Saturday, April 30, 2016

Raiding - Ah back to guild runs and early mythics

Ah, first guild raid since I got back! I always enjoy Wednesdays, despite my trepidation earlier in the day that it could have been ugly. We had a couple of non guildies hanging around (Medio and Manataan) but we decided it was a good enough group to do Archi/Manny.

Unfortunately we spent most of the night wiping on Archi because we had little things not going well. 4 healing it was better, but we did struggle a little bit, and Rag and Koda were on their alts who had not done Archi before, so they at least got that down at the end which was satisfying. Unfortunately I was dead at the end, so I'll just put that down to out of practice.

Also, my healing is TERRIBLE when I'm slightly panicking! I go back to relying on rejuv spamming instead of concentrating on throwing my lifeblooms and wild growths around. It was rather embarrassing!

We pushed a bit later than normal and finished the first 4 bosses on the bottom floor, so maybe we can have a slightly more interesting night tonight. Lower floor is a yawnfest!

I was happy to get some of our more casual players like Clint and Gorvek in for lower floor. Gorvek's first raid with us, and I was a bit embarrassed for him when Voe said loudly "Who the hell is Gorvek?" to which I replied he was a guildie and Koda said "AND a Shaman!" I did giggle at that. Hopefully Gorvek didn't feel affronted!

It was much more enjoyable for me in the final bit, just healing and bumming around. I felt bad that I had to have a bit of a chat to my guildies - it felt like they were being a little bit naughtier than usual (even though I could tell they were being fun by being boisterous and loud) but it can be a little intimidating and just slightly too loud for my liking in a raid - even a fun one.

Saturday night did some mythics again, and this time felt a bit more warmed up so I was feeling a bit competitive and tried to up my output a bit to keep up with Annabelle. Dunno why I didn't use it before, probably because I liked the mana conservation part and getting to wrath for fun, but I guess now I had to concentrate on healing! We did the first 5 which means all day tomorrow is Gorefiend. That will be one expensive repair bill!

I unfortunately had to DPS for the first few bosses in mythic, but I did get to heal for Council and Kilrogg so that was good, at least. It was funny that Reaver was a one shot but we died a few times on Kormrok - apparently it was the opposite last week.

It's a bit of shame (and I don't blame them at all) that Nostalgic now have enough interest in their guild to almost fill their runs. We were only ever going to be fill-ins anyway, so we aren't guaranteed a spot, but now it's just the 3 of us hanging around in raid. Today it was HK's pally, myself and Neuro. I mean you can understand, most guilds want to do things AS a guild, and Frostwolves is no different. I don't begrudge them that, but I sorely wished it was my guild that was raiding! But, I've already said we aren't, we aren't going to recruit for us to do so, and I do enjoy getting to just turn up, or NOT turn up if I have something on. I'll just keep riding this ride while it lasts. That's the best I can hope for.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

What would I talk about if I went to the Blizzcon Benefit Dinner?

In our last ditch attempt to get tickets, we are going to attempt to get tickets for the Blizzcon charity dinner. Here's a banner from 2015.

The dinner is on the Thursday at 6pm at the Hilton, and you can only get 2 tickets at a time. Each ticket is a whopping US$750 and you get to chat to Blizz employees for the evening in a "relaxed dinner". You also get a signed Blizzcon key art print. Proceeds will be donated to the Children's Hospital in Orange County.

I have no idea what the likelihood of getting one of these tickets is, and when I mentioned it to Az and Shab they did balk a bit at the cost, but they do still really want to go to Blizzcon! Naturally if I did manage to win any of those tickets I would want to go the charity dinner. Imagine who I could meet there!

Az did laugh at me, saying that I would ask Dev's silly questions. However, I am not sure I want to talk JUST about Warcraft or Blizz games - I would just like to get to know the people behind the scenes! And then I thought who would I really like to meet?

I would like to meet Michelle Morrow - she seems really fun to talk to! And of course Chris Metzen looks super engaging and LOUS, and I would love to shake the hand of Mike Morhaime as well! And who knows who else! As long as there is FOOD I'd be happy to go, I don't care if it's a fancy meal or just cocktail food!

The weird thing - why am I unable to find any pictures from the charity dinners? Are pics not allowed? Or do people not take pictures at these functions? If I did go the Benefit, I would take lots of pictures with everyone! And of course I'd be taking pictures of the food - I am sure people would be curious, right? Because I sure as hell am!

I wondered - do devs just want to talk about the game and answer questions all day? Surely they'd like to talk about other things right? I'm sure at a charity do if I had to attend as an employee, I'd just love to have a nice night out and talk about fun stuff at work and not have to listen to someone whinging at me about some broken mechanic or what was WRONG with any of the previous expansions. Imagine if I turned up to a hospital benefit and the attendees where complaining to me about hospital wait times and complications of operations we had done! OMG that would not be a fun night out at all!

