Weekend LFRs, Archaeology, and a Schedule Change
First, I want to let you all know that the update schedule here will be changing a little. Classes started today, so I went to bed early last night without writing a correspondence for you. It’s likely that will continue, and that the new updates will be later in the day, but still on M/W/F, since I have an office hour from 1 to 2 and my students never come and see me (because I bite them).
Beyond that small shift in the update time, things are pretty exciting. My work schedule this semester is the best it’s been, with only two different classes, and those classes on the same days, so I don’t have to adjust between 3 day a week classes and 2 day a week classes. On top of that, they’re all clustered, unlike last semester, when I had to go to work twice on Mondays and Wednesdays due to the huge gap between my classes, so things are pretty sweet here.
With WoW, I’m still progressing, but there’s not really any important changes since last time we spoke. I did a weekend LFR against all suggestions and my better judgment, and it was as terrible as I’ve been lead to expect. I agreed to it at all because my guild put together a group to queue for it that was 5 healers and some dps, so I figured we’d be fine. We weren’t.
The first tank we had ran in and pulled all the first room groups at once, promptly dying, then blaming, of course, the healers (of which I was one) for not keeping him up. Since we’d just zoned in when he did this, we told him to wait and let us know if he was going to do stuff like that. We rezzed and went back in, and he did the same thing again.
We voted to kick that guy.
From there, things were more smooth, but not great. The dps was lacking, even by LFR standards. There were two good dpsers (including ours), but 10 or so people were below 35k. The bosses, as a result, took forever, putting more strain on the healers, and since every healer that my group brought – 5 of the 6 – was either off spec or alt healing, it wasn’t great. I was topping some of the meters in gear that has some hit on it and with virtually no practical experience healing. This was only my 2nd healing LFR.
The second boss took so long that essentially ONLY the healers and a few of our own dps were up. We were able to dps him down through the wind phases (the last 20%) just with 6 or 7 people alive. My wife, who’d never done the boss before, had a lot of trouble with the tornadoes, too, so we were without her most of the fight.
Even with our own little group, it was impossible to do the final boss. We quit after the third wipe, as it became apparent that no one else knew how to pheromones and people kept running under the boss. On top of that, the tanks kept repeatedly turning the boss, getting people cleaved to death. When it didn’t improve after the third time, we dropped. It was a lousy experience, and on top of that, my wife got no loot, which was a major impetus so we could get her to the H Scenario level. Ah well.
I’ve also taken it upon myself again to max out Archaeology on my main. I know it’s a pointless grind and not worth the time, but I like having my mains able to do anything I want at any time I want. Seeing that quest in the Lorewalker’s area and not being able to do it even once drives me nuts.
So I spent a little time getting going, and I got up to about 200 in a few hours. I’ll admit it’s “better” than it was before, but that doesn’t mean much. While I get twice as many fragments from each dig, and each dig has more surveying, it’s still incredibly boring. It’s boring at twice the speed it used to be, but still, ugh. The first 300 points are miserable, too, being spread out across four times the geography as the last few, but at least there’s an end in sight for that. Once I hit outlands, I suspect it’ll go much faster.
Lastly, I finally clipped my 30th level 25 pet, so I got the Pro Pet Group acheivement and the pristine trap. I’m not sure why I’d ever need to trap anything ever again, bu… oh, yeah. I still don’t have a freaking minfernal.
Tonight, I go back in to Big Bird, and I think we’ll down him pretty quickly if we have about the same team. They’ve downed Durumu and Primodius, too, so I think I’ll at least get to see one if not both of them, so I’m excited about that. Then again, I may get benched again. Only time will tell.
Stubborn (and digging in the dirt)