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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
a.k.a. More Thoughts on the Cash Store
Blizzard just recently put out a preview of some very new items that will be added to the pet store (maybe they should just go ahead and call it the cash shop at this point, ya think?). These new items were 3 transmog helms, a new fun item – a see-saw and a temporary mount for your group/raid to charge into battle on.
Now all of these items are strictly cosmetic or are fun toys with no real impact on game play, these types of items were previously only found as part of the WoW TCG. I would not be surprised if part of the impetus of these items were to cut in (a small portion anyway) to some of the money that is spent by players on “fun” items as can be seen on eBay. In theory, there is no real reason to purchase these items unless, y’know, you want to. Personally, I would only really be interested in the flaming set of horns, the others are simply not to my taste, but I don’t have any real raging desire to procure any of them. My game play will not be impacted either way by having purchased them or not purchasing a flaming set of horns.
A thought did occur to me as these items appear to be of better graphical quality than much of what is available in game and how much did the creation of these items take away from the rest of the development of the game as a whole. Part of me thinks that it could not have been too much as development of these kinds of items is something may have been done between project or given to junior members of the development team. As a creative professional, there are times when I need to do something completely different from my normal routine and simply create. The result is some times a simple art piece or something can be used in my normal routine, whether as inspiration or as a basis for a new or continuing project. I can’t imagine the developers not doing something similar. I think my unease may stem from the idea that what happens if the cash shop becomes a very successful part of the game and Blizzard shifts much of its focus to the cash shop. Visions of approaching a new instance and finding out I cannot participate until I had deposited a quarter in the money meter are very real in my head.
Damn, I love the Jag, the jet
and the mansion! That’s money, honey!
So the latest hub-bub among other things is the possibility of WoW getting an in-game store that will possibly feature items for purchase requiring real money (in this case, the only thing that has been marked for this possible store is an experience boost). Of course this has brought about a whole lot of dialogue regarding how this will affect WoW.
Back when I started WoW (back in Vanilla), I was introduced via my brother and some of his friends. They were already level 60, running high level dungeons and beginning to raid. While the game was new and shiny for me, I felt that my great goal at the time was to level as quickly as possibly in order to join them. Had there been an exp-boost of some kind available (aside from rested exp), I would have been all over that like white on rice. Questing as I leveled was fun and quirky, even though it was a lot of go here, do that, collect this and kill ten boars; I was no stranger to this having played EQ and iRO. The big goal, again, for me was to catch up and play with friends. So for new players with friends already in the game, I can see where something like an exp-boost that can be purchased would be very attractive.
Speaking as a current player with a whole stable full of alts, the idea of an in-game store that may offer an exp-boost doesn’t really scare me. In some ways, I am excited – I still have a few lower level toons that I would like to level at some point and having an exp-boost would be handy. These are the same low level toons that I have decked out in BoA gear and if I really wanted to, I could farm the exp-boost potion off of Krol the Blade in Dread Wastes. By the same token, I still have several level 85+ character that I can see where an exp-boost would benefit me, but I can also see Blizzard not allowing the exp-boost to work past level 85 so that people can experience the current questing/zone content.
I know there are lot of people who feel that something like an exp-boost cheapens the WoW experience, by letting people choose to out level previous content quickly. Personally, I think it depends on the player. What is their playstyle? Dare I say, what is their “WoWstyle”? After I leveled my first 60 toon and began raiding, I made an alt and I used that to experience levels 1-60 at a much slower pace because at that point, I felt like it was ok to take the leveling experience slower, read the quests, explore and look around more. If my friends wanted to run a high level dungeon while I was on my lowbie, I was able to switch back to my level 60 and participate/socialize with them thus eliminating a lot of the times that I felt left out due to still leveling my first character. For those whose WoWstyle is all about the leveling, I don’t see how this purchasable exp-boost will affect them, the quest won’t be any different and I fail to see how someone else’s experience cheapens mine. I feel its a bit like making a sandwich and then being unhappy that someone else made a sandwich like mine but with maybe different bread or contents. Is my sandwich any less delicious?
(Forgive the butchered Lady Gaga lyrics)
This whole expansion, while doing Tol’Barad dailies, I have farmed for the beloved Fox Kit pet. It is truly adorable. I finally decided to get serious and really farm for this pet – even to the point of downloading an add-on (Rarity) to specifically find out how many foxes I would need to kill to have the pet drop. Wowhead lists the Fox Kit as a 0.1% drop so, in theory, I would need to kill 1,000 foxes. Now, I understand that loot drops do not necessarily work that way, it is a random chance – I can fully attest to it, it took me 2,156 foxes (that I actually kept count for) for the fox kit to finally drop.
