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The Nightmare That Was The First Week of Patch 5.4

The Nightmare That Was The First Week of Patch 5.4

I’ve been feeling under the weather lately and not in the best of moods. But with my website just begging for an update, I’m mustering the strength to write a post about how shitty I thought the first week of Patch 5.4 was. Lest you think I didn’t like the new content, I’ll disabuse that notion now by saying that I did and do like all the new stuff, especially Siege of Orgrimmar, which I had tried first on Flex mode followed by normal, then LFR.The first boss, Immerseus, was easy and fun.

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SoO Chat

Ah yes, all the trolls moved from Throne to Thunder to Siege of Orgrimmar. Must move chat to another window and forget it exists.

SoO Chat-2

None of us in the guild got to check out SoO in the PTR (we like surprises plus we are gluttons for punishment) so we’re still figuring out the best strat for our group makeup. (Not to mention we’re still cycling people so it’s been a little aggravating, to say the least).

It would have been easier for me to appreciate all the cool new content if we didn’t have to deal with:

1. Server glitches.

World Server is Down

2. Players crowding NPCs.



So many assholes, so few bullets.

3. The incredible lag when killing and looting quest NPCs, where you feel like you’re just white-hitting.



Celestial Challenge Cheevo

I swear the lag was so bad that it felt like I didn’t hit the target at all, so it was a miracle of Biblical proportions that I got the cheevo and the quest done.

4. Tempers flaring up and players wishing ill luck on one another.

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5. The nightmarish attempts at getting the Highwind Albatross, let alone without players killing it while you’re mid-air



I’d like to kick whoever designed the albatross method for completing Rolo’s Riddle in the family jewels repeatedly until no amount of surgery can make him a man again. Just getting an albatross alone is straight out of Dante’s Inferno – pure, unadulterated agony.

Rolo's Riddle

That was just some of the many problems players encountered the first week.

On the up side, I — along with a billion other special snowflakes — got my welfare legendary cloak, mine being Gong-Lu, Strength of Xuen

Timeless Essence of the Black Dragon

Gong-Lu, Strength of Xuen

Oprah-Legendary

Welfare Cloak Gen Chat

…thus enabling me to do the new world boss, Ordos.



The cloak gives off a pretty cosmetic effect, too!

Legendary Cloak Effects

On the third day of the patch, when the lag still had not been fixed and my migraines were becoming worse, I decided to boycott the Timeless Isle and focus instead on leveling my prot pally.



My fourth Level 90, hooray!

I believe things are better now on the Isle so today marks my return to that blasted place. It’s back to farming coins, killing rares, and all that good stuff.

Minus trying to catch the bloody albatross.

Another Pre-Patch 5.4 Post: What Would Make Me Stay for the Next Expansion

Another Pre-Patch 5.4 Post: What Would Make Me Stay for the Next Expansion

You’d think watching this video would make every WoW player super excited for tomorrow.



Am I excited? Yes I am. But not super excited, and here’s why:

I’m getting tired. Tired of what you might ask. Is it the ‘meh’ lore? The dailies? The soul-sucking community? All of them plus some?

Let’s get one thing out of the way: I’m not so hung up on lore or its bastardization by Blizzard. I frankly don’t care if the Blizz team tweaks the storyline in a way that deviates from the original, like if it favors one faction, an important character doesn’t get top billing, strange races pop up. I just don’t care. You can make Gamon the next warchief and I wouldn’t flip a wig at all.

Dailies? They’re a necessary evil for people like me who want gold, rep and charms. You don’t have to do them, but if you don’t you’ll fall behind. And I’m one player who doesn’t like falling behind the weekly quota. So I just suck it up and grin and bear it.

The soul-sucking community? I can tune them out. ‘Ignore’ is a handy feature, but would be so much handier if Blizz made it an account-wide ignore. Some trolls amuse me, though, that’s why I don’t put them on ‘iggy’. Hi Randall, love your Bible quotes!

So what exactly is wearing me out?

It’s always finding myself in a team where someone is either too stupid or too unavailable to raid.

Too stupid meaning always face-pulling where we die to trash, not watching the videos when their role is to RAID LEAD AND TANK FFS! and just being a complete time-waster to other members like me who come prepared each night.

Too unavailable meaning that while they are committed in the beginning, a few weeks later they start showing up sporadically. Yes, I know family, school, work are important. But you know what? If you suddenly find yourself unable to commit, please let us know right away. Don’t make us save your raid spot indefinitely while you ostensibly try to fix your real life schedule and see where you can accommodate us. It’s not fair to the dedicated ones who want to make the most of their $15 each month.

