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I’m sure you’re all aware of the lovely /commands. We thought we would do a short post with some of our favourites.

We can’t do without these little beauties, and if you’re new to them, you can use them alone in /s or by targeting someone.

Enjoy!

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My most useful day-to-day

  1. /thank (it’s always nice to be polite!)
  2. /ignore (for the trolls)
  3. /wave
  4. /bye
  5. /hello

My most used in guild

  1. /flex (to show your prowess)
  2. /sleep (for when nothing else fits!)
  3. /hug
  4. /poke
  5. /dance

My favourites!WoWScrnShot_050513_133807 – because they’re funny!

  1.              /moo
  2.              /train
  3.             /chicken
  4.             /lick
  5.             /shoo

 

Here I am, clucking around the innkeeper!

Ganking? Use these for your convenience.

  1. /spit (not a nice one, but helpful)
  2. /lol
  3. /rofl
  4. /hug (this gets you an achievement, if you /hug when they’re dead and haven’t released)
  5. /slap

My most used in raids

  1. /sorry

Do you have any favourites?

Mad about WoW?

If you follow us on Twitter, you’ll know that we tweet about our inability to separate WoW from our ‘regular’ lives, as well as the hashtags such as:

#YouKnowYouPlayTooMuchWoW when the microwave dings and you say “grats”

#YouKnowYouPlayTooMuchWoW when your husband says “DINNER INCOMING!”

What also inspired this post was when a Twitter pal (@leewallbank) and I got chatting about me saying “grats” to a co-worker on her marriage. We went on to discuss him refraining from saying “ding” at a Birthday. I dare one of you! Then, about how Mr B had to make up for being naughty by getting me some lovely Birthday gifts… which he described as “epic loot”… /groan

But wait, it gets worse.

The infraction aforementioned was, in fact, this card:

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I need to get my revenge. All suggestions welcome.

Mwhahaha!

Mr B Rogue-ing Around

So I kinda have an addiction to Rogues. Back in Vanilla, my first 60 was my undead rogue (still have this character actually).

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At the start of each expansion since, I have tried to level another character and have always gone back to my rogue by the end of the expansion. In BC, I leveled a paladin at the start, then a mage and finished with my rogue. In WOTLK, I started with a warrior, then druid and ended with my rogue. In Cata, I started with my mage, then a dk and ended with my rogue. So far in MoP, I have played my death knight, warlock, monk, priest and now my rogue as well as lots of different alts.

Anyway this post is really about my first week at 90 on my rogue. I have gone from a lowly 335 ilvl when i dinged 90, to 479 ilvl in 5 days, mainly thanks to the wonderful troves of the Thunder King solo scenario. I got lucky on the way to 90 too: I got a Sha of Anger kill at 88 ish and got a Claw of Anger and the 496 tier trousers. Add to that, I already had the 476 Engineering goggles and I had pickpocketed around 20 junkboxes from which I managed to get a Krol Scimatar – the 476 agi sword. So… after I had bought the 450 rings and neck and the 458 PvP set, I was above 460 and ready to set foot into LFR.

My first trip in to the LFR was excellent, I got 7 pieces of loot from the 6 bosses. I then used the rest of my bonus rolls running the first part of the LFR another 3 times, managing to get to 470 with enough time to run the first part of HoF before reset. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know many people who manage to get such a good run of luck in LFR.

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Since the reset, I have ran all the LFR’s but with no luck… only getting 1 piece of loot even with my12 bonus rolls I used. But, with that one piece and having enough valor to get the 522 next from Shado-Pan assault,  I have got up to 479: 1 short of being able to access the new Throne of Thunder raid!!

This coming week hopefully I will get the last 3 upgrades I need to replace the last of my blues. I will then be attempting the Brawlers Guild and recording and blogging about my attempts.

Not a bad week, eh? We’d love to hear your tips about the Brawlers Guild in time for my adventures.

 

Quick edit just as I was posting this I got a drop from a heroic taking me up to 480 in a week 😀

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Isle of Dailies, I mean… Thunder.

So, the new patch hits. I hear mixed reviews but it’s a couple of days before I have chance to check it out.

I am – generally – very disciplined – I do all my dailies 6 days a week (work depending of course) and I now have all MoP factions exalted except Tushi Pandaren (working on it!!). I was quite looking forward to a change of scenery and new things to discover and different mobs to kill.

I am not impressed.

Firstly, the starting area on the boat. Full of people afk taking up space and getting in the way.

Next, the island. I like the idea of everyone on the server contributing to the xp. I don’t think the island is that inspiring though… damp, dingy, swampy, dark… If I wanted that, I’d go touring around Swamp of Sorrows. I’m also not particularly enamoured with the mobs – more Mogu-like statues, granite dogs and lots of cliffs to repeatedly fall off.

