Unfinished Business

There are so many things I’d like to accomplish in-game and it would be so easy for some but for many I’m still left wanting. Sure there are times when all the stars align and I can get things done (when other people are involved) but the activities which require one or two people are what keep me going most of the time.

Why is it when something bad happens and you feel like a failure from a guild collapse, you don’t always find support from the few you thought were your friends? Sure there were a couple who gave me my space at a time when I needed anonymity but there were others who left me feeling abandoned while in the security of their own ‘real’ guild. It seemed like most of them only used us just to get some raid time on their alts (as that was the only time we would see them). Then there was the individual who used our guild to get their legendary only to leave one week shy of achieving that goal and giving credit to his girlfriend’s guild. It actually makes me wonder if he used his ‘mental issue’ in the weeks leading up to it as an excuse. I’d like to think not but who really knows except him and his conscience.

I understand people have moments when they just don’t want to raid but even with one person absent in a small guild (especially a tank) can cripple a raid. When you tell a guild member you just didn’t feel like getting on and then later telling the GM and raid leader ‘my son cut his foot open’ is just not on.

It’s moments like these which force me to be a lot more cautious when it comes to asking other people for help. This is why I’m left with one scenario and one dungeon achievement as it requires group coordination. As I mentioned before, I had asked someone early on if they’d be interested in doing challenge modes but they said they should finish the challenges with their initial group first which was understandable. Since then I’ve tried getting together with another friend but it didn’t quite work out the evening we planned to do it. This included getting on an hour early and waiting due to my excitement.

Megaera

Fast forward to the present and we’ve completed two challenge modes with two different groups. On the plus side, we managed to get silver on both runs but it hasn’t quite worked out ranging from the group makeup to the level of commitment from the members. I spent so much time optimising my set, making sure I was fully enchanted and gemmed with food/potions/flasks and whatever else I could do to maximise my level of success but after our last attempt, I’m not sure how viable it is when at least one individual doesn’t at least enchant and gem their gear.

I was adamant about doing this without having to pay for the runs but with the impending removal of the privilege soon, I may have been left coveting the set from afar. I’ve looked at various sites which sell the runs but it’s still difficult to accumulate that much gold. I never expected to be carried though these runs and I’m not happy about paying but it looks like that’s what I’ll have to do.

Burst of Speed

So I finally used my free boost on a character I’ve (slowly) been levelling at the Darkmoon Faire. Turns out my seven Feasel challenges and monthly round of profession quests weren’t really doing it any more. I had plans of using it on an alliance rogue or at least a leather wearer for this chestpiece but I probably wouldn’t have played her so here’s my newly boosted rogue for the guild.

Boosted rogue

Now I know why it was so painful for Tome on the Timeless Isle. On the other hand, I didn’t have my usual way of getting down from Ordon Sanctuary so I rode off the cliff – best thing was, I didn’t die! I forgot about the reduced falling damage even if I’m only wearing a boosted set of quest level greens.

Illidan-Black-Temple Thrall-Deepholm

I also spent some time with Thrall and Illidan. Maybe we can finally get that legendary achievement for The Ultimate Collection. Kind of annoying really (well, not if I can get the set and blindfold) but since Coolidge managed to loot one of the warglaives ages ago, he won’t get the achievement even though it states ‘owner’ rather than ‘wielder’.

On a more positive note, I’ll be able to open boxes for free. Time will tell if I actually level her past 90 but at least current boxes and under won’t be a problem.

Now all we need is a Monk, Warrior and Death Knight for Classy Blood Elves.

 

New Playable Class Leaked

By now you’ve heard quite a lot about the upcoming expansion otherwise known as Warlords of Draenor but few people know what’s planned for the next. Back in 2012, Blizzard COO Paul Sams stated:

“I got the pitch from [Blizzard senior vice president of creative development Chris Metzen] of what they plan for 6.0, and I’m pretty geeked up about it. They already know what they’re going to be doing for multiple expansions ahead.”

Source

This is great news for millions who still play and love this game. So what started as a rumour has now been confirmed.

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Why Blizzard?

When Coolidge first told me about the maces in the Siege of Orgrimmar, I admit I was jealous – just as he predicted. I’m just not sure why they had to have strength on them. Personally I think intellect would have been a better choice but maybe that’s just me. Over the past few months I had pretty much forgotten about their existence until a couple of days ago when I was updating one of my old transmogs in MogIt.

