Druid Flight Form

It was the 3rd or 4th, something like that. A good friend, excellent player and avid supporter of the journey, Kelssya mentioned that the class order hall mounts will be obtainable by the 6th…not overly excited to be honest, due to the fact that every…single Druid will have it. So much for individuality.

But if there is a quest in the Dreamgrove for me and a free mount in the end, then why not.

It wasn’t until the 6th and a very severe lack of quest givers, did I realise that the Legionfall campaign on the broken shore was the build up!!

I had been following along pretty much as they were realised. All the way up to the ‘find hidden chests’ damn that was a sucky mission. I don’t want to fly around the Broken Shore looking for chests that will give little but more order resources lol

Straight off to download HandyNotes and every other addon to make this go smoother. I’m sure at places the counter glitched. Probably due to the fact Turox ask if I wanted to heal a Mythic+, actually think I ran flew to the dungeon before he sent invites out. Just to get away from treasure hunting.

I felt like that one guy you see on the beach with a metal detector. Normally socks and sandals, and almost certainly a bum-pack full of can ring-pulls. I wanted this done as quickly as I could…before anyone sees me xD

HandyNotes made this a quick ordeal. Before I knew it I was smashing through the quests proceeding. Kill Demons, Collect shards. The normal ‘lets pad this expansion’ quests from Blizzard.

Going to get this mount in no time. Until the time gate quest, ‘complete three Legion missions’ aww man!

Six hours later and I’m sure only one mission was completed, but there was a large shiny gold hand in mark on my map. I’m not going to complain about all bugs in Warcraft!.

Flying through this now…

Quest in the Dreamgrove is waiting for me, finally. Surrounded by this point by a million owl-bird-thingy-druids.

Time to start the quest for a new mount.

Recorded my first ‘come along’ video (link below) rough around the edges would be an understatement 🙂 but baby steps and all that. check it out and let me know what you think about it.

Was a rather short questline but that was expected due to the fact that Blizzard had to produce one quest line for each class! that’s a lot of content.

wasn’t until I tried to find the ‘bird’ in mounts that I finally realised that this a mod to the instant flight form for druids hahaha typical Medacus getting half the information onboard!

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Tier Over!

Full tilted… 🙁

The beginning of a fresh week and Vantis Runes for Elisande time. Getting into Phase two was a promising aspect as phases become easier as each transition occurs. Leaving close to a month to work on the dreaded Gul’dan! and that tasty cutting edge achievement.

Pausing at Elisande Heroic for the normal kill of last two bosses, before continuing progression. Dupz is prepping us for a significant speech.

Oh man, is this a team re-shuffle? knowing, more or less how things have been going perhaps the raid leaders are troubled with performance or setup. Considering as a team we have cleared everything, bar Mythic Helya at a blistering speed, sometimes quite a bit quicker. Currently sitting at fourth for progression on the realm (as a team) RAZE Mythic 1 takes the top spot. I can’t see what would be wrong.

Appears like this is going to be a fairly grave discussion no matter what, though the tone has been set. Dupz and Marrowgar are articulating the burn-out that many, many players are facing during Nighthold. Holy shit! This is a ‘Do you want to continue progression or not’ talk!!

No, No, No, No! 8/10. The composition has settled to an all-star lineup.  We each out gear Gul’dan by an actual mile. Nearly if not everyone has a concordance, trait that the end boss wasn’t tuned around. Some in the group have even got concordance in a second spec.

Surely everyone will realise that if we stop now all that grind would have been for nothing. Could of all waited three days before Tomb and had more Artifact Knowledge levels to just breeze through it.

Surely everyone will realise that there’s no need to play Warcraft outside of raid times if the burn is kicking in. No grind. No gear hunting. No worries.

Surely at this point, we can even take the foot off the pedal on progression night and IF we down a boss then cool, if not, nevermind. Relaxed, chilled raid with friends with the goal of getting one step closer.

Surly, as Mythic two team, we don’t see ourselves as the ‘Shadow of Mythic one’. The team that just messes around through tiers. The team that just gives up a month before, with only Gul’dan left between us and the finish line.

Surly….

