Rummys Blog An world of endless Monday

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009


Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 1:19 pm

So Achtung Panzercow says that Trial of the Crusader is easier than late Ulduar and who am I to disagree. He also says it drops seriously high level loot for the difficulty. And we all love loot don’t we?

So the munq’s are running progression Ulduar on Monday/Thursday and TotC on another day. My dilemma?

I only like to run 1 raid a week (though it’s not unknown for it to become 2) so now I may have to choose: loot, ed or progression?

Damn you Blizz!

Addon troubles (or not)

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 1:09 pm

By the end of last night, decease after several ReloadUI’s, erectile I was running without Power Auras Classic (the classic classic, not the updated classic), and with Healbot instead of Vudo, to see if I could get rid of these damn momentary freezes.

Unfortunately they still seem to be there. I’m running out of addons and programs in Vista to disable.

I’m down to three candidates:

Aloft – I don’t use this so I should lose it, it’s not a likely candidate but I won’t miss it at all.

Combat logging – I log all raid combat because I’m just a teensy little bit OCD like that. I don’t think combat logging is the cause as there have definitely been freezes when the disk light isn’t flashing. But I could live without it.

General Disk layout – I have a weird installation with some parts of Wow on an SD Card and some parts on my hard disk (combat logging, Saved Variables etc). SD cards aren’t very fast on data transfer, but they are lightning on random access, Hard disk are fast on data transfer, but slow on random access even if you defrag regularly (which I do).

The freezes seem to happen when something BIG is going down, typically when a boss is engaged, or they cast something with a big effect, so it could be happening while Wow is loading images and stuff from disk. Currently disk/SD Card activity is beginning to look like the best candidate.

On the plus side it looks like power auras may be fine though I’ll not be bringing it back just yet.

This process of stripping addons has had a strange side effect, my questing UI now looks excessively cluttered and will probably undergo a massive prune soon.

Raid night

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:26 pm

Got off the train, information pills did the horsies, read and dashed home, see logged in immediately and got an invite before Lagaran had finished loading. Followed by a very messy time stuffing Pizza, lettuce and potato salad into my face while trying to move around Ulduar.

I’d be very surprised if Smythy didn’t have something to say, there’s certainly quite a bit that could be said.

We got Thorim down on the third or fourth attempt, this was my first time exploring Thorims tunnel, and it seemed quite spacious! Compared to the Arena the healing was much much easier, just as long as I remembered to keep in range of the tank.

Thorim down and onto Mimiron, I won’t describe the trash fights except to say we seemed to lose the plot, and the repair bills were huge.

We only tried Mimiron a few times, from a healers point of view this seems a very very tough fight and that was just phase 1. There’s an awful lot of damage going around with a significant amount of “if you don’t heal me now I’m dead”. Both on the tanks AND on the ranged. Stress city! We got to phase 2 a couple of times before giving up and going on to wipe on the Iron Council.


We only tried IC a couple of times and the last attempt was the best. At one point I died in the last phase while our raid leader was shouting “heal yourself”. I would have, but I was running and my one and only instant heal was on cooldown as was Nature’s Swiftness (even if I were good enough to press the keys needed, which I’m not). On the other hand I did still have a Health stone and pots so basically I’m a wanker wally.

I’ve dropped into the “can’t walk and chew gum” mentality (run and cast), this isn’t helped by Healbot/Vuhdo which uses the mouse, as does running. So to cast while moving I have to make the mental leap of pressing keys with my left hand while simultaneously and at the same time moving with my mouse. I could maybe start practicing by turning pages with my left hand while moving my right hand, but, ewww! I don’t believe I just wrote that!

Anyway, back to the fight; Grounding totem works nicely on the Iron Council, last night mine chewed up 16 chain lightnings. Nice! I wish I’d done more than just 1 interrupt though. I was also quite proud of the few times I managed to place myself at the right distance between the two tanks so I could do a bit of raid healing and still keep my tank up at the same time.

I think I’m going to ask on PlusHeal if there’s a list of bosses where Grounding Totem works.

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