Raid Leading – Not so bad after all

We went into TotC again this week and rocked it hard! We had a few wipes but nothing major like the week before. I changed around the people a little bit with the addition of a few new awesome guildies. We were fortunate to have Squish with us for massive deeps. I can’t have him every week and he is massively over geared for it. I am so grateful he came with us because he didn’t have to at all.

Our ICC run wasn’t so good… We got stuck on Deathbringer Saurfang – again! A few weeks ago we cleared the entire first wing in under 2 hours and started on the second. We did have the weekly quest for Lady D that was a pain in the ass. I really like those weekly quests in ICC. It breaks up the monotony of doing the same thing every week for hours on end.

The best thing about the run:

Keeb + butt rockets + baby spice = awesome!

 

Mier finally finds a woman his own size...

Ah, the trials of being a Raid Leader

  These past two weeks I’ve taken it upon myself to lead some raids to help Keeb out. He doesn’t need to be raid leading every night a week and we shouldn’t expect him to. What started out as me wanting to raid with friends has taken a life of its own. Everyone wants to know if we are doing TotC again next week. I am a little weary of it.

 The first week of TotC was pure bliss! We one shotted everything but Jaraxus and Anub. It was such a rush being the tank, taking huge hits and not being killed. I looked into the beady eyes of Anub et all and won! I stared down those bastard Faction Champs and killed them all!

 Everything went really well after a few gear distribution hiccups. We had a Resto Druid from the top guild on the server who PUG’d into our little group. I image he was thoroughly bored that night and needed something to do. I had healed with him before on Onyxia and VOA runs so maybe he recognized me. I tanked it with a normally Holy Pally and I think we did really well considering that was only the second raid we had ever tanked… at… all – ever… Most of the lewts were DE’d but it was all good. I had a really good sense of accomplishment and everyone had a blast.

 Until this week…

 I wanted to get the same group of people together but, of course, that didn’t happen. We had a terribad Disc Priest for Northrend Beasts, who we wiped on repeatedly. We did most all of Icehowl with just me alive with a healer and 2 DPS. Luckily, she left after that. (And I got to skin Icehowl! Woo!) Our new Resto Shaman came online right at that same time so it all worked out in the end.

 We wiped a few times on Jaraxus, mainly because I wasn’t quick enough on tanking the adds since I had Jaraxus the last time. I didn’t know there were 3 of the green rock guys that came out until then. I only thought there were two at a time – I was wrong and most of my DPS took a dirt nap because of it.

 Faction Champs were a breeze. That fight is a lot less stressful when I’m not doing the dispelling.

 The Twins… OMG the Twins! That is the easiest fight in the place but we wiped and wiped and wiped… Del and I both explained the fight over and over again… We explained in such detail that Bob understood what was happening and I’m pretty sure he was wasted. We had people that would switch DPS to the opposite color twin when it was required to change colors of the orbs around you. We had people run up to the orb portal they were supposed to change to and NOT click it. I can only assume they thought the color would change by osmosis. I don’t know… I was getting really frustrated and was about to call the whole damn thing. But, we went back in and killed them.

 Then came Anub. We wiped again. This time because there was no ice on the ground and we couldn’t tank it properly. We wiped again and then people started leaving. We got some other guildies in there who knew what they were doing and we downed him. I got to skin him. (Woo! Two Arctic Furs in one night!)

 But, I can’t lead a raid when people don’t follow simple instructions. It really is not that hard to STOP what you are doing and change colors of the orbs. I told them straight up that I don’t care about their DPS if they are taking a dirt nap. I don’t care if you did 8K DPS for 30 seconds and the rest of the time you were dead. A dead DPS is not helpful in the slightest. I don’t want to read raid chat and see my dead DPSers comparing the size of their massive epeens. That T10 set bonus isn’t helping anyone if you are dead, ffs!

 Del was really my rock that night. I could not have done it with out him. I would have cussed some people out and made some people mad at me. I give them direction but they don’t listen and that is what pisses me off. If I get a tip on tanking from my more experienced MT, I take it to heart and attempt to do it.

 I don’t mind leading raids if people would follow direction. I am a little leery of leading it again this week but I’ll persevere. I do what I have to so Keeb doesn’t have so much of a strain and I love raiding with friends. I guess the good outweighs the bad.

What not to say in Vent

When in a voice chat with a bunch of boys young men, it is never ok to shout the following, especially if you are a girl.

"Oh My God!!! I'm boned!!!"

This will gain you nothing but laughter and all manner of remarks. It will also cause a delay in being “unboned” (my guild’s new favorite word besides “bear goggles”) on Lord Marrowgar due to said laughter and remarks.

I did manage to die somehow and asked for rebuffs before Lady D. The answer to that request? “Just be glad we unboned you.”

