Wednesday, February 29, 2012

600 posts!

This is my 600th post. Can you believe it? I know I can't. So much has happened since I started writing this blog seriously, it does feel like it was longer than little over two years ago, and 600 posts? Really? When I started writing this blog more frequently, ICC was just about to be released, Wotlk had been around for a year and I was in the prime of my healing fun. Admittedly I've thought so since I started healing up until now, but that's beside the point. Looking back at it now I have no idea how I managed to produce one post a day for as long as I did. They weren't all good, but none of them were utter crap (shush you). Although you do love the fruit of your own labor, so I am probably biased in that matter.

Another hundred post mark usually means I take a moment to look back on the posts I've written and try to highlight my own favorites (all parents have favorites) for you to enjoy them all over again! Because you have been reading all my posts, haven't you? This time won't be any different, because why ruin a winning concept?

Because I decided to chill out on the posting frenzy when I hit 500 posts back in April last year, these 100 posts have taken nearly a year to produce. This also means that more things than ever have happened during that amount of posts. Most notably the whole guild drama thing, me swapping guilds twice and server (and faction!) once. I am dearly hoping not having to do that for at least another year, it is really quite exhausting.

All the guild drama that surrounded me (and for some reason also saw me smack in the middle) had me obviously write a whole lot of posts about guild drama. A girl needs to vent every once in a while, and ice cream doesn't always cut it.

It started out general enough with posts like;
Guild Drama Breeding Grounds

Or more specific but still abstract enough for no one to understand what the heck I was on about;
Stortytime: An Odd Event

Unto pure nerdraging;
Field Report: Summer Hiatus
Field Report: Time For Something New

But I hope that is the last you will have to hear about that. And no more to come (knock on wood).

Since this is a priest healing blog, I did write a couple of posts on that subject (wooyay!).
I Dare You To Get Rid Of Spirit
Field Report: All My Stats Are Bad
Circle Of Healing Webring: Zinn Edition
Class Feedback: Healing Priest Edition
MoP Healing Priest Talents
First Impressions On Dragon Soul And Priest Healing

I cried about Atonement - back and forth, back and forth;
How To Fix Atonement
Field Report: Now With Extra Atonement
Archangel Vs Evangelism

I pugged some;
Tales From The Random Pug - 6th Story
Tales From The Random Pug - 7th Story
Tales From The Random Pug - 8th Story

And eventhough a lot of really weird shit happened to me this past year, you know the kind where you just stand back, look at it and go "really? I mean... really?", a lot of really good things happened too. Stay tuned for another hundred posts!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hagara 10 hc Disc Priest Guide

This is my guide to healing Hagara 10 man hc as a discipline priest. I like this fight since it requires you to use most spells in your arsenal, and Flash Heal more than anywhere else (that I've tried so far). Brings back memories.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

No love (rocket) for me

I'm not a greedy woman. Admittedly I do expect to marry rich eventually and I do expect people to leave me the last cookie in the cookie jar, but that's not out of greed. That's because I deserve it. In WoW, there are very few things I expect to get and there are even fewer things I will bust my ass to try to get. But when I do bust my ass to try to get something, I do expect to get it, eventually. Still following me here?

Usually for event bosses that drop some kind of pet or mount I will try to get it. It's such a fast and easy way to get something cool, and since I have an army of alts I have several tries (9) each day to get what I want. It suits a lazy person like me perfectly. It's like hitting two birds with one stone (no it's nothing like that actually...)! It gets addictive the same way scratch cards do, if the scratch cards were free and only required me to spend some time scratching them (I wish). So I did the Crown Chemical Co. bosses every day (only missed out on one day!) on every alt to get the Love Rocket. I also wanted the Wasteling (because I totally adore those little Wastelings), but most importantly the Love Rocket.

I ended up doing the bosses 117 times, and these are the results;

4 Fumigator Masks
8 Lovely Roses (two on the same character)
4 Wastelings
0 Love Rockets

See that? No Rockets. Statistically I should've had at least one, with some luck two. But the beauty about chance is that if there's only a chance to get something, there is always a chance not to get it as well. The funny thing is that eventhough you know the chance is really small, like in the case of that damn Love Rocket, you will try just because there's a chance, and the probability of that chance doesn't really matter. In fact you will try harder to get it when you know there's only a chance to get it, than if you know exactly when to get it. Chance can have you grinding for ten hours straight, but a lot less people would actually spend ten hours farming if they knew that is exactly what it would take. And I fell for it damn it!

But you know what they say - bad luck in gambling means luck in love, so maybe I will get to marry rich soon.

At least I got the Wasteling to keep me company.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ultraxion 10 hc Holy Priest Guide

Here is a texted guide to healing Ultraxion as a holy priest. I don't normally play holy and I only swapped for a couple of tries to see what difference it would make. I have healed this without much trouble as a discipline too, and the difference normally isn't great - if you have the dps for it you can swap around (assuming you have both specs) and see what you think works better for that setup.

