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Warcraft is stopping me from writing about Warcraft!

November 2, 2010 4 comments

I currently have two drafts saved on two different topics, but I just can’t seem to find the time to get around to finishing them. Between falling asleep early, work, Jury Duty, finishing Stormrage, starting The Shattering, work, getting my cell phone fixed, mount runs and crafting Sulfuras, The Hand of Ragnaros on WoW, and work, I just keep running out of hours in the day. Now the pre-cataclysm event has started with crazy elementals and cultists.

They quickly promoted me.

My main, Zeluminati, doing the Cultist thing.

I hoped on over to Stormwind to participate. I grabbed a few items befitting an elemental destruction cultist from my bank and reported in for the infiltration mission. I took up the call, did some recruiting, met an image of Cho’gall and finally reported back to Varian. Then it was off to Northrend to spend a couple hours hunting Elementals for the “Tripping the Rift” Feat of Strength. Definitely not a bad night, but nothing of substance for the blog accomplished. Tomorrow is another day, however, and maybe I can get these things done.

Also, congrats to Linedan at Achtung Panzercow on representing Prot Warriors on the most recent WoWphiles Podcast.

*Flying in on a Blue Dragonhawk* Tales from my introduction to the Cataclysm Beta

September 15, 2010 1 comment

Yes, I’m back again. Where does the time go? As the Title indicates, I succeeded in gathering my 100th mount since I last posted. However, the bigger development is, I won a Beta Key. After a week of the character copy not working, followed by a few days of waiting for the copy request to go through, I have my level 80 Warrior on the Beta Server (Twice actually).

First thing I noticed, the emblem cash out already went through. Gone were my 112 Frost , and 40-something Triumph Emblems, in their place was a nice 500 Justice Points. Cool. Now to the Heirloom Vendor to outfit a Troll Druid… Heirlooms are going for over 400 points a piece… There goes that plan. Thankfully I had copied my Plate Heirlooms and had enough for several happy level 1 Warriors (a Tauren, a Worgen, and an Undead, mostly to see the new starting areas).

I did have quite a few honor points, about 1600. So, I went to check out the PvP Heirlooms in Wintergrasp (the ones you can get with Stone Keeper Shards currently). Wintergrasp was in progress, I decide to queue up, no talents, actions bars still out of wack, but I did. Stupid me. I zone in and see “Zeluminati now Party Leader.” I’m the sole Alliance member of the defense of Wintergrasp. I have never seen this before. A quick glance shows the timer at 5 minutes remaining and a single Horde Siege Vehicle in play. I run to the left and find the outside wall on the West side of the Keep falling to a Catapult. I back pedel around the corner, up the ramp, and into the turret and open fire. The Catapult begins to attack the innerwall. I continue to fire. He finally takes notice and backs up to attack my turret, but it’s too late, and his vehicle crumbles. 3 minutes left, and I discover my adversary is a very mad 85 Orc Hunter. I do my best to survive as he lays into. I die, but I have done my part, time will soon run out, and the inner wall still stands. The PvP 2hand sword only cost 520 honor points, which is far fairer than the change in PvE heirlooms (which will probably be easier to acquire). 1-on-1 Wintergrasp victory, that is indeed a strange feeling.

Next thing up, Race changing one of my Draenei copies to a Worgen (characters on the Beta are randomly recieving Race Changes and Recustomizations everytime the account logs in it seems, and it just so happens one of my copies was flag for one). Current problem is, and character Race Changed to a Worgen is stuck in human form, due to not having done the Gilneas quest line. There IS a work around. Go to Gilneas, die, and use a specific Spirit Healer to get knocked into the starting area’s phase (Will be doing that when I have sometime tomorrow or Friday most likely).

Back to the Draenei. I would like to note, I miss my bag addon, I miss it a LOT. everything is a mess in my bags and bank without it. My bar addon is missed as well, but not as much as the bag one. Anyway, I have set up my talents for the new system. It was HARD! So many interesting choices. I currently have a trash tanking spec and a boss/single target tanking spec. The system is definately more complex than PvE & PvP talents now. The Glyphs were a lot simpler. I think I really had one or two choices I had to decide between, otherwise the 3 levels filled themselves (may have been more difficult if I wasn’t focusing a tree on single and a tree on multi). Replacing a Glyph is NOT free, by the way. You need a reagent called Vanishing Powder. There are 2 forms of it, one costs 8 silver and only works for level 80 and below, the other costs 8 gold and only works for level 81 and up. For of a gold sink for ya.

