Friday, January 30, 2015

It's All About that Base.

The integration of the garrison into the questing in Warlords has been a love/hate for many players. You either love that all of your current, plus a few other options are right there, or you hate that the sheer number of options. You either love having a place that you can 'call your own', or you hate that on your realm, it's laggy and (still) kicks you out regularly.

Either way, if you're playing, your likely doing those garrison quests. That means, hiring, leveling, assigning and even gearing up those followers for even better and better missions. This guide on WowHead really helped shed some light on various followers.

Did you know that you can level your followers beyond level 100? I hadn't. I stopped running +XP missions except to level my lower level followers.



There's a diminishing returns bringing too low of level follower on a mission. I thought I found an awesome way to level up those 93-95 followers by carrying them with a couple 100s running a 97-100 mission. Sadly, more than 3 level difference, they only get 10% of XP. They don't even get the +XP bonus that one of my follower's has.


Bodyguards have usable perks. As you gain reputation with your bodyguards, they open up perks that you can take advantage of. For example, my only bodyguard at the moment, Vivianne at level 2 can cast Meteor. At level 3, she can create a portal back to my garrison. There a 6 followers in all (until 6.1) who can be bodyguards. I think I am going to hunt down Tormmok next time I am on. 

I really need to level up my tavern. I've got it sitting at level 1, simply for the dungeon missions, but the 'recruit a follower' option looks very promising. There are a few times (can't remember specifically) that I've wanted a follower that I put into a building to run a mission.. Then I'd never have to say "If I only had 2... "


Ever Commander needs a Master Plan. Not part of the guide, but I've started playing with the addon Master Plan as spotted by Ask Mr Robot. Master Plan breaks both your current missions and all possible missions and if your followers are prepared to complete them. 


When looking at your current missions, MP will suggest groups to maximize your chance of completing the mission. 


and as Zoopercat, the auto-complete mission function is awesome. No more click, click to open, next on all your addons. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mobile Blogging about mobile garrison

As a dedicated Windows phone user, I am always looking for apps to make my life a little easier. Unfortunately the app market is still in such an infancy that there are not a lot of GOOD options. Sure, like ios and Android, there are loads of trash apps, fart sound boards, personality tests, time waster games. Unfortunately, not many major developers have jumped on the band wagon. Audible hasn't updated their app for 2 years!! Starbucks is only third party apps, so no flashing my phone to pay. Today, I found a Blogger app that looks very promising, Pin Blogger. See and read existing posts, see comments, and as I type, post to my blog.. Speaking of mobile apps, Blizzard where's the love? ❤ You give us this awesome time sink in garrisons, garrison missions, yet no way outside the games to schedule them. I have followers sitting idle because I am at the office and don't have access to the game. I'd love to be able to check their status, apply upgraded if their in my bags and send them out again on new and exciting missions.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Blizzard, Why no universal seahorse mount??

Spotted feeding in garrison.
In Cataclysm, I worked to get the seahorse mount. I thought it would be cool, to hop on this underwater mount and explore all the various areas.

Hordes of Horde would mount up on our sea-stallions, while another battalion mounted sparkle ponies and fly in from the air for an EPIC Stormwind raid. (Alliance could head for Orgrimmar, also right on the ocean..).

Timeless Isles, I mount up on Mystery, and chase the giant shark Evermaw around the island, keeping yelling to everyone in zone with his updated location.

So... two expansions later, the seahorse is "grounded" in Vashj'ir. Instead we are forced to hope for a generous warlock, be playing a druid or if you are very, very lucky, have fished up a sea turtle with it's awesome 60% swim speed.

If you want players to explore the ENTIRE game, help us out. I think there are a number of treasures (possibly even mermaids, aka naga) hiding down below the oceans of Draenor, but I have no way to get there... (except that I play both a warlock and druid).

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tanking Dungeon Videos...

The other night (before Black Temple), I was trying to get into a few dungeons. To avoid the stress of tanking, I jumped into the DPS (i.e. werecat) queue. Sadly after 45 minutes in queue, I check the 'queue status' to see 0/1 Tank 1/1 Healer 3/3 DPS. OMG, go figure.. It's all my fault no dungeon...

