lucky toon of the day – wagyuburglar

on 2 consec days of running ahune, wagyu picked up first the pet, then the staff. of the 2, the staff was more impt. he was stuck on 346 gear cos i stopped running H for him, focussing only my bart alt, leftindadark. besides, with DMF on, and my desire to play more diablo 3, a queue a day for my castor alts (who can show off the staff, but most have outgeared the staff by now) is more than enuf.

 

finally, done with ahune

of all the ahune runs, zappel is the most unlucky one. i must have run it at least 10 times, each queue time is at least 30 minutes. fortunately, the last time was the first time the dps cloak dropped, and he won it over the other castor in the party.

i’ve had quite a few toons get their cloak on the first time to ahune, such as blackstealth and cavelion, when they were just L84.

anyway, now that i’ve got ahune under my belt, it’s time to focus on magel gearing for raid, as well as farming stuff. and i still need to level up my lowbie mage Wormage (L64) so that they can port ppl to Dalaran.

oh right. Blackstealth is now L85 and can lockpick boxes for the guild!

end of the festival, back to the grind

bye ahune, will miss u. partly cos some of my toons HAVENT GOT WHAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR YET! mostly cos ur so easy to kill for a nice cloak or staff and EoFs.

it was a fruitful festival – 2 weeks of simple LFG queuing, loads of loot. and with the LFG system, save a lot of time either running to SP or else u have to leave your toon there. oso, byebye to being camped by horde at the summoning stone.

so, back to the LFG grind, the first thing i did was take pickwick out to farm ore. cos with a new L80 warrior, need to make tanking plate gear and that means eternals and titansteel… zzz….

as usual, i’d queue for LFG as dps and go farming, to kill time. most runs were a piece of cake, until a H UK run with a laggy tank. he finally lagged out, and though we queued no more tanks appeared. so i left too and relogged Moodykat, since i saw there was business for tanks.

ran a few instances for Kat, then called it a night.

*yawn* 2 more L80s

opheilia and fruit made it to level cap thanks to all that running of Ahune for the loot – cloak and staff (for fruit)

of course, neither are really geared up for H runs yet. that’s just starter gear based on what they can get in Ahune (cloak) and from their collection of EoTs up to present. if i can get them some crafted gear, then they would be ready for H runs. however, i can only start to look into it once midsummer is over (in a day) as i still have some Ahune runs to make for the other toons.

to queue or not to queue more?

ahune is ending soon, but quite¬† a few of my alts havent got what they need out of the season yet. so i may have to start some serious chain runs this weekend… zzz.

i oso may have to give up trying to get some L77s to L78 in order to make the ahune run. have to check the xp bar and see how far along they are to crossing the bar. if it is 1 or 2 more LFGs, then i can push them over in a day or two.

i think there is a side effect to running too many ahunes. the insults that ppl trade are showing that they are now starting to feel the stress of the season ending without them achieving what they set out to do a week ago. a lot of ppl want the satchel pet drop (frost something) that is pretty rare. otherwise i think ICC geared ppl wont even bother with ahune, except perhaps a daily run for the quick 2 EoFs.

thanks for the breaks, blizzard maintenance

i look forward to idle tuesday nights. when i can fully indulge in my other fave hobby – watch dvds. could be old audrey hepburn b/w movies like Love in the Afternoon, new movies like Transformers 2, war movies like The Hurt Locker, old tv serials like M.A.S.H., dorama like Jin.

But mostly, its korean dramas of late. i had finished Terroir, a modern drama about wine and Jumong, an 80+ episode historical drama of an ancient king of korea. and i loved the storyline in Terroir so much, i started to watch it a 2nd time round.

actually, i usually watch dvd after playing wow, and then i sleep. if i dont get caught up in the serials, i can sleep pretty early. but any late nights is usually due to the powerful korean dramas, since i dont raid anymore (again).

i dont raid cos my guild dont follow good time management. if the ppl commit and then dont turn up on time, and the raid gets called off much later, or else it starts 1+ hours later, i lose interest. if ppl did this at work they wont have a job the next day. but a game is just a game, and i dont want to get stressed out over a game. its not worth it.

i wont bother to look for another guild, cos the end of this xpac is approaching, and i am just looking forward to the new one. so im busy as it is with gearing my new L80s (thru LFG, as well as Ahune runs for now) and levelling the rest of my alts to hit 80 b4 cat.

and watching tons of korean drama! i already got the next one lined up. starring my 1st fave korean artiste (Her House lead actress)…

running ahune as an under 80

its tough but stick it out. the rewards are worth the insults from the pros and noobs alike.

DPS

if you are dps you will most likely be carried unless there are a few new L80s (GS around 3.5k or lower). as pyroblast, a L78 frost mage. i do 10% of the dmg of the top dpser. and if u need on the cloak which u cant use yet, you get ppl really pissed off. in which case, if i win i usually trade it with the L80 who can use it. the 2 EoFs are more than enuf reward. or in the case of pyro, he found the pet in his satchel last night!

