Vroom!

I’ve been productive!

I’ve leveled my hunter to 80!  Once I got out of Dragonblight, it was smooth sailing. I really dislike that zone.  Despite how cool the Wrathgate cinematic is, I still hate Venomspite (and New Hearthglen) enough to make me never want to do the zone again.  Anyway, after Dragonblight, I took her to Sholazar until I felt she was high enough level for Storm Peaks, where she then did the quest line to unlock the Hodir dailies.  From there, she went to Icecrown to quest enough to pick up tabards for the Ebon Blade and Argent Crusade.  Shortly after this, she dinged 80.

I’m finally having fun with her again.  I like the wolf she’s been hunting with much better than I ever liked the raptor (who has since been released into the wild).  While I still miss the old shot rotations, I’m used to dealing with shot priorities now.  It’s not unlike being a shadow priest, in many ways.  I decided to level as survival to get a good grasp on the spec.  Yes, I pull aggro off my pet pretty often, but that gives me an excuse to use traps (something else I’ve missed).

I’m planning to gear her up for raiding so I’ll have a second raid ID to play with.  I don’t think she’ll ever be my main again — I love my priest too much.  Still, it’ll be nice to have another option, particularly as our guild grows and potentially runs a second 10-man team.

We’ve made some good progress in our raiding, too!  One of our new raid leaders decided it was finally time to take another stab at Malygos.  Honestly, we were only in there a few times before the raid leaders at the time decided it wasn’t worth our time.  We always got to phase three with no problem, but once we were on the drakes, it was nothing but lightning explosions and chaos, punctuated by repair bills.

The new person leading our Friday raids now he decided we needed to buck up, get back in there, and learn phase three.  I gotta give him credit on this — one of the reasons we didn’t progress before is that we did not persist.  While the raiders in our guild are friendly and competent, some of them very much hate to fail enough that they’ll pull us out of an encounter before we’ve really worked up a sweat trying to get past it.  “I don’t think we have the gear for this, so let’s just call it and go back to Naxx.”  Nooooo!!!

So, this time, the new raid leader was determined to not let us quit.  (He’s been frustrated, as well.)  After several wipes, our Sunday raid leader (who was not leading this particular raid) suggested that we just call it and move on to Naxx.  The evening’s raid leader said, “I think we should keep going.  We have plenty of time to work on this — this was the plan for the night.”  Yay!  We persisted.  After we got *everyone* in the raid to properly use the /follow macro after we dropped off the platform, we were led to victory.  Huzzah.  It was very exciting.

To follow with our persistence theme, we finally downed Ignis.  Again, we’d only seem him twice and had taken no more than three or four attempts either time before the raid leader pulled us out.  Thrilled by this victory, we decided to proceed to Auriaya.  We’d wiped on her trash once the week before, but this time came prepared.  We downed the trash and then downed her and her cats after we got the pull figured out.  Now, we’re working on Hodir.  It’s exciting to see us moving along at such a steady clip.

Still here…

… and playing plenty of WoW.  It’s hard to believe a month has gone by since my last post, but as I’ve said before, blogging about WoW was really something that I did to keep myself occupied during the day when I hated my job.  Since I’ve quit that job, my days are quite different.  I still like to keep track of things though, so here’s a little update.

A few things have changed for me in the game.  Our guild hit the same summer lull that many others are experiencing, made a little more sad by the fact that our guild leader, who always brought so much life into our guild chat, has been away, busy with family.  He finally decided that it was best for him to step down and let someone more active take over the guild.  As a part of this, they decided to bring in a couple new officers, as well.

(You know where this post is going now, don’t you?)

I think I knew when the conversation started that he was going to ask me to be an officer.  I’m one of those ever-present people, reliable and friendly, and I’ve been unofficially one of the go-to people for new casters getting ready to raid.  I teach them about spell hit, tell them which rep grinds to do first, make sure all their gear gets enchanted, and set them on their way.  I sign up for every raid myself and continue run heroics with people that are gearing up, though I have about 300 badges and nothing to spend them on.

I hesitated a little when he asked.  I’d always told myself I’d never agree to be an officer, wishing instead to be just a cog in the machine.  But when he asked, I knew I had to say yes.  I’d had a conversation with him in vent one night where we both agreed we would never want to be promoted beyond where we were (me a peon, him already an officer).  There he was stepping up to become GM when the guild needed him, so I was inspired to step up, as well.  And frankly, my responsibilities aren’t really that different now after the promotion.  I do what I always did, plus I get a sneak peek at what’s going on behind the scenes and a chance to help steer the guild a little bit.

Almost immediately after the leadership change, the guild felt more active.  Parts of our website that hadn’t been touched since before Burning Crusade are being updated.  We are recruiting and already have a handful of new raiders to replace folks that are busy with summer vacations or just plain burnt out.  It’s kind of exciting, actually.  I’m proud to be a part of it all.

I’m still very focused on my priest.  Because her gear is pretty much set aside from a few pieces in Naxx and a bunch of stuff in Ulduar, I’ve been working toward some of the more laborious achievement endeavors to keep myself entertained.  I thought the Children’s Week thing might kill my interest in holidays, but I did all the Midsummer Fire Festival stuff and had a great time with it.

I also PvP a lot now.  I was honor capped for a long time before I decided to take advantage of all those Wintergrasp battles and start collecting gear.  I’m past 900 resilience now and have a discipline PvP spec that I switch to when I feel like running battlegrounds for an evening.  I’m very, very hard to kill.  Bwahaha… I’m plotting a 2v2 team with a friend to see if I like arenas.  Lots of other folks in the guild are getting into it, as well, so I’m hoping we’ll also manage a 3v3 and 5v5, since that’s where the real rewards are going to be post 3.2.

I still raid as shadow and consider that my primary spec.  To make my PvE/PvP healing swapping less costly, I decided to go discipline for my PvE healing as well.  I resisted this for a long time, maintaining that I loved holy and never wanted to change.  On our last Naxx raid, I was pulled in as a healer, so decided to give a discipline a try there.  Sweet jeebus, that is a powerful healing spec.  And not only that, my mana barely budged.  I think I only got below half mana on maybe two fights, one of them being Kel’thuzad.  Hot damn.

The guild is progressing quite nicely in our raids.  We’re clearing Naxx in one night, usually Friday night, so the only thing that slows us down is drunkeness.  Many of the better geared raiders have stopped signing up for Naxx, leaving room for some of the newer folks to join in the fun.  I’m hoping we’ll have two full raid teams soon, maybe even allowing us to put together the occasional 25.

We’re also doing well in Ulduar.  We’ve cleared the Siege, aside from Ignis, who we’ve only tried twice.  During the first raid, we weren’t really prepared.  (We hadn’t expected to get to him!)  During the second, we were trying the brute force DPS method instead of dealing with the adds.  We got him down to 35% twice, but then we’d always get destroyed.  Next week, we’re going to give the good ol’ Tankspot method a go.  We’ve also got Kologarn down, no problem, and are working on the trash before Auriya.  (We were prepared for the fight, but those Storm Tempered Keepers took us by surprise!  We’ll be ready for them this weekend.)

I’m feeling much better about things than I was a month or so ago.  I can see in my drafts folder several unfinished posts where I was pissed about something or another.  My last beefy post does have a lot of complaining in it, too.  Hehe… but stuff is okay now.  🙂

How are you?