Friday, November 20, 2015

November Means Normals, Healing, Oh and BlizzCon.

Dia's Nightmarish Leggings.
November has been a fun month for me.

Let me start off this post with this. These peculiar stretch pants are available in both male and female sizes, horde and alliance. Yes, it looks like you have two skeletal gnomes in your pants, trying to climb out, or maybe they're simply groping your legs and got stuck in the bandages. This has to be extremely uncomfortable for your toon to wear, especially while sitting down. That permanent scowl on my orc's face? Yeah, now you know why..

Where you ask? Well, Elkagorasa was invited to a Normal HFC raid. This group raids regularly Sunday nights (local time) at a reasonable hour! You know that ideal 8PM - Midnight PST. See my oldest daughter plays rec. soccer. Her team had a scrimmage the other night with a similar aged boys team. One of the boys on the opposing team happened to be a boy she went to school with back in Kindergarten (9y ago). His dad still plays WoW.

Overall, that first HFC run netted Elkagorasa 2 direct upgrades and the nice stretch pants of doom for an affliction set.

Some HFC LFR vs Normal boss differences.

1) During the first 'boss', Hellfire Assault, the bombs will do a electrical stun that makes your toon jitter and bob erratically.

2) Kormrok casts little foot rocks that slide into the goo. You must DPS them down before you reach the goo..

3)  High Council, Dia's reap actually drops a giant glyph on the ground that must be avoided.

BlizzCon. I didn't go. I didn't watch the virtual ticket. I watched the opening speech, but that's it. Sunday afterwards, I read through WoWhead's summary of the proceedings. So far, I am trying not to get excited about the next expansion; it's a good 10 months away from "Summer 2016". As we saw with WoD, nothing at Blizzcon is set-in-stone.
Destruction Warlock Artifact Weapon
I am torn about the artifact weapon idea. Yeah!, we all get something with a bunch of lore attached to it. But, like 'farming a boss', it's a bit odd that we ALL get some amazing weapon with the same bunch of lore attached to it. One time-traveling Delorean is amazing. Everyone driving a time machine makes it commonplace, might as well give us all a Prius and let us xmog it to whatever we want.

Sorry, you won't be able to xmog this weapon.

I still haven't pre-ordered it yet. I will. I am rather enamored with the felstalker. Here I am with with my felhunter pet, riding my felstalker, and if I could only get that darn fel-staff.. :) What more could a warlock want?

Riding my BIG fel-puppy; been feeding him well.

So, I've started thinking about the next character boost. Am I seriously considering a 4th level 100? Maybe. My alliance druid is rather lonely, so I was considering maybe boosting another hybrid, paladin specifically. On the other hand, I was thinking a dwarf hunter could be interesting. Get me a big bear pet and look like the guy in the cinematic.

My priest is working on her legendary. So far, she has about 30 of the abrogator stones for the first quest item. The hardest thing so far has been the 'kill Kairoz' scenario. As the 'healer' I had a really difficult time keeping all three alive. Mostly because I am well attuned to using Vudhu as my healing bar, and healing three npcs isn't an option. To fix this, I created three macros, and put them on my button bar.

/tar chromie
/cast heal

/tar khadgar
/cast heal

/tar resilient
/cast heal

This helped immensely as I could simply click a button to heal each. Then, I could throw a penance or power word: shield.

  • Phase 1 stand on top of Khadgar and let him do all dps. Do time volleyball, return to khadgar. He'll aoe down the little ads that come up.
  • Phase 2 move behind rock on right side (approximately 9pm). From here I could heal the 'tank' elemental and khadgar without any issues. 

Note: With Tanaan Jungle quests, getting the roughly 5000 apexis crystals took no time at all. I simply completed the opening quests for my shipyard and TJ outpost. After that, I needed to complete one of the quests from the table, like Throne in a group as healer. Do this a few more times, I can complete the 25 abrogator stone quest.

This just in... Hozen to be playable race..

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Oh Blizzard, Can You FIX My Toy Box?

