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Chi Cerca Trova & Siege of Orgrimmar Heroic: 10 vs 25

After 2 months of being unable to progress because we couldn’t recruit faster than we were losing people to burn-out and real life, the decision was made this week to go to 10-man Heroic. Our goal? Get through the content as quickly as possible and then get everyone subbed in to get the Heroic Garrosh kill they’ve earned.

As it turns out, though; there are some things about 10m that required some adjusting on our part. If you find yourself in a similar situation, dropping from 25 to 10, let me share with you the lessons we learned our first night in 10s!

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First lesson we learned is that the Swelling Corruption stacking DoT really matters on 10m (REALLY matters).

On 25m, with so many DPS splitting the stacks (and usually running with an extra healer), we basically ignored the DoT. No one usually got more than 2-3, maybe 4 stacks, and since we were all in the same small piece of real estate anyway, healing through it was no big deal.

In 10m, though, we had a few wipes because people were dying with ticks between 600k and 800k–ouch! So, we had to do what the Pandaren have been telling us to do all along: S l o w  D o w n. We had to watch our stacks and not go above 5. Once we did that, the fight was a lot easier, if still a little annoying.

Protectors: Just Go Ahead and Stack Everything

Protectors was actually way, way easier on 10 than 25. Ranged stacked up and got healed, we took a few steps out for Corrupted Brew and Sha Sear, but other than that we just executed the fight normally from our spots.

Much to everyone’s (okay, well, half the raid, at least) delight, we stacked the bosses very, very tightly, making for a quick, mostly clean kill. No melee were (significantly) harmed in the killing of this boss.

Norushen: Oh, Hey, Adds.

On 25m, we always had 2-3 DPS that never had their corruption cleared and focused on adds so that those who were at 0 corruption could focus entirely on the boss. In 10m, we sent all of our DPS in, and that meant that everyone needed to be more attentive on adds, something we almost failed at.

Thankfully, we cleared it up pretty quickly, and since we had all of the DPS in and out so quickly, once the little adds were dead, the fight was a cake walk. In fact, we beat our 25m time by almost a minute!

Sha of Pride: Heroic LFR

Compared to 25m, 10m Sha of Pride was much, much less chaotic. We stacked up like you do on LFR, focused on rifts closest to our stacked group, and executed everything else normally. Except for a couple of “whoops” deaths, Sha went down pretty easily.

Galakras, Iron Juggernaut, & Dark Shaman: Business as Usual

Except for some positioning adjustments on Juggernaut and me still learning to tank Shaman (and a few would-be Storm Chasers), these three bosses remained largely unchanged. We used identical strats to our 25m, just pared down to fit the group.

Nazgrim: On Your Toes

Biggest difference for Nazgrim (besides getting distracted and standing in Aftershock–oh, no, wait, that’s not that different) is that we have fewer people covering interrupts and stuns, so we had some deaths to Ironblades, especially combined with Bonecracker or War Song.

We stopped at Nazgrim for the night, but we’re going back in there Monday, and we can’t wait to kill Thok, at last.

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WoW’s 9th Anniversary: Memories

I’ve been playing Warcraft for 7 years. My husband (and many, many others) have been playing the full 9 years–and beta! We’re going to take a photographic walk down memory lane:

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This whole blog is basically a chronicle of my WoW time, so I’ll be brief–one quick Then-and-Now. 

This was then, Level 70, clueless (but able to avoid fire) resto druid Ambermist:

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I AM more demented than you (thank you, UK, for making sure to capture that moment on a screenshot. Now go fix that horrible UI). 

