Monday, February 12, 2018

IT: Ready Player One (may include spoilers from book)

I mentioned the book Ready Player One in my Liebster award. Now that the movie is only about a month away from release, I've had my son (11yo) start reading the book for his English class. He's having a bit of a disconnect with all of the 80's references in the movie, so I thought I'd help him 'a little' by looking up some of the video games. Using this wiki page as a reference and a few emulator sites, you too can be Parzival, Aech or Art3mis.

Adventure: (EO) Game referenced because of the 'easter egg' that the author put in the game.

Joust: (EO) Game for copper key.
Dungeons of Daggorath: Gateway game. Found a nice community site here. Also a Windows 10 Microsoft port of the game.

PacMan: (EO) Parzival plays a perfect game.

Zork: (Archive.Org) Turned into a 3D world that users must collect all the trophies..
Black Tiger (aka Black Dragon): (Game Oldies): Gateway game.

Tempest  (EO): Final Key quest.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

7.3.5 Bucket List

Based on the 77 day turn around that Blizzard has been demonstrating on their patch release cycle, 7.3.5 should be dropping into production next Tuesday. With this patch comes the much anticipated content leveling (aka zoneless). BlizzWatch has a great breakdown of the various zones..

from mmo-champion
Wit this, a few things are going to be a little harder when the patches drop. That 20 minute run through BT or Karazhan (BC) is going to get a lot longer. Unstead of these dungeons being level 70 content, starting with this patch, they will go to being level 80 level content. While still not a big deal for a max level character, it will mean a slightly longer dungeon run.

Farming Transmogrification Outfits
While trying to build an interesting Holy Paladin xmog, I found that I had the shoulders from the Judgement Armor recolor set. This BC dungeon tier set is dropped from many of the BC dungeons. My priority for this outfit will be the legs and chest. I am not so concerned with other items (hands would be nice, but at 15% drop rate, that's not favorable odds..) As my paladin is a boosted character, I must have got the shoulders as a timewalking drop. With the BC timewalking, I've been through most of these dungeons at least 4 more times.. So, I am less than excited at my drop rate prospects.

(Ref: Paladin T2 gear and this excellent guide to dungeon locations)

Update: Last night, I ran all but the last dungeon. It took about an hour to complete the 6 dungeons. As this is all level 70 content, I would run into a room bring the chain along with me, turn around and one shot the crowd (ret artifact weapon or aoe). About 40 minutes into it, I ran the weekly event with the guild (4 mythics trying to get as many achievements as possible). Then came back in prot spec to run Shadow Labyrinth. (It's awesome fun when your shield bops 5 mobs and manages to go around their pillar). During the run, I got the gloves and chest. BC dungeons are on a 10 hour reset, so I should be able to run them again tonight..

Update 2: I want this sword. Now need to start running Classic Karazhan. The sword, Despair drops from the Opera event. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any drop statistics.. At least, I could run in right before my next Mythic Lower Karazhan run this week.. :)

Update 3: 7.3.5 dropped while I was on vacation, then recovering from the flu I caught while traveling. Looking through my list, I am down to the 3 items in Zangramarsh, helm, pants and (possibly) the belt.

Update 4: Pants dropped on last run of the dungeon. I still officially need the helm as it would nicely complete the set, but I am not too concerned.. Tried healing a BG the other night and it went miserable.. Maybe paladin healing isn't for me..

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Antorus guides

Playing a tank, gives one a different feels for raiding. As DPS, I could simply jump into the raid with little research and do fairly good. Sure I might die due to a stupid mechanic, but seldom would I die twice. As a tank, I feel I have the responsibility of knowing the fight a little better than simply responding to DBM's alerts. So I feel I need to do some research. I've finally gotten a moment to pull together a few resources and feel almost ready..

Here's what I've been reviewing: 

HazelnuttyGames has put together a collection of videos that cover each of the bosses. Her videos are roughly 5 minutes long for each boss, covering each of the mechanics. They are well paced with highlights on key mechanics. I like her videos because they show that she was also learning the fights the hard way (not a perfect run, but with many deaths. 

I've created this playlist to filter and reorganize the Antorus raid videos into (maybe) the encounter order.

