- To think, I had the gall to say “I’m glad it’s finally cooling off and feeling like fall.” It’s 90 degrees at 9am again. /sigh
- I got Annie Mae’s mining to 295 and got her all set up to head to Outland… and realized her cooking was still at 260. So she’s back in Felwood, and then down to Silithus to get the cooking out of the way.
- If you couldn’t tell, I HATE going back to “grind professions” later on. I’d much rather just get it over with, so I have a chance at least to gather materials at level and not have to cram them in my bank. If I can find a reliable source for Mithril, I’m going to do that with Blacksmithing too – ’cause at 230, but with a bank full of Thorium, I’m kinda stuck. And this is one of those problems where I can throw money at it to make it go away!
- I got to do a Naxx10 run as Ret this weekend (well, mostly Ret – I was holy for 4Horsemen and Kel’Thuzad). And it was fun! And I didn’t make an ass out of myself! I also discovered that, if you’re not used to melee, this whole “hitbox” concept is kind of strange. I ended up putting a raid marker on one of our longstanding Fury Warriors so I could follow him around and learn where to stand. Helped a lot!
- Aely’s had some “fun” commiserating with other downtrodden and/or heartbroken Riders lately. Seems to be a rash of that going around. She’s stocked up on strawberry icecream though, which she tops with chocolate and bourbon. Because, as she so eloquently put it “Sorrows ‘re better drowned in icecream an’ booze ‘an in booze ‘lone.” Come to think of it, that’s probably why she’s had so many friends wanting to sit around and commiserate lately…
First, Aely made out like a /bandit/ this week, picking up an Aesuga, Hand of the Ardent Champion from Hardmode Vezax and new boots from Northrend Beasts, as well as her “new” Judgment hat from Onyxia25. This means, among other things, that her armor is ALL MATCHING again. Which is awesome. There’s just something fun about looking like a badass.
In this picture, you can also see her new pet, a Red Dragonhawk Hatchling. She was a gift from a friend, and Aely is thrilled. Of course, said Dragonhawk doesn’t have a name yet, but she’s thinking Pigeon. Or possibly Magpie. (It has a penchant for chasing shiny things).
Next on the screenshot list is Annie Mae, who is looking very… special… in her new BWL gear. And her dragon squirtgun.
She’s still on the fence about the pink boots. They might be awesome. But they also might be awful. Who ever heard of a cowgirl with pink boots?
There we go. That’s more how she thinks of herself!
And to round out the fun, I’ve a new UI screenshot to share, with the two new addons I picked up to help with the GCD healing problem.
- HealInc – shows a bar for your current target (only) of all incoming casts, organized by the time they’ll land and colored for overheal. This addon also comes with a really snazzy resurrection monitor that I VASTLY prefer to the one from oRA2, as it shows you a castbar with a timer, so you can see if someone else is rezzing your target and if their heal will land first.
- HealthBarPlus – I don’t like this addon. However, it does kinda do what I want. It allows you to set a specific character as a new healthbar and will show up to 5 incoming casts (friendly or unfriendly) on that character, as well as who has that character targeted.
Unfortunately it doesn’t understand mouseover heals, so if I have TankA targeted, but have used a mouseover heal to heal ThatRogue, the addon thinks I’m casting the heal on TankA. This is somewhat helpful, as it gives me a visual representation of my Beacon of Light healing, so long as I keep my Beacon target as my actual target and use mouseover healing for the rest of it. Unfortunately it’s also ugly, poorly designed, not configurable properly (for instance, you can resize the health bar but not the mana bars, so I ended up turning mana bars off completely), and generally clunky and hard to use.
Anyway – this is what my UI looks like currently (click to embiggen!):
This is technically from after the Yogg fight ended last night, so you don’t see some things (like active heals on HealInc), but I’ve got greatness procced so you can see that in PowerAuras (the glowy around Aely in the middle of my screen). The two “tank” bars on the left are the bars from HealthBarPlus, and I think if I continue to use that addon, I’ll be making it smaller. I’m feeling a little restless and unsatisfied with the UI how it is right now, so I may have to do some reorganizing. Maybe it’s time for another UI post!
