Moroes’ pockets feel a little lighter today

Good morning! Happy Halloween!

Tonight, Big Bear Butt will be away from Azeroth as he sits near the door and prepares to destroy any potential ‘egg’ers. Oh yeah, and hand out candy. I think I’m ready. Candy, check. Shotgun, check. Rock salt, check. Quotes from Samuel Jackson movies, check. Tar, feathers and a rail to ride ’em out on? Check, check, check. Claymores, punji pits and concertina to channel the avenues of approach? Check, check, check.

Azeroth may have to survive without me for one night, but that doesn’t mean that my guilds’ progression in Karazhan will fall behind. Oh, no. Not hardly.

As you might imagine from the post title, we made it at least to Moroes last night. And the experience was quite fun.

This week, I was invited to join our guilds’ Group 1 run. It was explained to me that the guild wanted to take players from each team to try and clear as much as possible early on, so that more of the week would be left to address Netherspite and Nightbane. I could expect some fast runs and rapid pulls.

On my first run with Group 1, a few real differences were apparent early on.

Our Mage Jayboi and Warlock Nawat, who are infamous for competing over who does more damage on the meters, continued to needle each other about it… but Damage Meter results were never posted in Raid Chat. One person not in thier competition was curious where they stood, and Nawat said he could whisper the results to him, but wouldn’t post it over Raid Chat. This made me, so… very happy. 😛

Another difference that I noticed right away, was that I logged in a half hour before start time to verify I was repaired, and to give me time to get consumables if necessary. When I logged in, I was whispered that now that I was on, we were only waiting on two folks, and we could get started right away. And most folks were already racing around capitol cities in the Ironforge or Stormwind areas, clearly taking care of last minute details like me before heading over to the Deadwind Pass area themselves. Everyone was at LEAST on time and ready to go by start, and most people seemed to expect to have to carry their own butts to the raid instead of waiting for summons.

Now, one impression I used to have was that a successful raiding team were all sober, businesslike and rigid hard-hat types. Maybe it’s the Leroy Jenkins parody, but my mental image was of a group of serious, DEADLY serious people with calculator watches, spreadsheets and charted maps of pulls, analyzing boss fights and creating strict playbooks of tactics like a modern football game. Dry, boring, and about as much fun as watching paint dry, without the joy of sniffing the fumes.

Well, whatever I may have expected, Group 1 sure wasn’t boring… or rigid, or dull or whatever. Folks were serious about kicking Kara’s @$$, but everyone definitely was in the ‘this is a game, we are going to have FUN’ frame of mind. Fun as in mocking, cynical, abusive joking, not as in ‘let’s blow up some balloons and have a party with a clown and a PONY!

And yes, the rivalry between the Mage and Warlock was part of the fun. It’s refreshing to play with people that can be competitive and aggressive, without being stupid or endangering the run.

Okay, yeah, right, I know, it was fun, but you guys weren’t there so I need to get a move on.

First step into Karazhan and the objective is Attumen. I will be off-tank, Joppers, the Raid Leader and a prot warrior, main tanked.

We buffed up and ran it. As the trash mobs are on a timer for Attumen, and any respawns come running when you attack Midnight, it’s critical for the raid to be able to handle multi-mob pulls quickly and efficiently on this run. As the off-tank, the experience was completely different. I only had to off-tank one mob the whole run, so early on I realized that if I was going to contribute to this raid, I was going to have to be as flexible as possible. In situations where pulls broke free of Crowd Control or additional mobs were aggroed, I’d have to be ready to tank and rip that aggro away from squishies effectively. But when not actively tanking, I would have to provide melee DPS without pulling aggro from the main tank. I’d also have to be flexible enough to judge when to AOE instead of melee DPS, when spot healing or Innervate was necessary and on whom, and in general actually play my class, instead of just being a silly old bear.

One internal question I had at the time was whether it would be best to switch gear according to the pulls or not. Shold I be in cat gear for max DPS when there was no off-tank target?

