Wait a Minute – Horde?

I’ve been a serious Alliance player since I first began playing WoW. I’d dabbled in a Horde toon here and there, but my Draenei shaman has *always* been my main.

That is, until now.

After much agonizing, putting off decisions much longer than I probably should have, and trying desperately to keep everyone around me happy – at the expense of my own comfort – I made the jump.

Back at the beginning of June, I was lucky enough to join up with the great folks in the Horderlies on Deathwing. It was a neat “alt experience” to have some Horde toons and hang out in such a wonderful guild. But due to other circumstances on the Alliance side, I started feeling a heck of a lot more at HOME in this guild than I did over on my supposed main toon.

I approached the ever-amazing Hoofit about becoming a permanent raider with Horderlies, and had the idea welcomed with enthusiasm. A little more internal turmoil, but I finally did it. I cemented the decision by transferring Lunatarith (my druid) over to Deathwing as well, because she’s my herb/alchemist that supports my main toon. So, with Mina becoming my main Ele — the druid had to follow!

Just wanted to let everyone know what was going on, and give a quick little hello to the new main plus the new Horderlies. 🙂

 

Elemental Shaman

 

Discipline Priest

 

Herbalism Druid

 

The guys managed to talk Luna in to doing Archaeology over the weekend, so she’s now maxed out and joining in the search for the Vial of the Sands pattern for the guild. It seems we’re all just crazy! 😉

Tales of a Priest

I’ve got to say – I completely enjoyed levelling a Discipline Priest.

I transferred Avienith to Deathwing to give Mina heirlooms. At that point, she sat there at level 10 until the 6th of this month when I decided to pick her up again. Today, I reached 85.

 

I’m surprised it went as quickly as it did. I haven’t managed to “grasp” Shadow yet, so once I got in to Wrath levels and had to quest for efficient levelling, it was a little interesting to have to kill quest mobs in Disc spec.

This was multiplied once I reached Cata, but I took a slightly different approach to questing on this toon. Because Mina can get the head enchant, I was able to hit my beloved Vash’jir when I hit 80. It made me SO HAPPY to not have to go through Hyjal. I still moved on to Deepholm at 82, but I completely finished that zone before I moved on, which took me about halfway through 83.  In Uldum, I only did the Harrison Jones questline so that I could open up the dungeon quests in Halls of Origination. I didn’t do any of the level 82 dungeons until this point. Shortly in to 84, I finished there and headed to Twilight Highlands.

Dungeon quests and Crucible of Carnage saved me a lot of trouble in Highlands. Things don’t die nearly as fast as on my shamans, so all the “kill things” quests took a little bit longer, but I still managed. At least I wasn’t *dying* because I was healing myself the whole time – go atonement! 😉

Now the real fun: time to see if I can manage healing on the priest at max level. Let the games begin!

Do you have any advice for a newbie Disc healer? If you do, please let me know!

 

Light of Dawn

I’ve been after a kill of Heroic Lich King since, well, Wrath.

Tonight, I was lucky enough to get Mina in on a pug group – I watch a lot of WoW streams, and one of the main ones is Affinitii of Blood Legion. He did his weekly ICC 25, just an LK Heroic lock tonight. I got the guts to whisper him and was invited.

Despite being harder than it had to be because someone turned off the buff, we still killed it. I’m ridiculously happy, even though it wasn’t on my main toon. Instead, I get this title on a toon who is just over a month old! At least there’s an amusement factor to it. 😉

So yay for Mina — the Light of Dawn!

Guild Contemplations

Summer combined with the end of an expansion is causing a real lull for a lot of people. For me, it’s meant that I’m not currently raiding “seriously” on my main, I’ve found a wonderful spot for a new alt, and I’m just enjoying the game and the people around me. It’s led me to think about why I’ve chosen the guilds that I currently play with, and I thought I would pose this topic to all of you.

Why are you in your current guild? What is it about them that made you choose to join up, and what keeps you around?

For some of you, it may be hardcore progression raiding. It may be a place to hang out, chat, and run some five-mans or old content raids. Whatever it is – there’s some reason why we choose the guilds that we do.

My main guild is Tranquility. I’ve been a member there for over a year now, and I liked their raid schedule and general attitude when I was looking for a new place after Team Squishy. It is a 25-man raiding group that raids 2-3 times a week. We make decent progress (Dragon Soul was cleared on normal mode prior to any nerfs, and then moved on to heroics), but we still have fun. That’s what I like about it – I enjoy raiding, but am not the sort of person to want to be “hardcore go go” and dislike a bunch of my raid-mates. Vent is filled with all kinds of banter (between pulls and when the raid leader isn’t giving instruction, of course), and we genuinely enjoy spending those 6-9 hours a week killing things together. It reminds me a lot of the first place I called home (Dark Legacy was the first place I raided), and in fact some people from DL joined up with Tranquility after I did. It’s not as close-knit as a 10-man raiding group, but I’ve formed some amazing friendships with quite a few of those people.

When I decided to create a horde toon, I rolled her on a friend’s server and joined the Horderlies. The core is some real life friends, and that foundation makes for one of my favourite types of guilds. They raid 10-man, and it’s fun while still getting content down. There is a chat room that we go to during the day while we are all at work, so even being a newer member, I really feel comfortable around these guys. Team Squishy had this same sort of start – it was a bunch of us who knew each other in real life. It makes for an amazingly close group, and that turns raiding – or even things like running 5-man heroics – in to a great time all around.

So it would appear that my key points for an “ideal” guild are great people, good attitudes, and raiding. I don’t need to be world-first, I just like to be able to balance progression with the wonderful people around me. And luckily, I appear to have found a place to do that on both factions. 🙂