I'm a dedicated WoW player who play several alts, but I focus mainly on my Warlock. Since I have a lot of characters, on this site it's easiest that I'm simply known as Saga.
I'm a raider, guild officer and altoholic who loves chasing after new mounts and pets.
This site is where I ramble about my adventures and thoughts as I continue playing WoW.
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Monthly Archives: May 2012
Throughout most of Cataclysm I’ve been not only raiding on my Warlock, but also once a week with my friend’s guild on my Paladin. It’s been a lot of fun, but also a lot of work because she’s on a different server which means I haven’t had the support of my other characters in terms of gems, enchants and gold. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it though, getting to see the fights from a different perspective than a pure dps. When you heal a fight it’s almost like it’s a different one compared to when you dps.
It’s also been tiring though. Due to illnesses I’m not someone with lots of energy, and raiding the extra day (sometimes two) a week and doing the extra work to keep another character geared on another server has taken it’s toll. For that reason I’ve now decided that I won’t continue to raid with my friend’s guild. It’s sad, but necessary. They won’t miss me for the time being since their raiding is more or less stopped until the expansion it seems, and when it comes around I’d expect them to get new recruits.
My friend, whose guild I’ve been raiding with, isn’t going to continue playing in Mists. While I have grown fond of all the people in my horde guild, she was the main incentive for doing the extra work. With her gone, I simply don’t have it in me. There are several people out there among the bloggers that I know manage to raid with more than one guild, and I commend them. It’s a lot of extra work (at least for me), and can be quite tiresome.
It’s definitely been an interesting and rewarding experience though. The two guilds have been fairly close to one another when it comes to progression. This means that sometimes I have been able to down a boss in one guild and then come with suggestions to the other on how we did it. For most of Cataclysm my main guild was ahead, but we lost ground to the horde guild in Dragon Soul and they cleared it a week before us. We’ve since caught up again though and my main guild ended raiding with one more heroic boss down than the horde guild.
To be fair I’m quite tired in general at the moment, and I’m quite happy to take a part-time break from raiding. With no more raiding on the horde side, and raiding cut down to one day a week on alliance side I’m hoping to get some energy back. I want to have plenty of energy once Mists comes out, since there seems to be a lot to do!
I wish my horde guild all the best, and I’d have happily merged the two guilds together if I could. (Transfer costs aren’t really helping, not to mention I know several people who don’t want to be alliance, or who don’t want to be horde.)
Now I’m in the process of getting the money together to transfer my Paladin back to the alliance server. I’ve put too much work into her to want to leave her on a server where I don’t think I’ll be playing her. Bringing her “home” means that she can still join alt raids, or do heroic runs with guild mates.
Which brings me to my next decision… Should she be a draenei or a human? Draenei Paladin is something we need for the guild achievement, but I generally prefer humans. Then again, maybe I’d get used to the draenei. It’s a difficult decision. I don’t know about others, but how my character looks and feels means a great deal to me. So much that I deleted my 85 worgen Druid because I couldn’t stand her healing animations and re-leveled her as a night elf.
I’ve had two Paladins, and they’ve gone through a fair number of changes. Bringing this one back will mean I have to delete the other Paladin (which is fine cause I already had and was re-leveling her.. so she has nothing important on her person at the moment), and I’ll be back to having one Paladin. Now to decide which of her old incarnations will be her new one…
I would like to start today’s musings by apologising for the silence that’s been going on. Life suddenly got very busy and I got very tired, which means very little get done in regards to pretty much everything. Also, summer finally arrived so I’ve been enjoying some outside time together with my family.
WoW in General
I’ve not had a whole lot of time to play WoW these last few weeks, but when doing so I’ve mainly been leveling together with a friend. She’s working on getting some characters leveled up on my main realm, and to help her we’re doing a Refer-a-Friend recruitment. It’s a lot of fun and the leveling is insanely fast!
Other than that I haven’t been doing much in WoW outside of raiding. I started playing my Hunter a bit, figuring I’d try to gear my alts up a bit in the downtime before the next expansion. Even now I’m still trying to get used to using focus instead of mana!
