Challenge Mode Autopsy

June 21, 2015

We finally got into the challenge mode version of Auchindoun, and there are a few things we can take away from it, so long as we think of it as a kick in the butt, and not a kick in the teeth. I think it caught us flat-footed this week. Next week we should be more ready.

  • We all need to review the videos and become more familiar with them.
  • We all need to work at interrupts, movement, and mechanics.
  • We all need to work at communication and teamwork.
  • We CAN do this. When we did execute all of the above, stuff died.
  • The kick line during Nyami worked *great.*

We just need to keep in mind that this is challenging content and execution matters. This content is not beyond our skill level, we just need to play up to it. Our best is more than good enough. I know we all can do this.

Knowing what we do, now, though, we should plan on doing no more than 1 dungeon per week. A repeat of the link to the video, in case you’ve misplaced it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQRypUXfL74&list=PL3MjCwtRzxUsFUVghgmYquoBRV2_QziZo&index=1


Seriously, Universe?

May 29, 2015

If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Just a few days after my speedpad broke and needed replaced my middle mouse button has stopped working. Now I have to get used to a new mouse, too.

Nothing else is allowed to break. I’m running out of money.


Crisis Averted

May 27, 2015

A little while back I decided to up my game a little bit and buy some actual gaming equipment, picking up a CM Storm Spawn gaming mouse to go with my Nostromo Speedpad. It took a little while to learn to use the new equipment, but once I did, amazing things happened. Faster reaction times, tighter rotations, easier movement; you name it, my game improved in that department.  All was well in the world until Tuesday morning, when the speedpad broke. I spent the better part of the afternoon trying to fix it before raid time. I plugged it in, reset it, restarted the computer; heck, I even took it apart, checked all the connections and put it back together, but it was all to no avail.

After one night of trying to raid with a normal keyboard, I knew something had to be done. So I bought yet another new toy. It wasn’t the one I wanted, but it was the one the local store had in stock, so it’ll have to do.

Here’s my replacement for the nostromo, the Razer Tartarus. It’s more or less a clone of the old one. It has the same basic size, shape, and layout, but with an adjustable palm grip. The only real differences are that the 15th button is a scroll-wheel on the nostromo, but a standard button on the Tartarus; that the joystick is not removable to form a d-pad on the Tartarus; and that the thumb-activated button on the Tartarus is slightly larger. I’m not entirely thrilled about the joystick situation, but the other two should actually be an improvement. Here’s hoping that this gets me back in the saddle for Thursday’s raid.


Challenge Mode Guides

April 21, 2015

After reviewing the situation I have decided to have everyone watch the video guides done by Hamlet (of Elitist Jerks). These will be the baseline blueprint for our runs. I will make short text guides highlighting any differences between our intended strategy and theirs. I will add any tips from the other videos that I think will be handy. I’ll do my best to get these guides made and posted in time to be able to “study” them beforehand, as we will not have time to read them as we go along once the timer starts ticking.

Links to those videos:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3MjCwtRzxUsFUVghgmYquoBRV2_QziZo


Week 1

April 19, 2015

Good work, Angels!

Week 1 of our achievement runs is now in the books. We did pretty well considering our time constraints (hey, real life happens).

We’ll be back and picking up where we left off (with Grimrail Depot) next week on Saturday at 7:00 server. We’ll toss in a week 3 to finish up whatever we don’t get done on week 2, and we’ll also redo any achievements we missed on our first pass through. When we’ve finished all of the heroics we’ll go kill Sha for the music roll. We might also hit any dinomancers and Galleon for the mount lottery, time and interest permitting.

There is just one thing I want everyone to work on before next week. I want everyone to bring their skimpiest transmog. We need to boost our ratings or we’ll lose our sponsors.

Stay sexy, Angels,

Barley


Week 2 Cheat Sheet

April 10, 2015

I have now created and uploaded the printable cheat sheet for the achievements we will be attempting in week 2 (2 weeks from this Saturday). As always, I hope it helps.


Very Busy Lazy Day

April 9, 2015

Lacking anything better to do, I decided to dust off my to-do list and see what I could finish off. I ended up having a very busy lazy day today.

I started off with some exploration, finishing off Shadowmoon Valley, Frostfire Ridge, and Spires of Arrak. Naturally completing these also rewarded me the meta for Draenor.

WoWScrnShot_040815_125833I spent a bit of time in the proving grounds and finally claimed the Endless Damage wave 30 achievement and the Proven Assailant title that comes with it. Huzzah!

I also started the process of pre-recording some videos which I plan to narrate as a guide. Eventually I want to make a proving grounds silver and gold video in the same style as the silver mode video I made for Tarii. I’ve seen plenty of people making more generalized guide, but I felt it might be useful to have on specifically for each class.

After that, I knocked out all of Barley’s LFRs for Abrogator stones and am now nearing the finish line for the 690 rings. I’m now wishing I didn’t put it off for so long.

Finally I did a little bit of pet battling and got a few more pets to level cap. Now all of my pets are blue quality and about 2/3 of them are level 25.


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