After dipping my toes in over the weekend, I decided to get my hooves wet. Saintvache was off to Legion Dalaran as I decided if I couldn’t have a Zandalari, I could at least get a Highmountain Tauren into the fold. Plus, it gave me a chance to do some leveling, which…wow. Such an improved experience. I’ll elaborate on a later date but I definitely approve. Saintvache is now 47, and that’s just from doing the main Highmountain story and a couple of bonus objectives that happened to be where I was questing anyway.
It didn’t take too long to complete that main story and set up the meeting between Baine and Mayla. I was in for a bit of a surprise as I never looked up how any of the alliances worked. I figured I would fly back to Orgrimmar and it would be a simple case of “hey, thanks for all your help. You proved the Horde is good. We’re in, ok?” Needless to say that is not what happened at all. I really enjoyed the story that lead to them officially joining the Horde. Though I can only imagine what it was like to have to do that chain without a flying mount. Dear Illidan it was like a classic WoW questline – all over the damn place.
In the end, though, it all worked out. The most difficult thing was getting back to Orgrimmar because everyone is logged in for Shadowlands.
See? Just a few people. I actually had to go to Pandaria and use the shrine portal to get back. Then I was able to scoot off and get my new mount and more importantly unlock some new friends. It didn’t take long for one to fall into the fold.
Not a fan of her default armor, but we’ll get that fixed eventually.
“Oi. You. Yeah, you. I think we be needin’ ta have a little chat.”
What’s wrong Klondike?
“Look at me, and tell me if you REALLY need ta ask.”
Two heirlooms, and some reasonably level-relevant gear. What’s the problem?
“I look like a fookin’ rainbow yacked on me!!!”
Well, to be fair, unless you’re in heirlooms head to toe…that’s kind of bound to happen. Since you’re only level 50, there is only so much to work with. Trust me, once you grow a bit more, you’ll have more options than you know what to do with.
“Really? Because th’ Orc is over 100 and he looks like shite.”
Are you really using an undead orc to try to win this argument?
“Eh. Erm. Perhaps not. But there’s still the matter of me transportation to sort out.”
*sigh* And what might the problem be?
“What might the problem be? Do I look like some mobile shanty of knick knacks to you? Because this bloody thing sure tells everyone ELSE that. All I’m missing is some pretty hat…wait don’t get any ideas.”
I’m not that cruel. But I think I found a mount that will put things in perspective for you.
“I hate you so much right now.”
See? The other one wasn’t so bad now was it?
“…breathe in….breathe out….breathe in…breathe…ARE YOU OFF YOUR BLOODY ROCKER?!?!?”
Nah, just messing with you.
“Notice I’m not amused.”
No, but I sure am. Listen, all kidding aside what about the Spectral Kitty?
“Other than the word ‘kitty’ is a bit unfitting of a warrior, that one in the barn’s for some of th’ others ta be ridin’.”
Hrm. But you’re not against the idea of a feline mount. One sec…
“Now we’re talkin’ lad. Why’d you have ta be so bloody difficult?”
Well, truth be told I would be leveling my Tauren Druid. But I made the decision that he’s going to get the 90 boost, so there are a number of characters getting attention…none probably more than my Gnome Warrior. For whatever reason I’ve really been enjoying her and can’t wait to level cap her. For the most part I just try to use up her blue bar of experience and then run a few dungeons for the extra oomph. I’d love for her to be 90 tomorrow, but I made the decision the Druid gets that boon and ever since I’ve been doing it the hard way. She’s almost halfway there, so it will happen. I just keep waiting for the time frame when her and others can get significant boosts, because after her there’s probably several more classes that will get leveled as well. I doubt that I’ll end up with one of every class, but I should be somewhere past half a dozen before Warlords.
While you wait for the second round results of the Transmog contest (sorry, work slipped in the way…I should’ve looked at the calendar when I set the round two dates), which will be up later today, I figured now is as good a time as any to share some thoughts on the next big patch.
