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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.


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.

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.

If you will indulge me this moment, this has nothing to do with WoW.

When I was a kid we had a meal, usually twice a month, that I grew up thinking was a delicacy. Rice w/ tomato gravy and homemade biscuits, that’s it, no meat. My parents always acted like it was such a treat, that’s why we only had it twice a month. My daddy would rave about it saying it must be someones birthday or something, and momma would blush and say she was just taking care of her boys.

When I got to be an adult, Looking back, I realized that there was no meat in the house the day before payday, and momma was cooking all she had. My parents made me firmly believe that meal was special.

Now, as an adult with children of my own, That meal was more special than my momma could imagine.  It taught me a very important life lesson, one that I hope I pass on to my kids.

There was a time when I was going through a divorce with my first wife, that there wasn’t much food in my house. The kids were with me a lot because my schedule as a fireman allowed it. Many nights I would cook for the kids and I wouldn’t eat until they were through. I wanted to make sure they had full tummies. If they ate most of it, I would eat what they left on their plate.

I’m not looking for sympathy as times are a lot better now, I’m still driving the life lesson point home.

Can you guess what that lesson is?

In my best Mississippi redneck dialect, It aint whatcha got that counts, its whatcha  do with it that counts.

Gonna call Mom, I need some homemade biscuits.

Xavieria: What the Hell are you doing ShoDORKan?

Shodaran: I’m whoopin this practice dummies ass to build up my Unarmed skill, I want the Knuckle Sammich Achievement.

Xavieria: Ahhhh…Lemme know how that works out for you…*giggle*

Yes friends, I actually did this once upon a time with one of my first characters. Had it not been for a very nice passer-by, I may still be there skull thumping that dummy. This is how it went down, I decided that the best and easiest way to build my unarmed skill up was to do what we just discussed. I was about level 30 or so and right in the middle of a flurry Sugar Ray Leonard would have smiled at, I get a whisper.

Nice 70 palladin: Ummmm…What are you doing?

Me: I’m building my unarmed skill up *thinking Duh, what does it look like*

Nice 70 palladin: I don’t think that works, I think you may have to hit actual mobs.

Me: Really? Are you sure? Damn!

Nice 70 Palladin: You get an “A” for effort though, Bye.

As he rode off, I wondered what his guild chat was like at that moment and if I may as well delete this character now to save myself the embarrassment of ever seeing him again.

Hello world!

Hello, welcome to my blog. I feel that I am basically writing this to myself because, to be honest, I dont think anyone will read this for a while. I basically play 3 mains, with Shodaran being the baby of the bunch. Xavieria is a typical red-headed mage that can be both a fire-breather and a whiny butt. Darkmystic is my cool calm holy/disc priest. Shodaran is my goofy and opinionated prot/ret pally.

As you can see, my personality is multi-faceted, therefore my gaming is as well. My mood for the day generally dictates which character I will be on. It’s not a pretty sight when I’m in a Xav mood and forced to heal. Likewise as bad to be in a Sho-time mood and am asked to range dps, hahaha that one does get funny.

Anyhow, thats about it for my first attempt at blogging, maybe by the time I have actual readers my writing will have improved.

Oh yea, as far as my blogs title. Shodarans Law is similar to murphys law, simply add the word stupid. Anything Stupid that can happen in WoW, WILL happen to Shodaran.