Hello again my precious readers!
It goes against everything I’ve read, but I am none the less going to apologise for my lengthy absence. I’ve been sick, my kid’s been sick, and the guild has been filled with drama! DRAMA LLAMA!!
Today I am not going to focus on the drama though. Maybe… I never quite know where my fingers and mind are going to lead me when I begin to type.
Firstly, I’m just going to say that I am endlessly excited for patch 5.4, especially after watching the release trailer. I can honestly say that I will be glad to kick Throne of Thunder in the butt and be free of it!
Between my daughter and myself being sick, I fell behind in aspects of LFR gearing/Legendary quest chain. That being said, I had gotten everything I could from LFR regarding gear anyhow, I was literally turning up for raid nights and that was it. Everything has settled down again and I’m back in the groove. Thankfully enough, Blizzard’s RnG gods seemed to note this, and decided that last week they were going to give me 10 secrets, which meant I have already gotten my meta gem!
Now I have to get titan stones ugh.
Our normal 10 man raid team has progressed extremely well since I last posted. I realised my last post regarding a boss was horridon. Ha that seems like eons ago! We are currently ramming our head against…
wait for it…
here it is…
Lei Shen!!! Ermagherd! That’s right. We are up to the last boss of Throne of Thunder and I couldn’t be happier. Well I could… he could be dead. But I digress. We progressed fairly well on him this Sunday just gone by. With one strat we got him to 8% Unfortunately for reasons not quite known, we changed the strat on Monday night, and couldn’t get past the second intermission. So it was a bit of a down week for us. However things can only improve, and we now know what we have to do. Now we just have to implement it.
I will do a more detailed post tomorrow, but for now I just wanted to touch base with you all and let you know what has been going on!
Don’t forget to feed your tanks! They like food!
Hello all! I’m back from my over seas adventuring and have walked straight into some more drama!
The life of a guild officer.
Currently our guild has two 10 man raid teams running, it has been this way since Cataclysm, there always seems to be one team that runs into quite a lot of issues with regards to retaining members. The issue this time is of a different ilk all together.
From my personal experience as a raid leader, the role is to research fights, make the calls during the fight, keep every body cool if tensions start to get out of hand, and to talk to people if they seem to be having trouble with regards to gearing/gemming/chanting/reforging.
I do not believe that it is a raid leaders job to point fingers and publicly (via guild forums) tell each member of their raid team what they are doing wrong according to his opinions.
This is the issue we have run into. A Righteous Raid leader (RRL). He seems to think that his way of playing is all that matters, and as such has gone to the forums and highlighted each person problem withing a public medium.
The raid leader of my team, will talk to you privately, and talk through the decisions you’ve made before flat out telling you they’re wrong. A raid leader does better by listening to their raiders and their reasons for picking the gear and enhancements of said gear before picking them apart.
As such we have a great team, and one team that is not in a very good position. And to top it off, said RRL has now issued an ultimatum (after putting the team on hiatus for 2 weeks) saying that if these people don’t change to what he believes is the correct way to do things, he will leave. Keep in mind he is asking casual raiders, to do what hardcore raiders do. According to him “Not having the time or gold” to have the money or do the dailies to get the money to pay for the expensive weapon enchants or gear upgrades is not good enough. If your raiders are having trouble with current content, then back step. It’s not an admittance of failure, it’s listening and knowing your raid team well enough to know that they’re not ready.
The whole point of our guild is to foster a fun, happy environment to be in. If you have a raid spot, you should feel comfortable in that spot, and not fear the constant reprisal from your Raid leader. I’ve hard core raided, I know what it feels like to spend every minute of every day trying to better your gear just so you can hold onto your spot and not get removed from the raid team.
I’m not quite sure what myself and the other officers are going to do about this, nor am I sure how we would approach it, however it can’t continue on like this.
Anyhow, it’s good to be back! Hope you’ve all been well! 🙂
~Fat Furry Tank
To start off this week, I’d like to say…
550 views on my blog, needless to say, this is very exciting for me. I hope you are all enjoying what you are reading 🙂 if you ever have and questions, please feel free to ask away.