Annie Mae shoots a tin beer* can off a fencepost…. DING 60!
And after a very successful run into BWL with the nostalgia raiding group last night, in which they practically rolled her in loot, she’s looking very stylish in her… uh… hot pink boots. She’s already complaining.
Either way though, I’m going to finish out the Plaguelands before I send her to Outland, because I can still get XP from the Argent Dawn quests, and because it’s kinda fun to facesmash my way through there so successfully.
Being a prot warrior might be good for tanking? But it’s also definitely good for leveling, as long as you can handle keeping up with gear upgrades. I’ve found leveling a ret paladin requires a really good weapon upgrade every 5-10 levels, but leveling a prot warrior is more about the entire kit as a whole. Sure she dragged along with her Aegis of the Scarlet Commander until she got her Draconian Deflector last night on the BWL attunement run, but overall I’ve kept her gear pretty current, and it’s been awesome.
She doesn’t always work FAST (though Sword and Board helps with that quite a bit), but she’s pretty much indestructible if I don’t pull more than 3 mobs at a time. And, well, I’m having fun. Which is what counts, in a game, right? I’m not planning on being a tank; in fact, I’ve not yet actually tanked anything.
About the only thing I’m not happy with is the state of her professions. I know I’ll kick myself if I go to Outland and can’t mine Fel Iron (especially since it’s kind of everywhere), so I’ll be spending some time grinding my mining skill up past the evil, awful, dreaded, horrible “small thorium vein” stage before I crank back into full leveling mode.
It can’t last that long, right?
*It is Brewfest, after all!
So I have this hunter. You may remember her. Her name is Angoleth (though most call her Angie), and she has a really large bear named Russ.
She’s an old elf, as elves go, though not quite as old as some – I’d put her as being born a thousand years or so after The Sundering. She served in the War of the Shifting Sands (the first one), as well as in several other major conflicts, as a sentinel. And then there was Hyjal. On the shores of that mountain, near the end of the battle (in the first wave of demons), she was blindsided by something large – probably a Felguard or Doomguard – and nearly died. Her left ribs, shoulder, arm, and collarbone were all turned into mush, more or less. And since then, well, she’s not been so good with ranged weapons as she was used to before.
The injury itself hasn’t ever truly healed either, leaving her wearing heavy padding and shoulder bracing on that side. No wonder she has such a preference for crossbows. It’s been at least marginally functional, but she can’t do all the fun tricks that other hunters do and has relied on her pet.
The end result of all this is that she has been a Beast Mastery (with occasional dabbles in Survival) hunter since she got a backstory a few months before Burning Crusade released.
Unfortunately, I’ve not been so thrilled with Beast Mastery lately. Which isn’t to say it’s not a great hunter spec, and I keep hearing people say how awesome it is for soloing, but I find it to be slow, mana heavy, and unwieldy.
But I don’t want to leave behind her story, nor do I have any interest in a Deus Ex Machina style retcon, whereby she magically meets a magical healer or engineer that magically makes it all better poof! She’s had this wound and it’s residual effects for /years/. If there was a quick and easy way to fix it, she’d know. I /like/ that she’s extremely pet dependent, as it gives a little more depth to her RP – and allows me to work with TWO characters instead of just one all the time. (Russ is really fun to RP)
I’m ok with developing a WAY to get this fixed, I’d just like it to involve more than her “discovering a magical tube of Ben Gay.” (Thanks Linedan.) I’d also prefer not to “just dual spec” her, since that feels like a cop out. It might be what I end up doing, but it’s got some undesirable effects when you’re leveling.
I’ve been brainstorming some ideas to push her away from her comfort zone and get her to rely on her pets a little less – without giving up on her past. So far I’ve had two suggestions (both of which I like a lot) that involve forcing her to get better as a hunter without making her “give up” on Russ. Motivation and things are still in the works, but they revolve around the idea of making it hard/impossible to depend on Russ for awhile.
We’ll see what transpires, and I’m VERY open to your ideas. Let me know if anything comes to mind!
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