more adventures with the guild

firetree being a bit more active than jubeithos recently, although i just got kingslayer on xbow and zappel with the jubei guild.

classic dungeons with Vertu

sunken temple

first, me and vertu went to do classic dungeons. i dragged along fruit to make it a guild achievement run. ported to blasted lands, then flew into ST. headed straight for the end boss, only to find the dragon sleeping and refused to wake up. so we had to go kill jam the prophet first. he didnt have time to MC. fruit didnt need to go bear form either to tank the end dragon. he dropped superfast.

then vertu used his brewfest remote and ported us to BRD bar.

blackrock depths

we didnt have to kill phalanx cos vertu once upon a time did the quest for love potion so she would just open the door for us. nevertheless, cant just pop into end boss (emp room) so we had to clear some mobs and bosses along the way. the 7-dwarf room, then the hunt for 2 flame keepers. that was fun cos we didnt aggro any of the mobs, just kill and light altar and continue. then just aggro boss and kill him, and it’s over. then we had to run back the same way we came – to the portal, just outside the bar, then port to entrance and run out of the instance.

then it is a run up the chains and drop into BRS

blackrock spire (lower and upper)

we did lower first, and basically cleared mobs that were in our way. it was a pretty long run to the end boss cos there was a shortcut to drop onto the boss but i didnt know how. anyway, along the way i picked up the spider pet for everstone

then we dropped from the end boss to near the starting point, and ran upper. didnt do the “leeroy” achievement cos no mage. anyway vertu already got it and i dont care for it. again, killed stuff we needed to cos they were in the way, but i specifically went to kill for the worg pet. then end boss and we hearthed.

done for the day.

the next day, we did H Wrath dungeons with Samin

we decided to clear L to R, but i forgot ICC.

so i ported everstone to dalaran and then flew to coldarra to summon samin and spiritcat. vertu used his engr portal device to meet me at the nexus summoning stone.

H nexus

have to kill all bosses for end boss to activate. so we did that

samin was half tanking cos he had his RF on. who cares? whatever it takes to make it faster.

run out and fly up to H Occulus

H Occulus

vertu was skeptical if the end boss fight was possible, since we would have to 3-drake it out, but i said let’s try it since the dungeon has been nerfed so many times.

the first part, i thot can just run thru the mobs and then port into next zone. cant. so we killed them all at the end of the path.

cant avoid any of the bosses, so just tank and spanked them all.

drake boss fight was simple. and no one died. but no mount looted either. oh well, that was always a rare chance anyway, like the rivendare mount.

after that, run out and fly everstone to dragonblight for AN and OK.

H AN

again, kill all bosses. but we used vertu to FD to glitch boss so we can kill the spider boss faster. everstone got achievement for that. lol.

after kill end boss, path opens for us to run out and then into OK

H OK

skip bosses 1 and 3, and optional boss. then we went on to VH.

H VH

i hearthed both everstone and spiritcat, then use mage to port them to dalaran

VH is just kill kill kill and then achievement done.

 

time’s up. leaving the rest for another day.

The guild earned the achievement Heroic: The Violet Hold Guild Run for 10 points.

16 hours ago

The guild earned the achievement Heroic: Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom Guild Run for 10 points.

17 hours ago

The guild earned the achievement Heroic: Azjol-Nerub Guild Run for 10 points.

17 hours ago

The guild earned the achievement Heroic: The Oculus Guild Run for 10 points.

17 hours ago

The guild earned the achievement Heroic: The Nexus Guild Run for 10 points.