I am tired of always being at the mercy of others who suck the fun out of raiding. If I could clone myself into nine more individuals and teach them to tank, DPS and heal, I could really have fun raiding again.

What’s that? There’s more to WoW than just raiding? Well no shit. I’m aware of that, Captain Obvious. But you see, your goals might just be different from mine. My ultimate goal is to raid, while yours is probably to PvP, collect mounts, do pet battles or kill rare elites. I love raiding. Nothing hardcore, though. Think hardcore casual. WTF is hardcore casual? In my lexicon, it means downing bosses without trying for realm firsts. It means progressing and finally downing the last boss of a current tier. That’s why the last patch before Mists of Pandaria was released will always be my favorite — I got my Heroic: Madness kill before the pandas came to town. I remember working with such incredibly skilled and dedicated players — people who made Cataclysm awesome and memorable for me.

So in a nutshell, folks, it’s all about the people I work with. It’s getting harder and harder for me to appreciate the beauty, grandeur and insane raids that WoW has to offer because I keep hitting one brick wall after another.Like for this tier, you’d think we’d have Lei Shen on farm already but nooooo. After those two Lei Shen kills, things went from shot to shit, all because of one or two people making raid nights miserable for the majority. (STOP OVERCHARGING THE F*CKING PILLARS, YOU F*CKING IMBECILE!!!)

The real money, time and effort I spent on server and faction transfers in the name of progression is so ridiculous, my accountant is ready to stab me with a Number 2 pencil. The number of times I’ve changed my Death Knight’s home and identity is also ridiculous, I’m starting to feel like I’m in the witness protection program:

Witness Protection Shirt

So many resources spent and for what? A new set of faces to raid with only for them to hold me back? If it’s going to be the same shit in the next expansion, then I want out! Only a miracle — like finding equally dedicated members who won’t dick around and stymie the team — can make me stay.

My husband told me, “Nah, if you quit, you’ll be back. Besides, I can offer you something more exciting than raiding.”

“What’s that?” I said.

“Do arenas with me. Level your Horde pally and let’s do 2’s.”

Me? Arena again?

Button Mashing

Let me think about it as I level said pally and weigh the pros and cons of suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome again.

Preparing for Patch 5.4

Preparing for Patch 5.4

Four more days to go till Patch 5.4. Here’s a quick post on how I’m preparing for it:

– New patch means new shinies to buy. I’ve been running old school heroics for cloth and miscellaneous items to sell. In one day, I earned 4000 gold just from vendoring junk and selling a truckload of cloth and some rare pets. Can’t believe how Frostweave Cloth is still pretty much in demand. Oh, and I also sold another Battered Hilt. I’m not broke anymore but I’m far from being obscenely rich.

– I’ve been planting Songbells for Mote of Harmony to convert to Spirits, which I use for extra currency to purchase items I’m too lazy to farm

– I’ve been building a tanking set. Still a bit half-assed set but good enough to let me successfully tank bats on Tortos fight.

– I maxed out my level 85 paladin’s Jewelcrafting so I won’t have to buy gems from the Auction House or hassle guildies to cut gems for the new gear I will acquire next patch.

– I’ve gone cross-eyed farming Lesser Charms of Good Fortune.

And that is that. Now off to do more farming!

Upcoming Shinies: Siege of Orgrimmar and Season 14 Weapons

Upcoming Shinies: Siege of Orgrimmar and Season 14 Weapons

Hey folks, check out the new weapon models for Patch 5.4. Visit the Wowhead page here.

Here are a few of my favorite designs:

Haromm's Frozen Crescent

Haromm’s Frozen Crescent. Very nice weapon for tanks. Too bad my prot pally is only level 85.

Xal'atoh, Desecrated Image of Gorehowl

Xal’atoh, Desecrated Image of Gorehowl. Gotta love dem blinking eyes. So cheesy and ‘Evil Dead’-ish.

Kil'ruk's Furious Blade

Kil’ruk’s Furious Blade. Because Barney purple is power!

(Images from Wowhead)

Hmm, no two-handed swords? Personally, I prefer 2h-swords to axes and maces.

Looking at the PvP models, on the other hand, makes me think the design team ran out of great ideas after pouring heart and soul into the PvE ones. But that’s just my humble opinion.

Only 11 days to go, kiddies!

Sky Golem Mount

Sky Golem Mount

OMG this Patch 5.4 mount is too awesome for words!



Good thing hubby’s toon is an engineer. *hint hint

But then again, I have a baby warrior whose profession is engineering…

BRB, prioritizing warrior over DK. Let the power leveling begin.