When one is months behind, it means they’re doing something like clearing Black Temple four weeks after Wrath shipped, or finally clearing Naxxramas once most guilds have cleared out all the Ulduar hard mode content.
Such is the case with me, having just now started to raid Ulduar, on the very cusp of patch 3.2.
And it’s fun as hell.
A quick rundown of past events (for those of you who don’t stalk me):
Stay Frosty, as a guild, kinda fell apart over the course of about a day. No blow up, no massive drama, just about 90% of the raiders deciding it would be more fun to join Shai Hulud, Duskwood’s premiere raiding guild.
Those that didn’t /gquit for Shai either left for other guilds, or quit the game altogether. Nearly overnight, one of Duskwood’s top raiding guilds became a complete ghost town.
This means that every guild I have ever joined has collapsed within nine months of me signing on.
Not that I’m superstitious or anything, but seriously… what the carp is going on here.
But anyway, I’m now sporting the banner of For Whom The Bell Tolls, which is basically the people from Anathema, Anathema being the guild I raided with in BC.
Hopefully I don’t kill their guild somehow this time. Though two people have quit since I joined, which was last goddamn week…
I’m arcane, and at this point it would be very hard to convince me to spec otherwise. As I suspected, using Incanter’s Absorption and Frost Warding together is extremely potent on the fights where it can be used.
Oh yeah, did I mention one of the guild’s primary healers is a Discipline priest? Incanter’s Absorption is an absolutely amazing talent if there’s a Disc priest kicking around. Raid buffed I’m usually at around 2100+ spellpower, but with IA randomly proccing I’ve seen that go as high as 3100.
Oh yeah, and having infinite mana on some fights thanks to Frost Warding is pretty cool too.
And yet… I’ve noticed myself developing a rather bad habit.
Because I get such a large boost to either spellpower or my mana pool, I find myself intentionally “standing in the fire” for a tick or two, just to proc one of the two (or both!). I have yet to decide if this is bad or not.
I’ll let you know when I consider a 30% chance good enough odds and stand in a rocket strike.
I’ve also ran a ton of Heroics, bought enough BtA stuff to last me and my alts a couple expansions, and even built myself a modest PvP set.
Oh yeah, and I got a job, for those who aren’t obsessed enough to follow my twitter, too.
But through this all, I’ve only ever had two goals:
- Get pants that don’t suck
- Kill Kel’motherfracking’thuzad
I’m still, to this day, wearing Hateful Glad pants. Plenty of upgrades have dropped in, say, Naxx, but I’ve always lost the roll. I’ve also been obsessively running Halls of Lightning in the faint hopes that maybe, some day, my pants will drop…
But nope. That goddamn axe keeps dropping and getting sharded. I hate you Loken. I hate you so much.
But, on the bright side, I’ve finally been in a raid that managed to get Kel’Thuzad down. It’s taken this long to get Champion of the Frozen Wastes, but shazam, I am finally there.
I’ve even been in raids that quit on Sapph, by the way. KT just refused to die for me. And then of course I killed him effortlessly on alts, but never my main.
BUT NOW HE’S DEAD. WHERE IS YOUR PRECIOUS CAT NOW, LICH?
Oh yeah, and I got Flame Keeper too. Not that it was hard. I did everything (except kill Ahune) last year, so all I had to do was wait for Blizzard to fix it’s crap, and then I was fine.
If only I had any plans to go back to fire…
Oh yeah, been doing a bunch of PTR stuff too. Did you know frost mages have a mini-mortal strike now? They totally do!