This is all wishful thinking of course. Who knows if I can even get tickets at all! But, I can tell you this - if I go, there will finally be photos on the internet about the Benefit dinner!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Raiding - I only do Mythic for fun, is that weird?

I literally got off the plane, got picked up at the airport, had a quick Pho (Vietnamese Beef Noodle soup) with the family, got home, threw all a week of dirty laundry into the washing machine and then left my husband to shower the kids and put them to bed whilst I got on to raid, as I had been DYING to raid so I joined Nostalgic on their weekend raid again.

I was worried I would be the only newcomer but I wasn't. I did at least get some warming up time on Council before we went to Kilrogg, which took a bit of time. Neuro was giving some great advice as he always does, and though he recommended we try not dispelling so there were less reaps around, people were dropping off like flies with them. Yes, more punishing to the healers, but I think the DPS didn't use as many cooldowns as they ran towards the edges and thus out of our reach for heals and then died. So we went back to dispelling at 5-7 seconds.

I was happy we got Kilrogg down, as I totally needed a carry through Kilrogg ;)

At least got a look at Gorefiend - wow, that requires a lot of control! No wonder people whinge about it.

I was talking to a friend of mine from Noctem who was looking for recruits, and I had already had one of my guildies, Deidria, want to do more mythic so he was going their way, and my friend asked me if I and another guildie wanted to be carried regularly through Mythic so we could be geared enough to help them out. I won't lie, I did bristle a little when he implied I was going to be a huge carry, which I probably would be, but it's just never nice to HEAR that, you know? He asked what I was doing and I said I was pugging into a raid on Barthilas and we were 5/13M. He said, don't you want to progress? Come along with us and you'll get further, you won't see the end content by the time Legion drops. And I thought to myself, but I don't really mind, I just like feeling like I'm working my way towards it. I don't want to be anyone's carry, or feel like a carry, no matter how much I would like to see content. And I really do wish I was doing it with my own guild. It's made me glum today, because it's Wednesday and my guild's raid day - which will be more alt heroics.

Which I don't mind because I love to raid, but I wish it was a bit more challenging. I guess it is challenging because we are taking alts and it's not as easy as with our mains, and I don't know how much middle floor they've been doing with everyone on funny toons. I also would like some of our casuals to see content too, but obviously raid mechanics matter more when we're not overgearing content.

Unfortunately for me I am on call this weekend, so I may not be able to raid, but there is a... 60% chance that I can! I felt a bit glum after that, and I thought some retail therapy would help. So I sent a donation to my favourite podcasts - Group Quest/All things Azeroth, Girls Gone WoW and Twisted Nether Blogcast. Big hugs to you guys!

And... I bought a dress, jacket and a shirt when I went to the Post Office. I think that's enough retail therapy for the week!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Multiple wipes on The 2016 Blizzcon Ticket Queue boss

At 7pm PDT on 20 April Blizzcon tickets went up for sale.

Everyone tried to zone in to try to be the first in to get the Queue boss. By the end of 12 minutes everybody knew if they were successful or not.

Many people blamed lag. It's true, you do better on boss mechanics with lower latency. Probably EVEN BETTER when you're in the States. I am here on HSDPA on my mobile phone so I probably wasn't going to have much luck.

Others hadn't read up on the boss. Perhaps they hadn't preregistered and had all their details ready to go. That may have slowed them down a bit. There were a few people who made it to the enter details stage, but then a little message in the corner said that the tickets were sold out before they'd finished filling out all the details.

Some people downed the queue boss easily and then started selling all their BoEs on Ebay. Bastards :P Some tickets went for double what they were selling for!

I saw many people getting tickets, and many people missing out. I really want a ticket! A bunch of us want to go this year, and I would really love it if we could all go. It's only the first round, but hopefully we will be able to get some tickets the next time round, or I will be one super disappointed person this year!

It's a shame that not everyone can go. I understand that numbers are limited to how many people you can fit into Hall A, but damn it, there are so many people who love Blizz games who would like to go for the first time. I moaned on Twitter that I wished they'd set aside some tickets for Oceanic players before they put them back up for general grabs, but that doesn't necessarily guarantee us tickets.

I saw Elvine had created a ticket website for people who got extras who want to help out others to get tickets. It's supposed to be a goodwill thing where you don't make profit, but if you can make an extra $200 selling the tickets on Ebay, who is going to hand over their tickets at cost?

Anyway, here's hoping for Sunday 3am. I should have decent net by then. But at 3am, my reflexes may be a tad bit slow. Wish me and my guildies luck!