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Transplanted!!

The Grove is back… kind of.

It’s being resurrected, but under a new name, The Niquisition. It was a blog I made for a different game, but I no longer play it and I’m playing WoW again so I decided to blog again and since I’ve already put money into The Niquisition, I figured I could just use it. All it needs is a fresh coat of paint and some febreeze and it’ll be just like this “old” site….but newer.

So go check it out theniquisition.com

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So i finally caved and got an ipod touch. Loving it!!

I got it for two main reasons.
One- I really needed an mp3 player to motivate me to start jogging around the lake again.
Two- With this new toy, I can do some woek things while not at my desk (aka: update inventory in real time)

It’s really nice. I know it’s been a long while but with work being as crazy as it’s about to be, I cant post as often as I would like.

BUT in case you live under a rock, here is some druid news.
Tranquility will have its CD reduced by 2.5/5 minutes via Malfurion’s Gift. It will also feature a 100% pushback immunity mechanic. YAY!!!

New ZA and ZG are coming out soon. I hope I’m not the only person not prepared. Loot tables look less than stellar. Lots of Spi/Crit on the caster leather pieces.

In unrelated news, I got to have some fun in TK. We killed Kael too quickly in p3 so he bugged on my friend Riz. I made a recording of this strange side-effect.

The video is entitled Riz flies a Kite’thas. Link below:

Riz flies a Kite’thas

Anyway, time to sleep so I can enjoy my one-day weekend.

How do you balance work/wow/personal life/sleep and find time to eat? Do you have any odd/fun experiences with boss bugs? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Whataweek

This past week was “fun”? I got whisked away to my brother’s for the week to help him finish some work. The internet connection was less than steller so no raiding/blogging for me. I took it surprisingly well  think. I did get a little bored and played through Portal….again…and again. I now have Still Alive stuck in my head.

I made a little financial investment, that should have been made months ago. I finally bought some speakers. They were just some cheapy, 20 dollar HP speakers from Wal-Mart. I like them, they’re black so everything matches AND the power light is green to match the router/modem lights.

I’m kind of glad to have them because I’ll have to keep my ears as not-covered-by-my-headset as possible for the next few weeks because I got my ears pierced. Yay! I actually had one ear done a long time ago, but I never kept the stud in long enough to let the hole develop. I’m super cheap so I had my brother do them and hopefully they don’t look like crap or get infected. *crosses fingers* My sister in-law has some ear care stuff for me so that’s good. ❤ Her!

In other news, I put up a background last week. It’s just an Ent in Crystalsong Forest  (You remember Northrend don’t ya?) I fooled around with some others, but this one felt the most balanced. I might change it up if it gets a negative response. Let me know what you think in a comment/e-mail, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I’ll be doing some toying around this week with pages and stuff, so if you’re browsing the site while this is happening, don’t panic, the Cataclysm already happened.

Do you have any piercings? What are your thoughts on the new look, Like/Dislike? Leave a comment and let me know.

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A round tuit

I’ve finally got things in order. Work schedule is mostly in order. Raid schedule is established. Gear path (mostly) complete. And blog back on track.

Now it’s time to work on alts and their professions.

For the past 2 days, I’ve been leveling my Paladin (Cosmopolitan) and to alleviate the pain of leveling, I picked up mining on him and have been leveling that up. I leveled mining once on my druid way back in the day when he was feral (Yes it was for the HP bonus and my JC) and swore I’d never do it again because the vanilla zones were just awful (aka: no flight). Now that has changed and vanilla was a breeze. I would have gotten to 450 last night, but I decided sleep was way more important.

I’ve also procured 2 leveling buddies for my Priest (Junius). I haven’t played this toon in ages, but I need to really relearn the class. If you click the link, you’ll see how much of a noob I was back in the day. Pure crit gems?!? Also, I decided to drop Tailoring on the priest for alchemy since he’s already an herbalist. Tailoring has nice benefits, but since the toon is my secondary alt, I doubt I’ll be doing any progression raiding, so I wasn’t concerned with embroideries for stat benefit. I just want to make my own potions/flasks since they are incredibly expensive it seems. Yay low population RP servers!

But yeah, those are my latest projects for non-raiding time. It’ll be nice to dust off the priest and level some useful professions. When I transfered off server, I only had about 30k and I could only take 20 with me, so (without intention to come back) I gave a very generous 10k Winter Veil gift to my very good tank friend Addiction. I’m making it all back though so yay gold-making professions!

What are you doing in your off time? Alts? Professions? Farming? Let me know!

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First of all, I must apologize to everyone who read and followed my blog while it was active.

I feel like I jumped into this endeavor with very high expectations and didn’t really plan things very well. I also fell behind in raiding and activity and I was afraid I could not catch/keep up. I had so many ideas and plans for things to do with the site, that in my search to get to point C, I got lost on the way to point B. So I am very sorry to you all! 😦

It’s taken a while and a lot more time than I would have liked, but I am back. This time things are gonna go a bit slower, my expectations are more realistic and my goals… more obtainable. My first goal is to hopefully get my budding fan base back. I feel so awful for just dropping things like I did, but I know this time around will be different.

New Year, New Guild. As you know, I was heading to a new server with a new guild on the enemy faction. This change was short-lived. It was a new environment, which is what I wanted but it was really just the same as my old one. I was not as fast getting to 85 and gearing up so I was a bit left behind when raiding started. I felt like such a failure that I cancelled my subscription and was just going to let myself fall off the face of the virtual world.