WowAholics101 has a series of videos as well that are very concise, ~90 seconds each. His videos are great to share with a group that needs a little bit more to finish a boss. Wipe on a boss due to some dumb mechanic, share the short URL with the team.. (similar playlist)

Ardo222 over on Imgur created an awesome #BossGuide for each of the fights. This includes a summary document with each bosses main spells and what you (as a role) need to do. Plus images based on suggested movement within the fight. While part of this looks simply to be skimmed from the 'dungeon journal' it's not a bad thing to have there at the start of each fight..

Not Excited About BfA Allied Races.

I am really not excited about Allied Races. Think about it. Most players play WoW in third person. From this angle, I can see the top of my character's head, their back (or cape), pants and maybe shoes. Why would I care about their face, eyes, or really what color their skin is? The view from the armory is the only time I really see the frontal view of my character.

Typical view of character

When looking at my character, it's about the animations; the movement fluidity, the run gate, how cool the jump is, and fighting animations. If you can't deal with looking at the backside of your character, there's no point.

I guess, ElPlato could have yellow contacts? 
So, when I look at the planned allied races, I am not excited. Here we have (yet another) cosmetic model of 6 different in-game classes. Quick skim of the models, and I see mostly eye colors and skin color differences for existing models. Something I see zero of when in my armor set and actually playing.

I guess, if I was more into the lore behind each race, I'd be more excited, but overall I am not. I could care less if my dwarf is a Dark Iron or Wildhammer.

??? Dwarf
What does sound exciting?? More transmogrification or character options.

Garrosh is seen here sporting chest and arm tattoos from this publicity shot taken for Warlords of Draenor poster.. My demon hunter was able to select both the style and color of her/his tattoos  Now that we can choose options for 'hidden ___' for every piece of armor, I think it's a great idea to give more body modifications. Tattoos, scars, or other battle wounds. I'd even consider the option to make it permanent. [There's no going back from this. OK - Cancel]

Hat Hair
I modeled my priest after my oldest daughter. She has long red hair. When people with long hair wear hats, typically their hair does not magically disappear. I'd like for my female priest, to actually maintain her low pony when she is wearing a hat and not magically revert to a boy-cut. As you can see, the hair is easily visible from the back, and it sort of ruins the whole character build process. If she wanted to wear a bob-cut, she'd visit the barber..

What I expect
What I get
Variety Brawler options
I understand the desire in game to keep the weapon options, weapon-ish. (What if we think we're REALLY our characters and start fighting RL with non-sword objects??) There is no way you can xmog that lovely wooden plank model over your existing artifact weapon. BUT THERE SHOULD BE?! When I go into an arena, I'd like my weapon to be a spiked wooden plank, broken bottle or even a giant fish! I don't want to be fighting 'clean'. Maybe these should be brawler's guild rewards. Encourage more people to play this portion of the game. (Note, it appears that the wooden plank is available here and I think I've completed this quest already on at least one toon.)

(one handed mace) Spiked wooden plank

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Prot Pally Tank LFW

El Plato 
ElPlato@Kul Tiras-US

Kul Tiras-US
Protection Paladin
  •  Artifact weapon level 71 (atm, and still improving).  Ashbringer is in 60's. 
  •  ~933 average iLevel, with AskMrRobot approved gear set. Will have at least 1 legendary item upgraded by end of week.
  • #19 Protection Paladin on Kul Tiras-US, per WowProgress
  • Currently running Mythic+8/9 with 2 guild members. We think we could push 12-15 if we had last 2 dps slots filled. 

Complete Antorus raid on normal or better with dedicated group of players. Looking for a team who raid between 10PM and midnight PST.

Positive Traits:

  • Good humored, easy going player. Often the quiet on vent because youngest is sleeping immediately upstairs from me. 
  • Will learn fights, picks up quickly and won't stand in fire, unless it's part of mechanic (KJ).
  • Blogger, so I am constantly researching tactics for boss fights. 
  • Not afraid of addons, including a Patreon of DBM. So interrupts, taunts and soaks are taken care of.
  • Have a mage and monk healer guildies who would also gladly run. 
Negative Traits:

The main reason I haven't raided regularly is my RL time limitations. 10PM is when all three of my kids are typically in bed. My oldest is usually in her room, youngest is just getting to bed. Sadly sometimes, I get on at 10:30pm, because of some extensive homework assignment, or last minute grocery store runs for the next day.  This has typically delegated me to second tier raiding. 

