Tag: wow

So long WoW, and thanks for all the fish

Yes, you can level fishing here

When i started playing WoW in late Mists of Pandaria i thought i’ll play an expansion or two, i started with Warlords of Draenor which i liked even when Blizzard abandoned the expansion, i loved the quests and the stories more than other expansions, i loved the class design and i still think WoD Shadow Priest is the best version of the class/spec.

Then comes Legion with it’s artifact weapons and the end of the Legion story, i’m fond of Surmar even when it frustrate me so much, i think WoW players who played it back then still hate to hear “an illusion, what are you hiding?”, in Legion i started playing a Hunter and i loved it so much, beast mastery in Legion was overpowered.

BFA was a mixed bag, didn’t like the main story and didn’t like that old gods have one patch instead of a whole expansion, i liked the quests and the side stories, i liked the zones and the music, in general i found BFA fun to play, the Azerite gear was never a problem for me.

In Shadowlands i loved the leveling but when i reached the end game i felt like i’m done, i’m repeating the same pattern like the old expansions, and i’m not having fun while playing Shadowlands, so i stopped and started playing other games.

i also went back to Classic and started leveling a hunter and i liked that a lot, it seems Shadowlands endgame was overwhelming for me, it felt like a homework instead of playing, while Classic with its simplicity was easy to understand and enjoy.

But there is a chance that Blizzard will announce The Burning Crusade soon in Blizzconline, and they may choose to wipe the servers and make everyone start from level 1 or 58, also Square Enix  announced Endwalker, the next expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, that made me want to go back and keep playing to start the expansion with everyone else.

Of course there is a good chance that i get sick of doing dungeons 😅 but i’ll see, at least i want to finish the Heavensward expansion and right now i’m in the middle of the story line.

So i’m done with WoW for now, i may come back for TBC classic or maybe the expansion after Shadowlands, until then i’ll play FFXIV and other games.

Last screenshot in Classic, with my pet Steve.

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 😀

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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!” 🙂

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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.

Dear Postmaster

I’m writing this in a lovely day, sunny and warm, the winter is coming and it is the best time of the year, i write to you in hope to reach an agreement about recent mails i got from you.

While i’m scouring caves, mines, castles and dungeons, i killed countless enemies, took their gold and silver with my trusty Loot-A-Rang, took some of their gear and left anything i considered trash, unworthy things that have no place in my bags.

Yet i find all the trash in my mailbox! what in the world are you doing?! are stalking me?! because there is no other explanation, you come after me to loot the dead and empty their pockets from all the trash i left there then you send it all to me? in the name of all old gods: WHY?!

You even sent me troll sweat you sick sick man! how did you do that?! did you find sweaty dead trolls and starting to “harvest” their sweat?! this is beyond disgusting.

Sir, you need help, in the name of all holy things you need to learn what to send and what to leave on the ground, ask Katy for help, or better, let her be the new Postmaster … or Postmistress.

Yours,
A grumpy hunter


Seriously, the postmaster have a problem, who send cheese in the mailbox?! tell me, did it happen to you? after doing many dungeons you find your mailbox full of trash?

Try Classic WoW in Blizzcon .. or at home

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Good news Classic fans … buying Blizzcon virtual ticket will give you different rewards for Blizzard’s games, and access to limited Classic WoW, just 2 zones, one for the Alliance and one for the Horde, and by that Blizzard already did one of two things i wanted to hear about in Blizzcon.

As for the rewards, 2 faction themed cloaks and 2 banners, not as impressive as the mounts from last year, but i don’t really care, Classic news is important.

The other thing i want to hear about in Blizzcon is anything related to Diablo:

  • New class for Diablo 3? ok, i’ll take it
  • Diablo 3 new expansion? good
  • Diabo 4? better
  • Diablo the MMO? even better.

Random screenshots from WoW

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chatting with Granny Marl, helping her shooting birds
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Planet vs Zombies
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Leaning on walls … i need to do that Blizzard
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Can i do that too Blizzard? i want to look bored!
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I want glasses for transmog
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Leaning and playing with knife .. nice details in Boralus
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I feel sorry for them every time i pass by, i mean they are there all the time!
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Best name for best gnome!
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Bards next expansion? please!
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that’s not how a lady sit on a chair!