 

Staw-poll results would suggest that the burn is real. Tier progression is over… 🙁

Completely deflated at this point. Smashed Concordance towards the beginning of Star Augar as many others had. Can’t believe now that the work has been completed, we are going to stop. The burn has been and gone, this is the moment you reap the rewards.

Imagine going fishing. You set the bait, cast your line and wait. Hours go past, you re-cast. You keep fishing. You keep your eye on the prize. Sat all day you finally get a bite, and you fight this thing all the way in. Caught in the net, this hard work has paid off, she’s a beauty.

You can feel the weight as you carry to your car, ready to cook. Driving home from a successful day, ready to taste that sweet, sweet reward. As you pull up you can almost smell the cooking meat…Only to get out the car and think ‘I’m too tried to carry it indoors’

I know these are just my views and opinions, but I’ve also been able to see where the other side is coming from. I fully understand the wanting to chill before Tomb. The last thing the team needs walking in there is comp issues straight off the bat. Both sides of the argument are justified and valid, even if diametrically opposed to my own.

I may have sent off a rather emotionally driven, rather than logical message off to Dupz. Asking about the current recruitment for Mythic 1. Subsequently feeling like I’m turning my back on the guys. Which isn’t what I meant.

I play a lot and I enjoy being pushed, I remember joining Mythic 2 back in mid-Emerald Nightmare. Walking in never Mythic Raiding before (one or two bosses) as the bottom healer, and I’d like to say finishing a little higher now xD and that curve, that drive to be competitive was a real buzz.

Perhaps I’m overreacting, maybe walking in with a fresh team will be the best thing that could have happened. One thing for sure though. I won’t be breaking!

Journey to Concordance

I’ve been super quiet publishing blogs, think the last batch were regarding the kill of High Botanist Tel’arn, nearly two weeks ago!! The chief reason for this, other than the social media explosion and subscriber mail list creation for the site consuming my time, was [Concordance of the Legionfall].

Mentioned in a previous blog that members of Mythic 1 were beginning to get [Concordance], left me thinking I was a part-time player, sitting on 47 traits at the time or something equally noobie 🙂

Mythic 2 raiders started announcing that they too had achieved this great feat. Now I’m motivated! (motivated or pissed that I haven’t) It’s almost expected that our ‘big brother’ Mythic team would get [Concordance] before, then we, and the cascade continues throughout guild structure, Heroic team, normal and so on.

But raiders in my team have it, I should have it. I will get it! I was hovering around the top 100 for Artifact Power obtained on the realm for so long. Once I hit the fourth golden trait that changed. The numbers got so big and the days left until Tomb of Sargaras was so distant. By the time it came close, Artifact Knowledge could almost carry me to [Concordance] with little effort.

That competitive spirit of mine reared it’s ugly head again, I had to grind. Grind like a boss to catch up. I decided to abandon doing dailies, world quests and legion invasions every day. Only smashing all faction three caches in a morning, as to not miss the chests.

Don’t get me wrong, there is Artifact Power there and you can rack up a substantial amount. Plus side of the above is there is no way you won’t receive rewards. In comparison to battlegrounds for instance, if you lose that’s 15 minutes grind time wasted

I wanted a higher return though, I searched for a pre-made rated battleground group, and just friendly whispered ‘if you’re ever short a healer…’ the daily rewards for an RBG was at that point just over 22 million a win. Higher Return.

Next on my list was was to do the same with a Mythic+ group, I used to be asked to heal on a Friday evening with M Queen Sindel. Alongside Dupz and lead by an off healing monster of a DeathKnight Sheldon (who, by the way, is incredibly jealous of this blog ;))

Whisper: ‘Fancy healing a quick RBG Med??’
Medacus: ‘Sure, sweeet sweeet AP :)’

But I think that since Bombdigity switched mid patch to a healer, all the extra power is needed, Not that he’s healing needs improving, this guy can smash out the HPS and no doubt can withstand a 20+ keystone.

Perhaps I will make my own Mythic+ group and challenge the Queens throne someday xD

Whisper: ‘just one more RBG’
Medacus: ‘defo’

I searched the pre-made group finder, spamming 9-14 keys for the AP, but principally for the group. Any group with members from the same guild, Medacus would throw on her best transmog, cheesiest smile and chat away, oh and keep people alive.

