Azerite Armor “improvements”… who thinks this shit up?

Lore  put a very long blue post up on the forums saying the devs have been listening to the feedback about how painful getting Azerite armor is through M+ and they want to try to fix it in 8.1. At the same time, it should help solve the RNG shitstorm that comes with trying to make sure you can farm specific  Azerite traits as not all traits are created equal.

After reading through it, and the gushing ‘ty’ posts immediately after it, it’s pretty clear the majority of readers went the TLDR route and missed some important points that make this seemingly nice change, not so great.

The post from Lore is long, so I’m going to try to bring it back down to size and combine a few paragraphs.  Ignore the ilvls mentioned, this is a change coming in 8.1, and it was clarified the ilvls would reflect the new higher ilvls in 8.1; the current ones just give a better comparison at the moment.

  • A new ‘un-named” currency will be implemented which is obtainable as a one off drop from the M+ cache you open once a week.   The amount from the cache scales, so if you did a 10, your weekly cache has more than your cache if you did a 7
  • You can also scrap Azerite pieces to give the new currency, the amount you receive based on the ilvl of the piece you scrapped
  • Azerite armor no longer can drop from the mythic+ weekly cache at all

So it was already hard to get Azerite armor from Mythic+ dgns as it didn’t drop from the chest at the end and you had a only had a once a week chance to get it from the weekly cache. This new system removes that chance altogether and puts it behind currency, which knowing Blizzard is going to be time gated too. More on that below.

And the big point  I took away from this is.. where is the incentive to trade unwanted Azerite armor pieces to people who really need them, post 8.1? Azerite armor just became immensely invaluable even if you can’t use it. It’s going to take a very generous person to want to hand over a piece of gear to someone who really needs it, because scrapping it instead will get them closer to their next piece.  Why even make Azerite gear tradeable if they now want you to hoard it?

  • Thaumaturge Vashreen will be back to let you spend your currency in one of 2 ways. You can spend it on a random dgn Azerite piece in a box (ilvl 335, 370 and 385). The higher ilvl boxes will cost more currency. To allow targeting, he will also sell specific 385 versions at a premium.
  • The timing is that you should have enough currency to buy a piece of gear that lines up with the ilvl of the dgn gear you’re currently doing, every 2 or 3 weeks and the 385 pieces are for long term goals for top players.

The higher ilvl costing more isn’t an issue as they’ve mentioned you’ll get more if you do higher content so this helps keep the ilvl pieces in line with what you’re upgrade I guess. What I really have the issue with is it’s only the 385 pieces that will be specifically targetable.

Why are the targetable pieces only for the highest ilvl of the high at extra inflated prices? So if you’re not running the highest content, you’re not considered a worthy candidate to be trusted to select your own piece. As a ‘punishment’ for not doing the highest content, you can stick with RNG.

The noting of expected timings that they think you should be getting a piece in is also interesting. Dgn pieces of Azerite armor are hard to come by already as you only had a once a week possibility to get them from your weekly cache and now under this new system, that weekly chance is completely gone as they no longer drop and you now have a 2-3 weekly chance if you gather enough currency.

Which leads me to wonder, is that 2-3 weekly chance just from opening your cache or are you now going to be spending time running all sources of azerite armor drops in order to be able to scrap it for currency?

  • Overall, we believe that this change will improve things in a lot of different ways:  Mythic+ players of all skill levels will now have a clear path to upgrading their Azerite slots   and High-end Mythic+ players will have a way to target specific Azerite pieces to optimize their setups

Holy elitist batman, it’s right back to, only the best of the best really need or want to target because everyone else will be fine with the RNG loot fest that is so prevalent in WoW nowadays.

I don’t think I get the direction this game is going in at all. It has become a RNG fest on top of a RNG fest and 8.0 for a non raider is an empty shell of an expansion with ‘improvements’ with holes that even a more casual player can pick apart. I’m starting to feel that the team that is working on WoW really have lost touch with what used to make it great, or maybe it’s me that’s changed.

 

 

 

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Real Life Chatter – could I run 21km again.. should I?

October 2016 will always be the month I ran my first half marathon and it was going to be my only because it’s a freaking long time to run for a slow ass runner like me and I was soooo sick of the training runs by the end of it.

I came in at 2hr 42min for 21.2km (13mile) which I was fine with. I hadn’t gone into it with any real timeframe or pacing goal apart from “please dont be over 3 hours and just finish dammit”

After staggering over the finish line and finding my running buddy as we had split up over the course I promised her never again and promptly stopped running long distance.. and then slowly in the last year stopped running at all.

But it was the Melbourne half marathon weekend just gone and,  like the pain of childbirth, the pain of the marathon has faded to a rosy glow and I find myself wondering if I could actually do it again but faster.

