the pits

yup. farming. racing against other farmers for that vein. its the pits when you dont have crusader aura + epic flying. then its a matter of skill. only disowned has both to really farm like a pro. but i hardly use him to farm cos his bags are usually maxed out. he is only good for the daily JC quest run.

and since i prefer to use a toon that has dual farming skills, its usually muzzleshot (engr+mining) or pickwick (engr+mining) or else it’s xbowstrike (skin+herbing) or xense (mining+herbing). xense is my fave farmer cos she can handle horde (except stun lock rogues) and has epic flying. and when there are too many ore farmers in SB, she can always switch to herbing instead!

even so, during lull periods, slow flying can still reap rewards. pickwick managed to find 2 titanium veins last night while waiting for his turn at LFG. another long wait for dps. *sigh* but the best thing with engineers are, there are so FEW of them in SB. so all the gas clouds are MINE! muahahahaha. so whenever i see a mine and a cloud on the minimap, i go for the mine first. cos the cloud is mine whenever i choose to get it. ok bad pun there.

im still progressing nicely on getting Timeforfun to L80. last night he went to check out Halls of Stone for the first time. these days, everyone seems to want the shortcut. so i pity dpsers who wait a long time, and then get blown thru the dungeon and out again. i queue 1 min max for Time. last night was instant. rofl. we did 2 bosses, i completed the HoS quest, and was out and back in dalaran and logged out for the night under 30 min. there was a wipe, near the start cos the circle has a lot of pat mobs. the rest went smoothly. but i am bothered cos Time didnt have his L78 blue gear yet. as a result, he ran out of mana easily. i think i need to farm cloth for him. ie. run tons of LFG on xbowstrike.

xbowstrike had a 1st timer too. H FoS (ICC 1st dungeon, Forge of Souls)! so double achievement for him on completing it. he died during the 1st boss cyclone cos i think his health a bit low. but otherwise he did well in dps but less in terms of overall damage.

xense got an achievement last night. in H Nexus. she finally did the 1st boss by downing the split images fast enough (the rest of the party are 5k GS)

altoholics – oh, the pain

why oh why must cat come? with 9 L80s and many L70+ i am now having to face with the dilemma that i must put some of my L70+ toons into cold storage, perhaps forever. i have already put my horde toons in the freezer, together with some alts on other realms. and just focus on firetree, blackwater raiders and jubei’thos toons. even then there are too many.

i guess b4 cat arrives, i will probably end up with around 11 or 12 L80s. cos im serious about getting Timeforfun@L78 to L80 as well as Gorlog@L79.  both are on blackwater raiders. i will probably get Pickwick@L76 to L80 as well on firetree.

i did originally want to get my shammy and a couple of DKs to L80 as well. so that may well happen. shammy is Darksunder@L74 (unlikely, right? but then again he is a resto shammy so… it’s always possible using LFG) DKs are moodykat@L77 and dethnyte@L77 – i can probably tank these 2 to L80 in a matter of days but i think i will take my time to gather EoTs.

i have been playing a lot of my blackwater raider toons, rogue Mib@74, hunter Muzzleshot@75, mage Pyroblast@74 and lock Kiseki@74 so who knows?

but come cat, i know it will be just a few key mains.

Jubei’thos:

  • mage Zappel
  • druid Naturespower

Firetree:

  • priest Spiritcat
  • warrior Everstone
  • pally Disowned
  • hunter Xense
  • lock Pickwick
  • mage Magel
  • rogue Assasinatorx

Blackwater Raiders:

  • pally Gorlog
  • priest Timeforfun
  • hunter Xbowstrike

ok. not a few mains but a lot. however, i will focus on Jubei’thos cos those are my raiding toons. the rest shall only run on rested xp.

and in my free time, rolling a worgen or two and running them up from scratch. on which realm? i havent really decided yet.

monday blues

you know things are bad when you queue as healer and you dont get an instant LFG slot. i had to wait 15 min on Timeforfun (L77) to get a run. the good thing was, that allowed me to do 2 quests that got his rep to friendly with wyrmcrest and bought the tabard.

but i am thinking, all that rep is never going to grind out, cos come cat, i will put all my alts into cold storage while i run with one of 2 mains to the next level cap. gosh now i have to seriously think who i wanna run to max besides zappel@jubei’thos. probably one of my alts with epic flying, like xense or disowned or spiritcat. xense will make a great farmer (herbing and mining), as well as disowned, esp if i start him out on cat JC earlier.

zappel will be my main raider, since i have guild there. so he will definitely hit level cap first.

