Levelling in Style: Themed Transmogs

I’m really loving the themes of the zones I’m levelling through. My Priest is running around in Troll inhabited Jungles and my Druid is wading through Pirate thick shores so it made sense to me that each be dressed for the occasion.

Pirate Zee

Warp Raider’s Eyepatch,Leafsong Vest, White Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Saber Leggings, Bandit Boots

Troll Priestess Tala

Honorbound Artificer’s Guise,Faded Spriti-Wrencher Robe

I am having a lot of fun in the expansion so far!

 

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Kul’Tiran Up the Dance Floor

I’m an absolute sucker for achievements and a new expansion is so exciting because of the sheer number of new ach’s to collect.

I was questing out in Drustvar doing a really naughty quest for Nathanos, turning an ally guard into an undead lady to steal intelligence from her, when I decided to take a quick break and look at the achievements I could collect in the Alliance lands. There was a cool sounding one to go /dance on the dance floor of Norwington Estate in Tiragarde Sound with another player.

I convinced my friend Hip that this getting this achievement would be the most fun he would have all day and he wandered over to be my dance partner. I didn’t want to let a little thing like being the wrong faction to get in the way so we were super quick about running onto the dance floor and gate crashing the party before the locals knew what was happening.

The sneaky thing about this achievement is there’s actually two dance floors in the estate, so there were a few deaths while we realised we weren’t getting the achievement up at the dance floor at the top of the main hall and had to hightail it down the hill to the lower house.

Best fun in the game!

BFA – Horde Levelling

The decision on who to level first was won out by the Priest. I surprised myself because I always level my Druid and even though I was 90% set on Priest I figured I’d change my mind at the last-minute. I’m so glad I didn’t though because the Horde story line was simply fantastic to play though. I can’t imagine the Alliance side could be as good but I’ll be going over there soon enough to see.

I had a quick poke around the beta but only from ally side so starting out as Horde was all new.  Running through Stormwind on a stealthy rescue mission to go find Saurfang was nerve-wracking as I kept scrambling to keep up in the stealth field.  Saurfang was not interested in coming anywhere with us so we rescued the Zandalari prisoners from the next cell instead.

Jaina turned up to stop our escape and was scary stalker mage chasing us through the streets. I’d love to know how she knows  where to be at just the right time, seeing the future isn’t a mage skill? Luckily our pyromaniac troll prophet got her off our back by setting fires all over Stormwind and we escaped to Zandalar.

I started on Vol’dun which is one big sandy desert which actually reminded me lots of the desert in Ark.

I fell instantly in love with the little Vulpera people and their alpacas…  please let these be a mount and a pet.. I want an alpaca family!

I was questing with warmode on and wasn’t seeing any alliance which was great as I’m a huge chicken in PvP and didn’t really want my levelling experience interrupted but I also wanted the extra xp because I wasn’t sure there’d be enough xp through questing alone. I shouldn’t have worried because doing all the quests in Vol’dun got me to 114 before I had to move on to Naz’mir.

Naz’mir is one big, misty swamp full of voodoo blood trolls. It was a really good intro to the darker side of trolls. There’s a lot of Old God interaction and references in this zone.

My absolute favourite Loa is Bwonsamdi, the Loa of death. He seems quite jovial and a bit of a joker but a few times in the quests he gave glimpses of his darker meaner side. This could be one scary guy if he wanted to be. He’s at all the rez points when you die and his flavour text is awesome, and often class themed.

He’s asked my priest if she wants to swap faith and my hunter if she failed at feigning death. The best I’ve heard though is him asking a warlock if they forgot to soulstone.

I saved Zanzuldar for last and it was a good choice as the zone story brought in lots of the NPCs and Loa’s I had met in the other zones. The story was amazing and I actually hit 120 still with 2 storylines to go so I didn’t have to worry about not having enough xp to level just from questing.

