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The end of expansion slump

Yep, I’m feeling it more than ever before. I dont remember feeling this way waiting on any of the prior expansions. I’m having a really hard time enjoying the game right now, so therefore I havent had much to write about.
I log on everyday to do some dailies and maybe a heroic, but all but the ICC 5 mans are horribly boring to me now.
The only reason I run those is because I’m hardheaded and determined to get a battered hilt. I’ve only seen it drop once, I fail rolled a 23 for it.
I will be raiding hopefully this upcoming week, maybe that will return some fire, but if not I will just continue to muddle along, being only mildly interested in what I’m doing.
I will try to find something I’m passionate about so I can write a better post for you, maybe something will happen in ICC worth writing about (like a lich king kill, *fingers crossed*)
Til then, my friends, later.


Trade chat is, by and large, the bane of my existence. For the most part I ignore it until I’m trolling for an end of the week raid of some sorts that all my guild-mates are locked from. You see, on my server the LFG channel is basically nonexistent, so all LFM is going through trade. There has been a pattern showing up lately that really pisses me off. First I’ll give an example then I’ll bitch.

Example 1: [2:Trade]{Douchebag} LFM for TotGC 10, must know fights and have Ach. Pst with class and GS.

There are a couple of things that piss me off about this. Right off the bat, I asked for his Ach, which he didn’t have. Sooooo, you dont have the ach, yet its a requirement for entering your Raid?? This fella wants to be carried to glory, fuck off asshole, pst ME when you get the ach so I can laugh at you.

Example 2: [2:Trade]{Assmunch} LFM for ICC10 weekly, Must have 5k GS.

ROFLMFAO, WTF?? 5k GS using what method, dickcheese? And by the way, WTF is your GS? I just about bet 100 gold its not 5k or you just got to 5k so Thats your new raid benchmark.

People please try not to be so fucking retarded. It really is hard after a days work to tolerate your ignorance. After the minimum for entrance into a raid instance, GS is good for one thing, to make ignorant wannabee raiders drool. Thats it, period. Like the AssTard in example one, He probably has his ach now but still cant play his character because that first class ride he had through TotGC didnt teach him a damn thing.

The guy in example 2 is no better, the ICC10 weekly raid that he refers to is Marrowgar. 5fuckinK GS for marrowgar? Go away peckerhead and come back when….never mind, dont ever come back, kthnx.

I believe the game was actually safer from DumbAsses before addons like recount and gearscore became the norm. I can remember when you had no idea how much DPS you were doing, all you knew was that the boss was down to 18% health that last try so “Lets step it up some guys”. You raced an enrage timer, not the Hunter or the Rogue in the raid.

The majority of people on my server that are not involved in Guild raids appear to be lazy. They dont want to read raid strats and actually be useful to someones raid, they want to be carried through the raid for easy Ach.’s and Kewl lewtz. That fine if you want to SUCK your whole life Mr. CrotchSmooch, just stay out of trade. Use your friends list to find victims, ohhhhh thats right, no one you have tricked into a run with you wants to go back because YOU SUCK!!

I guess some people will never get it. Some people will never function properly in any form of social environment even if it is a virtual one.

Recently a guildie posted a blog about our guild, she discussed how we have a guild name given to us for various reasons by our guildmates. Recently I was awarded the dubious title of “The Magpie”.

Apparently a Magpie is this really silly bird that gets into shiny things, stealing them, hoarding them and admiring them.

So, Xav, how did you come to be known as the Magpie? I figured you would ask, you nosy critters.

We were doing our weekly night one farm punking of ICC and had just killed them damn vampire triplets. Lo and behold, Wand of Ruby Claret dropped and I quickly said gimme gimme gimme. I received said item because I was by far the most deserving (yea right! I think I was the only person that could use it.). After my loots was given to me and it had been equipped, we take off up the ramp towards BQL’s trash. I have my character screen up admiring the stats on my new arsenal of awesomeness and mistakenly run right past where everyone else is staged to regroup and fight trash. By the time i hear the raid leader screaming my name, I am smack dab in the middle of the trash. Instead of taking one for the team and just eating a face melting, I make the decision that we can win this and I drag the whole lot of them filthy bastards back to the rest of the raid.

There are people rebuffing, sitting on the ground eating, and I believe some were even on a bio break. A wipe obviously occurred as no one was ready for a pull. When my raid leader asked why had I decided to commit raidicide, all I could say was that I was looking at my new Shiny. Fortunately, I raid with a great group of people with equally great senses of humor, but out of that emerged “The Magpie”

And now you know “The rest of the story”.