In the end, I made the decision to keep my tanking gear on while in kitty form. I knew I would end up doing poor overall DPS, but at least I would be ready for emergency tankage.

Later in the raid, when things were going smoothly, I tried to switch gear as the pull required, but there were a few times we got caught with bad adds, or a suddenly dead main tank, and I went down so fast Bearing in cat gear that it taught me caution. Sum durids is cat, and sum durids is bare, but I decided to stick with only one type of fur :P.

The Attumen fight went fast. We entered at 7PM server time. We cleared trash, I attacked Midnight 11 minutes in, and Attumen went down smooth as silk. I started in Bear tanking Midnight, and when Attumen mounted Midnight I backed off, let the main tank take him, switched to cat (still in bear gear) and at the right moment provided melee DPS. Mostly Feral Faerie Fire, and Mangle followed by Shreds until the Mangle debuff expired. Then reapply Mangle and back to Shreds. I tried various Finishing Moves, but he seemed to be immune to Rip and Pounce. Ferocious Bite worked, but I hated to waste the Energy on that when it took away my Shreds for a long time. I definitely need work on that.

Another thing to note, I need to work on for the next run, is that while armor cannot be switched while in Combat, weapons can. Normally, that’s not necessary, but if I’m going to be off-tanking a lot and staying in bear gear to be ready for tanking emergencies, then I’ll want to be able to do hot swaps of weapons on the fly. Right now I only have full gear swaps between bear and cat, plus movement and fishing gear, etc. I need to add weapon-only swaps to my ItemRack addon so I can swap my weapon in my role a LOT easier.

We killed Attumen, and he failed to drop any gear usable to me. On to Moroes!

We took the stairs up to the Grand Ballroom to reach Moroes. In this situation, the main tank actually left, swapping in another player, and I main tanked all the trash pulls while we worked our way in and cleared the Moroes area. The main tank returned when we were actually ready for the boss fight.

As the main tank for the trash before Moroes, I followed what I’d been doing the last few runs, starting a pull on AOE groups with Moonfire, darting down the stairs out of line of sight, popping Barkskin when they reached me and using Hurricane to provide my own AOE to support the Mages. Practice paid off, and our pulls went very smooth.

With the main tank back, we faced off on Moroes. I off-tanked Moroes, assisting the main tank. I kept my eye on an opportunity to shift out and cast Innervate during a Moroes vanish if necessary, but to be honest the group was so strong that it wasn’t needed. I did come to really enjoy having the timers of Deadly Boss Mods though. Very helpful, and not the info overload I was worried about.

Moroes went down fast, and I believe we had no deaths. On looting, he dropped [Moroes Lucky Pocket Watch], which I gladly took, replacing my [Commanders’ Badge]. So long +45 Stamina, hello +2% passive dodge and +17% dodge for 10 seconds every two minutes.

With Moroes down, we moved on to Maiden. At this point we were a little less than one hour in, and moving fine. We cleared the way to Maiden, again with me ostensibly off-tanking, but spending most of my time in cat form providing DPS. On AOE pulls I kept up the Barkskin/Hurricane pattern, just not being the one doing the pulling.

It was right around here we had our first wipe, when we had one of the corridor pulls get multiple adds from a patrol, and I was caught in kitty gear and as squishie as the rest of the group. I figured I learnt my lesson, and stayed in bear gear for a while after that… but events were to prove I hadn’t learnt my lesson well enough.

On Maiden herself, we took two tries to finish her. My role was to be a HoT healer for the main tank. As the main tank secured aggro and kept Maiden in the middle, it was my job to stand in bear form just inside the AOE range of Holy Ground, and get hit. When Repentance goes off and everyone but the main tank gets stunned, I get hit by the AOE and break stun, step down off platform out of AOE range and shift to caster, getting my heals off on the main tank and helping to keep him alive.

