The Ravings of a Casual WoW Player

I had a point... somwhere.

End of Expansion Accomplishments

End of Expansion Accomplishments

Had some incredible luck this weekend, I was able to go on a Garrosh kill as a pick-up healer as part of a multi-guild cooperative on my server cluster and as a result, I now have a Kor’kron War Wolf. The next day my luck continued and I was able to acquire a Spineclaw Crab, one of the more difficult pets to get from the Timeless Isle – you have to kill a large amount of crabs to get a rare crab to spawn and get lucky enough to have said rare crab drop their rare drop pet. Suffice to say I only twinged a little for what I paid on the auction house. This brings me to 578 total pets and 200 level 25 pets.

I feel pretty lucky to have accomplished my goal of getting the wolf mount from Garrosh, the only thing that would have made me happier is if I had been able to get it with my guild. My guild appears to be suffering from burnout, end of expansion depression and the looming of the summer months. I still really hope we can get Garrosh down as a guild, I know we can do it – I think its just a coordination issue at this point.

Stuff and Things

Stuff and Things

More Warlords alpha goodies are dropping! Impressive new models for some of the pets and mounts have me looking forward to obtaining them. I’m really hoping that Alliance toons will have an opportunity to get those really pretty new wolf model mounts, but details on how to acquire them have not been made available yet.

In other news, I have purchased all of the Celestial Tournament pets and I’m now going to be turning all future Celestial coins into Flawless pet stones as I have plenty of pets that need to be upgraded. I currently have almost 200 level 25 pets as I slowly work through leveling them – I highly doubt that I’ll get them all leveled to 25 before the Warlords but I’m hoping to make a good dent in them. I have been experimenting in leveling my low level monk via pet battles in Pandaria, which is pretty tricky and I am very thankful for having been able to talk a fellow guildie into carting my baby panda out there. I have found that I can get roughly 2k experience per battle depending on the level of the pets I’m fighting which works out to about 8-10% on my experience bar and makes the leveling pretty quick.

The Great Flying Debate

The Great Flying Debate

A great bone of contention has raised its head again: the developers lamenting the addition of flying in Warcraft and are looking at possibly not including it at all in Warlords. I can understand not allowing flying right away such as was done in Mists, and Wrath but I really disagree with the idea of not allowing flying ever in an expansion (unless of course the expansion was underwater, because that would be just silly and also because my head might explode if there was an entire xpac underwater).

Arguments for the lack of flying in Warlord’s have ranged from design/art issues to the lack of players in zones. I have yet to hear a really compelling reason as to “why” flying shouldn’t be included in the expansion. Design/art issues makes me as a consumer question the thoroughness and quality of the game I’m playing if those mountains I’m running around are actually cardboard cutouts or if that garrison in the distance actually has a roof. The lack of players in zones I don’t feel has any bearing on the flying issue – I’ve been leveling alts and there are other players in the zones I’m working through (especially with CRZ going strong) and given that it is the end of an xpac, more people are leveling alts and putting more people in the zones than say in the middle of the xpac.

Since the inclusion of flying in Warcraft, aside from using it at level cap as a faster mode of transportation, nothing has really been done with it. Now, I am not advocating for mounted combat or, god forbid, vehicle combat, but why are there not more flying mobs that will knock me off my flying mount? We have flocks of Plainshawks in the Valley of the Four Winds that could knocking us off our flying mounts. We have Alani, Subjugated Serpents and the cannons the mogu are shooting off in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. In Burning Crusade, if you flew over an enemy faction town, there were archers, gunners and mounted enemies that shot you out of the sky unless you left in a hurry. This would essentially make the skies a less friendly place if I’m having to dodge mobs in the skies as well as the ground and I wouldn’t have to give up my flying in the new zones.

Don’t want me flying right away? Lock flying behind zone questing achievements. Have to do all the quests in a zone to be able to unlock the ability to fly there and throw some flying mobs up in the sky to hamper me. I don’t want to be grounded when the view from up above is just as nice as the one on the ground.

Warlords of the Dithering Doubt

Warlords of the Dithering Doubt

I have a confession: ever since Warlords was announced, I haven’t been completely sold on it. I mean, yay there will be new content, new dungeons, and raids, new content systems like garrisons and, hopefully, new pets, and mounts. However, there is no new race or class, and Blizzard is finally including updated character models. New character models sound awesome but they don’t really feel like something one would headline an expansion with. They feel more like a major content patch and part of game maintenance.

Its hard to pin point exactly what has me hesitating, though I will be getting the new expansion, I’m just not feeling the usual hype and excitement I have felt for the expansions previous. Could it be after playing WoW for nearly ten years, its lost its shine? I will admit there is the possibility that I will get some fire about the next expansion once there beta and some more information, models, etc starting pouring out but right now? Yeah, I’m feeling meh.

