Thursday, July 31, 2014

Oh, I Didn't Realize...

So, I always figured that it'd probably never happen. Malfurion is a medium population server. Orgrimmar never seemed empty. Always lots of people running around. 

Per WoWRealmStatus:
Trollbane is an east coast realm (50% alliance, 49% horde). Malfurion is central (54% Alliance, 45% Horde). 

Per WoWTrack:
#74 Trollbane 52% alliance, 48% horde 
#132 Malfurion is more off balance at 39% alliance, 61% horde.

So, what can I expect when the server comes back online? A bit of imbalance on the AH. That could be nice, as prices for items might decrease for a short time. 

Trollbane does have a bit of a bad rep with regards to 'trolling on the trollbane'. Is this going to continue? Malfurion had the Chuck Norris jokes, had the insult comics, but most of those left last expansion. Will this return?

Only time will tell..

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How I Got My Own Red Cloud (disc) Mount?

Co-worker and I were talking today about all the 168 mounts she has. While looking at the list, I asked about her Red Flying Cloud mount. "Oh, that was easy, we got it in about an hour."  Really? "Yeah, you just fly around and open those notes.." Oh my! Exalted with the Lorewalkers in about an hour! I am doing it.

So, tonight, I first checked Curse for an addon that could help. A quick search of Lorewalker rep and I found "Lorewalkers". This awesome little app, combined with TomTom for the arrow, provided a direct route to each of my missed readings. When I got close, it would popup a little picture of the drop spot. 
(highlight added for emphasis)
I had only 2 issues with the addon. 1) It seemed to have issues with registering some of the statues('view read plaque'). I had to dismiss the waypoint to get TomTom to move on. 2) Once or twice, I reloaded all my status (click 'reload' button) in order to find my next point of interest. It doesn't straight out say, fly to ___ you still have work to do. It only tells you if your current zone is done or not. So I'd type "/LW ZONE" to see my progress.

When you've completed all 5 major areas on Pandaria, hearth back to your Shrine/Temple. There you'll find a bunch of new mail for each of the lore pieces you've completed. About 8 of them have further stories that you need to turn into Lorewalker Cho (Seat of Knowledge between Horde and Alliance). Short lore piece on each gain 3000+ rep with each. Before I completed the last 2, I was Exalted. Just need to find the Quartermaster snuggling up with the Tiger. 

I find it odd that the disc handles differently. Maybe it's just me, but it feels like it turns on a dime. Now I guess I need to look into that giant water bug. Tiller Angler rep. Bleh! But I guess it's something to do while waiting for the LFR-DPS queue..

Monday, July 28, 2014

Blizzard: A Request... RE: New Models

OK, One of the BIG things coming up in Warlords is new character models. Their higher polygon counts are going to make for smoother characters, more details and even better character animations.

Using my old PVP shoulder as a transmog. FIRE!
Sadly, I cannot think of a good way in-game to see how Elkagorasa reacts, looks, smiles. The load screen provides some, but not a lot. I could load up the WowHead model viewer. I could try swinging around the camera to see his face.  (He's rather ugly).

Blizzard this is up to you. I think you could really make this work. First off, run over to the Barber shop. Inside you'll find a giant mirror.

Click on Mirror (which has familiar gear mouse icon). And you're presented with a model viewer. This model viewer would present my actual character and allow me to test out each the emotes, cast animations, and dance routines.

95% of the time, I am only ever going to see my character's backside. It would be nice, if I could see what he's presenting to the rest of the world.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Legendary, I See Your End Coming..

Ah, no more secrets to collect! I ran one more LFR this morning and killed Jin'rokh (who I haven't seen in quite some time) and grabbed my last secret. That was a long and tedious process. 2-4 secrets per LFR, meaning an easy 6-7 LFR that needed to be completed while under the Gaze buff.

Next came the Thunder Forge scenario, which as a destro warlock wasn't that hard. I simply had my voidwalker tank all the mobs, while I dps'd them down as quickly as possible. Considering there are shado-pan and then celestial guardians there to assist, these fights were just really tank & spank. I now have the lance and ready to fight Nalak. Glad I checked into this before starting the fight this morning??

According to King Wampa, it's not about killing Nalak (like I thought), but avoiding him for the minute it takes to charge the lance. I foresee using the portal to shoot myself out of LoS and the gateway to kite the add.

Next up, the runestone collection and having to suffer through Durumu's maze. I've managed to survive with my sanity by simply not queueing up for this since passing this zone. I do not look forward to it, but with only 4 LFRs providing drops, I need to maximize my collection rate. The (current) Prince buff is only until patch day, Tuesday. My hope most of the 21 bosses drop the runestones this week and I am done collecting!! (5000 timeless coins isn't anywhere as hard as 1 token per raid boss). It's the Celestial Blessing that looks to be the most difficult item coming up.

If you're looking for a guide, I am loving the Icy-Veins write up better than other's I've seen. Instead of a bunch of bullet points, it reads, so you can skim down and figure out where you are at.

Update (Monday): Nalak was easy. Once I figured out how to successfully keep his interest and avoid his attacks. I gave up trying to use my lock portals and gateways and simply ran my successful attempt.

