The bane of blogging – Drafts

I realised that I have in my drafts folder over 130 written (or semi-written) blog posts that have never made it to the publishing stage.

Having a look through them I realised that some will never make it to being published as they are so out of dates; post titles include:

  • Ji-Kun and a few druid healing thoughts – yep that content is done and dusted
  • Gearing a fresh 90 – it’s almost time to consider gearing a fresh 100
  • Adjusting the sails  - the entire blog post is the quote “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. William Arthur Ward” - I really wonder where this post was going to go
  • And a ton of unfinished blogging challenges like Dress up Friday’s and 20 days of blogging.

So, one of my tasks will be to go through that folder (one day) and clear out the outdated content and unwritten posts and maybe finish off the challenges, especially the Dress up Friday one – because that was fun. And who knows I might even find a post that I do want to publish.

So having written that – here’s a post I meant to publish over a year ago:

Resort life… Wow Style

Flying over Feralas the other day I noticed a ton of npcs playing on what seemed to be a beach; it’s pretty murky down there and not at all sunny but that didn’t seem to stop them from acting like they were on a summer holiday. Hanging out on the sand or relaxing in the recliners around the place.

guests 1

guests1 It’s  very  multi-national, all the different races are there sharing the resort though they do seem to keep to their own faction groups.

The food must be ok, since there’s a long queue but given that there is a celebrity chef to prepare the food, that’s probably why people are waiting.

resort food

gordon tramsy

resortresort 1

Like winning the lottery

I’ve been running all my 90s through the headless horseman dungeons this past week, in fact I actually enabled my 2nd account again so I could have access to 2 more level 90 healers, all to increase my chances of snagging the Headless Horseman’s Reins.

On the 4th run today I couldn’t believe it when I saw the purple Horseman’s reins pop out of the loot pumpkin.

HH HH1

Getting the mount was pure luck. I’m going to be excited about this for a really long time.

 

Acheivement Spam

I decided in the count down to Warlords I want to try to get through as many Pandaria ach’s as possible. It’s also a  good way to say bye to the zone.

 

Ach Spam

 I’ve been working on a few achievements over on the Isle of Thunder working towards completing all the ach’s for the Storm breaker title. I have to say a huge thanks to McTacky as I needed to kill Feng for the achievement these Mogu Have Gotta Go-Gu and I just couldn’t get an incarnation of Feng to drop. I knew he had been working on the Isle a while ago so sent a whisper asking if he happened to have one left in his bank, which  he did and he happily came over without a moment’s hesitation.

If you’re looking to do the treasures of pandaria ach, I recommend the Lost Treasures addon, it puts an arrow on your screen to the location and spawn points on your maps and makes this achievement so much easier. And on the subject of add ons; Npcscan Overlay, makes finding all the rares for Glorious so much easier by putting the patrol paths of rares on your map. If you don’t have it, definitely go get it.

Achievement hunting is a fun way to fill in time, I love seeing the box pop up when I’ve done something and the more I can get done in Pandaria now, the less there is to do later when there’s new and shiny achievements in Draenor to do.

As an Orc in Mulgore

I gave into my urge to make a new toon tonight when I saw my partner on the character creation screen tossing around the idea of making a tauren to see the new models up close. So we decided to make a pair of toons to play together for a bit. Meet Attaro the Tauren Warrior and Zehra the Orc Shaman. Zehra’s in training with hopes of joining the Earthen Ring someday.

I hadn’t really compared the new and old models before tonight but after turning new models on and off a bit – boy what a difference there is.

Old Tauren and Orc

newmodels

New Tauren and Orc

newmodels1

So so much better. So far I haven’t seen anything I don’t like about the new orc model. I’ve noticed on my night elfs their mouths open very unattractively as they finish a cast and their eyes are as bright as a death knights which is a bit disconcerting – but so far the orc model looks amazing. It’s a shame the screenshot doesn’t show their toes, because I am quite fascinated by an orc’s toes – they look great with super cute toenails – shame we can’t have nail polish colours. I could definitely handle playing an orc full-time given how great they look now.

