The PuG that did NOT suck

Queue for random daily dungeon.

Zone into Violet Hold.

Member of party immediately leaves party.

Said member was tank.

Well fuck.

Group re-queues to get new tank.

New tank zones in.

Buff up.

Start event.

First portal opens.

Tank is offline.

Well fuck.

We’ve got a ret pally, an ele shaman, a resto druid, and me – the mage.

Ret tank?

Hell no, ele shaman tank FTW.

He actually managed to tank up to the first boss.

Quick, resto druid swap to bear and ele shaman swap to resto!

Bear has never tanked a heroic, but I don’t think the shaman had either…

4-manned that shit with style.

So big props to Wrecum and Faelanna of Cairne.

What’s this? a second pug that didn’t suck?

That’s right, folks!

Got into a random AN the other night, 3 guys from Execution of Tortheldrin and a random DK.

The guilded guys are chatting it up in party, giving the pally tank a hard time about what a terrible tank he was.

The shaman gave me a run for my money on damage, it was nice to have a challenge.

Hadronox goes down.

Shaman says, “fuck Ari.”

Oh shit, what did I do?

“you were lighting him up”

He posts recount, I pulled 7.9k. And the tank held her the entire time. Shitty tank, indeed, lol.

Finish up, agree to stay together for more runs.

We did 6 instances total: AN, ToC, UK, DTK, Occ, and OK.

We started to fight the one boss with the volunteers in OK.

By the time someone finished typing if we wanted to go for the achievement, the first volunteer was already dead.

Oops.

The secret to fighting your team members on the last boss in OK?

Fuck strategy.

Let the DK grip you right into the center and just Arcane Explosion.

I used to try and actually CC one, and burst down another, kite them…

Fuck it. Blow them up.

The new Occulus is great.

My drake was sitting at 122.7k HP.

The shaman had connection issues so we ended up 4-manning most of the instance, including Eregos.

So hats off to Dominigo, Venril, and Rukn for a smashing good time.

It’s random, like me

How can I not like the new LFG?

One of these days I’m sure it’s going to drop me into Old Kingdom and I will be sorely tempted to desert, but so far it’s been kind to me.

Yeah, we post recount into guild chat and snicker at the huntards and DKs that aren’t pulling 1k on boss fights.

But I personally have yet to be in a group where we couldn’t get through it.

In fact, I’ve had groups that stayed together and re-queued or just did the whole string of the new 5-mans. Continue reading

And it shall be mine

Talking red protodrakes here.

Have a group willing to tackle some of our remaining achievements aggressively to finish out Glory of the Hero and get our drakes.

A certain Holy pally was nice enough to chart out what we needed:

ToDo

The X fields are ones that are done, the blue fields are the ones that need to be done.

He even found a guide that covers all of them in detail. Continue reading

Did we just do that?

Seriously?

For reals?

How the fuck did we do that?

We’ll get to that.

I volunteered to DPS in the guild’s non-progression raid since they are short on ranged DPS (and people in general).

We had an OT lined up but it turned out that he had a VERY valid reason for not showing. (And if you read this, you have my condolences.)

My husband has been gearing up a DK to tank in his spare time.

Not a whole lot of experience, he’s tanked a normal UK, OT a Naxx 10, and a chain of normal ToC.

That’s it.

Oh, and his gear is blue (mostly) with hardly any gems or enchants. But he’s def capped! And has about 25k health unbuffed.

He comes in to OT as a rep for the missing OT.

The raid leader and I aren’t expecting a whole lot from the group. Continue reading

Haste is Swedish Fish

I’m working on a side project and it’s eating up some time. But it’s one of those things that won’t rest until it’s done so it’s driving me nuts.

As soon as I’m done and happy with it I will be posting the results to share.

Wednesday night I ran VoA 25 and 10.

The T8.5 gloves dropped in the 25 and I won the roll against another mage. Minor upgrade for me since I’m sporting the T8.

Broke down to the 10-man and the other mage left.

Realized after the fight that I was only a couple emblems away from being able to buy the T9 gloves – which have haste instead of hit. Nummy nummy haste.

Dammit.

Logged on Thursday evening with some time left on the item to be traded.

Pull up Recount and find the other mage’s name. Continue reading

What? I can’t hear you!

Vent was screwy as all hell last night.

And not just the one for my current guild, we hopped into the still running vent for our old guild and had the same problems.

The pally tank/priest could hear me and I could hear him. But no one else seemed to be able to hear him.

I think everyone but the shaman could hear the other priest.

One warrior could hear me, but his mic was broken.

It was absolutely crazy. And we raided like that, in near silence.

Started by getting pulled into a VoA.

We were supposed to start with ToC at 7 server, but a few people were on early enough to try and get through a 10 VoA while we had WG. They pugged in a couple to fill the holes and away we went.

Started with the new guy, Koralon the Flame Watcher.

This fight is horrendously complicated. Continue reading

She’s allergic to ice

Rare real world post from me…

Last week was both my birthday and my husband’s birthday so our friends took us out to dinner.

The waitress is taking our drink orders, I order mine, “diet, no ice.”

Ice in a beverage makes it too cold and I get phenomenally painful hiccups.

These hiccups that are the stuff of legend with my friends laughing at me for hours while I’m clutching my sides and wanting to die.

Not to mention, the ice machine in many restaurants is a breeding ground for bacterial infestation. You probably don’t want to think too hard about whether or not they washed the lemon slice adorning your drink either.

Anyway, my drink comes out with ice.

One of my friends is quick to pounce on the waitress and request the ice be removed.

“She’s allergic to ice.”

OMG. Did you really just tell the waitress that I’m allergic to ice? Continue reading

I may have lied

I’m too tired to do a real post about my first experience in the Coliseum.

So I’ll tell you the funny bug that happened there last night.

Our resto druid hadn’t done the Coliseum at all yet so we did the 5 man version on normal.

Our jousting opponents were the night elf, the draenei, and the gnome.

We were finally making some progress and got the gnome dismounted.

His little turbo-chicken mount latches on to the healer and keeps knocking him over.

The animation was hilarious, he looked like the treants when they die – all chopped in half.

He would stand up, take two steps, and the bird would knock him down again. Continue reading