As I said, it took us two tries to beat her, but we did. My only regret was that I didn’t actually have healer gear for the fight, as I haven’t used mine in months. I did cast my heals, but they would have been much more effective with decent stats. And maybe I wouldn’t have run Out of Mana so fast. Note to self… pack the healer gear for the raids next time.

Maiden didn’t drop anything of interest to feral druids, so off we went.

Okay, at this point we’ve downed Attumen and Midnight, Moroes, and Maiden of Virtue. I’m pretty darned happy, it’s been a good run. I look tiredly at the clock, only to see it’s only 8:30. Still plenty of time!

Off we scamper to check out the Opera Event. We clear our way there, making good time, everyone is still focused. We get to the Stage Manager, and the main tank asks us to just stand in another room while he checks which event it is. I specifically ask if we should be ready to run in, since Whirlish pulled that one on us last week. “No,” is the reply, “I’ll die. We just want to find out what event we have.”

Moments later, the main tank yells for us all to run on stage. Damn it!

We have Big Bad Wolf this time, and it’s hella fun. So far I’m liking the Opera events, they’re a hoot. In this one, Grandma is hanging out on stage alone. When we kick off the fight, she transforms into a massive super-giant wolfman, and one member of the raid gets the ‘Red Riding Hood’ debuff. It seems to turn you into a gnome with blond pigtails in a red riding hood cloak. The Wolf starts chasing you around no matter how much aggro the tank has. Your job, if you are Red, is to run like hell for the edge of the stage, and then run like hell following the perimeter of the stage as close as possible to kite the wolf around in big circles. After a bit, the debuff fades and the tank can reestablish aggro.

I got turned into Red twice, and it was sure exciting being chased around with the raid shouting encouragement. I stayed in bear gear the whole fight, but I spent my time, when not getting chased, DPSing the Wolf in cat form. The fight went smooth, and we succeeded first try. Again, the loot is checked, and happy raiders are we.

Now it’s decision time. What to do? “Off to the Curator!” we cry, and head for the back door.

Having done this late last week, the memories are still fresh of the route for clearing trash. We hustle along, and make it to the Curator around 9:15 PM. Good, solid time for taking him down. In this fight, my role specifically will be to DPS the Astral Flares. I create a “/target astral flare” macro, switch to cat gear, and get ready to go chasing little puffballs of light.

During the fight with Curator, my main responsibility is taking down Astral Flares as fast as possible. It takes me a few minutes to get into the swing, but once again Deadly Boss Mods makes a nice difference, since it lets me know exactly when a new one is about to spawn so I’m already ‘checking my six’ for him and hitting my macro to pick him up. In most cases I can intercept him before he reaches the casters.

During Evocation, I make damn sure I’m on top of Curator pounding out the DPS as fast as possible.

That’s it, thats my role in the fight. We took down Curator, and he dropped the Gloves of the Fallen Champion, the Paladin, Rogue, Shaman Tier 4 token, which no one in the raid needed. There was one priest ahead of me on DKP to get the token if it was for my class, but still, it really blows to have Tier 4 drop and no one be able to use it!

At this point, folks were starting to get a little sloppy. We made the decision to push on to Illhoof, and Shade of Aran. It quickly became clear that we were all pretty tired, and in the case of a few, perhaps a little distracted by da beers. We ended up wiping a few times, and in one of these I was once again caught in cat gear during a bad add pull. Finally, I hope I learnt my lesson. “No more cat gear when off-tank, damn it!”

We were so low on durability at this point that some people started making ‘quit for the evening’ noises. And that’s when I whipped out my handy-dandy [Field Repair Bot 74A]. And there was much rejoicing.

We repaired, we sorta pulled it together, and managed to clear the rest of the way to Illhoof. We did okay, but you could REALLY tell we were a bit straggly now. By the time we hit Illhoof, it was around 10:30, and I was pooped.

