Friday, September 25, 2015

Post 701 - My 9 Year WoW Anniversary & Where I do a little reminiscing.

Joralin - my 1st toon - now sporting some heirloom gear.
Still level 12.
October 7, 2006 - 6 months after my second child is born, I accept a 10-day free play pass from a co-worker saying "You should play, we can go do ___ this and that together. They'll be launching a new expansion soon...". I logon that night, and he takes me through level 1 in the human starting area. On the 18th, I plop down the credit card, and start paying into my little bit of Blizzard.

About a week later, that human paladin stalls at level 12. My friends have gone and swapped servers and factions so I follow. Elkagorasa the warlock is born. It takes me almost a full year until I level up to 60. Dad with a 3 year old, 6 month old and just don't have enough time (or pull with my wife) to raid when my guild does. I'd LOVE to, but that doesn't happen for a few more years. In the meantime, I run dungeons with them (being dragged through vanilla content is more like it). My big achievement, running the warlock quest chain for my felsteed. I never got all the the 'materials' required for it, luckily a warlock in the guild helps out..

January 2007, Burning Crusade's launch 

I am now 10 more levels behind my friends. I have to level up the traditional means, questing.. Unfortunately, I didn't take the day off from work, so my co-workers all level their mains up through the starting area of BC. 

December 2007 - Felstead

October 2008 - In a pre-expansion patch to Wrath, Blizzard introduced us to the Achievement system. This scans our bags for odd items we've held onto and then gives us exciting points! Elkagorasa is immediately honored by having:

November 2008 - The Wrath of the Lich King arrives.

March 2009 - With Cataclysm, Blizzard announced the end of 'weapon skill'. Now you no longer needed to level up your 'wand' skill as a warlock, as you were already proficient at it. This helped in that you could easily swap to a new weapon you picked up. Unfortunately, back in Wrath, I took it on myself to level up the 4 main warlock weapons (dagger, sword, staff and wand) plus the unusual 'unarmed' weapon skill. As you can imagine, a clothy hitting with fists looks about like:

mage vs warlock in unarmed pvp
April 2009 - is registered with for a hefty annual price of $6/year. I spin up this blog using what was formerly The landscape for 'warlock bloggers', included such names as Nibuca, Fulguralis, Hydra and few others. It was a busy blog space with quite a few active raiders.

I work on leveling, and gearing up through 3.0 to 3.2. By TOC (3.2), I actually find myself getting into raids. I am able to squeeze in a hour here and there a few nights a month. I get a few pieces of 'normal' tier gear. My guild was able to get me up-to Arthas, but we only really got him down once or maybe twice.

The jousting in TOC pointed out how badly I need to upgrade my computer. I couldn't seem to win fights and when a friend watches me one time, he says I lag. The opponent charges me, then a second later I react. This encourages me to purchase some new parts, and I see a direct correlation to an increase in my DPS. It's amazing!

April 2010 - First year blogging. Over 100 posts on the blog. My 'anniversary' post is about getting into PVP in preparation for children's week. In Wrath, it wasn't impossible to get started using crafted PVP gear + building a small chest of gear using pvp tokens. Wintergrasp was active and you could get tokens just for showing up.

May 2010 - It's during this expansion, that I really started to make gold in game. Coming off BC, we transmutation alchemist would still proc extra gems. Using a couple addons, I found the right red DPS gem that everyone wanted, but not many people made. By the end of the expac, I had what seemed like a lot of gold, probably almost 25,000g.  Of course, then I spent it on the mammoth mount and the broken hilt.

The rest of the year, I am mixed between leveling my priest via the new dungeon finder (aka LFG tool), PVP with my warlock and exploring the Cataclysm beta.

December 2010 - Cataclysm happens.

Elk's on the midnight launch boat and there's no LAG!!
This is a happy moment for warlocks as we see our first major revamp of our class. We no longer have to maintain enormous bags of soul shards. Warlocks are now a pure resource DPS class that is able to generate and then use the resource as we fight. Honestly, I love this change. There was nothing more devastating that showing up for a dungeon or raid and not being able to summon a minion because "i don't have a soul shard"..

Free'd 24 bag slots of dead enemy souls!

This is the first time that I am feeling the pain of an expansion.  Goodbye raid tier gear, replacing quickly by questing greens. Sure, I was able to hold onto some of my gear until Hyjal, but it was still disheartening to replace my sword in Vash'jir. For example, while running the Cata beta, I found a weapon upgrade with epic stats, but the model was an old board. This was replaced with a shiny sword before release.

