So, I was doing my fishing daily, like a good little Leafy, hoping to get a nice bit of fishing line for my pretty rod, which you can see below. The quest was quickly done, and I headed back to Dalaran to hand in the quest. People who have an appetite for the fishing quests will be able to guess which one this was:
First up, we had a go at Onyxia. We breezed through phase 1, but spent two hours wiping, wiping and wiping again on phase 2. The raid as a whole felt we were making good progress, but I'm not sure I share their faith. It simply felt to me like we lacked the situation awareness, the co-ordination and the communication to make it work. After the two hours were up, our raid leader called it, and we headed off to Naxx to farm some badges and bag the last achievements some people needed for the Fall of Naxxramas.
So, we picked military wing, which four or five of us lacked. And the first two bosses when down quick and easy. But the Four Horsemen proved to be our bane. It was knocking on for 11:15pm by the time we got to them, and I was assigned to heal tank the back two, alongside Andro (a mage). And I was made of fail. The first attempt, I missed the void zone completely, and died. The second time, I was faced with moving out of a void zone, and dying from the shadow bolts, or staying, healing and dying from the zone. So I died again.
For the third attempt, they swapped me out for a paladin, but Andro died on the change-over and then all sorts of things went wrong on the taunting up the front. Wipe and call for the night.
Intellectually, I know that raiding is a swings and roundabouts game, and that, chances are, it'll be better last week. But right now, I'm feeling pretty low.
Golly. Gosh. Wow. I took my eye off the ball, and what happens? I sail right past my 2nd blog anniversary, and I miss it. Darn.
Yes, in the middle of last month, Leafshine: Lust for Flower officially became two years old, and a whole load has happened in the time since my first post. Back then, I was a newly-minted 70, working my way through the final zones of BC, and joining the guild on early expeditions into Karazhan. (If I remember correctly, we were having a bunch of problems with The Curator at the time.) I was spending much of my free time away from home, as my mother was fighting terminal cancer, and I was doing a lot of her primary care. WoW was an important escape mechinsm for me during those difficult months.
And… I'm back from an enforced week off from WoW - just through work, travelling, and socialising. Tough life, huh?
Plans for this week? Badge farming from heroics this evening, Exalted with the Argent Crusade by the week's end, and a set of leather frost resist gear1 ready before we take our crack at the last two bosses in Naxx next week.
Should be fun.
Oh, and this morning I noticed this rainbow for the first time. It's probably been there since the start of Wrath - but I only just spotted it. Always new details to see in this game.
1 I could just craft my own cloth gear, but I iz a durid and duridz waerz leather, you know? :)
I've been getting a little spoilt of late. I've been doing a bunch of Heroics I've never done before, and the Achievements have been flowing like water. Then last night, I did the two daily dungeon quests, without an Achievement to be seen. I sulked (slightly), I can tell you.
And then, this morning, before heading to work, I did my Dalaran dailies. And this happened:
I was sent this screengrab a couple of weeks ago by Dale, who managed to come up with this while using the in-built YouTube video browser to look at other videos after watching the one I embedded here.
I uploaded the picture, intending to blog about it, but didn't get around to it. And, while it sat unseen on Typepad's servers, it very nearly came true for me. For one reason or another, I just didn't have time to play WoW at all for a couple of weeks. And I found that I'd stopped thinking about it, and wasn't missing it. Three weeks in, I was seriously contemplating quitting for good.
By last weekend, I genuinely thought that the next post on this blog would be the "goodbye, WoW" post that has been so common on blogs of late.
And then, I signed up for one last Naxx raid last Monday evening and, to my complete surprise, I had a complete and utter blast. Despite the fact that we spent much of the evening learning Heigan and his dance dance revolution, which meant lots and lots and lots of death, everyone stayed very good-natured. We got better with each iteration, and people were still laughing and joking as we did so. And, in the end, we had a massively successful night (for us).
I'm back in the game, and back on the blog. Didya miss me? :-)