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.

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Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 29: Return to the 2017 Bucket List

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all  posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.  

Way way back at the start of the year, our first blog challenge was to write down our 2017 Bucket List and then we’d come back and re-visit this list.

It’s revisiting time! Let’s see how I got through my WoW to-do list, especially as there hasn’t been much WoW lately.

1. All classes to 110. Complete!

It was really fun levelling all the classes in the one expansion and getting to see the different playstyles while going through the same content. There were a few that were incredibly easy to level – DK and Demon Hunter especially. The Demon hunter in particular was probably the fastest to level as well. While I wouldn’t want to main either classes, they gave me the most enjoyable time levelling.

2.  Finish the quest line for each of the Sharptalon pets and transform them into Mounts. Complete!

The quest lines were really cute, even if they seemed to take ages. 4 new mounts and 4 pets at the end was more than worth the quest grind.

3. Get Z her last 2 reputations for The Beloved title. Complete!

The new factions helped to get Zee this achievement. I still need to go grind the reps for the Insane title though.

4. Finish the Fishing Legendary. Nope!

At the start of the bucket list, Z hadn’t even started the quest chain.. and at the end – still hadn’t started. Maybe 2018?

5. Get the Family Familiar achievement. Complete!

This took ages at the end to finish as one of the last tamers I needed wouldn’t show up. I much prefer the Argus version where I can stand at the one pet and battle as much as I like.

I’m actually pretty happy with how I went in WoW this year. Even though my play time has dropped off quite a bit in the last part of the year, as I’ve found other games, I still got through what I really wanted to do.

Let’s see what 2018 brings.

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 21: Bags and bits and bobs

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all  posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.   This fortnight’s topic was  suggested byMr and Mrs WoW and it’s all about what we’re carrying around with us.

Bag space would probably be my biggest bugbear in the game, I am constantly complaining about running out of space on pretty much all my toons (seriously 16 slots for the base backpack is just so dumb).  It’s really not uncommon for me to have to sell off items just to make space to collect the emissaries quest reward I do each day.

For once Zee’s bags/bank were pretty uncluttered but this is mostly because I sent anything BoE and not necessary to my guild bank alt to store before I transfered Zee to Frostmourne and I haven’t started re-cluttering it back up.

I discovered Arkinventory as a bag addon a few months ago and it has been the biggest lifesaver ever. You can assign specific areas of the bag UI to different categories and it will automatically assign items to that space based on their category so I know exactly where to look if I’m looking for a specific item. It’s also account wide so all my toons are set up the same way without me even having to think about it

Bag

The top row is for quest items, so I’m carrying a netherwing egg and netherwing crystals for the netherwing dailies which are really not being done daily, maybe I should call them fortnightlies.. and some random gem chips for food. A portal stone for some Alliance specific scenario I haven’t done yet, my Darkmoon Fair Journal and a tome for a NH raid quest.

Next row down is for consumables so I look here for my food (see those applies – the tree guy in Dalaran throws one at me each time he sees me. I usually vendor them but maybe I should let them stack up), Relics,  potions, drums, defiled runes and vantus runes.

Third row down I can find my flasks sitting next to herbs, A random lockbox I can’t open but haven’t got around to vendoring, tomes of the clear mind and my weekly keystone)

4th Row/section is for all soulbound gear. I really should sort this out, especially as I can see I have a duplicate of a ring in there but I have so many sets made up to tweak my stats that I end up carrying a lot of extra pieces, especially rings and trinket to be able to change out depending on what stat combo I want. Every so often I have a cull and choose a minimum ilvl and put everything under that ilvl into my bank or throw to a vendor.

The final section is for all the bits and pieces I haven’t actually set categories up for: dauntless tokens I’m not turning into gear until I can turn my loot spec back to boomy in case they proc legendaries, sentinax beacons I’m not using (while all the toons that need to kill sentinax mobs have none), pet stuff, lots of champion equipment I collect but don’t really do much with now days.

