Tuesday, February 28, 2017

You can mount me in Flight Form in 7.2!!!

Here is the first of the exciting news about the druid flight form. I must admit that because of the ugly Lunarwing form I hadn't been very excited about the form.  However, this second thing from Muffinus was super exciting!!

That has got to be the most exciting thing! People riding me in stag form is cool already, and that being carried over to flight form? AWESOME! I guess that means that my Sandstone drake will be made obsolete with my new flight form in Legion!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Raiding - A short week but still made progress

We were really short of healers on Thursday so we just called raid which I don't mind because it means mythic plus time.

Sunday raid went well with Moisty's first time tanking it. He had been fishing all weekend and arrived back in time for raid and still managed to keep going and tank everything except Gul'dan. Obviously a bit rusty his first time with some early taunts but I think he'll get along nicely for the weekend. Kjersten is my next project for tanking and Splatz can do that so HK can have a break from tanking and do something else, if that's what he wants to do. It was also the first time I said alts can come to raid and with alts in raid, the looting system defaults to AMR. Many people were hesitant about it, but that's what I have said we were going to do and it has worked well in the past for looting. Obviously this time I paid a bit more attention to loot than I did previously - I often did not notice titanforged or socketed gear but I made a bigger effort to look this time. People were also concerned that I did the looting based  upon the "upgrade" system that AMR shows, but I actually don't even look at that. What I do look at is who hit need, who has looted already, and who is a main vs an alt, whether the item is a high end coveted item (eg trinkets and tier). There was also another reason and that was that loot sharing can sometimes be a bit funny - as in people NOT sharing out loot, or handing over BoEs.

I'm well aware there are ways of getting out of stuff. BoEs are a classic example - if you don't pick it up in the raid, then it goes to your mailbox and then you can technically keep it for yourself. BoEs are supposed to be handed over to guild to fund repairs and I will use it to buy pots and flasks for the guild bank once we hit the magic 2 million gold mark. I worry that if I introduce it too early then when the BoE gold haul dries up, then trying to get people to contribute flasks again is a real pain in the ass. The same goes for personal loot. THe temptation to hand over an item to a friend rather than to the rest of the guild is a real one, and I am sure there are many loots that are passed over that way. Also, chanters will keep the shards as well rather than hand it over - I know I do but i do a lot of guild enchants and I spend ages farming epics in dungeons to keep my supply up. In reality, I can't do anything about it, so I just turn a blind eye to it, even though there are indignant voices saying "you should clamp down on it blah blah" but why, other than to make people angry? Let them think they can get away with it for a little while and people feel happy about it for a while? However, once I do AMR then I can control all loot and distribute it out evenly and openly, and I also can keep the shards to do all the enchants. I put out a ton of enchants each week! To keep up I need at least 50 chaos crystals a week and it's good that we get some from raid to do chants, and that people who regularly get chants from me send me greens to DE as well as cloth for making Leylight shards.

Fortunately, though there have been mutterings of complaint, there isn't enough of an issue for people to have to come up to me at the end of the raid and say "We think this is bad because of x and y." However, since we have been doing it that way for 2 or 3 tiers now, you would think people would get used to it.

Anyway, we cleared Gul'dan, lots of people got loot, but I probably had less to DE overall, partly because we had alts picking up gear, but also I think we had less loot than we do on personal.

Monday rolled around and I relaxed the raid size restrictions because Erve and Crooked could heal and now that we had the mechanics for Elisande better sorted it was easier to have everyone doing their jobs. So raid size of 24 with 5 healers was comfortable and we got Elisande and then started working on Gul'dan.

I am a total nitwit with Gul'dan. Firstly, I'm so busy trying to follow melee around that I am not healing enough or healing properly. Secondly I put my bubble down and then I do dumb stuff like MOVE! And that's even if I remember to do the bubble in the first place because I often do it too early or too late and I am just... STUPID. I needed a butt ton of warm up trying to get myself sorted out, and I think by the end of the night I got it sorted out.

We made good progress throughout the night and at least got to phase 3 so maybe by next week we can clean it up even more, especially when we only had 2 raid nights this week.

Some awesome 920+ trinkets went out to Jassa, Gen and Aza. Hopefully the extra output will help with raid next week!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Flamesaber mount from HOTS is hot

I don't play much Heroes of the Storm, but after Blizzcon we did say we'd try to play more. That didn't last long, but then Blizzard's ran a mount promo where you play 15 games on a Warcraft hero in Heroes of the storm with a friend from your battle.net friends list. So that rejuvenated it a little bit. However, didn't improve on my choice of characters though!

There were a few guildies that I played with to get my games done, namely Shab, HK, Sev, Crooked, Sars, Ultra, Ram and even Moisty and after sacrificing PvP night we managed to get it done.

I always play LiLi, and I try my best to be outrageously bright, so I have this pink safari suit on and ride the Hell Billie in pink skin.

It's actually a rather nice looking mount. Matches my boomkin legendary nicely!

Hope you mount hunters get your mount! It's good that you can play AI - with Shab we would often play Veteran or Elite, but with Sars we just played regular and facerolled the games. Which is better? I guess it depends on how you want to play! For novices like me, it was kinda fun to faceroll but it was challenging to play harder AI too - it just meant it took longer to get games done.

Haven't done it yet? You still have another 2 weeks to get it if you want it! The promo finishes on March 14th so what are you waiting for?


Saturday, February 25, 2017

RAOK - Balance of power Quest

One act of kindness won't change the world, but it may change one person's world. - Unknown

I was standing in Orgrimmar and a shaman standing next to me randomly asked me "Have you finished the Balance of Power quest?"

People would only ask that question if they were looking for the hidden appearance. I said that I had, and the shaman said that they had it on their druid and didn't know how to finish it.

I asked them to whisper me what part of the quest chain they were on - it would be listed under Artifact Weapon or class hall. I also mentioned to them that the Balance of Power quest chain is VERY long, involving multiple raid instances and dungeons. The Shaman said they would have to log over to their druid to check, and I asked for their druid's name and they told me. I tried searching on the armoury for that name but couldn't find it - I suspected there was a funny letter in the name because the shaman had a funny letter in their name.

Time went by and I couldn't find that druid. I tried looking them up on WoWProgress to look for alts but no success. I thought maybe I could find them in the class hall.

Lo and behold, when I went to the class hall, I saw someone of that name (with a funny letter) run past me. I whispered them and said "Is that you?"

It was, and they told me they had forgotten my name so couldn't whisper me. But, now that they had found me they told me which part of the quest they were on, which was A Vainglorious Past.

I had to sadly inform them that they were only up to the 3rd part of the quest! There is a great post in the Wowhead comments about the Balance of Power chain, and it lists each step of the way. There were 21 steps in the chain according to Foxiesfury, the author of the comment, and I sent a link to the druid/shaman detailing the steps.

They were a bit sad that it would be so long before they completed the chain, but I just encouraged them - after all, the expansion isn't over yet!

A big wave and a big thank you and they were off. That was a nice random encounter!