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

cavelion dinged L85

ok he was dinged a few days ago but i didnt blog then. too lazy

as usual, my later alts usually get the benefits of the mains so cave was already ready to heal heroic dungeons on hitting level cap.

er. of course, a lot of his starter L85 gear were PVP BoE stuff that was tailored by Davina. it also helped that he got a free BoE epic cloak picked up by one of the mains on Firetree, and that he is alchemist so he made his own ilvl 359 trinket.

so once i upgraded his gear, did the final bits of training and talents, off he queued as healer and ran H Tides. it was a power group so he had a super easy time healing (in fact, he did a bit of dps in his free time, the tank was that OP)

but i think im just gonna keep him doing transmutes and nothing else :) no time to get him geared up, except for maybe the usual welfare epics or the occasional H run.

i wont even use him for herbing (same as blackstealth, who is also a herbalist. he now just opens locked boxes) since he wont get any farming xp. i use dethnyte (82) and darksunder (83) for the job.

DONE WITH GLYPHING FOR FIRETREE ALTS

since i had picked up so much herbs in my efforts to get volatile life for alchemy transmutes, and i wasnt into making darkmoon decks, i got blackstealth to convert them into glyphs and made the full set of glyphs for all my firetree toons. except those which require to learn from books which i dont have.

SPIRITCAT WENT TO ZA FOR THE FIRST TIME

spiritcat has finally got enuf gear to run ZAZG. the run was super long, due to lag issues with the tank, and some strange healing from the pally healer too. he has tons of mana but the tank still dies. so what gives? nevertheless, the group pretty much stuck together through the wipes.

the hardest fight was due to lag, at the 3rd or 4th boss. cos if tank lag when boss is on a green circle, the boss can actually heal back to full health! and did many times, until the enrage (beserk) timer was activated. fortunately, around that time, the tank lag was resolved, and we managed to down him before the 5 minutes were up. the fight took over 6 minutes!

NOT GONNA GEAR EVERSTONE FOR RAIDING

originally, i thought the guild might still do some basic raiding, but now i dont think so. so it would be pointless to run tons of H for everstone or to mine and transmute for epic gear.

i will still be mining and transmuting, cos you never know when the mats will come in useful (at the AH!)

Everstone dinged!

actually, everstone had been L84 for the longest time. but i didnt take him into any dungeons or questing (stopped after getting the SW portal opened in Twilight Highlands).

instead, i levelled him via mining! ROFL! i did a screencap of it.

gear-wise, he already has a full set of blue L85 bloodthirsty resilience gear, an epic tanking trinket from JPs saved up from former dungeon runs,  plus some other stuff xense and other firetree toons picked up/crafted for him

so he was ready for H dungeons right from hitting the level cap, but first, i had to train and spec him up, then gem and enchant.

then i took him to queue for H.

unfortunately, his first run was H Stonecore, and i failed at the Orzuk boss fight. i just cant get the tanking mechanics right. i felt really bad about it. cos the rest of the party were ok. i can tank for normal, but H is just too complicated. even after i get the sequencing right, i get the timing wrong. i probably need to practice more. so good luck to those who are stuck in my party!

next run was H Tides. that one i am confident about. so we cleared thru, ok, with a couple of deaths along the way. for example, on the 1st fight, i think healer ran out of mana, and so i died.  i think the party was a bit low on gear, cos all the boss drops were needed. so Everstone picked up his first VPs!

a H LFG run that failed for Spiritcat

this one is an awesome epic fail. we didnt even make it to downing the 1st boss. everyone just left in the middle of the fight, when people started dying.

actually, i already suspected it wont be a good run. whenever there are 2 healers in a mob, the tank would ask the druid to root one. which totally is useless, so i ended up using MC on the rooted healer. then they went off and broke the hex on the other healer…. sigh.

at least, there was a best excuse to use root on a castor: that way i know where they are (Griffin-Stonemaul) – i even have a screencap of the convo.

 

guild achievement – H dungeon run

Guild achievement – H run

last night, ran a super long H GB (Grim Batol) cos we didnt follow strat. ok, we forgot the strat. Due to the current blizzard development on trial, which allows you to invite cross realm friends to party up, we got a 4-man group (Samin, Vertu, Magel, Musterbaitor/Jubei’thos) and LFG 1 more dps.

We got GB run, and thought it would be a piece of cake. wrong. 1st boss we wiped 3 times before we called it quits and skipped it. turns out, we didnt do it right and as a result, got smashed.

Strat requires cc of the malignant trogg. Killing this trogg near the boss, he will gain a 100% damage bonus (according to wowhead.)Holding the malignant trogg instead of killing it prevents more adds from spawning.

