About Zeirah

I play and raid on Barthilas as a Resto druid though I am a serious altoholic. Stop by and read up on my random musing on my adventures through Azeroth.

Zeerah the Insane

The Insane title is one that has been on my wishlist from the moment I found out it existed but I’ve never really sat down made an effort to get it. You need to have the Darkmoon Faire, the four Goblin factions and Ravenholdt at Exalted and the Bloodsail Buccaneers at Honored. To make it a little more fun, getting your rep up with the Bloodsail pirates decreases your rep with the goblins and you can only kill mobs for Ravenholdt reputation until just short of Revered and then you have to hand in lockboxes, which can only be pickpocketed by a rogue, to a NPC to get the rest of the way to exalted.

Zee’s had the DMF reputation at exalted for a long while so I decided the lull before the pre-patch was the perfect time to start the other Rep Grinds. I started when the last DMF came up so I could get the extra rep buff. I like challenges so I set myself a deadline of a week but other things (magetower) kept getting in the way so it ended up taking me 2 weeks to get the rest of the reps done.

I started with Bloodsail which had me killing all the goblin guards down at Booty Bay. I tried to choose an out-of-the-way spot to cause least amount of disturbance since I was going to be there a few hours but you wouldn’t believe the number of lowbies that would run past me and inadvertently get a dot on them and die. It got easier as I got more and more hated by the Goblins as the guards would run from far way to have their shot at killing me. I should possibly have taken the rep to exalted but I really couldn’t be bothered and stopped as soon as I hit Honored.

Ravenholdt was the longest as it needed the two parts; killing and lockboxes. The killing part of the rep is done in Stromgarde Keep  and there were limited amounts of mobs and they were in high demand. There were lots of lowbies questing so I tried to be as nice as possible and leave a few mobs up and there was also a  Horde shaman going for the rep at the same time and he was not about to share any with me and had a great deal of fun killing me whenever he saw me. (PvP realms suck and I won’t be sad when they go in BFA). Luckily, I have a friend, BT, who plays on PVE realms and he has been pulling me onto PVE realms so I can quest in peace since Pandaria days. BT came to the rescue again and partied up to keep my Druid on a PVE realm for most of the grind so at least I couldn’t get ganked as I was rushing around killing. Bear Tartare with the speed boost made this the most fun as I’d zip in Kitty form through the castle and grounds.

Once I maxed out Ravenholdt by killing, it was off to kill pirates at the Caverns of Time to make the Goblins like me again.  I started wth all 4 factions at hated, and each dead pirate gave between 3 to 7 rep to each of the 4 per kill so it was a bit of a slog. I had one of my friends, Naz come and join me for a bit which was nice, and then I disovered that the group finder was a godsend for this as there was pretty much always a rep farming group going. In a group of 5, it was near instant respawns on the mobs so it started to go incredibly quickly. I also managed to listen my way through the full audio book of Before the Storm which was really awesome.

Guild banners and dead pirates for days

I left the lockboxes til the end and Naz came to the rescue here again, as I had mentioned I was tossing up trying to decide how much a  rogue would be worth in either boosting one or moving my horde one over to Zee’s server vs just sitting down and actually levelling another one high enough to be able to easily pick pockets and deal with the mobs, when he gave me a totally different option. Why not just use a class trial?

Class trial toons start at 100, last for 8hours and most importantly can use mailboxes! So I trotted off and made one, and started working my through the tutorial when Naz said  that was skippable, just hearth out. So I hearthed out, ended up in Stormwind and I could then just jump on the flightmaster and fly  up to the Isle of Quel’danas. I spent a very long time working my way along the Greengill Coast pickpocketing and killing the murlocs there for almost instant respawns. The guides said I needed 1440 boxes and I had the DMF buff for a couple of hundred turnins so that would have reduced the amount needed a little but it was still a few class trial toons I used up. Beans, Naz’s gf,  came on her rogue and collected a few boxes with me which was  seriously welcomed. I was averaging with RNG, around 80 boxes an hour so at a few points I thought I’d never be finished.

And then finally the last lockbox was picked and I turned into get my ridiculously insane title.

 

So glad this is off my to-do list and I doubt I’ll be taking this title off for quite a while.

