Archive for February, 2010

That VuhDo That You Do

So, my Healbot broke three weeks ago.  It was there one minute in a raid and then gone the next.  I tried to get rid of it and re-download it, but I just couldn’t get it to work on my PC.  Unfortunately, I was going into another raid at the time.   Luckily, I still had VuhDo in my add-ons.  I tried it out once at the behest of my friend Soliss the Shaman.  She seemed to like it.  I, however, did not so I disabled it.  Thank goodness I did not delete it because it was all I had to heal.  (Yeah, the rudimentary healing thing never really worked out.)

Yeah, um, Exxy, you were supposed to HEAL him.

I’ve been using VuhDo ever since, and I have to say it’s okay.  I am slowly figuring out how to make it do what I want it to do, and it does some things better than Healbot.  I am really liking the way it keeps tracks of missing buffs or how it counts down my bubble.

People who read this or know me are well aware how much I LOVE Healbot, but I had to let it go.  I don’t know why it stopped working for me.  Other people have said it works just fine for them.  The raid frames just do not exist anymore on my ‘puter.

So, now I am on to Vuhdo.  Maybe you should try it, too.

Download it here: VuhDo

Happy Raiding!

Exxy

ExxyTalk After Dark: The Disco Edition

Here’s my interview with Miss Medicina.   She gives a very detailed lesson about discipline priest healing.  If you feel like a “disco” dummy, then check it out.  She talks about healing, gemming, gear and glyphs.  BTW- forgive me my cheap-arse mic… 🙂 

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Exxy

Woot!

Last night, I recorded my podcast with priest extraordinaire, Miss Medicina.  Look for our convo to pop up soon on this blog pretty soon.  She gave me a very thorough lesson on discipline priests healing.  I didn’t realize we talked as long as we did, but I will probably have to post it as Parts 1 and 2.  I learned a lot from talking to her, and I look forward to getting in some groups and trying out “disco” healing.

I have to give it to her.  Miss Medicina really knows her stuff.  We talk about spell “rotations,” the main differences between holy and discipline, gemming, gear issues, glyphs, etc.  Like I said, it was a very thorough lesson. 🙂

Hmmm, now back to my day job.  It’s funny.  I interview people everyday in real life.  Today, I will see the mayor twice, but “interviewing” Miss Medicina made me nervous last night.  Luckily, she is so bubbly and so nice, I felt very comfy discussing the game with her.  I will probably do the final edits after work tonight and then post it.  I hope you enjoy it. 

Happy Raiding!

Exxy

Life On the Other Side

Stepping away from raiding has been a reality check for me, and I have to say I am quite pleased with the break thus far. I don’t have to rush home from work, feed the dog, feed hubby and then raid. I can just come home, do the other stuff and then just.. be. I also don’t have to worry about getting my dailies in although I do log the DK in to tank for Hubby’s mage. It’s been quite relaxing. I even have time to make my Sims into millionaires (thanks to the cheat code of course LOL).

Yesterday in Ironforge, Exanna was checking her mail for gold when a stranger whispered her.

“How come you’re not in a guild?”

“Well, I /gquit.”

“You’re epicly geared. What guild were you in?”

“Ah, it doesn’t matter. I am just taking a well deserved break.”

“Oh,” he writes seemingly worried, “I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings. I just wondering why you weren’t in a guild.”

“LOL. My feelings aren’t hurt. I am fine :). Take care!”

“You, too.”

Free.. for now.

And that’s what it is for me: a well deserved break- not only from the drama but from the work. I raided 5 to 6 nights a week. I was the webmaster. I created our site and made it useful. I was responsible for posting pics and strats and stuff like that. I put the 10-mans together to make sure the groups were equally skilled and geared. I heard all the whispers about people being upset about this or that. I encouraged some of the healers when the RL would make them feel bad. I tried to think ahead when it came to problems the guild may face. I made the recruiting posts when it was time to recruit.

And when it came to my toons, I ran the dailies and the weeklies- never missing them. I grinded the mats and made the stuff to sell on the AH just so Exxy could get the money to buy the saronite her crafted gear early on. I made cloth every three days like clockwork. I ran the randoms to get badges for DanityKane so she wouldn’t be useless. ransmuted gems daily, herbed and made flasks or raiding.  I worked really hard- on a game.  And now, I get to be free. For a bit.

I do, however, feel bad for Hubby who /gquit last night. He says his heart wasn’t in it without me there, and for that I feel terrible. I never asked him to quit. He just did, and he worked hard on his toons, too. I took a lot of the blame for stuff I did not do, and he told me he didn’t feel right continuing to raid with them. Isn’t that just a big ball of sadness and sweetness mixed altogether?  Thanks, Hubby, for standing by me.

I plan to get back into raiding. I plan to find a new guild but not one that raids quite so much. I plan on having fun.

For now, I will be getting a podcast together this week. I am so excited! Miss Medicina has agreed to be my first celebrity guest! /smile. She is going to teach us all the basics of Discipline Priest healing in ExxyTalk After Dark. So stay tuned. And for those of you who have written to encourage me to keep going, thank you. And please know- I am not done yet. I am just resting and rebuilding.