Bank

ArkInventory sets up my bank in  same categories as my bag which helps but does tend to stretch out the space my bank takes up when I open it.

You know I should really do something with those sentinax beacons. I’m sure there’s an achivement linked to them and I seem to have a pretty good stockpile going on.  and it’s probably time to clear out the old minion armor tokens I can spy in there.

I’m so grateful that there’s now a reagent tab. That has really helped with bag space, especially as I seem to have a big of a collection of items that I apparently don’t use – who  actually needs 1200 eggs anyway?

So what’s in your bags?

 

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 19: What’s in a name

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all  posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.   This topic was inspired by my recent faction/server change and having to pick new names for my toons on the new realm.

Naming a new toon can be one of the hardest things I do, I really like the idea of keeping my alts names similar but at the same time I want all my toons to have their own personality and I don’t feel that can happen if I named them all a combination of Zeera or iterations similar but that’s exactly how my main name started.

My first toon was called Zira, which as I’ve talked bout before I thought I was so original in creating until a random person asked if I was named after the Queen from The Lion King.  And then I made a few iterations of Zira for alts after that  Zyra, Zeirah and Zeera were the main ones. I think at last count I have at least 5 Zeirahs sprinkled across various realms and across different games too tbh. I definitely have a GW2 and an ESO Zeirah as well.

But after a while I moved away from having them all named the same and wanted distinct names for them all. One convention I really noticed is that I tend to have a lot of names end in ‘a’ – Zeera, Elkina, Eleara, Amarlia, Arzira, Jazria as well as lately ‘ri’ – Zelmeri, Zidari, Ivari, . I also really like names that can be shortened to a 3 letter name, Zee, Ele, Jaz etc. Though there’s always outliers – my Pally rather than getting called Ama, is always referred to as Marli.

If I’m really stuck for a name, I’ll hit the random generator enough times to find a name that I can shorten to something suitable in my mind and that also looks pleasing to the eye. It’s part of why I love Zeirah so much, I love the way the letters actually look in combination together. When I changed my main toon’s name to Zeera, so the pronunciation would be easier for people,  it took a long while for me to get used to the look of the letters and actually like the way it was written  but now I find I actually adore the Zee start to the name and it makes it much easier for other people to shorten.

I realised when I changed my Shaman from Goblin to Draenei just how much their appearance/race dictates their name. As a tiny little Goblin, Totzie was a great name, a combination of a subtle play on words to suggest a small Zee but it also seemed to really suit a goblin. Once she became a  tall statuesque Draenei, it just didn’t seem to suit her.  Along the same lines my Panda Monks name is Zhii, which is pronounced the way I shorten my main’s name but also seems to suit the theme of monk in looks and sound.

So how do you pick names for your toons?

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 18: Random little things in WoW

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all  posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.   This fortnight’s topic is to share the little random things we’ve come across in WoW.

My most random thing is found in one of my favourite places in Azeroth; Greymane Manor in the Ruins of Gilneas. I found a chair that must have been placed into the game backwards because when you sit on it, you’re forced into staring at the wall.

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 17: Best Dressed

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all  posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.   This fortnight’s topic is all about our favourite transmog.

I love being able to transmog and spend a lot of time making up outfits for all my toons. It kills me a little bit that my favourite outfits are not on a leather class, I find leather sets a bit boring compared to the really gorgeous cloth and plate sets that are around, and the majority of my time is spent on a leather-wearer /sigh. Since the new appearance tab came in, a huge chunk of my time is now spent running all my toons through as many old raids as possible to gather up all the sets and then once that’s done, I’ll start on dungeons for even more pieces. There’s so many gorgeous transmog pieces I’m missing.

I usually make outfits out of random pieces I pick and choose so my toons are always dressed in random outfits rather than actual sets. I don’t have a favourite set, it changes almost daily, so my toons pretty much are always being dressed and re-dressed each day, depending on my mood,  but I do have a few sets that I like so much I save so I can always come back to them.