But here’s the kicker, in the past year my total runs added together come to  less than a marathon and I’ve, for want of a nice way to put it.. got chubby. I was slow when I was fit, but I’m at a snail pace now with extra weight.

So here’s my goal for the next 360 days, learn to run again and lose the excess jiggles. Seeing I’m thinking about paying a stupid sum of money to go run a long way.. I better make it count. To be accountable, monthly blogs. You get to read the adventures of Zee the wanna-be returning runner.

Jeez I’m freaking insane irl.

 

 

Survivor Zee, I’ve missed you

I found out a few days ago that there’s a new Ark expansion coming out soon. I already own it because I bought the season pass months ago which included the next expansion to be released one day. Bit of a gamble in case it never came out but a really awesome surprise now.  With that news Ark has been on my mind a lot, and last night I couldn’t resist the pull anymore and logged on.

Ark is so high up on my list of favourite games. It grabbed me from the moment I started playing and after a few months away from it, it was awesome to see the world again.

Unlike WoW, Arks developers encourage private servers and tbh the official ones are quite rubbish to play on, so last time I played it was with a couple of friends on our own servers and it was fantastic. No competing with other tribes for limited territory, resources and dinos, the world was all ours!

I’m wondering how this game plays as a solo player. Even with our small tribe, it was still 3 people or so to gather resources to build and, more importantly, to trap and tame dinos. I’m not sure how well this game would go as a single player but it seems like a fun challenge to set myself.

I don’t know if I want to fire up my old server. It would definitely be great to see my dinos and gorgeous houses again but it is a fully established world ,where I pretty much have every dino and resource I could ever want, so it would be nice to start fresh and see what I can do.

I think it’s time for a bit of Ark!

 

 

Professor Zee and a new lazy pet

I’ve been steadily digging away in Zandalar and Kul Tiras archology sites as I run around doing world quests and was super super excited to get a rare solve for Zandalari which gave me the Professor title, as well as a brand new baby Direhorn Hatchling pet.

I was so excited about this because I thought it might be a version of the baby Direhorn the Horde rescue in Zuldazar and then promptly never get to interact with again after the initial set of quests but no. Rather than being a new, different and unique baby Direhorn, instead it’s a direct copy of the Pygmy Direhorn from Throne of Thunder.

It feels a bit lazy that the pet is a direct copy of an existing pet.

Surely with all the gorgeous colours of Direhorns in Zandalar it wouldn’t have been too difficult to use a bit of imagination and make a new coloured version?

Well a pet is a pet and I can’t be too ungrateful about a new pet, even if it is a lazy pet.

 

Organised groups.. dipping my paws in

I’m still in a weird position with my WoW mojo. I’m having a ball running around doing things like Archeology and hunting down obscure achievements but I’m starting to feel an urge to be doing organised group type things but not yet motivated enough to go find a proper team so its been the pug life for me.

I popped into a normal Uldir pug last night and it was really fun. We one shot every boss which I wasnt expecting in a pug so that was awesome, right up until Ghuun when the leader of the group said he had to go and the group disbanded. It was a bit late to find another group so I went back to world quests til bed. I picked up two upgrades which puts my ilvl at 359 which is probably high enough for heroics if I can find a group who doesn’t want AOTC linked to get in.

I’ve been starting with mythic plus though the keys I’ve been doing are pretty low, 3s and 4s but I’m  pretty sure with my ilvl I could be healing higher ones, I just need to get out there and try I guess.   I’ve seen loads of groups state they’ll be checking raider.io before inviting and  ouch my score on there is pretty low so there’s heaps of room for me to get my butt into dgns and get my score up.

Mythic plus are really fun are on a resto druid again. I need to get my ui fixed up though, I’m missing quite a few weak aura reminders that flash in my face.

I found a great addon which shows me the classes already in the group when I’m  looking in the premade groups list. It gives me a rough idea of what I’ll be facing if I queue up and if I’m brutally honest, lets me know what I prefer to avoid. Blizz’s class balancing is still pretty shitty so there’s some comps that just look like they’d suck to be a part of. I’m also not sure if it’s just me but I really hate healing Demon Hunter tanks. I don’t remember them being so squishy in Legion. Blood dks are my favourites so far.

My two big goals this week is to get Zee revered with Champions of Azeroth as she’s behind on reps and to try to get a few heroic bosses and some more m+  done.

 

Z & Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 40: Getting to know you.

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier!

This fortnight it’s all about getting to know the blogger (or their main toon) behind the screen.

There’s a list of questions, it’s a bit daunting how long it is but let’s dive in and see what there is.

