Healed the Underbog today. Another straightforward dungeon. Starting to get to grips with my monk healing spells & knowing which ones to use in which situation. Also now using Chi Torpedo with abandon. This means I’m likely to roll right off a ledge at some point but sometimes you have to live dangerously. I need to download the add on that shows me in which direction someone is hiding when they are out of range. I always panic when the frame goes grey and I’m not sure where they are (particularly if I can see their health disappearing). It’s amazing how responsible you feel as a healer. I get stressed out at the thought of anyone dying. But really what does it matter? You should be able to just laugh about the mishap, regroup and start again. But that is only true if everyone is friendly, mature and polite. No blame culture etc. But WoW, life, the universe is unfortunately not like that in most cases – a depressing thought for a Saturday morning.
Samsara is now 68. There’s no way she’s going to be 100 before Legion. I just haven’t got it in me to do what I need to do i.e. the invasions. I am officially invasioned out. The Burning Legion can take all six towns for all I care. It seems like a fool’s errand anyway. We clear them out and they come again. Over and over and over. They can’t be reasoned with. They hate order, fairness and justice and want only for hatred and chaos to reign. WoW and the real world = both perfect for them. They would enjoy the chaos of the pug and LFR and could have a blast on forums & Twitter. No wonder the invasions are so relentless. They are excited to be home.
After yesterday’s post I plucked up the courage to go into a 5 man as a healer. Went for Hellfire Ramparts – a straightforward dungeon with less risk of me getting lost. Completed it twice and both times no one died. Yay. Main challenge was keeping up with the group. My Chi Torpedo is on the left hand side of my 2nd bottom action bar. You would think it was lost at sea the way my mouse hand struggles to find it. I also had no time to loot – a problem I remember from earlier days trying to heal. Luckily everyone left the dungeon at the end so I could run around in peace, loot most of what I needed and actually complete some quests. But one of the mobs with a severed hand I needed (nice) must have despawned. So I went in and did it all again. If someone wants me to get them a severed hand I get them a severed hand. Both times the groups were fine – quiet, business like, just the way I like it. Both times I pulled a group of mobs right at the start by running too enthusiastically towards the quest giver. So I probably didn’t make the best of first impressions. But I kept them alive. Overhealed like crazy of course. Panic does that to me. But it all made a nice change from invasions which I am heartily sick of (even though I love the experience and so can’t stop doing them, or at least flying to the invasion spot and tabbing out to write this blog post).
But going back to the dungeon – one thing I noticed is that the default UI and what I’ve done with my raid frames is a mess. I need to sort things out. Every time a loot roll came up it blocked my raid frame which I had placed too close to my action bar. What is the best add on to sort out your UI and make it exactly as you want including moving action bars around? And can you sort out raid frames when you’re not actually in a raid? I find I only see what it all looks like when I’m actually in there and already feeling the pressure. Finding out that this or that doesn’t work does not help with the situation. I really want to be able to customise my UI when not in battle & get it all laid out exactly as I want it. What does everyone else use?
Tried doing a bit of healing during an invasion on my monk Samsara. I know this isn’t exactly preparation for healing in say LFR at 110. Samsara is only 45 so obviously hasn’t got the fill range of spells available to her. And healing in an invasion is different from healing in a raid. You don’t have the nice raid frames to be able to see at a glance who needs healing – at least not the way my UI is set up (straight out of the box). I tried using Tidy Plates Simple but I can’t seem to configure it right. So instead I ended up using key bindings to set C to target friendly players. This means standing in a crowd I could keep tapping C to “see” (geddit?) who needs healing. Seems to be working well enough although am I right in thinking I can’t heal people from a different realm – the ones with the asterisk by their name? Have spammed a great deal of heals in their direction but nothing seems to be happening?
In terms of rotation Icy Veins says:-
- Since Soothing Mist is automatically channeled onto the last target of Effuse, Enveloping Mist, Vivify, or Life Cocoon (until another spell is cast or action performed) I should try not to move too much after casting those spells. Check.
- I should use Renewing Mist on cooldown, and maintain maximum Enveloping Mist up time on the target – in a proper group this is usually the tank; in an invasion it’s whoever I see needs healing when tapping C I guess (remembering not to waste stuff on those strangers from another realm)?
- Higher damage – use Effuse to supplement the healing.
- Higher damage still -use Vivify instead of Effuse to supplement the healing.
- Save Chi Burst for when more than two targets are taking damage.