Before our first try, I had finally done some studying and knew that someone would have to off-tank the Imp, and I figured it’d be me. And I’d need to keep him close to Illhoof so he would get hit by Seed of Corruption. And I’d need to be prepared to attack the Chains to save the sacrifice before he died. Plus I’d need to try to kill the Imp as fast as possible, to get the enhanced damage debuff on Illhoof. Plus when the Imp respawns he almost always goes straight for the casters.

Yeah, so why are we attempting this tired? lol.

Anyway, we try, we struggle, I end up the sacrifice like 5 times, and in the end we wipe with Illhoof at about 6%. And there was much crying, and wailing and gnashing of teeth.

My wife had come downstairs to tell me something, and got to witness this chaotic bloodbath. I have no idea what she thought of it, but it sure was disheartening to lose when Illhoof was so close.

As tired as we were, we knew this was our last shot before calling it a night. And there was no way in heck we were trying Shade of Aran last night.

The theory was raised that I was made the sacrifice so often because I was top of the Imps’ aggro chart. Also, I was the only one DPSing the imp, so it took longer to get Illhoof down. We changed the plan, and had a Mage help me DPS the Imp.

I don’t remember much about the fight. It is a chaotic haze of running, screaming, cursing, attacking chains and Illhoof and the Imp and charging down the Imp respawns and basically praying for the battle to be over.

When the smoke cleared, we had won! Illhoof was down… and had not dropped any feral druid gear. No cloak, no staff. (Granted, the cloak was going to go to the main tank, who has massive DKP, but still… if he didn’t get it, then there is no chance I can get it next time.) Damn him!

A hell of a night. We entered Karazhan at 7:00 PM. Finished at 11:15 PM. Final tally of dead bosses:

  • Attumen and Midnight
  • Moroes
  • Maiden of Virtue
  • Big Bad Wolf
  • The Curator
  • Terestian Illhoof

Tonight, we rest. Thursday, we return, with the entire weekend to face down Shade of Aran, the Chess Event, Prince Malchezaar, Nightbane and Netherspite.

I am tired, but happy. By any standard, we kicked a fair amount of booty last night.

It bears being said, this is a fine example of how a focused, organized and prepared raiding guild can accompish far more in a shorter amount of time than a more disorganized ‘casual’ raiding guild. I come more and more to agree with many of the things Robin Torres said in her Azeroth Interrupted article. In the time it usually took Group 2 to beat Moroes, what with occasional wipes and late starts, Group 1 had already downed the Maiden.

As far as this massive wall of text goes, I hope that some of the things I describe during the fights help out other feral druids in preparing for Karazhan… and I hope other more experienced druids out there offer your advice on what you do during some of these fights.

In the meantime, I’m putting this novel to bed and going and getting some lunch.

Happy Halloween!

Grinding rep to prep for 2.3!

A lot of news keeps rolling out on patch 2.3. And some of it is tasty to us poor downtrodden Engineers.

What has to be, so far, one of my most highly anticipated releases with the patch is the introduction of Engineering crafted flying mounts.

HEY! I said ONE of my most anticipated, not THE most anticipated!

Actually, in order of preference, what I’m most looking forward to are;

Most of those take care of themselves, but what about the Engineering flight mounts? When the patch goes live, is that the time to start thinking about what you’ll need to make one?

Nay, says I! What better time than now to prepare yourself, so you can be one of the ‘first on race day’ to have your very own Engineering flying mount?

I mean come on, these things are choice!

I’ve followed the hard work that the wonderful folks at MMO-Champion and Wowhead have done to document the Engineering Flight Mount info that’s come out of the latest PTR. And thanks to them, we have the preliminary materials lists for making these sweet craft.

