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. 🙂

Rollin’ With Mah Horderlies

Last night, Mina got the awesome chance to get her little Goblin butt in to Dragon Soul with the guild. What a fun time!

I think she managed to pull her weight just fine, thanks to the lucky drops in LFR last week. Her rings and such still leave something to be desired, but hopefully it went well enough to get her an invite back in to their raids again!

She even healed on Spine. Which was – interesting, and somewhat terrifying. I’ve only ever healed that fight in LFR, and that wasn’t even on this particular toon. The numbers weren’t all that impressive for her there, but she managed to help keep people alive even without healing gear, so we’ll call it a win overall. 😉

Came out of there with a few new pieces of gear, which is very exciting. So a special hug going out to all the folks in the Horderlies that I was lucky enough to raid with. It was an absolute blast -you guys are a great group. 🙂

Pug Raiding Technicalities

So, in the interest of trying to find something to do tonight – and not having any sort of regularly scheduled raiding at the moment – I decided that I would go out and see about getting in to a pug. Avi’s got heroic experience, so finding a DS isn’t a huge deal… Just needed to find one that actually wanted to do *some* heroics at least.

I got in to one, a mostly guild run, and the folks seemed super nice. Vent was friendly, and one of the tanks was a woman so I actually felt comfortable speaking instead of sticking to raid chat.

Things moved along fairly well. We even nearly got heroic Yor’sahj down, but the pug healer couldn’t quite manage the healing debuff. C’est la vie. Normal kills are fine when I’m just killing time! Not only that, but these guys were a fun group, and were wanting me to come back to join them in the future since I don’t have anything set up on a weekly basis for now.

However, the issues started after we killed Warmaster. The mage in group (also a pug) rolled on some side-grade boots, and won because nobody else wanted them. He then also rolled on the tier helm that dropped. He won the roll, but out of “fairness”, the master looter decided that the (guild) rogue would receive the tier because the mage had won the previous item. Obviously, this didn’t go over so well. There was nothing laid out like that at the beginning of raid, everything was simply open roll. Granted, the mage was kind of a jerk about it in vent (hello profanity and super offensive insults), but I could completely see his point. I would have been ticked off if I was in his shoes. He left, and we went on to kill Spine with 9 people.

Stuff kind of hit the fan after that. The agility trinket dropped, and holy loot drama. This was *entirely* guild-centred. The rogue, hunter, and bear tank all rolled. The rogue won the roll. I watched this all unfold with a mix of amusement and that “can’t look away from the train-wreck” sort of feeling. By the loot master’s own definitions, the loot *should* have been passed to the hunter, who had the next highest roll, because the rogue had just won tier. And the hunter argued this. The bear tank started complaining because that was the only piece of gear he wanted from this whole run. It was a big mess of every single bit of loot whining on the books.

In the midst of all this, the pug healer left, and I called it quits myself. It’s after 1AM, and I’m not going to sit around bothering to see if they can find two more people – including a healer – to kill Deathwing. I don’t need loot, and I sure don’t need to listen to all that.

Moral of the story: if you’re going to pug people in to your run full of mostly guild members, make loot rules clear at the beginning. I think it’s awesome if you do fair loot distribution in your guild. That’s perfect, and it makes for an evenly geared raid team. But if you don’t *tell* people that pug in this fact, there is going to be issues. If I had been denied a piece of loot that I needed because off the off-spec boots I had just won, I would have had something to say about it too.

Oh, and the controversy between guildies over a piece of loot? Not exactly inspiring me to join you again another week. Just throwing that out there. 😉

Goblin Fashion – So Cute!

It was Loot Day for Mina today! LFR paid dividends, and the trinket dropped in Well of Eternity. Starting to rock along pretty well now, that’s for sure. 🙂

And strangely enough, I actually *like* the shaman tier shoulders for her! I have never worn this current tier and not taken every opportunity to transmog. Her bank is completely full of transmog items – literally – and I’m not even going to touch the shoulders. I think they’re adorable!

 

I’m going to need to do something about the belt, and either hide my cloak or pick one for transmog… but overall, this is just way too cute at the moment to change.

I’m having a ton of fun with this little girl. Looking forward to getting the opportunity to hop in to a real raid and not just LFR at some point!

Max Horde Toon – Complete

On June 1st, I started a new alt so that I could have a max level Horde toon to play with lovely twitter folks who aren’t Alliance.

Last night, or I suppose this morning if we’re being technical, Minalyrith hit 85. I had reached 80 on Friday, and knew that I could push through the weekend to finish off the levelling. So last night I did!