Before I knew it I had received more friend requests from people who were actually reinviting, than I’ve ever had before. Used to have a long friends list, full of that ‘one good run’ Tank or DPS, I’ve never heard or spoke to again lol

Go through your friend’s list now and you’ll see what I mean, you will scroll through saying to yourself ‘I know him’ or ‘I know her’ then it will happen…. ‘who?’ Blizzard gave the ability to set Notes to friend name before they gave the ability to open all mail from a mailbox. This unknown friend must be a global epidemic for Blizzard to do something about it!

Whisper: ‘+17 Medacus, you down?’
Medacus: ‘ouch lol sure’
Whisper: ‘RBG in an hour’
Medacus: ‘cool – hopefully, be free by then xD’

Reuben, a Brewmaster Monk. Vocal tank with a Mythic DPS team behind her is almost as much progression as I have. Hit the Keystone jackpot here! the +14 went so smoothly it was close to boring and would have been if we hadn’t been on voice comms.

Voice can turn a boring grind from being the main focus, into something you happen to be doing while chilling with mates. This difference is how I think I’m not burning out, I very much doubt I’d be able to sit silently for a 6 hours Mythic+ grind without some form of distraction or social interaction. Would kill me, even through a Prydaz.

Days were planned now, RBG win for the 22 million, Keystones for serious AP. I’m not going to lie, raiding normal and heroic would also give a tonne of AP. I just can’t go through three nighthold runs a week with a group that could potentially wipe on every boss. Someone leave between resulting in a twenty-minute wait while a new member joins and is summoned. No thank you.

Whisper: ‘Arena fun?’
Whisper: ‘got a cheeky keystone, if you want?’
Whisper: ‘RBG?’
Medacus: ‘ummmm’

That was the plan and within a few days I was closing in on the 2 billion AP point, I was closing in on Concordance. Running Keys over 15 really made a huge difference alongside the broken shore buff. I was at trait 52, I had made it. I was one of the many members that completed grind. Done, never again…

Maybe just get [Concordance] for Balance xD

The goal here was to get to 52 traits but by the end, I had received something greater. I was now a member of a friendly and rather successful RBG team, who I still play with and have so much fun.

A growing friends list with vocal and engaging people. The grind has finished but I’m actually finding I want to play more now. Some sort of cruel irony in that now the ‘need’ is gone the ‘want’ fills.

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Madskillzz Armoury Check

Anticipating for ‘grind’ queue pops, Looking for raids, random battlegrounds, with @Madskillzz stream playing as I normally do. It was armoury night. I’ve not been on Twitch much, only really following since beginning own stream about two weeks ago.

First time I’ve seen a live, real-time armoury check with feedback and discussion. Definitely game for this! Notoriously struggled with getting the theory just right in Legion. Have tendencies to play the way I feel is right. Rather than the way that could perform better using the correct stats and proven theory crafting. Always been a pitfall for Medacus.

Could march on wearing my item level gear a try to match Mads?!! Strut around like some peacock, but I’m not a laser turkey. Stats are so off balance, it would be laughable. I’m eager and equally nervous as I paste my armoury link onto the forum for all to see.

Eager and proud to show off Medacus, gear farmed, bosses downed, time spent in Mythic+. You better not slate her Mad lol

What if it’s all wrong? I’ve just posted my character, spending all the time getting to the position I’m at now. What if all these pro-Restos mock Medacus?! You better not mock her Mad lol

No, I’m far from some scrub noob that ignores all theory, it must be somewhat close to being on target. Always willing to refine Medacus as much as I can. You can bring it on Mad.

Armoury two before mine is up and this character is a 913 monster – Madskillzz responds after going through all elements “you could check others armoury. get outta here” was this my competition? oh damn, I’m out of my league. Go easy on the new guy Mad!

One armoury check left before I’m on, taking a while as pointer after pointer is related. Feeling better as this Character is being constructively built up. Ok, Mad I’m ready….

Medacus will now be found farming Nethershards in the broken shore for a new trinket until further notice….

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Artifact Challenge

Mage Tower is back up….this time I will get that Owl-on-a-Stick!
I’ve been blowing [Nethershard] in an effort to receive [Oneths Intuition] from the vendor. Only got 1700…. seventeen attempts. Easy, right?