Another missed Raid Night

Here it is raid night and I’m otherwise obligated. My life has been really screwy lately and my raid team, I’m afraid, have felt it too. We are so close to actually reaching the end and I want to be a part of that so bad, but Real lifes RNG sux as bad as Blizz’s does.

The team venture in tonight stocked with excellent players and I’m sure they will clear at least 8/12, leaving a good night tomorrow night. My only hopes now is there is a spot for me then.

We have a saying in PF, “Real life Trumps all”, but sometimes I wish real life would behave. It sucks to have the “want to” and the time for raids, yet get dealt an unavoidable slap.

Enough whining I say, and I will share some Screenshot goodness from last week. I raided the first night and right as we were to start night two is when real life said “Oh Hell No”.

Hiya RotPuss

Getting ready to free the dream, this is when I bailed

Fighting BQL

Meh, we punked her

More BQL

The Professor

The Cullens

RotPuss down

Putricide down

Hiya Bitch!

I guess thats enough for now. Maybe this is our week that RNG doesnt shove it too us full force. Stay tuned for More!!

Dont die….

What? you want more?

Well how often has it been said that dead dps is no dps? Icc is all about situational awareness, and lots of movement. Lots of movement…Hmmmm. That means my dps sux. True to an extent, my dps may not be the top of the charts, but overall damage will be close, because I make a point of living.

Alot of movement hurts a caster, but if you’re alive at the end of the fight, you have done your job. Icc requires a caster to be constantly aware of Cd’s and when to use them. I always save stuff like mirror image for a boss fight, then I pop it right away, because most fights will allow me to pop it again.

All of my CD’s get popped going in to a boss fight, then i keep a close eye on them to pop them as soon as they come up. When you are moving alot, your CD abilities make or break you. I see a 1k difference in my dps on a boss fight if I misuse my CD’s, really, I aint lyin to ya! 1 friggin k, thats alot when your racing an enrage timer.

Icc provides very little opportunity to settle in to my routine of ABx4, Am…rinse repeat, so I have to be creative to even stay competitive with the dps monsters of PF. Throw AB everytime your running, unless Missile barrage is up. Its a dps loss to waste a MB by throwing a AB even if you are running for your life. Save it for a AM. If you are not running low on mana, hit arcane power everytime its up, trust me its worth it. Throw AP and even if you have to evocate your still ahead.

To end this very informal guide, DONT DIE!! Blink, ice block, do whatever because you cant dps facedown on the pavement.

I’m a mage and I approve of this, Nuff Said.

Phaygotten – Level 48 (ATM) Nelf Rogue, is my newest project. I go through periods of dissatisfaction with my 80’s and create a new alt. That is how Shodaran came to be, and now its time for a rogue.

I chose a rogue with input from my guildies. Prior to designating Phay as my next 80 I was leveling him and a druid. Looking at our guild roster you will see that everyone and their mother has a level 80 druid in our guild. Our raid leader (who plays a rogue) suggested that I declare Phay as my main alt because we dont have that many rogues and only one that raids. We used to have 2, but one found God and became a priest for raiding when we lost a healer.

I am really digging the rogue right now, and if I keep my usual pattern, I wont play my other characters much while leveling him. I become obsessed to some extent when leveling a new character. I lower my head and grind baby grind, until I look up one day and realize I’m level 80.

My only reservations about doing the leveling deal all over again is that Shodaran is not raid geared yet. This in itself puts me in a tizzy, I keep telling myself I should be gearing the pally first before any new projects, but alas I cant help myself now. I’m hooked.

I’m thinking, at least while leveling, That pickpocket is the coolest thing in the game. I love getting the extra goodies that other people cant get. I’m combat so I don’t do a lot of stealthing in a dungeon, but when I solo, I’m getting those goodies.

I still plan on leveling the druid eventually as well. I really like being a kitteh, but for now all my BoA gear is on Phaygotten. The 20% extra on quest and murdering monsters almost feels like cheating, but hey, if you aint cheating you aint trying to win right?

Thats right sports fans, Phoenix Foundation is now 10/12 with some solid attempts at Sindragosa under our belt. With luck ( and skill) we will hopefully approach Arthas next week.

We only raid 2 nights a week with a rotating 2-3 dps spots each week. The core raiders are basically the same, but with interest in raiding picking up some, we have to rotate some of our Deeps out. This is not a huge problem considering our depth at competant  Dps’ers, only drawback being some may not have seen the same content as others.

So, on to the Low-Down. Night one was basically farm night ending with several attempts and frustrating wipes on the Vampire Triplets. We basically cruised through the night one shotting everything up to Fester/Rot. We two shot both of them and head on up to Putricide.