Still interested?
Friend me on Battle.Net. When you see me on, and you need some help, let me know. This goes both ways, we're actively looking for 2 dps who want to run Mythic+ dungeons, and understand 'explosive'. (41+ deaths in mythic +8 EYE because pugged DPS weren't "KILLING THE BALLS!".). The guild has 3-4 active members and possibility of 6 people who would love to raid Antorus (methodically, not just steamroll via LFR). You have a small guild also and need to fill some slots? 

Last note: If you friend me and see 'me' active before 10PM, it's possible that my 11yo son is playing on my account. He has a demon hunter name Dingo, that he plays. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Say EHLO to My New Discipline Priest

It's that time of year again... 


No!.. It's that time of year again for ... 
Mall Christmas Decorations?

No!!!, leveling alts.. 

With Hallow's Eve, I went back to my level 101 Discipline priest and started playing her again.

It was a bit selfish, but I saw that lower level toons could also participate in the Headless Horseman fights. I figured why not enjoy the instant queue of healing along with potential drop of the horseman's mount. (still no luck). At 105, I stopped leveling her to 110, and spun up a new character.

First try: Super Dude
Epedemi - Male HUMAN Priest. I have only played 2 male (max level) characters (warlock and hunter), and thought it would be fun to play a male draneii. Brother to ElPlato? He got to level 9 and I wasn't having fun. Something with the super hero image, I couldn't take.

Ehlo@Kul Tiras-US
Take 2: Go Small 
Ehlo - Female Gnome. Back to a pink pigtails class, I thought it would be fun; sort of like watching my 4yo daughter run around the house. (not my video). So far, it doesn't disappoint.

Healing in the age of heirlooms. 

Wowhead: Currently too slow.
Questing is too slow. I am standing level 1 in the gnome starting area of Gnomeregan. Shadoword: Pain the entire room and watch them drop before they run to me. I made it out of Gnomer at around level 3. Already higher level than most mobs. So I mount up and run over to Kharanos (2-5). It's Hallow's End so Headless is attacking. Did the daily quest here and 0 XP gained.

Kill a few dozen mobs in area, get up to level 4-5 and run over to next area, Qol'bolar Quarry, then Dun Morogh. On it goes on-on, I out-level mobs and decide to run all the way up to wetlands. At 10-12 I am fighting and killing mobs (fairly) successfully 6-8 levels higher than me. Nice chunk of XP but no quests available.

At 15, I start running dungeons. Here, as you can guess she grows even faster. One night of dungeons equals about 5-6 levels. Only slowed because we can't find a tank willing to run. I suspect that some of those DPS just need to try it out. It's really not that hard..

Around 30, my co-workers get interested and they found alts stalled around here. I now have a human rogue and night elf warrior running with me. The warrior is running DPS (fury?) so we still have to wait for a tank, but I am trying to convince him to run Prot spec so we can instant queue.

Still, we ran a handful of dungeons the other night and all leveled up. WHY DO PEOPLE SKIP MOBS? The tank we got was 'avoiding' large clusters of demons in Dire Maul?? Wait no. XP for killing stuff, not just the not-so awesome loot bag at the end. Soooo as a ranged dps-healer, I was pulling everything I could reach (and some I had to run to). Shadoword:pain now has a nice booming sound associated with it. boom, tab, boom, tab, boom, tab.. "oh did i do that??" /giggle

The last weekend, I figured it was time to invest in enchants. Sadly I couldn't remember what enchants to run??.. That's when I remembered this post from leveling my monk. By doing a little heirloom juggling, you can technically enchant any slot that has an enchant. Apply shoulder and leg enchants using a max-level toon, then mail back to your new toon.

It's an Enchanting Evening
So, what can we apply as enchants? According to Icy-Veins, our stat priority should be:

Int > Haste > Critical Strike > Master > Versatility

So, if we only enchant our heirloom items, those slots are:

  1. Signet of Third Fleet =  Legion - Binding or Word of Haste 
  2. Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak = Legion - Binding or Word of Intellect
  3. Eternal Horizon Choker = Legion - Mark of the Claw (+haste +crit), Mark of Quick Draenor - Breath of Haste
  4. Exquisite Sunderseer Mantle =  MoP - Greater Crane Wing Inscription (+Int), Boon of Scavenger
  5. Tattered Dreadmist Leggings- MoP Greater Cerulean Spell Thread (+Int +Crit) MOP Cerulean Spellthread (+int +crit)
  6. Tattered Dreadmist Robe- Glorious Stats (+9 all stats)
  7. Grand Staff of Jordan Draenor - Mark or Glory of the Warsong (+haste), or Spirit of Conquest (+int), or (MoP) Jade Spirit (+int). or Power Torrent (+int)
The Mists of Pandaria (shoulder & leg) enchants require a level 85 - 90 toon to apply them. I tried to have my 110 toon apply the enchant, but it was blocked because the heirloom gear scaled up to her for ilevel. "Cannot be applied to 800 ilevel item". Luckily I had an alliance character at 88. Unfortunately she's on a different server, so I couldn't mail the enchants to her. I had to use the gold on-hand in order to buy the enchants locally. On Auchindoun-US, those two enchants would have cost her over 6000 gold; much more than she had on-hand. SO... I bought the lesser "Cerulean Spellthread" and applied that to the pants. Then had my bank toon buy the non-min-level Legion enchant "boon of scavenger" for her shoulders. She should at least pickup more cloth??

Ehlo Enchanted

The best enchant of all? Earthen Vitality applied to the boots. Running dungeons with a speed increase is AWESOME!  I tested it around the fountain in Stormwind and found the speed increase quite liberating!

With the next major 'patch' of Warcraft, we're going to see Zone less experience for all non-max level zones. All Vanilla, BC+Wrath, MOP+Cataclysm... With this, it should open up a few items that I really look forward to.

  • Questing?? No longer out level the content. I should effectively get XP with any mobs. This will make questing more viable for leveling. 
  • LF Tank - No long queue times. Any vanilla tank + any vanilla healer + any vanilla dps. 
  • Free-play. No worrying if I play without guild. I could level 2-3 levels one night and still play with the same guildies who didn't level up with me. 
  • Random dungeon roulette. No longer get the same dungeon several times for current level. 
Over on the forums over at MMO-Champion, they've weighed in that 7.3.5 probably won't drop until next year. Unfortunately by then, I hope to be raiding with Ehlo, but I guess if we all start leveling up new allied race toons, it will be supremely helpful. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

TMI Raiding

A concept idea for blog post. Trying to translate the WoW game into RL. Taking into account that all magic and current character abilities are given *("Magical healing is impossible", prot pally shield is not a boomerang). 

To Much Information about Raiding. What a 20 man raid may be like in RL.
  • Instead of just the twenty heroes, each would have an apprentice or squire carrying that extra gear, food and tools for repair gear.
  • After some fights, you will need repairs, not just after a certain resilience level. Plate armor doesn't magically unbend. You could have a crushed chest plate. Not to mention your sword broke? Burnt cloth armor holes?
  • Bathroom breaks. Eat drink urinate.
  • Fighting would be exhausting. Not just when YOU need to go to bed, but you'd need to sleep after a certain number of fights. the more you play the more you'd build up more stamina and could fight longer.
  • Clipping. Arms reach between heroes please.  No bumping into each other during fight.Only run 'around' the boss, not through (unless you can get under his dragon legs).  (crouching)
  • Friendly fire. That giant hunter trap, mage snowflake, rain of fire.. Yeah tank and melee is going to get hit too. Healers better be ready for your DPS AOE. 
  • One size fits none. That drop off that giant demon isn't going to fit your gnome. It will need to be fitted for your character.
  • If you don't sleep in an inn, those rogues are going to pick pocket you while you sleep.
  • You could have grey classes that blend. Shadow + discipline. Use more damaging spells for even better healing.
  • Drops. Stuff you throw out could be picked up by anyone.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Blizzcon Warcraft highlights via Twitter!

Clothies unite, soon we'll be able to xmog into plate gear! (Alex called it a battle mage)
Check out blizzard store for more options soon.. Playable Naga 8.1
Horde always knew that Jaina is the a frost mage?
Warlock soulstone bags and riding crops soon make a come back in the market.
This sometimes happens, when long-time players finally get to meet in RL.

Finally level my druid from 80s on a PVP realm.
Does this include Virtual Ticket attendees??

Check out ElvineLoL for pictures from many of the "What's Next".

Oh My!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Player's Dilemma

Good Witch Eride
Headless Hunt Goblin Erknea
Last week, I restarted playing my discipline priest. She had made it through the class hall quest and was simply sitting there at 101 with the shadow weapon. With the Hallow's End activities, I decided to dust off the cobwebs and play her through the Headless Horseman event. (YES after 10 years of continuous game play I still don't have the horseman's mount!!). This year the horseman is open to all players level 15(?) and above. I even had my horde hunter (27-> 28) run through it once.

s boss instead of the head. I believe this is due to the /focus setting. I wanted this to set a focus so I could come back quicker after the head returned, but it's backfiring on this fight).