First time I attempted, this was roughly a month ago, found myself stuck at the first phase. Not recognising really what was happening, just going for it. Influential problem looking back now I was not popping everything I had. Even potentially stack cooldowns. Figure that’s the raider/PvP’er rationality coming through. Would never pop [Incarnation: Tree of Life], [Potion of Prolonged Power] and [Perfectly Preserved Cake] at the same time! Just screams rank 1 overheal log xD

Found the challenge extremely frustrating. Type of frustration that starts to irrationally blame external influences: ‘this is overtuned, it’s impossible to complete’, ‘my mouse mat moved’, ‘I thought I felt the rotation of the earth for a moment then, it put me off’.

Recall at one point. My poor partner received a look that could literally burn a Soul out of a body, for sneezing during one of my better efforts at Stage one….I know what you’re thinking right, how could I forgive her after that.

Haven’t tackled during the month between. Don’t even know if it was up at any point. But it was up now, and I’m ready. Even prepped the partner to ‘keep low, move fast’ for the next few hours. I trawled the interweb to, forearm with knowledge of the talent builds, gear, tips, tricks, cheatcodes, anything to beat this. Big shout out to:

UberGoose
MadskillzzTV
Turox

Each of the videos gave greater insight on how to finally conquer Thorn in this challenge. Now is the time. Actually had @MadskillzzTV stream playing while on these attempts, so when you watch the video please excuse the audio 🙂

Setup
Operating with a normal 5-man build for this just as if I was Mythic+’ing. [Abundance]
with [Germination] is super overpowered. Instant [Healing Touch] is soo nice. The healing output is insane, plus the mana per heal must be a number so high, it probably beats my arena rating (1400cr gladiator right here).

[Incarnation: Tree of Life] is a must in my opinion. Hate this talent, not even sure why so much, but I do. The idea of burst healing on a Druid just seems like a shoe that shouldn’t fit. Just like Crocs, yeah it works, perhaps even quite comfortable, but no, just no.

Gear
A couple seriously juicy drops this week, [Seal of Saltheril], [Parasitic Spore]. Hovering around the 911 mark for effective healing weights. Absolutely love [Prydaz, Xavaric’s Magnum Opus] for the shield, if you’ve been reading this blog you’ll know that DEAD is a word and format that appears often within. But the stats are equally as tasty. [Aman’Thul’s Wisdom] for the extended [Rejuvenation] duration. Going with the overall thought process of ‘if I’m alive, I can heal’, [Prydaz] – check. I want to DPS, but must have HoTs running, [Aman’Thul’s Wisdom] – Check.

I also made a quick and dirty set using the orange tranq Ledgeo boots [Essence of Infusion] replacing [Prydaz]. Stage five, you personally take no damage and require to prioritise heal three adds, very quickly, and from very low. Boots are super good at this, shame that Nighthold isn’t more [Inner Peace] friendly.

If you’ve not seen the boots before, see picture below:

Hahaha ok, no more references to Crocs I’m feeling ill. If this goes viral I could be an affiliate partner with them xD ‘3% off Crocs, 75% off dignity’

Stage One
Marked the Commander before the start. So many times I’ve tried this and wondered why I can no longer heal. Only to find my mana has been drained, and I’m taking serious ticking damage. Marking the Commander made it just that little bit obvious to see him, and to aid preventing the sting hitting Granny by accident.

This isn’t a guide if you want one, check out the link above. I will briefly go over my thoughts on my attempt.

Stage One
Single archer – just kill him, boring phases till last really. Mage and Archer combo actually got super low as watching stream 🙂 Mage and Soldier, didn’t even bother to use Typhoon at this point. Done this stage about 20 times now, feel like second nature. Mage, double Soldier, usual bearform Regen trick or Blink / Votex.

Finally, Mage Soldier and Archer, this is ‘you’ve done it’ moment or you’re DEAD. Popping everything here Tree/Innovate, Perfectly Preserved Cake trinket, Potion of prolonged Power. The whole shabang!!!