And this is today:

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Ultraking

My husband and mageboy wasn’t always a mage. In Vanilla, he was an officer in the guild More Myth on Durotan who went by the name McStabb:

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McStabb enjoyed, well–stabbing things. He also enjoyed his pickpocket macro that sent many a naive player into fits of rage and, apparently, killing yetis:

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In Burning Crusade through Cataclysm, and now again, he played his mage, Ultraking. You know that pic from your middle school years you really hate? Yeah, this is that one:

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But his fashion got a little better over the years, thankfully:

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And this is UK today:

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Chi Cerca Trova

Well, now here’s some history. My guild formed in 2004 for the purpose of raiding, and has continued to do so for the past 9 years. With the exception of a few weeks between xpacs and the holidays, CCT has been raiding non-stop since Molten Core and AQ. Here are some pictures fellow guildy and officer Fingolfin dug up from those days:

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In Burning Crusade, we killed every raid boss up to M’uru, falling just short of clearing Sunwell before Wrath launched. Here’s our Vashj & Illidan kills:

 

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In Wrath, we got through about half of Heroic ICC, here are Yogg & Lich King kills:

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Cataclysm saw a bit of upheaval (thanks, Deathwing), but we got through Heroic Dragon Soul! Here’s our Heroic Staghelm & Heroic Ultraxion kills:

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And finally, here we are, poised to make better progress in a raid instance than we’ve ever made. Our new goal is not the old 60% of the Heroic bosses in an instance–it’s 100%. I want to see Heroic Garrosh dragged off in chains. Here are Elegon and our most recent screenshot (because everyone ran off before I took a photo for Heroic Protectors…):

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We’ve come a long way, baby; but we aren’t done yet!

Happy Anniversary, World of Warcraft, and thank you for the memories!

 

 

 

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Chicken Comma Battle

It’s posted, yay! Check out my first-ever podcast experience over at the Twisted Nether Blogcast

Highlights:

  • Tastes Like Chicken, Battle
  • Amberfog
  • Princess Buttrumple!
  • The TNB Blizzcon event (if you’re going to Blizzcon and want to hang out with the TNB crew, check it out!)
  • Blog Azeroth

Thanks to Hydra and Fimlys again; TNB is a great time. :-D

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This Week in WoW

I kept running into amusing things this week, and what good are amusing things unless you share them with someone else who can also be amused?!

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Amber-brew! I am always down to try something named after me… :-P

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My husband says I’m not allowed to name things. I don’t understand why.

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I was quite impressed with how good this statue of a Ordos Berserker came out…no, really, I made it. Sort of.

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We were happier about taking over the Orgrimmar bank than nearly anything else in the instance…WE HAVE PRIORITIES!

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And 3 new bosses before our raid week is out is a pretty good week!

I hope 5.4 is treating you well!

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World of Warcraft is My Game

World of Warcraft is my game. I’ve played it regularly for 6 years. Here are some facts about my game:

  • I play to raid.
  • I have one main and many alts. 
  • I spend most of my time and energy on my main.
  • I don’t delete characters once they hit level 40.
  • I like battlegrounds sometimes.
  • I don’t do arenas.
  • I do daily quests, heroics, scenarios, and LFR to get the best gear on my main character.
  • I farm mats for flasks, potions, and food for raiding.
  • I pet battle very, very casually.
  • I like achievements, but I don’t spend a lot of focused energy getting them.

That’s World of Warcraft, that’s my game…

Except it’s also my husband’s game, my daughter’s game, my friend’s game, your game, his game, her game.

My friend doesn’t like to raid. He likes to PvP. He does battlegrounds and arenas. He thinks raiding is stupid and too easy.

My other friend spends hours just crafting. She has a max-level of every profession, but she never raids outside of LFR or does battlegrounds.

Heck, my daughter spends most of her time creating new goblin characters to level through the starting zone over and over.

And guess what?

THAT’S OKAY. 

I aim to do the very best I can in a raid. In my guild, we push our raiders to do the same.

At the end of the night (most of the time), I’ve had fun.

There’s a guild on the same server that is completely casual when it comes to raiding.

They go in with half-unenchanted gear. Sometimes they don’t know their class or switch to a different alt every week. More than half of the time, they don’t know the fight mechanics.

But at the end of night, they’ve had fun!

I would not join their guild. They would not enjoy mine. 

And THAT’S OKAY, too.