Putricide really presented us with no problems other than RNG. With some bad luck against us, we still managed to 3 shot him. This is where the story actually begins.

Night two is progression night, Woot!! Believe if you will, we actually one shot the Vampire triplets and even get an achievement. I didnt get SS of ach., but look in chat box and you see what it was.

The crew with Triplets down

Feeling really good about ourselves, we head on up to BQL and begin our dance with her. This was a fun fight to me. The only drawback is I died right as we downed her (big surprise there huh?), and I didnt get to play Vampire but a couple of seconds. It took us 3 tries here, which was fantastic considering several of us had never even seen this fight. I’m not one to write raid strats,  you will have to get that elsewhere, but this fight has alot of situational awareness and movement.

Oh Yeah, you get this nifty Achievement too when you down her.


Next on our agenda was Valithria ( spelled right?). We two shot the bad guys here and free the dream. This seemed so much easier than the last time I was here.

At this point I must give all props to our raid leader, He does a great job. He researches and is able to relay the info you need pre fight and in fight. *scratches head* Dont know how he does it.

Now we have about 45 minutes to boogie with sindragosa. We are able to get her to phase 3 every time, but get hung up at about 22-25% every try. Everyone got alot of good experience though, and I believe she will be a carcass at our feet next week.

With all that being said, I have some screenshot goodness from the fight.

taking pics is hard when you are face down

Oh Noes! I'm a Iceblock!!

Hiding, always hiding behind iceblocks!!

Thats it for this weeks installment of “Phoenix Storms The Citadel”, Stay tuned for next weeks episode where nice chat nuggets like these are the norm in our raids.

Good Strategy!!

Ahhh, such Loyalty!

This week’s shared topic at Blog Azeroth is about your favorite and least favorite cities.

My favorite is Dalaran. I’m a lazy person at heart and the pure convenience that Dalaran provides is unequaled. I can log on some times and never leave the city, just get involved with trade chat or pick up items needed the next time I venture out.

My favorite capital city to visit is Exodar via a portal in Dal. I used to hate this place, but it really shines now for a quick run to the Auction house because there is no one there. Exodar is like a ghost town on my server, so easy in- easy out. Just make sure your hearth is ready or you’re going to spend a long time on boats to get back to Northrend.

My least favorite place to mistakenly happen through is Goldshire. There are always a gazillion people there dueling and just generally getting in the way. I can’t even ride through without someone popping a duel request on me, and believe me, I suck at duels.

Honorable mentions in the favorite Category would be:

–         Honor Hold ( wonderful quest hub to get you started in Outland)

–         Valliance Keep ( again, a nice starter quest hub)

Dishonorable Mentions go to:

–         Shattrah ( even before WotLk, I hated trying to navigate lower city)

–         Lights Hope, EP ( Huge quest hub, but I hated the plagueland quest)

I’m sure there are others that could be added but these are my most (and least) Favorites, which is the topic anyway.

As I prepare for Tonight’s start to our weekly journey into ICC, I cant help but wonder if this will be another  night of Xav being a grease spot on the floor. Last week it was almost a running joke that, if Xav didnt die then we did something wrong.

I have a tendency at times to run the wrong direction when the raid leader yells Run!! Or I’m completely out of position when something bad happens. I pay attention, during commercial breaks from America Idol. I also see the bad stuff on the floor, after my RL Yells at me for standing in the goo.

Its fun though, and although we are there for progression, its still funny at times when I have discovered a new way to die. My guildies all have great senses of humor, and no one really gets uptight about my obvious lack of skill compared to theirs. Thats what its all about anyway, having fun. I dont think I would be happy in a raid group that treated the game like a second job. They bring me along as their token sacrifice, and they like my mana cookies, but thats okay, I’m pefectly happy with the arrangement and the people I raid with.

If any of you ever slip into Cenarion Circle / Alliance, Look us up. We are Phoenix Foundation, Progressive Raiders without the Hardcore mentality.

Deepwater Horizon

Sorry guys no update or ramblings today, My heart is broken. I work offshore, not for transocean, but I feel the pain of brothers lost. I really have no interest in the game today, only want to reflect and pray for families in pain.

I’ve logged on several times today to end up staring at the screen not in the mood to do anything.

The only comparison I have to this feeling is when 9/11 happened, I had only been gone from the fire dept. a few months, the fallen firefighters cross my mind even today.

Those of a religious belief please pray for the missing and the families of those men, these wounds will take a long time to heal.

Hug and kiss your familly tonight, call your Mom and Dad, no one is guaranteed tomorrow.