Friday, February 24, 2017

Krosus Progression

Apologies for the Wall O Text. I'll try to remember to get some screenshots next time.

Nighthold

The Voracity crew headed back into Nighthold and knocked out the first three bosses (Skorpyron, Chronomatic Anomaly, and Trilliax) in short order. We had gotten our first kill on Spellblade the week before, but it was messy as my six-year-old's bedroom and I wasn't sure it was repeatable. I was right. The problem area, at least from my point of view, is moving out of Arcane fog while staying with my co-Tank during Annihilate. After a couple of pulls, I could feel the attempts getting more and more solid. Our Warlocks upped the AoE damage with a combination of some Warlocky spell and other Warlocky spell (Cataclysm?). That helped put the adds down faster, and the next pull we got our kill. It still wasn't super clean, but she was dead, and neither of the tanks were, so that's a bonus.

Aegis of Light


I had experimented with Aegis of Light for Spellblade to help both me and my co-Tank mitigate an Annihilate. I didn't find it that helpful. You can't use it on the move, or cast other mitigation spells. The 20% from Aegis isn't enough by itself to get you through. I may try it again at some point, chaining a copule of Shield of Righteous hits before I drop it.

Krosus

We only got a couple of attempts on Krosus last time, but this week, we had more time to play with him. I switched my spec over to Holy Shield for this fight. Holy Shield lets you block spells and you can use it to block Searing Brand and Slam. I don't know if it was because of Holy Shield or something else, but the Searing Brand DoT felt more manageable this week than it did last week. During one of our attempts, my co-Tank went down and I figured I'd hold on as long as I could. I guess its part of my tank mindset, but I never like to give up on an encounter, even when its pretty obvious that we are on a one way trip to Wipesville, Population: Us. I blew every cooldown I had, as did our healers, and when I finally started tanking the floor, I had 17 stacks. This is as much a reflection of our incredible healers as it is my tanking. We knew we had the DPS to beat the enrage timer, and once the DPS figured out the Orb of Destruction positioning in the final phase, Krosus was eating fel lake.

Tichondruis

The Officers decided that our next target would be Tichondrius. If you played Warcraft III, Tichondrius was one of the three Dreadlords that Sylvanas overthrew to become Queen of the Forsaken. The others wound up working for Sylvanas (Varimathras) or infiltrating the Scarlet Crusade (Balnazzar).

Tichondruis is an involved fight. My main job is kiting bloods away from the boss so DPS can kill them. We had some good learning attempts, but the list of our mistakes was, as Maverick might say, long and distinguished.

Oh, Legendary

After the raid, I went and opened up my Mythic+ chest and lo and behold, inside was a Legendary, the Chain of Thrayn. My dream Legendary is Saruan's Resolve, but there's no chance I'm going to complain about not getting it. It'd be like someone gave me a Honda and I'm complaining because it wasn't an Acura. I already own Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus, and after doing a little research, it looks like the Chain is better, but playing casually, I haven't finished the last Class Order Hall advancement which means I'm restricted to a single Legendary, and, as a bonus, because I've had Prydaz, I haven't kept any of my other neckpieces, so even if I wanted to use the Chain, I literally have nothing to put in my neck slot.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pathfinder, Mythics and Alts


Pathfinder


One of my goals has been working towards finishing Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One. In Warlords of Draenor, I was a little behind the curve on the flying meta and competing with flyers for the rare kills you needed for Order of the Awakened rept was difficult.

I had already completed the A Glorious Campaign. Variety is the Spice of Life and Loremaster of Legion achievements. All that was left was Broken Isles Explorer and Broken Isles Diplomat. For Diplomat, the only one I was missing was Wardens. Ironically, the best way to get Wardens rep was to do the Kirin Tor Emisary. First of all, you only needed to do three quests for that Emissary and I always do all the Ley Line Race ones. The Kirin Tor Emissary lets you pick a reputation token that gives you 1500 reputation with one of the Broken Isles factions.


For Broken Isles Explorer, I was missing a couple like Trueshot Lodge, and the Gloaming Reef. After running around a bit, I knocked those out and finished Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One.

Mythics


I ran again with the old Devolve crew. These guys are tremendous players, and I always appreciate it when they invite along for their run. My key this week was Neltharion's Lair+4 with Bolstering. This meant that every mob that died buffed the remaining mobs with more health and let them do more damage. The worst were the pulls with all the little scorpions. We quickly learned to the kill the big guy first.

