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Oops. It has been so long I got the font too small.

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Merry Christmas from LFM

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12 Days of Battle Pets.

On the 12th day of winterfest my truelove gave to me:

 

12 old Raid pets

11 kinds of maggot

10 nut barrages

9 Striders pumping

8 cocooned moths

7 Reindeer leaping

6 Stormwind Rats

FI-IVE Dark-moon Pe-ets!

4 Pandaren Spirits

3 Rare Seagulls

2 Flayers flaying

And that blasted Minifernal! (I wish)

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This guide is really so my handy reference document is easily accessible to me. You might find it useful. most of it is ripped off of WOWhead.

Thundering Pandaren Spirit -
flayer, grasshopper, strider. Start with humanoid, wait for the rodent to be first, rampage, reflect the first move of the elemental, swap to strider. Strider versus El, pump, then rain, then spray, then pump. Grasshopper versus the beast, use cocoon when he shields (will dive next).
elemental – use aquatic
critter – use beast
beast – use mechanic

Whispering Pandaren Spirit -
Hopping, water wavering (with aquatic moves) and baby ape, start with hopping. que until you get the dragon.
dragonkin – use humanoid
critter – use beast
elemental – use aquatic

Burning Pandaren Spirit -
kunli runt, whisp, strider – , set the runt for all ‘B’ moves, wait for the dragon to be first
dragonkin – use humanoid
elemental – use aquatic
flying – use magic

Flowing Pandaren Spirit -
kunli runt, eagle, strider. Start with the runt set for all A moves ( don’t use fly up on the fish for 2 rounds). dodge stuff,
aquatic – use flying
critter – use beast

elemental – use aquatic

Kalimdor:
Stone Cold Trixxy – Winterspring (66,65) – level 19 pets – flying, dragonkin, beast

Eastern Kingdoms:
Lydia Accoste – Deadwind Pass (40,77) – level 19 pets – undead, undead, elemental

Outland:
Bloodknight Antari – Shadowmoon Valley (31,42) – level 24 pets – dragonkin, magic, elemental

Northrend:
Major Payne – Icecrown (77,20) – level 25 pets – beast, mechanical, elemental

Cataclysm:
Obalis – Uldum (57,42) – level 25 pets – beast, flying, critter

Pandaria: lvl 25
Hyuna of the Shrines – Jade Forest (48,54) – aquatic, beast, flying
Farmer Nishi – Valley of the Four Winds (46,44) – beast, elemental, elemental
Wastewalker Shu – Dread Wastes (55,38) – aquatic, beast, elemental
Courageous Yon – Kun Lai Summit (36,74) – flying, critter, beast
Seeker Zusshi – Townlong Steppes (36,52) –  elemental, critter, aquatic
Mo’ruk – Krasarang Wilds (62,45) –  flying, aquatic, beast
Aki the Chosen – Vale of Eternal Blossoms (68,41) –  critter, dragonkin, aquatic

Darkmoon Faire Tamer:
Jeremy Feasel – across from tonk challenge – level 25 pets – magic, mechanical, beast

Strats:

Aki the Chosen strat: Flayer younging first, wait for the grasshopper to lead, one hit of blitz,  then ravage. when the dagon comes out, reflect then blitz until dead. use anything for your other two pets.

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WTB Playtime

So I keep getting blog posts about raiding, progression, even patch 5.1 for crying out loud. And it’s been two weeks since I’ve logged into the game. Ugh. Moving ain’t fun. But most of the stuff is here now so maybe after Saturday I’ll have time to set up my gaming rig and get up to date.

I want to raid so bad! I know we’re short people still (ah, Kerick, are you 90 on Winterhoof yet?) and I need to recruit dps. Which I can’t do if I can’t log in, but that’s coming soon! I hope…

At least it’s nice to be moved and getting unpacked. Today starts NaNoWriMo which makes 11 years for me participating in the Write-a-novel-in-November challenge. I’m psyched for that! Got to get my writing habit back too. But honestly that won’t interfere much with WoW. I’m aiming for two hours a day of writing, right after my workday gets over. I’ll be done by the time Rev gets home from work and then if we want to spend an evening in Azeroth there’s nothing stopping us! But I have to get serious about my writing again. Taking a month off was necessary but not fun. 

I’m thinking my top priority once we start playing will be to do some more LFR runs. Maybe I can get some of our old raid together? I could try scheduling something for next Saturday night and then we could go from there…

 

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Looking for Loot

So Rev and I ran LFR last night. We read quick overviews of the fights and checked our gear. I couldn’t quite meet the requirements, but I had a nice cloth helmet that would give me the last point I needed. I equipped it and we were ready to go!

Got in. Some dk says “Ok I’m main tank.” He had more health than Rev so whatever. I decided I’d be Rev’s personal healer. We started trying to talk about strategy but the other tank was just “keep amethyst dog away from the others go go”. Only the amethyst dog wasn’t even up… and that’s not remotely the strat… whatever.

After the raid got petrified and wiped (I didn’t die, I like the petrification mechanism!) Rev told the other guy what to do and he said “oh ok”. And then didn’t do the taunt swapping. At all.

Another druid healer said “Ok, I’ll go tank, you dps” to the tank. We did, it worked better, still wiped, came back and got them down cleanly. I noticed we’d four healed that encounter. LFR means people can stand in bad, not do anything they’re supposed to other than tank swaps, and four healers can manage it. Also, I was doing huge amounts more healing than the other healers. And I’d cheesed my gearscore to get in. Huh.

Next fight has a boss that… does a lot of stuff. As a healer all I was really aware of was oww oww that hurts heal everything not enough mana arrrgh who dies? Everyone who isn’t me or a tank, oww. He wasn’t too hard to get down but again, we were down a healer, I doing about 20% more healing than the next guy on the list, and I was starting to get curious. The five healers we had right now included 3 druids and two holy priests, so you’d think the numbers would be somewhat similar, but not remotely.

I got a lovely offhand fan from that fight, chock full of spirit! Yay! I’d thought loot showed up in the bags of treasure but I guess you get either loot or a bag. Hey I wasn’t arguing.

Looked at the gear from the lowest performing druid healer. Huh… ilvl 429 shoulders. PVP legs. ilvl410 boots. One nice trinket. How on earth did he even get in? Clearly, he had a whole set of tank gear, or something, in his bags because there was no way his raw score should let him in.

I think Blizzard shot themselves in the foot by setting the ilvl to get in so high initially. I know they knocked it down to 460, but when you see 463 and realize you need a heroic piece in almost every slot… and you just can’t get that stupid hat to drop… it’s depressing. You start thinking about cheesing it and once you’ve decided to do that why not go crazy and just get in with whatever you can? Someone else will pick up your slack, after all.

Lest you think I’m just being elitist about gear, I checked this guy’s spell use. He wasn’t using Lifebloom on boss fights. Like, at all. He apparently was just hitting swiftmend and wild growth on cooldown and occasionally tossing a rejuv. Which is a great way to go OOM fast without doing anything useful. Sigh. I’m always amazed when other druid healers are so bad, probably because I know what good druid healing looks like and so can tell when someone else sucks.

We downed the last of the three bosses in one attempt, very cleanly, and I spent a loot token and got a ring. And enough valor to buy a necklace from the bug people, since they’re the only ones who like me enough to give me goodies. Sweet! My mana regen went up about 500 mp5 after that run!

Anyway, I’m liking LFR but looking forward to being able to raid for real soon. I hope soon. We’re getting ready to move here and I think it’s going to affect raiding a little…

 

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