Such substantial damage coming in, need 500k to keep up at least. More if you want to use a spare second to help with damage. Don’t Typhoon the Mage into the gate. It’s a nightmare to hide from Mana Sting. Soldier and Sting fixate is almost, if not certainly a wipe. Once the mage has fallen, time to break, sit on the floor and chill mana regen.

Stage Two
The stage is timed, so hid the display on the right otherwise I’ll just panic and watch the number tick away helplessly. Bearforming to start to get a greater shield from [Prydaz] while dialogue occurs. Pre-HoT’ing, then DoT’ing up the Flickering Eyes. Started recently using Scan tab targeting, quick switching on all the Eyes. Double DoTs on first two, Sunfire and Moonfire. Single Sunfire on rest.

Now the damage comes in. The first burst deflected by [Prydaz] shield. Second, the HoTs have squared this away quickly. Third, needs some healing attention. DoTs are now starting to drop off, reapplying quickly. After finding the first stage so hard, I had a horrible tendency to relax here. Found myself wiping to silly mistakes couple of times at this point.

Felspite Dominator and Fel bats
Know that the Fel Bats need to die first. easy enough as low health,
trying to also squeeze behind an orb that’s moving away for minimised movement. Damage can easily catch you off guard as it’s a pretty boring phase. but initially, it’s not low. Once all Bats are dead, I continued to hit the Dominator. If your hurt, then HoT and open gate, such a long open time on this.

Just realised this is the attempt may go online so switched down the volume on @MadskillzzTV stream.

Gate drops. Dispelled feared add and popped Tree to spam into damaged soldier stage with Regrowths. This point is three minutes out from concluding stage, when you will require Tree again. DoTs on Corrupted Risen Arbalest and Typhoon him during cast. A moderate amount of damage here popped Potion of Prolonged Power, on safe side also maximising DPS output.

The Gauntlet
This is the most infuriating step of the stage. Narrow walkway with Unstable Fel Orbs that hurts, LOTS. Got half way and blinked up the stairs… A number of times blink didn’t jump forward, just ran at full speed into an Orb of death. Panic Bearform and FRegen at the gate as I grazed an Orb or three on the landing. Oh, don’t stay in Bearform by the way. Furry fat ass can get hit while opening the door.

Stage Three
Dread Corruptor with Flickering Eyes, DoT Corruptor, DoT Eyes, pre-HoT. Didn’t even worry about spinning orbs of doom, multi-tasking just hit its limit. Lots of movement here. Too much, think I actually ran through the same beam several times I was moving so sporadically (just stand and heal through it lol)

Stage Four
Long Dialogue and plenty of time to wait for cooldowns to come back up. Also switched gear here for Croc Tranq set. No food buff so eating now as I’m this far xD

Finishes talk….end of the stage, if only all were that easy.

Stage 5
Started pre-HoT’ing at the point he says ‘Demons are so quick to turn on one another’, got about 5 secs after that. Not sure if this is set every time, number of attempts here now are low. But one team member takes more damage than other. Chosen member becomes my life bloom target. All stand in one spo,t so max uptime for Efflorescence. Rejuvenation on everything, needed or not, allowing for Abundance instant Healing Touches.

First wave of adds
Noticed you can’t heal one on the left, as soon as can to the one in the middle. Extra couple GCDs of healing makes a difference. Potion of Prolonged Power, Tree, couple Rejuvenations and a Wild Growth then spammed Regrowth as fast as my little finger could spam (should of also innovate during instant extremely expensive Regrowth phase). Need a macro to innovate and tree at the same time as such a mana suck. But all three adds were healed to full.

Refreshing HoTs on the team, don’t panic if they are low by next wave as you will be Tranqing. Cast a Wild Growth first as mastery stacks with tranq. All three healed again. Re-pre-HoT’ed (hell of a word, how did spell checker not implode then) and cast innovate here to spam Regrowths again only need two so all focus on single target healing. All three again. Stage clear. No adds at all.

Final Stage
Think I’ve only been here once before, had a decent pull which only had two adds. Died as I bearformed the blast which killed two members. Had time to prep though as more dialogue about his minions. Gear swap back to normal [Prydaz]/Aman’Thul setup and sitting down to drink for much-needed mana…wait what?! Quick transition, there is no extended dialogue without adds!!

