Panda Play Day One – Shadow Rising Realm Firsts!

Last night was a pretty fun start to the expansion.  Chewy and I got to quest together for a couple of hours in the Jade Forest and by the end of the night, I was a couple of bars into 86, about to head to the Valley of the Four Winds.

As with every expansion, it was a night of firsts.

My first pet battles and pet battle achievements:

My kitty was clawing everyone up and it was funny to watch my Soul-Trader punching stuff in the face!

My first rare mob kill: Aethia, a Jinyu who used water-based attacks.  My NPCScan alert scared the crap outta me locating this guy, I forgot I had my speakers turned up high, lol.  He dropped some blue quality leather pants that were BoP, boooo. =P

My first exalted reputation in Pandaria: the Forest Hozen…..although this doesn’t count toward the achievements, hahaha.

My first encounter fighting my giant self thanks to those pesky Greenwood tricksters.  They like to copy you, make themselves bigger, or copy you AND make themselves bigger:

But a more impressive first was not one of mine, but one for our guildies, Zug.  Zug and a handful of others started right at launch and pretty much played straight through, non-stop.  I still think he’s a robot or at least half android, this guy is a beast!  He had a couple of Alliance camp him as he was pushing those last bars into 90.  But Zug, like a boss, did what he does best and got shit done.

I believe Zug got to 90 in less than 20 hours.  Impressive feat, sir!

Another guildie making the push to 90 yesterday was Fayle, our Fayleless leader.  Being an older model robot than Zug, he still managed to achieve his feat in the early hours this morning.

Well done, sir!  Congrats to the both of you!

UPDATE:  Slice just got [Realm First! Level 90 Priest]!  And I believe that he did it as Disc, impressive indeed!  Congrats yo!

OpenRaid – Extinguishing the Lord of Fire and Heroics, Heroics, Heroics Galore!

I have…..LEGS!!!

This past weekend was a very busy OpenRaid weekend for me, probably the last one for a while as we focus and progress through the land of Pandaria tomorrow.  All the raids were mostly successful; one was a miss and one was heart-breaking, sub 1% miss.

My OpenRaid binge started on Thursday night, where I got invited to tank a Bastion of Twilight Heroic Cho’gall 10 man raid, with possible work on Sinestra.  This raid was led by Agrophobia from Azshara, who made a comment during the raid that he’s been working on this fight for quite some time and had about 150 pulls under his belt with no success.  I think SR attempted this boss a couple of times, but we weren’t able to kill Cho’gall either.

We gave it a good shot, putting in about 10 attempts and getting to phase 2 three or four times, but we could not kill the two-headed monster within our allotted time.  I guess my date with Sinestra will have to wait for later. =(

Friday night, I signed up for two raids back to back; a Heroic Trial of the Grand Crusader 25 man and a Heroic Ragnaros 10 man.  The Heroic TotGC 25m was scheduled for 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm and was hosted by Zzigg from Zul’jin.  I figured this would be a quick run, since we had a full raid and we were not attempting The Traitor King achievement.

It took us a little bit to get everyone summoned and we didn’t get started until about 7:45 pm.  I got worried that we wouldn’t be able to finish the raid before I had to leave for my Heroic Rag run (which I preferred to go to and didn’t want to miss), so I whispered Zzigg that I would have to drop if we weren’t done by 8:00 pm, which she was okay with.  Thankfully, everyone cooperated and we zerged through all five bosses quickly and finished just in time for my next raid.

On to meet the Lord of the Firelands.

Prior to this run, I was already 6/7 in Heroic Firelands with SR and we also completed the meta achievements to earn our Purple Birdies.  I can’t remember if we ever attempted Heroic Rags as a guild, but this was definitely a kill that I wanted before MoP came out.

This raid was led by Wildlight from Hyjal and was supposed to go from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm.  Wild had killed Heroic Rags quite a bit and actually put this raid together to get his buddy, who was helping him out with his OpenRaids, the Pureblood Fire Hawk mount (which Wild had reserved before the raid started).  Everyone was cool with it; I think we just wanted the kill for the achievement and title.

Even though we were decked out with DS gear, this fight was still not easy for us.  Wild started on his hunter, but moved over to his holy pally, and we also replaced a couple healers and dps that were failing to the easy stuff.  The first three phases of the fight are similar to normal Rags, except with increased damage and the World In Flames ability in phase 2 and 3.  It had been a while since I killed normal Rags, but I quickly remembered the “dance” of the fight.

