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So after years of prodding, my good friend Sassy has started playing WoW again! She had a trial account that previously expired, but hopefully it’ll stick this time around. We started her off as a paladin, figuring it was the most versatile and durable for a beginner. And because we’ll hopefully be able to train her as a raid healer as time goes by ;-) Took her for a tour through Eastern Kingdoms on my flying rocket this morning and managed to ding her from just exploration and picking up flight points. Will try to get through most of Kalimdor tomorrow, then get into some questing. I’ve always liked leveling new characters, so this should be pretty fun. I wonder who I should take along? I’ve got a level 11 gnome warlock who’s currently serving as my banker. Or maybe it’s time to take that new nelf mage out for a spin…?

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Yeah, this is quite a bit late. But like any good party, it takes a while to get over the hangover ;-)

On Monday, April 20th, the good members of Breakaway gathered at the Temple of Storms to celebrate their first anniversary. Cupcakes and cider were enjoyed by all, naked duels were staged, Pablo found his new calling as a club DJ, the first annual Guildie Awards were held, and many a guild photo was snapped.

Here are the screenshots:




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Sometimes, being the webmaster rocks.

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He appeared out of nowhere on a lazy January evening, and forever changed the way we would see ghouls.

Well, okay, let me rephrase that.

1. We’re not entirely sure if it’s a he or a she, it’s hard to tell when everything’s rotted off. The undead are funny that way.
2. I suppose that to be more accurate, it appeared out of a handful of corpse dust. Or possibly one of our dead guildies.
3. It was only lazy that evening because a good percentage of the raid spent part of the time wiping the floor with their faces. Sigh.

But anyways!

Other ghouls had come and gone, but none capture our imaginations — and hearts — as much as… Bonegobbler.

It’s true! Our poor GM (who summoned BG) didn’t hear the end of all the giggling and bad innuendo for a full five minutes.

It was a memorable night of feasting, dancing and sworn promises.

1. Great feasts!
2. Plague Quarter DDR! As our old buddy Noth put it, that’s one rockin’ “slime and crap filled dance studio.”
3. And promises of “Oooh, my bad. Won’t do that again…”

Unfortunately, it all ended as most torrid affairs do, with a violent breakup.

(I believe Bonegobbler actually exploded, if we’re being accurate.)

We thought we’d never see our favorite ghoul again. Then, earlier this month, shock of shocks! BG was spotted in the company of another guild death knight!

Was this a ploy to gain attention? A minionage of convenience? Was Bamf merely a rebound toy? The rumors flew.

Happily, as of this past weekend, all that swept under the rug. BG and our GM have decided to start seeing each other again. They claim it’s an on-again-off-again thing, because they both need some space. Still, we are glad that they have worked out their differences and can enjoy one another’s company once again. Ah, spring love.

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Hausen and Novaz dance in synch while Galena provides counterpoint. Ghouran on vocals. Still fresh into magical level 70 and partying in the Mechanar (normal mode!), back when staying alive was an achievement in itself.

Today’s screencap is a blast from the past courtesy of some reminiscing we were doing over Vent these past few nights. Cutting through heroics like warmed butter these days and bopping down achievements along the way, it’s nice to stop and think about the first few times we set foot into a dungeon on heroic difficulty… and wiped repeatedly. Ah, those were the days. But hey, at least the repair bills were smaller then too :-)

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Hi, R! I’ve been happy to see you in a few raids recently, and am looking forward to seeing you much more in the future. I figure it’s probably time to take a look at your Armory profile and see about getting your DPS to the impressive number that BM hunters can attain :-)

Talent Build

Try out this build: 54/17/0 Raiding Beast Mastery

In the BM tree…

I’ve taken out the Thick Hide because you honestly don’t need it in group situations where the tank is taking the hits. Those three points could more beneficially be distributed to Focused Fire (% damage increase and pet crit). You don’t need to max out the entire first tier for the same reason — your pet will have his own talents to help with stamina and you can afford to spend yours on special talents that affect you both.

Mend Pet is optional — a lot of specs leave it out entirely, though I do find the dispelling proc useful when the healers have other stuff on their plate besides decursing pets.

You don’t need to fill out Spirit Bond — there are usually healers on you anyway doing their jobs. You do, however, need to fill out Bestial Discipline, take all of Animal Handler and a good chunk of Frenzy because those three will easily push your pet DPS up by hundreds. BM hunters should always be looking to maximize pet DPS.