Before Cataclysm
After: Epic Board with Nail.
April 2011 - 2nd Anniversary Post - I've reached max level for the expansion, not yet into raiding, but burned out from DPS (queue wait times!), I revisit leveling my priest using heirlooms. Later that month, I was interviewed on the Twisting Nether Blogcast.

Look for the one without a nameplate.
During Cata, I actually make it to about a dozen guild raids. We work on the air raid, we work on that fiery one in the big mountain, sadly it dies before we ever get to the end boss.

October 2011 - Blizzard announces Mists of Pandaria and their attempt to keep subs, the Annual Pass. One of my co-workers made the trip down there and sends pictures from the event. Like many, it felt like a total surprise that they would go this route. New monk class sounded like a total rip-off of the Kung Fu Panda movies.

November 2011 - Last patch of Cataclysm introduced. Patch 4.3 brings about transmogrification. That's when I realize that I need to run some old raids in order to get the malefic helm for the 'warlock wings'. We organize a guild run, and happily they drop in the first pass. What I really, really wanted? to transmog my warlock weapon into Coren Direbrew's dagger (aka broken bottle). Sadly, Blizzard blocked that decision. Now I don't even carry a dagger or sword.

In addition, the Looking for Raid (or LFR) system was introduced. This works out well allowing my warlock to get into raids when it's best for me. Raid at midnight local time? OF COURSE!

April 2012 - Third Anniversary post - Like everyone who signed up for the annual pass, I explored, a little, the Mists beta. My next few posts dealt with my explorations of the panda starting area and the warlock class changes. I found the new resource model for warlocks a refreshing change. Now each build of warlocks has it's own resource.

For the rest of Cataclysm, I am either playing the beta, or playing our free copy of Diablo 3.

September 2012 - Mists of Pandaria is released.

Sadly, Pandas killed the guild. Membership was fairly active until about 5.1 Landfall. Soon after, my guild quickly started to disappear with only about 4 of us actively still playing.

April 2013 - Fourth Anniversary Post - Middle of Pandarian rep grind for Dominance Offensive. I am complaining about not able to find the next quest in a chain that was blatantly obvious when I looked for it in the right place.

Later on that month, I finally get the token to start the new Warlock Green Fire quest chain. This epic quest chain has you following the steps of two other warlocks and eventually fight them. Unfortunately, I could never get the spell rotation down quite right in order to down the final boss. Happily when I came back at level 100, it was much easier!

Minutes played per level 
April 2014 - Fifth Anniversary Post - I've started leveling a druid in anticipation of the 'boost'. As I level up to 60 (to take advantage of auto-max level profession boost for 60+ characters), I kept track of the amount of time each level I spent. This was enlightening in that how quickly it's going post-cataclysm revamp. While wearing full-heirloom gear with a few enchants, leveling from 0-15 took me no more than about an hour. When leveling my warlock, that took probably 2 weeks (but I also didn't know what I was doing 9 years ago...

June 2014 - I get into WOD Beta. (Post 601) Unlike the Mists beta, I didn't explore this one as much. I ran through some of the basics of the garrison building, but I don't want to spoil it, so I don't go much further.

July 2014 - Because of an inheritance I got, I was able to plop down almost $2000 (USD) on a brand new PC. This was a dramatic increase in my quality of game play. I finally replaced a 10 year old HP with something actually advertised as a gaming PC.

August 2014 - My first Legendary item acquired!

September 2014 - Start playing Alliance again. In the office, I find another WoW couple. They both play alliance and are heavy into PVP. They help me start off a new night-elf druid. Using heirloom gear that I was able to mail cross-realm, I start playing on a PVP realm. It's a major change of pace to play both alliance and have the constant threat of dying because my beloved orcs. 

November 2014 - Warlords of Draenor is released.

For a few weeks, 3 of my guildies/RL friends re-up their subscriptions and we start leveling up in WoD. I even manage to drag in a co-worker who joins us cross-realm! We make a perfect 5-man dungeon team. It was gloriously fun. Sadly, we soon get to Gorgrond and pick different outpost buildings and get different quests. He's now phased on his quests, and two of us are can't see him at all. The main driving player slowly disappears and never gets his main to 100. At the end of the 3-month sampler, it's back to just a few people in guild logging on again.

April 2015 - Sixth Anniversary Post - WoD 6.2 is announced and everyone is feeling content envy. 6.1 was a major drought as we didn't get any new dungeons, battlegrounds, raids or even a scenario. OK, there was a new raid, but it dropped earlier, so no one really associated it. Call it bad marketing Blizzard.

