Well, the 1st 20 minutes at least, but let me come back to that.
I was accused during the week of being vain! Can you believe that!
- Sure I like myself, a lot…
- Sure I am a handsome Gnome, very…
- Sure I like to take screenshots, of myself, from all sorts of angles…
- Sure I like to run down my teammates (or kill them, whichever makes the better story), to make myself look better…
Ok, maybe a little.
Ok, where was I?
Ohh, Friday night. Got home late, ruined dinner with the family, PC was playing up, addons weren’t behaving, I felt out of sorts…
I wasn’t going to be a good night!
Once again we started with the spiders. This time we were going to take down those 3 bosses in 20 minutes, or I was going to DE all my gear just to give Zupa competition on the loot rolls when he catches up.
The primary roles were assigned. Mr. tree was Master looter, I was Master DE. What other roles do you need?
We took the advice of Priestgiblet, and left the bosses with their loot, so all 10 of us could move on. Slow and steady was the call, no need to rush and wipe.
2 bosses down in 7 minutes, all going smoothly. Mr. Offspec asks if we are going to do Maexxna on hard mode leaving her mates alive for an additional achievement.
No, let’s focus and get this achievement under the belt
Sung a chorus of voices over Vent.
Gnomes on the Adds
As usual, Gnomeaggedon was assigned to the adds, to butter them up a bit for easy kills when the time arrived.
Things going perfectly, boss goes nuts, 1st add goes down. Gnome butters up the last 3 until they are 15% from death, then switches to the boss.
Everything going perfectly…
Gnomeaggedon pops his IWIN button and launches into maximum damage mode, ably assisted by his 3 mirror copies… Or not!
1,2,3 the adds go down under a volley of frostbolts and fireblasts!
Whoops, focus fire on the boss little Gnomes… Never mind, time for you to drop down to the ground and dissolve…
Time for the boss to do the same!
The rest of the team continued on to clear the trash while our loot recovery team (Mr. Tree and I) ran about and dished out the loot, or produced some shards.
We kicked on perfectly from there. Trash group after trash group. Boss after boss. Nothing was either stopping us or slowing us down…
It was going to be a perfect clear tonight… Even Undying maybe?
There was no doubt we would clear Naxx, and we were already discussing where to go after.
Maybe Kara so Zupa could join us…
Everything was sweet…
Until we hit a wall, or more to the point, some hurdles.
What followed was wipe hurdle after wipe hurdle.
I don’t know what it is with Razuvious, but for some reason we have to fail before we succeed. It’s gotten to the point now where I face the stairs rather than the boss on the 1st attempt, just to make it easier to run to the ramp and reset the fight.
This time we put it down to one of the henchmen not being selected for mind control at the pull.
He dropped his leggings again… WTB spare Mage to soak up the DE items.
Gothik the Harvester
I’m always the sacrificial lamb for the Gothik pulls. Not that he attacks me straight off, but I’m waiting for the day he bugs out, or gets tired of waiting for his minions to be sacrificed and joins the battle immediately.
Anyway, I have developed a new pulling method, a new taunt. The /rasp Ice Lance technique.
Works every time!
Four Horseman – usually so easy… 5… FIVE! attempts…
Things just broke down.
Dancing in the streets
Just before Heigan the Unclean, Mr. Tree tells us all that a friend’s account is getting hacked. So now we are down to 9 semi focus players while trying to assist Mr. Tree and his friend in recovering the account before all is lost.
Ready check on Heigan, everyone’s ready.
Tankadin rushes in…
Wait, Mr Tree’s ready, but not in the room yet!
One healer down, 2 healer’s down. Shaman goes heals, 3 healer’s down… Wipe.
Ready check. Everyone’s present and ready…
I felt a little like I was in the movie Strictly Ballroom.
Ugly, uncoordinated Gnome takes on the glitter and the dancing shoes.
I really paid attention during my earlier two deaths. Although I know the tactic, I always seem to find myself caught a long way from the next spot. What I realize is that where I normally dance has some big bad gaps. So I move closer to the “stage” and…
Getting late now, lost one raid member, pulled in another one… A Mage…
3 attempts before Sapphiron hit the ground, strangely the same number of times I was ice blocked.
Real late now, but so close to the end… Let’s give KT one shot.
Trash no problems, good in fact, took Mr. Offspec out early… Maybe that isn’t so good… Main Tankadin DCs, OT picks up KT, OT down, healers down, DPS down, umm wipe it up
Bloody Windows updates and their automatic restarts! Seriously Microsoft, the PC will get restarted, just shut up and leave the MT alone!
MT says one more go… Healadin gets too close to HealyPriest (Mr. Z!), Mr Z! Moves to avoid the inevitable, moves too close to one vain Gnome. Inevitable happens. Healer and DPS gone… Gone…
A Disenchanting Night
I was a busy Gnome. Mr. Tree kept handing me things to DE. 10 things in the end, one shard per person.
I even grabbed one or two things with the intention of doing some alternative gemming… Got to be better than sharding…
WTB Mage to soak up Tier tokens
If there is one thing we can guarantee about our Naxx runs, it’s that the tokens for the Mage Shoulders and the Mage chest will drop.
It’s getting somewhat tiresome… Of course by the time Zupa joins us, they will dry up…
Gnomish All Sorts
As I mentioned at the beginning, I was a bit out of sorts, my mind really wasn’t 100% on the game, and I made my apologies for this early on.
On top of that, my PC was behaving badly… You know when you start casting and nothing happens until you see your spell hit the mob. It was all guesswork, I really didn’t know what was happening for a while there.
A lot of mods weren’t function either. Power Auras and Recount amongst them. You would think it was power auras that would trouble me the most, but it was actually recount.
No counting on Recount
It wasn’t an epeen thing, it’s just that I monitor my performance on every fight, just so I know whether I am pushing it as much as I can.
Between the stuttering PC and lack of recount, I just wasn’t getting any feedback and I as troubled by this.
I wasn’t even in the mood to change specs for the different fights. Like I say, I was in a funny mood, and I figured that no matter what spec I entered the combat with, it would be 50/50, much of a muchness, whether I performed better or not.
Due to our 20 minute race, I didn’t want to reboot either, so I just lived with my issues until after spider wing. Mr Z! Was suffering similar problems with his UI, but he was forced to restart…
What’s a rogue without an energy bar?
At the end of the night, I had a quick look at WWS. Mind you, I only captured the action post-spider wing, but sure enough my DPS was low, around 2k average on the boss deaths.
That is when I noticed something else though.
It harks back to my When is your DPS too low post.
Yes my DPS was low, there were plenty higher than me… But, I was still in 3rd place for damage done, with only a single % point difference between each of us. (I have just looked at a full report, and my 1st 3 fights were atrocious.. lucky I rebooted)
- Low DPS, yes.
- Lived to do the damage… Damn right!
Zupa is closing on 80. With a bit of luck, he will join us this week for some phat Naxx loot.
So send him some of your spare XP karma to get him over the line. I need at least one week with him undergeared so I can maintain my 3rd meter position!
Speaking of Zupa
Don’t say this too loud, but I have been AoE grinding worm meat. I have been doing it FFB specd, so I don’t have all the tools at my disposal.
But I have found if I am going to have any chance of getting the worm meat, I need to tag as many as possible before the other farmers pinch them.
So tag ’em up, round ’em up, and take ’em down. Only taking 3-5 at a time, as I am finding they like to run off before too long, and they are pretty spread out. Still, I’m doing it… For better or worse.
3 more days to get your Blogday gifts to me… (but I will give you until Sunday 21st… 5 days in total!)
Gnomer and Out!
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