It was late, so I didn’t feel up to jumping into the new questlines just yet. I did however head on over to Stormwind and pickup my license to fly in Azeroth. I hoped on my Blue Dragonhawk and took to the skies. The New Stormwind is beautiful. Varian has a giant statue in the new Castle Courtyard. There is a graveyard behind the Cathedral, complete with a monument to Varian’s late wife. Next to it is an unmarked Mausoleum. It’s sort of strange that there is no name plate when it over shadows its surroundings. Even more interesting is the fake that the tomb in the center is etched with what appears to be the symbol of Lorderon (The stylized “L”). I’m curious if this is the resting place of Arthas’ body. The only other possibility I could think of would be Anduin Lothar, but I’m not sure where his body ended up after he died at Blackrock.

I (like many others) then flew off to Burning Stepps to kill that dragon that fights the dwarves under the flight path in an area that was previously unaccessable. Satified I hearthed and logged out for bed.

I will definately be posting things here as I continue to explore the future of WoW in the Cataclysm Beta.

Grinding for the Summer

June 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Yes it has been MONTHS, I fail at keeping up with things. Plus it has been a slow couple of months. My guild seems to be in a unique position, we have too many tanks. Our Guild leader is a Bear, we have two full time Paladin tanks, two ret Paladins who offspec as tank, a Death Knight tank (MIA as of late due to connection issues), and me one of two Warrior Tanks (though the other has been away for a bit). This doesn’t include quite a few alts who have moderately geared tanking specs. For about a month or so, I was the main tank of the hastily formed “ICC10 Group 2”.  I and the DK would tank it, we got gear, as well as geared up some of the people who weren’t in the guild’s main group (and at times, the main group would fill in open spots with alts).

Recently the guild has expanded, and since the main group has downed Lich King, and have several Heroic bosses down, the guild leader has decided to refocus our guild to being dominately 25man. This leads to the problem of, who gets to tank? For the past month it has pretty much boiled down to whoever is on first gets to tank (Excluding the Guild Leader, he goes as DPS, has recently switched his offspec from Cat to Moonkin). The raid time is set at 5:30pm server on Wednesday, for me that is a local time of 7:30pm. If I get off work at 6:30 or sooner, I can make that no problem. However, if I get off work at 6:45, rush home, eat, shower, and immediately get on the computer, I’m lucky to make it by 7:45, which usually means I’m out of luck. This past week I didn’t step foot in ICC25. I tanked the 10man run on Friday, which is mostly for alts, lesser geared members, and people who need certain upgrades. In summary, Blah… I may start looking if anyone has openings for tank on Gnomeregan US Alliance side… maybe…

Enough of my Blues, lets move on to the main point of this post, Achievement Grinding. Over the last three weeks I hammered out the Vanilla portion of Loremaster. I enjoyed it. Duskwood and the stories of Jitters and Mor’Ladim are good and all the sights and NPCs show how much excellent work went into the game. Finishing Outland is next on the list (though I am taking a side trip to Grizzly Hills, since only it and Icecrown are left up in Northrend, I figure its a good side trip with lots of throwbacks to the areas I was passing through).

I also am working on gaining Exalted status with the Kalu’ak. Never finished it and since I managed to get ALL of the mounts out of the Argent Tournament I can skip those dalies for a week or two before going back for the tabard (also, need more inventory space, also mount total at 90/100 for the Dragonhawk). The other dalies I’m making a point to hit are the Skyguard ones in both Terokkar and Blade’s Edge, its a long road to Exalted for them as well, so its best to start ASAP. 

I need to get back in the habit of doing older raids on weekends, just seems like too many people fail at them. (This one time in Blackwing Lair… *shudder*)

Taking the Lair

April 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Last night I got into a PUG Blackwing Lair run. There were characters of various levels between 60 and 80, many of whom probably never were there before. Thankfully there was an attuned Warlock in the group to summon people straight in. Oh, did I mention, the person putting it together disconnected at some point before I got summoned?

As I have had to do once before (on my second run of “For the Alliance”) I assumed the defacto role of Raid Leader for 2 reasons:

1. I am the tank (there was a Bear off tanking, but I was better geared, so main tanking).

2. I know most of the encounters from a near full clear on a previous run (server reset as Chromaggus tore the 7 of us apart) and had read Nefarian’s encounter several times (I like dragons).