1. How do you drink your tea?  I’m a massive fan of Earl Grey and I usually have it with no milk or no sugar so the flavour pops. But if I’m really feeling like a comfort drink, I’ll make a really stong cup  with sugar and milk.

2. Favourite Dessert? I love all desserts but if I have to pick one, Tiramisu.

3. Favourite Season and Why?  Autumn. The chill has come into the air making it perfect snuggle weather with woolly blankets and cosy scarves. Leaves are falling from the trees and windy days are amazing.

4. What cheers you up?  Videos of animals being silly. I  have a good friend that I send cute animal pics/vids to if he’s having a down day and he does the same for me. Never underestimate the power of cute baby animals.

5. Dogs or Cats?  In all my time, I’ve only ever owned one dog and multiple cats so I guess it’s cats all the way. My life is currently supervised by two gorgeous moggies. They take it in turns to fight over a spot on my lap when I’m playing WoW,  never mind how much of an inconvenience it is to me. The loser generally sits just to the side of my desk shooting dirty looks in my direction.

6. Dream Holiday?  I’ve always wanted to go on a week, or longer, horse riding trek, preferably somewhere mountainous.

7. How many kids do you want? I have 2 and that’s pretty perfect for me.

8. Favourite weather?  Sunny day, but not hot, around 22 deg with  mostly blue skies but a tiny bit of white wispy clouds in the sky is perfect.

9. Last Meal?  An amazing burger with chips. I’d make it my life mission try all the burgers I can. The last one I had was a macadamia, zucchini and brie burger. I’m not a vegetarian but it was amazing.

10. 24 hours anywhere, any year? I want to know how and why Stonehenge was actually built; 24 hours during construction should   answer my questions.

11. Ghostly adventures? Hmm I’d  go to a big castle and pretend it was mine… sort of like what I do in WoW with Stromgarde Keep

12. Family ancestry?  My family originally comes from Scotland and it’s somewhere I intend to go and visit but haven’t got there yet.

13. What scares you? Elevators… fun fact, my new job is on the 9th floor of a building  and I regularly have to go to offices in other buildings on the 20th and 24th floors.. facing my fears every day should make me a better person,  right??

14. What are you most grateful for? Working in the city I’m surrounded by extremes..  Stores selling the most overpriced luxuries and at the same time I see people sleeping on the streets. I’m so grateful I’m in a position to be able to afford to pay rent and bills and food with enough to spare for luxuries like wow.

15. Dream Job?  One that pays lots of money that I could do from home. More seriously though, I don’t know what would be my dream job because I havent found it yet.

16. Aliens, yes or no? Resounding yes. The universe is too large and too unexplored to believe  that life couldn’t have evolved somewhere else. As to them being little green humanoids that have mastered interstellar travel already, that I don’t know.

17. Favorite Sport. Sportsball? Eww no. If I’m going to watch sport it’d be something like ice skating.

18. How do you relax after a long day. Video games and Netflix. 2 monitors mean I can do both at once and sometimes with wine. Perfect night!

19. If you could meet anyone? Hmm I don’t know, there’s many people I’d like to meet but I’ve always wanted to be able to go back in time and find all the people who made new discoveries in cooking techniques. How did someone work out to separate the yolk and white in eggs and then beat the egg whites until they turned all stiff for meringues?

20. If you had to be a teacher, what would you teach? Medieval English history.

21. Describe your perfect day. Breakfast of waffles at my favourite cafe, slow walk home through the walking trails catching Pokemon and then uninterrupted WoW until bedtime.

22. Describe yourself in one sentence.  I try to be kind but sometimes I’m too impulsive and impatient for my own good.

23. Who makes you laugh the most.  Animals being derpy like this gorgeous baby magpie.

24. What superpower. Time travel.

25. Favourite animal.  Horses, meerkats and magpies, how can you choose just one?

Biggest accomplishment? Something I’m  happy about, as weird as it sounds, is learning to really enjoy living alone. I used to hate being on my own but I’ve come to actually like it. I get to choose all the things I want, downside is I also have to do all the boring house chores but I get to choose when I do it 🙂

Pics!! Mara started this bit with his pic and it was so great to see the blogger behind the screen so a few others of us decided to do so too.

This is me..

 

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 39: What’s on your To-Do List for BFA?

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier!  

It’s early days yet and the to-do list will obviously change a bit as more patches and content comes along but already I’ve got a list of things I want to have done before the next expansion comes along. Not all of the bucket list comes from the current expansion but they are loose ends I want to tie up before we move out of BFA.

