Black Temple the Time Walking Way

My guild went into Black Temple last night as a group to run through it.It was a fun way to spend a Friday night. I even dressed Zee up in clothes from the era.  I didn’t plan too far ahead so actually had no idea what bits and pieces I had in my appearance tab were pre-Black Temple so I threw on a PvP set I love and the staff from Nightbane in Kara. Maybe not chronologically correct but at least from that expansion.. it’s the thought that counts right?

I’d heard heaps of comments about crappy lock outs and fights that were pretty hard but it was hot-fixed before we went in there so we didn’t have to worry about the lockout bit, though I wasn’t sure what the fights were going to be like. Post hot-fix the fights seemed to be a little under tuned to be honest. I was sort of expecting it to be rather current raid like in difficulty and it really wasn’t. We did have 3-4 healers for just under 20 people but really most of time it was the trash mobs that hit harder than the actual bosses.

I really liked the Reliquary of the Lost fight, that seemed to have the tuning fairly on point and it was great to see the three different debuffs in action. The middle face, Essence of Desire, had a debuff that dealt damage back to anyone that damaged her so it was rather funny seeing people open up on her and then take the corresponding damage back. To counteract this, the debuff allowed healing to be increased by 100% but the trade off was a mana drain over time. I loved this mechanic a lot, it was a bit of a juggling act managing mana and putting out heals to cover people taking the damage from doing their dps.  Shade of Akama though in comparison, was so ridiculous for healers. There was so little damage going out, every person pretty much remained at full heal throughout the whole boss fight. Was it like that back in the day I wonder?

Illidan himself was really interesting and it actually took a few goes to figure out the mechanics. And the fight went long enough that I could see the full 3 phases that you really miss going back in there at higher levels. It wasn’t until seeing his full fight that I realised just how many of the mechanics in the Nighthold Gul’dan fight are inspired by the Illidan fight. Makes sense really but was cool to see in action.

While it’s a nice idea to go see the older content without it being completely trivial when running through at max level, the current incarnation is a little boring because even with the scaling of items down, we still seem too overpowered. Compared with more modern fights which have pretty interesting mechanics, most of the fights were just stand still tank and spanks.

I did pick up a few items I didn’t have for transmog and seeing them pop up to 900 was cool but even at that ilvl they headed to the vendor so I don’t really need to think about going in there for gear.  Reading a few blogs I can see the thought about why do it more than once floating around and to be honest I don’t think I would need to take my main through more than once but there has been new gear added for the 4 classes that weren’t around in BC to allow them specific transmog sets reminiscent of the BC era. If your account has the Warglaives of Azzinoth achievement and you defeat Illidan you can also unlock an account wide ach to give your demon hunters a new artifact appearance.

It was fun and if it only rolls around once every few months, it’s probably something I would consider going along. Not being as difficult as I was expecting was a little disappointing but the trade off would be making it more challenging and then no one really wanting to invest the time learning fights and mechanics that you only see for a brief period every few months. Not an easy balance to achieve.  Overall I think it was probably pretty well done. I wonder if we’ll see more Time walking Raids in months to come.

 

 

Random Tuesday Mutterings

It’s another Tuesday and the end of another WoW Week and this one has been as random as most weeks are.

Z found this awesome deserted painters spot up in the mountains in  Azsuna. I’m not sure where the artist went or if it’s a spawn thing but it’s a lovely spot up on top of a mountain.

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Z got her 4th Legendary and it’s not too bad. The boots make Tranquility heal 50% more when people are below 50% health so it’ll be very handy on progression fights but not so useful once we move into farm bosses where there’s not as much damage.

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I’ve been expecting to get one for the last 2 days as I usually measure my legendary progress off when Twice gets his and he got one 2 days ago. Since Legion dropped we’ve been doing our emissaries together daily  and we run a lot of dgns/raids together and we’ve both received 3 legendaries each in that time. I’ve always gotten mine 1 or 2  days behind him and this one was no different. It does make me wonder how it works though because if it’s content based and he does more mythic pluses than I do, we shouldn’t be keeping up with the same gap between us receiving legendaries.

I found even more cool things to buy in my Shaman Hall. Not only do Shaman’s get a pet battle that lets them have a new pet they have 3 toys they can buy. The elemental familiar (it spawned a water one though I wonder if it’s random each time), a water orb to spin around their bodies in resto spec (yay water shield is back) and a Cobra totem.

I’ve been really focusing on doing a lot of pet battles and finished my first Family Familar progress achievement, killing 12 of the Legion pet battle trainers with all Aquatic pets. I also completed 30 different pet world quests which gave me the ability to hold 500 more pets which will be handy as I hit the level of 1000 a few days ago and had to start caging/releasing some of my duplicates.

I’ve been working my way through the last 3 remaining Falcasaur pet quests to turn them into mounts and I think I’m getting fairly close to the end of most of their quests. Of the 3 left, 1 wants to go kill Xavius, 1 wants to kill Krosus and 1 wants to go do pet battles somewhere still, I think he’s a bit behind on his quests, though he does have a pretty flower hat now to make up for being a bit behind the others.

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I also did a couple of Heroes of the Storm games with Wingy tonight. Starting on the 14th of Feb, if you do 15 games in Heroes of the Storm on a Warcraft character partied up with a friend, you’ll get a mount in both WoW and HoTS. I haven’t played HoTS in ages, but it was quite fun playing again.

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I have Sylvanas and Li Li levelled up quite a bit so I’ll use them to play the games and hopefully we can find lots of friends that will be playing as well to make the 15 games go quickly.

And that was my week in WoW, I’m really looking forward to the coming week with hopefully lots of WoW playtime ahead 🙂

How was your week?