My guild started working on Heroic Spine recently. At first I kinda liked it. Now I’m beginning to understand the levels of frustration and boredom that many people have expressed for this fight.
I was pretty excited about the concept of Spine of Deathwing when it was first announced. The idea of fighting on the back of a dragon seemed pretty cool. In practice however, it wasn’t that cool. The mechanics were okay (at least for the first couple normal kills until the fight became a faceroll and more time was spent standing around doing nothing than anything else). But the worst part was the environment. This is a fight that could have felt really epic. You’re fighting on a dragon’s back! It could have had a sense of movement, a sense of danger that you’d fall off and it could have looked really good. But instead, we get clumped up in a tiny area where most of the time I can’t even tell which way his head is.
This is what I see for most of the fight:
Getting a close up of my priesty friends isn’t the worst thing in the world, but I don’t feel like I’m actively seeing or participating in a boss fight with this view.
What if I zoom out?
Those are some nice tentacles you’ve got there, Deathwing. But I still don’t know which way is up, down, front or back from this view.
Let’s try positioning the camera overhead…
Bleh. This is the worst view of all. 12 minutes of seeing this? No thank you.
Then, after 3 months of killing Spine, I finally found out the secret to making this fight look as epic as it should.
Much better! I can tell I’m in the air, I can tell that we’re moving and I can actually see Deathwing and appreciate how huge he is. He keeps looking back and he looks pissed that we’re hanging out on his back. Turns out, all I have to do to make this fight look good is fall off when he’s doing a barrel roll. I feel silly that it took me 3 months to figure this out.
Disclaimer: I am in no way condoning falling off the dragon…at least not if this is still a progression fight for you.
There’s a new meme floating around the WoW blogosphere. This one originates from Gnomageddon. I was tagged by both Glow and Chatmay.
- Go into your image folder.
- Open the sixth sub-folder and choose the sixth image.
- Publish the image! (And a few words wouldn’t hurt, though I dare say I couldn’t stop a blogger from adding a few words of their own.)
- Challenge six new bloggers.
- Link to them.
Unfortunately, my image and screenshot folders are scattered throughout my C drive in no discernible order. So I went through a couple folders.
In my WoW screenshot folder, the sixth image is this:
I took this while I was doing the Scepter of the Shifting Sands quest. I was trying to get it done before it was removed from the game, but alas, I wasn’t able to. I did get fairly far. I finished the quests for the Blue and Green Dragonflights, but never finished the Red. It was a very cool questline and I’m sorry I never got to see the end of it.
In one of my other image folders this was the 6th image in the 6th subfolder:
My kitties Poor Max just wants to have a nap in his hammock and Charlie decides he wants to nap there too. At least they’re good at sharing.
Now I need to tag six people. (As a side note, 6 is a lot! Wouldn’t a 3s meme made more sense?)
I’m tagging my guildmates:
It’s very cool to be in a guild with so many bloggers. They just need to write more often. /glare
This is Day 5 of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.
My favorite items in-game tend to fall into one of two categories. I either have good memories associated with them or they are things I’m proud of having because they are relatively rare. Here are a few of those things.
Sprite Darter Hatchling
I wasn’t too into pet collecting when I started playing WoW. I had a few, but never went out of my way to get them. I found the quest that rewarded this little guy in Feralas while exploring. The quest-giver was a little hidden and the chain was long and required a lot of traveling. When I finished the quests and got the Sprite Darter as a reward, I was quite pleased with myself. The pet’s existence almost seemed like a secret at the time. Plus, he’s cute and he’s got little moons on his wings that match a lot of my druid gear. This is still my favorite pet in the game.
Will of Arlokk
I can’t remember if Will of Arlokk was my first epic in the game, but it was the first epic to inspire loot lust. The stats were great, and I really liked the look of it (yay, snakes!). I remember doing ZG every week, hoping to get it. It would drop…and go a priest. It would drop again…and go to another priest. When I finally got it, it was pretty sweet and well worth the wait. This is the only weapon I’ve ever saved on Jasyla.