An odd day and World PVP

So, the strangest thing happened today in UK. I was doing my daily random on my priest for my Frosties and it came up with UK. FML, stupid UK >< But, it's easy and fast. Two of the DPS are fresh 80's and there's a nicely geared Boomkin with the same staff I have. We have a t9/10 Paladin tank so it should go rather smoothly. We clear trash, the tank takes the time to pull all the drakes in the drake room, ok then… We get to the Prince who drops a blue tanking sword, everyone rolls Greed, like you do… Except the tank: he rolls Need and promptly drops group. He wins the blue sword that is clearly a downgrade and leaves with out a word – leaving 4 stunned people trying to figure out what happened. I know we stood there chatting for a good 10 minutes before a very nice DK tank joined us to finish it. But, seriously, wtf?

Del, our crazy PVP mage, did a For the Alliance today and I am so jelous! My druid needs a war bear still. Afterwards, Del pointed out that the bear mounts have goggles, which I had never noticed before much to the chagrin of my guildies. I wish I could get a set of goggles on me in bear form – that would be the most kick ass thing ever. But, alas…

It did get me thinking about world PVP in general, which I do not like. The other day I got ganked doing my fishing daily because I flew my own drake over WG instead of riding the taxi service. I think attacking a levitated-fishing priest is just plain wrong. Especially, when said priest is flailing around with the wrong buttons and ends up smacking a tauren up side the head with her epic fishing pole instead of applying a shadow dot. (oh, to have a screen shot of that!) I learned my lesson the hard way.

I get upset when a Hordie is in one of our cities clearly only to do the Holiday achievements gets attacked. We have to go into their city for the same thing, show them some respect and maybe next time we wont get killed in a horrible way. I was in travel form outside of IF last week when I got hit with a snowball, I turned around expecting Keeb but got an undead mage instead. He was about half dead and was sitting to eat – obviously had tried to get the elder and got killed in the process. I shifted to tree and /waved at him. He /waved back and I wished him a farewell before getting my own elder down the road. I got the elder in Org on my priest and got a /wave from a tauren druid who left me alone as I hearthed the hell out of there.

Having said that, I did have a thought of killing the Horde flight master in SVT the other day. My druid could have owned him with out taking any damage. I stood there for about a minute and half thinking about all the times when I had to run from Westfall to SW on foot because a Hordie killed our Flight Master. I remember being so confused when my best friend told me I had to wait for it to respawn or run. I didn't grasp the concept of PVP then. I would get so disappointed when I would get there and no guy. I thought he was out walking around, taking a break or something. It didn't even occur to me that a person had ridden all over creation to get to our little Flight Master just to kill him for fun. Just to be a douche to everyone who needed to use the taxi service.

I began to think killing that Horde Flight Master would be a good steaming pile of revenge. But, then the other half of my mind said wait: you can't do that to innocent people. They didn't have anything to do with your flight master getting killed 6 months ago. I can't be a douche like that laughing Blood Elf my guild slaughtered a few times in Westfall last month. (I even got him to half health all by myself on my priest! Go me! He /flirted with me as my shadow dots ticked on him…) And I know the general chat would light up begging for people to kill me as soon as I did it and people would be getting on their mains to hunt me down. I don't want that kind of death and drama.

The thought still lingers in my mind. Can I overcome my morality and kill a Horde Flight Master? Only time will tell…

The Laziest Priest

My friend Pony has been pestering me for a long time to run stuff together again. He managed to drag me into a TotC 10 a few weeks ago that I totally two healed with an awesome Resto Druid. (In which I met a Boomkin with zero gems and enchants who stated she was saving up for her Perky Pug pet thus no gems/enchants. *headdesk*) He’s never run with my druid before so off we went into POS with me tanking. He informs me that his mother “made him drink” and he’s a bit drunk. I love playing WOW with drunken people! I’m not sarcastic. I really do think it’s funny. 

We zone into POS because that is where he wants the SP/Crit trinket from. I am a tank so it’s an instant Q. I look over the rest of the party, especially the healer since I don’t have a guildie. It’s a Holy Priest in at least 2 pieces of t10 and the dagger from the Gunship battle in ICC. His gear score is a couple hundred points lower than my own priest but he looks competent enough. The other DPS, I have no idea. Someone was there for their Battered Hilt quest so we cleared a lot of trash to get to whatever the guy needed – looked like pallets of something or other. 

