Also known as: Alyzabeth goes to the fair, and all she got was this lousy t-shirt!
I stopped going to the Darkmoon Faire when I finished getting all the mounts and companion pets from the vendor. I had no other reason to go, and I was burnt out on the dailies, so for the past few months I let it pass me by. But! This month, I decided that Alyza needs another transmog set, a ‘proper’ mage kit for when I want to faff about and take photos and just generally be kinda nerdy. So off I went to make banners and bread frogs and fling myself from cannons for precious tickets.
I was in the midst of whacking gnolls when the game helpfully informed me that Moonfang had been summoned. I knew this was a thing, that she has a chance of dropping a pet and all that jazzy stuff, but I wasn’t going to make it a point of hunting it out; camping mobs, hunting rare pets, that’s all my husband’s thing, not mine. I’m not one to turn down a very obvious opportunity at Awesome Stuff though, so off I went, unsure of exactly where I was going (yes, I had literally no idea about where she spawns, what to do, any of that junk). Thankfully I managed to see a small crowd milling about with Moonfang standing right in front of them in her majestic, shiny, loot-pinata glory, so I figured I was most likely in the right place ;D
So, I pewpew’ed, and my water elemental pewpew’ed, and both factions joined in, and all was well and good–until I was next on the aggro table. She doesn’t give you much of a chance to dodge if you’re like me, and have somewhat…sluggish reflexes. Thankfully there was a lovely druid nearby who was able to combat res me to save me the run back, and I was able to stay alive for the rest of the fight as long as I managed to dodge her AOE attack and avoid the spawns that pop up every so often.
With baited breath, I went to loot Ms. Moonfang’s dead, ravaged corpse, hoping that maybe, MAYBE I might get something cool out of it, without even trying (because getting awesome loot without having to put out any real effort=win).
I got the wolf helm. Yep. And the pelt to turn in for 10 whole tickets (which is fair enough mind you), but no pet. No Moon Moon for me, whomp whomp, bring in the world’s tiniest violins and sad trombones. I’ve been a fan of Moon Moon ever since he first became an internet meme, so I was hoping I’d have one of my very own, but I won’t lose sleep over it I guess. I won’t make it a point of camping the fairgrounds waiting for it to happen again–if it does while I’m there doing my business, fair enough, but if I have to wait until next month to try again, that’s fair enough as well.
(I think I was more hoping I could get Moon Moon, crate him up, and then surprise my husband with it when he got in from work–just send the wee thing in the post and it’d make my husband super happy and I like surprising him and I couldn’t and all the sads for the lost opportunity).
Less of the QQ though! The loot gods were good to me this Sunday when I decided I was in the mood to tackle LFR once again. I went in with hardly any expectations, and fully ready to just up and leave if things started to really go sour; I’m not a fan of just leaving a group the minute it wipes, but I wasn’t willing to subject myself to excessive negativity or grossness in the name of getting loots and Secrets of the Empire. I queued up for the first wing of SoO to give myself a warm-up of sorts, and to try and better understand the fights and ease back into it.
According to Mr. Robot, these are the upgrades I can get from the various wings of SoO, once they become available on LFR (I set my parameters to only include LFR drops, because I know what my limitations are):
Main Hand: Hellscream’s War Staff; Garrosh Hellscream
Head: Chronomancer’s Hood; Thok the Bloodthirsty
Neck: Untained Guardian’s Chain; Norushen
Shoulders: Chronomancer’s Mantle; Siegecrafter Blackfuse
Back: Cloak of Misguided Power; Immerseus
Chest: Mantid Vizier’s Robes; Spoils of Pandaria
Wrists: Avool’s Ancestral Bracers; Spoils of Pandaria
Hands: Chronomancer’s Gloves; General Nazgrim
Waist: Belt of the Night Sky; tailoring
Legs: Chronomancer’s Leggings; Paragons of the Klaxxi
Feet: Bone-Inlaid Sandals; Galakras
Ring 1: Extinguished Ember of Galakras; Galakras
Ring 2: Ring of the Dinomancers; Thok the Bloodthirsty
Trinket 1: Purified Bindings of Immerseus; Immerseus
Trinket 2: Black Blood of Y’shaarj; Garrosh Hellscream
All told, I was able to knock out Trinket 1, my neck piece, and a replacement for my staff, which was pretty decent (especially considering the last time I went in I got jack squat). I don’t make it a point to get terribly upset over loot, but it is kinda nice to get something for your efforts when you’re done, and I was stupidly excited to get an upgrade for my weapon; I get the distinct impression that weapon upgrades, for ANY class, are a bit of a PITA, so I’ll take it where I can get it.
