Friday, February 27, 2015

Raiding - Kyjenn steps up to tank with surprising results

Exray/Snowcaller had capped internet due to his sister, and had been unable to get data blocks to be able to play, so Kyjenn was chosen to tank.  After the last time Hwired and Kyjenn tanked (which was the first time we did normal Highmaul) I was ready for a challenge.

It was made even more challenging that we were healing with 3 druids and a priest.  Koda, myself and Yuuda were healing, and Bish was also healing.  Bish was having another lame night because he had to have his beauty sleep at 10pm so he could get up for an 8am conference call.  LAME.  Geez, I have to leave at 7am!

The trash at the start is always amusing.  Let's just say there were almost as many deaths there as there were... later.

Gruul, our easiest fight, actually turned out to be quite hard. Tanks were dying! Kyjenn was still getting the hang of doing the taunt and move.  One attempt he did it too early and the blue side took an Overwhelming Blow as well as an Inferno Slice.

But healing was not wonderful either. I was OOM and struggling to heal and that was with 4 healers - we normally do it with 4 healers!  I ended up asking Nok to help heal so that he could just focus on tank healing whilst the rest of us did the raid.  And on our 8th attempt, we got it.  Thank goodness.

It was nice that everyone was chill about it - I know Kyjenn must have felt awful about his tanking (or, maybe not) and we all knew that without him we wouldn't have been able to have a raid.

There was at least good loot going out.  Dragonray rolled a heroic warforged Inferno-Flame Staff, and Aza picked up the one that dropped in raid.  I actually can't remember what else people got.  I just remembered thinking that Yuuda needs to get some loot so he can keep up with us (and also, to keep encouraging him to come).

Onward to Beastlord and HK told Kyjenn that the trash was fun.  I have really noticed the trash on the way to Beastlord but apparently they stun you a lot and run away from you chasing other people. Xyn loved it. It was all new and fun, apparently :D

I was ready for more pain and gain with Beastlord and THIS time we started off with 5 healers.  By this time Bish had turned into a Pumpkin and so I had to get Crooked to heal.  And for once, we one shot Beastlord!

Sev still suffers from white swirl blindness.  He got pinned again, but then so did Aza, Crooked, Luxy, Dragonray and Koda.  I think if we ever do Beastlord and Kelthal doesn't get pinned I will go out and Only Koda died from the pinning but it was towards the end and so we tunnelled the boss.

Kyjenn found this to be rather encouraging and he was extremely proud of the fact that he had tanked and one shot Beastlord.  Yuuda actually got some upgrades and that made him (and me) happy - he won Flame Infusion Drape and Cannonball Loader's Grips.

After that it was on to Operator Thogar.  I was secretly excited.  I wanted to try and get the There's Always a Bigger Train achievement.  I had attempted it last week and failed, but then when I did a PuG of normal BRF with Scruff, I managed to get it and I had figured out the timing.  I was excited, thinking that I could secretly do the achievement without anyone noticing (because that was what I did in the PuG).

All I had to do was drop the train on the track, then drop the Wind Up train wrecker, and when he was enraged he had to get hit by the train.  Last time I did it too early.  This time I put the train down when the door was open on yellow and I was pooping my pants as I tried to get the Train Wrecker out before the bloody train came out and squashed me.  I got it out, and put him down and I could see the train coming!  He wrecked the Toy Train and he turned into an Exulting Wind-up Train Wrecker (enraged looking) and then the train ran him over.

The problem with me doing that is that there is a big white flash and then there is achievement spam. Everyone was wondering where it was from and I tried to keep my mouth shut.  However, as I was trying to position myself, I got hit by a train...

So I was pretty much busted.

But!  This is new.  On death there is a recap button and it tells you what happened to you.

So that was Xyn's first night tanking.  Hopefully not his last - he still needs some practice :) Luckily Exray was back on Thursday!

Thursday went very smoothly for the first 3 fights.  Exray was back and so we knocked off Thogar, Hans and Franz, and Flamebender.  They all went very smoothly.  Then it was back to bashing at Kromog.

With 6 healers it was better.  And then we tried the 3 tanking and we did well the first time but subsequent attempts were poor.  It felt like people were still dying, still not getting into hands, healer cooldowns weren't going off coz people can't hear me on vent (I kept taking my finger off the PTT button). People are still dying from funny things, and my position for Kromog is just pathetic. Because I was on tank heals I am on the far right and always the last to get broken out.  I love how people say you don't take much damage in the hand but if I don't heal you in the hand you will die. Seriously!  Especially if you stay in it as long as I do!

Anyway, I guess we'll look at it again on Monday.  I really need people not to die from easy stuff :( Hopefully with everyone fresh on Monday that will happen.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hwired actually transmogged!

The other week Hwired said he actually did a transmog and I complimented him on it.  "Hey, someone's been in Dragon Soul!" I said.  It looked quite good, I thought. I teased him that he was getting vain, like Kyjenn, who is always busy dressing his barbie doll female BE paladin.

Yesterday Hwired said to me that I hadn't commented or noticed that the transmog he did was the same one that I had designed for him YEARS ago!

