closing in on explorer title

alcaz island. it rose out of  the sea one xpac ago.

spiritcat cleared dustwallow marsh and feralas. had a long levitate trip to cross the waters to the alcaz island which is pretty cool. a WoW friend told me it didnt exist in classic and only popped up in BC for some quest chain stuff (he told me the details, it just didnt stay in my brain).

no wonder i didnt seem to recall dustwallow marsh having any significantly large islands in the past! (spiritcat used to pop over to theramore to learn fishing from the trainer who will give u a really dumb quest to do to earn your stripes)

onyxia ignored. again

nowadays, the only reason to pop into theramore is because of onyxia. but even then, raids on her seemed to have stopped – everyone is so ICC and RS. so it is pretty sad. they took all the fun out of the original onyxia, only to have her now stuck in the marshes and no one cares about killing her anymore here too. maybe they will resurrect her in the xpac after cat. haha. this dragon has more lives than a cat!

LFG roll of the dice

very very strange. there are 12 normal dungeons, excluding the one in TOC and 3 in ICC. but it seems i get a lot of ICC runs these days. every day i queue with spiritcat i will get at least 1 ICC run, if not more. so the dice is loaded based on gear.

but i am getting used to it. getting used to not having a speed run but actually having to work for my badges. i am oso used to being last in terms of total dmg in groups. even if my dps is always 2k+

but surprisingly, i prefer ICC (even HOR if the tank and heals are good) to TOC. TOC is easier, but i hate the 1st part which requires you to mount and charge. i just dont see the point these days. cos the opponents are like mush – i just cut thru them.

i see dumb ppl

i think rankwatch will always have business. it’s still sending msg to party members that they are not using the highest ranked spells.

and dumb ppl who still stand in fire/green(poison)/white(ice) stuff and slowly die or actually die.

during a GD run 2nd boss fight, a few ppl were just standing in the purple squares and their health is dropping. but lucky for them the healer was pro.

in an oculus run, ppl were standing still in ice and dropping health, after downing the 3rd boss. must be too busy looking at who is gonna win the dream shard roll.

after server maintenance – moodykat on a rampage thru LFG

last night was not a usual maintenance night for me. i would usually sleep early. however, i was downloading something really slowly. so i kept my download company and watch movies, etc. until maintenance was over. and then i logged in moodykat to train her in maces (1h and 2h). cos opheilia made her the titansteel destroyer and she will need to level 2h mace in order to tank with it.

the following activities occurred last night (read chronologically from bottom up):

4 hours, 58 minutes ago
Obtained [Bloodshed Band]. (Equipped)

4 hours, 58 minutes ago
Completed step [Left Ring] of achievement [Epic].

5 hours, 1 minute ago
Obtained [Corroded Skeleton Key].

5 hours, 5 minutes ago
2 Keristrasza kills (Heroic Nexus).

5 hours, 25 minutes ago
Completed step [First Trinket] of achievement [Epic].

5 hours, 27 minutes ago
Earned the achievement The Pit of Saron for 10 points.

5 hours, 27 minutes ago
1 Scourgelord Tyrannus kills (Heroic Pit of Saron).

5 hours, 27 minutes ago
Earned the achievement Heroic: The Pit of Saron for 10 points.

5 hours, 30 minutes ago
Earned the achievement Don’t Look Up for 10 points.

5 hours, 40 minutes ago
Obtained [Ick's Rotting Thumb].

5 hours, 41 minutes ago
1 Ick and Krick kills (Heroic Pit of Saron).

5 hours, 47 minutes ago
Earned the achievement 500 Quests Completed for 40 points.

5 hours, 48 minutes ago
1 Forgemaster Garfrost kills (Heroic Pit of Saron).

5 hours, 54 minutes ago
Earned the achievement Master of Arms for 25 points. (for polearm, not the 2h mace)

6 hours, 17 minutes ago
Completed step [Neck] of achievement [Epic].

6 hours, 19 minutes ago
Obtained [The Warlord's Depravity]. (Equipped)

6 hours, 20 minutes ago
1 The Black Knight kills (Heroic Trial of the Champion).

6 hours, 20 minutes ago
Completed step [The Black Knight] of achievement [Heroic: Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 20 minutes ago
Earned the achievement I’ve Had Worse for 10 points.

6 hours, 20 minutes ago
Completed step [The Black Knight] of achievement [Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 22 minutes ago
Completed step [Herod] of achievement [Argent Confessor].

6 hours, 22 minutes ago
Completed step [Argent Confessor Paletress] of achievement [Heroic: Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 22 minutes ago
1 Victories over Argent Confessor Paletress (Heroic Trial of the Champion).

6 hours, 22 minutes ago
Completed step [Argent Confessor Paletress] of achievement [Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 22 minutes ago
Completed step [Legs] of achievement [Epic].

