edit: This is a re-post to correct the day of the event.
Yes indeed, it is once again that time of year. Time to slap on the bright red, green, and white, and head off caroling in a couple of Azeroth’s finest locations. This year’s event takes place on TUESDAY December 30th at 8pm EST. We will start Alliance side, and take our festive tunes to Kil’Jaeden’s house in the Sunwell Plateau. We’ll follow it up Horde side by jingling all the way to Al’akar at the Temple of the Four Winds.
If you have never been on a Gawdy Sweater Run (this is year…three? four?), the rules are quite simple. You replace your chestpiece with the Gawdy Sweater Item from the Winter Veil festival. Most people have one from years past, but if you don’t you can always get one from the Smokey Pastures vendor in Orgrimmar or Ironforge. Then we gather and storm the snow castles.
If you don’t have my Battle ID, you can either message me here or via my e-mail address. Otherwise I look forward to another fun night!
I’ve been running Firelands weekly since, well, I realized I could. So we’ll say almost two months. I’m honestly amazed at either how much little leather gear there is or just how bad my luck is. I actually average less than one leather item per run. But that’s not the reason I run it. Oh no. I want to be a fire cat. Druid of the Flame, that’s Zarahi. Or at least, it would be if Majordomo Staghelm ever dropped the darn staff.
With it being Christmas and all…and the annual daftness around the trees in Ironforge and Orgrimmar, I figured it was a good time to make my weekly run. Once again, next to no leather drops (though I did get a Tier helm). Alysrazor nearly killed me because I wasn’t paying attention…but she died, and no mount. A short while later I’m across the bridge and staring at that MajorPainInTheRear and then he’s dead. Scythe! Needless to say, a short while later I was enjoying the benefits of being a Druid of the Flame.
Oh yeah baby. Now, the only thing concerning me is that the buff ends the moment my combat ends. I know it’s supposed to be a mildly lingering effect, and just a few moments ago saw one in Ironforge. The player said it seemed to last for a bit out of combat, and that’s not the case for me. I don’t know if it’s a glitch or if the item was changed somewhat. But then it should affect all users the same way. Regardless, I’m still ecstatic for Fandral to give me such a lovely item this Christmas.
May your holidays feel just like this. From mine to yours, Happy Winter Veil.
It’s something that many have been clamoring for and for some time all we ever heard was December, and in a couple of cases a mention that it’s release might coincide with the expansion launch. But sometime last month, the talk stopped and there was nothing for weeks…until suddenly it went live this week.
Strange thing is, to me anyway, it did so with little noise. Sure, on the Hearthstone Forums it was announced, but that would be to a small portion of your player base. There was nothing in the Battlenet launcher that I saw, unlike when GvG went live. Perhaps I missed it, but the only reason I only know about it is thanks to Mrs. Amateur informing me yesterday.
I haven’t had the chance to play a game via tablet just yet, but I’m happy to be able to whenever I want. I know the game has gotten some negative feedback over the expansion and its effect on general play. The few games I’ve played I have certainly noticed a difference, even in my ranked play which consists of the lowbie 20’s.
What about you? Have you been playing more since the launch of the expansion? Are you excited to now have the option via Android tablet?
Running some of the Horde Garrison quests in Shadowmoon Valley on the weekend and I came across a rare spawn.
Right away the name sounded familiar, but to be honest I was drawing a blank as to why. I didn’t really care because a rare is a rare. A Human Mage and Nelf Druid had come strolling up and I figured the three of us could probably take it down. That didn’t happen. I have no idea where they went, or they died. I quickly realized I couldn’t take it down on my own and sent out a message. Repgrind was in immediately, and Arv was close behind. Unfortunately, we learned Arvash didn’t have the flight path to Shadowmoon Valley yet, being a fresh 100. It was also around this time where I remembered what made Demidos special: the Servant of Demidos.
Rep and I decided to tackle him anyway and we got him down to about 10% before we died. We learned his health pool climbs based on the number of people in the fight. As we were rezzing, a Gnome got into the fight. We fought hard and got him down.
A nice little achievement there. Now the key to the fight is easily your health. Demidos has an ability that knocks your health down 25%. Not total health, mind you. Just current health. So heavy top-up heals are not really a great idea in this fight. If you can do some HoT’s then you’re in better shape. I know my health sat below 35% for most of the fight. But I just kept Rejuvenation active as much as I could. Rep was busy on her end and we managed to take him down a second time on her server. Unfortunately there was no loot the second time around. I was disappointed because Repgrind had gotten a necklace that was of no use. I wanted her to get the pet…same as I did!
Incredibly ecstatic to have the Servant drop. In briefly perusing the new Draenor pets, this was probably the one I wanted the most. I definitely couldn’t believe my luck when I saw it in the loot. I tried to carry that luck over and nab some raid pets. Once again Tempest Keep and Karazhan offered me nothing. But still, getting this guy made my weekend. And I couldn’t have gotten it without Repgrind’s help!
At least, that’s what I would like to think. Most days he basically hands you a Thermal Anvil, or less, and send you on your merry way. Today he seems to realize it’s getting close to Winter Veil and his usual gifts won’t compare to Greatfather Winter’s offerings (assuming they actually change this year). As such, along with his usual paltry items, Blingy decided Zarahi’s been a good Troll so far.
The quest book is for the Brawler’s Guild. It unlocks the Blingtron 3000 card from Card Trader Ami. The Sky-Bo, to be honest, I had never even heard of (still out of the loop in many regards). It’s the pet version of the ever popular Sky Golem. I’ll be interested to see what it does. First I need to level a few other pets just to defeat my blasted menagerie…
The Amateur house is looking more and more festive every day, and that means limited Azeroth festivities. I did, however, manage to upgrade my Garrison to level 3 yesterday. Having the Warchief refer to me as “General” was a nice touch…and a bit empowering. Of course said feeling of empowerment did me no good when I tried to do the Pet Battle Menagerie. I went after Gorefu and after several tries logged. I just don’t have enough high level Moths.
I had some free time this morning, but unfortunately the Realms are down for full maintenance (and Hearthstone too…who scheduled that?). There is good news, though, as when they go live in a few hours not only will the Highmaul raid be open but the World Bosses also go live. I’m hoping Zarahi can get in on one before I head to work today. If not, I will probably just get Tum or Liouxpold to 91. Both have set up their Garrison and, while Lioux has completed a couple of quests, the pair are both at relatively the same point.
What about you? When the realms pop back up, any immediate plans?