The interesting thing about this fight is that it really puts your quick thinking to the test, you will have to be able to make fast and good decisions about which spells to use and who to use them on to be successful on this fight, more so than in most other fights imo.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Zinn's Photo Album

I was cleaning out some space on my computer the other day to fit more transformers porn really important things that absolutely aren't porn, when I stumbled across a folder with really old screenshots. I thought I had lost all of those when my old computer fried! But then I remembered only the mother board fried and the hard drive was transferred over to Loves computer where I had completely forgotten about all the things I had on there. And then somehow those things ended up back on my computer... Long story short, I found pictures. Looking at them really is a trip down memory lane. The guilds I've been in, the people I've played with. The bosses I've killed (surprisingly many with the entire raid dead) and the Ui's I've used! Come huddle around, this could be just as interesting as when your uncle showed you the pictures from that trip to Mallorca (and a perfect way for me to save my favorites to the eternal internets).


Feb 7th 2008 - Gruul's Lair on my lock. Really liked those fights, especially as a lock.
Feb 20th 2008 - Getting ready for Prince Malchezaar with some naked dancing.
Feb 24th 2008 - When heroics were still heroic. Or maybe we were just bad.
April 10th 2008 - SSC, look at that beautiful UI!
April 8th 2008 - Hex Lord Malacrass is still among my favorite boss fights. Can you see me behind the fat tauren?

April 29th 2008 - We rarely got to Zul'jin because Malacrass was such a pain in the ass.

May 6th 2008 - Mage last one standing on a Leotheras kill. Toight like a toiger.

May 24th 2008 - I loved the buff you got in Karazhan that spawned an army of women that followed you around. Does that make me sad?

May 26th 2008 - We mostly ended up killing trash in Mount Hyjal, but occasionally also a boss.

Sep 4th 2008 - The one time I killed Magtheridon.


Jan 27th 2009 - Spider cow watches over the city.

March 2nd 2009 - I am proud of that Lightwell placement. Just trying to give people a challenge.

April 1st 2009 - Less Rabi still haunts my dreams.
April 27th 2009 - Still using Xperl. I really liked Ulduar.

May 9th 2009 - Everyone including boss dead on Razorscale. Hate when that happens.

May 18th 2009 - I definitely had a hate-love relationship with Mimiron. Mostly hate.

June 16th 2009 - Wish they'd make another fight like General Vezax.

July 8th 2009 - I cried when I lost the tier token, but Yogg-Saron is still one of my all time favorites.

August 4th 2009 - Kel'Thuzad, yet another epic fight.

Sep 4th 2009 - Wotlk talent tree! Looks the same tbh.
Sep 7th 2009 - After ENDLESS 1% wipes, finally Sarth 3D.

Jan 19th 2010 - Balls big enough for two faces.

April 5th 2010 - The first kill of a boss is always nice, but killing LK the first time was truly epic. Miss you Mayhem.
Oct 23rd 2010 - Everyone plus boss dead, on BQL hc.


20th of March 2011 - Astralis, server only to take Al'akir hc in current content. Unfortunately I wasn't there.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Do you remember Chamber of Secrets?

I've always been quite fond of the event bosses in WoW, and over the years they have increased in number. I can't remember which used to be the first one... I can't even remember all the ones we have now. Off the top of my head; The Yeti, Headless Horseman, Omen, Ahune, Crown Chemical Co., and ehh... some other probably really obvious ones I've forgotten about already. Yeah, I'm getting old.

But they haven't just added bosses, they've actually also removed a couple. Or at least one. Lazy as I am, I often end up having really old quests left in the quest logs of my alts. And by really old, I mean fracking old. I've already told you about the time I tried to finish The Cudgel of Kardesh on my lock, a quest I have yet to actually complete (I'll get back to you on that). When logging on to my shaman the other day, I stumbled onto this beauty - Chamber of Secrets. Remember Karazhan? Remember the event boss they put in there over Halloween 2008 (although not actually connected to Halloween)? If the answer to any of the above questions is no, you've missed out (especially if you don't know about Karazhan! GO DO IT NAU. Or read this handy post.).

Chamber of Secrets was, as mentioned, a special quest to kill a special boss during the Scourge Invasion event that foreboded the coming of Wrath of the Lich King and Northrend. "Omg!", you're probably thinking. "Who, what, when?! Please tell me more!". Tenris Mirkblood was situated inside an area of Karazhan where you wouldn't normally go and he only had two drops, two awesome drops however - a remodelling of Arcanite Reaper, and a 100% raid wide little Vampiric Batling pet.

And a lot better than Twilight.

I don't remember the fight as being particularly difficult. Not the roflstomp loot-piñatas of event bosses we have nowadays, back then things like these were actually some challenge - but definitely a lot easier than a regular raid boss would be.

Bat to the left.

Just as a proof of how long ago this was, this was during the short period of time when I was maining a warlock, and for some reason I never got around to doing it on any other character. Look at that cute little thing. No, I mean the bat. So yeah, now you know I'm cooler than you. Or maybe just that I've played this game for too long.