Let’s just get this out of the way right now. Rather large spoilers ahead if you’ve not done the pre-Legion event. Continue Reading
After a few delays and time away from Azeroth, Zarahi became the first of the Amateur Army to hit the new cap of 100. With much rejoicing I stopped to consider things thus far. As such, here’s 100 random thoughts about the new expansion: Continue Reading
Having decided Liouxpold needed a new look, I began puttering around with MogIt to see what I could come up with. Unfortunately I wasn’t having much luck, so I went off in search of some new Hunter pets for him which I found in the form of Vexxus, Gabriel, and Yrra. I then focused back on a transmog outfit and decided to start with a bow. Yes he has Black Bow of the Betrayer, but I was looking for something different. I settled on the Skyfire Hawk-Bow, figuring I could work on the rest as I go. I headed off to Shattered Halls and it actually dropped on the first run. A nice white cloak, Mantle of Vivification, also dropped so I decided these two pieces would be my starting point.
When I previewed the two pieces in MogIt I accidentally had “current gear” in the view and realized the Barrel Stacker’s Mitts that he was wearing fit as well. Now it was a matter of off-setting all the vibrancy with a core that was darker. Initially I wanted blue, but that was before deciding on the gloves. So I just started previewing shirts to see what would come up within my current means. Shirts that required honor were most certainly out for now, as was anything 85 or 90 level raids. What can I say, I’m impatient and don’t like chance. I’d prefer to be able to build the outfit in the moment. I settled in on Savage Gladiator’s Chain Armor. I looked through the leg slot, but admittedly ended up cheating and going with the matching Chain Leggings.
Most of the time I don’t use existing set combinations, but once in a while it’s ok. Plus, in this build I stopped at two pieces. The shoulders and feet are both crafted, Vicious Dragonscale Shoulders and Tsunami Boots (yes, I could’ve cheated a second time and used the boots from the shoulder set but I specifically avoided doing that). All that was left was the belt. The one I ended up choosing had four versions and all of them were quest rewards in Twilight Highlands. I chose the Waistguard of Salvaged Happiness because it was a quest you could just fly into the zone and do. You need not have completed anything else first…and as an added bonus, it’s dirt simple to do.
At the start, I wanted the bow to be the focal point of the outfit. Having the gold in the gloves helps pull it in, and the cloak completes the accent pretty well. The core green managed to achieve the contrast I was looking for. Though I just realized the colour scheme is not that far off from Siori, I’m still happy with the end result.
Surprised? I know I am. Out of the two factions, I certainly knew this one was going to be the harder choice. A good portion of the decision making process was more about elimination than support. King Varian has certainly come around (a lot) since Cataclysm. He’s become a much better leader, but he just isn’t quite there for me. I also have zero connection to Velen. I never have, and I fully expect that to change in Draenor. For now though, he’s out. Tyrande I’m a fan of, but she’s never overwhelmed me all that much either -in part because her husband gets pretty much all the attention.
Without elaborating on the others any further the question is “why Moira?” To be honest, I always hated her. From the moment you got sent into BRD to save her pompous rump from Thaurissan only to have her say “no, I’m staying” (or if you aggro’d the fight right you could outright kill her), she made me eyetwitch. When Magni became one with the mountain and she snuck her way into power I was even more irate with her. Any time I went past the council for any reason, I wanted to stab her. Badly.
But the fallout from that is where things begin to change. She made genuine effort to integrate the Dark Iron Clan into the mainstream dwarves, though it didn’t necessarily go all that smoothly. However she learned something in all of it because she recognized what the other Clan leaders were doing and why and made similar sacrifice. Despite her past, Moira starts to show the Queen Regent title is starting to become more than just that. Blood In The Snow is where she takes her next big step.
