Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Adventures of Teddi the Pandaren - part 3

Last night, Teddi ported back to Orgrimmar to partake in the Mid-Summer Fire Festival celebration. He took a spin on the 'may-pole', did some torch tossing (putting the quest item on '2' on keyboard) and then ran a dungeon (while torch still on 2). With all of the festivities, plus monk buff, he managed (to my surprise) to ding 90 last night. (no banner, no 'welcome to draenor', no fanfare at all).

The dungeon last night was a Cataclysm timewalker, Tol'vir. Nothing awesome dropped, but I did go turn in the quest for 500 TW badges. With this I picked up replacements for three items, each coming in at 483 gear score.

The belt has a nice, bronze buckle built in, so it might actually be a keeper in my pirate xmog. Overall the xmog is coming along nicely. The chest piece was relatively easy to pickup (at 88-89) as the quests were in Thousand Needles (level 40?). The hardest of them all was a 'firefighting' quest where you have to put out fires lit by the headless horseman, er, pirates! :) Same aiming reticule, same narrow 'correctness' margin. I am still working on opening up the quests in Twilight Highland. I've now done one quest for Garona and should have these soon. Still need to run the dungeon to get gloves, and backtrack to find the quest to pickup the shoulders (Hinterlands). 

Belt of Hidden Keys from Cata TW Vendor

So now that I'm level 90, that means.. 
  1. Talents - I guess I need to select my level 90 talent. According to Noxxic, it should be Invoke Xuen. IcyVeins agrees, but they are different on earlier talents. I wonder who I should listen to? 
  2. Timeless gear! I need my auction house goblin to send some gear tokens over to Teddi. As I don't want to break up the heirloom set, I'll probably just send over tokens for non-heirloom slots. (I didn't just spend 15,000 gold to upgrade the tokens for nothing!)
  3. LFR? I noticed last night, that I could start running raids. No idea if there is actually people online at night running Mogu'shan Vaults at 10PM PDT, but once Teddi equips some Timeless gear, he should have the i-score to queue. 
  4. Garrison - Now starts the final stretch into Draenor. I think this should go fairly quickly for a couple reasons, including flying is unlocked, heirloom gear, accelerated mind pots, etc. I am going to try out the garrison follower guide like I followed on my alliance hunter, 14 followers for Horde, nice. Wonder if I can get them all before I reach 100??
  5. Late Add: Check out enchants applied via Ask Mr Robot on my current gear. As I am now over 85, I should be able to apply all fixes.. 
1 day, 19 hours, 52 minutes
49 bubbles of rested to use

Monday, June 27, 2016

Legion Priest Preview

Just spotted the Legion Tier preview for priests. IMHO, this is a great looking set. This reminiscent (personally) of the wrath set my priest is currently sporting as her xmog.

Eride sporting Wrath Tier

Blood Elf female is around 40 minutes in.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pirate Pandaren:

Ever since Teddi equipped the Admiral's cap, I've been working to fit him out as a pirate. So far, it's been a matter of looking at the AH, for stuff that I 'think' looks pirate-y. Oh, look this bracers, or this chest piece.

Boo. I had found the a chest piece at a vendor in town, only to find that it's not xmog-able. But of course. Then I went and started searching the AH, found a vest, and it's cloth and "can't be used to provide look for this item." Bleh.
Wow Role Play Gear: Pirate 4 

Back to Wowhead, I found a comment pointing over to WowRolePlayGear.com. Over here they have 'builds', how hard it is to complete (BOE, crafting and some luck). With that I've fallen in love with "PIRATE IV', an alliance only (OMG REALLY?!) set posted back in 2012.

The centerpiece of this set is the chest, Knightbane Carapace. Problem being it's a rogue class chest, so there's a different model for the horde vs the alliance. So even if I send my alliance toon over to get the item, it appears that my horde monk won't even be able to use it.

Knightbane Carapace
Alliance version
Horde version
Ok, I see how it is.. Blizzard loves the Alliance, despite what people say about Orc love.

How about something I already have used. Looking at my Discovery armor set I did for my druid. The chestpiece has buckles, it's leather and on a big furry male panda, it wouldn't, say, look like a bikini.

So I started searching for sets that used this piece. Happily, there appear to be several color variations of the item, ranging from white, brown and black. The brown, Swindler's Vest is a quest reward available to both Alliance and Horde. Oh, wow, look at this xmog! Ok, the Draenor PVP belt is perfect. Little dagger as the buckle (just don't use it as a panda and have your pants fall down). (Wait! The belt is MAIL! I thought I recognized this..hunter) The pants are alliance only (sigh).

