Heroic Ready is a Heroic Effort

I’m not talking 5-man heroics here. We’re talking heroic raids.

In the pre-Cata days, we differentiated between a normal and a heroic raid by the number of participants.

10-mans were normal.

25s had an additional twist to the encounter that made it more challenging, on top of corralling an additional 15 kittens in the box.

With Cataclysm, we have seen Blizzard move towards the mentality that the number of people in your social circle should not dictate which difficulty level you have access to.

And with the exception of the shared lockouts between 10 and 25s, I agree with this thought process. There’s a whole ‘nother discussion about that, maybe some day we’ll come back to it.

So the fights are basically the same between 10 and 25, just with a little less wiggle room on 10s for any one individual to fail. Continue reading

Damn I’m Dumb Sometimes

In between bouts of madness in ZA/ZG this past weekend I actually got some stuff done.

Earlier in the week the guild switched to 10s from 25s and my mage was placed on a raiding team again.

And there was much rejoicing.

Being in a raid group means that Arioch has purpose again so I have to not only gear him up properly but also get to continue working on achievement whoring.

Got Exalted with Therazane for my shoulder inscription and got the Fungal Frenzy achievement in the process. I finally figured out the secret and will probably do a quick post on how to get that achievement later. Continue reading

And one more makes 12

Some of my more astute (or sober) readers may have noticed that the achievement I posted about  yesterday on the 20th was actually earned on the 15th.

I wrote the post in the middle of the day on the 19th, set it up for release the next day and didn’t think anything of it.

Funny how later that very night, we got this one:

Since we are on Central time server and we had actually gone past raid time Tuesday night, it counted it for the 20th.

Which is actually the day that I’m writing this post.

Aren’t time zones fun?

And if it weren’t for the fact that apparently that bastard drops a mount, I would vote to never step foot on Al’Akir’s platform ever again. Continue reading

I haz a /squeeeeeeee

As referenced last week, there is a reason besides being low on healers that will keep my guild from letting me raid on my mage any time soon.

And it came with a /squeeeeeeeeeeee.

Those of you that happen to live within a 25-mile radius probably heard it happen, others found out through my status on Facebook or gmail.

For the rest, here is a pictorial clue:

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That number, shit you not, was given to me by my authenticator.

What does it mean?

It means that I finally got a chance to log in and play some WoW!

Work is still kicking my ass and I’m at least a month behind on all the blogs that I read.

But, I did get a chance to sample some of the new things that came in with the Sundering. Or Shattering. Or whatever the hell it was called.

So what have I been able to squeeze in to my limited play time? Continue reading


Technical post for today.

Was running Sethekk Halls last night to get the Terokkar Turkey Time achievement on my priest, which would net me the Pilgrim’s Bounty meta and I noticed that enemy names and nameplates were, well, rightly fucked up as a football bat.

Tangent – Yes, I know it’s Hallow’s End time, but last Pilgrim’s Bounty I wasn’t high enough level to get in to kill Talon King Ikiss and the achievement doesn’t have any time restrictions on it, just a dress code.

Tangent to the tangent – But I have been running the Headless Horseman on my priest now that Arioch has the mount. And I’m out-DPSing a good portion of the DPS just by Smite-spamming. I don’t really have to heal Tir, so just bubble and Smite to my heart’s content. No mount yet, but I did get the helm and pet for some other achievement.

Anyways, back to what I was talking about. Continue reading

How did that happen?

My mage is my main.

My mage is my main.

I swear it.

So how does it happen that my priest ends up healing ICC 25 last night?

Normally, we have a plethora of resto shaman, but two of them mysteriously were not there last night.

The guild that we are partnering with for 25s now on Tuesday nights tends to be a little short on the heals.

So we were lacking heals. Continue reading


OK, I’m working on a response post to another post… but then got distracted by the fact that I had to spend today in the office.


So that post is still in draft form, terribly sorry, Del. But I want to give this a serious response so please bear with me while I suffer in the office.

I just know someone is going to get me sick again. /grumble

The other reason why that post isn’t done… is that I was back in ICC.

I did get this spiffy achievement: Continue reading