10 Man Raiding Week 1

With three weeks of the Cataclysm expansion now complete, our 10 man casualcore raiding life has begun. Our raiding roster consists of about 15 former hardcore raiders. Seven of us raided together in a US top 50 guild from Sunwell Plateau through the first couple of tiers of WotLK.

We began our raiding schedule of Thursday/Sunday from 7pm to 10pm server on Wednesday, December 22nd due to some Christmas events. On our first night we took down Baradin Hold boss Algaroth easily and moved on to Blackwing Descent in Blackrock Mountain for some wipes on Magmaw before knocking him down by the end of the night.

On Sunday, we headed back into BWD for a quick kill of the Omnitron Defense System before a night of wiping to Maloriak. By the end of the night we were hitting the enrage timer consistently, so I’m sure he’ll be the next to go down.

In addition to our raiding adventures, we’ve had fun with the following:

1. Critter Kill Squad – We are masters of the yellow. Thanks to a dedicated mage friend, our 50,000 yellow creatures were down by the end of the first few days of Cata leveling.

2. Heroics – A guild group must for the first week of Cata, the new heroics are slowly becoming puggable. Guild runs of 5 man instances for blue gear so we could raid definitely built a great foundation for our new team. Although I think we all still miss the drunk ICC runs.

3. Professions! – We have completed the achievement for Banner of Cooperation and all the members are honored. Yet still these points elude us. WHY? WHY! Lol

4. ARENA – Epic weapons, yes. Although I think Blizzard has realized that these might be a bit too obtainable. 10 wins for an epic dagger. Got my shanker. Take advantage while you can.

Now it’s back to work for me. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.


Level 80 to 81: Seahorses!

Woo hoo guys, we’re levelling from 80 to 85! New quests, new abilities, new zones!

It took me my usual hour of troubleshooting issues with my extremely old, about to be replaced laptop, to get updated and logged in. I’m levelling with the hubby so we logged on after dinner around 7PM.

My first stop was to pick up my Flight Master’s License. 200 gold and I can fly on all my mounts anywhere in the game at 310 speed. Oh yes, do like.

We then made sure to pick up our Illustrious Grand Master of all professions, checked out the SW Hero’s call board for the Vashj’ir quest, grabbed the new Archaeology ability from Stormwind Keep and our old friend Harrison Jones, and proceeded down to the docks to begin our new adventures.

Vashj’ir was a blast. Aside from the occasional slow down due to at least half the server trying to pick up discarded helms or kill the final boss of a chain, the pace was fast and fun. I wouldn’t want to spoil too much for those that chose to go experience the Mt. Hyjal fun, but I will say SEAHORSE MOUNT. 🙂

I ran into a couple of pals from my two previous raiding guilds along the way. It reminded me of the things I’ll miss about each group. To combat the nostalgia, we also ran our first guild 5 man dungeon. Throne of the Tides showcases the TBC style complexity of instance that’s supposed to be the norm in Cataclysm.

I’m level 81, the guild is level 2, and I’m looking forward to enjoying my rested bonus xp after my character has had the day to chill in Stormwind while I was at work. 🙂

Total levelling time for level 80 to 81 was 3 hours and 27 minutes.



While Waiting…

Header updated to Cataclysm. Check.

What to do while waiting for your midnight launch party, or for tomorrow’s package to arrive?

Many blogs and sites have been feverishly at work while we’ve been out lollygagging in the post-Shattering world waiting to die in a fire.

For Rogues there are some places where you can get a definite head start on all your Cataclysm knowledge needs:

1. Elitist Jerks


A favorite of hardcore PvE players for years, Elitist Jerks has what you need to know. There’s already a great rogue cata raiding at 85 FAQ posted. However, beware of posting. They do not treat either trolls or ignorance kindly on EJ.

2. RogueSpot


For a friendlier community, c’mon over to RogueSpot. We have knowledgeable rogues from top guilds, such as Feist from MidWinter, and everyone is a bit more laid back. Cerias has recently done a makeover of the site and things are ramping up.

3. Shadowpanther


For more casual rogues, who would like a quick AEP glance at gear or who need some leveling advice Shadowpanther does a great job of keeping his site updated and efficient.

Only one thing left friends….are you leveling in Hyjal or Vashj’ir first? J


With each expansion and new version to the game, I re-evaluate both my life and play style. It’s pretty similar to reviewing my stock portfolio or budget once a quarter. Make some checks, do some balance adjusting.

In Vanilla WoW, it was pretty much me and the hubby levelling to 60 which took us about 10 months. We played super casually and spent most of our time with world PvP and battlegrounds. Around level 40, we grouped together with some friends we had made and started dungeon running a bit, but we never entered the 60 raid game.

When the launch of TBC occurred, we decided the new 10 man format and gear reset would allow us to try out this “PvE” content that we really had never experienced. We pushed levelling and did regular dungeons and heroics and our little guild joined with another little guild. We started doing Karazhan weekly, and the rest of the history has pretty much been recorded here.

My WoW Raiding Timeline

March 2007

Joined a 10 man casual guild and ran Kara 4 nights a week.

June 2007

Started raiding leading and officering.

September 2007

Joined a 25 man old school 40 man raiding guild and ran SSC/TK/MH/BT/ZA/SWP 6 nights a week.

July 2008

Server transfer. US Top 100 guild in SWP 4 nights, 16 hours a week. Server first type of guild.

December 2008

Went causal. Continued to run in my guild’s Friday night alt run until Ulduar.

April 2009

Joined the #2 guild on the server. 3 nights, 9 hours total. Completed Ulduar meta and Algalon, ToC hardmodes including Insanity, ICC 11/12H and ICC25 meta, Norm RS

July 2010

Retired from hardcore 25’s for good after a rough guild officer transition between January to June 2010.

November 2010

Joined 10 man casual raiding guild. Includes friends from both server 1st & 2nd guild. Tired of drama and crazy schedules.  Completed ICC 10 meta for all group members without a drake pre-4.0.3.

And there you have it. My gnome rogue will be continuing her raid game in Cataclysm.

A bit more casually when compared to the hardcore definitely, but we plan to have a blast.