I hop on YouTube and watch the Grimrail video to get an idea of what to do on boss 2 (1 and 3 are fairly straight forward). I queue up and happily drop into this very dungeon. Managing to get through with me dying (to trash of all things). Yeah over-pulled coming up to the boss 2. Happily no wipes. Sadly no loots worth anything for me (i615 replacement of existing i630 crafted item).. In fact, the Tavern quest netted me only the 'bloody bandanna' which sparked the run into BT.

Salts includes how to get the differences between normal and heroic, plus the achievements in the dungeon. Here are each of his videos for the level 100 dungeons..

Everbloom:

Grimrail Depot:

Iron Docks: The OH SO FUN trash gauntlet.


Shadowmoon Burial Grounds

Skyreach

Monday, January 26, 2015

Solo Black Temple


Last night I decided that it was time to head back to the Black Temple and finally attempt to pickup Illidan's headpiece. It was extremely easy 30 levels over all the bosses and they only progressed to phase 2 where it was required by the boss.

Since I'd never ran Black Temple at level, I found this quick video by Nobble extremely helpful. He points out an easy order for killing the bosses so that you can get into see Illidan. (counter clock wise). It was more helpful for me to simply find the best path between bosses. As I've stated before, it's SO EASY to get lost in these places!?! :)


It's funny running through this as a raid, after seeing it as the warlock scenario to get green fire. Many of the same bosses are here, except the warlock scenario starts at the front door and Akama takes us straight for the Essence of Anguish.

To get there, I took the portal.. Yep. Back to Panderia, taxi'd to Temple, then portal to Shatratth. I've now set my hearthstone back to the Panderia temple so can have easy access to all the major cities.

Finishing Black Temple also netted my account "Outland Raider" achievements, so woohoo. On top of boss loot, I also picked up tier tokens for chest, legs and shoulders, a bunch of cloth that my warlock can use leveling up tailoring, and a handful of BOE drops that I'll try selling as transmog gear.

Discovery raiment with Curse

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Status Check, Where Druids run Dungeons.

One more to 100...

The other night, I got my guardian druid, Esha, up to 100. Happily was in the middle of the Nagrand quest chain, dropping traps and gathering leathery animals. As with Elk, I ran the proving grounds and got my 610 staff. I was able to one-shot it, because of a mechanics difference. As a tank, if you don't finish the last mob before the timer, it lets you slide... As long as your healer doesn't die, you're good. I haven't tried running Silver yet as I still don't have the 610 to get into Heroics, so no hurry. Looking at Arielle's video, it looks more than do-able. 



I managed to get into a random Everbloom. What a mess. Problem number one, IMO, the DPS didn't know the fights. Sure, it was my first run as tank, but still. On spider boss, DPS was leaving the Pale One alone, he'd inhale the goo, enrage and then start attacking. Spider boss gets a big tasty snack! Mages we pulled while healer was OOM. On Yalnu, we had tons of flower heads not stomped on, mages entangled and I was wrangling up huge packs of those flowerlings.. Wipe after wipe after wipe. It probably didn't help that we had two melee dps (rogue, paladin), in addition to me as tank all right up in Yalnu's gut, but come on... Good thing I have a repair mammoth.

Speaking of Proving Grounds...

Elk tried the DPS Silver proving grounds again last night. At 622 iLevel, it was much easier. I was easily getting to round 4-5 running with the imp (unenchanted, un-gemmed gear). My biggest issue so far has been the darn bunny rabbits. I'll miss one of the small ones. I am loving the AOE chaos bolt caused by Charred Remains and Fire and Brimestone. This combo does nicely kill off the bunnies, I just need to make sure I have enough embers. I think with a few more tries, Silver is mine!

To tailor or not to tailor... 

So far, Elkagorasa hasn't given up on Herbalism. I don't want to level a profession up again!? 700 is still 700. Esha is working on leveling up leatherworking using Draenor patterns and it's going dreadfully slow. At this point she's only 66:700 points, and only getting +1 skill and +4 mats when doing the burnished leather daily. At this rate it will take her 25 days (assuming 100% mats) in order to create a single crafted item (and that's only going to bring her to 93 leatherworking.. Sigh..) Not enough skill level to see more than +4 burnished leather generated...  I am seriously considering of taking some of that questing gold and buying the mats and level the old fashioned method. With that in mind, I am seriously hesitant about having to level up another alt's profession...

Ready to Raid.