June 2015 - Blizzard announces that they are happy with current travel model. Players are more engaged while traveling on the ground and they don't plan on adding flying back to the game. The outrage is palpable. Personally, having spent $50 on Blizz store flying-mounts and having just finished running ICC for the Glory of the ICC Raider achievement, I was devastated. Did they REALLY think about the implications of a statement like "no flying in Warlords or any future expansion".
I sure hope the decision to drop flying completely for Draenor and beyond was not taken lightly.  It's not only a game-play mechanic, or 'quality of life' item (like no more soul shards), but also an integral part of the game from BC to Pandaria. In addition, there's the business perspective of real-money flying mount sales. I've heard, you are investigating changing that to gold also, but for many that's still WowTokens. Which, personally, only makes it feel more despicable.
About the same time, I made and published my first WoW howto video. I am planning to keep adding videos as we go into Legion. Maybe have to make a flashy intro sequence or actually use the mic and talk to you as I play. Or maybe not.. :) I personally prefer the game sounds.. Makes it easier to 'learn' from.

That brings us up to today. At this time, I am getting burned out with warlock dps again. I still need to run HFC for the last 6 Tomes of Chaos for my legendary ring. I am not sure if I'll run the quest chain again with any other toon.

I have started leveling my priest from 90 up; now at 96. She's running a shadow priest build and only sporting 2 full time pieces of heirloom gear (I do have an outfit containing 4 pieces that I'll swap into for turning in quests). I still play my horde druid, sometimes. She's currently sporting Highmaul LFR gear plus a piece or two of crafted leather. My alliance druid has just got into cata dungeons. Maybe some alliance feral druid pvp coming soon..

Blizzcon 2015 is a little over a month away. I am really hoping that there are some nice surprises in store for us, like a new beta released by EOY. If they do it right, we should have the next expac before the summer movie release.

Thanks for reading,

Elkagorasa the Casual

Elkagorasa just finished first
warlock quest chain for staff.

Here is my "Over 1,500 Readers" List..
Typically my posts get less than 100 readers, but the following posts have over 1500 readers, with 6 of them even exceeding 3000. My guess is that these posts were linked to someone much more visible than myself. :) Not bad considering this is a spare-time project. In chronological order:

Friday, September 11, 2015

Garrison Mounts

Since the drop of 6.2.2, I've been actively clearing my garrison mission table. I've been doing this with hopes that I would see the rare gronnling garrison mission appear. This when completed, drops a coalfist gronnling mount!

Unfortunately, it has never dropped for me.. Looking at WoWhead, I see I probably don't meet all of the prerequisites. According to one commenter, for the quest to appear I need:

  • 3x followers with 675 item level
  • 7x followers with 645 item level
  • 675 item level on character (no need to equip the gear, you can just have it in your inventory)

I know I don't have 3 followers at (least) 675. I am still getting the quests dropping 645 gear tokens, I didn't think there was a point in upgrading them further than that. I've only reached 678 myself this week with the upgrade of my alchemy trinket to 5:6 (i.e. the Stone of Wilds). Instead I've been doing the fair-is-fair upgrade path, were my lowest geared followers were getting upgraded first. So everyone is around a 645-650 ilevel. 

Yesterday, I took to the air and completed the next round of 'training' exercises for my stable mounts. Sure a lot easier to fly between Ironbore and The Garn, instead of driving around.. The mounts are almost all in alignment. I completed 2 yesterday off against Garn, Wolf and Elekk. The last 4 should be completed next time I log on. 

This weekend, focus on my top 3 followers and make sure to level them up to 680... 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Draenor Pathfinder Complete

I logged off last night with only 1700 rep needed to reached revered with the Order of the Awakened. Any other week and this would have frustrated me, knowing I would need to run the gauntlet 2 more times to get my pathfinder achievement. Happily this week is Darkmoon Faire and I was more than happy to port from my Tanaan office back to Ashran, then port to Thunder Bluff to get the Whee! buff.

Yeah, they allow it on the carousel!

I totally took advantage of Grumpy's Ultimate Unforseen Circumstance's tip.
Leave it on the body.
Yep, that's it. Don't auto-loot the fel-corrupted apexis crystals, leave them on the dead-body.  This was great, for the simple fact that one day, I got on, already having 5 crystals. I didn't auto look, so I got 5 more. Then managed to get into a group, and completed my quest. The next day, I killed the 3 mini-boss challenges and got 6 more, leaving only 4 to get. Use 3, leaving 2 remaining for the one more day..

Overall, what does this mean??? My druid can use flight form again and my priest (level 92) might actually get to 100 before Legion..

Ah, druid can fly again..

