This weekend my guildies were struck with the realization that challenge modes would be gone soon and since they wanted the phoenix mounts, we had better get to work. We had planned to space them out over three nights. The first night went alright, we got two of the dungeons before finally calling it a night. Sunday, one of our members couldn't show so we didn't get any. That left us with Monday night to get 7 challenge mode silvers. We debated whether to try at first, we knew the realm would be shutting down at 3 pacific time, we calculated out how long that would be and decided that it would be tight, but doable. So we set out on our mission.
And finished with 8 minutes to spare!
It was a wild, crazy, but incredibly fun night. And definitely memorable
There it sat for 25K begging for me to buy it. So after robbing all the gold from all my toons and sobbing over the pain of spending so much gold at once, I now have in my possession a Nexus Soultrader. I feel like I've already sold my soul to get him.
I'm currently obsessed with getting all my pets maxed in health and rarity. I have a long way to go. And these new pets aren't really helping matters. :)
First on my list of recently acquired pets are the celestial tournament pets. I managed to snag the last one I needed this week.
I also finished crafting my two engineering pets: Rascal-bot
I also found a decent deal on the AH for the darkmoon eye so I had to have it.
One of the regulars who raids with my guild has a guild that completed the challenge modes and I was allowed to enter the guild on an alt, level up, and buy the thundering serpent hatchling for which I'm really grateful.
And this last pet is most definitely not the least pet. I still can't believe I have it. One of my guildies is obsessed with battle pets and he and I have been helping each other out. I ran to booty bay to help him get gold from the horde to the alliance side, ran all over to get the alliance vendor pets, and nagged him into leveling his toon so he could get rep for buying the thundering serpent hatchling. Anyway, I found a small surprise waiting for me in the mail the other day.
SPECTRAL TIGER CUB!!!! I don't think I have enough caps and exclamation points to express how excited I am to have this pet. He's just as gorgeous as I thought he would be.
Back at school and the first week of classes has begun. It's going to be an exciting semester for me. I'm taking Lit, more Lit, and just a little more lit. I'm also taking Spanish, of which I no absolutely nothing.
Anyway, while I don't mind the late nights too much because I don't have early classes, one of the healers from my raiding group has quit raiding with us because he didn't think he could balance the late nights with his early morning classes. While I can't really begrudge him that, it does leave the raid group scrambling to find a replacement for him. It sometimes seems that every time we get a dependable replacement, someone else leaves and the group is left to struggle until another replacement can be found.
We've also had some dissatisfaction with how slow our progress has been. There had been a plan to raid 3 nights but our tank could never make the last night which left us pretty much with just 2 nights of raiding. Considering that the earlier fights take a giant chunk of time to clear, we've had been trying every other week extending the lock out but that hasn't worked to well either. So, last week our raid leader had everyone tell her what bosses we needed and she concluded that for the most part we didn't need anything before Jug. But there were a few who did want some pieces off the earlier bosses and was asking how we felt about just clearing everything on normal up to Jugg and I suggested maybe having a roll before the raid and the winner could pick which extra boss they wanted to attempt. We thought it sounded fair enough and we're going to be giving it a few tries.
Although we're still left trying to find another healer to run with us. And a tank because our tank has recently decided that we should replace him.
I've been giving myself goals of small things I'd like to accomplish and one of those goals is to finish leveling alchemy and herbalism on my monk. I had reached a point where I was in Northrend and the next area that the leveling guide told me to go to pick herbs was Sholazar Basin. I've spent some time out there on my hunter in the hopes of seeing the ever elusive but much coveted Loque'nahak but have never had any luck. I figured there was no way I'd see him yesterday either. As I flew around looking for herbs I didn't even have my rare spawn addons on. I was in a bit of a daze, flying from one yellow dot to another when something strange caused me to take another look at the mobs around me. And than I couldn't believe what I saw. There was Loque'nahak walking calmly though some gorillas. So I did what any other hunter would do. I promptly logged off, logged onto my hunter, threw some pets in the stable so I'd have a spot for taming Loque, made sure I was in beast mastery spec, and booked it for the Northrend portal and to Sholazar Basin while muttering under my breath "please, please, please, oh God, please." When I reached Sholazar I realized I had no idea where I had seen Loque, so I quickly switched back to my monk and verified where the spirit beast was and noticed a warlock was flying near-by. Since he didn't seem to be interested in Loque, I hopped back on my hunter and made a beeline for where Loque was and promptly set about taming him. Right as I was partway though the tame the Alliance warlock noticed me and proceded to land and begin casting. Luckily for me, I managed to finish my tame right as the warlock hit me. Loque and I then proceeded to grind that Ally warlock into the dirt. I was rather excited at the time with my close Loque tame and I had to quickly log onto my death knight for a run though ICC but later I began to wonder if the warlock was trying to guard Loque for someone else. I suppose it was rather mercyless of me to just drop out of the sky and "steal" Loque out from under him but than again, I had seen him first, made it there first, and got the tame off.
Now I just need to come up with a good name for him.
I guess I don't have to worry about posting too much. Whoops. I kept thinking about stuff but thinking isn't doing.