I am now in a predicament. I have a bunch of guildies that WANT TO RAID!?!? Even more, they want me to be their to tank. (Maybe been too busy bringing co-workers back into the game?). It's been 2+ years since I've had to schedule time on the computer, so I could play Warcraft. I've been simply running LFR and playing it casual with LFR and the various dailies. End of Panda, I even started using OQueue and Blizzard's Improved Group Finder to run normals as DPS. Celestials, Ordos, Garrosh, all 'solo'd' (aka no guild). Flowers, and maybe a dinner out are in my future to sweet-talk my wife that this is a good idea... Several guildies live locally, maybe we all bring the game 'home'.. :) 

Priest?

I haven't been able to play my priest, Eride. She's decently geared in her 540 SoO LFR gear, so she's playable, but... Questing as a healer is painful. I am not quite comfortable with the Shadow rotation (yet) so I feel squishy. I am AFRAID of failing at disc healing in dungeons. When you watch something like Preach Gaming's comparison of healers... 


It makes me think Atonement Disc is dead. Do I learn to heal as Holy? It doesn't look too hard; pick a stance, throw renews and healing something another.. No PW:shield, no smite, no penance. Could be nice.. I think I need to find some guildies who won't mind dying while I learn..

Eride's Mad Skills
Either way, if I don't swap Elk to tailoring, Eride is my defacto tailor. She's already max skill level, so it would save me a LOT of time leveling up.. If I could only get her garrison unlocked.. The door is open, just no one working there..

UPDATE:: 1/14/15 10am - Did you see that 6.1 will include the new Heirloom tab? Along with the heirloom tab, WowHead has found that there is also a way to upgrade your gear so that it will level all the way to 100!.

Back to the Black Temple - Druid XMog

Between the Looking For Group video and that shaman from the starting area of WoD, I want Esha to get Illidan's helm. I am growing tired of the ninja mask and the leather scarf I had been running.


I am liking this change BECAUSE guardian druids never shows their gear. I think having a blindfold on would be homage to the fact that you can't see her eyes while she's in form. Elk's horns have re-grown back, Esha needs her blindfold so she can't see that. :D  Plus with a 17% drop rate, it gives me hope...

At 90 it was possible, at 100 it should be cake... Off to Panderia so I can take portal to old Shattrath..


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Why Should I be a Herbalist in Warlords?

Since the beginning of time, Elkagorasa has been an alchemist and herbalist. This meant he would always pick his own materials for alchemy potions. Want one more healing pot? Go fly out and grab some of the herb he needed.. Done. In Cataclysm, I even spent half of a level just flying around and grabbing plants. This gave the XP required to jump up to the next level, plus level up his alchemy.

With Warlords, I have a level 3 garrison farm. I've talked to the tender, and asked him to only plant Frostweed plants, so now I am making all the Frostweed I would ever need for my alchemy needs. I am only picking plants out in the wild now, because I happen to be standing on top of it. "oh, look pretty..".

Now that I am trying to gear up for raiding, I am starting to think that herbalism may be a dead art in Warlords. My warlock no longer needs to compete with druids in flight form to pick those rare spawn herbs all over the realm. No longer do I need to fly for hours, looking for that one golden lotus needed to craft another item for the AH. I just queue up the just go into my dark, dank cave and pull poseys.

Tailoring, that's what I need. I want epic i640 crafted cloth gear! I want BOE epics that I can send over to my priest to wear when she reaches 100. My druid has a barn started and could easily 'farm' fur from the beasts right outside my horde garrison. It would be a great way to level up both of their professions right away..

What to drop? Honestly, I am thinking the Salvage Yard. At this point, I've seen a dozen or so, green, "transmog" items, and about equal numbers of follower upgrade tokens. I've almost already gotten more follower upgrade tokens by starting work orders (aka giving garrison resources) at my War Mill.

Of course, as with any choice, it has it's consequences. By running LFR, I could replace all my quest/dungeon gear with 640 gear in a few more runs. I may be out geared before I finish leveling or trying to create the required mats for my first item.

I am seriously considering it. Maybe I'll wait until after I go through Highmaul one more time. See if anything else drops.

May Update (Kara's End, Questing and Mythic + dungeons).

We've completed Karazhan, multiple times over now. Last week, we managed to work on killing the 40 spiders for Clearing out the Cobwe...