We’ve been cutting back on raiding since a lot of people are busy in Diablo 3, or with real life (or both!). We’ll usually go in once a week and clear Dragon Soul on our alts (or mains if enough people are online to manage Heroic modes). Sometimes we do old content for guild achievements, and last week we completed the guild achievements for Outland and Vanilla.
I got quite a bit of transmogrification gear out of those runs, and nearly got a complete T2 set. Sadly the chest never dropped, so I’ll have to go back if I want to get it (and I do!)
Since I have the Annual Pass I got my Diablo 3 on release, and while I haven’t had all that much time to play I’m really enjoying it. Admittedly I never played any of its predecessors, but that’s not stopping me from having lots of fun in the new game.
I play a Monk (named Saga, of course) and am about halfway through Nightmare so far. Most of my friends and guild mates are much further than that by now, but I’ll keep going at my own pace and enjoy the game.
The Monk is a lot of fun. I enjoy their flashy spells and animations, and the fact that I get to run head first into mobs and punch their faces!
Another Warlock Competition
A fellow Warlock, Amijade, is hosting another Warlock inspired transmogrification competition. Where mine was about finding the worst outfit possible for your Warlock, hers is about finding the best; the epitome of a Warlock.
I’m going to start rummaging through my bank and void storage to see what I can come up with for this contest. I suggest you do the same!
Summer is approaching, as well as the next expansion even if we don’t know the exact date yet. There’s also Diablo 3 and other game releases. All of this, and other things, are causing a lot of guilds to cut back on raiding or possibly stop entirely.
In most previous expansions my guild’s raiding was cut short because some vital member of our raid team decided to call it quits prematurely. Usually a main tank. It was frustrating, but not much we could do about it. Recruitment can be difficult at all points of an expansion, but towards the end it’s nearly impossible. This time around though, we’ve gotten further than we had planned. We’re a casual guild and our only goal has always been to clear normal content before nerfs each tier. As we’re winding down progression, we’re stopping at 5/8 Heroic kills, which is probably the best we’ve ever done in any expansion so far.
We’ve made the decision to keep raiding for a while longer, but just for fun and only once a week for a Dragon Soul clear. People will be allowed to bring alts and we’re removing the “serious” from raiding, and the intent is just to have fun and clear the content each week for those who still want some gear. We might add some raids to old content once a week for fun as well, but it all depends on how many people keep playing as new games are released and summer finally gets here.
I know, for me, while I intend to play Diablo 3 – I will also continue playing WoW. There are some alts I’d like to gear up a bit more before the expansion, and achievements I want on my Warlock. Things that will keep me busy through the months to come before MoP.
What are your plans between now and MoP? Is your guild taking a break/winding down or do you keep going strong until the end?
Day Thirteen: A Fond Memory
Shed a little tear, grin a little grin, and show us an image that invokes a fond memory for you.
Through the years I’ve made a lot of good memories in WoW. Some bad as well, but mostly good. Few of them have screenshots to go with them though. I’ve gone through all of my screenshot folders and realised I need to take more screenshots of actual events and less of scenery and boss kills.
In the end, I decided to share the fond memory of my early TBC raiding guild, Ascension, of which I was a Guild Master. I started it together with my brother and a couple of friends, and we filled it with a bunch of really fun individuals. We were just a 10 man guild and had a great time clearing Karazhan back in the day.
Sadly we never made the jump to 25 man due to being on a near-dead server, and we eventually all scattered to different guilds. I still remember those days fondly though. Had 10 man been an option beyond Karazhan back in those days, I wouldn’t be surprised if we’d still been around.
Share a fond memory of your own!
We received a fair few number of submissions for our Worst Warlock Outfit contest, and they were all absolutely horrible. Just like we asked them to be! Choosing a winner has been incredibly difficult, and if we could we would probably have made everyone a winner. However, we had to choose one, and after a lot of discussions back and forth we finally came to a decision.
And the winner is…
There is something very disturbing about a Warlock that is not only wearing some low-key very non-Warlocky clothes, but is also picking flowers. No Warlock worth their fel would ever be seen gardening!