I really do not care for ketchup a great deal – a very tiny bit is good with french fries sometimes, though, hash browns are the one thing I really do like with ketchup – at least, not enough to so casually post with a title seeming to praise it. It is more the fact that the English language never fails to amuse me. Words with similar meanings, words with similar spelling, words with similar pronunciation. So many ways to play on words.
I figured an update was long past due, my blogging has been far too infrequent lately. But with the new job, I am just trying to stay focused where I need to be. So far, things are going great. My stress and anxiety are relatively low.
Speaking of focus, I have developed a spreadsheet for my Level 90’s. Something to track who’s killed what world boss, who’s VP capped, who’s done their LFR runs. I am even using it to monitor if I harvested and planted my farm on a toon, if they did their daily profession research cooldown, and if they did a dungeon that day. It worked better than intended last night, Monday, the day before reset, when I am usually scrambling to figure out who needs what. A Nalak raid formed, I knew just which toon to bring. Sha and Galleon were next, and I knew at a glance what toons to switch to. A few LFR runs were made, and I went on a different toon each time, based on what we queued for. 🙂
Effy and Effy waiting for an Oondasta pull
And Nalak, the World’s Worst Gatekeeper (Not only have I 20manned this guy, but this guy just lets adventurers stroll right past him into his master’s lair!)
In fact, I should just show you what the spreadsheet looks like, eh?
Oh, but while I was taking that screenshot, I realized how very awesome screenshots are from my desktop with two monitors!
And yes, that has been my desktop since around Christmas.
Anyway… Even though I did not cap all my 90’s, I felt it kept me aware of what I should be working on. And I say “should” very emphatically. Because despite all my organization, I spent most of this past week on the wee Hunter. Actually, she is not so wee anymore, she is 78 already.
One thing that is awesome about a Hunter, is taking great time and care to determine what pets I want to run with. (The next step in this being to of course create a transmog outfit around the chosen pet.)
I have always liked bug pets. The silithids and wasps are some of my favorite. (I have mentioned before that I have a fond curiosity for the Silithids and their lore, since it was them who in fact got my interest with WoW lore started.) So it did not take me log to decide that the rare wasp in Silithus, Rex Ashil, was the pet I really wanted. He is unique, the only wasp of this color, and in fact the only pet with this color. WTB silithid pet in this awesome blue-grey!
After picking my wasp up, I was talking to my guildie, Otoka (whom we all call simply O), and realized I had intended to find the perfect battle pet to name for him. Hunter pet? Even better!
Just for the record, apparently you cannot name a Hunter pet with only one letter. So I could not name my wasp “O”! So I settled for “Oh” and had a giggle with O about the philosophical significance of the name. Not only does it give a name, but it is also a pondering noise, thus naming one for their deep thoughts.
Rosa and Oh
Rosa’s outfit to match her pet is still a slight work-in-progress. I cannot be 100% happy with boots, it seems. Silly humans and their FEET. What the heck? I am thinking of boots much like those she is wearing above, but more blue. I think I can get some from a Dragonblight quest. I like the black outfit with the Level 70 PvP bow very much, and I have received several compliments through whispers while doing dungeons with her. 🙂
Among doing lots of dungeons on my Hunter, I have just about caught up Sifaol, my Disc Priest, gearwise. I have not been heavily focusing her, she progresses slowly, but she has made remarkable improvements. I realized soon after getting her a few LFR pieces that I am quite fond of her in some current content gear. This is even after being so appalled with her quest leveling outfit not too long ago! Sure, the outfit is a mixture of various things (and the staff is a re-skin) and I would really like some MSV shoulders, but it looks quite good on her.
Even as a human!
I missed Atonement, I really did, and I am thoroughly annoyed that as soon as I start getting back into my Priest, Blizz is nerfing Atonement (in 5.3). ><
Oh! And we also got a random guild achievement the other day!
State of the Raider: Guilty Conscience Edition
Now, so that I do not feel so guilty about falling behind, I am also going to post a condensed State of the Raider! (AKA progression and kill screenshots!) I left off last on our Durumu kill.
The Mysterious Case of the Lemming Blobs
A strange sight, in the halls between Durumu and Primordius
I cannot quite get the oddity of this out of my head. These lil guys just endless ooze down the hallway, and then throw themselves off the side! It is an endless cycle of lemming-like suicide, so it seems, as they somehow flow back up to start all over again.
Poor blobs. You should live! There is so much out there! Don’t give up!
Seriously, though. GG Blizzard at giving us something to wonder about. I cannot figure out the purpose of these guys for the life of me.
Primordius, the Visually Pleasing
Progression and Pretty Colors
Primordius down in 25man!
Okie, so maybe it is more my guildies and their spell effects that are visually pleasing… Either way, I was tickled by the colorfulness of the shots.
Primoridus, after what seemed forever on Durumu, went down in one shot. He is a nifty boss, I like the idea of mutating into a Saurok for a short time. His monologue, though, is a bit creepy and very Gollum-like. I think this guy went down so easily because one thing that motivates my guildies is telling them “X will make you do more damage!”
I Sing the Body Animus
Dark Animus down in 25man!
Dark Animus was an okie fight. It was pretty much all or nothing. Either we wiped early because adds got out of control, or we killed him. Once it is just the boss, it is a pretty straightforward tank-and-spank. Yah yah, there is other stuff going on, but there were no transitions, it was really just a burn.
It did take us some organization and some practice to manage all the adds. It was a different kind of fight, certainly.
Ice, Wind, and Fire… and Iron Qon
Iron Qon down in 25man!
Huh, that is my best progression shot from Iron Qon? Bad Effy.
Iron Qon was a challenge, especially the final burn phase when it is just him. As a healer, I got to take advantage of the preferential treatment as #1 priority to use a Warlock gate out of the wind storm. There were several times I just did it with some well-timed Rolls, though. It was cool to have four quite different phases in that fight.
Twin Consorts and the Anti-Climax
Twin Consorts down in 25man!
Take that as you will in its purposeful double meanings. After all of the… commentary… over the Twins and their “place” in Throne of Thunder, they went splat with a disappointing quickness.
Thunderstruck by the Thunder King
Lei Shen, however, is not disappointing. He is proving to be just what an end boss should be, many phases and many mechanics… and when things go bad – MANY ADDS! Unfortunately, this means that he is a nightmare as an LFR boss. I think a mechanic or two could still use some tweaking, or even removal. But on normal, he is perfect, and though he is not dead yet (Sunday was our first full night of work on him), I do not think it will be too much longer and when he dies, it will be a great accomplishment for my guildies and me.