I know people who couldn’t care less about transmog, and I know some people who farm instances for months or drop thousands of gold to get gear. Same thing with pets. Same thing with mounts.

I wouldn’t spend thousands of gold on a transmog item. You’re lucky if I spend 100g! 

And that’s okay.

It’s not just my game. It’s not just your game. If the way someone plays their game doesn’t frequently affect the way you play your game, then why does it matter to you?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a thousand times a thousand: 

Play and let play.

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Cellophane: My First Machinima Attempt

I’ve watched a TON of World of Warcraft machinima. The good ones are super entertaining, and even the okay ones are at least interesting. I have wanted to try it myself for a while, but I’ve been a…well, a chicken.

I decided to go ahead and try it anyway, no matter how badly it came out. The quality of it is fairly…rough. But I definitely think I’ll work on improving and try again another time!

So I present to you with only some hesitation: Cellophane: A Rogue Story.

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Behind the Chicken: IRL & the Battlechicken

Have you missed me so far this month while I’ve been pounding out my novel for National Novel Writing Month? (The only correct answer here is “of course!”) I’ve missed you too, if it makes you feel better.

I don’t often bring my personal life to WoW-related stuff (Twitter being a mild exception…), but in this case my personal life is likely to change the frequency and consistency of Tastes Like Battle Chicken, so I think it’s relevant.

Some of you know that I have two children: a girl in kindergarten and a 2 1/2-year-old son. Corny or not, they’re my little blessings; big things in small packages and all that.

Back in February of this year, our life changed dramatically when we stopped making excuses for our son’s developmental delays, talked to our family doctor, and hit up books and websites for information. It didn’t take us long to realize that our son identified with many of the characteristics of autism. Continue reading

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Icecrown Citadel: The Lich King (Phase 2 & Transition)

I don’t love splitting strats into parts, but if ever an encounter warranted it, this one does. It really is simple when you break it down into its parts, and that’s what we’re going to continue with.

TLBC Strats: ICC

Phase 2 is easily the longest phase of the encounter and this is where the bulk of the coordination is going to take place. This part is probably going to take a while, but there’s good news: once you get past Phase 2 a few times successfully, you’ll probably win within a small handful of attempts.

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Get Ready, Get Set, Get Arthas! Patch 3.3: Wrap-up

Professions

  • Enchanting
    • Enchant Weapon – Black Magic: This enchantment now sometimes increases haste rating for the caster rather than inflicting the caster’s target with a damage-over-time effect. It is also now triggered by landing any harmful spell rather than inflicting damage with a spell.
    • Enchant Weapon – Unholy: This enchantment now inflicts Shadow damage in addition to its original effect.

From all the numbers I’ve seen, you won’t be suddenly dropping Spellpower for Black Magic if you’re a Moonkin.

  • First Aid
    • The training costs for most bandages have been reduced.
  • Fishing
    • The all-new Kalu’ak Fishing Derby, a test of fishing skill with a healthy dash of luck, has come to Northrend! Every Wednesday beginning at 8 PM players can try to catch the elusive Blacktip Shark. Elder Clearwater sits in Dalaran for one hour awaiting the return of the quickest, most experienced fisher to bring him this shark. This champion fisher will be rewarded in-kind for returning with the first catch. Those who aren’t able to return with the first catch will still receive just reward for getting the Blacktip Shark to Elder Clearwater before he takes his leave. It is said that these sharks’ favorite meal are the bite-sized Pygmy Suckerfish. Perhaps a hook in their waters will do the trick.

I absolutely love that there is a new fishing contest.  I absolutely hate that it starts at raid time.

  • Mining
    • Enchanted Thorium: This ability now uses the Mining skill and is learned from trainers at a skill level of 250.

Quests

  • Weekly raid quests are now available from Archmage Lan’dalock in Dalaran. Every Tuesday at 3 AM the Council of Six will choose a different strategic target that must die from either: The Obsidian Sanctum, Naxxramas, The Eye of Eternity, Ulduar, Trial of the Crusader, or Icecrown Citadel.

