Tag: worldofwarcraft

11 levels of Borean Tundra

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Fear me .. i’m a Death Knight!

In WoW i try to keep simple rule: one class one alt, but that sometimes does not work when i want to switch specs for some classes, for example i could not play Unholy DK no matter how many times i tried, it felt wrong, i didn’t understand the spec, so i stared an alt just to play unholy.

At level 60 i went to Borean Tundra and started doing quests, i know the zone well so i do these quests quickly, there is a gnome hub, Kirin Tor hub, dragon quests, walrus dudes quests, undead quests, even druid quests, and Murloc quests, the zone have it all!

By the end of it all and exploring the whole zone i was level 71!

Is this normal? it felt way faster than i remember, but at least i understand how Unholy DK play, i like it when i pull 3-4 mobs then iย  Death Grip one more which could pull more mobs then AoE all of them to see my health goes almost to zero then goes back to 100% … it feels good.

I’m keeping this alt, when i switch specs in a Warlock or a Mage i can play them easily, so no need for more alts for these classes, but unholy DK and Survival hunter both need their own alt.

I leave you with this screenshot without a comment ๐Ÿ™‚

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Blue skeleton dragon

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Switching between alts, trying to finish some goals, and trying to get that pink rocket mount, there is so much to do in the game at the moment, My DK is grinding some Legion content, class hall mount and some artifact weapon appearance.

As for the mount, Gnomecore wrote a detailed post about it, i read when it was published and i remember some people complaining about the quest-line and the achievement (which was removed later), in one quest you have a choice to kill any number of red dragons, i chose not to kill any and take the item i need while ignoring the dragons, i could do that since my DK is level 120.

I can see why some people are uncomfortable with DK quests, the Lich King is going far and asking DKs to do things they don’t want to do, the game did not offer any choice, like trying to make Tirion Fordring the leader of the horsemen and raise him as undead, but these quests; this story is what makes DK an interesting class.

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Clearly i should’ve thought of changing my transmog before doing this quest, it’s not really a transmog i just don’t change my set every time i get a new item.

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After getting the mount i went back to class hall, found Slimy offering 3 pets, now i’m doing Balance of Power quest line to unlock the artifact weapon transmog.

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Ash the cat and random stuff

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This is truly horrifying … what is wrong with his eyes?!

Watching … or rather listening to Method live stream was exciting, Method made something out of raiding, for years first kill videos used to be that; a video, published in a platform like youtube after the kill, Method turned that into something more than 100k people watched it at one point … that is impressive.

And here is some random stuff

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This is Ash, i sent Bailey the gorilla to the stable to take some earned rest, Ash comes from the new Darkshore, the new cat model looks nice, the name comes from the color, i just hope to get the cat mount from Darkshore … and soon in 8.1.5 hunters will be able to use one pet as a mount ๐Ÿ˜€

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I want to see this quilboar as a raid boss … world boss? or make him fight in an arena where mobs fight and the players watch … i’ll watch that, make it a micro-holiday! turn yourself into a quilboar for 12 hours by watching a match.

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Engineers can make boats, very useful while we don’t have flying now.

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How long i waited for this world quest to appear? i wasn’t lucky in Legion, when this quest appeared i wasn’t playing then it never showed up, the other quest offer a pet and i did that in Legion, now i have the mount at last.

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I like doing these quests every time i take an alt to Drustvar.

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Every time visit the pet shop i see this big man and his corgi and i go “ahhh … cute!” ๐Ÿ™‚

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No kid, you don’t, you really really don’t want to be a Death Knight, first there is death then you have to go back to Warth of Lich King which was in the past, you’ll make a mess of a timeline and Chromie is not going to clean after you.

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Yep, fishing in the blood of the planet … Magni is not amused.

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Every time in Siege of Orgrimmar i use Piccolo of the Flaming Fire and watch Varain dance, everyone dance there … it makes me laugh every time, serious situation with silly dance!

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Somewhere in Wetlands, flying over this circle of flowers, me and the player in the middle there found it for the first time as he flew down to check it out as i did later, the game hide details like this very well.