As you can see, I changed my mind. Long, boring, and unexciting story short, I am back on SWC, back on Horde side, and rediscovering the joys of druid healing. I am in a new guild now, it’s the server #2 Horde guild, Honorbound. There were some name issues, but it will be Niq again soon enough. I’ll update my armory link after this to reflect my current name and such.

I’ve only been back on the raiding scene for about a week now so not much to tell there. Oh, I did get a new robe from Magmaw on like my first Cataclysm raid experience. Awesome blossom!

The upcoming patch changes for resto druids look very interesting. First of all, Trolls and Worgen will finally get their epic flight forms. You can read all of the Patch 4.0.6 notes here. One of the changes I’m most looking forward to is the 16% increase to our mastery (Symbiosis). From what I’ve heard and experienced, our mastery wasn’t all that powerful to begin with. Not to mention kind of iffy in 25-mans, especially on Chimaeron. biggest problem is I cast Wild Growth and it will hit all but one person in my designated party rendering my mastery kind of useless. Hopefully with the reduced mana cost of Rejuv, I’ll be able to keep it up a little more often (Not 100% like in LK) on the people in my group. I’ve only seen the fight twice though (once 10 once 25) so maybe it’s just me not feeling the rhythm yet.

More to come as I go along. Oh and be sure to check out Katarnas’ blog at http://restoisepic.wordpress.com/ and give him a warm welcome to the community!

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Sweat and blood

So I finally hit 85 yesterday evening after a 4-hour character bug which was solved by suicide (GM’s suggestion). What happened was, I was not loading anything that could be interfaced in anyway. NPCs, players, mailboxes, etc. so I couldn’t get any quests or anything for a while. This happened in the last 7 bars of 84…very angry Niq.

Anyway, things have been going well with my new guild. I am, now, Alliance side on the server Arygos in a guild called <We Know Girls>. I know, it sounds silly, but these guys are fun and know their stuff. 10-mans Start on Sunday for raiders, but I’m still an initiate so I might not be going unless they need more healers. Who knows?

The process of 80-85 was really challenging. I tried to do it all as resto at first, but could not kill fast enough. Then when I went boom, things would hit me really hard so I had to heal a lot. This died down as I got new gear and gained levels. I decided to start in Hyjal, but so did 3/4 of the server. I moved over to Vashj’ir, which was really fun after I got my seahorse since Aquatic form goes as fast (maybe faster when glyphed) as a 450% speed water mount AND insta-cast. Booyah!

My area flow went like this:

  • 80-82 Vashj’ir
  • 82-83.5 Deepholme
  • 83.5-84.75 Uldum (Favorite zone btw)
  • 84.75-85 Twilight Highlands.

I recently got geared enough to queue for heroics (average item level of 329) and have been running them with my guild mostly. I’ve got to say, it’s been a humbling experience. Healing is no longer at all easy.

It kind of feels like this is what happened to healers from 80-85:

  1. Mana pool about doubled.
  2. Mana costs quadrupled.
  3. Amount healed inched up a bit.

It’s really quite challenging trying to get your group healed and not run out of mana. I’m getting better at it, but I’m not quite there yet. Doing more heroics and getting better gear will certainly help with “Mana-gement” later on.

It’s been a long road and the journey isn’t even close to over. The guild is starting 10-mans soon for the raiders and, I’m sure, will soon lead to 25-mans. Right now, I’m still at initiate rank so I might not be raiding for another week or two, depends on the needs for Sunday night. I’ll be using the time, however, to get more gear and get more experience healing. Watching videos and reading strategies will probably consume a nice chunk of time next week. Eventually the epics will start rolling in and progress will be made.

Anyway, it’s been an exciting and sleepless last few days, but I wanted to get a quick post in before I crashed for the night. By crash I mean, eat a late dinner and catch up on my shows before it gets too late.

How has your Cataclysm experience been? Are the changes in mechanics challenging? Why or why not? What is your favorite new zone/quest? Share your thoughts, I’d love to hear them!

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Back…from outer space.

I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your (night elf) face. What? Yes, Niq has crossed over to the blue side and joined the alliance. Don’t worry my tauren and Troll brethren, my allegiance is and always will be to the Cenarion Circle above all.

To make a long bad story short, I wasn’t getting a very pleasant social experience from my last guild/server and needed a change. I threw up a “Resto druid lfg” post on the recruitment forums and applied to a few guilds that got back to me and found one on alliance side that I really like. Alas, here I am. Something you might not know, is I was only horde side for about 7 months. I actually also made Niq look exactly as he did when he was a Night elf before. Light red skin and dark blue hair with the semi-stern face.

I’ve only been on Alliance side for a day or two and it already feels so natural again, like I just took a long (7 month) nap and woke up to a very pretty new capital city….with Deathwing’s calling card on the front gate.

Anyway, my hiatus is over and it’s time to get The Grove back into motion. Today is really the last day I have to put time into my video intro for Cataclysm stuff and update my spec page. I’ll most likely include “my” projected 85 spec based on what I think is appropriate as well as insight into other talents and how they might be useful in different compositions/encounters/etc. So be looking for that, I’ll tweet it when that page is updated. I still have yet to find an HTML interactive version of a talent calculator so it’s going to just be a still image again.

Cataclysm is but a  day or so away. I work on Monday and have the rest of the week off to enjoy and level to 85 and then gear up for raiding. My new guild is really going to try and make the push to start 25s as soon as possible and I’m hoping to be there for the first raid of the expansion. I’ll try to get our first boss kills up on the site as well as on my WCM profile which you can find here. I only have a few early videos I did so my apologies for terrible things you might see.

So yeah, I have quite a few things to do today. I can’t wait until tomorrow night!!!

Have you made any guild/faction/server changes for Cataclysm? Did you miss me? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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