However, questing in Mulgore as an orc is really difficult, when questing in a Tauren/non-Tauren combo because somewhere along the line Blizz decided to make a ton of quests Tauren only, possibly because they discuss a lot of Tauren lore but still quite frustrating for any non-Tauren who wants to level there. I guess the silver lining  is with heirlooms and fast levelling is we didn’t actually have to do the full amount of quests to get us to a high enough level to be able to pick up the hero’s call board quests for Northern Barrens.

Tomorrow’s adventures sees us head off to Northern Barrens. It’ll be interesting to see how long my interest in levelling another alt holds out, I’d like to think I could have her close to 90 before Warlords hits but with 17 days to go (The godmother has a lovely countdown clock on her website), it’s highly unlikely I will get there.

 

 

Naga Hatchlings

I came across these little Naga babies towards the end of the Goblin starting zone.

Naga Hatchlings

These would make a fantastic pet to have. I wonder if they could ever make it into the game.

Have you seen any animals/items in game that would make a great pet.

 

On Wings of Nether and a surprising quest

One of the achievements I wanted to get through before Warlords goes live was to get exalted with the Netherwing faction so that I could buy up the Netherwing Drakes.Despite me being incredibly slow to actually obtain these mounts, these are definitely one of my favourite models and they come in lovely colours and I’ve been meaning to get around to owning them for ages.

Today I finally finished the dailies down there and hit exalted with them. Before rushing off to buy up all the drakes though, I realised a new quest had come available on one of the daily quest givers.

It was the quest Bow to the Highlord which lead to Lord Illidan Stormrage and had a nice little RP event with it. It started with the Overlord Mor’ghor who was quite impressed with me and decided I should become a Highlord of the Dragonmaw Clan. He even went so far as to call  Illidan down to meet me.

Netherwing 3

Illidan however, wasn’t quite as pleased when he exposed me for the imposter that I was.

netherwing 5

And I had to be  whisked away to safety in Shattrath by the dragon Yarzill, who until right before the quest had been disguised as a Goblin daily quest giver.

netherwing 4

Once back in Shattrath you can talk to all the different Netherwing Drakes, and one will volunteer to come with you on your adventures.  I chose Onyxien, then it was straight back down to Netherwing ledge to buy up the remaining 5 different colour drakes.Netherwing 2

The quest at the end of hitting exalted was fantastic to see, I’m really glad I stopped to see what quest had become available as it was really easy to overlook.

If you’re exalted and you’ve never completed the quest (you can buy the mounts without doing the quest), definitely go down and finish it off. netherwing 6

 

 

Sexy Troll and druid healing at a first glance

Sexy troll

 

Ok, so I might have been a bit hasty and over reacted about the ugliness of troll because I cannot get over how much I love how Z looks now. Her new model shows off her independence and fierce spirit while still remaining girly enough for me to find her really pretty. I love her defined muscles in her arms and shoulders. It was quite strange though to see her health at 89k, that’s so incredibly tiny.

It was a normal raid night for us tonight so we headed into SoO for everyone to have a look at their new class changes. I was pretty impressed with druid healing at the first glance. On the surface I didn’t immediately really notice too much of a difference in healing pre-patch and post-patch though a few things were immediately apparent. Such as, having to only manage 1 stack of lifebloom over 3 is a real plus.

I did miss the lack of symbiosis as I have got really spoilt having a moving tranq by macroing tranquillity to spirit walkers grace and constantly symbing a shaman. But on the other hand, not having to check if both links of the spell were unbroken was quite a nice change.

At the moment it appears that haste and mastery are pretty even so I decided to change out the mastery gems I had in my gear with more haste gems as my healing style favours basically blanketing the raid in rejuvs and trying to keep efflo and lifebloom up 100% of the time. These spells perform slightly better with haste. Though, with the changes to SoTF I was trying to work in a lot more healing touches and regrowths than I’d normally use so that might mean I lean towards more Mastery. It’s something I’ll have to keep an eye on it and play around a bit with.