If you haven’t done the scenario yet, I apologize in advance if you continue to read the spoilers ahead. Still, you can’t tell her story without it. Varian needs more help against the Horde and gets handed a nugget in that the Zandalari are going to help the Frostmane Trolls and attack Ironforge. So thinking he can warn them and offer aid, they’ll provide the support he needs in return. Only, there’s a hiccup. The dwarves don’t trust each other for a second and one’s not going to offer to help fend off the attack and leave the others in charge. Or that’s how it seems until Moira defies her male counterparts and offers the aid of the Dark Iron Dwarves and herself in order to defend the city. After they successfully stop the Trolls the king tells Moira the others should be ashamed for not aiding and that she should be proud. In a moment that is truly genuine she responds that she doesn’t want to shame anyone. She was simply trying to protect the city and prove herself loyal as well. Sure enough, the other two prety much hang their heads like scolded siblings even though no one suggested as much and the three Clans are pretty much unified now.
That’s right. The one dwarf that nobody, including myself, wanted in power was the one to truly and genuinely unify the three hammers. You really have to stop and think about it for a moment and realize the character transformation and growth of this woman (especially in a game that gets slagged for not having any dominant female characters). Granted, it wouldn’t matter if it was a woman or man, the task itself is daunting. At one point you’re in love with some crazy bastard down in Blackrock Mountain (sorry, but I’ll always consider Thaurissan as loopy), then you’re an iron fist over your entire race to the point people actually hate you, and now they genuinely love you and adore you for doing what a true leader is supposed to. So in the end, there really couldn’t be any other choice.
On the rare occasion anymore where I encounter a WoW player outside of the game’s environment, the question is (and always has been) “Horde or Alliance?” Early on in my adventures in WoW I didn’t really know much about either faction save for who their races were. I was also told quite often, kids play Alliance and mature players tend to roll Horde. If oldschool PvP was any indication, there might have been some truth to that.
These days, I don’t understand the point of the question. Don’t get me wrong, I know some people are hardcore Horde and others bleed blue and gold. Also, keep in mind until Wrath came along, I didn’t really play Horde. I also didn’t level cap one until near the end of Cataclysm. Odd when you consider the Tauren are my favourite playable race. Getting back on track, though, I’ve never been against either faction. This is even more the case after reading and knowing much of the Azerothian lore. Let’s face it, both sides have done some stupid things over the years. “But what about what Garrosh just did???” You just said it yourself, it was Garrosh. Up next we’ll be judging all of us Canadians by Justin Bieber.
Now don’t get me wrong, just because I don’t understand why the question is out there doesn’t mean I’m crucifying anyone who picks one or the other. You’re absolutely entitled to do so for your reasons, but I think by not having one of each you are really missing out. There’s so much lore to the game and a chunk of it can only be found on one faction or the other, but not both. In fact, my fourth time through Outland was finally with a Horde toon and my Illidan did I get my eyes opened on a few things.
So at the end of the day, I have no answer to the faction question because in all honesty I don’t have individual loyalty to either one…unless I’m PvPing as part of one. Then all bets are off and opposing scum must die. Where was I? Right. Both factions do things I agree with and both do things I disagree with. But I support much of what the two sides are trying to accomplish. I guess I rolled a Dual-Faction Spec.
Yesterday Mrs. Amateur sent me this link providing a number of interesting stats on World of Warcraft, and I see now the link has become a bit more commonplace now. Essentially, it takes statistics from the game and provides some quirky insight into them. After reading everything over here are my thoughts on a number of them:
100 million WoW players in 10 years
If I’m in charge of maintaining the player base, I would want to take a look at that number. I realize it counts trial accounts and even Recruit-A-Friend accounts, but let’s look at it close. During Wrath, the game peaked at over 11 million players. As of last May, that number was down to 8 million. Let’s say for a second there was a 3-4 year window where the game had over ten million players. That leaves six years where it didn’t, and thus you start to see a turnover of accounts. The millions and millions who stopped, did so because…? I’m not heckling Blizz, it’s just something that I (as a number cruncher) would be intrigued to look into further.
The playerbase is currently 5% in favour of the Alliance
I don’t know if I’m surprised by this or not. As a new player I remember hearing the kids roll Alliance and the players roll Horde. Now obviously that’s not accurate entirely. Of the players I know, there’s probably a pretty close split though if you include alts I think the Alliance gets the edge. Still, whenever I see current tier accomplishments they always seem to be Horde. Or rather, they were before I stepped away. I can’t say in this very moment whether or not that’s true. But, I also attribute it to the fact the Alliance have four staple races of RPG’s: Human, Dwarf, (Night) Elf, and Gnome. For some, it might be easier to gravitate to what they know.