So I was perusing Blog Azeroth and came across a shared topic that really took my fancy.
Suggested by Effy (go check out the blog!!!) It was regarding an introduction for your character if you were on and RP realm. This is my introduction for my panda!! Tell me what you think.
As you approach the large, leather clad figure, dark eyes fall on you. Beneath the animalistic features lies something more. The eyes glint with mischief as the figure shifts, revealing his face from beneath his hat, showing a large toothy grin surrounded by dirt tinged fur. A Pandaren. He grunts softly, adjusting the keg of ale slung over his shoulder, the leather armour creaking, straining against taut muscle, hidden beneath a body covered in thick fur. Its obvious, he is a Brewmaster.
I haven’t RP’d at all on WoW. I have often thought about it given how often I used to RP with my sister and online in the days on MSN cartoons, I guess im just never sure where one should start. Time to start researching.
This week has ended pretty well. My WoW weeks generally end on Monday nights in Australia after our raid finishes. Especially considering that for us, it also valor and LFR reset night. We finally downed Horridon, which was a fantastic buzz!!! Very proud of the teams all round effort, now onto council of elders, which we had a few attempts at tonight. I’m pretty sure it won’t take us that long to get these guys down, but now we have another week before raid. Thats the part that sucks about only raiding twice a week. So long between raids *grabby hands* but regardless, we got Horridon. Ahhh it felt so good. One the loot side of things, as you know, I didn’t have that much luck. Made all the more frustrating by our ridiculously lucky boomkin. Her LFR runs always net her at least two pieces of gear, without needing bonus rolls. Haha luck of the draw, I know but it can get a bit disheartening after a while. But we endure!! Lol.
The other thing this week… valor cap. I capped my 1000 valor, which is all well and good, but finished up on 2135 VP total. Just shy of 2250 for my 522 leg piece!!!! So that was a bit of a kicker too. But other than that this week has been good. Been fooling around on my DK a little bit, just as dps this time around. Unholy to be precise. I’ve also started working a little bit harder on my storm breaker achievement. But that’s not smooth sailing either. But all these things take time. The other amazing thing that happened for me this week was my acquisition of a primal dinosaur egg!!! It hatched yesterday and I got the black raptor mount. If you are yet to see a pandaren riding a raptor… go find one. Almost as funny as a panda riding a swift lovebird. Great for a laugh. I may not look as imposing as most on a mount, but I amuse people which is just as fun!!!
So tomorrow I will be gathering those last few VP, getting myself some legs and going through the daily motions again.
For now I’m off to the land of nod. Goodnight all!! Pat the pandas… most of us are harmless 😉
~The Fat Furry Tank
We are still on Horridon. We’ve progressed to the fourth door twice now, but the third door with the Frozen Warlords is still messy. The issue of my health dropping, and taking a lot of spike damage from the Mortal Strikes was brought to my attention. I looked at my stats and wondered to myself “How?” How could I fix it? How was it happening? What was I doing wrong. Couple that with a bad week in real life and I was at a low point. What could I do? I already veer away from Ask Mr Robot as his stat weights are different to what I use (I cap Expertise and hit regardless of what he says.)
So this drove me to mmo-champion, where I got a significant amount of help! People were very willing to give me criticism, and suggest areas in my rotation and stat priority that I could improve on/change. The crux of the issue was, however, that I was stacking far too much Stamina.
Now, I’ll explain to you all why I was stacking stamina. My raid leader/healers. Now that I have regemmed/forged and enchanted, without raid buffs I am about 470k HP… almost 200k below my Paladin offtank. When this issue first arose, we were doing Will of the Emperor and I was getting blown to pieces, so I stacked a bit more stamina. However, now that I have a much greater understanding of the way my class works/mitigates damage, I no longer have the need for that much health, however I was always urged to get more because I was so much lower than my offtank.
Of course the thing is… we as Monk tanks are always going to be low on health in comparison to other tanking classes. It’s the nature of the way we are. The way I like to explain it to people is we are not a high mitigation tank, we are first and foremost… an avoidance tank. Stat priorities of haste and crit being at the forefront of our spec. Haste for quicker energy regen and attack speed, more attacks = more gifts of the ox to heal yourself. The more crit we have the more white hit crits we get which means more stacks of elusive brew. However, the only thing that healers and my raid leader seem to see at one point or another is their perception of my lack of health.