To add salt to slowly healing blisters on my fingers from farming this pet, news came out roughly a week later that the fox kit was being added to the Baradin’s Wardens (and whatever the Horde equivalent is) quartermasters for 200 commendations.
Overall, I love it. Blizzard’s cinematics team has really out shone its self again. The level of detail in this trailer is awesome. I think it captures the atmosphere and the tone of this forthcoming expansion perfectly.
I have no qualms the chosen characters they chose to highlight, I think its a fantastic jump over the two previous expansion trailers. I love that there were some funny parts and some serious parts. Very reminiscent in my mind of a lot of kung-fu films (a terminal weakness of mine anyway).
However, my only small bone of contention is that the pacing feels off. The trailer starts out with a naval battle, proceeds with the orc and human duking it out on the “deserted” island, culminating with the pandaman kicking both their tails, a beautiful panning shot of Pandaria and back to pandaman smirking at the orc and human. For me, there was a lot of building up and tension with not a whole lot of pay off in my mind.
Now, I want to preface this post with an obligatory “This is not a guide on how to gear your Resto/Boomkin druid for MoP”. This post is simply a listing of what Heroic 5-man and Faction gear is available in MoP for the level 90 Resto/Boomkin druid with some commentary and analysis regarding what is available. Again, this is not a how-to post as I am a big believer in everyone gearing how they want or with what is available to them and makes sense for their play style.
This gear list is, of course, subject to change since it is still in beta. For clarification, the pieces I have noted for DPS vs. Resto is simply whether or not the gear has spirit or a proc/on use ability for more spirit/mana/etc. (or I was beginning to go cross eyed at that point).
|Klaxxi Lash of the Precursor||Belt||Haste/Mastery||DPS||Klaxxi||Revered|
|Boots of High Adept||Boots||Crit/Mastery||DPS||August Celestials||Revered|
|Clever Ashyo’s Armbands||Bracers||Crit/Mastery||DPS||August Celestials||Revered|
|Mistfall Robes||Chest||Crit/Mastery||DPS||Golden Lotus||Revered|
|Cloak of Snow Blossoms||Cloak||Hit/Mastery||DPS||Shado-Pan||Revered|
|Amber Spine of Klaxxi’vess||Dagger||Spirit/Haste||Heals||Klaxxi||Exalted|
|Ogo’s Elder Gloves||Gloves||Haste/Mastery||DPS||August Celestials||Revered|
|Links of the Lucid||Neck||Spirit/Haste||Heals||Klaxxi||Revered|
|Wire of the Wakener||Neck||Hit/Mastery||DPS||Klaxxi||Revered|
|Simple Harmonius Ring||Ring||Hit/Haste||DPS||Golden Lotus||Revered|
|Leven’s Circle of Hope||Ring||Spirit/Crit||Heals||Golden Lotus||Revered|
|Amber Scythe of Klaxxi’vess||Staff||Haste/Mastery||DPS||Klaxxi||Exalted|
|Blossom of Pure Snow||Trinket||Intellect/on Use Crit||DPS||Shado-Pan||Revered|
|Scroll of Revered Ancestors||Trinket||Intellect/On Use Spirit||Heals||Shado-Pan||Revered|
|Cloak of Hidden Flasks||Back||Spirit||heals||Storm Stout Brewery||Hoptallus|
|Scorched Earth Cloak||Back||Hit/Mastery||DPS||Scarlet Monastery||Brother Korloff Heroic|
|Cape of Entanglement||Back||Crit/Haste||DPS||Temple of the Jade Serpent||Liu Flameheart Heroic|
|Cloak of Cleansing Flame||Back||Crit/Mastery||DPS||Mogushan Palace||Gekkan and Heroic|
|Airstream Treads||Boots||Spirit||Heals||Gate of the Setting Sun||Striker Ga’dok Heroic|
|Treads of Corrupted Water||Boots||Spirit/Mastery||Heals||Temple of the Jade Serpent||Wise Mari and Heroic|
|Star Summoner Bracers||Bracers||Spirit/Mastery||Heals||Shadopan Monastery||Go Cloudstrike Heroic|
|Robes of Arcing Flame||Chest||Spirit/Crit||Heals||Siege of Niuzao||Commander Vo’jak Heroic|
|Robes of Despair||Chest||Spirit/Mastery||Heals||Temple of the Jade Serpent||Sha of Doubt and Heroic|
|Melted Hypnotic Blade||Dagger||Crit/Mastery||DPS||Scarlet Halls||Flameweaver Koegler Heroic|
