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As you all know by now, the new patch has landed. Huzzah!

And with it, alt of new content, loot, achievements and other fun stuff. It is all wonderful! But it’s the small things that really make me enjoy this new patch:

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What are you most excited about in this patch?

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I’m not sure if anyone is still reading my blog, but I thought I’d give it a go again anyway, just in case there still are people out there interested in what I’m up to.

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I left you all with the joyous message of my being accepted into the top Horde guild on the server. Needless to say I was excited and quite nervous: Would I be able to level up to 70 before the expansion? Would I be able to keep up in the race to 80 and be there to join the first raids? And once there, would I be good enough to earn my spot in the guild?

So how did it go?

Better then I had dared to expect: I hit 70 two days before Wrath came out, just early enough to allow for a short rest and a chance to get my real life affairs in order before the race to 80.

Wrath came and I joined the horde (pun intended!) of players making their way through Howling Fjord, Dragonblight and onward. All in all, it took me just over a week to reach the levelcap – far from being the first on the server or in the guild, I was still one in the first wave of healers to get there.

I joined both guild runs and PUGs to heroics and got my gear sorted and one week later, I reported for duty for our first raid! I did not top the charts, but neither did I die or end up last – I did just fine.

Then followed a period of hard work – analyzing the log stats, talking to the other resto druids and trying to outdo my own performance from the previous raids, to better myself.

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Where am I now?

All instances have been cleared. We were the first on the server to down Sartharion with three drakes up (though the top Alliance guild killed it on the same night, so it was decided we would share the server first).

I’m not topping the healing lists every time, but I do end up on top now and then and am always in the top shift. I know the fights, I have the gear and feel quite secure in my role.

The guild turned out to be a good place to be. They’re all good, some even exceptional, players; most of them are nice people and quite a few are fun to hang out with. There are still days when I don’t really feel like one of the gang yet, but in general I feel quite at home here and I’ve had more then a few laughs while doing achievements, raids and heroics.

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What about the Voodoo Puppets?

Well the real life friends who played with us have now moved on: some have moved server, others have simply quit playing.

Idara and Malignant have stoped playing too, so there is only half as much WoW talk in the house right now. As for Bloodgorger/Masque/Kanishi, my better half,  he has found his own guild to join. It is a more casual, smaller guild with a lot of very talented players, but most of all relaxed and easy-going, fun people. He had been with them less then a month before they made him an officer.

So here we are then: just as the ingame plague slaughtered half of the characters of my role playing stories, half our real life WoW forces have left us. We who are left,have gone our separate ways, but are starting to find our place in the world again after the uprooting that the expansion brought on.

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And the blog?

It’s time the blog got some much needed attention, so I will be back with thoughts and stories of the raiding life of a resto druid, and my characters will be back sharing their stories with you.

So, dear reader:

If you’re still here, reading: thank you for waiting! We’re back and will do our best to make your wait worth the while!

If you’ve found your way back, having heard about the resurrection: welcome back! I hope you’ll find the new content as interesting as the old!

And if you’re new altogether: a warm welcome and may your stay be pleasant!


We’re back! 😉

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If you have glanced at the armory links to my characters in the right hand sidebar you have noticed that my main, my mage, the voice of this blog, is called Aendi, a name I am quite fond of and which I consider fits a bloodelf mage quite well.

My alts on the other hand are a different story.

Cowwithguns is not a name I would ever have chosen for a main, but a name I am quite happy with nonetheless, since I chose it partly as a tribute to Dana Lyons’ Cows with Guns. It also fits the character quite well. He is (at the moment) a tough, rough level 60 hunter, who has never used (and does not plan to start using) anything else then guns as ranged weapons. He has names his pet Cat with Claws. I find this charming.

Cowwithbark, my druid, was created last of the three. I chose the name for many reasons. I chose it because I had so much liked the effect of my hunter’s name; I chose it because I wanted it to reflect Aendi’s view of the people who’s bodies she takes over and her views of Taurens; I chose it because I was in a hurry and I did not know who this character should turn out to be, I just new I wanted a character who could be moulded into any form needed, preferably a healer.

I find all these reasons good enough to justify my name choice for my druid alt, but I am now quite certain that this will become my main come Wrath.

You see, Masque has decided to roll a Death Knight and play it as tank. Though he has played a shadowpriest during out time on Bloodscalp, he used to be one of the main tanks in our previous guild on our previous server. He has one of each tank classes there are and has tanked raids of all difficulties with all three. In short: he is quite the experienced tank. And he, as myself, has come to the realisation that though playing a dps class is immense fun, he prefers playing a tank, being the one who sets the pace and pushes the group forward.

I, as I have mentioned before, used to be a healer, a job that I love and dare claim that I am good at and that I now have decided I want to return to.

Switching Cowwithbark to my main would fit perfectly here. I have never before played a druid as a healer (I have played a druid both as Moonkin and as Beartank in 5mans and raids) and am very much looking forward to trying out a new healer class.

Masque will be rolling a Tauren Deathkight and as cheesy as it sounds, he planned on having me as the reason he decided to fight alongside the Horde – can there be a better reason for such drastic conversion then having met a woman?

Now to the problem (because, let us be honest, I have rambled on long enough): Though Cowwithbark might be cute and an acceptable name for an alt, I don not want my main to have a “joke” name. For that matter, I do not Bloodgorger, the Deathknight, to have to tell people he has left the legions of the Lich Prince for this lady called Cow with Bark.

If you have read my introductory article to Cowwithbark, you will know that I have already given her a real Tauren name, she is Serga Mistrunner, but though I very much like the last name I am not quite happy with the surname. Serga just does not do it for me.

So I have been putting some thought into possible name changes. So far I have narrowed it down to a few alternatives, most of them female Native American names, some of them simply translations of the word “tree” in other languages.

Here is what I have narrowed it down to at the moment:

Ayana – everblooming

Aquene – peace

Imala – disciplines

Ituha – sturdy oak

Kai – willow tree

Maiara – wise

Moema – sweet

Orena – magic power

Yri – translation of “tree”

I really cannot decide between these last few ones, so I think I will wait until the expansion is about to go live before I finally go for the name change. That gives me just under a month to make a final decision.

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