Return to WoW Update: a newbie in LFR

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Goblin Liore hit 90 last weekend and has been slowly visiting all the Looking for Raid zones. And there are a lot of them! One of the fun things about coming in at the very end of an expansion is that there is over a year of content to see, which means something like 12 different possible LFRs.

Thanks to the magic of Timeless Isle I was able to hit the proper ilevel for the first raid within about 3 hours. My strategy was pretty simple: run around and open every chest, tag every rare that I could get to, and then blow all my Timeless coin thingies at the Monkey Casino. By the end of the day I had 8 epics, 1 Burden of Eternity upgrade token, two copies of Bonkers the pet monkey, and most surprisingly one Hyacinth Macaw, which I was pleased to see still sells for ~25,000 on the Auction House.

goblin liore Return to WoW Update: a newbie in LFR

I’ve been running one or two LFRs each night all week, and as of tonight I will officially be able to queue up for the final raid and see Garrosh soon. (Orcs Must Die!) So far I have been pleasantly surprised by my fellow raiders — at worst the groups are stonily silent, at best jovial and helpful.

I’ve been cribbing off No Life @ 90’s LFR guides, which are lovely and compact for that moment when you’re standing in front of a new boss and have about 90 seconds until the pull. Even without them, though, the basics of raiding remain the same: don’t stand in stupid shit, don’t run the AOE debuff through the group.

To be fair, LFR still isn’t much of a challenge. In fact, the only time I’ve died all week was on the first pull of Durumu, who I can only imagine was a raid-killer in his prime. (For those who don’t play WoW, late in the fight Durumu covers the floor in purple junk and the raid must navigate through the “maze” on the fly, which is exactly the sort of thing that kills otherwise solid players.)

The simplicity of LFR has been great for me to jump right into and learn the Pandaria class changes, but it’s also made me fairly determined to come back sometime in a flex raid, if not normals. “Organized chaos” bosses have always been my favorite, and there seem to be a lot of them.

One of the guidelines I set for myself in this return to WoW was to not worry about anything that I don’t find fun. There will be no chasing achievements, no grinding out boring reputations, no pouring over rotations and stats if I find myself not really caring about it. So far, so good.

Author: Jessica Cook

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  1. A Hyancith Macaw?!

    That is the holy grail of vanilla pet collecting. I fall down in awe and jealousy.

    Did it drop off one of the pirates?

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    • Indeed! It actually was in one of the chests in the Casino Monkey cave on Timeless Isle. I was totally shocked.

      Unfortunately the AH on Nordrassil seems a little slow, so I haven’t unloaded it yet. >.>

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  2. “In fact, the only time I’ve died all week was on the first pull of Durumu, who I can only imagine was a raid-killer in his prime.”

    Not really — or rather, not because of the maze. The light spectrum and life drain is considerably harder on normal and heroic while the maze is pretty much irrelevant. Navigating the maze doesn’t change from LFR to normal to heroic (well, technically it ticks a bit harder but you can’t afford to take a bunch of ticks in any difficulty).

    “Even without them, though, the basics of raiding remain the same: don’t stand in stupid shit, don’t run the AOE debuff through the group.”

    Amusing enough, you’re supposed to run an AoE debuff through the group on a Siege of Orgrimmar boss.

    “By the end of the day I had 8 epics, 1 Burden of Eternity upgrade token, two copies of Bonkers the pet monkey, and most surprisingly one Hyacinth Macaw, which I was pleased to see still sells for ~25,000 on the Auction House.”

    Did you get the guaranteed Burden of Eternity from the chest near Ordos?

    I have a Horde toon I play a bit — I’ll add the Battletag. I’m usually willing to do past normal raids or Flex if I’m free, but I’m boycotting LFR as much as possible.

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    • I think I need the legendary cloak to get close to Ordos, right? I’m workin’ on it. :)

      Also hah at having to run a debuff through the group! I’ll try to remember that.

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      • “I think I need the legendary cloak to get close to Ordos, right? I’m workin’ on it.”

        You need a legendary cloak to get to Ordos, but this chest is at a spot where you don’t need a cloak (as a priest, you can fly up in the air in the ocean around the isle and then levitate to the correct spot). You want this chest specifically:

        http://www.wowhead.com/object=221673

        “Also hah at having to run a debuff through the group! I’ll try to remember that.”

        Technically the boss shoots a fireball at a person’s location after a few seconds. If it doesn’t pass through the group on the way to the person, it explodes and wipes you. If it passes through a few people, it explodes for far less.

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  3. Haha, Durumu is *still* a raid killer on LFR. The maze requires personal responsibility for your own survival, and I still see half the raid dead to it every time I run it. Though Balkoth is correct, on Normal+, the real killer is the Light Spectrum (Life Drain is a bit less worrisome after the 20% nerf).

    Still, I’ve been rather enjoying SoO, though I admit I’ve only run the first wing on LFR (but completed the first 3 wings on flex). Personal responsibility is the name of the game this time around, though, so I’m a little intrigued to find out how some of the raiders in my raids handle it.

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    • “Life Drain is a bit less worrisome after the 20% nerf”

      She did say “in his prime!”

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  4. It sounds like you’ve been pretty lucky with LFR. Every time I go it’s a complete sh!tshow. I ended up with more LFR wipes on Lei Shen than my casual 10 man raid team. My sweetie queued with me a couple times to tank and was amazed when I was thrilled about one shotting him. In addition to some really admirable raiding skills, my groups have been full of racism and sexism. And not in the stupid teenaged boy way. More in the absolutely foul and disgusting language and bigotry sense.

    I really like your plan for sticking to the fun stuff.
    Augratin´s last post: Suspension of Minor Disbelief

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    • Fun stuff only! It helps that the last time I made WoW the focus of my MMO gametime I was a guild and raid leader for a heroic raiding guild. Just mucking around in Pandaria is already a lot more relaxing. ;)

      Although I’ve seen some pretty terrible play so far, surprisingly there’s only been one case of slurs being shouted, and that person was pretty quickly voted out. I’m sure I’ll encounter it though…

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