Wrath of the Lich King introduced raiding meta-achievements with mounts as rewards. This was the first one I got, from doing all the Naxx-10 achievements. I have a lot of achievement drakes, but the Naxx drakes were the only ones that got taken out of the game when the content was no longer current, so I’m especially proud of this one.
Another item that’s apparently no longer available in the game. The Primitive Mantle was a starting item for troll shaman. At the time I got it, I had never played for the Horde before. I good in-game friend of mine rolled a troll shaman, got the Mantle, transferred it over on the neutral AH and gave it to me as a gift. I think it’s pretty snazzy and Jasyla wears it all the time.
It’s really a shame that the ability to fly anywhere in Azeroth has made ground mounts a little obsolete. There are so many great-looking ground mounts. Here are my favorites:
1. Swift Palomino
I always wanted a pony. Once I got my druid exalted with Stormwind this is the first mount I bought.
2. Swift Orange Raptor
When I first rolled a Blood Elf, I knew I didn’t want to be riding around on a chocobo…hawkstrider for very long. I did every troll quest I could find so I could buy this much more impressive-looking raptor.
3. Purple Skeletal Warhorse
Again, I like ponies. Even skeletal ones.
4. Raven Lord
What a pain in the ass this mount is. I’ve read so many accounts of people running Sethekk Halls every day for months before this dropped for them. I saw it drop a number of times during random dungeon runs – and it was always won by a Pally. I finally got it completely unexpectedly while doing an achivement for Pilgrim’s Bounty.
5. Amani War Bear
A giant bear decorated with tusks and skulls is pretty hard to beat. Besides looking excellent, the Amani War Bear also shows off the accomplishment of doing a timed ZA run – and a bit of luck with the dice.
6. Golden KingWhat a gorgeous lion mount. I love the big mane and the shiny armor. It’s very fitting for the Alliance.
7. Kor’kron Annihilator
Blizzard really out-did themselves with the two level 25 guild mounts. As much as I love the lion, I think the Horde mount is even better. The Scorpion is huge (especially with a tauren on it) and menacing – and it waves it’s arms in the air when you press the spacebar! Awesome.
What are your favorite ground mounts?
The most amazing this about this is not the kill, but that we managed to line up properly for a kill shot.
My Alliance guild killed Nefarion for the first time this weekend – yay! What an ordeal that was. I really feel for the tanks on that fight. Raid healing got pretty simple after a while, but those adds are a giant pain in the ass. All our tanks performed admirably and we managed to get a fairly clean first kill with only a few deaths. I also got lucky and won my T11 helmet.
- Jasyla rocking the 4-piece set bonus
My Horde raid group is still sitting at 9/12, having some dps issues on Cho’gall. On the bright side, we repeated our kill on Atramedes this week (he’s been giving us grief) – while his targetting was bugged, no less. I actually kinda liked the aggro-sensitive flame breath.
And now for something completely different…
- A reminder of why I hated the original tree form.
- Jasyla the hunter about to be eaten by rabid dogs.
- How cute, they’re holding hands!
Hope everyone has a good week.
I feel really sorry for the poor camels in Halls of Origination. Not only do they have to lug my fat tree butt around, but when I dismount, they die!
This week I found a very amusing quest in Azshara that asked me to rescue baby raptors. Rather than be happy for their rescue, they tried to eat my face. That’s gratitude for you.
My fiance bought me a fish last week. My cats are quite taken with it. I can’t tell if they want to play with it or eat it though. Either way, I don’t think it would end well for the fish.
Hope you’re all having a good week!
My baby priest is growing up. She’s now level 62 and is trudging through Outlands. I love some of the Outlands zones, but there is one major thing in Outlands that I do not like: The leveling gear.
Forget hide cloak and helm, I want to hide it all. Yech.
Now that I’ve decided my priest will be my Horde main I’m reconsidering my choice of undead. Generally I like my characters to be either pretty females or male Taurens. Perhaps a race change is in store for Pasiphae?