Tagged: Raiding

Random ramblings from this week!!

To start off this week, I’d like to say…
Thank you!!!
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

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Here we go again!

Guild Drama. Most of us have seen it, most of us have been part of it, and a lot of us have had to fix it.

But what do you do when most of your guild is sectioned into smaller groups. It’s like high school all over again.

Currently our guild is suffering from “The officers do nothing and don’t help us, but I’m not going to talk to them about it, I’m going to talk to all my friends, who aren’t officers and then expect something to magically happen!”

As an officer, what do I do in this situation? People are assuming that we don’t care. And for some reason are not approaching us when they need help with, well, anything!

I’m currently trying to push the use of our guild website a little bit more, as I find it a more structured environment than FaceBook, for this kind of thing. However it’s always the same people frequenting the forums. There are literally 5 of us, out of a guild of about 250+ members, that are currently talking about the steps to take to fix this lack of communication within our guild.

What I seem to think is the major culprit of the hostility towards the officers is the raiding. It’s something I’m yet to bring up in as many words, because I don’t particularly see that stirring the pot has any benefit to any one. However what do we do? In cataclysm, I was the raid leader of the second raid team, one that cycled through members constantly, for many different reasons, weren’t progressing fast enough, people’s internet connections making it hell for the rest of us, personal issues flowing into the raid environment, and non-committal from a lot of my raiders.

The other raid team had a steady roster that cleared content every week. When there are two ten man raid teams, this seems to be something that happens quite often.

Currently we have 1 steady raid team, it just happens to be the one that I’m a part of (after making a decision at the end of cataclysm to give up raid leading and go back to main tanking). This team consists of people who work their asses off in the short time we have to raid (casual/social guild) and clear at a nice pace.

However the second raid team that started before us, pushed hard and fast, and fell apart. They had a big raid group blow out in december, and nothing has happened since. Then there was suddenly a third group of people around December as well, that wanted to start a third raid team. At this point you’re probably wondering why we’re not running 25mans, instead of three 10 mans.

The reason for this is that currently, we can’t even field two full 10 mans. And for some reason the majority of the guild seem to think this is the officers fault.

But my question is, how can the officers help you build your raid team back up, if even when asked, you don’t tell us what you need to fill your ranks?

How can the officers help with anything, if we’re never made aware that there are problems?

I’m at a loss. And the forum post is just the same five people going round and round in circles.

My question is to you fellow bloggers, if you’ve ever experience these issues, or any similar, let me know! I’d be interested in seeing how other people deal with the issues that surround guilds! Otherwise I might just have to climb up a tree and be in permanent /facepalm

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Plate to leather…

So you’ve finished Cataclysm as a prot warrior. Patch 5.0 made your soul cry, because you forgot to read patch notes, and had no idea why suddenly shield block wasn’t working straight off the bat and you’re running into a boss fight with no instant mitigation. (I know, I know.. BAD prot warrior.) you’ve also spent a lot of time Offtanking as a Blood DK for your guilds other raiding team and have been enjoying that more than your warrior.

So what do you do?

Now the important question is upon you. Which team do you raid for in Mists of Pandaria, and which online persona are you intending on using? The weeks leading up to the release of “Panda Land” are filled with stress, to the point where you are pulling your Worgen hair out and becoming some strange… hairless, allergen friendly creature of peoples nightmares. You were always going to tank, that’s a given, but which class. Especially since you have the means to have them all.

But no, you don’t go the easy route. You don’t take your already level 85 character and do the new content. You bite the bullet, grab some heirlooms, and start at level 1 again.

And the next thing you know, you’re an overweight, stomach jiggling, black and white furred, mohawked panda with a moustache. By level 20 you realise “Oh my, this is the class for me… where have you been all my WoW life?!” and settle in to level.

I mean come on… who doesn’t enjoy throwing beer all over mobs and then setting them on fire. FIRE!!! Mmm burnies…

With every new ability your enjoyment of the class grows. Although you’re still a bit creeped out by the fact that your stomach jiggles whenever you move.  You turn into some possessed levelling machine, knowing your deadline to be ready for raiding. You level so quickly, that one of your guildies makes a macro to gratz you because she can’t be bothered typing everytime you yell “Ding!!! *smashes face into keyboard*” in guild chat.

So you level your way to 88… and then bam. You get stuck in a rut. 88-89 feels crazy slow, you feel like your eyes are melting out of your skull with every quest you hand in, and your xp bar doesn’t move. Your guildies encourage you, and you push through and then BAM!! You hit that magic number 90!

And Ta Da!! Here I am. A level 90 Brewmaster Monk. It is to this date my favorite class.

The transition from a plate wearing prot warrior to a leather wearing monk has been an interesting experience. Even now, I’m changing things around in raid bosses to better up my mitigation for certain fights. This first post is mainly an introduction to the wacky mind that is me. The further into this blog I get, the more information regarding my gameplay and the rotations, cooldowns, talents and glyphs I use will be covered. The adventures of dungeon running with friends, including the wipes we have from being overconfident, to the first time we got our asses kicked in a challenge mode dungeon.

Until then fellow Azerothians, quest well, may the gold flow and don’t forget to pat your tanks!

~The Fat Furry Tank