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Do you see what I see?

Although we were a little let down by our lack of success with Malygos on Friday, we decided to group up again on Sunday night.  We were sitting one short and we figured we’d need a full ten for Maly.  So what did we do instead?

Onyxia.

We’ve downed her before with the help of BOB‘s Pallywhacker with ten before, so we figured we could handle it with nine.  And after a couple of wipes, we eventually downed that awful dragon lady.

I was tanking on my Druid for this one, as I often do for guild runs.  And during the fight, I took a peek over my shoulder and looked at Chawa’s screen.  I thought it pretty amusing how differently one may actually see the fight in the relation to another.

Me, all I saw was Ony’s feet and my big, fat, bear ass.  Chawa saw a big, mean dragon breathing fire on a wee bear.

Here's my screenshot. I think I got hit by a wing buffet just then.

Chawa's perspective. Quite the difference.

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This morning, the guest cat got on to the nightstand next to our bed and meowed at me.

As a result, my first thought of the day was “Meow”.

My second thought, I’m sad to say, was “Maybe I should go tame a wolf”.

This week’s raid quest is Eye of Eternity; something I was very happy about.  Like a few in the guild, Malygos is the only thing between me and the title Champion of the Frozen Wastes!  It had been a long time since I had last stepped into Maly’s celestial arena.  All of us in the guild have had some good upgrades since then.  It would be great for us to earn that title once and for all.

It never crossed my mind that we wouldn’t be successful.

/sigh

After 2 hours of failing to beat Maly last night, this Tauren is sore.  My heart is saddened that we didn’t pull it off last night.  My mind is filled with thoughts and ideas of how I could do better.

I’ll admit to being discouraged this morning but I can not admit complete defeat.  There is still no doubt in my mind that we won’t be successful.  Nobody can spend 2 hours in the same dungeon and not learn a few things.   The EarthMother knows that we all did because we improved on every attempt.

And when we are successful, as I know we will be, the victory will be that much sweeter.

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The new LFG LFD system is great’n’all, but it has one, particularly large, fault:  It has left me completely ignoring my alts.

Chawa and I were making good progress on her BElf priest and my Orc warlock.  Anywhere from 1 – 3 levels in a week.

But not since Patch 3.3 and the new LFG.  Instead I’m gobbling up EoTs like a madman. 

My poor, unhappy warlock.

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Yesterday evening, there were only four of us online that were willing and able to go to heroics.  The fifth that was on is still in the midst of leveling his first toon.

So, Chawa (BM Hunter), Brokentree (Druid Tree), Melancoly (Shadow Priest), and I (Druid Bear) wanted to give Heroic Halls of Reflection a try.  We had completed it on Normal, so we knew how it worked.  We just were eager for the extra challenge and phat lewtz of the heroic.  So, I would end up tanking on Naturalregis, BT would heal, Chawa and Mel both as DPS and we’d have to pug our fifth.  No problem, we ended up with a Ret Pally (who was actually quite good).

On our first attempt, we wiped on the 9th wave due to a little poor coordination and one bear lacking in rage to provide a swipe.  Yup, my bad.  Anyway, second time around, no problem.  Good work from the DPS in CC and good heals.  Got through the General and our evil selves no problem.  On to the epic chase!

Funny tangent – the first time I came up to the Arthas/Sylvannas fight, I tried to pull Arthas off of Sylvannas.  It worked.  And I got one shotted.  Yeah.  I’m bad ass…even if I’m slightly daft, as well. 😉 

Anyway, this run, I did no such thing.  We watched the fight and got the chase all fired up.  We lost our Pally at the start of the second group, not quite sure how.  (I think it was Abonimation spew.)  Battle rez from the healer.  We lost the Pally again, battle rez from me.  We wiped on the last group due to the tank not getting aggro on an additional Abomination.  D’oh!

Similar thing happened on the next run, minus the Pally getting smushed twice.  Instead, it was Chawa’s turn to get puked on by one (or some?) of the Abominations.  She bravely and selflessly encouraged us to save ourselves and go on without her.  Aaaand with both battle rez’es on cooldown, that was going to happen anyway.  Sorry, hun! 😦

Third run was going well.  Lost another Abomination but was saved due to a well-timed misdirect from Chawa.  Then one of the casting dues (forget their name) decided to hide next to Arthas so the Pally bit it trying to take him out.  Didn’t have the DPS to finish off the Abominations.

By this time, Mel and BT had called the next run to be our last due to that whole wacky real life thing.  So, we rip through the first three groups.  It was going really smoothly.  Again, some good misdirects from Chawa and I actually got a good growl or two in.  Casters went down, and Arthas was getting close.  We went nuts on the Abominations. 

Then BAM!  Last one Abomination went down!  Start running like a mofo!  Arthas was on our asses!

So I ran.  Right into the ice wall. 

I wasn’t getting anywhere.  What the hell?

Then I see Arthas standing next to me, driving his sword into the ground.  And we were dead.

WE HAD IT FRIGGIN’ DONE, DAMNIT!  OUR WAY SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLEAR!

/heavysigh

Arthas is a jerkface.  An unfair, perverse jerkface.

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Greetings new adventurer and welcome! 

Congratulations on joining us now.  Recently the Blizz Gods have made several changes to the world of Azeroth with you, the new adventurer, in mind.  Descriptions of the races and classes available have been clarified.  Almost every quest will be shown on the map, to help guide your characters to the right places to find the quest objectives.  It’s a fabulous time to start playing WoW. 

However there is one thing that the ingame tutorial system won’t show you. 

I write this letter (aka: friendly post) to you with the spirit of Winter’s Veil upon me!  Whether you be a brand new adventurer to the World of Warcraft or one who has been playing the game for a few months now.

You see, I was once one of you!

And if you are like me, a fellow lover of professions, achievements and holidays,  and you have leveled your cooking up high enough, you will want to make egg nog, in order to earn the Winter’s Veil Gourmet

Allow me to give you a hint.  A hint that I didn’t know about a year ago.

Do you see the links above? If you dare click on them, they will take you to a wondrous place called wowhead, at http://www.wowhead.com/.  Wowhead can be a player’s best resource for information.  There you can look up anything that is in the game from items, to spells, to quests, to achievements, to recipes like egg nog.

I like to think of wowhead as the yellow pages.  Actually, it’s better than the yellow pages!  It’s also a receipe book!  If I need a specific item, I can look it up. 

For example, if you look up egg nog, you can see the ingredients (aka: reagents) that you’ll need to make your egg nog.  If you click on one of those ingredients, you be given a list of NPCs that sell the particular item as well as a list of mobs that drop that particular item. 

In the case of the small egg that you need for your egg nog receipe, you’ll see that small eggs are dropped by feral dragonhawks with a 100% drop rate – everytime you kill a feral dragonhawk, you’ll be able to loot a small egg off it.  What are those, you may wonder?  Well click on their name and you will not only find out but you’ll see where you can find them.  So go out, travel by zeppelin,  boat or portal, get your ingredients and make your fabulous egg nog! 

Now, you have no reason to buy small eggs off the Auction House for 5G like I did a year ago.

Now, you have no reason to buy the small eggs I list on the Auction House this year!  Unless you are lazy.  Or an impulsive shopper.  With gold to burn!  But once again, if you are a relatively new adventurer, you might not have gold to burn and you might cringe at auction house prices.  Well cringe no more!

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