  1. Level ally Zee Druid to 120 and get exalted with Proudmore so I can make a Ku lTiran Druid even though the mookin form is the ugliest form I have seen in my life..
  2. Get the Archeology titles – Professor and Headmistress
  3. Go back to Legion and buddy up with Conjurer Margoss and all the fishing friends
  4. Ride all of the Rickety Planks in Vol’dun
  5. Get 100 reps, Zee should be pretty close to 90+ once the reputation changes come in as part of 8.1
  6. Level all the allied races for the 110 achievement
  7.  Buy all the rep/faction pets.. I havent worked out how many tokens I need yet
  8. Collect 1000 pets

That list should keep me going for a while.

I’m not sure if I want to put any raiding goals on here. My raiding mojo isnt back yet and given all the negative class balancing issues so far, the game seems much more fun being played  from a casual point of view so I’ll keep on that path for now.

It’s a small world

Cross realm functionality can really work to make Azeroth feel like one seamless world and I love it.

I was out and about in the northern zones of the Eastern Kingdom looking for a specific location to take some screenshots of spells and I couldn’t quite remember what zone it was in so I asked Cinder for directions.

I was so surprised and delighted when she turned up and we could see each other!!  2 different factions on 2 different realms and it felt like there was no difference between us.

It was a great chance to swap to Zee and take photos together on our main toons while we were in the same space and time.

Such a great feature.

 

 

I tried to love you

I really really did try to love my little Priest  and make her my new main class. There’s so much to love about a Priest. Golden flashy wings, sparkly fairy spells and a gorgeous race to dress up in pretty dresses. They look perfect in every way. It’s just there isn’t a spark between us. Which actually makes me sad in  way.

I can’t put my finger on why I havent gelled with my priest. A Holy Priest is hands down the most beautiful healer in the game.

I really thought I’d love my Priest so much. She has the most gorgeous transmogs and spell animations and her healing toolkit is phenomenal. Guardian angel wings is amazing, especially talented into a 1min cd and her big direct heals are lovely but after playing as a Priest non stop since BFA went live, it still feels clunky to me.

When I found myself hesitating to queue for dgns and turning down raid invites, I wondered what was wrong but I shrugged it off thinking I was just tired from the first couple of weeks in a  new job and getting used to the daily commute to the city. Then I started to level Zee and dgns felt natural and zipping around the world as a kitty was really fun so I found more excuses to run away to play with her. Healing my first sets of mythics as a Druid really made me realise just how much I missed healing with  her.

I don’t think my Druid is a stronger healer but I feel way more confident on my Druid and there’s a whole lot more to her that just makes me smile playing her. I absolutely adore getting to stealth around , especially if I feel like taking shortcuts through mob heavy areas and don’t want to get in combat. Stag form is so cute, no matter which faction I’m on both models look great.

Along with deciding that I really want to be playing a Druid way more, it pretty much went hand in hand with not wanting to be maining an Alliance at the moment. So Zee packed up her bags and went back to being a Horde girl. It meant a bit of a name change, but it’s close enough to what it was so I don’t mind the ending. She’s still Zee to me.

I love seeing her gorgeous Troll face again. If Trolls didn’t have the incredibly ugly feet, they would be my perfect toon.

I missed my pretty little painted Cat too. Troll cats are so cute.

Look at her little paws!

Having a 120 on Horde already, meant all the flight paths and ready for War achievement were already in place so it wasn’t a huge step back though I had to go back and quest to reopen Kul Tiras.

I really do want to see the rest of the Ally story and open up Kul Tiran Druids, so I’ll level my other Ally Druid to see the Alliance story and have a pretty Night Elf again.

I think I finally answered the questionof what class and what faction I want to be.

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 38: How do you level in Battle for Azeroth?

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier!  

I took a completely different style to levelling in BFA than any other expansion. Normally I’d group up with a bunch of friends and we’d run through the quests and  queue dgn  but this time I really wanted to see the story so I decided to quest by myself so I could read as much or as little of the quest texts and poke around sightseeing and it was by far the best choice I’ve made.

I had a ball actually reading quests and finishing off each quest line and zone achievements before moving to the next.  I had taken a few days off from work so I didn’t have to rush I picked up every side quest I came past but im still surprised by how many I find now that i missed. I do want to go back and finish all the little ones ive missed before BFA ends.

I felt I was levelling really slowly since I was taking my time but I reached 120 on the Thursday night after release so it was actually quite fast. I only popped into dgns when the story brought me to them because I didn’t want to see spoilers for the quest lines.

My ally levelling was a lot more fractured because there’s been huge gaps while I’m been on my Horde doing the main story and then world quests and gearing on my Horde girl.  I was determined to see the Ally story in full, just like Horde so I picked up every quest and fully completed a zone before going to the next

While it felt a little strange at the start not being in a group, I actually had a lot more fun questing this way and I’ll be doing the same next time too.