Sunday, June 28, 2009

Mimiron Finally Falls

Last night we headed straight for Mimiron. We had some people make silly errors in the first wipe on the second phase, and then we NEARLY had him on the second try, but he manged to repair after we didn't get the parts down at the same time in phase 4. On try three, we had some disconnect problems with our main tank which of course didn't go well.

But on magic try number 4, all the parts fell into place. Everyone did their best, and the bot went down!

It was a tough battle, and we were all shaking at the end, but we did it! We went on to finish off the rest of the keepers that night, so tonight we'll be starting with General Vezax who I plan to kill without too many issues. Then it's Yogg-Saron himself. Wish us luck!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Khristin Reaches 80

Didn't know if I could pull it off, but I now have my third toon at 80! Khristin hit 80 in Halls of Lightning on the trash before Loken tonight. Of note is that Lal actually got her third toon to 80 yesterday with Yelyena, her paladin. (Or Laladin as some people like to call it.) Yes, she beat me to 80. I would blame my job, but she's been working too, so she was really just more dedicated. She leveled with another guildie's paladin who should hit 80 later tonight or tomorrow.

So now what? I actually really like Shaman healing so far, so I'll probably continue to grind rep and dungeons to get her a nice set. I've also had some fun getting RP sets together. As luck would have it, a pretty nice looking and useful kilt dropped tonight in Halls of Lightning. Here is Khristin cheering after reaching her 80th season! Wearing the new kilt and a fancy chest piece I found on the auction hall. I think it looks very shamanistic. Shamtastic even.

First things first though, Salthier needs to get his Flame Warden title. He's well on his way to finishing all of the holiday achievements. Just one more to go!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ulduar Posts Coming Soon

I miss doing the lore posts on the instances we're doing, so starting this week I'm going to do some "Closer Look at Ulduar" posts analyzing the lore behind certain bosses of the current top tier raid dungeon.

In addition to that I will chronicle Veritas' raid progression. Currently, we're still stuck on Mimiron. Yes, 4 weeks, and the bastage still won't die! We have the first three phases on farm, but the fourth phase, which is a culmination of every other phase, is just tough. We've got a new schedule next week though and we're going to hit the instance hard. Basically we're going to clear a path straight to Mimiron and avoid all of the optional bosses. So Ignis, Razorscale, The Iron Council, and all of the other Keepers will just have to wait until we sit down and have a good talk with Mimiron and set him straight.

Last weekend we cleared every boss we knew how to do and did a really good job of it. Mimiron, Vezax and Yogg-Saron are all that's left. We just need to jump this Mimiron hurdle!

Friday, June 5, 2009

New Druid Forms: Compilation

Today they released news on which hair colors and skin colors would correlate to the bear and cat skins we've already seen. The pictures below are from MMO-Champion who did a nice collage of everything. Reader beware! Naked Tauren and Night Elves below...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

New Druid Forms: Night Elf Cat

Woohoo! Very pretty. I'm curious which one Salthier will look like!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New Druid Forms: Tauren Cat

Wow! What a difference. I wonder if this will make the horde druids happy? I like it.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Oh, Mimiron. Why Couldn't You Just Die?

On Saturday, we cleared up to Freya (skipping the Iron Council), and when we came back on Sunday, we were ready to take on Mimiron. We spent over 2 hours on the guy and came up just a tad short. It is one tough fight. At first, it was fun, because he has some really funny lines and it's pretty hectic. After two hours, he's not so funny anymore.

The fight has four phases, and by the end of the night, I think we had the first three phases down, but the fourth phase, which is a combination of the previous three always seemed to take us down quickly. It really comes down to a lot of moving out of different things such as rockets and laser barrages. Really, if any one person fails to react quickly enough, it could spell the end of the raid.

My hope is that we can come back next week and spend more time in the fourth phase instead of working up to it, thereby increasing our chances of beating him. I would count this as the toughest fight we've come across so far. Iron Council is tough, but even done right it takes forever. And that's part of the reason we've been skipping it. We'd really like to finish off the keepers of Ulduar and move on to General Vezax and Yogg-Saron. Maybe next week!

It's also becoming more and more apparent to me that my computer is aging. More than once I was unable to avoid a rocket strike attack due to FPS issues. During intense fights, my frame rate drops below 4, and I start to lose DPS, and react slowly to events. It's not good for me, and it's detrimental to the raid. It's gotten to the point where some raid members jokingly offered to fund a new computer for me. I may start looking into it, and see how cheaply I can get a computer that will run WoW better. I might end up with a PC that's just for playing WoW! Gotta get a few other things square away though, such as a place to live, so we can move out of the house our parents are graciously letting us live in.

In other WoW news, I've been trying to spend some time on Khristin and am nearly to level 76. I've been tracking it and making small blog notes on my profile. I don't think anyone there is watching it but me, but it's kind of fun for now. Lal's paladin is in Northrend now. I'm hoping we get to do some instances together soon with Khristin healing and the Yelyena DPSing. Should be fun!

Until then, thanks and have a good morning.