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Cory Taylor

Cory Taylor @CoryjTaylor — Cory comes from the Land of Ice and Snow, an avid Blizzard fan he's been hooked since Warcraft 2. He spends his time in Warcraft as a Guardian Druid, and out of Warcraft wishing he could spend 6 months out of the year hibernating.


The Queue: Squash those bugs

Another boss down! Hivemind has fallen and we’re moving further into Mythic Ny’alotha. I’m a little sad to see it go, partly because I love the massive amounts of targets in the Hivemind encounter — having a giant Twilight Devastation rip through a huge pile of bugs will always be super satisfying — and partly because my team is getting into the tougher bosses now. I’ve come to really appreciate how much I dislike the soccer mechanics on Dark Inquisitor Xanesh. They were already really unforgiving on Heroic, but when you jump up to Mythic they are a binary pass/fail. Either your soccer players get their goal or the raid wipes. No second chances, no get out of jail free cards — just splat. Mistakes happen! We’re only human, but man is it rough when you’re having a great pull, and then you blink and everyone is dead.

It also made me appreciate just how lucky I am to be sharing tanking duties with a guy I enjoy playing with. We’d gotten halfway through our night and realized that we weren’t on the same page for the tank swaps. It’s probably because we’d spent the first part of raid comparing the various qualities of rum and whiskey. I’ve had good co-tanks and not so good co-tanks and man is it nice to know that I’ve got a partner who isn’t taking everything too seriously.  It’s a little thing, that can help make the raid wipes just fly by.

But enough about Xanesh. It’s time for — the Queue.


The Queue: We meet again for the first time

It’s Monday again! This keeps happening in spite of humanity’s best efforts to do away with Mondays entirely. I hope that you all had nice relaxing productive weekends. Mine was pretty great. We had another session of Rossi’s D&D Spectacular on Saturday which went pretty well, even if someone (who shall remain nameless and blameless) said a bad word on the stream.

After that, I took my tiny Vulpera Mage to a few different raids trying to fill up his Bag of Tricks. As far as I can tell they’re just cosmetic upgrades to the damage or healing it can do, but I still want to be a Fire Mage throwing firey things out of my bags.

I’d honestly forgotten about the other cosmetic appearances for Bag of Tricks until last night. They’re a neat little bit of flavor, but there’s only three of them and no breadcrumb to find them. If you’re interested in hunting for yourself Ragnaros drops a flame appearance, Cho’gall has void, and M’uru/Entropius will give your heal a more holy feel. But better hope you’re lucky, they might have a pretty low drop rate.

While you’re on your way to go find more trinkets for your Vulpera I think we have time for — The Queue.


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