Isle of the Thunder King This interests me, though I have a long way to go before I get to it. In the same context of the Isle of Quel’Danas, it’s the new Daily Quest Hub. Alas, I think it’s still going to have a Molten Front feel to it and I know that’s not going to go over well with many players. That one can choose whether to do PvE or PvP quests is a nice touch. Also, parts of the island become available based on a Realm level rather than an individual one. That has mixed potential, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Blacksmiths We still don’t have dailies for every profession, which I think is absurd. However, the Smiths are getting some love. Proceed far enough on the Isle of the Thunder King and you’ll come upon the Lightning Forge. Apparently this will allow for the creation of some very unique items, including old weapons that I’m guessing have been removed from the game over time. Oh, Moggers are giddy with anticipation…or just me.
New World Bosses I’ve always liked World Bosses and I’m sure the folks farming the Sha would love something different. Two bosses will be coming in 5.2. One is part of the phased island, but it seems Oondasta the giant armoured dino will be found north of Kun-Lai Summit right from the get go. Also with this comes a slight change to the World Bosses themselves. Blizzard refers to it as “Tap to Faction.” If your faction tags the mob, so long as you take part you have a chance for loot -whether you were in the initial raid or not. However, you can only earn said loot once a week (and the bosses will spawn more frequently).
Pet Battles -Pet bandages are now bind to account…thank goodness. This will most assuredly save me some bag space (they also stack to 25) instead of having several on several toons.
-The Nether Roach will no longer die during an Apocalypse. I mean, it was unique and fun that it was the one that could, but roaches be roaches.
-Players earn xp for pet battles as well, so long as the battle is within five levels of your highest level pet (so for most of us that would be any pet battle in the 20-30 level).
-PvP Pet Battles can also drop Battlestones now. Interesting. It would be more ruthless if you had a chance to win one if it was in your opponent’s inventory. Stealing it outright would cause pandemonium, but being able to receive an equivalent to the one in their bags would be fun.
-If you flee a battle, the pet you were fighting no longer disappears, but the fleeing squad will suffer some damage. I like that. Penalty for a tactical retreat and it makes sense if you’re running from the critter that it doesn’t disappear.
-Elite Battle Pets. Oh my. I know people where these will become the bane of their existence. They spawn by themselves, too, so I suspect Pet Battlers are going to be in for one hell of a fight. But, if you can beat them all you’ll receive a Red Panda pet (yep, the one up top there)
Buy The Farm Even now that Tumunzahar has started questing out there, the whole farming thing does nothing for me. Not even for potential gold profit. Seriously, get it away from me. Having said that, I know exactly how popular it is and the chance to own the deed for the land you’ve been cultivating is no doubt exciting to those indulging.
Notable Class Stuff Pretty much every class (at least the ones I am familiar enough with) has some sort of notable changes going on. I would suggest checking out the notes for what’s coming to your favourite role. Warriors losing a 10% damage reduction for defensive stance is certainly one of the ones that jumped out at me.
Green Fire! Speaking of class stuff, Warlocks are dancing in the streets…if they’re into dancing. The opportunity for Fel fire spells is finally coming to pass with the quest line now in-game.
It was a long weekend here, and I was enjoying the weather and the family yesterday and even some WoW. So things here were quiet, though I did stay on top of the Transmogolympics. The contest was only announced a couple days ago and we’re already up to twenty participants. In case you missed it, there is no limit on how many people take part. However, if we manage to have more participants than factions, then some factions will merely have more than one representative; much like the real Olympic Games. Also, I wanted to take a moment to once again thank Tome of the Ancient for the logo. I told her what I wanted and she delivered beautifully. I’m also happy to have her, Matty, and Khizzara as fellow judges for the event.