However, I do like the idea of the mage bubbles (even if they’re a nightmare to see on my rubbish computer) and also having a few different hubs – it spreads the mania out slightly and gives you some options in your game play and time spent doing dailies. I love that you are turned into a Saurok – the jumping part is very fun. I also think it’s a lovely idea to turn your pet and/or minion into something too. I have come across two transmutations so far (Basilisk and Globule):

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I think the globule is the best 🙂

I know I haven’t really committed to these, but as a general first impression, I’m not enthralled. I shall update you in a couple of weeks!

EDIT: so a few months in and I’m still discovering transmutes of my pet. I still don’t like the dailies, but I’m working on some achievements I’ll write about another time. Here are more mutations of my Elemental (Mini Saurok and Cockroach):

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Raiding MSV (ranged DPS) for Noobs

My lovely guildmates affectionately (I hope!!) take the mickey that I am such a noob. They often have to help me out with explaining tactics – usually more than once – and where I should stand. Today we managed to one-shot all of MSV and first boss in HoF before our raid time came to an end and I didn’t die once! Yipee!!

One, a sneaky southerner by the name of Zolu, suggested I write a blog post for other clueless people. I think it was in jest, but I’m calling him so, here it is.

Things To Know

1. Accessed from Kun-Lai Summit – closest flight point is Temple of the White Tiger to the East

2. Take a flask and a banquet or you get told off

3. You need to be around 480 iLvl and hitting 70k dps to do this comfortably

4. Remember to gem, enchant and reforge for your current spec – that extra 10k DPS might make all the difference!

First Boss: The Stone Guard

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  • 3 large scary-looking stone dog things standing by the stairs
  • They will be tanked in 2 groups – one alone by the less important tank (they give it a posh name “off-tank” to make it more paletable)
  • Target one of the ones in the group of 2 being tanked by the main tank or you get moaned at

Second Boss: Feng the Accursed

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  • Fought on a circular dias – get inside it when they pull or you’re locked out and you get moaned at
  • Phase 1: Stack in the middle and DPS boss. Our team alternates interrupts with a barrier to deal with the Epicentre Damage – if the Nullification Barrier is up (a big blue bubble)… get in it. Oh, and DPS the boss or you’ll be moaned at.
  • Phase 2: Stack in the middle and DPS boss (see a trend here??). If you get the Wildfire Spark, run to the pre-designated spot and wait until it drops off you, then run and stack again. Don’t leave it in the middle, or you’ll end up fried.
  • Phase 3: the boss will be pulled to the middle, so spread out. You may get a debuff called “Arcane Resonance”. THIS HURTS so don’t go near your team or you’ll hurt them too. However, if the ability “Arcane Velocity” is used, and you do not have the debuff, go stack in the middle til it’s over
  • Remember to DPS the boss at all times…or you get moaned at.

Third Boss: the totem dude (aka Gara’jal the Spiritbinder)

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  • Fought on a circular dias… get inside!!
  • For DPS this is pretty simple, yay. Stack to start and pop CDs.
  • Totems: periodically, totems will spawn. These are delt with by 1 healer and 2 DPS entering the purple swirling misty stuff, killing the totem and being transfered to the spirit world. Don’t kill the totem before everyone gets there…
  • Spirit World: Once you’ve killed the totem, you become all transparent and spirit-y. You loose lots of health so don’t panic! Kill as many bad guys as possible whilst inside. You have 30seconds to do as much damage as possible whilst the healer heals you to full health. When the timer reaches 5 seconds, click the button in the middle of your screen to exit. If you don’t, you die. Then you get moaned at.
  • Voodoo Dolls: a debuff causing damage. You can’t enter the spirit world whilst you have this.
  • Finally… at 20% pop all CDs and burn the boss down as he enrages and hope you don’t die in the process.

Fourth Boss: the Sprit Kings

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  • These guys are fun! Fought on a (yep!) circular platform.
  • Four mini-bosses activate one at a time. Each boss killed grants one of his abilities to the current one…woopee.
  • Qiang the Merciless: stack in front of the boss. When he uses “Annihilate”, run through his legs immediately, or you die. “Flanking Orders” is a line of scary dudes swinging their swords which cause lots of damage – get out of the way to avoid it (the raid leader will generally call which way to run)
  • Meng the Demented: “Maddening Shout” is the ability to watch out for – he, literally, makes you crazy. Stack up and AOE to stop the damage.
  • Subetai the Swift: spread out for this, but not too far. “Pillage” will see him charging at a specified person, so move out the way. “Volley of Arrows” causes lots of damage in front of him (they’re obvious and come flying at your face!) so move out the way. “Pinning Arrow” traps someone so free them before they die.
  • Zian of the Endless Shadow: this guy is basically a game of avoiding all the stuff on the ground, avoiding the flanking orders and killing the purple floating skulls that attach themselves to someone. If you’re lucky enough to have the skull, do everyone a favour and take it away from the raid? That way, you won’t cause them damage too.

