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Before we yell ‘last call’ on Mists of Pandaria, I wanted to talk about one last thing that was a ton of fun that you still have time for, if you haven’t done it already.

Unfortunately for my friends on the Horde side, it’s not quite so much of a good time for you.

There is an achievement associated with the Brawler’s Guild on both Alliance and Horde side.

It’s called ‘Rabble Rabble Rabble’, or this for da Horde, and you get it by taking a surprise portal out of the Brawler’s Guild when the queue gets too full.

What happens is, if 20 or more people are all queued at the exact same time for the Brawler’s Guild fight, an NPC named Willard Wilcox or Zippi Gallox will open a portal off in the corner… and the portal lasts for 5 minutes so if you’re engaged in a fight when it pops, you can still finish your fight and run over to take it.

Where that portal takes you depends on your faction. Horde players find themselves outside of Stormwind, and Alliance players find themselves standing in front of the gates to Orgrimmar.

Here is where the fun comes in.

Last week one of the guild members in the Wanda raid team wanted to get this achievement before the Brawler’s Guild closes up shop for the season. It came up at the end of the night’s raid, and a great many of us went down to the Brawler’s Guild in the Deeprun Tram to try and force the portal.

A bunch of us all formed up, and gathering more friends and guildies as we went, queued up, mostly to fight Bruce and see how long we could kite him to extend queue durations while more joined.

Fruit was tossed, spectators punched, and catcalls resounded.

In a surprisingly short time, we had more than 20 people in the queue for a Brawler’s Guild fight, most of them from the heroic Wanda raid team.

The portal formed, and we all hustled over to take it and get the achievement.

We ended up as a group appearing out of nowhere to stand directly in front of the main gates of Orgrimmar, much to the shock of some Horde players who made the incredible mistake of flagging.

We hopped around for a few minutes waiting for stragglers to take the portal, joking and killing the poor flagged Horde that kept respawning there in front of the gates.

it was about then when someone suggested that, since we WERE standing in front of Orgrimmar, why not walk on in, say hi to Garrosh, trade lemon bar recipes and, oh, I dunno, maybe kill him?

Well, why the hell not.

One may not just walk into Mordor, but I can assure you we did indeed just stroll casually through the gates of Orgrimmar, and as the populace watched in disbelief, sauntered on into the main hall of Garrosh and beat the unholy piss out of him.

At one point, some Horde finally decided to do something about this, but Monstre was holding the front doors and, well, yeah. Good luck getting through.

In other news, I have to admit to my fellow Horde that the design of your throne room in Orgrimmar is particularly well suited to defense. Might I suggest next time you actually get in there first and be the ones defending?

We started as a normal raid night and ended up punching Garrosh in the face.

He didn’t drop loot, but damn that was satisfying. A whole year of frustration, released in one big punch to the jaw. And maybe putting the boot in, but who could blame us?

Tonight is your last chance, whether you are Horde or Alliance, to get the Rabble Rabble Rabble achievement before the Brawlers Guild re-opens for business next expansion.

Why not see if you can get your guild together and go get it done?

As extra incentive, you can use this as an excuse to stomp Garrosh, and let’s be honest, Varian deservices any kicking the Horde would care to give him, too, for that damn Test of Patience scenario misery if for nothing else.

It is the final day before the pre-patch. A LOT of people will be online tonight to fill their stocking stuffer wish lists at the last minute. Why not cap the expansion with a good old-fashioned faceroll on your most hated faction leader?

I hope you get it done, and good luck!

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So what does a Bear do to drown his sorrows?

The same thing any gamer does when faced with disappointment. Kill shit with a big sappy grin.

Virtual shit, that is.

Our preferred foe is, of course, the eponymous internet dragon, favorite target of millions of frustrated players the world over.

You could almost feel sorry for internet dragons. Almost.

Yeah, right.

Okay, there is one internet dragon I feel sorry for, that I wish I could cuddle and give a small dragon toy to and assure that the mean ol’ nasty players won’t come to hurt them anymore.

Atramedes.

Who can have a hardened heart when faced with the blind internet dragon, Atramedes? Who can kill him without a care in the world?

Apparently, the crew I was with last night.

Shortly after my latest blog post went up, Tyben of Elitist Jerks whispered me to see what I was up to. See, she plays with a bunch of her horde friends, awesome people one and all, and on Friday nights they do what they call ‘gold runs’. Setting the controls to the heart of the Sun, also known as 25 player heroic mode, and going after, oh, just about everything.