We had another successful Laid Back Raids on Saturday night. The only place scheduled this week was Trial of the Crusader, but that didn’t stop us from also kicking down the doors to Ruby Sanctum and Obsidian Sanctum. We had a solid turnout including, for the first time, both Repgrind and Ratters (and his daughter as well)! It was great timing as Rep knew TotC and was able to provide some guidance, though we did zerg the sucker down pretty fast. For the Sanctums, I filled out the group with my friend Valanyr and a couple of his buds. Oh, and Tum even got himself a new set of wings.
In Azeroth over the weekend, there was a great deal of puttering about, or “faffing” as Godmother and Kamalia have come to tell me. Fireflint is finally 75, and that means time to boost his Blacksmithing. I’ll obviously have to gain a few levels before I can max him out on it, fortunately I’ll be able to hit the Darkmoon Faire before the week is out. I also snagged a few levels for Carrera and Estheriot. Plus, three new faces are showing up around here now.
I have no clue as to why internet demons have taken the Gnome’s face. Fortunately she sent me a postcard of her hanging with faction leader of epic epicness,
She joined the ranks for a few reasons. The first, is admittedly, I had a sudden fetish to have a character with the Very Light Sabre. As I pointed out to Mrs. Amateur, it’s a coincidence I gave her the Leia hair buns. Also, I rolled her on Fenris (US). I’ve heard horror stories about the economy and thought I would check it out for myself. I farmed up some quick Peacebloom and Silverleaf, and threw that on the Auction House. Neither was a full stack and it resulted in about 10 gold in her pocket. That allowed me to grab a couple of items off the Auction House to sell, as well as purchase some of the rabbits from Amberstill Ranch and see if I can get a few coin for those as well. So, so far things don’t seem too strange. Hopefully the Schematic: Mechanical Mithril Dragonling sold at the behest of my advice. I managed to sell one with Tumunzahar yesterday on Runetotem for 85g. I still think that’s absurd, but if folks aren’t going to go get it out in the Hinterlands I may as well. It didn’t hurt I was getting a couple points in Archaeology at the time either.
In closing, let me just tell you how strange it is to see “Semblance” in Trade chat. Even merely as a name, it seems to look out of place. Funny that.
So, I was (admittedly happy to be) finally tagged in Mog Busting. Navimie gave me the nudge and informed me she was “…thinking about being a bear tank next expansion, and wants to look big and tough like a warrior.” With that in mind, she decided the Mask of Lethal Intent was what she was looking for and weapon needed to be a staff. I could work with that.
The first thing I did was what I consider to be the hardest part of a mog set, and that’s finding shoulders that match. Let me clarify that. There aren’t enough shoulder designs to necessarily match outfits I create and thus I try to get the shoulders out of the way instead of finding out nothing works. It happens more with this gear slot than any other and by a wide margin. So this is the habit I’ve gotten into when designing a transmog outfit. Sure enough, I found at least four designs that I loved save for one or two things that had to be changed to get the look I wanted. In the end, I chose the Thunderheart Pauldrons. Great match in terms of colour palette, and the blue bird eyes give me something more to work with. Just to be safe, I added a couple options to my Wishlist so that I could compare later.
Next, I decided to get the staff. First thing I wanted to do was get something that looked less like a staff and more like a weapon. I nearly went with Wildcaller as a means of teasing anyone who looked upon Navimie. She would look the part of a Warrior, but the staff would belie the fact she was going to become a massive bear and maul them. It was a nice idea, but I found something better. The Bloodfire Greatstaff is a perfect fit for this. You have some matching shades, a staff that looks almost like an abstract two-handed axe, and the central aura of the weapon matches the eyes of the helm. Booyah!
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the belt slot. I could bring back the original colours, or I could continue with the darker tones I’d adopted in the torso. I tried to bring back the colours, but in any belt that did that I honestly wasn’t able to match up a pair of legs with it that I liked. So instead, I kept the darker tones. The Trollwoven Girdle fit that idea just fine, but I went with the Riplash Belt for the studs and a more Warrior type of feel. The Shaggy Wyrmleather Leggings then continued the outfit down.