Good luck Chadoria!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Now I Feel Dumb.. :)

The other day, Blizz linked to a spanish youtube video put out by Hols. This video detailed how to get the new booterang "toy but not a toy" from 6.2.2. Watching the video, I notice that Hols IS WEARING GUL'DAN'S shoulders! Yeah, not the corruptor set like I substituted with, but the same model.

So, I start by searching the US armory.. (can't select EU for some reason), so I searched Korean, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia as well.. No Hols.

"Change" button disabled going from US to EU.
Quick Internet search, I found "". This site lets me put in a few specifics, [level 100], [mage], [blood elf], ["Hols"] and it returned exactly who I wanted.

Hols @ Uldum-EU
Looking up his shoulders, I found they share the same model with the warlock HFC tier set. The normal version of these shoulders of these don't appear to have the spikes, but the Mythic one does!

Sigh, I don't see me running Mythic HFC any time soon (until I can solo it)... I guess I should have looked at the tier gear announcements, probably all over MMO-Champion (like back in Sept 2014).

At least, my xmog has only cost me a little bit of gold, some idle honor points and running old content (might try again for Ashes). 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Just wanted to share a YouTube channel I just subscribed to, MGN. They have a series of 'how to solo' videos done by "the angry swedish man, Franki" which I found useful, but also funny. "spam it, spam it, spam it and loot!"

... makes me want to send my druid into Ulduar again to see about trying for this mount again..

(I'd give him a PG-13 rating simply for language and a bit of sexual innuendo)


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

LFR Black Gate OMG!

Last Friday, I had the day off, so I did some catching up. Actually got the last of my fragments to make up my last tablet and completed the next phase of my legendary.


Time to move on to Hellfire Citadel. So far, I've participated in downing 9 of the 13 bosses. Xhul'horac was crazy difficult for LFR (having at least 4 wipes). The hardest thing to communicate was dropping the pools onto opposing sides.

Archimonde takes the award for a major PITA. There are so many different things going on in this LFR, that it's almost impossible for a PUG.

So, far, I haven't seen the entire fight. Based on the LOS video, the best I've reached about 40% but never saw the 'nether banish' mode.

I am really starting to understand Alt:chat's "not going to do that.." post.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dress for Success: Gul'dan

All across Azeroth, warlocks are looking up to one of the most influential warlocks of our times, Gul'dan. His influence has been felt for several expansions and even plays a major role for the next years to come.

Elkagorasa has started collecting pieces to put together a similar set. Here's where he's at so far.

Nice look, but won't pass for Gul'dan.
(click image for 'dressing room')
  1. Chest, Gloves and Shoulders of the Corruptor raiment (we actually are sporting the T5 Warlock set). The shoulders miss out on the wrath style glyphs on them, but definitely have the skulls on barbs going for them. 
  2. Head: Nightsky Cowl - which I actually like this better than the corruptor head piece. 
  3. Belt: Primal Gladiator's Cord of Prowess - this is a PVP piece that sells for 1750 honor
  4. Main hand: Headmaster's Charge which is an heirloom item. Not a great coloring, but the extra skull adds nice flavor. Have to try out some cosmetic enchant on it to add flavor.

Possible alternate shoulder considerations...
  • Champion's Dreadweave Mantle - This gives the impression of glyphs on the shoulders, and the spikes off the top, but no skulls.  The warlock version of these shoulders are red, so it would require going mostly red for other parts. These are purchasable for gold from a vendor in Netherstorm.
  • Dark Coven Shoulderpads - These give the layered effect of his shoulders, and a band of obvious glyphs, but no spikes at all. Sadly, they are bright blue..The base version are purchasable for 165 gold in ICC.

Friday, August 21, 2015

August Status Update

It's been awhile since my last post, so I thought I'd at least share some of my progress in the game.

Legion: Warlock Class Hall - A little alone time.
Legion: Like many, I made sure to watch the big expansion reveal this month. I am excited about some of the things they are introducing. I think we are long overdue for a new hero class. It's all new continent, so no one can complain about 'rehashed' content.

On the other hand, Class halls for warlocks? I have always seen the warlock as a loner. We rely on our minions to do our bidding. If they aren't working out, we will even go to measures of transforming ourselves into demons. So, are we going to have a phased location and don't need to share it with anyone else??

Pathfinder: My main is about 60% complete with the reputation. As of this morning, I am 75% complete (i.e. middle of honored) for Saberstalkers and Voljin's Headhunters. I am still only at 40% through the Awakened rep (still Friendly). If I continue at this rate, I'll be ready when 6.2.2 drop (or I'll still be boundin on the ground!)