|Firescribe Dagger||Dagger||Crit/Haste||DPS||Mogushan Palace||Xin the Weaponmaster and Heroic|
|Vellum Ripper Gloves||Hands||Spirit/Mastery||Heals||Scarlet Halls||Flameweaver Koegler Heroic|
|Rattling Gloves||Hands||Spirit/Haste||Heals||Scholomance Heroic||Rattlegore Heroic|
|Hood of Viridian Residue||Head||Spirit/Crit||Heals||Siege of Niuzao||Vizier Jin/back Heroic|
|Darkbinder Leggings||Legs||Spirit/Haste||Heals||Shadopan Monastery||Taran Zhu and Heroic|
|Leggings of Whispered Dreams||Legs||Spirit/Crit||Heals||Temple of the Jade Serpent||Lorewalker Stonestep Heroic|
|Carapace Breaker||Mace||Spirit/Haste||Heals||Gate of the Setting Sun||Ralgon Heroic|
|Food||Mace||Spirit/Mastery||Heals||Temple of the Jade Serpent||Sha of Doubt Heroic|
|Pendant of Precise Timing||Neck||Hit/Crit||DPS||Gate of the Setting Sun||Saboteur Kip Heroic|
|Necklace of Disorientation||Neck||Spirit/Mastery||Heals||Shadopan Monastery||Sha of Violence Heroic|
|Mindbreaker Pendant||Neck||Crit/Haste||DPS||Temple of the Jade Serpent||Sha of Doubt Heroic|
|Mindcapture Pendant||Neck||Spirit/Crit||Heals||Mogushan Palace||Xin the Weaponmaster and Heroic|
|Anarchist Pendant||Neck||Hit/Mastery||DPS||Scholomance Heroic||Chillheart Heroic|
|Bottle of Potent Potables||Off Hand||Mastery/Haste||heals||Storm Stout Brewery||Hoptallus and Heroic|
|Alemental Seal||Ring||Crit/Haste||DPS||Storm Stout Brewery||Yanzhu Heroic|
|Viscous Ring||Ring||Spirit||heals||Gate of the Setting Sun||Commander Ri’mok Heroic|
|Beastbinder Ring||Ring||Spirit/Crit||Heals||Scarlet Halls||Houndsmaster Braun Heroic|
|Vithrak, Gaze of the Deadman||Ring||Mastery/Haste||DPS||Scarlet Halls||Flameweaver Koegler Heroic|
|Eye of the Tornado||Ring||Hit/Mastery||DPS||Shadopan Monastery||Master Snowdrifter Heroic|
|Signet of the Hidden Door||Ring||Hit/Haste||DPS||Scarlet Monastery||Thalnos Heroic|
|Triune Signet||Ring||Crit/Mastery||DPS||Scarlet Monastery||Whitemane Heroic|
|Incarnadine Scarlet Spaulders||Shoulders||Spirit/Crit||Heals||Scarlet Monastery||Whitemane Heroic|
|Wort Stirring Rod||Staff||Mastery/Hit||DPS||Storm Stout Brewery||Yanzhu Heroic|
|Greatstaff of Righteousness||Staff||Crit/Mastery||DPS||Scarlet Monastery||Whitemane Heroic|
|Gustwalker Staff||Staff||Spirit/Mastery||Heals||Siege of Niuzao||Wingleader Ner’onok Heroic|
|Staff of Trembling Will||Staff||Crit/Haste||DPS||Temple of the Jade Serpent||Sha of Doubt and Heroic|
|Headmaster’s Will||Staff||Hit/Crit||DPS||Scholomance Heroic||Darkmaster Gandling Heroic|
|Empty Fruit Barrel||Trinket||Spirit||Heals||Storm Stout Brewery||Ook Ook Heroic|
|Vision of the Predator||Trinket||Crit/Int Proc||DPS||Gate of the Setting Sun||Striker Ga’dok Heroic|
|Vial of Ichorous Blood||Trinket||Int/Spirit Proc||Heals||Siege of Niuzao||General Pa’valak Heroic|
|Price of Progress||Trinket||Int/Mana Proc||Heals||Scholomance Heroic||Darkmaster Gandling Heroic|
|Hurricane Belt||Waist||Spirit/Mastery||Heals||Mogushan Palace||Trial of the King and Heroic|
From compiling both of these tables, I noted a few gear slots that look a little weak (I hesitate to call them holes in gearing as there are options available). I noticed there is only one set of shoulders available from Heroic 5-man (drops from heroic Whitemane) but there are no faction or leatherworking shoulders available. I fear a repeat of early Cataclysm’s bracer debacle where the only option was a zone wide Epic BoE and there was no other alternative save for PvP gear. Another weak gear slot area is belt and bracer options, there is only one faction and one Heroics option for either slot. Currently, I’m looking at needing to start rep grinding with the August Celestials and the Klaxxi as soon as possible.The other option via leatherworking is always a possibility, however, that may be a bit a pain with the randomized stats. and current scouring of wowhead has only found the blue PvP sets and a few options for epic chest pieces and gloves.
Why is this not a pet yet?