You can afford to lose Catlike Reflexes because, once again, neither your or your pet should be getting that much damage in a situation where there is a tank. Invigoration isn’t very necessary with the new Aspect of the Viper and mana regeneration options offered in raids. Those points can be spent elsewhere to beef up DPS.

If you have the 51-point Beast Mastery talent, you really should try to get yourself an Exotic as soon as possible. They do 10% more DPS overall and come with lots of really nice special talents.

In the MM tree…

You need 262 hit rating against level 80 raid bosses to be doing your best potential DPS. However, with 3 points in Careful Aim, you can reduce that to needing 164 hit rating. Since you’re working with an uncapped hit rating right now, I’d recommend taking all the points in Careful Aim. That way, when you are in a group with a Draenei’s Heroic Presence, you’ll be very close to hit cap. Of course, you’ll still be looking for gear with +hit whenever possible and trying to gem/enchant for it when you start getting better gear.

You don’t need improved concussive in raid situations, since most bosses and a lot of mobs resist it. It’s better to stick your points into Careful Aim (which will give you more overall AP) and Mortal Shots (which will directly increase your crit). Improved Hunter’s Mark isn’t necessary, since the the overall AP gain is a fraction of what you’ll get from the other talents that could use those points.

Lastly, I took off the points in Savage Strikes in the survival tree for that same reason — they’re better used in filling out the better talents in MM. Savage Strikes is also a melee talent, and you should never have to melee in a raid.

BM Glyphs

Steady Shot and Bestial Wrath are two must-haves, which I’m pretty sure you probably have.

The third major one can be either Serpent Sting or Aspect of the Viper — it’s really a personal preference thing. Since you seem to be worried about mana, I’d suggest Viper.

Minor hunter glyphs kinda suck at the moment. Feign death is a favorite, though, and I’d tend to vote for the Mend Pet and Revive Pet ones to round out the 3.

Gear

You’ll get chances at loot when you go to raids, but there are a lot of good upgrades that you can work on in the meantime as well, both in and outside of instances. I got a lot of my pre-Naxx gear from soloing, crafting and rep, and they all had great stats which helped with raiding.

You’re probably starting to collect a fair number of Emblems of Heroism — you’ll probably want to spend the first 25 on the Pendant of the Outcast Hero for your necklace, then another 40 for the Mirror of Truth, one of the best DPS trinkets around. The tooltip on the trinket is messed up, but it *does* proc for ranged attacks and almost every raiding hunter has it as a result.

If you can get your engineering leveled to 440, you can make a pair of Truesight Ice Blinders, the best crafted hunter headpiece currently available. Otherwse, I’d try running Heroic Draktharon Keep for King Dred’s Helm, which drops pretty often. Another option is to get revered with the Oracles in Sholazar Basin — that will give you access to the Toothslice Helm, a very nice rep piece.

You can get an epic Ice Striker’s Cloak made by a leatherworker, which will last you possibly into Ulduar. Giantmaim Bracers and Giantmaim Legguards are two other excellent leatherworking epics that will serve you well for a very long time. They are all very worth getting, and our guild leatherworkers (Takarakasai and Faing) can make them for you. They’ll even go farming with you so you don’t need to buy all the mats and spend a lot.

I would also suggest getting your reputation with the Knights of the Ebon Blade up as soon as possible — this is the first rep priority for most DPS because they sell the head enchant we want, The Arcanum of Torment. Additionally, they sell nice shoulders and a pretty sweet sword. You’ll want to get reputation with the Argent Crusade after you hit revered with Ebon Blade, since they have an epic chestpiece and boots.

I see you are already revered with the Kaluak and would take advantage of that to buy their Whale-Stick Harpoon, a very good polearm that will give you more stats than the two level 70 axes you’re currently using.

Gems and Enchants

You should get a Relentless Earthsiege Diamond (+21 Agility & 3% Increased Critical Damage) for your helm when get one with a meta socket. Guild crafters can make the diamonds (I think there’s even one in the bank we can grab…) and cut it for you. You’ll need a gem each of red, blue and yellow to activate it, but by the time you get a helm with a meta you’ll probably have those gems anyway.

