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!
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 after our wonderful first night in throne of thunder, and managing to get the first boss down, we spent our second night becoming ever more frustrated as time went on. From difficult trash pulls, to a boss where none of us seem to agree upon a strategy, to me getting hit like a truck. I have never before had to use purify so much before to clear my stagger damage.
Before we go any further into the intricacies of this boss and the effect on our raid team, I just want to highlight that after taking a week off from tanking, and then stepping into a new raid/boss with a new UI is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done. I mean honestly, I installed so many add-ons that don’t appear in the add-on list and require a secondary command to open that I had shit all over my screen and had no idea how to move it. I also forgot to download my stagger bar (Tao Brewmaster stagger bar… Google it!!!) So I had no real idea what point my stagger was at until the aura flashed and I freaked out, so I wasn’t managing my mitigation well, had until frames in the middle of my screen, and I had misplaced my cooldown bar. Not a very stellar start to the night for a so called main tank.
So the first few attempts we had on Horridon I had a nameplate in the middle of my screen, for the boss. It drove me to distraction, so when had our first break, I shot out to Google and tried find the offending add-on and its menu command to bring up the options. Moved it, downloaded my stagger bar and finally had some idea of what was going on. I was still taking massive hits, and my raid leaders want to kite the adds towards the next door definitely left us wondering what was going on. From all angles that I see, I don’t think our dps output is high enough. Raid leader wants to kite the adds because of quicksand, but from everything ive read, our dps should be getting things down quick enough that we shouldn’t have to be kiting to avoid the amount of quicksand that we are dealing with. Having not looked at our logs, only at recount, we had only one dps doing over 70k, the rest were 60k or below, which is not nearlyhigh enough. I think one of the issues is that the group is trying to aoe down all the adds together, which is leaving too many up. I keep trying to push for a priority on the adds, but our raid leader gets an idea in his head hes usually pretty adamant about trying it until more then one of us starts to kick up a stink about it not working.
We were also down our hunter, we replaced her with a rogue, not a very smart move on anyones behalf. Hopefully we have our usual roster this week, although I think that we will be down a tank, healer and dps. Thats the only issue with having three family members in your raid group, when theres a family get together we lose all three of them.
So Horridon hasn’t been stellar. I think once again our expectations of ourselves were placed bit high, especially given the easy of which we got the first boss down. All we can do now is continue to push on this boss,refine our strat and do what we do.
Remember to give your furry tanks tickles… it keeps them happy. 🙂
So tonight we had our first foray into ToT. I will begin by saying… What the? I’m having Sunwell flashbacks from BC. And let me just say, that’s not a good thing. I knew just from doing LFR that it wasn’t going to be a cakewalk, but holy cow!! I am also out of my comfort zone, given that I’m filling in as a healer while we try and find a replacement for our priest, but there seems tone strange points of spike damage in odd places and times and it’d really hard to keep up with. That being said…
Last attempt of the night and he went down smoothly. From the sounds of things I will be back to tanking tomorrow night, but healing tonight was fun. I forget how much I miss it until I do it again. But I digress, the fights from experiencing them in LFR seem to be tuned quite high, which is nice. Trash is extremely hard, I walked down the tunnel towards the trash leading to Horridon, and I groaned, purely because of my shitty experience with LFR groups on it.
I do have a question for you other raiders out there though; we had a recurring issue with our two melee dps dying at the same time to static burst. This was remedied by getting them to stand further away from each other, the boss and the two tanks. Has anyone else experienced anything similar? Our shman tried to argue that it had nothing to do with them moving apart, but when we made that change, neither of them died again… coincidence? I think not!! Haha.
But I am extremely happy. First night in ToT and we get the first boss down, thats better progress than what we did with MSV and HoF. I am still a little bummed that we never made the step into terrace, but we shall see if we need to do that as we press into ToT a bit more. With onlytwo raid nights a week our choices are generally pretty limited with what we can do and ho long we spend in each raid. We never actually finished heart of fear either. But falling behind in progression is something weve never really done. We like to at least see if we can do the current tier. If it becomes obvious our gear is lacking, then obviously we will move back into the older content again, just to give ourselves a boost, but from all reports the true test doesn’t really come until after the first three bosses in throne of thunder.
Tonight certainly tested me as a monk healer though, that’s for sure. After a couple of false starts, I finally realised that if timed correctly, I cold have renewing mist (with the aid of thunder focus tea) rolling on everyone within the raid during a thunderstorm phase, then just spam uplift to give them boosts. It also helps having a raid leader who is aware of most if the cooldowns that each class has and can call them as needed. Revival is OP… and I love it. I used it on a galleon fight the other day, 40 man + 157k healing to all raid members within sight makes for some crazy ass numbers!! I was about 20k heals behind our paladin and our druid but given that my healing is off OFF spec and only 479 ilvl, I was pleased with my efforts.
I really like the feel of the new raid as well, its dark without being… off-putting. Through my time in wow, ive come to realise that one of the things I don’t like is dark dreary zones. I avoid Zangarmarsh, searing gorge, deepholm, icecrown, and in Mists I avoided dread wastes until I had to complete it to finish off my Klaxxi rep grind. And yet, given that throne of thunder is inherently dark from the outset, it doesn’t feel that way. Its well detailed, and I found myself really appreciating the small touches. The dead/dying grass between the flagstones on the floor, thru cracked stair cases…the whole overgrown theme to the instance is very well done. Kudos to blizzard.
But in any case, we got the first boss down tonight, in relatively good time and tomorrow night we push onwards to Horridon. Come at me ya giant triceratops… I’ll be ready!!
Until next time, don’t forget to feed and water your tanks… they need nourishment to grow 😛