After the dungeon, I decided to level her to 102, so that I could pickup the discipline artifact weapon. It was interesting in that it included heavy use of the levitate spell (to avoid fire on ground). As with Erlenmyer, I decide to also fight all the bosses in the current legion invasion, and complete a few world quests.

Things I learned:
  • The proving grounds, while the bane  he nuances to legion disc. 
  • Vuhdo needed to be updated. Tracking the Atonement buff is important. I found this video VERY helpful in adding it.
  • Both Plea and Power Word: Radiance are awesome at applying the buff to several people. PW:Radiance allowed me to 'AOE heal' the entire dungeon party quickly.

Now to my dilemma.  If I want to heal dungeons with my friends, I need an alliance toon. Eride is a Blood Elf on a completely different realm. Do I :

  1. Level a new toon from 0?
  2. Boost a new toon?
  3. Faction change my existing priest?
  4. Faction and realm change my existing priest? 
Level a new Alliance Alt:  this option has little appeal to me. Leveling from zero takes about a week of solid game play even with heirloom items. The advantages being that it's free (no RL money) and I'll still keep my horde healer along with my other horde dps and tanks.

A Trip to the Blizzard Store

Boost a new toon - this has some appeal in that I can leave my horde characters alone, and still get a new alliance alt. Unfortunately, this option is also $60. 
NOW, if Blizzard, would PRORATE this, it would be awesome! Boosting from 0 = full price, $60. But what if you boost from 55 - 60?? This is the ideal 'boost' point as you get the professions boost to 700. What if this boost was only $30. I have a level 85 druid sitting in Northren, who likely won't ever see max level. This is 75% up to 110, so it should be only 1/4 of the price ($15). I think people would have a lot more max-level alts if they could boost those toons the last 20-30 levels without  having to play through those expansions. 
Faction change my existing. This has a bit of appeal as monetarily, it's only $30 on the Blizzard store. My priest could easily hop the fence as a human or night elf and no one would no the difference (except for that horde guild that's hanging on).

The major downside to this is infrastructure. At the moment, Malfurion-US is only horde characters at the moment. No guild, no bank toon, etc.. I'd basically be starting over, but no one there to help. That's a major down-er, if my friends decide to quit playing (again).

Faction and Realm change. "Cheaper" than a boost, but $25 more than just a faction change. Get's my existing level 104 priest to Kul Tiras with my other Alliance toons. There are 4 other toons there that can provide support (paladin, hunter, and bank alt paladin), plus their guild.

Theoretical Option 5  - As I write this post, I am seriously considering option 1. I'll start a new toon on Kul Tiras, leaving my existing BELF in place. While this is not favorable, I have a feeling in the next month or two Blizzard will have a 'services' sale. Blizzcon? Christmas? PI day? Maybe this toon will reach the coveted level 60 by then and I can boost.

With heirlooms, leveling won't take that long and as a healer, I can hopefully insta-queue for dungeons.. Add in the fact that it's Hallow's End, I could hypothetically level a few simply by flying between candy buckets. 25 add one more to the queue of those trying to get the HH mount.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October Update

  • Class mount for Elkagorasa - completed. I am actually more excited now that I've completed it than when I wrote about it during my role-play post. I've purchased the non-green one from Calydus. I like the look better. Not sure I want the purple edition, but will probably grab it simply for completionism. I do like that there's a rune on the floor when summoning him. I haven't looked for the warlock cookie jar rune placement glyph, but I miss the fact that I used to have it..
  • If I ran with a succubus, I'd want this glyph.
  • Side note, isn't there a glyph to make my paladin 'charger' into a horse?? You know, when I hit Cavalry button and charge up on something?? The class mount of an elekk is interesting, but tiresome.

