Thursday, December 17, 2009

This Must be Thursday

... I could never get the hang of Thursdays.

The Christmas Concerts at school are done, my car (just about) scraped through it's MoT which means I can buy my car tax today. I've not actually had a decent night's sleep since Monday night either, which is thy the blogging's gone a bit pear-shaped. There is only so much enthusiasm you can muster for a Game when you're living with a permanent headache and a couple of hours sleep.

Anyway, I digress, for there is much news from the Land of PuG Dungeons. First off there's been some hotfixes this morning, though I have to say I'd call them retro-nerfs:
  • Ionar, in the Halls of Lightning, will now only disperse once during the course of the fight.
  • Prophet Tharon’Ja of Drak'Tharon will now only steal your flesh one time during the encounter.
I don't know about you but that's just screaming 'sort out the annoying encounters so we can do more dungeons' to me. Ionar is ALWAYS painful, especially healing random gomers. The Prophet is a surprise. It makes me wonder what other Boss fights will be stealth nerfed, and I'd bet at least two prisoners in VH may get looked at (The Consortium Guy and the Void Bloke) but as one of those has an Achievement attached to it... I dunno, how long before Brann Bronzebeard's gauntlet in HoS gets thwacked too?

The fact remains however, this system works. Since inception I've gotten the mage a significant number of upgrades (including Khadger's legs, and the lovely + hit wand) plus my lock and No 2 Hunter have new shoulders. The only limiting factor is how long you can play. Over Christmas I'd expect to see a HUGE number of people doing late nights just to that end.

The new ICC 5 mans have also delivered a phenomenal amount of gear, on both settings. No 2 Hunter is the owner of a iLevel 219 Gun, head and belt from one run. Last night I grabbed some Guildies for a run on Heroic and snagged not only the Surgeon's Needle for the Shammy but also the Nevermelting Ice Crystal (which I am hoping will be useful with Lesser Healing Wave) Pretty much everything from the run went to someone, and I'm a big fan of runs where nothing ends up being DE-d. I predict much time in these instances in the future.

I should also do an achievement roundup, but for now I think I will be returning to bed for a while, with cough medicine and the hope of at least a bit more sleep in tow... because we go back to Icecrown tonight. I will post my husband's awesome Guide before I nip upstairs however. It's worth seeing for the graphics alone.

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