Hearthstone-steeded!

Hearthstone-steeded!

Hearthstone is finally out of beta and is having a fun cross promotion with Warcraft. Basically, win three games of Hearthstone in “Play” or “Arena” mode and you get a spiffy new Hearthsteed mount in WoW. Hearthstone is currently free to play with a cash shop where you can buy card packs to augment your play.

For anyone who has played any kind of TCG (trading card game), its pretty easy to pickup with a couple little tweaks. I used to play Pokemon and Magic the Gathering so I didn’t have too much trouble getting the basics and was able to get started fairly quickly. As with any game, there is a certain amount of luck involved as you can get some pretty horrendous draws and it will stall your game play. I had to play for about two hours in order to win three matches (they do not need to be in a row, they are cumulative) without having to buy card packs from the cash shop.

I can see myself occasionally playing for kicks as I am fond of playing cards but I don’t see myself really getting into it unless a mobile version comes available for my andriod tablet.

No matter what it is a very cute, very fun (and possibly frustrating) game to play!

Level 90 Boosts

Level 90 Boosts

Or how I learned to hold my tongue. Sort of.

Warlords of Draenor is up for pre-order and level 90 boosts are also available for purchase a la cart. One would think the world is ending. Sort of. Again. ‘Lo, it is not so, I promise – this is simply another paradigm shift in the Warcraft universe.

Way back in 2010, my account was hacked and the possibility of literally having to start over from scratch was a terrifying prospect. The level cap at the time was only 80 but no less daunting considering I had multiple toons and a couple raid geared toons in additions to all my mounts and pets. Several of these pets would not be replaceable such as the Spirit of Competition. I would have been weeks/months trying get back to where I was if I didn’t just go ahead quite at that point. I play WoW and  raid from a largely social stand point – I like to hang out and raid or dungeon with people (this is a problem I currently running into playing Final Fantasy XIV ARR, all the people I began playing with either don’t have the same schedule or don’t play at all anymore). So, I cannot in good faith condemn someone who would be just starting World of Warcraft to desire to skip the leveling content in order to join up with their friends.

However! If said people do not follow through and do research regarding their boosted character, then I am a bit annoyed. There are many resources available if a person just hits up Google in order to get a basic idea of what to do with specs, gear, gems, enchants, etc. I then wonder if the WoW player base is more annoyed at an influx of unmotivated characters who just want the phat loots – which is understandable. Is this behavior a cultural or societal problem in WoW?

Crazy Fishing (and Cooking)

Crazy Fishing (and Cooking)

I am horrible about leveling my secondary professions, the only reason I leveled fishing to cap in Wrath was to get all the crocolisk pets and the giant sewer rat because… well, I love pets. Again, in Cataclysm, I only fished to get the Sea Pony pet.

So when Patch 5.2 dropped, I went ahead and started fishing again for all the various pet carps. El’s Extreme Anglin’ has an awesome guide for how to go about finding the little fishies. I went the route of using the Fish of the Day pools since there was a very slight higher chance of fishing up the pets. In the interest of disclosure, I was gifted both the red carp and the green carp from guildies who knew of my fishing for ventures.

An interesting side effect from all the fishing was having over 2.5+ bank guild tabs full of fish and I was also lucky enough to get…

turtlemount

Now, with 2.5+ bank guild tabs full of fish, I really wanted that bank guild space back since I am going to be leveling more alts and leveling primary professions again soon where I will need to stash materials. I went ahead and leveled cooking. All five ways (six if you count brew) to cap and I still have tokens left over from turning all my excess fish into Iron Paw Tokens, and I have a crap ton of feasts for raid nights.

Its been a busy time.

Its been a busy time.

A lot of things have been going on for me on a personal front. Most recently due to some guild drama, I have migrated to another guild. Suffice it to say, no one should ever tell you how to play your game.

Purchaseable Transmog

Purchaseable Transmog

The purchaseable transmog headgear has gone live at this point at the price point of $15. Personally, any chance of picking up any of them for any of my characters has flown completely out the window. In theory, I feel that at $15, I should be getting a whole transmog outfit, not just a helm unless there was some kind of really killer visual proc. I understand that the Crown of Eternal Winter has an interesting proc but it just doesn’t appeal to me – whereas the visual procs from say the warlock tier with the demon wings or the rogue legendary daggers would definitely be something I might consider. For headgear alone, I might consider paying $5 but definitely not $15.

Hope Spring Eternal!

Hope Spring Eternal!

In one of the recent PTR patches, a new Corgi model was added! My obvious hope is that this is going to mean that there will be a new Corgi pet coming! I seem to recall at one point in, I think it was an interview that Warcraftpets did with Mumper that there were more canine pets coming. My fingers are crossed!