For the Alliance Redux!

WoWScrnShot_030416_205223Many moons ago, I lucked into a group and got my For The Alliance achievement.  However, this was back in the days before the <oTQ> guild, before CRZ was a thing, before even Vol’jin sat on the throne in Orgrimmar. Since it happened so long ago, I figured now was the perfect time for a redux!

For two Fridays in a row, I have had the honor of leading two complete attacks on the Horde  capital cities.  The nights started out with me assembling all the guildies who wanted to come.  While everyone got situated and started heading to the meeting ground, I recruited more folks from the server’s trade chat to finish filling up the group.

Both nights, Orgrimmar was our first stop.  The grand fortress cities of the orcs was difficult for two reasons.  The first and most obvious reason was that it was the most populated out of all the horde cities.  Speed was our only ally- we had to fly in and fly out as quick as we could.  Luckily, the horde-side of my server is rather empty so we never faced too much resistance.  Most of the brave defenders of Vol’jin died as soon as they flagged themselves for PvP, so strong was the power of our AoEs.

The other tricky part about Orgrimmar is that it is the only horde capital city where CRZ is not enabled.  This meant we were limited to the people we could recruit from our own realm.  But really, with a guild of 1000+, we ended up being fine.  Each night we attacked the horde city with a force of about 30 folks and were able to easily crush the Warchief.

Back to the story! As soon as I finished up gathering a force, we all met atop a secluded mountain near the great city.  I briefed the plan to them: Fly as one, head straight to the throne room, and start pew-pewing on Vol’jin as soon as you could.  Once the troll was down, do not engage the enemy in a pitched battle- get out of there as quickly as possible.   With a great roar, we were off!

The flight into Orgrimmar was probably one of the smoothest of all the cities.  We flew in as one, entered the throne, and began our attack.  Vol’jin spammed his annoying mass hex ability but before long, the Warchief was dead! Our exit strategy differed on the two nights; the first night we took a portal away and the second night we jumped on mounts and flew out.  Either way, we were in and out quickly- we were professionals!

After Orgrimmar, I was able to fill up the group the rest of the way via the group finder and our force almost doubled in size.  We would meet up in a pre-determined spot, explain the battle plan, and attack!  It did get a little hectic here and there, as most 40 player groups do, but we stuck together for the most part and were able to down all the horde leaders both nights!

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One of the highlights of the night though was definitely the antics of Yotaan.  You see, Yotaan is a horde player at heart.  He might be alliance right now, but his allegiance is still with the red and black.  I purposefully did not inform him of my plans to attack the horde cities but I could not hide this secret for very long.  The first night he tried to distract me from my computer screen (to the amusement of my guild listening in on mumble) and the second night he stepped it up a notch and logged in game.

Unfortunately for Yotaan, the horde-side is pretty dead.  Yotaan bravely attempted to raise a force to repel our attack but a grand total of zero people actually came to his aid.  When his fellow hordies failed him, Yotaan has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. He followed us to each capital city, attempting to pick off people in the group (mainly me) with cries of “For the Horde!”.  Again unfortunately for him, he never lasted very long.  It’s the thought that counts, right?

The other nice thing about the horde attacks was the praise and positivity I got from the non-guildie people on my realm.  I had wanted to run this to get the achievement for the folks in my guild- I hadn’t even thought of what the other folks on my realm would think.  Needless to say, I was shocked and flattered when I got whispers from others on the realm thanking me for leading and even asking me to join the guild.  That was both unexpected and very heartening.  Server community isn’t dead at all!

But most importantly, we were victorious! Over the course of two Fridays worth of runs, we got somewhere from twenty to forty people their shiny achievement and bear mount to match. It was the perfect expansion lull adventure and I had so much fun taking part in it.

Heraldic Invitation

WoWScrnShot_042615_173134Many months ago, I blogged a bit about an event I ran with my guild by the name of Herald of the Titans.  Once again my guild is running groups through for the achievement, and I wanted to open up the invitation to all my readers!

The Herald of the Titans achievement requires some rather specific situations.  First, all the 10 people in the raid group must be level 80.  No level 100, not even level 81.  You’ve gotta be level 80 on the dot.  Secondly, everyone in the raid must be wearing ilvl 226 or below gear.  And while all of this is active, you must go and defeat Algalon the Observer in Ulduar.  Basically, you complete the fight at level and at gear.

So why would someone want to go for such an achievement? Well to start us off, it’s not actually an achievement, its a feat of strength. And as everyone knows, that’s 3x more fancy.  But on top of that, you also earn the Herald of the Titans title.  And bragging rights! What’s more for there to ask for?

If you are interested in joining the event, shoot me an email at thefussypants(at)hotmail(dot)com and go to our guild forum pages for more in depth information.

We currently do not have a run date because people are still leveling and gearing up but when such a time comes around it is my priority that everyone who wants to gets a run.  The event is a ton of fun and I would love to play the game I write about so often with my readers!  Come join us!

Now, onto other business!
WoWScrnShot_100115_184024The vote was in, and Yotaan and I have started leveling our Ironman toons! I am playing a goblin hunter by the name of Greedypants and he is playing a tauren druid by the name of Bullsmack (isn’t that such a great name!).  And yes, you should all feel bad for voting warlock because warlocks are icky and gross.  Thank goodness hunter beat out by one vote!  Mages forever!