For the standard Flying Machine Control, we’re gonna need;

  • 350 Engineering Skill, expert riding skill (225) and level 70
  • Adamantite Frame (2)
  • Fel Iron Bar (30)
  • Handful of Fel Iron Bolts (8)
  • Star Wood (8)
  • [Fel Iron Toolbox]
  • Elemental Seaforium Charge (4)

The actual mats needed to make all of that are;

  • Fel Iron Ore (112)
  • Adamantite Ore (16)
  • Mote of Fire (1)
  • Mote of Earth (22)
  • Star Wood (8)

And breaking that down one last time… Fel Iron Ore, Adamantite Ore, Motes of Fire and Motes of Earth are all commonly acquired Mining materials. Now that you know how much you need, stockpiling them should be no problem.

A little more investigation reveals that Star Wood is easily purchased from most Enchanting Supplies vendors, as it is a reagent used by Enchanters to make Wands. So the next time you are in a large city, ask your local guard where the Enchanter trainer is… very likely you’ll find a Supplier nearby that can sell you 8 Star Wood.

Finally, we come to the Elemental Seaforium Charge. The [Recipe: Elemental Seaforium Charge] to make this is purchased from the Consortium Quartermasters in Netherstorm and Nagrand, at Revered reputation.

I find that I do not HAVE Revered reputation. In fact, I only have Friendly.

Ok, no problem… head off to ‘Ye olde auction house’ and buy some, right? After all, it’s not BOP.

After two weeks, I have yet to see any Elemental Seaforium Charges in the AH on my server. This, to me, means two things.

  • First, if I want my mount it looks like I need to grind my Consortium rep.
  • Second, there is an opportunity to make some serious cash off of any other Engineers that want their mounts, but don’t want to grind the rep.

The mats cost is low, and you can sell them 4 per stack. If I grind to the recipe, I bet I could actually make some nice alt twinking cash from this recipe… for a little while.

As a side note, while checking on prices at the AH on Engineering stuff, I realized I never saw any [Goblin Jumper Cables XL] for sale there. As my Hunter alt is a Goblin Engineer, and my main is Gnomish, I went and farmed some mats and made three. They’ve sold on my server for 45g each, first time. And they are cheap to post, so if they dont sell you’re not out much. Word to the wise, this might be a nice sideline for you as new players take Engineering for the mounts, but take Gnomish spec for the neat toys… and can’t make their own Goblin Jumper Cables XL.

I put off the Consortium reputation grind in order to take a look at what mats I’d need for the upgrade to Turbo-Charged Flying Machine.

For the upgrade, the additional mats you’ll need are;

  • 375 Engineering Skill, Artisan riding skill (300) and level 70
  • Flying Machine Control
  • Khorium Power Core (8)
  • Felsteel Stabilizer (8)
  • [Hula Girl Doll]

The Flying Machine Control is what you create for your standard mount. So that will be taken care of.

The actual mats needed to make the rest of the stuff are;

  • Primal Fire (8)
  • Khorium Ore (48)
  • Fel Iron Ore (96)
  • Eternium Ore (64)

Of course, you will also need a Hula Girl Doll. A what? That’s right, a Hula Girl Doll. And this is one of those wierd items that is sold by Griftah, the scam artist normally found in Lower City. The Hula Girl Doll will be new in patch 2.3, so you can’t buy it in advance. And it will sell for 100g (at the time of this writing). I’m hoping it’s not going to be a limited quantity item.

I set out to acquire the mats for this, and store them away in the bank. I refused to pay AH money for anything I might find while Mining, so it took a while longer, but as of last night, I had farmed my last Mote of Fire from mining Fel Iron, and made my last Khorium Power Core. I have every material to make both machines, except the 4 Elemental Seaforium Charges and the Hula Girl Doll. And I have all the mats to make the charges, I just don’t have the recipe yet.

It’s something to do while not running Karazhan, right?

Last night, all the mats in palce, I started the grind for Consortium reputation. I started following up all those long abandoned Netherstorm Consortium quests that my lazy bear butt never finished, and farming Zaxxis Insignia. I got a lot of farming and questing completed last night, so as far as I can see, I only need 350 more Zaxxis Insignia to reach Revered. That amount will be lower if I can get a group together to finish a few last quests.

