Screenshot: Yeah, baby

[Insert classic porn wah-wah guitar or equivalent]

When a guy’s finished tanking for the day, he likes to dress up fine and kick back with some company. Ohhhhh yeah. Hey, who let that photographer in here? You get one shot fella, then you’d best be leaving. You see my security? He’s no fan of you eyeballing the lady…

(with thanks to Alq, Rem, Mirren and the lovely merchant)


Ravenous Jaws

No posts for a few weeks then two in two days? Blogging like buses1 is something I usually try to avoid but I couldn’t help notice a line in the latest hotfix patchnotes. Specifically

Ravenous Jaws off the coast of Icecrown grew strangely large and have been returned to their normal size.

That’s a relief. Tremble got quite a fright in this encounter…

That's a pretty big-looking shark...
Holy crap! Run away, run away, oh wait. He's dead!

‘Scuse the weird-looking UI, by the way. Since 4.0.1, resizing the world frame with Sunn Art has caused graphical artefacting with sunshafts. I generally turn sunshafts off and resize the frame for serious activity, but leave all the shinies on when just out and about in the world — but it does mean UI elements creep pretty high into the play area. I’m also unable to switch on antialiasing without weird water issues. *sigh*

  1. You know, nothing for ages then two come along at once. Well, not like buses in snowy London, where there wouldn’t be anything except a vague “yeah, sorry mate, bad wevver innit” []

Last wrathful moments

Now that the shattering has happened, most people seem to be sprinting around the new old world, exploring and questing and fishing and the like. Meanwhile, I’ve been getting ready to say goodbye to Wrath of the Lich King and taking Tremble on a tour of Northrend. He’s tanked in all of the dungeons except the ICC ones (which he’ll do over the weekend, I expect), maxed his gathering skills and just the other day finally hit 80. He’s even managed a genuinely random heroic — I only realised I’d accidentally queued for heroic, not random regular, when achievements started popping halfway through the dungeon. I apologised to the group when I realised…

Anyway, through Tremble I was reminded of a few standout moments and saw a few more Northrend vistas that made me pause.

I *love* this quest. And yes, those *are* caster mail shoulders.
Cold, but beautiful
Not so much of a blight

As the only Warcraft I’ve ever known, I can’t really join in the various Wrath was great/Wrath was shit/No, Wrath was fine, it was just for n00bz-type arguments that are going in on forums and blog comments. I think I’m glad — no-one ever changes their position, so the arguments always seem to devolve into two groups of people shouting “you’re wrong AND you’re an elitist” or “you’re wrong AND you’re a nub”. Screw that.

Rather than QQing in trade (“wah no portalz/Stupid wrathbaby, we didn’t get mounts til level 703 in the old days”) we decided to go back to Ulduar hardmodes. Y’know, ‘cos Ulduar is pretty. So on Tuesday we did the hardmodes for XT, Kologarn, Assembly of Iron (fusion OUCH), Thorim, Hodir, Auriaya and Freya-the-annoying. Some of us had done some of these before, but none of us had done all of them. It was a fun evening, but I was a bit vexed that my DPS *sucked* all night long1. Thankfully other guildies were pumping out the big numbers.

Last night, I joined the healing team and we regrouped for Mimiron. The red button fight. I pushed the button.

Actually, a few of us pushed it, as we had a few unsuccessful attempts before we managed to get him down and earn our Firefighter achievements, which my stupid screenshot addon totally failed to capture *grumble*. Firefighter was the last achievement we needed to unlock Alganon.

Planetary what?
Find a place of power
Cast your eyes to the skies

It wasn’t pretty (well the encounter was pretty, but our play wasn’t) or elegant. In fact it very nearly qualified for Michael Bay status. Who cares though? For more than one member of our team, this fight was the one thing left that they really, really, *really* wanted to do, so with it done, we’re officially ready for Cataclysm.

But first, there’s still time for a few more loops of…

  1. *sigh*. I thought I had the new ret DPS thing all sorted, but I evidently forgot whatever I’d figured out. Oh well, plenty of time to relearn []


Do I need to write much more?

Oh, ok then. At about half past midnight, on try number… 17? maybe, we made it. With the patch preloading, and various guildies about to be unavailable for a while, it looked like we had one last night. We tried hard. We didn’t make it. We were soooo close, but a couple of the raid team had to go to bed. But wait — there are two more guildies just idling in Dala? Should we? Could we? Bring them in?

We could. We should. We did. It worked.


This explains a lot, “Arthas”

I’ve figured it out.

You can all relax, because I’ve figured it out. Why that last shambling horror always spawns moments before the LK runs away to do his “ooh, chilly” phase transition. Why the valks ALWAYS pick a healer when infest is coming. You can blame every wipe on this.

It's the Lich King, it's Artha... waitaminute

Let’s just take a closer look at that, shall we?

Guards! Arrest this man!

So there we have it.

It’s all Dy’s fault.