to trade loot. It was a fun night overall because it was easy, and I was pleased because hopefully that means Sunday raids will be quite relaxing without too much thinking and everyone can have fun on the weekend.

Now... heroic on the other hand...

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Raiding - Heroic Nythendra down!

It was our first look at the new raid, The Emerald Nightmare. There had been a lot of discussion about what we were going to do - were we doing heroic or were we doing normal? Traditionally we had always started with Heroic, because it felt like the right challenge for our abilities, and we weren't going to change now.

There was also another reason. It was Kyxyn's birthday. And he wanted to do Heroic. Who am I to go against the will of the Tyrant?

The Emerald Nightmare makes me sad as a druid! Nythendra, the first boss, was once a member of the Green Dragonflight, and the guardian of the World Tree,  Shaladrassil. When Xavius' nightmare consumed Shaladrassil, it consumed the sleeping dragon as well. Now she is a rotting husk of her former self, with bugs, pestilence and rot.

Everyone was excited for raid, but the DDOS attacks did not make it fun for some raiders! We had a large turnout, with 25 people ready to go.

Tanks: Kyxyn, Aimei
Heals: Navimie, Cosima/Koda, Amayeti, Ramfu, Dilandach, Nerdoflight
RDPS: Sevrus, Azadelta, Ultrapwnd, Crooked, Duckrubs, Ltsars, Amelior/Erve, Fielsa
MDPS: Lushen, Splatzor, Chikako/Exray, Vorkrack/Kelthal, Moistium, Saralynn, Genowen, Naesca, Eurie

It took a few goes for everyone to put their rot properly. I was an idiot and kept standing a little too long in the rot. Also, I was being silly and standing in melee. So I would end up with a lot of stacks. I moved closer to the tail end and backed up - heaps better.

The second phase, where you dodge the big bad bugs exploding wasn't too bad. However, it took the rest of the evening to get the hang of dropping rot at the right spot and standing in the correct areas and eventually we got our kill!

Saralynn got a Legendary! Some loot went around (I rolled a belt) and with only 15 minutes left in raid we went back and did it on normal.

My mana is a huge issue. I wish I'd gone the lower branch of the artifact. Might have to go with Moment of Clarity for a while!

Thursday raiding was ruined by a server reset in the middle of raid. And I played like an absolute twit. Again standing too long in bad and forgetting I didn't have germination and wasting mana leading to really LAME output. I will have to do a LOT better! We went for that big evil tree, Il'gynoth, which looks doable and I look forward to cracking at it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I have conquered my fear of withered training!

When I first did Withered training I was moaning about it. Doing it as resto was really poo and I didn't have my full 2k mana then either, so I had a terrible score. It was not particularly encouraging to listen to the tanks tell you how easy it is. To me it was a bit like those treasure runs in Throne of Thunder - I was lousy at those too.

Having done it 4 times now, I have improved each time, much to my delight, and now I am no longer dreading it or hating it like I used to. My first score was 62, my second was 100 or so.

I had my first encounter with Leystalker Dro on my 3rd attempt, which was the first time I was feeling rather good about myself as my score this time was 325. That was also the first time I had 20 withered and I had gone boomkin to try to kill off those exploding guys which take out a lot of my withered as my interrupts are a bit lame!

I listened to everyone talking about how they killed Dro and resigned myself to making sure I just got as many chests as possible because I probably wasn't going to kill him with my lame DPS. However, Crooked told me something which was super helpful!

When you talk to Thalyssra and give her 50 mana you will get the buff, Ward of the first Arcanist. So when Dro killed me, I got a bubble, and when Dro hit the bubble it did so much damage that Dro died! Crooked said that he thought Dro was at 50% when Crooked died and got the bubble and then Dro insta died. I tried it for myself and I had Dro at 46% when I died and I can confirm that Dro DID die instantly after that trying to hit my bubble!

There are tons of guides out there about how to get the most out of your withered training, so I won't be talking about that here, but I think even as a healer with that buff you could get through the training a lot easier than you used to. I am yet to try it as a healer, but maybe I'll give it a go when I have no further need of all the rep items and army buffs.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The things I'm really enjoying in WoW atm

So a few little things I wanted to mention. I am really loving my druid and I think the artifact weapon is rather awesome.

I really like the "hidden" resto things with the artifact weapon - whenever I walk past the tree fruit vendor (Applebough), he throws me an apple. It's not bad for emergency food in a dungeon. Also, if I stand still for a while, I get flowers growing under my feet. I'm surprised I'm not covered in moss or something.

The Scythe of Elune in Boomkin form has a hidden ability - sometimes when I'm wandering around in the world I see Worgen and I can decurse them. Doing that gives me a little bit of AP to my weapon which is rather awesome!

Most of the raiders have now hit the magical 8k into honoured for Nightfallen and have been doing the Arcway and the Court of Stars. Court of Stars is actually a really cool dungeon!

Firstly, there are all these hidden things in Court of Stars - things that only certain professions, certain classes or races can unlock.

Courtesy of Wowhead
For example there are magical lanterns that enchanters and elves can click on to get a damage increase of 10%, but the best one is the Flask of Solemn night where a rogue or alchy can go over and poison it and then when the boss goes to take a swig of it he dies!

The list is extensive so you can go look at the rest on Wowhead. But it's a really fun instance. I like the mini "Guess Who" when you're looking for a spy - by talking to certain NPCs they can give you clues to what the spy is wearing or looks like and you have to search through the guests to find them. An interesting thing is that Kyxyn's shield has a hidden ability of detecting demons so it was shining when we had figured out who it was! I wonder if that would work whilst he's running around the room before we had the clues?

It is interesting that the PvP world quests can level you faster through the honour system than BGs. However, I suppose BGs did not give as much conquest as arenas so perhaps when we start arena we will have have a rapid increase in our honour system also.

There was good news about the honour system coming in Patch 7.1. The honour talents will NOT reset when we go to Prestige (which was what was worrying me). I admit that had worried me - imagine trying to Prestige when arena'ing with no talents! What a terrible idea!

Raids starting this week. I can't wait! So much to look forward to!