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Back with a bang January 28, 2011

Filed under: Questing,Raiding — Pookies @ 9:52

Whelps, I plunged back into the raiding scene on Wednesday, and as a healer! After checking Bastion of Twilight and seeing that we had a rather unfortunate drake comp for Halfus, we decided to head over to Blackwing Descent.
 
The guild had previously made some progress in Blackwing Descent working on Omnotron with two healers. We worked through some minor issues such as people not running from Toxitron adds and Magmatron’s shield going off because of pet attack damage (!!!), and we got the lot down after about one and a half hours of work.
 
Omnotron was a Council-type fight, but compared to Council it was a walk in the park. More of the raid damage in this fight is completely avoidable, and when it did tick it did so for far less than Council AOEs. So what we did have to heal through felt manageable. Stacking during Magmatron Incineration Security Measures let us use of our 1337 healing Venn diagram (consisting of priest, shaman, and druid healing circles). When all was said and done, I walked off with a shiny new ring (Security Measure Alpha).
 
Next on the docket was Magmaw. I had read up on Magmaw on Wowhead, and by all accounts the fight was supposed to be easy peasy lemon squeezy. In fact, I was wondering why the group had done work on Omnotron when Magmaw was right there! Well, was I in for a shock. The healing required for Magmaw is really insane. It was hardly doable with three healers, so I can’t even imagine what it would have been like for two. Every mana cooldown was used on cooldown. And even then all three of us were OOM by the end of the fight.
 
Some of the issues we had with Magmaw included ranged not stacking properly in melee range, our add kiter not staying within healing range, a lack of add DPS, a lack of “chain gang” coordination, and of course the damage just being over the freaking top. But we did eventually get the worm down.
 
Getting Magmaw felt really good. During the first five to ten attempts of the night, it really felt like the fight was completely undoable from a healing point of view. The first five or so attempts also had us wondering whether or not our ranged team would be able to burn through the adds quickly enough. But we worked through it when some other groups may have given up, and our perseverance paid off.
 
Since Wednesday I’ve been continuing to work on my gear through JP, I did a Baradin Hold run with guildies, and, for the first time since dailies were released, I did 25 dailies in one day and was unable to turn in the 26th. That was a surprise.

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I can has The Summit of Storm Peaks November 27, 2008

Filed under: Questing,WotLK Heroics — Pookies @ 10:39

Okay, first things first. Apparently I fail at looking up breadcrumb quests, because there was one to be turned in at one of the dwarves in Frosthold and I didn’t see it.
 
Thanks to the Wowhead comments on the The Summit of Storm Peaks achievement, I was able to figure out which two quest chains I was missing in Storm Peaks.
 
The first quest chain I missed starts after you energize the transporter on Gram’s Rise (northeast of K3). I don’t remember anyone telling me to go back there and talk to anyone for a quest, but there is one there that asks you to go into Gram’s Hold (the cave) with a pack of bombs and kill the ringleader there. You then get sent back to K3 to pick up the Frosthold breadcrumb quest and ride a missile out to Frosthold.
 
The second quest chain that I missed starts from a drop from the war golems south of Bouldercrag’s Refuge (on and around the scaffolding surrounding the giant golem). This quest chain goes on for about ten quests.
 
So I was finally able to grab the zone quest achievement for Storm Peaks, although I still have a couple of quests to complete in the Stormforge dwarves quest chain.
 
Another thing I did yesterday was run heroic Halls of Stone with a couple of guildies and a PUG pally tank (*gasp*). It was his first time in Halls of Stone and he wasn’t very confident (and we moved a little bit slower), but he did his job just fine. Our group composition was prot pally, ret pally, resto shaman, elemental shaman, and balance druid. During fights my spell power was spiking up to 1950 with shaman totems. It was delicious.
 
I found the boss encounters in Halls of Stone to be particularly enjoyable, because they really get the entire party involved. The Shatter effect on the Gruul-like boss was a little insane (with respect to its range), but other than that, he was a pushover. It took my party two tries to get the Maiden of Grief mechanics down, but it really was a fun fight. I think the good people at Blizzard could work on coordinating the Storm of Sorrows a little more with the spawn and despawn of the Pillars of Woe, but that’s my only beef there. It took us about five tries to finish the Tribunal of Ages event, and even when we finally did our entire party finished wiping just as it was ending. Thanks to a well-timed rock man towards the end, Brann didn’t take a point of damage and we got the heroic achievement for the event. (Woot!) Finally, the last boss took us two or three tries, but overall he wasn’t much of a challenge, either.
 
Overall, Halls of Stone was a fun and relatively easy heroic.

 

Hansel and Gretel, I require your expertise November 26, 2008

Filed under: Questing — Pookies @ 11:52

As mentioned, I finished all of the zones except for Storm Peaks and Icecrown in their entirety on my way up to 80.

Well, now I’m in Storm Peaks, and I am miffed.

Whether you know them by their name or not, “breadcrumb quests” are the quests that send you packing and towards a new quest node. Without breadcrumb quests, we’d have to go by word of mouth or wander around looking for little exclamation marks on our mini maps.

Blizzard blue posts have stated that breadcrumb quests are not counted towards zone quest totals for completing zone quest achievements. However, one thing you will notice is that, when you turn a breadcrumb quest in, it does count towards your zone quest achievement (giving you a leg up) and, more importantly, it also counts towards your total quests completed total (for those of us trying to hit that magic number: 3 000).

So. I’m kinda POed about Storm Peaks. This is the first zone where I’ve been left without bread crumb quests to lead me to the next quest node. Am I just missing something? Yeah, probably.

I started out in Storm Peaks by turning in the breadcrumb quest obtained in The Sewers. That quest sent me to K3. From K3, I was lead on to do the viking-ess chain, the titans (Thorim) chain, and the giants chain at Dunder Mifflin (Dun Niffelem). Upon completion of all of those chains, I suddenly found myself without a single Storm Peaks quest in my quest log (I do still have two Halls of Lightning quests in my quest log).

Someone told me that there was a quest that sent you from “the goblin area” (I assumed K3) to Frosthold on a missile. When I couldn’t find any quests available to me in K3, I ran around Frosthold and Wowheaded all of the NPCs to see if any of them ended a “travel to Frosthold and speak to so-and-so” a quest. No luck. So I just considered the breadcrumb quest gone and dove into the quests at Frosthold. Now that I’ve finished all of the quests at Frosthold, I am, once again, left without any zone quests in my quest log. And I’m at 94/100 quests, according to the Storm Peaks achievement tracker.

So … what gives? What am I missing? I suspect that I’m still missing an entire small quest node here …