18 hours ago

things get murky around L74 onwards

starting northrend

the starting path in northrend is clear: do a bit of HF and run UK, pop over to BT and do all the coldarra quests so that when you run Nexus, you can finish up all the chain quests. then its back to HF for the ka’luak quests in kamagua and scalawag point. and you’d be around L72/73. what next?

continuing northrend

if you followed on from kamagua, you’d be in moa’ki harbor (dragonblight). and now you have a whole set of options. you can pop over to star’s rest. or take a bird to wintergarde keep, or fly over to wyrmrest temple (do the quests there for wyrmrest rep). you can even fly into grizzly hills (amberpine lodge) and work on quests there.

for me, if i have a gatherer toon, i’d queue LFG and farm mats (they level your gathering skill as well as give xp). if not, i prefer to either tank or heal in a dungeon. but if i am playing a non-gatherer dps toon, then i would prefer to do rep related questing. so it would be wyrmrest temple for me.

using dalaran as base

at the same time, i would start to base all my toons in dalaran. even when there are no more portals to azeroth main cities. that’s not an issue, since i have a mage (Zappel and Rhoanin) on either account to port everyone back if they need to go back for class training.

why dalaran?

there are simple quests for cooking and fishing which give xp and awards. while i detest fishing and only have 1 toon specialise in it, i do cooking for all toons. dalaran is where the cooking quest npc is.

besides, dalaran is now closer to a lot of quest zones.

LFG instances

AN – Anzul-Nerub, in the Pit of Narjun

OK – Old Kingdom, same pit, slightly higher level instance than AN

VH – Violet Hold, in Dalaran

what next?

once they get to L75, they will all take the Violet Hold (VH) quest and key  in dalaran. and try and queue for it via LFG. in addition, they will most likely start to farm in Sholazar Basin (SB). as for questing, it will most likely be in Zul’drak (ZD) since there are some quests for the instance Gun’Drak (GD) there.

around L76/77, it will be time to visit Storm Peaks, and do the Sons of Hodir rep chain for shoulder enchants.

update 5th May 2010:

Persi is now L75 so i checked out the Violet Hold quest giver. the quest and key are gone. times, they are a changin’.

i was also surprised when flask of mojo and flask of big mojo are now grey/useless items (as of patch 4.1). some other stuff were also made redundant. and additional recipes for cooking can now be bought from the cooking trainer, instead of having to find the recipe vendor in god-knows-where-land.

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.

the night the server lagged to hell

so i tried to play nighthaven on blackwater raiders. cos i was not happy with my previous sea quest attempt. and met the server from hell.

wtf? latency RED over 4k? i have never seen performance this poor since the last time when the internet undersea cables were snapped during the taiwan earthquake.

so i couldnt do anything on that realm. i switched over to firetree. no major latency issues. however, there were lag spikes. fortunately, i was playing Spiritcat and the tank had over 5k GS. even when i didnt know what i was healing, it didnt matter, the pally tank couldnt die. so we cleared AN easily and got my 2 EoFs basically for free.

but cos of the lag issues, i was not very motivated to play on. i only logged into MissMisty and ran her thru some Storm Peaks quests while waiting in LFG. once i got the HoS run, i was the top dps although i didnt have to do anything different from the way locks dps. locks are just awesome whether it is single target or aoe mobs. i have put talent points in faster and harder hitting shadow bolts, and when it comes to aoe, i have SoC, hellfire and rain of fire. and my pet FG hits just as hard if not harder  :D plus i was on healer lookout duty. (SS and sending minion to taunt off mobs the tree had pissed off) dinged 79 during the run. MissMisty is already in all blue gear, so it is just 1  more level to being able to wear her L80 gear, currently kept in her bank. she has rings and trinkets from festivals and BoE cloth gear she can make for herself. and she should be able to buy an item off the EoT vendor soon. so she will start off at L80 in half epics.

missmisty

so i think she will in all probability be my 9th L80, depending on when i decide to get her up to L80

LFG – the joys of being dps. NOT!

had a horrendous time on my L73 going on L74 hunter, Muzzleshot, with LFG yesterday. took me approx 2 hrs waiting and failing to finally earn my EoTs.