Most popular title: The Patient
Jenkins is number two. It’s surprising, and yet it’s not. The only reason I have that title in my inventory is because I did the run to help others get the title. Lucky me. As for the Patient, that’s one I definitely use and I think anyone that uses the “Looking For” system almost has to. The other popular one for me is “Elder.”
Rarest Mount: Heavenly Onyx Cloud Serpent
I know nothing about this mount, shy of doing the old Google shuffle. A less than 1% drop rate from the Sha of Anger. Huh. Well, odds of me getting that are right up there with the Baron’s reigns. Still, that it isn’t the Swift Spectral Tiger at the top of this list really surprises me.
There are 504 unique mounts
Wait, what? I haven’t even qualified for the Albino Drake and there’s a strong probability someone out there has over 500 mounts? Wow.
Tiny Red Carp is the rare pet
Once again, I’m a bit surprised. It definitely sounds like this is one of those fluke casts in fishing (much like how Lioux caught the one at the Darkmoon Faire), but still. If the bloody Minfernal isn’t up there, the Ethereal Soul Trader should be.
71 Auctioneers in Azeroth
As someone who frequents said gold houses, I have to sit and come up with all of them. I don’t think I realized there was nearly that many.
3.6 million Pet Battles per day
I wish to track down every person who said this was a stupid feature to include in World of Warcraft. I also tend to believe that 2/3 of these are done while folks are waiting to do something else (such as an instance or PvP). Either way, the mechanic became an incredibly successful time sink and achievement magnet. It also creates a great alternative to leveling (such as I posted when Saintvache hit 90).
All in all it’s an interesting collection of information if you’re a numbers person such as myself. I’d love to see it go even deeper, particularly into classes and races and male percentages and female percentages. But then, I also realize I’m in the minority and a good many folk would walk the other way with disinterest.
Laid Back Raids was back at it again last night. It was an Alliance night and this time we were going to visit Kil’Jaeden. How is it we went into a raid with a Legendary bow without any Hunters? Oh well, it didn’t drop as it was. Still, several people got to see the Sunwell Plateau for the very first time. We also had a couple of fresh faces for the night as Aricelle and Martha joined us. I took Fireflint in the hopes of a rare Blacksmithing recipe dropping. No such luck, but even at level 75 he found an upgrade for his helmet. There were several other great looking transmogrification items that dropped along the way.
With a dozen of us, we were through the Plateau in less than half an hour. As such I tossed out the idea of killing Magtheridon and almost everyone was on board. One or two folk had to head out, but we were still in fine shape. I decided to switch to Liouxpold…mostly because Draynee had arrived in her pink outfit and I kind of facepalmed that I wasn’t showing off for Breast Cancer in the first place. But, a short time later the pink Draenei were rolling along. We did stop long enough for a proper photo op though.
An hour after Laid Back Raids had started, both Kil’jaeden and Magtheridon were dead and I was pleasantly surprised by “what’s next?” Once again one or two people had to leave but my Real ID housed a new face or two that were more than willing to join us as we headed to old school Mount Hyjal. This took longer than the previous two raids combined, simply due to its timed design. Still, we once again had no issue and Healblade’s mage Seraphinity picked up some nice transmog potential with the Robes of Rhonin.
After all was said and done I was tempted to call it a night. However, I had a bit of puttering around to do first and a few people were still more than happy to chat about a fun night. I then realized the Dark Irons would be attacking Brewfest in short order. This is important because I had gotten to 191 coins and was aiming for Brew of the Month.
So I went down to the festival, knowing full well the Dark Irons usually succeeded in their efforts because there often isn’t nearly enough to put a dent in their attack. But, I was determined (if not foolish) and started chucking mugs. At one point I was completely smashed, with my screen a blur and I could still tell it was full of Dark Iron diggers. I just kept drinking and chugging. Finally I saw the retreat message in chat and knew all was good. I stumbled my way through the blurred screen to the cog with the daily quest. I cashed that in and headed back to Ironforge to collect my reward.