But I digress, I changed everything around, and we went in to do horridon. It was after these changes that we made it through to the fourth door. I also have to note that I was pulled up by an mmo post that asked if I was falling into the trap of dps’ing as opposed to tanking, and it’s true. On horridon, I solely tank adds (pally offtank can solo tank horridon becuase of Hand of Protection) so of course, the instant we had all the adds together, I was just using Keg Smash, SCK, and BoF… I was forgetting black out kick, and rushing jade wind, at a crucial time of high damage. Because I was so focussed on getting the adds down.
So I have to keep telling myself “Just because you can do a lot of damage, doesn’t mean you should.” Because in all honesty, what’s the point of me doing 100k dps, if I die before the fight is over? If I die, it’s almost always a wipe, the adds go banans and start running over our dps and healers like they don’t even matter. So I’ve had to train myself to go back to my basic rotation, stop trying to be fancy, and just concentrate on what’s in front of me.
What’s in front of me is usually a lot of floating health bars, green, red, yellow and white text, with intermittent spell flash warnings! It’s chaos, but the point of the Horridon fight is to make that chaos, organised.
So we will be doing Jihn’Rok and Horridon again on Sunday and Monday, hopefully getting the fat triceratops down. I’m going to miss two weeks of raiding due to a trip, and I kinda want to see him go down before I go away!
On a semi-related note, I still hate LFR. In fact I hate it even more since the invention/introduction of Durumu in “halls of the flesh shaper” however, my hatred of that boss, was dwarfed today by sheer and unadulterated rage towards the loot system. I have been using bonus rolls on Horridon LFR for the last however long the damn things been out, and gotten nothing. I just want the weapon, is that too much to ask? So anyway, here I am in the halls of the flesh shaper, we down Dark Animus, and what does Blizz award me…
The. One. Handed. Mace.
What the hell am I going to do with that?! Do I look like I have another one hander to go with it? Do I look like I even use one handers at all. The only other one hander I have is the fist weapon off Spiritbinder, and it’s the LFR version.
So here I am, in a bit of a bind. I have my polearm from the spirit kings 10m Normal, upgraded one level to 493. I have my 502 one handed mace, and my LFR fist weapon. What on earth do I do? And has ANYone got any idea what is going on with hit rating in regards to Dual Wielding? I am hit capped, but when I switch to DW it says that my normal attacks have up to a 19% chance to miss on a 93 elite boss… what the?
So now I’m going to spend a long time running Heart of Fear: The Nightmare of Shek’zeer, to see if she’ll drop her fist weapon, so that I can put my sha-touched gem in it, and see if that makes any difference to anything I’m doing currently. My grievance with this is two fold:
1) HoF LFR… *stabs eyes out*
2) Having to fork out cash for two x Weapon enchants, on weapons I may not even end up using, but need to enchants on to do any kind of comparisons on.
So here we are again, I have literally been googling the crap out of this stuff! It’s so much fun!
First up we have… the Jade Forest Arboretum!
Excuse the sleeping panda, I tried everything to get him to move, but you know pandas. We love to sleep!! 🙂
This is a photo taken in Tatton Park Gardens in the UK. The bridge with the little hut on the island in the middle was strikingly familiar! I’m very happy I found this! It’s like walking into the arboretum… not where is my cloud serpent!
Next up we have…
The stormstout Brewery!!!
I love this place. I have spent countless hours running around it, it’s so intricately detailed. Plus you know… beer!! Woo!!
This is Byodo-In Temple in the Valley of the temples, in Oahu, Hawaii (funny huh?) I saw this and instantly thought stormstout! Surrounded by water, brightly colored! I just want to go see if there’s any beer monsters in there! 🙂
I’m really enjoying this for everyone, so I do hope you keep reading. Next post will be a normal type one. Please don’t forget to pat your tanks, we like a scratch behind the ears! 😉
~Fat Furry Tank