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Taming a new pet, mythic only so at last i can do it, i named it Aberash, which by that website means “giving off light, shining” in Amharic.

 

Kul’tiran Balance druid

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Highmountain moonkin form

Wowhead started mining patch 8.1 in PTR, so many interesting things coming in the patch, but the most interesting thing for me is new allied races, Kul’tiran for Alliance, Zandalari trolls for Horde, and both can be druids, and you can work for both of them right now, mostly reputation grind, by the offical release of 8.1 you should get exalted with the faction.

Wowhead have the models for moonkin form for the Kul’tiran druids, also for Highmountain druids, and aqua form for the Zandalari, the Highmountain moonkin form looks normal, just different colors and with moose horns, the Zandalari aqua form  looks dino-ish … and dionsaurs are cool, but look at this horror:

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What is this?! it’s ugly, i love it! when i play druid i play mostly Balance, so this is how i will look while walking around Azeroth …. when i walk to NPCs they should run away from me.

One more thing, Kul’tiran heritage armor, one commenter in Wowhead noticed that there is no thin kul’tirans, i hope that just because  it’s too early for 8.1 in PTR, but i guess Blizzard will not offer that option since there is no thin female kul’tiran.

Watching Method’s world first

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screenshot from the stream, G’huun is dead

Method, a WoW guild in EU was and still streaming their Uldir mythic raid, and they got world first kill for G’huun, it took them so many wipes to reach the last boss, it took them so many “so close” moments, from 4.8% to 3.3% to 1.8% to 0% and and exciting moment for more than 100k viewers from all Method channels.

This is the first time anyone streaming a raid like that, and for me as a very casual player i have a chance to see what the pro players do and how they play, first thing i noticed as the stream change the camera between the raiders; they have so much going in the interface, so many warnings and information flying around.

The other thing is they are studying the raid and what happened, and try to avoid falling into same mistake, slowly they progress from phase to phase, i saw them die at phase one and come back to do it again and again then they perfected this phase so now they have to learn phase two … and it goes like that slowly.

Playing like that is not for me, but watching others doing it? oh yes, it was exciting to see world first live on the net, we are lucky, just imagine people in 2004 have the tech we have today, will they stream first kill for Ragnaros?

Anyway … i rarely watch streams for WoW players, but Mythic world firsts? i think i’ll enjoy watching these streams, we know there is 2 raids in 8.1, that will be exciting to watch.

On island Expeditions

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I didn’t know what to think of Island Expeditions, wasn’t excited about them but i liked the idea of 3 player scenarios, quick queue and short game-play, i thought i’ll give it a try, and the more i play them the more i like them.

Wowhead have a good guide, they always have good guides, but i prefer to try first then read guides, i confess: i never read dungeon or raid journal or guides, i prefer to just go there and try them, make mistakes and learn, then after that i read guides to learn more.

One main reason to keep me doing these expeditions is to get mounts, pets and transmog items, and in the last one i got a pet:

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It’ll take time to collect all the rewards, so far that’s not a problem, i’m sure after few weeks i’ll feel bored with them, and that’s fine, but for now i’m enjoying them … a lot.

I’ve got the power

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By the end of Balance of Power quest chain, i got the look and i’m not impressed, Beast Mastery gun looks ok, other classes have much better appearances, there is glowing bear for druids, for that alone the whole chain is worth repeating, in fact all classes have great weapon looks, the only ones i’m not impressed with are hunter weapons and warrior weapons.

Hints: most of quest chain is easy to solo at level 120, for raids it’s better to have item level of 310 or more, Emerald Nightmare is soloable but 2 bosses may give you trouble, Ursoc and Xavius, as a hunter i have no problem since my pet take the damage stacks, so it’s better to bring a group.

One run for Emerald Nightmare should be enough to finish the quest.

Nighthold needs a group, some bosses are hard or impossible to solo like Krosus or Star Augur Etraeus, with a group of five we cleared the whole place in no time, it was much quicker than trying to solo it, it took me 2 runs to finish the quest and it should not take you more than that.

Other than that everything else is just easy work, there is a lot of it, that’s it.

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 the  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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