Normally the time to drink, catch your breath, nope not this time. Lord Erdris Thorn. The only guy now standing between Medacus and that Owl-on-a-stick, has just caught me sitting on the floor drinking. So unprepared, don’t even think my hands were on my keyboard and mouse when he landed his first blow! I’m now doing this at 55% mana..RIP!

DoT him up early. The blast hurts, a tonne. Potion of prolonged power is all I have left. Everything is on cooldown. I’m done for, Thorn is gonna nuke me without breaking a sweat.

Kept getting the raid wide blast, mixed with pool ability. Was in position to drop pool, then I’d run and the blast would hit. Then I’d stand in middle and the pool would drop. It’s all back to front and topsy-turvery. Worse attempt EU.

Not sure if the team can die from a blast or just sit at one health, as this is where they were almost consistently. Blast is the only real damage they take but must be topped off before next one lands.

As the last of the non-green floor was covered by a pool. I knew I was DEAD…I wasn’t going to stop though!! Thorn was now at 12%, my DoTs are running, team members were giving it all, I could tell.

I can’t let them down now. Get as many HoTs out as I can now!! – DEAD

Turns out only missed a couple of seconds, Thorn was down. Although I wasn’t sure if this attempt counted or not.

pings of ‘GZ’ messages start flooding in…it was finally done.

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This Week…8th May

Will continue to produce a blog post concerning the week past, full of the little moments that invade Medacus’ head and the Farm Nights, but isn’t quite enough content to ramble in an individually structured thread lol so this week….

Members of Mythic 1, the full Nighthold Mythic clear team are beginning to hit 52 traits, some with off specs almost as powerful as mine, making me feel like a part time amateur! Only 265 million to trait 49, I really need to focus strenuously on Resto as I’ve been raising Balance a couple traits behind, as a spec change can seem almost like a character swap or break, something that I do to retain the ‘want’ to grind.

Actually, threw a couple million into Guardian spec, will have a week or two doing the lower level daily duties as Tank, such as the weekend event, 4 Mythic+ clears, daily heroic or even LFR.

LFR…without reservation the worse place I could consider being, partly due to the regularly toxic nature of most, partly due to the fact there are NO mechanics that demand attention what so ever, and partly due to the fact that Normal, Heroic and 6/10 Mythic clears in Nighthold is sufficient for any Druid regardless of the spec they are playing.

But LFR has the best Augment Rune drop rate and I refuse to pay 500g a pop on the auction house, especially when if one person falls we wipe. That issue was completely reversed on Wednesdays Farm Night.

Krosus is a tight fight, the DPS check is high and the probability to miss an add soak or two boosts this further, more this boss is farmed, the more I envisage we will miss those adds. Raiders get comfortable and naturally would like to improve their performance, perhaps taking a closer soak or tunnelling the boss for just that extra sec.

For those wanting to improve DPS performance, I would highly recommend this video:

Scumbag DPS embed

Farm Night

Went with Germination for High Botanist Tel’arn, suddenly realising that we are running ALOT of farm content first, not exceptional setup and but not going to keep changing all the time.

Had to practically empty the guild bank for tome of clear mind again. Going to keep changing, can’t sit and let other healers beat me, even on farm night, just can’t do it.

That moment when you notice that RCLoot Council addon isn’t active once the second boss is down and missed loot chances, nevermind really only after Titanfrogged gear, don’t believe I missed too much. Maybe a cheeky trinket for Guardian spec but not going to cry over it.

Logs link for each boss

Logs link for each boss

Logs link for each boss

Logs link for each boss

Been asked to go on the ‘interrupt’ group for chromatic, eww avoid that job, nerfs HPS to the ground, sitting with tank and one other. mumbled on voice chat ‘…oh…ok’ moments before raid leader decided that another should go alternatively. Tranquillity is the first healing cooldown at the commencement of overwhelming power ability, makes sense to pre-hot and be in position for this early…lucky escape there Journeymen.

I paused once chromatic was down to review the loot tables. Something I must do thoroughly is examine the loot for other specs when it comes to re-roll. Since Druids have a balanced stat distribution is beneficial, there can sometimes be a prominent piece for Balance or Guardian that can be an enhancement for Resto.

