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Sunday, 18 May 2014


Apologies for being absent again this week! Those of you that have me on battle tag might have noticed that I haven't logged in since last weekend, or possibly Monday. For once this hasn't been work related but is real-life. We are moving in a couple of weeks and decided to start early with the sorting and packing side of things. I'm bored already but I've managed to sort through and bin most of my old uni stuff.

In more exciting news it was my birthday yesterday. Ding ding, level 24! You may have seen on Twitter that I posted about some of the presents I got but if not here are the highlights:

One of my friends is currently in Australia on a working visa so she sent me some presents from Broome where she currently is. I think it's safe to say that the main present is the 'Genuine Kangaroo Scrotum' bag and that the salty croc toy and the stubby holder / can cooler thing were to soften the blow! As a group of friends we tend to give either jokey presents or hideous items found in a charity shop. I think that the scrotum has to be one of the oddest gifts ever and I'm not sure I'll treasure it forever... or at all.

The boyfriend got me Lurky the plush Murloc from the Blizzard store. He had to order it all the way from the US as the EU store still isn't selling physical items. I knew that I was getting something from Blizzard as he'd got himself a Diablo 3 lanyard. It's safe to say that I love my little Murloc and I will be treasuring him forever! He also got me some Star Wars lego and a third item that's still in the post somewhere.

Finally I thought I'd share my Hugo Hedgehog cake with you - available from all good Sainsburys! He tastes lush and is very cute... whilst he's still here.

Last year I had a proper little in-game party and held a transmog competition but this year it really seemed to creep up on me and I didn't really have much time to plan anything sadly. But I have some idea's for future shindigs and I'm determined to have a Dwarf pub-crawl at some point so keep your eyes open!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Sunday Flexing Takes on SoO Part 3

Sunday just gone we returned to our usual Sunday flex schedule after having a week of Easter weekend. I'd decided we'd try our luck with Part 3 again but that we'd try Malkorok maybe three times and if there was no hope go back to an earlier part.

We had a fairly well represented group and were missing a tank only. Luckily we managed to find one via trade who turned out to be someone that had joined us on a previous run do so was familiar with our laid-back, casual approach = massive plus!

The first attempt at killing Malkorok went really well despite the wiping. We soaked the purple pools, maybe missing one or two, avoided the nasty smashes and grouped up at the right time. The issue was that we didn't spread good enough after we stacked up. We went back in there and kicked some serious butt - again everyone spread, soaked and stacked as necessary followed by a perfect rinse & repeat spread, soak and stack.

I think we were all a little dumbfounded that we downed Malkorok! I'm not sure how many people had read the rest of Part 3's tactics but I'll admit that I hadn't exactly planned out the next two bosses myself.

I left Queks to split the group up into two for the Spoils of Pandaria as I wasn't 100% sure myself and as a raider figured he'd do it best. We were really close on our first attempt and were literally a hair's breadth from clearing both the first rooms before the enrage timer thingy. Second time was much smoother although one side was opening the crates a little too slow for comfort so we had to send a couple over. But all in all, for a boss we'd not encountered on a Sunday flex I think downing it second time's bloody good going.

Next up - Thok the Bloodthirsty. Thok proved to be quite tricky and it took a fair few attempt and a number of raid member changes before we got him. Initially we had a couple issues with people running through everyone when Thok fixated on them and generally people being unaware that they were stood in the fixated persons path and thus being insta-killed. But we got over that fairly quickly.

I'm not sure what I had expected to happen but it certainly wasn't that we'd clear Part 3! But it was a lovely surprise clear and I think everyone was happy with our progress. Unfortunately I failed to take any screenshots (you could say I was in shock) but we'll be heading back to Part 3 this Sunday so I'll be sure to get some :)