Doing the daily raid rewards Emblems of Frost.  In theory, you can get a full T10 set this way, but it would take months and months and months and months and…you get the idea.  For raiders going for their T10 set in Icecrown, though; this is a nice boost.

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Druid T10

  • For the various Icecrown Bomber quests at Aldur’thar: The Desolation Gate, players can now choose to eject from their bomber seats mid-run. If you do so, a rescue vehicle will transport your character back to the safety of your infra-green platform.
  • Azure Drakes and Dragons will now attack back when attacked by characters not riding Wyrmrest Defenders.
  • Brittle Revenants, quest creatures fought for the Sons of Hodir daily quest “Hot and Cold,” no longer cast Shield Slam.

Achievements

  • The Achievements to get exalted with the Warsong Gulch, Arathi Basin, and Alterac Valley factions have been removed from their respective “Master of” Meta-Achievements. Special titles will be offered to those who reach exalted with these factions.
  • “The Party’s Over” has been removed from Achievements and is no longer a part of the “Glory of the Hero” Meta-Achievement.
  • “Master Angler of Stranglethorn” has been changed to “Master Angler of Azeroth” and can be achieved by winning either the Kalu’ak Fishing Derby or the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza.

Yay!  I never did manage to win the Stranglethorn fishing tournament.  Mostly because once my husband won his interest in helping me declined leaps and bounds.

Reputation

  • Commendation Badges which award reputation with various Wrath of the Lich King factions can be purchased with Emblems of Triumph in Dalaran. Each badge costs 1 Emblem of Triumph.

Wow.  I hadn’t caught wind of this yet.  This is going to seriously decrease the amount of time you spend grinding rep.  If you run ToC 10 once a week, you’ll be able to buy 15 commendation badges.  My guess is that, like the ones that used to be rewarded from the regular daily, they’ll be worth 250 rep each (or 500 for Hodir).  That would be 3750 rep a week in addition to wearing your tabard (or a whopping 7500 a week for Hodir in addition to the dailies).

  • Gaining reputation with the Ashen Verdict in Icecrown Citadel will grant players access to upgradeable rings from Ormus the Penitent. Players can switch between the type of ring (melee/caster/tank/healer) at any point in the upgrade path for 200g.

Ah, yay!  I always loved the rings I got from raids like Kara and Hyjal.  Glad to see this make a comeback.

  • The following reputations have been sped up by roughly 30%:
    • Argent Crusade
    • Alliance Vanguard
    • Horde Expedition
    • Kirin Tor
    • Knights of the Ebon Blade
    • Sons of Hodir
    • Wyrmrest Accord
  • Sons of Hodir quests now give more reputation overall.

While I think the grind is certainly worthwhile, as heavily as we have to rely on these factions for raiding, I can see why they’ve done this, especially on the last tier of content.

  • Top-level helm and shoulder faction-related enchants are now available as Bind-on-Account items that do not require any faction to use once purchased (they still require the appropriate faction level to purchase).

I have mixed feelings about this.  It will certainly make getting my alts their enchants easier, but also less rewarding.  I’m surprised that they decided to implement this even after making the rep gains so much easier to obtain.  But, I guess for most, if you’ve done the rep grind once you’ve done it enough.  (I’ve done it two and a half times, I should get an achievement!  Lol)

Items

  • Haris Pilton now sells a new 24-slot bag! She has stubbornly decided to remain in Shattrath City, so those interested should seek her out there.
  • Hatchlings: Leaping, Darting, Razormaw, and Ravasaur Hatchlings no longer drop from their associated rare creatures. Instead, there are now rare nests that spawn which contain these hatchlings. For example, the Leaping Hatchling can now be found in Takk’s Nest rather than as a drop from Takk the Leaper.
  • Sceptor of Celebras: Since this item is no longer needed as a key, Celebras will no longer give one out to a player who loses it. The item can now be sold or disenchanted as normal.

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