Today, thanks to Rob’s amazing generousity, I had enough gear to hop in to Hour of Twilight heroics. A little bit more gear and a lovely surprise of a 397 belt, and it was off to do LFR.

Unfortunately, my luck in getting gear to drop — or win a roll if it does — seems to be as bad as ever. Even with other people to roll on my tokens, or weapons, I still came out of all 8 bosses with only a tier head piece. Although, I suppose that’s better than I normally do. One is more than zero! 😉

I’m looking forward to getting rid of my low ilvl blue trinkets. Hopefully that will come soon. Just need the reset on Tuesday, and then it’s back to LFR to try again.

Onward!

A Whole New World

Well well, lookie here:

 

It’s a goblin on a Blue Wind Rider!

That’s right, thanks to the help of a wonderful fellow Horderlies member, Mina has reached level 60!

So we are off to Outland to do some actual questing. Haven’t really quested much along the way so far, so it might be a nice change of pace. Still going to be queuing for dungeons, of course, because they’re fun… but since I’ll actually have quests to fill queue times with, I’ll actually go DPS for the dungeon runs. I’ve been healing for the most part since level 30 so that I’m not stuck standing around with a long wait time, so time for something a little different. 🙂

Here’s hoping I can manage to stay away from Alliance areas and avoid getting killed too often. 😉

And It’s Alt Time!

Well, with cancellation of raid tonight due to attendance issues, that’s also effectively ended scheduled Tranquility raiding until the expansion hits.

There will still be some 10 mans run, if people sign up or anyone wants to run it… but effectively, I think Avi is pretty much done for this tier. Maybe I can hop in on a guild 10 man if they actually happen, but to be honest, at this point I think for her I’m a little relieved. With the lack of core folks showing up for the past few weeks, raids just haven’t been as fun as they used to be. Maeve? Sure, I’ll probably find her pug raids here and there, but not sure about Avi.

So I think it might be time for some alt-love! I’ve already got Meilanith, my priest on Lightbringer, ready to go. Tonight I fired up a new wee goblin shaman on Deathwing. Lil Minalyrith joined up with Rob in the Horderlies guild. You know that weird moment when you realize that you just joined a totally new guild and already follow the GM on Twitter? Yeah, I had one of those. heh (Hai Hoofit!)

I’m kinda looking forward to my WoW time being spent with alts for the next little while. I don’t actually often want to play alts, so you can tell how stale this tier has become for me. This should be a nice change of pace until Mists!

Maeve’s Big Day!

Last night was a milestone of sorts for Maeve. I had been lucky enough to have her tag along for Spine/Madness on our guild clear Saturday night, netting her the achievement for killing Deathwing on something other than LFR, and a new belt and staff.

With all that, she finally had *just* enough gear that someone might give her a second look when they were trying to find a DPS for their run through Normal Dragon Soul. So I was eagerly awaiting Tuesday reset, and finally had the chance last night to put up that advertisement in trade chat.

No sooner had I typed out “390 Ele Shaman LF fresh DS” when I had a whisper come through, and off we went!

At this point, the Maeve who previously hadn’t had much of a care in the world, finally had a bit of nerves hit. We had joined basically a guild run, and they wanted to do Heroic Morchok. Looking at her gear, blushing at the 378’s and LFR gear still lingering around, the thought of being in on a Heroic kill was suddenly overwhelming. I know my stomach flipped a little.

But we forged ahead. They were aware of the lacking gear and wanted us to go anyway. So okay! Let’s get this party started.

And sure enough, Maeve received her first achievement for a Heroic kill in Dragon Soul. And a heroic belt. The night was off to a fairly pleasing start. 🙂

After that, things became less daunting as we turned back to regular difficulty to continue on. It was much more comfortable, both as far as the fights went, and with the raid group. I finally piped something up in vent, after listening to the casual banter and sharing some whispers of my DS experience with the raid leader.

Maeve picked up a grand total of FOUR new pieces of gear from that run last night. It was astounding. And actually rather amusing for everyone by the time the third one dropped – this was a guild run, after all. 😉 Just so happened that there were things she could use that nobody else could – ie: the mail caster belt. She only actually rolled on one thing, which was the Insignia trinket when it dropped, and the shadow priest won the roll. The things she actually got were rather default.

I am absolutely grateful to them for letting Maeve join their run. I even said I would join them on their Firelands run that they will be doing for staff items if they were short a DPS, just as a way to really say thank you.

And now I suppose I’m off to take care of Maeve’s gear… She sure does take advantage of my wallet sometimes. 🙂