Friday, September 19, 2008


My ISP hates me.

Back as soon as I can

Saturday, September 6, 2008

You Know That Feeling.

In my last post I talked to you about how the next day we were going to go back into Mount Hjyal and finish off the fourth boss then move on to Black Temple.

Well that was the plan, but unfortunately we were reminded forcefully that "Boss Downed" does not mean "Boss on Farm". We spent a couple of hours wiping before finally downing Azgalor and getting more T6 gloves into the guild. One person summed up our feeling nicely in his congratulations to the recipients of the gloves, and I quote, "Congratulations, you lucky sons of bitches."

With not enough raid time left to have a proper go in Black Temple we went and wiped a few times on Archimond, and wow what a fight this is going to be. We are all going to have to be in top shape to get this guy down since seemingly one death starts a chain reaction wiping the raid. Also a note to melee dps in this fight, DO ... NOT ... STAND ... NEAR ... THE ... TANK. We had one wipe caused by melee getting air bursted while too close to the tank, welcome to Finger Of Death city, population us.

Anyway the next day we move on to BT to kill Mr. shrimp guy and have a go at Supremus. Again that was the plan, and again it didn't quite turn out that way. We spent the entire raid night wiping on this guy until we had respawns on the trash and called it a night.

We also had the undeniable return of the Incompetent Warrior as I was the direct cause of one of our wipes, no buts no maybes, I wiped the raid in true Incompetent Warrior fashion.

Now I had done my homework and was prepared for the fight that night, I had the macro, I had reread the strat guides and re-watched the how to vids and I had been there on our guilds first down night.

So no room for error there right? Wrong!

You see no amount of preparation can ever eliminate the chance of me screwing up. This time it was a simple case of macro placement. How can where you put your macro wipe a raid? Well thats an easy question to answer, you wipe a raid by putting the macro to burst the bubble on the key bound slot and put your frost protection potion on the unbound slot you thought you put the macro in. This means that when you go to take your potion while the raid is healing up you actually burst the bubble killing two thirds of the raid in one horrific moment of incompetence.

This brings me nicely round to the title, when you screw up so monumentally you get this unmistakable sinking feeling. You'll know the one I'm talking about if you've ever body pulled High King Mulgar before the raid is ready, fallen off the platform while tanking Al'ar (or jumped off the platform too late), accidentally targeted and healed someone other than the tank at a crucial moment, or burst the bubble to early on High Warlord Naj'entus.

Can anyone guess which one of the listed things was the one I haven't done? Here's a clue ... I can't heal. As for the rest, been there, done that, bought the " I wiped the raid" T-shirt, and every time the feeling is the same. If you haven't felt that feeling yet then your not reading the right blog. I like to list my more horrendous mistakes here so that you don't have to make the same mistake. Oh no I want you to go out there and make new and interesting mistakes.

So until next time this is Stuntyone the Incompetent Warrior signing off.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Bringing The Pain

Last night we went back into Mount Hyjal, and again I went in as dps. We had already killed Rage Winterchill the week before so we moved right on to Anetheron, the site of my previous dps record where I finally broke 1000 dps on a single target boss fight.

Yet again we had a good melee group with an Enhancement Shaman 2 rogues an arms warrior (me) and a Ret Pally (Yes a Ret Pally, we really brought a retlol to MH). During the trash I had a whale of a time beating down the Shadowy Necromancer then hitting everything in sight. In my exuberance I occasionally ended up over aggroing on some of the trash, but since I was finally in full plate again for the first time in I don't know how long (no more Mail or Leather for me) I had decent armor and over 12k buffed health (14k with a shout) so even if I over aggroed on an Abomination I could survive with a bit of healing. This also meant that I could pull mobs off the ranged and healers without dieing, something I never dared to do before.

Anyway my fun with the trash over out comes Anetheron. Now as melee my job here is very simple I find a spot where I wont catch too many swarms and Dee Pee Ess. As melee you cant dps the infernals cuz you'll die so the only thing to do is lay the smack down on the boss. And the fight was going great ... until the infernal tank dies that is, then all hell broke loose and a wipe happened.

So I get to have fun with the trash all over again and it's boss time ... again. This time everything goes great and we down him with little problem and what little problem we did have didn't involve me since my job is so damn easy. After cooling down and distributing the loot P mentioned to me that he had read on my blog that I was over joyed at breaking 1000 dps on this boss last time, I told him that this was correct.

P: "So you would be happy to learn that you did over 1300 dps this time?"

Me: "Your kidding right?"

P: "Nope you did over 1300 dps."

Me: "Wow"

Me: "I think I'm having a little moment." My voice quite choked with emotion.

El: "I think he's actually crying."

Now while I wasn't crying I was rendered speechless as I'd set myself a goal of breaking 1100 dps and this was just so far over the mark. I can finally say that when I go as dps to a raid I'm Bringing the Pain, Muhahahahahahaha!!!

This time when we talked to Lady Jaina we all knew where to run instead of standing around like idiots and then running in random directions, and one of our lucky miners managed to get 6 epic and 2 blue gems (lucky bugger).

This time in the horde encampment we wiped on the trash a couple of times both Big Wigs and DBM both wigged out on us and stopped announcing the composition of the trash waves which caught us by surprise and since we hadn't bothered to learn the composition of each wave by heart caused a wipe. 2 more wipes happened on wave 5 due to shackles breaking early and mobs getting caught in consecration which then caused the pally tank to go down under the weight of Abominations. But we persevered and adapted and got to Kaz'rogal.

Kaz'rogal was going great until both the pally tank and the ret pally exploded simultaneously destroying half the melee group and killing the main tank.

Fortunately one of the off tanks, El managed to pick him up and we got him down to below 20% where we had to yet again rely on Thrall to finish the job for us again while one of our druids hid in kitty form, I'm telling you that guy is hard as nails.

I also think that this fight is designed to make every pally in the raid into a living bomb ... maybe we should give them their own little corner to go explode in, because it will happen.

Anyway tonight we go back to MH to get more T6 gloves from Azgalor then we move on to BT to kill the big shrimp and have a go at Supremus .

Oh and when I learned that the raid leaders had forgotten to record the combat log for last nights raid I had another little moment :(

So until next time this is Stuntyone the Incompetent Warrior signing off.