While I don’t really dress them according to class fantasy, I do find that I tend to stay away from outfits that really don’t suit a particular theme, like putting a druid-themed staff on my warlock or skulls on my paladin.

Cloth

  Leather

It actually drives me a little crazy that two of my favourite leather pieces I can’t use on Zee.  The pink/purple sandals of the insurgent don’t show up on a troll and the brown skirt is from the Kureni which is Alliance only.

Mail

Plate

Actually writing this post highlighted just how little nice mail and plate I have, so I need to get into some raids to be able to dress up my toons!

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 16: Which zone or area in WoW reminds you of your home?

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all  posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.   This fortnight’s topic was  suggested by Syrco from Syrco Owl and it’s to talk about if there is a zone in WoW that reminds us of home.

This is a really interesting topic, especially given how wildly different the various zones in Azeroth are but I really dragged my feet on writing this one as I had a lot of trouble thinking about any place in WoW that I could identify instantly with my home. Home in itself is such a tricky thing to define; is it where I live now, in one of the biggest capital cities in Australia, or is it the city I love the most but I only lived there for a really short time but hope to move back to, or is it where I grew up? I decided I better stop dragging my feet and I finally picked the town where I grew up to see if there is a similar place in Azeroth. The place I lived when I was little is probably the place I think of as home, even though most of my family have all relocated to other cities apart from my Grandma.

The town I grew up in was, and still is, a  tiny little country town where everyone knew everyone else and a heck of a lot of the people were related or their families had been living there for generations. It was a really nice place to grow up, and while I occasionally think about how awesome it would be to leave a big city and go back to the country, I don’t think I ever could. I’ve got too used to the conveniences of a capital city where you can find pretty much anything at any time of the day.

In WoW, there’s no one real zone that captures all the elements, though the closest that would come would be Elwynn Forest. My town’s origins came from timber, cattle and farming, and Elywnn forest has all of that.

I’m going home for my Grandma’s  90th birthday next weekend, it’ll be the first time my full extended family have all been gathered in the one place for a long while.  I’m actually really excited to see my home town and see if all the places I remember are there, even though it does mean no living in Azeroth while I’m there.

 

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 15: Why I’m obsessed with WoW

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all  posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.   This topic comes because we really want to see positive stories about WoW and hear all our friends chatter about why they love this game!

I was super excited about this topic but found writing it to be a tricky one because the short answer on what I love about WoW is “everything” and the long answer is well.. long. There’s not one single reason that’s kept this as my main game for years now, it’s a whole ton of reasons that together make me love this game, more than any other I’ve played. And I’ve tried to love other rpgs (mmo’s or otherwise) as much, I have max level toons on GW2, Wildstar, SW:ToR, Skryim, ESO.. but still nothing grabs me as much as WoW does.

So.. why do I love WoW?

My Druid!

I’m really lucky  to have found the class and role that just suits me so much. It’s actually hard to imagine enjoying this game as much if I had to change to a different toon. I just truly love my Druid so much and absolutely adore just getting to be a Druid with all my forms and spells. I actually wonder if I’d be as obsessed with WoW if I didn’t like my Druid so much. I play a lot of alts so I’m sure I’d like the game for all the other reasons that are coming below, but if I’d love it as much.. I don’t know.

All the things to do

In the middle of this gorgeous world, there’s just so much to do that I can’t ever get bored. Pet battles, PvP, raids, old dgns for more pretty clothes, making an alt to go re-do a specific zone because I remembered a quest that was really fun and I wanted to see the dialogue again, or even just dropping into seal form and going for a swim to see if there are any hidden caves that I’ve never seen means I’m really rarely left wondering just what I could be doing.

The world itself

WoW is really pretty, but if I’m honest there are games out there that have really gorgeous graphics which sometimes put WoW’s ones to shame but the style just seems to resonate with me and I’m constantly screenshotting my way through the game.