Happy Raiding!

Exxy

Exxy… OUT!

Well, it’s a daybreak here, and I have finally made the decision.

In a few minutes, I will /gquit.

Any of you who read this blog know how extremely proud I am of my guild.  I love it when the guild succeeds.  It sucks when the guild fails, but now it’s just time for me to move on.

I’ve been thinking about it for months now.  Guild Drama.  It never amounts to anything good.  Call me a Drama Mama if you would like, but really, I just wanted to play the game, beat the bosses and get phat lootz. 

Let’s play “I never.”

  • I never wanted to have to take over the ten-man slotting but I did.  Had I not certain folks might make Group A a gazillion times better than Group B dooming group B to repeated failure.  It was always my goal to balance them out. 
  • I never threatened to leave the guild because my husband wasn’t in a raid nor would I ever. 
  • I have never been p-whipped by cyber-p.  I hear it’s pretty powerful for some reason.
  •  I never tried to make up a written loot policy for alts just because DanityKane hit 80.  It’s a very selfish way to run a guild.
  • I never tried to re-write said policy because my alt lost an off-spec roll to a main.  Shame. LOL
  • I never cut a deal as an officer with the officers to buy orbs at half price for an alt.  Oh, wait, I take that back.  I did try to broker the same deal with the GM only to be told I was low-balling the guild.  Yeah, I guess the same rule will apply to the primordial saronite, too, huh?  More shame.

Did I roll on BiS gear for me?  Hell yeah!  You’re damn right I did! Some of the things on my “wish list” aren’t even BiS due to the stats I like my character to have.  I prefer a number of haste items to crit.  Did I get to vote for myself on the Loot Council?  Nope.  Did my husband get to vote for me on the Loot Council?  Nope. 

  • We were never allowed to vote for one another, but the other officers did.  So please, place the blame on more than just me or him when it comes to my gear being nice.  Maybe ask why you were consistently passed over on gear if you really want to know why such decisions were made- that is IF you really think the LC has passed you over.  You most likely will not get a straight answer.  FYI, my gear is ranked 16th in the guild now for all who wonder… EDITED TO MENTION the fact that 10 of the 15 items I now wear were either crafted by me, earned by me through Ashen Verdict rep or bought by me with badges.  It would be 11/15, but I like the haste on my bracers more than the Moonshroud bracers (also made by me).  You can’t really depend on the guild to get you everything you want or need.  A weapon?  Yes.  A trinket?  Yes.  But there are a lot of things you can get on your own- which some “guildies” just can’t grasp for some reason.
  • Oh, yeah.  I never liked going to old raiding zones like AQ 40 or even OS once ToC and ICC came out.  Why?  Because I came to WKN for progression.  I went to OS a few times to help people get trinkets, but for folks to complain about me not doing other things outside progression and my dailies is just dumb.  Get a life.  You like achieves, and I don’t really care.  Grow up.

I have been the only female officer in this guild as long as I can remember.  In this all boys club, I have had other officers discount what I and other female members say or think as irrational.  Like it or not, women can see the drama coming from a mile away.  Hell, a lot of the times, women are the cause of a guild’s downfall.  Sometimes- women like me- try to stop the drama only to be “put in our place.”  I bit my tongue on so much for a long time.  Last night, I decided not to anymore, and it was about something even our male counterparts complained about:  a key person once again showing favortism to someone else- trying to get an invite for them by giving us what amounts to an ultimatum.  Second time in about three months that has happened.  The last time it happened 24 people waited for 30 minutes while one person held us all hostage because someone was not invited.  All of us, just waiting in ICC but not able to move because this one person was threatening to leave the server.  It is bullshit, and until I raised hell last night, nothing was ever going to be done about it.

I’m sick of it.  Maybe this is just how guilds go.  I don’t know.  I have been in three my entire WoW lifetime.  I left the first one because the GM was 12.  LOL.  I left the next one- which I loved- because after Wrath came out, it just kind of stalled and I wanted to progress.  Now I am in a progression guild, and while I love the progression part, I can’t take the drama.

I would love to keep raiding, and maybe I will get back to it one day soon.  Right now, I just need a break.  So this is Exxy signing off as a semi-hardcore raider.  I am trying to decide if I will keep doing my dailies while I figure out what to do.  I am sure hubby will love to use my toons for something if for nothing else than the flask master and gem transmutes on Danity.  I may be hitting the pug circuit… ooooh, patience is a virtue.  LOL

So, Soliss, Seca, Lito I will miss talking to you in The Healer’s Sanctum.  It’s been so much fun raiding with you guys.  Shawn, I have missed your guidance since the day you left us.  You were the Drama Master, and believe me, we needed you back.  And good luck to WKN.  For those who say, “OMG.. Good Riddance, Exxy!” I give you a hardy “OMG.. FU!” LOL.  You are probably one of the people mentioned in this post. 🙂

Oh, well.  Maybe I will find a new game to tickle my fancy.  I have been wanting “my life” back for a while now.  This is just the first step.  Wish me luck!

Happy Raiding!

Exxy

Flash Heal!

Flash Heal!