anyway, back to the blues. i logged pickwick L75 and managed to do a TON of quests cos the queue for dps was 40 minutes! but the good thing was, he dinged 76 during the LFG run XD. im gonna get him to L80 next (or it could be gorlog cos gorlog is already 79 halfway to 80) cos i want to fly him around SB to farm clouds and mine veins. if the queues continue to be this long, it will make him get to L80 faster only. cos i will then spend more time on this toon than the rest.

what i did last weekend

playing with a friend sure helps. he would login a tank toon while i login a dps toon and we queue for LFG. shortens the queue for dps toon immensely. then i return the favour and login a tank toon while he gets on a dps toon. that way we complete the LFG of the day for our alts and then we can focus on other stuff.

stuff like running chain heroics for missmisty. i finally got her the lock 2-pc set. so her dps is now quite ok for H. can still improve on some of her gear (‘superior’ achievement)

the other fun thing was getting the fast flying mount from CoS for disowned. he had just bought the fast riding skill for 5k gold. cos i want him to be able to do his JC dailies just that much faster.

on our BoA lowbie toons, we ran SM graveyard for LFG. a piece of cake with Stormfrost tanking and Incorrigible healing-cum-dpsing. then logged into zappel to help Stormfrost gather mats for his warrior class quest. we ran into another duo (lock and warrior) doing the same quest. poor chaps. lock was only 40+ so he couldnt kill as fast as zappel L80 mage. so i backed out of it. will farm those quest items another time.

followed my own advice and then some…

yup. based on my previous post, last night i did just that.

then since i had some more time, i took a few of my dps toons on LFG runs. somehow, i am kinda bored of tanking and healing. although i did run Timeforfun thru Gundrak cos i want him to catch up to Gorlog L79. he already has 62 EoTs haha. slow and steady, 1 LFG a day to acquire tons of emblems b4 turning L80. likewise, i slowed Gorlog levelling – he dont even run LFGs. only the daily JC quest. so how does he get all the gems he needs? for that, i send my engr/mining toon, Muzzleshot. he goes to SB, farms clouds and veins while waiting for a shot at his LFG of the day. once he gets his LFG, gets his emblems, he is out. mails the ore and gems to Gorlog for prospecting. sends the eternals to Timeforfun for transmuting.

im still trying to get Mib to level 75. cos he is the locksmith of the blackwater  toons. after L75 i may slow it down, since i probably wont get too many max level locksmithing boxes, as i dont raid on blackwater.

Mib went on an interesting OK LFG run. for the first time in a long time, he joined a group of mostly 1st timers to the dungeon. only 1 other dps knows the instance. wow. but since it takes a long time to get a LFG group for dps, i didnt complain. i only realised i had to give some instructions when i died during the 1st boss fight. only the tank was left alive at the end of the fight. even with my instructions, perhaps too brief, we wiped on the 3rd boss. cos someone stayed outside the boss fight zone (semicircle) shortly after that, the tank left cos he already said he had to go b4 we even did the 3rd boss. the rest waited for a new tank, who while not new, had forgotten how to tank OK. so this time round, i gave clear briefing for the 3rd boss, the 3 adds to 4th boss and 4th boss fight, and we did ok in OK.

Magel oso went on a OK run but it was H version. it was a pro group so her dps was 3rd. but i got her enough spellpower now so during 4th boss, she could aoe them down quick and then help aoe for the others, during insanity.

Missmisty did a H AN run with a noob tank. 3.5k GS or less. 1st mistake, charged 1st mob of the 1st boss fight. that aggroed the 2nd mob and we wiped cos he couldnt hold aggro. 2nd boss, he again aggroed multiple mobs but cannot hold them. we did retrograde action and ran out of the instance as the boss came for us! we ended up killing the boss just inside the start of the dungeon! that was a 1st for me, and considering i have ran so many ANs, its pretty far out. the rest were easy and we completed the run.

after that, i watched a very sad love story movie: eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. im just glad ppl cant really do that IRL, except for the certified mad or the forever dead. gosh i have gone on a sort of jim carrey roll as i had watched his 2nd pet detective movie only a few day back.

altoholic daily tasks

even if i dont run LFG instance (and the very rare raid these days), there are some things i will do a quick login for:

Auctioning

AH if i got a ton of stuff to sell but i dont want to sell it all at once – eg. ench mats. so i just sell 1 piece a day. to keep the demand up. and oso to check. some days the price goes down and i dont sell.

sad to say, inscription scrolls are practically no-sale items these days. every one’s got a ton of them to get rid of. the other crap item is the engineering swiss knife. the other day got ppl just giving it away. but haha, on blackwater, it’s not crap to me yet. cos i havent got my engineering toon up to that level yet, so my toons on the realm are still carrying all the other prof tools.