DPS REALLY HAVE TO EARN THEIR BADGES!

because the LFG queue is usually 30 min, i set off to do my quests, but ever ready to pop into an instance.

so after the customary wait, i got into a AN run. looked at the party. hmmm, L76 healer, nice. L72 tank, not so nice. the dps is between 71 and 73 so they are ok.

we clear the mobs to the 1st boss. tank dies. gets rezzed. already a bad sign. but while heals is trying to get mana back after rezzing, he starts boss fight sequence. of course, its a wipe. and the healer left after that. then the rest disappear too. LFG went up in smoke.

next time i get into an instance, its nexus. i thought. should be a piece of cake. after all, im L73. the rest are around L71. the expected level for this instance. trash mobs to first boss were nicely cleared. then we wiped at the 1st boss. the priest didnt use PoM (prayer of mending) at all. half the time she was ‘stunned’. i was the first to die. i was the lowest on the being healed meters. and i was the highest dps in the group. so of course we wipe once im dead. 2nd highest dps was a mage, and he got no heals either. so 2nd time round, i told the shammy to offheal. and for priest to use PoM. we cleared the boss but i still died. again, no heals. i think i pissed off the priest for giving her advice. probably a him, but im just identifying by character gender type. right after the boss fight, the tank decided to pull the next mob, even though i told him to wait for the pat mob first (hunter can track mobs). tried to get the 1st mob down quick. but not quick enough, the pats joined up. i died again. then healer left group, followed by tank. so LFG fail again.

finally, got a nexus group that worked. from start to finish, pretty much smoothly going. total time waiting and doing failed runs to finally completing one, 2 hrs.

on the other hand, pyroblast had a much easier nexus run. a quiet industrious group, cleared everything easy. even though a dps dropped out early, the replacement dps DK was ok, if a bit mouthy about his dps. but haha, he was L73 and his dps was below pyro’s L71 dps and total output. and i wasnt even working hard at dpsing, just going along nicely.

LFG’s best friend: /ignore

there is only so much you can do in a LFG. there will always be some really nasty players that you will never ever want to see again.

it can be the tank that decides to skip town in the middle of the VH mob waves. or some foul-mouthed brat.

/ignore <name>-<realm> takes care of that. you will never have to group up with them again cos LFG uses your /ignore list to filter out undesirables.

now, /ignore isn’t going to prevent the mentally retarded from logging in with another toon to whisper you the top 10 vulgarities on his list. it’s just so you dont need to run with them in a LFG ever again.

incidently, 2 interesting LFG runs i had lately.

1st: AN. shortnacity (frost, tank specced, def geared, frost presence) was L72 going on 73, and went into the instance, thinking this would be a piece of cake. cos everyone was higher level. unfortunately, the dps were noobs, the healer was noob. so we wiped several times at the mob waves b4 the 1st boss. after a few more wipes, we called it. dps never break webbed tgts (esp heals), aggro skirmishers who then proceeded to flatten them. healer not effective, even though L74. in another AN run later that day, i was on Cavelion (L74 disc priest) and i healed the whole group i was with perfectly.

2nd: Nexus. shortnacity again, since i didnt complete the LFG instance for the EoTs. cleared fast and ok. then at the frozen zone, things start to break down. dps dont know when to aoe (when i have DnD, then aoe! duh…) so they draw aggro from pests. came to the point where we died at the 3rd boss. the mage and other dps killed themselves during the spell reflect periods. and the healer who should be healing me i think went and healed them too much so i died when he ran out of mana. awesome boss fight fail followed by even more awesome wipe run fail. when running back to the 3rd boss thru the frozen zone, the shammy healer decided that he can run, aggro pests (no more mobs, we cleared them already) then aoe them to death. lol. more like he get attacked by them to death. fortunately i was running with him and grab aggro with DnD.  then the last pax on our party decided to release and run. after we already cleared towards his corpse. so we have to run back to escort him. but at that point, the healer ran way in front, aggroed pests, and died. so we had to teleport out and in and everyone start at the start again. and if that wasnt enough, for the 4th boss, wiped at first try. how? i have no idea. cos the 2nd time we downed the boss with everyone alive and well.