6 hours, 22 minutes ago
Obtained [Legplates of Relentless Onslaught]. (Equipped)

6 hours, 27 minutes ago
Completed step [Deathstalker Visceri] of achievement [Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 27 minutes ago
Completed step [Zul'tore] of achievement [Heroic: Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 27 minutes ago
Completed step [Runok Wildmane] of achievement [Heroic: Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 27 minutes ago
1 Victories over Shaman Champion (Heroic Trial of the Champion).

6 hours, 27 minutes ago
Completed step [Zul'tore] of achievement [Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 27 minutes ago
1 Victories over Rogue Champion (Heroic Trial of the Champion).

6 hours, 27 minutes ago
Completed step [Runok Wildmane] of achievement [Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 27 minutes ago
1 Victories over Hunter Champion (Heroic Trial of the Champion).

6 hours, 27 minutes ago
Completed step [Deathstalker Visceri] of achievement [Heroic: Trial of the Champion].

7 hours, 36 minutes ago
Obtained [Titansteel Destroyer]. (Equipped)

something queer about armory database:

if u had read thru the activities, it seems to be missing some achievements. cos it is obvious moodykat entered a few instances for the 1st time last night. and so completing it should be an achievement, but the ToC dungeon didnt register as having “Earned” an achievement. Just:

  • Completed step [The Black Knight] of achievement [Trial of the Champion].
  • Completed step [The Black Knight] of achievement [Heroic: Trial of the Champion].

However, PoS is considered as an achievement:

  • Earned the achievement Heroic: The Pit of Saron for 10 points.
  • Earned the achievement The Pit of Saron for 10 points.
4 hours, 58 minutes agoObtained [Bloodshed Band](Equipped)
4 hours, 58 minutes ago

Completed step [Left Ring] of achievement [Epic].

5 hours, 1 minute ago

Obtained [Corroded Skeleton Key].

5 hours, 5 minutes ago

2 Keristrasza kills (Heroic Nexus).

5 hours, 25 minutes ago

Completed step [First Trinket] of achievement [Epic].

5 hours, 27 minutes ago

Earned the achievement The Pit of Saron for 10 points.

5 hours, 27 minutes ago

1 Scourgelord Tyrannus kills (Heroic Pit of Saron).

5 hours, 27 minutes ago

Earned the achievement Heroic: The Pit of Saron for 10 points.

5 hours, 30 minutes ago

Earned the achievement Don’t Look Up for 10 points.

5 hours, 40 minutes ago

Obtained [Ick's Rotting Thumb].

5 hours, 41 minutes ago

1 Ick and Krick kills (Heroic Pit of Saron).

5 hours, 47 minutes ago

Earned the achievement 500 Quests Completed for 40 points.

5 hours, 48 minutes ago

1 Forgemaster Garfrost kills (Heroic Pit of Saron).

5 hours, 54 minutes ago

Earned the achievement Master of Arms for 25 points.

6 hours, 17 minutes ago

Completed step [Neck] of achievement [Epic].

6 hours, 19 minutes ago

Obtained [The Warlord's Depravity](Equipped)

6 hours, 20 minutes ago

1 The Black Knight kills (Heroic Trial of the Champion).

6 hours, 20 minutes ago

Completed step [The Black Knight] of achievement [Heroic: Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 20 minutes ago

Earned the achievement I’ve Had Worse for 10 points.

6 hours, 20 minutes ago

Completed step [The Black Knight] of achievement [Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 22 minutes ago

Completed step [Herod] of achievement [Argent Confessor].

6 hours, 22 minutes ago

Completed step [Argent Confessor Paletress] of achievement [Heroic: Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 22 minutes ago

1 Victories over Argent Confessor Paletress (Heroic Trial of the Champion).

6 hours, 22 minutes ago

Completed step [Argent Confessor Paletress] of achievement [Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 22 minutes ago

Completed step [Legs] of achievement [Epic].

6 hours, 22 minutes ago

Obtained [Legplates of Relentless Onslaught](Equipped)

6 hours, 27 minutes ago

Completed step [Deathstalker Visceri] of achievement [Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 27 minutes ago

Completed step [Zul'tore] of achievement [Heroic: Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 27 minutes ago

Completed step [Runok Wildmane] of achievement [Heroic: Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 27 minutes ago

1 Victories over Shaman Champion (Heroic Trial of the Champion).

6 hours, 27 minutes ago

Completed step [Zul'tore] of achievement [Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 27 minutes ago

1 Victories over Rogue Champion (Heroic Trial of the Champion).

6 hours, 27 minutes ago

Completed step [Runok Wildmane] of achievement [Trial of the Champion].

6 hours, 27 minutes ago

1 Victories over Hunter Champion (Heroic Trial of the Champion).

6 hours, 27 minutes ago

Completed step [Deathstalker Visceri] of achievement [Heroic: Trial of the Champion].