THIS is why I used my level 90 boost on a Horde Hunter. So I wasn’t limited to playing with Alliance-only friends when Horde friends want to get up to trouble. So many people are Horde 4 Life, so it’s nice to swing both ways. Um. I mean, to keep your options open. To play both sides of the fence. Oh, fuckit.

Never mind. It’s things like this that cause Google Chrome to say I’ve got a bad reputation. Like I’m Joan fucking Jett or something.

Don’t know about you, Google Chrome says I’ve got a bad reputation, my first thought was, “FUCK YES!”

But that’s just me. I still love you, Chrome! Love you long time. You just can’t handle the bear lovin’.

Tyben, Elitist Jerks, gold run Friday night. Right, back on track.

Tyben invited me to come on board, and next thing I know I’m in a massive blast through the Cataclysm greatest hits.

Heroic 25 Firelands was first, a place I know well. So very well. Every Monday for how long now? No matter, here we are and I was fortunate enough to be there when Ragnaros went down and one of Tyben’s friends got their Heart of Fire, meaning another worthy soul will be wielding Dragonwrath today.

After that, it was kind of a blur.

Dragon Soul, Bastion of Twilight and Sinestra, Blackwing Descent and Atramedes, Throne of the Four Winds… that’s a lot of Cataclysmic stuffs.

I killed so many internet dragons last night I got the Dragonslayer title! Okay, you get that for killing Sinestra in Bastion of Twilight, but it coulda been from all the internet dragon killing.

We ended up in the Shrine, where I was glad to take a break. So many raids, so many dragons…

“Okay, someone find out where Sha of Anger is hiding…”

Wait, they’re not done? Are you serious?

Sha of Anger beaten up, okay time to go to sleep. Someone pipes up, “Okay, moo moo vaults next!”

Oh, hell no. Now all of Pandaria?

It turns out, there is a definite limit to how many dragons I need to slay before my bloodlust is sated for one day.

Those are some crazy cats in Elitist Jerks. Crazy, cats, crazy.

Ah, cross realm Horde side fun.

I do like my Blood Elf Hunter. I have a crow pet, and a crow battle pet, and I’ve now named them Huggin’ and Muggin’. They shall be at my sides, close enough to rest on my shoulders, every time I play.

Don’t judge.

Just goes to show, just as Monty Python says, always look on the bright side of life! Sure as heck wasn’t how I thought I was going to be spending my Friday night, now was it?

You never know how your day may end up. So cheer up!

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It’s over. No Challenge Modes for me! Or for the grand folks who tried to help when we ran into troubles, either.

When we lost our tank unexpectedly yesterday, Wren was good enough to help us out with his Paladin, and he did a great job working our way through Stormstout Brewery, but in the end having five people who had not attempted Challenge Modes before, or at least played as though they had never done Challenge Modes before proved to be too high of a handicap.

To be blunt, none of us acted like we knew where to go or what to do, and everyone looked to someone else to tell us what to do. No excuses, just poor preparation and no time left to overcome it.

I found out we were done the hard way… I logged in tonight, asked the person who had started this run what the plan was for the evening, and was told she had found friends to do it with her.

As in, not you Bear and your tank and healer. Other people than you friends.

As in, we’re not doing them with you and I wasn’t going to bother to email, tweet or in-game message you because you’ll find out when you log in and I’m already in there with my friends right now so kind of get the point?

As a friend of mine said, ouch.

Fair enough.

I can walk away from this experience with the satisfaction that, for one night, I ran with a tank who was exceptional in his skill, who led from the front, and who helped me to see success in two of the Challenge Modes in Silver, the Gates of the Setting Sun and the Temple of the Jade Dragon. Doing those as a team that came together and getting those silvers was a very rewarding feeling, and I am grateful to have had that experience at least once before the pre-expansion patch came.

I also feel the satisfaction that came from playing well in the Tuesday night runs, of performing all of my tasks as a Warlock with skill, and being well prepared for what was to come. I can look back on that night without a single regret. It was as challenging as I expected, and felt incredibly rewarding when we eventually succeeded.

What those Tuesday runs had was intensity.

Do I have any regrets about not completing the Silvers and having any of the mounts?

Yes, I do. But not about the Challenge Modes themselves, more about why I never got them done in the first place.

The truth is, I never attempted to go for Challenge Modes because I don’t know other people in game well enough to have friends to do them with. That is the reality. In game, I don’t have friends that I play with that would consider me as someone to ask when CM time came around.