Once you have the gear figured out, we can take a look at gems and enchants (prioritzing hit rating first, followed by attack power or agility) to help boost your stats.

Please do let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything else I can do to help — I want all of our guild’s hunters to be at their best for raids and look forward to talking with you :-)

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Hi, F! I took a look at your armory tonight and noticed some stuff that I had some questions about, so thought I’d drop a note and see how it’s coming along with you in the wonderful world of Beast Mastery. I’m pretty sure that with a few tweaks, you could easily gain a 500+ more DPS and be pummeling our Survival butts in a few fights. :-)

Talent Build

A few things here and there. However, I know that people pick their talents for personal preferences sometimes and if you chose what you chose because you have a decided preference for it, obviously you should stay true to what you like. Test this out a bit, though, and see how you feel about it if you have the time.

53/18/0 Raiding Beast Mastery

In the BM tree…

I’ve taken out the Thick Hide because you honestly don’t need it in group situations where the tank is taking the hits. Those three points could more beneficially be distributed 2 to Focused Fire (% damage increase and pet crit) and 1 to additional stamina.

Mend Pet is optional — a lot of specs leave it out entirely, though I do find the dispelling proc useful when the healers have other stuff on their plate besides decursing pets. You could just as easily pop that point into Frenzy for a total of 4. You’ll never need all 5 in Frenzy, btw — hunter crit is too high to bother.

Just one in Spirit Bond is enough. I’ve seen lots of people forgo it with little effect, but it is a nice boost.

Animal Handler is a must! Pet expertise will easily push hundreds of DPS.

If you have the 51-point Beast Mastery talent, you really should try to get yourself an Exotic as soon as possible. They do 10% more DPS overall and come with lots of really nice special talents.

In the MM tree…

You only need 164 hit rating if you keep all three of those points in Careful Aim. As you get higher gear, you’ll probably find yourself getting rid of these points. For now, though, you have the option of keeping them there and re-gemming, or taking 1 point out of Careful Aim (meaning you’ll need 196 hit). I tend to vote for regemming at this stage, since you’ll be getting more gear soon and respeccing Careful Aim with each new upgrade can get costly.

Take 1 point in Go for the Throat to maximize your pet’s expertise and DPS. More than 1 point is overkill, especially with BM hunters.

Only take Aimed Shot if you’ll really use it — I know that weaving it into your shot rotation can sometimes be difficult and you might actually benefit more from a stronger Arcane or a couple points in Improved Tracking.

A few more builds, which I’m sure Kang has already pointed you to, from the very trustworthy Elitist Jerks:
http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=ctbMzxtRwuMtsx0ecoZx00b
http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=ctbMzxtRwu0ekx0eVbMhz
http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=ctbMzxtRwu0esx0eVoZx

BM Glyphs

Steady Shot and Bestial Wrath are two must-haves, which I’m pretty sure you do have.

The third major one can be either Serpent Sting or Aspect of the Viper — it’s really a personal preference thing.

Minor hunter glyphs kinda suck at the moment. Feign death is a favorite, though, and I’d tend to vote for the Mend Pet and Revive Pet ones to round out the 3.

Gems and Enchants

You should really get a Relentless Earthsiege Diamond (+21 Agility & 3% Increased Critical Damage) for your helm. Guild crafters can make the diamonds (I think there’s even one in the bank we can grab…) and cut it for you. You already have the gems equipped to activate it, and it’ll boost your stats more than the current gem.

If you are keeping the 3 points in Careful Aim, then the rest applies:

The shoulders can afford to be regemmed for AP or agility.
You can take Icewalker off those boots and put on AP instead.

Guild Website!

Lastly, go to the guild website and click on “Guild Applications” in the info box on the left. Fill out one of those forms so we can give you an account with a mailbox and forum posting access :-P

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Last night, 35 members of Breakaway and our closest friends completed the For the Alliance! achievement in truly epic style. Thanks to the hard work of raid organizer Takarakasai, fearless tank-and-army-of-one Saladriel, Darkvail’s small but invincible team of healers, double agent and insider scout Novaz, the mostly unerring compass-like abilities of Chaoschain, and the devious scheduling machinations of Hausen, we charged our way through four Horde cities and ended the raid sitting pretty on Black War Bears pulled from a mailbox planted on the still-warm corpse of Bloodhoof.