It’s funny, the things I’m willing to do to get a new Epic Flying Mount. If only I put forth this kind of effort to get Heroic keys!

Filler post – 4 Things Lists from TJ’s blog

I came to work today to find 3 production lines down with a weekend support shift that apparently was too busy watching youtube videos to do anything about it, and a water line burst in the office area so they are underwater. (And can’t process all of my emergency overnight repair parts purchase orders.)

Since I am scrambling to get some MONEY being made in this damn place, I’m copping out on a WoW related post. (Production math… lines down = no product made, no product made = no product shipped, no product shipped = LAYOFFS!)

TJ got tagged, and I’m claiming tagging so I have an excuse not to use my imagination. Feel free to mock my choices at will. And include your own lists, it’s always fascinating to see how crazy my readers may be.

Four Jobs I Have Had(not including this one):
Movie theater usher
US Marine
Over the road truck driver
Foam carver

Four Movies I Have Watched Again and Again:
Godfather part 2
Vanishing Point
Spaced Invaders
The Yakuza

Four Places I Have Lived:
Miami, FL
Okinawa, Japan
Oceanside, CA
Saint Paul, MN

Four Programs I Love To Watch:
The Unit
Buffy/Angel (damn them!!!!
Hells’ Kitchen
Top Chef

Four Places I Have Been On Vacation:
San Francisco, CA
Pittsburg, PA
Washington, DC
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Four Of My Favorite Foods:
BBQ/Hot Wings
BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Teriyaki Sirloin Tips

Four Favorite Drinks:
Mountain Dew (diet)
Mountain Dew (regular)
Captain Morgan Private Stock and Coke

Four Places I would Rather Be Than Here:
Taco Bell
Movie Theater

Do whatever you gots to….

With great good thanks to Dan, I am delighted to link to this….

I don’t care what you have to do to remind yourself….

But for the love of all that is holy, just keep in mind….

I will NOT move when Flame Wreath is cast, or the Raid… Blows… UP!!!

EDIT: Ok, I have watched the vid about 4 times now and can’t stop… I just start giggling each time. WTF, someone give those boys a job in the next Adam Sandler pic or something, genius like that deserves some cold hard cash.

Guild drama x10?

What a wierd bloody evening of gaming.

As a final recap, since it looks like I’m not going to return to Kara before Tuesday resets, we did go in Friday night and clear up to the Chess Event and complete it. We then had just enough time to take on Shade of Aran once before someone had to leave for the night.

A brief recap of the Shade fight, and then a long post about guild drama follows after the break:

Raid Leader tells us how it shall be… Blah blah “when you get sucked in, run to the alcoves or he nukes you dead” blah blah….

When he does… blah blah…. falling asleep…. zzzzZZZZzzzz…..

“PAY ATTENTION NOW! {eek!} When he casts Flame Wreath NO ONE MOVE or every one WIPES!! NO ONE MOVE!! NO ONE MOVE!!!”

We actually start the fight, and I run in to start aggro.

Shade sucks us in, we all run away to alcoves, no one is hurt by nuke…

Raid warning! Flame Wreath in 10 seconds… Raid Leader begins yelling in Teamspeak, “Flame Wreath is coming! No one move! NO ONE MOVE NO ONE MOVE NO ONE MOVE”

Flame Wreath is cast, someone moves instantly, and we all die.

I turn to gaze lovingly upon my wife, who sits beside me during this exciting moment, and say to her, “I told you someone would do it.”


So we went in tonight and ran a Heroic Underbog with some of the kickass folks in mah guild… Jayboi, Clana and Nawat. Pretty much the three heavy hitters of their classes, Mage, Priest and Warlock respectively. Had a Hunter from one of the top raiding guilds on my server along, cause he’s a friend of Jayboi. Guy uses a Scorpid, says that if you crunch the numbers, once you are VERY well geared and into Black Temple and Mount Hyjal a Scorpid is better DPS than a Cat.