Another reason for loot spec switching that I’ve noticed in Nighthold is, for instance, a boss could produce four pieces of gear for Resto spec, a piece that you are especially after, whereas balance could also share that piece yet only hold three on the table. Greater chance of receiving the one that you are after.

While immersed within the loot table (by the way got nothing but Artifact power on roll) new trial priest was practically solo healing the trash to Trilliax, pumping out 1.6 million HPS…lession learnt don’t let healers solo anything, it makes them look far too good xD

Trilliax was smooth this week, commonly there is a cake or two missed, can be quite devastating, but everything went really well. Up to the point, Medacus gets Arching Bonds with a melee. Pumping out 555k HPS at this time, my highest I believe, until the moment annihilation comes in. I’ve not seen the beam direction as hugging underbelly of the boss and see nothing but feet filling my screen, certainly not used to being that intimate as a healer – DEAD.

Did Spellblade get a slight buff this week or last? Damage of the frost debuff seems to really hurt. We take, and break on ten stacks but from about six onwards it’s just chunking away hard. Really pleased when we had five members dead and a tank, we were still pushing for the kill. I mentioned this in a previous post that every pull should be a pull to the finish.

Druid mobility is infamous, a gift and a curse. ordinarily, pre-pull have a soul stone on a healer or the shaman can ank back once we wipe. Saves the whole raid running back to the boss, and can really speed up attempts on progression. This time none were available, so off I go with my mobility to carry out the run for the team. Not going to complain as I have another role in the team, anything not to get benched lol

NO COMMS NO BOMBS

Raid leader placed two new trials on stacking points for Spellblade and instructed them to announce if they couldn’t for any reason. ‘please confirm?’ all waited and accepted that warm fuzzy feeling after thirty seconds of silence. A roar of laughter ignited in the chat room as all thought the same. promising start from our newest members.

Pushing onto Krosus, must remember this jump down. Become almost tradition, to run toward the left-hand side (shorter drop, less damage) and jump….and float gracefully into the water, noticing a mage has cast slow fall. For all Mages out there, pick on one person you know won’t notice, and cast it. The team seem to have hours of enjoyment with this!

One of the basic raids requirements is food buff and flask, for each pull. I had to make a weak aura to remind me of this, as previously I’ve never been in a group that is able or willing to spend the time farming for consumables. I’m terrible at remembering to do so each pull.

A couple of wipes on Krosus as expected, but pushing to the hardest transition point, slam five into soak into Orb six, this happens one after another in quick succession and is one of the hardest healing moments including the end bridge. End bridge is manageable in my opinion, as you’re so close to finishing you can literally just spam everything you got along with incredible uptime with efflorescence, which normally gets us through.

My duty to Tranq that transition, pre-hot, run to soak, pop tranq while running to the front. Easy enough, but the very moment I started to channel Tranq, the orb on landed on me. I’d just used my blink, was already close to melee range for follow up healing, oh damn – DEAD, everyone DEAD – humble Medacus through chat ‘sorry about that’, nothing but silent judgement pours through my headset 🙂

Damn shame about that last run I was cranking up HPS that could have been a best, hovering around 720k before tranq and healing requirement was only going to rack up.

223 mil left now till trait.

That moment you realise your Artifact is holding over 321 million in Artifact Power and you’re sitting on a new trait for, no ones know how long. I’ve even installed a bar on my User Interface to indicate how much till next rank – maybe need to make this a weak aura aswell. All my numbers could have pushed so much more.

Really can’t grind Artifact Power in night hold anymore. Three times (mostly) a week for however long it’s been now is breaking me, at least Mythic+ consists of greater variation, would be helpful to have equal Artifact Power rewards and time walking available constantly, so much more ways to grind then. I know right, shoot me for proposing ‘more ways’.

Can’t wait for Day 4 on High Botanist Tel’arn, It’s got to be a kill. If you got this far into the blog, Thank you. Click on that ‘like’ button, share it on whichever social media platform you wish and/or leave a comment. Join the journey and watch as Medacus progresses Nightghold.

Mythic 1: Gul’dan Realm First

Massive shout-out to Mythic 1 Raze-Alonsus team for their hard work and dedication in the full Nighthold Mythic clear and Realm first!! Seven progression nights of lengthy pulls, but Gul’dan enviability broke.