Durzzam going to Panda land

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That was quick, i thought it’ll take much more time, Durrzam is level 80.

  • Exploring + archeology in Outland and Northrend, that was the main way to gain XP from 60 to 80.
  • Not much mining or collecting herbs, also not much killing mobs.
  • I have some new toys and pets from archeology, and one mount.
  • Gold earned by AH spent on buying mount and flying skills and some gear upgrade.
  • Archeology is a good but slow source for gold.
  • I went back to Classic zones for archeology, digsites give same amount of XP, since mobs are grey it is easier to use Classic digsites.
  • Now i’m going to Cataclsym zones then Pandaria, which open for me gaining XP by collecting treasure and killing Pandaria rares.
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Buying vendor items, that is a good upgrade

Going back for Balance of Power

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Yeah i can see that!

Since the beginning of Legion i decided that quests for Balance of Power will be done in the expansion after that, because Blizzard decided to lock the whole quest chain behind mythic dungeons and normal raids, getting into groups was hard and time consuming.

Let me remind you what is Balance of Power thing, it’s a chain of 21 quests starts with The Power within and ends with Balance of Power, by the end you unlock an artifact look, so this is important for anyone who cares about transmog, and thankfully Blizzard decided to keep it in the game, i remember they said they will remove it by next expansion but the changed their mind.

The quest chain asks you do these things:

  • Honored reputation with Court of Farondis + mythic Eye of Azshara.
  • Mythic Darkheart Thicket.
  • 30 Blood of Sargeras.
  • 2 items from Emerald Nightmare, one from Xavius the last boss.
  • 30 Corrupted Essence from same raid.
  • 150 gold to buy an item.
  • 3 more mythic dungeons
  • Revered with the Valarjar
  • Mythic Maw of Souls.
  • Collect items from 3 different zones
  • Mythic Neltharion’s Lair
  • 20 Nightshards, from 10 bosses, not 100% drop, so you need to run the Nighthold raid many times, only once a week.
  • 2 items from same raid.
  • 1 item from Gul’dan
  • you are done!

I started the whole chain with my hunter, reached Nighthold part and it’ll take few weeks, i’m not sure i can solo all bosses, so far i did 3 first bosses.

Here is the thing, i know some players did this whole chain on 12 classes! in Legion! i don’t know if i should feel impressed by that or sorry for them, this is bad design, it should be like the Archeology tint, which is unlocked once for the whole account, Balance of Power should be the same, do it once for all alts.

Also i don’t see the point of locking this quest chain behind mythic dungeon and normal raids, i don’t see the problem in making these quests for LFG and LFR, at least in end of the expansion people will find more reasons to run older raids, i remember waiting an hour or more for Emerald Nightmare LFR and the same for Halls of Valor and Nighthold, not many want to do these raids by the end of Legion.

Anyway … i’m going to finish this quest line soon or later, but i’m not sure if i’ll do it for all classes, too much work.

P.S: Trilliax in the photo above, i wish Blizzard made him cleaning encounter, you don’t fight him, you clean the mess you made … now that is interesting ๐Ÿ˜›

In Drustvar woods

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Since Blizzard announced Battle for Azeroth and showed the new zones, i (like many other) loved Drustvar from first sight, the wicker witches, wicker constructs, the creepy woods and theย  disgusting monsters, i find all of that enchanting, there is some connection between all of this and old religions, there is even connection to some new religions.

Also Drustvar offer a different kind of druidism, which i find more interesting than the usual druidism we know in the game.

Mild Spoilers ahead, if you didn’t do the zone then maybe skip this post and come back later.

Drustvar the zone

Story begin with the absent Mr and Ms Waycrest, lords of Drustvar, we are sent to investigate what’s going on, we find a whole village of people who are frozen by dark magic, we can’t dispel the magic easily, from here on we are dealing with witches and their foul magic.

Soon after saving a village there is a witch trial in which we meet the accused witch, lady Lucille Waycrest, daughter of Mr and Ms Waycrest, the villagers about to hang her for her crimes, we work to save her by convincing villagers that she is not a witch, using silly ways to do that.