  • Argus is completely opened up for 1 character and 95% opened up for hunter. That took about 4 hours on a Friday (work warcraft from home day).
  • Warlock is about 50% completed with quest chain. 
  • Of course, this really means that both pally and hunter have increased their gear scores to around 920 (925 and 919 respectively). Pally has a hard time justifying even spending the argunite to buy any tokens. 
  • I sort of wish ALL argus tokens were BOA. Thinking back to WOD Tanaan Jungle (aka Baleful) tokens simply dropped gear pieces. Here's a head piece, chest, etc. Not a plate head, and mail chest. My warlock could really benefit from a few 880-910 pieces right about now, but my paladin seems to only get 880 sullied plate or leather gear.
  • The darn 2 TOS LFR tier piece (w/ buff) seems to want to stick around forever! I sometimes feel inclined to drop them, BUT AskMrRobot just keeps pulling them back in! The one time I really questioned AMR's choices, the math hit me in the face (865 trinket vs 900 trinket on key traits. Both had similar amounts of haste, but 865 trinket had strength as well) 
  • Paladin has reached Revered with Argussian. This means that all my characters now have the awesome Krokul whistle. Run out to legion invasion portal, then use whistle 'hearth' back to space ship. I do like the addition of the flight-master's whistle and these krokul windchimes as an awesome no-flight option. 
  • Now a question. If the Draenei had this 'teleporter technology' all along, WHY are they just now revealing it?? Mage portals cheaper to power, just need to give the mage a few cupcakes? 
  • A little disappointed that I think I've seen all the various alternate planets. None of them seem very badly damaged by the Legion. 
  • Where are the spaceships? Where are the legion towers as seen in Broken Isles? Where are the destroyed lands? I hoped for 'dozens' of worlds. I hoped for MORE! Not only 6.
  • Looking forward to Antorus opening up. As a PUG Tank, I can get into Normal and Heroic raids rather easily. Helps knowing the fight and some still want the AOTC achievements. 
  • Sadly, looking at Tomb of Sargeras loot tables, I don't see a really good reason. Heroic Nighthold and Tomb are dropping 890 ilevel gear. Maybe I could do an inplace replacement of my two tier pieces, from their current LFR edition, to a better copy? But I don't see replacing my 920-930 gear for anything in that raid. 

  • Reached Prestige 1 with paladin. Now working on honor level 50 so that I can that artifact appearance.

  • I really do like the warlock PVP artifact appearance. Hoping that the prestige levels are BOA. :) probably not though. I am not sure I have time to PVP with 2 characters.. 
  • Of all artifact appearances, I am hoping that someday SOON, I'll open up the protection paladin mage tower appearance. I suppose when Antorus drops, I see some ilevel upgrades if not from anything upgrading my legendaries. Of course, adding 30 ilevel to 2 items, really only increases my overall gear score up 4 points (difference/15 or (1000 - 970)/15), so not a lot.
  • How about a mythic+ dungeon appearance? Maybe something farmable on say Karazhan dungeon??? Heck, I'd love a cosmetic top hat appearance. Turn my Warlock infernal into the Curator? 
  • So, this protection paladin hidden appearance requirement stinks! It requires that you run this Withered Army Training scenario in Suramar. I've done it a couple times and always lose all my withered before the end of the event. MAYBE now that my dps as a tank is high enough, this won't be an issue. Just frustrating. Somethings (according to comments on wowhead that I was doing wrong). 
    • Attempting to go too fast. The objective is to kill everything. Don't skip more difficult mobs, they're just worth more points.
    • Get to end of scenario and then go and 'turn in' your withereds for chests. I had been going along until i felt I was near end and turning in withered for one big chest. Ideally, you get withered all along way, then get several 5-10 withered army chests. Maybe if no one from the guild logs on this week... 

  • Speaking of, I saw that we will actually get to wear a third legendary, if it comes from Antorus raid. One of the trinkets datamined is a legendary, while the others are not. (Don't know if that means 3 of all acquired or only that one trinket from Antorus.) On top of that, it's 'cool effects' will only happen inside that raid. (Sounds like the legendary RING from WOD). When 4 legendaries are activated with same affix, they will empower a 'titan trait'?? WTH? 
  • I am NOT liking the Netherlight Crucible. It basically has only given me the +5 ilevel on all my existing relics. Paladin is furthest along and is only level 65 with weapon?? So if I ever swap to DPS (retribution) what does that mean? Top it off, relics are NOT dropping for me. 
  • My paladin champions have all reached 925. Now they are working on leveling up to 950. Soon they will have better gear than I do. I sort of wish that as we leveled up their gear, their models upgraded too. Look Lothraxion is now wearing mythic tier drops from Tomb. Wait, I am still wearing leveling gear from Nightmare, not fair!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Topic 24 - Class Fantasy Yay or Nay

Post about class fantasy with some fantasy conversation between my pally and my warlock.

Warlock: I hate my class hall. I hate my class mount.

Demons stink and they don't bathe.