We began the evening by staging in front of Darnassus bank, where our growing numbers disturbed lowbie bankers and Horde spies alike. Planning the raid on a Tuesday night when almost every level 80 would already be raiding instances with their guilds, though, led to very low opposition and pretty much guaranteed our victory. It also made it more difficult to grab friends from other guilds who were also in those same instances, but we still managed to get together a very respectable number before heading out. One worry was that we only had four healers, but luckily they also happened to be some of our best ones. The generous use of warlock summoning stones and mage portals let us move our very large group across the world map with high efficiency.

We hit the cities in order of difficulty, with Orgrimmar coming first so we wouldn’t lose the element of surprise. We charged in fast, decimated the throne room with AoEs and only found token resistance in the way of a few bored PvPers. However, having not completely solidified our exit strategy, this particular kill did see several of us running off in different directions as we tried to escape without getting resurrection sickness.

We reconvened at Chillwind Camp, riding into Undercity through the sewers. Aside from a few glitches involving members being phased from previous questlines, we killed the Banshee Queen with no issues.

Meeting up at Zul’Aman, we rode into Silvermoon and took down the squishiest boss of them all in a virtually deserted city. It was so empty, in fact, that we couldn’t even get our five honorable kills to finish off the Wrath of the Alliance achievement, despite some very active searching for Horde.

Finally, we took a port to Theramore and rode in a train through the marshes and into Thunder Bluff. After a bit of a detour (hey, not even most of the Horde know that place well), we found our way to Bloodhoof and enjoyed a nice steak BBQ.

The raid roster at the completion of the achievement, with all of us milling around on our war bears. The guild chefs graciously set out 10 pigs on the Tauren greens for our post-raid luau. Congratulations, guys!

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Yesterday was one of those epic nights where everything seemed to come together and before we knew it, we’d spent over seven hours with the same people cleaning out multiple raid instances because we were having too much fun (or too drunk) to stop. If I was back at university, last night would have been one of those nights where we started out at the neighborhood bar, club-hopped our way down Sunset Boulevard, had an early morning dinner at Mel’s, then crashed at somebody’s place giggling until dawn. And, as luck would have it, my druid was the lucky little bird riding that particular train of giddy coolness.

We started out the night with our regularly scheduled 25-man Obsidian Sanctum. This was a nice, short warmup session done on easy 0-drake mode for the sake of bringing in as many guildies as possible to collect Emblems of Valor. We cleared it without incident, then realized that Alliance didn’t currently have Wintergrasp, so we couldn’t continue on to Archavon as our schedule usually dictates. So we split into our 10-man teams to start cleaning up previous nights’ stuff. Most notably, the rather slow Naxx run from the last night.

This is a picture of Litenin, one of our favorite pally healers, being dead after a Four Horsemen wipe. It is worth noting for a few reasons. 1 — I can almost see up his nose. I tried very hard to, but the camera wouldn’t let me get any close because the ground was in the way. 2 — Dead people are people with too much time on their hands, so they spend it trying to take pictures up their friends’ noses. I thoughtfully cropped myself out, but I am indeed just as stone cold dead right next to him. 3 — We spent a lot of time dead on Thursday night and were still stinging from that particular debacle.

This was the happy scene from last night’s team, beginning our streak of IWIN. We went in with two freshly-dinged and mediocrely-geared (one week old or so) DPS casters, two healers who’d never done the encounters, and a tank who’d never tanked those same encounters. However, the people behind the toons (despite being a bit on the intoxicated side) knew their roles, listened to instructions, and everything clicked. We did it in two tries. Of course, it helped that most of us had done the encounters before, if not in those specific roles.

Sadly, moonkin form does not hide very well. It’s a bit on the bulky and antlery side for that. Trying to drop aggro as a moonkin is equally laughable. There’s a reason why we’re given that hefty armor bonus in shapeshift form. Coming from my hunter mindset with a whole slew of aggro-management buttons, there were quite a few moments of panic when my chicken realized she was next in line to be fried.

We killed Grobbulus (one-shot), Gluth (one-shot) and Thaddius (two tries, thanks to some polarity confusion) in quick succession.