During clearing the trash on that first roadway, I began to notice something amiss. I never once saw the priest throw a Prayer of Mending and the only healing I have thus far is series of Renew. HHMMM Maybe I am not holding aggro and other people are getting attacked that he’s healed them through it? Nope, everyone at full health. I make it a point to watch my Omen more. (I am in the bad habit of not watching it at all and just looking at my Vuhdo frames to see who has aggro.) I have solid aggro on everything except when Pony gets a little crazy with his DPS but nothing I can’t handle. My health is around 48K with the priest buff, food buffs, blessing of kings and the scroll I have on. I try to be as easy to heal as possible, especially in a difficult ICC dungeon I tend to load up on all the buffs I can. My dodge is at 43% and armor at 30K, so I like to think that I’m not that hard to heal. When I have a tank to heal with over 40K health, I am ecstatic. Keeb and our new shammys both tell me I am not hard to heal. So… what the hell is the priest doing back there? He’s not getting attacked. He isn’t throwing up shadow dots or even wanding anything. His mana bar is full. WTF? Perhaps he is lagging. I really don’t want to think anything bad about another priest. I want to believe that he is doing his job or anything at all for that matter. 

On to the trash that is the guys on blue proto drakes. I don’t like these guys at all. I don’t like the glowy sword thing that he throws – that is a bitch if someone doesn’t move out of it. I am merrily tanking my little bear butt off when my screen goes RED and pulsing. I am about to die. I am seriously about to croak and the priest is just standing behind me with his thumbs up his ass. I am livid! How in the hell did this happen? Do I have a debuff? Apparently I did. He throws Guardian Spirit on me when I get to about 500 life left. Then a lazy Renew followed by a series of greater heal crits for around 15-17K a piece. I am in good shape again. I lumber on up the stairs to the frost giant underpants obsessed guy. I can tell this guy can heal – *he just did it*! He has evidently been in a raid that dropped a few bosses in ICC – just look at the dagger. If he was as teribad as he is right now, they could have found another healer. I am venting to Pony in whispers and he’s getting agitated along with me. He will totally call someone out but I tell him not to, I am too nice for that. The frost guy goes down no problem. 

We clear more trash for the hilt guy. We get to Ick and Krick after the trash. I still don’t get any Prayer of Mending or even a fucking Power Word: Shield. Nothing but Renew from this Holy priest. Does he think he’s a druid with multiple HoTs? Whatever works for him, I guess. I pull the boss. Stupid, idiot, lazy priest dies from being pursued. He just stands there and lets the boss get him. He didn’t even attempt to run! Luckily, the boss does the bomb thing you can avoid so I b-rez him and give him my Innervate before going back to bear to tank the boss again. By now, all the DPS is yelling at this wanker to heal. I can’t type out what the hell I want to because typing and tanking do not go so well together. He fucking dies AGAIN! This time in the next round of bombs because the 2 dead DPS on the ground can’t kill shit when eating pavement. It’s just me and a Paladin standing to kill the boss. I pop my Barkskin and everything else I have to survive the last 20% of this boss. We make it but only just barely. I rez the priest, Pony and the other DPS that died. It takes me awhile with my tiny tank mana pool. 

I take this time to really look at the priest’s recount as I’m rebuffing everyone and the people who died are eating. He’s only done around 100K healing this entire time, including extra trash mobs and TWO very AoE bosses. Renew is his top heal at 240. I am not sure if it counts each tick of Renew as one heal or what but 240 is a bit excessive. He did 3 Prayer of Mendings, 17 Greater Heals and 15 Flash Heals… and that is it! That was the total amount of healing he did for over half an instance! I have never seen such pure and utter laziness. I am so amazed that we made it this far. Now comes the Hill of Doom. There is no way we are going to survive this with this priest. There is absolutely no way unless he nuts up or shuts up and actually… I don’t know… HEALS… 

I am pretty pissed off by now. I try to think I don’t hold other priests to a higher standard because I am one. But I am starting to think I totally do. I loved seeing Disc Priests in low level dungeons and offered to help them if they had questions. I would get giddy at the sight of a Penance. My heart just swelled at the sight of the new priests entering our ranks. I don’t normally watch my healer in minute detail unless something bad is happening to the group. I trust they know their class or at least there the buttons for heals are. I give everyone the benefit of the doubt until proven wrong. Everyone I meet in the LFG has a clean slate with me. I don’t nitpick a Holy Pally for number of Flashes of Light or a Resto Druid for number of Rejuves. I just don’t but I watch the priests my druid meets like a hawk. I don’t mean to but I have a running commentary in my own head how I would be healing myself. Say like, “ok – tank is about to pull let me throw him a bubble and a Prayer of Mending on him”. “OK, the hunter just aggro’d, I’ll bubble him and hope he Feigns Death”. Then it turns into, why didn’t the priest bubble me and put a Prayer of Mending on me as I pulled? Why didn’t the hunter get a bubble that would have saved him for a few extra seconds? This is in addition to my tanking commentary in my head to taunt off the hunter that just pulled aggro. Is it because I know my class and how it should be played? I don’t know. I can get really bubble happy because I can with my huge mana pool and mp5 so I understand why some new priests wouldn’t. But, that being said… There’s is absolutely no reason why a T9/10 geared Holy Priest only cast Greater Heal a total of 17 times in the space of a half hour in a very damage intensive dungeon!!! 