I have to go into the sewers to get to my class hall and all it is space on the demon hunter starting zone. Demon Hunters!?! who took my demon form in return for empowered demon minions.

Paladin: I was just born about a year ago now, so I am new to this, but you're a warlock. You have a demon as a pet following you around all the time. I'd think you would be used to it by now. 

Your class mount is almost identical to that fel-horsey you rode around Dalaran for months. Now you are saying you don't like it?  

Like you have it hard. Your class hall is a shiny golden palace. Your mount comes in three colors and you can change it based on your outfit.

Top it off, you got help the priest class hall and stole away one of their followers. You have a giant space alien dancing around in your hall. How awesome is that!? Imp mother would love to come over and hang out with Lothraxion.

Like you, my mount is similar to my class mount from Vanilla. 

Also, remember my class hall is in the basement of the Lights Hope Chapel in Plaguelands.. PLAGUE LANDS. You can't go anywhere without smelling that stench because some idiot left the hatch open. Every time we get a new paladin, he comes through that door, and lets in more stench.

Gotta love the undead.. Ok, we both agree that your class hall is awesome, but ours both (physically) stink.

But, as a warlock, you'd think that I should be able to pick a different demon minion. Nope. Hundreds of demons wandering all over the place, and not a single one here to enslave. They DON'T EVEN PICK UP AFTER THEMSELVES! I've had to get my shoes cleaned every time I visit. That goblin in Dalaran charges warlocks 10x for shoe cleaning.

Shoes? SHOES!? At least you don't sound like a horse, wearing horse shoes running down the cobble streets of Dalaran. clip-clop-clip-clop My mount and I sound identical running around town. I have on METAL BOOTS! They have absolutely no grip. They are impossible to wash as they rust. Top it off, my left boot probably weights around the same as your entire wardrobe. 

You don't even want to know what it's like to use the restroom...

Ok, TMI.

It has been fun (despite my early accident), helping rebuild the Dal alchemy lab. Having to go all around Broken Isles to replace his equipment has been a learning experience. Never would have realized how hard that undead worked to prepare these new potions.

How has blacksmithing been?

mmm. Not so much. They've taught me how to make various armor pieces and put them together. I end up running around the store to put something together and then it's only a basic understanding. I have to travel out to High Mountain to use a specific firmament stone to make only a single type of metal bar, but I can make all the rest of the armor at any anvil. Frustrating.. After ALL THAT? I never even wore any of the gear and it won't sell on the auction house.

So what's up with that weapon? It looks like a giant hammer. I would have thought a Protection Paladin would use something damaging, a blade weapon?

I have really enjoyed acquiring my staff. I really had to use all my warlock abilities to get it. Even used my portal to get over a room full of tentacles. Most frustrating part, some darn priest came along, then abandoned me when things got tough at end.

Oh the hammer? Ever heard of bunny foo-foo? You can be the field mouse.

To get this weapon, (which is secretly my sword and shield), I did the same quest chain as you've started. It has the same requirements, nothing special at all.

I don't know about you, but I feel a bit underwhelmed by all this. 

You mean like Blizzcon 2015 - In your class hall you'll be the leader of all warlocks? 

How you'll need to work together for a common good? 

I haven't seen any of this. I see Alliance warlocks running around MY class hall and they don't help out at all. They just get in the way at the order board.

Agreed. Agreed. 

I'd love to have quests for only fellow paladins where we actually do work together. The class champions sure get to do this a lot, but how about paladin class hall (horde and alliance) vs Gul'dan? 

We're all the same class, why not work together?

No shared class accomplishments.

No decorations or improvements to class hall as we progress.

The 'class' hall is really just a class-decorated garrison, isn't it?

I am still waiting for the demons to test their bounds and try breaking free from MY influence.... any day now.

Hunter: Whiners. Pets don't stink?? There are hunters here running around with 2 abominations, now that's rancid. At least the hunting lodge is open and airy out. Not some basement.

Despite that, the hunting lodge is awesome. Having Hemet Nesingwary as a follower, is awesome. I've always looked up to him (literally, he's about an inch taller). 

The hunter BM quest requires meeting up with Brann and traveling to Northrend. I helped Thorim defeat an evil, then tamed and kept his pet, Hati. 

Best of all, I get to my class hall riding on an eagle! Not some portal. For class fantasy, it has been great. It is a bit odd, working with so many tauren, after killing so many in Ashran last year. 

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