After saving Lucille she will accompany us throughout the zone, fighting witches and the drust constructs, trying to find out what is this magic, who is behind it, who are the drust and what is their relation to the witches coven?

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Drustvar is one of few zones which is better at night, unlike most of WoW zones; i waited for the night to do questing in Drustvar, there is one part of the zone which i think will be better at the day, the open mountain zone, covered with snow and important lore about the Drust.

I enjoyed the whole zone, the witches coven story and their creepy magic, finding out a different type of druidism (it’s a tiny part but important), trying to figure out who is the Drust, even the dungeon in the end was cool, i loved this zone, almost perfect, the music is sometimes annoying, and sometimes it does not stop so i have to switch it off.

Who are the Drust?

Mr. Rossi answered this in his article, i bookmarked the article to read it later after i finish the zone, i wrote down notes while questing in Drustvar, something i never did before, and i can see the benefit of doing that, i can follow the story lines and understand them better, but i need to learn what to write because writing every little quest and NPC means endless notes.

Most likely the Drust are ancient Vrykul, the ruins around Drustvar point to that, also The Coven use runes magic just like the Vrykul, other than that i could not find anything else tells me who are they, from some quests their images or spirits looks like big humans.

Of course Mr. Rossi’s article explain that better, read it.

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Tiragarde Sound done

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Always goats … and i miss the clouds .. i real life i mean!

Quick report:

  • my main hunter is level 116.
  • did all quests in Tiragarde Sound, 2 war outposts in Zanadalri zones, 1 dungeon (Freehold).

I was doing all that slowly,ย  i go off the path to explore, try to climb mountains to find goats (always goats) on the top of the mountains, mine ore and open treasure chests, by the end of second zone i’ll reach 120.

Tiragrade Sound job is showing the player what Kul’tiran culture is, there is one main story and that ended quickly for me, the remain of the zone focus on common people and their problems, fishing, hunting, nobles who love hunting and think it’s a game, or enjoy good horse riding, some weird turtle dude who is terrifyied of riding horses yet he do it anyway.

This brought back memories, i was terrified of riding horses, yet people around me pushed me to do it and not in a good way, the horse maybe sensed my fear, but it was my mistake to lean on one side, the horse started to go around and around then jumped, i saw a chance to jump .. landed on my side, no harm done, except i thought i’ll never ride a horse again … i think i’m a half-dwarf!

Always hated anything forced on me, that’s explain why i never liked schools, some people need time, i think i can handle horse riding today.

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Another Mountain, another goat

In general Tiragarde sound was great zone, the music was beautiful, it is background music, does not ask for attention but it add some flavor to the zone, and most importantly: the music stops from time to time, quietness is necessary, without it i’ll get sick of the music and turn it off.

Zone design is different in BfA, zones feels more natural and realistic, feels like a place not a fictional place, one end of the zone looks different than the other end,ย  and between them the land change gradually, even moving to another zone does not change that, the transition is smooth.

Compare that to say moving between Elwynn Forest in Westfall, one is a lush forest the other is a barren land, you can see the border between them, you know you moved between zones when you crossed the river, BfA zones don’t have that clear divide .. so far.

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Monsters of wood and bones, a hint for what’s coming in another zone

Boralus is a great city hub, it brings back so many memories, my family used to be a fishing family, but almost everyone here was fishing decades ago, it was the only way to find something to eat and earn some living, things changed and people have jobs, but many never forgot our past, we still go fishing, even when the sea claim some of us.

Sometimes i feel lost in my past, on what places used to be, i miss the local harbor, the city claimed the place and changed it, it used to be simple place, fishermen and common folk used it everyday, it wasn’t modern by any means, it needed some improvements, they removed the old harbor, build new buildings, hotels, restaurants, shops, yachts harbor, the place was free for any fisherman, no one ask for permission to put a boat there, now everything looks clean, modern and soulless, and i lost a great place, now i go there once every two years or so just to get upset about the change.

Sorry … i know this have nothing to do with the game, but i can’t help it, places like Boralus and Booty Bay will always bring sweet memories.