Currently, Yotaan is level 5 and I am level 2 so technically he is in the lead.  However, I’m just letting him wear himself out before sweeping in and taking the prize! Totally!

We will keep you updated on our exploits as we level!

Ironman Challenge Prep

Community effortOne of mine and Yotaan’s New Years Blog Goals  was to attempt the Ironman Challenge (attempt mind you).  The basic rules for the Ironman Challenge are below (more detailed rules can be found here)

  • Do Not Die!
  • No Potions or Flasks used.
  • No Elixirs (except those that count as elixirs for quests).
  • Cannot join a party, raid or group with the intent of getting help to further yourself in the challenge.
  • No Vanilla, TBC, Wrath, Cataclysm, or Pandaria dungeons or raids completed.
  • No Battlegrounds or Arenas allowed.
  • No Primary Professions allowed.
  • No Secondary Professions allowed EXCEPT FIRST AID.
  • No Talents, Specs or Glyphs allowed.
  • Skills you have from your class (like Warlock Healthstones or Death Knight weapon enchants) ARE ALLOWED since these are available to your class without having to pick a talent, spec or glyph.
  • No more than 9 pet battles.
  • No gear higher than White quality.
  • No food or other external buffs are allowed. Class abilities, racials and personal buffs (eg. Kings if you’re a Paladin) are okay!
  • The heirloom mount *should not* be used before level 20, since your character wouldn’t normally have access to riding if they were a brand new character on a new battle.net account.
  • General rule of thumb: Play your character like it’s the only one you have on your account. Don’t use your account-related bosts like the Water Strider mounts or anything else you wouldn’t already have on a single character for the account. Receiving anything from another character is against the spirit of the challenge: no gold, gear, bags, etc. Play with what you have been given for your lone character.

We’ve cut out a few of the rules (the no guild one mainly) but other than that, Yotaan and I are going to be sticking as close as we can to the Challenge.  Both of us will be leveling, but not together in order to better follow the challenge.  And yes, it will be a race to see who can get the highest without dying!
We’ve decided to roll hordies but we are letting you guys choose the classes.  Come pick our poison!

Fussypants: Wait wait wait, you can’t just pick everything about my toon! Knowing some readers, I’d be playing a male orc warlock before I knew it!
I plan on leveling a goblin (because when I eventually do die, the death animation will be totally worth it).  However, you guys can vote on the class! I did remove the classes I already play because where’s the fun in that?

Bonus points if you can come up with a goblin inspired name ending with ‘pants’!

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Yotaan:  I have always wanted to try this.  Of course, I’m eager to show that this old man can outplay the young whipper snapper ‘pants!!

My choices are:

The best part is, of course, that we are playing Horde!  FOR THE HORDE!!!!

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Voting will end in about a week, so stay tuned!

For the Alliance!

WoWScrnShot_022414_201002The other day, I was chilling in Stormwind, waiting for my dungeon queue to pop, when I noticed someone advertising a raid group killing the Horde faction leaders.  I whispered the dude, and lo and behold, they actually were about to head out to kill them!  I hopped on my mage, and joined up.Dead Garrosh
A quick summon to Durotar, and we were all set to get Garrosh.  We flew in, all in a line, and dropped down on the Warchief himself.  The orgrimmarians (if that’s what you call them), put up a measly defense, which we quickly cut through in our path of destruction.  In little under ten minutes,  Garrosh Hellscream himself had fallen to our hands.
We engaged in a quick brawl outside the throne room, but eventually pulled out.  There was much work to be done.

Getting Baine
Next, we flew to Thunder Bluff.  As one, we stormed in, and challenged Baine Bloodhoof himself.  The tauren put up a strong defense, but they were no match for our constant /moo ing, and our sheer numbers.  The bull eventually fell, and we took off again.

Hijaking a zepplin

Ok, we actually just rode on top.

We flew back to Orgrimmar, and hijacked a zepelin, killing all aboard.  A short plane ride later (there was no food, and they didn’t play a movie!), and we were in the Undercity.
As before, we flew as one, down the vile sewers, through the twisting halls, and into the throne room of the Dark Lady herself.  After some confusion involving the other undead in the room, we turned our sights to the Banshee, and burned her down.  Five minutes later, and Sylvannas was down, and we were heading off again.

Getting Sylvannas
The winding sewers of the Undercity took a few victims, as some of our members got lost in their depths.  The rest continued on, to the beautiful lands of the sin’dorei.
Once arrive at the portal to the elven lands, we rallied more forces to storm the city by foot.  We all charged in, through the Ghostlands, the Dead Scar, and into the city itself.  The blood elves were so terrified of our might, that they allowed us to waltz right in, and waltz we did.

Getting Lor'themar
We came upon the leader of the Blood Elves like a storm.  In less than a few minutes, he too fell, and we were triumphant!  Every leader of the Horde, struck down by our hands!  Many among our group received a vicious bear mount as reward for our valiant deeds, and we all headed our separate ways, satisfied.  It was a glorious night!
The star of the night was Cervantis of Professional Slackers, who led our mighty force through desert and forest and crypt.  We salute you, and your monthly quest to dominate the Horde.
For the Alliance!

Addendum: This is acting as the Random Acts of Uberness for the week, for we didn’t receive any submissions.  Please email us at thefussypants@hotmail.com with your tales of uberness!