I don’t really have many close friends in game. Just one or two people I really enjoy spending time with, and I often feel that I hang on them too much as it is, since, y’know, being my only good friends means I’m always there like a puppy when they log in, “How ya doing, huh? Huh? Wanna play? Huh? Huh?” Nobody likes that shit. Even I know that at the very time I’m doing it.

For folks that only know me from my blog, it may be surprising, or maybe not. I really am all the time how I am on here, and while a small dose of me in written form may be entertaining or endurable, in person all the time I’m told by those who would know it’s tiresome.

I have acquaintances, people I know to nod to, say hi when they log on, enjoy their company and wish I did things with and hung around with, but I lack something to make and keep those kinds of friends. I’m not the guy people call up when they want to go do something. I don’t really know why, over the years I’ve just come to assume I’m too abrasive, too big of an asshole to maintain friendships. I lack social graces. :)

Or maybe, as was said in ‘Hackers’, “I don’t play well with others.”

That is what I regret.

I regret that, in the last two years of Mists of Pandaria, I haven’t made the kind of friends, the connections with other people that would have led to going off and doing some crazy shit like Challenge Modes. Of being the guy asked to come tilt at windmills, to slam our faces into a brick wall and scream in shared frustration and hard-earned triumph.

Phoenix Mounts would have only been a token of a larger and grander thing, something that you can’t achieve in a single week of frantic last minute cramming for the CM exam. Of friendship and shared experiences.

For all of you that, in my attempts this week to help someone forge a CM group, who offered your time, your efforts and your partnership in my endeavors, I want to say to you all, thank you.

Thank you all, truly, for being there for me when I asked for help.

I know I do not know all of you or any of you as well as I would like to, but just to know that there are folks that I talk with here who were willing to come forward and try this insanity with me, that really does mean a lot to me.

It gives me hope that maybe if I pull my head out of my ass, I can get out there and make some friends.

And yes, I know that phoenix mounts were a hell of an incentive to run with me. Bribing people to get together, it’s so WARCRAFT that I wouldn’t have it any other way.

God bless you and keep you safe, but not so safe you don’t get to live in interesting times or have your own wild adventures.

In my guild, I would especially like to thank Monster and Tom for being there for me as my friends, from the very first day that I joined the guild right up until today, despite my being a colossal ass. I will endeavor to provide buttflame amusement and dancing Baloo bear bollocks as long as you’ll continue to have me around.

Good night everyone, and have a wonderful final weekend before the curtain finally draws on the Mists.

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Just found out two minutes ago, our tank has bailed on the Challenge Modes. Lots of stuff on his schedule, wasn’t able to make it.

Um, is there anyone out there that is a tank and would want to do 7 Challenge Mode heroics with us on Alliance-US?

I just checked all of the emails and tweets I’d had, and I have plenty of healers and DPS but nary a single tank.

I think I left it for far too long, to be honest.

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Short notice, but here goes.

I have a group that is all set and ready to go for taking on Challenge modes.

The plan is simple; help Suicune’s fiance achieve silver in the Challenge modes, get the Phoenix mount.

We have a tank and three DPS… what we don’t have is a healer, a skilled healer that plays Alliance US that would like to join us and complete these modes with us.

And the biggest catch? We want to start Monday night at 8:30 central time. We’d like to blow through these THIS WEEK. Or make a damn good effort.

Are you willing to take the challenge with us?

Your gear is automatically scaled down to 463, but there are things you can do to maximize what you’ve got. The key is the skills, not the OP gear. Which means I’m in trouble, but I’ll be studying, you can bet your butt.

We’re not worrying so much about going for the Gold, it’s all about those sexy phoenix mounts. We’re deadly serious about those phoenix mounts.

If you’re up for this, please send me an email at thebigbearbutt@gmail.com, let me know.

I’m not kidding when I say we want to be hitting it today, Monday, at 8:30 central time PM if at all possible.

Here is a link to the Challenge mode guide on WoWhead.

Here is a link to the WoW Challenger  website that Suicune says is a badass resource for best gems and itemized pieces, etc.

I understand that Resto Druids and Discipline Priests are kicking the most ass as healers in there, but obviously I’m open to anyone that is up to really go for it.

I hope I hear from you!

Update- it looks like we have a healer, the talented Joonces will be bringing some Resto Shaman goodness on board.

If you have contacted me since I heard from Joonces, I will certainly keep your name close in case something comes up.

I guess now it’s time for hilarity and hi jinks?

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