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Blog Azeroth Secret Santa ’10: Heroic Consumables

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Today’s post is brought to you by the annual Blog Azeroth Secret Santa blogger exchange!  This year I was given this great post by my Twitter friend, Dechion.  He’s got some great stuff over at his blog, Dechion’s Place, so check it out once you’ve finished enjoying this piece of work!

And have a happy Winter’s Veil!


Lately I have noticed an interesting trend in the new Cataclysm instances, they are a bit harder than those in Wrath. Certainly more fun, but harder.

Actually, they aren’t that much harder, it’s simply that we all got kind of used to being grossly over geared and smashing Wrath heroics like we were soloing Wailing Caverns.

In honor of the fact that we must actually prepare for these new heroics almost like we are preparing for a 5 man raid, todays guest post is devoted to a sorely neglected topic.

Consumables.

No, I am not talking about making sure the guild cook brings along a stack or two of feasts, or that if you need a certain rating they don’t provide bringing your own chow.

I am not going to go into what assorted potions, flasks, and elixirs you should carry with you. Nor am I going to get into what scrolls, dusts of disappearance, or other reagents you need to bring.

I am not even talking about repairing your gear and making sure you have food for your pet.

All of that varies by class, gear, and role. Since my gear is weak, my role is whatever the LFD throws at me, and I have been told repeatedly that I have no class, I will not get into that.

I am talking about real consumables. Things you must have on hand well before the loading screen even pops up. Hearthing out to go hit up a vendor in the middle of a run is one thing, but you won’t be able to restock on these without logging.

I am of course talking about consumables for your real life avatar.

You know, that person that pokes buttons and makes internet dragons die?

One that needs at least as much attention as the avatar in the game.

Now I have found that every different class and spec will have their own recommended consumables, and even then there is much room for debate from player to player.

For instance if I am healing with my Druid I know I need at least 2 Diet Mountain Dew on standby. If I have not been to the vendor recently I may have to settle for Diet Pepsi.

Also note that if this will be a pug I will be needing to have a red bull on standby and will also be grabbing some rum to mix with the soda.

Mmmm, Pug. It tastes like… frustration.

Speaking of mixing, it occurs to me that beer is like a flask in that nothing really mixes well with it. Hard stuff is more like an elixir in that you can have it and a soda going at the same time, and you can mix and match.

Not really an important point, but one that occurred to me while writing.

Now if I plan to be out dungeoneering for a while I may just want a little something to snack on in between pulls. (Your tank is letting you pause and drink right?) I’m not exactly planning to pull a Cartman and call for more Hotpockets while I am playing, I just want to have something on hand in case I get the munchies.

Nachos are pretty much out of the question because I don’t want cheese on the mouse, the same goes even more for Cheetos and to a lesser extent Doritos’s. Anything of the chip family really, with the possible exceptions of pretzels or Chex Mix is a bad idea.

Lately however I have just been keeping a bowl of celery sticks there with me.

Yeah, call me a health nut, I don’t care. I still put peanut butter on my celery to help counteract some of the “good for me”.

If I am on my Hunter instead of the Druid and I plan on doing lots of trapping (huzzah, I missed trapping). I find that I lean more towards Diet Pepsi and 5 hour energy shots for the evening, not so much on the rum.

I wonder what that says about my thoughts on healing…

On a side note, Red bull and five hour energy shots don’t appear to be on a shared cooldown, but once again I digress.

Anyhow, next time you are planning your raid night, or even an evening of heroics, remember to pick up consumables for you RL avatar before you sit down, things will go much smoother.

Speaking of which, I need to stop on the way home for some red bull and chex mix……

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How to QQ: A Fill-in-the-blanks Guide!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

new_topicThere’s a good reason I don’t often visit the official forums.  The whining can be quite overwhelming sometimes.  And usually, it’s not very original.

However, I do appreciate all the hard work the QQers put into each and every post.  So, if you are one of those who likes to spend time on the forums “expressing yourself”, I’ve created a template to help you more efficiently spout your nonsense, improving your QQPS!

Simply fill in the underlined fields with your current grievance, and off you go. 

Feel free to add your own style by removing punctuation and adding spelling errors and caps lock!

Post title: Blizzard Hates (class/profession)!  (BLUE PLZ!)

I can’t believe the change they made to (class/profession) in (upcoming patch)!  First they take away (mechanic/talent/spell/recipe) and now this?! Meanwhile, (some other class/profession) gets a buff pretty much every patch.

I can’t even keep track of the vagaries of Blizzard, each patch is so full of random changes no one wants or expects.  If the devs even play this game, obviously they are all playing (some other class/profession) because they are always getting the best stuff while us (class/profession) get nothing but crap and nerfs.

I know for a fact that Ghostcrawler said we would get (better itemization/new talents/new bonuses/buffed/a pony) this time, so he really needs to get fired because he’s full of it!

I am sick of Blizzard always catering to the (arenas/PvEers/hardcores/casuals).  No one cares!!  If you don’t (raid/do arenas/have a life/raid all the time) then this game is not for you and you should just (GTFO/DIAF).

If this change seriously makes it off the PTR I am quitting this game and never coming back, because (class/profession) will be SO BROKEN.

(GG/WTG/WTF) Blizz!

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Brajana Joins the Circus!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
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If only I had Fraps, I'd show you the backflips she did next!


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Alouette meets the Balance Druid.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

chickenMonday nights are alt nights for me and the boy.  It was exclusively a time to work on the Mage/Prot Warrior combo, but since we’ve rerolled my priest and a druid to use the recruit-a-friend, Alouette’s had to get pushed to the backburner for a while, which means she’s stuck at 70.

