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Reflections: The "Back in the Saddle" edition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ailinea   
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 16:58
The Portents got back to raiding this week.  It was strange when we logged in last night and had to ask each other, "So, uh...what's the plan for tonight?"  We had already killed everything.

We discovered (the hard way) that for the Malygos fight, having a druid around comes in REALLY handy.  We tried Ol' Blue with two shamen and a priest, but it just wasn't happening.  We were taking heavy damage during the vortex cycle of the first phase, and we'd never seen that happen before.  We looked at the make up of the group and realized that normally we had a druid in one form or another.  No kitty paw for extra hit points and resists.  So we went back in a few days later armed with a tree.  Confirmed: We were taking about 200-250 less damage per tick, and druid insta-heals were nice too.

This is the third time we've gotten Black Ice to drop, too.

We tried Sarth+1 recently, but went in ill-prepared.  By that, I mean we hadn't read the strategies and it was getting really late to find one.  We know we have the firepower to do it, so we went in on a wing and a prayer.  It didn't work in our favor.  BUT...strategies have been found, and now we're certain we can take out not just Sarth+1, but Sarth+2.

Sarth+2 is on notice.  As Ktok put it, "We as a guild are now treating Sarth +2 as our next milestone to cross. It *has* to happen. There is no if ands or buts. We will not kill Sarth without less than two drakes up, unless it is the very end of the week and we are absolutely sure it will not happen yet."

Back in the lower levels, Team Level Appropriate took down the Scarlet Monastery graveyard on Sunday.  We were all a hair away from 31, which was the recommended level for the Library.  Unfortunately it was getting late to try out that wing, too.

This weekend we'll be teaming up with Insurrection for a run on Naxx-25.  We're pretty excited to have a go at it and see what happens!

Also in the plans is a week of Old School raids.  Yes, as in taking a bunch of people to take out everything from Onyxia to Sunwell, guided by a bunch of level 80's.  It'll be fun to see content that many of us have never seen before and get the achievements.  (Remember, most of PA migrated to WoW after BC launched, so near the end of BC we were just getting enough people to the level cap to take out Kara and ZA.  So a lot of this we've just never seen before.)

Some people are trying to get characters copied over to the PTR to see what might be in the works.  We're aware that what we see on the PTR might not be the end result when 3.1 goes live, but it's still fun to see.  We're already squeeing over some of the changes released so far!
Reflections: The "Hot Lips" edition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ailinea   
Monday, 16 February 2009 16:05

We took a break from raiding this past week.  Many members out of commission on Friday and Saturday due to VD (Valentine's Day...get your minds out of the gutter!), there was some illness going around, some were banging their heads against walls trying to get candy bags, and others just wanted a week off since we'd been raiding every week pretty much since December.

Of course, this break seemed like a good idea last Monday, but by Saturday people were asking when we were going to raid again.  *twitch twitch*  Yeah, it can be addictive.

So Sunday we did our usual 25-mans, taking down Sarth and Vault, then we did Vault again on 10-man.  We're going to try to go after Malygos again tonight, and regular raiding starts again tomorrow with the reset.

We've also opened up to recruiting new members again now that our recent additions seem to have settled in.  We'd like to see 5 new members by the end of March, but prefer quality over quantity.  There are a few people who have been brought to our attention as potential members, and we like taking things slow to make sure everyone is happy.  No more repeats of a sudden flood of members.  Learned that lesson in EQ2.  Most guilds don't survive it.  We don't want to play chicken with our luck on that front.

TLA didn't happen this week due to aforementioned illness.  That's okay, it's forgivable.  We'll go beat up some Scarlet Crusade members next Sunday.

Many alts reached notable levels (70 and 80) this week, too.  Strangely, all the ones I can think of are rogues.  Sneaky bastards....



Reflections: The "Real Life Happens" edition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ailinea   
Monday, 09 February 2009 18:13
Yeah, I've slacked in updating what we've done.  Maybe it's because we were busy doing things, hrmm?

Our usual raids have taken place.  Naxx keeps falling to us, as do Sapph, KT, Malygos, Arch, and Sarth.  Whee!

We got to experience first-hand the Sapphiron bug where the AoE was doing double-damage to the party.  We thought at first that the changes to Circle of Healing was the reason the healers couldn't keep up, but it still didn't make any sense.  It was a nerf, but not THAT extreme.  Then we found out about the bug.  Niiiiiice.  On the plus side, we *did* eventually kill Sarth despite the fight being harder.  So of course when we went in this week, we one-shotted him because it was suddenly "easier."  Gotta love the comparison.

Again, we've been bringing "new" (I hate calling them "new" because they're not...and not "inexperienced" because they aren't...) folks into the raids, allowing the original raiders a chance to cycle taking a break, and giving others a chance to gear up and get badges.

Sunday hosted 25-mans are still going well.  Not only is the PA roster benefitting from it, but we're making connections to others who have an interest in having some fun and getting a fair chance at some loot that they otherwise might not have a shot at.  (The joy of scheduling it for a guaranteed time and day.)  We've prided ourselves on being fair: If you came along for the kill, you have a right to roll no matter what tag you have over your head.  That said, I'm disappointed that some people have taken that generosity for granted.  It's to be expected, though.  We try to keep note of those people and not invite them back.  Funny how a simple "Thank you" or word of appreciation goes a long way to getting more than just your gloves.

Hey, I'm a fire mage with a personality to match!  WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?!

In other news, Team Level Appropriate took down Razorfen Kraul last weekend, and Gnomeregan last night.  It was nice having a bit of a challenge, and also to have loot dropping that we can actually use.  We're doing these dungeons at their "suggested levels" but the upgrade drop rate can be a little frustrating at times.  At least the quest rewards have been useful.

Alts happened.  Epic RP happened.

It's all a blur right now.

(I'll let people fill in their own accomplishments.  All I know is I'm now the HATBOSS, and I don't think anyone will be taking that title any time soon.)
The Craft of War: BLIND PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ailinea   
Friday, 23 January 2009 18:14

This is just...amazing.  I think Ktok and I will be playing our rogues every chance we get in the near future.


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