So, as I now have flying on all my toons, I've started flying around to all of the various treasure locations in Draenor collecting toys whenever possible. In addition, I have 2 (of my 3 100s) that are now actively working to improve their garrison followers by sending them on tons of missions. This means they get all the nice drops, goodies and things from these missions. Sadly, I still get at least one Staff of something another about once a week.

See, the problem is that when I get these wonderful little treasures, I can't simply 'add' them to my Toy Box, (click to bind) as I have already collected this toy with my main. I can't simply throw it away, I have to D.E.L.E.T.E. it. I can't even sell it on the auction house as it's BOP. Blizzard, someone's broken my toys and I am grumpy.

I have some ideas to fix this.

  • If I click on a toy that I already have, cast it's effect on me, then consume it. 
  • OR If I get a new toy, popup a little 'achievement-like" notice, then simply drop it in my toy box. It could be even be a meta-achievement notice that tracks 'all the toys in (this expansion)'. 
While you're at it, could you also do this for mounts? I've recently logged into a few alts that still have the spectral pony in their mailboxes that I bought off the Blizz Store several YEARS ago. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

October News: Priest hits 100! Holidays, Holidays, and More Holidays! QQ about Valor!

Ah Fall is here. We've already had our Brewfest, Harvest fest and now Hallow's Eve! What a busy month. (Why did we have the harvest festival happen in October? US-Turkey day is late November. Blizzard are you planning to mess with my month? A little something post-BlizzCon, hmmm??) Let's see where can I begin?
Headless Horseman by LD Austin (click image for video)
Elkagorasa completed the ring quest chain, including killing Archimonde. He now has 2 (of 5?) statues set up in his garrison. Quest completed, I haven't stepped into a raid instance since. I still want to attempt a normal raid, but don't seem to have a lot of free time at night, so only quick stuff.

My priest has hit 100! That was actually quite a non-event. She finished the first few quests in Nagrand, opening her outpost there and DING! Oh, I wasn't even really expecting it. From there, I tried my luck at the proving grounds. ONE SHOT! Couldn't even queue for heroic dungeons until this week, but I could heal proving grounds just fine.. Go figure after the crazy # of tries for warlock DPS silver.
A bit more casual than Silver Thread Regalia

Getting back into healing hasn't been as hard as I envisioned (post nightmare patch 6.0 fail-fest). She's able to mostly keep the party alive. I do see that the other hybrids are helping out. I sort of got forced into healing when running Skyfall as shadow, and having the healer drop on the first trash. "Hey, priest can you heal?" Sure, just take it slow, my gear isn't very shiny.

She's now working on rounding out her gear. Already equipping 3 pieces of crafted gear, I had a fairly decent start. So, my warlock checked his bags, and found as many baleful gear tokens. Next PVP gear was immediately available, so she picked up shoulders (i670), wrists (i625) and legs (i670). This was through a combination of BG wins and honor purchases. Next came a little flying around in Nagrand to kill some bosses, but that didn't last. But overall, timewalking has been the best source of gear. With my first TW LK run, I picked up the 500 TW token quest. This allowed me to buy 6 updates! Bringing my overall gearscore up almost 50 points.

  1. Meteor Chaser's Raiment (675)
  2. Frozen Tear of Elune (675)
  3. Sundial of the Exiled (675) - currently reserved for shadow.
  4. The Egg of Moral Essence (675)
  5. Renewal of Life (675)
  6. Xintor's Expeditionary Boots (675)
Dropped: Frozen Scepter of Necromancy (660) in Gundrak. (it was during this dungeon that I realized I hadn't selected a level 100 talent!! Oops! ) 

Looking back at my talent spec, it's still designed for SoO atonement healing. Thinking I need to go something more like this (based on Icy-Veins post and some experience so far). I keep forgetting to trigger Power Infusion, so need to see why Vuduh isn't handling it. Macro it maybe? 

Next came approximately 50 kills on Headless Horseman to get the healer ring. Another 50 with the druid to (try to) get agility ring (which still hasn't won) and warlock, simply for chance to get mount. 