…then ambled our way over to Frostwyrm Lair where we similarly one-shotted Sapphiron with minimal frost resistance. Being a druid DPS is refreshingly different from hunter DPS — even though we’re both ranged, my druid was able to run around throwing spot heals, decurse, and battle rez while still zapping the boss. In many ways, she’s much more survivable than my hunter, aggro-management issues aside. It also meant I had no use for the damage meters, because being a utility hybrid makes it much harder to gauge your actions in a group on one number alone.

Group photos in front of large dead corpses, always in style.

We’d always heard that the bosses leading up to him were harder than the Big Bad himself, but this was the first night we got to prove it. By one-shotting Kel’Thuzad with our ragtag little band of hybrids. Go us! KT-in-1 was also a guild first, and officially puts Naxxramas-10 on farm status for our guild. More or less.

Unfortunately, a dead-body-trophy picture for KT doesn’t work very well because he’s just this dull glowy lump after he dies. He has a cool throne, though, which we got comfortable in. Novaz (our uber-tree) on the upper left, Cronollo (enhancement shammy) on the upper right, Robsagat (uber-tree-in-training) standing on the throne, Anoela (boomkin-in-training) sitting on the throne, Astheenos (prot warrior) standing on the pedestal to the left, Takarakasai (survival hunter with a new bumpy bucket head) standing next to him, Celletar (our favorite dead rogue) standing to the right, and Hausenhealz (elemental shammy) sitting at the bottom. Chaaso (our prot pally) was still distributing loot and Litenin (our holy pally) had run back to the city for some reason or the other. Pallys are apparently camera-shy. Seven hybrid classes (3 druids, 2 shammys and 2 pallys) = crazy good versatility, plenty of emergency healing and multiple forms of death recovery. It was an awesome group.

Not being quite ready to call it a night, we then decided to hop over to Obsidian Sanctum and pick up some free loot there, courtesy of squishy dragons. We switched out a few people who’d been saved, then sat down to a nice five course meal of… pig. Lots of pig. Courtesy of our guild chefs, who are mowing their merry culinary swath through Northrend wildlife while leveling their skills. Note that watching a tree, a giant chicken, and two space goats eating copious amounts of pig is strange, to say the least. Don’t think about it too hard, though. In fact, that might have been our motto for the night.

After the dragons, it was well past bedtime for most of the east coasters. A little band of us continued onwards into the wee hours, though, since we just needed a few more emblems to buy goodies from the Dalaran vendors. We hit the daily heroic, Culling of Stratholme. Our chefs presented us with a hideous 2-headed mutant pig feast. We were too drunk and sleepy to care and still ate it.

…and we scrambled for the goody box before the bosses were done talking.

My druid came away from last night with five new epic items, including the boomkin tier-7 leggings, substantial upgrades to her ring and trinket slots, and healing staff for her upcoming dual spec set. She was also able to buy a pretty necklace with that newly-earned stack of emblems. A very nice haul, indeed, with the bonus of no hangover in the morning!

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Some people like to have costume parties. Here at Breakaway, we like to have costume raids. Wearing the same old tier gear gets boring, y’know?


Touring the heroics of Tempest Keep as the Grateful Undead.


Pirates versus Ninjas day in Karazhan!


Including an all-pirate dancing male revue!


And just recently, dancing dwarves took over Naxx :-)

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On the evening of February 9th, Breakaway cleared 10-man Naxxramas for the first time. We’ve been working at this place for a month and a half now, making steady progress as we learned the fights and geared up our guildies. With barely any experience of the pre-WotLK Naxx, this was truly a new undertaking where we went in cold and scrabbled our way up through practice, determination, and LOTS of repair bills. Considering that the 10-man version has been said to be more difficult than the 25-man relative to the number of players, this is quite the accomplishment. Everybody who has ever raided with us all these weeks contributed to this night and should know that they will all get a chance to sit on a dead lich’s throne in the near future.

The team picture here shows Revanchist (and his ghoul Dirtface-Bonegobbler-Ribgibbler), Wrongwayray (the pally who resolutely solo-healed the whole latter half of one attempt), Dirtythirty (the tank who gave it his all as an emergency healer), Novaz (the superfast battle-rezing tangerine tree), Lucidrose (quite the scary battle mage), Wyldbyll (the freshly-80 priest who was invited, then told “Surprise! Meet Kel’Thuzad!”), Galena (with her faithful old cat Kiisa), Hausen (the tank who is not German), and Cronollo (who is totem-tastic). Also present were Eliseth (the amiable lock who let us go through nearly all of his stones on one boss) and Faing (who unfortunately got swallowed by real life after our first few wipes).