It took us about 5 or 6 attempts to finally push Rags into Phase 4, where he finally gets tired of sitting in his lava pool hot tub and decides to comes out of it, where you can actually see his legs!  LOL.  And you get help from Cenarius, Malfurion Stormrage and Archdruid Hamuul Runetotem as well in Phase 4, how cool is that?  We had a trouble getting Rags caught in the Entrapping Roots that Hamuul Runetotem set out, which caused a couple wipes.  We kept at Rags strong all night, passing the designated stop time of 9:30 pm, but after a total 15 pulls and spending three hours in the Firelands, we came out victorious!

I was so excited about getting the Firelord title that even though it was getting late, I decided to sign up for another raid, Heroic Throne of the Four Winds, for a shot at another title, “of the Four Winds”.

This raid was led by Saltbutter from Zul’jin, and was scheduled for 1:00 am to 2:30 am, so this was already Saturday morning, lol.  Salt’s original plan was to do a 10 man version, but if he had enough interest, he would turn it into a 25 man raid, which is what happened.  I was originally set to go in as dps, but got asked to tank Nezir instead, which I was happy to do.

We had a lot of trouble with peeps dying on Anshal’s and Rohash’s platforms to basic mechanics and after a good hour, Salt decided to convert the raid to a 10 man version.  A lot of people were upset at this, but there was no way we could have completed the encounter with the some group not getting out of the bad stuff.  From what others were saying on vent, Heroic Conclave of the Wind is still one of the hardest T11 bosses to do, next to Heroic Ascendant Council and Sinestra.  I was thankful that Salt decided to keep me in for the 10 man run and after two tries, we finally got them down.

Next up was Heroic Al’Akir.

It was getting really late at this point, we were pushing it past 3:00 am my time, so we gave it about five tries before people had to log.  We had two attempts under 1%, which was so frustrating, but we just couldn’t push the dps over.  Oh well, gonna have to come back here later in MoP to get this one along with Heroic Cho’gall and Sinestra, lol.

The last OpenRaid I signed up for this weekend was a OS3D 25 man raid.  This was hosted by Saevia from Tortheldrin.  Now we’ve been running this raid in SR for the past month or so to get everyone their Twilight Drake mounts that drops from Sarth, but I haven’t been able to win it on my rolls.  Well, I guess it was my lucky night!

Whew, that was a lot of raiding this weekend, what a fun and exciting end to Cataclysm for me.  Now it time for the leveling grind to begin, see you all in Pandaria!

Shared Topic: Three Must-Haves

This week’s Shared Topic from Blog Azeroth comes from Mataoka who asks:

…with the new patch, and all the new things coming, what are three things that you will absolutely not leave behind? Consider these three objects your virtual backpack- the twist is, a tiny story to go along with each item.

I have A LOT of things, lol.  If I don’t get bigger bags soon or more storage space, I won’t be able to add anything new anyways.  The three must-haves listed below all represent a different aspect of WoW that I enjoy.

Aesir’s Edge

I kind of touched on why this sword is important to me here, even to this day.  It’s a reminder to me of the one aspect of WoW that I love the most: raiding.  This sword is what fueled my passion to learn how to raid and become a good raider.

The Flag of Ownership

Arv and Adoe give the Alliance….Two Thumbs Down!

The flag also represents another aspect of WoW that I’ve been enjoying recently, PvP.  For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out how to use this TCG item.  I would kill countless mobs, trying to stick this flag into their bodies to no avail.  Then I figured out that this could only be used in a PvP setting.  So I started to do a little PvPing back in early Wrath just to use this flag.  And I was having a good time using it, lol.  I took a break from PvPing for most of Cataclysm, but I picked it up again after D3 came out and most of my guildies were burned out from Dragon Soul.

D.I.S.C.O.

Dance, Garrosh!

The third and last thing I would take with me would be the D.I.S.C.O.  This represents the third aspect of WoW that I enjoy: having fun.  I like the TCG items that others can interact with.  This fun toy can be helpful in breaking up the monotony in between pulls and/or wipes in raids, waiting to cap the flag in a BG, or just having a party with everyone’s favorite faction leader, like in the pic above, lol. =)

Save $10 on World of Warcraft Megabloks

Just a quick post, if you’re interest in grabbing any of the World of Warcraft Megabloks sets, the Mega Bloks website is celebrating the launch of Mists of Pandaria by offering a $10 coupon off your next purchase.  But coupon quantities are limited, so head over here for more details.  The only thing is that it is only available in the United States, sorry my non-US friends, =(