Ok seems straightforward. I’m really tempted to try a 5 man. But first I need to get over the fear of zoning into a dungeon and suddenly forgetting everything I’ve read, in the process losing control over my fingers and thumbs, mouse and mind, everything. It’s that image that stops me just getting in there and having a go. I hate the fact that even now, when so much has changed in my life, I’m still scared to try out some of the stuff I want to do in WoW. I really thought I’d be past that by now.
I like the fact you no longer need tomes and dust to change your talents and specialisation. Instead you can just go off to a zzzz area to change things around. I can imagine this being more awkward in a raid though. Presumably in the past you’d carry enough mats to change whatever you needed to change whenever you needed to change it? But now you’ll have to leave the raid to get to a rest area. Presumably hearthstone out & then get summoned back. Would that work? If so that’s not too bad but obviously will take a bit more time.
In the past when selecting my talents I tended to go for the passive ones. The reason for this was not sheer laziness (although that was sometimes part of it), but more a case of wanting (needing) to keep things simple. But now that classes seem more simplified anyway I’m getting to be a bit braver with my talent choices.
There are limits though. Luxmii my shaman now has Primal Elementalist which grants her elementals Fred and Ginger (their official names) 80% increased damage and the ability to control them. Icy Veins recommends this as the best option because of its burst damage. But I’m not sure if I want to be controlling my elementals. I can barely control my main. I selected the talent the other day & brought them out to play but pretty much just left them get on with it. I’ve decided to trust them to do the right thing in any given situation. Nothing can go wrong with that approach right?
With my Pally my favourite talent is Justicar’s Vengeance which deals Holy damage to the target and heals me for the amount of damage done (double against stunned targets). But it’s been great trying out a range of talent combos, unlike previously where after picking the most passive arrangement possible I stuck with it through thick and thin. For me the new way of changing specialisations and talents has given me a flexibility I really like – although until I had the flexibility I never knew how much I wanted it.
There are some quests I just can’t do. For example I have a real problem with the one in MoP where you get a chance to play as Sully and have to shoot the monkeys. I just can’t do it. I keep running out of time. Ridiculous. So if I’m ever on an alt and come to that quest I have to call in husband to do it. It’s so embarrassing.
I had to call him in a few weeks ago too when I was playing Beanie the hunter. I had to catch a wisp in Darkshore. Just one wisp. Easy peasy right? No. Not for me. It kept darting away from me. Similar to that quest in Hyjal where you have to rescue the little animals from the fire. So hard. So frustrating. You keep hoping one will realise you’re trying to help and sit still there long enough for you to press the button and catch the little blighter. But no. I’m always a fraction of a second too late. I have the worst reactions in the world.
And there’s one of the starter Death Knight quests too. Right at the end where you have to shoot some stuff down from the sky. I think you’re on a cannon? I can’t remember the details because every time I get to that bit I just get up and walk away from the computer. I cannot do it. If someone is not around to help I am stuck there forever. It’s the main reason I don’t play Death Knights.
I know these are embarrassing quest fails. And I won’t get started on the real life things I can’t do very well. Suffice to say knives, tin openers and bottle openers are usually stored out of my reach and there’s not a door in the house I’ve not walked into. Poor reactions and general clumsiness – both in and out of game. And I’m meant to be a hero in Azeroth? Somehow I suspect I’m more of a liability.
Yesterday I tried too hard to fast track Samsara and I made myself sick. Or I might have a virus that has nothing to do with WoW of course. Either way I did not feel well yesterday evening and the thought of all those Legion mobs, red health bars, swarms of players etc made me feel exhausted and queasy. So what do I do this morning – I logged on to do another invasion. On a positive note I do feel a bit better this morning (although my back is in agony from the way I slept and my teeth are aching from grinding them throughout the night – oh for a restful night’s sleep).
But anyway due to yesterday’s WoW collapse Samsara is only level 40. I read Belghast’s post yesterday which says it took 49 invasions to go from level 53 to 100 in full heirlooms. I am only level 40 & only have 3 heirlooms (although can get the Zen Pilgrimmage buff). I’m probably looking at about 60 odd invasions right? I don’t think I have it in me. It’s just too repetitive now. And I know invasions are not designed for fast tracking alts – they are for gearing your max characters ready for Legion. And with one of my max characters that’s exactly what I’ve not done – I haven’t brought Frip the Druid out to play once. I haven’t tested out how her class plays with all the changes. She’s still blissfully unaware of the invasions and pottering around in her garrison. I forget her item level but it’s not great so if I do play her in Legion she’s going to have a tough time starting out. But I just don’t want to do invasions for the boxes. If I can face them I want to use them to level alts. Samsara specifically now. I only rolled her a few days & now my only objective is to get her to 100. My head aches. And as for poor Beanie the hunter …who’s she again? My priorities have changed so much within the month of August alone. I’m like a child in a sweet shop. And I’ve made myself sick.