Fifth Boss: Elegon

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  • The awesome floaty dragon thing – the one you need lots of DPS for. Oh, it’s fought on a circular platform…just incase you were wondering.
  • Each DPS is pre-assigned a pillar (the 6 spread around the platform). Remember it, love it, take care of it
  • All ranged stack on right hand side of the console
  • Phase 1: stack inside the platform so you become a pretty constallation and DPS the boss. Reset the “Overcharged” stacks (by stepping off the platform) when you hit 6. Or… let DBM remind you you’re about to “OVERLOAD!” if you live on the wild side. When the add spawns, kill it. Just before you do, reset your stacks or you get one-shotted and die.
  • Phase 2: at 85%. Raid Leader will yell GET TO YOUR POST. Well, ours usually adds “biatch” or some similar compliment, but you get the idea! “Draw Power” is cast so DPS the orb attached to your pillar before it hits it. This gives a buff to increase damage. It also makes the damn things come quicker. In between each Draw Power, DPS the boss or you won’t manage the enrage timer! Try for 4 or 5.
  • Phase 3: this happens when an orb reaches the power. Get off the platform or you die and get shouted at. Our guild fines you 100g if you die here. Ahem, I owe them a LOT… Anyway, the post you’re assigned to will power up – so kill it. Help your team kill theirs (if needed!), then get back to the console. Kill the adds.
  • Rinse and repeat.
  • Phase 4: after a second phase 3, everyone hops into the middle, pops all CDs and hope the healers don’t go OOM. You can’t reset your stacks as the outer ring is a death trap, so self heal and get him down.

Sixth Boss: Will of the Emperor

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  • Lots of moving required – be prepared
  • Depending on your guild’s tacts, you either kill the adds or kill the boss. Or, throw hell to the wind and do both.
  • Adds first (3 types, each have certain abilities to avoid), so kill them
  • After 90 seconds, the bosses will spawn (they have a shared health, don’t panic!) and tanked opposite sides of the – you guessed it – circular dias.
  • Avoid the crap on the ground, kill the adds, kill the boss. Simples.

Remember:

  1. Turn up before the scheduled start time
  2. Don’t stand in the stuff on the floor!
  3. If you’re meant to be stacking… STACK.
  4. Save cooldowns til you’re told to use them. Don’t pop heroism at the wrong time, or you get told off
  5. Keep well-fed and flasked at all times
  6. If you wipe constantly, don’t rage and get angry – it’s demotivating and you’re all still learning

and finally…

7. You will – most likely – never die as much as I do!

Good luck, and happy raiding.

20 Days of WoW – Day 8

Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you

  1. I am a teacher – I teach Music but I trained in language teaching in secondary education. I love my job 🙂
  2. Mr B works nights, and I hate it. It is good money though.
  3. We drive a red car. Mr B tells me it’s a Ford Focus – whatever that is.
  4. I have a massive Disney and musical obsession. I don’t care what you say, they are ALL AWESOME. Mr B does not have a Disney and musical obsession… more fool him.
  5. I’m a total grammar and spelling snob. Mr B hates it. Yes, I’m one of those people who will correct you’re/your in a text or on facebook, and no, I don’t care. My biggest problem after you’re/their is “should of”. Irritates me tremendously.
  6. Mr B does all the cooking. Whether this is because I can’t or won’t is still under debate in our house.
  7. We got married at Christmas and went on our honeymoon to Paris. Made sense with me speaking fluent French and having been before! We actually spent most of our time eating Gauffres (waffles) and Crêpes. When in Rome…
  8. We have never been out ‘clubbing’ together – except the very first time we met 3 and a half years ago. We only met because we were both driving our friends around and both ended up holding the coats by the bar. Fate, eh?
  9. Mr B loves tea. So much so we get through a whole box of teabags each month. He also dunks his biscuits which I find disgusting. Blergh.
  10. We have two guinea pigs who are b.e.a.utiful. They are called Ernie (he is 1 and a half) and Teddy (a ball of fluff who is about 6 months) and they’re rescued from a shelter. We have built them a huge run in our house and they are very pampered. Ernie is teaching Teddy tricks like squeaking when he hears the fridge door (that’s where his lettuce comes from!) and being naughty by biting on the cage to get picked up. They are my babies though.

ImageErnie (left) and Teddy (right)