Sneaking into Thunder Dome

mad-max-beyond-thunderdome-607x455 On Sunday I finally got a chance to log in and try out the new 5.2 Shadow-Pan Assault stuff. In general I like the dailies.. honestly I -love- being a leaping lizard. In specific.. I dislike doing dailies that don’t result in an immediate reputation gain. I -get- that I’m moving the needle along for unlocking the content.. but it’s dissatisfying. It’s ESPECIALLY dissatisfying since my chance of experiencing the unlocked content and getting into the raid is nearly null.. and yet the good gear is gated by a reputation that I can’t get unless I run the raid. That’s just annoying.

Regardless, eventually my curiosity got the best of me. I can’t stand to be kept out of an area by a silly little wall. So I wandered off to check things out.
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I can haz Epic Neck?

I logged into AskMrRobot this morning to see what new updates are available and where best to spend my valor/justice points after the patch and I spotted a link that says “Get a level 522 neck TODAY!”

Yes please.

The sad part, for me, is that I can’t log into the game again until next week. But [...]

Whar’s ma DPS.. AGAIN?

gnome_girl1I picked up Mists of Pandaria ~3 months after the initial launch. It took me 1 month to level to 90. Considering I was only leveling a few days a week.. and I took a week or so off when my video card died and to experience battle pets I think it’s safe to say that by the time I hit 90 and -started- doing heroics most everyone else in my random heroic group has been running these same heroics for nearly 4 months.

I can almost feel them /pat me on the head when I announce at the beginning of each run that “I’ve never run this Heroic before so I’d appreciate any pointers you have”.

For them, this instance is old hat. They know which way you go, where you stand, how you pull the boss, whether you spread out, stand 45 degrees off of each other or stack up. For the most part they already have the loot off the boss so they aren’t carefully scrutinizing each drop to figure out if they need it and if it’s an upgrade. They are running willy-nilly out of the room -while- I scrutinize the loot making it very difficult to keep up/know which way to go. They’ve already completed the quests.. so they’re not looking for sparkly things as they go through the instance.. nor are they completing the instance only to find that they must have missed one of the quest items (only to have that silly quest sit half finished in their quest log).
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Scenarios: A Little Patience

Yeah.. ok I don’t get it.

At some point while leveling I picked up the quest “A Little Patience” which wanted to send me into a scenario. I held onto it for a few days.. first off, I am still kind of puzzled about what a scenario is.. and once I figured out what it was (kind of like a dungeon, kind of like a group quest, except you don’t need specific roles.. supposedly) then my plan originally was to read up about the scenario before I tried it. BUT THEN I HAD A “BRILLIANT IDEA” {cue ominous music}

If Blizz has done their homework.. and it’s true that anyone can jump into a scenario at any time, with no specific roles.. then it shouldn’t be required for me to research the scenario before I jump into it. If Blizz has done right… then once I get in the scenario it should be OBVIOUS what I should do. RIGHT? Yeah, not so much.
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I could have been a contender…

OnTheWaterfront1On Monday it occurred to me that I’ve been getting Valor points in doing my tiller daily quests.. and I started to wonder, “Do I have any other currencies? and are they in danger of capping?”. I finally figured out how to open my currency tab and sure enough, I had 4,000 justice points.. which means sure enough, it’s capped. So ok. I need to spend these things.. what do I spend them on?***

The obvious answer is gear.. but in order to figure out which gear would be the best purchase I first had to figure out what gear I needed.
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Ding 90

My warlock ding’d 90 on Friday, February 1, 2013 on some random quest at the start of the Townlong Steppes.

First step: train Pandaran flying.

I’m surprised how much I missed it. In fact I missed it MORE after I ran back to the old world and spent a couple days flying around taming battle pets. [...]

Vale of Eternal Meh

grumpy-girl2Last night I had a grump.

I’m playing through Kun-Lai Summit and I got to the part where I saw the opening of the gate to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

[ Aside:
So.. ok. The gate is now open. I’m just going to keep my mouth closed about how dang silly a “great wall of Pandaria with a gate” is for a hidden land which hasn’t been opened since early in the mists of time.. on.. you know, on a planet where flying is NORMAL and as easy as buying a flying mount. I don’t think their secret land is as secret as they think.

Frankly having run around in it for a (very short) while the only thing I can come up with is that the only reason it’s stayed empty is because everyone who has flown in there eventually just wandered off.. because Damn that place is boring. Pretty.. but nothing exciting going on there. *yawn* ]
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A tale of critters and battle pets

foxlingI hit 89 last night. Again it kind of snuck up on me.

While questing, I spotted a gold dot for a flower. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here before.. but I’m one of -those- people when it comes to flowers.. you know, people hate questing with me because in the middle of making a bee line for the next objective I’ll abruptly veer off course to go pick a pretty pretty flower. In fact it’s to the point where if I see the gold dot on the mini-map I’m COMPELLED to go get the flower.. and when I -can’t- get the flower I start to feel a bit glum.
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Demonic Gateway.. situational.. but interesting

Questing along I dinged 87 and barely noticed.. it turns out I also didn’t notice a new spell which showed up on my toolbar:
Demonic Gateway

Last night I was mulling over my toolbar trying to improve my casting sequence (ie, make it less awkward and make sure I’m hitting all the buttons I should be hitting) when [...]

This post was published long before the Mists of Pandara Expansion.
The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Mutterings About Shadowflame

Shadowflame Ok.. so a while back they gave me -this-. I’ve successfully ignored it.. for a long time. I mean gimme a break.. it’s cast in melee range.. blegh. BUT TPTB (mostly EJ) say that casting it as part of your rotation will increase your damage output. Sokay. So I spent [...]