I ain’t never gonna see the inside of Black Temple, so I’ll withhold judgment on that one. All I know is, my cats’ purtier. I figured I’d pass that tip along, in case anyone else out there runs a hunter blog and wants to dispute news reports from the front lines by crunching math :).

During the run, I got a piece of news that blew my socks off. We were all in Teamspeak, and someone casually mentioned in passing that a member has deleted her characters. Like, talking about what an idiot she was for doing it. And I had to stop them, since apparently I had missed out on a whole lot of new drama this week.

The way the news seems to break down is, a lady in the guild had gone off on my buddy Jayboi about two weeks ago, for no apparent reason. When I say no apparent reason, I mean that the other people on guild chat at the time had no idea why she went off on him.

Now, I wasn’t present, but I of course heard about it. And while I cannot say for sure what happened because of ‘he said, she said’, I can say that this is the exact same lady that plays the Hunter that I mentioned in a previous post, who had gone off on me from completely out of NOWHERE during the start of a Heroic Old Hillsbrad run.

Let me simply say that it came as no surprise to me to hear someone tell me that she had gone off on a person in a swearing rant, and he had felt as though he had no idea where it came from. I have known that feeling. Personally.

Two weeks have gone by since that moment. In that time, guild officers have told me that she has approached them privately, trying to use her long association with the guild, and her close friendship with the officers, to get them to boot Jayboi out of the guild. I have heard from others that she has sent in-game mails to folks telling them what a terrible person Jayboi is, and asking them for their support in having Jay removed.

As far as I could see during this time, the only action Jayboi had taken was to laugh when told about it, and say that he refused to reply back to that and just make it worse.

I will also say that she did not generate a lot of warm fuzzy feelings in the guild leadership and with the Raid Leader when the [Malchazeen] dropped, and a reliable and strong Rogue was on the run… and she, a Hunter, insisted on bidding DKP for it and won the bid against him. She won zero fans in Kara Group 1 for that move. In fact, it’s been over a week, and every night someone brings it up in wondering disbelief.

Now, before someone takes what I’m saying the wrong way, and thinks I believe she is wholly in the wrong on this… I don’t. I believe that she is one of the founding members of the guild, she is one of the officers certainly, and ever since the altercation I had with her, she has never been anything but very nice to me. She has always greeted me warmly in voice and guild chat, been helpful, and a pleasure to team with. And I know full well that Jayboi has a tendency to unload verbally on friends, and that it can be so brutal at times that a ‘caretaker’ kind of person may believe he is truly being hurtful, and be driven to want to shelter and protect whomever he is screwing with.

Jayboi, after all, is the one that made me believe in Water-mount PVP. The prick.

So yes, I can easily argue that she might have taken offense at something that he was saying to a friend, and that she rose to that persons’ defense by attacking Jay. I wasn’t there, I don’t know.

What with how this has gone, though, and her repeated attempts to win over converts to the ‘boot Jay because we had a fight’ cause, and her actions in kara which some took to be inappropriate looting, or at the very least selfish, I know her fellow officers have been pretty unresponsive to her demands.

So we’ve been dealing with it by not mentioning it. Hey, if my head is in the sand, then nothings’ wrong, right? Right! What problem?

But as bad as this has been, what floored me the most about this was what I heard earlier tonight while running Heroic Underbog.

It seems she logged into Teamspeak earlier in the week, and announced that she had deleted all her characters from the game, and would no longer be playing WoW because of Jayboi. [And I would presume because of the way her friends in the guild did not back her up.] And then she left, and no one has heard from her since.

Now, I just did a search on the Armory for her characters’ name, and it came back with ‘your search found no results’.

This tells me that, at the very least, she did in fact delete her main level 70 Hunter character. A 375 jewelcrafter/375 Miner with a lot of kara gear… including Malchazeer. {Sorry, I know that was a cheap shot… well, it coulda been a Cheap Shot, but she took his dagger… sorry, sorry…. I’m being bad}

Is it just me? Can anyone else understand what would cause a person who had one argument with another person, for whatever reason, to respond like this? She had many very good friends, close friends, in this guild. I know of one person who is simply devastated that she has left forever, highly upset and hurt.