Bubble mace

Wishing we had bubble wands to use (especially as disc priests) is nothing new for me. I’ve mentioned it a few times over the years so when I thought about my chibi commission by Sleepingfox, how could I not include one?commission - watermark

I had a pretty clear idea of how Cymre should look including all the components I love about my priest and things I associate with my character. Looking at her now, I think the only thing missing is a pet.

Over the last week or so, I’ve been seeing how close I can get to Jakur’s spawn spot using Falling Flame. You may have seen my other video about one of my earlier trials but if you’d like to know how not to use Falling Flame with Levitate, let me enlighten you.

Since then, I’ve tried using it with my soulstone but by then I only had a couple of charges left. That means I might end up farming another one.

I’m really curious to know how many times I’ve killed this rare because I still haven’t managed to get his drop. I mean seriously Blizz, how many times do I need to kill this guy?

WTB better RNG!

Jakur corpse

To top it off, I’ve had no luck upgrading either of my weapons. I’ve been doing the last section of SoO and was surprised to go into a fresh run on a Saturday (even if we zoned in staring at the first boss). It was going fine until we reached Garrosh. There were a few issues with the tank positioning Garrosh all over the place and some Iron Stars wiping most of the raid. We ended up killing him with three determination just after I was punted up the wall on the second last attempt.

Iron Star

The things you do just to upgrade a weapon…

Here’s hoping my luck changes next week.

SteelSeries Siberia V2

A couple of months ago, my old Logitech Premium Notebook Headset (which I’ve bought a couple of times over the years) had broken down the middle. logitech headsetThis was particularly annoying when either earpiece would periodically fall off my ear – even after I taped it back together but I was particularly fond of the style which sits comfortably behind my head, allowing me to wear them for hours without any issue. The fact that it also came with a USB adapter was another plus since that’s my preference when it comes to headsets.

So after hearing about my dilemma and having to listen to my headset fall off my ears every few minutes, Coolidge wanted to send me the SteelSeries Siberia V2 Full-Size Headset for Christmas (after being sold on the product himself).

I must say I was curious about the brand, particularly after the last few months but it’s been years since I’ve used an earmuff design. As soon as I put them on I felt like an astronaut. It really muffled out any external sound including my own voice which can be good or bad but there were a few features I was fond of, even before trying them on.

71lpoLrU2eL._SL1500_I like how the unit comes with an extension chord meaning I can use the main cord on the laptop and connect the extension (which adds 2m) on the main computer since the USB adaptor (from my old headset) is connected to the back of the box.

The mic is retractable so you can adjust it when you need it and retract it when you don’t.

The adjustable headband helps keep the headset (and hair) in place.

PhotoGrid_1390229255944[1]Unfortunately, I did start to get a jaw ache after a short time due to the pressure of the ear muffs on the side of my head. After reading several reviews, this did come up quite a lot but I’ve also noticed that if I place the headset (or rather the headband) just behind my hairline (like you would with a normal headband accessory) the pressure is lessened. One user did note that the headset does feel looser over time so that’s something to look forward to.

Apart from that it does seem like a great headset although Coolidge did mention he could hear other background sounds (from my end) so perhaps not the best for open-ended conversations when you have a noisy household.

Has anyone else found any issues with their SteelSeries Siberia headsets?

The Price of a Sigil (or Three)

I had no intention of making another legendary cloak but I thought I may as well finish The Strength of One’s Foes while the sigils still had a chance to drop. Doing this more than once is not fun but when I noticed I was three away from completing the quest, I tried queuing for the first two sections of SoO. It was hard enough getting a fresh run at times but I persevered leaving me one short so tried my luck in an older raid. I queued for all four sections in the Throne of Thunder zoning into the Pinnacle of Storms and then Forgotten Depths.

As I jumped onto Ji-Kun’s platform, something unexpected happened.

Cat beard

That’s right, my pet landed right on my head! This may be old news for some but it’s only the second time I’ve taken my hunter in there so I wasn’t sure if this was a common thing or not. So after someone pulled the boss prematurely I was curious to see if I could recreate the effect.

Cat bearding warcraft style? …or what about this as a cat beard? LMAO!

Then again, I think I like my SpiritHood better.

Spirithood-cat

=^.^= Meow :3

After staring at Ji-Kun for an hour or so, I ended up being the last tauren AFKing. Looks like that last sigil will have to wait.

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