An Invitation and An Invasion from the Land Down Under

Last night, Cayle, on his fail rogue Fayle, wanted to practice his rotations and new talents and abilities by running some random dungeons.  So he, Slice on his shammy and I went and queued up and got End Time as our first one.  We tried to do the Severed Ties achievement on Sylvanas in the Ruby Dragonshrine, but the lock and hunter we picked up in our group had subpar dps and we could only manage to kill one of the ghouls before the phase ended.  The run went fine, no wipes, and Fayle and I even beat the two others in dps on Murozond. ><

Adoe then logs in and we invite him to our group and Slice switches over to his Druid.  I see Cymre log in from my RealID, so I asked if she wanted to run some randoms with us and she said ok and I invite her along as well.  I think this was her first time running a 5-man with SR; I know she’s raided with some of our guildies before in some older raids and even in JD‘s Laid Back ones.  Not sure what impression she got from our guild before, but after tonight she definitely knows how crazy and fun we can be, lol.

Our next instance was Well of Eternity.  Ugh, ugly nelfs! So we’re doing our thing, proceeding through the instance when we come to the second crystal and find out we can’t click on it.  So we’re kinda sitting around, thinking the encounter is bugged and watching Adoe die repeatedly as he tries to stealth past the line of minions marching past.  After a couple of minutes or so, Cym goes off that finds out that Illidan is still waiting at the first crystal, the one we didn’t unlock in the first place.  D’oh!  I told everyone in the group that I didn’t think our guild is ready for MoP yet, lol.  Cym was probably thinking what kind of fail group did I get myself into. =P  So we finally get to Pero’tharn after clicking all three crystals and we try to get the Lazy Eye achievement.  And guess who “fayles” it for us, hint hint?  Yep, the fail ninja. ><  I should have known he’d effed it up, after seeing his “fayled” performance on Madness of Deathwing the night before, lol.  But it was all good, the rest of the run went well and we had no more Fayle Floor Tanking.

We all queued up for another and got End Time again.  And we also got the Ruby Dragonshrine and Sylvanas again and this time with our awesome dps, we were able to finally kill two ghouls and get the Severed Ties achievement.

We got the Emerald Dragonshrine and Tyrande next, so we decided to go for the Moon Guard achievement.  Cym had gotten this before and suggested to leave Slice at the portal at the beginning so he wouldn’t get hit by any of the mobs while we made our way around to reach Tyrande.  It wasn’t bad at all, I think Cym popped a couple heals and I was able to keep myself healed up too, though we did have one Fayle Tanks Floor, as his Alabama internetz hotel room connection went out which caused him to DC and come back to angry mobs by himself, lol.  Slice then met us up at Tyrande and we finished off her off for the achievement.

So during this last encounter, Navi pops up and whispers me through RealID, asking for Lyss’s info.  I think Lyss was trying to help her out with setting up Vuhdo or something.  I whisper Navi back to hold on for a sec, as I’m trying to keep aggro on the mobs and keep Fayle from dying again as we’re making our way to Tyrande.  I guess I was taking too long to respond back, so she logs into her Level 1 Lock that I invited to the guild a couple of weeks ago and invades our guild chat, saying how I was being mean to her!  LOL!  By this time, Lyss has already logged on and the two of them spam guild chat of how big of a meanie I was, Lyss even broadcasted it on RealID. LMAO!!  But it was all in good fun. That’s just how our guild is, we like to pick on one another and make fun of each other and just have a good time.

After killing quickly killing Murozond again, Adoe leaves the group to fix an issue he’s having with his raid frames and Slice drops off to help him.  So Fayle, Cym and I just chat it up, talking about things like our upcoming guild meet up in February, how rich Fayle is in real life and how Cym could take Slice’s spot in our raid group, since Slice kinda doesn’t have a feel for his new priest talents/spells yet, haha.  Then Cym tells us that she has almost 400 pets in her pet journal!!!  I think I only have like 208 and Fayle had like 71.  Lol, I told Cym that Fayle hates me because I didn’t help him out with his pet number and I said I only give pets to my real friends, =P.  But Fayle doesn’t care about pets anyways, I mean, he’s got Fire Anzu, what more does he need, right?

So we decided to finish the night by doing a bear mount run in Zul Aman and getting Slice his Amani War Bear.  Lyss replaced Adoe in our group and off we went.  Man, it is so much easier to do now, with everyone in DS gear and these new abilities, lol.  We even had the time to grab two more achievements, one for not killing any of Halazzi’s totems and the other for fighting Daakara within his own blue rectangular box of shame.

We had a really good night with achievements and mount and all.  Cym wished that Coolidge was on, as she said that he also needed a couple of the achievements that we got.  I told her that I’d come back when they were both on to help them out with it and I’m sure the rest of the SR crew would be able to assist.

Thank you Cym and Navi for hanging out with us, we really enjoyed your company and hope you guys had fun too!  You guys are pretty awesome Aussies!

Uncovering the Secrets of Ulduar and Raiding the Keep

Ulduar.  I really can’t get enough of this place.  It still is my favorite raid instance so far in my WoW raiding history.  And it was also the first place that really got me into raiding.  This raid instance is beautiful and amazing and just screams epic with its encounters and bosses.  Like driving Siege Engines through hundreds of Dark Runed Dwarfs.  Playing patty cake with a Stone Giant.  Dancing with the Titans.  Going crazy over an Old God.  Even walking with a living constellation.