Big big thanks to Naz, Beans and BT for their help and for making this grind fun 😀

 

 

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Who has been mucking around with my armor sets in my class hall?

I popped into my little house in my order hall tonight and discovered that someone has been touching my things, specifically they’ve been playing with the shoulders on my armor sets.

Half of the shoulders are facing the wrong way now and look quite funny.

This is what they looked like in March 2017

And this is what they look like now:

 

I don’t know who’s been fiddling with my gear but I don’t like it and I hope they put it back the right way soon.

 

 

 

Mage Tower Appearances

There were a few mage tower appearances I really wanted, and I’m so happy to say I actually got them the ones I wanted.

The first one I really wanted and that I was pretty sure would be the only  one I collected was the Druid’s Owl staff. It’s simply stunning I couldn’t even consider transmogging away from it for quite a while. The healing challenge is pretty long and most of my Druid’s wipes were in the final phase so I’d have big gaps between attempts because I didn’t want to have to start it all over again. Eventually I got it though and I’m so glad because it is really unique.

The only other appearance I was desperate to get was the Marksmanship Hunter’s floral bow. I didn’t really decide I wanted this bow until only a few weeks ago and my hunter was sitting at 870ilvl. I spent a few weeks running her through mythic plus and LFR and all the world quests that gave upgrades until I got her to around 915 and started taking her in. I had played MM at the start of the expac so at least the spec wasn’t brand new but it took quite a few goes to get my head around kiting  the mobs. All the guides said you could avoid the little adds and didn’t have to kill them but I’m obviously a slow hunter and the little adds would catch up to me all the time. I ended up taking a non-recommended AOE talent and it got a lot easier as the adds would die and I didn’t have to worry about them anymore. I was really close to being able to kill it when the artifact was boosted, so it was a super easy one shot when I went in there with all my traits.

Balance Druid had the same scenario as MM, so I figured since I knew the fight I’d pop in and collect the Boomy appearance.

It was much easier on my druid even though she didn’t have the slow that my hunter had, and she also had the advantage of being about 20 ilvls higher. It was actually quite interesting doing the same fight on a different class and seeing how each class’ spells and toolkits had to be used to defeat the same boss.

I decided on a whim to take my holy priest through the healing challenge and collect her staff. It wasn’t one I really wanted, but I figured since I knew the healing challenge so well from taking Zee through it over and over, I may as well see how the priest went. Holy hell, the priest was so much easier than Zee. They both had the same ilvl when I did and much the same traits unlocked but the priest could interrupt every time she needed so the first phase was much easier and the stronger direct heals rather than slower hots made the final phase a bit easier too. The priest still had a few wipes on the final healing the adds as they walked to the boss bit, but nowhere near as much as my Druid did.  This challenge actually has made it even harder to choose between playing Druid or Priest as main next expac.

Then Cinder posted on Twitter how she had picked up the Feral Kitty skin and I had a closer look and realised it was actually really pretty so I popped into the Feral challenge. It took less attempts than any of the others to defeat which I was really surprised about seeing how little I play Feral but the abilities I had seemed to make that challenge really smooth.

Guardian wasn’t even on my list of wanting to get as I think the Gorilla bear is actually quite ugly but it made sense that I should try to get all the appearances for Druid. Guardian is the one spec I don’t even touch and I’ve hardly tanked in general so I was learning a role and a spec all at once and boy was it a steep learning curve. I could definitely see progression each time I’d try and on  my best attempt I got Kruul down to 22%. I think it probably would have been doable but maybe not in the timeframe before pre-patch so I had a friend pop in and give me a hand. I only feel a little guilty I didn’t do it myself, because now at least I can spend the last weekend before prepatch wrapping up some Legion loose ends instead of locked in the mage tower.

 

Edit: Opps I posted too early because apparently the lure of the mage tower is too strong and I popped in there again on my priest to see what the Disc challenge was like. I haven’t even looked at Disc before so really wasn’t expecting much and I had enough shards for 12 tries  but managed to get it in 6! It wasn’t actually that bad at all, keeping a shield on myself and using shadowmend to keep a 10% damage reduction on myself worked the best for the final attempt and it went ok. It felt slow but one I figured out what to dodge and to make sure the fel totem was targeted with an instant cast dot, I stopped getting stunned and could concentrate on dpsing.