Transmuting

this is such a pain. only 1 transmute a day for either an eternal or a gem. and then random procs are really that – hardly ever. all my alchemists are transmutation masters but i think they are all noobs! XD.

but since i mine a lot of saronite, i need to transmute them to titanium bars and that is cool cos there is no CD for that. oso, as a result of my mining toons i get a lot of eternal earth so it makes sense to convert them to more useful eternals.

and now that i have got a few of my alchemists to max level, they can even transmute gems! and that is way cheaper than trading in my hard earned EoTs down to EoHs to buy them off the vendor. cos most of my L80 toons still need to use EoTs to get the L232 class set. only zappel and naturespower are beyond that requirement and hence all their spare EoTs were spent on BoA gear for Incorrigible and Stormfrost.

Scribing

ok, so the scrolls are worthless. but i still need to farm herbs and learn the full inscription skills. so that is an on-going concern on both my scribes, blackstealth@firetree and pyroblast@blackwater

Less a few tasks, thanks to recent changes with Patch 3.3.3

Now without the CDs for ebonweave, spellweave, titansteel, i dont need to do them anymore, except when i need to. so the constraint now falls on how much cloth or eternals i manage to pickup or transmute. once i get missmisty max level for tailoring, i can even relax on the cloth stuff. and then i can get my toons trained up on FA! i had to sacrifice levelling FA for tailoring for the longest time. the end is in sight!

i bought the ingame flying mount

25 USD fly off to blizzard but what a beautiful exchange!

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a thing of beauty is a joy forever. and further more, it is very useful. i love the flapping sound when it is flying in the air. and it has the typical horse neigh when mounting up.

as i have 5 L80s and more than 5 L70s and many other toons on this account, it is well worth it.

H runs to gear new L80 – missmisty

yesterday i went mad. and run non-stop H for about 2 hours on missmisty. in a group of similar GS dps toons, she can keep her end up, but in a pro group she is below the tank even! still, i got enough emblems to get her the 1st lock T9 set – shoulders. but the funnest thing is seeing all these achievements pop up for every H run. without any special effort. being carried in a H run is really nice and relaxing.

missmisty makes 80

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so let me see… who are my L80s:

Firetree:

  1. Spiritcat, human priest
  2. Everstone, dwarf warrior
  3. Xense, nelf hunter
  4. Assasinatorx, human rogue
  5. Magel, gnome mage
  6. Disowned, draenei pally
  7. Missmisty, human lock

Blackwater Raiders:

  1. Xbowstrike, dwarf hunter

Jubei’thos:

  1. Zappel, gnome mage
  2. Naturespower, nelf druid

i have toons in every alliance race, so that’s nice.

and of all the classes in wow, i have yet to get to L80 is DK and shammy – Darksunder is on limbo at L74 for the longest time. the 2 DKs closest to L80 are Moodykat and Dethnyte both at L77. i have put them on ice too cos of the cost of making titansteel gear. but i think i will do it soon, even if they wont start off with epic gear. and i better get them to L80 before the new xpac which may make certain DK specs non-tanking.

missmisty was already closing in on L80 for a while, but i wanted to get more EoTs before hitting the level cap. as a result, i was able to purchase the L245 wand from the EoT vendor. plus epic festive rings and trinkets, and self-made epic gloves and chest gear, she hit 3k GS and went on H runs immediately. just did 2 for the fun of it. 1st run is for the EoF badges. 2nd one just because she can. and her dps isnt too bad either.  i may respec her away from demon/destro to affliction.

Spiritcat made enchants for her gear, Opheilia made the Titansteel Spellblade dagger for her, Disowned created a L80 blue necklace for her, and will probably need Blackstealth to make glyphs for her once her talent spec is confirmed.

very sad state still for missmisty. ran her stats thru some gear-check websites:

Low spell hit: 7.62% < 17% (247 more HR to cap) [?] …

another site wont even accept demonology specced locks for analysis!

life offline

i did not play wow at all last night. just didnt. i am not addicted to wow, or anything else. i have a very balanced view of life.

but when i have free time, i like nothing better to do than to play wow. cos there are so many fun aspects of it. from levelling a new toon to raiding ICC. i even like the endless LFG H runs. sometimes, getting the same dungeon over and over again. actually, if you wanna run the same dungeon over and over again, the chances are higher if you are still levelling. cos there are only a few dungeons for each range of levels, whereas at L80 you have the full set of dungeons to be selected for.

so what was i doing offline? i was totally off the computer. just lazed in bed and watched a chinese swordfighting drama on DVD. that’s the best way to watch dramas. fast forward the flashbacks and boring scenes XD