Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ahune is a Jerk

     So, this morning before I headed off to work, my wife and I decided to get our Ahune attempts out of the way.  The mains (twin pallies) did fine, but no pet.  The DPS pair, ret pally and affliction lock, did pretty good (my lock is terribly undergeared, but I managed to pull off about 8k on the boss).

     But on the warrior/priest combo, things went... bad.

     I tank on my warrior (I should get around to an introduction post soon) and my wife heals on her disc priest.  It's a fantastic combo, and we leveled 1-85 together, dinging each level on the same mob or quest turn-in.  We're in Slave Pens, summoning a giant Ice Devil Thing (Blue Ragnaros, let's face the facts), and I notice the adds are sure surviving a long time.

     Now, this run was not easy.  Not remotely.  We had a lazerchicken doing 1.8k dps overall.  We had a warlock barely breaking 3k.  We had a shaman hitting 6k, but doing all kinds of ridiculous things in the process.

     Druid: "I'm going to spend half the fight attacking Ahune when he's immune.  Then, when he's actually vulnerable to damage, I will return to the adds that tankyboy here is controlling.  I will hurricane them around so as to increase the amount of chaos the tank is dealing with.  That should go just fine.

     Warlock: "I like the water over there.  I also like to fly.  Thus, I will stand in the blue circles on the ground and get launched into the air to land safely in the water.  I will repeat this as often as I can."


     We managed to survive (thanks entirely to my wife's epic healing skills which she will vehemently deny) for an incredible FOUR rounds of Ahune.  That's right.  He submerged and reemerged four times during that fight before her mana and various mana-regenerating tricks were all expended.  It was, according to DBM, a 7 minute, 51 second fight.  And my very first wipe on Ahune, ever.

     The second attempt, we managed to get him down on round three, mainly due to the warlock learning about the bad blue circles and how to get out of them and the druid realizing just when he should be attacking the boss and when it's a completely futile effort.

     But honestly, I never thought I'd see Ahune take 4 rounds and still wind up as a wipe.  That's just nuts.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Resilience Didn't Fix It

     I spent some time this weekend levelling my disc priest with my wife's fire mage doing Northrend Dungeons.  For the most part, it was enjoyable.

     Hype is happy.

     We got into a Gundrak run with a level 78 DK tank.  At the time, I was 77 and rocking some fairly respectable gear.  Healing was not an issue, nor was mana management.  I had loads of mana to fling around haphazardly, and the health bars remained full.

     Hype is healing.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Random Information You Don't Need

     I finally dusted off the rogue I made during Wrath.  He sat at level 10 for about a decade or so, doing absolutely nothing but clogging up my character screen.  I decided that I wanted to try levelling via PvP and battlegrounds.  Sure, I did a few quests here and there to get some better pieces, but mostly I've been PvPing on him.  He's now level 20.

     I never realized just how fun rogue PvP really is.  Sneaky sneaky, sap, wander off while the Alliance players in the area start blowing their AoEs all over the place.  Laugh a little to myself.  Wander back, sap again.  When I get someone alone, it's all manner of ridiculous fun.  Now, as I'm low level, all I can really do is Warsong Gulch and Arathi Basin.  Since WSG pops first every time, I've yet to get into an AB.  No big deal.  I'm enjoying chasing down Flag Carriers, occasionally going for the Alliance Flag when my team has them all tied up at mid, and generally being a chaotic presence in the fights.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Blogging Milestone

     This blog has hit 5,000 visits!

     I know it's not much when you compare it to other blogs out there that receive that amount in a single day, but to me, it's big.  This is the first time I've ever blogged publicly.  The idea that my posts have been seen 5,000 times is somewhat humbling, I'll admit.

     I'd like to thank everyone who stops by to read, and everyone who comments, and everyone who tossed a newbie blogger a link on their own site.  It's surprising, too, when I look at the stats with more detail.

     This blog has been viewed in 51 countries.  Fifty-one!  That's incredible to me.  The United States leads the pack, with the United Kingdom and Australia taking up slots 2 and 3, respectively.

     The Google searches that have brought people here the most are as follows.

  • your story poem dirty limerick (WTF, really?)
  • warcraft flower footprints
  • black market toys (not sure if they were looking for my post about the BMAH or if this is a freaky coincidence that I don't want to be a part of)
  • feral druid
  • furbolgs
  • gas mask wowhead cataclysm
  • illidan druid
  • murkblood set
  • mylune's call

     Most of those seem pretty tame.

     Top Referring Sites (and I hope that you readers who haven't checked out these and the others on my blogroll will do so)

Blessing of Kings (in multiple countries, triggering multiple lines in the report)
Orcish Army Knife
The Grumpy Elf
Google (derp. I'm NOT linking to google.  Seriously.  There are some things I just can't bring myself to do)
Daraxxus The Warrior
Big Bear Butt

     Thanks to everyone who helped me get started!  Hopefully I can keep this thing going with more content later on down the line.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Truth About Silas Darkmoon

     I do enjoy the Darkmoon Faire.  I spent lots of time there during BC and Wrath, before Darkmoon Island even existed.  I'd hang out at the rare stuff vendor and try to snatch up every limited quantity herb I could.  They were dirt cheap compared to AH prices, and they made for easy profits during that week.  I did a few of the quests here and there.  Hell, I got to exalted before the revamp thanks to the Insane in the Membrane Feat of Strength.  That's a lot of Rogue's Decks, lemmetellya.
     But very recently, I decided to take a closer look at The Darkmoon Faire and all its attractions and quests.
     I've come to one inescapable conclusion.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Trying Out Transmog

     I will be the first to admit, I didn't really see the appeal in transmogrification.  I mean, I can understand the appeal, it just didn't really apply to me in the slightest.

     However, I decided to give it a try after I saw a few pieces of gear in Shattrath that I liked.  Yes, we're talking level 70 gear here.  In fact, almost the entire set that I built is made up of level 70 gear.  I guess that shows you how much more awesome the BC models were compared to Wrath and Cataclysm.  At least in my opinion.

     Now, bear in mind that this is my very first attempt at transmogrification.  But I think I did a good job at it.  Please feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.

Helm: Faceguard of Determination
Shoulders: Boulderfist Epaulets
Chest: Inferno Tempered Chestguard
Hands: Inferno Tempered Gauntlets
Legs: Inferno Tempered Leggings
Feet: Inferno Tempered Boots
Main Hand: Gladiator's Pummeler
Shield: Gladiator's Shield Wall

     Now, I realize that since four of the pieces are part of an existing in-game set, and two others are part of another set, it's not like I spent a ton of time picking out various random world drops and such.  In fact, the only one I didn't purchase with JP or Honor was the Boulderfist Epaulets, which is a random green drop from somewhere or other.

     Well, there we have it.  Hype's first transmog.  I have joined the legion.  Thanks to World of Wardrobes for the help in finding the right weapon and shield to match my armor!