I know that I’ve had a few disagreements with people in the past. I know, I know, I’m such a calm, level headed guy, you just can’t believe that. But it’s true!

Most often, my ignore list gets a new addition.

But I am simply having a hard time understanding why someone would quit the game entirely, when she had so many people who truly enjoyed her company and now miss her. I figure either there was a lot more going on, or she had some serious issues with feelings of abandonment from the other officers.

I can tell you right now, no matter how betrayed I felt, even if I thought the entire server hated my guts, I’d certainly not delete my character. Server transfer, maybe. Well, ok, no, I’d form my own guild and call it ‘Jayboiisadouchebag’ or something. And Jay, don’t. Just don’t. I know what you were thinking there. That’s why I made the name too long. o.O

But whatever. I wouldn’t delete my 2 years of fun and joy because of two weeks of crabbiness.

Whichever the case may be, this whole story just seems like a page taken straight from TJ’s post about girl drama and what to look out for, and it just makes me sad.

On the other hand, I know I heard more than one officer breathe a sigh of relief tha at least it’s over and everyone can move on with their lives.

Raid Song of the Week #4 – Eye of the Storm

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This weeks’ choice was a very hard one. Not because I didn’t have any choices. Oh no!

Thanks to your great suggestions, I have enough choices of killer songs for different moments in Raiding (from boss kills, to boss wipes, to general trash clearing) to last me a year.

The difficulty is, I knew I wanted to put a Cruxshadows song up tonight, because they have dominated my Raiding all this week. Every boss fight, every trash clear… they’ve been there. But which one to pick?

There are three Cruxshadows songs that I have on my rotation that seem to bring very good luck on my Raids, especially this week… and if silly superstitions to explain success are good enough for multi-million dollar baseball players, I ain’t gonna argue.

In the end, I chose Cruxshadows – Eye of the Storm, from their new Dreamcypher album as this weeks’ choice.

However, if you like this one, then I also strongly recommend Sophia from the same album, and Winter Born, from the Ethernaut album.

Bless Amazon… I don’t get any kickbacks from Amazon if you go there, I linked them because Amazon lets you hear samples of each song from an album… so hopefully you can see for yourself.

That’s it for this weeks’ raid song, and remember, keep those suggestions coming in!

Bonus post day… Okoloth’s Armory Musings for Druids

I know, I know, I already posted twice. I’m addicted to writing for you guys. And what I was just checking out, even though it’s three months out of date, is still just unbelieveably fun.

So, like, totally two posts ago, ya know? I soooo showed how I put those mouseover hotlinks in my posts. Really! I’m serious! And it wasn’t me what done it, it was that awesome uber geek Okoloth!

Ugh, writing like that makes my head hurt. Sorry.

I was perusing the rest of the insane data mining that Okoloth has on his site, where he makes mention of a data mining spider he’s running to troll through Blizzards’ Armory page and collect data on all of us… all the time. Damn, it’s the man! THE MAN!!!

At first, I thought he was just tracking active players, server populations, etc. Turns out he has been tracking FAR more than that.

In particular, he wrote this report that breaks down, as of 30 July 2007, the total amount of active level 70 druids across the entire WoW server base, everywhere. He then analyzed us based on spec, gear breakdown, everything. Did it to hunters in an earlier post, too. How many folks use the Stylin’ Purple Hat? How many are Exalted with Netherdrake rep?

Seriously… do yourself a favor, and go read this. It is just amazing…

For the record… his data shows a total of 5592 active Druids across all WoW Realms as of 30 July 2007… with Balance 10%, Restoration 30.08%, and Feral a whopping 59.92%! Woot! We shall rise and overcome, my Feral brothers and sisters!