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?! 

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Royalty of Eastern Kingdoms

With all the speculation about the upcoming expansion announcement on Thursday, I'd like to throw out one more. See, the big gorilla in the room is the Warcraft movie set to come out June 2016. From what I've heard (and the leaked trailer), this movie is based off the Orcs first showing up in Kalimdor and claiming Orgrimmar.
(Photoshop in a picture of you.)
I'd like to postulate that the upcoming expansion will mirror this. Again we'll time travel to the not so
distant past of Azeroth. The orcs HAVE come through the dark portal (patch 6.2.2) and we follow them into Azeroth. Unfortunate for us (see Quantum Leap), we don't land in our own timeline, but a similar, but different timeline. We now must relive the founding of Orgrimmar, destruction of Stormwind and the exile of the Trolls from their homeland (which we helped them reclaim back in Cata).

  1. Fight alongside King Llane Wrynn as he deals with the orcs streaming through the dark portal. Followed by his eventual demise and Varian forced to take the crown.
    Sorry BingRobot, he's 37 IRL. Maybe it's the makeup?
  2. Watch as the worgen are born (again) and go into seclusion, cutting off all support to Stormwind in this time of need. 
  3. Help Orgrim Doomhammer setup the orc base in this new land, later to become Orgrimmar. Witness the birth of Go'el.
  4. Join Vol'jin and his shadowhunters as they fight against and then with the orcs invading Kalimdor.
  5. Stroll through the streets of Lordaeron before it succumbed to the scourge..

OK, it's all just speculation based on what little I've seen from the movie trailer and what I'd consider a McDonald's Happy Meal type tie into it's release.

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...