The group did fine. A little shakey at time with loot and pulling, but we (Shikamaru was handling the Master Looter duties) held it together.

The opening boss went smoothly, as the raid didn’t wipe us. Vael got burned without a single death. Trash was a minor bump.

The biggest irritation was the rooms before Broodlord Lashlayer. Fast respawning adds and traps spraying slowing gas. It was frustrating trying to get the rogues up to disarm them, but we decided to push through and forget the disarming. Took a bit too long, but we survived.

The drake trio and Chromaggus went down smooth. Nef was entertaining. Everyone pilled behind the throne after the first few waves and no one got the debuff. Nef summarily went down hard (did the Hunter call out and broke Shikamaru’s Weapon though).

As the only Shield wielding Tank, and one of only two Warriors (the other being there for the achievement only, I think) I cleaned up in drops. Two old school tank trinkets, and the Chest, Bracers, and Boots for the Tier 2 Battlegear of Wrath set.

I really dig Blackwing Lair. The encounters are cool, the gear all looks Awesome, and I can do it once a week >.>

Also did ZG with a friend’s guild (much drama) and went with a couple friends part way into Kara (Shikamaru brought his 71 Paladin for heals and picked up the Mongoose Enchant off Moroes, which I am now rocking). We cleared through Opera (Oz knockoffs) and will pick it up this weekend.

If you have never done these raids, get some friends together, read up on the basics, and go grab some loot.

P.S. If you qualify to run VoA on 10 or 25, I HIGHLY recommend getting into it everyweek. Got my ilevel264 Gloves last night off of Toravon.

Feeling Good and Fungi

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Last night was full of good news and events. The night opened with me getting invited to join my guild’s 2nd team on ICC this Sunday. I’ve been working hard at gearing up and being the best tank I can be. This is a big step for me, my first experience in ICC was as the 3rd tank in a 25man PUG last weekend (which went less than stellar, wiping hard on Lady Deathwhisper). Dailies went well (still saving up to get mounts at the Argent Tournament).

The revamp of Monsterbelly Appetite as Disarmed! is great. The new fish outside of Violet Hold are both moderately useful, plus more booze. I like those eels for running old content in my tank gear as all the dodge helps and the shimmering minnows are an expendable source of health.

My sidekick, Shikamaru (level 80 hunter), have been running TBC content lately, even getting in on raids over the weekends. We hit Auchindon last night and ran all four dungeons on Heroic. Mana-Tombs was a lot of fun and seemed to be punishingly high in damage for a level 70 Heroic (I started in early Wrath, and never ran it at level), but we cleared through without incident. Auchenai Crypts was the last new dungeon for both of us and we got Outland Dungeonmaster, there was much rejoicing. We cleared the other two for the first time on Heroic. Lots of gear was collected and he headed to bed.

I had one last stop for the night. After sorting out the interesting equips from the just plain eye melting (the curse of Burning Crusade gear), I was off to Zangermarsh and the Underbog. For the fourth day in a row I beat the instance up and down for a couple clears picking up Sanguine Hibiscus. Finally all the hard work paid off and I hit Exalted with the mushroom men of Sporeggar. Kungaloosh was made and sent out to several friends in celebration.

Five Tips for Grinding Sporeggar Rep:

1. Do the Non-repeatable Quests- this is one of those reputations where grinding will happen no matter what. Do the quests as soon as you can as killing Bog Lord and such to get to Revered is just down right boring.

2. Collect Glowcaps and keep them- You are going to need them for anything the Quartermaster sells (which is probably why you are getting the rep up), grab them early and often. The quest to turn them in for rep is fairly worthless.

3. Get to 80 or get backup- I started grinding them briefly while leveling through Outland (which is a good time to do the quests in my opinions). It was difficult and the gear just isn’t important anymore thanks to Northrend. Higher levels will make make the next part simpler.

4. Clean Out Underbog- Most of the trash in the first section (before the naga) have a decent chance to drop Sanguine Hibiscus, which is the whole point. However, there are a few nodes later on and anything that drops will cover repairs.

5. Spread it Out- Don’t force yourself to keep at it for 8 hours just to get Exalted. Run it a couple times a night, maybe go through the quests with some friends. Everyone can show off their shiny tabards and Tiny Sporebats together.