 

The lore

This might actually be one of the biggest reasons why I’m so immersed in WoW, I know it’s what keeps me connected to the world so much.  I swear I’m better at knowing the origins of Azeroth than I probably am about RL history.

The background history of Azeroth absolutely fascinates me, especially when you start to realize just how connected everything is. When I first started playing it seemed like there was a huge mess of stand alone stories from the Titans, to all the different races and  all the different wars that went on across so many years. Then as I learnt more and realised that everything in Azeroth is connected, the world suddenly just got amazing and real for me. And the stories; they became a phenomenal part of the world. There’s been tons of times I’ve been thinking about a particular lore figure and I can go re-trace them through different quests they’re mentioned in, or go run old dungeons that refer to them so I can see all the tidbits of information that is scattered throughout the game.

    People

I can’t write a post without mentioning how special other wow players are. I had a friend a long time ago mention that I seem to pick up friends in Azeroth really quickly and I’m incredibly lucky that I do. Knowing that no matter what time I log on, there’ll be someone on my friends list to say hi to is really awesome. Friends come and go, some stay longer than others and some have made that leap into RL friends that I hope I’ll still be in contact with long after this game is just a memory. Knowing that there are lots of people  connected because of a gorgeous virtual world is pretty amazing.

Soo that’s me trying to explain why I spend a heck of a lot of time in WoW. If you made it all this way, Well Done! Let me know why you love WoW too.

 

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 14: The funniest way you have died

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all  posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.   This fortnight’s topic  comes to us courtesy of regular contributor, Ann,and it’s about the funniest way you have died.

I can’t really think of the one way that would be the funniest way I have died.  All my toons have had a lot of deaths, and on all of them the top cause of death is from falling. At least I’m consistent. Z alone has had 145 deaths from falling.  Displacer beast has stopped Z from a lot more deaths now, as you can pop it just above the ground and it will safely teleport you to the ground. I really like throwing Z off tall cliffs and landing safely on the ground, most of the time.

The most memorable death I have though, is on my hunter when I was doing a guild dgn in Grim Batol and I merrily disengaged off a platform into the abyss below. To be honest it wasn’t that exciting but it has always stuck in my mind for some reason.

What I won’t ever forget though is the most memorable death I’ve caused. It was in Hellfire Citadel and we were fighting Blackhand and from a noobish moment, I ended up flying through the air and off the platform, falling towards the lava pit at the bottom. In mid-flight I manged to get a battle rez off on Cinder. I was quite proud of myself because I couldn’t save myself but I figured at least a healer would be up.. right until Cinder rezzed in the air off the platform, to fall to her death in the lava pit below too.  That was fun.

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 13: The WoW race you just can’t stand

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all  posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.   This fortnight’s topic was  suggested by Thebmatt from Your Quest Log Is Full and it’s for us to talk about the WoW race we really don’t like.

There aren’t actually any playable races that I don’t really like, though when I look at my alts I can see distinct bias towards the ones I actually do play. However, there are lots of non playable races that drive me crazy. Murlocs and Harpies with their screeches are pretty high up on my list but the absolute worst though, is the Thistleleaf npcs that can be found in Val’sharah. Their voices are so annoying!

The lines they randomly say are funny when written down:

“This one’s slow. Someone get me a dagger!”
“Oh yeah, come on, come at me!”
“Ohhhh, let’s kill it!”
“I just soiled myself”
“Can’t see…too much pain.”
“Just wanted…a little fun.”

but their voices.. ugh. I actually find myself getting really cross when I have to go into their areas if there’s a world quest up because I have to listen to these horrid little imps. There has been quite a few times WoW has been muted just so I can get my questing done in peace.

My extreme dislike of these npcs means I will actually go out of my way to avoid the areas they are in when I’m passing through Val’Sharah just so I don’t have to hear to them.