As you probably already noticed, this was another slow week on the blog. Part of the reason is me working at home on a test project, and the other part is being lazy in WoW. I just did some achievements in heroics here and there, finished up some old reputations, got a deaded pony, killed Malygos again, cleared all the quests in Zul’Drak, nothing especially fancy. ;]
Oh yeah, and then there was this flood of news from the PTR. Of course I failed at getting on the test servers as I copied my two level 80 characters just a few minutes ago. Maybe I will do some screenshots when the process will be finished, but I don’t really like to write about the testing stuff that’s likely to be changed five times over before the patch hits the live realms. I have to admit that I like most of the changes, at least those to the classes I play. And the Argent Tournament is an awesome idea – when I saw a screenshot of the faction tabards on MMO-Champion, I instantly knew I’m going to get them. And I did like the idea of the phased Shattered Sun Offensive dailies on the Isle of Quel’Danas, so more of that please.
Another good thing is that Blizzard finally decided to do something with one of the last boring seasonal events, the Noblegarden. The new Achievements asocciated with it seem to be quite fun, and to be honest, you can’t have too many of the fun events – another one is pretty welcome.
And the Wolvar Puppy pet? I’ve waited for that since I did the Kalu’ak daily in Dragonblight for the first time. I hope the pet would have the same cute growl that puppies have.
And then there are the dual specs, but I’ll leave that for tomorrow’s (or maybe Sunday’s) post, as it will be a bit longer than a paragraph here. Until then, you can read some rants on that topic from Dinaer and Big Bear Butt, and an anti-rant from /hug. They should set the mood a bit.
Second place goes to Vrethir, as he was my first main character, now a bit forgotten. Now that both my 80′s are decently geared, I need to level him a bit more.
And this post has nothing to do with me playing on the consoles for half a day, really! ;]
You can call me that from now on. We almost had it, with no deaths for the whole evening… and then comes a very unlucky frost blast on Kel’Thuzad, that frosted our offtank while he had adds on him. ARGH!
We did some other achievements though, so it’s not a wasted evening after all. It shows that we’re able to do the Undying achievement if we want to, so I’ll probably have this one next week.
When you go with him to heroic Halls of Lightning, and after clearing the whole instance your Recount window looks like this.
I forgot to make a screenshot a day before, when I was in the same instance on my rogue, but the only difference is that Saithir’s at the first place due to massive damage I can do on single target bosses. Still, the warrior in question makes it a matter of honor to try and beat me every instance we do. :]
It is awesome to have someone like that tanking, as he is practically the only one that I can’t overaggro by accident, and grabbing threat from two out of the three other prot warriors we have, takes a lot less effort.
I was revered with the Sporeggar folks for quite a while, just because I totally forgot that they have a pet availaible on exalted. And I even have that pet on my hunter… Anyway, yesterday I was counting my pets and updating my list at WarcraftPets, so I started to look for an easy way to get another 14 of them (darned achievements, I tell ya). And since I’m a rogue, farming [Fertile Spores] is very boring. Luckily as a level 80 you can easily get loads of [Sanguine Hibiscus] from Underbog – which is an alternative and much faster way to gain Sporeggar rep.
Here’s a little guide. It took me 12 minutes to get 16 flowers, and that’s with killing some mobs that I didn’t need to kill at all and making screenshots, so it can easily be reduced to 10 minutes. The flower count is a bit random, but if you run through the whole instance, you shouldn’t have less than 10 – and that’s 1500 very easy reputation points.
You can probably do the similar thing if you’re not a rogue – the mobs in normal Underbog are level 65 elites, and when you’re a level 80, you have to run straight through them to get them aggroed. And even if you do, it’s really easy to kill them even if you’re not a prot warrior. Just try not to pull a whole room. ;]
Detailed information after the cut, just don’t laugh at my sloppy, mouse-drawn arrows. ;]
As I wrote few days ago, I’ve redone my UI on Wednesday. On the last raid I finally remembered to get some screenshots of that, but only one is good enough to show off. I’m pretty sure that nobody would want to see screenshots of me dead, so I had to choose one that isn’t taken in combat. Oh, and you can find a detailed list of addons after the “read more” break.
I’m pretty satisfied by the looks of the UI so far – it has everything that I need to know in a raid, and it still leaves a lot of free space to see what is going on around me. As you can see, I’ve opted not to replace the default unit frames and action bars with a new ones. The main reason for that is the massive fps drop when I was experimenting with them, and to be completely honest, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the defaults, except for the raid frames. The bars are easy to keybind, my target is showing it’s target, and patch 3.0 even added an extra focus frame. And above all that, I don’t have to move the stupid action bars around every time I log on to the new character.
Yesterday was a good evening in WoW for my rogue. I log in, see a new world event going on, so off to Ironforge I go. And what else could I get from the first [Gift of Adoration] than my very own [Truesilver Shafted Arrow]? :] And later on, one of our guild engineers decided to make me a chopper – even though I only had enough gold for the vendor parts. Thanks a lot Miloowool – now I have to dust off Vrethir and grind some Titanium during the weekend.
The other things we did were fun as well. We cleared Mount Hyjal for the achievement with a guild group, which even got me enough reputation with the Scale of Sands to get to Exalted with them. Apart from that, I have to say I’d rather go there next time with a smaller group (5-10 people max) and even wipe on the old bosses, as some people can annoy me to no limit. But that was always the case in our retro raids – some would run off to kill next mobs while we are looting stuff, explaining or waiting for everyone to gather up.
After finishing Hyjal we went with Miloo to check if we can kill some raid bosses without a healer, since nobody wanted to come and we were in STV anyway doing the Gurubashi Arena part of I Pitied The Fool. Unfortunately my luck apparently ran out earlier on the Peddlefeet, so we didn’t get any extra mounts, but we did kill the two mount-dropping bosses in Zul’Gurub without too many problems (the raptor boss did fear me repeatedly into extra packs, so we had to clear the room a bit), and we even went into Karazhan to have a shot at Attumen’s mount. He didn’t drop it of course (I have never seen it drop while I was there), but the fight was quite easy without a healer and with two decently geared people. Sounds like a fun thing to do on lazy evenings.
Sorry for the absolute lack of posts lately… had a quite busy time with real life (involving work and Metal Gear Solid 4, well, one can’t use up one’s whole free time for only one game ;] ), so the blog lost some of its position on my todo list. I haven’t stopped raiding though – we’ve managed to finally kill Malygos-25, did an absolutely easy 20-man Obsidian Sanctum raid for the achievement, and today I’ve spent almost all of my DKP on the [Valorous Bonescythe Helmet], and completing my 4-piece tier bonus. This makes me need only one major upgrade to my belt and three minor ones, but even without them, I’m ready for Ulduar when it comes.
The other fun thing this week was some of the bad people in the guild dragging me along to play some 3v3 Arenas. Well, I have to say that was quite fun, but confusing as hell at first. I’ve never done any Arenas at all, so I didn’t have the slightest idea what does the maps look like, what to kill, or even how the hell am I supposed to do damage as a Mutilate spec (never played that really as well, I’ve always liked Combat Swords more). We did fail a bit in the beginning, but finished the day with same number of wins and loses, so I guess that’s not that bad for a first time. At the very least, I’ve spent my otherwise useless badges on the PvP gear, so I wouldn’t look like a total noob there. :]