 I did notice that my Thok trinket did crap all healing tonight so I’ll have to see what I have in my bank; over at EJ they recommend trying out the multistrike (nazgrim) or seigecrafter’s trinks instead. I’m pretty sure I have a Nazgrim trinket in my bags so I might dust that off.

With the crazy mana regen we have the moment, the loss of innervate wasn’t noticed. This might be something I miss once we get back to levelling and I’m healing dgns as an undergeared healer with undergeared tanks. That’s something to worry about as we get there. For now it means I can spam heals and move my mushroom whenever the fancy takes me.

The downside though – I really noticed the difference in AOE healing. Pre-patch with instant cast wild growths, the ability to bloom my mushrooms and topped up with a genesis spam I felt in a really good place to AOE heal and put out some bursty heals if needed. Now with mushroom bloom gone and Wild Growth on a cool down and a cast time, I feel a bit underpowered. I think I need to get more in the habit of trying to set up rolling rejuvs in the raid so I can have a genesis ready when the damage comes in.

Apart from that, to be totally honest, my druid felt pretty much like she was pre-patch. Even with the long cast time on on Wild Growth we still have our instant casts rejuvs and with the tier bonus that grants up to 5 stacks of sage mender giving an instant cast Healing touch, there’s a lot of powerful healing that can be cast on the move if needed.

I do like the way that glyph of rejuv and glyph of healing touch work together. Rejuv allows you to cast faster healing touches if you have 3x rejuvs on targets. Each healing touch  cast reduces the cool down time of nature’s swiftness and if it is macro’d to healing touch — gives you an instant cast healing touch every time it’s off cooldown. Really really nice synergy between these three spells.

At a first glance, I can say that my druid feels really familiar and comfortable to be playing with a pretty nice healing style. Hopefully, as the expac continues druids will stay in a great place.

Balance however…

I dropped into that spec to do my dailies for the Shado-pan..

Shado pan ach

yay! Finally

Hmm all I can say is it’s going to take me a while to get my  head around those changes. It feels almost like playing a new spec, especially as I wasn’t that familar with boomy in the first place.

A watched launcher updates slowly.

It reminds me of that saying a watched pot never boils, I’m staring at my launcher willing it to update faster because I really want to see 6.0 live before I have to wake up the junior gamers and start my busy day.

I think the thing I’m most excited about is the toybox. It offers both the chance to clear out my bags, access items on all my toons that only 1 or 2 have been lucky enough to find and a challenge in hunting down all the items to fill in the blank spots all in one go.

Looking back at my progress over the course of MoP now that WoD is just around the corner and I’m pretty happy with where I am. My to-do list is still there but I think if I’m perfectly honest, even if I don’t complete a single thing on the list I’m actually pretty content. There were a ton of things I didn’t complete, even knowing that they were going away forever still couldn’t motivate me enough to get up to the temple of doom, aka Proving Grounds. Maybe I’ll have more motivation to see it through in WoD. There might be a twinge of regret in a few months that there is a title I can’t get, because I do like my titles, but in reality there’s a ton of things I can’ t get in the game and there’s a ton of things I can do. I know which I’d prefer to be dwelling on.

I stirred Z to brush off her boomy set the other day and cleared through to rank 8 of Brawler’s guild but to be perfectly honest the pain to pleasure ratio was not tipped in the favour of continuing through rank 9 and 10 even with the lure of the mount at 10 so that’s something that remained unfinished and so be it. It didn’t factor in my existence for months so I can’t be overly unhappy about something going away that I didn’t try in the first place.

The cloak going away, I’m still in two minds about this one. I do wonder why they are taking it away, perhaps there is some post somewhere explaining the reasoning but I’ve missed it. But since I’ve got it on my main and an alt I’m not overly fussed as well. I do have a very dedicated friend in wow who has got the cloak on all his 10 90s but me, well I’m just lazy and two was good enough.

Ok, gotta fly, the launcher is updated. See you on the flip side of pretty toons, tons of bag space and a flaming red portal.