Sunday morning, I grouped up with Navi, Tacky and the rest of the Frostees to finish up some of the 25 man non-meta achievees that we didn’t get to last week.  We went in with only 9 peeps; I think we had 15 the other week.  I nabbed another 12 achievees to go with the 18 I got last week, lol.

I picked up two pretty cool weapons from Ulduar. Earthshaper, a two-handed mace from Yogg-Saron and Stormrune Edge, a two-handed sword from the Assembly of Iron.  Now, the Stormrune Edge may have agility on it, but its model holds a special memory for me.  Back when I was a noob raider in Wrath, I used to raid for a second raid team for a guild back on Firetree.  We would raid Ulduar every week, but never got close to completing it, maybe finishing up to Kologarn.  But we would always do XT.  And XT dropped the one sword I coveted the most, Aesir’s Edge.  I saw this sword on another player and I thought it would look amazing on a ret pally.  I wanted it sooooo bad.  Every time the sword would drop, I’d always lose it to another melee dps (and our raid team was always melee heavy), sometimes losing the roll by a couple of numbers.  But I never gave up, I wanted to raid every week just so I can get that damn sword.

And then, one week, the stars on Algalon aligned, the rolls were on my side and I finally had won my sword.  I was ecstatic, the sword was now mine!  Lol, I still have that same sword I won back then and every time I see it in my bank, I always remember my early raiding days in Ulduar and that moment when that weapon dropped into my bags.

Back in April, while Shadow Rising was working on the meta achievees for the Rusted Proto-Drake, I managed to snag the third weapon of this same model, Abaddon, which is my current mog for my weapon today.  There is a fourth sword that shares this model, Voldrethar, Dark Blade of Oblivion, which drops off General Vezax in 25 man.  Maybe one day that sword will be mine too, lol.

Aesir’s Edge

Abaddon

Stormrune Edge

Here are some other screenshots from the Ulduar run.

Finally got that Astral Walker title I’ve been waiting forever to get!  It was another fun morning for me, thanks again guys! =)

Sunday night, I had planned to attend JD‘s Laid Back Raid, where they were going to run Gruul’s Lair and Karazhan on the Horde-side, but I logged on too late coming back from dinner.  From what I’ve read, it looks like they had a fun time in there.  I’d join next week’s LBR in Onxyia’s Lair, but after my Alliance project stalled, my highest Alliance toon is only level 61. =(  Maybe in two weeks then, lol.

When I did finally log on, Van asked if I wanted to do Tempest Keep and immediately invited me to a group.  The group consisted of Adoe, Moog on his warrior, Van, me, Cymre, Coolidge and Kamalia on her druid.  No Ashes for us, but we cleared the place pretty quick.  I got another two-handed sword from this run, Twinblade of the Phoenix, which kinda looks like a poor blood elf’s version of Thunderfury, lol.  I think Moog is ready for Dragon Soul, now that his warrior is decked out in T5 gear, lol =P

Another great weekend, raiding old content with guildies, Frostees and fellow bloggers!

Shared Topic: Raiding with the Stars

So Comic-Con was this past weekend in San Diego, California and the last time I was there was in 2008.  I got to meet a lot of stars that weekend; I sat in on a panel with the cast from Prison Break, another with Kiefer Sutherland and 24, met the cast of The Big Bang Theory and got my picture taken with stars like Seth Green, Olivia Munn and Joe Madureira (Battle Chasers, FTFW!).  I’ve been trying to get back to Comic-Con since, but those tickets sell out months before and I assume it’s just gonna get worse as this event is getting more and more popular every year.  I think I’ll have to buy my tickets tomorrow for next year’s event, lol.

There was a Shared Topic post over at Blog Azeroth created by Dragonray that talked about meeting a reputable gamer/blogger, either through the game or through the blogosphere, and asking how your experience went.  Even though I wasn’t able to attend Comic-Con this year, I did have my own “Starstruck” experience this weekend in WoW.

Saturday night, I finally got to meet Cymre and Coolidge online for the first time!  They were in TotC and were having trouble duoing the Beasts.  So I came in and went tanky for them and the three of us easily and quickly cleared the place.  After we downed Anub, we had a party and I showed Cym the goodies I told her I would when we finally met.  I gave her some gifts and Cool and I had a laugh when she had a mix up by redeeming the Grell pet on a different server. =P  Thanks guys for inviting me to your run!

I got up early Sunday morning to join a 25 man Ulduar run (my favorite raid) hosted by Navimie, McTacky and the rest of the Frostees.  They also invited Dragonray (the “Starstruck” creator, how ironic, lol), JD (a fellow WoW toy collector, yay!) and a few others to the raid and we had a blast earning achievees all over the place.  I ended up getting a whopping 18 achievees in that run alone!  I won’t show the screenshots, but here’s the list:

I have to say, this was a pretty fun weekend, especially getting to meet and play with people you read about in the blogosphere.  Meeting Cym, Cool, Dragonray and JD for the first time was pretty awesome and even though I’ve ran with Navi, Tacky and the other Frostees in BGs and raids before, it’s always a starstrucking (lol) experience everytime!  I hope to run with everyone again soon!