But I do love my mage.  So when Gadgets called me to let me know he’d be working very late last night, I decided I’d play Alouette anyway.  I can’t level without him, and I was in a bit of a ludic mood so I tried my hand at PvP.

PvPing as a level 70 mage in the 70-79 bracket is not the smartest idea.  Do you know how long it takes a level 79 to do 6283 damage to a clothy? I’d tell you, but my timer doesn’t count in milliseconds.

I queued up AB and WSG, since I didn’t have any achievements in either.  WSG popped first.  I zone in to a game which was 2-0 for the Alliance, and I immediately realized all my macros were still missing from transferring!  D’oh.  So I sat in the flag room and fixed that while my teammates won me [Warsong Gulch Victory] and [Warsong Gulch Perfection].  Thanks guys!

After I’d fixed the rest of my macros, AB popped.  It was a fresh game… I was quite disoriented. Arathi Basin is my favourite battleground, but I’d never done it from the Alliance side before.  The map was constantly backwards in my head. :)

I spent the first 5 minutes without a single Honorable Kill.  Even though I was following a group of others around, two hits from a cat or a Death Knight and BAM!  I’m having tea with my dear friend, the Spirit Healer.

It was a very long and close game, and I quickly developed a nemesis.  A level 77 Balance Druid.  His name started with an H.  Let’s call him… Hogarth.

I claimed my post defending the Stables like a good little gnome, finger hovering over my instant cast and AoE keybindings.  as I look around, in the distance I see a giant bird-owl-chicken-beast thing coming at me with a gaggle of trees in tow.  He’s on me before I can do anything.

Trees everywhere!  Ah!  Feign Death!  No, this is a mage.  There is no Feign Death.

Ice Block!  But before I know it, I find myself asking the Spirit Healer if she knows where the heck I put that button on my bars, because I certainly don’t.

I’m quickly back into the battle, stationed at the stables… holding my position.  I turn around… it’s Hogarth again.  And his horrible trees.  Just as they are about to hit me I try to Frost Nova, but before I can… BAM!  A giant mysterious tidal wave hits me and sends me flying.  It takes out half of my health and the rest quickly follows with a Moonfire.

I ask the Spirit Healer how I’ve never in my life seen that spell before.  Guess I haven’t done much PvP since 3.0.

This means war.  I mount up and go Chicken hunting.  I’m gonna get him down if it’s the last thing I do!  I’ve got my battle strategy ready to go.

There he is!  His trees lay dead on the ground beside him already.

“You’re not going to take our horsies!” I cry as I power up my Fireball.

Fireblast!  Dragon’s Breath!  Fir– oooh, look at the pretty stars!

Once again the Spirit Healer hovers there, mocking me for up to 30 seconds as my little Gnome fills with fiery rage.

*BRRRING!*  The Horde has won the match!

I got out of there with 14 HKs, and at least as many deaths.

Someday we’ll meet again, Hogarth.

And I’ll be having BBQ’d chicken for dinner that night, if it’s the last thing I do.

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Just another meme, move along, nothing to see here…

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

This post isn’t really WoW related, it’s about me (the person, not the player) If you’re not interested in these, feel free to jump back a few posts to where I have real World of Warcraft related content.  This is PURELY to satisfy the needs of my undying fans! ;)

Looks like Nassira and I tagged each other this morning, so I am obliged to respond to her questions.

BTW, anyone who knows me personally knows how much I would blush at some of these questions, so I have cleaned it up to be more Brajana-style (a.k.a. G-rated)!

About You –

Real Name: Sara
Age: 21
Country of Origin: Canada
Fettish Favorite Stuffed Animal: I have a cow-print butterfly that I used to sleep with, I named it Udderfly!  Aren’t I clever?

Random Things –

Guilty Pleasure Music (something you’d never listen to in public):
My “2BA Master” Pokemon Soundtrack :)   It’s inspirational!  I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was!

Worst Fashion Decision (I don’t care how old you were):
When I was about 11 I let my mom cut my hair from being all the way down my back to being above my shoulders.  I looked extremely ridiculous for a long time.  I try to hide every picture from that age that I find!

Proudest Moment:
Receiving a Computer Science award for excellence in my first year.  I still don’t know which professor nominated me, but it was quite exciting!

Best Misheard Words:
I am the queen of mishearing things.  However I’m also the Empress of Forgetfulness.  So instead, best mistell I overheard in guild chat:
“Yay, sister didn’t find my porn.”  :)

Questions for You –

Do you sing in the shower?
Not out loud!
*hums in head… To catch them is my real test… to train them is my cause!*

How much frosting do you like on your cupcakes?
It would be more appropriate to ask how much cupcake I like my frosting on.  :)

When was the last time you made love hugged someone? (Clarence Carter, Clarence Carter, Clarence Carter, OOOOH SHIT Clarence Carter!) (Pokemon! It’s you and me, I know it’s my destiny!)
Why, I just /hugged Faulsey in my last post! /hugs Faulsey again.

What is the coolest thing you’ve ever found hidden in or under your couch?
A coin from the 1920s or something.  My parents house is really old.

What is the most disgusting thing you’ve ever put in your mouth? (be nice)
A tomato.  Yuck!

Free-for-All, Share 4 Things You Want to Share –

1. Raw tomatoes are GROSS.  Even chunks of cooked tomato are gross.  YUCK.

2. There should never have been more than 151 Pokemon.

3. Seriously, the new Pokemon are lame.  There’s like 500 of ‘em or something stupid.  How are you gonna fit all those in a Pokerap?

4. Gotta catch ‘em all!

OK.  So now that is done… I TAG NASSIRA!!  You can’t tag other without filling it out yourself!  THAT’S UNFAIR!  I am only tagging her.  Ha!