The 5.0.4 Experience

As you guys well know, the pre-patch for Mists rolled out on Tuesday. This brought in the new talent/glyph system and all the class changes. Needless to say, if you – like me – weren’t playing in the Beta, this was a little bit of a “wait, what do I do now?” kind of situation.

Beyond the actual changes from Blizzard, this also meant a fair bit of UI tweaking for a lot of people. Quite a few addons were well prepared for 5.0.4, and had updates rolled out instantly, which was very welcome. Some of the less popular ones are still broken, others are working differently, etc. In my case, this gave me the nudge I needed to finally download and figure out WeakAuras, as well as ditch some addons that I didn’t really “need” but had just become accustomed to at this point.

Weakauras had me scratching my head at first, but now I have both Mina and Avi set up with trackers/timers that actually are working very well:

Mina’s auras have bars to track Flame Shock on the target, as well as a shield tracker. I’ll probably add CD buttons for other totems/abilities, but I haven’t really had a chance to play her as much yet to see what I want readily available under my feet as opposed to just on the buttons.

Avi is set up much like she was (nearly identical, really) with Power Auras. She has all of her CD trackers right in the middle, and mini buttons tracking mana CDs above her unit frame. They’re set to desaturate and count down when not available. It’s quite pretty!

I also gave my priest a shadow off-spec, that I’m bound and determined to actually learn. I don’t particularly feel like smiting my way to 90 like I did all the way to 85. 😉 I managed to figure out how to set up a group aura to track her dots – it counts down with the “will need to be cast first” dot closest to her cast bar. I *will* figure out Shadow – especially since that spec got a little bit spoiled in raid this week. heh

 

Things have been going fairly smoothly, really. I’m feeling a little awkward with Elemental, but I’ve always loved the class – I’m sure I’ll come around soon enough! Disc healing has been amazing still. Healing Dragon Soul last night felt better than it ever had. Spirit Shell to deal with every impale? Yes please!! The only issue I had was with a mouseover. I had dispel magic set up on my bar. Imagine my surprise when, in an Hour of Twilight heroic, it didn’t work! I checked the macro – yep, it’s fine. I was stumped until I realized that PURIFY was my new way to cleanse a magic effect, and Dispel Magic was for an enemy target. Eesh. Way to read through your spell book ahead of time, Avi!

Seems like some great changes overall. My Death Knight is kinda neat, and I’m hoping to get more of a chance to play her this weekend, as well as get some work in on the Druid and levelling my newbie Pally!

How is the patch treating you guys so far?

Savior of Azeroth

A very cool thing happened on Friday: I got to join Tranquility in heroic Dragon Soul. I was nervous as all get out, considering how long it had been since I’d done any heroic raiding – AND I had never killed more than 5/8H.

But guess what?

When Madness went down and the achievement popped, I could hardly believe it. I was in Skype and made some pretty darn excited sounds, apparently. 🙂

I finished heroic Icecrown Citadel in the last few months. This is the first time I’ve cleared a heroic raid while it’s current. Ever. I am thrilled they took me along. What an experience!

Remembering Theramore

I will admit – I get sappy about the little things. That’s true in every aspect of my life. Heck, I’m the one who will cry at TV shows.

Knowing that the Theramore scenario, featuring its destruction, comes out on Tuesday… well, it made me nostalgic. Did I ever spend much time there? No. But that isn’t really the point for me. As a long-time Alliance player, knowing that one of “our” cities was going to see such a terrible tragedy and never be the same again really hit me.

Last week, I logged in on Lightbringer and headed out to Theramore to take some screenshots and even some fraps footage. Just some stuff to save and remember the way things were. It wasn’t anything special – surely nothing to ever be shared with folks – just my own little tidbits.

Enter my friend Joe (@wowmartiean). When he saw me posting on Twitter about what I was doing, he messaged me on Skype asking if I would mind if he did a video. He makes some pretty amazing videos – so I was thrilled with the idea. I got the sneak peak of the video last night, and he released it today. I hope you’ll all go check it out, and enjoy it as much as I did.

The Eve of Destruction – Theramore Isle

You can check out his Youtube channel in my links as well. Thank you so very much, Joe.

Personal Note: 2 week “diet”

I am currently a few days in to a two-week long cleanse/detox diet. It’s incredibly strict, but I’m determined to make it work. It’s not easy, though, and that’s why I’m writing this post. Warning: incoming personal confessions. If you  are only interested in WoW stuff, you can definitely skip this post.

This has nothing to do with worries over “size”. I’m not entirely pleased with my body, but in all honesty – I’m not sure if that’s something I’m likely to ever be again. I was almost happy with myself a few years ago. However, I also almost killed myself getting there. Literally.

When I was 24, I was engaged.  Our relationship was “fine”, but his interest in anything physical was lacking. Of course, I blamed myself – maybe if I was more perfect, he would want me more. So I aimed for “perfect”. I was exercising to the point of burning 3k plus calories every day, and only eating enough to keep me from falling over. It amounted to a couple hundred calories. I would buy specific low-calorie bread. The lowest calorie yogurt cups. Even coffee was carefully counted against what I would allow myself in a day.

It worked in the sense that I lost a bunch of weight that I didn’t need to lose. I was literally starving myself, and how I escaped without long-term damage to my body is beyond me. What it didn’t do was make that relationship any better. C’est la vie.

Most of you reading this know that I still have fairly bad eating habits. But I eat when I’m hungry. I don’t worry about knowing the *exact* caloric content of my food, and I don’t count. I’ll even grab a slice of pizza if I want it.