I have no idea how long it would take someone to power level from 1 – 100 without invasions and with maybe just 2-3 heirlooms? But I’m going to see if I can level my new Horde monk Samsara from 1-100 before the end of August taking the invasion route. I currently have an Alliance Druid, Shaman, Priest and Paladin at 100. This means I have a good selection of range/melee damage dealers and healers to choose from across Argent Dawn EU and Darkspear EU. But my highest Horde (not including my 99 Demon Hunter- still not finished the starting zone for her yet) is a Warlock in the late 60s or 70 (can’t remember) and I would like a max Horde that I have the option of playing either as damage or as healer for our new Horde guild The Slapdash Squad. So going to try and power level Samsara via invasions.
Started her this week and after a few false starts (thought I could do an invasion as level 1 so asked husband to drive her from Sunstrider Isle to Tarren Mill on one of his higher Horde characters. She levelled to about 5 doing this but couldn’t actually see the invasion. You have to be 10). I then went to Brill to do some quests but after 5 minutes there recklessly hearthstoned back to the Blood Elf starting area to do the quests there, but quickly get bored of that and flew back to Brill (WoW attention deficit disorder). Did some quests there until I dinged 10 and then went to Tarren Mill. After doing a ton of invasions in Tarren Mill and the Barrens I am now ….36! After one morning. Awesome.
Streamed some of this on my Twitch channel and had some help from someone in the chat room who advised me to play through the first two stages of an invasion then log out/log back on to restart the invasion. I did this a few times but of course that way you don’t fight the big boss and don’t get any boxes. And it gets boring. But until I get flight its hard travelling to some of the different areas. It’s hard riding to the easier ones too – if you’re me. I rode all the way from Northern Barrens to Azshara and stumbled across what I thought was a brand new city – turns out it Orgrimmar. Which I could have flown to. My sense of direction EVEN WHEN LOOKING AT A MAP is ridiculous.
I’m now in Tarren Mill. Just completed one invasion and went up two levels. Waiting for Northern Barrens or Azshara to restart or Tarren Mill to roll around again. Can’t think how I can get a low level Horde to Westfall, Dun Morogh or Tanaris so will have to leave those . One good thing as a Monk is Zen Pilgrimmage which seems to be a way to get back to the Barrens while keeping my Hearthstone set to Tarren Mill. Plus the experience boost is awesome. I’m struggling with melee. I need a mod that shouts loudly at me when I’m facing the wrong way. I have the camera pulled out so far I can hardly pick myself out in the crowd but I need to do this so I can see what I’m fighting. I’ve never been comfortable meleeing in a crowd (ask anyone in work). What I really want is try out some monk healing in a 5 man but too nervous for that. Plus not sure if anyone is even running dungeons at the moment. So will just keep on the invasion track, get to 100, and then have a Horde monk healer that I can use in LFR. Oh it’s so good to have such an important goal in life.
Well finally my first ever WoW character, my Pally Terema, is max level. She is my third level 100 (I know – only 3 – I need to work much harder) and definitely the one that means the most. I remember creating her, logging on and being introduced to the world of Azeroth through her eyes and experiences. I levelled her through three expansions but then, for some reason, abandoned her at 85. By then Seashell my mage was my main, I was enjoying blasting things at range (coward that I am), and I never looked back. Until now.
I’ve been enjoying getting to play Terema again. Not tried healing with her yet. That’s something I’m very interested in doing so will need to go into the Proving Grounds and see how it all works. I’ve done a little bit of healing previously on another Paladin (Androse – I was meant to be levelling her with husband’s alt The Doctor so …The Doctor Androse … a little nod to my favourite Dr Who pair). I remember doing some healing by casting judgement and putting something on one character which meant when you healed someone else that character also got healed. The rest is a blur. Clearly more research needed.