So, how about something like this?

Monk HORDE Pirate

  • Hat   - check
  • Shoulders - quest reward -- which starts here
  • Chest - quest reward  - starts here -- quest chain contained about 15-20 quests, focusing on the main quest chain. Starts in duskwood, take free taxi to 1000 needles, grimtotem, canoe, start bar fight, put out fires, kill pirates, beat up alliance negotiator, swindle natives, get swindler's vest. 
  • Gloves - Cataclysm heroic dungeon boss drop 16%
  • belt - crafted
  • leggings - quest reward - starts here (can I get to twilight highlands if I didn't open up other areas?)  -- warchief command board, voljin, "machines of war"
  • shoes - ugh, wrath raid boss drop, 9% but my current boots have the 'cuff'. Just like the detail work. Oh, damn, The Acidmaw BOOTS are ALLIANCE! Where as the Acidmaw Treads are Horde. The treads are black knee socks with a yellow gem at the shin. NEVER MIND.

Monday, June 6, 2016

The Adventures of Teddi the Pandaren p2

Teddi continues his adventures in Azeroth, trying to reach 100 before Legion drops.

Last night was the first time in about a week that Teddi ventured out of Orgrimmar. His compatriots have logged in to repost auction items and spin the garrison gold wheel. Looking at a little over 30k gold just doing this weekly. It's nice to finally be fluid in the game again. Tempted to have a guildie build me the mechano-hog, but then again..

Teddi has reached 83 now (oddly armory hasn't caught up from last night's game play). Found a tank and healer that kept queueing up for random dungeons; we ended up doing about 6 dungeons. At 81, I was prompted by a fellow DPS for the 'monk buff'. ?? I hadn't realized that it was a thing, even a thing that I could do. I had always assumed the monk buff (bong bong) was a Brewmaster thing.

Teddi (Armory) at level 80
Looking at existing armory, I realized that 1) I need to upgrade the heirloom agility ring. It's currently 0/2, so it's max character level 60. Sigh. Why didn't it drop at max level?? And 2) all my other heirloom gear (except necklace) is 1/2 meaning it's max level 90. I was really surprised to see more and more players without any heirloom gear. 3/5 dungeon crawlers last night ran in drops. Considered not even rolling greed on non-agility leather drops just so they could win the gear. Is this because they are going for the slower leveling experience? Or because they had to (no level 1/2 heirloom gear)? Sigh, if I upgrade the gear, I am going to need to re-ENCHANT?! Ugh. Thinking of that, I am glad I didn't apply the leg and shoulder enchants to his gear.

1 x 60-  90 armor heirloom casing      1000g     (ring)
7 x 90-100 armor heirloom casing    14000g     (ring, trinket, head, shoulder, chest, back, legs)
1 x 90-100 weapon casing                   5000g     (weapon)
Grand Total:                                    20000g

So, how badly do I want the mechano hog? Or at 90 should I start crafting items and/or picking up drops?? 90 to 100 can still be fast when using something like the elixir of accelerated learning, combined with DMF and fewer upgrades.

Leatherworking and skinning - I am finding it odd what I can and cannot skin. Violet Hold, everything that spawns from the portals. Where as the wolves in Utgarde Pinnacle, I couldn't. Maybe I just failed at the loot rolls all the time?? Maybe I am not remembering correctly. It definitely appears that skill is no longer an issue, I get scraps all the time. (Considering my skill is technically only at 75, aka some starting zone). As for leatherworking, I am not worried about leveling as the garrison will give me plenty of options.

So, I think my plan will be simple (and cheap). Play with my current heirloom gear until something better drops after level 90. If I'm not lucky, I'll start spending the gold to upgrade the remaining items. The neck and tentacle trinket are good to 100. Craft my 3 items when I have the mats. I'd like these to be the +5% xp items (i.e. back, ring) but probably won't be that lucky. More likely, I'll end up replacing my chest, legs or head with crafted items. :)

Speaking of making it to 90, I've been looking at questing zones. "when do scenarios come back?" and I found this tidbit "The Situation in Dalaran!" This looks like it was a quest that I never picked up while working on Dominance Offensive event in Pandaria. I really wonder how I missed this quest?
Blizzard revealed that they wanted Dalaran to take part in the Siege of Orgrimmar; however, this couldn't be handled due to game engine problems. Instead the Skyfire was placed up in the air in front of the gates of Orgrimmar.
(Sends warlock to Pandaria to investigate).

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