Next items to focus on replacing ... heirloom cloak, crafted pandaren belt and pandaren lfr off-hand. Now that her gear score is high enough, she is allowed to run LFR. Maybe this weekend she'll see Highmaul. If she ever gets the quest (maybe it's my quest log and hadn't seen it??), maybe go open Tanaan Jungle area. Flying around makes rares and treasure hunting painless. 

Speaking of Hallow's Eve, I was quite happy with the event's coordinator. She's helped my warlock deck out his garrison with pumpkins, the ghost summoning mystic, and supposedly a brew vendor? (who hasn't shown yet). I haven't ran any of the dailies on my non-dps toons yet. They're too busy timewalking and HH fighting.

Path 6.2.3 has promise. Valor (upgrades), cata timewalking and better Tanaan drops! I do love the new TW mount. Really curious as to what the actual drop rate will be for this guy. My guess is that he'll be terribly rare. My only complaint being that the valor upgrades are going to be 250 valor for 5 ilevel and it getting valor tokens will be slow.
  • Mythic Dungeon (Valor awarded with dungeon completion, once per dungeon per week) – 300 Valor Points
  • Complete the weekly Event quest from Seer Kazal (Pet Battle Event excluded) – 500 Valor Points
  • Heroic Dungeon (complete your first random Heroic of the day) – 100 Valor Points
  • Raid Finder wing (once per week per wing) – 150 Valor Points for Hellfire Citadel wings, 75 Valor Points for Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry wings

Monday, October 5, 2015

Feeling Lucky - September's Update

I ended the month of September by finishing off the legendary quest chain for Kahdgar. I now have my ring. It was a glorious time. I needed 3 more tomes, dropped into LFR Halls of Blood. Each of the three bosses dropped a tome. Lucky!? I now have my second statue in my garrison, following the 50,000 apexis crystal statue I put up all over the place.

I've completed my stable dailies and have all of the mounts. Rebuilt that building now as a War Mill so I can get more follower upgrades. I am now getting the level 675 garrison missions weekly and would LOVE to get one of the 'normal HFC' drops that these missions provide. Sadly, I only have 1 follower who even qualifies. So, most of the time my success rate is around 83-85%.

Speaking of HFC, I can agree with Grumpy about the lack of awesome gear drops. Oh, I've gotten some stuff, but then I've also gotten a lot of gold and those darn Intellect token "participation" trophy. Sadly, I keep getting the same drops over and over again. In fact, I now have 3 pairs of Felfume Pantaloons. What I really want, is a 4th piece of the lfr tier gear. I have shoulders in my bags now, but AMR keeps insisting that my current gear is better.

On the other hand, I think I'm finally geared enough to start pugging normal raids. /shrug. i686/681 equipped. Looking at the drops from Archimonde, I see that the 'fel sludge' only drops from in Normal -> and I think it would be awesome to start off Legion with a 750+ ring..

Completing Pathfinder was uneventful. I've only been back to Tannan a few times to work on questing since then. Oh, look, I could grind this ... queue popped!

Played some Witcher 3. Haven't gotten very far (about to meet the king). Friend suggested that since I haven't played 1 or 2, that I should pause and read some of the background. I've been exploring the Wiki a little and a BUNCH of videos on YouTube..

I am liking some of the mechanics. For example, if you hold down your left-shift while riding your horse, it will follow the road directly in front of you. Your horse WILL run people over, but nice for jaunting between towns. Double-tap to have your mount run 'faster', but your horse will soon get exhausted. This is a great for escaping those bad guys that could snare you.

Start of the month, I re-started leveling my priest. She's taking advantage of wearing 3 heirlooms full-time (cloak, shoulders and neck) and then swapping out her crafted items when turning in quests.. Combine potion, heirlooms, and DMF buff, it provides a really nice xp boost. She basically only 'opened' her Gorgrond (gladiator stadium(?)) outpost, and was ushered off to Talador. Being able to fly between quest givers has been REALLY nice. "We just closed the pass, effectively stopping the iron horde from entering this valley. Let's go check in with the Laughing Skull.." Up, up and away!

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.