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?
For those of us who didn’t play the beta, or read prior to release, we went into Garrisons pretty blind. As I’ve touched on, they are a far better mechanic than I first expected. When I heard they were a “required” part of leveling, I was not impressed. Until I actually did the leveling and it does tie in very well together. Plus, instead of just being a hero, you’re at the forefront as a commander. It’s a nice little touch.
However, that doesn’t mean it’s all sunshine and lollipops. Take, for example, yours truly. Out of the gate I built a Gem shop and an Enchanting shop. The Enchanting shop was a no-brainer for a toon who had no professions at the time. Free disenchanting is a fantastic feature for all the BoP mail rares like to give my Druid. Plus, at level 2, weapon enchant transmogs. Good deal. The gem shop not so much.
For the most part I did it thinking I would get a gem or two every work order…which I could easily fill via the mine. Instead I got a bunch of soulbound crystals that are fantastic if you’re a Jewelcrafter. I know Tumunzahar will definitely be looking forward to one of those. Occasionally my work order would result in Sorcerous Earth or Sorcerous Air, which in the first week of the expansion yielded some solid returns on the Auction House. So after a while I realized the error of my ways and just switched to the Storehouse. Not the most viable choice, but gives me bank and eventually guild bank access. So I’m ok with that.
The big thing for me is the desire to get the Garrison to level 3. I want to open up the Pet Menagerie and also get my other buildings leveled. What I hadn’t been able to figure out, is why that wasn’t happening. To do so, you need 5k in gold (which in this expansion is ridiculously easy) and 2k in resources. For the longest time, I couldn’t stockpile half of said resources. I had no idea why. I know the best way to get them is through your Garrison, rares, quests, etc (without changing your buildings). What I knew, but didn’t pay attention to? This:
Yup. Silly, right? I normally run anywhere from 8-15 missions a day, and did so all along as I leveled. At no point did it occur to me that I was burning through more resources than I was acquiring. At 10-30 resources a mission, there was no way I was ever going to meet my goal. Now that I’ve made that discovery, and righted myself, I can begin the push to 2k.
What about you? Any foolish errors along the way or did you plan yours out well in advance?
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