Pressing on, I told the party I would group the casters together and not to touch them until I stop. I tell the so called priest that I am going to require more healing than just a Renew on this one. He replies: I am not Disc, I am Holy. No fucking shit! Did he think that the only thing a Holy Priest could do was an Improved Renew?! Oh my fucking god! I have Improved Renew spec’d on my Disc Priest to get to Inspiration. If I was pissed off before, I was through the roof right then. Did he really think Disc could handle it better and have higher healing in a group heal intensive environment? This place was made for a Holy Priest with Circle of Healing. If I was Holy, I would be spamming the ever-loving crap out of Circle of Healing on every cool down in combat. I have even flirted with the idea of dropping my shadow spec for Holy again. 

Pony is pissed. He’s giving the priest hell in /p. I go ahead and pull. I survive but not anyone else besides the priest. The healing gets no better. He doesn’t even attempt to cleanse the magic or diseases off of me. Pony says he’s going to vote kick if we wipe and I’m totally on board. We make it through the next pack of caster mobs with just me and the priest standing. Pony is cussing him up and down. Priest is cussing Pony back. It’s getting pretty bad. We wipe even after I burned my entire defensive cool downs and my health pot. We don’t even get the pleasure of vote kicking the R-tard priest because he leaves on his own along with the rest of the DPS. Oh, well. We Q again and in a split second with have new DPS and a very nice Resto Druid who all want to know what happened. We told them about priest of suckage and what all happened. The druid says to me that my gear and health is fine so we won’t have any problems. Into the Cave of Death we go – everything goes nice and smoothly. Pony doesn’t even pull aggro from me the whole time. We down the last boss no problem at all. I look and the druid has over 150K healing since she got here. Way more than the priest and she only did the last quarter of the instance. The good thing is that Pony’s trinket dropped and he won it. 

I wish I knew what server the Holy Priest was from but his name was Chamberlin. He’s in the Cyclone battle group so maybe I can narrow it down later if I look through the Armory. But, I don’t know if I care enough. I would love to have a talk with his GM and see if he’s that horrible all the time. This just goes to show that my best friend was right about lazy priests, they are out there and they are prepared to screw up your group.

Screenies! Woo!

We cleared the first wing of ICC again a few days ago. We are having a problem with not having any dps that can do the second day. I can understand that other pugs not wanting to get saved to just the second wing for a whole week. But, it is very frustrating.

At the summoning stone to ICC this week I met the greatest Tauren Resto Druid. Nyen and I were waiting for the raid to fill so we can summon and I put up one of those crazy Moonlight thingies the elders spam your mailbox with. I was bored. The next thing I know there’s a giant Tauren running over to us and slapped down a diso ball. He /danced with me and I did the same with him. He shifted to tree to show me that he’s Resto, a fellow healer! Awesome! Well, of course, out comes my Sproutling. He /gasped at it and summoned his own Sproutling! How cool is that?! We just kept dancing. I /flirted with him and he /blushed. It was epic! Then he shifted to bear and I brought out my Cub. By then the summoning was over and we both bid each other a fond farewell.

I salute you, Bestialrage of <Anomaly>! You are a class act! This goes to show that we can all get along…

Aw! Our Sproutlings are cuddling!

Seeing that we could not do ICC again and everyone was saved to VOA, we did Onyxia for shits and giggles. I love that run. Its nice and short. The fight is pretty straight forward. I did get tail swiped on the initial pull but managed not to get into the whelps. Hurray for me! Onyxia dropped a bunch of loot no one needed except the 22 slot bag. Its nice just to go do something because it is fun and not feel like you have to for gear.

The Sproutling slept through most of it

Look at my new T10 chest! Squee!

 Keeb doesn’t do holiday achievments, has no interest at all. But I managed to wrangle him into one for Valentine’s. What started as me needing a warm body to eat chocolate with ended with a nice romantic picnic in Dalaran – complete with a movie (ie the new cutscene)! The “twins” ate too much again and took a nap at our picnic. BTW, bunnehs love Druids!

Fluffy bunneh joins Keeb's growing Fan Club

 Speaking of Druids, mine has a new babeh cub to show the world to. Here I took him to Elwyn Forest because SW was laggy… LOL

First day with the Babeh

I took a trip to the barber shop to change my hair color so my fur matches his fur color a little better. He had fun at the barber shop, too.

Come sit on Mama's lap

Come sit on Mama's lap

Much better!

I do heal occasionally…

Bad idea!

And I now have:

Swift Flightform! Yeah, baby!

Kells is gone

My very favorite tank has decided not to renew his WOW account. I am heartbroken to say the least. Before he left, he did give me a Dun Morogh cub. I now have a crazy dwarf-raised bear to teach the ways of tanking. My Sproutling has some serious competition for my affections now.