Tanking, not!

if you are tank spec, you can probably tank the adds and since there is no boss. however, you wont be able to hold aggro since the L80 ICC geared dps will grab it off you in a sec. so queue as dps but help the tank to grab aggro as u stay in tank spec and gear. unless you got dual spec as dps or have good dps gear. tanking gear just makes u survive longer and now tanking spec hits as hard if not harder than if you were dps.

Heals, OK… but….

if you are a healer, and if you had to choose tank or dps to heal, and the dps dies, you will get heaps of blame. but you dont have to take crap from dps. cos this fight is easy, and dps should not get much dmg unless they grab aggro off the tank (that is why under 80 tanks should not queue as tank for Ahune). last night i levelled Darksunder to L78, geared him up in the Stormhide set and took him to Ahune. the 1st time we wiped. cos the dps died right off the bat (stupid guy took aggro off tank and since a whole bunch of them were up front and took aoe dmg, i couldnt heal them all) even so, i kept the tank up until the 4th cycle (dps died by 3rd cycle). no mana and nothing left to kill off Ahune, cos the tank wasnt even hitting Ahune during core phase at times, he was too busy tanking mobs. they blame the L78 healer (Darksunder) cos he couldnt keep them up. but i gave it right back to them! i told them this is easy fight, ive done it b4 and if they get the strat right its a piece of cake. 2nd time, no one died. i had tons of mana at the end of the fight, and the tank grabbed all the mobs and held aggro. didnt win anything though, but its a start. there are still a few days left to grab the gear off Ahune. and probably tons of insults still to come my way… XD

mad about ahune

over the years, after having gone thru quite a few festivals in the wow calendar, i realise there are some i like and some i ignore.

my fave is the harvest festival. practically free cooking levelling up from zero to 350 easily.

i oso like ahune (cloak, staff, but pet takes too much effort), halloween/hallow’s end (sword, plate helm, rings, mounts, pet, fun wands) and brewfest (trinkets) cos they drop epic stuff u can use to gear your relatively new L80 toons.

in this year’s ahune, the cloak drop is even more useful since it is L232. if you have been using your EoTs for the 4-piece set gear, you may not have upgraded your cloak yet. and if u can use the L232 staff that drops, even better.

so i basically run ahune on all my toons for the cloak once a day. that way they get 2 EoFs too. but if towards mid week and still no cloak, i may run them non-stop until they get it. the staff is nice but not so impt. for toons that cant use the staff, its a vendor sale for 29 gold!

i have also been trying to level my under 78s to L78 so that they can run ahune too. otherwise, once they miss it, they wont get a cloak for a long time.

Ahune with under L80s

its possible, its been done, but its not very nice.

if you are a healer, that is fine. if you are a tank, please go as dps and let the others carry you thru. even going in as dps, you will lose to the L80s, usually.

i healed with fruit (L79) and cavelion (L78) . fruit’s team was a breeze so he never ran out of mana.

cavelion’s team sucked bad although their GS were all pretty high and tank was a prot pally. i had to teach how how to play cos they just expected the healer to heal them thru the massive damage they took from the start of the fight. they all stood in the ice and when the boss aoe, their health went from 100 to 30% in a sec. and expect a L78 priest to heal them up to full health??? we wiped when the dps kept tanking adds and i ran out of mana to heal all of them. and some of the dps had the cheek to say i was a crap healer. but the tank put in a good word for me. i fucked the dps back and told them to let the tank do his job and for them to stay out of the fire. 2nd time round, it was a breeze. no dps took major dmg, the tank hardly took any dmg. i healed everyone thru the once in a while bits of dmg. ended the fight with plenty of mana in my bank. but for a while, i was really pissed off with the quality of dps u get in randoms.

as a under L80 dps in Ahune, you are the lowest geared of the party, so you can only hope you are doing some useful damage while the rest of the team practically 1-hit kills off the adds. but Davina (ret pally L78) managed to top the tank (DK, haha) since she has lots of aoe options and oso helps mitigate damage with frost resistance aura.

midsummer madness

ok that was not me. but my buddy.

so after the usual LFG queue for Ahune, and a short stint to do the weekly raid (razorscale@ulduar) with the guild + pug tanks, Zappel and Naturespower went on a midsummer fire run thru both alliance and horde points.

zappel was basically the portal mage, but u still gotta run to some places that are pretty far off, esp if you didnt have the FP from long ago. we had to run from timbermaw to get to winterspring cos nature didnt have the FP. but once there, it was easy to get to both fires, since they are outside Everlook, near the FPs. luckily, both nature and zappel got enuf rep with timbermaw so its just a short run thru their tunnel.

we still got a lot of ground to cover. but its early days into the festival. and most ppl are so busy getting the fires, they dont even bother each other. so horde and ally and just running from point to point and dont even care about each other’s presence. or maybe that is just my realm, idk.