With Kel’Thuzad down, we will now proceed to turn Naxxramas into the happy free-flowing gear farm that it was meant to be. Gear is important because our next challenge looms near — we will be going head to head with Malygos later this week in the Eye of Eternity. Here’s to many more victories, Breakaway!

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Oh, and in other news? Yeah, we killed Sapphiron. Last week’s attempt didn’t go well, thanks to the crazy double damage bug that wiped our raid in record time. This week, post-hotfix, we go in and nearly one-shot him on our first try. A bit of bad luck (random blizzard spawning above our “safe spot”) wiped us at 1%, but we then hopped right back in and killed him shortly thereafter. We peeked in on Kel’Thuzad and gave him a couple of good tries, but it was very late so we soon had to call it. We’ll be going back in on Monday to deal with the big boss himself, and expect to soon be updating the progression threads with a 10-man full clear :-)

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So after raiding a couple of times post-nerf, then browsing through the charts posted at various forums, it’s pretty clear that the current spec for highest hunter DPS is Survival. As I have stated previously, I am a BM hunter for my own sanity and because it is what I enjoy the most. The idea of seeing my pet shrink in significance from trusty-companion-and-teammate to mere accessory status causes no small amount of mental anguish. For this reason alone, I would probably just stay BM and go along my merry way. Except for a couple things.

Last night, I had a talk with the SO (who also is one of our raid leaders) about my hangups over the Great BM->SV Exodus, and where that left me. He was quite understanding and pointed out that I’d still be taken in raids regardless of spec, because my old spec — while no longer topping the meters — still performed highly enough to put me in the upper half of the DPS group. I do not search for raid spots beyond what our guild offers, so I have no issues about whether or not I’ll be accepted outside of that setting. This left the choice to re-spec purely in my court. Which, as we all know, will quickly lead to a lot of inner turmoil and self-reprobation stronger than anything somebody else could dish out.

Our guild has always been supportive of everybody playing the spec that makes them happiest, and tried to accommodate off-specs even in raids if the attendance allows it. This has primarily been a policy that has effected tanks and healers, but BM spec would probably fall under this category now as well. However, many of our guildmates (I can think of two shaman, a priest and a couple of tank-types just off the top of my head) have taken it upon themselves to re-spec as needed for raiding purposes to be better contributing members on the whole — oftentimes at great and recurring expense to themselves.

If there’s anything I’ve learned from these people, it’s that the social aspect of the game encourages us to bend in ways that we wouldn’t otherwise in a more self-motivated (single-player RPGs, say) environment. They juggle multiple specs to do their best in raids and suit themselves in their downtime. There is really no reason why I couldn’t be doing this as well, especially when we’re talking about a 25% increase in damage that could help our guild progress that much faster through content. Especially when we do not yet have Naxx on farm-status, our people are still getting geared, and we need to bring everything we’ve got to each and every fight.

Then there’s the part where my own words come back to bite me. When I wrote up the class lead mission statement for the guild, I included a bit about how leads should “be familiar with the different specs available to their class, ideally having played each one enough to have a solid grasp of the mechanics and specific details needed for each tree.” Admittedly, I have not touched the other trees since the expansion, and that was just plain complacency on my part. With the majority of the class now switching to another tree, it becomes necessary to understand survival more fully to better aid other hunters in the guild when making their own speccing choices.

So with that being said, Galena will be going survival when the realms come up this afternoon. I’ll probably take my cat along on raids until I finish leveling up a wolf for the additional raid buff. [Never mind... our warriors' battle shouts will override Furious Howl. Looks like my flappity moth is coming to raids after all... that should make the tanks really happy ;-) ]

This will probably stay in effect until we have a few good survival hunters to fill raid spots, allowing me to slink back to BM unnoticed. Or until Blizzard figures out where all the hunters went and nerf survival as well. When not raiding, my hunter will probably see a lot less use as I will be concentrating on leveling my balance druid, who is proving to be quite an enjoyable little DPS-monster herself. She was a healer during Burning Crusade, and might be doing a bit of spec flip-flopping as well, depending on what the raid needs. Guess it’s time to stir the pot and see what floats.