Legendary: I AM SO TIRED OF BRF! PLEASE MAKE IT STOP! 10 bosses each dropping 12-15 tablet pieces.. That's on average 130 pieces a week. We need 900 to complete this phase of the quest line. I have 650. SO, I have at two to three more weeks of running this raid still.. At this rate, 6.2.2 will drop and the 'buff to speed up slow players' will hit. Maybe it won't actually be a month to complete?

The most disappointing thing? All the drops are dust. Here I am sitting at an average 670 gear score and keep getting awesome 655 gear drops from this raid. Maybe I really need to consider finding a Normal pug of this raids? Next week...

Speaking of PUGS. That LFG-thingy works great! Tired of getting pummeled? Find yourself a group with a tank and go run that Tanaan daily. I've found there is always at least one fighting around the Throne of Kil'jaeden doing the garrison daily there. If you manage to combine that with the 'complete' two Tanaan assaults daily, just stick with the group until you complete the bonus objective another time!!

I even got a carry! Still working on the misprinted coin quests, I queued up for a Heroic dungeon and landed on an interesting run. The tank and one of the DPS must have been sporting all heroic/mythic gear because they couldn't be hurt. The hunter was doing at least 45k-50k dps and the tank was #2. In my mostly LFR and Tanaan gear, I simply couldn't get a spell off before everything was dead. The tank simply gathered everything in the first room of UBRS and we AOE'd down all of them! Two of us needed the Leeroy Jenkins achievement, so the tank took the time to clear all of the mobs in the dungeon for us. We even killed the last boss and ran back to him with 5 minutes to spare before he finished eating his chicken. That was awesome.

Erknea get your (shot)gun!
Heirloom avalanche. I started off this month spending close to 12,000 gold on heirlooms! I had just finished the earlier Coin quest and was turning it in. While there, I was like a kid in a candy store buying one of everything that I didn't already have, earning the frequent buyer prize. My bank toon absolutely loves having a chauffeur to drive her around. Just wish Mr. Tophat Orc was also a bodyguard.. :)

Mock-up via MSPaint and Snipping Tool.
You know what, #Blizzard, I want a locked 'collection' panel on the Armory. I would like to see that awesome collection panel that I see in-game. What toys do I already have? What heirloom items do I have? This would be absolutely awesome for planning. Expose this in the API, then WoWHead could use it to help me build the best in class heirloom hunter set.

Lastly, BlizzWatch has a great lore piece about Wrathion. Anne also takes steps to even explain why Warlords of Draenor happened the way it did.  I suggest checking it out.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

My Casual Legion Reaction

Feels a lot like a mashup of Burning Crusades and Wrath.

We have elves, we have Valkyrs, we have mountain region loving tauren. Oh My!

The Dalaran Justice League of Mages has relocated their floating city base to here.. About time they get involved again. I can only guess that it was too hard to drive their floating city to the turtle and/or through the dark portal..

Helheim: Ghost Ship dungeon
As they said, everyone's FAVORITE dungeon, Violet Hold, is coming along too. (Ran this dungeon yesterday on my level 77 druid. The question came up why the guards don't simply use their aoe electric shield on all of the escaping mobs? Why bring in a group of under-geared noobs!?)

Best slide of deck: Feral druid artifact weapon upgrades.
You envied the warlocks and their green fire quest chain? No problem, to get your artifact weapon, every class will need to do a spec specific quest. Play a dual-spec discipline/shadow priest?? Guess what, 2 different weapons, twice the fun!

Garrisons lonely? How about Class Halls!? Now you can see how unpopular your class really is! (Question: Will this be a CRZ area for warlocks?!)

You wanted Illidan? Yeah, he's in there. See, he's in the cut scene!

You wanted Malfuriou? Yep, entire zone for druid lore.

You wanted The Emerald Dream!? Oh yes, but we meant the corrupted Emerald Nightmare!

New Hero Class! No need to level all the way 0 to 90 on a new class! We'll start you at 85 and you'll get some lore!

I don't have 4 horns! That's my BElf ears! Geesh!

So, Warlocks, what weapon do you think will be our artifact weapon? Supposedly, it is a 'dropped' weapon from a dead class hero. That would mean we are going to grab the weapon from another warlock. WoWWiki lists 11 'noteable' warlocks. Only a few of them actually carry weapons (at least in those screenshots I've seen). I am looking at two options possible..
  • Atiesh used by Medivh
  • Glaive of the Pit (?) dropped by Magtheridon.
  • Or is it this polearm wielded by Magtheridon? Which I only see on forums, but no where else..

I personally like the un-named weapon as it's a bit more sinister (not so bright and shiny) looking..

Beta by November? Just in time for release around June?!