(why is my disc priest the only one of my toons facing the wrong way for her photo?)

Disc was so much fun in the mage tower challenge, I wish I had tried the spec out for real during Legion.

I actually hope they do bring something like the mage tower into the game for BFA. I wasn’t very sold on the idea of the mage tower when it first came out and there weren’t really that many appearances I really really wanted so I didn’t feel I had a reason to learn how to do the scenarios on multiple toons but in the end it was really interesting doing the ones I did and seeing just how each class approaches the same fight in a such a different way was pretty cool. If they do bring something like this out again, I think I’ll make more of an effort to at least take all the classes into it a couple of times just to see how they each approach the same fight.

 

Sparkle Dragon

I usually make it a thing on Tuesday nights to run a few toons through Mogu’shan Vaults for the weekly chance of collecting the Elegon Mount; Reins of the Astral Dragon. I’ve run enough toons so far that I’ve pretty much collected every piece of transmog from there so it’s solely for Elegon I go in there now.

I decided I’d start the MV run with my Hunter last Tuesday before reset.  Usually there’s an axe that has Elegon in its title that tricks me each time I look into the loot chest but not this time. This run I had a much better surprise. There was lots of screams of joy as I realised it had really dropped.

My first joyride on it was off to Tempest Keep to see if my mount luck would strike again (nope).

Sparkle dragon puts my mount count at 298, so I’m inching closer to the 300 mark!

Now I need to decide which mount I want to chase after next; It’s probably going to be a toss-up between Ashes of Alar or Rivendare’s pony. Both are fairly quick runs which is handy for a reset night.

Still on my mount wish list is the Blazing Drake from Dragon Soul. Once it drops I’ll get two mounts for the price of one as it’s the last one I need for the Awake the Drakes achievement which gives another drake mount as a reward. I really don’t enjoy the Spine of Deathwing fight, even though it’s not overly difficult anymore, so it makes me think twice usually about just popping in for a quick mount run.

Random Tuesday Mutterings

Just a quick Random post today because WoW’s shutdown and I want to go play a bit of Fallout 3 before bed.

I took my new priest through the Cata Timewalking dgns (yay the scaling on Cata for TW was done right and I had no issues healing) and I picked up the Infinite Timereaver mount. I was so excited!! It’s such a pretty mount.

I decided of all things to level another Paladin (not even lightforged) for some reason, so she got to be the first of my toons to test out the new mount.

I’ve been swapping back and forth between my druid and priest doing the same content trying to work out what one I want to play. Both healed normal Antorous and my priest ducked into a full heroic run and healed through that and the priest is so winning out on looks. She levitates, and gets golden glowy wings and is just beautiful.

But.. my druid can move and heal, and be a cat or a tree (bear is ugly, not being a bear) and I just can’t decide. Next step is to go to the PTR and test them both out there to see if there are any changes to the classes that help me decide, but I think I’ll still be tossing this up come BFA launch.

I’ve also been in the Hunter mage tower a bit for the Marksmanship appearance. I tried ducking in there last time it was up but I was 877 ilvl and it was just horrible. Now I’m 918 and I think if I was a better hunter I would be able to do it at that ilvl, but I’m really rubbish, especially at kiting. It took me way too many attempts to realise that if I strafed in a circle, I could still attack the boss while moving away, rather than  running away and trying to turn back to hit him.  I’m now regularly getting to stage 4 of 5 but having trouble bursting the guys down in that stage, so I feel it’d be a lot easier with at least another 10 ilvls. I took her through a few mythic plus this week so hopefully my cache will give me something useful and I can keep working on her ilvl until the tower comes up again.

And that was my week! How was yours?

My Little Velf

My Void Elf priest hit 110 last night, making her  the 13th toon to 110 so far. EEK!! That’s a lot of levelling this expac.

Levelling was incredibly quick as from level 1 to 73 I was levelling with 4 other people and we had the darkmoon faire buff all the way. Because we had a tank, healer and 2 dps in the group, we just dungeon spammed non-stop.

From 73 to 81, I popped into Kara and holy nova’d my way through a few resets of trash mobs, then it was back to dungeon spamming until 90.  90 to 100 was opening up the garrison in Warlords and picking up treasure and bonus objectives in Gorgond and Spires.