Now I definitely had to pull it back to those colours I used at the start, and in doing so found myself looking at three options: Blighted Leather Footpads, Ruthless Gladiator’s Boots of Cruelty, or Wrathful Gladiator’s Boots of Triumph. To be honest, the Boots of Cruelty didn’t really flow from the Leggings, so they were out after another look. The Footpads, to be honest, are a great fit. But I wanted to draw attention back, and the Boots of Triumph connect to the helm and weapon which were the key components of the outfit in the first place. They also flow from the pants perfectly.
All that was left was to see if we could cap things off with a cloak that fit. Mantle of Fury? Hrm, again I would have to play the odds she took it and kept it when she did the quest. The Sishir Coak/Moonbrook Cloak would bring out the blue in the shoulders and looked good from the back. Instead I decided on the Cloak of Subjigated Power.
So, here’s the full list of items we used in the end.
Mask of Lethal Intent (935 JP, Dalaran Vendor)
Thunderheart Pauldrons (Token from Mother Shahraz, Black Temple)
Cloak of Subjugated Power (312 JP, Shattrath Vendor)
Blackened Geist Ribs (Lich King, Halls of Reflection)
Carpal Tunnelers (Marwyn, Halls of Reflection)
Riplash Belt (Drop)
Shaggy Wyrmleather Leggings (Scourgelord Tyrannus, Pit of Saron)
Wrathful Gladiator’s Boots of Triumph (Toravon the Ice Watcher, Vault of Achavon 25-man)
Bloodfire Greatstaff (Aeonus, The Black Morass)
So after all that, what does she look like? Pure badass, if you ask me. Not much indication of being a Druid, but I think it got that Warrior feel Navimie was talking about.
Now, it’s someone else’s turn. It took me forever to come up with a transmog outfit for my Human Mage. You can see it here. You can’t see the Speedsteel Rapier in that picture (don’t worry, a new post for my transmogged characters is coming). It’s not terribly important. What is for me, is that he’s a Frost Mage and I’d like an outfit that feels frost. I’ve worked on him so much without success, maybe a different perspective will do the trick. Depending on the level of gear I need, I might even be inspired to level him. The question is, who’s perspective? I know! Rhuanious can do it, I just know it. Consider yourself tagged and challenged. 😉
Not quite as involved as my original character showcase, thanks large in part due to the fact I’m suddenly having a heck of a time putting together the outfits I want. Still, this go around we have one new outfit and a two new models as well!
Up first is Liouxpold’s new look. I’d just like to preface it by saying I’ve still not gotten a single piece of the original outfit I designed for him. This one, though, came about after those shoulders dropped in Serpentshrine Cavern. For the waist, I had planned on using the Girdle of the Dauntless Conqueror from Heroic ToC Black Knight, but then I outleveled the instance before it dropped and realized the Heavy Scorpid Belt worked just as well. As previously, I’ve listed the outfit on Liouxpold‘s page.
Mortevache makes his debut with his dark and light blend that I have given him. Much of it uses starter DK gear, but I think I varied it up enough to make it stand out more. Also, the sword was not my first choice, but then I noticed this one on the Auction House and liked the way the blade matched with the outfit while keeping the dark aspect with the hilt. You can visit his page to get the full list.
Of course the outfit I most recently completed is for Horrux. I shared my excitement when I finally got the gloves last week. The shield I’m happy to say I’ve had since before Cataclysm launched. Liouxpold was out doing the old Frostsaber grind (but long after the rep rewarded was increased) when it fell. It was my first (and only) epic World Drop. Since I knew I’d be rolling a Worgen Warrior, I hung on to it for him. Ugh, the gloves and leggings took forever to snag! Also, his heirloom sword is part of the outfit but I do plan to switch to Avool’s Sword of Jin when the time comes after I snagged it for incredibly cheap on the Auction House. The components are on Horrux’s page.