  1. Fire off Fel Flame for a low impact attack. 
  2. Send in Voidwalker to take heat. Run to top of stairs by raid entrance as suggested wait there until VW dies.
  3. Respawn VW so that he picks up fight again from top of stairs. By now Nalak is at top of stairs and SPA will pick him up. 
  4. Run around corner to avoid LOS issue until they are engaged. 
  5. Run to bottom of stairs. Fire off lance. This spawns the add you need.
  6. By now I have enough distance from add that the lance is fully charged by the time he's even close. 
Sadly the RNG bosses hate me. I ran all 4 LFR that should drop runestones. Of the 21 20 (I counted Ra-den) bosses, I saw and killed 13 of them (like drop in after Iron Juggernaut). Of the 13 bosses, I only got 4 runestones. I plan on running a few of the LFR again tonight, in hopes to gather more of the stones. (at least last 3 in Vale, first 2 in Gates). This could just be my three 100% guaranteed ones off Dark Animus, Lei-Shen and Nazgrim. I foresee at least one more off Sha. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New PC Experience

Hey Dad! Come feel how powerful!
About 2 weeks ago now, the new PC arrived on my doorstep! When I got the phone call from my wife that it had arrived, I was told by several co-workers that I should really just head home early so I can get some play time in..

This awesome box arrived from Digital Storm exactly on schedule. In fact, I had contacted them and asked that it not deliver over the 4th of July weekend and they delayed it until Monday afterwards.


  • Welcome packet with install media - Windows install disk, drivers, manuals, getting started flyer, cables
  • Computer

The PC was extremely well packed for the 200 mile delivery. My brother, who does deliveries, was worried about ordering off the Internet. When my PC arrived, it was packaged similar to their image on the Internet. A mini trampoline of sorts to absorb all the bumps from shipping. Inside the case, I found that they had shot the case full of foam packaging. Two thumb screws later and I removed the additional protection. Overall, it's a really good sign when you plug in the PC and it works perfectly.

Cherry MX Brown switch
Since my plan was to waterfall the old PC to my kids, I also bought a new keyboard and mouse. I invested in a Corsair Vengance K70 keyboard, which has "Cherry MX Brown" mechanical switches. This keyboard uses mechanical switches which have a very tactile feel and louder, audible click when typing on it. I liked the "brown" as they are advertised as a good mixed gamer/typing key. Friends have bought the 'blue' because it has an audible click like that old keyboard from my 286 days. The mouse has a wonder tactile feel to it, very smooth, very easy to use. Windows immediately recognized the mouse when I plugged it in, so I haven't installed the specific drivers. I hope to get this updated soon so I can start using all 8? of the buttons on this mouse. My only complaint, the mouse has blue LEDs, and the keyboard red. (UPDATE: This morning I found that this keyboard cannot handle SHIFT+SPACE. I use this combination while in PVP to both run (S) strafe and jump. /pout).

Performance-wise, the PC is awesome. Going from the Core2 Duo, to an i5 processor was an enormous performance jump. WoW is now running a good 60 fps in ultra everything mode. Sadly, I don't really see a difference in the game. Maybe the shadows are a little bit better defined? Shinier sparkle effects? Maybe... I have started playing the beta on the new PC. Over this next week I will try logging into the game on both the old and new machines and grab some screenshots.

In the meantime, Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag has been getting a lot of play time; soon Wolfenstein: New Order. I'd like to finish the Legendary quest line, but only during the Gaze of the Black Prince (now until 7/29/2014!!), 4 LFRs and only 2 drops was PAINFUL!! Only need 7 more secrets needed to complete Secrets of the First Empire...  Next Titan Runestones..

What happens when I unplug this?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Darn you Yikkan Izu!

Ok, I am still stuck on Yikkan Izu. I've taken to waiting the 13 minutes for Crystal of Insanity to reset, so about only 2 attempts each night.

  1. Apply all self buffs. - Insanity, Dark Intent, Crit food
  2. Grab some arena pots if I don't have some, like Brawler's Cunning.
  3. Summon voidwalker (or void lord).
  4. Zone in, summon major demon, typically Doomguard, but going to try Infernal for the AOE.
  5. Cast typically boss rotation, CoE, Immolate, Conflagerate, Incinerate... 
  6. Watch for Shriek, try to interrupt with Fear, Shadowfury, Howl of Terror
Best I've been able to achieve is about 25% health remaining. What happens is something like:

  • I use up all my interrupts, get hit by the Shriek and stunned for a few seconds. During this time, I am not healing with Soul Leech, so my vw dies. VW dies, everything aggro's me and I die. 
  • I get out of the stun quickly with Unbound Will. Resummon a new vw, only get overwhelmed with adds and die.
  • I AOE too many of the adds, boss enrages and I die. 

While researching, I see this guy doesn't seem to be hit by any of the shrieks. In his comments, he believes that it's due to his range. I am not so sure, there's 40 yard range on that ability. I can't imagine the arena is larger than 40 yards. Maybe a bug? Maybe if I put a Demonic Circle at the absolutely furthest point from him? That's got a 40 yard range.

Talent modifications I haven't tested, but plan on trying tonight...

  1. Grimoire of Service instead of Supremacy. UPDATE: this just creates 2 low life VW, they both die quickly.
  2. Harvest Life instead of Dark Regeneration - UPDATE: Harvest Life no longer does AOE. It's only a buff (which I though blizzard considered boring and wouldn't do).
  3. Also considering Mortal Coil instead of Shadow Fury
  4. How about Blood Horror?? Every baby bird will run away when they peck me?? Fight only lasts about a minute anyway!! - UPDATE: They must not melee hit, because they aren't flying away. 

If all else fails, maybe it's time to dust of Demonology again??

Taming MOAR Pets

WFH means Work Warcraft From Home Monday was a work from home kind of day, so I worked on a little project of my own. I saw this on Twit...