100 to 110 took the longest but only because I was only levelling solely through invasions. Each invasion gave just over a level each time. I could have made 100 to 110 a lot faster if I was questing between invasions but I was happy to let her sit in Dalaran waiting for the invasions to pop up and only doing the priest weapons and  order hall quests.

One thing I was really unimpressed with levelling, was just how hard Cata dungeons are. I levelled exclusively as healer, healing the same tank in every dungeon with pretty much no issues no matter how big the pull until we reached the level where we could queue for Cata dgns. Holy hell they were disgusting to heal. I don’t think I am a terrible healer, I’m pretty familiar with priest and I was in full heirlooms but I could not keep the tank or the group alive even through smallish pulls. Luckily one of the others was on a monk and they swapped to healing  and we two healed our way through Grim Batol and Throne of the Tides for the dgn quests and then we stopped queuing cata dgns and went straight to MOP ones which were a faceroll compared to Cata.

I’d hate to think what it would be like for a new player, with no heirlooms, to go into those dgns. It was truly horrible and made me want to walk away from healer and levelling. There may have been a few tears behind the keyboard as I questioned just how truly shit I was at healing. Thank goodness MOP dgns restored my faith in myself and my priest and dgns became fun again.

My Velf is so damn pretty that I really think I’d like to swap to a class that can play one as a main.  They might be a reskinned Belf, but they’re different enough and the hairstyles, OMG the hairstyles, are so gorgeous that I would love to play one more.

I wish that Belfs would get the really pretty hairstyles. Void Elves really are the prettier sisters of the two. I secretly wish that Velfs were on Horde because with the faction divide that is coming, I think I want to be on the side of the Horde again and I’m tossing up maybe having priest as my main class for BFA.

Faction and Class to main are decisions to be made in the coming weeks.

 

 

Lucid Nightmare

Today was a public holiday so I had a bit of spare time and decided to put it to use collecting the clues for the Lucid Nightmare mount. The puzzle to solve for the mount is so much easier now some super clever people have worked it all out so I followed this guide.

I never did manage to connect 5 brains in the bejewelled style challenge in Temple of Ahn’Qiraj, which apparently is an instant complete of the game,  however there also seems to be a point system because the game flashed purple  after about 15-20mins of making matches and I could and I got the next clue and move on.

The final challenge was a maze where you had to run through endless identical rooms and find coloured orbs and match them to the same coloured altars. I’d heard horror stories about the final maze taking hours and how you needed to map the rooms and leave the orbs and altars alone until you had made a complete map of the instance so you had landmarks to follow.

I dutifully started map making for about 45mins until I realised I was terrible at making maps and the random teleport that happened a few times threw my map out completely. I decided to stop map making altogether and just picked up the next orb I came to and proceeded to take the right side door in every room and around another 45 mins later I had matched all the orbs with the altars and was done. I did try backtracking with one of the orbs because I knew the matching alter wasn’t too far behind me but I must have hit a teleport room because I didn’t end up finding my way back, so I decided just to keep heading forward every time I found an orb and it worked. Best feeling seeing the last altar and knowing the maze was completed.

I really like the idle animations it has, especially when it raises a hoof and poses.

This was a pretty fun challenge. I’m still in awe of how people can work this out though, the clues were so tricky.  

Wonder what puzzles are in BFA.

A Violet Spellwing for me!

I honestly have amazing WoW friends.

Since I started playing WoW again, one of my friends from my old Deadline guild, Kublas has been talking about getting me in one on of his heroic Antorus runs so I could get the Argus quest mount before it goes away in BFA.

He and quite a few of my friends from Deadline are still raiding together and are going well; up to Mythic Argus so heroic is on farm for them now but I didn’t expect to pulled in, my little priest in his guild is only absolutely tiny at only 918 ilvl  with no experience in Antorous.  But  Kub’s guild pulled me in tonight and utterly carried me so I got the achievement for ahead of the curve and the really really pretty Violet Spellwing.

What an awesome surprise! I really am lucky with lovely friends in WoW.