I spent a lot of time in Boralus fishing, cooking and doing some crafting, still need a tour around the place, there are hostile mobs in Boralus and that’s something i never saw before, city hubs usually are safe places, but in Boralus to reach some unique vendors you need to fight!

In conclusion: Tragrade Sound is perfect, i could not find one thing i didn’t like about this zone, i tried, and i’m afraid that i will love Kul’tiras so much i’ll need to admit that it is better than Pandaria, a great problem to have!

Now into Drustvar … the zone i’m looking forward the most.

Battle for Azeroth: first imrpession

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So far i think BFA offer better zones, better music, better quests, and Legion was not bad by any means, Legion made me think that Blizzard will have hard time outdoing itself, but they did it.

Let’t me start with side quests, i love side quests, deep down i don’t like big epic stories in MMOs, even if i feel excited by them from time to time, i always love the small stories, the world building stories, the quests that show you the culture of the place, and BFA is full of that it makes me feel lost some times.

In Kul Tiras we have humans and slightly larger humans with enormous mustaches, and thin humans, i love all of models for humans and i can’t wait to see Kul’tirans as allied race, will Blizzard offer thin humans as an option? i hope so.

I’m going as slow as possible, still level 111ย  while writing these words, i know i’ll reach another level after publishing this post, and i did nothing but small part of Tiragarde Sound.

So far i’m impressed, BfA offering better everything than Legion.

Jubjub and the Westfall chicken

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Two battle pets, both need a special way to catch them, if you don’t have them then here is a quick guide.

On alliance character, go to Westfall* and search for a chicken, then keep doing /chicken dance for it, repeat that while you feel embarrassed because other players are hearing you.

* some say any chicken from any alliance zone will do the same, i haven’t tried that.

Eventually the chicken will have a quest for you, buy Special Chicken Feed from Farmer Saldean, go back to the chicken and /cheer it, it’ll give you an egg, congrats … you have a Westfall chicken.

As for Jubjub the frog, you need to wait for Darkmoon Faire, you should have few Dark Iron Ale, 3-4 will do, you can find them for free in Blackrock Depths, basically use the mugs to put them on the ground and make Jubjub jump (repeat jujub jump 10 times fast!) toward Morja, last mug should be near her, she will give you an egg, it’ll take a week to hatch and you get a Jubling.

Blizzard: more stuff like that please, unusual ways to get pets, items or any thing .. i’ll do that even if the prize is silly grey item.

Cho, tell me a story

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I still remember the mornings in my grandmother’s old house, always cold mornings, my grandmother will set in courtyard just before the sunrise, i wake up before the sun and join her, it was the 80s so there is not much to do, i was a shy kid and always preferred to be alone, playing with others wasn’t something i like to do much, beside; i’m the only kid who wake up at this time.

My mother will join us soon, there is coffee which i never touched and they never offered it to me, then we have a breakfast after the sun rise, never before it, days are slow and people are not in a hurry, it was always bread baked over charcoal with honey and cheese, the day start to warm up, it was always a beautiful day, or that’s what i remember.

My mother and grandmother will talk about everything, they tell stories after stories, and each story lead to another, usually tragic stories about real people, sometimes it’s gossip about women in the town! and there will be stories about witches, magic, jinn, ghouls, flying wizards and all kind of scary mythical creatures, they scared me with these stories yet i can’t have enough of them, even when i see nightmares in my sleep.

Stories always enchanted us, since the ancient times we gathered around, stayed awhile and listened, now people read and watch stories and in some games they can live the stories, but i feel that we should never forget the old ways, we should from time to time set and listen to storytellers.

In WoW my absolute favorite character is not a hero who sacrificed everything, he is a historian of sort, Cho Lorewalker.

Cho told us stories, i loved them first time i heard them, i loved them more every time i hear them again, from time to time i visit Cho to hear him again.

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The Zandalari Prophecy
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The Ballad of Liu Lang
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The best story of them all: Hozen in the Mist

I wish Blizzard will keep him working as a historian for his people, so he travel outside Pandaria to collect stories and tell them.