Zanzuldar is a full tropical rainforest full of dinosaurs.      There’s a public transport dinosaur which walks up and down Zanzuldar which you can hop a ride on. It’s slow but nice to wander along for a bit. 

The final scenario was riveting and left me hanging to see where the story goes. I cannot wait for the patches to roll out. I think we’re going to see some real twists in the future.

Overall I adored questing because the stories were so engaging and really captured my interest, and the details in the zones were so intricate and added to the atmosphere.

The zones are wild and rugged which seems to be the way that Blizz views the Horde; no pretty manicured towns for us.

Now my priest is 120, it’s time to look at gearing up enough to make the world quests easier and to dip my toe into mythic dungeons. I’m still not sure at all which class I want to play or which side to play on, so I’ll be levelling my Druid soon so I can compare between the 2  of them at max level.

 

BFA is tomorrow and I still haven’t chosen a toon.. OMG what is wrong with me

I have been saying to friends for weeks that I can’t choose if I want to be Alliance or Horde, Druid or Priest but that I’d sort it out before launch and you know, I really thought I would have chosen by now. But no, BFA goes live in less than 12 hours and I still haven’t made up my mind.

This is the first expansion in a really long time I haven’t gone into it with a dedicated raid team waiting so there’s no pressure on me to level by a specific time or main a specific class and it’s a strange feeling.

I’ve been a resto druid for so long, and all my reps are on her and she’s got all my history and I’ve done all sorts of content on her and I deliberately chose to change her to Alliance and it makes utter sense to be on my Druid but I’m hesitating. Since I came back, I’ve been spending more and more time on my priest and she’s fun and pretty but urgh I’m such a creature of habit that it feels weird and even slightly disloyal to even be considering changing toons.

After finishing Before the Storm, and reading first hand (or listening rather as I had the audio book) to Sylvanas’ evil actions and crying over her killing her own people, I swore I would never play on her side again. But that small slightly chaotic streak in me that finds Sylvanas’ actions and story a little fascinating has been watching her over the past few weeks and I think the story might be more interesting from her side.  Or I could be completely wrong and I’m trying to justify a decision by using the story to try to add more weight to the pro side of being Horde on a rather unfamiliar class.

I’m a list lover,  if I’m trying to choose between two paths of actions, my immediate surrounds is always littered with notes with pros/cons dotted all over them so here goes:

Pros for Priest

  • Not druid, I’m sick of healing on a druid and having to pre-empt the damage and learn the fight patterns so I’m not struggling to catch up with slow hots
  • I have more of the people I play with casually on Horde side so I’ll have more people to do things with
  • Cloth transmog
  • Golden, shiny, flashy spells and wings

Pro for Druid

  • I’ve been a resto for so long, I know my Druid. She feels familiar when I log onto her and comfortable
  • Kitty form, Storm crow, Stag. I love these forms so much
  • Stealth! Stealth! Stealth!
  • She has a gathering profession which makes money at the start of an expac
  • I haven’t raided on a priest since a few brief weeks in Cata
  • Shadow Priest is rubbish at the moment

In the long run it shouldn’t matter, what the last 2 years has shown me is where I begin an expansion is not where I finish one, and things can change but it still feels odd and slightly wrong to be considering starting the expansion not on my Zee Druid.

I wonder if I’ll surprise myself with my choice tomorrow.

 

Z and Cinders Shared Blog Topic 36: Farewell to Legion

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on.

Oh WoW, I’ve skipped a few of these and now it’s time for our last one in Legion. There is so much I got through, and still so much I could have done while it was current but now it’s time to say bye to this expac and get ready for the next.

This post took so long to write because I absolutely loved this expansion and there were so many great things that stand out that picking 3 is next to impossible. So lets try, though I know I’m going to re-read this in a few weeks and think of a million other things that were great.

Part 1 – What were your top 3 moments in Legion?

Levelling all the classes to 110 and finishing their order hall campaign for the achievement. It’s always been a mini-goal of mine to have all the classes at max level for at least one expansion and getting a Feat of Strength for it was icing on the cake.