But I also need to find out how I get to Proving Grounds. I used to go from the garrison but Terema has bypassed WoD apart from doing enough quests to get the basic garrison. Not sure if she has a way to the Proving Grounds from there. I recall first going to Proving Grounds in MoP so assume there’s a way to do it from there too. It turns out the dawn of Legion has meant rediscovering old characters and learning how to play them and this has turned into a rediscovery of Azeroth itself. I need to find out where to go to do this and that and then visiting areas I’ve not been to in some time. The expansion already feels like the reinvigoration of the WoW we already have, and that’s without any of the new content we’re going to get and the journey to 110. So far I’m impressed and excited – not bad for a rainy Saturday morning.
Despite the list of achievements Terema received when I first logged into her after a very long time I’ve never been a fashionista (in game or in real life). Anything cool I have in my WoW wardrobe is due to accident not design, and I have nothing cool in my real life wardrobe. Or so I thought. But an encounter yesterday proved me wrong.
Despite previously thinking I wouldn’t be that interested in the new transmog in WoW it turns out I love it. The design is great. You can easily see all the item appearances you’ve gathered through the years and quickly put together a combo that doesn’t make the eyes bleed. And this is what I’ve done for Terema. But I didn’t give it much thought beyond “I like that helm and sword, those colours sort of match, ok done.” So imagine how pleased I was yesterday to get a whisper from someone who liked my Sparkmetal Coif ! She first whispered me an O type face. I thought oh no what have I done (it was possible I might have snagged a mob she was after). But she then said, “Sparkmetal Coif”. Ah I thought, she thinks the coif is silly. I mean I love it but it does look a bit like a hairnet. But then she whispered, “I want one for my warrior but they don’t have them in game anymore.” Oh, I realised, she wants it! For a fleeting second I then feared she was about to mug me for it but then I remembered you can’t do that in WoW. And then I felt awesome. I was wearing something someone else liked. This never happens to me. I replied to her, “I love it, I want one in real life.” This is true, I need a hairnet. She replied “I’m going to post right away that they need one in Legion.” “Definitely,” I replied to my new little friend. I never saw her again.
What a nice encounter though. Did my ego no end of good. Looked up my awesome coif this morning. It seems I got it pre Cata for defeating Morbent Fel in Duskwood. Ah those were the days. I remember how much I loved doing Duskwood with Terema. I don’t remember getting the coif but I would have worn it until I got something better. But now I’m wearing it again, it’s come back in style and I am rocking hairnet coolness. I think I might be a fashionitisa after all.
Just read the following on Blizzard Watch.
“a revamped version of Karazhan coming in patch 7.1.”
Oooh. I’m quite excited about this. I never experienced original Karazhan properly (at the right level) in a raid. Long time readers know I’m not much of a raider and before LFR never did any raids at all. I’ve gone there with husband and daughter with higher level characters to explore the place and I love its look and feel. So it will be great to go there in a 5 man group. I also understand there is a pre-expansion questline that gets you back into Karazhan this week. I knew there was a new quest this week – Khadgar’s servant has shown his …um …face? again – but I’ve not done it yet. Hoping to get round to it today.
The 5 man will have nine bosses and an opera event featuring various stories. Old Karazhan should remain and so you can still try and get Attumen’s mount – a mount that still eludes me (probably because I’ve only tried to get it about three times – I just can’t grind for mounts, it’s too depressing).
Anyway this all ties nicely into the Hearthstone Karazhan adventure of course – but that’s something I’ve yet to play. I have so neglected Hearthstone since coming back to WoW. There simply aren’t enough hours. Plus I can’t really justify spending money on another adventure and I don’t have enough gold (because I’m not playing enough etc.) and so … not played the adventure. First adventure/expansion that I’ve not been a part of. And it looks fun too. At the back of my mind I’m concerned this means I will start to fall behind in Hearthstone – as in if I choose to play I won’t be able to go on and quickly pull together a viable deck for the meta as I won’t have played the latest expansion or adventure and I won’t have the best cards. So there is this nagging pull to get in there and do it to just remain on par even I don’t do much else with it at the moment. But it’s more money… just to remain on par in a game I’m not playing that much right now. No no no. I won’t do it. And if this means I have to remain in the 20s forever on Heathstone so be it. There are worse places to be.
But part of me does want to go to the party.
*Edit: Just before clicking post daughter read out to me “Last chance to get special card back” which I realised was the Karazhan card back, so I’m currently logging in to see what it involves and…yes quite possibly I will now go on to do the reverse of everything I said above.*