My key upgraded to Maw of Souls+6 still with Bolstering. I found this one easier than Neltharion's+4. They pulls aren't as large so the Bolstering didn't stack up as high.

Alts


Tivonicus, my Balance Druid, is the first alt I've gotten to 110. Legion feels like a Druid expansion, especially Val'shara. Cataclysm was more of a Shaman expansion and Wrath was a Paladin/Death Knight expansion. I used the BoA item in Honors Hammer order hall to get him to Artifact Knowledge level 20 in short order. My goal with him to finish his class campaign. Unlike the Paladin, the 'do 20 World Quests' part of the Class Campaign comes right off the bat for Druids, and I've been working on those as I can.

I have no clue who I'll work on next after the Druid. I'd prefer my alts to be on the same server and with the new token for Blizzard balance that might be more feasible than ever. I've never been great at making gold in WoW, and it seems like everytime I get close to buying a token, it doubles in price.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Catching Up - Mythics and Nighthold

I was running a Mythic Plus the other night with my old crew (Wichita, Black, Lakini and Donk) and one of them mentioned how he missed reading the old blogs I did. Most of my writing free time has been devoted either to my Blizzard Watch columns or to the novel I'm working on. Something had to give, and for a long time, that's been this blog. Lately, though, I've found that I, too, have missed the outlet.

I'm going back to my original vision for this space of chronically my adventures through Azeroth. At most, I'll post weekly. These articles won't be as polished as my Blizzard Watch stuff. The editors over there are first class and help me take my writing to whole other level. What you'll see here is raw Honors Hammer.

Mythic Plus Shenanigans


That Mythic Plus I did was amazing. These guys have many different toons, but I think the composition was Paladin Tank (yours truly), Hunter, Balance Druid, Rogue, and Demon Hunter. It was a Darkheart Thicket+2, but the interesting part to me was that we ran it with one tank and four DPS. No healer. Well, technically, I guess you could say I was the healer as well as the tank. Basically, my crew could kill stuff so fast that my self healing through Judgment of Light, and Hand of the Protector plus my cooldowns could sustain me. With my Relics, I've gotten Ardent Defender down to almost a 1 minute cooldown. It wasn't until we tried Maw of Souls+6 with Raging that Lakini switched over to Resto. Maw is the Mythic I know the least, but even with it being maybe my 3rd time in there, we still beat the timer. The only real problem I had was the Seacursed Swiftblades. These guys turn into ghosts, teleport and then whack you pretty good. With the Raging buff, those guys could about one shot me.

Raiding


On the raiding front, I'm firmly cemented as a main tank in Voracity. We're a normal mode, 3 hour a week guild working our way through Nighthold. We've got Skorpyron, Chronomatic Anomaly, and Trilliax pretty well on farm at this point. I take the little scorpions on Skorpyron. With Avenger's Shield, Consecration, Eye of Tyr, and Blessed Hammer picking them up is not a problem. I drag them to the boss where our melee DPS cleaves them into bits. Chronomatic Anomaly is an interesting fight. Our healers are amazing and we've never had much trouble with it. I adore the voice acting on Trilliax and its a fun fight overall. There isn't anything 'Paladin' specific I do on either of those two fights.

Sorry for the Wall-O-Text. Here's a picture of my current Trasnmog:

Spellblade Aluriel


Our roadblock has been Spellblade Aluriel. We do fine on the Frost and Fire stages, but Arcane is usually a mess. I have to stay with my coTank as we move out of Arcane Fog while mitigating Annihilate. Sometimes we have to do that with a bunch of Arcane adds in the way. If we get separated, one or both of us is going down. For Annihilate, I try to make sure I have multiple charges of Shield of the Righteous ready. When I have two stacks of the debuff, I'll add in a cooldown. This is one fight where I like having Aegis of Light talented as it can help both me and my coTank, but I usually only get one use of it per fight. We actually managed to get her down (our fist kill), but it required a battle rez used on each tank. I'm not sure how repeatable it is at this point.

Krosus


We had enough time left over to go take some stabs at Krosus. I still owe this guy big time after what he did to Tirion. Do you I've forgotten, Krosus? Do you think I've forgiven?

We made some decent progress, but didn't get it down. It's something of a relief to have a fight that is mechanically simpler after the more complicated Spellblade fight. It looks like we are going to be cutting it real close on the DPS check for this fight. All I can do is try to stay alive, but if the other tank goes down the debuff is going to do me in in short order.