I also ended up getting another two Secrets of the Empire (wow, I know, exciting!111!), so my total is 15/20. Someday I’ll be finished with it…like when they unplug the servers or whatever. Another thing I’m going to try and not stress about, because I’m stressy by nature and don’t need to pile it on if I can help it. But once again, it’s a case of doing things WHEN I want to, because if I try to do otherwise I get way too anxious and triggered and gross.
Also of note: I did attempt the second wing of SoO; I came in with the shamans, who we got down on the first try (well, first for me), but I guess the group was having some difficulty because they had Determination Rank 3. We managed to get to General Nazgrim (after some slight confusion, and much complaining in /i chat because of course everyone’s absolutely done this wing a million times already and knows exactly what they’re doing. Of course.)
We wiped once on Nazgrim, and the top DPS (another mage) made some big dramatic flounce speech about how our DPS was poo and there’s no way we’d be able to down him with the DPS we had, blah blah fart. It seemed to me like there were loads of adds, maybe more so than there should have been, but I’ve never successfully completed it so I fully admit I may be wrong–but I’m thinking some people weren’t DPSing adds when they should have (which happens a lot, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility). And when you don’t burn down adds effectively, you get overwhelmed, and it felt like I was being swarmed by shamans and assassins and mages and oh my. I didn’t stick around to find out, because I kinda got tired of the back and forth fighting and figured it wasn’t worth hanging around to maybe have another crack at Nazgrim. I’ll get him eventually, and I need the first part of that wing to get the achievement anyway, so no great loss.
That said, note to the top DPS mage in our group (and anyone else who does this): if you say you’re gonna leave, leave. It makes you look petty and childish to flounce, to spend 10 minutes giving us a speech explaining why we’re all Bads and can’t possibly kill the boss. Even if you are right, it still makes you look like an arse, instead of just putting your money where your mouth is and dropping group.
I can’t promise when/if I’ll do LFR this week. Quite possibly again on Sunday when I feel lazy and uninspired and I just queue up and sit and watch Netflix while I wait. I don’t know, and I find keeping to a schedule isn’t my thing; as much as I’d love to be that organized, I just can’t. Nope.
I do reckon I have a date with this buttbonnet though
It’s a tad bit embarrassing, but I don’t even have ONE pet to 25 yet, let alone a team to take this dude on. My husband’s found a team that works well for him, and that’s great, because he was getting super stressed at Fake Cockney Sounding Dude (seriously, his voice acting is pretty terribad) so I’m happy for my husband’s sake. But I wanna play too! I just can’t, because I’ve been majorly slacking on sorting out my pets and leveling them up and doing what I need to do. It’s the same with the Celestial Tournament; there’s no WAY I’ll ever be able to even contemplate giving that a shot unless I sort myself out. I may have to make it a point of pulling my finger out and getting at least one of each family up to 25, then I can work on leveling extras, and making teams, and trying to snag some other cool super awesome rare pets in the process.
In other news: My death knight is now 26% from 90, which isn’t bad considering how casually I quest on her, since she’s paired up with my husband’s shaman (who’s around the same, maybe a smidge closer because of his mining xp gains). I’ll be happy when that’s done, and she can get tucked into her farm and a few runs around Timeless Isle, and grinding of mats to try and flog on our meager AH. He also wants my paladin (who’s 87) to run with his shadow priest (who’s 88) because he gets bored questing by himself, and his priest has the strength of a wet Kleenex, so I guess I have to protect him or something. We’ll most likely tackle that after the death knight and shaman get to 90.
He’s also given me another, somewhat MASSIVE task: get my shaman up to Pandaria-esque levels, so she can help out his mage or warrior or whoever he has left to level to 90.
Guys. My shaman is in Outlands. I left her there, collecting resting bonus, but still, a tall order. But at least it gives me some focus, and I can dust her off (just in time for shaman week on the 14th) and Do Things with her. I did manage to get her to 60 after some painful questing (only painful since I couldn’t fly, which I quickly remedied once I dinged). It’s fun doing something a tad bit different, and I quite like leveling (I know, I’m weird O.o), so hopefully I can make some headway with her in the near future :D