If WoW and FF14 had a baby

I can’t stay away from WoW for long, it’s been my home for so long, so I logged in last night to chat with friends. I tagged along on a transmog run through Throne of Thunder with a friend and even though I had fun,  I started missing a few things from FF14. If I could take a bit from each game and combine it into one, I think I’d be in heaven.

Transmog

FF14  has some of the most amazing outfits I have ever seen in a game and while it has  transmog system but I feel it would be made truly amazing by the addition of the armor journal WoW has brought in. In FF14 you use a crystal, bought from vendors, crafted or collected as loot in dgns to make an item take on the appearance of another. If you don’t want to have to carry the actual clothing you want to transmog into, you can store clothes in a transmog chest to make a small amount of pre-defined sets so you can quickly change into them without needing the actual clothing item. Just imagine if I could keep a copy of every piece of clothing I’ve come across.

One Toon Only

This is the best feature in FF14 and one I wish WoW could implement. Being able to play all the classes on the one toon, quickly swappable by changing your weapon is simply amazing. It means that any item you collect can be used once you change you into the right job. No more farming for an item for months only to see it  drop on a class that can’t use it. No searching for items in your alts bags, it’s all your bag!

Inventory

OMG FF14, I found your downfall. One the face of it there should be a lot of inventory space in FF14, you get a 3 tab backpack style inventory, you get 2 free retainers (npcs you own)  with the same space as your inventory, you chocobo mount has an inventory and you have specific chests in your inn to store transmog and seasonal items if you have them. But it’s not enough, not by a long shot. I want to level all the gathering professions so I’ve been picking herbs, and cutting trees and mining as well as all the random crafting material drops you automatically loot in dgns and my bags are bulging. It might help when I level the other classes as I can get rid of low-level clothes as I’m trying to save as much items as I can so I have them when I need them. WoW with your ultimate void storage, large mailbox for mailing to alts and a huge bank as well as personal inventory. I miss the space.

Graphics

Ok, so I know WoW has a specific style of graphic and there are some gorgeous zones in Azeroth, but the graphics of FF14 are just stunning. It reminds me a lot of Skyrim, or maybe Guild Wars 2. Going back to the cartooony style of WoW made me wish I could see Azeroth in a whole new way.

Oceanic Servers

I die a lot in boss fights in FF14 and 90% of the fights are from telegraphed abilities hitting me after I’ve moved and I’m nowhere near the strike zone. I miss having a server in the same country with low ping to play on. I’m slowly  learning just how early I need to move to avoid the ability when I do a fight enough times to know start memorizing the fight, but it’s really disconcerting not being exactly sure when the ability is about to hit. Especially moreso when I have to move into an area that has a ground effect still showing and I need to trust that it’s actually gone  so I can avoid another ability that’s about to hit right where I am. I die way too much at the moment to reliably feel I could go into raiding.

Raids

I haven’t seen enough of raiding in FF14 to know how I feel about it. There’s 2 lfr style ones at max level, with 24 people in them, but it’s split into 3 parties of 8. The raids are really pretty and varied.

There’s also harder versions of 8 single boss , no trash fights. Compared to WoW’s variety in raiding, it seems a little light at end level but I haven’t really done anywhere near enough at end level to know if that’s all there is

I was so excited today, because I’ve trying to get into a grop for a high-end Trial (one boss, no trash) and it is a complicated fight. Most groups want 350ilvl to queue into it through the party finder, and I’ve been sitting at 348ilvl for a week now, not having much luck with upgrades. The groups that will take lower ilvls are generally learning parties so there have been lots of wipes, and near kills, but no joy.

I ended up listing my own group in the party finder today and formed a group and Yay! One Jade Stoa Tiger/Human boss dead. The boss drops a 355ilvl weapon randomly drawn from any classes loot table, but if you kill him 10 times you get the chance to buy a 355 weapon of your spec. 1 kill down, 9 to go!

I like both the games a lot, and I wish I could squish them together and get the MMO I want to play; trying to stay current in 2 MMOs is near on impossible if I want to sleep and work alongside playing. Especially with WoW’s design which really does require you to be online and grinding whatever currency of the expansion is needed pretty much non stop if you want to be competitive. FF14 has a lot that’s grabbing me and some of the quality of life pet peeves I have in WoW have been dealt with really well but I think for sheer familiarity of the game I’ll be playing WoW more often.