 

Artifact Appearances

I loved the way the artifacts could be displayed in your order hall and that there were so many different variants.

I’m also so glad I did the mage tower for the classes I really wanted.   It was so frustrating at times  but also so worth sticking with.The Owl for  my Druid and the Hunters floral bow are so gorgeous that I can’t see me transmogging away from them for such a long time.

Exploring

The zones were so well done in Legion and everything was a like a gigantic treasure hunt. The little chests with AP hidden in various places, puzzles and games to hunt down Lucid Nightmare. Cats and dogs to pat inside the Gilnean houses in  Val’sharah. Everything was designed to make you poke and prod into the corners of the zones and it was fantastic.

Part 2 – What are you most looking forward to about Battle for Azeroth?

I am most looking forward to seeing the rest of the faction divide story! My emotions since BFA was announced have run the full gauntlet from disinterest to outrage to exhaustion and ambivalence over the whole kerfuffle over the Tree/Darkshore scenario.  The story writers did a good job making us all feel strong emotions about the whole Tree situation but I just don’t feel like tapping into those emotions anymore  and now, I’m just curious to see where the story goes.

I have lots of half-baked theories about what we might see in the next 2 years. A 3rd faction at the end with Sylvanas leading it; no factions at all anymore; Sylvanas being incorruptible by the old gods and being the only leader able to save the day.. all sorts of ideas are running around my head and the suspense of what might be is driving my excitement for this expansion. It’s a different feel as usually it’s raiding that drives my longing to get into a new expansion but not this time.

Right at this moment I don’t care enough about raiding at this stage to want to do much more than run through Heroic. Raiding in Legion was basically a full-time job keeping up with the Artifact Knowledge, farming enough dgns and world quests to make sure the legendaries kept flowing in and it left no time in my free time to really play other games and enjoy doing non-WoW stuff without me feeling like I was falling behind.

Maybe BFA won’t be so bad but WoW’s developers do a very good job of making content that requires you to log in daily to stay relevant. It’s quite possible that the WoW bug may bite hard and I go right back to playing only one game like I did at the start of Legion.  Above all though, I don’t want to burn out to the point where I take nearly a year off from this game again. That’s really hard to come back from.

I’m also looking forward to playing a few different races, Kul’tiran, Zandalari and Maghar Orc have all really grabbed me. I really love the look of the Kul’tiran ladies  so will possibly race transfer Zee to one when I meet the requirements.  I need a Druid and Shaman horde side, so that takes care of Zandalari and Maghar so there’ll be quite a bit more levelling in my future.

See you all in a new world in just a few days.

 

 

I’m sorry….

I played my Aff lock last night and felt horrible. The whole dgn was full of confused and sad ghosts and I couldn’t do anything.

With the artifacts breaking, the Reap Souls spell which turned the ghosts into purple orbs to empower the weapon briefly, has gone, so you can’t do anything with the ghosts.

Intended or yet another little detail completely overlooked by the development team in their rush to get into BFA?

That’s rather anticlimactic

We had a pretty cool cutscene pulling the power out of the sword and I knew it wouldn’t last but I really thought after 2 years of lugging these empowered weapons around there would be some sort of little ceremony as it died out.

Did I miss something? Is there a quest not yet released where I go talk to Magni and he explains my weapon’s tired out and finished? Maybe I missed the disclaimer in the empowering quests where he tells me it’s a limited time and to prepare for its death?

This feels rather anticlimactic after so many years with it by my side.

I have never noticed..

That the bank in Darnassus is inside a carved tree.

I have been here so many times, but usually only on a ground mounted alt as I pass through levelling. This is the first time I’ve ever noticed the tree is carved into a bear (I’m interpreting it as a bear but  I’m not sure if it’s meant to be) and a bird.

It’s actually pretty cool. I like coming across things I haven’t found before and after so many years in this game it surprises me that I can be so oblivious to things right under my nose.

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 😀

 

 

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.