2nd boss fight wasnt easy either. the boss went from 60 deg cone of fire to 360 deg and everyone took too much dmg and wiped. we managed to get the boss down only after vertu was left with the boss at like 1%. it didnt help that the top dps was also the guy who died the first – cat druid.

and just when you thought things will be easier with 3rd boss, no. we wiped. cos i think people got burned by the adds. 2nd time round, we did it ok. this run was like a revision exercise for all. lol.

magel hadnt done GB in a while, since she was queueing mostly ZAZG now, so i had forgotten some of the strat. i only recently restarted H runs with Pickwick, since i was using him to farm mats for Magel’s engineering.

before last boss, druid had to leave and we got a DK. DK stayed alive and we completed the instance without any more wipes. repair cost for magel? 90 Gold.

We did it more for the guild achievement than anything else. the loot was all DE.

Xense changed profs

Yup. Formerly, Xense was mining and herbing, useless for a main. so i told my pal who plays Xense exclusively now, to consider reprofing. As what i did for Zappel when i moved Noice over to Jubei’thos.

so over the weekend, i also changed Werewolfe skinning to mining, and he mined from scratch to now being able to mine in Northrend (cobalt). i also used Pickwick, Everstone, Moodykat and Wormage to help mine the mats needed for Xense’s new profs – Engineering and Blacksmithing.

As of Sunday night, Xense is already using cobalt for levelling profs, with saronite next to come. and before you know it, it will be cata mats. I have parked Everstone in SB for the mining.

Firetree lowbies are now in Northrend

As a result of the last few activities i have been working on the 2 lowbies, both Wormage and Werewolfe are now in HF and have cold weather flying (SW to BT to get trained, then fly across Northrend to start quests in HF together). Wormage is 69 while Werewolfe is 68. Gonna rest them this week else they will be running on empty.

 

 

spiritcat cant heal and other stories

story #1: spiritcat cant heal

yep. accidentally queued H LFG for spiritcat instead of ahune, and got a stonecore run. somehow managed to keep everyone alive up to the first boss. then wiped, twice. on diff tanks. they got one-shotted practically. i ran out of the instance once. finally gave up and just left group. and queued for ahune instead.

story #2: locks need on spirit gear

in the same stonecore run, a epic healer BoE item dropped. lock needed on it as well and won it. then left group. famous. he didnt even bother to equip it since he was just gonna sell it on AH

story #3: loser tanks on ahune

tank didnt say he was changing spec, while group was downing the solo mob b4 activating the crystal for ahune. so when the mobs came out, he was no where to be found, and the group wiped.

story #4: weirdest ahune group ever

continued from story #3: after the tank left – we would have kicked him anyway – the group came to a halt. cos while 1 dps had a tank pal willing to help out, the group leader was grouped with one other dps and that dps was afk, so we couldnt kick the group leader nor get the lead so that the tank could be invited in. so after waiting a few minutes, the tank pal logged off and we quit group, leaving the group leader and his afk pal there.

misc

on the bright side of things, Xense, Blackstealth and Naturespower have won their respective cloaks. of course, naturespower will need more than 1 cloak. so he will have to keep on running ahune.

the others that are still in the running are the rest of my 85s:

  • zappel
  • magel
  • xbowstrike
  • naturespower
  • spiritcat
  • pickwick
  • fruit

the importance of running ZAZG

otherwise known as semi-welfare epics.

once upon a time, you could only get welfare epics during certain festivals, like the lunar or halloween ones.

now, with ZA and ZG in LFG, you can get epics just from boss drops (and for ZA timed event, even more epics). it’s semi-welfare, since you gotta be at least ilvl 346 to queue for it. but hey, who isnt at least ilvl 346 by now? you can even buy epics off the AH.

instead of a long hard grind for rep to buy faction epics, you can now run ZAZG to get epics.

magel could queue ZAZG, after she swapped her green wand for a PVP wand from the conquest vendor (yup, i swapped her VPs for CPs and bought the 700 CP PVP epic wand)

the first run was ZA, and it netted her 3 epics. from just the PVP epic wand, she now has 3 more. just 1 ZA run. ok, that was luck, but hey, eventually, these semi-welfare epics will drop for you too.

not to mention, you get double the VPs per ZAZG run as compared with usual H runs.

so go for it! lol. most of you already do anyway, im slow to gear levelling.

BoA items – item level of 1

this is working as intended. so when you have been using BoA gear on your toon until you hit L80, you never had any problems queuing for LFG.

all of a sudden, you hit L80, and you cannot queue for nothing. a big fat zero LFG fail. cos your gear now is too low for H wrath and normal cata dungeons.

the official WoW workaround is: take off the BoA gear, equip normal gear then queue LFG.

update 13 June 2011:

as long as u carry the normal gear in your inventory, you can still wear BoA gear and queue LFG. it will take the best item level gear from your equipment and inventory.

i finally managed to queue LFG for Persi when she turned 82 and got enuf Cata gear…