That’s the name of proc/buff for the Tier 10 four-set bonus.  I added the buff to my Powa Auras and have been pleasantly surprised by how often it procs.  Check out this World of Logs for last week’s raids.  I noticed that as I got used to using it, I was able to reset my CoH even more! By the time we got to Festergut, CoH was my top spell with 99 total hits due to the bonus resetting it 11 times.  Not bad for a 4:53 long fight, eh?

I miss abusing CoH.  You just spam, spam, spam, but those days are long gone.  At least this four-set bonus makes it available more often now.  I have had it reset three times in a row which is really cool.  Even though there are other badge pieces that may be higher on the BiS list than the basic T-10, I would suggest you guys try it out- especially for those fights where there is a lot of raid damage going on.

Professor Putricide

Our 10-man group got him down to 5% last night.

/boohoo

We will get back in there Friday and kill him, though!  I am confident.  Another fight where rhythm is key. 

Smooches!

That’s it for now.  I have a bad sinus infection that’s had me sort of down and out the last few days.  I hope to feel much better soon.  The cough syrup is magical though.

Happy Raiding!

Exxy

Saturday's Shared Topic: What Kind of Boss Would You Be?

It's like getting trampled on Black Friday by a bunch of crazed women!

From Blog Azeroth’s Shared Topic:

I was lying in bed the other day, thinking…. and I wondered what sort of boss I would be if I was a boss in WOW. Would I be an easy loot giving boss like Loot Reaver, Chess Event, Gunship, or would I be a really hard one, like STUPID ROTFACE who is driving us crazy at the moment, or Shade of Aran was in Karazhan for our guild many moons ago? What would my special abilities be? What loot would I drop?

Introducing… Exanna The Great

Hi, this is Aenid, and welcome to the OMG.. Priest Startegy Guide for Exanna the Great.  Exanna lives in the Divaworks section of ICC.  She is quite healthy with 37-million health.  The fight is a Battle for Survival.  It requires raid awareness, good positioning and shopping know-how.  Positioning is key from the start, with the ranged spread out every 10 yards around her  in a semi-cirlce and the melee of course in their usual position.  Three tanks are necessary for this fight as they will each take stacks of Buyer’s Remorse.  We will explain that later in this video.

Phase One

Phase one of this fight begins with Exanna on the stairs.  She will have a shopping cart full of loot of to the side.  Your goal is to kill her to take it from her. 

Don't take too many stacks of Buyer's Remorse. It could kill you.

First pull is crucial as it will initially be hard to control Exanna.  The first tank to actually tank her will need to firmly establish himself/herself as third on aggro.  Then and only then will she take to him.  You have an 8 second window to do this.  At the same time, all three tanks will need to stay in front of her and the rest of the raid at her back as she has a terrible cleave that hits for 100k.

When Tank 1 has aggro, Exanna will begin the cycle of her abilities.  Exanna will randomly target three raid members at a time with Shadow Word: Puke.  They will wretch around uncontrollably for 10 seconds.  This DoT ticks for 2000 every 2 seconds.  This happens once every 15 seconds.  Exanna will also sacrifice two raid members on sweater folding tables that will appear to her right and left.  They will be held in chains once every 45 seconds.  Ranged DPS will need to break the chains.

While this is going on, Tank 1 will begin taking stacks of Buyer’s Remorse.  Once this spell reaches four stacks, Tank 2 has 8 seconds to establish aggro by taunting off Tank 1.  Once again, Tank 2 will have had to be third on the aggro list.  After Tank 2 has aggro, ten bags with gears will appear on the ground at her feet.  Tank 1 will need to open each one of these bags one at a time in hopes of finding the Biscuit of Sanity and the Drink of Life.  All the while, Tank 1 needs to continue to hold second place on the aggro table so Tank 3 will be able to take his/her turn.  Tank 1 will need to drink the Drink of Life and save the Biscuit of Sanity for Phase 2.  All of this should be done before Tank 2 reaches  a fourth stack.  Repeat this until all three tanks have a Biscuit of Sanity.  At that point, you should be ready for Phase 2.

Phase 2

The mark of Phase 2 is a massive Psychic Scream.  Exanna’s head will begin to spin and her screams will send the entire raid into a frenzy for 9 seconds.  You can use any manner of spells or trinkets to get out of this.  This will happen once every minute, so you may want to have half the raid assigned to trinket/bubble the first time and the other half the second time. 

Ranged will need to stay 10 yards apart because of constant DoT for those standing too close to one another.  It is called Claustrophobia and ticks for 2000 every three seconds.  When Exanna reaches 30%, all three tanks will need to throw their Biscuits of Sanity at her.  She will consume them and a pot belly will appear.

All ranged DPS will need to burn the fat out of it in 15 seconds or it will explode covering the entire raid in goo.  This goo is like a berserker rage.  It will melt the skin off of everything in sight, killing everyone.  If you make it past this point, you will be home free.  It is a basic tank and spank from here on out.

Loot

After killing her, you will be able to take loot out of her shopping cart.

Just two of the things Exanna will drop:

Wierd boss, eh?

Happy Raiding!

Exxy