I’m convinced that raiders of Mythic 1 are relieved as Judge (our rival guild) were closing the gap, clearing at an equal measure always one boss behind, one step behind this patch. Judge are an incredibly competitive guild, almost equal in stature and ability to Raze.

Guild                  World        Progress
1    Raze             375            7/7 (M) 3/3 (M) 10/10 (M)
2    Judge           779            7/7 (M) 3/3 (M) 9/10 (M)
3    véndetta     2023          7/7 (M) 2/3 (M) 7/10 (M)
4    Ruined        3700          7/7 (M) 2/3 (M) 4/10 (M)
5    Nephilim     5004         7/7 (M) 1/3 (M) 4/10 (M)

Taking a higher priority on obtaining realm first on Mythic Helya achievement, managing to pip us to the post only days before Mythic 1. Time spent on this boss evermore put them as the following team, the sacrifice required to complete Trials of Valor before Raze-Alonsus.

Helya is certainly an encounter that demands time to master, as a member of the Mythic 2 team, Medacus cleared the preceding bosses Odin and Guam. Both unbelievably easy once 7.2 innovations had hit, so kudos to guilds out beyond that defeated those and more ahead of those changes!

Helya although…

Even with patch variations and out gearing her, those mechanics stack on mechanics, within mechanics and I can fully understand why she was dubbed a ‘guild killer’, there is, in my opinion, no fight worse than the ones with individual responsibility, and Helya gave responsibilities like a Pez dispenser.

Anyone that knows me acknowledges I’d preferably not have those ‘responsibility’ things. Anyway, I’ve digressed.

Incredible work Mythic 1 and enjoy your rest before the Tomb opens…

Enjoy the Turox twitch stream of the kill!

This Week…3rd May

Reset day!! Recently our raid leaders cut a full heroic run, suggesting increased focus on mythic progression, not something I’m completely convinced is a great idea, the appeal of still running heroic is extensive!! Titanfrog gear is literally the only upgrades you’re going to find now even when running lower half Mythic clears (Mythic+ has really broadened where you can get gear upgrades from) Secondly the artifact power you obtain from a heroic boss is pretty major, currently on Artifact Knowledge 32, and 3.2 million for a raid boss is tasty!! anyway….

Had a couple of new additions to the team, noticeably a new Holy Priest. He’s really good! too damn good haha caught me off guard and for the first few pulls he was beating me on the meters….hell no! now I know it’s not about the meters/HPS but more effective healing and mana management so on so, but I’m too damn competitive for that.

Starting off with Grand Magistrix Elisande then onto Gul’dan, no need to heal these ones so Medacus switches over to Balance for a quick clear.

Grand Magistrix Elisande Log

Gul’dan Log

[Whispers in the Dark] dropped again can’t remember how many coins I spent trying to get that and since I’ve got it, drop after drop! 🙂 how many get the exact same thing?! Blizzard must be toying with us.

Finally, Mythic Farm time, coming up close to 20:00 now, it’s natural that the farm speed slows down a little when you have new peeps with you, bosses die as fast or quicker but there’s the ‘this is how we do it’ for each boss to go over.

Skorpyron Log

Chronomatic Anomaly Log

Trilliax Log

Spellblade Aluriel Log

Remembered to change talents during the exit/enter to switch raid, I’m so bad with at remembering [Tome of Clear Mind], forever asking or pulling out guild bank for a couple more, Druids have to swap tier 90 choices depending on fights (or as I’ve found depending on your legendary). Ran with the basic [Spring Blossoms] build. Stuck with that till [Trilliax]. Will go over my thoughts and why I think certain build are good for me on bosses on a separate full page soon.

Really must reflect about how to increase my healing on [Spellblade Aluriel], but not appropriate now as tonight will be pushing the last two farm bosses: [Krosus] and [Tichondrius], in advance of some solid progression again 🙂

Super psyched to get to [High botanist Tel’arn] and give that a bash, our ‘grown-up’ raiding brother Mythic 1 are currently fighting on Gul’dan, and this week I believe that there was a nerf so surely they get it soon. The Rank 2 on the realm is currently on 8/10 so a strong race here on Alonsus!