7 hours, 36 minutes ago

Obtained [Tita

tuesdays are for real life

got so used to maintenance tuesdays, i automatically make plans to do stuff outside wow on tuesdays. i went to buy DVD of turandot opera (nessum dorma by pave-a-roti), and check out some nice new eating places.

by the time i got back, and logged on to check mail, etc, i popped into wow and found that it was running. nice. but i didnt have a lot of time left, so i just did my daily tasks and then took missmisty ore farming in SB while waiting for LFG. she lucky today. got TOC and a dps castor ring L219 dropped for her! btw, her dps was the lowest. even the healer dps was higher. lol. yup, some LFG groups are just a nice stroll in the park. free emblems! /cheer

i oso took muzzleshot farming in SB. he had a good gas and mining run. the LFG queue he was in was supposedly 38 min long. but he got a group forming before that estimate was exceeded (as it happens a lot with dps toons). lucky for him, that group had a dps that didnt turn up, so muzzleshot could continue to farm. and that was how he picked up 2 tit veins in a row! then the LFG group prompt came up again and he went to VH

as expected, muzzleshot topped the dmg and dps charts. cos he was using saronite arrows. haha.

makeover of 2 toons: zappel and xense

been getting new gear for both my L80 toons: zappel (raiding) xense (farming and H) and things were getting messy in their inventory. so i took a closer look at their spec/gear/glyphs/gems/enchants/rotation.

i did xense first cos i had done an earlier round of consolidation for zappel. checked out the best hunter specs. and did a bit of minor re-spec. still PVE survival. cleaned out the crappy epics and gemmed and enchanted the stuff left behind. still need to buy head and shoulder enchants (mostly likely WG since not enuf rep with the required factions) and to fit in a prismatic gem on the belt but otherwise its all done for now. rotation no change, still Kill Shot>Explosive Shot (ES)>Black Arrow>Serpent Sting>Steady Shot (SS). Multi and Volley on 3 or more tgts.  finally, got a new L80 wolf from Storm Peaks, and specced for Furious Howl. the one that changes colour when u summon pet.

so, took her for a LFG H run: HoL. turned in quite respectable 3k dps for GS of just past the 4k mark. for these runs, Serpent Sting and SS were hardly used, since the other ppl will make short work of the mobs. only for boss these were put to use some of the time. other shots still take precedence, esp Lock and Load (L&L) procs. for L&L i have decided to just wait and fire off the next ES after the earlier ES on the tgt is left with 1 tick. with lag etc, the shot should not clip and nicely carry on with max dps on tgt. some ppl like to tab to another target to fire off but in case of boss, a short wait is better than putting a SS between ES.

for zappel, i now have 2 piece T9 gear and enough hit rating to remove some other hit rating gear and focus on SP and Haste. so after the inventory cleanup, all my various outfits are similar, the only difference is in trinket and wpn (to vary out the hit rating requirements between arcane and frost spec)

took zappel for a H run: ToC in frost spec. someone in party comment i should be in arcane, but my dps was 2nd and above the tank so who cares? then i took him to guild 25-man Ony, still in frost spec. other guild mage told me its better in arcane but i like to do Ony as frost. my dps would have been better, but i DC as i cast my Blizzard during the first whelping and by the time i got back in the whelps were dead. so major loss of dps there. but subsequently no more DC. so the new PC helped a lot. but i think if i wanna raid, i better have a cleaner interface (remove the non-raid mods). every little bit of tuning helps. towards the end of phase 3, i died (feared into whelps). so my dps suffered there too.

LFG – H HoR

i used to dread running H HoR. but last night i had a great run. i had just popped out of a guild 10-man ToC raid (left after 1st wipe on Faction bosses so other guildies can have a run thru the rest of ToC) so i was looking to do my H daily.

H HoR is all about pro heals. tank GS wasnt that hot. 4.5k. but heals was 5.5k. that made all the diff in staying alive during the 10 waves. even so, the ending was a bit funny. the 3 dps died at the last hurdle. then instead of running forward to end the Lich King chase, the tank ran back towards us. and he got killed. so the healer on completion of the instance, came back and rezzed us all.

now i am saving up my EoTs to get T9 gear for Zappel. probably Leg gear, since the rest can be bought by saving up EoFs. my current focus is to get the chest piece at 95 EoFs.

1st 2010 raids

zappel went on guild 10-man raids to ICC and TOC. finally completed TOC and got the achievement. cleared ICC up to 3rd boss. Sourfang (pun intended) refused to give up his ghost. killed adds to slowly so couldnt dps down boss before the marks got to the raid. i was the lowest dps of the raid group, even in arcane. dps just hanging around the 3k mark. i need to raise it to 4k at least. but how??? well, i got a little bit of gear improvement from TOC, so maybe more H runs for EoT gear will clinch it.