But that’s the tough part of this cleanse – forcing myself to eat regular meals. And snack. I’m supposed to eat three meals a day, and snack in between. Yesterday, I managed to get to 2 meals. I munched on some random fruit and veggies during the day as much as I could. Eating breakfast is not easy. I have always – even growing up – had a tough time eating when I wake up artificially (ie: to an alarm).  Breakfast yesterday took me over an hour to get through, and my oatmeal and blueberries concoction is still sitting next to me as I struggle to type this.

It’s been interesting for me to see all of this unfold. I didn’t realize just how much I’d have to force myself to eat while doing this. I knew it would be drastically different, but with having some veggie snacks at the office, I don’t even want to eat “lunch” when I get home from work. That is always my one main meal of the day. I get home from work, and I eat. It was a tough sell yesterday. I did it, though, because I knew that I had to get that “meal” in there, but…

So this is me right now. I’m fighting my body to try and do something healthy, and that’s probably harder than *desperately* wanting caffeine. Or a cookie. Or something other than a vegetable. It’s the emotional reaction to seeing just how tough this is for me to do – not because the diet is so strict, but because I have to work so much on the eating schedule. And still only “almost” get there. But I’m trying my best. I figure if I can at least stick to the allowed foods, this cleanse will be a win.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go drink one of the million litres of water I’m supposed to drink in a day. 🙂

 

 

Look, a Melee Toon!

My druid, Luna, went kitty at 85, but the entire time she was levelling, she was balance/resto.

Sarinith – a Blood Elf Death Knight –  is the first time I’ve actually *levelled* as melee. And today, this happened:

It has been a very interesting experience for me. Even playing Luna, melee is still a different concept. Plus the rune/runic power system is still a little bit boggling to me. But I’m getting there. I’ve tanked some stuff here and there, and I’m generally having fun trying to get the hang of the whole thing.

Also – you can tell I have a rather set levelling plan… This screenshot looks an awful lot like Avi’s 85 one! heh

Now to see about getting Sari geared. Should be interesting. I need MoP to hit – too many alts levelled lately!  This marks my seventh 85, but at least I’m still having fun doing it. 🙂

 

Pre-MoP Adventures

In the final weeks of pre-expansion, I’m trying to fill my time with things that are actually fun. Random HoTs for valor, or LFR, are all well and good – but oh my gosh are they full of people trolling lately. I still want to get LFR done this week, just on Avi and Luna – they can still use some gear – but I’m not jumping to do it on everyone like I used to.

The last few days, I’ve been spending my evenings running a friend’s lowbie shaman through dungeons. He started at 33 the other day, and we got him to 57 today. Side note here – you can access Blackrock Spire at 48. If you are levelling someone (or being levelled), DO IT. The experience gains in there are *spectacular* with an 85 smashing (or swiping, in my case) through. We did a quick run through Sunken Temple when he was at 50 and could do the quests, but otherwise, it’s been solely BRS. And he’s levelled FAST.

I must admit, this is definitely going to be something I will miss about “Have group, will travel” being removed from the game. It allowed me to jump around on my higher level toons and summon him in to instances even though that particular toon of his is on a different server. I won’t have the option to get him places come MoP, unless they allow summoning stones to work cross-server, which I don’t believe is in the cards.

I’ve also been levelling a Death Knight – Sarinith. While this isn’t the first time I’ve created a DK, it’s the first one I’ve actually managed to get past the starting level of 55 and not quickly deleted. As of this post, she’s level 79 and making the final push towards Cata content. The levelling experience has been a little different than what I’m used to. For starters, this is the first melee toon I’ve actually levelled. Luna went kitty at 85. But I’m also destroying things when I’m questing. So I’m doing much more questing than I’ve done previously – aside from perhaps my original shaman-Avi… But I think even she did a lot of dungeon levelling. With Sari, I’ve been carefully planning out when I will queue for which specific dungeons, in Wrath in particular, to make sure I only go in to them when I will have quests available. After that, they’re off my queue list, and I keep questing until I’m at the appropriate level for the next. It’s made levelling feel just a touch different, even though I’m still following the same zone/questing pattern that I always have.

The goal is to have Sari hit 85 this weekend. That will get me to seven toons at level 85, which I honestly didn’t think would ever happen. Granted, three of those seven are elemental shamans, but let’s not nitpick. 😉  It will also tip the scales of max-level toons in favour of my new home on the Deathwing server, which is an interesting (and happy) feeling.

I still have some professions to grind, but Avi has reached 525 in her inscription, so that’s one thing to check off the list!

How about you? Do you have any goals that you’ve accomplished – or are still trying to accomplish – before September 25th?

The Perpetual Caster Goes – Kitty?

My druid, Luna, has been strictly my herbing/alchemy toon for some time now. It was well before the new ZA/ZG dungeons that I stopped running her in anything. I wasn’t a big fan of druid heals, and moonkin has always felt awkward to me.

Recently, I picked up some pvp items, dusted off the ol’ mookin form, and headed off to some HoTs to try and collect agility gear. I got the last necessary piece today, and headed to the druid trainer to pick up a feral spec.

 

This is going to be *highly* amusing – if not a little frustrating – for someone who has never played a melee beyond a few starter levels of a toon. However, I have some great help lined up (and he may or may not have kinda convinced me to go feral in the first place), so I’ll at least have a hand while I try to understand energy, and combo points, and this whole new idea.

Here’s hoping we get the hang of being a kitty, cause Luna needs some time to shine too! 🙂

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!