…or maybe I’ll just go level my death knight and be done with it. Heh.

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Finally!

Jan. 15th, 2009 01:35 pm
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Last night, Breakaway cleared the Military and Arachnid Quarters of 10-man Naxxramas for the first time. For many of us, this was the first time encountering some of these bosses and for most of us, this expansion was our first time in Naxx at all. We’ve been chipping away at it for a couple of weeks, but taking down the final bosses in two wings is definitely an accomplishment and we look forward to much more progression in the weeks ahead!

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“Yeah, you’re like the guild’s crazy cat lady. Except, you know, not old and scary.”

Sadly, they are not wrong. Not at all. *pets Mr. Bigglesworth* Miiiiiine.

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So the other day, I was getting ready to attend the AOE party that is Culling of Stratholme for the 20th time. Group is composed of the normal suspects. We’re a fun-loving bunch, but nobody’s off-the-wall crazy or anything, right? And while we’re all well-geared, capable players, the guild so far has not attempted anything like, say, Naked Karazhan. Though I’m not saying that we won’t. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that nothing prepared me for what I saw when I stepped through that summoning portal. Which is this:

Names have been erased to protect the… exposed. ;-) So the first thing I thought was “OMG, what crazy bet did you guys make with that blood elf?!”

Followed by, “And doesn’t that saddle, erm, chafe?”

Meanwhile, everybody just continuing on with their business as if nothing happened. Thinking it’s some bizarre practical joke, I mention it in party chat and the guys are all “weh?” At which point I explained that I now had seen more of them that I’d ever expected to, and watched as two of them immediately dashed for cover behind large stones.

The summoning stone naked glitch, my friends. Who needs pervy gnome goggles?

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Ritsuka, for the most aesthetically pleasing death I’ve seen in a very long time. Look at her brilliant use of color and form to accentuate her cold, dead corpse! A statement piece if I ever saw one ;-)

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To quote Riou, “Nothing cuter than two teddy bears and a cherry!”

Because there’s no point in raiding if you can’t do it in costume. I’m sure Gruul understood.
And since we were all at gnome-level, poor Wooddy managed to fit into the lineup without even trying.

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Gather around, my dears, and I will tell you a story. It’s a good story! A story about the triumph of good over evil, justice over greed, or (at least), one individual over a particularly pesky n00b. Yeah, I knew that’d grab ya. Settle in, then!

*strums her lyre*

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a hunter. This was not any hunter, though. This was a hunter that thought himself the very best hunter in all of the world (…of Warcraft) and was very upset that others did not realize this obvious fact. It was such an obvious fact, he thought, that they should constantly include him in all their outings so he could score lots of phat purple lootz by rolling everything. Including mage wands.

This hunter also had a frightful temper, however, and when his demands and expectations were not met, he would mete untold vengeance upon the fellows who dared slight him. Why once, he’d looted a boss whilst almost his entire party lay dead on the floors, just to spite the cocky warrior that dared to roll repeatedly for… well, upgraded warrior items. “Ha-HA! That will teach them!” he declared, scurrying out the door with his magical Ignore Earmuffs firmly in place so he need not hear the ceaseless wailing and cursing of those left behind. After all, it wasn’t like he’d ever hear from them again.

So naturally, this wronged warrior went to take council with one of the hunter’s clan elders, beseeching them to question their wayward spawn regarding his behavior during this escapade. The elder patiently listened to the stories of both adventurers, and declared his verdict — there had not been enough communication in the group regarding the needs and feelings of those involved, which led to some disagreement. While the hunter’s actions were rash, there was perhaps some provocation to his delicate sensibilities, so no extreme action would be taken. It was suggested that the hunter should try to make amends for having upset people, all the same, because it did not shine an honorable light upon his clan to have such behavior associated with them. The hunter was released, but watched closely.

A couple of weeks later, just long enough for countless other deeds to have been done to further etch his name into the minds of others, the hunter decided to depart his clan. He believed that his powers had grown beyond their limits, and they could no longer aid him in his grand plans to conquer the world… (of Warcraft). Sure, he was still wearing a few greens, had almost no hit rating, and didn’t ever both to do any research so was constantly pestering the raid leaders to find out what phat lootz he could need roll on for this or that particular boss. Only idiots use Thotbot and WowWiki. He was a hunter, right? That meant that he pwned just by looking at people. It was obviously time for him to answer a higher calling and join a clan that could keep up with him.