In May 2012 I wrote a blog post, lamenting how ugly Hwired looked in his gear and made him a transmog.  My friends were teasing me, because I was transmogging without consent!  What a crime! Hwired took it all in stride. His comment at the time:

"Lol thanks Nav. Might have to look into it."

3 years later, and he's done it!  He told me he was farming Dragon Soul for weeks - I had seen him in there, I thought he was just catching up on the raid that broke him (Heroic boat in Dragon Soul broke Hwired and he had a massive hissy fit and stopped raiding) just to beat it back for beating him, back in the day.

Anyway, I had to take a picture of it.  I dragged him to my garrison so I could see it and I feel all chuffed that he actually used the mog that I had designed.  Thanks Hwired!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

So, I didn't know 6.1 was doing THIS to my garrison

I did not realise that Patch 6.1 would change what I said yesterday about trading post traders!  Today I have Tai'tasi at my Trading Post and the cost of everything has gone down by 80%!

They used to be 30 resources, now it's 6!
Not surprising really since there has been a massive change in the market with resources.  I guess now it won't really matter what I buy and from whom since the prices are all so cheap!  The gold bag is still 50 resources and still contains only 13-17g. What I failed to notice was that the items are now SINGLE instead of stacks of 5.  Whoops.  Thanks Sev. Saved me before I spent big $$ on them.

I like how there are dailies to get more resources now.  I think early game you're very resource starved, but by the end you're resources heavy so you can afford to make some money.

However, when I logged in this morning I was complaining bitterly that I couldn't find my guild bank tauren chick. I regret not taking pictures of her because I only realised hours later (when I went to find her again) that she was gone!  In her place is a goblin contraption - a piggy bank on some spinning wheels mounted to the floor.

Which is actually really good because these Storehouse NPCs like to walk around and then you find that whatever window you had open will suddenly close because they walked out of range.  It happens a lot, but especially with the transmog NPC.  He should be stuck to the ground like that mechanical guild bank so he will quit that wandering around.  It's so IRRITATING when you just manage to find a transmog that works and he walks off and poof, it's gone because you didn't apply the changes and have to start all over again.

Trade chat is full of people looking for certain traders in peoples' garrisons.  I don't think I saw any professions traders in my garrison, and I'm not sure what they do.  I did visit Nath and got to talk to Harrison Jones in his garrison.  I had the Jukebox visitor and Saurfang himself visiting my garrison (oh and a travelling pet battler) but I was wondering what these professions ones do.  Nok had the enchanting one in his garrison so I went to visit and I can interact with it!

Pretty cool! The daily quest he has is to turn in 50 dust for 25 primals - what a deal!  No wonder everyone is looking for one!  I guess you can make a lot of money if you have a professions visitor in your garrison if you advertise it in trade chat - see people offering 100-200g tip for a visit to the garrison having one of these profession dudes!

Once you complete that daily, you can speak to the trader to trade in more trade goods for primals - for Rath'thul it was 5 dust for one primal.  Gosh, these primals are now cheap as chips to get!

Oh, and finally the garrison pet battles are counted towards the Draenor Pet Achievement!  Though I am SURE I did more than 125 pet battles prior to patch....

So, there may not have been a lot of new content for patch 6.1, but there sure are a number of things to do, especially in my garrison.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Better value for your garrison resource at your Trading Post

I never had a lumber mill so I used my trading post to get Garrison resources by handing in ore or herbs.  Now that I have capped Garrison resources I trade my Garrison resources to the vendor for trade goods or gold.

I noticed the other day that the price of things was different from day to day in my Trading Post.  I had vaguely noticed that the trader was different on different days but I decided to look closer this time.  I only ever buy Draenic Dust because it sells the best on the Auction House compared to other items. One Draenic Dust sells for about 3g give or take a gold depending on the market fluctations.  If you consider that a Smuggled Sack of Gold for 50 Garrison resources gives you 12-17g then Draenic Dust is pretty good value.

Pyxni Pennypocket is one of my favourite vendors, because she sells what I want to buy at cheap prices!

She sells 5 Draenic Dust for 20 Garrison Resources as well as 5 Herbs for 20 Garrison resources. So I stock up a lot when she's on site!

Yesterday I had Elder Surehide, an orc female. She sells Draenic Dust for 25 Garrison resources, so not as cheap as Pyxni, however, she does sell Sumptuous fur for 20 Garrison resources and Ore - not that I need to buy those.

Ribchewer, a male Laughing Skull Orc was with me earlier in the week. His cheap goods are Raw Beast Hide and all the fish flesh for 20 Garrison resources.  His Draenic dust is 40 Garrison resources so I try not to buy from him.

Taitasi, a female troll, sells just about everything for 30 Garrison resources (except the Smuggled Sack of Gold).  She's a middle of the range trader, and I don't tend to buy from her.

So spend your resources wisely if you're capped!  Make sure you get your best value for Garrison resources with your vendors.  Oh and by the way, you can only see the vendors if it's your Garrison - you can't go to other people's garrisons and trade with their vendors!