All quiet on the western front

Steady shot has been a little quiet recently. Our apologies for the hiatus.ย 

Some of this has to do with real life taking us away from Azeroth – Tin and I are in the process of moving apartment, so we’re spending a lot of our time sorting through old stuff to see what we can throw out and packing what’s left into boxes. (And trying to ensure zero break in internet access ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

On the WoW front, we’ve both been busy leveling alts. Tin and Anelf are mostly just getting dragged out at the weekend for raiding or to help one of our alts with a tricky group quest. Tin’s Retadin – Hollie – just hit 68, so she’s on the boat to Northrend. Leveling through the Outlands is amazingly fast now – which at least means less time spent in Hellfire Peninsula. Stormshadow – my spriest – is 62, so she’ll have to wait a little longer. She actually got to the Outlands first and waited for Hollie to catch up. Then Hollie just carried on going (she does that to a lot of my alts ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

I suspect Tin will be posting a Retadin easy gear guide soon as she starts researching pre-raid gear for Hollie.

The downside of the Outlands is that its infested with Death Knights – to the extent that its really changed our perception of the class. The typical scenario now is you’re running into an area to do a quest and see a DK running the other way. You know before you arrive at the mobs you’re supposed to grind on that the DK you saw has just killed everything in the area. So now, to us, a DK means sitting around waiting for the stuff he just killed to respawn. Tin was enjoying her DK, but I suspect Kibeth is now in danger of being retired. (Besides, Tin’s face was getting sore from rolling it across her keyboard – the standard DK play style ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

On the raiding front, you’ll recall that Tin and I are part of our guild’s new raid organization committee. We got a team together to coordinate raiding because we had a good number of level 80 guildies kicking their heels in Heroics. Ironically, the week we scheduled our first raid (which went really well), about 5 of our 80s decided to leave so they could raid more (go figure). That changed the raid committee’s job from selecting a balanced raid each week, to scrambling to get ten 80s of any class together at the same time.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, things are finally starting to go well for the raid group. Last night we managed to down Sapphiron for the first time (also the first time we’ve cleared all the quarters). Unfortunately, by then it was 2am PST, and our east coasters were missing their beds, so Kel’Thuzad got to live this week. Just to emphasize the strange raid mixes you get when you don’t have many raiders, by the time we reached Sapphiron we had four tanks in our party of ten – one Warrior and three Prot Pallies. (Its a good job Prot Pallies can lay down decent DPS these days). The Sapphiron fight was so much fun as a healer – I had a big smile on my face the whole fight ๐Ÿ˜€ .

Our aim now is to start speeding up our raid runs so we can have more time on the final bosses (our guild only raids on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 8.30pm, so time is of the essence). We’re adopting some of the techniques described on Stratfu to get the team moving along faster between bosses. I’m hoping we’ll manage to get the Arachnophobia achievement sometime soon.


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