So he left. Furtively, without any words, he departed. But first, he went into the clan’s vaults and took out a dozen or so stacks of the items he most desired, for hadn’t he graced this clan with enough of his valuable time to deserve such spoils? Indeed he had! When the clan leader inevitably whispered to ask him about his action, he stated so with a great sense of self-entitlement. Where would they be without him? Consider it his pension. And so he left.

Not long after, our little hunter’s adventuring led him to the Magister’s Terrace. He wished to participate in the most heroic of feats there and earn many more shiny purple items, but first he had to kill some poncey elf named Kael’thas to prove his standing. Hey, the dude wears a dress, how hard could it be? So the hunter got on trade channel and managed to cobble together a team to go in with him. The group toiled for four hours, killing demonic henchmen and magic-wielding elven disciples. Four hours! That’s hours enough, one might imagine, that if spent doing dailies and farming might have garnered enough gold to purchase the items he had taken in the past. But that is just an observational tangent. The main point is that they spent a lot of time killing a lot of things, and had to work at it. Four hours of work.

Finally, they had cleared the way through and were standing in front of a most fierce-looking group of acolytes and their many-armed Priestess. The group charged, and were cut down like stalks of wheat at harvest. They re-marshaled themselves and tried again. Blades flashed! Vicious beasts slashed! Mystical incantations rained lightning from the skies! But in the end, the group once again failed. Dejectedly, the adventurers considered their predicament. One of the members, unable to stand such horrifying defeat, disappeared with a flash of green light into the aether.

Lo, our hunter would not be so easily defeated! He conferred among the group. He called upon the others to find a worthy replacement, so that they might continue their battle. Amongst those present was one of his old clanmates, who volunteered to bring in a most powerful ally. They summoned this new member, to find that it was the very clan leader himself. The new addition, being a practiced veteran of many such campaigns, quickly took stock of the situation. Upon seeing who was present, though, he did make no comment.

“Sire,” said the other clan member, “we have great need of your talents, and are grateful for your presence. However, are you not still disapproving of the wrongs this man has committed against us in the past? Do you protest in aiding him in his efforts now?”

Before the eldest and wisest could answer, the hunter broke in. “It’s all cool, man. We worked it out,” he declared nonchalantly. He flashed them both a brash, toothy grin. The clan leader merely nodded, his face an expressionless mask. It was clear what had to be done for the good of the group.

The hunter hopped up and down impatiently. They could get back to killing things now. He knew that in addition to letting him continue in the heroic mode he deserved, the next two encounters would probably have drops he could need on. Then he could ditch these losers once and for all. This put him in a rather generous mood.

Sensing this, his former clan leader asked, “Dear hunter, please do let me hold the crown of group leadership for you whilst you rest your head for a while. You are weary and must sit. Have a refreshing drink and wipe the sweat from your brow, for the fight ahead will be fierce, and victory most assured.”

“Sure, dude,” the hunter said, flinging the crown in the old man’s general direction as he plopped down.

Then, quite verily, he found himself flying through the crisp night air and outside the walls of the Terrace, as if kicked by the very boot of Elune herself! Landing in a pile of dented mail and dust, his pet landing squarely on top of him, he found himself abandoned and alone. Nobody heard his cries but the cold, marbled walls. Nobody saw his rage but the unfeeling stars above. Alas, poor hunter, what has become of you?

The end.

*plucks a few closing notes on the strings*

The above is merely a work of fiction. Right? Right. ;-)

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This is mostly for Rits, who wanted an evening laugh. :-)


The guild chat that worried me, since the person speaking is also the alt of a very well-regarded senior member.


Personally, I’m offended if people ask for services of this nature and wave money in my face. I might help a friend or somebody who I’ve taken a liking to, but to be outright bought? Just a bit on the skeazy side, doncha think?


The crown jewel of yesterday morning. Mind you, I probably came in at the middle of the fight and definitely left before it ended, but I think I got a good portion of it in between. Judging by what I’ve heard, this isn’t the first time our little friend has been lighting up trade channel with her fireworks. Then again, that’s probably why I turn trade channel off…

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