But I've gotten several of my nebulous, unwritten wow goals accomplished this past month.
First off I've managed to figure out how to level pets on the pandarian trainers. I have no hope I'll ever catch up to others who have been pet battling for much longer. But I'm enjoying it now. I also managed to get the many pets leveled to complete the celestial tournament. This week has been my third week beating it. I'm pretty stoked about it. I did a lot of prep work for the tournament, making spreadsheets of the pet teams used by different strats from different guides and than piecing together the teams that I had the pets for and than making a list of what pets I still needed to level. I than checked to see what trainers were up that week and made sure all the pets I needed for that strat and the celestial bosses were leveled first.
And I was really happy to finally get my first celestial pet. It was the cat one of course.
I've also done some hunting on OpenRaid for a group on Saturdays to try and get my infusions. I've found a group that gets all achievements and will do infusions but my connection was spotty the first night so I didn't want to waste the groups time trying to get the blood infusion and last Saturday I wasn't able to attend. I'll have to keep trying and at least it's a really nice group. And I did get the last achievements I needed for the 25 man drake.
My level 70 twink druid has been doing pretty well. The guild has just been running Kara because they're still trying to build the rosters. When I first started with them there was maybe 3 people running Kara but there's usually 6-8 people in the raids now. There's hope that we'll soon be able to start on the next raid.
I'm at the point where my druid has all the Kara gear she could want. There's only really two pieces she needs but what she has is fine. When I was recruited the guild had plenty of people to be healers and tanks so they were just looking for dps. And feral dps is pretty decent but now they are starting to look for tanks. Unfortunately the guild leader decided that guardian druids weren't going to be allowed because that spec didn't exist back in BC. Instead druids will have to tank as feral. I've done some tanking and I have to say I'm a squishy and the crits those bosses make are no joke. So I'm working on leveling up a paladin. But in the meantime, my druid is looking pretty sweet though.
Spoiled Milk's has been plugging along with our raiding. Last week we downed Dark Shaman and Nazgrim. It's still in a muddle about what we're doing. We wanted to raid Tue, Wed, and Fri but unfortunately there's many who can't make it on Fri so we've been finding pugs to finish the runs on normal. There's some fuss about not continuing to work on heroics on Friday but it doesn't work out. It has been decided that every other week we'd extend our lock-outs and try to get more work on bosses instead of wearing ourselves out trying to make it back to our starting point. There's been some grumbling about that but there's only so much that can be done. I don't know how it happened but I've found myself promoted and put in charge of the guild bank. /sigh. Oh well, I have some ideas but I need to get the guild leader and other officers in on them before I mess around with stuff. But I did remove and vendor any grey items I found in the guild bank and organized it. I've only kept track of all the gold that's gone in and out of the bank. It's been fascinating to see who is using the repairs and how often. As to what I'm going to do about that... who knows. I think my role is one that I'm going to have to carve out myself. Scary thought that.
Finally, on a last, note. I've gotten a new mount! It's one I've wanted since Wrath. I was very excited when I realized I had the gold to finally get the final pieces for the crafting of my brand new Mechano-hog! Horray!
I'm going to put a break in this post because yesterday I got invited to the WoW Beta and I'll save my little bit of discussion about it for after the break.
So I'm still raiding with Spoiled Milk. There's been no new boss kills. We've been having small issues with our kills, but those mistakes mean wipes, which means more time killing bosses. Immerseus is probably the worst one. It's the boss we've been killing the longest and yet... each week we seem to have some issues with the fight. Last week was particularly rough with and we eventually gave up on Galakras because we were having issues with people in the towers being teleported back to the ground. After some research we learned that this was happening because of getting aggro with the mobs on the ground. So this week we did eventually get Galakras but we were still having so many other issues. And we didn't finish the raid on Friday. I think I'm going to have to search open raid for a group that could use a hunter. I really want as many chances to get more heirlooms as I can get.
I've also been working on the cape quest on my shaman. I've really been able to take advantage of the two buffs. She was working on the valor part of the quest when there was the valor buff and now I've been enjoying the rainful of extra runestones and secrets.
My level 70 twink druid is getting some better gear but I really need to give her some love. She doesn't have any professions and her gear is unenchanted and ungemmed. And I can't look at her bracers. They really need to be replaced. The guild she's in has strict rules about what I can and can't do and what I can use and can't use. Sometimes the rules seem silly but the guild leader has his reasons.
I've also done some pet battling. One of my guildies in Spoiled Milk is obsessed with pet battling. He's still fairly new to the game so he doesn't have an incredibly large collection yet, but he's getting there. He's also really good at leveling pets and has even leveled a few for me. I felt that since I now have these level 25 pets I should try to pet level and battle the trainers. I finally managed to beat all the tamers in Pandaria and my friend has even given me advice on how to use the battle against Aki to help powerlevel some pets. I know that there's methods for all the other trainers but I'm still working on figuring out how to do so. My friend is working on the Celestial Tournament. Occasionally he wants to use a pet that he doesn't have so he's been borrowing some of my pets. It works well for me because when I get them back they've been leveled.